Disabled campaigners have launched a new charter t

first_imgDisabled campaigners have launched a new charter that aims to persuade organisations – and individuals – in their local area to treat people with dignity and respect.Ken andTracy McClymont have spent four years working on the Dudley Dignity Charter,which lists 10 key principles for how people should be treated, focusing on areassuch as communication, privacy, choice, control, advocacy and fairness.TheMcClymonts, both key figures in Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living(Dudley CIL), have worked on the charter with another local disabled people’sorganisation, Disability In Action,with support from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and Healthwatch Dudley.The couplehave spent years seeking the views of disabled people in Dudley on what shouldbe in the charter, by visiting council-run community forums, day centres, youthclubs for disabled young people, libraries and the local hospital.They weretold how disabled people were being rushed by care workers who had to hurry totheir next appointment; how service-providers were failing to listen to whatservice-users were telling them and not giving them time to explain theirneeds; and how schools were failing to provide support to their disabled pupils,among many other examples of disabled people not being treated with dignity andrespect.Patternssoon began to emerge from what they were being told, which they worked into thecharter’s 10 key principles.TheMcClymonts now plan to take the charter “out on the road”, explaining its 10principles by running stands at local events and locations such as supermarketsand libraries.They alsohope – by setting up a new Dudley Dignity Council – to be able to monitor theimplementation of the charter, hold service-users to account, and even awarddignity charter marks to organisations that show a commitment to the 10 principles.KenMcClymont, who chairs Dudley CIL, said: “Dignity is something we all want,along with respect, but it is a very hard thing for people to explain anddefine.”He said he was “buoyed up” by the launch event (pictured), which was attended by three of the four local MPs, the council’s deputy leader and chief executive, and representatives of the local transport authority, mental health trust and the three emergency services.He added: “Thischarter is unique in that it has been created by the local people themselves.“We do hopethat many local people, businesses, voluntary groups and others with connectionsto the borough will sign up to the charter to encourage everyone to makedignity a thing of importance. “We all wantto be treated with dignity and respect, and hope that this charter will start aconversation.”Cllr Judy Foster, deputy leader of Dudley council,said: “It is an honour and a privilege to have joined those at theDudley Dignity Charter launch event today. “By workingtogether, we can rightly put dignity at the heart of care here in Dudleyborough.“The charterhas been over four years in the making and it is a testament to the dedicationand hard work of everyone at Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disabilityin Action.”last_img read more

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It was a really pleasing result he said We kn

first_img“It was a really pleasing result,” he said. “We knew how hard it was going to be coming here so to come away with a good win was very pleasing.“It was a good start to the game by both sides and there wasn’t much in it. To go in at half time leading 16-0 was fantastic. It was important for us to start well as we haven’t done that over recent weeks and it has made it hard for us.“It was good to get some concentration back and be ready to play. To Wakefield’s credit they made it hard for us but in the end I was pleased to come away with a good win.”He continued: “Tommy Makinson took his finishes well and with Luke Thompson out it was good to see us come up well against a team the size of Wakefield.“Our defence showed some character too and I was really happy defensively, particularly in that first half.”Saints next Super 8s fixture sees them host Wigan Warriors on Friday August 31.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

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Watch Can Christian and Muslim communities coexist

first_imgFor the past few years, Balzan Parish Church has been organising a session of prayer and reflection, which has seen Catholics and Muslims coming together. Those in attendance include representatives from the Islamic Centre, clergy from the parish and members of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, among others. This year, the event took place at the Islamic Centre for the first time. Newsbook.com.mt interviewed Rev. Dr Joseph Ellul who lectures at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. He also heads the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue which was founded in March 2011, with the aim to establish ties between the Catholic Church in Malta and non-Christian communities in Malta. One of its principal aims is to contribute towards the formation of the Roman Catholic community in Malta so that it may better recognise its mission in a society which is becoming more multi-ethnic and multi-religious.Rev. Ellul said that its role also includes updating and advising the Archbishop on situations or challenges which the community may face. Currently, he explained, the Commission, in collaboration with the University of Malta, is preparing a handbook on various religions aimed at professionals such as doctors and social workers.During the interview, Rev. Ellul was asked various questions relating to the similarities and divergences between Catholicism and Islam, and whether the two communities can co-exist. Rev. Ellul referred to Nostra aetate, which is the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council, saying that both communities have co-existed for many centuries. He said that while each religion begins with God, the religions are then made up of human beings, and therefore there are good and bad elements. He explained that in societies where you have the two communities co-existing, one can witness a lot of collaboration among the different communities. Rev. Ellul explained that this has happened since forever, citing examples of Catholic communities in predominantly Muslim countries such as Egypt, Iraq and Syria. Asked about the similarities between the two religions, Rev. Ellul said that in both Catholicism and Islam one finds the belief in one God. He further explained that one finds several similarities especially if one reflects upon the Old Testament. He explained that various attributes to God can be found in both the Quran and the Bible, such as God as the creator, God as the judge and God as the merciful. Rev. Ellul further explained that various messages pronounced by the prophets are found in both the Bible and the Quran. When asked where the two religions diverge, Rev. Ellul said that there are two main points of divergence. The first was on the question of God as a Trinity, explaining that while the Quran speaks about a trinity, in the Quran God is the father, Jesus the son, and Mary the mother. He explained that this influence could have easily come from Christian communities present in Arabia at that time, which were on the periphery, adding that, “it is not a big deal that heretic communities existed which may have believed so”. The second point, Rev. Ellul added, was that for Islam, it is inconceivable that God became man. He explained that for a Catholic, the Quran cannot be recognised as a holy scripture in the same sense as the Bible. For the Catholic, the Bible was ‘closed’ when the last apostle died, meaning that there are no more scriptures after that. Rev. Ellul added that Catholics believe that Jesus is the revelation of God, saying that if one who is Catholic had to consider the Prophet Muhammad as a prophet in the Biblical sense then it would mean that Jesus is not the complete revelation of God, and therefore it would mean that something is lacking in the Catholic revelation. Rev. Ellul explained that this does not turn the Prophet Muhammad into a ‘false prophet’, as he was referred to in the dialogues between Timothy I of Baghdad, a Patriarch, and Caliph al-Mahdi in the Eight Century (781CE), when Caliph al-Mahdi had asked the Patriarch what he thought of Muhammad. The Patriarch had replied that Muhammad deserves all the praise he gets, because he followed in the footsteps of the prophets, and those who love God. Rev. Ellul said that through that answer, Timothy I had recognised Muhammad and his message; however he could not refer to him as a prophet in the biblical sense. When asked about the difference between Muslims and Islamists, Rev. Ellul said, “there is a huge difference between the two”, explaining that a Muslim is one who believes in Islam, while an Islamist is one who has transformed his religion into an ideology. He underlined that in the latter case, it is dangerous. Finally, Rev. Ellul referred to a decision by the Council of Ministers in Lebanon, which had declared the feast of the Annunciation of Mary as a national Islamic-Christian holiday. He explained that even at the peak of the crusades, many Marian sanctuaries were visited by Catholics and Muslims alike. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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22 Medals for Maltese Artistic Gymnastics in Liverpool

first_imgFourteen gymnasts from ISC Gymnastics Club (Malta), as well as four coaches, recently returned from a competition in the UK where they won 22 medals in all.The City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club hosted their annual Summer Sparkle Invitational – Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Competition featuring the four main types of equipment (Vault, Bar, Beam and Floor).The Maltese gymnasts took part in this competition and competed against girls hailing from: Rochdale Olympic Gymnastics Club (Manchester); SA Gymnastics (Stockport); City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy; Gymfinity (Knutsford, Cheshire), Wigan Gymnastics Club (Manchester); Burnley Gymnastics Club (Lancashire) and Bebington, Cheshire.According to coach David Micallef, this was a huge, if not an overwhelming, success for this group of gymnasts.The awards included a first place – overall score by Nicole Polidano, and Sarah Azzopardi placing 3rd. Kaya Leonardi placed second in a separate category with her overall score.Other gymnasts placed first, second or third on specific equipment.Anyone interested in starting artistic gymnastics may contact Audrey Sultana on tel. no: 99892694 or check out the ISC Gymnastics Club (Malta) Facebook page.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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