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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Home Office has been unable to explain why the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by the police plunged last year by nearly a quarter, and why successful prosecutions of such offences fell even more sharply.In a week when the Home Office published its updated hate crime action plan, and its own figures showed a significant rise in the number of hate crimes recorded by the police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) figures are likely to embarrass home secretary Sajid Javid.In publishing his refreshed action plan, Javid said that hate crime “goes directly against the long-standing British values of unity, tolerance and mutual respect” and that he was “committed to stamping this sickening behaviour out”.But his department has been unable to explain this week why the new CPS annual report on hate crime showed the number of disability hate crimes referred by police forces in England and Wales to CPS fell from 988 in 2016-17 to just 754 in 2017-18, a drop of 23.7 per cent.This is likely to have contributed to a fall in completed prosecutions of disability hate crime cases from 1,009 to 752 last year (an even steeper fall of 25.5 per cent) and a slump in the number of disability hate crime convictions from 800 to 564 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).Only last week, Disability News Service reported how the work of police officers in more than half of disability hate crime investigations had been found to be “unacceptable”, following a joint inspection by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).The new CPS figures came as the Home Office’s own figures showed the number of disability hate crimes recorded by police forces rose sharply from 5,558 in 2016-17 to 7,226 in 2017-18.There is continuing debate over whether the latest significant increase in recorded hate crimes is due to more disabled people willing to report such offences to the police or third-party reporting centres; because of an actual increase in disability hate crime; or because of a combination of the two.As incidents can take several months for the police to investigate, crimes reported in 2017-18 may not have been referred to the CPS in that period, so the Home Office and CPS figures are not directly comparable.Separate Home Office figures – taken from the Crime Survey of England and Wales, but less statistically significant than those recorded by police forces because of the survey’s sample size – suggest that the number of disability hate crimes may have fallen slightly.They showed an average of about 52,000 disability hate crimes per year from 2015-16 to 2016-17, compared with an average of about 56,000 a year during the period 2011-12 to 2013-14, and 77,000 per year during the period 2007-08 to 2009-10.Anne Novis, chair of Inclusion London and the Metropolitan police’s disability hate crime working group, said it was “very disappointing” to see statistics showing such a steep fall in police referrals to CPS and subsequent prosecutions and convictions.She said possible explanations included the lack of training for police officers and “a lack of senior police emphasising the importance of recording and investigating appropriately”.But she also blamed government cuts, which she said had hit police forces hard, including their training budgets.She said: “Hundreds of staff have gone from the police in London, including many senior staff.“It is unrealistic that they could provide a service to all of us, let alone a community that finds it hard to communicate with the police because of the barriers that we have to face.”Despite the cuts, she said, police forces were still letting disabled people down with their performance on disability hate crime.A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to explain the fall in police referrals and failed to say if the department was concerned and what action it was going to take.But she said in a statement: “We expect all incidents of hate crime to be taken seriously and we are committed to making sure that police and prosecutors have the powers they need to bring offenders to justice.“We will continue to work with stakeholders to address what more can be done to tackle disability hate crime, particularly increasing reporting, and how we can support the police response to this vile crime.”A CPS spokesman said: “The CPS is only able to prosecute cases which are referred to us by the police.“We note the fall in the number of disability hate crime cases prosecuted this year and will continue to work with the police to understand any emerging trends.“The recent HMCPSI report on disability hate crime praised the work of the CPS and particularly our hate crime co-ordinators, so we can be confident the CPS is prosecuting these cases appropriately.”Two years ago, the then home secretary Amber Rudd was heavily criticised when she published her hate crime action plan for a “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability-related hostility.The government’s updated hate crime action plan bragged this week of how its efforts since 2016 had “delivered success, including examples of strong police practice in response to hate crime and dealing with perpetrators”.Among new measures announced this week in the action plan, the Law Commission has been asked to review current hate crime legislation – as the commission recommended four years ago in a heavily-criticised report – following concerns that it does not offer disabled and LGBT people equal protection to that given to other protected groups.The review is likely to include examining the possible extension of aggravated offences – which have higher sentences and currently can only apply to crimes linked to race and religion – to disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.There will also be a national hate crime communications campaign, while the government will work with local groups to raise awareness of disability hate crime and examine how best to promote third party reporting centres, as well as attempting to “increase and broaden our engagement with stakeholders representing disabled people”.A separate report detailing progress made on the 2016 action plan reveals that a piece of research that aimed to identify the motivation behind disability hate crime had to be “abandoned” because they could not find enough perpetrators willing to work with academics.Meanwhile, a disabled people’s organisation has welcomed a £373,000 grant from the National Lottery that will further its work in tackling disability hate crime over the next three years.Disability Equality (nw), which is based in Preston, Lancashire, will use the money to develop disabled-led programmes and partnerships, focusing on the night-time economy, hate crime hot spots and “recruiting more disabled people who have been victims of hate crime to be ambassadors” so they can “spread the word” about how to report disability hate crime.last_img read more

A new guide – written solely by autistic people –

first_imgA new guide – written solely by autistic people – aims to show care providers, commissioners and inspectors how to provide “quality care” for other autistic people.An Independent Guide to Quality Carefor Autistic Peoplehas been written by members of the National Autistic Taskforce (NAT) and has a“heavy emphasis” on developing choice and control for service-users.The guidesays: “The more autonomy a person has, the less support services need to relyon external authorities such as good practice guides, instead looking to theperson themselves as the primary source of information, instruction andguidance.”Among itsrecommendations is that care providers should make the protection of service-users’autonomy “a core priority” and ensure they have choice and control over “majorlife decisions and not just everyday choices”.The guideadds: “Respect the rights of all people to privacy, dignity and the maximumpossible control over their own lives.”It also saysthere should be respect for the right of autistic service-users to make “unwisedecisions”, while their human rights should be prioritised over any “perceivedrisks to organisational or personal reputations”.The guide,which has been endorsed by organisations including the autistic-led AutisticUK and the non-user-ledcharity the National Autistic Society, warns that even “well-meaning approachesto care may be negative experiences for some autistic people when these do notrespect an autistic perspective”.This couldinclude being subjected to “treatments” that seek to “normalise” theservice-user or that try to include them in social activities they do not wantto participate in.The guidesays service-providers should carry out regular “sensory reviews” of the placeswhere autistic service-users spend time, ensure “prompt and effective” accessto advocacy, and embed “rights-based thinking” in day-to-day practice.And it saysthat any “physical intervention, pharmaceutical control of behaviour or anyother forms of restraint” should be viewed as service “failures”.The guidesays: “A good service for autistic people is one where staff try to putthemselves in an autistic person’s shoes, get to know each person as anindividual, and maintain a relationship with the person based on trust andrespect.”And it adds:“A good service for autistic people recognises autistic identity and does not assumethat what is ‘normal’ or ‘good’ for non-autistic people is necessarily rightfor an autistic person.”Thetaskforce hopes its new guide will be part of a growing move beyond the idea ofco-production of services and “towards autistic leadership”.Its mainauthor was trainer and consultant Yo Dunn, a member of the NAT executive.NAT was launched in December 2017 and has received two years’ funding of £100,000 from the Shirley Foundation, with its focus “to help empower autistic adults, including those with less autonomy and higher support needs, to have a stronger voice in the decisions and direction of their own lives”.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Deputies Kids living at Whiteville home with meth lab

first_img When deputies got to the scene, they said they discovered a meth lab in an outbuilding. They found drug paraphernalia, more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, and precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, including ammonium nitrate, lithium metal, and Sudafed.The State Bureau of Investigation’s Clandestine Lab Response Team was contacted to assist Columbus County Sheriff’s Office to remove the material.Huggins was book into the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center with a $426,000 secured bond.Related Article: Autopsy planned after decomposing body found in Columbus CountyCharges:1 misdemeanor count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia2 felony counts of Trafficking Methamphetamine1 felony count of Manufacturing a Schedule II Controlled Substance3 felony counts of Possession of a Precursor with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine1 felony count of Maintaining a Vehicle for Use, Storage, or Sale of a Controlled Substance WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A man is behind bars after Columbus County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered two young children living at a Whiteville home with a meth lab on the property.Deputies were dispatched early Friday to a home on Gore Trailer Road in Whiteville. The call was in reference to a domestic dispute between Johnathan Huggins, his girlfriend and her mother.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating multiple overnight shootings

first_img Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers received an alert of shots fired in the 500 block of Barclay Hills Dr. Police said a short time later, New Hanover Regional Medical Center informed them a 45-year-old Wilmington man arrived for treatment. A witness told police that the victim was arguing with the suspect when the suspect pulled out a gun and fired shots. Police said the 45-year-old victim is in stable condition.WPD said the shootings do not appear to be related and both investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are asking for any information in relation to two separate overnight shootings.According to a release, police first responded to the 110 block of Campbell St. around 11 p.m. Monday after an alert of shots fired. Officers arrived and found a 19-year-old Wilmington man with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Neighbors exchange gunshots during Tabor City home breakin

first_img Deputies responded to  Tillman Avenue in Tabor City in reference to shots fired.The couple who live in the home told investigators that Edward Deron Riggins, 28, who also lives on Tillman Avenue, attempted to enter their residence.Riggins then allegedly began firing shots into the home.Related Article: Dropped wallet leads to arrest in Carolina Beach car break-insOne of the homeowners fired back and shot Riggins.Riggins was driven to the hospital.After being treated for his injuries, he was arrested. Riggins is currently in the J Rueben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina.No word yet on the charges he will face in Columbus County. Edward Riggins (Photo: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and then exchanging gunshots with the man who lived there.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just before 11:30 Thursday night.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hunting temporarily restricted on portion of Bladen Lakes State Forest

first_img The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission has changed the designation of the land to a temporary restricted zone.The commission says it will reevaluate the designation after hunting season ends. Bladen Lakes State Forest signs on NC Highway 53. (Photo: Facebook) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A portion of the game lands at Bladen Lakes State Forest is now off limits to hunting.Due to safety concerns, around 72 acres of the game land adjacent to Sweet Home Church Road and Sweet Home Trail will be closed to hunting until further notice.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Empie Park expands into largest tennis facility east of I95 in NC

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One Wilmington park got a makeover just in time for perfect outdoor activity weather.The City of Wilmington held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the $1.425 million Empie Park Improvement Project. The park is located at 3405 Park Avenue.- Advertisement – Improvements include five additional hard tennis courts with LED lighting, 61 new parking spaces, landscaping, sidewalks that connect to the newly completed Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, and connectivity between Wrightsville Avenue and Park Avenue via a second access from Caswell Street.Lisa Estep, who plays in two Wilmington recreation leagues, says this is a great new edition.“It’s amazing to have these facilities right here,” Estep said. “It’s been a long time coming because this was phase three. We’ve had those courts for a while and we’ve been really lucky to have them and now to have these and it’ll just make tennis available to so many different people.”Related Article: Price gouging victims scammed during storm to get paid backIt is the largest tennis facility east of I-95 in North Carolina.The improvements began in July 2018 and were funded by the city’s multi-year construction program approved as part of the city’s annual budget.This project was a continuation of the Empie Phase 1 Improvements completed in 2010, which consisted of an additional 10 hard tennis courts with lights, a clubhouse, basketball courts and additional parking spaces.The Althea Gibson Tennis Complex now has 24 hard courts with lights to allow for more public play and larger scale tournaments and events.If you would like to book a time slot to use any of these courts visit here.last_img read more

Pender health officials issues measles info after outbreak

first_img “Vaccination with MMR vaccine is the best way to protect against measles,” said Kim Trotman, Pender County Health Department immunization nurse. “One dose of measles-containing vaccine administered at age 12 months is approximately 93 percent effective and the effectiveness of two doses of measles-containing vaccine is greater than 97 percent.”At this time, North Carolina law regarding measles vaccination has not changed. All children attending school in North Carolina must have two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days between doses.The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) released the following guidelines for citizens wondering if they should be revaccinated:Related Article: NC health department confirms 23 flu deaths so far this season• Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (either proof of measles vaccination or a titer showing that they are immune to measles) should receive one dose of a measles containing vaccine.• Adults who fall into the high-risk category should have two doses of measles containing vaccine separated by at least 28 days. High-risk category includes healthcare workers, international travelers, and students attending post high school educational institutions.People born before 1957 are considered to have immunity to measles and generally do not need to be vaccinated. Birth before 1957 provides only presumptive evidence for measles, mumps, and rubella. Before vaccines were available, nearly everyone was infected with measles, mumps, and rubella viruses during childhood. Most people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and therefore are presumed to be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. Healthcare personal born before 1957 without laboratory evidence of immunity or disease should consider getting two doses of MMR vaccine.Pender County Health Department offers measles vaccine as well as MMR titers. Contact Pender County Health Department for questions regarding cost. You do not need an appointment to receive vaccination or titers. Walk in hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from 12-1 daily for lunch and holidays). We are located at 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw.You may call 910-259-1230 or visit the health department website www.health.pendercountync.gov.If you live in the Hampstead area, you can visit the Immunization Clinic at the Hampstead Annex which is open every Wednesday from 12:00 -5:00 PM. No appointment is necessary. The Hampstead Annex is located at 15060 US Highway 17, Hampstead. Measles vaccine (Photo: Matthew Lotz / U.S. Air Force) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — With recent news about the increasing number of measles cases in the United States, people are asking if they should be revaccinated.On Monday, U.S. health officials say this year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation’s highest in 25 years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Thousands attend 2019 Ocean City Jazz Festival

first_img The organizer, Kenneth Chestnut, said that about 2,000 people attended this year’s festival in total. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ten years in a row, Ocean City Jazz Festival has brought people together through the power of music.Singers, bands, vendors and guests gathered at North Topsail Beach for history, music and food this whole weekend.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Malta ratifies agreement improving satellite navigation in the EU

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Credit: NASACredit: NASA Malta has signed an agreement ratifying it cooperation over systems to satellite programmes.The ratification of the Instrument was signed by Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, is aimed at providing better navigation services for citizens across the European Member States and of Switzerland.The move follows the original creation of the Cooperation Agreement back in December 2013.This effort sees long term cooperation between the European Union and Switzerland in the area of satellite navigation within the civilian remit as well Swiss cooperation with programmes operated by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems.WhatsApplast_img read more