Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost th

first_imgParalympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed.Some Paralympians have spoken previously of the importance of the support they receive from the benefits system particularly through disability living allowance (DLA), but this is the first confirmation that any of them have lost that support as a result of the government’s austerity programme.The concerns were raised by wheelchair-racer Ben Rowlings, one of the young track stars of the British team, who is set to compete in the T34 100 metres and 800 metres in Rio, and holds the British record at 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres.He currently receives the higher rate mobility component of DLA, which has allowed him to use that payment to lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme.But like hundreds of thousands of other disabled people, he has been told he will be reassessed for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) – introduced in 2013 in a bid to cut working-age DLA spending by 20 per cent – and that an assessment of his eligibility will take place next year.The Shropshire resident does much of his training 50 miles away in Coventry, alongside fellow Paralympians Kare Adenegan and Mel Nicholls, and told Disability News Service this week that the PIP reassessment could put his career in jeopardy if it results in him losing his Motability car.He said: “It is something that’s on my mind because without the access to having my Motability car… I wouldn’t be able to get to any of the training that I do.“I need my car, I need the support to get me around to places, and training and work, because racing is my job, and without the support of the Motability [car] and the DLA, I wouldn’t be able to get to training.”The 20-year-old said he knew of fellow Paralympians who have already lost their Motability cars after being reassessed for PIP.He said: “There have been Paralympians who have been told that they are too able to claim Motability and they have had to fight to get the cars back because they have been taken off them.“I don’t know too much about it, I haven’t spoken to them about it because that’s a personal matter for them, but it’s something I’m a little bit concerned about.”He said he was not comfortable providing further details about colleagues, and could not say how many fellow team-members had lost their Motability vehicles, but added: “All I know is anyone with disabilities is getting assessed at the moment, so it’s a possibility for any of us.”Last month, another ParalympicsGB star wheelchair-racer, Hannah Cockroft (pictured with Rowlings), told DNS she was “scared” that she would lose her independence when she was reassessed for PIP.Cockroft, who won double gold at London 2012, has also yet to be assessed for PIP, but she said that she was dreading her eventual reassessment, the possibility of having her support cut, and potentially losing the car she leases through the Motability scheme.Motability has said that it expects 35,000 vehicles will have to be returned by disabled people during 2016 as a result of the PIP reassessment programme.Of Motability customers reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent of them have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to hand their vehicles back.Activists who took part in a national day of action last month – organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisible and the Mental Health Resistance Network – said they believed PIP was “rotten to the core”, and pointed to growing evidence of the “shoddy nature” of PIP assessments, which are carried out by the government’s contractors, Capita and Atos.The British Paralympic Association – which manages the ParalympicsGB team – has not responded to a request for a comment.Asked how removing a Motability vehicle from a Paralympian training for Rio would have helped their medal efforts, a Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “This question is unfounded.“Decisions on Motability are made based on claimants’ individual needs and after consideration of all the evidence, including an assessment and information provided by the claimant and their GP.“All claimants have the opportunity to appeal their decision.”Asked how many Paralympians had lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed, she said: “We do not ask PIP claimants whether they are Paralympians, and they are not required to disclose this information when making a claim.“Therefore, we are unable to answer this question.”But she said there were now more people on the Motability scheme than before PIP was introduced*, while the “majority of people leaving the Motability scheme will be eligible for a one-off payment of £2,000**, which will help ensure their mobility needs continue to be met”.Asked if DWP accepted that DLA and PIP played a vital part in providing the support that disabled people need to live independently and contribute to society, she said: “Yes. DLA and PIP provide important support for those who have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the benefit(s).”Meanwhile, research by the MS Society suggests that up to one in 10 of the 100,000 people with multiple sclerosis in the UK could lose the highest rate of mobility support as a result of the PIP reassessment process.The charity has estimated that more than 1,000 people with MS have already had their benefits cut since PIP was introduced.Under DLA, 93 per cent of people with MS who received the benefit [not everyone with MS claims DLA or PIP] were awarded the highest rate of the mobility component, and of the 4,349 DLA claimants with MS who have so far been reassessed and awarded any kind of PIP award, only 70 per cent have received the equivalent rate. The charity is calling on people with MS to share their experiences of the reassessment process with the government’s second independent review of PIP.*The Motability scheme is still growing slowly overall, at about 1.5 per cent a year, because of the number of new members joining, and currently has 651,000 vehicles (636,000 through the car scheme and 15,000 powered wheelchairs and scooters). Motability expects the overall number of customers to start falling at some stage in the reassessment process but does “not expect the number of vehicles to fall below 600,000 over the next few year”.**This payment applies to those customers who joined the scheme before January 2013.last_img read more

Homeless Shower Provider Returning to Art to Shift Perceptions

first_imgLately, Doniece Sandoval has been been in the spotlight for bringing showers to the homeless by truck, a program known as Lava Mae. Now, she’s exploring the possibilities of changing perceptions about the homeless through art. On January 13, Sandoval and the Market Street gallery Fouladi Projects will open an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experience of homelessness. Though the artists themselves haven’t experienced homelessness, the idea is to move viewers to empathize by employing sculpture, photography, sound, and other media. Sandoval’s latest project takes her back to the world she started in – art, as Chief External Relations Officer for ZER01: The Art & Technology Network and Director of Marketing for the San Jose Museum of Art. She set aside her work in the art world to create Lava Mae in 2014 after encountering a homeless woman on the street crying out that she would never be clean.“Our goal with Coming Clean: SF is to experiment with and understand how artistic insight could be a useful tool in shifting the broader community’s relationship with people moving through homelessness,” Sandoval wrote in a statement. Amy Wilson Faville, whose work will be exhibited in the show, began photographing and later creating collages depicting homeless people’s carts of belongings. She had started to notice them outside her Mission District art studio, seeing them as a kind of mobile sculpture.Faville said she hopes her work attracts attention initially because it is beautiful, and then provokes thought with its content. “I think that beauty can be a way into considering a subject that is difficult or ugly, or something that maybe you would maybe rather not normally think about,” she said. “I hope that after seeing my work that maybe when somebody sees [a cart] on the street, that they will kind of look at it that way…rather than just seeing it as blight.” While the shower program has enjoyed community support, said Deborah Schneider, a spokesperson for Lava Mae, the art element is intended to reach people who aren’t yet involved. “Our goal is to engage new audiences. We have a wonderfully supportive community and we’re also hoping in addition to engage new people who are not familiar with our work,” Schneider said. During the exhibition’s run, through February 23, Fouladi Projects will also host six live art events including a participatory art installation, a listening party, and a crochet jam. Coming Clean: SF opens Friday, January 13 and closes February 23. More details here. Fouladi Projects is located at 1803 Market St. Tags: arts • Events • homeless • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

From the Archives After the Apollo Program Ended NASA Settled on a

first_imgEnter your email address The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly When the Shuttle Was YoungBy Gregory CurtisFrom “Behind the Lines,” originally published in January 1984The glory of the space program is that in fifty years we have gone from setting off rockets with matches to sending up laboratories where six men can live for ten days and return to Earth as gently as a jetliner pulls into DFW. The shuttle’s takeoff is an exhilarating spectacle because it is incontrovertible proof that all the problems that stood in its way were solved by human energy and intelligence.Capitalizing on the Right StuffBy Helen ThorpeFrom “Can John Glenn Do It Again?,” originally published in October 1998It is easy to understand why John Glenn wants to go back into space. But why would NASA, a multibillion-dollar agency with important things to do, want to send him? Like John Glenn, NASA itself longs for a return to its former glory days. Employees dream like fading starlets of future leading roles, above all, a manned mission to the Red Planet. Getting anybody there would be a monumental undertaking and would cost billions. How better to generate public support for such a quest than to remind the nation of the first time it fell head over heels for an astronaut? One Giant Step for LogisticsBy Stephen HarriganFrom “Heaven & Earth,” originally published in April 2003Spaceflight has changed in ways that have inevitably leached some of the glamour away. The shuttle is a vehicle less for exploratory voyaging than for near-shore exploitation of space. Its primary job these days is the servicing and maintenance of the International Space Station. Compared with the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, the shuttle is more like a crew boat ferrying personnel and supplies to an offshore drilling platform. When those supplies are unloaded in the weightlessness of space, astronauts, like grocery stockers, keep track of the inventory with bar code readers. In orbit, they receive a per diem of just $2.The United Colors of NASABy Al ReinertFrom “The Last Blast,” originally published in April 2011More than 350 people have now gone into space on the 133 space shuttle missions, and they represent our species probably better than we deserve. There have been female commanders and farmworker’s sons, schoolteachers, heart surgeons, senators, astronomers, biologists, geologists, psychologists, jet pilots, and enough engineers to construct a space station the size of a shopping mall. And that’s just the Americans. [They have been joined] over the years by the citizens of fifteen other countries, from Mexico and Switzerland to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, men and women who took salsa music and sashimi into outer space and gave other cultures a taste of the dream. This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Photograph by Dan Winters Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. First Name Last Namelast_img read more


first_img Raymond immediately lit up the room with his voice in a surprise serenade,”What a day it has been. What a rare mood I’m in. It’s almost like being in love.”There’s no mistaking that deep, heavenly voice of Raymond Greene. “I started that gift and didn’t recognize who gave me that Gift,” he said of the early years. “I was just singing and having a good time. Hip hop, bee bop, and whatever you wanna say. I love it I love it I sing because I’m happy because I know where my joy comes from.”That joy comes from his deep faith that he says helped conquer his fear.“So now,” Raymond said, “I examine myself, I say God, what would you have me do. He says use the gift that I gave you.”The gift was there in high school. He also sang in a college choir. Now he goes solo, singing at nursing homes, businesses, and special events. He says he prays before he sings to help settle any nervousness he might have before performing.“I have more faith and confidence now at 83 years old. I’m 83 years old,” he said.“You mean 83 years young,” Daniel replied. “83 years young, I like that even better,” Raymond laughed.Raymond’s wish for the community? “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” he said. “So this Christmas and Thanksgiving, we should light a candle of love. Spiritual love that is, because there is no greater love than having the love of God.”Raymond Greene, you are bringing that love, sweet love, and that’s what makes you Extraordinary!Raymond bounced around country before settling down in Wilmington. He taught school and worked closely with kids who have special needs. Nowadays, you never know where he’ll pop up next singing songs of joy. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We first crossed paths with our Extraordinary Person of the Week last year when a viewer sent us video of someone randomly singing patriotic songs in a Wilmington Walmart.WWAY’s Daniel Seamans caught back up with the voice of an Angel at a local restaurant where he’s been known to serenade the crowd.“You deserve every moment of recognition you get,” a Golden Corral employee said to Raymond Greene as Daniel Seamans brought in the camera.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in Wilmington

first_img Carolina Beach Road was closed in both directions.No word yet on charges against the driver.We will have more information as it becomes available. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A pedestrian was struck and killed on Carolina Beach Rd. near legion stadium Saturday.According to Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron, a call came in around 5:25 p.m. regarding a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian did not survive.- Advertisement – last_img

Alan Cutler takes crowded GOP primary for Pender Co Sheriff

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — When Carson Smith announced he would not run for another term as Pender County Sheriff and instead run for the General Assembly, it set off a mad rush to the Board of Elections in Burgaw to register to run for the office.In all, eight candidates, including seven Republicans signed up to run. In the end, though, that crowded Republican field did not lead to a narrow race. In fact, one candidate wound up with more votes than all the other candidates combined.- Advertisement – Alan Cutler made easy work of his six opponents garnering 50.07 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. The next closest contender, Randy Burton, finished with less than 18 percent of the votes cast.“We tried to concentrate on the number one concern of the community, which is the opioid crisis that we are suffering in our area,” Cutler said. “We’ve said if that’s the number one concern in the community, then it needs to be the number one priority of the Sheriff’s Department.”Cutler now heads to the general election in November, where he will face Lawrence Fennel, who is the only Democrat to run for sheriff.last_img read more

Leland couple meets Vice President Pence at Arlington Cemetery

first_img 1 of 11 Leland couple meets Vice President Pence in DC Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland couple has quite a story to share this Memorial Day weekend. Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Anna Glaeser said she and her husband Jason traveled to the Washington, DC, area to see her brother graduate from the US Naval Academy.- Advertisement – center_img Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) Vice President Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country. (Photos: Anna Glaeser) On Thursday, they stopped at Arlington National Cemetery to visit the grave sites where Anna’s grandparents are buried. At the same time, some soldiers were there placing flags on each grave site. They gave Anna a quarter to place on her grandparents’ headstone.“My grandfather retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the army and of course his wife, my grandmother is buried there with him,” Anna said.While they were at the cemetery, Vice President Mike Pence arrived to pay his respects to a fallen soldier. Mr. Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton approached the Glaesers, shook their hands and thanked them for paying their respects to the heroes of our country.Related Article: Memorial Day event at Wilmington National Cemetery honors fallen“You know you get butterflies in your stomach when the vice president of the United States is approaching you, but he was very kind and very gracious and completely reverent and respectful of, you know the atmosphere of the Arlington Cemetery commands and it was just really neat,” Anna said.Pence also thanked Glaeser’s mother, who recently retired after 32 years of military service.“He was happy to be there and he actually said he was honored to be in the presence of you know my family has had a long history of military service. My mom is retired Colonel. She was in the Army for 32 years and um yeah it was just really neat,” Anna said.She said it’s a memory she’ll never forget.last_img read more

Stretch of eastbound I140 closed for days as crews fix bridge

first_img The DOT says it anticipates the eastbound lanes to reopen later this week. First, equipment and materials must be delivered to the site, then repairs will be done and the interstate will reopen following a safety review.“The safest action we can take is to close the bridge and make the necessary repairs as quickly and safely as possible,” NCDOT Division 3 Engineer Karen Collette said in a news release. “A contractor and our bridge team have done a nice job of developing a solution that will serve drivers for years to come.”The DOT says the temporary closure provides an opportunity for bridge teams to assess additional locations on the bridge.Related Article: Driver in critical condition after rollover crashThe NCDOT says Saturday night an employee noticed an unusual bump on the bridge. An inspection today revealed a shift in sole plates between two of four girders, the agency said. The inspection also found that structural elements including the cap, columns and foundation are sound. The repair plan calls for shifting the sole plates back into place.Westbound lanes will remain open during the repairs. Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies block the eastbound entrance to I-140 at US 74/76 on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation says a a stretch of I-140 in Brunswick County will be closed until later this week as crews try to fix a bridge.Late Saturday night the DOT said it had closed a bridge on eastbound I-140 at the Cedar Hill Road exit to do the work, which means a detour for drivers. The DOT says the best alternative route requires drivers to take Exit 5 for US 74/76 East to US 421 North and then back to I-140 East.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police break up clashes in east India Mumbai votes in fourth phase

first_imgA woman holds her baby as she leaves after casting her vote at a polling station at Sirohi district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan, India April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Amit DaveA woman holds her baby as she leaves after casting her vote at a polling station at Sirohi district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan, India April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave Police broke up clashes between rival groups of voters in a key eastern state on Monday as some of India’s richest families and Bollywood stars also cast their ballots in Mumbai during the fourth phase of a massive, staggered general election.In West Bengal, a populous eastern state crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid, supporters of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clashed with others from the regional Trinamool Congress, police said.TV footage showed armed security forces chasing away people wielding sticks, although it was initially difficult to determine the scale of the clashes.There were no immediate reports of any poll-related injuries in West Bengal, where at least one person was killed and three injured during the third phase of voting last week.The BJP is in a direct, and sometimes bloody, fight in West Bengal with Trinamool, whose chief Mamata Banerjee is one of Modi’s biggest critics and a potential prime ministerial candidate.More than 127 million people are eligible to vote in this round of the seven-phase election held across 71 seats in nine states. Modi’s coalition won more than 75 percent of the seats in the previous election in 2014.Many of the constituencies are in Uttar Pradesh state in the north and western India’s Maharashtra, where the financial capital Mumbai is located. Uttar Pradesh elects the most lawmakers, with Maharashtra next. Both states are ruled by the BJP and its allies.However, political analysts say the BJP may struggle to repeat its strong showing this time due mainly to a jobs shortage and weak farm prices, issues upon which the main opposition Congress party has seized.‘SOME PROGRESS’First-time voter Ankita Bhavke, a college student in Mumbai, said she voted for economic development.“I want the country to be at par with the best in the world,” she said. “There’s been some progress in the last five years.”India’s financial markets were closed on Monday for the election.Mumbai is home to the massive Hindi film industry, as well as Asia’s wealthiest man, Mukesh Ambani, and India’s richest banker, Uday Kotak.Ambani, who heads Reliance Industries, and Kotak, managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, created a stir this month by publicly endorsing an opposition Congress party candidate from their upscale South Mumbai constituency.Mumbai, which has six seats, is India’s wealthiest city but ageing and insufficient infrastructure is a major concern. Six people were killed last month when part of a pedestrian bridge collapsed, recalling memories of a 2017 rush-hour stampede that killed at least 22 people on a narrow pedestrian bridge.The election, the world’s biggest democratic exercise with about 900 million voters, started on April 11 with Modi in the lead amid heightened tension with long-time enemy Pakistan.The last phase of voting is on May 19, with results released four days later.There are a total of 545 seats in parliament’s lower house.Modi sent warplanes into Pakistan in late February in response to a suicide attack by an Islamist militant group based there that killed 40 Indian police in the disputed Kashmir region.Modi has sought votes on his tough response towards militancy and in recent days has evoked the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in nearby Sri Lanka.Maidul Islam, a professor of political science at Kolkata’s Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, said long queues outside polling stations would indicate whether Modi’s national security pitch was working.“Whenever there is a BJP kind of a wave, you see a higher voter turnout,” he said. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda Broadband and Internet Market Convergence – 2011

first_imgAdvertisement By 2010, prices for international bandwidth had plummeted to a fraction of their original cost. In parallel, wireless technologies such as WiMAX and 3G mobile services have brought the Internet within reach of a much wider part of the population than the limited fixed-line DSL services ever have. These improvements in infrastructure will revolutionise the market by making broadband access more affordable and enabling converged voice, data and video/entertainment services.Companies covered in this report: – UTL Online (Uganda Telecom) – Infocom (Altech) – Africa Online – Spacenet – The Broadband Company (TMP) – MTN – Wateen Telecoms – Smile Telecom – Foris Telecom – Talk Telecom – Mo Telecom – Goal Technology Solutions (GTS) – UMEME – WBS Television – NTV Uganda – MultiChoice – Jump TV – Wananchi Key Topics Covered: 1. Synopsis 2. Internet market 2.1 Overview 2.2 Public Internet access locations 2.3 Personal computer market 2.4 Dial-up 2.5 International bandwidth 3. Uganda’s ISP market 3.1 Overview, licensing 3.2 Selected ISPs 3.3 Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UiXP) 4. E-services 4.1 E-commerce 4.2 E-banking 4.3 E-government 5. Broadband market 5.1 Overview 5.2 ADSL 5.3 WiFi 5.4 WiMAX 6. Convergence 6.1 VoIP telephony 6.2 Next generation Networks (NGN) 6.3 Broadband over powerlines (BPL) 6.4 Smart grids 6.5.(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dublin – Research and Markets ) has announced the addition of the “Uganda – Broadband and Internet Market, Convergence” report to their offering. Keep fingers crossed for any latest technology news in Uganda as it happens.last_img read more