An inquiry launched by the equality and human righ

first_imgAn inquiry launched by the equality and human rights watchdog into the “chronic lack” of accessible housing has been welcomed by campaigners, but they warned that it must also look at whether such housing is affordable for disabled people.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) inquiry will look at the impact of the shortage of accessible and adaptable housing on disabled people’s right to live independently, as laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).EHRC launched the inquiry after research showed that 1.8 million disabled people in Britain do not have suitable housing, while 300,000 do not have the adaptations they need in their existing homes.The terms of reference for the inquiry were published this week, with calls for evidence due to start next month.The inquiry will examine the extent of what EHRC said was a “chronic” shortage, the experiences of disabled people over the last three years, and the consequences for those who have not found appropriate housing on their right to independent living.It will also look at the impact of government policy, the availability of support services, and whether local authorities are complying with their duties under the Equality Act’s public sector equality duty and ECHR.And the inquiry will examine the steps being taken by councils and social housing providers to increase the provision of accessible and adaptable housing, through planning and building regulations.Part of the inquiry’s focus will be on how councils and social housing providers assess disabled people’s need for accessible housing and identify a suitable property, and on how the disabled facilities grants system – and equivalent grants in Scotland – are operating.The inquiry, which is due to report early in 2018, will cover England, Scotland and Wales.Zara Todd, community activities manager for the Norfolk-based disabled people’s organisation Equal Lives, said: “We would welcome any inquiry into the lack of accessible housing because it’s a big issue for disabled people across the country.“If you don’t have somewhere that you can live, there are lots and lots of additional barriers to getting the other things you need in order to achieve independent living.“It’s a crucial part of disabled people realising their rights and having independence.”In October, Todd told the Commons women and equalities committee’s inquiry into disability and the built environment (pictured) that she had contacted 22 letting agents in Norfolk when looking for an accessible flat to rent, but had been shown details for just two that were step-free.Neither was completely accessible to her, so she had to settle for a property that was partly inaccessible.She also told the committee that when she bought an accessible flat in London, she was told by the developer that she was the first disabled person to have been able to afford to buy one of the many accessible properties it had built.She told Disability News Service this week: “There are particular issues around the availability of affordable housing, so [it’s important for the inquiry to consider] not just accessible housing but housing that disabled people can afford.”She said it was also “very unclear” what responsibilities landlords had when renting properties to disabled tenants.This meant that disabled people who could not afford the accessible housing that was available, and did not meet the criteria for council housing, were “being consigned to being in inaccessible properties or homeless”.She added: “Accessibility is not just about physical accessibility. It is also about financial accessibility.“I would hope that EHRC would take that into consideration when they are doing their investigation.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, which was involved in EHRC’s discussions about its plans to hold the inquiry, also welcomed the announcement.She said: “Housing is a priority issue for disabled people, and as research has evidenced, there is a chronic situation with a lack of genuinely affordable, accessible and adaptable properties available.“The issue is also wide-ranging, including a lack of support to enable disabled people to maintain their tenancies, and discrimination and barriers faced by, for example, people with mental health support needs in the private rental market.“Whilst we are pleased that the EHRC is now giving more attention to disability equality in housing, we hope that the recommendations from this inquiry are as robust and critical as they need to be [about] the impact on disabled people of current housing policy and that they will have the power to influence the real change that is needed at national, regional and local authority levels.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, also welcomed the inquiry.She said: “We welcome the EHRC inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible housing and are pleased that it will focus not only on the lack per se but also on the impact that the lack of accessible housing and housing support has on independent living.”Bott gave evidence alongside Todd at the women and equalities committee’s evidence session in October.She told the committee about one disabled man who had to crawl up the stairs of his rented property to get to his bathroom and bedroom.After years of waiting on his local housing trust’s list for an accessible property, he was told that he was no longer eligible to be on that list because of a rule change.Bott told the committee that this trust was having to cope with the “squeeze” on accessible one-bedroom properties caused by disabled people having to downsize because of the government’s bedroom tax.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said: “Living independently is one of the most important issues for disabled people across the UK, yet only a small percentage of local authorities have policies to deliver and monitor the number of accessible homes being built.“We are using our unique legal powers to hold this inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible housing for disabled people as well as the many barriers faced by those who need to adapt homes to their specific needs.“It is to society’s shame that rights of disabled people have stalled, and we need to ensure they are no longer left behind in all areas of life, including housing and independent living.”last_img read more

The government is finally set to publish a longaw

first_imgThe government is finally set to publish a long-awaited review of a fund that supported Deaf and disabled people with the extra costs of standing for election but has been closed for the last three years.The announcement came in response to a legal letter sent on behalf of three disabled politicians, Labour’s Emily Brothers, Liberal Democrat David Buxton and the Green party’s Simeon Hart.They handed in a petition of more than 8,000 names to 10 Downing Street on Monday, calling on the government to reopen the Access to Elected Office Fund (AEOF).And they later took part in a protest in Parliament Square, opposite the House of Commons.In response to a legal letter from the trio’s lawyers, Bindmans, the government has now promised to publish its evaluation of the fund and announce its decision on the fund’s future by 11 May.Three disabled MPs, Tory Robert Halfon, Labour’s Marsha de Cordova and Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd, have also written to the home secretary to urge the government to reopen the fund.Hart, Buxton and Brothers say the government has breached the Equality Act by failing to complete the review and reopen AEOF – which ran from 2012 to 2015 – and say they have effectively been unable to stand as candidates in a general election since the government froze the fund in 2015.They are being supported in their campaign and judicial review by the cross-party campaign group More United, which is funding the legal action.AEOF was set up in 2012 and offered grants to disabled people to pay for some of their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP, such as the costs of British Sign Language interpreters, support workers or assistive technology.Brothers, who contested the Sutton and Cheam seat at the 2015 election, said it was “shocking” that the government had refused to publish the evaluation of the fund until it had been confronted with a judicial review, and demonstrated “how low disability is in their priorities”.She told Disability News Service (DNS): “I think it says that they are dismissive of disabled people and that unless their hand is forced by legal action they are not going to take the necessary action.”She pointed out that the recommendation to set up AEOF came originally from the cross-party Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation in January 2010.She said: “We live in a democracy and 20 per cent of the population are disabled people and we have a fundamental right to be part of that democracy.”If there was a representative number of disabled MPs, there would be about 130 rather than the six MPs who self-describe as disabled people.Buxton, who was the first user of British Sign Language (BSL) to stand in a general election, in 1997 and 2001, and has since been part of the Liberal Democrat leadership programme, said the delay in re-opening the fund was “just not acceptable” and showed the government had “an attitude issue” when it came to disability.He said: “The fund is a wake-up call for the government.“I want to show them that I can do it, that I am able to do as much as anybody else if I have interpreters.“It’s not about my deafness, it’s about my knowledge, my role as a politician.”Hart, who stood for the Greens in Oldham West and Royton in 2015 and in the subsequent by-election later that year – when the fund’s closure meant he had to crowd-fund money to pay for his own interpreters – said: “For almost three years, whilst the fund has been frozen, some deaf and disabled candidates like me have been effectively barred from standing for election because of the additional costs that we incur.“We’re simply asking ​the government to reinstate the fund that enabled us ​to take part in the democratic process ​on a level playing-field with non-disabled political opponents.”The campaign has drawn widespread, cross-party support from politicians and other prominent disabled figures, including the Tory peer and former minister Lord Blencathra, the Liberal Democrat Baroness [Celia] Thomas and Labour’s Pam Duncan-Glancy, as well as Professor Tom Shakespeare, crossbench peer Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, comedian Lee Ridley and musician Blaine Harrison.Disabled activist Eleanor Lisney, a former member of the AEOF advisory panel, said that many disabled people would “get nowhere” with seeking elected office without the kind of support funded by the AEOF.She said: “Not having the right support would undermine anybody’s confidence in tackling a new challenge, let alone contemplating a public position.”She added: “I think, cynically perhaps, that this government do not see disabled people as the type of politicians who will be supporting the Tory government’s ideology towards austerity.“The three-year delay does not surprise me at all. Given the steps they have taken to cut social care and their cruel disregard of disabled people, they would not be at all encouraging or empowering disabled people’s voices in politics.”Lisney said there needed to be disabled people at every level of the political system, not just in parliament.She said: “Any type of experience needs to be nurtured. The shame about these lost three years is that disabled people could have learned about the business of politics.”Liz Sayce, former chief executive of Disability Rights UK, who also took part in the protest, said: “There have been consequences of this delay.“What is important now is that the delay ends and we have some clarity about what the support looks like.”She added: “There are huge issues facing disabled people in Britain and we need a critical mass of disabled people in parliament to make good decisions.“When disabled people are really trying to have an aim of participating, contributing, being part of solutions, everything should be geared to making it easy, making it happen, making it possible.“It’s really important that disabled people are here demonstrating, wanting to contribute, wanting to be MPs or local councillors.“For the institutions of the country to be respected and trusted they really need to reflect the whole country.”The Government Equalities Office (GEO) declined to confirm that the government would publish the review and announce its decision on the fund’s future by 11 May.A GEO spokeswoman said it would “not be appropriate” to comment on “ongoing legal proceedings”.Picture: (From left) Eleanor Lisney, David Buxton, Simeon Hart and Emily Brothers outside 10 Downing Street with the petitionlast_img read more

24th St BART Escalator Part Snaps Injures Four

first_img Tags: 24th Street BART Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A piece of metal broke off an interior up escalator at the 24th St. BART Station at 7:30 p.m. and hit one woman in the knee, causing an injury that required a medical escort. Three others were lightly injured by the subsequent pile-up.“It hurts like hell,” said Meredith MacFayden, who was below the woman who was hit. She said that when the woman was hit, other passengers behind her stopped and were pushed by passengers below them, creating a pile-up “like a domino effect” until someone pushed the emergency stop. MacFayden’s leg was bruised by pressure from passengers below her pushing up.“She got the brunt of it,” said MacFayden of the first woman. “She got it worse because everyone was going on her leg.”“People were coming up the escalator like this,” said passenger Carlos Andrade, who suffered back pain from the pile-up, making an upward motion. “The piece of metal hit her, and she fell down.” 0%center_img The woman, whom Andrade described as 60 years old or so, seems to have been hit by the broken metal bar at knee level, though it’s unclear whether it snapped off into her leg or the escalator pushed her into the broken shard. Either way, Bogdan Marcol, another passenger who was bruised by the pile-up, said he thought it was no minor injury.“She got hit right at the knee, her knee gave out,” he said, before speculating it might have been as serious as an ACL tear.The woman was taken away by paramedics at the scene, and the other three people on the escalator were treated for bruises or minor cuts. Two ambulances and one fire truck came to the BART station, and a paramedic captain from the fire department said there were four “minor” injuries total. No one from BART knew how or why the metal piece from the interior escalator broke off when it did, and the escalator is currently closed down. last_img read more

Neighbors Remember Homicide Victim as Gruff but Kind Handyman

first_imgA “buck wild” exterior didn’t stop neighbors on the streets from seeing Eddie “Tennessee” Tate as a helpful, industrious neighbor. Tate was one of two people killed in a shooting Sunday night on 16th and Shotwell streets. He was 51 years old.Tate had lived on the streets of the city for decades and was well known for his compassion and big heart, according to his friends. They described him as a fast talker with a southern drawl, a country boy with a city twist. He had big front teeth with a gap in the middle, and rode around on a tiny motorized bike.“He was always working on stuff,” said Alex Richardson, the so-called mayor of the 16th Street encampment where nearly a dozen tents and boxes have been set up for around six months. “He was a hard worker.”He would repair things – bikes, flashlights – and help people build little box homes made of wood and other street scores. Tags: crimes • homeless • Homicide • obituary Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Tate’s own box stood out in the mix. It was covered in wall paper printed to look like a brick wall, a Cubist collage of sorts.  Another street neighbor, Ana, said she was supposed to be getting help from Tate on Sunday night to build herself a box like his. Instead, she said, she cried herself to sleep and then woke up to someone asking her if news of his death were true. “[He was a] knight in shining armor who rode around on a little bike,” Ana said. “It is scary to think that there is someone out there who is so heartless they could kill someone with such a big heart.” Tate’s ‘brick’ box was gone as of Monday morning. All that remained were blood stains and some left over clutter. A plywood board leaned against a fence with Tate’s nickname “Tennessee” written on it. Below his name, someone had written “5150” – shorthand for an involuntary psychiatric hold, and also a reference to the chaos of life on the streets.Eddie “Tennessee” Tate was murdered in his home at the tent encampment on 16th and Shotwell streets. All that is left is a plywood board in memory, blood stains and clutter.  Photo by Brian Rinker“He was like the Duke. Like John Wayne,” said one neighbor Markael Raybon, who goes by Kaels. Wesley, an older man with a pale face and yellow wispy hair who lives around the corner in a tent on Harrison Street, said he has known Tate since the 1980s.One time Wesley saw Tate fight nine guys in a brawl that lasted 25 minutes. It started at the salad bar in Carl’s Jr at the Civic Center and ended at the General Assistance office on 9th and Mission streets.  Tate emerged as the victor, said Wesley. “He said what he meant and did what he said,” said Wesley. “And he had no qualms about beating your ass if you didn’t believe him.”ET, a woman with blond hair and blue fingernails who lived in a tent up the block from Tate said he was good man, always available to listen and offer emotional support. “He made it seem like everything was good, even if it wasn’t,” said ET. “He was like a brother of mine.” Down on Harrison Street near Dandelion Chocolate, Jim reminisced about the time Tate gave him a sleeping bag after Jim lost everything in a city sweep. “He’d give you the shirt off his back.”Like most of the homeless living in tents, Tate had his own troubles with the city.He was one of the hundreds of people camping on Division Street when the city was planning to clear out that encampment in February. At the time, he hoped to stay in place as long as possible to hold on to his belongings.“I don’t want to replace this,” he told Mission Local then, pointing to his plywood shelter with an attached generator. He had only moved to Division Street in the first place when forced from his previous spot at Harrison and Fourth streets. “They told us to go here before because of the Super Bowl. They told me to move six times in four days.”Just weeks before his death, Tate wheeled his box from a sidewalk near Public Works over to the the corner of Shotwell. Rigo Trejo took over his spot on the Harrison Street corner. Trejo said he saw Tate the day before he was killed. Trejo and a friend were hanging out when Tate cruised up on his motorized bike. “My friend ask him if he had a motor on the bike, and Tennessee said ‘yup’ and flew off.” center_img 0%last_img read more

On the Mission ramen trail Orenchi Beyond or beyond over

first_imgIn the third of my ramen-rating adventures, we shuffled right on in to Orenchi Beyond, surprised to find only two people ahead of us at 6 p.m.  Orenchi Beyond is an offshoot of the very well-regarded Orenchi Santa Clara location, known for its 90-minute waits that people apparently giddily drive to from miles away. The Valencia spot opened its doors in late 2014, and I remember seeing long lines a couple of years ago.  The space is invitingly open, and you can see the cauldrons bubbling away in the steamy, glass-enclosed kitchen.Besides ramen, there are a lot of snacky-type bar food choices to toss back with your sake or beer, including karaage, tonkatsu sticks, and salmon carpaccio.  Since I was with the BF, we started out with an order of gyoza.Gyoza with wings.Hanetsuki gyoza – the famed “gyoza with wings,” that it seems everyone is doing these days.  A light, lacy sheet covers the dumplings and adds some crispiness.  Sadly, we found these gyoza underdone – the skins themselves were doughy, too soft, and the pork filling rather bland.  We didn’t finish them. We have never not finished a plate of gyoza. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Next, we tried the spicy chicken karaage advertised on a little table tent – it comes with a big frosty tin cup of Sapporo, which I let the BF have, while I sipped on their canned house sake – which happened to be the most expensive item of our dinner. It was tasty.Spicy Karaage.The tender chicken came in a rather gloopy, red slick that wasn’t so much spicy as just sweet. It tasted of red pepper, but the heat just wasn’t there.BF got the Orenchi ramen.Tonkotsu Shio Ramen.This certainly looked promising. Tonkotsu (long simmered, pork bone broth) with soft boiled egg, green onions, seaweed, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and pork “berry.”  Yeah, all right, Engrish is funny!  But there were maybe only two slices of pork berry in the broth. The broth itself was light, not super unctuous as with most tonkotsu broths I’ve tried. But because it’s a shiyo (salt) broth, we both found it too salty. The noodz themselves were hefty, chewy, and actually just right.I went off-script and ordered the Miso Mayo Gohan.Miso Mayo Gohan.A rice bowl topped with a very lightly boiled, almost raw, cold egg, pork belly, green onions, and a thick miso sauce. The egg gets mixed into the hot rice, creating an agreeable sort of porridge punctuated by scallion and seaweed slivers. Unfortunately, the pork belly, while inoffensively written this time, and plentiful, was dry, and the rest of the dish lacked flavor.  I tried to correct with some togarishi but to no avail.The only dish we finished was the chicken karaage. That just ain’t right.I really wanted to love it.  I want to be part of the ramen cognoscenti! Maybe the heyday of the Valencia spot is over? Or maybe it’s our lack of culinary experience with ramen, or we’re just uncouth boobs, brutes with burned-out taste buds. I’m waiting for people to tell me what I got wrong here, please, truly! But as the old saying goes: I know what I like. And sadly, I wouldn’t go back.Onward and upward.Orenchi Beyond174 Valencia Street(415) 431-3971Other Ramen reviews:Hells Ramen, no fury , May 18, 2019Rating the Mission’s Ramen,  Coco’s Ramen, April 27, 2019 center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

JAMES Roby and Anthony Walker have been called up

first_imgJAMES Roby and Anthony Walker have been called up for the Rugby League World Cup.They have been selected in the England and Wales squads respectively.England begin their preparations with a training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The majority of the squad travel to South Africa on Wednesday (October 2) with the remaining players, involved in the Super League Grand Final, joining up on Monday October 7.They have a warm-up game against Italy on Saturday October 19 at the Salford City Stadium (kick off 4.30pm) with the England Knights also in action on the same day against Samoa (kick off 2.00pm).England start their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign on Saturday October 26 when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (2.30pm).Their other group matches are England v Ireland, Saturday November 2, John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield (2.30pm) and England v Fiji, Saturday November 9, KC Stadium, Hull (2.30pm).England squad:Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, Rob Burrow, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Gareth Hock, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Gareth Widdop. Wales will stage a warm-up match on Tuesday October 15 at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay when they will take on a Welsh Rugby League Select XIII.They will then face Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday October 26, as part of a double header of matches including England v Australia which follow the RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony.The co-hosts’ campaign continues with a clash against the USA in Wrexham on Sunday November 3 before taking on Cook Islands in Neath in their final group match on Sunday November 10.Wales squad:Neil Budworth, Ross Divorty, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower, Rhodri Lloyd, Jake Emmitt, Jordan James, Ben Evans, Elliot Kear, Rhys Evans, Rhys Williams, Dan Fleming, James Geurtjens, Danny Jones, Craig Kopczak, Larne Patrick, Peter Lupton, Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets, Matt Seamark, Anthony Walker, Ian Webster, Lloyd White.last_img read more

TICKET sales for First Utility Super Leagues two

first_imgTICKET sales for First Utility Super League’s two-day spectacular, Magic Weekend, have passed the 30,000 barrier as fans look to make the event at St James’ Park, Newcastle on May 30 and 31 the best one yet.The East Stand of the stadium has also sold out on the Saturday, a full seven weeks before all 12 teams descend on Newcastle to get Rugby League’s party in the North East in full swing.After a busy Easter weekend of fixtures which saw huge crowds and entertaining games, attention has now turned to the next big event in the Super League calendar, Magic Weekend.With the high demand for tickets a new accommodation portal has been created for fans searching for discount hotels and places to stay in and around the North East including the official Magic Weekend campsite at Newcastle Racecourse www.nirvanaeurope.comTickets for Magic Weekend 2015 are on sale now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.The 2015 Magic Weekend schedule in full is as follows:Saturday May 30:2.30 – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings4.45 – Hull FC v Hull KR7.00 – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan WarriorsSunday May 31:1.00 – Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants3.15 – St Helens v Warrington Wolves5.30 – Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcatslast_img read more

The 7th Last Chance for White Pants Gala sells out

first_imgLast Chance for White Pants Gala (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Around 600 people came out tonight to celebrate the end of summer.The seventh Last Chance for White Pants Gala was Saturday night.- Advertisement – The Lower Cape Fear Hospice hosted this event as a fundraiser and as an appreciation to those who have supported hospice.The event was at the Audi dealership in Wilmington.A silent and live auction was held along with a live band for entertainment.Related Article: Witness photos lead to ID of downtown Wilmington hit-and-run suspectThe white pants chair, Linda Brown said she thinks it is important that the community comes together to support events like this.“I think it is very important. Wilmington has got it’s own kinda niche. We’re not Raleigh or Charlotte, we’re not a small town and all the people in this community are the same folks who support all of the events and non profits in our community, and I think that’s what is so special about it,” Brown said.Brown also said she has a lot of fun at the event each year, but it is important to remember the cause.last_img read more

Wilmington Police arrest man in fatal Castle Street shooting

first_img Rich, of Wilmington, is accused of fatally shooting Woods at approximately 2:40 p.m. Saturday, October 14 at South 6th Street and Castle Street.Woods, of Hallsboro, was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.Rich is facing a charge of First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police arrested the person they believe is responsible for a recent deadly Castle Street shooting.WPD arrested 44-year-old Shelvon Rich for the murder of Percy Woods Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Why are dead fish washing ashore at White Lake

first_imgWHITE LAKE, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of dead fish have washed along the shore of White Lake.The fish kill coincides with the chemicals being dumped into the lake to kill algae.- Advertisement – The town contracted HAB Aquatic Solutions to apply an alum based product to control algal growth in the water.Some residents think the chemicals are killing the fish.Related Article: Wakeboarding mama pulls off impressive ‘In My Feelings’ challenge“It’s real concerning,” Matthew Needham, resident, said. “Any other time, I let my youngin’ play with the ducks, but since the ducks are out here eating the fish too, I don’t even let him play with them or get in the water.”While others say that these fish kills happen frequently because of the algae and the treatments could fix the problem.“In my 30 plus years here, I’ve been at the lake several times when we’ve had these cyclical cycles of fish dying,” resident David deAndrade said. “From what I’ve heard from biologists and others, it may be more along the lines of bad timing that this has happened at the same time the town is trying to treat the lake water.”Click here for details about alum and the treatment process. The site says alum is not harmful to fish.“They created a website to inform the businesses and residents,” deAndrade said. “It just seems that so many rumors get started online and with social media. Sometimes the truth gets buried.”A team from the State Division of Water Resources came to White Lake and took fish and water samples.A state lab will analyze the samples to see if alum is to blame.In the meantime, the alum treatment is on hold. The state has instructed the town of White Lake and HAB Aquatic Solutions to cease operations until further notice.last_img read more