Month: July 2019

  • A note from the editor For nine years Disability

    first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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… A leading disabled activist has exposed the UK’s record on disability rights in front of an audience of disabled people from across the global south who had been invited to take part in the government’s Global Disability Summit.Simone Aspis drew repeated loud applause from the audience at the Civil Society Forum as she highlighted the attacks on disabled people’s rights by the “arrogant” UK government.She underlined the “hypocrisy” of the UK asking other countries to sign up to a new Charter for Change, which calls for governments to be held to account for their progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).She said: “Today the UK government is asking other countries to sign up to a charter which talks about the importance of holding governments to account under the CRPD and yet our government stands in breach of it. Hypocrisy.”Last autumn, the chair of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said the government’s cuts to disabled people’s support had caused “a human catastrophe”.Aspis, policy and campaigns coordinator for The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), a member of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, said the committee had made more than 80 recommendations for improvements and that it had never been as concerned about a country as it was about the UK.She also highlighted how the same committee had found the UK government guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the convention in 2016 because its austerity cuts had been “fundamentally breaching disabled people’s human rights to independent living and a decent standard of living and work”.But she said the government had dismissed the findings of both CRPD reports.Aspis (pictured after her speech, left, with ALLFIE’s Michelle Daley) was speaking at the Civil Society Forum, a sister event to the Global Disability Summit, headed by the International Disability Alliance and intended to “amplify” the voice of disabled people from across the global south the day before the summit was held in the same venue on the Olympic Park.Aspis told the forum that UK disabled people’s organisations “absolutely welcome the giving of aid and support to our disabled brothers and sisters in other countries but we must also not let the UK government get away with its deliberate dismissal of its obligations under the [UN convention], because if one government should get away with it then others can follow.”She said ROFA was calling for the government to implement CRPD’s recommendations, including the need for a cumulative assessment of the impact of its welfare and tax reforms; to reverse its welfare reforms; to introduce a national independent living support service; to reverse the reinstitutionalisation of disabled people; and to fully implement disabled people’s right to inclusive education.last_img read more

  • SAINTS got their playoff campaign off to a winning

    first_imgSAINTS got their playoff campaign off to a winning start with a nervy but ultimately comfortable 36-22 victory against a Hull side whose challenged faded as their injuries mounted.The visitors opened their account after only three minutes taking advantage of a lack of communication in the home defence and a surprising lack of ability to take the high ball.This malaise plagued the Saints throughout the first half continually putting them on the back foot.But the Saints did manage to take the lead with two tries in quick succession. The first came courtesy of the immense Connor Dwyer. The big loose forward burst onto a pass 10 metres out and took the defenders over the line with him.Lewis Galbraith gave the Saints the lead on the next set finishing a fine attacking move. Dom Speakman made the initial break taking the ball to the full back before passing inside to the supporting Dave Hewitt. The scrum half was being caught from behind but didn’t panic, instead he stepped to the right and gave a great long ball out to Galbraith steaming up on his outside to go the final 20 metres.The lead was short-lived, however, as the visitors came back to level proceedings scoring to the left of the posts.Hull were getting the better of the penalty count and again this aided in bringing them away from their line, into the Saints half and putting the Saints under attack. The Saints were again caught out down the right hand side as quick play the balls gave the centre time to spin out of a tackle to score.The Saints came back into it as the time drew on to the interval. First Greg Wilde found himself in touch at the corner, but on the stroke of the break Chris Webster stretched out at the posts to score. Prior to this Ben Parry had made a great break again supported by Hewitt which had resulted in the sin-binning of the FC scrum half for holding down.Poor play from the Saints in the opening 10 minutes of the second period meant no chance to exploit the numerical advantage, and only scrambling defence from Parry, Galbraith and Wilde kept the line intact.Gradually though the Saints began to wear the visitors down and the gaps began to appear. Lewis Charnock’s grubber rebounded straight into his hands for an easy finish after both Jack Ashworth and Speakman had been held up short.Galbraith turned defence into attack superbly well as the Saints went 90 metres in two tackles for the fifth try. The winger cleaned up a last tackle grubber before sprinting 40 metres diagonally across field. He cut inside before feeding his fellow winger Parry who was stopped inches short. From the play the ball quick hands saw Greg Wilde over in the right corner to put the Saints two scores in front.The visitors continued their offloading policy and it paid dividends catching the Saints out and bringing them back within six points with 20 minutes remaining.The Saints were again in debt to Galbraith for starting the move for their sixth and final try. He again picked up a loose ball this time sprinting 30 metres down the right wing. He passed inside to Wilde, the play was spread to the left only for Parry to be stopped 10 metres short. A quick play the ball kept the visitors on the back foot allowing Greg Richards to gain reward for a solid display with the four pointer.A penalty on the final whistle from Charnock put the finishing touch to the win.Shorn of James Tilley, Richards and Dwyer led the line well, ably supported by Webster, Adam Hesketh, and Joe Ryan. But the plaudits this week must go to wingers Galbraith and Parry, whose strong running, was a threat from all over the field continually turning defence into attack.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Connor Dwyer, Greg Wilde, Greg Richards, Lewis Charnock, Chris Webster.Goals: Lewis Charnock 6.Hull FC:Tries: Alex Starling, Richard Wilkinson, Drew Ward, Jack Humphries.Goals: Jordan Abdul.Half Time: 16-16Full Time: 36-22Teams:Saints:20. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. Jack Ashworth, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Dom Speakman, 21. Adam Hesketh, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 10. Chris Webster, 14. Tom Roughley, 15. Tom Calland, 19. Joe Ryan.Hull FC:1. Josh Nicklin; 2. Tom Stark, 3. Alex Starling, 4. Sol Bevis, 5. Ash Leaming; 6. Jordan Abdul, 7. Richard Wilkinson; 10. Ryan Wilson, 9. Drew Ward, 8. Zach Braham, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Jack Humphries. Subs: 14. James Cunningham, 15. Ryan Smith, 16. Brad Fash, 17. Josh Wood.last_img read more

  • NATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the

    first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the right attitude when they take on London Broncos at Langtree Park this Thursday.Even though Tony Rea’s side are yet to win a Super League match they are improving and a lack of preparation or focus from their hosts could see them pick up points.“London had a difficult start to the season but have made a lot of improvements,” Brown said. “They led Wigan and Warrington for a while in their matches, and nearly beat Catalan too.“Their players turn up with the attitude to do their best and when you’re hungry like that you give yourselves a good shot. It’s a game where we will need turn up with the same attitude as if we’re playing a Leeds or Wigan. If we don’t we will get ourselves in trouble.”Saints head into the match without a win in the last three but Brown says confidence is still high.“Confidence in the camp is still good,” he continued. “We were the best side in the comp for five weeks and then we toughed out some wins without playing as well as we know we can. We haven’t regained that momentum yet.“People can see it as excuses but it is reality too that we’ve had a number of players returning from layoffs as well as personnel changes and that has affected the flow of our team. We know what we are capable of but have to improve and do things consistently well.“We just haven’t been good enough to beat Wigan and Leeds in two very good games. On Saturday we were 20-12 down but just not quite good enough to close the gap. We were close at half time with Wigan too, but the fact is we aren’t going quite as well as Wigan and Leeds at the moment and we have to improve in a couple of areas.“We do a lot of good stuff in defence but there are some minor issues. It isn’t one individual, we have some brain snaps. When you leak a couple of early tries against good sides you lose service and are chasing hard to break back.“We have to start the game better. We are all responsible for it – the coaches, staff and playing group – and we are looking at how we can do it better.”Nathan confirmed that prop Kyle Amor will be out for an extended period after suffering knee damage in the loss to Leeds whilst Jordan Turner broke his foot.He also passed comment on the omission of Lance Hohaia at Headingley.“It’s unfortunate as Kyle has been sensational for us. Jordan damaged his foot in the first half and played on. We should know more about timescales later in the week. Luke Walsh is ok though, he jarred his elbow in the game but it’s nothing serious.“Lance has been playing good footy and it’s good to see the fans giving him some credit because he’s had some hard times. That is a positive to me that they’re talking about him and asking why he hasn’t been playing.“The role Jon Wilkin plays at left back row is similar to what he does at 6 and we decided thought to go with some bigger people would have been a better option against a bigger team.”Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

  • SAINTS Community Team will be hosting an Open Acce

    first_imgSAINTS Community Team will be hosting an Open Access (Coach) Player Development Session aimed at all current U14s players on February 19, from 2pm till 3.30pm.It is open to all players at that age group and we would also like to extend an invitation for all Coaches at that age group to come along to observe and be part of the event.Players need to bring outdoor training clothes, footwear and suitable hydration drink for the session which will take place at our Cowley Training Facility.Anyone interested should contact [email protected]last_img read more

  • KEIRON Cunningham said he thought his charges were

    first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said he thought his charges were “flat” as they went down 30-12 against Catalans last night.“I thought we looked really tired,” he said. “We’ve not had the luxury of rolling people and have had to keep the same squad for a number of weeks. The Easter weekend and into the big game last week hurt us more than it should have. “That said, we still gave ourselves a chance. We got back in the game but looked flat across the board.“We are desperate for some players to come back in and we will try and drip feed them back over the next few weeks.“We lost our structure in both defence and attack and we have worked hard on that over the last month. We thought we had turned a corner and that is what frustrates you as a coach. You feel like you are heading in the right direction after three good performances and then you chuck that up.“It’s disappointing for me and the fans who have paid good money to come and watch. They have not been entertained in the last two or three games at this place.“Hopefully, we will have some players back next week and can make some changes.”He continued: “Our middles weren’t great tonight but all season they have played well so I can’t really criticise them. But those edges hurt us again and we can’t compete with anything when we aren’t defending together. There are some hard lessons for everyone tonight and there will be a few not playing next week.“Atelea Vea isn’t far off as is Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax is also on the horizon. There are few creeping back in there. “We have no outside backs – we are decimated from our starting five who should be in there and to be fair to Catalans they exploited it.“Those kids learnt a hard lesson but there were a lot of senior players defending around them and they should have helped out. “But it doesn’t matter how light we are; we have a deep squad at one of the most prestigious teams in the comp. We have to go out there and compete.”Saints are next at Langtree Park when Leeds Rhinos come to town next Friday April 22.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online.last_img read more

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