Activists are today 4 August set to hold a vigil

first_imgActivists are today (4 August) set to hold a vigil outside the Japanese embassy in central London to express their “horror and huge sadness” at last week’s mass killings of 19 disabled residents of a care institution in Japan.The idea for the vigil came from disabled activist Eleanor Lisney, who is east Asian herself, with support from fellow activist Dennis Queen, a leading member of the disabled people’s anti-euthanasia network Not Dead Yet UK.The hope is to hand the embassy 19 lilies, one for each of the 19 deaths, and the results of an online book of condolence organised by Disabled People Against Cuts, Inclusion London and People First (Self Advocacy).Another vigil, unconnected with the London event, was also due to take place today in Lancaster.Lisney said: “I am just hoping to show solidarity, to show that if you do things in one part of the world, it would not go unnoticed [in another part].“I was really upset by what was happening and really sad that this happened in a care facility.“I think we have to show solidarity because what happens to one of us happens to all of us. They were our brothers and sisters.”A former care worker in the Tsukui Yamayuri En institution in Sagamihara allegedly broke into the building last week and murdered 19 disabled people with high support needs, and injured 25 others.It has been reported that he then drove to a police station and told officers: “I did it. It is better that disabled people disappear.”It has been said that he had previously written a letter to a senior parliamentary figure, in which he argued that the Japanese government should legalise euthanasia of disabled people, and that he would be willing to carry out hundreds of killings himself by targeting two care institutions.The day before he quit his job, in February this year, he reportedly told co-workers that he thought all disabled people should be killed.The next day, he was committed to a mental health hospital, where he apparently told an official: “There are 800 million people with disabilities worldwide. Money is spent on them. It should be used for other purposes.” He was discharged from the hospital two weeks later.In a statement released after the killings, the Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI-JAPAN) said that if his words were as reported, his actions were “purely caused by the eugenics that questions the existence of persons with disabilities”.He added: “We, DPI-JAPAN, reaffirm our commitment to fight against eugenics with great anger and grief.“During recent years, there are increased incidents of hate crime and hate speech against persons with disabilities and other minority groups.“This particular incident should not be overlooked. Now, more than ever, [there is a] need to create an inclusive society which does not allow hate crime or hate speech.”Lisney said she was partly motivated to organise today’s vigil by comments on social media that suggested part of the explanation for the killings lay within Asian culture.She said: “I got really annoyed about that, because eugenics is not in Asian culture.”Lisney said she believed that the targeted violence experienced by disabled people in the UK is more subtle than the horrors experienced by the residents of Tsukui Yamayuri En, and comes instead from the government, with its policies aimed at cutting support for disabled people.As she wrote yesterday in her blog: “It is not as gory as a bloodied kitchen knife in the middle of the night but the result is both ending in pain filled deaths as a result of their disabled status.“And the reasoning behind both is that disabled people’s lives are not worth keeping.” Lisney said she also saw a similarity with the attitudes behind the new assisted dying bill introduced by the Tory peer and former MP Lord Hayward, treasurer of Dignity in Dying, who has launched another push to legalise assisted suicide in the House of Lords.She said: “In this country they might call it mercy killing but to me it’s just packaging: ‘You’re bloody useless, you’re just a drain on resources, why don’t we make you go away?’“It’s no different to this guy [in Japan].”Queen said the vigil was important because it was “important to show solidarity to the survivors of this massacre and to show our sadness at the people whose lives have been lost and just share our thoughts and love with their families and everyone involved”.Like Lisney, she said the beliefs that appeared to have prompted the actions of the alleged killer were “something we are very familiar with and face every day”.She said: “This is the eugenics thinking that believes we are not worthy of money, of oxygen, of the space, of the care and the love that we share with our families.“We can’t escape it and that is partly where the solidarity is coming from. We recognise exactly the same hatred here and we experience it here.“It’s bringing a wave of solidarity across the globe.”She said it would not be a shock if something similar to the Japanese killings happened in Britain, and she agreed with Lisney that the same type of eugenics-type thinking – that disabled people are not worth spending money on – was already contributing to people’s austerity-related deaths, for example through sub-standard healthcare or losing their social care.She said: “Much of the thinking behind [the assisted dying bill] is tainted with the same eugenic thinking.“It is still rooted in the same idea that at some point some lives are not worth living.“We at Not Dead Yet UK disagree with this idea; we believe every day of every person’s life is just as valid and valuable as everyone else’s, and that each of us deserve the same right to live.“I think a lot of people would like to think they can ‘keep it polite’ and that thoughts don’t lead to anything, but to keep perpetrating the idea that some lives are not worth living is what leads to outcomes like this.”Picture: Disabled activists including Penny Pepper (right) and Sophie Partridge (centre) at the vigil this afternoonlast_img read more

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Farinas SF restaurant empire collapses

first_img 0% Tags: Business • food • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% At 700 Valencia Street, landlord John O’Connor began the eviction process in May 2015, saying that Farina’s lease was up and the option to renew it could not be exercised because the restaurant had not kept to the terms of the lease. Farina denied the allegations and fired back by suing the landlord, claiming that he owed the restaurant an opportunity to extend their lease, and alleging that the restaurant owners had spent more than $2 million for the renovation of the downstairs space, which the landlord would unfairly take back.The two suits were combined into one legal dispute in federal court. A judge issued findings in August, saying Farina has been illegally occupying the space since 2015.A variety of quibbles remain over the money awarded to the landlord by the court — on the order of $360,000 — and Farina’s lawyer has begun the process of appealing the decision, but did not return a call for comment.Separately, Farina also faces eviction from an upstairs office space it leases at 700 Valencia Street, though it’s unclear which unit that is or when that will be enforced. center_img The Farina restaurant group seems to have collapsed. The second of two restaurants in the company has been evicted.No pizzas appear to have been served at Farina Pizza on Valencia and 18th streets in recent weeks, and potential diners are met with conflicting messages in the window. One, a chalkboard sign, announces the restaurant is “now hiring” and another, written in pen on the reverse of an older laminated page, reads: “closed.”Publicly available court documents indicate two deputy U.S. marshals went to Farina on Nov. 27 to evict the pizzeria from its location at 700 Valencia St. The specifics of that interaction are not noted, only that the deputies apparently spent “2 hr. Each.”The eviction comes just a few months after Farina’s original restaurant, on 18th Street, was evicted following the seizure of its liquor license in June for unpaid taxes. The restaurant group has a long history of unpaid bills, including tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.last_img read more

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Bryan was a bustling centre who played 17 games f

first_imgBryan was a bustling centre, who played 17 games for the Saints during the latter part of the 1963-64 season, after his signing from Keighley, writes Alex Service.He had begun his career at York and made his Saints’ debut in the home game against Hull KR at Knowsley Road on February 1 1964. He was in his customary left centre position and scored a try in Saints’ 9-5 victory.His winger that afternoon was Peter Harvey.“Bryan was a big, rough centre and could run,” he said. “I think he played against us earlier in the season and made a big impression, which was one reason why he was signed. Bryan was a different player to the centres we had at the time, namely Cen Williams and Keith Northey and certainly gave coach Stan McCormick greater scope for the backs.“He was a nice bloke, too, who did the job he was signed for.”Indeed Bryan scored five tries and kicked seven goals in his relatively short stay at Knowsley Road. His last match was at Castleford on May 27 1964, a 10-11 reversal at Wheldon Road, when coach Stan McCormick was told that his services would not be required for the following season.In this game, Bryan’s wing partner was someone who would become a fixture in the centres himself in the future: Billy Benyon.Bryan went on to join the re-formed Bradford Northern club and went on to represent Yorkshire although he also played at various times for Halifax and Huddersfield.Eventually he migrated to Australia, in the mid-1970s, where his rugby league odyssey continued. He played in and coached teams in Northern Queensland, before moving to Western Australia and later, he became Head Coach at Port Kembla.He lived his final years in Aberglasslyn.We would like to thank his son, Wayne, for telling us about his father’s passing and all at the St. Helens club send their condolences to his family at this sad time.last_img read more

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The trio missed last weeks win over Widnes throug

first_imgThe trio missed last week’s win over Widnes through injury but are set to be named in the side for the trip to the KCOM Stadium (7.45pm).It leaves Head Coach Justin Holbrook with a nice selection headache, particularly as winger Adam Swift scored a hat-trick on his return to the side.“I was really pleased for Adam,” he said. “He worked really hard to get back in the side and then to go and produce a performance like that and score a hat-trick was awesome for him.“I was impressed with our win over Widnes. I think it was probably the best we have played for the last few weeks. It was a dominant 80 minute performance.“People look at the table and see where Widnes are sat but for us, and how we judge how we are playing, it’s not about who we are playing but how we are playing and how we go about it.“We were fantastic in every area of the game and I couldn’t be happier.”Saints face Hull FC for the third time this season and a win would ensure their top of the table position heading into the Super 8s.They sit six points clear at the summit with three games remaining of the regular season.“It’s all about maintaining our performance,” Holbrook added. “We are constantly making small changes with the way we play with the ball and that is key in keeping the opposition guessing.“It’s too long a season and too hard a sport not to maintain that. You cannot afford to get comfortable. We will make sure we are fresh at the end of the season but we also need to make sure we are ready every week.“That continues on Friday. Hull will be disappointed with how they played last week. They are a good quality side across the park and are a tough side to face.“We’re ok with that. It will be a really hard game.”Tickets for Friday’s game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgThe Saints had to defend for large parts of the first half, but came on strong in the second scoring 21 points to snatch victory from the Wolves and extend our lead to eight points at the top of the Betfred Super League table.Thompson played a huge part in the win, scoring the try that sent us in front and he admits it was a “great” win.“It was a great win. It is always good to come to Warrington and get a win. They are playing well this year, they are chasing us in second and we wanted to come here and put in a good performance and we were lucky enough to get them at the end.“That first half was the toughest I have ever played. It was end to end and we pretty much defended for the whole of the first half and to come back and get the win at the end of the second half was a real credit to us. We stuck in there and it was a great win in the end.“It was a real fast game, two good teams going at it, who like to play fast on the front foot and it was end to end and it was real tough at times.”last_img read more

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The Whole Hog Hobby

first_img Three years ago Scott Ramsey of Winnabow went hog wild at the Blueberry Festival in Burgaw. “You get your pit at 8pm,” he said. “They start judging the next morning at 8am.”Three years later he headed to Raleigh to compete for the best in the state at the 32nd annual Whole Hog Barbecue Championship.“You can only use 3 ingredients in competition,” Scott said of the competitions. “The only thing you can use is salt, baking soda, and cooking oil. You are graded on your sauce, you put four bowls of sauce on each corner of the grill and they pull your pig and taste your sauce.”The past three years have been a family affair. “You’ve really helped me out with it,” Scott told his father, Jimmy, staring at all the trophies they’ve won. “This is probably the most prestigious,” he said as he pointed at the 1st place finish trophy that got them to the state championship.“Me and my father do this as a team,” Scott said. “We own our own business. We do this for a hobby so we can spend a lot of time together.”Together they’ll compete with two dozen other whole hog chefs from around the state. “It’s a timing issue,” Scott said of the process, “you have to have your pig at the proper temperature, right crispiness, right color before the judges arrive.”Three years ago they fired up a 5th place finish in Burgaw. Three years later we could hear squeels of celebration from Raleigh with a state championship win.THAT kind of whole hog hobby between a son and father is Extraordinary.For more information on Scott’s BBQ, click here.For more information on the championship, click here. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — 25 of the best barbecue chefs in the state will go head to head in a cook off for the state title. It’s the 32nd annual Whole Hog Barbecue Championship and a Brunswick County father-son duo are in the competition. WWAY’s Daniel Seamans fires up a little fun in extraordinary fashion.“I paid the entry fee and we finished 5th on the very first time and that was 3 years ago,” Scott Ramsey told WWAY’s Daniel Seamans.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Officials say small plane crashed in Bladenboro

first_imgBladenboro plane crash (Photo: Bradley Kinlaw) BLADENBORO, NC (WWAY) — According to Bladen County Emergency Director Bradley Kinlaw, a small single engine plane went down near the Bladenboro airport.Kinlaw said the plane went down shortly after take off.- Advertisement – There were two people on the plane and Kinlaw said neither one on board were injured.Kinlaw said they do not know at this time why the plane crashed and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating what happened.last_img

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Residents upset about potential rezoning for sand mine

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 CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Some Castle Hayne residents are not happy with a proposed project in their community. Back in 2014, Hilton Properties was approved for a mining permit, Now, they are trying to get the land rezoned from residential to industrial.Hilton Properties owns a 63 acre plot of land in Castle Hayne that sits next to the GE plant. Residents say GE used to dump hazardous waste in the area in the 1960s and 1970s.- Advertisement – Now, they are worried this new sand mine will cause some of this hazardous waste to resurface.“This is my community. This is where I live. You have no right to go near it,” said Robert Simon, who lives in Castle Hayne and is upset about the potential rezone.Dozens of Castle Hayne residents gathered Wednesday night at the Saint James AME Church.Related Article: New Hanover Co. leaders vote against proposed sand mine near Castle Hayne“When you break ground on any project, I don’t care what type of project it is, you don’t know what’s going to turn up. You’re going to dig a hole, and all of a sudden you’re going to say, ‘Oh god. We didn’t expect this,’” said Simon.Residents are fighting against a rezoning proposal for a sand mine that they say hits too close to home.“I’m concerned about the dump truck traffic that’s going to be going, they say 20 to 30 trips an hour. That’s every minute. That’s not a paved road. I don’t know if paving it would solve the problem, but it’s going to be dusty and noisy,” said Susan Murphy, who’s house backs up to the property where the sand mine could be built.Robert Simon and Susan Murphy are just a few Castle Hayne residents against Hilton Properties building a sand mine near their homes. The sand mine will allow businesses to purchase this sand.Hazardous contamination, environmental disruptions and traffic were among the biggest concerns with residents. An attorney representing the company disagrees and says the sand mine would be beneficial for everyone.“We want to be able to show the public necessity of the sand that we need in this community desperately with the projected 66% growth between now and 2040,” said Steve Coggins, who is representing Hilton Properties.Coggins says the company plans to monitor the sand mine to make sure there is no contamination over time. But Simon says if the property next to GE gets rezoned for a sand mine, the overall community will be destroyed.“My wife and I came here, specifically because we wanted ot live in a peaceful community where we could relax, retire eventually and have a quality of life. all of a sudden now, all of that is changing,” said Simon.Coggins says they hope to go in front of the New Hanover County Planning Board in January.last_img read more

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Wilmington man facing drug charges after leading police on chase

first_imgDerrick Lamont Gaines (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is facing numerous drug charges following a chase late Monday night.According to the Leland Police Department, Derrick Lamont Gaines, 28, was involved in a chase that started on US 17 near the intersection of Village Road in Leland and ended with a crash at the intersection of Dawson Street and 3rd Street in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Leland Deputy Police Chief Brad Shirley says around 11:30 p.m., officers with the Leland Police Department received a report of a careless and reckless driver on US 17 from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.A Leland officer located the vehicle traveling north on Highway 17 and attempted to stop the vehicle, Shirley said. Gaines allegedly failed to stop and led the officer on a chase into Wilmington city limits, where the suspect crashed his vehicle.He was charged with felony speeding to elude, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance on a jail premises, careless and reckless driving, failure to maintain lane control, injury to real property, and resist, delay and obstruct an officer.Related Article: Man wanted for Massachusetts shooting arrested in WilmingtonGaines is being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $30,000 secured bond.last_img read more

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PN Exec Committee to decide on Stellini replacement Said says choose Cutajar

first_imgThe Nationalist Party Executive Council are expected to meet to discuss who will take David Stellini’s seat in Parliament.The PN Member of Parliament Chris Said has written publically that he believes that the seat should be filled by Kevin Cutajar.Kevin Cutajar or Jean Pierre Debono ?The news comes to light after the decision by Gozitan MP David Stellini put in his resignation to Parliament on Tuesday. Two PN representatives showed their interest in the seat,  Jean Pierre Debono, who had given up his seat in 2017 for the PN Leader Adrian Delia. The other being Mr Kevin Cutajar who was himself elected as a councillor to Xaghra Gozo.“I have no doubt that the seat ought to be given to Kevin” – SaidMr Said said that he has no doubts that the worthy replacement for the role should be Mr Kevin Cutajar. He added that Cutajar had given many years of service to Gozo and this would be a powerful message to a national basis for the PN.“Error if the PN throw away Gozo” – SaidWriting on Facebook, Mr Said informed the Executive Council that he believed that in the interests of Gozo and the Gozitan people that the seat be filled by a Gozitan candidate. He added that there were many Gozitans who had approached and expressed their desire in it and that it would be wrong if the PN dropped their desire.Said believes that the Executive Committee should follow the statute and make efforts to appoint Kevin Cutajar. He said that in similar cases, the Party always went to the candidate from the same district.Kevin Cutajar interested in Stellini’s seatSaid’s message echoes similarly to that of Rosa Borg, who expressed that the PN should appoint Mr Cutajar. She explained that choosing him demonstrated that the party was looking beyond his disability. This would make Cutajar the first disabled person  in the Maltese Parliament.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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