Footballs Premier League has been branded dishone

first_imgFootball’s Premier League has been branded dishonest by the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, over its attitude to access and inclusion.Lord [Chris] Holmes told MPs that there had not been “anything like an inclusive culture” in the Premier League and in Premier League clubs, which was “a great shame when it is our only national game”.He said the Premier League “needed a completely different mind-set” and pointed to the “pages and pages” devoted to broadcast arrangements in the Premier League rule book, compared with “just one line” on access.He said that changes required for television broadcasters, when new technology was introduced, were carried out “within weeks” rather than the “decades” it has taken to make access improvements.Lord Holmes, disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and himself a retired Paralympian, was giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee as part of its inquiry into access to sports stadiums for disabled people.He contrasted the Premier League’s attitude to that of Premiership rugby union and county cricket, which had both worked closely with the watchdog to improve access and inclusion.Asked by Tory MP Nigel Huddleston what he saw in those sports that was different to football’s Premier League, he said they were “collaborative, open, honest, prepared to share”.He then added, in response to a follow-up question from Huddleston, that it would be “delightful” in the future to be able to use the same words to describe the Premier League.Lord Holmes said that some clubs had done “as good as nothing” for more than 20 years to improve access.And he warned that the commission could take legal action under the Equality Act against individual clubs, and even against the Premier League itself, depending on the progress demonstrated in the next few months.He said: “I don’t think we have an inclusive culture. We don’t even have a culture of compliance from Premier League clubs and the Premier League.”The Premier League’s executive director, Bill Bush, had earlier told the committee that he could not yet name the clubs that were set to break their promise that they would meet guidelines on access laid down 13 years ago in the Accessible Stadia Guide.The Premier League said last year that all of its clubs had promised to meet the guidelines by August 2017, but Lord Holmes told the committee that probably more than a third of the clubs would fail to meet that pledge.Bush said he was not “hiding” the names of the clubs, but that it would not have been fair to name them at this stage because the Premier League had so far only carried out a “dipstick test” of their accessibility, which was not “definitive”.He said the Premier League would publish a club-by-club account of progress in January.Lord Holmes said that this refusal to release the names of individual clubs until January was “not entirely helpful”.He also pointed to a new mobile phone app that has been launched for football fans by the Premier League, even though it was not accessible.He said: “It clearly demonstrates that if that thinking is going on, there is no sense of an inclusive culture and there’s no sense of embracing the positive opportunity that exists here.”Lord Holmes praised smaller clubs like Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers, both in the fifth tier of English and Welsh football, and both of which have improved access despite their grounds being more than 100 years old.Bush claimed that Premier League clubs took the issue of access “very, very seriously” and none of them had ever said they could not afford to carry out access improvements.He claimed that any delays were due to other factors, such as the “disruption” caused by the major building work necessary to put in lifts and viewing platforms.last_img read more

WOODEN Spoon the childrens charity of rugby in i

first_imgWOODEN Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby in its 30th year of operation, has been announced as the Official Charity Partner for Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) in England and Wales.The charity will return funds raised during RLWC2013 – which starts at the Millennium Stadium with its Opening Ceremony on October 26th – to develop a long-term legacy within the Rugby Football League (RFL) community which will benefit disadvantaged young people throughout Britain.Sally Bolton, RLWC2013 General Manager said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Wooden Spoon. RLWC2013 is building to be fantastic for both England and Wales and it’s great to have a community-focussed charity on board to ensure all the local people involved feel the benefit of hosting such an event.”RLWC2013 ambassador Gareth Thomas joined Wooden Spoon ambassador Shaun Edwards to announce the partnership at Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in South Wales, a beneficiary of Wooden Spoon.Thomas said: “When world cups come about, everyone across the globe takes notice. It’s the chance to create a legacy for the sport in Wales, particularly with the opening ceremony in the Millennium Stadium which may be the greatest show rugby league has seen with.”Edwards added: “Wooden Spoon transforms young peoples’ lives through the power of rugby. This partnership is a great opportunity to really cement Wooden Spoon as the charity of rugby.”As part of the partnership, Wooden Spoon have provided a grant of £80,000 to the £1million RLWC2013 Dance Programme which will involve hundreds of disadvantaged and disabled young people who will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies as well as throughout the tournament.Steve Holt, CEO of Wooden Spoon, said: “It is a great honour for Wooden Spoon during our 30thanniversary year to be recognised as the Official Charity for RLWC2013 which promises to be a fantastic sporting event as part of a spectacular decade for British Sport.”Wooden Spoon was founded in 1983 and inspired by its rugby heritage, its core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, have so far benefited over one million young people.Wooden Spoon’s over 40 regional committees and 10,000 members undertake local fundraising activities and only spend the money raised on projects in their local community which has so far amounted to around £20million.In 2009 the RFL became a patron and have worked alongside Wooden Spoon on community programmes aimed at significantly improving the lives of 16-19 year olds who are currently not in education, employment or training.In 2011, Wooden Spoon received the International Rugby Board’s Spirit of Rugby Award for its services in the charity sector. Wooden Spoon is the only charity to have received this prestigious award.last_img read more

LAMA Tasi is already making his presence felt at S

first_imgLAMA Tasi is already making his presence felt at Saints.The 25-year-old prop signed from Salford Red Devils on a two-year contract and is ripping into pre-season.Standing at 6ft 3 and weighing in at 16-and-a-half stone he’ll certainly add go forward to Saints’ pack this season.“It’s been good so far,” he said. “I’m looking forward to taking to the field. Pre-season has been really tough but it’s what you would expect. I’ve settled in with my teammates too.”Lama is originally from Auckland but moved to Queensland when he was three-years-old.He played his ‘youth’ rugby league with Manly in 2009 and 2010, represented the Junior Kiwis and then signed with Sydney Roosters.Lama stayed there for two seasons, making 30 appearances and earned a call-up to the Samoa team for their International with Tonga.He would later join Brisbane in 2013 where his fearsome runs and hits would see him given the ‘Bondi Bruiser’ nickname.Saints pre-season campaign will see them host Dewsbury (Jan 17) and Widnes (Jan 24) before they open Super League XXI at home to Huddersfield on February 5.Tickets for the pre-season clashes are now on sale as well as Memberships for the 2016 season.last_img read more

911 call from Supply shooting I know CPR Hes beyond that… Its

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  A neighbor witnessed a man driving off from the scene of a deadly shooting in Supply, according to the 911 call.Jeffrey Len Carlyle, 56, is charged with murder in the death of Carl Edward Robinson.- Advertisement – It happened Friday around 8 p.m. on Paddlewheel Trail.One neighbor called 911 and told dispatchers several people heard the shooting. He then describes going over and finding the victim.“My neighbor saw someone down in this area. We have walked back over to the house where he saw the gentleman run from and someone has been shot at this house right here,” the caller said. “We see the gentleman laying here, he’s outside his, he’s laying between his door and his porch.”Related Article: Inmate charged with sexually assaulting 13-year-old girlHe tells 911 his neighbor saw someone running from the scene, so he says he is handing the phone over to that neighbor.A new man gets on the phone and begins to describe what he saw before and after the shooting.“I saw a vehicle come down the road, and they turned their lights off, and they pulled up at the end of this road and I saw them walk down the road and I heard a gunshot and they ran back to their vehicle, put a gun in their vehicle and took off,” the man said.He then tells 911 that the victim appears to be shot in the abdomen.“Is he breathing? Can you just check?” the dispatcher asked.“He’s, he’s gone,” the caller replied.A little while later the dispatcher once again asked about the victim.“Do you want to try CPR? I can give you instructions or do you think he’s beyond that?” the operator asked“I know CPR,” the caller said. “He’s beyond that. He’s… it’s too late.”Carlyle was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Center and charged with murder a few hours later.He is currently being held without bond.last_img read more

Wilmington building evacuated closed due to structural concerns

first_imgCrews work to stabilize a building at 201 Princess St on June 7, 2018 (Photo: Hunter Ingram/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One block of Princess Street in downtown Wilmington is closed so crews can perform emergency structural repairs to a building.Princess between Second and Third streets has been shut down so a private contractor can repair 201 Princess Street.- Advertisement – The building contains apartments on upper floors and a business, Memory Lane Comics, on the first floor.The closure is expected to last two weeks.Occupants of the building have been temporarily evacuated.Related Article: Small business denied help from SBA after Hurricane FlorenceThe City of Wilmington says after the building is stabilized, the contractor will perform additional repairs and install scaffolding around the building.The scaffolding will allow for pedestrian’s to walk underneath.During this phase, intermittent lane closures and road closures can be expected on Princess Street as well as Second street.The owner expects the work to be complete by the end of this summer.last_img read more

Sheriffs Office investigating after one man killed in Chadbourn

first_imgChadbourn, NC (WWAY) – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a shooting death in Chadbourn overnight.Shortly after 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Williams Road area in Chadbourn in reference to shots fired. – Advertisement – Deputies located Dennis Jerome Smith Jr., 29, of Chadbourn, outside of his residence. Mr. Smith was the victim of an apparent fatal gunshot wound. The Sheriff’s Office is considering this incident as a homicide. If you have information concerning the events surrounding Mr. Smith’s homicide, please contact Lt. Barber or Sgt. Parker with Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 642-6551.An autopsy will be completed this week by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh.last_img

Road closures for Reprisal filming

first_img Crews will be filming scenes including work with simulated burning cars and prop guns with simulated gunfire noise.The work is expected to last until 7 a.m. Saturday.You can see a full list of closures below.Related Article: Businesses, residents brace for impending bridge closureAfter 4:00 p.m. 7th St. between Kidder and Greenfield (for equipment parking)After 6:00 p.m.Martin St. between 4th and 8thGreenfield St. between 4th and 8th5th between Willard St. and Kidder St.6th between Greenfield St. and Kidder St.7th between Greenfield St. and Kidder St.Pinecrest Parkway at Greenfield St. 00:00 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)– We have a traffic warning to tell you about in Wilmington. The television show “Reprisal” will be filming near Greenfield street on Friday July 12.The map above shows multiple streets that will be closed to traffic, some after 4 p.m. and others after 6 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hearing set for New Hanover Co operating room applications

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State regulators want your feedback on a trio of applications to build more operating rooms in New Hanover County.Three applicants have filed certificate of need applications with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to develop operating rooms in response to a need determination in the 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan for six operating rooms in New Hanover County.- Advertisement – New Hanover Regional Medical Center proposes to develop four additional operating rooms at the existing hospital in Wilmington. The project is expected to cost $8.4 million and would be completed in October 2021.New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Atlantic SurgiCenter LLC propose to develop two additional operating rooms at Atlantic SurgiCenter in Wilmington and separately license the center as an ambulatory surgical facility. The project is expected to cost $7.6 million and would be completed in October 2021.Wilmington Eye Surgery Center LLC and WESCP LLC propose to develop two operating rooms at a new ambulatory surgical facility — Wilmington Eye Surgery Center. The project is expected to cost $9.8 million and would be completed in July 2021.Related Article: Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remainsA public hearing for these projects will be held Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. in the New Hanover Room of New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St., Wilmington.Anyone may file written comments concerning these proposals. Comments must be received by the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section no later than 5:30 p.m. on July 31.Comments may be submitted as an attachment to an email if they are sent to Comments may also be mailed to the following address:Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need SectionDivision of Health Service Regulation2704 Mail Service CenterRaleigh, NC 27699-2704last_img read more

Vatican to open tombs after tip in 36yearold case of missing girl

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Vatican said on Tuesday it will open two tombs in a tiny cemetery on its grounds and test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old disappearance of a teenage daughter of a clerk in the Holy See.A statement said the graves in the centuries old Teutonic Cemetery would be opened on July 11 in the presence of representatives of the family of Emanuela Orlandi, after the family received an anonymous tip that she might be buried there.The disappearance in 1983 of Orlandi, then 15, is one of the most enduring modern mysteries of the headquarters of the Catholic Church and has been the subject of wild speculation by Italian media.Unproven theories over the decades have run the gamut from an attempt to secure the freedom of a gunman jailed for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II, to a connection to the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in a Rome basilica. His tomb was opened in 2012 but nothing was revealed.Last year, bones found during ground work at the Vatican embassy in Rome sparked an Italian media frenzy suggesting they might belong to Orlandi or to Mirella Gregori, another teenager who disappeared the same year. DNA tests turned out negative.The Orlandi family later received an anonymous letter saying Emanuela could be buried in the Teutonic Cemetery, a small burial ground in the Vatican used over the centuries mainly for Church figures of German or Austrian origin.Police at the time of the disappearance did not exclude that she simply may have been abducted and killed for reasons with no connection to the Vatican or may have been a victim of human trafficking for sexual reasons. She would now be 51.Laura Sgro, an Orlandi family lawyer, said the family was grateful for the Vatican’s decision to open the graves.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S 4 announced will be available in April

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has officially announced the much-teased Galaxy S 4, featuring 4G LTE support, a 5″ 441ppi screen, a 7.9mm-thick body, a 13mp camera and dual-camera recording. The device weighs in at 130 grams and also packs new sensors, including infrared gesture, temperature and humidity. No price was shared.The device will feature the rumored Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Knox, and a translation feature dubbed the “S Translator.” Samsung is boldly calling the device a “life companion.” A dual-camera mode for photo and video allows both the front and rear cameras to be used at the same time. A “sound in shot” mode allows you to record an audio clip which will be “attached” to a photo. Additional features include an eraser and touchless “air view” where you point to preview photos.Shin says:With the GALAXY S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live. All the innovative features of GALAXY S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful GALAXY S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return. – Advertisement – More specs:Cat 3 100/50Mbps (downloads at 100 Mbps, uploads at 50Mbps)Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/a/c (HT80)Bluteooth 4.0, IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.013mp camera, 2mp front2gb of LP DDR3 RAM16GB HD with 32, 64 and microSDBattery: removable 2,600 mAhTwo models: black mist and white frostCorning’s Gorilla Glass 3The company also highlighted a new S Translator function that allows live text-to-speech and speech-to-text translation of 9 languages. The feature comes with 3,000 embedded “useful sentences” for offline use and is integrated with Chaton, the S4′s email and messaging app.Samsung went on to tout a number of other features, including Group Play, which lets users play music through up to 8 galaxy s4 devices — without an Internet connection.This news comes less than a month after the South Korean manufacturer debuted its Galaxy Note 8 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Back in January, the company announced that Galaxy S shipments had topped 100 million, with the Galaxy S3 alone contributing 41 million units. Credit: The Next Weblast_img read more