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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled Labour supporters have described some of the ways in which left-wing activists could push back against years of government austerity, oppression and attacks on inclusion.They were speaking at two events taking place on the fringes of this week’s Labour conference in Liverpool, both organised by disabled researchers and campaigners Dr Paul Darke and Miro Griffiths.Griffiths told one of the fringe events that he believed there was a need to “build stronger alliances and bring more disabled people into our activities, our activism”.He warned that disabled people had “normalised” and “absorbed” the oppression and marginalisation they were experiencing in society and now saw it “as an everyday occurrence”.He said: “What the government has done very clearly, in its policy and its rhetoric, is to say that if you experience marginalisation then it’s your fault. You take individual responsibility for it.”Griffiths said activists and campaigners needed to think about how they could “politicise people’s everyday experiences”.He said that the problem faced by those on the left was the lack of an alternative vision to the one presented by right-wingers, who had “manipulated and taken over the vision and it is one of desperation, it’s one of fighting each other, of equality groups fighting each other for essential resources”.He said there was a need for more disabled people’s assemblies, more user-led organisations, and political parties to fund and provide resources so activists and campaigners “can have that space to decide what is our vision”.Pam Thomas, a “radical disabled socialist and activist” who is now a city councillor in Liverpool and the council’s cabinet member for an inclusive and accessible city, said it was “really important for disabled people to become involved in politics”.As a member of the regional transport committee, she has been able to use her influence to ensure that a new order of trains for the underground service will be a model that she can board and exit “on equal terms with everybody else”.As a result, the new trains will be the same height as the station platforms, with a sliding ramp coming out from the trains to meet the platform and allow level access for wheelchair-users.Work is being carried out across the underground network to ensure that platforms will be the right height when the trains are available from 2020.The system, she said, would be more accessible than London’s and will be “probably the most accessible system in the country”.She said: “That would not have happened if I had not been on that committee, so it’s really important for disabled people to get involved in politics.”Thomas said she welcomed the “move to the left” across the country but was “not convinced that things are going to be any easier for us in terms of being included and being taken account of”.She added: “There are still very many non-disabled people who do not have a clue… they really do not know the kind of barriers we encounter.”About 100 people attended a second event hosted by Darke and Griffiths, this time as part of The World Transformed, a festival organised on the conference fringes by the left-wing movement Momentum.Darke told the event that he believed there was a need for a “radical transformation” of an organisation like the BBC, which he said was guilty of “woeful” levels of expenditure, coverage and inclusion of disabled people, and needed a huge increase in the proportion of its staff who identify as disabled people so it becomes “truly representative of the country”.And although he was opposed to the existence of the House of Lords, he said there needed to be more disabled peers so that “their voice is heard” and disabled people do not have non-disabled politicians speaking for them.Darke said at the earlier fringe event that he believed that “society hates disabled people”.He said that “normal people… hate themselves, so the idea that they are going to be progressive towards us is not really going to happen”.He said their identity was “so fragile” that they “reject and fear difference to such a degree that they flail out with ignorance and hatred, marginalisation and discrimination”.Darke pointed to the example of Denmark, which is seen as a progressive, liberal society and an ally of Britain but has boasted that it wants to eliminate Down’s syndrome within a generation, a wish, he said, that “Hitler could only have dreamed of”.He said afterwards that the only hope for opposing the current “neoliberalism and utilitarianism” of the right – which “sees no value in disabled people” – was through the politics of the left.But he said that even those on the left either do not understand or do not care about disabled people and “don’t allow us our voice”.Griffiths told the Momentum event that there were frameworks in place through the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that showed “how to realise inclusion of disabled people”, but the “reality on the ground is nowhere near reflecting that”.He said the government had a “complete disregard for the lives of disabled people”, which it demonstrated in its “dismissal” of the UN’s repeated concerns about the UK’s implementation of the convention.Much of the current activism, said Griffiths, was “in the here and now”, with disabled activists “trying to prevent the violence, the destruction of life, the further institutionalisation and marginalisation”, and was therefore stuck in “crisis-driven agendas”.He said: “We don’t have enough of a vision of what we mean by a safer, inclusive, accessible environment and society.“Where is the vision we can offer to everyone to say ‘this is what society should be built like’?“The right continue to fragment us, to take away resources, so we end up fighting each other.“Disabled people’s experiences illustrate how it is so easy to roll back on the advancements that have been gained by activists and groups, because our social justice and human rights are conditional, they are based on whether they meet the economic and political objectives of the state.“So we cannot just rely on rights, we also have to have a vision, a vision that we can offer to other people.” Disabled campaigner and consultant Richard Rieser said he agreed with Griffiths and said that the “strength of the movement determines what rights we get”.He said he wanted to see the development of an organisation that could provide “one voice for disabled people” in this country, while there was also a need to build a representative “mass movement” internationally.He said there was no point the UN saying that access was a fundamental human right – which it does through the disability convention – if disabled people do not have the political strength to implement that right.He said: “We have to build the strength both here and abroad.“It seems to me that the time has come to have that discussion about how we rebuild our movement.”Ruth Gould, artistic director of DaDaFest, which is holding its international festival showcasing disability and D/deaf arts from 1 November across Merseyside, told the first fringe event that she was often asked whether holding a “separate” festival risked perpetuating a disability “ghetto” when disabled campaigners were calling for society to be more inclusive.But she said: “We are a cultural sector that is strong and vibrant. But to me it is not about ‘them and us’, it’s about ‘us’.“We as disabled people have something really strong to say about our lived experience of disability.”She questioned why disabled people – the “second largest minority group in the country, after men” – did not do more to acknowledge and express our own culture, as other minorities do.Such artistic expressions “affirm our life experiences”, give disabled people a voice, bring them power and influence, challenge the messages in the media and “allow us to say and express the things others would prefer us to keep hidden.”*This week, DaDaFest announced its line-up for this year’s international festival, with more than 50 exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops between 1 November and 8 December across the Liverpool city region.Performers will include comedians Francesca Martinez and Laurence Clark, theatre-maker and comedian Jess Thom, Stop Gap Dance Company, artists Faith Bebbington, Jonathan Griffith, Simon McKeown and Martin O’Brien, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Fisher.They will all explore the concepts of ageing, death and disability, and “the changing nature of all our journeys and the legacies we leave”.The festival will also commemorate the end of the First World War as “a key moment for modern recognition of disability as a social construct”.Picture: Speakers at the first of the two fringes, including Richard Rieser (second from left), Pam Thomas (third from left), Ruth Gould (fourth from left), Miro Griffths (far right) and Paul Darke (third from right)last_img read more

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first_img“I think it’s something that I and lots of other people are considering now”Labour MP @OwenSmith_MP tells @EmmaBarnett he’s considering whether to quit the Labour party over their #Brexit stance.#EmmaBarnettShow pic.twitter.com/FaWpBv4n5h— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) February 7, 2019Owen Smith, who ran against Jeremy Corbyn as leader in 2016, has told the BBC he is “considering” quitting the Labour Party over its position on Brexit.Following the news of Corbyn’s five demands for a Brexit deal, Smith described the question of whether he could “in all good conscience remain a member of the Labour Party” as a “good” one.“I think it’s something that I and lots of other people are considering now,” the backbench Corbynsceptic MP said.On whether the moment to leave Labour is now, Smith commented: “No, I don’t think it is quite yet. We – those of us who believe that Brexit is wrong in principle for our country and wrong in practice – still have an opportunity to try and influence within the Labour Party…”Asked whether he is going to resign, the MP replied: “I haven’t come to that decision.”Smith supports the idea of another EU referendum, which the Labour leadership has left open as an option but does not favour.Tags:Labour /Owen Smith /BBC Radio 5 Live /last_img read more

SF Police Commission President against using State DOJ as reform overseer

first_imgUntil this fall, the DOJ was overseeing the implementation of its 272 recommendations — oversight that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended in September.Turman said that the State Attorney General’s office has no background in facilitating police reform and is unfit for the role.“From the beginning, and I say now, the California Department of Justice is not the proper party to have this responsibility, because they don’t have any experience with collaborative reform,” he said.“Their experience is with bringing pattern-and-practice cases against departments and takeovers and oversight, which is not what we require or need (for) the San Francisco Police Department,” he continued.Turman said he continues to be a part of discussions between city and state officials to ensure that the state did not usurp the Commission’s role as the primary oversight body of the department.“My stated goal and purpose then and now was to make sure that … they do not, in written form or in deed, understand their roles to ever be to supplant the duties and responsibilities of this commission when it comes to oversight,” he said.How the commission will work with SFPD and the California Attorney General to pass policies related to the reform effort will be discussed at a future date, he said.“Despite what you might have read, there is no oversight taken up over this police department by the Cal DOJ,” he said.In other business, The San Francisco Police Department’s Tasers will likely cost the city about $3.5 million, SFPD Financial Director Catherine McGuire said Wednesday while outlining the new SFPD budget to the Police Commission.The $3 million is to be spent on the equipment over “a number of years,” and $500,000 will go to “information-technology integration,” McGuire said.A “train the trainer” program with Taser International, the company supplying the stun guns, is included $3.5 million, said David Stevenson, director of communications for the SFPD. Other training costs are included in general training for officers.The amount is well below the $8 million the city’s budget analyst estimated before the Commission voted 4-3 in favor of arming the department with Tasers in November.The Commission voted unanimously to approve a $623.7 million budget that includes the spending on Tasers. It will now be reviewed by the Mayor’s office, and the Board of Supervisors will vote on its adoption in July. 0% Tags: police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Police Commission President Julius Turman on Wednesday blasted the SFPD’s decision to have the State Attorney General oversee the reform process started by the U.S. Department of Justice.“Despite my objections — and, when I was not present, despite Commissioner (Thomas) Mazzucco’s objections — this was the party selected out of other outside agencies to do this work,” said Turman during a pointed, six-minute statement.On Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that his office would begin overseeing the SFPD’s implementation of the 272 recommendations made by the U.S. Department of Justice.The Department of Justice’s scrutiny and recommendations came after six police shootings in 2015, and the revelation in 2014 that 14 officers participated in sending and receiving racist, sexist and homophobic texts between 2011 and 2012.last_img read more

SAINTS Heritage Society and the Rugby League Colle

first_imgSAINTS Heritage Society and the Rugby League Collectors Federation (RLCF) are holding a Programme Fair and Rugby League Memorabilia Auction in the Red Vee Cafe, at Langtree Park, this Saturday (May 18).Commencing at 10.30am, several old Programmes, Photographs, Badges, Collectors Cards, Annuals and other Rugby League Memorabilia will be both on sale and display.And Saints’ Heritage Society will also have a stall raising monies for our Australian Academy Tour Fund.The RLCF Auction begins at 12.30 pm and has the potential to be one of their best Auctions to date with 204 items going under the hammer.The highlights of the sale include a programme from the 1931 Challenge Cup Final played at Wembley between York and Halifax, two items from the 1997 World Club Challenge i.e. the programme that covered the two semi-finals Brisbane v Auckland & Cronulla v Hunter, plus the programme from the Brisbane v Hunter final, seventeen separate lots of ‘original’ framed photographs featuring England / Gt. Britain Touring teams published by the Melba Studios, Sydney and a very unique piece of St. Helens Rugby League Memorabilia.An oil painting of the 1956 Challenge Cup winning team is to be auctioned. This was found as a half-finished piece at Knowsley Road in the mid-1980s. The Saints Supporters Club asked a local artist to complete it and it has been hung at the club itself, before finding a more recent home in the Black Bull Pub on Knowsley Road. This picture is 51′ x 41′.Admission is free of charge and adequate parking is available at the Stadium. Image shows Glyn Moses, Saints’ full back in the 1956 Challenge Cup winning team, with the painting that is to be auctioned.last_img read more

SAINTS can confirm that Francis Meli will be leavi

first_imgSAINTS can confirm that Francis Meli will be leaving the club at the end of the season.The 34-year-old International has been with the Saints since 2006 and has made 215 appearances, scoring 140 tries.A club official said: “We like to place on record our gratitude to Francis for his effort and commitment to the club since he signed in 2006. He has been a consummate professional and one of our strongest strike players in the Super League era.“We’d like to wish him all the best at Salford City Reds next year and we’re sure Francis will want to finish his Saints career on a high.”last_img read more

YOUNG diehard St Helens supporter and tireless vo

first_imgYOUNG die-hard St Helens supporter and tireless volunteer, Liam Jones, recently had the chance to meet Saints legend, Paul Wellens, to mark him being crowned the St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride 2014.After a public online vote Liam was chosen to win the prestigious award for both his volunteering commitments with the St Helens Community Foundation, which includes coaching youngsters and raising money for charity, and his unwavering loyalty to his beloved Saints.Liam’s pride at being named St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride is evident: “I am delighted to be named as the Fan of Pride for Saints. I have supported Saints since I was eleven when my mum first took me to Knowsley Road, and I always do my best not to miss a match – I’ve only missed Catalans away this season.“I love sport and since starting volunteering by coaching rugby league at university, and then with the Saints Foundation, I think this is something I’d love to continue to do. Although I am young I definitely want to share my knowledge and enthusiasm of the game with the children I coach. I love helping them play the sport that I love.”St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride player ambassador, Paul Wellens, commented: “It is great that BRUT recognise the importance of the supporters of the Super League. Being a Saints lad through and through I grew up watching the team on the terraces as a kid and will do so long after I retire – if I’m not involved with the club in some capacity that is!“The crowd make such a difference here at Langtree and it’s important that fans like Liam are acknowledged for their energy and support. Liam also does a huge amount for the Saints Community Foundation which he deserves to be recognised for, so it’s great that BRUT are recognising his contribution.”By winning BRUT’s Fan of Pride award for St Helens, Liam will enjoy a day out at the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in October, as well as some BRUT product. He will also go forward for selection for the National BRUT Fan of Pride 2014.This award will be chosen by a panel of Rugby League experts and will see the overall winner winning £5,000 for their club’s community foundation, a pair of 2015 season tickets, a signed Super League shirt and an invitation to the Man of Steel Awards.last_img read more

Runners are being invited to paint the Town Centre

first_imgRunners are being invited to paint the Town Centre red – and yellow and blue, and many other colours, in a 4k run.Fun runners, serious runners, pram-pushers, walkers – everyone in fact – are welcome to the spectacular event to jog, dance skip or even cartwheel their way whilst being showered with coloured powder.Colour run will start at 9am on Sunday September 23 with a post event colour Zumba hosted with the Saints Angels.Several players have joined the Head Coach in taking on the run and registration is now open!InfoBook on www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

Low temps mean high bills concerning neighbors in Columbus County

first_img “Last year, I didn’t spend nothing like this here, nothing,” Gracie Young said.Neighbors think while trying to stay warm, they got burned.“We had one day where we burnt $28, and I said there’s no way,” Benjamin Brown said.Related Article: Toyota recalls trucks, SUVs and cars to fix air bag problemBrown and his stepsister Young have heard from dozens of neighbors with the same stories. It’s not like they did not take precautions before the cold came.“I covered my air conditioned units,” Young said.Young claims the house is more insulated than ones she’s lived in before. Still, turning on the heat is costing her roughly $20 a day.“They’re hurting, and we understand that, but what we’ve got to do is look for this warmer weather that we’re going to see this week, and then watch that usage drop off tremendously,” said Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative Customer Service Manager Jimmy Greene.The severe cold the Cape Fear saw was below normal, but it’s not uncommon for heat bills to catch people cold if alternate heat has to be used.“You’re going to see it jump more in the winter time because of the auxiliary heat strips than what you would in the summer time when it goes from 70 degrees to 100 degrees, because you’ve got that extra electric capacity that’s coming on with the resistant heat strips,” said Justin Fulford with Fulford Heating and Cooling.Fulford said his usage increased six fold once freezing temps got here and stuck around.People like Young, though, prepay what they think they’ll use from Brunswick Electric, and now she’s already over that amount.“When my lights are going to wind up costing me more than my rent is, that’s too much,” Young said.BEMC said its rates have not changed in years.Young has applied for energy assistance with social services, and she said they will help her with $200, but she’ll have to wait a month before that comes. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Temperatures barely made it above freezing the last several days. They stayed low, but for many, heat bills went up.Neighbors in Columbus County told WWAY they are now worried about the costs they’re seeing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bladen Co deputy recognized after saving choking student at football game

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — School Resource Deputy Kayla Moore is being hailed a hero after recently saving a Bladen County middle school student who was choking a football game.“Before receiving the letter from Principal Cole, I was not even aware of the incident,” said Bladen Co. Sheriff Jim McVicker. “Deputy Moore said she was just doing her job and did not think it was anything out of the ordinary.”- Advertisement – Moore was one of the deputies on duty during the Elizabethtown Middle School football game on October 18. Cole said while she was on duty, she assisted one of our students near the concession stand that was choking.Principal Cole says the student appeared to be short of breath and indicated through body language that he was struggling and had something lodged in his throat. Moore administered the Heimlich Maneuver and the student was able to dislodge the object.Cole said she was grateful for the partnership of the Sheriff’s Office and the schools and she was particularly thankful for Deputy Moore’s quick actions that assisted a student in a traumatic moment.Related Article: Woman accused of driving drunk into cemetery, damages tombstones“I would like to join Ms. Cole in recognizing Deputy Moore,” said the Sheriff. “She has been with our office a little over six months but has already proven herself to be an asset. Her not seeking recognition is typical of so many of my men and women who quietly go about their jobs on a daily basis, neither asking for nor seeking recognition. We are all proud of her. She is an asset to the entire county.”last_img read more

Fore IV Invitational Ready to Tee Off

first_imgThe Fore IV Invitational is a golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and provides a day full of fun, friends, and fundraising. All of our efforts Four IV are to benefit everyone living with Cystic Fibrosis.WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick interviewed CT Shaw, IV’s dad and host of the Fore IV Invitational to learn more about the fundraiser.- Advertisement – Register to play golf with us! Simply go to four-iv.com to registerin advance, or show up at Compass Pointe Golf Club at 8am on Nov. 12that 8am. We have BoJangle’s breakfast biscuits and Bloody Mary’savailable. We do a shotgun start at 9am.If you can’t play golf, you can always make a 100% tax-deductibledonation on our website or at CFF.org.last_img read more

Outrage support for school boards action after Escaping Slavery game given at

first_img “It’s imperative, it should never ever happen again,” said 5th grade teacher Tyler Shumate.It was the first school board meeting since the district addressed the game.“Not only was it wrong, it was inappropriate, insensitive and racist,” said Herbert Harris before school board members.Related Article: Public schools owed $750M by state bring lawsuitA parent made public the game after she said her child brought it home. It was described as a monopoly-like game called ‘Escaping Slavery’. The StarNews reports it and similar games can be found on TeachersPayTeachers.com, which is readily used for lesson plans.“I was sickened, saddened and horrified that there were kids in that classroom who experienced that,” said Rebecca Trammel who launched a community conversation group about implicit racial bias in local schools.“Slavery is not a game it is a horrific part of our past,” said Sonya Patrick before the school board.“This was noticed and identified and it was a good place to say it’s time for change,” said Pastor Robert Campbell of New Beginning Christian Church who brought a handful of his congregation to the meeting.School officials say no school staff were punished because of the game, but the board requested an investigation and report on the incident, which is still ongoing. Meanwhile this has also become a launching point of growth for the school district’s equity committee. It is focused on understanding racial biases in schools amongst other issues to provide a fair learning environment for all students.“They hit the nail on the head and they addressed the problem head on,” said Trammel.The school board decided to elevate the equity committee to a ‘board’ committee Tuesday night. That now means meetings, members and topics of discussion can be made public on the soon to be updated school website come April 15.School board staff are working to launch racial bias training for teachers and even take them to a two day training session come mid-May in Raleigh hosted by the Racial Equity Institute. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was just supposed to be a game to teach students about Black History Month. Instead it’s teaching some in the New Hanover County school district a whole new lesson.Tuesday, parents and neighbors packed the county school board meeting to demand change and openness following a game regarding slavery being given to students. The outrage has prompted workshops on top of already planned racial bias training for school principals. There’s now demands from the public that teachers receive the same training.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police searching for hitandrun driver who left skateboarder with broken bones

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are hoping you can help identify the driver of a silver Jeep Cherokee, who struck a 23-year-old Wilmington man and then drove off.Police responded to 500 block of Martin Street around 5 p.m. on April 17.- Advertisement – The victim was traveling east toward the Good Shepherd Center on a skateboard when the vehicle struck him. The suspect left and failed to stop at a stop sign.A witness, who helped move the victim out of the street, described the suspect vehicle as a silver, box style Jeep Cherokee. The suspect driver is a white male.EMS transported the victim, who suffered multiple broken bones, to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Related Article: Violent road rage incident involving a car jack caught on cameraIf you know anything contact Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

Updated The PN has not delivered enough candidates in Xagħra Muscat

first_img <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> SharePrint During his speech at a Labour Party activity in Xagħra Gozo, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that he never expected that the Nationalist Party would not be fielding enough candidates in Xagħra.Muscat described this as a strategy employed by the PN which would only result in Labour candidates contesting the elections.The Prime Minister added that the Labour Party in Gozo was at the forefront of everything compared to the efforts of the Nationalist Party.He continued saying that the Labour Party has a specific manifesto with clear proposals for both the European Parliament and for each locality. He announced that Xagħra will open a new civic center, police station, a new health and day care centre for the elderly.The Prime Minister said that the Local Council will also be helping the government to start a project to convert the dump at Qortin into a family park.Referring to the topic of the tunnel, Muscat said that his debate with the leader of Opposition showed that Delia had made a U-turn on the tunnel between the two islands. The parliament agreed that this tunnel project should be done, but Delia in the debate on Thursday said it is still uncertain of what to do when in 2013 and 2017 he had already promised to carry out the project.During his speech, Muscat said that the Labour party was the only one to take Gozo seriously.He concluded that both the Maltese and Gozitan people should learn from the promises of the PN, especially that of the tunnel project.Proud of our strong team of local council candidates in #Gozo where Opposition wanted to play political games to stop almost half of electors from voting for their communities -JM #maltafqalbna #ghawdexfqalbna pic.twitter.com/sqEcc6uiTm— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) May 4, 2019“You have not right to speak about local councils” – PNIn a statement signed by Robert Cutajar, the Opposition spokesman on Local Councils said that the Prime Minister forgot to say that it was the Labour Government two years ago that had got rid of the local council elections in the localities in Malta and Gozo.Moreover, Cutajar said that Muscat did not even say it was the Labour government that ended the election of Management Committees, including three in Gozo; Marsalforn, Xlendi and St. Lucia. According to the PN, Muscat also failed to inform the PL Gozo candidates that local councils are not his “super favourites.”The PN said Mr Muscat and the Labour Party are not credible and do not have the credentials to speak on and be believed on local councils.WhatsApplast_img read more

Those against abortion should be against PGD – Prof Agius

first_img <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> SharePrint Bio-ethics Professor Emanuel Agius told Newsbook.com.mt that members of Parliament who are against abortion should also be against the introduction of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) as this would lead to the destruction of vulnerable human beings. He described as flawed, inconsistent and dangerous the position of those who pretend to be against abortion but pro-PGD which diagnoses disabilities of all kinds, from diabetes to Downs Syndrome and a multitude of other disabilities.“Discussions in Parliament on the protection of human embryo need to be consistent and clear”, said Agius.Read Also: We need a consistent ethics of life in Parliamentary debatesHe described as shameful and utterly reprehensible the eugenic mentality on which preimplantation genetic diagnosis is based as it  accepts the wilful destruction of the human embryo in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies.The bio-ethics expert who is a member of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) of the European Union and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life  was asked for his opinion after Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar called for a mature discussion on the Embryo Protection Act to include amendments that would allow preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This is a procedure used in IVF prior to the implantation of the human embryo to ensure that only embryos free from genetic defects are transferred into the womb.Against abortion? Then against PGD“If members of Parliament are against abortion, as MP Etienne Grech claimed, then the same members … should claim unequivocally that they do not support amendments that would introduce PGD in the Embryo Protection Act”, Agius told Newsbook.com.mt.Read: PN MP asks for more protection of the unbornDuring the Monday morning debate in Parliament Nationalist Party Claudio Grech said that the foetus should be included in the definition of ‘minor’ within the Child Protection Act.  Labour Party MP Etienne Grech said that all government members were against abortion.“Shameful and utterly reprehensible”Prof Agius explained that in the case of PGD  the diagnosis before implantation is immediately followed by the elimination of an embryo suspected of having genetic or chromosomal defects, or not having the sex desired, or having other qualities that are not wanted.Read: Pope says abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent of Nazi eugenicsAbortion is like hiring a hitman – PopePreimplantation genetic diagnosis, says Prof Agius, is therefore the expression of a eugenic mentality that accepts the wilful destruction of the human embryo in order to prevent the birth of children affected by various types of anomalies. He concludes that “such an attitude is shameful and utterly reprehensible.”The bio-ethics expert told Newsbook.com.mt that  “treating the human embryo as mere ‘laboratory material’ or a ‘cluster of cells’, the dignity of the human embryo is seriously compromised.  Dignity belongs equally to every single human being, irrespective of his parents’ desires and his genetic condition!”Cutajar’s unclear position on abortionFollowing a verbal spat between Labour MP and Prof Arnold Cassola, Newsbook.com.mt asked Cutajar to clarify in an unequivocal way whether she was for or against abortion. The Labour MP failed to do so answering only that the present government had no mandate to legalise abortion.In a post on Facebook in April 2018 Cutajar had written that the embryo is not a human.Read: L-MP Laburista Rosianne Cutajar ma tgħidx li hi kontra l-abortWhatsApplast_img read more

Apple losing out in the PC Industry experiences 6 drop

first_imgAdvertisement Apple, which used to buck the trend of contracting traditional PC sales, dropped 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2013, and 3.3 percent for the full-year number. It also dropped from third to fourth in manufacturer rankings late in the year. The only company which appears to be gaining is Lenovo.The former hardware division of IBM grew a comparatively huge nine percent in unit shipments in global shipments during Q4 2013, and an even bigger 10.8 percent in the U.S. Apple meanwhile, which used to buck the trend of contracting traditional PC sales, dropped 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2013, and 3.3 percent for the full-year number. – Advertisement – For the full year, Lenovo shipped almost 54 million PCs, growing slightly from just over 52 million, while former global leader HP dropped 8.5 percent in shipments to 52 million. Dell dropped 2.4 percent globally as well for the full year, but rebounded to grow 5.8 percent in the last quarter, for almost 38 million full-year sales.Total shipments have now declined for seven consecutive quarters, and even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending,” VP Loren Loverde said in a statement.Acer, the low-price leader is slipping badly, with annual shipments down a massive 28.5 percent, dropping from 33.6 million units in 2012 to just 24 million in 2013. Acer didn’t even make the top five vendors list in the U.S. for either the fourth quarter or the full year.Google’s rising category of Chromebooks is helping some companies grow, including Apple rival SamsungIDC, of course, is not counting tablet sales as part of PC shipments, which some analysts have argued is a mistake. Including tablets, which are outselling PCs now — and are forecast to outsell PCs by a 7-to-1 margin in 2017 — Apple is still a top PC manufacturer, and still in positive growth territoryCredit: Venture Beatlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW US Open and the Bank Holiday hiatus

first_img[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ittle bit of an enforced hiatus on the football front with the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier’s underway on Thursday when the matches include Cyprus v Wales.The Republic Of Ireland and Scotland have their games on Friday against Gibraltar and Georgia respectively.On Saturday we can look forward to the highly competitive battle between San Marino and England !!Whilst I’m on the subject of hiatus – what on earth was Bank Holiday’s sporting programme like? As dismal as the weather, that’s what.Surely the day is crying out for some high profile action with many people having the day off as a day of leisure? The horse racing was very average on both sides of the Irish Sea (and no evening racing) and the ONLY televised football match of the day was Cheltenham Town v Wrexham in the newly branded National League (read ‘Conference’). Would some of the Premier League matches spilling over to Monday really have impacted the build up to the Euro 2016 schedule that much ??One major event that did get underway on the other side of the Pond is the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York. It’s the fourth and final tennis major of the year and all eyes will be on Serena Williams to see if she can complete the ‘calendar-year Grand Slam’ last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1988.Don’t forget to check out the full range of US Open markets on Star Sports including in play betting on all matches.Andy Murray starts his campaign on Tuesday evening on the Arthur Ashe Court. Murray’s game is an evening game – so we are looking at around midnight over here before it gets underway.Murray plays 20-year-old Aussie Nick Kyrgios and it’s not necessarily the easiest start for Murray. Kyrgios was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year and reached the same stage of the Australian Open in January.Kyrgios is fast becoming the bad boy of tennis and some his recent behaviour has made John ‘You cannot be serious’ McEnroe’s outbursts look very tame. Kyrgios was fined and given a suspended ban for comments made about Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend during their recent match in Montreal.Murray has beaten Kyrgios in the three previous times they have met and it’s hard to see anything beyond a straight sets victory at around 8/13 for the Scot.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MURRAY to win 3-0 for 10 points at 8/13 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 182.39 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 19 April HORSE RACING2.05 CheltenhamDame De Compagnie 7/4 > 11/102,25 NewmarketDragon Moon 11/1 > 7/12.50 RiponShe’s Different 9/2 > 3/15.50 FairyhouseGoaheadmakemyday 5/2 > 7/4LIVE PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League19:45 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD10/3 Burnley 10/11 Chelsea 13/5 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Leicester City v Crystal Palace

first_imgHow’s your 2019 going? It’s likely that it’s going better than Leicester’s, and things could get worse still with Crystal Palace visiting at the perfect time.The atmosphere around the Walkers Stadium has not been a happy one in recent weeks and no wonder – they have collected just three points in their last five here and have lost five of their last six, their worst run of form in the whole season. Claude Puel’s tenure looks to be rather limited and a furore over Jamie Vardy being dropped to the bench for the trip to Spurs was compounded when Vardy missed a penalty after being brought on at half time.Scoring has been an issue for the Foxes all season – they’ve drawn a blank in a third of all their home games – so the potential absences of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison are likely to have a big effect.Palace are just three points above the relegation zone but they will undoubtedly be in a happier place this weekend after earning a spot in the last eight of the FA Cup. Domestically, their last result was a more than creditable 1-1 draw with West Ham after a convincing 2-0 win in their relegation six pointer against Fulham, and there’s a reasonable amount of confidence within the squad to travel with.Leicester City v Crystal PalacePremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 1-0 LeicesterAPR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 5-0 LeicesterDEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-3 Crystal PalaceAPR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 2-2 LeicesterOCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 3-1 Crystal PalaceMAR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 0-1 LeicesterOCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 1-0 Crystal PalaceFEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-1 Crystal PalaceSEP 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Crystal Palace 2-0 LeicesterAPR 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Crystal Palace 2-2 LeicesterOCT 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Leicester 1-2 Crystal PalacePalace tend to be one of the better travellers amongst the Premier League’s bottom half and they managed to salvage a point from their last trip from St Mary’s despite the loss of Wilfried Zaha to a red card. 67% of their goals have come on the road and they will not fear heading to a side that has been given a taste of their own medicine by Southampton and Cardiff amongst relegation contenders. The 12/5 looks to be the obvious value bet in a game which is hard to size up.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK PALACE 5 pts at 12/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 242.96 points(excluding Premier League ante-post and Six Nations ante-post)last_img read more

Rice University sociologists calculate caregivers risk of living in poverty

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share1CONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.edu WOMEN WHO EARLY IN LIFE CARE FOR ELDERLY PARENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED IN LATER YEARS Rice University sociologists calculate caregivers’ risk of living in poverty Taking on the role of caregiver earlier in life can worsen women’s economic well-being later in life, according to a study by sociologists at Rice University in Houston. Using data from the 1992 and 2000 Health and Retirement Study, the researchers analyzed the long-term financial effects of caring for elderly parents. ”If women assumed caregiver roles, they were 2.5 times more likely than non-caregivers to live in poverty and five times more likely to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI),” wrote Katharine Donato and Chizuko Wakabayashi in a paper that will be presented today at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco. Donato is an associate professor of sociology at Rice; Wakabayashi is a Rice sociology postdoctoral student who has received funding from Houston Endowment Inc. to work on the Houston Area Survey. Public and private agencies have sought ways to lower costs by shifting the burden of elder care to families; as a result, approximately 80 percent of elder care is now provided by family members, mostly women. ”The potential economic and social consequences of informal elder care for these women may be enormous,” said Donato, noting that approximately 45 percent of females who are 18 or older are not currently married, and many simultaneously assume both roles as earners and caregivers. The time spent taking care of elderly parents is likely to compete with women’s employment opportunities, creating losses in working hours and earnings. The cumulative effect of this scenario contributes to elderly women’s disproportionately higher risk of living in poverty. In 2002, 14 percent of women who are 75 or older lived in poverty, but only 8 percent of comparably aged men lived in poverty. The Health and Retirement Study that Donato and Wakabayashi used for their research is an ongoing national longitudinal study that has been conducted every two years from 1992 to 2002 by the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center and the National Institute on Aging.   The initial study sample consisted of 12,654 people between the ages of 51 and 61 and their spouses and partners in 7,608 households that represent over-samples of Hispanics, blacks and Florida residents. To examine the effects of women’s caregiving on the risk of living in poverty, the Rice researchers used a sample of 685 women who had at least one living parent during 1991-92 and were at least 65 years old eight years later (1999-2000).   To understand the effects of caregiving on women’s receipt of SSI, the researchers used a second sample of 465 women from these same categories, but with one additional criterion: the women were not receiving SSI or Social Security benefits in 1991-92.   SSI is a federal income supplement program that provides cash benefits to the aged, permanently blind and totally disabled whose annual incomes are well below the federal poverty line.             Donato and Wakabayashi compared the demographics of the caregivers and non-caregivers. Caregivers were more likely than non-caregivers to have less than a high school education (34 vs. 22 percent in the first sample and 29 vs. 17 percent in the second sample). Caregivers were also significantly more likely to be single (40 percent in the first sample and 52 percent in the second).   More than 80 percent of the caregivers and non-caregivers had at least one sibling. “The adverse impact of caregiving was especially severe for women who took on this role in their early sixties,” Donato said.   Fifteen percent of women 60-61 years old who were caregivers were likely to live in poverty, compared to 4 percent of the non-caregivers. Among women 58-59 years old, the likelihood of poverty for caregivers and non-caregivers was only 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.   ”This finding has serious implications because it suggests more daughters are becoming caregivers of parents who are 85 or older,” Donato said. The researchers used their data to predict whether and how the caregiving experience affects the likelihood of living in poverty and receiving SSI. Among their findings: * Compared to those who completed high school, women caregivers with less than a high school education were three times more likely to live in poverty and 10 times more likely to be SSI recipients. * Non-married caregiving women were four times more likely to live in poverty and 46 percent more likely to rely on SSI in later life than were married women. * The predicted probability of living in poverty for non-white caregivers was 29 percent, compared to only nine percent for white caregivers. In a previous study, Donato and Wakabayashi analyzed the substantial reduction in weekly hours worked and annual earnings of women who took time to care for elderly parents.   The amount varied according to demographics, but some caregivers experienced a reduction of more than $10,000 in annual earnings.   Despite such outcomes, the researchers noted that informal caregiving is still not recognized as a public concern. They echo that observation in the current study and suggest ways to remedy a situation that is likely to increase public expenses in the long run as women assume the responsibility of elder care and increase their risk of poverty and reliance on public assistance. ”What is needed is a system that shares the burden of elder care between private families and state and federal governments,” said Wakabayashi.   One way to share the responsibility of elder care might be to cover more home- and community-based services. ”The longer we can keep the elderly living in their homes and communities, the more we can control the costs of elder care by postponing or avoiding expensive nursing home placements,” she said. Another strategy for sharing costs is to provide government compensation to family members who have assumed the role of caregiver, especially to low-income caregivers. Donato and Wakabayashi acknowledge that such changes represent a considerable expense for federal and local governments. ”But without this intervention, more elderly women are certain to live below the poverty threshold in the next 20 years – after caregiving and surviving their parents,” the authors wrote in their paper. # # # last_img read more

Rice alumna just in Time

first_imgShareVirginia Moyer’s work on medical task force makes her one of mag’s ‘People Who Mattered’BY MIKE WILLIAMSRice News staffRice University alumna Virginia Moyer ’74 was named one of Time Magazine’s “People Who Mattered” in this week’s “Person of the Year” edition.What matters just about as much to Moyer is getting back on her feet.Long DescriptionVIRGINIA MOYER“I’m lying here with my knee elevated,” she said by phone this week. “And the reason I had knee surgery actually goes back to my Rice football career.”Moyer pointed to a freshman-year game of powder puff as the source of her current woe. “I got clipped and subsequently had eight surgeries on my right knee, the most recent of which was Tuesday.”So the news of Time’s honor raised the spirits of the high-profile professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. The magazine cited her work as chairwoman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, first convened by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1984 and responsible for providing rigorous, independent assessments of a range of clinical preventive services. The panel is considered to be the “gold standard” for such recommendations and has far-reaching impact on decisions by Medicare, health insurers, clinicians and medical schools.Time noted that in October the task force set off shock waves when it recommended healthy men do not need routine screenings for prostate cancer. The findings followed five clinical trials that showed the tests, which measure levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood, not only do not save lives overall, but also put patients at risk of harm in the form of needless surgery, impotence and incontinence.“The fact is we considered it extremely carefully,” Moyer said. “We went over the data with an absolute fine-tooth comb, and our conclusion was that the downsides of screening outweigh any potential benefits. I say that carefully because it is not clear that there is any benefit.”She said better tests would be most welcome. “If we could find a new biomarker for aggressive prostate cancer, that would be terrific,” Moyer said. She noted that biopsies commonly show that what look like cancer cells under a microscope “do not behave like cancer and perhaps should not be called cancer.”Moyer said two-thirds of men age 65-85 have cancerous cells in their prostates, “and the vast majority of them will never be affected by it in their lifetimes. So finding it out is not going to benefit them.”She noted credit for the recommendation should not be hers alone but belongs to the 16-member panel of health professionals who look at many issues. “We have between 70 and 90 topics in our active list, some of which have not been revised in a while, and we have several new topics under way,” Moyer said. “Another that recently came out was a draft recommendation to counsel young people about exposure to ultraviolet light, to avoid skin cancer. Another had to do with falls and the elderly.“For all of us, our passion is getting the science right,” Moyer said. “We are not advocates, and that is what most significantly distinguishes the Preventive Services Task Force from other groups that are interested in prevention. The most important thing is to get it right and not promote preventative activities that might not be beneficial. One of the reasons is that they take time away from things we know are beneficial.”Moyer earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Rice. “There’s no question that my Rice education, which was an academically rigorous education, set me up for success in medical school,” she said. She attended Baylor College of Medicine, “which was a common path – still is – among students at Rice. From the time I was relatively young, I had it in my head that I was going to go to medical school. I came to Rice knowing that it would give me good preparation, and it did.”A Rice friend, Gale Morrow ’73, recalled being “in awe” of Moyer.“I was impressed by her intelligence, but she was one of the friendliest and most positive people I have ever met,” said Morrow, deputy regional director of the Texas Department of State Health Services Region 8. “Everything she did, she did with a smile.”One of Moyer’s favorite teachers, Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, remembered her fondly, too.“She was just extraordinary, a wonderful student,” Klineberg said. “She was not only brilliant, but also showed this tremendous commitment even then to serving the public good.”“There were a number of standouts,” Moyer said, “and I don’t want to leave anybody out, but Steve Klineberg was one of the professors who taught people to think critically about things.“And I know he remembers me,” she said. “My son graduated from Rice. His name is not Moyer – it’s John Tucker – and he was in one of Steve’s classes. Steve looked at him and said, ‘I know who your mother is!’ John looks like me and is apparently equally argumentative.”Klineberg didn’t mind. “As a young person, she was already showing signs of the kind of life she was going to lead,” he said of Moyer. “I have spoken about her for years as one of my all-time favorite students.” AddThislast_img read more