A disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000

first_imgA disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000 people to put their names to a new campaigning charter, in order to pressure health bosses and politicians into improving England’s much-criticised wheelchair services.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson posed for pictures outside parliament in a wheelbarrow this week (pictured, right) to highlight how many disabled people are being provided with inadequate wheelchairs by the NHS.The retired Paralympian and now crossbench peer was at the House of Lords with other members of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance (WLA) – which was set up with NHS England funding – to launch a new Wheelchair Charter.The charter asks service-users, wheelchair-providers, charities, NHS commissioners, healthcare professionals and members of the public to pledge their support for 10 key principles that the alliance believes could transform the service for the 1.2 million wheelchair-users in England.But Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service that the alliance’s new Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign needed the support of thousands of people in order to persuade MPs, ministers and England’s new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to act.She said: “We are asking people to write to their MPs and to their CCGs. If we could get half the CCGs to be discussing wheelchair services at board level, that would [lead to] an improvement in services.”But she said the ideal outcome would be for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to agree to include strict standards for wheelchair services in the next NHS Mandate, the annual agreement that describes what the government expects from the NHS.She said: “We can’t force NHS England to take up recommendations. We need enough evidence and support to get wheelchair services into the NHS mandate.“At the moment, every area can operate their wheelchair services differently.”Baroness Grey-Thompson, who chairs the alliance, now plans to seek backing from health teams across political parties.Those who sign up to the charter pledge their commitment to principles including: regular reviews with the wheelchair-user; prescriptions which take into account “current and future needs”; the time from referral to wheelchair delivery to be within 18 weeks, with “further substantial improvements by 2016-17”; and “equality of access and provision for all, irrespective of age or postcode and including essential user skills training as standard”.Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “For too long, wheelchair services have been inadequate and it is time that wheelchair-users are listened to and provided a proper service, rather than being marginalised.“The huge variation in quality of services across the UK is astounding, and means a huge proportion of wheelchair-users are left immobilised, frustrated and ignored.“Now we want to get this issue on the radar of people who can influence change and also get them behind the campaign by urging them to pledge their support to the charter.”Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, who chairs the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme (CECOPS), said he feared the charter would not be strong enough to force improvement.He said that what was needed was “a proper, centralised wheelchair service” with strict standards.He said: “It’s a nice pledge list, set on the most basic level, but it does not impose standards, it does not guarantee a good service.”He said there was nothing in the charter about the vital issue of funding, and improvements would not be possible without resources.Sir Bert applied for a new wheelchair through his local wheelchair service in February, and will not receive it until October.He said: “That is just a little bit faster than making a baby, which I suspect is more complicated.”Liam Dwyer, a wheelchair-user who has previously been critical of NHS England’s wheelchair services improvement programme, said the charter was “something that every wheelchair user should want to see”, but he said that “if NHS England and the CCGs don’t get behind it we will have no change”.Dwyer was one of the disabled people asked to attend the first of two NHS England wheelchair summits, in February 2014. The second summit, last November, led to the leadership alliance being set up.He said: “We need hundreds of wheelchair users in front of Westminster if it doesn’t work this time. And I’d only give NHS England until October to give us their intentions.”An NHS England spokesman said it supported the charter, but could not say whether CCGs would sign up to it.Rosamond Roughton, NHS England’s director of commissioning operations, said: “NHS England absolutely shares the ambition of the [WLA] that wheelchair-users and their families should be supported to lead full, independent and active lives.“For the first time ever we have set up a rigorous data collection mechanism, and our work to both pilot a tariff for wheelchairs and support commissioners will also help implementation of the charter locally.”The new set of data will contain information on how many wheelchairs are provided, how much is being spent across the country, and service-users’ experience of wheelchair services.Personal health budgets (PHBs) are now being rolled out across England, and NHS England also plans to encourage CCGs to explore the possible use of PHBs to obtain wheelchairs, in a bid to provide more choice and control over services.And NHS England will support up to three areas to redesign and improve their wheelchair services, and then make that knowledge and evidence available to other areas.The charter and campaign is only the latest in a series of efforts dating back 30 years to improve a service which struggles with lengthy waiting-lists and leaves many disabled people without the right wheelchairs.last_img read more

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Grassroots disabled peoples organisations DPOs

first_imgGrassroots disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have criticised the government’s decision to exclude them from an event held to launch its new work, health and disability green paper.The event for “stakeholders” was hosted by the disability charity Scope at its London headquarters, and attended by Penny Mordaunt (pictured), the minister for disabled people.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said in its invitation – it turned down a request from Disability News Service (DNS) to attend – that the event would “start the consultation period” on its green paper, Improving Lives.It said that it was “launching a new conversation with disabled people and people with health conditions, their representatives, healthcare professionals and employers”. But DWP has refused to say how many disabled people’s user-led organisations were invited to the event, and instead suggested that DNS submit a freedom of information request to find out.But DNS has confirmed that some of the most prominent user-led organisations with the strongest links to disabled people were not invited to the launch, including Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Equal Lives, People First (Self Advocacy) and Disabled People Against Cuts.Ellen Clifford, campaigns manager for Inclusion London, said: “Inclusion London were disappointed by the apparent absence of grassroots Deaf and disabled people’s organisations from the invitations to attend the launch event of the green paper at Scope on Tuesday.“Failings in the implementation of welfare reform have led to avoidable deaths and caused considerable harm to Deaf and disabled people.“By side-lining the voices of people who are experts in what is actually happening on the ground, the government will continue to make policy decisions that are ill-informed and fail to meet their stated aims while growing the inequality gap and creating misery and distress.”DPAC said the lack of an invite to the Scope-hosted event shows “yet another of the big corporate charities selling out the people they claim to represent and sucking up to a government that in the words of Ken Loach has perpetrated ‘conscious cruelty’ on disabled people”.Andrew Lee, People First’s director of policy and campaigns, pointed out that only about seven per cent of people with learning difficulties had jobs. He said: “At People First, all paid jobs are held by people with learning difficulties (with support). “With this in mind, I am very disappointed that a national user-led organisation such as People First (Self Advocacy) was not invited to this launch event, as we are one of the organisations with the best understanding about the barriers we face in employment. “Committees from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have come to People First for expert evidence in a range of inquiries, such as [those investigating] the Equality Act 2010 and more recently disability and the built environment. “However, when it comes to employment it would seem that we have been left out in more ways than one.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the failure to invite his organisation and other DPOs showed the government did not see them as stakeholders.He said the green paper was “a massive smokescreen to divert people’s attention away from deaths and suicides that the work capability assessments and sanctions have created”.He added: “[The Ken Loach film] I, Daniel Blake has shone a spotlight on it beyond the disability movement and those that really understand what is going on.“It’s a desperate PR exercise and Scope and Mind [which has also been criticised this week for its closeness to DWP] are colluding and collaborating in this con.”Becki Meakin, general manager of Shaping Our Lives, added: “As host to a national network of user-led organisations, Shaping Our Lives was disappointed not to have been invited to the launch.“We welcome opportunities to support grassroots, user-led organisations who offer many different types of support to disabled people seeking employment.“It is essential that capacity is provided to enable these groups of people with lived experience to influence this policy and we hope that at a time when user-groups are threatened by funding cuts that they will not be overlooked.”A DWP spokeswoman declined to say how many DPOs attended the launch, but said: “The invite list reflected the need for stronger integration between health and work, which is a key theme in the green paper.“This included service-users, disability charities, voluntary sector representatives, employers, and health stakeholders.“One attendee represents over 80 disability charities, many of whom are service-user led.“Over the coming weeks we will be engaging with disabled people, people with health conditions, and the organisations that represent them through a range of communication channels so that we can effectively capture their views.”last_img read more

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Top Labour figures have called for Tory minister M

first_imgTop Labour figures have called for Tory minister Mark Field to be sacked after he was accused of assault.In a video posted online, the MP for Cities of London and Westminster and current Foreign Office minister for Asia and the Pacific is seen pushing a climate activist against a wall and grabbing her by the back of the neck.Field has claimed he was worried that the female protester, who carries only a purse, might have been armed at the black-tie event, according to the BBC.He has apologised to the woman for “grabbing her” and referred himself to the Cabinet Office for an investigation.The incident on Thursday night took place after climate crisis protesters interrupted Chancellor Philip Hammond’s annual Mansion House speech on the economy at a dinner in the City.City of London Police said: “We have had a number of third-party reports of a possible assault. These are being looked into.”In this longer version of the video, you can see the woman apparently posing no immediate threat as she passes behind Mark Field. He marches her out of the room by her neck. I wasn’t there, so I can’t say she didn’t pose a risk, but it looks heavy handed. pic.twitter.com/zX2BtcPW4t— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) June 20, 2019Dawn Butler, Labour’s equalities spokesperson, tweeted: “This is horrific… This appears to be assault. He must be immediately suspended or sacked. Due to Violence against women.”Tonia Antoniazzi, who sits on the women and equalities committee, tweeted: “Mark Field should resign and be arrested. I don’t care in what order. No one who reacts like this to a peaceful protest should be sitting in our parliament.”Steven Saxby, Labour’s candidate set to challenge Field in the marginal seat at the next election, tweeted: “Unacceptable! I’m sure constituents will share my alarm at this behaviour from our current MP, #MarkField. Shocking use of violence on a peaceful, climate protestor. #ByElectionNow“Labour MP and shadow minister Clive Lewis tweeted: “Mark Field – MP, in effect, for the Corporation of London. An ancient, vastly rich and powerful anachronism much like the Mansion House Speech itself. A constituency where businesses in the square mile get almost double the votes of ordinary residents. This is vested power.”Opposition frontbencher Louise Haigh retweeted Ayesha Hazarika: “Why hasn’t he been sacked yet? If @Jeremy_Hunt wants to be PM, he needs to make decisions swiftly. His team will have seen it. This is disgusting thuggery. All on camera. No excuses. And it’s actually not that difficult an issue. Unless you’re cool with violence against women.”Labour Party chair Ian Lavery tweeted: “This is totally unacceptable in any walk of life. Mansion house or high street pub! @BrandonLewis @Conservatives Do the right thing !!”Update, 1.15pm: Field has been suspended as a minister. A 10 Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister has seen the footage and she found it very concerning.”Asked what he made of the video earlier today, Jeremy Hunt said: “I think it’s not for me to make a judgement because I wasn’t there to appreciate the context.”Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General commented: “While it is a relief that Mark Field has been suspended from government, he must be suspended from the Conservative Party and the whip pending the disciplinary process and any police investigation following criminal complaints.“The distressing camera footage clearly demonstrates that the minister was not acting in self-defence and “acting instinctively” is no defence if your instincts come from a sense of entitlement and violent disdain for a young woman engaged in peaceful protest at a political event.“Jeremy Hunt, Mark Field’s boss, has refused to condemn his actions and Boris Johnson remains silent. We have a right to know what the candidates to be our next Prime Minister think about the actions of a Foreign Minister, who should be setting a better example in relation to the treatment of women and protesters on the world stage.”Tags:Labour /Dawn Butler /Steven Saxby /Mark Field /last_img read more

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Developments in Development High and Low

first_img 0% Talk about unaffordable. A single condo (albeit a huge one) at the former Allied Box Company at 2169 Folsom Street just went on the market for …you may want to sit down for this… $5.5 million. Whew. Curbed has the story, and photos, on that one.Meanwhile, Mayor Ed Lee has just joined basically every other person ever in calling for the city to build more affordable housing. He is hoping to increase the mandatory portion of affordable housing in new developments way of a ballot measure in 2016.Lee has also decided to tackle homelessness by, well, creating a department on homelessness. The department will roll all the city’s existing homelessness-ending efforts (DPH programs, Project Homeless Connect, HOPE, and all the rest of ‘em) into one big lump, which has yet to receive a director or even a location. But they’re working on it, folks. Lee says the move was inspired by the success of the Navigation Center, which has moved some 250 people out of homelessness since it opened in April.At the same time, the Planning Commission tried to figure out what to do with a proposal by Supervisor Scott Wiener that would have exempted any project with 100% affordable housing (to people making 120% or less of the Area Median Income) from needing a Conditional Use permit. Those can take months to even get on the Commission’s calendar, let alone to be granted. Neighbors asked commissioners to stop and flesh out the proposal some more, while a handful of nonprofit developers wanted it to go on. Worth noting: Commissioners guessed that about two of the proposals that come before the Commission each year would actually be affected. Both a vote to delay the item and a vote to pass it on to the Board of Supervisors Land Use committee failed, meaning that it will now go forward anyway but with a recommendation for disapproval. More on that as events unfold. Tags: Developments in Development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Apart from pushing for more new affordable housing, the city is also opening new fronts in the battle against displacement. Most notably, the City Attorney today announced that he’s seeking a preliminary injunction against infamous multi-city landlord Ana Kihagi, who can probably be described in kindest terms as a bully. Or, as Herrera put it, a woman who has “a unique brand of tyrannical abuse.” The Chronicle has that story.Meanwhile, the business landscape is in constant flux. In the case of the 93-year-old Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, those rapid changes are sometimes attributable to the city’s affordability crisis. Here’s an update on the scoreboard of local business happenings:Closed: Rice Paper Scissors has closed its pop-up next to Brick and Mortar. They’ll make appearances every Thursday at the Mojo Bicycle Cafe, but for now are looking around for a permanent brick-and-mortar location.Soup dumpling and cocktail purveyor Chino is once again closed, but it’s for good this time.Apple Grocery Market’s storage location on Mission street has now been met with serious enforcement from the Department of Health, Capp Street Crap reports.Also in this category, though it isn’t strictly a closure: Blue Bottle and Tartine’s merger has been called off. The two successful businesses decided that their visions didn’t align, and that they would be better off moving forward separately.Opening: Gus’s Market grocery on 17th and Harrison, another branch of the markets run by the family that also operates the Haight Street Market and Noriega Produce.Expanding: Lyft is looking for a bigger office than its already pretty huge Mission headquarters, says the Business Times. Former Tacolicious (and Chino) chef Telmo Faria is eyeing a new restaurant in the Castro. La Cocina incubatee Bini’s Kitchen, known for its delicious tiny dumplings with sauce is slated to open a brick and mortar location on Market Street on Monday. And finally, Craftsman and Wolves is going to open a second location in Russian Hill. last_img read more

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Listen Local The Mission Community Market

first_img 0% Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00.Now in its new home at the Placita, the Mission Community Market has been around for seven years as the neighborhood’s farmers market. But it is more than just another place to buy produce. We talk with Jeremy Shaw, Board President for the market, and Audrey Roderick, who works with a youth program at the market called Urban Sprouts.We talk about the history of the market, how it’s changed over time, the addition of the new Placita, and some of the people who make the market not only a place to buy vegetables but a community hub.Listen to this episode below or check out older programs on our BFF archives. Tags: Events • food • mission community market • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SF Mission nonprofit MEDA eyes vacant lot at 22nd and Mission

first_img 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address Lou’s family bought the property on 22nd street in 1990 for around $4 million. When asked about the agreement, the nonprofit’s Director of Community real estate, Karoleen Feng, said in an email that MEDA has made “several” offers on the building, but “an agreement has yet to be reached.” “We currently have a new offer in for this lot and hope that will be accepted,” she said. She said that MEDA wants to build a 100 percent affordable housing development on the site.“MEDA’s goal is for the former residents and family-serving businesses — all displaced by the devastating January 2015 fire — to be able to return to their longtime homes, which is their legal right,” Feng said. The Mission-based nonprofit, which in only a few years has become a small real estate empire, received the first right to buy the property from Kevin R. Strain, a property owner who sold MEDA a building at the corner of 17th and Mission for $7.75 million. Strain granted MEDA the first right of refusal on that property before MEDA made the purchase in January. Hawk Lou, the embattled owner of the 22nd and Mission property — and who owns some 19 properties around the city with an assessed value of around $15.3 million — did not respond to Mission Local’s requests for comment.Disclosure: Mission Local rents office space from MEDA. It was also a tenant of the building destroyed in the 2015 fire.  Tags: development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The Mission Economic Development Agency is moving in on the vacant lot at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets — the site of a February 2015 fire that killed one person and displaced some 60 residents and businesses. The damaged building has since been demolished, leaving a rare — and very large — empty piece of land that is ripe for development on one of the neighborhood’s busiest corridors. In January, MEDA signed an agreement that gave it the “first right of refusal” on the property — meaning that the owner of the property, Hawk Lou, cannot sell the property before giving MEDA the opportunity to match the offer. Neither side offered details of their ongoing negotiations, but in August 2015, Lou was considering a $20 million offer that then fell through. last_img read more

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Dayvon Hann is just the latest black child robbed of his life

first_imgHe was 15 years old. Fifteen years old is an outrageous age to die. Fifteen years old is an outrageous age to have your life taken away from you — while walking through your own ostensible neighborhood. Mission Local published this story by By Annie Berman and Aleka Kroitzsh, headlined “Shooting at 24th and Capp leaves child dead; police come up empty in vehicular pursuit,” hours after Hann’s death. And readers were, in fact, outraged. But not for the reasons you might think.  “Fifteen is the age of consent in a lot of places. Using the word child is unprofessional … ” “Why does this headline say ‘child’ instead of ‘teen’ or something? No ‘child’ is hanging out at the 24th street BART station after midnight.”“If the purpose is to convey information to readers, using the term child is simply sensationalistic. Stating that a child was killed connotes an innocent bystander, while that stating a 15 year old was shot in a barrage of gun fire connotes an event that was likely more targeted. Please, you’re not helping the youth of the Mission with this kind of reporting.”I wrote that headline. Now, this ain’t about me, but let’s take a second here to note that I have been a professional journalist for 25 years and have three kids of my own. So do consider that background when offering me journalistic advice regarding how to cover children and children’s untimely deaths. I can’t imagine the pain of burying your own child. Seeing him cold and dead on a slab, wearing the same clothes he wore out of the house that morning. I don’t like to dwell on it. But, God forbid, if this did come to pass, I would not have to deal with the input of anonymous pedants laying down semantic minefields regarding whether or not my child was a child — and stating, overtly or not, that he surely had a hand in his own death simply by virtue of the fact that he died violently. That’s because my children are white. If a white kid with a name befitting a 1950s TV character was shot down in the Mission, I don’t think people would be hunting down multiple dictionary definitions of what constitutes a “child” or an “adolescent” or a “minor” — which is, no joke, something Jeffrey Epstein did to redefine his drive to have sex with children into something other than child sex. It is not “sensationalistic” nor “unprofessional” to describe a child as a child. Terms like “teen” or “juvenile” reframe the story and add connotations that can easily be molded into the preordained narrative applied to every instance of a minority child being shot to death.  “If he’s 15, now he’s a ‘juvenile’ and not a ‘child.’ ‘Juvenile’ implies what it implies,” explains James Taylor, a USF political science professor with a focus on religious, racial, and ethnic history. “‘Juvenile justice. Juvenile delinquency.’ Rarely is ‘juvenile’ used positively anywhere.” Taylor is a professor. His wife is a law-enforcement officer. Their children, ages 13, 11 and 9, live in the Oakland hills. They’re doing well. But he knows that, should the unthinkable occur, even these kids growing up in this environment will be shoehorned into the tried-and-true narrative of cyclical violence in the black community, in which everybody is guilty by association. “How you use terms and how they are applied to victims matters,” Taylor continues. “And this is a child who is a victim. He is only a victim. I am a black father and this could be my own son. And if he were my own son, he would be an innocent child. So I am giving this child the benefit of the doubt.” But that’s not what happens when black children die.  When the shots rang out, five or six in quick succession — POP POP POP POP POP POP — people assumed they were fireworks. It was shortly after midnight on Monday at 24th and Capp, and the Mission does love its July fireworks. It wasn’t fireworks. A neighbor glanced out his window. He saw men scurrying off and, prone on the sidewalk, the tiny figure of Day’von “Day Day” Hann in a puddle of blood. The neighbor called an ambulance and ran down the stairs. He held Hann’s hand and told him help was on the way. And, for what it’s worth, that was true. Hann was alive, but not responsive. If he heard anything, if he took any comfort in these moments — his last — he didn’t register it. He died right there on the pavement, not so far from his home in the Mission-Bernal area. By the time paramedics arrived, all they could do was apply CPR in a pro forma manner and cover Hann’s body.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img “Given that he was at 24th and Mission after midnight, questions about gangs and crime seem entirely appropriate. If he was coming home from the late shift at his summer job at Mitchell’s someone would have mentioned it, no? Can we be honest?”Yes. Let’s be honest. Despite connotations that any “teen” or “juvenile” out in the Mission in the wee hours was up to no good and obviously had it coming, violent crime rates in this and nearly every city  are a fraction of what they were a generation ago. “Helicopter parenting” is a thing now, but it wasn’t then. And, back then, the nation’s violent crime rates were more than double what they are now. You wouldn’t know about it based on how news stories are written and framed, but San Francisco doesn’t even crack the nation’s Top-100 most dangerous cities, as measured by violent crime per capita. A lot of Mayberry-type towns do, though. Chicago, which Donald Trump claimed “there are those who say” is worse than Afghanistan, cracks the list at No. 91. Muskogee, Okla. — a place where even squares can have a ball; we still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse; and white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all — is nearly 30 slots higher, at No. 62. So, that’s a fact. But Day’von Hann had an apostrophe in his name. And that’s a fact, too. “There is no black innocence,” Taylor says. “When you are a victim, it’s almost like a sort of twist on double jeopardy. You become involved in the community’s violence; the act of being shot makes you connected to ‘urban violence.’ The particulars of your innocence are trivial. You were there where the violence was and these communities were long ago dismissed as ‘bad neighborhoods.’” The presumption of culpability and guilt attached to young people of color like Hann does not tend to apply to white youths. Studies have shown that law-enforcement officials perceive black children to be both older than and more likely guilty than white contemporaries.This is pervasive and systemic and transcends mere first impressions. How else to interpret why the black girl caught licking cartons of ice cream in a Texas Wal-Mart was initially threatened with a 20-year incarceration while a New Jersey judge argued that a white boy accused of rape deserved leniency because he hailed from “a good family?”Crime rates aren’t lower than they’ve ever been, but they’re far, far lower than they were even during the so-called “good times.” And yet people seem to be more scared than they’ve ever been. This month in Arizona, a white man stabbed a 17-year-old black boy in the neck at a Circle-K, killing him. The rationale? The boy was playing rap music, and the man said rap music makes him feel unsafe.I don’t know about you, but getting stabbed in the neck makes me feel unsafe.    Taylor sees all of this — the victim-blaming, the denial of innocence and youth, the pervasive fear in the face of quantitatively better crime numbers — as part of a continuum. “The way in which our political narratives function tend to give peace of mind to the portion of society that feels like it cannot wrestle with larger issues like urban violence or gun violence or youth violence,” he says. The people parsing the term “child” in a story about a brutal homicide “can sleep better at night living in a society where an innocent black boy is shot down like a dog in the street and the takeaway is ‘he’s older than you’re saying he is.’” In photos, Day’von “Day Day” Hann is quick to smile. He’s short and scrawny in a way only kids are and, seen through older eyes, appears to be in that transitional phase. He’s 15, at the cusp of moving from what he was to what he’d be. The man who held Day Day’s hand and tried to ease his pain didn’t ask his age. He learned from our story that Hann was just 15. “I sat with this young man as he died, in the dark, on the sidewalk,” wrote the neighbor. “I didn’t know his age, but my impression was, he was just a kid.” And he was.   Email Addresslast_img read more

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SAINTS have donated a signed ball and several shir

first_imgSAINTS have donated a signed ball and several shirts to the British Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan AppealCarmel Parr of the charity received the items from Merchandising Manager Steve Law recently.Senior Community Fundraiser Alexis Fairclough from Merseyside said: “The British Red Cross would like to thank all the players, staff and directors of St.Helens R.F.C. for the very generous donation of a signed Saints Rugby Ball and for the donation of St.Helens R.F.C rugby shirts to help raise money for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.The donated rugby shirts will be sold at British Red Cross shops across the UK and the money raised from the sale of the shirts will go directly to help the people affected by the disaster in the Philippines.”Steve Law added: “Following the terrible images we have seen of the devastation from the Philippines, Saints were delighted to be able to step in and help the charity with the initial request for a signed Saints ball.“We then approached the charity to offer a significant quantity of the residual shirt stock from last season.“The British Red Cross were happy to accept the offer of the shirts and assure us they would be most welcome and put to good use when they arrive.”last_img read more

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SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round Ten match at Warrington Wolves.Jack Ashworth and Jake Spedding are called up to the side while Joe Greenwood and Dominique Peyroux miss out through injury.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:3. Jordan Turner, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 17. Luke Thompson, 19. Theo Fages (pictured), 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 29. Ricky Bailey, 33. Jake Spedding.Tony Smith will choose his Warrington side from:1. Kurt Gidley, 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Ryan Atkins, 5. Matty Russell, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Jack Hughes, 13. Ben Westwood, 14. Joe Westerman, 18. George King, 20. Kevin Penny, 25. Joe Philbin, 26. Declan Patton, 29. Benjamin Jullien, 32. Jordan Cox.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

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TRAVIS Burns will join the Wynnum Manly Seagulls n

first_imgTRAVIS Burns will join the Wynnum Manly Seagulls next season.Currently on loan at Leigh Centurions, the half back believes it is the right time to return home.“It is the right time to move back home and take up a new challenge,” he said. “My wife and kids have followed me around Australia and the UK for several years and now it’s time to put them first.“I’d like to thank the Saints fans for their fantastic support – alongside Mike Rush and Eamonn McManus who have supported me and my family.“Nothing was too much trouble for them and for that I am most appreciative.“Naturally, it is a shame it didn’t work out at Saints but that is how rugby league goes sometimes and I am grateful for the opportunity.“I’d like to wish the club all the best for the rest of this season and the future.”Travis moved to Saints on a three-year contract from Hull KR for the 2015 season.He played 34 times for the club, scoring 72 points.Saints CEO Mike Rush added: “We’d like to wish Travis all the best for the rest of 2016 with the Centurions and with the Seagulls in 2017.“He was a dedicated professional whose experience proved vital to the younger members in our squad.”The Seagulls play in the Intrust Super Cup, a top level competition across Queensland.last_img read more

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