Disabled campaigners have welcomed the longawaite

first_imgDisabled campaigners have welcomed the long-awaited publication of draft legislation to create Europe-wide access laws.The European Commission – the European Union’s executive body – finally published a European Accessibility Act this week, 15 years after promising to outlaw the discrimination faced by disabled people in accessing goods and services.It said the act would set “common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services”, including cashpoint machines and other banking services, personal computers, telephones and television equipment, telephony and audio-visual services, transport, e-books and e-commerce.The publication came the day before the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), which this year had a theme of “access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.The proposed European Accessibility Act would complement Britain’s own Equality Act by making existing voluntary European access standards mandatory across the European Union (EU).The act’s publication comes only two months after the United Nations said it was “concerned” that a European Accessibility Act had not yet been adopted by the EU, and gave it just 12 months to explain how it would be introduced.Yannis Vardakastanis (pictured), president of the European Disability Forum (EDF), said the act could “contribute to the empowerment of persons with disabilities to better enjoy the freedom of movement of persons, goods and services in the European single market”.He said the act had been a “top priority” for EDF and its members for many years, through its Freedom of Movement campaign.But he said it was too early to comment on the content of the act itself.He said: “In the coming weeks and months EDF and its members will work together with the EU institutions, partner organisations and other stakeholders to make this piece of legislation meaningful for 80 million people with disabilities in Europe.”The European Blind Union (EBU) also welcomed the act’s publication.Wolfgang Angermann, EBU’s president, said: “We have faced discrimination for long enough.“Along with our partners in the European Disability Forum, we will respond thoughtfully to the consultation which has just opened on this proposed legislation.“After that, we will be urging all those involved in the legislative process to ensure this new law is fully effective and thorough.”Marianne Thyssen, the EU’s commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility, said: “Disability should not be a barrier to full participation in society, nor should the lack of EU common rules be a barrier to cross-border trade in accessible products and services.“With this act, we want to deepen the internal market and use its potential for the benefit of both companies and citizens with disabilities. In fact, we all may benefit from it.”The commission believes the act will make it easier for companies that want to export goods and services within the EU, and will help small business “take full advantage of the EU market”, with disabled people benefiting from “a greater supply of accessible products and services at more competitive prices”.Without the act, each EU country would continue to develop different laws as they implemented their accessibility obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Richard Howitt, the Labour MEP and co-president of the European Parliament’s all-party disability rights group, said European officials had “shamefully dragged their feet” on a promise made 15 years ago to outlaw disability discrimination in access to goods and services.  Howitt, who played a key role in negotiating that promise in 2000, said it would have been long-forgotten if it had not been for “16 years of relentless campaigning by disabled people’s organisations”.Howitt said: “It is shameful how long disabled people have been forced to wait and the foot-dragging by anyone and everyone in Brussels has to stop right now.“Echoing the slogans of disability activists, this is much more a victory by rather than for disabled people themselves.“When I helped negotiate the EU law against disability discrimination in access to employment in 2000, the European Parliament was promised that action to outlaw the same discrimination in access to goods and services would soon follow.“Today, we are close to achieving what for many years has simply only been a dream and equality itself is finally being given equal treatment.”He added: “Although I am proud that Europe has made progress in the past on disability access rules in relation to the installation of lifts, for some public transport and on the internet, the bitter truth is that a large swathe of the built environment remains a ‘no go’ area for people with disabilities in Britain and in Europe.”There will now be a period of eight weeks’ consultation, followed by legislative procedures in the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.last_img read more

Small Fire at Lolinda Restaurant in Mission District

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The fire at 2518 Mission St. between 21st and 22nd streets started in the ground-floor kitchen at Lolinda, said Assistant Chief Tom Siragusa with the Fire Department. The fire then traveled up the flue pipe used to carry smoke from the restaurant’s kitchen, reaching the El Techo rooftop bar, Siragusa said. The bar is a spin-off of the Lolinda Argentinian steakhouse. Firefighters extended a ladder to the top of the five-story building, where smoke poured out into the surrounding blocks. Siragusa said the ground-floor suffered water damage from fire-fighting efforts, but did not know the full extent. The manager of Lolinda declined to comment. 0% A one-alarm fire broke out at the Lolinda steakhouse in the Mission District just before 10 p.m. on Friday night, and was extinguished by firefighters after some 30 minutes. Working fire now at Lolinda Barat 21st and Mission, firefighters on scene, whole street smoky pic.twitter.com/M50p9ZGl2W— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) August 6, 2016 Mission Street between 21st and 22nd streets filled with smoke and people rushed from the block, coughing. Traffic and buses were re-routed from the block, as police cordoned off the street to both vehicular and foot traffic. Lolinda restaurant workers stood across the street from their building as firefighters ascended the ladder and watched smoke fill the air. Some would-be patrons walked up and asked if the restaurant was affected, saying they were hoping for dinner.“We had reservations,” one man said, as water streamed down the street. “Does this mean they’re cancelled?”Just after 10:30 p.m., Lolinda restaurant workers were allowed back into the restaurant to retrieve their belongings.  last_img read more

SAINTS boss Royce Simmons spoke about his sides p

first_imgSAINTS boss Royce Simmons spoke about his side’s professionalism after the 30-16 win over Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.“You are always happy after a win… you are happy for about 24 hours and then it starts again,” he said. “I was happy with the attitude of the players, the week was very positive, it was a very enjoyable week and the boys brought a lot of energy to training and trained really well. Our ball control was very good, we were patient and our defence was super.“We didn’t let last week get us down, we have been very professional and handled the situation well.”Simmons was particularly happy with the form of Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell, who ran the match from the half back berths.“Jonny did really really well. He only did two training sessions with us because he was away with the English Knights. I was sitting with him on Tuesday night having a coffee saying can ‘you do this can you do that’ and explaining things to him.“I said I’ll make it really easy for you and just let you play this role and he said ‘no Royce I want to keep playing the way the halves have been playing, I want to keep that responsibility’.“He handled himself very professionally and he’s a boy with a very big future. He’s played full back, left centre and has now played in the halves… and besides all that he is a good young kid too.”Saints next match is this Friday when they host Bradford Bulls – tickets are now on sale from Saints Town Centre store, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on to the Saints Superstore.last_img read more

SAINTS lie in fourth place in the West Group and h

first_imgSAINTS lie in fourth place in the West Group and have a real chance of making Rugby League 9s Grand Final night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on June 26.Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have already booked their place after wins this week.The Saints squad that took part in the Cumbria Festival was:Anthony Walker, Chris Webster, Connor Dwyer, Danny Jones, Greg Wilde, Joe Greenwood, Josh Greaves, Lewis Sheridan, Marcus Baines, Matt Wood, Mike Fields, Scott Hale, and Ste Yates.West ResultsCumbria Festival Cumbria 10, Wigan Warriors 22Widnes Vikings 26, St Helens 24Widnes Vikings 24, Wigan Warriors 46Cumbria 28, St Helens 30St Helens 42, Wigan Warriors 52Cumbria 14, Widnes Vikings 8Salford City Reds FestivalSalford City Reds 36, Gloucester All Golds 16London Broncos 20, Warrington Wolves 18London Broncos 24, Salford City Reds 12Warrington Wolves 20, Gloucester All Golds 12Gloucester All Golds 4, London Broncos 48Salford City Reds 16, Warrington Wolves 20East ResultsHull FC Festival Hull FC 22, Leeds Rhinos 22Hull KR 10, Bradford Bulls 6Hull KR 12, Leeds Rhinos 38Bradford Bulls 14, Leeds Rhinos 36Hull FC 12, Hull KR 18Hull FC 18, Bradford Bulls 18Wakefield Trinity Wildcats FestivalHuddersfield Giants 0. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22Featherstone Rovers 22, Castleford Tigers 16Huddersfield Giants 36, Castleford Tigers 24Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22, Featherstone Rovers 16Huddersfield Giants 12, Featherstone Rovers 22Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30, Castleford Tigers 8Tables:West  PWLDFADiffPtsWigan990032010821218London9621176968013Warrington96302181388012St Helens9540210210010Cumbria9441136148-129Widnes9270114244-1304Salford9171162234-723Uni of Gloucs917196254-1583East  PWLDFADiffPtsLeeds980121210410817Wakefield9810160788216Hull KR9531120126-611Featherstone9450154172-188Bradford9351122134-127Hull FC9243122156-347Huddersfield9270118172-544Castleford9180116182-662last_img read more

CARL Forster was rewarded for his performances at

first_imgCARL Forster was rewarded for his performances at on loan and dual-registration when he faced London last Thursday.The young prop came off the bench to make his first appearance for Saints this season.Carl, 21, has ironically been on loan at London this year and played for both Rochdale and Whitehaven too.“We have tried to rewards all our players over the Easter period,” Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “Carl didn’t play last weekend but got a chance. It now means all of our players with Super League experience have had a game“We are learning a bit more about our squad and the players too. It’s fair to say although we have a number of player unavailable, one or two could argue they could be playing.“Hopefully as the next three or four weeks develop we will see guys put their hand up and say they should be in this team.”last_img read more

SAINTS would like to pass on their best wishes and

first_imgSAINTS would like to pass on their best wishes and thanks to all the players that are leaving the Club at the end of the season.Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It is always difficult when any player leaves the Saints as they have become part of the family we have at the club.“A number of players have been with the Club for a long time and have contributed both on and off the field to the cause. They have represented Saints professionally and we wish them all the best for the future.“Our Past Players Association ensures the links with these players are never forgotten and we look forward to welcoming them back to Langtree Park in the future.”Sia Soliola joins Canberra Raiders in 2015 after agreeing a two-year contract. He made his debut for the club in 2010 and has made 117 appearances – scoring a crucial try in his final appearance in Saturday’s Grand Final.Willie Manu is retiring from rugby league after a lengthy career. He signed for Saints for the 2013 season from Hull FC and has appeared 47 times for the club.Former Gold Coast Titan forward Anthony Laffranchi is returning to that club to take up a player welfare role. He joined Saints in 2012 and scored 19 tries in 71 appearances.Paul Clough has joined Bradford for the 2015 Championship season. In total he made 189 appearances for the Saints, scoring 24 tries – including a hat-trick against Warrington – before joining Widnes on a season long loan. He has won two Challenge Cup medals with the Club.Academy product Gary Wheeler will be moving on to another club after being at Saints since he was 16. He signed from Blackbrook and represented England at under 15s and 16s as well as touring with the winning Saints Academy side to Australia in 2006.His career progression has been curtailed somewhat by injury but he’s played 64 times for the Club.Carl Forster is also moving on to Salford after making his debut for Saints in 2011. The forward has had spells at London and Whitehaven in his career and will be seeking more guaranteed game time at another club.The Club and Richard Beaumont have agreed to part ways half way through the forward’s two-year contract. The former Hull KR prop has been struggling with injury throughout the course of the season curtailing his chance of making his first team debut. He leaves with our best wishes and good health for the rest of his career.With the lack of reserve team football and the current Academy structure – a scheme Saints vehemently voted against – the Club has reluctantly been forced to release three players.James Tilley, Alex Clare and Connor Dwyer are unable to play in the current Academy system and with no other way for them to gain game time will leave the Saints to find other clubs. James has signed for Rochdale.And finally, after a short-term contract and an unfortunate jaw break in the game against Warrington, Shannon McDonnell has played his last game for the Club.He joined Saints following a long period on the sidelines to put himself in the shop window after leaving Hull earlier in the season. He played three games for the Club, scoring three tries.last_img read more

SAINTS have won three of the last four meetings wi

first_imgSAINTS have won three of the last four meetings with Wigan Warriors.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/15)St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 12/6/15)Wigan 12, St Helens 4 (SLR8, 3/4/15)St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 27/6/14)St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14)St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Super League Summary:St Helens won 32 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 32 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs two appearances to reach 400 for his career.He has played 337 games for St Helens since 2003, and was previously with Hull Kingston Rovers (39 games, 2000-2002).He has also represented Great Britain (6 Tests, 2006-2007) and England (16 games, 2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012).Super League Milestones: (Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Jon Wilkin – 2 appearances away from 300 (298 for St Helens, 2003-2016)Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 19 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 102 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 94 Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 75 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves) 6Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 312 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 253 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 245 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 22Goals Percentage:1 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 86.20 (25/29)2 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 85.00 (17/20)3 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 83.33 (10/12)4 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 82.75 (24/29)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.76 (21/26)Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 782 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 643 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 584 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 535 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 45last_img read more

SAINTS had their recent good form halted as they w

first_imgSAINTS had their recent good form halted as they went down 22-14 to Salford Red Devils.Tries from Alex Walmsley and Ryan Morgan almost overturned a 14-0 second half disadvantage, only for a late Michael Dobson effort to seal the points for the hosts.Saints battled hard after losing Theo Fages on the first set of the game but weren’t as fluid as in recent weeks.The stand-off never returned to the pitch after going off with concussion and that forced Keiron Cunningham to reshuffle his side.Saints seemed to weather that early disruption to have the best of the early stages before Dobson put Salford ahead with the boot.The visitors responded with a couple of kicks to force Salford to come out of their own 20 but it took until the 35th minute for the tryline to be eventually broken.Sadly, it came the way of the Devils.Mark Percival was collared for crossing and on the resultant set Craig Kopczak ploughed over the line.From the restart, Salford knocked on but Saints couldn’t hammer home their advantage despite securing back to back penalties.8-0 to the home side at the break.Saints forced an error from Salford on their very first set of the second half but failed to execute their play.And to compound matters, the hosts then went up the other end of the field and extended their lead.Kopczak made the break through the middle and Dobson finished it off.Saints finally broke through on the 50 minute mark.Kyle Amor went close thanks to the good work of James Roby, and then the mercurial number nine fed Walmsley for his third of the season.Jon Wilkin and the big forward almost scored on Saints next set – and it took a wonder tackle from ex-Saint Mark Flanagan to stop Ryan Morgan on the left hand side.A try was always coming through and it did on the hour as the returning Lomax put Ryan Morgan over in the corner.Michael Dobson extended the host’s lead with a penalty two minutes later and it proved crucial as on 70 minutes Robert Lui was given 10 minutes for interference after the ball was kicked dead.It kept Saints at arm’s length and despite Walmsley being held up over the line, they couldn’t make the extra man count.Dobson then crossed for his second after Saints made a hash of a kick to the corner.There was a final flourish from Saints as Lomax bagged a superb try but they’d left themselves with little time to cross again.Match Summary:Devils:Tries: Kopczak, Dobson (2),Goals: Dobson (4 from 4), O’Brien (1 from 1)Saints:Tries: Walmsley, Morgan, LomaxGoals: Percival (1 from 3)Penalties Awarded:Devils: 9Saints: 13HT: 8-0FT: 22-14REF: James ChildATT: 3,640Teams:Devils:1. Gareth O’Brien; 21. Gregory Johnson, 22. Kris Welham, 3. Josh Jones, 2. Justin Carney; 6. Robert Lui, 7. Michael Dobson; 14. Lama Tasi, 9. Logan Tomkins, 23. Lee Mossop, 11. Ben Murdoch Masila, 10. George Griffin, 13. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 8. Craig Kopczak, 17. Adam Walne, 20. Kristian Brining, 29. Todd Carney.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 21. Jack Owens, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 2. Tommy Makinson; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Adam Walker, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux.last_img read more

Surfers Healing Changing lives one wave at a time

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Learning how to surf can be difficult the first time you step on a board, but it can be a life altering experience.For some children with autism, they got a chance to catch some waves and build memories of a lifetime Monday.- Advertisement – “Look at all these happy surfers,” Dan Wargo, surfer, said. “Just look at them. It’s amazingSurfers Healing is a program exposing kids with autism to the experience of surfing by bringing hundreds of kids to the coast.“You don’t think your son or your daughter with Autism is going to be able to do anything like this ever,” John Pike, Surfers Healing Director said. “So people come from all over to ride the waves with professional surfers that can do it correctly.”Related Article: Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue encourages visitors to prepare for the heatFrom distress to excitement, hundreds of kids get to experience surfing at the beach. An experience many parents say is life changing.“My son loves to surf, he wants to do it all the time,” Mother Lisa Wargo said. “It has changed his life.”Surfers Healing is celebrating its 20th anniversary, 12 of which have been spent here in Wrightsville Beach.last_img read more

Cape Fear Fair and Expo opens for 2017 season

first_img This year it runs from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5. Hours are Monday through Thursday: 5-11 p.m., Friday: 5 .p.m-Midnight, Saturday: Noon-Midnight and Sunday: 1-11 p.m.Tickets are $22 each and include unlimited rides. Walkaround tickets are $5 (available at gate, excludes rides, only valid Monday thru Thursday)Children under 36 inches can ride selected rides for FREE with a paying adult 16 or older.Related Article: Church and School bring community together after FlorenceMilitary Appreciation Day is on Saturday, November 4. Active military and veterans, along with up to 3 members of their families, can go to the fair for $15 each with a valid military ID.Wednesday, November 1 is Preschool Day. The ticket booths and livestock area open at 8:30 a.m. and the midway is open from 9 a.m. to Noon. Entrance is $6 per person (cash or checks preferred) and includes a snack and drink. Preschoolers from 0-5 years of age are welcome. Ticket booths will only be open from 8:30–10:30 a.m. There will be no admission after 10:30 a.m.For more information about the Cape Fear Fair & Expo, including all of the new attractions and rides this year, click here.To purchase tickets, click here. WILMINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NC (WWAY) — The area fair is back and bigger than ever this year.The Cape Fear Fair & Expo takes over the grounds of Wilmington International Airport with rides, games, animals and endless amounts of food.- Advertisement – last_img read more