Day Two action of the 2007 Senior NTL will feature an exciting schedule of games that is sure to separate the pretenders from the contenders.After a keenly contested first day in humid conditions, competitors across the seven Senior divisions will be looking to cement good form leading into the final days of competition.Showcase games for the day include Field One action in both the Men’s and Women’s 30 years divisions. In the Women’s 30s division, competition heavyweights Suns and Cyclones will battle for the top spot.Suns, led by current Australian World Cup Men’s Open representative Matt Curran, and Rustlers, spearheaded by 2007 Australian Men’s Open Captain Gavin Shuker, will meet in a high quality encounter on the premier field late in the day.Scorpions and Sharks will tangle for control of the leaderboard in the Men’s 35s division, whilst in the Women’s 40s division Sharks and warm favourites Scorpions will test each other out in an entertaining match up. For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30amWomen’s 30s: Scorpions v ACTWomen’s 30s: Suns v EaglesMen’s 45s: Rustlers v ACTMen’s 45s: Eagles v HornetsMen’s 45s: Suns v Sharks9.20amWomen’s 30s: Rustlers v SharksWomen’s 30s: Cyclones v HornetsMen’s 50s: ACT v SharksMen’s 35s: Sharks v ScorpionsMen’s 35s: Suns v CobrasMen’s 40s: Scorpions v Rustlers10.10amMen’s 40s: Barbarians v EaglesMen’s 40s: Cyclones v MetsMen’s 50s: Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 50s: Eagles v MetsMen’s 40s: Warriors v SunsMen’s 40s: Hornets v Sharks11.00amMen’s 30s: Warriors v HornetsMen’s 30s: Cobras v CyclonesMen’s 50s: Hornets v SunsWomen’s 40s: Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s: Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s: Rustlers v Barbarians11.50amMen’s 45s: Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s: Cobras v CyclonesMen’s 50s: Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s: Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s: Cyclones v ACT12.40pmMen’s 45s: Rustlers v HornetsMen’s 45s: ACT v SharksMen’s 40s: Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s: Rustlers v EaglesWomen’s 30s: Hornets v SharksMen’s 40s: Scorpions v Sharks1.30pmMen’s 30s: Suns v WarriorsMen’s 35s: Sharks v CobrasMen’s 35s: Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s: Mets v WarriorsMen’s 40s: Eagles v CyclonesMen’s 40s: Rustlers v Barbarians2.20pmWomen’s 40s: Scorpions v SunsWomen’s 40s: Cobras v SharksWomen’s 40s: Cyclones v HornetsMen’s 30s: Rustlers v HornetsMen’s 50s: Cyclones v CobrasMen’s 30s: Barbarians v Cyclones3.10pmWomen’s 30s: Suns v CyclonesWomen’s 30s: Hornets v RustlersMen’s 50s: Mets v SunsMen’s 50s: ACT v HornetsMen’s 50s: Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s: Rustlers v Sharks4.00pmWomen’s 30s: Sharks v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s: ACT v EaglesMen’s 45s: ACT v SunsMen’s 45s: Sharks v EaglesMen’s 45s: Hornets v Scorpions4.50pmMen’s 30s: Suns v RustlersMen’s 30s: Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 40s: Rustlers v MetsMen’s 40s: Barbarians v SunsMen’s 40s: Scorpions v Eagles5.40pmMen’s 30s: Barbarians v CobrasMen’s 35s: Sharks v SunsMen’s 35s: Cobras v MetsMen’s 40s: Cyclones v SharksMen’s 40s: Warriors v Hornets
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mazzarri adamant Torino deserved two spotkicks for Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino coach Walter Mazzarri is adamant they didn’t deserve defeat to Juventus.The Derby della Mole was decided by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty when Mario Mandzukic pounced on Simone Zaza’s poor back-pass.However, when it was still 0-0, Toro had two of their own appeals waved away.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” Mazzarri told DAZN.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive. Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”
FREDERICTON – Cannabis NB has made some changes to its website after concerns were raised by Health Canada last week.The Crown agency came under scrutiny for its product descriptions and pictures of people smiling, posing for selfies and holding yoga poses — images that may violate federal regulations.In a statement, Health Canada spokesman Andre Gagnon said the department is trying to raise awareness about the Cannabis Act and its restrictions on promotion.“In a few cases, Health Canada has reached out to … licence holders to bring concerns to their attention, or to collect information and gain a better understanding of some of the facts pertaining to their promotional activities,” he said.Cannabis NB has removed the original pictures and replaced them with images of chairs, a book and painting supplies.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc says the agency did not receive any specific direction from Health Canada.“But based on this conversation and discussion, we made adjustments to some images on the website,” she said. “We will be generally reviewing the website and likely be making a few adjustments in the language as well.”In Ottawa, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said her department is working with the province to make sure the website meets federal standards.“There are a number of changes that have already been made,” she said in French when asked about the snafu. “Changes have already been made, and we continue to do this work together to ensure that they understand the regulations.”The website includes categories such as “Connect,” “Refresh” and “Discover,” which the agency has described as educational tools for customers.According to figures released Wednesday, Cannabis NB recorded roughly $950,000 dollars in sales during its first 48 hours in business, and more than $71,000 of that revenue was generated by online sales.Cannabis NB President Brian Harriman says the sales figures were in line with expectations.He said the agency sold out of some products, but he said other provinces had the same problem.“Retail stores in communities bordering other provinces, such as Sackville and Campbellton, have seen higher-than-expected demand because of customers coming from other provinces,” Harriman said. “Cannabis NB will continue to closely monitor inventory throughout our stores and work with suppliers to get inventory to normal levels.”
OTTAWA — The head of the U.S. space agency says he wants to see Canadian astronauts walking on the moon before long, as part of a first step toward exploration of the farther reaches of space.Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new Lunar Gateway.The U.S. is seeking broad international support for the next-generation space station it is planning to send into orbit around the moon starting in 2021.Bridenstine says he wants Canada to contribute its expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics, and that could include a next-generation Canadarm on the Lunar Gateway and more Canadian technology inside.He says the U.S. return to the moon is a stepping stone to a much more ambitious goal: deep-space exploration that could include reaching Mars in the next two decades.Bridenstine is in Ottawa for a large gathering of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where speculation is running high about Canada’s possible participation in the U.S. space program.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, a vocal booster of Canada’s AI hubs in Ontario and Quebec, is also scheduled to speak, along with one of Canada’s former astronauts, Marc Garneau, the current federal transport minister.The Canadian Press
Do you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.
Shimla: Within a week after three-time Hamirpur MP joining the Congress, it was BJP’s turn to give a jolt to the Congress at Rampur – the home town of six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.Former Congress minister and Dalit leader Singhi Ram, an estranged loyalist of Virbhadra Singh, joined the BJP in presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who was campaigning at Rampur. Virbhadra reacted to ridicule him, saying “How does it make any difference on Singhi Ram joining BJP? He has no base there.” Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahRampur is part of Mandi Parliamentary constituency, which more or less had been voting block for the Congress in most Lok Sabha elections. Singhi Ram had represented Rampur for six times before he was denied ticket at the behest of Virbhadra Singh in 2007 assembly polls. In 2017 poll, Singhi Ram has contested Rampur assembly constituency as independent but lost to his Congress successor Nand Lal, who is Virbhadra Singh’s staunch lieutenant.
It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups. The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.
The head of Germany’s football federation (DFB) is furious that their own players Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan were seen posing for pictures alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip ErdoganThe midfielders are both of Turkish descent but chose to represent their birth country Germany at international level instead.Ozil and Gundogan posed for photos in London on Sunday with Erdogan and have left the DFB chief Reinhard Grindel unhappy with their actions.“The DFB, of course, respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stand for values that Mr. Erdogan does not sufficiently respect,” read a statement from Grindel, as reported on ESPN.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Therefore, it is not a good thing that our internationals have let themselves be exploited for his election campaign stunt. It certainly hasn’t helped the DFB’s integration efforts.”Germany team coordinator Oliver Bierhoff was also unhappy over their actions and intends to speak with them at some point in the near future.“I still have absolutely no doubts about Mesut and Ilkay’s commitment to playing for the Germany national team and how much they identify with our values. They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we cannot endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players,” he said.
Papy Mendy says Leicester City make the advantage of their short break count when they lock horns with Liverpool on Wednesday night.The Foxes’ bowed to the last gasp goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their agonising 4-3 reverse at Molineux Stadium.But the French midfielder who has been consistent for the Foxes this season has called for his side to give their all at Anfield.“We have to stay concentrated,” Mendy told the club’s website prior to the trip to Merseyside. “We can work well, and we can think about Liverpool, we can prepare well to fight.“It is good to have a little break because I think we need it for our minds. The last three or four games were not easy.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is never easy when we lose but we are professional and that is football. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. We do the maximum to get the maximum result.”The 26-year-old believes City must put their defeat to Wolves behind them as they aim to cause an upset against the league leaders on Wednesday evening.“It was frustrating because we came back after 2-0 and we lost in the last minute,” Mendy continued. “It was not easy. We didn’t start well at the beginning and we have to correct this.“That is our problem this season. We have a desire to correct this every time in training and we must correct this problem.“We play together and we have to fight together and yes, the Premier League is very difficult because every weekend we play against a tough team. It is a good challenge to get a good result at Liverpool.”
ReutersA woman experienced acute anxiety after she woke up on a ‘freezing cold’ and ‘pitch black’ Air Canada flight, hours after it landed at Toronto airport earlier this month. The carrier said they are investigating how the cabin crew left the sleeping passenger without checking.The incident involving Tiffani Adams was shared on Facebook by her friend Deanna Noel-Date on June 20. The post described how Adams got herself out of the carrier after getting locked up by the cabin crew members. “I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!” Adams wrote in the post.While the carrier confirmed the incident, it hasn’t released the findings of the investigation, reported Associated Press. “We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told AP.According to the post, she found it difficult to breathe and tried to control her panic attack while attempting to “charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find.”Noel-Dale initially assumed that Adams was at home and experiencing bad dreams when she contacted her. It was only after Adams opened FaceTime and showed her the pitch-black cabin that she understood the situation. However, Adams claims that her phone switched off due to low battery soon after talking to her friend about the situation. Adams later got hold of a flashlight from the cockpit and made SOS symbols. After gaining no response, she opening the main cabin door and managed to get the attention of a nearby ground staff who helped her out of the plane.The passenger wrote that after an Air Canada representative asked if she was ok, she was offered a limo and hotel but she rejected the offer. She said the company later apologised and said they would investigate the matter.The incident, however, continued to affect her even after 10 days, “I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.
TYLER PRATT FOR KUTThe Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that challenges local government employee benefits for married same-sex couples.At stake is whether the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide requires public agencies to provide taxpayer-subsidized benefits to same-sex spouses of government employees.Chuck Smith, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas, tells KUT’s Becky Fogel that he’s the first to admit there’s no constitutional right to employee benefits. But, he says, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is clear: When it comes to marriage, same-sex couples have to be treated the same as opposite-sex couples.“So if the City of Houston, or any employer, provides benefits to its married opposite-sex employees, it is obligated to extend those same benefits, on the same terms and conditions, to same-sex married couples,” he says. The Texas Supreme Court initially declined to hear the case, which challenged Houston’s benefits policy for married same-sex couples. In an 8-1 decision, justices let stand a lower court decision upholding benefits.But the state’s high court reversed course last month under pressure from top Texas Republicans. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an amicus brief in October asking the all-Republican court to reconsider. They also asked the court to clarify that the U.S. Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, does not “bind state courts to resolve all other claims in favor of the right to same-sex marriage.”Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM. Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Houston’s downtown Central Library offers a lot more than just books. There are also services like computer access and job search help along with initiatives geared toward homeless patrons.The Central Library will have more time to offer those services now that they’re bringing back Sunday hours. They’ll be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Assistant Director of Customer Experience Elizabeth Sargent said for the homeless in particular, the library is viewed as a safe place where they can meet with social service providers.“Many times customers want the support, need the help, but they’re not always comfortable going into that particular social service provider’s space,” explained Sargent.And with the searing summer heat, Sargent said the library can provide welcome relief.“About three weeks ago we were asked to open this library as a cooling center,” added Sargent. “And we saw over a 100 people in here with very little advertisement, simply because they had to get out of the heat. They had nowhere else to go.”The library can also serve as a lifeline for people of moderate means who need to get online. Deputy Assistant Director of Customer Experience Laurie Covington said their computers and hotspots get a lot of use.“Our libraries themselves are one of the biggest providers of wi-fi in the City of Houston just because all of our locations have wi-fi,” said Covington. “And now we’re expanding that so you can actually have wi-fi in your pocket, take it home with you, check it out for three weeks.”Covington and Sargent said Sundays are usually pretty busy at the Central Library. Since it’s the only Houston public library that’s open on Sunday, students use those hours to get homework help and it also gives researchers more time to work on projects. – / 6 00:00 /00:52 X Share
Share Patrick Semansky/AP FileIn this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the USCCB’s annual fall meeting in Baltimore.As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo prepares to lead a crucial meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on how to deal with abuse cases, a survivor advocacy group is asking for his resignation over the alleged mishandling of several cases that have occurred in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.Members of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) plan to hold a rally at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, to demand that DiNardo steps down as head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaMichael Norris, leader of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).In an interview with Houston Matters, Michael Norris, who leads SNAP in Houston, said DiNardo “doesn’t have the leadership” to head the USCCB and he lacks the “moral authority” because of several alleged local cases of sex abuse in which, according to the advocacy group, he has shown leniency toward accused priests.Norris talked about the alleged abuse cases by Manuel La Rosa-Lopez a former priest at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Church, and other cases involving Reverend John T. Keller at Prince of Peace Catholic Community in northwest Houston and Father Jesus Suarez, who worked at Houston’s St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church. Suarez also served at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.Latest accusationNorris also pointed at the latest allegation against DiNardo. It was made last week by Laura Pontikes, a Houston construction executive. She says the cardinal allowed Monsignor Frank Rossi, who for a time was second in command at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to move to another parish after she reported that he lured her into a sexual relationship. “He’s part of the problem, he’s not part of the solution,” Norris said. “It’s time for him to step down and allow someone to get in there who can actually take care of the problem.”The archdiocese has said it acted proactively in these cases by suspending the priests and ordering them to undergo therapy, and is cooperating with law enforcement.Archdiocese respondsOn Monday afternoon, the archdiocese sent out a statement saying DiNardo “will not resign from anything” and, instead, “will continue working with like-minded reformers at all levels of the Church to fight the evil of abuse in all its forms.”The statement added that, as president of the USCCB, the cardinal has shown an “aggressive leadership” that has helped lay the foundation for a recent decree by Pope Francis making bishops directly accountable either for acts of sexual abuse or efforts to cover such behavior up.“Here at home,” the archdiocese added, “Cardinal DiNardo has also acted swiftly and justly in removing priests from active ministry each time he was presented with credible evidence of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.”Baltimore meetingThe meeting of the Catholic Bishops will take place in Baltimore starting Tuesday. The bishops will be guided by the groundbreaking new law issued by Pope Francis on May 9 that the archdiocese’s statement referenced. It requires priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. It also calls for any claim of sexual misconduct or cover-up against a bishop to be reported to the Vatican and a supervisory bishop in the U.S.SNAP said the pope’s edict was a step forward, but urged the U.S. bishops to go further by requiring that church staff report their suspicions to police and prosecutors in addition to reporting internally. SNAP also said the bishops should turn over any files and records related to sex abuse to their state attorneys general for investigation, and it urged the bishops to ensure that all U.S. dioceses release lists of priests, nuns and other church staff alleged to have committed sexual abuse.Beyond the pope’s edict, the bishops will consider creating an independent, third-party reporting system to which allegations of abuse could be filed.
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting with all its party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders on November 16 to chalk out a blueprint for a proposed anti-BJP rally to be held here on January 19, 2019, a party official said on Thursday. The meeting, to be held in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium, will be presided by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who will also be the main speaker at the programme. As part of her tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre and to step up efforts to forge a ‘federal front’ ahead of the 2019 Assembly polls, Banerjee announced the mega anti-BJP rally for which she would invite several top opposition leaders from across the country including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on November 16 with all the party MPs, MLAs, core committee members, district and block presidents to discuss the organisational matters regarding the January 19 rally here,” Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee told the media here. “Banerjee, who has called for the rally to assemble everyone against BJP’s communalist forces, will be present as the main speaker in the meeting. Leaders of the party’s youth, student and women wings will also be present,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have already confirmed their presence in the January 19 rally while Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati are also expected to come. Reiterating Banerjee’s allegations about the BJP-government controlling the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chatterjee said the recent developments pertaining to the country’s top investigation agency have undermined its credibility. “People can see how the CBI is being controlled by the BJP government at the Centre. We have repeatedly alleged that they (BJP) are influencing and controlling the moves of CBI. A corrupt government is trying to charge others with corruption,” Chatterjee said. “It is alarming how the BJP government is bulldozing independent agencies like CBI in the name of controlling them. They have brought the credibility of these agencies under question mark. Our claims that CBI is a BJP controlled agency has been reinforced by the recent development.” The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday asked CBI Director Alok Verma to go on leave as his rift with Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations.
Monday, November 19, 2018 Posted by NEW YORK — Airbnb has reported its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market.Revenue during the third quarter breezed past the US$1 billion level as guest reservations boomed internationally in places like Beijing, Mexico City and Birmingham, England, the San Francisco company said Friday.Airbnb expects a record one million guests to stay at Airbnb listings across the U.S. during the Thanksgiving holiday.Airbnb acts as an online booking agent for homeowners to make extra income by renting rooms, apartments and houses. Its growth has drawn the ire of the hotel industry and communities in the U.S. and abroad, where locals are uneasy with the constant turnaround of guests in their neighbourhoods and apartment buildings.In some markets, like New York and Miami, there is evidence that home-sharing has cut into hotel profits, pushing some larger chains to get in on the action. Last month Marriott said it was expanding its home-sharing pilot in London to three additional European cities, while Hyatt announced it was pulling out of a money-losing collaboration with luxury home-sharing company Oasis.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerMany cities and states across the U.S. have tightened rental guidelines in order to regulate the rapidly growing industry. New York and Washington have both imposed strict limits on short-term rental companies, and housing-starved San Francisco has done the same, in addition to suing or fining homeowners who illegally rent their homes.In Europe, officials in top travel destinations are grappling with the massive growth in home-sharing. Residents of Venice and Barcelona have staged repeated protests, saying the influx of visitors is driving up rents and forcing out locals. Parisians are complaining about the onslaught of tourists in their neighbourhoods and buildings, late-night parties and drunken revellers.Airbnb listings in Paris have grown to 65,000, from just 4,000 in 2012. << Previous PostNext Post >> Airbnb says revenue for Q3 2018 was best ever, topping $1 billion The Canadian Press Share
Martin HowrylakState RepresentativeDistrict 41 01Mar 2017 February E-Newsletter Dear Friends,Hello and welcome to my February e-newsletter!I hope you and your family have taken the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve had recently. These warmer than normal temperatures provided wonderful opportunities to get outside for a long walk or a relaxing bike ride in our community.I’d like to spend a few minutes providing you with a brief update from our state capital. I hope you find this information helpful as you seek to stay informed about the various policy issues being discussed in Lansing.Please keep in mind that this e-newsletter is not exhaustive and is only meant to be a summary. For more information, please do not hesitate to call the office toll-free at 1-877-238-0001 or email MartinHowrylak@house.mi.gov.Rep. Howrylak joins bipartisan effort to increase government accountabilityThis month, I joined a bipartisan group of representatives as a co-sponsor of landmark legislation that will expand government transparency in the state of Michigan.If enacted, the bill package (HB 4148 – 4157) will make the executive branch subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a similar records disclosure system for the state House and Senate called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). The package is similar to legislation that was put forth by House members in 2016 that did not have the opportunity to reach the Governor’s desk before the conclusion of the 2015-16 legislative session.I am honored to once again be part of this important reform. Our government works best when it is held accountable by the people. For this reason, the Governor and the Legislature should be held to the same level of public scrutiny as other government entities that are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FIOA).The legislation has been referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee for consideration.Rep. Howrylak introduces bill to reduce tax burden for retirees, seniorsI recently introduced legislation that would significantly lower the tax burden for retirees.In 2011, Michigan made several changes to the tax code, including eliminating the pension and retirement exemption. If enacted, my proposal will increase the retirement income subtractions for both single and joint filers. As a result, this legislation will reduce the portion of one’s retirement income that is subject to state tax and lower the tax obligation for Michigan retirees and seniors.Most senior citizens are dependent on a fixed income and this policy change had a significant impact on their pocketbooks. My bill will greatly reduce the tax burden placed on these hard-working citizens and allow them to keep more of their income during their retirement years.HB 4159 was referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.House committee meetings now underwayAs you may know, my legislative responsibilities include serving on a variety of committees. Committee assignments are determined by House leadership. House committees are responsible for reviewing legislation before the bills proceed to the House floor for consideration by the entire chamber. This deliberative process involves discussing the potential impact of a proposal and hearing testimony from state agencies, outside groups and concerned citizens.During this session I serve as the Vice Chair of the Oversight Committee and as a member of the Judiciary, Law and Justice, and Tax Policy committees. I am pleased that my committee assignments will once again provide valuable opportunities to increase government transparency, reform Michigan’s criminal justice system, and improve our Tax Code.Committees began meeting in early February. Some of our initial meetings included presentations from relevant state agencies and subject matter experts to help enhance our knowledge on the topics that will be discussed by the committee. Many House committees are now deliberating legislative proposals to determine if they should proceed to the House floor.Did you know you can get involved in the committee process right from the comfort of your home? I encourage you to click here to visit the House Committee webpage where you can sign up for email alerts that will let you know which bills are being debated in the policy committees that interest you. In addition, you can also view a live web-stream of House Session and select committee meetings online by clicking here.Rep. Howrylak bill that reforms school discipline signed into lawOn February 15th I participated in Governor Rick Snyder’s ceremonial bill signing in recognition of Public Act 364 of 2016. For this special occasion, I was joined by Rep. Peter Lucido, Rep. Andy Schor, Rep. Adam Zemke, and Rep. David LaGrand.This legislation was part of a bill package that will provide schools with greater discretion regarding the decision to suspend or expel a student to ensure more children have the opportunity to remain in school and participate in restorative practices. As a result, schools will now consider a variety of factors before choosing to expel or suspend a student such as a student’s age, previous disciplinary history and seriousness of the offense.I was honored to sponsor House Bill 5693 in this bill package, which is now PA 364.Consumer Education EventOnce again I am partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host a Consumer Education (formerly Senior Brigade) event on Friday, March 3rd. This month’s presentation will cover investment fraud warning signs, how to recognize affinity fraud, Ponzi and pyramid schemes. A light lunch will be provided.The event will start at 11 a.m. at Clawson’s Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Court. Individuals looking for more information may contact my office toll-free at (877) 248-0001 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, more information is available on my office website www.RepHowrylak.com.Rep. Howrylak introduces legislation in honor of Troy police officerOn February 10th, I introduced legislation in honor of Troy Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas.If enacted, this legislation would name the portion of I-75, located at the Rochester Road exit, as the “Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway.” Our community is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family thanks to the hard-working men and women of the Troy Police Department. Officer Chivas gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community on April 22, 1974. If my bill is enacted, this portion of I-75 will serve as a solemn reminder of the unwavering commitment to public safety possessed by every member of the Troy Police Department.Officer Chivas was killed in the line of duty while investigating a burglary in progress at a service station on Rochester Road at I-75. During the incident, Officer Chivas was killed by the intruders. The individuals were two prison escapees who were later recaptured and are now serving life sentences. Officer Chivas was only 24 years old.HB 4191 was referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration.Troy Union Elementary Visits House FloorOn February 23rd, I had the pleasure of visiting with two groups of students and adults from Troy Union Elementary School. During their visit to the Capitol, I had the opportunity to take the students on the House floor for a closer look at the chamber and take a few questions from students. It is always exciting to see children taking an interest in our democratic process and the inner workings of state government.FY 2018 Budget Process BeginsOn February 8th, Governor Snyder released his FY 2018 budget proposal. The House and Senate have begun working on separate budget proposals that will be heavily debated in each chamber before an agreement on the FY 2018 budget is made. Over the last six years, the Legislature has passed a budget months ahead of schedule to allow ample time for state departments and local governments to plan accordingly. Therefore, you can plan for the budget to be finalized by May or June of this year.After reviewing the Governor’s proposed budget, I was pleased to see he seeks to invest an additional $128 million to provide schools with a per-pupil foundation allowance increase between $50 and $100. Similarly, I was encouraged to see transportation funding was also prioritized in the proposed budget. Under the Governor’s plan, the Michigan Transportation Fund would receive a $130 million increase to support local roads and $84.3 million in additional funding for state roads. Lastly, the proposal includes $48.8 million in additional funding for the City of Flint, which will be used for water filter and cartridge replacement, the lead poison prevention program, nutritional services, and early childhood and health services.As the legislature continues to debate the FY 2018 budget, I encourage you to contact me regarding the state budget priorities that are most important to you. Throughout the budget process, program and department funding can change. Although I am not a member of the Appropriations Committee, you can rest assured that I will be following the budget process closely and discussing any concerns I may have with my colleagues on the committee.District office hoursAs an elected representative, it is important for me to be accessible to the public and to be available to listen to the ideas, concerns and suggestions of our neighbors. This is why I place such a large emphasis on office hours, community outreach and events.I believe talking to friends and neighbors face to face is the best way to gather ideas, answer questions and listen to suggestions. I rely on the perspective of people like you to guide me as I work to make state government more responsive, responsible and effective. I encourage citizens of the 41st District to attend the events below.My upcoming office hours are as follows (No appointment necessary):Saturday, March 25th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Troy Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084Monday, March 27th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Blair Memorial Library, 416 N Main St, Clawson, MI 48017Rep. Howrylak’s Lansing OfficeMailing Address: N-890 House Office BuildingP.O. Box 30014Lansing, MI 48909Website: http://www.RepHowrylak.comPhone: (517) 373-1783Toll Free: (877) 248-0001Email: MartinHowrylak@house.mi.govAs always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. I will continue to work on removing barriers to job creation, retaining our valuable businesses, growing our economy, and getting Michigan back to work again. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions please let me know.Warm regards, Categories: Howrylak News
TV technology provider Access is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil a new social video platform, ACCESSMyTV.The platform provides for the creation of personalised web video channels that can be shared with friends and family via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The resulting consumer engagement will in turn enable ACCESSMyTV to support targeted advertising, according to Access.“The platform is the simplest and most powerful route to launching a multi-screen OTT service, giving CE device manufacturers, broadcasters and operators the opportunity to embrace the social TV revolution and create new recurring revenues,” said Neale Foster, vice-president of global sales IA, ACCESS. “ACCESSMyTV makes life easy for operators, allowing them to launch a social TV service with an abundance of content from the word go. The platform operator can further serve the needs of the ever-hungry consumer by providing them with access to free web video, premium content, games and apps.”
Kabel DeutschlandVodafone majority-owned Kabel Deutschland has been asked to call an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting to look into whether its management gave accurate and timely information to investors at the time of its takeover. Hedge fund group Elliott Management, which holds a stake of about 13.5% in the company, has requested the meeting and has called for the appointment of an independent auditor to look into the matter.Elliott last year initiated legal action against Vodafone, arguing that Kabel Deutschland minority shareholders should receive a higher payout. Its case was boosted by an audit report published in December that found the cable company to be worth €104 a share, considerably more than the €84.53 per share that Vodafone offered to minority shareholders. Elliott told its own investors that Kabel Deutschland could be worth up to €250 a share and that Vodafone could be liable for up to €8 billion in compensation.Vodafone said at the time that the auditor’s report findings were “unrealistic”. Vodafone’s offer was accepted by the majority of Kabel Deutschland’s shareholders.Kabel Deutschland issued a statement that it would review the latest request.“Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, Unterfoehring, today received a request by Cornwall 2 GmbH & Co. KG by telefax to invite to an extraordinary general meeting which shall, inter alia, be provided with the special auditor’s report as well as vote on the appointment of special auditors on matters related to the takeover by Vodafone Vierte Verwaltungs AG and to detect alleged breaches of duty by members of the Company’s boards in connection with the executed special audit,” it said. “The company will review the request and invite to a general meeting in case the legal requirements are met.”
In This Issue… * Currencies & metals find a bid… * Retail Sales disappoint, big time! * BOC to meet today… * And Richard Duncan on this TTT! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Big Ben Visits Congress… Good day… And A Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well… the MRI I had done on my brain last week showed nothing… HAHAHAHAHA! Yes, there was nothing there! Of course my beautiful bride has told me that for years! And then there were the teachers back in the school years that muttered such things… But seriously… the good news is that no sign of lesions in the brain… I got to thinking yesterday about these bouts I’ve had with cancer… they have hit me, much like I used to play golf… left kidney, right femur & hip, left eye, right mandible… they used to call that “Army golf” left, right, left, right… Well, here we go again! Once again, the traders and hedge fund gurus are selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes that additional stimulus will be announced at the event. Today, it’s Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to lawmakers on the economy. You would think that having been disappointed time and time again by the Fed Heads, that going down this road once again would be avoided at all costs… But, as I told you about a month ago… the crown that gets placed on your head forever, when you are the first to call something, holds great value to these traders and hedge fund gurus, so they are always willing to go out on the limb… I would be surprised 6-ways from Sunday if Big Ben even mentioned stimulus today and tomorrow as he speaks to the Senate and House on different days. But that’s not stopping the bias to sell dollars which began yesterday mid-morning, and continued throughout the day and overnight sessions. So… we begin the day today with the euro having moved from playing peek-a-boo with the 1.22 handle to now playing the game with the 1.23 handle… The last time, we went into a Fed event with the traders et.al. selling dollars in hopes of an additional stimulus announcement, the euro got whacked by 2-cents when the disappoint set in… So, the downside risk today is great, folks… be careful… But then if you are one to think that Big Ben will use the testimony on the economy to announce additional stimulus, then you’ll want to jump on the “we got the call right first crowd” bandwagon… I’m skeptical, at best here, folks… I really don’t think Big Ben, even with his, “what you dare to question the great and powerful Oz” mantra, would take this time to announce additional stimulus… Getting on… Remember when I told you that German exports were kicking tail once again with the relatively weaker euro allowing their manufactured goods to be more competitive? Well, if the were doing well when the euro was 1.30, imagine how well they are doing with it around 1.23! it is now thought that the weaker euro will allow Germany’s nominal Trade Surplus to equal 4% of the German GDP… So… German exporters are happy campers with the weaker euro… as they should be! And as long as the euro remains stronger than the dollar, given the problems of the Eurozone, what does that tell one about the dollar? OK… The Bank of Canada (BOC) meets this morning to discuss rates… this will be a non-event, as BOC Gov. Carney, wants to remove monetary policy stimulus, but just can’t pull the trigger with all the problems of the Eurozone and the U.S. right now. The Eurozone is in recession, and the U.S., although I say it never left the depression, but officially came out of recession, is ready to re-enter it, says, PIMCO Bond king, Bill Gross… So, I don’t expect much in the way of movement from the Canadian dollar / loonie, from this non-event BOC meeting… I think everyone knows the hand that the BOC has been dealt at this point. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes for the July meeting earlier this month, were balanced to slightly hawkish. The RBA once again said that they were comfortable with the current rate cuts made, and will continue to monitor the effects of those rate cuts made earlier this year. These meeting minutes have helped the Aussie dollar (A$) to continue to gain in the $1.02 handle, heading to $1.03… Last night, Japanese Finance Minister, Azumi, tried his hand a jawboning in an attempt to slow down the speculative trading in the Japanese yen. This is typical of how the Japanese do things… the yen is strong, as it briefly went below the 79 handle yesterday (yen is a European priced currency, so the lower the number the more in value it has VS the dollar), and this strength in the yen has been driving Japanese officials crazy… But, as I’ve said before, they can jawbone all they want, the markets are not afraid of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) any longer, for they know all too well that to really move the yen weaker, and cause massive losses for holders of yen, that the BOJ would have to work in coordination with the U.S. and Eurozone… They have other problems work on right now to deal with Japan’s currency strength problem… In China the State Council will meet this week, and from this meeting we could very well see the additional measures that will be adopted by the Chinese Gov’t in an attempt to regenerate the moderating economy. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan posted gains overnight. This is the first time in a week or so that Chinese officials have allowed the renminbi/ yuan to gain. So, maybe, they know something about Big Ben’s visit to the Senate today… And here we go again with Gold, as it nears $1,600 again this morning… The shiny metal has been manipulated so much lately that it’s difficult to get traction. Artur over in our Business FX group told me about a new Gold trading platform that Italy started last week… Good for them! I talked at length about Gold manipulation in the next edition of the Review & Focus, which is sent monthly to EverBank World Markets clients. You’ll want to pick up a copy of that at your nearest newsstand when it comes out! HA! When will the public demand this be stopped? When a much larger percentage of the population owns Gold… that’s when! Well… yesterday’s Retail Sales data here in the U.S. for June was absolutely disappointing, just as I said it would be… June Retail Sales fell -.5% when a +.2% gain was forecast. Not by me! But by the so-called experts… Of course if these experts would just check the BHI (Butler household Index) it has a more consistent indication of what Retail Sales will be… So, Big Ben Bernanke will have this data in his back pocket when he travels to the Senate today… The back side of the financial storm is moving more onto our shores, folks… More and more economic data confirm that, and still no one does a thing about it… We’ll be inundated with economic data today… some of it stupid pet tricks, and some of it worthy of the paper it’s printed on. CPI will print… and so too will Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization… Long time readers know under what category those economic data prints fall under… But when it’s all said and done today… the markets will be moved by Big Ben Bernanke’s testimony or they won’t… the economic data will be “extras” today… Then There Was This… Richard Duncan is an author and analyst that has written at least two books that I have poured myself into over the years… First it was: The Dollar Crisis, that was written about 10 years ago, and then the most recent book, The Corruption of Capitalism… He “gets it”, folks… Always has… and he was interviewed on CNBC yesterday, and decided to tell the world that he believes the risk of a new depression… Here are a couple of snippets from his interview on CNBC Europe yesterday. Richard Duncan – “When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression. If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.” Chuck again… I have to say that reading that gives me the chills… and would hope that we don’t get to that… Hopefully, spending cuts that would alleviate the need to go to the credit markets will steer us around that problem… But the spending cuts have to come, folks… NOW! In addition, I sent an email to my friend, John Mauldin, yesterday after I saw him on Bloomberg TV, talking about the debt, and how he was optimistic that Congress would do the right thing and begin to cut debt… my email simply said, “John, you are far more optimistic than I regarding Congress and their will to cut the deficit spending and debt… I believe there is no political will to do so, for it does not get them reelected, and with the large number of voters receiving some sort of Gov’t payouts, to cut those payouts would be suicidal for their reelection chances… John replied… “If we don’t, then it is a disaster of Biblical proportions”… I agree with that… but then I’ve been telling people about the disasters that this growing debt were going to cause for over a decade now… To recap… The currencies and metals began to gain mid-morning on Monday, and carried on throughout the overnight sessions. It seems the traders et.al. don’t ever learn a lesson… they are once again selling dollars ahead of a Fed event, in hopes to be the first to take advantage of an announcement of additional stimulus… Chuck thinks they will once again be disappointed by the Fed Heads… The BOC meets today, expect no move, and the RBA meeting minutes had a hawkish bias to them. Currencies today 7/17/12… American Style: A$ $1.0285, kiwi .7980, C$ .9850, euro 1.2285, sterling 1.5635, Swiss $1.0230, … European Style: rand 8.1930, krone 6.0835, SEK 7.0105, forint 233.35, zloty 3.40, koruna 20.6240, RUB 32.43, yen 79.05, sing 1.2625, HKD 7.7560, INR 55.08, China 6.3730, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.0345, Dollar Index 83.08, Oil $88.53, 10-year 1.48%, Silver $27.41, and Gold… $1,593.30 That’s it for today… a great 9th inning rally and win last night by the Cardinals… of course I didn’t see it until this morning! 4th day on my new medicine… so far so good, It just makes me feel a bit off-kilter… but then it’s only been 4-days… in 4 weeks that will be a better judge! This nasty cold bothers me more than the chemo medicine! In fact, it woke me up much earlier than I get up this morning, so I had me a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast! With toddlers always at the house, Everett and Braden, there are always Cheerios! And How about that guy that caught the little girl that fell out of a 3rd story window? WOW! And Happy 50 years of performing, to the Rolling Stones… They celebrated that last milestone last week! Sticky Fingers is still my fave Stones album… And with that… I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
The disability benefit assessment system is being undermined by a “pervasive culture of mistrust”, fuelled by widespread claims that assessors are deliberately trying to prevent disabled people receiving the support they are entitled to, according to a committee of MPs.The long-awaited report by the Commons work and pensions committee describes how many claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) have reported dishonesty by the healthcare professionals who have carried out their face-to-face assessments.The report says the culture of mistrust this has produced means that assessors “risk being viewed as, at best lacking in competence and at worst, actively deceitful”.The committee’s report substantiates evidence provided by hundreds of disabled people who have contacted Disability News Service (DNS) over the last 15 months to describe the dishonesty of the healthcare professionals who assessed them.A separate report published earlier in the week includes examples from the “unprecedented” response from claimants who had submitted evidence to the committee, with nearly 4,000 submissions.The committee says this response was “remarkable” in the “consistency of the themes that emerged”, including claims that assessment reports “bore little or no relation to their circumstances or what had occurred during the assessment”.Claimants, said the committee, “do not believe assessors can be trusted to record what took place during the assessment accurately”.One example quoted by the committee comes from Mary, a PIP claimant who first told her story last year to DNS (she was named ‘Elizabeth’ by DNS).She told the committee how the assessor wrote in her report that she “arose from the chair without any difficulty” when in fact she “was in bed the whole time (she let herself in) and I only have the one chair in the room and she was sitting in it”.Another who submitted evidence said: “I did most of the talking as my partner was drowsy with his medication, but in the statement with the PIP decision [it said that] my partner was chatty. Completely untrue.”A third claimant told the committee: “I was attacked with a deadly weapon only a short time before my assessment. “The man threatened my life, on a walk with my dog. So the assessor wrote that I like to talk to people on my walk.”A fourth claimant said: “The assessor claimed in the report to have completed an extensive examination of me during the assessment.“She listed a breakdown of her observations regarding the movement of all my limbs and joints.“In reality though my assessment was only fifteen minutes long and the assessor didn’t examine me at all.”The committee calls in its report for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to improve trust in the system by offering the opportunity for all face-to-face assessments to be audio recorded, and by providing a copy of the written assessment report to all claimants.The evidence provided to DNS helped persuade the committee last year to investigate what Frank Field, the committee’s chair, described as “concerning reports about the operation of the PIP assessment process”.He later said that DNS had “provided us with a useful series of case studies that acted as a further catalyst” for calling an emergency evidence session last March, which subsequently led to the launch of the inquiry.The committee had appeared last year to be trying to avoid discussing allegations of dishonesty that had been raised by DNS, refusing to ask welfare rights experts about such claims in the urgent evidence session, and then neglecting to raise the issue of dishonesty in a letter seeking further evidence about the PIP assessment process.But the sheer weight of the allegations submitted by PIP claimants appears to have convinced the committee that these claims were valid, even if there was no explicit statement in this week’s report that the MPs believed there was dishonesty in the assessment process.Despite the role played by DNS in persuading the committee to investigate the PIP assessment process, neither Field, nor Heidi Allen, the senior Conservative member of the committee – the two MPs who were said to be available for interviews – agreed to talk to DNS this week.A spokeswoman for the committee declined to say if the refusal to be interviewed was connected with DNS reports that have criticised Field and his colleagues.Those reports questioned why they failed to ask the minister for disabled people about figures suggesting attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits may have doubled between 2007 and 2014, following the introduction of the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for ESA.In response to the committee’s report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “As the [committee] highlights, assessments work for the majority of people, with 83 per cent of ESA claimants and 76 per cent of PIP claimants telling us that they’re happy with their overall experience.“However, our aim has to be that every person feels they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“We are committed to continuously improving the experience of our claimants; that is why we’ve commissioned five independent reviews of the work capability assessment – accepting over 100 recommendations – and two independent reviews of PIP assessments.“We continue to work closely with our providers to ensure people receive high quality assessments, and are exploring options around recordings to promote greater transparency and trust.”