A disabled man has to be dragged up the stairs to

first_imgA disabled man has to be dragged up the stairs to his second-floor flat by his personal assistant because of his local council’s failure to rehouse him in safe, accessible accommodation.Robert Carver – who is paraplegic – has also been told by his GP, nurse, occupational therapist and psychologist that he needs 24-hour-a-day care, but his council has given him just 28 hours a week.The inadequate care package means that for two days a week he is left on his own in the inaccessible flat in Hove, Sussex – up two flights of stairs – with no access to food or water, or the ability to toilet or clean himself, even though he is incontinent.Even on the days that he does have support from his personal assistant (PA), he is alone with no support from 5pm – or even earlier – until noon the next day.Brighton and Hove council has been asked repeatedly over the last two years to provide him with a proper support package and find him a ground-floor flat with an extra bedroom for an overnight care worker, but has failed to act.Carver’s flat is at the top of two flights of narrow, steep stairs, and the building has no lift, so the only way he can get to his flat when he returns from one of his many health appointments is to be dragged up the stairs by his PA.Because of the appointments he needs to attend, he only has enough PA support for five days every week.Carver, a former artist and designer, said he was at his “wit’s end”.His flat is “tiny and cramped” and none of the doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair, so he has to be “pulled around on the floor like an animal” by his PA if he needs to move to another room (pictured).The bathroom is so cramped that he has to throw himself in the bath, or be thrown in by his PA.He said: “All of this means that I am constantly damaging my bones and joints. This damage is so bad that my doctors are refusing to embark on new treatments which could ease my condition until I have more suitable accommodation.“No-one should have to live like this.”A council spokesman said in a statement: “Our adult care team is continuing to work with NHS colleagues to try to make sure Mr Carver receives the care and support he needs at any given time.“We are aware that his condition has deteriorated and that the nature of his condition is that his needs are variable.“We also recognise that Mr Carver’s current accommodation is unsuitable, and he is in our top priority banding for alternative accommodation.“We have recently acquired some emergency accommodation that has wheelchair-adapted units, and we are hoping to move Mr Carver on an interim basis in the next couple of weeks.“Unfortunately there is an acute shortage of accommodation available that is suitable to his needs.“Since March we have only had two wheelchair-accessible properties become available in social housing and had other households in equal need who had been waiting longer.”When asked by Disability News Service (DNS) why there was no apology in its statement, a spokesman said: “We are sorry that we have not so far been able to offer Mr Carver accommodation that meets his expectations.”He then said that Carver had been offered temporary, wheelchair-accessible accommodation in April, and had turned it down.But Carver said he had turned down the flat in a notorious Brighton property because it was unsuitable, not properly accessible and risked damaging his health even further, while his medical team had “refused point blank” to allow him to be moved there.Yesterday, following approaches by DNS and other media organisations, a council manager emailed Carver to say that “if it is unlikely that you will secure social housing in the imminent future, you will be moved to wheelchair adapted emergency accommodation in the next couple of weeks”.But he told the manager that he would not allow the council to move him into “some dilapidated, damp, further risk to my health emergency accommodation as you have tried this before and were completely and immediately shot down by my medical professionals”.Carver’s story was revealed as the Care Quality Commission today (Thursday) published its annual assessment of the quality of health and adult social care in England, which concluded that the sustainability of the adult social care market was “approaching a tipping point”, with examples of care providers starting to hand back contracts to councils because they were “undeliverable” and local authorities warning of more such cases to come.David Behan, CQC’s chief executive, said: “The combination of a growing, ageing population, more people with long-term conditions and a challenging financial climate means increased need but reduced access.“The result is that some people are not getting the help they need – which in turn creates problems in other parts of the health and care system, such as overstretched A&E departments or delays in people leaving hospital.”last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note 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… A police force has been criticised for failing to treat an attack on a disabled woman – who was spat at and left covered with flour by a group of teenagers as she sat on a park bench – as a disability hate crime.Suffolk police is the latest force to face questions over its failure to treat offences as hate crimes when they appear to be motivated by disability-related hostility.Only last month, West Midlands police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) admitted they had not treated an “utterly barbaric” campaign of violence and abuse directed at a disabled mum and daughter as disability hate crime.The incident in Suffolk, in July, caused widespread outrage after pictures of the aftermath of the assault in Bury St Edmunds – with members of the gang posing for the camera behind the disabled woman as she cowered on the bench – were posted on social media.The woman, who has a mental health condition, had been sat on the bench when she was approached by the group of teenagers.One of them spat on her before the group disappeared and returned 10 minutes later with a bag of flour, bought at a nearby shop, which they threw all over her.Five of the teenagers pleaded guilty last week to charges of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, but the offences were not treated in court as disability hate crimes, which would have seen them handed stricter sentences.One of the five, who is now 18, will be sentenced in December, while four of them – two 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old – each received a 12-month referral order and was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, court costs and £100 compensation to the victim.A sixth teenager, aged 17, has denied the charge, and will face a trial in February.Suffolk police this week admitted failing to flag the offence as a disability hate crime during its investigation.A Suffolk police spokesman said: “The incident was treated as an assault without injury and the offenders were charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.“It was not treated as a disability hate crime as the incident didn’t reach the necessary charge threshold.”But when asked why the force appeared to have breached national police guidelines by failing to treat the incident as a hate crime from the start of its investigation, the spokesman refused to comment further.A CPS spokesman said: “Tackling hate crime, including disability hate crime, is a priority for the CPS.“In this case we considered whether we could prove that the offenders either demonstrated or were motivated by hostility based on the victim’s disability but concluded that we could not.“This was a distressing incident for the victim and the CPS has successfully prosecuted five people for the threatening and abusive behaviour they displayed.”Stephen Brookes, a former coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN), said the force “should have instantly flagged it as disability hate crime”.He said the case was another example of a lack of consistency by police forces, which he said was “not good enough”.Last month, the annual CPS hate crime report showed that the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by police forces in England and Wales plunged in 2017-18 by nearly a quarter.The number of disability hate crime convictions also slumped, from 800 in 2016-17 to 564 in 2017-18 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).A report by two watchdogs last month also found that the work of officers on more than half of the disability hate crime investigations examined across six sample police forces – although Suffolk was not one of them – had been found to be “unacceptable”.David Wilkin, a DHCN coordinator, said: “It is vital, for the recognition and prosecution of disability hate crime, that all members of police staff receiving hate crime reports process them appropriately.“The CPS, in its latest report, are concerned that there has been a fall recently in the number of referrals made by the police for hate crimes generally.“Whether a victim or witness reports such an offence, or if the police officer suspects such an offence has been committed, then the offence needs to be flagged for the CPS to take the appropriate action.“It is concerning if, as the CPS suggest, this is not being actioned as disability hate crime victims may not receive the weight of justice which they deserve.”last_img read more

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Notes of PostElection Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

first_img Tags: arts • Elections • public spaces Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th Street and Montgomery Street stations mirroring the “Subway therapy” message wall in New York City’s 14th Street station. Notes of support in the 14th St. subway station in New York City. Photo by Evalynn RosadoThe Bay Area group is calling itself Dumbledore’s Army, or DAGuerrillas on social media. MacDonald and co-organizer Tamilla Mir decided to name the project the “wall of empathy” in part as a play on words with the wall that Trump has promised to build between the United States and Mexico. Their wall would unite instead of separate people. MacDonald says she expects to be taking the notes down at the end of the day to prevent them from becoming litter. center_img Not everyone, MacDonald said, was quite ready for empathy. On social media, some saw the project as a call for the marginalized to develop empathy toward supporters of a candidate who had promised policies that would be damaging to them. They called instead for pushback against the president-elect’s policies. But for MacDonald and many others who left messages of empathy on Monday morning, the project is about healing.“This is real grief, psychological grief, and you have to treat that grief before you go to battle,” MacDonald said. “This is also a place to process that anger. You don’t have to be ready to feel empathy for everyone…many of your neighbors you ride BART with are also reeling with shock. This can help get ready for the very hard work that is coming.”For many who left sticky notes of their own on Monday morning, the notes were a welcome reminder of a supportive community.Notes left at 16th Street. Photo by Laura WenusShida Bonakdar, who works at a group home, said many of her friends who are people of color, LGBT, or disabled had to take time off after the election to absorb the shock. She said she worries about backlash directed at her parents, who live in Tennessee, though friends in her hometown have already reached out asking how they can support her family.“There’s a lot of hate right now and it doesn’t feel like there’s much hope, but seeing things like this is a reminder that there are real allies out there… It’s hard to love ourselves when we’re being told we’re not worth it.” Nonetheless, Bonakdar added, “I’m proud to be a person of color, to be LGBT, to work in mental health. I’m not going to stay silent. I’m not going to back down.”Nisha Ajmani said seeing the wall and adding her note felt like it was helping people band together who were alarmed by Trump’s divisive statements on the campaign trail. “People still voted for him in spite of everything he had said and done to minority groups and women,” Ajmani said. “Little things like this are helping me to actually take action.”Commuters read notes left at the Wall of Empathy. Photo by Laura WenusAndresha Oson liked that the piece made commuters stop and look. “People who are writing there are our neighbors who we live next to, who are on BART with us,” she said. “We like to think we’re different out here…but we’re not as isolated as we think. These are our neighbors saying that they love us.”“We are all pretty upset and shocked. This is just a small way we can show solidarity with the groups most at risk.” said Zachary Kazzaz after leaving a note. “I will, and my friends will, continue to stand up and fight…when people’s civil liberties are at risk.”Another commuter, Al Nelson, called the project a “good ray of positivity on this Monday morning.”“I know a lot of people have been feeling kind of hopeless,” Nelson said, adding that the results could be an impetus for further participation in local politics. “There are people right here in our homes hat need help as well.”Wall of empathy at 16th BART station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezWall of empathy at 16th BART station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezWall of empathy at 16th BART station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezAt 24th Street BART. A BART rider takes a look and moves on. Photo by Lydia Chávez last_img read more

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YOU can renew your Season Ticket for 2015 simply a

first_imgYOU can renew your Season Ticket for 2015 simply and easily by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by logging on to www.mysaintsseasonticket.comAlready, a significant number of fans have taken advantage of the superb renewal offers ahead of what is sure to be an exciting season.2015 sees the start of a New Era which means every game will count.And your Saints Season Ticket for 2015 will include all home games in the 23 regular rounds plus all home games in the Super 8s phase of the league.As a Saints Season Ticket Holder you are entitled to 10% off all Saints merchandise, 50% off Magic Weekend tickets, Priority Vouchers for major games, Discounted Away Travel, VIP Hospitality Upgrade in the Hatton’s Travel Sponsors Lounge for a discounted price and cashback on the price of your own ticket if you introduce a new adult purchaser.And Junior Season Ticket Holders receive free tickets to all 2015 Saints away Super League games.Why Should You Buy?In the Hattons Solicitors West Stand & Hattons Solicitors/Typhoo Family Stands ‘renewals’ can get up to five games free vs. matchday prices, with a minimum of four free gamesAdult Renewals are the equivalent to just £14.66 per game, with a top-four finish.Junior Renewals are the equivalent to just £3.33 per home game and of course you get all away league games free, subject to availability.In the Totally Wicked North Stand & Solarking South Stand all Renewals can get a minimum of four free games and with a top four finish – and they are cheaper per game than 2014. A Family Season Ticket of three saves more than £200 vs. matchday prices and renewal discounts are at their highest ever rate vs. matchday prices in the new era.Renew before the end of September 2014 and you could win two VIP tickets to the 2014 Grand Final.You can renew and buy your Saints Season Ticket via 10-month or 6-month Direct Debit direct debit too. THE RENEWAL DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31For full details call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or log on to www.mysaintsseasonticket.com and click on the How to Buy section.last_img read more

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State issues notice of violation against Chemours after Genx found in groundwater

first_img Based on the preliminary results, DEQ announced its plans to cite Chemours with a notice of violation. Today’s announcement comes a day after the state initiated other legal action against the company.DEQ and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday also alerted health officials in Bladen and Cumberland counties to the preliminary test results. The state will perform initial testing for people who live near Chemours while requiring the company to produce a comprehensive testing and compliance plan.The two state agencies are also making plans to host an information session from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Paul’s Middle School to answer peoples’ questions about the groundwater test results from the Fayetteville Works facility.Related Article: Updated consent order requires Chemours to analyze GenX in Cape Fear River“We are taking all necessary steps to address clear violations of state rules and will launch a private well testing regimen for homeowners living near the facility, to determine if the contamination has moved beyond the Chemours facility into well water used for drinking,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “As is our routine when we find violations of groundwater rules on a company’s property, we are reaching out to residents who use wells as their source of drinking water.”Preliminary Test Results from Chemours’ WellsAs part of the ongoing state investigation, DEQ collected groundwater samples from 14 groundwater monitoring wells on the Chemours property in early August. Concentrations of GenX that exceeded acceptable limits were detected in 13 of 14 industrial wells at the plant. Preliminary test results have identified other detections of flourinated compounds.The water samples collected by DEQ in early August at the company’s industrial wells were sent to three laboratories.The preliminary results come from only one of the labs – Gel Laboratories in Charleston, S.C. State officials have not received test results from Chemours that were sent to Test America’s Colorado lab for analysis, and are awaiting final results from the EPA lab in Research Triangle Park. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The state has issued a notice of violation against Chemours after 13 of their 14 groundwater monitoring wells showed levels of GenX that exceed acceptable limits.Preliminary test results released by the state Department of Environmental Quality show concentrations of GenX in wells on Chemours’ Fayetteville Works’ property in violation of state groundwater standards. The wells tested are used for environmental monitoring at the facility and are not a source of drinking water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Carolina Beach preps for annual Beach Ball Drop

first_img The New Year’s Celebration is always held on New Year’s Eve and begins at 9:00 P.M. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don’t miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.In an Island of Lights tradition there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2017 official Christmas card and ornament.Related Article: Child hit by Jeep in Carolina Beach has died from injuries 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) –  Many people in Carolina Beach are getting ready for the Island of Lights celebration.Many of the streets leading to the boardwalk have been closed off to vehicles for the event. No one will be able to get to certain parts of the beach since that is where the fireworks will be set off.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Bridging the gap Wilmington considers Millennial Advisory Committee

first_img Tony McEwen, assistant to the city manager for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, presented the idea of having a Millennial Advisory Committee to city council.He says millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1996, make up about one third of the work force right now but by 2025 they will make up almost 50 percent of the work force.McEwen says it could benefit the city in many ways to start working with them now.Related Article: Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching“I think it’s important to kind of have an ongoing dialogue and relationship between our elected leaders in our community and again what is a growing part of our demographic population wise,” McEwen said.McEwen says council liked the idea.He will now work on more specifics for the group, like what exactly it will do, before presenting it to council again. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How do you reach millennials? It’s a question everyone from parents to businesses have tried to answer for years.Now, the City of Wilmington is considering it after a proposal at this morning’s council agenda briefing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Families left upset with administration after Bladen County high school graduation

first_img “It completely ruined what should have been a special day. That you can’t get back,” said Jessica Parnell.Parnell was celebrating her daughter who finished 2nd in her class. They came early to find a seat for Jessica’s brother Josh who is in a wheelchair. Cellphone video that Jessica shared on social media shows the school’s principal asking him to move.“The way she acted I just knew I had to let people know because I knew it was wrong,” Jessica said.Related Article: Rainy forecast forces Whiteville High graduation inside Saturday with limited ticketsThe Parnell’s says they asked the Fire Marshal about where they were seated prior to the ceremony beginning and they were not asked to move. In fact, Josh and the family told the principal they would not move. They sat there on the recommendation of a school board member according to Josh. It was not until a Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy stepped in that they were given little to no options.“He said ‘I will escort your whole family out if you do not move to the back’,” said Josh Parnell.It left the family embarrassed and in shock. The seats they moved to were behind all of the graduates and Jessica says Josh barely could see his niece give her keynote speech.The Parnell’s were not the only ones rubbed wrong by school administrators that evening. The Paris family also left in shock following the graduation ceremony.“We want to do their best and then show them what it is like to reap the rewards you don’t pull the rug out from under them,” said parent Wendy Paris.Paris’ son wore a JROTC military cord along with a fellow cadet. They walked the stage received the diploma case and everything. However, when it came time to get his diploma, Paris says the school administrator refused to give him it, saying he was not allowed to wear the cord and because of that, his family would have to come by the school Monday to pick it up. Her son had to leave the next day, Saturday, for basic training in the Midwest.Paris’ son during graduation (Wendy Paris)“The only time they’re going to get recognized on graduation day is with those cords,” said Paris, “I have no problem with rules and policies and I have not problem with the consequences, but the way they did it. You know as I said Ms. Kelly saw them in the line before they entered the gym, she saw those cords around their neck, why didn’t she pull them out of the line?”The school system responded to our request for comment saying, “Nationally recognized Academic cords are the only cords allowable or permissible during high school graduation.”A spokesperson went on to list the society cords they accept ranging from Honor Graduates, CTE Completers, National Art Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and the National Beta society.(Wendy Paris)The school returned our request for comment a day after the story aired surrounding the incident with the Parnell family.A school spokesperson told us that Principal Hester, “explained [to Josh Parnell] that the graduates had practiced processing with clearance in front of the doors and bleachers and needed to be able to process into the ceremony as they had practiced. Although sound equipment was set-up along the front of the bleachers, it was located two sections down from the entrance doors and not blocking the processional.”WWAY’s Andrew James reached out school board members as well. We know that board members Chris Clark issued an apology to the Parnell’s as well as Chairman Vincent Rozier reached out to the Paris family issuing an apology.“I don’t want that to happen again to any student,” said Paris.The Parnell’s daughter went before the school administration prior to the ceremony according to family members. The school responded to our request saying, “Ms. Hester explained to the daughter that the school has a floor-level designated handicapped accessible seating section for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.  According to the niece Mr. Parnell said he did not want to sit in the handicapped accessible section.”The school did confirm with us that board member Roger Carroll was in touch with the family prior to the ceremony. They told us, “Mr. Carroll advised Ms. Parnell to talk to the school principal about her concern. Mr. Carroll also told the Parnell’s they could sit out of the designated handicapped section if they wanted but that if they were asked to move they would need to comply or otherwise leave graduation.”We are still waiting to hear from more board members as Paris tells us the chairman ensured her that he would look into the graduation policies. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  – A night to celebrate accomplishments left several West Bladen families shocked and embarrassed.Now they’re speaking out in hopes the school board will do something to change how graduations are handled at West Bladen High School. 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Tropical Storm Chris could become a hurricane later today

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Chris continues to meander off the North Carolina coast.Chris is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Monday.- Advertisement – While no direct impacts are expected in southeastern NC, swells generated by Chris will increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.There is a moderate to high rip current risk across area beaches so use extra caution if you plan on swimming.By the middle of the week, Chris will begin to move northeast and bring tropical storm impacts to portions of Atlantic Canada.Related Article: ‘Catching some hell’: Hurricane Michael slams into FloridaWHAT’S UP WITH BERYL?An area of showers and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Beryl is producing locally heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds over the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the northern Leeward Islands.The disturbance is expected to move west-northwestward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today, and over Hispaniola tonight.Conditions could become somewhat conducive for regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week when the system is forecast to turn northward over the Bahamas and the western Atlantic.last_img read more

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Hampstead Bypass is now fully funded

first_imgHampstead Bypass (Photo: NCDOT) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Commissioner David Piepmeyer says the Hampstead Bypass is fully funded and moving ahead.According to Piepmeyer, the approximately $113 million to build both sections of the 4-lane divided highway has been formally approved.- Advertisement – This clears the path to allow construction to being in 2020 with completion by 2025.The bypass will be 13 miles long when completed.last_img

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