The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken u

first_imgThe new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other government departments.David Isaac took up the post of chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) this week, as the watchdog prepares to investigate whether Conservative welfare reforms have breached the human rights of disabled people.But Isaac (pictured) is a partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, which has a “significant amount of business with the government”, including DWP.And he has specialised in his work at Pinsent Masons in providing advice on “major public and private sector UK and global commercial and outsourcing projects”, although the company has refused to say which outsourcing projects he has worked on for DWP.This week, he refused to comment when asked by Disability News Service (DNS) how he could head an investigation into the human rights implications of DWP welfare reforms on disabled people, when he appears to have been involved himself in delivering some of those reforms at Pinsent Masons.He took up his post after two parliamentary committees, the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) and the Commons women and equalities committee, appeared to back down over their concerns that his appointment would cause a “serious potential conflict of interest”.Harriet Harman, the Labour MP who chairs JCHR, said it was “essential that the holder of that post should be independent and is seen to be independent”, but that he had “moved to address this problem” by refusing to take any profits from Pinsent Masons’ advice to the government. Isaac has also promised not to advise government clients of Pinsent Masons while he is chair of EHRC.Both committees said the measures Isaac had taken “go a considerable way towards satisfying our concerns”.DNS has asked Harman whether the committee now believes Isaac is a suitable appointment, at a time when EHRC is about to investigate whether DWP breached the human rights of disabled people as a result of welfare reforms he might have been involved in.Harman had not responded by noon today (12 May).The two committees also pointed out that Isaac had still not addressed the “significant” issue of potential conflicts of interest arising from Pinsent Masons’ work for private sector clients which may be subject to EHRC investigation or enforcement action.The committees had previously warned that appointing Isaac as EHRC’s chair could put at risk the commission’s prestigious “A” status as a national human rights institution.DNS has also discovered that when Isaac applied to chair the watchdog, he told the government that he did not believe he had any “actual conflicts of interest”, despite his work for the government, although he said he would declare his previous role chairing the gay rights charity Stonewall and his current trusteeship of the Human Dignity Trust.Meanwhile, EHRC has published its strategic plan for 2016-19.Isaac, who will be paid £500 a day for up to 100 days’ work a year for the commission, said the plan “sets out an ambitious programme of work over the next three years that will improve the lives of people across Britain”.He said: “The commission must be a strong and independent expert body that drives change to make Britain fairer, tackles discrimination, and promotes equality of opportunity and human rights.”He added: “It underlines our commitment to bring about change and puts a particular emphasis on driving further improvements where national governments must do more to deliver the speed of progress required.”He also said he wanted the commission to “step up its work and be more ambitious in driving change to promote equality of opportunity and combat discrimination against disabled people”, and that “the government in particular needs to raise its game to improve the lives of disabled people”.last_img read more

SAINTS home game with Hull KR celebrates the contr

first_imgSAINTS home game with Hull KR celebrates the contribution of our Armed Forces as part of the wider Armed Forces Day commemorations.The match, which kicks off at 8pm on June 28, features a range of military themed events both inside and outside Langtree Park in the build-up to the Super League clash.Our local Territorial Army Regiment will be displaying some of their equipment as well as hosting some interactive activities outside the Solarking South Stand.And we’ve once again linked up with the ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, who are match programme sponsors for the game, to help highlight some of the activity they undertake to look after injured soldiers once they leave the armed forces.One of the ABF’s representatives will carry out the matchball as was so poignantly done at the same fixture last season by local ABF ambassador Andy Reid.On the day we will also welcome the Rugby League teams from various local Regiments to show our appreciation for their efforts in defending our country.North West Regional Director of the ABF, Colonel Philip Naylor, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this special event at Langtree Park. The club have opened their doors to us and their commitment to the charity is superb.“We look forward to displaying what the charity does as well as taking in a superb game of Rugby League.”The Club now has a range of dual branded polo shirts sporting both the ABF and Saints crests on sale.A donation from each will be made to the ABF and are available in sizes S-3XL and are strictly limited in quantity.They will be available to pre-order online today at the Saints Superstore and will also be available to purchase in store on the day of the game.These are priced at £14.99 each or 2 for £25.Tickets for Friday’s match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on herelast_img read more

SAINTS unbeaten run was ended by Wigan in a rousin

first_imgSAINTS unbeaten run was ended by Wigan in a rousing Good Friday derby.In front of a packed house a Tommy Makinson double wasn’t enough as the Warriors won 33-14Saints made far too many errors and found their opposition mean in defence and clinical going forward.Wigan led 20-14 at half time thanks to the boot of ex-Saint Matty Smith.Both sides scored three tries apiece but two conversions and a bizarre penalty on the buzzer gave the visitors the advantage.Saints didn’t get going in the second as Liam Farrell and Joe Burgess scored within the first few minutes of the restart.That left Nathan Brown’s side with an uphill task and although Luke Walsh tried to rally his troops they couldn’t find the execution they desired.Matty Smith making the game safe with a one-pointer late on.Saints may have lacked the punch Willie Manu and Anthony Laffranchi would have brought but Mark Flanagan and Greg Richards did well in their place.Adam Swift was ruled out with a knock, allowing Matty Dawson to move to his more accustomed position on the wing.The crowd was massive, the build up huge… and Wigan got a gigantic start when a loose carry from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook saw the ball jarred from his grasp at the kick off.Saints defended one set but Sean O’Loughlin burrowed over on the next.Smith with the extras.The home side didn’t hang about though and on their next set they replied.Jonny Lomax took on the line, darted through the slightest of gaps and Tommy Makinson scored in the corner.One handed…Lomax broke again in the tenth minute and then a minute later Saints almost scored again.Alex Walmsley got Luke Walsh involved and his ball found Jon Wilkin and then Matty Dawson.But it was chalked off for obstruction.On the 17th minute Wigan went ahead. Blake Green poked his way through at dummy half, O’Loughlin made the break and he fired a nice pass out for Dan Sarginson to score.Smith with the conversion off the touchline.Wigan’s kicking game was better than Saints’ and it showed with their next try. A great chip over on the last beat the leaping Jordan Turner.The Warriors then recycled the ball and Liam Farrell wrong footed Lomax.There is steel and strength in this Saints team though and they hit back on 25 minutes.Walsh was again involved moving the ball quickly to Makinson for his second as Saints took full advantage of a penalty.With five minutes left in the half it really was game on.Jordan Turner had one disallowed as the ball was stripped from him two on one as he went over.Saints were given the penalty and Turner made no mistake the second time round after great footwork from Lance Hohaia.That brought the score back to 18-14, but Smith kicked a penalty right on the stroke of half time.Much to the annoyance of the home support.It was a lead they extended within four minutes of the second half.On the last Liam Farrell hacked a ball forward, it hit Lomax square in the chest and fell nicely back into the welcome arms of the second rower.Seconds later Wigan should have been penalised as Lomax chased a kick through – but they returned the ball with interest and Joe Burgess scorched over in the corner.Richards was hit by a flying O’Loughlin elbow/forearm on 50 minutes – a tackle that saw the Wigan player placed on report.Saints had chances in the final 20 but found their ball control lacking at crucial times.Wigan’s defence was on the up at every set tooMatty Smith tagged a drop goal with less than 12 remaining but the game was gone then.Saints stay top of the tree but will have to regroup and go again on Easter Monday at Widnes before the tough trip to Headingley next Saturday.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Makinson (2), TurnerGoals: Walsh (1 from 3)Wigan: Tries: O’Loughlin, Sarginson, Farrell (2), BurgessGoals: Smith (6 from 7)Drop: SmithPenalties: Saints: 6Wigan: 5HT: 14-20FT: 14-33REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 17980Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 18. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 27. Greg Richards.Wigan: 1. Matty Bowen; 23. Dan Sarginson, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. Ian Thornley, 32. Joe Burgess; 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Ben Flower, 25. John Bateman, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 22. Eddy Pettybourne, 24. Tony Clubb, 27. George Williams, 28. Jordan James.last_img read more

SAINTS are well represented in England Rugby Leagu

first_imgSAINTS are well represented in England Rugby League’s Youth and Academy squads for the 2016 season.Matty Ashcroft, Paul Nash and Sean Croston have been named in the Youth set-up whilst Kevin Brown, Matthew Lees, Brad Pinder, Josh Eaves and Robert Fairclough (pictured) are in the Academy.“The performance staff at St Helens would like to congratulate all those players selected,” Saints Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw said. “It promises to be an exciting year for the Academy squad (Under 18s) as there is a mid-season tour to Australia to face the formidable Australian schoolboys, so it is all to play for.“All those players in the England Academy set up were members of our unbeaten Australia tour last October so will be well placed should the make the final touring party.“We’re also particularly pleased for Josh Eaves after his facial injury restricted his game time on our tour.”He continued: “The England Youth team face France this year and the players selected have been rewarded with their performances last August when playing for an under 15s England team against Wales.“All those players selected have done so through their hard work, commitment and dedication and their families, clubs, schools and themselves should rightly be proud.“But I’d also like to take the opportunity to remind those players not selected that they too have many opportunities to break into the England squads.“As a department we feel that many players are extremely unlucky not to have been selected and they shouldn’t be deterred from their goals of becoming a Super League player for St Helens.“Well done and the very best.”Coached by Gary Chambers, the 26-man England Youth squad train together each month between January and October and test themselves against France in Perpignan this March.Andy Kelly’s 37-man England Academy will also meet each month and well as facing France in May and a touring Australia in July.last_img read more

Wilmington congregation uses barroom for its church

first_img The services include two hours of prayer, music, Bible study and discussion. Pastor Matthew Ray says people often stick around afterward to keep the discussion going over a beer.Ray says that instead of a traditional sermon he opens a discussion and the group then talks about real-world problems and applies Bible teachings to them. The gatherings typically draw 15 to 30 people.Barry Owings frequently attends what’s known as Church at the Sour Barn with his wife. He describes it as an alternative to conventional church. Employee pours beer at Waterline Brewing Company on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Since April, a North Carolina bar known for craft beer has been holding church services.The Wilmington StarNews reports that a small congregation meets three Sundays each month at The Sour Barn in Ogden. The bar is affiliated with Broomtail Craft Brewery.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two Tabor City residents identified in Loris SC pond drowning

first_img@Hcfirerescue personnel performing Dive Rescue Operations at the crash incident on 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD in overnight hours found a vehicle in appropriately 18 feet of water. No victims located. Dive Operations will resume at 10am this morning— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. @Hcfirerescue personnel now performing Dive Rescue Operations at the crash incident on 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD with a vehicle in a pond. Divers are in the water at this time.— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017 Two Tabor City residents identified as victims in Loris pond drowning (WPDE) LORIS, SC (WPDE) – Horry County Fire Rescue’s Dive Rescue Team recovered two victims in a pond in Loris Saturday.The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Edgar Domenico-Torres and 26-year-old Phillip Taylor of Tabor City, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.- Advertisement – Domenico-Torres and Taylor both died as a result of drowning.The car was found submerged in about 18 ft of water. @hcfirerescue & Loris FD responding to 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD for a Vehicle Crash. 9-1-1 Caller States vehicle in pond and occupant is on top of car. First unit on location reports vehicle submerged and requested Dive Rescue Resources— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017Related Article: Man wanted for several burglaries escapes custody in handcuffs@Hcfirerescue personnel now performing Dive Rescue Operations at the crash incident on 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD with a vehicle in a pond. Divers are in the water at this time.— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017last_img read more

CFPUA looks at adding 46M filtration system on your dime at first

first_img The board said they’ve spent almost $2 million to deal with GenX so far. They also discussed the possibility of a $46 million granulated activated carbon filtration system. They have filed a lawsuit against Chemours to pay for the system, but initially, the cost may fall on customers.“We will need to move forward with the plant before this lawsuit is resolved. So in that case, our customers will initially be paying for that, but again we don’t believe that something they should be paying for, which is why we are taking the legal action,” Flechtner said.As for the recent Fluoride incident, a mechanical malfunction allowed a high amount of fluoride to enter the water. CFPUA agreed to give affected customers a $5 credit.Related Article: TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from you“Our customers were inconvenienced by what happened at the nano-plant with the fluoride overdose. And this is just a recognition to them that they may have had to go out and use bottled water and that they were inconvenienced by this and it’s a small way we can show our appreciation for the inconvenience that they went through,” Flechtner said.CFPUA is working on new short term and long term systems to make sure this doesn’t happen again. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — GenX and Fluoride are both major concerns when it comes to water in the area.“We wanted to make sure that our customers knew what we knew and when we knew it,” Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director Jim Flechtner said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Coast Guard Boat hits two kayaking in Oak Island

first_img According to reports, it happened in the Intracoastal Waterway near the SE 49th Street.Coast Guard crews say the boat captain stopped to help the kayakers and took them to EMS.No word yet on the extent of their injures.Related Article: Oak Island Pier set to reopen WednesdayA man was sent the hospital after a boat accident near Figure Eight Island Sunday.A Wilmington man was charged following a boat crash along the Southport waterfront last Thursday. (Photo: MGN Online) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We’re getting details about another accident on the water in our area. This is the third within the past week.The US Coast Guard says a boat hit two kayakers in Oak Island just before 9 p.m. Monday.- Advertisement – last_img

Some American Airlines flights cancelled at ILM due to technical issue

first_imgPSA Airlines, an @AmericanAir regional carrier, experienced a technical issue 6/14. AA & PSA are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Customers are encouraged to check flight status on @AmericanAir app or at https://t.co/8WZFb8TNC2 before heading to the airport.— ILM Airport (@ILMairport) June 15, 2018Related Article: Fetus found in bathroom of American Airlines flight out of CharlotteWSOC reports that thousands of passengers are stranded at Charlotte-Douglas Internation Airport. There were roughly 275 flights canceled, with about 120 of them in Charlotte. American Airlines jets on the runway at Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you or someone you know has a flight booked on American Airlines today, check your flight’s status before you head out the door.American Airlines announced that their regional carrier, PSA Airlines, experienced a technical issue that cancelled flights last night and this morning.- Advertisement – They are working on the problem and hope to have it fixed by noon.Several flights in and out of Wilmington International to Charlotte have been cancelled as a result.last_img read more

Cupcakes for a cause Buy one to support NC Battleship

first_img $1 from the sale of every red, white and blue cupcake will support the ship’s restoration efforts. This started on July 1 and will last through Thursday.Shops are located on Kerr Avenue and The Forum. Apple Annie’s Bake Shop in Wilmington is raising money for the USS North Carolina Battleship. (Photo: Apple Annie’s Bake Shop) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Make your week a little sweeter by enjoying a cupcake for a good cause.Apple Annie’s Bake Shop in Wilmington is raising money for the USS North Carolina Battleship.- Advertisement – last_img