Month: July 2019

July 31, 2019

The roll out of the governments muchcriticised u

first_imgThe roll out of the government’s much-criticised universal credit benefit system has not been delayed and will proceed as planned, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed.Reports at the weekend suggested that new work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd had decided on a significant overhaul and planned to delay the process of moving about three million claimants of existing “legacy” benefits, including hundreds of thousands of people on employment and support allowance (ESA), onto universal credit.Some commentators and politicians subsequently praised Rudd for listening to critics of the new regime, which has been blamed for driving many claimants into poverty.But DWP confirmed this week that the timetable had not changed, and that the “managed migration” of those on legacy benefits like ESA and income support onto universal credit would begin in July with a small pilot programme of about 10,000 claimants, as previously announced.Next year, DWP will begin migrating the remaining three million of those on legacy benefits, with the aim of completing the roll out by the end of 2023.All that has changed is that, instead of seeking parliamentary approval for regulations that would allow the entire managed migration process to be given the go-ahead, ministers will first ask MPs to approve only regulations covering the pilot scheme.They will then come back to parliament at a later stage for approval of regulations covering the rest of the managed migration process.A DWP spokesperson told Disability News Service this week: “There is no change to the roll out timetable.“We will begin migration this year with a maximum of 10,000 people to make sure the system is working well for claimants and to make any necessary adaptions as we go.“We are clear this will have no impact on our timelines for universal credit to be fully rolled out by 2023.”Rudd told MPs this week (pictured) during the first work and pensions questions of 2019 that she was still considering when to ask MPs to vote on the main migration of the three million claimants.She also confirmed that there were already 1.4 million people on universal credit, with another 1.6 million expected to move on to it during the next 12 months as part of so-called “natural migration”, through new claims by people not already on legacy benefits and from those moved onto universal credit because of a change in their circumstances, such as moving to a new home.She said she would take on board a suggestion from Labour MP Ruth George that DWP should publish a “conclusive list of all the reasons for people having a change of circumstances and being moved on to universal credit”.DNS has been trying since last January, through freedom of information requests, to persuade DWP to release such a list, and other information about the universal credit reforms.Later in work and pensions questions, the shadow minister for disabled people, Labour’s Marsha de Cordova, was scathing about DWP’s decision to launch a seventh review of disabled people who had been wrongly denied social security payments, as revealed by DNS last week.She said it was “yet another example of the devastating impact of the chaotic shambles at the heart of the DWP”.And she asked Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, if the latest review was “the result of institutional indifference to the suffering of disabled people” or simply “the result of a department in utter chaos”.Newton told de Cordova that she would “not even dignify those comments by repeating the allegations”.She said: “We are utterly determined to make sure we have a benefits system that is compassionate, fair and fit for purpose.“We are proceeding at pace to review the PIP claimant cases to make sure that people get all the benefits to which they are entitled.”But Newton was also told, by fellow Tory MP Maria Caulfield, of a constituent with cystic fibrosis who has “lung function of less than 30 per cent” but has lost his entitlement to personal independence payment and now faces a 47-week wait for a tribunal to hear his appeal.Newton told her: “Many more people are benefiting from PIP than they were under the legacy system, but one mistake is one too many and I will of course work with her.” A 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. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Ahead of the latest amendable neutral Brexit motion coming to the Commons on Thursday, Labour has tabled its official amendment. The proposal aims to “stop the government from running down the clock” by giving it a deadline: pass a deal by February 26th, or hold another meaningful vote. Or let parliament take control of the process. This would disrupt their plan to leave the next proper vote on Theresa May’s deal until the last week of March, just days before the exit date.We suspected this to be the Prime Minister’s strategy for some time, and it was all but confirmed in the chamber yesterday. May revealed that if there is insufficient time to pass the withdrawal bill itself (remember it’s not just the meaningful vote that must pass, but actual legislation too), it will be fast-tracked through parliament against the 21-day CRAG rule (more on that here).But further proof is now provided in the shape of the big scoop everyone in Westminster is talking about: ITV’s Angus Walker overheard negotiator Olly Robbins spill the beans on the PM’s strategy in a Paris bar last night. According to the eavesdrop, MPs will be given a choice in March – back May’s deal or significantly delay Brexit. This would put Leave-seat representatives, not wanting to appear to frustrate Brexit, in a tricky position. Also significant in the Robbins leak are his comments on the backstop, which he says was intended as a “bridge” rather than a “safety net”. It suggests that May could easily have pitched a much softer future relationship, closer to Labour’s alternative Brexit.These tactics will appall MPs from all sides, yet Labour’s amendment is unlikely to pass this week. The real action is widely expected to be not on Valentine’s Day, but at the end of the month. Keir Starmer confirmed this morning that Labour will support Yvette Cooper’s move then, which will again see her table an amendment to make parliamentary time for a bill. This bill – different to the last one and already attracting broader support – would give the PM a mid-March deadline to get her deal approved. If that is not met, May would be forced to seek approval for ‘no deal’ (which she wouldn’t get) or delay Brexit.At this point, Corbyn’s critics will no doubt claim, as usual, that Yvette Cooper looks more like the leader of the opposition than he does. Her efforts are certainly admired for good reason, but bear in mind that it is obviously easier for a backbencher to gain cross-party support than a party leader. (Just as May has to rely on backbenchers to table helpful amendments.) Jeremy Corbyn isn’t there to make friends with Tories, as Labour’s latest party political broadcast will show tonight.The new film, not yet released but previewed on LabourList, will directly link Conservative austerity to 120,000 excess deaths. It’s a hard-hitting look at how the NHS has been affected by their spending decisions, and a reminder to all those on the left who admire Anna Soubry for her anti-Brexit views that such Tory MPs nonetheless voted through these disastrous policies.I’m following the lead of Olly Robbins and taking a trip to Paris today, so I’ll be leaving you in the safe hands of Left Foot Forward reporter Joe and editor Josiah for the rest of the week. With the release of the new broadcast, PMQs and a fresh round of Brexit amendment votes, there’s lots to look forward to…Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Yvette Cooper /Labour /Brexit /Brexit amendments /Olly Robbins /last_img read more

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Weed Dispensary Finds Refuge in a Former Gun Store

first_img Tags: guns • medical marijuana Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Killen plans to move the cooperative’s operations into the former High Bridge Arms gun shop, and said that finding the storefront was a life-saver for the cooperative, which has been caught in a contentious eviction legal battle with the new owner of the 29th Street building that has housed the pot club for nearly a decade.“We are being evicted by a real estate developer who has a track record of buying buildings with dispensary permits,” said Killen, referring to Oakland businessman Marty Higgins. “He put his sights on cannabis in San Francisco and bought our building last year knowing that lease was about to expire. He’s trying to start up a chain of dispensaries.”Higgins could not be reached for comment. Killen hopes to open at the new location as early as July, although the permitting process can stretch over months. The city’s stringent regulations and a lengthy review process by various city departments serve to cap medicinal marijuana operations.While dispensary permits are administered through the city’s Health Department, proposed clubs require approval through a hearing by the Planning Commission to allow community input, said Candace Soohoo, a spokesperson for the Planning Department.Killen argues that city law prohibiting the transfer of dispensary permits to different locations has sparked a trend of pot entrepreneurs buying buildings with existing permits “grandfathered-in.” This tactic allows wealthy would-be dispensary owners to bypass bureaucratic hoops, but also threatens the existence of smaller pot clubs such as the cooperative.“These grandfathered permits are essentially being stolen from us,” said Killen. Regardless, the new space at 3185 Mission St. comes with “higher ceilings and more natural light,” and is a welcomed twist of fate for the cooperative’s owners.“It’s literally a block away from our current location. We are a community establishment and it’s important that we stay in our neighborhood,” said Killen.Another dispensary, The Cookie Co. 415, operates just a block down from High Bridge.“What we offer is very different,” said Sean Devries, a legal clerk and cofounder of the Bernal Heights Cooperative. Once turned into a dispensary, High Bridge will sell “vitamins and supplements, along with cannabis, and maybe some light groceries in the near future,” he said. “We’re really focused on health and wellness and making the community stronger, and I feel like other dispensaries are a little more focused on the fun side of pot and on what’s going to happen when recreational use becomes legal,” he said.A  manager for the Cookie Co. refused to comment.The irony of the shop’s history as a more than half-century old firearm distributor and recent rebirth as a distributor for the controversial crop is not lost among the space’s new tenants.“We are thankful and respectful of the forces that have allowed us to get here,” said Killen, adding that the move was made possible by the willingness of 3185 Mission St.’s longtime landlord to support the pot endeavor by investing in the proper permitting. “We have community support and the landlord on our side,” said Killen, who plans to retain the gun shop’s name as homage to its longstanding roots in the community. “We also felt that the name ‘High Bridge’ represents exactly what we are about — a partnership between people in the community working together,” said Devries.He said some 5,000 patients depend on the cooperative’s services, which include deliveries of cannabis and edibles, a smoke lounge, and a “compassionate and safe cannabis” program that provides “affordable access for all.”  While the permit for indoor smoking will not transfer to the new location, Killen hopes that members will follow as the cooperative transitions into its new space. “We are known as the home of the five dollar joint,” said Killen, adding that the cooperative’s mission is to remain affordable despite an increasingly profitable market with building momentum as the state’s growing weed industry moves towards recreational legalization. “We really make an effort to find good deals to pass on to our people.” center_img For some 63 years, 3185 Mission St. was home to San Francisco’s last remaining gun shop but pending approval by San Francisco’s Planning Commission, the empty space will reopen as a medical marijuana dispensary in the coming months.  The gun shop closed in October 2015 after its owner refused to comply with increasingly tough city regulations. “It seems pretty fateful that this space just kind of landed in our laps,” said former tech CEO-turned-cannabis distributor Sean Killen. In 2013, Killen founded a medical marijuana delivery startup which he merged with the Bernal Heights Cooperative, a pot dispensary at 33 29th St. that he currently manages. last_img read more

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TICKETS are now on sale for Fridays Super League

first_imgTICKETS are now on sale for Friday’s Super League match with Huddersfield Giants.Saints will be aiming to topple their Yorkshire rivals for the first time this season and cement a top three spot for the Play-Offs.It’s sure to be a real cracker as two of the league’s most entertaining teams take to the Stobart Stadium turf.And, Paul Wellens will celebrate his 400th appearance for the club too.You can secure your seat from the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img

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StHelens Praise New TV Deal And Reiterate Their C

first_imgSt.Helens Praise New TV Deal And Reiterate Their Confidence In The Future Strength And Stability Of Super League And Rugby League.THE RFL and Super League, hot on the heels of announcing a major restructuring of the league system and a new title sponsorship for Super League, today announced a new and significantly improved TV deal for Super League and for the sport of rugby league.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:“This is a triumph for our sport and in particular for its premier competition – Super League. It is certainly a total endorsement of the new league structure adopted for 2015 onwards. The new system will improve the competitiveness and quality of competition throughout the season and the new media valuation clearly recognises and reflects that unequivocally.“At a stroke this ensures solvency for all Super League clubs for the foreseeable future and provides confidence to fans and sponsors in equal measure. They have a lot to look forward to as long as clubs take a disciplined and realistic approach to their cost bases.“We at St.Helens have invested some £45 million in permanent equity investment over the last decade to cover operational deficits and the construction of our fantastic new stadium, Langtree Park, free of debt. It is therefore of great comfort to us that Sky have recognised the value of our sport and consequently the investment of its leading clubs.“It has been very clear to me over this year that the senior executive of the RFL and of Super League have recognised the need for a new strategic and commercial direction for the benefit of all. That process and new focus has now been evidenced very clearly and leaves me confident that our game will continue to be an increasingly attractive proposition to players, spectators, sponsors and investors alike. The RFL are to be congratulated on a job very well done. Every level of rugby league and its supporter base will benefit greatly from the great strides forward that are being made.“We have much indeed to look forward to.”last_img read more

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THEO Fages and Adam Swift have been named in Saint

first_imgTHEO Fages and Adam Swift have been named in Saints’ 19-man squad for Friday’s Betfred Super League Round Eight clash with Huddersfield Giants.They return after recovering from head and arm injuries respectively.Head Coach Keiron Cunningham will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Adam Walker, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles, 22. Matty Fleming, 36. Zeb Taia.Rick Stone will choose his 19 from:2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gaskell, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 8. Sam Rapira, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 10. Shannon Wakeman, 12. Dale Ferguson, 14. Kruise Leeming, 15. Sebastine Ikahihifo, 16. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Paul Clough, 19. Nathan Mason, 22. Tyler Dickinson, 23. Sam Wood, 24. Darnell McIntosh, 30. Alex Mellor.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be C Campbell.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.The game will kick off at 8pm.last_img read more

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He also previews our derby with Wigan on Thursday

first_imgHe also previews our derby with Wigan on Thursday. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

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July 30, 2019

Wilmington Bypass I140 project on schedule according to NCDOT

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found 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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The I-140/Wilmington Bypass Project is scheduled to open for traffic in late December, 2017.Officials with the North Carolina DOT say the department is currently finishing the last four of the 19 bridges on the I-140/Wilmington Bypass Project.  Two structures in New Hanover and two structures in Brunswick County.- Advertisement – The roadway portion of the project is 90% complete, the DOT reports, adding that they are beginning the final layer of asphalt surface in New Hanover County this week. Although travel lanes will be opening soon, drivers will likely see construction crews performing work on secondary roads: Mt. Misery Road and Cedar Hill Road, until summer, 2018.This will include completing bridge and roadway construction on Cedar Hill Road, south of the new I-140 interchange and installing a concrete box culvert and completing roadway construction on Mt. Misery Road south of the new I-140 interchange.last_img read more

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Complete autopsy released goes in depth on how Paitin Fields died

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – For months we’ve worked to get answers in who killed five-year-old Paitin Fields.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office tells us she was raped and strangled to death in late 2017. Tuesday the state medical examiners office released its full report on Paitin Fields’ body.- Advertisement – It took more than six months since she died. The results confirming what investigators initially believed. The medical examiners office found that Paitin died because she was strangled.Fields died November 16th. That was three days after her family took the unresponsive five-year-old to Pender Memorial Hospital. The initial reports said the family alerted the staff that Paitin had been fighting a respiratory issue for days.The medical examiner noted something else: a healing ligature mark around her neck. That could mean an object had been wrapped around it. In fact the ME went further to note the mark was around a 1/4 inch thick. In their summary, the office also pointed out some reports said Paitin was doing well a day before she was brought to the hospital.Related Article: One arrested, one injured after shooting in Pender CountyA majority of the autopsy findings show the side affects of strangulation. The ME’s office said Paitin’s face, neck, head as well as eyes were blood-shot with multiple popped blood vessels. The examiner found her lungs also had sustained hemorrhaging. The results showed her brain showed a “patchy duskiness” possibly due to a lack of oxygen.The report, now in our hands, sits also in the hands of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. Captian James Rowell with the Office confirmed to our Andrew James that the detective had the autopsy. The completed autopsy was marked finished last Friday prior to the holiday weekend. The Sheriff for months told us they needed this report as well as the rape kit findings to move forward in this case.Those rape kit results came in January. The autopsy report showed there are signs of “sexual trauma” to Paitin’s body.The PCSO told us the detective will move forward with the information in the autopsy, however, no persons of interest or suspects have been named.last_img read more

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Solar operation could be coming to Wilmingtons Front Street

first_imgCape Fear Solar Systems has proposed building a five-story office building and warehouse on vacant land along South Front Street. (Photo: Tim Buckland/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A Wilmington solar systems company has proposed building a 75-foot-tall office building and 14,994-square foot warehouse along Front Street just south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.Cape Fear Solar Systems, in asking for a special-use permit, has said it would build the five-story, 30,965-square-foot office building and adjacent warehouse “where solar system kits will be stored and placed on trailers for deliveries,” according to its application to the city of Wilmington.- Advertisement – The company currently operates in space at 901 Martin St., according to its website. Cassandra Barba, sales and marketing manager for the company, said the new space “will allow us to expand to serve more customers in the area.”She said the company plans to “be very green with a carbon-neutral footprint” while constructing the new space at 901 S. Front St.Read more here.last_img read more

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