The government is making it harder for disabled po

first_imgThe government is making it harder for disabled politicians to stand for elected office by failing to renew a fund that paid for their disability-related campaign expenses, according to a candidate in next month’s parliamentary by-election.Simeon Hart  (pictured), who is standing for the Green party in Oldham West and Royton, was the only British Sign Language-user to stand for election in May’s general election.Hart was able to use support from the Access to Elected Office (AEO) scheme to pay for the BSL interpreters he needed to campaign.But the fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government carries out an independent review of its effectiveness.Now Hart is having to rely on crowdsourcing funding to pay for interpreters during the by-election campaign.He said: “Becoming a candidate in elections and by-elections is supposed to be open to anyone eligible in the UK.“Yet my experience has been a challenge and I know that many people with a disability will be put off trying to become an elected politician.“My party and I have a detailed plan for how we can reduce fuel poverty and keep parks public in the constituency and I am unable to articulate my plans as well as the candidates from other parties because of problems finding and paying for an interpreter.“If the government is serious about making elections a level playing-field, it will reconsider its heartless decision to scrap the Access to Elected Office fund.”By 10.30pm today (26 November), he had raised £970 of the £3,000 he needs to pay for BSL interpreters during the campaign.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said she believed the government was in “clear breach” of article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees disabled people the right to participate in public and political life “on an equal basis with others”.She said: “The convention expects signatory states to make reasonable adjustments to enable participation in the political process.“The Green Party and Simeon need to make a formal complaint to the UN about the breach.”She said that disabled people now had even less representation in the Commons than they did before the general election, after Dame Anne Begg lost her seat, while David Blunkett retired.King said: “We need to support a new generation of disabled people who want to be politicians.“Candidates will miss out on funding whilst the evaluation [of the fund] is going on.”David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications for the British Deaf Association, supported Hart’s call for government action.He said: “We are disappointed that the government has not yet made a decision about whether this vital funding will continue.“This delay creates uncertainty for potential Deaf and disabled candidates who wish to stand at elections next year and are currently unsure whether they will get the support they need towards communication and other areas.“It is imperative that a decision is made immediately, as selection meetings for some areas have already started to take place.“We now urge the government to prove their commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act by supporting diversity and allocating funds now to any potential candidate, as well as to Simeon, who is now actively canvassing.“We also expect them to complete their evaluation and review about the future of the fund as soon as possible.”In September, the Equality and Human Rights Commission called on the government to reopen the fund, as part of its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life.last_img read more

Protesters at Zuckerberg House Allege Censorship

first_img“Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong,” the spokesperson said, adding that the accounts were restored. “We’re very sorry about this mistake.”Pardee and others were skeptical, saying Palestinian journalist face dangers at the hands of Israel and deserved an open platform on which to publish.“Palestinian activists and journalists are being detained and jailed for pre-crime, for exposing the truth about what’s happening with the illegal Israeli occupation,” said Pardee.On Friday, cars carrying passengers with Uber and Lyft slowed down to stare at the small group, as protesters chanted “Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg you can’t hide, you can’t hide the genocide” through a bullhorn. The driver of one car honked in support. @jrivanob Protest growing, chants of “Stop the injustice stop the crime, Facebook censors Palestine.” #FBCensorsPalestine— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) October 8, 2016 Waving a large Palestinian flag and holding signs reading “Stop censoring our movement,” some 15 protesters gathered outside of Mark Zuckerberg’s San Francisco house on Friday to protest Facebook’s temporary suspension of social media accounts that belong to Palestinian journalists.Nick Pardee, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which put the protest together said the suspension of Palestinian accounts showed a pro-Israel bias. Accounts in Israel, including those of government officials, are not removed despite inciting violence against Palestine, he said.“These people are genocidal, and Mark Zuckerberg has no interest in censoring them,” he said.In September, Facebook shut down the accounts of seven editors and executives for daily news agencies in Gaza and the West Bank for violating Facebook’s “community standards.” A spokesperson for the company said content on these accounts had been removed in “error.” Eight police officers stood a block away watching the scene, but only approached the group once to ask how much longer the action would take, since the sound system was bothering neighbors.Protesters frequently strayed from the topic of Palestinian censorship, connecting Facebook to corporatism and imperialism. The topics of protest — from American-Israeli cooperation to the so-called Twitter tax break — were connected to “American capitalism,” they said.They also called Zuckerberg “the face of gentrification,” saying tech companies were not giving enough back to the communities they have impacted.“You thought you could plan your flag here for Facebook, in the middle of the Mission, where people are being gentrified,” said Gloria La Riva, the presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. La Riva said tech companies were getting “tax breaks while people are being evicted” from the city government and warned of the corporate takeover of politics before protesting what she called American imperialism and the surveillance state.Neighbors were mostly bemused. Some watched from windows across the street, cracking them open to hear the chants. A few stopped and took photos and video of the protest before going back inside their homes. Other passers-by stopped and chatted.“Did you see ‘The Social Network?’” asked Lotus Yee Fong, a local resident. “Yeah, what a jerk.”Fong also said Zuckerberg naming San Francisco General Hospital after himself — after donating $75 million to it — was arrogance, and put a finger down her throat in a sign of disgust.Kip Craig, who lives across the street from Zuckerberg, came out of his house and thanked the group. He said the protesters had the right to chant on his street and express their opinion. In fact, he said, the group was preferable to the largely-absent Facebook founder.“They’re welcome to be here,” he said, “because Zuckerberg never is.”Gloria La Riva at Mark Zuckerberg’s house protesting alleged Palestinian censorship. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPolice waiting around the corner from the protest. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez center_img 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS grabbed their third win on the spin with a

first_imgSAINTS grabbed their third win on the spin with a fine 34-16 win over Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium.James Roby was the star of the performance – having a hand in four tries – with a supporting cast of a very hungry Saints around him.He laid on three tries in eight minutes to cancel out Rovers’ opener – Sia Soliola and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (2) benefitting – before Ade Gardner blasted through the line from distance to feed Paul Wellens.Jamie Foster finished off a fine set to increase the lead further and James Graham latched on to another of ‘that man’s’ passes to score.Hull KR battled to find a way through and did cross through Jake Webster and Kris Welham late on.But Saints were too far ahead and deserved the comprehensive win.Saints were largely unchanged from last week’s win over Bradford with Gary Wheeler coming in for the injured Francis Meli and Tommy Makinson appearing on the bench for the second time this season.A special guard of honour welcomed captain James Graham on to the field for his 200th appearance for the Saints but it was Rovers who had the early pressure.On the back of a penalty, the ball went through the middle but Blake Green’s kick came, thankfully, to nothing.Moments later a massive high kick from Jonny Lomax caused mayhem in Hull’s defence – but they survived – then Lomax broke through and fed Tony Puletua who knocked on as he went to ground the ball.Chances were few and far between in the opening 10 minutes and that was an opening Saints should have punished.And Hull made them pay as Kris Welham crossed seconds later with Craig Hall converting.Saints hit back almost immediately in the simplest of ways. Roby at acting half back found Sia Soliola on a good line and he crashed over. Foster levelling it up.On 21 minutes, it was the same script, different scorer. Roby with the pass and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook with the four-pointer.Foster with the two points.And moments later, Robes provided the pass for ‘LMS’ to do it again. Foster three from three.With five minutes to go, Saints forced a drop out but couldn’t find a way through the line – but they did moments later. Hull cleared the ball on the last, Gardner returned it with interest, broke through the line and Paul Wellens was backing up.Foster too good with the boot once more to give Saints a 24-6 lead at half time.Hull made changes in the second half with Welham in at full-back for Briscoe, Latus onto the wing and Webster in at centre.And it seemed to work with Blake Green hitting a massive 40:20 early to put Rovers in scoring range.Hull then grabbed another set on Saints’ line – and a drop out – but Simmons’ men defended like their lives depended on it.From weathering the storm, Saints then came again – down the field from within their own half – and some never say die attack saw Jamie Foster go in.James Graham then capped off his stellar match with an archetypical bulldozing plunge from Roby’s pass. Foster with his fifth.Hull KR pulled one back through Jake Webster – goaled by Hall off the touchline – before Kris Welham rounded off the evening’s entertainment.A good win for Saints with Lomax and Roby outstanding.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Soliola, McCarthy-Scarsbrook (2), Wellens, Foster, GrahamGoals: Foster (5 from 6)Hull KR:Tries: Welham, WebsterGoals: Hall (2 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 10Hull KR: 4HT: 24-6FT: 34-16REF: Ben ThalerATT: 7740Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 28. Tommy Makinson.Hull KR:1. Shaun Briscoe; 2. Peter Fox, 19. Craig Hall, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster; 6. Blake Green, 13. Scott Murrell; 10. Joel Clinton, 18. Josh Hodgson, 14. Liam Watts, 23. Willie Mason, 12. Ben Galea, 16. Jason Netherton.Subs: 8. Rhys Lovegrove, 9. Ben Fisher, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Taylor.last_img read more

ITS Saints v Catalans tonight and a massive game

first_imgIT’S Saints v Catalans tonight and a massive game in both club’s top four ambitions.Last Ten Meetings:Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15) St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15) St Helens 30, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLQSF, 2/10/14) Catalans Dragons 42, St Helens 0 (SLR16, 14/6/14) St Helens 40, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR5, 14/3/14) Catalans Dragons 6, St Helens 26 (SLR23, 3/8/13) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR12, 12/4/13)Super League Summary:St Helens won 13 (includes win in 2014 play-offs) Catalans Dragons won 12Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin) Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)Head to Head: SaintsCatalansTries103104Goals8987Metres29,62828,363Breaks125118Tackles7,6937,141Penalties192212Career and Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:Thomas Bosc needs four points to reach 1,500 for his career. He has scored 1,376 points (58 tries, 565 goals, 14 field goals) for Catalans Dragons since 2006, to go with 120 (6 tries, 48 goals) for France (2005, 2007-2009 & 2011-2013).James Roby needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 90 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015). He also has non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Eloi Pelissier needs one appearance to reach 150 for Catalans Dragons. He made his Dragons’ debut as a substitute in a 38-14 home defeat to Wakefield on 19 February, 2011.Super League Milestones:Gregory Mounis – 1 appearance away from 250 (249 for Catalans Dragons, 2006-2016)Winning Runs:Saints have won their last six matches. Their last defeat was 33-16 at Catalans Dragons on June 11.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 282 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 203 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 194 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 175 = Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 167 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 1410 Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils) 13Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 962 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 893 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 765 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 696 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 627 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 568 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 559 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 5410 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 51Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)2 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 84.21 (16/19)3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 83.47 (96/115)4 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 80.85 (76/94)5 Mark Percival (St Helens) 80.00 (28/35)6 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.41 (54/68)7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 78.35 (76/97)8 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 76.74 (33/43)9 = Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 76.47 (13/17)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 2092 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1993 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1764 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1745 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1606 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1547 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1438 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1329 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 11910 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 114last_img read more

NHS Blood and Transplant is bringing the Know You

first_imgNHS Blood and Transplant is bringing the ‘Know Your Type’ event to two locations in St Helens town centre to recruit new blood donorsAssembly Room, Town Hall – Sept 3 10.30am – 2.30pmChurch Square – Sept 6 10.30am – 2.30pmPeople thinking of becoming a blood donor will have a finger prick test which gives a likely indication of their blood group within a couple of minutes. They are then invited to donate at their nearest local blood donation sessions.Nearly 6,000 donations are needed every day to meet the need of patients in hospitals across England. Blood is used to treat critically ill patients, whether they have had cancer or other blood disorders, been in an accident, having surgery or after childbirth. The blood people donate is precious – it saves lives.Nadine Eaton, Head of Blood Donation Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We always need new donors, especially people with rare and valuable blood groups such as O negative and B negative. We’re really pleased to be able to hold this event in St Helens.“People find blood groups fascinating and there are many different combinations. However, all blood donors save lives and we need donors from all groups. Please save lives by registering as a new donor at”Councillor Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Better Health and Building Arts & Culture, said: “Blood donation is a quick procedure that saves lives every day. It’s as simple as that. Your blood could be used as a lifeline in an emergency, and for people who need long-term treatments. So please consider coming along to these town centre events and doing something great!”NHS Blood and Transplant needs 250,000 new donors this year to replace those who no longer donate for reasons such as ill health, pregnancy or foreign travel and to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to match patient needs in the future.There are 23 dedicated blood donor centres in England. Donor centres are bright and modern venues with free Wi-Fi. There are two in Manchester and one in Liverpool for those who work in those cities and find it easier to donate blood during or after work.Blood is also collected in community venues across St Helens, as follows:St Helens Totally Wicked StadiumMonday Sep 3 2018 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00Monday Oct 8 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:00Wednesday Nov 28 2018 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00Monday Jan 7 2019 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00Monday Feb 4 2019 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:00Sutton, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day SaintsMonday Oct 22 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 18:50Monday Nov 5 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 18:50Monday Dec 10 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 18:50Rainhill Village HallTuesday Sep 25 2018 / 13:30 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:15Tuesday Nov 27 2018 / 13:30 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:15Tuesday Feb 5 2019 / 13:30 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:15Haydock Conservative ClubTuesday Oct 30 2018 / 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:15Newton le Willows St. Patrick’s Social ClubFriday Dec 28 2018 / 13:45 – 15:45 and 17:00 – 19:00Rainford Village HallThursday Dec 13 2018 / 13:35 – 16:00 and 17:15 – 19:15Make and keep your appointment by calling the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit read more

Local charter buses head south to help with Irma evacuations

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From Florida to Georgia, people who need to evacuate from the path of Hurricane Irma are getting some help from a company here in the Cape Fear.Cape Fear Coach Lines sent four drivers and buses down to help with emergency evacuations.- Advertisement – The buses are full of supplies, water, food and tools.These drivers are heading to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida for the next two weeks.The president of Cape Fear Transportation says he is happy to help, but this will be something his folks are not used to.Related Article: Hurricane Irma victims win $325,000 Cash 5 jackpot in North Carolina“It will be pretty interesting, ya know you never know what it is going to be like you never know what direction the storms going to go flooding winds anything like that. So we’re prepared, the drivers are trained we have everything we need and will hope for the best,” Michael Faulkner said.They won’t know their exact driving assignments and destinations until they arrive in South Carolina.last_img read more

One dead in early morning crash

first_img Trooper Chavis with Highway Patrol says it happened along River Road near Mellaney Lane. He says it was a single car crash.One person has been confirmed dead; however the identity has not been released.River Road is back open to drivers. Crash on Kerr Ave. on April 9, 2017. (Photo: Matt Mahoney) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Officials are investigating a fatal crash that happened early Friday morning in Brunswick County.According to Brunswick County Dispatch, a report of a vehicle fire came in around 12:19 a.m. Leland Fire Dept., Highway Patrol and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover Co Sheriffs Office gives more than 100k to schools

first_img McMahon said the Sheriff’s Office is able to give the schools nearly $133,000 from drug deals and criminal enterprises.A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the last time the Sheriff’s Office was able to give more than $100,000 to the school system this way was back in 2010. New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon attends the Board of Education meeting on December 5, 2017 (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools are getting thousands of dollars from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Ed McMahon spoke to leaders at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Kids campus receives new cherry tree from Garden Club for Arbor Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — National Arbor Day isn’t until Friday but today the Cape Fear Garden Club got things going early with a special gift for the students at Wilmington Christian Academy.Members planted a 25 gallon cherry tree in the brand new kids campus. The entire area was paid for with grant disbursement from the 2016 Azalea Garden Tour. Three and four year old preschoolers got to watch and the principal says seeing their reaction to the new space and the new tree was nothing short of amazing.- Advertisement – “The kids are thrilled. Every day for the last month. They notice every shrub and bush that Mr. Loney has put in. The beautiful fountains, then came the picnic tables, the brick sidewalks. They’ve been dying to come out here and today was the first day they could come out and they have watched and they really appreciated it,” principal Cathy Dotson said.The principal says the tree was one of the last pieces in the new space and it will be finished in about two weeks.last_img read more

Lake Waccamaw teen shot during argument

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An argument led to a shooting in Lake Waccamaw on Saturday night, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.It happened around 9:15 p.m. in the 200 block of George Graham Circle.- Advertisement – The Sheriff’s Office says the victim, Kenneth Battle, 17, and the suspects began arguing.The Sheriff’s Office says during an argument, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and began shooting. One of the bullets hit Battle in the leg.Battle was taken to the emergency room for treatment. The injury does not appear to be life-threatening.Related Article: New charges for former North Carolina basketball playerThe shooting is still being investigated.last_img read more