The Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The party’s manifesto says (on page 34) that a Green government would: “Provide the right to an assisted death within a rigorous framework of regulation and in the context of the availability of the highest level of palliative care.”But the manifesto also promises that the Greens in government would enforce the UNCRPD, although it does not explain how this would be implemented.Many of the policies laid out by the Greens in their manifesto – such as a commitment to inclusive education, retaining the Independent Living Fund, increasing spending on disability living allowance and personal independence payment (PIP), abolishing the “bedroom tax”, scrapping the work capability assessment, and ending the use of private sector contractors to assess disabled people for PIP – appear to have secured some support from disabled people over the last week.But the party’s support for the legalisation of assisted suicide has been almost ignored so far, although some disabled activists have said privately that they would be unable to vote for the party because of its “assisted death” policy.A spokeswoman for the Green party said: “As a party we do not see a conflict between our commitments to both everyone’s right to an assisted death, within a rigorous framework, and the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.”Pictured are members of Not Dead Yet UK, protesting against the campaign to legalise assisted suicide, outside the Houses of Parliament in 2014
The mother of a disabled woman who took her own life after repeated safeguarding failings by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is to demand the truth about her daughter’s death in a meeting with a senior civil servant.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, will travel to Teesside on Monday (10 June) to apologise in person to Joy Dove for the government’s failings in the case of her daughter, Jodey Whiting (pictured).The meeting, which will also be attended by Colin Stewart, DWP’s work and health director for the north of England, will take place in the offices of Dove’s MP, Dr Paul Williams.Haddad said, in a letter confirming the meeting, that they wanted to hear “personally” from Dove and explain “what happened with Jodey’s claim and changes we have put in place as a result of the lessons we have learned”.Dove said: “They say they want to speak to me, to hear what I think about it all.“It will never bring my daughter back. I don’t want apologies, I just want the truth.“It’s their fault she’s in the ground and they shouldn’t have done that to her.”She said she hoped the meeting would help “change the system for good”.The number of people who have signed a petition in her daughter’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has passed 41,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.The petition also calls for recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for urgent changes by DWP to make the safety of all social security claimants a priority.Dove is hoping to ask Haddad at the meeting about DWP’s admission that it failed to pass documents linking the work capability assessment (WCA) with the deaths of benefit claimants from the expert ministers commissioned to review the test (see separate story).Following intervention from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), DWP has admitted that two letters written by coroners – and a series of secret “peer reviews” into the deaths of claimants who went through the assessment – were hidden from the team set up to review the WCA in 2013 and 2014.Dove’s legal team are also planning to push for a second inquest, which they hope would force a public examination of the DWP failings that contributed to Jodey Whiting taking her own life in February 2017.None of these failings were discussed at the original inquest, although the Independent Case Examiner later concluded that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling her case, and failed five times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading to her suicide.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee
Jennie Formby’s message to local Labour party secretaries advising them not to accept motions on individual disciplinary cases was prompted by Lord David Blunkett, LabourList can reveal.In confidential emails sent on Tuesday afternoon, Labour HQ told local parties that resolutions “on individual cases” were considered “not competent business for discussion at CLPs”.The advice came after Hackney North, Sheffield Hallam and other branches reacted to the suspension of backbench MP Chris Williamson by passing motions that condemned the decision and defended his comments on antisemitism.LabourList can now disclose that the idea to offer the advice came from former cabinet minister Lord Blunkett, who asked the general secretary on Monday about the steps being taken to ensure that complaints procedures were “free from political interference”.The Labour peer wrote to Formby: “Picking up your point on ensuring that procedures are ‘free from political interference’, will you be recommending that no motions seeking to pre-empt proper investigation and decision-making in respect of individuals under investigation will be seen by or presented to the NEC? “I refer to those passing emergency (because they’re almost always emergency) resolutions at CLPs relating to individuals or the broader issue of antisemitism and its implications for our party.”Once informed that advice to that effect was to be sent out to CLP secretaries, Blunkett told the general secretary: “I am grateful that you have sought to clarify with constituency secretaries across the country that they should not accept resolutions or have them debated relating to individuals subject to the processes set in place where disciplinary action has been taken or is under consideration.“I believe this will not only calm matters within the party but also reinforce the importance of credible and trusted processes fair to everyone.”Tags:Jennie Formby /Antisemitism /lord blunkett /
SAINTS will get their 2017 Betfred Super League campaign underway at home with a titanic clash against huge rivals Leeds Rhinos.The two sides will meet on Thursday February 9 before Keiron Cunningham’s men head to newly promoted Leigh Centurions the round after.Saints then host Wakefield, followed by two testing away trips to Hull FC and Catalans Dragons.The first derby of the season will be on Good Friday at Wigan Warriors (April 14) with the return ‘leg’ on Thursday May 25.And, alongside the traditional Easter period, there will be a Betfred Super League double header at the end of May, with Saints playing twice across the second Bank Holiday weekend that month.That is so the England national team can prepare for the 2017 World Cup, with an international pre-season training camp and an international break.The fixtures:R1 – Thursday, Feb 9 – Leeds Rhinos (H) – 8pmR2 – Friday, Feb 24 – Leigh Centurions (A) – 8pmR3 – Friday, Mar 3 – Wakefield Trinity (H) – 8pmR4 – Friday, Mar 10 – Hull FC (A) – 8pmR5 – Saturday, Mar 18 – Catalans Dragons (A) – 6pmR6 – Friday, Mar 24 – Warrington Wolves (H) – 8pmR7 – Thursday, Mar 30 – Salford Red Devils (A) – 8pmR8 – Friday, Apr 7 – Huddersfield Giants (H) – 8pmR9 – Friday, Apr 14 – Wigan Warriors (A) – TBCR10 – Monday, Apr 17 – Castleford Tigers (H) – TBCR11 – Friday, Apr 21 – Widnes Vikings (A) – 8pmR12 – Friday, Apr 28 – Leigh Centurions (H) – 8pmR13 – Friday, May 5 – Warrington Wolves (A) – 8pmWeekend of May 14 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 6R14 – Saturday, May 20 – Hull FC – Magic Weekend – 4:45pmR15 – Thursday, May 25 – Wigan Warriors (H) – 8pmR16 – Monday, May 29 – Huddersfield Giants (A) – TBCR17 – Sunday, Jun 4 – Castleford Tigers (A) – 3.30pmR18 – Friday, Jun 9 – Widnes Vikings (H) – 8pmWeekend of June 18 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup QFR19 – Friday, Jun 23 – Salford Red Devils (H) – 8pmR20 – Thursday, Jun 29 – Leeds Rhinos (A) – 8pmR21 – Friday, Jul 7 – Hull FC (H) – 8pmR22 – Sunday, Jul 16 – Catalans Dragons (H) – 3pmR23 – Sunday, Jul 23 – Wakefield Trinity (A) – 3pmWeekend of July 30 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup SFWeekend of August 6 – Super 8s beginSaturday August 26 – Ladbrokes Challenge Cup FinalWeekend of October 1 – Playoff Semi FinalsSaturday October 7 – Grand FinalBuying a Membership is the best way of seeing your Saints in 2017.As well as offering a whole host of benefits they are the most cost effective way of watching the boys next season.And Junior Memberships give your little Saint the chance of becoming a matchday mascot too!To find out more log on to www.mysaintsmembership.com
Last Ten Meetings:Hull FC 0, St Helens 45 (SLR14, 20/5/17) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle) Hull FC 24, St Helens 14 (SLR4, 10/3/17) St Helens 31, Hull FC 10 (SLS8-R4, 2/9/16) Hull FC 32, St Helens 24 (SLR16, 28/5/16) St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16) St Helens 16, Hull FC 17 (SLR9, 1/4/16) St Helens 22, Hull FC 32 (SLS8-R2, 14/8/15) Hull FC 10, St Helens 17 (SLR15, 22/5/15) St Helens 20, Hull FC 28 (SLR9, 6/4/15) Hull FC 19, St Helens 12 (SLR23, 1/8/14)Super League Summary:St Helens won 28 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs) Hull FC won 16 3 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin) Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Head to Head Season Stats:SaintsHull FC Tries7282Goals5889Metres25,67525,057Breaks103118Tackles6,9536,761Penalties153173Career Milestones:Tommy Makinson needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has scored 94 times for St Helens since 2011, to go with three dual-registration scores for Rochdale (2013). He also made one non-scoring appearance for Whitehaven in the same season.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 31 2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 20 3 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 17 4 Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 16 5 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 15 6 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 14 8 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 13 10 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), Mason Caton-Brown (Wakefield Trinity), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 91 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 73 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 64 4 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity), Mark Percival (St Helens) 50 6 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 47 7 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 45 8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 41 9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 40 10 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 100.00 (10/10) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 89.02 (73/82) 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 86.48 (64/74) 4 Martyn Ridyard (Huddersfield Giants/Leigh Centurions) 84.61 (22/26) 5 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 83.33 (10/12) 6 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 82.35 (14/17) 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 81.03 (47/58) 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 80.64 (50/62) 9 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 80.00 (8/10) 10 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 79.13 (91/115)Points: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 234 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 163 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 144 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 136 5 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 124 6 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 114 7 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 111 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 104 9 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 102 10 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 100Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Schools have joined a handful of other districts across the state that have decided to close on May 16, the day thousands of teachers are rallying in Raleigh.The day will be an optional teacher workday.- Advertisement – “We have made the decision to close on May 16th due to the fact that we are currently approaching approximately 600 teachers who have requested leave for that day. Based on our current substitute teacher pool, that would leave us with over 200 unfilled positions. At this point, we can not provide quality instruction and there would be serious student safety concerns with that many teachers out of the schools,” Dr. Tim Markley stated.Thousands of educators throughout North Carolina are planning to convene in Raleigh on May 16 to attend a rally at the General Assembly to address education issues.“It’s ridiculous when teachers have to go out and buy notebooks, and papers, and pencils, Kleenex, sanitizer, things like that,” said New Hanover County Educator’s Association executive Barbara Anderson. “That’s why the lists going home are getting larger and larger for parents.”Related Article: Lawmakers request bipartisan task force, question capability of Elections BoardThe state reports average salaries will rise again next school year to around $50,000 still nearly $10,000 below the national average. Anderson says more than anything they want more funding for teachers to spend on their students.“Teachers need to step up and advocate because out students don’t have a voice and a lot of our parents don’t have a voice,” said Anderson who also serves as a media center coordinator in the New Hanover County schools system. “So the teachers are now rising up so they can be the voice for our children.”The NHCS district says students will not have to make up this day.The schools will provide meals through the Summer Food Service program.Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be provided at the following schools: Williams, Bradley Creek, Wrightsboro, Williston, Virgo, and Sunset Park.Meals will be provided free of charge to all children 18 years of age or younger.New Hanover County Schools is working with principals and other school leaders to accommodate testing schedules that must continue on May 16, such as some International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement tests.Parents and students will receive information and instructions from the student’s school in the coming days if the student is scheduled to take a test that day.Transportation will be provided for students taking tests through the NHCS Transportation Department. Information regarding transportation on May 16 for these test takers will be provided by the schools.Since high school athletics are now in the playoffs for the spring sports season, any playoff games scheduled for May 16 will be played as scheduled.High school playoff schedules are dictated by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.NHCS hourly employees can choose from three options for the work day, including: 1) opt for annual leave; 2) opt to take a day without pay; or 3) report to work for additional duties, training, or professional development opportunities as assigned by their supervisors.Salaried staff will continue to work on their normal job duties.Normal teacher workday leave request rules will apply.
Wilmington-based Steve Goione has been the featured artist at least ten times, more than any other. (Photo: WNCT) MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WNCT) — A marine artist who spends months of the year selling his artwork at fishing tournaments around the world is in eastern North Carolina this week for the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament.Each year, Big Rock chooses a featured artist to make a piece of art to auction off at the awards banquet at the end of the tournament.- Advertisement – Wilmington-based Steve Goione has been the featured artist at least ten times, more than any other.This is his second consecutive year to be the featured artist.He says his inspiration for his watercolor, pen and ink-based piece came from the bronze sculpture of the blue marlin near the weigh scales.Related Article: Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament bringing back Big Hero program“When I was here last year, I couldn’t take my eyes off the fountain,” he said “It’s just the epicenter of Big Rock Landing and what this event is all about.”Click here tor read more.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Don’t panic, but Christmas is just over a month away.For many in the Cape Fear the holiday is clouded by the impact of Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – In Burgaw, a shop is helping children have a holly jolly holiday.Rustic Charm began their Candy Cane Tree Initiative at the beginning of the month.Chelsea Russell reached out to local schools like Rocky Point and Burgaw elementary schools in an effort to help.Related Article: New Hanover Co. School Board adjusts school calendar because of FlorenceEach candy cane represents a child in those schools that may have lost their home or belongings because of the storm. Anyone can take a candy cane and donate a gift for that child.Russell says they’re hoping to help hundreds.“I would tackle them all if I could,” Russell said. “But I don’t think that my little tree is going to hold that many. So we are just doing them as the list comes in. But we just want these kids to have a normal Christmas like any other year. That’s our goal.”So far 75 gifts have come out of the candy cane tree.If you live out of town, you can mail any gifts to the shop located at 117 W Fremont Street, Burgaw, North Carolina 28425.
Administrators, physicians, EMTs and pre-hospital staff alike attended to get new certifications, or brush up on familiar topics like disaster management and trauma review.“[It is] an educational opportunity, that’s one,” NHRMC Director Dr. Timothy Novosel said. “Two is interface between these different groups of people that maybe I’ve met some new friends here and getting to interact with other folks I might not necessarily interact with.”Dr. Novosel says that every year he loves for as many people to come as possible. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday was the beginning of the 30th Annual Annual Trauma & Acute Care Symposium in Wilmington.The event is held by New Hanover Regional Medical Center at the Wilmington Convention Center through Saturday.- Advertisement –