Disabled campaigners have criticised the decision

July 31, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Disabled campaigners have criticised the decision | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgDisabled campaigners have criticised the decision to award an OBE to the senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servant responsible for delivering the much-criticised Access to Work (AtW) scheme.Rilesh Jadeja, AtW’s national delivery manager, was recognised in the latest new year’s honours “for services to people with disabilities”, just two months after new research found the future of the scheme was in jeopardy because of “bureaucratic incompetence” and a cost-cutting drive to reduce people’s support packages.The research, commissioned by Inclusion London, said that “shocking levels of delay, error, and the de-skilling of staff” within AtW were putting Deaf and disabled people’s jobs at risk.AtW provides disabled people with funding to pay for some of the extra disability-related expenses they face at work – including travel, personal assistants or the use of BSL interpreters – reducing the costs organisations meet when taking on disabled employees.The Inclusion London report said the scheme was “a cornerstone of the movement for equality and civil rights for Deaf and disabled people in the UK” but had been “beset with so much bureaucratic incompetence and obstructionism in recent years that, in many respects, Access to Work is no longer fit for purpose”.Jadeja’s award also came only three weeks after a Deaf chief executive launched a legal case against DWP over the “discriminatory” cap it has imposed on the amount of support available through AtW.The cap was introduced for new AtW claimants in 2015 and is due to affect existing claimants from April.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “This award is as farcical as the DWP twitter asking about what DWP has done for claimants over the last 12months*.“Given the many serious issues outstanding with cuts to Access to Work funding, which have seriously disadvantaged many disabled people and actively prevented them accessing employment, it can only be described as a further slap in the face.“It does of course show just how meaningless such awards actually are.”Nicky Evans and Geraldine O’Halloran, from the StopChanges2AtW campaign, said: “SC2AtW strongly condemn the whole system of rewarding someone who has been paid to do a job an additional award which is not based on any achievement, and to make matters worse, under the guise of services to disabled people.“Services have, under this government, got progressively worse for Deaf and disabled people.“We would have preferred to be saying ‘well done’ to DWP for delivering a fully supported Access to Work service to Deaf and disabled employees. “Instead we have record number of Deaf and disabled people experiencing cuts to budgets and this is impacting on their ability to get on with their job. The government continue to ignore our plight.”Asked how DWP justified recommending Jadeja for the award, a DWP spokesman said: “Honours – like this one given to Mr Jadeja – are awarded to individuals on merit for their own exceptional achievement or service.“It’s important to note that honours are backed by independent honours committees.”*DWP’s Twitter feed drew hundreds of angry and critical responses when it announced last week that it was “looking back at some of our highlights of 2017”, with many disabled people pointing to its failure to point out that it had been heavily criticised by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities over its record.last_img read more

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The government has taken a small step towards addr

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first_imgThe government has taken a small step towards addressing the discrimination faced by service-users with complex healthcare needs who risk being forced into institutions.Last month, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) wrote to 13 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as the first step in a potential judicial review of their policies on long-term NHS funding for care outside hospital, known as NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC).But the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) now appears to have quietly altered key guidance on NHS CHC, making it harder for CCGs to continue to discriminate against disabled people receiving such funding.Concerns about the policies of more than 40 CCGs were first raised in January 2017 by Fleur Perry (pictured), herself a recipient of NHS continuing healthcare.Her research showed that many CCGs had drawn up policies suggesting they would move disabled people eligible for NHS CHC out of their homes and into institutions against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.These concerns were subsequently taken on by EHRC, which believes that “blanket” policies that have imposed “arbitrary” caps on funding and fail to consider the specific needs of individual patients are “a serious breach” of the Human Rights Act, the CCGs’ public sector equality duty and DHSC’s own NHS CHC framework.But Perry has now spotted that DHSC has made a minor, but significant, change to its framework document, which is due to come into effect in October and is the first new version for six years.In the new version, DHSC warns CCGs that while they can “take comparative costs and value for money into account, they must not set arbitrary limits on care at home packages based purely on the notional costs of caring for an individual in a home, if this does not represent a personalised approach or an accurate appraisal of the cost of meeting the assessed needs of the individual concerned”.There was no mention of arbitrary limits in the 2012 edition of the guidance.Imposing such “arbitrary limits” is “incompatible” with the principle of personal health budgets, which were “developed to enable people to live independently, work or participate in society”, says DHSC in the new version of the guidance.Perry said the change to the framework represented progress although it fails to address all her concerns and is “not a solution”.She said: “It’s great that arbitrary cost-caps are not supported by the new national framework.“However, this does not prevent care at home costs being effectively capped at the cost of a local care home by some CCGs.“It does not prevent a person being moved away from their home on the sole basis of small differences in cost. This is a step forward, but not a solution.”An EHRC spokeswoman said: “It is encouraging to see that the Department of Health and Social Care recognise the importance of an individual’s circumstances when arranging care packages.“We hope that CCGs take note and amend their NHS Continuing Healthcare policies accordingly.“Removing arbitrary caps on funding for NHS CHC will go a long way to improving many disabled people’s ability to live independently.”A DHSC spokeswoman said: “We have updated the national framework to ensure the process for accessing funding is clearer so people with the highest and most complex health and care needs get the care they deserve.”The department believes the change makes it clear that the starting point for agreeing a NHS Continuing Healthcare care package and the setting where services are to be provided should be the individual’s preferences.But it believes this is not a major departure from the 2012 guidance, which also highlights the importance of an individual’s preferences.last_img read more

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July 31, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Community | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_img“Back Onside” is an exciting project for men aged 35-64 who haven’t exercised for a while and are looking to have fun and get fit.Come and train with current and past players to help build your strength, stamina and fitness like other like minded men here at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Sessions will be held every Wednesday at the home of the Saints. To book onto “Back Onside” or for more information about the project please contact [email protected]last_img

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Plantation Village honors its veterans with special luncheon

July 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Plantation Village honors its veterans with special luncheon | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_img About 90 vets live at the senior living community in Porters Neck, 25 of which served during World War II.“I was in the Pacific Ocean. Submarine service. We went out north of Manila to a base in Olongapo. Very lucky to be in the Navy, I think, and lucky to survive too with the way things went out there,” said World War II veteran Emerson Foote.In addition to a catered lunch, the vets enjoyed music from the Second Division Marine Corps Brass Quintet.Related Article: Vet gets surprise after large donation to Florence victims“What we like to do is bring ’em out to celebrate, because the service and the sacrifice that they have done for this country is very important to us. We don’t want them to ever feel like they’re not appreciated,” said Plantation Village marketing coordinator Becky Grogan.Active duty Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune were on hand to greet and assist their older counterparts.“My father’s a World War II veteran, and I have a 14-year-old son and I look at these young people who are serving us right now and I just, I can’t tell them how grateful I feel that they do that,” said Grogan.It warmed the hearts of the vets to be the center of attention on this special day.“It’s a tremendous honor to be honored by so many people, and I’m glad I’m part of it,” said Foote.This was the third year that Plantation Village has held this event for their veterans.Everyone is invited to downtown Wilmington Saturday for the first Southeastern North Carolina Veterans Parade down Front Street at 9:30 a.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Each November, our country celebrates the people who have served and protected us in the military.Friday, Plantation Village honored the veterans among its residents with a special luncheon on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Sheriffs Office School bus shooting was accidental

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first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has determined that the person who shot a school bus in Bolivia was a child and that it was an accident.It happened on Thursday on Candlewood Court around 4:00 p.m.- Advertisement – Investigators say 44 children and the driver were on the bus when a BB or pellet hit the window on the bus and injured a child.EMS treated the child for the minor injury, investigators say.This is the second time a Brunswick County school bus was hit by a BB gun. The last time it happened was in January, also in Bolivia.Related Article: Soldier dies in skydiving accident at Brunswick airportIn that case, it was also determined that a neighborhood child accidentally fired the shot. No one got hurt in that shooting.last_img

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Service dog honors fallen New Hanover Firefighter

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first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Terri Smith and William Heath are two people who now share one connection a golden retriever.“He just gives me lots of confidence and we’re a team and we’re inseparable,” Terri Smith said.- Advertisement – “This dog has absolutely taken on so many of the likenesses of my brother,” William Heath said.Heath is a golden retriever named after Captain David Heath, a New Hanover County Fire Captain, who died in 2013 during a training exercise. Heath has been training to become Terri’s service dog. David’s brother, William showed up at Paws4People with a surprise: a black vest which means Heath can now go home with Terri.“I still didn’t understand,” Smith said. “I’m thinking, ‘okay this is just symbolic, this is just going through the motions here. Still got a test tomorrow.’ Then when Cece told me I tested yesterday, I just can’t tell you how much that means.”Related Article: New service dogs celebrated at paws4people graduation ceremonyWilliam says he sees his brother in this dog. Not just in how he acts, but also in his commitment to service.“This is just an extension of my brother,” Heath said. “This is him continuing on what he started out doing 35 years ago.”It’s a bond that now links two people.“She’ll be in my family for the rest of my life,” Heath said. “She’ll be part of the Heath family for the rest of her life. That will never change.”Smith has one thing to say to the man whose legacy will live on trough her service dog.“Thank you for being who you were and touching so many lives and still continuing to touch lives even though you are in heaven,” Smith said. “I hope this boy carries on his legacy as he would want.”Smith says she is planning to take Heath to the fire department to give back to the firefighters who helped her.last_img read more

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Wilmington woman opens store featuring merchandise by human trafficking survivors

July 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Wilmington woman opens store featuring merchandise by human trafficking survivors | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_img Clair Beaver wanted to take her advocacy a step farther than making financial contributions to organizations.Earlier this month she opened Set Free, a store in downtown Wilmington. The merchandise includes clothing and knick knacks made by survivors who have been rescued from trafficking.One of her goals is to include survivors from as many countries as possible all over the world.Related Article: Flowers tossed into river in honor of child abuse prevention“We really hope that we can find products that we think would be more marketable,” Beaver said. “Then, actually work with those organizations or those nations and actually take products to them and say, ‘Can you produce this for us?’ and actually provide more economic opportunities in those nations.”Set Free sells products made by workers from 11 different nations. Beaver is interested in including work from local survivors as well. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Women and men who have been rescued from human trafficking often have a hard time getting back on their feet.A Wilmington woman says she has always been an advocate of fighting this.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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We need to recognise Daphnes good work – David Agius

July 30, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on We need to recognise Daphnes good work – David Agius | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) deputy leader and MP David Agius said that Daphne Caruana Galizia did well in uncovering the corruption and to write “it as it is” during an interview on Follow-Up transmitted on RTK103FM.Whilst being interviewed by Fr Joe Borg, David Agius said that he and Edwin Vassallo had never maligned each other during their campaign for the deputy leadership of the party. He also said when Daphne Caruana Galiza was assassinated in such a brutal way he used his page on the party’s paper In-Nazzjon to pay tribute to her even though there were times where she wrote ill of him. He never felt that he had to retaliate as he appreciates everyone.“Let us move forward”David Agius feels that the PN needs to move forward on the Daphne Caruana Galizia issue. When asked about the attitude that the PN should adopt in relation to Daphne Caruana Galizia, Agius said that there were times when he agreed and others where he did not agree with what the assassinated journalist and blogger wrote, but believes that everyone needs to move forward.When asked how, can things move forward, the PN deputy leader said for starters the party needs to acknowledge the good work that she did and take no notice of issues that created dissent.  He said that the party needs to take the higher road, and believes that her commemorations should continue, PN members should attend and that the organisers should welcome everyone with open arms.Aguis also believes that the party needs to make a symbolic deed to show positive progress on all the whole issue“Could you share your ideas on Daphne?”When Fr Joe Borg asked the PN deputy leader to share his ideas on Daphne, the MP replied that as much as he would like, he prefers to confer with the party first.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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EU Health Ministers to celebrate 2nd anniversary of Valletta Declaration

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first_imgPersonlized medicine promises individually tailored healthcarePersonlized medicine promises individually tailored healthcare Health Ministers and various medical representatives from across Europe, are coming to Malta  next month, to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Valletta Declaration.Exactly two years ago, Minister for Health Chris Fearne ratified agreement with a number of European Union countries on working together towards ensuring access to medicine and new treatments for European citizens. The Valletta Technical Committee will be meeting for the 8th time.The countries involved in this Declaration included; Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Malta.It is expected that the upcoming meeting on July 11th and 12th will help reaffirm their support for this cause and assess the progress of the last two years.Read More:Valletta Declaration, first steps on EU plans for Mediterranean SeaWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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5 Free iOS apps that you shouldnt miss

July 29, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on 5 Free iOS apps that you shouldnt miss | Filed in: Uncategorized.

first_imgApps you shouldn’t miss . Image Credit: Time Advertisement With the holiday shopping season now in full swing, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps.Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a retro take on a classic game, an update to Giphy’s GIF creation app and a social collage app.Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps. – Advertisement – Drop Messages Drop Messages allows you to leave photos at locations you visit IRL that your social media followers will see when they are nearby. The app will also alert you if any of your followers are in the same area when you post a new photo and you can browse photos posted to the locations around you. The latest update to the app added the ability to follow specific locations and 3D Touch capabilities for iPhone 6S users.Giphy CamGiphy, the popular resource for finding and sharing GIF .Image Credit: Tech CrunchGiphy’s GIF-making app got one of its first major updates this week. The update adds a suite of new effects and the ability to layer multiple effects and import images and video from your Camera Roll.[related-posts]Picpal Picpal, which combines self collages and chatting, was updated this week to make collages more conversational. Launch the app, invite friends and add a selfie and status update to the collage. With the latest update you can change your status and photo at any time throughout the day and the friends you’ve shared it with will see the changes in real-time.Red Dot Camera FreeLifelike Apps released a free version of its camera app that aims to bring manual camera controls to the iPhone. Image Credit: Flip BoardLifelike Apps released a free version of its camera app that aims to bring manual camera controls to the iPhone. Like the company’s $2.99 premium version, the free app offers manual focusing, shutter speed and ISO controls, along with the feature meant to mimic the Leica M camera series. Photos taken with the free version include a watermark so users can have a chance to try the paid app’s features for free.Silly Snake A new take on the retro classic, Silly Snake looks a lot like the classic Snake game but with one important twist: you only have a few seconds to capture your next fruit. When time runs out, the game restarts.[Mashable]last_img read more

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