A disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Dow

first_imgA disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Downing Street – which has one of the most iconically-inaccessible front doors on the planet – has been presented with a high-profile access award.Images of the front entrance to the prime minister’s home and offices – with its two steps to the front door – are shown every day all over the world.But despite staff needing to bring out a portable ramp if a wheelchair-user wants to enter the grade I listed building through the front entrance, 10 Downing Street was presented with an award at last month’s Blue Badge Style Awards.The awards recognise venues that have “made an effort to attract guests with disabilities”, and those nominated are rated on their style, facilities and accessibility, with other winners including the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, and the Dandelyan cocktail bar on London’s South Bank.The citation for the “above and beyond” award said that 10 Downing Street had “pulled out all the stops” on access.Historic England – the government-sponsored public body responsible for “championing England’s heritage” – told Disability News Service this week that it had advised the Cabinet Office on recent access improvements to the building, including a new internal lift, but that so far there had had been no discussions about the steps at the front entrance.Tracey Proudlock, founder of the leading access consultancy Proudlock Associates, and a former government adviser on disability equality, questioned why 10 Downing Street had been handed an award.She said the need to use a ramp at the front door showed that 10 Downing Street had not gone “above and beyond” on access, and she contrasted it with the “great thinking” that had gone into the “creative” access work at Canterbury Cathedral.Proudlock said that front doors are often symbolically important on access.She said: “In terms of Number 10, it is where you deliver your petition or go in to get your new ministerial job.“I think the entrance to Number 10 is really symbolic.“At any front door, disabled people don’t want to be treated differently and that is still happening here.“No matter how quick they are at deploying a temporary ramp, it’s still not an inclusive provision.“Getting out a portable ramp isn’t really a modern approach to providing inclusion.”Proudlock said that just because a building had grade I listed building status, that did not mean that features such as steps to a front door could not be removed.She added: “When big decisions on access are taken, they have to involve disabled people, and at the moment often they do not.”Earlier this year, she wrote in her blog how the Bank of England had come up with an ingenious solution to provide level access at its historic front entrance.She wrote: “If front entrance access can be achieved at the Bank of England – built in 1734, when most disabled people would have been in the workhouse or infirmary – it can be done in a lot more places…“Everyone blames everyone else for why it ‘can’t be done’ or ‘isn’t worth doing’.“Important public buildings, however historic, are no less important to members of the public who happen to be disabled.”A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “Downing Street is committed to accessibility and we have undertaken a programme of works over recent years to make sure this historic building is accessible to all who visit.”This includes improved accessible toilets, “increased ramping”, and a new lift providing access to the state rooms.She said: “We’re proud to have these efforts recognised by the Blue Badge Style Awards.”She said the front door was “manned by a custodian constantly, meaning that it is accessible 24/7 to those who require the use of a ramp”.But she had failed to say by noon today (Thursday) whether there had been any discussions about removing the steps at the front entrance.Historic England confirmed that the Cabinet Office was “rolling out a programme of improvements to the grade I listed complex to proactively address disabled access”.She said: “Historic England advised on the recent installation of the award-winning lift [inside] Downing Street and regularly discusses listed building alterations with Cabinet Office.”Another spokeswoman added later: “There have not yet been any formal discussions with Cabinet Office about alterations specifically to the front steps of Number 10.“The accessibility audit is still being worked through and we will continue to advise as necessary.”Fiona Jarvis (pictured, outside 10 Downing Street), founder of Blue Badge Style and a wheelchair-user herself, said the award recognised the effort made by 10 Downing Street in recent refurbishments.She said in a statement: “They now have stylish toilets for people with disabilities on every floor and stairs that turn into a lift, allowing people with disabilities to get from the main building to the rest of the rooms more easily.“Immediately you arrive they come out with a portable ramp, which means you can negotiate the iconic front steps which are tied by a grade I listing. “More than anything it’s their attitude to doing their best for people with disabilities that won them the award.”Asked why the award had been given when the front entrance was so clearly inaccessible to wheelchair-users, a spokeswoman said that Jarvis “recognises the issue with the steps, but her experience was that [because] they got the ramp out so quickly, there wasn’t a problem getting in to the building”.last_img read more

Developments in Development Waiting for the SF Slowdown

first_img Tags: development • Developments in Development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Given how often I cite the exorbitant cost of living in this neighborhood in this column, you’ll be happy to know that 94110 did not place on this Business Insider list of top 20 most expensive zip codes for renters in the nation, though surprisingly, SoMa did. And that’s actually not all. Bubble-popping rumors continue to abound, with this week’s grim (or hopeful depending on your stance) predictions coming from USA Today and Curbed.The former insists that the slowdown is here now, on the basis that investors are skittish and valuations are dropping – despite the fact that LinkedIn, with one of the biggest drops in stock prices, has actually continued to grow in the same time period. Curbed looked at the housing side of things and observed that the market for ultra-luxury homes may be slipping a little, but that this doesn’t necessarily indicate we’re about to see another wave of foreclosures.So perhaps it’s all still just talk. Sort of similar to the talk that the city is building massive amounts of new housing. Housing is certainly being planned – SocketSite reports that there are 62,000 units of housing somewhere in the city’s planning pipeline.That sounds good, but just because a project is in the pipeline does not mean it will get built soon. Some projects in that pipeline are on a time scale marked in decades. Only about 8,700 units are already under construction and actually expected to be completed within two years. And if I understand correctly, the 8,900 below-market-rate units SocketSite reports represent just 14.4 percent of the total planned, which is far, far short of the city’s stated goal of keeping 30 percent of the city’s new housing affordable.center_img Still, Socketsite reports, the number of homes for sale in San Francisco, especially condos, is climbing, with supply even outpacing demand. And that might not even be taking in to account the $2 billion unlisted market – as Curbed reports, roughly a quarter of homes sold in San Francisco are never even listed.Perhaps this would be an interesting context in which to think about the state Legislative Analyst’s report that indicated that areas with high construction tend to see less displacement.The Washington Post asked several Bay Area experts to weigh in on that notion, and they had mixed reactions: Some said of course, rich people coming in will outcompete poor people trying to rent the existing housing. Others criticized the report for failing to distinguish between the effect of construction in areas where land is easily available and areas where it is not – and, most notably, that the area has consistently met local demand for luxury housing, while falling far short of the demand for affordable units. Read the full arguments here.While cities in the Bay Area continue to wrestle with the problem of what to do for the supply of homes (rental or owned), they are also still tasked with finding a good approach to short-term rentals. After a ballot measure failed last year that would have made local short-term rental laws much stricter (despite the $8 million Airbnb dropped on that election), San Francisco’s office tasked with enforcement continues to plod along. The office has enforced on just a fraction of the number of short term rentals that a hotel industry study indicates are likely illegal under city law. Now, Inside Bay Area reports that Danville has done what San Francisco is apparently unable to do and simply banned short-term rentals outright.But in this case, the ban has nothing to do with the local fear that short term rentals offer incentives to take apartments off the rental market. No, in Danville, an estimated 20 or so people do short-term rentals, and the neighbors are upset that having strangers in town so often causes problems for the “small-town atmosphere.” I suppose it remains to be seen whether enforcement of such a ban is just as problematic as local laws have proven to be. last_img read more

KIERAS Occasions who will sponsor Saints Academy

first_imgKIERAS Occasions, who will sponsor Saints Academy Graduate Danny Richardson for the 2016 season, have thrown their support behind the 2015 Chocolate Orange Challenge.For those who may not have seen the Challenge before, it was started in 2011 by Saints fan Christopher Lamb following the sad passing of his son Elliott Lamb. Elliott was a mascot at one of the final games to be played at Knowsley Road in 2010.Christopher collects Terry’s Chocolate Oranges from kind doners, friends, family and businesses in the run up to Christmas and then passes them onto Doctors and Nurses in Children’s and cancer hospitals as well as Hospices in the North West and around the UK.It is a gesture that grew from the time Elliott was cared for in hospital and has since grown each year to more than 5,200 being collected last Christmas.Chris commented: “I know that Christmas is an extremely sad time for many people, and by doing this positive thing each year we want to encourage people to cherish their loved ones, feel that they can talk about them, and thank those people that were there for us during our darkest hours.”Chris is aiming to deliver this year’s Oranges on the December 18.For anyone wishing to donate a Chocolate Orange to the Challenge they can be dropped off at Kieras Occasions, located on North Road, St Helens.You can also follow the Challenge online:Twitter – @chocoranges#chocorangeswww.kierasoccasions.co.uk – Kieras Occasions are a St Helens based venue dresser and can provide dressing and balloons for all occasions.last_img read more

And this was done with the squad down to the bare

first_imgAnd this was done with the squad down to the bare bones due to injuries to key personnel – although with the performances of those youngsters drafted in you would never know.In fact the game was virtually over as early as the 10th minute as the Saints went over for their third try, taking a 14 point strangle-hold on the visitors.The Saints took the lead after only 60 seconds with Josh Simm picking up a Catalans fumble over the line from Jack Welsby’s delightfully weighted grubber. This came after a Callum Hazzard offload had put Welsby away on a 40 metre run into the visitors half.The visitors should have equalized on five minutes but after a break down the middle the pass went straight to the covering Tom Nisbet. A clever Jake Wingfield penalty for offside at the play the ball and three tackles later quick hands allowed Nisbet to put Simm in for his second.The Josh Simm show continued on the next set as his 40 metre break took him to the fullback. He passed left to the supporting Kye Siyani who didn’t have the pace to go the remaining 30 metres and was caught short of the line. Two tackles later, however, and Cam Brown was dummying his way over in the right corner.The tide turned slightly along with the penalty count and it took two Nisbet led tackles in one set to keep the Dragons scoreless.From the handover the Saints were finding it tough going to get out of their own 30 but got another set when Welsby’s last tackle clearance kick was charged down. Three tackles later and Nisbet broke through the middle of the line. 30 metres later he stepped around the fullback, evaded the head high tackle of the covering centre and then outpaced the rest of the cover over the last 40 metres to the right corner for a great individual try.The Saints kept the point a minute tally up by scoring their fifth try without reply. Strong drives out of defence from the returning John Hutchings and hardworking debutant Brandon Scully put the Saints on the front foot. Another break from Captain Hazzard to the beleaguered fullback saw him put Welsby in by the sticks.The visitors gave themselves a glimmer of hope on the half hour as the tall second row took advantage of some lethargic tackling and two penalties on the bounce to reach over.The call at oranges was to eradicate last week’s poor restart and to turn the screw and that’s what happened as from the kick off great kick chase work from Siyani, Hutchings, Joe Sharratt and Ryan Horne saw the Dragons winger pushed back into his own in-goal for a Saints repeat set.The perfect start of a Sharratt try from Horne’s grubber was ruled out for a dubious offside, but the Saints were in from their next set.Drives from Sam Royle and Chris Kellett and a Paul Nash/Royle offload to each other saw Nash dummy his way under the posts.The Saints were making the game look easy with their defensive line speed and power running epitomised in the run up to the seventh try.Two drives from Jorge Lewtas, promoted to the starting line-up, and his bench replacement Kian Horridge saw the Saints in the Dragons red zone. On the last the ball was moved right to Horne who, on seeing his kick options ruled out by a poor pass, stepped back inside off his right foot no less than five times before primly dotting the ball down under the posts.Unfortunately as the game went into the final quarter injuries, both old and new started to take their toll on the Saints allowing the visitors to score twice.Sandwiched in between Sam Royle had a try disallowed for a double movement which could easily have been ruled as a trip on the loose forward as he went for the line.The last laugh was reserved for Sharratt as he twisted his way over after a repeat set had the Dragons under pressure.Looking purely at the scoreboard this was a good win. Considering the meagre and inexperienced resources available to the Saints, this was a fantastic win.Kian Horridge in only his third game off the bench and the encouraging debut of Brandon Scully showed the type of gutsy performances shown by the players. Lewtas and Royle did big minutes and Kye Siyani pushed through cramp to play the full 80 but vying with each other for the best on park were Callum Hazzard and Jack Welsby.Match Summary:Saints U19: Tries: Josh Simm (1 & 6), Cameron Brown (10), Tom Nisbett (22), Jack Welsby (24), Paul Nash (46), Ryan Horne (51), Joe Sharratt (77). Goals: Callum Hazzard 3 from 6, Josh Simm 1 from 1, Jack Welsby 1 from 1.Catalans U19s: Tries: Corentin Le Cam (28 & 64), Robin Brochon (70). Goals: Arthur Mourgue 0 from 3.Half Time: 24-4 Full Time: 42-12Teams:Saints: 1. Tom Nisbet; 5. John Hutchings, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Josh Simm, 2. Sean Croston; 6. Jack Welsby, 7. Ryan Horne; 8. Jorge Lewtas, 9. Jake Wingfield, 10. Callum Hazzard, 11. Joe Sharratt, 12. Kye Siyani, 13. Sam Royle. Subs: 14. Paul Nash, 15. Brandon Scully, 16. Kian Horridge, 17. Christian Kellett.Catalans: 1. Robin Brochon; 2. Guillame Gorka, 3. Louis Carre, 4. Matthieu Laguerre, 5. Ugo Martin; 6. Thomas Lacans, 7. Arthur Mourgue (C); 8. Barthelemy Rouge, 9. Thibault Osuna, 16. Tiaki Chan, 11. Luc Delor, 12. Corentin Le Cam, 13. Lucas Vergniol. Subs: 10. Florian Vailhen, 14. David de Macedo, 15. Valentin Zafra, 17. Mathieu Cozza.last_img read more

Brunswick County woman tries luck with lottery for first time wins 200000

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – A Holden Beach woman won big, and it was her first time playing the lottery.For over a week, Bonnie Cox carried around a scratch-off ticket worth $200,000 and didn’t even know it.- Advertisement – “I just put it in my purse and forgot about it,” Cox said. “I only remembered to scratch it, because it was getting in the way when I was looking for something.”Cox bought two $500 Frenzy scratch-offs at the Food Lion in Shallotte. One was the winning ticket. She put them in her purse and left them there for a week.“I couldn’t believe it,” Cox thought after she scratched the tickets. “I kept looking at it and looking at it. I figured I was reading it wrong since this is the first time I’ve played.”Related Article: Multiple Brunswick Co. coastal communities order mandatory evacuationsCox claimed her prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She took home $139,003 after required state and federal tax withholdings. She plans to use the money to pay medical bills.last_img read more

Wilmington Walmart debuts pickup tower

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just in time for holiday shopping, one area Walmart is introducing new technology.The Walmart Supercenter on Sigmon Road is the first in Wilmington to debut a Walmart pickup tower.- Advertisement – These 16-foot tall structures function like high-tech vending machines and can fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute.To use the pickup tower, customers simply choose items on Walmart.com and select the pickup option at checkout.When the item arrives at the local store, an associate loads it into the pickup tower and the customer retrieves it by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone.Related Article: Trump: ‘Good chance’ now for tariff deal with Mexico“We had our first two customers and they were definitely surprised and excited,” Walmart E-Commerce Team Leader Amy Davis said. “The second customer had two orders and she really couldn’t believe how fast and how easy it was to retrieve you know both of them in less than a minute.”Walmart said its pickup towers are the latest example of the store’s commitment to digital acceleration and innovation.last_img read more

Symposium brings stories and solutions to ongoing opioid crisis

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The ongoing battle against the opioid drug epidemic is front and center in the public spotlight. Congressman David Rouzer created a group to spread awareness and information.This symposium comes after months of planning by the Congressman and other. It brought together key figures on every level, from the recovery clinic to the USDA all in an effort to reach those struggling and inform others.- Advertisement – “We’re going to celebrate recovery wherever it’s found,” said Kenny House Vice President of Clinical Services at Coastal Horizons.House spoke alongside Mark Allen who leads the Refuge recovery program at Port City Community Church. It’s a conversation we have had with them before. This time was different as their panel discussion reached dozens on a public platform organized by the Congressman and his staff.These men also sit on the steering committee Rep. Rouzer developed that also includes federal officials talking prevention programs as well as county Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Jon and Ben David.Related Article: New data show drug overdose deaths, suicides climbed at alarming rates in 2017His idea for this committee sparked by the sit down he had with Alecia Roberts and her team.“Tonight is proof that we do have voice and when we speak out even when we’re not sure that we’re going to get that response that we’re looking for, that sometimes we do,” said Roberts who chairs the group NC Coalition of Parents for Change.The group is composed of parents impacted by the opioid epidemic. Roberts lost her 25-year-old daughter to it.A year ago she reached out to the congressman to join their effort to bring those addicted to recovery and safety. To her surprise, he answered the call.“Extremely grateful, my heart is full,” said Roberts.The discussion ended with everyone elevating the message Roberts has for so many parents and victims.“Don’t lose hope, don’t lose faith and don’t give up and keep fighting for them,” said Roberts.Rep. Rouzer’s staff told Roberts they will look at hosting the symposium as an annual event.last_img read more

National Weather Service warns of jellyfish stings sightings

first_imgPeople swimming in the ocean (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service is warning beach goers to be on the lookout for jellyfish.The beach hazard alert is in effect through Friday.- Advertisement – Jellyfish have been reported at multiple beaches but officials said they are small and mostly a nuisance, stinging the feet of beach goers.If you are stung, officials advise you to rinse the area with vinegar and then to soak it in hot water, or see a lifeguard.last_img read more

Women accused of stealing from Walmart in Shallotte

first_img They say it happened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.They were seen leaving in a black Honda civic.Anyone with information is asked to contact Shallotte Police at (910) 754-6008. Police need your help identifying two women they say stole from the Walmart in Shallotte. (Photo: Shallotte PD) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Police need your help identifying two women they say stole from the Walmart in Shallotte.Police say these two women are wanted for larceny.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Keep away from that candidate Court warns volatile youth

first_imgWhatsApp A 32 year old accused of physically attacking Partit Demokratiklu candidate Charles Polidano has been ordered by Court to keep his distance from the victim. Jack Azzopardi, accused of threatening and injuring Polidano, as well as damaging his car and disrupting the public peace, has been ordered to stay away and have no contact with Polidano for the next two years.In Court, Polidano expressed his disappointment that the Court did not ask him to be present during the hearing or allow him the opportunity to call his witnesses.The Court heard how Polidano had contacted Azzopardi’s mother, asking her to sign a recommendation for his candidature. Mrs Azzopardi, who cannot read or write, signed the recommendation and subsequently, Polidano received many phone threats, which eventually led to the assault.Read: PD local council candidate physically assaulted outside his home – PDAzzopardi’s defence argued that Polidano took advantage of the accused’s mother. Azzopardi also stated that when Polidano talked to Mrs Azzopardi, she was told he was representing Partit Laburista, and not Partit Demokratiku. Polidano insisted that the accused’s mother was fully aware what she was signing. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more