A disabled activist who has campaigned to save the

first_imgA disabled activist who has campaigned to save the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) is celebrating after the Welsh Labour annual conference voted to back his campaign.Nathan Lee Davies has led a campaign to force the Labour-run Welsh government to reverse its decision to scrap the grant, which was introduced to support disabled people with high support needs in Wales to live independently after the UK government closed the Independent Living Fund in 2015.An estimated 1,300 people in Wales receive support through the WILG scheme.And this week, at their annual conference, members of Welsh Labour voted in favour of a motion that called on their government to maintain WILG, at least until the next Welsh assembly elections in 2021.Before the vote, Davies had also secured support from Labour’s UK leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who posed for a picture holding one of the campaign’s “WHERE THERE’S A W.I.L.G. THERE’S A WAY” tee-shirts (pictured).After the vote, Davies posted a blog in which he described his “emotional day” following a victory he said was “key for disabled rights across Wales and throughout the UK”.He added: “We should all rejoice while remembering the fight is far from over as we need to ensure Welsh Labour listen to the will of their members.”Davies has previously described his terror at the prospect of his cash-strapped local authority taking over full responsibility for providing his care package, having been told that without WILG his own care package would be reduced from 86.5 hours to just 31 hours a week.He has described the campaign as a “life or death” fight.He told Disability News Service yesterday (Wednesday) that the passing of the motion was “obviously the high point of our ever-growing campaign” but that it “does not mean that we have succeeded in securing WILG”.He said: “We must continue with our campaign and ensure the Welsh government listen and act upon the wishes of their members.“One thing is for sure, we won’t rest until we preserve and improve the Welsh Independent Living Grant.”He thanked the cross-party and union support for his campaign – including the “wonderfully supportive” Clwyd constituency Labour party, which proposed the motion – and the other recipients of WILG.He particularly praised members of Welsh Labour Grassroots – which represents the Momentum movement in Wales – who he said had “worked tirelessly to ensure independent living remains an option for those with high care and support needs”.Davies is hoping that the Welsh government – which will have a new first minister in the autumn after Carwyn Jones announced that he would be standing down – will now reverse its decision to scrap WILG.A spokeswoman for Welsh Labour said: “As with all motions passed at conference, this will now be considered by Welsh Labour’s policy process ahead of the next assembly elections.”The Welsh government announced in 2016 that, after a two-year transition period, it would transfer all the £27 million-a-year provided by the UK government to support former ILF-users in Wales directly to councils.It decided there would be no continuation of the interim WILG scheme it had been running as a stopgap since the Department for Work and Pensions closed ILF in June 2015, and would not set up a new Welsh ILF, even though such a scheme had been set up in Scotland.All the £27 million-a-year funding is set to be transferred to Welsh local authorities this year, and they will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients by 31 March 2019.The Welsh government’s new Social Services and Wellbeing Act is supposed to provide new rights for people to access a re-assessment of their support at any time, with local authorities under new legal duties to support independent living.It believes that this is a more progressive system than the one operating in England.But Davies has said previously that the decision to transfer the £27 million to councils and close WILG meant the Welsh government had “sold disabled people down the river” and was “washing their hands of all responsibility for social care to former ILF recipients and transferring the pressure onto local authorities”.Picture by Delyth Lloyd Williamslast_img read more

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told The Toda

first_imgShadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told The Today Show this morning that parliament will choose to extend article 50 rather than voting for Theresa May’s deal or allowing the UK to exit without a deal.ITV News reported last night that Theresa May’s brexit negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard in a Brussels hotel bar predicting that MPs will be faced with a choice between voting for May’s deal and delaying Brexit.The Today Show’s presenter Justin Webb interpreted the choice differently, asking Starmer: “If it gets to the end of March, you would, wouldn’t you, vote for her deal rather than no deal?”Starmer said that he didn’t think it would get to that stage and added: “Everything we are doing at the moment is a determined effort to ensure that we don’t get to that place…I think at that stage, there would be a concerted effort to force the Prime Minister to seek an extension of Article 50 and I think that would get a majority in the house.”Shadow Brexit secretary @Keir_Starmer: The prime minister’s actions are “brinkmanship” and if the UK is headed for a no deal near the Brexit date, a “concerted effort” to get an extension would pass Parliament #r4today | @justinonweb | https://t.co/WZT8tLDGCY pic.twitter.com/hgIokWLDxF— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) February 13, 2019 Tags:EU /Keir Starmer /Brexit /no deal /May’s deal /Olly Robbins /Brussels bar /Extension of Article 50 /last_img read more

SF Artist Plans a Mural The Disruption

first_img 0% San Francisco artist and muralist Sirron Norris has launched a fundraising campaign to redo his first-ever mural – a surreal cityscape intertwined with cartoon characters and machines – to be replaced with one that reflects the city’s current struggles with inequality and police brutality. He wants the “makeover” to reflect and connect to the city’s “current political landscape.” It will be called “The Disruption,” a reference to the goal of many tech applications that seek to disrupt a traditional market. The old mural of a combination of San Francisco landmarks, buildings, humans, animals and futuristic machines, was painted some 16 years ago on the Bryant Street side of Norm’s Market at the corner of 20th and Bryant streets. In the mural’s new design, Norris’ signature blue bear cartoon character is pictured eating a burrito and wearing a red jacket, surrounded by seemingly frightened white neighbors. The scene was inspired by the March trial of the four San Francisco police officers who shot and killed Alex Nieto, a security guard armed with a taser while eating a Burrito on top of Bernal Hill in 2014. “Somebody died and it impacted our community in a major way,” said Norris, adding that he followed the case closely. “By using cartoons, I am able to shed light on this without turning people off right away. It’s how I translate these dark experiences.” The 1999 gray and brown mural was originally made with “house paint” and served as a satirical commentary on the city’s encroaching tech sector during the first dot.com boom.   Painted in Norris’ now widely-recognized style – a provocative play on cartoon cliches – the “colorless” mural stood in stark contrast to the Mission’s traditionally vibrant murals. Norris then called it an “‘anti-mural.’”“The idea was to make that mural for this new gentrifying community that was coming in here,”  said the artist, playing on the irony of being a Mission newcomer and a  “gentrifying artist.” He targeted undesirable walls and public spaces as the neighborhood underwent its early rounds of gentrification.Having weathered two major tech booms Norris said the mural, as well as its message, was in need of an update.  He plans to add color and to document the city’s recent history in order to make the mural “relevant again.”Earlier this month, the artist initiated a $5,000 Indiegogo campaign to pay for the renovation of the mural. As of Tuesday, Norris had raised $950 to pay for paint, supplies and to cover the stipends of local youth artists to help with the project. He plans to begin the project in September regardless of whether he reaches his goal.“I’ve been here long enough and I’m now educated enough that I feel it’s my responsibility to tell the city’s story in my own way,” said Norris who moved to San Francisco from Ohio in 1997. “I was an outsider too at one point. We all are. But it’s about what you do to uplift your community once you find out where you’re at and what the story is.” The Mission’s story, said Norris, cannot be told without a commentary on the citywide struggles of inequality, homelessness, and police brutality.  The developments  have inspired the commercial artist to mull over his own responsibility in contributing to the city’s culture.Vignettes illustrating incidents of discrimination, the rise of tech and the ousting of the city’s police chief laid the framework for the proposed new mural.Using the image of a slumped-over pig with five tents pitched on its back, Norris makes reference to the “Frisco Five,” a group of activists who staged a 17-day hunger strike in response to a series of police shootings that killed Black, Latino, and homeless community members. Their effort spearheaded a movement amid racial tensions that resulted in the resignation of then-police chief, Greg Suhr.Norris said that over the past year, the mural’s design was “living progress” as he watched tragedy unfold in his community.“I came from a lot of racism, and I moved to San Francisco to avoid that,” he said, adding that the recent violence has left him “kind of heartbroken” and is a result of the city’s economic inequality.“There’s a reality that [newcomers] are prejudging this community when these people have been here forever,” said Norris. Still, the artist said he is empathic. “They come from an environment where that’s not their everyday experiences to interact with urban youth, Black people or Latinos. Even though we try to gloss it up, it’s still the city underneath it all.”The mural, said Norris, is his way of contributing to the community’s collective healing. By asking for campaign donors, he believes that he is extending the opportunity to help to others. “I understand the irony of asking a tech community to fund something that blatantly makes fun of them, but they are ultimately the ones who will be receiving Indiegogo emails,” said Norris. “ There’s irony in art. And in a lot of ways, it’s almost like an acknowledgement that they are contributing to what’s going on here.” center_img Tags: fundraiser • murals • painting • sirron norris • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Fresh Lighten up eggplant parmigiana

first_imgGood morning Mission, I am starting the last week of my July guest chef instructor residency in Salento, the very tip of Italy’s stiletto heels. Follow me on Instagram to see all that I am teaching and learning and the development of my killer tan.I have learned as much as I have taught in this land where time is suspended between sun, sea and soil. I will be sad to leave but excited to share all that Salento has sparked in my culinary senses. Indeed, my late August and September teachings at 18 Reasons and The Civic Kitchen will be inspired by what I’ve absorbed through my fingers in this past month. One of the most surprising dishes was a light eggplant parmigiana. We often think of this evergreen as a cheese-loaded casserole built with deep-fried eggplant and a thick, long cooking red sauce of peeled tomatoes from a can.I am not judging; classic eggplant parmigiana has its well-deserved place. But in the version I learned with one of the chefs here, the protagonists are minimally transformed vegetables and fragrant herbs for which cheese is a but a light seasoning. It was so addictive, I had to leave the table to stop myself from eating the whole crock. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresscenter_img Summery eggplant parmigianafor an 8×8 baking dish (Printed version)1 or 2 purple eggplants totaling 1.5 pound in weightSalt as needed1.5 pound large overripe tomatoes1/2 small yellow onion12 to 15 basil leaves1/4 cup olive oilpepper to taste1/3 cup shredded scamorza (aged mozzarella)5 tablespoons grated parmigianoPlace a small pot of water to boil. Fill a bowl with iced water.Line a sheet pan with paper towels. Slice the eggplant in 1/2” slices, sprinkle them with salt on both sides and line them over the paper towels. Cover with more paper towels or parchment paper and weigh down with another sheet pan to abet releasing any bitterness they may hold.Using the tip of a paring knife, superficially score the bottom of each tomato with an X. Dunk them in the boiling water for 60 to 90 seconds depending on their size. Drain them and plunge them in the ice bath. The shock will rapidly cool the tomatoes and help the skin loosen from the flesh. Peel, seed and cut them in small chunks.Slice the onion paper-thin. Stack the basil leaves, roll them lengthwise as you would a joint and slice them into thin ribbons.Combine the onion, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of water and 1/3 of the basil in a sauté pan. Turn the heat to medium and sprinkle with salt to taste. Sauté until the onion is translucent and softening, then add the tomatoes. Cook rapidly for 15 to 20 minutes. The resulting sauce should be bright in color and flavor, slightly chunky and loose but not watery. Adjust salt and pepper and set aside.While the sauce is cooking, dry the eggplant well with a paper towel on both sides. Brush with olive oil and griddle, grill or bake at 325˚F until soft. It should take 10 to 12 minutes and you will need to turn them over halfway through cooking.Heat the oven to 350˚F.Count your eggplant slices and divide them into four even-numbered stacks. Brush the bottom of the baking dish with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt. Take the first stack of eggplant slices and create a slightly overlapping layer of eggplant on the bottom of the baking dish. Spread 1/4 of the tomato sauce over them. Follow with 1/3 of the scamorza, 1 tablespoon of parmigiano and 1/4 of the basil. Repeat in the same order twice more.Note that the layers should not be pressed, rather just gently rested on each other.Place the last layer of eggplant, top with the remaining sauce and dust with the last of the parmigiano. Bake for about 15 minutes, just enough to heat the layers all the way through and melt the scamorza.Let settle for five to 10 minutes. Garnish with the last of the basil and bring to the table.  last_img read more

TICKETS are on sale for Saints next four League fi

first_imgTICKETS are on sale for Saints next four League fixtures.To find out more, click here to view the latest availability.Make sure you bookmark the page!last_img

SAINTS will host a Business Evening on Wednesday J

first_imgSAINTS will host a Business Evening on Wednesday January 16 and you are invited.Come and see what the Club can do for your business.The event will be held in the Lookers Vauxhall Premier League from 6pm onwards and there will be a selection of buffet samples and canapes plus a free pint of Saints Gold.To RSVP email the club on sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img

In partnership with our Official Kit Partner ONei

first_imgIn partnership with our Official Kit Partner O’Neills and, as already seen on the first team squad during pre-season training, it is the perfect way to show you are Saints & Proud.Plus, it’s the ideal Christmas gift for the Saints-mad loved one in your life.The range is designed to offer the players the ideal garments to wear when training, as well as offering fans a casual way to show their Saints colours.A range of Training T-Shirts, Vests, Polo Shirts and Jackets are now available in a variety of colour ways – including the core range colours of marl grey, black and white.Click here to view the Adult range, here for The Ladies range and here for Junior rangeFree click and collect is also available on all online orders placed at saintssuperstore.comThe Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium is open 10am – 4pm Saturday and 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, with Christmas extended and late night shopping hours to be announced soon.#saintsandproudlast_img read more

The vehicle will assist SCDF and the club in deliv

first_imgThe vehicle will assist SCDF and the club in delivering important community programmes around the country.It also highlights OddBalls’ important testicular cancer campaign too.Steve Leonard from the Foundation said: “I would like to thank OddBalls for their generosity. Through our community programmes we reach more than 50,000 children a year and this van will help us continue to spread our message far and wide.“We are delighted to partner with OddBalls and look forward to the relationship developing in future years.”last_img

Support the Good Shepherd Center at the 4th annual Flavor of North

first_img Enjoy an evening under the stars this Saturday, November 11th from 7-10 p.m. at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach.Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door.  Food and drink is included in the ticket price.There will be a silent auction with various items up for bid, including a golf outing at Eagle Point Golf Club, a vacation at Bald Head Island, fine dining packages, tickets to Carolina football and basketball games, shopping, children’s packages, stand up paddle board, and more.Related Article: More residents forced out of local apartments due to storm damageThere will also be a bonfire, dancing, corn hole and North Carolina trivia with prizes.The Flavor of NC was designed to highlight the state and raise funds to help move people from homelessness back to being neighbors. Tickets are available online or by calling (910) 763-4424 x113.To learn more about the Good Shepherd Center, click here. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — This weekend, enjoy the 4th Annual Flavor of North Carolina.This event supports the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington, which aims to help shelter the homeless.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Emergency Management recommends evacuation for New Hanover Co

first_img He says they are working on an evacuation plan and hope to announce it late Monday or Tuesday.“We’re still working on the details with our partners but I want you to rest assured that this is a unified effort between the federal the state the local and municipal partners on any sheltering and evacuation orders that we do have coming,” Still said.Governor Cooper came to New Hanover County Monday afternoon to make sure people understood how serious this storm could be and explain what the state is doing to keep people safe.Related Article: OTTER DISAPPOINTMENT: New aquarium exhibit delayed 1 yearHe says unlike South Carolina, who ordered the entire coastline to evacuate Monday, North Carolina leaves that decision up to local governments.200 National Guard troops have been mobilized and shelters are being set up.Gov. Cooper says to use the next two days wisely, get prepared, have a plan, and above all stay safe.“Understand that this can be a life threatening situation,” Gov. Cooper said. “We’ve lost lives before during hurricanes. This storm has a potential to be deadly. And when we hear forecasters talk about the severity of this storm, we know that we have to take it seriously.”Still says area beaches will potentially see 12 to 15 foot waves and there will be a designated shelter for people with pets.Cooper says if local governments do issue evacuation orders, follow them. WILMNGTON, NC (WWAY) — A briefing was held on Hurricane Florence at the New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center Monday morning.New Hanover Co. Emergency Management Spokesman Steven Still says the county declared a State of Emergency at 11 a.m. and he expects other municipalities to follow suit.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The Maltese constitution needs to be open for discussion not rushed –

first_img SharePrint <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> Repubblika says that changes to Malta’s Constitution need to be more transparent and garner a multitude of perspectives.For now, calls for reform have remained closed within the political echelons, with Parliamentary debates merely a ‘formality’ with decisions already taken.That’s the view of Dr Robert Aquilina, one of the founding members of rule of law NGO Repubblika, commenting on the start of reforms to Malta’s constitutional offices.This week saw the commencing of the legislative process towards implementing the recommendations of the Venice Commission. Last year the Commission presented its opinion to the Maltese government on how to reform and modernize the Constitution.Read more:Parliament starts legislative process on Venice Commission recommendationsUpdated: Attorney General role will be split; first legal steps due next weekVenice Commission recommendation to be implemented from tomorrow – MuscatMinister for Justice Owen Bonnici presented the proposed amendments in parliament for the first reading.  It is understood that the intention is to start implementing the first third of the proposals, beginning with the separation of the prosecutor and governmental advisory roles.The Minister hopes to have this stage carried through the legislative process and complete by the Summer Parliamentary recess.Rushing through changesDr Aquilina told Newsbook.com.mt that the organization had supplied recommendations to the steering committee on Constitutional Reform using elements from different countries like Iceland, Ireland and South Africa and warnings of shortcomings from countries like Belgium or Indonesia, for example.But, from the recent activity surrounding the push for reforms, this demonstrates to him that their proposals have not been taken into account or responded to.‘Instead of evaluating our recommendations and giving us some form of response the Government called a Press Conference announcing changes will be rushed through in the next 100 days. The silence from the Opposition suggests to us that consensus has already been reached,’ Dr Aquilina explains.Read more:Repubblika NGO officially launchedWatch: ‘Solidarity and common good no longer have much place in society’ – RepubblikaWatch: Repubblika files application requesting Panama Papers inquiryRather than trying to examine all of the details of the reforms or even to recklessly rush them through, Dr Aquilina says that the first point should be about discussing how to engage the various sectors in society it will affect.‘Above all the changes that could follow on the recommendations of the Venice Commission have never been discussed in our community. We don’t know what Maltese judges and lawyers think about them, we don’t know what journalists and academics think about them, we don’t know what trade unions and churches think about them.’ Aquilina told Newsbook.com.mt.Constitution is no ordinary lawWhen asked about seeing the enacting of the Venice Commission proposals as a sign of progress, the response was more about the gravity of the legislation and apparent rights abuses by Maltese authorities.‘Laws are designed by governments and enacted by Parliaments. But a Constitution is no ordinary law. It is the contract between the people and those trusted temporarily with power and it is not right that politicians design themselves the limits of their own power.Especially when we see the record of abuses of fundamental rights by Malta’s authorities, 90% of all Maltese courts decisions appealed to the Human Rights Courts in Strasbourg. That is an abysmal record by any standard.’WhatsApplast_img read more

Photos Pope defends migrants during trip to immigrationadverse Bulgaria

first_img Pope Francis gestures as he leads the Holy Mass with First Communions at Most Holy Heart of Jesus church in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Bulgarian Catholic children receive their First Communion given by Pope Francis during the Holy Mass at Most Holy Heart of Jesus church in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Bulgarian Catholic children receive First Communion by Pope Francis during the Holy Mass at Most Holy Heart of Jesus church in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS 1 of 4 SharePrint WhatsApp Pope Francis said on Monday the plight of suffering immigrants and refugees was “the cross of humanity,” taking up their case for the second consecutive day during a visit to Bulgaria that has put him at odds with the government.Bulgaria’s centre-right coalition government, which includes three nationalist anti-migrants parties, wants the European Union to close its external borders to migrants and set up refugee centres outside the bloc.It has built a fence along its border with Turkey and  stepped up controls on its border with Greece to help block any repeat of the massive migrant influx that gripped Europe in 2015 and stoked support for far-right anti-immigrant parties.Francis began his second day in Bulgaria with a visit to a refugee centre in Sofia, where he met with about 50 people and their children who are helped by a Catholic charity.“Today, the world of migrants and refugees is a bit like a cross, the cross of humanity, a cross that many people suffer,” he told them in improvised remarks after hearing some of their stories and listening to children singing.The centre, housed in a former school building, helps migrants mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.An organiser at the refugee centre told the pope that people of all faiths, including many Muslims, had volunteered to help the migrants, in a sign of inter-religious dialogue.Francis later flew to Rakovski in southern Bulgaria, a predominantly Roman Catholic town in the overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox country, to say a mass.“DON’T CLOSE YOUR HEARTS”Shortly after his arrival in Bulgaria on Sunday, Francis, who has made the defence of migrants a key plank of his pontificate, urged government leaders directly to “not close your eyes, your hearts or your hands, in accordance with your best tradition, to those who knock at your door”.Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest country, has taken an anti-immigrant stance even though it has a rapidly ageing population and a low birth rate. More than two million Bulgarians have left the country since the fall of communism in 1989 in search of better opportunities in western Europe and beyond.General dissatisfaction over slow economic growth, security threats posed by Islamist militants and a backlash against migration across open EU borders have boosted support for euro sceptic nationalists in many EU member states ahead of elections to the European Parliament later this month.One purpose of the pope’s three-day trip to Bulgaria and North Macedonia is to improve ties with the Orthodox churches as part of the Vatican’s push for eventual unity between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity that split in 1054.Francis heads to North Macedonia for the final leg of the trip on Tuesday. Pope Francis reacts as he leads the Holy Mass with First Communions at Most Holy Heart of Jesus church in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi <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

Mexico US business groups urge Trump to back down on tariff threat

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Colorado from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstU.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Colorado from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. May 30, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Mexico’s president and the top U.S. business lobbying group called on President Donald Trump to back down from a threat to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican imports, in a dispute over migration that could shock Mexico’s economy.Trump said he will introduce the tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration, largely from Central America, across the U.S.-Mexican border, battering Mexican financial assets and denting global stocks.The ultimatum from Trump is the biggest foreign policy test to date for Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and a tall order for Mexican security forces struggling not only to combat migrant flows but also to fight a record level of gang violence and homicide.Mexico’s economy, which is heavily reliant on exports to the United States, shrank in the first quarter and would reel under U.S. tariffs that could reach as high as 25% this year under Trump’s plan.(GRAPHIC: Trump vows high tariffs on all Mexican goods – https://tmsnrt.rs/2Khd82D)Veteran leftist Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, predicted that Trump, who is also engaged in a worsening trade war with China, would ease up on his demand.“I tell all Mexicans to have faith, we will overcome this attitude of the U.S. government, they will make rectifications because the Mexican people don’t deserve to be treated in the way being attempted,” Lopez Obrador told reporters.In April, Trump took a step back from an earlier threat to completely close the U.S. border with Mexico to fight illegal immigration, under pressure from companies worried it would cause chaos for businesses. The tide of migrants crossing from Mexico has swelled, with U.S. officials saying that an average of 4,500 are arriving daily.Global equities tumbled and safe-haven sovereign bonds surged Friday after Trump’s unexpected threat added to fears that escalating trade wars will push the United States and other major economies into recession.Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said he would attend talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday to discuss the tariff issue.The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways to challenge Trump’s tariff move against Mexico, including legal options. “We have no choice but to pursue every option available to push back,” Neil Bradley, the business group’s executive vice president and chief policy officer, told reporters.Other industry groups also criticized Trump’s threat, saying it would hurt American businesses, farmers and consumers who have already borne the brunt of the U.S.-China trade dispute.The White House called on U.S. companies to persuade their Mexican partners to lobby their government to cooperate.“Industry should be in communication with their counterparts in Mexico to encourage the Mexican government to work with the administration and stave off the dangerous crisis at our southern border as quickly as possible,” spokesman Judd Deere said.Underscoring the interconnected nature of the U.S. and Mexican economies, the U.S.-based Beer Institute said most Mexican beer sold in the United States is made from U.S.-grown barley and hops.“Whether it be the truck driver, farmer, distributor, local retailer or favourite tavern, every community in America will be affected by this decision,” Jim McGreevy, the institute’s president and chief executive, said of the proposed tariffs.Mexico sends 600,000 to 700,000 barrels of oil to the United States every day, mostly to refiners, and buys more than 1 million barrels per day of U.S. crude and fuel, more than any other country. Analysts are concerned that retaliatory tariffs from Mexico could disrupt that trade.STEEP TARIFFSTrump, who has embraced protectionism as part of an “America First” agenda aimed at reshaping global trade, said in a tweet on Thursday he would ratchet up tariffs on Mexico “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”The plan would impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports starting on June 10 and increase monthly, up to 25% on Oct. 1.Such levies would deliver a heavy blow to Mexico’s economy, which is underpinned by exports to the United States of goods from avocados and tequila to televisions and cars made by companies such as Ford Motor Coand Nissan.Mexico sends around 80 percent of its exports to the United States and is one of America’s top trading partners.Mexican officials have signalled they will respond in kind if Washington actually imposes tariffs, steps likely to target regions with high concentrations of Trump voters.Mexican stocks slid 1.4% on Friday as equities fell across the region, while the peso softened 2.3%.Trump sought to turn up the pressure again on Friday.“Mexico makes a FORTUNE from the U.S., have for decades, they can easily fix this problem. Time for them to finally do what must be done!” Trump wrote on Twitter.Trump vowed frequently during his 2016 election campaign to make Mexico pay for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to curb illegal immigration, but successive Mexican governments have firmly rejected that idea.The U.S. Congress also refused a request from Trump for $5.7 billion (4.5 billion pounds) to help build the wall, prompting him to declare a national emergency and try to divert funds from other areas of the U.S. government. The issue is now in the courts.Trump and fellow Republicans say something needs to be done to stem the biggest migrant surge on the border in a decade.U.S. officials say 80,000 people are being held in custody, and the 4,500 mostly Central American migrants that on average are arriving daily are overwhelming the abilities of Border Patrol officials.A senior White House official said Trump was particularly concerned that U.S. border agents apprehended a group of 1,036 migrants illegally crossing from Mexico on Wednesday, the largest single group since October, officials said. Before making the threat, Trump posted a video purporting to show the crossing on his Twitter feed.Since taking office in December, Mexico’s Lopez Obrador has urged Trump to help him tackle migration by promoting economic development in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the poor Central American countries where most of the migrants apprehended on the U.S. border come from.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> SharePrintlast_img read more

MDA proposes mandatory geotechnical surveys for construction sites

first_imgCredit: Branko StoilovCredit: Branko Stoilov The Malta Developers Association is proposing that ‘geo-technical surveys on potential building sites’ are made mandatory.The construction body states that it wants the surveys on prospective construction sites,‘to be made mandatory as part of the development permit process, as is done in several EU member states.’While they acknowledge that they were aware of the activity taking place in this scenario, it is not uniform.Their request comes in response to the collapse of a building in Mellieha on Saturday morning in which a 77 year old woman was rescued by Civil Protection and was certified with only slight injuries.Watch: Elderly woman rushed to hospital after building collapse in MelliehaThe collapse sparked an outcry from Kamra Tal-Periti who stated that the incident had shown the chaos of the construction industry as well as the slow efforts of government to fulfill the creation of a new construction regulator.Update 2: Mellieħa: Should membership of the new construction regulator be mandatory?Minister Ian Borg responded to a parliamentary question from Opposition MP Karol Aquilina who stated that the body was still in the process of being established with discussions with various entities still on-going.Process of establishing building and construction regulator ongoing – Minister BorgThe Prime Minister also weighed in on the situation saying that there are certain interim actions which need to be taken while an investigation is carried out into the recent accident.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> SharePrintlast_img read more

African New Domain Applications – DStv Tops List

first_imgAdvertisement Internet users have grown accustomed to .com, .net, or .org domains, but this list is set to grow substantially with the new gTLDs.According to ICANN “There are currently 280 ccTLDs but only 22 “generics” in the domain name system right now, but that is all about to change,” .The new gTLD application window opened on 12 January 2012 and closed on 30 May 2012. This list displays all of the gTLD strings that were applied for during this round. – Advertisement – Here are some of the prominent generic top-level domain applications for Africa..africa (applicant: UniForum SA (NPC) trading as Registry.Africa).dstv (applicant: MultiChoice Africa (Proprietary) Limited).durban (applicant: UniForum SA (NPC) trading as ZA Central Registry).capetown (applicant: UniForum SA (NPC) trading as ZA Central Registry).joburg (applicant: UniForum SA (NPC) trading as ZA Central Registry).mtn (applicant: MTN Dubai Limited).multichoice (applicant: MultiChoice Africa (Proprietary) Limited).mnet (applicant: Electronic Media Network Limited (M-Net)).africamagic (applicant: Electronic Media Network Limited (M-Net)).gotv (applicant: MultiChoice Africa (Proprietary) Limited).kyknet (applicant: Electronic Media Network Limited (M-Net)).naspers (applicant: Intelprop (Proprietary) Limited).supersport (applicant: SuperSport International Holdings Limited)There have been 40 such applications from the UK, 303 from the Asia-Pacific region and 17 from Africa. Take a look at the international breakdown below as reported by BBC:North America: 911 applicationsEurope: 675 applicationsAsia-Pacific: 303 applicationsLatin American and the Caribbean: 24 applicationsAfrica: 17 applications(116 in non-Latin alphabets)ICANN director Mike Silber said that the approval process will be done in batches, and that there will be no more than 1,000 approvals in any 12 months. According to Silber, the first approvals are likely in the first half of 2013.last_img read more

Kenyas Communication Regulator Clamps Down On Political Texting

first_imgCommunications Commission of Kenya building Advertisement Political parties are only allowed to deliver messages to customers who have subscribed for the service and then only through third party Content Service Providers (short code texts).The article makes reference to the CCK website and specifically “the guidelines for prevention of transmission of undesirable bulk political messages via cellular mobile networks.”“CSPs shall not send unsolicited Political Messages to customers who have not subscribed for the service. Such opt in will require the express consent of the recipients and opt-out procedures must be clearly notified to customers and kept functional at all times,” claims the site.The regulator has also stipulated that any messages should be sent in English or Kiswahili and only between 8am and 6pm. – Advertisement – The Star states that the guidelines have been drafted in consultation with operators and various bodies including CSPs, the National Cohesion and Integration Committee, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Registrar of Political Parties.Source: IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

Rwanda Aptech education launches Kigali branch

first_imgAptech Limited, one of the global leaders in the field of technology development and training, has formally opened its franchise model training centre in Kigali. Advertisement Aptech Limited, one of the global leaders in the field of technology development and training, has formally opened its franchise model training centre in Kigali.The Indian based institution that started its education and training business in 1986, has globally trained over 6.5 million students.The event to inaugurate the India Information Technologies Rwanda branch-Aptech was held and attracted students, academicians, government officials and members of the business community.“We are happy that Aptech has opened its training centre in Rwanda. This will give an opportunity to Rwandan students to pursue their career in ICT training at home without travelling abroad where Aptech has its branches,” said Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, the Rector of Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). – Advertisement – She stated that Rwanda needs more skilled people in information technology and that Aptech has opened the branch at the right time.“Despite the fact that we offer a wide range of technology skills at KIST, we can’t satisfy the market demand. Be our partner in enhancing ICT skills,” Mujawamariya told Aptech officials.The centre has, so far enrolled about 180 students in its initial class of 2012, but more students are currently registering before the classes begin on November 1, 2012.  Aptech has a presence in more than 40 emerging countries.As a leader in career education, it has over 1,305 centers of learning across the world. The center offers career and professional training in the areas of Aptech hardware and networking skills, English learning, web design, and database management, among others.“We have introduced a unique training methodology for ICT training and Aptech has demonstrated a consistent and sustainable performance in the education sector,” said Jagan P.K, the Managing Director of Indian Information Technologies Rwanda-Aptech.He noted that the center will embark on providing outstanding skills in ICT education to local and foreign students.“We are aiming at producing more job creators than job seekers and introduce more competent technological skills in the market,” Jagan stated.Students will undergo a three-year course in various disciplines to earn a degree.Source: The New Timeslast_img read more

Twitters new iOS app updates create a more unified experience across iPhone

first_imgAdvertisement Today, Twitter has revealed that it is working on delivering a “more unified” experience across iOS devices, admitting that the experience of using the microblogging platform is still “very different” on iPhone and iPad.The new update means the Twitter apps on these devices will be more consistent regardless of which one you’re using,” the company said in a blog posting.“Starting today, iPad users will be able to create and see revamped quote Tweets, explore trending topics in search, visit product and place pages, and more,” the tweet said. – Advertisement – The company said that although they shared some code, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for iPhone were originally developed and designed separately with each app tailored to its platform.This took a lot of extra effort to develop and Twitter for iPad features lagged behind other updates.Via VBlast_img read more

This supercomputer claims it can determine when youre going to die

first_imgDr Steven Horng, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Credit DailyMail Advertisement A super computer developed in the US can predict the likelihood of a person’s death with almost 100 per cent accuracy, a media report said.The machine, installed at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, draws on the data of more than 250,000 people collected over a period of 30 years to make speedy diagnoses, The Mirror reported on Monday.The machine’s ability to speedy disease recognition could potentially save lives as well as predict patients’ imminent demise, the report added. – Advertisement – “Our goal is not to replace the clinician. This artificial intelligence is really about the augmenting of doctors’ ability to take care of patients,” Steve Horng, a doctor at the hospital, was quoted as telling BBC.Patients at the hospital are linked up to the super computer which collects and analyses data about their condition every three minutes, measuring everything from oxygen levels to blood pressure to give doctors “everything we need to know about a patient”. “If the computer says you’re going to die, you probably will die in the next 30 days,” Horng said.Via HuffingtonPost, DailyMaillast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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