A disabled peoples organisation is set to have to

first_imgA disabled people’s organisation is set to have to close the doors of its advice centre, which has provided vital support with benefit claims to thousands of disabled people, after nearly all its funding was suddenly withdrawn by a local NHS body.Possability People has been running the advice centrefor 30 years, but it was told by Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) that it was going to stop all its annual funding from next month.The CCG toldPossability People* that it needed to focus its “limited resources on essentialpriority areas, and services which are not already provided by either statutoryor voluntary sector organisations”.But localMPs have described the decision as “hugely counterproductive” and“unconscionable”.As a resultof the cut – which will see the centre lose 85 per cent of its funding – theservice will have to stop offering face-to-face advice and will only be able tooffer a restricted telephone helpline run by volunteers.In 2018, the centre (pictured) supported more than 2,200 people, with a total of nearly 4,500 enquiries, at a cost to the CCG of just £29,000.It is theonly accessible pan-disability advice service in the city, and as well asbenefits, offers help with issues including equipmentgrants, blue badges, bus passes, housing, social care support and food bankreferrals.It is run by three part-time staff and volunteers,most of whom are disabled people.Today (Thursday), Possability People and some of itsclients are due to attend a meeting of Brighton and Hove council to share theirconcerns and ask the local authority if it can fill the gap left by thewithdrawal of the CCG’s funding.Brighton and Hove CCG has so far declined to releasethe “robust” equality impact assessment it says it carried out into thedecision to cut the centre’s funding.It has also refused to say whether it checked if otherorganisations in Brighton had the spare capacity to cope if the centre had towithdraw its services. Geraldine Des Moulins, Possability People’s chiefexecutive, said disabled people were again “bearing the brunt of fundingdecisions made without any real understanding of the impact they will have. “We are keenly aware of the financial pressures healthand social care services are under, but we can’t see how this will be a realsaving as the first thing most people do in a crisis with nowhere else to turnis go to their GP.”She added: “We know that advice services are already over-subscribedbecause advice services in the city work closely together in partnership. “The CCG hasnot been in touch with them prior to making a decision to ask if they have anyextra capacity because the messages we are getting from them is of shock andconcern.”She said theCCG had argued that its funding duplicated services, but the Possability Peopleadvice centre “is specialist and pan impairment and is not replicated anywherein the city”. She added: “The advice centre is often the last portof call for people who find themselves in desperate situations – to have thislifeline taken away seems particularly cruel. “We will be doing all we can to fund the centre in thelonger term, and our volunteers will help as much as they can by answeringphone calls, but in the short term, the outlook for desperate disabled peopleis very grim.”The council funds several other Possability Peopleservices, and contributes about £6,000 towards the advice centre.A council spokesperson said: “We are keen to speak to PossabilityPeople as soon as possible about how the funding we have given them towards theadvice service could be utilised in the future.”But heconfirmed that the council “will not be providing replacement funding for themoney the CCG has withdrawn”.Calls on the CCG to reverse its decision have beenbacked by two local MPs, the Green party’s Caroline Lucas, and Labour’s Lloyd Russell-Moyle.Lucas said:“Possability People’s advice centre is a vital service that has supported manyof my constituents to successfully challenge incorrect disability benefitdecisions, and helped them to get the support they need. “For NHScommissioners to pretend that there isn’t a link between health and wellbeing,and accessing timely disability benefits advice when people are in crisis andstruggling to cope, is hugely short-sighted and counterproductive, as I havemade clear to the CCG. “I struggleto believe that other advice agencies in the city have the capacity to fill thegap left by the closure of Possability People’s advice service.”Russell-Moyle said: “I am shockedby the CCG’s handling of this matter, giving only a few weeks notice on adecision which will affect hundreds of my constituents. “There are no other services in the city able to meet the needs of ourdisabled and vulnerable residents and I fully support the calls for the CCG toreverse this unconscionable decision.”Aspokesperson for Brighton and Hove CCG said: “Over 80 percent of contacts for this service are related to benefits helpand Brighton and Hove has a wide range of other community and voluntarysector services that support people with these needs.“There are also a number of both local and nationalservices that offer benefits advice and help in accessible ways. “With this in mind, we took the difficult decision toreinvest the money that would have been spent for this service into otherservices that will bring direct benefits to more people’s health needs. “This was not a decision we took lightly but we feelit is necessary to ensure we are able to continue to use public money in themost effective way and do not spend more money than we have available.”*PossabilityPeople is a DNS subscriberlast_img read more

Fourth Day of SF Mission Hunger Strike Adds One More

first_img 0% “I got up too fast and had a head rush. Next thing I know, I was sprawled out on all fours,” said Ike Pinkston, one of the strikers. Then, he said, he lost consciousness for some 30 seconds. Pinkston was alone in the station, though he said he was in view of security cameras and nobody came to help.“I was laying there and looking at this old elevator from the 1930s and it felt surreal, like I was in a movie,” he said. Despite having fasted before, Pinkston admits that he is concerned about his health, and spoke softly while sitting on a chair inside of the police station, taking in a few minutes of shade.“I was very concerned going into this, but we are in desperate times,” said Pinkston. “I believe that this will make a difference, because putting your health and life at risk and not getting anything out of it would be idiotic.”Pinkston said he hopes to see “some serious initiatives as far as the police being reformed.”“You can’t have people sworn in to protect communities out here shooting us,” said Pinkston, who was born and raised in San Francisco. Exposure to the elements has presented additional challenges the strikers, who are insistent on claiming the space in front of the station to make their presence known, entering the station only to use the restrooms or to charge their phones.“They will let us die out here,” said Edwin Lindo, candidate for District 9 Supervisor, who refused transport to a hospital after collapsing in front of Mission Station on Friday.Rapper and activist Ilych Sato, better known by his rap name Equipto, called for the strike along with his mother, 66-year-old Maria Cristina Gutierrez. He reported having his cell phone stolen on Saturday while leaving it to charge inside the police station.“I plugged it into the wall to charge it and thirty minutes later it was gone,” said Sato. “I blame myself, but I’m not worried about it anymore.”Sato did say that he is worried about his health, but that the cause for which he stands takes precedence.“Of course I think about what not eating is doing to my health,” he said. “But I’m not suffering in the same way and I don’t have the same pain compared to the people who have lost someone they loved on these streets.”Others said they are aware that these drastic measures could include physical injury, arrest, and even death. Though not afraid to face arrest, Pinkston said he hopes he will be able to sit down with the children of his preschool to discuss the purpose of his involvement in the strike.“I want to sit down with the kids and break down why I did what I did,” he said. “I hope that in the future they don’t ever have to do this, but if they do, I want them to think about it logically and do it for the right reasons. [Not eating is] no joke, but neither is the violence in our communities.” Despite a few setbacks, a group of protesters occupying the sidewalk in front of the Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets say that the support they are receiving from the community is keeping them determined to continue fasting on day four of a hunger strike. That support includes the addition of one more hunger striker, Raeleen Valle-Brenes, a former domestic violence counselor turned housing activist. Every few minutes, drivers of passing cars raise their fists and honk to encourage the increasingly frail protesters to go another day without food. The group hasn’t eaten solids since Thursday, and they don’t plan to until San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr loses his job or Mayor Ed Lee steps down. But the hunger strikers are starting to feel the effects of the fast.center_img Tags: Mission Police Station • protests • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

KYLE Eastmond has apologised to fans following Fri

first_imgKYLE Eastmond has apologised to fans following Friday’s match with Warrington.The scrum-half left the field immediately at the end of the game and admits, whilst upset at the nature of his own form, it was the wrong thing to do.“Like the rest of the team I was really disappointed with the loss,” he said. “I was upset with how we played but above all I was upset with my own performance.“I was angry with how I played because I know I can play better and I expressed that disappointment in the wrong way.“I would like to apologise to all the fans as I should have come over and thanked them for their support with the rest of the team.“I have always appreciated the fans’ support throughout my career and I hope I will continue to do so. I will strive to repay them throughout the rest of the season.”last_img read more

CASTLEFORD Tigers standoff Rangi Chase has been n

first_imgCASTLEFORD Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase has been named Frontline Index Player of the Round following his outstanding performance in last weekend’s Engage Super League Round 9 victory against Salford City Reds.This is the second time that the New Zealander has claimed the Frontline Player of the Round title and the impressive 1,049 points total in Round 9 takes him to the best statistical performance so far this year, putting him in contention to claim the £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner.His remarkable points total, the first player to top 1,000 index points,saw Chase accumulate 159 metres, 38 carries, 4 offloads, 9 tackle busts, 4 try assists and no errors.He is joined in the Frontline Index Team of the Round, which is compiled from a mathematical model based on Opta’s analysis of all matches, by team-mates Richard Mathers and Kirk Dixon.Team of the Round regulars James Roby and James Graham from St Helens once again occupy positions and are joined by Ade Gardner this week. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ impressive 52-32 win over Harlequins RL saw two representatives, Chris Dean and Paul Johnson, make the select.Making up the Frontline Index Team of the Round are Leeds Rhinos winger Kallum Watkins, Catalan Dragons’ Steve Menzies, Hull FC’s Danny Tickle and Harlequins RL captain Rob Purdham.Team of the Round1 Richie Mathers (Castleford Tigers) 7542 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 8063 Chris Dean (Wakefield) 6834 Kirk Dixon (Castleford Tigers) 6005 Adrian Gardner (St Helens) 5836 Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers) 1,0497 Blake Green (Hull KR) 7888 James Graham (St Helens) 6469 James Roby (St Helens) 90910 Paul Johnson (Wakefield Wildcats) 61111 Steve Menzies (Catalan Dragons) 59812 Danny Tickle (Hull FC) 59213 Rob Purdham (Harlequins RL) 622last_img read more

SAINTS frustrating season continued in Perpignan

first_imgSAINTS’ frustrating season continued in Perpignan as they went down 33-16 to Catalans.Tries from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in the first half and Adam Swift in the second had given them a foothold in the game – but it ultimately proved fruitless in the front of the Dragons’ attack.Plans were further hampered by the loss of full back Jonny Lomax in the warm up and Theo Fages at half time.Saints didn’t have the best possible start to the game either as they dropped the ball from the kick off.A penalty quickly followed and Pat Richards duly added the two points to give Catalans the lead.But Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook took a bullet pass from Jordan Turner to eradicate the error – goaled by Jack Owens.Saints came again and were unlucky not to increase the lead – and their defence was tenacious enough to stop a flurry of Catalan attacks.On 21 minutes though that resolves was broken as Catalans hit back through Fouad Yaha as he took advantage down the far side.Richards with his second goal of the game.Saints had one chalked off for ‘being short’ through full back replacement Shannon McDonnell and a break on the half hour mark from Fages should have perhaps brought more points.But Catalans went further ahead when a penalty allowed the space for Lucas Albert to go over.Richards missed the conversion but right on the stroke of half time Todd Carney added a one-pointer.Fages didn’t emerge for the second half so it was the job of the makeshift half back pairing of Jordan Turner and Jon Wilkin to guide the team around the field.And the latter did just that earning an error from Morgan Escare following a long kick. Saints then won two drop outs and following a penalty McDonnell picked out Adam Swift on a sublime move.But Jodie Broughton restored the homeside’s seven point advantage with a simple finish on 53 minutes and from the restart Escare showed all his pace to increase it further.And Broughton duly tagged on his second on the hour mark.Thomas Bosc added a penalty in the 63rd minute after Morgan Knowles was adjudged to have taken out the kicker and Tony Gigot crossed after some great work from a kick to the corner to compound the Dragons’ second half dominance.Shannon McDonnell popping up with a fine individual effort from dummy half at the end of the game to give his side some consolation.Match Summary:Dragons:Tries: Yaha, Albert, Broughton (2), Escare, GigotGoals: Richards (2 from 5), Bosc (2 from 3)Drop: CarneySaints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Swift, McDonnellGoals: Owens (2 from 3)Penalties:Dragons: 9Saints: 6HT: 6-13FT: 16-33REF: C CampbellATT: 10,789Teams:Dragons:21. Morgan Escaré; 2. Jodie Broughton, 1. Tony Gigot, 5. Pat Richards, 20. Fouad Yaha; 6. Todd Carney, 27. Lucas Albert; 14. Dave Taylor, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 15. Julian Bousquet, 18. Thomas Bosc, 22. Antoni Maria, 30. Romain Navarrete.Saints:23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 21. Matty Dawson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 19. Theo Fages, 3. Jordan Turner; 14. Lama Tasi, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

Irma forces cancellations in and out of ILM Airport

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Irma is impacting flights in and out of Wilmington International Airport.All departures starting at 4:05 this afternoon are cancelled. Several arrivals have also been cancelled.- Advertisement – ILM Deputy Director Gary Broughton says it is because of high winds in Charlotte and Atlanta and not because of any weather issues in Wilmington.Broughton says flights tomorrow morning could be impacted as well if flights scheduled to arrive tonight don’t make it in.American Airlines:Flight Status & Information: www.aa.com 800-433-7300Travel Alerts: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jspRelated Article: When will ILM stop flights?Delta:Flight Status & Information: www.delta.com 800-221-1212Travel Alerts: http://www.delta.com/…/en…/traveling-with-us/advisories.htmllast_img read more

374000 Duke Energy customers personal info possibly exposed in data breach

first_img Global Express, a division of PayPal which processes those transactions has been taken offline, leaving customers scrambling to find a location to pay their bill.“I went to the first location and right there on the door, they said they weren’t accepting payments for Duke Energy,” said Oscar Pantoja, a Duke Energy customer who lives in Spartanburg.“So now, I came out here [Taylors] and they also tell me that their system is down.”Related Article: Tyson recalls chicken strips due to metal fearsDuke Energy is asking customers to pay their bill online, through Western Union or over the phone using a credit or debit card.Customers affected by the breach will receive a letter in the mail from the utility and may also be eligible for free credit monitoring. GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – More than 370,000 Duke Energy customers may have had their financial information compromised.The suspected breach happened through a vendor used to process payments at walk-in centers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police searching for missing teen

first_imgCyncyre Jah’Quese Feggins (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a teen who was last seen riding his bicycle.Police say Cyncyre Jah’Quese Feggins, 14, was last seen near Greenfield St.- Advertisement – He’s 5’7″ and weighs around 125 pounds.No word on when he was last seen.If you know anything, use Text-a-Tip to forward information.last_img

Kids hit the beach to celebrate summer vacation

first_img “I think it’s better when you can go to summer vacation because you don’t have a limited time that you can be at the beach and you can just stay as long as you want,” 5th grader Sadie Ingram said.“Well, it feels nice because you can always just go anywhere without having the pressure of having to go do a school assignment and you can just go anywhere with your friends,” 4th grader Reese Ingram said.Other kids say they just hope the rain stays away from the beach so they can enjoy their vacation to the fullest. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — School is out and so are kids. Summer vacation kicked off and that means families are hitting the beach more.Plenty of kids came out to enjoy some time at Carolina Beach. Many came out to enjoy the beach with the friends and families while others are working throughout the summer.Many kids say even though they live near the beach, there’s a big difference between being in session and out of session.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper FEMA Director push for rebuilding smarter following storm

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There was $13.1 billion in hurricane damage across 41 counties and recovery isn’t over yet says Governor Cooper at the the bi-annual North Carolina Emergency Management Assistance conference. He was joined by FEMA administrator Brock Long.After two major storms in less than 2 years, Governor Roy Cooper says we need to rebuild smarter and more funding is needed to support our farmers, who are the biggest economic driver for our state and schools.- Advertisement – “There needs to be significant funding for our school construction,” said Cooper. “I hope when we come back next year that we can pass on the $2 billion public school construction bond that I proposed last year.”So far more than $80 millions in grants have been allocated to New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, since Hurricane Florence.Brunswick County Commissioner Randy Thompson says FEMA needs to be re-evaluated.Related Article: New Hanover Co. shelters at capacity, additional county shelter to open“Our elected officials at our national level need to take a real close look at how this has impacted us and adjust, and make the recommended changes to the guidance that FEMA has to follow to better assist us here locally,” Brunswick Co. Commissioner Vice Chair Randy Thompson.Long says FEMA follows a lot of regulations.“We walk a fine line between the office of inspector general and protecting the public purse and also rushing and expediting to get assistance into the hands of citizens,” said Long.Long says that far too many people are under-insured or not insured. He is looking to find ways to reduce the complexity of FEMA.Cooper says he hopes these issues will be addressed in the next session scheduled for November 27.last_img read more