Monthly Archive: July 2019

A new fund to support disabled candidates who want

first_imgA new fund to support disabled candidates who want to stand for elected office helped 19 disabled people win seats on local councils at this month’s elections.The EnAble Fund for Elected Office only went live in January, handing out 42 grants to help disabled candidates in England with the disability-related expenses of standing for elected office.The fund, administered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA), is only a temporary replacement for the Access to Elected Office Fund, which was frozen by the government in 2015 after just three years.The Government Equalities Office has provided funding of £250,000 for the temporary fund, covering expenses such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters, assistive technology, personal assistants and taxi fares, but it is not clear what will happen after it closes in March 2020.Disabled politicians have previously warned that the temporary fund was only a “first step” and was a “drop in the ocean” of what was required to provide a long-term solution to allow disabled politicians to compete on a level playing-field with non-disabled candidates.The Scottish government has set up its own fund for disabled candidates for local and Scottish parliament elections, delivered by Inclusion Scotland.Anna Denham, DR UK’s project manager for the EnAble fund, said: “Feedback from participants, including from several who were not elected, is that the fund enabled them to participate equally, which both they – and DR UK – view as a success.“We would of course like to see funding continue beyond March 2020 and be available to candidates standing in any (local) government election in England.“We therefore recognise the EnAble fund as a first stepping-stone towards that goal.“Being a UK-based charity, we would also like to see similar programmes launched in Wales and Northern Ireland.“Above all, we would like to see disabled candidates and councillors receive better reasonable adjustments at all stages, from pre-selection through to serving in elected office.“However, we acknowledge that these goals are long-term and not within the remit of the current EnAble Fund.”DR UK was unable to say whether there have been any applications for funding for this month’s European elections, which are only taking place because of parliament’s Brexit crisis, or how much funding has been allocated so far.It has also been unable to say if parliamentary candidates will be able to apply for funding if a general election is called before March 2020.But disabled candidates for next May’s police and crime commissioner elections can apply for support from the fund.Cllr Peter Fleming, chair of LGA’s improvement and innovation board, said: “It is vital that the make-up of councils reflects their communities and their experience.“The LGA has been constantly working with councils towards increasing diversity and inclusion, including running our Be a Councillor campaign.”He added: “Councils want to see more disabled people, parents and carers stand for election and to step up to leadership roles in local government to create a working environment which is attractive and supportive for people from all groups and backgrounds.”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. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note 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

Affordable Housing for FirstTime Buyers in SF

first_imgWith the median sales price in San Francisco $1.1 million at the end of 2015 — up from $681,000 in 2010 — buying a home in San Francisco may seem impossible for anyone without sizable savings and income. But for the few ready to jump through some housing hoops to enter a lottery, there are currently dozens of affordable housing units aimed at low to middle income first-time homeowners. In addition, the city has a variety of loan assistance programs for those who can buy market-rate.Inclusionary HousingWith just 56 available units out of a total of 900 citywide, the inclusionary housing program is no panacea for those trying to stay in the city, but it does offer a chance for some to move into the tightest housing market in the country.The units come out of a law that requires developers building 10 or more units to make 12 percent of them permanently affordable for either rental or homeownership. The rent or sales prices of those units is restricted by the city. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img While affordable rental units in the city are typically available to those making 60 percent of area median income or below ($42,800 for a single-person household), below-market-rate units  for sale can be bought by those making as much as 90 percent of area median income. That’s $64,200 for a single-person household or $91,700 for a family of four.The units are restricted to buyers who have not owned any part of a housing unit for three years prior to the application period.A few units are also available to those making up to 150 percent of area median income. The wide range of acceptable incomes means anyone interested should follow the Mayor’s Office of Housing’s advice and take the following steps:First, potential homeowners must sign up for a workshop and counseling session from one of five non-profits listed on the housing office website. (For Mission residents, the Mission Economic Development Agency at 19th and Mission provides these courses in Spanish and English.) The courses are six hours in total, and can be taken in either a single six-hour block or multiple shorter blocks.Once a potential buyer completes those classes, he or she is given a certificate that expires after a year. In that time, buyers should again meet with one of the five non-profits listed by the housing office to go over their income qualifications and the loans available to them.Some units have asking prices of just $157,000 while others come in at $494,000 — and all have different income qualifications. Meeting with a non-profit not only helps determine eligibility but also clarifies possible fees including home association fees, that must also be paid.Potential buyers must then choose one of dozens of approved private lenders citywide to secure pre-approval for a home mortgage. There are a variety of loan-assistance and refinancing programs provided by the city — with dedicated programs to teachers and first-responders — that can help potential buyers secure funds for their first San Francisco home.The most common of these programs, the Downpayment Assistance Loan Program, does not require monthly payment and only needs to be repaid when the house is sold or 30 to 40 years have passed. The loan can be for a maximum of $57,000 or 15 percent of the asking price.Only after all of this can an individual apply to one of a few dozen units citywide. After applying and being accepted, they enter a lottery for that unit. Statistics on the lottery are unavailable, but if it’s anything like the lottery for rentals, potential homeowners may be competing with hundreds of people for a unit.If they are not accepted, potential homeowners must apply to a different unit and begin the lottery process anew.Loans for Market-Rate HousingLow and middle-income buyers can also seek a market-rate unit and use the city help to finance it. There is also a Downpayment Assistance Loan Program for market-rate units that is more generous than the one for below-market-rate units because of the higher costs involved.Under that program, households looking to purchase a single-family home in San Francisco at market-rate can apply for a loan of up to $200,000, a loan that does not need to be repaid until the home is sold or 30 to 40 years has passed.The loan is income-restricted: Households cannot make more than 120 percent area median income, or $122,300 for a family of four. It also prevents the purchase of homes with a no-fault eviction in the last 10 years or a resale in the last 90 days, a restriction aimed at property-flipping.(The loans for teachers, police officers, and firefighters are similar to those above.)If potential San Franciscans are interested in these programs, they can subscribe to the housing office email alert system to be notified of new properties on the market or they can check the housing office website for a listing of current properties. Otherwise, low and middle-income residents can try renting an affordable unit, or go on the market to compete for those $1.1 million homes. last_img read more

Frisco Five Hunger Striker Drops Out of District 9 Race

first_imgLindo said that he had no concern about fundraising or popular support, though the latest campaign filings show he was outspent by tens of thousands of dollars. He said his time hunger striking greatly increased his visibility — and brought in thousands in campaign contributions — but also convinced him that electoral politics was no route for change.Lindo, who also works as an education consultant and is a vice-president for external affairs at the Latino Democratic Club, announced his campaign suspension via Facebook, writing a longer post on Medium describing his background and giving more reasons for his withdrawal.In an interview, he criticized elected officials for their muted response to the Frisco Five hunger strike and the call for the ouster of Greg Suhr, then the police chief. None of the supervisors called for Suhr’s resignation until a panel found widespread problems within the police department, days after the hunger strike ended.The chief finally resigned the same day of a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black woman, Jessica Williams, in the Bayview in May.“They aren’t willing to stand up,” said Lindo of the city’s supervisors. “They aren’t willing to make strong principled points until it’s politically expedient.”Lindo said he would continue to be peripherally involved in city politics, though he did not give specifics. He did say that “every elected official in this city will be held accountable in a way that they never have before.”He declined to endorse any other candidates for District Nine, but ruled out ever backing Ronen or Arce.“I’m certainly not going to endorse Hillary or Josh,” he said, adding that he would be open to talking to España or San Miguel, the other two candidates.Correction: This story did not originally note that Lindo missed a filing deadline for his supervisorial campaign. 0% Edwin Lindo, one of the “Frisco Five” hunger strikers who fasted for 17 days to protest police violence and call for the firing of San Francisco’s police chief, dropped out of the race for the seat of District 9 Supervisor today after missing a filing deadline on Tuesday.In an interview, however, Lindo did not mention the missed deadline and said he thought the political process in the city too corrupt.“It is awfully corrupt, so much so that, yeah, we need good people there, but I don’t even think it’s right to have to go through the ugliness that is what we see in San Francisco,” he said. “Nothing, nothing is going to let up, and me being one in 11 supervisors is not gonna change the world. If anything I’ll be more handcuffed, more constrained, and more compromised.”Lindo was one of five candidates to replace termed-out Supervisor David Campos, including Hillary Ronen, Josh Arce, Iswari España, and Melissa San Miguel.center_img Tags: district 9 • election 2016 • Elections • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

CHALON Way is not available on Sunday January 20 f

first_imgCHALON Way is not available on Sunday January 20 for parking as there is a car boot sale on the site.Tontine is available and if the clean up is complete then Chalon Way may be available after 3pm.St.Marys is also unavailable as it closes at 4.30pm.last_img

TICKETS for the Fridays Qualifying Play Off again

first_imgTICKETS for the Friday’s Qualifying Play Off against Castleford are now on sale.They are priced at £18 for adults, £15 for concessions and £7 juniors (seating) and £15, £13 and £5 (standing).You can buy at the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.The game will take place on Friday September 19 at Langtree Park, kick off 8pm.last_img

Pineville officer dies in motorcycle crash near the battleship

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pineville police officer died early Saturday morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after crashing his motorcycle Friday.According to the NC Highway Patrol, Michael Stephen Williams, 56, of Waxhaw, was riding a Harley Davidson when the crash happened.- Advertisement – Troopers say it happened just before 5:30 p.m. on US 74 toward Wilmington when Ofc. Williams lost control on the US 421 ramp.Williams ran off the roadway in the curve and struck the guardrail.Williams was thrown from the motorcycle.Related Article: Two children killed in New Hanover County crashTroopers say Williams was wearing a helmet and no impairment or high speed is suspected.Emergency crews took Williams to NHRMC. He died at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.No one else was on the motorcycle and no other cars were involved.According to a post on the Pineville Police Department’s Facebook page, Williams worked as a full-time officer for 15 years.He was recently working with the department as a reserve officer.last_img read more

Is it legal to drink and boat The answer may surprise you

first_imgBoat crash in Southport on June 7, 2018. (Photo: Southport Fire Department) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man faces charges after a boat crashed into several docks Thursday night along the Southport riverfront.According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, 51-year-old Kevin Harrell is charged with operating a boat under the influence and careless and reckless boating.- Advertisement – Investigators say around 7 p.m. last night when the boat Harrell was driving caught a wake and lost control.The force threw Harrell and three passengers from the boat, which was still in gear. It plowed through three docks and a stationary boat before stopping.“The boat continued to move toward this side here and come right through these docks here and landed right here on this spot on the beach,” Criscoe said.Related Article: VA seeing patients at Wilmington Clinic ThursdayNeighbors were shocked by the damage, but say it could have been worse.For many people, a boat trip often includes alcohol. But are you allowed to drink while piloting your boat?Ofc. Matt Criscoe of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission says it’s a little different than when operating a car on the road, but it still falls on the driver to use their best judgement.“He had enough in his system to be impaired,” Criscoe said. “After doing my SFST on him and taking him to Brunswick County, it confirmed that he was impaired.”Criscoe says Harrell was well over the legal limit, which is .08, while traveling around 55 miles per hour.He says people can drink while they drive a boat, but people need to know their limit.“The operator can actually consume an alcoholic beverage while he’s on the boat and operating the boat, he just can’t be impaired while he’s doing that,” Criscoe said. “That’s the most important thing is his impairment. He’s got to judge how much he consumes during the day and if he feels that he’s to the point, he needs to stop drinking.”Some people do not think boat drivers should drink at all while they are manning a vessel.“People don’t keep track of how much they drink, and again you’re putting the lives of innocent people and yourself in jeopardy,” Southport resident Dennis Greenburg said.“Why would you do that when you have guests with you who can really be hurt? It makes no sense to me to drink and drive anything” resident Ruth Greenburg said.Criscoe says things could have ended a lot worse than they did here last night. He says none of the four men on the boat was seriously hurt.last_img read more

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns from twomonth patrol

first_img They also participated in fleet week in New York, and helped to inspect commercial fishing vessels.One little girl, whose dad was away for her eighth birthday, was thrilled to have him home.“It feels good because I missed him a lot. Cause I always miss him when he’s gone. And I just love him so much,” she said.Related Article: Storm worsens Wilmington’s affordable housing crisisDiligence began her patrol in Little Creek, VA, where the crew took part in the bi-annual training period called Tailored Ship’s Training Availability.Diligence conducted 108 drills and exercises achieving an outstanding 97.4 percent average drill score. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence sailed back into Wilmington over the weekend after a two month long patrol.While they were gone, the Diligence crew helped a man who was attempting to cross the Atlantic ocean from Norfolk, VA to Scotland in a 24-foot rowboat. The boat was damaged in a storm, so the crew repaired the boat and the man continued on his journey.- Advertisement – last_img read more

2 year suspended sentence for man who put wifes life at risk

first_imgA 56-year-old man was handed down a two-year suspended sentence after he was arraigned in court in Gozo on Saturday.The man, an Albanian national, residing in Munxar was charged after he put the life of his wife in danger. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.Sources told that the man had left his bedridden wife in filthy conditions.In a statement the Police said that the man received a two year suspended for four years imprisonment sentence after placing a person’s life in danger in Munxar. The person was described as either an elderly person or an adult who was dependent on the accused.The court was presided over by Magistrate Paul Coppini while Police Inspector Bernard Charles Spiteri prosecuted.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

9yearold cancer patient who never complained is now on the path to

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Il-Papa rrikonoxxa l-virtu erojka ta’ tifel ta’ disa’ snin u poggih fit-triq għall-qdusijaIl-Papa rrikonoxxa l-virtu erojka ta’ tifel ta’ disa’ snin u poggih fit-triq għall-qdusija Pope Francis Monday recognized the heroic virtue of nine-year old Brazilian boy, who “never complained” during cancer treatments, but instead offered his suffering to Jesus.Diagnosed in 1963 with osteosarcoma, Nelson Santana, then eight years old, asked his mother in the hospital one day to “promise Jesus not to complain in the face of suffering and pain.”Understood meaning of sufferingA nurse and religious sister who cared for Santana noted the child’s “extraordinary ability” to understand the meaning of the suffering of Christ. The sister ensured Santana continued to receive religious instruction in the hospital, where he also received his first communion.When told that his cancerous arm had to be amputated, Santana responded that “pain is very important to increase true love and courageously maintain the love already conquered.”Pain is importantSantana died of cancer on Christmas Eve 1964 at the age of nine.The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized the heroic virtue of Santana and six other Servants of God, advancing them along the path to sainthood as “venerable.”Pope Francis authorized the congregation to promulgate the decree April 6.Another Brazilian’s cause for sainthood also advanced with the decree. The Vatican approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of an early 20th century Brazilian priest, Venerable Donizetti Tavares de Lima, who can now be beatified.The heroic virtue of Brother Damiao de Bozzano, an Italian Capuchin friar and missionary to Brazil; Father Carlo Cavina, founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales; Capuchin Father Raffaele da Sant’Elia a Pianisi; French Friar Victorin Nymphas Arnaud Pagés of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; Capuchin Poor Clare Sister Consolata Betrone; and layperson Gaetana “Nuccia” Tolomeo were also recognized in the decree.WhatsApplast_img read more