Month: July 2019

New funding of more than £15 million is set to de

first_imgNew funding of more than £1.5 million is set to deliver an international extension to a disability arts commissioning programme that grew out of London 2012, and help influence how disabled people are perceived in other countries.Unlimited has secured more than £750,000 from Arts Council England – which will be matched by the British Council – to extend its work internationally.The new Unlimited International programme will make six research and development awards to disabled artists, and then select three of them to become full commissions, each led by disabled artists from England and one other country.The completed works are set to tour at least three countries, which are likely to include Brazil, Australia and Japan, as well as in Europe.The new scheme – which will be overseen by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts producing experts Arts Admin – aims to help disabled artists from other countries improve their skills.But it also aims to shift perceptions of disabled people, and build on Unlimited’s existing work to ensure disabled artists have the same opportunities as non-disabled artists, “embedding” them within the cultural sector.Unlimited was built on a successful programme which saw 29 pieces by disabled artists showcased during the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.In the lead-up to the commissioning process, disabled artists from Brazil, Japan and Australia will tour Britain, probably appearing at Unlimited festivals at London’s Southbank Centre and Glasgow’s Tramway, and other venues across the country.The tour will also be supported by the British Council; the Pallant House art gallery in West Sussex; the disability, music and technology charity Drake Music; and the Watershed arts centre in Bristol.Tony Heaton, chief executive of Shape, told Disability News Service: “It’s a great achievement that Shape and Unlimited are now working globally and as far-reaching as Brazil, Australia and Japan.“We in the UK should be very proud that the home-grown disability arts movement that started a quarter century ago is having such a huge impact in 2016, and the international presence of disabled artists will help further our mission to make art accessible for all.“However, we recognise that rapid growth requires a more complex infrastructure and greater resources, so the ongoing support from funders is vital for us to continue our work.”Joyce Wilson, London area director for Arts Council England, said: “Unlimited continues to respond to the very high demand for ambitious new work by Deaf and disabled artists.“The commissioned works and associated Southbank Unlimited Festival are proving instrumental in shifting the attitudes of not only venues, programmers and producers but also audiences.“Unlimited International offers significant scope to grow this impact worldwide, delivering demonstrable change and extending the international profile of British Deaf and disabled artists.”Picture: A previous Unlimited commission: Liz Carr’s ‘Assisted Suicide: The Musical’last_img read more

The government is refusing to act over claims that

first_imgThe government is refusing to act over claims that a primary school excluded up to 30 pupils – many of them disabled – to smooth its path to becoming a self-governing “academy”. Nonsuch primary in Birmingham moved from local authority control to become an academy in January, but now faces allegations that it excluded pupils in order to improve its performance and so make the move to academy status easier.At the time of its last Ofsted report, in 2012, the school (pictured) had just 193 children between the ages of four and 11, so it may have excluded more than 15 per cent of its students in a bid to become an academy.The council has admitted that 90 per cent of fixed-term – temporary – exclusions from the school in the 2014-15 academic year were children with special educational needs (SEN).The trust that now runs the school, the Barchelai Academy Trust, has launched an independent investigation into the way Nonsuch treats pupils with SEN.Cllr John Lines, a Conservative city councillor whose ward includes the school and who has played a key role in exposing the exclusions, said he believed Nonsuch primary had been engaged in a “dash for cash and academy status”, and branded its actions “an utter disgrace”.He has collected the names and addresses of about 30 pupils who have been excluded either temporarily or permanently from the school over the last 18 months, and said he had seen many of their parents in tears over what had happened.He said: “I have been on the council for 33 years and I have never experienced anything quite like it.“Some of the disabled children are still not receiving an education. It is discrimination of the worst kind.”He has written to the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, and Ofsted, about his concerns.And he said he did not care if raising these concerns made him unpopular within his own party.Morgan said in a white paper published last month that the government wanted every school to be an academy – and therefore outside direct local authority control – by 2022.Cllr Lines said: “All I care about is that my constituents’ children get a good education. If that makes me unpopular with my own party, I don’t give a damn.”But he also criticised Labour-run Birmingham City Council for failing to act on the exclusions when the school was still under local authority control.He said: “The education department in Birmingham abandoned these children, many of them disabled, to their fate.“Now they say they can’t do anything about it because it’s an academy. But it wasn’t an academy when this was going on.”Peter French, Barchelai’s chair, admitted that there had “clearly been issues at that school” around the way it dealt with disabled pupils – before the trust took over in January – and suggested that “some of the paperwork and processes were not done as well as they could have been done”.But he said it was “not true at all” that the school had carried out the exclusions to smooth its path to becoming an academy, although he conceded that the investigation would look at those claims.French said that no children had been excluded since the trust took over in January.And he said the trust had installed a new SEN co-ordinator to “try to make sure all the proper procedures are being done and the appropriate support is put in there”.He said: “My view as chair of the trust is we want to have an inclusive school there.“We want to do our best to ensure we cater for all children as best we can.”A Birmingham City Council spokeswoman said there had been less than five permanent exclusions from Nonsuch in each of the last two academic years, 2013-14 and 2014-15.But she revealed that the number of temporary exclusions at the school had risen from fewer than five in 2013-14 to 10 in 2014-15, while nine of those 10 had “some type of SEN”.There are no figures for the school’s final term before it became an academy.The council spokeswoman said: “We take these claims very seriously and are working closely with Nonsuch Primary School, its academy trust and the Regional Schools Commissioner, to review the inclusion processes and procedures for all pupils.”The Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, Pank Patel, had failed to comment by noon today (7 April).Inclusive education campaigners have been warning since at least 2010 that the rapid spread of “academy” schools was undermining the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream education.A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “We are clear that no school should discriminate against pupils – and they have a legal duty not to.“All schools are held to account by Ofsted for their use of exclusion powers.“Barchelai Trust has reviewed the running of the academy and is now taking swift action so the needs of all pupils are met and underachievement is overcome.“We will continue to monitor the situation.”When asked if ministers were taking any action to ensure that such discrimination did not happen to other disabled children as a result of government plans to turn every school into an academy, she declined to comment further.An Ofsted spokesman said his organisation did not discuss individual complaints about schools, but said in a statement: “Inspectors ask for information about pupil exclusions when they go into schools.“Inspectors assess their use of exclusion, including the rates, patterns and reasons, as well as any differences between groups of pupils.“If there is evidence of a school using exclusion powers inappropriately then an inspection may be brought forward.”last_img read more

Developments in Development Slice of the Pie

first_imgIn less far-reaching news, the long-anticipated park at 17th and Folsom is moving forward after years of planning. You can see a layout and specific features at Socketsite, as well as a few details about the affordable housing development slated for the other half of that parking lot. What’s not totally clear is how this will affect the flooding and sewage backflow that plague the area every time heavy rains fall – plans have been suggested and pulled multiple times to install a big basin underneath that site to absorb some of the stormwater that flows down to this natural bowl in the city’s topography. At a recent meeting, the Public Utilities Commission said that idea was still on the table.Capp Street between 21st and 22nd streets could get 20 units of housing, according to plans filed for the site. In a little twist of modern zeitgeist, the project as it’s currently drafted would include zero parking – instead, it could get a row of bike lockers. SocketSite reports this and other details, and notes that the project may be getting a redesign anyway since those lockers aren’t a code-required active use. Finally, ending on a lighter note, if you need a little music and beer in your life, check out Amnesia – after a two-week closure for renovations, the bar has reopened with an updated look. Capp Street Crap has the most important details, including that the bathroom doors now lock. 0% A short time in the future in a galaxy very similar to our own, where housing is the hottest commodity on the market, everyone is scrambling to hold on to or get in on the good stuff. Exhibit A: Corporate landlords want a slice of the Airbnb pie, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some of the nation’s biggest property management firms, with hundreds of thousands of units to their name, have started meeting with Airbnb reps to work out how landlords might charge their tenants a portion of what they earn with the practice. In the search for what Airbnb calls a “win-win-win for everyone involved,” a landlord might officially allow renters to use their home for short-term rentals, in exchange for a fee. On the opposite end of that spectrum, Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin are pushing hard to expand affordable housing and rent control (to many those are two sides of the same coin). Kim introduced a charter amendment for the 2016 ballot this week that would require developers to increase the number of affordable units in on site affordable housing to 25 percent of the units from 12 percent. Meanwhile, Peskin is trying to see whether extending rent control to newer properties (it currently only applies to buildings constructed before 1979) is feasible. He has called on the City Attorney to see how that could work and said there might be a proposal on the table next year. More on both of these items at the Examiner.  center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • Airbnb • Developments in Development • housing • parking • parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF residents train to monitor homeless sweeps

first_imgIn most of these cases, campers return to swept sites or resettle close by.  “We call this the sidewalk shuffle,” said Kelley Cutler, a human rights organizer with the Coalition.  Kelly Cutler, human rights organizer with the Coalition on Homelessness, coaches civilians on supporting the homeless during city sweeps. Photo by Laura Waxmann“Introduce yourself and identify as being part of Sweeps Watch,” Cutler told participants. “Ask them if this is a sweep or a routine cleanup.  They may look similar but are different.”Police barricades set up along sites where encampments were removed are a sure sign of a sweep. Otherwise, city services at a camp site is likely a routine sanitation effort in which campers are asked to downsize their belongings or sometimes relocate temporarily. One woman who participated in the training inquired about the protocol city agencies must follow during a sweep.“What is illegal for them to do during a sweep and what is legal?” She wanted to know.Cutler explained that it is illegal for city cleaning crews to trash or destroy camper’s personal belongings without permission and asked residents to note, time, place and details of any sweep. Last December, a number of civil rights groups filed a lawsuit for confiscating and illegally trashing the personal belongings of campers during sweeps.Another participant wanted to know what items she could bring to assist campers during sweeps.“Would bringing plastic bags help people pack up their stuff?” she asked. “Is that a good one thing to have on you at any given time?”Cutler said that while “bags are good,” but that the city’s Department of Public Works, which facilitates sweeps in San Francisco along with police, usually provides bags to campers. “It’s more about being there,” she said. Another man present at the meeting suggested bringing a notepad and pen to document the campers’ testimonies and details of the sweeps.Most importantly, the 40 or so people who attended the training were told to ask the homeless how they could help.The training on Wednesday stood in contrast with other forums held in the neighborhood by police and neighbors venting their frustrations.  The Mission District in particular has been left bearing much of the brunt of the city’s homeless crisis.  Following a major sweep on Division Street last year that permanently removed some 100 people from underneath the freeway underpass but offered few an alternative, many campers resettled in the Mission’s residential neighborhoods.Andrews told participants that while they have the right to document and record interactions between city officials and the homeless, they are not legally permitted to interfere.“Our main goal is to observe document and offer support,” said Andrews. “We are not here to escalate.  We try to change the way the city goes about these things.”The organizers stressed that the work of cleaning crews who are removing trash from encampments is also not to be interfered.“[Public Works crews] are not our enemies,” said Andrews, explaining that cleanups of encampment sites are necessary to help the campers rid their campsites of unwanted trash. Members of the city’s Homeless Outreach Team often accompany sweeps, but ultimately work to support the homeless, he said. “They are social workers. They want to help these people and get them into housing,” he said. “But they are in between a rock and a hard place because they is literally no place to go and they are given a task that’s impossible.”Sweeps Watch participants are asked to either send documentation and any information they have to or to call the Coalition on Homelessness at 415-346-3740, preferably as the sweep is happening. In response to a surge of complaint-driven sweeps of homeless encampments by city officials in recent months, advocates for the homeless are now organizing and training civilians to monitor and document the rampant encampment removals.  On Wednesday, organizers with the Coalition on Homelessness conducted the city’s first ever “Sweeps Watch” training to coach some 40 residents in identifying and monitoring a sweep. The trainers also encouraged community members to step in and document incidents of harassment or wrongdoing by police and city officials. “In this period of crisis, you will find people there who are losing everything they have to their name,” said Dayton Andrews, also a human rights organizer with the coalition. The trainers urged participants to check in with the homeless before addressing police or city officials during a sweep, which trainers defined as a city-sanctioned process in which “people who are forced to live on the street are mandated to move along and there’s nowhere else to go.” Tags: advocacy • department of public works • DPW • homeless • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemaillast_img read more

ENGLAND Academy coach Dave Elliott has named his 1

first_imgENGLAND Academy coach Dave Elliott has named his 17-man squad to take on the Australian Schoolboys in the first of a two-test series at Canberra’s Bruce Stadium on Sunday August 5.Elliott’s charges have recorded back-to-back victories over New South Wales and Parramatta Juniors in their warm-up games on tour so far and they go into Sunday’s clash hoping to take the first step towards successive series victories over the Schoolboys.“We’ve got a very strong squad available to us all the way through and that has made selection very difficult this week,” said Elliott. “We’ve had some standout performances in our games on tour so far and every player in the squad has staked a claim to play against Australia.“We have some disappointed players in the squad today but I’m confident that we have selected a squad that can come away with the win on Sunday.”England Academy side to play Australian Schoolboys (professional and community clubs):1, Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)2, James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddal)3, Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)4, John Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals)5, Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)6, Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights)7, George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)8, Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls, Broughton Red Rose)9, Dominic Speakman (St Helens, Halton Hornets)10, Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks)11, John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill)12, Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)13, Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn)14, Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs)15, Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)16, Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)17, Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth)Live updates from England Academy’s game against Australian Schoolboys can be seen by following the official England twitter account @england_rllast_img read more

THE Heritage Alcove situated in the Saints Supers

first_imgTHE Heritage Alcove, situated in the Saints Superstore at Langtree Stadium, features a display that commemorates the links between the Club and those who have represented their country in the armed forces.Pride of place is the Lancashire County jersey belonging to Jimmy Flanagan who was killed in action in France in May 1918.Amongst the other memorabilia are several soldiers’ helmets from the First World War, lent by Peter Butterworth, whose painting, the Fallen Five, is also on show.This marvellous artwork is a lasting memorial to those Saints’ players who fell in the First World War – Jim Flanagan, James Ford, Jimmy Greenwood, George Sephton and Hubert Sidney ‘Jum’ Turtill from New Zealand.Paul Clough’s signed match-worn jersey from the Hull KR match, auctioned in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is also displayed.The display was opened by Chairman Eamonn McManus, whose father was a prisoner of war in the Far East during World War Two.Also in attendance were artist Peter Butterworth, Jimmy Flanagan, grandson of the great Saints’ and Lancashire winger, Dave Dooley, who wrote a poem in his book Saints Verses about the Fallen Five and Saints’ Community Development Director Gordon Pennington, who is a former RAF officer with more than 20 years service.”last_img read more

SAINTS continued their unbeaten run in this years

first_imgSAINTS continued their unbeaten run in this year’s competition easily beating a workmanlike but ultimately poor Red Devils side 46-16. But this was a stuttering performance where nobody was totally on their game, writes Graham Henthorne.The story of the night was played out in the first ten minutes when the Saints bombed three tries. Firstly Levy Nzoungou knocked on attempting to take Aaron Smith’s crash ball at the sticks.From a scrum ten out from the line Ricky Bailey peeled left but inexplicably passed to my Dad in the stand instead of his winger Regan Grace and moments later Jordan Olmez knocked on ten metres out from a pass he would take nine times out of ten with his eyes closed!Despite all this the visitors were worse and continued to invite the Saints in and eventually the dam broke. Again from a scrum deep in enemy territory Bailey was stopped inches short. From the play the ball Smith found Jake Spedding who had the easiest of scores.From the kick off the Saints got the ball out to Grace who beat his opposite number down the touchline and just as your correspondent was sharpening his pencil to notch down the try he ran straight at the full back almost tackling himself.Thankfully a great grubber from Elliott Jenkins, something he repeated numerous times during the game, earned the Saints a repeat set and two tackles in Nzoungou turned on the magic stepping his way past three statuesque tacklers to score.Belying a completion rate of only 50 % the Saints continued to score points this time in the form of Ben Morris who followed a great dummy half break from Smith to take the offload to plunge over at the posts.The visitors opened their account after the kick off was allowed to bounce and two tackles later the Red Devils best player, sub prop Fowden, barged over from close range.Smith continued to torment the visitors being held up over the line. From the restart a lovely miss pass from Callum Hazard found Grace who twisted over in the corner.Brad Billsborough made if four from four to give the Saints a comfortable cushion at oranges.Just when you thought they couldn’t get any worse the Saints started the second period with four penalties on the run, the last resulting in a sin-binning for Spedding for ball stealing.However, the Saints managed to score whilst down a man as Morris picked up his second after Jordan Olmez had been held up.A rare attack from the visitors ended with them passing to Bailey who immediately turned defence into attack clearing his lines. Grace took it on another 30 metres before quick hands put his fellow winger Dave Eccleston in at the corner.Billsborough missed his only conversion of the night and then compounded a display to forget by giving the perfect pass which was intercepted and returned 80 metres for the try.From the kick off a fine 40/20 from the visiting hooker Moore resulted in him barging over from close in and looked like making the score respectable.Normal service was resumed though as first Chris Follin just about controlled Billsborough’s pass on his thigh before crashing over.Then the final act was a deserved try to Olmez taking Jenkins’ delightful inside ball to go over.It’s a measure of the expectation for this team and the individuals in it that despite scoring 46 points no-one was happy with the performance. But it’s also a measure of the stature of the individuals within the team when you consider how young the team is and yet it’s still managing to find a way to beat any and every one placed before them.Olmez and Smith were the best on a day when most struggled for consistency. Now it’s on to Odsal on Thursday for the next chapter in the season.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Jake Spedding (14), Levy Nzoungou (15), Ben Morris (23 & 50), Regan Grace (33), Chris Follin (71), Jordan Olmez (78).Goals: Brad Billsborough (6 from 7).Salford U19s:Tries: Luke Fowden (26), Elliot Caine (65), Aaron Moore (68).Goals: Lewis Fairhurst (1 from 1), Aaron Moore (1 from 2).Half Time: 24-6Full Time: 46-16Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 4. Lewis Furlong, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Chris Follin, 16. Callum Hazzard, 18. Evan Bullen.Salford:1. Connor Williams; 2. Elliot Caine, 3. Harry Madders, 4. Alex Gaskell, 5. Jake Knox; 6. John Whittaker, 7. Lewis Fairhurst; 8. Jack Cottington, 9. Aaron Moore, 10. Chris Worrall, 11. Declan Hidden, 12. Lewis Hatton, 13. Liam Bent. Subs: 14. Brad Storey, 15. Lewis Gregory, 17. Jack Thompson, 18. Luke Fowden.last_img read more

Man in serious condition after being rescued in Brunswick Co

first_img Robert Brown, 63, of Oak Island, was found wearing his personal flotation device by nearby boaters, who pulled him from the water and called 911.The boaters took Brown to the Wildlife Ramp on Holden Beach, where emergency crews were waiting.Brown was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is in serious condition.Related Article: Match play kicks off Women’s Southern Golf Assocation Amateur ChampionshipHe had a 14 foot green kayak that has not been found.The incident is still under investigation. USCG medevacs woman from Carnival cruise ship 200 miles east of Wilmington; July 6, 2015 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One person is in the hospital after he was rescued from the water near Lockwood Folly Inlet Tuesday night.According to a release from Holden Beach Police, Brunswick County Emergency Personnel were dispatched to a water rescue near the Lockwood Folly Inlet just before 5:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Small fire sparks Walmart evacuation in Leland

first_img A fire extinguisher was used to put out the fire. Investigators say there was no danger to employees or customers. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A fire this afternoon at the Leland Walmart cause employees and shoppers to evacuate.The call came in just before 3:30 p.m. Leland Fire and Rescue chief, John Grimes, says a fire broke out in the fire pump for sprinkler system.- Advertisement – last_img

Alcohol plastic bags and excise stamps seized by customs officials

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Customs officials have seized a considerable number of alcoholic bottles, plastic bags and unused excise stamps during routine inspections yesterday.Enforcement officers seized the items and stamps following an inspection at an outlet in Gzira which later led them to a warehouse in Qormi.The following contraband items were seized:1,473 plastic bags;162 bottles of alcoholic beverages, including rum, brandy and several liqueurs;110 bottles of wine which did not have their excise tax paid; anda total of 510 unused excise stamps.WhatsApplast_img read more