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Monthly Archives: July 2019

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Nothing much appeared to come out of Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit chat with the Prime Minister yesterday. This is not surprising: she has just promised something undeliverable to get her right-wing flank and DUP on board, temporarily, while the Labour leader is still demanding ‘no deal’ is properly taken off the table and his six tests for the deal are met with customs union membership, etc. But there was a significant detail, which I’m afraid to tell you relates, as usual, to the Irish backstop. Speaking to Sky News after the meeting, Corbyn stressed that he finds no unilateral exit unacceptable. But Keir Starmer – who wasn’t invited to the meeting, as some party activists and commentators were keen to point out and criticise – has already conceded that any Brexit deal being reached now would probably have to include a backstop.Corbyn’s emphasis on the backstop problem is understandable: it’s not inconceivable that the DUP could be crucial in another no-confidence vote, and Labour wants to apply further pressure on the backstop issue because its Brexit plan supposedly precludes the need for it. Making a customs union shift look like the only solution to the backstop predicament is smart. But The New Statesman’s Patrick Maguire is right to highlight that the position contradicts Labour’s own policy, which says any backstop must be acceptable to both communities in Northern Ireland (and the main nationalist parties support the current backstop). This stance is also aggravating tensions between the SDLP and Labour, and within the latter: former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has written a strongly worded piece for LabourList arguing that the backstop is the “only positive part of the Tory deal”.This morning’s main news story comes from The Times, which reports that the government is offering cash for Brexit votes. It bought off the DUP, so why not Labour MPs representing deprived Leave seats too? John Mann has already tweeted: “Show us the money. A fund of sufficient size to transform our communities. Our areas voted leave and it is time that we had the investment we need.” It seems to me a bit of a weird move from Theresa May’s perspective. Why spend money on this when some assurances on workers’ rights and a couple of tweaks to the non-binding political declaration would do just as well?For the Prime Minister, the best outcome of this process is getting the deal through with Tory and DUP votes, keeping her party together. The withdrawal agreement isn’t reopening to change the backstop she herself asked for, so this is unlikely. Next best is getting the deal passed thanks mostly to her own side, but with a few Labour rebels. There have been no repercussions (so far) for shadow ministers who defied the whip to abstain on the Cooper amendment this week, which has raised suspicions among Remainer Labour MPs that this path is very likely, as colleagues could be encouraged with a wink and a nod from Corbyn. (His relaxed attitude towards pro-Brexit rebellion would be seen to help reduce any risk of deselection, for example.) Third best is giving into Labour’s demands and getting its full support, at the cost of Tories splitting off. The opposition leader appears keen, but it may not even come to that.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /John Mann /Labour /Peter Hain /The Times /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Brexit deal /last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons has congratulated everyone who took

first_imgROYCE Simmons has congratulated everyone who took part in the Hattons Solicitors St Helens 10k Run last weekend.Saints’ Head Coach completed the course in around 49 minutes and joined hundreds of competitors who were raising money for the Steve Prescott Foundation and other charities.He told “I was pleased to finish the race although I didn’t think my knees would be too good afterwards!“It was a really good thing to be a part of and in aid of a great charity.“Steve Prescott and his Foundation do great things and it was fantastic that so many people came out to run and support the competitors.”Saints’ Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels also ran in the race and came in twelfth with 37 minutes 37 seconds.Chantel Grayson from Saints Superstore also ran with a time of 1:18:31 and Community Coach Adam Daniels clocked 39:53.Paul Sculthorpe completed the gruelling course in 44:51.last_img read more

Watch Weve assumed that migrants understand our health system – Dr Tanya

first_imgWhen asked to comment on the murder of Ivorian migrant Lassane Souleyman Cisse, Dr Melillo explains that ‘Incidents like these sadden me a lot.’She explained how he and many like him had gone through so much from when they leave their home country through the dangerous journey they take until they arrive here were they are , trying to build a life and support their families back home only to lose it so tragically.Cisse was shot and killed during what has been considered a racially motivated drive-by shooting carried out by two members of Malta’s Armed Forces. Two fellow migrants were injured in the attack. The perpetrators are currently in court facing murder charges.Read more:Ħal Far murder; Music still played as he lay dead in the street‘Lassana’s life mattered’; NGOs support vigil for murdered migrantShe recalled other tragic situations were a year ago, a migrant fell while working on construction and  ended up becoming paraplegic. She said that he wanted to go back home and how she was involved together with the help of NGOs like IOM and many local health care professionals, all worked together to help him return home.‘They don’t ask for charity, they are prepared  to work and work very hard to earn money but we need to give them the opportunity and provide them with jobs and help teach them the necessary skills. They are willing to learn  We must respect them, they are our equals. They are just like you and me.’WhatsApp We have been making a lot of assumptions about migrants and their understanding of our healthcare system, Dr Tanya Melillo tells asked about whether Malta is doing enough for migrants, the Head of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit explains that in terms of disembarkation and assessment, ‘we’re doing everything we need to do,’ but were more work is needed is in  how healthcare is  provided and the communication aspect.While explaining that the predominantly male 16 – 25 year olds living in the open centres are mostly healthy individuals,  ‘when they do fall ill they face a lot of difficulties.’ This is  largely in terms of navigating how the health service works as well as the language and cultural differences associated with it.Stories and phonecallsWatch: ‘Every boat has its own story’ – Dr Tanya MelilloDr Melillo has spent the best part of the last decade or more responding to migrant disembarkations in Malta. In that time, she has examined over 12,000 people from over 200 migrant boats. She explained in the two previous installments about what it’s like to deal with  people who have risked their lives to support their families and the mental and emotional impact it has on those personnel working close with them.Watch: “Can I phone my mother to tell her I’m alive?”Assumptions ‘They don’t understand how our health care system works.  You give them an appointment  on a certain date at a certain time, but they would just present themselves on another day, at any other time… when they remember. They are not trying to be difficult, they are just not used to this system,’ Dr Melillo explains.   they don’t understand the medical processes which we’re accustomed to, like visiting the family doctor and then being sent to a specialist, undertaking investigations and then going for follow up appointments or getting a prescription for medication for example.To an extent these difficulties are also connected to assumptions which are held by Maltese healthcare workers and a lack of training to understand migrant health and accommodate language and cultural differences.‘We’re used to dealing with Maltese, we know the culture. You go to the doctor and he gives you a  prescription, the doctor knows you understand why you were given a prescription and follows instructions given..’Education and guidanceAs a result of these issues, Dr Melillo explains to that she has been working towards training and educating newly graduated doctors and nurses  to make them more culturally competent to deal with migrant communities arriving and those already living in Malta.  This has included engagement with medical professionals with first-hand experience of working with migrants like casualty staff and staff working within the field of mental health. She explains that it is important for health care professionals  to better understand migrant’s needs to help build a better doctor or nurse-patient relationship.In addition to training, she is working together with her staff at IDCU in preparing a a guidance booklet for migrants by providing them with information on how to navigate our health care system and provide basic medical information about aspects like dental hygiene, healthy eating and lifestyle which with the help of local NGOs will be translated and  disseminated through the networks of different ethnic communities. She is also working to establish a committee with representatives from all different migrant groups to understand better their issues in accessing health are locally and having means to communicate with them on important health issues that may occur in the country. it is important to build a relationship and earn their trust.‘They are our equals, they are just like you and me’ <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

David Casa elected EP Quaestor

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> David Casa has been elected European Parliament Quaestor. He will be part of the EP’s Bureau together with the EP president and vice-presidents. This is the highest EP post ever secured by a Maltese MEP.The Partit Nazzjonalista MEP said that he is ready for the responsibility which comes during his fourth EP term, and sees this election as testament that Maltese nationals can still aspire for posts of significant importance within the EU. He also added that he is “determined to continue working with even more energy to achieve concrete results for Maltese and European citizens”.Quaestors are elected for two and a half year terms and are responsible for different aspects of the Parliament’s administration such as the Parliament’s communication set-up.WhatsApplast_img read more