Month: July 2019

The Scottish government has failed to introduce a

The Scottish government has failed to introduce a

first_imgThe Scottish government has failed to introduce a new law that would have improved access to pubs and clubs for disabled customers, more than six years after it was approved by parliament.The Scottish parliament passed the measure as an amendment to what became the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act in July 2010, but the SNP government has admitted that it has yet to bring it into force.The amendment should have meant that bars and restaurants applying for new alcohol licences – as well as existing venues applying for major changes to their licences – had to provide details of how accessible they were to disabled customers.But despite the bill becoming law in 2010, the Scottish government has yet to “commence” the measure.A Scottish government spokeswoman said it had been focused instead on “wide-ranging” changes to various licensing regimes, and could only promise that the access measure would be brought in by the end of the current parliament, which could mean a further delay of up to four years.She said: “The Scottish government has been focussed on legislating for wide-ranging changes to various licensing regimes via the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015.“We are now working on the implementation of these provisions and will also bring in outstanding provisions from earlier legislation such as the disabled access statement that was included within the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.“The expected timeframe is by the end of this parliament.”The delay emerged in the wake of the decision by Labour peers to abstain on a vote for an even stronger amendment on access to licensed premises, as part of proposed legislation in the House of Lords.The delay in Scotland has come as a bitter disappointment to the disabled activist whose campaigning efforts led to the amendment becoming law.Mark Cooper, whose Barred! campaign was credited with securing the law change, said: “I am deeply disappointed the introduction of the amendment to the act – which I campaigned for – is taking so long.”The wheelchair-user launched his campaign after having to leave a pub mid-drink when he realised there was no accessible toilet.He said he had hoped that the Scottish government’s launch last month of its five-year disability rights plan, A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, would “speed things up”.He added: “I look forward to its implementation at the earliest possible opportunity.” Bill Scott, director of policy for the national disabled people’s organisation Inclusion Scotland, said: “As supporters of the original Barred! campaign, Inclusion Scotland are disappointed in the very lengthy delay in implementing this legislation, which would greatly improve disabled people’s access to pubs and restaurants. “Disabled people should have the same rights to enjoy a night out as everyone else and we can only quote Martin Luther King in saying that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’.”A leading Scottish disabled activist, Dr Jim Elder-Woodward, added: “I am really disappointed that the Scottish government will take so long to implement this new piece of legislation, especially after Mark Cooper’s hard campaign. “Within their publication, A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People, the Scottish government states: ‘… a fairer Scotland can only be realised when we secure equal rights for everyone. When we do that, the lives of each one of us will be richer, more fulfilling and more secure.’“If that is what they believe, then they shouldn’t be dragging their heels over a piece of legislation giving disabled people the freedom to enter places of leisure and recreation, which the Scottish parliament passed over six years ago.”last_img read more

A Scottish Labour reshuffle has seen Anas Sarwar a

A Scottish Labour reshuffle has seen Anas Sarwar a

first_imgA Scottish Labour reshuffle has seen Anas Sarwar and Jackie Baillie sacked from Richard Leonard’s frontbench team.Sarwar, who lost to Leonard in the leadership contest held earlier this year, has been replaced by Monica Lennon as health and sport spokesperson, while Baillie – an ally of Sarwar – will no longer be the spokesperson for economy, fair work and jobs.Scottish Labour leader Leonard thanked Sarwar and Baillie for their work and said: “My new shadow cabinet is a blend of skills and experience whose aim is to turn around Scottish Labour’s electoral successes.”Sarwar revealed that he had found out about the change on Twitter. The former deputy leader of Scottish Labour noted he was “deeply disappointed” and commented: “It’s a shame that I came to know about this decision through Twitter, while I was leading for Labour in a health debate in the Holyrood chamber.“I am incredibly proud of the work I did on behalf of NHS patients and staff, particularly the creation of a workforce commission, the campaign to end the pay cap, and the fight to protect local services from SNP cuts.“For the sake of all the people who need a Labour government, I wish Richard Leonard and his Shadow Cabinet all the very best for the future.“I will continue to serve my constituents tirelessly from the backbenches, campaigning for issues close to my heart including the battle against racism, prejudice and hatred.”I’m deeply disappointed to no longer be Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health. My full statement below: pic.twitter.com/GAomhFHkfC— Anas Sarwar (@AnasSarwar) October 4, 2018Sarwar and Baillie are both considered to be on the Corbynsceptic wing of the party, whereas Leonard is a Corbynite.Tags:Anas Sarwar /Scottish Labour /Jackie Baillie /Richard leonard /last_img read more

Developers plan project entirely to permanently house nonprofits

Developers plan project entirely to permanently house nonprofits

first_img Tags: construction • development • nonprofits Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% In response, Leiasa Beckham and Thor Kaslofsky, both with backgrounds in affordable housing and non profits decided to just flat out develop the space that nonprofits needed. “Nonprofits operating in commercial real estate is very tricky,” said Beckham, who also has experience with the Northern California Community Loan Fund. “They tend to cram their services into different commercial spaces that weren’t really built or designed for them.”Building entirely new spaces, says Beckham, means controlling costs but also making sure that the spaces that end up being offered are adequate. In Beckham’s previous work with the Loan Fund, she helped nonprofits relocate in a pinch, but solutions weren’t always ideal.  “The problem was I kept moving them or helping them renegotiate a lease for space that was so inadequate for their services,” she said. Nonprofits often need more time than other commercial buyers to close a deal. At a building specifically designed for nonprofits to come in, that obstacle is removed.“With nonprofits, they have to fundraise and then they get in this chicken and egg situation,” Beckham said. “They can’t fundraise for a building unless they have a site, but they can’t have a site if they don’t have money.”With 1850 Bryant designated for nonprofits ahead of time, there’s no for-profit competition to muscle in. And the developer is already dedicated to working with them. “We also created a runway so that nonprofits can come in and transact in a way that is complementary to their governance structure,” Beckham said. The existing building and parking lot belong to electrician Jeffrey Abbett, whose office and storage area is in the building now and who the Chronicle reports is ready to retire. Once all is said and done, the idea is that the whole building, in its separate condo-ized pieces, will be owned by nonprofits and Common Ground will hand over management to a third-party property management firm. The project would also provide some 130 parking spaces, a 9,000-square-foot interior courtyard and a roof deck spanning some 13,000 square feet. Early estimates submitted to the Planning Department indicated it would cost around $35 million to build. But first, the project must win approval from the Planning Commission, where it will be considered June 1. center_img It’s not just residents who are displaced when rents in San Francisco skyrocket – it’s nonprofits. Two planners who saw that happening are now constructing an entirely new building that will be sold, piece by piece, to nonprofits for a permanent home. Common Ground Urban Development is seeking approvals to tear down a two-story building at 1850 Bryant Street and erect in its place a five-story, 172,000-square-foot building designed to house some 10 nonprofits. Their names have not yet been released, but most will focus on workforce development for people with employment barriers, according to Common Ground. San Francisco has grappled with keeping nonprofits in place for years. In a survey of Bay Area nonprofits conducted for the Northern California Community Loan Fund, an organization provides financial and technical assistance to nonprofits, found that more than 80 percent were worried about the increase in office rents. Still, an estimated 17 percent of the city’s workforce is employed by nonprofits, and nonprofits provide some of the city’s key services. San Francisco has poured $4.25 million into helping organizations to acquire their own spaces, and $1.45 million into assisting nonprofits with urgent needs like moving, but with nearly 7,000 nonprofits operating in the city, the demand for affordable space has not let up. last_img read more

Proposed San Francisco conservatorship rules are too narrow for proponents too broad

Proposed San Francisco conservatorship rules are too narrow for proponents too broad

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Denying people their civil liberties and potentially bringing about a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next scenario is not something anybody is taking lightly. Wiener emphasized that his law, which only applies to San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, is intentionally narrow in scope. “These are the people who you see running into traffic, sleeping in their own feces — they are unraveling and dying,” he says. “It’s not a silver bullet, but this will save lives.”But how many lives? Quoting figures given to him by the Department of Public Health, Wiener says his new rules will apply to perhaps 50 to 100 more San Franciscans than fit under prior conservatorship rules. Mandelman said he was not certain it would even be 50. Simon Pang, who helms the San Francisco Fire Department EMS-6 team, told the media that he puts the number at “less than 10 individuals have such severe substance-abuse disorder and mental disorganization that they cannot perform routine acts of daily living.”That is not a lot of people. And yet, for opponents of this approach, even that is too many.But, at this point, perhaps it’s worth looking at who qualifies to be remanded into conservatorship via Wiener and Mandelman’s bills. There are a great number of qualifications, and a person must meet them all.First, you must be mentally ill. You must also be addicted to drugs (prior conservatorship laws only covered alcoholism, meaning chronic inebriates could potentially be institutionalized, but not drug addicts).You must also have been detained for evaluation and treatment via a police 5150 order eight times or more in the prior 12 months (A judge needs this new stipulation, Wiener says, to more fully evaluate the totality of a person’s condition rather than merely gauging how they behave during a brief courtroom appearance).But wait, there’s more: If you’re a mentally ill drug addict who’s been 5150’d eight or more times in the recent past, before applying the conservatorship enabled by SB 1045, the city must also attempt to put you into assisted outpatient treatment. If that works out, SB 1045 won’t be evoked. But if the city fails to get you into that program, or you fail out of it, you could qualify for conservatorship under the new Wiener/Mandelman legislation.But not yet.After all that, a judge must rule that there is not a less severe course of action the city could take; the judge must essentially rule that assisted outpatient treatment is insufficient.All of these conditions must be met; all of these boxes must be checked.And yet, opponents of this legislation are not reassured. Jennifer Friedenbach of the Coalition on Homelessness testified against it in Sacramento. Police, she notes, are not mental health professionals, and they may impose 5150 detentions spitefully.Jessica Lehman of Senior and Disability Action felt SB 1045 and its San Francisco enabling legislation are poor choices in terms of resources. Why force drug addicts who’ve been 5150’d eight times into treatment — when there’s no money to fund voluntary treatment for people who actually want to quit?“Why anyone is talking about how to force people into treatment when people who ask for treatment cannot get it is very disturbing,” she said. “The problem we’re facing when we look at substance abuse and mental health is that voluntary services are not available.”So, in a nutshell, nobody is happy. Everybody is angry. And the conditions on our streets are still Willowbrook State School circa 1972.Mandelman, however, feels we can change that. Ever so incrementally.“The value of doing something is better than doing nothing,” he says. “Even if it only applies to 10 people, that’s 10 people’s minds we’re saving and 10 people who are, surely, a huge drain on the system. So, that’s a win.”center_img In 1972, an enterprising young reporter named Geraldo Rivera clandestinely recorded appalling footage at the Willowbrook State School, a New York psychiatric institution.Nearly 50 years later, psychiatric hospitals such as these no longer exist, in part because of the horrific conditions exposed by Rivera’s camera. And yet the status quo (like Rivera and his shtick) has not aged well.Now a journalist — or a politician or a tourist — doesn’t need to break into a mental hospital to record damning videos of men and women unable to care for themselves living in filth, squalor, and misery. She can just wander down Mission Street.With an eye toward this, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman this week introduced an ordinance that would expand the city’s ability to place mentally ill people into conservatorship — that is, institutionalize them, against their will if need be — and appoint a “conservator” to mind their affairs. This is the local enabling legislation following Sen. Scott Wiener’s statewide efforts, which resulted in the passage of SB 1045 in September.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham was pleased as Saints got their

KEIRON Cunningham was pleased as Saints got their

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was pleased as Saints’ got their first pre-season game under their belt – and was happy with what he saw.His side won 38-18 at a very cold Langtree Park; a game played thanks to the fans who came down to the club earlier in the day.“This game was a real testament to those fans,” Keiron said. “It was the best turnout we’ve had for an appeal like this. We probably could have got the game on for 3pm because so many people turned out. That’s the St Helens community for you – they wanted this game as much as the players.“It was good to see many people come out, watch us and it was good for us to get out on the field. I’m sure the fans enjoyed getting back into their routines too.”He continued: “We were a little rusty, but we were always going to be for our first game. Dewsbury are a good side and are well coached. Glenn (Morrison) has strengthened well and has good players in his side. It is a good building block for next week’s game.“It was good to look at the combinations and the stuff we had put into pre-season. We can watch it back now and reinforce those messages in our review sessions.“I said to the team that I wasn’t concerned with the result. Friendly games aren’t about that but putting into practice what we have done for the previous two or three months. We have worked hard and have a lot of personnel in the squad. A lot had good touches and looked like they had been here for a few years. They all had highlights.“Theo (Fages) is a real talent. He is a special player in the making. He has a lot of learning to do but I’d like to think at this club he can only get better. Jack Owens was great. He hasn’t played since last summer and looked at home. We threw him on the wing too and he put Mark Percival through for a try. He is a good acquisition for us.“Lama (Tasi) did a good job too. He is still understanding his role at the club and how he fits in and I thought Dom (Dominique Peyroux) did well too. He looked comfortable defensively.“We got a good look at the younger players too. They have trained their socks off in bad conditions – and gone through a lot of pain. There isn’t many you would say cannot play Super League. They are good players.”Saints’ next friendly is next Sunday against Widnes Vikings – and Cunningham expects an improvement on today’s showing.“We have stability across the board with what we have recruited but I know there will be disappointed players. I will have to tap a few on the shoulder even through they have trained hard. I haven’t decided on my round one team.“We’ll look for improvement on this next week.”last_img read more

THIS GAME HAS BEEN CALLED OFF DUE TO A WATERLOGGED

THIS GAME HAS BEEN CALLED OFF DUE TO A WATERLOGGED

first_imgTHIS GAME HAS BEEN CALLED OFF DUE TO A WATERLOGGED PITCH.SAINTS are set to send a strong looking line-up for their friendly at Swinton on Sunday.Reserves Head Coach Ian Talbot could call upon available players from the first team squad including the likes of Alex Walmsley and Tommy Makinson.Top age 19 players are also named in his squad alongside two new reserve signings Tom Connick and Dave Llewellyn and two trialists (Tommy Hughes and Mikus Ozols).Ian’s squad will be chosen from:Aaron Smith, Alex Walmsley, Calvin Wellington, Dave Llewellyn, Greg Richards, Jack Ashworth, Jake Spedding, Joe Greenwood, Jonah Cunningham, Levi Nzoungou, Luke Thompson, Mark Percival, Matthew Costello, Matty Dawson, Matty Lees, Mikus Ozols, Morgan Knowles, Olly Davies, Regan Grace, Ricky Bailey, Rob Fairclough, Ross McCauley, Tom Connick, Tommy Hughes, Tommy Makinson.Talbot said: “It’s the first run out for our new ‘reserve’ team and is what’s needed to give the maximum playing opportunities to all players at the club.“Sunday’s team will feature a mix of experienced first team players looking to add some extra vital match fitness going into the season, some young full time players who are hoping to impress, some new additions and trialists, and some young academy lads who will want to make the most of the opportunity.“I’m sure it will be a good game with Swinton as they prepare for their new season in the championship.”The game will kick off at 3pm at Sedgley Park on Sunday.Price of entry is £12 adults, £6 concessions and juniors free.last_img read more

Because of the uncertainty around this weekends f

Because of the uncertainty around this weekends f

first_imgBecause of the uncertainty around this weekend’s fixture, we took the decision not to print the programme.So it is available to download free in this link:Saints v Salford (20 MB)It is sponsored by Warrington Audi.last_img

Tabor City woman found dead in Horry County

Tabor City woman found dead in Horry County

first_img Latosha Nicole Lewis, 31, from Tabor City, N.C., was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight, according to Deputy Horry County Coroner Tony Hendrick.Dotson said police are treating the case as a homicide.Click here to read more from WPDE. Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — Horry County police are investigating a death that happened in the Green Sea area of Horry County early Tuesday morning as a homicide, according to Krystal Dotson, spokesperson for the department.Crews responded to the scene around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on Carolina Road, located off of Highway 9 near the North Carolina state line between Nichols and Loris.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington storm chaser in Houston for Harvey talks about current conditions

Wilmington storm chaser in Houston for Harvey talks about current conditions

first_img That is what Wilmington storm chaser Mark Sudduth said as he is experiencing everything first hand with Harvey.“What is going to be now known as the Houston flood from Harvey is going to be very similar in that a lot of people are going to be trapped, but except in this case Houston did not evacuate. You do not evacuate for rain fall necessarily, certainly not a city of 4 million people.”Suddeth said this storm reminds him of Hurricane Katrina.Related Article: Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation“Well the only thing we can compare this to in the last, in the recent memory 12 years ago would be Hurricane Katrina. This is a flood event that will be very similar, but it is from rain fall not storm serge in the Houston area,” Suddeth said.He said the city is at a standstill due to the heavy bands of continuous rain.“People are driving the wrong way on the interstate to try to get off the interstate system, get home and it was a little bit nerve wracking to be honest with you. I was very safe, but this sort of panic mode when you know that the water is rising all over a good deal of Houston and you’ve got to get somewhere,” Sudduth said.And unfortunately, things aren’t forecasted to get any better, any time soon.“This is going to last for several more days. 3 to 5 more days from today, which is absolutely unprecedented and it’s just going to get worse from here and that is the absolutely truth. This is the beginning of this catastrophe,” Sudduth said.As a Wilmington resident, the storm chaser wants people to always be prepared.“Everybody back in North Carolina, and my hometown there of Wilmington, we need to look at Matthew of last year and Harvey today and remember that we are certainly vulnerable maybe not in the same way as Houston is, for obvious reasons, but we’ve been fairly lucky in South East North Carolina. Despite what we had last year and maybe use this as an example,” Sudduth said.Sudduth said he will be returning back home to North Carolina soon. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Harvey is still causing catastrophe for millions in Texas.“Disaster unfolding here in slow motion because this is happening over the course of several days.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival returns this weekend

Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival returns this weekend

first_imgKURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival is back for its 24th year in New Hanover County.On Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your “license to chill” for two music-filled days. This year, the festival is boasting two stages with 14 bands. and 5 headliners. For the lineup, click here.- Advertisement – The festival is at the Fort Fisher Military Recreational Area in Kure Beach. Shop for crafts, listen to music, and enjoy a fine wine tasting. Events for children include magicians, face painting, educational exhibits, inflatables and much more.A 2-day advance ticket is $50.One ticket for Saturday is $60 and one ticket for Sunday is $35. Tickets will be available at the front gate if they’re not sold out.Related Article: New Hanover County HazWagon expands to Kure BeachFor more information, click here or check out the event’s Facebook page.last_img read more