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first_imgThe government’s scheme aimed at encouraging employers to take on disabled staff is “trivially easy to abuse” and allows organisations to describe themselves as “Disability Confident” even if they do not comply with anti-discrimination laws, new research suggests.Disability Confident was relaunched this month, but disabled researcher David Gillon says his analysis shows it is little better than the scheme it has replaced, the much-criticised Two Ticks.The scheme has also been criticised this week by a leading organisation of employers, the Business Disability Forum.Gillon’s analysis comes just days after Disability News Service revealed that many of the organisations that have signed up – and have declared themselves “disability confident” – have troubling track records when it comes to their attitudes to disabled people, including outsourcing giants Capita and Maximus, as well as Northampton police, which has had to refer two separate incidents involving young autistic men to the police watchdog.Gillon says Two Ticks was “a sham” and “rarely policed”, but Disability Confident was even weaker in some key areas.He says: “The reality for disabled people was that employers would sign up to Two Ticks, add the logo to their headed paper in order to impress their customers and the great and the good, and then carry on not employing disabled people in just the same way they always had.”He says employers will be able to do exactly the same if they sign up to Disability Confident.Research published in 2014 by academics at two business schools showed that less than one in six (15 per cent) organisations that displayed the Two Ticks symbol kept all five of its commitments, while almost one in five (18 per cent) carrried out none of them.But Gillon says that employers can get away with keeping fewer commitments than under Two Ticks and still display the Disability Confident logo, while any pretence at monitoring by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been dropped.Under the newly-relaunched scheme, employers can apply for three levels: Disability Confident Committed (level one), Disability Confident Employer (level two) and Disability Confident Leader (level three).Employers can reach the first two levels simply by assessing themselves on their own performance, after which DWP will send them a badge and a certificate that they can use to promote their “disability confidence”.It is only if they want to become a Disability Confident Leader that their self-assessment has to be “validated” by another organisation.Gillon says employers can declare themselves Disability Confident by doing less than under Two Ticks, because at level one – the level likely to be chosen by most employers – there is no longer a requirement to provide disability equality training for all staff, and no annual self-assessment of how to improve.And he says that the new commitments that were not offered by Two Ticks, and which an employer must make under Disability Confident level one  – such as making reasonable adjustments for disabled staff and jobseekers, and ensuring an inclusive and accessible recruitment process – are no more than are required under the Equality Act.Of the nine level one options, of which they have to to choose only one, an employer could become Disability Confident simply by offering unpaid work experience.At level two, employers must make more commitments, but most of them would be considered reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act, says Gillon, while there are still no checks on whether the employer is carrying out these pledges.One of the few strong new measures is to encourage suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident, and to identify and share good practice with them, he says.But employers can still assess themselves as level two – and be assessed successfully by another organisation as a level three employer – if they have an inaccessible environment for both employers and customers.This is because “providing an environment that is inclusive and accessible for staff, clients and customers” is only an “option”, and so an employer can choose another option instead.Gillon says this suggests that membership as high as level three can therefore be granted to employers that are still breaching the Equality Act.And he says it is also possible to achieve Disability Confident level three – becoming a Disability Confident Leader – without employing a single disabled person.He concludes: “We were promised a stronger scheme with increased external supervision, [but] we have been delivered a weaker scheme with no external supervision.“The replacement for Two Ticks turns out to be worse in almost every respect.“It is trivially easy to look at the way that Two Ticks was abused and see that Disability Confident further enables that abuse rather than preventing it.”The Business Disability Forum, a membership organisation, formerly known as the Employers’ Forum on Disability, which “makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people”, is also critical of aspects of Disability Confident.George Selvanera, the forum’s strategy and external affairs director, said the process of improvement on disability employment was “not straightforward” and requires “strong leadership and must always be grounded in the lived experience of disabled candidates and employees themselves”.The forum runs its own Disability Standard, a “best practice management tool that helps employers plan and measure their disability improvements across 10 functional areas of any organisation”.Selvanera said that Disability Confident was “helpful in drawing light on the benefits for employers from recruiting and retaining disabled people”, but he said the forum believed that level two status should “only be available to employers that are experienced at employing disabled people”.He said: “It seems risky to the scheme to have employers self-assess and then publicise that they’re confident at recruiting and retaining disabled people when they don’t have any actual experience, whether in the past or currently, of doing so.“We think as well that it will be helpful to make sure only organisations with appropriate expertise are validating organisations as Disability Confident Leaders.”He added: “It’s not yet clear what metrics Disability Confident will use to measure success and its own contribution to the recruitment and retention of the one million plus extra disabled people the government aims to have in paid employment as part of halving the disability employment gap.“So we think it’s important also we must not have excessive expectations of what Disability Confident on its own [will] deliver.”A DWP spokeswoman dismissed Gillon’s analysis.She said: “The researcher appears to have misunderstood the scheme. The scheme was developed by a task group that included employers, disability charities, and disabled people*. “This has helped ensure a balance between a scheme that is accessible and straight-forward for employers to use – particularly smaller employers – whilst being rigorous and commanding the confidence of disabled people.”And she suggested that Disability Confident could not be compared directly with Two Ticks.She said: “The new scheme is fundamentally different and explores a whole range of employer practices to ensure disabled people can be successfully recruited, retained and developed.“Building on the previous two ticks scheme, we have worked with employers and disabled people to develop a new Disability Confident assessment and accreditation scheme, that is both accessible for employers, particularly smaller ones, and rigorous enough to command the confidence of the disabled community.”Asked whether employers could call themselves Disability Confident while still breaching the Equality Act, she said: “Legally all employers must comply with the Equality Act.“The DC scheme is about encouraging employers to be inclusive and to do more in recruiting, retaining and training disabled people.”And asked if employers could achieve level three status with no disabled employees and an inaccessible environment for staff and customers, she said: “The scheme has been designed so that all employers, regardless of size or sector, can sign up.“Some employers may not be in a position to take on permanent employees but can still offer opportunities including apprenticeships, training or supported internships.“‘Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required’ is a core action within the Disability Confident Employer level (page eight) and ‘Ensuring there are no barriers to the development and progression of disabled staff’ is also a core action (page 19).”But Gillon said in response to the statement: “As a replacement for Two Ticks, Disability Confident is confused, opaque, and has gaps so wide you could sail a supertanker through.“It could have been so much better, and could easily be reworked to address its flaws.“But ultimately, the disability employment gap will only be filled when employers treat disability as normal and employ disabled people as they would any other.”*In July, Mike Adams, the disabled chief executive of Purple (formerly ecdp) – and a member of the task group – said he would have liked to have seen the new version of Disability Confident “much stronger and more ambitious”.Picture: David Cameron speaking at the original launch of Disability Confident in 2013last_img read more

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New concerns have been raised about the government

first_imgNew concerns have been raised about the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign, after a leading disabled social entrepreneur said that some businesses could be finding it easier than intended to secure the highest level of accreditation.Mike Adams, chief executive of the social enterprise Purple, said he was concerned that some organisations providing Disability Confident accreditation might not be as strict on potential “leaders” – the highest of the three Disability Confident levels – as they should be when carrying out the validation process.Disability Confident has previously been heavily-criticised, with critics arguing that it is easy for employers to sign up to the scheme, but still continue to discriminate against disabled people.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has itself been validated as a Disability Confident leader, despite being found guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention, and a Civil Service survey showing that more than 1,400 disabled DWP civil servants had claimed they had faced discrimination in the workplace.Purple offers a strict, detailed accreditation process for employers that want to be approved as Disability Confident “leaders”, but Adams fears that other organisations offering accreditation are making the validation process far easier.He said he believed there was a “quality assurance issue” over how validation is carried out, and that the government had not been clear enough about which organisations can carry out this process.Adams said that Disability Confident would only work if the organisations carrying out the level three validations were as thorough in their demands as Purple is.The organisations carrying out the validation might not even be accredited themselves as a Disability Confident “leader”.Adams said: “The issue is, it is not in the public domain who did the validation.“If Disability Confident is going to be the driver that the government want, then it has got to set out its real credentials around what it is and how people get it.“We have had people come to us and go, ‘Your template is a bigger hurdle than the template DWP use and you’re charging us. We could go somewhere else and get it for free and the hurdle’s not so big.’“And we go, ‘Well, don’t come to Purple then.’ We’ve done that on a number of occasions.”Adams said he still believed that the government had “missed a trick” by not insisting that organisations should also be accredited on how “disability confident” they are in the relations with their disabled customers, and not just on their disability recruitment and employment policies and procedures.He is still pushing the government on this issue.But he does still believe that Disability Confident is a useful way of having “different conversations with businesses”.Only last week, one of the organisations that Purple has validated as a Disability Confident “leader” said that it was about to appoint its first disabled employee as a result of being “inspired” by the training they had received from Purple.He said: “On some levels you can say Disability Confident is just a bit of paper, but what we are starting to see is real changes, real impact on the ground.“In the organisations that we have a relationship with, we are starting to get traction.“If you come to Purple and we take you through Disability Confident, we scrutinise everything that gets said and we ask challenging questions, and we expect them to have an action plan.”A DWP spokesman said: “We frequently hear from employers, disabled representative groups, and disabled people themselves that Disability Confident is a big step forward from what went before.“It is much more comprehensive, assessing a wide range of practices and procedures that employers need to follow to successfully recruit, retain and develop disabled people, and coupling that with advice, guidance, case studies and more so employers can get better.“Disability Confident has always been seen as a journey. Employers can progress up through the levels, but even if they reach DC Leader stage we encourage them to continue to develop and improve their practices.“And the scheme itself will continue to develop to ensure it keeps up to date with best practice and continues to be respected and valued.”He added: “Mike Adams was part of the original task group that developed the Disability Confident scheme and keeps in touch with the department about further possibilities for developing the scheme.“He has raised these and other points with us and we will work with him and other experts to consider them and see where it makes sense to incorporate them.”Adams was speaking as Purple launched a new campaign to encourage retail and hospitality businesses to provide disability awareness training to their in-store staff, and to sign up to Disability Confident.Help Me Spend My Money has been backed by the shopping centre owner intu, Marks and Spencer and the Institute of Directors.It calls on businesses to sign up to Purple’s charter, which commits them to provide disability awareness training to instore staff, provide an accessible website, provide key customer information in large print, Braille, and easy read formats, and sign up to Disability Confident.And it points out that – according to the Extra Costs Commission set up by Scope – three quarters of disabled people have left a shop or deserted a business because of poor disability awareness or understanding.Adams said that that research was backed up by the disabled people and their families that he spoke to in the day he spent at intu Lakeside shopping centre when launching the campaign last week.They described how retail staff would often “swerve down the aisle to avoid having to meet a disabled customer” because of a fear of “saying something that is unintentionally offensive or wrong”. He said: “What we have been saying is that can be rectified through your customer service training that you should be having anyway.”Adams said that organisations that sign up to the charter “absolutely have to do something”, rather than just express support for its principles.He said that “investing in disability confidence isn’t just about social responsibility, there’s also a big commercial opportunity to be had if you get it right”.Almost exactly a year ago, Adams announced that the disabled people’s organisation (DPO) he ran, ecdp, was ending its commitment to being a user-led charity in a bid to become a national player in the employment support market, and was relaunching as Purple, a community interest company.A year on, Adams says he has no regrets about extending the services the organisation offers away from a focus solely on providing services to disabled people and towards also finding disabled people permanent jobs and supporting businesses to become Disability Confident.Despite that change in focus, Purple – which no longer calls itself a DPO, although three-quarters of its board are still disabled people – has secured disability-related contracts worth more than £650,000 in the last two months, including direct payments support contracts in both Essex and Cambridgeshire, and it is hoping to secure another direct payments support contract in the north of England.Adams said: “Our absolute commitment to the legacy services, of what ecdp stands for, absolutely remains, as we build the offer to business as well.”Picture: Adams (centre) with intu’s Helen Drury and Alexander Nicholl, at intu Lakesidelast_img read more

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Much of Mexican Museums preHispanic collection insignificant or fake

first_imgThe findings were published in a June report written for the museum by Dr. Eduardo Perez de Heredia Puente, who has worked with México’s National Institute of Anthropology and History and has extensive experience in the Yucatán. It is the first of several reports that will be done on the museum’s permanent collection of more than 16,000 pieces.“I was shocked,” said Andrew Kluger, the chairman of the museum’s board.The problems with the permanent collection does not end there. Kluger estimates that upcoming evaluations may conclude that as much as half of the museum’s permanent collection may be less than “museum quality.”In addition to the pre-Hispanic work, the Museum’s collection includes 5,000 examples of Popular Art; 2,500 of 20th Century Latin American and Mexican art; 1,500 of Colonial Art and 1,000 of Chicano art, according to its website.  All of these will be evaluated.The June report on the museum’s pre-Hispanic collection found that it contains “a good number of modern workshop ceramics, imitating the archaeological ones…..from bad to good copies, including some good and high-end forgeries.”The items reviewed in the June report came from gifts made from some 50 different donors, according to the museum.Of the 85 artifacts that the report qualifies as “allegedly” museum quality, the report recommends that 24 be tested using an analysis technique that provides “an absolute date for the production (the firing event) of the piece…”Some of the exceptional pieces in the collection are a “Vase of the Four Wind Gods,” and a Mayan carved stone.The June report is in sharp contrast to Perez de Heredia Puente’s assessment in May of a gift from Berkeley Professor John Casida and his wife Kati. After reviewing their gift of 80 pieces, Perez de Heredia Puente wrote that the collection is “an extraordinary assemblage of Native American works of art…preserved in prime condition..”“They did a magnificent job of getting top pieces,” Kluger said of the Casidas.The majority of its pre-Hispanic collection will either be offloaded, used for educational purposes or loaned to smaller museums.Kluger stressed that there is value in giving permanent loans to smaller museums. Moreover, he said, culling the collection will save money in insurance and storage rates, which he described as “through the roof.”The museum’s early acquisition strategy was set on accumulating a permanent collection and being a community archive. That has changed.“Basically the museum was not functioning as an international museum,” he said of the more than four decades since it was founded by Peter Rodriguez. The Mexican Museum began in 1975 at 1855 Folsom St. and then moved in 1982 to Fort Mason.“It was accepting everything,” Kluger said.That strategy served a different time, but in 2012, the museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. That designation, as well as substantiating and building the quality of its permanent collection, will enable the Mexican Museum to loan and borrow work from world class museums, he said.Sari Bermúdez, a former Minister of Culture for México who is overseeing the evaluations of the Mexican Museum’s collection, said that even having 160 or so pieces from the pre-Hispanic era that are considered museum quality, “is a very good amount and quite valuable.”The ongoing evaluation and documentation of its collection, Kluger said, will also raise the museum’s stature.“If you have the Smithsonian designation and want to make it a destination museum and to borrow and lend with other museums like the national museums of Mexico,” the value of the permanent collection has to be established, he said.Already, the museum is evaluating gifts such as the one from the Casidas before agreeing to make them part of the museum’s permanent collection.Recently, Marta Turok Wallace, a Mexican anthropologist and expert on Popular Art, assessed a gift from Andy and Trudy Goldberg of Connecticut and concluded that “almost all” of the nearly 800 pieces were of “museum quality,” according to Bermúdez.Turok Wallace will look next at the museum’s permanent collection of Popular Art and expert evaluations of the museum’s other collections will follow, Bermúdez said.All are part of the Museum’s move to a permanent home and its shift to becoming a world-class museum.For decades the museum struggled to raise the money for a permanent home, but in the next few years it will move to a permanent home on the first four floors of a luxury condo tower at 701 Mission St. on Jessie Square. Already, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and St. Patrick’s church are on that square.Vase of the Four Wind Gods, one of the pieces that met the tests of authenticity and significance. 0% Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Andrew Kluger, the chair of the Museum’s board attributed the pre-Hispanic collection to a gift from Nelson Rockefeller.  He was in error.  Mr. Rockefeller’s gift represents a major portion of the museum’s Folk Art collection, not the pre-Hispanic collection.  An evaluation of nearly 2,000 artifacts of the Mexican Museum’s pre-Hispanic collection has found that only 85 are “allegedly” of museum quality.The rest, in short, are period pieces of less significance or fakes.Or, as an expert concluded, the vast majority of the pre-Hispanic collection’s 1,774 artifacts failed two tests: “authenticity and a high degree of historical, artistic and/or cultural values.”center_img Tags: arts • culture Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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From the Archives Can a New Generation of Texans Revive the Dream

first_imgMission to MarsBy Katy VineFrom “The Martian,” originally published in February 2018In a cavernous warehouse behind a strip mall about three miles from the Johnson Space Center, Franklin Chang Díaz has been tinkering with an unorthodox idea for the past thirteen years. The lab for his eleven-person company, Ad Astra, is roughly the size of a Barnes & Noble. But in the center of the room, rather than rows of romance novels, there are three stacks of gadgets resembling hi-fi stereo components. Along the back wall is the main event: a forty-ton stainless-steel cylindrical chamber that sits like a thirteen-foot-tall beer keg tipped on its side. If Franklin is right, this is the engine that will take us to Mars.Jeff Bezos in West TexasBy Dan SolomonFrom “How Do We Feel About Space Exploration Companies Buying up a Bunch of Cheap Texas Land?,” originally published in November 2013If you pass through Van Horn, you might be surprised to encounter the beautiful and historic Hotel El Capitan, which was [recently] renovated to the tune of $2.5 million. There’s little that makes Van Horn, whose per-capita income is $13,775, an obvious location for a higher-end hotel with an upscale restaurant/bar on its ground floor. But if you spend an evening in the Hotel El Capitan bar, you’re likely to get your first clue: there will probably be some contractors who work with Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin aerospace company enjoying steaks and watching basketball, before heading out in the morning to install, say, a liquid nitrogen system at the “Corn Ranch” facility that Blue Origin operates nearby.Elon Musk in South TexasBy Domingo MartinezFrom “Countdown to Liftoff,” originally published in August 2016While an environmental-impact statement produced by the FAA acknowledges that [SpaceX’s launchpad] will bring traffic and noise to the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area–Boca Chica Unit and the Laguna Madre, it seems a bit optimistic about lasting consequences. It projects that wildlife habitat will shift naturally and wetlands will hardly be affected. Larger birds and animals—the piping plover, the northern aplomado falcon, the ocelot and jaguarundi, the sea turtles—won’t be affected, it says. Only time will tell whether this turns out to be true. Still, it’s a risk that needs to be taken: compromise is the way of the world, and for [Brownsville] to move into the now, the now needs the beach.That’s Not How Bruce Willis Did It in the MovieBy Madelyn HerzogFrom “NASA Presentation on Asteroid Detection ‘Not Reassuring,’ ” originally published in March 2013In a presentation to the House, NASA officials revealed their plan of action if they were to discover an asteroid three weeks away from obliterating the Earth: they would “pray.” Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Enter your email address Subscribe If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. You’ve read your last free article Last Name This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “From the Archives: To the Future!” Subscribe today. First Namecenter_img Sign up for free access This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly Why am I seeing this? Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription.last_img read more

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MARK Flanagan said Saints character shone through

first_imgMARK Flanagan said Saints’ character shone through as they beat Wigan 16-12 on Friday night.The 26-year-old produced a stunning pass for Tommy Makinson’s first and then defended like a demon to keep the Warriors at bay.He wasn’t the only one, of course, and he says that spirit was key to the win.“It was a great victory,” he said. “Derbies are always tough encounters and losing Luke Walsh early provided us with a bit of adversity. Wigan have injuries too though and it made a great spectacle for the fans and went down to the wire. Thankfully we came out on top.“We showed a lot of character and at half time we knew it would likely go down to the final minute.“We were on our own line, defending set after set, busting ourselves, covering for our teammates and doing those little one per centers that make the difference.“Wigan are a good side and we handled them well.”Hull KR are next up for Saints on Sunday and ticket details are here.last_img read more

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SAINTS Academy face a do or die clash with arch ri

first_imgSAINTS Academy face a do or die clash with arch rivals Wigan this Saturday.Derek Traynor’s men will host the Warriors at Langtree Park with a 12pm kick off.The winner will progress to the Grand Final to take on Warrington after they edged Saints 36-32 last weekend.Saints were good for their 32-30 lead but the Wolves sneaked it right at the death.Entry for the game will be £5 and £2.last_img

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PreBlack Friday Shopping deals bring out the deal grabbers in Wilmington

first_img There were some big deals, several shoppers saved upwards to hundreds of dollars. On of them was Allison Wright. She waited for about six hours before getting her ticket to get a big screen. When her ticket rang up, she had saved $720.“It’s all worth the wait,” Wright said.A wait that for some people was an all day affair.Related Article: Golden Corral customer helps save choking baby on Thanksgiving“I think the line started about 4:30 this morning,” said Daniel Douglas who was with his family at the front of the line.Douglas and his family had a plan though. His mom had set up shop, waiting outside since Wednesday. He came and took over the graveyard shift, and then she rejoined him and his family later with food from the Thanksgiving meal. All of this scheming and prep to make sure that they did not miss out on the big deal.“Me and her are getting a TV, she’s getting a TV, they’re getting a TV. Everybody else is getting, I don’t know,” Douglas laughed.Everybody else is getting in at least some of that holiday shopping.“I don’t want to give you my game plan,” laughed one shopper. “I don’t know you like that. I don’t want to see you at like Toys-R-Us.”So most folks have other things on their list than just a big screen, but some scored major savings. Definitely the man who was first in line.“It’s originally 499 and we got it for 179,” said Douglas who we caught back up with as he was checking out.The day of giving wasn’t all wasted on waiting out on the deals though. Douglas still found a way to make it a little time for family.“Well being here for over twenty four hours that gave me and her to stop life for a minute and be together one on one,” he said. “And whenever she got here it was all fun and we’re just keep having the fun.” WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Whether they were all fueled up from turkey dinner or just that drive to catch a deal, shoppers hit the stores in force tonight in Wilmington.Doors opened at the South College Road Best Buy with shoppers lined around the building. The store only allowed a certain amount in at a time so no mad dashes here to grab those deals on new TVs.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Coast Guard rescues boaters along Intracoastal Waterway

first_img It happened near Channel Marker 71A near Shallotte River around 10:30 a.m.The coast guard says the boaters are out of the water and are safe.No word on how many people were on board.Related Article: Florence floods parts of Columbus Co. left alone by Matthew BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The US Coast Guard Station Oak Island rescued boaters who were in the water after an accident along the Intracoastal Waterway.According to Brunswick County dispatch, the call came in that a boat hit the channel marker post.- Advertisement – last_img

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Small Business Administration lowinterest loans available to homeowners renters

first_imgA small business owner places an “Open” sign in his window. (Photo: USAF) PENDER COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations of all sizes that were affected by Hurricane Florence.SBA offers disaster assistance loans up to $200,000 to homeowners for the repair or replacement of disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are also eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Automobiles that were damaged by the disaster are also eligible for disaster assistance loans.- Advertisement – Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, the SBA offers the Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by Hurricane Florence. Economic Injury disaster loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.The disaster loans interest rates are as low as 2 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.5 percent for non-profit organizations and 3.675 percent for businesses and economic injury, with terms up to 30 years to repay the disaster loan. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.Related Article: Belville town leaders update storm damage relief efforts at open forumThe application filing deadline is Nov. 13. To apply, go online to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.last_img read more

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Double Homicide son possible killer father also killed in the past

first_imgThe corpses of the two women that have been reported missing on Tuesday have been found in field limits of Għaxaq. Marija Lourdes and Angele Bonnici, who are mother and daughter, have been reported missing earlier this week.The field is situated in Triq Santu Kristu and is close to the victims’ residence. Police stated that they have found the dead bodies following an an investigative exercise on the possible whereabouts of the two women.Reports are surfacing that the son of one of the victims has admitted of killing his mother and sister.Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo is leading the inquest and has appointed a number of experts to assist her in the case.Like father like son? The victims of the double homicide have had their fair share of tragedy in the past. The husband and father of two victims had killed the neighbours in a heated argument.Paul Bonnici was sentenced to 31 years in jail after he was found guilty of killing his neighbours Joseph and Carmela Dalli in front of their home in Għaxaq following a heated argument back in 2000.WhatsApp 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>last_img read more

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