July 31, 2019

The United Nations is carrying out an unprecedente

first_imgThe United Nations is carrying out an unprecedented inquiry into “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government, Disability News Service (DNS) can finally confirm.DNS revealed last August that the UK appeared to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).The committee said last summer, when approached by DNS, that it was not allowed to say whether the inquiry was underway.But DNS is now in a position to state definitively that the inquiry is taking place, and has been underway since January 2014.The inquiry was triggered by the grassroots campaigning organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which had grown increasingly concerned by the disproportionate impact of the coalition’s cuts on disabled people.DPAC first contacted CRPD in 2012 and began to submit evidence about the coalition’s cuts and reforms in early 2013, with its request for an inquiry considered by the committee behind closed doors in April 2013.In a blog published this week, explaining why it had finally confirmed its role, DPAC said that in order to persuade CRPD to carry out an inquiry it had had to prove that there had been “severe” and “continuous” violations of rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) that had been built into the government’s welfare reforms.The blog said that DPAC had also had to provide “strong evidence” of “retrogression” – or deterioration – of those rights.The inquiry has taken place under the convention’s optional protocol, which allows individuals and groups who are victims of a violation to submit a complaint to the CRPD about any state, like the UK, that has signed up to both the convention and the protocol.CRPD first notified the UK government of a possible inquiry in June 2013, and informed the government the following January that evidence provided by DPAC contains “reliable information indicating grave or systematic violations” of the rights in the UN convention.DPAC has refused since 2012 to comment on the possible inquiry as it was warned by CRPD that the process had to remain confidential, but it has now decided to confirm its role in the process after news of the committee’s plans to visit the UK as part of the inquiry was leaked to a Scottish newspaper by a disability charity.A DPAC spokeswoman said: “This inquiry is the first of its kind – it has great historic importance.“It means the UN will examine the vicious and punitive attacks on disabled people’s independent living as well as the cuts which have seen so many placed in inhuman circumstances and has led to unnecessary deaths.”DPAC said the evidence it provided to the committee was “extremely strong” and demonstrated the “regression of disabled people’s convention rights and the grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s rights under the UNCRPD”.The DPAC spokeswoman added: “This inquiry is an unprecedented move and unchartered territory for the UNCRPD committee.“It is also another route of hope for disabled people who have been abused by the UK government, ignored by most of the opposition and betrayed by the big disability charities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said the inquiry was “highly significant”, particularly as there has been a “very frustrating” delay in the much more routine process by which the committee will examine the UK’s general compliance with the convention.She said Inclusion London and the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance welcomed the opportunity to talk to the investigators about the evidence they had gathered, which shows “retrogression across every article of the UN convention”.Lazard said: “We very much hope that disabled people’s experiences and information will be at the heart of that inquiry.“This is really serious. This should be a wake-up call and the government should be doing exactly what it can to facilitate and make this inquiry as effective as possible.”Inclusion London has also sponsored a separate complaint about the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) to new applicants in 2010, on behalf of two disabled people who would have been eligible for ILF support if it had still been open.That complaint was submitted to CRPD earlier this year.Mark Harrison, chief executive of ROFA member Equal Lives, another user-led organisation which has played a key role in fighting government cuts, said: “When the UK government signed and ratified the UNCRPD it committed itself to progressive realisation to improve the lives of disabled people.“The coalition government and now the Tory regime has deliberately targeted disabled people for the harshest treatment.“This has been disproportionate to the rest of the population. Austerity cuts to welfare and services are causing unnecessary deaths and misery.“I hope the UN will expose to the world what has happened and this will force a political U-turn.”Tara Flood, director of the Alliance for Inclusive Education, another ROFA member, said the inquiry was “crucial” for disabled people, and showed that human rights abuses also go on in “what are considered to be rich, so-called civilised countries”.She said: “It feels like an opportunity of a lifetime for a very bright light to be shining on what has been going on in this country and has been going on for quite some time.“We will do our best to participate in whatever way we can and support our members to have an opportunity to share their stories and their concerns with the inquiry team.“Given that the government was so determined to kick this into the long grass, I am really pleased that the UN has continued to pursue the matter.”DPAC’s concerns were focused at first on the government’s decision to close ILF, and the damage caused by the work capability assessment (WCA) process, but the scope of the inquiry has widened dramatically since it first approached the UN in 2012.Other issues raised and evidenced by DPAC include the impact of the bedroom tax; the government’s unwillingness to make an assessment of the cumulative impact of its cuts and reforms on disabled people; cuts to social care; the impact of benefit sanctions on disabled people; delays in benefit assessments; and the government’s reluctance to monitor disabled people found fit for work and who have lost their only means of support.DPAC has submitted a number of key pieces of research to the committee, including evidence of disabled people who have had their benefits sanctioned; reports of claimants whose deaths were linked to the WCA; the impact of delays to the new personal independence payment assessment; the role played by the media in inflaming disability hate crime; and the extent of cuts to local authority care funding.DPAC said that its submissions were based on “firmly sourced statistical and other factual evidence, and also on the hundreds of personal testimonies that DPAC has received from individuals who have been affected adversely by the governments’ welfare reforms”.Picture: The Palais Wilson in Geneva, home of the CRPD, by Romano1246, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licenselast_img read more

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July 31, 2019

Leo Lupe Still Dancing at 84 and 91 Video

first_img Tags: dance • love Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Many thanks to the Capp Street Senior Center for opening their doors for Mission Local. This first ran on March 29, 2009. On Valentine’s Day, I always think of Leo & Lupe, featured in one of my favorite Mission Local videos. Today, I caught up with Lupe Bravo, now 84, for an update. Only recently, she said, did the pair stop dancing regularly because Leo Ansis, now 91, moved into senior housing downtown.“Life changes,” Bravo said, “but we still care for one another and If I Give You My Love is still our theme song.”Ansis, she said, has remained in good shape and she sees him once a week. If he comes over, she said, “We still put on our CDs and dance.” 0% When we first did this video, Bravo was 76, and Ansis, 81. They met through their shared love of dancing. Later, they fell in love.last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

ST HELENS TOTALLY REFUTE LANCE HOHAIAS GROSSLY IN

first_imgST HELENS TOTALLY REFUTE LANCE HOHAIA’S GROSSLY INACCURATE ASSERTIONSSt Helens have reacted with astonishment and outrage at the various grossly inaccurate assertions of former player Lance Hohaia in a recent article in the New Zealand Herald newspaper.St Helens stated: “Hohaia’s version of events at St Helens between the Grand Final in 2014 and his voluntary resignation without notice six months later is utterly inaccurate and malicious.Throughout that time he received the highest level of professional support and empathy, both rugby and medical. His subsequent version of ongoing “concussive symptoms” were entirely retrospective and only raised by him at the end of that period.At no time was he put under any pressure or duress by the club to play and he was provided with highest level of professional advice and support by the club. St Helens set the very highest standards in that regard.His decision to retire was entirely his and his resignation was without due notice to the club. It was he, and not the club, that later put the matter in the hands of solicitors. His assertions were totally without merit or foundation and he then decided not to take the matter further. His retrospective version of events bore little, if any, relation to our detailed professional records.We are totally outraged that now, some nine months after his voluntary resignation, he regurgitates his grossly inaccurate and misrepresentative assertions against St Helens in a New Zealand newspaper whilst he is resident in the United States.It is particularly despicable that he has publicly so wrongly and maliciously impugned St Helens and its highly professional and caring staff who provided him with support and understanding, and simply because he was clearly not entitled to continue to be paid by the club after he voluntarily resigned.Such malicious and public misrepresentation is clearly highly damaging to the highly respected and valuable name and reputation of St Helens and to the reputations of our first rate professional staff. We will review all possible actions open to us and seek due redress from all relevant parties.”last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

KEIRON Cunningham and Sean Long became the latest

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham and Sean Long became the latest incumbents into the prestigious St.Helens R.F.C. Players’ Association Hall of Fame during their Annual Luncheon on Sunday.Both of the former ‘greats’ were honoured at their inclusion which came after they were nominated by Association committee members ahead of the event.Keiron was given his portrait by Saints’ Chairman Eamonn McManus whilst Anthony Sullivan presented Sean with his special memento in front of a packed audience in the Sponsors’ Lounge.They are the 56th and 57th members of the Hall of Fame respectively.Guest speaker at the Luncheon was Brian Noble.last_img

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July 31, 2019

JAMAHL Lolesi apologised to the fans after Saints

first_imgJAMAHL Lolesi apologised to the fans after Saints were dumped out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.“We caught Cas on a day when they can put it together,” he said after the 53-10 defeat. “They are a good side when you let them play on top of you like we did. On behalf of the coaching staff and the squad I want to apologise to our fans who paid hard earned money to come out and watch that. It must have been hard for them.“We did the complete opposite of what we did on Easter Monday. Back then we competed hard and made it tough for them to play. If you let them play they get into a rhythm and the moves come out. You have to put them into a tough rugby league game, go end to end, and challenge them physically.“We didn’t do that. We had a go for 10 minutes in the first half and when we were asked to play it tough and knuckle down we went into our shells.“We didn’t play good enough to expose any of their frailties. We weren’t good enough on any level and I don’t think we won any contest whatsoever.”He continued: “There aren’t any excuses, we have to work hard to get this turned around. Justin (Holbrook) should be here later in the week and we do need someone to come in and try something different to get this group going.“We are in a hole at the moment – we didn’t compete for 60 minutes last week and 80 this week which is disappointing and worrying. We will be working over the weekend to see if we can fix it.“We have some issues we have to sort out, there’s no secret there, and we will deal with them internally. We have a group of men that need to stand up and start doing better for the club.“I feel for the fans. I know they are frustrated and to put out a performance like that was unacceptable.“We need to stick together as a club and try and get through this.”last_img read more

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July 31, 2019

Graham becomes the 58th member of the Hall of Fame

first_imgGraham becomes the 58th member of the Hall of Fame, which includes such luminaries as Alex Murphy, Tom van Vollenhoven, Sean Long, Paul Sculthorpe MBE and George Nicholls amongst others.Graham’s achievements for the club include winning the Premiership and Lancashire Cup finals. He played twice at Wembley and was desperately unlucky to finish on the losing side on both occasions.A county representative, he went on to full England international honours and was selected for the 1979 Australian tour.It is perhaps true to say that he was the last of the ‘traditional’ number nines for Saints who would hook the ball out of the scrum for his side with regularity. He had great hands and a prolific work rate, although his career was dogged by injury at times. But for that he would surely have made more than 400 appearances for the club.Graham received his commemorative photograph from his former team-mate and captain, Harry Pinner and was clearly delighted with his induction.“It was one of the worst moments of my life when I had to retire from playing rugby,” he reflected. “I was 33 but to be a local lad playing for his home town team always meant something really special for me.”last_img read more

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July 30, 2019

WPD Duo wanted for spending 12K using stolen credit cards

first_img (Photo: WPD) (Photo: WPD) Help ID this duo who spent more than $12,000 with stolen credit cards at area stores. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department are searching for two people who they say used stolen credit cards to buy more than $10,000 in merchandise.Surveillance photos seen below capture the two people who police are trying to identify.- Advertisement – (Photo: WPD)center_img The pair allegedly spent more than $12,000 at area stores including Target in Wilmington with stolen credit cards.If you know any information use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609. 1 of 3last_img

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July 30, 2019

Crews battle two overnight kitchen fires in Southport

first_img– Advertisement – One of the homes was destroyed. The Red Cross responded to help the family.Thankfully, no one got hurt.Southport firefighters received aid from Sunny Point Fire & Rescue and St. James Fire Department. Southport Fire respond to house fire on April 7, 2019. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) Southport Fire respond to house fire on April 7, 2019. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) Southport Fire respond to house fire on April 7, 2019. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook)center_img Southport Fire respond to house fire on April 7, 2019. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) 1 of 4 Southport Fire respond to house fire on April 7, 2019. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Southport Fire Department had a busy night. They responded to three separate calls Sunday night into early Monday.Southport Fire says one call involved people stuck in an elevator and two of those calls involved fires that started in a kitchen.last_img read more

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July 30, 2019

German SPD youth chief lambasted for proposing collective ownership for big firms

first_img <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> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Kevin Kuehnert of Social Democratic Party (SPD) reacts after the results of the voting for a possible coalition between the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Germany March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Kevin Kuehnert of Social Democratic Party (SPD) reacts after the results of the voting for a possible coalition between the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Germany March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo The head of the Social Democrats’ (SPD) youth wing has unleashed a storm of protest in Germany, including from party allies, for saying firms like BMW should be collectively owned in a clear appeal to left-wingers before European and regional votes.The SPD, junior partner in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, is languishing in polls and risks heavy losses in the elections. It may even lose power in Bremen, a city state it has ruled for 73 years, in a May 26 vote.JUSOS chief Kevin Kuehnert, who wants to shift the SPD to the left, told a newspaper that he favoured a democratic collectivisation of big profitable firms.“The distribution of profits must be democratically controlled. That rules out a capitalist owner of this company. Without collectivisation, overcoming capitalism is not thinkable,” Kuehnert told Die Zeit weekly.“For me it isn’t so important if there is “state car company” or “cooperative car company” on the BMW name plate or if the collective decides that it does not need BMW in this form,” Kuehnert told Die Zeit weekly.Within hours, conservative foes and even some SPD allies hit out at Kuehnert, 29.“What stupid nonsense. What has he been smoking? It can’t have been legal,” tweeted senior SPD lawmaker Johannes Kahrs.Deputy party leader Ralf Stegner also made clear he disagreed, saying members did not have to agree on everything.Among conservatives attacking Kuehnert was Bavaria’s Andreas Scheuer, who said his ideas showed “the backwards thinking and wrong-headed retro-world view of a crazy fantasist”. Others called on party leader Andrea Nahles to denounce the idea.Before May’s European election and four regional votes this year, the SPD is polling at 16-18 percent, below its score in the 2017 federal election, its worst performance since 1933.Humiliation in Bremen could raise pressure from some rank and file members on the SPD’s leaders to quit the coalition.Kuehnert also sought to tap a growing anti-gentrification movement which has led to demonstrations against surging rents and big property developers in Berlin and other cities. Some activists have even demanded expropriation from some private landlords, including Deutsche Wohnen.“At most, everyone should own the living space in which he lives,” said Kuehnert, who has had a strong following on the SPD’s left since leading a campaign opposing the party’s participation in Merkel’s coalition last year.WhatsApplast_img read more

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July 30, 2019

20 Million Facebook Privacy Settlement Rejected by Judge

first_imgAdvertisement The lawsuit, filed last year, alleged that the practice is a violation of Facebook users’ privacy.Under Facebook’s proposed deal to settle the lawsuit, it would have given users more control over their “likes,” including the opportunity for users under the age of 18 to opt-out of Sponsored Stories completely.The company would have also paid $10 million to the plaintiff’s legal team and another $10 million to pro-privacy organizations, such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. – Advertisement – U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, who made his uneasiness about the deal known earlier this month, has now firmly rejected it on the basis that the monetary amounts seemed to have been “merely plucked from thin air,” according to Wired.Seeborg argued that the deal didn’t do enough to address the damages of the 100 million Facebook users who have already appeared in Sponsored Stories. He wrote in his decision that under California law, each party to the lawsuit could be awarded up to $750.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

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