BREAKING: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Resigns Due To Ulcerative Colitis


Mr Abe is conducting himself with dignity and respect and a feeling of wishing to do right for the people of Japan.

I wish him and his family well.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation for health reasons.

He said he did not want his illness to get in the way of decision making, and apologised to the Japanese people for failing to complete his term in office.

The 65 year old has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but he said his condition had worsened recently.

Last year, he became Japan’s longest serving prime minister. His current period in office began in 2012.

In 2007 he resigned abruptly from an earlier term as prime minister because of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition that he has lived with since he was a teenager.

Mr Abe has a reputation as a staunch conservative and nationalist, and for stimulating growth with his aggressive economic policy known as “Abenomics”.

He has strengthened Japan’s defences and boosted military spending, but has been unable…

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Brayden Harrington shares how Joe Biden helped make him ‘confident’ about his stutter : Today


“I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life,” he said.

Source: Brayden Harrington shares how Joe Biden helped make him ‘confident’ about his stutter : Today

Children’s rights charity loses children in care laws judicial review : Community Care


A children’s rights charity has lost its bid to quash the relaxation of several duties to children in care, which were controversially introduced in April at the height of the coronavirus crisis. In a judgment handed down today, Mrs Justice Lieven found the Department for Education (DfE) had acted lawfully in consulting informally on the […]

Source: Children’s rights charity loses children in care laws judicial review : Community Care

 

 

Warning as Sheffield City Hall and FlyDSA Arena ‘may not reopen’ after lockdown | The Star


There are fears over the future of the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield and the City Hall – with staff warned the venues may not reopen immediately after the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Warning as Sheffield City Hall and FlyDSA Arena ‘may not reopen’ after lockdown | The Star

400 years of black giving: From the days of slavery to the 2019 Morehouse graduation : The Conversation


When African American businessman Robert F. Smith declared during a Morehouse College commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of the entire 2019 graduating class of about 400 young men from the historically black school, he provoked a frenzy. Footage of the jubilant graduates immediately went viral, with an outpouring of hot takes on what the news meant.

As a historian of philanthropy, here’s what caught my eye: Smith said that he was making this roughly US$40 million gift on behalf of eight generations of his family with American roots.

On top of paying tribute to his ancestors, I see this generous act as an extension of the underappreciated heritage of African American philanthropy that began soon after the first enslaved Africansdisembarked in Virginia in 1619.

 

Source: 400 years of black giving: From the days of slavery to the 2019 Morehouse graduation : The Conversation

Bullied Dancing Man Gets Celebrity Treatment. -InspireMore.com


It’s hard to define. But you know bullying when you see it. And while it’s happened relentlessly for generations, people are actively taking a stand against it.

Bullying affects countless people, sometimes in the most unforgiving ways. And it doesn’t just happen to children. 48-year-old Sean O’Brien became a viral sensation because of an insulting post by a stranger. The good news is that he had a group of beautiful ladies who stepped in to put a stop to it.

 

Source: Bullied Dancing Man Gets Celebrity Treatment. -InspireMore.com

Tommy Robinson supporters abuse female Muslim bus driver – but her response is inspiring – Mirror Online


A female Muslim bus driver had an inspiring response after Tommy Robinson supporters shouted abuse at her during a demonstration over the weekend.

Twelve people were arrested as thousands protested in support of US President Donald Trump and UK far-right leader Tommy Robinson.

Shocking images show a shirtless man shouting and holding his two fingers up at the driver as he stands in front of the bus in Trafalgar Square.

The demonstrators surrounded the bus and were seen banging on the windows while holding signs that read “Free Tommy Robinson” and “Britain loves Trump”.

 

Source: Tommy Robinson supporters abuse female Muslim bus driver – but her response is inspiring – Mirror Online

Minister lauds £600,000 for rail access… after her department confirms £47 million in cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog


A transport minister has announced £600,000 funding for seven digital projects to help disabled passengers access rail travel, days after her department confirmed another minister had rubber-stamped tens of millions of pounds in cuts to a separate rail access scheme.

Nusrat Ghani, the transport accessibility minister, said this week that the seven “innovative, high-tech schemes” to improve access to rail travel for disabled passengers would share the £600,000 funding.

The successful schemes include a mobile phone app to help station staff prioritise requests for support from disabled passengers; a website to help disabled passengers navigate transport interchanges; a study of how well frontline rail staff understand invisible impairments; and an app that aims to make rail travel easier for users of British Sign Language.

The seven schemes succeeded in a competition run by the Rail Safety and Standards Board.

Ghani said: “I am determined to make sure that our railways are accessible to everyone, and that we remove any barriers faced by people with a disability.”

But her announcement came only days after her own department finally confirmed to Disability News Service that it had rubber-stamped cuts of tens of millions of pounds to its Access for All rail station access improvement programme.

Two years ago, the chair of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, published a report on “replanning” his organisation’s investment programme for 2014-19 across England and Wales.

He recommended that funding for the Access for All station improvement programme should be cut by nearly £50 million, from £102 million to £55 million (in addition to another £32 million carried over from uncompleted work in 2009-14).

The rest of the funding was to be carried over to 2019-24, but with no guarantee that it would not be used to disguise lower spending on access improvements in future years.

 

Source: Minister lauds £600,000 for rail access… after her department confirms £47 million in cuts | DisabledGo News and Blog