Disabled 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.
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.
SAINTS 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.
SAINTS 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 FC9243122156-347Huddersfield9270118172-544Castleford9180116182-662
CARL 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.”