first_imgTwo groups have been chosen to set up new centres for independent living (CIL) in Wales, doubling the number of CILs in the country.The new centres will be located in Ceredigion, in the west of the country, and Flintshire, in the north, and will both be run and controlled by disabled people.Although there are only two existing CILs in Wales, the long-term aim is to have one in every one of its 22 counties.The two new CILs were selected by Disability Wales, the Wales Co-operative Centre (WCC), and Dewis Centre for Independent Living, as part of the £318,000 Welsh government-funded Enabling Wales programme.Disability Wales said it hoped they would provide “a kick start to developing more CILs across Wales”.The two groups will now receive support from Disability Wales, WCC and Dewis CIL as they work towards opening their doors to disabled people next March.That support will include help with the bids they will need to make to local authorities, the Welsh government and other sources of funding to allow them to meet their running costs.Disability Wales said the two groups would need to “strike a balance between their traditional campaigning role… with the need to operate successfully within a highly competitive commercial environment, and to manage the potential conflicts of interest when delivering public contracts”.The Ceredigion CIL will focus on providing information and advice – including disability equality training; self-advocacy; offering support to victims of hate crime; campaigning; and fundraising – and will be run by the disabled people’s organisation Disabled People Together, as well as the non-user-led groups Mencap Ceredigion and Creative Lifestyle Solutions.Rhiannon Hicks, Enabling Wales project officer at Disability Wales, said: “The Ceredigion group were successful as they showed a strong understanding of organisations led by disabled people for disabled people.“They also have a strong commitment to the social model of disability, as well as good partnerships with relevant third sector bodies.”The Flintshire CIL will be run by the user-led Flintshire Disability Forum (FDF), and will provide services such as help with managing personal budgets; campaigning; recruitment and training of personal assistants; assistance completing application forms; and equipment hire.Hicks said: “The FDF were successful as they have a strong track record of project delivery, and of securing funding. They also have strong partnerships.”She added: “I very much look forward to working with both groups in the next stage of the project.”Rhian Davies (pictured), director of Disability Wales, said: “We are delighted that following an 18-month long programme of training, development and coaching, working with 65 disabled people across Wales, we have achieved our goal in being able to select two emerging CILs and support their development over the remainder of the Enabling Wales project.“CILs are social enterprises that deliver services run by disabled people for disabled people and offer a new and creative model of provision in line with what people actually need to achieve independent living and well-being as well as maximise scarce resources.”Disability Wales said it hoped the new organisations would in time be able to support other groups towards becoming CILs, while it would itself be providing a “tool kit” on how to set up a CIL.Carl Sargeant, the Welsh government’s cabinet secretary for communities and children, congratulated the two groups, and said: “I am sure that, with the support of the Wales Cooperative Centre and Dewis CIL, they will develop and grow into sustainable enterprises which will promote independent living for disabled people and provide them with the services they need to support their well-being.”Picture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

first_imgThe government wants to increase the number of people who use personal health budgets (PHBs) to choose their own health and social care support from 40,000 to as many as 200,000 over the next five years.It hasapproved extending legal rights to PHBs to disabled people eligible for fundingfrom NHS wheelchair services, and those eligible for aftercare services undersection 117 of the Mental Health Act.But it alsosignalled that these rights would eventually be extended to other groups,including people with ongoing social care needs who also make regular andcontinuing use of particular NHS services; people leaving the armed services whoare eligible for ongoing NHS services; and autistic people and those withlearning difficulties who are eligible for ongoing NHS care.PHBs giveindividuals a pot of money to spend on their health and wellbeing needs, inagreement with a healthcare professional.Manydisabled campaigners have supported the expansion of PHBs, arguing that theycould help deliver independent living for disabled people, whileothers have raised concerns that they could be part of a creepingprivatisation of the NHS, and that they are based on the same “failing” modelused with social care personal budgets.Currently,only adults receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare, and children and young peoplewho receive continuing care, have the right to a PHB.But the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC, pictured) and NHS England have now published their response to a consultation, which ended last June, on extending that right to other groups and the possibility of extending that to include a right to have the PHB managed through direct payments.The governmentresponse says people “value being involved in the planning of their care, beingable to make choices and personalise their support so it best meets their needs”.And it saysthe evidence suggests that those who can do that “are more satisfied with theircare, have better outcomes, and are able to explore more innovative approachesto meet their needs”.Theconsultation also asked for views on whether the government should bringtogether PHBs and social care personal budgets – and educational needs in thecase of disabled children and young people – into an integrated personalbudget.Theconsultation results suggested widespread support for a further expansion of PHBs,with 87 per cent (330 of 379 people) of those who answered the question sayingthey believed that autistic people and those with learning difficulties who areeligible for ongoing NHS care should have a legal right to a PHB or anintegrated personal budget.And morethan 90 per cent supported extending the right to a PHB or integrated personalbudget to those using NHS wheelchair services, with 87 per cent saying thisgroup should also have a right to receive that budget via direct payments, ifappropriate.DHSC and NHSEngland said their ambition was “to move towards joined up and integratedprovision across health and social care” through a “comprehensive model ofintegrated, personalised care” and with PHBs and integrated personal budgets “akey component” of this plan.These plansare set out in the new NHS LongTerm Plan.Thegovernment and NHS England said they believed that more than 200,000 people wouldhave a PHB by 2023-24, including many from the five groups they consulted onlast year.Although thegovernment is only taking forward legislation on those using wheelchairservices and mental health aftercare, it says it will “continue to furtherexplore both the other groups we consulted on, and additional groups who webelieve could also benefit from having a right to have a personal health budget”.Someadditional groups that could benefit and were mentioned by those taking part inthe consultation included people with dementia, people receiving end-of-lifecare, and those receiving community equipment.NHS Englandsaid it would continue to work with clinical commissioning groups to “designand test” the use of PHBs for other groups of people and service areas.Careminister Caroline Dinenage said: “I’ve seen first-hand how personal health budgets can givepeople a new lease of life, granting them the ability to enjoy their lives tothe full. “Thesebudgets help to join up health and social care services, improving people’sexperiences and outcomes whilst ensuring value for money for taxpayers.“We are therefore extending access so many more people can benefit, a key part of our NHS Long Term Plan which will see personalised care become the norm for millions more.”A 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. 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first_imgJeremy Corbyn confirmed at the special Brexit meeting of the shadow cabinet today that Labour is now committed to a public vote on any Brexit deal – but not to supporting Remain.Although there was widespread speculation that Labour would be shifting its position on Brexit, the Labour leader made clear at the gathering of opposition frontbenchers this afternoon that the party is still “committed to respecting the result of the referendum”.He made the shift towards a public vote on any Brexit deal – from backing a referendum only in certain circumstances, to avoid no deal or a “damaging Tory Brexit” – after the disappointing European election results.The outcome of today’s meeting is therefore not the adoption of a new position on Brexit, but it formalises the policy settled on by the Labour leader last month.Addressing the shadow cabinet, Corbyn said: “We have committed to respecting the result of the referendum, and have strongly made the case for an alternative plan for Brexit as the only serious deal that could potentially command the support of the House. At conference last year we passed our policy, the members’ policy. Over the past nine months, I have stuck faithfully to it.“A no deal Brexit risks would plunge us into the worst excesses of disaster capitalism and trash our economy on the back of fantasy Tory trade deals or worse, very real and very damaging trade deals with Donald Trump, opening up our NHS to American companies.“I have already made the case, on the media and in Dublin, that it is now right to demand that any deal is put to a public vote. That is in line with our conference policy, which agreed a public vote would be an option.“A ballot paper would need to contain real choices for both leave and remain voters. This will of course depend on parliament. I want to hear your views, I will be hearing trade union views next week, and then I want to set out our views to the public.”Responding to the news that Corbyn has only promised further consultation, not a Remain-backing stance, frontbencher Rachael Maskell from the Love Socialism Hate Brexit group commented: “By late July, we will have an extreme right wing Tory Prime Minister, pursuing a hard Brexit that will wreck our communities and undermine our rights.“As a party, we need to present a clear alternative to transform Britain and Europe, and we need to be energetic and enthusiastic about promoting it. Only a radical Labour message can keep us in Europe, and only by opposing Brexit can we be true to our values and set out a radical vision to transform the country. Our position must be crystal clear before Boris Johnson walks into Number 10.”Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Rachael Maskell /Brexit /last_img read more

first_imgIt was a blustery, busy Carnaval. Here are some of our photos.“Hello” Photo by Daniel MondragónDog riding low and slow. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Padrinos Car Club. Lowriders drove from Salinas and Stockton as early as 5am to participate in the parade. Photo by Daniel Mondragón. Peacock.Photo by Daniel MondragónAfrican beauty queens from the Bay Area.Photo by Daniel MondragónRoller Skater. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Today was not all fun and games, this man was disturbing the peace. SFPD was quick to respond.Photo by Daniel MondragónBest seats in the house.Photo by Daniel MondragónFather and Son watch parade from 18th and Mission.Photo by Daniel MondragónShining my Daytons. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Photo by Daniel MondragónStilt walkers. Photo by Daniel MondragónAztec dancer.Photo by Daniel MondragónTaking a break. Photo by Daniel MondragónSuper man was in attendance as well. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Made in the Mission.Photo by Daniel MondragónBailamos.Photo by Daniel MondragónTrying to get the best view possible.Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Young lady participating in drum circle. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Woman gets excited during parade with boy by her side.Photo by Daniel MondragónCleansing.Photo by Daniel MondragónBurning stage. Photo by Daniel MondragónThe Line on 23rd to enter Harrison. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Bubbles.Photo by Daniel Mondragón Tags: Carnival Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemaillast_img read more

first_imgThe restaurant — it has been named, but he doesn’t yet want to disclose it — will skew Italian, but include other influences. Most of the food will be cooked over two open grills.Traditional menus and service, he said, will be disrupted. What will this look like? Well, his favorite place in Naples has no formal menu. Diners in the small space — not even really a restaurant, he said — write orders on their paper tablecloths.In terms of the menu, most of the items will be shared dishes.More to come.The story has been corrected. An earlier version reported that Strong would serve some food from Spain, but it is actually one of the open grills that comes from Spain and not the food. Our apologies. Renovations are underway at the old Hog and Rocks. Photo by Lydia Chávez 0% Anthony Strong, the former executive chef for the Delfina Restaurant Group, was standing in front of his own, soon-to-open space at the corner of 19th and San Carlos on Friday morning when a FedEx delivery man dropped an envelope into his hands.“My liquor license has arrived,” he said grinning.“Shouldn’t it weigh a lot more?” he asked, surprised at the lightness of the envelope and recalling all the money and effort involved in getting the license transferred from Hog and Rocks, which served its last meal on April 14.Strong said he had been looking for a space for more than a year and he was thrilled to find this location. While he loved his time with Delfina, he said, “I wanted to move out and have some fun.” Renovations are well underway and he should be ready to open sometime this summer.center_img Tags: food • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgGRAND Final tickets are on General Sale until 12pm today.Saints will be predominately based in the Stretford End (West Stand) of Old Trafford and tickets are priced at £60, £50, £40, £20 (for all areas of Old Trafford).How to purchase: Ticket Office for card and cash payment – all categories.Telephone – 01744 455 052 – for best available tickets only in their categories. Please be aware that due to high volumes of traffic during this time we may not be able to answer your call straight away, but we will do everything we can to deal with your requests.(24 hours) Tickets are also on sale via the RFL’s Ticketing website and on 0844 856 1113.Unlimited General Sale continues through to Thursday October 9 12pm.Any unsold tickets will then return to the RFL.Coach Travel is also available from £10.Disabled fans should contact the Ticket Office in the first instance.Below is the layout of Old Trafford.The Grand Final will see Saints take on Wigan on Saturday October 11 with a 6pm kick off. You can also download bigger versions of this file further down this page.Suggested Travel Route:A) Travel on the M6 motorway to Junc 21A and continue on the M62 east – signposted Manchester, Bolton, Leeds.B) Continue to junction 12 M60 motorway – signed S&E Airport.C) Continue on the M60 to junction 9 exit and onto A5081 Trafford Park – signposted The Quays & Manchester Utd.D) Turn right onto John Gilbert Way for MUFC Car Parks – N3 and W2.E) General car parking Warren Bruce Road, Elevator Road and surrounding area.last_img read more

first_imgWe have teamed up with our principal partners Totally Wicked, to offer a programme that will use vaping products to switch away from smoking completely.Totally Wicked will provide advice and support, alongside free vaping products, that will hopefully assist in your transition away from cigarettes.All we ask is that you agree to have your journey to quitting documented.Interested? Then contact the Club via with your contact details and we will contact you back.The project is limited to a small number of fans on a first come, first served basis, and you must be over 18 to take part.last_img

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Are you looking for an adventure? How about raising a kitten?Sheba is a 4-month-old domestic shorthair tabby with a mix of brown, black and white fur.- Advertisement – She’s up to date on her shots and just needs a loving home.If you think Sheba could be the newest addition to your home, stop by and meet her at New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet Lately!Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img

first_img “Jobless, hopeless, wifeless. Scared out of my mind that I was going to end up like my brother. The one thing I didn’t do is I didn’t give up. I kept looking for more resources. I kept trying new things,” Mabry said.He believes one of the key factors to battling addiction is support from others.“The way you get people out of addiction is through community. It’s about connecting them with other people. It’s about connecting them with a cause greater than themselves,” Mabry said.Related Article: His family wanted opioid treatment, he did not get it, and he diedAddiction Campuses has a 24/7 hotline for anyone seeking help at 1-888-614-2251. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Opioid addiction is obviously a big problem across the nation and here in the Cape Fear. The fight against it is also happening at UNCW.John Mabry is an actor who travels the country with the organization, Addiction Campuses, to talk to others about how he overcame his addiction and how they can make the change in their life. He came to UNCW to speak to students and faculty about it. He says his life fell apart because of opioids, but he got back on track after his brother overdosed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img This is something Lisa Valetino has been pushing law enforcement to use in her sister’s murder. Allison Jackson Foy went missing in Wilmington in 2006. Her body was found in 2008. Bradley said the M-Vac can be used to solve crimes that are decades old.“One case for example was a 39-year-old cold case in Salt Lake City,” Bradley said. “A young, 16-year-old girl was raped and murdered and she was gagged by a halter top.”Related Article: Wilmington Police now using high tech DNA collection systemAccording to our ABC affiliate in Utah, Sharon Schollmeyer was raped and murdered in 1977. In April 2017, police finally had DNA, a suspect, and a guilty plea.“Where the suspect had tied the knot behind her head, where he’d grabbed onto that halter top to tie the knot, that’s where they sampled with the m-vac and that’s where they got his profile,” Bradley said.How does it work?“It creates like a little mini hurricane down there on the surface,” Bradley said. “So you can see it spraying down there and the, it vacuums up just like a carpet cleaner would.”What makes the M-Vac System so much more effective than other methods?“When you get into porous items like rocks and bricks, cement and even a lot of fabric, the DNA will get down into those little areas and physically the swab just can’t get there,” Bradley said. “It’s been shown of collecting up to 200 times more DNA.”Bradley said so far there are about 40 M-Vac Systems in private and public agencies across the country. He just did a demonstration for the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.“Those guys loved it,” Bradley said. “Obviously, they would love to have one. They just have to find the money for it.”The price tag on an M-Vac is $35,000.“They are also looking at different avenues,” Bradley said. “You know, using a private lab or maybe a neighboring agency.”In the meantime, Bradley said the M-Vac System has helped solve dozens of crimes. In some cases, Bradley said they do not find out about it until after the case has already been tried or exonerated.The Wilmington Police Department said they are looking into other avenues right now due to the cost of an M-Vac System. Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said they are looking into using another agency’s M-Vac for a couple of their unsolved cases. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A piece of technology that was once used in the food industry is now being used to solve murder, rape and other unsolved cases across the country.President and CEO of M-Vac Systems Jared Bradley just gave the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office a demonstration of the new technology.- Advertisement – last_img read more