Disabled activists have welcomed the court of appe

first_imgDisabled activists have welcomed the court of appeal’s decision to reject the latest attempt to legalise assisted suicide.They spoke out after three senior judges yesterday (Wednesday) rejected the judicial review brought by Noel Conway, who is terminally-ill with motor neurone disease.Conway had wanted the court to find that the Suicide Act – which makes it illegal to assist someone to take their own life – was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.The high court had already dismissed the judicial review. Conway said he would now appeal to the Supreme Court.The disabled people’s campaign group Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK) had intervened in the court case, the first time it has taken such a step.Phil Friend, from NDY UK, welcomed the court’s judgment, and said the group was “particularly pleased” that the court had recognised some of the concerns it had raised on the dangers of assisted suicide.He said: “These include issues such as safeguards for people who might be at risk of coercion, the difficulties in predicting death within six months, and whether any scheme might be extended (as has happened in Belgium).”Friend said that legalising assisted suicide “opens the door to risks and dangers driven by attitudes about disabled people and their lives”, and he said that no disability charity or organisation was campaigning for a change in the law.He said: “We’ve seen two recent NHS reports which catalogue the systemic failures to provide appropriate care for disabled people, resulting in their premature and unnecessary deaths.“Until disabled people are seen, and treated, as equals in our society, the law must protect them. “We want support to live, not to die.”Nikki Kenward, director of Distant Voices, another user-led campaign group which opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, said the court’s decision was “a great relief”.She also drew attention to recent NHS scandals and highlighted the events at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, in which an inquiry found the lives of between 450 and 650 people had been “shortened” because of an “institutionalised regime” of administering dangerous levels of opioids to patients between 1989 and 2000.She said she feared that legalising assisted suicide would lead to even less scrutiny of healthcare professionals.Kenward said: “When whistleblowers, concerned distraught relatives, nurses, police investigations, complaints committees and the like are unable to raise the alarm to the authorities within the constraints of the current law it is especially concerning to imagine the dangers that lie therein should a change in the law have been granted.”Another disabled activist, David Gillon, said the media coverage of the Conway case highlighted the dangers of legalisation.He said: “When you look at the coverage of the assisted suicide campaign, newspapers and TV news consistently talk about disability as a negative, a reasonable cause to seek death, and then utterly fail to point out that no disability group is campaigning for assisted suicide, or that Not Dead Yet UK, comprised solely of disabled people, is leading the campaign against it.“That neatly illustrates that society does not have a healthy enough view of disability to put our lives in its hands.“Reporting of the assisted suicide campaign seems to be operating on a consensus that disability is bad, a perfectly good reason to kill yourself and that any dissenting voice is too confusing to mention.“That’s why any change in the law on assisted suicide is not safe for disabled people, as the experience in Belgium and the Netherlands demonstrates.”Conway, who is supported by the campaign group Dignity in Dying, said he was “naturally disappointed” by the judgment, although it was “not unexpected”.He said: “I am told that I can choose between letting nature take its course until I am completely unable to move or communicate; hastening my death by removing my ventilator with no guarantee my suffering can be completely relieved; attempting to end my own life at home in potentially painful and traumatic circumstances; or making the arduous and expensive journey to Dignitas and risking prosecution for any loved ones who accompany me.“It is barbaric to force me to decide between these unacceptable options.“I will keep fighting for myself and all terminally ill people who want the right to die peacefully, with dignity and on our own terms.”NDY UK’s barrister, Catherine Casserley – from Cloisters chambers which, together with Fry Law, had worked pro bono – had told the court of appeal of the risk that disabled people could be subject to coercion if assisted suicide was legalised.The three senior court of appeal justices highlighted this concern and also pointed in their judgment to a report by the Royal College of General Practitioners which expressed fears that a “right to die” could very easily become a “duty to die”, particularly “when financial considerations were a factor and the individual felt like a burden to their family”.  They concluded that there could be “no doubt that Parliament is a far better body for determining the difficult policy issue in relation to assisted suicide” than the courts because of the “conflicting, and highly contested, views within our society on the ethical and moral issues and the risks and potential consequences of a change in the law”.Parliament has repeatedly rejected attempts to change the law on assisted suicide, including the latest effort by Labour MP Rob Marris, in 2015.The three court of appeal justices agreed with the high court’s conclusion that the current law “achieves a fair balance between the interests of the wider community” and those in Conway’s position, although they expressed “profound respect for the dignified and resolute way” he had coped with his condition.Picture: Nikki Kenward at a protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 May as the court of appeal was hearing the Conway caselast_img read more

THE Saints stayed top of the fledgling U19s compet

first_imgTHE Saints stayed top of the fledgling U19s competition with a really professional 54-4 display to defeat a much fancied Hull side that had put 60 points on Bradford only last week, writes Graham Henthorne.Led around the park in imperious fashion by Danny Yates the Saints were much more focussed than at any time so far this season and it showed.Lewis Galbraith opened the scoring in the tenth minute as the Saints capitalised on a knock on from the visitors on half way. Drives from front row partners James Tilley and Adam Hesketh along with another punishing charge from André Savelio took the Saints close, but on the last quick hands gave the winger a tiny bit of space to tip-toe along the line to score a well taken try.On the very next set the Saints doubled their lead. Tom Roughley started the move darting blind out of dummy half and setting Savelio free. In turn he fed Mark Percival who took it 20 metres to the full back before passing back inside to the supporting Yates who outpaced the chasers to score.Tilley butchered a chance to extend the lead on quarter time as he passed to a defender when he could have picked either of his supporting players having broken the line.This gave the visitors some hope and, coupled with some poor handling, they began a period of pressure in the Saints half. However, that just made the Saints up the ante in defence keeping their line intact.It was that man Yates who broke the deadlock bringing Savelio on the burst and no-one was going to stop the big second rower from 10 metres out.Again the Saints scored back to back tries as a peach of a short ball from Brad Ashurst put Connor Dwyer away. He took it to the full back before feeding Corey Lee for the stroll to the posts. Lewis Charnock made it 4 from 4 conversions and the game was over.Despite the scoreline it hadn’t been the most fluent display and the players were reminded of the need to keep things going and sharpen up.This they did straight from the off as Connor Dwyer saved Luke Thompson’s blushes by scoring in the left corner. Thompson had made a wonderful break but with men either side he ran straight at the full back bombing a certain try.Again two tries in two minutes saw the Saints extend their lead still further. Quick hands to the left found Mark Percival cutting back inside on the angle only for the centre to be caught inches short. Dummy half Matty Fozard forced his way over at the play the ball for the Saints sixth try.Then came the Matty Fleming show as the winger scored a 15 minute hat-trick. Charnock’s chip on the last was gathered by Greg Wilde who put his winger away for the first of three. He intercepted a wayward pass and outpaced the cover to the corner for the second then completed his hat-trick with probably the best of the lot taking Lee’s wide ball before streaking down the line and diving in at the corner.In between the visitors had scored punishing sloppy play from the Saints.The final word was left to Galbraith who closed the scoring in almost identical fashion to the way he opened it tip-toeing down the line and diving over.Although it’s early days this team is growing in confidence and more importantly learning and then putting things into place. Yates and Savelio are the eye catchers but without the hard graft of Hesketh, Tilley, Ashurst and the ever improving Tommy Holland they are nothing. Bring on the Bulls on Thursday evening at Odsal.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Corey Lee, Lewis Galbraith 2, Matty Fleming 3, Danny Yates, André Savelio, Matty Fozard, Connor Dwyer.Goals: Lewis Charnock 7.Hull FC U19s:Tries: Tom Stark.Half Time: 24-0Full Time: 54-4Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Matty Fleming, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Greg Wilde, 20. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Lewis Charnock, 18. Danny Yates; 8. James Tilley, 9. Tom Roughley, 15. Adam Hesketh, 11. Luke Thompson, 12. André Savelio, 13. Alex Clare.Subs: 10. Brad Ashurst, 14. Matty Fozard, 17. Connor Dwyer, 19. Tommy Holland.Hull:1. Josh Nicklin; 2. Tom Stark, 3. Matthew Liggins, 4. Jack Logan, 5. Ash Leaming; 6. Jordan Abdul, 7. Richard Wilkinson; 8. Ryan Wilson, 9. James Cunningham, 10. Zach Braham, 11. Alex Starling, 12. Jansin Turgut, 13. Andrew Ward.Subs: 14. Jack Humprhies, 15. Ryan Smith, 16. Bobby Tyson-Wilson, 17. Jack Downs.last_img read more

Marine veteran purchases scratchoff ticket in Wilmington wins 200000

first_img “I broke a spoke on my bike,” Bruso said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever broken a spoke. I was so upset about it.”While waiting for his bike to get repaired, Bruso stopped at the Speedway on Market Street in Wilmington and bought a $500 Frenzy scratch-off ticket.“I didn’t win anything,” Bruso said. “So I went to a nearby deli and got a sandwich. When I finished, I made a spur-of-the moment decision to go back and get another ticket. I figured I already got the losing out of me with the last ticket, so the next one must be a winner.”Related Article: Pender County Schools closed to students until at least mid-OctoberWhen Bruso scratched the second $5 ticket, he couldn’t believe it.“I thought I was seeing things,” Bruso said. “I had to put my glasses on and make sure I was reading it right.”Bruso claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $139,003. He plans to use the money to continue his bicycle tour.“I’ve been planning this trip for almost four years,” Bruso said. “It’s been the best decision of my life. Next stop is Parris Island where I went to boot camp. Who knows though, after winning this I might ride all the way to Southern California where I was also based.”$500 Frenzy launched in July with six top prizes of $200,000. Two top prizes remain.Ticket sales from instant games like $500 Frenzy make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website. (PHOTO: Mark Bruso $200K $500 Frenzy Winner) RALEIGH (WWAY) — For Mark Bruso, a trip down memory lane of his Marine Corps days led him down the Atlantic Coast to Wilmington and a $200,000 lottery win.Bruso is from Fitchburg, Mass., and left at the beginning of July. He’s been bicycling down the Atlantic Coast ever since. He’s trying to visit the places he was stationed during his six years in the Marines. His final destination was Florida, but some bad luck led him to Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Sunset Beach man accused of beating pelican to death

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Sunset Beach man has been charged with beating a pelican to death.According to the NC Wildlife Commission, Nelson Livingston, 24, was checking his crab pots at Tubbs Inlet Tuesday morning when pelicans flew around his boat.- Advertisement – A wildlife officer says Livingston took a stick and tried to shoo them away but they wouldn’t leave.A witness reported seeing him beat a pelican to death.When a wildlife officer arrived, he found the dead pelican.Related Article: Synagogue suspect pleads not guilty as more funerals plannedLivingston tells WWAY he didn’t beat the bird to death. He says he was swinging his push pole and accidentally hit the bird.Livingston was charged with a misdemeanor and will appear in court May 22.last_img

New Hanover County adopts 201819 budget with tax decrease

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNews/WWAY) — Following public hearings, New Hanover County Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget at today’s meeting. The approval comes two weeks prior to the anticipated decision date in June 18th.County officials say the budget includes a property tax cut for the second year in a row, which equals $5.1 million in savings for taxpayers. In addition, the budget includes increased funding for public education, economic development, school safety, and combating the opioid crisis.- Advertisement – A cumulative tax cut over two years will save taxpayers approximately $9.8 million.In addition, the county commission approved an amendment setting the minimum wage for full-time and authorized part-time county employees will be increased to either $31,200 per year or not any less than $15 an hour.“So it’s serving the needs of this community and we’re very proud of it,” commissioners’ Chairman Woody White said after the budget vote.Related Article: CFCC students build ‘Blueberry’ for Burgaw New Year’s Eve celebrationCommissioners approved two amendments, including adding nine deputies under the sheriff’s office to serve under a contract with Cape Fear Community College.Some key areas the budget will address will be school safety. The budget will add 5 new student resource officers and a school detective. In addition, 2 school nurses as well as 3 mental health professionals will be brought on in high schools.County leaders are also allocating money to improve the Northern Regional Park, Ogden Park drainage, and funding for the Trillium Health facility that will address substance abuse.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

When will ILM stop flights

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re considering leaving by air, Wilmington International is still open.Deputy Director Gary Broughton says the runways will stay open pending notification from airlines.- Advertisement – So far, only American Airlines has announced any changes. It’s 8:17 p.m. departure Wednesday will be it’s last.Delta, American, United and Southwest are among the airlines that will waive change fees or fare differences.Click here for the latest on flight to and from ILM.last_img

Cape Fear Museum to host STEM event for superheroes

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Looking for a way to get your kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math?The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science will be hosting a free event this Friday called Superhero Science Family Night.- Advertisement – Children will get to participate in a variety of activities including face painting, making a superhero cape, experimenting with krypto-slime, and learning about creatures from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Cape Fear Raptor Center.According to Education Coordinator Amy Thornton, each activity is designed to encourage families to work together, spark curiosity and build enthusiasm for learning while introducing topics related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).Kids and parents are encouraged to wear superhero costumes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.Related Article: Pender robotics teams gear up for FIRST regional competitionIf you’re hungry, food will be available for purchase. Poor Piggy’s food truck and Trolly Stop cart will be on-site and food will be available for purchase.The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is located at 814 Market Street in Wilmington. The event will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Wilmington hitandrun suspect turns self in

first_img Yesterday, we told you warrants had been issued for Lewis who was the suspect involved in a hit-and-run involving a woman on a moped.According to the Wilmington Police Department, Lewis, 25, cut across several lanes of traffic and struck the 30-year-old woman near the intersection of 9th and Wooster Streets on June 17 around 5 p.m.The impact threw the woman, Jessica Melvin, several feet into the air.Related Article: Students on school bus witness man allegedly performing sex act in car“I was just heading home from work,” said Melvin. “Next thing you know we hit and I mean he went right in front of me and we both hit.”She landed in the middle of the road. Witnesses helped move her and her borrowed moped from the street. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.“The first three days I couldn’t walk. I was on crutches,” said Melvin. “I still wake up in the middle of the night or all night long when my knees just ache.”The moped was destroyed in the collision. Melvin says she has no reliable method to get to work. Melvin and her family have set up an online account for anyone who is willing to help them with financial burdens. Anthony Shontrez Lewis (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a man wanted in connection to a hit and run more than a week ago turned himself in Wednesday.Wilmington Police Spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said Anthony Shontrez Lewis turned himself in Wednesday evening and was served with the warrants for felony hit and run causing bodily injuries and reckless driving to endanger.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Surf Pay Orange Uganda Introduces a New Internet Solution for Business

first_imgAdvertisement Surf & Play has enormous features which includes high speed up to 7.2 Mbps, supporting up to 20 users, a simple customer billing interface (the end user can be charged on time or volume), strong battery life that can run for 4 hours in case of power outage and more importantly it’s a plug and play, no need for installation troubles.The device is currently selling at UGX. 950,000 (about US$ 336).It enables online monitoring of the usage, enables owner to limit the download speed or volume given to each user.  – Advertisement – In modern day business management through internet is an obligatory means of conveying messages across to clients, partners and market penetration hence the need for reliable broadband.Orange believes with this  kind of device all in one solution on the market, internet use will spread out further to benefit SMEs, corporate offices, schools, hospitals and social centers.last_img read more

Why Facebooks Search Engine Wont Be Anything Like Googles

first_imgFacebook CEO & Founder Mark Zuckerberg Advertisement Facebook CEO & Founder Mark ZuckerbergWhen Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg mentioned during an interview last month that he wanted to build a search engine, headline writers instantly put leading search engine Google on notice.Yet, while Larry and Sergey are probably watching closely, the technology and data at Facebook’s disposal suggest the company will most likely create something fundamentally different from Google’s search service.Facebook lacks the comprehensive index of the Web that it would need to equal Google’s ability to match queries with web pages and it would have to invest a lot to create one. – Advertisement – However, flush with cash from its IPO this summer, the world’s largest social network already has its own unique stockpile of data  courtesy of its users’ social lives  that could power a new kind of search engine altogether.By mining users’ updates about vacations, music listening interests, online habits, and more, Facebook Search could be better at answering subjective questions, about what products, experiences, and businesses you might be interested in, than a traditional search engine.“It would be very hard to create a general search engine to match Google,” says Apostolos Gerasoulis, a professor at Rutgers University who helped lead work on search technology at Ask Jeeves after the company acquired his search engine Teoma in 2001.Trying to replicate Google’s approach would require Facebook to spend considerable sums developing and deploying software “bots” capable of crawling billions of web pages every day to gather a comprehensive index of the web, he says. “Because Google is so big,” says Gerasoulis, “They have data for the long tail” the uncommon queries for which relatively few pages are a match.Microsoft’s experience with Bing should caution Facebook against such an approach. Since 2009, the Redmond company has spent more than $5 billion on Bing, according to some analyses.Although the quality of Bing’s results come close to Google’s by some measures, Microsoft has struggled to turn web users’ heads. It serves only 15% of U.S. searches, compared with Google’s 65%.A different approach may be more appealing to users of Facebook and other websites too. The social network has amassed a huge amount of data because, in a sense, its users are crawlers that index tiny fragments of both the web and the offline world.As well as recommending Web pages, videos, and songs by sharing them with friends, and labeling those recommendations with relevant descriptions, Facebook users check into restaurants and other businesses, and post photos tagged to real locations.Gerasoulis says that could be the feedstock for a search engine focused on answering queries about the things that people share and discuss on Facebook, such as vacations, movies, recipes, and more.“When you go to specific subjects, the signals Facebook and other social networks have are amazing,” says Gerasoulis. That approach would also open up new avenues for advertising revenue, since Facebook could sell ads that appear next to the results for particular search queries. This is the very model that provides most of Google’s revenue.Delivering on that potential would require sophisticated algorithms capable of weighting social information, says Gerasoulis.Google and Microsoft have both experimented with such things through their efforts to introduce social signals into their search engines (see “Social Search Without a Social Network” and “Why Bing Likes Facebook“). But Facebook has much more social data to work with than just counts of “Like” button clicks.Mining users’ comments could help Facebook unlock even more useful data. The new social search engineTrove built by a startup that just began publicly signing up users  hints at the potential of this approach. It can retrieve content scattered across a person’s multiple online accounts.For example, a search for “cute puppy” could reveal an unlabeled Instagram photo of a new pet because the photo previously elicited a tweet using the word “dog” and a Facebook comment saying “adorable!”As the hosts of so much valuable information, “Facebook and Twitter both have teams working on search,” says Seth Blank, Trove’s founder and CEO.Digging deep into social data can uncover a wealth of information and forgotten content related to things people care about, he says, most of it not accessible by conventional search engines.“If you’re planning a vacation somewhere, the truth is your networks have probably already discussed it at length,” says Blank by way of example; the networks he means consist of friends of friends as well as direct contacts.Blank believes his company will survive alongside a Facebook search engine by offering a neutral service capable of linking together different social sites. So far, the big social networks have been happy to let Trove work toward that, he says.As Microsoft discovered, though, technology alone may not be enough to tempt people to try a new search engine. Facebook’s site already offers a search box at the top of every page, but people use it primarily to find other people, not search for content or answers to questions.Blank says research at Trove has shown that some people presented with a search box plugged into their social networks struggle to think of what to search for.Gerasoulis says that is not an insignificant challenge for Facebook. “Search is about what you want right now,” says Gerasoulis. “You go to Facebook and hang out; it doesn’t currently have the same directness.”If Facebook wants its search engine to succeed, it will need to craft something that not only is matched to the data the company holds but makes it clear to its millions of users why they need another search box in their life.Information used in the Article from mashablelast_img read more