July 31, 2019

Disabled activists have criticised a council for p

first_imgDisabled activists have criticised a council for pushing ahead with “discriminatory” plans for a memorial to victims of the Peterloo massacre – who died 200 years ago in the cause of equality – that will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people.The new memorial is set to be unveiled on 16 August, the 200th anniversary of the attack by paramilitary and military forces on more than 60,000 peaceful, pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters in Manchester, which led to 18 deaths and nearly 700 serious injuries.The memorial (pictured) will be positioned near what was known in 1819 as St Peter’s Fields, the site of the massacre, and will be outside the current Manchester Central Convention Centre, which just a few weeks after the unveiling will host the Conservative party’s annual conference.It has been designed by artist Jeremy Deller as a series of concentric circles, with members of the public encouraged to climb the steps to a flat top.But the memorial, which has been funded by Manchester City Council, will be completely inaccessible to many disabled people, even though it has been designed to allow it to be used as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, mirroring those who spoke during the protest in 1819.Now a string of disabled activists from Manchester have attacked the council’s refusal to ensure that the memorial is accessible.Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), said: “Manchester City Council (MCC) is failing to deliver a fitting memorial.“Their chosen stepped design purposefully excludes disabled people.”In March, the designs were approved by Manchester City Council’s planning department, despite objections from GMCDP and others during the consultation and planning process and meetings with council leader Sir Richard Leese.Hilton said: “Manchester has a reputation of pulling together and lining up shoulder to shoulder in defiance of injustice, ignorance and segregation.“We are certain that once the campaign message is more widely heard the public will be as outraged as disabled people are and the council will be forced to listen and make the necessary changes.”Mark Todd, a former city council access officer, who started a Facebook page to protest at the design of the memorial – and who calls it “a monument to discrimination” – said the group was “angry and shocked” that it was going ahead “despite it being inaccessible to disabled people and others who cannot climb steps”.They believe this is “an act of exclusion that denies disabled people a voice, a blatant act of discrimination”, with the memorial “set to become a glaring metaphor for inequality and segregation with disabled people at the bottom of the memorial, literally being talked down to”.The group has called for a “major reworking” of the memorial by Manchester City Council (MCC), to make it accessible to those unable to climb steps, with options “explored in a full, open, transparent and public manner”.The group said that anything less would be a “breathtaking act of hypocrisy” and “an abandonment of the ideals of liberty and equality which moved those citizens to gather in St Peter’s Fields on 16th August 1819”.Dennis Queen, from Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We think MCC choosing to deliberately create a platform inaccessible for all speakers – or signers – sends a clear message against democracy for all in Manchester – the exact opposite of the aims of the memorial.”Flick Harris, chair of Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, said she and her colleagues were “shocked” that the council had approved the “newly designed inaccessible and unsafe Peterloo monument”.She said: “Any new designs and projects should be accessible for everyone or no-one.”Alan Holdsworth, a former Manchester resident who now lives in the US, where he is a member of the ADAPT grassroots disability rights organisation, said: “As a former Mancunian on behalf of ADAPT we are appalled that in 2019 we still have to fight against segregation and exclusion from the Peterloo massacre memorial.”Holdsworth, who founded the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) in the UK, said: “What makes us more angry is that although disabled people were part of the consultation process their voices, ideas and reservations were ignored.“We call on the council to halt the process and include disabled people and accessibility in the design.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “While DPAC realise that the new Peterloo memorial is to celebrate the martyrdom of 19th century activists it remains totally unacceptable in what is now the 21st century for any sector of our society – in this case disabled people – to be deliberately excluded from access to that memorial.“We are appalled that disabled people’s concerns have been repeatedly ignored by Manchester City Council and call for an immediate redesign of this structure, together with disabled people, so that all citizens are able to access it equally.”Although some changes have been made as a result of concerns about access, including the addition of a handrail, it appears that wheelchair-users will still only be able to reach the height of the lowest of the circles via a ramp.But the council made it clear to DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that it was unlikely that any further major changes would now be made, stating: “We are happy to continue dialogue and explore whether anything further can be done to address concerns but it is unlikely there could be any fundamental changes.”A council spokesperson said earlier: “We have engaged, and will continue to engage, with people who are disabled in order to make this memorial accessible while recognising that this is not a building or similar structure but a piece of public art.“Significant changes to the original design were made in response to this dialogue throughout the design’s development including the incorporation of a ramp and handrail and the replacement of tiles covering the memorial with stone to reduce slip hazards.“The specific design elements which provide information about Peterloo are all accessible.“We have taken these considerations seriously. While we respect the fact that some people feel that these changes still do not go far enough, we believe we have done the best we realistically can allowing for the constraints of the site, and this is the only feasible site in the original Peter’s Fields area.“Further mooted changes to the approved and already amended design would require new planning approvals and mean the project couldn’t be completed in time for the 200th anniversary commemorations.”Deller, whose work often focuses on political and social themes, expressed sympathy with the position of disabled campaigners and told Disability News Service: “I take responsibility for not considering enough the needs of people in wheelchairs.”He said further changes were suggested to improve access after the memorial secured planning permission, but he said the council had decided they were “so substantial it would have meant total redesign” and so were “not practical” because work had already begun.He said he still hoped that “once the memorial is built there might be a way to adapt it for wheelchairs”, but he had not responded by noon today (Thursday) to the council’s position that it was probably too late for further major changes.A spokesperson for the Peterloo Memorial Campaign, which campaigned for years for a memorial to be built, said disabled people were “right to be frustrated and angry about the lack of access to the monument”.He said: “In addition to commemorating the massacre, the memorial has been designed as a platform for speakers and demonstrators, but people using wheelchairs or unable to climb steps cannot use it fully.”He added: “We accept our share of responsibility for not immediately spotting this issue when the design was unveiled. “We have worked with the council, the artist and disabled people involved in or supportive of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to try and find a ‘retrofit’ solution.“We are disappointed to be informed by the council that no solution is viable in the limited time left available.”The names of those who died, and the villages and towns of the protesters, will be engraved on the memorial, while those visiting will be shown the direction of other parts of the world where significant protests have taken place, such as Tiananmen Square, Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Gdansk in Poland.A smaller circle at ground-floor level will reproduce the information so that those who cannot climb the steps will be able to read it.A 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 note 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…last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

ENGLAND bounced back from their openingday defeat

first_imgENGLAND bounced back from their opening-day defeat to Australia with a convincing win over Ireland in front of a stadium-record crowd at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, writes Liam Williams.England controlled the game from the first minute to the last, and got off to a perfect start when Ryan Hall scored after two minutes. He completed a first half hat-trick and further tries from Tom Briscoe and Brett Ferres to give England a 30-0 lead at half-time.Ireland restored some order to their defence in the second half, conceding just two more tries from Kallum Watkins and Rangi Chase, but they weren’t able to crack England’s impressive defence.The hosts got off to a blistering start, and capitalised on an error by Tyrone McCarthy, Leroy Cudjoe sending in Hall to open the scoring. Sinfield’s conversion attempt rebounded off the post before another Irish handling allowed them to go further ahead. Rory Kostjasyn spilled the ball, allowing Brett Ferres to link up with his Giants team-mate Cudjoe, who again found Hall to score his and England’s second, Sinfield converting this time.Cudjoe was in the thick of the action once more when he held off several Irish defenders before finding Rangi Chase whose kick was well taken by Briscoe to notch up England’s third try of the game.Briscoe scored his second when Sam Tomkins broke through the Irish line before passing to the Leeds-bound winger who ran on unchallenged to the try-line.This was followed by the try of the game. A fantastic move involving Watkins, Ben Westwood, Sinfield ended with Cudjoe again finding Hall who collected his hat-trick with an impressive finish.Soon after Tomkins again broke through the Irish line and found Ferres, who went over to score on his home ground to give England a 30-0 lead at the break.Ireland started the second half with more resolute defending and some good attacking combinations but failed to break through. England then increased their lead when Watkins crossed after he took the palmed-down ball from Briscoe.Chase was next to add his name to the score sheet when he latched onto Tomkins’s grubber, following some smart play from the full-back.Damien Blanch came close to registering points for Ireland when he looked to latch onto Liam Finn’s kick out wide, but he failed to take the high ball and the chance went begging.England1 Sam Tomkins2 Tom Briscoe3 Kallum Watkins4 Leroy Cudjoe5 Ryan Hall6 Rangi Chase7 Kevin Sinfield8 Chris Hill9 James Roby10 George Burgess11 Brett Ferres12 Ben Westwood13 Sean O’LoughlinInterchange14 Gareth Widdop15 Carl Ablett16 Thomas Burgess17 James GrahamIreland1 James Mendeika2 Damien Blanch3 Stuart Littler4 Apirana Pewhairangi5 Pat Richards6 Ben Currie7 Liam Finn8 Brett White9 Rory Kostjasyn10 James Hasson11 Simon Finnigan12 Dave Allen13 Tyrone McCarthyInterchange14 Bob Beswick15 Luke Ambler16 Danny Bridge17 Anthony MullallyReferee: Thierry Alibert (France)England 42Tries: Hall 3, Briscoe 2, Ferres, Watkins, Chase; Goals: Sinfield 4, WiddopIreland 0Attendance: 24,375last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

SAINTS online community is growing every day and i

first_imgSAINTS online community is growing every day and if you’re not ‘connected’, you’re missing out.The Club’s Official Facebook and Twitter sites are the places to be for up to the minute news, views and opinion from around the Saints as well as little snippets of information, ticket details, competitions, great pictures and debate and the occasional juicy exclusive too – including the very latest from all the Club’s press conferences.And you can interact with like-minded fans from all over the world.You can also follow matches live on both platforms and comment as the tries and goals fly over.So what are you waiting for?Click on to Saints Official Facebook and Saints Official Twitter sites to find out more!Don’t forget to check out our Official Youtube Channel too!We have highlights of Saints games past and present as well as interviews from behind the scenes – and the infamous Crossbar Challenge!And finally, make sure you’re to date with the very latest Saints information by registering or updating your details here – we send out regular newsletters and exclusives straight to your inbox!#beinthatnumberlast_img read more

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July 31, 2019

JONNY Lomax is set to return to action in the next

first_imgJONNY Lomax is set to return to action in the next four to six weeks according to his head coach.The 25-year-old fullback damaged his ACL in the win at Wakefield in March last year and underwent surgery.But he is now fighting fit and will be introduced to the line-up sooner rather than later.“Jonny is in a good place,” Keiron Cunningham said. “He is fit and light years of where he was last time he came back.“Originally, the surgeon said it would be a 12 month recovery. He is four to six weeks off now so will miss a game or two and then we will filter him back in.“He has had bad injuries but Sean Long’s were much worse and he came back. Jonny is the ultimate professional.“Rugby league can be fickle and as soon as you are away from the limelight you can be on the trash heap. That is just the way it goes but I’m sure Jonny will change a few of those opinions when he is back running around the field and setting up a few tries.“He has been in a dark place; coming back from back to back knee recons is hard and he has spent a lot of time on his own.“When you are injured like that you are out of the squad and the connection is quite strained. You don’t feel part of the team.“People can be critical and hurtful but if they saw what he did they might feel differently. He starts at 6am and finishes at 5pm, in the gym, to get himself fit.“He is well ahead of anybody I have dealt with for professionalism – it is phenomenal.“He is a pleasure to work with and I’m sure he will be back with a bang.”last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

He was awarded with the accolade at our Networking

first_imgHe was awarded with the accolade at our Networking Event, which is sponsored by Stapleton Derby.The full back said: “It’s nice to get personal recognition but you’ve got to thank the lads as well because that’s what it’s all about. You want the awards for the team.”He also spoke about how the team are aiming to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat ahead of tomorrow’s Super 8s clash against Huddersfield.“With the disappointment on Sunday, it’s sometimes hard to back up when you’ve got a quick turnaround,” he added. “I think it’s best for us as we have no time to feel sorry for ourselves. You’ve got to move on, dust yourself off and go again.“We know Huddersfield are going to bring their best but we need to get back to our own standards and look forward.”With Saints being part of the town’s bid to host games at the 2021 World Cup, Lomax also spoke about his personal international experience.Jonny said: “For myself, with some of the injuries I’ve had in the past, I don’t really look too far ahead. I just take it game by game.“I’m focused on St Helens week to week and I’m just going to try to do my best here and if international recognition comes at the end of the year, that would be fantastic.”Next, guest speakers Gary Kilgannon and Peter Hale from club partners Biffa spoke to delegates about their new partnership with the club and how they are aiming to improve recycling methods within the Totally Wicked Stadium.The event is held every month at the Totally Wicked Stadium during the Betfred Super League season.The Player of the Month is nominated by the first team coaching staff.To find out more and to book onto the next one, email us here.last_img read more

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July 30, 2019

Bladen Co man sentenced to up to 19 years in prison for

first_img The case arose from incidents in the summer of 2016 that were discovered when the 11-year-old victim reported that she had been sexually assaulted by Maldonado at the victim’s residence.The case was reviewed by the Bladen County Department of Social Services and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office who filed the charges against Maldonado in September 2016 following an investigation.Following the completion of his prison term, Maldonado will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years and be subject to satellite-based monitoring for the remainder of his life. Enrique Maldonado (Photo: Bladen County District Attorney’s Office) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Garland man is guilty of one county of statutory sex offense with a child.Enrique Maldonado, 39, entered a guilty plea to one count each of Statutory Sex Offense with a Child and Indecent Liberties with a Child on Monday in Bladen County Superior Court. Maldonado was sentenced up to 19 years in prison.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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July 30, 2019

Potluck for Peace hopes to bring change to the community

first_img The event took place during YWCA USA’s Week Without Violence, an annual campaign focused on ending gender-based violence.Thursday’s discussion topic was “Violence Against Women of Color.”Event organizers hope to create a powerful conversation about change, acceptance, and awareness.Related Article: Randy Aldridge gives in studio update on his health“1 in 4 women experiences domestic violence in their lifetime and even more so, women experience financial abuse so that’s the reason that we’re having this event today, because we want to raise awareness about this issue,” YWCA Lower Cape Fear Executive Director Charrise Hart said.Hart said organizers hope to use Thursday’s Potluck for Peace event as a launching pad to open up more discussion about violence against women.Hart added that YWCA Lower Cape Fear is always looking for volunteers.For more information about YWCA Lower Cape Fear, visit their website or call 910-799-6820. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Community members in Wilmington came out Thursday night for food and conversation.Potluck for Peace is an effort to impact peaceful change in the community through food, fellowship and enriching dialogue.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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July 30, 2019

UNCW student creating drone to collect water samples

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– This weekend students at UNCW are getting the chance to use their programming skills outside the classroom. The university’s second annual “Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon” is driving up some very cool inventions.The program is designed to help UNCW students come together to help create technical solutions for various problems while making important connections.- Advertisement – “They get to work with the mentors and see how they would approach the projects. So they get some of the stuff they have in class they get to apply it to those projects that we’ve given them,” UNCW’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization Coordinator, Chris Krumm said.Students get the chance to work with mentors representing different technology firms across Wilmington. This gives students an idea of what it is like to take a project from the initial design, to a concept, then to the final step of building the product.Student Kelsey Seitter has been working on developing a drone since the summer.Related Article: LGBTQ supporters gather at UNCW for pride month and Stonewall’s 50th anniversary“Here at the Hackathon we’ve got some students who are helping me design the pump system that’s going to be taking the water samples,” Seitter said.The purpose of this program is to focus on two areas of research, Marine Science and Biotechnology. Seitter’s idea to build a drone to collect water samples is a perfect example of the programs focus.“The end all goal for the drone is to have a easy way to take multiple water samples quickly, efficiently in the Cape Fear Region,” Seitter said. “It’ll be in the Cape Fear River out in Masonboro Inlet around oyster farms and other water bodies in the area that are being researched, studied, or monitored.”Seitter’s invention to help speed of the process of collecting water samples is just one of many great ideas in the works at UNCW. Seitter hopes with help from other students this weekend she can have her drone up and running by the end of next year.“The Internet of Things Hackathon” runs through Sunday. For more information on the program, click here.last_img read more

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July 30, 2019

TRU Colors Brewing Company holds first community event at Maides Park

first_imgAttendees at TRU Colors Brewing Company’s community event get registered for the water dodgeball tournament (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — TRU Colors Brewing Company held its first community event Saturday. They invited 400 people to Maides Park in Wilmington for a water dodgeball tournament.There were also inflatables, face painting and more for people to enjoy. Parchies Barbeque of Wilmington catered the event.- Advertisement – The brewery is run by gang members and they say that the event was put on to bring the community together.They say they are working on perfecting their beer recipes and finding a location for a facility to serve them.last_img

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July 30, 2019

Shuttle buses available to Burgaw for applying for assistance

first_img The bus schedule for Sept. 28, 29, and Oct. 1-6 is as follows:Depart Hampstead Annex Depart Ag. Building7 a.m. 8 a.m.9 a.m. 10 a.m.11 a.m. 12 p.m.1 p.m. 2 p.m.4 p.m. if needed.Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The exact amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $640 and larger families would receive more.Residents already receiving food assistance will automatically receive food replacement money on their cards.Related Article: Insurance companies brace for risk of more claims with MichaelFor more information call the Pender County Department of Health and Human Services at 910-259-1240.Also, the auditorium located in the Pender County Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17 in Hampstead, has been closed due to damages to the ceiling and floor caused by water intrusion during Hurricane Florence.Any groups or individuals who have reserved the auditorium will need to reschedule.The time frame for repairs is not yet known, but we will notify the public as soon as that information is sufficiently definite to allow reservations to be accepted.We regret the inconvenience which this may cause to anyone using the auditorium. For more information call (910) 270-6704. PENDER COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — The Pender County Department of Health and Human Services announced that residents in Pender County will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP,” beginning Friday, Sept. 28.“Residents can begin signing up for assistance starting this week,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director. “The sign up will take place in the Pender County Agricultural Building, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw. Because we know this could be a travel hardship for residents, we are offering a shuttle from the Hampstead Annex to Burgaw and back.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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