Monthly ArchiveJuly 2019

The appointment of Minds chief executive to head

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first_imgThe appointment of Mind’s chief executive to head an employment review for the prime minister has raised fresh concerns among disabled activists about the mental health charity’s closeness to the government.Prime minister Theresa May announced this week that Paul Farmer and the former chair of banking giant HBOS Lord [Dennis] Stevenson would head a review of mental health in the workplace, which will include a review of discrimination laws.It was one of a series of measures that May said – in a speech to the Charity Commission’s annual meeting – were aimed at dealing with the “burning injustice” of mental health.The government said the review would look at “how best to ensure employees with mental health problems are enabled to thrive in the workplace and perform at their best”, including “promoting best practice and learning from trailblazer employers, as well as offering tools to organisations, whatever size they are, to assist with employee well-being and mental health”.The review – which will be overseen by Number 10 and not the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – will also make recommendations on combating the workplace discrimination faced by employees with mental health conditions.But Farmer’s appointment comes only two months after he was caught lying to mental health activists outside Mind’s head office in east London (pictured) about the charity’s interest in seeking DWP contracts under its new Work and Health Programme.Farmer told protesters on 31 October that the charity had “no contracts with DWP” and that he was “not interested in future contracts at this stage”, but a disgruntled employee later leaked internal documents showing that Mind was applying to join a DWP framework that would allow it to bid for contracts.The protest had been sparked by the decision of the charity’s policy and campaigns manager Tom Pollard to join DWP on secondment as a senior policy adviser.Farmer also led the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, which concluded in its report that employment was “vital to health and should be recognised as a health outcome”, when many campaigners – and professionals – warn that this is not the case for all mental health service-users. Among those critical of Farmer’s latest government appointment was Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of the national service-user network Shaping Our Lives, who said the government had again made a key policy announcement without any “major new funding or listening to the concerns of the people most affected”.He told Disability News Service: “Particularly concerning is the close role that Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, historically a campaigning organisation for mental health service-users/survivors, plays in these developments.“Nothing serious yet being done about the damage being done to mental health service users by so-called welfare reform.“No serious improvement likely to improve the situation of BAME mental health service users.“An even greater gap opening up between government and some of the most marginalised people in society, while the charities that are meant to be speaking up for them are compromised by their closeness to a government that continues to undermine the life chances of mental health service users/survivors.”Paula Peters, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts and a member of the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), said Farmer’s decision to lead the review was “absolutely deplorable”.She said Mind was working “hand in glove” with a government whose policies were “putting mental health service-users in distress”.She added: “Mind don’t represent people in mental distress at all.”MHRN is campaigning to persuade local Mind charities to disaffiliate from the national charity over its links with DWP.John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said he was “utterly appalled” to see Farmer leading the review, while Alisdair Cameron, team leader of the Newcastle mental health service-user organisation Launchpad, asked on Twitter: “Paul, when did Mind become an arm’s-length branch of Govt?”Mind stressed that neither the charity nor Farmer were being paid for his work on the review, and that it had been commissioned by Number 10 and not DWP.A Mind spokeswoman said: “This is an independent review that aims to highlight what employers are doing to promote workplace wellbeing and to share best practice.“Mind has worked with employers over many years to improve mental health in the workplace and Paul’s involvement in this review is an opportunity to share our expertise and contribute what we know about what works.“Mind is a politically-neutral charitable organisation that campaigns and lobbies government on issues affecting the people we represent – Paul’s involvement in this review in no way compromises this.”last_img read more

SAINTS kept up their pursuit of a topthree finish

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first_imgSAINTS kept up their pursuit of a top-three finish with a 46-26 win at Castleford Tigers.Paul Wellens grabbed a brace in a fine performance that also featured big turns from Chris Flannery and Michael Shenton.Saints could hardly be accused of taking things easy in the build up to next Saturday’s Challenge Cup Semi Final with Wigan Warriors.With Michael Maguire watching in the stands he saw exactly why Saints are more than in the hunt for the Cup.Royce Simmons’ men raced to an 18-0 lead in around 12 minutes thanks to James Graham, Michael Shenton and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – the latter coming when Rangi Chase was off the pitch for holding down.But on his return he sparked 16 unanswered points before Saints weathered five sets on their own line and went the full length for Paul Wellens to cross.That fighting spirit continued in the second half when missing Jonny Lomax, Shaun Magennis and Graham with knocks, Kyle Eastmond denied a certain score before Chris Flannery masterminded another for Wellens.TP added Saints’ sixth of the match then Lee Gaskell capped a good return with his seventh of the season.Eastmond getting Saints’ eighth and final four pointer.Saints made two changes from the side that beat Hull KR last weekend – Francis Meli and Sia Soliola missing out with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.That saw Kyle Eastmond moving into the centres and Chris Flannery starting at second row.Lee Gaskell returned on the bench after being rested last week.Without that powerful duo it was important Saints got off to the best possible start – and it was their talisman, James Graham, who did the early damage.After both sides exchanged kicks, Jonny Lomax’ sidesteps won Saints territorial advantage. Then, on the last tackle, James Roby’s flat pass saw the big man plunge over.Jamie Foster with the extras.Castleford were penalised for offside from their own restart and after Foster got Saints into great position, they worked the ball right for Michael Shenton to cross in the corner.Foster again adding the conversion.And it got much better as yet another restart was punished with deadly accuracy.This time, Jon Wilkin found a gaping hole and fed Lomax who just couldn’t find a way through.But Rangi Chase inexplicably lay all over the youngster, got himself sin-binned and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook strolled under the posts.Foster three from three.Whilst Chase was off the pitch Cas conceded 18 points – but once he returned he took Martin Aspinwall’s pass and raced 50 yards to bring his side right back into it.Dixon converted and seconds later it was game on as Chase’s kick found Dixon in the corner.And moments later Chase had done it again – firing a fine cut out pass over two teammates into the welcome hands of Nick Youngquest.Dixon converting off the touchline.Cas had their tails up and it took some massive defence from Saints to stop them going in behind.In fact, as the timekeeper warmed up his hooter, Saints had weathered four sets on their line and then had Eastmond and Foster to thank for the defence of a fifth.They nullified a chip to the corner and then won a repeat set right on Cas’s line.And they made it pay – a sweeping move coming from the right for Paul Wellens to increase Saints’ lead.Foster giving Saints a 24-16 half time advantage.Cas could have scored in the first couple of minutes of the second half, but Kyle Eastmond just did enough on his own line to deny a certain try.And Saints twisted the screw. Chris Flannery made a wonderful break in centre field, handed off a couple of tacklers and then offloaded to Michael Shenton who had Paul Wellens on his outside.Foster again perfect with the boot.Tony Puletua brought up Saints sixth try – and his seventh of the season – with a typically characteristic plunge over.Saints next try came from Jon Wilkin’s boot – a high ball challenged for in mid-air by TP – and bouncing into the hands of Lee Gaskell.Foster notching his seventh kick of the match.Richard Owen went through a massive gap to get Cas on the board and Dean Widders added another consolation – but they sandwiched a Kyle Eastmond try – and proved to be scant consolation for the home support.Saints will sweat on the fitness of captain James Graham who didn’t return after a back spasm and the results of James Roby’s ‘on report’… but that shouldn’t dampen what was a fine day’s work.Sadly though, it looks like Magennis season is over with a groin tear.Match Summary:Castleford:Tries: Chase, Dixon, Youngquest, Owen, WiddersGoals: Dixon (3 from 4), Arundel (0 from 1)Saints:Tries: Graham, Shenton, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Wellens (2), Puletua, Gaskell, EastmondGoals: Foster (7 from 8)Penalties:Castleford: 9Saints: 7HT: 24-16FT: 46-26REF: Robert HicksATT: 6802Teams:Castleford:23. Ryan McGoldrick; 2. Kirk Dixon, 3. Nick Youngquest, 4. Joe Arundel, 5. Richard Owen; 25. Dean Widders, 6. Rangi Chase; 21. Nathan Massey, 16. Adam Milner, 31. Ben Davies, 13. Brett Ferres, 24. Oliver Holmes, 22. Jordan Thompson.Subs: 9. Ryan Hudson, 17. Willie Isa, 20. Martin Aspinwall, 26. John Davies.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 22. Jamie Foster; 6. Leon Pryce, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Chris Flannery, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 14. Scott Moore, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Shaun Magennis, 25. Lee Gaskell.last_img read more

THE most iconic name in a litany of great players

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first_imgTHE most iconic name in a litany of great players to have represented the historic club of St Helens, Tom Van Vollenhoven, will lead out the Saints team against Salford City Reds on the evening of February 10.This game will represent the Grand Opening of the Saints’ new home of Langtree Park at its official 18,000 capacity, and will herald the dawn of the new era for St Helens.Tom Van Vollenhoven stated: “It was a fabulous honour for me to have been invited to the closing dinner of Knowsley Road after more than a century of greats had graced its turf.“For me to be asked to lead the team out at the start of its new life is overwhelming and humbling.”Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “Tom unhesitatingly agreed to our invitation. He is synonymous with our great history and more than anyone epitomises what we stand for.“We are proud that we have a great new ground which guarantees our future, but are mindful of our rich and proud history, which we must continue, and Tom is absolutely the right person to connect our proud history and tradition to our exciting future.“I’m expecting 18,000 Saints fans to be there to give him the welcome that he deserves that historic evening.”Tickets for the opener are now on sale and can be bought from Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

SAINTS are pleased to announce that Morgan Knowles

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first_imgSAINTS are pleased to announce that Morgan Knowles has been selected to play for Wales Academy.Hailing from Barrow Island, the stand-off/loose forward is part of the Club’s Under 16s set up and attends Ulverston High School.He is also a Scholar and is in his second year of the programme.“Morgan was identified as a potential scholarship player as an under 12 and the Club has monitored and tracked his progression ever since,” said Saints Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw. “As with all Scholars he has a tremendous attitude and this selection is fully deserved – we are delighted for him.“Everyone at St Helens wishes him the best of luck in the upcoming internationals.”last_img read more

OFFICIAL Cider of Rugby League Kingstone Press i

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first_imgOFFICIAL Cider of Rugby League, Kingstone Press, is offering supporters the opportunity win an experience they’ll never forget at either The Magic Weekend or Summer Bash in 2016.The Magic Weekend returns to St James’s Park, Newcastle, on the weekend of May 21 and 22 following an outstanding event in 2015, while the Summer Bash will once again be held at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, on May 28 and 29.For your chance to win family tickets to either The Magic Weekend or the Summer Bash, visit www.kingstonepress.co.ukThe lucky winners will be treated to a festival atmosphere, weekend tickets, travel and accommodation for a family of four!There are also hundreds of other weekly prizes up for grabs, including exclusive event T-Shirts, Rugby balls and cases of Kingstone Press in our weekly prize draw!last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

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first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League clash with Hull KR.Matty Fleming makes his first appearance in the side this season whilst Dominique Peyroux returns from injury.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 24. Matty Fleming, 28. Morgan Knowles.James Webster will choose his Hull KR 17 from:4. Iain Thornley, 5. Kieran Dixon, 7. Albert Kelly, 8. Adam Walker, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Mitch Allgood, 11. Maurice Blair, 12. Graeme Horne, 13. Chris Clarkson, 15. James Donaldson, 16. James Green, 17. Dane Tilse, 18. Ben Cockayne, 20. James Greenwood, 21. Thomas Minns, 22. Matty Marsh, 24. George Lawler, 26. Robbie Mulhern, 29. Joe Wardill.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is J Smith.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

Academy Reserves Match SAINTS TV

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first_imgThe Saints gave a debut to big Cumbrian prop Connor Terrill and he had a hand in the opening score for Lewis Dodd driving the Saints up field. On tackle five Dodd moved the ball left to Matty Foster who punched through the line before feeding it back inside to Dodd who weaved his way to the posts.Taking a leaf out of Halifax’s book the Hull 19’s went short on the restart catching the Saints out, but the ball was hacked dead.The seven-tackle set started with big drives again from Terrill and his prop partner Jamie Pye. Again, on the fourth the Saints were in attacking mode and this time Jack Welsby moved it right where Josh Simm put John Hutchings diving over in the corner.The home side persisted with the short kick offs getting much joy as the ball held up in the tricky breeze, but the extra possession was squandered under heavy tackling from the Saints who forced error after error.The Saints took the game away from the Hull side with back to back tries around the 20-minute mark.Foster scored the first sprinting in from 50 metres catching a loose ball which had been blasted out in a tackle.The Saints fourth try came from some sparkling inter-passing. Welsby picked up possession from a quick Harvey McDaid play the ball and he jinked away before passing inside to Harvey who took it on found Welsby again who took it to the fullback before feeding the supporting Dodd to reach over at the sticks for a fine try.The Hull side eventually found their feet with a set of six in the Saints 20 metre zone, but that only produced a fabulous defensive set from the Saints to keep them out.And just before the break the Saints put the game to bed.A great kick out of defence from Dodd was accompanied by a wonderful kick chase and a home knock on on tackle two. From the scrum Welsby ran left feeding Jumah Sambou who went over in the left corner.The Saints started the second half as they left off with aggressive defence forcing the error on the Saints 20. It was a picked up by Simm who raced 80 metres to touchdown.Hull responded and scored three tries from short kick offs before Lewis Baxter and Foster again scored for the Saints. Baxter powered over close to the line and Foster crashed over in the left corner after good work down the middle from Chris Kellett.The last quarter the Saints took control again shutting the home side out. On the hour Captain Sam Royle capped yet another solid performance with a try down the right.With 12 minutes to go Jamie Pye scored the Saints tenth and final try. He started the move with a good drive and finished it two tackle later crashing over from Welsby’s short ball.City of Hull U19’s:Starting 13: Ryan Johnson; Joe Rustill, Jude Ferreira, William Tate, Elliott Wallis; Ben McNamara, Connor Wynne; Harry Bardle, Charlie Cavanaugh, Kai Tyson, Thomas Whur, Jack Bartlett, Richard Borges de Oliveira.Interchanges: Matthew Smith, George Cochrane, George Cooke, Ryan Dearing.Tries: Elliott Wallis (46), Jack Bartlett (52), Ben McNamara.Goals: Connor Wynne 3 from 3.Saints U19’s:Starting 13: Harvey McDaid, John Hutchings, Josh Simm, Nico Rizzelli, Jumah Sambou, Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd, Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Connor Terrill, Matty Foster, Sam Royle (C), Jake Wingfield.Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Owain Abel, Lewis Baxter, Chris Kellett.Tries: Lewis Dodd (6 & 23), John Hutchings (10), Matty Foster (20 & 54), Jumah Sambou (36), Josh Simm (44), Lewis Baxter (49), Sam Royle (61), Jamie Pye (68).Goals: Lewis Dodd 6 from 10.Half Time: 0-26Full Time: 18-52Hear from Paul Nash and Head Coach Derek Traynor on the win below….last_img read more

Enjoy four days of laughs at Cape Fear Comedy Festival

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first_img Organizer Timmy Sherrill said this year the festival is focusing on younger and up-and-coming comics.For more information on the festival, click here.To get tickets to the shows at Dead Crow, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the 9th year, the Cape Fear Comedy Festival is returning to celebrate and support local comics in and around the area.From Wednesday through Saturday, various venues will open their doors for free shows. On Friday and Saturday, Dead Crow Comedy will host its weekend shows at a discounted price.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Swamp Thing series testing waters to film in Wilmington

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first_img The series has not officially committed to shooting in Wilmington, but producers have reached out to local crew about their availability later in the summer, according to sources. Working in the project’s favor is one major tie to the local industry.“Swamp Thing,” which was officially announced earlier this month, is being executive produced by James Wan, who directed the hit horror film “The Conjuring” in Wilmington in 2012. Mark Verheiden (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Daredevil” series) and Gary Dauberman (“It”) are on board to co-write and serve as showrunners on the live-action drama.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. The logo for DC Universe’s upcoming live-action drama series “Swamp Thing,” which is eyeing Wilmington as a possible filming location. (Photo: StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Something might be lurking in the water in the Cape Fear region and, this time, it’s not GenX.DC Entertainment, the studio behind “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League,” is adapting the comic book “Swamp Thing” into a television series and it’s testing the waters to possibly shoot in Wilmington, according to multiple sources within the local film industry. The drama series is set to debut on the company’s upcoming digital streaming service, DC Universe.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating Tuesday night stabbing

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first_img The victim was identified as Quron Kea, 19, of Wilmington. Police say he has non-life-threatening injuries and is refusing to cooperate.If you have any information, contact Wilmington Police. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Houston Moore on Tuesday.According to a spokeswoman, around 6:30 p.m. officers responded to S. 13th Street; however, the victim had already been taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.- Advertisement – last_img read more