Disabled activists who carried out a direct action

first_imgDisabled activists who carried out a direct action protest in the heart of parliament have been shortlisted for a prestigious human rights award.The human rights organisation Liberty has named Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) as one of just three nominees for its new Courageous Voices award, which recognises activists who have taken “bold action to stand up to those in power”.DPAC has been shortlisted for July’s Summer Of Discontent week of action, which included a protest about cuts to social care in parliament’s central lobby (pictured).Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said she hoped the awards would be “another opportunity to reach people who we do not normally reach”, and might raise DPAC’s profile with MPs.She said: “Our direct actions are designed to make sure that disabled people do have a voice and aren’t ignored.”She said parliament was “where decisions about our lives are made so it seemed the most sensible place to take our complaints, and obviously we plan to keep doing it”.The protest took place near the main Commons chamber, as Theresa May was taking part in prime minister’s questions, and saw police officers barring the path of activists – including several affected by the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund – to prevent them approaching the Commons chamber.The protest was supported by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Green party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley.It led to McDonnell calling for disabled people to be given the job of designing the solution to the social care funding crisis.He told Disability News Service as the protest was taking place that it was “exactly what people have the right to do, to demonstrate, to make sure MPs are aware what they are experiencing, what disabled people are experiencing”.And he said the direct action was “perfectly justifiable in the light of what is happening, with people’s suffering as a result of austerity”.Courageous Voices is one of several awards that will be presented at Liberty’s 2017 Human Rights Awards on 24 October at London’s Royal Court Theatre.Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, said: “Disabled People Against Cuts embody the spirit of the Courageous Voices award and, as their Summer of Discontent campaign shows, their work is needed now more than ever.“Equality and human rights for disabled people aren’t a commodity that [can] be rationed or reduced as a money-saving exercise.“DPAC have been fearless and creative in getting that message across – standing up to those in power, challenging injustice and getting their voices heard.”last_img read more

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Mission Eyes 10th Annual Sake Day

first_img Tags: Events • food • mission eyes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission Local visited the Armory on Saturday to take part in Sake Day, a sort of Oktoberfest for the Japanese rice wine. Sake aficionado and sommelier Beau Timken is the event’s mastermind, as well as the owner of Hayes Valley’s True Sake store. The event featured some 200 different kinds of sake and doubled as a benefit for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.Watch our misadventures in an events hall full of sake and sake drinkers: 0%last_img read more

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Rent control advocates tussle with realtors

first_img 0% When a dozen or so tenant rights advocates arrived on the doorstep of the San Francisco Association of Realtors on Thursday morning carrying signs and a megaphone, one immediately clashed at the door with a member of the association with each pushing the other until a staffer was able to pull the door shut. “This is private property!” the man from inside the building insisted.“Thank you so much,” a few protesters called back sarcastically. Meanwhile, around the corner from the entryway, two more protesters had set up a ladder and were taping letters over the Realtors sign, so that it now read “Evictors Association.” Tags: ellis act • housing • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Joseph Smooke, [people. power. media]“A lot of our members in the city and county of San Francisco are moving out to Antioch, to Sacramento, to Fairfield,” said Theresa Lewkowitz, an SEIU 1021 union worker. “They can’t work here and live here…if [the city raises] the rents the city’s just going to fall apart.”The group was there to protest realtor support for the Costa-Hawkins act and the Ellis acts. Both are laws that tenant rights activists have wanted to repeal for years. Costa-Hawkins prevents rent controls on vacant units. The Ellis Act, named after a former city councilman from San Diego who died this week, allows landlords to evict all of their tenants in a building at once. It was originally designed as a relief for landlords for whom renting had become unsustainable, but in a heated real estate market it is used by speculators who turn over buildings.  The activists were hoping to call public attention to a variety of legislative changes currently under discussion at the state level. Lawmakers recently tabled another attempt at overturning Costa-Hawkins, and State Senator Scott Wiener has proposed legislation intended to streamline the housing approval process in municipalities that are not meeting state-set housing production goals. The review process currently can take years of hearings and reviews. Activists are opposed because those holdups are moments where they can make their strongest case for pushing developers toward adding more below-market-rate housing into their proposals. “All of the ways that we can actually build affordable housing, they are fighting,” said Deepa Varma, executive director of the Tenants Union and one of the activists standing in front of the Realtors Association Thursday morning.  The Realtors Association responded to the protest with a statement from its CEO Walt Baczkowski.“Improving housing affordability in San Francisco takes all of us working together to support sensible public policy. These issues stem from a critical housing shortage from years of underproduction – we need to build more affordable housing for low-income, working class, and middle-income residents. SFAR is committed to working with all stakeholders and be part of the solution,” Baczkowski wrote.Statewide, realtors have resisted overturning both Costa-Hawkins and the Ellis Act.It’s unlikely the realtors will be convinced by shouting activists on their doorstep. But Varma said it wasn’t about them. “We’re making sure the general public knows who they can’t trust,” she said. Same with Wiener – the activists were headed to his office in the State Building next, but Varma says the effort is not about convincing Wiener his policy is wrong, but rather ensuring that there isn’t enough support for it to go forward. “With him again it’s about…the general public rather than explaining to him that he’s wrong. He’s basically saying is building affordable housing but what he’s doing is incentivizing developers and that’s it.” she said. “It didn’t work with deregulating corporations in other fields it’s not gonna work here.”Photo by Lola M. Chavezlast_img read more

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Dont Break Her Help Make Her this weekend at New Beginning Church

first_img On Friday, doors open at 6 pm with a meet and greet followed by a worship service with Pastor Delmarva Johnson of Warriors of Christ Ministries.Saturday kicks off with Psalmist Myra Quince followed by a motivating word from Co-Pastor Estella Pitt, of Greater Church of Kinston.  Brunch will be served concluding with a chat with several doctors representing differing fields.  Look for Dr. Le’shonda Wallace, Dr. Ada Aniniba and Dr. Tera Harrison to offer words of advice.Registration for the entire weekend is $15.Related Article: Breaking barriers for HIV patientsFor more information and how to register click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Don’t Break Her, Help Make Her kicks off Friday night at New Beginning Christian Church in Castle Hayne.  It is looking to give women empowering tools to lead their best lives.The 7th annual women’s conference  promises to be a phenomenal time for women with speakers and meetings designed to help women in a variety of situations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Manhunt underway following chase across county lines

first_imgJamil Shaund’e Hicks (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Deputies are searching for a man who reportedly took off from a traffic stop in Brunswick County Wednesday evening. We are working to get more details.Check back for more on this developing story. New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer says the chase has crossed county lines and believe Jamil Shaund’e Hicks is in the Castle Hayne area near I-140.center_img – Advertisement – last_img read more

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Terry Farrugia passes away

first_imgTerry Farrugia has passed away following a valiantly fought battle with leukaemia. Earlier this year, a public appeal was made for contributions to fund his treatments following another relapse. €500,000 sought for local radio presenter’s cancer treatmentIn 2016, Terry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), which is a  blood cancer caused by the malfunction of the bone marrow. He started receiving chemotherapy. A year later, the disease returned and another round of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant would have been the next step, however an adult donor could not be found. He had a cord blood bone marrow transplant in March 2018 which was successful for a while. When Terry relapsed the doctors decided to try another type of chemotherapy which but the AML back into remission. However, he relapsed once again. WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <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

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Bullying by foreigners controversy Commissioner answers detractors with facts

first_img SharePrint <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> High school students being bullied.High school students being bullied. During Newsline on RTK, Charles Caruana Carabez, Education Commissioner said that the bullying he witnessed in schools was the work of the devil. Following the controversy that erupted after his comments on bullying of Maltese children by foreigners, Caruana Carabez refused the invitation to participate in Newsline’s discussion but offered to read out a statement about the ‘facts”. He said that the bullying was done by students from different nations and that none of them was black. He also said that his proposal for a school for international students did not imply that he wanted to set up a ghetto.The Commissioner said that he did not accept to participate as Commissioners were on par with magistrates and “no magistrate would discuss the sentences he gives in Court.”Fr Joe Borg, the presenter of the programme noted that two week before the Commissioner for the Environment had participated in the programme to defend his position on the crisis in the building industry. During that programme the Commissioner appealed to listeners to publicly support his position.Last January Caruana Carabez was embroiled in another controversy after he penned an opinion piece for Times of Malta. Minister Helena Dalli asked the Speaker to discipline him.“Careless and misinformed”Nineteen NGOs reacted very negatively to Caruana Carabez’s report which formed part of the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s 2018 Annual Report. The NGOs objected particularly to the introductory section “An Unjustified Sense Of Entitlement”.Read: Education Commissioner report was ‘one-sided’ and ‘oversimplified’ on foreign students – NGOsIn this report Caruana Carabez wrote, among other things, that foreigners were bullying Maltese students. The NGOs stated that the comments of the Education Commissioner were “careless and misinformed”, adding that  “his recommendations are not grounded in the principles of fairness” and seem “to misunderstand and misrepresent the nature of fundamental human rights.”On the other hand, Caruana Carabez, dismissed these comments saying that none of the NGOs and professors who criticized him had seen the documents he had examined.“Work of the devil”The Education Commissioner, during RTK’s programme, said that he had met with various parties including the Imam, in order to stop the cases of bullying and abuse. He explained that he was ‘sad’ that the Muslim school had to close due to a lack of money and suggested that Muslim children in other schools should be provided with a pastoral service.The Commissioner said that the children who were bullying had been brought up without belief in God. To that the Imam retorted that “where there is no god, there is the devil”. This made the Commissioner conclude that the bullying he was investigating was the work of the devil.Read: Foreign students create cliques that bully the Maltese -Commissioner for EducationWhat should parents do if their children are bullied?No blacks, no refugeesDuring the programme, the Commissioner said no dark skinned or refugee children were involved in the cases of bullying. He also said that the children involved came from well-off families.  He mentioned that there were six cases of children from different countries including Maltese, Russian, Serbian, Lithuanian and Libyan and here ended with the words “no black”.“The Maltese don’t integrate with the Belgians”Caruana Carabez took as an example the Maltese working in Brussels. He explained that the Maltese working in Brussels don’t send their children to schools run by the Belgian Government and therefore stressed that there is no attempt to integrate the Maltese children with the Belgians.He said that they instead attend the European School of Brussels that is a college for children of workers in the European institutions. He praised this as a success story where there are around 800 students and 3 teaching staff which are Maltese.“International College should not become a ghetto”Regarding the college for international students mentioned in the report, the Commissioner specified that the intention of this kind of school is not only to embrace all students of  different countries who come to Malta but also to serve as a school for those children who are in Malta for a relatively short period and will lack the chance to integrate.He said he sees nothing wrong that a school makes money through educating the children of parents who have a work contract for a period of six months or a year.He said that this money can then be used to support even refugees who have will in Malta for a longer period or on a more permanent basis.“Sack him”This is not the first time that Commissioner Carabez Caruana has faced controversy. In January of last year, Carabez Caruana was described as being sexist towards women and regarded as not being able to deal fairly and objectively with cases.Equality Minister Helena Dalli has urged Speaker Anġlu Farrugia to discipline him while several women’s rights organisations said that Caruana Carabez should be sacked.Read: Il-Gvern jikteb lill-Ispiker biex jittieħdu passi kontra l-Kummissarju għall-EdukazzjoniWhatsApplast_img read more

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LIVE Connected East Africa Summit commences in Mombasa

first_imgAdvertisement The Connected East Africa 2015 Summit is an annual event chaired by the Kenya ICT Authority in consultation with key ICT industry players and key government decision makers, and 2015 marks the 7th year of such a summit. It is taking place at the Leisure Lodge Resort in Kwale Sub county, off the coast of Mombasa.The regional conference aims to address issues of building an integrated ICT infrastructure and policies in the region. The East Africa countries have formed an inter-ministerial committee which looks into breaking regional barriers in harmonization of ICT. This committee will report their progress at the Summit.Hon Nadia Minister of Youth & Cultural services South Sudan addressing delegates.#ConnectedEA @MyGovKe @FredMatiangi pic.twitter.com/jw0F5I3XJl— Ministry of ICT (@MoICTKenya) March 31, 2015The Summit also aims to establish a platform for collaboration, capacity building and knowledge sharing between government and the ICT sector with a view of linking and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world-class standards. Objectives of this 7th Edition summit will look to:To address gaps in ICT integration and shared infrastructure among the East African Member statesTo speed-up harmonization of ICT regulation across the regionTo build support on ongoing ICT integrated infrastructure projects across the East African region.To provide a platform for meaningful networking that will result in fruitful relationships that contribute to the economic development of the East African region. – Advertisement – Set to feature a number of top speakers and an experienced panel from East Africa states and beyond to discuss issues from the objectives of the summit. The Summit is also set to feature an Award Ceremony that celebrates innovation in ICT. The Awards have previously recognized some the region’s top start-ups like Ushahidi, Biashara, Ma3Route, among others. Stay tuned for updates from the Summit or follow @pctechmagazine on Twitter for more updates and the hashtag #ConnectedEA; but meantime, see some tweets below:   Rwanda Online aims to put all government services online by 2018 – Jean Philbert #ConnectedEA— PC Tech Magazine (@pctechmagazine) March 31, 2015Microsoft Kenya Country Manager @KunleAwosika announces the launch of the “Biz4Afrika” SME online hub #ConnectedEA pic.twitter.com/ddZb3DTEhq— Techweez (@techweez) March 31, 2015Biz4Afrika is, without exaggeration, a one-stop-shop for African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and places the entrepreneur at the center of all we do.last_img read more

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Outbox to host Intellectual property talk with Uganda Registration Service Bureual

first_imgFemale developers at Outbox Hub Kampala. Photo Credit: Ruth Aine Advertisement Intellectual Property (IP) is protected in law by patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.The workshop is meant to create awareness on Intellectual Property and how intellectual property to a start-up can be a powerful asset when properly protected, managed and utilized.Attendees will also get an introduction to all the services URSB has to offer, it  (the workshop) will specifically touch on topics of IP which affect all tech start-ups ranging from the average to the extraordinary. – Advertisement – Also a session on business registration in order to create awareness on the processes involved in business formalization will be included at the event.The event is happening today at outbox hub from 2:30 pm. All startup co-founders and anyone who is interested in starting a company or building a startup are invited.Registration is free.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 15 FebruaryRACING2.00 PlumptonPatronne 3/1 > 2/13.00 PlumptonBilly No Name 5/1 > 3/13.50 WolverhamptonDr Drey 4/1 > 9/4CHELTENHAM MOVEVroum Vroum Mag 4/1 > 3/1Mares HurdleSpeculation that she will run here rather than Ryanair.LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD3/1 Leeds United 11/10 Middlesbrough 9/4 DRAWScottish Premiership19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD3/1 Inverness CT 10/11 Aberdeen 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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