Month: July 2019

Disabled people must keep fighting for their rightDisabled people must keep fighting for their right

first_imgDisabled people must keep fighting for their right to travel on public transport, and should “challenge the status quo”, an accessible transport campaigner has told a conference.Alan Benson,chair of the user-led, pan-London organisation Transport for All, told Transport for London’s Access All Areas conferencethat the pace of access improvements to the capital’s public transport system hadslowed since the “watershed” of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Benson (pictured, centre), a wheelchair-user, said that in the last week he had missed a train because of slow assistance from rail staff, missed buses because the wheelchair spaces were full, and had been stuck at Bank tube station because the lift broke.But he also told the accessible transportconference that inthe last week he had travelled successfully to 10 locations across the cityusing public transport run or managed by Transport for London (TfL).Amongimprovements made by TfL, he highlighted the Please Offer Me A Seat scheme, which provides disabledpeople with a badge to let other passengers know they need a seat.But he saidhe believed its most “transformative” scheme was a training programme providedto TfL managers by Transport for All (TfA) and Inclusion London, another pan-London user-led organisation.He said: “Disabledpeople, many of whom are here today, are teaching the people who commission andrun the services just what impact their choices have.“The resultsare transformative, both now and for the future. No-one else in the Britishtransport sector is doing this.”He told theconference: “Public transport is vital for disabled and older people tocontribute to society, but most importantly we know that access to publictransport is our right.“Don’t giveup. We are where we are today because, to quote Newton, we stand on the shoulders of giants. We are those shoulders for those that come after us.“But mostly don’tgive up because you have rights, the right to live the life you want to. Andwhen your journey does go wrong, tell TfL. They do listen.”He also saidthat passengers and transport operators should “challenge the status quo” so asto produce new ideas and “turn conventional thinking on its head”.Benson saidthe transport industry needed to take more risks and not be so “resistant tochange”, and he suggested that TfL should allow disabled passengers who werehappy to take such risks to do so.He said: “Iknow, for example, that there are some wheelchair-users who are perfectlycomfortable using an escalator and I know of one who regularly does it, but itis definitely not widely known or it’s not [something] that staff are verycomfortable supporting.”GarethPowell, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, told the conference that84 per cent of disabled Londoners “say transport is affecting their ability toget around and live their lives”, which he said was “not good enough”.He said: “Wewant to try harder and listen to what suggestions you have and make thatbetter.”Powell admittedthat there were too many examples of TfL infrastructure projects that, even ifthey provided step-free access, still failed to be fully inclusive, for exampleby ignoring the access needs of autistic people.He welcomedthe TfA and Inclusion London training programme and said: “I have colleagues indesign teams right across TfL who are being trained in how to design projectsbetter so that right at the start of these projects we make them as inclusiveas possible and see that all the way through to the end of those projects.”But hewarned that there were significant “challenges” with funding, with TfL“struggling to get our voice heard with central government”. He said TfLhad had its annual operational grant from the government cut from £700 millionto zero, while there was no long-term certainty over funding for capitalinvestment.Powell saidthe government’s imminent three-year spending review would be “a criticalmoment for us to make sure that all of our infrastructure needs are on theiragenda”.TfL says 95per cent of its bus stops are now accessible, while there are more than 200step-free stations across its network, including 78 London Underground (LU)stations, 58 overground stations, six TfL-run rail stations and all DocklandsLight Railway stations and tram stops. Eight more LUstations are set to be step-free by March 2020, with work underway at a furtherseven. The AccessAll Areas event also included workshops and an exhibition of accessibilityinnovations, including an electric bus and taxi, a driverless car, and a newStation Real Time Information App.The appallows LU station staff to report station incidents that may affect passengerjourneys, such as a lift going out of service, and also allows LU staff torecord disabled passengers who wish to use TfL’s Turn Up and Go service, whichprovides assistance to disabled passengers who have not booked help in advance.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. 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Labour won a seat in Buckinghamshire but lost oneLabour won a seat in Buckinghamshire but lost one

first_imgLabour won a seat in Buckinghamshire but lost one to the Lib Dems in Bradford and one to new party Aspire in Tower Hamlets, making for disappointing results in the latest round of council by-elections.In Buckingham, where a by-election was sparked by the death of East Wycombe Independent councillor Chaudhary Ditta, Israr Rashid won. He was listed as the Labour candidate on the ballot paper. Rashid is suspended from the party, however, and will therefore take his seat as an independent, LabourList understands.The vote in Bradford, sparked by the death of former council leader Ian Greenwood, saw Labour lose a volatile seat. Labour’s Amriz Hussain was defeated by Rachel Sunderland, a Lib Dem who had occupied the seat before it was taken by Labour last year with only a 90-vote majority.Two by-elections in Tower Hamlets, caused by the resignations of Labour’s Muhammad Harun and Ruhul Amin, who only took their seats last year, offered typically controversial results.Aspire, described by Andrew Teale as the “more hardline” faction of Luftur Rahman supporters, was founded a year ago. It has now won its first seat in Shadwell ward, and came second in Lansbury ward.Labour’s losing candidate in Shadwell, Asik Rahman, became controversial when found to have ‘liked’ the Facebook pages of two hate preachers. The successful Aspire candidate, Harun Miah, represented the ward from 2010 to 2018.Rajib Ahmed, who was a Tower Hamlets councillor until last year, defeated Aspire’s Ohid Ahmed to win back the Lansbury seat for Labour this week.Meanwhile, Labour held onto its seat in Lambeth, though with a lower vote share.Congratulations @sg_donnelly – elected tonight as a fantastic councillor for Thornton ward 🌷 pic.twitter.com/DLsQHAdjxC— LambethLabour (@LambethLabour) February 8, 2019Labour gain:Totteridge & Bowerdean (Buckinghamshire) – Lab gainLabour: 40.8% (+15.5)East Wycombe Independent: 27.8% (-12.1)Lib Dem: 21.2% (+6.4)Con: 10.2% (-9.8)Labour loss:Bolton and Undercliffe (Bradford) – Lib Dem gainLib Dem: 51.3% (+9.0)Labour: 34.1% (-10.6)Con: 12.4% (+2.4)Green: 2.2% (-0.8)Shadwell (Tower Hamlets) – Aspire gainAspire: 34.8% (+13.4)Labour: 31.5% (+4.1)Lib Dem: 16.7% (+13.1)Con: 6.4% (+2.5)Green: 4.3% (0.0)Independent: 4.1% (-1.2)WEP: 2.2% (+2.2)(No People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets as prev (-34.2). Ward was multi-member in 2018: PATH 1, LAB 1.)Labour hold:Thornton (Lambeth) – Lab holdLabour: 44.7% (-18.2)Lib Dem: 32.8% (+23.1)Green: 9.7% (-1.7)Con: 9.6% (-6.4)WEP: 1.8% (+1.8)Ukip: 1.4% (+1.4)Lansbury (Tower Hamlets) – Lab holdLabour: 40.8% (+2.5)Aspire: 31.3% (+7.0)Lib Dem: 9.0% (0.0)Ukip: 5.5% (+5.5)Con: 5.5% (-1.7)Green: 5.2% (-1.6)House: 2.8% (+2.8)(No Path (-11.6) and Ind (-3.0) as prev.)Other:Evendons (Wokingham) – Lib Dem holdLib Dem: 63.1% (+16.3)Con: 31.9% (-8.8)Labour: 5.0% (-7.5)Tags:Labour /Local government /Tower Hamlets /Bradford /council by-elections /Aspire /last_img read more

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Plans to Close UCSF Youth Clinic Put on Hold KQEDPlans to Close UCSF Youth Clinic Put on Hold KQED

first_img Tags: health care • UCSF Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% But Tuesday’s announcement marked a dramatic change. UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood now says the university will cover the clinic’s budget deficit for a year with funds from his office, the School of Medicine and the Division of  Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health — which oversees New Generation.“This clinic has served a critical need in our community, especially for teens from low- and moderate-income families,” Hawgood said, in a press release, “and we are committed to ensuring that these young people continue to be served.”He said that UCSF will partner with San Francisco’s department of public health and the broader community “to best secure these services” for young people.School nurses and other health providers had feared that at-risk Latino and African-American teens who trust New Generation’s confidential services would face an increase in unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.At a meeting with UCSF officials last month… Read full article on KQED.org center_img A reproductive health clinic serving San Francisco’s Mission District that is threatened with closure will stay open another year, UCSF officials say.The New Generation Health Center serves primarily low-income teens and young adults, and the announcement came after patients, neighbors and health providers expressed concern and anger over UCSF’s plans to shut it down this summer.For weeks, university officials had insisted that New Generation must close because of an annual budget deficit of more than  $400,000. They said the clinic’s financial troubles stemmed from a decline in both patients and grant revenue over the last five years.New Generation staff had already began reaching out to more than 2,200 patients to connect them with nearby clinics that offer similar services.last_img read more

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SF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and MissionSF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and Mission

first_img 0% The Mission Economic Development Agency is proposing an eight-and-half-story mixed-use building at the corner of 18th and Mission streets — now the site of a decaying former stove store that could cost the nonprofit as much as $1 million to restore.  As Mission Local reported in December, MEDA bought the building for $6 million, with plans to develop it mixed-use project that will house two non-profits and includes at least 40 affordable condominiums. The project is expected to cost MEDA $45 million. Per the plans, Mission Neighborhood Center will occupy the ground floor with classrooms for about 100 children, Lisa Gelfand of Gelfand Partners Architects said last week at a meeting for the project. Outdoor space will be included for the childhood education center.Dance Mission Theater will take the second floor with dance studios. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address The remaining six floors are slated to become housing. While the unit mix is still being determined, each floor will have four 1-bedroom units, three 2-bedroom units, and one 3-bedroom unit. The project will have, at most, 48 units for purchase.Feliciano Vera, a senior project manager with MEDA, said no studios are in the plans. “We tried to stay away from the small efficiency units,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we could accommodate every type of family as they grow.”Vera said MEDA is working with the Mayor’s Office of Housing to keep the condos affordable “in perpetuity,” so that owners can gain equity on their home, while still keeping the units affordable when it comes time to sell.Vera said this might be done through a cap to limit appreciation on the home, although the non-profit is still looking into the model. “There’s still a lot of thinking around how we’re going to solve that problem,” he said.As it stands, the project will not have parking, since the building is in a transit-rich area with service from multiple bus lines and the 16th and Mission BART station. The basement will include bike storage.Vera recognized the lack of parking might be a point of consternation when the project seeks approval from the Planning Commission for the dance studio sometime in 2019. “That has been a concern that others have raised about projects such as this in the past,” he said.The nonprofit expects to win its entitlements and break ground by winter 2020, and anticipates the project to be complete by winter 2022.The cost of the project has been “fluctuating” around $45 million, Vera said. To finance its commercial spaces, MEDA is seeking federal tax credits, and it will be taking out various loans to finance its residential component.“The biggest challenge is keeping our construction costs low,” he said.That might be hard, as restoring the original structure — a “Streamline Moderne-style building that housed Gernhardt-Strohmaier Stove Store from the mid-’30s to 1961″ — could cost as much as $1 million, depending on a determination by the Planning Department, Vera said.MEDA will likely have to preserve the clock tower on the building. Elizabeth Creely, who researched the history of the building extensively for Mission Local, said the clock tower is the last remaining vestige of the building’s 1930s Streamline Moderne redesign. Other distinguishing characteristics from that era — such as a porcelain facade — were destroyed in 2013 by then-owner Guadalupe Hernandez. In addition to this project, MEDA is also developing fully affordable projects at 2060 Folsom, 1990 Folsom, 1296 Shotwell and 681 Florida, representing around 479 units.Disclosure: Mission Local rents office space from MEDA.Cross section of the building. Image courtesy of MEDAThe building at 18th and Mission Street. Photo by Elizabeth CreelySan Francisco Public Library, 1938. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing • Mission Economic Development Agency • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons said he always believed his side couROYCE Simmons said he always believed his side cou

first_imgROYCE Simmons said he always believed his side could reach the Grand Final despite being behind at half time in Saturday’s match with Wigan.Saints overturned a 12-8 half time deficit to run away 26-18 winners and reach Old Trafford once again.“They came at us in the first 18 or so minutes and got a couple of penalties and took advantage of it,” Simmons said. “They wouldn’t let us attack for that spell and got repeated sets through a good kicking game.“They were very impressive as were we to stay in the game… some sides wouldn’t have done that.“In the second half too, there was a fair period when we didn’t have a lot of ball and we had to produce a big defensive performance. We scrambled really well and made some last ditch tackles.“I spoke to the boys at half time as I thought we were playing as individuals. I said when we play as a team we look dangerous, but I was always confident we could get a win out of it.”He continued: “Paul Wellens had a great game and I’m pleased he got his 200th career try. He puts himself where the action is and covers some miles on the footy field so he gets his rewards.“James Roby and James Graham played well, as did all our forwards. Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) has been a bit light over the last couple of games and I thought he was superb. We lost Leon Pryce to a stomach bug this morning.”Simmons says he will be keeping things as normal as he can this week as Saints build up for the showpiece.“We won’t be doing anything special,” he added. “There are enough things we need to change with the Grand Final press conference and Man of Steel on Monday.“I am really happy because we have beaten a champion side, beaten a side with so much talent and that proves you are on top of your game.”last_img read more

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KIDS in St Helens are brought up on a diet of dislKIDS in St Helens are brought up on a diet of disl

first_imgKIDS in St Helens are brought up on a diet of disliking their neighbours from over Billinge Lump.It’s a rivalry that goes back through the generations and one that gets stronger as the big games approach.Saints v Wigan are always full-blooded affairs with no quarter given… even in friendlies.Being a Sintelliner by birth, James Roby grew up with the derby and his Testimonial will see the two sides lock horns this Friday.“Being a hometown lad I can’t think of any better opposition for a Testimonial,” he said. “I have grown up with the rivalry of Saints and Wigan and it is the type of game that I’d like to think would get most fans excited.“They are bringing a strong side over so it will be two teams going at it for a last hit-out before the season starts.“There are new signings on show on both sides. They have got Matty Bowen at full back – a tried and tested player in the NRL with a big profile. They have Hopkins, Sarginson and Clubb too. They are a strong team, defend well and are aggressive. They are the Champions so there is no stiffer test than that.”He continued: “We’re all excited about it and a few lads are bouncing around. As the week progresses we will sense it more and be switched on a bit more and we won’t need firing up.”With the number of new signings and confidence around the camp, Roby is certainly looking forward to the new season and getting going again.He missed a number of games in 2013 through successive ankle injuries but is now more than good to go.“I had been very lucky to have played ten years and 300 career games when I did my ankle. I’ve never had one that has needed surgery,” Roby added. “Then last year had both ankles operated on. Hopefully that was a one off because it was a bit stop start for me and I can get a good run of games.”James Roby’s Testimonial match will see Saints take on Wigan Warriors tonight (Friday)..It will kick off at 8pm and tickets remain on sale from the ticket office and the turnstiles on matchnight.Prices for the game are:Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands – £12 (adults), £10 (Senior Citizens over 60-years-of-age) and £5 (juniors).The Hattons Solicitors West Stand – £10 (adults), £8 (Senior Citizens over 60-years-of-age) and £5 (juniors).You can find more details about James’ Testimonial events by visiting www.jamesrobytestimonial.co.uklast_img read more

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TICKETS for Fridays derby at Wigan are selling faTICKETS for Fridays derby at Wigan are selling fa

first_imgTICKETS for Friday’s derby at Wigan are selling fast.The Warriors have reported that more than 21,000 have already been sold and we can confirm that the North Stand is already ram-packed with our supporters.Saints have sold in excess of 4,000 for the traditional clash with fans advised to get theirs as soon as possible.They are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 and online here.They go offsale at 12pm on Thursday.Castleford come to St Helens on Easter Monday too in what is a mouth-watering fixture.The Tigers currently top the Super League table but Saints will be aiming to halt their run in front of a passionate home crowd.The game kicks off at 3pm – and tickets remain on sale.last_img

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Pender Co residents voice frustrations at public hearing over water like petroleumPender Co residents voice frustrations at public hearing over water like petroleum

first_imgHAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Hung out to dry! That’s how some water customers feel in Pender County.They say they have been dealing with discolored water for months and now their utility provider wants to raise their rates.- Advertisement – People who live in Belvedere Plantation say their water is brown or unusable.“Dirt, oily, I mean it was scary. Like petroleum oil is what I would describe it as,” Joyce Diggett, a resident, said.Carolina Water Service submitted a request to raise water and sewer rates 20 percent.Related Article: CFPUA repairs water main, boil water advisory continues near RiverLightsCustomers like Diggett say that’s crazy.“I’m paying for dirty water,” Diggett said. “Dirty, sooty, oily water. I don’t know how many other people have experienced this, but it’s just, the community needs to be aware that it’s a danger, it’s got to be a danger, and I’m gonna get this tested too.”She and many others think their water should be clean before they have to pay more for it.“Do a better job. Justify the increase. I’m glad to pay more if I’m going to get quality but I really don’t think we’re going to,” Donna Pietrogiacomo, a resident said.Dozens filled the New Hanover County Courthouse. As the North Carolina utilities commission held the meeting to hear comments from Carolina Water service customers.“I’m angry. Disappointed that nothing’s been done. These people have been complaining for a year,” Diggett said.“It’s frustrating that we’re being held captive and we have no other options but to comply because we need water,” Pietrogiacomo said.Some of the customers even described the water as leaving a burning feeling on their skin. Dozens of people went to the hearing tonight and said they are against the rate increase. The rates will be set in September.last_img read more

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Leland Police searching for suspect who stole from plumbing companyLeland Police searching for suspect who stole from plumbing company

first_img It happened just before 1:30 a.m.Police say the suspect stole $6,200 worth of various power tools.If you know anything, contact Det. Jennings Reid at (910) 332-5018.Related Article: South Carolina minister accused of raping, impregnating child twice Surveillance photo of suspect accused of stealing power tools. (Photo: Leland Police Dept.) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police are searching for the person who broke into multiple vehicles owned by a plumbing company.Police say this is surveillance video of the suspect who broke into Vance Johnson Plumbing vehicles on November 6.- Advertisement – last_img

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CFCC Pharmacy Technology program earns certificationCFCC Pharmacy Technology program earns certification

first_img The program has been certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as a sterile compounding program.Usually it takes three years of work experience for students to individually earn their certification.Now, however students in CFCC’s program will need only one.Related Article: CFCC assistant Mark Lane to take over Sea Devils men’s basketballThe program aims to fill the growing need for pharmacy techs across the country. CFCC Pharmacy Technology Program Director Katherine Evans instructs student. (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College is getting a certification which only three other schools in the state have.It’s for the pharmacy technology program which is working to fill a growing need here in the united states.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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