Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have raised

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have raised ongoing concerns about the government’s failure to comply with basic principles of the UN disability convention at a long-awaited meeting with the minister for disabled people.Representativesof six of the UK’s leading DPOs met with minister for disabled people SarahNewton and senior civil servants last week to discuss the government’s trackrecord on engaging with disabled people and their user-led organisations.It was the first time that Newton (pictured) had met with the group of DPOs – members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations – since she took up her post in late 2017.Representativesfrom coalition members Inclusion London (which was also there on behalf of theReclaiming Our Futures Alliance), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland,DisabilityAction (Northern Ireland), the National Survivor User Network andEqualities National Council attended the meeting.Thecoalition also used the meeting to share its ideas for monitoring the UK’simplementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNCRPD).The meetingfollows a series of failings by the government which appear to demonstrate itsreluctance to accept key rights and principles laid out in the convention.They includeplans to allow non-disabled people and organisations not led and controlled bydisabled people to be part of Newton’s new Regional Stakeholder Network – whichaims to “provide a channel for disabled people and their organisations to sharetheir views and experiences about policies and services that affect them” – andNewton’s reluctance to pay those people taking on roles in the network fortheir time.There wasalso frustration at the decision of the Cabinet Office to host aworkshop on the barriers facing disabled people withoutinviting any DPOs to take part.Andin November,the Department of Health and Social Care wrongly insisted that it had beencomplying with the UN convention by only consulting on its mental capacity(amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.Last week’smeeting came after the coalition was forced to write to Newton last August aftershe refused to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UNconvention.But thelong-awaited meeting ended last week without easing concerns among DPOs at theapparent ongoing confusion among senior civil servants in the Office forDisability Issues (ODI), and Newton herself, about the convention’s principles aroundengagement.A meetingearlier in the day between three members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (RoFA)– which is part of the coalition – and two senior civil servants from theOffice for Disability Issues was also marked by frustration at the government’sapparent ignorance of the UN convention.MarkHarrison, from RoFA, said they had hoped to come out of their meeting with astrategy for how the government would engage with DPOs and resource them inthat work, but left disappointed.He said Newton’sregional network was set to be a “disability free-for-all”, with disabilitycharities and other organisations “all in the tent on an equal footing” with disabledpeople and DPOs.He said he hadasked the civil servants why they did not understand the principles on engagingwith disabled people and DPOs that had been clearly laid out by the UN.He said thecore of the issue was the failure by repeated governments – including the lastLabour government – to provide infrastructure funding for DPOs to do this work,which he said was “absolutely shameful”.Tara Flood,director of TheAlliance for Inclusive Education, who was also at this meeting, saidthe civil servants became “very, very uncomfortable” when she and her twocolleagues made it clear they thought the new regional network was “a joke”.She saidthere was “no understanding of the difference between DPOs and disabilitycharities. Shame on the ODI for not understanding that.”It is nowhoped Newton will agree to three key requests: for both the regional networkand any similar UK-wide engagement to be restricted to representatives of DPOs;for there to be funding for DPOs to take part in that engagement; and for thosenetworks to work with the government on implementing therecommendations made 18 months ago by the UN’s committee on therights of persons with disabilities.TraceyLazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who waspresent at both meetings, said there appeared to be ongoing confusion withinthe government about the difference between DPOs and non-user-led charities.She said:“We put forward what we think are key minimum asks in order to have meaningfulengagement going forward.“We will nowsee whether the government has listened to us and taken the opportunity toclarify, improve and extend engagement with us so it reflects and promotes theprinciples and practice of the UNCRPD and general comment number seven*.”She added: “Itis slightly dismaying having to reiterate principles of engagement withdisabled people and DPOs that were recognised and acted upon 10 years ago, andhaving to re-argue them as if they were radical new ideas descended fromanother planet.” *The UNCRPD makesit clear that, when developing laws and policies relating todisabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involvepersons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through theirrepresentative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its general comment number seven, which was adopted in September.A 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…last_img read more

SF Bike Messenger Life Sprinting and Flying Sandwiches

first_imgThe Mission is one of four zones, though their routes can also go between zones. The messengers – around four to a zone – are given an hour for each job, but that doesn’t mean they actually have an hour to deliver it, says MacKinnon. “It all depends on when the job is ready from the restaurant,” she says. So if a restaurant is running late, it’s on the messenger to make up the time.Gabriel, from central California, who declined to give his last name, says his favorite route follows the “Waggle” through the Mission to downtown. You get the culture of the Mission and the liveliness of downtown, he says.“He likes the waggle shift?” asks MacKinnon in disbelief. “No one likes waggle!”“It’s far, it sucks, and sometimes it gets to be too much…and then you have to coordinate with other riders,” says Jerry Kammerzell, referring to large downtown orders that require two couriers.“Sometimes it just doesn’t work out,” he says, and then you end up with something no customer wants: cold food.“Taking Indian food from the Mission all the way to downtown with a couple other orders on you, sometimes it gets turned a little sideways,” he adds referring to a dreaded outcome: spilled curry. “But you’re guaranteed to make good money.”Another messenger named Ian sees routing as a game. “You have to play the whole thing like a chess game,” he says, “You have to be good at mapping out stuff and you have to be proactive.”You also have to be acquainted with the buildings you’re delivering to, Ian adds. Some are quick drop-offs, but some – especially downtown – involve security passes and multiple elevators to get to the customer.Messengers more or less get to choose their zone, but newbies have the last pick.“I was doing the Marina shift for the first two weeks, maybe even the first month. So I had to learn how to get around the hills,” says MacKinnon. “ And it was a lot of learning the hard way, like going up Steiner and thinking oh, I should have gone that [other] way.”Ian describes the job as “sprinting for 13 hours” except when you aren’t. “You’re going to be working as hard as you can and then waiting in an elevator, sweaty, and then getting out and sprinting again,” he says.The worst thing that messenger Gabe has ever delivered? “Two cases of wine with 12 bottles each.” Others – like Chas Christiansen, who founded TCB in 2009 – say the most difficult is either curry or milkshakes.While TCB riders are taught to always keep calm and have a positive attitude, customers can sometimes push their buttons.“For some reason people out here will pretend not to know how to tip. They’re like oh! I, oh uh…I thought I put it on the card!” says MacKinnon, adding that they will conveniently ‘not have cash’ on them.Other uncomfortable situations: the people who answer the door naked and arguing couples.One time Christiansen dropped off sandwiches to a man whose girlfriend had locked him out of the apartment. “In the process of him asking her for the $5 to pay up the order they got into another screaming match.”Sandwiches flew. “I was just like it’s not worth $5, I just left.”Although TCB’s main focus is on food, they also do other deliveries.“A couple broke up and didn’t want to see each other, and I went to her apartment to get the keys and deliver them back to him,” says a messenger named Jake Ricker. “So that was pretty awesome.”Each delivery company – and there are almost a dozen in San Francisco alone – has a different system: some treat their riders as employees, but TCB’s riders are independent contractors, which means they don’t have benefits but ostensibly have more flexibility.“It’s a gift and a curse,” says a rider named Dee, who declined to provide her last name and who has been working for TCB for around two years. “It kinda makes it easier to take off and do my own thing and I’m not tied to a company with normy job restrictions, but…it’s harder around tax time now.”They are paid a delivery fee plus a small percentage of each delivery, plus tips, which makes developing relationships with their customers critical. “On average an experienced rider usually makes between $120-$160 in a six-hour shift,” says Christiansen.Christiansen says that a lot of riders choose to work the same shifts regularly, so they develop a rapport with their customers. Christiansen, for example, learned quickly eight years ago to bring a treat for Sean’s pitbull Daisy. Other endearing qualities can be remembering security codes or simply a person’s name.The riders’ pet peeves: slippery restaurant floors, people who ignore their phones after they’ve ordered food, and customers who don’t understand when a gift is being delivered to them from someone else.“You’ll try to give somebody like, ‘Hey, here’s your flowers!’ and they’re like ‘I didn’t order flowers,’ and I’m like, ‘No, I swear, I promise this is you,’” says Dee.Bike theft is also a serious issue.“It’s a huge deal,” Ricker says, after telling me me that every messenger he knows has had either an entire bike or at least a wheel stolen. “You can potentially lose your apartment because some crackhead steals your bike.”All of this fails to bother Michelle Willcox, a new rider who moved out from North Carolina, partially to work at TCB. She is excited to make her first run.Ian offers advice: “Super pro move: always carry a fucking sharpie on you and when you get a bag, write the address on it.”“Wanna know what’s insane?” asks Ricker. “I took 5 [orders from Jay’s Cheesesteaks] at once yesterday, I didn’t do that at all, and I got every bag right, just off of memory and tetris,” he adds, referring to the practice of arranging orders in their messenger bags.“Yeah, bag tetris is real as fuck, dude,” says Ian. But “seriously, just write the addresses on the bags,” he tells Willcox.Another piece of advice: always put the heavy deliveries on bottom, even if it’s your first drop, Ricker says.Willcox appears to take it in and pushes off – entering into what Christiansen says is more than just a job.“For a lot of people it’s a lifestyle, it’s a culture,” he says.Part 1: SF Weather and Pay Lures More than Tech Workers Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “Hey, Jesse, what’s your 20?” Heather MacKinnon, a friendly blonde woman from Boston, asks into her clunky black walkie-talkie. The sleeves of her black and red t-shirt are rolled up, exposing pale arms filled with tattoos.“Market and 9th,” Jesse Rodarte shoots back, responding to a radio code for location that dates back to the 1930’s.Our 20 is the corner of Valencia and 21st street – or “the benches” as the bike messengers who congregate here call the spot. No matter that the benches are metal chairs and tables, the shade of the Valencia Whole Foods awning is the Mission base for the messengers who work for TCB Courier. It’s here that they stretch out their legs, divvy up work, and bond during the slow times.Bike messenger work, historically more geared towards packages and legal documents, has recently made a shift toward food delivery – a trend that TCB claims to have advanced greatly in San Francisco. Some 60 to 70 of its couriers deliver from 70 or so restaurants during two shifts: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.center_img 0%last_img read more

Mary and Joseph Seek Shelter in SF Mission

first_img 0% Take one traditional nativity story. Swap Bethlehem for San Francisco, add two parts devil and henchman, one choir, a dash of Latin rhythm, and top with one piñata. Let the mixture mature, then enjoy one saucy, political holiday performance called La Posarela (a mashup of la posada and la pastorela, both traditional nativity stories). Both script writer Carlos Barón, who plays the Devil, and director Marta Rodríguez-Salazar referred to the production of the Posarela in cooking terms: There’s a process, they said, but it takes some finesse to make it turn out right. “I just put it together, I’m the cook,” said Rodríguez-Salazar. “It’s about creating a good recipe where everyone feels like they’re bringing something important.”Marta Rodríguez-Salazar conducts the band in rehearsal for La Posarela “We know you didn’t fly here,” the devil accuses Maria and José, and teases them about the existence of a border wall. “We know about the wall,” Maria answers, “José helped build it!”“This way, it has a little bit of relevance to now,” said Colin Davis, who plays a sort of mini-devil henchman to Barón’s boss devil. He’s a circus performer now, but grew up in the neighborhood. “We don’t make it easy for people to live here,” Davis added.“It’s a social and political commentary about our community,” Rodríguez-Salazar said.But it’s all in good fun. “It is a heavy play, but with lots of jokes. And what the devil says makes you think,” Barón said.Almost all of the performers are brought together by the Community Music Center. From its young actors to its senior choir, all ages are represented among those onstage.“It’s a wonderful outpouring of community effort…You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy it,” choir singer Anderson said. “You’ll leave smiling.”La Posarela plays at the Brava Theater Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets available here. “This kind of thing is like making a souffle,” Barón. “It’s a delicate process…something is not going right and it gets, eh, it gets deflated.”At a Tuesday night rehearsal, like at any other rehearsal, things deflated occasionally. Cues were missed, singers forgot the words, and actors mumbled into their collars or turned their backs on the audience. (“That’s not a nice looking butt!” Barón chastised the three kings when the turned their backs on the ‘audience’). But the rehearsal space at the Community Music Center shook with music and energy, and the joy was genuine.The Devil and his henchman intimidate the Angels.“I grew up in San Diego, in a time where Christmas was celebrated in public schools. One of my earliest memories is of a posada,” said choir member Jessica Anderson. “It’s the traditional story, but told through the lens of living in the world today.”For all the classic ingredients, the show is anything but traditional. It’s peppered with references to local politics: Maria and José are rejected at door after door where they seek shelter, accused of being illegal immigrants hoping to drop an “anchor baby,” and feel misled about the nature of San Francisco as a “sanctuary city.” Ultimately, the two end up finding a cot at a homeless shelter. Tags: Brava Theater Center • christmas • holidays • theater Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SELLING organic muesli on the stalls of farmers ma

first_imgSELLING organic muesli on the stalls of farmers markets must seem like a world away from mixing it with the toughest packs in rugby league – but it is sideline that Saints prop Josh Perry is happy to pursue.The big forward and his partner Bonnie Stedman have become something of a regular fixture at stalls for the past six months – selling their own brand of organic muesli.Read more by clicking herelast_img

SIA Soliola and Mose Masoe will line up to face Pa

first_imgSIA Soliola and Mose Masoe will line up to face Papua New Guinea at Craven Park (8pm) tonight.It is a crunch game for the duo after they lost their first Group B match against New Zealand last week.And teammate forward Mark Taufua wants to prove to the world Samoa’s international pedigree by getting back on track.“It is really good over here,” he Taufua. “For a lot of us it is our first time in England and we are all really enjoying it. In a tournament like this, every game is like a semi-final and hopefully we can stay a bit longer than what a lot of people have had us down for.“Our training has been positive since the New Zealand game. We went out there against them and wanted to be competitive against the world champions.“We thought our performance was good in the end. We had a slow start but the crowd really got behind us and helped lift our game.“We take it one game at a time, and now that the New Zealand game is over and done with and out of the way, we can concentrate on our next game, a tough match against PNG.“We are looking at the whole PNG team as a threat because they will be hurting after that really close game against France.“They will play with lots of enthusiasm and it will definitely give them an edge having played at Craven Park before. They know the ground and the pitch so we will have to get to know the stadium when it comes to the captain’s run.”Samoa:Leeson Ah Mau, David Fa’alogo, Pita Godinet, Tim Lafai, Joseph Leilua, Penani Manumalealii, Mose Masoe, Suaia Matagi, Anthony Milford, Junior Moors, Ben Roberts, Junior Sa’u, Michael Sio, Iosia Soliola, Sauaso Sue, Mark Taufua, Daniel Vidot, Antonio Winterstein.PNG:Josiah Abavu, Paul Aiton, Dion Aiye, Ase Boas, Jason Chan, Neville Costigan, Isreal Eliab, Richard Kambo, Enoch Maki, Larsen Marabe, Bosam Nene MacDonald, David Mead, Mark Mexico, Jessi Joe Nandye, Sebastion Pandia, Jason Tali, Ray Thompson, Charlie Wabo, Menzie Yere.last_img read more

Brunswick County Commission changes meeting schedule

first_img If a regular meeting falls on a holiday, that meeting will be held the next business day.Click here to see the full calendar.All meetings are held in the Commissioners’ Chambers, in the David Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Commission is changing the schedule of its meetings.Beginning in September, commissioners will hold two regularly-scheduled meetings per month:On the first Monday of the month, the Board will meet at 3 p.m.On the third Monday of the month, the Board will meet at 6 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

VIDEO Police warn of scam targeting seniors

first_img He is believed to be targeting seniors.WPD is asking the public to be aware of these scams.He is possibly working with another person and may be driving a gray Subaru.Related Article: Wilmington shooting, manhunt suspect arrested states awayIf you know this man’s identity, or have any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police are warning of a scam that is targeting elderly residents.WPD released a video of a man they say recently went to several homes in the Princess Place Drive area asking for money and falsely saying a local church sent him.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WANTED Suspect identified in Port City Java hitandrun

first_imgMugshot of Shane Floyd Giardina who is wanted in connection to a coffee shop hit and run. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for the man they say hit a car in a Port City Java drive-through last week.Shane Giardina, of Wilmington, is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, driving while license revoked and unsafe movement.- Advertisement – The 35-year-old suspect rear-ended the victim’s car, causing damage. The incident happened in the drive-through line at Port City Java on South 17th Street Thursday morning.Anyone with information call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use a Text A Tip.last_img read more

Sunday Funday at The Pointe at Barclay benefits local charity

first_img A portion of the proceeds will benefit the MDA. Melissa Sinclair is the Executive Director of the MDA.Sinclair says the event is a great way to spread local awareness.“I think people feel more compelled and more willing to help out folks when they know that it’s staying here. Especially in light of some of the complications that we’ve had from the recent storm,” said Sinclair. “I think that folks really pride themselves on knowing that their dollars and their support are staying local.”Related Article: MDA Muscle Walk of Wilmington raising money and awarenessSinclair says the money will go to local MDA services like healthcare, medical equipment and summer camps.The Pointe plans on holding future events, including a 5k coming up in December. Information about The Pointe can be found on their Facebook page, The Pointe at Barclay. The Pointe at Barclay hosted its Sunday Funday event, benefiting the Eastern Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy Association. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Pointe at Barclay hosted its Sunday Funday grand opening event Sunday afternoon. The event will benefit The Eastern Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy Association.The event featured live music, specialty food and drinks from local restaurants., carnival games and giveaways.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Fire department warns of hidden dangers when charging golf carts

first_imgGolf cart use on highways raising serious safety concerns. (Photo: ABC News) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — With warmer weather around the corner, the Carolina Beach Fire Department is warning residents of the hidden dangers associated with charging golf cart batteries.According to a news release by the Town of Carolina Beach, the firefighters have responded to multiple calls this year involving carbon monoxide alarms sounding due to charging golf carts.“These alarms are being caused by a buildup of hydrogen gas that is produced during the charging process,” the release states. “Hydrogen gas displaces oxygen and will cause carbon monoxide alarms to sound.”CBFD says hydrogen gas does not produce an immediate health hazard, but it has been associated as a mild irritant causing symptoms such as nausea and headaches. The primary hazard that can be caused during this process is the potential of fire from the buildup of hydrogen.The Carolina Beach Fire Department urges residents with golf carts to keep in mind the following points to enjoy a safe summer of golf cart usage:1. Always follow the manufactures recommendations when charging any golf cart.2. Always charge a golf cart in a well-ventilated area.3. Always disconnect the charger when the golf has finished the charging process.4. Do not charge the battery overnight or if there is no one at home with the golf cart.5. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your residence even if your residence is liquid propane free.If you suspect any problems or your carbon monoxide alarm is sounding, immediately get out of your home and call 911.If you have any non-emergency related questions you can call the Carolina Beach Fire Department at (910) 458-2985.last_img read more