The disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchd

first_imgThe disabled peer chosen to be the equality watchdog’s new disability commissioner has still not attended a single board meeting, more than three months after his appointment, because of a continuing stand-off over the decision to scrap the post.Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin (pictured) is boycotting board meetings until the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) reinstates the role of disability commissioner, and allows him to chair the new disability advisory committee (DAC).He responded last year to an advert for the post of disability commissioner but was then told – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he would simply be a commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.The Conservative peer confirmed to Disability News Service (DNS) this week that he is continuing to boycott board meetings until what he believes is a vital post is reinstated, and he is allowed to chair the DAC.He said: “I would be delighted to attend board meetings when the disability commissioner post is reinstated and when I am allowed to chair the disability advisory committee. That hasn’t happened yet.“My understanding from what I have been told is that I have to accept the abolition of the disability commissioner post and that I will not be chairing the disability advisory committee. I cannot accept either of those.“I think it is absolutely essential that disabled people have a very strong voice as disabled people.“We have equality needs the other protected characteristic groups do not have, and they need to be championed.”He made it clear that when he applied for the post, he was applying for the role of disability commissioner, which is confirmed by a letter – seen by DNS – that was sent to the peer last November by the Government Equalities Office.Asked if he had consulted lawyers about his stand-off with EHRC, he said: “I am keeping my own counsel. I am finding it hard to believe, to be honest, that I am in this situation.“It is not just me who is in this situation, it is disabled people who are in this situation.“Just by abolishing a disability commissioner, an equality body cannot abolish the need for a disability commissioner, and that need continues and indeed it is growing.”The peer said that critics would be “really quite surprised” by his willingness to speak out against the government if needed.He said: “I think it is too easy for someone to say, ‘Oh, he’s a Tory, he’s not one of us.’“If I chaired the DAC I would be listening hard, I wouldn’t go in and impose my views.”Although he has generally been loyal to his party since he was appointed to the Lords in 2015, he points out that he has voted against the government.Last December, he voted against the government when the crossbench peer Baroness Deech – backed by EHRC – tried unsuccessfully to introduce measures that would have forced licensed premises to obey laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.He said: “If people were to say to me, ‘Are you prepared to actually take a stand? Yes, I am, on issues that I really believe in.”Asked if that meant opposing the government, he said: “If necessary.”Asked for a response to Lord Shinkwin’s latest comments, an EHRC spokeswoman said: “The chair and the rest of the board continue to hope that matters can be resolved so that we can focus our attention on tackling the serious inequalities experienced by disabled people in Britain.“The appointment of the new disability advisory committee continues. The arrangements for chairing the committee have not yet been finalised.”EHRC has previously said that, under its new approach, “rather than having just one named champion of disability rights on the board, all board members, including a number of disabled commissioners and others with direct experience, will have a responsibility to champion disability issues”.While he waits for a resolution, Lord Shinkwin said he would “continue campaigning on disability equality”, including on the need for the government to “make good on the commitments” it made in its original Disability Discrimination Act in 1995, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments.This also includes campaigning on his abortion (disability equality) bill (see separate story), which would make it illegal to abort a foetus with a significant impairment after 24 weeks of a pregnancy, just as it is with foetuses without impairments.At present, it is legal under the 1967 Abortion Act to abort a foetus right up to the point of birth, where [in the act’s words] “there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”.last_img read more

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SAINTS will take to the pitch in anger for the fir

first_imgSAINTS will take to the pitch in anger for the first time this year when they host Widnes in the Karalius Cup at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Sunday.Kick-off is 3pm and it will be the first time all five of Saints new signings will take to the field.Matty Smith is likely to line up alongside Theo Fages whilst Luke Douglas, Adam Walker, Tommy Lee and Ryan Morgan will all feature in the traditional clash.The game is Saints first hit out of the pre-season – a home date with Castleford follows a week later – before they face Leeds Rhinos on Thursday February 9 (8pm).That is a rematch of the dramatic 38-34 tussle that announced Jonny Lomax’ return to action last April.Starting the 2017 Betfred Super League season is paramount but the 2015 treble winners will provide stern opposition!Tickets for these games are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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TOMMY Makinson is calling on Saints to have a big

first_imgTOMMY Makinson is calling on Saints to have a big start when they take on Wakefield Trinity at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Friday.A poor first half was one of the reasons why Keiron Cunningham’s men failed to take the spoils at Leigh last week, despite crossing the line on a number of occasions.“You can look for excuses and look at the disallowed tries, but we weren’t good enough in the first half and that cost us,” he said. “We have to turn up with the right attitude, have a big start this week and get back on the horse.“There aren’t any bad sides in Super League anymore. Wakefield are playing some great rugby have signed quality players in the off season.“All sides want to turn us over at home so we need to hit top form and  have a good attitude. If we do that, it will stand us in good stead.”Tommy was out for the majority of last season with ACL injury and he says one of the things he missed the most was the atmosphere on gameday.He continued: “The fans stick by us through thick and thin. One of the things I missed last year apart from playing was the atmosphere so to have 3,000 or more at Warrington following us every step of the way in that final game was superb.“Then to have 3,000 again at Leigh was outstanding.“Fair play to Leigh, they put on a passionate display. We have to turn St Helens into that as well.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Totally Wicked Stadium, online, or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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Iconic Whiteville Bakery closed indefinitely following fire

first_imgCrews fight fire at Darel’s Bakery and Sweets in Whiteville on Dec. 19, 2018. (Photo: Hal Lowder) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An iconic bakery in Whiteville is closed indefinitely after a fire tore through the business.It happened at Darel’s Bakery & Sweets on Jefferson Street.- Advertisement – Hal Lowder with Emergency Services says someone spotted smoke coming from the roof around 6:15 Wednesday night.Lowder said fire crews aggressively fought the flames, but there is still heat and smoke damage.The bakery had closed at 5 p.m. so no one was inside.Related Article: Barbershop finds new home after shopping center fireThe business posted online that they will not be open in the near future.The cause is still under investigation.last_img read more

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Wilmington YMCA is booming with business

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been one week since the YMCA of Wilmington opened its doors on Market street and the health and wellness center is booming with business. New members are signing up every day.The morning has been the favorite time for gym goers. The group exercise programs and swimming pool are the most popular features of the new facility.- Advertisement – Parents say they also enjoy the convenient Discovery Center for their children.Branch Director Shannon Berg says the center is ready to start their yearly challenges to help residents reach their 2019 fitness goals.If you are interested in joining, the Nir Family YMCA is located at 2710 Market Street in Wilmington, NC.last_img read more

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NHRMC sees significant drop in opioid prescriptions overdoses in one year

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Community physicians and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have reported a reduction of opioid prescriptions by almost 20 percent one year after changing prescribing guidelines on addictive opioids.According to NHRMC, that means more than 836,000 fewer pills distributed in the community.- Advertisement – The hospital says opioid overdose visits to the NHRMC Emergency Department have been cut by more than half through 10 months of 2018.“Encouraging news for a community two years ago cited by a national study as home of the nation’s worst opioid problem,” NHRMC wrote in a news release.“When a community decides to come together, you see results like this,” said Dr. Kevin Cannon, Chair of NHRMC Opioid Task Force. “This is a result of our doctors, pharmacists, nurses and especially our patients’ efforts. This is a win, and not just because of the reduction of opioid pills in our community. This is about saving lives, and I couldn’t be more proud. We still have a long way to go and many other factors to address, but we are proving we can make a difference in the community we serve.”Related Article: US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettesHarold King owns King’s Pharmacy in Wilmington and has been a pharmacist in Wilmington for 41 years. He’s noticed a difference lately when it comes to opioid prescriptions.“We saw a big decrease in the number of prescriptions for opioids after the legislature changed the law and encouraged or mandated lower limits on prescribing,” said King.The NHRMC health system, NHRMC Physician Group and community physicians implemented new prescribing policies beginning Oct. 12, 2017. In the 12 months since, more than 19,000 fewer opioid prescriptions have been dispensed through NHRMC, and the number of patients prescribed opioid alternatives has increased by more than 700 percent.King says he has not seen many prescriptions for Naloxone, the drug that reverses the symptom of an overdose,at his retail pharmacy.“It’s rather expensive and that’s been a real drawback and barrier for people to get that,” said King.But, NHRMC reports prescriptions for Naloxone increased over those 12 months from 168 to 576, an increase of almost 250 percent.“The stigma is definitely being taken off both from the prescribing stand point and the patient stand point,” said Cannon.Meanwhile, from January through October, NHRMC says opioid overdose-related visits to NHRMC’s Emergency Department dropped to 72, down from 155 during the same time period in 2017.“The catalyst for these improvements was the Medical Executive Committee adopting guidelines that encouraged physicians to balance safe and effective pain-management,” NHRMC wrote in a news release. “This resulted in opioids prescribed less often, for less duration and with fewer pills. It also promoted more use of non-opioid therapy.”NHRMC has also been participating in community-wide opioid reduction efforts along with law enforcement, the courts, county government and other non-profit partners. Additional permanent medication drop boxes have been added at the NHRMC Outpatient Pharmacy, ED-North and Pender Memorial Hospital, and a medication takeback event.last_img read more

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October 2018 stormiest month on record – Met Office

first_imgOctober 2018 was the stormiest month ever recorded by the Meteorological Office at Malta International Airport.In all, 16 thunderstorms were recorded during this month alone.The news comes as the Met Office celebrates World Meteorological Day on the 23rd March, an event that remembers the formation of the wider World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), back in 1950.Malta’s Met office is staffed by 5 forecasters who are responsible for producing regular updates for the 3 day mariner’s forecast and hazards at sea, as well providing detailed predictions of the weather for air transport and the crews operating at the International Airport.When dangerous weather is on its way, the Met Office is responsible for issuing weather warnings to the public, mariners and emergency responders.To recognize the key date in professional meteorology, a special theme is selected every year.This years’ theme is ‘The Sun, the Earth and the Weather’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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Public transport arrangements from Isle of MTV

first_imgMalta Public Transport is operating a special bus service from Valletta after the Isle of MTV event in Floriana on Tuesday.The special network covers all towns to accommodate all those going to the music event as follows:Route S10 – Departs from Valletta Bay A2 at 23:00, 23:45, and 00:30 towards Kalkara and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, Paola, Għajn Dwieli, Isla, Bormla, Birgu, and Xgħajra.Route S20 – Departs from Valletta Bay A3 every 30 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Msida and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Gżira, Mrabat, San Ġwann, Taż-Żwejt, Kappara, and Tal-Qroqq.Route S30 – Departs from Valletta Bay A4 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 01:00 towards Buġibba and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara bypass, Lija, Iklin, Għargħur, Naxxar, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, and Burmarrad.Route S40 – Departs from Valletta Bay A6 at 23:30, 23:45, and 00:30 towards Għajn Tuffieħa and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara Valley Road, Lija, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, Mġarr, and Manikata.Route S41 – Departs Valletta Bay A5 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Ċirkewwa and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà Msida, Tal-Qroqq, Birkirkara bypass, Lija, Mosta, Tarġa Gap, Burmarrad, St Paul’s Bay, Xemxija, Mellieħa, and Għadira Bay.Route S50 – Departs from Valletta Bay A7 every 15 minutes between 23:00 and 00:30 towards Rabat and makes stops in Floriana, Ħamrun, Santa Venera, Mrieħel, Attard, Ta’ Qali, Saqqajja, Rabat Interchange, Mtarfa, Rabat Vjal il-Ħaddiem, and Dingli.Route S60 – Departs Valletta Bay A8 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:00 with a final trip at 00:30 towards Siġġiewi and makes stops in Floriana, Ħamrun, Marsa Park & Ride, Qormi San Sebastjan, Qormi San Edwardu, Qormi Polyclinic, Qormi Mdina Road, and Żebbuġ.Route S70 – Departs Valletta Bay A9 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:00 with a final trip at 00:30 towards Mqabba and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, St Vincent de Paul, Luqa, Kirop, Safi, Żurrieq Xarolla, Żurrieq Blue Grotto, Żurrieq Centre, and Qrendi.Route S80 – Departs Valletta Bay A10 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:40 towards Gudja and makes stops in FLoriana, Blata -l-Bajda, Marsa Park& Ride, Marsa Aldo Moro, Paola, Tarxien, Santa Luċija, Bulebel, Żejtun, Bir id-Deheb, Marsaxlokk, Birżebbuġa, and Għaxaq.Route S90 – Departs Valletta Bay A11 every 20 minutes between 23:00 and 00:40 towards Marsascala and makes stops in Floriana, Blata l-Bajda, Marsa, Paola, Fgura, Zabbar, and Marsascala Qaliet.Route N13 – Departs Valletta Bays A12 and A13 according to demand towards Pembroke Park & Ride and makes stops in Floriana, Pietà, Msida, Gżira, Sliema Ferries, Sliema Tower Road, Spinola, St Julian’s, and Paceville.Read also : Dos and Don’ts at the Isle of MTVWhatsApp SharePrint <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

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Kenya abolishes tax on software imports

first_imgAdvertisement “In order to restore dignity in the industry and attract foreign investments, I propose to remove duty on all imported software to make it cheaper to our people and further attract foreign investors in this industry,” said Kenya’s Finance Minister Njeru Githae.The commercial value of unlicensed or pirated software on computers in Eastern and Southern Africa, excluding South Africa, stands at $108m USD in 2011.This has left investors such as Microsoft and other similar companies counting losses, even after pumping in more money in research for quality genuine software. – Advertisement – The 83% piracy level in this region is almost double the global piracy rate for PC software, which is 42% according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA) 2011 Global Software Piracy Study findings, which evaluates the state of software piracy around the world.Some of the main reasons of the high piracy levels include the high prices placed on genuine software, and also lack on stringent rules and regulations to deal with the piracy.The Kenyan government hopes that the expected reduction in prices will encourage an increased uptake in ICT  considered one of Kenya’s critical factors in its Vision 2030.Source: The Next Weblast_img read more

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Journalists Can Now Broadcast Live Over Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement Social media giant Facebook wants to be the choice distrobution channel for journalists, and is giving reporters the ability to stream live on Facebook itself.Verified journalists, experts, and other “influencers” can use its Mentions app, which was formerly available only to select celebrities.The app will allow journalists to post live to Facebook during breaking news, for behind-the-scenes reports, or to host live Q&As with followers, among other possibilities.“We want to make Facebook a better experience for journalists whether it’s used for news-gathering or better connecting with their readers or to drive distribution to their content,” says Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s product manager for Mentions. – Advertisement – The Mentions app also lets users monitor what people are saying about them, follow topics that interest them, see what’s trending on Facebook, and have a greater ability to decide with whom they share their posts.To get a verified profile, the company says anyone can apply, but only those who qualify will be approved. (Facebook didn’t go into detail about the criteria for approval.)The social giant hopes that by broadening the scope of who can use its livestreaming capability, more journalists will use its platform.Via Wiredlast_img read more

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