Monthly Archive: July 2019

Disabled people have described how the terrifying

first_imgDisabled people have described how the “terrifying” and “abusive” benefit assessments delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have seriously damaged their health, and how its failings will affect how they vote in next month’s general election.The discussion on the social media platform Twitter was the first major event organised by the new user-led campaign #CripTheVoteUK, which hopes to enable disabled people to become a major political force in the UK, and help decide the election.One contributor to the discussion, Hazel Fairs (@Hazel_Fairs), said the benefits assessment process had been “hell”, and added: “It made me suicidal. It’s like having an insulting abusive controlling ex with the power to starve and evict you.”Another, @hufflewoof, said the process of assessing sick and disabled people for their eligibility for benefits was “an abusive process, built on mistrust”.She added: “I have several MH issues anyway but my interactions with the DWP have exacerbated them significantly. It’s been awful.”Payton Quinn (@PaytonQuinn) said the benefits assessment process had been “difficult and exhausting”.She tweeted: “Our PIP assessor lied on the report and they have ignored our complaints, rejected our appeal.”Jen Byrd (@jenjenbyrd) tweeted: “Assessor had sweet, caring face on while writing inaccuracies and (purposeful?) misrepresentations.“Assessor had no understanding of my illness(es), medical terminology or even, having read his report, morals.”Juliette Gazzard (@juliettegazzard) said her dealings with DWP “drove me to a suicide attempt, panic state I have never recovered from. Live in constant fear of contact with DWP.”One contributor to the discussion, @victoriaclutton, spoke of how dealing with DWP was “terrifying, frustrating, dehumanising and outright surreal”.Jonathan Hume (@IamMrJ), who has previously told Disability News Service how an assessor working for government contractor Maximus asked him what was stopping him taking his own life, was another who described how his interactions with DWP had affected his mental health.He tweeted: “I used to be confident. I didn’t used to panic at a knock on the door or unexpected post.”Social worker Brooke Winters (@brookewinters33) said she was supporting #cripthevoteuk because she can see that austerity “isn’t working”, harms disabled people, and does not save money.She added: “As a disabled person I don’t have the support I need or adequate health care under the current government.”Another contributor, @zagbah, tweeted: “I have a MH issue and I want to #CripTheVoteUK because I don’t want to spend another five years having to prove I ‘deserve’ disability benefits.“I feel really angry with the DWP. Because of them, all the progress I was making is in ruins. I have to start over, AGAIN.“My agoraphobia is worse. I can’t take the rubbish downstairs now. I can’t even step into the communal hallway.“Dealing with the DWP is like being forced to play a neverending, live action version of #snakesandladders.”Journalist and presenter Mik Scarlet, tweeting at @MikScarlet, said: “I’m stunned at how scared I am every time I have a brown envelope in the post ever since my #PIP reassessment started. Nightmare.”Activist Alice Kirby was another to discuss the impact on her mental health of continual communication with DWP, tweeting: “I hate contacting them, I hate them contacting me.“Constantly receiving letters, sometimes every other day, feels like harassment.”And Recovery In The Bin, the user-led mental health group, tweeted: “We in @RITB_ want to #cripthevoteUK b/c we are suffering individually and collectively by ongoing fear, harassment, sanctions, destitution.”#CripTheVoteUK plans to share material about political parties’ disability policies through the election campaign, to “generate discussion about the issues affecting disabled people, including children”.Although the campaign is non-partisan and does not promote any particular party, it will still be critical of policies that have harmed disabled people and those that could do so in the future.It will also stress that the Conservative UK government has been condemned by both the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for the abuse of disabled people’s rights.Last November, a damning CRPD report found the UK government’s social security reforms had led to “grave or systematic violations” of the UN disability convention.And only last month, EHRC concluded that disabled people’s rights had regressed in at least nine areas since the coalition government assumed power in 2010, and that disabled people were still being treated as “second-class citizens”.Eleanor Lisney, disability activist and co-founder of #CriptheVoteUK, said: “Disabled people should make sure they tell the politicians that, for 13 million in the voting age, we make a substantial number.“We need to vote in order to get a chance to survive the future onslaught on our human rights.”Another #CripTheVoteUK campaigner, Dennis Queen, said: “At this point in time, disabled people are quite literally voting for our lives.“We need all voters to know this is an emergency for thousands of disabled people and help us fight back.”A second #CripTheVoteUK Twitter discussion, on Brexit, disability and intersectionality, will be held on Sunday (7 May), from 7-8pm, and will be hosted by Professor Anna Lawson, head of the Centre for Disability Studies and the new Disability Law Hub at the University of Leeds.last_img read more

ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with s

first_imgENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with same 17 that defeated France 32-18 in last week’s international for England’s 2011 Gillette Four Nations opener against Wales at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.England:1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Ryan Hall, 3: Jack Reed, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Kevin Sinfield, 7. Rangi Chase; 8. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Gareth Ellis, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Chris Heighington.Subs: 14. Gareth Widdop, 15. Adrian Morley, 16. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 17. Jon Wilkin.Wales from:Andrew Gay, Ian Webster, Danny Jones, Peter Lupton, Andy Bracek, Craig Kopzcak, Gil Dudson, Ross Divorty, Geraint Davies, Chris Beasley, Lee Williams, Lloyd White, Matt Seamark, Christiaan Roets, Tyson Frizell, Rhys Williams, Jordan James, Lee Briers, Elliot Kear, Ben Flower, Mark Lennon, Neil Budworth, Ian Watson, Aled James.On Friday Australia take on New Zealand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (8pm).The VB Kangaroos squad:Billy Slater, Akuila Uate, Willie Tonga, Chris Lawrence, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer, Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen, Cameron Smith, Matt Scott, Luke Lewis, Sam Thaiday, Anthony Watmough, Cooper Cronk, Keith Galloway, David Shillington, Tony Willoans, Beau Scott, Greg Inglis, Corey Parker.New Zealand:Kevin Locke, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Lewis Brown, Gerard Beale, Jason Nightingale, Benji Marshall, Kieran Foran, Ben Matulino, Issac Luke, Sam Mckendry, Sika Manu, Simon Mannering, Jeremy Smith, Thomas Leuluai, Fuifui Moimoi, Alex Glenn, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Kevin Proctor.Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting read more

Two wanted after crash causes power outage in Wrightsville Beach

first_imgCrash in Wrightsville Beach causes massive power outage on June 23, 2018. (Photo: South Beach Grill) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police are looking for two people who they say ran away after they crashed into a power pole, causing a massive power outage at Wrightsville Beach this weekend.The accident happened on Waynick Boulevard Saturday afternoon.- Advertisement – Wrightsville Beach Police Department tell WWAY a Chevrolet Tahoe struck a pole.Police say both the driver and passenger ran from the SUV.The accident knocked out power to many homes and businesses. Power was restored early Sunday morning.Related Article: All charges dropped in Pender County deputy-involved shootingPolice have not released the driver or passenger’s names, but WWAY was told warrants have been issued for their arrest.last_img read more

Investigators raid gaming businesses in Whiteville

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — More than 150 gaming machines and thousands of dollars in cash were seized by investigators after executing simultaneous search warrants at two game parlors in Whiteville.According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, the establishments were both located on Highway 701 North in Whiteville and were open during the raid.- Advertisement – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 65 gaming machines and approximately $18,000 in cash from Jewel Café located next to the Holiday Motel on James B White Highway North in Whiteville.At the 701 Business Center, located next to Dollar General on James B White Highway North, investigators seized over $27,000 in cash and more than 95 gaming machines.According to a news release, undercover agents entered the gaming establishments on several occasions and played the available games during the investigation. Afterwards, they were given cash payouts for their winnings.Related Article: U.S. Marshals arrest fugitive in Whiteville who escaped police custodyThis investigation is ongoing and charges may be forthcoming.last_img read more

Silvio Schembri files report with Police following fake news

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Parliamentary Secretary for Financial services Silvio Schembri lodged a formal report with the Police Cybercrime Unit after the propagation of an unauthorised advert which has been described by the government as “fake news”.The said advert/article was posted on an electronic site called Major News and sponsored on Facebook. It claims that the MP recommends an enterprise called Bitcoin Revolution.center_img Schembri is strongly denying the claimed endorsement. The case has also been reported to Facebook so that action could also be taken from their end.Just a few months ago, Maltese-Italian actor Davide Tucci published a vlog on his Facebook page highlighting the fact that his name and image have been used without his consent by an enterprise known as The Bitcoin revolution.At the beginning of this year, has also reported that the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) is investigating an advertising campaign from a crypto currency company circulating on Facebook.MFSA issues crypto-scam warningWhatsApplast_img read more

Some Financial Intelligence units facing communication problems – EC

first_imgThere are serious coordination and communication problems within a number of EU member states’ Financial Intelligence Units (FIU), a European Commission report to the Parliament and Council says.The publication entitled, ‘Towards better implementation of the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism framework,’ identifies that there are a number of FIU across the European Union, which are not engaging properly in their duties to investigate suspicious financing, engage relevant bodies or to share information between themselves.Although the document does not name the member states in question, it states instead that, ‘some Financial Intelligence Units fail to engage in a meaningful dialogue with obliged entities by giving quality feedback on suspicious transaction reports. The lack of templates for reporting also hampers the quality of the reports by obliged entities. Several Financial Intelligence Units do not fully comply with their obligation to exchange information with other Financial Intelligence Units.’This briefing report is a reaction to the Commission’s Article 65(2) of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Its aim is to look at the framework for FIU to operate along as well as to cooperate and coordinate with foreign countries and entities.Within the reaction, it is also highlighted that technical issues and a lack of uniformity of information exchange led to serious problems for FIU to be effective.‘The recurrent technical difficulties in the functioning of the seem to have been an important factor and make it more cumbersome for Financial Intelligence Units to share information. The assessment also showed that the lack of regulation of exchanges of information between Member States’ Financial Intelligence Units and Financial Intelligence Units of third countries led to a non-harmonised approach to such exchanges. The compliance of such exchanges with the Union’s data protection framework also needs to be ensured.’Read more:Government and Opposition react to a report yet to be publishedFinancial disclosure requests increased by 116% in 2018 – FIAU reportMFSA published its Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Financing of Terrorism Supervisory StrategyExclusive: ‘Malta must do more against money laundering’ – JourováOnly intervene after risks ariseAlongside the report into the effectiveness of some Financial Intelligence Units, the report also warns about speed of supervisors within credit institutions to raise the alert about risks.In an assessment of 10 case studies on credit institution’s effectiveness identifying money laundering and terrorism financing between the period of 2012 and 2018, they state that some alerts only came about after risks had already materialised. Their yardstick of success was thus based on supervisors being to pre-emptively take action.‘In some cases, supervisors were effective in pre-emptively identifying shortcomings in credit institutions and requiring remedial action, but in a number of other cases, supervisors only intervened after significant risks had materialised or in the face of repeated compliance and governance failures. The timeliness and effectiveness of subsequent supervisory measures imposed on credit institutions varied greatly. Group supervision from an anti-money laundering and countering of financing terrorism perspective was largely deficient. Regulatory and supervisory fragmentation impinged on the effectiveness of cooperation among various actors concerned.’These are just two of the cases raised in the publication referring to the measures to combat the risks of money laundering and terrorism financing, as well as efforts to improve the legislative framework.The full document can be viewed here: WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Apple iPhone 6C Rumors Resurface With A New Release Date

first_imgThe rumors regarding the release of a reasonably priced, relatively budget iPhone 6c have been surfacing around the web this entire year. Image Credit: OneMoretThing Advertisement The release date for iPhone 6c has been rumored to fall somewhere during 2016. This latest bit of information has been handed out by Kevin Wang, an IHS analyst. This rumor might just be a rumor in its literal sense. The reason for this is that Kevin Wang initially claimed that iPhone 6c will be out by the end of this year so his word cannot be taken as the final verdict.Apple played the same game with the release of iPad Pro. The rumors about a larger iPad were going around the web for years. Apple fans had been holding out in the hopes of a release for so long that they had eventually stopped believing in it. Eventually Apple did announce the release of iPad Pro this year.The rumors regarding the release of a reasonably priced, relatively budget iPhone 6c have been surfacing around the web this entire year. The rumors took a halt when Apple did not mention an iPhone 6c in their press event that covered the launch of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Fans took it as a negative sign. If Apple were to actually launch another phone this year or the next year, they should have talked about it during their press event. But new evidence has surfaced that has given rise to more rumors regarding the release of an iPhone 6c.[related-posts]In that case, many observers think that Apple will do the same thing with the release of iPhone 6c. Maybe they feel that any mention of iPhone 6c at this point will affect the sales of their 6s and 6s Plus versions. People might wait for a medium range version if they knew that Apple was going to release one shortly. – Advertisement – However, all this speculation will either end in good news or a bad news for Apple fans. It is a wait and watch situation until 2016.[Tech News Today]last_img read more

Adobe Updates Flash Amid Exploit Fears

first_imgAdobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest version. Image Credit: Blorge Advertisement US software maker Adobe on Monday released security updates for its Flash video player amid ongoing concerns about security holes that could let hackers in.Adobe said it was aware of a report of “limited, targeted attacks” against unprotected versions of the software.“These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,” the company said in a statement.“Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest version.” – Advertisement – But some websites and services have been abandoning Adobe for security reasons.Facebook this month said it was switching software for its embedded videos while adding that “we are continuing to work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games on our platform.”Apple notably dropped the use of Flash in its iPhones several years ago, and earlier this year Amazon said it had stopped accepting advertising in Flash format.Google also blocked Flash ads from its Web browsers this year by converting the content to a different format known as HTML5.[related-posts]The moves come amid concerns that hackers could insert malicious software into video ads, a technique known as “malvertising.”Security blogger Brian Krebs said that Internet users should at least update their Flash programs or “better yet, get rid of Flash altogether, or at least disable it until and unless you need it.”[Gadgets 360]last_img read more


first_img£100 CASH IF:DAVY RUSSELL WINS ON MIDNIGHT TOURTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £100 IN CASH if our brand ambassador DAVY RUSSELL wins on MIDNIGHT TOUR in the 3.50 at Punchestown on Saturday.You simply need to open an account and place a bet of at least £10 online at between 5pm on Friday 27 April and 3.50pm on Saturday 28 April. The bet must be on a selection at even money (or bigger) in any event displayed on the web site.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at anytime from 5pm on Friday 27 April to 3.50pm (GMT) on Saturday 28 April.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online before 3.50pm (GMT) on Saurday 28 April. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more) on any selection at even money (or bigger), in any event displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer is based around Davy Russell winning the 3.50pm at Punchestown on Midnight Tour. In the event of Midnight Tour winning with another jockey onboard, or Davy Russell winning on another horse, this promotion will still be valid. If neither Davy Russell or Midnight Tour make the start then the offer is void.(4) If, for any reason, the race does not take place or is declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £100 cash (not free bet) within 48 hours of the race, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more


first_imgInterview: RASMUS SOJMARK and ANDREW McCARRON Rasmus Sojmark and Andrew McCarron of SBC (Sports Betting Community) provide B2B news to the industry and host industry leading seminars and conferences across the globe. In this three-part interview they talk about their business, the sports betting industry, the health of the bookmaking, winners and losers, responsible betting, the future and more. Meeting Rasmus and Andy.RASMUS SOJMARK and ANDREW McCARRON (part 1 of 3)Rasmus Sojmark and Andy McCarron of SBC (Sports Betting Community) talk about the origins of SBC which is a news, media and events company that works with industry leaders to develop the betting and gaming industry.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RASMUS SOJMARK and ANDREW McCARRON (part 2 of 3)Rasmus and Andy of SBC, Sports Betting Community continue their conversation, in part 2 of 3 they discuss any stigma attached to betting, the other side of the coin, betting to enhance enjoyment of sport, embracing the ‘game’, the anti-gambling lobby and the emergence of e-sports as a major new betting and viewing platform.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RASMUS SOJMARK and ANDREW McCARRON (part 3 of 3)In the third and final part of their interview Rasmus Sojmark and Andy McCarron of SBC Gaming (Sports Betting Community) talk Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and if that restricted business can migrate on-line, discuss advertising alternatives, who are going to be winners and losers in ‘the game’, the future for independent bookmakers and the business in general.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more