Month: July 2019

Regressive government policies have disproportiona

first_imgRegressive government policies have disproportionately affected the ability of disabled women who have experienced violence and abuse to access the services they need, according to a new report.Shaping Our Lives (SOL), which has written the report, sayssome services have been discriminating against disabled women under theEquality Act because of a lack of knowledge and training, and a “pitiful” lackof accessible buildings.It says thatthese failures are a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Personswith Disabilities.The report, A Refuge for All, was published this week after twoyears of research led by disabled women with experience of violence and abuse.It comparesthe situation with the findings of the Making the Links report published 10years ago by Women’s Aid, which found that although disabled women were twiceas likely to experience domestic violence and abuse as non-disabled women, theyfaced significant barriers in accessing services.SOL’s reportconcludes that little has changed in the last 10 years and in some cases provisionhas worsened.Because of cutsto services, disabled women have often not been able to secure local support, andthey have faced lengthy waiting-times and have had to travel long distances tosecure support.Just as therewas 10 years ago, there is a lack of accessible information; refuges and otherbuildings providing services are still inaccessible; and there is still a lackof knowledge and understanding by professionals.Disabledwomen also still face the risk of having their children removed by socialservices if they escape an abusive or violent partner.Research suggests that the number of disabled womenexperiencing violence and abuse has been increasing, says the report, while disabledvictims of domesticabuse “suffer more severe and frequent abuse over longer periods of time thannon-disabled victims”.The project worked in two areas, Bexley in south-eastLondon, and Birmingham, to examine how local services could be made moreinclusive for disabled women. The report concludes: “The pilot site interventions demonstrate that trainingand advice from disabled women and user-led organisations can have an enormousimpact on services’ readiness to work confidently with disabled women and thata number of small inexpensive adaptations can improve the accessibility of theservice delivery.”SOL’s BeckiMeakin, the project manager and author of the report, said: “It was veryworrying to hear about the experiences of disabled women seeking support fromviolence and abuse. “I expectedto see progress in the last 10 years, but instead access to services hasworsened and sometimes was non-existent in a woman’s local area.”She added: “Theregressive funding policies for violence and abuse services has reducedprovision for all women, but it has disproportionately affected access fordisabled women who in turn are almost three times more likely to experienceviolence and abuse.”The reportwas funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Tampon TaxFund.Among itsrecommendations for improvements, the report calls for a central resource ofinformation for disabled women; investment in more accessible refuge spaces; disabilityequality training for staff; access action plans for each service; andco-production of services with disabled women.Meakin said:“I believe that only by listening to and working equally with disabled womenexperiencing violence and abuse will we be able to increase their sense ofself-worth and remove the practical, prejudicial and systemic barriers thatexclude them from using violence and abuse services.”The project has also published a toolkit which can be used by services toassess themselves against best practice and devise a plan of action forimprovement, often at low cost.AshleyStephen, co-founder of Disabled Survivors Unite, who helped with the project, said:“This project is vitally important and showcases the unique barriers thatdisabled women face in accessing domestic abuse services. “One disabledwoman being turned away due to an inaccessible refuge is too many.”DisabilityLabour also said the report was of vital importance.FranSpringfield, co-chair of Disability Labour, said: “As someone who is a survivorof domestic violence, I know how inaccessible refuges can be.“It isimportant that women fleeing domestic violence have a safe space, not only interms of physical and emotional safety, but also that it meets theiraccessibility needs.“We knowthat domestic violence services are receiving far less money than they need tobe able to provide these crucial services, which undoubtedly save lives. “We would encouragecouncils to ringfence such funding and look to supporting refuges to enablemuch-needed adaptations to be made.”last_img read more

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FOUR second half tries saved the day for Saints as

first_imgFOUR second half tries saved the day for Saints as they came from behind to beat Salford City Reds 32-10 at the new Salford Community Stadium, writes Louise Fildes.Salford took a 10-0 lead during the first half only for Josh Jones to pull one back on the stroke of half time.But a quick double from Lance Hohaia and Tommy Makinson turned the match on its head before the floodgates opened in the final stages.Saints scored through Jonny Lomax, Michael Shenton and Paul Wellens to seal the win and put pressure on Catalans in third.Conditions prior to kick off were atrocious, with heavy rain battering down.And although it seemed to hold up for kick off, it reared its ugly head midway through the first half.That led to a quiet opening 20 minutes as both sides failed to build any momentum, with errors and penalties affecting both sides.But it was Salford who scored first; Vinnie Anderson stretching over to give them a slender lead.Saints went close on a two occasions – both denied by the officials – before Danny Williams scored Salford’s second try after a superb passing movement down the right hand side.Josh Jones pulled on back for the visitors as he plucked a Lance Hohaia kick out of the air, goaled by Makinson, and it almost got better as the clock ticked down.A fine pass from Michael Shenton just couldn’t be hauled in with the try line beckoning.Saints opened the second half in the worst possible style, kicking the ball straight into touch from the kick off.But they made amends five minutes later when Hohaia finally got the nod from the officials.Tommy Makinson then went over after a superb high kick from Lee Gaskell to put Saints ahead.Both teams struggled with the conditions and errors were aplenty but as the home side tired, Saints began to exploit gaps in the defence.A testing high kick was taken easily by Lomax who ghosted through on 72 minutes to give Saints a comfortable lead and four minutes later it was Michael Shenton’s turn to get on the scoresheet as he breezed in to the right of the posts.And it was left for Paul Wellens to grab his 203rd try in Saints colours with a superb solo effort down the left hand side.Match Summary:Salford:Tries: Anderson, WilliamsGoals: Holdsworth (1 from 2)Saints:Tries: Jones, Makinson, Hohaia, Lomax, Shenton, WellensGoals: Makinson (1 from 3), Gaskell (3 from 3)Penalties:Salford: TBCSaints: TBCHT: 6-10FT: 32-10REF: James ChildATT: 5,447Teams:Salford:1. Luke Patten; 2. Jodie Broughton, 4. Joel Moon, 3. Sean Gleeson, 5. Danny Williams; 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 7. Matty Smith; 12. Shannan McPherson, 24. Stuart Howarth, 15. Adam Sidlow, 11. Matty Ashurst, 27. Vinnie Anderson, 13. Stephen Wild.Subs: 14. Chris Nero, 17. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 20. Ben Gledhill, 21. Jordan James.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tom Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10, Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 20. Lee Gaskell.last_img read more

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SAINTS hit the summit of Super League following a

first_imgSAINTS hit the summit of Super League following a 32-12 win over Salford Red Devils at Langtree Park.A first half demolition saw them lead 24-0 before the visitors cut the deficit to 12 points.But a superb Shannon McDonnell try secured a much needed victory.Keiron Cunningham’s side had most of the early possession but it was the Devils who had the first real chance.They almost opened up the right hand side in the opening stages and then forced a drop out in the ninth minute.Saints defended their lines and then went ahead – and it was thanks to James Roby.His break after a great Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook quick play the ball saw Tommy Makinson scorch 50 metres for the opener.The winger backed up his score with a nice conversion and then stopped a certain try on 19 minutes with a textbook tackle.Likewise did his centre partner Mark Percival – returning after a two week layoff – later in the half on Junior Sau.Salford came again two minutes later with Chase trying a chip over the top on the last.But McDonnell collected, broke about seven tackles, went 70 metres and then fed Swift to scampered over into the corner.Makinson bettering a wonderful try with a boomer off the touchline.And it got better as four minutes later Wilkin showed great feet to put Turner in.Saints turned the screw further by forcing Salford to come off their line with some great last tackle kicking.Captain Wilkin in particular was placing his clearances with aplomb.And the home side’s total domination on both sides of the ball was underlined when Percival, with three on him, offloaded to McDonnell who somehow stuck Makinson in for his second.Saints went in 24-0 to the good but that lead was cut five minutes into the second half.A simple kick through evaded McDonnell and his opposite number Niall Evalds pounced.And Rangi Chase capped his return with a great try following his own cute pass.Salford rolled forward again and were unlucky not to score after having four sets on Saints’ line.The D did the trick and then Saints brought some normality to proceedings with a cooly taken penalty from Makinson in front of the sticks.That came on 59 minutes – but two minutes earlier Salford were lucky to have 13 men on the field after Burns was hit late, high and off the ball.Saints seemed angry and hit back in true style. On 65 minutes Mose Masoe offloaded, Andre Savelio took it on and sent a superb ball into the welcoming arms of McDonnell.With that score, down two players in Josh Jones and James Roby, Saints killed off the comeback.A good win in all for the Champions made by a superb first half performance – but there will be anxious medical checks on Jones, Roby and Tommy Makinson – who came off in the final stages – next week.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Makinson (2), Swift, Turner, McDonnellGoals: Makinson (6 from 6)Devils: Tries: Evalds, ChaseGoals: Patterson (2 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 8Devils: 5HT: 24-0FT: 32-12REF: Ben ThalerATT: 11,674Teams:Saints: 34. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.Devils:19. Niall Evalds; 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 4. Junior Sau, 18. Mason Caton-Brown, 5. Greg Johnson; 6. Rangi Chase, 14. Theo Fages; 8. Adrian Morley, 24. Liam Hood, 16. Scott Taylor, 31. Cory Paterson, 12. Weller Hauraki, 25. George Griffin.Subs: 11. Harrison Hansen, 15. Darrell Griffin, 17. Jordan Walne, 37. Logan Tomkins.last_img read more

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The buildup is intensifying and the lads are work

first_imgThe build-up is intensifying and the lads are working hard ready for the start of the 2018 Betfred Super League season.We begin our campaign against Castleford at the Totally Wicked Stadium in what sure to be a mouthwatering clash.The two sides played out some humdingers last season and of course, the Tigers enjoyed that golden point extra time win over Saints to take them to the Grand Final.The game is on Friday February 2, with a 7:45pm kick-off, and you can watch it in style with us.The 1873 Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy great food and entertainment, with like-minded people, before taking in the match.Our Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way lineDelicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-timePrivate cash barProfessional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete EmmettPre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legendsPost-match interview with Saints Man of the MatchComplimentary Match Programme for each guest10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualifyOur Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your groupSky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability)Price for our game with Castleford is £55 for adult members and £33 for juniors, whilst non-members price are £70 and £42.To find out more, or to book, call us on 01744 455 053.last_img read more

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Firearms for hunting 13000 licences renewed in 2018

first_imgIn 2018, 12,913 licences for the carrying of firearms for hunting were renewed, while 165 new licences were issued for the same purpose.This was stated by Minister Michael Farrugia during a Parliamentary sitting after he was asked a question with regards to hunting licences issued in 2017 and 2018 by MP Edwin Vassallo.Farrugia also said that in 2017, 12,925 Police licences for the carrying of firearms for hunting were renewed, while 224 new licences were issued.Hunting licenses allow the holder to hunt birds from land and sea as well as rabbits. A person can possess more than one licence.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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