The equality watchdog has earned cautious approval

first_imgThe equality watchdog has earned cautious approval for its response to recommendations made by a House of Lords committee that examined the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people.The committee concluded earlier this year that the government was failing to protect disabled people from discrimination and that there were problems with laws designed to address disability discrimination in “almost every part of society”.Last week, the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who was a member of the Equality Act 2010 and disability committee throughout its nine-month inquiry, said she was “bitterly disappointed and angry” with the government’s response to the report, which she said was a “wasted opportunity to kick-start a progressive equality agenda for the UK’s 11 million disabled people”.This week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) delivered its own response to the report, including eight recommendations that call for it to take action itself.Of those eight recommendations, it accepted two, but also accepted four more “in principle”, and rejected two.Although it turned down a call to work with local and national disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) to raise awareness of disabled people’s rights under the Equality Act, it agreed to explore with DPOs an effective way to raise awareness of “rights and responsibilities”.It also said it would work with DPOs to consider how best to promote the use of reasonable adjustments.But the commission rejected outright a recommendation to return stronger powers to its disability committee, which is due to have its statutory decision-making powers removed next April, and also declined to work with disabled people and their organisations to co-produce a major “disability-specific action plan”, because it said disability was already “embedded” in its programme of work.David Isaac (pictured), the commission’s new chair, who was appointed by the government, said the report showed that progress on achieving disability rights had “stalled”, and he demanded a new national focus on disability rights so that disabled people were no longer treated as “second class citizens”.He called on the government to show stronger leadership by introducing the remaining parts of the Equality Act that have yet to be implemented, including those on dual discrimination; access to ships; common areas of rented blocks of flats; access to buses and coaches; and the requirement for political parties to report on the diversity of their candidates.And he said that service-providers such as restaurants, theatres, concert venues and sports stadia must “raise their game” on access.He said: “It is a badge of shame for our society that thousands of disabled people are still not being treated as equal citizens and the everyday rights non-disabled people take for granted, such as being able to access transport, housing, restaurants, theatres and sporting events, are still being denied.”He said EHRC itself must “use its position to bring people together”.And he pointed to work the commission has already announced it will carry out this year, including helping to prepare a shadow report to the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities; investigating the impact of government welfare reforms on disabled people; and launching a major inquiry into disabled people’s housing.Disability Rights UK (DR UK) welcomed the commission’s commitment to work with disabled people and their organisations, and Isaac’s comments.A DR UK spokesperson said: “We look forward to working with the commission to ensure that the full participation of disabled people is central to their overall work for a fairer, inclusive Britain.“However, there is still a huge question about how the commission will be led and steered in its disability work once the disability committee comes to the end of its life in March 2017. “Also, the commission has accepted some of the House of Lords’ recommendations ‘in principle’ – and we will want to see more clarity about what ‘in principle’ agreement will really mean.“For instance, how will disabled people be informed of their rights in practice?”Disabled campaigner Doug Paulley, who gave evidence to the committee about how the system failed to protect disabled people from discrimination, said he was pleasantly surprised at how well the commission had engaged with the committee’s recommendations.He has previously been critical of the commission, which he believes has been left “ineffective and rudderless”, but he said it had “engaged with the issues in detail and with some thought”.He said: “Doubtless it will continue to largely not use the powers afforded to it; doubtless too it is underpowered by the government’s failure to behave responsibly or reasonably, and by limited resources.“But I think there is at least some hope, some potential shown in the report, that they could start to change some elements of their ethos and operation.”Baroness Deech, who chaired the committee, said she found the commission’s response “really quite positive” and said that it was a “platform to build on” and showed a “spirit of willing to get on with this”, while it was “definitely more positive than the government’s”.She said there would be a House of Lords debate on the committee’s report in early September, and promised that she and her committee colleagues would “certainly be standing up as individuals for more action”.Baroness Deech also said she hoped that she could persuade the new minister for women and equalities, Justine Greening – who replaced the sacked Nicky Morgan, who was responsible for the government’s response – to “look again” at the report’s findings.last_img read more

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Batchelors Peas official partner of the Betfred S

first_imgBatchelors Peas, official partner of the Betfred Super League 2017, is calling on community rugby league teams to enter an exclusive competition for the chance to train with their favourite Super League club.Open to community adult clubs, juinor clubs and schools, Batchelors Peas is looking for a local side wanting to learn some new skills from Rugby League’s finest.On the day, the winners will be treated to some advice from coaching staff, before taking part in some drills, exercises and friendly competition with it’s star players.Fan favourite and Batchelors Peas official mascot Can of Steel will be on hand to offer support, as well as giving out cans of Batchelors Mushy Peas for the winners to make their own match day meals and get one of their five-a-day.Dean Towey, Marketing Director at Princes (manufacturer of Batchelors Peas) said: “We’ve had a great time with fans of all teams since the start of the season and wanted to give something back.  This is an unforgettable, money-can’t-buy opportunity and we hope as many people as possible will try and win it for their club.”To enter, send three reasons why you and your club should win, along with your name, age, address, telephone number, the community club you play for and the all-important team you’d like to train with, to batchelorspeas@princes.co.uk, by Friday July 7 .Terms and Conditions are available on request via the entry email address, and are also available at www.rugby-league.com ; prize excludes Catalans Dragons.Under 18s must also provide name and contact details for their parent or legal guardian. Entrants must be resident on the UK Mainland (England, Scotland or Wales).Batchelors, founded in 1895, produces top quality Marrowfat, Mushy and Garden Peas, and has been a teatime family favourite for decades. Batchelors, founded in 1895, produces top quality Marrowfat, Mushy and Garden Peas, and has been a teatime family favourite for decades.last_img read more

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DOT holding meeting on Military Cutoff and Eastwood Road proposed project

first_img The meeting will take place at the New Hanover County Northeast Regional Library in the Oleander Room. The meeting ends at 7:00 p.m.You can attend the meeting anytime because there will not be a formal presentation. Instead, DOT representatives will be there to provide information and answer questions about the proposed project. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A traffic study in 2013 revealed approximately 63,000 cars traveled through the Military Cutoff and Eastwood Road intersection in Wilmington. That’s why the NC Department of Transportation is looking at improving this intersection to ease traffic congestion.The DOT is holding a public meeting this afternoon starting at 4 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img

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Cape Fear Middle School student accused of threatening violence

first_img On Wednesday morning a handwritten note was turned in to a teacher. The note included a drawing depicting a gun being fired at Cape Fear Middle School.The teen was taken into custody and charged with felony making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property. Cape Fear Middle School (Photo: Pender County Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County 13-year-old faces charges after a handwritten note was turned into a teacher.According to a release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, a Cape Fear Middle School student was arrested last night following a threat that was made at the school.- Advertisement – last_img

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Where to get food and water in New Hanover County

first_img “I think it’s a great first step, I think maybe it should have happened sooner. But I think they had to wait for the storm to go away and the rain to stop,” said John Bennette, whose home was destroyed by the storm.New Hanover County started this program in partnership with FEMA, the Civil Air Patrol, and volunteers from General Electric.For those who have lost everything, these distribution sites are something they desperately need.Related Article: Storm washes away beloved memory on fishing pier, family hopes it will turn up“We got a big hole in the roof, and the whole kitchen and dining room area’s flooded, so I just need a tarp to stop the water,” said Larry Edwards, who has been staying at his girlfriend’s house after his house was damaged.“It’s terrible out here, so many people that got nothing, they lost everything. You know, we lost our house, but we’re blessed that we can still help people and we’re alive. That’s all that matters,” said Bennette.Besides the location at CFCC, there is a north location at the former site of the Rock Church in Castle Hayne, and a south site at Veterans Park in Wilmington.they are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.If you’re planning to come to one of these pods to pick up supplies, be advised that the location in downtown Wilmington is the only location where you can walk up.All other locations are only accessible by car, so make sure you have enough gas, because the line could be long. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After Hurricane Florence ripped through our area, leaving behind devastation, many are now in need of some help.Cape Fear Community College’s downtown Wilmington campus is one of three locations where people can pick up tarps, water, and meals ready to eat free of charge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wilmington preps for chances of more debris with Michael

first_img The City of Wilmington has contracted a company to pick up more than 1,000,000 cubic yards of storm debris. There are no restrictions on the amount of debris but, they are asking residents to separate vegetative items including trees and limbs from construction and demolition debris like mattresses and furniture. The city plans to be done with the first pass of the entire city by the end of the month but, Hurricane Michael could highly affect this plan.Long time resident Del McGown says he’s been trying to organize his debris but it’s hard to keep it that way. But, he’s hopeful the city will get his debris soon.“The city can do but so much and I realize that over the years …I’ve been here in all these other hurricanes and some took weeks and weeks,” said McGown.Related Article: Former Cape Fear Serpentarium could become dental practice, spaMcGown and his neighbors are concerned about the potential for strong winds and heavy rain in Wilmington but, the city says they are taking precautions.“We are going to be out doing things like clearing storm drains around the city to make sure that helps to keep our roads from flooding,” said City of Wilmington PIO Malissa Talbert. “We certainly ask our citizens if they are cleaning up their yard to not put or blow debris into the storm drain, which is an easy way to get rid of stuff but is not helpful at all.”New Hanover County is also asking residents to follow three steps to prepare: secure tarps on roofs, remove hanging limbs and clear storm drains.Residents can also drop off vegetative debris at Ogden Park or Veteran’s Park. Construction debris to the landfill on Highway 421. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As Hurricane Michael churns toward the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a possibility the storm could bring wind and rain to our area.Piles of debris still fill many curbs and it will not all be picked up by the time we see impacts from Michael.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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SEAHAWKS IN SPACE SpaceX launches rocket containing UNCW satellite

first_img “I think that people should be proud, that in Wilmington, we’re doing very good science. We’re working with the best of the best,” said Rivero-Calle.She says UNCW will be using it to study ocean color and that the camera on it has 10 times better resolution than previously used satellites.“Even though it’s very light and small, the resolution of the imagery that we’re going to obtain with it is going to be 10 times better than previous satellites that were built to study the ocean color,” said Rivero-Calle.Related Article: Gardner-Webb downs UNCW men 81-72Rivero-Calle says the project was funded with $4.2 million in grants from the Moore Foundation, and was launched by SpaceX and Spaceflight at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.She says studying color can tell us a lot about the health of certain coastal areas.“A lot of people think that the ocean is always blue or green, but it’s not,” Rivero-Calle said. “It can vary. We use those changes to tell us about the productivity and health of the ocean, and ultimately we want to track the carbon in the ocean.”Unlike most satellite ocean color images which typically cost about $1,000 each, the images from UNCW’s satellite will be free to the public, thanks to some help from NASA.“Whether you are here in North Carolina, or you are in Kuala Lumpur, or you are in Europe, you can go ahead, go to the website, and download the data and do research with it,” said Rivero-Calle.She says the next step is to wait for the first beep or beacon from the satellite, and then start using it to harvest data.Click here to learn more about the satellite and how you can access the imagery. 00:00 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) — SpaceX launched a rocket carrying 64 small satellites Monday including one from UNCW.UNCW Research Team Member Sara Rivero-Calle says the nano-satellite is the size of a shoe box and weighs less than 11 pounds.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Quick Response Team has helped more than 50 overdose survivors in six

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The opioid epidemic continues to destroy the lives of people across the Cape Fear region, but Coastal Horizons is putting their team to work.Since it formed five months ago, the Coastal Horizons Quick Response Team has worked to shutdown opioid addictions one by one.- Advertisement – “We partner with the hospital, the community paramedics. We partner with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition on a lot of outreach visits and contacts. We partner with WPD, the police department,” said Kenny House, who is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Coastal Horizons.The Quick Response Team is made up of two therapists and two peer support specialists. At a meeting Monday morning, local leaders met to talk about just how effective this team has been.“An 83-percent success rate is what we look for in the government side of it. They’re getting us the numbers. They’re getting us the statistical information that we told them that we needed to make the pitch in Raleigh, that we’re going to need some additional funding for this,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.Related Article: VIDEO: Trio wanted for New Year’s Day shooting in WilmingtonSaffo says this epidemic is far from over. Since August, the QRT has helped 53 overdose survivors get treatment.Representative Ted Davis agrees that the community needs help.“The longer that we can go with the program, and the more positive results we can get, will certainly enable me in arguing up there why this should be continued to show the progress that we have made,” said Davis.The QRT is a two-year pilot program, funded by the NC General Assembly.“A lot of people have hesitation about treatment, and often times they need some extra encouragement and someone to kind of walk alongside of them,” said House.House says it’s a constant work in progress, but the QRT can get results.House says everyone at the meeting seemed to be happy with the QRT’s progress so far. He also says Coastal Horizons has a very high success rate with with all of their patients.last_img read more

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GLOW hosts chef Robert Irvine to name school building for Althea Gibson

first_img A celebrity chef from Food Network travels to the Port City every year for the event to provide food and a bit of wisdom on leadership experience.Robert Irvine had that honor, and he feels a special connection to these girls due to his upbringing and life experiences before becoming a world-famous celebrity chef.“I understand what it’s like to be … given a leg up or taken out of something because these girls would’ve never gotten the opportunity they’re doing now if it wasn’t for GLOW,” Irvine said. “I was lucky i joined the military and learned those things so i’m from the same background.”Related Article: Man riding dirt bike killed after crashing into van“Here we get to be ourselves,” Student Victoria Roblero said. “We get to empower each other and if we ever feel down we have each other to lift each other up.”The funds raised this year will go towards the new school campus being built, and the 8th grade field trip to Washington D.C.They will move to its new and permanent campus at the start of the next school year. The campus is near Maides Park and will eventually serve some 700 middle and high school students when it reaches full enrollment in the 2022-23 academic year.Althea Gibson moved to Wilmington in 1946 to attend Williston High School and train privately with Dr. Hubert A. Eaton who served as her tennis coach. She went on to become the first African-American to win Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Doubles and the US Open in the late 1950’s. Her remarkable tennis career yielded nearly 100 professional titles including five Grand Slam crowns. Chef Robert Irvine and Althea Gibson (Photo: WWAY/ Cape Fear Museum of History and Science) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, or “GLOW,” held their 4th annual fundraiser Friday at Landfall Country Club.GLOW Academy also announced Friday it will name a building on its new middle and high school campus Gibson Hall honoring tennis legend Althea Gibson.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Businesses question timing of Oak Island road work

first_img Some are frustrated that this work is being done during tourist season, including Peggy Troetti, who works at Bubba’s Burlington Outlet and Sweet Paradise. She says the store’s business is being negatively impacted by the road work.“I believe it’s very difficult for the people that live here and also for the tourists that come in because they’re not able to get from Point A to Point B,” Troetti said. “This is the worst time of year that they could possibly do it. They should do it when it’s slow, like the winter time.”Troetti says getting from one side of the island would usually take about five minutes. With this work going on, it takes 15 to 30 minutes.Related Article: Jellyfish invade Oak Island on Labor DaySeveral other business owners shared Troetti’s concerns but did not want to speak on camera. Workers direct traffic as crews repave E. Oak Island Dr. on 6/18/19.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Just days before the official start to summer, crews have begun paving a main strip of road in Oak Island.According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the work on East Oak Island Drive began yesterday and is expected to be completed in four weeks. Crews are scheduled to work Monday through Friday during daylight hours, except during the week of Independence Day.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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