first_imgAn international committee of disabled human rights experts have delivered a series of withering attacks on the UK government over its failure to implement the UN disability convention.Following a two-day public examination of the UK’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the committee said it was “deeply concerned” that the UK government still believed it was a “champion of human rights”.The committee’s chair, Theresia Degener (pictured), from Germany, told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.Stig Langvad, the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) member who is leading the UK examination, said the government had failed to demonstrate its commitment to the convention.He said the government had failed to answer many questions put to it by the committee over the two days, and that it had “become evident that the committee has a very different perception of how human rights should be understood and implemented” than the UK government.He called on the UK to develop a “concrete strategy which is sufficiently funded” to “fully acknowledge and implement the convention”.Langvad said the committee was “deeply concerned” about the government’s refusal to recognise the findings and recommendations of the committee’s earlier inquiry, which concluded last November that there had been “grave and systematic violations” of three key parts of the convention.He said: “We expect the state party to take the appropriate measures to address the recommendations of our inquiry report.”Langvad added: “I could provide a long list of examples where the state party doesn’t live up to the convention. Unfortunately, the time is too limited.”Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had earlier told the UK delegation: “I want to see you coming back as world leader, which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”Many representatives of DPOs – including Inclusion London, the Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts, Equal Lives, Black Triangle, Disability Rights UK, Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales – had travelled to Geneva for the public examination, and had provided detailed evidence to Pyaneandee and the committee members on the government’s failings.Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues, who led the UK delegation, insisted that the UK was “determined to remain a global lead in disability issues”.She said that UK laws provided “a strong framework for ensuring and progressing the rights of disabled people” although there was “more still to be done in all aspects of society and life” to progressively realise the convention.At the start of the two-day examination, Jochelson had delivered a statement from the minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, in which she claimed that the UK had been “a global leader in driving forward disability rights and promoting inclusion” and that it could even be a “catalyst” to “help our international partners achieve more on this agenda”.A representative of the Department for Work and Pensions told the committee that the government “takes very seriously its duty to protect the most vulnerable people”, and added: “We stand by the reforms to the UK benefit system.”Jochelson ended by saying that it was “right that the UK is scrutinised carefully and we have welcomed this” and that this reflected Mordaunt’s pledge that the UK would “continue to progress disabled people’s rights and consult with disabled people on government policy and public services”.Two of the key issues that were raised several times by committee members were disabled people’s right to independent living and the treatment of people in secure mental health settings (see separate stories).Among other issues address by the committee were the discrimination faced by disabled people when accessing healthcare; the government’s plans to increase the number of disabled people in employment; and the disability pay gap.It also examined disabled people’s engagement in democracy; the fall in the number of disabled children in mainstream education and the failure to move towards a fully inclusive education system; parents with learning difficulties who have had their children taken away from them; and disabled people who have lost their benefits in the move from disability living allowance to personal independence payment.last_img read more

first_imgA disabled peer has told the House of Lords that plans for a major “restoration and renewal” of the Houses of Parliament must ensure a “step change” in the provision of disability access in a building that can be “extremely unwelcoming” to disabled people.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats and a wheelchair-user herself, said the newly-restored palace “will have failed” if it was not “truly accessible” to all disabled people.She said that the building itself – and a “wider, unconscious cultural attitude” – can make the Houses of Parliament “extremely unwelcoming to disabled parliamentarians, staff and visitors”.Members of the House of Lords were discussing long-delayed plans to renovate the Palace of Westminster, which will eventually see MPs and peers move out and work in separate buildings nearby in Westminster – probably soon after 2025 – while a major programme of repairs takes place over a number of years.Last week, MPs voted to approve the plan, and this week peers agreed to this “full and timely decant” to nearby buildings while the work takes place, and that the renovation should ensure “full access for people with disabilities”.Problems include major fire risks, pipes and cables “decades past their lifespan”, and a “huge amount of asbestos” in the building – which is a royal palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – according to the Tory leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.Baroness Brinton (pictured) said that MPs and peers who use wheelchairs do not have the same “rights and experience” as their non-disabled colleagues.She said: “A parliamentarian in a wheelchair cannot sit with their party or group in either the Commons or the Lords.“Our Lords’ mobility bench behind the clerks in front of the cross benches, has three spaces, so when five or six of us want to speak we cannot stay in our place for the rest of the debate.“Worse, if the chamber is full, we cannot even manoeuvre around after speaking to let another colleague move in.“Even worse, the Commons does not even have a mobility bench.”She also pointed out that there was just one space for wheelchair-users in the Commons public gallery, and no wheelchair spaces for peers who want to observe proceedings in the Commons.She said that wheelchair-users often have to travel double the distance around the building, because most routes include steps, which means wheelchair-users often miss votes because there are so few lifts large enough for them to use.Baroness Brinton also revealed that wheelchair-users are not able to access parts of the corridors used by ministers in the House of Commons.She pointed out that there are no self-opening doors in the building, and that some of the accessible toilets are “too small, cluttered with bins, and the red alarm cords are often in the wrong place and tied up, which makes their use impossible”.She also said that many of the ramps in the building have “no wheelchair” signs placed on them because they are too steep for wheelchair-users to use.Another disabled peer, the former Conservative minister Lord Blencathra, said: “I could add a whole chapter of horrors and, indeed, humiliations about the difficulties of getting around this place in a wheelchair.” The Liberal Democrat disabled peer Lord Addington said: “We have to get on and do this because we have a duty of care to everybody who works here and to the building.”He said he believed that moving peers and MPs out of the building should take place sooner than 2025.The disabled Labour peer, Lord [David] Blunkett, said he was pleased that the motion they were debating “recognises the importance of accessibility for visitors with disabilities and special needs, although that is also true of those working in the Palace of Westminster and will be in the future”.Another Labour peer, Lord Carter of Coles, said access to the building for disabled people was “a disgrace and we should correct it”.He added: “We should create a building that represents our values and, more importantly, our aspirations.”Baroness Doocey, a Liberal Democrat, said the renovations should “go much further than the minimum standards” on access.She said: “We should make it as easy as possible for every member of the public, regardless of their disability, to come to parliament and, crucially, to feel happy and comfortable when they come here.”Labour’s Baroness Smith of Basildon, shadow leader of the Lords, added: “We have an opportunity to ensure that parliament abides by the laws that we pass but do not follow regarding disability.”A Conservative peer, Baroness Bloomfield, told the debate that, after touring the basement of the building last week, she was “amazed that health and safety regulations allow any of us to occupy any part of this estate at any time.“The threat of a catastrophic failure in this parliament reflects the hideous possibility that a fire within this building, which has the same ventilation construction as the Mackintosh building in Glasgow and the same risks that attach to that system, could indeed cause major damage, potential death and the destruction of historic art and documents on a quite grotesque scale.”Baroness Evans assured Baroness Brinton and other peers who had raised the need to address access issues that “a major element of the proposed works will include significantly improving disabled access in the palace, which does not currently meet modern standards”.And she said that Baroness Brinton had “rightly raised some important issues which need to be looked at”.last_img read more

first_img“That’s when the neighborhood needs it the most, during an earthquake,” Klemish said.Unlike the existing hospital, which was built in 1970  when safety requirements were very different, the new structure is collapse-proof during an earthquake and has built-in storage for vast quantities of water that can sustain operations at the hospital at full capacity for 72 hours. Back-up systems will keep the power running for 72 hours.The Cesar Chavez entry in its current state. Photo by Lola M. ChavezFuture Emergency Room. Photo by Lola M. ChavezEverything will  also be a bit roomier. “If you went into an older hospital, the operating rooms would be smaller,” Klemish said.Joint replacements, open heart surgery, and robotic equipment require space to move and work, he explained, which the new operating rooms can more easily accommodate.The new hospital is also shifting away from shared rooms for patients admitted for hospital stays. Each patient room is now individual, with its own sink, bathroom, and large window, many of them with a view.“The need for overnight stays has gone down as treatment improves,” Klemish said. Hence, more space to accommodate single rooms – which also give patients more peace and quiet.“Those staying in a hospital are really there because they need to recuperate,” he said.Workers at lunch. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPaul Klemish explains how things work. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe Emergency Department will also have a few updates – including a covered ambulance bay so no patient needs to be wheeled out of an ambulance through inclement weather. Imaging rooms are also nearby, unlike in other hospitals, to reduce travel times for patients who need x-rays and other imaging after they arrive in the emergency room. Over the course of the construction, workers have run into a very familiar San Francisco problem: Finding parking. HerreroBOLDT, the project builder, offers an incentive system for workers, in which they collect points each time they use public transportation to get to work and can trade those points for rewards like iPads or high-quality work boots. But the project also has a full-time parking manager who coordinates parking space leased in bulk from nearby facilities to keep workers from clashing with local residents over parking. The total cost of the project racks up to $550 million. Klemish said one of the focal points of the project for Herrero BOLDT was that as much of that money go to local workers and businesses as possible.The company’s goal is that 14 percent of the total construction revenue goes out to San Francisco based builders. 30 percent of the hours worked in the field, Klemish said, must be logged by San Francisco workers, most of them making almost $30 an hour, with electricians generally making closer to $50 an hour. “Usually if I’m in a larger group [of workers], I say, who was born at St. Luke’s? And usually I get at least one,” Klemish said.The view from the top of St. Luke’s. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCorrection: A previous version of this story stated that 70% of the field hours on the project are to be worked by SF residents. The goal is actually 30%. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information. Tags: construction • health care • St. Luke’s Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img A brand-new, earthquake-safe, 120-bed replacement for St. Luke’s Hospital on Valencia Street will be completed in 2018, open to patients by 2019, and its older version will be demolished sometime after 2020. That’s according to Dean Fryer, a spokesperson for the hospital, and Paul Klemish, HerreroBOLDT’s Director of Business & Risk Management, who is one of many leading construction efforts at the hospital. The lag time between the completion of construction and the official opening is due to a stocking and licensing period that can take around six months.The Cesar Chavez Street entryway as planned for the new St. Luke’s Hospital. Image courtesy HerreroBoldtThe main feature of the new hospital will be its resilience in crisis – it’s designed to continue functioning in case of a major earthquake or other disaster. last_img read more

first_img 0% Six days out of the week, Mo fills packs his car with TVs, chairs, hand sanitizer and video game accessories and takes to the streets to set up a streetside studio where anyone can play on ancient Nintendo video game consoles. He sets up his video game consoles and monitors on top of his Honda Accord wagon and opens up his gaming collection to anyone wanting to play. On the weekends he’s on 16th Street near Valencia and crowds gather for rounds of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Duck Hunt and Punch-Out!!A San Francisco native, “Mo Gamin’” got the idea to share his gaming library after crowds would gather around his car while he played with his Nintendo Wii. They would ask for a turn, and eventually, he began adding more screens, more chairs and more games.He hopes to expand by adding a fleet of vehicles or by converting a bus into a mobile gaming center. For bookings, you can contact Mo Gamin’ at 415-571-1927. center_img Tags: 16th Street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgCHIEF Executive Mike Rush has expressed his thanks and gratitude following the Club’s League Leaders Shield win.Saints topped the pile after the regular season to not only secure the trophy but land a spot in the World Club series in 2015 also.“The Shield is the culmination of a season where Nathan Brown, his coaching staff and all the players have worked hard often in times of adversity. They came together as a team and deserve all the congratulations that come their way.“The Academy staff deserve equal thanks too after preparing several players for their first team debuts as well as reaching the semi finals of their playoffs.“I’d like to thank the Board of Directors and Eamonn McManus for their unwavering backing in not only supporting our fantastic youth development system but also for funding transfers in a difficult market that has seen us secure British based and overseas talent.“The staff behind the scenes should also be praised. They work long hours and do a lot of things that go un-noticed but are as equally as vital as what goes on on the pitch.“Finally, I’d like to personally thank the fans who have supported us through thick and thin this year.“At times it has been difficult but your support has been superb. This was none more so evident than on Friday when, under pressure and a man down, you roared the team to an almost famous win.”last_img read more

first_imgRyan Morgan returns in place of Jake Spedding in the only change from last week’s squad.Mark Percival is also named pending his disciplinary hearing at the RFL this evening.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 28. Regan Grace, 36. Zeb Taia.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is TBC.Brian McDermott will choose his 17 from:1. Ashton Golding, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 8. Keith Galloway, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Stevie Ward, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 16. Brad Singleton, 17. Mitch Garbutt, 20. Anthony Mullally, 23. Jack Ormondroyd, 24. Jordan Baldwinson, 25. Jordan Lilley, 31. Jack Walker.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgNumbers 10 to 12…10. Luke Maloney-Ward – Centre from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Legh Vale Primary School, The Tanning Company, Sunshare UK, Ransons Gardening and Colin Tunstall.Previous Number 10s: 2004 – Nick Manchester (Pilkington Recs) 2006 – Jamie Dickinson (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2009 – Josh Greaves (Pilkington Recs) 2011 – Jordan Heaton (Ince Rosebridge) 2013 – Matty Fleming (Bold Miners) 2015 – Robert Fairclough (Blackbrook Royals)11. Paul Nash – Hooker from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Galavn Pets Assistance and Sutton St Anne’s.Previous Number 11s: 2004 – Louis Menguy (Leigh East) 2006 – Andrew Dixon (Crosfields & Blackbrook) 2009 – Scott Hale (Haydock Warriors) 2011 – Adam Hesketh (Thatto Heath Crusaders) 2013 – Liam Forsyth (Bold Miners) 2015 – Christopher Follin (Thatto Heath Crusaders)12. Tom Nisbet – Winger from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Card Factory and Frameline.Previous Number 12s: 2004 – Dean McGilvray (Blackbrook) 2006 – Jamie Ellis (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Jordan Hand (Bold Miners) 2011 – Corey Lee (Thatto Heath Crusaders & Portico Vine) 2013 – Lewis Hatton (Clock Face Miners) 2015 – Tom Nisbet (Portico Vine & Clock Face Miners)last_img read more

first_imgHe was one of the great characters of Rugby League and is perhaps best remembered for his amazing efforts to keep alive the Huyton club and its later reincarnations as Runcorn Highfield, Highfield and Prescot Panthers.The ball playing prop forward had few equals in the 1960s and 1970s.He played for Leigh in three separate spells and in total made 154 appearances for the club. In his career he played an incredible 559 games and also represented Lancashire County. His other clubs included Oldham, Wigan and Workington Town.The son of former Saints forward Bill, who played for his hometown club in the 1930s, Geoff took over the running of the family farm, Holme Farm which was situated just behind the Eddington End at Knowsley Road.As a result Geoff was often referred to as ‘Piggy’ Fletcher in Rugby League circles.Geoff played a starring role in the well known YTV documentary ‘Another Bloody Sunday’ in 1980 which focused on Doncaster’s struggles.The game against Geoff’s Huyton side at Tattersfield formed a cornerstone of the documentary with hitherto unknown access to the dressing rooms and behind the scenes as Doncaster tried to end a long losing run against fellow strugglers Huyton.Doncaster’s victory and the contribution of their prop forward, the late Tony Banham, was the highlight of the programme but Fletcher played a starring role as well with his passionate efforts to inspire his Huyton team. The documentary can still be viewed on YouTube and is required watching for any Rugby League fan.Geoff started his professional career at Leigh in the early 1960s after playing for Thatto Heath and Pilikngton Recs and winning county and international honours in the amateur game. Former Saints and GB captain Alan Prescott was the Leigh coach at the time and saw the potential in the teenager who, at 6ft 2 and 16 stone was already an imposing physical figure.Geoff made his debut against St Helens at Hilton Park in a Western Championship game in September 1962. Leigh had lost each of their opening seven games of the season but the game still attracted a crowd of 10,369 as Saints won 20-10.In August 1965, Geoff was transferred to Oldham where he played 111 games over the course of the next four seasons, playing for the Roughyeds in two losing Lancashire Cup Finals. He also missed out on a Great Britain cap as Oldham were involved in a cup replay and he chose to play for his club instead.He was then transferred to Wigan, making his debut against Blackpool in August 1969. During his time at Central Park he missed out on a Challenge Cup Final appearance due to a broken elbow, won a Lancashire Cup winner’s medal in 1971 and was a member of the Wigan side defeated by Saints in the 1971 Championship final. In all he made 140 appearances for Wigan.By the time he came back to Leigh for a second spell in August 1972 he was an experienced and durable forward whose skills were undiminished. He played a leading role in Leigh’s Floodlit Trophy success over Widnes later that year, Aussie Graeme Lawson’s try from Derek Clarke’s grubber kick securing a hard-fought 5-0 win at Central Park.His stay at Hilton Park this time was relatively brief and in November 1973 he went back to Wigan before returning to Leigh in January 1975. He played his final Leigh game against Castleford at Hilton Park in January 1977, nearly 15 years after his debut, having now combined his playing career with a stint as A team coach.From there he went to Workington Town for a short spell before joining Huyton as player-coach in August 1977. At Alt Park he quickly assumed all the major roles, as player-coach, groundsman and club official including a long stint as Chairman alongside a few other stalwarts who fought a long and ultimately unavailing battle to keep Rugby League alive on Merseyside.Huyton finally quit Alt Park in 1984, driven out by the vandals and spent several years at Canal Street Runcorn playing as Runcorn Highfield. They then became Highfield, playing at Houghton Road in St Helens, sharing with the town’s soccer team before the club’s long history (which had begun as Wigan Highfield who had entered the Rugby League in 1922) came to a close as Prescot Panthers at Hope Street. Throughout it all Geoff Fletcher was the driving force of the club, his spirit and love for the game indomitable.Geoff played 133 games for Huyton and its successors, his last in November 1985 when he had come out of retirement, over 23 years after his professional debut. He stayed with the club until Prescot Panthers’ demise after the 1997 season.Geoff’s dedication to the game was recognised by the Rugby League Writers Association and he won their inaugural merit award in 1981. Looking back on his career he described his greatest triumph as keeping Rugby League alive at Huyton. “I wouldn’t have changed them for the world,” he said. “I have been paid for doing something I love. I have enjoyed it very much and I still enjoy it.”Many thanks to Mike Latham at Leigh Centurions for the use of this obituary.last_img read more

first_img He says the driver fell from the SUV when attempting to drive the vehicle and attached trailer up the ramp.They think the driver may have experienced a medical emergency.The driver was treated by EMS but declined to be taken to the hospital.Related Article: Dolphin washes up along Holden Beach coastHolden Beach Police is investigating. (Photo: Coastline Rescue Squad) HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after emergency responders say a vehicle was found submerged in a waterway in Holden Beach Thursday evening.Coastline Rescue Chief David Robinson says when crews got to the scene at Southshore Drive around 8 p.m., they found a Cadillac Escalade SUV fully submerged.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Huber was charged with several counts of animal cruelty, but the judge dismissed the case in April when veterinarians the state needed to testify were not available. The DA’s office refiled the charges.Skywatch Bird Rescue originally helped the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office seize the ducks. The organization was outside the courthouse Monday in protest.One of their representatives, Amelia Nash, gave a prepared statement to WWAY.Related Article: North Carolina officers remove hundreds of pets from home“We want to speak up for the animals that have been abused,” Nash said. “We want the courts and authorities to know that we oppose animal neglect, abuse and we want to see these crimes punished to the full extent.”Nash went on to say that the ducks needed proper vaccinations, shelter and nutrition, something Huber did not provide.Nash said the organization wants the judge to give a fair and fitting punishment to Huber for her alleged crimes.Huber’s case was continued until August 6. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County woman accused of hoarding ducks on her property appeared in court again Monday. A group of bird rescue activists were outside of the courthouse in protest.Investigators originally searched Cynthia Huber’s property on Watermill Way back in December. They found 153 ducks, dozens of which were allegedly disabled or injured.- Advertisement – last_img read more