A project that could help boost the number of disabled politicians in Scotland has received funding from the Scottish government.The £35, 305 funding will be used to support disabled candidates standing in the 2016 elections to the Scottish parliament, and prospective candidates for the 2017 local government elections.The short-term project will be run by Inclusion Scotland until March 2016 and will assess people’s access barriers and support needs, provide advice on appropriate adjustments, and offer support and mentoring.Jamie Szymkowiak, founder of the One in Five campaign (pictured), which campaigns for greater participation of disabled people in Scottish politics and will be supporting Inclusion Scotland with the project, said the funding was “fantastic news”.He said it would “help remove the non-financial barriers that face disabled people whilst allowing the Scottish government to gain an understanding of what could make financial support more effective in the future”.He added: “The fact our campaign has gained support from all Scotland’s main political parties, various political groups and organisations shows there is a willingness to address the under-representation of disabled people and we hope this project will inspire disabled people across the political spectrum to seek selection in future elections.”Sally Witcher, chief executive of Inclusion Scotland, said: “Disabled people have the human right to be politically active, just like non-disabled people.“Yet, despite having a great deal to contribute to political life in Scotland and despite cross-party commitment to open up access, many barriers exist that prevent their equal participation.“Furthermore, if Scottish government is to achieve its vision for a Fairer Scotland [its consultation on what a fairer Scotland should look like in 2030], one which values the participation of all its citizens, it is imperative we find out more about just what those barriers are and what can be done to remove them.”Marco Biagi, minister for local government and community empowerment, said: “It is vital for society that all of our groups are represented in politics and elected offices at all levels.“We know that disabled people often find it difficult to access elected offices due to the many barriers that exist.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “The Scottish government’s support for aspiring disabled politicians is important.”She contrasted the funding with the UK government’s indecision over its Access to Elected Office fund.The fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government reviews its effectiveness.King said: “The UK government needs to speed up its review of the Access to Elected Office fund.“The review should not take too long; it is not the Chilcot Inquiry. Disabled people need to know there is financial support available as soon as possible.”One in Five also welcomed another campaigning victory, after persuading the Scottish government to change the rules governing elections to the Scottish parliament.The new rules mean that any disability-related costs incurred by a parliamentary candidate – such as to pay for taxis or sign language interpreters – will no longer count towards the legal limit on their election expenses.Joe Fitzpatrick, the minister for parliamentary business, praised the work of One in Five in pushing for the change.
NATHAN Brown has confirmed that Kyle Amor will miss the next three months with a knee injury – but there is better news on Jordan Turner.The duo suffered injuries in the Cup loss to Leeds last month and the prognosis wasn’t good.But scans have revealed Kyle’s injury is not season ending as was feared and Turner hasn’t broken his foot.“When Jordan’s injury was scanned we discovered it wasn’t a bone break but ligament damage,” Brown said. “It is coming along well and it is a short term injury.“Kyle will be out for three months with his knee which, as bad as it sounds, means he might come back and play at the end of the year. That is a bonus for us. There are hurdles to overcome but at the moment they don’t think it requires surgery.“Anthony Laffranchi has nerve damage in his arm and we don’t know when he will be back but Willie Manu is about a month away with a broken thumb.”He continued: “Mark Percival is probably about two weeks away – he had a nasty caulk that had fluid in it. Gary Wheeler had a nasty caulk too and he will miss this week but will be fit moving forward.“And Richie Beaumont is making improvements too which is great. It’s been disappointing for him but the fact he is showing improvements for the first time in a while is good.”Injuries do have a flipside though as the likes of Joe Greenwood, Luke Thompson and Matty Dawson (pictured) can once again gain valuable game time and experience.Brown added: “Joe is a regular player now and is coming off the bench whilst Luke is putting his name forward too. Matty Dawson seems to be fitting in well and is taking his opportunity.“The challenge for them now is to be consistent.“The reality is we wouldn’t be where we are on the ladder if last year didn’t occur. The likes of Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Joe and Thommo got that experience. They came into pre-season, know what is required and are improving.”Saints travel to Bradford on Sunday (3pm) aiming to keep up the pressure on Leeds at the top of the table.The Bulls are in form having turned over Catalan and Warrington in the last two weeks – and will have players returning to action.Both Chev Walker and Manase Manuokafoa are in contention to play.“They performed well against Catalans who had lost just one game in recent weeks and then beat a good Wolves side,” Brown added. “They have done well to fight back after that loss to Wigan. Things looked bad but they’ve bounced back and done well. Credit to Franny (Cummins) as he has done a good job there.“Lee Gaskell is a talented player as is Luke Gale too. Matt Diskin has been around a while as well. They are strong in key positions, kick the ball well and manufacture points.“Anytime their forwards do a good job their blokes in key positions will take their opportunities.”Tickets for Sunday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
SAINTS are chasing their first win over Warrington at Langtree Park when the two sides meet tonight (8pm).The Wolves have won their last four away meetings with St Helens, including all three fixtures between the sides at Langtree Park.Saints’ last home win against the Wolves was a 28-12 play-off victory at Knowsley Road on 10 September, 2010.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Warrington 16, St Helens 28 (SLR9, 30/3/12)Warrington 35, St Helens 28 (SLR19, 24/6/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 39 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 8 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Super League Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one try to draw level with Keith Senior in second place in the list of all-time leading try-scorers.1 Danny McGuire (Leeds, 2001-present) 2142 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 1993 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 1984 David Hodgson (Hull KR/Huddersfield/Salford/Wigan/Halifax, 1999-present) 1685 Leon Pryce (Catalan Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 1656 Ade Gardner (Hull KR/St Helens, 2002-present) 1537 Ryan Hall (Leeds, 2007-present) 1528 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, 2001-present) 1499 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 14810 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 147Paul Wellens – 2 tries away from 200 (198 for St Helens, 1998-2014)First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) 244 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 195 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers), Michael Oldfield (Catalan Dragons), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 17Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 952 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 933 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 904 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 775 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 746 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 707 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 678 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 669 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 6010 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 52Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 100.00 (10/10)2 Kevin Locke (Salford Red Devils) 90.90 (10/11)3 Luke Gale (Bradford Bulls) 89.18 (33/37)4 Jordan Rankin (Hull FC) 84.37 (27/32)5 Sam Williams (Catalan Dragons) 84.00 (21/25)6 Jacob Miller (Hull FC) 81.81 (9/11)7 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 81.25 (52/64)8 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.57 (66/84)9 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 77.77 (70/90)10 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 77.23 (95/123)(10 minimum attempts to qualify)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 2162 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 2023 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1974 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 1785 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1686 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 1608 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1539 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 13610 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 125
CHECK out our Official YouTube Channel to see highlights from Friday night’s fantastic win over Wigan Warriors.See Josh Jones’ last gasp try that sent Langtree Park into raptures. Don’t forget to check out our Podcasts too. They are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.
Inside an electric DW Stadium packed out with over 5,500 Saints fans, James Roby set us on our way scurrying over from dummy half. Wigan to their credit responded through Hardaker, before Grace grabbed his first after Jonny Lomax had broken through the Wigan line. Lachlan Coote hit a penalty before Grace went over for his second. George Williams gave Wigan hope on the half-time hooter, before Saints blew the Warrriors away in the second half. First Tommy Makinson went over, before Grace secured his hat-trick and Coote went over late on to send the Saints fans home bouncing.An electric start to the Good Friday clash saw Saints off to a flyer through Roby. After back to back sets on the Wigan line, Roby picked the ball up from close range to crash over giving Saints the lead. Coote kicked the conversion. The opening try came at a cost though as Mark Percival hobbled off with a hamstring injury with LMS filling in the centres. LMS was to hobble off late on with a knee injury.Wigan hit back within minutes though after a move on their right edge saw Hardaker find the gap to score, but he was unable to convert before Tom Davies was stretchered off with a nasty looking ankle injury.An entertaining 15 minutes followed with both defences standing firm after being forced to defend back to back sets. But it was Saints who struck next after a bit of magic from Lomax created the gap for himself to run 20 metres and then feed Grace who scored in the corner.Coote kicked a penalty minutes later giving Saints a 12-4 lead before Saints were in again. Thompson took an inside ball and broke the Wigan defensive line before feeding the supporting Coote who was tackled just short of the Wigan line. Straight from the play off the ball Thompson put Grace in at the corner giving Saints an 18-4 lead with Coote converting off the touchline.Wigan grabbed a lifeline though scoring with seconds left on the first half after Oliver Gildart broke and fed Williams inside to score sending the teams in at half time with the score at Wigan 10-18 Saints.The second half started just like the first with both sides playing at a fast pace. It was Wigan who were almost in first, but a try saving tackle from Danny Richardson and Makinson denied the Warriors. On the very next set the pair combined sending Makinson over in the corner after great handling from Naiqama.Man of the match Grace then grabbed his hat-trick. After great handling on our left edge from Dom Peyroux, who put Grace away down the line. The winger stepped back inside three Warriors defenders to touch down for his third try.Another try quickly followed when Coote chased down a Lomax kick and out jumped Hardaker to score with the Saints fans wildly singing his name. They sung a little louder minutes later as Coote converted his own try to give Saints a 36-10 Derby Day victory!Match Summary:Wigan Warriors:Tries: Hardaker (12), Williams (39).Goals: Hardaker (1 from 2)Starting 13: Hardaker, Davies, Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Shorrocks, Flower, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Smithies, Partington,Interchanges: O’Loughlin, Tautai, Bullock, Greenwood.Saints:Tries: Roby (6), Grace (24, 31, 63) Makinson (47), Coote (70)Goals: Coote (4 from 6)Penalties: Coote 2Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, LMS, Matty Lees, Aaron Smith.HT: 10-18 FT: 10-36REF: J. ChildATT: 22,050
New Hanover High School (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Investigators have identified a student accused of making threats on social media against New Hanover High School, the school’s principal said in a phone message to students and parents tonight.In the message, Principal Rob Morgan said the school learned late this afternoon of threats of potential violence at the school tomorrow. He said law enforcement got involved and quickly identified the student, who Morgan said will not be at school tomorrow. The student’s name has not been released.- Advertisement – Morgan said in his message that the school would continue to work with law enforcement on this case and quickly deal with any similar situations in the future.Morgan also thanked everyone who came forward with information about the threats.New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday told WWAY he could not disclose what exactly the threat said because of the criminal investigation.Related Article: National group: North Carolina teacher pay moves up rankingsNew Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer did not immediately have information about the investigation or any criminal charges.
The performance featured 23 professional dancers from the U.S International Ballet, telling the classic fairy tale through dance. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a packed house at the Wilson Center as the Wilmington Ballet Company presented Cinderella Sunday afternoon.The performance featured 23 professional dancers from the U.S International Ballet, telling the classic fairy tale through dance. WWAY’s own Jeff Rivenbark was the emcee of the program.- Advertisement – Cinderella is the first touring performance of the U.S. International Ballet. The debut at the Wilson Center marks a historic event for the international company.
HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s a story of support and care for a 14-year-old boy from West Virginia. He’s been battling cancer and when asked where he wanted to go for vacation this year, he said two words: Holden Beach.Elijah Clark was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Doctors say the tumor is growing, so his mom and dad asked him where he wanted to go for vacation. He chose Holden Beach, a spot the family has gone every year since 1983.- Advertisement – “My wife got on the Friends of Holden Beach page and just put a post out there saying ‘I know this is late but does anybody know of a house we can rent for the week. We really want to bring Eli to the beach this year,’” Eli’s dad Roy Clark said.But the community wanted to do more. They raised almost $5,000 to bring Eli and his family down.“Within a day they had everything taken care of and so my wife was talking with one of the ladies she had been corresponding with and said ‘who do I call to give our debit card to’ and she says ‘don’t worry about that, it’s all taken care of,’” Roy said.Related Article: Man sorry he urinated on memorial to boy who died of cancerWhen they arrived, signs were ready to welcome Eli, a fridge and cabinets were full of food and large kites anchored outside of their beach house instead of the pier, so Eli could enjoy the site. Holden Beach resident Trina Giampocaro says many people don’t see the Clarks as just visitors but family.“It doesn’t surprise me at all. Just good people here and the lovely support that they have for him and everything and the family it’s just…we couldn’t wait to get them here,” Giampocaro said.Everyone is hoping for the best for Eli.“Holden beach is definitely #elistrong,” Giampocaro said.Many people have come by to see Eli and root for him. Local EMS has also told the family that whenever they need to move Eli, to let them know so they can help him out as well.
Randy Aldridge on April 16, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/Randy Aldridge) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY Anchor Randy Aldridge has been fighting cancer for several weeks now and we have a positive news to share.Randy announced in February he would take leave as he battled stage 3 cancer.- Advertisement – He says his radiation and chemotherapy have both ended.His team of doctors say the radiation and the chemicals will remain in his system for a bit longer, which is what continues to make him sick almost on a daily basis.Doctors believe the treatment is working.Related Article: Child death toll hits 7 in viral outbreak at rehab centerRandy posted on Facebook the following statement:“Hi everyone! It has been a while since I’ve updated you on my treatment and progress. It has been several weeks of ups and downs, but the days are starting to get better.My radiation and chemotherapy both ended and my team of doctors say the radiation and the chemicals will be in my system a bit longer. This is what continues to make me sick almost on a daily (but less so) basis.As you can imagine, the radiation has left my body quite depleted. I am still blistered and raw at the radiation sites. It is improving and I’m happy to say I’m spending less time in bed and more time up and about!The treatment has made a good deal of my hair fall out, but not all of it and I think it has stopped (I think this because of my “highly scientific method” of looking a the hair on my pillow and in the sink each morning!). It is also a lot more gray so I’m anxious to see how it grows back in. I am down 30 pounds. Doctor’s don’t seem overly worried about it and have told me to start introducing a lot of foods back into my diet (Hello and glad to see you green vegetables! We’ll see you soon spicy foods!).The good news is that doctors believe the treatment is working. They can no longer feel any of the tumors just by touch. That is a good sign! Just a few weeks ago you could SEE the lumps on my lymph nodes! We are very excited about the news, yet remain anxious that the treatment will be successful. Doctors have scheduled a surgical procedure next month to see the progress. That will let them know if we can celebrate (a PET scan will follow to make sure the cancer is in remission) or if we need to do something else to kill it completely. Fingers crossed!Until then I’ll try to keep you up to date as I learn more.As always thank you for all the cards, gifts, calls and, maybe most of all, the kind thoughts and messages. I went into this thinking I would sail through the treatment. What I found out is that I needed my family, my family of friends, and all of YOU to get me through it.Thank you as always and I’m sending you much, much love.”Throughout his fight with the disease, he has been an advocate for others to get preventative tests for colorectal types of cancer.You can show Randy some love and see his progress on his Facebook page.
Chief Jordan said a story aired in May of 2018 on Smart’s case. WWAY’s Hannah Patrick featured Smart’s case in her #Unsolved series on May 7, 2018. She re-aired it again two weeks later and a few times in the last year.At the time, Police Chief Brad Shirley said Smart lived in the 200 block of South Shore Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes. That was the last place he was ever seen. Shirley said Smart had just gotten a new job. He said Smart had been hired by a trucking company in South Carolina and was scheduled for orientation to start driving the truck. Smart would never make it to that orientation.In a news release, Chief Jordan said after the story aired in May of 2018, new information came to light. He said new leads were established and that led to the arrest of O’Daniels.Related Article: Sheriff: Mom killed 11-year-old to keep her from having sexIn court this afternoon, prosecutors gave more information on the arrest. Assistant District Attorney Jenna Early said someone called the SBI with a name of a person with information after they saw the #Unsolved story on Smart.Early said Smart met O’Daniels while he was in jail on a DWI charged back in June of 1995. Early said they were living together in O’Daniels’ house when Smart went missing in 1995.Early said the tip led investigators to a circle of four of O’Daniels’s friends to come forward with information including a former girlfriend.O’Daniels is now charged with murder. District Attorney Jon David said it is an interesting case, because it is a cold case and it is a no body homicide.The judge gave O’Daniels a $750,000 secured bond. His next court date is July 23.Bryan O’Daniels (Photo: Brunswick Co. Detention Center)David asks anyone who knows any family or friends of Smart to call Boiling Spring Lakes Police or anyone who has heard O’Daniels talk about the case or make comments about what he has done. David said sometimes people who have committed crimes will use it to scare people. BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department has made an arrest in a case featured in WWAY’s #Unsolved series.Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Greg Jordan said Bryan Lee O’Daniels, 44, of Wilmington is charged with one count of murder connected to the disappearance of Timothy Smart in July 1995.- Advertisement –