first_imgA disabled lawyer could seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s draft budget, which he claims discriminates against disabled people by cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from local authority funding.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), director of Legal Spark Law Centre in Glasgow, is discussing a possible legal action with disabled people and their organisations concerned about the implications of this month’s budget.He said Legal Spark was being contacted by increasing numbers of disabled people who have faced “unfair reassessments” of their support packages by cost-cutting councils, even before the SNP budget saw proposed cuts of £350 million to council funding, a reduction of 3.5 per cent.Donaldson said: “We cannot see how the Scottish government’s current budget complies with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.“It is reasonably foreseeable that if you cut services within the public sector, that the people who rely the most on those services will be adversely affected.“Disabled people and the carers of disabled people rely on the support they receive from the public sector.“It is therefore arguable that the budget proposed by the finance secretary discriminates against both disabled people and their carers.“No-one should have to face discrimination, or have their dignity violated as a result of cuts in the public sector.”Donaldson pointed to last week’s statement by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), which described the budget cuts as “totally unacceptable” and “catastrophic for jobs and services within Scottish local government”, including those for older and disabled people.He is hoping to avoid a judicial review by obtaining a written pledge from finance secretary John Swinney that support for disabled people and carers will not be cut as a result of the budget.A Scottish government spokeswoman said its budget “does not discriminate” and that its budget equality statement had been an “integral part” of the budget process.She said: “Despite ongoing cuts to our budget as a result of the UK government’s continuing austerity programme, the Scottish government is continuing to protect people and treat local government very fairly with settlements maintained on a like-for-like basis over 2012-16.“This is part of an overall budget which has protected the third sector and equality budgets, maintained welfare mitigation funding, invested in energy efficiency and fuel poverty measures, and will see us boost the supply of affordable homes and homes for social rent.“Local government in Scotland starts from a healthy base, especially compared to the position in England where councils faced a significant real terms cut in funding.“This funding proposal delivers a strong but challenging financial settlement for local government which will be strengthened by our joint working to improve outcomes for local people through health and social care integration.”But Donaldson said that the Scottish government’s Fly the Flag for Human Rights campaign and its consultation on implementing the UN disability convention were meaningless unless it took positive action to give “tangible meaning” to words such as “equality, human rights, dignity and respect”.He is now hoping to hear from more disabled people interested in taking legal action against the Scottish government*.*Daniel Donaldson can be contacted via email at read more

first_img 0% As any structure built to divide, artist Sita Bhaumik’s wall has already been vandalized by graffiti from the Mission District’s youth and guest artists – this time by invitation. Hovering over the floor of Southern Exposure’s gallery, the wall is the main feature of the exhibition “We are against the wall/Estamos contra el muro,” a direct reference to Trump’s promise to build such a barrier between the United States and Mexico.Walls are erected to protect, segregate, and enact power. People relate to them in constant flux, moving over and around them and, in Bhaumik’s case, activating them through art. But, eventually, walls will be torn down. Bhaumik has made such a feat accessible for everyone: all of her bricks are made of piñata.The Eighth SinBorn in Los Angeles to a West Bengal father and a Japanese-Colombian mother, Sita Bhaumik had other, more classical plans for her exhibition, originally scheduled for earlier in the year. Used to bring scent, touch, and sound to the gallery scene, she noticed that the talk around Trump’s proposal for a border wall was not going away. She had to address it.“If not for this election season, we would have done everything in the walls [of the gallery], not in the wall,” she said.During the creative process, she figured that, if she was going to build something that should not even exist, she might as well do it in a material that exists to be destroyed.Looking to support her own Latin American community, she found Víctor Martínez and Francisco León, partners at Piñatas Las Morenitas Martínez, near the Fruitvale Bart station.“A 400 bricks order was very different from what we have ever done,” said Martínez, a soft-spoken piñata maker, more accustomed to the classical seven-pointed star, Disney characters, and even bachelor and bachelorette party favors.Still, it made sense to him. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, the artisan was already a piñata expert before he came to California a decade ago, and he knows his piñata history well.“It began as a religious tradition of Christmas, where Spaniard friars and indigenous Mexicans would smash the seven points that represented the seven deadly sins,” he said. “It was the absolution of all the sins of that year.”Colonialism and migration have changed that meaning and the piñata’s materials. The smashing of it is now a more playful celebration and, in the case of the political piñatas, a cathartic moment. With her wall, Bhaumik wanted to bring all that history together again.“The wall is the eighth deadly sin: xenophobia and hatred.”Back to the pastNearby, a miniature of the candidate looks at a scale model of Donald Trump’s proposed 55-foot border.“What a fucking moron he looks like,”said Isaías Rodríguez, the mini-piñata artist who made the little wall and the piñata souvenirs.By artist Isaías Rodríguez. Photo by Liliana Michelena“I made this to reflect the absurdity of such a notion,” he added.The disgust with the Republican candidate runs high among the artists and people attending, but there was no Trump around to smash. Martínez, who had enough papier-maché Trumps to offer, was surprised by the absence at first. But Bhaumik wanted the discussion to be even bigger than the man.“Under Obama there have been more people deported, Hillary [Clinton] is also proposing a reinforcement of the border wall, so the problem doesn’t start or end with him,” she emphasizes.“It has a lot to do with xenophobia and dividing people, which is the old strategy of colonialism: to pit people against each other. And politicians are resurrecting this idea of walls to separate all over the world.”Martínez, still impressed by the wall he helped build, calls it a “symbol of destruction,” of what they don’t want.“This guy wants to separate us with walls, but we break another wall by being united.”Artists and guests will break this particular wall with the same anger they dedicate to the Trump piñata-smashing. On a party to be held on October 15 at 4 p.m., surrounded by loved ones and Latin American music and food, all the guests, young and old, will line up to bash the wall until it no longer stands.Video from KQED Arts is here.  Tags: southern exposure Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The writing on the 8 by 10 foot wall — inspired by Donald Trump’s proposed 55 feet border wall — is pretty clear.“Hi mom, I’m on the other side.”“Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, mami and papi.”“We’re not criminals, we’re buddies,” another person has written in Spanish.last_img read more

first_imgMission Local is told that the bone unearthed from the yard is a single skull, and was located roughly 18 inches deep near the roots of a recently felled eucalyptus tree that once stood 60 or 70 feet tall. The skull was purportedly free of skin, hair, or fabric, and was aged in appearance. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter This is a breaking story. We will update this post when more information becomes available.  The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that a bone unearthed from a yard at 3025 21st St. on May 23 is human in origin, confirmed the San Francisco Police Department.The case is now being handled as a “suspicious death,” said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a police department spokesman.Robin Whiteside, who owns the property where the remains were discovered, told Mission Local last week that police instructed her not to talk about the bone until investigators figured out what, exactly, was found. She said the remains were discovered during gardening work.This home, per city records, was built in 1875. Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Tuesday morning, a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said it would close until further notice because of “extensive water damage.”They say they do not know the extent of the damage or how long they will be closed, but water cleanup and restoration company Servpro was seen at the restaurant Wednesday.The restaurant has not responded to our messages.Related Article: River Place using different method for flood proofing WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A popular restaurant in Downtown Wilmington has been forced to close its doors because of water damage.Black Sea Grill is in the Seigler Building on South Front St. which it shares with Barbary Coast.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A teenager from Castle Hayne was in the spotlight at the Wilmington Sharks game Wednesday night.Over the last two years, we have told you a sweet story about Dante Brown and his birthday wish for cards from around the world. Brown has autism.- Advertisement – Last night, he was in the spotlight for a different reason. Brown got to throw the first pitch or three for the Wilmington Sharks.We first told you Brown’s story in 2016. He asked for birthday cards from around the country and got a few dozen. Last year, his story reached people around the world and he got more than 500 cards.He and his mom said last night was such a proud moment for them.Related Article: Bitty of ‘Bitty & Beau’s Coffee’ invited to appear on Sesame Street“Did you enjoy it?”“Yes,” Brown said.“I think it was awesome, very pleased, very proud that he was given this opportunity and we are really proud of him for what he’s accomplished and what he’s going to accomplish,” Brown’s mom Linda Lee said.Brown’s birthday is right around the corner on August 1. You can probably guess what he wants.If you want to send him a birthday card, here is the address:14 Apple Rd Castle Hayne NC 28429last_img read more

first_img They had positions open for clinics in Wilmington, Brunswick County and Jacksonville.People were able to walk right in and speak with representatives from the Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a job, the Fayetteville VA is looking for medical support assistants around the region.The Fayetteville VA’s Wilmington Health Care Center hosted a job fair Tuesday, looking for medical support assistants.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes have rejected a request for a meeting made by two of the three men accused of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder.In a bizarre request on Thursday’s court hearing, Alfred and George Degiorgio, through their lawyer William Cuschieri have asked the court to authorise a meeting between the two accused and MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes in the presence of a journalist or foreign journalists. The murder compilation in respect of Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat continued on Thursday.The request was verbalized at the start of the sitting as the compilation of evidence against Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat continued in court.The request took the prosecution and parte civile lawyers by surprise, with the AG’s assistant Philip Galea Farrugia saying that he was ‘bewildered’ upon hearing the request. Parte civile lawyer Jason Azzopardi was not present when the request was verbalized only to enter the courtroom later and arguing that the request should be discussed behind closed doors.Galea Farrugia stated that the case was subject to a judicial process and politicians, the media and other third parties, were to be left out of it.Azzopardi argued that after such a meeting were to happen, the news would be divulged by press whose duty is to do so, this might lead to a situation where the defence would institute proceedings claiming that certain rights had been breached.Defence lawyer William Cuschieri told the court that he had only been informed by this request in the morning and was not fully aware of what the accused wished to discuss with the MEPs, thus he sought authorisation from the court.Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit who is presiding over the court, observed that such a request could have possible constitutional repercussions.The court granted the prosecution and parte civile lawyers until Monday to file their written replies to the Degiorgios. The court would then decree on the matter accordingly.MEPs David Casa and Ana Gomes reject requestIn a reaction to the request made in court, a joint statement was issued by PN MEP David Casa and Portuguese S&D MEP Ana Gomes whereby they informed that they would reject such a meeting. In a reaction, the MEPs stated that politicians have no place negotiated with suspected murderers being in held in custody. Further Casa and Gomes said that “if the accused want to make a confession they should do so to the magistrate and if they want to make a public statement claiming innocence they can do so in court or by releasing a statement via their lawyer.The MEPs reminded that their only role in a criminal case is to hold authorities to account saying that they could not perform the role of a magistrate, the police or the prosecutor.More witnesses take the stand – contravention photos missing from the systemA LESA representative took the witness stand on Thursday. He presented copies of two contraventions related to the car which had been leased by Alfred Degiorgio. One of the contraventions presented in court had a photo attached, while the second ticket which was given because the car was parked on double yellow lines in Triq it-Tonn, St Paul’s Bay in August 2017.The witness told the court that while there were photos attached to this contravention, for some reason, the photos were never found on the system, nor were they ever archived, reiterating that no photos were found on the system.Prosecuting Inspector Keith Arnaud said that five police reports retrieved from the police database following a search using Caruana Galizia’s ID card number. Three of the reports were presented on Thursday. The fourth report concerned an anonymous caller calling from a telephone booth and informing the Police’s control room of a bomb being planned at Caruana Galizia’s residence by two men in 2008. The police had spoken with the men indicated by the anonymous caller however nothing had come out of it. The fifth report concerned the murder itself.The compilation continues on 15 July.The Prosecution was led by Police Inspector Keith Arnaud.Lawyer William Cuschieri appeared for Alfred Degiorgio (il-Fulu), lawyer Josette Sultana appeared for George Degiorgio (iċ-Ċiniż) and lawyer Martin Fenech appeared for Vince Muscat (il-Koħħu).Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit presided over the court.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe Diocese of Gozo has announced that it will be offering another year of subsidized accommodation for Gozitan students and young people, in Malta.The families of those who want to use this service are requested to write a letter to the Administrative Secretary of the diocese at the Curia. All requests will then be submitted to an appointed board who will evaluate requests. Anyone can apply but preference is given to those cases of people in need of help.This service was announced by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech in a letter read at Mass. The Bishop said the Augustinian Fathers and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, had made two houses owned by diocese available for this, one in Gwardamangia which will house men, and one for women in the Island.Church opens two hostels for Gozitan students in MaltaFor this accommodation, students are charged € 100 a month between them, to cover the costs of electricity bills and water.Applications will be accepted until the end of June, and those selected will be notified by 15 July.WhatsApp SharePrint <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

first_img SharePrint By the end of 2018, Malta still had over 2000 pending applications for asylum while having rejected over 1500 others.According to the collected findings published in the European Asylum Support Office’s ‘Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU 2018’ Malta still had 2,020 asylum applications still pending and outcome. The highest share of these pending applications had come from Syrian nationals (20%).This reflected an over 66% increase in pending applications since 2014 and 35% more on 2017 (1,500).RejectionsThis is also interesting in terms of the number of first instance decisions made by the Maltese asylum authorities. They state that this has gradually declined from 1,735 in 2014 to 1,500 in 2018. Somalians made up to 44% of those receiving the first instance decisions.At the same time, there were 1,525 combined asylum applications which had been denied at the first and second instances. Interestingly, the numbers of first instance rejections in 2018 were more than double those recorded for 2017. While 2017 recorded 345 rejections, there were 855 in the following year. In the second or more instance rejections, 340 cases were rejected compared to almost double in 2018, at 670.In both cases Somalians made up the majority of the rejected applications, but more so in the second instance cases. This is reflected as 38% in the first instance and 53% in the second.EASO/EurostatStatus awards reducedThe numbers also show that the applications for Refugee (RS), Subsidiary Protection (SPS) and Humanitarian Protection (HPT) had all dropped between the 2014 and 2018 reporting period.The numbers of people successfully receiving Refugee Status had dropped to 150 in 2018 from 190 in 2014, with a peak in 2015 of 265. Subsidiary Protection Status granted on the first instance had dropped by almost half from 900 in 2014 to 475 in 2018. Equally, with HPT granted on the first instance, this had dropped by almost 85%, from 165 in 2014 to 25 in 2018.Except for HPT, the previous statuses also saw a spike in 2015, RS – 265 and SPS – 915 respectively.Improvements and space for improvementThe EASO report on 2018 also highlights that Malta was one of the top five receiving countries for asylum seekers. This included Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Sweden and Luxembourg.Malta received only 2,130 applications for asylum last year compared to 1,840 in 2017.This was a very small proportion of the 664 480 application for international protection, Europe received in 2018. This is understood to reflect a 10% decrease on 2017. Those who were applying for asylum were coming mostly from Syria, from Afghanistan, and Iraq.This is while Germany (184,180), France (120,425), Greece (66,965), Italy (59,950) and Spain (54,050) were the member states which received the most applications.EASOMalta was also identified as one of the countries criticised for poor reception living conditions by civil society organisations. One civil society organisation respondent also told EASO that there were difficulties and delays for migrants to access education in Malta. This was inspite of improvements to education provision to applicant’s children, provided through the Migrant Learners’ Unit.EASO also pointed out on the sector of protection that Malta was moving towards enforcing laws on children protection which governs all children even in the asylum context. Added to this were more resources to increase the capacity and competence of workers working with minors.You can read the full report here: 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

first_imgAdvertisement Google is planning to launch a “buy” button to enable you to purchase merchandise online from some of its retailers.The “buy” button will let shoppers search for products and purchase them direct from the search results page. It’s a similar concept to Amazon’s “one-click ordering” system.This will keep traffic on Google’s own home page rather than sending them away to retail websites following a Google product search. – Advertisement – Google won’t follow Amazon’s lead in establishing vast warehouses of goods though. This would simply be a front end for selling goods from third party retailers.Reports indicate that these plans are in the preliminary discussion stage at present, and there’s no guarantee that anything will come of them. The report claims that some retailers who have discussed the plans with Google are cool on the idea.Via: Trusted Reviewslast_img read more