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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… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to offer a solution to disabled people who say they are fearful of taking more exercise in case they have their support cut or are branded benefit cheats.A new report by the disability sports organisation Activity Alliance found that four-fifths (83 per cent) of disabled people they surveyed would like to be more active, but nearly half (47 per cent) feared losing their benefits if they took more exercise.More than a third (34 per cent) had either had their own benefits sanctioned or removed because of being physically active or knew someone this had happened to.The survey of more than 200 people who either currently or previously received disability benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP) – and were involved with disability sports organisations – found almost two-thirds (65 per cent) relied on benefits to be active, so as to pay for travel, specialist equipment or paid-for exercise.The Activity Trap: Disabled People’s Fear Of Being Active – which was commissioned by the Dwarf Sports Association – says that “ambiguity remains a problem in terms of what level of physical activity is acceptable and what might lead to removal of support”.One of those surveyed said: “I have a lot of concerns when it comes to benefits and the constant fear of them being taken away or worry of being reassessed.“It then impacts my life and any involvement in sport and physical activity which is none at the moment due to the concerns I have and not wanting my benefits to be taken off me, as DWP are not known for being understanding or nice and will try and find any reason to remove someone’s disability benefits.”Another said: “The demonisation of disabled people in the media has led to a situation in which many are afraid to participate in sport because they are worried about getting reported for fraud, even if it really isn’t.”And a third disabled person who took part in the survey described how a friend had lost half her benefits after trying to do more exercise to cope with her pain management.She was told that to stand any chance of returning to the higher level of benefits “she’d have to give up all but one exercise class and maintain that level for six months”.Disabled journalist, consultant and broadcaster Mik Scarlet said his fight to receive the level of PIP he needed took a year and caused “a huge emotional toll”.He said he had begun a well-received video blog on sitting yoga (pictured) but had been contacted by disabled people “saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.  “The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.” Activity Alliance also heard from Alan Ringland, chair of the pan-disability Birmingham Ability Accounts League, who said his football league had seen the number of participants drop from 455 to 250 in just three years.He said: “When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate. “Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that.“In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.” He told Disability News Service that he believed that 90 per cent of those who had dropped out had done so because they had lost eligibility for PIP and could no longer afford to attend training and regular matches.Because his two disabled sons played football at international level, Ringland has known for the last 17 years many of the disabled people who currently take part, or previously took part, in the league.He said former players had lost their travel passes after PIP assessments, while others could no longer afford mobile phones so could not keep in touch with their teams.Andy Dalby-Welsh, deputy chief executive of Activity Alliance, said: “We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible.“We would urge policy makers within national and local government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written.”But a DWP spokeswoman refused to say if the problem of disabled people resisting physical activity because of the fear of losing their benefits was something the department recognised, what action DWP could take to deal with the problem, or even what advice DWP would give to disabled people facing this problem.Instead, she said in a statement: “We are committed to ensuring disabled people get the support they need and we’re providing £5.4 billion more on the main disability benefits this year than we did in 2010.“PIP is a non-means-tested benefit to help with the costs of someone’s disability or health condition and under it 30 per cent of people get the highest rate of support, compared with 15 per cent under DLA.“Assessments are based on a wide range of evidence to ensure people get the support they need.”She said Public Health England would shortly publish guidance on fitness for disabled people.last_img read more

Wendy PaskinJordan bounced from San Francisco retirement board says mayor wants a

first_imgHeldfond is a director with the New York Stock Exchange-listed Aon Risk Services, and has held this position while he simultaneously has served on several prior San Francisco commissions, including the board for the San Francisco Health Service System (HSS).   In fact, citing what he characterized as a “perception” problem on Sept. 1, 2011, Heldfond resigned from his post on the Health Service commission after his employer, Aon, obtained a contract with the same San Francisco Health Service System where he served as a commissioner.“I have no economic or personal interest in the award of this contract and, in fact, I had never met the team that won the business for consulting. The City Attorney’s Ethics team feels that whilst my involvement may be totally proper, the perception could be a problem. I do not want to cause your office or the HSS any possible problems,” he wrote then-Mayor Ed Lee in 2011. Breed’s appointment of Heldfond to the city’s retirement board could create a new “perception” problem. As recently as 2016, Heldfond’s employer, Aon, bid on a San Francisco Employee Retirement System Request For Proposal to determine which financial institution would become the third party administrator for employees’ supplemental pension. Placing any high-level, active insurance executive on the retirement board could bring about such problems, as that person will be in the position of voting on contracts potentially heading to his or her colleagues in the field, let alone his or her own company. Paskin-Jordan told Mission Local that she was informed by the mayor’s office that they did not believe she had the votes in the Board of Supervisors to survive the nomination process. She found this hard to believe — it would require the “no” votes of eight supervisors to bounce her. She claims that she subsequently spoke to 10 supervisors — Matt Haney was purportedly unavailable — and received support from all of them. Even then, she was not reappointed by the mayor. The mayor’s office “wants a fourth vote,” Paskin-Jordan said. “For whatever they want to get passed. I have been tough on them and not let them use [the pension fund] as a piggy bank, and made sure it’s being used for appropriate measures.”Per sources close to the retirement board, the mayor has not yet requested the City Attorney to prepare a “conflicts report” on Heldfond to verify he has no outstanding conflicts of interest. Calls to the mayor’s office have not yet been returned. The City Attorney’s liaison to the retirement system, Robert Bryan, declined to be interviewed. The retirement board is composed of seven commissioners. The president, Brian Stansbury, is a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department. Al Casciato is a retired cop and Joe Driscoll is a retired firefighter. Those three are elected by city pensioners and current employees. Two commissioners are appointed by the mayor — along with the current appointee Heldfond, the other is Leona Bridges, a former Barclay’s managing director. The other two spots are held by the city’s assessor (Carmen Chu) and a designated member of the Board of Supervisors (Ahsha Safaí). It would take the “no” votes of eight supervisors to keep Heldfond off the retirement board. That appears somewhat far-fetched. While Paskin-Jordan had, on multiple occasions, spurned the Board of Supervisors’ wishes that the pension fund divest from fossil fuel, Heldfond has indicated he would support such a move.When asked to gauge Heldfond’s chances, one supe said: “He said the magic word: Divestment.” Mayoral appointee Scott Heldfond resigned from prior city commission for perceived conflict of interest Email Address Capping months of insider speculation, Mayor London Breed opted against reappointing longtime retirement board member Wendy Paskin-Jordan, instead picking insurance executive Scott Heldfond.On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to place Heldfond onto the seven-member retirement board, which controls the city’s roughly $23 billion pension system. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

ENGLAND Knights and Warrington Wolves player Rhys

first_imgENGLAND Knights and Warrington Wolves player Rhys Evans believes the forthcoming Alitalia European Cup competition gives the Knights players the perfect opportunity to place themselves in England coach Steve McNamara’s World Cup thinking.The Knights take on Ireland in their opening game in Belfast on Saturday (6.00pm) and the winger says the experience will be vital for the group if they are to claim a place in McNamara’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad.“Everyone aspires to play in the World Cup for England and we know that this is a great step in that direction,” said Evans.“Most of us in this squad are quite young and playing for the Knights is a great building block for us. We all have ambitions to be playing for the senior side so having the opportunity to compete in international fixtures can only help us with that progression.“We know we’ll have two tough games to test ourselves and show what we’re capable of over the next few weeks. Both teams (Ireland and Scotland) have quality players in their squads with guys like Tyrone McCarthy in the ranks so it’s not going to be easy.”Evans is no stranger to an England jersey having played a starring role during England Academy’s 2-0 series victory over the Australian Schoolboys in 2010 and the young star believes that experience has been instrumental in his development.“The experience of playing in tough games against teams like the Australian Schoolboys with the Academy and learning not to be afraid of any team has been great for me,” said Evans.“Being involved with the Academy has also made the progression to the Knights easier as there isn’t too much difference between the Academy and Knights set-ups.“There are many similar practices at both levels which makes the transition easier for the players coming through. The Knights is a step up in terms of professionalism and intensity and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.“It’s been great to be involved in the camp and there’s a great group of players here. I’m really looking forward to the game now and hopefully I’ll get the chance to play and do well.”England begin their Alitalia European Cup campaign against Ireland in Belfast’s Deramore Park on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm) before taking on Scotland at the Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh, on Sunday October 28 (2.00pm).last_img read more

SAINTS Academy are deep into their preparations fo

first_imgSAINTS Academy are deep into their preparations for the new season and according to most it is the hardest ever.Under the guidance of first team Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels, they have been hard at it since mid-November following a short break from the Australia Tour.As usual the staff have mixed in some alternative sessions to the players’ training schedules with visits to Sherdley Park and the annual sand dunes session just before Christmas.And, as you can see from our video, the weather was certainly the worst for the long time with the full range of wind, sun, hail and torrential rain throughout the epic session.Alongside the strength and conditioning work, the coaching team of Derek Traynor, Eric Chisnall, Paul Molyneux and Ste Leonard have been assisted by first team coaches Jamahl Lolesi and Kieron Cunningham in developing the young players’ skills and tactical awareness.Derek Traynor, Academy Head Coach, said: “Pre-season has gone very well so far and the players have soaked up the valuable tips and advice from our colleagues in the first team.“In fact several of them are well placed to have a big season to push for future full time positions.“The next few weeks are vital in finalising our preparations for a successful season. We have a tough start with Warrington away but it will be exciting.”You can see the Academy’s fixtures by clicking here.  Post by Official St.Helens RLFC.last_img read more

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Teacher of the Week Trina Jones

first_img For Ms. Jones, teaching is more than just daily lessons.  She also wants her students to learn life lessons while in her class.  “You can’t change the world until you change yourself,” she says.  “So the change starts with you.  I try to make sure they respect each other, respect themselves, and then everything else for them will come naturally.”After learning she received dozens of nominations all Ms. Jones could say to her class is “it makes me want to cry.  I love you all.”WWAY Teacher of the Week is a weekly recognition of educators in the Cape Fear who are making an impact beyond the classroom.  You can nominate your favorite teacher by clicking the Teacher of the Week tab at the top of the WWAY website. SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — As a relatively new teacher at Shallotte Middle School Trina Jones was surprised to find out she won was the first WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week of 2018.  Winning, she says, makes her feel like “the kids must really hear what I’m saying and know I love them.”Jones, attended Brunswick county schools and is excited to be teaching there.  She loves teaching so much that recent snow days had her itching to return.  “The last four days,” she says, “I was crazy wanting to go back to school.  When you love your job and you love coming to work it just makes every day better.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Students win big honors in national safe boating poster contest

first_img 1 of 2 Kylee Blum, 1st Place National BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two Brunswick County elementary school students got big honors in a national competition promoting boat safety. Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary student Kylee Blum won 1st place in the United States Power Squadron National Safe Boating Poster Contest. Kylee originally took home state honors her age category to move on to nation competition.- Advertisement – Peyton Withrow, 3rd Place National Peyton Withrow, who was 1st in the state contest his age category, placed 3rd in the nation over the weekend.The theme this year was “All Boaters are Welcome to the Neighborhood”.“We are extremely proud of both students and are proud this is the fourth consecutive year a Jessie Mae student has won this national award,” JMME Art Teacher Theresa Reiter said.last_img read more

Wilmington man pleads guilty to robbing convenience stores

first_imgJames Ramsey (Photo: District Attorneys Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is going to prison for at least eight years for robbing convenience stores last summer.The New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office says James Jeffrey Ramsey, 50, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and one count of Larceny by Employee.- Advertisement – On August 22, 2017, Ramsey entered the Scotchman store at 898 S. Kerr Avenue and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. He stole more than $120 in cash and several packs of Newport cigarettes.The following month, on September 20, he robbed a clerk working at the Phoenix Mart at 2238 S. 17th Street, getting away with $170 from the cash register.Both robberies were captured on video surveillance at the stores, which ultimately helped officers identify Ramsey.Related Article: Fort Bragg soldier accused of child abuse, starving dog to deathUpon his arrest, Ramsey admitted to robbing the stores, claiming that he had been using a BB gun to commit the offenses.Ramsey’s larceny conviction stemmed from his brief employment at another local store.The owner of the Shop-N-Go, located at 1620 Market Street, reportedly hired Ramsey in February of 2017.Four months later, that owner contacted police after reviewing his store’s surveillance videos.On the footage, the defendant was shown bagging up 18 cartons of Newport cigarettes and giving them to another person who left without paying.This is not Ramsey’s first conviction. In 2005, Ramsey was convicted of Robbery in Monmouth County, New Jersey.last_img read more

Rockets fired near airport in Tripoli ISIS claims attack on oil company

first_imgREUTERS/Ismail ZitounyREUTERS/Ismail Zitouny Rockets were fired late on Tuesday in the direction of the airport in Libya’s capital, residents said, forcing flights to be diverted, less than a week after the United Nations brokered a fragile truce between rival armed groups in Tripoli.A spokesman for a faction controlling Matiga airport, the only one functioning in the capital, said there were no casualties or damage. Libyan channels reported that several people had been wounded by the rockets, one of which landed in the Mediterranean sea.Rival groups have been fighting in Tripoli for several days but clashes had been focussed on the south of the city. Matiga airport lies in an eastern suburb.A Libyan Airlines flight bound for Tripoli from Alexandria, Egypt, was diverted to Misrata, the airport said on its Facebook page. Misrata lies about 190 km (120 miles) east of Tripoli.A spokesman for Misrata airport said that all flights bound for Tripoli would be diverted to Misrata.Separately, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting attack on the headquarters of Libyan state oil company NOC in Tripoli, the jihadist group’s news agency said on Tuesday.The attack on Monday killed two NOC staff and wounded 10, said officials, who had described the three shooters who were also killed as “Africans.”It targeted the “economic interests of oppressing governments funding crusaders,” a statement carried on the militants’ Amaq news agency said.It was the first attack of its kind against the leadership of Libya’s state oil industry.Libya has been divided into rival administrations but NOC has continued to function relatively normally across the country, which relies on oil exports for most of its income.Militants loyal to Islamic State have previously carried out attacks in Tripoli and other towns, despite having lost their stronghold in the central city of Sirte late in 2016.In May, Islamic State claimed a deadly attack on the national election commission offices in Tripoli.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Why it sucks to be an IT guy INFOGRAPHIC

first_imgAdvertisement Yes, being the IT guy often totally suck, and after working for 15 years in the field, I can confirm that most of what is in this infographic is unfortunately all too true, especially the part about what people expect from us in our everyday job.Source: ORSYPlast_img