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first_imgFootball’s Premier League clubs have agreed to transform access at their grounds, following a 14-year campaign by disabled supporters.The Premier League announced this week that every one of its 20 clubs would have to meet standards laid out in guidance 12 years ago by the beginning of the 2017-18 season.The Accessible Stadia Guide includes guidelines on car parking, accessible information, the minimum number of wheelchair spaces for spectators, location of viewing areas for disabled supporters, and staff training.When it was published in 2003, the chair of the National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) – now renamed Level Playing Field – said in its introduction that NADS and its members were looking forward “to the implementation and application” of its recommendations.Now, 12 years later, Premier League clubs appear ready to put those recommendations finally into action.In recent months, Disability News Service and other media organisations, particularly the BBC, have published a series of embarrassing reports into the discrimination faced by disabled supporters at many Premier League grounds.This week’s announcement by the Premier League represents a complete turnaround from its position less than four months ago, when its chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said there were “practical reasons” why some clubs could not provide more spaces for wheelchair-users.The announcement came on the day that the government published a report calling on clubs in football – and other spectator sports, including cricket and rugby – to take “urgent action” to provide appropriate “support and space for disabled spectators”.Among its comments, the report says: “Some respondents [to a small survey] also expressed concern that, at some grounds, they couldn’t sit with their own supporters when they attended away games.“Not only did this have an effect on their enjoyment but [it] had risks, as supporters from opposing teams are generally segregated [for safety reasons].”It also discusses barriers faced by disabled supporters, including the “lack of wheelchair user places… poor sight lines because the seat was on the same level as the sporting event, always sitting at the front of stands so not sheltered from the weather and unsafe wheelchair viewing areas even in modern grounds”.Joyce Cook (pictured), chair of Level Playing Field, said her organisation was “totally delighted” with the Premier League’s announcement.She said: “The promises made today will ensure that many more disabled fans can finally enjoy a fair and equal experience alongside fellow fans, friends and family.“For disabled football fans this is huge news but, as always, the proof will be in the pudding. “Level Playing Field looks forward to working with the Premier League and its clubs to deliver on their promises.”Lord [Chris] Holmes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s disability commissioner, welcomed the Premier League’s announcement, but said: “This is potentially a significant step in the right direction but we are mindful that there have also been a number of false starts in the past.“We call on all Premier League clubs to follow through and deliver on the promises set out today.”And he said the government’s report was “a valuable piece of work”.He said: “The report paints an appalling picture of how disabled fans are being treated like second class citizens at sports grounds across the country.“Given football is our national game and the Premier League is the richest in the world, it is shocking to see how poor the treatment of disabled fans is.“We call on Premier League clubs to show leadership and all sports to provide better provision and a level playing field for disabled fans.”Other disabled peers also welcomed the Premier League’s announcement.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson praised the work of Lord Holmes, a Conservative peer, who has asked a series of searching parliamentary questions on the issue, which she said had provided “a great catalyst”.Lord Holmes called on his government to commit to “monitoring closely the Premier League to ensure that, be they old grounds or new grounds, come 2017 all grounds will meet minimum access requirements”.And Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the Liberal Democrat president, praised Level Playing Field for its 14-year campaign.She asked the government to ensure that clubs’ disability access officers “report not only on the physical space but also on the training of all staff involved in the provision of disability services”, and to encourage the appointment of disability access officers in the three divisions beneath football’s Premier League.A Premier League spokeswoman said clubs had agreed at a meeting last week to make all their stadiums compliant with the Accessible Stadia Guide by August 2017, and to ensure there was an “appropriate” number of spaces for wheelchair-users – 10 per cent of their provision for home fans – in their away sections.Each club will have to appoint a disability access officer, while wheelchair spaces, steward training, websites, ticketing policies and parking should all be given “urgent attention”.The Premier League is currently assessing all of its 20 grounds to check where access standards can be improved, and the results of these assessments will be discussed with clubs “at a senior level”.The Premier League spokeswoman added: “We look forward to reading the government’s report and will take on any information it provides.”In a letter to members of the government’s Disability Action Alliance and other “key stakeholders”, Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, and Tracy Crouch, minister for sport, tourism and heritage, said the Premier League’s announcement was “a huge achievement”.But they said this was “not an excuse for complacency”, and added: “We have challenged all clubs, across all sporting disciplines, to bring spectator sport into the twenty-first century by making sure they are inclusive and accessible for all spectators and, in particular, we have called on our higher-level and wealthier clubs to set an example and act as fast as possible.”last_img read more

Long Cunningham Turner … well now its time for

first_imgLong, Cunningham, Turner … well, now it’s time for Danny Richardson to be etched into folklore.12-all, hooter gone, Saints handed a penalty some 55 metres out, possibly more.Up steps the 21-year-old and with the eyes of 13,000 packed into the stadium on him, and thousands at home, lands a beauty to give Saints a 14-12 victory.The home side had been 8-0 down at half time.They couldn’t settle in possession and it was no surprise when Daryl Clark went over from close range on 10 minutes.It could have been worse too as Warrington spurned two chances but Saints did grow into it late on.James Roby and LMS both going close.That momentum carried over into the second half and within 60 seconds it was game on.Jonny Lomax made a sensational break on the left hand side, found the supporting Mark Percival who duly turned it back inside for Ben Barba to go under the sticks.Richardson tagged on the extras but on 50 minutes Tyrone Roberts took the score out to 10-6 with a penalty.And three minutes later he slotted another home from right in front of the posts.Saints had to dig deep once again to stop a certain Josh Charnley try on the hour mark and then forced a drop out two minutes later thanks to outstanding kick chase from Richardson and Theo Fages.That pressure finally told as Saints produced an outstanding passage of play to get one level terms.Offloads came aplenty, but Kyle Amor’s hand-off and offload were a sight to behold before Jonny Lomax ghosted over.Roberts attempted a drop goal on three separate occasions before Stefan Ratchford had an attempt.Richardson had a pop too – one going high but slightly wide.Until that final moment.Cometh the hour, cometh the man.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Barba, Lomax Goals: Richardson (3 from 3)Wolves: Tries: Clark Goals: Roberts (4 from 4)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 8 Wolves: 6HT: 0-8 FT: 14-12REF: James ChildATT: 12,454Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Wolves: 1. Stefan Ratchford; 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 18. Toby King, 27. Josh Charnley; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Mike Cooper, 20. Harvey Livett, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood. Subs: 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Declan Patton, 16. Sitaleki Akauola, 17. Joe Philbin.last_img read more

Free rabies clinic for pets of Leland residents at Bark in the

first_img There were also dog-centric vendors, a dog food drive, and dogs available for adoption.Sharon Smith with Furever Friends Animal Rescue says this event is very important to the community.“Some families are not able to pay for the rabies vaccine and we’re here to help them because it’s incredibly important for every dog and cat to have a vaccination,” Smith said.Related Article: Stray cats rescued from construction zone in downtown WilmingtonSmith says about 200 rabies vaccinations are given to dogs and cats at this event every year. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The dogs had their day in Leland yesterday as residents were invited to bring their pups out to Bark in the Park.The town of Leland partnered with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue to offer a free rabies clinic for the four-legged friends of Leland residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two charged with kidnapping burglary after Leland home breakin

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man and woman face charges after allegedly breaking into a home early Sunday morning and assaulting the man and woman inside.Brenton Walter Ludke, 27, of Supply and Kaitlin Massey, 23, of Shallotte were arrested Sunday.- Advertisement – Ludke is charged with the following:First degree burglaryTwo counts of second degree kidnappingSimple assaultMassey is charged with:Assault by strangulationFirst degree burglaryTwo counts of second degree kidnappingAccording to arrest warrants, Ludke and Massey broke into a home between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Cherrytree Road in Leland.Related Article: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for man and woman accused of stealing dogWarrants state they broke in for the ‘purpose of terrorizing’ the man and woman inside.Warrants state Massey wrapped a yellow keychain coil and arm around the woman’s neck, causing her to ‘lose the ability to breathe’.Ludke is accused of hitting the male victim.Massey’s bond is $250,500 bond and Ludke’s bond is $150,000.last_img read more

Flooding closes a section of I40 until Monday

first_imgDUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A section of Interstate 40 is closed due to flooding.The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports I-40 is closed in both directions near Warsaw between exits 364 (NC 24) and 369 (US 117).- Advertisement – The NCDOT said the road is expected to open by 8:30 a.m. on Monday.Click here for real-time traffic updates from Operation GridlockHighway Patrol says southbound lanes of I-95 around Exit 71 in Harnett County are also closed.Related Article: Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmingtonlast_img

Għaxaq double murder I love my mother but…

first_imgThe compilation of evidence in the case against the man who stands accused of murdering his mother and his sister continued on Monday morning.Various police officials took the witness stand on Monday. A police sergeant from the Criminal Investigation Department said that he was requested at the Police Headquarters on 30 March at 1am. He then proceeded to the site where the corpses were buried where the forensic team was already present. The police sergeant explained that bodies were found close to a small room and by a rubble wall. The bodies were subsequently taken to the morgue.Another police official who took the witness stand, told the court that the accused appeared as though he wanted to cooperate. He had told them that the weapon used in the double murder was made by the accused himself. Bonnici had indicated where the weapon was buried. The police officer was about to delve into how the accused carried out the gruesome murder but was cut short by Magistrate Joe Mifsud who informed him that the details had emerged in previous testimonies.The police were also asked about their search for the mallet at WasteServ. The police officer explained that from the information they had was that a mallet possibly burnt was disposed of at WasteServ.An aunt of the accused took the witness stand on Monday. She was asked to visit the accused’s mother and sister by the accused’s imprisoned father. The woman told the court that the victims were neither picking up their phones nor opening the door. She explained to the court that a police official had sent her back to check properly whether they were inside. Upon returning to the house, the aunt found the accused who asked her to accompany him as they looked for them inside the house. The man allegedly told his aunt that he needed to be accompanied inside, otherwise his mother would suspect that he had entered to steal from her. As the man was opening the door, he told his aunt that “I love my mother, but..” and stopped short. He then entered inside, called his mother, went up however he found nothing.When asked what she thought about the accused, the aunt described him as a “good person”. She said that she never argued with the accused and that his late mother praised him for doing work around the house. She said that it had never crossed her mind that the accused would come to this, saying had she thought so, she would have never entered the house with the accused alone. The woman told the court that however she was not aware of the relationship between the accused and his mother and sister.Another relative took the witness stand and said that she was still shocked at what had happened.Another aunt took the witness stand who said that she could not testify in public, with the magistrate Joe Mifsud asking the media to leave the courtroom.Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri appeared for the defense counsel.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Analysis Almost 70 of local councils in PLs hands PN holds 19

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb In the aftermath of the last three days of vote counting, Labour now controls almost 70% of Malta’s local councils.Four of the 47 localities now under Labour control changed hands by only a few percentages of votes.Read more:Local Council elections: PL wins Valletta and St Paul’s Bay, PL 16 – PN 7Local Elections: 2nd night results in 16 PL held, 4 PN held, Gharb council undecidedWatch: 47 localities won by PL; 19 by PN; 2 indecisiveThose localities were Siggiewi, St Paul’s Bay, Mosta and Valletta.SiggiewiBetween the 2015 result and the 2019 election, the Labour Party managed to win the approximate 3% margin which the Nationalists had achieved in the previous election, to take control. From 47.19% in 2015 – 50.64% in 2019, likewise with the Nationalists, 52.81% in 2015 – 49.86% in 2019.2015 Result –2019 Result – <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The final resultWith the European Elections now over this is how the political map of Malta’s localities look:WhatsAppcenter_img Nationalists hold on… justWhile the Labour retained many of their previous councils and managed to make gains from the Nationalists, the PN managed to hold on to 18 existing councils while gaining Munxar in Gozo. The party also lost two further localities in Gozo, Gharb and Zebbug. These locations are still to be decided.Munxar:The Nationalists managed to win the locality by a margin of approximately 3% of the votes.GharbFormerly a strong Nationalist locality, Gharb’s former Mayor David Apap formed his own party Gharb L’Ewwel and managed to win 42% of the vote. This move effectively sucked the Nationalist’s majority.From the comfortable 61% in the 2013, GL and the Labour Party managed to reduce PN’s majority to 12.33%. PL made up just over 6% on its vote share in 2013, from 38.35% to 44.81% in 2019.  It is still unclear yet, who will be the Mayor of Gharb.Zebbug GozoThe Nationalists faired slight better in Zebbug Gozo where the Independent Candidates managed to pull 16% of the vote share from the PN and PL. This means that the election for Mayor is still unclear. St Paul’s BaySt Paul’s Bay is considered one of the Nationalist Party’s big losses during the elections. PN’s approximate 5% majority in the region during 2015, was picked up by the Labour Party this year. Interestingly, the third and smaller parties exchanged an approximate three percent margin in vote share in the region. Alternattiva Demokratika had won 3.54% of the vote in 2015, while the Partit Demokratiku took approximately the same amount in 2019. AD did not field a candidate in this year’s LC election.2015 Result –2019 Result –MostaThe vote margin between the PL and PN, comparing the 2015 and 2019 results has got even tighter. In 2015, the Nationalists managed to win the locality by 52.13% percent of the votes compared to 47.78% for the Labour Party.2015 Result –That margin of approximately 5% decreased with the 2019 election. The Labour Party managed to take control of the seat by an approximate margin of 3% of the vote; PL – 51.43%, PN – 48.57%.2019 Result –Interestingly, the 2012 local council result shows that the original approximate share of the vote was won by Independents 0.90% and the Alternattiva Demokratika 2.42% respectively.VallettaThe Labour Party’s gain of Malta’s prime local council has been considered a major loss for the Nationalists. The Nationalists lost their 5 – 6% margin from the 2013 elections in the recent election (51.58% 2013 to 45.93% 2019).2013 Result –The Labour Party picked up 5% of majority, winning with 53.03, almost 5% greater than 2013. This time around Partit Demokratika also managed to win a share of the vote with 1% of the vote.Interestingly, the Nationalist’s majority in 2013 was actually actually much smaller than the 2008. At that time, Independent candidates managed to take up to 4% of the votes.When Valletta changed hands, Labour supporters chanted.last_img read more

Were living in a bubble of toxic air – PD

first_imgPartit Demokratiku said that rampant construction and too much traffic, coupled with lack of enforcement has led to a situation where people in Malta live in a ‘bubble of toxic air’. PD observed that between 2016 and 2017, 1,854 persons suffering from asthma have applied for their cards, while between 2017 and 2018 the number of new applications was 1,675. The statistics were tabled in parliament by Health Minister Chris Fearne in a reply to a parliamentary question by Opposition MP Godfrey Farrugia.In a statement on Saturday, PD said that man-made dust poses an increased risk to those suffering from chronic asthma.“Most vulnerable are patients who have existing lung and heart disease as very small increases in dust concentrations exacerbate morbidity and mortality. Babies, children, the elderly, and construction workers are more at risk than the rest of the population,” former PD leader Anthony Buttigieg said.PD added that while Health and Safety regulations exist, the Environment and Resource Authority (ERA), the Planning Authority (PA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) are ‘spineless’ due to lack of enforcement.PD called on the Superintendent for Public Health to speak up on the issue on behalf of the Maltese citizens and suggest how this situation could be managed appropriately. PD also suggested that ERA should publish Malta and Gozo’s air quality indices with the inclusion of fine dust.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Elderly man in critical condition after fall in Msida

first_img SharePrint A 71 year old man is in critical condition after falling two storeys in Msida in the early hours of the morning.The Police say that the incident occurred at 2AM this morning on Constitution Street Msida.The man was understood to have been feeding his animals at the time.The man is now in a critical condition at Mater Dei Hospital.Magistrate Dr C Galea LL.D is now leading an investigation into the incident.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

Ethiopia To Assemble Their First Smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement “Tecno already has several models on the market, all of which support Amharic, Oromiffa, and Tigrigna languages. The new phone will, for the time being, support only Amharic, according to Henry Yu, Tecno’s general manager in Ethiopia,” wrote Addis Fortune.The Amharic feature was developed in Ethiopia. “It was developed by a local company called Information Technology Transfer Services (ITTS). The software, Amharic Soft Keyboard and Messaging Application, works on all phones supporting Android”, said Ayalew Aseffa, CEO and founder of the company.He added that it supports SMS, email and other information transferring systems. – Advertisement – ITNewsAfricalast_img