A Labour MP is to push for a Commons debate on evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who assess disabled people for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP).Disability News Service (DNS) has been investigating allegations that healthcare professionals working for government contractors Atos and Capita have been lying in their assessment reports.The number of cases in which disabled PIP claimants say their assessor clearly lied in their reports has now topped 200.The DNS investigation has revealed that assessors working for Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.Last week, DWP, Capita and Atos all refused again to launch inquiries into the claims of widespread dishonesty.Now, following a meeting with DNS, Neil Coyle (pictured) – a member of the influential Commons work and pensions select committee – has agreed to take up the concerns after parliament’s summer recess.Following that meeting, DNS sent the Labour MP an anonymised version of the database of all the 200-plus cases.And with the claimants’ permission, DNS has now shared details of more than 20 of those cases with Coyle, who has previously worked as a director of Disability Rights UK, and for the former Disability Rights Commission.He hopes to use some of these cases to push for action when parliament resumes its work after recess, including seeking a possible backbench debate in the House of Commons.Coyle said: “I’m very concerned at the volume and persistent nature of complaints about inaccurate and in too many cases what appear to be dishonest assessments.“We know PIP was designed under the coalition to cut help to half a million disabled people, but the assessment process itself appears badly broken already and repeating mistakes of the work capability assessment.“I will be pushing further on this when parliament returns and hope the work and pensions select committee also takes it up.”The committee had been investigating the PIP assessment process earlier this year, but its inquiry had to be abandoned when prime minister Theresa May called the general election.But statements that had already been submitted to the committee had provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty.Inclusion London, the pan-London disabled people’s organisation, said in its evidence: “Again and again Disabled people are reporting that assessors have ignored written and verbal evidence and that reports do not reflect what occurred in the assessment.”It is not yet clear whether the committee will relaunch its inquiry into the PIP assessment process when MPs return after the summer recess.
THE former Tesco site in St. Helens Town Centre is to be refurbished and site owners Tesco are negotiating with another company to open on the site.Since the store closed to make way for the Tesco superstore next to Langtree Park the Council has been running the car park but due to the new development the car park will no longer be available for use by the public. Alternative town centre parking is available at:Chalon Way Car Park 697 Spaces, £1 charge per vehicle for match day parkingTontine Car Park 257 Spaces, £1 charge per vehicle for match day parkingHardshaw Centre Car Park 177 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or for vehicles exiting car park after 7.00pmNorth John Street Car Park 216 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or for vehicles exiting car park after 7.00pmBirchley Street Car Park 496 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or for vehicles exiting car park after 7.00pmWard Street Car Park 72 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or after 6.00pmCentral Street Car Park 53 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or after 6.00pmParade Street Car Park 44 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or after 6.00pmTolver Street Car Park 33 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or after 6.00pmMill Street Car Park 18 Spaces, no charges on Sundays or after 6.00pm
IT’S Monday Night Thriller time on the Official Saintsrlfc.com Podcast!We preview our match with Warrington with Mike Rush and Paul Wellens whilst Tommy Makinson reflects on the great win over Huddersfield.To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org with Podcast in the subject line.
DOWNLOAD the all new Saintsrlfc.com Podcast for a preview of the 2013 Super League season. We’ve teamed up with Citytalk 105.9 to bring you the best news and views from around the club as well as great features as we progress through the year. In this week’s cast, we’ll see how far the lads have come on their pre-season programme when they take on Huddersfield Giants on Friday at Langtree Park. We’ve got interviews with Nathan Brown, Mark Flanagan, Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, Willie Manu, James Roby and Jordan Turner. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email email@example.com
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Jack Viorel is a life changer. “It doesn’t matter if they surf again,” he says of what the new surfers learn after one day in the water. “They have tools to take on other challenges in their life.”Jack’s the guy behind IndoJax Surf Charities.“It’s not just their first wave,” he says, “it’s their first ride on a different train, a different way of living, trying things that are out of the ordinary and out of the box.”Related Article: Surf camp for kids with disabilities kicks off in Wrightsville BeachTrying things out of the box. Like their surf camp for the visually impaired that goes beyond sight to show those who can’t see an experience they thought they couldn’t do. “We hear stories afterwards of them trying all sorts of new things,” Jack said. “Horseback riding, ice skating, you name it.”Jack’s surf charities empower those who have a special need, or medical condition, or some kind of disadvantage.He opens minds with something as simple as a wave. “For me, it never gets old,” he says. “It never ceases to amaze what these kids can actually do and it helps me as a parent and as a person.”Jack says each spring the he and team make a trip to India to give orphaned girls a day on the waves.By the way, he and his team offer the surf charity camps for free. Jack Viorel, you are giving rides of a lifetime and memories that last just as long. And that makes you….Extraordinary.Check out the IndoJax Surf Charities website and Facebook page for more information on their mission, events, and how you can help be a part of their life changing non-profit. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Rides of a lifetime happen at Beach Access 10 in Wrightsville Beach. It’s where we find our Extraordinary Person of the Week who helps people who can’t see….surf.“The ocean and this environment has a lot of healing properties for kids who are stuggling with things,” Jack Viorel told WWAY’s Daniel Seamans.- Advertisement –
The device is causing controversy across the country.“Banning this is not going to stop anything,” Dorothy said. “Unfortunately we hear cases like where people say ‘oh you can get 800 rounds a minute.’ No, you would require a Belt Fed gun and I don’t think they go over 600 rounds either.”Following the Las Vegas massacre, bump stocks, or Slide Fires, are in high demand. They are selling out at The Surf City Guns & Ammo shop.Related Article: Town Council to re-evaluate food truck regulations in Surf City“I would say probably 30 to 40 phone calls came in the last two days, per day, people looking for these,” Dorothy said. “There are triggers that do the same thing as this. And because the gentlemen had these on his product they’re the first thing that’s recognized and say ‘oh we have to go over this.’”The device is now creating the controversial question, should bump stocks be on the shelves?“I don’t think there’s any reason a gun owner shouldn’t have the product, it’s just I think you should do a 4473,” Surf City Guns & Ammo Salesman, Richard Royal said. “Background check, nothing wrong with a background check.”Richard said he thinks the device should at least have requirements.“I do think you should have a permit for it. I think you should have a concealed and carry, I think you should have a permit to buy that, and we don’t have to. And that doesn’t make any sense to me, it never has,” Richard said.Dorothy said they have sold out of the right-handed version and only have a few left-handed bump stocks left. Some distributors, including Dorothy’s, are no longer carrying the product. SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Police say the Las Vegas shooter had a device known as a “bump stock” on some of his weapons. Bump stocks allow a semi-automatic gun to fire in a similar way an automatic weapon would.“This is just an accessory that is designed to work with the energy of your body to move the stock and the entire gun at a faster pace. You still have to pull the trigger one time for every bullet,” Surf City Guns & Ammo Manager, Dorothy Royal said.- Advertisement –
WWAY’s very own Daniel Seamans was there to emcee the event that brought in more than 20,000 people.The president of Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Viera said this was one of the best turnouts.“If I could describe how the oyster festival weekend went I would say based on the volume of cars that were using our free shuttle service, based on the activity at our gate, I’d say we had our busiest year ever,” Viera said.Related Article: East Coast Shag Classic happening in Wrightsville Beach this weekendThis event first started out as a small oyster roast and has continued to grow into the large event it is today.The festival is held every year on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. 37th Annual NC Oyster Festival (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 37th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival took over Ocean Isle Beach for the weekend.With live music, an oyster shucking contest, shag dancing competition and more than 150 craft vendors there was something for everyone to enjoy.- Advertisement –
As Roy and Laura Hobbs describe their niece, Beverly Jaye Potter Mintz, you can hear their admiration.“I can still see her right now,” Laura Hobbs said. “She was real shy. She was real sweet. Pretty. She was beautiful.”You can also hear their strong family bond.Related Article: $2,000 reward offered in 2018 murder of Wilmington man“She was a good mother,” Laura said. “She loved her boys.”You cannot miss their somber tone.“She and my youngest daughter were real close,” Laura said. “Our daughter lived with her when all this happened,” Roy said.Jaye’s mom, Lorene, and Laura are twin sisters from Brunswick County.“You’ve heard of identical twins having the same feelings,” Roy said. “One of them would get a headache. The other one would take aspirin and they’d both feel better.”On February 23, 1987, Laura shared one of the greatest pains in life with her sister. Laura said Lorene took Jaye’s four-year-old son with her to run some errands while the youngest stayed home with Jaye.“They had gone to town to get Andrew a birthday cake,” Laura said. “He was going to be two-years-old the next day.”Then, Laura said they went back to Jaye’s house.“She knocked on the door, but she said instinct, you know, she just opened the door,” Laura said. “She said it was always locked, but that day, it was open. She went on in calling her name and calling the little boy. She heard him.”She did not hear Jaye.“So she headed back that way into the bedroom and he’s back in the room where everything happened,” Laura said.Jaye’s toddler was in the middle of a horrific crime scene.“What did he say, ‘Mean man hurt mommy?’”“Yeah. Mean man hurt mommy. Of course, Lorene went all to pieces,” Laura said.Civilian Investigative Specialist with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Woody Clookie said Jaye had been killed.“She was found brutally murdered, stabbed numerous times and her throat had been cut,” Clookie said.As detectives began their investigation, Roy said everything else fell apart. For the next year, Laura said she could not talk about it with anyone, but her twin sister.“Actually, I just listened,” Laura said.For five years, she just listened.“Actually, it was driving me crazy,” Laura said. “Every day, to work, home, all the time. That’s all she talked about.”While investigators were still looking for answers, Laura said she finally stopped listening for a moment to give Lorene the one answer she needed to hear.“I said, ‘Lorene, you’re going to have to forgive that person.’ She looked at me horrified. I said, ‘You’ve got to forgive.’ I said, ‘He’s not going to change.’ I said, ‘You have to forgive for yourself,’” Laura said.A year later, Lorene had an answer for Laura.“She said, ‘I forgave him and I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me.’ And when that day happened, she was like a different person,” Laura said.Lorene would never get an answer from investigators. Twenty years after that horrible day, she passed away in 2007. After all the years, the chaos, the loss, it is still hard for Laura and Roy to tell their story, but they do with admiration, a strong family bond, and hope.“Never lose hope,” Laura said. “I want them to find the person. You know, when you sit in this world, you have to pay the price, but you also have another price to pay.”Because even after more than 30 years, they have never, for a moment, lost faith in the ones looking for the answers.This case meant so much to one detective in particular at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Next monday, in part two of this #unsolved, WWAY’s Hannah Patrick sits down with the unsolved unit at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to talk about where the investigation into Jaye’s murder is now, what technology they are looking into and why Captain Phil Perry had such a big impact on this case. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It may be one of the most well-known murders in the Cape Fear in the last 30 years.A 23-year-old mother of two was brutally killed in her home in the middle of the day with her son in the room.- Advertisement –
They must attach a copy of the 501c3 from the IRS.Non-profits interested in receiving some of the donated florescent bulbs should apply on the city’s website.The florescent bulbs available from the city are primarily T5, T8 and T12.Related Article: Learn a wizard’s way at Museum After Dark: Wizarding SchoolApproved agencies will be notified by September 10. Flourescent lights (Photo: City of Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington is in the process of replacing fluorescent light bulbs with energy efficient LEDs and they have more than 3,000 fluorescent bulbs they would like to give away to non-profits!The non-profits must be located within the city limits and should apply by September 3.- Advertisement –
Drivers appeared to ignore the downed power lines, crossing right over them.No word yet on when those trees and power lines will be addressed.Also in Brunswick County, there was some action off of Highway 17.Related Article: Government shutdown puts historical site’s biggest event in jeopardyOn Goodman Rd NE just off Highway 17, there was a tree that fell, blocking the road completely.An ambulance was trying to get down the road when someone brought out a chainsaw.Several others helped to move the tree so the ambulance and other vehicles could pass.Nearby on 17 another tree broke and fell on top of a power line. A tree falls into power lines on Old Ocean Highway.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence knocked down several trees in Brunswick County, falling into power lines and creating road hazards for drivers.Trees could be seen on Old Ocean Highway near the Brunswick Emergency Operations Center dangling on power lines, with some power lines knocked onto the road.- Advertisement –
Alec John Urton (Photo: Onslow County Sheriff’s Office) JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) — A Marine stationed in Eastern North Carolina is charged with kidnapping and raping a woman from Wilmington.According to warrants, Alec John Urton was arrested and charged in the incident on Monday. The Jacksonville Police Department said 23-year-old Urton kidnapped the victim in Onslow County then forced her to have sex with him back in October.- Advertisement – Urton appeared in court on Tuesday and is facing the following charges:Felony second degree forcible sex offenseMisdemeanor discharge of firearmsFelony second degree kidnappingUrton was placed in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.
RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The streets of Raleigh were full of red Wednesday for a rally that drew thousands of educators from around the state.While state officials say North Carolina ranks one of the top states in the southeast region for teacher pay, some say they should not have to have a second job just to make it by.- Advertisement – “It takes the whole village to raise a child,” Whiteville City schools Teacher Marietta Lee said.Thousands of teachers came from different counties and different schools, but they all had one main goal.Republican lawmakers say teacher pay has continuously gone up over the last six years, but many teachers say they are fighting just to make ends meet, and they say they are not alone.Related Article: ‘Teacher of the Week’ advocates for Wrightsboro Elementary fourth-grade students“We’re concerned for our pay,” Bladen County teacher Tahitian McKenzie said. “Not just teachers. For all school personnel: Custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers. We’re all in this together.”Riley Higgins, who teaches in Brunswick County, said the rally is about far more than the teachers.“Mostly it’s actually for student funding, so that we can get the appropriate amount of resources they need in order to be successful in the classroom,” Higgins said.Teachers rallied on five main issues: raising minimum wage for all school personnel, providing more psychologists, counselors and health professionals, expanding Medicaid coverage, reinstating retiree health benefits and reinstating increased pay for teachers with advanced degrees.Representative Deb Butler, a Wilmington Democrat, says North Carolina used to be ranked highly in public education.“Republican leadership will tell you that they’ve given them raise after raise,” Butler said. “That’s insulting to these teachers. They know what their paycheck looks like, they don’t need to be told.”Brunswick County Republican Frank Iler says he expects more than half of next year’s state budget to be dedicated to education.“The focus this time is on veteran teachers,” Iler said. “We focused on beginning teachers, the middle of the range, now veteran teachers. also improving pay for other employees.”Teachers say their fight does not end here. They say they’ll keep fighting and pushing until each child receives the education they deserve.On Tuesday, House Republicans unveiled a budget plan that would give teachers an average raise of 4.8% with an average 1% increase for support staff.It would also restore extra pay for teachers with advanced degrees.
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 WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — After flooding during hurricanes Matthew and Florence, the City of Whiteville is taking steps to improve its storm-water drainage system. But just how effective are the improvements?“This last Hurricane, we had about a foot of water in the shop,” said Lynn Simmons, manager of the Whiteville Body Shop.- Advertisement – Simmons knows firsthand how bad flooding can get downtown during heavy rain.“They usually have to close the streets because people driving kind of make a wake like a boat, and it pushes water even worse into the buildings,” Simmons said.In April 2018, the city of Whiteville got a $786,000 grant to improve its storm-water drainage system. More than a year later, Whiteville City Manager Darren Currie says construction is underway in two different areas near downtown.Related Article: Relief concert raises more than $1.5M for storm victims“We’re installing two 30-inch lines adjacent to two 24-inch lines. So in essence, we’re doubling the capacity of those underground storm drains,” Currie said.Currie says this will help pull water away from downtown. Simmons says he thinks the city needs to focus more on where the water is going once it drains from the street.“Even though we’re trying to get it off the street, if the swamp’s already full obviously it’s not going to have anywhere to go,” Simmons said.Currie says the city has a plan for that too, creating a storm-water crew to take on other tasks.“Cleaning major drainage-ways out, cleaning the outfalls out,” Currie said.That crew is funded by a new storm-water enterprise fund. This means taxpayers in Whiteville will now pay a storm-water fee of $6.00 per month for residential properties and $12.00 for businesses.As far as stopping flooding from hurricanes like Matthew and Florence, Currie says it is not possible.“To say that it’s going to stop flooding, the short answer is no. Will it help? Yes,” Currie said.Currie says the city may reconsider charging storm-water fees based on the size of a property or business rather than a flat fee.
Yahoo CEOMarissa Mayer Advertisement The troubled Internet pioneer’s stock is up 20% since the former Google executive took the helm at Yahoo in July.“Her appointment has been taken largely positively by the markets,” said IDC analyst Karsten Weide.Shares of Yahoo rose 1% to $18.76 on Monday. The stock touched on a two-and-a-half-year high of $19 in intraday trading. – Advertisement – Yahoo’s chief executive spot has been a revolving door. Mayer became the fifth person to take the role in just five years as the Internet icon has struggled to turn around its business.Yahoo’s display advertising has suffered massive declines as rivals Google and Facebook made inroads. At the same time, Yahoo’s search business has struggled to compete against Google.Mayer’s appointment as CEO has won favor among industry experts. She has been hailed as one with credentials among the tech ranks and for taking steps in the right direction to turn around the wayward company, including an emphasis on mobile technology.Mayer appears to be “internally motivating the employees” and the general sense is that she is “going in the right direction,” Weide says.Yahoo’s stock has also likely gotten a lift from the company’s plan to buy back shares. Yahoo sold roughly half of its stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba to net $4.3 billion after taxes so that it could fund the share repurchases.Credit: USAToday
Advertisement Yesterday, Microsoft updated its by the Numbers webpage to note that the Windows Phone Store has now passed 300,000 apps.The Next Web reached out to the company to confirm the figure.“We have more than 300,000 Windows Phone apps today and the Windows Phone Store continues to grow,” a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with TNW. – Advertisement – “In the past year alone the Windows and Windows Phone app catalog has grown 94%, while the number of active developers has grown by 50%.”When asked when exactly the milestone was reached, Microsoft said it was at the end of June 2014.The Windows Phone Store hit 100,000 apps in June 2012 and then 200,000 apps in December 2013, so growth is certainly accelerating. In short, another 100,000 apps were uploaded in just six months.Source: TNW
Google Slide Application updated with the Q&A feature. Image Credit: Google Docs Advertisement Users of Google’s slide presentation application now have an option to make presentations a more interactive experience for their audience.Earlier this week, the company rolled out an update to Google Slides that gives users a way to collect real-time feedback from people who are watching a slide presentation. The new feature gives the audience an option for submitting questions or offering comments on a presentation from their desktop computers, Android mobile devices, and iOS mobile devices to be answered instead of having to wait until the end of the presentation to submit them.According to Google, “the goal is to enable those watching a slide presentation to engage in a more lively and interactive fashion with the individual making the presentation.” – Advertisement – “Slides Q&A makes it easy to interact with your audience without having to worry about mics or moderators,” Michael Frederick, Google Slides Engineer writes in a Google Docs blog.To see the feature in action, check out this video in which Google Science Fair winner Shree Bose fields questions from a group of 200 middle school students.
Gateshead v OxfordFA Cup Replay7.45pm LIVE ON Bt SportGATESHEAD NO FA CUP PUSHOVERThe England v Germany game produced a profit for me last night with a bet on Germany (+1). Very short odds admittedly. Well done if you braver and backed Germany without the goal start !From Wembley and England v Germany to the North East tonight and Gateshead v Oxford at the International Stadium – a stones throw from the Angel Of The North.And who’s to say we won’t see a better game than last night ?Certainly the first encounter between these two sides produced an entertaining game which ended 2-2 at the Kassam Stadium.Gateshead had a 2-0 lead and will no doubt be thinking they should be already in the next round of the FA Cup but were thwarted by Danny Roses’s injury time winner.An away tie against Wrexham awaits the winners in the second round and marginal favourites are Oxford who have won six of their nine away matches this season.Gateshead from the Conference are a league lower than their League Two visitors but with home advantage should again test Oxford.Not sure we’ll be any the wiser after 90 minutes in a match that could go the distance and be very tight and on that basis, I’m on the draw at around 5/2.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points DRAW at around 5/2 MONEY CAN’T BUY YOU LOVEJust 15 months after scooping the country’s second largest ever lottery jackpot (£148 million), Adrian and Gillian Bayford’s marriage is over.Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, bagged Britain’s second biggest ever lottery prize with their Euromillions jackpot in August last year.Jardine Michelson Public Relations issued a statement on Mrs Bayford’s behalf confirming the split.“Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated,” it said.“Gillian requests that the media respect her and her children’s privacy and that of their wider family at this time.“Gillian will be giving no further comment about this matter either now or in the future.”
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