Three disabled activists who took the government t

first_imgThree disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader.Anne Pridmore Gabriel Pepper (pictured) and Stuart Bracking have pointed out that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been “unstinting” in his support for ILF-users throughout the campaign to prevent the fund’s closure.The trio were joined by Paul Taylforth, the father of a fourth former ILF-user who was involved in the court cases, in raising concerns about developments within the party.They sent an email outlining their concerns to Corbyn, deputy party leader Tom Watson, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, the present and previous shadow ministers for disabled people, Debbie Abrahams and Kate Green, and Neil Coyle, a Labour MP and a former director of Disability Rights UK.They pointed out that Corbyn issued a statement on the day ILF closed in June last year pledging to campaign for it to be reinstated.Their court bids to overturn the government’s decision to close the fund were finally defeated in December 2014, prompting Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, to suggest that the move signalled “the end of the right to independent living for disabled people in the UK”.They said in this week’s statement: “The democratic election of Jeremy Corbyn last September instilled hope among many disabled people and their families that the Labour party had turned a corner, and would campaign hard to stop further austerity and cuts to public services and benefits.“A number of judicial reviews brought in recent years reflect the impact public service cuts are having on the lives of disabled people and their families.“While legal challenges are sometimes successful, they cannot achieve the impact and change an effective political campaign can.“Rather than sow further division, we would urge Labour MPs to remember who austerity and public sector cuts are hitting the hardest, and the lives now being destroyed by them.”They said there was a “desperate need for unity” among working-class people and said the Labour party and its MPs needed to “consider their responsibility and duty of care towards those who will continue to face the consequences if we fail to end austerity now”.They said this would only be possible if the party united behind Corbyn’s leadership and worked with trade unions and disability campaigners to “build a political movement to achieve this”.This week, Corbyn lost a vote of confidence among his own MPs by 172 votes to 40, and now faces a leadership challenge from former minister Angela Eagle.Yesterday (Wednesday), the former ILF-users were joined in their call by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which issued its own appeal to Labour members to back Corbyn.In a statement on its website, it praised the “unstinting support” that Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell had given to both DPAC and disabled people.It said: “Both have spoken out and voted against every horror the Tories have imposed on disabled people.”McDonnell has sent a message to DPAC, urging all of its members and supporters “to support Jeremy if there is a leadership election”, and calling on non-members to join the party so they can vote for him.Only last month, research by Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People suggested that the government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it was handing to local authorities following the ILF closure was leading to a “postcode lottery” of support for former ILF-recipients.ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and by last year it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred to councils in England and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland, to cover the period from its closure last summer to April 2016.The Scottish government has set up its own ILF for existing recipients in Scotland, while the Welsh government has set up a ring-fenced, local authority-run grant scheme that will run until at least 31 March 2017.The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, announced in February that the government would provide another four years of transition funding to local authorities in England in 2016-17 (£177 million), 2017-18 (£171 million), 2018-19 (£166 million) and 2019-20 (£161 million), but that the money would again not be ring-fenced.last_img read more

Over 40 Labour donors and longstanding members ha

first_imgOver 40 Labour donors and long-standing members have written to Jeremy Corbyn demanding that he “back a public vote without further delay”.The letter, sent to the Labour leader today, warns that “time is dangerously short” and “the current deadlock is slowly but surely wrecking the economy”.Citing Theresa May’s “dismal record as a negotiator” and “propensity to put party before country”, the party donors say they could not trust her to deliver the right Brexit result – even if parliament were to vote for Labour’s alternative Brexit plan.Many of the signatories are members of Labour’s Rose Network, and the list includes some who have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Labour Party.Below is the letter to Jeremy Corbyn in full. Dear Jeremy,We write to you as long-standing Labour members and supporters, from business, public service and the professions.You were right to say in Wakefield earlier this month that “it’s the failed system, rigged against the many to protect the interests of the few, that is the real cause of inequality and insecurity”. This is responsible for high bills, rising debts, insecure work and people forced to use food banks.And that’s why we need a Labour government: to invest in vital industries; to help places that have been robbed of their future by the toxic combination of misguided economic policies, lack of investment and drastically declining public services.But despite defeating Theresa May’s destructive Brexit deal, we have so far failed to force a general election. And now the country is staring into the abyss as Tory extremists push for us to crash out of the EU with no deal at all.If this happens, working people will be hurt the most. There will be no money to invest in new technologies of the future – and no money for proud, generous communities that have been held back for decades.Labour policy is to consider all remaining options, including a public vote. But time is dangerously short, and the current deadlock is slowly but surely wrecking the economy. Even if parliament, against most expectations, were to vote for Labour’s Brexit plan, given the Prime Minister’s dismal record as a negotiator and propensity to put party before country, we could never trust her to deliver the result that Labour proposes and the country needs.We therefore believe that the party must move to the only logical conclusion: trust the people and ask them whether they still want to quit the EU now they know what Brexit really means.Time is running out. The economy is already bleeding. As longstanding and committed party members, we urge you to back a public vote without further delay.In solidarity,1.     Hamish Sandison, Chair Labour Business2.     Tommy Hutchinson, Founder CEO I-Genius3.     Cllr Jo Blackman4.     Kate O’Rourke, Lawyer5.     Stephen Kinsella OBE6.     Dame Glenis Willmott, Former Leader EPLP7.     Sir Ken Collins, Former MEP8      David Cockroft, Former General Secretary International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)9.     Howard Pallis, Solicitor10.    Jon Browning OBE11.    Rt Hon Keith Hill12.    Prof. Rosemary Sales13.    Keith Lichman, Former Councillor14.    Gary Titley, Former Leader EPLP15.    Carole Tongue, Former MEP16.    David Harley CMG17.    Patrick Costello, Labour International18.    Monica Threlfall, Senior Lecturer19.    Nilly Sarkar, Labour International20.    Anne Page21.    Bruce Page, Journalist22.    Don Brind, Journalist23.    Anita Pollack, Former MEP24.    Robert McFarland, Chartered Accountant25.    Michael Rubenstein, Journalist26.    David Earnshaw, Chair Brussels Labour27.    Michael Hindley, Former MEP28.    Chris Pond,  Chair Lending Standards Board, Former MP,29.    Lorraine Pond, Former Mayor Tower Hamlets30.    Jo Wood, Labour International31.    Win Griffiths OBE, Former MEP and MP32.    Maggie Coulthard, Labour international33.    Frazer Clarke, Labour International34.    Peter Wragg, Labour International35.    Anne Corbett36     Paula Kahn37     Frances Pinter38.    Annie Hedge39.    Howard Gennmerster40.    Mike Vessey41.   Keir Fitch42.    Peter KenyonThis article was amended to reflect that not all of the signatories are current donors. Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Labour donors /People’s Vote /last_img read more

PAUL Wellens says he is expecting another great de

first_imgPAUL Wellens says he is expecting another great derby game when Saints take on Warrington Wolves at the Magic Weekend.As a Manchester City season ticket holder he’s regularly at the venue and has played for both his club and country on the surface.“It is a fantastic stadium to play in,” he said. “It will be a great game. Warrington have quality personnel and we always have great battles with them. Our last win at the Halliwell Jones was a fantastic game and I am sure it will be no different at the weekend. We are looking to build on our win at Headingley and Warrington are looking to come back from their defeat at home to Hull.”Saints captain admits the last few weeks have been tough – but Monday’s result shows that there is more than enough quality in the squad.“I have gone through periods in the past when we have lost games and I’ve been really despondent and down, but for some reason during this period I have been very calm and focussed and confident that things will turn out for the better. I remain confident that we are heading in the right direction.“It’s hard as I understand the fans want to watch their team play well and win. I am a Saints fan too as are my family. Maybe we have to have some short term pain and heartache to get back to success in the long term and go back to Grand Finals and Challenge Cups.“The real test of a team, of a club and its supporters is how you stick together when things aren’t going so well. If we can come through periods like this together we can certainly enjoy the good times.”He continued: “It’s important for us to work on the short term and build some momentum. If we focus on performing the results will take care of themselves and we will start climbing the ladder.”last_img read more

IN an interview this week with infamous Australian

first_imgIN an interview this week with infamous Australian Rugby League journalist Dean ‘The Bulldog’ Ritchie, Steve McNamara admitted that you can never guarantee success as a coach but he thinks the preparation his team are putting in will give them a chance to win Rugby League World Cup 2013.McNamara is on a three-week tour of Australia catching up with all the England-qualified players currently based in the NRL. It’s a busy time for him and a last chance to see those players in the flesh and have a face to face catch up before his final RLWC2013 squad takes shape.As he explained to The Bulldog: “I have met up with Souths, Melbourne and was up the Gold Coast when they played. I will visit James Graham and Canterbury this week. I will have a meal with James and the Burgess boys. We get together as much as we can. I was in Brisbane as well (for State of Origin) and also had a few sessions with the Broncos, watching Jack Reed and getting information.“We think we will be very competitive (at RLWC2013). We have some very good players in England and now a core of players not just playing in the NRL, but making a big impact.”Ritchie also put the big question to McNamara: “Can you win RLWC2013?”And McNamara was bullish with The Bulldog, saying: “We can. We will prepare ourselves to give us our best opportunity to perform well. You can never guarantee success and you can never guarantee you are going to win anything. But you can guarantee you will be the best prepared you can be going into the tournament and without doubt, we will be.”The England coach also made the point that the exodus of English players to the NRL will at least have the positive effect of staving off more attacks from rich Rugby Union clubs.McNamara said: “Rugby Union in England is very, very powerful and has been a threat to taking our players for a number of years, particularly since it went professional. The NRL salary cap has gone up through the TV deal so our players can now earn the same money and have the same profile on the other side of the world. We shouldn’t be scared of it; we should embrace it because it is protecting us from another enemy.”Tickets for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup are now on sale. Langtree Park will host Australia v Fiji on November 2 and you can buy your tickets here.last_img read more

Carolina Surf Condos to reopen

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A building that was once shut down in Carolina Beach due to structural damage is no longer condemned. The town says Carolina Surf Condos will reopen.The town deemed these condos unsafe due to structural problems and corrosion in July, but now the condos are being renovated.- Advertisement – Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin said the engineer is still in the process of analyzing what else needs to be finished. Crews were out working on the property Thursday afternoon.Parvin said people are happy with the progress. However, there is no set timeline on when the condos will reopen.last_img read more

Memorial continues to grow as vigil is held for Mariah Woods

first_img For many who came, Mariah and her story affected them all differently.“I am a mother,” said Angela Wiles who was a co-organizer of the vigil and one of the initial creators of the memorial.“I have a great grandson that is seven days older than Mariah,” said Carol Peebles who attempted to take part in the search and spoke at the candlelight vigil.Related Article: Officials: Student hit by vehicle near Onslow County school“We drive by the house everyday to take her to preschool, pick her up from preschool,” said Tiana Purdy who had to explain the entire story of the search and recovery to her daughter.Purdy is referring to her daughter, Harper, in fact, they both followed Mariah’s story closely. They were not able to take part in the search for her, but Harper wanted to let Mariah know she loves her.“So I told her that we can bring her something of hers that she wanted to bring,” said Purdy. “And this morning she asked me if she could make her a little card and asked if she could say ‘hi’ to God for her.”It a message of love like that that is shared with the hundreds of people that saw Mariah’s story across this area and the nation and ultimately devastated by how it all ended.“I really and truly think that we feel that we let her down,” said Purdy. “I think everyone feels that way.”Feeling that way or not, there has been an outpouring of support in the Onlow County community and around the family. The memorial for Mariah sits just yards away from her family’s home on Dawson Cabin Road.Now a fund for the family has been created at the local Navy Federal Credit Union. That along with the memorial as well as the vigil is the community’s way of working to heal and help the family in any way possible.“I knew that it would be big, I really did,” said Purdy. “And I don’t think anyone is ever going to forget Mariah.”There is another candelight vigil expected to happen at the memorial site Sunday evening around 5:30 P.M. There will also be a visitation service for Mariah Woods at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville Wednesday evening. ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – People from across North Carolina gathered to remember Mariah Woods.Just three days since authorities believe they recovered the three-year-old’s body, a memorial near Onslow County continues to grow. It was the site of a community candlelight vigil Tuesday evening to pray, sing, and show love to Mariah.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNCWs Ryan Jeffers tabbed by Twins in second round of MLB draft

first_img As a junior, Jeffers hit .315 with a Colonial Athletic Association leading 22 doubles and 16 home runs. He also paced the league in in base average (.460) and slugging percentage (.635).Jeffers was a first-team All-CAA catcher for the second straight season and was named to the NCAA Greenville All-Regional squad.The MLB draft continues on Tuesday. UNCW junior catcher Ryan Jeffers was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft. (Photo: UNCW) WILMINGTON, NC (News Release) — UNCW junior catcher Ryan Jeffers was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft late Tuesday.Jeffers, who was selected with the 59th overall pick, becomes UNCW’s highest draftee since 2008 when Brad Holt was picked by the New York Mets in the supplemental round following the first round.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD offers reward for info on hitandrun that shattered mans prosthetic leg

first_img On March 14, the victim and a friend were leaving the Greenfield Grind Skate Park at South 3rd Street and Park Street when the victim attempted the skate trick “ollie” over a pothole. While in the air performing the trick, the suspect vehicle reportedly struck the victim, who landed on the hood of the car. Police say the suspect braked abruptly, causing the victim to roll off the front of the vehicle. The driver then sped up, running over the victim’s right arm and his right leg, destroying the prosthetic leg, according to Wilmington police.The victim’s friend identified the suspect’s car as a mid-2000s red Mazda, Model 3 or 6. The driver is described as a middle aged man, in his late 30s or early 40s with a tan complexion and dark medium length hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609, use Text A Tip or call Crime Stoppers. (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a hit and run that left a Wilmington man with an arm and hip injury, and a shattered prosthetic leg. Wilmington Police initially requested the public’s help with this case in April.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jordan Azzopardis girlfriend is remanded in custody

first_imgCMRUCMRU Jordan Azzopardi’s girlfriend is being kept under arrest after she was accused of trying to bribe a man to not testify in Court.The details of the failed bride have transpired in Court on Thursday when Luke Vella testified that Azzopardi’s girlfriend had commissioned someone known as Mangion to call him and offer him €20,000 if he refuted to stand as witness in Court against her boyfriend.Back in Court on Friday, defence lawyer Franco Debono asked for the release of the woman whilst prosecutor Mark Mercieca objected as the accusations brought against her are very serious and she was on bail.Magistrate Ian Farrugia ordered for the woman to stay under arrest.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

Digital dump Ghana chocking with ewaste following donations from the West

first_imgAdvertisement Behind this apocalytic scene is the best of intentions gone awry. For decades, Western countries have been donating computers to West Africa with the hope of pushing the developing world into the digital age. Instead, the efforts have backfired, reducing many communities to massive piles of smoldering e-waste. Photographer Pieter Hugo spent a year documenting the digital disaster. The problem really began with the computers themselves: many were outdated, broken, and unusable. And they arrived in far greater numbers than anyone had originally expected. More than 50 million tons of discarded electronics are produced each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. And in Europe, only 25 percent of e-waste gets recycled. So in recent years the need for disposal alternatives has skyrocketed. The result has been unregulated shipping containers, marked “donations,” that land in developing countries, packed with e-waste. What had been an ad hoc development project quickly devolved into a scheme for companies to get around national regulations and cheaply dump dangerous garbage into ill-equipped and extraordinarily poor rural villages. – Advertisement – The result? In Agbogbloshie it is a treacherous treasure hunt. Villagers burn the discarded electronics to extract copper and other salable metals. Local manufacturers buy the commodities, offering one of the only steady income streams in town. Unfortunately, the fumes from the burning debris are extremely hazardous: in Agbogbloshie’s soil and water, there are high concentrations of lead, mercury, thallium, hydrogen cyanide, and PVC.As if poisons weren’t enough, Ghana is also one of the top sources of cybercrime in the world, according to the U.S. State Department. Hard drives containing sensitive personal data end up in the hands of criminals who comb through these dump sites to steal information. So the hazards of technological trash actually flow north as well as south.last_img read more