Month: July 2019

ELECTION 2015 Green party faces questions over as

first_imgELECTION 2015: Green party faces questions over assisted suicide backingThe Green party has been asked how it can justify calls for the legalisation of assisted suicide at the same time that it claims to be in favour of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 Election 2015: ‘Jury’ backs Greens, as Tories ignore inviteThe Green party has come out ahead of Labour and the Liberal Democrats after one of the first disability-related hustings of the general election campaign. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Cameron’s visit from ‘human cost of austerity’ projectA disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Golden Paralympian’s concern at government cuts to ‘safety net’A triple-gold medal-winning Paralympian has criticised the government for cutting funding for many disabled people with high support needs. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president’s bus horror ‘proves need for new law’The disabled president of the Liberal Democrats has complained of her “outrageous” treatment by a conductor who refused to ask a young dad to move his child’s buggy from the wheelchair space on a near-empty London bus. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP refuses to back right to life, mobility, freedom from torture…UKIP has refused to back key parts of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including disabled people’s right to life, and their right to freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour promises WCA reform, an end to the bedroom tax… and cutsLabour has published an election manifesto that includes pledges on social care and welfare reform, but offers few new policies on disability rights. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: SNP pledges to block coalition’s PIP and DLA spending cutsThe Scottish National Party has pledged to block plans to cut spending on disability benefits by £3 billion by 2017-18, if enough of its MPs are elected. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens offer five key pledges on social care and benefitsThe Green party have included five key pledges around disability benefits and social care in their manifesto, as well as suggesting sweeping long-term plans to reform the welfare state. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Coalition has led to in-work ‘discrimination, harassment and hardship’Disabled workers have faced deteriorating attitudes from employers, cuts to their legal protection, and “disintegrating” long-term job prospects under the last four years of the coalition government, according to new research. 30 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge election hustings on disabilityThe Conservative party is refusing to defend its record in government on disability issues, after declining invitations to take part in three national disability-related election hustings. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Conservatives confirm plans for £12 billion welfare cutsThe Conservative party has made it clear in its election manifesto that it plans to make further sweeping cuts to social security spending, and scrap the Human Rights Act. 16 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Tories refuse to say which human rights they will dumpThe Conservative party are refusing to say which vital protections they would scrap if they win the election and abolish the Human Rights Act. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP would scrap WCA, bedroom tax… and care watchdogUKIP’s manifesto has significant policies on out-of-work disability benefits and social care, but offers little to suggest that disability rights would be a priority if the party won power. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Tories dodge questions over disability benefit cutsThe prime minister has become the third senior Conservative figure in a week to refuse to say in front of television cameras whether his party plans to tax key disability benefits after the general election. 3 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Bus tour highlights disabled people’s voting powerA five-day bus tour across London has helped raise the profile of disabled people’s potential voting power in next month’s general election. 23 April 2015center_img ELECTION 2015: Lawyers pledge free help for disabled voters on election dayDisabled voters who face polling station barriers at tomorrow’s general election will be able to secure free legal advice that could help them cast their vote. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Harper suggests backing for mental health treatment sanctionsThe Tory minister for disabled people appears to have accidentally admitted what many disabled activists feared: that a Conservative government would cut the out-of-work benefits of people with mental health conditions if they refused treatment. 30 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens agree to debate their backing for assisted suicideThe Green party has agreed to take part in a public debate with disabled activists on its pledge to legalise assisted suicide. 1 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Liberal Democrats want BSL recognition and a single assessmentThe Liberal Democrats have published a manifesto which – of the five main parties covering both England and Wales – appears to offer the most extensive series of proposals around disability rights. 16 April 2015 Election 2015: Conservative MP caught out misleading constituents on ILF closureA Conservative election candidate has been caught out misleading disabled constituents about the closure of the Independent Living Fund. 10 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Labour’s disability manifesto chaosLabour’s launch of its disability manifesto has descended into chaos after major disagreements between a shadow minister and a leading disabled election candidate over how far it would go in government to address disability poverty. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: UKIP’s silence on UN disability conventionUKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of key sections of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Plaid Cymru starts planning for more control over benefitsPlaid Cymru wants to develop an employment and social security system that does more to support benefit claimants into work, “dealing with people fairly” and “without the use of sanctions”. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Charity boss criticised by watchdog over Tory manifesto photoThe disabled head of a disability charity has been criticised by the charities watchdog after a full-page photograph of her was used – with her permission – in the Conservative party’s election manifesto. 17 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Lib Dem president ‘astonished’ at manifesto’s disability benefits failureThe Liberal Democrats’ disabled president has told Disability News Service she is “astonished” that her party’s planned cuts to social security spending would not exempt all recipients of disability benefits. 23 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: Artist will broadcast her 650 austerity stories on eve of electionIn the last hours before election day, a disabled artist-activist will highlight the impact of government cuts, with a six-hour performance in which the stories of 650 people at austerity’s “sharp end” will be broadcast over the internet. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Two disabled activists barred from job-sharing MP bidsDisabled activists have been barred from standing as job-share candidates in at least two constituencies in next month’s general election. 15 April 2015 ELECTION 2015: DPOs announce ‘17 policies to reclaim our futures’Four leading disabled people’s organisations have issued a list of 17 policies they want the next government to implement in its first 100 days. 6 May 2015 ELECTION 2015: Greens demand IDS apology for ‘misleading’ voters on benefit deathsTory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing calls to apologise after he misled voters about sensitive information on benefit-related deaths that was unearthed by Disability News Service. 6 May 2015last_img read more

Developments in assistive technology over the next

first_imgDevelopments in assistive technology over the next few years have the potential to be “truly, truly transformatory” for disabled people, a fringe event at the Conservative party conference heard this week.Neil Heslop, chief executive of the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, who uses assistive technology himself, said that technology was “a massive force for good, if appropriately leveraged”.But he added: “As the economy becomes increasingly digitised, there are risks and dangers for people with disability missing out on those opportunities.”He said that everybody working in technology recognised that it was not perfect and “still has a very, very long way to go” in terms of accessibility.But he said that “the core thesis is that we are as a society at an inflection point and what we do and don’t do now and in a small number of years actually has the potential to be truly, truly transformatory”.The fringe event was hosted by Leonard Cheshire and the technology giant Microsoft.Hector Minto (pictured, second from right), “accessibility evangelist” for Microsoft, said that technology was “reaching further into society than it ever has before”, including the billion disabled people on the planet.He said: “We cannot design society digitally without purposefully including people with disability.“Otherwise we miss the one in seven [people who are disabled], and the price will be high.”Minto said that “every other industrial revolution the world has encountered” had paid a price for having to “add disability later”.He said there was now an opportunity to “wire in accessibility” into what was being done and he pointed to a free plug-in for the widely-available Microsoft PowerPoint software that he then revealed had been producing live subtitles for the meeting.Minto said Microsoft was increasing the number of disabled people it employed because it needed to include them “in our workplace, in our product groups, in our design teams”.And he said the company was also asking its corporate customers around the world to “unlock” the assistive technology that was already built into Microsoft software.Steve Tyler (pictured, far left), director of assistive technology for Leonard Cheshire, told the meeting that support with technology was often available when disabled people were in education or in work.But he said: “What about before you’re in work? That’s the time when you need to engage with technology.“Virtually every job that we do today has an element of technology, and that is increasing as time goes on.“So for me, a key part of what we need to do is invent a new mechanism that allows funding prior to work to engage people in technology and engage them in the learning and training and the use of it.”Hannah Rose (pictured, far right) told the meeting how assistive technology – including the use of speech recognition software, which allows her to dictate into her computer – had helped her pass her GCSEs, A-levels and a degree, after becoming disabled as a teenager.She later secured a job as a vetting officer with Cheshire police, following a work trial, where she has now worked for 10 years.She said: “It gives me that independence to carry out a fulfilling job, like I am serving a purpose, like everybody else in that office.“None of this would have been possible without having that assistive technology.“Without work I would be lost. It’s great to be able to contribute to society like any other person, and without the access to assistive technology this wouldn’t be possible.”The meeting also discussed the wider issue of disability employment.Dave Bracher, campaigns manager for Spinal Injuries Association, said: “There has to be a way of getting the message out there that employers who are not employing disabled people are really missing a trick, because of the skills and qualities that those people bring to the party.“I am not saying that I am any more special than anybody else in the room as an employee but what I am saying is that my experience of spinal cord injury, the year I spent in rehab, the three weeks I spent with locked-in syndrome, communicating by blinking… that gives me skills and qualities that any employer should be looking for.”Sarah Newton (pictured, second from left), minister for disabled people, told the meeting: “It isn’t acceptable that half of people with disabilities who want to work and could work are not in work. That is a lost talent pool for the whole nation.“There’s a lot of talk at this conference and the last conference about post-Brexit Britain and the future of our country after Brexit and one thing for sure is that we need to make sure that we are using all the talents in our nation going forward, and that must mean enabling more of those people to get into work and to thrive in work.”Heslop (pictured, centre) said: “If any large-scale organisation does not have a representative number of people with disabilities in its workforce [which he said was about 19 per cent] and frighteningly few organisations achieve that today, anyone who doesn’t should be dissatisfied and should be committing themselves to creating an inclusive workplace.”He added: “Anyone in a leadership position has to accept [that], and this is true of large charities like ours.“I’m completely dissatisfied with the proportion of disabled people we employ, and we are taking steps to get much better.”Tyler said there was “scary but increasing evidence” that employers were looking at people’s social media profiles at the earliest stages of recruitment and if they saw that those people were disabled they “are rejected before they even get in the door”.He said: “We need to find ways through technology of highlighting/flagging/preventing that kind of stuff from happening.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

LEON Pryce has thanked the fans for their support

first_imgLEON Pryce has thanked the fans for their support after he made his return from injury on Friday.The 29-year-old half back took to the field 20 minutes before the end of the match to end a long spell out on the sidelines.Pryce has suffered from a bulging neck disk and then a serious groin tear in the last 12 months.“It was good to be back and it was a massive buzz when I came on to the field,” he said. “It was one of the best feelings of my career. When I was waiting to get back on to the field, you could feel the anticipation in the air from myself and the crowd. It was a nice feeling and something I will never forget. The fans were awesome.“I was very nervous as it was like making my debut again. But in the end it was well worth it and it gave me a massive buzz.“The opening ten minutes were a bit tough, but it was a case of me getting back into it. It made me appreciate being able to play as the last 12 months have been hard.“I missed a lot of big games last season but this year, if I get a good run of games and stay fit, I’ll be ready for them.“But I know I have some work to do. It’s up to Royce really, but I think I will be off the bench for the next few weeks to build myself up.”Pryce has made 330 games in his career to date but admits the last 12 months have made him appreciate the game more.“I have played Super League since I was 16 and with the other competitions and internationals you can play none stop. You can get sick of playing. What this has done is made me realise I want to play week in week out – and you can’t play when you’re injured can you?”Tickets for Sunday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Stobart Stadium’s ticket office from 12pm on Sunday. You can also pay at turnstiles 1 and 2 in the North Stand.last_img read more

FIRST Utility Super League have teamed up with spo

first_imgFIRST Utility Super League have teamed up with sport music specialists Shoot Music to create #SuperLeagueMusic, the first interactive music playlist policy across a national sport league anywhere in the world.This ground-breaking partnership will bring the latest releases to the terraces of Super League matches and social media interaction between artists, clubs and fans.From the first fixture of the season Rugby League fans will be treated to brand new music from Super League supporting artists. The playlist for February 2015 includes new music from The Charlatans, Kaiser Chiefs, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Subways, Noel Gallagher, Brookes Brothers and The Cribs.Each month artists and Super League clubs will regularly share information about the playlist via social media. Fans are encouraged to engage with the playlist via Twitter and Shazam, sharing the music they love and discussing the new music they are enjoying at stadiums.Every month one lucky fan will win music goodies. Shoot Music will pick this at random from fans using the #SuperLeagueMusic hashtag.Search for #SuperLeagueMusic on Twitter and follow @SuperLeague @ShootMusic @ShootMatchdayWatch the videos from #SuperLeagueMusic artists here: www.shootmatchday.comlast_img read more

MARC Sneyds drop goal broke Saints hearts as Hull

first_imgMARC Sneyd’s drop goal broke Saints hearts as Hull FC snatched a 17-16 win at Langtree Park.The scrum half kicked the one pointer moments after an effort from Theo Fages drifted just wide.It was harsh on Keiron Cunningham’s side who threw everything they had at their visitors.Indeed, both Lee Radford and Saints’ head coach agreed that a draw would have been the right result.Yet, it was that touch of magic from Sneyd’s boot that sealed the deal.Like Easter Monday, Saints began well.An early penalty put them on the front foot and Fages took full advantage by sliding a nice grubber for Joe Greenwood to put down.Walsh adding the extras.Saints continued to pile on the pressure and would have counted themselves unlucky not to increase the lead.Luke Walsh’s high ball was taken in the in-goal area in the 10th minute and then some quick play to the left saw Jordan Turner’s pass just go forward.Hull progressed into Saints’ half on a rare foray before the 20 minute mark and won a repeat set when Jon Wilkin was unlucky to have been called back for a knock on.Fonda went close – downed by Dominique Peyroux – but Houghton latched on to a great kick to level the scores up.Hull were on the up and Saints had to withstand a barrage of pressure before they struck next … and it came slightly against the play on their next attacking set.On the last Walsh went down the right hand side and looked set to kick to the right corner.But he reversed his effort to the left for Turner to take took advantage of the bouncing ball.He found Fages who threw a fine cut out pass for Dawson to cross in the corner.Owens converted from the touchline and seconds later Saints increased the lead once more.After a strong run from Peyroux it was swept left into the hands of Turner who bulldozed over for his second of the year.Hull are a different prospect this season though and they struck back just before half time.Saints gave a penalty away on their visitor’s twenty and from there Curtis Naughton polished off a fine move.Saints should have stretched their lead at half time though with the boot – but Owens, who had slotted one off the touchline earlier, missed from to the right of the posts after Luke Walsh was hit with a high shot.The second half was almost a complete flip of the first – Hull starting the better.McDonnell made a crucial tackle on Shaul within the first minute before James Roby knocked it dead for a drop out five minutes later.And on 54 minutes Saints defended back to back sets from two penalties and then backstopped yet another from a high shot.That defence was always going to take its toll though and Kirk Yeaman made the best use of some lethargic tackling to collect an offload and scamper over.Sneyd tagging on the two to bring it level.Saints were pulled for obstruction on their first significant attacking set of the half – on 63 minutes – and then Dawson made an important tackle on Steve Michaels.The home side then won a drop out with 10 minutes to go when Luke Thompson chased down a Jon Wilkin kick.But Saints couldn’t make the best of it – and Fages was wide with a drop goal on 75 minutes.Sneyd wasn’t with his though and despite a frantic effort the Saints couldn’t find a way back.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Greenwood, DawsonGoals: Walsh (1 from 1), Owens (1 from 3)Hull FC:Tries: Houghton, Naughton, YeamanGoals: Sneyd (2 from 3)Drop: SneydPenalties:Saints: 6Hull FC: 6HT: 16-10FT: 16-17REF: James ChildATT: 10,242Teams:Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 3. Jordan Turner, 21. Matty Dawson; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Andre Savelio, 20. Joe Greenwood, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 6. Travis Burns, 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 19. Steve Michaels, 2. Mahe Fonua, 24. Kirk Yeaman, 20. Curtis Naughton; 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 12. Mark Minichiello, 21. Sika Manu, 11. Gareth Ellis.Subs: 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Dean Hadley, 22. Josh Bowden, 23. Frank Pritchard.last_img read more

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Allow all citizens to express their views regarding development – The KA

first_imgREUTERS/Yves HermanREUTERS/Yves Herman The Interdiocesan Environment Commission (KA) invited Maltese candidates for the European Parliamentary election to promote the KA’s bid, if elected, regarding alternatives in a development proposal financed by the EU. In a press release, it stated that to do so would be to allow all citizens of the EU to “be given an opportunity to express their views, effectively and at the right time”. The KA put in a proposal on the 5th of November 2018, highlighting the need for public participation in the preparation of a Cost-Benefit Analysis for projects which would be funded by the European Union. According to the KA, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani stated that the European Parliament shares this concern. He wrote that he forwarded the proposal to the rapporteurs in the committee on Regional Development, and that he believes the rapporteurs will take the KA’s views on board. 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

Brexit Party leads in UK European elections

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Brexit Party has received the most votes in the UK’s European elections, with Leader Nigel Farage saying, “There’s a massive message here” and that he is prepared to take on the Conservatives and Labour in a general election.The pro-EU Liberal Democrats came in second, with the Conservatives and Labour suffering heavy losses, and the former expected to get less than 10% of the vote.Out of 64 MEPs declared so far, the Brexit Party has won 28, the Lib Dems 15, Labour 10, Greens seven, the Conservatives three and Plaid Cymru one.Read: Could UK govt be sued for denying EU nationals a vote?Anti-Brexit parties, which are in favour of another referendum, collectively took around 40% of the vote, compared with 35% for the two parties in favour of leaving the EU without a deal.The deputy leader of the Lib Dems, Jo Swinson, said the result should give hope to all of the people out of there who want to stop Brexit.WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump suspends tariffs on Mexico after deal on immigration reached

first_imgREUTERS/Carlos BarriaREUTERS/Carlos Barria U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has indefinitely suspended the threat of tariffs against Mexico after reaching “a signed agreement” on immigration.“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” Trump said on Twitter. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” he said.“Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States,” Trump said.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