The information watchdog is to investigate the Dep

first_imgThe information watchdog is to investigate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its refusal to publish secret reviews into 49 benefit-related deaths.The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched the investigation into DWP’s failure to provide information requested by Disability News Service (DNS).A series of DNS Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests eventually revealed how DWP has carried out 49 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths since February 2012.Of the 49 “peer reviews”, it later emerged that 33 contained recommendations for improvements in procedures at either national or local level within DWP, while 40 of the 49 reviews were carried out following the suicide or apparent suicide of a benefit claimant.But despite FoIA requests from DNS, and others, DWP has refused to publish the reviews, or their summaries, recommendations or conclusions, even with personal details of benefit claimants removed.It claims that releasing the reviews – even with these details removed – could breach section 44 of the FoIA, because section 123 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 makes it an offence for anyone employed in social security administration to “disclose without lawful authority any information which he acquired in the course of that employment and which relates to a particular person”. Now the ICO has said that it will investigate a complaint lodged by DNS into the failure to release the information.The ICO’s case officer said: “The focus of my investigation will be to determine whether the DWP is entitled to rely on section 44 as a basis for refusing to provide the information you requested.“Should it not be a valid refusal of your request the commissioner will also determine what information can be provided within the appropriate cost limit.”The investigation is likely to take several months. Even if the ICO rules that the information should be released, DWP would still have a right of appeal.DWP has refused to comment.Last month, the Commons work and pensions committee called on the government to set up a new independent body – modelled on the police complaints watchdog – to investigate the deaths of benefit claimants, and ensure “that the role of all publicly-funded agencies involved in the provision of services or benefits to the individual is scrutinised”.last_img read more

Questioned about when Labour will call a confidenc

first_imgQuestioned about when Labour will call a confidence motion, Mr Corbyn says he will be considering the situation when parliament returns in September #Ridge.Read more here: https://t.co/AOujv0J6tM pic.twitter.com/bbEof8HUFu— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) July 28, 2019On Labour’s Brexit policy…Corbyn did not confirm whether Labour would campaign for Leave or Remain against its own deal.Are you now supporting a second referendum in all circumstances? “No deal we’ll oppose and we think people should have a final choice on it.  They can have a vote then between remain and whatever option Boris Johnson decides to put to them at that time…”Does Labour now back a second referendum in all circumstances? “What we’d say is there’ll be a second referendum to make a choice between whatever deal is arranged and what the public want.”Including a Labour deal if you are in power? “Yes, of course, the same thing would apply.”Are you going to be campaigning for Remain? What if Labour negotiates the deal? “Well we have got to get into office first to negotiate a deal, we’ve got to win an election first…” (later) “What we propose is actually a very good deal… That is what we put forward and that obviously is why I put it forward because my issue is also uniting people in the country. My party is the only one that had significant numbers of people who voted both Remain and Leave in the referendum.” Jeremy Corbyn says he was “upset at the feelings of our former staff” in the Panorama documentary on antisemitism in the Labour Party, but says he was also “upset at the way the programme was characterised and presented”.Read more here: https://t.co/AOujv10Hlk pic.twitter.com/Pnisx4Dc5A— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) July 28, 2019On diversity in political parties… When asked about the diversity of the cabinet, Jeremy Corbyn says he welcomes diversity but says parliament has a “long way to go” before it properly reflects wider society #Ridge.Read more here: https://t.co/AOujv0J6tM pic.twitter.com/zdPKFe0A0c— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) July 28, 2019 Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will campaign to remain in a second referendum in the event of a no-deal Brexit.But on how they would campaign if there was a Labour negotiated deal, he says “We have to get into power first”.Read more here: https://t.co/AOujv0J6tM pic.twitter.com/pLIJMY5Sau— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) July 28, 2019On antisemitism and the BBC Panorama programme…Corbyn said he was upset by the programme and felt “very sorry and very sad” for the staffers who contributed and spoke of mental health problems. He outlined the reasons for which he did not want a fully independent complaints process.What did you think of it? “I was upset at the feelings of some of our former staff, what they said. I was upset by the way the programme was characterised and presented, and we have put in some complaints surrounding that.  I am very clear there is no place whatsoever for antisemitism in our society, in our communities or in our party.”Kat Buckingham had quit the party with nowhere to go and had a breakdown, Sam Matthews actively considered committing suicide, Louise Withers-Green was signed off with depression and anxiety.  How do you feel when you hear that? “I feel very sorry and very sad for them.  The first thing I did when I became leader of the party was to ask senior staff what processes were available for staff support because of stress at work.  Now this wasn’t about antisemitism, just the whole principle of stress at work, I feel very strongly about that and that support has to be there. Some of those people had to work very hard and were overwhelmed by cases, letters and so on and remember, our party membership virtually trebled.”Can you say totally that since Jennie Formby became general secretary there has been no interference by you or anyone in your office? “What we said is ‘get the cases done as quickly as you can in a timely, fair and legally sustainable manner’.”Why don’t you just set up an independent process? “Nobody else has an independent process in their organisations. What we do have is legal oversight of the process to ensure consistency in decision making and when the Equalities and Human Rights Commission concludes its report, we will obviously listen very carefully to what they have to say.  I do think there has to be a legally robust process. We also have a degree of independence in the party, there is something called the national constitutional committee which is completely independent of me and the national executive and they make the final decision.”Do you take responsibility? “I am the leader of the party therefore I must take responsibility for what happens in our party.” Can you guarantee that you will call a confidence motion before we leave the EU in October? “I can guarantee you this: we will do everything to prevent a no deal exit and we will do everything to challenge this government and we’ll do it at the time of our choosing.” Do you think Boris Johnson is racist? “Boris Johnson has said some awful comments about black children, about Muslim women and about people within our society and our community which I absolutely condemn.  I hope he will understand the hurt that caused with the remarks that he made.”Labour is now the only party that hasn’t had a woman leader. Is that something you should be ashamed of? “I’m not ashamed of it but there will be a woman leader in the future, I’m very sure.” Would you like the next leader to be a woman? “I’m not going to get involved in choosing them because I am very happy in the job I’m doing and I am very determined to win the general election so we get a Labour government but that Labour government will be gender balanced.”center_img Jeremy Corbyn says he is not ashamed that Labour is the only party who has never had a woman as leader, and says he is not going to get involved in choosing his successor.Mr Corbyn added “I’m fit, I’m ready, I’m raring to go” for an election, even if it’s in 2022 #Ridge pic.twitter.com/zRCphSn3L0— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) July 28, 2019 Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Sophy RIdge /Sunday shows / If you, like LabourList, took a break from politics over the weekend, you’ll want to know about Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with Sophy Ridge. Here’s what the Labour leader told Sky News on Sunday.On calling a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister…Corbyn did not reveal when Labour would put down a motion of no confidence, and suggested it would depend on Boris Johnson’s next Brexit moves.When are you going to call a no confidence vote in the Prime Minister? “Parliament goes back in September. I think it’s at that point that we’ll look at the situation there. But it’s also up to the Prime Minister what he decides to do as well, because if he’s trying to take us out on a no deal Brexit at the end of October we will oppose that.” When asked about accusations that black MPs who have been appointed to the cabinet had sold their souls, Jeremy Corbyn says “they’re Conservatives, they believe in conservatism, they’ve been appointed in their party. I’d leave it at that.” #Ridge pic.twitter.com/cwT1hqVHSz— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) July 28, 2019On the next election…If that election isn’t until 2022, will you still fight it? “I am fine, I’m fit, I’m ready, I’m raring to go.”last_img read more

SF Missions Zeitgeist looks to expand

first_img 0% Zeitgeist’s coveted outdoor patio recently made headlines when the owners successfully protested a development at 198 Valencia St. that threatened to throw a shadow over Zeitgeist’s sunny patio. The Planning Commission told the developer to drop the building’s height a few feet by lowering the ceiling of the planned commercial space on the ground floor. A former sheet metal shop at 80 Duboce Ave. could soon serve as an extension of the popular Mission District bar Zeitgeist.As Capp Street Crap first reported, the owners of the bar at 199 Valencia St. are seeking to extend their liquor and food license into the adjacent building in a “premise to premise” transfer that would put them on the corner of Duboce Avenue and Valencia Street. Planning records indicate the bar’s owners bought the adjacent 5,250 square foot industrial building in 2016, which bounds Zeitgeist’s outdoor patio and is separated by a wall decorated with pink elephants. A manager of the bar could not be reached for comment by press time, and it is unclear what the expansion will look like. According to a spokesperson from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control, the application was processed on June 26 and is still in the beginning phases of the agency’s review.  If the application is not protested, the license could be issued in 60 to 90 days.center_img Tags: bars • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS Player of the Month Networking Events will

first_imgSAINTS Player of the Month Networking Events will return for 2014.The first meeting will kick off on Wednesday February 26 at 8.30am, again proudly in conjunction with Oval Insurance Broking Ltd.Last season the Player of the Month Networking events included a wide range of guest speakers including journalists, former players and charity reps all offering their unique insight.Dates for your diary:Wednesday February 26Thursday March 27Wednesday April 30You can introduce a friend to the sessions and win a pair of tickets with full hospitality to Saints v Hull KR on Friday March 7.To be involved or to find out more information, email sales@saintsrlfc.com or call 01744 455 053.last_img

JOE Greenwood grabbed a brace as Saints secured a

first_imgJOE Greenwood grabbed a brace as Saints secured a hard fought 30-20 win at Castleford Tigers.The second rower took his season’s tally to nine as Keiron Cunningham’s men pulled within two points of the top four.Defensively they were strong when it mattered too, limiting a lively looking Tigers to just two tries in the second half.Greenwood was a threat throughout as was Mark Percival who looked very competent and comfortable in his second game back from injury.That duo looked the most likely to be Saints’ avenue for points from the offset – and so it proved.Cas scored first after the visitors knocked the ball on in their own 40 through Joel Monaghan but Saints hit back on 18 minutes.Greenwood mopped up Luke Walsh’s high ball after James Roby had scampered 70 metres.Jonny Lomax and Percival pulled off a try saving tackle on Matt Cook 25 minutes in and then clever defence forced a drop out.But within a minute, another kick to the right hand side saw Cas take the lead.Denny Solomona this time out-jumped the defence to grab hold of Gale’s kick.Saints had chances as the half closed out but found their hosts mean in defence.‘Complete your sets’ would likely have been the rallying call in the Saints’ shed at half time – and they did just that.With the half backs on the ball more they put Cas under pressure and turned them on their heels.Shannon McDonnell was denied by a Tigers’ fingertip from Dominique Peyroux’s pass on 42 minutes before Saints repeated the move on their next set with success.McDonnell scoring his second of the season.Walsh nailed the conversion from the touchline but agonisingly, within a minute, the lead was back with the home side.Saints somehow lost the ball following the restart and Mike McMeeken was caught on a lovely angle.Jy Hitchcox then beat the Saints defence for pace after an innocuous looking kick through near the line on the last.Saints had to hold their nerve and weather the pressure once more.And like last time they responded; Kyle Amor latching on to Jon Wilkin’s powerful run following Saints best attack of the second half.Joe Greenwood then bagged his second after the home side made a hash of another high ball from Walsh.The second rower staying ever alert for the loose ball – and getting his ninth of the season to boot.Then came the defence. Saints made three goal-line stands – including a wonder tackle from Luke Walsh – before putting the game to bed.And what a try it was too.Walsh combined with Theo Fages to turn it inside for Jonny Lomax who ghosted over the line.It was a breathtaking and relieving move… and the delight on the away fans and players said it all.Match Summary:Tigers:Tries: Monaghan, Solomona, McMeeken, HitchcoxGoals: Gale (2 from 4)Saints:Tries: Greenwood (2), McDonnell, Amor, LomaxGoals: Walsh (5 from 5)Penalties:Tigers: 7Saints: 6HT: 6-10FT: 30-20REF: G HewerATT: 6658Teams:Tigers:5. Denny Solomona; 2. Joel Monaghan, 19. Ben Crooks, 16. Matt Cook, 25. Jy Hitchcox; 18. Ryan Hampshire, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Adam Milner, 14. Lee Jewitt, 10. Grant Millington, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Nathan Massey.Subs: 15. Paul McShane, 16. Matt Cook, 22. Gadwin Springer, 23. Will Maher, 31. Conor Fitzsimmons.Saints:23. Shannon McDonnell; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Dominque Peyroux, 4. Mark Percival, 22. Jack Owens; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

The hooker scooped the Players Player of the Year

first_imgThe hooker scooped the Players’ Player of the Year, the Members’ Player of the Year and the Player of the Year accolades at the event that was sponsored by Totally Wicked.Josh Simm won the 16s Player of the Year whilst Matty Lees, who made his first team debut recently, took home the 19s Player of the Year.Reserves Player of the Year was Danny Richardson; Regan Grace was named Young Player of the Year and the Player of the Year Runner Up was Alex Walmsley.But it was the mercurial hooker that had a special night with his triple haul.Eamonn McManus called him a once in a generation player whilst Head Coach Justin Holbrook said: “For James to win the Players’, fans’ and the main award shows how good he is. He is the best player in the comp.”You can see a video of Roby talking about his awards below:James Roby on his three Awards! #EOSA2017 pic.twitter.com/cxmBGTSIHX— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) September 18, 2017Full Awards:U16s Scholarship POTY – Josh Simm Robinsons Unicorn Visitor’s Centre Under 19s POTY – Matty Lees Robinsons Unicorn Visitor’s Centre Reserves POTY – Danny Richardson Robinsons Trooper Members POTY – James Roby Robinsons Trooper Player’s POTY – James Roby Robinsons Wizard Young POTY – Regan Grace Robinsons Saints Gold Runner-Up POTY – Alex Walmsley Robinsons Saints Gold POTY – James Robylast_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV Ticket

first_imgThe Saints have already registered two convincing victories over the Warriors so far this term, including a Good Friday thumping at the DW in April. We have set the pace and currently command the top end of the Betfred Super League table but form goes out of the window, as the two sides go head-to-head at the Totally Wicked Stadium in Round 22 of the comp.The Warriors will head to the fortress of the Totally Wicked Stadium, a venue at which the Saints have a fantastic record in 2019.Local bragging rights, two Super League points and a chance to further cement our position at the top of the table, are at stake as well as the chance to write another page in the history of this great fixture.Both teams will field an array of talent, with the Saints’ team featuring World class internationals in Tommy Makinson, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax just to name a few while the Warriors will rely on the likes of Zak Hardaker, George Williams and the evergreen Sean O’Loughlin.The fixture has gone from strength to strength and has secured it’s position as the biggest Derby in Rugby League, with countless dramas, highs and lows and is always truly combative with locals wearing their hearts on their sleeves!BUT, for the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Here is a little taster of what’s to come…,The Saints have already registered two convincing victories over the Warriors so far this term, including a Good Friday thumping at the DW in April. We have set the pace and currently command the top end of the Betfred Super League table but form goes out of the window, as the two sides go head-to-head at the Totally Wicked Stadium in Round 22 of the comp.The Warriors will head to the fortress of the Totally Wicked Stadium, a venue at which the Saints have a fantastic record in 2019.,Both teams will field an array of talent, with the Saints’ team featuring World class internationals in Tommy Makinson, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax just to name a few while the Warriors will rely on the likes of Zak Hardaker, George Williams and the evergreen Sean O’Loughlin.The fixture has gone from strength to strength and has secured it’s position as the biggest Derby in Rugby League, with countless dramas, highs and lows and is always truly combative with locals wearing their hearts on their sleeves!,Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Here is a little taster of what’s to come…last_img read more

Eric and Lara Trump welcome baby boy

first_imgEric Luke Trump was born Tuesday morning. (Photo: Eric Trump/Twitter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/CNN) — Wilmington native Lara Trump and husband Eric have welcomed their first child, a baby boy.Eric Luke Trump arrived at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to the announcement made by the couple on Twitter.- Advertisement – President Donald Trump is a grandfather for the ninth time.Luke Trump joins the President’s brood of grandchildren, which includes son Donald Trump Jr.’s five children with wife, Vanessa, and Ivanka Trump’s three children with her husband, Jared Kushner. Uncle Donald Trump Jr. offered his congratulations to his younger brother, tweeting, “Congrats buddy. Welcome to the club. Now that the niceties are out of the way it’s older brother revenge for that drum set to my kids.”last_img

Data reveals another spike in GenX levels at Chemours

first_imgSOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) —  Preliminary water quality data shows another spike in the levels of GenX in Chemours’ wastewater discharge, according to the NC Department of Environmental Quality.The Concentrations of GenX exceeded the state’s provisional drinking water health goal in late October and early November. DEQ is investigating the cause of the spike and has demanded answers from Chemours, which is supposed to be capturing GenX rather than releasing it into the Cape Fear River.- Advertisement – Chemours told DEQ that data from water quality tests at the company’s wastewater discharge outfall in Fayetteville show concentrations of GenX were 2,400 parts per trillion for samples collected October 27-30 and 290 parts per trillion for samples collected October 31-November 2. While the outfall is not a source of drinking water, the concentrations detected there from October 27-November 2 were well above the state’s provisional health goal for drinking water of 140 parts per trillion.DEQ today alerted county health and public water systems in the lower Cape Fear region to Chemours’ data. Officials are investigating to determine why the spike in GenX concentrations occurred and have demanded that the company provide answers.“This increase in GenX levels is alarming and we are demanding answers from the company so we can safeguard water for the people of North Carolina,” said DEQ Secretary Michael Regan. “The increased discharge of these fluorinated compounds reinforces the actions we’ve taken to revoke Chemours’ wastewater discharge permit.”Related Article: Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenXA similar spike in GenX concentrations at the wastewater discharge outfall occurred three days after an October 6 spill at Chemours’ facility.Chemours previously reported that on October 9 concentrations of GenX at its wastewater discharge outfall were 3,700 parts per trillion. A week ago, DEQ cited Chemours for failing to report the October 6 spill and moved to revoke Chemours’ wastewater discharge permit.DEQ continues to conduct water quality monitoring at several places along the Cape Fear River and will release the results of its latest testing as soon as they are available.DEQ is monitoring water quality in the lower Cape Fear to determine if future state test results reveal elevated concentrations of GenX or other fluorinated compounds at Chemours’ outfall or at finished drinking water sites downstream.last_img read more

Men accused of using counterfeit cash at Wilmington restaurant

first_img As of 1:50 p.m. Thursday, Wilmington Police said the men have been identified. (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) 1 of 3 Suspects accused of using counterfeit $100 at Winnie’s Tavern (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say these men paid for their meal at Winnie’s Tavern on Burnett Boulevard with a counterfeit $100 bill.According to the police report, three men were involved. It happened on December 31 around 1:30 p.m.- Advertisement – center_img (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) (Photo: Wilmington Police Department)last_img