Press release: Scottish Secretary visits Loch Ryan port

first_imgYesterday [Thursday 16 May] Mr Mundell was given a tour of the facilities at Loch Ryan port by the Stena Line Operations Manager, Andy Kane. He gave an insight into the work that goes into running this vital trading route for many Scottish companies.Like thousands of people every day Mr Mundell travelled on the ferry as he made his way to the first Board of Trade to be in held in Belfast. The Board of Trade, chaired by the International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, champions exports, inward investment and outward direct investment to deliver economic growth and prosperity across the whole of the United Kingdom.Mr Mundell said: It was very helpful to be given a tour of Loch Ryan port which confirmed just how important it is for Scotland – and the UK’s – economy. With more than 9,000 sailings each year, it accounts for 45 per cent of Northern Ireland’s trade with the rest of the UK. Loch Ryan is the busiest passenger port in Scotland with 1.2 million passengers using this service last year. This helps to maintain the important cultural and economic links that have long existed between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Transport links like this are important throughout the UK, underpinning local economies and communities. They support important sectors such as agriculture and fisheries, which are crucial to Scotland’s thriving food and drinks industry and are the lifeblood of the vibrant tourism industry in the south west of Scotland. I am of course aware of the infrastructure challenges faced by Stena Line and others using this busy port. As an MP from Dumfries & Galloway I have constantly campaigned for improvement to the A75 and will continue to do so.last_img read more

Batesville Bulldogs Wrestling Awards

first_imgThe BHS Wrestling team wrapped up the year with their awards banquet.Malachi Kirby – Most Improved – JV.Jonah Chase – Bulldog Award – JV.JT Linkel – Pin Champ and Bulldog Award – Varsity.Michael Deal – Takedown Champ and Most Valuable Wrestler – Varsity.Ethan Meyer – Most Improved – Varsity.Courtesy of Batesville Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img

Walsh plumps for Faugheen

first_imgRuby Walsh has opted to ride Faugheen in Tuesday’s Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Walsh was in the enviable position of having to choose between Hurricane Fly, who has won more Grade Ones than any other National Hunt horse, or the red-hot favourite Faugheen. Hurricane Fly has already won the Champion Hurdle twice, but has also been beaten in the race twice. Faugheen is unbeaten to date, including point-to-points and bumpers, and ran away with the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle 12 months ago. Trainer Willie Mullins told Press Association Sport: “Ruby has decided to ride Faugheen.” Walsh said: “You can only ride one in the Champion Hurdle and I think Faugheen is the one that is going to win. “I think his younger legs might be the difference, but there is every chance I might be wrong. “Their last bits of work were very good, but I have just come down in favour of Faugheen.” Mullins also confirmed that Annie Power will take her chance in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle rather than the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alpena, Alcona Area Credit Union Host Lunch & Registration for Upcoming Hospice of MI ‘Walk & Remember’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Alcona Area Credit Union hosted a lunch and registration day for the upcoming Hospice of Michigan, ‘Walk and Remember’ event that will be held in June 2017.Friday’s event was held to help raise funds for the 4th annual fundraiser. This year’s goal is $28,000. Over 50 people were registered by 1 pm. Nowickis Sausage provided lunch with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the non-profit organization. If you missed out on registration there’s still time. Just contact Hospice of Michigan at 888-247-57001.OR CLICK BELOW:http://hom.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?fr_id=1150&pg=entry‘Walk and Remember’ will be held Saturday, June 17 at 8 am.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union, hospice of michigan, Walk and RememberContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Senior Citizens Center Host Luxury Event After Raising Over $18,000 for ‘Meals on Wheels’ ProgramNext More Resurfacing Work Headed to Alpenalast_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL SINGER’S HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS SONG FOR THIS STORMY DAY!

first_imgIt may be stormy, wet and cold outside but Donegal singer Anne Biddie’s Christmas song will warm out hearts.The DonegalTV video exclusive for Happy Christmas Everyone was filmed in the Christmas Village on the Isle of Doagh. Simply click to play and enjoy. DDTV: DONEGAL SINGER’S HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS SONG FOR THIS STORMY DAY! was last modified: December 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Tail-Wagging Labradors of RESNET

first_imgA few highlightsGary Nelson. I already wrote about the news that Gary Nelson gave me about The Energy Conservatory’s new wifi device. (Retrotec has one available already, which I found out from Colin Genge this week. I haven’t found it on their website yet, though.) I also had a nice chat with Gary about how he got into the world of building science and blower doors. Like me, he’s got a physics background, but he’s been in this field since the ’70s. He’s one of the heroes of our industry, and I’ll write more about him and his work in a future article. Labradors? James Brown? What do either of those have to do with the RESNET conference?! Be patient, my friend. All will be revealed shortly. The 2013 conference sponsored by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in Orlando a few weeks ago was fantastic. It and Building Science Summer Camp are my two favorite events of the year, and this year RESNET was better than ever.First, let’s get right to James Brown. Evidently, there’s a video of him talking about blower door tests back in the mid-1980s. (The lead photo here is a screen shot from it, sent to me by an an anonymous source.)I heard about the video from Gary Nelson and Dennis Creech at the conference. The “hardest working man in show business” was evidently the “Godfather of blower doors” for a brief period as part of some community service he was required to do. It seems that legal restrictions have kept the video under wraps all these years, but apparently one person out West has been showing it publicly. I hope we get to see it soon. The tail-wagging labradorsKristof Irwin is a great friend of mine who owns Positive Energy, a rating, building science, and HVAC design business in Austin, Texas. He was one of the people I shared a condo with in Orlando, and he described the RESNET conference perfectly. He said that he could hardly take in the trade show because he spent so much time talking to friends, old and new. “We’re like a bunch of labradors wagging our tails,” he said. I felt the same way.Later I mentioned that to another RESNETer, and he said, “Yeah, but we have a few pitbulls, too.” Touché. Still, it’s a wonderful conference. RESNET, ACCA, and IAQA. One thing that was new this year was that the RESNET conference was combined with the conferences of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). It was great! The early numbers I heard indicated that RESNET had about 1000 attendees, and the other two totaled about 800. The trade show seemed to be about twice as big, and the combination worked very well. Let’s do it again!John Krigger. Earlier this year I wrote about the debate between John Krigger and Paul Raymer over mechanical ventilation for homes (ASHRAE 62.2). I got a chance to talk with John at the conference — where were you, Paul? — and he’s got some interesting ideas to help the home performance industry. In short, he thinks we need to use actuarial data as a guide to setting priorities, especially when it comes to the health and safety issues.BPI getting kicked to the curb. I found out at the very end of the conference that ACCA and 12 other organizations have written a letter to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requesting that they revoke BPI’s status as a Standards Development Organization. Whoa! This is big news. Could it be that HVAC contractors, who have ignored building science and home performance for a long time, are envious that another organization has the chutzpah to do what they haven’t? There’s a lot to this, so I’ve been doing some investigating and will write more later. What I’ve turned up so far is pretty interesting.A cooling dehumidifier. At the trade show I found that there’s finally a dehumidifier that dumps the heat outside the house instead of inside. Designed for hot-humid climates, the Ultra-Aire SD12 from Therma-Stor is basically a split system air conditioner with a lot of latent capacity. It’s about time!
Barometric Zone Damper. Another cool product I saw at the trade show was a zone damper that makes it easier to get rid of what is one of the stupidest ideas in HVAC: the bypass duct. Instead of sending excess air back to the return side, it allows the higher static pressure that occurs when not all zones are calling for air to bleed through into the other zones.Energy Avenger vs. Batman. Yes, this really happened! The Energy Avenger won. (Some other character calling himself the Cannibal is making noise out in the bushes but hasn’t shown his face publicly yet, preferring to post on RESNET’s Facebook page videos of the people he’s kidnapped. Maybe next year he’ll join the fun, too.)center_img Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLES RESNET RamblingsVentilation Requirements for Weatherized HomesBlower Door BasicsThe Pros and Cons of Running a DehumidifierDehumidifierslast_img read more

Over 100 people forced from homes as rivers rise on Opaskwayak Nation in

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsMore than 100 people have been forced to leave their homes on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.Rapidly rising water from two nearby rivers is expected to spill over the dyke that was built only a few years ago during the 2011 flood that hit most of Manitoba.Evacuees have been staying in local hotels since Saturday with help from the Red Cross and band leadership.In a phone interview with APTN, evacuee Veronica Prysiazniuk said, “We were surprised when they came at 2:30 and told us that we had to get out.”Prysiazniuk has lived in her home on Braken Dam Road for 15 years and has never had to leave because of a spring flooding until now.“Well it’s the first time that we’ve been evacuated, so we know things are pretty dire,” she said.OCN is located about 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg and has 3,500 people living in the community. It’s where the nearby Carrot river flows into the North Saskatchewan river. Usually the dyke is enough during the spring, but OCN”s Chief Christian Sinclair is worried this year.“The ice sheet itself has never stayed this long in the season, so what’s happening is because the ice is not breaking up, the waters are rising underneath,” said Sinclair.He’s called on 90 volunteers to sandbag around the clock.“Right now we’re just monitoring it every hour on the hour because we’re going into unprecedented times,” he said.The Red Cross and OCN leadership will continue to help evacuees with food, lodging and supplies while home owners stand by and hope for the best.“They’ve looked after all our needs, so we really don’t have any worries except stressing about what’s going to be happening in our homes,” said Prysiazniuk.Sinclair is hopeful they are prepared: “We’ve got a great team in place, logistics are set, all the resources are ready and on standby.”This while more than 300 people from five southern Manitoba First Nations were also forced to leave their homes because of spring flooding.The Carrot and North Saskatchewan rivers are expected to crest by [email protected] @shaneenthescenelast_img read more

To reduce opioid overdose deaths North Carolina l

first_imgTo reduce opioid overdose deaths, North Carolina lawmakers want to crack down on the people who distribute them.A pair of bills introduced in the state House and Senate would impose new penalties on people who illegally give a controlled substance to someone who died as a result of taking it.The idea is controversial. Some think it would deter people from calling 911 if someone they know is overdosing, several local media outlets reported.But Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, a Jacksonville Republican and co-sponsor of one of the bills, promoted it in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 9.”North Carolina last year was second in the nation in overdose deaths,” Brown told the committee in opening remarks.Overdose death rates have increased in recent years as Americans have abused prescription painkillers and street drugs, such as heroin. Appalachian states are some of the most affected. As PolitiFact North Carolina has previously reported, statistics at one point showed that an average of four North Carolinians die from an overdose every day.PolitiFact NC knows there’s a problem, and we won’t pass judgment on whether the bill is warranted. But we wondered if Brown’s claim about North Carolina’s ranking is accurate.Turns out, he’s off.NOT EVEN CLOSEThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal government agency, is the leading authority on mortality in America.According to the most recent CDC data, which analyzed 2017 stats, North Carolina isn’t even in the top 10 for states with the highest drug overdose death rate.That year, North Carolina had the 19th highest drug overdose death rate in the country and the 10th highest total number of overdose deaths.West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New Hampshire had the highest drug overdose death rates in the country. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, California and New York had the most drug overdose deaths.The Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research organization, uses data from the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics to track opioid overdose deaths, specifically.Like the CDC, Kaiser’s most recent information is from 2017. That year, North Carolina didn’t rank among the 10 states with the highest rates for opioid deaths or total number of overdose deaths.KFF reported that North Carolina in 2017 had the 16th highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the country and the 20th highest overdose rate from all drugs (not just opioids.)WHAT BROWN SAIDContacted by PolitiFact, Brown said he misspoke.He meant to say, “In 2017, North Carolina had the second highest increase in the country in overdose deaths,” he said in an email, emphasizing the word increase.Brown cited a story by Charlotte-based radio station WFAE — “NC’s surge in rate of drug overdose deaths second highest in the U.S.” — as his source.Multiple media outlets, including the News & Observer, reported the CDC’s prediction in August 2018 that 2017 data would show North Carolina had the second-highest increase in drug overdose deaths that year. The CDC often reports provisional (or predicted) data before it finalizes the completed data.In North Carolina’s case this time, the prediction turned out to be slightly off.A CDC report of complete 2017 numbers found that NC had the fourth-highest increase in drug overdose deaths between calendar year 2016-2017. (The Kaiser review of 2017 also found that NC had the fourth-highest increase in drug overdose deaths, as well as opioid overdose deaths.)And the most recent CDC data paints a rosier picture for North Carolina. Again using limited data, the agency reports that NC isn’t among the states with the highest reported overdose deaths or the largest increase in deaths between August 2017 and August 2018.The CDC webpage, “Provisional drug overdose death counts,” shows the percent change (increase or decrease) in reported drug overdose deaths between August 2017 and August 2018. The report shows Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana, Delaware and Hawaii as the states with the largest increases in drug overdose deaths.OUR RULINGTo promote a controversial bill, Brown said North Carolina “last year was second in the nation in overdose deaths.” That’s not true, and Brown said he misspoke. But even what he meant to say — that NC had the second-largest increase in total drug deaths — is based on an outdated stat. We rate his claim False.This story was produced by the North Carolina Fact-Checking Project, a partnership of McClatchy Carolinas, the Duke University Reporters’ Lab and PolitiFact. The NC Local News Lab Fund and the International Center for Journalists provide support for the project, which shares fact-checks with newsrooms statewide. To offer ideas for fact checks, email [email protected]last_img read more

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