An explosion of cases in which greedy relatives

first_imgAn “explosion” of cases in which greedy relatives commit fraud by targeting members of their own family provides further evidence of why assisted suicide should not be legalised, say disabled activists.One of the strongest arguments for opposing legalisation is the risk that it will lead to some family members pressurising terminally-ill relatives to end their lives early in order to benefit from an inheritance.Research published this week by accountancy giant KPMG reveals an “explosion of cases in which individuals, betraying the trust of those closest to them, targeted their own relatives”. The KPMG Fraud Barometer measures fraud cases heard in the UK’s crown courts that involve losses of more than £100,000.The latest survey, which looked at January to June 2015, found that fraud within families grew by 384 per cent compared to the same period last year. Hitesh Patel, UK forensic partner at KPMG, said: “People are living longer, and we are seeing examples of people who are choosing to remove uncertainties about when or if they will get their inheritance by fraudulent means. “It’s also likely these cases are just the tip of the iceberg – frauds of this nature often go unreported as embarrassed victims seek to ‘keep it in the family’ and ‘forgive and forget’.”The latest attempt by the euthanasia lobby to persuade parliament to legalise assisted suicide will reach its next key stage on 11 September, when the assisted dying bill, proposed by Labour MP Rob Marris, is debated and voted on in the Commons.Sir Bert Massie (pictured), former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, said the “objective” KPMG report has “strong implications” for the battle to avoid legalisation, and “needs feeding into the debate”.He said the survey highlights how a percentage of relatives are not “wonderful” and caring, but have “other motives”, which could put “enormous pressure” on many disabled people if assisted suicide was legalised.He said: “Not everybody is a saint. This story is related to people trying to protect their inheritance and that could be a big issue for may disabled people.”He pointed out that Lord Falconer, the most prominent cheerleader for legalisation, has admitted that he believes the real reason the law needs changing is to help people who cannot tolerate the idea of losing their independence.Sir Bert said: “These are exactly the sort of people who come under severe pressure from their families.“It is not only that they are likely to be living longer, but they could be spending the family income. If you’ve got more than 20-odd grand, you pay for your social care, so the strain on disabled people… is going to be enormous as they get older.“You can see how families are going to say, ‘Well, we don’t want you to suffer, mum,’ thinking that what they don’t want to suffer is the bank account.“What the KPMG report does, albeit with very small numbers – but you can extrapolate – is show that this is a real issue.”Juliet Marlow, a postgraduate researcher and a member of the user-led network Not Dead Yet UK, which leads disabled people’s opposition to the Marris bill, said she had witnessed an older woman she had befriended being bullied by her son and social worker while on a specialist arthritis ward in hospital.The woman wanted to stay in her own flat with the help of 24-hour personal assistants, but Marlow heard the social worker and the woman’s son telling her there was not enough funding for that and that it was best for her to sell her flat and move into residential care.Marlow visited the woman in the care home about a month after discharge from the ward, and found her stuck upstairs in a tiny room, with a bath she couldn’t use.She said: “She said she only saw people when they brought her laundry in or plonked food on her bedside table. She had lost a significant amount of weight and died shortly afterwards.“I believe the care home’s lack of support brought on her death earlier than if she had been in her own home. Leaving a larger amount of money in her estate to pass on to her son, presumably.“But in reality I suspect it was just that he couldn’t be bothered to take care of her himself.“I think the problem is very few people are open about the fact they don’t want to ‘waste’ their parents’ money on care.“Their coercion comes in the form of ‘we only want what’s best for you’ conversations, which puts a huge amount of pressure on elderly folk to succumb and do what their children want, even though it often brings on an earlier death.”last_img read more

Hilary Benn says he would only consider supporting

first_imgHilary Benn says he would only consider supporting revoking Article 50 to avoid a no-deal Brexit if, in three weeks, the EU does not give the UK an extension #Ridge pic.twitter.com/cn5iKpHPcS— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 24, 2019The Andrew Marr ShowKeir Starmer, Shadow Brexit Secretary:Confirmed he wasn’t on the ‘Put it to the People’ march.On another referendum being implemented by a Labour government: “We had a commitment in 2017 setting out the deal we would negotiate and we supplemented with our conference policy that said in the event of an impasse we’d have a public vote. I would expect our manifesto to build on those commitments.” Shadow Cabinet Minister Jon Trickett says he would vote to “remain and reform” if there was a second referendum #Ridge.Read more about yesterday’s #PeoplesVoteMarch here: https://t.co/EEt2xJGuCn pic.twitter.com/pCmMMvtLpZ— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 24, 2019Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central:On revoking Article 50 as an option: “If they refused to give us an extension, then parliament would be faced with a choice about whether to use [Article 50 revocation].” Tags:Philip Hammond /Jon Trickett /Sunday shows / #Marr: Can you guarantee another referendum on a #Brexit deal under Labour?Shadow Brexit Sec Sir Keir Starmer: “That’s a question for the manifesto”https://t.co/C6LGGzDvdG pic.twitter.com/6bx2t4w1Io— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) March 24, 2019 Ridge on SundayChancellor Philip Hammond caused controversy within the Conservative Party as he described another EU referendum as a “coherent proposition” that “deserves to be considered”.Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office:On why Theresa May’s deal isn’t acceptable: “There are obvious reasons why, the most obvious one is the problem with the land border in Ireland.”On why Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t at the march for another referendum: “It was a lovely crowd but the job of an alternative government is to try to find a way of bringing all the sides together in our country, rather than dividing it in the way that the government has, on a Brexit but a Brexit that works for everybody.”Would you vote for the Prime Minister’s deal plus a customs union? “No. That view simply doesn’t work and the main problem we have is we have got a long term relationship and a backstop from which there is no exit.” (“But the backstop is the customs union.” “The backstop is a customs union but there is no way out of it into a permanent relationship.”)How would you vote if there was a second referendum? “I’d vote to remain and reform but we’d have to see what other options were on the table.”last_img read more

SF Trans Celebration Boos Pols and Says No to More Police

first_imgFriday’s event was the 13th trans march in San Francisco. The theme this year was “Embracing our Legacy, We are Still Here.”The celebration left the park for a march to Civic Center where the city unveiled a new street sign at Turk and Taylor named for the Gene Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of August 1966 when police tried to prevent transgender people from gathering at the Compton cafe in the Tenderloin.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Tags: Pride Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Pride Weekend began Friday afternoon with more than a 1,000 or or so revelers gathered in Dolores Park to celebrate with a Trans March that included signing, poetry and politics.Mayor Ed Lee and Scott Wiener arrived and they and other political leaders were were promptly booed off the stage before being able to speak to the crowd.Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Scott Weiner booed off stage. Photo by Lola M. ChavezAshley Love, a transexual journalist, was one of the many to speak out against Supervisor Wiener. 0% “I’m tired of people using our community as a prop.  A political prop,” Love said. “I’m tired of politicians coming here for five minutes and doing a sound bite and running off.  But do they really care about us?  Weiner is against homelessness.  A lot of trans are suffering from being homeless.Ashley Love. Photo by Lola M. ChavezLove continued to press on about this year’s increased levels of police at Pride.  “The police have taken over Pride.  Trans people of color are at high risk of police brutality.  I’m not going to go on Sunday.  Why would I want to go and be subject to harm and discrimination?”Love pretty much summed up the feeling of many at the march where “Police out of Pride,” was a popular sign.  SF Gate reported that some organizations including “Black Lives Matter, the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project and St. James Infirmary” dropped out of the parade to protest the police presence.Gary McCoy, a reader, pointed out that State Senator Mark Leno and others were also booed off the platform. He included the video below in his comment.last_img read more

How to Help the Homeless A Bay Area Guide

first_imgThis week, Mission Local is participating in a Bay-Area-wide push to cover homelessness. You may remember this project from a similar effort in June, in which we produced stories about where homeless people’s property goes, a couple displaced by a fire who lived in their car for months, and a homeless family.This week we have brought you responses to Proposition Q from those living on the streets and an update from the ongoing saga over whether or not a group of nuns will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street.You can see a collection of work being produced by more than 80 local news outlets here and read the Chronicle’s letter to readers on the project here.For many readers, stories about homelessness inspire them to help, but it can be difficult to figure out the best way to do so. The San Francisco Chronicle, in collaboration with the other SF Homeless Project news organizations, put together this list of organizations and the non-monetary needs they have if you are interested in donating your time or goods. You can view the formatted table here. Tags: homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

NEW season new PodcastA new Saints InTouch Podca

first_imgNEW season, new Podcast!A new Saints InTouch Podcast is now available to download.We catch up with new signings Luke Walsh and Richard Beaumont as well as gaining the thoughts of Lance Hohaia, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Jonny Lomax.And Head Coach Nathan Brown speaks about his excitement of the season ahead.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. You can also hear past episodes there too.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

SAINTS host London Broncos this Thursday aiming to

first_imgSAINTS host London Broncos this Thursday aiming to return to the top of the First Utility Super League.Two defeats have left them a point behind Leeds in the race for the minor premiership but they could return to the summit with two-points this week.Whilst London are yet to win a game this season, they have been competitive pushing both Wigan and Catalan close in recent weeks.Former Saint Scott Moore won’t play in the fixture after being suspended but the Broncos have had extra time to prepare for the clash.And Mason Caton-Brown (left) is in a rich vein of form.Tickets are on sale for the game, which kicks off at 8pm, from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

We kick off our Betfred Super League campaign at t

first_imgWe kick off our Betfred Super League campaign at the Totally Wicked Stadium with a mouth-watering clash against the Tigers on Friday February 2 (7.45pm).Last time the two sides met they produced an epic in the Playoff Semi Final, and there’s no doubt Justin Holbrook’s men will want to exact a small amount of revenge and get their season off to a cracker.A bumper crowd is expected and tickets are already in hot demand.To buy yours call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.,We kick off our Betfred Super League campaign at the Totally Wicked Stadium with a mouth-watering clash against the Tigers on Friday February 2 (7.45pm).Last time the two sides met they produced an epic in the Playoff Semi Final, and there’s no doubt Justin Holbrook’s men will want to exact a small amount of revenge and get their season off to a cracker.A bumper crowd is expected and tickets are already in hot demand.To buy yours call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more

I think the first half was the fastest we have pl

first_img“I think the first half was the fastest we have played in all year,” he said. “It was a really tough game and Cas game out firing which we knew they would do. It is a tough place to come and play so to go in 12-0 up was a real big effort from us.“We kicked away a little in the second half too so I was really happy.“The Cup is a high priority for us but that is no different from every other team that is still in it. We have a few more games to play in this competition though but I was definitely happy to get a good win here today.”He continued: “Ben Barba was very good today. He has been playing fantastic and he did it again. It was great to watch.“Great players lift those around them and he is having a great influence on our team. He is a very intelligent guy with his rugby league and is great to work with. I can’t rap him enough.”last_img read more

Azalea Garden Tour gives back thousands of dollars

first_img “Over the past 25 years, we are closing in on 2,000,000 dollars given back to our community. We are very proud of the work by members of this garden club and by the support,” Kimberly Exum, the disbursement committee chairman, says.Some of the grants renewed for this year are for Cape Fear Community College, UNCW and North Carolina Audubon Society for Battery Island. The Cape Fear Garden Club raised more than $70,000 and gave the money to various organizations in the community on October 24, 2017. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of hours put in during the 2017 Azalea Garden Tour to raise thousands of dollars. So, now it’s the time of year the Garden Club gives back to different community organizations.The Cape Fear Garden Club distributed more than $72,000 at the Cape Fear Country Club to different non-profits and agencies. The money goes to groups which focus on aspects like education, beautification and conservation. This is all in an effort to better the community for the future.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Former Bladenboro town manager indicted

first_img A SBI spokeswoman says Jackson is accused of taking money from the Town of Bladenboro.Bladen Online reports the SBI probe involved a company called Cygnus, which the town paid to do wastewater treatment work when Jackson was manager.Jackson resigned from the town in 2013. Delane Jackson when he was Bladenboro town manager in 2010. (Ramon Herrera/WWAY) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — State investigators say Bladenboro’s former town manager was expected to turn himself into them this afternoon after a grand jury indicted him this morning.Delane Jackson is charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense in excess of $100,000.- Advertisement – last_img read more