Month: July 2019

Opposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt

first_imgOpposition MPs have failed in their latest attempt to defeat government plans to cut out-of-work disability benefits.The government is using its welfare reform and work bill to reduce support for new claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA) by nearly £30 a week from April 2017.But Labour and SNP attempts to introduce a string of changes to the bill including scrapping the WRAG cut, were defeated by Conservative MPs.Their failed attempt came after members of the House of Lords succeeded in delaying government plans to cut tax credits.Among the changes suggested by Labour and SNP MPs was a measure that would have forced the government to ensure an independent review of the benefits sanctions regime.Debbie Abrahams (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, speaking in the main chamber for the first time in that role, said the welfare reform and work bill was “wicked” and the proposed cut to WRAG payments was “a disgrace”.And she questioned why the government had not yet carried out a cumulative impact assessment of the changes in the bill on disabled people, as it should have done under the Equality Act.She said: “There is no analysis of the impact that this will have on the disabled people who will be pushed into poverty.“Half a million disabled people will be affected and lose £30 a week – nearly a third of their weekly income.”Abrahams pointed to the government’s refusal to publish 49 internal reviews of benefit-related deaths – whose existence was first revealed by Disability News Service – and said the government’s failure to order an independent review of its sanctions regime was “a slap in the face of everyone affected by sanctions, including family members of those who have died”.And she said it had been estimated that further planned reductions in the benefit cap “risk pushing tens of thousands of children, families and disabled people into poverty”.She said: “We are the sixth wealthiest country in the world. It is not right that the government are seeking to secure the recovery on the backs of the working poor, their children and disabled people.”Natalie McGarry, the SNP’s shadow disability spokeswoman, said: “We already know that the UK government’s austerity programme is impacting disproportionately on those living with disabilities and sicknesses and that it impairs their ability to work.“We also know that there is absolutely no evidence that these policies of cuts will have a positive impact on moving those in the WRAG group into work.“There is no evidence from the government, despite repeated requests for it to be produced.“It is therefore absolutely shameful that, without any evidence, the Conservatives should have disabled people in their sights yet again, promising to cut nearly a third of ESA support for new claimants in the work-related activity group.”But Priti Patel, the employment minister, said: “In 2008, when the then Labour government introduced ESA as a ‘radical reform package’, the work-related activity component was originally intended to act as an incentive to help people into work and to return quickly to work.“However, the original estimates were incorrect and only one per cent of people in the work-related activity group left the benefit each month.“It is clear, therefore, that the existing policy is not working and that it is failing claimants.”She said that £100 million a year (by 2020) of the £640 million annual savings from the WRAG cut would be spent on helping “claimants with limited work capability but who have potential, because they want to move into work, to get closer to the labour market”.Patel said the government kept the operation of its sanctions regime “under constant review”.Opposition attempts to amend the bill, including the withdrawal of the WRAG cut, were defeated, and the bill was passed at both the report stage and third reading, and will now be debated by the House of Lords.last_img read more

SAINTS produced a superb performance to beat auld

first_imgSAINTS produced a superb performance to beat auld enemy at the DW Stadium on Friday.Mark Percival bagged a try and landed five goals in the blistering 23-4 win that was built on tenacious and swamping defence.Heroes abounded with Keiron Cunningham paying particular attention to James Roby, Joe Greenwood and Jack Owens’ efforts in the red vee.But this was a team effort, from 1-17; a performance that was united, ruthless and honest.They led 16-4 at the break and kept the Warriors scoreless in the second before Luke Walsh dropped a one pointer.Roby then finished off the hosts at the death with a try right out off the top drawer.This was a feisty and committed derby that Saints got the best of in the opening stages.Mark Percival slotted over a penalty on five minutes after Matty Fleming was felled high by Sam Tomkins following a free flowing move.Saints weathered two sets on their own line but after they were forced to drop out on 11 minutes, Lewis Tierney collected a kick along the ground in the corner.Matty Smith missing the conversion.Undeterred by the blow, the visitors continued to press and ask questions of the defence.They were also forcing errors from the Warriors too who were surprisingly struggling to deal with the conditions and Saints aggressive defence.Both sides exchanged drop outs on the 20 minute mark but once Jordan Turner was unceremoniously upended in front of the sticks, Mark Percival levelled the game up with the resultant penalty.Two penalties for the home side followed but Saints produced two superb defensive sets to quell the danger.Turning defence into attack has been a feat of Saints’ four game run and on the half hour mark, when Wigan lost the ball, they did it again.A penalty drove them further into Warriors’ territory and following a couple of strong runs, Lomax hit Percival on a beautiful line to put them ahead.And shortly afterwards, it got better. Another penalty gave Saints great field position and on the last Turner slid a kick through, Tomkins made a hash of it and Morgan Knowles was there to pounce on the loose ball.Percival making it 16-4 at half time.Saints spent most of the opening stages of the second half on the back foot as the Warriors came out with a rocket.Three times they were pegged back on their own line within the opening five minutes and then two penalties in a row had them scrambling once again.Sam Tomkins was denied by the video referee on 48 minutes – the full back failing to ground the ball – and then Saints weathered another two sets before their hosts popped up with an error.It was a monumental effort.On 57 minutes, Tomkins knocked on a high kick from Walsh and Saints resultantly peppered the line.Lomax went close but the last tackle option saw the ball go dead.Saints got the ball back from another Warriors error shortly afterwards and then Alex Walmsley chased down Tomkins following Wilkin’s kick, for a drop out.Cunningham’s men couldn’t force the issue though and they lad to rely on the defence once more.Entering the final 15 minutes, Matty Fleming spied a gap and chipped through on the far side – Tomkins defending it well – before Saints had to once again defend a number of sets on their own line.And, like before, they did the business – the superb Owens producing a wonder tackle on Tierney to bundle him into touch in the far corner.Saints then killed off the game.Solid drives up the middle got them to within 35 metres and cool hand Luke Walsh popped over a one pointer.Wigan won the ball back from the restart but nothing was going to spoil Saints night.FPN took exception to LMS in the final stages – resulting in an all in brawl – and both saw yellow for their troubles.The away fans, who were superb throughout, sang louder and Saints responded with an equally superb try.Led by Walsh, it went through several pairs of hands before James Roby scooted under the sticks.The players piled in to celebrate, the fans did the same, and the derby was won.Match Summary:Warriors:Tries: TierneyGoals: Smith (0 from 1)Saints:Tries: Percival, Knowles, RobyGoals: Percival (5 from 5)Drop: WalshPenalties:Warriors: 10Saints: 7HT: 16-4FT: 23-4REF: P BenthamATT: 20,049Teams:Warriors:1. Sam Tomkins; 22. Lewis Tierney, 4. Dan Sarginson, 20. Oliver Gildart, 5. Dominic Manfredi; 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith; 21. Ryan Sutton, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 25. Willie Isa, 14. John Bateman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 8. Dominic Crosby, 17. Lee Mossop, 24. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 28. Jake Shorrocks. Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 24. Matty Fleming, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

Town plans to start Oak Island Pier demo in February

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Plans are underway for the Oak Island Pier that was heavily damaged more than a year ago by Hurricane Matthew.Permits are now in hand and the Town of Oak Island has had pre-construction meetings to move forward.- Advertisement – The contractor is planning to start the demo and replacement the first week of next month.Town council says they are looking at options for the restaurant and store areas and will release those details next month as well.The pier project will be completed in two phases.last_img read more

WPD Suspect arrested for trying to shoot at man on school campus

first_img Police say Maurice McKoy,30, confronted the victim in the Tileston complex around 8:40 a.m., where he assaulted and threatened him. McKoy attempted to shoot the victim, but his gun malfunctioned. He then disposed of the weapon in a nearby trash can, which officers later recovered.Officers arrived on scene within four minutes of receiving the call and immediately detained McKoy. Officers found bullets and marijuana on him.This was an isolated incident, and police say school officials were instrumental in McKoy’s capture.Related Article: WPD: Warrants secured for man who scammed residentsMcKoy is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm on school property, resisting/delaying arrest and possession of schedule VI drug.He is currently being held at the New Hanover County Detention Facility on a $100,000 secured bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man has been arrested after police say he attempted to shoot at another man while on the campus of St. Mary Catholic School.Wilmington Police Department say the threat was not directed toward the school, staff or students.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover Co schools talk overcrowding redistricting

first_imgNew Hanover County Board of Education approves option to proceed with proposed high school redistricting plan (Photo: New Hanover County Schools) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In early spring, New Hanover County school board members stalled on passing plans to redistrict and move hundreds of high schoolers.Today though, they are bringing the issue back up before the school year is out.- Advertisement – At 5 p.m., board members had been meeting for about an hour to hold a workshop on high school redistricting.They are expected to look after a host of options for handling overcrowding in high schools including extra mobile unitsThey are also taking over bonds for future projects that could address the ongoing issue.Related Article: Study: South Carolina teachers poorer today than in 2008We will have more tonight on WWAY News at 11.last_img read more

Pearl Harbor survivor Wilmington resident dies

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One of Wilmington’s last known survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has died.William “Bill” Hendley was a long time Wilmington resident who served on the Battleship USS Oklahoma, which capsized bottom up in the harbor on December 7, 1941. Hendley was 99 years old.- Advertisement – Another local Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy officer Harold Garrish died in December at 100 years old.Hendley, Garrish, and Leslie “Bud” Hollenbeck were honored in December 2017 in a ceremony hosted by the World War II Wilmington Coalition.Hendley told WWAY in 2017 he was in the shower with nine other men at the time of the bombing. If it was not for his Chief Petty Officer, Hendley would not be here today to share his story.Related Article: WWAY Health Fair brings out big crowds againWhen the bombs hit the USS Oklahoma, Hendley and the other men had to escape from the port hole on the ship. His chief officer couldn’t fit so he helped the others get out, Hendley said his chief prayed while knowing his fate.“Thank him for God sakes,” Hendley told WWAY. “Thank him for, I wouldn’t have wanted him to lose his life but I appreciate the fact that he did lose his life saving eight of us,” Hendley said.Hendley and the eight others jumped into the water surrounded by fire with no clothes, then had to swim to the beach for safety.The funeral is planned for Saturday.The only known survivor now in southeastern NC is Hollenbeck, of Wilmington, who served as a Navy signalman on the Battleship USS Pennsylvania.last_img read more

Semi jack knifes snarling Brunswick County traffic

first_img The truck ran off the road and ended up in an embankment.Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene.The highway patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A semi tractor trailer jack knifed Monday morning snarling traffic in Brunswick County.The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Highway 74 East near Delco and brought traffic to a standstill for a short time.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Is Microsoft Buying Nokia

first_imgAdvertisement Various reports have thrown light on the sad situation of the company. The weekly Helsinki Times mentioned in its latest edition that Nokia stocks were now below book value — a situation described as “worth more dead than alive” rhetorically. It even added, “The investment community is fertile ground for rumours, and there are plenty about what could happen to Nokia. One of the most persistent rumours is that Microsoft may buy the company.”A Wall Street Journal report stated that, “The alliance with Microsoft is a powerful one. Maybe Apple and Google have already won the mobile-phone business, and everyone else is doomed. But that’s what they once said about Nokia. Things change in this industry. Microsoft, which is desperate to play catch-up in smart-phones, could buy Nokia today out of petty cash.”The edition also mentioned that Microsoft has about 46 billion euros in cash equivalent, while Nokia’s market value is 8.4 billion euros, hinting at ruling out any other buyer for Nokia. – Advertisement – Article by: Kalpana Sharma, EFYTIMES News Networklast_img read more

Uganda in third phase of broadband backbone

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda’s National Information Technology Authority (NITA) is in the third phase of implementing its National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI), a project which once completed will provide high speed internet access to Ugandans.East African Business Week reports the third phase of the project will start in September and the completion date is set for July 2014.The project will involve the laying of optical fibre cable to connect Masaka, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Kabale and Katuna to the National Backbone BI and the construction of the Network Operations Center (NOC). – Advertisement – There have however been reports that an audit by the Auditor General had called for the stopping of the US$106 million project until some issues, including opening NBI’s third phase for competition, are sorted.The third phase of NBI, which will be carried out by Soliton Telmec, will connect Uganda to Tanzania through Mutukula and Rwanda through Katuna.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Microsoft set to launch first batch of Windows 10 phones on October

first_imgCredit: WinBeta Advertisement Microsoft Corp sent out invitations for an event on October 6, where it is predicted to unveil new devices that run on Windows 10, its latest operating system.This was confirmed by a Microsoft spokeswoman – “We’re eager to share some exciting news about Windows 10 devices.”Microsoft is expected to unveil devices such as the Surface Pro 4 tablet, the Microsoft Band 2 wearable fitness tracker and the latest Lumia smartphones at the event. – Advertisement – Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July, almost three years after the launch of its previous operating system, Windows 8.[related-posts]The new OS, designed to work across laptops, desktops and smartphones, is part of the company’s push to win back lost ground in tablets and mobiles.Credit: TOIlast_img read more