Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of insulting disabled people by telling them to “work your way out of poverty”.His speech to the Conservative conference was short on policy detail but heavy with rhetoric, including a promise that the party would deliver on its election pledge to be “the party of working people”.It came a day after a conference speech by the chancellor, George Osborne, made repeated references to the need to deliver “lower welfare”.A large section of Duncan Smith’s speech was devoted to what he called “the sickness benefit”, employment and support allowance (ESA), which he said was “Labour’s last great legacy” and treated people as “passive victims”.Duncan Smith provided no information about any plans to reform or scrap ESA and its discredited eligibility test, the work capability assessment (WCA).He also failed to acknowledge any potential for his existing policies and reforms to cause harm to sick and disabled people, in the face of overwhelming evidence collected by campaigners, journalists and academics, particularly around the damage caused by benefit cuts, the introduction of personal independence payment and the ESA system.This week, relatives of two disabled people who died after having their out-of-work disability benefits withdrawn – and who believe that those decisions contributed to their family members’ deaths – were protesting outside the conference alongside Disabled People Against Cuts.Last month, Disability News Service uncovered a coroner’s report, addressed to Duncan Smith’s department, which said that the decision to find a London man, Michael O’Sullivan, fit for work had been the trigger for his decision to kill himself.Despite this widely-publicised case, Duncan Smith told the conference: “The evidence of our reforms is that people respond to incentives. We know that. We know that in our hearts.”He added: “We won’t lift you out of poverty by simply transferring taxpayers’ money to you.“With our help, I say to them, you will work your way out of poverty. That is the pledge we make to those who need our support.”There was anger among many disabled activists on social media who had listened to Duncan Smith’s speech.Disability Labour, @disabilitylab, tweeted: “No-one gives up good jobs or chooses sickness or disability, it can and does happen to anyone. IDS speech is an insult to us all.”One activist, @latentexistence, said: “Iain Duncan Smith telling sick and disabled people to work their way out of poverty is pretty much indistinguishable from [the Nazi concentration camp slogan] arbeit macht frei [work sets you free].”The WOWcampaign, @wowpetition, tweeted: “He thinks disabled people can work their way out of poverty as if we have a choice http://wowpetition.co.uk.”Another disabled activist, @Quinonostante, said: “Next Idiot Duncan Smith will be suggesting #disabled chose that life! He’s decided they chose poverty! Horrific ideology.”And @elphiemcdork added: “I mean, he’s really not sugar-coating the ‘disabled people are fakey scroungers’ rhetoric now is he? He’s just comin’ right out with it…”Picture: Disabled activist Chris Hughes protesting outside this week’s Conservative conference
Below is Jeremy Corbyn’s full Diwali message.Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights here in Britain, and to all the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities across the world.Diwali, or Dee Par Va Li as it’s also known, marks the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and of hope over despair.Gifts will be exchanged and sweet festive meetai will be eaten as family, friends and communities come together to celebrate humanity and togetherness; lighting deeyahs to remember how life is a cycle of renewal.We know that within our communities there are many beacons of light. People who work tirelessly and selflessly for others. Those that give us hope in some of our darkest hours, and those who instil the spirit of family in us all.We are delighted that the UK, in particular in Leicester and London, hosts some of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India. It is a truly joyous celebration for all.As the fireworks light up across our skies for Diwali, let us remember to light up our hearts too – to love one another – and to care for each other.To renew the true spirit of community and togetherness, to show that we are a community for the many, and not the few.Shubh Diwali!Yours,Jeremy CorbynLeader of the Labour Party Tags:Labour Party /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Diwali /
Tags:Newport West /Ruth Jones / I am deeply honoured and humbled to be sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Newport West.I will represent you to the best of my abilities.I will seek to build trust, at a time when trust in politics is so dangerously low.Thank you for this opportunity to serve. pic.twitter.com/rkN2ltCxoE— Ruth Jones MP (@RuthNewportWest) April 8, 2019Labour’s newest MP, Ruth Jones, has been sworn in. She will represent the Welsh seat of Newport West, previously occupied by Paul Flynn.Harriet Harman, the Mother of the House, tweeted her congratulations and photos of Jones in Westminster this afternoon:Congratulations & welcome to our newest Member of @HouseofCommons @RuthNewportWest! pic.twitter.com/jm78eWLmZm— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) April 8, 2019There was a photo for only Welsh Labour MPs too:Welsh labour MPs welcoming @WelshLabour newest mp to parliament today – congratulations @RuthNewportWest pic.twitter.com/iW4JxsbEMM— David Hanson (@DavidHansonMP) April 8, 2019
THATTO Heath under 18s are proud of the all the players and coaches that have recently been selected to coach and play representative rugby league for their country, back row Colin Phillips joint BARLA Great Britain under 19s head coach, Jack Jones, David Pike, Nathan Skupski, Jimmy Waterworth Thatto Heath under 18s Head Coach, front row Adam Hesketh, Andy Lea and Jordan Houghton.David Pike was the tour captain for Great Britain under 19s community Lions tour to South Africa who was joined by Jack Jones and Nathan Skupski.Colin Phillips and Andy Lea went on tour to Serbia with BARLA Great Britain Lions under 19s, Adam Hesketh who was tour captain for BARLA Great Britain Lions under 17s and was joined by Jordan Houghton on their tour to Holland.All the players returned from their respective tours unbeaten of which is an achievement for everyone involved to be proud of.
A MAN of the match performance from Jonny Lomax sent Saints on their way to an excellent 52-18 win over Wakefield.The full back bagged a hat-trick and added eight conversions from nine as Nathan Brown’s side ran riot at Langtree Park.Wakefield twice battled back from deficits but Saints stood firm and deservedly led 22-12 at half time.Alex Walmsley and Jordan Turner sandwiched the visitor’s scores before Jonny Lomax forged the home side ahead.Turner then grabbed his second after some great work from Francis Meli.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook opened his account in the second half and although Wakefield threatened a comeback, it was always going to be Saints and Lomax’ day.He tallied twice with another from Tommy Makinson to end a satisfactory night – in both defence and attack.At several times Saints were forced to defend their own lines with a very young side on the field.Jordan Hand made his debut whilst Brown opted to start the impressive Anthony Walker at loose forward.Tommy Makinson came in for Ade Gardner and big Alex Walmsley started from the bench – Tony Puletua missing out.Wakefield got off to the best possible start when on their opening set Dean Collis got the better of his opposite number and Richard Mathers mopped up.Paul Sykes tagging on the conversion.Jon Wilkin replied with a couple of deep kicks and was rewarded as a neat little chip over the top saw the Wildcats concede a drop out.And from that position Saints levelled; shifting the ball inside, dummies a plenty and Alex Walmsley showing great feet to get in.Jonny Lomax levelling.Lance Hohaia played a massive part in that first try and it was his sleight of hand that saw Lomax increase the lead.His brain was too quick for the defence and seeing Lomax on his shoulder he put him through.The youngster then sidestepped, ignited the afterburners for his first of a complete performance.Wakefield levelled minutes later though as Ben Cockayne continued his excellent scoring form with his eighth of the campaign.Saints were rocked as they had the ascendency – but that was re-established as Jordan Turner pounced on James Roby’s chip-through.The score – whilst fortuitous because of the bounce in-goal – came after a wonderful break from Saints. Hohaia sent a beautiful short ball to Lomax who tipped it on to Turner.Meli then took it up, brought it back inside with Hohaia on his shoulder. From there, Roby did the rest.Lomax making it 18-12 from the touchline.And with five minutes to go Saints were further ahead. Meli wriggled out of three tackles and slipped a pass to Turner for his second of the night.Jon Wilkin’s inside ball gave ‘LMS’ his first of the season nine minutes into the second half – goaled by Lomax.Wakefield had six sets on Saints line – but couldn’t find a way through – but they did on their next set.Washbrook made a mini break and fed Collis to make it a 10 point game after Sykes’ conversion.Saints didn’t hang around though and after winning a penalty the excellent Hohaia combined with Wilkin for Lomax to cut back inside and make Mathers lose his footing.Jonny goaled and then added his third try on Saints’ next set.A wonderful offload in the tackle found its way to the full back and he squirmed over.And the night was nearly complete when Tommy Makinson finished off Sia Soliola’s break with 10 to go and Lomax sent over the conversion from the touchline.Whilst the plaudits will undoubtedly head to Lomax though, it was left to the superb Hohaia to jink his way over to complete a fine evening.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Walmsley, Lomax (3), Turner (2), McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Makinson, HohaiaGoals: Lomax (8 from 9)Wildcats:Tries: Mathers, Cockayne, CollisGoals: Sykes (3 from 3)Penalties:Saints: 7Wildcats: 9HT: 22-12FT: 52-18REF: Robert HicksATT: 11211Teams:Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 12. Jon Wilkin; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 25. Alex Walmsley, 13. Willie Manu, 4. Sia Soliola, 27. Anthony Walker.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 28. Jordan Hand.Wildcats:1. Richard Mathers; 2. Peter Fox, 3. Dean Collis, 20. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Cockayne; 6. Paul Sykes, 14. Kyle Wood; 16. Oliver Wilkes, 9. Paul Aiton, 15. Kyle Amor, 19. Vince Mellars, 17. Frankie Mariano, 13. Danny Washbrook.Subs: 4. Lee Smith, 18. Kyle Trout, 21. Matt Wildie, 27. Chris Annakin.
SAINTS have launched a new one off replica shirt for the Magic Weekend which has been designed to raise the awareness of Autism.This special edition kit will be worn in Newcastle when we take on Huddersfield Giants on May 22.We will be taking pre-orders for the replica version starting today to coincide with tomorrow’s National Autism Awareness Day with a donation from every shirt sold going to local support group St Helens Autism Support.The players’ matchday shirts will also be signed and auctioned off too … more details will follow close to the match.In association with O’Neills, the shirt design follows the traditional Saints White shirt with a Vee – but the Red Vee has been replaced with a Multi Coloured Jigsaw Design Vee.The coloured jigsaw pieces, along with the Ribbon design on the back, are key symbols used to raise awareness of Autism nationally.Each replica shirt also carries the logo of St.Helens Autism Support, a local group already making a massive difference in the area by helping raise awareness of the condition and aiding people, particularly children, with all levels of Autism.The Magic Weekend match details are also listed on the right front hem of the shirt.Tom Jackson from St. Helens Autism Support said: “St. Helens Autism Support is delighted to be associated with this ground-breaking shirt initiative. As a local charity we have two main objectives – to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for our current project; a resource centre in the town to provide community, training and employment opportunities for local people.“We would like to thank St.Helens Rugby League Club and fans for their continued and generous support.”The shirt is now available to pre-order and to guarantee delivery, the cut-off date for pre-orders is midnight on April 14 2016.Physical stock will be available for collection/delivery week ending May 15 2016, enabling you to wear your limited Edition Shirt for Magic Weekend whether you are going to Newcastle or supporting Saints from home.We will have a small amount of stock in Saints Superstore at this time (May 15) but cannot guarantee your size will be available.Be in that number and support a great cause at the same time!You can buy Adult Shirts for £48, and Kids for £35 at the Saints Superstore, via 01744 455 050 or online.Shirts are only available in Adults XS-7XL, and Kids Sizes Age 5/6 to Age 13/14yrs.
UNCW Move-in day 2017 (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The University of North Carolina Wilmington is welcoming the class of 2021 and the new Seahawks are excited.“So excited, I never knew I wanted to come to UNCW and somebody said why not go visit Wilmington. I was like I never really thought about it, so I did and I fell in love with the campus immediately. That was two years ago, so now I’m finally ready to be moved in and excited,” freshman Gabriella Scala said.- Advertisement – UNCW has a special tradition for move-in day that not many other schools have.“We are moving in the freshman! It is a super unique thing that UNCW does and it’s great to get to help out and make sure everybody gets moved in stress free,” junior Shannon Mann said.1,800 volunteers showed up this year to help move in more than 2,000 new students.Related Article: James Sprunt CC signs Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with UNCW“They unload the cars pretty quickly. They bring all of those items to their rooms and the parents actually never get out of the car. They go and park the car and by the time the parents arrive back in the students room, all of their stuff has been unloaded, ” UNCW Director of Housing and Residence Life Peter Groenendyk said.Upperclassmen think back to when they were first arriving on campus and how they enjoy coming together to help out.“Gathering as one whole UNCW community, it really makes a difference,” senior Jamie Foley said.Some parents are not looking forward to going back to an empty nest after they drop off their new Seahawk.“It’s a little nerve wracking, since he is my first student to go to college, but he is really excited to be here, so I’m really excited for him,” parent Jena Mcgann said.Now freshman Gabriella Scala is settled in her new dorm room, she is ready to check out the campus.“I’m looking forward to meeting new people. I’ve never been this far away from home and I don’t know anybody here, so I’m excited to meet anybody and everybody,” Scala said.The director of housing and residence life said he expects by the end of Sunday for majority of the students living on-campus to be all moved in.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As former First Lady Barbara Bush reportedly enjoyed some bourbon the night before she died, Howie Franklin remembers her preferred beverage on Air Force One.“At the end of the day, there would possibly be a bourbon cocktail,” Franklin said.- Advertisement – He is the airport director at Cape Fear Regional Jetport. But years ago, he was the chief flight attendant during the Bush administration on Air Force One. He says Mrs. Bush always had an expectation of everyone to do their best. However, for the mother of six, a motherly side would always come out.“It was warm and we felt like some of her family. I mean, the presence of the people and they respected her. When you’re around her, you stood up a little taller. You were expected to. It was a wonderful thing,” Franklin said.Franklin says she was also a cheerleader for the family and the staff and would try to bring out the positive in any situation.Related Article: Soldier dies in skydiving accident at Brunswick airport“She built confidence. She was somebody who had that leadership ability that built confidence in the people around her,” Franklin said.But he also had his inside jokes with the former first lady.“I carried treats in my pocket and she knew that and the dogs knew it too. She accused me on time of stealing her dogs because they’d follow me around the airplane. Well, I have the treats in my pocket and she knew that and she’d joke with me about it,” Franklin said.Finally, he only has one thing left to say to her.“Thank you for being who she is and who she was. I thought she set a good example. She was a great role model for a lot of people,” he said.Franklin says he and the rest of the staff on Air Force One appreciated being around her, especially on the plane. Her funeral is set for Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
Quaneil Hasson Allen WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is charged in a shooting that happened one week ago.Wilmington Police and members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Quaneil Hasson Allen, 20, on Tuesday night. He is charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and a parole violation.- Advertisement – Officers responded to the area of 6th and Meares Street on March 12 around 2:10 p.m. in reference to a shooting. That’s where they found a 28-year-old man shot.EMS transported the victim, who had serious injuries, to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center.Allen is currently being held at the New Hanover County Jail without bond.Related Article: Alleged marijuana dealer busted after undercover investigation