A new handbook on direct action a national day of

first_imgA new handbook on direct action, a national day of action on inclusive education, and a call for healthcare professionals to boycott disability benefit assessments were among campaign ideas suggested by disabled activists at a national conference.The National Disabled People’s Summit saw up to 200 Deaf and disabled activists discussing ways to coordinate the fight against austerity and “reinvigorate” the disabled people’s movement.Sean McGovern, co-chair of the TUC’s disabled workers’ committee, who chaired the event, said disabled people had not “passively” accepted the attack on their rights and services over the last nine years.He told the conference that the aim of the event was to bring together Deaf and disabled people from the trade union movement, Deaf and disabled people’s organisations, and grassroots campaigns to “find ways to better pool our knowledge and experiences” and organise joint campaigning.He said: “We are trying to get together to build our resources together… and hopefully stop fighting battles separately.”A key part of the event saw disabled people take part in workshops aimed at producing ideas for future campaigning across areas such as accessible transport, inclusive education, independent living and social security.Other workshops discussed how to develop those campaigns, for example through direct action and protests, trade union organising, and using the law and media.The conference (pictured), at the headquarters of the National Education Union in central London, was funded by unions, and co-organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.Among the ideas suggested were the need for a national strategy and set of principles describing the aims of the disabled people’s movement, and for a new handbook for direct action protests, which would take leads from the activists’ handbook developed by the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and the activist toolkit used by the US disabled people’s grassroots group ADAPT.The conference heard that there was a need to “spread protest and direct action everywhere”.Other workshops suggested the need for a national education service that is “inclusive from the top to the bottom”, and called for a national day of action that highlights both the “good things that are happening” in inclusive education and the “threats” it is facing.On independent living, fears were raised about the reinstitutionalisation of disabled people, particularly concerns about the number of people with learning difficulties being forced into long-stay private hospitals.There were also calls for a legal right to independent living through a free national independent living service, paid for from general taxation, and for “real choice and control, where disabled people are in control and not professionals or social workers”.On accessible transport, ideas for campaigns included a focus on the importance of disabled passengers being able to “turn up and go”, which the summit heard was “gradually being phased out” by train companies.On mental health, there was a call for recognition that all people “contribute to society even if not contributing to profit”, for an emphasis on the “social causes of mental distress”, and for unions “to be able to represent people both working and not working and recognise us all as members of the working class”.Among the campaign ideas on social security was a challenge to nurses and doctors who are members of the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association, and who carry out disability benefit assessments, to “down tools and not take part” in such testing for ethical reasons.There were also objections to Labour’s “pause and fix” policy position on universal credit, with activists demanding instead that the line on the government’s new working-age benefits system should be to “stop and scrap” it.On disability hate crime, there were calls for more to be done to challenge and report such offences and to pursue them with the authorities “because we need charges, convictions and sentencing in order to make people confident to go down this path”.There was also a call to “find allies in the police, Crown Prosecution Service and local authorities and elsewhere and work with them”, and to develop allies and alliances across different equality strands and build on their past successes, for example in combatting race hate crime.Other workshops produced calls for international solidarity with disabled migrants and refugees and disabled people facing starvation in other countries; and the need for better training for union representatives, so they can provide improved support for disabled employees.There was a recognition that cuts to jobs and services mean people are “having to work harder and faster in much more difficult conditions”; a call for regular disability arts protests; and for attention to be paid to the barriers faced by disabled people who are “intersectional”, such as black disabled women, or gay disabled men.And there was a call for a new hub where disabled people and their organisations could share information and resources, for example on benefit assessments and appeals, as a way of taking action to “increase our knowledge of our rights, but equally importantly how we use that knowledge in our lives”, such as in day-to-day communication with social workers or service-providers or in “big strategic legal action cases”.Ideas that came out of the workshops will now be collated and worked into a report to be published in the next few months.Picture by Ann Galpinlast_img read more

Hospitality Olympics offers friendly competition and fun

first_img “I just love the camaraderie. I love the competitive spirit, but everyone is here to have fun. A lot of people have worked together in the past, so they might not have seen each other in a while,” Johnson said. “So the hospitality community is a fun community and they’re just happy to be here.”The goal was to raise $5,000 to go towards the hospitality program at Cape Fear Community College.Click here for more information on the Wilmington Area Hospitality Association. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –A lot of fun, games and beers is how one hospitality group spent their Sunday afternoon while also raising money for Cape Fear Community College.Wilmington Area Hospitality Association held their 2nd Annual Hospitality Olympics at Waterline Brewery Sunday. The Wilmington Area Hospitality Association President Molly Johnson said about ten teams competed in the different hospitality themed games. All of the groups were made up of local hotels, attractions, restaurants and bars.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Leland school makes top state list

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Cape Fear Area school which has had trouble making grades in the past is now one of the top growing schools in the state.Molly White has been the principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland for five years. At the start of her sixth year, she has extra reason to celebrate.- Advertisement – “This week, the state released our growth report, and so, what happened is, we’ve basically had a significant improvement,” said White.This is a big accomplishment for a school where more than 80 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch, according to the latest available data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.Now, Lincoln is in the top 100 schools for growth in the state, with a growth index score of 6.09 overall, and 7.14 in math.Related Article: Firewood giveaway for elderly“A negative two to a positive two effect size essentially is meeting growth, and anything above a positive two is exceeding growth. So for us to be in the 6’s and 7’s and basically tripling that was a great accomplishment,” said White.White says this means students are surpassing expectations. So what’s changed at Lincoln?Katie Bunn first taught at the school six years ago, and returned three years ago as an instructional coach.She says she’s seen a shift in the way the school operates.“I just think the complete culture of the school has changed. There’s extremely high expectations, not only for every staff member, but also for the students, and the parents are a big part of the community as well,” said Bunn.Bunn says a big part of teaching effectively is understanding the needs of each individual student.“We’re a family, and in the good times and in the bad times we all stick together,” said Bunn.Principal White says she hopes these successes will be carried with the students as they continue onto middle and high school, and then hopefully college.last_img read more

Emergency operations center thrives off teamwork in storm

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — With Hurricane Florence rearing it’s head, emergency operations must operate like a well oiled machine to deal with the storm.“It’s a group effort and everybody knows what they have to do,” Functional Needs Coordinator George Granger said. “We try to bring that commitment to the team, together.”- Advertisement – For almost a week, Brunswick County was gathering resources to withstand the storm and offer aid to those who need it, whether it meant coordinating responses for shelters, coordinating transportation for those who don’t have it or evacuating those with medical needs.“This is the hub for our operations in the county and we communicate with all 19 towns,” Emergency Operations Manager Scott Garner said.All of the information coming out of the Brunswick County EOC is sent to the state and then sent to FEMA. But it all starts from the teamwork at play.Related Article: ‘Big and vicious’: Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas“We’ve been preparing for a while. It does wear you down but there’s a tremendous amount of people involved so what we try to do is be mindful of where we’re at and what’s going on,” Granger said. “Even with all the scenarios that pop up, we work through it as best we can.”last_img read more

Port City Community Church brings resources to the community

first_img Executive Pastor Richie Marshall says he was in contact with Convoy of Hope as Florence was headed to the Carolinas.“In reality its going to be really months,” says Marshall “Things will scale as things begin to come up online but right now with such desperation in our infrastructure we felt we needed to get the critical supplies out into the community.”Convoy of Hope is a faith based organization that deploys out into communities during disaster relief.The church is also offering a walk-up service for those who want to pick up supplies. Port City Community Church is located at 250 Vision Drive in Wilmington, NC.Samaritan’s Purse is also stationed at the church and will be assessing the community for debris clean-up.Port City Community Church added a Brunswick County location for free supplies on Wednesday.  If you need anything please visit them at the entrance to Magnolia Greens in Leland. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Port City Community Church partners with Convoy of Hope to bring resources to the Wilmington community.Hundreds of volunteers are participating in this community outreach by packaging water, food and toiletries directly to resident’s homes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Weekend checkpoint nets 4 arrests more than 100 citations

first_img Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) They wrote 103 traffic and criminal violations. 1 of 10 Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO)center_img Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Two people were arrested for DWI. James Randall Jordan and Veronica George of Wilmington were arrested on drug charges. Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO) DELCO, NC (WWAY) — A DWI checkpoint on Highway 74/76 at the Columbus and Brunswick county line resulted in four arrests and more than 100 citations.About 70 law enforcement officers from law enforcement agencies across the area took part in Saturday night’s operation.- Advertisement – Columbus Co. checkpoint on Jan. 26, 2019. (Photo: CCSO)last_img read more

Pet Pals 4monthold Labrador Retriever mix looking for a family

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week’s Pet Pal is an obedient pup who’s looking for a forever family.She’s a Labrador Retriever mix who shelter staff describe as easily trainable and sweet.- Advertisement – She was found on the Beau Rivage Golf Course and taken to the shelter.To meet her, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.The New Hanover County Animal Services will be operating on an adjusted schedule in the next few weeks to allow for routine maintenance to the building at 180 Division Drive in Wilmington. The facility will be closed March 9th and the 16th.To see more animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

Appeal that opposed subdivision development at The Cape denied

first_img “Under no circumstances will this homeowners association be passive and let this property be developed,” said attorney Gary Shipman who is representing the homeowners association.The Masonboro Golf Course closed nearly six months ago following Florence damage. In that time, its fate was uncertain. Recently, the landowner submitted plans for a subdivision. The approval of those plans is being appealed.“We have been very clear in our communications with the homeowner’s association that we do not plan to reopen,” said attorney Sam Franck representing the landowner Southern Destiny LLC.Related Article: Residents at The Cape discuss future of Masonboro Golf ClubCommunications with the developer and the HOA have fallen flat according to neighbor Joyce Edwards, who you may remember hosted community meetings of the future of The Cape. She says she never wanted to see it come to this.“The best thing is for us and Southern Destiny to sit down and truly communicate and compromise,” said Edwards.The Association, through their attorney, argues they have Ownership of easements that could be impacted by the potential subdivision  and that the developer now has no access to the road because it no longer operates the course.The developer says the land is not open space and they can do what they please with it.“This is property that is owned by Southern Destiny that can be subdivided by right and it’s appropriate to identify it as that,” said Franck.In the end, the planning board said the review committee made no error in approving the preliminary plans.They unanimously denied the appeal. The HOA has the option to now take the appeal to the county commission. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Neighbors of The Cape made it clear they don’t want to see the old Masonboro Golf Club turn into townhomes.The county’s Technical Review Committee approved preliminary plans for a new subdivision on several old golf holes at The Cape. Thursday night, neighbors packed the planning board in order to hear an unprecedented appeal of that approval.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Special hand postmark – 125th anniversary of first demonstration of St George

first_imgFor the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the first demonstration of the St George statue in Gozo, MaltaPost notifies the public that a special hand stamp will be issued on Friday 19th July 2019 at the Victoria Post Office, Gozo.Orders for this special hand postmark may be placed online or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Triq Ħal Qormi, Marsa, MTP 1001, tel. no: 2596 1740 or e-mail: info@maltaphilately.comWhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Yaya Toure joins Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai

first_img SharePrint Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has decided to join Qingdao Huanghai who play in the second tier of Chinese football.The Ivorian last played for Greek side Olympiacos but after his contract was terminated, having collected just five appearances, rumours had started circulating about his retirement.The 36-year-old player commented about this new experience, in what has been a trophy-laden career, by publishing a statement on his personal website:“This is a very exciting young club with a lot of potential and we share the same philosophy – that is to play beautiful football. It will be my great honour to grow and succeed with this club.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more