Monthly Archive: July 2019

31
Jul
2019

Four leading disabled peoples organisations DPOs

first_imgFour leading disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have issued a list of 17 policies they want the next government to implement in its first 100 days.Equal Lives, Inclusion London, The Alliance for Inclusive Education and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), published the list to help campaigners in the days leading up to tomorrow’s general election, and to “raise disability up the political agenda”.They say that disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the coalition’s austerity programme, with more than £28 billion in benefits and entitlements stripped away over the last five years.One piece of research, by The Centre for Welfare Reform, suggests that disabled people are paying nine times more towards reducing the budget deficit than most citizens, while disabled people who use social care are facing a burden that is 19 times greater.And last August, Disability News Service revealed that the UK government appeared to have become the first country to face a confidential, high-level inquiry by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a result of alleged “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.The four organisations say the 17 demands are the “minimum” that the government must do to meet its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and ensure that disabled people “enjoy equal rights with non-disabled people”.Many of the demands would reverse policies introduced by the coalition, such as the closure of the Independent Living Fund; cuts to social care; the introduction of the bedroom tax; cuts to Access to Work; laws to allow free special schools; cuts to disabled student’s allowance; and reforms and cuts to legal aid.But other demands do not focus solely on coalition policies, including calls to scrap the work capability assessment; for closer government engagement with DPOs on employment, equality laws and implementing the UNCRPD; to scrap benefit sanctions; and for a building programme of accessible and affordable social housing.The four organisations are part of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), which is hosting a conference in Sheffield on 14 July to allow DPOs to “take stock” of the new government, and its likely policy implications.The conference will also examine lessons from the last 10 years of campaigning and working for disability equality, plan strategies for implementing the UNCRPD, and look at how to strengthen ROFA itself.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said: “Disabled people have been hit harder than most by austerity.“We have seen the hard-won progress towards our equality and inclusion systematically undermined and weakened by a plethora of cuts that are stripping away our quality of life, dignity and independence.  “Meeting these 17 demands will begin to restore fairness and justice for disabled people and mark the moment government starts working with us and not against us.”A DPAC spokesperson added: “Over the past five years, disabled people’s human rights have been systematically destroyed by vicious and unjust ConDem policies.“We are now asking for these demands to be met within the first 100 days of a new government to start the long road to reclaiming those rights and to begin to rebuild our lives.”Meanwhile, 100 disabled people have published an “open letter to the UK”, warning that “if the Conservative Party was to form the next government, either our own lives or the lives of others in our community would be in profound danger”.They point to the “constant stream of propaganda” from the Conservatives which implies that disabled people are “fraudulent scroungers”.Among the Conservative policies they say have harmed disabled people are cuts to legal aid; the closure of the Independent Living Fund; cuts to disability living allowance and the move to its working-age replacement, personal independence payment; the “aggressive sanctions and workfare regime”; the “bedroom tax”; cuts to social care and Access to Work; and the closure of the Access to Elected Office fund.They add: “The overall feeling of disabled people after five years of these dishonest and abusive polices is fear and anxiety.”Among those signing the letter are leading bloggers, activists, actors, students, academics, artists, writers and musicians.last_img read more

31
Jul
2019

SAINTS went back to the top of the U19s league tab

first_imgSAINTS went back to the top of the U19s league table with a 36-12 victory over local rivals Warrington Wolves on Friday evening, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints did what their nearest rivals from over Billinge Lump couldn’t do in beating the Wolves.Danny Richardson was in sparkling form with a personal haul of 20 points to lead from the front.In contrast to previous weeks the game plan was executed to perfection giving the Saints every chance to down their rivals.But what they could take forward was the defensive strength of the last few displays and this was what the Wolves couldn’t break down.Another 40 minutes without a blemish on the scoreboard gave another indication of the determination of the team to win games.Richardson’s brace coupled with yet another from Regan Grace gave the Saints a three score cushion at the interval and three further scores from Captain Joe Ryan and both hookers Aaron Smith and Josh Eaves was enough to give the Saints the win.The internal battle between the Saints three hookers, Smith, Eaves and Jonah Cunningham, is one to watch in itself as they battle for the usual two spots in Saints U19s side.A big game off the bench from Liam Cooper coupled with typical displays from Levy Nzoungou and Mr Perpetual Motion himself Morgan Knowles, gave the Saints the edge.Another bruising battle is anticipated next Saturday as the Saints face the Castleford Tigers for the third time this season and another big display will be required to keep the Saints at the top.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Danny Richardson 2, Regan Grace, Aaron Smith, Joe Ryan, Josh Eaves.Goals: Danny Richardson 6.Warrington Wolves U19s:Tries: Declan Kay, Yoan Neue.Goals: Morgan Smith.Half Time: 18-0Full Time: 36-12Teams:Saints:18. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 20. Matty Fleming, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Lewis Fairhurst; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Phil Atherton, 16. Liam Cooper, 17. Matty Lees.Warrington:1. Jack Johnson; 2. Declan Kay, 28. Toby King, 3. Charlie Phythian, 15. David Foggin-Johnson; 6. Morgan Smith, 7. Harry Rearden; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Reece Brunt, 14. Robert Holroyd, 11. Alex Whalley, 12. Nathan Ainsworth, 13. Pat Moran. Subs: 5. Ben Stansfield, 16. Ellis Gillam, 20. Andy Philbin, 22. Yoan Neue.last_img read more

30
Jul
2019

Parliament starts legislative process on Venice Commission recommendations

first_img SharePrint The government started the legislative process towards the implementation of the recommendation from the Venice Commission on Monday. Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici presented the proposed amendments in parliament for the first reading.A press release from the Ministry for Justice also stated that it is committed to see that the amendments in the law regarding the Office of the Attorney General will go through the whole process and be incorporated before the Summer holidays.The aim of this amendment is to detach the civil and prosecutory functions of the office.Further details on the amendments may be read in Maltese here.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

30
Jul
2019

Watch Pope Francis calls for an end to the conflict in Libya

first_imgPope Francis called for an end to the conflict and bloodshed which has ravaged Libya for these past years.Pope Francis made this appeal for peace during his traditional Easter message and the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica.The Pope said that defenseless people are dying in Libya with families being forced to abandon their homes. He encouraged the parties involved to opt for dialogue over force and to avoid opening wounds left by decades of conflict and political instability.According to the Pope, parts of the African continent are rife with  “rife with social tensions, conflicts and at times violent forms of extremism that leave in their wake insecurity, destruction and death.”Syria and the Middle EastThe Pontiff spoke about the situation in Syria which faces an ongoing conflict and said that there is a risk that people will become resigned and indifferent.““Now is instead the time for a renewed commitment for a political solution able to respond to people’s legitimate hopes for freedom, peace and justice, confront the humanitarian crisis and favor the secure re-entry of the homeless, along with all those who have taken refuge in neighboring countries, especially Lebanon and Jordan.”The Pope said that today the Church will be renewing the proclamation made by the first disciples that Jesus is risen. Addressing youths, he said that “Christ is alive.”The Pope prayed for the light of Easter to illuminate all government leaders “beginning with the Israelis and Palestinians,” and lead them to pursue a future of peace and stability.Sudan and South SudanThe Pontiff said he was thinking of Sudan, a country which he referred to as one which is presently experiencing political uncertainty. Recently he kissed the feet of South Sudanese dignitaries following his speech welcoming their peace agreement.In his Easter message, the Pope said that he hopes that all voices will be heard to find the required development and well being.Regarding Eastern Ukraine, the Pope prayed for Easter to bring comfort to its people. He prayed for initiatives of humanitarian aid and for efforts towards peace.Venezuelan people are lacking minimal conditions to dignified life – Pope“I think in particular of the Venezuelan people, of all those who lack the minimal conditions for leading a dignified and secure life due to a crisis that endures and worsens. May the Lord grant that all those with political responsibilities may work to end social injustices, abuses and acts of violence, and take the concrete steps needed to heal divisions and offer the population the help they need.”The Pope usually delivers his To The City and The World blessing twice a year – on Christmas Day and on Easter Sunday. This year, the Pontiff mentioned Libya, Syria, eastern Ukraine, Yemen, Israel and Palestine, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, South Sudan, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Pope Francis prayed for the Lord to turn people into builders of bridges and not of walls. “May the one who gives us his peace end the roar of arms,” said the Pope.At the conclusion of his address, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the Christian Community in Sri Lanka. Easter Day bomb blasts at three churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.Today we contemplate the empty tomb of Christ and we hear the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid! He is risen!” #Easter— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 21, 2019WhatsApp <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG12946.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

30
Jul
2019

Afobe plays musical chairs with Stoke and Wolves

first_imgGenerated by IJG JPEG LibraryGenerated by IJG JPEG Library Stoke secured the services of Benik Afobe, two days after Wolverhampton Wanderers bought him from Bournemouth for the sum of £10 million.This means that Wolves have managed to make an overnight profit of £2 million after Stoke were willing to invest £12 million for the striker.Stoke also signed to Nigerian Oghenekaro Etebo, who spent the second part of last season with Las Palmas in Spain. Meanwhile Wolves will fill Afobe’s place with Mexican Raul Jimenez who joined on-loan from Benfica.Wolves, who will be making their return to the Premier League, have a chance to permanently sign the 27-year-old player for around £30 million after yearlong loan ends.Stoke secured the services of Benik Afobe, two days after Wolverhampton Wanderers bought him from Bournemouth for the sum of £10 million.This means that Wolves have managed to make an overnight profit of £2 million after Stoke were willing to invest £12 million for the striker.Stoke also signed to Nigerian Oghenekaro Etebo, who spent the second part of last season with Las Palmas in Spain. Meanwhile Wolves will fill Afobe’s place with Mexican Raul Jimenez who joined on-loan from Benfica.Wolves, who will be making their return to the Premier League, have a chance to permanently sign the 27-year-old player for around £30 million after yearlong loan ends.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG8527.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more