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first_imgJo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats today and will replace Sir Vince Cable. She received 47,900 votes, compared to Sir Ed Davey’s 28,021, on a turnout of 72%.Speaking after the result was announced, Swinson said was “delighted and over the moon” to be elected as the first female leader of the Lib Dems and claimed “liberalism is alive and thriving”.Commenting on the news, Labour Party chair Ian Lavery said: “Jo Swinson sat at the top table of the coalition government and voted for vicious attacks on the most vulnerable and tax cuts for the super-rich and big businesses.“Austerity couldn’t have happened without the Liberal Democrats – leading to shocking levels of child poverty, the tripling of tuition fees, a homelessness crisis and rising food bank use. Labour is the only party that can stop the Tories, and transform Britain so that it works for the many not the few.”The new Lib Dem leader served as a minister in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government and supported the austerity agenda throughout that parliament. At a hustings during the leadership campaign, both Swinson and Davey said they did not accept that austerity was “the wrong economic policy in 2010”.Swinson voted to increase university tuition fees to £9,000 a year, to reduce local government funding, to lower corporation tax, for the bedroom tax, in favour of legal aid cuts, and consistently against higher benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability.Although green issues were central to both of the Lib Dem candidates’ campaigns, Swinson voted against measures that would have restricted fracking activity in 2015 and against slowing the rise in rail fares under the coalition government.Tags:Lib Dems /Jo Swinson /Lib Dem leadership election 2019 /last_img read more

Police Briefly Cut Power and Close Bathrooms to SF Mission Hunger Strikers

first_img Tags: Mission Police Station • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Protesters and police engaged in two confrontations on Monday night over the use of bathrooms and public space in and around Mission Police Station where 10 people are staging a hunger strike to unseat the Chief of Police Greg Suhr.Hunger strikers told Mission Local that around 8 p.m. on Monday, officers from Mission Station – unsolicited by any request from protesters – offered the strikers an ambulance. At the same time, they told strikers they would risk a citation and arrest if they did not move several tents outside the station. The tents have gone up over the five days of the hunger strike and police said the tents were blocking the sidewalk. Protesters declined the ambulance they had not requested.Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe officers returned inside the police station without making any arrests, but soon, friends and family of the hunger strikers were turned away from using the bathrooms inside Mission Station. Up until Monday night, protesters had been using the bathrooms throughout their strike. 0%center_img However, officers told them on Monday night that the bathrooms were out of order. Power inside the public areas of the station had also been shut off temporarily. The strikers had been using the power to charge their phones and other devices.Incensed, hunger strikers and their supporters flooded the station and began chanting.Photo by Lola M. Chavez“This is how they treat us, they won’t even let us use the bathroom. This is how they see us. We are not going to accept this,” said Maria Cristina Gutierrez, the 66-year-old preschool director who helped orchestrate the strike.Eventually, officers called in Edwin Lindo, a hunger striker who is also a candidate for District 9 supervisor, to work things out. Lindo was told the bathrooms were closed because they needed cleaning.“So you’re lying to us?” Lindo demanded.Shortly thereafter, the bathrooms were reopened, but protesters still anticipated the possibility of arrests in the coming days.“If we get arrested, the hunger strike is going to continue. We’re going to ask the community to continue to hold space so we are not forgotten,” Gutierrez said.Ike Pinkston, a teacher at Gutierrez’ school who has also been participating in the hunger strike, said he was ready to get arrested and go to jail.“I know I won’t be in there forever, and then I’m going to continue striking,” Pinkston said.But at least for Monday night, that option appeared to be off the table – Supervisor David Campos, who had arrived at the scene, told reporters that he had received an assurance from SFPD Chief Greg Suhr that nobody would be arrested that night.Campos called locking the bathrooms “silly,” adding, “This is the problem the community has with the police.”Outside the station, protesters continued to chant.Amaya Fairley Vazquez, 10-year-old niece to rapper and hunger striker Equipto (Ilych Sato), was emotional.“I’m proud of my uncle, he explained to me that he’s fighting for black people and for brown people, for us. He’s doing it for me,” she said.Activists asked their supporters to bring as many people as possible to the station to keep their presence there strong. They plan to hold a rally in front of the station on Tuesday evening, shortly before a monthly police community meeting.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez last_img read more

STATE of Minds annual First Utility Super League

first_imgSTATE of Mind’s annual First Utility Super League State of Mind round of fixtures will take place on the weekend of July 7-10.Round 21 will champion this year’s State of Mind theme of dealing with change, and how it affects mental fitness.A special launch event was held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington recently to kick-off the campaign, which included several current and former players sharing their stories in a series of videos that will be released to coincide with the campaign.As has been the case for the past five seasons, volunteers and mental health professionals will be on hand at every Super League fixture in the round to offer advice and provide information.Co-founder, Dr. Phil Cooper, said: “We wanted to get an international flavour to the theme this year, because mental fitness is important for everyone wherever you live in the world. State of Mind is all about improving people’s mental fitness and signposting people to where they can get help and support.“The main focus is around change. A lot of rugby league players will find themselves in situations where they either have to change club, coming to the end of their career, moving from one side of the world to the other or to a different country, and all that change brings different pressures for different people.“Players need to have their family support network around them, which is probably just as important as their squad mates.“It’s massively important that the RFL and Rugby League Cares are supportive in allowing us to have a round of fixtures. It’s a great credit to the RFL because it’s the only sport’s governing body in Britain that themes a round of fixtures around mental fitness.“The round give us a lot of exposure. It’s a big part of our work. The State of Mind round is a massive opportunity to get those messages about how you can get help and support around the changes in your own life.”To coincide with this year’s theme, a new State of Mind t-shirt has been designed by Luke McGeagh, as part of a competition run with fashion students at Liverpool John Moore’s University.Details on the activity surrounding the State of Mind round will be shared through official club channels in the coming weeks.For more information, visit www.stateofmindsport.orglast_img read more

Fresh from our 646 win over Sheffield Eagles on S

first_imgFresh from our 64-6 win over Sheffield Eagles on Saturday, Saints are now preparing to take on Leigh in their final hit out before the season gets underway.The Centurions come to town this Friday (January 26) in what is expected to be a tough contest.Justin Holbrook has indicated he will play a full-strength side as Saints continue the build up to their first Betfred Super League game of the season against Castleford.That means Ben Barba, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley and James Roby will all get a run alongside the rest of the starting line-up.“We’ll bring the senior boys back for our last hit out,” Justin said. “There’s around 12 or so that didn’t feature on Saturday that will on Friday.“We are looking forward to it.”Leigh narrowly lost to Wigan 22-14 on Sunday and with plenty of former Saints in the side – and coaching staff – will want to put in a strong performance before they face Toronto in their first game.Saints take on Leigh on Friday January 26 (8pm) with our first Betfred Super League game of the 2018 season coming a week later at home to Castleford on Friday February 2 (7:45pm).Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Academy Reserves

first_imgA disappointing first half performance ultimately cost the Saints in this table top clash against the Rhinos. The defeat leaves them in third position with the visitors leapfrogging over them.Saints invited the Rhinos to attack with some unfortunate mistakes in the first half and found themselves a daunting 20 points behind at the break.As early as the third minute the Rhinos showed us a glimpse of what was to come as they went 40 metres through the right side of the Saints defence before a despairing tackle from Matty Foster saved a try. But from the play the ball the Rhinos had numbers down the left and scored through second row Walters, their best on the day.The Rhinos increased their lead on quarter time with the left winger diving through a poor tackle from Jack Welsby to score in the corner.The game could and should have been different had the Saints scored minutes later. Lewis Dodd’s footwork took him through the line on a 30 metre run but poor support meant he took the tackle. The Saints kept up the pressure but the chance was lost as John Hutchings found himself bundled into touch in the right corner.The game was ultimately won with two converted offload tries in the last 10 minutes of the half. Walters scored his second benefitting from an offload which came despite four Saints players being involved in the tackle, the second as he himself offloaded and his half back scooted unopposed to the posts.The second half started with more of the same from the Rhinos as yet another offload in the tackle resulted in a barge over close to the posts.But this sparked the Saints into life. They found a way to put the game plan into action and all of a sudden started to trouble the Rhinos.Drives out of defence from Nico Rizzelli and Hutchings got the Saints onto the front foot. Jack Welsby’s show and go 40 metre run brought him to the fullback. He committed him before passing inside to the supporting Dodd who went the final 30 to the posts and the Saints were on the board.Finally the Saints were barring up down the middle and kicking well to turn the big Rhino’s pack around and make them come off their own line. The Saints had certainly found their mojo and back to back tries five minutes later caused considerable panic in the visitors ranks.From a high bomb Jumah Sambou knocked the ball back and it was scooped up by Welsby. A jink, a step and a hand-off and he was off on a 70 metre run down the left. He passed inside to Rizzelli but the centre was caught just short of the line. A quick play the ball to the right to Welsby saw him feed Ryan Horne whose overhead pass gave Tom Nisbett the chance to put Hutchings in at the corner.From the kick off this time it was Rizzelli who broke the Rhinos line. He went through the middle and finding his Captain Sam Royle on his inside. The Skipper found himself with 60 metres of open space in front of him but with all number of blue jersey’s converging on him. Sensibly he didn’t panic, just kept on running and took the tackle. A quick play the ball to the left and Dodd’s miss pass fittingly put Rizzelli in to score the try he started.Dodd’s conversion meant the Saints were only 10 behind and most of the Rhinos players took an age to get back to the middle to restart the game. The momentum was all with the Saints but a couple of poor grubber kicks later and the pressure had been relieved.The Rhinos made the game safe 10 minutes from capitalising on a Saints mistake. There was just time for one final reply from the Saints at the final whistle as Jake Wingfield and Hutchings carved out a chance for Matty Foster 40 metres out. But his exhaustion from his, as ever, 80 minute all out performance meant that he was hauled down inches short and the chance was lost.The Saints won the second half and more than competed in doing so. A slow start ultimately cost the Saints on the night, and this needs to be addressed for the bigger games over the course of the season.Sam Royle, Matty Foster and Jake Wingfield worked hard in the pack ably supported by Nico Rizzelli’s tireless running. Jack Welsby showed his class in spurts today but Lewis Dodd was involved in all that was good about the Saints.Saints U19’s Team: Jack Welsby; Tom Nisbett, John Hutchings, Nico Rizzelli, Jumah Sambou; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Sam Royle (C), Matty Foster, Lewis Baxter, Jake Wingfield. Interchange: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Joe Sharratt, Warren Smith. Tries : Lewis Dodd (47), John Hutchings (54), Nico Rizzelli (56). Goals : Lewis Dodd 2 from 3.Leeds Rhinos U19’s Team: Liam Whitton; Liam Tindall, Tom Barton, Jack Broadbent, Iwan Stephens; Jack Mallinson, Callum McLelland; Loui McConnell, Corey Johnson, Muizz Mustapha, Sam Walters, Owen Trout, Jarrod O’Connor. Interchange: Oliver Burton, Tom Holroyd, Harry Georgiou, Sam Moorhouse. Tries : Sam Walters (3 & 30), Iwan Stephens (19), Callum McLelland (37), Harry Georgiou (42), Liam Whitton (71). Goals : Jack Mallinson 3 from 5, Iwan Stephens 1 from 1.Half Time : Saints U19’s Team 0 Leeds Rhinos U19’s Team 20Full Time : Saints U19’s Team 16 Leeds Rhinos U19’s Team 32last_img read more

Man dead after shooting at Whiteville apartment complex

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A shooting last night at around 9:30 p.m. left one man dead in Whiteville.26-year-old Bobby Lee Johnson was shot multiple times, according to Whiteville Police Chief Jeffrey Rosier.- Advertisement – Rosier says Johnson was found lying in front of the Sandy Ridge Apartments.He was transported Columbus Regional Healthcare System where he was pronounced dead.Whiteville Police and SBI are investigating the case.Related Article: Weekend checkpoint in Tabor City yields more than 60 violationsRosier says they are looking into some suspects now.last_img

Guy Fieri to shoot Diners DriveIns and Dives in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A famous face on Food Network will be heading to the Cape Fear to showcase some tasty restaurants in our community.Guy Fieri of ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ will be here next week to film inside of local restaurants with featured chefs cooking signature dishes.- Advertisement – According to a filming permit, Fieri will be filming Wednesday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. 25, at Copper Penny, Ceviche’s, Sweet n Savory Café, Something Fishy, Fork N Cork.WWAY learned last July that he would be in town for a GLOW Academy fundraiser January 25-26.last_img

Early voting in Leland moves to Belville

first_img The reason, the board said there is a lack of available buildings in Leland. An issue some argue is not the case.For the past few years people could vote at the Leland Cultural Arts Center and Leland Town Hall, but not anymore.While the board believes this is the right move, many are upset with the decision and argue the change will only confuse Leland residents and possibly deter some from early voting.Related Article: Republicans lose veto-proof majority in NC House“I think that some accommodations could have been made,” concerned voter, Veronica Carter said. “And it sounds like again, there were some hurt feelings and some misunderstands. And the people who come out on the short end might be the residents of Northern Brunswick County.”“I am happy that we have a location to offer early voting in the northern end of the county,” Brunswick County Board of Elections Director, Sara Knotts said. “That was my initial concern is that if we weren’t able to offer early voting in the northern end of county our election day precincts would be bursting at the seams essentially. We wouldn’t have room in those facilities to accommodate the added flow.”Early voting begins April 19 and runs until May 5.However, they will be closed on Sundays. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Board of Elections voted to change the location of its early voting site for this year’s primary Tuesday afternoon.The Board of Elections changed the site to Belville Town Hall.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Sheriffs deputy shows off dance moves at community event

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The new health program that has been getting the community moving also has some of New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies showing off some of their moves too.Dancin’ in the Park is a free eight week outdoor fitness celebration organized by New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the YMCA. Last week one deputy even started breaking it down with the community.- Advertisement – The Sheriff’s Office said they plan to be out at the event for the next several weeks to spend some time with the community.“Well I think it is always important to have an open line of communication with the public because that’s who we serve and if they can trust us that’s what they are supposed to do,” Deputy Gene K. Moore said.Deputy Moore said he had a blast dancing with everyone and that keeping a good relationship with the community is important to the Sheriff’s Office. Dancin’ in the Park is held every Saturday until May 5th.last_img read more

Long time NC Azalea Festival volunteer receives international award

first_img Lawler has served the North Carolina Azalea Festival in almost every way imaginable. She began her festival journey in 1960 and has since given more than 50 years of continual service to the Azalea Festival.Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and New Hanover County Commission Vice Chair Skip Watkins helped celebrate and show thanks to Lawler for all her years of hard work at Monday’s Azalea Festival meeting.“Oh, it’s just fantastic,” Lawler said. “I love where I live, and being a volunteer has just been so easy, and when I got involved with the Azalea Festival we just had great people. They love their community, and they want to give back. That’s what it’s all about.”Related Article: Azalea Festival named among top 20 events in April in the southeastLawler says her granddaughter is a freshman in high school and plans to begin volunteering for the festival. She says that the inspiration to the next generation is enough of an award in itself. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A longtime member of the Azalea Festival is getting international recognition.The International Festivals & Events Association recently announced Jean Lawler received the 2018 IFEA Volunteer of the Year Award.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Program aims to reduce illegal dumping in Wilmington

first_imgIllegal dumping in Wilmington (Photo: City of Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 179 tons of debris was dumped illegally and picked up by the City of Wilmington last year. That’s not including two months when the city suspended the pickup program due to Hurricane Florence.The sweep is part of the Rover-Bulky Program, which aims to reduce illegal dumping on public right-of-ways.- Advertisement – The program is designed to combat a theory which suggests that run-down properties with trash heaps are correlated with higher rates of crime.The city will provide a one time pickup, educate residents on how to dispose of those materials, then code enforcement follows up to make sure they are complying.last_img

Suspect wanted in downtown Wilmington hitandrun arrested

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Hampstead woman wanted in a hit-and-run that injured a downtown Wilmington bartender was arrested in Pender County on Wednesday night.Alyssa Marie Angus, 27, is charged with hit and run causing serious injury, failure to yield causing serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.- Advertisement – The crash happened on February 23 at South Third and Dock Streets.Justin Sartain was walking to the work and while in the middle of the intersection, Angus allegedly failed to yield and hit him, throwing him into the air and onto the top of the vehicle.Sartain rolled off the hood of the car and into the street. As he was in the street, Angus allegedly hit him again, shattering his foot and ankle.Related Article: Army Airborne museum curator: Statue of other Gen. Lee vandalizedCrimeStoppers offered a $5,000 reward in the case.Angus is being held under a $35,000 bond.last_img read more

Wilmington council gets update on Bijou Park plans

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council has received an update on the future of Bijou Park.Plans for the downtown park call for making it a gathering spot possibly showcasing public art.- Advertisement – Planners say the park on N. Front Street needs more shade, taller upright trees and movable seating and tables among other improvements.In June, the city will hold a public information meeting to reveal a design consultant’s plans. They hope to have the park ready to open by April 2020.last_img

Liberal lawyer Caputova wins election to become Slovakias first female president

first_img Slovakia’s presidential candidate Maros Sefcovic casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Slovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova stands next to her daughter as she attends the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Pezinok, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa? Slovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova arrives to cast her vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Pezinok, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny A mobile ballot box is seen during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in village Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa REUTERS/David W Cerny SharePrint Slovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova arrives to cast her vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Pezinok, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W CernySlovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova arrives to cast her vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Pezinok, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Riding a wave of public fury over corruption, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputova won Slovakia’s presidential election on Saturday, bucking a trend that has seen populist, anti-European Union politicians make gains across the continent.Corruption and change in political style were the main themes ahead of the run-off vote, which took place a year after journalist Jan Kuciak, who investigated high-profile fraud cases, and his fiancée were murdered at their home.Caputova, a pro-EU political novice who will be the euro zone country’s first female president, had 58.3 percent of the votes after results from 98.1 percent of voting districts were counted, ahead of European commissioner Maros Sefcovic who took 41.7 percent.Sefcovic, a respected diplomat who is also pro-EU, is backed by the ruling party Smer, the largest grouping in parliament that has dominated Slovak politics since 2006.Caputova, who was the front runner having won the first round more than 20 percentage points ahead of Sefcovic, campaigned to end what she calls the capture of the state “by people pulling strings from behind”, a message that opinion polls show resonates with younger, educated voters.The 45-year old member of a liberal non-parliamentary Progressive Slovakia party — which she pledged to leave if elected — has been endorsed by opposition parties and a junior party in the ruling coalition that represents the ethnic Hungarian minority, as well as outgoing President Andrej Kiska.Caputova started her acceptance speech by thanking voters in Slovak, as well as in the Hungarian, Czech, Roma and Ruthenian languages, turning to all main minority groups.“I am happy not just for the result but mainly that it is possible not to succumb to populism, to tell the truth, to raise interest without aggressive vocabulary,” she told a crowd of supporters.“This started in the local election last year, was confirmed in the presidential election, and I believe the European (parliamentary election in May) will confirm it as well.” A man casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in village Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa Slovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova speaks to the media during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Pezinok, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Slovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova walks next to her daughter as she attends the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Pezinok, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa A woman arrives to vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in village Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa 1 of 16 A man casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in village Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa A man casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny A man casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in village Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa Slovakia’s presidential candidate Maros Sefcovic talks to media after casting his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Residents arrive to vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in village Trencianske Stankovce, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa Slovakia’s presidential candidate Maros Sefcovic casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Slovakia’s presidential candidate Maros Sefcovic casts his vote during the country’s presidential election run-off at a polling station in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> ‘SLOVAKIA’S ERIN BROCKOVICH’Slovakia’s president wields little day-to-day power but appoints prime ministers and can veto appointments of senior prosecutors and judges.Five people have been charged with the murders of Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova, including businessman Marian Kocner, who was investigated by Kuciak, and who has become a symbol of perceived impunity after more than a decade of rule by Smer. Kocner denies any wrongdoing.The killings ignited the biggest protests in Slovakia’s post-communist history and forced the resignation of Smer leader Robert Fico as prime minister last year.Caputova had waged a 14-year fight with a company Kocner represented that wanted to build an illegal landfill in her home town. She eventually won the case, earning her the nickname “Slovakia’s Erin Brockovich”, after the American environmentalist portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 film.Caputova’s victory complicates Fico’s plan to leave politics by becoming head of the Constitutional Court – a position vetted by the president.It may give a boost to opposition parties looking to replace Smer, still the most popular party, in next year’s general election.But political analysts have said a socially liberal president will also mobilise Smer and anti-system voters, a fight already foreshadowed by Fico this week when he called liberals “people without values”.Fico’s Smer is a social democrat party but has also taken socially conservative positions. A row with the president could make Fico push the country closer to eurosceptic and socially conservative leaders in neighbouring Hungary and Poland.There was an indication of that this week when Smer teamed up with the centre-right Slovak National party, the far-right People’s Party-Our Slovakia and the populist We Are Family movement to halt ratification of a European treaty designed to combat violence against women.WhatsApplast_img read more

Toly invests €20 million project in Malta

first_imgToly, an international manufacturing company, has chosen to invest a €20 million project in Malta in its manufacturing plant in Bulebel.The Minister for Investment Chris Cardona described this as a vote of confidence in our country’s economy, people and policy. This was said as Cardona was visiting the ongoing works at Toly’s new state-of-the-art plant where they were previewing the new project. Toly laid the idea of changing its current plant to Malta’s next smart factory. It expressed the importance it is currently giving to innovation and adapting with the times. This investment can lead to higher efficiency and increased productivity.The Minister reassured Toly Group that as a government, this investment will be met with high targets and accomplishments. This project will not only aid the economy, but also the population, by bringing more freedom for each and every individual to thrive, concluded Cardona. WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention centre –

first_img1 of 3 SharePrint Reuters An air strike late on Tuesday hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, a health official said.It is the highest publicly reported toll of an air strike or shelling since eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar three months ago launched an offensive with ground troops and aircraft to take the capital held by the internationally recognised government.The conflict is part of chaos in the oil-and-gas-producing nation since the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Malek Mersek, spokesman for a state emergency medical services, said 40 people had been killed and 80 wounded in the strike on the detention centre in the Tajoura suburb located next to a military camp.The Tripoli-based government said in a statement that dozens of people had been killed and wounded in an air strike blamed on the “war criminal Khalifa Haftar”.Published photos showed African migrants undergoing surgery in a hospital after the strike. Others lay on beds, some covered in dust or with limbs bandaged.Libya is a main departure point for migrants from Africa fleeing poverty and war and trying to reach Italy by boat, but many get picked up by the Libyan coast guard supported by the European Union, which wants to stop migration.Thousands of migrants are held in government-run detention centres in western Libya in what human rights groups and the United Nations say are often inhuman conditions.Tajoura, east of Tripoli’s centre, is home to several military camps of forces allied to Libya’s internationally recognised government, which have been targeted by air strikes for weeks.On Monday, Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a parallel government, said it would start heavy air strikes on targets in Tripoli after “traditional means” of war had been exhausted.An LNA official denied his force had hit the detention centre, saying militias allied to Tripoli had shelled it after a precision air strike by the LNA on a camp.The LNA air campaign has failed to take Tripoli in three months of fighting, and last week LNA lost its main forward base in Gharyan, which was taken back by Tripoli forces last week.Both sides enjoy military support from regional powers. The LNA for years has been supplied by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, while Turkey recently shipped arms to Tripoli to stop Haftar’s assault, diplomats say.The conflict threatens to allow Islamist militants to fill a security void, disrupt oil supplies, boost migration across the Mediterranean to Europe, and scupper U.N. plans for an election to end rivalries between parallel administrations in east and west.WhatsApp Reuters Reuters <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch Our country our party – PN General Council kicks off

first_img SharePrint Bartolo further explained that the party leader cannot be surrounded with people who obediently obey the leader. He spoke about the status quo within the party, describing the vote on Saturday as a starting point. Bartolo explained that in today’s vote, those eligible should keep in their mind the interest of the country and party. He asked them to keep in mind the electoral results, and the trust survey, saying that a prime minister is not elected by the party’s paid-up members but by the electorate. He warned against putting the party at risk and the possibility that Partit Laburista garners two-thirds of the vote in the next general election.Bartolo said that people do not leave the PN because they have elsewhere to go to, but leave because they have nothing to vote for. He appealed to councillors, saying that one should focus on that which unites them and not divide them. Both general election candidates Ivan Bartolo and Justin Schembri spoke of Partit Nazzjonalista and Malta’s democracy, during their 15 minute address in the extraordinary general council meeting on Saturday morning.The morning session was closed off with Partit Nazzjonalista’s leader Adrian Delia’s speech who said that over the past four weeks he has discovered the soul of the party as he met with the councillors ahead of the vote.Partit Nazzjonalista’s General Council president Kristy Debono opened the extraordinary general council meeting at the party’s headquarters in Pietà, which was convened after some 200 councillors presented a petition asking for a secret vote on Adrian Delia’s leadership, only to be followed by another petition expressing support to the embattled leader.Nationalist councillors are being asked whether they would like Adrian Delia to continue leading the party until the next general election, during today’s session. A question which was agreed upon during the last executive committee meeting. The voting opened at 10am and will be closed at 6pm, with the results expected at around 8pm.READ: PN Extraordinary General Council meets for confidence vote on Adrian Delia “Keep the country in mind; take a look at the electoral results and trust survey’ -Ivan BartoloIvan Bartolo said that the vote on Saturday is important, both for the country and democracy, as he warned that in a future election the party could be decimated if it does not present a true alternative. Bartolo explained why he associates himself with the Nationalist Party, saying that unlike others the PN is not a party which believes in having a king and a leader surrounded with ‘yes men’.As Ivan Bartolo took the stage, the crowd present booed, Delia said “If you don’t want to listen, you can leave.” At various instances those present in the room, jeered at Bartolo. ‘I’ve discovered the soul of the party’ – DeliaDuring the Saturday morning session, Delia said that through his meetings with the councillors he found something precious. He explained that the fifteen minute meetings sometimes took over an hour, as recalled meetings with particular councillors. He said that what emerged was a lot of pain, which concerned him.The Nationalist leader said that Partit Nazzjonalista will be 140 years old next year, claiming that there are some people out there that do not want to see the party celebrating its glorious history. He explained that Saturday’s vote goes beyond voting yes or no for Delia, but is a ‘yes to PN, yes to politics which brings hope, yes to stop spreading hatred’.Delia harped about the readiness to make the necessary changes, saying that as from tomorrow the party is willing to implement the necessary reforms so that the party does not appeal to the few. Further he claimed that the paid-up members knew what they were doing when they elected him as leader, and that is they were giving the party back to the people.Speaking about democracy, Delia said that he truly believes in it, explaining that there is the need to discuss ideas and move forward. The Nationalist leader claimed that ‘pseudo-democracy’ is when you ride roughshod over those who do not agree with you. Adding that when the people vote, then the vote needs to be respected and one has to move forward.Electoral Commission President Francis Zammit Dimech explained the logistics of today’s vote.Read more:Listen: Delia must go – Joseph GrechListen: Delia should stay – Thomas De MartinoWatch: “Ask for a vote of confidence” – Gonzi to DeliaWatch: Will you resign Mr Delia? NoDelia’s right-hand man accused of using fake profiles to harass PN MPsPN Executive to meet next Tuesday to discuss General CouncilMysterious ‘PN Grandee’ part of PN Leader’s proposal to Executive Committee?Watch: “What happens at the Executive, stays within the Executive”Mifsud Bonnici becomes President of PN Administrative Council; Perici Calascione President of Executive CommitteeWatch: PN receives five nominations for three vacant postsWhatsApp ‘One cannot save the country’s democracy, if the party’s internal democracy isn’t saved’ – Justin SchembriDuring his speech Justin Schembri claimed that one cannot save the country’s democracy if they could not save the party’s internal democracy. According to Schembri, those who believe in democracy should believe in one leader. Adding that Delia is so convinced in democracy, that today they have a choice to save their ‘glorious party’. Schembri contended that he is there to defend democracy and the rule of law, saying that it is with great sadness that the party is going through such moments. He argued that he is there to defend the party’s emblem, in front of which, they have to bow.Schembri also spoke about the reforms which the PN needs, saying that past glory is not always relevant to the future, as he explained that is why Louis Galea was entrusted with the reform. He claimed that the party is divided into two factions, and asked whether they intend to go to the next general election divided, likening the situation to the May elections.Listen to Schembri’s speech:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

HTC hires Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr for marketing Campaign

first_imgAdvertisement HTC has reportedly hired Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr for an upcoming marketing campaign worth around $12 million. This will be a smart move for HTC, which hasn’t had the best of luck with marketing efforts.HTC has not had any significant marketing campaigns from the past few years, and its $300 million deal with Beats Electronics didn’t lead to any significant sales bump. Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO, previously said the company would focus more heavily on marketing in the coming months.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Downey won’t be portraying any of his popular characters (at the moment, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes). But given just how much of his own personality informs the character of Tony Stark, it won’t matter much if he doesn’t don the Iron Man suit. His mere presence could make a compelling ad for HTC.The company’s recent earnings reports have been disastrous — with a 98 percent revenue drop compared to last year — and senior executives are jumping ship left and right, there’s still hope on the horizon. HTC is expected to increase its revenues by $1 billion this quarter, based on sales of the One phone.And perhaps with the help of Downey, the company will finally be able to turn its fortunes around.Credit: Venture Beatlast_img read more

Facebook Releases Global Report on Government Data Requests

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook has published its first Global Government Requests Report, as the social networking behemoth looks to convince the world that “transparency and trust are core values” across the company. In total, 25,607 requests were made, across 37,954 user accounts.Focusing on the first six months of 2013, the report divulges:Which countries requested information from Facebook about its usersThe number of requests received from each of those countriesThe number of users/user accounts specified in those requestsThe percentage of these requests in which Facebook was required by law to disclose “at least some data”Perhaps not surprisingly, the figures for the US weren’t given as a precise number, rather they were given as ranges, but these ranges are still small enough to give us a good idea which government placed the most data requests in the first six months of 2013: – Advertisement – A footnote in the report explains why, and it’s to do with restrictions dictated by US law. The company explains:“We have reported the numbers for all criminal and national security requests to the maximum extent permitted by law. We continue to push the United States government to allow more transparency regarding these requests, including specific numbers and types of national security-related requests. We will publish updated information for the United States as soon as we obtain legal authorisation to do so.”At any rate, we can still tell from the data that the US put the most requests in overall – by quite a distance. Between 11,000 and 12,000 requests were made for 20,000 to 21,000 user accounts in the States, which represented around half of the total number. 79% of requests were complied with to some extent, which compares with just 50% for the country with the second highest number of requests – India.The UK, Italy, India, Germany and France all featured in the early-thousands, and in addition to the US, were the only countries to reach quadruple digits.Though Facebook has previously released data around US requests, this represents the first time it has taken a global perspective, following the likes of Google which has provided such reports for a number of years already. Facebook says it hopes to “provide even more information about the requests we receive from law enforcement authorities.”“As we have said many times, we believe that while governments have an important responsibility to keep people safe, it is possible to do so while also being transparent,” says Colin Stretch, Facebook General Counsel.“Government transparency and public safety are not mutually exclusive ideals – each can exist simultaneously in free and open societies, and they help make us stronger,” he continues. “We strongly encourage all governments to provide greater transparency about their efforts aimed at keeping the public safe, and we will continue to be aggressive advocates for greater disclosure.”Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Unfriending a colleague can constitute workplace bullying

first_imgAdvertisement Unfriending an employee on Facebook can in some cases be workplace bullying, an Australian tribunal has found.The ruling came after Rachael Roberts, an estate agent in Launceston, Tasmania, complained to Australia’s the Fair Work Commission that her colleague Lisa Bird was bullying her, leaving her with anxiety and depression. She made 18 allegations of bullying in total.Ms Rachel said that following an argument about a sale loss, her properties were no longer displayed in the window, photocopies were distributed to colleagues but not her, and she was no longer greeted in the morning. – Advertisement – When she approached Mr Bird, the head of the agency and Mrs Bird’s husband, about the issues his wife reportedly called her into a meeting and said she was a “naughty little schoolgirl running to the teacher”.After this exchange in January 2015, Ms Roberts found that Mrs Bird had unfriended her on Facebook. She was then signed off work by a psychologist, Sky News reports.[related-posts]In a workplace bulling incident, the Fair Work Commission must find evidence of “repeated incidents of unreasonable behaviour”, of which unfriending Ms Roberts on Facebook was counted as one. Nine other allegations were upheld by the tribunal.The deputy president of the commission, Nicole Wells, said in her decision that the unfriending showed “a lack of emotional maturity” on Mrs Bird’s part that had made Ms Roberts unwell.But employment lawyer Josh Bornstein told ABC news the unfriending incident was found to be workplace bullying in the context of several other issues.“What the Fair Work Commission did find is that a pattern of unreasonable behaviour, hostile behaviour, belittling behaviour over about a two-year period, which featured a range of different behaviours including berating, excluding and so on, constituted a workplace bullying,” he said.Under the Fair Work Act, the tribunal can order the employer and employee to hold a meeting about anti-bullying orders, but cannot impose compensation.[Independent]last_img read more