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The aunt of a disabled man who was imprisoned and

first_imgThe aunt of a disabled man who was imprisoned and tortured to death is asking the attorney general to appeal against the judge’s failure to treat his murder as a disability hate crime.James Wheatley, 29, from Kenton Bar, Newcastle, repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on Lee Irving (pictured) in attacks that took place over nine days, leaving him with multiple broken bones and other injuries.After he died, Irving’s body was taken on a pushchair through a housing estate and dumped on a patch of grass near the A1.Wheatley was found guilty of murder earlier this month, and was sentenced to life in prison, where he will have to serve at least 23 years.Three other defendants – Wheatley’s mother Julie Mills, 52, girlfriend Nicole Lawrence, 22, and lodger Barry Imray, 35 – were also jailed for offences connected with Irving’s death, Mills to eight years, Lawrence to four years, and Imray to three.But although Northumbria police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) treated Irving’s death as a hate crime, Mr Justice Soole, who sentenced the four, decided there was not enough evidence to prove that any of the offences were motivated by disability-related hostility.Instead, he increased Wheatley’s sentence because of Irving’s “vulnerability”.Lee’s aunt, Lisa Irving, told Disability News Service (DNS) this week that her nephew’s murder had left the family “traumatised” and with “little faith in society”.She said the family “fully appreciated the verdicts” but were “devastated about the sentence and how the judge did not accept that it was a disability hate crime. How is it not?” She said the family were equally disturbed by the failings of social services and the police.Newcastle City Council has launched a serious case review into the circumstances that led to her nephew’s death.Lee Irving’s murder is just the latest in a long line of brutal killings that the criminal justice system has failed to treat as disability hate crimes, despite legislation intended to provide longer sentences in such circumstances.They include the killings of Brent Martin, Peter Hedley, Albert Adams, Stephen Hoskin, Kevin Davies, Michael Gilbert… and now Lee Irving.Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murders. Lisa Irving is now working with members of the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN) to persuade the attorney general to appeal the sentence handed to Wheatley.She also wants the offences committed by Mills and Lawrence to be treated as hate crimes, although she believes that Imray, who himself had learning difficulties, was probably a victim of disability hate crime himself and was forced by Wheatley to help him cover up his crimes.The Disability Hate Crime Network has now written to the attorney general, the Tory MP Jeremy Wright, to ask him to seek a tougher sentence from the court of appeal.The letter was written by Katharine Quarmby, on behalf of Lisa Irving and the network, and she told Wright that the police and CPS had “presented good evidence of disability hate targeting”.Quarmby, one of the network’s coordinators, and the author of Scapegoat, a pioneering investigation into disability hate crime, told DNS that she was “disappointed” by the failure to increase the sentences for those involved in Lee Irving’s murder.She said she was not aware of a single case in which the LASPO 30-year tariff had yet been used.Quarmby said she welcomed apparent signs of progress in sentencing some lower-level disability hate crimes, but said this could be a sign that magistrates were starting to take the issue seriously, while judges were failing to do so.But she added: “However, when very serious crimes such as murder are sentenced, there seems to be a block in sentencing them as disability hate crimes.“The law, as it currently stands, could be said to be set up to fail – it has to be investigated, prosecuted and sentenced as a disability hate crime.“If one person in that chain – investigating officer, CPS prosecutor or judge – fails to view the crime as disability-related, there is no sentence uplift.“This fails the victim, the family and wider society.“Sentencing such crimes as disability-related would send a strong ‘declaratory effect’ to society that we do not tolerate such crimes and they are sentenced accordingly.“I would like to see a discussion of possible law reform, if the current law is not fit for purpose, which I feel it is no longer.”Anne Novis, a DHCN coordinator who leads for Inclusion London on disability hate crime, added: “It is more than time now for all cases where if a person perceives their experience as disability hate crime, as well as police and CPS, then this should be treated as such by judges.She said: “To repeatedly read of cases where this aspect is ignored, ruled irrelevant, and no enhanced sentencing re hate crime applied gives a message that we as disabled people do not experience hate crime, and that the perpetrators get away with a sentence far less than they should get.“The message given is that our human rights as victims of crime are less than those of others. This is not acceptable and must be changed.“Via Inclusion London and the DHCN we will campaign to see this does happen.”Meanwhile, a third DHCN coordinator, Stephen Brookes, has written to the solicitor general, the Tory MP Robert Buckland, asking for a meeting to raise the network’s concerns about “the all too frequent failure of the court system (in particular the judiciary) to fully understand and implement appropriate sentences for cases of disability hostility”.He welcomed Buckland’s work on encouraging the reporting of hate crime by disabled people, but added: “The successful work we have done along with police forces and CPS prosecutors in jointly pressing for disability hate crime to be treated as such has been thwarted in most cases by court decisions.”He pointed to the Lee Irving case as an example of how, despite improved confidence in police forces and CPS, “we are facing a total and unacceptable brick wall in courts in that the judiciary only seem to consider vulnerability as a cause, which means that disability hate is often not considered as part of a sentence uplift”.He told Buckland: “It is about time that judges were given some real awareness training in what… disability actually means, rather than categorising us all as poor vulnerable victims.”last_img read more

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Heads Up Major Traffic Changes Coming to Mission St

first_img 0% The changes are intended to reduce travel times for the estimated 65,000 transit rides taken on Mission corridor bus lines every day. SFGate reports an especially high concentration of Mission street transit riders are dependent on public transportation to get around. The agency hopes to reduce total travel time along the corridor by five minutes in each direction. Transit riders and drivers alike should brace themselves for some significant changes coming to Mission Street’s traffic rules, some coming as early as this month.As of Friday, 14 and 49 buses have eliminated stops at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets. Over the next two months, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will paint red transit-only lanes all along the corridor. Finally, between March and April, left turns will be prohibited all along the Mission Street corridor, from 14th Street to Cortland Avenue, and right turns will be required at some intersections.Starting in March, the agency will calm traffic along Mission Street by rolling out forced right turns away from Mission Street. Northbound car traffic (buses and bikes are exempt) on Mission Street will be required to turn right at 26th, 24th, 22nd 20th and 16th streets.Until then, as the transit agency paints the red transit-only lanes, parking and loading zones along the curb will be temporarily unavailable in the stretches where crews are working. Bus stops may also be temporarily relocated, and though through traffic will be allowed, alternative routes are encouraged. The transit agency will post signs and notices for parking restrictions and bus stop changes prior to beginning construction.center_img Tags: 14-Mission • 49-Van Ness/Mission • mission street • public transportation • transit Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Thrift Town shoppers arrive too late for one last bargain

first_img 0% Like most of the customers of Thrift Town who arrived on Thursday for one last visit, Lupé Cabrera felt cheated. The front door was locked.“It came out of nowhere it’s so shocking, said Cabrera who had been visiting the store since she was a child and wanted one last roam through its two floors of used clothes, kitchen gadgets, electronic equipment and toys.Some news reports said the family-owned store would close on Friday, propelling dozens of old and new customers to arrive at 17th and Mission Streets on Thursday only to find a letter on the store saying that after 45 years the store closed on Wednesday evening. “I put two hours in the meter, bought an espresso and was all ready,” said Wendy Brummer of her planned farewell visit to Thrift Town. Brummer and her 18-year-old daughter, Francesca Kocks, were both decked out in earlier Thrift Town buys – sweaters, shirts, and wraps. “Oh my god, we thought it was open until the 31st,” said Brummer, who has shopped at the door since before her daughter was born.“If I have or had a special event, I just came here and bought a new outfit and I looked like a million bucks,” she said.Mother and daughter also had fond memories of shopping there together. “I was always in the children’s corner looking at the bags of toys they sold, begging my parents to buy them,” said Kocks. A lot of my stuffed animals came from here,”A woman who called herself Showing looked startled to see the shuttered store. “I guess I took time off to come here for nothing I thought it was closing tomorrow,” she said. “I like getting my random shirts here. The random stuff is really fun.”Collette, a pre-school teacher, said Thrift Town was a place where she could find pants that fit and kitchen equipment that she could use with the kids she teaches.Hoa Du, who was born in Vietnam, and lives in the Mission, also talked nostalgically about the kitchen equipment and the one time he found a trove of beautiful pottery.He loved the daily sales and all of the inexpensive decorations offered for Halloween and Christmas, he said.Dharma too had been going to Thrift Town for a lifetime. “My parents bought me my clothes from here my whole life,” said Dharma, holding her skateboard in one arm. “It’s one less spot to get good quality cheap clothes. I don’t know what’s going take its place but I doubt it’s going have as much benefit to the community as this place did.”Alec Chakroff agreed. “It’s a little bit sad. I don’t know how many other good shops there are around here but this was a good one.”A few customers like Kathy Phan had never been to the store, but travelled in today from the North Bay to experience it before it closed. That was not to be.Brummer, who seemed to know her thrift stores, had one bit of advice: Check out the Goodwilll at Bay View Plaza.center_img Tags: mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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HAVE you downloaded the In Touch Podcast yetPerfe

first_imgHAVE you downloaded the In Touch Podcast yet?Perfect for listening on your way to a match, work, in the gym, out for a wander… it features all the latest from the Saints and Super League.In this edition we preview our trip to London Broncos with Nathan Brown and Jordan Turner.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.The podcast, which is partnership with 105.9 City Talk, also features an interview with Allan Rooney from BBC Radio Merseyside.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comYou can hear in-depth interviews with Nathan and Jordan as well as all the latest from Super League on City Talk 105.9’s In Touch show between 6pm and 7pm on Thursdays.And Jon Wilkin is also a guest on tonight’s show.last_img read more

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2018 Downtown Lifestyle Tour kicks off Saturday

first_img Haven Holsinger of WDI says this year the tour is bigger and better.  “It will include neighborhoods outside the riverfront,” she says, “by showcasing places like Castle Street, The Brooklyn Arts District and North Fourth.”The tour gives you the chance to view some of Wilmington’s finest lofts, townhomes and houses.Tickets can be bought by clicking here or at Bijoux Park Saturday morning.Related Article: Pier 33 apartment construction to begin before year endsThe tour is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Downtown, Inc. is inviting the world to find out exactly how much fun it is to live in downtown Wilmington.The Downtown Lifestyle Tour kicks off Saturday morning and showcases two dozen properties that demonstrate the unique way of life you’ll find as an urban dweller.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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PA is abusing the land adjacent to quarries – PD

first_img SharePrint <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> Facebook / Saving Wied Għomor -NO to Quarry and other DevelopmentFacebook / Saving Wied Għomor -NO to Quarry and other Development PD has stated that in the process of granting permits so that unused quarries are turned into solar farms, the “Planning Authority (PA) is abusing this policy” by extending the permits to adjacent agricultural land.Party Leader Godfrey Farrugia said that “We have a PA who does not value our natural capital and an Environmental Resource Authority that is too weak to counteract its abusive decisions”.Although the PD welcomed the implementing of solar farm policy, it added that it categorically deplores the manner by which the Planning Authority processes these permits. Quarries which in the past have been rehabilitated to agricultural land cannot be applied for such approval, stated PD.PD MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott has said that a solar farm permit has been issued in an Mgarr quarry just beneath Falka Gap ridge. He said that due to the minimum design requirements, the screening of such solar farms is going to be ineffective, adding to the negative impact the construction waste will leave on the soil.“Normal houses will only be afforded by millionaires” – Cauchi InglottPD MEP candidate Martin Cauchi Inglott asked the public if it feels comfortable living in a country where normal houses are only afforded by millionaires.Cauchi Inglott added that in the next decades, the hard-working majority will become the working poor, while investors destroying what’s left of our beautiful nature and historical heritage.The European Parliament candidate believes that Partit Demokratiku will “bring change to Malta”, as he encouraged the general public to “be part of the change and vote Oranġjo”.“We do not question our loyalties, be they red or blue”Cauchin Inglott said that Saturday’s election will test whether the public wants more of the same politics, or whether Malta opts for untainted third parties. He explained how most families are born into a political party, and don not question their loyalty. The PD candidate there are few shades between PL and PN, and encouraged the public to reflect and consider moving out of their comfort zones.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Report 80 per cent of Kenyan websites vulnerable to cyber attacks

first_imgAdvertisement Unlike other proprietary software such as Microsoft or IBM programs whose codes are only available to the vendor and the client, open source software source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge.William Makatiani, the managing director at Serianu Ltd said that the weak internal and external IT security system has highly exposed local businesses and government to hackers.The report says that in February alone 103 government websites were hacked into without disclosing the damage caused. – Advertisement – “Government websites and banking institutions remain the most vulnerable targets, most of their websites are developed externally but they rarely do a check on their security settings or update them” said Mr Makatiani.“During our research, we came across a credit card shop that was selling credit card data issued by banks located in Kenya.”The study which was done between the months of January and April lists bank account, credit and debit card details as the most looked for data by cyber criminals.It also notes that most firms do not update their software in tandem with those of software vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle.This provides an opportunity for cyber criminals to send software that has the ability to squat in computers and steal vital information such as business strategies or business plans especially from banks, insurance and telecommunication firms.“Increasingly, these organisations are becoming primary targets of insider and outsider attacks with cyber criminals targeting businesses to gain access to intellectual property in form of software and business secrets stored in files and databases that are inadvertently leaked”The study findings show how Kenyans organisations are vulnerable to cyber-theft or computer-related fraud with most financial institute and consumers adopting online banking.In Kenya online fraud has been growing steadily and commercial banks are estimated to lose Sh3 billion(US $35m) to smart thieves every year.Last year, Deloitte East Africa released a report indicating that the majority of East African firms are not compliant with international standards for electronic payments exposing them to high levels of ATM-related robberies and fraud cases.Another survey by PricewaterCoopers (PwC) Global Economic crime survey found that countries such as Kenya, South Africa and UK had recorded a 40 per cent increase in fraud cases in 2011 threatening the drive towards a cashless economy.Latest Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data shows that the value of plastic card transactions in Kenya jumped 40 per cent to Sh214 billion (US $2.5 billion) in the first three months of 2012, despite rising insecurity and fraud cases.The CBK data indicates that the number of cards in circulation rose to 9.6 million in March 2012 up from 8.2 million in March 2011, benefiting from a growing middle class in the country that is increasingly using plastic money in place of cash. Debit cards were the most popular among consumers accounting for about 82 per cent of transacted values. Source: Daily Monitorlast_img read more

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Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in a month, outselling the pace set by Windows 7 three years ago. Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters.Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month.Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft’s Windows division, said yesterday: “Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7,” speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse.Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP shipping 8 million units in the month following its launch in 2002, and Microsoft Vista selling around 10 million licenses in the first 30 days following its introduction in 2006. – Advertisement – In raw figures, Windows 8′s first month has been around twice as strong as for Windows Vista, and four times as strong as that of Windows XP.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more

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Snapchat Users experiencing Porn Spam

first_imgAdvertisement Snapchat has released a statement on its blog to respond to users’ complaints about seeing increased porn and weight loss spam.The blog contains an apology for the increase in the amount of spam users are finding in their inboxes.Snapchat assured its users that they were “working on resolving the issue” and that as far as they know, the increased spam is not related to the hack of its user database earlier this month, which resulted in 4.6 million user names and phone numbers being posted online. – Advertisement – Snapchat allows users to send pictures and videos that are deleted from the recipient’s phone as well as the company’s servers 10 seconds after they are opened.A recent update has been released that will help with the problem of increased spam, but Snapchat warns its users they will see increased porn and weight loss spam, which is to be expected because of the rapidly rising popularity of the service.  To avoid unwanted photos, users have the option of receiving only videos and pictures from their friends in the application’s settings.  Under “Who Can…”, select “Send Me Snaps” and then select “My Friends.”In addition, a new feature added to Snapchat after the hack of user information allows users to not link their user name to their mobile phone.  This option can also be found in the settings.  Click on the cell phone number and then change “Link username to mobile #” to off.For those who have lost their faith in Snapchat due to the hack of their personal information as well as the increased porn and weight loss spam messages they are receiving, it is possible to delete accounts.  Because Shapchat does not store users’ videos or pictures, you can do so without leaving a trace.In the application, access Settings, and scroll down to “Support.”  Once in the Support screen, click on “Learning the Basics.”  At the bottom of the screen, tap “Delete an Account.”  Enter password and the account will be permanently deleted.Source: Liberty Voicelast_img read more

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Florida court convicts Derek Medina over Facebook photo murder

first_imgDerek Medina admitted shoting his wife in their home in Miami because she was threatening him with a knife arguing that it was self-defense. Image Credit: ABCLocal Advertisement A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the body on Facebook has been found guilty of murder.Derek Medina admitted taking the picture on his phone and uploading it onto the social media site.He failed to convince the jury that he had shot Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defence after years of abuse. – Advertisement – He said his wife was threatening him with a knife when he shot her in their home in Miami, but prosecutors said she was cowering on the floor.When he posted the picture, he wrote on Facebook that he expected to go to prison or be sentenced to death for the killing.Prosecutors successfully argued that the 27-year-old wife in fear of her life when she was shot in August 2013.He had vowed to kill her if she left him and she had told friends she intended to do that, the court heard.[related-posts]Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Rundle said: “No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited worldwide on the internet like some macabre trophy to a husband’s anger.”Medina, 33, could face a life imprisonment over the murder.[BBC]last_img read more

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