A nurse has been struck off after pretending that

first_imgA nurse has been struck off after pretending that she had assessed disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits in their own homes, when she had actually carried out the assessments by telephone.Amelia Victoria Bailey was conducting personal independence payment (PIP) assessments for the government contractor Atos when her deception was discovered by her employer.Atos and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have since had to review every one of the assessments Bailey carried out.Bailey’s deception was exposed when a manager realised that several of her assessment reports had been completed at times when, according to her diary, she should have been attending appointments.When Atos contacted some of the disabled people Bailey had supposedly visited at home, many of them said their assessments had in fact been carried out by telephone.Bailey had made up comments about the appearance of the claimants, and falsified her own clinical findings. She also submitted fake claims for travel expenses in a bid to cover her tracks.When she was confronted by her manager, she admitted carrying out about half of her assessment reports by telephone and blamed “personal issues and a backlog of work”.Now she has been struck off the nursing register by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel, which found her guilty of misconduct.The revelation of her dishonesty comes only days after Disability News Service revealed that another PIP assessor, a nurse with extreme right-wing sympathies, was suspended by another government contractor, Capita, after she posted disablist, racist comments about social security claimants on her Facebook page.And DNS also reports this week how another nurse has been struck off for conducting “fitness for work” assessments of disabled benefit claimants while drunk.Bailey’s NMC panel concluded that her behaviour had put the claimants she assessed at “unwarranted risk of harm”, because she would not have been able to identify their “particular needs” properly over the telephone.It said that such dishonesty in a “sensitive area” such as disability benefits assessments meant her dishonesty was “extremely serious”.The panel also said that her failure to show “any insight, remorse or remediation since that time suggests a risk of repetition of such behaviour”, and it pointed out that she only admitted her deceit after pressure from her manager.The fake assessments took place between August and November 2014, and Bailey was finally struck off in June this year.An Atos spokesman said: “The healthcare professional in question was employed by Atos for a brief period between August and November 2014.“Our regular reporting processes identified this as an issue and enabled us to inform DWP as soon as it was discovered. “Atos worked in partnership with the department at every stage of the process, fully investigating and reviewing every case to ensure that all claimants received a fair, correct and comprehensive assessment.“It is important to recognise that the behaviour of the healthcare professional in question fell very short of the expectations of both Atos and the DWP. “The NMC decision to remove the healthcare professional from the register is entirely consistent with the serious nature of these actions.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We expect the highest standards from the contractors who carry out assessments on our behalf and this behaviour is in no way tolerated by DWP.“All claimants have the right to a fair assessment and we have been working closely with Atos to fully investigate the situation and review any cases overseen by the individual concerned.”She said she could not disclose how many PIP assessments Bailey had carried out.last_img read more

The disability charity Scope is to close its disab

first_imgThe disability charity Scope is to close its disabled-led online publication Disability Now (DN) in a bid to cut costs, more than 30 years after it first appeared as a newspaper.But questions have been asked over Scope’s decision to continue publishing DN-branded content on its own website.DN was first published, under a different name, in 1984, first as a newspaper, then as a magazine, and finally in an online-only format four years ago.But Richard Lane, Scope’s head of communications, said the charity had now decided that DN was “no longer a viable business in its current format”.DN’s only member of staff, its disabled editor Ian Macrae – it also used a number of disabled freelances – has apparently been made redundant, although the charity has not confirmed this.Lane said the charity had decided to close the publication because of the major changes in “the variety and diversity of media and content covering disability issues” over the last three decades.He said: “At an incredibly difficult financial time for the charity sector, we have to look at all expenditure very carefully. This decision was not taken lightly.”Scope plans to continue to publish DN-branded editorial on its own website, and it said this would “continue to be produced and led by disabled people”, while it planned to have someone working in a journalism role, which could be Macrae.DN has always fiercely guarded its significant level of editorial independence from Scope*.A Scope spokeswoman claimed that the new content would “absolutely retain its editorial independence” from Scope, and that there would be no control at all by Scope over that content.Lane said later: “In terms of future plans, no final decision has been made yet on timings or the look and feel of the content.“What has been agreed is that the name Disability Now will live on in new content to be hosted on Scope’s blog.“This content will be features and interviews produced by disabled people covering a wide variety of issues.“We’ll update followers of DN in the new year when more information is available.”Paul Carter, a former reporter on the magazine, and more recently presenter of its monthly podcasts – which he said were “one of the jewels in its crown” – said he was not surprised by the decision.But he added: “It’s been coming for a long time. I still think it’s a tragedy.”Scope said in a statement that it needed “to keep up with changing times”, and that there were now “new ways and new platforms that can provide greater reach and greater impact” in a media world in which disabled people’s voices are “heard through more specialist and mainstream platforms, blogs and podcasts than ever before”.But Carter, who is hoping to continue presenting disability-themed podcasts, said: “I completely understand the media landscape has changed.“I don’t think DN was ever immune to that background.“I understand Scope’s reasoning, even if I don’t agree with it.“At a time when we as a community are more under threat than ever, and it feels the wider mainstream media seems to have its guns trained on us, we need a voice and outlet more than ever.“To shut down one of those lead voices at a time when we need it most seems wrong, but I understand it as a financial decision.”He said that the idea of continuing to publish DN-branded content on Scope’s website when there was “no connection to what has gone before” was “a stretch”.Over three decades, DN ensured that the voices of disabled people were heard on the issues that mattered to them, a task that was continued successfully by Macrae as he oversaw the closure of its print version and moved it to a web-only format.In recent years, DN’s podcasts have covered some of the most controversial issues of the day, and featured interviews with high-profile disabled people, including Baroness [Jane] Campbell, Frank Gardner, Evelyn Glennie, David Blunkett, and a string of disabled activists, campaigners, Paralympians, politicians, academics and artists.Under former editor Mary Wilkinson, DN built a reputation for campaigning journalism, pushing for changes in the law and government policy on issues such as extending winter fuel payments to disabled people, legalising medicinal cannabis, toughening sentences for ill-treatment and neglect of people with learning difficulties in residential care, and addressing the abuse of accessible parking spaces.But its most significant campaigning success came as a result of a pioneering and hard-hitting investigation into disability hate crime, led by its former news editor, Katharine Quarmby – and a subsequent report co-published with the UK Disabled People’s Council and Scope – which had a huge impact on both the criminal justice system and the mainstream media.Macrae, who worked for the BBC before he joined DN, declined to discuss Scope’s announcement with Disability News Service (DNS) this week, but in a blog he said that the publication had “given voice to those who are all too often silenced, featured issues that are all too often ignored and challenged those who do not believe disabled people’s voices should be heard”.He added: “In our written content and podcasts we have also trumpeted and celebrated the pride which we and many disabled people feel in being who and what we are.”*DNS editor John Pring is a former reporter, news editor, acting editor and deputy editor of Disability Nowlast_img read more

Judge Halts Activity of SF Immigration Advisor Sued for Fraud

first_imgIn a preliminary move, a judge ruled today that an immigration specialist in the Mission District will have to stop giving advice to his clients after being sued by the city for fraud and impersonating an attorney.Leo Lacayo, an immigration and tax specialist with offices at 3330 Mission St. near 29th Street, is being sued by City Attorney Dennis Herrera for giving legal advice without a law degree. The suit, among other allegations, also states that Lacayo charges clients “thousands of dollars” for “shoddy services,” and that immigration forms are often filled out so improperly that they “even put clients at risk of deportation.”Lacayo dismissed the claims in the suit and accused the city attorney of suing him because he supports Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. Surrounded by Republican paraphernalia in his office, Lacayo said the city’s witnesses are lying. On Tuesday, Judge Harold Kahn ignored those allegations and ruled in San Francisco Superior Court that the city would likely prevail in its suit and that Lacayo must cease immigration consulting until he is properly registered with the state. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “Leonardo Lacayo shall not for compensation engage in the business of or act in the capacity of an immigration consultant” without first passing a background check, filing a state form, and putting up $100,000 in a bond, the judge wrote in granting the preliminary injunction.He also said Lacayo was prohibited from providing legal advice outside the scope of immigration consulting and would have to prominently display the fact that he is not an attorney, among other requirements.Lacayo said the city’s suit was weak. Of more than 190,000 clients Lacayo has had in some three decades working with immigrants, the city has only been able to find two who allege he misrepresented himself, he said.“I never tell people I’m an attorney because I’m not,” he said. “According to them I told one to two people I’m a lawyer in 33 years? What kind of bullshit is that?”“The only reason they’re after me is I support Donald Trump,” he added. The lawsuit brought by the city attorney alleges that Lacayo not only gave legal advice without a law degree, but also failed to provide documents in a client’s native language and even threatened to call the police on one client who demanded a copy of her son’s file.Six clients have been deposed by the Office of the City Attorney so far in the case, two of whom say Lacayo stated he was a lawyer, or “abogado de inmigracion,” an immigration lawyer. The other four did not say Lacayo impersonated an attorney, but said they assumed Lacayo was a lawyer because he offered immigration advice and never explained that he was not a lawyer. As a prominent Latino surrogate for Trump, Lacayo said he is often on television advertising for the presidential candidate. This, he said, bothers his opponents in City Hall. Herrera is singling him out of dozens of other immigration consultants in the city, he said.“There’s over 100 consultants in this city. None of them are in compliance with the state code, and some of them advertise in Spanish radio as lawyers!” Lacayo said, saying he relies on word of mouth for his clients. At a press conference outside the Superior Court at 400 McAllister St. on Tuesday morning, representatives from La Raza Centro Legal, a non-profit legal services organization in the Mission District, said Lacayo had been committing fraud for decades.“We’re here standing against the fraud that Mr. Lacayo has perpetrated against the immigrant community,” said Maria Victoria Castro, the executive director of La Raza. Surrounded by a dozen women outside the courthouse, Castro said Lacayo was part of a long tradition of sham consultants who target immigrants.“San Francisco has a long history of fraud against our immigrant community,” she said. “This is an instance of a predatory notario,” said Amanda Alvarado Ford, an immigration lawyer with La Raza, using the Spanish term for an immigration consultant.La Raza was contacted two years ago by an undocumented woman from El Salvador who had gone to Lacayo seeking asylum after a domestic violence incident, Alvarado Ford said. Lacayo agreed to help the woman and filed paperwork, she said, despite there being no route to asylum for domestic violence survivors at the time. Taking the woman’s money without any real path to citizenship was fraudulent, she said. Lacayo’s actions made the woman’s information accessible and made it more likely she would be targeted for deportation, she said.“Was it fraud? Absolutely,” said Alvarado Ford. “He took more than $1,000 from my client and put her at real risk of deportation.”The law eventually changed some eight months after the woman approached Lacayo, and she was able to get a visa on her own. The woman — who wished to remain anonymous but is named in the suit — is one of six witnesses deposed by the city attorney in the case against Lacayo.Lacayo, for his part, said the woman was “lying.” The woman wants money, he said, and would look to settle with him before going to trial.As to the charge that he gives legal advice without a law degree or consultation certificate, he said the point is moot. He does not give such advice, he said.“How many times have you been in this office?” he said. “Has anyone ever told you I’m a lawyer?”“Of course they’re making it up,” he added. center_img 0%last_img read more

HATTONS Travel our official coach provider and s

first_imgHATTON’S Travel, our official coach provider and sponsor of the Sponsors’ Lounge at Langtree Park, is offering all Saints fans a fantastic packages to the Millennium Stadium and Wembley for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.The packages are:Rugby League World Cup 2013 – Opening CeremonyAustralia v England & Wales v ItalyOct 25 – Oct 27 20132 Nights Bed & Breakfast at Hilton NewportTransportation to and from Games at Millennium Stadium on 26 October£139 ppRugby League World Cup – Semi Finals 2013Nov 22 – Nov 24 20132 Nights Bed & Breakfast at the Hilton Canary Wharf, LondonTransportation to and from Games at Wembley Stadium on 23 November£149 ppTo find out more call Hattons Travel on 01744 811 818 or log on to their website.*this doesn’t include your match ticketlast_img read more

SAINTS next First Utility Super League match sees

first_imgSAINTS’ next First Utility Super League match sees them make the trip over to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to face Wakefield.Nathan Brown’s men will take on the Wildcats on Sunday March 23 with a 3pm kick off – and tickets are now on sale.Prices are £20 for adults and £12 for concessions, students and juniors.Because of the reduced capacity at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium fans are advised to get their tickets before they travel.Please note junior season ticket holders MUST swap their vouchers before matchday as they will not be swapped at Wakefield.Tickets will go off sale on Friday at 5pm.Coach travel is available for £10.50 for season ticket holders and £11.50 for non. It leaves Langtree Park at 12.15pm but you must pre-purchase a ticket before travel.You can buy your tickets at the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Its homage to the times when just as you think al

first_imgIt’s homage to the times when just as you think all hope has gone, the players come up with something special.Well, tonight was one of those nights.With seven minutes to go the game was gone.Salford led 24-8 and were completing their sets at 100 per cent.Saints then produced a comeback that will be talked about for years.James Roby went over following some superb offloads and then Regan Grace took Theo Fages’ looping pass to spin past Greg Johnson.Most still expected to see the visitors head home with the points but from the restart Tommy Makinson broke down the centre of the field and within a blink of an eye Percival was coming back inside to put Jonny Lomax in under the posts.A couple of minutes remained, Lomax missed a drop goal attempt and then Salford played out their set for a draw.But on the last, Robert Lui kicked the ball, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook plucked the ball out of mid air showed great guile to offload to Matty Smith.The scrum half then cooly slotted over a drop goal from 40 metres to send the Totally Wicked Stadium insane.The hush as it left his boot to the outpouring of emotion as he ran 40 metres to celebrate in front of his family will live long in the memory.No one could have predicted what was to come when both sides went in tied at half time.Todd Carney had kicked the Devils to a 2-0 lead before Matty Smith produced a sublime bit of skill.Zeb Taia danced along the line and when it arrived with the scrum half he dummied, and then flew through the defensive line to go over in the corner.Mark Percival goaled but a crucial error after the hooter had sounded allowed Niall Evalds to touchdown.In the second Greg Johnson stepped inside to score and then Robert Lui extended the lead as he burrowed over from dummy half.Evalds then extended the lead with a controversial try and the game was gone.But as they say, Never Write Off The Saints.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Smith, Roby, Grace, Lomax Goals: Percival (4 from 6)Devils: Tries: Evalds (2), Johnson, Lui Goals: Carney (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 9 Devils: 7HT: 8-8 FT: 25-24REF: S MikalauskasATT: 10,001Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 20. Morgan Knowles.Devils: 5. Niall Evalds; 24. Jake Bibby, 4. Junior Saíu, 22. Kris Welham, 21 Greg Johnson; 6. Robert Lui, 29. Todd Carney; 8. Craig Kopczak, 9. Logan Tomkins, 14. Lama Tasi, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Ryan Lannon, 13. Mark Flanagan. Subs: 3. Josh Jones, 16 Olsi Krasniqi, 20. Kris Brinning, 30. James Hasson.last_img read more

Matty Smith returns to the squad after suffering a

first_imgMatty Smith returns to the squad after suffering an eye injury in the game at Leeds in June whilst Luke Douglas misses out with a knee problem.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 32. Matty Lees, 36. Zeb Taia.Daryl Powell will choose his 17 from:1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Greg Minikin, 4. Michael Shenton, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16. Ben Roberts, 18. Matt Cook, 20. Larne Patrick, 21. Joel Monaghan, 23. Tom Holmes, 25. Jy Hitchcox, 34. Alex Foster.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be announced shortly.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The trio were selected in John Kears 24man squad

first_imgThe trio were selected in John Kear’s 24-man squad.14 of the 17 players who featured in Wales’ victory over Italy last October to secure World Cup qualification – including Ben Morris who scored a brace that day – have been named.Despite not being named in the initial train-on squad, uncapped Chester Butler and Gavin Bennion have both been called up to the final 24.Halifax’s Butler is the grandson of former Wales international Colin Dixon, while Bennion has recently left Rochdale Hornets to join Super League club Salford Red Devils.The only other uncapped player is Josh Ralph, who plays in the Queensland (Intrust Super) Cup for Tweed Head Seagulls.Ben Flower (Achilles), Jake Emmitt (elbow), Lloyd White (hamstring), Ollie Olds (ACL), Rhys Evans (shoulder), Calvin Wellington (hamstring) and Daniel Brown (ACL) have all been ruled out through injury.Gil Dudson, Larne Patrick and Dan Fleming, meanwhile, are unavailable for the tournament.Wales head coach John Kear said: “I’m really happy with the squad that I’ve got for the tournament.“We’ve had withdrawals – some because of injury and some for personal reasons – but the lads who are going are showing a great deal of desire to represent their country.“I’m pretty certain that they will perform at this World Cup on the biggest stage. It’s a great opportunity.“We’ve not won a World Cup match since 2000. We didn’t qualify for the 2008 World Cup and we didn’t win in 2013.“It’s a long time between World Cup wins, but we’re unbeaten in six matches and the main goal is to get that first win. There’s then nothing to say that we can’t get out of the group and make the quarter-finals.”Wales:Courtney Davies, Steve Parry (both Gloucestershire All Golds), Chester Butler (Halifax), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Joe Burke (Oldham), Gavin Bennion, Ant Walker (both Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (both South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Josh Ralph (Tweed Head Seagulls), Phil Joseph (Workington Town), Matty Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)Wales’ 24-man squad will meet up later today to begin a two-day training camp in North Wales, concluding with a celebration dinner tomorrow evening.The squad will then fly out to Brisbane for a further training camp on Tuesday October 17.Wales will open their Rugby League World Cup 2017 campaign against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, October 28.They will then travel to Townsville in North Queensland to take on Fiji on Sunday, November 5.One week later, the Dragons will play their final group match against Ireland in Perth.last_img read more

The Dragons were soundly beaten by Widnes in their

first_imgThe Dragons were soundly beaten by Widnes in their first game of the season and now host a Saints side that got their season off to a flyer against Castleford.“I went over to Widnes and watched their game,” he said. “It was a tough first hit out. I’m sure they will be ready to go this week. No one wants to start off a season like that and I’m sure those boys will be ready. It will be a tough game for us.“It can be hostile for away teams going there; I know confidence is high in the group over there too when they play at home.“We have to worry about ourselves, preparing well and doing what we can to come away with the victory.”He continued: “We went in and out in a day last year and got the win towards the end of the game. It can be tough to do that, but it is a mental thing. We can’t dwell on it and make excuses.“We will be tuned in to get there, get the job done and come home.”Tickets for seven of Saints’ Betfred Super League fixtures are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.For details, click here.last_img read more

2017 home sales topped 1 billion in Brunswick County

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the first time in more than a decade, residential real estate sales topped $1 billion in Brunswick County last year.According to the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, sales in 2017 totaled $1.2 billion. It’s the first time sales crossed the billion-dollar threshold since 2005, said the group, which also says sales values were 32-percent higher than 2016.- Advertisement – BCAR says the number of units sold in 2017 jumped 23 percent over the previous year, increasing from 3,746 to 4,613 with the average sales price increased 8.5 percent, from $243,610 to $261,925.With more than 1,000 properties sold, the Leland area remained the county’s biggest selling market in 2017, with sales volume totaling $266 million. Southport followed with slightly more than 500 properties sold and a total sales volume of $154 million.The final month of the year also saw increases from a year earlier. Residential sales in December increased 3.8 percent compared to the December 2016, from 344 to 357. The average sales price went from $248,000 this December compared to $264,923 last year, and total sales increased from $85.16 to $94.58 million, an 11 percent jump.Related Article: US added a robust 224,000 jobs in June after weak May gainBrunswick CountyUnits SoldDecember 2017: 357December 2016: 344Increase/decrease: +3.8%Average Sale PriceDecember 2017: $264,923December 2016: $248,000Increase/decrease: +6.8%Total Sales VolumeDecember 2017: $94,580,000December 2016: $85,160,000Increase/decrease: +11.1%Bladen CountyUnits Sold: 10Average Sale Price: $100,490Total Sales Volume: $1,000,000Columbus CountyUnits Sold: 14Average Sale Price: $107,471Total Sales Volume: $1,500,000last_img read more

Cape Fear Jetport expanding set to add new terminal

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC OAK OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Jetport is taking off, literally.To meet the demands of more customers and pilots it is expanding operations.- Advertisement – The airport will add a new terminal to the grounds.The bottom floor is more than 5,000 feet and the top floor is 200 feet.Airport Director Howie Franklin says it will be a multi-use facility for airport, law enforcement and other emergencies.Related Article: Brunswick Co. emergency response aerial mosquito spraying begins this weekAccording to the FAA, this airport is the fourth busiest in North Carolina.last_img read more

History buffs celebrate 250th anniversary of St Philips Church

first_img There were period church services and lectures about the church’s restoration.Programs coordinator Shannon Walker says the history of the church means a lot to her and she loves sharing it with the community.“I look at this church and I see all that it has witnessed in history,” Walker said. “In the end, it’s just made out of brick and masonry, but it’s the people who have seen it 250 years ago. We’re seeing almost the same thing that they would have seen and that church has witnessed all of that.”Related Article: Become a part of Living History at Moores Creek National BattlefieldWalker says the historic site is always looking for volunteers for their living history events like this. The walls of St. Philips Anglican Church still stand 250 years after its consecration (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — History buffs young and old came out to Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site to celebrate the birthday of the longest standing church in the Cape Fear.St. Philips Anglican Church was consecrated 250 years ago. It was set ablaze by the British during the American Revolution, but the walls still stand to this day.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FEMA official talks hurricane aid applications denials housing

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — FEMA has been hard at work in the Cape Fear after Hurricane Florence.This morning, Darrell Habisch with FEMA was in the studio on Good Morning Carolina to talk about current efforts and how you can get help.- Advertisement – Habisch said FEMA has teams around the area helping people who are now homeless from the storm. He said FEMA does not have trailers set up for people who need somewhere to stay, but they are working with other agencies and shelters to make sure people have a safe place to live right now.Many people in the area have been upset, because they said FEMA denied their request for help. Habisch said there are many reasons for this. He said most likely, the application was missing something like a signature, a form of identification or an issue with the social security number. He said there is a chance you could still get help.If you need help filing for assistance from FEMA or have questions, you can now meet with representatives in person. Specialists from FEMA and the US small business administration will be at independence mall in Wilmington at 3500 Oleander Drive. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm.Related Article: CFPUA’s extended waiver and what that means for electronic paymentsHabisch also addressed saving receipts, unemployment, and how you can get the help you need.last_img read more

US top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fight

first_img <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> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by an unidentified company owned by a foreign government to contest a grand jury subpoena related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, though the justices’ action does not force the firm to comply.A federal judge imposed a $50,000-per-day fine against the company, which had asked the justices to hear its appeal of a December appeals court ruling that upheld a judge’s decision to hold it in contempt for refusing to fulfil a document request made in the subpoena.The company already could owe more than $3 million (2.27 million pounds).The Supreme Court rejected the appeal in a brief order with no noted dissents from any of the nine justices.Mueller submitted a confidential final report on his findings to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday. On Sunday, Barr said Mueller did not find a conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.A spokesman for Mueller’s office said the case involving the subpoena will now be overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.The case has remained a high-profile mystery, with the Supreme Court and lower courts declining to identify the company, the country that owns it or the specific purpose of the subpoena. The company, which has a U.S. office, has said it was a witness, not a suspect, in Mueller’s investigation.Court papers detailing its legal arguments were made public but all information about specific facts of the dispute were redacted. The subpoena was issued last July.The Supreme Court in January refused to put the lower court ruling on hold. According to court filings, the daily fine imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell started accruing on Jan. 15. Such fines accrue until the grand jury is no longer sitting. It is unknown whether this grand jury has completed its work.The legal question was whether the company is protected under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a law that allows foreign countries to avoid lawsuits in U.S. courts. The law does not cover commercial activities. The company argued that this law protects it not just in civil cases but also in criminal cases. The company also argued that foreign governments are immune from contempt findings in U.S. courts.On behalf of Mueller’s office, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the Trump administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, had asked the justices not to take up the case, deeming the lower court rulings correct.Mueller charged a series of Russian individuals and three Russian companies. The conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort involved his concealment from U.S. authorities of millions of dollars he was paid as a consultant to pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians.Mueller neither concluded that Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, nor did he exonerate him of obstruction.Trump denied collusion and obstruction. Russia denied interfering in the election.WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Do you want cleanliness and discipline Muscat asks party supporters

first_img <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> Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat asked the party supporters whether they want cleanliness and discipline in their localities, during an activity held in Triq is-Swatar, Msida on Thursday evening.The political activity is part of Partit Laburista’s Annual General Conference themed ‘Lokalitajiet ta’ Għada’.During his concluding remarks, Muscat asked those present whether they want cleanliness in their respective localities having earlier said that he is not happy with the level of cleanliness in Malta. Speaking about a proposed reform for the local councils, he observed that one important aspect of the reform is that the regions will have more control over the issue of cleanliness and rubbish. He stressed that the level of cleanliness in the country must rise over the coming years saying that the Maltese held to their heart the cleanliness inside their homes and this should be reflected on the outside.Speaking about the upcoming Annual General Conference, Muscat said that while local councils were not his favorite, the manifesto which will be launched shortly explains better the Party’s vision for the various localities. He mentioned how Partit Laburista has prepared a manifesto for each locality saying that this was a result of a bottom up approach. According to Muscat, the Party’s vision for local council will give the local councils more tools to work with.Muscat spoke as well of the surplus which was recently registered by the country, saying that the country for the third consecutive year managed to register yet another surplus. Using the analogy of a business losing money, he said Malta was losing money in the past, however now it was registering a surplus. Muscat remarked that the Government has changed completely the country’s direction however at the same increased pensions and decreased taxes among others.Speaking about the surplus, Muscat told the supporters that when asked where the surplus is going, they should remember the cheques they have received, the tax refund, the VAT refund received on cars bought between 2003 – 2009, as well as higher pensions.Work-related injustices are being addressed, Muscat told party supporters on Thursday, saying that some €11.5 million will be given to 6,000 people who have suffered of such injustices in the past. The measure is directed towards addressing injustices suffered by police officers who were not paid for their overtime, dock workers, among others.Muscat during his concluding remarks reiterated the claim that Partit Nazzjonalista tried to prevent elections in some 23 localities. Elaborating on this claim, Muscat explained that the PN tried to disenfranchise voters, ‘in the hope that if the local council elections had not been held in these localities, the voters would not have gone out to vote in the EP elections’. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Advice from the Electoral Commission ahead of Saturdays EU vote

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 Electoral Commission is reminding voters that polls are open between 7AM and 10PM tomorrow 25th May.They advise voters to go to the polling stations outlined on their voting document.Ten voters who are able to vote without assistance are to enter into the polling booth for every voter who needs assistance to vote from the assistant electoral commissioners.Those that seek to obstruct the process of voting will be considered to have committed an offence punishable under the law.WhatsApplast_img read more