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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SAINTS make the short trip to Salford tonight to t

first_imgSAINTS make the short trip to Salford tonight to take on the Red Devils in a Round 7 Betfred Super League clash.The game kicks off at 8pm and you can follow it live with us.For all the very latest from the match log on to our Official Match Centre.You can interact with like-minded fans across the globe at our Official Facebook Page and don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter.#saintsasonelast_img

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The Airlie Birds come to the Totally Wicked Stadiu

first_imgThe Airlie Birds come to the Totally Wicked Stadium with the series between the two sides tied at one apiece.Saints were narrowly defeated at the KCOM Stadium earlier in the season – but recorded a huge 45-0 reverse at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle.Tickets for the clash, which kicks off ay 8pm on Friday, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.The game is also the decisive one in this year’s Steve Prescott Cup, with Hull currently holding the trophy.last_img read more

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Splash pad at Hugh MacRae Park opens for the season

first_imgKids were excited when the splash pad was started for the first time. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The splash pad at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington is now open for the season.New Hanover County Parks & Gardens announced the opening on Twitter Monday. Kids can cool off in the heat and have some fun in the splash pad from 9 a.m. until sunset daily from now through October.The splashpad at Hugh MacRae Park is OPEN for the season! Open Daily, 9am-sunset. pic.twitter.com/YlCeYu6aXx— NHC Parks & Gardens (@NHCParks) April 3, 2018- Advertisement –  The splash pad, a 2,700 square foot wet play area, features multiple easy-to-use water elements and is accessible for children of all ages and abilities, including those utilizing mobility devices.The feature opened for the first time in April 2017.A loaner water wheelchair will be available through Parks & Gardens for use by children whose mobility devices cannot tolerate moisture. You can request to use the water wheelchair by contacting the parks office at (910) 798-7275.Related Article: Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, PinPoint Restaurant nominated for ‘Southern Living’ contestlast_img read more

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Whiteville leaders optimistic about economic growth

first_img “It will add grant opportunities and also add some different components for downtown that Whiteville is seeking to improve the area,” Whiteville Planning Director Robert Lewis said during an interview on WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina.In addition, Lewis says the city is seeking a historic district recognition from the Office of Historic Preservation for two specific places in downtown Whiteville.“One area is off West Columbus Street where minority educators and teachers once lived and a second area is off Pickney Street where the city plans to extend to the downtown historic district,” Lewis said.Related Article: DOT repairs sinkhole on Princess Place Drive in WilmingtonNot only is it important to preserve these areas historically, Lewis says it will also help the city enhance marketing and tourism efforts to lure visitors.“I think as they pass through on [Highway] 701, maybe on your on the way to the beach, you pass a sign that says come check out historic Whiteville, if we can work to that designation of course, it really gives people a place to come and check out the area,” said Whiteville Economic Development Planner Sean Martin.Currently, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is doing a widening project of a Highway 701 in which Whiteville city leaders say will improve access in the area.“Highway 701 is the busiest highway that runs through the city, so widening that road will create a more urban environment and create some economic development opportunities for some new businesses to locate,” Martin said.In downtown Whiteville’s business district, the former Vineland Depot, built in 1903 and one of North Carolina’s original brick depots, has been renovated with space to host parties and special events.“I’ll be catering to the business owners there and looking forward to potential new business owners and their ideas,” Martin said. “We’d love to have any kind of event, we’d love to have any kind of wedding and it will be the center for our economic development moving forward.” Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — From the renovated Vineyard Depot to the widening of Highway 701, lots of things are taking place in Whiteville in which city leaders are optimistic will spark economic growth.After years of submitting applications, Whiteville was recently chosen as an “Associate Main Street” city by the N.C.  Dept. of Commerce. This is important because it means the city will now receive $50,000 in state funding to cover costs associated with planning and technical assistance for a downtown facelift.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Walmart deploys mobile pharmacy to Burgaw

first_imgMobile pharmacy headed to Burgaw following Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Walmart) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Health, Walmart has deployed its mobile pharmacy to Burgaw.This will assist a mobile hospital set up in Burgaw that is seeing patients who are in need of pharmacy services.- Advertisement – The mobile pharmacy trailer can fill up to 3,000 prescriptions per week.The trailer has a waiting area and a health services room for immunizations and consultations.The mobile pharmacy is setup in the Family Dollar parking lot at 220 W Wilmington Street in Burgaw (across from the Piggly Wiggly).Related Article: Baby who fought for survival in NICU now home for the holidaysHours starting Thursday are 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Man arrested in Wilmington stabbing

first_imgPolice respond to stabbing on South 7th Street on March 19, 2019 (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –A man is charged in a stabbing after the victim showed up in the emergency room at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Wilmington Police arrested Lamont Wortham, 29, on Tuesday night in connection to a stabbing that happened in the 600 block of South 7th Street.- Advertisement – Wortham is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.He is being held under a $50,000 bond. Police say the victim is in stable condition.Lamont Wortham (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.)last_img read more

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South Africa Samsung Works With Authorities To Clamp Down On Counterfeits

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics South Africa, a well-recognised global brand, is strengthening its pledge to fight against counterfeit goods through strategic collaborations with local authorities. This partnership will see raids happening in various places where it is suspected that counterfeit products are being sold.“It is our responsibility to ensure that we empower buyers to make safe and smart purchasing decisions. Besides being detrimental to the economy, counterfeit products and spares hurt consumers’ pockets in the long run, due to their inferior quality,” says Richard Chetty, Service Director at Samsung Electronics SA. “The easy accessibility of counterfeits means customers pay what they think is far less than the cost of an approved product or part. Unfortunately, these items come with a hidden price tag which few consumers are aware of until it is too late.”Chetty says, “Consumers need to know that buying authentic Samsung products and approved parts from authorised channels, such as the Samsung Brand Stores, leading retailers and South African network operators, ensures peace of mind and a 24 month warranty policy. In addition, users get access to Samsung’s full range of up-to-date and comprehensive technical and product support.” – Advertisement – “In contrast, counterfeit products are not covered by Samsung’s product warranty and therefore cannot be repaired or replaced. Also, software upgrades might not function optimally and the devices won’t work as efficiently.”Dealers not certified by Samsung cannot deliver any warranty and as such, consumers have to be careful when an online website offers a ‘deal’ that sounds too good to be true. The product may have quality and technical issues and the warranty policy might be void.“Genuine products and parts purchased through official channels carry benefits which outweigh the initial small cost saving of counterfeits. Consumers need to realise that the best way to save money, is to go the legal and approved retailer route,” concludes Chetty.last_img read more

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Meet Googles new CEO Indian born Sundar Pichai

first_imgGoogle’s new CEO, Sundar Pichai. Credit: Wikipedia Advertisement Google just announced some huge changes to its executive structure.Larry Page will run a completely new company called Alphabet, a collection of Google companies including Life Sciences, which manufactures glucose-sensing contact lenses, and Calico, which focuses on longevity. Sergey Brin will serve as Alphabet’s President. Former Chrome and Android head Sundar Pichai will be Google’s CEO. – Advertisement – Many are still unfamiliar with Google’s new chief executive, who first joined Google in 2004 and eventually worked his way up to be Page’s right-hand man.EducationOriginally from Tamil Nadu, one of India’s 29 states, Pichai studied at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, where he received a Bachelor of Technology.He then received a M.S. from Stanford and obtained an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, Pichai was honored as a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.Early CareerBefore his first job at Google, Pichai worked at Applied Materials as an engineer and then at McKinsey & Company in management consulting.In 2004, Pichai joined Google as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Google’s Chrome browser and operating system.Pichai quickly began to receive more responsibility, however, taking on involvement with various Google search products including Firefox, Google Toolbar, Desktop Search, Gadgets, and Google Gears and Gadgets.In September 2008, Pichai oversaw the successful launch of the Chrome web browser, and less than a year later, the web-based Chrome operating system for netbooks and desktop computers.Pichai added another Google division to his portfolio in 2012 after Google Apps head Dave Girouard departed to start his own company, Upstart.A year later, Pichai was put in charge of Android after Android co-founder and CEO Andy Rubin stepped down in March 2013.Throughout his time at Google, Pichai has developed a sterling reputation for being well-liked, leading Recode’s Kara Swisher to call his recent promotion “a definitive case of nice guys finish first.”Pichai demonstrated his team devotion while working under Marissa Mayer, who then was a key executive at Google. According to The Information’s Amir Efrati, Pichai “used to wait for hours outside her office to make sure that she gave his team solid work-performance scores.”In addition to his team management skills, Efrati notes that Pichai has also been known to throw his weight around when necessary. At his year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pichai reportedly “told Samsung’s mobile-products leader that Google was willing to ‘walk away’ from its enormous phone partnership with the company.”In October 2014, Google announced that Page would be stepping back to focus “on the bigger picture,” according to Recode, and that Pichai would take on a larger role as a result.Pichai took charge of Google’s core products, including search, maps, research, Google+, Android, Chrome, infrastructure, commerce and ads, and Google Apps.In a press release announcing Pichai’s new post as CEO Monday, Page wrote:“He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations.”last_img read more

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David Bowies Lazarus video breaks YouTube records

first_imgAdvertisement David Bowie’s videos have easily broken through records for the most watched ever, following the announcement of his death this week.Mr Bowie’s videos were watched 51 million times on January 11, when Mr Bowie’s family announced that he had died at 69. That means that it easily broke through the previous record — which was achieved by Adele on 23 October, when her single ‘Hello’ was released, when 36 million people.In all, views of Mr Bowie’s videos were up 5,198 per cent on January 11, compared with the seven days before — which had already included the release of a new single. – Advertisement – The total was helped in large part by Mr Bowie’s final single, Lazarus, and its accompanying video.That clip shows the singer in a hospital bed before he disappears into a cupboard. The song has the opening line “Look up here, I’m in heaven / I’ve got scars, that can’t be seen”.The track and the album it was taken from, Blackstar, have been described by producer and collaborator Tony Visconti as a “parting gift”.[Independent]last_img read more

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World Food Programme Launches Innovation Accelerator To Test Drive Hunger Solutions

first_imgUnited Nation World Food Programme (WFP) launched Innovation Accelerator to support identification, nurturing and scaling up technological solutions that will help to reach Sustainable Development Goal 2 on ending hunger by 2030. Image Credit: magazine-mn Advertisement The Innovation Accelerator combines internal WFP (World Food Program) staff with experts and entrepreneurs from across the private sector and civil society. Teams collaborate for 3 to 6 month periods on selected ideas that are either proposed by WFP innovators with first-hand field knowledge or crowd-sourced by engaging members of the general public.“Every day WFP and our partners work to meet the emergency food assistance needs of the world’s poorest, yet toughest people living in the most vulnerable places around the globe.  What we do is not enough to achieve our shared goal of ending hunger by 2030.  We must boldly seek new ideas, tools and solutions that make more food available, accessible and ultimately give every person everywhere the ability to feed her or his own children,” said Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director.Ertharin Cousin – WFP Executive Director. Image Credit: TimesofIsrael“We must capture the benefits of new technologies and the revolution in big data. WFP’s desire to collaborate like never before ensures that by working together we will transform how we serve, and the speed at which we deliver.  As a result, we will overcome the persistent challenges that even today keep generations locked in hunger and poverty,” she adds. – Advertisement – The world has made real progress by reducing the number of people suffering from hunger by 200 million since the 1990’s. Yet there are still 795 million people who do not receive enough food for an active healthy life.The Innovation Accelerator should be a key way to help reach Sustainable Development Goal 2 and end hunger by 2030.“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is ambitious and requires us to accelerate our current efforts,” said Dr. Gerd Mueller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany.“The WFP Innovation Accelerator will unlock the immense potential that German academia, research institutions, the private sector and the development community have to offer. Germany is currently the second-largest donor to WFP, and investing in innovation will increase the value of our financial contributions.”German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Frank Steinmeier, added, “Germany has provided a record €570 million (around 630.5 million USD or 2 trillion UGX ) for Syria and the region alone, but emergency aid on its own will not suffice.”“New approaches must be found if we want to ensure that nobody on our planet has to go hungry any more. To this end we need to enhance the links between humanitarian aid, business, research and civil society. The Innovation Accelerator will contribute to the development of new technologies and business models which will benefit people in need,” Steinmeier said.United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) launched Innovation Accelerator to support identification, nurturing and scaling up technological solutions that will help to reach Sustainable Development Goal 2 on ending hunger by 2030. Image Credit: magazine-mnThe Accelerator is generously supported by contributions from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry.With 12 projects drawn from WFP’s global operations currently in its portfolio, the Accelerator will both benefit from and contribute to Munich’s strong innovation and start-up community.“Bavaria is proud to support the establishment of a WFP office in Munich. Through close collaboration with companies and research institutes based in Bavaria, we can identify intelligent and sustainable solutions to global hunger,” said Mr. Helmut Brunner, Bavarian State Minister of State for Food, Agriculture and Forestry.Ms. Cousin, Dr. Mueller, Dr. Steinmeier and Mr. Brunner were joined at the launch by more than 200 guests committed to harnessing the power of new technology, close collaboration and new ideas to create a world with Zero Hunger.last_img read more

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