Representatives of national disabled peoples orga

first_imgRepresentatives of national disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) in Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda have described to UK activists how they have fought oppression and discrimination in their own countries.They were speaking at an International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit in east London, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to highlight the hypocrisy of the UK government’s decision to co-host a major “global disability summit” on the Olympic Park in east London this week.Feliza Ali Ramos (pictured, left) and Alex Marcelo Vazquez Bracamonte (centre), both wheelchair-users, from the Bolivian DPO New Hope, described how – two years ago – they and fellow disabled activists marched 300 miles through the Andes to the capital La Paz to confront president Evo Morales about the conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia and to seek an increase in disability benefits.Conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia were harsh, they told the summit.Many were dying from treatable conditions, some because doctors refused to give them oxygen, with families often welcoming their early deaths “because they were suffering anyway”.Many disabled people were excluded from education, despite the government’s insistence that disabled people had access to education and to healthcare, the summit heard.Local campaigns had called for the monthly disability benefit payment to rise from about £10 to about £50 a month, which led to the march on La Paz.Ramos said: “We sent letter after letter to the president, but the president never received us.”They marched through the mountains for 35 days and often had nowhere to sleep, while their only food was what they were given by people from the towns they passed through.When they arrived in the capital, they found the government had put up metal barriers to prevent them reaching the central square where the government offices were located.The square was guarded by police with water cannons and riot shields, and they were sprayed with pepper spray and water cannons, beaten and pushed out of their wheelchairs.Refused a meeting with the president, they pitched tents and took part in a vigil that lasted more than three months.The government tried to infiltrate the movement, and threatened activists with 10 years in prison.Morales eventually backed down and agreed to some of their demands.Ramos told fellow activists at Sunday’s summit how they lost two of their colleagues in a traffic accident during the march while another four had died because their health deteriorated during the protest.She cried as she told the summit: “Because these comrades had given their lives we fought on and we too were prepared to give our lives.“We remember what we went through and every day it moves me.“All of a sudden we have made ourselves visible in Bolivia and have got coverage in its media.”Last week, she said, there was national media coverage of a case in which a young man with cerebral palsy was found severely malnourished.She said: “Before, it would have been ignored. Now it is a national scandal because of what we did.“We have shown the whole of society we are strong and are not prepared to shut up and do whatever the government tells us to do.”New Hope was founded in 1999 to fight for an independent life for all disabled people in Bolivia, and its members try to empower disabled people with physical impairments through their Independent Life programme.Antonios Rellas, from the Greek DPO Zero Tolerance, told Sunday’s summit how he was the only disabled activist who gave evidence in the long-running trial of MPs and members of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party.He said: “As disabled activists, we know very well the story behind the fascist danger.“Golden Dawn followed exactly what Hitler and the Third Reich believed. Some of the first victims of the Third Reich were disabled people who were killed, 275,00 of them, as unworthy to live.”He also described his organisation’s ongoing fight against the institutionalisation of disabled people in Greece, which saw Zero Tolerance fight for the freedom of disabled residents who were being over-medicated and chained to cages in a state-run institution in Lechaina.He has directed a documentary which exposes the conditions, with Rellas and other disabled activists occupying the institution for four days and demanding that they were released.Now those disabled people who have been released from Lechaina have been found homes “in places where they can lead regular lives”, he said.But he said that more than 900 disabled people were still living in similar conditions in state-run institutions in Greece.He said: “The institutions that we are talking about are public institutions. We don’t know what is happening in private and church facilities.“This has nothing to do with the financial crisis that Greece is under. This was happening before this happened and if we are not there to resist and provoke it will stay like this forever.”Naziaty Yaacob, from Harapan OKU (Hope for Persons with Disabilities), speaking via Skype, told of her organisation’s battle to fight systematic discrimination against disabled people in her country following the election in May of the first new government in Malaysia in 60 years.They wrote an open letter to the new prime minister, with support from more than 100 charities, telling him that disabled people were “still struggling to achieve independence” and were “still facing barriers and discrimination”, with disabled people the most marginalised group in society.They highlighted the “toothless” nature of the existing disability discrimination act and the need for a new act and an independent commission to deal with grievances and systemic discrimination.Rose Achayo, from the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, described the wide-ranging discrimination faced by disabled women and girls in her country.She told the summit that her organisation had formed in 1999 to be a voice for disabled women and girls and to push for “a society where girls and women with disabilities lead a dignified life”.She pointed to barriers faced by disabled women in Uganda, such as violence in the home and in the community, the abuse inflicted on disabled people with high support needs who are placed in isolated settings, the lack of access to reproductive health, and the lack of access to justice.She also pointed to the stigma and “invisibility” faced by disabled women and girls in mainstream society, and their lack of access to the main source of income: land.But she said that, unlike the UK government, the Ugandan government had acknowledged issues raised by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities and had come up with a plan for how they could be addressed.The committee examined Uganda’s progress in 2016, a process her organisation took part in. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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…last_img read more

GRAND Final tickets are now available from the RFL

first_imgGRAND Final tickets are now available from the RFL only.You can cheer on your super Saints for just £21 by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting  Saints will be in the West side of Old Trafford.Coach travel is available at £10 season ticket holders and £11 for non season ticket holders.It will leave Alexandra Business Park on Prescot Road at 3pm on Saturday and you must buy from the club store or by calling 01744 455 052 before Saturday.last_img read more

SAINTS are well featured in Rugby League Worlds S

first_imgSAINTS are well featured in Rugby League World’s Super League’s Top 50 which has been released today.Whilst we don’t want to give things away, seven of the Champions’ roster are in the top 50!The list has been chosen by an esteemed panel of Rugby League World and League Express contributors, as well as by reader polling on RLW’s website – meaning that there is a fair reflection from both experts and passionate fans alike. Priced at just £2.99, click here to buylast_img

Man convicted for home breakin stabbed woman with kitchen knife

first_imgA Wilmington man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first degree burglary. (Photo: DA Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first degree burglary.Kevin Waterman, 52, was sentenced to at least 12 years behind the bars for breaking into a home on Golden Road and stabbing a woman with a kitchen knife multiple times in August 2016.- Advertisement – It happened in August 2016 in the 200 block of Golden Road. The homeowners say they knew Waterman for a couple of months prior to the incident.During the early morning hours on August 17, Waterman came to the home armed with a weapon. After pushing his way into the house, Waterman discharged the weapon at a woman.The man at the home attempted to get the gun from Waterman, and during the process was shot in the finger, resulting in the complete amputation of the finger.Related Article: Local leader pushes to raise penalty for pharmacy break-insWaterman proceeded to chase the woman to her bedroom, shooting his weapon several more times. Once in the bedroom, Waterman stabbed the woman numerous times in the chest, arms and head, and punched her in the face with enough force to dislodge her dentures. Waterman left the scene when the man told him that 911 had been called.Waterman served 13 years in the Department of Adult Correction for Second DegreeMurder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and Inflicting Serious Injury and two counts of Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for the 1993 shooting death of Roscoe Simpson on 8th Street in Wilmington. He also has a 1988 conviction for Common Law Robbery, as well as convictions for Sell/Deliver Heroin in 2014. Waterman was on probation for this 2014 conviction at the time he committed these offenses in August of 2016.“The courage of the victims in this case drove this successful result in court. They were prepared to face Mr. Waterman and hold him accountable for his actions. They are to be commended for coming forward and their willingness to participate in this process,” remarked District Attorney Ben David.last_img read more

ILM set new passenger record in 2018

first_img “2018 has been a year of unprecedented growth,” Airport Director Julie Wilsey said in a release. “We acknowledge the investment our airline partners made at ILM.”ILM credits the growth in part to the addition of United as a third carrier joining Delta and American. United began nonstop service in April 2018 between ILM and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) as well as Washington-Dulles (IAD). American Airlines expanded its nonstop service as well, with new service between ILM and Chicago O’Hare during the summer season, as well as year-round daily nonstop service to Reagan National (DCA) and the expansion of season service to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to daily year-round service starting late last year. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington International Airport today said it set a new record for passengers served in 2018.According to a news release, ILM’s saw 934,058 people fly in or out of the Port City last year. That’s a 12-percent increase from a then record 836,589 passengers served in 2017.- Advertisement – Source: Wilmington International AirportRelated Article: Airline group says Christmas travel will rise 5.2 percentILM is looking for more growth in the future as it begins expansion and upgrades at the airport.“With our terminal expansion underway, and the continued support from our growing community, we look forward to our next milestone of 1 million passengers,” Wilsey said.A NCDOT report released this week says ILM provides 12,960 jobs, $66.8 million in state and local taxes, and has an overall economic output of nearly $1.8 billion.last_img read more

Regional meeting held to discuss water treatment options for north Brunswick County

first_img In the past, the majority of the board of H2Go were against a reverse osmosis plant constructed by the utility. According to what was said in this meeting, the idea of a regional system is something commissioners may agree on.“I have always been in favor of regional solutions to regional problems, and that the county’s plans to build a reverse osmosis plant would be just such a regional solution,” said H2Go commission chair Jeff Gerken.The fight for bringing a reverse osmosis treatment plant led to a vote to transfer assets of the utility to the town of Belville in November 2017. That vote was challenged by the newly elected H2Go board and it led to an injunction on the project that was supported by the town of Leland. In April, a judge ruled against the town of Belville and that asset transfer.Related Article: Belville offers counter to Leland’s plan for H2GO, RO plant“The group agreed to provide conceptual information for enhancing collaboration and achieving regionalization to their elected boards and plan to meet again in July,” said administrators in the release.Commissioners at H2Go confirm that this meeting was initiated from a directive approved at a previous board of commissioners meeting.After Executive Session at H2GO’s regularly scheduled board meeting on May 21st, H2GO’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion made by Commissioner McCoy and seconded by Commissioner Beer that authorized H2GO counsel Steve Coble to attempt to resolve pending issues if it includes all of those affected within the region, including Belville, Leland, H2GO, Brunswick County, and Navassa.“I’m hoping it will take us to a reasonable solution where everybody comes to the table and puts aside their personal agenda and just focuses on making sure everybody gets clean water in the most efficient way possible,” said county commission chair Frank Williams. “It sounds like most parties did that at this meeting I just hope that it continues.”Williams adds that these meetings will not impact the path of the county’s low pressure reverse osmosis plant set to be built at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.“There was no agreement reached at this meeting but we made good progress. Just having everyone together to discuss the matter is a step in the right direction,” said Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman.Bozeman anticipates the council will discuss the meeting and more in July. Bolivia, NC (WWAY) — Yesterday, representatives from the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer (H2GO), the County of Brunswick, and Towns of Belville, Leland, and Navassa came together to discuss water and sewer concerns in the northern part of Brunswick County.  This is according to a joint press release from county staff.“There was a genuine spirit of cooperation and a common goal from all parties to provide high quality water treated by reverse osmosis to the residents,” said county administrators.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Brunswick High School band heading to Washington DC

first_img– Advertisement – BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Band students at North Brunswick High School are on their way to the nation’s capital to take part in a major fourth of July celebration.The students were invited to participate in the 2019 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC. The North Brunswick High School band heads to Washington, DC, on July 3, 2019. (Photo: Christopher Cook)center_img In recent weeks, the students and boosters have raised more than $31,000 to cover expenses for 67 students.“I am very excited to lead these students in the national parade, it is a great honor,” said NBHS Band Director Christopher Cook.Students were asked to report to the school at 5 a.m. Wednesday, but Cook told WWAY that many parents started showing up as early as 4 a.m.Related Article: NC 4th of July Festival cancels Southport fireworksHe says the students are extremely excited and anxious to be taking part.“I don’t think anyone went to sleep last night,” Cook said.Many of these students have faced challenges this school year including Hurricane Florence as well as other personal obstacles.In recent weeks, they have practiced at the school wearing sweatshirts and other thick clothing to prepare them for wearing their uniforms in the heat during the parade.“The students have worked hard all summer fundraising and practicing,” Cook said. “It says a lot that after the Hurricane parents and supporters made this a priority for our students.”The band will return home on Friday evening.“I am very proud of our student and our community,” Cook said. “I am very thankful to all for their donation.”last_img read more

And then there was light Cardinal breaks law to restore power for

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building.Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, 55, whose job is to distribute the pope’s charity funds, went to the disused state-owned building near a Rome cathedral on Saturday night and broke a police seal to re-connect electrical circuit breakers.To some, he was a hero of sorts by Monday morning as the news went viral. Rome’s left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper ran a banner headline calling him “The Pope’s Robin Hood” and praising him for doing the right thing under the circumstances.“What can I say? It was a particularly desperate situation. I repeat: I assume all the responsibility. If a fine arrives, I’ll pay it,” Krajewski said in an interview in Corriere della Sera newspaper on Monday.The building has been occupied since 2013 by Italians who had lost their homes and migrants. It houses some 450 people, including about 100 children.It had been without power since May 6 because some 300,000 euro in electricity bills had not been paid.“Defending illegality is never a good sign,” Salvini, who has often clashed with the pope on migration and other social issues, told reporters on Monday.“There are many Italians and even legal immigrants who pay their bills, even if with difficulty. People can do what they please but as interior minister, I guarantee the rules.”Krajewski, who rides around Rome on a bicycle, said he would pay the building’s electricity bills from now on but that for him, the issue went beyond money.“There are children there. The first thing to ask is ‘why are they there? What is the reason? How is it possible that families are in such a situation” he told Corriere.Krajewski, a Pole, was already a minor celebrity in Rome. Since the pope named him to the Vatican charity job in 2013, he became known for dressing down into simple layman’s clothes at night and bringing food the city’s homeless in a white van.He was also responsible for opening shelters near the Vatican were the homeless can wash, get haircuts, and receive medical care.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung launches DVM S air conditioning systems in Kampala

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced yesterday its latest generation of smart variable refrigerant flow air conditioning systems, the Digital Variable Multi (DVM S) at the Golf course hotel in Kampala.Designed for large business or home spaces, the DVM S allows different temperatures to be maintained in different zones, through Dual Smart Inverter compressor technology that delivers greater energy efficiency.A category first, the DVM S is built exclusively with Samsung technology, representing a complete transformation from its predecessors.“We’re truly proud of the versatility the new Samsung Digital Variable Multi provides for our consumers,” said Michael McKechnie, Business Leader for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics South Africa. – Advertisement – “Whether in home or commercial spaces, this air conditioning system will revolutionise consumers’ lifestyles with improved energy efficiency to save them money, as well as, demonstrate how we operate as a business, with our first-ever system built exclusively with Samsung technology.”The Samsung DVM S offers a premium experience, through a sleek design and superior technology. Smart Appliances for Smart Spaces Dual Smart Inverter technology replaces Digital Scroll technology used in previous generations of the DVM system.Unlike other air conditioning systems that use a mix of fixed and inverter compressors, Samsung’s DVM S contains only inverter compressors, which help improve the system’s overall efficiency and deliver an average European seasonal energy efficiency ratio (ESEER) rating that is four percent higher than similar systems.Vapour injection technology utilised on the DVM S also helps increase energy efficiency; enhancing performance and allowing the system to be particularly well-suited for low temperature environments, such as those found in Nordic regions. Additional product features include auto commissioning and management settings.When Wi-Fi-enabled, the Samsung DVM S can reduce commissioning time from three hours to less than one hour and users can view reports on the system’s operating data, making maintenance and servicing easier and less time consuming, while saving money.The DVM S also boasts a uniquely long piping length. On average, the longest piping length is about 220 meters, limiting maximum height between outdoor and indoor units to 110 meters. Samsung’s DVM S is equipped with a total pipe length of 1,000 meters, providing for greater installation flexibility, no matter what the space is to be used.last_img read more


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