A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disabled crossbench peer has called on the government to start handing out “heavy fines” to the air travel industry when it fails to ensure that its services are accessible to disabled passengers.Baroness [Jane] Campbell asked the government on Monday what action it was taking to encourage all UK airports to provide appropriate facilities for disabled people.Another disabled peer described how she was left in tears after being dumped in a corner facing a concrete wall while airport staff tried to find her wheelchair.Baroness Campbell (pictured) pointed to the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) third annual report into the assistance provided at the UK’s biggest airports, which said that one in 10 of those surveyed had described the quality of assistance provided in 2017-18 as “very poor”.Baroness Campbell said: “Examples include being left in a wheelchair, being left on an aeroplane, expensive wheelchairs being broken and, in my case, being left on an aeroplane for two hours because they refused to bring my chair to the plane door.“In the light of this, can the minister assure the house that the government’s aviation strategy will contain more stringent ways to address this outrageous discrimination with more than just guidance and regulations that we know do not work?“Will she also tell me how many disabled people were involved in developing the strategy?”Baroness Sugg, the junior transport minister, failed to say how many disabled people were involved in the strategy, but she said it was due to be published “in the coming weeks”, and promised that it would address these issues.She said the CAA survey results were “obviously not good enough”.She added: “The green paper will propose a passenger charter, which will clarify what can be expected from airlines, airports and airside services, including on wheelchair damage and waiting times, and will improve the standards of service for passengers with reduced mobility.”Within three hours of asking her questions, Baroness Campbell had been contacted by the Airport Operators Association, seeking a meeting to discuss the issues she had raised.She said on Twitter: “Is a ‘government charter’ enough? Surely it’s time to enforce the regulations with heavy fines?”Another disabled peer, the Liberal Democrat president, Baroness [Sal] Brinton, told the minister how when she arrived on a flight from Heathrow to Madrid last month she was told her wheelchair was missing.She said: “I was then passed from pillar to post and was dumped in a corner facing a concrete wall by staff who were trying to sort out what was going on.“I ended up in tears while they tried to find my wheelchair.“If this were an unusual occurrence, it would be horrific, but it is not.“What is even more horrific is that this happens every day to air passengers.“Charters butter no parsnips: when will the regulations be enforced to stop air travel being a ghetto for disabled people?”Baroness Sugg told her: “She is absolutely right that these occurrences happen far too often, and that is what we need to change.“Today is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and it is important that we as a country continue to work with international forums to promote greater accessibility to air travel for those with reduced mobility.”She said the government was “working closely with the aviation industry, the CAA, wheelchair manufacturers and disability organisations to achieve the long-term goal of enabling wheelchair-users to travel with their own airworthy wheelchair on a plane”.Following the questions she asked in the Lords, Baroness Campbell was contacted on Twitter by a string of other disabled people sharing their own experiences of airport and airline inaccessibility and discriminatory attitudes.One fellow disabled peer, Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, told her: “I’ve had the pilot tell the plane that we’re leaving late because of ‘having to board a wheelchair’.“Thanks. Actually I was there early. It was the assistance team that wasn’t.”Another to share her experience was Sophie Christiansen, the eight-time Paralympic gold-medallist, who shared an experience from last week.She described how she arrived at an airport at the end of a flight, and said: “Every time recently I’ve had to ask someone for my chair back as they’ve been sitting in it. This is like a stranger wearing your shoes.”And Anna Severwright, co-chair of the Coalition for Collaborative Care, told Baroness Campbell: “Let’s hope they are willing to listen and change.“Both my experiences of flying with my electric wheelchair were negative and very stressful. Puts me off wanting to fly. Thanks for trying to improve things.”last_img read more

Developments in Development Public private

first_img Tags: Affordable Housing • development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.Turns out New York City and San Francisco, for all their differences, have remarkably similar housing crises. At least that’s my take on this New York Review of Books piece sent my way by a reader this week. Clearly opinionated throughout, Michael Greenberg nonetheless paints a very familiar picture. Scale aside (unless you compare the whole Bay Area to NYC, which might be a better approximation size-wise), the situation is remarkably similar – old affordable units becoming high-rent as the burden of low-income renters is shifted onto city service providers. Add to that mix,  a staggering need for below-market-rate units as a glut of market-rate condos swells. Oh, one big difference though: New York operates under a basically unattainable mandate that every person who needs a bed be provided one. Back closer to home, grim pictures continue to emerge. Public housing is in trouble – a recent audit showed that the Housing Authority has serious accounting problems, including that bank reconciliations were either not completed or contained multiple errors. The Chronicle has the scoop. 0%center_img Meanwhile, in the world of privately-built and city-administered affordable housing, the developer of the 300-plus unit at 1979 Mission Street development (at 16th) is reportedly mulling the prospect of designating some units for teachers. Plaza 16 continues to oppose anything but 100 percent below market rate. Meanwhile business owners have been invited to a social event to support the project at a meeting next Thursday. And while we’re on the topic of inclusionary housing, the developers of the below-market-rate portion of the 2000 Bryant Street project will hold a meeting to discuss their plans on Wednesday evening at the Mission Language and Vocational School on 19th Street, from 6-7 p.m.  Finally, you might have heard of the residents who just learned their street was bought by a private owner. In response, Curbed asked, do you know if you live on a privately owned street? They provided this list to find the answer. If you don’t feel like scrolling to check my work, the only ones I found in the Mission are parts of public housing projects (Kamille Court and Treat Way inside Bernal Dwellings, Maxwell Court and Rosa Parks Lane in Valencia Gardens) and an access road for San Francisco General Hospital. last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Playoff soccer and many happy returns to Frida

first_imgEmail Address 0% Tags: neighborhood notes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% El Farolito Soccer Club kicks off playoff run at Boxer StadiumIt took more than 20 years, but San Francisco’s burrito-fueled soccer dynasty has risen another level in the American soccer pyramid. Last year, El Farolito Soccer Club made the transition out of the local city league and into a 98-team semi-pro league called the National Premier Soccer League.It hasn’t been an easy transition. According to the team’s technical director, Santiago Lopez, traveling for away games and playing other teams from across the region has been a challenge, and a rash of injuries didn’t help. But El Farolito managed an unbeaten debut season, winning nine games and drawing five. That was good enough to lead the Golden Gate Division West Conference and make the playoffs. El Farolito’s first playoff game is Saturday, against Sonoma County Sol FC at Boxer Stadium in Balboa Park. Kickoff is at noon.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Traction Company and Incline Gallery present Fault LinesMission-based Incline Gallery is announcing a new month-long exhibition in partnership with a Philadelphia-based art cooperative called Traction Company. The two art groups have teamed up to have a monthlong showing hosted by Incline called “Fault Lines,” an exchange of art from the two regions. The opening reception will be on July 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will run until August 3.More info available at Incline Gallery’s website.Choreographers needed at DanceMissionSF!DanceMissionSF is taking applicants for choreographers and dancers wanting to join it for D.I.R.T. Festival 2018. The D.I.R.T. Festival (Dance In Revolt(ing) Times) will feature the theme of “storm SURGE,” a nod toward our changing global climate and displacement caused by the change in weather across the world. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Visit DanceMission.com for more details.Frida Kahlo’s birthday and festivalsFriday, July 6, marks Frida Kahlo’s 111th birthday, and many locales around the Mission will be celebrating the event. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts will be holding exhibitions and events throughout the weekend and WonderlandSF is hosting an art event called “Simply Frida” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. last_img read more

GET in early and sample the fantastic atmosphere a

first_imgGET in early and sample the fantastic atmosphere and facilities at Langtree Park!This Friday’s SOLD OUT Karalius Cup match against Widnes Vikings is not only the first match at our brand new stadium, but a chance for all fans to sample the best venue in Rugby League.The Founders Bar will be open from 3pm and when turnstiles open at 6.30pm you can enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the 360-degree concourse.Fans can look at the mosaics depicting Saints legends and take advantage of the kiosks.Each is specifically named – such as Murphy’s Bar, The Wide to West and Marching Inn – and they serve a variety of top class refreshments from Saints Gold to pies and mash.Saints have teamed up with Peters Pies to create a “Pie shop” in the North Stand that will sell Just Steak, Minced Beef & Onion, Leek Cheese & Potato, Chicken & Mushroom and Potato & Meat pies on their own at £3 or with mash, potatoes and peas or gravy for £4.50.The latter four pie varieties will be available in the other concourse kiosks.Alongside these tasty treats we will also be selling Hot Dogs with or without onions and a Stadium Burger.There will be a selection of soft and hot drinks including main shirt sponsor Typhoo Tea.Also available will be Fresh Homemade Soup, a selection of Crisps, Cadbury’s Chocolate and Grab Bag sweetsSaints Gold Bitter & Foster’s Lager are on draught around the ground with Murphy’s stout available in the South Stand.There will also be a DJ in the Founders Bar from 6:30pm and post-match until midnight.On the pitch, entertainment starts at 7.30pm with the superb Signature performing their moves.Suleman Mirza & Madhu Singh have been performing together for over 10 years and will bring a unique style of dancing to Langtree Park.Signature’s biggest success came when they performed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, when they were runners up out of more than half a million applicants.They’ve performed with many A-list Bollywood Superstars and celebrity friends such as Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Mcfly, Danni Minogue, Jay Sean, Alexandra Burke, Sugababes and worked with celebrity choreography Lavelle Smith Junior (choreographer to the likes of Janet Jackson, Beyonce Knowles and Michael Jackson).Half time will feature mini-rugby and the new ‘Defuse the Bomb’ kicking competition.On sale will also be a special brochure symbolising our return to the town. For just £5, it is packed with news and views from around the club, a pictorial of the stadium build, interviews with Jonny Lomax, Ade Gardner and Josh Perry, alongside the pre-season thoughts of Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels.Friday will be an historic night in the history of the Saints, the stadium and the town – be a part of it.last_img read more

FOLLOWING the Rugby League International Federatio

first_imgFOLLOWING the Rugby League International Federation’s decision earlier this week to immediately outlaw the shoulder charge from the International Laws of the Game, the RFL has banned the shoulder charge from all domestic competitions with immediate effect.The RLIF’s ban sees the shoulder charge outlawed for the Rugby League World Cup and PROBIZ World Club Challenge and the RFL’s decision will see the shoulder charge made illegal in all competitions, including Super League, Tetley’s Challenge Cup, Kingstone Press Championships and Northern Rail Cup, as well as community game competitions.RFL Laws Committee Secretary Blake Solly said: “The RFL believes that player safety is of paramount importance and we are committed to ensuring that our players can compete in the safest possible environment.“We understand that the shoulder charge is popular with many people in Rugby League, but we also have a duty to manage the welfare and safety of players involved in the game at all levels.“We have contributed to the RLIF’s discussions about the shoulder charge and whilst we believed the challenge should not be banned, we consider that the RLIF Board have followed the correct process and allowed each member nation to provide a view on the law change.“It is right that the RLIF should have ultimate control over issues such as this, and we remain committed to standardising the Laws of the Game across all nations and competitions.“We had agreed with the RLIF the option to delay the implementation because we are in season, but the RFL Board has agreed that it is best to immediately implement the ban on the shoulder charge across all domestic competitions.“We believe this decision will help ensure the future safety of our players whilst not adversely detracting from the on-field excitement of the sport.”last_img read more

WELL we won the penalty count 27 – 12Youd be rig

first_imgWELL we won the penalty count 27 – 12!You’d be right in thinking that it’s a funny way to begin a match report with a boast about the penalty count but if you look closer the above fact tells you a lot about the game, writes Graham Henthorne.39 penalties in any game tells you it was a spiteful affair. The massive differential coupled with three yellow cards and one red issued to the home side against the one yellow to the Saints tells its own story.However, even stranger is the fact that despite the persistent infringing, notably for head high tackles, the referee only put them on a team warning two minutes from time.Delve deeper and the mentioning of the penalty count means that there was little else constructive to talk about from a Saints’ point of view especially in the second half.A spiralling kick off was spilt on the Saints 10 metre line putting them under pressure right away but two good, well organised defensive sets saw the Saints through.The first of the barrage of penalties saw the Saints clear their lines with drives from Matty Lees and Jorge Lewtas. On the fifth a quick play the ball gave Josh eaves space and the hooker darted from marker making 20 metres to the home side’s 10 metre line. On the last a pin point grubber from Elliott Jenkins stopped in the quagmire that doubles up as an in goal area at Orrell, allowing tom Nisbett to react first to get the touch down.Once again injuries hit as Matty Costello left the field on 13 minutes with two dead legs and in the restructure the home side went in at the corner.The Saints before the kick off set their stall out not to be dominated down the middle. This was epitomised by Lees as he smacked into his opposite number causing a knock-on deep in the own half.Then the fun started.On 23 minutes the home side were reduced to 12 men for a head high tackle. Two minutes later they were down to 11 men for yet another high tackle and then two minutes after that they were reduced to 10 as the second row was permanently ejected for his part in driving Matty Lees head first into the mud. Although to be honest all three in the tackle could’ve gone.Sandwiched in the middle the Saints regained the lead as Mike Weldon did what he’s good at and ran the perfect line off the perfect Jenkins’ pass to the line.Unfortunately the home side, despite being two players down, managed to even it up with a try nine minutes before the break.The conversion and a penalty just before the break saw the scores tied but a snap drop goal at the whistle gave the home side a one point lead.Confidence was high at the half time chat with the side knowing they only had to put the home side under some pressure and they would crack.Unfortunately that’s just what the Saints couldn’t quite manage to do no matter how hard they tried. And try they did with Lees and Eaves running themselves to water and Jenkins putting up a brave show at full back in yet another enforced reshuffle.But there was a lack of game sense and awareness on show which brute force and effort couldn’t substitute for leaving the home side to score 10 unanswered points to take the spoils.Match Summary:Wigan:Tries: Joe Brown (15), James Worthington (31), Josh Woods (64), Sam Grant (72).Goals: Harry Smith 1 from 3, Josh Woods 1 from 2.Drop Goals: Josh Woods (40).Saints:Tries: Tom Nisbett (7), Mike Weldon (25).Goals: Brad Billsborough 1 from 2.Half Time: 11-10Full Time: 21-10Teams:Wigan:1. Craig Mullen; 11. Sam Grant, 4. James Barran, 24. James Worthington, 2. Joe Brown; 6. Harry Smith, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Oliver Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 14. Callum Field, 19. Jack Wells, 23. Liam Paisley, 13. Patrick Casey.Subs: 12. Joe Pilling, 17. Sammy Kibula, 18. Caine Barnes, 20. Joe Shorrocks.Saints:1. Matty Costello; 2. Joe Sharratt, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Owen Smith, 5. Tom Nisbett; 7. Brad Billsborough, 6. Elliott Jenkins; 19. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 13. Jorge Lewtas, 11. Alex Eckley, 12. Mike Weldon (C), 10. Jordan Olmez.Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Sam Royle, 16. Chris Follin, 17. Evan Bullen.last_img read more

Local veterans honored in special ceremony

first_img “I don’t know how to explain it, it’s respect mainly,” veteran, James Allen said.Cypress Pointe partnered up with “We Honor Veterans” program to acknowledge their service, bravery, and devotion for the nation. It brought together veterans who did not know they lived among others who have served.“You don’t realize they’re around,” veteran, Gerald Herzog said.Related Article: New Hanover, Pender courts to grant amnesty to veterans on some chargesBut now that they know they are surrounded by fellow veterans, it brings back memories and makes them feel connected.“It’s like an unspoken bond kind of thing,” Allen said.There were 15 veterans honored at the facility along with the wives of those who lost their husbands overseas. Rolling Thunder NC3 and the American Honor Guard presented each veteran with a certificate, pin, and flag.“You really don’t expect it,” Herzog said. “And if it didn’t happen it doesn’t matter to me because I served and I know I served!”None of the veterans expected this ceremony, but all of them seemed grateful they were honored. Cypress Pointe hopes to continue this new tradition for years to come. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several organizations came together to honor those who fought for our country. A special ceremony for veterans was held at Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Facility Wednesday afternoon.The event gave veterans at the facility their own day. One that is not affiliated with a national holiday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chemours ordered to provide bottled water to 15 more homeowners

first_imgSOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — State officials have ordered Chemours to provide bottled water to 15 more well owners near the company’s Fayetteville facility after the most recent test results showed GenX above the provisional state health goal of 140 parts per trillion in their wells.“Ensuring that North Carolinians have clean water continues to be our focus,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.- Advertisement – Fifty residential well owners living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility are receiving bottled water because of GenX detections above the provisional drinking water health goal established by the state Department of Health and Human Services.DEQ and Chemours have sampled 128 residential wells since testing near the facility began in September. Of the 128 wells tested, 43 had detections of GenX below the health goal and 35 showed no detections of GenX.DEQ continues to send all well owners the results of well testing and health and other information based on the results. Once a sample is collected, it takes about four to six weeks to receive, verify and distribute the results.Related Article: CFPUA files motion to intervene in state’s lawsuit against ChemoursChemours’ expanded sampling began October 11. It is testing approximately 450 properties one mile from the property’s boundary to locate the edge of the contamination plume. DEQ will continue to receive and verify the results from Chemours’ sampling.“Well water sampling will continue until we find where the contamination ends. We will do spot checks to verify Chemours’ results, and notify well owners of results as we receive them,” said Secretary Regan.DEQ is in discussions with Chemours about longer-term water solutions for residents with affected wells, most of whom live north of the facility. Among the possibilities are installing home filter systems or connecting affected homes to an uncontaminated well source or a nearby public water supply. The state is coordinating with Bladen and Cumberland counties about waterline placement.More information about the state’s ongoing testing alast_img read more

Afternoon power outage causes major traffic delays near Ogden

first_img Around 5:15 p.m., WAZE reported heavy traffic on Military Cutoff Road from Market Street to Eastwood Road.Duke Energy says the outage is affecting up to 1,800 customers and was caused by a vehicle damaging equipment. Estimated restoration is at 8:30 p.m.CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT OUTAGE MAP. Power outage is causing major backups near Ogden. (Photo: Duke Energy) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An afternoon power outage is causing long traffic backups on Military Cutoff Road and Market Street near Ogden.According to Duke Energy, the outage was first reported at 2:27 p.m. near Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

18wheeler crash creates power outage in northern New Hanover County

first_img Crash knocks down power pole, closes portion of Market Street on January 30, 2019 (Photo: Wilmington Fire Dept.) Crash knocks down power pole, closes portion of Market Street on January 30, 2019 (Photo: Wilmington Fire Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 7,000 people were left with power after a 18-wheeler crashed into a power pole in Wilmington Wednesday morning.The power has been mostly restored. As of 1:30 p.m., a few hundred people were still without power.- Advertisement – 1 of 3 Crash knocks down power pole, closes portion of Market Street on January 30, 2019 (Photo: Wilmington Fire Dept.) According to the Wilmington Police Department’s Twitter, the crash, near Gordon Road and Market Street, knocked down power poles. The outage stretched from Gordon Road to Bayshore and the surrounding areas. A portion of Military Cutoff Road was also impacted.Power has been restored at Ogden Elementary and Noble Middle.Related Article: New Hanover schools offer free lunch for students on May 1According to Duke Energy’s outage map, service should be restored by 1:45 p.m. Crash knocks down power pole, closes portion of Market Street on January 30, 2019 (Photo: Wilmington Fire Dept.)last_img read more