Children in the most deprived areas of the country should be provided with fresh fruit and vegetables, Jonathan Ashworth will say as he announces a new policy at the Fabian Society summer conference on Saturday.The Shadow Health Secretary is set to reveal that a Labour government would introduce a Future Generations Wellbeing Act, as the party has done in Wales, and commit £26.8m to the already existing ‘Healthy Start’ programme.Labour has found that funding for Healthy Start – the scheme that provides food vouchers to women in receipt of certain benefits and who are pregnant or have a child under four – has been cut by more than a quarter over the last six years.Ashworth will tell the Fabian event that by expanding the programme he hopes to improve access to fresh food for the poorest children, which will form part of a “comprehensive, cross-government national strategy to tackle health inequalities”.He will outline legislative plans to enshrine a ‘health in all policies’ approach, make commitments on life expectancy, ensure that local health services aim to reduce health inequalities and have the NHS help tackle the climate crisis by linking health to Sustainable Development Goals.Addressing the conference in a keynote speech, Ashworth will say: “Today a baby girl born in Liverpool can expect to live 13 fewer years in good health than a baby girl born in Richmond. It’s an injustice we cannot ignore.“After nine years of Tory austerity, advances in life expectancy have ground to halt, and even gone backwards in some of the poorest areas. Shamefully, infant mortality rates – children dying before their first birthday – have risen three years in a row for the first time since the Second World War.“Rates of premature deaths – including deaths linked to heart disease, lung cancers and COPD – are two times higher in the most deprived areas of England compared to the most affluent. While children and adults living in the poverty are up to three times more likely to develop mental health problems compared to those living in the highest income brackets.“Poverty and deprivation mean people get ill quicker and die sooner. As socialists, we should never settle for this; as Health Secretary I won’t. The next Labour government will adopt a comprehensive, cross-government national strategy to tackle health inequalities, attacking the wider determinants of ill health and putting prevention first.“We will focus determinedly on improving the health and wellbeing of every child, ensuring children have access to nutritious food not just in schools but also by expanding Healthy Start. Labour will ensure the poorest children receive the milk, fruit and vegetables they need.“And to guarantee government decisions fully take account of long term health impacts, we will introduce a Future Generations Wellbeing Act drawing upon best practice including in New Zealand and closer to home in Wales.“It will mean local health services, alongside relevant public bodies, will always act to reduce health inequalities and promote overall wellbeing too. It will mean our NHS, as a local ‘economic anchor’ institution in communities, takes account of the social value of every pound spent and takes its obligations to climate change seriously.“Our health policy will be driven not just by a focus on cure but on radically improving prevention and social wellbeing too. Our commitment is to help people live longer, happier, healthier lives.”Tags:Health /Labour /Jonathan Ashworth /
“I do take very seriously that we are a street-level community,” she said afterwards of the café. Dane Wetschler, who is studying for his MBA in design strategy at California College of the Arts, is one in a team of four that organizes the dinners nationwide – about 20 of them so far. The idea came out of an unconventional effort to figure out Atlanta’s new transit system in which some 200 discussions were held in the format. Now he’s floating the approach in San Francisco and other cities, including Vancouver and New York. He sees the dinners as a twist on the way people currently engage with local government and with one another.“How can we make this a ‘thing people can do’? You can see a movie, you can go to diner, or you can host a dinner and have this connection with people you may not know and have a conversation where a diversity of voices are heard,” he said. Well, some diversity. Two of the diners at my table studied in the same program at the College of the Arts, and we all seemed clustered pretty tightly on some political spot left of center. Potter told me afterward that diversity is a challenge for any gathering. “Anytime you’re inviting a group into a space there’s multiple publics,” she said, each of which might be excluded by the time of day, or the price point of the gathering place, or any number of other factors. But, she noted, “you have to start somewhere.”The moment when conversation at my table really got going was when someone brought up the question of social media and how to understand “the other side.”“I went and unliked everything I liked on Facebook,” said Louis Han, the diner to my left, who works in cannabis investment and lives near 16th and Mission streets. “For someone who isn’t intentional about it, it’s difficult.”Won told us about how she had taken a trip to Louisiana during the election and heard stories of poverty, people who took $60-an-hour jobs directly after high school, then lost them when manufacturing jobs were sent abroad, and now have families to support that make going to college out of the question. “I do see it, I do understand the rage,” she said. To have someone like Trump then sweep through the political scene and put everything in very basic terms, and go directly to his audience via Twitter rather than send messages through the filter of media and journalists, she said, was a brilliant move: “Just you and me in 140 characters.”Here, like in every other event since the election, the outcome seems to have been a defining moment. But everyone is interested in doing something more than just create “social media word garbage,” as Won puts it.“In particular, since the Trump election, people have been trying to get together and see how they can take action,” Wetschler told me. He wants to figure out a way to synthesize a “galvanizing moment for civic action.”There’s something psychological about expressing one’s plans to engage out loud, Wetschler observed. It makes people actually do it. Following Atlanta dinners that kicked off the concept, he said, two people ran for office, and two started nonprofits. A few published op-eds in local papers. “This is a space where I can show up not knowing anyone, and have a meaningful conversation,” said Elizabeth Madsen, a design researcher who sat across from me. She is thinking about hosting her own dinner, though perhaps in a different format and maybe focused a little more on food (dinner at ODC was a cup of soup and avocado toast).The trouble with developing a list of ways to start creating the Beloved Community, which was the theoretical goal of the Civic Dinner, is selection bias – most of us at the table were already engaging in some way. Han volunteers at nonprofit that provides legal aid to immigrants, Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Madsen has started the Refugees United Artists Collective with her boyfriend, who fled war-torn Bosnia in the 1990s. Potter and I both referred to our work (hers at ODC, mine as a journalist) as ways we engage. Nobody promised to run for office.In the end, this foray into Civic Dinners was more about the little things – creating a space for people to mull over some abstract ideas we might not normally take the time to touch. “It’s difficult to find your place in civic engagement,” Won told me afterward, confessing to wishing more actionable items had come out of the conversation. But, she added, “It’s good, also, to see you’re not alone.” Tags: community • Elections • Events • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% We started with a toast to a good neighbor, six of us strangers seated around pushed-together café tables inside Robin’s Cafe at the ODC Theater. At the corner farthest from me, Anita Won, an architect and student at California College of the Arts, told us about a woman who lived in her Chinatown apartment building in Manhattan with whom she would exchange small gifts, whether surplus oranges from the market or tidbits of information. Good neighbors, Won said, “they see you, they know you.”At the first of a series of Civic Dinners that ODC intends to host, we were in the midst of an experiment to create a community out of strangers, the “Beloved Community” that Martin Luther King Jr. imagined could be if we all respected and listened to one another.ODC’s Julie Potter took on the role of facilitator. She said ODC may be hosting such a dinner as often as every month, perhaps with slight tweaks to the format, in an effort to make its space available for community discussions. 0%
SAINTS joint captain James Graham says his team mates know what to expect when they take on Wigan Warriors on Saturday.The 25-year-old prop forward thinks the auld enemy will be stronger than last season and Saints will have to match them in every area of the field.“It’s a tough match to start the season,” he said. “They have made some good signings and look better than last year. They set the benchmark in 2010 with the way they played and we know what we are expecting when we get down to Cardiff on Saturday.”Graham was recently made joint captain with Paul Wellens as Royce Simmons looks to his leaders to drive Saints forward this year.It was a natural progression for the Evertonian who has played the role all the way through his career.He skippered the Academy and Reserve Saints sides as well as Great Britain Academy and was England captain in the Four-Nations in the Autumn.He will also lead out the team on Saturday against the Warriors.“I’m really happy to have been chosen to captain the Saints and I didn’t have a problem with the joint role,” he continued. “I know there was a lot of speculation about the captaincy but it was never a worry in my mind. Royce told us he would like a joint captaincy, but there are a lot of leaders both on and off the field.“Hopefully me and Wello can lead by example.”
ENGLAND Academy opened their touring account with a 28-18 victory over New South Wales Juniors at Narrabeen.The Academy side ran in five tries during an attritional contest that saw them come from behind on two separate occasions to get off to a winning start.The game began poorly for the Academy side as they found themselves 4-0 down after less than seven minutes but a steely resolve saw them responded immediately through half-back Ryan Hampshire.Winger Joe Burgess rounded his defender to play the ball back inside to the supporting man who found Hampshire on hand to show a clean pair of heels to the covering defence.Hampshire then found winger James Saltonstall who doubled England’s tally when he broke through down the right hand flank. Man of the Match Hampshire added the extras to make the scores 10-4 at the interval.It was a short lived lead for England however as New South Wales got off to a flying start in the second half, with a quick-fire double allowing them to open up an 18-10 advantage.Winger Meehan found himself in space on the outside for an easy run in after just two minutes before loose forward Harrison gathered a high-ball between the posts to crash over three minutes later.England were still behind by eight points with just over ten minutes to go but they showed their class to run in three tries in just eight minutes.First England’s Ben Currie powered his way over from a quick play-the-ball and then the Warrington Wolves player doubled his personal tally after Hampshire spilt the defence and played Currie through from 25 yards out.Centre Greg Wilde then pounced on an error from the NSW full-back to extend the lead with Hampshire adding the extras to make it 28-18.“We’re quite happy with the win,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott. “Winning the first game is the best way to start. We expected our performance to be a bit scratchy and a little under par because of the traveling, which was the case, but I think as the game went on we showed a lot of good touches in our attack.“To come the distance we have and play after just a few days is a good start for us and I’m pleased with the character the lads showed to come from behind on two separate occasions.“We’ve a quick turnaround now before playing Parramatta on Saturday but that’s what we wanted. We wanted to get a good test mentally, physically and emotionally in the first week.“I’m pleased with the effort today and the lads who haven’t played today will get a chance against Parramatta on Saturday to fight for a test jersey.”The England Academy continue preparations for their two-test series against the Australian Schoolboys by taking on Parramatta Juniors on Saturday (KO 7.00pm Aus / 10.00am UK).Match Summary:England:Tries: Hampshire, Saltonstall, Currie 2, AspinallGoals: Hampshire 4NSW:Tries: Meehan 2, Harris, HarrisonGoals: TBCTeams:England:1. Luke Briscoe; 2. James Saltonstall, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. John Ford, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. Liam Sutcliffe, 7. Ryan Hampshire; 8. Liam McAvoy, 9. Dominic Speakman, 10. Josh Johnson, 11. John Bateman, 12. Peter Aspinall, 13. Jordan Baldwinson. Subs: 14. George Williams, 15. Gavin Bennion, 16. Ben Currie, 17. Luke Thompson. New South Wales:1. Dalin Watene-Zelezniak; 2. Willis Meehan, 3. Michael Morgan, 4. Sione Mata’utia, 5. Dee Jay Harris; 6 Drew Hutchinson, 7. Zac Nichols; 8. James Parker, 9. Tj McLean, 10. Joe Stimson, 11. Rhys Armstrong, 12. Taniele Siale, 13. Blake Harrison.Subs: 14, Salesi funaki, 15. Tepai Teu Smith, 16. Anthony Semrany, 17. Brendan Cox, 18. Luke Yates.
ANDY Reid will launch his autobiography ‘Standing Tall’ at a special dinner at Langtree Park.The former Corporal served for 15 years with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons) but was injured in October 2009, while serving in Afghanistan, losing both his legs and an arm.His story shows true courage and now he is living life to full and talking a message of hope to schools and young offenders.The book launch event on Friday February 1, 2013, will feature special guests including the Hairy Bikers alongside a drinks reception, four-course meal, talk by Andy and a live acoustic set from Sound of Guns.All ticket holders will also receive a signed hardback copy of Standing Tall, a Sound of Guns CD and a gift bag from the ABF The Soldiers Charity.Saints will continue to work with the ABF The Soldiers Charity in 2013.Priced at £60 per person or £500 for a table of ten, you can buy your tickets from Andy direct from here or by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.
TICKETS for Saturday’s Magic Weekend clash against Warrington are now on sale from the RFL only.Tickets cost from just £30 per day (£15 concessions) and £45 for the whole weekend (£22.50), which is a little more than £6 per match!Tickets can still be purchased in advance by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukTickets can also be purchased from the Manchester City Ticket Office in the North Stand at the Etihad Stadium from 9.00am on Saturday and noon on Sunday.Fans can upgrade a day ticket to a weekend ticket at the Ticket Office for £15 (£7.50 concessions).
EVERYONE in St. Helens knew what this meant between the wars! It was the verbal acknowledgement that the club’s first ‘superstar’ Alf Ellaby had run onto the field. And boy could he run!His was a unique circumstance – a soccer player turning to a new code as a result of injury and becoming a living legend in his new domain, revered on two continents as one of the greatest wingers the rugby league code had ever seen. He is the most successful Saints player in terms of representative football and the most famous ‘local product,’ together with Alex Murphy and Keiron Cunningham.One of the first players to realise his worth to the success of the team, he seemed to specialise in hat-tricks and forged a dynamic partnership with fellow winger and Kiwi star Roy Hardgrave in the late 1920s/early 1930s. Alf’s mere presence would add thousands to the ‘gate’ at Knowsley Road.Although Challenge Cup and Championship final glory evaded him, he played for the Saints during a golden era for the game in St. Helens, with local rivals St. Helens Recreation adding extra ‘spice.’ His superb fitness enabled him to play at the highest level until his late thirties.Alex Service’s biography, ‘He’s Here Now’ will be sold exclusively in the Superstore [12pm-2.30pm] before the Castleford game, priced £10.It is a limited edition of 115 [Alf was born in 1902] so make sure you get your copy, as demand is likely to be high! The Ellaby family will be special guests at the Totally Wicked Stadium on matchday.Alf was also a Director of the Castleford club for a spell.
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The ARES organization in Brunswick County works directly with emergency management officials.These amateur radio operators can become especially valuable in situations where severe thunderstorms or hurricanes knock out other forms of communication.“The amateur radio frequencies are allocated by the FCC and only amateur radios can operate on those frequencies. So what we do, when all other modes of communication are out, we’re the absolute last resort,” said David Lippincott, Brunswick County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator.Related Article: Strong storms in US South kill at least 8 and injure dozensAnyone can get involved with ARES in Brunswick County. All it takes is an amateur radio license and a sincere desire to serve. CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — It takes a lot of manpower during severe weather and other events that threaten life and property to keep us safe. But did you know that a key branch of communications during those times is comprised of people just like you?The Amateur Radio Emergency Service consists of licensed amateur volunteers who use radio equipment to assist with communications when disaster strikes.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a four-legged friend to bring into your family for the holiday season, meet this week’s Pet Pal.He is a 1-year-old domestic shorthair cat who needs a home and a name.- Advertisement – He’s got a black and white coat and is described by shelter staff as “the whole package”.This kitty loves to play and snuggle. He is very intelligent and curious.If you think this little guy could be perfect for you, head to New Hanover County Animal Services.Related Article: Pet Pals: 2-year-old Chihuahua mix searching for a fur-ever home!County residents can adopt for just $70.Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.