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 its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their 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… Disabled people who use UK airports have questioned a report which found significant improvement in the provision of assistance to passengers over the last year.The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) third annual report into the assistance provided at the UK’s 30 biggest airports ranked 16 of them as “very good”, and just one – Manchester (see separate story) – as poor.Last year, just six airports were ranked as “very good”.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when travelling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.The CAA report for 2017-18 points out that Heathrow, which last year was rated “poor” but is now said to be “good”, had invested £23 million in its assistance service, through new equipment, new technology and additional resources.Gatwick, Stansted and Birmingham were all classified as “needs improvement”.CAA said that more than four-fifths of disabled passengers surveyed said the quality of assistance provided in 2017-18 was at least satisfactory, but one in 10 said it was “very poor”.The regulator also said that the airports often criticised airlines – which usually fund the assistance service through local agreements – for being “more focussed on cost saving than in ensuring a high quality assistance service”.The CAA report adds: “If this is happening it is not consistent with the brand values of major airlines.”Responses from disabled passengers on social media suggested CAA’s report had exaggerated the quality of airport assistance services.They were responding to disabled peer Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured), who had asked disabled people who use airports what their experiences have been.Most of those who responded – although not all – were scathing of the services they have received at UK airports.One, tweeting at @strictlywheels, said she had to complain “probably every other time we fly”, with a lack of consistency and wheelchairs being treated “appallingly”.Another, Tom Staniford, @tomstaniford, said the service was “mostly awful”, due to “poor quality, slow service, lack of care [and] ignorance”.British wheelchair basketball player Billy Bridge, @Billy_Bridge8, said he flies frequently but in the last four or five years he has experienced just one smooth journey.He said: “Airports just can’t seem to grasp how much easier they can make flying for disabled people.”Disabled academic Professor Tom Shakespeare, @TommyShakes, was one of the few who said his experiences had been “almost always positive”, although he said he always takes himself to the departure gate, rather than relying on the airport’s assistance service.But another, @celticchickadee, told Baroness Grey-Thompson that airports “seem to be struggling more and more with capacity”, either because of cutting staff or failing to keep pace with demand.And @prettytwitten said: “I don’t complain every time I have a bad experience or I’d be complaining every time I went somewhere. There is always something.”Ruth Murran, @ruth_murran, added: “My good experiences are because of individuals, rather than the system.“I am fortunate in being able to wheel myself to the gate so can mostly avoid being patronised. Hate the uncertainty and unpredictability.”Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service said she believed the quality of airport assistance was “getting worse” and was “too variable” and that the CAA figures did not reflect the experiences of disabled passengers.She said that flying was “one of the few time times I feel disabled”.She said: “From the people who’ve been in touch with me, many don’t complain because they’re exhausted by the whole process, or it is too hard to do so.“It all depends on people as well as the process and understanding what disabled people’s needs are.“Personally, I’ve had more challenges flying in the last two years than the previous 20.”She added: “The lack of understanding about how important it is to bring a personal mobility aid to the gate still astounds me.“They should be brought in a timely manner and disabled people shouldn’t be made to feel grateful for getting on or off a plane.”Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said in response to the CAA report: “It’s essential that passengers with reduced mobility or hidden disabilities get the service they deserve every time they fly. “The CAA has stepped up its work in this area and plays an important role in showing where improvement still needs to be made.“I welcome the progress made by airports to improve accessibility and will continue to work with all of the aviation industry to make flying easier for disabled passengers.”last_img read more

SF artist turns Mexican craft into an art form

first_img Tags: arts Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I saw the paper as very fragile, but extremely beautiful and extremely sustainable and extremely versatile,” she said. “Kind of like what we are.” It was then, Vasquez said, that she thought, “‘I’m gonna take this craft, disposable art form and turn it into fine art.’”Her pieces are generally large — sometimes seven feet tall — and depict her experiences with politics, self-expression and her Mexican culture. In her work, there are intricate cuts of skeletons, butterflies and pineapples. The very nature of the art and how a successful piece operates reflects society, she said. “Everything has to connect for it to work,” she said. “If we don’t connect with each other, it doesn’t work.”One piece, La Sirena Feminista, tackles the topic of machismo in the Latino community. The work, created in 2015, is based on a traditional Mexican card game known as the Lotería. The face of la Sirena is that of Beatriz. Beatriz Vasquez works on a 10-foot papel picado banner that she is creating for the University of California, Santa Cruz. Photo by Luis Hernandez.I always wanted to give La Sirena a voice, she said. She sees women as the stronger gender, the gender that takes care of everything and makes everything grow.  “The world, to me, is female because it grows,” Vasquez said. “Everything grows.”Vasquez’s work has gotten her through difficult moments. In some ways, every piece that Vasquez cuts away from the paper represents a negative part of her life. In its place, she said, “I fill it with something beautiful. I can honestly say my work, and my papel picado, has literally saved my life many of times.” While she grew up in Brownsville, Texas, along the Mexican border, her family moved to Indianapolis when she turned 18. She ended up studying there, at the Herron School of Art and Design.The difference between San Francisco and Indianapolis, a much more conservative city, has been liberating. “For me, it’s extremely important to connect to my culture,” Vasquez.Vasquez is currently working on a piece for Ambassador Maria Brewer from Sierra Leone, Africa, and on pieces for an exhibition at The Growlery in January.  That exhibition will be a tribute to water. Her work has also been shown locally at SomArts Dia de Muertos, Brava Theater and Root Division. She’s also been invited to be the 2018-2019 Promotional Artist for Heineken Dos Equis Cinco de Mayo.  The assignment, she said, “is really important to me, because I’ve always had a serious concern about the misinterpretations of our culture by non-Latinos.” Viewers can also get in touch with Vasquez through Root Division.Vasquez has many inspirations for her artwork, one of them being the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She stresses the importance of Mexican artists in her life and says they connect her to her culture. Photo by Luis Hernandez. It was on a trip to Mexico after her father’s death that Beatriz Vasquez discovered the centuries-old Mexican craft that has become the vehicle for her art. Papel picado, which involves cutting designs into layers of thin tissue paper, goes back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and is still used for events like weddings, baptisms and other festivals or ceremonies.“It’s very disposable, and nobody really sees it as a fine art,” said the 49-year-Vasquez, who has a year-long fellowship with Root Division, where she teaches. And she has a residency at The Growlery, where artists live and work, rent-free, in a restored Victorian-era home. During her trip to Mexico, Vasquez researched the craft and began to see papel picado as a metaphor for the indigenous women she was interviewing. center_img 0%last_img read more

AS well as the first team taking on Sheffield Eagl

first_imgAS well as the first team taking on Sheffield Eagles this weekend in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Round Four clash at the Stobart Stadium, the Under 20s, 18s, 16s and 15s are also in action.The Under 20s travel to Bradford on Saturday (2.30pm) for a Valvoline Cup tie whilst the Under 18s take on Crusaders at the Stobart Stadium at 12.45pm ahead of the Challenge Cup game.The Under 16s and 15s face Crusaders on Sunday at Liverpool St Helens, kicking off at 1pm (U15s) and 2.30pm (U16s).Come along and support the stars of the future!last_img read more

ON a wet dank night in Widnes you need something

first_imgON a wet, dank night in Widnes you need something to liven you up and keep you warm. Unfortunately there was little of that sort of thing on show as the U19s produced an error strewn performance to rival that witnessed at Castleford last month, writes Graham Henthorne.As on that night, however, the will to win shone through and got them over the line 30-14.Despite all the above defensively this was as good a display as you could want to see from the Saints. The problem was there too much defence on show courtesy of a terrible handling display which constantly turned possession over in our half.The Saints started brightly and with the benefit of one of a host of penalties dished out to both sides, they found themselves with a scrum on half way. Ricky Bailey took the ball down the left feeding Jake Spedding who was just caught from behind 10 metres out. Three tackles later and the same player fed Captain Liam Cooper who charged over from close range.There then followed 25 minutes of frustrating stalemate during which the Saints line was tested often.In situations like this there are few teams that can hold out indefinitely and eventually the Vikings did pierce the Saints defensive line. Albeit only from a cross kick on the last to their tall left winger who towered above Kev Brown to pluck the ball out of the air.Minutes later the Saints found themselves with a scrum on our 10 metre line. Bailey knocked on from the pass and two tackles later the Vikings take an unbelievable lead into the break with a try from a neat grubber to the corner.As is usual when underdogs get a sniff they up their game even more and the Saints knew they were going to have to subdue this enthusiasm and quickly to get anything from the game.Four minutes into the second half, the Saints force both an error and then get a penalty for ball stripping to enable them to threaten the Vikings line. Four tackles into the set and hooker Aaron Smith tunnelled his way over from dummy half to edge them back in front.The comeback seemed to be short-lived, however, as a carbon copy try to the Vikings winger put the Saints behind again.He was denied his hat-trick by a thundering last ditch tackle from Bailey and this seemed to give the Saints the fillip they were looking for and the forwards began to make ground on the back of better handling.Smith dummied his way over from 10 metres out to put them in front but the game was broken open from the restart as Regan Grace scored a trademark 95 yarder. The Welshman took the pass from Rob Fairclough, found a hole, pushed through the line, took it to the fullback, committed him beautifully then pinned his ears back, opened up the afterburners and left everyone for dead on his way to the sticks.The game was finally put to bed with a couple of minutes to go as Smith completed his hat-trick again burrowing over from close range.A wins a win! And considering that the side contained eight of last year’s U16’s (and five of them in the pack) then it’s still a good win.Nobody was at their best but there was an encouraging debut off the bench both for this season and at this level after a long time out with injury for Evan Bullen but stand out player for his commitment, bravery (nice golf ball for a cheekbone) and willingness to work was Kev Brown.Match Summary:Widnes:Tries: Owen Buckley (34 & 49), Keanan Brand (37).Goals: Brad Walker 1/2, Sam Freeman 0/1.Saints:Tries: Liam Cooper (9), Aaron Smith (44, 61 & 76), Regan Grace (62).Goals: Brad Billsborough 5/5.Half Time: 6-10Full Time: 30-14Teams:Widnes:1. Sam Freeman; 2. Nathan Holbrook, 3. Keanan Brand, 4. Ross Webster, 20. Owen Buckley; Joe Lyons, 7. Jordan Johnstone; 8. Jack Armstrong, 9. Danny Walker, 10. Owen Farnworth, 11. Dan Norman, 12. Liam Walsh, 13. Brad Walker. Subs: 14. Chris Wilson, 15. James Rutledge, 16. Pat McCarroll, 17. Connor Cutts.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Kevin Brown, 4. Cameron Brown, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 7. Rob Fairclough, 6. Brad Billsborough; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 16. Alex Eckley, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Callum Hazard, 20. Evan Bullen.last_img read more

His side won 2420 with Ben Barba grabbing a brac

first_imgHis side won 24-20, with Ben Barba grabbing a brace in a solid hit out.“I was happy to have a good hit out and we are all looking forward to next week,” he said. “Leigh were strong and will be hard to beat in the Championship this year. They are a Super League club in all but name. It was exactly what we needed.“We know we need to play better, but I have never seen a good friendly in my life! There are a massive number of players chopping and changing and everyone knows it is a friendly.“But there were some positives. Ben Barba played well and that is just what we need from him. Danny Richardson was a real live wire and I thought we created plenty throughout the match even though we were changing players.“We defended well in the second half too, but we needed to as we were poor in the first half.”He continued: “We don’t know our 17 for next week – tonight was a stepping stone to look at some positions and a reward for some guys to force themselves into the reckoning for round one. Some did that tonight and we now move on to next week.”Tickets for Saints home opener with Castleford are now available online or via the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.You can also call 01744 455 052.last_img read more

Body found in Castle Hayne identified NHSO investigates as homicide

first_img Melquan was shot multiple times throughout his body.Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating.Stay tuned for more on this developing story. CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation after a body was found on Sunday shortly after 10 a.m. in Castle Hayne.The body of Melquan Hicks-Bey was found in a wooded area off Alvernia Drive in Castle Hayne.- Advertisement – last_img

Duo identified charged in lotto ticket theft at Leland gas station

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police Department have identified the suspects wanted for stealing lottery tickets from a gas station.A couple is accused of walking into the Exxon on Ploof Road on March 8 and stealing lotto tickets. Security video shows the woman distracting the clerk while the man took the tickets.- Advertisement – Jon Laurie, of Seaview Road in Wilmington, has been charged with Larceny from the Person and Felony Conspiracy. Davette Artemisio, of Carolina Beach Avenue in Carolina Beach, has also been charged with Larceny from the Person and Felony Conspiracy.Laurie and Artemisio are currently in the New Hanover County Jail for larceny charges unrelated to the Leland incident.last_img read more

Warrant Murder suspect deleted searches for escorts days before wife disappeared

first_img According to the Holden Beach Police, law enforcement agencies located Judy’s body in a wooded area in Sampson County on March 20.Warrants show investigators were able to access Brock’s husband Phillip’s cell phone records. Initially, accessing his trucks GPS navigation system led police to where they say  he disposed his wife’s body.The warrants reveal Phillip searched online for escort services in South Carolina twice, once in late February and on March 11 days before he reported his wife missing.Related Article: Police: UNCC shooting suspect planned attack for monthsThe warrants also reveal Phillip made a consistent effort to erase any trace of evidence in the alleged killing. The prosecutor’s office says Phillip disabled his phone’s GPS system and attempted to do the same to the one on his truck.Investigators reportedly found a series of times Phillip deleted information that would have been on his phone, both before and during the time Judy was reportedly missing.Police say Phillip was taken into custody on March 20 and was charged with first degree murder.Phillip is expected to be in court again on April 2. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s a murder investigation that has many in a Brunswick County community still shocked.Search warrants released this week show investigators suspected foul play when Judy Brock was reported missing earlier this month from her Holden Beach home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bank of Valletta introduces new opening hours

first_img SharePrint Bank of Valletta is introducing new customer opening hours for its branches with effect from 1st July 2019.The new opening hours will be:Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm;Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pmEncashment of cheques and cash withdrawals at branches can be affected till noon.In addition, every Thursday, 18 BOV branches are offering extended opening hours on Thursdays from 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm. In the localities of Attard, Balluta, Fgura, Ħamrun, Ibraġ, Marsaskala, Mosta, Naxxar, Paola, Qormi, Rabat, Valletta (Republic Street), San Gwann, Siġġiewi, Żabbar, Żejtun, Żurrieq and Victoria.Additional branches will also be offering longer customer hours in the near future.BOV Head Branch Network Geoffrey Ghigo said, ‘In today’s world consumers expect faster service, at hours that are more convenient for their busy lifestyles. The change in opening hours will also enhance the ability of our branch staff to process customers’ applications, resulting in faster response times and increased efficiency.’For increased convenience and 24/7 banking, BOV customers can also make use of the Bank’s extensive range of channels such as BOV Mobile, BOV Internet Banking, BOV Cards and ATMs. 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

New GSM figures show a lower Global Mobile Penetration than first thought

first_imgThe GSM Association figures state that there’re only 3.2 billion mobile network subscribers globally, accounting for 45 per cent of the global population Advertisement The Global Systems for Mobile Communications  Association (GSM) has revealed results of a three-year research project, showing that only 45 per cent of the world-wide population is subscribed to mobile services, leaving much room for global industry growth.The study, released for the first time excludes inactive mobile subscriptions and multiple SIM card ownership, revealing real figures of mobile network subscription worldwide, pointing to drastically smaller mobile service subscription rates than previously envisaged.The survey conducted over three years taking into account 39 developed and developing markets  finds that by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, there will be only 3.2 billion mobile network subscribers globally, accounting for 45 per cent of the global population, a figure which may grow to 4 billion within the following five years. – Advertisement – The figure for total global mobile connections including inactive SIM cards and so-called machine-to-machine (M2M) calls will stand at 6.8 billion  however, this figure has been misleading as to worldwide connectivity rates in the past, in that many subscribers have multiple connections.The new element to the research showing that only 3.2 billion unique users are subscribed to mobile services around the world means that, in fact, the mobile network industry has a long way to go before reaching 100 percent global mobile penetration, and indicates that industry actors still have everything to play for, in a market that still holds endless potential.Director General of the GSM Association Anne Bouverot said in a press statement: “This research, for the first time, highlights the difference between mobile connections and individual mobile subscribers, and points to a significant growth opportunity for the mobile industry as we continue to connect the world’s population.”She added: “By identifying inactive SIMs and multiple SIM ownership, we have developed the most accurate measurement of the global mobile subscriber base”.The survey reports that global increases in unique mobile subscriptions over the coming years will be fuelled by demand from developing countries, with demand from users in rural areas set to spike significantly the survey expecting 1.8 billion new users from developing countries within the next five years.New subscriptions in line with the survey’s forecast would achieve 47 percent mobile subscriber penetration across developing countries by 2017, up from the current figure of 39 percent.Conversely growth of mobile penetration levels in developed countries is predicted to be slow, given that by 2017 it is thought that penetration in such countries will hit 80 percent.The GSM Association reports that Africa currently displays the lowest levels of mobile service unique subscription penetration, with only one in three members of the African population subscribed to mobile services.The report predicts this figure will rise to 40 percent penetration by 2017. This is to be compared to a current figure of 68 percent for total connections penetration – the two measurements displaying a substantial gap. As such, Africa presents the mobile industry with significant potential for growth.Bouverot explained the relatively late revelation of the lower-than-expected African subscription rates, saying: “In developing markets, where there is clearly an opportunity for growth for the mobile industry, SIM per user patterns are influenced by cost-conscious, low-usage consumers who tend to accumulate prepaid SIM cards depending on the latest and most affordable prepaid tariffs.”  Figures were thus skewed by the prevalence of multiple SIM ownership.Source: Humanipolast_img read more