SF Will Favor Local Residents in Affordable Housing Lottery

first_img 0% The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 today to favor local residents in affordable housing lotteries for the first time in city history. The new legislation would make it easier for residents of districts in which affordable housing projects are built to live in those projects.Currently, residents hoping to live in affordable housing projects administered by the city must win a lottery. Preference already exists for residents displaced by redevelopment in the 1970s and those evicted under the Ellis Act, but today’s legislation creates a third category for those those who live near the housing project to which they are applying.Effective in early 2016, 40 percent of any new affordable housing stock built will be distributed to residents of that neighborhood to fight displacement. But the legislation has been fraught with tension, particularly between ethnic groups in the city. Black community leaders testified last week that neighborhood preference is a policy long overdue and that it would have helped keep black communities intact for the past fifty years. “It’s time this city do the right thing by black people who were targeted by redevelopment, who have been victims of injustice because of the lottery system,” said Amos Brown, a pastor and board member of the San Francisco National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, at a committee meeting last week. San Francisco’s black population has declined from 13.4 percent in 1970 to 5.8 percent last year. Black people won less than 1 percent of affordable housing units from 2008 to 2014, though they won a whooping 23.2 percent of city-owned public housing in the same period. Local preference, supporters argued, would help areas like the Bayview-Hunter’s Point take advantage of dozens of units coming to the neighborhood in the next few years. Community leaders in the Mission and Chinatown, however, rallied against the “one-size fits all” approach. They would have preferred that more than 40 percent of the units be reserved for locals and wanted the city to use community borders rather than political boundaries. City officials testified that the legislation was as generous as it legally could be, and even supervisors who wanted stronger guarantees voted for the measure.“We pushed for as high a preference as we could legally go based on the advice of counsel,” wrote Supervisor David Campos, saying local preference is “just one tool” for helping low-income communities. “Unless we build more affordable housing and provide a way for people to get into the housing, we aren’t truly solving our housing crisis.” Latinos have fared badly in affordable housing. They represent 15.3 percent of the city’s population but won just 11 percent of affordable units and 5.4 percent of city-owned public housing from 2008 to 2014.Still, the legislation is the first in the city’s history to prefer local residents for a percentage of affordable housing stock. The legislation now needs the support of the mayor, who was a sponsor of the original legislation, and will go into effect 30 days after receiving his signature. center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • Board of Supervisors • housing • San Francisco • sf Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

YOU too can own a piece of historySaints legend T

first_imgYOU too can own a piece of history.Saints legend Tom Van Vollenhoven has signed just 100 shirts that will be specially framed and embroidered to celebrate the historic Grand Opening Match this Friday.The Club’s record try scorer will lead out the team as they take on Salford City Reds at Langtree Park.Each will be individually numbered and are priced at just £199.To pre-order yours now, log on to www.saintssuperstore.com, call 01744 455 050 (opt 2) or pop into the Club Shop at Langtree Park.last_img read more

ENGLAND have made two changes to the 19man squad

first_imgENGLAND have made two changes to the 19-man squad they selected against Fiji for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 quarter-final against France at the DW Stadium, Wigan (8pm).Saints hooker James Roby and Wigan’s Josh Charnley both return to the squad in place of Hull FC’s Tom Briscoe and Carl Ablett of Leeds Rhinos.“It has been a difficult selection,” said England coach Steve McNamara, who believes his team are improving each week in the competition.“We have no injuries to worry about and we have picked the strongest possible squad to take on France.“The competition for places, across all areas of the squad, is phenomenal and, as a staff, we are seeing a real competitive edge from every member; whether that is in the gym or on the training field. It is a great position to be in and I acknowledge that we have a tremendous work ethic with every member of the group supporting each other.”With France beaten last autumn in the final of the 2012 Autumn Internationals by England, Saturday will be the first time both nations have met since the 48-4 victory for Steve McNamara’s men just over a year ago.“We are playing knockout football this weekend,” he said. “There are no second chances and we have to turn it on. It is a big game occasion, the quarter-final of the Rugby League World Cup, and we are well aware that we will have to play well to progress.“We played with a lot of vigour and intent against Fiji. We showed, for long periods of the game, that we can play to a high standard. We need to improve our concentration and be on our game for the full duration this week. We are gradually improving each week. Now is the time to really produce the goods.“Even though we know the strengths of the France team, with their Super League experience, our focus this week has been on our game and making sure we continue to build.“The lads have been terrific, in every session, and we are very excited about playing in front of another bumper crowd.“It should be a fantastic night at the DW Stadium with a passionate atmosphere expected at one of the sport’s best stadiums.”England:George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Rob Burrow, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood.France:Jean-Philippe Baile, William Barthau, Kane Bentley, Thomas Bosc, Damien Cardace, Remi Casty, Vincent Duport, Olivier Elima, Morgan Escare, Jamal Fakir, Tony Gigot, Clint Greenshields, Younes Khattabi, Antoni Maria, Gregory Mounis, Eloi Pelissier, Sebastian Raguin, Mickael Simon, Cyril Stacul.last_img read more

It is sad to report the passing of Austin Rhodes a

first_imgIt is sad to report the passing of Austin Rhodes at the age of 81, after a long period of ill-health. Anyone who saw him play rugby will tell you that he was real good ‘un. He was virtually the complete player and his wide range of skills meant that he could cover several different positions on the field. In this respect he would have been a prized asset in Super League. Although several of his major triumphs were when he played at full-back, he was still very much a stand-off or scrum-half at heart. He received plaudits from team-mates and opponents alike. Wigan’s star winger Billy Boston was a big fan: “he was like Sam Tomkins in that he had this uncanny ability to step off both feet…I could never do that!”Yet rugby League in the mid-1950s was certainly a tough affair, with skilful practitioners like Austin a target for some harsh treatment from defenders, but he could look after himself too. “Austin always gave me the sort of ball that I could use effectively,” remembers Bev Risman, his stand-off when he joined Leigh. “Apart from being an intelligent footballer, he was never short of knocking people about once or twice either.”Born in Thatto Heath and the son of a collier from a devout Catholic family, Austin attended the local St Austins school, whose Headmaster, Gerry Landers, was famous for developing schoolboy rugby league talent in the early 1950s. He played with great success for his school, town and county – captained them all, in fact – and came to the notice of St Helens RFC after leading St Helens schoolboys to victory in the Lancashire Cup final. His half-back partner was a younger lad called Alex Murphy!Austin signed for the Saints for £100 and at stand-off, made his senior debut against Liverpool City, on 28th March 1955, when Peter Metcalfe was injured. The following season saw him a regular at scrum-half, with another string to his bow, as he volunteered to take over place-kicking duties after Metcalfe’s injury prompted his retirement. He had been a good football player too, an inside right representing the town with the likes of John Connelly, who played for England in the 1966 World Cup. Saints’ fans will remember his typical ‘golfers’ approach to goal kicking with his head well over the ball. He became an excellent marksman, leading the goal-kicking charts with Wakefield’s Neil Fox in 1959-60 [both with 171] and outright in 1960-61, with 145. He also led the points’ scorers that same season, with 338. Fans keeping the score in their match day programmes from the period would invariably put a plethora of ‘G’s next to his name!The 1955-56 campaign ended gloriously for the team, winning the Challenge Cup for the first time against Halifax at Wembley, on 56th April. Although barely out of his teens, Austin made his mark with a brilliant long-distance conversion of Steve Llewellyn’s try that gave the Saints a commanding 10-0 lead at a vital stage of the match.Rhodes ended his first full season with 141 goals and 10 tries in 39 appearances and gained a reputation as a prodigious points scorer. International recognition quickly followed with selection for the 1957 World Cup squad Down Under, but this also led to a major problem that was to stay with him throughout his football career and continued to have an impact for the rest of his life. Thinking he needed to increase his strength to face the Australians and Kiwis, he damaged his back whilst doing extra weight-training. His appending disk problem meant special attention from Coach Jim Sullivan, as Austin recalled years later: “Sully had to strap my back up a certain way before every match. He had to stick layers of plaster across my lower back that eventually would prevent the disk from bulging any further.”Although he made his international debut for Great Britain in the competition, against New Zealand, Austin faced the prospect of National Service. He joined the RAF, where he travelled extensively as a member of the RAF rugby union team and eventually got a posting to the base at Haydock just outside his home town. He had continued to play for the Saints whenever military commitments would allow. By the end of the 1958-59 season, however, Rhodes was converted to full back after an injury to Glyn Moses and further honours followed with a Championship Winner’s medal in the magnificent Championship final against Hunslet, at Odsal. Rhodes kicked 10 goals in Saints’ 44-22 victory and witnessed the greatest try he had ever seen, by Tom van Vollenhoven, when the team faced a 4-12 deficit.Lancashire League and Cup success followed in 1960 and another Challenge Cup Winner’s Medal against the ‘Old Enemy’ Wigan, on 13th May 1961. Once again, his kicking at Wembley was instrumental in stretching Saints winning margin. He punched over two marvellous penalties, one from the half-way line to break the hearts of the Wiganers in the 95,000 crowd in Saints’ 12-6 success. Rhodes had developed into a fine attacking full-back and was a playing member of the Great Britain World Cup Squad in 1960, that went on to win the trophy, together with his team-mates Alex Murphy, Dick Huddart and Vince Karalius. Austin won the last of his four caps against the Kiwis in 1961. He also played for Lancashire on two occasions.At the end of the 1961/62, after another Lancashire Cup final victory, it was time to move on and Austin went to Leigh with team-mate Ken Large. He enjoyed three seasons at Hilton Park and formed a fine partnership in the halves with Bev Risman, making over 80 appearances. Leigh reached the 1963 Lancashire Cup final at Swinton, where they were beaten by the Saints! A transfer to Swinton followed and it was here that he rediscovered his zest for the game, with the likes of Ken Gowers, John Stopford and Graham Williams. Austin’s handling skills really came to the fore as Swinton became a most competitive team, finished runner’s up to St Helens in the Northern Rugby League in 1965-66.Before the Challenge Cup deadline in 1968, Austin re-joined St Helens, for a £1,250 fee, together with his Swinton team-mate Graham Rees. Former Swinton coach Cliff Evans also replaced Joe Coan at Knowsley Road, who rated Austin highly. He may not have been as quick as in the early days, but his experience was there for all to see and he picked up another Lancashire Cup Winners Medal – his third in all – as St. Helens beat Oldham 30-2 in 1968/69. The team also won the Lancashire League title, but persistent injury problems forced Austin to retire at the end of the campaign. His last game was against Doncaster, on 19th April 1969 at Knowsley Road. Overall he had made 229 appearances in his two spells at Knowsley Road, scoring 90 tries and booting over 800 goals with his usual precision style, a total of 1870 points.Austin later returned to Swinton as Coach for a spell from June 1974 to November 1975, gaining them promotion into the First Division and in a local context, coached amateur giants Pilkington Recs. Who could ever forget the two Challenge Cup ties against Wigan and Castleford, both at Knowsley Road, when the Recs so nearly pulled off sensational victories against the Big Boys!A member of the Saints’ Past Players Hall of Fame, he remains one of the best and most popular local footballers the town has ever produced. Austin loved most sports – rugby league, football, boxing, snooker, crown green bowls and remained close friends with his former team-mates Wilf Smith, Brian McGinn and Tom van Vollenhoven throughout his life. He was one of the most knowledgeable and intuitive people to talk rugby league with and always reckoned that, apart from Tom van Vollenhoven, Mick Sullivan was the finest winger of his generation. He loved nothing better than a stroll around Taylor Park in his later years, where he spent many happy times during his childhood. Austin was also a classically-trained pianist in his youth too!He met his wife Marlene, from Alfred Street after being introduced by a mutual friend and they married at Holy Cross Church on 25th July 1963. Brian McGinn was Best Man. They have two children – Karen [who lives in Perth, Australia] and Martyn – and have always remained a strong family, especially proud of Austin’s achievements in rugby league.Everyone at St Helens RFC send their regards at this sad time.last_img read more

Chemours ordered to provide more water to well owners

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1507153506-9712007e5a6806c69b1df67e192b559096b9db61_fl9-720p.mp4 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 SOUTHEASTERN, NC (PRESS RELEASE) — State officials have directed Chemours to provide bottled water to seven more well owners near the company’s Fayetteville Works facility after the most recent preliminary test results show GenX above the state health goal in residential drinking wells.This brings to 26 the total number of residential well owners living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility who are now receiving bottled water because of GenX detections above the provisional state health goal of 140 parts per trillion. Last week, the state directed Chemours to provide bottled water to eight well owners. – Advertisement – Earlier this month, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality directed the company to provide 11 well owners with bottled water.The state and Chemours have sampled 85 drinking water wells, and data from tests conducted last week is arriving and being analyzed by DEQ staff. Testing of residential wells by Chemours and the state started soon after GenX was detected in 13 industrial, non-drinking water wells on the facility’s property.For more information about the state’s ongoing testing and investigation of fluorinated compounds, click here.last_img read more

North Topsail Beach lawsuit over shoreline project resolved

first_img The suit claimed work done along the town’s shoreline was not done properly, including the sand dredging and sandbag project.The news release says the plaintiffs will collectively pay $450,000 toward a sand bag revetment enhancement project. The Town will be adding another $200,000 of its pre-existing funds (already budgeted last fiscal year and this fiscal year) to this project. This will entail hiring a third party engineer to develop a scope of work to enhance the current sand bag revetment until such time as a hardened structure can be constructed at the north end.The $450,000 will also satisfy the plaintiff’s portion of the assessment for the revetment and revetment extension projects which is nearly half the cost of the original assessment.Related Article: BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Aerial look at areas affected by Hurricane FlorenceOne of the terms of the settlement is to obtain releases from the non-litigants who were assessed. Upon signing they also receive a 45.3% reduction in their assessment.The Town has obtained releases from all but one property owner. It is anticipated that the final property owner will sign a release next week. All property owners who signed a release will receive the 45.3% reduction to their respective assessments which now, by Board action, come due on December 1.Other terms of the agreement include constructing an additional crossover in the revetment area (if the NC Division of Coastal Management allows it), that the Town will continue its efforts to pursue a hardened structure at the north end (which it was doing anyway), and that a committee will be created for the plaintiffs to work with the Town to oversee the third party engineer’s work as far as the revetment enhancement project is concerned (the committee will not superimpose its judgment over the engineer’s judgement but will serve in an advisory capacity).The Town’s Attorney, Brian Edes reported the news of the tentative resolution to the North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen and the public at the Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday.He also reported that the Town negotiated the disputed outstanding balances owed to the contractors saving the Town approximately $300,000 in principal and interest. “The Town’s actions, both with the Phase One project and the sand bag revetment, protected those homes and had these projects not taken place when they did, the homes would not be here today,” said Edes. NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After two and a half years, a lawsuit involving the Town of North Topsail Beach and 26 plaintiffs has reached a tentative resolution, according to a news release from the town.In May 2015, more than two dozen residents, including current Mayor Fred Burns, sued the town, an engineering firm, a contractor and subcontractor over the shoreline restoration project at the north end.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Possibly armed and dangerous man sought for multiple breakins

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of breaking into several cars in two different areas.Jacob Huff, 22, is considered possibly armed and dangerous.- Advertisement – The sheriff’s office says Huff is wanted for nine counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts larceny of a firearm and five counts of misdemeanor larceny in connection to numerous motor vehicle break-ins in the Maco Road area.Huff is also wanted by Leland Police on numerous charges in connection to car break-ins in the Grayson Park area.Huff is believed to be in the Southport, Boiling Spring Lakes, Oak Island area.Related Article: Doctor accused of killing wife, daughter with gas-filled yoga ballThe sheriff’s office if you know where Huff is, call 911.last_img read more

Local film premiering at Thalian Hall for one night only

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new film, shot right here in Wilmington, is heading to the big screen. Well Thalian Hall’s big screen that is but just for one night.The local film is called “Suicide for Beginners.”- Advertisement – Director Craig Thieman said the film is not really about suicide but rather a dark comedy about a potential serial killer who does not know what he is doing.Thieman said the film was made possible by the Wilmington community. With their help they raised $40,000 in just 29 days.Thieman could not be more proud to host a free premiere to give back. He just hopes everyone enjoys the film.Related Article: Leland man wanted for allegedly hitting bicyclist“There’s things that you remember that you’re like, you know, I really dug that you know? And you remember it later and I think this is one of those films,” Thieman said. “We put a lot of those little tiny things into it like I think it has good re-watch value, and you know it’s supposed to be a fun movie. You know, if you go into it liking dark comedies you’re gonna like this movie.”“Suicide for Beginners” premieres Thursday at 7 p.m. at Thalian Hall.For more on the film and the one night only event, click here.last_img read more

UNCW conducting Title IX employee investigation

first_img On social media, Cairney was accused of sexually assaulting a girl during soccer camp more than twenty years ago. A UNCW spokeswoman can not confirm a link between the Title IX investigation and those accusations. But again, Title IX looks at things like discrimination, unlawful harassment and sexual misconduct.Cariney’s attorney said he does not want to go on camera amid the allegations and believes the course of action is in the best interests of the UNCW family, the public and his family.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office investigated Cairney but he does not face any charges. Investigators say the alleged victim declined pursuing prosecution. We asked if UNCW police received any other reports regarding Coach Cairney, but they said no.Related Article: James Sprunt CC signs Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with UNCWCariney remains on paid administrative leave. Only time will tell what University Police’s investigation will bring to light.The U.S. Department of Education said they have not opened an investigation in UNCW. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The investigation continues as University police looks into women’s soccer coach, Paul Cairney. The university is looking into it now as a Title IX employee inquiry.Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, which receive federal funding, such as UNCW. Under Title IX, schools must respond and remedy hostile educational environments.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Deputies Inmate gets mom two others to sell cocaine to pay his

first_img On January 5, detectives stopped a vehicle on Burkhead Street in Whiteville. The vehicle belonged to George, Blanks’s mother. Frink was in the vehicle, too, and was found with a little more than 27 grams of cocaine.On January 12, George, Frink and Sutton were arrested. Blanks, who was still in custody at the Columbus County Detention Center, was served with the warrants for more crimes.George, of Clarkton, was charged with one felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle, Dwelling, or Place for a Controlled Substance and eight felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. George is being held under a $90,000 bond.Related Article: Police: Man running from police left child to die in burning carFrink, of Whiteville, was charged with one felony count of Possession with the Intent to Sell and/or Deliver Cocaine and seven felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. Frink is being held under a $35,000 bond.Blanks, of Clarkton, was charged with 17 felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver CocaineBond. Blanks is being held under a $210,000 bond.Sutton, of Whiteville, is charged with two felony counts of Conspire to Sell/Deliver Cocaine. He is being held under a $10,000 bond. Top Left to Bottom Right: Stella George, Richard Sutton, Deron Banks, and Ashley Frink. (Photo: Columbus County Detention Center) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate called three people, including his mom, and told them to sell his cocaine in order to get money to post his bond. Now they, too, are behind bars.Whiteville Police arrested Deron Dewitt Blanks on December 14 for numerous charges. His bond was set at $425,000. Detectives learned that after being arrested, Blanks contacted Stella George, Ashley Frink and Richard Sutton and instructed them to sell his cocaine to get enough money to pay his bond. The investigation revealed that Blanks contacted the trio ten different times during December and January. Deputies say Blanks used the detention center’s phone to make those calls.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Tickets now available for 16th Annual Full Belly Feast Gala

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With a new date, new venue, new band and new mission, the Full Belly Feast is ready to host their 16th annual fundraising gala.The gala is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.- Advertisement – “This year, we’re giving everyone the Hollywood treatment, and did I mention it’s all for a good cause?” said Jock Brandis, Director of Research and Development.The event is Saturday, March 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington.It will be a red carpet style, with photo ops, cocktail tables, catered food, a full bar, a silent auction and live music from the Phantom Playboys.Related Article: The latest from New Hanover County’s noon briefing, Sept. 17, 2018At the feast, organizers will share the organization’s new mission and vision for the future.Tickets are $40 until February 23. After that, they are $50 each. Click here to purchase them. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.For more information on the Full Belly Project, click here.last_img read more

HAPPENING TODAY Disaster rebuild info session in Burgaw

first_imgCape Fear Habitat for Humanity (Photo: WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — If you need to apply for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Rebuild Program or want to find out more about the accelerated new homeownership program, now’s your chance.Until 4 p.m., a Habitat for Humanity staff member will be at the Burgaw ReStore answering questions and providing applications.- Advertisement – The Disaster Rebuild program provides up to $35,000 in aid for low-to-moderate income homeowners in New Hanover, Pender, and Duplin Counties who have sustained damage to their home due to a natural disaster.The Restore is located at 115 W Freemont Street in Burgaw.last_img read more

12 days later Pender Co deputyinvolved shooting still under investigation

first_imgAlfred Thompson (Photo: PCSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly two weeks after an deputy involved shooting in Pender County, we still know very little about what really happened.The shooting happened January 17 in the Maple Hill Community.- Advertisement – A news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office stated that two deputies approached two people a parked car, saw what they believed was a gun in one man’s hand, and one deputy fired shots.The following day, witnesses told WWAY that the man in the car, Walter Ray Thompson, had a flashlight in his hand, and that the deputies mistook it for a gun, and fired three shots into the windshield of the SUV.Initially Thompson identified himself as Alfred Thompson. He is charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, identity theft, and driving while impaired.Related Article: Deputies respond to possible hostage situation in Robeson CountyAs of January 29, Thompson remains in the Pender County Jail under a $17,000 secured bond.The sheriff’s office has not released the name of the deputy, or said if a gun was found in the vehicle. The unnamed deputy was placed on administrative leave.The SBI is not investigating because no injury or death occurred.Captain James Rowell with the sheriff’s office says the deputy’s name will not be released until the investigation is completed, which could happen sometime this week.last_img read more

Court upholds Air Maltas request to block pilots industrial action

first_img SharePrint Malta International Airport plcMalta International Airport plc A civil court has upheld an Air Malta’s request for a warrant of prohibitory injunction against the pilots’ union, ALPA, barring its members from resorting to industrial action.READ: Members were threatened – ALPAAir Malta had filed the request earlier in July after ALPA had said that it would start an industrial action over an ongoing dispute. The industrial action would have seen flights delayed by 30 minutes.In court ALPA’s vice president Matthew Degiorgio had said that talks failed after Air Malta’s Chief Flight Operations Officer Emvic Debono failed to resign. ALPA said they had faced unfounded threats of disciplinary action.READ: Updated: ‘Evidence was presented in court’ – ALPA; Air Malta claims cover upThe government had said that the pilots wanted a guarantee over the early retirement scheme payment which sat at €700,000. Something which was denied in court when an ALPA representative testified.READ: Updated (3): Air Malta flights will be delayed as of midnight on MondayAir Malta’s chief commercial officer had testified that the national airline risked making an estimated daily loss of €160,000 had the industrial action gone ahead.Mr Justice Toni Abela declared that Air Malta had proven that it had a right to the injunction and confirmed the warrant which had been provisionally upheld in July 1.ALPA is therefore prohibited from undertaking the planned industrial action.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>last_img read more

Ombudsmans Office might legally dispute Government over healthcare contract

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 WhatsAppcenter_img The Office of the Ombudsman might legally dispute the Government. This after the latter had repeatedly refused to furnish the former with the full details of the contract that passed over three Maltese public hospitals to Vitals Global Healthcare.This information was reported by The Sunday Times who also added that the Office of the Ombudsman through the Commissioner for Health had asked for the contract over three occasions, in 2016, 2017 and 2019.Both the former Health Minister Konrad Mizzi and the current Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne have refused the Office of the Ombudsman from its legal right to access even still secret contracts.The newspaper further details that a spokesperson referred that the Commissioner for Health within the Office of the Ombudsman is considering a legal challenge against the current administration as it believes that its authority is being “undermined”.Vitals Global Healthcare was given the concession to run Karin Grech Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Gozo General Hospital in exchange for €300 million worth of investment in the three health facilities over set timeframes. In exchange the Maltese government had to ‘buy’ the health services from the private enterprise.None of these timeframes have as yet been respected. VGH became insolvent two years after the contract was signed and had to sell its public concession to Stewards Healthcare for an undisclosed sum.The article in the Sunday newspaper also added that the government did at one point made available a corrected document where all the data related to financial obligations and commitments were blackened out. It also reports that the only entity that has a fully copy of the document is the National Audit Office, which had to start a probe to investigate the deal to obtain such.In 2018, The Sunday Times had also revealed that that the Maltese authorities have to pay €188,00 a day to Steward Healthcare for 30 years.Read also: Watch: Steward Health Care Malta claims to be on time with school, despite 2016…Watch: Steward Health Care negotiations done and dusted – PMWatch: Fearne does not reveal contract negotiations with StewardUpdate (1): Court rejects PM’s appeal on VGH contracts caseVitals statistics: €1 sale yielding a profit of millionslast_img read more

Inter set their sights on Vidal

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal is on Antonio Conte’s transfer wishlist as the newly appointed coach looks to rebuild Inter Milan.The Chile international joined Barcelona last summer and managed 53 appearances in his first season but the signing of Frenkie de jong by the Spanish champions could mean reduced game-time for Vidal. The experienced 32-year-old, who has previously played in Italy for Juventus, was part of the Chile side that were knocked out of the Copa America in the semi-finals.Inter are also interested in adding Romelu Lukaku to their side whilst Radja Nainggolan and Mauro Icardo could leave the Italian side.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> SharePrintlast_img read more

EzeeMoney Plans African Expansion

first_imgAdvertisement Mobile financial service company EzeeMoney will be launching solutions for more African countries, making transactions available to Africans without mobile phones.Currently available to Ugandan businesses and individuals, EzeeMoney in partnership with Malaysian-based Mobile Money International, is planning to launch worldwide.Aiming for increased financial inclusion, the 60 per cent of people without handsets excluded from mobile money service are targeted. – Advertisement – According to statistics, only 24 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africans are banked, despite the growth of the African formal financial sector.[related-posts]EzeeMoney provides sending and receiving of money to and from anyone, regardless of mobile phone ownership.Bill settlement, airtime purchases and product or service payments are possible with the solution through reliance on operator services.Using the EzeeMoney card, subscribers’ accounts are linked to mobile phone numbers, allowing withdrawals of up to US$2,000 per day.Paying of school fees, loans and other activities such as sport betting is also possible with cash vouchers.Zerubabel Junior Kwebiha, chief executive officer at EzeeMoney Uganda, explained transfers can take place through EzeeMoney agents whether users have a mobile handset or not, Technology Banker reported.Credit: Humanipolast_img read more

Apple partnering with credit card companies for iPhone 6 wallet system

first_imgAdvertisement Reports coming in indicate that Apple is pairing up with MasterCard, Visa, and American Express to make a wallet system that will be introduced with the iPhone 6 on September 9.On Sunday, American Express agreed to work with Apple on the new payment system, and Apple has held talks with other credit card companies about the system as well. Visa had already agreed to partner with Apple.The payment system will supposedly use near-field communication (NFC) and Touch ID and will allow users to pay at quickly and easily at stores. Analysts say that if Apple and the iPhone 6 bring NFC to consumers, mobile payments will break into the mainstream and it will be available everywhere. – Advertisement – At the moment, merchants are afraid to invest in the time and money to install the machines because not many people have NFC-capable phones, and phone manufacturers (namely, Apple) haven’t installed it into their phones because not many merchants offer the machines to accept mobile payments.That would all change; Apple currently holds the credit card information for around 800 million customers.Source: App Pickerlast_img read more


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first_imgSimon Nott from Star Sports catches up with bookmaker Julie Williams about her fearless father Freddie and their careers in racing and betting.MEETING JULIE WILLIAMS: PART 1 Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS MEETING JULIE WILLIAMS: PART 2THE PIECE ARTISTSTHE PIECE ARTISTS: Prior to interviewing Bookmaker Julie Williams about her fearless father Freddie and her careers in racing and betting there was the serious matter of creating the best bookmakers’ ‘sandwich’ or rather when in Glasgow ‘Piece’ to attend to. Simon Nott adjudicated as the battle of the ‘Piece Artists’ commenced.Thanks to PIECE WRS126 West Regent StreetGlasgow, G2 2RQlast_img read more