More than 1 000 venues and an estimated 10 000 pe

first_imgMore than 1 000 venues and an estimated 10, 000 people took part in the second annual Disabled Access Day, according to a new report.The figures show that last month’s event, which saw eight countries taking part, attracted 10 times the number of people who took part in the inaugural event in 2015, with four times as many venues involved.The success was boosted by participation from Barclays, Caffè Nero, Stagecoach and Strada, as well as more than 270 independent venues.Disabled Access Day, founded by wheelchair-user Paul Ralph, aims to encourage disabled people and their friends and family to “try something new”; to give disabled people confidence to explore new venues in a “safe and welcoming environment”; to highlight places with excellent accessibility; and to raise awareness of the importance of access.In a survey of participants in this year’s event, 65 per cent said they visited somewhere they had not been before and 89 per cent said they had visited somewhere they would visit again, while 94 per cent of venues said they would take part again next year.Next year’s Disabled Access Day will be spread over three days, on 10, 11 and 12 March 2017.Among this year’s successes, 10-year-old Grace Warnock, from Prestonpans in East Lothian, was at the Scottish parliament to unveil a new sign she designed to show that accessible toilets are not just for people with visible impairments.The sign is now in use to direct people to the Scottish parliament’s accessible toilets. Grace, who has Crohn’s Disease, unveiled the new sign alongside Labour MSP Iain Gray (pictured).Among other venues that took part in this year’s event were the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire; St Paul’s Cathedral; Tate Modern art gallery; the People’s History Museum in Manchester; Hampton Court Palace; the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh; the National Museum of Scotland; the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle; and Leeds City Museum.Euan MacDonald, co-founder of the disabled access review website and mobile phone app Euan’s Guide, which sponsors Disabled Access Day, said the report showed “how crucial it is for venues to offer good disabled access in addition to ensuring that their information about their accessibility is up-to-date and accurate”.Ralph said he had been impressed with how many venues had “actively engaged with the day, trying out new things themselves, welcoming open and honest feedback and engaging with new customers”.He added: “I know there are lots of great things being planned that will improve accessibility of venues in the longer term and I look forward to seeing these develop and hopefully trying out one or two along the way as well.”But Ralph was also among those campaigners who pointed out the significant barriers that disabled people still face.The event took place just days after the government had announced it was to push ahead with plans to tighten eligibility for its new disability benefit, personal independence payment (PIP), a decision it was later forced to reverse after the resignation of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.Ralph tweeted on the day: “Oh the irony – today we celebrate Disabled #AccessDay and IDS and co tweak PIP again to make life even more challenging – my next campaign?”Another disabled campaigner, Debbie George, tweeted: “I have the legal right to appropriately access goods and services every day not just on #AccessDay.”Another, @cdaargh, tweeted: “Businesses are legally required to be accessible to disabled people, so v telling that #AccessDay needs to be a thing. Should be standard!”Alan Benson tweeted: “On Saturday & #AccessDay at one of few accessible Central [Line] Stations this is shameful.”And another campaigner, tweeting at @sciphikat, warned that those disabled people losing support in the move from disability living allowance to PIP would “lose any ability to access *anything*. #AccessDay”.The disability charity Muscular Dystrophy UK pointed out that 90 per cent of young disabled people “feel that most mainstream travel agents have poor knowledge of issues affecting disabled tourists”.And one tweet openly critical of Disabled Access Day came from @markwomersley, who tweeted: “If Uncle Tom crips keep being grateful for scraps, then those giving scraps will think we’re happy with status quo! WAKE UP! #AccessDay.”last_img read more

Very dangerous rules are forcing severelyill pe

first_img“Very dangerous” rules are forcing severely-ill people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even though their GPs have said they are not fit for work, “horrified” disabled activists have warned.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for an assessment of their “fitness for work”.And they mean they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training.They are forced to take part in work-related activity, such as a work-focused interviews and “work preparation”, which could mean training or employment programmes.They could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through the notorious work capability assessment (WCA), which could take months.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle (BT), who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said the “substantial risks” of the policy were “incalculable”.The new rules – uncovered by BT’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a “fit note” from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP insisted this week that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But appalled activists said this week that the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Dr Carty said it was a “dreadful situation and is bound to cause further harm”.He said: “Seriously sick and/or disabled people may find themselves pressed to attend work-related activity and risk being sanctioned if they fail to attend. Yet to attend may place them at significant risk of harm.”He added: “Jobs advisers and those overseeing work-related activity lack the information, knowledge or experience to make safe decisions and this will undoubtedly place sick and/or disabled individuals in serious danger.“It is in my opinion outrageous that a patient with a fit note from me, their GP, stating that in my professional opinion that they are currently not fit for work will automatically be assumed to be treated as fit for all work-related activity.“A doctor with over 20 years of experience and in possession of the patient’s full medical record will have their professional opinion completely disregarded.”He said GPs had not been told about the DWP policy, and again “find themselves pawns and complicit in a system that has been shown to be harmful and [is] becoming more dangerous by the day”.Dr Carty said the consequences would be felt “particularly acutely” in primary care.He said: “The cumulative impact of this policy on claimants and primary care services will be enormous.“General practice is in crisis. There is a recruitment and retention problem unheralded in the history of NHS.“Further disempowerment in the form of complete disregard of professional opinion regarding fitness for work is hardly going to help matters.”Anita Bellows, a Disabled People Against Cuts researcher, said the universal credit policy was “a very dangerous development”.She said that any decisions on reducing the work-related activity a person had to carry out would only be at the discretion of the DWP work coach, who would have no medical training and would be likely to have access to little or no information about the claimant’s health.She said: “How these work coaches are expected to understand the consequences of any mandatory work-related requirements on the health of claimants is a mystery. “Some claimants will be exempted because they are considered ‘vulnerable’ but the DWP has not made public yet the guidance given to work coaches to help them decide which claimants are vulnerable.“DPAC is absolutely horrified by this development, which is a recipe for disaster and will hurt claimants.“DPAC also feels that the professional judgement of GPs is being undermined by being overruled by pen-pushers who have no understanding of disability.”The rules have apparently been in force since at least 2015 but the impact on disabled people is probably only emerging now because of the slow roll-out of universal credit, which was originally only available in a few parts of the country, and mainly applied to single jobseekers making new benefit claims.But DPAC discovered a DWP freedom of information response (see page eight) dating from November 2015, which makes it clear that “claimants who have a fit note and are awaiting a WCA” are subject to “all work-related requirements”.This was confirmed this week by a DWP spokesman.He said that universal credit claimants who had fit notes from their GP stating that they were not fit for work, and who were awaiting a WCA, were subject to work-related requirements.The DWP spokesman said: “Work coaches will discuss with universal credit claimants whether any reasonable work related activity is appropriate before their work capability assessment.”He suggested that the new rules had been applied since universal credit began to be rolled out, but when asked if they put the health of many claimants at risk, he said: “Absolutely not.“Any actions will be tailored to the individual’s circumstances and work coaches will set no work-related activity if appropriate.“Universal credit is designed to help more people into work.“Claimants will therefore have access to a work coach from the start of their claim who can support them in preparing for work.”Asked when DWP had announced these measures publicly, he said that anyone applying for universal credit (UC) was “made aware of their requirements” by their work coach, and he pointed to a DWP leaflet, Universal Credit and You.But the leaflet does not appear to make any reference to fit notes and claimants waiting for their WCA.When DNS suggested that this meant DWP had never announced the measures, either publicly or in written information given to claimants, the spokesman said there was nothing more he could add, although he insisted that DWP was “open about the UC process with claimants”.last_img read more

Delegates at the annual conference of transport un

first_imgDelegates at the annual conference of transport union TSSA yesterday overwhelmingly voted against Brexit, describing the project as a “victory for the xenophobic and nationalist right”.Approving a statement from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association executive committee, the union reiterated its support for “final say on any Brexit deal agreed by parliament”.At its conference last year, TSSA became the first Labour-affiliated trade union to back another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. It was soon joined in its support for a public vote by GMB and Community, and more recently by Unison.TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes, who has been supportive of Jeremy Corbyn but critical of Labour’s Brexit position, said: “I’m delighted our union has again made it clear we stand strongly against Brexit. It is nothing more than a mad Tory creation, which poses a clear and present economic danger the working people of this country.“The only people who would benefit from Brexit are those with money to burn and zealots like Nigel Farage. It would amount to a victory for the xenophobic and nationalist right and set the UK back many decades.”Below is the full statement from the TSSA executive committee, which was debated and approved at the union’s conference on Sunday 9th June. The real division in our society is not between those who voted Leave and Remain but, as ever, between the many and the few. We are immensely proud that our party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, wants to build a Britain in which no-one is left behind.Sadly, Brexit is poisoning politics and stopping us from addressing the key issues that matter to our people. We urgently need a general election to deliver a radical Labour government.However, even if Britain leaves the EU, Brexit does not end. Instead, we face years of negotiations with our European partners to disentangle over 45 years of joint policy making in many areas and with other countries, over trade deals which will further deregulate our economy in the interests of capital.The Brexit squeeze is not worth the juice as Britain remains a capitalist country within a capitalist world. Brexit in our country is led by right-wing, free-market, fundamentalists.Sadly, Brexit has also been a victory for the xenophobia of the nationalist right and poses a real threat to our worker rights, our jobs, our NHS, our public services, our food standards and our fight against climate change.The far-right are all about hate and the politics of despair, neither of which has been far removed from the debate on Brexit. Our Labour and trade union movement can and will bring our country back together with hope and solidarity.We must rebuild our communities with investment, end austerity, properly fund our public services, expand public ownership, boost wages, increase living standards and union rights, end child poverty and homelessness and challenge the narratives of the nationalist right.As Internationalists, we once again commit ourselves to always challenge the far-right and their hate-filled politics. We reiterate our policy that the British public must have the final say on any Brexit deal agreed by parliament and our party must now leave no stone unturned to stop a new Tory Prime Minister from delivering a no-deal exit.We strongly condemn those Tories who are playing with fire by advocating a Brexit which undermines the Good Friday Agreement. There must be no return to a hard-border in Ireland.Our executive committee will campaign for a Europe-wide Green New Deal as part of a global initiative to deal with our climate emergency. They will continue our fight to democratise European institutions, to end Fortress Europe, for the creation of a Europe for the many not the few and will advocate putting in place an international strategy to deal with tax evasion and to ensure that the super-rich and the corporations pay their fair share of taxes.Our union will campaign for all the objectives contained within this statement and all of our policies on Brexit within our party and our wider movement. Another Britain within another Europe as part of a Socialist world is what we seek.Tags:TSSA /Brexit /last_img read more

Man in LifeThreatening Condition After SF Mission Car Crash

first_img 0% Reader photo of the scene.Sergeant Mike Alexander, a detective with the Traffic Collision Investigation Unit who was at the scene of the wreck, said the car careened down the street and crashed into a light pole, a building, and then another car just south of Liberty Street.Two wooden poles smashed the front window of the car on the driver’s side when the car hit a small tree in the median, and the front end of the car was folded up. Tree branches and shattered glass lined the street.“He was injured pretty badly,” Alexander said.Esparza said it was not known how the driver crashed into the median, but that an investigation was ongoing. The victim was being treated at San Francisco General Hospital. Traffic on Guerrero Street was closed from 20th to 21st streets in the morning.The wreck on Guerrero Street that sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries on Friday, May 13. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. A car crash on Friday morning sent a man to the hospital in critical condition after he hit the median going northbound on Guerrero Street between 21st and Liberty streets, crasghing into a pole, tree, building, and finally another car, according to video submitted to Mission Local anonymouslyNo other injuries were reported, and the crash only involved the one car.“It does not look good, life-threatening injuries,” said Albie Esparza, a police spokesperson. “The driver struck the middle barricade and essentially flipped the car over onto the opposite side.”Video shows the car destroying a light pole in the Guerrero Street median and then bouncing off a tree before swerving down the street, though the car never flips over.center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

UTILITY pivot Lewis Charnock has joined Leigh Cent

first_imgUTILITY pivot Lewis Charnock has joined Leigh Centurions on a one month’s loan deal.The 21-year-old has made six appearances for the club, scoring two tries and kicking eight goals.Last season he also played eight games on dual registration with Rochdale Hornets in Championship One.Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “It’s clear that Dougie needs to be playing week in week out and although the reserves competition offers him chance to play at a higher level, moving to Leigh on loan will see him play more regularly and consistently.“Dougie is a hard working player and deserves the opportunity to gain more game time.“We’d like to thank the Centurions for agreeing to take him on loan and we wish him all the best for the next month.”Leigh Centurions Head Coach Neil Jukes added: “I’d like to thank Mike Rush, Keiron Cunningham, Tommy Martyn and everyone at St Helens for their assistance in a deal that should hopefully benefit all parties.“Lewis comes from a good culture and I look forward to working with him. He will add strength in depth across the board and will also enhance our kicking game.“He comes highly recommended and it’s important that people we recruit to our Club are good people. Whether you are 21 or 31 if you have a good attitude that’s important.“Everyone I’ve spoken to says his attitude is outstanding. The technical bits and the understanding of our own structure we can work on. Lewis is versatile and adds genuine competition and depth to our squad at a crucial time.”last_img read more

The first half started brightly and with the playe

first_imgThe first half started brightly and with the players managing to respect possession they rolled downfield with comparative ease.In the first few minutes Ryan Horne was held up over the line, the first of three during the half.The forwards were running with conviction prompted by the continual probing of Josh Eaves winning penalty after penalty by running at the lazy marker.On one such occasion the Saints opened the scoring as he brought Matty Lees back on the angle to finish under the sticks.The strong running prop was held up over the line twice more before, against the run of play, the Bulls drew level with a soft try from a dart at the line from dummy half.The Saints were doing better without the ball as well getting off the line and into the faces of the visitors forcing errors.One such error on the Bulls 40 led to the Saints regaining the lead. Three drives at the heart of the defensive line allowed Horne and Brad Billsborough to spin the ball out left for Chris Follin to force his way over.The same hard defence on the stroke of half time again gave the Saints fantastic field position which they again crafted into a try this time for Luke Ward who dove into the corner to score.There was no hint of the issue to come as the Saints started the second period the brighter.Drives from subs Evan Bullen and Jordan Olmez got the Saints on the front foot and when Billsborough dipped his left shoulder he shot through the line. He passed it out to Follin who took it on to the full back before giving it inside to his Captain to go under the sticks for a 16 point lead.At this point it was all set for a 50 point haul but the wheels came off as the Bulls scored from a terrible last tackle kick and a flukey bounce and gained confidence.Ward scored his second to stretch the lead but really the try should have gone to Sean Croston who made the break himself and should’ve dropped over the line himself.Back came the Bulls who were growing in stature and ability visibly and really put the Saints hearts a fluttering as they scored their third try with 12 minutes to go.The Saints managed to hang on until the last minute when Josh Eaves capped a typically intelligent and hardworking performance with a try darting away from dummy half.The first half contained sparks of the old confidence returning with Weldon, Callum Hazzard, Sam Royle and Alex Eckley showing some of their old form.But the second half, during which the Saints completed only four sets without receiving a penalty, was just not acceptable and a big improvement will need to happen.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Matty Lees (11), Chris Follin (29), Luke Ward (37 & 60), Mike Weldon (46), Josh Eaves (78).Goals: Brad Billsborough 4 from 5.Bradford:Tries: Wilf Moxon (19), Ryan Butterworth (55), Josh Rickett (68).Goals: Ryan Butterworth 3 from 3.Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 32-18Teams:Saints:1. Kevin Brown; 2. Tom Nisbet, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Sean Croston, 5. Luke Ward; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Brad Billsborough; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 16. Alex Eckley, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Mike Weldon (C), 13. Callum Hazzard.Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Paul Nash, 15. Sam Royle, 17. Evan Bullen.Bradford:1. Jay Panter; 2. Alix Stephenson, 4. Josh Rickett, 3. Lawrence Okaga-Ajwang, 5. Ryan Butterworth; 6. Rowan Milnes, 7. Jack Wilson; 8. Tom Doyle, 9. Reiss Butterworth, 10. Keelan Foster, 11. Wilf Moxon (C), 12. Elliott Culling, 13. Matthew Fletcher.Subs: 14. Lochlan McGill, 15. Kieran Todd, 16. Bradley Gallagher, 17. Oliver Wilson.last_img read more

Club Hospitality Partners

first_imgQuadrant Partnerships branding will appear for the first time on our Magic Weekend shirt for the Round 16 fixture with Castleford Tigers at Anfield this Sunday, 6pm kick-off.Quadrant Partnerships are an energy broker that works within the commercial energy sector. Their services include energy procurement, providing the most up-to-date prices for new energy contracts to the latest in renewable technology such as Solar PV and air source heat pumps. Neil Davies from Quadrant Partnership is excited by their association with Saints: “We were delighted when the opportunity arose to partner with Saints for the remainder of the 2019 season. Over the last two decades we have been privileged to watch some of the most memorable moments in Super League history whilst watching St.Helens.“Quadrant are proud to be a part of that history and looking forward to working with Saints both now and in future Super League seasons.”Saints General Manager, Dave Hutchinson is equally delighted to welcome Neil and his business to the Club: “We are very grateful of Quadrants support for the remainder of the season, and look forward to developing a longer term partnership in the future.“There are some exciting opportunities available between the club and Quadrant and over the coming weeks we shall be exploring them further as to how they can be of benefit to our fans and the club alike.“Neil is a big supporter of Saints and he has worked hard to ensure Quadrant are a good fit with our future plans at the club.”For more information on Quadrant Partnerships visit are Neil Davies, Dave Hutchinson and Kevin Naiqama showcasing the new Quadrant Partnership branding.last_img read more

Expert gives advice on detecting handling alleged school abuse

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  – Recently, educators in Brunswick, New Hanover and nearby Duplin Counties have been charged with crimes against children.The case in Wilmington caused many parents and the school to call a meeting to discuss their concerns.  It seems it’s not uncommon to hear about teachers accused of inappropriate actions with kids including students.- Advertisement – What are the ways to prevent this? Be it signs or a sequencing of events? We took those questions to a local expert whose non-profit actively works with abuse or trauma victims.From their point of view, policies, procedures, and parenting all play a role in preventing a child from becoming a victim.Isaac Bear Early College High School teacher Michael Kelly sits behind bars. He’s facing 32 charges of sexual misconduct, some of the victims students. A former preschool teacher, Andrew Hodge, is also charged with four similar offenses in Brunswick County. The big question how do parents keep their kids safe?Related Article: Hoods found on monument to Confederate women; man charged“If they don’t have a world view for what is normal, then they are going to participate as if this is normal,” said Amy Feath, the executive director of The Carousel Center.Feath oversees the counseling of trauma victims on many levels including sexual abuse at the center. The non-profit also assists local school districts counseling students. Feath says parents need to debunk the myths, predators are not always strangers, she says they can be people who kids or parents trust.“We do have to create an open dialogue with our kids so that they see us as somebody they can come to.”She adds that if a child or teen’s behavior becomes the opposite of how they routinely act, that could be a sign something has or is affecting them.“It is important for them to be able to ask that question,” Feath said. “Now I will say that is harder if you haven’t already laid the groundwork with the child to be able to talk with you about really important topics.”Topics like the behavior an adult may be showing to a student or child, touching that is and is not safe, attention that is and is not okay, not just in person but online as well.“Just listen, if someone needs to talk, then you just listen.”WWAY reached out to area school districts to see what they have in place to address abuse.New Hanover and Brunswick County tell us their districts have counselors and social workers dedicated to specific schools. A majority of the districts have clear policies to report abuse and require school employees to do so.Feath says those seeking information on how to get the conversation started with their children or with kids about protecting themselves from abuse should seek advice from places like social services, the rape crisis center at Coastal Horizons, and The Carousel Center.last_img read more

WPD Hit and run suspect turns himself in

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police said a hit and run suspect who intentionally rammed a South Carolina Woman’s vehicle last Friday turned himself in.Officers had obtained warrants for Adam Garrett Curtis, 24, for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and driving with license revoked.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police sent out a tweet Thursday night saying Curtis turned himself in.UPDATE: Curtis turned himself into WPD Thursday evening.— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) August 17, 2018According to two witnesses and the victim, Curtis was driving erratically westbound in the 1900 block of Market Street when he purposely swerved and stuck her vehicle two times on the right passenger side. The suspect caused approximately $2,000 damage to the victim’s car.Related Article: SC emergency room shooting wounds nurse; man arrestedAfter hitting the victim, the suspect pulled over briefly then sped away toward downtown.last_img read more

Former teacher faces new child sex charges linked to nearly 20 victims

first_imgMichael Kelly (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former New Hanover County teacher awaiting trial on more than 50 child sex crimes charges is now facing even more charges tied to yet another victim.49-year-old Michael Kelly was recently charged with a new count of indecent liberties with a child and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.- Advertisement – Kelly was a teacher at Isaac Bear Early College when he was arrested nearly a year ago.He now faces nearly 60 charges.Investigators say there are more than 18 victims.Related Article: Woman allegedly breaks into police station, wanted to date copThese latest charges date back to 2009.last_img read more