Victims of crime in Hartlepool can get help and support from a new specialist officer. Jane Munden has joined Hartlepool Community Safety Team as its new Victim Services Officer.The psychology graduate, who is employed by Hartlepool Borough Council, has re-located from Cumbria to take up the role.She offers a range of free, confidential and independent emotional support and practical help to victims and their families.Jane said: "They may have been victims of crime, anti-social behaviour and/or hate, and I want them to be reassured that they have someone they can talk to about their experiences in complete confidence.“I am able to provide them with information on court procedures should they be required to give evidence, I can help them in their dealings with other organisations and I can advise on compensation and insurance claims,” said Jane who has previous experience of volunteering for Victim Support."She also offers a range of free crime prevention information, advice … [Read more...] about ‘I want them to be reassured that they have someone they can talk to’: Crime victims in Hartlepool can get help from a new specialist worker
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Maureen Groppe and John Fritze and Micaela Watts USA TODAY Published 4:56 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 WASHINGTON – The pain experienced by hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have gone without paychecks for more than a month was part of the pressure that led to Friday's deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks. Federal employees will get back pay but not it's not clear how long that will take. Plus, Bureau of Prison psychologist Dr. Genevieve Grady said there's a big misconception that federal employees' problems go away when the shutdown ends. "That's wildly untrue," she told the Salem Statesman Journal, noting that financial losses and credit scars will remain long after paychecks resume. And federal contractors, who have also been affected, will not be compensated. While both President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders expressed support for federal workers, it remains to be seen whether they can … [Read more...] about Despite deal to end government shutdown, federal workers still hurt.
opinion USA TODAY Published 1:10 PM EST Jan 2, 2019 The partial government shutdown entered its 12th day on Wednesday, as congressional leaders planned to meet with President Donald Trump. 'Hoping for the best, planning for the worst' By Ernest Johnson Everyone affected by the shutdown is a real person, including myself. I have bills, just like everyone. And while I'm just a single guy, others are single parents, have families, are caring for elderly parents, among others. The shutdown has created 800,000 permutations of this example. Just like many Americans, I'm struggling to make ends meet. Not knowing how long the shutdown would last — and anticipating it might last more than two weeks, and that if we get back pay, it might not be for a couple weeks, as well — I chatted with Ally Auto Finance and asked whether my account was in good enough standing to request a deferment due to the furlough and not having income. … [Read more...] about The government shutdown is affecting real Americans: Talker
Deal or no-deal, Brexit will have far-reaching effects on British travellers to Europe. The Independent assesses everything that we know, what we think we know and what we don’t know. You are welcome to check and challenge our sources and analysis; unlike some articles on Brexit and travel, we have provided links to the official source for each aspect. Predictions and speculation are clearly indicated. Passports Any British passport issued on or before 29 March 2019 will be valid as a full EU document until 11pm on that date, allowing unfettered travel within the European Union. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month … [Read more...] about How Brexit will affect your holidays – what we know so far
Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. Former Editor-in-Chief of The Moscow News, he is author of the book, 'Midnight in the American Empire,' released in 2013. After a tumultuous week that included letter bombs, a swooning stock market, a caravan of migrants approaching the border, and a deadly mass shooting at a synagogue, the US finally sought out professional help. Hello, Doctor. I am very grateful that you agreed to see me at this late hour. I am at my wit's end with the latest turn of events and could really use some consultation. Yes, I would be happy to recline myself on your fine couch, thank you. You would like me to tell you a little bit about myself? Well, alright. My name is Uncle Sam and I manage a political entity known as the United States of America, perhaps you've heard of it. It's a sprawling democratic franchise that is home to some 325 million restless souls, each with their own endless desires and demands. As for myself, I turned 242 years old in … [Read more...] about American breakdown: Uncle Sam pays an overdue visit to the psychiatrist couch