Disabled activists will need to seek out more har

first_imgDisabled activists will need to seek out more “hard facts” if they want to fight off the continuing threat of efforts to persuade the courts to legalise assisted suicide, according to a crossbench peer.Baroness [Jane] Campbell spoke out after the campaign group of disabled people she founded, Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK), intervened in a court case last week for the first time to try to defeat the latest attempt to persuade judges to weaken the law.NDY UK’s barrister, Catherine Casserley – who was acting pro bono – was allowed to respond to the arguments of Conway’s legal team in court, and to submit a witness statement from Baroness Campbell herself, despite previous concerns that this would not be allowed by the court.The judicial review has been taken by Noel Conway, who is terminally-ill with motor neurone disease and wants the court to find that the Suicide Act – which makes it illegal to assist someone to take their own life – is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.Conway’s case is backed by the pro-assisted suicide campaigning organisation* Dignity in Dying (DiD).He argues that the current law prevents him exercising his right to choice and control over his death, and that the right to an assisted suicide would give him “great reassurance and comfort” and allow him “to decide when I am ready to go, rather than be forced into a premature death by travelling abroad or be left at the mercy of a cruel illness”.Baroness Campbell (pictured) was in court for three of the four days of last week’s judicial review.She said it was almost certain that whichever side loses will appeal, when the three high court judges deliver their ruling later this year.She told Disability News Service that her experience of witnessing the judicial review had convinced her that NDY UK “cannot rest on this issue” and needs to find fresh evidence to back up its arguments, both for any appeal and future cases supported by DiD (formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society).She said: “The court is interested only in facts and they must be evidenced. For every argument advanced, the judges respond, ‘Prove it!’ If you can’t, they’re not interested.”Baroness Campbell said this meant that NDY UK would have to “search out more hard facts to support our arguments”, or even commission fresh research to look at what has happened in those countries and US states that have legalised assisted suicide.But it will also be seeking evidence of cases in the UK in which someone has attempted to take their own life because of “coercion” by a loved one or relative, or because they felt they were a “burden”.This is likely to mean that NDY UK will be seeking more pro bono help, this time from researchers.Baroness Campbell said NDY UK had been “on a very steep learning curve” with its first intervention in a court case, and had not had “the time or resources to research copious piles of evidence”, unlike DiD, which had been preparing for its next court battle since the defeat of a private member’s bill put forward by Labour MP Rob Marris two years ago.And she warned that yet another judicial review is due to be heard in court soon, which will argue that the rights of Omid, a disabled man from north London who has multiple system atrophy but is not terminally-ill, are being breached by UK law, which prevents him from being helped to take his own life. That case is not supported by DiD*.Baroness Campbell said that Omid’s lawyers are likely to use evidence from Canada, where its supreme court ruled in favour of assisted suicide in 2015, in a case which had similarities to the one being taken by Omid and led to new assisted suicide laws the following year.Pro-assisted suicide groups in Canada are already campaigning to widen the scope of that legislation.Baroness Campbell said: “This court case reminded me why we cannot rest on this issue.“We are constantly under siege from the DiD supporters, who will not accept that disabled and terminally people are a fact of life and should be supported to live as equal human beings.“That way, maybe they wouldn’t fear the unknown so much that they want to blot it (us) out.“This entire issue never fails to make me feel miserable and uneasy and this was bought into sharp focus during the four-day court hearing.“We really don’t have a choice other than to fight back.”*An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that Dignity in Dying was a charity. It is actually a non-profit campaigning organisation. The story also mistakenly stated that DiD was supporting the Omid case, which it is not. DiD says it proposes a change in the law “to allow only terminally ill, mentally competent adults the option of an assisted death, subject to strict safeguards”. Apologies for these two errors.last_img read more

Photo Essay SF Mission houses and garages

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address,0% Pink & lime. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.Blue Victorian. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.Turquoise home. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.Lime green & blue. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.Orange and green. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn. center_img Bright orange garage door. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.Bougainvillea. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.Seagull. Photo by by Kathleen Narruhn.Colorful house of music. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn.last_img read more

Taking a pass from James Roby the 27yearold wen

first_imgTaking a pass from James Roby, the 27-year-old went nearly 50 metres – although that is likely to be much greater when he recalls the four-pointer – and rounded fullback Tony Gigot.“It was certainly closer to 85,” he said, “but I don’t like to boast. I don’t bag many but it is always nice to score one, especially when it is a nice one like that. I enjoyed it.“We had a shaky start and that try got us going a little bit and got us back to the gameplan.“We knew Catalans would be physical and they would want to go into the middle 8s with a head of steam. Steve McNamara has got them playing to a new structure and we knew it would be a dangerous game.“But I thought, considering how important the game to us was, we didn’t approach it, in the earlier stages, as a big game. It is something we need to learn from.”He continued: “Wakefield on Sunday is a big game. They are flying and we need to close that gap to the top four. It is the biggest game of the season for us.“We’re looking forward to it. We have new systems that are working for us and are playing well. They are a dangerous side though so we have to learn the lessons of Sunday and move on.”Tickets for the clash, which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday July 23, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.,Taking a pass from James Roby, the 27-year-old went nearly 50 metres – although that is likely to be much greater when he recalls the four-pointer – and rounded fullback Tony Gigot.“It was certainly closer to 85,” he said, “but I don’t like to boast. I don’t bag many but it is always nice to score one, especially when it is a nice one like that. I enjoyed it.“We had a shaky start and that try got us going a little bit and got us back to the gameplan.“We knew Catalans would be physical and they would want to go into the middle 8s with a head of steam. Steve McNamara has got them playing to a new structure and we knew it would be a dangerous game.“But I thought, considering how important the game to us was, we didn’t approach it, in the earlier stages, as a big game. It is something we need to learn from.”He continued: “Wakefield on Sunday is a big game. They are flying and we need to close that gap to the top four. It is the biggest game of the season for us.“We’re looking forward to it. We have new systems that are working for us and are playing well. They are a dangerous side though so we have to learn the lessons of Sunday and move on.”Tickets for the clash, which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday July 23, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Wilmington Police offering reward for help in finding stolen equipment

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Officials are offering a reward after a weekend car break-in that ended with stolen police equipment.According to a release from the Wilmington Police Department, a Crimestoppers reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone with information. The stolen equipment includes a gun, a bulletproof vest and ammunition.- Advertisement – The items were taken from a car at the home of an officer in Leland.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency  is leading the investigation. Officials say this car break-in was one of several to happen over the weekend in Leland.“Our investigators are working closely with ATF and the Leland Police Department to find the individuals responsible for this theft and to recover the weapon and equipment that were stolen,” says Chief Ralph Evangelous.  “If anyone has any information about this crime we encourage you to use Text-a-Tip or Crimestoppers.”Related Article: One person killed in early morning wreck on Market StreetIf you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-531-9845. Your identity will remain completely anonymous. You may also call the Leland Police Department with information.WPD is also conducting an internal investigation to determine if the officer secured the weapon and equipment properly. No other weapons were stolen from the department’s inventory.No personnel action has been taken since the theft happened.last_img read more

Crews respond to sanitary sewer overflow in Wrightsville Beach

first_imgCrews respond to sanitary sewer overflow in Wrightsville Beach (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Water & Sewer crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow that happened Saturday at approximately 5:30 a.m.According to the Town of Wrightsville Beach it happened at the force main located near the Heidi Trask Drawbridge.- Advertisement – The cause of the sanitary sewer overflow has not yet been determined, crews are on site working to make repairs.An undetermined amount of wastewater has made its way into the Intracoastal Waterway, more information will be released as it becomes available.last_img read more

Last minute Fathers Day gift ideas

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Father’s Day is just a few days away, and if you still haven’t found the perfect gift for Dad there are plenty of options.Gloria Gilmartin from Blue Moon Gift Shops in Wilmington stopped by the WWAY studio Wednesday with some gift ideas.- Advertisement – Take a listen.WWAY also has a gift option for fathers who enjoy playing golf.last_img

March 28 marks anniversary of deadly 1984 NC tornado outbreak

first_img 57 deaths and nearly 1,250 people were injured during the outbreak. In North Carolina alone, 42 people died and another 800 were injured.Tornado Outbreak on March 28, 1984 (Photo: NWS)An EF3 tornado touched down 5 miles northeast of Tobermory in northwestern Bladen County and traveled along the ground through Cumberland and Sampson counties. The path was 0.8 miles wide and 40 miles long. This tornado killed 12 and injured 101 people as it moved at nearly 60 miles per hour. Damage exceeded 5 million dollars.An F2 tornado touched down north of Conway, South Carolina and moved northeast into Columbus County at Tabor City. This path width was 0.2 miles and the path length was 16 miles, only 2 miles of which actually occurred in North Carolina. There were eight injuries in South Carolina and none in North Carolina. Damage exceeded $500,000. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — March 28 marks the anniversary of a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak that killed dozens and injured hundreds throughout North and South Carolina in 1984.According to the National Weather Service, the outbreak produced 24 tornadoes: 11 in North Carolina, 11 in South Carolina, and 2 in Georgia.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Kids get down and dirty at Childrens Museum Mud Day

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s a place in Wilmington to have good clean fun, and still get filthy all at the same time this weekend.The Children’s Museum of Wilmington held its 16th Annual Mud Day on Friday so kids could get as dirty as they’d like, but also get hosed down afterward.- Advertisement – It’s a gift for parents, who don’t have to worry about kids tracking dirt back into the house.Gretchen Willis brought her daughters to Mud Day. She said it was a great way for them to burn off their energy.“This was a lot of fun,” Willis said. “I got to see my kids run around and have fun and be kids and get wet and dirty and muddy, and now we’re gonna go home and dry off.”Related Article: Get dirty, have fun at Children’s Museum of Wilmington Mud Days!If you and your kiddos missed Mud Day on Friday, you can drop by Saturday morning until noon at the Children’s Museum on Orange Street in Downtown Wilmington.last_img read more

MTN Uganda Awards ZTE Managed Services Contract

first_imgAdvertisement Following a comprehensive selection process conducted by MTN Group technology division on the prospective bidders to take on MTN Uganda‘s technical team to manage the telecom giant’s mobile networks, Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has been awarded the outsourcing contract. This means ZTE will officially take on the firm’s Operations and maintenance section which is currently part of the technical department.  Other bidders for MTN Uganda’s technical outsourcing project included Huawei and Ericsson.According to a memo sent to employees by MTN Uganda’s Human Resource General Manager Micheal Sekadde, he said;The final details regarding the transition of staff and Human Resources related issues are being concluded with ZTE and this transition is anticipated to take 6 months from today before the affected staff can move to the new vendor. In the interim, all Network Group staff are still formally employed by MTN Uganda until that process is concluded. – Advertisement – In July last year, it was initially rumored that all the technical team will be outsourced but basing on the latest information, only the managed services section of the technical team will be transferred till further notice. This is not the first time MTN Uganda has outsourced one of its internal departments, they recently did the same for their IT department.This deal will finally cement ZTE’s relevance as an equipment vendor in Uganda’s telecom industry, as they have only been an equipment vendor for new entrant Smart Telecom.Source: Techjajalast_img read more

Tired of Lacing your shoes meet Nikes HyperAdapt 10

first_imgAdvertisement To address a typical athlete distraction and time consuming activity of tying laces, Nike unveiled the first sneakers to use their adaptive lacing technology, at the Nike Innovation Summit. The HyperAdapt 1.0 will be the first shoe to utilize Nike’s adaptive lacing tech that allows the shoes to automatically tighten when one fits their foot into the shoe & activates a sensor around the heel-area.Wearers will be able to loosen or tighten the shoe further to their preference by utilizing 2 buttons placed on the side. Nike announced that these sneakers will be available for sale to members of Nike+, their own events and products App, around the 2016 Holiday season.Here’s how the HyperAdapt 1.0 works! – Advertisement – The announcement comes after Nike teamed up with Michael J. Fox to introduce to the world the concept of self-lacing Nike Mags on Back To The Future day in October last year. Now the world just needs to wait on the mass production of HyperAdapt 1.0 to judge the viability of this technology.last_img read more