The number of disabled people participating regularly in sporting activity has fallen since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, according to official figures.The fall in participation emerged as the government published a consultation document as part of preparations for a new sports strategy.As well as issues around participation, the document – which looks mostly at England – examines problems such as generating commercial investment, persuading sports that have benefited from lucrative television deals to reinvest in grassroots sport, and ensuring that stadia and other infrastructure are accessible to disabled people.The document says the number of disabled people playing sport once a week is “disappointingly low”.Figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey, which has been tracking participation rates since 2005, show the proportion of disabled people over 16 taking part in sporting activity at least once a week peaked at 18.3 per cent in 2011-12.Since then, the rate has fallen steadily, to 18.2 per cent in 2012-13, 17.4 per cent in October 2013-October 2014, and now 17.2 per cent in April 2014-April 2015.The fall is important because one of the key elements of the supposed “legacy” from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was to increase the proportion of disabled people taking part regularly in sport.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured), one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians, now retired from sport, said it was a “good time” for the consultation, with just one year left before the Rio Paralympics.She pointed out that the consultation document also asks how “limited financial resource can best be used” to support elite athletes at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.She said the participation rates for disabled people were “interesting” and could suggest a failure to integrate disabled people into mainstream national governing bodies, while she also suggested that more disabled people needed to be employed within disability sport.Keryn Seal, a key member of the British blind football team, who competed at London 2012 and hopes to compete at the Rio Paralympics, said he was “alarmed and saddened” by the figures.He told Disability News Service that he was concerned for the future of his own sport in Britain if participation rates did not improve, as there had been few talented new players breaking through into the national squad since 2012.He said: “If things do not get better, we may not have the next generation of players post-Rio and Tokyo [the host of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics].”One of his frustrations is that his team recently enjoyed a 17-match unbeaten run, which only ended with a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the final of the International Blind Sports Federation’s fifth World Games in Seoul in May.Now the British team will have to qualify in the top two of this month’s European championships in Hereford to qualify for Rio.Despite the team’s success, and a sport that is “in the best shape it has ever been in” in Britain, there has been no influx of young blood.Seal said there were a “whole multitude of factors we need to get right” to improve participation rates in blind football and across disability sport.He said part of the problem was the lack of media interest in the years between Paralympic Games, particularly for blind football, which received “non-existent” mainstream coverage in comparison with some other para-sports, such as athletics and swimming, and all of the other team sports.He said: “Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, goalball, etc, all draw more media coverage and access to things like National Paralympic Day for exhibition matches.”One of the problems is the greater need for volunteers than for athletes with other impairments, for example, to provide lifts to facilities that are inaccessible by public transport, guiding around gyms, or as running partners.These are “the sort of things that are daunting for a blind person first starting out on their own in a sport”, he said.Another issue is the availability of sporting opportunities for disabled children at school.He said: “The most fortunate people I know who have got on in school sports are disabled athletes who have had fantastic volunteers to enable them to go out and do these things.“It’s those kind of people at grassroots disabled sport who allow people like me to get to the top of our sport.”Seal said it was also often impossible – because of data protection laws – to contact many of the visually-impaired children in a local area so as to alert them to the opportunities available.But he said: “I think our sport really challenges you in terms of your spatial awareness, your confidence, your orientation, more than any other sport can, and that’s a thing that young visually-impaired kids can learn from coming into the sport.“You can be more confident and you can be a more rounded individual just by trying out this sport.”Sport England has set governing bodies targets to increase participation in each of 42 of the sports it has been funding since December 2012, but is not yet able to release figures on how successful this has been.Among the investments made since 2012 are an £18.2 million inclusive sport fund to encourage more disabled people into playing sport; and £1.15 million to help 146 local sports organisations buy disability equipment.It has also funded seven national disability sports organisations, between October 2014 and 2017, to support other sports bodies in creating sporting opportunities for disabled people; has partnered with Sainsbury’s on the supermarket’s £1 million Active Kids for All inclusive community training programme; and ensures that all of its own major capital investments make their facilities accessible.The English Federation of Disability Sport – the national charity “dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity”, which received nearly £1.7 million funding in 2014-15 – has so far refused to comment on the fall in participation rates since London 2012.Instead, it welcomed the consultation, and said in a statement that it had “some optimism that a new strategy could do much more to help disabled people become active”, while it “supports the need for a new participation strategy, but emphasises that inclusion and accessibility must be a top priority”.The British Paralympic Association (BPA) said it was “concerned” by the statistics, but said the survey was “not the only measure available to consider the impact of London 2012 and what can be inspired in the future – we should see this as the start of a journey not the end point”.A BPA spokeswoman said: “Our mission is to take the best prepared team to the Games, so we recognise that there are better-placed organisations to advise on what can be done to impact on grassroots participation.“The success of our Sports Fest events since London 2012, the thousands who recently turned out for National Paralympic Day events across the country, and the substantial traffic we get to our Deloitte Parasport website, all indicate to us that there is still lots of interest in taking up disability sport and that Paralympic athletes still inspire people to consider sport as an option for them.”
Dame Margaret Hodge has claimed that there is evidence Jeremy Corbyn’s staff have interfered in Labour antisemitism cases to lower sanctions.Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme, Hodge talked about how “a whole number” of Jeremy Corbyn’s “top team… are involved in decisions around individual complaints”.“They interfere and lower the sanctions so they are just given a warning letter,” she claimed.The MP for Barking said: “What is so awful about this is that Jeremy always proclaims zero tolerance of antisemitism. When it comes to the actual cases, if they’re his mates, he doesn’t demonstrate zero tolerance.“He claims no political interference in these cases. There is. I’ve now seen so much evidence. There is definitely political interference, so trust in him has gone.”Last week Corbyn reassured me categorically that his office never intervened in antisemitism complaints. @ObserverUK whistleblower account clearly shows Corbyn’s office have intervened. Either Corbyn has intentionally misled me or his staff have misled him. Full letter below pic.twitter.com/gUR6LvJ3QW— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) March 5, 2019The Labour leader’s office acknowledges that members of Corbyn’s team have given advice but says they couldn’t overrule decisions and weren’t involved in the investigations. It also maintains that the reports in the Observer applied to an old system that has stopped being used since Jennie Formby became general secretary.Responding to the claims, a Labour spokesperson said: “Since becoming general secretary, Jennie Formby has made procedures for dealing with complaints about antisemitism more robust. Staff who work on disciplinary matters have always led on investigations and recommendations on individual cases.“Any suggestion that staff in the leader’s office overturned recommendations on individual cases is categorically untrue.”LabourList understands that – under Iain McNicol’s tenure as general secretary – an adviser from Corbyn’s office offered his views on 13 cases, only disagreed with the Governance and Legal Unit (GLU) suggestions on one case, and GLU staff made the ultimate decision.Yet Hodge told the BBC: “I’ve got evidence that under the new general secretary of the Labour Party, those very close to Jeremy Corbyn… were involved in discussing cases of terrible antisemitic abuse and in lowering how those people were dealt with.”Formby is understood to be in discussions with Labour peer Charlie Falconer, who has been promised full access to the Labour HQ email archive to help him oversee a review of how the party deals with antisemitism cases.Lord Falconer has not yet accepted the role, but the move has been regarded as a positive step forward for Labour. However, asked whether he would be independent in his role, Hodge said that he wouldn’t.“Last summer, when action was being taken by the Labour Party against me, I was absolutely bombarded by telephone calls from Charlie Falconer. They were not about the rights and wrongs of the case – they were all about trying to force me to give an apology.“He is not independent,” she concluded, warning that someone outside of the party should take on the role or there would be “another Chakrabarti fiasco”.Lord Falconer responded: “I was trying to help Margaret. I was urging the Labour Party to drop the proceedings against her and I was discussing with her whether her lawyers could agree to a form of words with the Labour Party’s lawyers.“I regard Margaret as a friend. I am so sorry that she thought I pressed too hard.”Tags:Labour /Margaret Hodge /Antisemitism /
Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Does Labour back another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU only to avoid a bad Tory deal or no deal? Or does it support a public vote on any Brexit deal, including one that meets its own tests? This isn’t a new debate, but it is hotting up ahead of the European parliament elections. These questions are set to feature in tonight’s regular parliamentary party meeting and dominate the emergency meeting of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) tomorrow, when the ruling body will decide what goes in our European manifesto.Tom Watson, who revealed his endorsement of the “on any deal” commitment in March, is leading the charge for the Pure PV campaign. No ifs, no buts, just a simple ‘confirmatory vote’ pledge. The deputy leader has even tweeted to encourage members to lobby their local party reps on the NEC, and the replies are worth a look. Unite/CLPD-inclined NEC member Claudia Webbe has told Watson off for being “divisive” and this morning he has hit back. Meanwhile, Momentum chair Jon Lansman (personally hesitant about a referendum but supportive of his colleague Laura Parker who is a pro-PV MEP candidate) is trying to keep the peace.When it comes to lobbying, Labour activists need no encouragement (as my inbox shows). So far, Labour for a Socialist Europe has collected over 700 signatures from Labour activists, officials and parliamentarians, and Remain Labour has organised for 22 MEP candidates to sign a PV pledge. Emergency motions have been passed at CLPs. But the leadership wants to stick to imposing conditions, specifying the circumstances in which the party would back a referendum. And while there will be strong voices on the NEC – Watson himself, Richard Corbett, Margaret Beckett – those backing Corbyn’s Brexit position should have a majority. Turnout will be decisive.Surprise surprise, then, Labour is divided over Brexit. Nobody could be blamed for getting bored of this debate, which has seen the same arguments rehashed again and again. Perhaps we should be thanking Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion: the last few weeks of activism focussed on raising awareness of green issues has offered an alternative conversation topic.As Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman told LabourList readers over the weekend, Labour will table a motion this week calling on the government to declare a national climate emergency. If approved by MPs on Wednesday, it would make our parliament the first in the world to make such a move. “For young people, the climate emergency is the cause of their generation. And we in older generations must face up to this seriously,” Corbyn said. The policy details of the future may be more divisive (remember Heathrow), but for now this is an important unity issue for Labour.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Tom Watson /Sue Hayman /Brexit /Public vote /
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JAMES Roby will not tour with England after it emerged he requires surgery at the end of the season.The Saints hooker was ommitted along with Michael McIlorum and Ben Westwood whilst Jack Reed and Lee Mossop are also unavailable through injury.England coach Steve McNamara has drafted in nine uncapped players to his 24 man squad -Daryl Clark, Elliott Whitehead, Joe Westerman, Josh Hodgson, Mike Cooper, Stefan Ratchford, Joe Burgess, Dan Sarginson and Matty Smith.The squad is:George Burgess, Joe Burgess, Tom Burgess, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin (captain), Stefan Ratchford, Dan Sarginson, Michael Shenton, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Joe Westerman, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop,The European-based players will leave England on Tuesday October 14 en route to their pre-tournament camp on the Gold Coast.They start their Four Nations campaign on Saturday October 25 when they take on Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (7.00am BST).Their other group matches are:Australia v England, Sunday November 2 2014, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia (5.00am GMT)New Zealand v England, Saturday November 8 2014, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand (7.00am GMT)2014 Four Nations Final, Saturday November 15 2014, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand (7.45am GMT)
THIS was the classic game of not taking the opportunities you’ve made for yourself and then watching them come back to haunt you, writes Graham Henthorne.Four clean breaks which resulted in a dropped ball instead of the tries they deserved meant that the Saints were only 10 points ahead at the break. They should have been out of sight and the Giants playing for pride.Instead the visitors came out with real purpose and so very nearly went home with the spoils.Saints holding out 24-22.Good interpassing from wing pairing Dave Griffiths and Jake pass resulted in the centre opening the scoring. A penalty for not playing the ball with the foot had given the Saints good field position and two good drives from props Christian Kellett and Adam Hooper put them on the front foot. From the play the ball Mike Wynn and Reece Jackson fed the ball wide to Griffiths early giving him the space he needed for the try.The Saints then bombed two golden opportunities to take the game away from the visitors.Firstly Hooper strode majestically through a massive gap but seemed to get white line fever running straight into the full back instead of attempting to go around him.Five minutes later and Wynn and Sam Royle made the most of a dropped Giants ball interpassing up to the line but the ball was dropped on the next tackle.The Giants saw their chance and took it as the full back broke a tackle and won the race to the posts to even the game up.Captain Ryan Horne showed his class dummying his way through the line. He took it to the full back but with support outside chose Royle on his inside who was caught from behind yards short. Poor handling again saw the chance gone.The Giants coughed it up cheaply and within a minute the Saints had finally taken a chance as Royle went through a massive gap to score.From the kick off Horne this time put Ben Sims through the line. He took it to the full back before giving it outside to Griffiths to go the final 40 to the corner.As has been said the Giants fancied their chances and within 10 minutes of the restart had gone in front.Poor defence down the middle let the long striding centre through and when another missed tackle let them through again Griffiths found himself, rather harshly, sinbinned for holding down. Two tackles later another missed tackle and the Giants were ahead.The starting props Kellett and Hooper came back on to give a bit of stability in the middle and piece of individual brilliance from Joe Sharratt put the Saints back in front. The Seasider stole the ball one on one and then stepped his way of both right and left to pass the cover over 40 metres to go under the posts. Inexplicably Lewis Gartland hit the underside of the bar with the conversion attempt.He made amends minutes later with a great kick which because of the great chase from winger Tom Nesbitt pinned the Giants deep in the own 10 metre area.The pressure tolled and Callum Cooke stepped his way into the right corner to push the lead out to six.The Giants came back, however, and looked to be going in down the left but up stepped winger Nesbitt to calmly intercept and race 60 metres to alleviate the pressure.Having been supreme all day with everything put in front of him Nesbitt inexplicably found himself stepped on the outside by his opposite number who scored in the corner.That earlier missed conversion looked to be coming home to roost but the conversion went narrowly wide and the Saints hung on for the win.Not as accomplished a performance as the first one but again the Saints were pushed out of their comfort zones but dug deep to find the answers coming from behind to break the visitor’s hearts.Next for the 16s is a trip to Hull which is never easy but the Saints will travel with optimism after a second win on the bounce.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Dave Griffiths (4 & 27), Sam Royle (24), Joe Sharratt (51), Callum Cooke (56).Goals: Mike Wynn 2.Giants:Tries: Jack Duggan (18 & 44), Innes Senior (40), Jack Cooper (67).Goals: Ross Whitmore, Connor Murphy 2.Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 24-22Teams:Saints:1. Reece Jackson; 2. Tom Nesbitt, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Dave Griffiths, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne (C), 7. Mike Wynn; 8. Christian Kellett, 9. Paul Nash, 10. Adam Hooper, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Sam Royle, 13. Eddie McLorie. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Joe Sharratt, 16. Sean Croston, 17. Matthew Ashcroft, 18. Louis Brogan, 19. Lewis Gartland.Giants:1. Jack Duggan; 2. Dominic Young, 3. Innes Senior, 4. Louis Senior, 5. Jack Cooper; 6. Ross Whitmore, 7. Jack Flynn; 8. Connor Murphy, 9. Billy Westerman, 10. Tom Hugil, 11. Lucas Hallas, 12. Alfie Copley, 13. Elis Broadbent. Subs: 14. Jake Turner, 15. Ben Tibbs, 16. Wojtech Drop, 17. Drew Judge Clark, 18. Kian Loppage.
In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, hear why people feared this river.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries each Thursday for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.” print WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What’s in a name? The Cape Fear River has been an integral part of our area for hundreds of years.When we’re asked about the history of the river, we usually start with its name and just the name itself is an attraction. But, where exactly does the river get its scary sounding name?- Advertisement –
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Director Angie Carl says these burns serve a number of purposes.“It’s a safety thing for the area and it’s also a benefit for the wildlife,” Carl said. “It allows sunlight to get to the floor. It’s the only way we can get Venus fly traps to grow and all of our 21 different species of carnivorous plants.”Carl says these burns are all about minimizing risk. Crews on scene of controlled burn in Pender County on Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Have you seen a lot of smoke around the Cape Fear lately?The Coastal Fire and Restoration for Nature Conservancy is lighting controlled burns in Pender County to clear up under brush in our forests, which can cause a lot of problems because experts say it feeds a wildfire.- Advertisement –
The new station will house whichever eight fire fighters are on call, and has a few new features that the old building did not have before, such as absorbing what used to be Station 6 and new bi-fold doors that are more hurricane resistant. New Fire House 5 ribbon cutting ceremony (Photo: Kate Cornell) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire Department held their equivalent of a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday for the new Fire House 5 on Shipyard Boulevard.They called it a “Hose Uncoupling Ceremony,” which is more fitting for their line of work.- Advertisement –