Disabled activists and shadow ministers at a parli

July 31, 2019

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first_imgDisabled activists and shadow ministers at a parliamentary meeting have been told of ways they could help to reduce the appalling damage caused by the government’s hated “fitness for work” assessment and other social security cuts and reforms.Academics, researchers, politicians and campaigners spoke at yesterday’s (Thursday’s) meeting (pictured), which was hosted and organised by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell as part of a lobby of parliament.The First DoNo Harm lobby focused on the continuing refusal of ministers to ensure thatsufficient medical evidence is gathered before decisions are made on claims forout-of-work disability benefits, particularly for people with mental distress.Years of researchhas shown that deaths of claimants have been closely linked to the failure to ensurethis further medical evidence is obtained.A series ofspeakers described the continuing harm – including deaths – caused to disabledpeople by the work capability assessment (WCA) process and the sanctioning of claimants.Labourshadow ministers said they would shortly be launching a consultation ondesigning a new social security system that has “respect at its core and treatspeople with dignity”.This willinclude scrapping the WCA and the personal independence payment assessment andreplacing them with a personalised assessment process and putting an end to theprivatisation of the assessment process through companies like Atos, Maximusand Capita.But twospeakers also suggested that there was crucial short-term action that could betaken to save the lives of disabled people before any change of government.JohnMcArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, delivered a presentation on behalf ofEdinburgh GP Dr Stephen Carty, the campaign’s medical adviser.Dr Cartysaid he often includes a written warning at the bottom of the Med 3 form that GPsmust fill out when someone is not well enough to work – known as the fit note –that the patient would be “at substantial risk of a deterioration in theirphysical and/or mental health” if found fit for work or work-related activityafter a WCA.He said headds: “If a decision is made not to award this claimant benefits and there is asignificant adverse outcome I will report the medical decision maker to theGeneral Medical Council.”He has totake this step because there is no other system in place to do so, he said.He added: “Ihave lost count of the numbers of evictions [and] drug and alcohol relapseswhilst in recovery and medical catastrophes related to adverse benefitdecisions.”Dr Cartysaid that both the Med 3 form and the claim form for out-of-work disabilitybenefits should be amended to ask the claimant’s GP directly – in every caseinvolving a sick or disabled claimant – if there would be a substantial risk ofharm if the claimant was found fit for work or to be able to carry out somework-related activity.McArdle toldthe meeting that this was a human rights issue that “ought in a civilisedsociety to transcend all forms of party politics” and that MPs needed to workon a cross-party basis to introduce such a change.He hopesthis change could now come through pressure from an early day motion and a privatemember’s bill.He told themeeting: “I don’t think anybody reasonably can deny the direct link between theWCA and people dying in destitution and from suicide.“We need towork together to get more than half of these MPs to say enough is enough. Thismust happen.”RickBurgess, of GreaterManchester Coalition of Disabled People and Recovery in the Bin,detailed four ways in which campaigners could immediately save lives and reducesome of the harm being caused to disabled benefit claimants by taking action atlocal level.The first,he said, was to talk to local Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) andjobcentre area managers, and MPs, councillors and council officers, aboutsanctions that have been imposed and “see what wiggle room there might be” toreduce or remove them.He said:“The product of most of those conversations has been not a big reduction but areduction.” Every one of these conversations could result in a life saved, hesaid.Secondly, campaignerscan put pressure on local councils not to cut their welfare assistance schemes –if they still exist – and can raise awareness of such schemes.A thirdmeasure, he said, was to provide and raise awareness about advice and advocacy,help people to record their benefit assessments, and accompany them to theirassessments and appeals.He said thatrecording benefit assessments, where possible, was the “single best thing toimprove the quality of the assessment” because the assessors then “feel lessfree to defraud you”. He said:“The tip of the spear of the DWP assault on us is the assessments.“If you getpeople helped at the assessment stage you may be saving them from a lot moretrouble down the line.”And, hesaid, as a result of council tax benefit cuts there now needed to be morejoined-up work on “how to deal with the council tax you can’t pay”.Burgess alsosaid there was no assessment phase under the new universal credit benefitsystem, so people who were not able to work were now being sanctioned whilewaiting for their WCA, or their claims were being closed.He said: “InManchester, we have had examples of people in a psychotic crisis expected toattend work interviews.”They fail toattend, are sanctioned, lose their flat and end up living on the street, hesaid.He added: “Itgets cold, they are dead on the street. 50dead bodies this winter*. 50! That’s happening.”Again, hesaid, jobcentres can be approached to use their discretion to waive universalcredit sanctions as a harm reduction measure.GillThompson told the meeting how her brother David Clapson had died in July 2013 froman acute lack of insulin, three weeks after having his jobseeker’s allowancesanctioned.Because hehad no money, he couldn’t afford to pay for electricity that would have keptthe fridge where he kept his insulin working, in the height of summer, and hehad also run out of food. He had just £3.44 left in his bank account when hedied.She told thoseat the meeting, some of whom were close to tears: “David should not have beensanctioned. They say that sanctions are a last resort, but he missed twomeetings and he died.“What upsetsme more is that people are still dying.”Thompsonsaid: “He was struggling and he turned to the state for help and he didn’t getany.“I justdon’t understand how this can happen. Sanctions should not be allowed.“I do feelthat if he hadn’t been sanctioned, he might still be here. I don’t know, but hemight still be here.”DeniseMcKenna, from the Mental Health Resistance Networkand Disabled PeopleAgainst Cuts, said there were a “whole host of reasons” whyself-reporting your own medical evidence as part of the WCA process was difficultfor people with mental health problems.But she alsopointed out that mental health care itself was “a shambles”, with the idea ofwork as a cure now “deeply embedded in the psychiatric system” and the trustbetween mental health service-users and the psychiatric profession “almostcompletely collapsed”.She saidsociety was now seeing a similar abuse of psychiatry to the gay conversiontherapies practised in the 1960s and 70s.McKennasaid: “All of the treatments that are available are based on the idea that youare responsible for your mental distress and if you behave well enough and youtry hard enough you can get better.“It’s justas damaging as what happened to those gay men in the 60s and 70s. It’sdespicable.“We cannothave people who are both terrorised by the DWP and the psychiatric system.”Catherine Hale,lead researcher and project manager of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project(CIIP), and a member of the Spartacus Network,told the meeting that the hostile environment that had led to disabled people beingviewed as “objects of hostility and distrust” was not accidental.Shehighlighted how its origins lay in thewritings of Gordon Waddell and Mansel Aylward, who advised insurancecompanies and governments on ways to cut pay-outs to sick and disabled people,as she said had been demonstrated by another disabled researcher, Mo Stewart.Hale said:“According to them, the only way to get us out of our self-imposed ill-healthis through compulsion and punishment, also known as sanctions. “The firstthing we need to do to overturn the hostile environment is to call out andreject these theories.“We nolonger allow scientists to say that homosexuality is a psychiatric condition orthat some races are less intelligent than others, so let’s root out thisso-called science that says that disabled people are liars and cheats.“Stopdesigning assessments that treat us as guilty until proven innocent.”  She added:“We should not be assessing work capability. We should be assessing structuraldisadvantage in the labour market.”And she toldthe meeting: “Let’s move away from the mantra that says that paid work is theonly valid route to being a good citizen in our society.”MarkHarrison, from the ReclaimingOur Futures Alliance, said that disabled people needed to be “in thelead” in co-producing Labour’s new policies ahead of a Labour government.But he saideach policy needed to be assessed on whether it complied with the UN Conventionon the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), in a process that should beled by disabled people.He said: “Ifwe don’t have that we are going to end up in problems because if we can’tscrutinise the plans of spending departments, as disabled people we are theonly ones who know whether it is CRPD compliant, we are the only ones who knowwhether it’s based on the social model.”Dr DavidWebster, anexpert on benefit sanctions from the University of Glasgow, delivered abriefing on his work, which argues against sanctions and conditionality forsick and disabled benefit claimants.He said thatWaddell and Aylward’s work had been “quite clearly intended to soften upopinion so as to prepare the ground for the introduction of ESA**-typeprovision”.He added:“The campaign since 2008 to drive sick and disabled people into work throughconditionality [such as sanctions] has failed but it has caused a lot ofcollateral damage.“It neverhad any proper evidence base.”McDonnell calledfor a rolling programme of lobbying MPs in their own constituencies about theharm being caused to disabled people to ensure that “we are not allowing MPsnot to become aware of what is happening within their area”.He said someMPs only began to appreciate the impact of the government’s reforms once theywere confronted with the reality of what was happening in their ownconstituency and perhaps being introduced to someone who had been sanctioned. He said theimpact of universal credit on all MPs’ constituencies was “brutal”, while theESA process was “pushing people to the edge”.He said:“The sanctions regime is still there and people being hardest hit are disabledpeople and particularly those with mental health issues.”But McDonnellsaid he thought people were finally waking up to “the scale of the sufferingthat’s gone on”, and he said that the work of disabled researchers andcampaigners like Hale, Stewart and McArdle was “academically and intellectuallyunchallengeable now”.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, told the event: “Nine years of austerity has led to the hostile environment that has been created for disabled people.”She said thecurrent assessment regime was “cruel” and “not fit for purpose”, and she added:“People should view the social security system in the same vein as they viewthe NHS because the welfare state was introduced as a safety net.”MargaretGreenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said there needed to be a“sea change in the way in which disabled people are treated and we want asocial security system that has respect at its core and treats people withdignity.”*Officefor National Statistics figures show at least 50 homeless peopledied in Greater Manchester in 2017**The out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowancePicture by Mark LucasA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. 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Workers immigrants rally for May Day

July 31, 2019

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first_img“ICE is a real thing, but there are a lot of people here who weren’t there then who are experiencing long lines at the airport, journalists who need a line of defense, teachers, nurses, janitors. And that matters,” Carrillo said. “We feel good. I see a lot of faces here that normally would not come out to the city for anything political.”One transgender demonstrator, Mariposa, called attention to the treatment of trans immigrants.“I’m here today to hold space for the Trans community,” they said. “Trans women in the ICE facilities, they are being placed into male facilities, which increases their chances of sexual violence. I’m here for them.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezCoinciding with the march was the closure of multiple businesses in the Mission and throughout the city. In the weeks leading up the march, organizers spoke with business owners in the Mission to rally support for the strike.“We made sure the commitment was there that our people stand as one,” said one of the march’s organizers, Frank Lara, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann in the Mission and an activist with the ANSWER Coalition. “And that all of the contributions that immigrant labor puts out, that we were able to shut it down [today].”Organizers lauded the peaceful nature of the march, which while boisterous and large did not result in any confrontations with officials. But the atmosphere turned a little less congenial when a park ranger began ticketing unlicensed vendors selling ice cream in the sunny Civic Center plaza. Protesters descended on the scene, shouting “shame on you” at the ranger and admonishing the vendor not to sign anything.A park ranger tickets a paletero. Photo by Lola M. Chavez“I need you to tear that up. I’m asking you to tear that up,” one of the organizers, Olga Miranda, president of the labor union SEIU Local 87, told the ranger.As the ranger walked away, the vendor remained behind, shaking with nerves. Activists promised they would talk to the appropriate agency to see about getting the citation rescinded or cover the cost for him. In a demonstration of solidarity with worker and immigrant rights activists around the nation, protesters streamed onto Market Street and into Civic Center Plaza on Monday to mark May Day, also known as International Workers Day. Locally, it was also pronounced a Day Without Immigrants to protest federal immigration policies. Thousands marched down Market Street, according to police estimates, and hundreds stayed to rally in front of City Hall.“This year the level of people afraid of being deported is out of control. I spoke to so many people, so many families afraid to leave the house,” said Roberto Hernandez, a Mission activist and one of the organizers of the march. “Being here today is like therapy… Families are here and they’re smiling, we’re giving them hope and strength and courage. There’s laws in place in this country, we’re not just going to hide.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezArtist Dogpaw Carrillo, a Mission resident, said he had attended a similar action in 2006 that drew thousands. 0%center_img Tags: immigration • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


A SUPERB second half showing saw a patched up Sain

July 31, 2019

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first_imgA SUPERB second half showing saw a patched up Saints snatch a late 24-24 draw over Hull FC at the KC Stadium.Missing several first teamers through injury, Royce Simmons’ men came back twice with a stirring performance and nerves of steel to grab a deserved point.Hull FC blitzed Saints in the opening 30 minutes as they punished errors to lead 18-0.Kirk Yeaman’s brace sandwiched Tom Briscoe’s try whilst the boot of Danny Tickle was immaculate.But Saints came back into it in the closing stages and Jamie Foster crossed to reduce the deficit.In the second half, Saints stepped up a gear and after Jon Wilkin had tested the defence out a couple of times, James Roby crossed.Seconds later Kyle Eastmond provided a fine pass for Ade Gardner to waltz in.And then TP bulldozed through the middle to put them ahead.But Kirk Yeaman brought up his hat-trick to edge Hull ahead once more before Foster levelled it up with a massive penalty from around 40 yards.Both sides then had late drop goal attempts but had to settle for a point each.Pre-match, Simmons only had 19 fit players to choose from.Tom Armstrong took over the full back berth after a solid 60 minutes in that position against Castleford whilst Josh Perry returned from injury on the bench.Kyle Eastmond also came back into the side following a chest infection to partner with Jon Wilkin.Nathan Ashe making his first team debut from the bench.From the kick off, Saints had an early attempt on Hull’s line, but they couldn’t find a way through.They then forced a drop out but couldn’t grab a repeat set.But after Tom Armstrong dropped the ball on a high take, Hull were over.From the scrum and after two solid drives, some fantastic out of the back offloading from Fitzgibbon saw Kirk Yeaman put Hull ahead.Danny Tickle kicking the extras.Then after the ball was stripped from Sia Soliola in midfield Tom Briscoe doubled their try tally.Tickle making it 0-12.And on the half hour mark it got worse as Yeaman clocked his second as Saints couldn’t stop the offloads.But Saints got themselves on the board when a fine break from Francis Meli saw Jamie Foster grab his 10th of the season.Nathan Ashe making the space for Meli to take on the defence and slip Foster in.And on Saints’ next attack Kyle Eastmond was adjudged to have knocked on in the build up to Tom Armstrong’s ‘score’.In all fairness, he received a poor pass and the ball was difficult to take in – but it was something to build on.Half Time: Hull 18 Saints 4Saints were right on the attack from the kick-off following a massive high kick from Jon Wilkin – but again couldn’t make it pay.But following a drop out and a strong defensive play from Meli, Saints got right back into the match; James Roby scooting in off the scrum.Credit to Robes for the score of course, but Meli’s pressure on Whiting was excellent as he chipped through to create the attacking set.Then, Saints really got themselves into the game. A massive high ball created panic in the Hull defence and after they gave away a penalty, Kyle Eastmond provided a fine pass for Ade Gardner who made no mistake.And their next set, they grabbed a forty twenty through Wilkin’s boot and Eastmond’s flick pass saw Tony Puletua do the damage.Foster banging over his third from four.The video referee ruled out a Hull FC score for a knock on, but from the restart Saints were caught in touch giving the home side another set.But they just about withstood the pressure.Yet with less than seven minutes to go Kirk Yeaman grabbed his third although it looked to have come from a clear forward pass.But with five minutes to go Nathan Ashe was taken out in mid-air from a drop out – giving Foster the chance to level from 40 yards – and he made no mistake.Danny Tickle missed a drop goal attempt in the final stages for Hull FC whilst Kyle Eastmond had his effort charged down.Match Summary:Hull FC:Tries: Yeaman (3), BriscoeGoals: Tickle (4 from 4)Saints:Tries: Foster, Roby, Gardner, PuletuaGoals: Foster (4 from 5)Penalties:Hull FC: 5Saints: 6HT: 4-18FT: 24-24REF: Steve GansonATT: 11933Teams:Hull FC:3. Richard Whiting; 2. Will Sharp, 33. Martin Gleeson, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Richard Horne, 30. Sam Obst; 8. Mark O’Meley, 9. Danny Houghton, 23. Sam Moa, 16. Willie Manu, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Craig Fitzgibbon.Subs: 11. Joe Westerman, 14. Danny Washbrook, 15. Epalahame Lauaki, 17. Ewan Dowes.Saints:24. Tom Armstrong; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Kyle Eastmond; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 8. Josh Perry, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Shaun Magennis, 27. Nathan Ashe.last_img read more


JAMES Roby is looking for Saints to build on their

July 31, 2019

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first_imgJAMES Roby is looking for Saints to build on their ‘best performance of the season’ when they face Leeds Rhinos this Friday.The 27-year-old was part of the side that beat Bradford 36-10 – but that will count for nothing if they don’t continue to improve.“It was a good win on Saturday and it was pleasing to get the victory,” he said. “It was one of those games where we had momentum straight away and we got points on the board.“Now we head into another massive game. The win has put us in a positive frame of mind and you can see that at training. Everyone is bouncing around the place a little more and it is a nicer environment.“Leeds will be disappointed in losing the World Club Challenge. They did well in the first half and from what I heard they were unlucky to lose the game. But we are coming off the back of a win and are confident. We are climbing the ladder of improvement each week and we will hopefully hit peak form at some point.”Roby’s first experience of a Saints-Leeds clash was the 70-0 loss in 2004 – a memory he’d like to forget.“I think I was on the bench and came on for the last 20 minutes or so. I just remember the scoreline to be honest, not the day! Games between us are usually tight and of a good standard.“Although all matches are important you know these weeks are generally ‘bigger’ games. They aren’t your must win games but you want to get one over on your rivals. Maybe in training it is a little more intense and perhaps we are a little more focused. But I don’t think you hold off waiting for those weeks.“We are playing Leeds; the lads will know it is a massive game and we want to win it. We need to get a home win to get our season going and get the fans as vocal as we can.”Tickets for Friday’s match between Saints and Leeds at Langtree Park are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. There will also be turnstiles open on the day.last_img read more


Simply head down to the Saints Superstore at the T

July 31, 2019

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first_imgSimply head down to the Saints Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium today and you can get 15% off our 2019 Halo Full Zip Hoody!This offer runs today until 5pm today and is not available online, only in-store.Terms and conditions apply, whilst stocks last, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.last_img


Fayetteville man arrested in Leland on cellphone fraud charges

July 30, 2019

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first_img Police say the arrest took place on Rice Gate Way and Lillibridge Drive in Brunswick Forest.The case is still pending further investigation at this time.  Gbediame received a $10,000 secure bond. (Photo: Edward Lich) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Fayetteville man who is accused of fraud involving new cell phones was arrested Tuesday.Leland Police charged 26-year-old Daniel Kwaku Gbediame with Obtaining Property by False Pretense in the amount of more than $11,000 in new cell phones.- Advertisement – last_img read more


1 million grant will help debris removal

July 30, 2019

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first_img00:00 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 ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — As hurricane season draws closer, it reminds us of the impact Hurricane Matthew had on the region. Bladen county received a federal grant to remove the mark the hurricane left, but work is slow going. Destruction continues living on as a reminder of the past. “Hurricane Matthew brought a lot of wind and rain and flooding into Bladen County,” Dean Morris, Bladen Soil and Water conservation department head, said.- Advertisement – It took months to assess the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. The county received a one million dollar grant in late spring to help remove storm debris. “There would be no funds available if it wasn’t for this, so we would just have to live with the situation of backed up rivers,” Morris said. Browns Creek is just one of many areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. The one million dollar grant will help erase some of those marks left by that natural disaster. Some residents wonder why the cleanup did not start sooner.Related Article: Local family still struggling since Matthew “I don’t know why they taking so long to get the road fixed and stuff like that but I guess it’s in God’s hands, so what could I say,” James Brown, a resident, said. The county received the grant months ago, but there’s a reason why work hasn’t started. “We’ve been notified that we have received the grant but the grant process of them actually giving us the funds- we’re looking for this fall to when we can actually start some projects,” Morris said. Morris says some major areas of focus once clean up begins will be the Black and South River and Bryant swamp. Big Swamp will also be cleaned, but that will be a joint effort by Bladen, Robeson and Columbus counties.last_img read more


Driver dies days after headon crash in Pender County

July 30, 2019

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first_img The NC Highway Patrol says Devane was heading east on NC 210 near Moores Creek National Battlefield just before 9:00 a.m. when Kristen Winner, 18, crossed the center line and hit Devane’s truck head-on.Winner died at the scene. Her passenger Dyshaun Tolson, 19, remains in the hospital in serious condition, according to the highway patrol.Devane’s funeral is being held Friday in Burgaw.Related Article: Pedestrian hit by car on Highway 17 in Brunswick County PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The driver who was hit head-on Friday morning in Pender County has died.Mary Devane, 63, died Monday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, days after she was admitted in the hospital in critical condition following the crash.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Photos Police say man kills two in Japan stabbing that injures 16

July 30, 2019

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first_img Rescue workers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019 in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS. Rescue workers and police officers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019 in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS <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> Members of the media gather at the site where a stabbing incident occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato 1 of 8 An aerial view shows rescue workers and police officers operate at the site where sixteen people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019 in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Forensics workers investigate at the scene of a stabbing at a bus stop at Kawasaki, Japan, May 28, 2019, in this photo taken from social media. @_RASSUN5001 via REUTERScenter_img A local resident prays to mourn victims at the site where a stabbing occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato A local resident offers flowers at the site where a stabbing occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato A schoolgirl and an adult man were killed and 15 other young girls injured in a stabbing at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, Japanese national broadcaster NHK cited authorities as saying, and another man detained at the scene also later died.The girls, aged between 6 ands 12, were students at a private Catholic school in Kawasaki city, south of Tokyo, and were boarding their school bus when the suspect attacked them, according to NHK.The driver of the Caritas Elementary School bus told police he saw a man approach the bus stop and start slashing at people, holding a knife in both hands, the broadcaster said.It said the girl who was killed was aged 12. A 39-year-old man was also killed and another woman was severely injured along with the 15 other schoolgirls who were hurt, NHK said.A suspect was detained at the scene after stabbing himself in the neck but died later, NHK cited police as saying. It said the man, a Kawasaki resident probably in his 50s, was unconscious when he was detained.The motive for the attack was not yet clear but there were no immediate fears of a wider security threat. There have been previous examples of mass stabbings in Japan, sometimes involving the vulnerable.The attack occurred on the final day of U.S. President Donald Trump’s four-day state visit to Japan.“On behalf of the First Lady and myself, I want to take a moment to send our prayers and sympathy to the victims of the stabbing attack this morning in Tokyo,” Trump said as he toured Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga.“All Americans stand with the people of Japan and grieve the victims and for their families,” he said.TV footage showed scores of police officers and emergency vehicles at the crime scene, with large areas cordoned off.A witness told NHK he saw people lying on the ground covered in blood and one police officer was seen hosing down the sidewalk.“I saw a boy carrying a school bag with scratches on his face, wrist and legs in a parking lot,” NHK quoted an unidentified witness as saying.“He was visibly trembling – frightened and shocked.”The girls’ school was located just over a kilometre from the scene of the attack, NHK said.Violent crime is relatively rare in Japan but occasional high-profile incidents have shocked the nation.A knife-wielding man broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo in 2016 and killed 19 patients in their sleep. In 2001, eight children were stabbed to death by a former janitor at their school in Osaka.More than a dozen people were injured in a 2010 stabbing spree on a school bus and a commuter bus in a Tokyo suburb.WhatsApp SharePrint Flowers are offered at the site where a stabbing occured in Kawasaki city, Japan May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Katolast_img read more


Uganda government set to launch BPO Incubation Center

July 30, 2019

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first_imgBPO Association’s Secretary General, Rogers Karebi and NITA-U’s Exec. Director, James Saaka [File Photo] Advertisement The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) in partnership with the Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA) will tomorrow (Wednesday) launch the BPO incubation Centre in the capital, Kampala.Government says the BPO Industry is one of the key areas it has identified as a long-term solution to addressing issues of unemployment amongst educated youths as well as to increase investment in area of Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES).[related-posts] – Advertisement – In 2011, NITA-U received supplementary funding from Government through the Ministry of ICT towards the setting up of a Government BPO Incubation Centre.The Centre has been successfully established on 3rd and 4th Floors of Statistics House in Kampala.The 240-seater BPO Incubation Centre is currently being run by three private sector Companies employing a total of 210 agents. The targeted employment for this FY is 250 agents.When operated at full capacity of 3 shifts per day, the Centre can employ over 750 agents and staff. Indirect employment is also created in the various sectors of the economy e.g. through provision of food/catering, security, transport, cleaning services, accommodation, etc. Overall, there are 50 registered BPO companies in Uganda employing over 4000 youths.The 2013 BPO regional conference will be officially opened by the Hon. Minister of ICT tomorrow at the Kampala Serena Hotel.last_img read more