The equality and human rights watchdog has appoint

first_imgThe equality and human rights watchdog has appointed eight disabled people to its disability committee, including leading activists, advisers and academics.The new appointments mean that all 14 members of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) disability advisory committee (DAC) will be disabled people.The committee was formed last year to replace the statutory disability committee, which had powers under the Equality Act 2006 to take important disability-related decisions within EHRC, such as allowing it to overrule officers on critical and strategically-important legal cases.The DAC does not have these powers. Instead, its members will inform the commission’s work on protecting and promoting rights and equality for disabled people.The new members are Liz Sayce, Lord [Colin] Low, Professor Nick Watson, Simone Aspis, Miro Griffiths, Fazilet Hadi, Sarah Coleman and Maddy Kirkman.Sayce is the former chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and its predecessor organisation RADAR, who retired from that post last year after 10 years.She has a background in mental health and disability policy and is a member of the governing committee of Healthwatch England and the government’s social security advisory committee, and is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission.She is also a former director of policy and communications at the Disability Rights Commission.While at DR UK, she spoke out on issues around disability employment, the rights of disabled asylum-seekers, and for reform of the Mental Health Act and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.But she is still best-known among many disabled activists for writing a controversial report for the coalition government on employment support for disabled people.Lord Low (pictured) is a vice-president and former chair of RNIB, and a former law lecturer and researcher.He speaks regularly on human rights issues in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer, and spoke out last summer against the “personal misery” caused by “neoliberal austerity”, which he said was part of a 40-year project to “systematically shrink” public sector spending.He has also spoken out against the harm that Brexit will cause to disabled people.Watson is professor of disability research in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and director at the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, both at the University of Glasgow.He is probably best-known to many activists as the co-author of a research report which concluded two years ago that the research successive governments had relied on to justify slashing disability benefits – through the biopsychosocial model of disability – was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.He was also co-author of the Bad News For Disabled People report, which found in 2011 that there had been a “significant increase” in the number of negative stories about disabled people in national newspapers over the previous six years.Aspis has more than 20 years’ experience of campaigning for disabled people’s rights, particularly on inclusive education at The Alliance for Inclusive Education, and currently also acts as an advocate for autistic people and those with learning difficulties who have been sectioned and cannot secure their release from psychiatric hospitals.She has also previously worked with the UK Disabled People’s Council and People First, as well as with the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance on the shadow report it submitted last year to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.Griffiths, a campaigner, researcher and adviser on disability rights, and a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), is another who has spoken out to warn of the damaging impact of Brexit on disabled people’s rights and social justice.He has also spoken publicly of how governments in the UK – and abroad – have shown “a clear lack of appreciation and respect” for disabled people’s organisations by ignoring their views and advice when developing new policies.He spent six years on Equality 2025, the government’s now-disbanded high-level advice body of disabled people.Hadi is a former solicitor and local authority equality manager who spent two decades at the disability charity RNIB, including as deputy chief executive, and is a former chair of the Law Centres Federation.She has previously told peers that she believed the private sector had done a better job of implementing the Equality Act than central and local government.She spoke out six years ago to warn ministers that it felt as though disabled people were “a group under siege” and that the government had been drawing false distinctions between “disabled people” and “tax-payers” and between “deserving” and “undeserving” benefit claimants.Coleman is a policy officer with Mencap, and is a former youth worker and advocate, and has led community involvement projects and delivered disability equality training, as well as having experience as a family carer.Kirkman is a former national disabled students’ officer at the National Union of Students, and currently works in the third sector in Scotland, conducting research and strategy projects with a small disability charity, and continues to be an active member of the disabled students’ movement.The new members join DAC’s existing members, the acting chair Dr Rachel Perkins, Dr Marc Bush, Helen Chipchase, Professor Anna Lawson, Michelle Scattergood and Colin Young.All 14 members of the committee self-identify as disabled people.The new appointments completed an application process that began last November. The members of the committee are set to nominate their own chair at their next meeting.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said: “Improving the lives of disabled people is at the heart of everything we do and creating a strong DAC with such a wealth of expertise and personal experience across such a broad range of fields is essential to our work.“Only by this means will the commission’s work be well-informed, relevant and effective in advancing the rights of all disabled people in this country.”last_img read more

ANOTHER edition of the Saintsrlfccom Podcast is n

first_imgANOTHER edition of the Podcast is now available to download. We reflect on the fantastic win over Leeds and preview the Magic clash with Wigan by speaking to Mike Rush, Jonny Lomax, James Roby and Paul Wellens. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email with Podcast in the subject line.last_img

Elderly couple displaced after house fire in Wilmington

first_img According to New Hanover County Dispatch, the call came in around 7:20 a.m. Wilmington Fire Department responded to 18 Madison Street.The fire department sent out a tweet just after 8:30 a.m. that the fire was extinguished and the cause was improperly discarded smoking materials. Officials said smoke detectors alerted the people inside and they were able to evacuate safely.Structure fire at 18 Madison is extinguished and investigation complete. Cause was improperly discarded smoking materials. Smoke detectors did alert occupants allowing them to evacuate safely— WilmingtonFD (@WilmingtonFD) February 8, 2018 Fire crews respond to structure fire on Madison Street Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo: WilmingtonFD/Twitter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An elderly couple has been displaced from their home following a fire Thursday morning on Madison Street in Wilmington.Officials responded to reports of a house fire off Burnett Blvd. Thursday morning.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach renourishment project ahead of schedule

first_img They also visited the renourishment site near Johnny Mercer’s Pier Tuesday.The work is being done in 1,000ft increments along the beach from just north of the Holiday Inn to the Blockade Runner Resort.Town Manager Tim Owens says crews are making good progress.Related Article: Widow warns area of beach where husband died is ‘dangerous’The hope is the project will be done by the third week of March. Beach renourishment project in Wrightsville Beach on Feb. 27, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A renourishment project along a New Hanover County beach is ahead of schedule.The Army Corps of Engineers gave some local leaders a tour of the dredging going on in Wrightsville Beach.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Dozens gather on beach for Hands Across the Sand rally

first_img Dozens of people came out to participate in the Hands Across the Sand international demonstration. One Kure Beach resident said he wanted to make his voice heard about offshore drilling and reusable energy.“It means there is community support, it means that people need to get together and band together to send a voice to Raleigh and Washington that this is what is important,” resident John Shalanski said.One message Shalanski said he hopes the day brings is that this issue should be a number one priority.Related Article: Black History Month: Young Wilmington rapper impacts the community“I hope that people hear the message that people are out here in the rain and shine, and it looks like it’s going to be rain, to send the message that this is our desire. This is what people want,” Shalanski said.Different organizations like Surfrider and Sierra Club hosted this event and were happy to see others support them. One organizer said seeing others take part in this event was inspiring.“Our environment is endangered and this is the legacy that we are leaving our children and future generations,” Shalanski said.There was also a Hands Across the Sand rally at Wrightsville Beach. Hands Across the Sand Rally (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The rain did not stop a handful of people from gathering on different beaches in the area to protest offshore drilling Saturday.“I’m inspired by this. It’s a horrible and rainy day here on beautiful Kure Beach and we got, you know, two tents full of people here. I think it’s great,” organizer Dana Sargent said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Columbus County family gets new home for the holidays

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 COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a year-long journey, but one Columbus County family will soon get a brand new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity.“I still can’t believe it. It’s one of my main goals to own a home because when I was young, I didn’t have a place to call home,” said Beatrice Hernandez.- Advertisement – Hernandez has always dreamed of owning her own home. It’s a goal that extends beyond her own desires.“It’s really important, especially for my kids. Cause I want them to have a place to call home,” said Hernandez.That dream will soon be a reality thanks to Habitat for Humanity.Related Article: Hurricane recovery round table gives residents access to more help post-FlorenceVolunteers from Pender, Duplin, New Hanover, Brunswick, and Columbus counties are working on the house.“Originally, we stepped in to do this build, and we were going to sub-contract out most of it and then come out and just do some of the finishing touches, but we had some last minute change of plans,” said Volunteer Coordinator Chris Teeter.Those volunteers aren’t the only ones doing the hard work. Habitat for Humanity recipients are required to spend at least 250 hours building their own and other Habitat homes.“They get to learn the skills so once they get in their home they can get the hammer and do any minor repairs that they have to,” said Teeter.Construction of this home in Whiteville is part of the Mountain to the Sea Challenge, which aims to build a Habitat home in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.As for Hernandez, she thought this day would never come.“I just want to say thank you for all the support, and thank you for Cape Fear Habitat and friends and family. I wouldn’t have done it without them,” she said.Once complete, Hernandez will take on a zero-percent mortgage from State Employees Credit Union.The house is expected to be finished around Thanksgiving.last_img read more

Street Turkeys of Wilmington Help restock local food bank for the holidays

first_img If you would like to help support our local Food Bank, please come out to The Landing at 530 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach on Wednesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and drop off one or more of the items listed below.Additional donations may be made that same day from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at the following Harris Teeter locations: Lumina Commons (1940 Eastwood Road, Wilmington), Mayfaire Community Center (6805 Parker Farm Road, Wilmington), Hanover Center (3501 Oleander Drive, Wilmington) and Oak Landing Shopping Center (8260 Market Street, Porter’s Neck).“At last year’s event, we collected over 13,000 lbs of food and $12,000 in cash donations, 100% of which was donated to our local Food Bank,” Jai Isear, Jr. said. “In turn, the Food Bank was able to provide over 71,400 meals to the hungry in our area! We hope this year’s event will be even more successful than last. To date, this event has helped the Food Bank provide nearly 470,000 meals!”Related Article: Teachers and students rally for school choiceIf you will be unable to attend the event, you can participate in the Virtual Food Drive online. All donations are tax deductible.Items Needed:Frozen turkeys & hamsCanned stewsSoupsTunaRavioliPeanut butterCerealCanned fruits & vegetables ·Rice, pasta, dry beansInfant formula,Diapers & wipes.No glass.This food drive is sponsored by the Men’s Bible Study Group and the Outreach Committee at Wrightsville United Methodist Church. Street Turkeys of Wilmington food drive (Photo: Jai Isear, Jr.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 10th annual Street Turkeys of Wilmington will take place Wednesday to help re-stock the shelves of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.The Food Bank provides food and supplies for over 90 area food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and group homes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD gets warrant for teen who hit Panera drivethru menu

first_img According to a news release, police got several tips after it released a copy of the video of the crash on social media.Ferris faces several charges, including hit & run property damage and reckless driving to endanger persons or property. Quaylyn Ferris (Photo: Wilmington PD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have issued a warrant for the 18-year-old they say backed into the menu board at Panera Bread and drove off.Police say they’ve identified Quaylyn Ferris of Wilmington as the driver of the burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe that drove recklessly through the drive-thru area on June 17 around 10 a.m. The crash caused about $4,800 worth of damage.- Advertisement – last_img read more

We complied with SCH regulations over Tal Qares site – AX Group

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Credit: Temple Rescue MaltaCredit: Temple Rescue Malta The construction and development firm AX Group, says that it complied with all regulations to protect the archaeological features on its development site at Tal Qares.Responding to a request for comment in regard to an updated social media post by Temple Rescue Malta, the CEO of AX Group Michael Warrington, said that the company had complied with ‘all the recommendations of the Superintendent of the Cultural Heritage.’Warrington explains that the land the company developed had been owned by the company for the last 25 years and had been brought into the rationalization scheme for development in 2006.This update comes following a Facebook post by the Facebook group Temple Rescue Malta, who state that development was destroying the Tal Qares archaeological site.Tal-Qares Archaeological Site ‘being destroyed’ for new development – Temple Rescue MaltaAccording to AX Group, an extensive study had been carried out by the company with the support of the SuperIntendent for Cultural Heritage.An ancient rubble wall was discovered on the property during their surveys and was deemed to be the only item which would need to be protected during the excavation and development phases.Requests for comment regarding the points raised by Temple Rescue Malta, have been sent to the Superintendent for Cultural Heritage.WhatsApplast_img read more

Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

first_imgOil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain July 4, 2019. REUTERS/StringerOil supertanker Grace 1 on suspicion of being carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria is seen near Gibraltar, Spain July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that drew Tehran’s fury and could escalate its confrontation with the West.The Grace 1 tanker was impounded in the British territory on the southern tip of Spain after sailing around Africa, the long route from the Middle East to the mouth of the Mediterranean.Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador to voice “its very strong objection to the illegal and unacceptable seizure” of its ship. The diplomatic gesture lifted any doubt over Iran’s ownership of the vessel, which flies a Panama flag and is listed as managed by a company in Singapore.Panama’s Maritime Authority said on Thursday that Grace 1 was no longer listed in Panama’s international boat registry as of May 29.U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the British move was “excellent news.”“America our allies will continue to prevent regimes in Tehran Damascus from profiting off this illicit trade,” Bolton said on Twitter.Shipping data reviewed by Reuters suggests the tanker was carrying Iranian oil loaded off the coast of Iran, although its documents say the oil is from neighbouring Iraq.While Europe has banned oil shipments to Syria since 2011, it had never seized a tanker at sea. Unlike the United States, Europe does not have broad sanctions against Iran.“This is the first time that the EU has done something so public and so aggressive. I imagine it was also coordinated in some manner with the U.S. given that NATO member forces have been involved,” said Matthew Oresman, a partner with law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman who advises firms on sanctions.“This is likely to have been meant as a signal to Syria and Iran – as well as the U.S. – that Europe takes sanctions enforcement seriously and that the EU can also respond to Iranian brinkmanship related to ongoing nuclear negotiations,” he said.Authorities in Gibraltar made no reference to the source of the oil or the ownership of the ship when they seized it.But Iran’s acknowledgment that it owned the ship, and the likelihood that its cargo was also Iranian, drew a link between the incident and a new U.S. effort to halt all global sales of Iranian crude. Iran describes that as an illegal “economic war.”European countries have so far tried to appear neutral in the escalating confrontation between Tehran and Washington, which saw the United States call off air strikes against Iran just minutes before impact last month, and Tehran amass stocks of enriched uranium banned under a 2015 nuclear deal.The Gibraltar government said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying crude oil to the Baniyas refinery in Syria.“That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria,” Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said. “With my consent, our port and law enforcement agencies sought the assistance of the Royal Marines in carrying out this operation.”A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Gibraltar’s move.U.S. SANCTIONS TIGHTENEDSpain, which challenges British ownership of Gibraltar, said the action was prompted by a U.S. request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters. Britain’s Foreign Office did not respond to a request for comment.Iran has long been supplying its allies in Syria with oil despite sanctions against Syria. What is new are U.S. sanctions on Iran itself, imposed last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of an agreement that had guaranteed Tehran access to world trade in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.Those U.S. sanctions have been tightened sharply since May, effectively forcing Iran from mainstream oil markets and making it desperate for alternative customers. Iran has grown more reliant on its own tanker fleet to transport whatever oil it can sell and to store a growing stockpile of unsold output.The U.S.-Iranian confrontation has escalated in recent weeks, taking on a military dimension after Washington accused Tehran of attacking tankers in the Gulf and Iran shot down a U.S. drone. Trump ordered air strikes but called them off at the last minute, later saying too many people would have died.European countries opposed Trump’s decision to exit the nuclear deal last year, and they have promised to help Iran find alternative ways to export, but with little success so far.Iran has said it wants to keep the nuclear deal alive but must receive promised economic benefits. This week it announced it had accumulated more low-enriched uranium than the deal allows and from July 7 will refine uranium to a greater purity than permitted.By restricting Iran’s ability to move oil, U.S. sanctions have choked off Tehran’s Syrian allies, causing fuel shortages in government-controlled areas. In May, Syria received its first foreign oil for six months with the arrival of two shipments, one from Iran, a source said at the time.Earlier this year, Reuters revealed that the Grace 1 was one of four tankers involved in shipping Iranian fuel oil to Singapore and China, violating U.S. sanctions.The 300,000-tonne tanker is registered as being managed by Singapore-based IShips Management Pte Ltd. Reuters was unable to establish contact with the firm for comment.It was documented as loading fuel oil in the Iraqi port of Basra in December, though Basra did not list it as being in port and its tracking system was switched off. The tanker reappeared on tracking maps near Iran’s port of Bandar Assalyeh, fully loaded.Homayoun Falakshahi, senior analyst at London-based energy data firm Kpler, told Reuters the ship had loaded Iranian crude in mid-April from Iran’s export port of Kharg Island.A maritime intelligence source said the ship may have made the journey around Africa to avoid the Suez Canal, where such a large super-tanker would have had to unload its cargo and refill after passing through, exposing it to potential seizure.WhatsApp <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