Friends of a disabled Kurdish asylumseeker have s

first_imgFriends of a disabled Kurdish asylum-seeker have spoken of the institutionalised discrimination that they believe led to his murder at the hands of a racist neighbour.Kamil Ahmad wanted nothing more than a safe place that he could call home, after seeking asylum in the UK.He came to England from Iraq in 2011, where he had been bullied and abused as a child and tortured in an Iraqi prison after refusing to serve in the army in the late 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq war.But he was refused asylum when he came to the UK, despite his high support needs.After being left destitute, he was given a room in a hostel run by the charity Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN), which is funded by the local community.But his mental health support needs became so severe that the charity told Bristol City Council that he needed more support than it could provide.Rachael Bee, manager of BHN, said: “Most people who are destitute asylum-seekers have no right to any public support at all.“But those who have significant additional needs do, so you need to prove significant additional needs, so social services had to assess him and see if he met their criteria for support.”The charity eventually persuaded the council to move him to supported living accommodation run by the charity Milestones Trust in Wells Road, in the Knowle area of Bristol.Bee said: “It was for the best really that he moved to more appropriate accommodation. It is just really upsetting that they were not able to protect him.“He was within a mental health supported accommodation unit so one would expect issues around mental health to be understood by the staff and managed and for him to be able to be safe. That was our expectation when he moved on.”She said it was “totally devastating” when they heard what happened to him at Wells Road.Ahmad’s friend and interpreter, Adil Jaifar, told Disability News Service (DNS): “His needs were really basic. He never exaggerated.“What he needed was a safe place, a clean, tiny place. Safety really, that’s what he wanted.”He loved his room, but was tormented by the continual harassment, racist abuse and even violence he suffered at the hands of another resident of the house in Wells Road, Jeffrey Barry.The abuse started soon after he moved in. They argued, and Barry went to his room and beat him up.Jaifar said: “He mentioned this problem on a weekly basis. He was really scared, troubled by it.“The problems with this man, it really troubled him and he was scared and he was worried.”Ahmad was so scared that he bought himself a small paper knife to defend himself, and told staff in Wells Road that that was what he had done.“He told people in the house that he was scared that one night this man would come to attack him… and he was right,” said Jaifar. “He was scared that this man would beat him up or come to kill him.”Ahmad was first assaulted by Barry in October and December 2013, soon after moving to Wells Road.Jaifar says that over the next three years Ahmad would repeatedly tell local police how Barry was threatening him, and how he would wait by the front door for him to return so he could shout racist abuse at him.Jaifar said: “He said once: ‘He is a big man and I am a tiny man, he can hurt me.’“On a weekly basis he was talking about this. It became too much. He wasn’t exaggerating, he was just so frightened about it.”Avon and Somerset police has told DNS that Ahmad lodged just four criminal complaints about Barry over the three years that he lived in Wells Road.But Jaifar, who is Kurdish himself and has supported refugees in the UK for more than 25 years, said that Ahmad said he reported many threats to the police.He said: “For a while (in 2016) he used to go nearly every week. Police officers went to see him regularly, maybe twice a month at least.“Always he trusted the police. Anytime he had a problem, he said, ‘I am going to the police.’”But despite the repeated complaints about Barry, no action was taken.On 5 April 2016, Ahmad reported to police that Barry had blocked his path and searched him, although he was not hurt.It is unclear exactly what happened with the complaint, although a police spokesman told DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that there had been a “misunderstanding” over whether Ahmad wanted to take the matter any further.At one stage, a local police officer arranged to visit Ahmad and Jaifar in Wells Road, but failed to turn up to the appointment.As a result of the “misunderstanding”, officers involved were given “words of advice”, said the spokesman, and the police “again made contact with Mr Ahmad who at that stage confirmed he did not want to pursue a criminal complaint”.But Jaifar insists that Ahmad wanted charges to be brought.He said: “Kamil was categorical and he said, ‘I don’t want any warning anymore because this man will not change.“’I want to bring the matter to a court. It’s useless to speak or warn Jeff anymore.’”Meanwhile, Bristol City Council’s social services department was attempting to have Ahmad evicted from his home, by arguing that his needs were not high enough to qualify for support.Ahmad was told: “You have a community, they can support you. We cannot carry on supporting you because you don’t need our support.”But Jaifar said that there were psychiatric reports that proved his need for mental health support, and that his friend was seeing a counsellor on a weekly basis.He said: “I told them, ‘Why don’t you just say, ‘We cannot support you because you are an asylum-seeker?’’”If they had succeeded in evicting him, he would have been left destitute and street homeless.Jaifar found his friend a solicitor from Avon and Somerset Law Centre, who lodged an appeal against the eviction.The eviction had been due to take place on 7 July, the day Ahmad was stabbed to death in his room by Jeffrey Barry, but because of the appeal against the eviction his stay in Wells Road had been extended temporarily.Ahmad had returned to his room on 6 July after spending the evening with his cousin. He insisted to his cousin that he would be safe in Wells Road.He knew that Barry had recently been detained in a psychiatric hospital after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act, following displays of disturbing behaviour which included threatening to kill him, and others.But the Mental Health Tribunal had ordered that Barry should be released, and he had returned to Wells Road after a heavy night’s drinking.The court heard that Barry had stopped taking the medication that was controlling his aggression, which the tribunal had been unaware of.Ahmad had no idea that he had been released, and neither did the police, while Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust had apparently failed to put in place a plan to support and monitor Barry after his release, even though the decision to release him had been taken several days earlier.In the early hours of 7 July, Barry knocked on Ahmad’s door. He entered the room and the door closed behind him. Three-quarters of an hour later, CCTV footage shows him leaving the room covered in blood.An hour before he entered Ahmad’s room, Barry had phoned a mental health helpline to say that he was not in control of his actions and wanted to punch someone.The police were told about the call, but only a few minutes before Barry phoned 999 to confess to murdering Ahmad.The next day, Jaifar received a phone call telling him that his friend had been murdered.Minutes after hanging up the phone, still in shock, he received another call, this time from social services, saying they had reconsidered the decision to evict Kamil Ahmad.Jaifar said he “felt it was a strange coincidence that I immediately received a phone call from the social services”.Barry, 56, was convicted of murder this week, following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. He had denied murder but admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced next month.Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has commissioned a safeguarding adults review, while the city council has promised to “respond to any issues raised by the review”.A council spokeswoman said in a statement: “Unfortunately we cannot completely remove risk to the most vulnerable members of our society, but we are committed to protecting them whilst helping maintain their independence and we are continually improving practices wherever necessary to help prevent tragic incidents like this from happening.“We do not wait for recommendations from reviews to make changes to help us do all we can to keep people safe.”The council has refused to answer questions about the case.Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust said it had “reviewed and strengthened our ways of working with other service providers, including the police, to improve our sharing of clinical and additional relevant information”, but also refused to answer any questions.Milestones Trust, the charity which runs the supported living accommodation where Kamil Ahmad and Barry lived, said it was carrying out an internal review, and also refused to answer any questions.Adil Jaifar remembers Kamil Ahmad as a funny, quiet and generous man.All he needed was “safety and comfort”, he said. “He was a very proud man. Very funny and extremely generous.”Rachael Bee, from BHN, said: “He was such a lovely man, he really was. Very generous and sweet.“Quite small, he wasn’t very big or tall. He was just a very sweet, gentle, middle-aged man. He was making a life, and then it was cut short.”She said that most asylum-seekers whose appeals are exhausted are not returned to their country of origin but are forced instead into destitution in the UK.“I think the government believes that they will be able to encourage people to leave voluntarily by that method, but that doesn’t normally happen because those that are still here are normally from countries like Kamil was, where the routes to return don’t exist properly,” she said.“He wasn’t in a position to return, he couldn’t have gone back to Iraq, so he was forced into destitution for as long as it took him to make a fresh claim for asylum.”His mental health condition made that even more difficult for him, she said.Rebecca Yeo worked with Ahmad on a UK Disabled People’s Council project to create a series of murals that showed the experiences of different groups of disabled people, one of which focused on disabled asylum-seekers and was installed in a subway in the centre of Bristol.He joined Yeo as part of a small group that visited parliament to present the murals project to peers and MPs in 2013.Kamil can be seen in a short film about the mural, and at the opening of the Bristol mural he said: “[In Iraq] people smashed my head by stones, they laughed at me.“In this country they don’t hit you… but they do mentally.“Is it the human right if somebody is a disabled person to be treated in this way?”The mural shows Ahmad with his head in his hands (pictured). But he also drew a picture for the murals project that showed himself being stabbed, which was what he believed the Home Office was doing to him.In a eulogy written for Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s newsletter last year, after Ahmad’s death, Rebecca Yeo and Adil Jaifar said: “Kamil had a strong sense of justice, objected to any wrongdoings, and highly valued every individual’s need for respect and dignity.  “He was well-known in his own community for his soft speaking manner and his witty sense of humour.”Yeo said this week: “Like so many asylum-seekers, his application had been refused.”She said his mental health conditions – post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder –  made it difficult for him to provide the necessary details from his past experience.“The suffering he had been through was not enough to persuade the Home Office that he deserved sanctuary.“Being disabled and an asylum-seeker and having your application refused are not just labels. As Kamil put it: ‘Everywhere is closed for me.’“Kamil was failed in getting the support he needed. He was threatened with street homelessness. He had years of being abused and didn’t get the help he needed.“The police didn’t take him seriously and social services tried to evict him rather than giving him the support he needed.”Jaifar believes there are stark and worrying similarities with the case of Bijan Ebrahimi, another disabled refugee who was brutally murdered after repeatedly asking the authorities to protect him.Ebrahimi had made 73 phone calls reporting crimes such as racial abuse, criminal damage and death threats, but police failed to record a crime on at least 40 of those occasions.The street where Ebrahimi lived – before he was beaten to death by Lee James, who then set his body on fire – is just a mile or so from the house where Kamil Ahmad was stabbed to death and then mutilated, again after repeatedly asking the authorities for protection and support.The council has told DNS that it recognises “cosmetic similarities” with the death of Bijan Ebrahimi, but a spokeswoman said that it was “vital in terms of challenging and improving our processes that all of the issues are carefully, methodically and independently examined”, and so she said the council would not be able to comment in depth until the reviews into the two deaths were completed.Kamil’s brother, Kamaran Ahmad Ali, who lives in Derby, said he wanted to know why Kamil had not been protected, and why he had been failed by mental health services and the police.He told DNS: “That should not happen. They should have protected him. They should have looked after him.“When they sectioned him, he threatened to kill [Kamil] and they didn’t do anything about it.“I want to get to the bottom of it and find out why it happened and how it happened.”Jaifar said: “In Bijan’s case, he raised the alarm several times and he wasn’t listened to until this terrible thing happened, and the same with Kamil. It’s the same.“In the world we are living in, many people suffer in the hands of incompetent people who are in very important places in society.”Asylum-seekers are treated with “total disrespect”, he said. “You are vulnerable and you don’t have any power.“The majority of asylum-seekers, they are viewed as criminals.“If the system treats you as a criminal, what can you expect from the rest of society, and that is what is happening.“I am working with thousands of destitute asylum-seekers. They have a lot to give, humanly and professionally, and it is all wasted [because they are not allowed to work] and so they live in stress and depression.”last_img read more

Distillations Big discussions at little Sycamore

first_imgSomehow we moved on from job talk to discussing psychology and institutionalization, and the way in which many mental health issues actually manifest differently across different cultures. It was around then that Taylor revealed that he actually had a different perspective than us on a lot of the things we’d been talking about, but hadn’t said anything because he hadn’t wanted to ruin our evening, and so we probably shouldn’t have this conversation now.Alaric and I looked at each other, and blinked. “Wait,” she said, “do we seem like people who aren’t used to someone disagreeing with us?”How long has he been sitting there thinking, “they’re wrong! They’re wrong!” and not saying anything, I wondered. And what is he afraid is going to happen?“We’ve had lots of arguments,” Alaric said, indicating me. “Happens all the time.”“There was knock-down drag-out about Michel Foucault, while we were playing Halo,” I said, remembering a more innocent past.“That’s right!” she said. “Although, I don’t feel nearly as strongly about him now.” She looked back at Taylor. “And he and I are still friends,” she said. “You see?”“Okay,” Taylor said, “okay. So … I have a different reference point than you, and I’m going to start it by saying: The first question is suicide.” He looked at me. “I suspect you get the reference.”Albert Camus put a lot of work into his philosophy. And also his hair.I did. It’s to Camus, who wrote in The Myth of Sisyphus that “There is only one really serious philosophical question, and that is suicide.” Taylor went on to explain that he’s an absurdist, and that none of the other thinkers or ideas we’d been referencing that night really work for him, because only existentialism makes any sense, and of the existentialists Camus was the only one who said that life is meaningless, but you can create meaning within yourself. So Camus was the only thinker that mattered here, because he gives you a reason to go on.Alaric and I stared at each other as I stammered. “What … what are you talking about? That’s what almost all of the existentialists said! That … that was their whole project!”“No, it wasn’t,” he said. “Really it was just Camus.”“Okay, this is weird,” Alaric said to me, just before I pulled out my phone to look for citations. “Every time we go out now, we’ve get into some kind of argument about existentialism with strangers.”And, goddamn it, she’s right. This is at least the third time in a row. An image flashed through my head of us as one of those couples that goes around to bars on a constant prowl for a threesome, only we just want somebody to argue about existentialism with. What the hell kind of dynamic is that?Which way is the bar, again?“I think we need another round,” Alaric said, and walked back out to the front bar. The Sycamore was packed and the bar is small, leaving a constant crush of people around it, so she was gone an uncomfortably long time, leaving me and Taylor to engage in a pointless argument over basic facts about people who essentially said you have to create your own reality anyway. By the time she made it back with more beer and wine, Taylor was either silently evaluating the error of his ways — having had the revelatory and life-changing realization that he had not understood existentialism at all, and that what he thought was a profound moment of enlightenment was in fact just a basic premise that everybody knew — or I had beaten him into intellectual submission. It could go either way; it’s hard to tell. With our new drinks in hand, we talked about cooking instead. I was mostly silent as Taylor and Alaric got into a heated debate over crockpots and the appropriate ways to cook large slabs of meat. Taylor was dismissive of a recipe Alaric’s mother used to make, and by the time we finished our drinks, said goodbye, and went to settle up, she was steaming like the meat in a broiler.“What got into him?” she asked me outside as we walked towards BART. “He didn’t used to be so dismissive. Everything about that was kind of rude.” She’s never gotten that angry about existentialism.“Maybe he’s having a market correction,” I suggested. “Psychologically speaking. A lot of us are grabbing on to whatever can stabilize us, and maybe we accidentally bumped into that. Made it feel unsteady.”“True. It was one of those conversations,” she said, thinking, “that seemed like it was about something else.”“Or maybe somebody who is a security consultant is always going to feel somewhat insecure?”We’ll probably never know. People are a mystery, building up whole worlds of secret meanings and hidden connections, while you stare, and drink, and argue about cooking and philosophy, never seeing what’s really going on. But you do it together.Read more from Benjamin Wachs. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter I was sitting with Alaric in the back patio of the Sycamore, which has been her regular spot for at least five years. Walking in with me, she narrated a complete description of its ups and downs.“Don’t sit in the front room unless it’s not crowded, because the acoustics are weird and so it sounds weird, go to the back patio instead. Avoid the bottomless-mimosa brunch on the weekends, because it’s just way too crowded. In fact, you usually shouldn’t even try the weekends. This is a great weeknight and afternoon bar. It’s just a beer and wine bar, and it’s just, you know, beer and wine, but that’s the point. The food is really good. The french fries are killer. Do you know Paul? You know Paul, right? He did that mural back there, he comes in every few months and adds something.”I do know Paul. And I know the Sycamore, which over the years has indeed become a hotspot for artist and bar industry types, almost a byword at times: This is their space. I don’t come here often enough because I’m a cocktail guy, but it still means I don’t come here enough.Alaric ordered a malbec, I ordered a Fin du Monde, and we bumped into “Taylor” on the way to the patio. Taylor used to be Alaric’s friend, and they hadn’t seen each other in a while. “Wow, you’re back in town?” he asked Alaric. “I thought you were exploring the strange outer reaches of the country!”“No,” she said. “That stopped, like, two years ago.”“Oh!” he said. “Okay. So, you’re back to living on the boat in Oakland?”“No,” she said. “The boat sank.”“It … what?”“Sank.”“Oh … ”“I’m living on land now. I’m a bartender.”“Well … You still have a dog, right?”“Yeah, still have the dog … hey, why don’t you join us in the back when you’re ready? We can catch up then.”So there we were in the back — squeezing into one of the fully occupied picnic tables there. Alaric had lamb sliders, I had a pulled pork sandwich, and Taylor joined us. It turned out he’s a computer security consultant, and he likes being one, but all his favorite companies to work for on the West coast are hiring people in-house now, so he’s thinking of getting a full-time gig. “Besides,” he said, “there’s a market correction coming and when it does … all the capital is going to dry up.” Email Addresslast_img read more

ALTHOUGH some of them might not know it this is p

first_imgALTHOUGH some of them might not know it, this is probably the biggest match some of the Saints players will have played in. Representing your country’s good but to the majority of Saints people present in the healthy crowd this means more, and what a way for the lads to repay them with a come from behind 30-26 win, writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.Rocked by the withdrawal of influential hooker Aaron Smith during the warm-up the Saints were forced into a five player reshuffle with Josh Houghton coming onto the bench.The opening ten minutes were just as you would expect a local derby to be. Both sets of forwards testing each other out, with some big hits from Phil Atherton, Joe McLoughlin and Chris Worrall rattling the teeth of their opponents.Replacement hooker Lewis Fairhurst showed the sort of determination required to win these games as he saved a certain try with a fabulous one on one tackle over the line.Unfortunately a series of repeat sets gave the visitors momentum and they took the lead with a try by the posts.The Saints should have levelled minutes later as Captain Lewis Hatton knocked on with the line at his mercy.However, this was rectified on the next set as Danny Richardson opened the Saints account finishing off a spectacular Saints try. A kick on the last saw the Saints winger Kieron Herbert pick the ball up on his own five metre line. He weaved in and out of the fractured defensive line over 60 metres eventually veering inside towards the supporting Richardson. But, as easy as it would have been, he didn’t rush the pass but sent a great ball to his scrum half allowing him to outpace the cover over the final 35 metres.The Saints then took the lead as Ricky Bailey scored the first of his brace. Three short side plays had dragged the cover over and from the play the ball quick hands from Morgan Knowles and Hatton put Bailey clear.The Saints failed to show the killer instinct necessary and allowed the visitors to retake the lead with two tries in the final five minutes to go in 10 – 16 down.As disappointing as the end to the half had been the coaching staff addressed the issues, the players took them on board and then went out and put them into action.The visitors knocked on from the first play of the second period and Lewis Hatton made them pay rounding the cover to score out wide.After the visitors had knocked on over the line, Hatton edged the Saints ahead with his second, again crucially unconverted.The game was rapidly becoming a see-saw affair as the Saints put the kick off out on the full compounding the error with poor tackling to allow the visitors to retake the lead.But two tries in as many glorious minutes gave the Saints a stranglehold that they didn’t relinquish.Bailey again showed his pace to finish in the corner after quick short passing from Richardson and Knowles had put him free.It was Richardson’s great kick that led to Dave Eccleston scoring the winning try. The kick held up in the wind and a great chase from Eccleston meant he met the ball before the full back. He hacked on taking the ball on the bounce and diving over for the try.After missing two easier kicks, Fairhurst converted both from the touchline to put the Saints two scores ahead.Just as well as there was just time for a tired defence to be punctured once more but the whistle blew giving the Saints the spoils.This was as good a performance as the U16s have produced this season under the biggest amount of situational pressure they have been under this season.Not all have been mentioned but all played their part in sending home some very happy spectators to have a very happy weekend in the sun.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Ricky Bailey 2, David Eccleston, Danny Richardson, Lewis Hatton 2.Goals: Lewis Fairhurst 3.Wigan:Tries: Isaac Noi, Alex Gaskell, Brad Burgess, Jordan Hill, Macaulay Davies.Goals: Tom Dempsey 3.Half Time: 10-16Full Time: 30-26Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Joey Brady, 4. Jake Spedding, 3. David Eccleston, 2. Kieron Herbert; 13. Morgan Knowles, 6. Danny Richardson; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Lewis Fairhurst, 17. Joe McLoughlin, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Lewis Hatton, 10. Chris Worrall.Subs: 9. Josh Houghton, 14. Jonah Cunningham, 15. Ryan Lynch, 16. Jake Campbell, 18. Josh Jenkins, 19. Ben Morris, 21. Bobby Williams.Wigan:1. Jack Higginson; 5. Brad Burgess, 3. Tom Dempsey, 4. Alex Gaskell, 2. Isaac Noi; 6. Ryan Houghton, 7. Mark Roper; 8. Jack Rush, 9. Jordan Hill, 10. Max Dudley, 11. Macaulay Davies, 12. Jake Moore, 13. Kyle Shelford.Subs: 14. Patrick Casey, 15. Jordan Jones, 16. Adam Thompson, 17. Luke Randall, 18. Callum Field, 19. Lewis Heckford, 20. Lewis Fox.last_img read more

The boys were hurting a lot after getting bundled

first_img“The boys were hurting a lot after getting bundled out of the Challenge Cup and all the credit goes to them for putting in a performance like that today,” he said. “I got here on Thursday and worked with them on Friday so I can’t clam too much for the performance. I could tell they wanted to perform and I am pleased for them.“I have been watching the games across in Australia and I could see they were frustrated. The staff have been doing it tough like the players so my job was to take the pressure off them, make them relax and enjoy it. They performed well.“They are a good bunch of guys who want success and they were hurting. I just wanted them to let go of it and enjoy it again. They had to work hard for it and showed some great defence at times too.“I was really pleased for them.”He continued: “They have been guilty of trying too hard which happens when you lose a few games. Last week was a big knock out game and I thought they really tried too hard and when you do that it gets harder.“I wanted them to realise that and take the pressure from them. They were ready to perform today.“That said, it is only two points and we are a fair way off the leading pack. We have to keep performing.”Saints are next in action when they host Wigan on Thursday May 25. Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

The squad begins their tour on Monday16 Joseph S

first_imgThe squad begins their tour on Monday.16. Joseph Sharratt – Second Row from Chorley PanthersPrevious Number 16s: 2004 – Jonathan Platt (Orrell St James) 2006 – Daniel Leach (Blackbrook) 2009 – Josh Jones (Chorley Panthers & Blackbrook) 2011 – Greg Richards (Barrow Island) 2013 – Ross McCauley (Bold Miners) 2015 – Elliott Jenkins (Thatto Heath Crusaders)17.  Joshua Simm – Second Row/Centre from Thatto Heath CrusadersHe is sponsored by St Helens Players Association, Horizon Group and EDS Claims Ltd.Previous Number 17s: 2004 – Nick Reddyoff (Higginshaw) 2006 – Owen Livesey (Blackbrook) 2009 – Ben Karalius (West Bank Bears) 2011 – Tom Roughley (Pilkington Recs) 2013 – Joe McLoughlin (Blackbrook) 2015 – Matthew Kilgannon18. Ben Sims – Second Row from Leigh Miners RangersHe is sponsored by Hilltop, SG Window Systems, ACSA Satellite and Aerial Engineers.Previous Number 18s: 2004 – Dave Roughley (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2006 – Jonny Lomax (Orrell St James) 2009 – Aaron Lloyd (Haydock Warriors & Blackbrook) 2011 – Andre Savelio (Latchford Albion) 2013 – Ben Morris (Blackbrook) 2015 – Matthew Lees (Rochdale Mayfield)last_img read more

Van jumps curve hits four parked cars on Carolina Beach Road

first_img It came to a rest on top of one car and was leaking fluids that is why fire had to come on scene.No word on the driver or their condition an ambulance was on scene and left shortly before WWAY arrived. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office was first on scene to a crash along Carolina Beach Road at South Carolina Avenue.Police say the van was traveling northbound and came into the southbound lane then jumped the curve hitting four parked cars.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County 4H to host alumni meet and greet

first_imgNew Hanover County, NC – New Hanover County 4-H is hosting a 4-H Alumni & Friends “Meet & Greet” this month to bring alumni together from all over the state.This event will help unite people who believe strongly in promoting and supporting the 4-H program. All 4-H alumni and supporters are welcome to attend.- Advertisement – “This meet and greet event will kick off our initiative to build a network of 4-H alumni who live in New Hanover County,” said New Hanover County 4-H Agent Scott Enroughty. “These alumni and supporters will help serve as a catalyst to build and foster relationships among New Hanover County residents and support the development programs of 4-H.”The event is happening on Sunday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum.This drop-in event begins at 2 p.m. and will feature a showcase of 4-H projects and information about the New Hanover County 4-H program. Beginning at 3 p.m., local officials and NC State Extension leaders will share remarks and information about the importance of 4-H. Click here to RSVP online.last_img read more

Update Watch Government welcomes EC report forecasting a more moderate economic growth

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The European Commission (EC) said that Malta’s economic growth is expected to start slowing down. In its report the EC explained that inflation is expected to rise whilst the surplus is expected to trend downward. The report also concluded that that Malta will go through a more moderate economic growth rate.Malta’s surplus to start decreasing – European CommissionIn the Malta report, the EC said that the country’s economy exceeded forecasts for 2018. It also discusses how economic growth increased during the second half of the same calendar year following record private consumption rates that increased by 7.3% compared to the same period in the previous year (2017).The EC report also concluded that notwithstanding the reduction of real-term investments during 2018, investments in 2019 are expected to increase once again with further investment in 2020. As an example the EC mentioned non-residential construction projects that are aimed for the health, transport and tourism sectors.‘Maltese economy in surplus for the third year running’ – Scicluna“The government surplus rises to €128M” – NSOUnemployment is expected to stay under 4%European CommissionThe report also observed that Maltese activity rates are within the European median and are expected to decrease with the moderation of economic growth. However, unemployment rates are expected to remain under 4%. The report shows that the influx of foreign workers has helped to keep wages stable and such are expected to increase by 1.2% in 2020.The Spring economic forecasts also indicate that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to be 5.5% in 2019 and fall to 4.8% in 2020.‘A confirmation that our economy will see the most growth in the EU’In a press release the government said that the EC report is confirming once again that the Maltese economy will the one registering most growth in the EU.Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that this report illustrates that what is being done together is providing successful results for Malta. He added that the government will keep on taking the necessary decisions to maintain economic growth, and that wellbeing reaches everybody.“Surplus to be shared with population” – PM“Completely different from the 2013 version” – PL From its end, Partit Laburista (PL) said that this economic growth pattern contrasted greatly the report that the same EC had issued on Malta in 2013. In a press release, the Pl said that the 2013 report was titled Malta: Subdued investment holds back growth. This was pointed out by Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri, EP PL candidate James Grech and Cospicua mayor Alison Zerafa. Schembri pointed out how the 2013 report did not mention anything on private consumption and investment which have meanwhile increased at the rates of 7% and 10% respectively.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

US State Department Worries Mobile Money Could be Vulnerable to Money Laundering

first_imgAdvertisement The United States Department of State has expressed worry that Africa’s prolific mobile financial platforms – Mobile Money could be exploited and used by money launderers across the world.Mobile money providers like M-Pesa, MTN Mobile Money among others have revolutionized the banking sector in many ways, boosting financial inclusion across the African content and created steep competition for the conventional Banks.The introduction of cross border money transfers, mobile loan and savings services among others have helped extend banking services to even the traditional people who could not afford opening up a bank account. – Advertisement – In Uganda, MTN mobile money users can now send Money to MTN Rwanda users, M-Pesa users in Kenya and can equally receive.Currently, M-Pesa users can receive or send money internationally following partnerships struck between Mobile Money service providers.The US State Department says diaspora remittances to Kenya totaled $1.55 billion in 2015 and $862 million between January and September 2016. It points to the 159,000 mobile-money agents in Kenya, mostly working on the dominant M-Pesa system as well as the over 10 million accounts on M-Shwari, Safaricom’s online banking service.“These services remain vulnerable to money laundering activities,” the report states.This is backed up by Kenya’s standing as “a transit point for international drug traffickers and trade-based money laundering.”Safaricom maintains that it works with the Central Bank of Kenya and other regulators to review the systems and regulations in place to ensure they meet the “highest global standards.”The company is subject to the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act, 2012 and regularly files reports with the country’s Financial Reporting Centre.Besides monitoring all transactions to detect and report suspicious activity, the telco says its partners are equally required to undertake due diligence on remitters in line with their respective countries’ anti-money laundering regulations.[related-posts]The US State Department however points out that tracking and investigating suspicious transactions within mobile payment or banking systems remain difficult despite the checks already in place.“For example, criminals could potentially use illicit funds to purchase mobile credits at amounts below reporting thresholds.”Since the launch of M-Pesa in Mar. 2007, there has been a proliferation of mobile money services across the world by different operators. M-Pesa currently operates across 10 countries.Last year, $33.5 billion was transacted through M-Pesa up from $28.2 billion in 2015. The scale of such transactions and M-Pesa’s deep entrenchment in the economy has authorities worried of potential consequences if the system collapsed. Despite such concerns, enormous growth potential continues to attract more players including the recently launched PesaLink.Credit:Quartzlast_img read more


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