The equality and human rights watchdog has forced

first_imgThe equality and human rights watchdog has forced 13 NHS primary care organisations to withdraw unlawful, discriminatory policies that could have seen service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had written to the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as the first step in a potential judicial review of their policies on NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC).But it announced this morning (Thursday) that all 13 CCGs had now agreed to revise their policies following the threat of legal action by the commission.EHRC said the move “resolves nearly eight months of disagreements” over the “unlawful” policies.In March 2018, EHRC threatened to judicially review the 13 CCGs* over concerns about their “blanket” NHS CHC policies which had “placed arbitrary caps on funding and failed to consider the specific needs of individual patients”.The commission warned this was a serious breach of the Human Rights Act, their public sector equality duty and the Department of Health and Social Care’s own NHS CHC framework.Concerns about the NHS CHC policies of more than 40 CCGs were first raised in January 2017 by disabled campaigner Fleur Perry (pictured), herself a recipient of NHS continuing healthcare, which provides long-term NHS funding for care outside hospital.Perry’s research, using freedom of information requests, showed how many CCGs had drawn up policies that suggested they would move disabled people eligible for NHS CHC out of their homes and into institutions against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.These concerns were subsequently taken on by EHRC, which raised “significant concerns” about the policies last October when it asked 43 CCGs for more information.Now all 13 policies are being revised, and EHRC will examine the new policies “to ensure they are lawful and adequately consider equality and human rights implications for their patients”.Perry said this morning: “This is great news. I’m really glad to see that the importance of people being able to choose where and with who they live is being recognised.”Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s chief executive, said: “Everyone has the right to live their lives to an adequate standard and to have access to good quality health care.“Those who need help are individual human beings with individual circumstances which need to be taken into account.“We said that it is unacceptable and de-humanising for CCGs to adopt a blanket approach in forcing people into residential care, especially when with the right support they would be able to live at home with the families who love them.“We are really pleased with the result and we know that all those affected will be reassured to see CCGs putting the rights of patients at the heart of their decision-making processes.“We will continue to work with CCGs to ensure that future policies do not make the same mistakes.”Potential legal action still hangs over the head of one CCG.Haringey CCG is the only one of the 43 organisations contacted by EHRC last October that has failed to share its policies with the watchdog.It was not one of the 13 that faced judicial review, but EHRC said its lack of engagement now leaves it open to further action.*EHRC threatened judicial reviews of the NHS CHC policies of the following CCGs: Brent, Coventry and Rugby, Dudley, East and North Hertfordshire, Eastern Cheshire, Harrow, Hillingdon, South Cheshire, Vale Royal, West Cheshire, Warwickshire North, Lincolnshire West, and Redditch and Bromsgrovelast_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man Squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man Squad for Friday’s engage Super League clash with Hull KR.Tommy Makinson has been recalled to the team following his debut in the 56-22 at Salford.Andrew Dixon also comes in with Francis Meli, Paul Clough and Jon Wilkin missing through injury.Therefore, Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Tommy Makinson.Justin Morgan, Hull KR Head Coach, will choose from:1. Shaun Briscoe, 2. Peter Fox, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster, 6. Blake Green, 8. Rhys Lovegrove, 9. Ben Fisher, 10. Joel Clinton, 12. Ben Galea, 13. Scott Murrell, 14. Liam Watts, 15. Scott Wheeldon, 16. Jason Netherton, 18. Josh Hodgson, 19. Craig Hall, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Taylor, 23. Willie Mason, 28. Ben Cockayne.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Tickets are still on sale from the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comStatistics:Super League Summary:St Helens won 5Hull KR won 4St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Hull KR highest score: 28-24 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 26-10, H, 2009)Milestones:PAUL WELLENS’ three tries (two against Bradford and one against Leeds) in the last two Engage Super League rounds have seen the Saints fullback move up the list of all-time St Helens try-scorers.With 178 he now sits 9th of the list and needs and needs 11 tries to overhaul Duggie Greenall and draw level with Alan Hunte.1. Tom van Vollenhoven 3922. Les Jones 2823. Alf Ellaby 2804. Steve Llewellyn 2395. Roy Mathias 2186. Anthony Sullivan 2137. Alan Hunte 1898. Duggie Greenall 1889. Paul Wellens 17810. Frank Wilson 176MICHAEL SHENTON needs one try for a career century of touchdowns. He has 93 tries for Castleford Tigers between 2004 and 2010, two for England in 2010 and currently has four for Saints in 2011.FRANCIS MELI needs two tries for a century for St Helens.JAMES GRAHAM will make his 200th appearance for the club on Friday and a special guard of honour is planned.last_img read more

SAINTS notched up a comfortable home win as they b

first_imgSAINTS notched up a comfortable home win as they beat Bradford Bulls 30-18Nathan Brown’s men scored five tries – and could have had a lot more – as they recorded the ‘double’ over their Yorkshire rivals and got into the Play Off places.The home side led 18-6 at half time as four-pointers from Willie Manu, Tommy Makinson and Sia Soliola gave them a good lead.But their blistering handling and speed around the ruck should have yielded more points.Bradford though, to their credit, stuck at their task and kept a rampant home back line at bay.In the second half, Josh Jones increased the advantage with a 60 yard dart before Matty Blythe pulled one back.Elliot Kear gave the Bulls a real chance with 10 to go but less than a minute later Jon Wilkin notched his second of the season – and made the win safe.Saints looked more balanced from the off with Jonny Lomax in for his first game since mid-March.And his introduction, alongside the likes of James Roby, Paul Wellens, Gareth O’Brien and Jon Wilkin, made all the difference.Saints almost unlocked the Bulls on their first set when Roby made a break and fed Wilkin. But Wilko’s pass to the supporting Paul Wellens went to ground.Jonny Lomax was then twice involved in a move that almost put Saints ahead.Michael Platt pulled off a wonder tackle on Tommy Makinson on seven minutes that denied a certain score – but moments later Willie Manu burrowed over from close range.And it was nothing less than Saints deserved after a sprightly opening 10 minutes – Gareth O’Brien making it 6-0 with the conversion.Saints were looking to offload on almost every play and it was paying off – Bradford forced on to the back foot.On 20 minutes Saints were further ahead. Lomax combined with Jordan Turner to send Tommy Makinson crashing over in the corner.O’Brien off the touchline for 12-0.Saints were attacking from all areas of the pitch; showing the fans they were more than capable of scintillating passing at speed.But the scoreline wasn’t increased and a fantastic offload from Adam Sidlow after the Bulls had three sets on Saints line saw Brett Kearney cut the lead to six.Josh Jones was unlucky not to cross three minutes later after Saints kept the ball alive on the last.Saints weren’t left to rue the chance though as hot handling found the space for Sia Soliola to show all his strength – O’Brien adding his third goal of the afternoon.Saints went in 18-6 to the good at half time, but began the second a little scratchy.Bradford had a nice couple of sets on the home line, but a loose pass saw Josh Jones race 60 metres for his third of the season.O’Brien perfect with the boot once more.Willie Manu and Jordan Turner almost fashioned a chance for James Roby on 55 minutes and seconds later Lomax was inches short.Bradford piled on the pressure once more though and Matty Blythe crossed.And with less than ten to go Elliot Kear leapt like a salmon to get the Bulls right in it. It was a controversial one though – with a hint of a knock on.But it made no difference as Jon Wilkin powered over a minute later.Bradford rallied at the end as Saints didn’t respect the ball enough – yet anything less than a home win in great conditions would have been a travesty.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Manu, Makinson, Soliola, Jones, WilkinGoals: O’Brien (5 from 5)Bulls: Tries: Kearney, Blythe, KearGoals: Gale (3 from 3)Penalties: Saints: 6Bulls: 5HT: 18-6FT: 30-18REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 11,385Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 7. Jonny Lomax, 37. Gareth O’Brien; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 16. Paul Clough, 25. Alex Walmsley, 28. Jordan Hand, 36. Stuart Howarth.Bulls:1. Brett Kearney; 5. Elliot Kear, 4. Matty Blythe, 3. Keith Lulia, 18. Michael Platt; 19. Danny Addy, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Heath L’Estrange, 13. Jamie Langley, 11. John Bateman, 16. Tom Olbison, 21. James Donaldson.Subs: 14. Matt Diskin, 23. Ben Evans, 24. Oliver Roberts, 27. Adam Sidlow.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their Grand Final squad for

first_imgSAINTS have announced their Grand Final squad for Saturday’s showpiece at Old Trafford.The only change from the 19 that was named before the semi final with Catalan sees Matty Dawson come in for Gary Wheeler.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Shaun Wane will select his Wigan side from:1. Matty Bowen, 2. Josh Charnley, 5. Anthony Gelling, 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Jack Hughes, 17. Dominic Crosby, 19. Sam Powell, 22. Eddy Pettybourne, 23. Dan Sarginson, 24. Tony Clubb, 25. John Bateman, 32. Joe Burgess.The game kicks off at 6pm and the referee will be Phil Bentham.For ticket details please click here.last_img read more

LUKE Walsh will be a Saint in 2016 after he agreed

first_imgLUKE Walsh will be a Saint in 2016 after he agreed to take up his third year option with the Champions.The scrum half signed from Penrith Panthers for the 2014 First Utility Super League campaign and impressed in the early stages of the year before a broken leg curtailed his season.He has featured this year too taking his appearances in the Red Vee to 23 – scoring 181 points in the process.Currently sidelined after an operation on his ankle he is expecting to feature again in the next couple of weeks.Luke said: “It was an easy decision to make. The club and the fans have been great to me especially after the injury and it felt like the right thing to do. I now want to win things.“It has been frustrating for me since the injury; the leg break healed fine but the ankle was grumbling. That is all fixed now and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It has been torture really because I had a great start.“I wanted to play a lot more footy not only for me but the fans too. My motivation is to come back and repay their faith this year and next.”He continued: “The combination between me and Travis Burns is exciting and this season on the training field and in the games I played it felt like we’d never been apart. Hopefully, we both stay healthy and then we can get the team going in the right direction.“I’m hoping to be back in the next week or so.“The fans have been unreal to me and my family as has everyone in St Helens. The office staff, coaches and medical staff, as well as Eamonn McManus and the board have been unbelievable and I hope to repay that faith with some silverware.”last_img read more

JONNY Lomax and Mark Percival look set to make the

first_imgJONNY Lomax and Mark Percival look set to make their England bows this Saturday when the national side takes on their French counterpart.The duo are likely to be named in Wayne Bennett’s squad for the game in France which kicks off at 5.30pm, UK time.The game will be shown live by the BBC. Click here for more details.Here, courtesy of SW Pix, are the lads in training.last_img

Three wins from four sees Saints looking up rather

first_imgThree wins from four sees Saints looking up rather than down – and this Friday’s ‘game in hand’ at the John Smith’s Stadium is crucial.“I’m really happy with how we have gone since I arrived,” he said. “We need to keep playing well and try to get that consistency. That is what the good sides are doing and we have to match that.“It will be a tough game on Friday – they are coming off the back of two really strong wins and have hit form.“We put ourselves under pressure in the first 20 minutes against Widnes and it was a positive sign that we kept turning them away. They have been dangerous in attack with having Rangi (Chase) in there.“It was tough to see us come up with so many unforced errors, especially with our ball security, and that is part of the game we have to eliminate to give ourselves a chance.“It was good that we kept turning them away but we cannot afford to continue to do that and put ourselves under pressure.”He continued: “We know the importance of the game and I’m sure Huddersfield are thinking the same too. The fact we can get a bit closer to the leading group is an important one for us.“We’ll also be a full strength too. The performance staff are going a great job at keeping us healthy.”Jonny Lomax showed no ill effects of his first game back last Friday and Holbrook also expects the fullback’s future to be decided shortly.“There’s no rush; he is comfortable here, is loyal to the club and the club has been loyal to him through some tough times,” he added. “That will all get sorted out in the next few days to next week. But from both parties we are more than happy for him to stay and he is more than happy to stay.“Unfortunately, he has had some long term injuries but the club looked after him and he wants to look after the club. There is no reason to think any different.“He is a committed trainer and a committed guy. I’m glad he showed some of his class against Widnes.“We love Tommy Makinson and what he does. He charges the ball back and is a great runner. But Jonny has the skills of a half and that is what you want to come out of the back.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Its the first time the two sides have met in East

first_imgIt’s the first time the two sides have met in East Hull for more than two years, with Saints edging the last contest 31-22.Jon Wilkin grabbed a try against his former club in that win – and this time he and his teammates will be facing some familiar foes.Adam Quinlan, Mose Masoe and Tommy Lee are all now part of the Robins’ team.Saints have travelled in great numbers this season – and a bumper crowd is expected once more.Tickets are on sale priced at £22 adults, £16 concessions (seniors over 65, full time students and young adults aged 19 to 21) and£12 Juniors (5-18 years old).Juniors need to swap their vouchers before they travel.You can get them from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Fresh from having seven players in the 2018 Dream

first_imgFresh from having seven players in the 2018 Dream Team – six of which came through the Club’s system alongside ex-Saint Matty Ashurst – a further four have been selected for their country.Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival are recalled to the side whilst Luke Thompson is again in line for his first cap.Other Saints Academy graduates include James Graham and Joe Greenwood.England play France at the Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday October 17, then a three-Test series against New Zealand – at the KCOM Stadium in Hull on Saturday October 27; at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday November 4; and at Elland Road in Leeds on Sunday November 11.Six members of the World Cup final team are ruled out by injury – Gareth Widdop, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Ben Currie, Alex Walmsley and James Roby, who will have surgery at the end of the season.England Squad: John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill) – Caps: 13 (5 tries) George Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor) – Caps: 12 (2 tries) Sam Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor) – Caps: 23 (8 tries) Tom Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor) – Caps: 21 (2 tries) Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors) – Caps: 6 (1 try) Jake Connor (Hull FC, Siddal) – Caps: 1 (1 try) Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders) – Caps: 10 (1 try, 10 goals) James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook) – Caps: 40 (3 tries) Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers) – Caps: 0 Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions) – Caps: 26 Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull) – Caps: 15 (3 tries) Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity, Stanningley) – Caps: 0 Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James) – Caps: 7 Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity, Ideal Isberg) – Caps: 0 Tommy Makinson (St Helens, Wigan St Judes) – Caps: 1 (1 try) Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors) – Caps: 13 (12 tries) Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers, Stanley Rangers) – Caps: 0 Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 24 (5 tries) Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets) – Caps: 5 (2 tries) Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 5 (2 tries) Luke Thompson (St Helens, Bold Miners) – Caps: 0 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 23 (17 tries) Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling) – Caps: 16 (6 tries) George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 7 (1 try)Tickets for the game against France are on sale now at and are priced at £20 for Adults and £5 for Juniors. ‘Our League’ members can purchase tickets and save 50% on both Adult and Junior prices. Visit for more details and to book.Tickets for this Autumn’s International Series against New Zealand are also on sale at and are priced from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. ‘Our League’ members will get £5 off all ticket categories when purchased through the Our League App or website.Our League members can also take advantage of an exclusive offer which gives them three games for the price of two, visit for more information.last_img read more

Families tired of being stuck inside for days after winter storm

first_imgFamiliesat the movies at the Pointe 14 Wilmington (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After days of being stuck at home after winter weather many families went to the movies at the Pointe 14 Wilmington Sunday so they could finally get out of the house.At first the historic snowfall around the Cape Fear was exciting for many.- Advertisement – “It was great, ice not so much,” parent Lacy Jacobs said.“I thought it was cool.” I got to relax a little bit more before going back to school,” 8th grader Skyler Jacobs said.Now that the snow lingers some families have been stuck inside for days. Heading out to the movies was a popular way to just get out of the house.Related Article: The latest from New Hanover County’s noon briefing, Sept. 17, 2018“It’s kinda fun to get out of the house because the last few days it’s been kind of a pain, and everyday is slippery and since the sun is coming out, it’s kind of melted down and me and my family can finally go out to do something,” 10-year-old Oliver Marshall said.There were still several ways folks prevented themselves from getting stir crazy at home.“We were stuck at home watching Netflix,” Lacy Jacobs said.“I’ve just been playing electronics cause the snows been kind of a pain and I can’t really play in it anymore,” Marshall said.As the snow continues melting away some students worry about going back to class.“I thought it was nice like the chill back brain of mine says it was nice, but coming back is going to be stressful,” Skyler Jacobs said. “I know that.”Parents have the opposite response. They are ready to get back on a normal schedule.“Yes, let’s get back into routine. It’s nice having them home, but the routine is good also,” parent Mike Grassi said.Either way hopefully the trip to the movies cleared their cabin fever.last_img read more

Rescuers say Lockwood Folly inlet still a danger to swimmers

first_img Chief Tony Young says the current going in or out with the tide will almost be a continuous danger for swimmers. The low tides are impacting the inlet creating more beach for boaters and sun seekers. Rescuers are asking vacationers stay out of the inlet current.“This is one of the most dangerous places we have around so we get called here quite frequently during the summer,” Young said. “You never know where things are going to happen, but we know this particular spot has a lot of hazards associated with it.”Young and ocean rescue considers the inlet one of the most dangerous spots also because of how difficult it can be for them to respond out there. Young says it’s a continuous rip current situation in the inlet. The latest dredging has left a drop off that could take beach goers by surprise.Related Article: Water conservation urged for Memorial Day throughout Brunswick County“Probably 6 to 8 feet from the beach right here and then it drops off to 7 or 8 feet and another few feet it’s over 20 feet of water right here,” said Young.You may remember, Oak Island Rescue already making headlines this summer with a water rescue. Now with another major holiday bringing in beach goers, they want visitors to be vigilant.“You feel that water moving as you are walking into it, you feel that strong pull, just move yourself away from that area and try a different spot where it’s not so strong,” Young said.And if you do get into rough water.“Don’t try to fight against it,” Young said. The new thing is to try and relax, raise your hand and let somebody know you need help.” 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 OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY)– After consecutive years of dredging, rescue officials are still advising folks to use caution around the Lockwood Folly inlet.This week Oak Island Rescue gave WWAY a first hand look at the current.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chief Justice will not recuse himself from judicial appointments case

first_img SharePrint Chief Justice Joseph Azzopardi has denied a request for him to abstain from hearing a case filed by civil rights NGO Repubblika contesting the appointment of new members of the judiciary. The Chief Justice has cited “no objective basis” for his recusal.READ: “We have respected the court’s decision”; New members of the judiciary sworn inThe Court of Appeal presided over by Chief Justice Azzopardi and Judges Giannino Caruana Demajo and Noel Cuschieri said that Repubblika’s request was unfounded, in a ruling on Monday morning.The NGO had argued that it would be “judicial schizophrenia” for the Chief Justice to preside over the appeal, in view of the fact that he is also responsible for making recommendations about judicial appointments to the Prime Minister.Repubblika filed the case, urging the courts to declare the latest appointments to the bench as null and void, since the government has not yet implemented the recommendations put forward by the Venice Commission. The NGO is arguing that no new members should have been added to the bench until a new system is in place.In its ruling, the Court of Appeal pointed out that the final word on judicial appointments was the Prime Minister’s saying that the fact that Chief Justice Azzopardi presides over the committee which makes recommendations to the Prime Minister did not mean that he had expressed himself or ruled on the merits of the case in question.The Judges refused Repubblika’s request for the Chief Justice to recuse himself from hearing Repubblika’s appeal.Lawyers Simon Busuttil and Jason Azzopardi are appearing for Repubblika.Read more:Malta faces “prevailing ‘law of Omertà’” – Venice CommissionWatch: ‘This Government will implement proposals en masse’ – MuscatVenice Commission suggests creation of independent prosecutorVenice Commission calls for revision of constitutional roles“Perfect laws in the hands of crooks” – Vanni BonelloWhatsApp <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

Motorcyclist suffers grievous injuries in early morning collision in Żurrieq

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A 25-year old Italian motorcyclist has suffered grievous injuries following a collision early this morning in Żurrieq.The police say that the incident took place on Valletta Road, Żurrieq, at around 3AM this morning.Police responding to the incident discovered that the collision had taken place between a 25-year old Italian national resident in Zurrieq, driving a motorcycle, and a car driven by a 19-year old English national resident in Marsascala.An ambulance called to the scene, took the Italian national to Mater Dei Hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries.WhatsApplast_img read more

Missing Canada teens now suspects in murder of tourists

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: A blue 1986 Chevrolet van bearing Alberta licence plates is seen in an undated photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the site of a double homicide where Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23 of Australia were found dead near Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. RCMP/Handout via REUTERSFILE PHOTO: A blue 1986 Chevrolet van bearing Alberta licence plates is seen in an undated photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the site of a double homicide where Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of the United States and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23 of Australia were found dead near Liard Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. RCMP/Handout via REUTERS The two teenage boys who were first categorized as missing in northern Canada are now suspects in the murder of an Australian tourist and his American girlfriend, as well as an unidentified man whose body was found near the boys’ abandoned flaming car, police said on Tuesday.Lucas Fowler, 23, an Australian citizen, and Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, were found dead from gunfire on July 15 on a highway in northern British Columbia, 20 km (12 miles) from Liard Hot Springs.Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been missing since July 19. Their car was found in flames about 500 km (310 miles) away from where Fowler and Deese were found dead, near Dease Lake, British Columbia.McLeod and Schmegelsky were last seen in northern Saskatchewan, driving a grey 2011 Toyota RAV4, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The police are asking the public not to approach the teens if seen, and instead to call 911.WhatsApp <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

Nokia gives a glimpse of the new Lumia 928

first_imgAdvertisement Nokia has released a teaser site for its upcoming Lumia 928 flagship smartphone running on the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.The webpage contains only a single image which doesn’t confirm the name of the device – although it can be seen in the URL – or any of its hardware specifications. A tagline along the bottom reads “capture the highlights”, which suggests a focus by Nokia on the camera’s presumably robust low-light performance.It features prominently in the centre of the image, but it’s hard to work out exactly what the device will look like. It appears to have a metallic finish, suggesting a departure from the bright CMYK color-scheme adopted by previous Lumia and Asha devices. The traditional back, home and search keys can also be seen clearly along the bottom of the device. – Advertisement – Worth noting is also the size of the handset in relation to the user’s palm and fingers, shown in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. The trend in flagship Android smartphones has been increasingly to use larger 1080p displays, but this new Lumia device looks considerably smaller – somewhere closer to the 4.5-inch screen found on the Lumia 920.Nokia is yet to confirm an official release date or any sort of pricing for the Lumia 928, but it won’t be far away. Windows Phone 8 is about to receive a new flagship device, but only time will tell if it’s compelling enough to rip consumers away from iOS or Android.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Uganda Wins Social Impact Award at the Appsafrica 2016 Innovation Award Announced

first_imgAppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2016. Image Credit: TechCabal Advertisement Uganda was among the ten winners of the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2016 which were announced at a pan-African mobile and tech awards party in Cape Town, South Africa.The Awards supported by Opera Software, The Mobi Hunter, Uber, Shule Direct, Mobile Monday South Africa and The Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) celebrated the best in mobile and technology from across Africa and attracted over 200 entries from 25 countries.This year the awards attracted over 200 entries from 25 countries, with the winners on the night hailing from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. – Advertisement – Appsafrica Innovation Awards Winners 2016:AppsAfrica AwardWinnerCountryDisruptive Innovation Award Domestly South AfricaSocial and Messaging Award Vula Mobile South Africa Best African App Award  Sliide Airtime Nigeria Enterprise Solution Award  Flutterwave Nigeria News & Entertainment Award  Battabox Nigeria Educational Award  Mwabu Zambia Fintech Award  BitPesa Kenya Social Impact Award  Ask without Shame  Uganda Brand On Mobile Award  Mobi Hunter South Africa Women In Tech Award  Faraja Nyalandu  – Shule Direct Tanzanialast_img read more

MTN Rwanda to Pay 85M Fine Over Breach of License Requirements

first_imgAdvertisement Rwandan telecommunications regulator, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has fined MTN Rwanda, the country’s largest telecom operator by market share,  Rwf7 billion (approximately USD 8.5 Million) for breach of license obligations.The Authority says MTN Rwanda Limited implemented IT managed services under an MTN Regional hub outside the country which was in contravention of the directive issued by RURA.“MTN Rwanda Limited proceeded with this implementation despite having discussed the matter with the regulator and having been warned that such action would constitute a serious breach of license obligations,” reads part of a statement released by RURA. – Advertisement – “By doing so, MTN Rwanda breached its license obligations requiring it to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and any other regulatory instruments issued by the competent Authority,” the statement further reads.The details of the directive issued by the regulator however remain unknown.The statement indicates that RURA, on May 4th gave MTN the opportunity for a hearing where they were informed of the breach and allowed to defend themselves.MTN reportedly admitted to the breach and accepted to pay the fine.last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Navan Saturday

first_imgI’ve very much been in Cheltenham mode this week and had a fantastic day over in the UK on Tuesday filming previews with the Star Sports panel and chatting all things Cheltenham with Alastair Down from the Racing Post. Hope you enjoy the videos which are now available CLICK HERE.Later on Tuesday I was invited to the Star Sports betting shop in Mayfair, London for a Cheltenham preview. There was a lovely crowd and so much interest and questions. I thought I was on Question Time !! It’s great that year after year the Cheltenham Festival generates so much passion about the sport we all love.It’s been back to the day job this week, I rode out at Gordon’s yesterday and everything is ticking over nicely which is absolutely what you want at this stage.I was saying at the previews about how I like to be prepared well in advance for Cheltenham. I hate rushing around at the last minute and like to be organised ahead of racing. I’ll be flying over to the course on Monday morning and don’t forget I will be writing a daily blog for each day of the meeting too.When Tuesday comes I’ll be listening out for that Cheltenham roar – there are only two times we hear the crowd roar down at the start – one is Cheltenham and the second is back home when there is a student race day !!I’ve just the one ride this weekend – Mrs Lovett at Navan.SATURDAYNAVANMRS LOVETT (3.25pm Coral Double Your Cheltenham Winnings First Race Every Day Flyingbolt Novice Chase)She’s really taken well to chasing and gave me a couple of wins last year at Thurles and Fairyhouse. She comes into this on the back of another win too – back at Thurles.This though is a much tougher race for her even with her mares allowance from her three rivals. Hopefully she can pick up a bit of Black Type by at least finishing placed.Her stable companion Duca De Thaix is tough cookie who has picked up two decent handicaps this season and has had a break since I finished fourth on him in the Frank Ward Arkle Novice Chase in Leopardstown. That was a Grade 1 and he should find life easier in this company.The Jessie Harrington trained Jetz is another dropping in class since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.GOOD LUCKDAVYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

£25 FREE BET Barcelona v Man Utd

first_img£25 FREE BET IFMESSI AND SUAREZ BOTH SCOREWe are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if MESSI AND SUAREZ BOTH SCORE.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 8pm on Monday 15 April and 8pm on Tuesday 16 April. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 8pm on Monday 15 April to 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 16 April.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with before 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 16 April. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if MESSI AND SUAREZ BOTH SCORE (Barcelona v Man Utd 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Outlook for 2012 college grads looking brighter

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduHOUSTON – (May 2, 2012) – Nicole Van Den Heuvel, director of Rice University’s Center for Career Development, is available for news media interviews to discuss the outlook for this spring’s college graduates.The U.S. Department of Education estimates that 1.75 million bachelor degrees will be conferred this year. With so many college students finishing their postsecondary education, Van Den Heuvel can also talk about the next steps college graduates can take.According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), of which Rice is a member:Unemployment for college graduates is 4.2 percent, which is about half the national average.Students who have used career services have obtained higher median salaries.Employers will hire 10.2 percent more new college graduates than last year.Degrees in demand are engineering, business, accounting, computer science and economics.Nearly 40 percent of employers will be hiring candidates from all majors.Only 8 percent of companies said they would not be hiring this year.Internships are often important experience to potential employers. Rice University will hold its 99th graduation May 12. Owls will hear a commencement address by Khan Academy founder Salman Khan, cross the stage to accept their diplomas, shake President David Leebron’s hand and then walk through Rice’s Sallyport at Lovett Hall. For more information on Rice’s commencement, go here.The video is available on YouTube at For more information or to set up an interview, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327. -30- Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more