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The Conservatives have been accused of promoting a

first_imgThe Conservatives have been accused of promoting a “divisive” and “punitive” attitude to disabled people that “breeds contempt and hostility”, after dedicating their manifesto only to “working people”.The introduction to the manifesto pledges that a Tory government under Theresa May would be driven by “the interests of ordinary, working families”, who were the people the manifesto was “dedicated to”.It then adds that the government’s power should be “put squarely at the service of this country’s working people”.The promises made in the manifesto, which have been ignored by the mainstream media, have been attacked this week by two disabled politicians standing for election next month.Mary Griffiths Clarke (pictured), who is standing for Labour in Arfon, north Wales, said: “This negative rhetoric serves no-one.“It breeds contempt and hostility, it divides and breeds hatred. There is no place for this in a civilised society.”She said: “What about investing in society, affording everyone dignity? Giving hope and optimism rather than breeding suspicion and fear?“What about the areas where there is very little work?”She added: “Why should families and communities be split up, moved miles away under the financial apartheid of welfare reform, segregated into deserving and undeserving?“I hate the notion that people are only valued on a monetary contribution basis.“We need a government that values everyone.“I demand that everyone is afforded dignity and we are all equally valued.”Another disabled parliamentary candidate, Kirstein Rummery, a professor of social policy at the University of Stirling, who is standing for the Women’s Equality Party in Stirling, said: “Nothing raises my suspicion more than the use of the phase ‘hard-working people’ or ‘hard-working families’.”She said such phrases reveal “several assumptions that research and experience demonstrate to be false”.One of the assumptions, she said, was that “the only work that is important is paid work – that caring, parenting and volunteering are ‘easy’ and therefore of no real value”.Another was that “those who do not work ‘hard’ for payment are less worthy, including those caring, studying, parenting, volunteering, excluded from the workforce by age, illness, disability, discrimination and other reasons”.And the third was that there was “a difference between those who pay for and those that use welfare when clearly we all at some point need health, education, care, services and support”.She said: “This all contributes to a divisive, punitive attitude to disabled people, carers, older people, and parents… yet these are the people that hold our society together.”Asked to justify the manifesto lines, a Conservative spokeswoman said: “We recognise that some disabled people might not be able to work due to their condition. “We are completely committed to ensuring that disabled people are supported by a financial safety net, provided by the welfare system. “That’s why we’ve increased spending on disability benefits by more than £3 billion in real terms since 2010, to support disabled people and people with health conditions.“Our manifesto has also committed to getting one million more people with disabilities into employment over the next 10 years.”last_img read more

From the Archives Can a New Generation of Texans Revive the Dream

first_img Subscribe This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “From the Archives: To the Future!” Subscribe today. You’ve read your last free article Enter your email address Sign up for free access Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription. The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Mission to MarsBy Katy VineFrom “The Martian,” originally published in February 2018In a cavernous warehouse behind a strip mall about three miles from the Johnson Space Center, Franklin Chang Díaz has been tinkering with an unorthodox idea for the past thirteen years. The lab for his eleven-person company, Ad Astra, is roughly the size of a Barnes & Noble. But in the center of the room, rather than rows of romance novels, there are three stacks of gadgets resembling hi-fi stereo components. Along the back wall is the main event: a forty-ton stainless-steel cylindrical chamber that sits like a thirteen-foot-tall beer keg tipped on its side. If Franklin is right, this is the engine that will take us to Mars.Jeff Bezos in West TexasBy Dan SolomonFrom “How Do We Feel About Space Exploration Companies Buying up a Bunch of Cheap Texas Land?,” originally published in November 2013If you pass through Van Horn, you might be surprised to encounter the beautiful and historic Hotel El Capitan, which was [recently] renovated to the tune of $2.5 million. There’s little that makes Van Horn, whose per-capita income is $13,775, an obvious location for a higher-end hotel with an upscale restaurant/bar on its ground floor. But if you spend an evening in the Hotel El Capitan bar, you’re likely to get your first clue: there will probably be some contractors who work with Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin aerospace company enjoying steaks and watching basketball, before heading out in the morning to install, say, a liquid nitrogen system at the “Corn Ranch” facility that Blue Origin operates nearby.Elon Musk in South TexasBy Domingo MartinezFrom “Countdown to Liftoff,” originally published in August 2016While an environmental-impact statement produced by the FAA acknowledges that [SpaceX’s launchpad] will bring traffic and noise to the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area–Boca Chica Unit and the Laguna Madre, it seems a bit optimistic about lasting consequences. It projects that wildlife habitat will shift naturally and wetlands will hardly be affected. Larger birds and animals—the piping plover, the northern aplomado falcon, the ocelot and jaguarundi, the sea turtles—won’t be affected, it says. Only time will tell whether this turns out to be true. Still, it’s a risk that needs to be taken: compromise is the way of the world, and for [Brownsville] to move into the now, the now needs the beach.That’s Not How Bruce Willis Did It in the MovieBy Madelyn HerzogFrom “NASA Presentation on Asteroid Detection ‘Not Reassuring,’ ” originally published in March 2013In a presentation to the House, NASA officials revealed their plan of action if they were to discover an asteroid three weeks away from obliterating the Earth: they would “pray.” Why am I seeing this? Last Namecenter_img Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. First Namelast_img read more

Both kits have been well received by players and f

first_imgBoth kits have been well received by players and fans alike – and orders have been flocking into the Saints Superstore.Principally sponsored by the RCMA Group, the Home Shirt carries traditional Red Vee rising from waist height up to the shoulders on a solid white background.The Vee, neck and sleeve trims have a red Marl-effect finish giving a fashionable touch whilst the lower hem carries an imprint of the Club Crest which adds extra detail to the shirt.The Away Shirt, with partner Crabbie’s, has a Navy Marl base, which has proved very fashionable this season with many major sports and fashion brands, whilst the Gold and White “shard” stripes coming over the shoulder are eye-catching and make it a great top to wear either on matchnight or as a leisure top.Both Replica version shirts are manufactured by O’Neills in Britain from a range of high quality advanced fibres to produce an end fabric called Koolite.Koolite fabric is breathable, cool and offers high wicking properties for enhanced wearer comfort. It also compromises anti-bacterial properties with good shape retention after multiple washing.Availability and Sizes: Shirts are now available for pre-order with stock of Away shirts due to land week ending December 9 2016 and the home version week beginning December 12 2016.They are available in Adult Sizes XS to 7XL, Ladies Sizes 8 to 18, Kids sizes 5-6 to age 13, and Infant Sizes.A player version shirt will also be available in sizes XS to 3XL, in limited quantities.Shirt Prices have been frozen! Adult & Ladies Shirts are £48. Player Version £70. Kids £35. Infant Shirts £30.Infant Kits comprising Shirt, Shorts and Socks in sizes Age 1-2 and 3-4 are available in limited quantities for £40.Matching Shorts and socks are also available.Member Offer: 2017 Members get 10 per cent off the home and away kit in November and December if they call into the Superstore.Visit Saints Superstore, or shop online at www.saintssuperstore.com to secure your shirt!last_img read more

Trailing 1612 with just two minutes remaining Jon

first_imgTrailing 16-12 with just two minutes remaining Jonny Lomax pounced on a bouncing Mark Percival kick to snatch the win.Saints had toiled against Trinity’s ruthless defence all night but a final moment of magic sealed a much needed victory.Percival, who kicked the winning conversion, chipped ahead with seconds remaining to put Scott Grix under pressure.But the fullback failed to deal with the ball with Regan Grace in attendance and Lomax touched down.The game had been on a knife-edge throughout with Trinity shading it through the boot of Liam Finn.He kicked four from six but it was his sixth effort, hitting the post, that handed Saints a lifeline.The first half saw Wakefield lead 12-6 even though Saints had had most of the possession.And their opener in the 11th minute was a simple one.Following a break down the middle, Saints failed to deal with a innocuous kick on the last.Grix putting it on a plate for Bill Tupou to put down under pressure.Wakefield then extended their lead to six when Luke Thompson was penalised for a late push in front of the sticks.But Just Holbrook’s men hit back through the genius of Danny Richardson.He put in a fine 40:20 under pressure and then hit LMS on a great line to go under the posts.Percival making it all square.Saints came again and after Ben Barba split the defence to earn his side another set, Theo Fages almost put James Roby over.Seconds later, the new signing chipped for Richardson to chase only for Wakefield to mop up and go the length of the field through Tupou.Finn making it 12-6 at the break.Wakefield were down to 12 men early in the second half as Dean Hadley was sent to the bin for a crusher tackle on Mark Percival.But Saints couldn’t take advantage and their hosts extended the lead to eight points through Finn’s trusty boot.Wakefield’s half backs then took control and it took until the hour mark for Saints to make any inroads into the their opponent’s 40.But they made it count.Alex Walmsley went close and on the very next set fired out a fine pass for Fages to scorch over.Percival goaled but Finn then kicked his fourth two-pointer of the evening to take it out to 16-12.Saints needed to create to pressure in Wakefield’s half but it looked a harder task when Trinity were awarded a penalty to the left of the sticks with a few minutes remaining.But Finn’s penalty hit the upright, Saints went down the other end of the field and Percival produced his magic.Saints gathered the restart but after playing out their set, Wakefield still had 25 seconds left to produce something spellbinding.But Zeb Taia put Ben Jones-Bishop in touch to seal the victory.Match Summary:Trinity: Tries: Tupou (2) Goals: Finn (4 from 6)Saints: Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Fages, Lomax Goals: Percival (3 from 3)Penalties Awarded: Trinity: 7 Saints: 4HT: 12-6 FT: 16-18REF: Ben ThalerATT: 4,847Teams:Trinity: 1. Scott Grix; 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 4. Reece Lyne, 18. Joe Arundel, 3. Bill Tupou; 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn; 8. Anthony England, 35. Tyler Randell, 23. Keegan Hirst, 12. Danny Kirmond, 11. Matty Ashurst, 16. Tinirau Arona. Subs: 17. Craig Huby, 20. David Fifita, 26. Chris Annakin, 32. Dean Hadley.Saints: 37. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 1. Jonny Lomax, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 20. Morgan Knowles, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 32. Matty Lees.last_img read more

Local churchs Christmas Feast spreads more than just cheer

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Not everyone has a place to call home on Christmas and far too many don’t pull up to a table for a warm meal. But one Wilmington church continues to offer that and more for the community.“The love of Jesus, that’s what it’s all about the love of Jesus,” Organizer, Patsy Perhala said.- Advertisement – Spreading more than Christmas cheer, that is exactly what members of the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church did Monday afternoon. Many like Jon Gaujot said the event is a true blessing.“Without them I don’t know what I would have done this morning,” Gaujot said.It is called the ‘Christmas Feast,’ feeding the homeless and less fortunate who had no where to go on Christmas day.Related Article: Wilmington Mayor: ‘Once it’s upon us, we can’t save you’“It’s overwhelming I’ve never experienced it. I have been homeless now for many months,” Gaujot said. “And everyone is really trying hard in this community.”Not only did dozens receive a good meal and a place to enjoy the holiday, they also got to pick out four clothing items, a blanket, toys for their kids or grand kids, and got gift bags full of goodies.It is a special event Rebecca Mumford has been coming to for years.“I love when Christmas time come because this church always helps out,” Mumford said. “Cause you got a whole lot of people out here that don’t got no where to go and need things. And y’all are helping out especially with the blankets and the toys of course.”The feast helped share more than just kindness and generosity, it also instilled life lessons for Mumford’s grandchildren.“Just to be helpful and thankful. Help anybody that you can,” Mumford said. “If you can’t help them, send them to somebody who can.”Organizers said at least 150 people attended this year’s Christmas Feast.“It’s just awesome, just look at how many people are here it’s just a beautiful sight,” Perhala said.This event has been in place for at least 14 years and organizers don’t plan on stopping any time soon.last_img read more

Nobody wins in a trade war Possible tariffs threaten US items

first_img Tariffs are a tax on goods crossing borders and now the world’s two largest trading partners are going head to head.Jones said the outcome of the current tariff threats between China and the US is unclear.“Potentially the largest effect of this is the uncertainty that comes with it and the concern that the rules are changing and this today, what tomorrow? So China put in $3 billion worth of tariffs, well what’s it going to be tomorrow?” Jones said.Related Article: Trump backs push for Bible classes in schoolsWhile Jones does not think it will affect North Carolina drastically because only about 7% of items are exported from our state to China, it could affect some.“I think it could potentially affect the port especially if you talk about these tariffs expanding and moving into taxing lumber products and more of the goods we export from north carolina.”The tariff on the table now is for fruits, pork, wine and steel pipe.“The chinese tariff on pork products could fall on some of the rural areas in the US and the hog farmers more so than other people in the US,” Jones said.The NC Pork Council and the NC Wine Council said they are not concerned right now, but it is something they are keeping an eye on.“We are looking at trying to renegotiate some deals, which potentially leads to these tit for tat trade wars,” Jones said.A war that Jones said some kind of resolution or deal should come out of.“These two countries are so intertwined economically that we won’t get that far down the road. Before we get to the end of this line there will be a sorting out of the rules and regulations,” Jones said.WWAY reached out to Smithfield Foods, which is owned by China’s largest meat producer, to see if it is concerned about pork being on the list. The company did not want to comment.The State Port also told WWAY no one was available to comment today. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A dispute between two world trade powers, but at what cost? China announced a list of US goods including pork, fruit, wine and steel after President Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods. The possible tariff hike is causing tensions between two trading super powers.“Nobody wins in a trade war,” UNCW Economics Professor Adam Jones said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

City responds to Pine Valley stormwater drainage concerns

first_imgA car drives through flooding in Pine Valley (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Monday, we told you about some Pine Valley residents upset about flooding.They said it was a drainage issue the city of Wilmington should fix, so we reached out to the city Tuesday for some answers.- Advertisement – When a lot of rain is expected, the city says stormwater crews clean debris from culverts, ditches, grates and drainage pipes around Wilmington.City spokesman Dylan Lee says those crews sometimes cannot keep up if the rain is coming down too quickly.He says the city has invested millions of dollars in stormwater improvements since 1998, but occasionally, Mother Nature gets her way.Related Article: Family uses boat to cross flooded yard“It’s not perfect, and certain rainstorms, heavy ones like we got yesterday and particularly the one we got a couple weeks ago, are going to tax the system,” Lee said. “Localized flooding is bound to occur when we get those really intense rainfalls in a short period of time.”Lee says Monday’s flooding could have been worse in Pine Valley if it were not for a recent $2.2 million stormwater project there.last_img read more

Columbus County woman charged with child sex crime

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 COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City woman is accused of performing a sex act on a child.According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, Whitney Iesha Miller, 27, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with felony child abuse sexual act.- Advertisement – The alleged crime happened from May 8 to May 10 at a home on Smith Avenue in Tabor City.The sheriff’s office says the child was under the age of 16 at the time.Miller is being held under a $30,000 bond.last_img read more

Bridge closure could actually bring more business for some

first_img “We don’t look forward to it because it’s very inconvenient for the community, but we are here to help them out. If they need anything, we are here,” said Orazio Falcone, who owns Falcone & D’s with his wife.Falcone’s restaurant is near the Swain’s Cut Bridge, which is the only bridge people will be able to use to get on and off the island. He says they have already been seeing more customers.“We increase the kitchen. We increase the stuff in the kitchen. We increase the stuff in the dining room – the servers, the bartenders. So we want to make you guys comfortable,” said Falcone.Related Article: Barbee Bridge closure prompts Dosher service changesThe alternate route Oak Island residents will take to get to 133 or 17 could take an extra 30 minutes. With the added traffic, it could take even longer.“I will have to give myself more time in the morning. And I will have to give myself more time as I go other places, especially if I go to Southport and things like that,” said Ruth Ann Ferraro, the store manager of Mermaid Cove.Despite the inconvenience, she says the closure could actually bring more business to the store. Businesses are trying to keep a sense of normalcy during this time.“So they want to find a place to go. They want to find a place to stay, to eat. So we are here. We are here for them. We share our home with everybody near,” said Falcone.Businesses say they want to help ease the transition for people. Falcone says they have even brought in more seafood from places like Southport to make it more accessible to customers. The Swain’s Cut Bridge will be the only way people can access Oak Island. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Monday marks the start of the six-month long bridge closure in Oak Island. The G.V. Barbee Bridge will be closed until April.It is a closure that has been a long time coming. Now, there will be only one bridge to get on and off Oak Island. For some businesses, the closure could mean even more customers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Habitual felon sentenced to 10 years for breaking into Wilmington home

first_imgAdell Grady (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man with eleven prior convictions will spend at least 10 years in prison for breaking into a home last year.On Thursday, a New Hanover County jury found Adell Grady, 47, guilty of breaking and entering a home, felony larceny, and possession of a firearm by a felon.- Advertisement – On the morning of Monday, March 12, 2018, Grady kicked down the front door of a residence located on Fowler Street and stole electronics, video games, and three firearms.Grady was both seen by neighbors and caught on surveillance camera driving a gold Dodge Neon, scoping out the victim’s home and leaving the scene with a Game Stop bag prosecutors allege contained the stolen firearms and property. Surveillance video from another break in occurring the same day and one street over helped the Wilmington Police Department identify Grady.Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Grady, a habitual felon, to 120-156 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In addition, Judge Nobles sentenced Grady to 111- 146 months for the breaking and entering and felony larceny charges, which he will serve concurrently with the 120-156 month sentence. Restitution was ordered to be paid to the victim.Related Article: Daycare workers charged over video of toddler scared of dollAfter the jury’s verdict, Grady pleaded guilty to an additional 2017 break in and larceny.Grady’s criminal record includes prior convictions for breaking and entering, first degreeburglary, second degree burglary, felony larceny, and a breaking into a motor vehicle.last_img read more