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Contact Press Office Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 We know there is a gap between disabled people who want to work and those who have the opportunity to do so. With 78% of people acquiring their disability or health condition during their adult life, it’s crucial that we support disabled people who want to work to stay in or return to employment. Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA The joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care will fund projects that help people to stay in work by: Press Office Other areas to be tested will include new approaches to help employers and employees develop workplace solutions, and developing ways of working that facilitate greater participation of those with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions.Applications are welcome from organisations in any sector, including employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others, with applications from smaller organisations particularly welcome.More informationVisit the Challenge Fund website for information on how to apply.The challenge fund is open for applications until 5pm on 17 August 2018.Share your thoughts about the fund on social media using: Follow DWP on: Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities Jackie Doyle-Price, said: A £4.2 million challenge fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, and the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price.The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that are part of a 10-year strategy which aims to see 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.The challenge fund, run by Rocket Science on behalf of the government, is aimed at testing new approaches to help people experiencing mental ill health or musculoskeletal issues to remain in employment.They might be at risk of losing employment because of the effects of their condition, or may already be temporarily off work through ill health.Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton, said: #WHChallengeFund #WorkandHealth London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 increasing their ability to self-manage their conditions helping people access advice and support about what sort of work they might be capable of doing Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp For too long if you had a disability or serious mental health issue the world of work was off limits, potentially affecting the lives of millions of people across the country. This fund will help people overcome the barriers that so many still face when trying to get into and progress in the workplace. England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099
Eureka >> While the winning streak may be over, the unbeaten streak continues.The Arcata High School girls soccer team, having seen its four-plus year league winning streak snapped with a 2-2 tie against Eureka on Saturday, overcame two one-goal deficits to defeat the upstart St. Berndard’s Crusaders, 6-2, Wednesday at St. Bernard’s Academy.Aside from merely keeping the unbeaten streak alive, the win kept the Tigers atop a tight Humboldt-Del Norte League race. Entering Wednesday’s game, …
Another bevy of interesting Touch facts from everywhere… * A massive thank you to Karley Banks who kept everyone around Australia updated on the results and stories from the 2004 School Sport Australia Touch Championships on the Gold Coast. Her efforts were enormous and the stories incredibly entertaining! Her work helped ensure great coverage for the event and for Touch! If you haven’t already, make sure you check out the articles she has written. * Interest in Australian Touch is growing world-wide. As the number of hits on the website increases from around Australia, other countries also seem to be checking us out. We’re being looked at from Austria, Taiwan, Samoa, Egypt, Denmark, Thailand, Netherlands, the US and Togo just to name a few. For all those Touchies out there who are asking “Where the heck is Togo?” I had to have a look on the net myself with Lonely Planet providing all I needed to know… “Togo is a pencil-thin strip of land, but receives rave reviews from travellers. While LomÃ© and the beaches that surround it are the big draws for most vacationers, those who push on will be wowed by its unique village cultures and the vivacity of their markets and festivals. If there were a popularity contest among countries in West Africa, Togo would probably be a strong contender. Its political turmoil in the early 1990s reduced the stream of travellers to a trickle, but the tide is turning and the attractions that once brought them remain largely the same.” Full country name: Togolese Republic Area: 56,600 sq km Population: 5.4 million Capital City: LomÃ© (pop 600,000) People: 37 ethnic groups (the largest are EwÃ©, Mina and KabyÃ¨); less than 1% European and Syrian-Lebanese Language: Ewe, French Religion: indigenous beliefs (70%), Christian (20%), Muslim (10%) Government: republic under transition to multiparty democratic rule Head of State: President General GnassingbÃ© EyadÃ©ma Head of Government: Prime Minister Koffi Sama GDP: US$6.2 billion GDP per capita: US$1,300 Annual Growth: 4.8% Inflation: 15.7% Major Industries: Phosphate mining, agricultural processing, cement, handicrafts, textiles, beverages Major Trading Partners: Canada, US, Taiwan, Nigeria, Ghana, China, France, Cameroon * The latest media statistics are in…Touch has reached almost 30 million people Australia-wide via the newspapers, radio and television. This combined with nearly 14 million hits on ATA’s site this year, plus on-line journals and news articles, plus the websites of all local, regional and State Touch Associations is great news! Lets keep up the great work promoting our sport and its participants! * And we’re off and racing for the 2004 Melbourne Cup. The race that stops the nation takes place tomorrow (as if you didn’t know) and my money will be on Vinnie Roe, although Makybe Diva will be out for that back-to-back win and Elvstroem, Pacific Dancer and Media Puzzle will all be up there. (The way I figure it is that if I bet on at least half of the field I can’t look like I was wrong.) * A big mention has to go to the Wallsend Touch Association. Over the past few months Wallsend have been going to great lengths to develop their association website. It now includes heaps of information on competitions and draws, including downloadable fixtures. There is information on their sponsors, great biographies on their life members and also player and referee profiles. In addition, check out their photo gallery as well as a social calendar. As if that’s not impressive enough, you can check out the rules and by-laws, as well as media releases that have been issued! Check out www.wallsend.touch.asn.au * The NSWTA All Schools finals for year 7-8’s heats up this weekend. NSW Touch had a record 359 teams enter the year 7-8 competition this year, with the competition held at 24 venues around the State. Winners from each of those regions progressed through to the State finals. Keep an eye on the website next week for all the results of the finals. * Touch SA have continued to develop sponsorship programs for the sport, which is growing rapidly in the Aussie Rules dominated state. Their latest development is a sponsorship agreement with the Commonwealth Bank. Check out http://www.touch-sa.asn.au/main/index_news.html for the story. * Victoria Touch are looking to start a new junior Touch competition in November. With every junior competition that kicks off in the smaller Touch states, it’s a big plus for development. If you have any questions about their new competition, give Victoria Touch a call on (03) 9654 2866. * Monterey Keys Touch Association in South Queensland held their Cancer Cup on Sunday. The Cancer Cup was held to raise money for prostate cancer. 28 teams competed in mixed divisions; 11 years, 15 years, 35 years and Open. From all reports it was a great day of Touch, with former Olympian and Lord Mayor Ron Clark presenting the prizes from the Cup. It’s fantastic to see the sport of Touch supporting such a great cause! * Youth World Cup now just 2 Â½ months away! The 20’s sides and 18’s squads head to Runaway Bay next weekend, November 12-13. There the 20’s will be put through their paces in their first training as teams, while the final selections will be made for the 18’s sides. Keep watching the ATA site for all the latest news. * Just a quick note, after the winding forward of our clocks for daylight savings, Queensland are behind us…meaning their office opens at 10am our time. Not sure who’s luckier, the earlier starter or earlier finisher? * 8 weeks till Christmas! All story ideas or requests can be sent to Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Owen slams Man Utd: Worst team in decadesby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes the club’s current squad is the worst in decades.United are suffering a miserable run of form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed permanent boss, after being successful during his caretaker spell.The Red Devils only have five wins in 22 games in all competitions spanning the tail end of last season.Their most recent result is a 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.”Yes, I’d say [Manchester United are now a mid-table team]. I don’t think they’ll be top six this season, personally,” Owen said on BT Sport.”Top half I think is likely, but just the fact we’re having this conversation is the worry, isn’t it?”This has got to be the worst Manchester United team for decades, hasn’t it? Since before Sir Alex Ferguson took over.”It’s been happening for a few years. For maybe five, six, seven, eight years you’ve been thinking ‘it can’t get any worse’, and it has.”The point that I’d like to make is that in many ways, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has knowingly weakened his team.”Getting rid of people like Lukaku, Herrera, [Matteo] Darmian, Sanchez, [Chris] Smalling. He knows he could improve his team with those players, but I think he’s taken the view that you’ve got to take a couple of steps backwards to then move forwards.”He’s done that on purpose thinking, ‘right, we’ve just got to rid ourselves of players that, OK they’re probably better than what we’ve got, but are they going to take us to where we want to go?'”That answer is no, then you’re almost starting from scratch and I think that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Starbucks, thirsty for some social media magic, is releasing its latest sugary concoction: the fortune-telling Crystal Ball Frappucino.The sparkling candy sprinkles-festooned drink will be available for five days in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It follows similar limited-time drinks, such as the coffee chain’s colour-changing Unicorn Frappuccino.Starbucks hopes the cream-based new drink, which is infused with peach flavour, will be photographed by customers, posted on social media and spread around. It’s a strategy that’s worked for other chains, such as Taco Bell with its cheese-powdered Doritos tacos.Starbucks says buyers of the new drink can learn their fortunes based on the colour of the sprinkles atop their whipped cream: blue stands for adventure, green for luck and purple will bring “magic, wonder and enchantment.”Analysts at Stifel, however, are skeptical that buzz will sweeten Starbucks’ sales. It’s unclear if the chain’s past gimmicks worked, and analysts called the timing of the new drink “seemingly random.” Starbucks’ Zombie Frappuccino, for instance, came out before Halloween.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City has received another application for a non-medical cannabis retail store licence.The City shared, ‘Pursuant to the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, the City of Dawson Creek hereby advises that Earth to Sky Cannabis Company Ltd., under the proposed establishment name of FLORA Cannabis, has made an application for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence to be located at #4, 11612 8th Street, Dawson Creek, BC.’The City advises anyone that feels they may be affected by this application to submit their written comments no later than 4:30 pm on March 1, 2019, to: Cindy Fisher, Deputy Corporate OfficerCity of Dawson CreekP.O. Box 150, 10105 12A StreetDawson Creek, BC V1G 4G4Email: [email protected] you require further information regarding this application please contact Aaron Thompson, City Planner, at 250-784-3601.
New Delhi: Filmmaker Karan Johar is set to unveil his wax figure, as well as a new experience zone, at Madame Tussauds, Singapore, on April 4. The unveiling will be live streamed from Sentosa. It will utilise interactive technology like AR, Kinect, Hologram and physical special effects giving visitors the chance to dance and act their way into the hall of fame alongside noted Indian celebrities. The official Instagram account of Madame Tussauds, Singapore, shared an update about the event, along with a photograph of Karan showcasing his hand imprints and more. “Not a fan of coffee? But not with Karan Johar’s Koffee because he will definitely brew to perfection! Join us at the opening of Ultimate Film Star experience on April 4,” the post read.
Rameswaram (TN): Following the blasts that rocked Sri Lanka, security was Friday tightened at the Ramanathaswamy temple, police said here. Bomb disposal squads, sniffer dogs, baggage scanners and armed police personnel have been deployed as part of the security measures taken at the place of worship, superintendent of police Om Prakash Meena told reporters here. On Sunday last, multiple explosions ripped the island nation of Lanka killing over 250 people and leaving several others injured.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe spirit of the bill was highly commended and widely supported, but the details were sorely and sometimes shamefully lacking as House of Assembly members debated the proposal of a law to govern how to use the flag, coat of arms and national symbols. Premier Hon Rufus Ewing in presenting the Flag and Coat of Arms Bill 2016 cited that there is a dire need for clarity when it comes to what is official use of emblems like the coat of arms, for example. Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson pointed out that there were some things missing in the bill, including a thorough description of the coat of arms. Many would have learned last year, when Howell died, that the song was actually never officially sanctioned as the national song. Hon Delroy Williams questioned the country’s right to the song. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor’s Appointed member, Hon John Philips also called for a clear timeline to see the defined and precise colour codes outlined in the bill, instituted eventually. Related Items: Abruptly, the House of Assembly on this debate was shut down – sine die by Premier Hon Rufus Ewing yesterday evening. There was discussion too on merchandise currently bearing the flag and coat of arms and what would become of that merchandise, sold mainly to visitors to the country. The Member from Wheeland added question about rights to the traditional national song, This land of Ours, written by the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. Philips did not support that the bill puts a restriction on the use of the flag; he wants to see the TCI flag used in advertisements for the country more often.