Hundreds of disabled children in England are start

first_imgHundreds of disabled children in England are starting to benefit from a new fund that will provide them with the specialist prosthetic limbs they need to take part in sports and other activities that were previously inaccessible to them.The Department of Health (DH) has provided £750,000 to fund running blades and other activity prostheses in a trial that will allow under-18s who were born without a limb or have lost a limb to take part in activities such as team sports, swimming, climbing, dancing and playing musical instruments.The funding is being provided through NHS limb centres, which are being given the money to source and fit the prostheses.Another £750,000 is linking research centres with expertise in child prostheses with experts from the NHS, industry, and clinical academia.The £1.5 million fund was announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt during last summer’s Paralympic Games in Rio, and the first children have now begun to receive their activity prostheses.Although the trial will only run to the end of 2017-18, there are hopes that – if it proves a success – DH will extend the funding.LimbPower, the national disability sports organisation for people with limb impairments, is supporting DH by alerting families to the fund’s existence and helping health professionals access it. Carly Bauert, children’s prostheses coordinator for LimbPower, whose nine-year-old son Oliver had a running blade fitted when he was six, said she hoped that more than 500 children would benefit during the two years of the trial.She said she believed it would make “a huge difference” to the children who took part.She said: “These are specialist activity limbs that are not normally available on the NHS.“If you have a child who has an amputation or a congenital limb disorder, as a parent… not to be able to provide them with what they need to participate in as normal a childhood as possible is very, very hard.“This is about inclusion and activity. Not all of our children are going to be Paralympians, but they all need to have an active childhood.”She said the fund was helping one girl who wanted a prosthesis that would allow her to dance and “go up on her points”.One concern is that if DH decides not to renew the fund next year, children that have benefited from the prostheses could be left without replacements when they grow out of them.But Bauert said: “What we have got to show is that there is a demand and it is needed.“As a mum of a prosthesis-wearing child who wears a blade, I am hopeful and very optimistic that with the right research and evidence we can show the government it is needed and required for these children.“My little boy got his blade when he was six and it changed his life completely.“It gave him confidence at school, with friends, he joined the rugby and football clubs, his confidence just grew. “Richard Whitehead, a double leg amputee and double Paralympic 200 metres champion, said: “Having run thousands of miles on prosthetics myself I’m delighted to see the next generation take their first steps in experiencing the freedom of running, whether just for general enjoyment or towards achieving their own Paralympic ambitions.”Hunt said: “Team GB [sic]* surpassed everyone’s expectations at last year’s Paralympics and this investment will ensure the next generation of children who have either been born without a limb or who have lost a limb will be able to lead an active life.“It’s wonderful that the first children are now receiving their blades and that they will be able to reach their sporting potential – I hope some may even be selected in the future as members of Team GB [sic]. “*Britain’s Paralympic team is known as ParalympicsGB. Team GB competes in the OlympicsPicture: 13-year-old Ben, from Brighton, one of the first children to benefit from the trial, being fitted with a running blade at Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at Brighton General Hospitallast_img read more

Members of the committee set up to lead on the equ

first_imgMembers of the committee set up to lead on the equality watchdog’s work on disabled people’s rights are said to be frustrated at the government’s continuing failure to appoint a new disability commissioner.The previous commissioner, Lord [Chris] Holmes (pictured), left his post as planned on 14 January, and interviews for his replacement are believed to have been carried out in December, while an appointment had been expected in mid-January.Two months on, no appointment has been made, even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is engaged in several pieces of high-profile, disability-related work, including an inquiry into the impact of welfare reforms on the human rights of disabled people and other minority groups, and an inquiry into disabled people’s housing.As well as being an EHRC board member, the successful candidate will chair the commission’s disability committee, although that committee is about to be disbanded and replaced by an advisory group that will not have the same legal powers to make decisions on issues affecting disabled people.One member of the committee, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I think all of us would say that it is frustrating not to have clarity on this to inform the future of disability at the commission.”The disability committee was given significant powers by the Equality Act 2006 to take important disability-related decisions within EHRC, for example allowing it to overrule commission officers on critical and strategically-important legal cases.But the committee will now have just one more meeting, on Monday, before it loses this statutory status at the end of this month.The committee is currently being chaired in an acting capacity by its vice-chair, Dr Rachel Perkins.EHRC said yesterday (Wednesday) that it had not yet been told by the government when it would appoint a new disability commissioner, and could not comment on the appointment process.But an EHRC spokesman said: “We hope that the secretary of state will soon appoint the new disability commissioner and that they can take up their position as soon as possible.“Our important work on disability rights continues, and we will soon be publishing the biggest ever report into the lives of disabled people in Britain.”A spokesman for the Department for Education, EHRC’s sponsor department, declined to explain why no appointment had yet been made, although he admitted that it had taken “slightly longer than expected”.He said: “We will be making an announcement in due course.”He said the department was aware of its statutory duty to appoint a disability commissioner who is or has been disabled.The government has previously refused to say how many people were interviewed for the role, although it has confirmed that the successful candidate – when they are finally appointed – will be someone who is or has been a disabled person.last_img read more

Figures from across Labour are redoubling their ef

first_imgFigures from across Labour are redoubling their efforts to root out antisemitism from the party. Tom Watson has told colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party this afternoon that his team plans to log and monitor all antisemitism complaints. Appearing on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he revealed that 50 cases were passed on to him by Labour MPs during the week, and called for Jeremy Corbyn to “take a personal lead on examining those cases”. Now the deputy leader has pledged to act as an extra safeguard, making sure that action is taken when MPs and peers raise antisemitism complaints.Following expressions of frustration over allegations of antisemitism not being dealt with “in an adequate and timely manner”, Watson says he requested that the PLP be able to refer cases and receive updates from a named staff member. “Jennie Formby was very clear that she sees it as her responsibility to be your point of contact,” read the email he sent to MPs and peers today. Watson has therefore given colleagues the Labour general secretary’s contact details and informed them that he “would like to see any issue or complaint” raised with her. “From now on my team will be logging and monitoring all complaints. I will ensure that this information is shared with… Jeremy Corbyn, the shadow cabinet and colleagues on the national executive committee.”Meanwhile, Momentum chair and co-founder Jon Lansman has questioned the motivations of Skwawkbox, a website known to be well-briefed by the Labour leadership. “Why does @skwawkbox seek to understate the problem?” the Jeremy Corbyn ally asked. In accordance with the figures recently released by Formby, he pointed out that “the most serious cases” have not yet been decided by the national constitutional committee (NCC) and a “proactive approach” would increase the number of cases still. The NEC member continued: “Just last Friday we referred 19 out of 35 cases reviews to the NCC almost all with a strong recommendation for expulsion.”1/2 Why does @skwawkbox seek to understate the problem? Just 61 people have gone following disciplinary action but the most serious cases are those awaiting hearings at the NCC and a proactive approach would yield many more cases than waiting for others to refer them— Jon Lansman (@jonlansman) February 25, 2019Lansman told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning that there are now a “much larger number of people with hardcore antisemitic opinion” in the Labour Party, and they are “polluting the atmosphere” in some local meetings and particularly online. He later clarified via a tweet that there are “perhaps a few hundred” of these “hardcore antisemites” out of Labour’s half-a-million strong membership. But it would seem that, although the Momentum chief wants to make clear that the antisemitism problem comes from a very small number of members, he is becoming increasingly outspoken on the need to handle it better – even calling out fellow Corbyn allies.Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /Antisemitism /Jon Lansman /last_img read more

Sex Worker Abatement Unit formed at Mission Police Station

first_imgAt last night’s monthly community meeting at Mission Police Station, Captain Gaetano Caltagirone addressed an uptick in burglaries, car break-ins and overall crime in the district. But before the floor could open up to the concerns of the citizenry (and their accompanying dogs), Caltagirone announced the initiation of a “Sex Worker Abatement Unit.”The unit, he said, is already in operation. Upon hearing this, one attendee spoke out in immediate support.“It’s like night and day,” she said. “Whatever you are doing, please keep it up. It’s becoming like a residential area again.”Residents living along Shotwell and Capp Streets have long been clamoring for enhanced patrols and police interdiction to stem prostitution on their doorstops. And at Tuesday’s meeting, Caltagirone said the new unit was formed as a result of the complaints he received last month. The Sex Worker Abatement Unit, he continued, has already registered some arrests. Some 20 officers applied, but only four were selected, he noted.According to Caltagirone, the unit has arrested “Johns” — men soliciting prostitutes — as well as pimps. Any ensnared sex workers, he said, have been offered services and assistance in getting out of the sex trade. These so-called LEADS — Law Enforcement Assistance Diversion — social programs will be offered instead of the usual arrest and citation process. Rather than a trip in the paddy wagon, one officer said, a car ride to the station and a social-worker visit are offered.This initiative, he said, was modeled after a pilot program in Seattle.“Every time we encounter a sex worker, we ask them, ‘Do you have a pimp? Do you want to get out of this business?’” Caltagirone said.This news was, by and large, well-received by the meeting attendees. A few people did express concerns that renewed attempts at prosecuting and enforcing laws along the two streets would unfairly target low-income people of color. The captain countered that the unit’s arrests covered a “wide range” of solicitors.Tessa Brown, a Mission resident, pinned the rise of street prostitution on the closures of popular personal websites like Backpage, which ostensibly drove activity into the streets.“I just wanted to push back at the idea that all neighbors agree that we should be arresting all sex workers and more clients of sex workers,” Brown said.Instead, Brown suggested that decriminalization of sex work would reduce crime along those streets. Another attendee, Aaron Sunshine, chimed in and suggested the police ease up.“Let’s just leave the sex workers alone,” Sunshine said. Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

ROYCE Simmons has expressed his delight at securin

first_imgROYCE Simmons has expressed his delight at securing the services of Mark Flanagan for the next two seasons.Saints signed the 23-year-old back rower from Wests Tigers this week.“I did recommend him to the chairman,” Simmons said. “Mark is a young bloke who can play in a number of positions and is a true young pro.“He went out to Australia to try himself and wasn’t offered a massive contract at Wests. He basically paid his own way to get over there and did well.“He can play tight and on both edges, like some of the guys we have here, but he can also play a bit in the halves if we get injuries, as well as a bit of nine too.“He was a wonderful short pass on him and can straighten a guy up in defence. He gets the maximum out of his game and his body and it’s great to have him on board.“He was keen to come to a side that does so well. We didn’t have to get into a battle over money or anything like that – he wanted to be at a team that is running towards the top end of the comp.“He has learnt off the likes of Gareth Ellis and Robbie Farrah and that can only be beneficial. He will fit into the culture with the other young blokes here – the likes of Ashurst, Dixon, Foster, Hale and Makinson who are all tremendous young kids.“He will fit in good with them and we will benefit.”Simmons also said that Flanagan signing might not be the last new face coming into the Saints.“As I said last week, we will continue to wrap up our younger players first of all and then look at the Salary Cap to see how we are positioned.“I don’t think there is ever any problem in strengthening the big men up – and we could possibly find room another big front rower.“There is good depth in the back row and I see big futures for some of the younger players too.“But first things first; we have to wrap up our kids… but I have no problems in carrying another big man.”Tickets for Sunday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Stobart Stadium’s ticket office from 12pm on Sunday. You can also pay at turnstiles 1 and 2 in the North Stand.last_img read more

JOSH Jones says Saints head into their massive S

first_imgJOSH Jones says Saints head into their ‘massive’ Super League clash looking to prove their recent upturn in form isn’t temporary.The second row / centre has been an impressive performer over the last few weeks and is keen to continue that development.“It should be a great game,” he said. “We beat Wigan in a huge game and now we have to take that form to Catalan. It will be hot over there and we are really excited to play in those conditions.“Catalan have been on same form dip as us really but you can never write them off in France. The fans are passionate and the players get up for it too. The win over Wigan will mean nothing if we don’t go over there and put in a good performance.“It is a massive week for us as a club and we are up for it. We have trained well and look confident. The senior players have taken the lead and are telling us to keep our skill up and not to lose focus at this time of the year. We are going over there to do a job.“There was a lot of emotion at the end of the Wigan match. We were hugging each other, jumping around and that has lifted us all. The mood is so much better as is the belief as a team we can do well this year.“As long as we take it week by week then we will be in with a shout of finishing as high as we can. We have to give it our best shot and go into the playoffs strong. We will have players coming back then. We shocked a lot of people with how we performed against Wigan.“To be fair to the Chairman was right in what he said (in his statement). We can’t waste this year, it is massive for us with the new facilities we have, new players and a new coach. Perhaps we needed a wakeup call. Eamonn showed on telly during that Wigan match how much it meant to him. So if it is that important to him then it should be the same for us too.”Josh may be only 20 but he’s played 43 first grade matches for the Saints at centre and in the second row.The latter is his favoured position yet the former Chorley Panther knows staying in the side is more important.“I love it in the second row, the wrestle and the physical contest,” he said. “I think I’m doing quite well there but all I want to do is stay in the side. Centre is a fun place to play too.“I’m still young so playing in different positions will develop my skills and attributes. I can pick them up at centre and in the pack so I can keep on developing.”last_img read more

Community Finishes the Walk Home for teen shot and killed on walk

first_img Friends and family gathered on the corner of Emory Street and Stewart Circle where Williams was shot.Williams’ uncle talks about the importance of this event.“We want people to still remember him because he was killed at such a young age and he was a good kid. So we didn’t want to stop calling his name. So this is his tribute,” said Lloyd James.James says they also held a prayer, balloon release and candle lighting.If you would like to learn more about Aljhean Williams’ story, click here for the “Unsolved Series” full story. The community gathered to remember Aljhean Williams, who was gunned down on his walk home several years ago. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The community gathered tonight to “Finish the Walk Home” for Aljhean Williams. The 14-year-old was shot and killed three years ago.Williams was walking home to his grandma’s house when he was gunned down. Thursday the community remembered him by finishing the walk home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

We are all humans – Delia

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista and Opposition leader Adrian Delia said that everyone is a human with a heart and a soul and skin tone should not create divide.During a political activity in Siġġiewi, Delia started his speech reflecting on the recent developments in the case of murder of Lassine Cisse Souleymane and said that the fact that the accused are members of the Armed Forces of Malta makes the whole thing nothing short of horrific.Delia said that we cannot allow that Malta gets associated with racism. He added that it became common place that children spend long hours play violent games that instil feeling of hatred and racism, and that the Prime Minister cannot continue saying that Malta is a safe place to live in.Adrian Delia also stated that the government is approving of the new tax directive that will be introduced by the European Union.The PN and Opposition leader also touched on corruption and said that those who are corrupt cannot fight corruption.Partit Laburista reacts Meanwhile, Partit Laburista, stated that Adrian Delia is trying to politicize the Lassine Cisse Soulaymane murder case. The party also added that the case demands absolute condemnation which however does not define Malta or the Maltese. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Rwanda Nation to Introduce SIM Card Registration

first_imgAdvertisement The conference brought together regional operators, regulators and other stakeholders.According to Gatarayiha, Rwanda will learn from Kenya and Tanzania, which adopted the scheme. – Advertisement – The scheme will be implemented within six months after cabinet has approved the law governing it, he said.“If they have all the legal tools to implement the system and have proper laws in place, the process of registering does not take six months.”The regulator set June 12, 2012 deadline for SIM Card registration.“We have identified some challenges. First, people have been buying SIM Cards from dealers, who are not registered. So to tell a subscriber to go back and register, we have to have proper registration centres across the country near mobile users and this has to be done by operators,” he added.Benefits Relevant Links Central Africa Rwanda ICT Legal Affairs Business“In case of criminal activities, there was no way of tracking them down and for security purposes, once a subscriber is registered, phone criminality is going to be reduced significantly,” Gatarayiha said.The Director General for Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Prof. John S. Nkoma, said that Tanzania was the first country in the region to introduce the system.80 percent of its mobile subscribers registered so far, he said. Burundi and Uganda are yet to adopt the system.Rwanda is also carrying out a study on the entire telecommunications sector, which, among other things, is expected to recommend new interconnection fees.“The Rwf40 that is in force today, is not cost effect and everything is being considered in this case study,” Gatarayiha said, hinting that the fees could be slashed.last_img read more

Equity Bank has launched its thin SIM card to offer voice SMS

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Equity Bank Group finally launched its thin SIM card to offer voice, SMS, data and mobile-to-bank money transfer services.Voice communications will charged at 4 shillings (0.04USD) across all networks and one shilling for SMS, while mobile money transfer services will be free, revealed Equity Group CEO James Mwangi.Transfer of money within Equity Bank will be free and will only attract a fee while transferring from Equity Bank account to other banks.“The free money transfer services is like Internet banking services. What we are saying is why should the low income people be paying while the rich don’t pay so that when you transfer money from your account to your mothers account there will be no charge,” Mwangi said during the launch on Monday. – Advertisement – “With Equitel you will be able to send money to any telecom, bank account or mobile phone in the country,” Mwangi added.Equitel has been set up as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with infrastructure support provided by Airtel.A new thin SIM card will go for 600 Kenya shillings (5.9USD) for new customers with no accounts at Equity Bank and who may be required to open accounts with the bank to enjoy the banking services. However the other normal cards will be given for free.The thin SIM will start with the prefix of 0764 after the bank hit one million users under the 0763 prefix during the pilot project which was on the normal SIM cards.In partnership with switches in the market which include Kenswitch, Paynet and Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) customers can instantly send up to Sh1 million to all banks for Sh200 all days of the week.Safaricom had previously raised concerns that the use of the thin SIM by placing it on top of customers’ existing SIM cards would interfere with privacy, but Equity Bank won the battle and was cleared by the High Court in May.[Via]last_img read more