The Scottish government has described how it hopes

first_imgThe Scottish government has described how it hopes to make the UN disability convention “a reality” for disabled people in Scotland.A draft plan, published this week, includes more than 50 recommendations which it hopes will help Scotland implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The draft delivery plan for 2016-20 includes commitments on welfare reform, public transport, disability hate crime, housing, accessible design and access to justice.The plan points out that disabled people in Scotland are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people, while a total of 230,000 more adapted homes are needed.The plan has been put out for consultation until 4 January 2016, with the final plan to be published next summer.The document is deeply critical of the UK government’s welfare reforms, which it says are having a “disproportionate impact on the lives of disabled people”.Among commitments is a promise to open the new Scottish Independent Living Fund – which is already open to former users of the Independent Living Fund – to new users.On accessible housing, it says the SNP government will “consider in greater depth the issues raised by disabled people’s organisations about the availability of accessible housing”, while it will publish a guide to help architects design accessible buildings that “fully meet the needs of disabled people”.The document also pledges to measure how NHS bodies in Scotland are “embracing equality, diversity and human rights”, and to abolish fees for employment tribunals that were introduced by the UK government in 2013.The Scotland bill is due to transfer powers on social security for disabled people to the Scottish government, which promises a system that “treats people with dignity and respect during their time applying for, being assessed and receiving disability benefits”.The Scottish government also promises to work with a local authority to develop a pilot project aimed at “preventing and removing disability hate crime from society”.Dr Jim Elder-Woodward, chair of the Scottish Independent Living Coalition, said the draft plans were “a major milestone” and “a good starting point towards building a fairer Scotland for all disabled people”. But he added: “There is a way yet to go before disabled people can enjoy their legal and moral rights of choice, control, dignity, and freedom.“As disabled people we know best the changes needed to remove the disabling barriers we experience.“We welcome these draft commitments and urge disabled people to seize this opportunity to have their say and to share with the Scottish government what needs to happen to make the rights we have on paper the reality we experience every day.”John McArdle, co-founder of the Scottish-based grassroots campaigning organisation Black Triangle, also welcomed the document and said it was “very encouraging”.Communities minister and SNP MSP Marco Biagi said: “At a time when the UK government is undermining the human rights of disabled people with its programme of austerity and welfare cuts, we are committed to furthering their rights and engaging a wider section of the population in the debate.“We firmly believe that disabled people’s rights are human rights, and that human rights must apply to everyone.”The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities also published its own draft delivery plan, intended to complement the Scottish government’s version, with 30 actions of its own on issues such as social security, independent living, accessible transport, housing, education and employment.Picture: The Scottish government’s Victoria Quay building in Edinburghlast_img read more

And as part of the buildup they had their shirts

first_imgAnd as part of the build-up they had their shirts presented to them last weekend.Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw explains why the night is very important:This fantastic evening sits right at the end of our preparations and is a lovely opportunity for the players, staff and their families celebrate their selection, congratulate themselves for their fundraising efforts and importantly start to light the flames of excitement!As is tradition, two former tourists in Morgan Knowles and Danny Richardson came along to present the shirts to the players and offered some tips of what to expect in the coming weeks!2017 will be the seventh instalment of our Academy tours since 2004.In fundraising for so many tours the support of the local community has been a constant, and without that backing we wouldn’t have made that first trip let alone six more.Our tours sit as important part in the development of our talented players and we can proudly lay claim to still being the only club, English or Australian, to undertake them.22 days, 22 players and four games is the equation. Games against Canterbury Bulldogs, Central Coast, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers will provide a stern test for the squad in what promises to be a trip of a lifetime.Accompanying them will be a strong team of coaches with a wealth of touring experience, plus three new faces. Amongst the staff we have club legend Eric Chisnall, who along with Derek Traynor and Mike Rush has been a touring ever present, and Reserve team coach Ian Talbot.We also have three invaluable volunteers in Derek Hardman, Ste Marsh and Shaun Ryan who coach every week on the club’s scholarship programme, and work tirelessly to help identify and recruit players into the club at the age of 14.Over the past 15-years the club’s performance department has been well backed by the Board of Directors and we can proudly claim to be the only club rated as Outstanding in all areas for every independent accreditation.Australia tours sit outside this assessment process and are a massive addition to our development programmes. Through the tours that have gone before we have a strong reputation in Australia and we are well aware that they lie in wait!I am certain that our standing in the game will be enhanced even further with the fine group of young men that are about to represent our great club. It’s an exciting time for the whole squad and the players not only represent the professional club but also their schools, their community clubs and the wider sport of Rugby League.We have prepared well as training has intensified over the last eight weeks and it’s safe to say the lads are chomping at the bit to get stuck in.Fixtures (local time):Game 1 v Canterbury – Sat October 14, 5pmGame 2 v Central Coast – Weds Oct 18, 6pmGame 3 v South Sydney – Sun Oct 22, 6pmGame 4 v Penrith – Sat Oct 28, 6pmlast_img read more

The problem will persist next year with other subjects – Bonnici

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) President Marco Bonnici said that the issue of the lack of Maths and Maltese teachers will persist even into the next scholastic year and will affect four subjects, Maths, English and Science and ICT.Bonnici was talking on Thursday during Follow-Up on RTK103FM where he explained that come September, the issue of the provision of teachers for Maltese should be settled as long as all the current teachers keep providing their services, as they will no longer have to teach 25 lessons a week. He also mentioned how in the coming years there will be a problem with lack of personnel to teach English, Science and ICT.Marco Bonnici also said that the MUT does not hold any responsibility for what might happen during the year ending Maths and Maltese examinations.“The teachers are not equipped to produce examination papers”Bonnici explained that MUT members have told the union that if it withdraws the directive they will still not be in a position to produce the papers for the examination which are planned starting from next week.He explained how on Thursday, the government has offered a compensation of €3,000 to all those teachers carrying the full 25 lessons per week work-load as long as the directives are withdrawn. Bonnici also said that the teachers holding MUT membership voted against this proposal.“They passed the interview but were not employed”The MUT president also said that there is a list of 26 teachers that have passed their interviews but were not employed. He added that even though the government had desperately tried to employ them less than five teachers accepted. He said that this could mean that the teachers either found employment with independent or Church schools, or abandoned the profession and sought work in another sector.“It is worrying that teachers are leaving”Bonnici stated that it worries him to see qualified teachers seeking work in other sectors, because teachers are “overloaded” with work. He also mentioned how the gaming industry attracted a number of teachers.Akkademja tal-Malti is disappointed that the issue was not resolvedThe Akkademja tal-Malti expressed its disappointment that the issue of lack of Maltese teachers has not been resolved, and that students attending state secondary schools will not be sitting for their Maltese examinations.The Akkademja said that it believes in the invaluable capabilities of the Maltese language teachers and is urging the authorities to find a speedy solution and to see that other similar situations do not occur again.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more