first_imgCampaigners have welcomed the decision of a controversial right-wing writer and free schools advocate to resign from the board of the government’s new higher education watchdog, and say he should never have been appointed.Toby Young’s resignation came just hours after disabled Tory MP Robert Halfon called on his own government to reverse its decision to appoint the journalist to the board of the Office for Students.There was shock and anger among many disabled people last week when Toby Young was appointed to the board, despite writing articles that included “insulting” and “extremist” comments about inclusive education and eugenics.There had also been outrage at years of misogynist and homophobic remarks Young had made on social media, which he has now deleted from his Twitter account.Simone Aspis, policy and campaigns coordinator for The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said ALLFIE welcomed Young’s resignation.  But she said he should “never have been appointed in the first place, never mind being forced to resign, bowing to public pressure”.   She said: “Toby Young, who is against the inclusion of disabled pupils in mainstream education, should never have been appointed in the first place, especially when his views are incompatible with the government’s obligations to promote disabled people’s human rights to inclusive education under article 24 [on inclusive education] of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”Halfon, a former education minister who now chairs the education select committee, had told fellow MPs on Monday of the “quite dark articles” in which Young had supported “progressive eugenics” and written about disabled people and working-class students*.Halfon said: “I find this incredibly dark and very dangerous stuff, and I suggest that [Jo Johnson, the universities minister] looks again at this appointment because I do not think it will give students confidence.”Hours later, Young published an article on the website of the right-wing magazine, The Spectator, in which he said his appointment had become a “distraction” from the “vital work” of the OfS and that he was standing down from its board.He insisted that he was “a passionate supporter of inclusion and helping the most disadvantaged”, but added that “some of the things I said before I got involved in education, when I was a journalistic provocateur, were either ill-judged or just plain wrong – and I unreservedly apologise”.But the resignation came after the prime minister, Theresa May, and the universities minister, Jo Johnson, had both defended his appointment and insisted that he should not be sacked.Johnson suggested to MPs that he had not seen the article on progressive eugenics, telling Halfon that he would “look carefully” at the article, but insisting that Young had “expressed his regret” and had “apologised unreservedly for comments that have been made in some cases going back to the 1980s”.He said that neither he nor the Department for Education were aware of the many offensive messages Young had posted on Twitter until after he had been appointed.Halfon had been one of two Tory select committee chairs who criticised the appointment.Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the health committee, told MPs on Monday that Young’s comments “do cross a line and are indicative of an underlying character”.Maria Eagle, a former Labour minister for disabled people, said it was “quite right” that he had resigned.She had told MPs before his resignation: “As a former minister for disabled people, I am appalled by some of his recently expressed views about the place of disabled people in our society.“The minister has said that many of Mr Young’s misogynistic tweets were from many years ago, but his views about disabled people are very recent indeed.“How can the minister appoint somebody who thinks so little of the contribution of disabled people to our society to such an important position? Does he not agree that it is indefensible?”A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said: “We can confirm that Toby Young has decided to resign from the board of the Office for Students.“Everyone appointed to the board brings valuable experience which will be vital to the role of the new higher education regulator and we remain confident it will deliver for students.”But DfE has refused to comment on whether Johnson had now read the eugenics article, as the universities minister has now been appointed to a post in the Department for Transport as part of this week’s ministerial reshuffle.*Five years ago, in an article for The Spectator about plans to bring back O-levels, Young wrote of how “inclusive” was a “ghastly, politically correct” word, which meant that schools had to have “wheelchair ramps… and a Special Educational Needs Department that can cope with everything from Dyslexia to Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy”.He added: “If [Michael] Gove is serious about wanting to bring back O-levels the government will have to repeal the Equality Act because any exam that isn’t ‘accessible’ to a functionally illiterate troglodyte with a mental age of six will be judged to be ‘elitist’ and therefore forbidden by Harman’s Law.”He later added a footnote that claimed he was not opposed to including disabled people in mainstream education and suggested that critics had misunderstood him.He has also written, in another article, published in 2015, of how he is in favour of “progressive eugenics”, arguing that “it is not through changing the culture that we will be able to solve the chronic social problems besetting the advanced societies of the West, but through changing people’s genes”.He adds: “What I’m proposing is a form of eugenics that would discriminate in favour of the disadvantaged.“I’m not suggesting we improve the genetic stock of an entire race, just the least well off.“This is a kind of eugenics that should appeal to liberals – progressive eugenics.”Picture: Toby Young being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2014last_img read more

first_imgTags:Labour /Parliamentary Selections /finchley and golders green /Abby King /Aldershot /Sara Conway / Sara Conway has been selected to stand as Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the marginal seat of Finchley and Golders Green at the next election.On Sunday, Conway won the selection race, coming ahead of former parliamentary candidate Christian Wolmar, Corbynite teacher Maryam Asaria and social worker Roly Hunter.The local Barnet councillor will challenge Tory MP Mike Freer, after previous candidates Alison Moore, Sarah Sackman and Jeremy Newmark failed to unseat him in the last three elections.In 2017, the gap between Freer and Newmark was just 1,657 votes. ‘FGG’ is regarded as a bellwether seat, but also as a particular challenge for Labour due to its large Jewish population.The constituency was set to be abolished under the new boundary review, with its wards going to Hendon and a new ‘Hampstead’ seat. But the boundary changes haven’t yet been approved by parliament, so Labour went ahead with the selection process.Congratulations to @_abbylouisee_ the next @UKLabour Parliamentary Candidate for #Aldershot— Labour South East (@SELabour) March 31, 2019Elsewhere, Abby King has been selected as the next Labour parliamentary candidate for Aldershot.The 23-year-old Labour student and Labour Movement for Europe activist, who works for shadow transport minister Matt Rodda MP, was chosen by local members from a shortlist of five women.In 2017, the Labour candidate Gary Puffett lost in Aldershot by a significant margin, securing 15,477 votes to the successful Tory candidate Leo Docherty’s 26,955.There was a comparably large increase in the Labour vote at the last election, but Aldershot is a safe Conservative seat that has never been turned red.Last year, King appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show. She challenged Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen on Brexit, producing a clip that received praise in pro-EU circles on Twitter.I love how quietly this immense slapdown is delivered to @ABridgen and what a supremely important point it is. “You can’t have what you want” is the one concept Brexiters cannot seems to grasp. Give that woman a big hug @joannaccherry.— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) December 11, 2018last_img read more

first_imgvia GfycatWhat the hell just happened? I asked myself as the guy with the laptop — Jonathan — showed Masha a video in which his friend was floating in the water next to a boat. They tossed him a beer, which he caught and then he slowly floated away. It was not actually a funny video, but everyone was acting like it was. Jonathan kept trying to explain it “he just floated away! Well, we were moving too. But he caught the beer!”He was convinced it got funnier the more he explained it. It did not.I wanted to find a way to ask Masha what the fuck was happening, but she was still surrounded by an impenetrable wall of sailing enthusiasts, and I was suddenly distracted by the arrival of a new bartender. A new bartender! A mustachioed, ballcap-wearing, tattooed, My Name Is Earl-type, named Berto. At last, I thought, KJ gets some help! But instead of double-teaming it, she started to close down and go off shift.“Excuse me,” I asked her as she passed me on her way out: “Can I confirm? Were you really just pouring the drinks, making the sandwiches, busing the tables, working the DJ booth, cleaning up messes and managing the customers, all at once?”“Oh, yes,” she said. “It’s fun.”It turns out they weren’t short-staffed — this is the way it works. Each bartender comes in, and runs everything. “It’s doable,” she said. “It only gets crazy when the Warriors play.”I get the appeal of running your own shop, really making the space yours for a while — to turn it into a kind of song of yourself — but that still seems like a hell of a lot of work. I’m not sure if it’s art or exploitation.It was Berto’s turn to create his song of himself, and he was changing things up. The music suddenly veered from metal to country, with a lot of horns, played at top volume. This switch distracted the sailing swarm, and so I took the opportunity to lean over to Masha and ask what the hell just happened. Had she been expecting to be mobbed by sailing enthusiasts when she’d sat down at the bar? “No, I was very surprised,” she said, but she didn’t mind, because apparently, she is actually interested in sailing. Talking to her attracted Jonathan’s attention, and he explained that there are a bunch of regulars who all have boats, and they often meet at Gestalt during happy hour instead of at the yacht clubs where their boats are docked, because it’s easier to meet new people to go sailing with this way. “You didn’t know this was a sailor bar, did you?” he asked me, needing to shout because the country music was so loud. Email Address I was looking for a dive the other week because my life was not poetry, it was an expletive. So I went to Gestalt, on 16th between Guerrero and Valencia. It’s a long room, dark and divey, with four screens (one especially big). You’ll hear punk music and have your choice of six different pinball machines – pinball being one of those nodes where dive and hipster sensibilities overlap. The fast-paced thrum of the music and the joyous clack clack of the pinball machines gave the room an ongoing charge, a low-level electricity that makes you feel like something is always just on the verge of happening. That’s a really good feeling for a bar.There are no menus, everything is posted on the walls. The food options are trolling you: Your choices are Frito pie, sausages, meatball sub, and German pretzels. It’s a list that spells out “fuck you” no matter how you re-arrange the letters. But the beer menu is obviously the work of someone who cares: A big board posted on the wall opposite the bar divides the selection into drafts and bottles. Each entry lists the beer’s name, style, size, ABV, and price. This is a very good system.I sat at the bar and ordered a Leffe blond and a meatball sub, because, goddamn it, tonight I’m looking for comfort, and those fit. The bartender, a wee slip of a woman named (I think) KJ, corrected my pronunciation of the beer, (my e wasn’t hard enough) and went out of her way to pop open the bottle and make a beautifully perfect pour into the glass. Despite my bad mood, and having been shown up, I was impressed. There was a good crowd here and she’s the only employee I could see, doing all the work, but she seemed preternaturally calm. That is hard to pull off in a dive — but she’s got this. To my right: a woman on her phone (sigh) who occasionally talked about sailing with a guy on a laptop (sigh sigh). To my left was a guy in a dark maroon-colored hoodie who looked deeply depressed, and was also on his phone (sigh sigh sigh).My sandwich came. It was utterly ordinary. I’ve already forgotten how I would describe it, other than, “it was $8.” As I ate, I realized that the bartender was now in the DJ booth, which apparently she was also responsible for, along with everything else. Goddamn it, how did she make this look so easy?I was trying to figure out a way to connect with the potentially depressed guy on my left when suddenly the woman to my right – Masha – was surrounded by a swarm of people all talking to her at once about sailing. Literally, everyone else sitting at the bar, except for the depressed guy in the hoodie, was suddenly pressing around her, telling her about boats and showing her pictures of their sailing expeditions. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter via GfycatI had not. Amazingly, neither had Jonathan when he first walked in here, six years ago. He’d had no interest in sailing back then. But he met this group, and now he sails twice a week and is always looking for new blood. That’s my phrase, not his, but God help me, this felt weirdly predatory. Like L. Ron Hubbard trying to sign me up for Amway. Not because he needed the money, but because this and Scientology are the only ways L. Ron Hubbard knows how to make friends.“Are you part of Masha’s crew?” he asked me, by which he meant, “will she invite you to go sailing with us? Or do I need to?” It was my opportunity to become the new Jonathan. And I said “No! God, no!” With such speed and fervor that I think I offended Masha. “We just met, right now,” she explained. “Well,” Jonathan said, “people always think that it’s hard to get invited onto somebody’s boat. But no! If you own a boat, you want people! It’s like: Yes, come on board!”He kept telling me all about sailing, and in the blink of an eye my night had somehow become a socially inept man explaining what people don’t understand about boat races and yacht clubs, as twangy country music asked if I can “hear my heat a’calling down the road” so loudly I actually couldn’t hear the pinball machines anymore, and suddenly I hated this bar. So much. I no longer wanted people to come as they are.But Jonathan got Masha’s number, so it’s working for somebody. And Berto was singing along.Read more from Benjamin Wachs here.  The best thing about a dive bar is that it can accommodate your whole range of emotions. High-end cocktail bars implicitly ask you to pretend that you are a high-end customer: Your ups should be Rabelaisian, and your downs Shakespearian, and your life should read like a poem to the person sitting next to you.And don’t get me wrong, I love that. I want more people to be more like that more of the time. But we can’t all be like that all of the time, and when we’re not, dive bars are there for us, saying “come as you are.” Illustration by Molly Olesonlast_img read more

first_imgSAINTS’ back rower Mark Flanagan has received the devastating news that his season is over.He requires a knee reconstruction operation as a result of a serious ACL injury received in the second minute of the Super League game against Hull KR at Craven Park two weeks ago.It is another bitter injury blow for the Saints at a time when their injury list is already running at an all-time high.Saints’ boss Nathan Brown expressed extreme frustration and anger with the situation:“It’s a devastating personal blow for the player and adds further strain to our already seriously depleted squad. We were more than surprised that the offending “tackle” was not the subject of serious disciplinary review. It appeared to be caused by the third player in the tackle in a classic ‘cannonball tackle’.“Anthony Laffranchi also received one shortly after in the same game and again no disciplinary action was taken.“Mark missed the subsequent Challenge Cup Game against Hull KR. He is a great young player whose season is over and yet no action was or has been taken.“It just adds to the growing frustration as to the lack of consistency so often experienced with disciplinary proceedings and which has major consequential effects on players’ careers and club’s seasons.“As a club we will, of course, always accept any punishment our players are given; and all we ask is for the same clarity and consistency for all players and all clubs.”He continued: “There would seem to be no consistency of referral, interpretation or decision in the RFL disciplinary and coaches and players are finding it extremely frustrating as this should be a relatively straightforward process but, for whatever reasons, it doesn’t seem to be.”Saints have accepted Early Guilty Pleas for Jon Wilkin and Ade Gardner. They will miss the next two and one matches respectively.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s the big one! We preview the derby with Justin Holbrook and catch up with Regan Grace after the win over Hull KR on Friday. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A group of students involved with the Coastal North Carolina Success Academy were able to listen to a group of speakers Saturday morning at Cape Fear Community College.These students heard from two guest speakers including WWAY’s own Amanda Fitzpatrick, who shared advice and tips on how to be successful in the future.- Advertisement – The organization is through the 100 Black Men of Coastal North Carolina, who help mentor the youth in the Cape Fear.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Students in New Hanover County high schools will not have to worry about being at a different school come next August. School board members have delayed redistricting.A 6-1 vote has delayed the decision until next fall. Board members, and some parents,  were ready to approve this redistricting, but the board overall wants more time.- Advertisement – In their final meeting, the board heard mixed emotions on the plan.“By making these students transfer in the middle of their careers, you are creating more risk factors for them,” said Deidre Condon who moved her family here from New York to attend high school in New Hanover County.“I would be very excited to be redistricted from Laney to New Hanover,” said Jill Stockman referring to having her kids attend the other school. She lives in the Landfall neighborhood.Related Article: Mother reacts to potential Belville Elementary redistrictingThe board was divided on many points to the plan. Superintendent Tim Markley was in favor of moving it along considering the work they’ve already put it. Board member David Worthman was also keen to move forward and provide solutions for the parents and students of schools like Laney and Ashley that have student overcrowding.  It was the options to exempt some high schoolers and their siblings that led to a hold on voting in the end.“Please extend the junior senior privilege down to the rising sophomore as well,” Crystal Morgan requested in front of the board in their Tuesday night meeting.“When you look at junior-senior privilege, you look at sibling privilege, and you look at signature program privilege, I’m not sure what other privileges that would come up but when the smoke clears and the dust settled I don’t know if we would have moved anyone,” said board member Don Hayes echoing what he said as the board was weighing Option 1b of the redistricting plan.The plan would move 782, roughly 10% of the student body, around the high schools.After the decision, parents calling it a small victory, others see it as delaying responsibility.“I am very disappointed that the vote is being delayed,” said Gina Fimbel who spoke at the first public meeting on redistricting and has children in the school district. “I also feel that we’ve done so much work, I mean they’ve gotten comment after comment from parents, email after email from parents and I mean it is true you’re not going to make everyone happy, but I feel like to do delay the vote just feels like a step backwards.”Board members will vote in September. In between then, they would like to see the numbers of students who would stay given the privileges.last_img read more

first_img00:00 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An internationally award-winning designer from the United Kingdom is coming to Wilmington to share how she blends her passion of nature with creating designs used in textiles and wallpaper.Susy Paisley was a renowned conservation biologist who found herself fascinated by Charles Darwin’s renderings of extinct, rare and endangered plants.- Advertisement – “I used to illustrate all of my field photos as a biologist and I begin to think… why can’t they be the tens of thousands of species that need conservation help, why can’t we share with them some love,” Paisley said.This was a springboard for Paisley to launch her own company called Newton Paisley. She has since been the recipient of three top awards during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.As Paisley was launching her design career, she teamed up with Big Sky Design founder and principal interior designer Jennifer Kraner.“We were introduced to Susy’s beautiful work and we’re so pleased to be able to showcase this at the Cameron Art Museum,” Kraner said. “Her work is fantastic and beyond ordinary, we just don’t see work like this everyday.”Paisley says storytelling is what drives her passion for creating beautiful images from nature.“I am an evangelical conservationist,” and she added, “I want people to find ways to connect with wild things, to find ways to be passionate about them.”With a flair for color and design, Paisley said her design work allows her to bring the outdoors, indoors.“When you have curtains you might spend thousands of hours just idly drinking your coffee and looking at a repeating pattern and if you know about those species I do a little field guide with all my designs so you can interact with and learn about all the different species,” she said.For every meter of fabric Paisley sells, 100 meters of indigenous habitat are preserved through her company’s agreement with World Land Trust.Paisley plans to share more of her conservation efforts during “An Evening with Suzy Paisley” at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington.“This is just going to be an amazing event to see a true one-of-a-kind artist and to learn more about her process and also how you can bring that into your home through interior design,” Kraner said.The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. and tickets range from $55-$80. Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.last_img read more

first_img On Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. any active duty or veteran from any branch can get a free sandwich. In honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day Thursday, March 29, Mission BBQ will honor Vietnam veterans with a free sandwich. (Photo: Mission BBQ) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — During Armed Forces Week, a national barbecue chain will honor each branch of the military.Mission BBQ, which has a location on South College Road in Wilmington, is giving a free sandwich to active duty members and veterans of a different branch every day.Army: Monday, May 13Marine Corps: Tuesday, May 14Navy: Wednesday, May 15Air Force: Thursday, May 16Coast Guard, Friday, May 17- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img The director of the center says sea turtles do not nest every year, but once they are in nesting mode they will lay one every two weeks.Director Jean Beasley says turtles lay four to six nests  and at least a 120 eggs in each nest. She says this year is one of the highest for nesting.Beasley says loggerheads are the most common kind of turtles that nest on our beachesshe says it takes loggerheads about thirty five years to be able to nest.Related Article: Ocean Isle Beach sea turtle nest first in NC to hatch“We began our conservation program to protect the nests and the little turtles as they went to the water just about 35 years ago,” Beasley said. “So what beats in my heart is, I hope that what we did all those years ago is beginning to pay off.”Beasley says they know some of the turtles they tagged back in the eighties are now nesting.Beasley says they have found nests with as many as 200 eggs. 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 TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The sea turtle nests this year just keep getting more impressive.Experts says topsail beach has more than twice as many nests as it did last year and they are not finished counting.- Advertisement – last_img read more