Disabled people should be concerned that the proce

first_imgDisabled people should be concerned that the process of leaving the European Union (EU) could see their rights “lost or watered down”, according to a disabled peer.Baroness [Jane] Campbell told fellow peers last week that she had “deep concerns” at the “sweeping powers” that the government’s European Union (withdrawal) bill would give to ministers to weaken equality and human rights laws.The crossbench peer said that she and other disabled people were still seeking an “explicit” commitment in the bill that Brexit would not lead to any weakening of laws that protect disabled people’s rights.Although the government has insisted that all the measures in the Equality Acts of 2006 and 2010 will continue to apply post-Brexit, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned that there is currently nothing in the bill to guarantee that.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said she was concerned that the bill gives considerable “delegated” powers to ministers, which would allow them to make “significant” changes to equality and human rights laws post-Brexit without having to introduce new acts of parliament.She said: “Having been personally involved in developing advice, information and detail on disability equality laws in this country for decades, I would be extremely alarmed if they could be changed other than by primary legislation.”Baroness Campbell also raised concerns that, although the bill will transfer most existing EU laws into UK law when Britain leaves the EU, this currently excludes the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.Legal advice obtained by EHRC has raised key concerns about the impact of losing the charter.Without the charter, EHRC says, there will be: less power to protect rights; less flexibility to create new rights and reflect social change; gaps in basic human rights; and a lower level of protection for fundamental rights.Baroness Campbell said that one charter right which would be lost was article 26, which recognises the right of disabled people “to benefit from measures designed to ensure their independence, social and occupational integration and participation in the life of the community”.She told fellow peers that the charter “provides a really important framework for protecting equality, fairness and human dignity, which I believe will be weakened if it is excluded.“Given that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is still not incorporated into UK law, this is no time to risk erosion of our rights.”She said that she would seek amendments to the bill at a later stage that would ensure that “essential rights” are not lost under the bill.She told Disability News Service after the debate that disabled people should “think about the consequences” of the bill if it passes without significant amendment.She said: “We have a lot to lose from exiting the EU, not least a significant degree of our recent equality and human rights protection.”She said that EU directives that could be vulnerable to being reduced or scrapped by ministers using delegated powers include the legislation that guarantees assistance to disabled passengers on ships and planes, and a directive which requires the packaging of medicinal products to include Braille labelling.Another piece of EU law that could be vulnerable to delegated powers – if it is passed by the EU in time – is the proposed European Accessibility Act, which is still subject to negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council, but is likely to impose accessibility standards in areas such as computers, transport, websites and online ticketing.Baroness Campbell said she would fight in the Lords to ensure that “all the EU protections and promotions of disabled people’s human and equality rights are transferred across intact”.Otherwise, she said, it would give ministers power to “start eroding them by stealth”.She also said that she was concerned that the bill was not currently clear on whether CRPD’s existing EU law status will be transferred into UK law.She said this “should worry disabled people, especially those who are involved in the campaign to get government to abide by the CRPD, which we have ratified.“Without clarity, there is a risk that progressive influence of the CRPD in elaborating the rights and protections for disabled persons may be lost following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.”Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s chief executive, said: “CRPD is part of EU law and a part that we are pressing the government to confirm it will keep after Brexit.”Because of the status of international treaties like CRPD, EU law has to be interpreted consistently with the convention, where possible.This contrasts with the situation in the UK, where CRPD is not directly binding in domestic law, and its use to interpret other legislation is more limited.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown expects to welcome Ade Gardner and To

first_imgNATHAN Brown expects to welcome Ade Gardner and Tony Puletua back into the squad for Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie at Hull KR.The duo return to bolster the side ahead of their Fourth Round trip to Craven Park.“It’s great to have Ade Gardner and Tony Puletua back,” he said. “They are experienced blokes and are welcome returnees.“But Jonny Lomax won’t be back for around six weeks. He has some fluid that is leaking into his injury (hamstring) so that is a set back. He was training on Saturday and it flared up, but there’s no point talking about players that aren’t going to be playing – we need to focus on the ones that are.“He did well at full back when he was in there but Tommy Makinson is improving there and that is key for us. The blokes that come in are improving on a weekly basis and the team needs to adjust to what they bring.“We’ve had our share of misfortune but that’s the way it is and we move on. It’s not ideal to lose players but it’s a part of the game and probably better now than in 10 to 12 weeks. The good thing is we’ve held up under a lot of pressure and competed hard. We’ve also created chances to win and haven’t taken them. The fight and commitment is there but we have to tighten up.”Saints travel to Hull KR this Saturday (2pm) and tickets are now on sale. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by clicking here or calling 01744 455 050.last_img read more

Guests heard the quartet talk about their careers

first_imgGuests heard the quartet talk about their careers to date and give an insight into being a Saint.Our next event will be our End of Season Awards Dinner which will take place on Monday September 18.The Dinner was originally scheduled for a day later, but with Saints playing Salford on Thursday, it has understandably been moved.We will celebrate the 2017 Betfred Super League campaign with the first team squad and our sponsors – and you’re invited too.Hosted by MC Pete Emmett, the dinner starts at 7pm Arrival for Dinner at 7:30pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets are priced at:£35.00 (incl. VAT) for Members £45.00 (incl. VAT) non-Members(Dress code smart casual. No replica shirts)To book, contact our Hospitality team on 01744 455 053.last_img

Convicted felon sentenced for armed robbery of Wilmington stores

first_img On May 9-10, 2016, Turner pawned stolen firearms at Pawn South and Brothers In Arms Pawn. At the time, Turner was a convicted felon with a prior conviction for felony breaking and entering.On November 14, 2016, Turner robbed two CVS’s located at 3302 Market Street and 4600 Oleander Drive) and a Scotchman Store located at 901 South Third Street) threatening cashiers with a knife and taking money out of the cash register. The Wilmington Police Department was able to identify Turner and his vehicle through the store’s surveillance video, and apprehended him at his Grandmother’s home in Leland.Turner’s other prior convictions include DWI’s and Burglary. Jeremy Turner (Photo: New Hanover Co. District Attorney’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is headed to prison after he committed multiple armed robberies.Jeremy Turner, 30, plead guilty to three armed robberies and possession of a firearm by a felon in court Thursday. He was sentenced to at least eight years in prison.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick Co releases more GenX results under DHHS standards

first_imgBolivia, NC – Brunswick County has received additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply from samples taken over several weeks in August and September.The results continue to be under 30 parts per trillion in both the raw and the finished waterSamples taken on Aug. 17 revealed levels of 20.4 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 20.5 parts per trillion in the finished water source.Samples taken on Aug. 24 revealed levels of 18.2 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 16.6 parts per trillion in the finished water source.Samples taken on Aug. 31 revealed levels of 24.3 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 22.9 parts per trillion in the finished water source.Samples taken on Sept. 7 revealed levels of 26.8 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 25.9 parts per trillion in the finished water source.- Advertisement – NC Health and Human Services has established the health goal for exposure to GenX in drinking water at 140 nanograms per liter (also referred to as parts per trillion).last_img read more

Elizabethtown Police searching for tattooed man

first_imgSurveillance photo of suspect wanted for questioning by Elizabethtown PD (Photo: Elizabethtown PD) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — Elizabethtown Police are trying to identify a man with a distinctive tattoo on his face.Police say this man is wanted for questioning relating to a recent larceny.- Advertisement – Police say the tattoo is on the right side of his face, as well as several tattoos on his hands and armsIf you recognize this man, contact Det. Thompson at the Elizabethtown Police Department at (910) 862-3125last_img

Humpday Health Drinking wine can provide health benefits

first_imgBottles of wine at Noni Bacca Winery in Wilmington (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Merlot. Pinot noir. Cabernet sauvignon. Just three of the 65 different wines created at Noni Bacca Winery in Wilmington.“We started the winery almost a dozen years ago, 2007. We wanted to bring a variety of wines from around the world here to Wilmington,” said owner Toni Incorvaia.- Advertisement – It’s common to have a glass or two of wine with dinner or just to unwind after a long day.Incorvaia says drinking the grape-based beverage can have some positive impacts on your health, unlike other alcoholic drinks like beer or spirits.At the top of the list is the antioxidants that wine is full of.Related Article: Who’s in? Study will pay you to eat avocados“Wine has so many antioxidants. And you say, ‘What are antioxidants?’ Well, antioxidants are the things that go in and take care of the free radicals that come into our body every day,” said Incorvaia.Red wine is regarded by experts as a healthy option, due to the skin of the grapes it draws its color from. As long as you enjoy the drink in moderation, you’re setting yourself up for the long run.“They say if you have two five-ounce glasses of red wine each day, it will help combat things like cancer, like cholesterol,” said Incorvaia.So the next time you’re grabbing a bottle out of the wine rack at home, you’ll have the piece of mind that you’re improving your health.last_img read more

49 million mansion is New Hanover Countys most expensive sale in decade

first_img Built in 1913, Live Oaks was a summer playground for the rich and famous of the early 20th century, hosting the likes of the Vanderbilts and Astors as frequent visitors.  The house itself was custom designed by Henry Bacon, famed architect of the Lincoln Memorial, among many other notable works.David Benford, of Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty represented both buyer and seller in the transaction. 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) — A mansion located on Masonboro Sound Road just sold for $4.9 million, making it the highest residential sale in New Hanover County in more than a decade, according to a release from Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty.The home, known as “Live Oaks,” locally known and often referred to as The Parsley Estate, sits on 7 acres fronting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Less than 2 weeks from hurricane season officials warn to be ready

first_img Local authorities want people to have all the necessary preparations done now, rather than when a storm is bearing down on the area. Doing so can be a big help when they are trying to serve you.“It keeps our officers, the fire staff and medical staff from having to go out and address some of these issues during the storm if everybody is pre-prepared for evacuations or at least shelter in place for an extended period of time,” Oak Island police officer Tony Burke said.Be sure to tune in to the 2018 WWAY Hurricane Special. It is scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m. next Friday on WWAY CBS. Oak Island, NC (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — For the first time, Oak Island police and fire officials organized a presentation for the community about what to do if a hurricane threatens.Residents gathered in the Town Hall Council Chambers to hear from the National Weather Service, Brunswick County Emergency Management and other agencies.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police remove councilman from Sunset Beach town meeting

first_imgSUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sunset Beach Police had to remove a town council member from a meeting earlier this week for the second time in less than two months.There has been a lot of drama in Sunset Beach over the past year or so, with two mayors resigning and a town administrator fired.- Advertisement – Back on February 19, Councilman Rich Cerrato was removed after he said he raised questions over a statement Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Benton sent to WWAY, saying he would act as mayor until November.In a YouTube video from Monday night, Cerrato can be seen raising questions about dredging.“I did absolutely nothing, and I encourage everyone to look at the YouTube of the April 1st meeting,” Cerrato said.Related Article: Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel focuses on Sunset BeachIn the video, Benton says he is out of order and asks for him to be removed.“All people have to do is watch the video,” Benton said.At the meeting, a tax expert from Bolivia explained how dredging could affect property values. Cerrato says council member John Corbett lives on an affected canal, and stands to financially benefit from dredging, creating a conflict of interest.“When we’ve had Hurricane Florence and a lot of people have been hurt. A lot of roads destroyed, and bridges are destroyed. And to spend $3 million of state tax money for recreational boating, I find questionable,” Cerrato said.Cerrato and several others have sent emails to the state, citing what they claim is a conflict of interest involving Corbett, and arguing that only around 300 of Sunset Beach’s 3,000 properties will benefit from the dredging.“I have been accused of being against dredging,” Cerrato said. “Not so.”“I’ll show a letter he sent to a person in Raleigh, stating that he does not want dredging, it’s a conflict of interest, he feels that we should push off dredging for another year or so,” Benton said.Benton says the town attorney and the school of government have denied that there is any conflict of interest.Although they have different beliefs, both he and Cerrato believe they are acting in the best interest of the tax payers.“I learned with Rich, if you disagree with Rich, he’s no longer your friend. So, I’m fine with that, but the bottom line is I am protecting the people of Sunset Beach, and protecting the taxpayers. They have a right to dredge their property areas,” Benton said.Benton says he just wants town council meetings in the future to remain civil.If you live in Sunset Beach, email us at [email protected] and let us know how you feel about the issue.last_img read more