A UN committee has told the UK government to produ

first_imgA UN committee has told the UK government to produce an annual progress report on how it is implementing the recommendations of a damning inquiry that found it guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of key parts of the disability convention.The committee of disabled human rights experts concluded last November that the government had violated the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) under the articles on independent living, work and employment, and social protection.But the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities has now made clear that it is not satisfied with the way the UK has responded to that inquiry.In its “concluding observations” on the progress the UK has made across the entire convention, the committee said the government should co-operate closely with disabled people’s organisations on implementing the recommendations made by last November’s inquiry report.And it said the government should provide information to the committee on its progress every 12 months until 2023, when the UK will be examined again on how it has implemented the convention as a whole.At the end of last month’s two-day public examination of the UK’s progress on implementing the convention (pictured), the committee’s chair, Theresia Degener, told the government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”.And Stig Langvad, the committee member who led the UK examination, said he and his colleagues were “deeply concerned” about the government’s refusal to recognise the findings and recommendations of the committee’s earlier inquiry, and added: “We expect the state party to take the appropriate measures to address the recommendations of our inquiry report.”The concluding observations made sweeping criticisms of the UK government’s failure to implement its treaty obligations across the areas examined by last November’s report.The committee said it was concerned about the impact of government austerity measures, which had had “severe negative economic constraints” on disabled people.It pointed to the negative impact of the introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) on disabled people’s standard of living, and called for a review of the “detrimental impact” of the conditionality and sanctions regime associated with the out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance (ESA).It said the government should carry out a cumulative impact assessment, to assess the overall impact of all the cuts and reforms to social security, and then work with disabled people’s organisations to tackle the fall in disabled people’s standard of living.It also called on the government to reverse both the cut of nearly £30 a week in payments to new claimants of ESA placed in the work-related activity group, and new government regulations that will make it far harder for people with experience of severe mental distress to secure mobility support through PIP.And it raised concerns about the failure to recognise disabled people’s right to live independently, cuts to spending on independent living, a lack of support services, the closure of the Independent Living Fund, and the “fact that many persons with disabilities are still institutionalised and deprived of the right to live independently and being included within the community”.And on employment, the committee said it was concerned about the “persistent employment gap and pay gap” faced by disabled people, the “insufficient” measures taken to prevent discrimination in the workplace, and the controversial work capability assessment, which is used to test eligibility for ESA.Ellen Clifford, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – which played a key role in securing the inquiry which led to last November’s report  – welcomed the committee’s call for an annual progress report and “the fact that they pushed back, in spite of the government’s complete dismissal of the inquiry report.“Disabled people are very relieved that the committee stuck to their guns and said this is a very serious question, we are not going to let you get away with dismissing it and we want you to report back again every year.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, welcomed the committee’s call for an annual report on the UK government’s response to last November’s inquiry report, which he said would “assist us to keep the rights violations under the spotlight”.He said: “It shows the ongoing sincere concern of the CRPD for what is happening to us in the UK.“It is very heartening but we do not expect the Tory government to do anything other than regurgitate the propaganda that was put before the committee.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, welcomed the call for an annual update, but warned that government reports were “always vague and lack objective evaluation and hard data”.  She said: “We continue to call on the UK government to collect and analyse disaggregated data to strengthen its understanding of the multiple discrimination faced by disabled women from medical care and employment through to domestic violence.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

City to Flooded Residents We Cant Fix Floods

first_imgDespite its best efforts, the city will not be able to offer residents and businesses that suffer repeated flooding and sewer overflows a surefire solution. No matter how much money is spent, public utilities managers said at a meeting last night, a really big storm will still overwhelm the city’s sewer system. “When it’s filled to capacity, no more water can be entered in to the system,” said San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manger Harlan Kelly. “Engineers would love to build a bigger system but we’re talking billions of dollars and tearing up the street…We have to work with the system that we have.”San Francisco’s sewer system, most of which is about 100 years old, can process some 500 million gallons of water on a rainy day. Serious storms can bring down much more and in any big storm, 15th and Wawona streets, Cayuga Avenue at Glen Park, and 17th and Folsom streets are prone to flooding because the overflow works its way down from the city’s watershed to the bay and pool there as a result of the city’s topography, utilities staff explained. “This issues is one of those that has been very humbling to me,” said Supervisor David Campos in his remarks at the meeting. “There are limitations in what a governing agency can do [against] nature.” Nevertheless, utilities manager Stephanie Harrison did present three approaches to mitigating the problem. The first would be to construct a $260 million connecting tunnel from 17th and Folsom streets to a bigger, higher-capacity channel tunnel along the city’s eastern edge.  That would move more water away from affected areas, easing the bottleneck that forms in the city’s topographic basins. The catch? That bigger channel tunnel also doesn’t exist yet, and would cost some $800 million to build.Another option, Harrison said, would be to simply widen an existing water pipeline under 17th and Folsom to a 17-foot diameter. Collection boxes and other associated underground infrastructure would also have to be expanded. Unlike a new tunnel, which would simply involve an entry point for tunneling equipment, expanding old infrastructure requires opening up streets,  which means traffic snarls, utility interruptions, and higher construction cost – a total of $200 million. Finally, the city could ask parcel owners for permission to dig out storage tanks under parking lots and other empty spaces to catch some of the stormwater that would otherwise flood the surface. Though it’s the cheapest option in terms of installation, weighing in at just $110 million, staff warned that the tanks would need to be emptied and cleaned of debris after each rainfall.Putting any of these solutions in place would take between five and nine years, with most timelines for completion ending in 2024. It would take until 2017 for the city to even reach a final decision about which approach to take. “If we’re going to spend a lot of money, I want to solve a problem” said Harlan Kelly, general manager of the Public Utilities Commission. He and others also cited extensive planning and review processes in place to assure transparency in the use of taxpayer money.Residents weren’t impressed. “We are not asking you to protect us from flooding [at the surface],” said one resident. “We are asking you to fix your sewer system so it doesn’t overflow.” He said the pipes under 17th and Folsom, toward the end of the system, simply need to be made proportional to the combined capacity of upstream pipes. “It’s a little more complicated than that,” said Kelly. “I don’t think so,” the resident shot back. “What a joke,” said Blane Bachelor, a Cayuga Avenue resident. “There’s a section of residents in three districts bearing the brunt of the city’s crap.” Bachelor is one of the core members of Solutions not Sandbags, a group whose mission is to push the Public Utilities Commission toward major sewer improvements rather than short-term fixes. The latter are in ample supply – the city encourages residents to elevate their buildings, clean their drains, and purchase flood insurance (though residents objected that flood insurance rarely covers sewage back flow, which has damaged several homes). It also offers a program for reimbursing residents who install back flow preventers, flood barriers and other devices. At Thursday’s meeting, they announced plans to test interlocking modular flood walls around the southwest corner of 17th and Folsom streets, to keep water from flooding off the streets and into the below-grade yards of Hans Art auto shop and Stable Cafe.  “Is that the best they could come up with, the barriers?” asked Lisa Dunseth, who has not fallen victim to flooding but is also growing impatient with the city’s lack of major sewer improvements. She arrived at the meeting with a binder full of documents detailing plans to improve the sewer system under 17tha and Folsom streets – from in 1964. “In 1964, plans were made to fix the system. Now it’s 2015 and we have sewer flooding and now we’re going to have it streaming down our sidewalks instead,” she said.Malcolm Davis, who owns the building that houses Stable Cafe and works upstairs, said he had been told that a basin under the 17th and Folsom parking lot that is slated to become a city park had been taken off the table. At Thursday’s meeting, it was brought up again. “Really, if they lowered that piece of land by four feet, it could stop flooding in the area,” Davis said. “It feels like turning a huge ship.” 0%center_img Tags: Business • rain • real estate • water Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Family of Man Killed in 22nd St Fire Sues Landlord

first_imgA fire investigation later indicated that the fire likely originated at some wiring inside a third-floor wall. In an answer to the complaint, landlord Hawk Ling Lou’s attorneys wrote that the family failed to state sufficient facts to make a claim, and that the death was not the result of any negligence on Lou’s part, and that Orellana’s own negligence was to blame. The answer also suggests that if there were defects, the tenant failed to notify the landlord in a timely manner to get the conditions repaired. It also says that the case is past its statute of limitations. It’s too early to tell whether the case will settle or go to trial – trials for the other five cases brought against Lou regarding the fire are set to begin in June of next year. Tags: 22nd Street fire • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Family members of Mauricio Orellana, a 38-year-old man killed in the January 28, 2015 fire at 22nd and Mission streets that displaced dozens of businesses and more than 60 tenants, have brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the property’s owner and management company.In the suit, filed in November by Orellana’s cousin Fernando Artiga on behalf of Orellana’s six siblings, alleges that the management company, fire systems company, and landlord failed to maintain the building in fire safe condition. That situation, they allege, lead to Orellana’s death.“The above-described fire and resulting damages that Decedent was subjected to is of a kind that does not normally occur unless someone was negligent,” the suit claims.According to reports from tenants after the fire, Orellana rented a closet or a closet-sized room in a one-bedroom apartment of the third floor. The night of the fire, he was likely caught unawares by the fire (as were many other tenants) because no alarms sounded. By the time firefighters reached him, Orellana’s heart had stopped. last_img read more

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Shallotte man killed after being struck by a car along highway 17

first_img The chief deputy coroner reports that Hill, who is 27, died at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries.The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. HORRY COUNTY, SC (WWAY) – Horry County’s Chief Deputy Coroner says Demontray Hill of Shallotte died from his injuries after being hit by a vehicle Sunday morning.The incident happened around 3:30 in the morning along the Northbound side of Highway 17 in Little River.- Advertisement – last_img

Rocky Point man killed in crash near Laney High School

first_img Sgt. M.W. King of the NC Highway Patrol says Maximino Lopez, 53, of Rocky Point was driving a Dodge Neon and heading south on N. College Road, when Hunter Jolley, 20, of Mooresboro, crossed the center line and hit him head on.Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.Jolley was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving left of center. Sgt. King says there were no signs of impairment.Related Article: Highway Patrol investigating fatal hit-and-run near CalabashJolley was not taken to the hospital.Trooper M.A. Minshew is still investigating the crash. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One man died in an early morning crash in New Hanover County.It happened around 6:30 a.m. on N. College Road near Laney High School.- Advertisement – last_img read more

18Wheeler towed from Market Street after snow fall

first_img18-Wheeler being towed after the snow fall in Wilmington (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Traffic on Market Street in downtown Wilmington was tied up for a little while this morning as an 18-wheeler got stuck at the intersection of 3rd and Market and had to be towed out.That’s a good reminder that no matter how big or powerful your vehicle is you can still get stuck on icy roads.last_img

Hampstead man guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2015 shooting

first_img A jury of nine women and three men reached a verdict at 3:57 p.m. Thursday after deliberating since Wednesday afternoon. Superior Court Judge Josh Willey sentenced Westberg to a minimum of 12 months and no more than 24 months in prison and mandatory alcohol counseling. The length of the sentence will be determined by the North Carolina Department of Correction.Westberg’s lawyer, Rick Miller, asked the judge to sentence Westburg to probation with no jail time. Miller argued Westberg is an honorably discharged combat veteran with no criminal record. He said sending Westberg to jail would only punish his two children.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. BURGAW, NC (StarNewsOnline) — A Hampstead man was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Pender County jury Thursday in a June 2015 shooting death of his friend.Dennis Westberg, 37, shot and killed Larry Joshua Goodson, 35, at Westberg’s Moores Landing Road home in Hampstead.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Rival team drives hours to support New Hanover High after Florence

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s nothing quite like the spirit of sportsmanship. One set of athletes reached out a helping hand to one school in our area.Athletes from Crest High School traveled for more than six hours to New Hanover High School to bring donations for students impacted by Hurricane Florence. Crest High lost to New Hanover’s baseball team for the state championship but Crest High School football player Nate Blanton says that shouldn’t stop an act of kindness, it should fuel it.Which is why he asked his coach to help.- Advertisement – “We always do service projects and I contacted him the night that I thought of it and asked if he would want to help me do it and he thought it was a great idea. And so we started planning that night and we asked our school, a lot of the churches around our town, they all pitched in and did a real great job helping us gather supplies,” Branton said.“There’s people that still don’t have power at their houses, there’s people that don’t have a roof over their houses, people that can’t even eat. They rely on school meals to eat. So this alone just the food, the supplies, the clothes makes a huge huge difference in our community,” New Hanover High school baseball player Alex Sniffen said.After bringing all the supplies, the two teams got lunch together and went to the homecoming game for New Hanover.last_img read more

I will continue working in defence of the people – Casa

first_img <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> Head of Delegation and PN MEP candidate David Casa said that the only assurance he could give to PL Head of Delegation and PL MEP candidate Alfred Sant was that nothing will stop him from working in defence of the people living on Malta and Gozo.Casa was referring to comments made by Sant during Xarabank, when the PL candidate asked Casa for assurances that he would support Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s nominations for EU institutions.Casa said that he could only guarantee one thing, that nothing ‘will stop him from working in defence of the people’.‘MEPs have the power to change EU laws’  – AgiusPN MEP hopeful Peter Agius said that MEPs have the power to change EU legislation describing it as ‘extraordinary’.Commenting on Facebook, Agius said that he had witnessed the benefits of having competent individuals elected to the European Parliament and spoke about the art of persuasion. WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more