Update 1008am An EHRC spokesperson said We be

Update 1008am An EHRC spokesperson said We be

first_imgUpdate, 10.08am: An EHRC spokesperson said: “We believe Labour may have unlawfully discriminated against people because of their ethnicity and religious beliefs.”The Jewish Labour Movement last night decided to stay affiliated to the Labour Party, but it was revealed at the same time that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission may be set to investigate the party over its handling of antisemitism.JLM held two meetings on Wednesday evening, both of which included an indicative vote to remain a Labour affiliate. According to JLM sources, the results were not unanimous but overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the link in order to “stay and fight” within the party.Dame Margaret Hodge, who delivered a speech at the London meeting, said the situation had improved in the party since the MP resignations last month, according to one source. Many JLM members, as previously reported on LabourList, also want to ensure that Jewish Voice for Labour does not replace JLM as the sole affiliated Jewish group or become the voice of authority on issues of antisemitism.An official decision will be made on affiliation at JLM’s annual general meeting next month, where members could also elect a new parliamentary chair. Luciana Berger, who recently left Labour to form The Independent Group, cannot stay in the role if JLM is affiliated and she wishes to stand against Labour candidates.But the news of JLM deciding against disaffiliation came shortly ahead of the Jewish Chronicle reporting that the EHRC will announce an investigation into the Labour Party today. The equality watchdog, set up under a Labour government, last year received dossiers of Labour antisemitism submitted by JLM and the Campaign Against Antisemitism.A JLM spokesperson said: “In early November 2018, the Jewish Labour Movement made a submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission asking them to investigate the allegation that the Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic.“We did not take that decision lightly. After years of anti-Jewish racism experienced by our members, and a long pattern of denial, obfuscation and inaction by those with the power and ability to do something about it, we felt there was little choice but to secure a fully independent inquiry, not encumbered by corrupted internal practices. Everything that has happened in the months since our referral supports our view that the Labour Party is now institutionally antisemitic.“Our 99-year affiliation to Labour was born from the solidarity shown to our community by a party that held social justice and equality as its core values. Democratic socialists stood side by side with the Jewish working class, and promised them a haven in Britain, free from the persecution they experienced in mainland Europe.“Sadly, a century later that solidarity is lacking from all too many within the party. This evening Jewish Labour members made clear that we will not unconditionally stand by whilst we are treated with such intolerance and contempt. We, in our history have loved and respected the Labour Party too much to let this continue.”Tags:Labour /Antisemitism /Jewish Labour Movement /JLM /EHRC /last_img read more

Mission bakers in no hurry to discriminate against LGBT customers

Mission bakers in no hurry to discriminate against LGBT customers

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “It sidesteps the main issues we’ve been focused on and leaves them for another day,” confirms Jenny Pizer, the law and policy director for Lambda Legal. “There are some reassuring parts of today’s decision, and some that are very worrying.” On the plus side, Pizer says, Kennedy’s decision “rejects the idea that people can evoke religion and get a free pass” to discriminate. But Kennedy and the seven-justice majority “express a lot of concern” for the viewpoints of people like Phillips. “We have argued in our brief and in similar cases that if you are choosing to operate a business that interacts with the general public, you have to offer the same services to everybody. If you can’t offer it to everyone because of religious or other beliefs, you should not be in that business.” This view matches the opinion of Gwyneth Borden, the executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. “The choice by Jack Phillips strikes me as being the opposite of what the hospitality industry is all about,” she says. “San Francisco is a place of inclusion and ideas. If you don’t feel that way, you shouldn’t open up a business here.” Left unsaid is that discriminatory behavior, or even the perception of discriminatory behavior, would not play well in this city. The unfortunately named Mexican restaurant Bandidos opted to change its name to Hecho after an angry backlash. Local’s Corner closed following accusations that Latino guests were discriminated against by a staffer. Samson Yohannes, a cooperative baker at Arizmendi on Valencia, says he feels his profession has been denigrated by this Supreme Court case. “We would never refuse anyone because of sexual orientation or any preference they have,” he says. “We’d only refuse someone based on how they treat someone here. Treating people with respect and being inclusive is, by definition, who we are.” Down the road, the proprietor of Kings Bakery Cafe — who declined to give us his full name — said he would make a cake for anyone. But not for free. “Whoever comes to my store, I will make the cake for him or her — so long as he pays!” says the baker. “We are in business, man. We don’t care about religion. Can you pay me? That is what we care about.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address center_img The United States Supreme Court yesterday sided with a Colorado baker who claimed his First Amendment religious freedoms were impinged by a same-sex couple hoping he’d bake them a wedding cake. Locally, bakers in San Francisco and, specifically, the Mission, told Mission Local that they’re not itching to exercise a newfound right to claim their religious beliefs enable them to discriminate against customers. Which is good, because that’s not what the Court’s decision yesterday enabled. “My conclusion is, this is a case that the result will virtually never be used again in any place,” said UC Berkeley law professor Jesse Choper. “This decision came very specifically on the facts of the case.” Specifically, members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not display the “neutral and respectful consideration” plaintiff Jack Phillips was due, per the decision penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy and signed onto by six other judges. Those commissioners “endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, implying that religious beliefs and persons are less than fully welcome in Colorado’s business community.”So, this case did not constitute the Warriors vs. Cavaliers showdown between First Amendment freedom-of-religion rights and the civil rights of a protected class that observers anticipated, hoped and feared. Rather, the ostensibly inappropriate commentary of state commissioners has essentially short-circuited the case, leaving the underlying issues unresolved. Further test cases await. 0%last_img read more

IT is sad to announce the passing of Saints oldes

first_imgIT is sad to announce the passing of Saints’ oldest player, John Nolan, at the age of 100.He reached this milestone on June 16 and, as far as we know, is the first player to do so.John played regularly in the A Team in the early 1930s and was a teammate of many greats, such as Walter Groves and Les Fairclough.He was a full-back, who also turned out in the second-row. Tall and well-built, he also captained the team on many occasions.Outside rugby, John was employed at Stoves in Rainhill, selling gas cookers. He also worked in the stores at Burtonwood air base. His last place of employment was at Neill’s in Bold, where he worked for quite a number of years in the stores.John’s wife Elsie, passed away several years ago, but they were married for more than60 years. They have three children, Frank, John and daughter Pat.Despite his advancing years, John was always prepared to talk about the oval ball game – especially about his hero, Alf Ellaby! We send our sincere condolences to his family.last_img read more

Two Brunswick Co school buses involved in wreck 20 kids taken to

Two Brunswick Co school buses involved in wreck 20 kids taken to

first_imgBOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Two Virginia Williamson Elementary School buses were involved in a crash in Brunswick County Friday afternoon.According to officials, the accident is at Southport-Supply Road and Hewettown Road SE near Bolivia.Two school buses were involved in a crash on NC 211 on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Viewer contributed)- Advertisement – Brunswick County Schools says buses 251 and 253 were involved in the crash. Sixty-four students were on the buses at the time. Twenty-six students have been transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, the school district says.Parents of children who were on the buses should report to Virginia Williamson Elementary School. Students not being transported are being taken back to school to reunite with parents. Emergency officials are waiting at the school and will let parents of students who were hurt know which hospital they were taken to.New Hanover Regional Medical Center says 28 people were transported there and are being assessed right now. No word on the extent of injuries. A Novant Health spokeswoman says three kids, all have which been released, who were involved with the crash were treated there. The conditions of those patients are still unknown.Related Article: Brunswick Co. inmate dies after attempted suicideWWAY spoke to parents and a student who was on one of the buses, all were a little shaken up but glad everyone is going to be ok.“Oh it was scary, my little girl she was, we were tore up. It was terrible,” one concerned parent said.Brantley, a kindergartner at Virginia Williamson was on one of the buses, he said it was scary.“I just fell and I didn’t know what happened,” Brantley said. “And they said come on. And I didn’t know what happened. And people was crying, then I cried. Then I got off on the very back.”One father had two of his three kids on one of the buses. His daughter was checked out for a minor head injury. He said buses desperately need seat belts.“Well I was hoping everyone was ok obviously. You never know with these things,” another concerned parent said. “We tell the children all the time behave on the bus because there’s school bus accidents all the time. And boom here we are. It happens. So I’m hoping they’re not too traumatized from it.”Highway Patrol is investigating to determine what exactly happened.Please check back as this story is developing.last_img read more

DOT to repair sinkhole near Bellamy Elementary School

DOT to repair sinkhole near Bellamy Elementary School

first_img The work will continue through Tuesday.US 421, Cathay Road, and River Road will serve as detours while the work is being completed. Sanders Road sinkhole (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sanders Road in New Hanover County will close once again to repair a sinkhole by Bellamy Elementary School.Beginning Monday, at 8 a.m. crews will repair the road between Bellamy Elementary School and Motts Village Road.- Advertisement – last_img

Lanvale Forest annexation takes next step

Lanvale Forest annexation takes next step

first_img Tonight town council approved a resolution of intent for the involuntary annexation.The town agreed last year it would maintain the subdivisions crumbling roads if voters approved the move.Mayor Brenda Bozeman says the next steps are public hearings in February and May.Related Article: Could a helipad be coming to Leland?If all goes as planned property owners would vote on annexation during November’s municipal elections. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A neighborhood near Leland is one step closer to becoming part of the town.Residents of Lanvale Forest off Lanvale Road have been working for nearly two years to have the town annex them.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jury convicts driver who had to be revived with Narcan in crash

Jury convicts driver who had to be revived with Narcan in crash

first_img Jonathan Hayes (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) 1 of 3 Hayes was accused of crashing into a family’s car and killing 2-year-old Mason Richardson while high on opioids in November 2016.Hayes allegedly crashed his truck into a car killing Mason and sending his mother Alexandria Williams and his brother to the hospital. It happened at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Blvd. in Wilmington.Investigators say Hayes, who was 24 years old at the time, needed multiple doses of Narcan after the crash. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office told us Hayes had been arrested and put in jail 13 times prior to his latest charge for second degree murder.Related Article: Police: 5 fatally shot inside Florida bank, suspect arrestedThe defense gave its closing arguments earlier in the day. Hayes attorney claims Hayes fell asleep at the wheel and that evidence does not show an overdose on opiates. The defense said there was no malicious intent, so Hayes can not be guilty of murder.Last week, a forensic scientist from a crime lab in Raleigh said Hayes blood tested positive for cocaine, Xanax, and diphenhydramine, which is found in over the counter drugs like Tylenol PM and Benadryl.We’ll have more on this story tonight on WWAY. Mason Richardson (Photo: Family)center_img Jonathan Hayes in court (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A jury has convicted a Wilmington man on multiple charges in a car crash that killed a 2-year-old boy.The jury late this afternoon found Jonathan Hayes guilty of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, driving without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia.- Advertisement – (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY)last_img read more

Watch President Emeritus Coleiro Preca sceptic of proposed increase in number of

Watch President Emeritus Coleiro Preca sceptic of proposed increase in number of

first_imgPresident Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is sceptic on the proposed increase of the number of members, to augment the female representation numbers in the Maltese Parliament.In her first interview from the end of her term as President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that Parliament will still not be offering anyf amily friendly measures if its keeps its current structure.During her contribution on Newsline which was presented by Fr Joe Borg on RTK 103FM, she also said that apart from the exception of the Judiary and the University of Malta, there is still a “democratic deficit” towards females across the board.Coleiro Preca stressed on the need for female input if the country truly wants to create holistic policies. She also said that women cannot work three shifts in a day and and at the same time cater effectively towards their full-time professional, familiar and parental obligations.“Two females and two males from each district”Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca suggested that the voting ballot should be divided in two sections and that out of five candidates to choose from, the voters have to choose at least two male and two female candidates. According to her, this will assure that no female is taking a male’s place in Parliament.The President Emeritus would also like to see that this exercises results in a change of mentality where women are acknowledged for their substance and not just on physical appearance.During her contribution, the President Emeritus also said signing the Embryo Protection Act was the most difficult moment of her life.“The most difficult moment in my life was when I signed the Embryo Protection Act” – Coleiro PrecaWhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Customs officials seize €27m in cocaine at Freeport

Customs officials seize €27m in cocaine at Freeport

first_imgdwanadwana Cocaine with an estimated street value of €2.7 million has seized by customs officials at the Freeport Terminal.Officials explain that the 20 packets weighing a total of 24kgs were found during checks on a number of containers passing through the port today.It is understood that the container which was hiding the drugs was on route to Tirana Albania from South America.The discovery is less than two days after Customs officials discovered 91.2kg of cocaine in a previous investigation.Customs officials seize over €10m in cocaine at FreeportAccording to officials, this means that in 14 weeks since the New Year, the Customs department has managed to find just over half a tonne of cocaine (515.2kgs) worth €58 million.This is almost double the total amount seized during last year (287.4kgs).Read more:Estimated €5.8 million of cocaine discovered at FreeportCustoms officials make €32.4m cocaine seizure at FreeportThe current investigation has been handed over to the Police Anti Drug Squad with the Duty Magistrate now leading an inquiry with members of the Police Forensics Unit. SharePrint Dwana 1 of 4 <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> Dwana Dwana WhatsApp dwanalast_img read more

Watch Delia is not the problem – Ivan Bartolo

Watch Delia is not the problem – Ivan Bartolo

first_imgIvan Bartolo said that there are no internal discussions amongst those that do not agree with the current PN leadershipPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Committee member Ivan Bartolo said that the problem is not Adrian Delia but those around him.Bartolo who was one of the first to sign the petition asking for the leader of the PN to carry political responsibility was talking during the programme Newsline which was transmitted on Saturday on RTK 103FM. Fr Joe Borg who led the radio programme read out a message sent by Thomas De Martino who could not attend to the programme. De Martino is one of a group of persons that are collecting signatures from the PN members asking Adrian Delia not to resign.Callus does not want Delia to resignDelia’s backers launch counter petitionFrom his end Bartolo added that he had supported Adrian Delia from the September 2017 leadership election until three weeks ago. When asked why he (Bartolo) stopped supporting Delia, the PN executive Committee member replied that the pledged New Way was not materialising, and things remained the same as before within the party.Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to…During the same radio programme, Ivan Bartolo added sternly that there is no internal discussion amongst those that are opposing to Adrian Delia at the helm of the party. He said that Adrian Delia could have chosen people who were professionals and could provide him with constructive cricism on the way forward for the party.Touching on the financial aspect of the party, Bartolo said that the discussion should not have been focused on the debts but on the party’s assets which include the brand image and its members. He added that Delia had approved his strategy however others had objected.When asked on why he decided to sign the petition for Delia’s resignation, Bartolo replied that there was the need for a strong message to attract the attention of all the stakeholders. He added that things are moving as there are two opposing petitions and Delia has also spoken to the Councillors of the part.Meanwhile, the President of the General Council, Kristy Debono said that some of the people that signed the petition are not PN members for various reasons and will call for a General Council meeting. A date has still not been communicated. The two PN deputy leaders, David Agius and Robert Arrigo had been quoted saying that discussion on such will be taking place in the next Executive committee’s meeting which is planned for Thursday, which will also has an internal election on the agenda.To watch Newsline click here.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