Month: July 2019

A disabled motheroffive has described how having

first_imgA disabled mother-of-five has described how having to fight the courts repeatedly for nearly two decades for the right to keep her children has led her to set up a pressure group for disabled parents.Joanna* had her four oldest children taken away by the courts and handed to their father because of what she believes is the system’s institutional prejudice against disabled parents, while she also had to fend off court attempts to take her youngest child.Now she has set up the Disabled Parents’ Political Union (DPPU) to fight for new laws to safeguard the rights of disabled parents, including those who appear automatically to lose custody of their children in a divorce.Two of her own children are disabled and she says she does not want them to face the same discrimination she has faced when they have children of their own.She has told Disability News Service (DNS) that she has spent much of the last 20 years fighting the legal system that views her as an unfit mother purely because she is disabled, and how she was rebuffed when she approached disability charities for support with her campaign.It is only in the last few months that she feels she has made progress, having persuaded the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Burt to ask a question in the House of Lords.Baroness Burt told fellow peers in February that she accepted that a child’s welfare “must be paramount, but many disabled parents feel that they are unfairly discriminated against in child custody cases.“Some fear visiting the doctor in case the use of their medical records in court might contribute to their being designated unfit parents.”She asked a minister to consider adding a clause to the Equality Act to “reassure disabled parents that they will be fairly treated in the family courts”.Baroness Burt was told that judges are exempt from the act when making their decisions, but that they must act in accordance with human rights laws.But Joanna believes that any rights to a private and family life that disabled parents have under human rights legislation are outweighed by the Children Act 1989, and its emphasis on the need to prove a parent’s “capacity” to meet their child’s needs.She says the courts see a disabled parent and automatically assume that he or she is incapable of caring for a child.Joanna (pictured with her second daughter, then aged two, in 1999) is highly critical of the health visitors and social workers who she says believe they have a duty and a right to invade the private lives of disabled parents because of the mistaken belief that they cannot bring up their own children safely.She is also critical of CAFCASS, which is supposed to represent children in family court cases.She said: “Disabled parents get bullied and harassed and interviewed constantly. They have never left me alone, my whole parenting career.“If you’re a disabled parent you can’t have a fair court hearing at all – they always assume you’re unfit because you’re disabled.“I don’t think that should be legal. There should be something that separates the disabled parent from the abusive parent. At the moment there isn’t.“I want someone in a wheelchair going into a family court to have the same rights as someone who is not in a wheelchair.”DPPU’s website contains several horror stories provided by other parents, including a disabled dad who was reported to children’s services by a police officer after he reported a crime, because she noticed him limping and warned that he had either “had a stroke” or “was drunk in charge of children”.Another disabled parent was reported to children’s services for being “non-compliant” because she refused to accept a care worker coming into her home to put her four-year-old child to bed. A third disabled parent was reported to children’s services by a Sure Start worker who claimed she was only home educating her two children so they could care for her.Joanna says that social workers will “not take no for an answer” when they offer support to a disabled parent.“There are parents who take up services they don’t really want because they think that if they don’t, they will take their child away. It’s bullying.”Joanna says she has been lobbying MPs and peers on the issue for more than 10 years but has only set up the new group in the last few weeks.Her children are now aged nine, 14, 17, 19 and 21, and the courts eventually granted custody of four of them to her ex-partner, purely, she says, because they believed she did not have the capacity to look after them as a disabled parent.One of her daughters was taken from her after she had a hip replacement and was temporarily using a wheelchair.She was told it was too distressing for her disabled daughter to see her in pain.She was also told her daughter had “too much responsibility”, even though she had no chores to do and Joanna had support in place.Joanna said: “They wouldn’t let me present evidence that I had help in place until after they’d moved her; they didn’t look at any paperwork or records of the help and just assumed, and moved her on that.”When her school became concerned that her daughter was arriving at school late, her class teacher – who had only met Joanna briefly at a parents’ evening – had told CAFCASS that this must be because of her mother’s care needs.It was actually the taxis that took her daughter to school that were making her late, but the court still used her daughter’s supposed “caring” duties as an excuse to grant custody to Joanna’s ex-partner.Joanna says she has had to fight for her youngest child, her nine-year-old son, his entire life. The first court hearing took place when he was just four months old.“They don’t realise that rulings like these can destroy lives,” she said. “I have had depression most of my adult life because of this.“I lost my mother over this. She said there was no way they would have taken them away for no reason. I haven’t spoken to her since.“You blame yourself. I am always second-guessing what I do with my son.“I don’t even tell people I have other children because once they realise they are not living with you they automatically think you did something to them, that you abused them.”Even though her son has been with her for all but a few weeks of his nine years, she still believes that she could lose him at any moment.She said: “It is very hard every day when you get up and think, ‘Is this going to be my last proper day with you?’”*DNS has agreed not to publish her surnamelast_img read more

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SF volunteers train to help during the next big disaster

first_imgCovering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.When the big one comes — a 7.5 earthquake on the San Andreas fault, for instance — what should you do? Generally, said Mark Hernandez, who runs the Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team — known by its acronym, ALERT — everyone’s best self kicks in, and residents “usually become helpful to their friends and neighbors after a disaster.” But others have taken the next step, either by going through the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team’s training or becoming part of ALERT.   0% Tags: earthquakes • NERT Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “ALERT is designed to assist law enforcement post-disaster,” said Hernandez, who retired from SFPD in 2012. On a recent Saturday, Hernandez and four other officers helped during a day of training for 30 volunteers, who ranged in age from 16 to 80.The one-day training involved four simulated scenarios. The volunteers had already been through more than 20 hours of  NERT instruction and eight hours of the ALERT course. The yearly drills, like the one in early November, are required in order for people to remain certified — a distinction held by 200 residents.To simulate what happens after a 7.5 earthquake on the San Andreas fault, the 30 ALERT members met at night and were divided into groups of eight to 10 people. Each group faced four scenarios: a non-injury traffic accident, dealing with an unruly mob, responding to a person trapped in a building and performing CPR on someone in cardiac arrest. In one scenario, using the Police Academy building, the volunteers searched for a person trapped in debris. The ALERT volunteers examined the building before entering. “No gases,” 16-year old Blake Carter said, looking left and right as he assessed the building.The members locked arms and entered the building in pairs, surveying the damage. They divided the group into two sectors of the building, “left search” and “right search,” placing their hands along the wall and leaving no door unopened.“Hello, anyone need help here?” one older man yelled into a men’s restroom.“Anybody in here?” asked a woman.While walking through long hallways and a dark gymnasium, they came upon their trapped person, a male cadet who was injured. He was being consoled by a female cadet.“Is he going to be alright?” she cried.The members stayed with her as someone calls the authorities to assist. And one male member in his 30s took off his ALERT-branded jacket to cover the cold cadet.  Another female volunteer supported his head.In this simulated scenario, the ALERT volunteers huddle around an injured person, a PAL Cadet, and provide him with aid until police arrive. Photo by Luis Hernandez.For some, the scenario hit close to home. Nancy Sabaiigaea, a single mother, remembered the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a 6.9 quake that killed 67 people and caused more than $5 billion in property damage. “I did not know what to do,” she said. “This time I feel more confident.”Although ALERT was founded in 2012, San Franciscans have proven to be “spontaneous volunteers,” said Hernandez.The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake brought many community members, especially in the Marina district, out to assist the fire department.“Those spontaneous volunteers came out and they started helping pull fire hoses and did whatever they could,” Hernandez said, “and whatever the Fire Department personnel directed them to do to help.” This organic volunteerism led to the creation of the NERT disaster training, developed by the San Francisco Fire Department. This same model was then used as a way to provide more training, and led to the ALERT program.In an actual earthquake, the ALERT volunteers will be there to assist officers, acting as what Hernandez calls “ a force multiplier.” “They could have one or two officers and half a dozen ALERT volunteers to secure those resource locations,” he said. The SFPD also uses the volunteers in other aspects of policing such as high-priority missing person cases, and helping the SFPD reach out to the public for help solving other crimes.Carol Kunkle, a volunteer since 2012, said she and other volunteers helped to find the three suspects who allegedly killed a homeless person. “We as volunteers went down to Market and Montgomery and passed out leaflets,” she said, adding that there were about 20 volunteers in total. Kunkle, who was a part of ALERT’s first graduating class in 2013, believes deeply in the power of the program.“I went to the classes and I thought, ‘This is pretty nice,’” she said. “Whenever we have a new class coming in, you can almost guarantee that I will be there.”Commander David Lazar, who heads up the Community Engagement Division, made a brief appearance at the early November drill and spoke about the importance of the program in context of the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and 546 were injured at a country music festival. “These drills are so important,” Lazar said. “It’s not a matter of if it’s going to happen, it’s a matter of just when it’s going to happen.”Wondering what to do in an emergency? We sent a reporter to do the NERT training and she wrote up a lot of good advice.  last_img read more

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DAY 5 from the Academy Tour of AustraliaMike Rush

first_imgDAY 5 from the Academy Tour of Australia.Mike Rush, Saints Head of Youth, writes…The lads had a rest day today following their win over the Wests Tigers.The players spent the early part of the morning enjoying a cold water recovery session in the pool. They then headed into the city for a day of rest and relaxing with a walk around the Sydney Rocks.For once the players had a good day on the common-sense front however it would go a miss if there wasn’t at least one good tale to tell.While having dinner tonight which also doubled up as a birthday party for Tom Roughley we had the pleasure of listening to Brad Ashurst’s thoughts on sealife.Brad asked Danny Yates (one of are cleverer kids): “Do you think fish have a life like the cartoon Nemo?”At first Danny looked at Brad as if he was joking but Bradley really did want to discuss the possibility that Nemo could real…Derek Traynor now has the great task of discussing in detail the way of sealife with our big front rower!The players have continued to represent this great club in a excellent manner and all at home should be proud of the them.We are heading up to Newcastle to watch the test match so the staff and players are in for a early start in order to get a training session before departure.Enjoy the photos of the trip, as you will see the lads are enjoying every minute of the trip.  Want more from the Tour?Day 4: Wests Tigers 6 Saints 26Day 2 & 3: Tigers and PanthersDay 1: Arrived Safe and Soundlast_img read more

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SCRUM half Luke Walsh is set to miss the next four

first_imgSCRUM half Luke Walsh is set to miss the next four to six weeks with a calf injury but Head Coach Nathan Brown says he is confident of his squad’s strength in depth.The former Penrith Panther came off the field at half time in the win over Catalan and was on the sidelines with Jordan Turner and Sia Soliola.“He’s out for four to six weeks,” Brown said, “with Jordan missing around three to four with a hamstring. We have a number of other players carrying minor knocks who might also miss a week.“Alex Walmsley will probably miss out whilst Sia Soliola is 50/50. Mark Percival will be fit to face Leeds. We obviously won’t know about Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (Grade C charge) until later this evening.”Saints travel to Wakefield this Sunday as they aim to continue their good start to the Super League campaign.“We have a lot of confidence in the squad and the younger players who played last season will get an opportunity,” Brown continued. “The likes of Greg Richards and Joe Greenwood have been working and training hard and have been waiting for a chance.“Matty Dawson has a good chance too and we’re confident they will do a good job for us.”Saints face Wakefield on Sunday before hosting Leeds on Friday March 28.To buy tickets you can pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, call 01744 455052 or log on here.last_img read more

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BATCHELORS Peas become a new partner of Super Leag

first_imgBATCHELORS Peas become a new partner of Super LeagueFirst Utility Super League has signed a deal with Batchelors Peas, the UK’s favourite canned pea brand, making them an Official Partner ahead of the 2016 season.An on-pack promotion will launch in February 2016 and run until November 2016, on packs of Marrowfat Bigga Peas, Chip Shop Style Mushy Peas and Original Mushy Peas, offering fans the opportunity to win some fantastic Rugby League prizes. This will be supported by a programme of in-store activity.The on-pack promotion will appear on more than 30 million cans and will be run across all the major outlets that stock Batchelors peas.Batchelors Peas will feature in all Super League match day programmes, on pitch perimeter boards and big screens and on all official competition interview backdrops, which will offer the food brand a total reach of 2.7m in attendances at matches, as well as 350,000 TV viewers per week over the course of the season via Sky channels.last_img read more

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SEA CREATURES Surf City Elementary Middle announce mascots

first_img Last fall, the school system wanted to hear your thoughts on what the mascot should be for both schools.The district also released the list of staff at the schools Wednesday.“We are excited to announce the staffs of Surf City Elementary School and Surf City Middle School,” said Dr. Steven Hill, superintendent of Pender County Schools. “We are looking forward to our district expanding with the addition of these two new schools in 2018-19.”Related Article: Experts record 128 sea turtle nests on Topsail Beach, still countingTo view the staff of Surf City Elementary, click here.To view the staff of Surf City Middle, click here. Surf City Elementary will be home of the Sea Turtles, and Surf City Middle the Sharks. (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Go sharks! Go sea turtles! The newest schools in Pender County now have some under the sea themed mascots.According to Pender County Schools, Surf City Elementary will be home of the Sea Turtles, and Surf City Middle are the Sharks.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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WPD search for hitandrun driver who shattered mans prosthetic leg

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police searching for the hit and run suspect who shattered a man’s prosthetic legPolice say on March 14, the 20-year-old victim and a friend were leaving the Greenfield Grind Skate Park at South 3rd and Park Streets when the victim attempted the skate trick “ollie” over a pothole.- Advertisement – While in the air performing the trick, the driver hit the victim who landed on the hood of the car.The suspect braked abruptly, causing the victim to roll off the front of the vehicle. The driver then sped up, running over the victim’s right arm and his right leg, destroying the prosthetic leg.The victim also injured his arm and hip.Related Article: UPDATE: Man charged with murder in Nina Place shootingThe victim’s friend identified the suspect’s car as a mid-2000s red Mazda, Model 3 or 6. The driver is described as a middle aged man, in his late 30s or early 40s with a tan complexion and dark medium length hair.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3600 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

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Victims brother convinced that Johnny Small murdered his sister

first_img “We’ve never doubted it. None of these people were there. We were there. We had to sit there and watch this kid in the court room smiling and giggling through the whole trial,” said Mark Smith, Pamela Dreher’s brother.Small was convicted for Dreher’s murder in 1989. Small’s sentence was vacated in 2016.In a $7 million settlement, The City of Wilmington acknowledged that WPD officers made procedural errors. Small’s civil attorney says he can finally move forward with his life.Related Article: Leland man charged in shooting outside sports bar on Carolina Beach Road“There’s no amount of money that will compensate Johnny for the 28 years that he spent wrongfully convicted, but the goal was to get him some measure of financial compensation for that injustice,” said attorney Gayle Horn.Horn says she is glad the city has realized the injustice done to Small.As for Dreher’s family, nothing will bring Pamela back. Smith says the overturned conviction and settlement has taken any closure away.“I just find it a shame that somebody who terrorized the city, can now sue the people that protect it and protect and defend the city,” said Smith.Smith says he does not think small deserves this money or freedom.Small’s request for a pardon from the governor is still pending.WWAY reached out to Small last night, but he referred us to his lawyer for a comment. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington announced its $7 million settlement with Johnny Small, who was found wrongfully convicted of murdering Pamela Dreher in the late 1980s. Now, Dreher’s family is speaking out.28 years in prison and an overturned murder conviction. But Mark Smith is convinced that Johnny Small is the one responsible for his sister’s murder.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Degiorgio brothers denied bail once again

first_imgRelease against bail has been once again denied to Alfred and George Degiorgio, the two brothers who are amongst the accused for the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.Daphne Murder: “Masterminds still enjoy impunity and power” Update: DCG murder trial; the devices seized and the Marsa ‘potato shed’Judge Edwina Grima decreed that the Degiorgio brothers should be remanded in custody as their release might prejudice the case against them and disrupt the public order.Bail for Degiorgio brothers gets revokedDaphne Caruana Galizia was killed on the 16th of October of 2017 when a bomb placed in her car exploded whilst she was driving. Alfred Degiorgio, George Degiorgio and Vince Muscat have been accused of committing the assassination.The Degiorgios’ defence lawyer said that since the compilation process is at an advanced stage and the majority of the witness have already taken to the stand, the law does not just provide any justification for their arrest. He added that during other legal procedures they have been granted bail which is a clear indication that they may be trusted.Degiorgio brothers granted bail over money-laundering case; Will remain behind the barsThe Assistant Attorney General present in Court said that apart from the gravity of the case, the magisterial inquest has still not been concluded and the release on bail of the two brothers might affect third parties that are involved in the assassination case.WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_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>last_img read more

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Top 200 Most Useful Websites of 2012 Part One

first_imgAdvertisement AS part of our PC Tech Awards series, we’ve compiled the 200 most useful websites on the Internet. Most of these sites fall under the Utilities category, so we looked out for websites that solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can memorize thus saving you a trip to Google.But the 200 will be published in four parts. Here’s Part One of PC Tech’s 200 Most Useful Websites online.whatsmyip.net – Displays your IP address.hidemy.info – Allows you to surf the web anonymously. Also helps you bypass your own/server cache. Works in the same way as anonymouse.org.screenr.com – Record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.isup.me – Check if the website you’re trying to visit is actually down, or if the problem is local (only you). The longer URL is downforeveryoneorjustme.comctrlq.org/screenshots – For capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.goo.gl – Shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.unfurlr.come – Find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.qClock – Find the local time of a city using a Google Map.copypastecharacter.com – Copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.postpost.com – A better search engine for twitter.lovelycharts.com – Create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.iconfinder.com – The best place to find icons of all sizes.office.com – Download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.epayafrica.com – Helps you buy online with Mobile Moneyfollowupthen.com – The easiest way to setup email reminders.jotti.org – Scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.wolframalpha.com – Gets answers directly without searching.printwhatyoulike.com – Print web pages without the clutter.joliprint.com – Reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.ctrql.org/rss – A search engine for RSS feeds.e.ggtimer.com – A simple online timer for your daily needs.coralcdn.org – If a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.random.org – Pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.pdfescape.com – Lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.tubemogul.com – Simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.ctrlq.org/dictation – Online voice recognition in the browser itself.scr.im – Share you email address online without worrying about spam.spypig.com – Now get read receipts for your email.sizeasy.com – Visualize and compare the size of any product.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – Quickly determine the font name from an image.google.com/webfonts – A good collection of open source fonts.paper.li – Create a newspaper out of the links shared by your followers on Twitter.regex.info – Helps you find data hidden in your photographs.livestream.com – Broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.iwantmyname.com – Helps you search domains across all TLDs.who.is – Helps you check if a domain name is available, and if so, gives you information about it.homestyler.com – Design from scratch or re-model your home in 3D.join.me – Share you screen with anyone over the web.onlineocr.net – Recognize text from scanned PDFs.flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.lmgtfy.com – Let Me Google That For You. Help your lazy/slow friends perform a quick Google Search.wetransfer.com – For sharing really big files online.hundredzeros.com – The site lets you download free Kindle books.polishmywriting.com – Check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.marker.to – Easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.typewith.me – Work on the same document with multiple people.psdgraphics.com – Download professionally designed Photoshop (PSD) and JPeg graphics for free. Includes buttons, backgrounds, e.t.cnewone.org – Formerly BoyGJ.com helps your find and try out CMS-based website templates. And offers lots other free stuff too.AllAfrica.com – Read news from all of Africa’s leading newspapers. Well, almost all of them.Still to come: 51-200 Most Useful Websites online. – Advertisement – Information from Digital Inspiration was used in this compilation.last_img read more

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