0 Have your say A last-minute u-turn has given two young disabled men more time to find a new place to live - after they were previously told that they would have to leave their shared accommodation in less than a week. Stuart Richardson and Matthew Ball have been living in a house in Chorley for the past nine years, with round-the-clock care provided by staff from the charity United Response. The company supports 59 people living in shared accommodation schemes across Lancashire, but families were advised in March that it would be withdrawing from its contract with Lancashire County Council within three to six months. However, that timetable was suddenly accelerated at Stuart and Matthew’s property, where the two residents - who have lived there for nine years - were told on Monday afternoon that they would have to vacate the property by Friday lunchtime.United Response blamed difficulty finding staff and increasing costs for speeding up the withdrawal … [Read more...] about Disabled men from Leyland told they were being made homeless by the end of the week are given a reprieve
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In a small Berlin café a number of ageing ladies hold regular meetings. It’s a scene you can see in any average town or city, any day of the week. It’s always nice to catch up with family news or the latest purchases over a chocolate brownie or scone bulging with cherries. The only thing at risk is our waistlines. Not so in Berlin. Those Berlin ladies have a different agenda altogether, one they probably never imagined they would have to fight for. Germany is a sophisticated country these days, holding considerable clout in the European Union having put the awful past behind it or so it seems. And that’s how the ageing ladies who call themselves Omas gegen Rechts (Grannies against the Right) want to keep it. But they have a job on their hands. They fear the resurgence of the Far-right in their country, now very evident in political life there, and they’re anxious that young people realise how sinister this is.Their movement actually began in a similar way … [Read more...] about Granny power highlights danger of the Far-right
04/02/2019 By Le News Leave a Comment On the surface universal equality might seem fair. However, detailed analysis can sometimes reveal examples where forcing equality would be unfair. © Ciolca _ Dreamstime.com One study, that looked at gender bias in the hiring of US university faculty in mathematical (STEM) subjects, revealed such an example. 70% of the STEM jobs in the study were held by men. However, when they looked for hiring bias they discovered it was in favour of women not men. Any woman applying for a vacancy was far more likely to get hired. For example, a woman applying for a faculty position in electrical engineering was nearly three times as likely to get hired as an otherwise identical man. The authors were quick to point out that their one study doesn’t prove there is no gender bias against women anywhere in the STEM fields. However, it does highlight the importance of digging into the detail to understand high-level inequalities better before forming … [Read more...] about Question of the week: why is equality often automatically deemed fair?
Rita Ora - Phoenix (Atlantic) **** Rita Ora’s second album, the follow-up to her platinum debut, has been six years in the making thanks largely to legal wrangles with her former label, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. Happily now free from that partnership, Phoenix is Ora’s rebirth and a determined attempt to start afresh — and for the most part, she succeeds on a record filled with the personal and hints of new directions. Several singles from Phoenix have already been released to much acclaim, including the breezy electro-pop bangers Anywhere, Let You Love Me and a popular dance collaboration with the late DJ and producer Avicii, Lonely Together, to whom Ora also dedicates this album. Yet it’s away from the upbeat pop where the most interesting moments of Phoenix are to be found, such as on Keep Talking, a thoughtful duet with Julia Michaels and Summer Love, an understated but imaginative slow-burner of a song that … [Read more...] about Albums of the week: Rita Ora, Take That and Sir David Attenborough
Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian President Vladimir Putin mourns. It is named after Vladimir Lenin, whose corpse still rots on the Kremlin’s Red Square, 100 years after the October Revolution he led. Ukraine’s Friend of the Week: Angela Merkel Angela Merkel’s days are numbered. In fact, with true German precision, by announcing on Oct. 29 that she will stand down as leader of her party and not stand for election in the next parliament elections on Oct. 24, 2021, the German chancellor has allowed us to calculate exactly the maximum number of days she could have to remain in power – 1,091. Merkel, who became … [Read more...] about Euan MacDonald: Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week