Month: July 2019

Fresh evidence has emerged that the Department for

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first_imgFresh evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to allow benefit claimants to communicate via email, despite its claims that it allows disabled people with “valid reasons” to do so.Last week, one disabled PIP claimant, Mark Lucas, told how he was taking legal action against DWP for refusing to allow him to communicate with its civil servants via email as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act.DWP insisted in its response that “claimants are entitled to request to receive all communications from the department by email on the grounds of disability under the Equality Act 2010”.But after Lucas’s story was published, other disabled people have come forward to cast doubt on that response, and have described how DWP has refused to let them deal with their benefit claims by email.One claimant, disabled campaigner Graham Kirwan, who represents Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living on accessible information issues, told Disability News Service (DNS) that DWP paid him £1,700 damages to settle his claim against the department for refusing to communicate with him by email over his personal independence payment (PIP) claim.In settling the case, which Kirwan took himself as a “litigant in person”, DWP admitted that it had failed to make reasonable adjustments for him, stating: “The Department accepts that it has not sent you communications in your required format and that it has taken an unreasonably long time to agree and make the reasonable adjustments you have requested.”Kirwan had previously been a long-term claimant of disability living allowance (DLA), but had his payments suspended when he failed to respond to letters asking him to apply for PIP, its working-age replacement, letters that he says he never received and that would not have been accessible to him anyway.Kirwan, who is partially-sighted, has computer software that can magnify text, but it does not usually work with scanned or PDF documents.He was told by DWP to use the charity Citizens Advice to help with his PIP application, but he wanted to fill it in himself so he could be sure the answers were accurate.Now, thanks to his legal victory, Kirwan – who was also responsible in 2015 for persuading NHS England to publish its first accessible information standard, thanks to another legal action – has secured a promise that DWP will communicate with him only via email.Another disabled benefit claimant, David*, told DNS this week how DWP has repeatedly refused to allow him to communicate via email, even though he can become easily confused on the telephone.He said: “It significantly discriminates against me as I am unable to either reliably answer the phone, or when I do so answer questions reliably and sensibly, causing both immediate stress and worsening of my conditions, and the real likelihood of bad decisions.”Dr Sarah Campbell, principal co-author of the Spartacus report, which led to the We Are Spartacus online movement, has been told “many times” by DWP that it will not allow her to contact the department by email – rather than by telephone and post – when she is eventually transferred from DLA to PIP.She first raised concerns in 2013 that DWP was not allowing claimants to apply for PIP online.At the time, DWP said it was “working with disability groups and claimants as PIP is rolled out to see which parts of the process should be made online, and this is likely to be put in place after the independent review in 2014”.But Campbell said: “It seems nothing has changed since the issues were raised. I know I will struggle with the initial phone call (concentrating for that long is difficult and I am concerned I will provide wrong info) and then there is the form itself.“I have contacted the DWP many times about this from the moment PIP was introduced.“I have categorically been told every time that I cannot contact them electronically, nor can I send an electronic version of the form.”A fourth claimant, Susan*, has told DNS how DWP has repeatedly refused to allow her to communicate via email, even though she cannot use the telephone.The way she gets around this is by emailing the DWP complaints department, and asking it to forward her email to the relevant benefit team.DNS has seen one email to Susan from the DWP complaints department in 2013 in which the civil servant says: “I can assure you that I have requested an urgent response from Newcastle Benefit Centre but I am unable to confirm that it will be today and unfortunately customers are only able to contact the Benefit Centres either by post or phone.”Another, from 2015, confirms that her local benefit centre does “not have a central email address for claimant contact”.Lucas advised other disabled claimants who face a DWP refusal to allow them to communicate via email to take similar legal action to his.He said that some claimants in England and Wales who face discrimination might be able to use legal aid to secure free and confidential advice from Civil Legal Advice.DWP has declined to comment on the fresh evidence provided by DNS, despite having more than two days to do so.A DWP spokesman had asked if the deadline could be extended to the end of today (Thursday) – about six hours after DNS’s weekly stories are sent to subscribers – because DNS had already submitted requests for DWP comments on two other detailed stories this week.When it was pointed out that this would not be possible, he directed DNS to the DWP comment on last week’s story.DWP said in its statement last week: “Claimants are entitled to request to receive all communications from the department by email on the grounds of disability under the Equality Act 2010.“When such a request is received, it must be for a valid reason which relates to the individual’s disability, that is, the customer finds it more difficult or they are unable to communicate and use our services through usual communication and contact routes because of their disability.“We would also seek to explore whether alternative adjustments (eg large print/Braille) may suffice, but if this is not possible then email communications may be agreed.“We don’t email claimants as a matter of course due to the potential risks these pose to citizens and DWP.“In addition DWP must operate within its legislative framework and follow our business processes including records management. Therefore email correspondence must be carefully managed.”*Not their real nameslast_img read more

SAINTS will once again be represented in this week

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first_imgSAINTS will once again be represented in this weekend’s international rugby league action.James Roby will play for England whilst Regan Grace has been selected Wales’ crunch European Cup tie.They travel to Ireland who like France could take home the crown.England go into their second match of the test series with New Zealand (Saturday 2.30pm) one up following their 26-12 win last weekend.Steve McNamara has named an unchanged side which will likely see Roby coming off the bench once more.England:John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Mike Cooper, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.Wales, who remain unbeaten after their 14-6 win over France last week, will take the title with a win in Ireland (Saturday 5pm).Grace came off the bench in the match.Wales:Michael Channing, Morgan Evans, James Geurtjens. Dalton Grant, Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Jamie Murphy, Lewis Reece, Craig Kopczak, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Joe Burke, Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets, Connor Farrer, Ollie Olds, Regan Grace, Anthony Walker, Phil Joseph, Rhodri Lloyd.last_img read more

SIT back grab a brew and some leftovers and enjoy

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first_imgSIT back, grab a brew and some leftovers and enjoy our review of an action packed year.Today we begin our 2015 review with what happened in January through to March.Please note that some of the links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant. JANUARYAfter a long pre-season, Keiron Cunningham’s Saints faced Widnes and Wigan in pre-season friendlies.They went down 20-16 to the Vikings who were a couple of games ahead in their preparations but then hammered Wigan 28-12 with stand-off Travis Burns the real eye-catcher.FEBRUARYSaints began the defence of their Super League crown with a home tie against Catalan Dragons on a cold February evening. It was to be Keiron Cunningham’s first real game in charge and with Atelea Vea and Travis Burns on debut, the Champions dug deep to win 18-7 – thanks to tries from Vea, Jordan Turner, Andre Savelio and Tommy Makinson.Six days later, they were off to ‘hell’ to face Salford Red Devils and after running in ten tries on the night, your Champions were top of the table and confidence was high.NRL Champions South Sydney Rabbitohs then rolled into town for a sold out World Club Challenge clash. On the night Saints came up against a side that looked unbeatable and put on a scintillating display of rugby league.The loss was heavy but there was no denying the Bunnies’ class.It was always going to be a tough turnaround when – just five days later – Castleford Tigers came to Langtree Park. But Saints showed their resilience and a late Jon Wilkin drop goal sealed a 21-14 win.MARCHSaints paid the price for their hard-fought 20-14 away win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, losing Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival and Luke Thompson to injury during the game. Wellens, Greenwood and Turner all scored on the night with Saints running with only one substitute for most of the match.Down 14-6, Saints came back to win 30-20 away at Widnes Vikings and then recorded their first home win over Warrington since 2011.32-24 was a scoreline that flattered the Wolves, with tries from Greenwood, Wilkin, Swift, McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Makinson.But that joy was short-lived as Saints lost 24-22 at Hull KR the following week – extending a run of poor League results there which stretched back to 2007.April, May and June follow tomorrow.last_img read more

Erin Brockovich stays busy with GenX while visiting Wilmington

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Conversations about GenX continued this morning with water activist Erin Brockovich and other local officials.The meeting Brockovich participated in this morning was not supposed to be closed, but a production crew filming it refused to let the media inside.- Advertisement – Brockovich has been involved in the GenX issues from afar, but now she is in Wilmington to see the problem at hand, first hand.“We as people have gotten very comfortable and compliant that we just turn on the tap and you’re going to have good water,” Brockovich said.New Hanover County Commissioner and CFPUA board member Skip Watkins said no great revelation was made during the closed door meeting, but he is happy to have outside help.Related Article: Wilmington-based Untappd ranks top 150 on Inc. 5000 listMeanwhile, Brockovich said this is a time everyone must come together.“This is where I said we have to stop this division going on here ok everybody is on the same page and ya need clean water,” Brockovich said.She believes transparency is key in fighting this battle against Chemours, the company responsible for dumping chemicals into the water.“We all want clean water, everybody does, the commissioner, your senators, municipality didn’t want this. They’re not the polluters the company is and everyone is circling together now to figure out the most feasible, productive, quick, open, honest transparent way,”Brockovich said.Watkins said Robert Bowcock, Brockovich’s water quality expert complimented the efforts the city has taken so far.Brockovich has a busy schedule while in town helping fight GenX. There will be a rally this Saturday and she is supposed to be attending.last_img read more

UNCW moves up in ranking as one of the best regional universities

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first_img The university also received other key recognitions in US News’ “Best Colleges 2018” edition including a #9 ranking on the list of best colleges for veterans in regional universities in the south.UNCW continues to execute on goals set within the Strategic Plan introduced in 2015. Over the last year:The freshman-to-sophomore retention rate has risen to 87%, the highest in university historyAnnual giving has increased 14%Grant awards are up 21%Graduate school enrollment is up 9% WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked #14 on the U.S. News and World Report list of Best Regional Universities (South), up from #16 last year.UNCW also ranked 6th among public universities and for the first time has nearly 16,500 students enrolled, the university announced Tuesday. This is nearly 2,000 more students than were enrolled in fall of 2014.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Strolling around for holiday fun in downtown Wilmington

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first_img Kicking off the day was the arrival of Santa Claus by water sleigh at Riverfront Park.That’s where kids were given special stockings filled by the Wilmington Police Department.One officer, Lt. Kelly Sipe, says he loves getting to see the joy on children’s faces this time of year.Related Article: Swastikas, symbols spray painted on Cape Fear Rugby Club’s playing field“I think that the biggest thing is just the joy of Christmas and getting out to see, basically the citizens of Wilmington and the young citizens of Wilmington at that,” said Sipe.This was the third year of the Holly Jolly Stroll.It’s all about showing off downtown Wilmington and making it a premier destination during the holidays. The 3rd annual Holly Jolly Stroll was held in downtown Wilmington (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Christmas fun in downtown Wilmington continued Saturday with the second day of the Holly Jolly Stroll.The gloomy weather forced some of the outdoor activities inside, but the event still had a decent turnout.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear History Mysteries Wilmington blues Part 1 2

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a story of legends, love and loss.Charlie and Rose Lucas — two famous blues musicians — who have played with the cream of the crop.- Advertisement – Rose tells their journey from high school sweethearts to the grandparents of blues in Wilmington.Check out the video above.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.”last_img

Got insurance questions Get them answered Friday

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first_img The camp will be located at the Independence Mall in Wilmington at the vacant Sears parking Lot, 3500 Oleander Drive on Friday from 9 a.m – 6 p.m.The Department of Insurance will conduct a Victims Assistance Center open to the public on Thursday at the Historic Train Depot, 115 S. Dickerson Street in Burgaw. Doors will open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.The insurance camp will be located at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, 106 Wilkes Lane E, Hampstead, on Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.Related Article: Minor flooding, roof damage from Michael in downtown WilmingtonThis will give residents a chance to have direct contact with their insurance companies and others who can help them get their lives back on track as soon as possible. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Insurance will host an insurance camp in New Hanover and Pender counties Friday to help storm victims recover from Hurricane Florence.At the camp, residents can get information, file claims, and ask questions of insurance carriers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Family of patient who drowned in SC transport van speaks out

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first_img “On that day… she was just going for her regular hour counseling appointment,” said Linda Green, Nicolette’s mother.It was a Tuesday. That day ended any way but “regular” for the Green and Newton families. The two families have bonded since the incident.A Facebook group, “Justice for Nikki & Wendy“, has been created to try and change policies and laws regarding transporting mental health patients.Related Article: Parents want Brunswick Co. Schools to reconsider field trip cutsRead more here. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings HORRY COUNTY, SC (WPDE/WWAY) — Imagine waking up in the middle of the night because you hear your daughter screaming “help” and you can’t do anything about it. That’s what the father of Nicolette Green says he has done over and over since his daughter died.A Horry County Sheriff’s Office transport van drove through flooded waters on Highway 76, near the Little Pee Dee River in Marion County, according to officials. Green and Wendy Newton were killed. Newton is from Shallotte.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hunt for ghosts on Battleship with Syfy Channel celebrities this weekend

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first_img The event was supposed to happen in September, but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence.The hunting begins on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Battleship in Wilmington.Get a ticket. Battleship North Carolina (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re a fan of shows like “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Asylum and Haunted Towns”, listen up! There’s a fun event taking place this weekend.On Saturday, you can meet, greet, fist bump and ghost hunt with Steve Gonsalves, from Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” along with Chris Smith and Mike Goncalves from Destination America’s show “Ghost Asylum and Haunted Towns” on the Battleship North Carolina.- Advertisement – last_img

General makes trip to Normandy for 75th DDay anniversary

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first_img(Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when forces landed on the beaches of Normandy during World War II.One general who lives in Wilmington will be going to the anniversary event.- Advertisement – For Brigadier General Robert S. Cooley Jr., the 75th anniversary has a special meaning to him. Cooley’s great uncle fought in D-Day, so he says being able to be in Normandy next week means so much to him.At the 75th anniversary commemoration, Cooley says veterans will go back to the battles they fought in.He says there are dozens of ceremonies that will go on for two weeks, and servicemen and women of all ages make the trip across the Atlantic.Related Article: Medal of Honor recipient speaks on Vietnam War experiences“We are absolutely losing living history,” Cooley said. “Our World War II veterans are dying every day at amazing numbers. So that part of our history is soon to be lost. So if we don’t have the opportunity with out youngest generation to go, interact, understand their stories, then it’s impossible for us to understand the absolute sacrifice that those soldiers, sailors and airmen made.”Cooley says this may be the last major anniversary that they celebrate because there are so few world war two veterans left.Cooley will be heading to Normandy on Saturday.He says he will jump into D-Day, so he will jump into one of the drop zones that some of our soldiers jumped into during World War II.last_img read more

Erdoğan loses hold over Ankara Istanbul disputed

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first_imgSupporters of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) gather in front of the party’s headquarters to celebrate the municipal elections results in Ankara, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/StringerSupporters of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) gather in front of the party’s headquarters to celebrate the municipal elections results in Ankara, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has suffered a major setback, as the AKP lost control of the Turkish capital Ankara and a tense standoff unfolded in Istanbul. During his speech on Sunday, the Turkish president flanked only by his wife, addressed party supporters from the balcony of AKP’s general headquarters in Ankara, Erdogan appeared to accept defeat in Istanbul.Local elections were held on Sunday 31 March in 81 provinces in Turkey, nine months after the elections national elections which saw Erdoğan’s hold on power extended.CHP’s Mansur Yavaş won in Ankara dealing a significant blow to the AKP, which saw a 25-year dominance over the capital come to an end.Meanwhile in Istanbul, CHP’s candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu said in the early hours of Monday that he had won by nearly 28,000 votes over AKP candidate and former prime minister Binali Yildirim. However, AKP said that Yildirim defeated İmamoğlu by just 4,000 votes, and banners portraying Erdoğan and his mayoral candidate Yildirim celebrating an electoral win on billboards appeared overnight in Istanbul.The head of Turkey’s High Election Board said that İmamoğlu was leading the race later on, on Monday.The ruling party AKP and far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) contested various provinces under a joint People’s Alliance. CHP and IYI Party contested in some provinces under a joint banner in 50 provinces. The pro-Kurdish and pro-peace party, Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP which is the second largest opposition group in parliament led a ‘Kurdish election alliance’ with candidates for municipalities in Turkey’s southeast. The party sat out critical races in Turkey’s major cities, which sent HDP votes to the Republican People’s Party.Hundreds of detentions, arrests and deportation – HDPThe Peoples’ Democratic Party in a statement spoke of the government’s attempts to undermine the opposition through detentions and arrests in specific cities to directly affect election results.In Iğidir members of the party and sister party BDP were detained on 17 March, with 9 of them arrested after a twelve-day detention period and charged with “terrorist” charges. On 29 March, 8 members of HDP, including the co-chair of the city, were arrested in Adana. In Van, 24 members and activists of HDP were detained and 14 of them arrested. On March 30, just a day before the country went to polls, 53 people were detained in Istanbul after the police raided 127 houses. The majority of the people were HDP candidates for municipal councils in Istanbul and its districts.The Party also invited about 100 people from various European countries as elections observes with at least 12 foreign observers from those invited were detained at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and later deported.The HDP decried the detentions and arrests and the government’s use of public resources for political campaigning. The party also condemned the media censorship, and the dangerous political discourse that polarized the country and criminalised all critical voices as “terrorists”. 1 of 11 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet AK Party supporters in Ankara, Turkey April 1, 2019. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate municipal elections results in Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine greet supporters in Ankara, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas Supporters of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) gather in front of the party’s headquarters to celebrate the municipal elections results in Ankara, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Supporters of AK Party wave flags in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan WhatsApp Supporters of AK Party stand in front of a billboard picturing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslancenter_img Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir SharePrint Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), attends a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir <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> Supporters of AK Party are seen in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine greet supporters in Ankara, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas Fireworks are seen in Istanbul, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslanlast_img read more

Clientelism in Malta who really is in charge

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first_img SharePrint Clientelism is not just, ‘an electoral strategy’ used by political parties in Malta, it is also, ‘an exchange relationship’ maintained by its voters.This is one of the key findings presented by academic Wouter Veenendaal in his study on the linkages between small states and their tendency towards Patron/Client relations and particularistic politics.“A system maintained by voters”In Veenendaal’s analysis entitled, ‘How Smallness Fosters Clientelism: A Case Study of Malta,’ the author states that the idea of clientelism goes beyond simply offers of favours by politicians and parties during election campaigns, it is a system that is, ‘actively pursued and maintained by voters.’The field research was carried out in Malta during November 2017 and involved interviews with local journalists, NGOs, academics and politicians. This research also include the author’s, ‘shadowing’ of political surgeries, something that helped him understand better the kinds of interactions between politicians and voters.Blurring of public and privateThe author explains that the smallness of the country means there is, ‘a constant blurring of private and professional relations between citizens and politicians’.Direct personal contact with voters (on occasions in a paternal role) was presented by politicians as being the only real way to be elected to office. Very often those direct contacts were, ‘initiated from both sides,’ and created opportunities for client/patron relations to form. These would be along the lines of helping the voter achieve an outcome to a personal ‘micro issue,’ in return for their vote.The result is that many politicians are often inundated with messages from voters on social media, by phone or email, pretty much, ‘whenever they see fit,’ Veenendaal says.Voters do not hold backThe author explains that during their observance of house visits and consultations, the politicians offered the constituents an ear to listen to their concerns, but voters, ‘did not hold back in expressing their complaints, dissatisfaction, grieves, or worries, apparently looking actively for the politician’s attention and care’.Among the direct interactions, the vast majority of politicians interviewed explained that the kinds of requests varied considerably from, ‘people’s housing, jobs, taxes, health care and pensions to really personal issues like disease, loneliness or relations within the family’.“… to find a job or to push their medical treatments up the list”The established view is that the MP will be act on their behalf, whether it is speaking with ministers to find a job in the civil service for a family member or pushing their medical treatments earlier up the waiting list.‘An individual does not speak to you about the policy on building heights. An individual will be speaking to you about the fact that they are trying to get a permit to build two floors on their roof,’ one respondent described.Pressure to scratch backsVeenendaal explains that it can be difficult for politicians to meet the personal interests of the voter and that is worsened when it comes to electoral candidates vying for votes during election campaigns. The author explains that this is already exacerbated by the country’s use of the Single Transferable Vote electoral system (STV) and candidate’s necessity for direct connection with the public. When the candidates are from the same party, this creates particularly fierce competition.“I can give you a fridge, a washing machine”These Client/Patron relations are even more emphasized when they promise material items just to ensure they don’t vote in favour of another candidate.On this issue one politician said that, ‘In the end you are not fighting to try and convince someone from the opposite party to vote for you, but you try to convince people from your party not to vote for X but for you. So I can offer you this, I can give you a fridge, a washing machine, and this is what’s happening.’In other interviews, the author describes the pressure exerted on politicians by voters to fulfil their interests. One respondent (in government) described that even with a ‘Customer Care’ staff employed to manage the number of constituent’s requests, many get annoyed that they aren’t able to meet their representative.“I voted for you, I have to see you”‘I have twelve men and women team of customer care, and they are meeting dozens of people every day. People sometimes are frustrated, and they are sms-ing me. I am telling them “we will set a meeting.” Customer care people are calling them. They come here they think they will meet the minister, but they meet the customer care team. They are annoyed, and say, “I voted for you, I have to see you”’The author outlines that voters are very blunt in their requests, ‘I voted for X, so now s/he has to do something for me,’ they recall.With there being an apparent lack of personal and professional boundaries between the voter and their representative, it opens them up for continuous bombardment and potential risks.‘The danger of succumbing to that pressure in a small community like ours is enormous, because remember, these are the people you meet every Sunday when you go to church, whom your wife meets if she goes shopping in a supermarket. And you’re constantly bombarded by all of this, so this is a downside that creates enormous risks,’ one respondent recalled.On this point, the author concludes that this is an environment in which the, ‘pressures to fulfil these requests can be formidable, which clearly points to a type of clientelism in which the clients dominate.’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

Five apps that drove the App Stores success

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first_imgAdvertisement “App” has been a computing term for a lot longer than five years. But, on July 10, 2008, it began its journey to becoming a household word.That’s when Apple, a year after launching the iPhone, introduced its App Store to the world.The online marketplace launched with 500 apps, mostly for established Web companies such as Facebook, eBay and Yelp. Today, it has more than 850,000. And, a couple of months ago, it passed a mind-boggling threshold, marking the 50 billionth app to be downloaded. – Advertisement – Apple can no longer claim proprietary ownership of apps, those mini-programs that continue to push the boundaries of what a mobile phone can do. Google launched its own app store, now called Play, less than a year after Apple. Today, it’s on a path toward surpassing Apple’s number of downloads.But the iPhone was the first smartphone most folks ever saw, and the App Store was the accessory that gave it extra usefulness. On this anniversary, we look at five iconic apps that got a huge lift from the App Store and expanded the capabilities of our phones.‘Angry Birds‘Before the App Store, video games were, by and large, for hard-core players with consoles or souped-up PCs. Now the line between who is a gamer and who’s not is blurry — and millions of people have “Angry Birds” to thank. The deceptively addictive little game, in which players fling a flock of … well … angry birds at their pig nemeses, is the top-selling paid app in the App Store’s history.Since its launch in 2009, the game has become a franchise, with spinoffs, toys, cartoons and even a movie making up just part of Swedish developer Rovio Entertainment’s furious, feathered empire.Google MapsWith the rise of Google’s Android system as Apple’s chief mobile rival, there’s a certain irony that one of its products was a key to the App Store’s success. But since Google Maps rolled out as a native app for the iPhone, the ability to get directions on the go has become one of mobile computing’s key features. (Does anyone still hand-draw maps?)[related-posts]Yes, there are other map apps out there. But Google’s treasure-trove of data makes its maps a go-to for millions. Witness the mini-disaster Apple had on its hands when it bumped Google’s offering for its own Maps app last year. Apple’s product was so half-baked that CEO Tim Cook, in a rare mea culpa, essentially told users to download Google Maps until it was fixed.PandoraBy 2008 Pandora already had become a popular Web-streaming service, letting users seed their own personal radio stations with bands or songs they liked. But the company was quick to see the potential in mobile computing, and Pandora was among the first apps available when the App Store went live.Since then, it’s become the second-most downloaded iPhone app in the store’s history, trailing only Facebook. Its proof of concept — that users want to be able to bring their music with them anywhere — also helped inspire a host of competitors, from Spotify to Rdio to Last.fm.InstagramMobile phones, particularly smartphones, made all of us photographers. That’s a huge shift. But, sadly for most of us, it didn’t make us all good photographers. Enter Instagram — with a slate of editing tools and funky filters that can make even the most pedestrian pictures look good. Add to that Instagram’s social features, complete with Twitter-like hashtags, and you’ve got a tool tailor-made for mobile.Launched in 2010 by Stanford University students, Instagram now moves about 45 million images every day. Oh … and those creators also sold it to Facebook last year for a cool $1 billion.ShazamIt seems like a little thing, until you stop and think about it: What if your phone could listen to a few seconds of a song, then tell you what it is? That would have sounded like magic not so many years ago. Now, we take it for granted. Shazam started in the UK in 2002 as a Web service.But it was front and center at the beginning of the mobile revolution, and is now among Apple’s Top 10 downloaded apps, with 300 million users.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

Is It Internet Or internet The Internet Cant Agree

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first_imgWhat is it, Internet or internet? Image Credit: LiveScience Advertisement In the summer, the “Internet” will become the “internet,” at least according to the Associated Press’s widely-followed stylebook. The change was announced over the weekend at the American Copy Editors Society’s annual meeting, immediately setting off a round of arguments about whether “internet” with a lowercase “i” is a good or a bad thing.For some, “internet” represents a long-overdue acknowledgement that the Internet, as a term, has outgrown its capitalization. For others, it’s just wrong: The Internet – the one you are almost certainly using right now to read this article – refers to a specific network of smaller networks, and should keep the capital “I” that distinguishes it from any other plain old “internet” of connected computer networks.There are few moderate opinions, at least on the Internet, about the matter. “What a shame,” wrote Seth Maxon in Slate. The New Republic, meanwhile, declared “finally.” The replies to the AP Stylebook’s tweet about the upcoming change reveal similar divisions. “You change that ‘I’ in the Internet to lowercase and you’re entering a world of pain,” one frustrated follower wrote. Another responded, “Dreams DO come true.” – Advertisement – We asked Bill Walsh, the copy editor who oversees The Washington Post’s stylebook, about AP’s change. He argues that the capital “I” should stay, and at The Post, it will. “It’s possible we’ll reconsider down the road,” Walsh wrote in an email, “but for now Washington Post style will retain capitalization for “Internet.”“The word could just as easily have entered the language as a common noun, like ‘electricity,’ but it didn’t,” Walsh said. “It was a name for the network, not just a newly coined word for the network, and to me it looks sloppy – at least for now – to ignore that precedent just because people don’t use the shift key much anymore.”In the case of “internet,” Team lowercase “i” is arguing that the precedent doesn’t matter anymore. The “Internet” and the “Web” have “become generic terms,” the AP’s Standards Editor Thomas Kent said in an email to Poynter. The stylebook will also switch to a lowercase “w” in all instances of Web, once the changes take effect on June 1. Those changes “reflect a growing trend toward lowercasing both words.”[related-posts]The Post has been more conservative than the AP on a couple of other changes that reflect the usage of technical words. For instance, the Associated Press dropped the hyphen in “email” in 2011 – a change that, to Internet-based publications like Mashable, felt overdue at the time. The Washington Post made the same change years later, in December 2015.No matter how you feel about Internet vs. internet, it’s clear that the uppercase version of the word is losing its dominance against the upstart lowercase spelling. The linguist Susan Herring looked at “Internet” late last year for Wired. Here’s what she had to say on the evidence of “internet’s” rise:“‘Internet’ was twice as frequent as ‘internet’ between 2000 and 2012, according to the Oxford English Corpus (a huge database that includes everything from academic papers to Internet comment sections), yet ‘Internet’ has outpaced ‘internet’ by only a slim margin since 2012; by late 2015, that margin may have disappeared.”“The lower-case version will eventually win the day,” she argued, “driven by age-old principles of language change.” But “eventually” is pretty key, here, because “Internet” has stuck around for a lot longer than some lowercase proponents had hoped. Wired itself was one of the first major publications to declare that it was done with the “Internet” and was ready for the “internet” in 2004. But “Internet” later returned to Wired, at least temporarily, when Conde Nast bought the magazine and reverted it to its style.[The Washington Post]last_img read more

PREVIEW The Arc – its Japans time

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first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t hasn’t been billed as a vintage Arc (possibly unfairly) but what can’t be doubted is that it is one of the most interesting puzzles to solve.Trying to predict what will even start favourite is hard enough, let alone trying to find the winner of the race.In an increasingly international race you have to give considerable respect to the Japanese raiders Just A Way, Gold Ship and the three-year-old Harp Star.Japanese horses have gone close before – claiming silver prize four times and their time will surely come soon ?Pick of them might be the filly Harp Star, winner of the Japanese 1000 Guineas who has reportedly worked very well since her arrival in France.Three-year-old fillies have a very respectable record in the race – just look back to Treve last year.I’d love to see Treve run well again but I couldn’t be backing her today as Arc winners struggle to go back to back. She comes here on the back of two odds-on defeats and some of the magic seems to have gone. She was unbeaten coming into the race last year and the ground won’t be as soft as she needs today.Tapestry lowered the colours of Oaks winner Taghrooda at York in what was the shock of the flat season so far.  The pair renew rivalry again – the break since York might suit Taghrooda and it’s hard to be positive about Tapestry after her shocking run in the Matron Stakes last time out.The Irish last won this in 2009 with the brilliant Sea The Stars and Aidan O’Brien saddles three, pick of which might be last year’s Derby hero Ruler Of The World who won well over course and distance under Frankie Dettori in the Prix Foy last time out. He comes into this a fresh horse which is a positive.It’s so finely balanced it’s scary, and trying to tie together collateral international form can tie you in knots.I think there will be a Japanese trained winner – it’s just a question of which one !! At the prices I can certainly have an interest in all three with Star Sports.All I need to do then is to survive the inevitable stewards enquiry – those French stewards are quick to blast the claxon as Cirrus Des Aigles supporters found out to their cost yesterday.Bonne chance mes amis.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK JUST A WAY, GOLD CHIP, HARP STAR at around 8/1, 12/1, 9/1 respectively for 2 points each way on each (total stake 12 points) with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 43.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Whos having an unnecessary hissyfit today

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell done to George Osborne, for grafting his way into another mega, 1 day a week, payday, from one of his Corporate Bumchums. A favour being returned, can we presume…? And what’s all this crying about the budget? There’s only one way to wash away worries about the economy and also a load of Unpleasant Hooray-Henrys: 100% Inheritance-Tax. BRING IT IN NOW.In other news:Corporate Clegg’s wife is having a feminist hissy-fit about not being addressed by her maiden-name. Err… If it wasn’t for your husband being a former ‘leader’, of a non-descript, political-party, nobody would invite you to such occasions and offer comment on your life. WHAT ARE YOU GOING ON ABOUT, WOMAN?Over and out, B x ​last_img

Interview NICK LUCK

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first_imgNICK LUCK (part 4 of 5)In part four Nick Luck talks about his brush with mainstream TV, Alan Carr, tipping, punting and owning horses. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS NICK LUCK (part 2 of 5)In Part 2 Nick Luck talks more about his time with Channel 4 Racing, Luck On Sunday, using just his memory to conduct over two hours of live TV, Harvey Smith, co-operation in the racing media and snaring John Gosden. Interview: NICK LUCK For many people THE face of UK Racing, Nick Luck has been voted ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ no less than seven times by his peers in the HWPA, reflecting his work on Channel 4 Racing, RUK and NBC in the USA. He’s also the BBC voice of equestrian sport, add to that his written journalistic work – it’s a wonder he found time to talk to us, but he did. Meeting Nick Luck.NICK LUCK (part 1 of 5)In part one of our five bite-sized interviews with Nick Luck he talks about not being offered a chance to join the ITV Racing team, winning HWPA ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ award seven times, school days at Harrow and his time at Channel 4.center_img NICK LUCK (part 3 of 5)In part three Nick talks about gambling and his own personal punting, the comparison of the public perception of horse racing in both the UK and USA. He talks about his work with NBC and coverage of Royal Ascot together with his work on horse trails and other equestrian sports. He’s also very candid about the effect of his job on family life and dealing with learning his youngest child has Cystic Fibrosis. NICK LUCK (part 5 of 5)In the fifth and final part of our interview with Nick Luck, he talks about racing in general, is it too elitist, too establishment, does it do enough to attract new blood, should Royal Ascot be allowed to exclude people in this day and age? Finally, what he would do as head of the BHA and how the future looks for racing.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday 2 December

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first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 2 DecemberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Saturday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> HORSE RACING12.25 CarlisleGarrettstown 11/10 > 5/62.30 CarlisleKnocknamona 8/1 > 4/13.10 FairyhouseThe Holy One 14/1 > 11/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League14:05 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD6/4 Arsenal13/8 Tottenham Hotspur11/4 DRAWPremier League16:15 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD2/5 Liverpool7/1 Everton15/4 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img read more

RIP John McCririck

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first_imgStar Sports are saddened to learn of the passing of betting and broadcasting legend John McCririck today, aged 79.A friend of the firm, and regular sparring partner with Ben Keith in the ring, John is survived by his wife Jenny ‘The Booby’ to whom we send our deepest condolences.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Big Mac, Ben and ‘Old Faithful’ in the Glorious Goodwood betting ring in 2017.On hearing the news, Ben tweeted:So sad to hear of the passing of Betting-Ring & Racing TV legend @RealMcCririck. John did more to promote Racing than ANYBODY & contrary to belief was such a gentle & kind person. Himself & @BoobyMcCririck the perfect couple. RIP BIG MAC #theyknew #comeracing— Ben Keith (@BenStarSports) July 5, 2019John was a unique character and fair to say irreplaceable. If you asked 100 people in the street to name ‘somebody to do with horse racing’ he would still get many votes.John was part of TV racing for three decades – starting with ITV Racing, then Channel 4 Racing and also At The Races.Prior to that, he won two investigative awards during his time as a journalist for The Sporting Life.His outlandish style transcended horse racing though, as he was a regular on mainstream TV – notably two series of Celebrity Big Brother and also Question Time, underpinning that there was an old school, talented journalist behind the often pantomime facade.RIP Big Mac, larger than life, never bland and we will all miss you terribly in your natural habitat – the betting jungle x<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>John appeared as an interviewee in our #BettingPeople interviews.last_img read more