One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes has called on wheelchair-users to back a new push to transform wheelchair services across England.Retired Paralympic legend Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, now a crossbench peer, said that wheelchair-users had been fighting for more than 30 years for improvements to NHS wheelchair services, and were “really angry and want change”.She said: “Unless you have tried to get a wheelchair, you don’t know how hard it is.”She is heading the latest NHS initiative to secure improvements to wheelchair services, as chair of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance, set up last November.She told Disability News Service (DNS): “If I can get 90 per cent of the people 90 per cent happy, it would be a huge result.”She said its profile within the NHS “needs to change”, because “this is a tiny part of their budget so it is not on their list of priorities”.She added: “If I could have 50 wheelchair-users saying, ‘We need change,’ that would be a massive step forward.“We need numbers of people having a voice and saying what they want to change, even emailing their MPs.“An MP is not going to know it is an issue if a lot of people haven’t told them. People tweeting and emailing about this would help a lot.”Baroness Grey-Thompson (pictured) pointed to the complexity of wheelchair services, with problems such as lengthy waiting-times, a postcode lottery in provision and different eligibility criteria.She said: “If you live one side of a border, they will buy you power-assisted wheels. On the other side of the border, they won’t.“I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but the fact that it is so different everywhere…”But she said that she would not have accepted the challenge if she did not think that wheelchair services could be improved.She said: “Are we going to revolutionise the whole of wheelchair services? Maybe not. But unless we make people feel ever so slightly uncomfortable about what is happening to disabled people right now, then we are not going to change anything at all.“We have just got to have a go to try and change it, but we need a lot of people arguing for change.”She had earlier told an audience at the Naidex 2015 independent living exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC that the motto of the alliance’s new campaign to secure change would be “right chair, right time, right now”.She said there was a need to persuade the NHS that the right wheelchair was “a necessity” and not a “luxury”, and that spending on wheelchair services should be a priority.She said: “If they don’t see it as a priority, we are not going to be able to bring about change.”The disabled peer suggested that it would be useful if there was a wheelchair-user “quite high up in decision-making” in the NHS who understood about the equipment itself, the “low-level discrimination” faced by wheelchair-users, the broken pavements they had to deal with every day, and “how all that fits together and that without the right wheelchair you are left at home with nowhere to go”.Baroness Grey-Thompson said the alliance would produce a short charter that describes “what we want wheelchair services to look like”, rather than a “120-page document that no-one is going to read and certainly no-one in government is going to read”.She also told the audience that it was “really difficult” to find out how much money was spent on wheelchairs every year by the NHS, and added: “There are lots of things we need to know in order to push the service on.”Dr Jeremy Gibson, a consultant who works for the NHS in rehabilitation medicine in Derby, told the audience that a typical experience would be for him to refer a patient to wheelchair services, only to see them for a follow-up appointment six months later and be informed by the patient that they had been told they would be getting their wheelchair “in a month or two”.He said: “This is just for a bog-standard wheelchair. I find it incredibly frustrating.“Sometimes I get so annoyed that I give my patients a phone number and tell them to phone every week until they get a wheelchair.”He told DNS afterwards that he had been working in rehabilitation medicine since 1999 and had not seen any improvements in wheelchair services in that time.He said: “Occupational therapists are really helpful, but somehow the system doesn’t work.”
Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Westminster is still fixated on The Independent Group: who will be next to join, could it succeed as a new party, what is its central message. We got a few insights yesterday at the press conference of the “three amigos” – former Conservatives Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry, who struck a remarkably jubilant tone (unlike the seven Labour splitters on Monday).As usual, Allen bemoaned the impact of austerity, which she voted for. Later, the MP said she only wanted “two or three” more Tory defections, otherwise there would be a general election. Similarly, Soubry confirmed she didn’t want a vote of no confidence in the government to take place. And the Broxtowe MP put a nail in the TIG coffin when she told journalists that the austerity inflicted by her government was “absolutely necessary”. Chris Leslie, meanwhile, revealed to The New Statesman that he is sceptical about cutting the top rate of tax and about scrapping tuition fees. Inspiring stuff.It’s clear that Soubry’s reasons for quitting her party centre on Brexit and immigration, which hardens the Independent Group as an anti-Brexit force. This pitch for the Remain ground makes some sense electorally, but will surely restrict the group’s size by putting off potential Labour defectors such as John Mann and Ian Austin, who are anti-Corbyn but pro-Brexit. And Soubry’s pro-austerity stance will put off voters. All of this hangs heavy over the group’s future as a new party.Nonetheless, Momentum has announced plans to hold mass canvassing sessions in the splitters’ seats. Even if no by-elections take place as the MPs refuse to stand down – a decision described by national coordinator Laura Parker as “unfair, undemocratic and dishonest” – a general election could well be on its way. And activists will be providing a public service by making sure constituents know their MP has left Labour to join a coalition with former Tories.Also preparing to win power, Jeremy Corbyn will meet EU leaders including negotiator Michel Barnier today. He is joined by Labour frontbenchers Keir Starmer, Shami Chakrabarti and Rebecca Long-Bailey. Ahead of the visit, Corbyn said: “Labour respects the result of the referendum, but we do not support the Prime Minister’s damaging approach.” He will presumably try to convince Barnier et al that there is a Commons majority for Labour’s plan, but not for ‘no deal’ nor Theresa May’s deal – which should be easy, as the EU already agrees.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Chris Leslie /Jeremy Corbyn /Momentum /Brexit /Heidi Allen /Anna Soubry /The Independence Group /
THE final match of the Headingley triple header saw the Saints U18’s going into the game trying to salvage some pride for the Saints Academy system with all the other three teams having already been beaten by their Rhinos counterparts.But no-one should have worried as, despite fielding an inexperienced side, Derek Traynor’s boys did the Saints proud coming away with a fine 42-22 win.In a total turnaround to the previous action in the day it was the Rhinos who started nervously coughing up possession and the Saints punishing them roundly.Two good sets saw the Saints on the home side’s line when a neat grubber from Dom Speakman saw Corey Lee dive over for the first of his hat-trick.A knock on from the home side in Rhino’s territory led to a good drive from James Tilley and when the ball was spread right James Hill went in at the corner.Good defence on the line from Connor Dwyer and Callum Welsby saved a try only for Jordan O’Neill to drop the ball over the Rhinos line for what would have been Saints third try.The Rhinos big substitute prop, who caused problems for the Saints all day, then scored the first of his hat-trick after a Saints knock on.The Rhinos were on a roll and it took a fine tackle from Nathan Skupski and debutant Jamie Tracey to keep them out.Dom Speakman found himself in just the right place to accept a Rhino’s pass snuffing out the threat before starting back down the other end. Three tackles later and Corey Lee showed his pace running around and through the defensive line to score.The lead was pegged back with a piece of individual flare from the Rhino’s full back who regathered his own chip before passing out of the back of his hand to the supporting scrum half on the outside.There was still time for James Tilley to be held short of the line when a dive might have yielded the try.Having spotted a way back into the game the home side took it with a vengeance. Two tries to the rampaging prop completed his hat-trick and put the home side eight points up and seemingly in control.But that was as good as it got as the Saints dug deep, found their character and with Brad Ashurst and Connor Dwyer to the fore they turned the tide.Welsby and O’Neill both drove the ball deep before the ball found Jamie Tracey wide on the right for a well deserved try.The diminutive Lewis Sheridan then followed his own neat chip and helped Tilley force a repeat set with a good tackle in goal.From the drop out O’Neill charged to the line and Ashurst put the Saints back in front charging on to Welsby’s pass from dummy half for the score.That score was the turning point as the final 20 minutes were all Saints.Ashurst was again to the fore from the kick off and it was his pass to Dom Speakman that gave the scrum half the space to exploit. He went on a weaving run to the right before shooting a bullet pass out to Hill and the winger outpaced the cover for his second.Corey Lee got his third and Saints seventh after the impressive Tracey had got free down the right. His inside ball found the supporting Lewis Foster on the inside who in turn fed Lee to streak away to the posts.James Hill was denied his hat-trick by a forward pass before we were treated to a fabulous bit of Brazilian football Speakman-style. He chipped the defensive line and when the ball stood on its end flipping back over the defenders, he dribbled it on then with the outside of his boot “passed” it sideways to Hill. He took it on the flung a hopeful pass over the covering Rhinos player inside, Speakman hacked it on to the sticks only to see Foster streaking up to touch down at the posts for a great try.This was a victory steeped in character. To go behind at Headingley with a big home crowd at the Rhinos backs and then to come back in the manner that they did shows exactly what this team can do.There was a fine debut for Jamie Tracey, the back three of Dwyer, Tilley and Skupski were great and Corey Lee is elusive and has the pace to back it up. But none of that is possible without the organisation of Dom Speakman and the work of Brad Ashurst who was outstanding for every minute he was on the pitch.Match Summary:Leeds:Tries: Marcus Elliott, James Davies 3Goals: Marcus Elliott 3Saints:Tries: Corey Lee 3, James Hill 2, Jamie Tracey, Brad Ashurst, Lewis FosterGoals: Adam Barber 5Half Time: 14-10Full Time: 42-22Teams:Leeds:1. Josh Sunley, 2. Mo Agoro, 3. Henry Mingham, 4. James Duckworth, 5. Gerry Lee-Pierre, 6. Kyle Quinlan, 7. Marcus Elliott, 8. Mathew Blake, 9. Luke Teasdale, 10. Jay Leary, 11. Alex Foster, 12. George Clarke, 13. Colton Roche.Subs: 14. Ryan Smith, 15. Ben Finder, 16. Dan Patrice, 17. James Davies.Saints: 1. Corey Lee, 2. James Hill, 3. Jamie Tracey, 4. Adam Barber, 5. Leon Tatlock, 6. Jack Jones, 7. Dom Speakman, 8. Brad Ashurst, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Jordan O’Neill, 11. Nathan Skupski, 12. James Tilley, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Adam Hesketh, 16. Chris Webster, 17. Lewis Sheridan.
JAMAHL Lolesi has been reflecting on events at the Saints as they prepare to face Wigan this Friday.He joins a set up that includes Sean Long and Derek Traynor who have been put in interim charge until a new coach is in place.“The events of the last couple of days have been sad and hard as KC is such a good person who has given 24 years of his life to the club. It was hard for everyone at the club, the chairman Eamonn McManus and Chief Exec Mike Rush.“Results haven’t been what we have wanted them to be – we haven’t been good enough and that includes myself and the playing group. No one was working harder than Kez to turn it around but it didn’t work out. We all have to take some responsibility for what happened over the course of the season.“The players were visibly upset but understand it is a business and the show must go on. We face a tough game on Friday.“I wouldn’t think they need any motivation for the game. They have always been good tussles. Our role is to make sure the players understand their roles and we give them a nice gameplan to go and get the win.“If I was playing I would have preferred to have a tough game after what has happened and Wigan, and then Cas, it doesn’t get any harder than that. It will be a good test of the squad and the players. We will get a look at who wants to stand up and fight for the badge.”He continued: “It is quite hard to change this things in a week. It’s unfair to say you can come in and play a totally different style. Changes like that don’t happen in a week. Myself, Sean and Derek are there to make sure they are focused on the game coming up. We want no confusion and a nice and simple gameplan which we can go out and try and execute the best we can.“We haven’t changed a whole lot, only a couple of things that will allow the guys to get more momentum coming out of the back end of the field – and get us up the other end and score some points.”Jamahl, Sean and Derek could be in the coaching role for the rest of the season as the club won’t be looking for a short term fix.The only appointment will be one for the longer term and not just for this season.Jamahl added: “We all bounce our ideas off each other. There are no disagreements; we just work with each other and try and figure out what is best for the squad. We have to play a style that suits the players we have and we might not figure that out in a week. It might take longer.“If you look at the season, the style didn’t have us off too many games. We were in a tight tussle in all of them but it might not have been good enough to win games, or for the standards at the club because of the success in the past. We can change it little bit but it won’t be a quick fix – it is something that needs to be done over a period of time.“Our job is to get the squad playing the best they can over the next couple of weeks or until the next man comes in.“It’s important not to lose sight of what we are trying to do as coaches. We are paid to make them play the best they can to win games and finals. If we are here for a week, two weeks or six months until a new guy comes in then the plan doesn’t change.“It is to get this group to play to a standard to win games and trophies. That is what we are trying to do as coaches.”Jamahl said that Sean Long will probably take more control over the attack given his experience as a half back whilst he will look at defence and bounce ideas around the coaching team.Derek Traynor will oversee that and Paul Wellens will be “another set of eyes in video review work and on the sidelines.”Saints take on Wigan this Friday at the DW Stadium (12:15pm) before hosting Castleford Tigers on Monday (3pm).Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
An inability to create pressure at the end of sets and the almost manic will to force the ball on first or second tackle meant the visitors started their sets in Saints territory far too often, writes Graham Henthorne.The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute after two successive penalties had piggybacked them into the Saints 10.They could and should have doubled their lead five minutes later but the pass was dropped.This spurred the Saints into 10 minutes of domination started by Faye Gaskin. On the last she chipped over the defensive line into space then put pressure onto the advancing full back regathering the knock-on.Unfortunately, the ball was knocked on two tackles later but the Saints had at least had the ball in the visitors half.A poor kick on the next set allowed the Saints to set up to score the try of the game. Good work by the pack, especially from Izzy Rudge down the left, put the Saints into the 20 metre area. On the last the ball was moved right where Zoe Harris and Naomi Williams both drew their opposite numbers putting Alex Simpson over in the corner.Against the stiff breeze Gaskins kick fell short but the scores were level.The Saints had their tails up and led by Lizzie Gladman were charging into the opposition.On the half hour the Saints took the lead through Jade Ward’s first try in the red vee.A big drive from Roxy Mura finished with her held up 10 metres from the left edge on the second, then Channy Crowl was held short on the third. From the play the ball Harris again took control passing the ball right to Ward who bobbled it before securing possession and touching down. Agonisingly Gaskin’s conversion hit the post.That was as good as it got for the Saints as a missed tackle down the middle allowed the visitors to retake the lead going into half time.The Saints started the second period big but Gaskin’s last tackle cross kick was missed by the Saints left edge but picked up and returned 60 metres. Gaskin showed the urgency and desire required by tracking back from the right to save the day down the Saints left flank.The Saints drew level with a Gaskin penalty on 56 minutes but it could have been so much better had Ward’s pass gone to a Saints hand on the previous set instead of being intercepted.The crucial try came on a chip on the last down the visitors left which Simpson failed to knock dead and was pounced on for the score.Entering the last quarter the Saints inability to respect possession again came to haunt them as they panicked a bit and pushed the pass too much with plenty of time left on the clock.Both matches against the visitors this year have been eminently winnable but on both occasion’s poor game sense has resulted in the Saints beating themselves.Crowl and Emily Rudge along with Gladman and Izzy Rudge off the bench ran hard. Harris and Gaskin tried to move the team about but too many had off days.Match Summary:St Helens: Tries: Alex Simpson (23), Jade Ward (29), . Goals: Faye Gaskin 1 from 3.Wigan: Tries: Michelle Davis (13), Sarah Harrison (33), Rachel Thomson (61). Goals: Michelle Davis 1 from 3.Half Time: 8-10 Full Time: 10-14Teams:Saints: 1. Becca Rotheram;2. Alex Simpson, 3. Naomi Williams, 4. Roxy Mura, 5. Leah Burke; 6. Zoe Harris, 7. Faye Gaskin; 8. Sarah Lovejoy, 9. Tara Jones (C), 10. Vicky Whitfield, 11. Jade Ward, 12. Emily Rudge, 13. Channy Crowl. Subs: 14. Pippa Birchall, 15. Isobell Rudge, 16. Lizzie Gladman, 21. Carys Marsh.Wigan: 1. Rebecca Greenfield; 20. Alison Burrows, 3. Rachel Thomson, 4. Georgia Wilson, 5. Michelle Davis; 6. Gemma Walsh, 9. Charlotte Foley; 19. Hannah Goodwin, 26. Claire Hall, 10. Joanne Aspin, 24. Vanessa Temple, 25. Amanda Sibbald, 7. Sarah Harrison. Subs: 8. Chloe Hammond, 16. Emma Dwyer, 22. Jade Gregory, 23. Lucy Baggaley.
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After nearly three decades in office, a member of the Pender County School Board is stepping down.Katherine Herring announced today she will not seek reelection to the board. She was first elected in 1990.- Advertisement – “I would like to thank everyone for all the support they have given me over the years as a Pender County Board of Education member,” Herring said in a statement. “Since 1990 I have served the county with dignity and the assurance of providing our children the quality education they deserve. I pray future board members continue to provide equality and fairness to all Pender County Schools students and employees. Our children deserve the best and our employees deserve a good working environment with trusted leadership. These factors help to build the network of success in Pender County.”Herring last won election to a four-year term in 2014.“I have enjoyed my service to the children of this county and will continue to keep them in my prayers,” Herring said in her statement. “I will continue to work with the children as a servant of God and as a concerned Pender County citizen. Thank you again for all your support. May God bless each of you and God bless the children.”Related Article: GOP leader McConnell says ‘case closed’ on Mueller probeCandidate filing for the 2018 elections runs Feb. 12-28.
Ashley Marie Canady and Atreyu Canady (Photo: PCSO) UPDATE: The mother has turned herself into the authorities in Fayetteville. The child has been found and is safe.PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a child who was taken from his Hampstead home last night.- Advertisement – Atreyu Canady, 12, was taken from his home on Leeward Lane in Hampstead around 11 p.m. by his biological mom who doesn’t have custody.Deputies say Canady was last seen wearing a black in color zippered hoodie with the word Vans in white lettering. He had on a pair unknown color athletic shorts and a pair of all black in color Nike Air Jordan tennis shoes.Canady is a white male, approximately 5’ tall and weighing 130 lbs. He has Blue or Hazel colored eyes and Brown hair.Canady is with Ashley Marie Canady and may be en-route to Fayetteville or Charlotte areas.Canady is operating a Dark Blue 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4 door bearing NC registration FBM-7409. Canady may currently have blonde hair.
Robeson County, NC on Sept. 27, 2018 after getting hit by Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Rodd Baxley) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — During a disaster like Hurricane Florence, many emergency responders need to pinpoint the trouble spots so they can rescue people. For others, it’s more important to know where evacuees fled to escape the danger.Some of those charities are using a disaster mapping tool recently developed by Facebook to help do that in North Carolina. The tool provides anonymous data to show locations that are shedding people and those that are gaining them. It tracks the movements of groups, but not individuals.- Advertisement – A nonprofit called Direct Relief provides medicine and supplies to health centers that serve the poor. Direct Relief uses the data to anticipate which community health centers will get more evacuees and what their medical needs will be.A spokeswoman says Facebook provides the information at no charge.
American Airlines jets on the runway at Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Michael brought some wind and rain to the area which has forced some flights to be canceled or delayed at Wilmington International Airport.A handful of flights were canceled Thursday as the main impact from Michael was felt in the Cape Fear.- Advertisement – According to Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton, American has canceled their first three departures to Charlotte, Philadelphia, and LaGuardia Friday. That means American’s first departure will be at 7:09 a.m. to Charlotte. After that, they are running a normal schedule.Delta Airlines and United Airlines both reportedly running a normal schedule Friday.The latest on ILM’s arrivals and departures.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you think you’re too old to pursue your lifelong passion, meet Phil Mansfield. He’s a teacher assistant at Walter L. Parsley Elementary School in Wilmington.“Its the chapter I always thought I would write but I just waited a while to write it,” Mansfield said. “Sometimes, careers get in the way and mine certainly did for a while.”- Advertisement – Mansfield retired four years ago after a long career as a car salesman which spanned more than 30 years. Following his retirement, he soon realized he needed to find something constructive to do to fill his time and he decided to pursue his lifelong passion to teach.“I thought I would be a coach and a teacher when I was going through school like so many of these kids and [I] just went down a different path,” he said.He took a class at Cape Fear Community College to be certified as a teacher assistant and then applied for a job at Walter L. Parsley Elementary School, where his own children attended many years ago.Related Article: Teacher uses real-life problems to introduce math concepts to students“I feel like its more of a retirement in some ways because I get to spend time with these kids and they keep me young and up to date,” he said.Mansfield works in a classroom with at least three other teacher assistants who provide one-on-one instruction to children with special needs.“Every day can be a challenge to some extent,” he said. “We have kids you don’t know what they’re going to bring to the table, but they give us joy and so much of the things they accomplish and sometimes its the little things.”Trying to determine what each students needs, is like putting together a puzzle.“At times, you feel like that may be part of it, makes you wonder what piece of the puzzle are they missing and you want to help them find it,” he said. “Some days we do, some days you wonder what you could have done different.”So why did he trade retirement during his golden years to pursue a second career teaching?“I think my faith in God, my family, the belief that children are our future no matter what that child is and they bring a lot to the table, every day is a joy to be able to get up and come to work with them,” he said.Dr. Robin Hamilton is the principal of the school. She says providing a high level of instruction for all children regardless of any physical or mental challenges they face is important.“It gives so much assurance to a parent to be able to know your child has a specific medical need and then you can send them to school and you know the person with them has been working with them for several years,” she said.She says they’re glad to have Mansfield serving on staff at the school.“He is a part of our community and we are so glad he’s here and part of our team,” she said.Mansfield says he even rides his bike to work some days and that its rewarding to have a place to go where he knows he’s making a difference.“I think its what keeps us all going in some ways, you’ve got to have… a purpose and this is my purpose right now.”He’s a man not only with a purpose, but a big heart for helping the students kids in his class achieve their personal best.Because of his dedication to the students at this school, we’re delighted to feature him as WWAY and Mattress and Furniture Liquidators’ ‘Teacher of the Week.’If you would like to nominate someone for Teacher of the Week, click here. Each week’s winner receives a $100 gift card.