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 second national disability charity has joined Mind in backing a petition that calls for an independent inquiry into links between Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failings and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.Disability Rights UK (DR UK) and Mind are the only two major charities to have supported the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition*, in contrast with others such as RNIB, Leonard Cheshire, Sense and Scope, which have refused to back its demands.The petition calls for an inquiry and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants and ministers to be passed to police.It also calls on MPs to brand DWP institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for the department to take urgent steps to make the safety of benefit claimants a priority.Earlier this month, 12 disability charities – none of which are led and controlled by disabled people – rejected a request from Disability News Service (DNS) to back the petition.Only Mind agreed to back the petition and its four demands.But now DR UK, which is run and controlled by disabled people and works with many of the charities as a member of the Disability Benefits Consortium, has said it supports the petition and all its demands.Jodey Whiting died in February 2017, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment.The Independent Case Examiner concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case.Kamran Mallick (pictured), DR UK’s chief executive, said DWP’s failure to follow its own procedures in the case of Jodey Whiting “highlights the need of a root and branch change to our system of social protection for disabled people in this country”.He said this system should “meet the needs of disabled people and provide safety and support in the way it is administrated”.Mallick said an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP’s actions “would create the opportunity to gather robust evidence on the way the benefits system is administrated and how it impacts on people who need to use it”.He said: “It could also be used to make recommendations for structural changes to the way the system operates now.”And he said that any evidence of misconduct that led to serious harm or death “should be examined by the police to see if a criminal prosecution is appropriate”.He added: “There’s a growing evidence base that the DWP is struggling to provide the services required.“It’s been the subject of a series of very critical reports from select committees, for example, as well as other independent organisations such as Demos.“There have been well documented problems with employment and support allowance, the changeover from disability living allowance to personal independence payments and of course universal credit.“Transferring current responsibilities to different organisations, whether statutory or otherwise, could help solve the problem.“But we must make sure there is a fundamental change in approach – without that, disabled people’s experiences are unlikely to improve much.”  *Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeelast_img read more

first_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I’m a taxpayer who doesn’t have a home, and we helped pay for Super Bowl City? That pisses me off,” Jones said. According to Department of Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon, some 65 tents had been on Division Street Tuesday morning, and only a handful remained by 10:30 a.m. By noon, all were gone. “We’re doing everything from hand sweeping to raking to flusher trucks…we’re being very mindful and respectful of people,” Gordon said. During sweeps, Public Works staff either discard refuse in a garbage truck, bag and tag it for storage at a facility where the owners may retrieve it by giving a description of the item and when it was collected, or transport it to the shelter where the owner is moving to. Tuesday’s goal was a Division Street completely cleared of items – as well as rats, feces, urine and needles.“When it’s the dense encampments, that’s when the big public health problems occur,” Gordon explained.Jones also shares business owner and resident frustrations over hygiene problems. “We agree with Mayor Lee as far as needles and feces and urine,” she said. “I say, give us porta-potties and give people who use needles a biohazard box.”Kagan, with the Department of Public Health, said she has no knowledge of such proposals.“This week’s priority is to ameliorate the situation that had become so unsafe for the people who are living there,” Kagan said. “The main solution that we’ve been using is to help people to relocate to better, safer environments.”This post has been updated to reflect new information from Sam Dodge about the frequency of check-ins required to keep a bed at the shelter at Pier 80. Department of Public Works has been sweeping the area routinely, collecting and crushing abandoned items, bagging and tagging belongings for later retrieval, and telling people to move along. But homeless individuals and their advocates continue to ask – where should they go?“Many of the folks are just further destabilized and just moving a block away,” said Jennifer Friedenbach of the Coalition on Homelessness. Reports about availability of shelter beds at Pier 80 and the Navigation Center have varied, in part because availability fluctuates. But Friedenbach estimated that at its peak, the Division Street encampment sheltered some 300 people.  “They don’t have near enough beds for everyone,” she said.Rachel Kagan, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health, said as of Tuesday morning 17 beds remained open out of the 160 existing at Pier 80, and 11 beds are available at the Navigation Center. At both facilities, individuals are only accepted by referral from service workers.   Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano Valli Division Street on a morning when a sweep was expected. Photo by Cristiano ValliBut even if space were ample or there were no referrals required, not everyone wants to go to Pier 80 or the Navigation Center. Tony Machado said she has been homeless for 10 years and takes work with climate-control systems and sheet metal where she can. She said she is working on getting her high school diploma equivalent. Packing up her belongings on Division and Potrero streets Tuesday morning, Machado said she didn’t know where she would go, but she had no intention of going to Pier 80. “I won’t go to the FEMA camp. It’s like jail,” she said. “It takes me back to when I was a kid in foster care.”Still, what she needs most urgently is a place to stay, where she can keep her belongings and then leave to go to work and come back. On Tuesday, she wasn’t sure where she’d go.Machado is not alone in her distaste for the city’s newest shelter. Chanell Jones and Linda Fuchs were moved from Division Street on Tuesday morning and also have reservations about going to Pier 80. Jones said the shelter posts an armed guard at the entrance and requires regular check-ins with staff throughout the day to keep a bed, though Sam Dodge, the Mayor’s point person on homelessness, said later that the shelter requires check-ins every 48 hours. That doesn’t fit with Jones’ and Fuchs’  schedules – Fuchs worked in retail and Jones was a cook until recently, and both are trying to find work again. They have started a Gofundme in the meantime. 0% San Francisco crews have completely removed the encampments that previously stretched along Division Street from Mission to Harrison streets and beyond, leaving behind signs and barriers to prevent homeless campers from returning to the area. The sweep, which began at around 4:30 Tuesday morning, came four days after a 72-hour deadline to vacate set by the city, which had deemed the area a public health hazard. Residents and businesses had been complaining about needles, feces, urine and garbage for weeks. “People get scared, even my workers,” said Jason Huang, who has run an auto body shop on Division street for six years. “It’s hard right now.”Huang said his business dropped by about 20 percent in the time the encampments were at their peak in recent weeks, and said he believes the encampments will come back.last_img read more

first_imgSuhr said officers from Mission Station responded to the scene at 10:01 a.m. Two officers, one a sergeant, went up the block on Shotwell Street where they encountered an adult Latino man with a 10- to 12-inch-long kitchen knife.Suhr went on to say that the officers first fired bean-bag rounds to disable the suspect, but that the man then got up and charged at them with the knife, at which point the officers fired. Seven casings were recovered from the scene, the chief added. Albie Esparza, a police spokesperson, later added that four bean-bag rounds were fired followed by seven handgun shots.But two residents of the homeless encampment where the victim reportedly stayed said officers shot the man as he was sitting down, unable to understand their commands.John Visor, another resident of the encampment, said he knew the man — who he called Jose — and that he never brandished the knife at officers. Visor said the weapon had been tucked into the man’s waistband, with the blade pointing down, throughout the incident.“To me it was a kitchen knife, one of the ones we use to cut with,” said Visor. “I lost my best friend. People shouldn’t be dying like this…I want him to get his rights, he wasn’t hurting nobody, all he did for a living was pick up trash and bottles.”Stephanie Grant, another resident of the encampment, agreed that the man never pulled out his knife. She added that the man is a monolingual Spanish speaker who did not speak a word of English.“We would have to go through somebody else who speaks Spanish o translate to him,” said Visor. He also said the man had been living in the encampment for several months. Grant and Visor expressed surprise that a homeless outreach team member would contact the police to report a man with a knife, saying it is common for homeless individuals to have knives and that outreach team members know this.Below are video excerpts of Visor’s statements: Tags: shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Meanwhile, a user on NextDoor — the neighborhood network app — posted on Thursday that he witnessed the shooting and said the man was no threat.“To be clear, the victim was on the ground the entire time, head down, visibly shaking. There was no visible aggressive behavior,” the user wrote.“It’s always tragic when this happens. We’ve been working very hard to contend with folks with edged weapons,” Suhr said. “This event unfolded very quickly.”Suhr said he wasn’t sure whether the officers who responded had received Crisis Intervention Training, but that ideally those officers would be called to the scene first. Witnesses told police that the man had been living in the homeless encampment there for several months.No officers were injured in the incident, Suhr said.“We heard at least nine shots. They were loud and really fast,” said Gary Segel, who works at nearby SF Auto Repair. “One after the other – it didn’t even sound like two guns.”Segel said he noticed a homeless encampment sweep early this morning when he parked his car on Folsom Street, and noted that he often sees fights breaking out at encampments but that he has never seen any involving weapons.Demetrius Charlestown, who said he lives in a tent next to the one belonging to the man who was shot, said the man was prone to verbal outbursts, but that Charlestown himself did not perceive him as a threat.“He didn’t speak much English but carried a big knife. Like a butcher knife. Of course, the officers, they see that, it’s over,” Charlestown said. “Any kind of weapon like that, you’re threatening. But he was cool, he was a good guy. I wasn’t afraid of him, but I knew how to handle him.”Charlestown said he plans to leave the encampment by tomorrow.“The cops are going to come back and shut this down. I know that. I’m getting out of here.”This is a developing story and we will update with new information as we get it.  Update: The Medical Examiner identified the shooting victim on Friday as 45-year-old Luis Gongora, a San Francisco resident. The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.San Francisco police officers shot and killed a homeless man who police say was brandishing a knife at 18th and Shotwell shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday morning — though witnesses say the man never brandished a knife and had it tucked into his waistband when he was shot.The homeless man — a regular known to nearby residents — was taken into surgery at San Francisco General Hospital but died at around 1 p.m., according to a hospital spokesperson.Officers were called to the scene by members of a homeless outreach team who reported a man on Shotwell Street waving a long kitchen knife, Police Chief Greg Suhr said. 0%last_img read more

first_imgA LAST gasp Jamie Foster penalty from 30 yards handed Saints a deserved point at Odsal.The youngster kept his nerve to seal a 14-14 draw and keep his side right in the hunt for top spot.But Saints probably should’ve sealed the win as they were much the better team throughout the soggy match.They were level at half time despite dominating the opening 40 minutes.James Roby put in Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to get Saints underway before Bulls went ahead after they took advantage of two high balls.Saints had two tries disallowed – dubiously – but pulled level in the final minutes of the half through Tom Makinson.In the second half, both sides struggled to make headway in appalling conditions but Patrick Ah Van put the Bulls ahead with a penalty from 35 metres out.And that almost proved to be the eventual winner before Foster’s late intervention.Five of Saints’ six exiles backed up from Friday’s game, with only Francis Meli missing out with a leg injury.That meant Kyle Eastmond coming into the centres, whilst Chris Flannery and Josh Perry both returned on the bench.Saints got off to a good start with Jon Wilkin, Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax all penning the Bulls back with strong kicks.But once they got a set in Bradford’s half they were deadly. The home side conceded a penalty and once James Roby had broken the line, LMS was on his shoulder to get Saints on the board.Foster with the easiest of conversions.From the restart, Gaskell hit a huge forty twenty… and when the ball came out of the scrum, Kyle Eastmond slid over under pressure.But Ian Smith, the video referee, ruled he had lost the ball despite him having downward pressure.Bradford hit back straight away. A massive high ball went up from Marc Herbert and Brett Kearney profited – out-jumping Paul Wellens.Patrick Ah Van levelling it up.Jamie Foster added a penalty to put Saints back ahead before Jonny Lomax side stepped his way to the line and used the wet ground to slide over.But this time it was ruled off for obstruction.And like the last decision, it looked harsh.So ironically, it was no surprise that Andy Lynch benefitted from another high ball to drive over the line – Ah Van giving them a four-point lead.But Saints were not going to let nearly a full half of constant pressure go to waste – Roby firing a long ball to Makinson for his fifth of the year.Foster missing the conversion off the touchline.Half Time: Bradford 12 Saints 12Both sides struggled to get any sort of territorial advantage early doors with the driving rain and slippery conditions making a mockery of summer rugby.After Saints should have been given a penalty of their own in front of the posts, Patrick Ah Van forged the Bulls ahead by banging over one of his own – off the post.Saints bombed a couple of chances to put pressure on Bradford’s line; dropping the ball three or four times as the clock ticked down.And with 10 minutes to go Saints had another chance – forcing a drop out but not getting any joy from Bradford’s defence.Four minutes left on the clock Saints had six in Bradford territory once more and then grabbed a repeat set – again to no avail.But with seconds to go Lee Gaskell chipped ahead, was taken out by Andy Lynch, and Jamie Foster cooly slotted over from 30 yards.Saints would be happy with the point, but know they can do so much better on a day they dropped too much ball.Still, in those conditions…Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Kearney, LynchGoals: Ah Van (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, MakinsonGoals: Foster (2 from 3)Penalties:Bradford: 7Saints: 6HT: 12-12FT: 14-14REF: James ChildATT: 13224Teams:Bradford:6. Brett Kearney; 24. Jason Crookes, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 19. Gareth Raynor; 33. Ben Jeffries, 7. Marc Herbert; 10. Andy Lynch, 14. Matt Diskin, 16. Craig Kopczak, 11. Olivier Elima, 17. Ian Sibbit, 13. Jamie Langley.Subs: 9. Heath L’Estrange, 20. James Donaldson, 23. Tom Olbison, 29. Tom Burgess.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 19. Andrew Dixon, 24. Tom Armstrong.last_img read more

first_imgThe money raised will enable the Veterans of the Foundations and SAMS continue their work in the community.Final Bids Luke Douglas – £40 Jon Wilkin – £60 Morgan Knowles – £65 Matty Lees – £70last_img

first_imgFirst team squad members Josh Simm and Jack Welsby (pictured) have been selected alongside Jake Wingfield and Tom Nisbet.Head coach Dave Elliott said: “Games against the Australian Schoolboys are always special, and we’re all really looking forward to what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks.“The Aussies are a strong, athletic and talented group, as always. But Yorkshire and Lancashire both acquitted themselves really well in their games against the Australians in the last week or so, and I’m excited about the talent and the ability we’ve got in our England squad.“It’s always exciting to bring together a group of lads from different clubs – that experience alone makes Academy internationals like this really valuable in terms of the different experience it provides.”Dave also sent his best wishes to Joe Sharratt, who could have been in line for a call-up: “Joe is a popular and respected lad among the group who was exemplary in everything he did with the Lancashire squad last week, and he was a key figure in their team performing so well against the Australians.“We’re all thinking of him, and I’d like to send our best wishes on behalf of the whole squad and everyone else at the Rugby Football League to Joe and his family.”England Academy squad:Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings), Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy), Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos), Callum McLelland (Leeds Rhinos), Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Muzzi Mustapha (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors), Josh Simm (St Helens), Louis McConnell (Leeds Rhinos), Louis Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Wilson (Bradford Bulls), Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos), Sam Walters (Widnes Vikings), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), Tom Nisbet (St Helens).Ticket details for the match are here.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington city leaders will vote tomorrow to give police a new mobile command center. It’s the department’s vital tool for disaster situations or at crime scenes.Leaders will vote on a resolution Tuesday to set aside more than $512,000 for the new mobile command unit. The department’s current unit dates back to 1999 and has logged more and 360 hours at scenes.- Advertisement – WPD is requesting specific resources and designs of the vehicle from the Wisconsin based developer.“It’s time to replace it and I think anybody would say for us to get as much wear and tear out of a vehicle, it’s the right time,” says police public information officer Linda Rawley Thompson.If council approves the new mobile command center, Wilmington police expect to bring the vehicle into its fleet by the end of the year.last_img read more

first_img 1 of 3 Wilson says that’s when the proposal will be back for public comments.Currently, the property owner is proposing to renovate the existing building, which was last used as a Scotchman convenient store, and turn it into a restaurant with an outdoor detached deck seating area. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Concerns about noise, traffic, and alcohol are some of the reasons why the proposal to turn a vacant building in Wrightsville Beach into a restaurant is temporarily on hold.According to Planning Director Tony Wilson, after hearing concerns from the planning board and residents, the applicant decided to pull their request for a conditional use permit until  the April meeting.- Advertisement – center_img A commercial pier with 9 boat slips is part of the plan, as well as a floating dock, which will be located on Kenan’s Creek. The dock was also one concern that was brought up.Related Article: East vs. south facing beaches: Which are more dangerous for swimmers?According to the property owner’s application, restaurant seating would end at 10:00 p.m. and no alcohol would be served after 11:00 p.m.There would also be 21 parking spaces on the site.The next meeting is April 3.last_img read more

first_img Crews dug trenches around the park in an effort to prevent moisture buildup this week, but the Director of New Hanover County parks says it did not fix the problem.The next step is to drill holes in the bottom of the bowl and snake run for the water to spill out.Click here to read more. Drainage problems at the concrete Ogden Skatepark forced crews to close the park. (Photo: WWAY) OGDEN, NC (WWAY/StarNews) — Skaters, listen up! You have a chance to drop in to the Ogden Skatepark before it will close for repairs again.The skate park opened Friday and will stay open for the weekend before it will close again to fix persistent drainage problems, according to New Hanover County Parks and Garden.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Mediterranea – Saving Humans stated that the migrants on board the MV Alex have not as yet been picked up by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) to be transferred to Malta on their way to Italy.In a tweet by an Italian journalist, that had been retweeted by the NGO, it seems that the migrants are still waiting for help from Malta in the scorching sun without any source of substance.#migranti Sole a picco, niente cibo. E nessuna nave di Malta per il trasbordo da@RescueMed#igiornidellavergognaDi @ila_solaini @Avvenire_Neihttps://t.co/XUghpJltIM— nello scavo (@nelloscavo) July 5, 2019The Maltese and Italian authorities have made an agreement to exchange 55 migrantsThis was stated in a press release, that continued saying that the 55 migrants which Italy will send to Malta have been rescued at sea off Tunisia, whilst Italy will take 55 migrants that are currently in Malta.It was also explained that this agreement was made without prejudice to the situation in which this operation has taken place, and in which Malta had no legal responsibility, but as part of an initiative fostering a European spirit of cooperation and goodwill between Malta and Italy.From information received by Newsbook.com.mt the MV Alex was approaching Italian territorial waters 12 miles from Lampedusa. However, the Italian Ministry for Internal Affairs did not allow the vessel to enter port. It was explained that such order is illegal and Mediterranea, the NGO that manages the MV Alex cannot understand why a vessel flying the Italian flag was not allowed in the territorial waters of the state in which it is registered.Newsbook.com.mt is also informed that the Maltese Rescue Coordination Centre had made contact with the vessel at 5.17am on Friday and made it be known that “as a sign of good will” the Maltese government was willing to allow the saved souls to disembark in Malta. The crew of the MV Alex explained that due to the conditions of the migrants and the vessel’s characteristics, they cannot berth for the migrants to disembark in Malta and therefore asked for assistance from the AFM patrol boats or the Italian coast guard.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more