Six new cases in which disabled people have been t

Six new cases in which disabled people have been t

first_imgSix new cases in which disabled people have been the victims of brutal and degrading assaults have cast fresh doubt on the criminal justice system’s ability to recognise, punish and prevent disability hate crime.It is 10 years this month since journalist Katharine Quarmby and colleagues at Disability Now magazine drew public attention to the failure to deal with disability hate crime by highlighting five horrific murders of disabled people, and asking, “If these are not hate crimes, what are?”Now Disability News Service (DNS) has had to ask that question again, in the wake of repeated failings by police, prosecutors, judges… and politicians.Three of the six new cases, spread across England and Wales, were murders, another saw the offender jailed for manslaughter, while two victims survived the violent assaults.One case saw a man with learning difficulties tortured for a month in a “prolonged period of sadistic torture and humiliation”, including having his teeth knocked out with a hammer and chisel, and being forced to eat one of his own testicles, before his body was dumped on wasteland.Another saw a man, again with learning difficulties, stripped and tortured over 24 hours, in a prolonged, sadistic assault described by a judge as “gratuitous degradation”.But in neither case did the police treat what happened as disability hate crime*.All but one of the six cases were dealt with by the courts in the last two months, with the other crime sentenced last December.In all of the six cases, which all led to convictions, the offences involved violent, repeated assaults on the disabled person.Four of the victims were people with learning difficulties, while the others had long-term health conditions and physical impairments.But in all six cases, the attacks were not treated as hate crimes by the police officers investigating the crimes, although in one of them the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) disagreed and asked the judge to increase the sentence because prosecutors believed the crime was motivated by disability-related hostility.Apart from this one exception, in case after case the CPS has told DNS that the offences could not be treated as hate crimes because “there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people”.These cases appear to highlight how difficult it is to prove an offence is a disability hate crime under current legislation, particularly if police officers have not collected the necessary evidence.The courts have a legal duty** to increase sentences for offences found to be motivated by disability-related hostility, under Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.But even in the one case in which CPS disagreed with the police, and treated the offences as disability hate crime, the judge is believed to have refused to increase the sentence.The six cases suggest yet again – following many other horrific offences reported by DNS over the last eight years – that there are enduring and troubling flaws in the way the criminal justice system, particularly within the police and judiciary, deals with the most serious disability hate crimes.The failure to acknowledge that offences were caused by disability-related hostility –described nine years ago by a director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken [now Lord] Macdonald, as “a scar on the conscience of criminal justice” – means that sentences are not increased, so there is no deterrent effect, and no public recognition of the problem.This is likely to mean there is less pressure placed on the government and wider society to reduce the widespread incidence of disability hate crime.Here are brief details of the six cases.Case one: Jimmy Prout, who had learning difficulties, was found dead on wasteland near his home in North Shields in March 2016.For months, he had been tortured by a group of people he considered his friends. He was even forced to eat his own testicle.Two of his attackers were jailed for murder, and the other two for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, with sentences ranging from nine years to a minimum of 33 years in prison for the ringleader.Northumbria police said the circumstances of the murder “did not meet criteria to be considered a disability hate crime”, and that Prout had not been targeted “because of any disabilities”.A CPS spokesman said: “The possibility of this case being a hate crime was considered, but there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation.”Case two: Craig Eade, who also had learning difficulties, was attacked in his own home, in Gateshead, over false rumours that he was a sex offender.He was attacked with a hammer, kicked and stamped on, and strangled, and then finally had his throat cut when his killer realised he was still alive. His body was dumped in a wheelie bin.His attacker, 36-year-old Paul Watkins, from Gateshead, admitted murdering Eade and was jailed for life and must serve at least 18 years in prison.Northumbria Police said this case, too, “did not meet criteria to be considered a disability hate crime” because Eade was not “targeted because of any disabilities”.A CPS spokesman said: “The possibility of this case being a hate crime was considered, but there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation.”Detective chief inspector Andy Fairlamb, of Northumbria Police, said of the Prout and Eade cases: “We take hate crime extremely seriously and in any death, a routine line of enquiry is to establish if the death is related to any disability or vulnerability or is believed to be hate-related.”Case three: An unnamed disabled man with muscular dystrophy was subjected to a “sustained and prolonged attack” by a teenager from Rhyl, north Wales, who stamped on his head, hit him with a radiator, and then smashed his head through a window.The teenager was jailed for 32 months.A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: “North Wales Police can confirm that this occurrence was not tagged as a hate crime, and inquiries are underway to determine why this happened.”She said the court was aware of the victim’s “vulnerability”, and so could have increased the sentence on those grounds – although not on the grounds of it being a hate crime – “had the judge seen fit to do so”.Asked if the case showed that the force needed to review its procedures and policies on recognising and dealing with disability hate crime, the spokeswoman had declined to respond by noon today (Thursday).A CPS spokesman said: “The possibility of this case being a hate crime was considered, but there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation.”Case four: Wheelchair-user Manfred Jaedke, 61, from Boston, Lincolnshire, was found in July 2016 in his bungalow with 65 injuries on his body, after being savagely beaten to death by a neighbour he had been drinking with.His killer, Vidmantas Svedarauskas, was given a life sentence, and must serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.A spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Police said the motivation for the murder was “thoroughly explored during the murder investigation, including extensive enquiries into Svedarauskas’ background in Lithuania. “There was no evidence to support the murder having been motivated by hate and was therefore not recorded as such.”She said the judge had been “very robust” in his sentencing, “stating that one of the main aggravating factors in the case was that Manfred was extremely vulnerable”.She added: “He was elderly, a very unwell man because of his previous strokes, his heart condition was bad and he was disabled and wheelchair bound.“He was unable to defend himself, therefore Manfred’s disability was taken into account upon sentencing.”A CPS spokesman said: “There was no evidence to determine to a criminal standard the motive for this attack.“Consequently, it would not have been possible to prove that it was motivated by hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person.”Case five: A man with learning difficulties was forced into a cold bath and had his head pushed under water, was strangled with an electrical cord, and threatened with an electric drill, by two women who stripped and tortured him, in an attack that lasted 24 hours.The man had met one of the women through an online dating site, and had thought they were in a relationship, but when he arrived at her flat, she locked the door and told him: “You’re going to die today,” before calling a friend to join her in what became a prolonged and violent assault.He was knocked unconscious with a pole, threatened with a knife, punched, kicked and hit with a hammer and a bottle, and only escaped when an unexpected visitor saw him covered with blood and called the police.The judge described the assault as “gratuitous degradation”. He jailed both women to two years and four months in jail.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the offences were “initially recorded as domestic violence due to the relationship between the victim and one of the convicted women.“At no point did the victim or anyone else state that the attack on the victim was targeted or motivated because of his learning difficulties.“We do however recognise that the victim’s learning difficulties made him particularly vulnerable in the prolonged attack.“The investigation was also subject to review and this did not change the recording of the offence.”Despite the police refusal, prosecutors did treat the attack as a disability hate crime.A CPS spokesman said: “This offence was recognised as a hate crime motivated by hostility to the victim because of his disability and at sentencing a submission was made by the CPS to treat that hostility as an aggravating factor.”The CPS has not been able to confirm whether the judge agreed to increase the sentence.Case six: Paul Sandford was attacked and punched to death while he was hooked up to a dialysis machine.Again, his attacker had made unfounded allegations that the victim was a paedophile.After the attack, Sandford was rushed to hospital with a bleed on the brain, a fractured eye socket and severe cuts and bruising to his face and hands. He died in hospital five days later.His attacker was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 12 years.A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “This case was not recorded as a disability hate crime by South Yorkshire Police due to the clear wishes of the victim and statements given by him, prior to his death.”A CPS spokeswoman said: “There was no evidence presented to us by the police of the defendant being motivated by hostility towards the victim’s disability. “Nor was there any evidence that the defendant demonstrated any such hostility at any point. For these reasons, there was no application for an uplift [in the sentence].”Stephen Brookes, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said the cases made “further grim reading”, 10 years on from Quarmby’s first story, while the “total inconsistency” across the criminal justice system was “appalling”.He said he would like to see new “tighter and understandably clear” legislation that focused solely on disability hate crime, but was not convinced that that would be politically achievable.What can be done, he said, is for MPs and ministers to “force the whole criminal justice system to comply with the current disability hate crime requirements.”He added: “Where communities, disabled people, CPS and police work together on training and implementation and have effective and closely-monitored reporting processes then results are good, as we have generally experienced across Lancashire.”But he said that too many parts of the country had seen “substantial reductions in diversity policing and the proper training input using the knowledge of disabled people”, and in these areas disability hate crime was “still a massive issue, as cases aren’t charged correctly”.He said the reaction of the CPS in some regions was “still too much by the old book with clear failures to identify and promote section 146**”.He added: “The court system in terms of disability hate crime is still a mockery and if section 146 is even mentioned, too many of the judiciary just don’t get it, or don’t want the complication, thereby creating a double whammy for the victim – that of being victim of the crime and ultimately being a victim of sloppy justice.“Where communities, disabled people, CPS and police work together on training and implementation and have effective and closely monitored reporting processes, then results are good. “It can be done, but it depends on the inclusion of disabled people to create a mindset change in police, CPS and the judiciary practice, and this is where the sieve of justice is far too leaky to be of any practical use to disabled people in their seeking their legal rights.”Anne Novis, a disability hate crime expert and chair of Inclusion London, said: “We will never give up on fighting for equality of justice for victims of any sort of disability hate crime.“We will challenge the statutory agencies that still have not integrated the learning from too many awful murders of disabled people and the underlying perception that we are not as ‘worthy’ or ‘valued’, that pervades society and government polices at this time.“All who deny the perception of our communities and organisations that such cases are hate crime, need to realise, we, Deaf and disabled people, are the experts, no one else!”A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have one of the strongest legal frameworks in the world to protect those who become a victim of hate crime.“This has resulted in more prosecutions than ever before.“The government will give careful consideration to whether the current legislation requires change following the views of the home affairs select committee in its hate crime report.***”A Home Office spokesman said: “All forms of hate crime are unacceptable and those who commit these awful crimes should be prosecuted.“We have some of the strongest laws in the world to tackle hate crime but it is not just about legislation.“That is why last year the home secretary published a comprehensive new hate crime action plan that is driving forward action to tackle hate crime across government and the criminal justice system.”Last year, DNS reported that angry campaigners had attacked that action plan for its “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability hate crime.The Home Office spokesman added: “Disability hate crime is significantly under-reported by victims, and that is why the government is working with community groups to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it amongst disabled people, their carers and families.“We have also asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services to assess the police response to ensure it is dealt with effectively and efficiently, and we are working with the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service to ensure that all those who commit hate crimes receive heavier sentences.”He also pointed to new joint training between the police and CPS staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime, and a national strategy and operational guidance published by the College of Policing to ensure that police deal with hate crime effectively.And he said CPS was working on a policy statement covering crimes against disabled people, setting out service standards expected when disabled victims and witnesses seek prosecution and attend court.Neither the CPS nor any of the police forces involved in the six cases raised any concerns about the way the criminal justice system deals with disability hate crime in their responses to questions from DNS.But a CPS spokesman said: “Wherever there is evidence a crime was motivated by hatred based on a victim’s disability, we will always treat it as a hate crime.“In some cases, disabled people may be the victims of offences which do not amount to hate crime.“In these cases, prosecutors will still present evidence of aggravating factors in court, as these will have an impact on the seriousness of the offence and any possible sentence.”*The Crown Prosecution Service defines a disability hate crime as “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability”**Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murders***This inquiry looked at the violent consequences of online hate crime and mentioned disability hate crime only in passinglast_img read more

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BE There a new video campaign from Rugby League

first_img‘BE There’ a new video campaign from Rugby League World Cup 2013 involves some big names from the world of sport encouraging fans to be part of the UK’s next major international sporting event.The Be There video invites fans to add their messages to those already added by the likes of Tour De France winner and Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins, Team GB Olympic hero Jonny Brownlee and Rugby League legend Darren Lockyer.The superstars join fans and Rugby League players in explaining why RLWC2013 is an event not to be missed. Any fans whose videos make the final cut also receive tickets to a RLWC2013 match of their choice.RLWC2013 Marketing Manager, Mark Foster said: “Our ‘Be There’ campaign went live on Friday November 30 and has so far received a great response. We’re seeing fans from all over the country joining in.“Less than 10,000 of the ‘Early Bird’ tickets remain on sale and we genuinely believe this tournament is a great chance for UK sports fans, especially those who may have missed out on Olympics tickets, to see a world class event in their own town or city. “There is no better way to watch Rugby League than to actually ‘Be There’ and with reports of ticket sales coming from all around the world, including places as far away as Australia, Russia, the USA and even Japan; fans wanting be at exciting games like the Rugby League World Cup Final really should buy now.”Fans can get be part of the Be There video by simply uploading a clip of themselves explaining why they’ll be there at RLWC2013 and upload it to www.rlwc2013.com/betherelast_img read more

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SAINTS Business Academy met for the first time thi

first_imgSAINTS Business Academy met for the first time this week and presented Jordan Turner with his Player of the Month award.Sponsored by Oval Insurance Broking Ltd, the accolade hailed the centre for his work on and off the pitch in February.More than 25 businesses attended the breakfast event and took in the Captain’s Run training session as they networked.Paul Sculthorpe MBE also gave the guests a short speech on what it means to be a first team professional at Saints.Head of Sales and Marketing Dave Hutchinson said: “We were really pleased with the attendance at the meeting and the response from businesses in the region was excellent.“Business isn’t about quick wins; it’s about building a relationship and to combine that with good performance on the field we can celebrate success together for the rest of the season.“We’d like to thank the businesses that came to event and we look forward to the next one at the end of March.”The next meeting of the Saints Business Academy is on March 28. If you are interested in attending please email sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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KYLE Amor is hoping all fans of rugby league will

first_imgKYLE Amor is hoping all fans of rugby league will get to Langtree Park next Friday to back the Saints against Sydney.The Dacia World Club Series will see Leeds, Wigan and Keiron Cunningham’s charges take on North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos and the Roosters in a real Super League versus NRL test.“If you’re a true fan of rugby league, and your team isn’t involved, why wouldn’t you get behind us?” he said. “It is six of the best sides in the world and you can watch them go toe to toe in your own back yard.“I will certainly be watching the other two games and if players can get behind the other two teams then I’m sure the fans can too.“We got behind an England team with six or seven Wigan players in it; I’m sure we can get behind them against Brisbane too and vice versa.”Saints last dalliance with the World Club Series was last season when they were humbled in the showpiece by South Sydney.And Kyle admits that one still stings.“We certainly want to get over what happened last season,” he continued. “I have watched the game back a couple of times over the off season and it might sound crackers but if Mark Percival scores in the corner then it could have been different.“I’m sure, on that form, they would have gone on to beat us but we shot ourselves in the foot. We just didn’t show on a world stage what we could do.“You always want to test yourselves against the best in the world. You wouldn’t be in sport if you didn’t want to do that. It will be a great day if we can get one over them.“We will be approaching the game full on. If we aren’t there mentally then it could be a similar story. We will come out ready for them.”World Club Series tickets are now on General Sale and are selling fast.They are priced at:Hattons Solicitors West Terrace, East Terrace and Family Stands:Adult – £22.50, OAP and Young Adult – £15.50, Junior – £10Solarking South and Totally Wicked North Stands:Gold: Adult – £30, OAP and Young Adult – £22.50, Junior – £12Silver: Adult – £28, OAP and Young Adult – £20.50, Junior – £12Bronze: Adult – £25, OAP and Young Adult – £18.50, Junior – £10Tickets can be bought by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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The hooker joined Saints from Salford for the 2017

The hooker joined Saints from Salford for the 2017

first_imgThe hooker joined Saints from Salford for the 2017 season and made 18 appearances in the Red Vee.His previous experience has taken in spells at Hull FC, Wakefield and Huddersfield in the top flight, as well as Crusaders and London – and in 2016 he was captain of Salford Red Devils.The club would like to thank Tommy for his efforts and professionalism in Saints colours and wish him all the best for the future.last_img

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Council to consider terminating Carolina Beach Lake dredging contract

Council to consider terminating Carolina Beach Lake dredging contract

first_img According to documents prepared by Town Manager Michael Cramer, the town has performed more soil studies on the material at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the remaining soil in the lake. In order to move forward with the project, it will take up to 6 months to complete the additional permits applications and finalize another disposal location for the spoils.The documents claim it is not fair or appropriate to continue the current contract with Civil Works Construction while working through the permitting requirements and recommends the current contract be terminated while preparations for a future phase of the Lake Dredge Project move forward.Carolina Beach Town Council meets Tuesday night at 6:30. The project was initially suspended in August. Many other issues came up leading to a possible termination of the project. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — When Carolina Beach Town Council meets Tuesday night, one of the items they will discuss is whether to terminate the Lake Dredging Contract.The town suspended the project on August 29, due to issues with spoils placement at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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NCAA Tournament upset makes lots of happy Little Caesars customers

NCAA Tournament upset makes lots of happy Little Caesars customers

first_img The company promised to give everyone free lunch if quote “crazy happened.”The wait was about 15 minutes around noon at the Little Caesars location on Carolina Beach Road to get in on the free deal. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history meant free pizza today for anyone willing to wait in line at Little Caesars Pizza.From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pizza chain opened it’s doors for free pizza all because #16 seed UMBC beat the #1 seed University of Virginia.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Support Special Olympics at 2nd Annual Bowling with Badges

Support Special Olympics at 2nd Annual Bowling with Badges

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Lace up and get ready for a strike! The UNCW Police Department is holding an event to benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina.Bowling with Badges is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign, an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics.- Advertisement – On Saturday, July 21 from 2-5 p.m., enjoy bowling, raffles and a whole lot of fun at Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Blvd. in Wilmington.Registration is $20 per person and includes shoe rental and three games of bowling. Teams are welcome with a limit of 5 people. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Special Olympic athletes are welcome to join for FREE.Click here to learn more about the event, donate to Special Olympics, or get tickets.Related Article: Town launches buy-a-brick fundraiser to aid in memorial constructionFor additional information or to register a Special Olympic athlete, contact Officer Bray at braye@uncw.edu.last_img read more

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Wilmington man killed after being run over by trash truck

Wilmington man killed after being run over by trash truck

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man was killed after a trash truck reportedly ran him over in New Hanover County Tuesday evening.According to Trooper H. N. Middleton, the fatal accident happened on 23rd Street around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.- Advertisement – Highway Patrol says 30-year-old Dashiell Titus Parker was riding east on the shoulder of the road when the bicycle hit a washed out area near the pavement. That’s when Parker reportedly lost control and was thrown into the road into the path of a Waste Industries trash truck that was also traveling east.Trooper Middleton says the driver of the truck was unable to avoid Parker and ran over him, resulting in his death.No charges have been filed at this time.last_img read more

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Animal Alley New exhibit coming to the Childrens Museum of Wilmington

Animal Alley New exhibit coming to the Childrens Museum of Wilmington

first_imgThe ribbon cutting, also called the floss cutting, allowed kids into the newly upgraded exhibit on July 18, 2018. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Children’s Museum of Wilmington will soon be opening its newest exhibit, Animal Alley. This will immerse children and their families into the world of pets.A grand opening will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on January 26. The event will feature pet-themed activities and a chance to interact with live animals in the courtyard.- Advertisement – For a $10 donation to the museum, the first 30 children can even get their stuffed animal micro chipped. Three local rescues will also be there including All 4 Cats, Fresh Start Rescue and Anchor Your Heart Rescue.Regular museum admission pricing applies for this event and no personal pets are allowed.“We are very thankful, and excited, for the opportunity to partner with Pet Supplies Plus to provide a new exhibit at the Museum,” said Jim Karl, Executive Director for The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “We look forward to providing the community a positive and interactive pet care learning environment.”last_img read more

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After months of waiting a Bolivia woman is finally on route to

After months of waiting a Bolivia woman is finally on route to

first_img But, Legal Aid’s help gave hope to some residents. One Bolivia woman says she can’t afford to pay $23,000 to repair her home. After months of noes, Shirley Johnson got a yes.“I didn’t see any damage to my house that was out of norm until probably about January,” Johnson said. “I opened up one of my cabinet drawers and it just fell through. I was like ‘Oh Lord, what’s going on here?’”Johnson said she immediately called her insurance company, after she started noticing storm damage in her Bolivia home. After 3 months of waiting for an answer, she says she was denied.Related Article: ‘North Carolina Strong’ t-shirts on sale, funds go to storm victims“I started reaching out to other people trying to figure it out [what to do and] FEMA was shut down by then so there was no help there,” Johnson said. “Without FEMA, you can’t get any of these other programs that helps rebuild your house.”Johnson says the Legal Aid North Carolina’s clinic in Brunswick County was the blessing she needed.“It seems like I’m starting to get somewhere now,” Johnson said.The outreach clinic offered one-on-one meetings with residents affected by Hurricane Florence to discuss damages and other related issues. Managing Attorney Dale Deese says there’s a desperate need for help in southeastern North Carolina.“[There is] still a lot of damage in a lot of homes and mold is a big problem , especially given the amount of rain we’ve received over the past 9 months,” Deese said.Being from eastern North Carolina, Deese says the attorneys empathize with the residents.“Many of us have our own personal experience with Matthew and Florence and so we bring that kind of empathy when we listen to these folks and their stories,” Deese said. “We empathize with them and we know how they’re feeling because they’ve suffered a great loss.”Deese says some cases can take 2 weeks to reconcile and others can take months. Either way he says this is experience has been a learning opportunity for the legal team and the residents they serve.Johnson says walking away from the clinic with an attorney assigned to her case gives her some hope.“I’m [worried about] getting my hopes up too high just because it has been such a long drawn out process, but I’m thankful to God for this little step here,” Johnson said. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY,NC (WWAY) — For 9 months now, we’ve told you stories of families struggling and rebuilding since Hurricane Florence. Friday, Legal Aid is trying to ease that process for Brunswick County residents.Residents say this has been a long 9 months filled with countless road blocks from being unqualified for assistance to not being able to find assistance.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Ryanair introduces Fly for Fathers Day

Ryanair introduces Fly for Fathers Day

first_img SharePrint Ryanair is celebrating Father’s Day by launching a ‘Europe Hops For Your Pops’ sale, with seats available from just €19.99 for travel in July, which must be booked before midnight Tuesday 18th June 2019 and can only be found on the Ryanair.com website.Customers looking for a last minute present can also treat their Dad to a personalised Ryanair Father’s Day gift voucher, which start from €25, available from the Ryanair website.Ryanair’s Alejandra Ruiz said, “Just like our hard working Mams, it seems all Dads want for Father’s Day is a break! To celebrate being the Daddy of low fares, we’ve launched a ‘Europe Hops For Your Pops’ seat sale starting from just €19.99, which must be booked before midnight Tuesday 18th June. And for those still looking for the ideal gift, our Ryanair vouchers can now be personalised especially for Father’s Day, starting from just €25, only on the Ryanair.com website.”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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Surf Pay wins Orange Best New Service Award at AfricaCom

first_imgAdvertisement It also allows individuals to share the costs of broadband Internet access with their neighbours, using a payment interface that is both flexible and secure. Up to 20 people can be connected to the service, and each of them will pay according to the time and volume consumed. The service is already availbale in Uganda and will soon be launched in Kenya; outside Africa, it is also availbale to Orange customers in Armenia.Commenting after receiving the award, Marc Rennard, Executive Vice President responsible for Africa, the Middle East and Asia at Orange said: “We believe that by developing products and services that provide widespread access to the Internet and by offering solutions that are specifically designed for small and medium-sized companies, we can contribute to the economic and social development of Africa and the Middle East. This award praises the quality of the work accomplished by our teams in designing innovative services adapted to the African continent.”AfricaCom is the largest communications conference and exhibition in the continent gathering together 5,000+ telecoms decision-makers. The two-day event that attracted more than 250 exhibitors ended yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa. – Advertisement – Report by Africa Press Organization (APO)last_img read more

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Uganda Government Websites Outdated

Uganda Government Websites Outdated

first_imgAdvertisement A mini-survey has  indication that while the world has gone online, the government of Uganda is yet to warm up to this modern platform. Although much of the world is using the internet to disseminate and access information, visitors to Uganda must be warned to treat information on many government websites with due skepticism.There is little effort to update the sites, and as such they carry wrong and misleading information and careless typos. Many of the web pages of some government departments hide under phrases like “Information on … will be updated soon”, “Information to come shortly”, or “Please check this page again.” But even when you check after six months, you find the same words.And the problem starts right at the head: according to the website of State House of Uganda, Prof Khiddu Makubuya is a minister in charge of General duties in the Office of the Prime Minister. And for avoidance of doubt, his moustached portrait still graces the Cabinet page. But in the real world, Makubuya resigned from Cabinet a year and two months ago – in February 2012. The docket is currently held by Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere. – Advertisement – The State House website lists 27 cabinet ministers, but some of them just have names only and a graphic cartoon stands where the minister’s portrait should be. Missing are the photos of ministers Moses Ali, Wilson Muruli Mukasa, Mary Karooro Okurut, Tress Bucyanayandi, Crispus Kiyonga, Jessica Alupo, Irene Muloni, Maria Kiwanuka, Abraham Byandala, Peter Nyombi, Amelia Kyambadde, Ephraim Kamuntu, Christine Ondoa, Ruhakana Rugunda and Janet Museveni.Although his picture is missing, Adonia Ayebare is still listed as Permanent Representative to the UN, although he was replaced by Dr Richard Nduhura, nearly a year ago. Other ministers are completely missing from the website list. These include Frank Tumwebaze (Presidency), Richard Todwong (without Portfolio), Justine Kasule Lumumba (Chief Whip) and Abraham Byandala (Works and Transport).State House also says on its website that Eriya Kategaya is still the first deputy prime minister. However, Kategaya died seven weeks ago. On this, the website of Parliament of Uganda takes the kudos: it shows Kategaya’s docket as “vacant”.The State House website labours to define what cabinet is. It states: “The Cabinet of Uganda, according to the Constitution of Uganda, “shall consist of the President, the Vice President and such number of ministers as may appear to the President to be reasonably necessary for the efficient running of the State.”So, even though the names and photos of Yoweri Museveni, Edward Ssekandi and Amama Mbabazi are under the webpage called The Executive, they ought to be on the cabinet list as well. And so should the photo of Karamoja Minister Janet Museveni, which is only provided where she is mentioned as the First Lady.Although Yoweri Museveni got the rank of full General in February 2004, the State House website calls him a lieutenant general, saying: “Lt Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the current president of Uganda.”Some ministers, such as Maria Mutagamba and John Nasasira, are given the wrong dockets.The NRM Secretariat website has a banner reading “Daily Update from the Secretary General” but nothing is shown under it. Instead immediately below is the “Welcome to the NRM Secretariat” message.In fact when you click on the webpage “Daily Message”, you get the latest message dated Tuesday, 12 August 2008, 10:00 and it is “Written by Administrator”. On the “Party press briefings” webpage, the latest is dated Friday, 19 November 2010, 22:41. It is actually the “President Museveni’s Liberation Day speech”, yet it is “Written by Administrator”.Asked how long it would take to remove Kategaya’s photo and name from the State House website, Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi said: “The length of time doesn’t matter because there is no government policy on removing dead persons from cabinet. But that’s the work of the webmaster and I wouldn’t want to do other people’s work.But the whole world knows Kategaya died; what would be embarrassing is if someone today referred to Kategaya as minister.”Asked whether it was not even more embarrassing that Khiddu Makubuya is still listed as a minister, Mirundi said: “Maybe someone is trying to preserve history. For me, I would like to be kept a hundred miles away from State House website.”Source: The Observerlast_img read more

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Uganda Revenue Authority launches new website

Uganda Revenue Authority launches new website

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda revenue Authority has unveiled a new website. The website which is simply an improved more client -centric web portal with various self-service provisions has been redesigned, has a new look, with new functionalities like the Google map to locate any URA office, the Tax Assistant, Tax Tools, Document Authentications, and many more service.You can access the portal using the same address www.ura.go.ug.  URA says they have added more security features. The security certificate is from Verizon a reputable US based Information Technology Security Company.The look, the flow and the functioning is different. The changes you will experience have been driven by important feedback from clients URA says. – Advertisement – There has been an advancement in technology behind the portal to allow for more customized changes to suit the taxpayer. For instance, when one logs into their account there is a customized calendar highlighting important dates on the tax calendar. You can change registration details without first coming to our offices like it has been in the past.The new portal provides access to instant information which clients previously had to either call or go to various offices for. The Google maps will help our clients locate any URA office to the smallest detail including the street and contact person, the telephone number of the person in charge and very soon the facial identification.The redesigned web portal also has better integration of twitter and face book. The Tax Assistant functionality is incorporated with calculators to computer your Domestic Taxes and Customs tax liability with so much ease. The PAYE calculator will for instance enable clients know how much they should be paying. Going forward, our clients should expect great service and more developments to enable them pay their taxes much easier.Visit the URA website yourself and tell us your opinion about it in the comments section below.last_img read more

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You can now apply art and special effects to photos and videos

You can now apply art and special effects to photos and videos

first_imgAdvertisement Social Media giant Facebook wants you express yourself beyond simply chatting when it comes to Facebook Messenger.The company has launched a native camera,  which allows you to apply Snapchat-like filters, emojis, stickers, and other artwork to any photo or video you want.The app now includes more artistic expression and non-verbal communication, which is why Facebook has updated its app to make sending photos and video faster “and more fun.” – Advertisement – The home screen of Messenger has been redesigned, with the camera shutter button in the bottom center. All you have to do is tap it to easily capture a moment or long press to record a video.Then things get interesting — you can apply filters, artwork, and effects similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories.Simply type in a keyword, and the app will display relevant images that can be added to photos and videos.However, you are limited to one effect and frame per photo and video.All of the art and special effects are targeted based on your geography and the language your phone is set to.last_img read more

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YouTube Ends the 30second Adverts that you Couldnt Skip

YouTube Ends the 30second Adverts that you Couldnt Skip

first_imgImage Credit: TheNextWeb Advertisement Google confirmed to the BBC’s Newsround programme, saying it wanted to focus on “formats that work well for both users and advertisers”.Long unskippable adverts are seen as a nuisance by many viewers, and Google has introduced shorter formats.One media agency said the move reflected the difference between online video and linear television services. – Advertisement – “The 30-second ad is a legacy from TV times,” said Will Smyth, head of media at the Agenda21 agency.“It’s a standard TV unit which has been put online, but it’s not the most effective way to advertise.“This will encourage advertisers to be more creative about the way they use the platform.”Many other websites, including the BBC’s international offer, feature unskippable 30-second ads on video content.“Demand from advertisers for video content is high, but there’s a shortage of quality content,” said Mr Smyth.“It’s good business for everyone to focus on ‘skippables’ – people aren’t forced to sit through ads, and advertisers don’t need to pay if their ad is skipped.”source: BBC Newslast_img read more

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Apple Officially Ends Support for 32Bit Applications in iOS 11

Apple Officially Ends Support for 32Bit Applications in iOS 11

first_imgAdvertisement Ahead of the launch of iOS 11, there were several signs suggesting 32-bit apps would no longer be supported in the new operating system, which has been confirmed with the release of the first iOS 11 beta.In January of 2017, the first iOS 10.3 beta featured an even more serious message when launching a 32-bit app, which specifically read “This app will not work with future versions of iOS.”Any 32-bit app will refuse to launch and instead show an alert pressuring the developer to release a 64-bit update. Older iPhones and iPads with 32-bit CPUs cannot update to iOS 11 at all. – Advertisement – For iOS 11 users worried that their favorite apps are about to be cut off, you can check which apps do not support 64-bit architectures via Settings on iOS 10 or iOS 11.Go to General -> About -> Applications. If you have 32-bit apps installed, you will be able to tap on Applications and see a list of your obsolete software. Whilst on iOS 10 these apps still launch, on iOS 11 you can only hope that the developer continues to maintain the application and releases an update.Apple has also started the transition for macOS to drop 32-bit support. It will require new apps and updates submitted to the Mac App Store to support 64-bit apps in 2018.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Star welcome to DAVY RUSSELL

Star welcome to DAVY RUSSELL

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst things first, I’m delighted to have joined Star Sports as their brand ambassador and look forward to sharing my views with you on this blog as the season unfolds.Things are really beginning to get going now and it’s great to see the likes of Cue Card and Coneygree starting out again at Wetherby for the Charlie Hall Chase – a race in which I think the younger Blaklion could have a major say.I’m looking forward to riding at Down Royal on Saturday on JNwine.com day and Cork on Sunday and will run through my rides below.Before that, a mention of Presenting Percy who I was really impressed with at Galway on Monday when winning his first start over fences.I was impressed by the way he jumped and galloped all the way to the line – proving the ability he showed over hurdles is still all there and whilst there are plenty of bridges to jump before we talk about the RSA he remains the most exciting prospect.He passed his first day at school with flying colours.Now looking at this weekend’s rides…SATURDAYDOWN ROYALKURAKA 12.45pmJoined Gordon (Elliott) having run on the flat for Karl Burke. Has been schooling well but is thrown in at the deep end here as Espoir D’allen looked smart when winning on debut at Punchestown and even with his 6lb penalty he’ll prove a tough nut to crack.FALAK 1.20pmFive starts for Roger Varian on the flat, winning his final one at Nottingham. Has had plenty of schooling over hurdles at home and is progressing nicely but will need to tick all the boxes to get off to a winning start in this 12 runner maiden hurdle. I was onboard Dis Donc when pipped at Thurles and he looks the one to beat. Both Falak and Kuraka (12.45pm) have only been jumping for a couple of weeks so it can take some time for them to catch up – particularly against those rivals who already have point to point experience.REALT MOR 1.55pmA really competitive looking handicap hurdle as you might expect where I ride the old boy Realt Mor. He rarely runs a bad race but this is a big ask for a 12-year-old on his first start since falling in the Champion Chase at Punchestown in April. I hope he runs really well for his sporting owner, but it will be a huge ask to win. I know plenty of these well including Artful Artist who is going to win one of these valuable handicaps one day. He keeps finding one or two too good, but has plenty of talent.ZABANA 2.30pm JNwine.com Champion ChaseI ride Zabana who needed his reappearance run. We have tinkered with his wind a bit which will help, but he would want the ground to dry out a bit to be seen at his best. Our Duke is high up in the Gold Cup betting and will be hard to beat but I’m certainly not expecting any pushover. Sub Lieutenant won a Grade 3 here a year ago and might give the favourite the most to do.BALKO DES FLOS 3.05pmThere may only be eight runners, but it should be a cracker as the handicapper has four of them separated at the top by only 1lb. My fella brings recent fitness into the race having won the Galway Plate and finished second to A Toi Phil in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park last time out, so that’s a plus. I suppose it will all come down to who has the luck and doesn’t make a mistake at a crucial time.SUNDAYCORKSIR CARNO 1.05pmThis should prove a really informative race and I’m looking forward to the ride on Sir Carno. The ex-French trained runner shaped well on his bumper debut at Punchestown when fourth and has schooled really well. He is an exciting prospect. Kirwans Lane won nicely on heavy ground on debut at Roscommon and Gowran Park runner-up Castlebrook are both likely sorts but I am hopeful that Sir Carno has a bright future.BURNING ISSUES 2.10pmHas joined Pat Cloak who only has a handful of horses but they all run their races. Hasn’t won since winning this same race off a 1lb higher mark in 2014 so hopefully the trip to Mallow will again bring about a good run.JURY DUTY 2.40pmMade a very pleasing winning debut over fences to win well on soft ground at Limerick but will need to be a 150+ horse to win this as it looks a pretty deep contest.BLESS THE WINGS 3.15pm Cork Grand NationalNow a 12-year-old, Bless The Wings is a great trier and a credit to the yard. He finished fourth in this Grand National Trial in 2015 and ran absolute belters when second in both the Irish Grand National and the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. King’s Sam looks to have a big chance – I’ve seldom seen a horse win so easily as he did at Punchestown and whilst up in the weights that does bring him just a pound out of the weights here. The fact that Ruby (Walsh) is doing 10 stone suggests that Racing Pulse may be the one we all have to beat.BELLGROVE 3.45pmSo consistent and deserves another win after recent close seconds at Galway and Thurles. Really enjoys jumping and this long straight should suit.That’s it for this weekend. Enjoy the action and I’ll be back next Friday with Naas, Navan and Aintree all to look forward to.DavyYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include next week…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Spurs v Everton

STAR PREVIEW Spurs v Everton

first_imgMEETING EDDIE FREMANTLE (part 1) BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]S[/dropcap]am Allardyce made a great start as manager of Everton but the honeymoon looks to be over.  Despite their 9th place in the table, they can hardly be considered ‘safe’ yet being just seven points off the relegation zone in a compact Premier League.Everton are now five games without a win and have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool.They are struggling against the better sides and Allardyce’s arrival coincided with a relatively easy run of fixtures which the Toffee’s took full advantage of.Allardyce said: “I think the service provided in the final third is one of our weaknesses and why we’re not scoring enough goals.“We don’t have enough natural goalscorers so we have to try and work on that without losing our defensive qualities.“You’re all aware of our interest in Theo Walcott. If that can all be sorted out, which is difficult, then he’d be a great addition.”Spurs are pushing hard for a Champions League spot and should again have too much class for Everton who haven’t beaten them in their last ten meetings.They’ve certainly settled in well to Wembley now – currently on a 10 match unbeaten run with six wins and four draws and it’s short odds that Harry Kane gets the one goal he needs to equal Teddy Sheringham’s club record of 97 in the Premier League.Tottenham Hotspur v EvertonPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(maximum 10 matches)Sep 2017 PREMIER Everton 0-3 TottenhamMar 2017 PREMIER Tottenham 3-2 EvertonAug 2016 PREMIER Everton 1-1 TottenhamJan 2016 PREMIER Everton 1-1 TottenhamAug 2015 PREMIER Tottenham 0-0 EvertonMay 2015 PREMIER Everton 0-1 TottenhamNov 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 2-1 EvertonFeb 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 1-0 EvertonNov 2013 PREMIER Everton 0-0 TottenhamApr 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 2-2 EvertonKeeping it simple with SPURS/SPURS on the Star Sports HT/FT market which can be backed at around 3/4.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SPURS/SPURS HT/FT 12 points at 3/4 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 90.13 pointslast_img read more

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