The equality watchdog has asked a barrister to exa

first_imgThe equality watchdog has asked a barrister to examine whether there needs to be a legal right to independent living for disabled people, because of concerns that their rights to choice and control over their lives is being “eroded”.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has asked the lawyer to assess how independent living is currently protected by law and whether “additional protections” are needed.The commission’s action emerged at an Independent Living Campaign Conference funded by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and organised by DPAC and Inclusion London, with support from members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA).Ellen Clifford, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, who told the conference about the commission’s action, said afterwards that the move was “very positive” and a step towards one of the “key demands” made by disabled people: a right to independent living enshrined in UK law.An EHRC spokesman told Disability News Service: “We have concerns that rights to independent living are being eroded and the legal opinion we will get back will help inform our position.“We’ve asked the barrister to assess how independent living is currently protected by law and suggest whether additional protections are needed.”He said the advice would “help inform our position on a legal right to independent living”.Only last week, chancellor Philip Hammond failed to provide any new money for social care, or even mention it in his budget speech.Disabled campaigners are also furious that the government has side-lined the needs of working-age disabled people – and their user-led organisations – from next year’s social care green paper.Three months ago, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) called on the UK government to recognise disabled people’s legal right to independent living.Stig Langvad, the CRPD member who led the examination of how the UK had implemented the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), said then that the UK was “going backwards” on independent living.Clifford said: “It is a very positive move by the EHRC to look at practical ways that can be used to take forward one of the key demands made by disabled people in our submissions under the UNCRPD examination process, which is to enshrine the right to independent living in domestic legislation.“It is a shame that the Law Commission and the Care and Support Alliance blocked attempts to get the wording of (UNCRPD’s) article 19 (on independent living) in statute when the Care Act was being developed and sadly disabled campaigners’ fears that the act’s well-being principle would not be adequate protection of our rights have been borne out.“As highlighted earlier this year when Luke Davey lost his appeal against Oxfordshire County Council’s decision to cut his support package following closure of the Independent Living Fund, judicial review under the Care Act is simply not an appropriate mechanism for challenging unfair assessments.“At the moment, disabled people have no means of redress against the removal of essential support and regression of fundamental human rights.“We hope that the EHRC fully involves and consults with disabled people as they explore legislative options to address this problem.”Mark Harrison (pictured at the conference, holding the microphone), chief executive of the Norfolk-based disabled people’s organisation Equal Lives and a member of Norfolk DPAC, called at Saturday’s conference for disabled people to set the agenda for reform, and define “what we need in order to live equal and independent lives”, including a legal right to independent living.He said: “What we are facing at the moment is a catastrophe. That is what the UN said but that is also what disabled people say, with local authorities cutting people’s budgets by 50, 60, 70 per cent, and many disabled people having their social care completely removed in the assessment process.”He said the only solution was a universal, legal right to independent living and a free, national independent living service, paid for from direct taxation, managed by central government, and led by disabled people.The Department of Health had refused to provide a statement from a spokesperson by noon today (Thursday) after being asked by DNS to comment on EHRC’s actions.last_img read more

Health Food Delivery Service Moves into Former Mission McDonalds

first_img 0% Mealmade’s webpage.Nobbs plans to open a sit-down restaurant at the front of the space soon, and is considering activities like cooking classes and meetups focused on healthy eating. He’s also thinking about ways to engage in the community there, possibly by setting aside tips or dedicate certain days to feed the homeless. For now, the inside retains a distinct McDonald’s appearance, but Mealmade started operating in the space at 2011 Mission St. on Monday.In late 2015, Jeff Nobbs founded Mealmade to fill the health food niche in San Francisco’s delivery food market. Nobbs moved to San Francisco after a two-year stint in China that followed the acquisition of his first business venture, an online coupon company. “I went on all the different food delivery websites, and there was still not anything I felt great eating,” Nobbs said. “Everything used factory farm meat. Even if it was locally sourced, it was a local factory farm.”So he hired a chef off of Craigslist and got cooking. Within a week, they were selling out. After a brief stint in SoMa, Mealmade operated for about a year in a small commercial kitchen in a building near 18th and York streets. Roughly 100 deliveries a day from the kitchen, in a residential neighborhood, drew complaints from neighbors, and Nobbs decided it was time to find a more commercial area. The new location has a few loading zone spaces out front where Mealmade encourages its delivery partner, Uber Eats, to park, as well as some access from the rear.With delivery clocking in at as little as 30 minutes and costing $5 a trip, options on the Mealmade menu include everything from four strips of bacon for $5, free-range chicken enchiladas in almond flour tortillas for $14, and turkey meatballs on almond flour or zucchini noodles for $14. That’s, of course, subject to change, as the menu is seasonal and new items are added daily, meaning nothing stays the same for more than a week.The chef behind that ever-changing menu is Scott Wiese, who started at Mealmade after being a customer. He has worked in various capacities at a number of San Francisco restaurants, including Enoteca, Starbelly, Orson and Firefly. “Our whole mission is to make this type of food that we create, that we think is much healthier, much better, and we want to make it available wherever you are,” Nobbs said.As of Monday, that includes right off the 16th and Mission BART station. A fryer that once churned out fast-food potato fries will now be producing sweet potato fries made with organic, sustainably sourced palm oil. After being shuttered for two years, the site of an erstwhile McDonald’s on Mission Street near 16th Street has become an all gluten-free catering service called Mealmade, with options for paleo, keto, vegan and other health-conscious eaters. “The irony is not lost on us there,” said Mealmade founder Jeff Nobbs. After touring the space with his chef, “We both walked out and just started laughing.”The equipment that McDonald’s left behind will be put to good use, but some adjustments were needed. The giant walk-in freezer and smaller fridge had to swap uses since Mealmade uses far fewer frozen ingredients than fresh. The “Filet-o-fish” and “Big Mac Patties” labels inside also weren’t relevant anymore. center_img Tags: 16th Street BART • Business • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for their First

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for their First Utility Super League Round 4 match with Hull KR on Friday.Mose Masoe comes in for Mark Flanagan and is set to make his debut.Therefore, Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler.Craig Sandercock will choose from:1. Greg Eden, 2. Ben Cockayne, 3. Kris Welham, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Kris Keating, 8. Justin Poore, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Michael Weyman, 11. Kevin Larroyer, 12. Neville Costigan, 13. Jamie Langley, 14. Adam Walker, 15. Graeme Horne, 18. Liam Salter, 19. Craig Hall, 20. Jordan Cox, 21. Keal Carlile, 22. Rhys Lovegrove 23. James Green.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Tim Roby.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

CHECK out the superb bargains in our End of Season

first_imgCHECK out the superb bargains in our End of Season Sale.Online and in-store you can grab 2014 Replica Home and Away shirts for just £20 alongside a range of t-shirts from a fiver.Scarves are available for £3 too as well as a whole host of other merchandise so there has never been a better time to kit yourself out and show your colours for the big Super League play-off run in.Call into the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park or log on to www.saintssuperstore.com to find out more.Please note sizes and stocks are limited.last_img read more

The Tigers come to the Totally Wicked Stadium on F

first_imgThe Tigers come to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday February 2 (7.45pm) to get the new campaign underway.Last time the two sides met in St Helens, your Saints won 26-22 on Easter Monday and tickets are already in  demand.To buy yours call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.The game is also part of our Membership Taster Package, where you can ‘try before you buy’ and save before committing to a Membership for the rest of the season.It gives you access to:Castleford Tigers, Friday February 2, KO 7:45pmSalford Red Devils, Friday March 2, KO 8:00pmLeeds Rhinos, Friday March 16, KO 7:45pmAll from just £60 for adults, £40 for aged 65+, £30 for aged 17-18 and £20 for 16s and under.Plus, if you choose to commit to a full Membership for the rest of the campaign, then you will get the price of your Taster package taken off the price of your full Membership.You can secure your package by clicking here, by calling 01744 455 052 or visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Prices:West Terrace: Adult – £60 (saving £7.50), Conc – £40 (saving £6.50), Youth (17-18) – £30 (saving £9), Junior – £20 (saving £10) North Stand Silver: Adult – £75 (saving £9), Conc – £53 (saving £8.50), Youth (17-18) – £45 (saving £6), Junior – £30 (saving £6),Last time the two sides met in St Helens, your Saints won 26-22 on Easter Monday and tickets are already in  demand.To buy yours call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.The game is also part of our Membership Taster Package, where you can ‘try before you buy’ and save before committing to a Membership for the rest of the season.It gives you access to:Castleford Tigers, Friday February 2, KO 7:45pmSalford Red Devils, Friday March 2, KO 8:00pmLeeds Rhinos, Friday March 16, KO 7:45pmAll from just £60 for adults, £40 for aged 65+, £30 for aged 17-18 and £20 for 16s and under.Plus, if you choose to commit to a full Membership for the rest of the campaign, then you will get the price of your Taster package taken off the price of your full Membership.You can secure your package by clicking here, by calling 01744 455 052 or visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Prices:West Terrace: Adult – £60 (saving £7.50), Conc – £40 (saving £6.50), Youth (17-18) – £30 (saving £9), Junior – £20 (saving £10) North Stand Silver: Adult – £75 (saving £9), Conc – £53 (saving £8.50), Youth (17-18) – £45 (saving £6), Junior – £30 (saving £6),Last time the two sides met in St Helens, your Saints won 26-22 on Easter Monday and tickets are already in  demand.To buy yours call into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.The game is also part of our Membership Taster Package, where you can ‘try before you buy’ and save before committing to a Membership for the rest of the season.It gives you access to:Castleford Tigers, Friday February 2, KO 7:45pmSalford Red Devils, Friday March 2, KO 8:00pmLeeds Rhinos, Friday March 16, KO 7:45pmAll from just £60 for adults, £40 for aged 65+, £30 for aged 17-18 and £20 for 16s and under.Plus, if you choose to commit to a full Membership for the rest of the campaign, then you will get the price of your Taster package taken off the price of your full Membership.You can secure your package by clicking here, by calling 01744 455 052 or visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Prices:West Terrace: Adult – £60 (saving £7.50), Conc – £40 (saving £6.50), Youth (17-18) – £30 (saving £9), Junior – £20 (saving £10) North Stand Silver: Adult – £75 (saving £9), Conc – £53 (saving £8.50), Youth (17-18) – £45 (saving £6), Junior – £30 (saving £6),It gives you access to:Castleford Tigers, Friday February 2, KO 7:45pmSalford Red Devils, Friday March 2, KO 8:00pmLeeds Rhinos, Friday March 16, KO 7:45pmAll from just £60 for adults, £40 for aged 65+, £30 for aged 17-18 and £20 for 16s and under.Plus, if you choose to commit to a full Membership for the rest of the campaign, then you will get the price of your Taster package taken off the price of your full Membership.You can secure your package by clicking here, by calling 01744 455 052 or visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Prices:West Terrace: Adult – £60 (saving £7.50), Conc – £40 (saving £6.50), Youth (17-18) – £30 (saving £9), Junior – £20 (saving £10) North Stand Silver: Adult – £75 (saving £9), Conc – £53 (saving £8.50), Youth (17-18) – £45 (saving £6), Junior – £30 (saving £6)last_img read more

Millions of dollars of Florence recovery funds to be disbursed soon

first_img$50 million for agriculture recovery $5 million for small business recovery loans $60 million to public schools RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Lawmakers say money should soon be getting into the hands of Hurricane Florence victims now that Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an $850 million Florence Emergency Response bill into law.“I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinian recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure,” said Cooper.- Advertisement – $28 million for disaster housing recovery support $30 million to impacted universities (UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Fayetteville State)center_img $2 million to mosquito abatement$2 million for assessment of coastal communities and dredging needs Lawmakers are trying not to rebuild in areas where it will flood again.“I think we’re trying to be prudent with money but also cognizant of the individual’s property rights as well,” said Appropriations Senior Chairman Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County.Related Article: Gov. Cooper tours Bladenboro, pushes for a smart rebuild“While it’s impossible to undo what was done, this bill will help,” said Appropriations Chair Sen. Brent Jackson of Duplin, Johnston and Sampson counties.Most of the funds for the emergency spending plan came from the state’s rainy-day fund. The state has about $2 billion sitting in that account.“There will be no tax increases and no disruptions, from budgetary perspective, for any of our existing important programs,” said Dollar.State leaders are expecting to receive more money from the federal government.“We are looking forward in November to continuing to work on the important areas that need to be further addressed,” said Dollar.When Florence crashed the coast a month ago, it paused and soaked the state and caused unprecedented flooding and widespread damage. Roads were ripped up and homes and buildings were destroyed.More than 800,000 people also lost power during the storm and 31 people were killed.Twenty-eight of the state’s counties have been declared a major disaster by the President.The state estimates the storm caused $13 billion in damage.You can read the full legislation here Some of the allocations include: $20 million to fix local government infrastructurelast_img read more

Wrightsville Beach specialty license plates coming soon

first_imgTown of Wrightsville Beach license plates (Photo: Wrightsville Beach) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County is possibly getting a new addition you can get for your car.The Town of Wrightsville Beach is seeking approval to add specialty licenses plate design options for you at the DMV.- Advertisement – They say the process is lengthy but you need to place your order to get on the list for one.They need a minimum initial order of 300 plates as a requirement of the approval.If you wish to purchase a plate, you must complete the application form, print, sign on the signature line, and submit it with your payment to the town by 5:00 p.m. February 1.Related Article: 34th Annual Holiday Flotilla draws big crowdsYou may either mail it to the Park Office (PO Box 626, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480) with your check or money order or you may drop it off at the Park Office where you may choose to pay by credit card.last_img read more

Man suffers serious injuries after argument in St Pauls Bay

first_img SharePrint A man has been taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries following an argument in St Paul’s Bay this afternoon.The police have said that the argument had taken place around 15.15PM on St Paul’s Street Promenade involving two or three men. Police responding to the incident discovered one of the men had been inflicted with serious injuries.The man is understood to be a 49 year old from Pieta.An ambulance had been called to the scene and he was taken to Mater Dei hospital to receive treatment.Police are now investigating the cause of the argument.An inquiry has been open by Magistrate Dr Micallef Stafrace Y. LL.D. and various experts have been appointed to assist.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

US Presidential Candidates launch campaign apps

first_imgAdvertisement Team Romney’s app, called “Mitt’s VP,” will send a notification to users when the candidate is ready to announce his vice presidential selection. The campaign said the app would be the “first official distribution channel” for the big reveal.“The historic announcement is getting closer,” Beth Myers, who heads the Romney campaign’s search for a number two, wrote in a statement. “Soon everyone will know who Mitt Romney selects as his Vice Presidential running mate. With this new app, users can be the first to know the second member of America’s Comeback Team.”Obama’s campaign also premiered a mobile phone app Tuesday that allows volunteers to get information about phone banks and events, as well as enter voter information on neighborhood canvass walks. – Advertisement – The campaign said the app would also help people register to vote and provide information on new voter ID laws.“The campaign’s strength has always come from the millions of grassroots supporters who are organizing in their communities and talking to their neighbors about President Obama every day,” Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter wrote.She said the new app would “help break down the distinction between online and offline organizing, giving every supporter the same opportunities to get involved that they would find in a field office.” Source: CNNlast_img read more

Huawei Excites Miss Uganda Boot Camp 2016 with Goodies

first_imgSam Cris Ayo Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda ( C ) poses with Miss Uganda 2016 finalists during Miss Uganda 2016 Boot Camp at The Carnival on 11th October 2016. Advertisement Huawei Consumer Business Group, Uganda a partner in Miss Uganda 2016, on Tuesday excited the Miss Uganda finalists at boot camp with an assortment of goodies.The 21 Miss Uganda finalists boot camping at The Carnival were tasked by Sam Cris Ayo; the Device Service Manager at Huawei Uganda to use the Huawei P9 smartphone to take exciting pictures from which eight best shots were eventually selected as winning shots. The overall best photo which captured a glamorously photographed vintage car in black and white was taken by Nalwoga Bridget who received among other prizes a brand-new Huawei designer laptop bag.“Huawei P9 is mainly targeted to the fashionable and trendy customers who love professional photography. The smartphone features a dual rear made in conjunction with Leica Camera AG,” Sam said during the event.Sam Cris Ayo poses with Miss Uganda 2016 finalists1 of 2 Sam Cris Ayo Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda ( C ) poses with Miss Uganda 2016 finalists winners of the Huawei P9 Photo Contest held during Miss Uganda 2016 Boot Camp at The Carnival on 11th October 2016. Sam Cris Ayo Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda ( C ) poses with Miss Uganda 2016 finalists during Miss Uganda 2016 Boot Camp at The Carnival on 11th October 2016. – Advertisement – The P9 cameras comes with more light and better clarity and better photo editing capacities that enable one to capture detailed high quality pictures both in good and low light conditions, excelling in both picture quality and image focusing speed, delivering photos with superior richness, clarity and authenticity.”“Besides the camera, the Huawei P9 also has a visually stunning design with diamond-cut edges, rounded out by beautiful curves to add intimacy to the device, a perfect construct of superior-grade glass and aerospace-class unibody aluminum” he said.[related-posts]Huawei Uganda contributed a sponsorship package of 20 Million UGX worth P9 smartphones and cash towards the organization of the Miss Uganda 2016.Sam concluded saying using Huawei’s latest flagship, the beauty queens will ably represent the 2016 Miss Uganda theme through great quality pictures clearly capturing their journey since the P9 is all about re-inventing smartphone photography.The theme for Miss Uganda 2016 is beauty with a purpose with an inclination to promoting agriculture as part of their agenda.The search for Miss Uganda 2016 is expected to climax with a grand finale on 15th October, 2016 at Kampala Serena Hotel.last_img read more