Month: July 2019

The failure of the criminal justice system to reco

first_imgThe failure of the criminal justice system to recognise and punish disability hate crime has been highlighted yet again, after nine members of the same family were jailed for modern slavery and fraud offences spanning more than 25 years.Members of the Rooney family received sentences of up to 16 years after Nottingham Crown Court heard how they had exploited 18 men, several of whom had mental health conditions or learning difficulties, while others had drug or alcohol problems.The men were kept in squalid conditions on two sites in Lincolnshire, with many living in caravans without running water or toilet facilities.All of them had been picked up by members of the Rooney family and, according to Lincolnshire police, were “specifically targeted” because they were “vulnerable and homeless”.They were forced to work long hours, and were paid little if anything in wages – they were often given only a packet of tobacco and some alcohol – while the family enjoyed expensive holidays and cars, spa days and cosmetic surgery.Some of the men were forced to sleep in stables next to dog kennels, and were sometimes only fed on the family’s leftovers.They were kept in conditions the police described as “truly shocking”, and were “financially, emotionally and physically abused”, subjected to threats of violence and intimidation, and assaulted, while their bank accounts were ransacked.One of the men is believed to have been held for 26 years.The police investigation also found that the Rooneys had fraudulently obtained four properties, by befriending the “vulnerable” owners and encouraging them to sign over the houses for prices well below their market value. At least two of those defrauded were disabled people.But despite police admitting that the victims had been targeted by the Rooneys because they were seen as vulnerable, including those who were disabled, none of the offences were treated as disability hate crimes* by the police or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).The courts have a legal duty** to increase sentences for offences found to be motivated by disability-related hostility, under Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.But disability hate crime campaigners have repeatedly raised concerns that it is too difficult to prove such hostility under the current legislation.Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London and an adviser to both the police and CPS on disability hate crime, said the case proved yet again that the law on disability hate crime was “inadequate”.She said: “We definitely see this as hostility related to disability. They have been targeted because they have been deemed vulnerable. That’s because they are disabled.”She said it was frustrating that she and other activists had to repeatedly highlight such cases and criticise the criminal justice system for its failure to recognise them as disability hate crimes.But she added: “We need to do this because it keeps the pressure on.“Hate crime is supposed to be about our perception. Until the law is changed we are not going to get an adequate response.”Chief superintendent Chris Davison, head of crime for Lincolnshire police, told Disability News Service in a statement that many of the men had been targeted because they had become estranged from family and friends, were out of work and homeless. He said: “There was no evidence to support that these were hate crimes purposefully committed against people with disabilities so we did not prosecute under such legislation.“If the family members had demonstrated hostility towards the victim because of a disability, or their treatment of victims was found to have been motivated because [of a] particular disability, this is something our investigation team would have considered.“In this case some of the victims’ learning disabilities were only diagnosed once we removed them from the sites and they were in the care of support services.”A CPS spokesman said the offences were not treated as hate crimes by prosecutors because “there was not sufficient evidence to prove hostility towards disabled people or a disabled person as a motivation”.*The Crown Prosecution Service defines a disability hate crime as “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability”**Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 imposes a duty on the court to increase sentences for offences motivated by disability-related hostility, while the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 doubles to 30 years the starting point for sentences for disability hate crime murdersPicture: An aerial view of one of the sites where the men were keptlast_img read more

A disabled Tory peer has resigned as a board membe

first_imgA disabled Tory peer has resigned as a board member of the equality watchdog over a government minister’s “collusion” with the decision not to appoint him as a disability commissioner.Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin made the announcement in a speech in the House of Lords on Tuesday, during a debate on the human rights implications of Brexit.He told peers that women and equalities minister Justine Greening had “colluded” with the decision of the Equality and Human Rights Commissioner (EHRC) to scrap the role of disability commissioner by appointing him instead as a general commissioner.He told peers that he would not collude in this “shameful downgrading of disability”.He has previously criticised the commission’s “shocking” behaviour over the appointment process.He has also written to the prime minister, threatening to resign the Conservative whip and work instead as a crossbench peer.He told fellow peers on Tuesday that Greening “colluded with the commission to help get rid of the role when she decided to appoint me as a general commissioner instead”.He said: “Needless to say, she did not make that point clear to me at the time she wrote to offer me the role of a commissioner on the board.“Had the minister bothered to ask me, I would have told her straight that disabled people desperately need a dedicated disability commissioner to champion our equality. That need cannot simply be abolished.”He told peers he was “withdrawing” his acceptance of the post of commissioner because it was “made under false pretences”.He repeated a request he had made to the prime minister to release all the communications between the government and EHRC over his appointment “so that parliament can understand how on earth the equalities minister could possibly think that agreeing to help get rid of the disability commissioner role would somehow help disabled people in our fight for equality”.Lord Shinkwin (pictured) had been refusing to attend EHRC board meetings in protest at the decision to appoint him as a general commissioner.He had applied last year for the post of disability commissioner but was told months later – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he had instead been appointed as a general commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.He has suggested that the decision to appoint him as a general commissioner – rather than as the commissioner leading on disability issues – was only made after the commission learned that he had been selected for the role by Greening.Theresa May has told Lord Shinkwin in a letter that the government “had no involvement in the EHRC’s decision to abolish the Disability Commissioner role”.Lord Shinkwin told Disability News Service last night (Wednesday) that he was waiting for a reply from the prime minister to his latest letter before deciding whether to resign the whip.He said: “I’m reassured that the prime minister hasn’t replied yet, as I think the situation deserves careful consideration.”The commission insists that it had decided there was no need for a disability commissioner because of the decision to “mainstream” disability into its work.It has said that during the gap of several months between the interviews for the post, last December, and Greening’s decision to appoint Lord Shinkwin in April, the statutory disability committee had “expired” and the board had decided that the post of disability commissioner should also be scrapped.An EHRC spokeswoman said the commission was “disappointed Lord Shinkwin believes he cannot take up his position as a commissioner”.She claimed that the decision on the future of the disability commissioner role was taken “after no successful candidate was appointed”.She said: “As the statutory disability committee had come to an end it was decided to strengthen our disability work by mainstreaming it across the whole of the organisation.“This gives a greater voice for disabled people as all board members now focus on disability issues which will be central to all the commission’s work.”She refused to say if the commission knew what would happen now over replacing Lord Shinkwin, saying that it was “a question for government”.The Government Equalities Office had failed to comment by noon today (Thursday), nearly two days after Lord Shinkwin’s speech.last_img read more

Good Morning Mission to Ships At Sea

first_imgRight now it is 58° with a high of 73° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: 24th to 25th, Hampshire to PotreroYou can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.Photo by Judy Graboyes 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy Graboyes last_img read more

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first_imgThe hoody has a predominantly black body, with a sublimated vee pattern on upper chest which runs throughout the 2018 Training Range.And above all, it’s comfortable and cosy too!It’s available in Kids sizes Age 5/6 through to 13/14.To buy call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium or click here.Remember, you can buy from our online store and collect in store!last_img

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints put in a masterful performance in the win over Castleford Tigers which maintained our 100% start to the season and Holbrook reflected on the performance, paying tribute to the forwards and the fans before looking ahead to the challenge that lies in waiting on Friday against Hull KR.last_img

Deputies locate missing Pender County teen

first_img Beverly Yvonne Bell Myer, 16, was reported missing from Hampstead Sunday.Myer was last seen wearing a maroon shirt and black jeans.If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Beverly Myer, please contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 910-259-1515. Beverly Yvonne Bell Myer (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) UPDATE: The teen was found in New Hanover County.PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in locating a missing teen.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD investigating shooting that sent man to hospital

first_img The spokeswoman said Point should be out of the hospital soon.No word on a suspect.Anyone with information should use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609. (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An investigation is underway into a shooting in Wilmington that sent one man to the hospital.A Wilmington Police spokeswoman said 21-year-old Malik Amar Point was shot in the bicep in the 100 block of Spring Avenue just after 6:30 p.m. Friday night.- Advertisement – last_img

Veterans and military ride Wave Transit for free this weekend

first_img Up to two friends or family members can also ride for free.Beginning this Fri through Sun, Nov 9-11, Wave Transit honors #Veterans and active duty military personnel with a free fare weekend! Show a valid Veteran or military ID to ride the bus to the #VeteransDay Parade or other destinations at no cost! #ILM— Wave Transit (@WaveTransitILM) November 6, 2018You must have your valid ID, which can include your VA issued ID, former military ID, or driver license that indicates you’re a Veteran. Wave Transit trolley (Photo: Wave Transit) WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Veterans and members of the military can catch a free ride on Wave Transit this weekend.From Friday through Sunday, in honor of Veterans Day, retired and current military personnel can ride any route without paying the fare.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Updated Man found dead in Saint Pauls Bay – reports

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint CMRUCMRU Police have told that a male was found dead in a garage in Sailor’s Street St Paul’s Bay yesterday afternoon around 1.30PM.No further details on their age or nationality have been provided so far.This update following reports in local media yesterday that a man had been found dead in Saint Paul’s Bay. According to media reports, the body in all probabilities belongs to Allan Hartmann-Jensen, who was reported missing on the 5th of June.WhatsApplast_img read more

Eminem Is Suing Facebook

first_imgEminem Advertisement Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s song publisher  is suing Facebook and its Portland ad agency Wieden+Kennedy for allegedly copying his 2000 song “Under the Influence.” The publishing house filed a 12-page formal complaint in a federal court in Detroit on Monday.The 60-second ad in question is called ‘Airplane’ and promotes Facebook Home.According to Eight Mile Style, the song was featured in a webcast given by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on April 4, prompting the publisher to issue a complaint shortly thereafter. The section of the video using the song has since been changed.“The alteration of the Airplane advertisement was an admission that Facebook knew it had infringed on the Eminem/D12 Composition.” Eminem’s lawyers claim – Advertisement – Curiously, the complaint not only criticizes Facebook’s unauthorized use of the song, but it also specifies that Wieden+Kennedy copied Eminem’s music “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme” of the 2000 song.Blogger, Josh Wolford, posted about the familiarity of the song featured on the Zuckerberg webcast and noted that an altered version of the spot – using different music – was uploaded on Facebook’s official YouTube channel a few days later. He pointed out that in the new version (see below), “the melody is similar, but not the same,” as the Eminem song. The television release of the spot used the new music, as well.Eight Mile Style included the amended version in their court complaint, claiming that the revision was “an admission that Facebook knew it had infringed” on the songwriter’s music.The music publisher has had a string of law suits with various companies like Apple and Audi who have used Eminem’s music without permission. Both companies settled with the rapper’s publisher out of court.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more