Labour has pledged to “transform” the social security system and to set out a bill to repeal cuts to disabled people’s benefits within a year, in one of the headline measures of a mini-manifesto devoted solely to disability issues.The document, Nothing About You, Without You, was launched last weekend in Manchester, and expands on policies laid out in the party’s main election manifesto, as well as including some new pledges*.One of these is a promise to develop a network of “independent living hubs”, which would “be run by disabled people, foster independence, facilitate peer or advocacy support” and provide practical support.This mirrors the pledge made by the Labour government in its Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People report in 2005, which called for every area to have “a user-led organisation modelled on existing CILs [centres for independent living]”.The party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that it will ensure local authorities have the resources to create these hubs, although decisions on whether to set them up will be made locally. There is also a promise to halve the disability employment gap, a pledge originally made by the Conservative party in 2015 but now dropped from its latest manifesto after the government made little or no progress towards achieving the target over the last two years.Labour has so far declined to say how long it would take to halve the gap, other than “as soon as possible”.The disability manifesto also says that local public sector or voluntary organisations would carry out the new “personalised, holistic” assessments that it previously announced would replace the heavily-criticised work capability assessment and personal independence payment (PIP) assessment.Labour’s disability manifesto is the product of a series of disability equality roadshows held across the country over the last six months, a process headed by the shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, with the party stressing that it has been produced “with and for disabled people”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) said disabled people had been “demonised and dehumanised by the Conservative’s devastating cuts and a social security system which punishes, rather than supports, disabled people”.He said: “Labour will ensure that disabled people and people with mental health conditions have access to the support they need and will work with disabled people to build an inclusive society, where no one is held back from fulfilling their potential and realising their aspirations.”Much of the document is devoted to attacking the record of the Conservatives in government over the last seven years, while there are few details about the policies Labour is proposing.One such example is its pledge to “build more accessible and disabled-friendly new homes” as part of a commitment to build 100,000 new affordable homes every year.When DNS asked what proportion of these homes would be built to Lifetime Homes standard and how many would be wheelchair-accessible, the party said this would be “needs-led”, although a Labour government would make funding available for councils to “assess and fully meet local needs”.Despite the lack of detail in the disability manifesto, there are many statements of principle – and some firm policies – that are likely to attract disabled voters.The document pledges to deliver an education strategy that is “inclusive”, and says a Labour government would replace the current assessment for the new education, health and care plans – introduced under the coalition government’s Children and Families Act 2014 – an eligibility test that Labour says is being used to restrict support to “all but those with the most severe needs”.The disability manifesto also promises to “change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises sick and disabled people to one that is supportive and enabling” and is “efficient, responsive, and provides basic support”.It also promises “stronger laws and proper enforcement of the Equality Act” to protect disabled people from discrimination at work and when applying for jobs, and says there will be a new right to flexible working for “employees with an impairment or chronic condition”.There is a pledge to ensure university courses are accessible to disabled students, “including through scrapping tuition fees, [and providing] course support and support for living costs” – although there is no mention of whether a Labour government would reverse Tory cuts to disabled students’ allowance – and another to increase the number of disabled apprentices.And there is a pledge to provide “seed corn funding” to develop local organisations offering “supportive” employment for disabled people who cannot participate in mainstream work.It says that an example of the kind of enterprises that might benefit is Enabled Works, in Leeds, a workers’ co-operative that was set up following the closure of the Leeds and Pontefract Remploy factories.On public transport, the disability manifesto promises to stop the expansion of driver-only operated trains, because “guards are essential for allowing disabled passengers access to trains”, while Labour will reverse the cut to the funding of the Access to All rail station access improvement programme, first revealed by Disability News Service last year.There is also a promise to “open up democracy” to disabled people, by ensuring that the party’s own disabled members can “participate fully in all local party activities, and that there is a fair and accessible selection process for all candidates for local, regional and national levels of political office”.The disability manifesto pledges to make “reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates in recognition of the additional costs that they face”.But there is no mention of reopening the Access to Elected Office Fund, which provided funding for the extra costs faced by disabled candidates seeking election to parliament and local councils, and was closed by the Conservative government after the 2015 election.*One of the only analyses of Labour’s disability manifesto to be published so far, by disabled activist David Gillon, can be found here
HAVE you signed up for 2014?Luke Walsh, Richard Beaumont, Kyle Amor, Matty Dawson and big Mose Masoe have.And there’s still time to join them and take advantage of the great Early Bird offers before the December 24 deadline.Our Early Bird Junior Season Tickets are priced the same as 2006 prices – starting from the equivalent of just £4.25 per match.Early Bird Adult tickets save £58 on matchday tickets and that is nearly three games free!Season Ticket Holders guarantee their spot for the year and can also take advantage of 10 per cent off items in the Superstore as well as priority availability for cup and play-off games.You can also save £15 on the 2014 home and away shirt if you buy them together.And, throughout the stadium new purchasers can look forward to saving nearly 10% off the full price Season Ticket.To find out more click here.If you want to use our interactive seat picker to find out what is available in the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands click here and select Season Tickets.Fans can buy their season tickets at the link above, at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.Be part of it and be the heartbeat – #saintsheartbeat
SAINTS completed their third win over the Tigers this season with a comprehensive 52-6 display at a rain soaked Langtree Park, writes Graham Henthorne.Three tries in the opening quarter of an hour put the writing on the wall for the visitors and three further four pointers later in the half put the game beyond the Tigers.Morgan Knowles, enjoying life in the second row for a change got the scoring under way in the fifth minute taking advantage of a bizarre gift pass from the Tigers full back who literally handed the ball to him 10 metres out from the line.A massive defensive effort had kept the Tigers pinned in their own end prior to this try and this was the story of the day for the visitors who had to resort to increasingly novel ways to get away from their own line due to the punishing defence of the Saints.A huge 40/20 kick from Danny Richardson, which actually went into touch on the Tigers 1 metre line, eventually resulted in a try for Aaron Smith as the hooker darted over at the side of the posts.In contrast to the visitors the Saints, led from the front by Captain Joe Ryan, were finding it easy to make ground down the middle of the field. Runs from Ross McCauley and Levy Nzoungou put the Saints on the Tigers line and a great miss pass from Ricky Bailey gave Dave Eccleston an easy touch down in the right corner.He got his second after a scrum on the visitors’ 40 metre line. The ball was spread right, Matty Costello poked his nose through the line then passed it out to give his winger space to round his opposite number for the score.Bailey (pictured against Warrington) got just reward for his support play as he took Richardson’s inside ball to go over at the posts to put the Saints 28 points to the good after a similar amount of time.The Tigers then brought the Saints back down to earth with a long range try. A chip over the defensive line on tackle 2 was taken by the left winger who rounded Eccleston on his way to the line.The “comeback” was short-lived, however, as Knowles scored his second at the break. Ryan’s fabulous offload was taken on the burst by Richardson who gave Knowles a clear run to the line as the second row ran a great inside cross over line wrong footing the defence.The opening of the second half was greeted with a torrential downpour which affected handling and restricted any thoughts of expansive play.Jonah Cunningham scored a trademark try plunging low at dummy half to get the scoring under way in the second period with his hooking partner Smith going in for his brace with a similar effort on his re-introduction.Regan Grace rounded off the scoring and the match with his customary try in the corner benefiting from quick hands from Bailey and Calvin Wellington.Next week’s trip to play Hull FC will present the Saints with a much sterner task than was faced today in the form of the Tigers as they look to gain revenge for the Saints two earlier victories.Phil Atherton and Chris Worrall did well off the bench assisting Ryan down the middle with Richardson and Fairclough moving the team around the field well.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Morgan Knowles 2 (5, 38), Aaron Smith 2 (10, 64), Dave Eccleston 2 (14, 24), Ricky Bailey (29), Jonah Cunningham (53), Regan Grace (78).Goals: Danny Richardson 8.Castleford U19s:Tries: Declan Sheehan (34).Goals: Kieran Gill.Half Time: 34-6 Full Time: 52-6Teams:Saints:18. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 3. Matty Costello, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan.Subs: 15. Chris Worrall, 16. Ben Morris, 20. Jonah Cunningham, 23. Phil Atherton.Castleford:1. Ash Robson; 5. Pat Diskin, 3. Russ Barton, 4. Kieran Gill, 2. Declan Sheehan; 6. Luke Adamson, 7. Tom Holmes; 8. Rory Dickson, 9. Brandon Moore, 10. Will Maher, 19. Will Plimmer, 12. Brandon Pickup, 13. Connor Fitzsimons.Subs: 14. Luke Million, 15. Connor Hughes, 16. Brandon Douglas, 18. Davey Dixon.
COMING to the game on Friday?We’re looking for the best fan created banners at Langtree Park!We want to create a cauldron of noise – and a sea of red and white – for our World Club Series clash with the Roosters.So get creative… the best banner will receive a special prize!We will reveal the winner next week on @saints1890
SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Police arrested a man who officers say jumped out of a car in Surf City and then into the ocean before ending up in North Topsail Beach hours later Wednesday.Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan said around 4:15 p.m., a car drove fast past officers so they pulled the car over.- Advertisement – After an officer noticed some sort of controlled substance inside and asked one of the men, identified as Zachary Kingsbury, 20, to step out of the car, that’s when Kingsbury he took off running.Shanahan says one of the passengers was arrested.He said Kingsbury went into the ocean, so officers got a drone in the air to follow him.Related Article: Police charge driver with DWI in crash that killed twoAfter following the man via drone until the battery died, Shanahan said officer called the Coast Guard and North Topsail Beach Police for help because they knew the man was swimming toward North Topsail.Pender EMS, a fire marine unit and Surf City Fire Department also responded.Finally around 7:45 p.m. North Topsail Beach Police arrested Kingsbury near the water near the Wicker Avenue beach access.Shanahan said Kingsbury was taken to the Pender County Jail.
The only depature to Dallas from ILM was scheduled to leave at 7:00 p.m. tonight and has been canceled. The only arrival from Dallas that was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight has also been canceled.As always, check with your airline before heading to the airport. Photo: MGN WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a day of canceled flights this week at the Wilmington International Airport, majority of flight schedules are looking back to normal.The only flights not set to arrive or depart from ILM are American Airlines Dallas flights.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — United Airlines will soon be Wilmington International Airport’s latest addition.Thursday night an executive with the airline was the keynote speaker at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.- Advertisement – From giving out a lifetime achievement award to Fred Eshelman, to going over the Chamber’s accomplishments from last year, to learning more about United Airlines, the meeting was very eventful.Grant Whitney, United Airlines’ Vice President of Domestic Network Planning, went over why they chose ILM.“It’s a thriving community that we have long been looking at,” Whitney said. “We’re excited about both the business component of Wilmington but also the leisure component of Wilmington.”Related Article: American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at ILMRight now ILM has American Airlines and Delta Airlines. However, starting April 9 that is going to change. United Airlines will being four flights a day.“Two flights going to Chicago each day and we have two flights going to Washington Dulles each day,” Airport Director, Julie Wilsey said.Wilsey said United will not only bring more options for travelers, but more jobs and economic growth.“We’re a very strong business community,” Wilsey said. “We’re also a very big tourism industry. And of course we have residents who live here who want to travel abroad and throughout the U.S. So tickets have been for sale since November they’re selling pretty well. And we think it’s good for both people who want to get to Wilmington and people who live here who travel for both business and leisure.”Growing business and tourism, along with the Port City itself, are just a few of the many reasons why United chose ILM.“We’re gonna bring customers to Wilmington who’ve flown on United for many, many years. And we also look forward to taking people from Wilmington not only domestically in the United States but also globally,” Whitney said.Wilsey said in a recent two year study the airport’s economic impact on the region was $1.6 billion. With the latest addition, Wilsey hopes that trend will only continue to grow.As for staffing the new airline, United will be hiring from within the area.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College is helping give their students a leg up in the workforce. CFCC announced their partnership with Yamaha Thursday morning.The college offers an introductory course right now to train marine technicians, and the program is only growing.- Advertisement – The program is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to develop skills that they can directly apply in a job. Students will come out with a certification to work directly at a Yamaha shop or another dealership.As part of the partnership, Yamaha has already donated two motors for students to work with. The company says the market is hot for skilled laborers rights now, especially in Wilmington.“As our technicians get older and they’re retiring and moving out, we have no young, skilled labor coming in to replace that. So, that’s created the problem as well, of the fact that the industry is just growing that fast at this point.” said Mark Harden, of Yamaha.Related Article: George Thorogood, Eddie Money coming to The Wilson CenterHarden says that students coming out of this program will be eligible for jobs at a dealership, with the opportunity to move up. In a market like Wilmington, he says students could expect a starting salary from $15-18 per hour.The program is a work in progress right now. A second introductory course will be introduced in January, and CFCC plans to keep advancing the curriculum.
All four Brunswick County distribution sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, distributing water and food. The sites include:Spring Lake Park (210 Pine Road in Boiling Spring Lakes)Northwest District Park (1937 Andrew Jackson HWY NE in Leland)South Brunswick Middle School (100 Cougar Drive, Boiling Spring Lakes)Town Creek Park (6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow)After Sunday, Sept. 23, these distribution sites will close.Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, citizens in the affected areas may continue to get water and MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) at certain fire departments:Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (3059 George II Hwy in Boiling Spring Lakes)Northwest Fire Department (5029 Northwest Road in Northwest)Navassa Volunteer Fire Department (336 N. Main Street in Navassa)Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department (4045 Whiteville Road NW in Ash)Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department (161 Governors Road SE in Winnabow)Related Article: FEMA approves additional $3M for New Hanover CountyDonations and VolunteersBrunswick Family Assistance continues to coordinate donations and volunteer efforts in Brunswick County. Those wishing to donate or volunteer should contact Brunswick Family Assistance by calling them at 910-654-4766.Curfew Ends; Burning Ban Still In PlaceUnincorporated areas of Brunswick County will be under a curfew from midnight until dawn Monday, Sept. 24. The curfew will end Monday morning.A burning ban remains in place for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County in the wake of Hurricane Florence. All burning within 100 feet of a structure is banned, to allow Brunswick County to focus first responders and resources on hurricane recovery efforts. The ban will remain in place until further notice.Unincorporated areas are areas not in a city or town.Utilities UpdatesWater service has been restored to all areas of the Brunswick County Public Utilities distribution system, including Boiling Spring Lakes and River Mist. A system pressure advisory remains in place for the areas of Southport, St. James, Boiling Spring Lakes, Caswell Beach, the Long Beach Road area and the George II Highway area until further written notice.Customers who find they have no water service should first check to make sure their shut-off valves are on and that they have no damage to their plumbing. If after checking those things customers still have no water, they should contact Brunswick County Public UtilitiesMonday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 910-253-2860 or 910-253-2657After hours: 910-371-3490 or 910-45400512Customers experiencing a grinder pump malfunction should call 910-253-2657.County Offices Re-Open Monday, With Some ChangesBrunswick County government offices, including parks and libraries, will open on a regular schedule Monday, Sept. 24, with some offices temporarily relocating due to damage from Hurricane Florence.Tax Administration will be relocating to 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. The License Plate Agency and Tax Collections will relocate to the Utility Billing office in Building I on the government complex. The License Plate Agency will not re-open Monday, Sept. 24; a reopening date will be announced as soon as it is available.County Building Inspections, located in Building I on the county complex, will open a satellite office at the Leland Town Hall beginning Monday morning. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Recovery from Hurricane Florence continues in Brunswick County as some distribution sites close and others prepare to open, the curfew for unincorporated areas ends and a burning ban remains in place, and County offices prepare to reopen as work to repair utility lines continues.Distribution Sites- Advertisement –
Rufus Lamar Parker (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man who sold cocaine to a gang is going to prison for six and a half years after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges.According to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office, Rufus Lamar Parker pleaded guilty to six counts of distributing powder cocaine and other charges.- Advertisement – Parker is the fifth of six defendants to be sentenced in this case.Parker supplied the Blood gang members with powder cocaine that they then turned into crack cocaine and sold in the Wilmington area.He was arrested during Operation Tourniquet in 2017.