The two frontrunners to become Labours new leade

first_imgThe two front-runners to become Labour’s new leader have both evaded repeated attempts to clarify their position on social security cuts and support for disabled people.Both Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have recently made comments that suggest they back right-wing attempts to whip up hostility towards benefit claimants.But this week, despite several messages left with members of their teams, neither of them have responded to questions from Disability News Service.Concerns were first raised when Burnham (pictured), currently the shadow health secretary, told an audience at accountancy giants Ernst and Young this week: “It worries me that, in some people’s eyes, Labour has become associated with giving people who don’t want to help themselves an easy ride.”He also spoke of his hope that Labour would again become “the party of work”.But leadership rival Yvette Cooper warned that Burnham’s comments risked falling into “a Tory trap of using language that stigmatises those who are not working”.She added: “I don’t think that is about Labour values.”Cooper told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think the important thing is to talk about responsibility, the responsibility to work, the responsibility to contribute, but not to stigmatise those who are unable to work perhaps because they are too sick or too disabled to do so.“Let’s have a positive system, with fair rules, strong rules and firm rules, but also one that is responsible in the language that we use as well.”Liz Kendall, the shadow care services minister, and another leadership contender, also alarmed many disabled campaigners when she told the Guardian that she supported a welfare cap on the total amount of benefits received, arguing that “voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work”.She also said that the public does not trust Labour on welfare, and she called for what the Guardian termed a “fundamental rethink”.Disability News Service contacted the offices of both Burnham and Kendall on Tuesday (2 June), but neither team had responded by the end of today (Thursday).last_img read more

The proportion of disabled people living in povert

first_imgThe proportion of disabled people living in poverty rose sharply in the fourth year of the coalition government, according to official figures.Disabled campaigners say the rise was an inevitable consequence of a string of cuts to disabled people’s support under the coalition government.It is one of the first pieces of evidence to suggest the overall impact of the government’s reforms and cuts to disability benefits and services.The figures show that – after housing costs are taken into account – the percentage of people living in households where at least one member was disabled who were in “absolute poverty” rose from 27 per cent in 2012-13 to 30 per cent in 2013-14 an increase of about 10 per cent in just one year.And they show that the number of people in “disabled households” who were living in absolute poverty rose by 300, 000 in that one year.Once income received through disability living allowance, attendance allowance and personal independence payment is excluded – as income from these benefits is supposed to meet some of the extra costs of disability – the number of disabled people living in poverty will have risen even further.The figures – taken from the annual Family Resources Survey, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – show that absolute poverty among households that did not include any disabled people fell over the same period.Absolute poverty describes income that is so low that someone cannot meet their basic needs, even before their disability-related costs are taken into account.Just days after the figures were published, the BBC reported that the government was considering introducing measures that would see a fresh attack on disabled people’s income and standard of living.The BBC said DWP had been looking at plans to scrap part of the main out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance (ESA), a step that would be certain to increase disability poverty.The BBC says that a leaked DWP document describes ESA as a “passive” benefit which does not “incentivise” people to find a job, and suggests scrapping the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG).This would mean that disabled ESA claimants expected to move eventually into work – but not yet “fit for work” – would see their weekly payments fall from £102.15 to £73.10, the same amount as those claiming jobseeker’s allowance.The Family Resources survey results also show that the proportion of disabled people living in relative poverty – those who are poor in comparison with the general population – increased in 2013-14 by two percentage points (about 300,000 people), while relative poverty among non-disabled people stayed roughly at the same level.Crucially, the percentage rises in relative and absolute poverty are both statistically significant, which means that the increases are highly unlikely to be purely due to chance, and suggest that the poverty gap between non-disabled and disabled people widened under the coalition during its fourth year.The DWP press release on the poverty statistics fails to mention these post-housing costs increases in disability poverty.The before-housing costs figures also show a slight increase in relative poverty among disabled people, with the proportion of those in absolute poverty staying roughly the same, at a time when both relative and absolute poverty among non-disabled people was falling, although none of these results were statistically significant.It is the first time that it has been possible to calculate annual changes in disability poverty since 2013, because last year DWP changed the way the figures were drawn up.Michelle Maher, from the WOWcampaign, said it was “no surprise” that the number of disabled people in poverty had risen so sharply, following policies such as cuts to ESA, rises in council tax, the introduction of the bedroom tax, cuts to disability living allowance (DLA), disabled people paying for their care from their DLA or personal independence payment, and the restrictions and freezing of the annual uprating of benefits.She said: “The eighth of July [the budget] now hangs over our heads like the Sword of Damocles and the Tory party have no intention of doing a cumulative impact assessment (CIA) of all the cuts to disabled people.“They have ignored a recent call from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the work and pensions select committee, who requested a CIA before more cuts are implemented, but sadly as we all know they wouldn’t want the figure in the public domain, as they chase their ideological-driven agenda.”Maher said the fact that the media and government had ignored the rise in poverty among disabled people suggested that the cuts to come at this week’s budget would again hit disabled people.She said: “The Tory party’s favourite new word is ‘scaremongering’ by disabled people, but the only ones who are doing the scaring are the Tory ministers who have refused for months to deny further cuts to carers and disabled people.”DWP refused to comment on the increase in disability poverty.last_img read more

Hundreds of SF protesters march against rape

first_img 0% Jude Dievold, marches to end violence against women and screenprints clothing to support feminist cause. Photo by Lola M. ChavezKen St. George marches to support all women and “the fact that sometimes men don’t do right things. We need to support our women and to educate our men about what’s the right thing to do.” Photo by Lola M. ChavezNatasha Arnold, “I’m walking because I have friends who have been raped, and I don’t think rape culture is acceptable anywhere in the world.” Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe Walk Against Rape march makes it’s way down Mission Street. Photo by Lola M.Chavez Several hundred protestors, the majority of them women,  showed up on Saturday afternoon for the 12th annual Walk Against Rape march that began and ended at the Women’s Building on 18th Street. Here are some of those who marched and why.The Walk Against Rape march makes it’s way down Mission Street. Photo by Lola M.ChavezJazmyn Wright (right) “I’m here one, because I’m a survivor. Two, to support other survivors, and three, to make people aware.” Photo by Lola M. ChavezLucas Motro marches to show his support. Photo by Lola M. Chavezcenter_img Tags: rape Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

PERHAPS some Saints supporters may not realise th

first_imgPERHAPS some Saints’ supporters may not realise that the 1966 squad met the Great Man as a result of both attending the Eamonn Andrews Show on Sunday May 22 1966, writes Alex Service.Muhammad Ali had beaten Henry Cooper the previous night and went to visit his vanquished opponent before going on to the television studio. The Saints, of course, had an official dinner at their hotel to celebrate their Challenge Cup triumph, where they met up again with their wives. The team then went their separate ways for the evening. Some, including Peter Harvey, ordered a taxi and asked the driver to take them ‘to the poshest club in London’! When they got there they found that it was not to their taste – or pocket – and the lads finished up in the Golden Egg in Leicester Square, where they had egg and chips!But what about Sunday? Peter Harvey explains: “The visit to the [Eamonn Andrews] show was, apparently, arranged by Stan McGowan, head of Gavin Murray’s travel. We were all there with our wives and girlfriends and had a prominent position at the front. We were honoured guests! The other guests on the show, apart from Ali, were Lucille Ball, a chain-smoking Noel Coward and Dudley Moore. The show itself was recorded and shown an hour later. The teachers in the squad then had to get the late train back from Euston, as we had to report back for work on Monday morning. We did get a mention as a successful rugby league squad.“At one point, Ali said: ‘You look like some likely lads. How do you fancy doing some sparring with me’? Then, I think it was Cliff Watson, who shouted out: ‘You bring the ball out against us first and we’ll see how you go on’! “There remains a tantalising glimpse of the Saints of 1966 and their wives as part of a Muhammad Ali tribute on YouTube [Muhammad Ali on the Eamonn Andrews Show]. You can see quite clearly the likes of Bob Dagnall, Tommy Bishop, Kel Coslett, Tom van Vollenhoven all savouring the occasion. It was when the British really began to take the great boxer to their hearts and yet another example of the multitude of memories from arguably the greatest year of sport.last_img read more

PAUL Sculthorpe MBE has joined the England Rugby L

first_imgPAUL Sculthorpe MBE has joined the England Rugby League staff.The double Man of Steel winner will work closely alongside newly-appointed Assistant Coach Paul Anderson on building the Elite Training Squad’s training programmes and assist on preparations for the forthcoming World Cup in 2017 and future tournaments.He will also assist in improving potential England players who come through the England Talent Pathway development system and support the development of players in the community game as well as mentoring future talent.Sculthorpe said: “It doesn’t get much better than being part of your national side. Representing your country was always something I was very proud of and thoroughly enjoyed when I look back on my career.“This is an exciting time to be associated with England Rugby League and I’d like to thank everyone involved for giving me this chance.”Sculthorpe played more than 200 games and scored more than 1,000 points for the club winning four Super League Grand Finals, four Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges.Since he retired in 2008 he has been involved in Business Development role at the Saints, and will remain as an ambassador.Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “It’s not often England come calling in any position and when Paul was offered this role we naturally had to wish him all the best.“Scully is synonymous with this club and will remain part of the team we have here in an ambassadorial capacity.”Scully will link up with Jamie Peacock MBE, Paul Anderson, Paul Wellens and Kevin Sinfield MBE in the England set up.last_img read more

The Totally Wicked Stadium pitch has been covered

first_imgThe Totally Wicked Stadium pitch has been covered with a heated, protective bubble since the beginning of the week in preparation for the huge fixture.The game will kick off at 7:45pm with gates open from 6pm.Very limited tickets are still available for the match, mainly in the Bronze sections of the Totally Wicked North Stand.You can secure yours from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img

Florence Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

first_img The county’s emergency management director, Sam Hodge, said in a video message posted online that authorities are closely watching river gauges, and law enforcement would be going door to door in any threatened areas.“From boots on the ground to technology that we have, we are trying to be able to get the message out,” Hodge said, warning people not to wait for an official evacuation order if they begin to feel unsafe.In North Carolina, five river gauges still showed major flood stage levels and five others were at moderate flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest and remain at flood stage through the early part of the week, and parts of Interstate 40 are expected to remain underwater for another week or more.Related Article: FEMA approves nearly $1.7M to repair damage to Onslow Memorial HospitalWhile hundreds of smaller roads remain impassable, there was some good news: Interstate 95 was reopened to all traffic Sunday night for the first time since the floods, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced.Floodwaters already receding on one stretch of Interstate 40 left thousands of rotting fish on the pavement for firefighters to clean up. Video showed firefighters blasting the dead fish off the highway with a fire hose in Pender County in eastern North Carolina. The local fire department posted online: “We can add ‘washing fish off of the interstate’ to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience.”North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry said major flooding is continuing in eastern counties along the Black, Lumber, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers.“Florence continues to bring misery to North Carolina,” Cooper said in a statement Sunday evening. He added that crews conducted about 350 rescues over the weekend and that travel remains treacherous in the southeastern area of his state. But he said National Guard members would be shifting next to more door-to-door and air search wellness checks on people in still-flooded areas.The storm has claimed at least 43 lives since slamming into the coast Sept. 14.In Washington, lawmakers are considering almost $1.7 billion in new money for disaster relief and recovery, even as they face a deadline this week to fund the government before the Oct. 1 start of the new budget year.The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said the money would be available as grants to states to help rebuild housing and public works, as well as assist businesses as they recover. GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey called it “a first round” and said lawmakers are ready to act quickly if the federal disaster relief agency also needs more money.An economic research firm estimated that Florence has caused around $44 billion in damage and lost output, which would make it one of the 10 costliest U.S. hurricanes. The worst disaster, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, cost $192.2 billion in today’s dollars, while last year’s Hurricane Harvey cost $133.5 billion. Moody’s Analytics offered a preliminary estimate that Florence has caused $40 billion in damage and $4 billion in lost economic output.In other developments, at least three wild horse herds survived Florence on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but caretakers were still trying to account for one herd living on a hard-hit barrier island, the News & Observer reported Sunday. Staff members are planning to make trips to the island this week to check on the Shackleford Banks herd.North Carolina environmental officials also said they’re closely monitoring two sites where Florence’s floodwaters have inundated coal ash sites. BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is by no means done with the Carolinas, where some rivers are still rising and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes on Monday before rivers reach their crest.About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were alerted to be prepared to evacuate potential flood zones ahead of a “record event” of up to 10 feet (3 meters) of flooding, which is expected to begin Tuesday near parts of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers, county spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man swimming after boat drowns in Southport

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A man drowned Thursday morning in Southport while trying to get to his drifting boat.It happened at the South Harbour Village Marina on Fish Factory Road.- Advertisement – Southport Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Johnson said the call came in at 8:40 a.m.Johnson said it happened when a boat got loose from its anchor and the man tried to swim to it.Johnson said the person who called 911 saw the man swim after his boat, go under and never resurface.Related Article: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry back on schedule after mechanical issueFire crews found the body just after 9:00 a.m.No word yet on the man’s identity.last_img

Nigeria Attacks Cost MTN GLO Airtel and Etisalat N20 Billion

first_imgAdvertisement The threat comes in the wake of recent attacks in Northern states on telecommunications infrastructure and base stations belonging to that of MTN and Airtel, amongst others. It has been reported that attackers damaged telecommunication masts belonging to MTN at Bolori, Ngaranam, Dala Alamdiri, Adam Kolo, Limanti, Gwange, Bayan Quarters and West End areas.As many as 25 base stations have reportedly been damaged in the attacks, disrupting mobile phone coverage.MTN’s Corporate Services Executive, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, in a statement in Lagos, said the attacks by unknown persons had caused service challenges in parts of the North as sensitive hub sites had also been affected.“We confirm that like all the other major telecommunication operators, some of MTN’s installations in Northern Nigeria have been damaged by unknown persons.  As far as we are aware, there were no fatalities as a result of these attacks and we are receiving full co operation from the relevant government security agencies” he said.“The attacks are unfortunate as the facilities built by MTN Nigeria and indeed other telecommunication companies are key to the ICT revolution in Nigeria and the accelerated socio-economic development of our nation” – Advertisement – Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of ALTON, is quoted as saying that a base station costs in the region of N500 million and N1 billion.According to Adebayo the Federal Government “should be decisive in its intervention in the onslaught against the telecoms firms.”It is an attack on subscribers; these are the people that are at the receiving end of the services. These are Nigerians, whose lives depend on telecoms services,” he told This Day.Source: ITNewsAfricalast_img read more

Superstom Sandy in Chicago is this years No 2 topic on Facebook

first_imgA photographer shoots waves in Lake Michigan generated from the remnants of Sandy in Chicago Advertisement A photographer shoots waves in Lake Michigan generated from the remnants of Sandy in ChicagoSuperstorm Sandy has been the year’s second most-talked-about topic on Facebook, after the Super Bowl, according to data provided to CNN by the social network.At its peak , Sandy scored an 8.34 on Facebook’s “Talk Meter,” which measures chatter about a news event on a scale of 1 to 10 when compared with a baseline.So far in 2012, Sandy trails only the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, which earned an 8.62 in February. – Advertisement – The year’s other buzzed-about events on Facebook:• First presidential debate: 8.18• Vice-presidential debate: 6.79• Academy Awards: 6.74• San Francisco Giants winning the World Series: 6.71• Hurricane Isaac: 5.24• Announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as Gov. Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential candidate: 5.21Facebook’s data show that men and women are talking about the storm in equal numbers and that older usersover 55 chatting more about Sandy than younger ones.People also were using Facebook to let their family and friends know that they survived the the most-shared term by U.S. users was “We are OK.” Other top shared words and phrases included references to electrical power, damage and trees,and terms such as “made it,” “safe” and “thankful.”Sandy prompts Facebook pleas: ‘Stay safe’  Although Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, that state did not have the highest rate of chatter about the storm. That honor went to Connecticut, with New Jersey a close second.Source. CNNlast_img read more