The government is making it harder for disabled po

first_imgThe government is making it harder for disabled politicians to stand for elected office by failing to renew a fund that paid for their disability-related campaign expenses, according to a candidate in next month’s parliamentary by-election.Simeon Hart  (pictured), who is standing for the Green party in Oldham West and Royton, was the only British Sign Language-user to stand for election in May’s general election.Hart was able to use support from the Access to Elected Office (AEO) scheme to pay for the BSL interpreters he needed to campaign.But the fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government carries out an independent review of its effectiveness.Now Hart is having to rely on crowdsourcing funding to pay for interpreters during the by-election campaign.He said: “Becoming a candidate in elections and by-elections is supposed to be open to anyone eligible in the UK.“Yet my experience has been a challenge and I know that many people with a disability will be put off trying to become an elected politician.“My party and I have a detailed plan for how we can reduce fuel poverty and keep parks public in the constituency and I am unable to articulate my plans as well as the candidates from other parties because of problems finding and paying for an interpreter.“If the government is serious about making elections a level playing-field, it will reconsider its heartless decision to scrap the Access to Elected Office fund.”By 10.30pm today (26 November), he had raised £970 of the £3,000 he needs to pay for BSL interpreters during the campaign.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said she believed the government was in “clear breach” of article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees disabled people the right to participate in public and political life “on an equal basis with others”.She said: “The convention expects signatory states to make reasonable adjustments to enable participation in the political process.“The Green Party and Simeon need to make a formal complaint to the UN about the breach.”She said that disabled people now had even less representation in the Commons than they did before the general election, after Dame Anne Begg lost her seat, while David Blunkett retired.King said: “We need to support a new generation of disabled people who want to be politicians.“Candidates will miss out on funding whilst the evaluation [of the fund] is going on.”David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications for the British Deaf Association, supported Hart’s call for government action.He said: “We are disappointed that the government has not yet made a decision about whether this vital funding will continue.“This delay creates uncertainty for potential Deaf and disabled candidates who wish to stand at elections next year and are currently unsure whether they will get the support they need towards communication and other areas.“It is imperative that a decision is made immediately, as selection meetings for some areas have already started to take place.“We now urge the government to prove their commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act by supporting diversity and allocating funds now to any potential candidate, as well as to Simeon, who is now actively canvassing.“We also expect them to complete their evaluation and review about the future of the fund as soon as possible.”In September, the Equality and Human Rights Commission called on the government to reopen the fund, as part of its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life.last_img read more

Protesters at Zuckerberg House Allege Censorship

first_img“Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong,” the spokesperson said, adding that the accounts were restored. “We’re very sorry about this mistake.”Pardee and others were skeptical, saying Palestinian journalist face dangers at the hands of Israel and deserved an open platform on which to publish.“Palestinian activists and journalists are being detained and jailed for pre-crime, for exposing the truth about what’s happening with the illegal Israeli occupation,” said Pardee.On Friday, cars carrying passengers with Uber and Lyft slowed down to stare at the small group, as protesters chanted “Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg you can’t hide, you can’t hide the genocide” through a bullhorn. The driver of one car honked in support. @jrivanob Protest growing, chants of “Stop the injustice stop the crime, Facebook censors Palestine.” #FBCensorsPalestine— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) October 8, 2016 Waving a large Palestinian flag and holding signs reading “Stop censoring our movement,” some 15 protesters gathered outside of Mark Zuckerberg’s San Francisco house on Friday to protest Facebook’s temporary suspension of social media accounts that belong to Palestinian journalists.Nick Pardee, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which put the protest together said the suspension of Palestinian accounts showed a pro-Israel bias. Accounts in Israel, including those of government officials, are not removed despite inciting violence against Palestine, he said.“These people are genocidal, and Mark Zuckerberg has no interest in censoring them,” he said.In September, Facebook shut down the accounts of seven editors and executives for daily news agencies in Gaza and the West Bank for violating Facebook’s “community standards.” A spokesperson for the company said content on these accounts had been removed in “error.” Eight police officers stood a block away watching the scene, but only approached the group once to ask how much longer the action would take, since the sound system was bothering neighbors.Protesters frequently strayed from the topic of Palestinian censorship, connecting Facebook to corporatism and imperialism. The topics of protest — from American-Israeli cooperation to the so-called Twitter tax break — were connected to “American capitalism,” they said.They also called Zuckerberg “the face of gentrification,” saying tech companies were not giving enough back to the communities they have impacted.“You thought you could plan your flag here for Facebook, in the middle of the Mission, where people are being gentrified,” said Gloria La Riva, the presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. La Riva said tech companies were getting “tax breaks while people are being evicted” from the city government and warned of the corporate takeover of politics before protesting what she called American imperialism and the surveillance state.Neighbors were mostly bemused. Some watched from windows across the street, cracking them open to hear the chants. A few stopped and took photos and video of the protest before going back inside their homes. Other passers-by stopped and chatted.“Did you see ‘The Social Network?’” asked Lotus Yee Fong, a local resident. “Yeah, what a jerk.”Fong also said Zuckerberg naming San Francisco General Hospital after himself — after donating $75 million to it — was arrogance, and put a finger down her throat in a sign of disgust.Kip Craig, who lives across the street from Zuckerberg, came out of his house and thanked the group. He said the protesters had the right to chant on his street and express their opinion. In fact, he said, the group was preferable to the largely-absent Facebook founder.“They’re welcome to be here,” he said, “because Zuckerberg never is.”Gloria La Riva at Mark Zuckerberg’s house protesting alleged Palestinian censorship. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPolice waiting around the corner from the protest. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez center_img 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS grabbed their third win on the spin with a

first_imgSAINTS grabbed their third win on the spin with a fine 34-16 win over Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium.James Roby was the star of the performance – having a hand in four tries – with a supporting cast of a very hungry Saints around him.He laid on three tries in eight minutes to cancel out Rovers’ opener – Sia Soliola and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (2) benefitting – before Ade Gardner blasted through the line from distance to feed Paul Wellens.Jamie Foster finished off a fine set to increase the lead further and James Graham latched on to another of ‘that man’s’ passes to score.Hull KR battled to find a way through and did cross through Jake Webster and Kris Welham late on.But Saints were too far ahead and deserved the comprehensive win.Saints were largely unchanged from last week’s win over Bradford with Gary Wheeler coming in for the injured Francis Meli and Tommy Makinson appearing on the bench for the second time this season.A special guard of honour welcomed captain James Graham on to the field for his 200th appearance for the Saints but it was Rovers who had the early pressure.On the back of a penalty, the ball went through the middle but Blake Green’s kick came, thankfully, to nothing.Moments later a massive high kick from Jonny Lomax caused mayhem in Hull’s defence – but they survived – then Lomax broke through and fed Tony Puletua who knocked on as he went to ground the ball.Chances were few and far between in the opening 10 minutes and that was an opening Saints should have punished.And Hull made them pay as Kris Welham crossed seconds later with Craig Hall converting.Saints hit back almost immediately in the simplest of ways. Roby at acting half back found Sia Soliola on a good line and he crashed over. Foster levelling it up.On 21 minutes, it was the same script, different scorer. Roby with the pass and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook with the four-pointer.Foster with the two points.And moments later, Robes provided the pass for ‘LMS’ to do it again. Foster three from three.With five minutes to go, Saints forced a drop out but couldn’t find a way through the line – but they did moments later. Hull cleared the ball on the last, Gardner returned it with interest, broke through the line and Paul Wellens was backing up.Foster too good with the boot once more to give Saints a 24-6 lead at half time.Hull made changes in the second half with Welham in at full-back for Briscoe, Latus onto the wing and Webster in at centre.And it seemed to work with Blake Green hitting a massive 40:20 early to put Rovers in scoring range.Hull then grabbed another set on Saints’ line – and a drop out – but Simmons’ men defended like their lives depended on it.From weathering the storm, Saints then came again – down the field from within their own half – and some never say die attack saw Jamie Foster go in.James Graham then capped off his stellar match with an archetypical bulldozing plunge from Roby’s pass. Foster with his fifth.Hull KR pulled one back through Jake Webster – goaled by Hall off the touchline – before Kris Welham rounded off the evening’s entertainment.A good win for Saints with Lomax and Roby outstanding.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Soliola, McCarthy-Scarsbrook (2), Wellens, Foster, GrahamGoals: Foster (5 from 6)Hull KR:Tries: Welham, WebsterGoals: Hall (2 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 10Hull KR: 4HT: 24-6FT: 34-16REF: Ben ThalerATT: 7740Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 28. Tommy Makinson.Hull KR:1. Shaun Briscoe; 2. Peter Fox, 19. Craig Hall, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster; 6. Blake Green, 13. Scott Murrell; 10. Joel Clinton, 18. Josh Hodgson, 14. Liam Watts, 23. Willie Mason, 12. Ben Galea, 16. Jason Netherton.Subs: 8. Rhys Lovegrove, 9. Ben Fisher, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Taylor.last_img read more

ITS Saints v Catalans tonight and a massive game

first_imgIT’S Saints v Catalans tonight and a massive game in both club’s top four ambitions.Last Ten Meetings:Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15) St Helens 30, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLQSF, 2/10/14) Catalans Dragons 42, St Helens 0 (SLR16, 14/6/14) St Helens 40, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR5, 14/3/14) Catalans Dragons 6, St Helens 26 (SLR23, 3/8/13) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR12, 12/4/13)Super League Summary:St Helens won 13 (includes win in 2014 play-offs) Catalans Dragons won 12Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin) Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)Head to Head: SaintsCatalansTries103104Goals8987Metres29,62828,363Breaks125118Tackles7,6937,141Penalties192212Career and Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:Thomas Bosc needs four points to reach 1,500 for his career. He has scored 1,376 points (58 tries, 565 goals, 14 field goals) for Catalans Dragons since 2006, to go with 120 (6 tries, 48 goals) for France (2005, 2007-2009 & 2011-2013).James Roby needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 90 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015). He also has non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Eloi Pelissier needs one appearance to reach 150 for Catalans Dragons. He made his Dragons’ debut as a substitute in a 38-14 home defeat to Wakefield on 19 February, 2011.Super League Milestones:Gregory Mounis – 1 appearance away from 250 (249 for Catalans Dragons, 2006-2016)Winning Runs:Saints have won their last six matches. Their last defeat was 33-16 at Catalans Dragons on June 11.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 282 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 203 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 194 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 175 = Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 167 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 1410 Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils) 13Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 962 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 893 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 765 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 696 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 627 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 568 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 559 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 5410 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 51Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)2 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19)3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 83.47 (96/115)4 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 80.85 (76/94)5 Mark Percival (St Helens) 80.00 (28/35)6 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.41 (54/68)7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 78.35 (76/97)8 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 76.74 (33/43)9 = Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 76.47 (13/17)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 2092 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1993 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1764 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1745 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1606 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1547 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1438 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1329 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 11910 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 114last_img read more

NHS Blood and Transplant is bringing the Know You

first_imgNHS Blood and Transplant is bringing the ‘Know Your Type’ event to two locations in St Helens town centre to recruit new blood donorsAssembly Room, Town Hall – Sept 3 10.30am – 2.30pmChurch Square – Sept 6 10.30am – 2.30pmPeople thinking of becoming a blood donor will have a finger prick test which gives a likely indication of their blood group within a couple of minutes. They are then invited to donate at their nearest local blood donation sessions.Nearly 6,000 donations are needed every day to meet the need of patients in hospitals across England. Blood is used to treat critically ill patients, whether they have had cancer or other blood disorders, been in an accident, having surgery or after childbirth. The blood people donate is precious – it saves lives.Nadine Eaton, Head of Blood Donation Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We always need new donors, especially people with rare and valuable blood groups such as O negative and B negative. We’re really pleased to be able to hold this event in St Helens.“People find blood groups fascinating and there are many different combinations. However, all blood donors save lives and we need donors from all groups. Please save lives by registering as a new donor at”Councillor Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Better Health and Building Arts & Culture, said: “Blood donation is a quick procedure that saves lives every day. It’s as simple as that. Your blood could be used as a lifeline in an emergency, and for people who need long-term treatments. So please consider coming along to these town centre events and doing something great!”NHS Blood and Transplant needs 250,000 new donors this year to replace those who no longer donate for reasons such as ill health, pregnancy or foreign travel and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.There are 23 dedicated blood donor centres in England. Donor centres are bright and modern venues with free Wi-Fi. There are two in Manchester and one in Liverpool for those who work in those cities and find it easier to donate blood during or after work.Blood is also collected in community venues across St Helens, as follows:St Helens Totally Wicked StadiumMonday Sep 3 2018 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00Monday Oct 8 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:00Wednesday Nov 28 2018 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00Monday Jan 7 2019 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00Monday Feb 4 2019 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:00Sutton, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day SaintsMonday Oct 22 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 18:50Monday Nov 5 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 18:50Monday Dec 10 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 18:50Rainhill Village HallTuesday Sep 25 2018 / 13:30 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:15Tuesday Nov 27 2018 / 13:30 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:15Tuesday Feb 5 2019 / 13:30 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:15Haydock Conservative ClubTuesday Oct 30 2018 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:15Newton le Willows St. Patrick’s Social ClubFriday Dec 28 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:00Rainford Village HallThursday Dec 13 2018 / 13:35 – 16:00 and 17:15 – 19:15Make and keep your appointment by calling the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit read more

Local charter buses head south to help with Irma evacuations

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From Florida to Georgia, people who need to evacuate from the path of Hurricane Irma are getting some help from a company here in the Cape Fear.Cape Fear Coach Lines sent four drivers and buses down to help with emergency evacuations.- Advertisement – The buses are full of supplies, water, food and tools.These drivers are heading to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida for the next two weeks.The president of Cape Fear Transportation says he is happy to help, but this will be something his folks are not used to.Related Article: Hurricane Irma victims win $325,000 Cash 5 jackpot in North Carolina“It will be pretty interesting, ya know you never know what it is going to be like you never know what direction the storms going to go flooding winds anything like that. So we’re prepared, the drivers are trained we have everything we need and will hope for the best,” Michael Faulkner said.They won’t know their exact driving assignments and destinations until they arrive in South Carolina.last_img read more

One dead in early morning crash

first_img Trooper Chavis with Highway Patrol says it happened along River Road near Mellaney Lane. He says it was a single car crash.One person has been confirmed dead; however the identity has not been released.River Road is back open to drivers. Crash on Kerr Ave. on April 9, 2017. (Photo: Matt Mahoney) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Officials are investigating a fatal crash that happened early Friday morning in Brunswick County.According to Brunswick County Dispatch, a report of a vehicle fire came in around 12:19 a.m. Leland Fire Dept., Highway Patrol and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover Co Sheriffs Office gives more than 100k to schools

first_img McMahon said the Sheriff’s Office is able to give the schools nearly $133,000 from drug deals and criminal enterprises.A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the last time the Sheriff’s Office was able to give more than $100,000 to the school system this way was back in 2010. New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon attends the Board of Education meeting on December 5, 2017 (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools are getting thousands of dollars from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Ed McMahon spoke to leaders at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Kids campus receives new cherry tree from Garden Club for Arbor Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — National Arbor Day isn’t until Friday but today the Cape Fear Garden Club got things going early with a special gift for the students at Wilmington Christian Academy.Members planted a 25 gallon cherry tree in the brand new kids campus. The entire area was paid for with grant disbursement from the 2016 Azalea Garden Tour. Three and four year old preschoolers got to watch and the principal says seeing their reaction to the new space and the new tree was nothing short of amazing.- Advertisement – “The kids are thrilled. Every day for the last month. They notice every shrub and bush that Mr. Loney has put in. The beautiful fountains, then came the picnic tables, the brick sidewalks. They’ve been dying to come out here and today was the first day they could come out and they have watched and they really appreciated it,” principal Cathy Dotson said.The principal says the tree was one of the last pieces in the new space and it will be finished in about two weeks.last_img read more

Lake Waccamaw teen shot during argument

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An argument led to a shooting in Lake Waccamaw on Saturday night, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.It happened around 9:15 p.m. in the 200 block of George Graham Circle.- Advertisement – The Sheriff’s Office says the victim, Kenneth Battle, 17, and the suspects began arguing.The Sheriff’s Office says during an argument, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and began shooting. One of the bullets hit Battle in the leg.Battle was taken to the emergency room for treatment. The injury does not appear to be life-threatening.Related Article: New charges for former North Carolina basketball playerThe shooting is still being investigated.last_img read more

NC Aquariums swim away from seismic testing

first_imgFORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — Environmental groups sued the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic coast.Seismic testing is described as shooting large blasts of air down to the ocean floor to map oil and natural gas reserves, but it could come at a cost.- Advertisement – On Friday, the North Carolina Aquariums announced their opposition to seismic testing.They say these blasts are the equivalent of 140 to 200 decibels.They compare that to a rock concert producing 120 decibels and a jet engine producing 140 decibels at 100 feet.Related Article: State finds seismic testing inconsistent with coastal management policiesNorth Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Associate Director Brian Dorn says seismic testing has been shown to affect animals from zoo plankton all the way up to large mammals like whales.​“It creates a lot of noise, it’s a loud noise,” Dorn said. “A lot of marine life depends on sound for any number of things. For finding food, for finding each other. Just to navigate through the oceans.”Dorn went on to say that the ocean has been described as the lungs of the Earth because of how much oxygen it produces, not to mention the food resources and temperature control it provides.“It’s been described as the lungs of the Earth, cause it does produce that much oxygen, it produces so many resources that we need to survive on this planet,” Dorn said.He says if the ocean is not healthy, we could all be affected.“Some of them that are endangered, some of them close to extinction,” Dorn said. “So we want to make sure we voice our concern for the animals.”The lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.last_img read more

Pope reminds Court of Auditors of important role in serving common good

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pope Francis meeting members of the Italian Court of AuditorsPope Francis meeting members of the Italian Court of Auditors ‘The Court of Auditors, in the exercise of controls over the management and activities of public administrations, is a valid tool for preventing and affecting illegality and abuse.’Pope Francis earlier this week, received in audience the officials of the Court of Auditors, noting the important role they play in deterring corruption by public officials. The Court of Auditors in Italy has consultative, review, and jurisdictional functions, including monitoring public finances and the administration of the state.This institute of the Italian Republic embodies an ethical nature, the same that underlies the functioning of the State, which has the responsibility “to safeguard and promote the common good of society”. Indeed, the Court of Auditors carries out an indispensable service based on justice towards the common good. And this is not an ideological concept or a merely theoretical one, but rather is linked to the conditions of full development for all citizens and can be achieved by taking into account the dignity of the person in his or her entirety.Rule of LawFor this reason, the state, in all its forms, is called to be the defender of the natural rights of man, the recognition of which is a condition for the existence of the rule of law. Therefore, the good of the human person, always understood in its relational and community dimension, must constitute the essential criterion of all the organs and programs of a nation.This principle is also essential to wisely carry out the delicate function of accounting magistrate. It requires not only a high level of professionalism and specialization but above all a properly formed personal conscience, a marked sense of justice, a generous commitment to institutions and the community. In carrying out this task, the Christian magistrate can find help in referring to God; the non-believing magistrate will replace the reference to the transcendent with the reference to the social body, with a different meaning, but with equal moral commitment, said Pope Francis as reported by Vatican News.Strict expenditure control hampers the temptation, recurring in those who occupy political or administrative offices, to manage resources not in a prudent way, but rather for the purposes of patronage and mere electoral consent. “A healthy politics is sorely needed, capable of reforming and coordinating institutions, promoting best practices and overcoming undue pressure and bureaucratic inertia. It should be added, though, that even the best mechanisms can break down when there are no worthy goals and values, or a genuine and profound humanism to serve as the basis of a noble and generous society”.CorruptionFrom this perspective, the important role that the accounting Magistracy plays for the community is placed, in particular in the incessant struggle against corruption. This is one of the most lacerating wounds of the social fabric, as it gravely harms both from an ethical and an economic point of view: with the illusion of quick and easy gains, in reality, it impoverishes everyone, removing trust, transparency, and reliability from the whole system.Corruption degrades the dignity of the individual and shatters all good and beautiful ideals. Society as a whole is called to commit itself concretely to combating the cancer of corruption in its various forms. The Court of Auditors, in the exercise of controls over the management and activities of public administrations, is a valid tool for preventing and affecting illegality and abuse. At the same time, it can indicate the tools to overcome inefficiencies and distortions.For their part, individual public administrators must increasingly be aware of their responsibility to operate with transparency and honesty, thus favoring the relationship of trust between the citizen and the institutions, whose dissolution is one of the most serious manifestations of the crisis of democracy.I encourage you to continue with serenity and seriousness in your role, which is central to the definition of important moments of coordination of public finance. May you always be inspired by the awareness of rendering a service, aimed at increasing the culture of legality in society.WhatsApplast_img read more

Pope sends €100000 to aid Iran flood victims

first_imgIranjani evakwati wara li djarhom sfaw mgħarrqaIranjani evakwati wara li djarhom sfaw mgħarrqa The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announced April 12, 2019, that it has sent €100,000 on behalf of Pope Francis to the populations affected by the floods that have struck the north-eastern and southern regions of Iran, some of which had been gravely affected by last year’s earthquake.More than ten million people have suffered damage to their homes and property, whereas two million are in need of urgent assistance. There have been 77 confirmed victims so far, and at least 1,070 injured. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from their villages, and the Ministry of the Interior announced the evacuation of the city of Ahwaz. There have been enormous structural damages to infrastructure and agriculture.Aid to suffering peopleMany countries are responding to appeals for aid with the coordination of the Iranian Red Crescent Society and the United Nations Office in Teheran. In addition, Caritas Iran, which has visited the flood-stricken areas along with other organizations, is working hard to bring aid to the populations.The Holy Father, in the telegram of condolences sent by Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, has expressed sorrow for the human victims and has prayed for the aid workers facing the emergency, entrusting the Iranian people to the providence of God Almighty.Spiritual closenessPope Francis, through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has also sent a contribution of 100,000 Euros for aid to populations in this first emergency phase. This sum, which is intended as an immediate expression of the sentiment of spiritual closeness on the part of the Holy Father towards the people and territories concerned, will be divided, in collaboration with the apostolic nunciature, between the areas most deeply affected by the catastrophe and will be used for aid and assistance works for the people and territories.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch Two women leading PL and PN in the foreseeable future –

first_imgMany are those of the opinion that the future might see two women at the helm of the two largest parties in Malta. Lawrence Żammit MISCO director is one of  them. In the European Parliament election of last Saturday, Partit Laburista candidate Miriam Dalli received 63,438 votes from the electorate, proclaiming her the candidate with the most votes in this election, whilst Partit Nazzjonalista Roberta Metsola got the second overall largest amount of votes at 38,206. They were also the only two candidates that got elected with the first count. Żammit was being interviewed by Fr Joe Borg and Sylvana Debono during a live link with RTK103FM during the electoral period. Fr Joe Borg had asked Żammit whether this result might indicate there the not so far future might see two women leading the two largest parties on the islands. Lawrence Żammit said that he believed that it’s a very possible scenario and that he will be welcoming it. He also added that this might be the reality in the medium term. WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Warid SMS promotion winners

first_imgAdvertisement Here are some of the winners in the ongoing Warid SMS Promotion. This campaign which began on 4th March and is running till 11th June will see many daily winners walk away with five hundred thousand shillings and two million shillings at the end of the week.last_img

Orange Uganda Activates IPv6

first_imgAdvertisement Anticipating the global evolution of the internet with Orange’s IPv6 programmeThe introduction of IPv6 is an essential stage in the growth of Orange’s internet services and is vital to the evolution of the Group’s networks as part of “Conquests 2015”.To plan ahead for the shortage of global IPv4 addresses and prepare for deployment of IPv6, Orange set up a programme as early as 2008 specifically aimed at defining and establishing the strategy for introducing the new protocol in the Group’s network infrastructure and services. This IPv6 programme covers both fixed and mobile environments as well as the home and business markets in all Orange countries around the world. Work to make information systems and network infrastructure and services compatible began in 2010 and continues in other country. New deployment projects were launched in 2012 in other Orange countries in Africa and the Middle East, including Kenya and Uganda. – Advertisement – Africa in the IPv6 digital era with support from Orange in association with AfriNIC and ISOC, African countries are also involved in the deployment of IPv6 network and services, even though there will be no shortage of IPv4 addresses in Africa before 2014. In fact, operators and service providers want to ensure that their customers have access to all online content, including that which is now available only in IPv6, such as content developed by the Asian countries of China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Thailand since 2011.Naturally, the IPv6 programme set up by Orange supports its subsidiaries based in Africa. No fewer than twelve IPv6 projects have already been launched in that region of the world, with availability of IPv6 connectivity services to begin in 2012 for some subsidiaries, such as Mauritius Telecom.Orange Business Services has been helping businesses transition to IPv6 since 2009 Businesses need to anticipate this change for their own growth, particularly in Asian countries. Orange Business Services has thus offered a VPN service (Virtual Private Network) and IPv6 Internet since 2009, along with consulting services to help businesses plan their migration down to the last detail. These services are structured around six stages: inventory, technical design, security, transition strategy, project team creation and deployment.For more information about IPv6 offers for businesses from Orange Business Services: Strengthening technical leadership and developing new markets The IPv6 protocol is not just a long-term response to the shortage of IPv4 addresses; it is also a catalyst for new services capable of dealing with the explosion of data services available on mobile handsets while encouraging the growing development of machine-to-machine communication services. These emerging services benefit not only from the nearly unlimited addressing capability of the IPv6 protocol, but also from the automation functions of machine configuration processes (plug & play) and from the discovery of available services, which are both characteristic of the protocol. Orange has undertaken several IPv6 protocol development projects on this account in order to offer new services, with the first experiments to be available beginning in 2013.last_img read more

Uganda calls for lower satellite broadband fees

first_imgAdvertisement “One of the concerns of the users of satellite communications is the high cost of bandwidth,” he said.“We believe the expansion of the broadband satellite service will generate greater economic growth in developing countries by being an enabler for e-service like e-governance, e-commerce, e-medicine and residential internet access among others,” said Ssekandi.last_img

Twitter celebrates 10th birthday

first_imgTwitter Inc. celebrating their 10th birthday. Happy Birthday Twitter. Advertisement Despite the ups and downs experienced by most tech startups, this week Twitter Inc. celebrates its 10th year in operation.On March 21, ten years ago, Twitter Inc. began with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey who sent the first tweet ever “just setting up my twttr,” as it read. Since then, every moment of every day, over 320 Million people connect and share about the things they care about most all over the world.According to Fortune, In March, Twitter’s popularity exploded during the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin. From then on, its mark on Internet culture began, including the use of the “hashtag,” proposed in 2007 by technologist Chris Messina. Twitter eventually built a real business and became a bonafide tech company when it went public in late 2013.Twitter celebrating 10th birthday. – Advertisement – As they mark this milestone, it’s you they want to celebrate. As March 21 begins around the world, each of their global offices will kick off the day by showing their appreciation and gratitude, starting in Sydney and following their headquarters in San Francisco. “We are excited to celebrate with all of you.”Starting in ?? on 3/21 and moving across the ?, we thank you for 10 incredible years.Love, Twitter#LoveTwitter— Twitter (@twitter) March 20, 2016“Throughout the years, you’ve made Twitter what it is today and you’re shaping what it will be in the future. Thank you for making history, driving change, lifting each other up and laughing together every day.” Twitter Official Blog.Happy Birthday from PC TECH MAGAZINElast_img read more

Amazon wants to take on Spotify with its new Music Unlimited service

first_imgAdvertisement Amazon, the eCommerce and cloud computing company has launched a standalone, ad-free, on-demand streaming music service to compete with Spotfiy and Apple Music.They have launched with a large catalog and a range of plans at different price points.With Amazon Music Unlimited, the standard individual plan costs $9.99 a month; it’s discounted to $7.99 a month or $79 a year for Prime members. – Advertisement – A family plan is going to become available later this year, and will grant up to six people access to the service for $14.99 a month or $149 a year.Amazon Music Unlimited will also offer recommendations, algorithmic and hand-made playlists and the ability to search for songs by lyrics.Let’s wait and see if they will be able to bring about a bubble in the streaming business.Their main rivals Spotify offers numerous innovative features for finding tunes, while Apple Music is already available internationally.last_img read more

WhatsApp Rolls Out the PhotoVideo Status Feature For its Web Platform

first_img(Photo Credit: NDTV news) Advertisement Facebook-owned; WhatsApp, being the mostly and widely used messaging app globally with over 1 billion daily active users, has finally rolled out its Status feature to its Web platform to all users globally.Unlike its apps, the WhatsApp Status on Web platform is available with a circular icon next to New Message icon on top. On tapping the Status icon, the color of the background changes to a Black theme (by default), and all your friends statuses will appear in a list format.The WhatsApp Status for Web will be shared with contacts on the app. Meanwhile the firm confirmed that similar to chats, the status updates are also end-to-end encrypted. – Advertisement – Users can still choose who sees their WhatsApp Status just like the mobile version – in three options are My contacts, My contacts except, and Only share with. However, on first set, the status comes by default allowing your status to be visible to all contacts.Therefore, you can now upload short clips/videos or photos to share with you friends and will later disappear after 24-hours.Notably, WhatsApp rolled out the photo/video status earlier this year which almost caused a social media outage after media reports reported that users were discontented with the update and criticized the company for copying Instagram and SnapChat. It was until then the firm decided bring back the old text-based status, allowing users to use both status.Editor’s Note: This article has been written, and contains inputs from NDTV news.last_img read more