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first_imgThe new minister for disabled people is facing criticism over her voting record on disability issues from a user-led organisation that provides support in her own constituency.The Cornish MP Sarah Newton was appointed as the new minister late last week as a replacement for Penny Mordaunt, who has been promoted to international development secretary.Newton was previously director of Age Concern England, founder and first director of the International Longevity Centre, and worked in marketing for the hotel group IBIS, the international bank Citibank and credit card giant American Express.Her website says she has focused as an MP on “speaking up for Cornwall’s public services”, and that she has “campaigned tirelessly for local people feeling the pinch as result of the 2008 financial crash, with a focus on helping the poorest”.In parliament, the website says, she has “carried forward her passion for helping the most vulnerable in our society, and those who look after them”, including through her former role as vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for social care.Before last week’s appointment, she was a junior Home Office minister.But Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth since 2010, is now facing criticism from disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (DCIS), a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) that provides support for disabled people in her constituency.The DPO, which said it had corresponded with Newton on issues such as social security reform over several years, congratulated her on her appointment but pointed out that her voting record “does not necessarily reflect well as an ambassador for people affected by illness or disability, or people who may be more reliant on state support”.Despite her “focus on helping the poorest” in her constituency, her Commons voting record shows Newton consistently voted with her government as it has introduced sweeping cuts to social security since 2010.DCIS said that this voting record showed she had voted against paying higher benefits to disabled people; in favour of the bedroom tax; and in favour of reducing social security spending.In a statement, disAbility Cornwall said it would welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the new minister, and “show her the true impact government policy is having on disabled people, who have been hit by a plethora of welfare reforms, cuts to services, and forced into low skill, low pay inaccessible work, and unaffordable housing stock and public transport”.The statement added: “Disabled people are not just disadvantaged by their impairment, but by the environment and housing they live in, the education and transportation from which they are excluded, the limitations in shopping for food and the additional costs of heating, laundry – those additional costs that disabled people face due to their impairments.“We should all be mindful it has now been 22 years since disability legislation first came in, and yet life has become much worse for disabled people, with real gains made by the independent living movement now directly threatened and undermined.”In the first days since her appointment, Newton has already shown that she will mirror her predecessors in hugely controversial areas such as defending cuts to disability benefits.And she has also shown that she is ready to follow Mordaunt in misleading fellow MPs.Answering questions in the Commons on her ministerial brief on Monday (pictured), just four days after her appointment, she was asked by SNP’s Deidre Brock about the government’s decision to cut weekly payments to new employment and support allowance claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) by nearly £30 a week, a measure that was introduced in April by the government.She replied: “There are no cuts for people on those benefits. Let me be absolutely clear about that.”What she should have said was that – as she had told another MP earlier – the cuts would only apply to new claimants and not those already claiming ESA in the WRAG.Newton also repeated Mordaunt’s claim that the UK was “a global leader in disability rights”, despite the humiliation of her government being found by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to be responsible for causing a “human catastrophe” to disabled people as a result of its cuts to social security and other support.But in one area, Newton’s appointment may please the disabled people’s movement.In contrast to Mordaunt, who was a keen advocate of legalising assisted suicide, Newton is an opponent of a change in the law, a position that is likely to reassure many disabled activists and disabled people’s organisations.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national network of disabled people and service-users, was another to criticise the minister’s past voting record.He said her appointment was “an interesting statement on the complex nature of modern politics and politicians”.He said: “She has consistently voted for the bedroom tax, against raising welfare benefits and for reduced welfare benefits spending.“Hardly sounds like someone with an understanding of disabled people, yet she was formerly Director of Age Concern England and has shown a longstanding interest in ageing.”But he said he doubted if she would remain in post for long.She has now become the seventh minister for disabled people to be appointed since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition took power in 2010, following Maria Miller, Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper, Justin Tomlinson and Penny Mordaunt.Beresford said: “I doubt Ms Newton, who began as a banker, will have much to contribute to disabled people except more out-of-touch grief.”The new minister declined to respond to questions from Disability News Service about her new role.last_img read more

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first_imgSean Long looks back at the loss to Widnes and previews the Leigh game whilst Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival both talk about their England call ups.It’s easy to listen to our podcasts – they are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes.Tickets for Friday’s game with leigh, which kicks off at 8pm, are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here. Audio Playerhttps://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Podcast.2017-04-27.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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first_imgHere are the first three.1. Evan Bullen – Prop Forward from Halton Farnworth HornetsHe is sponsored by Optiva.Previous Number 1s: 2004 – Ste Bannister (Blackbrook) 2006 – Tom Armstrong (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Nathan Ashe (family relocated from NZ) 2011 – Brad Ashurst (Portico Vine) 2013 – Daniel Abram (Bold Miners) 2015 – Brad Billsborough (Newton Storm)2. Sean Croston – Centre from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Eco Boilers, Bury Broncos, West Houghton Barbers and North West Roofing Supplies.Previous Number 2s: 2004 – Liam Bland (Waterhead) 2006 – Karl Ashall (Leigh East) 2009 – Marcus Baines (Burtonwood and Blackbrook) 2011 – Chris Carr (Chorley Panthers) 2013 – Phil Atherton (Orrell St James) 2015 – Cameron Brown (Thatto Heath Crusaders)3. Matthew Foster – Second Row from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Ash Tree Care, Galaxy Blinds, I Secure NW Limited, Legh Vale Primary School, TLS Management Solutions and Fujitsu.Previous Number 3s: 2004 – Marty Bradshaw (Blackbrook Royals) 2006 – Matty Ashurst (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Adam Barber (Bold Miners) 2011 – Lewis Charnock (Rylands) 2013 – Ricky Bailey (Shevington Sharks) 2015 – Kevin Brown (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

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first_imgHis charges beat Sheffield Eagles 64-6 with new signing James Bentley grabbing a hat-trick.“I was very happy with the performance and impressed with everyone who played,” he said. “For our first friendly of the year it went well and was a really good hit out.“There were some really good signs out there. A few times we fell at the last pass but the boys showed some crisp hands on a lot of the plays which was good to see. We obviously defended well too.”Bentley caught the eye with his hat-trick whilst the younger players didn’t look out of place either.“I thought James went well and looked dangerous,” Justin continued. “He has been training hard so it was good for him and his teammates to get a good hit out.“The junior players went well too and I was particularly impressed with Kev Brown at full back.“We’ll bring the senior boys back next week for our last hit out before round one. There’s around 12 or so that will feature in that game and we are looking forward to it.”Saints take on Leigh on Friday January 26 (8pm) with their first Betfred Super League game of the 2018 season coming a week later at home to Castleford on Friday February 2 (7:45pm).Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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first_imgRegan Grace crossed for a brace in the 26-12 victory, whilst Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Morgan Knowles also tallied tries.Saints couldn’t match the free flowing rugby of their previous two wins but did produce some quality moments for the fans.Jonny Lomax’s 10th minute try came from a Tommy Makinson chip and soon after provider became scorer as he took Danny Richardson’s crossfield kick.The Dragons got themselves back into it when Brayden Williame beat Ryan Morgan to Josh Drinkwater’s kick.But with seconds Morgan Knowles restored the advantage with a mazy run under the sticks.Saints went into the sheds 16-4 up at half time and quickly extended their lead five minutes into the second half.Fages took the line on at speed, linked up with Mark Percival and he sent Grace in for his third in two games.It was a lovely move – but all that hard work was undone as from the restart, Saints overplayed, lost the ball, and Jodie Broughton went over in the corner.Remi Casty went close on 60 minutes – and then Jon Wilkin had one chalked off for a double movement.But Saints put the game to bed with 10 to go – and it came from another flowing move on the left hand side.Grace notching his second after fine hands from Wilkin, Fages, Taia, Lomax and Percival.Richardson tagged on the conversion – his third of the night before Lewis Tierney finished off a blindside move on the right to end the scoring.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Lomax, Makinson, Knowles, Grace (2) Goals: Richardson (3 from 5)Dragons: Tries: Williame, Broughton, Tierney Goals: Drinkwater (0 from 3)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 11 Dragons: 7HT: 16-4 FT: 26-12REF: R HicksATT: 9,138Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Dom Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Dragons: 31. Tony Gigot; 2. Jodie Broughton, 16. Vincent Duport, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 20. Lewis Tierney; 6. Samisoni Langi, 33. Josh Drinkwater; 8. Remi Casty, 19. Michael McIlorum, 14. Julian Bousquet, 11. Louis Anderson, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 13. Greg Bird. Subs: 10. Sam Moa, 17. Jason Baitieri, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa.last_img read more

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first_img On Saturday, the Marie Holmes Foundation & Kids Connect will be providing free school supplies and food for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.The supplies will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.The giveaway is at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.Related Article: North Carolina schools to make safety available to studentsIt runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of The Marie Holmes Foundation who hosted the Back to School Drive. (Photo: Madison Morgan/Reporter) SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County lottery winner Marie Holmes is holding another back to school giveaway this weekend. Holmes won $188 million dollars in February of 2015.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img00:00 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 SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) — State officials have directed Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 homeowners near the company’s Fayetteville Works facility after the company’s preliminary test results showed GenX above state health goals in residential drinking wells.The state Department of Environmental Quality and Chemours started testing residential wells near the facility after GenX was detected in 13 industrial, non-drinking water wells on the facility’s property. Chemours is testing the private wells for GenX.- Advertisement – DEQ is testing private wells near the facility also, but in addition to testing for GenX, the state agency is also testing for two other fluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS. The state agency is testing for the three fluorinated compounds because they all have established health goals. The state expects its test results in the coming weeks.To date, Chemours has received preliminary test results for 32 residential wells for people living near the facility. GenX was not detected in 13 residential wells. GenX concentrations were found below the state’s provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion for eight other residential wells.The 11 homeowners with GenX levels above the state’s provisional public health goal were supplied with bottled water and health information about GenX. Most of the 11 wells with elevated GenX levels are north of the facility.Related Article: New Hanover County first in NC to partner with DEQ for new water sampling testsThe company’s test results have not been validated. Out of an abundance of caution, the state directed the company to supply bottled water to residents after receiving word Friday of the first batch of preliminary test results, and then again on Tuesday when Chemours notified the state of another batch of preliminary results.“We want to make sure people with elevated concentrations of GenX in their wells have an immediate alternative water source,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “Making sure people have clean drinking water is our top priority.”This week, DEQ has continued collecting water samples for residential wells nearest the facility. As of Wednesday, DEQ had collected water samples for 31 residential wells in Bladen and Cumberland counties.The state will send samples to Gel Laboratories in Charleston, S.C. for analysis and use the results of testing to determine if people need alternative sources of water and if GenX or the two other fluorinated compounds produced at the facility have moved into the surrounding community. If tests reveal levels of any of the fluorinated compounds above established health goals, the state will direct Chemours to provide affected homes with alternative water and health information on the compounds.It’s important to understand that the state’s provisional health goal for GenX represents the concentration of GenX at which no adverse, non-cancer health effects would be anticipated in the most sensitive populations over an entire lifetime of exposure.Health-related information on GenX, PFOA and PFOS has been posted  to the DEQ’s website. Residents with questions about the health effects related to GenX, PFOA or PFOS can contact the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at  (919) 707-5900.last_img read more

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first_img The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation revealed Woodcock and the victim exchanged sexually graphic texts and videos using Facebook Messenger for about a month, before the child’s guardian became aware.Detectives arrested Woodcock on Monday after a week-long investigation, after Woodcock allegedly tried to meet with the child.Woodcock is being held under a $200,000 bond.Related Article: NYC mayor has his police detail pull over texting driver Aaron Woodcock (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County man faces several charges after investigators say he was sexting with a 13-year-old Pender County girl and tried to meet her to have sex.Aaron Bradley Woodcock, 22, is charged with three counts of soliciting a child by computer, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img The town wants to begin as soon as possible, but they still have to get the blessing to do so.Town leaders are talking with the U.S. Coast Guard to dump dredged material on the five acres the town owns on the LORAN station property south of the Beau Rivage. Town manager Michael Cramer says they are working with the coast guard to get a permit for the work.It’s a project neighbors still want to see happen and say needs to happen.Related Article: Snow’s Cut Bridge to open at noon to residents, business owners“I think it was a worthwhile project as it was originally envisioned,” said Don Fox who lives near the lake and says now the algae is causing an odor.  “I hope that you will see it through to the end.”Town leaders say this time they hope to not repeat the shortfalls of the previous dredging work.“I expect oversight on this project from start to finish,” said Mayor Joe Benson. “Because I suspect that’s what happened last time, just a hunch. You know somebody wasn’t there saying, ‘this needs to go to this spot’ and it ends up going to some other spot. That can’t happen.”The town still needs the Coast Guard to reply to an environmental study of the 5-acre site that town staff performed. If the town can move forward, they estimate clearing the site and gaining vehicle access to it will cost more than $135,000. There still sits more than 50,000 cubic yards of sludge that the town wishes to dredge to deepen the lake from 6 to 8 feet. The town estimates work to revive the actual dredging of that sediment could cost somewhere between $1.3 to 2.2 million.Island GreenwayMore business on Pleasure Island surrounding work on the Carolina Beach Island Greenway is moving along. Work on the Greenway has been going on for months now.Town leaders say it is on time. The Greenway will connect Carolina Beach’s Chappel park to a 1.2 mile trail that connects to Alabama Avenue in Kure Beach. Town leaders say it should be complete by the end of summer.Pedal Pub on WaterIt was not meant to be on land so a pedal pub business plans to hit the water. Town leaders tell WWAY the owners of the pedal pub that was denied are working to launch a similar business within the sound off Carl Winner Drive.They say the owners are submitting a business license. Leaders say they cannot regulate the business like they could have as a pedal pub using public streets.The owners are calling the business Sea Legs Pedal Pub and plan to begin operation by the end of July with bookings starting in mid August. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Town leaders have revived the lake dredging project for Carolina Beach lake hoping to take dredged material across Snows Cut.It comes as the project has sat stagnant for nine months. The council unanimously approved to continue the lake dredging.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A popular restaurant and catering business that has been a Wilmington staple for more than two decades is closing its doors.Bon Appetit on Carolina Beach Road has been around for 22 years and was featured on the Food Network back in 2004.- Advertisement – Owner Claudia Costa says Friday will be their last day in business.Costa took over the business after her husband Eugene passed away three years ago and she says it’s time to move on.She says she knows her husband would be proud of what she and her daughters have done.Related Article: Helping kids move forward while running backwards“I’m very proud of what I did for my husband, carrying on his legacy,” said Costa. “But it’s time for me to let it go and enjoy my life as my husband would want me to. So I thank all my loyal customers and clients for giving me the opportunity to serve everybody.”Costa says she plans to move to Florida to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter.A new catering business will move into the space.last_img read more