The equality and human rights watchdog has refused

first_imgThe equality and human rights watchdog has refused to withdraw its report to the UN on the implementation of its disability convention, despite omitting vital information that links government ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants.Only two weeks ago, three national disabled people’s organisations were forced to withdraw their own report to the UN, after admitting that their document failed to speak out strongly enough on links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled people who had been denied the benefits they needed.Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland agreed to strengthen their “shadow” report and resubmit it to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), after the omissions were highlighted by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Disability News Service (DNS).But now the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – which funded the trio’s shadow report – has admitted that its own report to the UN has left out some of the same key pieces of evidence.This report was submitted by the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) – made up of EHRC, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Human Rights Commission – which is tasked with monitoring and promoting the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in the UK.The UKIM report was sent to CRPD as part of the process which will lead to the UK government being questioned in public later this year on its progress in implementing the convention.But although it says that work capability assessments (WCAs) – which test eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits – “have been linked to some suicides and cases of deteriorating mental health”, the UKIM report fails to mention two Prevention of Future Deaths letters written by coroners to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), in late March 2010 and in early 2014.Both of those letters link flaws in the WCA process to the deaths of benefit claimants with mental health conditions.The first PFD report was written just weeks before the coalition government took power, but no action was taken by ministers on the coroner’s recommendations and the letter was not passed to the independent expert reviewing the WCA for DWP.The various documents omitted by UKIM show that other disabled people continued to die as a result of ministers’ failure to ensure that the necessary medical evidence is secured when a claimant has a mental health condition.The UKIM report also fails to mention a document written by Scotland’s Mental Welfare Commission (MWC), which linked flaws in the WCA and the death of Ms DE, a claimant with a mental health condition, in December 2011.An EHRC spokesman admitted that those three piece of evidence have been left out of the report.But he said the UKIM report had included a link to government-funded research by public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford, which concluded in late 2015 that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the WCA was linked to 590 suicides in just three years.But when asked why it had ignored the three pieces of key evidence, which together link ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants, the EHRC spokesman said: “Because another source [the Liverpool and Oxford research report] was used that provided the same information, which was making the same substantive point.“For this reason, our submission will remain as it stands.”DPAC said it was “extremely concerned” by the omission, and wrote to EHRC this week to ask why it had omitted the “essential information” from its report.Members of DPAC’s steering group subsequently took part in a telephone conference call with an EHRC executive.Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said: “DPAC are deeply concerned that specific pieces of evidence which link the WCA to unnecessary claimant deaths have not been highlighted in any way by EHRC.“As they are the official monitoring body for the CRPD we feel this is totally unsatisfactory.“Two of the shadow reports – for DR UK and EHRC – have been produced by non-disabled people and more or less ignore the issues that are important to disabled people.“That the EHRC report summarized their perception of problems with the WCA process in 11 lines illustrates this point.“There is no sense of urgency in their report. These are people who have a cushy job and want to keep it.  “The mindset is that this is a technical, bureaucratic thing, not that it is really happening to actual disabled people.“Or worse, if it is happening to real disabled people it doesn’t really matter as long as the word limit [of their report] isn’t exceeded.”The EHRC spokesman said: “Our report, produced jointly with other members of the UK Independent Mechanism, clearly raises concerns about deaths linked to work capability assessments.“In particular, the report points to a recently published study of the link between the work capability assessments and deteriorating mental health and deaths.“As an independent, UN-accredited National Human Rights Institution, we have recommended that [CRPD] asks the UK government how it is ensuring that processes in place to deliver employment and support allowance, including work capability assessments, are compliant with the [UNCRPD].“For these reasons, our submission will remain as it stands.“We would encourage any organisation wishing to put forward additional evidence to submit this to [CRPD] by 27 February.”last_img read more

EXCITEMENT is already growing for the start of the

first_imgEXCITEMENT is already growing for the start of the season with the vast majority of the first team squad now beginning their pre-season preparations in the gym and on the the training field.The 2016 Home and Away shirts have been launched and we have already begun the build-up to the huge World Club Series clash against the Sydney Roosters, February 22.Now Keiron Cunningham has announced his squad numbers for the 2016 campaign.Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley have been promoted to the No.4 and No.8 shirts respectively.New signing Lama Tasi will wear the No.14 shirt and other new recruits Dominique Peyroux, Theo Fages and Jack Owens with wear the No.18, 19 and 22 shirts respectively.There are also new faces also from the Club’s Academy system with Calvin Wellington, Danny Richardson and others joining Ricky Bailey and Morgan Knowles who both made their debuts in 2015.Join that number now and secure your 2016 Membership package and take advantage of the Early-Bird pricing before Christmas Eve.    Secure your Number:Each member whether they renew or purchase Membership for the first time will be given a unique Membership number that they will keep for life. This number will then be used going forward for a range of exciting initiatives in the future bringing more value to loyal Saints fans.Your Benefits include:All your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great membership package:Exclusive membership only merchandise and stadium offersExclusive local partner offers50% off Magic Weekend ticketsPriority match tickets for major games (T&C’s apply) Discounted away travelJunior membership holders get free access to all 2016 Saints away games (Subject to availability)last_img read more


first_imgIn addition to our hugely popular sky blue and navy Summer Trainingwear range, we also have a selection of new polo shirts including our Lincoln and Monza designs, ideally suited for the Summer weather.We also have a brand new range of peaked caps as well as shorts, vests and other accessories with lines available in mens, womens and kids!Check out the New Arrivals section of the Saints Superstore here to view the latest products to drop.last_img

Renovated military resource lounge now open at UNCW

first_img The space was built in the Warwick Center to set up a support system for all military-affiliated students and their families.People got to check out the new lounge Monday afternoon, which has doubled in size.UNCW also launched the first university-based chapter of “in gear career.”Related Article: Have you seen her? Police search for missing womanIt’s a non-profit that helps military spouses build and keep their professional connections despite where they move next.“Time is of the essence,” UNCW Director of Military Affairs Bill Kawczynski. “If we can support them in every possible way, provide resources in any opportunity, work with them on career paths. Obviously these organizations such as In Gear Career and Hiring Our Heroes does make a difference. So come in, get your education, go on to your career.”The military resource lounge was built in 2015 and the university hopes the new expansion will help those who serve our country succeed. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As UNCW gears up for another school year, they kicked off with an upgrade.A newly renovated military resource lounge is now open with a mission to help military spouses.- Advertisement – last_img read more

No changes in results after Brunswick County vote canvass

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After the official count of votes from the Nov. 7 elections, all the results from Brunswick County are the same as they were on Election Night.This morning the Brunswick County Board of Elections canvassed the votes to make the results official.- Advertisement – The board recommended 13 supplemental absentee ballots for approval and 98 provisional for consideration.Perhaps the most anticipated certification was for H2GO Commissioner where Bill Beer, a candidate against building a reverse osmosis plant in northern Brunswick County finished behind two pro-reverse osmosis candidates, but ahead of the third reverse osmosis candidate Carl Antos.The official results for the three open seats are Ronnie Jenkins (1,996 votes), Rodney McCoy (1,822 votes) and Bill Beer (1,817 votes).Related Article: Ruling against asset transfer could lead to customer lawsuits towards H2GO“I’m disappointed that Carl did not come out ahead, but that’s life. Clean water to me is a moral issue and we’re going to continue to fight for that,” H2GO Commissioner Elect Rodney McCoy said.Beer’s victory tilts the balance of power on the board against building the plant.McCoy, one of the other winners said regardless of the outcome he will continue to make clean water his priority.“We’re going to have to be professional and work together. That’s life on a board, and it’s a little bit split,” McCoy said.Besides the H2GO board, other races the board looked into were Boiling Spring Lakes commissioner, Southport mayor and Sunset Beach council, which was separated by one vote.The two winners for Boiling Spring Lakes commissioner are Steven Barger (465 votes) and Guy Auger (245 votes).Jerry Dove won reelection as Southport mayor winning with 667. That’s 13 votes ahead of Joe Pat Hatem.“It was a very close race, and we feel like we ran a very good campaign. We were separated by 13 votes,” Southport mayor Candidate Joe Pat Hatem said.Hatem said he has a list of voters he will review, but ultimately supports the final decision.“If it does come to Mayor Dove winning reelection we wish him well he’s our mayor and we support him,” Hatem said.The winners for Sunset Beach Council are Charlie Nern (713 votes), John Corbett (689 votes) and Jan Harris (662 votes). E. Wilson Sherrill finished out of the running for the three seats by just two votes finishing with 660.None of the races changed from the order we saw on election night.Brunswick County Elections Director Sara Knotts said the results of those four elections are the only ones that can be challenged.Candidates who want to request a recount have until 5 p.m. Monday.New Hanover, Pender, Columbus and Bladen Counties results all remained the same from election night.last_img read more

Police arrest woman accused of intentionally striking pedestrian

first_img Courtnay Danielle Lawrence posted this photo of her damaged car following the hit-and-run on Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo: WPD) Related Article: Sheriff: 5-year-old North Carolina boy killed by crossfirePolice say their investigation into the hit and run revealed Lawrence intentionally attempted to strike the man, who is the father of her four children, and did hit the woman with whom he was walking.Magistrate Laura Barnes issued Lawrence a $25,000 unsecured bond.Lawrence will make her first appearance in New Hanover County District Court this afternoon. Lawrence is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run and driving without a license.The crash happened February 6 on Rutledge Drive. A man and woman were walking down the street when a black sedan swerved off the road and hit the woman. The man jumped out of the way.Investigators say they found a photo of Lawrence posing with the damaged car that was posted to social media immediately after the crash. 1 of 2center_img A woman was hit by a car on Rutledge Drive Feb 6, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) Courtnay Danielle Lawrence (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington Police have arrested the woman wanted in a hit and run that left a woman with injuries.Police arrested Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 21, on Tuesday night.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Japan to enter into an era of Beautiful Harmony

first_img SharePrint Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name “Reiwa” at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERSJapan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the new era name “Reiwa” at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS Japan declared on Monday the name of its new imperial era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor on May 1, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying it emphasized traditional values at a turning point in the nation’s history.Crowds watching giant television screens across Tokyo roared and raised their phones to take photos as a sombre Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga held up a white placard with the new name – Reiwa – written in two characters in black ink.The country had been anxiously awaiting the new era name, or “gengo,” which is used on coins, calendars, newspapers and in official paperwork, and over time captures a national mood.The first character is most often used to mean “command” but can also mean “good” and “beautiful,” while the second means “peace” or “harmony”.The name emphasizes the beauty of Japan’s traditional culture and a future in which everyone would be able to achieve their dreams, especially young people, Abe said.“Our nation is facing a big turning point, but there are lots of Japanese values that should not fade away,” he told a news conference, adding the name signals that “our nation’s culture is born and nourished by people’s hearts being drawn beautifully together.”Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne will come a day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on April 30, ending the Heisei era, which began in 1989. He will be the first emperor to abdicate in Japan in over two centuries.The announcement came a month early so government offices and companies can update computer software and make preparations to avoid glitches when the new era begins.While use of the Western calendar is common, many Japanese count years by gengo or use the two systems interchangeably.JAPANESE POEMWhile the public response was generally positive, some people did not like the new name, pronounced “ray-wa.”“It’s a gentle, peaceful name,” said Masaharu Hannuki, a 63-year-old man outside Shimbashi train station where free special edition newspapers were handed out. “We want this to be an era where children can shine in a calm future.”Others said it sounded severe because the first character is used most often to mean “command” and “order.”“The idea that you should just give in to orders from those above you — that’s probably their wish but that doesn’t give me the sense they want peace for ordinary people,” said one Twitter user.For the first time, the new name was taken from an ancient Japanese source — an anthology of poems called the Manyoshu — instead of old Chinese texts.The characters are from a poem about spring that mentions soft winds and plum blossoms — references that scholars recognised but are not familiar to most people.Abe stressed the history and positive interpretation of the name. Experts also said it reflected his conservative political agenda that emphasizes national pride.“It’s a collection that expresses our nation’s rich culture, which we should take pride in, along with our nation’s beautiful nature,” Abe said. “We believe this national character should be passed along to the next era.”Makoto Ueno, a Manyoshu expert at Nara University, said the use of Japanese texts marked a significant change.“It means the gengo has entered a new chapter,” he said. “The system which originated with the Chinese emperor system has been made alive in Japan.”THE “REIWA” BUMPThe new name was a closely guarded secret, with officials involved forced to hand in their mobile phones and keep quiet.When it was finally announced, Internet users rushed to register domain names linked to “Reiwa“, which also sparked a jump in name-related stocks.Guidelines stipulated that the era name should be appropriate to the ideals of the nation, consist of two “kanji,” or Chinese characters, and be easy to write and read. It also can’t be a repeat of a previous combination.Scholars and bureaucrats had drawn up a list of candidates, and the cabinet made the final decision after consulting an advisory panel.There have been four era names in Japan’s modern history: Meiji (1868-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), Showa (1926-1989) and the current Heisei, meaning “achieving peace”.City offices and government agencies have been preparing for the new era name for months, aided by computer systems firms such as Fujitsu Ltd and NEC Corp. Many computer programmes have been designed to make it easy to change the gengo.Over time, the gengo comes to symbolise the national mood of a period, similar to how “the ’60s” evokes certain images, or how historians refer to Britain’s “Victorian” or “Edwardian” eras, tying the politics and culture of a period to a monarch.The three decades of the Heisei era saw the collapse of Japan’s frothy “bubble” economy, years of economic stagnation, a series of natural disasters and the spread of social media.“I hope it’s an era with no war and one where everyone helps each other,” said 13-year-old Miyu Sakamoto.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Nuns ask India government to ensure safety after school attack

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Il-ħerba u l-ħsara fl-iskola Kattolika tas-sorijiet fl-IndjaIl-ħerba u l-ħsara fl-iskola Kattolika tas-sorijiet fl-Indja Religious sisters in India say they are “committed to our education ministry” after an attack which left several of them hospitalized in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on March 26.Members of the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attacked the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem, physically assaulting – and even attempting to strangle – the nuns and causing around $150,000 in damage.The RSS is associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled India Since 2014, with Narendra Modi serving as prime minister. Religious minorities claim incidents of harassment against minorities – particularly Christians and Muslims – have increased since the party took power.A week in hospital“Two of our religious were discharged on April 3, after a week in hospital, where they were treated for the injuries as a result of the assault.  One of the nuns was treated for leg injuries, and severe abdominal/internal injuries, the other nun was beaten on her neck. Three other nuns were treated and discharged after a day, for injuries,” said Sister Devaseer Mary Siria Pushpam, the provincial of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.“This incident is also a sad reflection on the dignity of women. The attackers had no respect for us, even as women, one of our nuns, with abdominal and internal injuries was pinched on her stomach. This cannot be condoned,” she told Crux. “Women must be respected and treated with dignity. In our school, we emphasize dignity and respect, leadership, service and values essential for the upbringing of our children to be responsible adults.”Hundreds of people attacked the school after a teenage student committed suicide due to academic pressure ahead of an exam, some of them demanding money. They returned the next day, and classrooms were looted, windows were broken, and even the chapel was vandalized.Shock and painThe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India issued a statement expressing “its shock, pain and hurt at the violence against the staff.”“We grieve the death of the young girl who committed suicide out of fear that she may not pass her 10th Standard Maths Public exam and that she would bring shame to her family and her parents. We offer our condolences to the family of the girl and offer them all our support and comfort. We pray for the repose of her soul.“We are however appalled and worried by the violence unleashed against the School staff and the Sisters and we condemn it unequivocally”. The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation, have been providing quality education for the last 74 years, to boys and girls from the most backward families.”The bishops’ statement  said the targeted violence against innocent students, staff and religious sisters is “unacceptable, reprehensible and disgraceful.”Attempt to strangulate nuns“That the group strategically divided itself and attacked the school and the boarding home systematically and simultaneously, manifests the murderous intent of the mob. The special targeting of the sisters, of the religious places in the campus and the sacrilegious attack on the crucifixes of the sisters, with attempts to strangulate the sisters with the chain holding the cross reveals the darkest side of human beings,” the statement continued.Although more than 200 people were involved in the assault, the authorities have only arrested 6 people, and detained two others for questioning.“However, all our religious sisters, are only speaking of forgiveness and mercy,” said Pushpam. “They have already forgiven their attackers from their hearts, but they want some system in place, to prevent any such incidents in the future,” she told Crux. “While we are committed to our education ministry, our safety has to be ensured.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Impeach me Ill jail you – Philippines Duterte dares foes to test

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via ReutersFILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 31, 2019. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top U.N. official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.Duterte vented his anger late on Thursday amid intense media scrutiny and accusations that he is siding with China over a June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, which happened inside Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).The maverick leader has echoed Beijing’s line that it was an accident, not an intentional ramming, and shrugged off the presence of Chinese fishermen inside the Philippine EEZ, saying he would allow it out of friendship.Some high-profile critics, among them a top judge and a former foreign minister, have called that a breach of the constitution, or worthy of his impeachment.“Me? Will be impeached? I will jail them all,” Duterte told reporters. “Try to do it and I will do it. Son of a bitch.”He added: “I am challenging you to do it. You really want to force my hand into it? Okay. You sons of bitches, do it. Yes. File it.”A report on Tuesday by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chided the Duterte administration for what it said were threats and aggressive rhetoric and trumped-up criminal charges against opponents that amounted to “deliberate effort to muzzle critics and weaken checks and balances.”U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said there was a “very real risk of violence” for Filipinos who speak out, noting threats were publicly made by state officials.While Duterte’s popularity and mandate have been bolstered by a recent midterm election, the sinking incident has put the domestic spotlight on cracks that are appearing in his much-trumpeted foreign policy of non-confrontation with China in return for economic incentives.Some analysts say China’s offers of high-interest infrastructure loans and promises of massive investments have won Duterte’s acquiescence, but with much of that yet to materialise and China further militarising its artificial islands and strengthening its fishing militia, Duterte risks looking like he is being duped.Asked on Friday about threats to jail opponents, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was merely upset that people could not see he had the country’s interests at heart.“He cannot understand why people are against his policy,” Panelo told reporters.WhatsApplast_img read more

Naming of von der Leyen as EU executive chief not transparent –

first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during his meeting with the Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) at the House of the Estates during the visit to the College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, July 5, 2019. Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via REUTERSEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during his meeting with the Finnish Prime Minister (not pictured) at the House of the Estates during the visit to the College of Commissioners of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, July 5, 2019. Emmi Korhonen/Lehtikuva via REUTERS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the process to appoint his successor, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, was not transparent and marked an unwelcome break with the practice of choosing parties’ lead candidates.“The process was not very transparent,” Juncker told a news conference in Helsinki on Friday, replying to a question about how EU leaders this week selected the next president of the EU executive. The nominee requires European Parliament approval.He added that his appointment five years ago was transparent as he was chosen by leaders after having campaigned in European elections.“Unfortunately it did not become a tradition,” Juncker said. “I was the first and the last spitzenkandidat,” he added, using the German word for lead candidate in EU elections.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more