Disabled peers have demanded that the government rips up its “frustrating”, “clichéd” and “tepid” response to a major House of Lords report on the Equality Act’s impact on disabled people.The Equality Act 2010 and disability committee reported in March on how equality legislation affects disabled people, following a nine-month inquiry.The committee concluded that the government was failing to protect disabled people from discrimination, and that laws designed to address disability discrimination were “not working in practice”, while spending cuts were having “a hugely adverse effect on disabled people”.An analysis by Disability News Service of the government’s response to the report, which was published in July, suggested that it accepted in full only about eight of the committee’s 55 recommendations.In a Lords debate on the report this week, disabled peers lined up to criticise the government’s response.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured, left, during the debate), who sat on the committee, said that its report recommends “workable, low-cost, legislative and practical changes that would greatly enhance equality for disabled people in this country”.But she described “disabled people’s frustration at the failure of the government to embrace the recommendations more fully”, and called on it to “go back to the drawing board”.She criticised the government’s use of “the exhausted cliché that regulation will not change hearts and minds” when “all the evidence shows that without legislation we cannot win ‘hearts and minds’”.And she said that Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, had told her that the government’s “tepid” response to the report “clearly demonstrates a deep lack of understanding and concern about Britain’s disabled people”.Baroness [Sal] Brinton (pictured, right), president of the Liberal Democrats, who also sat on the committee, said the government had showed in responding to the report’s recommendations that it “will not even regulate, let alone legislate”.She said: “I join colleagues on the select committee in hoping that the previous government’s report back to us will be discarded.“I have high hopes, because the evidence in the select committee report is so strong and will not go away.“I call for the new government [under Theresa May, rather than David Cameron] to prove that they truly believe in inclusion by going back and rewriting their response.”Her fellow disabled Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness [Celia] Thomas, whose idea it was to hold the inquiry, called on the government to “implement our recommendations without delay. There is no excuse for not doing so”.The disabled crossbench peer Lord [Colin] Low, who did not sit on the committee, praised the “excellent” report.He said that the government’s “drive to reduce regulation and red tape has resulted in rules and provisions that were helpful to disabled people being weakened or abolished”.He said: “The report makes an important point when it says that these things should properly be seen as protections for disabled people rather than burdens on business, and that their removal under the [government’s] Red Tape Challenge should be reversed.”Another disabled peer, the Liberal Democrat Lord Addington, said there was a need for “aggressive action” to enforce equality.He said: “We here have to start pointing out to the rest of society that it will benefit by taking this appropriate action.“If we make people with disabilities more economically active and more socially included, we will save ourselves hassle and trouble.”The Conservative Home Office minister, Baroness Williams, said the report was “timely and comprehensive and highlights the continuing challenges and obstacles which disabled people face on a daily basis”.She said it “rightly focused on a number of important issues, such as how adequately we imbed disabled people’s needs into the first steps to plan services and also when we construct premises”.She added: “The report also fairly examined whether both public and private sectors have been sufficiently proactive in meeting the needs of citizens with a disability and whether there is still a tendency simply to react to problems once they have arisen or to be forced into action when pressed.“We further acknowledge the importance of two-way communication between government and disabled people and their representatives, something that the report says we can improve on, in turn improving access to justice and how services are delivered.”
A disabled campaigner was forced to wet himself on a train because the accessible toilet was out of order, just four months after a minister promised to ensure such incidents would never happen again.Wheelchair-user Chris Stapleton (pictured) boarded the Virgin Trains service last Tuesday (16 May), but even though he had booked the space more than six weeks earlier he was placed in a carriage with a broken toilet.The aisles were too narrow for him to reach another of the accessible toilets on the service from London Euston to Birmingham, so he was forced to wet himself.Virgin Trains has now launched an “urgent investigation” into the incident, and has admitted – despite its previous claims – that the toilet was broken from the start of the journey.It has also accepted that staff on the train should have been aware that a disabled person was travelling on a service with a broken toilet and taken action, such as arranging for him to use another toilet on the train during a station stop, or allowing him to use a toilet at one of the stations along the route.Stapleton said Virgin Trains was guilty of “sheer crass negligence”, and that the incident showed how politicians had “ignored” and even “tried to scale down” disabled people’s access to rail travel, for example through the government’s decision to cut funding for the Access for All rail station improvement programme.In January, rail minister Paul Maynard said the Department for Transport was “committed to ensuring no passenger has to go through this again”, after Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike told how she had been forced to wet herself on a CrossCountry service because the accessible toilet was out-of-order.Stapleton, a member of the user-led accessible transport charity Transport for All, said his incident showed that Maynard’s “‘no repeat’ pledge has proved empty”. Wafula Strike said Stapleton’s experience was “terrible” and that “train companies continue to get away with failing to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled passengers.“It’s a pity rail companies have failed to recognise the potential value in disabled travellers by failing to implement the basic policies they hold on paper.“I request rail bosses to start engaging with the disabled passengers.”Faryal Velmi, director of Transport for All, said Stapleton’s experience was “appalling”.She said: “This is the second time we have had a story like this making the headlines, and sadly the incidents that are reported are just tip of the iceberg.“In February, the rail minister [Paul Maynard] promised Anne Wafula Strike action on the issue, but Chris’s story shows that they were just empty words.“As part of our Rail Access Now campaign, we demanded that train operating companies face strict financial penalties for running services without accessible facilities.“They must also ensure that they clearly announce any broken facilities and that staff are available to offer assistance to disabled passengers.“At this point, apologies simply aren’t good enough – how many more disabled passengers will have to go through a horrible experience like Chris’s before action is taken?”Maynard, who is himself disabled, did not respond to a request from Disability News Service to comment.A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Chris Stapleton’s experience was completely unacceptable and we have apologised to him for this.“Thousands of disabled customers regularly travel with Virgin Trains and we have systems in place to ensure that they are properly looked after.“Clearly those systems broke down during Chris’ journey and we are conducting an urgent investigation to understand what went wrong and ensure that any lessons are learned.“We are determined to get this right for all our disabled customers to ensure they can travel with us with complete confidence.”
Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% We do it all the time . We walk by the homeless people on the street, sleeping or asking for money. The homeless people that I’ve met in encampments would talk pretty easily to strangers, but those in the commercial areas often seemed to be angry – and rightfully so. They did not want to talk with me, and made it very clear that they wanted to be left alone. So that is what we do, we leave them alone.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez 0% Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez
0% Police have made no arrests in the March 8 beating of Lyft driver on the southbound Highway 101 by a group of some 15 dirt bikers, captured in a cell phone video that went viral. On Tuesday, the victim, 35-year-old Alex Quintana, turned to the public for help in finding his attackers.According to KRON4 News, The attack sent Quintana to San Francisco General Hospital, where he remains almost a week after the incident with a broken nose, abrasions and nerve damage. His leg is broken in three places, and after having undergone one surgery already, Quintana told Kron4 that he will need another.One of the bikers, he said in an interview with ABC7, looked Quintana in the eyes as he ran over his leg.He will likely need months of rehab to recover from the incident. “There’s a lot of nerve damage, something that opioid medication can’t even really touch,” Quintana told KRON4. He is a Modesto resident and the father of an infant, he told TV reporters. Quintana is employed with the ride share companies Lyft and Uber and commuted to the Bay Area for work.He said he first witnessed the group “drive recklessly” during rush hour on March 8, taking over the freeway to do wheelies and tricks. As seen in the video footage captured by another motorist, Quintana’s white Toyota Corolla came in contact with one of the bikers while switching lanes, although it is unclear who bumped who first.Quintana told KRON4 that the group began yelling at him and accusing him of trying to run one of the bikers over, but Quintana said that he was simply trying to maneuver around them. The confrontation escalated when a black car, seemingly working with the bikers, cut Quintana off and the group boxed him in and began vandalizing his car.After one of the bikers broke off his mirror, Quintana told station reporters he exited his car to confront him. That’s when the bikers descended on Quintana, beating him severely as the man fell to the ground in the middle of the freeway.“If there weren’t so many people that had videotaped the video, they could’ve got away with killing me on the side of the road or something,” he told KRON4.KRON4 reports that at least eight eye witnesses to the incident have been identified. His attackers, who fled the scene and have evaded arrest so far, are part of a local bike gang known to California Highway Patrol as the “12 O’Clock Boys,” Quintana told ABC 7.California Highway Patrol is turning to the public for leads and information on their whereabouts, and a GoFundme campaign that has been set up to assist Quintana with his medical expenses has raised some $4,600 in just four days.California Highway Patrol is asking that those with information about the incident or the bikers report it to them at (415) 557-1094 during business hours or call the CHP Golden Gate Communications Center at (415) 551-4100 outside of business hours. Tags: assault • crimes • police • SF General Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
0% The suspect then drove onto the freeway and got off off again at Duboce Avenue. At that point, officers followed the suspects to Marshall Elementary School.Lieutenant Carlos Gutierrez said that while officers did not see any suspect actually enter the school, they searched it to ensure safety.By 7:45 p.m., Gutierrez told a reporter at the scene that two suspects were in custody, with a third outstanding. That suspect fled the scene on foot.At that point the remaining staff was allowed to re-enter. Gutierrez said officers had been searching for the gun in the area where officers had first encountered the suspects, and a police spokesperson indicated a gun was recovered by police. The suspects’ car was also found abandoned, in the area of 15th and Natoma streets. Tags: crimes • marshall elementary school • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Police searched Marshall Elementary Tuesday evening, looking for suspects in an earlier incident in which someone threw a gun out of a car window. Although children had been dismissed for the day some staff were on hand, and police cleared all for the search.“I just got kicked out” said Chi Ho Leung, a janitor who had been working at the school. He said from where he was working on the second floor, he could see police pull someone out from under a car.Bystanders gathered behind yellow tape cordoning off the area while officers combed the nearby Walgreens parking lot.SFPD spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan said that just after 7 p.m., a Shot Spotter activation and a 911 call both reported shots fired near 26th and Harrison streets. Officers responding to those reports then witnessed someone throw a gun out of a car window. When they tried to pull the driver over, the suspect took off.
SECURE your place in Saints’ history and leave a lasting record of your support!To commemorate the opening of the Saints New Stadium in 2012 a special Wall of Legends is being constructed at the back of the North Stand – and fans are being offered a unique opportunity to write their name into the history of the club.As the Saints enter an exciting new era in their fantastic new home, fans can express their support, passion and loyalty by ordering a personalised commemorative tile that will be placed in the Wall of Legends.It is perfect as a gift for a loved one, for a birthday or anniversary, and is the ideal way to show your everlasting support for our great club.The number of tiles available in the Wall of Legends is limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay as demand for this unique product will be high.Wall tiles will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis around the central St. Helens Red Vee and club logo.A limited number of special white wall tiles with your personalised inscription will also be placed around the Red Vee itself.The famous ‘V’ will be inscribed with the names of the Saints Greatest Ever 17 selected last year, plus other past players to form a centre-piece.You can also order a single red clay wall tile with two lines of black lettering or a double tile with four lines of gold lettering (ideal for families).Each line has up to 15 characters per lines and spaces and punctuation count as characters. The lettering is professionally engraved and hand finished with a long lasting red, black or gold infill.Each tile comes with its own unique ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ that you can frame or present as a gift. You can also buy a replica of your Tile to take home or place in your office.To find out more, click here to download a leaflet or click here to buy.
MARK Flanagan says the hard work is almost done and now it’s time to convert it into a good performance.Speaking ahead of this Friday’s SOLD OUT Karalius Cup clash with Widnes Vikings – the first game at Langtree Park – he believes Saints’ fans are in for an exciting season.“It’s been good so far,” he said. “It was a bit of a culture shock coming over from Australia but I have really enjoyed it. The boys have been very welcoming and along with Lance Hohaia and Anthony Laffranchi it’s like we have been here for a while.“It’s been a tough pre-season as Matt Daniels has worked us hard, but we are ready for the season ahead.”‘Flash’ signed from Wests Tigers in the off-season and is expected to take up a role at loose forward or second row – although he admits competition for places in those areas will be strong.He joined Saints after two years in the NRL.“I had been with Wests for two years, had an offer to stay and a few others too,” he continued. “But when I weighted them all up, the chance to play for Saints was too good to pass up.“They are a great club and with the stadium and new signings I saw a very exciting future for Saints. I enjoyed it in Australia and it certainly helped my game. I played with some great players and when you’re learning off the Australian national coach then it has to benefit you. It was a great experience living in a different culture too. I grew up a lot.“It will be a big year at Saints though, and we can’t wait to get out there. The younger players surprised me with how well they did last season, Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell played well in the halves without Leon Pryce and Kyle Eastmond and took the team to the Grand Final. Jamie Foster, Tommy Makinson did well too and young Joe Greenwood looks to be a good player in the making.”He continued: “Widnes will be a tough match. They will have a strong side and we will need to play well. But we need to concentrate on our own performance and do the things we have been training for.“I’ll slot into the back row hopefully and link up with attack. Gone are the days of say as Paul Sculthorpe or Andy Farrell. The attacking work is done through 6, 7 and 9. Effectively, loose forward is another back rower. I am looking forward to taking to the field.”
SAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s friendly with Castleford Tigers.Keiron Cunningham has whittled his squad down to 21 players with three of the club’s new signings expected to feature.The squad is: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Adam Walker, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 22. Matty Fleming, 23. Jack Ashworth, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 30. Jonah Cunningham.Daryl Powell has named a 19 man squad: 1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16. Ben Roberts, 17. Junior Moors, 18. Matt Cook, 19. Gadwin Springer, 21. Joel Monaghan.The game kicks off at 3pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium and the referee is James Child.Ticket details can be found here.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Container homes are now available for rent in The Cargo District, a new urban mix-use project in Wilmington.The Cargo District is located at 16th and Queen Streets.- Advertisement – The nine apartments use a total of 18 shipping containers and mark the first phase of residential development in the community, according to a news release. They will be completed in June.“This initial phase of development is just the beginning for The Cargo District. We’re also planning more apartments, a coffee shop, and a food truck park,” states Leslie Smith, owner of L.S. Smith Inc. and developer of The Cargo District.The Cargo District is a mix of upcycled shipping containers to create commercial, office, and residential space.Related Article: Yabba dabba don’t: California town rejects Flintstones houseThe nine one-bedroom apartments provide about 600 square feet of living space. The $1050 monthly rent includes water, sewer, trash, and basic internet.The lower level kitchens will include a reverse osmosis filtration system, living room, patio, small garden and off-street parking. The second level includes the bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet, washer and dryer, and private balcony.The plan is to bring 50 to 70 additional one to two bedroom apartments to The Cargo District.Coworx, which offers work spaces for rent, opened in The Cargo District last year.
The fire broke out on April 24, in a shed on NE 54th Street. The flames spread to a home and truck.Anselmo says they are still waiting on the medical examiner and corner’s results for an exact cause of death.His office is also waiting on reports from the State Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help determine the cause of the fire.Related Article: Emergency responders, school officials plan for impending bridge closure Scene of fire in Oak Island on April 24, 2019 (Photo: WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The man who died in a fire in Oak Island last month has been identified.Fire Chief Chris Anselmo says James E. Carden, Sr., 67, was the homeowner and is the confirmed victim.- Advertisement –