Month: July 2019

The United Nations has given its firmest indicatio

first_imgThe United Nations has given its firmest indication yet that it is carrying out a secret, high-level inquiry into serious breaches of its disability convention by the UK government.Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last August that the UK government appeared to have become the first country to face an inquiry by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) due to alleged “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives “reliable information” that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and its optional protocol.Because such investigations are conducted “confidentially”, the committee has previously refused to confirm that the UK was being investigated, although a recording emerged [watch from one hour and four minutes] of a former CRPD member revealing the inquiry had been set up.But this week the secretary of CRPD, Jorge Arraya, gave DNS the clearest indication so far that there was an inquiry and that it was still in progress.When asked whether the inquiry had been completed, he said: “At this point, as this process is confidential, I am afraid I cannot provide any information.“Should we be in a position in the future to give you information, we have your contact details.”When DNS asked when he was likely to be able to provide information, he said: “Apologies, John, I would like to, but it may create unreasonable expectations.”He declined to comment further.Picture: United Nations complex by is licensed under” alt=”last_img” /> read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round Ten game against Wigan Warriors.Josh Jones is named after his debut against Warrington and Tom Makinson is recalled but Gary Wheeler is omitted as he continues to recover from a knock in the win over Leeds.Tony Puletua is also in the 19 as is Paul Wellens who will appeal against his one-match ban this afternoon.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 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, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Tommy Makinson, 26. Josh Jones.Wigan’s Shaun Wane will choose from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Brett Finch, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Paul Prescott, 9. Michael McIlorum, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Jeff Lima, 17. Chris Tuson, 22. Gil Dudson, 24. Anthony Gelling, 25. Joe Mellor, 26. Jack Hughes, 32. Tom Spencer.The game kicks off at 2.45pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Stat Pack:Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11)(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Wigan 28, St Helens 24 (SLR11, 22/4/11)St Helens 16, Wigan 16 (SLR1, 12/2/11)(at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)St Helens 10, Wigan 22 (SLGF, 2/10/10)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 24, St Helens 26 (SLR18, 20/6/10)St Helens 10, Wigan 18 (SLR9, 2/4/10)St Helens 14, Wigan 10 (SLQSF, 3/10/09)Super League Summary:St Helens won 26 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 27 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)last_img read more

SHAUN Magennis has today announced his retirement

first_imgSHAUN Magennis has today announced his retirement from professional Rugby League.The 23-year-old forward made 33 appearances for the club, scoring four tries, after signing from Blackbrook.But despite a gruelling rehabilitation programme and a number of successful comebacks, a knee injury has forced him to retire.“My knee has been bad for a few years now,” Shaun said, “but not just last season; since I was 17 really. It was getting worse and worse and I kept having surgery on it. It came to a point last year when I couldn’t train fully and I stopped looking forward to training as my knee was that sore.“When I did train it was swelling up and I wasn’t fully fit. I spoke to my surgeon and he said he could do an operation so I could get on with the rest of my life. In the end I chose that and now I have to move on.“I could have played for another year but that would have made it worse and I was struggling with everyday life as it is. It was tough to go upstairs and walk so that’s why I had the operation.“The operation involved two screws and my tibia has been moved… and that means it wouldn’t be successful for rugby players as you are constantly hitting the ground. It was an easy decision to make in the end.”He continues: “I have played in a lot of big games and even though my career has been cut short, playing Leeds, Wigan, Warrington and Hull away were highlights. I haven’t done what I wanted to do like win trophies and play for GB, but that is life. I have played rugby since I was seven-years-old and have put a lot into it. Now I have to do that in another career.“I’d like to thank the fans for their support and the coaches I have worked with. Eric Chisnall, Derek Traynor and Mike Rush all put a lot of faith in me. I’d also like to thank my family for being there.”General Manager Mike Rush added: “We are all upset that Shaun has had to retire from the sport. I first saw him when he was an 11-year-old playing in a cup final against Dewsbury. He was outstanding and continued that throughout his Academy career.“He has shown great mental toughness to come back from a number of injuries but sadly this latest one is one step too far.“We will continue to rehabilitate Shaun and offer as much support as we can as he looks to take up the next challenge in his life.”last_img read more