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Month: July 2019

An autobiography by one of the most influential di

first_imgAn autobiography by one of the most influential disabled people of the last 50 years – published posthumously – could ignite calls for the return of the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), 12 years after it was merged into a new equality watchdog.In A Life Without Limits*, Sir Bert Massie – who was DRC’s chair throughout its seven years – writes in depth about his time leading the equality body and then as a commissioner on its successor, the multi-strand Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).He suggests EHRC has failed to protect disabled people and that many disabled people believe responsibility for disability rights should be taken away from the organisation, with a new DRC set up alongside EHRC.Sir Bert (pictured), who died in October 2017, is highly critical of EHRC’s first chair, Trevor Phillips, who he says was “not a team player” and “made policy on the hoof” while other commissioners were “supposed to step into line”.He concludes: “I have sat on many boards larger than that at EHRC, but none so badly chaired.”Although a staunch and long-standing Labour party member himself, Sir Bert is also critical of the number of commissioners with strong Labour party links who were appointed to EHRC’s board under the last Labour government.In the book, Sir Bert is critical of the Labour peer Baroness [Margaret] Prosser, EHRC’s vice-chair at the time, who became a “very loyal supporter” of Phillips.He writes at length on the concerns of himself and other board members about Phillips’s conduct and leadership at EHRC, which contributed to six commissioners resigning in 2009.Sir Bert is also critical in his book of the lack of resources given to EHRC’s disability committee, which led to disabled people receiving “a much inferior service” than they had received from DRC.He reveals that he had been “unenthusiastic” about merging DRC with other equality bodies to create EHRC in 2007, but that other DRC commissioners who were in favour of the decision “might well have been right” and that an independent DRC could have been abolished under the coalition government elected in 2010.But he also points to the attack on disability rights under successive Conservative-led governments since 2010, and to a 2016 Lords committee report that concluded that EHRC was failing to protect disabled people.He adds: “Perhaps in the future we do need a debate on whether disability issues should be removed from the mandate of the EHRC and [given] to a commission with a single focus.“That is what many disabled people want.”Kaliya Franklin, who worked with Sir Bert on the commission on disability and poverty he chaired for the Labour party, supported his call for a debate on whether there needed to be a new vehicle for ensuring disabled people’s rights were upheld.She told Disability News Service: “Disability rights are part of a wider human rights issue, but without the specialist knowledge and peer support provided by a body like the DRC, the risk is that the barriers to achieve those rights are too significant for disabled people to surmount alone.“Last week we saw further evidence that in the Britain of 2019, thousands of disabled children and adults have their freedom, right to family life and privacy removed by the state at an enormous financial cost to taxpayers.“All too often those disabled people are then subjected to physical and mental torture by those employed to ‘care’ for them.“This abuse is not new, yet every time there is a new expose of such human rights violations, the same tired excuses of vulnerability, risks and costs are trotted out by the charity, medical and public sectors with a vested interest in continuing the status quo.“The immoral trade in disabled people continues unabated.“A dedicated disability rights enforcement body with the specialist rights-based knowledge and lived experience to support people and their families is one important way in which this ongoing abuse, and many other forms of disability discrimination, could be more successfully challenged.”Sir Bert’s book also describes his childhood in Liverpool, how he caught polio in the late 1940s and spent time in Alder Hey children’s hospital and experienced “perpetual violence, or a nagging expectation of it” at the hands of staff at the Greenbank residential special school.There are detailed descriptions of his experience of education, further and higher education, and employment as a disabled child, teenager and young mans in the 1960s, and his first experiences of disability activism with the Disablement Income Group, Liverpool Association for the Disabled, and the Disabled Drivers’ Association.He writes about his work at RADAR, which he led before heading the new DRC, and he defends RADAR from criticisms made at the time by the British Council of Organisations of Disabled People (BCODP) that it was not a legitimate representative of the disabled people’s movement.In the final pages he was able to complete before his death in 2017 – the book was completed by Bob Niven and Ann Frye, two of his former colleagues, who describe him as one of the leading post-war social reformers – he suggests that privatisation of the NHS is “to some extent inevitable” if the Conservatives remain in power, while he predicts there will be further cuts to social care.“Disabled people,” he says, “will need to develop mechanisms to either defend current systems or create new ones.”But he adds: “Many of the major structural changes achieved in recent decades are probably sufficiently embedded to survive.”But he warns that these changes could still be weakened, as has happened with accessible housing standards.*A Life Without Limits, by Sir Bert Massie, is published by Mereo Books A note from the editor: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 note 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…last_img read more

One woman one job at San Francisco General Hospital and a community

first_imgThis is what Susan did with her first paycheck: she treated herself to a steak at Tad’s on Powell Street, (she is, after all, a native San Francisco lady of a certain age). Later that week it was wonton soup in Chinatown. But this, her most anticipated splurge, she related with pure glee: She took the SamTrans bus down to the San Mateo County Fair, where she bought the unlimited ride package, (“30 bucks” she proudly told me, “a bargain!”) and rode, over and over, in no particular order: the Rollercoaster , the Tiltawhirl and the Bobsled.In February, Mission Local published my plea for help in finding Susan a job. I wrote about her multiple disabilities, her years of volunteering as a cherished and beloved patient ambassador at General Hospital, her wit and resilience despite illness, poverty and bad luck, and her Don Quixote-like quest for employment, with me, her vocational counselor at her side, a weary but loyal Sancho Panza who yearned to retire, but could not, not till Susan got a job.My last day of work was June 27 and Susan is working! YAY for both of us. It took quite a few people to get Susan the job of her dreams. This is my shout out to all those who took notice and cared.Frankly, I am a cranky person who distrusts the word “community,” but here I bend to the truth: San Francisco is still enough of a small town that the community worked together for Susan’s good. And mine. Email Address First: Mission Local and Lydia Chavez: Nothing happens without you publishing my letter. That changed everything. Susan and I thank you.Secondly, Amy Yu called me. She is the director of SCEPT (Senior Community Employment Program funded by the Department of Labor). They find training placements for low income San Francisco seniors, and in March, she placed Susan at EDD for 12 hours a week, where she was trained on the switchboard. Susan has a wonderful voice, a warm and welcoming tone, and despite her stone blindness, she memorized the keyboard and was learning to transfer calls. And, naturally, they loved her. This was a funding-limited placement at minimum wage, but it was her first paycheck in a hell of a long time, her bridge job.Thirdly, Joshua Arce called me. He is the director of workforce development at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. He said, “How can we help?”Fourthly, the clearly astute readers of Mission Local who commented on my piece all pointed out the logical solution: “WHY CAN’T ZUCKERBERG SF GENERAL HOSPITAL PAY HER FOR THE INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEER JOB SHE HAS BEEN PERFORMING SO ADMIRABLY FOR SO MANY YEARS?”Before I published my wailing advertisement for Susan, I had TRIED that, dearly intelligent readers of Mission Local. I had approached several heads of departments, but I was told that Susan was unemployable in that role because she could not use a computer. They told me that Susan was a fantastic volunteer; she would get a pin and a plaque, a t-shirt and lunch. In the cafeteria.When I countered that she deserved to be paid, they said unfortunately the job description for “patient ambassador” required use of a computer. Dead end. Full stop. Do not pass Go.I told this history to Arce from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. He, quite simply, put us in touch with people in leadership positions at the Human Services Agency. They had the power to hire her to do the same gig under different funding, and with a different title. They know who they are, and I thank them.Money was procured. Many, many, many HR papers were signed. A photo was taken. A badge was issued. When she found out her salary, Susan almost cried, “Naomi, I never made more than nine bucks and thirty cents an hour!” (Her salary is almost double that.)But the last and most difficult point, the near deal-breaker, was identifying someone to be her supervisor. On site. Every day. Now, everyone who works off the North lobby knows Susan. This would be pharmacy staff, outpatient clinic staff, and billing department staff. For five years they have seen her interact with patients. She is there like a bird on a wire, loyal and true like a guard at Buckingham Palace.And a longtime staff member volunteered to be Susan’s supervisor, extra responsibility in addition to her own job. To sign her timesheets, to see she is at her post. Without this one key individual, all we had was a house of cards and a mountain of good intentions. So, most important: Shout out to Brenda.Dear reader, if you find yourself at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and if your path should take you through the lobby, Five North, old building, Susan’s Information Desk is on the right. She works from 7 a.m. to noon daily, and you might congratulate her on the job and mention you read about her in Mission Local. Tell her Naomi says hello.Susan Vela manning the desk. Photo by Colin Campbell. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

ROYCE Simmons is looking forward to giving youth t

first_imgROYCE Simmons is looking forward to giving youth the chance to shine when Saints take on Salford.Saints have omitted four first team players from their squad as they prepare to win at the Willows for the first time since 2007.Leon Pryce is out with a groin problem, whilst James Graham, Gary Wheeler and Josh Perry are also unavailable.“We’ll be going into the game with a younger side and I’m excited by that,” Simmons said. “Lee Gaskell will probably play in the halves and if Paul Wellens doesn’t make it then a younger kid will come in. There will be a couple of blokes who hardly played any first team last season in there.”Saints head into the match on the back of a courageous ‘come from behind’ point at Millennium Magic.They overturned a 16-0 deficit with less than a quarter of the game remaining and could have snatched it at the death if a Kyle Eastmond drop-goal attempt had been a couple of feet to the right.Saints were scratchy in the match and Royce admits that was understandable considering the withdrawal of Pryce.“We went into the whole off-season with Lee Gaskell and Leon Pryce training together at halves as we expected them to play together come the first match. But we went into the first game with two boys who haven’t trained a lot together. Gary [Wheeler] has been training in the centres and Kyle has done virtually nothing.“Naturally, there were a few kinks there as they haven’t trained together. In this match we will have a different combination again. Kyle will be better for the run out though and we should see that this week.“We did a lot of things right in the game and if we had gotten over the line earlier we would have had a lot more confidence too. Getting held up over the line was denting the boys’ confidence a bit but we had more opportunities too.“I have shown the players the chances they had and I think they were surprised. That said, Wigan’s scrambling defence was first class at times.”He continued: “I thought James Roby put in an amazing performance. One of the things I have asked him to do is talk more during the game and give more direction. He did that and didn’t lose any energy too.“We also saw glimpses of what Sia Soliola and Tony Puletua are all about too.“This Friday’s game will be tough as we haven’t won there since 2007 and have conceded something like 68 points on our last two visits. They have tricky half backs and I noticed they have played up the middle and dominated our forwards in the past too. Then, they’ve hit us with a top kicking game.“Luke Pattern was one of the best full backs in the NRL for the past few years and if it wasn’t for the likes of Billy Slater, he would have had test jumpers.“We will have to pay a little bit of attention to him.”If you can’t make the match which kicks off at 8pm, you can follow it extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in at 102.4 fm or by logging on to www.wishfm.netMatch Stats:Salford have won their last two home games against St Helens, 42-34 on 15 May, 2010 and 20-10 on 3 July, 2009. St Helens’ last win at The Willows was 32-20 on 17 August, 2007.Super League summarySalford won 4St Helens won 23Salford highest score: 42-34 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 39-26, H, 1997)St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)FRANCIS MELI of St Helens has the longest try scoring run in Engage Super League, covering three matches (including the 2010 play-offs) as follows: 1-1-1last_img read more

Corporate Box No9 is in honour of a position wher

first_imgCorporate Box No.9 is in honour of a position where we have been blessed with magnificent players across our illustrious history.Take the opportunity to join us for an evening that delivers the ultimate Saints Matchday experience to you and your 11 other guests.Your Package Includes:The box is for 12 guests.Private use of No. 9 during the week prior to Matchday. Take the opportunity to hold your client or team meetings from a different setting.Match Programme – receive a full page advert, logo on our front cover and an inclusion in the Commercial pageDigital Comms – to be included in our pre-match e-mail to the database (100k + email addresses) and posts on our Twitter sites (104k followers).Scoreboard/LED pitch side message.Match day programme and souvenir gift for all guests within your group.Matchday welcome drink on arrival followed by a four-course meal.Dedicated executive box host and waiting-on service.Balcony seating directly outside your box.Take the opportunity to walk through the tunnel as the players leave the field at half-time and have a group photograph pitchside in front of close to 12,000 supporters.Prices (excl vat):OpponentRoundPriceWigan1Sold OutLeeds2£2100London5£1600Hull KR8Sold OutWarrington10Sold OutHull FC12£2100Catalans13£1500Salford15Sold OutHuddersfield18£1600Leeds19£2100Wigan22Sold OutWakefield24£1600Castleford27£2100Huddersfield28£1600Saints 2019 fixtures can be found here.If you would like more information you can call us on 01744 455 053 or  email sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

League of Women Voters celebrates 100 years

first_img The local leaders answered questions from members and discussed their experiences in office, challenges while running, and their daily tasks.It is an event the League of Women Voters Membership Chairwoman Linda Kurta is proud of.“When I joined the League of Women about five years ago we only had 40 members,” Kurta said. “Today we have 115. We’re growing by leaps and bounds. And that’s our goal to keep growing because the more members we have, the more action we can take.”Related Article: Cooper vetoes bill expanding possible US House election redoKurta said the biggest challenge they face as an organization is getting younger women voters to the polls.They plan to continue their efforts spreading the word at local campuses for the upcoming election. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In honor of Women’s History Month, the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear gathered Monday afternoon in Wilmington to celebrate their rights and 100 years as an organization.Dozens attended the event Monday as they held a panel discussion with four local leaders. Those elected officials include Wilmington Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Haynes, Sunset Beach City Councilwoman Jan Harris, Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman, and Judge Sandra Ray.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NCGOP leader praises media for work on Bladen County election story

first_img Today Woodhouse sent the following open letter to the news media about the coverage of questions about absentee ballots in Bladen County and the work of a political operative named McCrae Dowless, which are holding up the 9th District Congressional race and a couple of Bladen County elections.To the media covering the 9th U.S. House District election:I know many of you personally. As a television reporter so many years ago, I covered stories with you. I have broken bread with you. As one of the main spokespersons on Republican issues in North Carolina, I interact with you on a daily basis.At times I have disagreed with you, or asked for a correction. Our disagreements have always been respectful. You have asked me some tough questions, never more than last week — every one of them fair, questions that should be asked and deserve to be answered.On behalf of the North Carolina Republican Party, our activists in the 9th Congressional District and the voting electorate, I want to thank you and encourage you to continue these efforts for years to come. Only you can help end systematic failure to fix this problem going back more than a decade, involving three different North Carolina governors of both parties, several different boards of elections, countless local, state and federal prosecutors and both major political parties.We all share blame. We can all be part of the solution, but only if you hold us all to account for years to come.Just to review some of your phenomenal efforts:You raised serious questions about the lack of transparency and how the State Board of Elections bought this forward with a stunning lack of transparency.You held the state Elections Board chair to account for unacceptable public partisan behavior leading to his just resignation. You have asked tough questions of who knew what and when, including of me and the NC GOP.The Washington Post praised local reporters for solid “shoe leather” reporting helping to expose the disgusting and revolting behavior in and around Bladen County when it comes to elections, and we agree.You have uncovered how this scourge is not limited to one candidate, one political party and one election.You have tracked down former election officials who could never get these types of cases in a court of law.You have uncovered the serious failures of the state to address the systematic criminal behavior in Bladen County since at least 2010.And your work is not done. It can’t be done when the 9th District election is settled. Serious efforts at reform can only succeed when everyone works to fix the systematic failures that allowed the rampant criminal behavior to become common accepted practice.It will take new laws, new enforcement, trials and convictions, public educations efforts and trial and error. Some of you will move to new cities. Some will retire. All will move to other stories.But we still need you watching, investigating, reporting. All of us are responsible for fixing this. Question us. Check us. Hold us accountable. All of us.Your sunlight really is the best disinfectant. And we need tons of it. Now and for years to come. NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse speaks with a reporter on Dec. 6, 2018. (Photo: WNCN) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s not unusual for the news media to be openly criticized by political leaders and even labeled “fake news.” But at least when it comes to recent reporting on questions about possible election fraud in Bladen County, the leader of the North Carolina Republican Party is handing out compliments.In fact, NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse, a former TV news reporter himself, wants the media to stay on the story and hold everyone accountable.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Teens turning the tide on plastic at area beaches

first_img The beach cleanup is from 8 to 9 a.m. and volunteers are needed. Reusable gloves and bags will be provided. Participants should bring their own water and sunscreen.Salty Dog Yoga will lead a donation-based yoga session at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk after the clean-up. Live music, educational activities and a local vendor market go until 12 p.m. The event is free.Teen Ocean Stewards was a yearlong program focused on environmental conservation and stewardship. Participants met throughout the school year to explore the outdoors and work on coastal conservation projects.Related Article: Here’s where you can recycle your Christmas tree in New Hanover CountyThis event, originally planned for September 2018, was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence.The Aquarium thanks Turn the Tide Fest sponsors: Good Hops Brewery, Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, Jack’s Retreat, Clean Air Lawn Care and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.For more information on the Aquarium’s conservation efforts and Turn the Tide Fest, visit here.Turn the Tide Festival Schedule:8 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Beach Sweep9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. – Yoga (donation based) with Salty Dog Yoga10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Music by Andrea Reynolds9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Vendor Market Teen Ocean Stewards at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Photo: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Keeping our beaches clean is a big job and Teen Ocean Stewards at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher are stepping up to help.They are organizing “Turn the Tide Fest” March 30 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police announce arrest in 1996 Wilmington rape case

first_imgWayne Edward Soller (Photo: New Han over Co. District Attorney’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say they’ve made an arrest in a rape case dating back more than two decades.According to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office, Wednesday police arrested Wayne Edward Soller, 61, of Deltona, FL, for the alleged crimes. Today a New Hanover County Grand Jury indicted Soller on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary and first-degree sexual offense.- Advertisement – “Today here in Wilmington a cold case is now very, very hot,” said Attorney General Josh Stein at an afternoon press conference.Stein alongside Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and District Attorney Ben David spoke about the recent arrest and indictment Monday.“This is a huge win because it tells victims that they matter. That the criminal justice cares and that we will fight for them,” said Stein. “But it also tells rapists that they better know that no matter how long ago they committed their crime, we are coming for them.”Related Article: North Carolina teacher accused of storing student’s gun in classInvestigators say Soller’s arrest came as a result of a state effort to clear a backlog of rape kits.“Untested physical evidence frequently proves to be the silent witness that screams the truth sometimes decades in the past,” said David.Police say they believe in 1996 Soller broke into a young woman’s apartment, threatened her life and raped her while he was visiting Wilmington for work. A rape kit was completed, but investigators say due to regulations at the time, it was not able to be submitted for analysis.“It’s ridiculous that they are sitting here in evidence lockers throughout the state and not being tested,” said Chief Evangelous.Soller’s DNA was entered into the national DNA database in 2015, when he was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer in Florida.A DNA match came after a statewide push by to process backlogged kits, police say. WPD says its property and evidence technicians have sent approximately 80 kits to the crime lab since this past October and have 61 more ready to go.WPD says it received the test results about three weeks ago. The department says it immediately contacted the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, which, in coordination with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, arrested Soller.WPD detectives traveled to Florida to interview Soller, which police say helped bring this case to a close.“Moments like this are why we do what we do,” Evangelous said.District Attorney Ben David said at the afternoon press conference that he expects to coordinate the extradition of Soller to North Carolina.“We look forward to hopefully future days like today where we can talk about an old case that had long since been forgotten, sitting on a shelf, having new life as we pursue justice for victims,” Stein said.last_img read more

President inaugurates first eco park for children

first_imgMalta’s first eco park for children was inaugurated on Monday at the President’s Kitchen Garden, Attard. The Park caters for children between two and 10 years of age and has an area specifically targeting the needs of autistic children. Solar, wind and kinetic energy created by the children themselves makes the part independent of any other type of energy.President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca together with Minister for Energy and Water Management, Joe Mizzi, and his Opposition counterpart David Agius inaugurated the park. SharePrint Children at the heart of the PresidencyPresident Coleiro Preca said that children have always been at the heart of her Presidency and she considers the park to be another contribution to help children realise their right to play. She said that the Park was being  inaugurated to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of  the United Nations’ Convention on Children’s rights.The President announced that presently the President’s Foundation of the Wellbeing of Society is organising consultation meetings through the National Institute for Childhood in the hope that a similar project to the one inaugurated will also find a place in the south of Malta. Children form part of this consultation process.This eco park and its facilities are the second such project in Europe, and will help to children to learn while they also have fun and be physically active.WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

PD calls for 25 of the EU budget to go towards climate

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Demokratiku is calling on Malta to join the eight EU member states that calling on the EU to devote 25% of the next budget to climate change.In a statement, the four PD candidates for the European Parliamentary elections; Camilla Appelgren, Anthony Buttigieg, Martin Cauchi Inglott, and Godfrey Farrugia expressed their commitment to a European economy that works for everyone.According to the PD, the Malta economy cannot be separated from the European market and the challenges facing Malta need to be fixed through European wide solutions. They state that the Maltese are facing an increasing cost of living, inequalities in the workplace, worsening work/life balance and other challenges to the quality of life that should come before the economy and the interests of the rich before the interests of the common worker.The candidates said that the Government can has no social conscience when there some people more equal than others.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more