The Conservative election victory appears to have

first_imgThe Conservative election victory appears to have delivered a heavy blow to long-term efforts to ensure greater representation of disabled people in parliament.Along with the retirement of disabled Labour MPs David Blunkett and Anne McGuire, there was defeat at the polls for the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd and Labour’s Dame Anne Begg.This appears to leave the Conservative MPs Paul Maynard and Robert Halfon as the only MPs who would self-describe as disabled people, although further disabled MPs may emerge in the first few months of the new parliament, while there are others who have spoken in past Commons debates of their own health conditions.Dame Anne expressed concern at what appears to be a drop in the proportion of disabled MPs.As vice-chair of the speaker’s conference on parliamentary representation, which reported in 2010, she played a significant part in pushing for more disabled, female and minority ethnic MPs.Dame Anne said: “My argument was [always that] we had to deal with the supply side.“Clearly the political parties have not done enough in identifying and supporting potential disabled candidates.”But she did point to one bright spot for disabled people, with the election of Labour’s Neil Coyle to the London seat of Bermondsey and Old Southwark.Although not a disabled person himself, Coyle has an impressive track record in disability rights, having worked at senior levels for the Disability Rights Commission and the disability charities Disability Alliance and Disability Rights UK.He has also worked in the office of Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Kate Green.Dame Anne said: “The disabled community have a good friend in Neil. I was delighted to hear he had got elected. He understands the issues.”Maynard did not respond to a request for an interview from Disability News Service.But Emily Brothers (pictured), the disabled Labour politician who stood unsuccessfully for the Sutton and Cheam seat at the election, said the apparent drop in the number of disabled MPs was “a great concern”.Brothers, who increased Labour’s vote in her constituency by more than 2,000 votes, compared with 2010, has been calling for the next government to re-open the Access to Elected Office (AEO) fund, one of the measures that came out of the speaker’s conference, and which was launched by the coalition in 2012.The fund was set up to help disabled people with the extra costs they face in gaining elected office, and played a “massive part” in supporting Brothers with her own campaign.She said: “I would not have been able to do the campaign that I was able to undertake without personal assistance [paid for by the fund].”If the government does not want to re-open the fund, Brothers suggested that it could extend the Access to Work (AtW) scheme to disabled people carrying out political campaigning and taking posts on public bodies.Brothers, who is now considering seeking a nomination to stand for Labour in next year’s London assembly elections, said: “This is an area on which all parties should be able to agree.“We should be campaigning for the needs of disabled people to be met in seeking political and public life roles, whether by extending Access to Work, or by a bespoke fund [like the AEO scheme].“What is important is that there is a right to have our needs met and addressed if we want to take part in political or public life.”Without a new AEO fund or an extension of AtW, she said, it would have “a serious negative impact on my future political role”.She added: “When disabled people feel under threat as they have never felt before, it is particularly important that they have their own voice, not just on disability issues but on a whole host of concerns – such as housing, transport and health – which are going to impact on their lives.“That is why having disabled people in the political arena… is very important. That is what we are going to be lacking in the current make-up of the House of Commons.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “There appears to be a sharp drop in the number of disabled MPs. However, without facts we cannot know.“A first step is to ask the Commons authorities to undertake confidential monitoring of all MPs to see if they have a disability.“Secondly, we need all MPs to make a commitment to get an accessible constituency office.“We feel confident that IPSA [the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority] will support them in taking action to end disabled people’s exclusion from politics.”last_img read more

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SF Mission Candidates Say City Should Be Smarter About Homeless Funds

first_img Tags: election 2016 • Elections Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% This is the fourth installment of 43 Questions, a weekly column leading up to the 2016 supervisorial elections in which Mission Local asks a question a week of the four candidates for District 9.In the midst of the homeless sweeps controversy last week, we asked candidates about their views on homelessness and how to adequately address the issue. Those responses can be viewed here.We wanted to know more and decided to get more specific into the plans laid out by each candidate. We asked each of the four to elaborate on what they would do to address homelessness, from beefing up job services to finding sources of funding. Here are their answers.Respuestas en español aquí. center_img Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubQuestion: You mentioned the Navigation Center in your previous response. Given that it only houses 75 people at a time, the city might need dozens of Navigation Centers to transition the 6,700 homeless people — and 3,500 unsheltered ones — in the city. How would you pay for this approach?Answer: San Francisco currently spends $241 million a year on homelessness. This is enough to build 550 permanent housing units for our homeless population, each year! It’s not about decreasing the budget on homelessness, it’s about being innovative in our approach to leverage more funding from our budget and increase revenue through taxes on luxury goods and the business revenues of the many thriving businesses that have been entering the city. These new city revenues should be dedicated to a housing fund that increases services for tenant protections, homelessness, and permanent housing — ensuring we aren’t displacing more residents onto the streets.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposQuestion: You mentioned the Navigation Center, micro-housing, and increased mental health access in your previous response. Given that there are some 6,700 homeless people in the city — 3,500 unsheltered every night — the city may need dozens of Navigation Centers, thousands more units, and dramatically increased mental health capacity. How would you pay for improving these services?Answer: San Francisco is the second wealthiest city in the country with an annual budget of $9 billion. It’s outrageous to tell San Franciscans that we don’t have the funds to invest in real solutions to homelessness. If we can afford tax breaks for billion dollar companies, and can foot the bill for the Super Bowl and America’s Cup we can afford homeless services. City Hall needs to come together to streamline and track existing services, pass homelessness bonds, and tax corporations to raise funds. It’s not acceptable to ask our residents to bear the brunt of this public health crisis any longer.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Question: You mentioned vacant public housing units. Are there enough vacant units in San Francisco for the 6,700 homeless in the city, and how would the city pay for retrofitting these units and moving people into them?Answer: No, there aren’t enough vacant units but public housing is an essential piece of the puzzle for low-income or homeless families. We need increased investment to make more available, but we also need to be smarter with the money we already spend.The Mission Navigation Center is an excellent example of how to get things right through coordination, but to end the cycle of homelessness we must provide more opportunity and treat people with dignity [and] respect.We need a robust toolbox of opportunities – public and affordable housing, rental subsidies, eviction prevention assistance, supportive housing, better services and more career opportunities.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyQuestion: You mentioned employment for the homeless — how would you improve job-finding services and what are some barriers to employment specific to the homeless that you would address?Answer: I have 16 years of experience in the job creation environment. The city has services; however, these do not trickle down. Their system operates on the assumption that individuals will walk into a center and self-disclose. I propose the creation of an outreach team to meet people onsite. I would focus on the creation of on-the-job training and temporary/long-term employment. We will incentivize employers that hire this population.Homeless are faced the inability to produce right to work documentation, no current job history, a phone line and mental health support, and a system that criminalizes their situation, which is inhumane and detrimental to their employability.We hope our weekly column will also remind people to vote. San Francisco turnouts are notoriously low, and if you have recently moved or have not yet registered to vote, here is the page you will need to update your registration or to register for the first time.If you have your own questions to ask the candidates, please send them to info@missionlocal.com with the subject line “One Question.” last_img read more

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Fifth 100percent affordable housing project breaks ground in SFs Mission

first_img“On this project, you’re really pulling together the essence of the Mission,” said Amy Beinart, an aide in Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s office, about the use of the ground floor space. The total projected cost of the project is $100 million. The two community nonprofit developers closed on construction financing only two weeks ago. Since last June, the Mission has seen five fully affordable projects break ground, making this the most active period in affordable housing development in the neighborhood in recent years. The relief Friday evening was palpable: Only last April, the seven approved affordable projects — including 1990 Folsom — appeared to have stalled. “Every one of these [groundbreakings] represents an incredible amount of hard-fought struggle,” Beinart said. The moment was especially significant for Galería de la Raza, which was forced out of its longtime home at 24th and Bryant streets after its landlord doubled its rent and subsequently evicted the gallery. The gallery temporarily moved to a space at 25th and Valencia in December.  Mayor London Breed, who has appeared at nearly every affordable-housing groundbreaking in the Mission, said that her office is committed to purchasing two more sites for affordable development using the so-called “windfall” funds.The mayor emphasized that 40 percent of the project’s units will be reserved for people living in District 9 through the Neighborhood Preference program. “Apply, apply, apply,” she said, noting that her office will be doing outreach to ensure people know how. Roberto Alfaro, the executive director of HOMEY, said he used to visit the building, which housed bakeries throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s. His father “used to buy me pan in the morning time,” Alfaro said. “He was excited we were doing this.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img A 143-unit, fully affordable project at 1990 Folsom St. broke ground Friday evening — the fifth 100-percent affordable project to begin its rise in the Mission District in a year’s time. The project’s groundbreaking “represents another big step forward in keeping San Francisco’s future as a diverse, welcoming city that we all treasure,” Karoleen Feng, director of community real estate at the Mission Economic Development Agency, told about 100 community members at the site. The Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation proposed the project in 2016 and expect it to be complete in early 2021. In addition to the affordable units, the nine-story project will include 15,000 square feet of ground floor space that will house the longtime community organizations Galeria de la Raza, Homies Organizing in the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY), and the Felton Institute. last_img read more

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THE first edition of Saints new look Strength in

first_imgTHE first edition of Saints new look ‘Strength in Numbers’ matchday magazine will be available this Sunday.It features an interview with new signing Lama Tasi, head coach Keiron Cunningham’s view of pre-season and the lowdown on Dewsbury Rams.And this special edition, priced at only £1.50, folds out into a wallplanner which charts Saints’ 2016 campaign.Simply pop into the Saints Superstore to grab your copy or seek out a seller on the concourse this Sunday.last_img

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BCSO Offduty deputy kills dog after safety concerns by neighbors

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An off-duty Brunswick County Sheriff deputy shot and killed a dog named Ruby in the River Hill subdivision Thursday after it was seen running around the neighborhood causing safety concerns for residents.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says an email was sent out to the residents in the subdivision around 10:20 a.m. in reference to a possible wild animal at large in the area of Pine Hill Drive.- Advertisement – However Ruby’s owner, Amanda Paterson said she never received an email from the sheriff’s office.Residents reported seeing an animal, possibly a coyote or wolf, with another animal in its mouth and blood on its face. Several of the neighbors, including an off-duty BCSO deputy, attempted to locate the animal.Deputies say the residents armed themselves for safety as there have been other reports of coyotes in the area recently.Related Article: Deputies: Brunswick man attacks brother, neighbor with macheteWhile in the deputy’s yard, the animal appeared and started towards him and other people gathered in his yard. The off-duty deputy then used his personal gun to killed the animal.After the shooting, it was discovered that the animal was a dog owned by one of the neighbors. The dog had no collar nor any identification.Brunswick County Sheriff Animal Protective Services has investigated the incident. They say after speaking with numerous residents, it was determined that the actions taken by the deputy were justified.BCSO says while unfortunate, the incident is a reminder of the importance of keeping animals secure.Paterson sent WWAY the following statement:“She was a loving and wonderful rescue pet from BCAPS. We loved her and will miss her dearly,” Paterson wrote.last_img read more

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ACT OF KINDNESS Deputy helps driver change tire in the rain

first_img The bystander caught the act of kindness on camera and shared photos with the department.Nice job Deputy Branch! Deputy Larry Branch was seen “helping to change a tire in the pouring down rain during one of the busiest times of day for traffic” by someone driving by. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Going beyond the call of duty. As many people drove past a disabled driver Tuesday, this Brunswick County Sheriff deputy stopped to lend a helping hand.According to a post the sheriff’s office Facebook page, Deputy Larry Branch was seen “helping to change a tire in the pouring down rain during one of the busiest times of day for traffic” by someone driving by.Deputy Larry Branch (Photo: BCSO)- Advertisement – last_img read more

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UNCW men drop fifth of 6 fall 10495 to James Madison

first_imgWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Stuckey Mosley scored 27 points, Darius Banks added 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and James Madison beat UNC Wilmington 104-95, splitting the season series on Saturday.James Madison (10-14, 3-8 Colonial Athletic Association) stopped a five-game skid and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time since a 106-74 win over East Mennonite on Nov. 24, 2015.- Advertisement – Matt Lewis added 19 points for the Dukes, who shot 60 percent in the second half and 59 percent for the game. They trailed 53-46 early in the second half but erased the deficit with a 7-0 run and took control for good with a 9-0 run that made it 80-73 with 7:12 left.James Madison went the final 4:11 without a field goal but made 17 of 18 free throws during that span to hold on.Ty Gadsden had 24 points and Jeantal Cylla added 20 for the Seahawks (8-16, 4-7), who have lost five of the last six. Devontae Cacok had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season and the 53rd of his career.last_img read more

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Anonymous doctors support abortion

first_imgA new NGO called Doctors for Choice (DFCM) has been set up to lobby for the introduction of abortion in Malta. The press release sent by the organisation was not signed by anyone. Newsbook.com.mt could not verify who are the members and whether they are doctors or not.The organisation is saying that Malta’s current laws on abortion violate human rights and deny patients access to crucial health services. They are demanding that the healthcare service provides for ‘safe access to abortion.’The body argues that at this current time, abortion remains an offence which is punishable while at the same denying women’s ‘autonomy over their bodies.’For this reason, the anonymous ‘doctors’ state that they support women’s access to these services as well as being ‘able to make a fully informed choice on their pregnancy, including the option to choose safe abortion in a controlled, empathetic environment. Women should have the final decision without any interference.’Read: Pro-Abortionists say they are passionate about reproductive rightsEarlier on this year another pro-abortion group titled Voice for Choice was set up. In a statement it said that it’s aim was to lead a campaign for what the group defined as ‘rights’ and ‘justice’ in reproduction. Voice for Choice is an umbrella organisation made up of groups and individuals who described themselves as ‘passionate about reproductive rights’.Read: Majority of university students oppose abortion – KSU surveyIn March a study carried out by the University Students’ Council found that a majority of university students oppose abortion. The Council published the findings of its survey in which 58.4% of 733 who participated in the survey said they were against the legalization of abortion in Malta. While 41.6% said that they are in favour.The findings of the survey were adopted by the Council, with the Council stating that given the results, the students are therefore against the legalization of abortion. The report was prepared by the students who were assisted by Professor Liberato Camilleri.WhatsApp SharePrint <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

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Queens former residence in Malta up for sale at €59m

first_img SharePrint Google MapsGoogle Maps The palazzo that served as the residence of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen, and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951, is up for sale at €5,950,000.Villa Gwardangia, a grade 2 building, measures 1,560sqm and has a lounge, dining room, living room, kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, grand ‘sala nobile’, 2 garages and various rooms which lead to a mature garden which measures 900sqm.The property has been listed on Frank Salt’s website, which have described the property as “crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue”.It has also sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from its roof terrace.Nationalist Pietà local councillor Josef Fitzpatrick in a Facebook post said that the advert confirms what he had said on Villa Gwardamangia. Fitzpatrick referred to an interview conducted by state TV with Pietà mayor and Heritage Malta official during which it was announced that there were ongoing discussions on the possible sale of the Villa. Fitzpatrick had presented a motion in front of Pietà local council on 12 March 2019 which was discussed on 25 March.In his motion, the local councillor had asked the council to consider asking the Authority in charge to intervene in this situation, to identify the owners of the property and establish whether they have the necessary means to restore the palazzo. In the eventuality that this resulted in the negative, the motion urged the competent authorities to intervene and restore the building.It was suggested that the palazzo would be restored to its former glory to be enjoyed by residents, people living on the islands and as well as serve as a tourist attraction. In the motion put forward by Fitzpatrick stated that in the eventuality the property ceases to belong to private individuals then Heritage Malta and Pietà Local Council should be responsible for it.The local councillor wrote to Heritage Malta in April demanding a clarification over a number of points the official had made during TV programmes on state TV. Fitzpatrick had asked when was interest first shown by the Government to acquire the property, with Kenneth Gambin from Heritage Malta saying “years ago”. He also asked about ongoing talks with the royal family over the property which Gambin cited during the programme, with the latter saying that there were ongoing discussions. Finally he also asked about contact made with the owners, with Gambin saying that they were contacted however Fitzpatrick claimed that no contact was made with the owners.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

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Watch What happens at the Executive stays within the Executive

first_img SharePrint <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> Many of those present at the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Executive Committee chose not to comment on the kerfuffle that seems to have taken place during the meeting with the journalists waiting outside Dar Ċentrali on Monday.The running answer when asked about the commotion that could be heard from the street was “what happens at the Executive stays within the Executive”.Few were those who interacted with the media. One of them was PN leader Adrian Delia who stated with the press that there will be no voting on the alleged ultimatum that the party’s MPs gave to him during the MPs meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday.He added that at this point it is important to have a serious and open discussion so that the party makes the necessary change to be ready for the electorate.When Adrian Delia was asked to comment further on the reported ultimatum, he declared that what is discussed during committee meetings should not be divulged so that those who wish to express themselves during such forums can do so freely.Meanwhile, Team Start president Thomas De Martino told the media that Adrian Delia should not resign. He stated that usually no vote of confidence is taken following an EP election.PN MPs meeting on TuesdayLast week, the PN MPs met twice with the second session running into the early hours of the following day. Newsbook.com.mt is informed that the majority of the PN MPs would like to see Adrian Delia resign from leader of the party.The Times of Malta was also reported that Delia has until Tuesday to decide on his future within the party. According to ONE this ultimatum was supposed to expire at midday last Saturday. From its end, The Malta Independent reported that the PN MPs will not be discussing Delia’s resignation but some of the group are expecting “concrete proposals”.Footage: Monique Agius WhatsApplast_img read more

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