Disabled party activists have welcomed the Labour


first_imgDisabled party activists have welcomed the Labour leader’s decision to back their campaign for him to reinstate the post of shadow cabinet minister for mental health.Jeremy Corbyn was forced to scrap the post he created only last year in July because of the departure of MP Luciana Berger and the need to appoint a slimmed-down shadow cabinet, following a spate of other resignations.But members of the Labour Party Campaign for Mental Health called at this week’s annual party conference in Liverpool for him to appoint a replacement to the role, following his re-election as party leader.And they were delighted when Corbyn visited their campaign stand (pictured afterwards) and posed with a placard calling for the position to be renewed.Victoria Desmond, the campaign’s strategic director, said she hoped such an appointment would “feed down everywhere and hopefully to the workplace and hopefully to parliament”.Desmond later told a fringe event organised by Disability Labour – the network of disabled Labour party members – that people with mental health conditions like herself experienced widespread discrimination.She said: “People don’t have protection at work and it’s very hard to fight for protection when you’re being stigmatised.“You shouldn’t feel ashamed to have a mental health condition and that is how it is at the moment.”She said she had not felt able to disclose her impairment to her first boss – a Labour MP – but had felt comfortable doing so with her current employer, another Labour MP.She encouraged disabled people to disclose their impairments once they had secured employment because it provides them with more legal protection, but she said there was still a need for legal reforms to improve protection in the workplace.Issues around mental health were widely debated and discussed at the conference, but mostly focusing on cuts to health services.The party’s National Policy Forum has produced what it calls a “priority issue document” on mental health, which says the party is “firmly committed to making mental health a priority and ensuring that parity of esteem between mental and physical health becomes a reality”.One delegate told the health and care debate at the conference about the disproportionate number of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people with mental health issues.He said: “We can’t sit back, comrades, and do nothing in the face of a mental health crisis, when the majority of transgendered young people either attempt or commit suicide.”Another delegate stressed the impact of austerity and inequality on mental health and reducing life expectancy.A third delegate thanked Corbyn for his “parity of esteem” pledge, and said she had received her first inpatient treatment earlier this year.She won a standing ovation – including from Corbyn – after she disclosed her own experience of the NHS.She said: “I can’t tell you how invaluable their work was. Without them, I don’t think I would be standing here today before you.“I would like to ask [Tory health secretary] Jeremy Hunt: do you value nurses so little… do you value the lives of people like me so little that you’re willing to put their lives at risk?”Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott told the conference: “Labour in government will put the money behind this.“The delays in accessing timely mental health treatment around the country are unacceptable.“We want an end to shame and an end to the tacit acceptance that the mentally-ill are somehow second-class citizens in our healthcare system.”last_img read more

The matchup with the Tigers on Friday February 2


first_imgThe match-up with the Tigers on Friday February 2 will be a mouth-watering start to the 2018 Betfred Super League campaign and tickets are on sale now.Before then, Justin Holbrook’s men face Sheffield and Leigh in pre-season friendlies.The Eagles come to town on Saturday January 20 (3pm) whilst Neil Jukes’ Centurions will come to the Totally Wicked Stadium six days later (Friday January 26, 8pm).Both matches are a key part of preparations for the season opener and strong squads are expected to be named for both.To buy your tickets call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more

Student Grace Stone and teacher Niamh McDaid were


first_imgStudent Grace Stone and teacher Niamh McDaid were presented with the accolade on the pitch by Saints Community Development Foundation director Steve Leonard before the Betfred Super League clash.Launched in 2012, the School Games Mark is a government-led awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.Newton-le-Willows Primary won the Gold award by exceeding several targets which included hosting a school sports day which students helped to deliver, promoting sports within the school, linking with six local sports clubs and having more than 75% of children taking part in extra-curricular clubs.PE Teacher at the School, Luke Courtney-Ward, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the ‘School Games Gold Award.’“This demonstrates, celebrates and recognises the efforts over the past twelve months of the children and teaching staff at our school.“We were very appreciative of the opportunity that St Helens Rugby League Club have provided us with by inviting us to the stadium, where we were presented with our School Games trophy.”last_img read more

The clash gets underway at 745pm and a win will h


first_imgThe clash gets underway at 7.45pm and a win will hand Justin Holbrook’s side the League Leaders’ Shield.What’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 5pm.Turnstiles – Open at 6.15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Fans in the West Stand can continue to get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4. We will also have a ‘bottom’s up’ fast pouring bar alongside!Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time. This week they are joined by the Warrior Girls.Bucket Collection – Dig deep for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association who will be collecting at the game. The South Lancashire Branch is holding its second Charity Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Stadium too. MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis and it kills six people per day in the UK. It has no cure and affects people from all communities. MND is looking for support, including buying tickets, sponsoring tables or donations for our raffle and auction. Your support would help people living with this devastating condition and their families, in the St Helens, Halton, Wigan, Leigh, Warrington, Whiston, Cronton and Burscough areas. Please e-mail slbmndaball8@gmail.com for tickets and offers of support.SeatServe – Saints have teamed up with SeatServe to offer a trial of a new in-seat, food and drink delivery service on matchday. The SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be tested in the Totally Wicked North Stand at tonight’s game. Click here to find out more.Half Time –See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a Membership for the 2019 season.Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Hainan Airlines Cargo wo are represented by Euro Cargo Aviation this evening.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West and East Stands. If you require a South or North Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 4pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off and for 45 minutes after full time.Programme:The programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with Jack Ashworth.A Message:Just a reminder: Saints fans are the best in the world and known throughout the sport as being one of the most vocal and loyal group of supporters there is.As a family club we ask that fans are mindful of their fellow supporters and refrain from doing anything that would damage this reputation.There have been instances of beer throwing and other anti-social behaviour at some of our games this year and we ask that fans think of those around them and not do anything that could bring further action on the club.Anyone caught throwing beer, or any other liquid, risks being banned for a period of games, and/or having season tickets rescinded.last_img read more

For 2019 we have reverted back to a colourway tha


first_imgFor 2019, we have reverted back to a colourway that has always proved popular with both players and fans alike – Sky Blue and Navy.The shirt is predominantly sky blue but it fades into navy-blue towards the shoulders with striped details running through the length of the body.The sleeves are sky blue with a navy faded band around the cuff.Like the home shirt, there is a new shaped neck-line and in a modern twist, the shirt features a tonal blue club crest.Our front of away shirt sponsors are once again Crabbie’s, with Lamb and Watt – naturally flavoured mixers – from the Halewood International stable of brands featuring on the Children’s sizes of the shirt.How To Buy:Saints Away kit is now available to buy in store and online. You can also purchase yours via mail order by calling 01744 455 050.2019 members can get 10 per cent off either or both of the shirts in November and December, in store only.If you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to collect your 2019 Membership card from the ticket office before being able to access the discount.last_img read more

Hundreds attend 4th annual fishing festival for disabled veterans


first_img What is unique about this event is all the wounded warriors and disabled veterans were able to bring their friends and family with them.Retired US Air Force veteran Jim Kiger said he loves fishing, but also spending time with the others he served with.“This is one of those things that we do as ya know brothers in arms. We get together we just have a great time. Every couple of weeks, every couple months we get together all over the state and this is what we do. We fish we see each other, what a wonderful way to spend time together,” Kiger said.Related Article: NC veteran walks 607 miles, through tornadoes and storms, makes one requestThis festival was free for the veterans and families to attend.One of the organizers said this is only one of many other events Operation North State has throughout the year.This is one of eight events Operation North State does through out North Carolina. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Giving back to veterans and wounded warriors is what Operation North State is all about.There were more than three hundred people fishing and hanging out on the pier.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Teen pleads guilty in Wilmington musicians murder


first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County teen pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of a Wilmington musician.Today was set aside for pre-trial motions with jury selection expected to begin on Tuesday.Ben Privott. (Photo: Facebook/98.3 The Penguin)- Advertisement – Instead, Cory Sullivan pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the stabbing death of Ben Privott. In exchange, several charges, including breaking and entering and first-degree murder, were dropped.On April 22, 2016, Sullivan was 15-years-old when Privott came upon him breaking into cars on Bracken Fern Drive. Court documents say Sullivan stabbed Privott with a “three and a half inch knife” and then stole a computer and money from him.Privott was a well-known musician and realtor in Wilmington.Related Article: Whiteville man charged in Hallsboro shootingSentencing for Sullivan is expected to get underway on Tuesday.last_img read more

River Place using different method for flood proofing


first_img “On Water Street, everything goes underwater. I mean, it’s in the name. There’s not a situation down here where you can consider, ‘well you know, maybe it won’t flood.’ No you on water street, it’s going to flood. So it’s just a matter of making sure you design your building to accommodate the known flooding event that’s going to happen,” Sparks said.Sparks says there are other buildings in downtown that follow the same protocol and says this method does not affect insurance rates either. In 2016, a representative for the city made a request to the board of adjustment so that River Place could be exempt from flood proofing requirements. Instead, it would use a different method approved by FEMA, using steel doors to block off water. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Buildings and shops on River Road always have to worry about flooding when a big storm comes around. For the new River Place, they were approved to not follow the typical protocol to deal with flooding.In 2016, a representative for the city made a request to the board of adjustment so that River Place could be exempt from flood proofing requirements. Instead, it would use a different method approved by FEMA, using steel doors to block off water. Chairman Ronald Sparks says anyone who operates on River Road knows the cons of the area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Port City Rip the Runway kicks off Saturday


first_img The show started in 2012 and benefits the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation which aims to send children to college.This event highlights local talent, DJs, small and commercial businesses, local models, make-up artists, hair stylists, clothing designers and local community leaders and business owners.WWAY’s own Amanda Fitzpatrick will be hosting the VIP Red carpet.Related Article: 19 places where you can take your unwanted medications SaturdayThe event will be Saturday, January 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. in Windell Daniels Hall, located inside Union Station on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.Tickets start at $30 and there are VIP options available. Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/port-city-rip-the-runway-viii-tickets-52150194636?ref=eios&aff=eiosor at the door.To learn more about Port City Rip the Runway, About Lillie Ann Heggins:Mrs. Lillie Ann Heggins was an educator in North Carolina for over 37 years. Her passion was to educate youth and expose them to endless possibilities in the world. She began her teaching career at Southwest High School in Jacksonville, NC and then finished her teaching at Myrtle Grove Middle School as a Math/Business Education teacher and ROCAME advisor. Her belief in education was to use it as a catapult to place youth in opportunities for success. WILMINGTON-Brandon and Suprena Hickman stopped by the studios to talk to Jeff Rivenbark about their annual Rip the Runway fashion show.  Enjoy a fashion show, music and fun for the whole family while supporting a great cause this weekend at Port City Rip the Runway.Port City Rip the Runway is an event highlighting unity in the community. Enjoy a fun night, support each other and help raise money for the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation.- Advertisement – last_img read more