A disabled university lecturer was forced to live

first_imgA disabled university lecturer was forced to live in a residential home for older people for seven months because of a crisis in accessible housing that is “spiralling out of control”, according to a new report.Dr Chetna Patel was moving from Scotland to Sheffield for a new university job, but was unable to find any suitable homes for her access needs as a wheelchair-user.Dr Patel said: “I was desperate and needed to move and take up my post; a social worker came up with the solution of my staying in a residential home for the elderly. “I had no other option and so accepted it. The home did its best but it was a battle to keep my motivation up as I lost much of my independent life whilst in there.”Her case is just one of many collected by the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK while compiling its Breaking Point report on housing for disabled people in England.It says the crisis in accessible housing is “spiralling out of control”, and has called for central government and local authorities to lead a “revolution in the building of accessible homes”.In another case, John Harrison, from Winsford, Cheshire, has had to reply on his wife to wash him for more than a year, because their bath and shower are completely unsuitable for him.   He has already paid £16,000 to have his kitchen adapted, but cannot afford another £8,000, which the council says he has to contribute towards installing a wet-room.He said: “I have quite simply exhausted my funds in adapting my home, and I cannot afford to put up a further £8,000 to change the bathroom.“This is really taking its toll but without support from the council and without sufficient personal finance, I’m unable to make the adaptations that I need.”In some parts of the country, there are more than 100 disabled people and their families waiting for accessible accommodation, according to councils that responded to freedom of information requests submitted this summer by the charity.One council, Croydon, had 176 people on its waiting list for wheelchair-accessible housing at the time it responded, but not a single wheelchair-accessible property available.Another, Harlow, had 166 people on the waiting-list, and again not a single suitable property available, while Blackpool had 258 people waiting and only five homes available.Muscular Dystrophy UK told MPs and housing leaders this week at a meeting in parliament of the all-party parliamentary group for muscular dystrophy that the lack of wheelchair-accessible housing was having a “devastating” impact on disabled people and their families, with some racking up huge debts and being forced to spend their life savings to adapt their homes.Others were having to struggle to live in properties in which they could not use bathrooms and kitchens.Some councils will not even allow a resident to join the housing waiting-list until they have lived in the area for five years.More than a third of individuals and families surveyed said they had found themselves in serious debt because of having to fund adaptations to their homes themselves, while 70 per cent of those questioned said they were in properties that did not meet their mobility needs.Fleur Perry (pictured), who herself waited for two years before she was offered a suitable property by her local authority, says in the report: “Though housing providers have legal obligations to consider the needs of local people with disabilities, there seems to be no consistently used method to accurately assess the number of accessible homes the community needs.“There are also no figures showing just how much it costs the NHS to treat people injured by accidents due to inaccessible housing, nor the short or long-term social care costs that result from this.“I consider myself lucky to have found my little bungalow in just over two years; I have heard of people waiting several times this long.”Muscular Dystrophy UK has called on the government to increase the maximum amount paid out under the disabled facilities grants (DFG) scheme – the current maximum of £30,000, which is means-tested for adults, has not risen since 2008 – and ensure that this continues to rise in line with inflation.It also wants to see all local authorities consider discretionary top-up payments – which they are legally allowed to make – for disabled people who cannot fund all of their adaptations through a DFG.The freedom of information responses showed more than a third of councils had made no discretionary payments.And the charity says that local authorities should ensure that at least 10 per cent of all new homes within property developments are wheelchair-accessible, and that all new homes are built using the Lifetime Homes standard.The charity says it is also concerned that some local authorities do not have their own accessible housing register.A Department for Communities and Local Government spokeswoman said: “The government is committed to helping disabled people live as comfortably and independently as possible in their own homes.“We have invested just over £1 billon through the DFGs since 2010 to fund adaptations to homes.“This has helped thousands of disabled people live safely at home, funding around 170,000 adaptations, but we are always listening to the sector to see how we can best provide for those most in need.“We are also getting Britain building again with more than 570,000 new homes built since April 2010.”last_img read more

SF Mission Responds to Oaklands Ghost Ship Fire

first_imgWhen an Oakland resident organized another online fundraiser and started a list of people around the Bay Area willing to help, at least three Mission residents signed on offering a place to sleep or meals, and especially support, to those who needed it. Isaac Sherman, a Mission resident, was spurred to offer the couch in his living room.“It’s just affecting the entire community and people I identify with, so it’s hard not to feel as if somebody I loved just died,” he said. “I am sitting here kind of just feeling helpless…it’s the least I can do.”Jayinee Basu also opened up her home in the Mission to those in need.“I offered up my place just in case there were folks who worked in the city and needed a place to crash—just a small thing to let people know they have community support when everything feels bleak and hopeless,” Basu wrote in an email. “My friends and I hang out in spaces like Ghost House often and it could have been any of us.”Others in the neighborhood offered bedrooms, cooked meals, space to relax, even the company of a well-mannered cat. Meanwhile, the community that spans the Bay continues to organize and fundraise as emergency crews work to pick apart the destroyed building piece by piece.“This also represents the crunch we are all feeling on the lack of safe venues to support this type of music and art,” wrote Gray Area’s Josette Melchor in the fundraising campaign text. “Please care for each other right now.” The arts community was hit hard by a fire in a converted Oakland artist live-work space known as the Ghost Ship that killed 24 on Friday, and some in the Mission have mobilized to give money, a couch to sleep on and other support to those affected. Gray Area, a theater and arts and education space, wrote online that some of the affected had worked at the nonprofit. In reaction, Gray Area immediately began fundraising for the victims in a campaign that has since surpassed $120,000. The arts foundation also held a vigil Saturday night to support those grieving the tragedy.“We are inviting those in need of a safe space to come honor those affected by this tragedy and to receive and provide support,” the foundation wrote on its Facebook page Saturday. “We have been employers, supporters, of many of those who are missing.” 0%center_img Tags: Fires • nonprofits Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Listening Post invites you to hear stories of the streets on 16th

first_img Tags: 16th Street • bikes • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% In part, the project will “help reveal these different perspectives…to understand that we don’t all have the same power and privilege on the street,” said Beaudry Kock, who works with Greenfield Labs.  Greenfield, Gehl, and Ford are also trying to figure out how to improve street infrastructure. Ford has been sponsoring the Bay Area Bike Share program, but Kock said the group found that people are less likely to use bike sharing programs, or ride bikes in general, if the infrastructure doesn’t make them feel safe.  To learn how people experience the street, the group hired some audio journalists and set out to gather site-specific stories about people’s experiences with the intersection.  “It’s important that we have a street/design a street that …will protect those with the most vulnerability,” said Kock. He described the most vulnerable as people not driving cars – “people not encased in two tons of metal and moving quickly.”The stories you’ll hear don’t all deal directly with infrastructure. But they invite a passerby rushing from one block to the next to take a moment to hear how others experience the street. “I think that we have a sort of limited imagination around what our streets are for,” said Anna Muessig, who works with the urban design firm Gehl. “They just are the way they are, they look the way they look, they serve us to a certain extent until they don’t. The purpose of this listening post project and the other projects that are part of the National Street Service was to…expand people’s imagination around what the street is for.”At the beginning and end of each story, the listener is invited to leave a voicemail at the number with their own one-minute story from the corner. Muessig and Kock said they’ve already received a good number of stories from the various listening posts around the Bay Area. “Every single intersection in the city has so many stories and people are dying to tell them,” she said. “It’s been really wonderful to hear the stories people want to share in return.”People were eager to talk, she said.“If you just sit and stay a while, any small invitation to step out of the flow of the city provides a totally new perspective on how the city works,” Muessig said. “That’s a really rough corner. There’s a lot of pessimism, particularly about that corner, about what it can be. And it was really wonderful to see some beautiful things happen right there on that corner.”The Listening Posts at 16th and South Van Ness will remain in place until the Ride of Silence, a bike ride memorializing those who have been killed while cycling, on May 17.The Street Speaks project on 16th and South Van Ness. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCorrection: An earlier version of this story misspelled Beaudry Kock’s last name.  center_img The intersection of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue has stories to tell. Just call the number on one of the signs affixed to the utility poles there and listen. One of the voices you will hear belongs to Julie Mitchell, whose son Dylan was killed at the intersection while riding his bike. Another is that of Paula Tejeda, who runs her Chilean empanada and coffee shop Chile Lindo just up the block. Then there’s Elizabeth Bardi, a resident at the SRO hotel on the corner, and Coral Fagan, who works at a nonprofit around the corner.The listening posts are part of a project by a design firm called Gehl and a research group supported by Ford called Greenfield Labs, which have started a project called the National Street Service, though its work so far has been focused on San Francisco. The project is part of the group’s efforts to gather somewhat ephemeral information about how road users other than drivers interact with the streets. Other approaches the National Street Service is taking include setting up temporary, manned feedback stations on San Francisco streets, and a signage campaign that calculates the cost of car use – by working out, for example, how much a parking spot costs the city to maintain every year, and how much a bike rack benefits nearby businesses. One of the signs remains in place in Bernal Heights.last_img read more

SAINTS stretched their unbeaten run to five with a

first_imgSAINTS stretched their unbeaten run to five with a 40-22 victory over Catalan Dragons – but it took all their resolve and stamina to stay top of the table.Missing Jordan Turner, Luke Walsh and Sia Soliola in the second half and rolling just one sub for 40 minutes it took a superb defensive effort to edge the match.Thankfully, Saints had the insurance of a 24-0 lead before Catalan began to fight back.Tries from Josh Jones, a Tommy Makinson double and a further score from Jordan Turner gave the home side a deserved lead.But the Dragons hit right back though Benjamin Garcia and Eloi Pelissier to give Saints the jitters.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook popped up early in the second half, but Michael Oldfield replied to make it game on.Down on numbers Saints wobbled but Lance Hohaia scored with more than a quarter of the game to go to give them breathing space.Oldfield bagged another in the corner again but Jonny Lomax fed Adam Swift for the killer score.Saints made a couple of changes from the side that beat Hull KR last week – Josh Jones moving from loose forward to the centres in place of Gary Wheeler whilst Paul Wellens came in at 13.Anthony Laffranchi was also recalled to a bench that was packed with size and talent… and they needed to be.On the other hand, Catalan couldn’t afford such luxuries with 12 players unavailable for the match.They were missing Vincent Duport, Daryl Millard, Scott Dureau, Ben Pomeroy, Damien Cardace, Antoni Maria and Ian Henderson whilst Louis Anderson, Olivier Elima and Julian Bousquet were suspended.Jamal Fakir and Brent Webb were also absent from a side struggling for confidence.That didn’t seem to matter at first though as Saints fumbled the kick off and gave the Dragons prime field position.The defence held firm and on 10 minutes that good work was rewarded with points.The home side repelled borders a couple of times and on the back of a penalty for a swinging arm, Josh Jones showed all his strength to get over in the corner.Luke Walsh with the extras.Five minutes later Saints were further ahead. They picked up a loose Dragons pass and Jonny Lomax combined with Jordan Turner for Tommy Makinson’s fourth of the season.And it was 18-0 at the 20 minute mark as Walsh and Lomax put Turner in.Makinson returned a kick with interest for 24-0 before Catalan finally got the ball in Saints’ 10.And it made all the difference as Benjamin Garcia and then Eloi Pelissier ploughed over.Saints came out 12 points up in the second half but without Luke Walsh who was withdrawn at half time.It mattered little as within four minutes they were 28-12 up after LMS profited from a superb Sia Soliola run.The big man then left the field with a leg injury that looked pretty serious; joining Turner and Walsh on the sidelines.Saints reshuffled and used quick runs from dummy half to move the ball forward.And it was effective at times as it put the Dragons on the back foot.Swift had one chalked off for crossing with around a quarter of the game to go and, ironically, seconds later, Michael Oldfield put the Catalans right back into it.Saints were down to just one sub and it was beginning to show; the forwards struggling to make inroads and a lot of defensive work called upon.But cometh the hour cometh the team and with Kyle Amor back on the field, he ripped down the middle and created the space for Willie Manu who went to within inches.Wilkin then fired out a wonderful long ball for Lance Hohaia to canter in.Michael Oldfield replied once again but Lomax’ long pass to Swift finished the game.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Jones, Makinson (2), Turner, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Hohaia, SwiftGoals: Walsh (4 from 4), Lomax (2 from 3)Catalan: Tries: Garcia, Pelissier, Oldfield (2)Goals: Bosc (3 from 4)Penalties: Saints: 7Catalan: 8HT: 24-12FT: 40-22REF: George StokesATT: 11321Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 18. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 17. Paul Wellens.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.11. Sia Soliola, 14. Anthony Laffranchi.Catalan:21. Morgan Escaré; 5. Michael Oldfield, 27. Jean-Philippe Baile, 19. Mathias Pala, 28. Frédéric Vaccari; 3. Leon Pryce, 6. Thomas Bosc; 20. Mickael Simon, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 10. Jeff Lima, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 24. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 13. Greg Mounis, 23. Lopini Paea, 29. Benjamin Garcia, 30. Gadwin Springer.last_img read more

ADAM Quinlan admits his debut was a dream but now

first_imgADAM Quinlan admits his debut was a dream but now all he wants to do is focus on this week’s game at Warrington.The 22-year-old bagged a treble in the win over Huddersfield to cap a fairly busy week.He arrived from Parramatta on Monday and trained the same day before his landmark bow.“It was a dream debut but I think the ball just bounced my way,” he said. “I never expected that at all coming in. More importantly we got the two points and the victory.“Credit to the lads, they created the opportunities for me and I got on the back of them.”Adam signed in from the Eels after making his first grade debut for St George in 2013.He hadn’t appeared for his club this season and once Saints made the call he opted to make the switch.“The club asked me if I wanted to come over for the rest of the season and when I looked at the opportunity it was pretty much a no brainer,” he said. “It happened quickly, I was here in a week and then I was playing.“A few people have told me I am the seventh full back at the club this year – hopefully I will be the last one.“Everyone has been very welcoming and my first game went well. The atmosphere was outstanding too and I’m really excited to be here for the rest of the season.“Huddersfield came here to play but our D wasn’t where it needs to be. We are looking to turn it around this week.“I know there are things I could have done better in my first game and I’m working on that too.“It will be a tough game but we will come in prepared.”Ticket details for the game are here.last_img read more

Columbus County searching for missing elderly man

first_img He was reported missing by his brother on August 22. Investigators say a neighbor of Heyward’s last saw him around 3:00 p.m. on Monday at his mailbox on Annie’s Lane.When Heyward’s brother stopped by on Tuesday to check on him, he was not there but his vehicle was in the yard.Heyward is 5’8″ tall with grey hair and brown eyes.Related Article: Investigators raid gaming businesses in WhitevilleIf you know where he is, call the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 642-6551. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who suffers from medical issues that can cause disorientation has been missing since Tuesday.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Arthur Heyward, 77, of Whiteville.- Advertisement – last_img read more

H2Go Board votes in favor to move assets over to Belville

first_img “I wish to set forth a resolution to sell, convey, transfer and assign, all H2Go real and personal property to the town of Belville, North Carolina,” said commissioner Carl Antos.The resolution was approved 3-2, Jeff Gerken and Trudy Trombley dissenting. Gerken and Trombley also questioning the legality of it. The commission attorney was not aware of the resolution. Antos says the resolution came from the executive director Bob Walker who informed him before Thanksgiving that the administration was in talks with the town of Belville’s attorney.“This is, I really question the legality of it and you heard that even the board’s attorney was not aware of this until he was handed this document tonight,” said commissioner Gerken who was expected to issue a request to stop funding and construction of the reverse osmosis plant as the newest board member was set to be sworn in in Decemeber.Related Article: Carolina Beach Mayor Joe Benson will not run for reelection“I’m sure they’ll fight it,” said customer Carol Caffey. “For whatever reasons they are fighting it. It’s very political but we’re moving forward to get clean water.”Caffey spoke along with nearly a dozen other customers at the Tuesday meeting. She was one of the majority who challenged the board to stay the course on the Reverse Osmosis plant project.This all comes after the November election where anti plant candidate Bill Beer was elected. His addition would change the board majority not in favor of continuing the reverse osmosis plant.That is what brought nearly a hundred customers to the meeting to ask the board to not trash the project as well as a projected fourteen million dollars already used for it. The majority of customer we heard from were for the sale.“The RO plant is in the Belville business park so it makes sense,” said Sandra Ford. “I am thrilled myself because I don’t want to be buying bottled water for the next twenty years. I don’t see any other solution that’s reasonable for us to get clean water in the area.”This now means the Town of Belville, who has had its leaders outspoken in support of an RO option for drinking water, could take over the utility Water and Sewer service. They now have to approve a resolution to take and purchase the water and sewer service as well as enter into an operating agreement. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — In what began as a heated, crowded, and rowdy meeting to push the continuation of H2Go’s reverse osmosis plant by customers, ended in their applause.That’s because in an effort to continue the reverse osmosis plant, commissioner Carl Antos presented a resolution to move the commission’s debt, assets, and all equipment to the Town of Belville’s jurisdiction.- Advertisement – last_img read more

George Elliott getting better as search for hitandrun driver continues

first_imgRelated Article: Students file lawsuit against colleges in bribery scandalInvestigators say the suspect vehicle could have damage on the passenger side and may have a missing passenger side mirror. Today WPD released two surveillance images of the vehicle, but due to the time of day, they are dark and grainy.Elliott hosted “Explore with George” on WWAY from 2011 through 2014 and also joined the StormTrack 3 Weather Team for severe weather and hurricane coverage during those years. 1 of 2 Wilmington Police say the drive of the dark colored vehicle in this photo is wanted for a hit-and-run crash that injured former WWAY personality George Elliott on May 11, 2018. (Photo: WPD) Wilmington Police say the drive of the dark colored vehicle in this photo is wanted for a hit-and-run crash that injured former WWAY personality George Elliott on May 11, 2018. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former WWAY personality George Elliott says he is “getting better” nearly a week after being injured in a hit-and-run crash.Elliott tells WWAY he is home after being hospitalized with injuries that required surgery.George Elliott in a 2011 promotional photo. (Photo: WWAY)- Advertisement – center_img Wilmington Police say the drive of the dark colored vehicle in this photo is wanted for a hit-and-run crash that injured former WWAY personality George Elliott on May 11, 2018. (Photo: WPD) Wilmington Police are searching for the driver who hit Elliott around 5:40 a.m. last Friday on South College Road.Elliott, 59, was riding his three-wheel cycle north on South College Road when police say a black SUV or pickup truck hit him in front of the CVS and then left the scene.Police say the suspect continued north on South College Road onto Chalmers Drive, where the vehicle stopped for a short time. The suspect then left north on South College Road making a u-turn at the Ace Hardware and headed south on South College Road, passing Elliott who was laying in the road, police say.last_img read more

Police searching for missing Wilmington woman

first_img She is 5’3″ and weighs 115 pounds. She has a tattoo of a ladybug on front thigh, tattoo of a heart on her hand.If you know any information, call Wilmington Police. Calquana Victoria Maynor (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for a Wilmington woman who was last seen early Friday morning.Calquana Victoria Maynor, 21, was reportedly last seen around 1 a.m. on Carnation Court.- Advertisement – last_img

NC insurance commissioner to hold Wilmington Bolivia town halls on flood insurance

first_img According to a news release, the department will hold the first two of five town halls in southeastern North Carolina next month.The Department of Insurance says after seeing the flooding in the aftermath of Florence, Commissioner Mike Causey learned that fewer than 135,000 North Carolinians – in a state with more than 10 million people – had flood insurance policies. The DOI says in an effort to alleviate future suffering, he reminds North Carolinians that standard homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage and is encouraging residents to purchase flood insurance.Dr. Michelle Osborne, Chief Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, will conduct two public town hall meetings in coastal counties Tuesday, May 14.Related Article: Sick of flooding, Castle Hayne man asks state for helpA 10 a.m. town hall will be held at the BB&T Auditorium, Cape Fear Community College, North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road in Castle Hayne. The same day at 2 p.m. there will be another session at the Brunswick County Commission Chambers at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia.  The agenda includes:Insurance policies: Understanding benefits and limitationsInsurance adjusters: Getting a fair dealInsurance claims: Getting assistanceInsurance mitigation process: Settling disputesArea homeowners, residents, insurance, and real estate professionals are encouraged to attend one of the town hall meetings, which are free and open to the public. More town halls around the state are being planned. Flooded home on September 20, 2018, in Ash. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you have flood insurance? After what Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence last year did, a lot of homeowners in our area may be thinking about whether to gave it.As the hurricane season approaches June 1, the NC Department of Insurance is working to educate residents about flood insurance and disaster relief by scheduling community town halls across the state.- Advertisement – last_img read more