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A note from the editor For nine years Disability

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first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled activists have held a “festival of resistance” outside an international disability rights event to highlight the “hypocrisy” of it being co-hosted by the UK government.Members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and allies were outside the Here East centre on the Olympic Park in the east London borough of Newham, as hundreds of delegates from across the UK and the global south took part in the Global Disability Summit.Among those speaking at DPAC’s protest (pictured) were disabled activists from Greece, Bolivia and Uganda, and an anti-poverty activist from Canada, who had all spoken at DPAC’s own International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit in nearby Stratford two days earlier.Paula Peters, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “It is important to be outside the Global Disability Summit to show the true nature of what the UK government are doing to disabled people with their austerity agenda.”She pointed to the two reports from the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), in 2016 and 2017, which had exposed the impact of the cuts on disabled people.The first of the reports, in November 2016, found the government had committed “grave and systematic violations” of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through its policies on independent living, social security and employment.The second, last autumn, assessed the government’s overall record on implementing the convention, produced an unprecedented number of recommendations for improvements, and led the committee’s chair to tell the UK government that its cuts to disabled people’s support had caused “a human catastrophe”.Ellen Clifford, who helped organise DPAC’s International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit, which took place two days before the government’s summit (see separate stories), had said that holding the Global Disability Summit so soon after the UN report was like the UK government “sticking two fingers up to the UN”.But she said she welcomed anything positive that came out of the summit and was “particularly in favour of deaf and disabled people and our organisations making direct links internationally to support each other in our shared struggles.”She said this could only be done “from the grassroots up”, which was why DPAC had hosted its own summit.Clifford said that the Department for International Development, which had co-hosted the summit, had said DPAC activists could come inside the summit but would only be allowed in “if you don’t mention the UK government”.DPAC rejected the invitation, and instead, the International Disability Alliance (IDA), an alliance of disabled people’s organisations which co-hosted the summit, supported DPAC in ensuring that its leaflets were distributed inside the summit.The leaflets told delegates that the UK government had shown “contempt” for disabled people and the UN convention, had driven its “disabled citizens into degrading and inhumane conditions” and that it appeared to be “attempting to use this event to whitewash its appalling record on disability at home”.Peters said the UK government was not talking about the two UN reports in its summit, and added: “The sun never sets on their hypocrisy. They are abusing our human rights at home.“They are in there celebrating disabled people and how fantastic disabled are but their policies are harming disabled people, pushing us further into poverty, further marginalising us and excluding us from society.“The cuts are killing us. We had to be here to show that, to show the truth.”Marsha de Cordova, the disabled shadow minister for disabled people, also attended the DPAC protest, along with her Labour colleague Kate Osamor, the shadow international development secretary.De Cordova pointed out that the Global Disability Summit was being hosted by Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, who had been minister for disabled people when CRPD produced its two reports in 2016 and 2017.She said she was at the DPAC protest because ministers were “portraying themselves as being global leaders on disability rights”.She said: “We know that is not the case. Their policies have been condemned by the UN.”She said the government’s policies over the last eight years had “disproportionately hit disabled people, particularly on social security”.De Cordova also pointed to the Charter for Change, the summit’s “principal legacy document”, which the UK was asking other governments and organisations to sign up to.She said the UK was violating eight of the charter’s 10 commitments, including the pledge to “gather and use better data and evidence to understand and address the scale, and nature, of challenges faced by persons with disabilities”.The UK government has persistently refused to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of its social security and tax cuts and reforms since 2010, even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its own version in March.The disabled Kenyan MP Isaac Mwaura also expressed his solidarity with the DPAC protest.He told them: “If there are any cuts to social welfare, how come they start with the most vulnerable, people with disabilities?”Mwaura, a former student at the University of Leeds, said that disability was about “rights, respect and dignity”.He said: “I tell you in solidarity, demand for your rights, let the UK government also implement the recommendations of the UN report for the CRPD.“That way, the UK government will be providing leadership, the way it is purporting to do together with my government on the conditions of people with disability.“Disability is about rights, it is about respect, it is about dignity, we will stand in solidarity with you, we refuse to accept the north and south divide, where some countries are seen to be better than others, yet the problems of disabled people are universal and common to all of us.“We have to stand up and demand our rights: nothing about us without us.”Dr Ju Gosling, artistic director of Together! 2012, a social enterprise led by Newham-based disabled artists, was one of several disabled artists who performed at the protest.She said that Newham was the main London 2012 host borough and has one of the highest proportions of disabled residents in the UK, but that the promised “legacy” benefits of London 2012 to disabled people in Newham had yet to appear.Instead, she said, “we have the highest percentage of homeless residents in the country, the vast majority of whom have an impairment or a long-term health condition, and the lowest level of cultural engagement.“There is no funded disabled people’s organisation or centre for independent living; in fact, there is almost no advice and support available of any kind.”Gosling pointed out that the Global Disability Summit organisers did not appear to have invited any local organisation of disabled people to the summit, including Together! 2012.And she said there had also been no attempt to facilitate meetings between disabled people from the global south visiting the summit and Together! 2012.She said: “In Newham, we have disabled people from all over the world and they would love to have had a discussion and could have really enriched the understanding of the visitors about what it is like to be disabled in the UK.“Presumably that’s why we were not invited.”Representatives of IDA attended the DPAC protest and said they were there “in solidarity”.An IDA representative said: “IDA agreed to co-host because we wanted DPOs, including UK DPOs, to be a central part of the summit.“And we have achieved this. DPOs from across the global, and including UK DPOs, have been key to the success of this summit.”But she added: “We cannot ignore the findings of the CRPD committee.”She said IDA was hoping to set up a meeting between DPOs including DPAC, the Department for Work and Pensions and Mordaunt’s Department for International Development.last_img read more

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Community Advocates Divided On Homeless Encampments

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first_imgKim’s measure would also require the city to offer shelter services for a minimum of 90 days to those displaced. Her proposal is in an effort to transition encampment residents off the streets and into permanent housing.However, after hearing from Sam Dodge, deputy director of the new department, Kim tabled consideration of the measure for the time being to give the department more time to assess best practices in addressing encampments. Dodge said the department had its first success in dismantling an encampment near Islais Creek, placing some of its 50 residents into the city’s Navigation Center, and is in the middle of experimenting with different approaches such as providing campers with toilets and dumpsters.Planning to focus on the Mission’s large scale homeless encampments next, Dodge told Kim that additional legislation dictating how to administer camp removals is not necessarily what is needed.  “We don’t have the perfect prescription yet,” he said, adding that the department is taking its own steps towards fine tuning “a system.” Still, the conversation shed light on the complexity of the issue of tent settlements and the varying needs of those forced to live in them and around them. “Simply moving people out [of encampments] without giving them a place to go is not a solution – It doesn’t work,” said Mission supervisor David Campos, who spoke in support of guaranteeing housing for displaced campers. The Mission has been particularly affected by a swell in tent encampments that has left many of its housed residents frustrated. “If you don’t give them a place to go they just go back to the same spot,” he said. Campos blamed the neighborhood’s layout – a mix of residential and industrial buildings– and the recent development of other parts of city where “encampments could previously be” for making the Mission “ground zero” for tent settlements.Some residents and business owner spoke to the urgency of dismantling encampments that currently occupy residential sidewalks and have cropped up next to local businesses.“Please be realistic about the time frame,” said Gwen Kaplan, a representative of the Northeast Mission Business Association, calling the tent encampments that line 16th, Folsom, and Harrison streets “a very serious health and human safety issue.”“A few weeks ago we counted 42 discarded needles on a walk around just one block – the tent encampment situation has to be ameliorated as quickly as possible,” she said. Others criticized Kim’s measure for encouraging tents.“The city should not be guaranteeing affordable housing just to anyone who sets up tents on our sidewalks,” said Patricia Aleman, director of the San Francisco Travel Association, adding that the measure would “incentivise more tents.”But Kim fought back. “I don’t know where we expect to put them, if we expect them to disappear, vanish into thin air,” she countered, adding that the “only solution to homelessness is housing.”Advocates for the homeless also stressed that the well-being of the homeless and the need for permanent and affordable housing must be at the center of any discussion surrounding the removal of encampments. “For them, [the experience] is a thousand times worse than what myself, as a neighbor in the Mission, goes through in witnessing homeless people,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness.Friedenbach stressed that thoughtful approaches to helping camp residents exit homelessness are a first step, and that permanently providing them with housing takes time.“The reality is that when we are trying to resolve encampments we can’t move people quickly,” she said.Social worker Colleen Rebecca said that part of the struggle in addressing encampments is fighting against the “myths and misinformation” surrounding homelessness.“Camps are made of people,” she said. “Ignorance, intolerance and nasty public discourse like this hurts us just as much as the current state [of] not having enough resources to help the vast number of people who are suffering on our streets.” Community members, homeless advocates and city leaders weighed in Thursday at City Hall  on legislation that would give homeless campers longer notice of impending camp removals and guarantee them shelter. The hearing took place during the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.While all agreed that tent encampments – some 80 of which have been mapped by the city’s newly established Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing and are subject to removal – are “unsustainable and undesirable,” residents and others are at odds on how to govern the process of clearing out the camps humanely while preventing campers from returning.Countering a November ballot measure that would ban tents and give homeless campers just 24 hour warnings about camp removals, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced a measure in July that would provide the homeless with notice to pack up seven days before being forced to clear out of their camps. 0%center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • David Campos • homeless • Jane Kim Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Sto

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first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Stobart Super League Round Three trip to Hull KR.Paul Wellens, Jamie Foster and Michael Shenton return but there is no place for Mark Flanagan who is still sidelined with a chest injury.Lee Gaskell also missed out with a leg injury.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Tommy Makinson, 22. Jamie Foster.Hull KR:1. Shannon McDonnell, 2. Craig Hall, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster, 5. David Hodgson, 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Scott Taylor, 11. Constantine Mika, 13. Rhys Lovegrove, 14. Lincoln Withers, 15. Liam Watts, 16. Jason Netherton, 18. Graeme Horne, 19. Scott Murrell, 20. Jordan Cox, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Wheeldon, 23. Mickey Paea.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Ben ThalerStat Pack:Hull KR have won their last four home Super League meetings with St HelensSaints’ last league win at Craven Park was 40-0 on June 17, 2007 – they also won a Challenge Cup Quarter Final (24-18) on 1 June, 2008.Super League Summary:Hull KR won 5St Helens won 6Hull KR highest score: 28-24 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 26-10, H, 2009)St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)last_img read more

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DONT miss out on a free morning of fun down at La

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first_imgDON’T miss out on a free morning of fun down at Langtree Park – exclusive to Junior Saints!On Thursday April 10, members will be able to enjoy a range of skills drills, see the players and chat to the coaching staff.The Saints will be preparing for their First Utility Super League game against the high flying Castleford Tigers.Junior Saints can watch the lads train and get autographs and photographs with Nathan Brown, Keiron Cunningham and Jamahl Lolesi.This special event will start with a juice and toast breakfast at 9.30am and finish, with a free Easter gift, at 12.30pm.Secure your ticket by popping into the Ticket Office.To come to the event you have to be a JUNIOR SAINT – and get a ticket from the ticket office.Junior Saints Membership gives young fans the chance to get closer and be more involved in supporting their Club throughout the 2014 season.It includes a whole host of goodies including exclusive Membership Welcome Pack, Personalised Membership Card, 2014 poster, scarf and much more!And you can even win the chance to be a matchday mascot for one of our home games this season.Junior Saints receive:10 per cent off matchday tickets (limited to four per member per game)5 per cent Discount on all full priced Saints merchandise (not including tickets of gift vouchers) Chance to be a matchday mascot (aged 4-12) Exclusive Junior Saints e-newsletter with the latest news, competitions, prize draws, offers, quizzes and interviews – make sure you have registered your email address to receive this! Exclusive discount on member only Christmas Parties at Langtree Park Invite to Member only Open Day at Langtree Park (date to be announced) Chance to win a place on a Boots/Player hosted Rugby Camps (aged 12-16)Second priority for Major Matches (Cup Semi Final/Final, Play-offs Grand Final) All this for just £14.99 or £9.99 for Junior Season Ticket Holders!So how can you become a Junior Saint?Simply fill in the attached form and post it to the club or pop into the Superstore! It’s that easy!last_img read more

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SAINTS travelled to Catalans not only knowing that

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first_imgSAINTS travelled to Catalans not only knowing that it would be a hard task to achieve what they did last year and come away with the points, but also with having to cope with a team re-shuffle, writes Graham Henthorne.The late withdrawal of Kevin Brown meant a reorganisation of the team with Jordan Gibbons going to full back and a left wing combination of Joe Sharratt and Owen Smith, both of whom are much more at home in the second row.However, it can’t have been too much of a handicap as the latter ended up running in a well taken hat-trick!The hosts were the first on the board after seven minutes but the Saints responded almost immediately with a Callum Hazzard four pointer converted by Brad Billsborough.From the restart the Saints went right back down again and Jordan Gibbons gave them the lead.After a period of time with both teams vying for superiority it became a bit like the first team game to be played later that day. It was a bit we score-you score for the final 12 minutes of the half as first the Dragons regained the lead but the Saints took it straight back with the first of Smiths’ three.He scored his second on 35 minutes to give the Saints a ten point lead but crucially they couldn’t hold on to that into the break as the Dragons scored on the half time whistle to get back to within four.Again crucially the Dragons scored in the opening minutes of the half to wrestle the lead back. Had the Saints been able to hang on ahead for a bit longer and frustrate their hosts then the outcome may have been different but as it was they stretched their lead to 8 points on 56 minutes.The Saints managed to hit back to within two straight from the restart with Smith’s hat-trick try and Billsborough’s fourth conversion but that was as good as it got as the Dragons ran in three more tries in the final quarter to run out easy winners.Match Summary:Catalans U19s:Tries: Flovie, Le Cam (3), Albert, Franco, Scimone (2)Goals: Albert (9 from 9)Saints U19s:Tries: Callum Hazzard (11), Jordan Gibbons (14), Owen Smith 3 (29, 35 & 57).Goals: Brad Billsborough 4 from 5.Half Time: 18-22Full Time: 50-28Teams:Catalans:Franco; J. Flovie, Vergniol, Gambaro, Martin; Albert, Mourgues; Sabathier, Meunier, Séguier, Delor, Le Cam, Lardot.Subs: Demacedo, Garcia, Scimone, VailhenSaints:1. Jordan Gibbons; 2. Sean Croston, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Owen Smith, 5. Joe Sharratt; 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Jorge Lewtas, 11. Alex Eckley, 12. Mike Weldon, 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Evan Bullen, 16. Jordan Olmez, 17. Ben Sims.last_img read more

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Following huge demand over the Christmas period b

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first_imgFollowing huge demand over the Christmas period, both of the popular designs have now been re-stocked across a full range of sizes.You can shop yours online here.2019 Members can also take advantage of an extended, excusive offer of 10% off the shirts up until the end of January. So why not call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium at the Wigan game this Thursday.Please note this offer cannot be used online or in conjunction with any other offer, t&cs apply.last_img

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Cold temperatures likely cause of blown transformer

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first_imgBlown transformer on 5th Avenue in Wilmington (Photo: Luis Cruz) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The cold temperatures, which is causing a higher than normal demand for power, is likely what caused a transformer to blow in downtown Wilmington, according to Duke Energy.The transformer blew in the 400 block of N. 5th Avenue a little after 12:30 p.m.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say the road could be closed until 6 or 7 p.m., as utility crews work to replace the blown transformer.TRAFFIC ALERT: The 400 block of North 5th Avenue will be closed for the next 5-7 hours as crews work to restore a blown transformer. Please avoid the area if possible.— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) January 2, 2018About 20 customers are without power.Related Article: Duke Energy, county to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear PlantDuke Energy says the higher than normal demand often leads to overworked equipment, which is likely what happened in this case, but the crew will investigate to determine if that was the exact cause.The power was still out at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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38 Special fills Friday night slot for Azalea Festival concert series

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first_img38 Special will be Friday night’s headlining act during the 2018 Azalea Festival. (Photo: NC Azalea Festival) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 38 Special will complete the 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival’s Main Stage Concert Series and perform Friday, April 13.According to a news release from the festival, after more than four decades together, 38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year.- Advertisement – Most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more.Guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes says it’s all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We’re a team, and it’s always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.”Opening for 38 Special is Tuesdays Gone, a North Carolina hit Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band.Related Article: Royal Wedding cake baker to be a part of Azalea Festival’s Chefs’ ShowcaseTickets are $23 each and will go on sale through the Azalea Festival website and at the Azalea Festival Ticket Office on Friday, March 2nd at 9 a.m.To purchase tickets online, click here.Other headliners include Ludacris and Billy Currington.last_img read more

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Elementary students participate in beach sweep at Wrightsville Beach

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first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BACH, NC (WWAY) — Parents, students, and teachers volunteered to keep our coast clean as a part of a school-wide beach sweep in Wrightsville Beach Monday.WWAY’s Donna Gregory joined the fifth grade classes and parents from Wrightsville Beach Elementary on a designated section of the beach to clean, from the Blockade runner, north to the Surf Club.- Advertisement – The entire student body was involved.Before getting outside in the sand, students learned about marine debris.Drew Harrison, whose fifth grade son Ryder attends Wrightsville Beach Elementary, says even on a work day it feels great to get out and volunteer.Related Article: Duke University pays $112M to settle faked research lawsuit“First and foremost the beach has been my life even before work, and I think it’s important to get out and volunteer and give back to the community at any chance you can get,” Harrison said. “Today just happened to be one of those days, so I’m lucky to be a part of being involved with all these kids and us all come together and clean up this beach to make it beautiful, and keep it beautiful.”Marine Science teacher Cissie Brooks organized the event to teach kids at a young age how to take care of the beach for future generations to enjoy.She is partnering with Duke University in a two-year study to track data from the sweeps.last_img read more

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North Carolina Coastal Federation seeking volunteers to help with living shoreline

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first_imgA living shoreline is installed at Sunset Beach.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The North Carolina Coastal Federation is inviting volunteers to come help plant native grasses behind the recently constructed oyster reef at the Sunset Beach Town Park on Friday, May 31 starting at 10 a.m.Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothes that can get wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes that cover your feet and can get wet and muddy are required. Volunteers should also bring a reusable water bottle, hat, sunglasses and any medications they may need.- Advertisement – Snacks, water, sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Boots and gloves will also be available. This event is most suited for adults and children over the age of 12.If you are interested in participating you can click here to register.last_img read more

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