Disabled people have spoken of their horror shock

first_imgDisabled people have spoken of their horror, shock and anger at learning of the vote to leave the European Union in last week’s referendum.Although many disabled people voted for Brexit, the vast majority of leading disabled activists were strongly in favour of remaining in the European Union.One disabled campaigner, who asked not to be named, said: “I think the majority of disability rights campaigners are in or recovering from shock.“There was a very strong campaign showing the benefits of EU membership to disability rights, but now that we have left the EU we know very little about what will happen next.“It feels like the carpet has been pulled out from underneath us and we’re not sure whether the bare boards we’re now looking at are stable.”In a blog for Disability Now, John Evans, one of the founders of the UK independent living movement, said the day of the referendum would “go down as the blackest day in the modern history for disabled people in the UK and for our human rights”.He said he was “dismayed, horrified and heartbroken about the consequences facing us and it is hard knowing which way to turn”.Miro Griffiths (pictured), a former project officer for the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the vote meant that the connection between disabled people in the UK, their European supporters, policies “that reflect the aspirations of the independent living movement”, and “decision makers that would collaborate with us” had been “severely damaged – possibly beyond repair”.He said: “Disabled people in the UK will become further marginalised as the state begins to dismantle social justice frameworks and destroy the support systems that – currently – do not meet the needs of those who require them.“The most startling factor to consider is that the majority of those who voted unwittingly accepted this.”But Rick Burgess, of Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “I think it’s important not to let the fear and panic the media and politicians are spreading distract us from the fight that is the same today as it was before: to reclaim and reinforce our human rights.“That struggle is probably going to be harder now, so we have to both increase our resolve and to make sure we look after one another.“Our advantage is we have been fighting for many years already, we are seasoned and experienced survivors, we are ahead of many non-disabled people who are only now just waking up to the threat from the far right.”The disabled crossbench peer Lord Low told fellow members of the House of Lords that there was a strong case for a second referendum, as called for in a petition on parliament’s website that by last night (Wednesday) had secured more than four million signatures.He said he believed the “leave” campaign had won the vote on what was “an essentially fraudulent prospectus”.He said: “They said that we could continue to trade with the EU on very similar terms without having to accept freedom of movement.“They said that there would be no adverse economic consequences, but we are already beginning to see them.“They made completely unrealistic promises as to what could be done with the resources saved from our EU contribution, and, most glaringly of all, with breath-taking cynicism and within hours of victory they were maintaining that they never said that Brexit would enable them to reduce the level of immigration.”The referendum result drew immediate support for disabled people in the UK from the two main Europe-wide disabled people’s organisations, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and ENIL.ENIL said it felt “sadness, disbelief and dejection” at the vote, emotions which it said were shared with the UK independent living and disability rights movements.It said: “We are deeply concerned about the prospect of disabled people in Britain being worse off and hit by further cuts.“Although discrimination and inequality affect many disabled people throughout Europe, there are numerous EU initiatives that have had a positive impact on our lives and have created a stronger legal basis to protect our rights.”It said it would “not leave our British disabled brothers and sisters behind and will do everything in our power to support them in their fight for independent living”.It added: “ENIL respects the democratic right of the British people to decide on their EU membership.“However, we are adamant that a strong human rights agenda throughout Europe is better achieved together.“ENIL will continue and intensify its collaboration with disabled people in the UK.”EDF said it accepted the result of the referendum with “regret”, and also promised to continue to work with disabled people’s organisations in the UK.Yannis Vardakastanis, EDF’s president, said: “EDF will continue to promote unity and solidarity within the disability movement all across Europe and will work very decisively on our common values against Euroscepticism, xenophobia, racism and all kinds of discrimination.“From this, we won’t exclude any people with disabilities or their organisations because of political choices.“We will collaborate with all organisations of persons with disabilities in Europe, including the UK, to ensure that Europe does not lose sight of the importance of human rights of all of its people: women, men, children, older people, persons with disabilities and people on the move across Europe and on our borders.”last_img read more

17th and Folsom to get 200 million flood protection

first_img 0% An improved $200 million drainage system is coming to 17th and Folsom streets to protect against flash floods that have menaced residents and businesses for more than a decade. The catch: it will take six years to build. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will dig a 3,500-foot-long tunnel that is roughly 12 feet in diameter. It will begin near Treat and Harrison streets and run to the existing sewer boxes near Mission Creek. An additional 9,000 feet of sewer improvements will be made in the area, primarily to route water to the tunnel.  The improvements are meant to help prevent flooding during a storm that delivers 1.3 inches of rain within three hours — a level of rainfall delivered by a so-called “five-year storm.” The Folsom project is part of $700 million in capital improvements for high-flood-risk areas. The commission will spend a total of $1.6 billion on more improvements over time.   The Folsom project is still in the planning phase, but construction is expected to begin in 2020 and wrap up in 2023. The improvements aimed at 17th and Folsom will not protect against storms larger than a five-year storm, said Stefani Harrison, a project manager with the city’s utilities commission, who on Wednesday gave a presentation at a Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee hearing on the flooding issue.  “Even when all these projects are built, the same neighborhoods will still have risk of flooding in storms that are larger than [a 5-year] storm,” Harrison said. Which is why the utilities commission is offering residents and businesses grant assistance for making suggested improvements on their property. In certain cases, the commission might be willing to buy a piece of property from a landowner at market value.The utilities commission will be offering grant assistance to residents and businesses who make plumbing modifications, elevate their structures, and install wet and dry floodproofing on their buildings. But at the meeting, some supervisors felt the grant program was not enough.  “I look at the grant program — raising houses, doing wet and dry protection — and wiping it down, it’s just not attractive,” said District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, referring to the fact that some residents might have to wipe down floodwater filth in wet-proofed areas of their homes after a flood. Sheehy then probed deeper into the suggestion that the PUC purchase properties from residents whose homes experience flooding. He referred, especially, to the homes on Cayuga Avenue near Balboa Park that have, in the past, become inundated with sewage water after large storms. “We are definitely interested in purchasing property,” said Harlan Kelly, general manager of the utilities commission, noting that the commission is working with the city attorney, and that it would buy homes at “fair market value.” That includes homes in the 17th and Folsom area. The home-acquisition program is in its early stages, Harrison wrote in an email, “but the City is willing to have discussions with interested/willing property owners who have experienced flood damage, as any acquisition would be on a case-by-case basis.”“You’ve laid out a clear set of interventions that you’re willing to make and to work with homeowners that are affected, up to purchasing the property,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “Echoing my colleagues, that’s probably going to be the right option if individuals are willing to sell.” center_img Tags: folsom street • storm Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

DESPITE leading by 10 points at the break the Sain

first_imgDESPITE leading by 10 points at the break the Saints contrived to concede 17 unanswered points in the second period against Wigan to end up on the losing side and a definite second place in the table, writes Graham Henthorne.For twenty five minutes all was going smoothly as the Saints stormed into a 16 point lead with some fine attacking play coupled with ferocious defence, notably from the French assassin Levy Nzoungou.The Saints were out of the blocks quickest forcing the first error of the game in the visitor’s 40 metre area. From the resultant free play smart offloading worked an overlap down the right and intelligent play from first Ricky Bailey and then Jake Spedding committed their defenders to give Dave Eccleston space to work. The winger took the ball inside before twisting out of the clutches of the defence for the try.His second minutes later came as a result of a great high bomb from Danny Richardson. The ball was left to bounce and then tipped to the Saints as the full back was put under pressure from the kick chase. Phil Atherton was stopped short before the ball was moved right where Bailey’s miss pass put Eccleston into acres of space for the score.On quarter time the winger turned into try saver as his last ditch tackle put his opposite number into touch in the act of touching down.The Saints were playing with confidence exhibited no better than by Atherton’s drive and offload down the middle. The ball was picked up and taken on a mazy weaving run by Bailey bamboozling the defence before he gave it wide for Regan Grace to stroll over in the corner.The tide was starting to turn, however, as the Saints started to lose the penalty count and possession stats. The visitors turned this to their advantage scoring on the half hour. Crucially as it turned out Morgan Knowles was hurt in the act of trying to stop the try and was ruled out for the rest of the game with concussion.With him goes a relentless 80 minute talisman and left the Saints with only four substitutes for the whole of the second period.The game was won and lost in the opening ten minutes of the second half. The Saints were down in the visitors red zone three or four times but didn’t manage one repeat set. When they did manage to break the defensive line with an Olly Davies run he tried to take the full back on instead of waiting for the figure of Jake Spedding who was steaming up in support.Fatigue then started to play its part and the error count increased.In the end the Saints just couldn’t hang on conceding three tries, the last one on the final whistle, to go down to a disappointing defeat.Sixteen points to the good at home and you should win. The visitors gave the Saints a harsh lesson in how to manage your resources and a game to come out on top.You couldn’t fault anyone’s effort, typified by the work of Ricky Bailey and the big minutes played by Levy Nzoungou, but you could ask for many to be a lot smarter in what they tried to do.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: David Eccleston (8, 12), Regan Grace (26).Goals: Danny Richardson 2.Wigan U19s:Tries: Jake Shorrocks (32), Jack Higginson (55, 65), Liam Forsyth (80).Goals: Jake Shorrocks 3.Drop Goals: Jake Shorrocks (78).Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 16-23Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Matty Fleming, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Levy Nzoungou, 11. Olly Davies, 13. Morgan Knowles, 21. Joe Ryan. Subs: 12. Liam Cooper, 15. Matty Lees, 20. Jonah Cunningham, 23. Ross McCauley.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Liam Marshall, 3. Liam Parsley, 4. Liam Forsyth, 5. Jack Higginson; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Lewis Heckford; 8. Kieran Sharrett, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Jack Wells, 11. MacCauley Davies, 12. Nick Gregson, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 16. Callum Field, 17. Brad Lawrence, 18. Josh Ganson, 19. Paddy Jone.last_img read more

SAINTS Betfred Super League campaign continues th

first_imgSAINTS’ Betfred Super League campaign continues this evening when Huddersfield Giants come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.We have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Huddersfield counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Crabbie’s – Buy two Crabbie’s and get a beanie hat free in the kiosks tonight!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. You can also buy Youth Energy too.Member Offer – If you’re a member, you can take advantage of our pie and hot drink combo offer for £3.50. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosks to access this deal.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.A Mark of Respect – There will be a minute’s applause for the late Harry Wellens and Violet-Grace Youens before kick off.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!The match is sponsored by Typhoo with the Hightown Group as our Corporate Sponsor. The Matchball is sponsored by Kingstone Press.Team News Keiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here and you can also view a match preview here.Tickets Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands.If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore The Saints Superstore is open from 9am until kick-off. It will be open after the game for 30 minutes.Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale.Featuring an interview with Kyle Amor it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there?There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams.It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelMatchday Car Parking details are here.last_img read more

Todays gift is one of the staples of the 2019 Tra

first_imgToday’s gift is one of the staples of the 2019 Trainingwear range – the Halo Tee.A firm favourite with the fans and players alike, this fantastic item is a casual and comfortable way of showing your love of the Saints.The design is available in three colourways; navy, white and red, which co-ordinate with other items in the 2019 Trainingwear range.To find out more, call into the Saints Superstore or click here.last_img

Police Man crashes into several cars in Wilmington parking lot

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police responded to a scene involving several cars getting hit in the Office Depot parking lot Thursday night.Wilmington Police have arrested Michael Holt for DWI, Reckless Driving, Simple Possession of Schedule IV, and Possession of Marijuana, after they said he crashed a 2003 Ford F150 into four cars in the parking lot.- Advertisement – Police said the crashes happened around 7:30 p.m. in the Office Depot parking lot on Oleander Drive and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.Police said there were no injuries and many witnesses stayed at the scene and gave statements.(Photos: Lonnie Goff)last_img

Writer alludes to harassment on One Tree Hill

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It seems like every day another big name in the entertainment industry is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, a well-known screenwriter and the creator of a popular show filmed in the Cape Fear is possibly among those accused of sexual harassment.Audrey Wauchope was one of the writers on the show  “One Tree Hill” that called Wilmington home for nine seasons.- Advertisement – Over the weekend, Wauchope took to twitter to share her story about her first days at her first writing job.“In light of the Andrew Kreisberg reporting, a couple thoughts about my first writing job that I’ve wanted to say for years but have never had the guts to. When I was 29 my writing partner @RachelSpecter and I were hired as staff writers,” Wauchope said. “To say we were excited was an understatement. To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks.”She wrote that others said she and her friend were hired because the show runner wanted to have sex with them. Wauchope said she and other women would try to avoid sitting near the showrunner in meetings.Related Article: EyeCon’s ‘One Tree Hill’ reunion conventions to end“The staff sat on couches. Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women,” Wauchope said.Wauchope added that sometimes they would not be so lucky.“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning,” Wauchope said. “He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”She also said when the studio held a sexual harassment seminar the showrunner was a no-show.“The day the studio lawyers came to give the sexual harassment seminar many of us had pointed questions we were going to ask. This will be the time we can speak and he will know we know! Guess who didn’t show up?” Wauchope said. “That’s right. The showrunner did not attend the mandatory sexual harassment meeting. I don’t blame the studio, I doubt they knew. I blame a system that allows one person to have so much power they can do whatever they want.”Although Wauchope never named the show, or the man who she accuses of the harassment, she received responses of support from  “One Tree Hill” like Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Sophia Bush.WWAY asked Wauchope for an interview, she declined and said she is not going on the record at this time. WWAY reached out to the accused showrunner’s agency and others connected to  “One Tree Hill”, so far no one has agreed to comment publicly.To read all of Wauchope’s tweets, click here.last_img read more

SUNDAY Hundreds of bikes ready to roll as hundreds of motorcycles ride

first_img print Mike Mason took a picture of the 254 bikes being donated to Toys for Tots WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 254 bicycles are ready to be given to local kids in the community who don’t have one.Mike Mason, Assistant Director for the local Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson HOG Chapter, says they collected enough donations to purchase 254 bicycles and that the Chapter met a few Sundays ago to put them all together.  He says they anticipate between 500 to 700 motorcycles taking part in the 25th Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle ride. The police escorted ride is expected to be the biggest year yet.- Advertisement – Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson organizers say all make and model motorcycles are invited to participate.  If you don’t own a Motorcycle, you are invited to watch the parade of bikes leave and have a free lunch if you bring a new, unwrapped toy between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning.The ride will disrupt traffic a bit. The route is as follows:Start at Carolina Coast H-D, 6620 Market St.Right on Station RdRight on Military Cutoff.Continue on to Oleander.Continue on to Wooster St.Right on 3rd St.Continue on Martin Luther KingLeft on MarketReturn to Carolina Coast H-D.last_img read more

2nd annual Bella Italia fundraiser will benefit Brunswick Community College Foundation

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Mark your calendars for February 2, 2018 for an evening sipping fine wines and enjoying delicious Italian fare to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.The BCC Foundation has partnered with Angelo’s Bistro and their culinary associates to provide exciting and interactive food and wine tastings and demonstrations.- Advertisement – Angelo’s Bistro owner James Lane stopped by Good Evening Wilmington to speak with WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick about the event.For more information about the fundraiser, click here.last_img

TRUE BEAUTY Local students create The Me Project to build inner strength

first_img (Photo: Brunswick Co. Schools) 1 of 3 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three South Brunswick Middle School students are trying to change lives one girl at a time by making them more aware of their self worth.As you walk the halls of South Brunswick Middle School, you will see about 700 kids. Aidra Hood, Reagan Phillips and Rees Osborne are three students there who are hoping to see their classmates more aware of their true beauty.- Advertisement – (Photo: Brunswick Co. Schools) (Photo: Brunswick Co. Schools) “We come in different shapes and sizes,” one said. “Looking from the outside, it’s sometimes easy to make assumptions of who you think someone is but usually our assumptions are wrong.”The girls said they were always taught “how beauty comes from the heart, beauty is being kind, and how you feel on the inside is how you will treat others around you and that is what beauty is all about.”After talking to their parents multiple times about noticing how “the girls just don’t seem to know their worth”, they finally looked and said, “do something about it”. Aidra Hood, Reagan Phillips, and Rees Osborne (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) This is where “The Me Project” came about.  The girls said the idea is to take pictures of students, who would like to take part in the project, and ask them what they think their “inside beauty” is. The trio came up with different quotes for the students to pick between:Aidra- My inner strength is…Related Article: To glam or not to glam soon after giving birthRees- What makes me unique is…Reagan- My inner beauty trait is…The girls plan on asking 5 girls per week to showcase what their inner beauty is.They said in today’s world, magazines, TV shows, videos and the public in general, put so much emphasis on body image, make up, the perfect outfit and who has the name brand product.“To be honest, none of this really matters. People will not remember you for the ‘cool’ person you are, but they will remember you for being kind and letting others see what you genuinely have to offer as a peer, a friend, a mentor and a person who sees beauty from the inside out,” they said.They said their hope is to incorporate a “new look” to society, one that will focus on what our heart looks like instead of our outward beauty.last_img read more