Month: July 2019

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… Major retailers have backed the launch of the UK’s first “accessible shopping day”, which will see businesses promise to introduce new measures to benefit their disabled customers.Purple Tuesday, to be held on 13 November, is being led by Purple, the social enterprise formerly known as Essex Coalition of Disabled People.It has secured backing from businesses and organisations including Asda, Barclays, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The Crown Estate, the British Retail Consortium, and Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre, and has been endorsed by the government.As well as endorsing and promoting Purple Tuesday, every organisation that signs up must make at least one long-term commitment aimed at improving the experience for their disabled customers, such as introducing regular “quiet hours” for neurodiverse shoppers.Purple will provide retailers that sign up with a training kit to help staff feel confident in assisting disabled shoppers.It believes there are a “vast array” of adjustments that can be made by retailers that will have a “significant impact”, and many – like the training kit – can be introduced quickly.Any business or organisation that interacts with disabled customers can sign up to Purple Tuesday, which will also promote the need for accessible retail websites.Mike Adams (pictured), chief executive of Purple, said: “Less than 10 per cent of companies have a dedicated strategy for targeting disabled customers.“Fundamentally, Purple Tuesday isn’t about a single day in the year but encouraging lasting change that creates a virtuous circle between businesses and disabled consumers.”Earlier this year, a report co-authored by Adams, Leading From The Front, found the estimated value of the “purple pound” – the collective spending power of disabled people in the UK and their families – to be £249 billion a year.The report said that three-quarters of disabled people had walked away from a business because of poor disability awareness – costing businesses £420 million a week – while inaccessible websites and apps cost £11.75 billion in lost revenue in the UK in 2016.It also pointed out that fewer than one in 10 businesses have a defined strategy for targeting disabled consumers.Purple Tuesday has evolved from a campaign launched by Purple last year, Help Me Spend My Money, which encouraged retail and hospitality businesses to provide disability equality training to their in-store staff and take other measures such as providing an accessible website.Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, said: “Shopping should be a pleasant experience, but for many disabled people it can often be the cause of distress and frustration.“By failing to cater to their disabled customers, many businesses are missing out on billions of pounds and denying disabled people the opportunity to enjoy something which many people take for granted.“I look forward to working alongside Purple and members of my Disability Retail Forum on this hugely important agenda, highlighting examples of best practice in the retail sector and encouraging others to make small changes which can make a massive difference to their customers.”last_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

Foreign Cinema and Sherwood Design unveil massive new Jet Martinez mural

first_imgAfter about three-and-a-half weeks, the paint has finally dried on Jet Martinez’s new mural shared by Foreign Cinema and Sherwood Design.Hosted and commissioned by both businesses, the work was unveiled on a breezy Tuesday evening in the outdoor area shared by the designers and the restaurant at 2534 Mission St.The mural, called “Amate,” is based on a reinterpretation of traditional Mexican folk art. The title refers to a type of bark paper used for painting by artisans throughout Mexico. In Spanish, “ámate” also means “to love yourself.”Amate-inspired paintings usually feature birds, flowers or other colorful plants, as well as whimsical, terrestrial animals. Martinez is a Mexican-born Oakland resident who has painted other large-scale works in New Zealand, Indonesia, France, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and the United States. In his work, he’s found that these motifs are universal — resonating with people of different backgrounds.Overlooking the Sherwood Design patio, his 70-by-45 foot mural features a 25-inch psychedelic red stag that represents chaos, several flowers, as well as three birds: Two of them are similar, one is slightly different.“Childish, universal, and uplifting” is how Jet Martinez best described “Amate,” his new mural. “When I say ‘childish,’ I don’t mean that in a bad way,” he continued, “but rather, carefree and not concerned with being perfect.” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.While Martinez didn’t originally have a backstory for the mural, the narrative transpired as soon as he began painting.The original concept is that there are simply two male birds and one female bird. “They’re angling at each other, and in comes chaos,” he said. “Let’s see what happens, right? Who’s going to get to mate?”A close-up of “Amate,” Jet Martinez’s newest mural. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.As Martinez started working, a different thought came to mind.“I was listening to NPR, and was hearing a lot about kids and cages at the border,” he said. “Again, two birds and one that is slightly different. You can make it an analogy to humans. It’s the same fucking thing. Here comes chaos. What will happen?”The mural is not an answer, but rather a question and an “evolving poem” — just like the Mission, a neighborhood Martinez views as still trying to hold onto its Latin heart despite gentrification.“Amate,” by Jet Martinez, as seen from the interior of the Sherwood Design Engineers building. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.And while “Amate” encompasses Mexican culture and the Mission neighborhood, the mural, sited on private property, is not viewable from the street.In working on the design, Martinez realized that the deer’s head “just pops out over the roof,” he said, “as if it’s saying, ‘I’m still here!’” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

It was a fantastic game of rugby league he said

first_img“It was a fantastic game of rugby league,” he said. “I saw some highlights of the Grand Final clashes over the years in the build up and it delivered for us again.“For us to come through and win, it was great. Some people pointed out we hadn’t won one in eight years so to win today was great for the players, club, the fans and town. I was very proud to watch the boys win today.“Both teams were run off their feet and we just hung on in there. It is hard to single anyone out and there were lots of good performances. It was a cracking game.”He continued: “Towards the back end of the game you could see both teams were out but I thought there was another try in the game. I was really happy with the play – Ryan Morgan made a break down the right to start it off and I think for their instinct to just say play was the right decision.“We missed a couple of chances but to their credit Wigan scrambled well.“I have been proud of the boys all season so for Wigan to get their noses in front and for us to stick to it and come through is great.”Saints are next in action on Monday when they travel to Widnes (3:05pm) before they host Hull FC on April 6.Tickets for that clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

Academy Reserves Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints were ahead in only the second minute due to a fabulous try from full back Tom Nisbett.Lewis Dodd’s cut-out pass put Nisbett away on a 50 metre run down the left flank. As he approached his opposite number he had the option of passing out to Jumah Sambou on the wing, but chose instead to use his winger as a foil dummying to him and strolling the last 20 metres to the posts.On quarter time Dodd was again the instigator against his home town club this time putting the ever willing Matty Foster through a yawning gap. He took it to the fullback passing inside to the supporting Keenan McDaid. The hooker had 20 metres of open field, but stumbled before the line. In the act of doing so he miraculously flipped the pass out to Kye Siyani to score, again under the posts.The Vikings capitalised on some missed opportunities for Saints by scoring out wide through Jacob Dugdale with minutes to go to the break after a try saver from Nisbett a tackle earlier.The start of the second period saw the game turned on its head in the opening 10 minutes as the Vikings went ahead, scoring twice thanks to tries from Bradley Calland and Declan Baker.Foster unfortunately knocked on on with line open, before the Vikings stretched their advantage with their fourth try of the match on the hour mark with a score from Daniel Hill.The turning point came with nine minutes to go as the Vikings, having bombed another try minutes earlier, hit the posts with a drop goal attempt which would have put them two scores ahead.The Vikings were by now out becoming increasingly tired and only just managed to hold Foster up over the line on the last. Great line speed saw the Saints get a repeat set pushing the Vikings back over their own line on the first tackle.Nisbett and Pye drove the ball in and from the play the ball Dodd’s show and go down the left saw him round the cover on his way to the corner.Unfortunately his conversion went narrowly wide leaving the Saints still behind by two.But Saints showed great maturity from the kick off by not panicking but going through the process driving deep into the heart of the Vikings.On the last, the ball was spread to the right were Captain Sam Royle went around the cover on a 30 metre run to the fullback. He calmly looked inside before passing to the returning Joe Sharratt to go the final 20 metres to touch down in front of the Saints fans who had gathered for the triple header at the Totally Wicked Stadium.He was rightly congratulated by his team mates who hung on in the final two minutes for the win.Saints U19’s:Team: Tom Nisbet; John Hutchings, Nico Rizzelli, Josh Simm, Jumah Sambou; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Lewis Baxter, Sam Royle (C).Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Joe Sharratt, Warren Smith.Tries: Tom Nisbett (2), Kye Siyani (19), Lewis Dodd (74), Joe Sharratt (77).Goals: Lewis Dodd 3 from 4.Widnes Vikings U19’s:Team: Daniel Hill; Oliver Brooks, Billy Glover, Joe Edge, Liam Barnes; Jacob Dugdale, Lewis Else; Jordan Brown, Jake Burns, William Tilleke, Bradley Calland, Joshua Wilde, Ben Davies.Interchanges: Ciaran O’Donnell, Declan Baker, Robbie Ascroft, Alfie Cassidy.Tries: Jacob Dugdale (34), Bradley Calland (42), Declan Baker (49), Daniel Hill (62).Goals: Joe Edge 1 from 4.HT: 12-4FT: 22-18last_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

NCDOT improvements underway for three Brunswick County roads

first_img NCDOT says in both locations drivers could see single lane closures in either direction during the day or night, depending on what work is taking place. One lane will remain open for traffic at all times.On N.C. 179, work is expected to wrap up by November 30. The project on Longwood Road is scheduled to finish by March 31, 2019.The other project, also for paving, asphalt patching, shoulder reconstruction and pavement marking, is in Shallotte on N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road) between U.S. 17 Business and 1 ¼ miles north of Big Neck Road NW. That work will also require lane closures, but will be done at night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through March 31, 2019. As with the other projects, one lane will remain open at all times.Related Article: Black Caucus once again demands justice for man killed by policeThere will not be any detours for any of the three sites, but drivers are encouraged to find alternative routes if possible to avoid backups and work crews along the roads. NCDOT says drivers should anticipate needing extra time to travel through the area. Road work SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A trio of road paving projects got under way this week in Brunswick County, each requiring lane closures.In Sunset Beach, pavement patching, paving, shoulder reconstruction and pavement marking work will take place along Longwood Road (N.C. 904) between Longwood Road NW and Pea Landing Road NW, as well as on N.C. 179 (Old Georgetown Road) between N.C. 179 Business and N.C. 904.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Cape Fear region and NC cash in on tourists

first_img New Hanover County registered its seventh consecutive record-breaking year for tourism spending with $578.2 million, a 4.32-percent hike over 2016 figures. It was the eighth highest-earning county in the state.“When tourism revenues are up it not only means more jobs and a better quality of life for our local citizens, it also means more money to fund beach renourishment, the Wilmington Convention Center and other tourism-related projects,” Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, said in a release.Click here to read more from StarNews. Tourists walk down Front Street on March 31, 2016 (Photo:Madison Morgan/WWAY). WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Tourists didn’t skimp on cracking open their wallets on recent trips to North Carolina.All 100 of the state’s counties saw growth in their tourism spending in 2017 — an upward trend that proved especially sweet for local counties, according to a new report from the N.C. Department of Commerce.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Final days of Glen Apartment evacuation draw closer

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — About a week ago, some tenants were evicted from the Glen Apartments because of hurricane damage. Now, all residents have been forced to vacate with just ten days of notice.All residents are required to be out by Monday.- Advertisement – But, many are still uncertain of where they will live as they await answers from FEMA and insurance companies. Some say the wait is taking too long and they will have to move away from Wilmington because housing options are limited.“There’s not a lot the community managers are really doing in this situation,” said resident Donnell Dumes. “I know that they’re stressed with a lot of different things and they’re up to their eyeballs with a lot of different things and there’s just not that much help going on anywhere, and it’s like survival of the fittest with everyone feening for themselves at this point.”The biggest question multiple residents stressed was: Where are the elderly with limited mobility going to go?Related Article: Residents evicted after alleged mold outbreak at Wilmington complex“There are going to be a lot of homeless people on the streets of Wilmington,” says Dumes.In a statement by the Phillips Management Group, the company states:“While it is our intention to rebuild The Glen community, our focus now is on protecting the health and safety of our residents. Because of microbial growth and other unsafe conditions, we have informed all residents that The Glen will close on October 8.”last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Machine down at TSA checkpoint causes morning delays at ILM

first_img A repairman responded. As of noon, the airport says all issues has now be resolved and both TSA lines are working.ILM reminds all passengers to allow plenty of time to get through security. Long lines at security at ILM on May 17, 2019. (Photo: Jeff Phillips) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Travelers at Wilmington International Airport experienced extremely long waits with the TSA Friday morning.ILM posted online that the TSA PreCheck lane was moving slowly due to technical difficulties.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Use of force simulator approved for Wilmington Police

first_img Both simulators could cost nearly $400,000.Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the “use of force” training will be just as thorough but faster with this machine. He says the current training takes planning, scheduling and more personnel whereas the simulator would need a handful of officers to train on. He adds that it will help the public be more aware of the critical decisions police have to make.“We’ll be able to get them through more often throughout the year number one, number two we can get the public through there,” said Chief Evangelous. “So we want to put our public, put our lawmakers, our representatives, our community groups. Let’s put them through and let’s see how these decision making processes work.”Related Article: NC music teacher accused of forcing adult student into sexual servitudeThe “use of force” simulator will be rented for 5 years. Chief Evangelous says that’s because he expects the department to have access to virtual reality training in the coming years.The simulator will also be rented to law enforcement agencies around the region accoridng to Evangelous. WILMGINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington city leaders approved new tech to come to WPD’s latest training facility. Wilmington police hope to use driving and “use of force” simulators at the new Haynes Lacewell training facility that is under construction.WPD tells us the simulators have screens that surround the trainee. It will place officers into scenarios where they can interact and respond to a situation mirroring what could be seen in the real world.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

iPad Kit for Students

first_imgAdvertisement In addition to apps, you might also want to pick up an accessory or two, like a cover or carrying case, to protect your device. Remember, the iPad ain’t cheap, so don’t skimp when it comes to protecting it from scratches, cracks, and other bruises.While this article points to some great apps you’ll want to snag from the App Store, don’t neglect the apps that come preinstalled on the iPad as well.Make use of iCloud, for instance, to sync your calendar, contacts, and music between devices, or to just back up your data . – Advertisement – Living the university lifestyle usually means money’s tight, so when possible, I recommend the best student-friendly apps that we’ve tested at PCMag, and when they’re paid apps, free alternatives as well.While many of the suggestions on this list point toward academic essentials, we’ve also included plenty of extras that we think college students will want for their leisure time, too.Here’s everything you need to kit out your iPad for school.Source: PC MAGlast_img read more


July 30, 2019 0