Month: July 2019

As Labour members who campaigned for Kate Hoey at

first_imgAs Labour members who campaigned for Kate Hoey at the last General Election despite many of us disagreeing with her about Brexit, we are appalled at the way in which she is demonstrating that her personal views take priority over representing her constituents and our Party by voting to enable this rotten, inept Government to stay in office. Vauxhall is an inner city constituency whose diverse, multi-cultural and multi-racial community have suffered eight years of Tory cuts and austerity, yet our MP is voting to prop up that Tory government and for a Tory Brexit which threatens job, peace in Northern Ireland and the future of the NHS. For this we condemn her.We will be supporting the motion of censure being put to Vauxhall Labour Party’s General Committee on 26 July 2018, and its demands that(a) the Leader of the Labour Party suspend Kate Hoey from the Parliamentary Labour Party and remove the Whip; and (b) that the National Executive Committee declare Kate Hoey ineligible for re-selection as a parliamentary candidate. Tags:Labour Party /Kate Hoey /Vauxhall /Labour /deselection /Brexit /Vauxhall Labour /Vauxhall Momentum / Labour members in Kate Hoey’s seat are advancing plans to deselect their MP over her locally unpopular Brexit views.Tonight activists in the Constituency Labour Party will hold a general committee meeting that will see delegates vote on a motion of censure against Hoey. It calls for her to have the Labour whip removed and to be ruled ineligible for future selection. The local Momentum group has passed a similar motion.Ahead of the meeting, which Hoey will not attend as she is acting as an adviser to the Zimbabwe elections, the MP has shared a report that updates members on her response to the criticisms being levelled at her. She will also send a statement to be read out at the meeting.In her report, Hoey explains: “Whilst many of you may disagree with my views, I have voted in line with the manifesto and the result of the referendum – to leave the single market and the customs union… All my votes are on the issue being debated and not in support of the government.”According to a Labour source, Vauxhall Labour meetings have been particularly “acrimonious” since Hoey was pictured on a boat with Ukip’s Nigel Farage during the Brexit campaign. But some members were already displeased by the MP’s criticisms of Lambeth Council.Views vary across the party as to whether Hoey should be deselected. Unsurprisingly, Labour Leavers are less keen: Brendan Chilton last week wrote for LabourList ‘in defence of Kate Hoey’. It is also pointed out by more Brexit-sympathetic Corbynites that she stayed loyal to Jeremy Corbyn during the 2016 leadership coup.If the motion of censure passes at local party level, Labour’s ruling national executive committee will be asked to advise on whether an early trigger ballot is possible.UPDATE on 27th July: The motion of censure was passed unanimously.Kate Hoey has been contacted for comment.Below is the full amended motion going to Vauxhall Labour GC tonight. (Original text in italics.)This CLP notes that in June 2017 Kate Hoey was elected on a manifesto which explicitly rejected Theresa May’s approach to Brexit and that she pledged in a letter to constituents that she endorsed Labour’s plans.This CLP censures Kate Hoey MP for repeatedly reneging on those commitments, and ignoring the clearly stated views of her constituents and the national and local Labour Party.MPs must have the right to vote with their conscience and against the Party Whip on matters of principle. However, this right cannot extend to collaborating with the ERG and DUP by co-signing an amendment to the Trade Bill making it illegal for the UK government to make customs arrangements for Northern Ireland separate to Great Britain, thereby undermining the Good Friday Agreement and contravening Labour Party policy of trying to prevent a hard border; and to propping up a failing government by voting against an amendment to Clause 18 of the Trade Bill when Tory whips had made it clear that defeat could lead to an immediate general election, an election which Labour is widely expected to win.This CLP recognises Kate’s hard work as a constituency MP and that there have been many issues on which she has taken a principled stand which have not necessarily been supported by all local Party activists. However, we believe that the accumulation of her actions and statements over the years, culminating in her supporting this reactionary Government and a Tory Brexit which will threaten jobs, peace in Northern Ireland and the future of the NHS, and undermine workers’ rights and environmental and other standards, cannot be deemed to be compatible with Labour’s core beliefs and values. Examples of this go far beyond her views on EU membership and include:Working for Boris Johnson when he was London Mayor; chairing the Countryside Alliance and supporting fox hunting, despite representing an inner city constituency; supporting elitist grammar schools; attacking Labour’s ban on hand guns following the Dunblane massacre;  colluding with Nigel Farage, UKIP and the leave.eu campaign during the referendum; failing to condemn the Breaking Point poster; acceptance of funds from Arron Banks (whose finances are currently under investigation); and her lack of endorsement or campaigning for official Labour candidates during the recent Council elections, instead openly praising Green Party candidates.This CLP therefore requests(a) That the Leader of the Labour Party and Chief Whip suspend Kate Hoey from the Parliamentary Labour Party and remove the Whip; and (b) That the National Executive Committee declare Kate Hoey ineligible for re-selection or endorsement as a Labour Party parliamentary candidate.Below is the motion passed by Vauxhall Momentum.last_img read more

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SF Teacher is Evicted by Tech Workers and Protesters Take Their Case

first_img Tags: evictions • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “This is a new attempt to evict tenants by saying that just by living in an illegal unit and using appliances there, the tenant is creating ‘a nuisance,’” said Malliet’s attorney, Joseph Tobener, adding that he has seen only three such eviction cases in San Francisco. This unusual legal tactic, coupled with the threat of a teacher and single mother losing her home, did not sit well with the city’s educators and tenant advocates, who in return also tried a new approach.Armed with posters and a megaphone, some 20 people protested the impending eviction at the 546 Bryant St. office of Mubi, a film website headquartered in London that employs one of the evicting landlords.“We are not blaming Mubi for this eviction – we are saying, ‘talk with your VP of product development and tell him that you don’t like this attention on your company,’” said one of the protest’s organizers, Christopher Cook, about the public shaming. The group taped flyers with the landlord’s image reading “there are unoccupied homes for sale. Go buy one,” on the tech office’s Bryant street entrance.“We are sending a clear message – if you don’t want to be a good landlord, don’t buy a home that has people living in it,” said Cook. Teachers who came to support Malliet said that her eviction was especially damaging, as it would likely displace a 20-year San Francisco Unified School District veteran who primarily serves low-income and disadvantaged families. It comes in the midst of  a housing crisis that has already displaced many qualified educators. “The school district is scrambling to find teachers like her,” said Matthew Hardy of the United Educators of San Francisco, a union that represents teachers and paraprofessionals. Hardy explained that the district’s struggle with high turnovers and low retention rates has reached a “crisis point.”“We are fighting for Michelle, because if this eviction goes through, there will be a gaping hole where she serves,” said Hardy.Despite the protesters’ vocal efforts, the company remained mum about the eviction on Thursday. One disgruntled worker who exited the Bryant Street building asked the protesters if they had “chosen this spot on purpose,” but hurried off without awaiting a reply. It is unclear if Malliet’s new landlord, Verbeeck, was at work. Regardless, Cook said he believed that the message had gotten through. “They know we are here today whether they are here or not.”Protesters gathered in front of a downtown tech office to call attention to the eviction of a schoolteacher and her daughter by one of the company’s employees. Photo by Laura WaxmannMalliet, who was also present at the protest, said that she was not surprised at the company’s silence, but appreciated the community support. “I feel taken care of, ” she said. “When I first got that notice, I thought I was alone in this eviction.”Still, Malliet had hoped for a dialogue. “I’m open to talk.”The 49-year-old teacher said that spending the past four months splitting her time between “teaching special-needs children, parenting, and keeping up with this eviction” has been difficult for her.  “I’m still hoping to stay,” said the San Francisco native, adding that she had hoped that the building was purchased “as an investment” and never thought the landlords would move to evict her. “I grew up in this city and I want the same for my daughter.” That does not seem to be the plan of her new landlords. The city permits building owners to bring illegal units up to code by following a stipulated process – a route that could prevent Malliet’s displacement. But Tobener, the attorney, said that the new landlords have not indicated that they wish to initiate this process.“The landlords can fix this building and put it in a good condition, and the city would support them in legalizing the unit,” said Tobener, adding that in the eight years that Malliet has lived in the in-law, not a single complaint was filed with the Department of Building Inspections or voiced by the previous landlord.“Its a matter of money and convenience for them,” said Tobener, adding that he got the sense that the couple “didn’t buy the building to be landlords.” center_img Update, 7/24/16: The San Francisco Examiner reports that the landlords and tenant have reached a settlement, though the tenant’s lawyer did not offer any additional details about whether she would be able to remain in place, saying only that both parties are happy with the deal.Protesters posted in front of the downtown office of a tech company on Thursday afternoon to call out one of its employees who recently purchased a Mission District home and is evicting a teacher and her daugher who live there. Earlier this year, school teacher Michelle Malliet and her daughter were served with an eviction notice for causing a “nuisance” by using gas and electrical appliances in their in-law apartment after two tech workers purchased Mission District building.  Malliet is a part-time special education aide at a Noe Valley school and teaches at an afterschool program in the Mission.Though they had lived without incident in the illegal unit for some eight years, the family was given the notice by Mathieu Verbeeck and Catherine Crevel on March 11 with just three days to vacate their home on 20th and Hampshire streets.last_img read more

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KYLE Eastmond is looking forward to what he thinks

first_imgKYLE Eastmond is looking forward to what he thinks is the biggest game in Rugby League today.Saints v Wigan is a massive clash whatever the date and with the added spice of a Challenge Cup Final place at Wembley on the line, the atmosphere and intensity will crank up a couple of notches.“It is a big game and the biggest in rugby league,” he said. “You can feel the magnitude of the game in training, it is something we have to be ready for and it is important that we prepare for it properly as a team and as individuals to give ourselves the best chance.“I have been playing centre but I’m not sure where I will fit in this week. Francis Meli will hopefully be back and therefore I might be given a different role. But whatever helps the team I am happy to do.“I am looking for a strong finish to the season. Things have turned around since the beginning for myself and the team too. We didn’t make the best start and hopefully myself and the team can kick on more and with better style.”A couple of weeks into the season the 21-year-old announced his decision to sign for Bath RU at the end of the current campaign.It had ramifications for both himself and the Club but thankfully it’s water under the bridge and fans are getting to see a glimpse of what Eastmond can do.“It was a choice that took a long time to make,” he continued, “and the fans showed their disappointment in my leaving and I understand that. I thought I did the right thing to let the club know I was leaving early so they could sign players to replace me and that’s what they did. I don’t think I would do that differently.“But I know the frustration I showed wasn’t right and I regret that 100 per cent. It was an emotional thing and I apologised for it. I made a decision to move on and I took the stick for it and it got to me. But I know I acted childish and I do regret that and I have grown up from it.“It was a tough decision. I love the club and have been here since I was 11. But the opportunity presented was one I wanted to take.“I have grown up over last 12 months as I have had to deal with a lot and I think I haven’t done too badly. I have got back in the team, I am playing decent rugby again and hopefully I have a chance of playing in the Semi Final of a Challenge Cup.“It would be superb to get to Wembley but we know Wigan will be a tough challenge.“Hopefully we can prepare properly, bring our best game we can do it.”last_img read more

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ADVICE for Saints fans travelling to Old Trafford

first_imgADVICE for Saints fans travelling to Old Trafford by car or train.From Northern Rail:Please be aware Northern Rail services in and out of Manchester are expected to be very busy on Saturday due to the Grand Final at Old Trafford. We are adding extra services and carriages where possible, but with 65,000 fans expected, services will still be busy.Please be aware that there are no direct services to/from St Helens Central station on Saturday.If you are travelling to St Helens Junction and stations to Huyton please travel via Manchester Victoria on the Liverpool Lime Street service. Please note there is only one service from Manchester Piccadilly to St Helens Junction so please make sure you travel via Victoria where additional seats will be availableIf you are travelling to Earlestown or Newton-le-Willows, please travel via Manchester Piccadilly on Chester or Liverpool Lime Street servicesIf you are travelling to Liverpool via Birchwood and Warrington Central please travel via Manchester Piccadilly.Please plan your journey in advance and give yourself plenty of extra time to travel.Suggested Travel Route (if driving):Travel on the M6 motorway to Junc 21A and continue on the M62 east – signposted Manchester, Bolton, Leeds.Continue to junction 12 M60 motorway – signed S&E Airport.Continue on the M60 to junction 9 exit and onto A5081 Trafford Park – signposted The Quays & Manchester Utd.Turn right onto John Gilbert Way for MUFC Car Parks – N3 and W2.General car parking Warren Bruce Road, Elevator Road and surrounding area.last_img read more

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The 20yearold has made 40 appearances for the Sa

first_imgThe 20-year-old has made 40 appearances for the Saints since making his debut in 2016.“To be lucky enough to play as many games as I have at a young age, with some of the players I have, is very special,” he said. “Confidence is a massive thing in rugby. Having a new coach come in and start me has helped and I feel I can now crack on and further cement myself in the team.“I have confidence in my own ability. I also know I have more to give so to still be starting games, knowing in myself I have more in there, gives me confidence.”Morgan has been utilised in several positons since his progression from Academy to the first team with Justin Holbrook starting him at 13.“That’s my favoured position,” he added. “I see myself as a ball handling loose forward. That is where I like to be. I like doing the tough stuff but I also have some play in me too. That is where I’d like to see my career heading.“At the moment though I just want to crack on, week in week out. I want to further cement myself in the team and not think too far ahead.”You can read more from Morgan in this week’s matchday programme. It is priced at £3 and is available from the Saints Superstore and around the concourse on matchday.last_img read more

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For all the latest from the game click on the Mat

first_imgFor all the latest from the game, click on the Match Centre button to follow the feed and enjoy exclusive content throughout the 80 minutes! The game kicks off at 3pm and team news will arrive from about 2pm!last_img

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Clarkton woman arrested for selling stolen property

first_img Wells then carried the stolen chainsaw into Pawn South in Elizabethtown and sold it. She knew or had reason to know at the time the property was stolen.Wells was charged with Obtaining Property By False Pretense. Her bond was set at $1,500 secured.Deputies have two other suspects in this case and expect to make additional arrests in the near future.Related Article: How the FBI used science to identify mail bomb suspectIn addition to the chain saw, a 55 inch flat screen television was also stolen.Anyone with more information is asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.’ Angelina Tanya Wells is accused of selling stolen property to an Elizabethtown pawn shop. (Photo: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sheriff James A. McVicker said 43-year-old Angelina Tanya Wells of Clarkton was arrested for selling stolen property to an Elizabethtown pawn shop.Wells was arrested last week after deputies say she sold a chain saw that was stolen on September 18 from a home in the 700 block of Ruskin Road, near Elizabethtown.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Lane closures begin Monday on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers traveling on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge over the Cape Fear River will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning next Monday.NCODT says the closures are needed for crews to perform routine inspections.- Advertisement – The closures will start at 9 a.m. Monday, October 30, and continue until 3 p.m. each day through Thursday, November 2.The Federal Highway Administration requires all bridges to be inspected once every two years. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair. If inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made.  If necessary, weight restrictions will be placed on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe.Although there will not be any detours, drivers are urged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are also advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and expect possible delays.last_img read more

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North Carolina Chemours chemical penalties delayed to stick

first_imgAerial view of Chemours plant (Photo: WWAY) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina environmental regulators are delaying penalties against a chemical company for discharging compounds with worrying but little-researched health effects until they’re confident a case will stand up in court, a state official said Wednesday.The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued two violation notices in less than six months, warned of pending civil penalties and threatened to revoke the permit that legally allows The Chemours Co. plant near Fayetteville to discharge pollutants. Despite that, the agency hasn’t imposed concrete penalties.- Advertisement – Legislators investigating why the chemical GenX has been found in nearby water wells and public drinking water in Wilmington, nearly 100 miles downriver, wanted answers why regulators have held back. GenX is used in the production of Teflon and other non-stick surfaces. Little research exists about the health effects of GenX.“How much more is Chemours going to get away with before something is done?” asked Rep. Ted Davis, who represents Wilmington and neighboring communities.State assistant environment secretary Sheila Holman said regulators are being methodical with the prospect of a court challenge in mind.Related Article: Alabama abortion bill passes Senate, heads to governor“We’ve talked before about not taking an action that we can’t defend in court,” she said.Tests are also trying to determine the extent of related chemicals in Jordan Lake — which supplies water to the cities of Durham and Cary — and at a Marine Corps secondary airfield near the coastal town of Emerald Isle.Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours didn’t respond Wednesday to an invitation to comment.Chemours CEO Mark Vergnano last week told stock analysts the company has been intentionally avoiding public comments about its North Carolina plant while working with regulators on a long-term solution. He said the company is committed to continuing operations at its Bladen County plant.“We continue to believe that none of the discharges — either before we became an independent company in mid-2015 or after — have adversely impacted anyone’s health,” Vergnano said. The company was spun off by DuPont Co. in 2015.Earlier this month, Ohio’s attorney general accused Chemours and DuPont of releasing into the environment for decades a harmful chemical that was replaced by GenX. The lawsuit seeks damages and the costs of cleaning up contamination from the chemical — perfluorooctanoic acid, also called C8 — which DuPont used to manufacture Teflon products from the 1950s through 2013.DuPont and Chemours last year agreed to pay nearly $671 million to settle more than 3,500 federal and state lawsuits filed over the dumping of C8 into the Ohio River near Parkersburg, West Virginia.___Follow Emery P. Dalesio at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/emery-p-dalesiolast_img read more

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Call to 911 details altercation before Mondays fatal shooting

first_imgA stop the violence sign is displaying the 1000 block of Martin Street where 23-year-old Fuquan Wright was killed Monday. (Photo: Kevin Maurer/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline) — A fatal shooting earlier this week happened after a taser attack, according to a 911 call.The 911 call came into the New Hanover County Emergency Center just after 2:30 p.m. on Memorial Day. The caller lived in the 1000 block of Martin Street and told the operator he just shot a man.- Advertisement – “Some guy just tried to come in my house,” the caller said. “He came over looking for somebody I didn’t know. I didn’t recognize the name or nothing.”The “guy” was 23-year-old Fuquan Wright. He died a few hours later. The Wilmington Police Department called it an “isolated” incident, but Monday’s 911 call is the first glimpse into what occurred. The shooting is still under investigation, according to a police statement. No charges have been filed.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

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Candidates try to win more votes at Power Breakfast

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A packed house as candidates, who want to be our voices locally, in Raleigh and in Washington spoke to an early morning crowd at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Power Series breakfast.The candidates for New Hanover Commissioners include former state Senator Julia Boesman, Eric Lytle, Commissioner Skip Watkins, and Commissioner Rob Zapple. The candidates for North Carolina Senate include former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson and incumbent Michael Lee. The candidates for U.S. House of Representatives include Kyle Horton and incumbent David Rouzer.- Advertisement – Each candidate got the opportunity to discuss their platform. Each talk was then followed by questions directly from attendees. Questions related to jobs, education, drinking water, GenX and infrastructure were raised.But, one main concern for voters was what steps these potential leaders want to take to move forward from Hurricane Florence.Wilmington resident Rob Smaton asked North Carolina Senate candidates if they support rebuilding the rainy day fund.Related Article: North Carolina lieutenant governor in voter fraud video“I think Harper tiptoed around it a little bit,” said Smaton. “He focused a little bit more on what he would actually spend the money on. Michael, I think because of his experience being up in Raleigh and being involved in the process, had a better understanding of what the process is to build the rainy day fund.”There was a significant monetary need across the state to support victims of Florence.“I find it very important that we restock the rainy day because of how much it has been diminished this year,” said Smaton.Another issue raised was affordable housing. One voter wanted to know what local and state leaders are planning to do to provide more affordable options in New Hanover County.“They’re politicians so they’re not going to give you the answers that I was looking for,” said Wilmington resident Caylan McKay. “…what i was looking for is what exactly they are going to do on a state level to affect affordable housing. The state legislature hamstrung our cities and counties ability to enforce some affordable housing laws.”But, after listening to each of the candidates, McKay says now he’s more confident on casting his ballot on November 6.“I think i have a better idea of who i am going to vote for after coming out today,” he said.The event ended with Congressman David Rouzer and Candidate Kyle Horton speaking on how they will bring our biggest local issues directly to Washington, DC.last_img read more

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School board shakeup Dems narrow control in New Hanover County

first_img Democrats Stefanie Adams, Judy Justice, Nelson Beaulieu and Republican Bill Rivenbark were voted on the school board. They unseated Republicans Don Hayes, Janice Cavenaugh and Bruce Shell.Republicans had held all the seats on the school board. They will now hold a 4-3 majority with the new board.Get full election results here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School Board has four new faces.Three incumbent republicans lost in the midterm elections Tuesday. This comes after another, Ed Higgins lost in May’s primary.- Advertisement – last_img

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Life Network concerned about discriminatory use of PGD on embryos

first_img <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> The Life Network Foundation says it is concerned about the use of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis during the IVF process, because it removes embryos with genetic conditions.The pro-life body states that, ‘This practice is offensive to our Maltese and Gozitan brethren,’ adding that the process, ‘discriminates against those suffering from a genetic condition, implying that they somehow have a lesser right to live than those who enjoy full health.’They add that it had been a concern during the amendments to the Embryo Protection Act, where an agreement had been reached that, ‘no distinction should be made between embryos suffering from some condition and those that were not.’In addition to their concerns about PGD, they are also confident about the government’s and Opposition’s support for Bill 76 of 2019 which states that ‘minor’ includes ‘the pre-born child at every stage’WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Poland must maintain judicial independence – human rights official

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during his media statement at the party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks during his media statement at the party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo Poland’s government needs to do more to preserve judicial independence and avoid “undermining public confidence in it,” the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights said in a report published on Friday.Since taking office in 2015, Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party has carried out judicial reforms that European Union authorities say threaten the rule of law.The party’s blend of social spending and nationalist rhetoric remains popular, however, and it is widely expected to win a national election due later this year.In her report, commissioner Dunja Mijatovic is broadly critical of the government’s handling of judicial reforms.“Improving accountability or efficiency of the justice system may not be pursued at the expense of judicial independence,” she said in a press release announcing the report.“Members of the executive and the legislature have a duty to uphold the independence of the judiciary and to avoid undermining public confidence in it,” she said.PiS has justified its actions by saying the efficiency of courts needed to be improved and the reforms would root out the lasting remains of communism, which fell in Poland 30 years ago.Some of these changes have been rolled back in the wake of EU protests, including a law forcing Supreme Court judges into early retirement.But Mijatovic said more needed to be done, criticizing the fusing of the functions of the justice minister and prosecutor-general and demanding the separation of the positions. She also expressed surprise at the dismissal of court presidents and vice-presidents as well as prosecutors across Poland.Her report also touched on the need to improve women’s rights in Poland, including securing access to legal abortions.Termination of pregnancy is legal in Poland in case of rape, when the woman’s life or health are in danger, or if the fetus is irreparably damaged, but media and NGOs have reported that women encounter difficulties obtaining abortion in such cases.Evgeni Tanchev, an adviser to the Europe Court of Justice, said on Thursday that a supreme court reform in Poland could undermine the independence of its judiciary. In Warsaw, the government said it disagreed with Tanchev’s opinion and rules on the judiciary met international standards.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

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Updated 3 Air Malta flights will be delayed as of midnight on

first_img SharePrint <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> Air Malta pilots will be starting industrial action as of midnight on Monday. All Air Malta flights will be delayed by 30 minutes.In a statement, Air Malta said that the union representing the pilots (ALPA) has ordered an industrial action to begin during the company’s busiest times.In a Facebook post, Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi said that Government is committed to investing in Air Malta and in a new fleet, so that the national airline keeps on expanding. He also added that Government will not accept blackmail from anybody.Pilots ordered industrial action to delay flights as from midnight. Government will NOT bow to pressure and provide ridiculous guarantees on Early Retirement Schemes.— Konrad Mizzi (@KonradMizzi) June 30, 2019Mizzi said that under a Nationalist Government, Air Malta had provided an early retirement scheme for its pilots, where they could retire at age 55 and would also be provided with a package of almost €700,000 each.“Now, the union is expecting that Government guarantee that the employees will receive this package regardless of what happens to Air Malta”, stated Mizzi.The Minister added that if pilots want Government to guarantee their future, they needed to work together in one direction, so that the company would keep on growing and succeeding.When the collective agreement was signed a year ago, Air Malta had discussed the interpretation of the agreement and other queries with ALPA. Air Malta said that it had tried to find solutions for every query which arose; however, it said that ALPA was continuously showing bad faith.Earlier today:Tensions between the Airline Pilot Association – Malta (ALPA) and the government has escalated as Air Malta pilots voted in favour of industrial actions if a satisfactory outcome is not reached in the negotiation of the new collective agreement.The national airline pilots have a number of pending issues that they need settled before agreeing on a new collective agreement. These issues include work schedules, lack of pilots during the Summer period and days off work.It appears that the strained relationship between the parties has soared in the past weeks since Ryanair has announced the establishment of MaltaAir which will be operating from Malta with six aircrafts with the government’s blessing. The pilots are interpreting the situation as one that is prejudicing Air Malta’s viability and the government’s restructuring programme when it comes to the national airline.In this context, ALPA is asking the government to guarantee a retirement scheme close to €700,000 once the pilots reach 55 years of age.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Disqus hits 100 million profiles

first_imgAdvertisement Disqus, a commenting platform, is launching today a new publisher tool called AudienceSync. With it, websites owners or publishers can sync Disqus’s profile data with their own users’ information, in order to grow their audience. The release of AudienceSync comes as Disqus announced that it has over 100 million profiles and is growing at a rate of 1.5 million new users each month.Looking to do what Facebook Connect does for publishers, but for comments, AudienceSync is geared towards helping both Disqus users and publishers. The company says that Disqus users are looking for a way to participate in additional discussions across the Web using a single log-in ID — Disqus is the preferred option by users by an “overwhelming majority”, according to the company, to log into the commenting service.On the other side, publishers can build upon their marketing and advertising efforts by aggregating more data about their users through Disqus. – Advertisement – AudienceSync is different from Disqus’s Single Sign-On protocol. The company says that Single Sign-On works with users who already have a separate ID on the website, functioning in the opposite manner that AudienceSync does. So if John Doe was a member of company XYZ, it would create a Disqus profile for him. With more than 100 million profiles, Disqus could be giving companies a great opportunity to generate new user accounts, thereby growing their subscriber base to receive newsletters, coupons, special deals, exclusive content, and more.Disqus claims that AudienceSync is the first of its kind and deploys a CRM-based approach for audience development. It’s compatible with both in-house and third-party user management systems, including Janrain. The service was built on the OAuth web protocol and this enables Disqus to “balance frictionless, universal identity with publisher control and flexibility.”Companies wishing to enable AudienceSync on their sites will need to contact Disqus to begin the process. The service is free to use.Also announced today, Disqus has more than 1 billion total monthly visitors, a feat that was recently achieved by real-time social software company Livefyre — a competitor in the commenting space. What makes this compelling is that Disqus is seeing an enormous amount of traffic to its network, which could potentially lead to increased discovery of content on various websites, resulting in new user sign-ups.The service is available for all sites beginning today. Disqus says AudienceSync works with any registration system.Source: TNWlast_img read more

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Critical website blocked for four days in Zambia for documenting Government corruption

first_imgAdvertisement  A private website that documents alleged Zambian government corruption has been blocked in the country since Monday, its editor said. The Zambian Watchdog’s Lloyd Himaambo has said that the website’s staff believes the authorities are responsible for ordering the blocking.Internet and mobile service providers blocked domestic access to the Zambian Watchdog, a site that is registered out of the country but publishes content by Zambian journalists and editors, Himaambo said. The editor told CPJ that access to the site was possible only via one of the country’s three cellphone networks and that traffic to the website had been reduced by two thirds.Staff at the Watchdog believe the government is behind the blocking because of its previous efforts to silence the site. It is not clear if the government urged Internet service providers to shut off access or used other means. – Advertisement – In August 2012, Zambia’s Minister of Tourism called for the banning of the Watchdog, saying that the website’s critical coverage could affect the country’s image in the lead-up to the U.N. World Tourism Organization meeting in August 2013, which Zambia is hosting, according to news reports. The website came under an even heavier attack by government officials in September 2012. News accounts reported that President Michael Sata had ordered government agencies to explore ways to block access to the site, and that Zambian Attorney General Mumba Malila was working on a law to restrict online media.News accounts also reported last year that the Zambian government had engaged hackers to destroy online media, including the Zambian Watchdog.“In September 2011, Zambians voted Michael Sata’s Patriotic Front into power and celebrated his commitment to end corruption and promote Zambian development. But in the past 12 months, we have witnessed a worrying trend of efforts to intimidate and control the media, and heavy-handed policing of opposition gatherings,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine. “No meaningful development is possible if people cannot air alternative views.”Himaambo told CPJ that despite having some access, the site’s editors were unable to update the website. The staff had moved the site to a new, secure https address (https://zambianwatchdog.com), but feared that readers would have no way of knowing the new address. Himaambo said the loss of traffic threatened the financial sustainability of the site.CPJ’s calls and messages left with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority were not immediately returned.last_img read more

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Cisco Recognizes Winners of Cisco Networking Academy NetRidersSkills Competitions

first_imgAdvertisement Makerere Univeristy’s Mark Ojangole is one of the winnersNAIROBI, KENYA – This will week Cisco recognize the finalist winners of the 2013 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders International Skills Competitions with an all-expenses paid trip to Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California.NetRiders competitions give NetAcad® students an opportunity to showcase their IT and networking skills during national and regional competitions. There were 19 winners from 15 countries competing in the NetRiders events held throughout 2013 in Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific and Africa, range in age from 19 to 32 years old. The grand-prize champions represent the best of more than 10,000 students from 97 countries.4 countries in E. Africa participated, 26 from Kenya, 69 Uganda, 43 Ethiopia and 76 from Rwanda and the winner from East Africa was Mark Ojangole, from Makerere University in Uganda – Advertisement – The grand-prize award includes a trip to Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California where winners will have the opportunity to meet with Cisco President Rob Lloyd, tour Cisco offices, visit the Stanford University campus, and experience local attractions in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.“The need for highly skilled technical ICT resources continues to exist globally. Cisco Networking Academy prepares students for careers in IT, while the NetRiders Competition allows students to apply and showcase both their technical and soft skills on the global stage,” said Omar Shaban, Director, Corporate Affairs and Cisco Networking Academy, Cisco.The majority of winners have either completed their Cisco CCNA® certification or plan to complete it within the next 3 months. Stefan Nikolov, the top achiever in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, says, “NetRiders gave me the opportunity to prove my knowledge and skills and increased my desire to go deeper. CCNA is just a step in the path to more complex certifications such as CCNP and CCIE. This knowledge is very important for me, because I want to build a career in networking.”[related-posts]Global NetRiders Skills Competition in a nutshellNetRiders is a global networking contest created by Cisco Networking Academy for students enrolled in the program. It builds on skills that participants acquire as they go through their training. NetRiders contestants apply their IT and networking knowledge to complete simulated activities in which they build, configure and troubleshoot virtual networks.NetRiders competitions help students prepare for employment by enabling them to develop practical troubleshooting experience in a time-sensitive environment.NetRiders utilizes Cisco Web 2.0 technologies to create an interactive skills contest that motivates students to pursue further technology education and training.It also fosters a sense of belonging to a global community, as participants collaborate with each other across a range of shared activities using Web-based tools.More than 10,000 students across 97 countries competed in the global NetRiders competitions in 2013.2013NetRiders finales involved individuals and international teams of Networking Academy students competing in a variety of activities, including a timed theoretical exam, a Cisco Packet Tracer network simulation activity and a Packet Tracer exam.Champions from each region were awarded a grand-prize trip to Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California, where they will have the opportunity to meet with Cisco executives and tour Cisco offices, the Stanford University campus and attractions in San Francisco.Cisco Networking Academy:Cisco Networking Academy is a global technology education program that provides networking and technical skills to help students prepare for ICT careers.The program is committed to delivering the highest standard of IT education to students of all nationalities and economic brackets, by offering students access to in-demand skills that will position them for employment and career growth.Cisco Networking Academy is Cisco’s largest and longest-running corporate social responsibility program. Every year, more than 1 million students at 9,000 academies in 165 countries take courses that prepare them for careers in information technology.last_img read more

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MEGA Vs Dropbox Vs OneDrive Vs Google Drive

first_imgAdvertisement Cloud storage is one of best innovations in the tech space. It brings the convenience to everything.Instead of copying crucial documents to flash drives or burning them to disc, you stick them in the cloud where they can easily be accessed any time.Cloud-based storage knows when you’ve updated a file and updates its copy accordingly. – Advertisement – Cloud computing is getting stronger by day and this is being facilitated by price wars and continuous upgrading of various cloud storage services.Below is a comparison of  Mega, Dropbox, Google drive and One drive.Service NameFree StorageSecurityPrice for Pro tierDesktopMobileMEGA 50 GB2048-bit private/public 500 GB for 99.99 $/year Web, Windows iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, compatible with iPad), Android, BlackBerryGOOGLE DRIVE 15 GB SSL/TLS only 100 GB for 23.88 $/year Web, Windows, Mac, Chrome OS iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, Mobile WebONE DRIVE 15 GB (1TB with Office 365) SSL only 100 GB for 23.88 $/year Web, Windows (Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1), Mac OS X  iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, Windows Phone, Mobile WebDROPBOX 2 GBSecure Sockets Layer (SSL)and AES-256 bit 1000 GB for 99 $/year Web, Windows, Mac, Linux iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, Mobile Weblast_img read more

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KLM Becomes the First Airline With a Verified WhatsApp Business Account

first_imgAdvertisement KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is now offering its customers around the world booking confirmation, check-in notification, boarding pass, flight status updates, and asking questions in 10 different languages on WhatsApp via now their official WhatsApp Business application –  becoming one of the first companies and the very first airline globally with a verified WhatsApp business account.“I am very proud that KLM is the world’s first airline with a verified WhatsApp account. This unique partnership with WhatsApp underlines our position as an aviation pioneer. We want to be where our customers enterprise solution that makes it possible for businesses like KLM to connect with their customers in a fast and personal way on WhatsApp,” KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers said in a press statement.Together with a small number of businesses, WhatsApp is still carrying out its pilot program with limited business – testing ways for how they could communicate with their customers using the messaging platform, creating value for both customers and the businesses they connect with in their daily lives. – Advertisement – Business WhatsApp accounts that have been verified have a green badge next to a contact’s name – meaning that the Facebook-owned social platform has confirmed that the phone number of this contact belongs to a business account.When chatting with a verified business account via the platform, you will only receive yellow messages inside a chat and there is no way to delete these messages from the chat. And Yes! you messages are end-to-end encrypted. Therefore, secure messages are secure so that they can only be read by the customer and KLM.last_img read more

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