Disabled union activists have condemned the Depart

first_imgDisabled union activists have condemned the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and media managers for pressuring jobcentre workers and reporters to take part in an “unethical and misleading” campaign aimed at air-brushing the impact of universal credit.The National Union of Journalists (NUJ)* spoke out this week after it emerged that DWP was paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for an advertising campaign in the Metro free newspaper series as part of a nationwide campaign to “myth-bust the common inaccuracies reported on UC”.A leaked memo – seen by Disability News Service – says the series of Metro advertising features will be part of a wider campaign “to tackle misconceptions and improve the reputation of UC” by persuading newspapers and other media to run more positive news stories and features about universal credit (see separate story).The Metro campaign launched yesterday (Wednesday) after it was brought forward following the publication of extracts from the leaked memo.But it was launched on the same day that the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights published a report that was deeply critical of UC (see separate story), which he said had caused severe hardship and had “built a digital barrier that obstructs access to benefits”.The DWP memo admitted that the department would deliberately not be using its branding on the features in order to disguise their origin and make them look like genuine news articles, which could breach advertising guidelines.The first advertorials do include a line stating that they are an “advertisement feature from the Department for Work and Pensions”, but apparently include no DWP logos.An emergency motion proposed by the NUJ*, and passed by the annual TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference this week, called for the TUC to condemn DWP for using taxpayers’ money to “defend this unworkable policy”.It also backed journalists on regional and national newspapers who resist pressure from editors and managers to produce “unethical” stories about universal credit, in line with NUJ’s code of conduct.NUJ delegate Natasha Hirst told the conference in Bournemouth that journalists feared losing their jobs if they resisted that pressure.She also called for support for DWP press officers who wanted to obey the NUJ code of conduct by resisting pressure to “disseminate false or misleading information” about universal credit.A proposed BBC documentary about universal credit – which is receiving enthusiastic co-operation from DWP – also “compromises” NUJ members who work in the BBC and members of the PCS union who work in jobcentres and do not want to be involved with the filming, she said.Hirst said the DWP public relations campaign contravenes government guidelines on communications, which state that they should be “objective and explanatory, not biased or polemical”.But the NUJ stopped short of backing calls by Disabled People Against Cuts to target the Metro by dumping copies of the free newspaper once it started printing the DWP adverts, as this could put the livelihoods of fellow journalists at risk, including disabled journalists.Hirst said afterwards that NUJ opposed all boycotts of publications, and its target instead was the DWP and “those in the decision-making roles”.She told delegates that universal credit was “responsible for worsening the mental and physical health of disabled people, pushed people into poverty and ultimately has cost some people their lives”.And she said that what DWP described as “negativity and scaremongering” about universal credit was “actually people’s real stories, this is their truth about what has been happening to them.“It is a gross injustice and an insult to those disabled people who shared those stories and the journalists who have ethically reported on them for the DWP to dismiss and misrepresent the appalling impact that the damage that universal credit is having on people.”Unite’s Andy Thompson, backing the motion, said: “We have to support this campaign, we have to support our sister union the NUJ in stopping the lies that this government are going to spend taxpayers’ money in promoting.“Why should they be able to use our hard-earned money, tax-payers’ money, to lie and deceive the people of this country?”He said he understood why NUJ could not back a boycott of Metro but suggested that people could take “bundles of the Metro off the free distribution points and put them in skips”.To calls of “hear, hear” from fellow delegates, he said: “We could get Metro off the shelves like we did the Sun off the shelves in Liverpool.“Let’s make sure the government are held to account for what they are actually doing.”Austin Harney, from the PCS union, seconded the motion, and said: “PCS has had serious concerns from the outset on the development, implementation and effect of the government’s universal credit programme.“Our members on the frontline are now suffering as a result of the government’s chaotic welfare reforms, staff cuts and office closure programme.“Our members see first-hand the devastating effect government policies have on the most vulnerable in society.”GMB’s Paul Kempton said he was concerned about DWP’s plan to remove its branding from its adverts.He said: “DWP is supposed to be accountable, it is supposed to be transparent. Our concern is about the deceitful nature of how they are going about this.”And Equity’s Rona Topaz told delegates: “It is pure biased propaganda by this government and I strongly urge you to support this motion.”The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has already received complaints about the adverts.An ASA spokesperson said: “We’re carefully assessing the complaints and the ad campaign to establish if there are grounds for further action.“At this stage, no decision has been made as to whether we will launch an investigation.”A DWP spokesperson said: “It is important people know about the benefits available to them, and we regularly advertise universal credit.“All our advertising abides by the strict guidelines set by the Advertising Standards Authority.”She said DWP was “happy” that the adverts did not breach the government’s own communications rules.*DNS editor John Pring is an NUJ memberPictured (left to right) NUJ delegates Natasha Hirst, Guy Thornton, Lynn Degele and Ann GalpinPicture by Natasha HirstA 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

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Developments in development 29th Street fire

first_img Tags: Business • development • Developments in Development • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% The Graywood itself went up for sale in February, though the Examiner reports that it’s been withdrawn from the market. Both the status of the repairs and the future of the Graywood’s popular ground-floor tenant the 3300 Club are uncertain.As far as businesses go, Cole Hardware is very likely to be making a comeback. Owner Rick Karp said last week he’s been in talks with the property owner, who is trying to develop eight units above a ground floor commercial space on the former Cole Hardware site. Not only are things going well, they’re actually discussing how to make the commercial space as hardware-store friendly as possible.“We’re very excited about the possibility of reuniting with a neighborhood we’ve been engaged with for 32 years,” Karp said. Another comeback is El Gran Taco Loco, which Saul Chavez had run on the block for 15 years. The Chronicle reports that the extent of the damage on his restaurant’s building was so unexpectedly severe that he needed to move on, but he has reopened 18 blocks away in the Excelsior.Okay, back to your regularly scheduled recap:For all the hype about how San Francisco’s housing is overly expensive, it’s worth remembering that affordability is a problem (admittedly maybe not on the same scale) nationwide. Apartment industry groups have commissioned a study saying that the problem is that there’s not enough housing. But on this grander scale, too, we’re seeing the familiar Bay Area problem: Oversupply at the high end and not enough production at the low end, according to Harvard’s Joint Study for Housing Studies. One factor is the cost of land and building housing. Google is experimenting with circumnavigating the latter by buying 300 modular (pre-fab) homes for its employees and put them next to Moffett airfield in Mountain View. Apart from being regionally interesting, this might be an undertaking to keep an eye on because the cost of construction is always a point of discussion, and there is already some skepticism about how much this will reduce building costs (20 percent? Or up to 50?). There have also been some proposals to use modular housing to provide super-low-cost housing to the homeless right here in San Francisco. Locally, projects continue to move ahead – and South Van Ness Avenue seems to be the hot street in terms of housing production updates this week. Down on 26th Street, the new temporary Navigation Center for the homeless will open sometime next week.Several blocks away at 19th and South Van Ness, developers have applied for an environmental review needed to put up a 75-foot mixed use building with 69 residential units and more than 4,700 square feet of retail space at 793 South Van Ness Avenue. The current plan is for two 3-bedrooms, 28 2-bedrooms, and 39 1-bedrooms. That’s with a density bonus – without the bonus it would just be 51 units. 20 percent of those 51 will be low-income units, which allows for the bonus. Here’s an account from an earlier meeting about this project.At 17th, new apartments on the corner have been completed, and are being advertised as “brand new luxury condos in an intimate setting.” Not sure what “intimate” means specifically here, but hey, roof deck! The project has four on-site affordable units, even though at a meeting in 2015 it seemed the developer was being encouraged to pay an in-lieu fee instead. Here’s that meeting from three years ago, and the Planning Commission hearing that followed. And here we are, as promised in the headline: Housing on South Van Ness Avenue, whether you like it or not.Correction: An earlier version of this column erroneously indicated that the project at 17th and South Van Ness had no affordable units on-site. The story has been updated with additional information. center_img Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.A year ago today, more than 50 tenants lost their homes in a fire that consumed several buildings and left others with serious damage at 29th and Mission streets. Here are a few updates on what has happened at those sites:First, Hillary Ronen just got approval for legislation that would double the time disaster victims can get rental subsidies from the city from two years to four years. Mostly this was aimed at 22nd Street fire victims, but applies to anyone – which is good because we have no idea how long it might take to rebuild the Graywood Hotel, where most of those displaced in the 29th Street fire lived. last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s home date with Bradford Bulls.Sia Soliola and Jon Wilkin make their return to the side from injury whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook should also recover in time from the match.Josh Perry is ‘probable’ for the clash but Paul Clough misses out.Scott Moore won’t be available after his ban appeal was turned down therefore Andy Dixon has been called into the 19.Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell.Mick Potter, Bradford’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Michael Platt, 3. Paul Sykes, 4. Chev Walker, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Brett Kearney, 7. Marc Herbert, 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Heath L’Estrange, 10. Andy Lynch, 11. Olivier Elima, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Jamie Langley, 14. Matt Diskin, 15. Bryn Hargreaves, 16. Craig Kopczak, 18. Shaun Ainscough, 23. Tom Olbison, 25. Shad Royston, 32. Kyle Briggs.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Stats:St Helens have won their last three Super League meetings with Bradford. The Bulls’ last win was 34-30 at Knowsley Road on 24 April, 2009.Super League summary:St Helens won 23 (includes wins in 1999 and 2002 Grand Finals; 1998 play-offs)Bradford won 20 (includes wins in 1999, 2002 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens highest score: 66-4 (A, 2005) (also widest margin)Bradford highest score: 64-24 (H, 2004) (Widest margin: 54-8, H, 2004)last_img read more

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THE RFL has revealed the final shortlist of Rugby

first_imgTHE RFL has revealed the final shortlist of Rugby League legends who are in contention for selection as the subject of the statue that will celebrate the sport’s long association with Wembley Stadium.Rugby League is the second sport to be recognised at Wembley, with football legend Bobby Moore the only other work of public art at the stadium, and some of the greatest names in British sporting history have been identified in an exhaustive search which began last November.After a public vote, a long list of contenders was considered by a series of specially-convened selection panels comprising fans, Rugby League journalists, coaches, players, national newspaper editors and MPs to produce a six-strong shortlist as follows:Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Martin Offiah, Gus Risman, Alex Murphy, Group RepresentationThe RFL is now inviting the public to give their views on which of the above should be the subject of the statue before the governing body’s independent Board of Directors makes the final decision at the end of July. Once the subject has been identified, the sculpture will be commissioned with a view to unveiling it at Wembley before the Rugby League World Cup 2013 semi-final double-header at the stadium next November.Rugby League has been associated with Wembley for over 80 years with the first Challenge Cup final played at the stadium in 1929.  Since then some of the sport’s greatest moments have taken place on the hallowed turf, including Martin Offiah’s stunning length-of-the-field dash in 1994 which remains etched into the minds of all who witnessed it.Offiah is understandably elated at making the final five. He said: “It’s such an honour to make the shortlist. There were so many phenomenal players in the reckoning and to have been chosen ahead of them feels very special.“What an honour it would be to sit alongside the footballing legend Bobby Moore but if I’m not chosen I’d be proud of the statue whatever the result.“Wembley Stadium is synonymous with the sport and it’s right we should be able to celebrate all that is great about our sport there.”Alex Murphy captained three different sides at the iconic venue and has an unbeaten record at the stadium as both player and coach. Murphy is honoured to even be considered for the Rugby League statue at Wembley.“I am very humbled to be in the same list as Risman, Boston, Ashton and Offiah and to even be considered for the statue at Wembley is a great honour,” said Murphy.“It is a special venue for me and some of my greatest Rugby League memories have taken place at Wembley. I have been lucky enough to play on the famous Wembley turf more than once and even more fortunate to have never lost at the venue.“A match at Wembley is the most important in a player’s career, no matter what nationality, you always dream of playing at Wembley. So to have a statue representing the history of Rugby League at the stadium is a great accolade for the sport.”The RFL would like Rugby League supporters to provide feedback on the final five candidates by explaining who they think should be chosen and why, or if a group representation would better celebrate the sport.To have your say and contribute to the final decision simply email your views to [email protected] by Friday July 27. All feedback will be compiled and considered by the RFL Board before they make the final decision.To help you make your decision, video presentations for each player will be shown on The Super League Show throughout July with the first screened on BBC1 (regional) at 11.35pm. The videos will also be available on the RFL and Super League websites.The RFL Board’s decision will be announced ahead of the Challenge Cup Final which takes place on August 25 this year.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood believes the search for a Wembley hero has underlined the depth of passion the sport’s supporters have for the national stadium – and for Rugby League.“Every element of the Rugby League family has embraced this important search and on behalf of the Board I would like to thank everyone for their fantastic contribution,” said Wood.“The calibre of candidates on the list is outstanding and the Board have a really tough decision to make. Before we do so, I hope all those people who have not yet made their views known come forward to help us deliver a statue which will make the whole sport proud.”last_img read more

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LUKE Walsh has arrived and will be here in 2014…

first_imgLUKE Walsh has arrived and will be here in 2014…. will you?The scrum half touched down in the country last week and is settling into life with his new teammates.We’ll catch up with him shortly on the Saints podcast so subscribe now for great content!Luke joined Mose Masoe, Kyle Amor, Richard Beaumont and Matty Dawson in committing his future to the Saints and is calling on the fans to back the boys in 2014.Season tickets are now available for next season and offer great value – saving ££ on matchday prices.To find out more click here or to spread the cost of your place, click here for our great Direct Debit options.Be the heartbeat, #saintsheartbeatlast_img read more

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NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center expansion complete

first_img The new space allows for growth in things like hematology and chemotherapy and brings resources some say were necessary to take care of patients.“We have tremendous physicians and a great staff,” said Oncology Service Line Administrator Henry Hawthorne. “But we’ve had a very dated facility frankly and so what it means is that we finally have a facility that can provide the services, be more comfortable for our patients and begin to match the quality of care we provide.”The expanded infusion space includes 48 infusion chairs, which is more than triple in the original facility.Related Article: City Block submits plans for 56 more apartments downtownClick here for more on the renovation project. Infusion chairs at NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional has wrapped up an 18-month renovation and expansion of the Zimmer Cancer Center.The project includes more infusion space, dedicated laboratory and pharmacy areas, exam rooms, and physician offices.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Prices at the pump on the rise

first_imgShare work or school rides by carpooling or consider public transportation WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gas prices are at a near three-year high and they are only going to keep climbing.According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular in North Carolina is $2.67. In the Port City it is only a cent less at $2.66 a gallon. – Advertisement – Do not use your trunk for storage – the heavier your car, the more fuel it usesCombine errands – if possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to placecenter_img “Why is our gas so high,” driver, Maggie Tallon said.That is the million dollar question Wilmington drivers want answered.“Gas prices in the past week have already gone up 6 cents,” AAA Travel Sales Specialist, PJ Gray said. “AAA thinks that the reason why is because of crude oil prices in the Middle East.”Related Article: StarNews Media Life Expo to bring Jane Seymour to WilmingtonAccording to AAA, the price of regular gas in Wilmington went up 2 cents in a day.“This is ridiculous,” Tallon said.“I think It’s crazy. I don’t understand it for the life of me,” driver, Earl Walton said.AAA says the gas prices are up 42 cents from this time last year.“I’m kind of like wondering what it’s gonna be like next week,” driver, Stephen Vick said. “Like it’s gonna be, I already see it, it’s coming.”Many say it is a financial burden many do not want to deal with.“People like me who are retired and on a fixed income are having a hard time meeting the increase in gas,” Tallon said.For business owner Earl Walton, it is already costing him big time at 70 bucks a tank.“I gotta haul lumber and stuff. So I gotta have big trucks with big motors,” Walton said. “Of course they use a lot more gas. And it’s hard to even make money now as it is with the lumber prices and gas prices going up and down it doesn’t make any sense. It’s hard to make a living with a business.”While some gas stations have lower prices than the Wilmington average, prices vary across the area.“You know, you might go to one station and you find a great price,” Gray said. “Go down the street two blocks over and it’s 6 cents cheaper. So there’s just no really rhyme or reason to it. It’s just a competitive market.”AAA says they expect to see another five to ten cent increase before the summer is over. However, they do not think regular gas will reach the $3.00 mark.AAA says ways to cut costs is to plan in advance, look for the cheapest gas stations in the area before your trip. They also suggest looking up flights as they may be cheaper than driving.AAA ways to conserve fuelSlow down – the faster you drive the more fuel you use. Every 5 mph over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.18 per gallon, according to the Department of Energylast_img read more

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CFCC to launch Human Services Technology Substance Abuse degree program

first_img CFCC says the program will prepare its students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and in pursuing four-year degrees.Dr. Latonya Niang, the newly appointed program director, holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Community Counseling, a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Licensed Independent Alcohol and Drug Counselor.Niang has been teaching for CFCC Continuing Education in the Substance Abuse Counseling Program since 2016 where she was instrumental in developing the curriculum for that program.Related Article: Demi Lovato breaks silence after reported overdose“It is exciting to implement this much-needed program at CFCC,” said CFCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine. “As we prepare graduates to meet a wide range of client needs in various service-related settings, it is rewarding to know that upon completion of this program our students will be empowered to positively impact our community.”For more information about the program visit http://cfcc.edu/substanceabuse/ or contact Dr. Niang at [email protected] Union Station at CFCC (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College will launch a Human Services Technology Substance Abuse Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program starting this school year.“Alone, heroin overdoses in North Carolina have increased 10 times since 2010,” said Dr. Niang, CFCC human services technology program director. “As these addictions rise, so too will the need of qualified substance abuse professionals to help address the needs of addicted individuals and the epidemic within the community at large.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Ocean Isle Beach residents could get home Monday

first_img We strongly encourage you to stay tuned to Town Media outlets to confirm the actual time for the opening of the bridge. This will help prevent any unnecessary wait times for our residents. Once granted re-entry, Property Owners will need to drive directly to their property and refrain from any unnecessary travel around the island.Estimated Re-entry to the island for the GENERAL PUBLIC will occur on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8am. Please note this is an ESTIMATED TIME ONLY.ADDITIONAL INFO – Town staff made an extensive effort to record and transmit video of the island today but encountered unforeseen technical difficulties. We will continue our efforts to provide footage by posting a FACEBOOK LIVE video on the Town of OIB Facebook Page tomorrow morning at approximately 9am.Related Article: Myrtle Beach threatens arrest for those who go into the oceanhttps://www.facebook.com/townofoib/We encourage everyone to travel safely and remain patient throughout the re-entry process. PLEASE NOTE – Our ability to open the bridge for PROPERTY OWNERS tomorrow is contingent upon the power remaining on and ALL utilities being restored.- Advertisement – OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Power has been restored to the island! Town staff will be working diligently to complete all repairs to infrastructure as quickly as possible. We anticipate opening the bridge to PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY after 12pm* on Monday, September 17, 2018. (*estimated time only)last_img read more

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Woman accused of running over mans foot thought he was cheating

first_imgTakera Mitchell (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman is accused of crashing into a car because she saw the father of her child inside it with another woman. Then when he got out, she allegedly ran over his foot.Wilmington Police say it happened Thursday at 12th and Carnation.- Advertisement – Takera Mitchell, 21, had her one-year-old child in the car when she allegedly hit another vehicle.The child’d father got out of that vehicle and approached Mitchell and that’s when police say she ran over his foot.Mitchell is charged with three counts of assault, misdemeanor child abuse and injury to personal property.Related Article: Man arrested for attempted murder in Boiling Spring LakesShe is currently being held without bond.last_img read more

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