A submission by Airlines for Australia & New Zealand (A4ANZ), which includes Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, says New Zealand passengers are losing out to monopoly airports, pointing the finger at Auckland International Airport setting prices that are not in the long-term interest of consumers.A4ANZ says more must be done to protect airport users from the market power exerted by monopoly airports and in its submission to the Commerce Commission’s Review of Auckland International Airport’s pricing decisions and expected performance (July 2017 – June 2022), A4ANZ discussed the expected profitability, investment efficiency, and pricing efficiency of Auckland Airport.“When we look at the evidence, A4ANZ has been left in no doubt that Auckland International Airport is targeting excessive profits. Historically, this has been demonstrable by observing returns to shareholders over the past 19 years. It has been estimated that the value of excess returns to Auckland airport owners may be upwards of $3.6 billion (in 2017 dollars),” said A4ANZ Chairman, Professor Graeme Samuel AC.A4ANZ’s submission references independent analysis from Frontier Economics, which confirms that earnings at New Zealand airports are excessive, with profit margins significantly higher – in some cases more than double – those of other airports around the world operating in competitive markets or with greater regulation. This was shown in a report released by A4ANZ last week.A4ANZ’s CEO, Dr Alison Roberts said “There’s a reason financial analysts regard Auckland airport so positively. The Airports Association claim that the airport’s profit is “fair and reasonable” sits in stark contrast to the facts: Auckland Airport has the second highest margin of all analysed international airports – second only to Sydney Airport, which is also under a light-handed monitoring regime.”Professor Samuel said that “Based on both historic financial performance, and the recent decision of Auckland Airport to target returns above the Commerce Commission’s mid-point WACC estimate, A4ANZ does not believe that Auckland Airport is appropriately constrained in its ability to extract excessive profits over the 2017 – 2022 pricing period.”A4ANZ’s submission also outlined airline concerns regarding Auckland Airport’s proposed Runway Land Charge and forecast operating expenditure and efficient investment, and encouraged the Commerce Commission to take a broader view of section 53B(2) requirements to consider quality, efficiency and innovation.“The Commerce Commission’s draft report reinforces my long-held view that monopolies need to be held to account by a credible threat of regulatory intervention. New Zealand needs a regulatory framework that drives airport-airline negotiations to produce better outcomes for consumers, through improved efficiency in the allocation of resources and targeted investment,” Professor Samuel said. airlinesairportsAuckland International AirportIndustry news generalNew Zealand
Alessia Cara performs at the Juno awards show in Ottawa on April 2, 2017. Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara is headed back to the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. The Grammy Award-winner is among the first performers confirmed for the Toronto street party which unfolds in August. She was the co-host of last year’s show with Joe Jonas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick TORONTO – Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara is headed back to the iHeartRadio MMVAs.The Grammy winner is among the first round of performers confirmed for the massive Toronto street party, which unfolds this year in August.Cara is no stranger to the MMVAs event, having co-hosted last year’s show alongside Joe Jonas when it was called the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.But this year she returns carrying some major clout: she took home the Grammy Award for best new artist in January.Cara, who hails from Brampton, Ont., is also putting the finishing touches on her second album, “The Pains of Growing,” which includes the new single “Growing Pains.”Two other acts were announced for the MMVAs — Halsey and masked electronic producer Marshmello, who takes the stage with British singer Anne-Marie for their radio hit “Friends.”The iHeartRadio MMVAs are undergoing a two major changes this year led by its owner Bell Media.The broadcaster chose to officially abbreviate the event’s name and remove a reference to the “Much Music Video Awards,” the title it adopted in the mid-1990s when it aired primarily on the Canadian music video channel. It added iHeartRadio to its name in 2016 as part of a corporate partnership.The awards show, which broadcast in mid-June for 15 years, is also returning to its roots as a late-summer shindig timed for the back-to-school season. The show will air on CTV, Much and stream through the iHeartRadio app on Aug. 26.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version did not acknowledge the program has been renamed the “iHeartRadio MMVAs.” Alessia Cara among early round of confirmed performers for iHeartRadio MMVAs by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2018 7:13 am PDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
##### Tags: Howrylak, memorial, Sept. 11 State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, was joined by special guest Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson for the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Service today.The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members.House representatives invited guests to join them in honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, and men and women serving today.The names of 14 first responders and service members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony. 10Sep Police chief joins Rep. Howrylak for 9/11 Memorial Categories: Featured news,Howrylak News,News
House approves projects across the state State Rep. Gary Glenn today announced a Midland park project will be funded as part of a bill recently approved by the House that recommends funding recreational improvements across the state.Glenn, of Midland, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money to fund land acquisitions and development of parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state. The projects are paid for by a combination of Trust Fund money from gas and oil leases and local matching funds.Glenn said the local project is development of the Emerson Park River Overlook and River Walk. It involves development of 325 feet of publicly owned waterfront on the Tittabawassee River within Emerson Park. The project repurposes an abandoned water intake pump station into a two-story river overlook area, and will include a fishing dock, floating water access dock, boardwalk along the river’s edge, gathering plaza, riverfront park areas and new parking lot. The project also includes removal of invasive exotic plant species from the riverbank, opening up vistas to the river. Emerson Park will serve as a rest stop along the 30-mile long Midland County Pere Marquette“I am very pleased to see this funding – which includes no state taxpayer money – being used to enhance our already outstanding natural resources in Midland County,” Glenn said. “Not only will this provide recreational opportunities for local families, it will also bring visitors to the area and help grow our local economies.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. 20Jun Rep. Glenn votes for local recreation development Categories: Glenn News,News
07Sep Committee approves VerHeulen bill to keep kids in alternative school programs Categories: News,VerHeulen News The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, which will allow parents of a student enrolled in a strict discipline academy (SDA) the option to keep that student enrolled in said system.“If a student has been enrolled and benefitted from a non-traditional education setting, then why not allow them to remain and continue to thrive?” said VerHeulen, of Walker. “Every school district and teacher wants positive outcomes for its students, with these academies being no different. This legislation will require the parents or guardians to agree to continued placement, making sure the best interest of each student is the first consideration.”Currently, there are 21 strict discipline academies working with local and intermediate school districts to continue a student’s education when public endangerment issues arise. Students may also be assigned to academies by a court order.“These academies have been a needed resource for many districts, families and students,” said VerHeulen, who was joined by Lighthouse Academy Superintendent Heidi Cate during June testimony before the committee. “Working on more individualized education plans, there have been many successes for students with challenges in a typical school environment. We should allow that success to continue, not cut it off.”House Bill 4665 advances to full House membership for its review.
Categories: Glenn News,News 12Dec Rep. Glenn testifies on bill preventing conflicts of interest in wind farm deals Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), chair of the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee, testified today on his bill preventing conflicts of interest for local officials related to potential wind farm developments.Glenn’s bill would prohibit members of local government planning commissions from voting on issues on which they or their families have direct financial interests. The bill includes strong provisions to make sure local officials can’t vote to allow wind projects if those officials would personally profit because they have already signed a wind lease contract on their own private property.Failure to disqualify themselves from such votes would constitute grounds for removal from office and could result in a felony charge and fines.“Public officials should act in the public’s best interests – not their own financial interests,” Glenn said after testifying on his bill. “Government officials shouldn’t be voting on wind farm developments if they stand to personally profit from the projects.”The legislation would apply to any potential conflict of interest situation where a planning commission member has a direct financial interest. According to testimony Tuesday, conflict of interest concerns have surfaced in several proposed wind farm locations in Michigan.Glenn’s bill would strengthen current law regarding conflicts of interest at the local government level.“Existing law has not sufficiently addressed this issue,” Glenn said. “We need legislation with some teeth in it. We cannot have situations where members of a government board would be allowed to vote on a project that would pay them $1,000 or more a month if the project is approved.”Glenn said the need for this measure has been heightened because of the state’s mandate that 15 percent of all energy come from renewable sources.Glenn added that he wants to ensure decision-making authority regarding commercial wind projects remains in the hands of local officials or local residents themselves.“These decisions about whether to allow wind energy developments should be made at the local level, and they should be made with integrity and without conflict of interest,” Glenn said.House Bill 4968 remains in the Energy Policy Committee.###
Categories: Hoitenga News,News 07Dec Rep. Hoitenga to host December office hours State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her final office hours of 2018 for Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.“I believe it is important to keep my commitment of staying accessible to the people I represent,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage everyone to attend and voice their thoughts or questions about our state government as we wrap up a successful year.”The December office hours schedule is as follows:· Friday, Dec. 14o Noon to 1 p.m. at Cranker’s Coney Island, 231 S. State St. in Big Rapids;o 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Osceola County Courthouse, 301 W. Upton Ave. in Reed City; ando 3 to 4 p.m. Hermann’s European Café, 214 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac.State Senate-elect Curt VanderWall of Ludington will be joining Rep. Hoitenga for office hours in Reed City and Cadillac.No appointment is necessary. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Hoitenga’s office at (517) 373-1747, or email at MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov.#####
State Rep. Jeff Yaroch has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve on the House Appropriations Committee during the 2019-20 legislative session.Yaroch, of Richmond, will chair the House subcommittee charged with setting the budgets of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.“It’s a great privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of serving on our state’s budget committee,” Yaroch said. “We must never forget that tax dollars belong to the taxpayer, not the government. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that our state government is working for the people while living within its means.”Additionally, Yaroch will serve as vice chair of the Transportation budget subcommittee, and as a member of the Judiciary and Health and Human Services budget subcommittees.Residents may contact Yaroch’s office by calling (517) 373-0820 or emailing JeffYaroch@house.mi.gov.### 17Jan Rep. Yaroch to play key role in state’s budget process Categories: Yaroch News
Share25Tweet6Share10Email41 SharesHarriet Tubman Bust Unveiling / Maryland GovPicsApril 20, 2016; PoliticoOne week after Equal Pay Day took center stage, issues of women and money have come to light yet again. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that Civil War-era abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, will take her own sort of center stage—on the front of the $20 bill. Tubman will be the first African American and the first woman in more than a century to appear on U.S. paper currency.Lew’s announcement also outlined plans to redesign the $5 and $10 bills. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the back of the new $5 bill will pay homage to events and individuals associated with the Lincoln Memorial. Among those to be honored on the reverse are Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. Similar to the five, the $10 bill’s anterior will stay the same while the back of the note will experience a facelift—a lift that will include many faces. Alexander Hamilton, who is credited with helping to establish the Treasury Department, will remain on the front of $10 bill, much to the delight of fans and the creator of the current Broadway smash hit, Hamilton. While Hamilton’s prime real estate on the $10 bill will stay put, the back of the bill will feature various leaders from the women’s suffrage movement, including Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul, to name a few.Despite these additions, the decision to place Tubman on the front of the $20 is one that is drawing the most attention, causing some people to reflect on the irony of the Treasury’s selection. The push to get Tubman’s portrait on U.S. paper currency was ignited by Lew’s invitation to the public nearly one year ago to help him decide which female historical figure should secure the spot. In response, the nonprofit organization Women on 20s was created to influence decision makers to “dedicate the $20 bill exclusively to women.” The organization hosted an online election, during which individuals submitted their nominations of females to potentially to be recognized. With more than 1.2 million total votes, names like Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks were among fan favorites; however, it was Harriet Tubman that received the majority vote. Although Harriet Tubman’s placement on the bill will not necessarily be exclusive (Andrew Jackson will stay on the bill, albeit on the other side), her presence on the note gives way to several thought-provoking paradoxes.Opposition to the Treasury’s moves has been voiced by some Republicans and conservatives, who are offended by the “political correctness” of the choices. However, as the Wall Street Journal observed in an editorial, it’s notable that a Democratic administration chose to remove a populist and the founder of the modern Democratic Party from the $20 and replace him with an evangelical Christian Republican woman known, among other things, for her passionate defense of Second Amendment gun rights.Irony lies in that the Treasury’s decision just happened to fall on the heels of the previously referenced Equal Pay Day, a national campaign, covered last week in NPQ, which generates awareness around the pay disparities between men and women. While the monetary value doesn’t change, Tubman’s portrait on the $20 bill is a big win for many in the gender equity space. However, thinking that a woman placed on U.S. currency will in turn prompt employers to start paying women equally with the same currency is perhaps far-fetched, at least in the immediate future.Beyond the topic of gender is the deeply rooted issue of race and America’s history surrounding it. Andrew Jackson, infamously known for being a slave owner and a persecutor of Native Americans, will ironically have to relocate himself to the back of the $20 bill, in the papered shadows of anti-slavery activist Tubman. Although many are satisfied to have Tubman replace Jackson on the bill, the fact that the Treasury’s hasn’t just done away with Jackson altogether has received criticism. What has also given many people pause is the irony that Tubman, who was born a slave and treated as an exchangeable commodity herself, will now be honored on the very currency that was used to buy and sell those she helped escape. Writer Feminista Jones poignantly addressed the irony in her 2015 essay, “Keep Harriet Tubman—and all women—off the $20 bill”:On one hand, replacing the face of Andrew Jackson—a man whose wealth was made on the backs of enslaved black people—with Tubman’s image sounds like an idyllic reversal of fortune. But in examining Tubman’s life, it’s clear that putting her face on America’s currency would undermine her legacy. By escaping slavery and helping many others do the same, Tubman became historic for essentially stealing “property.” Her legacy is rooted in resisting the foundation of American capitalism. Tubman didn’t respect America’s economic system, so making her a symbol of it would be insulting.And to Jones’s point, symbolism bears great significance, especially in matters such as these.In a time when the issue of race is resurgent in our country, due in large part to movements like Black Lives Matter, the selection of an American hero like Harriet Tubman, someone who arduously fought for the protection and freedom of black lives, to occupy the front side of the $20 bill is as timely as ever. But when expanding our thinking to consider how interconnected money, class, and race are, and how these factors simultaneously influence our society, it’s justifiable for one to ponder whether Tubman’s placement on the twenty is truly a fitting tribute to what she stood for in the first place.—Lindsay WalkerShare25Tweet6Share10Email41 Shares
Iran is set to launch eight new thematic television channels after the The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) approved the plans.IRIB chief Ezzatollah Zarghami announced it would launch new channels covering entertainment, news and science. This follows the launch of the country’s first home shopping channel, which launched earlier this year.
Netflix is searching for a new marketing boss after veteran chief marketing officer Leslie Kilgore was moved to non-executive director of the Netflix board.Jessie Becker, who was previously vice-president, marketing, will become chief marketing officer on an interim basis, while the company conducts an external search. Kilgore has been with Netflix for the last 12 years after previously having worked at Amazon and Proctor & Gamble.Separately, Netflix has promoted Jonathan Friedland as chief communications officer. Both Becker and Friedland report to Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings.
Trace TV, the French youth-focused thematic channel provider, is launching its Trace Sport Stars network in the US and Latin American after signing a deal with channel distributer Alterna’TV.A subsidiary of Latin American satellite service provider Satmex, Alterna’TV ha experience in distributing original entertainment channels throughout Latin America and to the Spanish speaking communities of the US.Trace Sport Stars first launched in 2012 and airs lifestyle, gossip, news, reality, magazine and talk show programmes about sports celebrities. Trace claims the channel is already available to more than 30 million homes in 106 countries around the world.
A Johannesburg-based online TV service has acquired UK and US streaming rights to the Nollywood movie adaptation of best-selling novel Half of a Yellow Sun.PanaTV bills itself a “pioneer” in Africa, and said the acquisition of Half of a Yellow Sun “falls in line with our mission to tell the African story to the world, by making Africa’s stories easily accessible through the internet”.The UK deal was made with London-based distributor Soda Pictures, and the US agreement with Monterey Media.Half of a Yellow Sun stars Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose as a pair of sister caught up in the Nigerian Civil War. It also stars Academy Award-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.It launched in the US on June 29, where it has a limited exclusive window before becoming non-exclusive, and will go out in the UK from August.The service aims to legally stream African-produced content to online audiences worldwide. It has around 8,000 hours of shows comprising movies, music, television, lifestyle, educational and kids content.
Aleks HabdankUK service provider TalkTalk has renewed its deal with Sky to distribute premium content.The new multi-year agreement will give TalkTalk TV customers continued access to Sky entertainment channels including Sky 1 and Sky Living. In addition, TalkTalk will continue to offer live and on-demand content from Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, and pay-per-view service Sky Box Office.The deal with Sky follows a significant expansion of TalkTalk’s TV offering with the lakunch of new non-linear services and a deal to carry BT Sport channels.TalkTalk launched multiscreen pay-as-you-go movies and TV service TalkTalk Store following its acquisition of Blinkbox. The service offers the ability to stream, rent and buy-to-own series box-sets and movies.TalkTalk said it plans to upgrade its Youview set-top boxes later this year to offer a more personalized TV service.“This deal is an unequivocal demonstration of TalkTalk’s continued commitment to TV. Our service is going from strength to strength and our ambition to be the UK’s best value for money TV provider – offering customers flexible access to the widest range of free and paid for content – is firmly on track,” said Aleks Habdank, managing director, TalkTalk TV.“Our investment in YouView, our app-based service, and securing some to the best content available is incredibly valued by our customers. TV continues to be a driving force for growth and customer loyalty and remains a priority for our business.”Mark Winterbottom, Business Development Director at Sky, said: “We are delighted to be able to build on our partnership with TalkTalk. This deal enables its customers to enjoy the quality and breadth of Sky’s content for years to come, and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to broad distribution.”
Kristian LundgrenDanish cable operator Stofa has named Kristian Lundgren as head of development with responsibility for developing Stofa’s next-generation TV system.Lundgren’s department is also responsible for the development of Stofa’s smart TV platform, no-contract à la carte TV offering MitTv.It will also be responsible for the group’s Apple and Android TV apps, with a team of 17 system developers, architects and project managers.Lundgren has been working at Stofa since 2014, inititally as a project manager focusing on strategic partnerships with fibre companies including SEF Fiber, Verdo Telecom and Nyfors Fiber.He said that his team would work to ensure that Stofa maintains a strong position in the TV and broadband market at a time when TV is changing rapidly.
A growing number of UK teenagers will subscribe to VOD services as they opt to spend pocket money on media that caters to their individual interests, according to Deloitte.The company’s ‘Future of TV’ research said that with children in the UK averaging £11.20 per-week in pocket money, and pay TV subscription services typically starting at around £5 per month, SVOD will continue to surge in the coming years.Improved connectivity, an increased volume of available content and low barriers of entry through reasonably-priced offerings will all be factors in helping to encourage further SVOD uptake in the next five years.Deloitte also expects a rise in on-demand viewing among older age groups, with 15% of television viewing among people aged 50-plus expected to be on-demand by 2023. This trend is expected to be driven, in part, by ease of use, improvements in connectivity and influence from younger consumers.“The relative affordability of a huge wealth of streamed content is incredibly attractive for media consumers of all ages,” said Dan Ison, partner and head of media and entertainment at Deloitte.“Households will increasingly have multiple media subscriptions that cater for individuals’ needs, whether you’re a sports-nut, history-buff or movie fan. Teenagers’ pocket money, once spent on comic books and magazines, will go towards SVOD subscriptions. Content providers and media distributors may need to rethink their marketing strategies in order to appeal to the ’screenager’ market.”Ed Shedd, partner and head of technology, media and telecommunications at Deloitte, added: “Older age groups will be nudged into on-demand viewing by their own peer group and the behaviours of younger generations in their family.“As such, on-demand services, from broadcasters and subscription services, need to be as easy to use as traditional TV. Design and testing should be done by people who represent the target audience, and not just younger age groups.”Deloitte predicted earlier this year that there will be 350 million digital-only subscribers globally in 2018, with around 580 million subscriptions to services that include video-on-demand, music, gaming or news and magazines. In the UK, Deloitte estimates there are about 26 million media online-only subscriptions.
CAR BURNT OUT AT BALLYARNETT COUNTRY PARK – DUFFYCOUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYDerryNA MAGHA GAC “Speaking to parents they said it was very lucky no one was hurt as this car was driven through the park.“The police have been informed and the neighbourhood team are following up on information.“A bad news story we could be doing without,” added Cllr Duffy.CAR BURNT OUT AT BALLYARNETT COUNTRY PARK – DUFFY was last modified: July 9th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Sinn Fein councillor Sandra DuffySINN Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has condemned those who left a burnt out car in Derry this week.She said: “Another bad night for our community.“A car was stolen and burnt out at Ballyarnett Country Park, with much of the green around the park destroyed with it rallying thought it.“This all took place as Na Magha GAC were holding a competition on their newly built site. ShareTweet
“We also raised the issue of the wider repercussions of this investigation. In the wake of the report, people’s confidence has been shattered and some families are concerned for their loved ones who are currently living in care homes. “The SDLP is clear that residents and their families must be kept in mind during this time and their concerns must also be listened to.“Frustratingly, there are still many questions left to answer. “The SDLP will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Assistant Chief Constable and the RQIA. People must be held accountable for their actions – or in some cases, inaction,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan leads SDLP delegation to meet Commissioner for Older People was last modified: June 26th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: AN SDLP delegation led by SDLP Foyle MLa Mark H Durkan has met with the Commissioner for Older People over a damning report and investigation into a care home.Mr Durkan was joined at the meeting by party colleagues Pat Catney MLA and Councillor Brian Heading.The SDLP Health Spokesperson said: “The report regarding Dunmurry Manor Care Home from the Commission for OIder People made for difficult reading. Brian HeadingDunmurry Manor Care HomeDurkan leads SDLP delegation to meet Commissioner for Older PeopleHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanPat CatneySDLP ShareTweet “The findings that were contained within the report about the treatment some residents endured, while they were in a place that was meant to care for them, is heart-wrenching.“The report shows that vulnerable people, living with dementia, experienced violations that no-one should have to endure. “Residents and their loved ones were placed in awful situations and it is dreadful to hear of the horror that was inflicted on people.“During the meeting, we discussed the findings of the investigation and those who failed to step up and step in.
“Even against the backdrop of a welfare cuts agenda being imposed by the Tories, there is absolutely no justification for the Department to be implementing PIP assessments in this way.“How can they give someone with ‘Locked In’ syndrome, who cannot walk, talk, see or eat, a score of six points out of ten for the level of assistance he needs with eating and drinking?“They gave him two out of eight points on whether he needs supervision or assistance managing his therapies, two out of eight for needing assistance making budgeting decisions and four out of eight for needing support in social situations.“That is absolutely scandalous and exposes just how unfit for purpose this system is. A SERIES of recent cases has exposed the rollout of Personal Independence Payments (PIPS) assessments as “cruel and unjustifiable”, Sinn Féin Karen Mullan has said.The Foyle MLA was commenting after it was publicly revealed that a number of people had been scored inappropriately with severe disabilities downplayed or not recognised.She said: “These cases have exposed the cruel and arbitrary nature of the assessments being carried out by Capita on behalf of the Department for Communities. ShareTweet “Assessors from Capita should not be second-guessing the medical diagnosis of clinicians as part of a box-ticking exercise or a drive to reduce costs.“We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Department and demanding an end to the roll-out of these assessments in such a cruel and unjustifiable manner.“The Permanent Secretary needs to take full responsibility for the assessments being carried out by Capita and signed off by his officials. ]“I am further calling on him to address the public anger and concern highlighted by recent cases by publicly stating what steps his department will take to rectify this situation,” added the Foyle MLA.‘Cruel PIP assessments are unjustifiable’ – Mullan was last modified: November 27th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: CAPITACruel PIP assessments are unjustifiable’ – MullanDEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIESFOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANPERSONAL INDEPENDENT PAYMENTSSinn Fein
Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories West Virginia state trooper faces excessive force lawsuit By Tyler BarkerDec 04, 2018, 04:59 am 339 0 Pinterest Google+ Tumblr Linkedin Home NewsWatch Local News West Virginia state trooper faces excessive force lawsuit CHARLESTON (AP)- A West Virginia state trooper who was suspended after a teen suspect allegedly was beaten during a traffic stop last month faces an excessive force lawsuit from an earlier incident. Charlestown attorney Braun Hamstead filed the lawsuit earlier this year against Martinsburg Trooper First Class Derek Walker, who had arrested Hamstead’s wife in 2016. The lawsuit says Walker dragged Julie Ann Hamstead in a parking lot and slammed her to the ground before placing her in handcuffs. Mail Previous PostGov. Justice appoints new director of WV Office of Drug Control Policy Next Post2018 Class A All-State Football Teams Twitter