The most prominent cheerleader for the legalisation of assisted suicide has admitted that he believes the real reason the law needs changing is to help people who cannot tolerate the idea of losing their independence.Lord Falconer, who for several years has led failed parliamentary attempts to secure legislation, said the law needed to be changed because a small number of people found it “intolerable” to have to rely on other people.His “discriminatory” comments came as a Labour MP announced a fresh bid to introduce laws legalising assisted suicide, this time through a private members’ bill in the House of Commons.Lord Falconer, a Labour peer, told the BBC’s The Daily Politics (42.50 onwards): “The work that has been done in relation to this shows generally it is not the pain, it is not the fact that you can’t relieve pain – that can be dealt with – it is the sense of people losing their independence and being reliant on other people, and there’s a small number of people who whatever you do would find that an intolerable position to be in.”He had been responding to concerns raised on the programme by the disabled campaigner Agnes Fletcher, a former director of policy and communications at the Disability Rights Commission and now director of the thinktank Living and Dying Well.She had told the programme that the recent case of Jeffrey Spector – who killed himself at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, six years after he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour growing near his spinal column – was an example of someone who was “afraid not of dying but of living for a long time with serious disability”.Fletcher said: “He talked very much about his reasons being not wanting to be a burden on his family and thinking that his death was in the best interests of his family.“Those are very worrying reasons and I think lots of older and disabled people watching that case last week will have also felt a burden and also felt perhaps it was time for them to opt for suicide.”Lord Falconer’s comments in response to Fletcher horrified disabled campaigners fighting moves to legalise assisted suicide, including the crossbench disabled peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who said his views were “discriminatory”.She said: “I think this indicates what I have always feared. Lord Falconer and others who are campaigning for assisted suicide legislation think it’s reasonable that people who are severely incapacitated should end their lives at the time of their choosing.“They think this because they view progressive disabling conditions as something intolerable, which cannot be improved no matter what remedies are put in place or offered.“These discriminatory views are endemic within society and we must fight them all the way. Life doesn’t stop when you become severely disabled.”Dignity in Dying (DiD), the charity leading the campaign to legalise assisted suicide, said: “As well as people who would want the option of assisted dying in case their suffering became too much, we know from Oregon that the top reason cited for having an assisted death is the loss of autonomy, which rightly is determined by the dying patient.“Whether it’s pain, concern of a painful death, or the loss of autonomy, it is right that dying people have the choice in how they die.”A DiD spokesman later confirmed that the charity agreed with Lord Falconer’s comments on The Daily Politics.Meanwhile, Labour MP Rob Marris has announced that he will introduce a private members’ bill that aims to legalise assisted suicide.Marris came top of the ballot that decides which private members’ bills are allocated Commons time. His bill – identical to Lord Falconer’s – is set to be debated by MPs on 11 September.Lord Falconer’s bill ran out of time after it reached the committee stage in the Lords before the general election, and although he has re-introduced his bill in the Lords, he was not placed highly enough in a ballot of peers for his proposals to make any progress in this session.
Labour has announced two appointments to its frontbench team today.Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South since 2015, has been appointed shadow minister for Northern Ireland. She is already shadow deputy leader of the House of Commons.Smyth supported Owen Smith in the 2016 leadership election and until July 2017 served as Keir Starmer’s parliamentary private secretary (PPS). She has a solid majority of 15,987.Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has been appointed shadow minister for flooding and coastal communities while Holly Lynch is on maternity leave. He already serves as shadow Defra secretary Sue Hayman’s PPS.Pollard, who represents a coastal community himself, became an MP last year when the marginal Plymouth constituency turned red for the first time. His was one of 30 net gains for Labour in the snap election. Pollard has a majority of 6,807 votes.Tags:Labour Party /Labour /Luke Pollard /Karin Smyth /
THE Lancashire Hotpots will be performing before this Friday’s Stobart Super League clash with Widnes Vikings.It is part of the Big Brew Up Event @ Langtree Park, which is being held in association with Wish FM and Saints shirt sponsors Typhoo Tea.Currently in the studio recording their sixth album, the band perform an exclusive “Typhoo” version of their classic “Mek Us A Brew” along with new tracks taken from their forthcoming summer album “A Hard Day’s Pint”.Also making an appearance on the day will be the Typhoo ladies, complete with aprons and hair-rollers, giving away free tea samples for what is sure to be a fantastic fun filled family sporting event.Kick-off is 8pm with The Lancashire Hotpots on stage at 7.40pm.Tickets are priced from £5 for juniors, £12.50 for concessions and £18.50 for adults if bought in advance of match day from www.saintssuperstore.com, direct from the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455052.
RUGBY League World Cup 2013 has announced that Martin Offiah MBE will be an official ambassador for the tournament which kicks off on October 26 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.Offiah, known to many as ‘Chariots’, will play a key role in promoting the game, especially in London ahead of the RLWC2013 semi-final double-header at Wembley Stadium.Martin Offiah said: “I’m really excited to be on board with RLWC2013 and eager to do what I can to ensure the British public know this is the next major international sporting competition in this country after London 2012 and an event not to be missed.“There will be some really exciting matches at RLWC2013 including a double-header featuring England v Australia and Wales v Italy with the opening ceremony at the Millennium Stadium; a semi-final double-header at Wembley and the showpiece event, the Rugby League World Cup final, taking place at Old Trafford.“Tickets to the tournament are extremely well priced with 55% £20 or less, so it really is a great opportunity to see some extraordinary athletes going head to head in their pursuit for glory.”He added: “I can’t wait for RLWC2013 to start and I genuinely believe England have a realistic chance of winning.”RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton, said: “Martin is one of the game’s great players and to have him supporting RLWC2013 is fantastic news for us.“As a recognisable figure even outside Rugby League, he can help take the sport to a new audience. Our aim is to put on the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever and we are confident we can do that.”Martin Offiah joins Gareth Thomas as an official ambassador for RLWC2013 which kicks off on October 26. For more information and to purchase tickets visit rlwc2013.com
NATHAN Brown says Luke Thompson will make his debut this Saturday against London Broncos.The prop forward is set to don the Red V for the first time on his 18th birthday.Luke has been with the club since he was 11 and signed from Bold Miners having previously played for Pilkington Recs.He also recently represented England on their Academy Tour of Australia.Brown revealed that half-back Nathan Ashe will also get extended game time at the Twickenham Stoop.“Luke is a talented young kid,” Brown said. “He has been there for a while waiting for a chance and he will get that this Saturday. “Nathan Ashe will play too. He is back from injury and it will be good to see him. He has a good skillset.”If Luke makes his debut he will be the seventh Saints player from the Academy to make their bow this season.Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale for the game that will kick off at 1pm this Saturday. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Community and faith-based leaders in Brunswick County met in Leland this weekend to discuss how to combat the growing opioid epidemic.The objective of the summit was to train the clergy on the proper way to handle members of their congregations that are afflicted with substance use disorders and addiction.- Advertisement – Organizers say that members of the clergy have a unique role in fighting this problem.“You would expect a clergyperson, if you say conduct a worship service, help the grieving, help the dying, visit people in the hospital. Well, this is an equally important, or perhaps in this time, a more important competency to acquire, so we’re doing the very beginning of that,” said Rev. William Eberle of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport.The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force is organizing an Opioid Addiction Awareness Sunday this spring.Related Article: CFCC to launch Human Services Technology Substance Abuse degree programThe goal is to give churches around the county a specific, unified day to talk about this problem.
Take a listen.The event is happening Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the US Coast Guard Station Oak Island at 300-A Caswell Beach Road.For more information, click here. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Saturday is Safety Day at the Oak Island Coast Guard Station, and the public is invited.Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Roberts stopped by WWAY to discuss the event.- Advertisement –
Lent (SOURCE: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teen they are charging with multiple counts including rape and indecent liberties.The BCSO posted to their social media pages searching for 18-year-old Hunter Joseph Lent last Monday. They gave an update this weekend saying Lent had been arrested.- Advertisement – Lent faces three charges of indecent liberties, two charges of forcible sex offense and second degree forcible rape.He is in custody under a $1 million dollar bond.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you are looking for ways to live healthier and grow your confidence, sometimes it helps to hear from someone who has gone through a similar experience.Wilmington resident Erin Anderson stopped by Good Morning Carolina to talk about how she made a lifestyle change to better her health and fitness after graduating college overweight. Anderson shared tips and tricks for others to use as they begin or continue their fitness journey. She shared how she slowly made her way into a gym and started to find herself. Anderson fell in love with health and became a personal trainer.- Advertisement – Anderson shared the benefits to having a personal trainer and how finding just one hour a day to commit to your health can lead to a better lifestyle.To learn more about being healthy and feeling confident, see Erin Anderson at the Orangetheory Fitness South Wilmington studio in the Pointe at Barclay. For those interested in training with her, see her class schedule here: https://southwilmington.orangetheoryfitness.com/
(Photo: CBS News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The period for public comment regarding the proposed consent order with Chemours is winding down.If the draft order is approved, Chemours would have to pay a $12 million civil penalty to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) making it the largest penalty the agency has ever received from a single facility.- Advertisement – The proposed consent order was released Wednesday, Nov. 21.The order would require Chemours to dramatically reduce GenX air emissions, provide permanent replacement drinking water supply tools to residents with directly contaminated water, and pay a civil penalty.However, the Bladen County courts must approve the order and some Wilmington residents are worried the order won’t help them.Related Article: State Science Advisory Board wants your input on GenX report“This is the second time we put a proposed order out,” said NCDEQ Secretary Michael Regan. “The first time we received comments and those comments from the general public are wrapped into this general consent order. So we anticipate more comments, will govern ourselves accordingly and hopefully the judge can sign off on this consent decree that we believe brings immediate relief to many people who have been impacted by this issue.”Public comment will continue until Friday, Dec. 21. Comments can be submitted electronically to email@example.com or mailed to:NCDEQ Assistant Secretary’s OfficeRE: Chemours Public Comments1601 Mail Service CenterRaleigh, NC 27699-1601.