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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… The health secretary has been confronted by a campaigner after government figures revealed the number of hospitals charging disabled people to use their carparks rose by 12 per cent in just a year.Kush Kanodia, a disabled ambassador for Disability Rights UK (DR UK), said NHS trusts that charged disabled patients to use their carparks were guilty of direct discrimination under the Equality Act.He asked Hancock: “What are we to do when the people we trust to deliver our healthcare fail to show compassion or inclusion?”But he said neither Hancock nor NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens responded to his request for support for his campaign to end the charges at hospitals in England, which he launched last week with support from DR UK.Devolved governments in both Scotland and Wales have scrapped all hospital parking charges, not just those for disabled patients.Kanodia (pictured) raised his concerns at The King’s Fund’s annual leadership and management summit.He launched the campaign last week after accusing executives of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – where he is a patient governor – of “disgraceful” behaviour by deciding to introduce parking charges for patients with blue badges at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) this week declined to condemn those trusts that have introduced charges, saying only that it believed NHS trusts should offer “concessions” to disabled people using their carparks.NHS Digital figures show that the number of hospitals that charge disabled people to park rose from 132 in 2014-15 to 155 in 2017-18, an increase of 17 per cent in just three years.The largest increase came in the last year, with an increase of 12 per cent from 139 hospitals in 2016-17 to 155 in 2017-18.Hancock’s predecessor, Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt, had pledged to tackle the problem in August 2014.Hunt said then that concessions should be available for disabled people.But in a post on his own website, Hunt says the government is “firmly committed to reducing central interference in matters that can only be understood locally, and setting car parking charges falls into this category”.A DHSC spokesperson declined to say if the department was in favour of scrapping all parking charges for disabled people, or if Hancock was concerned about the rising number of trusts that impose such charges.But he said in a statement: “Patients and their families should not have to deal with the extra stress of complex or unfair parking charges.“Our guidelines make clear that concessions should be offered, including for disabled parking, and we expect trusts to be following these. “We will continue to work with the NHS to ensure these principles are applied consistently to end variation and put the interests of patients first.”A spokesperson for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said its charges would be capped at £3 per vehicle and no decision had yet been made on when they would be introduced.She said: “This still represents a significant concession compared to all other users of the car park. Where there is evidence of poverty then there will be no charge.“This was a very difficult decision to make in a challenging financial climate.“We intend to use the income generated to reinvest in facilities and clinical resources for our disabled patients, including plans to increase the number of disabled parking spaces.“If we don’t make any charge for disabled parking we will have to find an additional £200,000 every year.”She denied that the trust would be breaching the Equality Act by introducing the new charge.last_img read more

SF Mission Candidates Talk Homelessness

first_imgThis is the third of our “43 Questions” series, in which we ask the four candidates for District 9 supervisor a question a week until November 8, 2016. This week we asked our candidates to weigh in on homelessness.From Supervisor Scott Weiner’s remarks that homeless encampments “need to go away” to Mayor Ed Lee’s plans to move the homeless from downtown to make room for the Super Bowl — something that, despite official accounts to the contrary, seems to be happening — homelessness was a hot-topic this week.Since the Mission District is often ground zero for homeless issues, with its sprawling encampments and frustrated residents, we wanted to know how our next supervisor — whoever it is — would approach the problem.Respuestas en español aquí. 0% Tags: Board of Supervisors • election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Question #3All agree that building more permanent housing for the homeless is essential. Besides this, what would you do to address homelessness in the short-term, and what is your position on dismantling homeless encampments, particularly in the Mission?Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyTo deal with the issue, I propose new legislation to revise existing policies. We should ease restrictive guidelines to facilitate goal-oriented services, by taking into consideration feedback from direct service providers.  We should be sensitive to their barriers of employment, and mental health while we provide services to change their existing situation.  I would support the creation of short-term to permanent employment.  People need viable employment opportunities to survive. Camp abatement is not a solution because the housing system is not seamless with the community. We must create temporary to long term housing considering and respecting displaced people’s properties.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubWe have 7,600 homeless in SF. The bay area region must step up to address the need collectively, because it’s a regional issue.We must support innovative approaches like the Navigation Center on 16th and Mission — we must also look at other cities for effective initiatives. Utah has provided housing to their homeless population, and saving a lot of money.Tent encampments are the result of no housing, strict shelter policies, and some scared to even sleep in shelters. Seattle has taken a novel approach to support residents of encampments — creating temporary living areas while helping residents find transitional housing.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposReal solutions to homelessness have been ignored by Mayoral administrations for decades. Dismantling the encampments under the freeways without providing alternative shelter only pushes homeless people into our doorways and sidewalks of our neighborhood — forcing our residents to deal with a problem that should be the City’s responsibility. Every night shelter beds go empty in San Francisco because of bureaucratic red tape and misguided policies. Permanent navigation centers, micro-housing shelters, and increased mental health services have worked in other cities and will work here if all of City Hall acts together to make them a priority.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Tonight, 3,000 San Francisco children have no bed and thousands more of our brothers and sisters don’t have a roof over their heads. Last night I co-sponsored a unanimous SF Democratic Party resolution authored by Rebecca Prozan and the Coalition on Homelessness urging the City to implement the Coalition’s groundbreaking 5-year plan on family homelessness.  As Supervisor I’ll work to implement this plan.It adds affordable housing and rapid re-housing subsidies and would move homeless families into vacant housing authority units, among other important steps.Homelessness is yet another tragic consequence of our housing crisis. We must take immediate action.We hope our weekly column will also remind people to vote. San Francisco turnouts are notoriously low, and if you have recently moved or have not yet registered to vote, here is the page you will need to update your registration or to register for the first time.If you have your own questions to ask the candidates, please send them to info@missionlocal.com with the subject line “One Question.” last_img read more

Mission District Candidates Split on Google Bus Issue

first_imgThe so-called Google buses have been protested widely in the Mission District and throughout San Francisco, despite some new evidence that tech workers simply turn to cars when their shuttle routes are interrupted.The city has recently been considering changes to the program that would involve creating hubs rather than multiple stops. At present, the buses pick up passengers throughout San Francisco and transport them to their workplaces in the South Bay including Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo.Many of the private shuttle stops are in the Mission District, and we asked our candidates to weigh in on the system.What do you think about the commuter shuttle program? What would the system look like in the next few years — expanded or cut back — and how? The corporate shuttle program arose largely because Caltrain cannot accommodate the 35,000 workers that travel on shuttle buses between San Francisco and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties each day and because the South Bay refuses to allow development of housing to accommodate its workforce. These are huge problems that must be fixed to eliminate the need for this private transportation system.Until then, there are two facts about shuttles that any policy maker can’t ignore. One, they reduce congestion and pollution by daily removing thousands of cars off our city streets. And two, the cost of homes and rates of eviction are significantly higher in areas close to corporate shuttle stops.I believe we need to acknowledged corporate shuttles for their environmental positives, while at the same time creating regulation to offset traffic snarls, bus blockage, and the effects of displacement near shuttle stops.In the short term, I support shuttle permitting, reasonable caps on shuttles, as well as common sense fees for using city infrastructure that go to the building of affordable housing and transit equity.Melissa San Miguel submitted a response that did not address the question, but instead spoke to the recent police shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul. 43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. I do not mind embracing change when it is fair for everyone. It seems like they are only trying to accommodate big corporations and a select group of neighbors.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David Campos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0% Respuestas en español aquí.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261San Franciscans have been commuting by car to Silicon Valley for decades, Caltrain is already at max capacity, and the shuttle program reflects years of effort by policy makers, transit agencies, and employers to provide efficient alternatives that significantly reduce congestion and carbon emissions.The results of the recent SFMTA survey indicate that a hub system would encourage many workers who commute down the peninsula to stop taking the bus and begin driving to work. This would have big environmental consequences and would be counter-productive, suggesting to me that the proposed hub system would defeat the purpose of the shuttle program.Instead, I propose we continue to work with neighbors and riders to adjust existing shuttle routes as necessary, enforce shuttle labor standards, and consider revenue-generating options that support MUNI as we make the shuttle program permanent in its current form.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyThese shuttles do not contribute anything but traffic, the loss of parking spaces and inconvenience Muni and bike riders in our neighborhoods. Once these programs/services start providing tangible benefits back to the neighborhoods; show their contributions with transparency, we can contemplate a hub in our neighborhoods.For now, I think the program should be cut back until SFMTA works fairly for all us. The SFMTA has only given us hikes on parking meters and fines, and no bike parking.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham has expressed his happiness at s

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham has expressed his happiness at signing a new deal at the Saints.The head coach and club legend penned a contract until the end of 2018.“The club initially gave me a two-year contract and I suppose it was a trial period to see how I bedded in,” he said. “A lot of people think I got the shot because of my playing career – and yes, I’m sure it helped – but I work really hard off the field to improve as do all the coaches here to prepare the team the best we can.“The contract extension rewards that effort and gives me stability and time to work with the team. It’s a case of not just trying to fix things but developing for the future. Now we can look forward.“At the end of the year everyone dwells and thinks about what ifs. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It’s how to stop those what ifs as a coach. We were close and a kick away from the Grand Final last year but that is sport and we have to move on.“We have recruited well and the players we have brought in are versatile. We are well covered should we get injuries… and history shows we will do.”He continued: “Of course there is pressure on me to succeed – as a player it was no different too. I feel I have to win a trophy every year. Saints before the Super League era wanted to be there or thereabouts but now there is an expectation. It is a business too; as a coach I have to understand that when we do well the club does well too.“You have to get used to the highs and lows and that expectation. No team can be on the top of their game for all the rounds of this comp.“It’s managing those low points and I feel as a squad and coaching staff we are well equipped to do that.”last_img read more

Smithfield Foods donates 100K to the local food bank

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 100,000 congratulations are in store for the Wilmington community.Smithfield Foods donated $100,000 to the Wilmington branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which serves over 70,000 people.- Advertisement – After 38 years of serving, the food bank still works to its mission of making sure no one goes hungry.“Our main expectation around the giving is that they simply expand their reach,” said Smithfield Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Keira Lombardo. “…our hope is that they can use this funding to expand and help more people. ”Lombardo says Wilmington is home to many Smithfield employees.Related Article: Historic Bellamy Mansion needs volunteers to assist with storm clean upThis was a big step for Smithfield Foods to kick off Hunger Action Month.last_img read more

Pope to visit central Italy areas recovering from earthquakes

first_img <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> Pope Francis at an earthquake hit city in Italy two years agoPope Francis at an earthquake hit city in Italy two years ago The Vatican announced on April 6, 2019, that Pope Francis on June 16, 2019, will visit the earthquake-affected areas of the diocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche, Italy.The August 24, 2016, earthquake that struck near the Italian hill town of Amatrice claimed nearly 300 lives. About two months later, various quakes hit the same region, including a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 30, the largest to have hit Italy in more than 30 years.While only two died in the October quakes, a number of towns, including Norcia, the birthplace of Saints Benedict and Scholastica suffered serious damage.Pope Francis will arrive by helicopter at the sports centre of the University of Camerino at 8.45 a.m. where he will be recieved by Mgr. Francesco Massara, Archbishop of Camerino San Saverino in the region of the Marche; Dr Luca Ceriscioli, President of the Marche region; Dr Iolanda Rolli, Prefect of Macerata and other dignitaries.Visit emergency housingHe will proceed to visit the emergency housing structures and the families domiciled in them.This will be followed by a visit to the Cathedral and then he will meet the Mayors of the municipalities of the diocese.At 10.30 a.m. the Pope is scheduled to celebrate Holy Mass in Piazza Cavour followed by the prayer of the Angelus. The Holy Father than will have lunch with the priests of the diocese.At. 3.00 p.m. Pope Francis will return to the Vatican.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Moneyval Malta needs to use time wisely to implement report demands –

first_img SharePrint <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> The Institute of Financial Services Practitioners has responded to news of the upcoming Moneyval report saying that Malta should use what time it has ‘wisely’ to remedy problems as well as hoping what action is taken is ‘undertaken and maintained by the relevant authorities in a manner that is effective, fair and proportional.’The body explains that although it hasn’t had access to the report or what the government intends to do in order to fix problems outlined by Moneyval, it stresses that the government should be doing more to better enforce anti-money laundering efforts. It adds that such efforts were crucial to Malta’s future reputation and the effectiveness of its financial services.IFSP’s comments come following the upcoming publication of the Moneyval report into Malta’s efforts to combat money laundering and finance going towards terrorism.Malta had been warned that if it failed to make drastic changes within a year, it faced being blacklisted.One possibility is that Malta could be placed into what is called an ‘enhanced follow up.’ This process is for countries with serious problems or deficiencies facing them if they do not make progress. Hungary, Iceland and the Isle of Man, have all faced this previously.Moneyval’s Plenary Session then decides on whether to place a country within this based on its effectivenss and technical compliance.While hoping that Malta’s institutions will use time effectively to act on the changes proposed, IFSP says it is wants to work with them to rehabilitate and make more transparent Malta’s financial institutions and dealings. This, they say, will improve their integrity and reputation.WhatsApplast_img read more

WhatsApp is now powering over 100 million calls each day

first_imgAdvertisement Today, WhatsApp has announced that over 100 million calls are made each day on its messaging app.If we are to compare this with Skype which has 300 million monthly users, the statistics appear to be in favor of WhatApp given that skype does not make public the number of calls made everyday.WhatsApp has over 1 billion monthly active users,  meaning that approximately 10 percent of the users have already started using the voip service. – Advertisement – Now that voice adoption statistics are good, WhatApp should work on group calls and video calls, given that there are rumors making rounds that video calls are on the way.last_img read more

Chinese manufacturer TCL has bought all the global rights to the BlackBerry

first_imgBlackBerry will turn it’s focus to mobile security now. Photo Credit PC Mag Advertisement If you are a Blackberry fan, this is not good news!Yesterday, it was announced that the global rights to the BlackBerry name have been sold to Chinese manufacturer TCL.TCL currently produces phones under the Alcatel marque, and are behind the DTEK50 and DTEK60. – Advertisement – With the acquisition. TCL, will be able to produce, market, and sell BlackBerry branded phones, as well as provide customer service. What remains of BlackBerry Limited will assist in software and services.However, the deal has exceptions when it comes to India and Indonesia, where BlackBerry has agreements with local manufacturers, and there’s still a lot of enthusiasm for the BlackBerry brand. It also doesn’t cover Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.Let’s wait and see what TCL will do with the Blackberry brand.last_img read more

Ugandas Brian Gitta Nominated For The 2019 Rolex Awards

first_imgBrian Gitta Founder and Team Lead of Matibabu pictured working on his project. Photo/Rolex Awards Advertisement Brian Gitta; Founder and Team Lead of Matibabu is among 10 finalists of the 2019 Rolex Awards. The awards support individuals with projects that advance human knowledge, protect cultural heritage or help preserve natural habitats and species.Brian as the only African finalist with other finalists from France, Argentina, Canada, U.K, America, India, Brazil, and Pakistan.Brian and his team have developed Matibabu — a novel device that uses magnets and a custom-made device called a ‘matiscope’ into which a patient inserts a clean finger. The device then uses a red beam of light and magnets to detect the malaria parasite. The parasites are detecting from a substance called haemozoin crystals. The machine then gives a reliable reading in minutes, without the need of drawing blood. – Advertisement – According to the team, the goal is to improve diagnostic accuracy, in particular for the early stages of the disease. In addition, convince doctors and patients they no longer need blood tests.After five generations of prototypes, the Matiscope is now undergoing clinical trials — upon success Brian and the team plan to deliver it to hospitals throughout Uganda and Kenya.Since the Rolex Awards inauguration in 1976, it has received over 32,822 applications from 190 countries and awarded 140 winners. The awards were introduced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oyster chronometer, the world’s first waterproof watch and a symbol of the innovation that the Awards programme supports.Notably, we think Matibabu is a great device that will revolutionize the health industry in Uganda. The team has won/received funds from investors, venture companies among others to improve their product this explains the ‘five generations of prototypes’.In 2018, Brian won the Africa Prize for Engineering from the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He become the first Ugandan to win the prestigious prize, and the youngest winner to date – following its previous events.To vote for Brian (FOLLOW THIS LINK).last_img read more