The disability charity Scope is to close its disab

first_imgThe disability charity Scope is to close its disabled-led online publication Disability Now (DN) in a bid to cut costs, more than 30 years after it first appeared as a newspaper.But questions have been asked over Scope’s decision to continue publishing DN-branded content on its own website.DN was first published, under a different name, in 1984, first as a newspaper, then as a magazine, and finally in an online-only format four years ago.But Richard Lane, Scope’s head of communications, said the charity had now decided that DN was “no longer a viable business in its current format”.DN’s only member of staff, its disabled editor Ian Macrae – it also used a number of disabled freelances – has apparently been made redundant, although the charity has not confirmed this.Lane said the charity had decided to close the publication because of the major changes in “the variety and diversity of media and content covering disability issues” over the last three decades.He said: “At an incredibly difficult financial time for the charity sector, we have to look at all expenditure very carefully. This decision was not taken lightly.”Scope plans to continue to publish DN-branded editorial on its own website, and it said this would “continue to be produced and led by disabled people”, while it planned to have someone working in a journalism role, which could be Macrae.DN has always fiercely guarded its significant level of editorial independence from Scope*.A Scope spokeswoman claimed that the new content would “absolutely retain its editorial independence” from Scope, and that there would be no control at all by Scope over that content.Lane said later: “In terms of future plans, no final decision has been made yet on timings or the look and feel of the content.“What has been agreed is that the name Disability Now will live on in new content to be hosted on Scope’s blog.“This content will be features and interviews produced by disabled people covering a wide variety of issues.“We’ll update followers of DN in the new year when more information is available.”Paul Carter, a former reporter on the magazine, and more recently presenter of its monthly podcasts – which he said were “one of the jewels in its crown” – said he was not surprised by the decision.But he added: “It’s been coming for a long time. I still think it’s a tragedy.”Scope said in a statement that it needed “to keep up with changing times”, and that there were now “new ways and new platforms that can provide greater reach and greater impact” in a media world in which disabled people’s voices are “heard through more specialist and mainstream platforms, blogs and podcasts than ever before”.But Carter, who is hoping to continue presenting disability-themed podcasts, said: “I completely understand the media landscape has changed.“I don’t think DN was ever immune to that background.“I understand Scope’s reasoning, even if I don’t agree with it.“At a time when we as a community are more under threat than ever, and it feels the wider mainstream media seems to have its guns trained on us, we need a voice and outlet more than ever.“To shut down one of those lead voices at a time when we need it most seems wrong, but I understand it as a financial decision.”He said that the idea of continuing to publish DN-branded content on Scope’s website when there was “no connection to what has gone before” was “a stretch”.Over three decades, DN ensured that the voices of disabled people were heard on the issues that mattered to them, a task that was continued successfully by Macrae as he oversaw the closure of its print version and moved it to a web-only format.In recent years, DN’s podcasts have covered some of the most controversial issues of the day, and featured interviews with high-profile disabled people, including Baroness [Jane] Campbell, Frank Gardner, Evelyn Glennie, David Blunkett, and a string of disabled activists, campaigners, Paralympians, politicians, academics and artists.Under former editor Mary Wilkinson, DN built a reputation for campaigning journalism, pushing for changes in the law and government policy on issues such as extending winter fuel payments to disabled people, legalising medicinal cannabis, toughening sentences for ill-treatment and neglect of people with learning difficulties in residential care, and addressing the abuse of accessible parking spaces.But its most significant campaigning success came as a result of a pioneering and hard-hitting investigation into disability hate crime, led by its former news editor, Katharine Quarmby – and a subsequent report co-published with the UK Disabled People’s Council and Scope – which had a huge impact on both the criminal justice system and the mainstream media.Macrae, who worked for the BBC before he joined DN, declined to discuss Scope’s announcement with Disability News Service (DNS) this week, but in a blog he said that the publication had “given voice to those who are all too often silenced, featured issues that are all too often ignored and challenged those who do not believe disabled people’s voices should be heard”.He added: “In our written content and podcasts we have also trumpeted and celebrated the pride which we and many disabled people feel in being who and what we are.”*DNS editor John Pring is a former reporter, news editor, acting editor and deputy editor of Disability Nowlast_img read more

HATTONS Travel our official coach provider and s

first_imgHATTON’S Travel, our official coach provider and sponsor of the Sponsors’ Lounge at Langtree Park, is offering all Saints fans a fantastic packages to the Millennium Stadium and Wembley for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.The packages are:Rugby League World Cup 2013 – Opening CeremonyAustralia v England & Wales v ItalyOct 25 – Oct 27 20132 Nights Bed & Breakfast at Hilton NewportTransportation to and from Games at Millennium Stadium on 26 October£139 ppRugby League World Cup – Semi Finals 2013Nov 22 – Nov 24 20132 Nights Bed & Breakfast at the Hilton Canary Wharf, LondonTransportation to and from Games at Wembley Stadium on 23 November£149 ppTo find out more call Hattons Travel on 01744 811 818 or log on to their website.*this doesn’t include your match ticketlast_img read more

SAINTS next First Utility Super League match sees

first_imgSAINTS’ next First Utility Super League match sees them make the trip over to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to face Wakefield.Nathan Brown’s men will take on the Wildcats on Sunday March 23 with a 3pm kick off – and tickets are now on sale.Prices are £20 for adults and £12 for concessions, students and juniors.Because of the reduced capacity at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium fans are advised to get their tickets before they travel.Please note junior season ticket holders MUST swap their vouchers before matchday as they will not be swapped at Wakefield.Tickets will go off sale on Friday at 5pm.Coach travel is available for £10.50 for season ticket holders and £11.50 for non. It leaves Langtree Park at 12.15pm but you must pre-purchase a ticket before travel.You can buy your tickets at the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Its homage to the times when just as you think al

first_imgIt’s homage to the times when just as you think all hope has gone, the players come up with something special.Well, tonight was one of those nights.With seven minutes to go the game was gone.Salford led 24-8 and were completing their sets at 100 per cent.Saints then produced a comeback that will be talked about for years.James Roby went over following some superb offloads and then Regan Grace took Theo Fages’ looping pass to spin past Greg Johnson.Most still expected to see the visitors head home with the points but from the restart Tommy Makinson broke down the centre of the field and within a blink of an eye Percival was coming back inside to put Jonny Lomax in under the posts.A couple of minutes remained, Lomax missed a drop goal attempt and then Salford played out their set for a draw.But on the last, Robert Lui kicked the ball, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook plucked the ball out of mid air showed great guile to offload to Matty Smith.The scrum half then cooly slotted over a drop goal from 40 metres to send the Totally Wicked Stadium insane.The hush as it left his boot to the outpouring of emotion as he ran 40 metres to celebrate in front of his family will live long in the memory.No one could have predicted what was to come when both sides went in tied at half time.Todd Carney had kicked the Devils to a 2-0 lead before Matty Smith produced a sublime bit of skill.Zeb Taia danced along the line and when it arrived with the scrum half he dummied, and then flew through the defensive line to go over in the corner.Mark Percival goaled but a crucial error after the hooter had sounded allowed Niall Evalds to touchdown.In the second Greg Johnson stepped inside to score and then Robert Lui extended the lead as he burrowed over from dummy half.Evalds then extended the lead with a controversial try and the game was gone.But as they say, Never Write Off The Saints.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Smith, Roby, Grace, Lomax Goals: Percival (4 from 6)Devils: Tries: Evalds (2), Johnson, Lui Goals: Carney (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 9 Devils: 7HT: 8-8 FT: 25-24REF: S MikalauskasATT: 10,001Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 20. Morgan Knowles.Devils: 5. Niall Evalds; 24. Jake Bibby, 4. Junior Saíu, 22. Kris Welham, 21 Greg Johnson; 6. Robert Lui, 29. Todd Carney; 8. Craig Kopczak, 9. Logan Tomkins, 14. Lama Tasi, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Ryan Lannon, 13. Mark Flanagan. Subs: 3. Josh Jones, 16 Olsi Krasniqi, 20. Kris Brinning, 30. James Hasson.last_img read more

The Dragons were soundly beaten by Widnes in their

first_imgThe Dragons were soundly beaten by Widnes in their first game of the season and now host a Saints side that got their season off to a flyer against Castleford.“I went over to Widnes and watched their game,” he said. “It was a tough first hit out. I’m sure they will be ready to go this week. No one wants to start off a season like that and I’m sure those boys will be ready. It will be a tough game for us.“It can be hostile for away teams going there; I know confidence is high in the group over there too when they play at home.“We have to worry about ourselves, preparing well and doing what we can to come away with the victory.”He continued: “We went in and out in a day last year and got the win towards the end of the game. It can be tough to do that, but it is a mental thing. We can’t dwell on it and make excuses.“We will be tuned in to get there, get the job done and come home.”Tickets for seven of Saints’ Betfred Super League fixtures are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.For details, click here.last_img read more

US top court rebuffs mystery company in Mueller subpoena fight

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a bid by an unidentified company owned by a foreign government to contest a grand jury subpoena related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s now-completed inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, though the justices’ action does not force the firm to comply.A federal judge imposed a $50,000-per-day fine against the company, which had asked the justices to hear its appeal of a December appeals court ruling that upheld a judge’s decision to hold it in contempt for refusing to fulfil a document request made in the subpoena.The company already could owe more than $3 million (2.27 million pounds).The Supreme Court rejected the appeal in a brief order with no noted dissents from any of the nine justices.Mueller submitted a confidential final report on his findings to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Friday. On Sunday, Barr said Mueller did not find a conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.A spokesman for Mueller’s office said the case involving the subpoena will now be overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.The case has remained a high-profile mystery, with the Supreme Court and lower courts declining to identify the company, the country that owns it or the specific purpose of the subpoena. The company, which has a U.S. office, has said it was a witness, not a suspect, in Mueller’s investigation.Court papers detailing its legal arguments were made public but all information about specific facts of the dispute were redacted. The subpoena was issued last July.The Supreme Court in January refused to put the lower court ruling on hold. According to court filings, the daily fine imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell started accruing on Jan. 15. Such fines accrue until the grand jury is no longer sitting. It is unknown whether this grand jury has completed its work.The legal question was whether the company is protected under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a law that allows foreign countries to avoid lawsuits in U.S. courts. The law does not cover commercial activities. The company argued that this law protects it not just in civil cases but also in criminal cases. The company also argued that foreign governments are immune from contempt findings in U.S. courts.On behalf of Mueller’s office, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the Trump administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, had asked the justices not to take up the case, deeming the lower court rulings correct.Mueller charged a series of Russian individuals and three Russian companies. The conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort involved his concealment from U.S. authorities of millions of dollars he was paid as a consultant to pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians.Mueller neither concluded that Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, nor did he exonerate him of obstruction.Trump denied collusion and obstruction. Russia denied interfering in the election.WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Do you want cleanliness and discipline Muscat asks party supporters

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat asked the party supporters whether they want cleanliness and discipline in their localities, during an activity held in Triq is-Swatar, Msida on Thursday evening.The political activity is part of Partit Laburista’s Annual General Conference themed ‘Lokalitajiet ta’ Għada’.During his concluding remarks, Muscat asked those present whether they want cleanliness in their respective localities having earlier said that he is not happy with the level of cleanliness in Malta. Speaking about a proposed reform for the local councils, he observed that one important aspect of the reform is that the regions will have more control over the issue of cleanliness and rubbish. He stressed that the level of cleanliness in the country must rise over the coming years saying that the Maltese held to their heart the cleanliness inside their homes and this should be reflected on the outside.Speaking about the upcoming Annual General Conference, Muscat said that while local councils were not his favorite, the manifesto which will be launched shortly explains better the Party’s vision for the various localities. He mentioned how Partit Laburista has prepared a manifesto for each locality saying that this was a result of a bottom up approach. According to Muscat, the Party’s vision for local council will give the local councils more tools to work with.Muscat spoke as well of the surplus which was recently registered by the country, saying that the country for the third consecutive year managed to register yet another surplus. Using the analogy of a business losing money, he said Malta was losing money in the past, however now it was registering a surplus. Muscat remarked that the Government has changed completely the country’s direction however at the same increased pensions and decreased taxes among others.Speaking about the surplus, Muscat told the supporters that when asked where the surplus is going, they should remember the cheques they have received, the tax refund, the VAT refund received on cars bought between 2003 – 2009, as well as higher pensions.Work-related injustices are being addressed, Muscat told party supporters on Thursday, saying that some €11.5 million will be given to 6,000 people who have suffered of such injustices in the past. The measure is directed towards addressing injustices suffered by police officers who were not paid for their overtime, dock workers, among others.Muscat during his concluding remarks reiterated the claim that Partit Nazzjonalista tried to prevent elections in some 23 localities. Elaborating on this claim, Muscat explained that the PN tried to disenfranchise voters, ‘in the hope that if the local council elections had not been held in these localities, the voters would not have gone out to vote in the EP elections’. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Advice from the Electoral Commission ahead of Saturdays EU vote

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Electoral Commission is reminding voters that polls are open between 7AM and 10PM tomorrow 25th May.They advise voters to go to the polling stations outlined on their voting document.Ten voters who are able to vote without assistance are to enter into the polling booth for every voter who needs assistance to vote from the assistant electoral commissioners.Those that seek to obstruct the process of voting will be considered to have committed an offence punishable under the law.WhatsApplast_img read more