A national disabled peoples organisation has had

first_imgA national disabled people’s organisation has had to make cuts of nearly 20 per cent to its staff, in a further sign of the financial difficulties facing many user-led organisations across the country.DisabilityRights UK (DRUK) is making four of its 22 posts* redundant, although as two of the posts arevacant it will be losing two members of staff.DR UK toldDisability News Service yesterday (Wednesday) that it was set for an annualdeficit of about £165,000 for 2018-19 against a backdrop of “particularlyfierce” competition for funding.DR UK’s chief executive, Kamran Mallick (pictured), said the charity was “facing bigger challenges than we had hoped” but that “the future of the organisation is not at risk”.He said: “Weplanned for a small deficit but like many voluntary organisations, we arefeeling the impact of a shortage of statutory and public sector funding andgrants.”He said DRUK had not generated as much income from activities such as training andconsultancy as it had hoped, and would now be focusing more on its research,policy and campaigning work.Mallicksaid: “This restructure will help us get on a sound financial footing and focusmore on our research, policy and campaigning work. “This is allsupported by plans for generating income.”Lastmonth,leading disability networks warned that user-led organisations were continuingto close across the country, with the sector even facing a “real threat ofextinction”. The news ofthe redundancies comesonly two years after Mallick’s predecessor as chief executive, LizSayce, said DR UK was in a “sustainable financial position”, and was expectingto report a financial surplus, following past concernsabout the charity’s pensions deficit.That deficitarose unexpectedly following fluctuations in the financial markets, as a resultof a final salary pension scheme which had been closed to new members yearspreviously by RADAR, one of the three disability organisations that merged toform DR UK.In2014, DR UKstaved off the threat of closure after reaching an agreement with the PensionProtection Fund to take over its defined benefits pension scheme, afterdeveloping an unsustainable pensions deficit of more than £3 million.Mallick saidhe and colleagues had been working to make DR UK “more efficient” and trying toincrease income, while it had halved its office rental costs by moving lastJanuary from Shoreditch to the Olympic Park in east London and had made savingsby changing its IT and auditing service-providers.He said: “Wehope and expect the changes we have made will solve the immediate financialproblems and put us on the path to surplus budgets for the year 2020-21.”*Last year’s accounts showed an average of 22.2 full-time equivalent staff in 2017-18 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

SROs train at middle school for active shooters

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –When a gunman is on a rampage, a few minutes can mean life or death.“I’m a parent and I want to know that in that school, we’ve got somebody capable that if we have an active shooter situation, that they’re absolutely going to be able to go in there and knock down that problem, with no issues,” FBI special agent Jack Moore said.- Advertisement – School resource officers in Brunswick County trained with the FBI Thursday in an active shooter drill at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply. The program, known as ALERRT, started at Texas State University and is happening all over the state.“We’ve done this all across the state of North Carolina. We’ve probably talked to around 600 officers so far and we’re bringing it down to Brunswick County,” Moore said.After a review of procedures, they split up to take on a hostage situation in one of the school’s hallways. It may be a simulation but this is as realistic as it gets. SROs have to wear protective gear, like a heavy duty helmet and body armor, just in case they get hit.Related Article: Law enforcement finds body while following leads on kidnapped girl“I have been hit with sim rounds before and it does not feel good,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Captain Brian Chism said.This program will have SROs ready if the unimaginable becomes reality.“We can’t let our guard down because we never know when it could be that real one that we’re investigating and you never know. I hope that I never see it in my career. I would never wish that on any county, but for us to have this training, like I said it’s just another tool on our belt to keep us prepared and to keep your kids safe,” Chism said.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has done training with their SROs before and they say they would be happy if the FBI could come back for another session.last_img read more

Wilmington veterans react to California bar shooting

first_imgMarine Corps Veteran Kristen Wilkerson discusses PTSD.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two days after 12 people lost their lives at the hands of a Marine Corps veteran in California, some are wondering if post traumatic stress disorder is to blame.Authorities say Ian Long, 28, had a previous run in with police back in April after reports of a disturbance.- Advertisement – They say a crisis team had concerns that he might be suffering from PTSD but he was cleared anyway.Two veterans gave their thoughts on the issue during an event at Cape Fear Community College this morning.“Just because someone’s been in the military doesn’t necessarily mean that they should be a threat,” said Marine Corps veteran and CFCC student Kristen Wilkerson. “They’re still human, we’re all human. And I think that life is just really hard. And I think that after having that stability in the military, coming out of it can make life just seem even more unstable than it already is,” she said.Related Article: Burgaw man uses farming as therapy for veteransJacob Aceret, president of CFCC’s Student Veterans Organization gave his thoughts as well.“Probably the biggest factor I think with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is that alone feeling, of not feeling like they either fit in or there’s something wrong with them,” said Aceret. “There’s nothing wrong with them. It is what happened to them and the unfortunate circumstances of what happened to them that was wrong in the first place,” he said.The shooter was never formally diagnosed with PTSD.last_img read more

House passes bill to honor first World War II City

first_img Local Historian Wilbur Jones has been working with the congressman to recognize Wilmington and other cities for their contributions during World War II.If the bill becomes law, each year, a new city will receive the designation.The bill now heads to the Senate. Liberty ship Zebulon B. Vance on riverafter launch at NC Shipbuilding Co. with tugboat on left. (Photo: Wommack) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The push to get Wilmington honored as “an American World War II City” is one step closer to reality.Congressman David Rouzer’s bill has passed the House.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Nearly 1000 grams of meth seized and several arrested in drug investigation

first_img Tyler Justin Demas (Photo: BCSO) Brandon Wayne Perdue (Photo: BCSO) – Advertisement – Carrie Ann Simmons (Photo: BCSO) Police tape (Photo: LWP Communications / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) BRNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit have charged seven following a investigation stemming from community tips and complaints.Carrie Ann Simmons, 35, of Blue Ray Drive, Leland was arrested on November 12 and charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, two counts of PWIMSD methamphetamine, maintaining a residence used for keeping and selling controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Simmons is currently in the Bladen County detention facility on additional charges under a $225,000 bond. James Allen Hannel (Photo: BCSO) Daniel Joseph Villalobos (Photo: BCSO) Robert Clinton Henry (Photo: BCSO) Juan Franciso Moreno (Photo: BCSO) 1 of 7 Tyler Justin Demas, 35, also of Blue Ray Drive, Leland is charged with conspiring to sell methamphetamine, two counts of PWIMSD methamphetamine, maintaining a residence used for keeping and selling controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Demas is currently wanted on these by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Robert Clinton Henry, 38, of Pineview Lane, Gastonia was arrested on October 15 and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he remains under a $500,000 bond.Brandon Perdue, 34, of Confederate Drive, Wilmington was arrested on October 4 and charged with possession of heroin, PWIMSD methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was booked into the Brunswick County jail where he too remains under a $55,000 bond.Related Article: Police: NC man steals car, doesn’t realize 2 children insideJames Allen Hannell, II, 35, of Deerfield Place, Winnabow was arrested on October 4 and was also charged with possession of heroin, PWIMSD methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $30,000 bond.Daniel Villalobos, 39, of N. Wane Stree, Arlington, VA was arrested on October 1and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He is currently being detained at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond.Juan Francisco Moreno, 49, of Sheringham Way, Charlotte was also arrested on October 15 and charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $5,000 bond.BCSO says a traffic stop in early October led to the arrests of Perdue and Hannell. Further investigation led to a search warrant being obtained and conducted on October 4 at the home of Demas and Simmons at the Blue Ray Drive address in Leland.Additional investigative efforts led detectives to the main methamphetamine source and supplier which resulted in an additional traffic stop and the arrests of Moreno, Henry, and Villalobos, according to BCSO. 988 grams of crystal meth, a small amount of heroin, a stolen firearm, and nearly $600 in cash were reportedly seized as a result of the investigation.The investigation in on going and more arrests are possible.last_img read more

Police identify body recovered from Sunset Beach

first_img Klamar said officers responded shortly after 6 a.m. and helped to pull the body of a white male from the water. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.In an updated release today, police identified the body as Matthew J. DelBuono, 30, of Calabash.The preliminary cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted wound, police said. The coroner is conducting an investigation into the official cause of death.Related Article: Sunday early voting offered for first time in Brunswick, Pender SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police have identified a man whose body was recovered from along the shore at Sunset Beach on July 5.According to a news release from Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar, someone reported a male who was unresponsive in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Sunset Beach commercial fishing pier.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Toothless and dependant – PD on proposed state advocate

first_img SharePrint <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> The Partit Demokratiku described as a ‘farce’ the bill to implement a separation between the roles of the Office of Prosecution and that of the State Advocate. Calling it worse than window dressing, it slammed the proposed bill as “a bad joke”.The PD said that the State Advocate is an advocate to the whole State, including Parliament and Constitutional Bodies, and not just Government. Such an office, maintained the PD, should be independent and its interest should be to uphold the Rule of Law and the Constitution while refusing to adopt partisan positions.The bill is a sieve and a bad joke – PD“The amendments noted in the Bill are open-ended, vague and incorrect. The appropriate checks and balances are just not there,” stated Opposition PD Hon Godfrey Farrugia.“This bill is a sieve. It has major problems as it has poor personal, functional, institutional, financial and legal independence. If these are not entrenched by effective amendments, the Office may be bypassed, disabled or controlled. Furthermore, the independence of the Office must be balanced by accountability. Where is that?” stated Opposition PD Hon Marlene Farrugia.Partit Demokratiku asked government to put its cards on table and immediately publish the first readings of the other recently tabled bills in response to the Venice Convention. “One cannot study such a scenario in isolation” insisted the PD, adding that the Constitution is a social contract of the people of Malta and Gozo where all stakeholders must be consulted.WhatsApplast_img read more

Gozo to Airport metro journey could take 32 minutes – architect

first_imgArchitect Konrad Xuereb said that a metro line from Victoria to the Malta International Airport (MIA) would allow passengers to complete the journey in 32 minutes.Xuereb said this during an event organised by NGO Wirt Għawdex in the Ministry for Gozo. Xuereb is also the director of an engineering company. Expats living in Gozo made up the bulk of the audience.Xuereb stated that the metro is a vital mass-transportation method and should be implemented even if it’s not viable. He went on to say that a metro may be compared to a hospital, in the sense that if a hospital is not financially viable it should still be built.Xuereb said that his concept involved 20 hotspots which included stops in Buġibba, Paceville, Msida, Valletta, MIA, and Victoria and Xewkija in Gozo. According to the architect, the Malta line would take five years to be completed while the one in Gozo could be finished three years later. The costs were estimated at €1.85 billion for the first part while the extension to Gozo would cost a further €900 million.While some doubts were raised in the audience about its viability, Xuereb explained that this would better connect the around 30,000 people living in Gozo with the rest of Malta.He explained that the project was inspired and based on the London metro system while maintaining a speed of about 80km per hour voyage.According to the architect, the Malta line would take five years to be completed while the one in Gozo could be finished three years later. The costs were estimated at €1.85 billion for the first part while the extension to Gozo would cost a further €900 million.Xuereb compared the amounts and timings for construction to the Government’s €700 million for road extensions in Malta.  He said that the same investment could be made each year towards the metro project. He added that the portion linking Malta to Gozo may qualify for EU funding. The rest of the budget could financed by government bonds.Who will use it and how will it recoup the cost?On the use of the tunnel, Xuereb estimated that by 2025, the population will have risen to 525,000. He said the company also estimates that there would around a quarter of the population using the service, 130,000 passengers daily.With these estimates, the company says that the metro would be able to earn back  upto €300 million a year including travel tickets, revenue from advertising in stations and in runways and even retail shops in the stations.He added that this figure is just the entry price adding that the additional costs of the metro, primarily maintenance of the metro, the workers and also for energy fees to operate initial system.AdvantagesXuereb said that the primary advantage of the metro is time. He stated that workers will commute more efficiently and this will lead to a financial advantage. Apart from workers, Xuereb said that the metro has advantages for businessmen both local and foreign, because now they can travel more easily.WasteXuereb also explained how the project will generate an estimated 4-mega Cubic tonnes of waste in its construction. This he says could be used for strategic land reclamation which could form a nature reserve or for the placing of solar and wind farms. This would not exclude housing development.Referendum on this?Asked whether there would be a referendum for the Government to listen to citizens about this project’s proposals, Xuereb said that he personally opposes a referendum campaign saying that a referendum debate may struggle to avoid spin in favouring of protect the national interest.What is being done to sell the idea to the Government?The architect said that his work on this goes back a number of years ago when it was realised the traffic problem in Malta. He said he began by publishing an article which outlined the concept and continued to study this concept and identify its feasibility. He said that this year was invited by the Chamber of Commerce to present the project to the local entrepreneurs. He did not however mention any contact made with the authorities.Overground or Underground?He stressed that because of the road situation in Malta it was already difficult to do this project over-ground. He said that it is instead possible to start underground mining and the creation of the metro stations can be done easily with existing technologies.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

AC Milan sign Piatek

first_img SharePrint Krzysztof Piatek has joined AC Milan in a £31m deal from Genoa and has been handed the shirt number 19. The Poland international has signed a four-and-a-half year contract worth €2m per season and is expected to fill the void left by Gonzalo Higuain who has moved to Chelsea.The 24-year-old striker, who joined Genoa for £3.6m from Polish side Cracovia in the summer, scored 19 goals in 21 games for Il Grifone.AC Milan are currently fourth in Serie A, six points behind Inter Milan in third and 22 points behind league leaders Juventus.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Africas Leading Technology Firm Opens Shop In Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement “The innovations and strengths of CWG will be replicated in Uganda and across East Africa, allowing us to service clients and enable them to improve their business operations significantly through the application and deployment of our solutions. CWG Uganda is run by highly tested and skilled professionals from Uganda, and will be supported by our West African operations,” Okere added.CWG commenced operations in Nigeria in 1992 as a hardware sales company, and was the first partner to the DELL Corporation in Nigeria. The firm has grown over the years into a fully integrated ICT firm offering Systems Integration of hardware and infrastructure solutions, communications and networking solutions and software applications and deployment across West Africa, and now Uganda.CWG currently runs partnerships with global ICT Companies across the world, including DELL, CISCO, Infosys technologies, Oracle, NetApp, Gilat and many more world-class ICT brands.CWG Uganda Country Manager, Michael Manzi, said the firm would place emphasis on training and developing professionals in ICT as part of its contribution to the sector in Uganda.  – Advertisement – “We will also highlight our strong belief in good business ethics and strong corporate governance as essential components of our operations. Our commitment to high quality will not be limited only to our ICT solutions,” he said.‘We are in this business to provide long term customer loyalty through innovative services, that ensure enterprise development and sustainable delivery of services. Because this is at the core of our business module, we firmly believe in retention of quality services to customers, a much needed element in provision of ICT solutions for this region,’ Manzi added.Computer Warehouse Group CWG are currently poised to provide high-level ICT enterprise development and support solutions, with a customer care focus in providing these solutions. About CWGCWG Uganda is a member of the Computer Warehouse Group. The CWG Vision is to deliver the best customer experience in ICT solutions globally, and our Mission is to provide total ICT solutions that add value to the operations of private and public enterprises, using a highly skilled and motivated workforce and working with best-in-class partners and technologies.For more details and clarifications, contact Chidi Okpala on chidi.okpala@cwlgroup.com or cwguganda@cwlgroup.com, www.cwlgroup.comlast_img read more