Month: July 2019

A twoyear scheme to set up a pandisability produ

first_imgA two-year scheme to set up a pan-disability product review website is one of 11 disabled-led research projects that have been awarded a total of £1 million in funding.The Rate It! project will be co-produced by three disabled led organisations, Research Institute for Consumer Affairs, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL) and Enabled by Design, and will be advised by the consumer organisation Which!The website will help disabled consumers make “informed choices” about independent living products, with the hope that the reviews will also help build the understanding of retailers and manufacturers.Rate It! will receive nearly £150,000 from DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning), a £5 million research programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and delivered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Action (in Northern Ireland), Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.DRILL has also announced 10 other projects across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that have been handed funding in the latest tranche of awards for the five-year programme.Every one of the participants in a two-year University of Glasgow project to examine the barriers faced by autistic people, which receives £100,000 DRILL funding, are autistic people themselves.Another scheme funded by DRILL will see Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living, Independent Living in Scotland, the Scottish Independent Living Coalition, and the University of Stirling receive more than £90,000 to examine the costs and benefits of good self-directed support.Disability Sheffield is involved in a seven-month project to explore employers’ perceptions about the workplace barriers faced by disabled people, while another research project, which involves disabled parents working with the University of Bedfordshire, will develop solutions to keep families involving disabled parents together and challenge the assumption that having an impairment has a negative impact on your child’s well-being.Another DRILL-funded scheme will see Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living leading on an 18-month project to “explore the transition from childhood to adulthood for disabled young people”.And the Legally Disabled? project, based in Cardiff but covering England as well as Wales, will examine the barriers faced by disabled people in the legal profession, and has been awarded nearly £90,000 of DRILL funding.Rhian Davies (pictured), chief executive of Disability Wales, which is supporting DRILL projects in Wales, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing this DRILL grant, and supporting a project run by disabled people about disability issues.“This goes a long way to addressing the gaps in evidence which is needed to create lasting change for disabled people.”Dr Debbie Foster, of Cardiff Business School, who is managing the Legally Disabled? project, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to conduct research with disabled people in the legal profession.“Too often it is assumed that disabled people only work in low-skilled jobs and are not qualified to work in our top professions. “This research seeks to challenge such stereotypes by highlighting the contribution of disabled people in law and through identifying both the barriers that they continue to face and potential solutions.”Professor Tom Shakespeare, who chairs the DRILL central research committee, said: “The research committee are delighted to be able to support work about adapted housing, autism, young disabled people, disabled parents and other important issues, from all parts of the United Kingdom.“It’s particularly rewarding to see the strong new relationships which are emerging between disabled people’s organisations and university researchers.”DRILL is believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people, and should eventually fund about 40 pieces of research and pilot projects.This week, it also issued a call for new bids for another £1 million in funding, with a deadline for applications of 8 August.last_img read more

SAINTS Academy has once again been rated as Outsta

first_imgSAINTS Academy has once again been rated as Outstanding.The club has attained the grade every year since the grading process began and it represents a level of performance which exemplifies best practice and implies that these very high levels of performance are sustainable and will be maintained.Comments on Saints Academy were:“St Helens have continued being an ‘outstanding’ Academy since the inception of the accreditation process.“They have a clear pathway and development strategy through the Academy to the first team and pride themselves on producing players from their junior ranks.“The continuity of experienced staff and the commitment from the management team creates a dynamic performance environment enabling the programme to maximise player development models.“This has seen a continued progression of junior players gravitating into the full-time squad, demonstrating a club that rewards committed development with opportunity.“The club has commenced further investment into facilities to enhance the opportunities presented to players.”This is the fifth year that the Super League Academy accreditation audit has taken place with the process focused on three key areas: quality of leadership and management; how well Academies meet the needs of players; and the delivery of the player development system.last_img read more

SAINTS travel to Hull FC in a Round 4 Betfred Supe

first_imgSAINTS travel to Hull FC in a Round 4 Betfred Super League clash tonight.The game kicks off at 8pm and you can follow it live with us.For all the very latest from the match log on to our Official Match Centre.You can interact with like-minded fans across the globe at our Official Facebook Page and don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter.#saintsasonelast_img

Suspect wanted for two Wilmington armed robberies

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a man accused of robbing two separate businesses in Wilmington.Suspect accused of robbing Tienda La Vaquita and Smoke Ring (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.)Police say he’s wanted for the armed robbery of Smoke Rings on South Kerr Avenue on Sunday night and for the armed robbery of Tienda La Vaquita on Market Street Thursday night.- Advertisement – According to witnesses at both locations, the suspect was armed with a silver handgun and took cash from the register.The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, 5’8″-5′-10″, athletic build. He was wearing a grey “Ecko” hoodie tied around his face and jeans. He also has a mustache. Related Article: Police: Man charged after walking into NC church wearing nothing but T-shirtIf you have any information, call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

WPD accepting applications for Port City Super Girls Academy

first_img According to a news release, the four day, three night academy will challenge teens to explore new and innovative career paths, teach financial literacy, violence prevention and intervention.There will also be sports, health, and fitness during the camp.The Wilmington Police Department provides the funding for the program.Related Article: $5,000 reward offered in hit-and-run that injured bartenderThe deadline for applications is March 9. You can find applications here or at police headquarters at 615 Bess Street or the southeast station at 2451 S. College Road. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you know of a teen who wants to learn more about Port City Super Girls, the Wilmington Police Department is now accepting applications for its spring academy.The academy will take place at Camp Kirkwood in Watha from March 26 to 29. It’s free for girls 12 to 18 years of age.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington church holds special service for child abuse prevention

first_imgTemple Baptist Church (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One Wilmington church participated in a national day of prayer for abused children and those who rescue them. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the last Sunday of April is a special day.“I think it’s a very positive thing because there are so many children who endure abuse. Many of them we don’t know about it, but then there’s some where the situation is very obvious and so it’s important for us to be lifting them up in prayer,” Senior Pastor Mark Gaskins said.- Advertisement – Temple Baptist Church in Wilmington hosted their second annual Blue Sunday to show appreciation to those who deal with child abuse cases and to pray for those who are victims.“I mean like I said anytime you can be recognized for just doing your job is just a little added something to it, but we are thankful for the church and to have this opportunity to come out, Wilmington Police Sergeant Lisa Kittrell said.The church invited law enforcement, social services and other entities to join them for worship. The organizer of this Blue Sunday said he hopes people understand this is an issue in many communities.Related Article: Hula your way to Wrightsville Beach Brewery for One Perfect Luau“I do recognize that through friends and family that have been through this abuse that it’s something that traumatized them throughout their entire lives and there is a healing that I think is needed in the community, as well you know healing through Christ healing through prayer that the church can offer,” organizer Logan Cartwright said.Kittrell said beyond Blue Sunday, the community needs to keep their eyes open.“People need to be aware that if children don’t look right or don’t act right, I mean they need to report that right off the bat. Never let that type of situation go,” Kittrell said.The church also had a luncheon after worship for those who deal with child abuse situations.  During the luncheon some agencies explained their mission and what they do.last_img read more

Horton to face Rouzer in November race for US House

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Republican David Rouzer is seeking his third term in the US House of Representatives this fall. But to continue representing most of southeastern North Carolina in Washington he will have to hold off a Democratic challenger.Doctor Kyle Horton has been campaigning against Rouzer for about a year and it looks like it has paid off. She easily won today’s Democratic primary with about two-thirds of the vote over Grayson Parker.- Advertisement – “I think it’s time for a change. I think that folks are really ready for someone who is going to put people first over politics, who is really going to put country over party,” Horton said.last_img read more

Surfers shred Wrightsville Beach waves for annual surf contest

first_imgO’Neill Sweetwater Pro/AM in Wrightsville Beach in 2016. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Surfers from California to Barbados to the Cape Fear will be shredding the surf in Wrightsville Beach this weekend for an annual surf contest.The 13th Annual O’Neill Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest got underway Friday. It’s the second largest surf contest on the East Coast.- Advertisement – Heats for professional and amateur divisions run Friday and Saturday with finals on Sunday.If you would like to see it, the contest is happening near the Birmingham Street beach access starting at 8 a.m.last_img read more

Army Corps of Engineers get extra 93M in funding

first_img The money will go to several projects including dredging, reservoirs, recreation and other services to the public.The Wilmington District Commander Colonel Robert J. Clark says they are thankful for the additional funds and also “continue to appreciate the support from all of our local, state and federal stakeholders.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thanksgiving brought an extra $9.3 million in appropriations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District.The funds are above the President’s fiscal year 19 budget of about $65 million.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Community gathers for peaceful protest calling it Justice for Brandon Webster

first_imgSHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The community gathered together in Shallotte Friday evening for a peaceful protest that organizers called “justice for Brandon Webster.”Webster was shot when he allegedly sped toward Trooper S. A. Collins while fleeing a traffic stop near the Civietown Mini Mart. Highway Patrol says Webster drove away from the scene and later died from his injuries at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.- Advertisement – The protest started off at Mulberry Park. The group marched to the intersection of Mulberry Street and Main Street, went a quarter of mile down Main Street, and then around to return to Mulberry Park.Those who participated chanted “No Justice, No Peace, Brandon Webster” during the march.Event organizer and personal friend of Webster, Jaquan Brooks, says he organized the protest because he does not believe trooper S.A. Collins was justified in shooting Webster.Related Article: Police: Ousted Fayetteville councilman charged with child sex crime“There’s no telling how I would respond if somebody jump out the car with they gun aimed at me. I might be in shock, like, my first thought is to get away, and that might be his thought,” said Brooks.Highway patrol says Webster accelerated his truck toward the trooper. That’s when he fired at Webster.“He should have just gotten back in his car and chased him like they did the other guy that murdered two people the other day and they got him on the high speed chase,” said Brooks.There was police presence there and patrol cars were at different points of the march, but no violence broke out.Webster’s aunt Ruby Stanley was in attendance. She was happy with the turnout, but says she just can’t believe he’s gone.“I think his last words was to his dad, ‘dad, I’m dying’ and ‘ma, I love you.’ He always would say that,” said Stanley.A candlelight vigil was held on January 6 for Webster.The SBI has finished conducting interviews in their investigation of Tpr. Collins.RELATED: 911 caller: Suspect and girlfriend ‘just ran’ during trooper-involved shootingThe SBI says they are still waiting on the autopsy and toxicology report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Once those reports are back, they will then turn everything over to the District Attorney’s office for review.Collins was placed on administrative duty after the shooting.last_img read more

The Mother both earthly and heavenly is irreplaceable – Bishop Grech

first_imgNo one can replace the presence of the mother in the family, said Bishop Mario Grech when he addressed members of the Legion of Mary. Referring to the parable of the Prodigal Son, Bishop Grech said that the son lived in a wealthy household but, sadly this was bereft of the presence of a mother. He said that the absence of a mother in that story means that the whole storyline could have been vastly different. “The absence of a mother in the story is not insignificant”, insisted Bishop Grech “as nothing replaces a mother”.Referring to the absence of parents in some households, Bishop Grech said that the absence of a natural mother is felt as deeply as the absence of the Virgin Mother “…who shows us the path to Christ and leads Christ to us. Where there is Mary, there is Christ, and where there is Christ there is Mary” said Bishop Mario Grech. He appealed to the Legionaries of Mary to focus their appostolate on bringing the Virgin Mary closer to the faithful. <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> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Italys attempt to separate families was a breach of human rights –

first_img SharePrint 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>center_img Sea Eye has said that Italy’s insistence on separating rescued migrant families aboard the ‘Alan Kurdi,’ was a violation of human rights.This action is understood to have, ‘violated the principle of family unity (enshrined in article 16 of the European Human Rights Convention and all HR treaties and national Constitutions).’ Sea Eye’s representative has explained.Speaking in at an event organised by Mediterranea in Rome today, Sea Eye’s representative Carlotta Weibl, said that an arrangement had been reached between the German Foreign Office, European Commission, other European Member States and Italy, which would see the humanitarian evacuation of two families with small children from the rescue vessel.  This agreement was reached without Sea Eye’s involvement.The address comes after Sea Eye’s rescue vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’ rescued 64 people crossing the Mediterranean on the 3rd of April. The crew was prevented from entering Italian territorial waters and disembarking those rescued in the closed ‘safe-port’ in Lampedusa.  The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre allegedly considered the vessel a threat ‘to the peace, good order or security of the coastal state,’ under Article 19 of the UN Conventions of the Sea.EC coordinating safe port for 64 asylum seekersDifferent plansIt is understood that the Italian authorities had subsequently communicated different plans to the Sea Eye crew, telling them that they would be taking only the mothers and children of the families, and leaving the fathers.Weibl says that the rescue NGO had not been consulted or had time to react to the email by the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome, outlining the plan.‘After a deal among European Commission, and other European Countries, Germany has requested to disembark the two little children from humanitarian reasons. Italy believes that this is also the need to disembark the two mothers in addition to the children,’ MRCC Rome to Sea Eye.When the two Italian patrol vessels arrived to separate the families, it was the families themselves who decided to stay together on board the ‘Alan Kurdi’, thus aborting the mission.Weibl says, ‘We strongly denounce this approach and demand Italy to apply the same human rights to refugees and migrants as to European citizens. Actually, these are “rescued people” and should not be treated differently by categorizing them based on their legal status, as “migrants”: at sea there is no migrant, banker or plumber: there are only people.’Alan Kurdi : 64 migrants still waiting at seaCalling on humanity and human rightsAt this current time, the rescue vessel is in international waters close to Malta, awaiting further instructions. This was decided after consultations with the German Authorities who believed that it was not possible for those rescued to be disembarked in Italy.Weibl explains that food and water on board is running out and with a storm approaching this evening. They are calling on the humanity of European Member States to act ‘in the name of humanity and in accordance with human rights.’‘Rescuing persons from distress should be carried out independently from political agendas within single states. Nevertheless, it seems like the solution to our situation can only be a political one. We have become dependent on the negotiations between EU states, which represent an unacceptable distortion and violation of the law applicable to SAR operations. We are suffering in this position, where you risk being arrested if you follow the law and do what is right, while you are forced to prolong people´s suffering by doing what states request.’last_img read more

Fire guts NotreDame Cathedral in Paris Macron pledges to rebuild

first_img Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier FILE PHOTO: A statue of Saint John is removed from the spire of Notre Dame cathedral by a crane before restoration work, in Paris, France, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo Smoke billows from the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Julie Carriat Sparks fill the air as Paris Fire brigade members spray water to extinguish flames as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer People react near Notre Dame Cathedral after it suffered heavy damage from a fire, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier 1 of 36 French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe react as they watch the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral as its burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool General view from the entrance shows smoke rising around the alter in front of the cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool People react near the Notre Dame Cathedral after it suffered heavy damage from a fire in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier People look at Notre Dame Cathedral after it suffered heavy damage from a fire in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier French President Emmanuel Macron walks near the Notre Dame Cathedral as its burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool FILE PHOTO: A statue of Saint John is removed from the spire of Notre Dame cathedral by a crane before restoration work, in Paris, France, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier People pray and sing religious songs next to Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Paris Fire brigade members are seen at an entrance that shows a cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Smoke billows from Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessiercenter_img Smoke billows from the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Julie Carriat French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte walk outside the Notre Dame Cathedral where a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier <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> People watch as fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier People watch as fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control.Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of the eight-centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which toppled, quickly followed by the entire roof.The fire, after burning for about 8 hours, was largely extinguished by 0300 CET on Tuesday. Earlier, in addition to battling to prevent one of the main bell towers from collapsing, firefighters tried to rescue religious relics and priceless artwork. One firefighter was seriously injured – the only reported casualty.“The worst has been avoided,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters at the scene shortly before midnight.Macron said France would launch a campaign to rebuild the cathedral, which is considered to be among the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture, including fundraising efforts and by appealing to “talents” from overseas to contribute.“We will rebuild it together. It will undoubtedly be part of French destiny and our project for the years to come,” a visibly moved Macron said.The cathedral’s main stone structure had escaped complete destruction by the time the fire came under control.“We will continue to watch over any residual pockets of fire and cool down the areas that are still red-hot, like the wooden beam framework,” a fire brigade spokesman said in the early hours of Tuesday.Distraught Parisians and stunned tourists gazed in disbelief as the inferno raged at the cathedral, which sits on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the River Seine and marks the very centre of Paris.Thousands of onlookers lined bridges over the Seine and along its embankments, held at a distance by a police cordon. Some sang liturgical music in harmonies late into the night as they stood vigil, while others recited prayers.“A SYMBOL OF FRANCE”World leaders expressed shock and sent condolences to the French people.A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. People watching gasped as the spire folded over onto itself and fell into the inferno.Firefighters battled smoke and falling drops of molten lead as they tried to rescue some of Notre-Dame’s treasures.A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th century king of France, were saved, Notre-Dame’s top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, said. But firefighters struggled to take down some of the large paintings in time, he said.The Paris prosecutor’s office said it had launched an inquiry into the fire. Several police sources said they were working on the assumption for now that the fire was accidental.Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give on Monday evening in a bid to answer a wave of street protests that has rocked his presidency. Instead he went to the scene of the blaze with his wife, Brigitte, and some of his ministers. He thanked and congratulated firefighters.The French Civil Security service, possibly responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that firefighters “act quickly” and employ flying water tankers, said that was not an option as it might destroy the entire building.German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the cathedral a “symbol of France and our European culture.” British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with the French people and emergency services fighting the “terrible blaze.”The Vatican said the fire at the “symbol of Christianity in France and in the world” had caused shock and sadness and said it was praying for the firefighters.ART WORKS RESCUEDThe mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said at the scene that some of many artworks that were in the cathedral had been rescued and were being put in safe storage.The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.” It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year.It is a focal point for French Roman Catholics who like Christians around the world are celebrating Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus.“I have a lot of friends who live abroad and every time they come I tell them to go to Notre-Dame,” said witness Samantha Silva, with tears in her eyes. “I’ve visited it so many times, but it will never be the same. It’s a real symbol of Paris.”The fire at Notre-Dame has already prompted fundraising appeals in the United States, while in France the billionaire chief executive of Kering, the luxury group behind brands like Gucci, was quoted in a statement to AFP as saying he would pledge 100 million euros ($113 million) to rebuilding efforts.The cathedral, which was built over a century starting in 1163, was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding, and bronze statues had been removed last week for works.Notre-Dame is renowned for its rib vaulting, flying buttresses and stunning stained glass windows, as well as its many carved stone gargoyles.Its 100-metre-long (330-foot) roof, of which a large section was consumed in the first hour of the blaze, was one of the oldest such structures in Paris, according to the cathedral’s website.A centre of Roman Catholic faith, over the centuries Notre-Dame has also been a target of political upheaval.It was ransacked by rioting Protestant Huguenots in the 16th century, pillaged during the French Revolution of the 1790s and left in a state of semi-neglect. Hugo’s 1831 work led to revived interest in the cathedral and a major – partly botched – restoration that began in 1844. The wood-and-lead spire was built during that restoration, according to the cathedral’s website.“I asked our Lord – but why?” Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, thWhatsApp Smoke rises around the altar in front of the cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool Sparks fill the air as Paris Fire brigade members spray water to extinguish flames as the Notre Dame Cathedral burns in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer People watch from a bridge as smoke billows and fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Smoke billows from Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau Flames and smoke are seen as the interior continues to burn inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool Smoke billows from the Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Julie Carriat Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau People pray and sing religious songs next to Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau Smoke rises around the altar in front of the cross inside the Notre Dame Cathedral as a fire continues to burn in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool Fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau SharePrint Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. 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No one injured in Ħamrun apartment blaze

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 GoogleGoogle No one was injured after a blaze broke out in an apartment in Ħamrun.The incident happened at around midday and started in a kitchen of an apartment on Mile End Street. A police spokesperson confirmed that there were no injuries.The fire was controlled and prevented from spreading further.WhatsApplast_img read more

PN chooses division and persists in sowing prejudice against Cottonera

first_img SharePrint In a press statement the Labour Party accused the Nationalist Party of once again attempting to sow division. The Labour Party said that at a point in time when the people want national unity the PN was again choosing to divisiveness.Labour’s press statement, criticizing the PN for sowing division and spreading a message against Malta, came as a reaction to a Nationalist Party press conference in which PN spokesperson Beppe Fenech Adami insisted that Malta has a serious criminality problem which, according to Fenech Adami, was all too clear from the various cases reported in the media in the recent preceding days and months.In a reaction to Fenech Adami’s statement that our country has the kind of organised crime that leads to a man being killed just because of the colour of his skin and where a journalist is killed, PL stated that Maltese and Gozitans are all too aware that Malta is not the country being depicted by the PN.Prejudice against the people of CottoneraIn a separate press conference Labour MP Glenn Bedingfield and the Secretary to the National Executive of the Labour Party Lydia Abela accused the Nationalist Party of persisting with the politics of us and them. Bedingfield insisted that this kind of prejudice by the Nationalist Party is deep rooted and goes back a long way. He further explained that criminality has decreased throughout Malta, including Cottonera.During the same press conference, reference was made to a recent speech by PN parliamentary group whip Robert Cutajar who, according to the PL, identified Cottonera as a region which suffers from high criminality problems. Bedingfield insisted that it was the Labour government that put Cottonera on top of its priorities.Maltese society must show it wants a better Malta, a better EuropeThe head of Labour’s delegation at the European Parliament, speaking during a political activity, insisted that in the forthcoming European elections a clear message needs to be sent to show that Malta wants to be led by the values of liberty, solidarity, social justice, equality and where nobody is left behind. Dr. Sant explained that as a nation we needed to send a message to show that we are a kind nation with the urge to make our country, Europe and the world a better place.Alfred Sant said that the elected Labour MEPs will be the protagonists within the S&D to rebuild a social Europe. “If I receive the support of the Maltese electorate, I promise my commitment to give all my energy to create a social Europe” said Dr. Sant during the political activity.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

Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Kiswahili Language Pack

first_imgAdvertisement To download the Kiswahili Windows 7 language pack, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a1a48de1-e264-48d6-8439-ab7139c9c14d&displaylang=swUsers simply have to be running a genuine (non-pirated, non-counterfeit) version of Windows 7.Source: Tech Mtaa – Advertisement –last_img

Facebook Finally Adds Reply Option to Comments

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook announced on Monday, 25th March it is rolling out a new feature so users can reply directly to comments left on their page. Finally.Followings months of testing, the social network aims to make navigating through conversation threads easier with the new Replies feature. This means that, instead of having to leave a response to a friend’s comment way after new ones have been added, you will be able to address each individual comment. Responses will be posted under the original comment too.The site is also prioritizing comments based on engagement — the most active and popular ones will surface to the top of your posts. This will be especially helpful for pages with thousands of followers. – Advertisement – “You and your readers will have the ability to reply directly to comments left on your Page content and start conversation threads, which will make it easier for you to interact directly with individual readers and keep relevant conversations connected,” said Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s journalism program manager, in an official blog post. “Also, the most active and engaging conversations among your readers will be surfaced at the top of your posts ensuring that people who visit your Page will see the best conversations.”For now, threaded replies will be automatically applied to profiles with more than 10,000 followers and opt in for brand Pages until July 10, 2013. To opt in, visit the Replies option through the Page admin panel.“At launch, this feature will only be available on desktop and we plan to make it available in the Graph API and mobile in the future,” Lavrusik added.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

Kickass Torrents Kickassso Taken Down Access It At Kickassto

first_imgAdvertisement KickassTorrents has lost access to its Kickass.so domain name and is currently offline. The Somalian domain of the most-visited torrent site on the Internet is now listed as “banned” by the .SO registry, forcing the site’s operators to find a new home.With millions of unique visitors per day KickassTorrents (KAT) is one the most used torrent sites on the Internet.The site’s popularity has made it a prime target for copyright holders, many of whom would like to see the site taken offline. – Advertisement – To evade law enforcement and ease pressure from the entertainment industries, KAT has moved domain on a few occasions over the past several years. Most recently the site has been operating from the Kickass.so domain.The Somalian .so TLD appeared to be a relatively safe haven, but today it’s apparent that this isn’t the case. About an hour ago the Kickass.so domain status listing was updated to “banned.”As a result of the domain seizure, users can no longer access the site. The Kickass.so domain name is not resolving and at the time of writing neither are older alternatives such as kickass.to.Kickass.so was seized by the .SO registry who also blacklisted the scam site kickasstorrents.so, which is not affiliated with the KAT team. It is likely that the registry acted following a complaint from copyright holders although this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.Previously The Pirate Bay lost several of its domain names, including thepiratebay.ac and and thepiratebay.sx, after similar complaints.TF asked the .So registry for a comment on the situation but we have yet to receive a reply.While KickassTorrents is down for the moment, it is expected that the site will move its operation to a new domain name later today, or revert back to Kickass.to.Update: The KAT team informed TF that they are reverting back to Kickass.tolast_img read more

Orange Airtel join forces to enable international money transfers in West Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Customers of Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire can now use their mobile phones to send money to customers of Airtel Money in Burkina Faso, and vice versa.This partnership between Orange and Airtel enables Orange customers, for the first time, to send and receive money to or from people based in a country outside the Group’s footprint.In addition, thanks to the interconnection between the two operators’ mobile money platforms, it is also the first time that people living in Burkina Faso will be able to send money to contacts in Côte d’Ivoire using their mobile phones. – Advertisement – This partnership builds on the existing “Orange Money International Transfer” offer, which enables Orange Money customers based in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali to carry out cross-border money transfers. Since its introduction in July 2013, the service has been a considerable success with over 200,000 users to date.“Following the successful launch of Orange Money International Transfer between Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, we want to develop new ways to allow our customers to send and receive money between countries in the West African Economic and Monetary Union. We are very happy to launch this service between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, which meets one of the region’s biggest needs,” said Thierry Millet, Orange’s Senior VP Mobile Financial Services and NFC.With “Orange Money International Transfer”, Orange Money customers can easily use their mobile phones to transfer electronic money in real-time.The customer simply connects to his or her Orange Money account on their mobile phone, and enters the recipient’s number and the amount to be sent.Funds are then immediately available in the mobile wallet of the beneficiary, who can then pay bills, purchase goods or make transfers from wherever they are, or make a withdrawal at any nearby Orange Money distribution point. The same applies to Airtel customers based in Burkina Faso using their own mobile wallets.Orange Money is available in 13 countries in Africa and the Middle East and currently has over 13 million customers.last_img read more

The three mustwatch tech earnings this week

first_imgEBay Headquarters in San Jose, California, United States. Image Credit: TimeDotCom Advertisement This week, investors are awaiting three critical reports from big technology companies that will give a better indication of how the sector will perform following a tough start to the year.The S&P 500 technology sector is down about 7 percent year to date. Nearly 50 percent of the index or 32 tech stocks have fallen at least 20 percent from their recent highs, putting them in bear market territory.Apple is first up The market gets its first read on the big three when Apple reports earnings on Tuesday after the close of trading. The stock is already down about 20 percent over the past six months, erasing more than $250 billion in market capitalization. – Advertisement – Chief among investors’ worries is concern about slowing iPhone sales growth in the quarters ahead.Last week, a report by UBS indicated lower demand for iPhone upgrades in developed countries, suggesting shipment levels may be worse than the company initially thought.Investors will be listening to hear whether CEO Tim Cook still sounds bullish about the business in China, given the Chinese economy’s slowdown.EBay earnings is Wednesday Earnings from eBay come in Wednesday. The online retailer and auction place has seen its stock cut in half during the last year.The focus for investors will be growth in gross merchandise value, total users and profitability. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali tolds CNBC he remains on the sidelines because his checks suggest eBay will continue to experience muted growth.[related-posts]Microsoft Finally, Microsoft reports on Thursday. The company’s stock is up 10 percent in the past year as investors put their faith in CEO Satya Nadella and the cloud computing business he has built.However, chip giant Intel raised concerns about a weakening PC market when it reported last week. That suggests Microsoft’s flagship Windows software might have suffered a challenging quarter.[CNBC]last_img read more