Disabled party members have given overwhelming bac

first_imgDisabled party members have given overwhelming backing to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party.Corbyn was elected with 62 per cent of the vote, in a result announced on the first day of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, easily beating former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith.Nearly every disabled party member approached by Disability News Service at the conference welcomed that decision.Ken Audin, a member of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “He’s got very good ideas. His heart is in the right place.“He thinks a lot about the needs of disabled people. I’m hopeful that he pulls the Labour party together and they get themselves in a position where they will win an election.”Janet Blackwell also welcomed his re-election.She said: “I hope it will lead the Labour party away from austerity, so there will be fewer cuts in benefits.”But she warned: “I have heard a lot of words but we will wait to see if we get into government to see what the action is.”Another supporter, Sarah Finlayson, said: “He’s very passionate about people with disabilities, people on benefits, [and opposing] austerity measures.”And she said his focus on trade union rights would give more rights to disabled people in the workplace.Dave Allan, chair of Disability Labour – the network of disabled Labour party members – which nominated Corbyn to be leader because of his record on disability, said: “It will be a fundamental step forward for disabled people’s rights in the UK if Jeremy is elected prime minister.“He has supported disabled people for decades. He has been with us on virtually every demo. He has supported all our campaigns.“I think it’s going to make a tremendous difference.”He pointed to the disability rights manifesto that Corbyn put together in the last weeks of his re-election campaign, which both Disability Labour and Disabled People Against Cuts had fed into.The manifesto includes a commitment to implement fully the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensure that the 12 pillars of independent living inform Labour policy-making, and to develop an inclusive education system.The manifesto also says that investing £500 billion in infrastructure and other public spending, backed by a publicly-owned national investment bank, would lead to progress on equality and ensure “accessible public transport and housing”.One disabled delegate, who asked not to be named, said she was disappointed with Corbyn’s victory.She said: “Jeremy is a lovely man but he’s not a leader.“People need a leader who can provide the leadership and a shadow cabinet that shows depth, quality and experience.”She said the current shadow cabinet did not demonstrate those qualities.Austin Harney, who was due to speak at a fringe event being held to launch the development of a Labour manifesto on neurodiversity, welcomed Corbyn’s victory and said he hoped it would lead to “breakthroughs” in rights for neurodiverse people.But he particularly praised Corbyn’s shadow chancellor and close political ally, John McDonnell.He said McDonnell had worked closely with families with autistic children in his London constituency, and had even been instrumental in his own decision to be open about his autism.He said: “I would never have come out in the open if it was not for John McDonnell.”He also praised McDonnell’s call in May this year for Labour to appoint a shadow minister for neurodiversity.Anne Pridmore, a party member and former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said she was “very glad” that Corbyn had been re-elected.She said: “If we have got any hope, we have got hope in Jeremy.“He has given a statement that he is going to make independent living a right, so let’s hope that he sticks to his manifesto promise.”Another disabled party member, Jan Turner, also welcomed his re-election.She said: “I am really glad he’s got in. We just have to hope that the other MPs will support him in parliament. I hope they will get united.“I think he’s a man of principles and honesty. I believe I can trust him. I can’t say that about many politicians.”last_img read more

Photo Essay Art in Small Packages

first_img 0% There is something that draws me to the Mission District. Whether I just walk up 24th St and check out Balmy Alley to see if any new murals have gone up or just a leisurely stroll embracing the cultural artistry and shops of this vibrant yet changing neighborhood. As a photographer, I love documenting the little things that people may not see or notice as they walk about their daily business.Photo by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa Panagopoulos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa PanagopoulosPhoto by Costa Panagopoulos last_img read more

SAINTS progressed to the Fifth Round of the Challe

first_imgSAINTS progressed to the Fifth Round of the Challenge Cup courtesy of a 52-26 win over Sheffield Eagles… but are once again counting the cost.Injuries to Andrew Dixon, Kyle Eastmond and Nathan Ashe took the gloss off the victory and the trio are unlikely to play in next Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield.“Dicko has a hip injury – it is bruised and we couldn’t get him back on,” Royce Simmons said. “Kyle has a groin strain and had to come off and Nathan a knee problem which flared up again.”He continued: “You have to give credit to Sheffield – they can play some footy and like running the ball. They have also been playing well so we were wary of them.“We comfortably led but seemed to try to survive the last few minutes to avoid injuries and they ran in some points.“We had great field position in the first half and they had to come off their line a lot. But that wasn’t the case in the second half. You have to give them a big rap for their effort. They had nothing to lose and came to play that way.“I thought Jon Wilkin and Francis Meli did well. Jon does things at speed and gets results. You cannot fault his workrate and he’s still learning to be a half back.“Franny did some good things again today. Generally you know if your centre is playing well because your winger is scoring. Jamie Foster is doing that at the moment and a lot of that is off the back of Franny’s work.”The Cup Draw is after the Halifax-Bradford match on Sunday.last_img read more

GOAL kicking sensation Jamie Foster has signed a n

first_imgGOAL kicking sensation Jamie Foster has signed a new two-year deal with St. Helens.The wing/three-quarter made his debut against Toulouse in 2010 and has gone on to record 574 points in 48 games.Foster, 21, stated: “I’m really happy to re-sign with my home town club for a further two seasons. I’ve benefited a lot from the first team experience that I’ve gained in my first two seasons in Super League, which has involved me in two Grand Finals already.“There’s a lot of competition for places in the first team this season and the squad is raring to get playing in our new ground, Langtree Park.”Coach Royce Simmons added: “Jamie is one of the best goal kickers in the world. He already has a great amount of first team experience for a 21-year-old and this new deal gives him the opportunity to continue his progress and development as a wing three quarter.“He is more than capable of doing this.”last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Super 8s clash with Hull FC.Theo Fages, Oliver Davies (pictured) and Shannon McDonnell are all included in the side once more, with Jack Ashworth also called up.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Greg Richards, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 26. Oliver Davies, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.Lee Radford will choose his 19 from:1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Mahe Fonua, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 6. Leon Pryce, 8. Scott Taylor, 10. Liam Watts, 13. Jordan Abdull, 14. Feka Paleaaesina, 15. Chris Green, 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Dean Hadley, 19. Steve Michaels, 20. Curtis Naughton, 21. Sika Manu, 22. Josh Bowden, 23. Frank Pritchard, 24. Kirk Yeaman, 25. Jansin Turgut, 30. Danny Washbrook.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is C Campbell.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgHolbrook named his 19 man squad earlier today with Joseph Paulo coming back into the 19 man squad in place of Zeb Taia who has been ruled out for 6 weeks with a dislocated shoulder in the only change.And at a joint press conference with our hosts, we asked him if Friday night’s clash will be the biggest game of the season so far:“Yes definitely, said Holbrook. To go into round 20 with first against second is the biggest game you are going to get this year to date and it is going to be a cracking game.“It is a massive game and it is looking to be a sell out which will mean it will be a terrific atmosphere here and it is going to be an awesome game.”Warrington have told us the ‘Wolves are waiting’, but the Saints wait for no one as we fly high at the top of the Betfred Super League table as both clubs exchanged words ahead of the big game.“I am a fan of the social media build up as long as it doesn’t go over the top,” said Holbrook. We need a bit more publicity in rugby league and I don’t think any club has overstepped the mark so it is good promotion for the game.”Holbrook believes the Wolves have threats all over the field whilst he doesn’t believe Saints’ win earlier in the season will mean we have any physiological advantage over our opponents come Friday.“The whole side have threats. Whenever you are sitting first and second there are no weaknesses in either side so I think both sides know that and we have got to play our best to win on Friday.“No I don’t think it does [give us a physiological advantage] because it only motivates them even more to try and get one over us. It was great to win back in round 10 and it was a similar build up with first against second and we were good enough to win so we want to be good enough to win again on Friday.”Zeb Taia was ruled out of Friday’s clash with an injury he picked up in the win over Leeds Rhinos last week and Holbrook admits it could hve been worse for our big forward.“In the end it is probably good new for Zeb avoiding surgery. We knew it was bad after the game so we weren’t expecting any better results so the fact he is only out for six weeks is a good result and we will have Morgan Knowles and Joseph Paulo coming back in so Zebby was  playing terrific, but we will be OK.”Tickets for Saints top of the table clash with Warrington on Friday are still available and are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online here.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.last_img read more

Guardrail work delays Beasley Road reopening

first_img The $603,000 project involved the construction of a modern concrete structure with a span 35 feet longer and 10 feet wider than the former bridge to allow for improved drainage.The reopening is now delayed until Friday so crews can install a guardrail on the new bridge. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beasley Road was scheduled to reopen tonight, but now it’s been delayed until later this week.New Beasley Road bridge (Photo: City of Wilmington)In March, the city closed Beasley Road between Wilton Court and Chelon Avenue so crews could  replace the bridge as part of a larger $4 million drainage improvement project in the Brookshire Lane/Beasley Road area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County fire crews respond to multiple home fires Sunday

first_imgSeashore Hills Road SW home fire. PHOTO: Coastline VRS BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  Several late evening house fires have displaced multiple people in Brunswick County.The first fire was in Supply at a home off of Seashore Hills Road. Crews responded around 10:30 in the evening Sunday.- Advertisement – Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner says that home was heavily damaged from the fire that was accidentally started in the kitchen. Garner says at least three different crews responded to the scene. The family has been displaced.Later that evening multiple crews responded to a house fire near Ash off Big Neck Road. Garner says it was an electrical fire and that the home was a total loss.last_img read more

People on the fence over President Trumps alleged comment

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The allegations surrounding President Donald Trump have been a hot topic across the country today including right here in our area. While many take issue with what he may have said, others understand what the president may have meant.“There’s just certain things you just generally don’t say about other people and other countries,” UNCW International Studies Director Herbert Berg said.- Advertisement – “I don’t necessarily feel like that it’s wrong to use that kind of language when you are conveying passion or you want to add emphasis to your points’” once UNCW student said.President Trump denies he made a vulgar slur about Haiti and Africa.“If he didn’t say it that’s a completely different matter but it’s just something that you generally don’t say,” Berg said. “I mean it doesn’t make for good national relations.”Related Article: UNCW’s Weiss takes weekly CAA baseball honorBerg said either way the comment will become part of his lesson plan.“I have a few international students in my classes and they aren’t from the countries that were referred to so I don’t know how much it will effect them, but this will certainly come up in class,” Berg said.“If your point is what you want is high quality immigrants coming in, people who have advanced degrees, educational people who can come in an contribute and fill in some holes in the economy that we have in different ways, that’s perfectly valid. But to sit down and assume that because a person comes from say Nigeria or comes from Haiti that they don’t meet the standard it’s going to trip upon racism,” UNCW International Studies Professor Daniel Master said.Both professors agree students will probably bring up the topic in class, but said the alleged comment it is not a good example for their students.last_img read more

Woman identified after body found in sound at Ocean Isle Beach

first_imgBlaire Whitney Anderson (Photo: Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman drowned in the Intracoastal Waterway at Ocean Isle Beach, according to deputies.According to a spokesperson for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the victim has been identified as Blaire Whitney Anderson.- Advertisement – Authorities say the 25-year-old was found Friday around 11:30 a.m. near 2067 Inland Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.The official cause of death is pending an autopsy, but detectives say it appears to be an accidental drowning.last_img read more