Month: July 2019

  • A note from the editor For nine years Disability

    first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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 leading disabled activist has exposed the UK’s record on disability rights in front of an audience of disabled people from across the global south who had been invited to take part in the government’s Global Disability Summit.Simone Aspis drew repeated loud applause from the audience at the Civil Society Forum as she highlighted the attacks on disabled people’s rights by the “arrogant” UK government.She underlined the “hypocrisy” of the UK asking other countries to sign up to a new Charter for Change, which calls for governments to be held to account for their progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).She said: “Today the UK government is asking other countries to sign up to a charter which talks about the importance of holding governments to account under the CRPD and yet our government stands in breach of it. Hypocrisy.”Last autumn, the chair of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said the government’s cuts to disabled people’s support had caused “a human catastrophe”.Aspis, policy and campaigns coordinator for The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), a member of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, said the committee had made more than 80 recommendations for improvements and that it had never been as concerned about a country as it was about the UK.She also highlighted how the same committee had found the UK government guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the convention in 2016 because its austerity cuts had been “fundamentally breaching disabled people’s human rights to independent living and a decent standard of living and work”.But she said the government had dismissed the findings of both CRPD reports.Aspis (pictured after her speech, left, with ALLFIE’s Michelle Daley) was speaking at the Civil Society Forum, a sister event to the Global Disability Summit, headed by the International Disability Alliance and intended to “amplify” the voice of disabled people from across the global south the day before the summit was held in the same venue on the Olympic Park.Aspis told the forum that UK disabled people’s organisations “absolutely welcome the giving of aid and support to our disabled brothers and sisters in other countries but we must also not let the UK government get away with its deliberate dismissal of its obligations under the [UN convention], because if one government should get away with it then others can follow.”She said ROFA was calling for the government to implement CRPD’s recommendations, including the need for a cumulative assessment of the impact of its welfare and tax reforms; to reverse its welfare reforms; to introduce a national independent living support service; to reverse the reinstitutionalisation of disabled people; and to fully implement disabled people’s right to inclusive education.last_img read more

  • Arson and a Late Night Burglary

    first_imgPatrol officers witnessed an unidentified suspect set fire to a curb at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Monday night. A 41-year-old man was injured in the incident and had to be transported to to San Francisco General Hospital in non-life threatening condition.  The suspect was taken into custody after the officers extinguished the fire.Hot Prowl BurglaryA 36-year-old woman woke up at her residence on 21st and Sanchez streets Monday morning to find her car stolen. An unidentified suspect entered her house through the garage while the woman was sleeping between 11 p.m. on September 27 and 7:30 a.m. on September 28. The burglar stole the victim’s wallet, keys, and then fled with her car, leaving no signs of forced entry. 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

  • Trim and Talk Juan Gabriel Trumps the Donald

    first_imgThe presence of Trump automatically generates a scoff from her.“We’re not that worried, yet, but if he does get elected, then all hell will break loose in the Mission,” she says.A native of San Carlos de Sonora in northwest Mexico, Guillen arrived in the Mission five years ago, giving her and her husband a certain stability — even if it wasn’t quite as stable as she imagined. “They told me that I was going to be sweeping dollars,” she recalls. “So far, I’m only sweeping hairs.”Like many other Latinos in the district, she is not yet eligible to vote, but like others at Sol y Luna, she still takes an interest in politics.She refers to Peña Nieto’s meeting with Trump as “the humiliation.”“I think they paid him,” she says. “Trump must have paid him just to be seen with another country’s president.”Closer to her home in the Mission, however, it is not politics that she mentions, but rising rents.“A thousand dollars for a one bedroom apartment is too much,” she says seemingly unaware that it now costs $2,000 a month to rent a studio. “They’re gonna end up throwing us all out.”Nearby, a young couple speaking Spanglish is helping the hairdressers keep their baby still for his first haircut. The husband, however, seems more interested in talking about Mexican soccer with one of the male hairdressers. Again, the conversation has its own brand of humiliation.“No, no, we can’t lose three-nil at home,” he says in Spanish about America’s recent defeat to their classic rivals, Chivas de Guadalajara. “I can’t understand what’s going on through [coach] Ambriz’s head, and how long are they going to wait for him”.Univision’s news broadcast swings from the forthcoming Cruz Azul-America to Donald Trump Jr’s threat of a massive Dreamers deportation. This time, it is the young soccer fan who scoffs.The young man talking soccer leaves with his little boy as soon as the barber has clipped his hair into a haircut resembling the soccer superstars. His wife stays for a haircut and another round of grousing about rent.“We’re just trying to make our way up, salir adelante,” she says, repeating the notion in Spanish.Before she walks out, she promises the hairdresser in Spanglish she will return for more talk. “Voy a venir every Monday con el baby!” Tags: immigrants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Trim and Talk is an occasional series from the Mission’s salons. Amidst the ridicule of Donald Trump’s unchallenged appointment with Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, the pieces are starting to fall. Univision has finally changed its all-day Juan Gabriel broadcast into criticism of the deposed finance minister, Luis Videgaray, and attention to the September 26 U.S. presidential debate.Not that the staff at Sol y Luna Hair Salon at 3054 24th St. in San Francisco’s Mission District care a lot…yet.Among screaming babies and conversations drowned by the sound of electric razors skimming over middle-aged men’s locks, hairdresser Erica Guillen, her hand still on my head for a trim, is the only one paying attention to the television.last_img read more

  • SAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday and tickets are

    first_imgSAINTS take on Hull FC this Friday and tickets are still available.Fans can secure their seat in the North and South Stands (allocated and unallocated seating) and cash turnstiles for the North and East Stands will be open on matchday.Prices: The game kicks off at 8pm and you can buy in advance from the Saints Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 or online.Prices go up £1.50 on matchday.last_img

  • SAINTS got their playoff campaign off to a winning

    first_imgSAINTS got their playoff campaign off to a winning start with a nervy but ultimately comfortable 36-22 victory against a Hull side whose challenged faded as their injuries mounted.The visitors opened their account after only three minutes taking advantage of a lack of communication in the home defence and a surprising lack of ability to take the high ball.This malaise plagued the Saints throughout the first half continually putting them on the back foot.But the Saints did manage to take the lead with two tries in quick succession. The first came courtesy of the immense Connor Dwyer. The big loose forward burst onto a pass 10 metres out and took the defenders over the line with him.Lewis Galbraith gave the Saints the lead on the next set finishing a fine attacking move. Dom Speakman made the initial break taking the ball to the full back before passing inside to the supporting Dave Hewitt. The scrum half was being caught from behind but didn’t panic, instead he stepped to the right and gave a great long ball out to Galbraith steaming up on his outside to go the final 20 metres.The lead was short-lived, however, as the visitors came back to level proceedings scoring to the left of the posts.Hull were getting the better of the penalty count and again this aided in bringing them away from their line, into the Saints half and putting the Saints under attack. The Saints were again caught out down the right hand side as quick play the balls gave the centre time to spin out of a tackle to score.The Saints came back into it as the time drew on to the interval. First Greg Wilde found himself in touch at the corner, but on the stroke of the break Chris Webster stretched out at the posts to score. Prior to this Ben Parry had made a great break again supported by Hewitt which had resulted in the sin-binning of the FC scrum half for holding down.Poor play from the Saints in the opening 10 minutes of the second period meant no chance to exploit the numerical advantage, and only scrambling defence from Parry, Galbraith and Wilde kept the line intact.Gradually though the Saints began to wear the visitors down and the gaps began to appear. Lewis Charnock’s grubber rebounded straight into his hands for an easy finish after both Jack Ashworth and Speakman had been held up short.Galbraith turned defence into attack superbly well as the Saints went 90 metres in two tackles for the fifth try. The winger cleaned up a last tackle grubber before sprinting 40 metres diagonally across field. He cut inside before feeding his fellow winger Parry who was stopped inches short. From the play the ball quick hands saw Greg Wilde over in the right corner to put the Saints two scores in front.The visitors continued their offloading policy and it paid dividends catching the Saints out and bringing them back within six points with 20 minutes remaining.The Saints were again in debt to Galbraith for starting the move for their sixth and final try. He again picked up a loose ball this time sprinting 30 metres down the right wing. He passed inside to Wilde, the play was spread to the left only for Parry to be stopped 10 metres short. A quick play the ball kept the visitors on the back foot allowing Greg Richards to gain reward for a solid display with the four pointer.A penalty on the final whistle from Charnock put the finishing touch to the win.Shorn of James Tilley, Richards and Dwyer led the line well, ably supported by Webster, Adam Hesketh, and Joe Ryan. But the plaudits this week must go to wingers Galbraith and Parry, whose strong running, was a threat from all over the field continually turning defence into attack.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Connor Dwyer, Greg Wilde, Greg Richards, Lewis Charnock, Chris Webster.Goals: Lewis Charnock 6.Hull FC:Tries: Alex Starling, Richard Wilkinson, Drew Ward, Jack Humphries.Goals: Jordan Abdul.Half Time: 16-16Full Time: 36-22Teams:Saints:20. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 3. Greg Wilde, 4. Jack Ashworth, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Dom Speakman, 21. Adam Hesketh, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 10. Chris Webster, 14. Tom Roughley, 15. Tom Calland, 19. Joe Ryan.Hull FC:1. Josh Nicklin; 2. Tom Stark, 3. Alex Starling, 4. Sol Bevis, 5. Ash Leaming; 6. Jordan Abdul, 7. Richard Wilkinson; 10. Ryan Wilson, 9. Drew Ward, 8. Zach Braham, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Jack Humphries. Subs: 14. James Cunningham, 15. Ryan Smith, 16. Brad Fash, 17. Josh Wood.last_img read more

  • NATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the

    first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the right attitude when they take on London Broncos at Langtree Park this Thursday.Even though Tony Rea’s side are yet to win a Super League match they are improving and a lack of preparation or focus from their hosts could see them pick up points.“London had a difficult start to the season but have made a lot of improvements,” Brown said. “They led Wigan and Warrington for a while in their matches, and nearly beat Catalan too.“Their players turn up with the attitude to do their best and when you’re hungry like that you give yourselves a good shot. It’s a game where we will need turn up with the same attitude as if we’re playing a Leeds or Wigan. If we don’t we will get ourselves in trouble.”Saints head into the match without a win in the last three but Brown says confidence is still high.“Confidence in the camp is still good,” he continued. “We were the best side in the comp for five weeks and then we toughed out some wins without playing as well as we know we can. We haven’t regained that momentum yet.“People can see it as excuses but it is reality too that we’ve had a number of players returning from layoffs as well as personnel changes and that has affected the flow of our team. We know what we are capable of but have to improve and do things consistently well.“We just haven’t been good enough to beat Wigan and Leeds in two very good games. On Saturday we were 20-12 down but just not quite good enough to close the gap. We were close at half time with Wigan too, but the fact is we aren’t going quite as well as Wigan and Leeds at the moment and we have to improve in a couple of areas.“We do a lot of good stuff in defence but there are some minor issues. It isn’t one individual, we have some brain snaps. When you leak a couple of early tries against good sides you lose service and are chasing hard to break back.“We have to start the game better. We are all responsible for it – the coaches, staff and playing group – and we are looking at how we can do it better.”Nathan confirmed that prop Kyle Amor will be out for an extended period after suffering knee damage in the loss to Leeds whilst Jordan Turner broke his foot.He also passed comment on the omission of Lance Hohaia at Headingley.“It’s unfortunate as Kyle has been sensational for us. Jordan damaged his foot in the first half and played on. We should know more about timescales later in the week. Luke Walsh is ok though, he jarred his elbow in the game but it’s nothing serious.“Lance has been playing good footy and it’s good to see the fans giving him some credit because he’s had some hard times. That is a positive to me that they’re talking about him and asking why he hasn’t been playing.“The role Jon Wilkin plays at left back row is similar to what he does at 6 and we decided thought to go with some bigger people would have been a better option against a bigger team.”Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

  • SAINTS Community Team will be hosting an Open Acce

    first_imgSAINTS Community Team will be hosting an Open Access (Coach) Player Development Session aimed at all current U14s players on February 19, from 2pm till 3.30pm.It is open to all players at that age group and we would also like to extend an invitation for all Coaches at that age group to come along to observe and be part of the event.Players need to bring outdoor training clothes, footwear and suitable hydration drink for the session which will take place at our Cowley Training Facility.Anyone interested should contact craig.richards@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

  • KEIRON Cunningham said he thought his charges were

    first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said he thought his charges were “flat” as they went down 30-12 against Catalans last night.“I thought we looked really tired,” he said. “We’ve not had the luxury of rolling people and have had to keep the same squad for a number of weeks. The Easter weekend and into the big game last week hurt us more than it should have. “That said, we still gave ourselves a chance. We got back in the game but looked flat across the board.“We are desperate for some players to come back in and we will try and drip feed them back over the next few weeks.“We lost our structure in both defence and attack and we have worked hard on that over the last month. We thought we had turned a corner and that is what frustrates you as a coach. You feel like you are heading in the right direction after three good performances and then you chuck that up.“It’s disappointing for me and the fans who have paid good money to come and watch. They have not been entertained in the last two or three games at this place.“Hopefully, we will have some players back next week and can make some changes.”He continued: “Our middles weren’t great tonight but all season they have played well so I can’t really criticise them. But those edges hurt us again and we can’t compete with anything when we aren’t defending together. There are some hard lessons for everyone tonight and there will be a few not playing next week.“Atelea Vea isn’t far off as is Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax is also on the horizon. There are few creeping back in there. “We have no outside backs – we are decimated from our starting five who should be in there and to be fair to Catalans they exploited it.“Those kids learnt a hard lesson but there were a lot of senior players defending around them and they should have helped out. “But it doesn’t matter how light we are; we have a deep squad at one of the most prestigious teams in the comp. We have to go out there and compete.”Saints are next at Langtree Park when Leeds Rhinos come to town next Friday April 22.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online.last_img read more

  • The winger damaged his ACL last season but after a

    first_imgThe winger damaged his ACL last season but after a long rehab is in full training with the rest of the first team squad.“I’m massively excited to be training with the boys again,” he said. “It is a long process to come back from an injury like that but it’s been good. The players we have here made it easier and I’ve actually enjoyed it.“I kept pushing myself and giving myself targets but realistically I don’t think I would have made the Grand Final if we would have made it. But it has actually helped. I am feeling the best I have done for a long time.“I am back at the weight I need to be and at the speed I want too. I feel fantastic.“Nathan Mill, Adam Rowlands, Matty Daniels and Ade Gardner have worked wonders and I want to thank them before I start playing and training. I am really grateful.”Tommy returns to a Saints’ side that includes five new signings and a number of promoted youngsters.“It is a strong squad with depth,” he continued. “There will be challenges from everywhere and that is a good thing. That is what the coaches want in a squad. They want a team of hard decisions and that is what it will be this year.“I’m really looking forward to getting started. We are lucky with the life we have; we can train with our friends every day and get to perform in front of our own fans.“I can’t wait to walk back out on the field. It will be one of the major moments in my career. Missing last year was heart-breaking and now I want to kick on to the next stage of my career.”last_img read more

  • Kids accepted through Charter Day School lottery

    first_img “I’ve been looking at Roger Bacon for a couple of years now. I have friends that go to that school, and their kids love it, so it was our first choice. So just anticipating, awaiting to hear his name, it was a little stressful, especially because he was number 35. But definitely I’m relieved now and and can’t wait for him to dive right in and get started,” Jumila Franklin said.But not all parents were as lucky.“My son didn’t make it in. You know we were going for kindergarten. He’s on the wait list, though, so you know, we’ll just leave it in God’s hands. No matter anything that goes along in our life,” Aaron Clark said.Related Article: New kindergarten building unveiled at Charter Day SchoolThe lottery was held at Charter Day’s sister school, Frederick Douglas Academy in Wilmington, because of how many applicants there were.“I enjoyed seeing the excitement in students and parents who were accepted. I also look forward to reaching out to those parents who weren’t accepted and allowing them to see our other three schools and see that opportunity,” Charter Day School Headmaster Laurie Benton said.The children who got in to Charter Day School start classes in July. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sometimes, it only take a stroke of luck.The lottery for Brunswick County’s Charter Day School had 180 applicants vying for about 130 openings for kindergarten to eighth grade. For some parents, waiting to hear their child’s name caused a lot of anxiety.- Advertisement – last_img read more