A disabled football coach has been recognised by t

first_imgA disabled football coach has been recognised by the prime minister with a national volunteering award, even though that work is threatened by a legal battle over the “bedroom tax” with work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.Lifelong Liverpool fan John Smith was presented with the Point of Light award in front of tens of thousands of fans at half-time of his team’s Premier League match with Bournemouth on Monday.Last year, he was presented with a Torch Trophy Trust Award by Princess Anne, again to mark his achievements as a volunteer.But Smith, from Croxteth, Liverpool, said that was topped by the presentation of the Point of Light award at the club’s Anfield stadium, where he has a season-ticket.He said: “It was a brilliant feeling, an honour. It made me feel very proud. It was better than meeting Princess Anne.”He has dedicated the award – which recognises “outstanding individual volunteers” – to his late parents.But what his fellow Liverpool supporters were not told on Monday was that Smith’s voluntary work is under threat from the bedroom tax.Because he lives alone in social housing, in a two-bedroom adapted bungalow, he was forced to find an extra £12 a week towards his housing costs after he was told he was not entitled to a second bedroom because of the government’s “spare room subsidy removal policy”, also known as the bedroom tax.This meant that Smith had to cut down on his spending on food while fighting the decision through the tribunal process, a battle which he said caused him to feel “very stressed”.Last September, he won an initial appeal, on the grounds that he needed his spare room to store essential independent living aids, including his second wheelchair and a bath chair, as well as equipment he uses to play and coach wheelchair football, boxes of specialist powdered food, a bag of swimming equipment, and a punch-bag he uses to keep fit.The room is also used to store a table football game that he plays with friends.But after his initial victory, the work and pensions secretary appealed against the tribunal’s ruling, putting at risk all of Smith’s volunteering work and social and community links.Now he is having to await the result of test cases in the Supreme Court, in which the bedroom tax will be challenged on the grounds that it discriminates against disabled adults like him.The courts have so far found that the policy does discriminate but that that discrimination is justified and therefore lawful.Ruth Knox, a volunteer with the Merseyside benefits and money advice charity Raise, which has supported Smith with his appeal, said: “It’s a case which shows how dreadful the bedroom tax is.“All of the equipment is pretty essential to enable him to participate in the community and keep himself fit and healthy.”Despite this week’s award, Smith told Disability News Service that he feels as if he is being “penalised” by Cameron’s government for being a disabled person.Knox added: “John doesn’t have any money other than the money that is considered necessary for him to live.“The bedroom tax puts him in the position where either he gives up that £12 a week and goes without something else, or he moves to a one-bedroom house.“A one-bedroom house would severely restrict what he could do. He keeps himself very much part of the community. He keeps himself fit, he has friends round for table-football, he goes swimming.“If he didn’t have that space for equipment, he couldn’t do that. It is absolutely essential for him to have a quality of life.“It does strike me as being a bit of a contradiction, but maybe Iain Duncan Smith will be able to explain it to you.“Without that extra room, John would not be able to do all that volunteering work. He would not be able to make that contribution to the community.”Knox said that her charity deals with more bedroom tax cases involving disabled people than most other advice agencies in Merseyside, because Raise was set up to support social housing tenants.She said: “We have very many cases where disabled people need an extra room for essential equipment.“We are very, very keen for people to come to us with bedroom tax issues and to challenge them legally.”At present, Raise has more than 100 such cases working their way through the appeal system.Smith took up wheelchair football five years ago at the Respect 4 All Disability Centre – which is run by the club’s Liverpool FC Foundation charity.In the last 18 months, he has trained as a wheelchair football coach and now runs weekly sessions at the centre for between 10 and 15 other wheelchair-users, and has achieved the FA level one coaching award.  As he has a communication impairment, he works with his care worker to record instructions on his computer, which he then plays back during the training sessions.He also raises funds for Liverpool FC Foundation, and still plays for the club’s wheelchair football team. He says he has “a passion for playing for Liverpool Football Club”.Picture: John Smith (centre), with Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s chief executive, and Tim Kiddell (right), private secretary to the prime minister. Photograph by Andrew Powelllast_img read more

With Brexit negotiations in tatters the Tories re

first_imgWith Brexit negotiations in tatters, the Tories reckon it’s a good day to bury bad news: they’ve scrapped the four-hour NHS waiting time target.Make sure people know. https://t.co/65LVBUS4un— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) March 12, 2019The Labour Party has accused the government of trying to “bury bad news” today, when MPs and the media are distracted by the second meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.Addressing the Commons, Labour’s health spokesperson Jonathan Ashworth said: “You may have seen today that NHS England have announced the trialling of the abolition of the four-hour waiting time target in A&E departments.“The four-hour target allowed the last Labour government to deliver some of the lowest waiting times in history and it hasn’t been met under this government since July 2015 and, indeed, 2.8 million patients waited beyond four hours in A&E last year.“Getting rid of this target should be based on clear medical evidence, not pressure from Downing Street. Would it not have been a basic courtesy for the Secretary of State for Health to come to the House today and offered a statement?”Tags:NHS /Labour /Jonathan Ashworth / After years of Tory austerity, understaffing, cuts and privatisation more patients are waiting longer in A&E and for treatment.And now they want to ditch the targets.Changes should be based on clinical consensus not Downing Street pressure. pic.twitter.com/xVI7ATpE7W— Jonathan Ashworth (@JonAshworth) March 12, 2019last_img read more

SAINTS Reserves have announced their squad for Thu

first_imgSAINTS Reserves have announced their squad for Thursday night’s trip to Keighley Cougars.The game will kick off at 7.45pm at Cougar Park.The squad is:Andre Savelio, Brad Billsborough, Brad Pinder, Calvin Wellington, Cameron Brown, Chris Follin, Dave Eccleston, Dave Llewellyn, Jack Owens, Jordan Gibbons, Mikus Ozols, Olly Davies, Ross McCauley, Theo Fages, Tom Connick, Tommi Hughes, Tony Suffolk (pictured), Travis Burns.Prices for entry are £5 adults and concessions/juniors £1.last_img

Local designer reaches deal with national retailer Anthropologie

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington couple and former WWAY Extraordinary People of the Week who designs shoes while helping women in Africa are about to be featured in a major national retailer.Caroline Fisher, creative director and founder of Seeded Hand Sown, a Wilmington-based brand of handmade beaded leather sandals and her husband Tony Peele have reached a deal with Anthropologie.- Advertisement – Caroline’s line of shoes will be featured in Anthropologie stores and on their website and catalogs starting later this year.Fisher started designing while living in Africa and her designs are heavily influenced by the area.The shoes are designed here and then made by local artisans in Tanzania.last_img

UNCW hockey players help rehab patients grab the gold

first_imgA patient at NHRMC’s Rehab Hospital shoots on the goal, cheered on by UNCW hockey players (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Winter Olympics have had people around the world cheering on their favorite athletes and teams this month.In Wilmington, some patients at New Hanover Regional Medical Center are having their own kind of hockey game, all thanks to UNCW.- Advertisement – Tuesday was the gold medal match at the 2018 Rehab Games.Members of UNCW’s club ice hockey team showed patients how to play and cheered them on as they put the biscuit in the basket.One of the players, Bennett Clark, says he thought the best part is seeing the patients loosen up and have fun.Related Article: WPD arrests 8 people after dozens of shootings in less than 3 weeks“It’s gonna be awkward for anyone if you haven’t picked up a hockey stick before and you try to help them out a little bit,” Clark said. “As they get more comfortable, I feel like they get the hang of it more and that’s when they start really enjoying it. Letting loose and having fun, I think that’s the most important part.”Much like the Olympics, there is also curling, biathlon, and skiing.The Rehab Hospital puts the Games together for both the Summer and Winter Olympics.last_img read more

FIRST ON WWAY Murray Middle School student arrested for threat

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 12-year-old boy at Murray Middle School is the latest in a string of students in our area arrested for making threats about violence at school.New Hanover County Sheriff’s Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer says a teacher overheard the boy make a threat today during school. When she asked the boy, who was working at a computer, what he was doing, Brewer says he told her that he was looking for a layout of the school to shoot it up. That’s when Brewer says the teacher called the school’s SRO, who interviewed the child.- Advertisement – Investigators charged the boy with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.“Parents, please talk to your children about the seriousness of making any threat of any kind,” New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a statement to WWAY.last_img read more

ONE CALL AWAY Brunswick Co deputies take on Lip Sync Challenge

first_img The sheriff’s office posted this video to their Facebook page saying “what better time to produce a #lipsyncchallenge video than while we have our awesome BCSO Cadets with us!”The song of choice in the video is Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away.”The Facebook post goes on to say they “wouldn’t want to make a video without community representation and these young people are great examples of our wonderful community.”Related Article: Two arrested on drugs, weapons charges in Brunswick CountyBrunswick County Schools PIO Daniel Seamans helped produce the video.Thanks to everyone at the sheriff’s office for all you do! BCSO takes on Lip Sync Challenge (Photo: Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has joined the law enforcement lip sync challenge trend and put out their own video.WATCH VIDEO BELOW:- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity in need of volunteers donations

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity needs you. They are currently seeking volunteers that would like to assist in hurricane recovery efforts.The organization is partnering with Baptists on Mission for many projects throughout the area.- Advertisement – View sign-up dates by here. For additional questions about volunteer efforts, please email Chris Teeter, Volunteer Coordinator, at chris@capefearhabitat.org. Projects consist of mucking out flooded homes and clearing debris and mold damage inside of homes.Volunteers are needed Tuesdays through Saturdays.Cape Fear Habitat is also in need of several items for relief efforts:DehumidifiersTyvek suitsAnti-microbial spray (Shockwave)N95 Respirator masksThick plastic protective glovesBox fansCommercial garbage cansContractor clean up bagsPitchforksLeaf rakesPush broomsFlat shovelsWheelbarrowsTarps, straps, tie downs5,000 horsepower generatorsChalk lines-chalk boxExtra chalk – red or bluePlywood skill saw bladesMulti tool bladesBattery operated trim sawsBattery operated saw zawsUtility knives with replacement bladesTape measureslast_img read more

New joint venture formed to convert pig poop to power

first_imgPig farm (Photo: US EPA) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The world’s largest pork company is teaming up with a major energy company to turn pig manure into renewable natural gas.Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy announced a joint venture partnership Tuesday to trap methane from hog waste and convert it into power for heating homes and generating electricity.- Advertisement – Smithfield previously announced that its company-owned and contract farms over the next decade will cover waste-treatment pits to capture the gas and keep out rainwater. The gas will be channeled to processing centers and converted into natural gas.The joint venture with Dominion will operate initially in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah. The first projects are scheduled to be operating by late 2019.last_img read more

Report Wilmington is one of the cleanest cities in the country

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Go ahead and take a deep breath of fresh air! Wilmington has been ranked 13th for cleanest year-round particle pollution.The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report says North Carolina has improved rankings for the nation’s most widespread air pollutants.- Advertisement – Having zero unhealthy air days, Wilmington ranked on all three cleanest cities lists that include ozone, short-term, and year-round particle pollution in the 20th annual report.Learn more here about city rankings, as well as air quality across North Carolina and the nation, in the 2019 “State of the Air” report.last_img

Wifi cards found and removed from Huaweibacked surveillance system in Pakistan

first_img SharePrint Concerns have been raised about the discovery and later removal of additional hardware installed into Pakistan’s major surveillance system by the Chinese technology giant, Huawei.The wi-fi transmitting cards were understood to be part of the bidding process which came with the full set up of the infrastructure for Lahore’s Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA).Huawei’s representative told the BBC Panorama programme, that there had been confusion over what the hardware would do, stressing that it would help in providing diagnostic information.PSCA said that the hardware had existed to allow engineers the ability to connect to a wifi services and resolve technical issues without needing to open the cabinets. This wifi hardware had been part of the 2016 bid which would see the installation of 1,800 CCTV cabinets linked to a main network hub. This wifi feature was later requested to be removed the following year, over the ‘potential of misuse.’The representative described Huawei’s response to remove them, ‘prompt’ and compliant with their demands.Sources close to the project told the BBC that references to the hardware’s application were not clear from the outset.One of the sources explained that Huawei had not given technicians a way to access the wifi unit and that troubleshooting surveillance systems could easily be done from their hub network.Huawei in MaltaA similar surveillance system is currently in the works in Malta.The ‘Safe City Malta’ project is a collaborative programme between the Maltese government and Huawei, which would see the installation of sophisticated facial recognition technology (FRT) cameras as part of a pilot project in Paceville.Huawei: Malta rushes in where the US fears to treadHuawei: Is Big Brother watching you?The United States has already expressed its concerns over the Chinese company, saying that it acts an arm of the Chinese state, that has the potential to undermine and subvert the national integrity and security of a nation.The Nationalist Local Councillor Michael Briguglio has also written to EU Commissioners connected with privacy, security and civil liberties over the proper conduct of the operators ‘Safe City Malta’ and their processing of FRT data.Camera project needs impact assessment – Jourová to BriguglioNo threat, no vulnerabilityThe system which had been installed in the wake of terror bombings in 2016, is not deemed to be under threat nor were the wifi-cards installed believed to make the system more vulnerable, the PSCA told the BBC.However, there have been some concerns by locals following the leaking and circulation of images on social media which clearly show people travelling in their cars.Huawei is not suspected to be involved in this.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

EU Commissions Eurapp project is awarding app developers for smart ideas

first_imgAdvertisement Eurapp, a project funded by the European Commission to investigate and improve the region as a hub for app developers, is launching two competitions with some pretty substantial prize money to further its cause.These “innovation challenges” will run in parallel throughout August, tasked with finding new ways to fund and scale up new app startups, as well as help new teams deal with Europe’s specific market conditions.The first competition is already underway and closes on September 13 with $5,000 in prize money; a second will launch later this week. If you’re interested in entering, the first criterion is as follows: – Advertisement – The challenge requests that Solvers propose actionable solutions (also those proven in other industries) that will address specific obstacles to growth in the EU app economy that include: (1) limited access to funding that affects the ability of startups to scale up and achieve sustainability; as well as (2) difficulties with the scaling-up of app startups due to insufficient business development and marketing skills in small app development companies.[related-posts]The total prize fund is €9,000 ($11,974 USD), although the event organizers have allocated an additional €15,000 ($19,957 USD) to send 10 finalists to an exclusive Eurapp event in Berlin this November.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Microsoft changes SkyDrive name to OneDrive after losing court battle to BSkyB

first_imgAdvertisement After losing a court battle with UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB six months ago over its use of the name ‘SkyDrive’, Microsoft has announced it’s changing its cloud-based storage service to OneDrive.An English High Court found that the name ‘SkyDrive’ infringed on BSkyB’s trademarked ‘Sky’ name. Though Microsoft initially said it would appeal the decision, it decided not to – in exchange for being given time to switch its branding over to something different. And that something different, as we now know, is OneDrive.Ryan Gavin, General Manager, Consumer Apps & Services at Microsoft, outlines other reasons for the new name in a blog post earlier today.“One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.” – Advertisement – The new name will be coming into effect shortly, with SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro becoming OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively. Source: TNWlast_img read more

Vivo XPlay 5 Will Be Worlds First Smartphone with 6 GB RAM

first_imgImage Credit: AndroidGuys Advertisement Vivo are once again goes for the next level, the company confirmed that the Vivo XPlay 5 will come with a 6 GB RAM, making it the first smartphone to have such amount of memory and also expected to have Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 which is rumoured to be released on September or early October this year might also come with the same amount of memory as the Vivo XPlay 5 since Samsung is also capable of producing 6GB RAM Chips. Rumours also point out that some of Vivo XPlay 5 RAM will be used for graphics only, however many see this to be impossible with the Snapdragon 820.The Vivo Xplay 5 is rumoured to come with a 6-inch dual-edge display similar to the Samsung newest product, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, a 4,300mAh battery, 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera to name a few.Vivo XPlay 1. Image Credit: AppDisqusWith what we know now about the Vivo latest smartphone, we are sure the rest of the package is going to be a bit as exciting as the current specs and is confirmed to be unveiled on March 1st. – Advertisement – Watch the space!last_img read more

Pakistan is One of the Worlds FastestGrowing Internet Markets

first_imgIn this photo taken Wednesday, March 7, 2012, people use the Internet at a local cafe in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan wants to install an Internet filtering system capable of blocking 50 million Web pages – and doesn’t mind advertising the fact. The plan is alarming free speech activists who fear current censorship could become much more widespread. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash) Advertisement According to sources from TECHINASIA, there are over one million people coming online via their phones every month in Pakistan.According to numbers that have been put together by Hootsuite and We Are Social show that the total number of internet users in Pakistan currently stands at 35.1 million out of the 194.8 million population the country has.As you might know Pakistan is the fourth-largest country on the Asian continent – behind China with 1.357 billion (2013), India with 1.252 billion (2013), and Indonesia with 249.9 million (2013) according to the World Bank. – Advertisement – The presentation further stated that internet users in Pakistan swelled by 20 percent in January 2016 with active social media users growing even more rapidly – registering growth of 35%.On the other hand of mobiles, the overwhelming majority of web traffic is via mobile shows mobile phones account for 70%, PC and Laptops account for 27%, and finally Tablet devices accounted for 3%.With 1m people joining the web each day, Pakistan is one of the world’s fastest-growing internet markets https://t.co/qVkNY6KU1j pic.twitter.com/gKUozjQp04— Tech in Asia (@techinasia) February 9, 2017According to the study done by The Express Tribune New Paper in 2015, it was estimated that the countries mobile phone market was worth around US$840 million. But this figure only accounts for phones imported via legal channels. A substantial amount – especially high-end models – are brought into the country through the grey market.source: TECHINASIA, Hootsuite, and We Are Sociallast_img read more

MTN Uganda Becomes the Official Sponsor of the Nyege Nyege International Music

first_imgMTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer; Olivier Prentout (2nd from left) poses with Derek Debru; Co-Founder of Nyege Nyege (black t-shirt), Uganda Tourism Board Executive Director; Steven Asiimwe (extreme left), and ; Talent Africa CEO (extreme right) at the MTN Nyege Nyege Festival launch at The Square Palace on Wednesday 21st, Feb 2018. Advertisement MTN Uganda has been supporting music and the entertainment industry at large over the years through sponsoring concerts of mostly local and some international artists.As of today, the telecom firm has announced sponsorship of the Nyege Nyege International Music Festival for the next three editions and will be referred to as the MTN Nyege Nyege Festival. The announcement was made at a press event that was held at The Square Palace on Wednesday 21st, February 2018.The sponsorship is effective from the September 2018 edition scheduled for Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September along the shores of The Nile in Jinja. – Advertisement – “MTN Uganda is delighted to be the title sponsor of the Nyege Nyege International Music Festival. As a brand we recognize that being part of this celebration of the arts and culture for three days non-stop helps create sustainability of this very important festival,” Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Uganda told the press. “MTN feels that this is the right festival to partner with since we are all about celebrating, innovation and facilitating the growth of others,” Prentout added.MTN subscribes will have the opportunity to share pictures and videos on social media using the newly introduced MTN Pulse weekend bundle at a price of 2,000 UGX.MTN PULSE WEEKENDWeekend 6pm Fri – 6am Mon750MB SWIFT2,000100MB + 500MB SWIFT200MB + 250MB SWIFT300MBlast_img read more

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Rice NROTC Graduate to Learn to Fly Marine Combat Jets

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 Rice NROTC Graduate to Learn to Fly Marine Combat Jets Shortly after Esther Julicher receives her diploma from Rice University on May 13, she will become one of only two women enrolled at the Marine Corps pilot training program learning how to fly jets in combat. When the Marine Corps dropped the ban on women serving in combat situations, Julicher promptly applied to enter the Marines’ flight operations program to learn how to fly combat jets. In about 18 months she expects to be commissioned as the first female pilot ofthe sophisticated Harrier jet. Why a Harrier? “It’s the most challenging plane to fly,” shesaid, “and there has never been a female Harrier pilot.” Challenges have been a way of life for Julicher. She wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and attend the Air Force Academy. But after graduating from high school at age 16, she discovered she was too young. She started looking for other options and decided onRice because of its strong mechanical engineering program. After enrolling at Rice, Julicher had to wait until she turned 17 before she could join the NROTC. She is graduating this year asthe youngest senior and commander of the 35-member unit. For more information on Julicher and to schedule interviews please contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University NewsOffice, at (713) 831-4794. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more