UKIPs disability spokeswoman has refused to expla

UKIPs disability spokeswoman has refused to expla

first_imgUKIP’s disability spokeswoman has refused to explain both how the party has managed to confuse two key disability benefits in its election manifesto, and – for the second election running – which parts of the UN disability convention it supports. UKIP’s manifesto includes a section titled “Ending the injustice of personal independence payments”, which describes how personal independence payment (PIP) seems to have become “a covert way of slashing the benefit bill”.It discusses how many disabled people have fallen into debt while awaiting their appeals after being turned down for PIP, and how more than 50,000 people have lost their Motability vehicles after being found ineligible for the higher rate of PIP mobility support, in the move from disability living allowance.But at the end of this section, the party says a UKIP government would deal with the PIP problems by reforming the work capability assessment (WCA), the eligibility test for out-of-work disability benefits, which is completely unrelated to PIP.It has so far refused to explain how it managed to make such a basic error.The party also faces further questions about its commitment to disability rights, as the manifesto says the party remains committed to its promise to “protect the rights of the disabled”, a pledge made in its 2015 general election manifesto.But the 2015 pledge said only that UKIP was “fully committed to protecting the rights of disabled people, as set out in Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.Article 19 is a key part of the UN disability convention, but only refers to disabled people’s right to independent living.Two years ago, Disability News Service tried repeatedly to discover whether UKIP was committed to the other 49 articles in the convention, which includes sections on accessibility; the right to life; personal mobility; freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; access to justice; freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse; respect for privacy; and liberty of movement and nationality.But neither the party’s press office nor its disability spokeswoman, Star Anderton (pictured), were able to explain which articles the party endorsed.This week, both Anderton and the party’s press office have again refused to clarify whether it backs only article 19 or all of the convention.It appears likely that it does not endorse at least one of the articles, on inclusive education, because the UKIP manifesto pledges to “reverse the policy of closing special schools”.Elsewhere in the manifesto, UKIP promises to increase spending on social care by £2 billion a year, and says it would “prioritise early intervention schemes and community-based models of care that promote independence and wellbeing, such as supported living arrangements”, while it says that “institutional and acute care models should be a last-resort”.There is also reference to the campaigning work of the website Disability United, which revealed earlier this year how many NHS primary care organisations had quietly introduced cost-cutting policies that could see disabled people with complex healthcare needs shunted into residential or nursing homes against their wishes.UKIP’s manifesto says the party would “make sure those with on-going health care needs choose where they wish to live, unless they are unable to make that choice themselves, or care at home becomes unviable”.UKIP also says it would increase spending on mental health services by at least £500 million a year.And it says it would set up a fund worth £80 million a year to provide grants of up to £3,000 for smaller childcare providers to make their premises more accessible and train staff, so they can “open their doors to more children with special needs”.Among other pledges, the manifesto says a UKIP government would abolish the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – repeating a promise from its 2015 manifesto – which it says has caused a “vicious circle of misery”.Two years ago, UKIP said it would place CQC’s duties to inspect and regulate the NHS and social care in the hands of new “county health boards made up of health and social care professionals elected locally by their peers”, although it has not been able to provide any further details of those plans this week.The party also promises to repeal Labour’s Human Rights Act, remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, and introduce a new UK bill of rights.But the party has yet to say which parts of the Human Rights Act it would drop in the move to a bill of rights.There are 26 mentions of the words “disabled”, “disability” or “disabilities” in the UKIP manifesto.last_img read more

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Ticking Tree Bomb Ficus trees damage storefronts create pedestrian hazards on 24th

Ticking Tree Bomb Ficus trees damage storefronts create pedestrian hazards on 24th

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Merchants and residents of the lower 24th Street corridor are under attack — from above and below. By ficus trees. Problematic ficus trees are increasingly becoming a headache for area denizens, with roots causing damage to storefronts, raising the sidewalks unevenly and creating tripping hazards, and posing a constant danger of losing heavy limbs on windy days. “The trees can come down at literally any moment and kill someone,” said Marta Sanchez, the owner of the chip company Casa Sanchez, which used to have a restaurant on 24th Street. Sanchez, who grew up in the Mission, said two 24th Street properties owned by her 99-year-old aunt, Lupe Sanchez, have been damaged by ficus trees’ hulking roots growing into her buildings. center_img In one of them, at 2762 24th Street, Sanchez said, the tree’s roots have infiltrated the property and damaged the building’s plumbing, causing the toilets to routinely clog. “Plumbers have been to the [the property] at least once a month,” she said. This is a costly proposition: Marta Sanchez says her aunt stands to shell out upwards of $50,000 to remove roots that have grown into her backyard. “She’s already spent thousands of dollars, and the city hasn’t responded once,” Sanchez said. Sanchez added that the company that helps Sanchez’s aunt manage the property wants to cancel its agreement because it does not wish to be held liable if someone trips and injures themselves in front of the property. Sanchez’s family also fears potential litigation. “The last thing we want is for her to be served with a lawsuit,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said she has complained to the city on three different instances: in August 2016, November 2017, and late last month. Always, she says, the answer is the same: “They won’t be able to look at it until 2020.”  At Lupe Sanchez’s other property, a single-story commercial building at 2904 24th Street that currently houses the restaurant El Tomate, a ficus tree’s roots have grown so far into the storefront that the tiled flooring resembles a ruptured earthquake fault. “It started way outside and it’s working its way into our kitchen now,” said Maria Palacios, the manager, noting that the problems accelerated a little more than a year ago. “The whole floor wiggles, so when an old person walks in here, they can trip,” she said, adding that a couple months ago, a older man using a cane did, indeed, nearly fall. Palacios walked into the entrance to the kitchen, where damage was beginning to appear, noting that the kitchen and cooking equipment would be susceptible to damage by the invading roots. If the roots keep moving into the kitchen, she said “we can’t cook in this establishment.” Not a city treeAnd this problem is not isolated. Up and down 24th Street, business owners told Mission Local the ficus trees have become a major nuisance. The leaves pile up and accumulate within storefronts. In many cases, the roots have raised the sidewalk in front of stores, creating tripping hazards. And in some cases, like that of El Tomate, the roots are running under the store, causing damage to a store’s flooring. The problems associated with ficus trees — primarily failing limbs caused by improper pruning — have emerged as a citywide problem in recent years. This led to Public Works director Mohammed Nuru in 2014 signing a directive to make it easier to remove troublesome foliage. The city stopped planting the trees years ago due to their unsuitability for the urban environment. “If you put it in another location, it’s a great tree,” said Dan Flanagan, executive director of the San Francisco nonprofit group Friends of the Urban Forest, told the Chronicle after a ficus branch crushed a sports utility vehicle in 2014. All told, there around 624 ficus trees in the Mission District, and 112 of them line 24th Street. “Those trees have been a love-hate relationship for a lot of different people over the years,” said Erick Arguello of the Calle 24 Merchants Association.Ficus roots have done a number on the tile floors at El Tomate. Photo by Julian Mark.He remembers the trees being first planted in the early 1980s, when few understood the problems they would cause decades later. Arguello also remembers that the city promoted planting the ficus trees because, at the time, it was believed they required relatively little maintenance. Since the trees have begun to pose problems in recent years, he’s heard complaints of falling limbs, roots growing into structures, and pigeons nesting in their thick canopies — creating a guano problem. Over the last few years, he said, community members along the corridor agreed that when ficus trees are removed, they will be replaced by red maples (which have lighter canopies and are easier to maintain), and ginkgos at the corridor intersections.  But he said some people do actually like trees because they provide shade, keep air clean, and give the corridor character. He estimated all of the ficuses would be replaced in 20 years, as Calle 24 favors gradual change. “Because so many changes are happening in the neighborhood, this pace is much easier for folks to adjust to,” he said. Advertisement AdvertisementSan Francisco Department of Public Works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said the city department is monitoring the 24th Street trees, especially if they pose structural risks. “In 2012, we came to an agreement with the community that ficus trees only would be removed on an as-needed basis and phased out over years,” she wrote in an email. Gordon noted that 155 complaints have been made this year regarding trees on the 24th Street corridor, and 19 of them were specifically about tree roots uplifting sidewalks.“Property owners can choose to repair sidewalk damage caused by trees prior to the City repairing the sidewalk,” she said. “In the meantime, property owners are liable for any damage or injury resulting from sidewalk damage that existed prior to July 1, 2017.”As for Lupe Sanchez’s properties?Both trees are scheduled to be pruned next year, Gordon said. But only the tree outside 2904 24th Street are scheduled to be removed in 2020. The one at 2762 is not, she said.While no sweeping ficus removal is planned for 24th Street, Gordon said, 15 of them are slated for removal on lower 24th.They’re everywhereArturo Tafolla was taking orders at his busy restaurant, Taqueria San Francisco, on Wednesday afternoon. “The problem is the roots coming into our building,” Tafolla said, pointing at his floor. “You can see the floor lifting up.” He said he worries he’ll have to soon pay for the damage. “Pretty soon it’s going to lift the tile so bad we’re going to have to do something about it,” he said. Maria Garcia, who owns Mary’s Beauty Salon, where a ficus tree has torn up the sidewalk in front of the store, stood next to the offending plant, pointing to the uneven and torn-up sidewalk. “I don’t know how long it will take to get inside” her business, she said. Her friend filed a complaint with the city on her behalf about a month ago, she said, but she hasn’t seen any action. “They’ll wait until my businesses goes up and up and up,” Garcia said, laughing.Garcia was also concerned about people tripping on the gnarled sidewalk in front of her store. She said she sees people trip frequently, including when her 73-year-old mother almost fell in recent months. Pointing to the sidewalk, she said, “Before, it looked even, but now it’s going up, little by little.” Next door at La Mexicana Bakery, manager Alexis Trinidad said he sees people tripping over the large bump about twice a week. He also said that when he gets to work in the morning, he frequently sees rats living in the crevices created by the raised sidewalk. “Rats right here,” he said, pointing to the crack. “Always.” John Yoon, the owner of Kazan Sushi on 24th, said the root of the ficuses in front of his store have not quite reached his building, but he has been watching the damaged sidewalk inching closer to the door. “It might affect the building if it keeps coming up,” he said. Like other business owners stuck with ficus problems along the corridor, Yoon worries the damaged sidewalk creates a safety hazard. “People will trip and they’ll sue me instead of the city,” he said.They speak for the treesBut removing ficus trees, no matter how dangerous they may be or ill-suited they are to urban settings, can be a point of tension: Some neighbors see the benefits of keeping them and will fight to keep them. “We’re against removing the trees,” Luis Gutiérrez, the owner of La Reyna Bakery on 24th, told Mission Local in January, when the city notified businesses and residents in the area that it would be removing five trees near the bakery.  “They serve more good than bad,” he continued, before listing all the reasons why he wants to keep the mature trees, such as providing privacy for people’s homes and giving the street a distinct character.Dennis “Tree” Rubenstein, a longtime advocate of preserving trees in the city and resident of the neighborhood, bemoaned gradual loss of trees in the neighborhood. “Now they’re just picking off trees slowly,” he said in January about the five trees in question. “It’s gonna really change the feel of the area.”Two decades ago, city supervisor Jose Medina attempted to replace 180 ficus trees along lower 24th Street with smaller trees. Public Works also ordered the removal of 73 ficus trees that had been causing problems. But activists gathered more than 700 signatures on a petition and successfully blocked both attempts to remove the trees. When the city first planted the ficuses decades ago, Sanchez did not realize the problems they would cause some 40 years later. “They were really cute, and now they’re really huge,” Sanchez said. “More than anything, they’re damaging the infrastructure up and down 24th street, and the city hasn’t done anything at all.”  last_img read more

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SAINTS are up to third in the First Utility Super

first_imgSAINTS are up to third in the First Utility Super League following a 40-16 win over Castleford.After surviving an early scare they overcame the Tigers with two tries in three first half minutes – and then put it to bed with solid defence in the second.The returning cool hand Lukes – Thompson and Walsh – played crucial roles in the victory, giving Saints much needed direction and energy.Kyle Amor also led a strong pack performance that never looked back once it got on top of its Tigers’ counterparts.“Start well” has been Keiron Cunningham’s battle cry over recent weeks, following some indifferent openings, so he wouldn’t have been happy with the first two minutes of the match.Not only were two penalties given away but Luke Gale found Luke Dorn in acres of space for the first try.But Saints hit back two minutes later through Matty Fleming who took Adam Swift’s pass.The try coming off the back of some great skill.On the last and under pressure, Walsh offloaded to Jon Wilkin who put up a fine kick close to the try line.Swifty then outjumped Ryan Hampshire and found his centre in close attendance for his fourth of the season.Jonny Lomax produced a try saving tackle on Dorn 12 minutes in and then quick defence stopped another Tigers’ attack.But another error handed the impetus to the visitors and Rangi Chase hit Hampshire for a walk in.It was a blow but Saints didn’t hang around in turning Cas around.Sustained pressure thanks to good runs from Wilkin and Thompson put them in good field position before Morgan Knowles was caught on a superb line.Walsh’s second conversion putting the hosts ahead.Saints were in the driving seat and on their very next attack stretched the lead.Dorn knocked on Turners’ towering bomb and Kyle Amor wasted no time in putting his body on the line and stretching over.After a great start, the Tigers were at sixes and sevens and their job was made worse when Chase was sent to the bin for tripping Jonny Lomax on a kick through with five minutes remaining.The excellent Luke Thompson then increased the pain as he took Walsh’s pass at pace.Saints begun the second half on the back foot to the 12-men Tigers – defending two sets before coming away with a penalty.Swift went close on 50 minutes and five minutes later Castleford had one chalked off for a knock on.Handling errors were the tale of the tape until Wilkin forced a drop out with a cute chip.LMS was mightily close to pouncing on the loose ball, but made no mistake on 61 minutes with a physical effort.Saints produced their best try of the night ten minutes later.Lomax took a high ball and went 60 metres before feeding Adam Swift. He was hauled down but Amor took it up and offloaded for Owens to find LMS.The ball was then sent left for Swift to fly over in the corner.Will Maher crossed in the final stages – off a blatant forward pass – to give the lively Castleford fans something to cheer, but it was always Saints’ night. And that was underlined when Walmsley powered over as the hooter rang out. Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Fleming, Knowles, Amor, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Swift, WalmsleyGoals: Walsh (5 from 6), Owens (1 from 1)Tigers:Tries: Dorn, Hampshire, MaherGoals: Gale (2 from 3)Penalties:Saints: 11Tigers: 6HT: 24-10FT: 40-16REF: J SmithATT: 9448Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 24. Matty Fleming, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Joe Greenwood, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.Tigers:1. Luke Dorn; 18. Ryan Hampshire, 19. Ben Crooks, 24. Greg Minikin, 5. Denny Solomona; 35. Rangi Chase, 7. Luke Gale; 16. Matt Cook, 15. Paul McShane, 32. Larne Patrick, 3. Jake Webster, 17. Junior Moors, 9. Adam Milner.Subs: 23. Will Maher, 31. Conor Fitzsimmons, 34. Paddy Flynn, 37. Brandon Douglas.last_img read more

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We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

first_imgWe have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 4pm.Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Widnes counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Air Factory – Two trampolines from our partners Air Factory St Helens will be at the ground – jump on and enjoy!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. We also have some great offers too!Member Offer 1 – If you’re a member, and you buy a burger, we’ll double it up for you!Member Offer 2 – You can get a pie and hot drink for £3.50.Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Armed Forces Tribute – As part of our tribute to the armed forces, we will have a guard of honour on the pitch and a bucket collection for ABF: The Soldiers’ Charity.Warrior Challenge – Andy Reid will be continuing the challenge that will see him take in 400 miles of cycling, 125 miles of kayaking and 17,500 feet of total ascent. He will be cycling under the North East corner. To find out more click here. We will also be auctioning off the players’ warm up tops for the cause next week.Match Sponsors: The match is sponsored by Typhoo with Air Factory St Helens our Corporate Sponsor. Kingstone Press are sponsoring the Match Ball.Team News:Saints have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore is open until kick-off and we will also be open for 45 minutes after the game. Our new look trainingwear will also be on sale.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who is set to play his 300th career game, it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at the game. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.last_img read more

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Wilmington Police arrest driver accused of hitting couple on moped

Wilmington Police arrest driver accused of hitting couple on moped

first_img (Photo: WPD) Police say it was around midnight when Mitchell struck the couple at the intersection of 11th and Market Streets, pushing them into oncoming traffic.Police say Mitchell had been traveling behind them for several blocks from the downtown area. Javon Waddell Mitchell (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of hitting a married couple on a moped, yelling at them, and then driving off, is now behind bars.Wilmington Police say Javon Waddell Mitchell, 29, for a hit-and-run that happened on October 28.- Advertisement – (Photo: WPD)center_img 1 of 3 Both riders were hit by the car, but the moped driver managed to maintain control. The moped driver yelled for Mitchell to pull over. Police say Mitchell rolled down his window, gestured obscenely, and yelled at the couple.Related Article: Victim identified in Houston Moore shooting; WPD offering reward for infoMitchell drove off and the victims followed, despite their minor injuries and damage to the scooter.Police say the victims followed Mitchell for several miles to an apartment complex on Cinema Drive. While pursuing the suspect, the passenger was on the phone with 911 describing the vehicle and providing a partial registration plate.Once at the apartment complex, EMS arrived and took the wife to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Using the partial tag, investigators determined  Mitchell was the owner and driver of the vehicle. He is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage and reckless driving to endanger.last_img read more

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Bladen County meth lab bust leads to one arrest

Bladen County meth lab bust leads to one arrest

first_imgAlbert Thomas (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars after a meth lab bust near White Lake during a multi-agency operation in late November.The investigation began after White Lake Police Department noticed unusual activity and information from the public.- Advertisement – The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and White Lake Police went to 7529 Hwy 41 East in Elizabethtown Wednesday and found cocaine and people believed to be making meth.According to the sheriff’s office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was then requested to help deposed of the hazardous materials.Law enforcement executed a search warrant Thursday at the Elizabethtown home and reportedly seized multiple items used in manufacturing of meth.Related Article: FIRST ON 3: Deputy’s vehicle hit during traffic stop in Brunswick Co.Albert Milton Thomas II, 57, was arrested.He is at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center under a $50,000 secure bond.Thomas was charged with five counts of possession of methamphetamine manufacturing precursors, one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping or selling controlled substances, one count of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine.last_img read more

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Għaxaq double murder – Bonnicis employer describes him as a serious man

Għaxaq double murder – Bonnicis employer describes him as a serious man

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> WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img The compilation of witnesses in the case of the double murder in Għaxaq continues on Tuesday. Joseph Bonnici is being accused of killing his mother and sister, Marija Lourdes and Angele Bonnici in March. Magistrate Joe Mifsud remarked that 17 witnesses have been heard to date and that the field were the bodies were found in Ghaxaq will be inspected on the 3rd of June. The a number of police offers took to the stand and explained how they located the mallet used by the accused to kill his relatives, and how the accused had gone to report that is mother and sister were missing, and the further investigations that took place the following day amongst others. Representative from local telephone companies were also asked to provide details of communication from and to the accused phone, and another two profiles one of which is unregistered. A representative from the passport office also confirmed that the murdered women had never owned passports.The employer of the accused said that Joseph Bonnici had requested two day off on Tuesday starting from that day as he was not feeling well. He also described the accused as a serious individual. The case will continue on the 24th of April. A detailed report of Tuesday’s court session in Maltese may be read here. last_img read more

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Updated Road accident in Victoria

Updated Road accident in Victoria

first_imgJoseph RefaloJoseph Refalo A road accident happened in Victoria, Gozo at around 10.45 am on Monday. In the accident, a car driven by a 54-year-old woman from Ta’ Sannat and a motorcycle driven by a 66-year-old man from Nadur crashed into each other in front of the post-secondary school in Triq Fortunato Mizzi. An ambulance was called on site as the motorcyclist needed medical attention. His condition is yet unknown. <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> WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

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Man involved in gang rape sentenced to 85 years in prison

Man involved in gang rape sentenced to 85 years in prison

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> SharePrint A 32 year old man was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison after confessing to have been involved in the abduction and gang rape of a 21 year old woman from Italy six years ago.The incident occurred when the woman was walking towards Valletta in March 2013. It was then that a car with four men inside stopped next to her. The men then pushed her into the car and abducted her. Although the victim tried to call her brother for help, the abductors took her mobile.The victim tried to escape the car as it approached Paola, however, it was to no avail. It was at this point that one of the men tried to choke her. As the car arrived in Ħal Far, the men, one of them being Liban Hussein Mohamud, assaulted her two times each. When it was all over and done with, the men gave her back her clothes and fled from the scene. The woman then asked for help from a nearby factory.Since there was chance that the case would face trial, Mohamud decided to confess for all the accusations made against him. He was then sentenced to 8.5 years in prison. Judge Consuelo Scerri Herrera also fined him €4,839 and suspended his license for a year.Read: Nurse accused of repeatedly raping womanWhatsApplast_img read more

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BrainShare Goes to Semi Finals of VentureOut Challenge

BrainShare Goes to Semi Finals of VentureOut Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement Semifinalists for the VentureOut Internalization Challenge, have been announced. The mobile application internationalization contest challenge attracted 113 submissions from 19 countries, East Africa having 20 submissions – 13 from Kenya, 5 from Tanzania and 2 from Uganda. BrainShare, a Ugandan entry has made it to the semi finals following it’s success at the PivotEast 2013 challengeTheir submissions have been judged by business and mobile app experts and the top 24 semifinalists have been announced.The 24 semifinalists will receive personalized mentorship, organized by each of the eight local technology community partners. Using feedback from the VentureOut judges and their mentors they will upgrade their applications by September 24 for round two of judging. The top 12 finalists will be announced on October 2, and subsequently paired with internationally-based mentors with whom they’ll meet during the month of October, leading up to the finalists’ event. – Advertisement – The finalists will be preparing for the Dragon’s Den, a pitching exposition to compete for $10,000 in seed funding thatwill be held in Moldova this October 30-November 1, 2013. Thanks to a great partnership with TechCrunch, one selected VentureOut entrepreneur will also be attending TechCrunch’s DisruptEurope event in Berlin this October 28 and 29, 2013. Blackberry is also contributing to the prizes available for the top 12.The African Teams in the Semi Finals of VentureOut ChallengeBrainShare enables students to easily access eBooks, notes and past papers to help them study and prepare for exams.Charles MuhindoUgandaGoMetro is a transit app for emerging markets that combines trains, buses, rapid transit and taxis into one app using multiple data sources.Alicia ErnstzenSouth AfricaJoois is a social gaming network for mobile phones.WaliaulaMakokhaKenyaMa3Route is a mobile/web/SMS platform that crowd-sources transport data and provides users with updates on traffic, directions and driving reports.Laban OkuneKenyaMarodi.tv is a replay TV platform for mobile and web playing TV programs from channels in Senegal and Cameroon.Jimmy KUMAKOSenegalNearest Locator helps you easily find nearest places like: ATMs, banks, eateries, hospitals, pharmacies and more.Ayoola ajebekuNigeriaProwork empowers businesses by bringing project management and collaboration together on one platform.Francis Onwumere NigeriaRubiQube recommends locally developed mobile apps to their target market through a location-based app recommendation system.Mahmood Oyewo NigeriaWaabeh is Africa’s audio market place helping with discovery and distribution of audio content from the continent.King’ori Maina KenyaXCommodity is an online commodities market and auction house to enhance the movement of commodities across continents.Sefik BagdadiogluTanzanialast_img read more

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