A disabled journalist is calling for action to address widespread discrimination in the media industry after a news agency told him he had not been interviewed for a job because he did not have a qualification in shorthand.Declan McSweeney has tried several times to apply for posts with Mercury Press in Liverpool – and with other news organisations – and has been told on each occasion that he was not suitable for the role.But on the last occasion the agency admitted that the experienced journalist would not be considered because he did not have a recognised shorthand qualification.McSweeney (pictured, interviewing former Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen), who has cerebral palsy, has previously worked as a journalist in Ireland and London for more than 20 years, and has his own system of shorthand that he has used successfully throughout his career.But he was told that this would not be acceptable for the Mercury position.A senior executive for the agency, which is owned by Birmingham-based Caters News Agency, told him in an email: “To follow up your comment about it not being mandatory to be qualified in shorthand.“We have never once stated that you could not get a job with another company without this qualification, rather it is our own company policy to require any applicant to have this.“Again, I would like to point out that this is not discriminatory in any way, shape or form.”He also threatened to call the police if McSweeney persisted in complaining about the way he had been treated.After Disability News Service approached Caters for a comment and asked why it had apparently refused to make a reasonable adjustment for McSweeney under the Equality Act, it claimed its comment about shorthand was “a human error mix-up our end”.Chris Dyche, co-owner of Caters, said: “I have written to Declan explaining everything and setting the record straight, as he had been given incorrect information, unfortunately.“We don’t discriminate against anybody. We haven’t on this occasion or any other occasion.“We are a mature and responsible company. There had simply been a human error mix-up our end, resulting in a miscommunication to Declan, which I’m now happy to correct.”Caters had not confirmed by noon today (Thursday) what reasonable adjustments it would make to another disabled journalist in McSweeney’s position.Dyche also apologised to McSweeney and told him in an email that he should not have been told that his “lack of a formal shorthand qualification is the reason why you have not been selected for interview” because the company had “quite a number of people who work for us who don’t have a formal shorthand qualification”.He said the reason he was not given an interview was that his past experience had been in the wrong areas of journalism.McSweeney previously worked as a journalist for more than 18 years with the Offaly Express in Ireland, which has now closed, and in London for the Romford Recorder and as a sub-editor with Associated Press.After he was made redundant by an Irish company in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008, he returned to the UK and attempted to re-enter the industry but has been unable to secure any employment as a journalist.He believes this is partly due to age discrimination – he is 58 – but also because his impairment means he cannot achieve a recognised shorthand qualification.He said: “The issue of shorthand continues to present impossible barriers to my returning to journalism.”He believes this discrimination is widespread and points to the case of Kyle Gunn, a journalism student with cerebral palsy, who was originally told that he would fail his course because he would not be able to pass a shorthand exam.Following outrage over the case, the Scottish Qualifications Authority agreed to start offering a separate journalism qualification that did not require shorthand.McSweeney said: “I feel that Mercury/Caters need to ensure that their advertising in future contains no reference to 100 words per minute shorthand, because even if they do have journalists who don’t have a shorthand qualification, their advertisements have been specifying it, and staff there told me it was a requirement.“However, this is a much wider issue than one company.“The Kyle Gunn case underlines how endemic discrimination on grounds of disability is, and the failure of editors generally to grasp that insisting on shorthand is discriminatory because there are many of us who could not get a shorthand qualification if we studied for it for one million years, due to a condition we were born with.“I am aware, for example, of a deaf woman who was unable to pursue a journalism career because of the shorthand requirement.“I have been told by other media outlets that they could not hire me for this reason, that a judge would have to be able to read my notes if there was a dispute, but I have been advised by legal sources that there is no foundation to this idea.”He said a further problem he faced was the failure of the regional media in Britain to recognise the validity of experience in Irish journalism, when British journalists are frequently and successfully employed by Irish media.The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) declined to comment on the shorthand issue.But an NUJ spokeswoman said: “News organisations must make the necessary adjustments for disabled media workers so they can play their full part as journalists.“The NUJ campaigns for equality and improved diversity across all sectors of the industry.“It is absolutely crucial that disabled journalists are given access to the profession on an equal footing and can also bring their perspective to bear on stories.”
Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.At the end of a long day filled with discussion about which of the Brexit options would gain a majority in parliament, MPs voted in favour of… nothing, again. Having given themselves the opportunity to express support for an alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal and force the Prime Minister’s hand, the Commons asked itself ‘what do we want to do about Brexit’ and replied ‘dunno’. Another round of indicative votes will likely be held on Wednesday, but there is no doubt that the ‘no, no, no, no’ outcome last night was “disappointing”, as Jeremy Corbyn put it.Actually, disappointing is an understatement. Labour members and MPs are furious with the government, Tories and each other. The motion for another referendum received the most support but was rejected by 12 votes, while the customs union proposal enjoyed the slimmest defeat of just three votes (reflecting the same pattern as last week’s results). There was hope that Common Market 2.0, with new Labour and SNP backing, would do very well. Ultimately, it fared much better than last time but was defeated by 21. So, what happened? Why couldn’t MPs get their act together and settle on a compromise?The answer is very simple: too many weren’t willing to compromise. Almost everyone in Westminster – myself included – has expected MPs to shift their red lines as the exit date nears. Because that would be the reasonable thing to do, particularly now that the EU has told us to find an alternative by April 12th or risk leaving without a deal. But some are still voting only for their first preference, not for all the alternatives that they could live with, which was supposed to be the point of this indicative process.Although Common Market 2.0 advocate Stephen Kinnock has serious reservations about another referendum, he switched from abstaining to voting for the Kyle/Wilson idea. Was this repaid in kind? No – those most strongly in favour of a public vote spurned the chance to support a softer Brexit than May’s deal. Incredibly, six Labour MPs (plus all ex-Labour “Change UK” MPs) who defied the whip back in June to vote *for* the EEA decided to defy the whip again – this time to vote *against* a Norway-style arrangement. Whether they are aware that ‘Remain’ vs ‘Remain’ isn’t possible to have on the ballot paper is unclear.There is also a lot of anger towards the Labour leadership for letting those rebels in frontbench positions off the hook. Andrew Gwynne switched from abstaining to voting in favour of a public vote, but shadow cabinet members Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett remain implacably opposed to the idea and again abstained – as did nine junior shadow ministers. There seems to be no consistency in whether frontbenchers have to resign if they defy the whip on this issue.Whatever your position on Brexit, pro-PV or not, there is something to be incensed by – and frankly all of the anger is understandable. Of course Labour MPs are exhausted and simply doing what they believe is right. But that can be difficult to remember when – along with “Change UK” and the Lib Dems – have been just as uncompromising as the Tories who are still voting against May’s deal even though they’d prefer it to any Brexit option other than no deal, and just as unwilling to shift their red lines as the Prime Minister.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Brexit /Indicative votes /
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SAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round 16 game against Hull FC at the KC Stadium.Ade Gardner, Anthony Laffranchi and Francis Meli miss out through injury whilst Shaun Magennis is unavailable through suspension.Tommy Makinson returns as does Mark Flanagan, Carl Forster, Josh Jones, Adam Swift and Lee Gaskell whilst Tony Puletua will make his 100th appearance for the Saints.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Carl Forster, 26. Josh Jones, 34. Adam Swift.Peter Gentle will choose from:2. Will Sharp, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe, 6. Richard Horne, 7. Brett Seymour, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Andy Lynch, 11. Willie Manu, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Joe Westerman, 15. Richard Whiting, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 17. Sam Moa, 19. Jordan Turner, 22. Martin Aspinwall, 23. Ben Crooks, 28. Danny Nicklas, 34. Jay Pitts, 36. Matthew Russell.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Thierry Alibert.Tickets are still available for the fixture and details are here.Stat Pack:2012 Meeting:St Helens 10, Hull FC 22 (SLR6, 9/3/12)Super League Summary:Hull FC won 10St Helens won 23 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final and wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)One drawUps and Downs:Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
THE Saints produced the performance of the season to topple Leeds Rhinos 26-24 on their own midden and gain a modicum of revenge for the defeat earlier in the season.The early exchanges showed just how even a match this was going to be as both sides had to be on their mettle to keep their line intact.It was the home side that managed to turn some early pressure into points as a miss pass created space for the winger to cross in the corner.On their next set from the kick off, big drives from James Tilley and the ever improving Olly Davies down the left saw the Saints close. As the ball was spread right Greg Wilde’s half break and offload gave just enough space for Lewis Galbraith to touch down in the corner. Lewis Charnock’s majestic touchline conversion gave the Saints the lead.It was all Saints now as the pack began to get the better of their counterparts. Greg Richards broke the line taking the ball to the fullback only to be tackled looking for support. Connor Dwyer’s pass to Ben Parry was knocked down for a Saints scrum on the Leeds 10 metre line. The Saints battered the line only to see Danny Yates’ delightful grubber somehow missed by Parry and Jack Ashworth in the corner.From the restart sloppy tackling down the middle allowed the home side to regain the lead and it was extended five minutes later as they again exploited Saints’ right edge defence.This put the Saints eight points behind and you sensed that another try to the home side may blow the game wide open.The Saints were having none of it, however, as Connor Dwyer ruthlessly punished the Rhinos for a penalty on their own 30 whilst in possession. Dwyer ran a great line to take Yates’ short ball and score under the black dot.Despite being two points behind all was positive in the Saints dressing room as the players acknowledged that they could all do better and that they were unlucky to be behind having been held up over the line and had a try chalked off for a forward pass.Again the second period started like the first with both teams testing each other out and the home side scoring first from a dummy half sneak at the line.But that was as good as it got for the Rhinos as the Saints pack showed real character to haul themselves back into the game.The comeback was sparked by André Savelio who had an immense game as his first back after a prolonged time out with illness. He swatted off four would-be tacklers on a mazy 20 metre run before offloading to Adam Saunders. From the play the ball Yates’ was held up over the line and his cross kick on the last was just too far for Ben Parry to catch and touchdown.The home side were rocking though and the breakthrough came around the hour mark. Tilley was again held short but quick hands to the right from the play the ball gave Saunders space to put a miss pass out to Galbraith for the winger to get his second of the game.From the kick off the Saints came charging back with Savelio held up over the line for a third time. From the restart Tilley again went close but from the restart Charnock strolled over unopposed and converted his try to give the Saints the lead.Charnock was again on hand to put Greg Wilde in at the right corner but with a little over eight minutes to go he slipped on taking the vital conversion which would have given the Saints a two score cushion.In the spirit of making a fabulous spectacle of the game the Saints conceded a try in the corner but the conversion went wide.The final three minutes were nerve wracking but the Saints held on for a massive victory, only surpassed by the celebration in the dressing room afterwards.Half backs Charnock, Yates and Dave Hewitt led the team around the park well, Dom Speakman and Lewis Foster were lively at the play the ball and the back line is growing in stature each game. But hats must be taken off to the forwards who outshone their bigger opposition and when the chips were down came up snarling with desire and the Saints deservedly got the spoils.Match Summary:Leeds:Tries: Ash Handley 2, Elliot Minichella, Matty Dudman, Jacob Morgan.Goals: Ben Light 2.Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith 2, Lewis Charnock, Greg Wilde, Connor Dwyer.Goals: Lewis Charnock 3.Half Time: 12-14Full Time: 26-24Teams:Leeds:1. Josh Sunley; 5. James Duckworth, 3. Thomas Minns, 4. Alex Foster, 2. Ash Handley; 6. Ben Light, 7. Robbie Ward; 8. Liam McEvoy, 9. Vila Halafihi, 10. Jordan Baldwinson, 11. Elliot Minichella, 12. Mason Tonks, 13. George Milton.Subs: 14. Matty Dudman, 15. Matty Blake, 16. Jacob Morgan, 17. Rob Mulhern.Saints:1. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Greg Wilde, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 10. James Tilley, 9. Dom Speakman, 8. Greg Richards, 11. Olly Davies, 12. André Savelio, 13. Connor Dwyer.Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Adam Hesketh, 19. Chris Webster, 20. Dave Hewitt.
CATALANS handed Saints a 30-12 defeat at Langtree Park on Thursday.Two tries in five second half minutes did the damage after Keiron Cunningham’s side fought back from 10-0 down.Scores from Theo Fages and Luke Walsh had made it a two-point game at half time.But Catalan turned the screw and secured the win.After a tight opening five minutes, a Saints error handed the Dragons prime position right on the try line.And they took full advantage, Jodie Broughton darting over courtesy of a scrappy pass.Fages and Jon Wilkin each attempted kick-throughs at around the 10 minute mark, but Broughton profited following from a penalty to go over in the corner once again.Jordan Turner almost went down the left hand side for an immediate reply and then Saints couldn’t make the best of a Jake Spedding break.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Roby went close moments later too – and forced a drop out – before the Saints finally got on the board.A fantastic run from the returning Lama Tasi gave the home side great field position before Turner, on the left hand side, turned it back inside for Fages to plunge over.Saints were on top but a loose pass in their own 40 metre area handed the impetus back to the visitors.They snaffled up the loose ball and after a strong run, Broughton crossed for his hat-trick.Saints hit back almost immediately.A bullocking run down the middle from Alex Walmsley got Saints within 20 metres – and on the last Walsh took the line on, chipped over and collected to go under the sticks.Pure magic from the half back maestro.Saints had a nightmare start to the second half as Catalans crossed twice in just five minutes.Richie Myler opened scoring as he latched on to Glenn Stewart’s half break on just 45 minutes.And moments later Pat Richards put the Dragons in command after he finished off a break down the left hand side.Saints won back to back drop outs on 53 minutes – but they couldn’t find a way over the lineTheo Fages went close for his second of the evening, but Broughton crossed for his fourth with 15 to go.Richards then added a penalty to seal the win.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Fages, WalshGoals: Walsh (2 from 2)Dragons:Tries: Broughton (4), Myler, RichardsGoals: Richards (3 from 7)Penalties:Saints: 6Dragons: 4HT: 12-14FT: 12-30REF: Robert HicksATT: 9362Teams:Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 3. Jordan Turner, 21. Matty Dawson, 33. Jake Spedding; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Andre Savelio, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 27. Jack Ashworth, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 28. Morgan Knowles. Dragons:1. Tony Gigot; 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Vincent Duport, 5. Pat Richards; 6. Todd Carney, 7. Richie Myler; 14. Dave Taylor, 28. Alrix Da Costa, 15. Julian Bousquet, 11. Glenn Stewart, 8. Louis Anderson, 13. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 10. Rémi Casty, 12. Justin Horo, 17. Gregory Mounis, 18. Thomas Bosc.
LAURA Wright, one of the world’s leading young classical artists, has been confirmed as one of the leading acts at this year’s First Utility Super League Grand Final on October 8.Wright, who has more than a million album sales under her belt, will sing Jerusalem just before kick-off for the fourth year running at Super League’s biggest night of the year at Old Trafford.The Grand Final always provides top class entertainment both on and off the field and Laura Wright can’t wait to perform,“I’m so thrilled to have been invited back to perform Jerusalem at this year’s Super League Grand Final.” said Wright.“The atmosphere is going to be electric and the game is bound to be nail biting so get your ticket now and come and join the party!”
Simon Woolford’s resurgent Giants are six points off the top four but have lost just one game in their last ten matches.And whilst Saints have won both meetings between the two sides this season, Friday will be a different propostion as the Super 8s begin.Four Game Package:We are giving fans the opportunity to be at all of our four home Super 8s fixtures with our fantastic Super 8s package.This package offers you the chance to save up to £15 for Adults, £9 for Concessions, £13 for Youth and £28 for Juniors.Prices:West stand: £80 (Adult) £55 (Concessions) £45 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Bronze: £85 (Adult) £65 (Concessions) £50 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Silver: £100 (Adult) £75 (Concessions) £55 (Youth) £20 (Junior)To get your Super 8s package or single game ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.,Four Game Package:We are giving fans the opportunity to be at all of our four home Super 8s fixtures with our fantastic Super 8s package.This package offers you the chance to save up to £15 for Adults, £9 for Concessions, £13 for Youth and £28 for Juniors.Prices:West stand: £80 (Adult) £55 (Concessions) £45 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Bronze: £85 (Adult) £65 (Concessions) £50 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Silver: £100 (Adult) £75 (Concessions) £55 (Youth) £20 (Junior)To get your Super 8s package or single game ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Talk of merging Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools is one stop closer to reality.The Columbus County School Board is meeting Monday morning to vote on the merging resolution.- Advertisement – Back in the Spring of 2015 the schools were asked to provide Columbus County Commissioners with an assessment of which schools need improvements the most.Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Charles K. Garland said the merger would not save money and would reduce state funding.“We feel like it would be a significant loss of state dollars coming into a poor economic county such as Columbus County. The merging of two systems we are already 95th in the state out of 100 counties in our per pupil funding,” Garland said.Related Article: Emergency bill proposed for students, teachers in wake of hurricane FlorenceWhiteville City Schools will also be having a meeting Monday night at 6:30 with anti-merging on the agenda.The final vote comes down to commissioners.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every day, there’s a non-profit in our area working to teach kids arts and confidence.DREAMS of Wilmington started more than 20 years ago and offers various programs for youth development through the arts. The program specifically targets youth living in poverty.- Advertisement – The goal of DREAMS is to create high-quality, free-of-charge programs where youth in need can receive the benefits of a top-notch arts education.Children involved with DREAMS are known as DREAMers and are taught youth entrepreneurship, leadership skills, how to make plans for their academic future and about giving back to the community.This summer, DREAMS is offering multiple summer camps. Because many children miss out on going to camp due to financial reasons, DREAMS offers an opportunity for you to donate to help a camper here.Related Article: Shutdown leads to freeze on grant funding for vital local non-profitThere are also opportunities to invest in a child’s life through a sponsorship. $1500 sponsors a child at DREAMS for an entire year, $500 gives 140 children healthy snacks for two weeks and $150 provides one art class with all the supplies they need for a semester.To learn more about DREAMS, click here.