Monthly Archive: July 2019

31
Jul
2019

Four leading disabled peoples organisations DPOs

first_imgFour leading disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have issued a list of 17 policies they want the next government to implement in its first 100 days.Equal Lives, Inclusion London, The Alliance for Inclusive Education and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), published the list to help campaigners in the days leading up to tomorrow’s general election, and to “raise disability up the political agenda”.They say that disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the coalition’s austerity programme, with more than £28 billion in benefits and entitlements stripped away over the last five years.One piece of research, by The Centre for Welfare Reform, suggests that disabled people are paying nine times more towards reducing the budget deficit than most citizens, while disabled people who use social care are facing a burden that is 19 times greater.And last August, Disability News Service revealed that the UK government appeared to have become the first country to face a confidential, high-level inquiry by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a result of alleged “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.The four organisations say the 17 demands are the “minimum” that the government must do to meet its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and ensure that disabled people “enjoy equal rights with non-disabled people”.Many of the demands would reverse policies introduced by the coalition, such as the closure of the Independent Living Fund; cuts to social care; the introduction of the bedroom tax; cuts to Access to Work; laws to allow free special schools; cuts to disabled student’s allowance; and reforms and cuts to legal aid.But other demands do not focus solely on coalition policies, including calls to scrap the work capability assessment; for closer government engagement with DPOs on employment, equality laws and implementing the UNCRPD; to scrap benefit sanctions; and for a building programme of accessible and affordable social housing.The four organisations are part of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), which is hosting a conference in Sheffield on 14 July to allow DPOs to “take stock” of the new government, and its likely policy implications.The conference will also examine lessons from the last 10 years of campaigning and working for disability equality, plan strategies for implementing the UNCRPD, and look at how to strengthen ROFA itself.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said: “Disabled people have been hit harder than most by austerity.“We have seen the hard-won progress towards our equality and inclusion systematically undermined and weakened by a plethora of cuts that are stripping away our quality of life, dignity and independence.  “Meeting these 17 demands will begin to restore fairness and justice for disabled people and mark the moment government starts working with us and not against us.”A DPAC spokesperson added: “Over the past five years, disabled people’s human rights have been systematically destroyed by vicious and unjust ConDem policies.“We are now asking for these demands to be met within the first 100 days of a new government to start the long road to reclaiming those rights and to begin to rebuild our lives.”Meanwhile, 100 disabled people have published an “open letter to the UK”, warning that “if the Conservative Party was to form the next government, either our own lives or the lives of others in our community would be in profound danger”.They point to the “constant stream of propaganda” from the Conservatives which implies that disabled people are “fraudulent scroungers”.Among the Conservative policies they say have harmed disabled people are cuts to legal aid; the closure of the Independent Living Fund; cuts to disability living allowance and the move to its working-age replacement, personal independence payment; the “aggressive sanctions and workfare regime”; the “bedroom tax”; cuts to social care and Access to Work; and the closure of the Access to Elected Office fund.They add: “The overall feeling of disabled people after five years of these dishonest and abusive polices is fear and anxiety.”Among those signing the letter are leading bloggers, activists, actors, students, academics, artists, writers and musicians.last_img read more

31
Jul
2019

Marshall Elementary parents defend teacher accused of child abuse

first_img 0% But parents of Marshall Elementary say his departure has thrown the community into dismay, as Tobar was regarded as someone who went beyond his duties as a teacher to help students and their families. On Tuesday morning, parents and former students gathered outside the school in protest. “It came as a shock, because he was one of our best teachers at this school,” said Astrid Bonilla outside the school Wednesday afternoon. “A lot of parents feel the same.” Bonilla, whose son attends the school, said that many parents in the Mission knew Tobar, largely because of how helpful he was outside the classroom. Bonilla recalled a time when she asked him to stay with her son at school because was running an hour late. He stayed, she said. “Who else does that?” she said. “I haven’t met anyone at this school that would be willing to do that.” Bonilla also said that she and other parents have not seen evidence of Tabor’s alleged crime and remain skeptical of the charges. “It seems unfair,” she said. “From that little action, his reputation has been ruined.” Erin Perusse, whose son attends Marshall Elementary, feels the same. “This is a situation through hysteria has been blown out of proportion,” Perusse said. “Now someone’s real life and career is being ruined.” “When you’re a teacher like him and you have your picture put on the news as a person who is endangering children, your career is over and your face in the community is changed,” she continued. “I take that really seriously, and we all should.” Perusse believes the alleged incident may have looked bad, but in the end it was only “roughhousing.” “Someone saw and thought it looked bad,” she said. Jose Orozco, whose two children attend the elementary school, said that Tobar was well-known and liked at the school, but that the situation is complicated. “If it had been my child, I don’t know know how I’d react,” he said. Beth Clendenin has three kids who attend the school. “It was a bad judgment call,” Clendenin said of Tobar’s alleged actions. “But it was just meant in a playful and affectionate way.” “It’s hard to believe the charges will be sustained,” she added. “Our greatest hope as parents is that he’ll come back to the school.” Christine Pineda said her daughter joined Tobar’s class in October. “I didn’t think he was going to get my daughter up to speed and he did. He got my daughter up to speed within a month of his arrival.” Pineda explained that her husband is not with her and her daughter because of immigration issues, and that Tobar provided extra support for both of them in a time of family transition. “It was very vital to find someone … to be an extra support,” she said. “He helped make that transition copable.”Pineda said she began helping in Tobar’s class after her daughter joined. “He always gives advice to kids — good advice to kids,” she said. “He’s the kind of person who’s always making sure the kids are well.” She added that watching him teach has had a profound effect on her. “He inspired me to become a teacher,” she said. “And it’s very disheartening to be someone who’s about to start in this role and to have situations like this happening — where you feel like, ‘Hey, do I want to get into this?’” Pineda said that the second floor is not the best place play around and lift up a child. But “I don’t believe the allegations that he pulled a Michael Jackson,” she said, referring to an incident when the pop star dangled one of his children over a balcony. “Everyone’s sharing the same sentiment that we want him back,” she said. “Not only as a parent myself, but also a member of the community which is Marshall Elementary. We want him back.” Tags: marshall elementary school Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Parents of Marshall Elementary School are going to bat for a teacher who was arrested on Tuesday for alleged child abuse. They say he was a pillar of the community and the charges against him have been blown out of proportion. On Tuesday just before noon, Andres Tobar, a longtime kindergarten teacher at Marshall Elementary School turned himself into the San Francisco Police Department. He was booked in the county jail for felony child endangerment and abuse. He has been released on bail and will be arraigned Feb. 5. In December, Tobar was placed on administrative leave after he was allegedly seen cradling a child over a second-story balcony at the school. Earlier this month, SFPD opened an investigation into the incident, which ultimately led to Tuesday’s arrest. last_img read more

31
Jul
2019

After 14 years SFs Little Paper Planes to close

first_imgLittle Paper Planes, among the most “Instagrammable” boutiques on Valencia Street, will be closed by July after five years on the corridor and more than a decade online. “I can’t do it any longer,” said Kelly Jones, the store’s owner. Sales have declined in the last two years, and Jones said she is ready to turn the page. “San Francisco doesn’t support art and small businesses anymore,” she said. Little Paper Planes, with its handmade art, apparel and jewelry, was never short of foot traffic, but Jones said that didn’t exactly translate into revenue. “I think people just like to take pictures here for Instagram,” she said. 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address “People love the store, but at the end of the day they’re not supporting us,” she said. “We can’t survive on people saying they like us.”    Jones, 40, started her store 14 years ago online after she graduated from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Five years ago, she moved into her storefront on 20th and Valencia streets.“All of this was built upon the idea of supporting artists,” she said. There is, however, a silver lining for Jones. Come July, she plans to teach art at an elementary school in Los Angeles and focus on her own artwork. Since January, she has been hosting after-school programs geared toward art, and that’s partly what gave her the idea. Jones will move to Los Angeles with her 2½-year-old son and her husband, an art preparator at SFMOMA. “San Francisco is not friendly to people who don’t make a lot of money,” she said. Working the back of her store on Thursday afternoon, she told Mission Local that she worried about retail on Valencia and throughout the city. “I know a handful of small businesses on the street that are struggling,” she said. Just last month, Mission De Flores shuttered its last store. “There’s no future in retail in San Francisco,” its owner Steven Rubenfaer said shortly before the closing. “It’s a very unfriendly environment.”When Jones made her announcement on Instagram on Wednesday, fans and patrons lamented its closing. “When I first got the internet and a computer I discovered LPP and it was one of my first bookmarks I ever did,” wrote Eliza Lozano. “It was definitely one of the first small shops I knew of that gave me an idea of what I wanted to do with art and my work.” “So saddened by this news,” wrote Claire McGibbon. But, she added, “I have a feeling the next chapter will be just as creative as the last … ” Tags: Business • valencia Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

31
Jul
2019

Mission landlords miss earthquake retrofit deadline for 50 buildings

first_imgOwners of more than 300 properties across San Francisco have missed the final deadline to start an earthquake-retrofit project required under the city’s Soft Story Mandatory Retrofit program. Fifty of those buildings are in the Mission.Buildings that are not in compliance have been plastered with warning signs reminding owners and alerting tenants and visitors that the structure is in violation of the ordinance and at risk of collapse in an earthquake.The buildings not in compliance represent just 7 percent of the structures citywide that the program identified as requiring retrofits. But, given the danger that these buildings present to occupants in an earthquake, program officials are pushing to get every last building upgraded.“An earthquake can come anytime. It could happen tonight,” said Tom Hui, director of the San Francisco Department of Building Inspections. “Ninety-three percent is very good,” but full compliance is necessary to protect the public. The 93 percent of buildings that have so far complied have met deadlines to file permits or complete work. Deadlines were staggered across four tiers of properties, beginning in 2015. More than half are currently finished with construction. (Here in the Mission, 92 percent of identified problematic buildings met the deadline to comply).Sept. 15, 2018, was the deadline for owners of the fourth and final tier of properties to pull permits for their retrofitting projects. Tier 4 properties — which include multi-story structures with five or more dwellings and a ground-floor commercial space — have until September 2020 to complete the retrofit. In the Mission, 225 properties meet Tier 4 criteria; all but 29 met the Sept. 15 deadline.Just under 600 Mission District buildings across all tiers were identified as needing retrofits. These buildings are all listed on the soft story program website, where anyone can check on the compliance status of any building that requires retrofit.Since the September deadline passed, the Department of Building Inspections has begun a code enforcement process to encourage remaining Tier 4 property owners to comply.Hui said that in addition to the signs posted on non-complying buildings, warning letters have been sent to owners. His department is also scheduling hearings with those owners. Any who do not submit a timeline for complying with the program will receive an order of abatement, which officially records that code violations remain on a property. This adds costs and prevents an owner from doing other work or selling their property before correcting the recorded violations.When the soft story retrofit program launched in 2013, nearly 5,000 properties across the city were identified as needing the work, which is meant to shore up buildings especially susceptible to damage in an earthquake.The targeted buildings — all multi-story wood-frame structures with five or more dwellings, permitted for construction before 1978 — are especially vulnerable because of their “soft story” lower level.Soft story structures feature lower levels with large windows or other openings on the outside of the building and large open spaces inside, such as garages, retail spaces, and more. With fewer partition walls, the lower level is weaker and more flexible than the upper stories, and cannot support the movement of its more rigid upper levels in an earthquake. A city-ordered seismic analysis estimates that a quarter of these buildings would collapse in a strong earthquake. Modern building codes adopted in 1978 include architectural safeguards against this kind of vulnerability. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

31
Jul
2019

SAINTS went back to the top of the U19s league tab

first_imgSAINTS went back to the top of the U19s league table with a 36-12 victory over local rivals Warrington Wolves on Friday evening, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints did what their nearest rivals from over Billinge Lump couldn’t do in beating the Wolves.Danny Richardson was in sparkling form with a personal haul of 20 points to lead from the front.In contrast to previous weeks the game plan was executed to perfection giving the Saints every chance to down their rivals.But what they could take forward was the defensive strength of the last few displays and this was what the Wolves couldn’t break down.Another 40 minutes without a blemish on the scoreboard gave another indication of the determination of the team to win games.Richardson’s brace coupled with yet another from Regan Grace gave the Saints a three score cushion at the interval and three further scores from Captain Joe Ryan and both hookers Aaron Smith and Josh Eaves was enough to give the Saints the win.The internal battle between the Saints three hookers, Smith, Eaves and Jonah Cunningham, is one to watch in itself as they battle for the usual two spots in Saints U19s side.A big game off the bench from Liam Cooper coupled with typical displays from Levy Nzoungou and Mr Perpetual Motion himself Morgan Knowles, gave the Saints the edge.Another bruising battle is anticipated next Saturday as the Saints face the Castleford Tigers for the third time this season and another big display will be required to keep the Saints at the top.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Danny Richardson 2, Regan Grace, Aaron Smith, Joe Ryan, Josh Eaves.Goals: Danny Richardson 6.Warrington Wolves U19s:Tries: Declan Kay, Yoan Neue.Goals: Morgan Smith.Half Time: 18-0Full Time: 36-12Teams:Saints:18. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 20. Matty Fleming, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Lewis Fairhurst; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Phil Atherton, 16. Liam Cooper, 17. Matty Lees.Warrington:1. Jack Johnson; 2. Declan Kay, 28. Toby King, 3. Charlie Phythian, 15. David Foggin-Johnson; 6. Morgan Smith, 7. Harry Rearden; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Reece Brunt, 14. Robert Holroyd, 11. Alex Whalley, 12. Nathan Ainsworth, 13. Pat Moran. Subs: 5. Ben Stansfield, 16. Ellis Gillam, 20. Andy Philbin, 22. Yoan Neue.last_img read more

30
Jul
2019

Kure Beach Town Hall relocating during construction

first_img The building inspector’s office, finance department, administration and recreation department will move to the trailers. The police department staff will also move there during construction.The fire department staff will remain in the existing fire station.The town says there is not a confirmed relocation date, but they expect it to be mid-December. The date will be announced once all utilities are connected and the temporary site is ready.Related Article: Couple finds large Civil War artillery on Kure BeachThe mailing address for the town will not change and current phone numbers will remain the same.The project will expand the existing town hall building on the east, south, and north sides to add office and storage space, renovate the existing police station and fire station for future use by the police staff and construct a new fire station in a vacant lot adjacent to the town hall complex.This project is expected to take between ten and twelve months. KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A project to expand the town hall building and renovate the police and fire stations in Kure Beach is set to being next month.During construction, staff will relocate to construction trailers located in the Fort Fisher Recreation Area at the south end of town.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30
Jul
2019

Coast Guard wants input on safety zone for delivery construction of new

first_img Vessels would not be allowed into the zone unless they were authorized by the captain of the port.The Coast Guard is taking public input on the zone until February 12. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard is looking for input as the North Carolina State Port prepares for the delivery of two new cranes.The Coast Guard is looking to create a temporary safety zone on the the Cape Fear River to control boat traffic while the post-panamax cranes are delivered and put together.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30
Jul
2019

Parliament starts legislative process on Venice Commission recommendations

first_img SharePrint The government started the legislative process towards the implementation of the recommendation from the Venice Commission on Monday. Minister for Justice Owen Bonnici presented the proposed amendments in parliament for the first reading.A press release from the Ministry for Justice also stated that it is committed to see that the amendments in the law regarding the Office of the Attorney General will go through the whole process and be incorporated before the Summer holidays.The aim of this amendment is to detach the civil and prosecutory functions of the office.Further details on the amendments may be read in Maltese here.WhatsApp <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

30
Jul
2019

Watch Pope Francis calls for an end to the conflict in Libya

first_imgPope Francis called for an end to the conflict and bloodshed which has ravaged Libya for these past years.Pope Francis made this appeal for peace during his traditional Easter message and the Urbi et Orbi blessing from the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica.The Pope said that defenseless people are dying in Libya with families being forced to abandon their homes. He encouraged the parties involved to opt for dialogue over force and to avoid opening wounds left by decades of conflict and political instability.According to the Pope, parts of the African continent are rife with  “rife with social tensions, conflicts and at times violent forms of extremism that leave in their wake insecurity, destruction and death.”Syria and the Middle EastThe Pontiff spoke about the situation in Syria which faces an ongoing conflict and said that there is a risk that people will become resigned and indifferent.““Now is instead the time for a renewed commitment for a political solution able to respond to people’s legitimate hopes for freedom, peace and justice, confront the humanitarian crisis and favor the secure re-entry of the homeless, along with all those who have taken refuge in neighboring countries, especially Lebanon and Jordan.”The Pope said that today the Church will be renewing the proclamation made by the first disciples that Jesus is risen. Addressing youths, he said that “Christ is alive.”The Pope prayed for the light of Easter to illuminate all government leaders “beginning with the Israelis and Palestinians,” and lead them to pursue a future of peace and stability.Sudan and South SudanThe Pontiff said he was thinking of Sudan, a country which he referred to as one which is presently experiencing political uncertainty. Recently he kissed the feet of South Sudanese dignitaries following his speech welcoming their peace agreement.In his Easter message, the Pope said that he hopes that all voices will be heard to find the required development and well being.Regarding Eastern Ukraine, the Pope prayed for Easter to bring comfort to its people. He prayed for initiatives of humanitarian aid and for efforts towards peace.Venezuelan people are lacking minimal conditions to dignified life – Pope“I think in particular of the Venezuelan people, of all those who lack the minimal conditions for leading a dignified and secure life due to a crisis that endures and worsens. May the Lord grant that all those with political responsibilities may work to end social injustices, abuses and acts of violence, and take the concrete steps needed to heal divisions and offer the population the help they need.”The Pope usually delivers his To The City and The World blessing twice a year – on Christmas Day and on Easter Sunday. This year, the Pontiff mentioned Libya, Syria, eastern Ukraine, Yemen, Israel and Palestine, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, South Sudan, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Pope Francis prayed for the Lord to turn people into builders of bridges and not of walls. “May the one who gives us his peace end the roar of arms,” said the Pope.At the conclusion of his address, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the Christian Community in Sri Lanka. Easter Day bomb blasts at three churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.Today we contemplate the empty tomb of Christ and we hear the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid! He is risen!” #Easter— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 21, 2019WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

30
Jul
2019

Afobe plays musical chairs with Stoke and Wolves

first_imgGenerated by IJG JPEG LibraryGenerated by IJG JPEG Library Stoke secured the services of Benik Afobe, two days after Wolverhampton Wanderers bought him from Bournemouth for the sum of £10 million.This means that Wolves have managed to make an overnight profit of £2 million after Stoke were willing to invest £12 million for the striker.Stoke also signed to Nigerian Oghenekaro Etebo, who spent the second part of last season with Las Palmas in Spain. Meanwhile Wolves will fill Afobe’s place with Mexican Raul Jimenez who joined on-loan from Benfica.Wolves, who will be making their return to the Premier League, have a chance to permanently sign the 27-year-old player for around £30 million after yearlong loan ends.Stoke secured the services of Benik Afobe, two days after Wolverhampton Wanderers bought him from Bournemouth for the sum of £10 million.This means that Wolves have managed to make an overnight profit of £2 million after Stoke were willing to invest £12 million for the striker.Stoke also signed to Nigerian Oghenekaro Etebo, who spent the second part of last season with Las Palmas in Spain. Meanwhile Wolves will fill Afobe’s place with Mexican Raul Jimenez who joined on-loan from Benfica.Wolves, who will be making their return to the Premier League, have a chance to permanently sign the 27-year-old player for around £30 million after yearlong loan ends.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more