What are the opportunities and challenges in implementing sustainability and transformation plans?

Source: Seven big questions facing STPs | The King’s Fund


Seventy-four percent of Americans, Democrat and Republican, want to see Donald Trump’s often promised tax returns.

Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions on Whitehouse.gov and not been answered asking for the release of our unpopular president’s returns. With no response from this Republican administration, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) said he intended to use a 1924 tax law that allowed members of the House Ways and Means Committee to privately examine tax returns to determine if there are conflicts of interest or constitutional violations.

Rep. Pascrell introduced the amendment, but 23 Republicans voted to keep those taxes hidden, thwarting the attempt at transparency.

The American people want to know. We demand an answer from these Republicans.

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Football romantics hoping to witness one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history on Monday evening were left disappointed by the sight of the mighty Arsenal brushing aside plucky Sutton at Gander Green Lane ground with a routine 2-0 win.

At least, in the 83rd minute, they could take comfort in the reassuring spectacle of the non-league side’s 23-stone reserve goalkeeper guzzling a meat pie in the dugout. Such moments tend to be ripe with symbolism, epitomising an apparently egalitarian competition that allows pub teams the opportunity to dream of toppling Premier League megabrands, destined to be replayed for years to come in humorous clip shows and more serious magic-of-the-Cupdocumentaries.

To TV viewers, the goalkeeper in question, Wayne Shaw, actually looked like he had just stepped out of the pub. He was even reported to have joined Sutton fans in the bar at half-time.

Until Monday, at least, Shaw was deemed to be one of the game’s “good guys”. Before Piegate, he was the club’s unsung hero – Mr Sutton. As well as making occasional forays on to the pitch, he was goalkeeping coach, caretaker of their plastic turf and community liaison officer. He often even slept overnight at the ground to help prepare for match days.

To many, he was the antidote to modern football: a larger-than-life character who put the fun and commitment back into a bland, corporatised game skewed in favour of a powerful, moneyed elite. But it turns out that Shaw was not the messiah, exactly. He had been, in fact, a bit of a naughty boy.

Before the game, Sun Bets offered odds of 8-1 that he would eat a pie on camera during the match. He knew about the bet and scoffed down the food, he said, for “a bit of banter”. For this one misjudgment he has been hung out to dry.

 

 

Source: Give the poor Sutton goalie a break: this was pie-eating, not match-fixing | Anthony Clavane | Opinion | The Guardian


Were they true Muslims, as I believed Muslims should not consume alcohol.

They would have been from Muslim extraction, but were not true to their religion and should be punished accordingly.

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NINE asylum seekers from the same family have gone on trial in the Austrian capital Vienna for the New Year’s Eve 2015 gang rape of a 28-year-old German teacher.

1.Mohamed Al-A;  2. Nazar Al-J; 3. Mohammed Al-T; 4. Alaa Al-J;  5. Hader Al-A; 6. Mustafa Al-J; 7. Nael Al-J; 8. Marwan Al-J; 9. Sabah Al-J.

Most of them deny the charges but DNA proved that sperm from six of them was found in or on her body.

  • The court heard how the victim arrived in Vienna on December 28, 2015 to spend the New Year with a female friend in the city.  Shortly before 3.00am the friend of Sabine noticed she was no longer there and was told by another patron that the men she had been talking with had “taken her away.”
  • The defendants, aged between 22 and 45, all arrived in Austris between…

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The rise in poisonous political rhetoric is threatening to roll back human rights and creating a more dangerous world, Amnesty International has warned.

Source: Poisonous political rhetoric is a danger to the world warns Amnesty International | Euronews


In this video, Vin Armani shows how Trump is triggering the media to the point where they appear to be plotting his demise. Numerous MSM articles call for Trump to be impeached. Presidential approval polls are all over the map. Who to believe?

Source: Trump Triggers The Media As They Push For Impeachment


This is a good idea providing the panels with have some form of authority in that their findings will be recognised and acted upon. Or will it be just another paper exercise, tick box that will be conveniently ignored.

For the Service Users are the experts and not the Ministers and their Civil Servants who are just working to a political purpose.

Same Difference

  • I receive regular representations from disability organisations and hon. Members regarding personal independence payments. As I have previously stated, we want to do more to create real-time feedback across the whole country. We will shortly be introducing service user panels to feed directly back from claimants on PIP and employment and support allowance.

 

  • Unfortunately, I have to tell my hon. Friend that I am still receiving complaints from constituents about the procedures regarding personal independence payments, so what is she doing to improve the process, reduce delays and support people through what is often a traumatic assessment process?

     
     
  • The goal is clearly swift, accurate and admin-lite assessments. Good progress has already been made in many areas—for example, reducing the average…

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Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows. The proposals have been made by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money. They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as accident and emergency and stroke care. Ministers argue patients will receive better care in the community. Alongside cuts to hospital care, the proposals also set out visions for better care outside of hospitals, including: Bringing community services such as GP, council-run care and district nursing together into “super” hubs Getting GPs working together in federations to improve access in evenings and weekends Asking hospital specialists to work in community clinics to bring expert care closer to people’s homes But a review of the plans by the King’s Fund think tank warned they were not always credible because there were not enough services outside of

Source: Hospital cuts planned in most of England | DisabledGo News and Blog


DWPExamination.

The brutal cuts which make so many lives a misery save just £132m a year while it costs £285m a year to run.

The Tories’ benefits sanctions regime costs £153million more a year to run than it saves.

A shocking official report has revealed that administering the discredited system costs taxpayers up to £285million a year.

And the brutal cuts that make life hell for struggling families
 only save around £132million.

Staggeringly, the Department for Work and Pensions do not track the cost of sanctions or use their own data to evaluate their impact.

In their scathing
report, the National Audit Office said they “cannot conclude that the
department is achieving value for money”.

Last night, opposition MPs demanded that Ministers get a grip of the sanctions system.

Labour’s Meg Hillier said: “Benefit sanctions punish some of the poorest people in the country but despite the anxiety and misery they cause, it…

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President Donald Trump’s recent forays to Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida club, have already stirred up controversy due to the president bragging about playing favorites with his guests or discussing sensitive foreign policy subjects in public. Now a new series of controversies have emerged about the president ducking his press pool and severely inconveniencing the local community.

The president has reportedly participated in a number of activities that weren’t on his public schedule during his stay at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. These included a visit to a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute gala on Saturday, a golf outing with professional golfer Rory McIlroy on Sunday, a visit to a Palm Beach Habilitation Center lunch on Monday, and a meeting with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to discuss among other things the cost of local law enforcement in the community on Monday.

That last meeting was particularly noteworthy, considering that Trump has been causing his neighbors a fair amount of headaches since his presidency started. These include, as The New York Times reported, “$200,000 in lost fuel sales at a large local airport in a single four-day visit this month, 75 no-shows at a new restaurant in just one night, $60,000 a day to pay overtime to sheriff’s deputies who guard the many closed roads, a tab that is about $1.5 million over all since the election, 250 private flights grounded every day.”

Source: Trump won’t stop visiting Mar-a-Lago — and his neighbors are getting annoyed – Salon.com

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