A disabled woman says she feels pressured to hand

first_imgA disabled woman says she feels pressured to hand back her Motability vehicle, after the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme told her it will continue to pay her travel expenses to work if she does so.Pauline McGuigan, from Dunbartonshire, said the suggestion from AtW “makes absolutely no sense”, but that she will probably be forced to accept it so she can keep working.She works three days a week for a large insurance company – a job she has had for nearly 20 years – and uses AtW funding to pay for her daily taxi journeys to and from work.Last week, Disability News Service reported that AtW threatened to stop paying the £90-a-day for taxis she needs to get to work – she contributes £5-a-day herself – because she has a Motability vehicle and should use that instead.McGuigan has told AtW that she cannot access the car in her power-chair, and has no-one who can drive her to work and collect her at the end of the day.She doesn’t drive herself, because she has no use of her legs and limited use of her arms, and cannot use a personal assistant to drive her to work because she needs the powerchair, while she has been told the car cannot be converted to allow her to travel in her powerchair.She and her partner currently use the Motability car at the weekends, when he is available to push her in a manual wheelchair, which can be carried in the car.But this week, AtW told her it would continue to fund her taxis to and from work if she returned her car to Motability.She is set to accept AtW’s suggestion.She said: “It is the only option that I have got that I can still keep my job, so that is what we are going to do. We will have to get a cab at the weekends.“I can’t get my head around the whole thing.”She said Motability had been “really, really good” and had agreed not to charge her for ending her contract early.She has not ruled out applying for a grant from Motability in the future to try to lease a wheelchair-accessible vehicle that can take her power-chair, but because she and her partner both work, she thinks it unlikely that they would be successful with such an application.Now their only option is to take out a loan to buy a car, a solution that is likely to be far more expensive than the Motability option, which was designed specifically for disabled people.A DWP spokesman said they did not want her to have to return her Motability vehicle, and that they had offered a number of solutions to the problem, including obtaining a similar Motability vehicle to her current car, which could be adapted to take her power-chair.He said: “At no point have we encouraged Ms McGuigan to hand back her Motability vehicle.“We want to provide Ms McGuigan with the freedom of a car and her local Motability supplier can offer a similar vehicle to the one she has now which can be adapted for her specific needs.”DWP said that AtW had to support the most “cost-effective” solutions for its customers, that no final decisions had been taken on her award and that it was continuing “to explore all options for the best solution”.last_img read more

Dolores Park What we leave behind

first_img Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Yes, there were loads of people at Dolores Park on Saturday afternoon. There was also an eco pop-up working non-stop and on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. or so the park didn’t look terrible. There were a few picnics that had been ghosted, and for some reason people seem to think that taking one’s bottles and sitting them below a tree is adequate trash disposal. But in isolation, trash becomes a prompt.If you get up early and want to submit your own park essay – from Dolores Park or any other Mission District park, let us know at [email protected] to what the park can look like the morning after, not bad.  Sunday, Marh 14, 2014 Photo by Lydia ChávezA late night? Photo by Lydia Chávez He wanted to go for a swim. Photo by Lydia ChávezAn upstanding firm belief that trees live on a diet of trash. Photo by Lydia ChávezThe tree habit. I have five photos to demonstrate the habit, but I won’t bore you with them. More interesting is the question of why. For recyclers? Fertilizer? To keep warm? They do look kind of cozy nestled up to the tree.  Photo by Lydia ChávezOkay, there were quite a few of these left behind. Bad parents? Or just exhausted parents? Photo by Lydia ChávezPink hoody. Future developer? Or flung off in offering a clue in that charade game? Photo by Lydia ChávezThank you recyclers. Photo by Lydia ChávezPlanning to bag some gravel? Photo by Lydia ChávezWe all want to be angels. Photo by Lydia Chávez center_img 0%last_img read more

Sketching and jamming at Artillery AG

first_img 0% Went over to Artillery AG where there was a “sketch jam.   Everyone brought a sketch pad and there was free flow music jam.  With varied talent everyone cruised with the music and made sketches of the musicians and each other.  Super welcoming atmosphere filled the room.Photo by George LippPhoto by George LippPhoto by George Lipp Photo by George Lipp center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

Academy Reserves Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgDespite the defeat to the Broncos, Simm impressed, playing a full 80 minutes in the centre which earned praise from Head Coach Justin Holbrook post match.Simm’s grandfather Geoff Pimblett [Heritage number 870] played over 360 games for the Saints, scoring over 1300 points and Simm admits he would have been proud.“I’ve been dreaming of it since I started rugby, since I was five years old. Obviously I had my grandad at the club so it’s good to share a heritage number with him. It’s a dream for my family as well really, all my family have come down today, come supporting me so it’s been a great day.“My grandad always said – ‘don’t ever force anything’. Obviously I wanted to make my debut, but Justin was waiting for the right time and to get a full 80 minutes is a dream come true and I know it was a dream of my grandad’s to watch me play before he died, which he never got to do, but I’m sure he was watching.”Asked what it felt like when he got the call from Justin Holbrook, Simm said: “He gave me a heads up about two weeks ago [that I might be playing] and then we had that little break away and then I came back into training on Wednesday and he said that I’d be starting left centre. I was chuffed, I got straight on the phone, rang all my family and rang my mum. They were all dead chuffed for me.”Holbrook admitted in his post match press conference that the step up from Academy to first team is a huge jump and Simm agrees.“It’s a completely different game to the academy. You can last 60 minutes in an academy game without blowing once. Here you can be out two minutes and you’re blowing!“Obviously I’ve had my time at Leigh, but Leigh are obviously near the top in the championship, so we’ve been on top of a lot of teams, so I have had that pace, but I’ve not had the ‘London being aggressive at us pace’ with the defending all the time.“So, I did struggle a bit for about 20 minutes or so, but I got that second wind, and I was just buzzing to make my debut.”Simm was joined by fellow Academy graduates Josh Eaves and Callum Hazzard who both came off the bench in the second half to make debuts and Simm was equally pleased for them.“I was really pleased for Josh Eaves and Callum Hazzard. Us three have just been waiting for an opportunity and to get it together has been great really because we can all share our experience and we all have that shirt saying ‘debut vs London’. It’s an experience we’ve shared together, and we’ll take throughout our lives.”Simm is now keen for more first team action and hopes he can kick on ahead of next year.“I don’t know where I’ll be next week whether it be at the Academy, Leigh or I might get another shot here in the team. I will play it by ear and I’m just grateful for this opportunity.“If this is my only game then I’m proud to have it. Hopefully I can kick on for next year.”last_img read more

San Juan Café raising money for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a week of uncertainty for a Wilmington woman who still has not heard from her family members in Puerto Rico.The hurricane devastated the US territory, and now members of our community are pulling together to help any way they can.- Advertisement – Hurricane Maria has left Puerto Rico and surrounding islands destroyed without power. Those with ties down there are worried.Maria Alvarez hasn’t heard from any of her family members or friends who live in Puerto Rico.“I haven’t gotten no contact about, I think it was Monday I decided to call my brother in-law cause I have tried nothing went through,” Alvarez said.Related Article: Church helps one member get new home after stormShe said she has hope.“Every morning I get up at five o’clock and I’m hoping that my phone will ring and my sister-in-law and my brother-in-law will answer me or say you know, you know we’re okay. This is what’s happening,” Alvarez said.Thousands of miles away from the islands, San Juan Café in Wilmington wants to help anyway they can.“I’m from the region and we have a Latin restaurant and I have a lot of Latin clientele that are from Puerto Rico and ya know, it’s the right thing to do,” Owner William Quetel said.Quetel said thankfully he has heard from his family in the Virgin Islands and feels for those who are left wondering.“I’m hoping, or at least something,” Alvarez said.With the help of the community San Juan Café is raising money to send to both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.“It’s always the aftermath of the hurricane that’s the worst thing ya know. The hurricane is thrilling and terrifying and it last a couple hours, but then it’s ya know months of slogging for a line for everything.”Quetel said.San Juan Café is selling ten dollar raffle tickets for a chance to win a signature Jose Feliciano guitar.The restaurants is also donating proceeds from their dinner special.last_img read more

Leland issues evacuations townwide curfew due to Florence

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The mayor of Leland has declared a state of emergency for the town.A mandatory evacuation will be in effect for residents who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes, beginning at daylight (7 a.m.) Tuesday.  A voluntary evacuation is issued for all other residents. Shelter information will be available online at https://readync.org.- Advertisement – A town-wide curfew will be in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., starting on Wednesday. The curfew will remain in effect each day thereafter, until such time that the Chief of Police of the Town of Leland lifts the curfew.According to a news release, effective at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday the possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage, including beer, wine, and spirituous liquor other than on one’s own premises is hereby prohibited.Effective at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance, while off one’s own premises, is prohibited, the town says.Related Article: 154 years since the fall of Fort AndersonThis restriction does not apply to any individual or group of people who has the responsibility for the preservation of the public’s health, safety, or welfare.This restriction does not apply to any law enforcement officers, military personnel assigned for hurricane disaster duties, emergency medical personnel, or any other individual or groups of individuals whose job/employment will assist with the public’s health, safety, or welfare (i.e. fuel delivery personnel, utility repair personnel, etc.)last_img read more

Australian media charges over Cardinal Pell trial chilling for open justice –

first_img SharePrint David Crosling/via REUTERSDavid Crosling/via REUTERS Charges against dozens of journalists and publishers in Australia over the reporting of Cardinal George Pell’s child sex abuse conviction will have a chilling effect on future news reporting if they are found guilty of breaching a suppression order, a lawyer defending the press told a court on Monday.Prosecutors in the southern state of Victoria have accused 23 journalists and 13 news outlets of aiding and abetting contempt of court by overseas media and breaching suppression orders aimed at ensuring Pell a fair trial.Pell became the most senior Catholic cleric worldwide to be convicted of child sex abuse and was jailed for six years in February. He is awaiting an appeal.Among those facing contempt charges are Nine Entertainment Co, the Age, the Australian Financial Review, Macquarie Media, and several News Corp publications.Breaches of suppression orders can be punished with jail for up to five years and fines of nearly A$100,000 ($71,000) for individuals, and nearly A$500,000 for companies.Monday was the first day in court for a case that at once underscores the potentially severe consequences of breaching court reporting rules and their ineffectiveness at containing coverage in the digital news era.A guilty verdict would have a “chilling effect” on open justice and democracy in Australia, said Matthew Collins QC, a lawyer representing all of the charged media organisations and reporters.The county court of Victoria last year put a suppression order on reporting of Pell’s trial, or its eventual outcome, to prevent jury prejudice ahead of a second trial, which was eventually dropped.In December, the jury in the first trial found Pell guilty of abusing two choir boys. The verdict was widely reported by foreign outlets online. Some Australian media alluded to the conviction without naming Pell directly.Collins pressed the prosecution for more information about how Australian journalists could have broken court rules because none mentioned Pell by name or his conviction.“I am at a loss to understand how they could have scandalised the court,” he said.“They didn’t reference the cardinal, just referred to the fact that there was a broader story that could not be told.”None of the accused journalists were present and Supreme Court Judge John Dixon ordered that prosecutors file an outline of their case by May 20 and that the matter return to court on June 26.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

EzeeMoney New mobile money firm launched in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement EzeeMoney, a new mobile money service provider, has been officially launched in Ugandan.The service operated by EzeeMoney Limited will work in collaboration with Centenary Bank-which will provide an escrow account to primarily safeguard the electronic transfers.EzeeMoney was launched last week in Kampala as a mobile financial services provider for both individuals and businesses. – Advertisement – Mr Emmanuel Mutebile, the Governor Bank of Uganda, said in his speech that the entry of the new product will further cement the growth in money transfer services that has been witnessed in the last five years.“The product will help build a modern and inclusive financial services industry in Uganda,” he said.A recent FinScope survey conducted in 2009 indicated that about 70 per cent of Ugandans have no access to financial services.The total value of mobile banking transactions in the first six months of 2013 amounted to Shs8.3 trillion, an increase of 69 per cent over the value in the same period in 2012.Credit: DailyMonitorlast_img read more

Alive If You Eat a Staff

first_imgBlog, it’s been too long, all my fault, and I do apologise. I will endeavour to write more regularly. I fear, though, that that pledge might be similar to many moons ago, when we used to advertise that we would ‘endeavour’ to be best price about everything! Such charlatans we were, Blog!!I have recently enjoyed reading the un-put-downable ‘Alive’, by Piers Paul Read. I really do recommend it highly, as a great read.Let me tell you more… (without ruining it, I hope)…A rugby team from Uruguay clubbed together and organised a trip to Chile to take on some neighbouring opposition. The trip, however, involved negotiating the Andes Mountains. TRAGEDY STRUCK! Yes, it did, Blog, oh yes, it did! And the plane crashed in the mountains!Just like when the corporate people wrongly discounted us, oh yes they did, Blog! The search was called off, and the team were considered to be dead and gone. This led to the fabulous, but true, tale of their survival and escape that will go down in history as a fine example of ‘not-staffdom’. A bit like myself and Gaul Wood bringing Star Sports, from being run in the living room of a flat above a betting shop in Goring, to being a multi-million pound company. ‘Alive’ probably isn’t as gruesome as that story will be, when it be told, though Blog. Anyway, as you may have gathered, from the poor film that was thus produced, the survival involved eating the bodies of those that died in the plane crash. This led me to OBVIOUSLY then consider, if the Star Army were to fall foul in such a tragedy, who would be the best member of staff to eat first.Blog, I have taken the liberty of producing the following menu, then selection, for your perusal.David Hadrell: Too thin. Probably eaten too much veggie and organic type food too to make any type of hearty meal. Discard.Harry Macadam: Again, too thin, and has smoked too many fags to taste any good. Would prove to be nothing more than an entree, once the big eaters get involved.Gaul Wood: Not that fatty, but has probably got a bit old and mouldy by now. If it got to the point where Gaul was a gonner though, we’d probably all be absolutely buggered anyway, so it wouldn’t really matter who we eat.Lofty: Has a large outer layer of ‘big-bonedness’ that could prove to be rather good as a sort of pork style crackling, if cooked properly. Through the big ‘four O’ though, so, again, might be a bit tough around the edges.Chris Ward/Dave Gowers: Possible a bit gristly and could get caught in your teeth. Better options ahead, Blog.Luke: Not bad. Not bad at tall. Young, not fatty, and of good size. Definitely makes the short-list.Pam Statements: Never! The crew on the plane in Uruguay put aside, out of sensitivity, some members of the team. Pam really would be a last option.Bill Esdaile: Here you go, Blog! Now this is the kind of guy you want on the firm if you have a plane crash in the Andes and have to start eating people’s bodies. Bill is young, not fatty, and in good condition. He’s the man! Like a top quality hog-roast, in such circs! If it all goes wrong at Square in the Air, Bill, and we crash in the Andes and you die, don’t fear, we will have found a use for you!Blog, I am on the way to Tenerife, yet again, for a week of sitting around, and relaxing like a staff. I am fully armed with a mountain of reading material and will forward you some more muses.Before I sign off, I must take this opportunity to thank Pam Statements’ parents; John and Marilou. They came over, as a surprise, for our Christmas party and, as a thank you, sent me a teddy bear to live in the bedroom in my flat, in which they stayed. How kind! Thank you, John and Mari! I have named him ‘Herman’ and he is making a more than welcome addition to my family.Over and out, Ben xlast_img read more


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