The government has yet to tell English local autho

first_imgThe government has yet to tell English local authorities how much money they will be given to deal with the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) – just five days before it shuts for good.The fund – which helps nearly 17 000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently – is due to close on Tuesday (30 June).The Department for Work and Pensions has promised to transfer one year’s worth of non-ring-fenced ILF funding to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.But the transition process has been studded by reports of delays and cuts to individual care packages, as councils prepare to take full responsibility for funding the social care needs of former ILF-recipients.And now a local authority has told Disability News Service that all councils in England are still waiting to hear how much money it will be given by the government to pay for the extra support costs of former ILF-users.A spokeswoman for Warwickshire County Council said: “All local authorities are awaiting notification in early July with regard to the amount of money that will be allocated. “During the transition period we will ensure that customers’ needs continue to be met from 1 July 2015 and a letter has been sent to all ILF customers in Warwickshire informing them of the current situation.” Linda Burnip, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – which carried out a high-profile direct action in parliament this week to protest about the closure (pictured) – said: “From contact we have with ILF recipients we know that the transfer of ILF funding to local authorities is in complete chaos and the whole process unfit for purpose, but even we are astonished to find that local authorities have still not been told how much money will be devolved to them yet, making it virtually impossible for them to plan the transition.”Brian Hilton, an ILF-user and campaigner fighting the closure, said the situation was a “poor reflection on both central and local government”.He said: “I would say that the current problems have been created by the government, firstly by closing the ILF and secondly by not ring-fencing the money when responsibility was transferred to local authorities.”But he said that local authorities were “not entirely blameless”, as they had still not assessed many ILF-recipients even though they had known since last year that ILF was closing on 30 June, while guidance had been issued last November on how to ensure a smooth transfer.The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services admitted to DNS last week that there were problems with the ILF transition process, but insisted that central government was to blame. It has not yet commented on Warwickshire county council’s statement.DNS has continued to receive reports of desperate ILF-users who have yet to be told by their own local authorities how much support they will receive once the fund closes.The Department of Health (DH) finally broke its silence on the ILF closure programme this week, after DNS passed on the Warwickshire statement.A DH spokesman said yesterday afternoon (Thursday): “The government is committed to ensuring that ILF-users will not have their care interrupted when responsibility [for] meeting all of their care needs transfer to their local authority on 30 June.“The Department of Health has also issued statutory guidance to support authorities in preparing for the transfer.”  He said ILF had provided each council with an up-to-date list of how much funding each ILF-user currently receives.But he was unable to say whether local authorities had been told how much funding they would receive from the government, and referred DNS to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which will be receiving the funding from DWP.By noon today (Friday), DCLG had not commented on the council’s claims.Meanwhile, DPAC has published the results of freedom of information requests it sent out to 151 English local authorities about the ILF closure, with all but four responding.Among the findings, 31 councils said they would not be ring-fencing the funding they receive from the government at all, which means that some or all of it could be spent on other areas of local authority spending instead of social care.Only 28 local authorities said they would be ring-fencing the government funding to individual ILF-users until the end of March 2016, which should ensure that former ILF-recipients in these areas do not have their current social care packages cut until at least April 2016.And only 15 of the 147 councils that replied said they knew exactly how much extra funding they would be given by the government as a result of the ILF closure.The Scottish government announced last year that it was setting up its own ILF, for both existing and new users in Scotland, using the UK government’s funding and an additional £5.5 million of its own money.The Welsh government has opted to transfer the Westminster funding to its local authorities – with conditions attached – and will protect the budgets of existing ILF-users for the first nine months, with funding after that dependant on the UK government’s next spending round.last_img read more

ITS the first Good Friday derby at Langtree Park

first_imgIT’S the first Good Friday derby at Langtree Park and your matchday programme is packed with news, views and features on the historic occasion.We have an interview with Paul Wellens, who ironically misses the game with through suspension. He talks about recent events at the Club and his hopes for the future.Elsewhere, Eamonn McManus writes about the current state of the game with particular reference to what is happening at Bradford. It is a column that shouldn’t be missed.We focus on Wigan and identify their main threats, Ste Prescott reveals his latest challenge, Danny Yates is profiled in ‘In the System’ and there’s a sneak preview of the new Saints App too.Your programme is only £3 and is available from sellers all around the ground, the club store (on matchday) and via the digital edition which is here.last_img read more

HES big hes strong and hes tough… welcome to M

first_imgHE’S big, he’s strong and he’s tough… welcome to Mose Masoe who can’t wait to pull on a Saints jersey and get started!Standing at 6ft 6 and weighing in at 20 stone 4 pounds, the man mountain says his plan is to run and tackle hard… and get the opposition before they get him.“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “Langtree Park is a great ground and everyone has been superb with me so far. I really can’t wait until the season starts.“We have got a good core of young boys here, those who are older, with experience and then a middle core as well. There is good variety in the club and it’s been good to jump on board with them and feed off their enthusiasm. We’ll do well this year I think.“Browny (Nathan Brown) has been good too. He is a hands on coach who shows you what you need to work on as a player and improve.“I’ve settled in well and I’m liking it a lot. I’m enjoying experiencing new parts of the town every day and it’s exciting for me and my family!”Mose played four times for Samoa in the World Cup and was one of the outstanding players in the tournament.That whetted the appetite for what is to come and although he will miss the opening couple of weeks with an ankle injury, fans won’t need to wait long.“It’s a long season and we want to play more than 30 games,” he continued. “I will be on the field soon. It’s not how you take off, it’s how you land so for the team it was better that I got it done early. It won’t be long before I’m getting stuck in though!”Masoe came to the Saints via Penrith and links up with Panther teammate Luke Walsh.He was attracted to the Super League not only because of its quality, but its competitive edge too.“Playing in Super League was something I have wanted to do since I was young,” he said. “I have played in the NRL, have got the opportunity and that’s why I am here.“I think the quality of the competition over here is similar to the NRL. I watched the Challenge Cup and Grand Final and the intensity is right up there.“I knew Sia Soliola from the Roosters and when I got the opportunity he contacted me and said it would suit my style. I signed straight away!”Saints will kick off their Super League season with a trip to Warrington on Thursday February 13 before the Langtree Park opener with Hull FC.Tickets for what will be an exciting season are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Wilmington Mens City Amateur Golf Tournament crowns a winner

first_img David Donovan, a head PGA Professional, says he enjoys seeing all the competitors happy to be on the course.“Just the pride the players in Wilmington have playing in this event, and they’re just happy to be here so that’s kind of the best thing about it,” said Donovan.“They like to compete, they’re competitive golfers and it just kind of feeds on itself and builds itself.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament was held at the Municipal Golf Course in Wilmington this weekend, and 126 players competed for the title of champion.Nick Adams, of Goldsboro, took home the gold this year with a score of 2 under par 140. He received a $400 gift card and a crystal trophy. The annual tournament has taken place for more than 50 years, and has always been a popular event in New Hanover County.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Tips lead to 40k stolen boat in Bladen County

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A $40,000 boat stolen more than a month ago from a boat dealership in Wilmington has been found in Bladen County.The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received a tip and responded to a wooded area off of Woodyard Road in East Arcadia.- Advertisement – Investigators with Bladen, Columbus and New Hanover Counties located the boat on Tuesday using the Bladen Air 1 Helicopter.The Sheriff’s Office says the boat was reported stolen from Market 17 Marine in Wilmington on May 11.The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said cooperation is key to solving cases.last_img

Deadline to register to vote is Monday

first_imgRelated Article: Pender County lifts Hurricane Florence state of emergency You can register until 5 p.m. Monday.To find out how and where click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the wake of Hurricane Florence lawmakers in North Carolina extended the deadline for voter registration.It affects the 28 counties most affected by Florence.  It includes Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender.- Advertisement – last_img

QA forum to be held with candidates for next BCC president

first_imgBrunswick Community College (Photo: Kylie Jones WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — And then there were three. Brunswick Community College has narrowed the search for their next president.The BCC Board of Trustees announced Gene Smith, Thomas Gould and Joel Welch as the finalists to take over for President Susanne Adams.- Advertisement – Adams is retiring in January.Each candidate will spend a separate day on campus next week and meet with the public.Q&A forums are being held in the LaDane Williamson Student Center game room from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.last_img

Crews responding to house fire in Landfall community

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire responded to a house fire in Landfall Friday afternoon.A WFD spokeswoman said firefighters arrived at 848 Arboretum Drive around 3:15 p.m and a fire was located in the crawl space, possible HVAC related.- Advertisement – Crews from Wilmington Fire and New Hanover County Fire are on the scene.WFD says no one was inside the home.As of 6:15 p.m., crews were still working to put out of the fire.Related Article: 2 arrested after drug bust at Wilmington home with infant insideNo injures have been reported.last_img

NC Azalea Festival announces new furry event

first_img Paws on Parade is a doggy-fun day in the park, complete with a 5k, 1 mile fun walk, a canine court pageant, a puppy kissing booth, and more.It will be at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on March 23.Registration starts at 9 a.m. Tickets are $10, children 10 and under are free.Related Article: New service dogs celebrated at paws4people graduation ceremonyPortions of the proceeds will benefit paws4people. Paws4People brings in assistance dogs to help welcome veteran students WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Azalea Festival will be partnering with paws4people for a new festival event – Paws on Parade. It’s the official dog party of the Azalea Festival.Guests can expect lots of tricks, treats and sloppy kisses.- Advertisement – last_img

WPD turns crime lab over to New Hanover County

first_img According to Wilmington Police, this comes after months of discussion and an evaluation of the labs functions. The lab has provided quick turn-around blood alcohol testing for DWI cases and drug testing which in turn helps to alleviate over-crowding in the county’s jail and helps to manage and stream-line packed court dockets.That’s why WPD says the appropriate place for the lab to reside is with the County.Police say they are still in the early phases of working out the final details which includes the handling of existing cases and the timeline when official testing under the county will begin. This action will require approval of both City and County governing boards.Related Article: Police: Business owner, 3 employees killed in North DakotaIn 2008, the Wilmington Police Department opened the crime lab as a model in hopes of creating a regional lab that would soon find an appropriate home – and says now they have.Police say the lab has proven to be a huge success among more than 30 agencies in the region, but throughout the years they have always faced funding challenges for the lab with limited funding from across the region and the state.The City of Wilmington has subsidized the majority of the labs annual budget for the past 11 years.Police say in January of this year they addressed a critical personnel issue which led us to closely review the labs operations, protocols and procedures and the possibility of moving the lab.The county will now oversee the daily operations of the lab and provide 60% of the funding. The city will provide 40% of the funding.The lab will remain in its current location.The move will become official July 1. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Eleven years after the Wilmington Police Department opened the crime lab, it’s now being transferred to New Hanover County.The announcement came during a joint news conference with Wilmington Police and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FINAL CHAPTER Myrtle Grove Library closes for last time

first_imgNew Hanover County’s Myrtle Grove Library Branch closed on April 26, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) MYRTLE GROVE, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County’s Myrtle Grove Library Branch has closed its doors for the final time.The library officially closed at 5 p.m. Friday.- Advertisement – It will be replaced by Pine Valley Library, which will open May 6 at 3802 South College Road in Wilmington.The new facility will be better equipped with parking, books, computers and other resources.In the interim, New Hanover County Public Libraries encourage us to visit the other locations at Pleasure Island, Northeast Regional, and Main.Related Article: Education, tax rebate to highlight SC State of the State“We are really looking forward to opening the Pine Valley Branch, which is going to be a community hub for children, youth and adults,” said New Hanover County Public Library Director Harry Tuchmayer. “During our week of transition, I encourage customers to visit one of our other libraries for books, resources, computer access, children’s activities, and much more.”Learn more about Pine Valley Library at read more

PSG loan Lo Celso to Real Betis

first_imgGiovani Lo Celso has joined Real Betis on a season-long loan with the Spanish side having the option of securing the midfielder’s services on a permanent basis. The Argentina international joined Paris Saint Germain from Rosario Central in 2016 and played 48 times during last season. However it seems that the 22-year-old does not fit in Thomas Tuchel’s plans.Lo Celso has managed to lift a number of trophies with PSG, including Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France. The Argentine could make his debut for Real Betis in this weekend’s derby match against Seville.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Gingerbread Dominates On Android Devices

first_imgAdvertisement Stats released yesterday  indicate that Gingerbread is still the most used Android OS and can be found on almost 56 percent of all Android-based devices.  This data is based on Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on the data collection dateAccording to the stats, only 1.8% are running the most recent version of  Jelly Bean, 23.7% are running the most recent version Ice Cream Sandwich, 1.5%  are running  Honeycomb and 55.5% are running  Gingerbread which dipped from 57.5 percent in September, but still dominates. – Advertisement – Meanwhile,  Motorola announced from its forums that ATRIX 4G, Photon 4G and Electrify will not receive the ICS upgrade, but will continue to be supported with maintenance releases to ensure optimum performance for the consumer.last_img read more

Comprehensive ICT Law in Pipeline for Tanzania

first_imgAdvertisement The government of Tanzania is reviewing laws to cope with the growth of cyber crime and other computer-related offences including e-fraud and violation of privacy.This was said by The Director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Dr Zaipuna Yonah in Dar es Salaam yesterday . The technical process of the laws would be ready by the end of the year.“We are on the consultation process with various experts and we hope by the end of the year we will be through and forward the matter to relevant processes and eventually we will have laws in place,” he said. – Advertisement – Dr Yonah was speaking during the opening of the East Africa Banking and IT Security Summit 2013, held under the theme “combating the emerging threats in banking and payment transactions in East Africa.”Cyber crime is a critical challenge in the country and in the region, in particular adding that the government is taking measures to protect its people from the same. “There are so many crimes being reported, but we do not have a strong cyber crime law to help the victims get legal redress,” he said.He said there are so many challenges that have been brought by ICT as advancement of technology gives no time for offended individuals to complain as things are happening through automated devices.“So many people are now using mobile phones almost half of the country’s population and so many transactions are being made online and yet our legal control is much limited,” he said.He added that with the country’s national ICT backbone well spread, so many challenges related to cyber were inevitable and the legal systems need to be strengthened. He called on business operators and investors to ensure that their companies are being run responsibly.In another development, Dr Yonah said the government was also planning to have ICT experts certified to ensure maximum security. He added that plans were underway and the move comes following the rapid increase of individuals purporting to be ICT experts without academic qualifications.“We want to ensure secure businesses, investments and make sure that our people stay safe in this technological world,” he said. The Cyber Security Africa Operations and Communication Manager, Mr Luke Mulunda said Tanzania has pioneered the ICT backbone in the East African region and is now about to set the pace by introducing a cyber crime law.“In Kenya we have ICT law but it is not focused on cyber security, I am glad that Tanzania is leading the way and other countries will follow,” he said. The Cyber Security Africa Alliance Manager, Sammy Kioko said his company organised the meeting to bring together ICT stakeholders to learn on the risks of applying ICT and the best ways to address the challenges.“We are helping participants to put in place systems that works and we have technologies that can help prevent some of the crimes especially those involving stealing monies from ATM machines,” he said.Credit: Daily Newslast_img read more

Instagram Now Allows Users to Post Photos From its Mobile Site

first_imgInstagram to let its users be able to download their data. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement In a move that is intended to make sharing to Instagram easier in markets with slow network speeds by eliminating the need to download the Instagram app, the Facebook owned company has updated its mobile site with the ability to post photos without using the app, TechCrunch reports.The mobile version of Instagram’s website was previously limited to browsing your timeline, search and discovery, notifications, and managing your account. But now anyone can visit from a mobile device to post photos to the social network.Instagram’s mobile site leaves out data-heavy features like Stories and newer capabilities like messaging, but it’s a lightweight option on slow networks. – Advertisement – The launch begs the question of whether Instagram will release an Instagram Lite version of its native app.[related-posts]last_img read more

5 Benefits of Using Marketing Automation Tools

first_imgPhoto by from Pexels Advertisement Marketing automation is a key component to business success. It has been proven to increase sales productivity and reduce the overall marketing overhead. Research conducted into marketing automation has proven that companies who use marketing automation for prospect nurturing see a large increase in the number of qualified leads.These nurtured leads go on to make purchases almost 50 percent higher than non-nurtured counterparts. It is clear to see that marketing automation contributes to the overall growth of a business, but how can it benefit your business?Well, here are five ways in which it can do so.Lead Generation – Advertisement – For any business to grow, having a good lead generation is vital. When the steps between sales and marketing are automated, the team will have more time to put into the overall strategy and lead nurturing, which will really benefit the business. This means there will be an increase in the number of prospects, which will increase the number of customers. Marketing automation has also been proven to give a more detailed, richer picture of the behavior of potential customers.Lead NurturingIt can be hard to nurture leads, and it can take up a lot of time. It can be worth it if the result is a sale, but unfortunately, not every lead will end in a sale. Small businesses are more likely to be affected by this issue because the small sales and marketing team won’t be able to keep an eye on every lead. This is where marketing automation tools for small businesses really come in handy and should definitely be considered to increase your chances of a successful sale.Customer PersonalizationWhen it comes to nurturing leads, making sure content is personalized is key. Marketing automation tools are there to guarantee the right buyer is approached with the right content at the right moment. They also gather data from all of the content, which aids the personalization process. This data is extremely effective when it comes to qualifying leads through marketing, before they are passed on to sales.Better DecisionsLarge data is easy to embrace when marketing automation is in effect. When a single platform for analytics and dash-boarding, collecting and putting away data and close-loop reporting is provided, marketing automation platforms will be the best solution when it comes to predicting the behavior of customers and measuring campaigns. All of this can be done while sticking to a small budget.Merge Sales and MarketingIt’s common to face difficulties when sales and marketing departments are mixed. However, the efficiency of the collaboration between sales and marketing is improving as new technologies are developed. The outdated structures and processes are at fault when it comes to the misalignment of sales and marketing. When the departments work using separate tools, then they will be working towards different goals. Marketing automation can help by making improvements in the quality of leads, expanding revenue and automating manual processes, such as follow-up and lead assignment.Marketing automation can provide many benefits to all businesses, no matter how big or small they may be. Once the marketing automation tools come into effect, the workload you face is visibly reduced, which is extremely beneficial for any kind of business owner in this busy day and age.last_img read more

Tommys weekly greyhound betting

first_imgThe Ladbrokes Laurels semi-finals were the highlight of Belle Vue’s card on Thursday evening and Farloe Warhawk will now be a red-hot favourite for the decider. The £6,000 Category Two showdown will take place on Tuesday and will be the centrepiece of eight races being broadcast live on Sky Sports.The first semi saw Barrie Draper’s Farloe Warhawk show good early pace and lead at the first bend. However, it was never plain sailing as Longwood Fantasy battled hard to stay with the 4-9 jolly but was eventually beaten 1 3/4L by the 27.82sec winner.The second eliminator went to Stuart Mason’s Alien Planet (4-1) who rode a first bend bump to lead at the fourth bend and beat Boher Chieftain by 3/4L in 28.02sec.Taylors Sky, the 11-10 jolly, was crowded at the first bend and forced to check at the second and finish back in fifth position.Trap Draw for Tuesday’s FinalTrap 1 Taranis RexTrap 2 Farloe WarhawkTrap 3 Allien PlanetTrap 4 Longwood FantasyTrap 5 Boher ChieftainTrap 6 Fridays Daryllast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Man City

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s being billed as a ‘title decider’ and it could well be if Man City fail to get anything from their trip to Stamford Bridge (5.30pm SKY).Both teams suffered shock defeats in the FA Cup last week so they can now concentrate on the league (!!), but if Chelsea were to take all three points then suddenly there’s a gap of eight points at the top.The bare stats say there’s a good chance of that happening as Chelsea come into this on the back of 10 straight Premier League wins at home while Man City are looking a long way short of their best in 2015 with successive defeats at the Etihad by Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and Arsenal’s 2-0 win in the league.Chelsea forward Diego Costa hasn’t been off the back page headlines all week and is unavailable for this having being found guilty of violent conduct against Liverpool.Mourinho has further problems with Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis missing – both were injured in the midweek League Cup win over Liverpool.For Man City Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony are both unavailable as they are still involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.Chelsea v Man CityPremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2014 Premier Man City 1-1 ChelseaFeb 2014 FA Cup Man City 2-0 ChelseaFeb 2014 Premier Man City 0-1 ChelseaOct 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 Man CityApr 2013 FA Cup Chelsea 1-2 Man CityFeb 2013 Premier Man City 2-0 ChelseaNov 2012 Premier Chelsea 0-0 Man CityAug 2012 Community Shield Chelsea 2-3 Man CityMar 2012 Premier Man City 2-1 ChelseaDec 2011 Premier Chelsea 2-1 Man CityThe draw might the angle in at 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 5 points at around 12/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 83.36 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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