The Scottish government has described how it hopes

first_imgThe Scottish government has described how it hopes to make the UN disability convention “a reality” for disabled people in Scotland.A draft plan, published this week, includes more than 50 recommendations which it hopes will help Scotland implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The draft delivery plan for 2016-20 includes commitments on welfare reform, public transport, disability hate crime, housing, accessible design and access to justice.The plan points out that disabled people in Scotland are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people, while a total of 230,000 more adapted homes are needed.The plan has been put out for consultation until 4 January 2016, with the final plan to be published next summer.The document is deeply critical of the UK government’s welfare reforms, which it says are having a “disproportionate impact on the lives of disabled people”.Among commitments is a promise to open the new Scottish Independent Living Fund – which is already open to former users of the Independent Living Fund – to new users.On accessible housing, it says the SNP government will “consider in greater depth the issues raised by disabled people’s organisations about the availability of accessible housing”, while it will publish a guide to help architects design accessible buildings that “fully meet the needs of disabled people”.The document also pledges to measure how NHS bodies in Scotland are “embracing equality, diversity and human rights”, and to abolish fees for employment tribunals that were introduced by the UK government in 2013.The Scotland bill is due to transfer powers on social security for disabled people to the Scottish government, which promises a system that “treats people with dignity and respect during their time applying for, being assessed and receiving disability benefits”.The Scottish government also promises to work with a local authority to develop a pilot project aimed at “preventing and removing disability hate crime from society”.Dr Jim Elder-Woodward, chair of the Scottish Independent Living Coalition, said the draft plans were “a major milestone” and “a good starting point towards building a fairer Scotland for all disabled people”. But he added: “There is a way yet to go before disabled people can enjoy their legal and moral rights of choice, control, dignity, and freedom.“As disabled people we know best the changes needed to remove the disabling barriers we experience.“We welcome these draft commitments and urge disabled people to seize this opportunity to have their say and to share with the Scottish government what needs to happen to make the rights we have on paper the reality we experience every day.”John McArdle, co-founder of the Scottish-based grassroots campaigning organisation Black Triangle, also welcomed the document and said it was “very encouraging”.Communities minister and SNP MSP Marco Biagi said: “At a time when the UK government is undermining the human rights of disabled people with its programme of austerity and welfare cuts, we are committed to furthering their rights and engaging a wider section of the population in the debate.“We firmly believe that disabled people’s rights are human rights, and that human rights must apply to everyone.”The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities also published its own draft delivery plan, intended to complement the Scottish government’s version, with 30 actions of its own on issues such as social security, independent living, accessible transport, housing, education and employment.Picture: The Scottish government’s Victoria Quay building in Edinburghlast_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Trick Dog and Delfina win honors plus MAPP Saturday evening

first_imgMAPP!It’s MAPP weekend! The Mission Arts and Performance Project is putting on its bimonthly arts event, which will be featuring music, poetry readings and art shows at six locations around the Mission Saturday evening. In collaboration with MEXASB from UC Berkeley, MAPP will be hosting an art sale fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico on Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (2868 Mission St.). The event will also feature live music by LA GENTE, Taller Bombalele, Amy & The Elements. ¡Movimiento! 0% Tags: bars • CCSF • dance mission theater • fundraiser • Galería de la Raza • MAPP • mission neighborhood centers • poetry • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Project Commotion, a non-profit for children and families, will be hosting a fundraiser for its student scholarship program on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Mission Neighborhood Centers (362 Capp St.). The event will feature music performances from Maracatú Pacífico, Grupo Mixcoatl Anahuac and the Project Commotion kids. Food is being provided by Dave and Mauro’s Famous Farm, Bamboo Lantern and other pop-up restaurants. Proceeds from the benefit will go to Project Commotion’s programs, which are aimed at fostering healthy cognitive and social-emotional development among the community’s youth.Galería de la Raza seeking submissions for #UndocuJoy: Unfathomable StrengthThe deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to Galería de la Raza’s exhibit, #UndocuJoy: Unfathomable Strength, which will feature the artistic work by undocumented or formerly undocumented immigrants about their own narratives in the U.S. The submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m.  “#UndocuJoy is a celebration of the day-to-day spirit, passion, intelligence and empathy needed to stand taller in our power,” Yosimar Reyes, who is curating the exhibit, said in a statement. “This project will bear witness to the personal narrative which then becomes the collective voice created BY us and FOR us.”The exhibition will run from Nov. 4, 2017, to Jan. 13, 2018. Check out the submission guidelines here. Bib Gourmand honors Mission restaurants  Congrats to Dosa (21st & Valencia), Delfina (18th & Guerrero) and Izakaya Rintaro (14th and Folsom) for making it onto Michelin’s 2018 Bib Gourmand list, which honors restaurants that offer gourmet fare at a (slightly) lower price point. They were among 67 Bay Area restaurants to be recognized. Trick Dog and ABV among 50 Best Bars in the World  The three aforementioned restaurants weren’t the only Mission District establishments to be decorated of late: two Mission bars, Trick Dog (20th & Alabama) and ABV (16th & Guerrero) were included in the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Trick Dog, which has been included on this list since 2014, moved up from No. 35 to 26 — the second-highest ranking for a U.S. bar outside of New York City. ABV, included on last year’s list, moved down 10 spots to No. 46. The top 10 bars are primarily located in London and New York City. Three of the 50, including the Mission’s two bars, are in San Francisco. “Setting the Word on Fire” shoots for 90-minute cut  Makers of an upcoming documentary about San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus Alejandro Murguia have launched an Indiegogo campaign to extend the film to a 90-minute cut. The film, titled “Setting the Word on Fire,” is a four year effort by an Emmy Award-winning team that follows Murguia and other poet activists in their fight for a more equitable world. So far they’ve raised $2,800 of their $30,000 goal, which they hope to reach in the next month. Dance Mission Theater fundraiser at castle in Pacifica Spots are going quickly for Dance Mission Theater’s Youth Program and Grrrl Brigade fundraiser at Mazza Castle in Pacifica on Oct. 22. The event will have cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music and the castle’s beautiful view. There are only a few spots left. Tickets are $45 for one person, $65 for you and a plus-one. Purchase them here. “Protecting Mother Earth: Nature’s Hidden Beauty” at CCSF’s Ocean Campus Appreciate the the less-obvious wonders of nature through the photographs of Tom Graham at his San Francisco City College exhibit, “Protecting Mother Earth: Nature’s Hidden Beauty,” which is running through Oct. 27 at the Front Page Gallery of CCSF’s Ocean Campus.“The show continues our tradition of providing insightful and contemporary images that are a part of our daily lives,” Juan Gonzales, department chair of CCSF’s journalism department, said in a statement. “Tom’s ability to capture hidden beauty of nature is breathtaking.” last_img read more

And as part of the buildup they had their shirts

first_imgAnd as part of the build-up they had their shirts presented to them last weekend.Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw explains why the night is very important:This fantastic evening sits right at the end of our preparations and is a lovely opportunity for the players, staff and their families celebrate their selection, congratulate themselves for their fundraising efforts and importantly start to light the flames of excitement!As is tradition, two former tourists in Morgan Knowles and Danny Richardson came along to present the shirts to the players and offered some tips of what to expect in the coming weeks!2017 will be the seventh instalment of our Academy tours since 2004.In fundraising for so many tours the support of the local community has been a constant, and without that backing we wouldn’t have made that first trip let alone six more.Our tours sit as important part in the development of our talented players and we can proudly lay claim to still being the only club, English or Australian, to undertake them.22 days, 22 players and four games is the equation. Games against Canterbury Bulldogs, Central Coast, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers will provide a stern test for the squad in what promises to be a trip of a lifetime.Accompanying them will be a strong team of coaches with a wealth of touring experience, plus three new faces. Amongst the staff we have club legend Eric Chisnall, who along with Derek Traynor and Mike Rush has been a touring ever present, and Reserve team coach Ian Talbot.We also have three invaluable volunteers in Derek Hardman, Ste Marsh and Shaun Ryan who coach every week on the club’s scholarship programme, and work tirelessly to help identify and recruit players into the club at the age of 14.Over the past 15-years the club’s performance department has been well backed by the Board of Directors and we can proudly claim to be the only club rated as Outstanding in all areas for every independent accreditation.Australia tours sit outside this assessment process and are a massive addition to our development programmes. Through the tours that have gone before we have a strong reputation in Australia and we are well aware that they lie in wait!I am certain that our standing in the game will be enhanced even further with the fine group of young men that are about to represent our great club. It’s an exciting time for the whole squad and the players not only represent the professional club but also their schools, their community clubs and the wider sport of Rugby League.We have prepared well as training has intensified over the last eight weeks and it’s safe to say the lads are chomping at the bit to get stuck in.Fixtures (local time):Game 1 v Canterbury – Sat October 14, 5pmGame 2 v Central Coast – Weds Oct 18, 6pmGame 3 v South Sydney – Sun Oct 22, 6pmGame 4 v Penrith – Sat Oct 28, 6pmlast_img read more

GO GREEN TO SAVE GREEN Wilmington adds LED lights on Market Street

first_imgWilmington began installing 250 LED lights in the Market Street parking deck last week. (Photo: City of Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Saving green by going green. That’s what the City of Wilmington says is happening ever since they renovated their old garage in 2009 and turned it into an energy efficient street sweeper facility.The city says the facility’s electric bill for the past year was just $478 which averaged about $40 per month.- Advertisement – A non-green building of the same size would cost about $12,000 dollars per year.Although they generated more than 7,500 kilowatts per hour of electricity by the buildings solar panels this year, the facility used less than 2,000 kwh.last_img read more

New campaign encourages healthy donations for area food pantries

first_img Maher said food insecurity is a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life which is more than 5,000 children and 12,000 adults in Brunswick County.The campaign is focused on educating donors on what qualifies as a healthy donation; ensuring area food pantries staff and volunteers promote healthy eating to their donors and clients; and, empowering those that are food insecure to eat for health rather than for tasteStephanie Bowan said most common foods available to those that are food insecure are nonperishable foods such as canned items and packaged goods which are typically high in salt and/or sugar.Related Article: Polio-like illness causing paralysis in children reaches the CarolinasMaher said the Give Healthy Campaign is pushing items like:Lean proteins including nuts, low sodium and all-natural peanut butter, dry beans or low-sodium canned beans and canned chicken or seafood packed in water.Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. If canned, items should be in either 100 percent water or 100 percent juice with no added salt and/or no added sugar.Low sodium (500 milligrams or less) soups that include vegetables and have at least two grams of fiber.Pasta, rice, cereal and breads that are 100 percent whole grain or whole wheat with no added sugar or very low sugar (less than eight grams per serving).You can directly donate healthy items to a food pantry near you or you can work with BWC to host a Give Healthy food drive. Matthew’s Ministry is their first partner agency to host a food drive and BWC is planning several more drives for other pantries in Brunswick County.To learn more call or email BWC at 910-444-1872 or BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick Wellness Coalition is raising awareness about the need for healthy food for people who are food insecure using a new campaign.Brunswick Wellness Coalition Executive Director Lindsay Maher says they just kicked off the Give Healthy Campaign.- Advertisement – last_img read more

A snowy start for some in southeastern North Carolina

first_img Snow in Richlands on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Tracy Jones) This precipitation, McKee said, should be brief and is expected to exit the region by noon.Send us your photos at! Snow in Southeastern North Carolina Snow in Watha on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Kenneth Fountain) Snow in Richlands on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Tracy Jones) Snow in Burgaw on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Julie Hall) Snow Maple Hill on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Sam Lang) 1 of 14 Snow in Harrels on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Varsie Hunt) Snow in Maple Hill on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Christie Lashley) Snow in Richlands on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Tracy Jones) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Parts of the Cape Fear region woke up to a light dusting of snow Tuesday morning.WWAY Meteorologist Justin McKee said a band of moisture interacted with some cold air to produce snow in our northern communities while areas further to the south dealt with a chilly rain.- Advertisement – No winter weather alerts have been posted by the National Weather Service.Related Article: Pender Schools close Tuesday, four shelters to be set upChief Aaron Herring with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said there was a misty rain falling as of 7:30 a.m. He said there was no accumulation of snow and that it tended to melt upon making contact with the pavement. All roads in the county were reportedly clear, Herring said.In Bladen County, there was a dusting of snow in a number of locations including Bladenboro, Clarkton, Elizabethtown, White Lake and White Oak.A dispatcher for Pender County 911 told WWAY there was about an inch of snow from Rocky Point to Burgaw but that the roads were not impassable. There were also reports of light snow falling in Maple Hill.In neighboring Duplin County, there were traces of snow on vehicles and in the grass. Brian Kelly, a dispatcher with Duplin County 911, said there were reports of snow on the east side of the county near Bealaville but that it was not sticking. Snow also fell in other areas including Wallace and Faison. Snow in Watha on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Kenneth Fountain) Snow in Watha on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Kenneth Fountain) Near Elizabethtown on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Esther Brinkman) Snow in Rocky Point on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Daniel Rivenbark) Snow in Bladen County on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Tess Williams) Snow in Burgaw on March 5, 2019 (Theresa Shively) Snow in Saint Helena on March 5, 2019 last_img read more

Brunswick County Free Dump Week is here

first_img Businesses and commercial vehicles will be charged normal tipping fees. Must show proof of Brunswick County property ownership or residency. Brunswick County Landfill 172 Landfill Rd NE, Bolivia, NC 28422.Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30am until 5pm and Saturday 7:30am until 3pm.HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION April 20, 2019.The Brunswick County Solid Waste Department will be at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Rd, Shallotte, from 9am to 12pm to collect household hazardous waste. Items will be taken free of charge from Brunswick County property owners, residents and farmers.Must show proof of Brunswick County property ownership or residency.Some items that are accepted at the HHW collection are non-latex paints, stains, insecticides, herbicides, household cleaners, pool chemicals, and aerosol cans.For items not mentioned please contact the Brunswick County Solid Waste Department at(910)253-2520.All items brought to the event must be labeled. The staff onsite reserves the right to refuse any item brought to the event. Electronics, latex paints, fluorescent bulbs, automotive fluids, clothing, smoke detectors and batteries are not included in the HHW collection, however, they are recycled at the Brunswick County Landfill year round for free.The following materials cannot be accepted: ammunition, radioactive materials, infectious or biological waste, explosives, shock sensitive materials (crystallized ethers, picric acids, etc.), and non-household materials.These events are sponsored by Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling and through the partnership of NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and Keep Brunswick County Beautiful. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (PRESS RELEASE)– FREE DUMP WEEK April 15, 2019 through April 20, 2019.Brunswick County property owners and residents may dispose of all materials, except for regular household trash and hazardous waste, at the Brunswick County Landfill free of charge. Metal, tires, electronics, latex paint, and yard debris can be disposed of during free week but they must be placed in their designated area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Work begins on Wilmington riverfront bulkhead repairs

first_img The initial phase of work starts in Riverfront Park in front of the federal courthouse and will eventually move north toward Princess Street.Much of Riverfront Park is closed for the project, but Water Street will remain open with temporary closures.When this portion of work ends, the next phase will begin. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Preliminary work has started along the Cape Fear riverfront in downtown Wilmington for long-planned bulkhead repairs.Construction will start in the coming days and is expected to last for about a year.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The problem will persist next year with other subjects – Bonnici

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) President Marco Bonnici said that the issue of the lack of Maths and Maltese teachers will persist even into the next scholastic year and will affect four subjects, Maths, English and Science and ICT.Bonnici was talking on Thursday during Follow-Up on RTK103FM where he explained that come September, the issue of the provision of teachers for Maltese should be settled as long as all the current teachers keep providing their services, as they will no longer have to teach 25 lessons a week. He also mentioned how in the coming years there will be a problem with lack of personnel to teach English, Science and ICT.Marco Bonnici also said that the MUT does not hold any responsibility for what might happen during the year ending Maths and Maltese examinations.“The teachers are not equipped to produce examination papers”Bonnici explained that MUT members have told the union that if it withdraws the directive they will still not be in a position to produce the papers for the examination which are planned starting from next week.He explained how on Thursday, the government has offered a compensation of €3,000 to all those teachers carrying the full 25 lessons per week work-load as long as the directives are withdrawn. Bonnici also said that the teachers holding MUT membership voted against this proposal.“They passed the interview but were not employed”The MUT president also said that there is a list of 26 teachers that have passed their interviews but were not employed. He added that even though the government had desperately tried to employ them less than five teachers accepted. He said that this could mean that the teachers either found employment with independent or Church schools, or abandoned the profession and sought work in another sector.“It is worrying that teachers are leaving”Bonnici stated that it worries him to see qualified teachers seeking work in other sectors, because teachers are “overloaded” with work. He also mentioned how the gaming industry attracted a number of teachers.Akkademja tal-Malti is disappointed that the issue was not resolvedThe Akkademja tal-Malti expressed its disappointment that the issue of lack of Maltese teachers has not been resolved, and that students attending state secondary schools will not be sitting for their Maltese examinations.The Akkademja said that it believes in the invaluable capabilities of the Maltese language teachers and is urging the authorities to find a speedy solution and to see that other similar situations do not occur again.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Nokia outlines new strategy introduces new leadership operational structure

first_imgAdvertisement London, Feb. 11, 2011 – Nokia today outlined its new strategic direction, including changes in leadership and operational structure to accelerate the company’s speed of execution in a dynamic competitive environment.Major elements of the new strategy include:• Plans for a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new global mobile ecosystem; Windows Phone would serve as Nokia’s primary smartphone platform.• A renewed approach to capture volume and value growth to connect ”the next billion” to the Internet  in developing growth markets• Focused investments in next-generation disruptive technologies• A new leadership team and organizational structure with a clear focus on speed, results and accountability“Nokia is at a critical juncture, where significant change is necessary and inevitable in our journey forward,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. “Today, we are accelerating that change through a new path, aimed at regaining our smartphone leadership, reinforcing our mobile device platform and realizing our investments in the future.” – Advertisement – Nokia plans to form a strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a global mobile ecosystem based on highly complementary assets. The Nokia-Microsoft ecosystem targets to deliver differentiated and innovative products and have unrivalled scale, product breadth, geographical reach, and brand identity. With Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, Nokia would help drive the future of the platform by leveraging its expertise on hardware optimization, software customization, language support and scale. Nokia and Microsoft would also combine services assets to drive innovation. Nokia Maps, for example, would be at the heart of key Microsoft assets like Bing and AdCenter, and Nokia’s application and content store would be integrated into Microsoft Marketplace. Under the proposed partnership, Microsoft would provide developer tools, making it easier for application developers to leverage Nokia’s global scale.With Nokia’s planned move to Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, Symbian becomes a franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value. This strategy recognizes the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.Under the new strategy, MeeGo becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.In feature phones, Nokia unveiled a renewed strategy to leverage its innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people to their first Internet and application experience.New leadership team, operational structureThis new strategy is supported by significant changes in Nokia’s leadership, operational structure and approach. Effective today, Nokia has a new leadership team with the commitment, competencies and innovative thinking needed in today’s dynamic environment.The Nokia Leadership Team, previously the Group Executive Board, will consist of the following members: Stephen Elop, Esko Aho, Juha Akras, Jerri DeVard, Colin Giles, Rich Green, Jo Harlow, Timo Ihamuotila, Mary McDowell, Kai Oistamo, Tero Ojanpera, Louise Pentland and Niklas Savander.Alberto Torres has stepped down from the management team, effective February 10 to pursue other interests outside the company.The renewed governance will expedite decision-making and improve time-to-market of products and innovations, placing a heavy focus on results, speed and accountability. The new strategy and operational structure are expected to have significant impact to Nokia operations and personnel.New company structureAs of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. They will focus on Nokia’s key business areas: high-end smartphones and mass-market mobile phones.  Each unit will have profit-and-loss responsibility and end-to-end accountability for the full consumer experience, including product development, product management and product marketing.Smart Devices will be responsible for building Nokia’s leadership in smartphones and will be led by Jo Harlow. The following sub-units now in Mobile Solutions will move under Smart Devices:• Symbian Smartphones• MeeGo Computers• Strategic Business Operations To support the planned new partnership with Microsoft, Smart Devices will be responsible for creating a winning Windows Phone portfolio.Mobile Phones will drive Nokia’s ”web for the next billion” strategy. Mobile Phones will leverage its innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people and bring them affordable access to the Internet and applications. The Mobile Phones unit will be led by Mary McDowell.Markets will be responsible for selling products, executing compelling marketing and communications, creating a competitive local ecosystem, sourcing, customer care, manufacturing, IT and logistics across all Nokia products. It will be headed by Niklas Savander.Services and Developer Experience will be responsible for Nokia’s global services portfolio, developer offering, developer relations and integration of partner service offerings. Tero Ojanpera will lead the Services and Developer Experience unit in an acting capacity.NAVTEQ, an integral part of Nokia’s location and advertising business, will be headed by Larry Kaplan, and continue as a separate reporting entity.The CTO Office will be responsible for Nokia’s technology strategy and forward-looking technology activities, including Nokia Research Center. It will be headed by Rich Green.Design, responsible for Nokia product and user experience design, will be led by Marko Ahtisaari.The CFO Office, responsible for all financial activity, will be headed by Timo Ihamuotila.Corporate Development, responsible for driving implementation of Nokia’s ecosystem strategy and strategic partnerships, will be headed by Kai Oistamo.Corporate Relations & Responsibility, responsible for Nokia’s government and public affairs, sustainable development and social responsibility, will be led by Esko Aho.Human Resources will be led by Juha Akras.Legal and Intellectual Property will be led by Louise Pentland.Nokia Siemens Networks continues in the Nokia Group as a separate reporting entity.last_img read more