Month: July 2019

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The minister for disabled people is refusing to meet a coalition of disabled people’s organisations, in an apparent breach of the UN disability convention.The coalition wrote to Sarah Newton yesterday (Wednesday) to express its “deep disappointment and concern” about her refusal to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).The letter, signed by 14 prominent disabled leaders, asks Newton (pictured): “How can the government improve the lives of disabled people if it is not engaging directly with disabled people?”The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities told the UK government last September in its “concluding observations” that it needed to make more than 80 improvements to the ways its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights.In its review of the UK’s implementation of CRPD, the committee raised concerns and made recommendations on all but three of the 33 treaty articles the UK could have breached.Newton’s letter refusing a meeting was sent on 10 July, two weeks before international development secretary Penny Mordaunt told an international disability rights conference in London: “When disabled people are included, great things happen.”Mordaunt and her civil servants spent much of the Global Disability Summit last month telling other countries and organisations to sign up to a new Charter for Change.The charter calls on those signing it to “hold ourselves and others to account for the promises we have made here today” and to “strive for real change” through implementation of CRPD.CRPD says (in article four) that governments must, in implementing the convention, “closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities… through their representative organizations”.It also says (article 33) that “civil society, in particular persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, shall be involved and participate fully” in monitoring the implementation of the convention in each country.Newton’s letter appears to breach both article four and article 33 as the coalition has been seeking a ministerial meeting since February.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, one of the coalition’s members, says in yesterday’s letter: “We are extremely disappointed that as minister for disabled people you are not able to find the time to meet with the only UK wide coalition of disabled people’s organisations set up to monitor and engage with the UK government on CRPD issues.”Other members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations include Disability Wales, The Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts, Sisters of Frida, Inclusion Scotland and the Mental Health Resistance Network, several of which are members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.In her two-paragraph letter to the coalition, Newton says she will not be able to meet with them “due to ongoing diary commitments” but “would be pleased to have my officials do so on my behalf”.It is not the first time that Newton’s commitment to disability rights has been questioned.Last December, she refused to explain why she had apparently failed to attend or organise any events – or even post a message of support on social media – on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).The coalition’s letter also reminds Newton that she previously stated that she strongly welcomed a meeting to discuss how the government was implementing CRPD.In February, the coalition wrote to the prime minister, Theresa May, to question the lack of progress since the UN committee produced its “damning” report and to ask for a meeting to discuss their concerns.In her response, sent on 25 April, Newton said: “I strongly welcome your proposal of a meeting to discuss how Government is implementing the concluding observations of the Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and planning to work with organisations led by disabled people.“This closely fits with work I have been leading with the Office for Disability Issues within government.”DWP had not been able to comment by 1.30pm today (Thursday), after being approached yesterday afternoon.last_img read more

IT is sad to announce the passing of former Saints

first_imgIT is sad to announce the passing of former Saints’ former front-rower Fred Leyland, at the age of 76.Born in Elephant Lane, Thatto Heath, on August 7 1935, Fred began his rugby career at St. Helens RUFC and attained county honours in the fifteen-a-side code. A powerful and mobile forward, he joined the Saints in July 1958 and made his debut against Barrow at Craven Park just before Christmas in 1958. The Saints pulled off a 7-5 victory that day, with the front row consisting of Abe Terry, Tom McKinney and Fred Leyland.Fred made 55 appearances for the club, playing his last match at home to Warrington on November 20 1962, when he shared a front-row berth with the likes of Bob Dagnall and Cliff Watson. He scored six tries during his career and earned two Lancashire Cup winner’s medals, in 1960-61 and 1961-62, when Swinton were beaten on both occasions in front of huge crowds at Wigan’s Central Park. Fred was also a reserve in the 1961 Wembley squad.His commitments with the Police put pressure on his rugby and he retired mid-way through the 1962-63 campaign. The son of the famous ‘Whisper’ Leyland, Fred enjoyed great success in the Police force and was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 1980s, just before his retirement. He had been ill for some time and we send our condolences to wife Joyce, his four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.Fred was a great guy, full of fun and highly respected by all who knew him. Needless to say, his family are very proud of his achievements with the Saints in particular!last_img read more

Justin Holbrook makes one change to his squad with

first_imgJustin Holbrook makes one change to his squad with James Bentley replacing Jack Ashworth, who continues to get game-time with Leigh Centurions.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Danny Brough, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Justin Horo, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Kyle Wood,Justin Holbrook makes one change to his squad with James Bentley replacing Jack Ashworth, who continues to get game-time with Leigh Centurions.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Danny Brough, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Justin Horo, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Kyle Woodlast_img read more

Leland Police Department releases digital crime map tool

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police Department is now offering near real-time crime information through the recently launched Community Crime Map digital tool to keep you informed about crime.According to a news release, Community Crime Map automatically syncs to Leland Police Department’s secure record system, cleans data to protect privacy, and displays it to the public, both online and in the mobile app, so citizens are aware of events that occur in their area and take action to stay safe.- Advertisement – The crime data displayed on the map, grid and dashboard is geocoded and included basic information about each incident, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time.Leland residents can view the map and grid of reported crimes, sign up for emailed neighborhood watch reports, and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to Leland Police.Leland Police Department says the Community Crime Map goes beyond crime mapping by automatically alerting citizens about recent crime activity and improving communication between the public and law enforcement through anonymous tipping.Related Article: Murderer denied parole in 2015 once again considered for releaseThey add that this is a valuable tool for law enforcement to communicate crime activity to the public, and for the public to be empowered to make informed decisions by understanding crime activity in their neighborhood.last_img read more

The Belle of Topsail to become dredge marine construction vessel

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — After almost 12 years in Surf City and 75 years on the water, The Belle of Topsail is headed for a new mission.In April, Captain David Luther announced The Belle of Topsail was retiring from cruises.- Advertisement – According to a post on the Belle of Topsail Facebook page, The Belle left Surf City Monday to the boatyard. Previous posts show the Belle was severely damaged and partially sunk during Hurricane Florence.“Dave Gardner who has The Vonda Kay and The Queen Jean is taking her and giving her a new life. He is going to make her into a dredge/marine construction vessel,” the owner said on Facebook.The post also said the Belle will be renamed after Gardner’s Grandfather, WG NIcholson, who died in World War II and served on the submarine Grayback.Related Article: North Brunswick High football coach to be honored at Panthers game“Those who know me, know I love and respect our Vets. I am so happy about this. May the old girl live on and thank BOTH of them for their service!” Owner David Luther said on Facebook.The post also gave a little history on the Grayback”“Grayback had just torpedoed a Japanese destroyer and a merchant ship and was subsequently subjected to an all night depth charge attack. She managed to slip away around dawn. In dire need to recharge her batteries she was running for home (Midway) and she was out of torpedoes. The radar had quit working so they didn’t see the Val (Japanese torpedo bomber) diving on them out of the sun. He hit them with a 200lb bomb. They submerged, damaged but able to dive. The plane radioed in the destroyers from the night before and they unleashed a savage depth charge attack. The attack continued until diesel, oil and debris came to the surface. Grayback was lost with all hands in the South China Sea February 27, 1944.”After The Belle of Topsail announced it was retiring in April, The Raven was put up for sale.last_img read more

Several apartments damaged in Cypress Grove Apartments fire

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fire broke out at a Wilmington apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon, forcing several residents out of their home.Natosha Vincent with the Wilmington Fire Department says it broke out around 4:00 p.m. at Cypress Grove Apartments, which is just off 17th Street.- Advertisement – There were reports of people inside, but when firefighters arrived everyone was out of the building.Firefighters did rescue one dog.Multiple fire crews, including trucks from New Hanover County Fire and Rescue.Related Article: Community breaks ground on new fire and police training facilityVincent says so far, seven apartments were damaged. The Red Cross is helping those who were displaced.No word on what caused the fire. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

UPDATE Wife says husband died attempting to rescue children off Wrightsville Beach

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The wife of a man who attempted to save his children from rough waters Sunday confirms he died trying to rescue them. Witnesses say first responders tried to a revive a man pulled from the water off Wrightsville Beach Sunday afternoon.New Hanover County Dispatch says a call came in for a drowning near the south end jetty around 4:15 p.m. 35-year-old Johnny Vann died according to his wife Dawn. However it is unclear if he drowned or passed due to a medical event.- Advertisement – Witnesses there tell us Vann tried to rescue his children from being pushed out to deep water around the jetty. Vann’s wife, Dawn, tells WWAY that he did rescue four of his seven children from the water.Rescue crews performed CPR on Vann for at least 45 minutes according to his wife. The family was visiting from Durham after recently moving to North Carolina from Michigan.Mrs. Vann says the other children were rescued by responders and what appeared to be bystanders and lifeguards. WWAY has attempted to hear from Wrightsville Beach Police, Fire and town officials and we are waiting to hear back.Related Article: Coast Guard members rescue man from drowningThe Vann’s are in the process of coping with this loss. They visit a local church in Burgaw called Kingdom Connection and they are working to create an online fund to help with the costs of Mr. Vann’s burial.last_img read more

The Bachelor Live on Stage coming to Wilmington

first_imgThe Bachelor Live on Stage will be coming to the Wilson Center on April 28, 2020 (Photo: The Bachelor Live on Stage) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear singles, do you need help finding love? You may be in luck. The most successful romance reality series is coming to Wilmington.“The Bachelor Live on Stage” will be hosted by Ben Higgins at the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College on April 28, 2020.- Advertisement – The event will fit an entire season of “Bachelor” drama into one night, giving audience members an opportunity to find love within the community with a rose ceremony included.Every stage show will introduce an eligible bachelor from the area to local ladies in the audience searching for a chance at love. Bachelor Nation will have a say in the rose ceremony for the first time ever.Higgins will guide the bachelor in his journey to find love from the first impression rose to the coveted one-on-ones.Related Article: Cape Fear’s Donte Tatum named to JUCO All-American team“The Bachelor Live on Stage” will have something for anyone looking for love or somebody who just wants to enjoy the evening.Tickets go on sale Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. You can purchase tickets through ticket central at (910) 362-7999 or at read more

Muslims in Temara helped by three caring nuns

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Il-Papa jżur iċ-Ċentru ta’ Ħidma Soċjali f’Tamara immexxi minn tliet sorijiet KattoliċiIl-Papa jżur iċ-Ċentru ta’ Ħidma Soċjali f’Tamara immexxi minn tliet sorijiet Kattoliċi While on his visit to Morocco, Pope Francis made a Sunday morning visit to a social center in Temara, on the outskirts of Rabat, and encourages the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in their efforts to help the poor of the area.In this suburban area, three Daughters of Charity run the “Rural Center for Social Services”, providing around 150 children with material and psychological care.Pope Francis took a moment during his Apostolic Visit to Morocco to greet these three sisters and the local Muslims for whom they care, during a private visit. Care for poor familiesSister Gloria Carrilero, Superior of the community, has staffed the Center since 1990. Sister Maria Luisa Quintana arrived two years later, and Sister Magdalena Mateo came in 2006. All three hail from Spain. They live in the midst of their Muslim neighbors without a fence around their house or bars on their windows.The Center was founded 44 years ago to cure the burns that children and adults often suffer as they cook over open fires outside their homes.The Daughters of Charity are assisted by local Moroccan teachers and nurses, as they open their doors every morning at 8:00 AM to welcome 40-odd children between the ages of 3 and 15. The children are provided with breakfast, a snack, and lunch, and with school lessons.The sisters also help local women with formula, diapers, and food for their newborns. They even organize courses to help illiterate women learn to read and to count change when they go to the market.‘A grace to be among Muslims’Sister Gloria Carrilero told Vatican News that the Daughters of Charity’s ministry is aimed at Muslims, since the closest Catholics are the Franciscan Fathers in Rabat.“I’ve lived with Muslims for more than 28 years,” she said, “and I believe it has been a great grace from the Lord to share their lives and to serve them. Muslims have taught me so many things, all of them good: generosity, openness and welcome, hospitality, and care for the poor. They’ve taught me a lesson, and they’ve show me how to put it into practice. And as a Catholic I’ve accepted it.”Sister Gloria said she often reminds the Muslims she helps that they share the same God. “We have the same God, and we journey toward Him by different roads.” She said Pope Francis’ visit to this Muslim-majority nation “is a great richness and grace.”WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Schiavone suspends himself from PN

first_img SharePrint The Nationalist MP Hermann Schiavone has chosen to suspend himself from his party following the revelations of a meeting with the Electrogas shareholder Yorgen Fenech.It is understood that Schavione had met with Fenech in Malta when the MP had been seeking an initial audience with the Tumas Director in order to sponsor a conference.Fenech was named as the owner of the Dubai-based 17 Black shell company back in November last year. The company has been linked to the secret companies set up by the current Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.The MP for the Fifth District will now become an independent MP within the House of Representatives.In the resignation letter to the PN leader, Schiavone explains that his fellow MP Kristy Debono was unaware that she was about to meet Mr Fenech and that the conference was still being planned. For this reason, he did not feel the need to inform Adrian Delia about its progress.You can read the full letter here.He adds that he will continue to push the PN agenda as an independent.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more