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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The impact of the “migration” of hundreds of thousands of disabled people onto universal credit from next year could prove disastrous because of the “hoops” the government will force claimants to leap through, according to a disabled MP.Stephen Lloyd, work and pensions spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said the migration process was set to be “a disaster” for those disabled people currently claiming employment and support allowance (ESA), including many people with learning difficulties and mental health conditions.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is set to start testing the process of moving hundreds of thousands of existing ESA claimants – its estimates suggest it will eventually need to “migrate” 750,000 – onto universal credit from January, and intends to “increase volumes” by July and complete the process in 2023.ESA claimants will be among those receiving a letter telling them that their existing benefits are about to stop and that they will need to make a new claim for universal credit.They will have to fill out an online application, and then make at least one and possibly two, or even three, visits to their local job centre in the space of just one month, to validate their claim.If they fail to do this, said Lloyd (pictured) – who was speaking to Disability News Service at his party’s annual conference in Brighton – they will get “kicked out” and be left with no benefits, as their ESA claim will have ended.A DWP memo, produced in June, said the department would give claimants at least one month to make their claim, although there will be “flexibility for this period to be extended” to up to three months.But Lloyd said: “What on earth is going to happen? You have got to do all this in a month, otherwise you’re going to be kicked off. That’s going to be catastrophic.“We have got to stop this, it’s ridiculous. It’s not going to work.”He has written to work and pensions secretary Esther McVey to seek clarification on what claimants will be asked to do.Lloyd said: “I have to get the minister to understand you have to give them more time, otherwise there is going to be a car crash.”His hope is that pressure on McVey through parliamentary questions and an early day motion will force her to back down and ease the conditions imposed on claimants before regulations are laid before parliament in October.Concerns about the migration have also been raised by the mental health charity Mind, which said: “Many people experiencing mental health problems have told us they are extremely worried about what these proposals will mean for them.“As people begin to move over to universal credit, we are concerned people will fall through the cracks, and see their benefits stopped entirely.“It’s appalling to place all the responsibility on unwell people to reapply for a new benefit and risk losing their income in the process.“The government should change their plans so that no-one faces having their benefits stopped before they move to universal credit.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with stakeholders and other parties to design the best possible process for the migration of our customers to universal credit.“Our focus will be on safeguarding claimants and ensuring a smooth transition with uninterrupted support.“Based on early planning there is no evidence to indicate that claimants would need to come into the jobcentre so frequently and therefore we do not recognise this claim.“We plan to have a comprehensive and well-supported preparation period for claimants which will include a variety of communication formats, including face-to-face, internet and postal notification, to ensure claimants are aware of the managed migration process.“There is flexibility to extend that period if necessary; and a process to ensure that, before the existing benefits are stopped, our staff will check for evidence of complex needs or vulnerability or disability and act accordingly to support the claimant.“Additionally, if a claimant misses their deadline to claim there are provisions in the draft regulations that will allow DWP to back-date their claim.”Lloyd said he has already tried locally to ensure that the impact of universal credit and other welfare reforms would not be as serious as it has been in other constituencies.He brought food banks, housing association representatives, Citizen’s Advice and his own staff together in advance of the rollout of universal credit in his Eastbourne constituency last October, which he said helped ensure there was much less of a spike in the use of food banks in the town than in other similar constituencies.Lloyd also believes that he is the only MP in the country who allocates a member of staff to attend regular benefit appeal tribunals on behalf of constituents.So far this year, the staff member has attended about 70 tribunals (with a success rate of about 70 per cent).During Lloyd’s previous stint as an MP, between 2010 and 2015, the same member of staff attended about 150 tribunals in four years.He said: “As far as I know, no other MP’s office in the country sends one of their staff [so] regularly to tribunals.“I basically lose him for three-quarters of a day a week, but it is the right thing to do.”Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to the co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Disability Association (LDDA), Robert Adamson, who died just days before the conference began.Born in Doncaster, and a retired civil servant, he was a former parliamentary candidate for the party and also stood in European and local elections, and was a former chair of the party’s Yorkshire and Humber region.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s president, told the conference: “Robert never let his very disabling condition get in the way of campaigning locally and nationally.”And Gemma Roulston, previously LDDA co-chair and now the association’s chair, said: “He wanted to improve the lives of people with or without disabilities, and anyone who was impacted by disability.“He was always there for you, and was a good person to go to for advice and support.“Conference hasn’t felt the same without him. He made a difference to people.”
Snow said he noticed Nieto’s “tense demeanor and tight shoulders” and was worried that his dog would go for Nieto’s food. He had already called for his dog get away from Nieto once when the dog sprinted towards Nieto from 40 feet away and began barking at him, prompting Nieto to jump on a bench.“He [then] reached [for his waistband] and he grabbed the item in the holster, he removed it from the holster, and he pointed it directly at me,” Snow testified. Nieto then pointed the object at Snow’s dog, he said, at which point Snow realized it was a taser, called his dog away, and hurried out of the park. Snow added that Nieto swore at him while he was leaving the park.Asked what he thought when Nieto drew the taser, Snow said he was scared for his life. “I’m gonna get shot, I’m gonna die here right now,” he recalled thinking.Lateef Gray, an attorney for the Nieto family, tried to cast doubt on Snow’s character by pointing out that he used a racial slur for Nieto after the incident and sent joking text messages to a friend. In those messages, Snow wrote that he wished he were in Florida so he could have shot Nieto, a reference to that state’s stand-your-ground law, Gray said.Snow said Tuesday he “may have” sent those messages but did so because he was “traumatized by the incident.”Grey also pointed out that Snow had testified in an earlier deposition that a female runner’s behind distracted him in the critical moment when his dog sprinted towards Nieto.“You were staring at her butt, correct?” asked Lateef Gray, one of the attorneys for Nieto’s parents.Snow said “her back was to me and I believe I used that term” but denied later in his testimony that he was distracted specifically by her behind.Gray read from a deposition from September in which Snow said the runner’s rear was “one of the three things [he] remembered about the incident,” which Snow dismissed Tuesday as a means of “trying to add a little humor to the situation.”Gray said September’s deposition also indicated Snow was prejudiced against Nieto because of Nieto’s clothing. Nieto was dressed in black jeans, a red 49ers jacket, and a 49ers ballcap.In that deposition, Snow said that he made a quick judgment to avoid Nieto based upon his “experience at Berkeley High” with “gang members.”During Tuesday’s testimony, however, Snow denied that he stereotyped Nieto. “No, that is absolutely incorrect,” Snow said. “I think in previous [testimony] I said he was dressed as if he were in a gang, but I did not assume [that he was].”Snow is the only non-police witness to testify that Nieto pointed a taser that day. His encounter — and the 911 call to report Nieto — have been the subject of intense scrutiny from advocates for Nieto, many of whom have said that Nieto only drew such attention because his appearance may have been frightening to outsiders.Advocates have linked the shooting death of Nieto to the effects of gentrification on the Mission District, claiming that newcomers unfamiliar with local culture are quick to call the police on neighbors they mistake for criminals or gang members.The 911 caller in Nieto’s shooting had lived in San Francisco for about a year at the time of the shooting, while Snow did not say how long he had lived in the city at that time.Also testifying Tuesday was Don Cameron, a former Berkeley police officer and frequent expert witness for police departments. Cameron testified that police actions in their encounter with Nieto were justified given the immediate threat officers believed he posed.His testimony was meant to counterbalance testimony given Monday by Roger Clark, a retired Los Angeles police officer frequently called to testify by the firm representing Nieto’s parents. Clark said that officers were too hasty to approach Nieto in a public park and should have crafted a plan beforehand.Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The eight-person jury will begin deliberations after that and decide whether to award Nieto’s parents financial damages and, if so, how much. That deliberation could take hours or days. 0% See Mission Local’s full coverage of the Alex Nieto shooting here.A man who was at Bernal Heights Park the day Alex Nieto was shot and killed testified Tuesday that Nieto pointed a taser at him about 30 minutes before four San Francisco police officers say they mistook that taser for a pistol. The officers fatally shot Nieto in the confrontation that ensued, and are now facing a federal civil suit from his parents for wrongful death and civil rights violations stemming from the March 21, 2014, incident. Evan Snow, a witness called by the city, testified on Tuesday that he was walking his one-year-old Siberian husky at Bernal Heights Park that day when he came across Nieto eating chips near a park bench. Tags: alex nieto Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
A third witness emailed after the incident saying the sedan had been going eastbound on 24th Street on a green light when the GoCar ran a red light and entered the intersection “at full traffic speed,” clipping the sedan on the left and ejecting both occupants from the vehicle.“The light had been red for a couple of seconds. The GoCar hit the left front corner of the grey car and both passengers were thrown from the vehicle, one to either side of the GoCar,” the witness, who was going southbound on 24th Street on his bicycle and wished to remain anonymous, wrote. The witness then called 911 to report the crash.It was unclear if either passenger was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Helmets were seen in the GoCar after the crash, but the victims did not have them on when they were lying on the ground.“We provide the helmets and they’re supposed to wear them,” said Patrick Kane, a customer representative with GoCar, which is located near Fisherman’s Wharf and started giving sightseeing tours in San Francisco in 2004. He said that providing and wearing a helmet were required by state law.Police said the occupant of the sedan was unhurt. There was no indication alcohol was involved, police said, and the crash is under investigation.Traffic was closed on 24th Street from Mission to Shotwell streets and on South Van Ness Avenue from 23rd to 25th streets at 2 p.m.George Lipp and Lydia Chávez contributed to this report. The car crash at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.The car crash at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. 0% A passenger and driver were thrown from a yellow GoCar guided vehicle during a collision Sunday afternoon at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to police, and were transported to the hospital.Three witnesses said they saw a grey Toyota sedan going eastbound on 24th Street when it collided with a three-wheeled yellow GoCar going southbound on South Van Ness Avenue. The two passengers of the GoCar, a man and a woman, were then thrown from the vehicle and hit the ground, the three witnesses said.“I just heard the crash and saw the people fall out,” said a woman named Frances, who declined to give her last name and lives nearby. “We didn’t see much blood. The girl was bleeding through her nose.”“We heard the brakes screeching,” said Vineet, another nearby resident who also declined to give a last name. Both said the two were taken away in an ambulance and were awake and breathing, though shaken. Tags: safety • south van ness avenue • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
The young prop has just completed an electrical engineering apprenticeship with distinction, something he started when he joined the club at 16.Developing his skills away from rugby was important to him and he admits it began following a chat with his dad.“It was something he insisted on me doing,” Matty said. “He said I could get injured and never play again so I needed to be doing something. He was in engineering and I always enjoyed seeing what he was doing so it made sense. It’s an important back-up plan for me and something I have enjoyed doing.”Matty signed for Saints at 16 and has come through the Academy system to play 11 games for the first team.Saints Player Welfare Manager Neil Kilshaw said: “We are extremely proud of Matty not only completing his engineering apprenticeship but to excel so much as to gain a distinction. Matty has worked so hard both on and off the field since joining us as a 16-year-old, and alongside his vocational career development he is a blossoming Super League player with a bright future ahead of him.“Every one of our young players is different and as such our Academy is set up to cater for their individual needs. On the field we quite rightly help to the players to maximise their individual physical traits and positional requirements, and off the field we encourage them to forge a career path that is relevant to them.“We’ve had players in colleges as far afield as Ulverston and Telford completing A Levels or BTECs, whilst other players are apprentice engineers, electricians and plasterers.”He continued: “The reality is that a Rugby League career may last as short as one game or long as 15 years and involvement in our Academy works alongside their career development.“This career planning continues well into their Super League careers and the majority of the first team squad are involved in a variety of education programmes away from the field of play.”
Six of the club’s contingent at the Dream Team were products of Saints Academy system whilst Wakefield’s Matty Ashurst also came through the ranks here.And then in the England set-up both James Graham and Joe Greenwood graduated from our junior set up.Our Academy’s Head Coach, Derek Traynor, talks about our Dream Team graduates, most of which also toured Australia with the club too.“James Roby was signed before our Tours started,” he said. “He played in an under 17s Foundation Academy at the time and proved himself there. He signed professional at the end of that period and has never looked back since. He has become a player who is respected and looked up to by all the junior players at the club, and let’s be honest, the rest of the competition too.“Jonny Lomax and Matty Ashurst went on the 2006 Tour to Australia. Jonny was an outstanding academy player who very quickly progressed to first team level. Throughout his time he progressed and improved and has matured into the leading player he is today.“Matty was always a very naturally gifted player; in fact he ended up playing stand-off after ten minutes in the 2008 Academy Grand Final and did a great job! He, of course, played a number of games for the club but came through at a very competitive time to break through into the first team on a regular basis.“At the time he came through we had perhaps one of the greatest teams to ever play at Saints but we are just as proud to see him honoured in this way and always think of him as one of ours.“Tommy Makinson went on the 2009 Tour to Australia and was outstanding. He quickly established himself in the Academy when he signed at 16 from Wigan St Judes. He was at centre in those days but with his finishing skills and yardage carries it is great to see him become a full international as an outstanding winger.“Mark Percival and Luke Thompson went on the 2011 Tour. Percy is perhaps one of the most naturally gifted players we have taken to Australia. He was an outstanding strike centre all through his time in the Academy and has carried that on into the first team and now on the international stage.“Luke struggled with a back injury on the tour but not until he had showed the Aussies what he was about in the early games! He was powerful strong running second-rower row in the Academy although he did play in the middle on occasion. He has carried that on to become the international player he is today.“Danny Richardson went on the 2013 Tour. He developed as the trip went on and in the last game he came up with a Man of the Match performance scoring three tries. The half back playing against him that day was actually Nathan Cleary who as himself gone onto great things! Danny was a very dominant half in the Academy and worked very hard on his game. He was always trying to improve his skills and tactical knowledge.”He continued: “We are very proud of these lads and it shows how we are consistently producing players of a very high quality over a long period of time. All these players have one thing in common; a great desire to succeed and a great work ethic to improve themselves.“An example was Tommy Makinson catching a train from his home to go and do extra sprint training with Neil Kilshaw whilst Luke Thompson had to be kicked out of the gym when we needed to lock up at night!“Danny Richardson always responded to being told he needed to improve a skill by working on that skill until he had mastered it.“These players deserve all the accolades they are receiving especially when you are aware of the extra time and effort they have put in to get to the level they are at.“Knowing them as we do, we know they will be looking to move on and improve even more in the coming years.”
In those six years, Thompson has not only been a bus driver but a guardian for the kids of bus 248.“That’s what gets me up in the morning,” said Thompson.Following his military retirement, Thompson and his wife moved to North Carolina to take care of his dad. Eventually his job search landed him in the Pender County School system.Related Article: Trump signs order to increase access to retirement plans“I never in my wildest dreams thought I would drive a bus. I was quite intimidated initially.”Parents like Kristin Tortorici see him as more than the man who gets her kids to school and back home.“He definitely goes above and beyond the average bus driver,” Tortorici said. “He knows all of the kids names. He waves to all of the parents and if there is a problem he reaches out to the parents.”He found creative ways to keep the kids well-behaved on the bus.“I tell you what, if you guys can stay in your seats, I will make sure I get something special for you and they got to choose the own kind of candy they liked plus the ones, there’s six that’s left. They got their own medal, I have a medal with my picture on it and on the back it says ‘thanks for being great on bus 248.’”However, it’s the last time he will do that. Thompson is retiring and moving with his wife and grandson to take care of her family.“I wanted to do whatever I could to support him on his next endeavor,” Tortorici said.Tortorici along with other parents of route 248 have collected more than one thousand dollars to help Thompson’s family. Some of it came from a local bar-b-cue and more online.“We want to thank him for everything he’s done,” she said. “Again as a retired service member, thank him for his service to our country and wish him and his family well into retirement.”It’s their way of saying to Mr. Thompson, ‘You did great for the kids of bus 248.’“I’m really grateful to all the parents that are involved and just the community in general,” Thompson said. 00:00 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 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A group of Pender County parents are sending a sweet message to one school bus driver.“It’s amazing how quick the time went,” said Gerald Thompson. “I mean it’s been six years but it does not feel like six years.”- Advertisement –
Those who stopped by the store for a last minute deal ended up disappointed. Early Thursday afternoon, an employee locked the door and put up signs reminding customers they were closed after three decades in the area.For many people, nothing will ever replace Toys R Us.“Well especially, you know, in Wilmington, there’s no other kids stores besides Learning Express or Target,” said shopper Nicole Zuber. “So, we’re pretty bummed that there’s not a store that we could go to, to get toys for kids.”Related Article: Port of Wilmington sees banner year for container trafficOther last minute shoppers said they saw nothing on the shelves through the window and when you call the location, the voicemail tells you they are officially closed.Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last fall and pledged to stay open, but had poor sales during the critical holiday season as customers and vendors shied away. In January, it announced plans to close about 180 stores, but then in March it said it would liquidate the rest of the 700-plus stores. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the end of an era here in Wilmington.The Toys R Us on Oleander Drive has closed their doors for good.- Advertisement –
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We spend a lot of time with our eyes glued to our phone. This is an unhealthy habit, and every once in a while we can all afford to give our electronic devices a rest. That’s where the National Day of Unplugging comes in.Specialists recommend only spending two hours maximum on screens per day. That includes TV, cell phones, computers and tablets.- Advertisement – “Now is the best time to be with your family and try not to be on your phone as much,” said Tyrone Brown, a man who is going to participate in the National Day of Unplugging.Everyone that I spoke to was not aware of the National Day of Unplugging, but they all agree that it could be very beneficial because spending too much time on your devices could have a negative impact on your health.“The most common effect we’re noticing in the doctor’s office is the effect on your mood and the effect on your weight,” Dr. Sandra Carnahan at Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine in Leland said.Related Article: Driver wanted in hit-and-run that killed Wilmington woman near LelandShe says the more time you spend on your phone, the more likely you are to develop depression or obesity. Ways to avoid that: get off your phone.“You can feel what it’s like to be disconnected and kind of enjoy nature and your friends and family without the barrier of any other distractions,” Dr. Carnahan adds.A lady named Staci Sims who will also be participating agrees with Dr. Carnahan.“Psychologically we’re hooked to our phones and just to unplug and get back to nature, get back to your family,” Sims said. “I think you’ll find that it does more for your soul than your phone.”This kicks in at sundown on Friday, and wraps up at sundown on Saturday, so be sure to tune out.
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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Champions start their new campaign off at St James’ Park this afternoon in what could be a lively encounter against Newcastle who started last season well but fell apart after Christmas.After the advice yesterday with Man U this column must come with a wealth warning I’m afraid but anyone who saw that coming needs to set up shop in a caravan as a soothsayer on Brighton beach.Man City scored goals for fun last season but their defence has looked vulnerable in the pre-season warm-ups. So it looks a fairly safe formula to predict plenty of goals this afternoon.The killer stat for the match is that City are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League matches (16 in all competitions) against Newcastle, so if you fancy the home win you really are expecting lightning to strike twice after the events at Old Trafford yesterday.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 games)Jan 2014 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityOct 2013 Capital One Cup Newcastle 0-2 Man CityAug 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleMar 2013 Premier Man City 4-0 NewcastleDec 2012 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityMay 2012 Premier Newcastle 0-2 Man CityNov 2011 Premier Man City 3-1 NewcastleDec 2010 Premier Newcastle 1-3 Man CityOct 2010 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleJan 2009 Premier Man City 2-1 NewcastleNewcastle’s recent signing Siem de Jong is out with a foot problem and Pardew is also without Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse are also sidelined.For the visitors Alvaro Negredo is injured, however Aguero may feature despite lacking match fitness.For me over 2.5 goals, although short enough at 8/13 still looks the call.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 12 points at around 8/13 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 36.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321