Disabled peoples organisations DPOs are to cons

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) last week delivered a report on the UK government which included more than 80 recommendations for improvements to its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing its review process.The committee’s “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the convention followed a two-day public examination of its record in Geneva last month.But a delegation of DPOs that attended the public examination – and had briefed members of the committee on the many breaches of the convention by the UK – were appalled at how disabled people’s views were misrepresented by the government in Geneva.And they have now told Disability News Service (DNS) that they will be “considering a joint position on boycotting engagement with government” until it can be trusted not to misrepresent the views of disabled people and their organisations.Ellen Clifford (pictured in Geneva), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Responses by government representatives throughout the CRPD process have further proved how they exploit any form of engagement to dishonestly validate policies that are actively harming disabled people and retrogressing our rights.“What we want to do is try and establish a shared platform of non-engagement until the government can be trusted to do that in good faith and listen to what we say and not misrepresent those engagement opportunities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who also attended the Geneva session, added: “How can we work with a government whose policies are catastrophic and who deny there is anything wrong?”Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues and the UK delegation, told the committee during the examination in Geneva that “constructive dialogue, collaboration and coproduction with disabled people is key to the UK meeting its ambitions to progressively realise disabled people’s rights”.She said the UK government had “a strong record in engaging with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, representative groups and service users to inform and influence policy”.And she praised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – ODI is part of DWP – for working with disabled people and DPOs to improve personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA), even though both disability benefits have been the subject of angry protests and campaigns over the damage they have caused tens of thousands of disabled people.DPOs in Geneva were particularly appalled to hear Jochelson’s “offensive” claim that the 2,000 pages of evidence the committee received – much of it from DPOs who had spent years compiling proof of the government’s breaches of the convention – were partly “a testament” to ODI’s efforts to promote the UN review process among disabled people and their organisations.Clifford said: “It was at that point where people (from the DPO delegation) got upset.“Not only were we being dismissed and not being listened to, but the dire situation [facing disabled people] was being used as evidence [of engagement].”DPAC and other DPOs believe that this misrepresentation mirrored the way Conservative ministers have repeatedly claimed that disabled people and their organisations have co-produced controversial government policies, such as the introduction of PIP and changes to the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.In April, DNS revealed how DWP wrongly claimed that DPOs had “co-designed” plans to force new ESA claimants to take part in its punitive new health and work conversation, plans that disabled activists had described as “DWP skulduggery”, “pernicious”, “oppressive”, “punitive”, and “abusive”.Meanwhile, the delegation of UK DPOs – which also included Disability Rights UK, Equal Lives, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Black Triangle and the British Deaf Association – has welcomed the UN committee’s conclusions and recommendations.And there was satisfaction among the DPO delegation at the influence the disabled people’s movement has had on the CRPD process by working together to provide evidence to the committee about breaches of the convention by the UK government.Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had told the UK government’s delegation during the examination: “I want to see you coming back as world leader [on disability rights], which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”The DPO delegation said, in a joint statement, that they had “established themselves as a force to be reckoned with following a long campaign of challenging the government’s blatant disregard for the lives of Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.Clifford said: “The working relationship we established through this process stands us in better stead for collective action.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, who was also in Geneva, said the “collaborative way” DPOs had worked together had “clearly been highly effective at advocating for the interests of disabled people in the UK”.And she said she hoped they would continue to work together in a way that was “inclusive of all disabled people, including the smaller DPOs”.Lazard welcomed the committee’s “damning verdict” but said it would come as no surprise to disabled people in the UK, who were experiencing “increasing levels of poverty and exclusion, massive cuts to social care and independent living support and hundreds of thousands of people being forced through a totally discredited and punitive assessment regime”.She said the committee’s conclusions were in “stark contrast” to the government’s “denial, spin, misinformation and frankly disdain for disabled people and our organisations, disdain for the mountain of evidence that shows things are actually going terribly wrong for disabled people and disdain for the UN process itself”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, called on the UK government to “cut the rhetoric and start delivering on these excellent recommendations”, and welcomed the committee’s decision to raise concerns at the use of compulsory mental health detention and treatment.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “It is a relief to see that the UK government’s appalling treatment of disabled people has been called out by the UN committee.“The concluding observations give a clear sense of direction for the UK and devolved governments.”Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s chair, welcomed the committee’s recommendation that the UK government “finally legislate to protect language rights of deaf people”.He said: “Deaf people have been passed over too long; there can now be no doubt that the government has been taken to task. Without language rights, we have no human rights.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said: “We are delighted that the committee has highlighted the government’s shocking disregard for the human rights of disabled children and young people to be included in mainstream education and we welcome the committee’s call for a strategy to end the segregation and institutionalisation of children and young people from their families and communities.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said there was now “irrefutable” evidence that the UK government was operating as a “rogue government”, and that it was “totally disregarding” its international treaty obligations and showing “contempt for disabled people”.He also criticised the reaction of opposition leaders in the UK, who had failed so far to speak out strongly on the commission’s report.He said: “We feel forgotten as disabled people. There is always something else more important. It has just been a blip on the radar and it is all forgotten.“We have done all our hard work as DPOs these past seven years but it comes to a point where the so-called opposition parties should step up to the plate and go to war with the Tories on our behalf.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: “When the chair of the disability committee described the situation that disabled people face as a ‘human catastrophe’ she was reflecting what Norfolk’s disability community has been experiencing over the last seven years. “In a very short space of time we have gone from having some of the best rights in the world to a crisis situation where people are dying because of the barriers and discrimination caused by austerity.”In response to the CRPD report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and CanadaPicture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

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Small Fire on Dorland St Leaves Man Critically Injured

first_imgA fire that broke out inside 255 Dorland Street just after 1 p.m. on Saturday sent one man to the hospital, and he remains in critical condition.When firefighters from Engine 7 found the resident of the room, he had no pulse. According to Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter, firefighters were able to get the man out of the building, and medics from Medic 77 performed CPR and were able to resuscitate him and transport him to San Francisco General Hospital, where he remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.The fire, which is under investigation, remained isolated to one room in the building, said Baxter.No other injuries were reported, and no one was displaced. The damage remained limited to the room where the fire originated. Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

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SEAN Long was pleased Saints came through their fi

first_imgSEAN Long was pleased Saints came through their final match of the Super 8s unscathed as they prepare for a semi-final showdown with Warrington Wolves.Shannon McDonnell scored three times in a comfortable 32-12 win over Wakefield.“Full credit to the Wildcats, they came here and had a right dig at us,” he said. “Performance wise for us we were certainly off and our completion wasn’t great but if you would have given me the result before the game I would have taken it.“The important thing is we came through unscathed and that is good going into the semi-final.“Mark Percival came through his 40 minutes well too. He will be fine.”He continued: “I have been in this situation as a player; it’s hard when there is kinda nothing to play for, it is hard to get up for those games.“Sometimes you are waiting for other players instead of doing it yourself and it felt like one of those games. We had some good performances though – Morgan Knowles and Luke Thompson both did well.“Now we look ahead to Warrington. It is always a tough game but we always raise our game there. It should be a good spectacle.”Tickets for Saints semi final at Warrington are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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WANT to follow your Saints in 2017 but cant affor

first_imgWANT to follow your Saints in 2017 but can’t afford to get a Membership all in one go?Then spread the cost with our 10 month Direct Debit scheme!It’s now even simpler for you to split your purchase into 10 easy monthly payments.For example, this means a Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand renewal is less than £24 per month.Or a Family Membership of x2 Adults x2 Juniors in either of the Family Stands to watch every home game, including the Super 8s, starts from under £50 per month.The 10 month plan is available up until October 31.For a full breakdown of monthly payments for each Membership price please log on to www.mysaintsmembership.com to download a pdf version.But remember, the cut off date for this scheme is Monday October 31.Our Strength in Numbers Memberships for 2017 have seen prices FROZEN across the board and are great value.They include even more benefits and to bring you closer than ever to your Saints as well as exclusive news plus Club and local partner discounts directly to your inbox.All of this in addition to all your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games – up to 15 in total – and away games if you are a Junior.And, you could win a trip to State of Origin in 2017! Click here to find out more.Log on to our Membership site at www.mysaintsmembership.com to find out more.Dates for Your DiaryRENEWAL DEADLINE & 10 MONTH DIRECT DEBIT CUT OFF – OCTOBER 31 2016EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE – DECEMBER 24 2016GENERAL SALE: DECEMBER 25 2016 ONWARDSHow To BuyVISIT US – Call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm / Sat 10am – 4pm)BUY ONLINE 24/7 – New fans visit www.saintssuperstore.com, existing Members can find out details of how to renew online at www.mysaintsmembership.comCALL US – 01744 455 052last_img read more

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We made a poor start with too many errors and tri

first_img“We made a poor start with too many errors and tried to outplay them from the beginning,” he said. “That played into their hands – they are a big, strong powerful team but if you give them that much ball they are going to hurt you and they did just that.“They ran hard, got through their sets and we did the opposite. They dominated us completely in that first half and all credit to them.“I was happy with the fightback as we put a bit of a dint in them but we were too far behind in the end. “There’s no excuse for that first half, we were poor and got what we deserved.“If we would have kept them to 18 or 19 then we would have had a chance but we needed half time to come. “In the end we couldn’t get there, the sin bin came and I thought we were in big trouble. We leaked two more and it made it really hard – and in the end too hard.”He continued: “I’m bitterly disappointed and everything you can say about it. It will hurt more tomorrow when I wake up and realise we are out.“We are a good side, but we were poor today and it hurts for sure.”Saints will aim to get their Super 8s campaign off to a winning start when they host Huddersfield this Friday August 10.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 050 0r online here.last_img read more

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Proposal for new homes in Pender County tabled

first_imgPender County Commissioners looked at a plan to rezone property in the Hampstead area for more homes on Oct. 16, 2017. (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A topic of discussion at the Pender County Commissioners meeting Monday night is now tabled.The proposal was to develop hundreds of homes in Pender County.- Advertisement – Commissioners moved to table the proposal until staff can provide more information regarding the project and how it could potentially impact the Hampstead Bypass.A builder wanted commissioners to approve rezoning 350 acres from rural agricultural to residential mixed use to make way for more than 157 homes and more than 400 townhomes. The land is on Highway 210 near the intersection of Island Creek Road.One woman who lives in the area said she and many neighbors are upset about the proposal. She’s concerned about increased traffic, damage to wetlands, and roads already in the neighborhood becoming more prone to flooding.Related Article: Flower farm damaged by Hurricane Florence busy prepping for Valentine’s DayNo word on when the proposal will be discussed again.last_img read more

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Hawkins Garden featured on Azalea Garden Tour

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With careful planning, anyone can transform a garden into an comfortable outdoor environment that complements the architecture of a home.Located in Wilmington’s Country Club Pines area, the historic John Bright Hill House is a Tudor-style home which features an impressive sloping roof.- Advertisement – When Dax and Kelly Hawkins purchased the home, they hired a landscaper to redesign their front and back gardens.Overgrown trees were replaced with several Japanese Maples and palms.Undeniably, the centerpiece of the backyard is a beautiful salt-water pool, but there’s also an outdoor kitchen and fireplace seating area.Related Article: Man tied to 2012 murder now charged in Taco Bell robberyKelly Hawkins says landscaping a big space can be a daunting task and that’s why its important to focus on one area at a time.“Just pick a space and work on that space and get it like how you how you would like it,” Hawkins said. “Just focus on small, small parts at a time.”The Hawkins have also recently added a circular gravel and slate driveway in the front yard, but they were careful about making sure it complemented the look of their home.The Hawkins’ home is featured on this year’s Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour and runs Friday through Sunday.last_img read more

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Florence and lack of fish cancel annual NC Spot Festival

first_img With damage from Hurricane Florence and lack of fish, organizers decided to scrap the festival this year.A post of the event’s Facebook page stated, “it’s hard to have the Spot Festival and not be able to get the spot fish.”The festival relies on lots of volunteers including first responders and students.Related Article: Crew says cleanup could take a year in Bladen County townThe event will return next year on November 2-3, 2019. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — A festival that’s been a long-time tradition in Pender County will not happen like normal this fall.The NC Spot Festival has been held in Hampstead since 1963.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Bridge repair work to close Midway Road in Brunswick County

first_img After inspecting this bridge, it was determined girder work was needed to ensure it remains safe.The closure went into place Wednesday afternoon and is expected to last through Tuesday, June 11.A detour uses NC 211 and US 17 to get around the closure. Drivers need to pay extra attention to detour signs and to anticipate perhaps needing extra travel time. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Emergency girder work has closed a bridge on Midway Road over Middle Swamp, less than a mile south of its intersection with U.S. 17 Business in Bolivia.According to a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation, crews inspects all its bridges at least once every two years to determine whether they need maintenance or repairs.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Over €14000 seized from passenger at MIA

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> Over €14,000 in declared currency has been seized from an airline passenger by customs officials at Malta International Airport.Members of the Customs Canine Unit and the Customs Anti-Money Laundering Team were alerted to the passenger after the sniffer dog Charlie, took an interest in them.Following closer inspection the passenger from Yemen who was making a connecting flight to Istanbul, officials were able to find sums of money in Euros, US Dollars, Turkish Lira and Saudi Arabian Riyal up to the value of €14,000.The passenger was arrested while investigations have been launched into the passenger.WhatsApplast_img read more

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