Channel 4 has pledged to double the number of disabled people appearing in 20 of its biggest TV shows this year, as part of what it is calling its Year of Disability.The broadcaster’s commitment to increase representation of disabled people on and off screen came as it marked 12 months since the launch of its 360° Diversity Charter with a report on the scheme’s progress.In the last 12 months, the report says, 6.1 per cent of new staff joining the broadcaster have declared themselves to be disabled people, compared with just 1.9 per cent of existing staff at the end of 2014.Among its plans for the Year of Disability – which will take in the broadcaster’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – are a £300,000 investment in two talent initiatives.One of the schemes will provide “bespoke career development” for disabled people working with Channel 4’s 20 biggest suppliers, helping them into production or writing roles on programmes such as 24 Hours in A&E and Hollyoaks.The other will double the number of disabled people appearing in 20 high-profile shows, such as Gogglebox, The Island and Grand Designs, as actors, experts, presenters or contributors.Channel 4 also plans to ring-fence six of its 12 apprenticeships and 20 of its 60 work experience placements for disabled people.Its plans will be guided by a Year of Disability Advisers (YODA) committee, chaired by Lord [Chris] Holmes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s disability commissioner and himself a retired, multiple gold medal-winning Paralympian.Lord Holmes said: “Three years ago, London 2012 was seen as a turning point for the visibility and inclusion of disabled people in our society, driving a clear social, economic, physical and cultural legacy for disabled people.“Since then, Britain has made progress on many fronts but there is increasing evidence that disabled people are being locked out or left behind.“Far from enjoying increased visibility and being able to participate more fully in every aspect of life, there is a risk that disabled people will become more invisible as both consumers and participants, with organisations losing out on their valuable experiences and custom.“I welcome the moves by Channel 4 to make real progress on this issue and urge other businesses and service providers to look again at what they are doing and what they are able to do to increase representation and participation by disabled people in order to unlock the talent that is out there and to avoid Britain becoming a more segregated society.”At a parliamentary event to launch the updated 360° Diversity Charter report this week, hosted by the Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, who chairs the all-party parliamentary Channel 4 group, the black British actor Idris Elba criticised the television and film industry for its record on diversity.He told the event, attended by scores of MPs and peers, including Lord Holmes, culture minister Ed Vaizey and Labour’s former deputy leader, Harriet Harman: “Let’s be honest. Too often commissioners look at diverse talent, and all they see is risk.“Black actors are seen as a commercial risk. Women directors are seen as a commercial risk. Disabled directors aren’t even seen at all.”Elba also revealed that he had “for a while” attended a special school as a child, because of severe asthma.He told the event: “Who makes TV? Who’s allowed on TV? And when they get the opportunity, which roles do they play, both on and off-screen?“Are black people often playing petty criminals? Are women always playing the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people hardly ever seen?”He added: “Let’s have a bit of a Magna Carta moment in British broadcasting. Let’s make things fairer.”Channel 4 also hosted a conference at its London headquarters this week, aimed at encouraging diversity within the broadcasting industry.The updated 360° Diversity Charter report concludes that Channel 4 has achieved 24 of the 30 targets it set for itself last January, while the other six targets have progressed but have been delayed or amended.Among its achievements, it has secured placements for 23 disabled people, who are training for roles within the Rio Paralympics production team, across 17 independent production companies.After the games this summer, Channel 4 will sponsor and mentor these production trainees – as well as another six mid-level trainees – so they can sustain their careers.One of the charter’s key targets was to increase the number of actors from diverse backgrounds auditioning for mainstream roles, in conjunction with Creative Skillset, the industry skills body.But the report says this has been delayed until this year because Channel 4 has found it difficult to increase opportunities for disabled and black and minority ethnic actors.It also encountered problems with a separate target to increase the number of disabled actors auditioning for roles in scripted productions, because, it says, “although we found plenty of talent, it was difficult to find appropriate opportunities for them, so in future we will take a more targeted approach to talent”.David Abraham, Channel 4’s chief executive, said: “When we launched the 360° Diversity Charter last year we set ourselves challenging targets across every level of the organisation and I’m incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made, though there remains more we must do. “I hope that with the launch of 2016 as our Year of Disability we can extend the impact of this Paralympic year right across our schedule and help do something lasting to increase representation of disabled people on- and off-screen.”Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, praised Channel 4 and welcomed the “ambitious goals” in the 360° Diversity Charter, and said its programming had “set the standard for disabled representation both on and off screen”.But he said there was “still a long way to go if we want television to truly reflect the situation of disabled people in Britain today”.He added: “I am delighted that Channel 4 have made this Paralympic year their Year of Disability and would challenge the rest of the industry to follow their lead.”Picture: Channel 4’s The Last Leg, which features disabled presenters Adam Hills (centre) and Alex Brooker (right)
A SUPERB late try from Ade Gardner wasn’t enough as Huddersfield Giants beat Saints 17-16 at the Galpharm Stadium.Danny Brough had lobbed over a one pointer to give his side a 17-12 lead heading into the final stages.But the former Barrow winger’s try in the corner left the game on a knife-edge.Yet, Jonny Lomax couldn’t slot the conversion off the touchline and the Giants did just enough to repel borders at the end as Saints threw everything to find the killer score.Royce Simmons men led 12-4 at the break to give themselves a solid platform for the second 40.Tries from Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax cancelled out Luke George’s opener as the visitors thoroughly deserved the advantage.Lomax in particular was lively at half back and when Hohaia came on at hooker to replace the injured James Roby Saints’ attack and kicking game was much more effective.In the second half, George benefitted from an error to bring the Giants back into it before he brought up his hat-trick as his teammates turned defence into attack.But Ade Gardner’s first of the season just wasn’t enough on his return to the side as Saints were handed their second defeat in a row.Saints had early pressure when a great break from Tony Puletua saw him flip a pass out of the backdoor to Wellens.Gaskell then won a repeat set and after another Giants error another six tackles.But Anthony Laffranchi pushed the pass to James Roby and the ball was knocked on.On the ten minute mark Saints went for it on the last but Jermaine McGillvary smothered Francis Meli’s threat.After 15 minutes, Michael Lawrence did well to slip Meli and then win a penalty. And from there, the ball was driven in, and pushed left for Luke George to score in the corner.It was a questionable try as it looked for all the world that a dummy runner went straight through Shenton.Brough missing the tricky conversion.But Saints hit back just before the half hour mark when a fantastic move saw Clough link up with Roby for Lee Gaskell to scoot through a gap.Lomax converting with a swinging bending kick.He then put Saints ahead with a great piece of opportunism.His hopeful chip through seemed to be going dead but he pounced on Cudjoe’s lethargy and put down with less than an inch to spare.With the boos still ringing Lomax added his second conversion of the afternoon.Huddersfield won a penalty right from the kick off but Saints intercepted as the Giants looked to get the ball wide.But when a high ball was knocked on the Giants made Saints pay; Luke George grabbing his second.Brough making it a two point game.Saints were being penalised for innocuous stuff by the referee and it was taking its toll – the Giants spending most of the early stages of the half in their opposition territory.And when Simmons’ men got into the Giants’ half, poor pass selection didn’t help.Brough should have levelled on 60 minutes but he spread his penalty attempt wide.The Giants then did break the Saints resistance though and it was a real slice of class… and luck. Gaskell’s kick on the last was gathered and the home side returned it 100 yards.Brough converting.Brough added a drop goal as the game entered its final stages but Saints gave themselves hope after a wonderful team move saw Gardner get over in the corner.Saints had a couple of sets to break down the Giants’ defence but couldn’t find the last tackle option to sneak the win.Match Summary:Giants:Tries: George (3)Goals: Brough (3 from 4)Drop: BroughSaints:Tries: Gaskell, Lomax, GardnerGoals: Lomax (2 from 3)Penalties:Giants: 9Saints: 3HT: 12-4FT: 16-17REF: Phil BenthamATT: 9194Teams:Giants:29. Greg Eden; 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 17. Joe Wardle, 20. Luke George; 7. Danny Brough, 1. Scott Grix; 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 24. Adam Walker, 18. Jason Chan, 2. Michael Lawrence, 6. Kevin Brown.Subs: 4. Lee Gilmour, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Shaun Lunt, 15. Larne Patrick.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 2. Ade Gardner; 20. Lee Gaskell. 7. Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 6. Lance Hohaia, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon.A short audio match report of this game can be downloaded here.This is available for all radio and online radio stations to download
Makinson crossed the white line on 30, 51 and 68 minutes and he was naturally delighted with his hat-trick, but admitted the two points was the most important aspect.“That [the two points] was the main thing. We know coming here is always a tough one and it definitely was that. Hull KR threw a lot at us and credit to them it was a real tough battle, but to get the two points was the main thing.“There were a few nice tries in there, anything to help this team. We were a bit scrappy all round today, I don’t think any of us were at our best, but to come out with some pivotal tries is always nice and it helped us get the two points.”Adam Swift grabbed a hat-trick of his own against Hull KR’s neighbours Hull FC a few weeks ago and Makinson admits, he was delighted for Swift whilst he is enjoying playing with fellow hat-trick hero Kevin Naiqama on Saints’ explosive right edge.“That [the wing] is my favoured position. I can play a few different positions, but I was made up for Swifty, he is a great player and playing alongside him at centre is always nice and credit to him. I think our right edge is really starting to fire now and that is helping us both and it will be nice to get a few more.“Naiqama was on fire. He set me up for a couple too and it is always enjoyable playing with him and you ask Swifty or Reeges, in training he is always on fire and he is difficult to defend so I am glad I am not defending him.”Jonny Lomax impressed again with a number of crucial defensive plays and the former Golden Boot winner, Makinson, was full of praise for his England teammate whilst admitting he just loves playing for Saints!“People like Jonny Lomax, you don’t really see what he does until you look back. You will watch the video of that game and see him make two or three pivotal plays like he does every single game and it seems to get brushed over. He is unbelievable to have in your side and like a lot of our guys, Robes, Big Al, and I thought Kyle Amor was awesome today, as was Jack Ashworth. They both lifted us when we needed it and it is a real pleasure playing with these guys that is the reason I am here and I just love playing for this club.”Next up for Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium is a Heaven vs Hell clash with Salford Red Devils on Friday May 17th with a 7:45pm kick off. You can buy tickets for the game online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The Saints, fielding several players hailing from the Widnes area, took control when Jack Welsby opened the scoring for the Saints after just eight minutes with a typical individual try. He picked up the ball under pressure in his own half before taking on numerous tackles and scoring in the right corner.Six minutes later Captain Sam Royle increased the lead after he stepped a few tackles close to the Vikings line to score. The try was converted by Lewis Dodd, but the Saints took their foot off the gas allowing the home to level the scores with two tries in a ten minute period through Josh Wilde and Jordan Brown.This spurred the Saints into life as first Dodd pinched the ball in a one on one steal, to score next to the Widnes sticks before Rizzelli powered his way over in the left corner to stretch the lead back to a healthy 12.Five minutes into the second half and a fine Welsby break ably supported by Matty Foster saw the 12 point lead restored after the Vikings had closed to within 6.The game was effectively put to bed five minutes later when, as a Vikings attack broke down, Ryan Horne mopped up the dropped ball feeding Tom Nisbett who sprinted 70 metres to score.With 15 minutes to go Welsby again showed his class. Great footwork at the line saw him ghost through untouched from 50 metres to score. Dodd’s third conversion of the half completed the scoring for the Saints.The home side scored a consolation try through Brown’s second with five minutes to go, but the game was won.Dodd, Royle and Foster were the pick of the Saints with Welsby back to his unplayable best at times.Widnes Vikings U19’s: Joe Edge; Liam Barnes, Billy Glover, Oliver Brookes, Niall Smith; Ben Davies, Lewis Else; Declan Baker, Jake Burns, Calum O’Neill, Jordan Brown, Connor Burgess, Bradley Calland.Interchanges: Ciaran O’Donnell, Joshua Wilde, Robbie Ashcroft, Alfie Cassidy.Tries: Joshua Wilde (21), Jordan Brown (29), Try (40), Try (70).Goals: Lewis Else 3 from 4.Saints U19’s: Jack Welsby; John Hutchings, Nico Rizzelli, Tom Nisbett, Jumah Sambou; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Warren Smith, Matty Foster, Lewis Baxter, Sam Royle (C).Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Harvey McDaid, Kye Siyani.Tries: Jack Welsby (8 & 65), Sam Royle (14), Lewis Dodd (34), Nico Rizzelli (38), Matty Foster (45), Tom Nisbett (49), .Goals: Lewis Dodd 6 from 7.Half Time: 16-22Full Time: 22-40
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have charged a man with crimes that happened at three separate gas stations.Police arrested James Jeffrey Ramsey, 50, today for robbing the Phoenix Mart on South 17th street earlier this month. Police say he also robbed the Scotchman at 898 South Kerr Avenue back in August.- Advertisement – He’s charged with two counts of Armed Robbery and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.Ramsey is also charged with Larceny by an Employee for an incident that happened while he worked for the Shop and Go at 1620 Market Street.He is in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach is getting some recognition from Southern Living Magazine for yet another year.For the second year in a row, Wrightsville Beach has made the magazine’s list of best beaches in the south.- Advertisement – This year it came in at number nine on the list and writers call it a “beach lover’s haven.”The list was selected by a crowd-sourced survey and Wrightsville Beach is the only North Carolina town on it.Hilton Head Island in South Carolina took the top spot.
“I would be shocked. I would be surprised because I think our beaches are beautiful,” Sunset Beach resident Paula McGoff said.“I’m shocked as well. I always thought Sunset Beach was a top rated beach in the country and I don’t know. Maybe there’s a flaw with the survey because that seems very surprising that not a single one made the top 10,” tourist Jeff Brown.“Sunset or Ocean Isle but just- out of the state, it’s really not- it’s really shocking. It is,” tourist Gari Scott said.Related Article: North Carolina city awaits report on Confederate monumentWallethub says they looked at specific criteria like affordability, weather, safety, economy and quality of life. But in the end, a North Carolina town is nowhere to be found. Even though not a single North Carolina beach town made the list, many people say they just can’t agree with the decision.“Surveys can always do different things so trying not to let a survey sway me one way or another, especially when we’ve got personal experience here on the beach for many many years,” Brown said.“I’ve seen increase in the population on the beach, every single year. And I don’t- people who love the Carolina Beaches are going to keep on coming, I think,” McGoff said.Even though North Carolina beaches were not on the list, our neighbor, South Carolina, had a little more success with Charleston coming in at number 13, North Myrtle Beach coming in at 38 and Myrtle Beach at 57th. SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The website Wallethub recently released their list of 2018’s Best Beach Towns to live in. So, out of a list of more than 160, how many from North Carolina made the list?People we talked to out on the beaches gave us a range of guesses from three to seven. But when they heard zero beach towns made the list, they couldn’t believe it.- Advertisement –
“Our charge is to help entrepreneurs and a lot of times, farmers don’t see themselves as entrepreneurs but they are,” said Lee Woodard, director of James Sprunt Community College’s Small Business Center.He says 70 percent of the North Carolina’s farmers have less than 100 acres.“So, they don’t really have access to technology and drone technology is one of the things that can really help them,” Woodard said.Related Article: Amazon says drones will be making deliveries ‘in months’By providing an aerial view of a field or pasture, drones can help farmers assess the impact of disease or drought.“Think about irrigation, typically, we just throw water on crops but maybe you don’t need to water a portion of a field and can save money and time,” Woodard said.The technology can also provide a bird’s eye view of a pasture to let a farmer know if his livestock is in trouble or if a section of fence has been damaged, etc.The “How to Start A Drone Services Agribusiness” class is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate. To register, click here. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — From real estate to law enforcement, drone technology is being used in a wide range to help in a number of occupations. A new seminar being offered by a community college in Duplin County aims to introduce local farmers to the benefits of drone technology.James Sprunt Community College’s Small Business Center will host a seminar on Friday, August 17, to teach farmers how to use unmanned aircrafts to maximize profits and efficiency.- Advertisement –
(WWAY SPORTS) – Two Three Rivers Conference match ups head line our 5th Quarter as well as a series of Mideastern teams hosting non-conference teams. Several of them still trying to gain momentum before the conference schedule begins.GARNER MAGNET 40 VS. NEW HANOVER 41CAROLINA FOREST 42 VS. HOGGARD 35LANEY 23 VS. TRITON 15TOPSAIL 35 VS. WHITE OAK 10PENDER 0 VS. ROSEWOOD 51TRASK 25 VS. UNION 6DIXON 8 VS. SOUTH BRUNSWICK 38LUMBERTON 22 VS. WEST BRUNSWICK 5NORTH BRUNSWICK 28 VS. N. JOHNSTON COUNTY 9WHITEVILLE 28 VS. EAST BLADEN 31WEST BLADEN 6 VS. FAIRMONT 20S. COLUMBUS 32 VS. RED SPRINGS 28ST. PAUL’S 44 VS. E. COLUMBUS 0W. COLUMBUS 28 VS. S. ROBESON 32WALLACE ROSE-HILL 22 VS. NORTHSIDE JACKSONVILLE 21
Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel Bladen County, NC (WWAY) — A mechanic at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel died in a workplace accident on Tuesday.Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw says Michael Jessup, 55, died of head trauma.- Advertisement – Kinlaw says Jessup’s shift started at 2 p.m. The call came in just before 3:30 p.m.Kinlaw says Jessup, who had worked at Smithfield Foods for 10 years, was on a scissor lift and trying to make a repair to a conveyor belt when the accident happened.Jessup was pronounced dead at the scene.