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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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_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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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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