A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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… Labour’s shadow chancellor has described the UK government’s decision to co-host a Global Disability Summit – less than a year after its record on disability rights was dismantled by the United Nations – as “the height of hypocrisy”.John McDonnell, a long-standing supporter of the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) after addressing a rival grassroots summit organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) in Stratford, east London.He said the government’s summit was an attempt to show that they were world leaders in disability rights “when they are clearly not”, but also “trying to argue that they could somehow influence or teach other countries how to treat fairly and equally disabled people”, which was “just outrageous.”McDonnell (pictured, outside the summit) said disabled people and their allies had worked hard to ensure that the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “the fullest information to be able to assess the government’s performance on its policies towards disabled people”.The result, last September, was “an outright condemnation of the role that the government has played”.He added: “It was the height of hypocrisy then for them to host this event.”He said the summit could have been so much more successful if there had been an “honest discussion about what’s happened to disabled people across the globe but also learning the lessons of what’s gone wrong in this country, and the lessons of what’s gone wrong are that disabled people have born the brunt of austerity”.He added: “If what came out of this summit was the admission by the UK government of their mistakes, at least something would come out of it. I doubt that that would happen.”He also said – as he has stressed previously – that he wants DPAC and other disabled people’s groups “to set the agenda for Labour when we go into power”.He told DPAC’s International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit that a Labour government’s policies would be based on the motto of the disabled people’s movement: “nothing about us without us”.He said: “This is not just an open door. It is a solid invitation: when we go into government, you all go into government.”The DPAC summit had heard from representatives of disabled people’s organisations in four countries – Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda – each of whom described how they had fought oppression and discrimination (see separate story).last_img read more

Activists Call Search For New Police Chief Farce

first_imgJim Salinas, a former police commissioner and long-time labor leader who attended the meeting, said that he was “puzzled” by the process. “I thought there would be an exchange between the commission and the community, but this just feels awkward,” he said. In the past, Salinas said that these types of community meetings would allot community members time to voice their concerns through public comment. Before leaving the meeting prematurely, Salinas addressed Petra DeJesus, one of the two police commissioners who facilitated the meeting, saying, “This is not what we asked for and you know why we asked you to be here today: So that the community could talk with you.” The meeting, hosted by the San Francisco Police Commission, was the third of five community forums scheduled throughout the city until the end of August, when the application process for the next police chief is set to close.  The position became vacant after the former police chief, Greg Suhr, resigned following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black woman in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point. That came after weeks of citywide-protests calling for the chief to resign in the wake of fatal police shootings. “The point [of this meeting] is to gather public input on what qualities and characteristics you would like to see in your next police chief,” said Police Commissioner Sonia Malerna, who facilitated the meeting alongside Police Commissioner DeJesus.San Francisco Police Commissioners Sonia Malerna and Petra DeJesus listen to community feedback regarding the appointment of the city’s next police chief. Photo by Laura WaxmannBesides what activists called a poor format for discussion, audience members said the low turnout — some 30 people attended the meeting — raised questions about extent of the outreach done by the firm hired by the city, Ralph Anderson Associates. That firm is also responsible for aggregating applicant’s resumes and evaluating them before passing qualified candidates along to the Police Commission.“This meeting is not representative of the Mission community at all,” said Maria Villata, a Mission resident and relative of Alex Nieto, a 27-year-old security guard who was armed with a taser when shot by four police officers on top of Bernal Hill in 2014.“What was the outreach here?” she said, addressing the commissioners. “The school has loads of resources for you to have contacted families of this district.”Homeless rights activist Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia questioned the firm’s involvement in the process. “You have an outside consulting firm notifying local activists of this meeting? Did you give them a list?” she asked asked the commissioners, pointing out that many Mission community organizations were not represented at the meeting.On Monday, Gray-Garcia led a group of activists in a rally at Mission Police Station calling for a 90-day moratorium on the use of force by officers. They also demanded that the next police chief be selected by the community, an ask commissioners said was unlikely to happen.Homeless rights activist Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia holds banner with names of victims of fatal police incidents. Photo by Laura WaxmannInstead, the Police Commission will pick three candidates from a pool of applicants to be interviewed by the mayor, who has the final say.Audience members wanted to know whether the interim police chief, Toney Chaplin, had already been selected as one of the final candidates. Chaplin expressed interest last week in taking the job permanently and has the support of the Police Officer’s Association, the union for San Francisco police officers.Before his appointment, Chaplin served on the Gang Task Force and in 2012 shot and injured a parolee in the Mission District. Salaverry expressed concern about his track record. “In the next shooting, he is going to feel in alignment with the cop that did the shooting [if appointed as chief]. That’s a terrible start,” he said. But the commissioners assured the group that the selection process would be fair, and that they had no knowledge of which candidates have submitted applications. Gary Peterson, a consultant with Ralph Anderson Associates, said he has received 16 applications for the job, one from out of the country. He said Chaplin would be subject to the same application process and qualification requirements as any other candidate. To ensure greater transparency to the public, John Crew, a former director for police practices at the American Civil Liberties Union, urged the commissioners to make public the names of the final three candidates, as become a standard recruitment practice in other major cities – a suggestion that commissioner DeJesus promised to present to the full commission in September.As community members continued to weigh in on the process, several of activists in attendance snaked a banner around the cafeteria that listed the names of victims of fatal police incidents. They demanded greater accountability for police shootings from the next police chief.“I would like a police chief who can talk to the families of those who have been killed and work with them,” said Iswari España, a candidate running for Mission District Supervisor. “We need somebody willing to look through these cases and take them seriously.” Tags: community • Mission High School • police • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Activists at a police meeting on Thursday that sought input from Mission District residents on the appointment of the next San Francisco police chief said they were being strung along by police commissioners who were not looking for community involvement. “This is a dog and pony show,” said David Carlos Salaverry, a member of the newly formed group San Franciscans for Police Accountability, which seeks reform of the San Francisco Police Department. He was one of several audience members at the meeting who protested when police commissioners instructed them to split into two groups and “talk amongst each other” at a community meeting held inside the Mission High School cafeteria at 3750 18th St., saying that the commissioners were not engaging in a dialogue with community members.Instead, audience members, most of whom were activists involved in anti-police brutality campaigns, wanted a town hall style meeting where speakers are allowed to address the police commissioners one at a time. center_img 0%last_img read more

Developments in Development Rays of Light

first_imgBut hey, that’s something, right?And the pipeline of new housing is positively bursting, in some cases with affordable housing. Preliminary plans have been submitted for dorm-style housing on 15th and South Van Ness, market-rate housing on 24th and Capp, and Mission Housing has been awarded the contract to build affordable housing on South Van Ness and 16th. Plus, some vacant SRO units on Valencia are being transformed into permanent supportive housing for the homeless.More happy things I encountered this week: 0% These 5,000 balloons are up on the building that houses Mi Ranchito produce market – Hoodline has the story on what they are celebrating, namely the 10th anniversary of the party blog Oh Happy Day. Then there’s this mural on 20th and Bryant streets that Sirron Norris is working on. I caught it in its early stages and thought I recognized Bob and Linda Belcher: And indeed, they are the long-suffering (kinda) parents in the animated series Bob’s Burgers, which, as Hoodline reports, has its roots in not just San Francisco, but the Mission specifically.Another ray of light, however tiny: When I see Curbed do these comparisons for renters (“What $X rents you in SF right now”) I always sort of open them while gritting my teeth and cringing. But I have to say that I perked up at this one. Check out their options for $1800 a month – one or two of these actually have a sort of bedroom! Whoa! Craigslist tells a similar story, in that some of the studios advertised in the “super trendy” Mission district come in at under 1800, and are not SROs. Like is this one even real? Be still my heart…Nonetheless, I think it will be a while before we see a deal like this historic Hercules house on the market for $1. center_img Yes, rents are still nuts, yes, only the rich can afford to move here…and yet, most of what I’ve seen floating around this week is kinda positive. I don’t mean to diminish the crisis. Bloomberg has a dispatch from another rent comparison study that really brings it home that yes, San Francisco is officially the most expensive city in the country and we pay big bucks for some bad options.At the same time, as Curbed notes, housing ownership is up slightly (says the census) and it’s still possible for the median earner in San Francisco to afford to buy a house in the city. Sure, it’s only possible in the Bayview and the Tenderloin, but frankly, I’m surprised that those are even within reach of a median earner. With a bit of flexibility on reality, Curbed even comes to this conclusion:So in all, there are ten neighborhoods most of us can potentially buy in most of the time…assuming a fairly generous definition of the median wage, decent loan terms, and that we’re willing to commit way more to housing than is usually recommended. Tags: housing • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

1 coffee and donuts all day at 19th and Alabama St

first_imgDesignMap, a user experience design company on 19th and Alabama streets, is selling $1 coffee and donuts until 5 p.m. today.It’s their second annual fundraiser, according to DesignMap employee Sarah Lutz, who was working her shift at the stand set up in front of their offices. They donate the money they raise to local organizations. Last year, the several hundred dollars they made went to the Boys and Girls Club. This year, the proceeds will go to the Homeless Prenatal Program.Lutz and her shift partner, Rona Asuncion, said they’ve sold a lot of coffee and donuts so far to people who work in the neighborhood and were walking to work. “We’ve been getting a lot of foot traffic from the hospital,” Lutz said. 0% DesignMap is a decade-old company, and Asuncion said it had been in the neighborhood for the last five years. Both she and Lutz are designers, working to make software more user-friendly. Typically, this means they identify the problems of a company’s current website or app then come up with design solutions to meet their goals. Their clients have included Salesforce and the San Francisco blog The Bold Italic. center_img Tags: homeless • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Kinkcom estate sale at the Armory How much for the torture rack

first_imgGone are the days of the Armory’s experimental phase — when Kink.com performers rushed through the halls in robes and red lights blinked outside of studios, telling passersby that — yes — porn is happening, right here and now. “It was really bustling,” recalled Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the production company.  Now you have a chance to own some of these memories as, starting Friday, the Armory will be opening up for an estate sale that will denude the building, once and for all, of Kink’s effects. The four-day sale will run until Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.This will be the BDSM studio’s last hurrah in the building, as the porn production company sold the 104-year-old fortress to an affiliate of the Chicago-based AJ Partners, a social club and resort developer, for $65 million. That’s quadruple the $14.5 million British porn producer Peter Acworth paid for the building in 2006. 0% Tags: Kink.com Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Kink.com has been moving out over the past few weeks, and officially left the building on Sunday, April 1. The company is now in an office near 7th and Mission streets.  Although many of the sexy props were sold when Kink.com moved its production out of the fortress in January 2017, some curios — including a giant hamster wheel and gynecologist’s chair — remain. Other sex toys, including harnesses, restraints and leather straightjackets are also in the mix, although they have not been priced yet. Stabile said many of the items were used on the sets. Kevin Black, the owner of the Yes Co., the estate sale proprietor company handling this sale, has seen his fair share of oddities over years. Regarding the forthcoming Kink.com sale, he was quick to note: “You can’t buy a lot of this stuff at Target.” Torture rack ($350) Photo Courtesy of the Yes Co.Plastic, faux vault door, $250. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co.Gynecologist Chair, $150. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co.Six-foot hamster wheel, $450. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co.Veterinary exam tables, $150 each. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co. last_img read more

THATTO Heath Crusaders are looking to recruit a co

first_imgTHATTO Heath Crusaders are looking to recruit a coach to join an already keen and well established team of players and a structure of administrators, coaches, team and touchline managers and first aiders in time for the start of the 2014 season.Should you wish to volunteer your services you will be made most welcome and be joining one of the premier Clubs in the North West, with facilities and volunteers second to none. We are a former 2012/2013 RFL Community Club of the Year, with circa 350-400 players and 25 teams both male and female.Your duties will be to coach and prepare a team to play rugby league to the best of their ability with the emphasis on player development and having fun with a focus on the enjoyment of rugby league in a safe and friendly environment. You will receive internal coach education and external coaching qualifications and be supported by a team of very experienced volunteer coaches and administrators.The ideal candidate will have some playing or coaching experience (or both) but a lack of such must not prevent you from applying in the first instance to info@thattoheathcrusaders.orglast_img read more

Both teams gave it their all to provide a great ga

first_imgBoth teams gave it their all to provide a great game and we are extremely proud of all that took part.In front of an enthusiastic crowd, the first half was very evenly matched with both teams scoring consistently throughout – including an exceptional full length try by Saints LDRL Captain Mike Thompson.It finished relatively close with Warrington Leading 40-32.The second half saw Warrington LDRL use their speed and width to get around the Saints.The home side scored eight points but the Wolves’ movement took its toll and they saw the game out 60-40.Gareth Foster, Head Coach of the Saints LDRL team, mentioned: “Despite the result I am extremely proud of our team and what they have achieved over the season. I’m delighted with each and every one of our team members. To see all the fans at yesterday’s match cheer us really gave me goose bumps and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their support.“The best part of the night was to see everyone smiling at the end whilst being cheered off by the home crowd.”Saints:Josh Bould (1) John Starbutts (4) Jordan Darbyshire (5) Mathew Hanley (10) Jamie Leatherbarrow (12) Josh Taylor (13) Tom Blanthorn (14) Mike Thompson (9) Connor Harrison (8) Chris Foster (31) Luke Evans (11) Aaron Vose (25) Aidan Travis (20) Jamie Cross (7) Reece Tharme (15) Ben Talbot (AB)last_img read more

Pender students get hands on training in school shooting scenario

first_img 1 of 4 Emergency responders simulate a school shooting with students (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) Emergency responders play the roll of an active shooter during training at PECHS (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students at Pender Early College High School were asked one important question from emergency responders.“If an active shooter were to come into the room, do you think you could get out of the room and survive?”- Advertisement – Pender County students barricade a door during ALICE training (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) According to a news release, Pender EMS Training Chief David Dudding, Pender County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Rowell and Sgt. Eric Wallen participated in ALICE training with students on Friday.ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, is a training program that equips people with skills to increase their chances of survival during an active shooter situation.center_img Pender County students practice swarming a shooter (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) ALICE training at Pender Early College High School (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) “ALICE training allows students and staff to experience realistic training scenarios and gives them the opportunity to practice ALICE concepts in a safe, controlled environment,” Capt. Rowell said. “They come in with an expectation of what the training will be and leave the course with the realization that they can decide what options increase their personal safety in any given situation.”Related Article: Sub teacher tells students Martin Luther King killed himselfCapt. Rowell, Dudding and Wallen played the role of “active shooters.”Students and staff learned about and practiced several responses to the simulated attack, including working together to barricade the classroom entrance with tables and chairs,  throwing foam balls at the active shooter to disorient him, swarming the shooter and grabbing hold of his arms and legs, disarming and immobilizing him, and evacuating the building safely.It’s training that school administrators appreciate.“It was a wonderful and powerful experience. While we are in the business of educating young men and women for the world that awaits them, we also understand that our parents trust us every day with their most precious possession — their child. ALICE is another tool we can use to make our school safer,” Pender Early College Principal Kevin Taylor said.“Instead of being scared about what could happen, we now feel empowered and prepared,” said Karli Mikula, PECHS teacher.Pender County Schools is piloting ALICE at Pender Early College High School.In a review of school safety procedures, the district’s Safety Committee, comprised of representatives from the school system, local law enforcement, Pender County Fire Marshall, Pender EMS and Fire, and Coastal Horizons, is identifying areas where the district can increase safety at all schools.The Safety Committee is conducting safety walkthroughs at each school campus and has also completed active shooter training with school staff.last_img read more

WANT TO BUY IT Frying Pan Tower is up for auction

first_img 1 of 8 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 SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WTVD) — The Frying Pan Tower, a decommissioned Coast Guard Light Station turned adventure bed and breakfast, 35 miles off the North Carolina coast is up for auction beginning Thursday, May 3.The tower was built in 1964 to help boats navigate away from the shallow Frying Pan Shoals located nearby.Guardsmen lived in the tower full-time until the 1970s. GPS made the tower obsolete and it sat abandoned for years until the government auctioned it off in 2010 to Charlotte Software Engineer Richard Neal for $85,000.- Advertisement – Related Article: Update on utility outages across Brunswick County“One of the things you realize when you take on something like this and its size and what you have to do to put it in order becomes apparent, you realize this is something you could never actually do yourself so you get volunteers and help others participate,” Neal said. “I realized a few years ago it’s time to let someone else grab the reins and continue on with it,” Neal said.Neal says the auction will run through May and it will close off in June. He hopes to then transfer it over and get the next owner going on their adventure.INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO PLACE A BID HERE.“I just don’t want to have someone else at the end of their life say ‘I regret that I didn’t’ and I can say, honestly, I did and I’m happy to share it with the next guy or gal!” he said.center_img Neal and dozens of volunteers spent a few years restoring the tower and he opened it for visitors as a bed and breakfast unlike any other in the world. Visitors range from divers and fishermen to those seeking adventure and solitude. The tower is now run on solar and wind power and has internet and fresh water captured and cleaned rainwater filtered and UV sterilized.The tower has eight bedrooms, one crew room and can sleep 11 or 12 guests. It even has a hot tub.Neal says the bidding begins at $10,000 for the tower.TAKE A LOOK INSIDE:last_img read more

Man accused of trying to solicit a child online

first_imgKelton Grant Ford (Photo: Columbus County Detention Center) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Cerro Gordo man is accused of trying to solicit a child online.28-year-old Kelton Grant Ford was booked into the Columbus County Jail on Tuesday.- Advertisement – He’s charged with two counts of soliciting child by computer, two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor, and cyberstalking.Ford has already posted bond.The sheriff’s office says this is an SBI investigation.last_img read more