A train operator will this summer start running ma

first_imgA train operator will this summer start running mainline rail services that wheelchair-users will not be able to access… with the apparent blessing of the government.It is believed to be the first time for many years that a scheduled mainline train service will run without any provision for passengers who use wheelchairs.And it comes just days after the Equality and Human Rights Commission was said to be considering legal action against the government over its failure to ensure an accessible rail service.That threat emerged after rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway issued “grossly insulting” guidance to station staff that said they should not attempt to place “persons of reduced mobility (PRM)” on a train “if there is a possibility of delaying the service”.Now train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has decided to run services that will be out of bounds to wheelchair-users.TPE is part of the transport giant FirstGroup, which in January 2017 was found by the Supreme Court to have breached its duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people under the Equality Act through its “first come, first served” policy on the use of wheelchair spaces on buses.From July, TPE is to introduce two extra trains, each with four carriages, all of which will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users.Leaked internal documents show that 12 of these services without wheelchair provision – six in each direction – will run every weekday between Liverpool and Scarborough via Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Leeds and York, using old “Mark Three” coaches.The documents say there will be “no space on the train for wheelchairs” and that “the trains will run without wheelchair or cycle provision”.If a wheelchair-user wants to board a service that is using the old Mark Three coaches, they will be told to catch the next accessible train instead. If two consecutive trains are inaccessible, TPE will pay for a taxi to their destination.Six of the 17 hourly trains that run all the way from Liverpool on the west coast to Scarborough on the east coast – and the same number on the return journey – will be using Mark Three coaches, and so will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users.There will be a higher proportion of accessible services on other parts of the route, for example between Manchester and Leeds, and between Manchester and York.The content of the leaked documents has been confirmed by TPE, which admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) yesterday (Wednesday) that the arrangement was “not ideal”.It said that it had to introduce the inaccessible carriages because using the Mark Three coaches was part of its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail North (which represents local transport authorities across the north of England).A TPE spokeswoman said that it was “part of our franchise agreement to introduce these extra coaches into operation to provide additional capacity on the network ahead of the introduction of new trains”.She later confirmed that TPE had “made DfT aware that the vehicles that we are going to operate will not be accessible”.TPE admitted that because of the 12 inaccessible services, it will have to replace its disabled people’s protection policy – the policy currently states that wheelchairs “not exceeding 70cm wide and 120cm long with a combined weight of passenger and wheelchair of not more than 300kg can be carried on all our trains”.Although one of the four coaches on each service – a first-class carriage – was designed with a wheelchair space, it is too narrow for all but the smallest wheelchairs, and the coach has no accessible toilet, so TPE has decided that it cannot allow any wheelchair-users to board those services, while it also warns that they “may prove more difficult to access” for some other disabled customers.The company is using the Mark Three coaches to increase capacity in the short term, but disabled campaigners say this will be done at the expense of the rights of disabled passengers.Doug Paulley, a leading rail access campaigner, who was told about the leaked documents and alerted DNS, said: “I am shocked and amazed that a company is intending to run trains that don’t have wheelchair access.“I haven’t known such in the past 25 years; even in Connex South Eastern’s time there was access to a guard’s van.“To run trains that don’t have any access for wheelchair-users is utterly unacceptable and an insult to disabled people, whether as a temporary stop-gap or not.”A TransPennine Express spokeswoman said: “These trains are being used in passenger service on a limited and temporary basis to provide extra seats for customers and to support driver training ahead of the introduction of the first of our brand new Nova trains later this year.“The carriages have previously been used by other train companies and feature doors that need to be manually opened and closed.“The design and layout of these carriages means that unfortunately, in contrast to our current trains, they do not have adequate access for customers who use wheelchairs and may prove more difficult to access for some customers with reduced mobility or disabilities.“We know this isn’t ideal; however, these will be the only two trains in our entire fleet that are unable to offer high levels of access and they are planned to be used on a small number of services for a limited period of time.“Staff briefing is taking place and we will be providing additional information on our website, in leaflets at our stations and to all the assisted travel teams to enable customers to plan their journeys using our more accessible fleets.”She said TPE had “explored the options to make these trains accessible” but had decided this was not possible because “the doors to the saloon are too narrow” and “the accessible toilets are of the British Rail standard, and could not be accessed by many wheelchair users, again due to the proportions”.A Department for Transport (DfT) spokeswoman refused to answer a series of questions, including whether the government had known that the inaccessible coaches would be used, and if it had made their temporary use a condition of the franchise agreement.She also refused to say whether DfT believed the introduction of the trains was a breach of the Equality Act, and whether the move suggested that the Equality and Human Rights Commission was right to be considering legal action against the government over its failure to ensure an accessible rail service.But she said in a statement: “We expect all train companies to do everything possible to make travel easy for those with disabilities.“It is vital that all passengers, including disabled passengers, can turn up and go when using public transport, and train companies have a legal obligation to provide the same access to the disabled.”Picture: A TransPennine Express train. 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Theresa May suffered the worst defeat of any gover

first_imgTheresa May suffered the worst defeat of any government in history last night. That’s no exaggeration. A majority of 230 MPs voted against her Brexit deal – bigger than anyone was expecting – with 248 Labour MPs, 118 Tories and all other parties opposed. Only three Labour MPs rebelled to vote for May’s deal – Ian Austin, Kevin Barron, John Mann – plus Frank Field, now sitting as an Independent, whereas 63% of Tory backbenchers voted against the government. After the meaningful vote, Jeremy Corbyn told MPs he had tabled a motion of no confidence in the government, which will be debated today and voted on at 7pm.What has actually changed? Although the Prime Minister indicated that she would reach across the Commons to hold cross-party talks with a “constructive spirit” when speaking at the despatch box, the reality is far less encouraging. Her spokesman made clear last night that she would not seek talks with Corbyn, but “senior parliamentarians” only, and this was confirmed by Andrea Leadsom on Today this morning. This stance could dissipate after the confidence vote tonight, though it does align with May’s extraordinarily stubborn approach and her persistence in prioritising the Conservative Party over the country.As expected then, May’s ‘Plan B’ will very closely resemble ‘Plan A’ – despite a staggering number of parliamentarians having just rejected that very deal. When it comes to the government, ‘nothing has changed’. And for Labour? The steps set out in its conference policy will be followed, though not in the way many party activists hope. John McDonnell says there’s a “febrile atmosphere” in Westminster and “anything could happen”, but the DUP and Tories will support the government today – which is laughable, of course. So once it is clear an election cannot be forced, will Corbyn back the People’s Vote campaign? Don’t bet on it.“Motions of confidence can happen more than once,” the leader’s spokesman said last night. Plus, a fresh referendum isn’t the only option on that notorious table. Asked what the other options were, the spokesman replied: “The first is the alternative plan that we have laid out and that we believe can command a majority across the Commons, even without a general election… All options on the table means there is no hierarchy but this is our policy.” See what I mean? There are situations in which Labour could win a confidence vote: if a deal including the backstop passes, or if MPs find themselves staring off the no-deal cliff edge. The leadership doesn’t want to jump the gun.The questions to ask now: How many MPs will go back on their votes and ultimately support May’s deal? If her Plan B fails, will May compromise on customs union membership? Or can she hold out for longer, and continue to threaten MPs with no deal/no Brexit? Will the Commons extend Article 50, and does this eventually mean another public vote? The answers are unknowable at this stage, but the next few sitting days in parliament promise to be exciting and decisive.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit / daily email / Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.last_img read more

Humanely Raised Turkeys Treated Cruelly Animal Rights Activists Say

first_img 0% Tags: food • thanksgiving • vegans • vegetarian Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% At the press conference, organizers said Whole Foods deceives shoppers by painting a false picture of the conditions at the Diestel farm, which they described as the poster child of the chain’s marketing campaign.The turkeys sold on the grocer’s shelves, activists alleged, are not exclusively raised at Diestel’s Sonora, Calif. farm, which is used for advertising purposes and has received a Step 5+ rating in Whole Food’s Animal Welfare System, a multi-tiered animal welfare rating program.Instead, DxE alleges that the meat comes from other Diestel locations that are not used in advertising, including a facility in Jamestown, Calif., which is rated at Step 3. The cost difference between a Step 5 and  a Step 3 rating  is roughly $2 per pound of turkey meat. “Whole Foods promotes images of an idyllic farm with green pastures, when in fact, birds are raised in crammed and filthy sheds,” said Fein. “This is a systemic effort by a large corporation to disguise violence in our food system with false advertising– we call that ‘humane washing.’”In a written response on the Diestel Ranch, Whole Foods stated that it sent “an expert team to evaluate the conditions of the Diestel farm” within hours of viewing the video footage. The team’s evaluation claims that conditions were not as they were portrayed, and the grocer questioned DxE’s motives.“We are vigorously defending ourselves on this one– this is a group whose mission is to end the consumption of animal products as well as the end of animal agriculture,” said Beth Krauss, a media spokesperson at Whole Foods, stating that the grocery store’s mission is to improve the system as it is. “Everything that they are saying is designed specifically to that end. I’ve personally been to the farm, and that’s not what’s there.”In its advertising, Whole Foods markets the Diestel facility as being humane, environmentally friendly, and free of chemicals, and the birds shown in its promotional video are plump and roaming the farm freely. But Hsiung said that his group’s investigation found the reality of the approximately 2 million turkeys living and dying on Diestel farms each year to be quite different.  Hsiung said he and his team spent some 40 hours investigating behind Diestel’s closed doors. “There were boxes and boxes of chemicals in the barn,  some of which were used in the feed of the birds,” he said.Undercover video footage shot by investigators shows hundreds of birds in crowded sheds, some with gaping injuries and infections, others laying dead on the floor.Feces an the smell of ammonia filled the barn, said Hsiung, and investigators had a hard time breathing. “There were growths on the birds’ necks the size of grapefruits. Some had infections in their throats that prevented them from eating,” he said. “The birds literally starved to death even though their throats were stuffed with food.”According to the group’s findings, the death rate of the birds at the farm was pegged at 7 percent per week, and this percentage does not apply to the turkeys that were slaughtered for sale.“There can be no question that, among all major companies in the supermarket sector, Whole Foods Market has been the leader on animal welfare,” said Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, in a written statement on September 18.  Pacelle said that the retailer took animal welfare “to a higher standard” by implementing the “5 Step” welfare rating program, which is administered by  an organization called the Global Animal Partnership.Fein called Whole Food’s welfare rating system “a sham.”“It has no real audit system, no real enforcement and no real integrity,” she said. DxE maintains that system’s third party auditors are handpicked by Whole Foods, and that a former executive director served as a Whole Foods’ Global Meat Coordinator prior to being hired by Global Animal Partnership. Indeed, Slate reports that a significant portion of Global Animal Partnership’s funding came from Whole Foods, according to tax documents.DxE’s investigation comes in the wake of other accusations against Whole Foods this year. Another video released early this year by the groups shows the mistreatment of hens at Petaluma Farms, which supplies eggs to Whole Foods. In September, PETA filed a lawsuit against the grocer, alleging that the “Step” system is flawed.“What we are asking of Whole Foods is stop the fraud. For the past ten years, its been marketing its product as being compassionate and friendly to animals,” said Hsiung. “We want them to live up to their own values.”  center_img Whole Foods shoppers can expect to see animal rights activists in stores across the country accusing the grocery chain of perpetuating animal cruelty and consumer fraud in the coming week, with protests expected to stretch far beyond Thanksgiving. This was the announcement made by Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, in front of Whole Foods’ 2001 Market St. location on November 23. The international, grassroots animal rights action network held a press conference on the steps of the popular eco-minded grocery store, which in recent advertisement campaigns has taken pride in ensuring that the meat it sells comes from animals that are treated humanely.“The standards that they claim to meet are not being met,” said Sapphire Fein, one of DxE’s lead investigators. The group alleges that a nine-month investigation by their activists revealed “horrendous conditions” at a Whole Foods turkey farm supplier, and they are now accusing the farm of violating animal cruelty law and the corporate chain of consumer fraud. “We wanted to see what the best, most ‘humane farm’ in the Whole Foods supply chain looked like– but what we found was a nightmare,” said Wayne Hsiung, former professor of law at North Western University, who led the team of investigators. The group promised a month of actions and “dramatic” protests nationwide against what they say is consumer fraud and systemic violence in the animal agriculture system, perpetuated by corporations such as Whole Foods. last_img read more

Mother of five facing eviction Property manager may be threatening my home

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter In court Monday, Shantel McClendon, a mother of five facing expulsion from Valencia Gardens by the John Stewart Company, testified that repeated eviction notices and lawsuits sent her way may be a hardball tactic to keep the father of three of her kids, Rasheed Loveless, away from the premises. “You said, ‘Maybe if he goes away, this all goes away,’” McClendon testified, referring to Valencia Gardens’ property management. Management has served McClendon with seven 14-day eviction notices and three eviction lawsuits since late 2017.The trial, which started Thursday, stems from The John Stewart Company’s allegation that Loveless was staying overnight at McClendon’s apartment for more than 14 days without being on the lease, a violation of the complex’s rules. Judge Richard Ulmer may make a decision Tuesday or later in the week whether McClendon can stay in her home. Or he may decide to send the case to a jury trial.The conversation McClendon testified about took place during a meeting regarding Loveless’s application last summer to become a live-in aide to help McClendon. Management advised Loveless to apply to be a live-in aide, but then denied his application citing publicly subsidized housing regulations that people cannot be aides to family members they have an obligation to financially support. Management said it did not know about this rule at the time it advised Loveless to apply. Email Addresscenter_img While no court has ordered Loveless to pay child support, Carlos Uribe, Valencia Gardens’ property manager, said that in California Loveless still has an obligation to support McClendon and their children, which would render him ineligible to be an aide. McClendon’s mother applied last week to be a live-in aide for her.The main entrance to Valencia Gardens at 15th and Valencia Streets. Photo by Eric Murphy.The other reason Uribe gave for denying Loveless’ application last September were pending criminal charges against Loveless, which Uribe said management only discovered as part of the live-in aide application process. “When he gave us authorization to run the criminal background check, that’s when we learned,” Uribe testified Monday.Loveless later pleaded no contest to a drug charge for which he is currently serving a two-year sentence in state prison. Uribe said the first he heard of Loveless’ incarceration was McClendon’s testimony last Thursday.The day after management denied Loveless’s live-in aide application, it filed a lawsuit to evict McClendon, which was later dismissed. The current case is the third eviction lawsuit The John Stewart Company has filed against McClendon since last February. It alleges Loveless engaged in illegal gambling and other unidentified criminal activity on the premises, which Uribe said he heard about through a report from his security staff that San Francisco police were looking for Loveless at the unit.As Mission Local previously reported, several neighbors said they had not noticed criminal or disruptive activity at the apartment. “It’s pretty much just kids playing outside there,” said Teakeysha Brittany, who lives across the street, last Friday.McClendon’s trial will continue Tuesday. last_img read more

The squad travels Down Under this morning19 Kye

first_imgThe squad travels Down Under this morning.19. Kye Siyani – Prop Forward from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Lawrenson Associates and Expressions of Beauty.Previous Number 19s: 2004 – Andrew Stott (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2006 – Steven Lucas (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Tommy Makinson (Hindley & Wigan St Judes) 2011 – Mike Scott (Bold Miners) 2013 – James Nicholl (Blackbrook) 2015 – Jorge Lewtas (Thatto Heath Crusaders)20. Kelvin Taylor – Winger from Oldham St Anne’sHe is sponsored by Wallbank Fencing and Short Construction Ltd.Previous Number 20s: 2004 – James Walker (Blackbrook) 2006 – Shaun Magennis (Blackbrook) 2009 – Jordan O’Neill (Leigh East) 2011 – Nathan Skupski (Thatto Heath & Portico Vine) 2013 – Danny Richardson (Halton Farnworth Hornets) 2015 – Levy Nzoungou (Toulouse)21. Jack Welsby – Stand Off from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by S Tinsley & C Fowler and Newbridge Learning Community.Previous Number 21s: 2004 – Sean Weed (Blackpool Scorpions) 2006 – Joe Molyneux (Orrell St James) 2009 – David Pike (Thatto Heath & Blackbrook) 2011 – Dominic Speakman (Halton Farnworth Hornets) 2013 – Joe Ryan (Rylands & Bold Miners) 2015 – Jordan Olmez (Thatto Heath Crusaders)22. Jake Wingfield – Loose Forward from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Slate Roofing and North West Roofing.Previous Number 22s: 2006 – Rob Murphy (Blackbrook) 2009 – Adam Tatlock (Pilkington Recs) 2011 – Adam Swift (Blackbrook) 2013 – Adam Saunders (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2015 – Kieran O’Mara (Orrell St James)Other Previous Numbers:26: 2006 – Barry Walsh (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2009 – Stephen Yates (Blackbrook) 2011 – Chris Webster (Blackbrook) 2013 – Bobby Williams (Blackbrook)27: 2006 – Martin Waring (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Joe Greenwood (Saddleworth Rangers) 2011 – Greg Wilde (Golborn Parkside) 2013 – Chris Worrall (Leigh Miners)28: 2006 – Mike Welsby (Pilkington Recs) 2011 – Matthew Wood (Rylands)29: 2006 – Gary Wheeler (Blackbrook) 2011 – Danny Yates (Waterhead)30: 2006 – Andy Yates (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

Grandmother pleads for help in emotional 911 call

first_img Aeisha Milton, 29, is charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the children range in age from 10 months to 3 years.The grandmother tells 911 Milton was in a car accident yesterday (Tuesday) and came into the house crying, telling the kids “y’all as good as dead.”The grandmother tells the operator Milton put the kids in the bathtub.Related Article: 2 arrested in buffet brawl over crab legs“I went into the bathroom and saw all of them, they … God.”The grandmother says she is locked in the bedroom with the children and they’re still in their wet clothes.“You still have them with you, right?” the operator asks.“Yes, they not going nowhere. I’ll die first. I swear to God I’ll die first,” the grandmother replied.The grandmother then says her daughter is outside the door and she has her locked out. She also explains that her daughter is four to five months pregnant. As the children cry in the background, the operator tells the woman to go ahead and calm them down.“Ok baby, it’s ok. It’s ok,” the woman is heard telling the children.In the call, the operator asks whether Milton has a history of anything of this nature, to which the grandmother replies, “she’s off a little bit.”After about ten minutes, a deputy arrives at the home.The children were taken to Pender Memorial Hospital and were released.Velma Smalls, Milton’s sister said things did not happen that way.“She always took care of her kids,” Smalls said.Smalls said her sister and their mother had an argument before that call to 911.“She chased my momma with the bottle, the broken bottle, but she never tried to kill her kids. She never tried to drown them,” Smalls said.Smalls and another sister said their mother overreacted and dramatized what happened.“She does stuff like that. When she feel that the world is crashing in on her she dramatize stuff,” Smalls said.Milton is scheduled to make her first court appearance Friday morning. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In an emotional call that was at times hard to understand, a grandmother pleads for help after her daughter allegedly tried to drown her grandchildren.“My daughter just took her four kids and tried to put them in the bathtub and drown them. I had to stop her,” the grandmother tells 911.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mark Schwahn fired from The Royals after sexual harassment accusations

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The creator and show-runner of One Tree Hill has been fired from his current show after more than forty women have accused him of sexual harassment.Variety reports that Mark Schwahn was fired from  E!’s “The Royals” Thursday.- Advertisement – Lionsgate TV, which produces the show, said in a statement that Schwahn “will not be coming back.”Many women started accusing Schwahn of sexual harassment after a former writer for One Tree Hill tweeted out details of Schwahn’s harassment. Her claims were then supported in a letter by 18 women who had worked on the show.last_img read more

Four arrested in large fentanyl bust in New Hanover County

first_img Detectives identified a home on McRae Street in Wilmington that they say multiple gang members were using as a gathering place. A drug transaction was made at the home which resulted in the Gang Task Force being issued a search warrant.On January 26, at approximately 12:30 p.m., detectives executed the search warrant and found two firearms, a Tec-9 and a .357 Revolver. They also found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 75 bags of heroin packaged for sale, seven grams of raw heroin, and an extensive amount of Fentanyl, more than 1100 grams or 2.4 pounds. The search also uncovered all the items needed for weighing, stamping and packaging heroin.Marlon Raequan Miller was arrested and charged with multiple counts of Possession with the intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin. He received a $150,000 secure bond.Related Article: Emails: Purdue executive cast blame on opioid victimsSharmaine L. Ballard, Tommy Sellers (validated gang member) and Tyreek Quanya Robinson (validated gang member) were arrested and charged with Trafficking Opium/Heroin, Conspire Traffic Opium/Heroin, Possession with intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver, Possession with intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana and Maintaining a Vehicle/Dwelling/Place for a Controlled Substance. They received no bond for these charges. Top Left to Bottom Right: Tommy Sellers, Marlon Miller, Tyreek Robinson, and Sharmaine Ballard (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the New Hanover County Gang Task Force began a drug investigation earlier this month involving members, associates and affiliates of the 720 Gang set. Now, four people are behind bars after deputies say they were found with more than 1100 grams of Fentanyl.During the investigation, multiple drug transactions were made with Marlon Raequan Miller, who deputies say is also a validated gang member.- Advertisement – last_img read more

fake signatures Magisterial inquiry underway – Delia

first_img SharePrint PNPN Leader of the Opposition and Partit Nazzjonalista leader, Adrian Delia said that a magisterial inquiry looking into the alleged case of his fake signatures has been initiated.Adrian Delia said this during a political activity in Mellieħa on Sunday. He also added that one does not have to be fraud when saying the truth and that nobody will intimidate him.He also explained that he will continue the crusade for democracy, truth and the People, as the government is taking things to limits that the country had not seen in years.The PN leader also said that he has been repeating for months that the Attorney General’s position is no longer credible as he is also a prosecutor, the government’s lawyer and Chairman of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU). He further states that following pressure from the Partit Nazzjonalista, the Venice Commission and the European Commission, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and the government had no other alternative but to say that chances needed to be made.Delia does not want allegations investigated – PLIn a reaction to Dr Delia’s speech earlier today, the Labour Party has said that Delia was a much worse version of the former leader of PN, Simon Busuttil. They state also, that the PN leader is not willing to investigate the claims of money laundering made against him.These allegations are being made by MPs within his own party, PL adds. They conclude saying that the Nationalist Party lacks credibility.WhatsApp <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

Daphne Murder Report shows that Minister made fake declarations – Metsola

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> PN Candidate for the European Parliament Elections Roberta Metsola stated that the European Council report which was published today said that the Minister for Internal Affairs made “fake declarations” regarding the progress of the ongoing investigation about the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Metsola said that 19 months after the murder, the aggressors are still not convicted, even though Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that the process to finalise the case is coming to an end.According to Metsola, “the European Council Report noted multiple questions regarding the investigation, including the promotion given to the Magistrate who was originally meant to lead the inquiry; and the lack of questioning done to Minister Chris Cardona”.Read: Daphne Murder: “Masterminds still enjoy impunity and power”Borg Knight said that that the report shows that an investigation regarding the Panama Papers should be issued.“We do not want to have to rely on European institutions due to lack of action from the Maltese Government”, declared Mifsud Bonnici. He added that the way the report describes Malta’s situation of being disrespectful to the law continues to hurt Malta’s reputation.A report filled with inaccuracies – PLPartit Laburista responded by stating that Partit Nazzjonalista is using a report filled with inaccuracies. PL also said that it is curious how this draft was published during elections week.WhatsApplast_img read more