A group of disabled activists – led by a crossbenc

first_imgA group of disabled activists – led by a crossbench peer – are to intervene in a legal case for the first time next week, in a bid to persuade three high court judges not to weaken the law to allow assisted suicide.Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), a campaign group of disabled people opposed to a change in the law on assisted suicide, has been granted the right to intervene in the high-profile judicial review being taken by Noel Conway, who is terminally-ill.Conway is taking a case against the Ministry of Justice, and wants the court to find that the Suicide Act – which makes it illegal to assist someone to take their own life – is incompatible with articles eight (on the right to a private and family life) and 14 (which prohibits discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights.NDY UK, led by its founder, the disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, had just 10 days to put together its legal submission to the high court, after being granted permission to intervene in the case, but even then was only allowed to submit 20 pages of legal arguments.It is now hoping the three high court judges hearing the case will also allow NDY UK to submit a witness statement from Baroness Campbell herself, and permit NDY UK’s barrister, Catherine Casserley, of Cloisters chambers, to respond to the arguments of Conway’s legal team in court.If NDY UK wins the right to be heard orally in court, it could even risk bankruptcy if Conway wins his case and the judges make an order that the campaign group should pay some of his lawyers’ costs.Baroness Campbell and her members were only able to secure their status as interveners in the case because their two lawyers, Casserley and solicitor Chris Fry, of Fry Law, offered to work pro bono.Although they are on the same side as the Ministry of Justice, which is also fighting a change in the law, they are facing a well-funded team from solicitors Irwin Mitchell, backed by the substantial financial resources of the campaign group Dignity in Dying, formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service: “This is David and Goliath.“It always tends to be those organisations not run and controlled by disabled people that get the cash. That does stick in the throat a bit.“Whether you agree with assisted suicide, you should have a balanced opportunity to hear both views and I fear the [judges are] in jeopardy of not hearing all the views which [they need] to hear in order to make a good judgement.”It is the first time NDY UK has intervened in a legal case on assisted suicide in the 12 years since it was founded by Baroness Campbell.Their case has relied on disabled activists from NDY UK, the pro bono work of Fry and Casserley, and support from its sister organisation in the USA, Not Dead Yet, and its president and founder, Diane Coleman, as well as law students from both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.Conway argues that the current law prevents him exercising his right to choice and control over his death.He said earlier this year: “I know I am going to die anyway, but how and when should be up to me.“To have the option of an assisted death in this country would provide me with great reassurance and comfort.“It would allow me to decide when I am ready to go, rather than be forced into a premature death by travelling abroad or be left at the mercy of a cruel illness.”But Baroness Campbell, who plans to attend court for the first day of the judicial review on Monday (17 July), said the prospect of a change in the law was “terrifying”, which was why she and fellow activists had decided that NDY UK must intervene in the court case.In the witness statement – which may not be accepted by the court – Baroness Campbell says that any ruling in favour of Conway would “impact negatively on the lives of other terminally ill and disabled people”.She says it would “damage beyond repair the way in which society views the elderly, sick and disabled to the point where the Equality Act itself and the protection which it provides becomes fundamentally defective”.She adds: “I (and the hundreds of disabled and terminally ill members of NDY UK), want people to understand that it is perfectly possible to have a fulfilling and enjoyable life whilst living with a substantial, progressive condition.”She hopes to tell the court that continuing cuts to health and care services would mean that disabled and terminally-ill people “may become more inclined towards considering desperate options such as assisted suicide”, if it was legalised.The writer and activist Penny Pepper, another NDY UK member, who is quoted in Baroness Campbell’s witness statement, says: “The massive publicity machine working for those who promote assisted suicide drowns out the ‘small voices’ of disabled people who want support to live, not die.”Another member, Felicity Wright, warns that legalisation would destroy the doctor-patient relationship, and that doctors are “amongst the very last people I would trust to have a balanced opinion about the quality of my life”.Baroness Campbell, whose own impairment, spinal muscular atrophy, leaves her in a similar physical situation to Conway, who has motor neurone disease, says she identifies with and understands his fears of the possible death he might face due to an eventual “physical shutdown”.But she says that “parliament has concluded that legalisation would be ‘a dangerous and inappropriate way to tackle end of life fears’”*.She adds: “In every country where assisted suicide has been made legal, original safeguards have been watered down, allowing the parameters to widen and include people that were outside of the original legislation.“There is no reason that this would not happen in the UK, and frankly I predict it will.”Fry, who worked with fellow discrimination law expert Casserley on another high-profile disability rights case, which saw their client Doug Paulley win a ground-breaking legal victory that protected the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses, said he felt an “overwhelming sense of responsibility” about the case.He said he had been involved in other high-profile cases which have changed the law – including Paulley’s – but “this is the one that carries for me the greatest sense of personal responsibility because ultimately the issues being decided in this case will affect almost everybody in today’s society”.He said a change in the law would have a “multi-layered impact across the whole of society” and would undermine the Equality Act, which is “founded on the concept that we should do more to empower people and to give an effective right to life and a right to an engaged, fulfilling and accessible and inclusive life.“If you suddenly start saying it’s about the right to die and start unravelling it all, you’re unravelling a quarter of a century of positive equality legislation and case law.“This, for me, is probably the biggest case I will be involved in in my career, because of the significant responsibility that comes with trying to ensure the voices of disabled people are heard as part of this judicial process.”He said there was a “serious threat” that Conway could win, as Dignity in Dying and its lawyers had spent a “significant amount of time and money” in preparing their case since the last attempts to change the law, on behalf of Tony Nicklinson and two other disabled men, ended in failure at the Supreme Court three years ago.Fry said: “This poses a real threat that the law will be changed. If we lose this case and subsequently it gets as far as the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court decides that assisted dying should be legal, that’s it.”In her legal submission to the court on behalf of NDY UK, Casserley warns that the court is being asked to create “a climate in which a disabled person is seen as a burden and the option of a course which involves termination of life becomes routine”.She asks the court to consider not only Conway’s rights, but those of the other disabled and terminally ill people “who will be potentially affected adversely by the Court’s decision and the message that this conveys to them”.She adds: “NDYUK has significant concerns that if society indicates that as a disabled or terminally ill person assisted dying is an option open to them there is a risk of application of internal pressure derived from a value system which views disability negatively.”*Nearly two years ago, the latest attempt to change the law in parliament was heavily defeated, with MPs voting 330 to 118 against a private members’ bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris that would have legalised assisted suicide for people said to have up to six months to live.last_img read more

ANDY Reid will be signing copies of his autobiogra

first_imgANDY Reid will be signing copies of his autobiography Standing Tall in the Saints Superstore this Saturday.He will be in store for an hour after Saints’ Super League opener with Huddersfield Giants.Andy’s story is inspirational.The former Corporal served for 15 years with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons) but was injured in October 2009, while serving in Afghanistan, losing both his legs and an arm.His story shows true courage and now he is living life to full and talking a message of hope to schools and young offenders.His book will on sale for £16.99.last_img

NOW we have made our most important signing ahead

first_imgNOW we have made our most important signing ahead of the 2015 season – the appointment of Keiron Cunningham as Head Coach – we are now recruiting for another top post.Saints are seeking a charismatic individual to become Boots for next season.This a high profile role for the right person who exudes confidence, is a little cheeky and loves working with children – both on the field and off it.If you’re interested please drop Steve Leonard an email here.last_img

Day 9 – Tuesday October 17After yesterdays physic

first_imgDay 9 – Tuesday October 17After yesterday’s physical exertion on the wakeboards the lads were slow to rise for breakfast, with the usual delights on offer, before everyone gathered to go through the team video review of the Bulldogs game.The short session is not only an opportunity for the lads to see the good things that they did as a team, but also the chance to watch and discuss areas of improvement as we head into tomorrow’s match at Wyong.We headed into the city to catch up on the missed trip to the top of the Centre Point Tower, Sydney’s tallest building. The nerves were evident amongst the boys as a few of them are wary of heights, none more so than Jack Welsby, who needed Ste Marsh to hold his hand in the lift all the way to the top.From there, it was a brisk walk down, through the city to circular quay, for one of the most popular activities – the Thunderjet boat around the harbour.The high speed manoeuvres, twists and turns also tested the nerves of a few, none more so than Craig Richards, and guaranteed that everyone on board got a good soaking.Then it was time to re-focus again as we headed to the St Mary’s Leagues club to go through our captain’s run training session.The final preparations went well and the lads are all ready and raring to go once again.After a team feed in the League’s club buffet restaurant it was back to base, where, due to a couple of busy days, almost everyone was in bed before 10pm… shattered!As an aside from the training and the activities, staff members have also been taking the opportunity to visit sporting clubs in Sydney to research and discuss new techniques, ideas and methods of best practice.Thanks to the staff at NRL clubs Canterbury Bulldogs, Wests Tigers, Penrith Panthers and soccer’s Western Sydney Wanderers FC for making this possible.Video Playerhttp://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-17-at-09.25.02.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

FIRST ON WWAY Flight from ILM turns back canceled after hitting coyote

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A flight leaving Wilmington International Airport last night had to turn back after it hit a coyote during takeoff.American flight 5224 was scheduled to leave for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport around 8 p.m. when it happened.- Advertisement – “We had a coyote on the runway,” a pilot is heard telling an air traffic controller. “We hit it.”Airport Director Julie Wilsey said the flight took off, circled and landed safely a few minutes later. No one on board was hurt. The plane had to be towed back to the terminal. Wilsey said the flight was canceled and passengers rebooked.“The piloting command and the crew made that decision to circle and come back and land. Everything landed, they landed safely. Our role, the airport’s role is, of course, clearing the runway,” said Wilsey.Related Article: Ground broken for $30M hotel in downtown WilmingtonWilsey says ILM has a wildlife mitigation plan to try and avoid things like this that mostly includes scaring the animals away. She says typically the sound of an approaching plane is enough to chase animals off the airfield. She says the airport also has a contract with the US Department of Agriculture to help with mitigation.“It’s a continuous process, and our employees are out there looking at all times, doing everything we can to mitigate the wildlife and also harass them so that they don’t come into contact with aircraft,” said Wilsey.Wilsey says a flight leaving ILM has never hit a coyote before, but the airport has been keeping an eye on coyotes on the airfield.“We have personnel here throughout the night. They handle incidents like this. This is certainly a unique incident, but they handle events in the evenings and do it safely,” said Wilsey.A passenger on the flight, who asked not to be identified, told WWAY the landing was normal.“Pilots and crew were very professional the whole time,” he said in a message.Wilsey says American Airlines has mechanics at ILM today checking out the plane and working to decide if it can fly.Coyotes are not uncommon in the Wilmington area. Residents in the Pine Valley area say they see the animals more frequently near their homes and they are not easy to scare away.Last winter a video of what appeared to be a coyote running through Kings Grant went viral online.last_img read more

71st Azalea Festival comes to an end

first_img “I’m really excited about getting to interact with everybody here. I mean this festival brings in so many people and it’s such a celebration. And it’s so joyful and so full of love and so full of kindness and friendship. So getting to come in and be a part of that and get to really know the people from all over the southeast really who come in to celebrate, that’s a spectacular feeling,” Queen Azalea Beth Troutman said.This years Queen Azalea Beth Troutman had a busy schedule from visiting schools, the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, the country club and everywhere in between.“Well, it’s just the social event of the season. Getting together, being able to present all these wonderful girls and the queen and the pageantry of it all. Just the Azalea Festival itself,” Wilmington resident Barbara Iovanna said.Related Article: Wilmington-based Full Belly Project meets Dr. Jane GoodallAnother fun favorite was the ribbon cutting for the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour. But you can’t forget about all the concerts, parade and the street fair.“Experience the whole thing. Take in the parade, all the street vendors, stay for the bands, listen to the music and just enjoy our beautiful city,” Wilmington resident Charlotte Buckley said.With the week full of events it was hard to go to everything, but if you missed out on any of the fun there is always next year. The Azalea Festival Finale will be held Sunday night at Bluewater Grill. This is the last event of the festival! 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) — Another week full of fun for the Azalea Festival has come and gone, but the memories will last a life time. The 2018 Azalea Festival brought lots of colors, fun and people to the Port City to celebrate spring and southern style.The festival kicked off Wednesday and wrapped up Sunday, but there were a lot of highlights along the way.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Dozens of prison workers debilitated since NC escape attempt

first_img The list provided to the AP, which covered 34 assaults through March 27, did not include an attack at a Morganton prison that hospitalized a worker with stab or slash wounds. Officials from the state Department of Public Safety did not say why when asked Monday or during the previous two weeks.On March 28, three more workers were assaulted in two attacks at Maury Correctional Institution in Greene County. It’s not clear whether any of them were injured badly enough to miss work.Correctional Officer Deborah Ezuma said the frequency of inmates assaulting workers has grown more common in the past two or three years than at any time in her 20-year prisons career.Related Article: Election board hears protest in 2018 Columbus County sheriff’s race“Our department has gotten extremely dangerous in recent years,” said Ezuma, a guard at high-security Polk Correctional Institution in Butner. Previously, it was extremely rare for an inmate to touch prison staff, she said. “Now it’s nothing to touch a staff” member.Prison officials have said since the four Pasquotank slayings and the beating death of a correctional officer at Bertie Correctional Institution last year, guards must work with a more concentrated cluster of violent criminals.Sentencing reforms in 2011 have cut the number of inmates by 3,000, but nearly 1 in 5 of the 36,000 still serving time suffer some form of mental illness, state Prison Director Kenneth Lassiter said in January.State prison officials have not provided the details of each assault, or how many inmates have been attacked, both of which the AP requested six weeks ago. The agency has not effectively tracked data in the past on how often inmates are attacked, safety department spokeswoman Pamela Walker said Monday. She said officials have begun to collect that information and hope to make it available soon.According to data provided by the prisons agency, four assaults on workers took place at Polk between the date of the Pasquotank slayings and March 27. Four staffers of the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, and five at Tabor Correctional Institution in Tabor City, were also hurt during that time frame. Both prisons include units housing high-security inmates.The agency recorded just one serious assault at Lanesboro prison, the maximum-security prison about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte where dozens of officers and inmates have been attacked since it opened in 2004.Another happened two weeks ago, when a correctional sergeant responding to a report of an inmate being assaulted by other prisoners was stabbed or slashed with an inmate’s makeshift blade. The male officer was treated at a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Lassiter said.Lanesboro, the state’s largest with about 1,800 male inmates, will soon be converted to a women’s prison under a reorganization that marks one way prison officials are trying to improve safety and security.In January, more than 1 in 3 officer positions at Lanesboro were vacant. More than a quarter of correctional officer positions at both Pasquotank and Bertie were vacant last fall.___Follow Emery P. Dalesio on Twitter at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio. His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/emery%20dalesio Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City (Photo: WTKR) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s understaffed prisons remain a dangerous place for employees six months after the bloodiest escape attempt in state history left four workers dead, according to agency data and separate case reports.About three dozen workers at the state’s correctional facilities have been assaulted so badly that they have lost work time, prison officials said in response to a public records request from The Associated Press. Leading the official list of assaults is the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City, where eight workers have been badly harmed since the fatal breakout attempt there on Oct. 12.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Emergency services director retiring after 16 years with Brunswick County

first_img Watts has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Pfeiffer University and is certified as a firefighter and in hazardous materials operations, in addition to certifications as a paramedic and technical rescuer. He is also a certified Emergency Manager, one of only a few dozen in North Carolina.During his time as Emergency Services Director, Watts guided Brunswick County through hurricanes Matthew and Florence, as well as the recovery process from both storms.“I have found Brian to be a person with a strong work ethic, during good times and challenging events,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “Hurricane Florence was the strongest storm to affect Brunswick County during my 14 years working for the County, and Brian was focused and dedicated throughout the event. His decisions and actions helped protect lives and property during the storm, and helped quickly restore normalcy to our citizens in the aftermath. We wish him all the best for this next chapter in his life.”Related Article: Leland EMS agreement to end, county to absorb service frustrating town and volunteers“I know him both as an emergency manager but also as a friend,” said Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke. “He is a very kind, capable, humble professional who has served this County well. And one could always be assured that when he was on location, when he was on scene, everything was running as it should. He has always lead with a steady hand. I hate to see him retire, but I wish him nothing but the absolute best.”“I am thankful for Brian Watts’ service to Brunswick County, particularly his leadership during Hurricane Florence,” said Brunswick County Board of Commissioners Chair Frank Williams. “Best wishes to Brian as he retires.”Watts’s retirement will take effect Dec. 31. Fire Administrator Malcolm Smith will serve as Interim Emergency Services Director while a search is conducted to fill the position.Smith had nearly 20 years of experience in fire and rescue management prior to coming to Brunswick County, and also served as a fire and rescue instructor at local institutions for much of that time. He holds a Bachelors in Emergency and Disaster Management from Western Carolina University and completed the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program, a selective four-year program from the National Fire Academy consisting of baccalaureate and graduate level courses and an applied research project. Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts (Photo: WWAY) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts is retiring after 16 years with the county.Watts was named Emergency Services Director in early 2014. Prior to that, he worked as Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Division Director for 12 years. Before coming to Brunswick County, he worked for Mecklenburg EMS, and spent 16 years as a volunteer with Union Road Volunteer Fire Department in Gastonia, the last two years as Chief.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Missing Leland man last seen walking toward NC 133

first_img Joshua Roscoe, 22, was reported missing on Tuesday. Police say Roscoe was last seen walking from his him toward NC 133 at around 11:00 a.m.He was wearing a black, red and white long sleeve plaid shirt, long khaki pants, black sneakers, and had a camouflage backpack in his possession when he left his home.He is known to frequent downtown Wilmington, Cape Fear Games on Oleander Drive, and Independence Mall near the JC Penny store.Related Article: Driver will not face charges in Leland crash involving teenHe’s 5’11” and weighs 150 pounds.If you know where he is contact Det. Jonathan Berry of the Leland Police Department at (910) 332-5003. Joshua Roscoe (Photo: Leland Police Dept.) UPDATE: Joshua Roscoe has been located.LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police department is looking for a man who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and has reportedly not been taking his medication.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch PN petition on leadership is to be discussed on Thursday –

first_imgDelia also stated that his position on MPs’ integration in PN’s internal structures was an opinion he had expressed during his campaign to become the leader of said party. He then went on to say that the party requires a structure in order to discuss amends that must be made to the PN’s statute.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img – The Nationalist Party (PN) leader, Adrian Delia, stated that the party’s executive committee is to meet on Thursday to discuss the petition that called for a confidence vote on Delia’s leadership.Delia told journalists outside the PN Headquarters that the executive committee has a free reign over the vote regarding the petition. This comes after two hundred signatures were collected in a petition which calls for on the highest organ of the party to convene within a week and take a secret vote on Adrian Delia’s leadership.Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to PNDelia was also asked about the Nationalist Parliamentary Member Carm Mifsud Bonnici. Delia had previously stated that he does not believe that MPs should be involved in the party’s internal structures. When asked whether he’d tried to convince Mifsud Bonnici to not contest as Administrative Council President, Delia stated that he has never tried to stop anyone from contesting in a democratic election.Changes in statute The other nominee for the role was PN’s Forum for Professionals President Graham Bencini. Delia stated that he respects others’ opinions, and expressed that he hopes others do the same.last_img read more