By Robbie Meredith Published 5 hours ago comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Funding for "holiday hunger" payments this summer is still not in place, according to the Department of Education (DE). Agreement from the Stormont Executive is needed to provide £22m a year so the scheme can help about 98,000 children. However the executive is not currently meeting and the assembly is not functioning . A DE spokesperson said the scheme continuing depends on the "necessary funding being made available". Executive ministers had previously agreed in November 2020 to pay for free school meals for eligible children in Northern Ireland during school holidays. Families received payments of £27 per child every fortnight, in lieu of school meals during holidays. But according to the Department of Education, that funding only covered … [Read more...] about Holiday hunger payments still not in place for summer
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REBEKAH PARSONS-KING/RNZ RNZ presents The Lost, a five-part podcast looking into some of New Zealand most mysterious disappearances. In this episode we talk to Robyn Jensen and former lead investigator, Ian Holyoake, about missing 14-year-old Napier girl, Kirsa Jensen. * Subscribe to The Lost on iTunes , Spotify , RadioPublic or wherever you listen to podcasts. - The Lost is republished with permission from RNZ Time is running out for Robyn Jensen. The 72-year-old hasn't seen her daughter, Kirsa, in more than 34 years. READ MORE: NZ's most enduring missing persons cases Police reveal number of missing people believed murdered Kirsa Jensen was 14 when she went missing while riding her horse, Commodore, along a Napier beach on the first day of spring in 1983. The terrible story gripped the country for weeks, months, years. Teenage girls weren't meant to just disappear in broad daylight. Not here. Not like this. Yet while the mystery remains … [Read more...] about The Lost: What happened to missing girl Kirsa Jensen?
In March 2019 , the retired police detective Mike Crowley met me in the lobby of a hotel near the Miami Dolphins’ stadium. Crowley, a 71-year-old Vietnam vet, was wearing shorts, a white undershirt, and a camouflage baseball hat that said MARINE in block caps. Over the course of three hours, he sipped a single rum and Coke. Four years earlier, Crowley said, he’d noticed a pattern in a string of jewelry-store robberies happening all over Florida: The same means of entry had been used every time. As he spoke, I eyed a large stack of paperwork teetering on the table in front of us, including thick folders labeled DRILL TEAM in black marker. At first, Crowley had had multiple suspects for these crimes. He walked me through a laundry list of itinerant safecrackers who had passed through Florida in recent years, pulling off heists in various cities throughout the state. Florida, seen through Crowley’s eyes, is a migratory stopover for the most elite burglars and safe teams. If you … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of an All-Star Crew of Jewel Thieves