One of the largest airports in the country has bee

first_imgOne of the largest airports in the country has been branded one of the worst for accessibility, after it failed to consult with disabled people about how it could improve its services.Manchester Airport is one of just four in the UK that were said in the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual review to be providing “poor” services to disabled passengers.Two of the others, Exeter and East Midlands, were also criticised for their failure to carry out any consultation at all with groups representing disabled people.The fourth “poor” airport, Heathrow, was criticised over the quality of its assistance service, with three-fifths of passengers who took part in a survey rating it as “unsatisfactory”.In its second annual review of accessibility at UK airports, CAA found six “very good” airports, 20 “good” and four that were categorised as “poor”*.It also found the number of disabled passengers requesting extra help at airports rose from 2.7 million in 2015 to more than three million in 2016 – an increase of more than two-thirds since 2010 – with satisfaction levels with assistance services consistently showing well over 80 per cent.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when traveling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.The government is due to consult on how to improve access to air travel this autumn, while there will also be a consultation on plans to improve access across the public transport network.Those airports that rated well in the CAA report were those that “regularly consulted with people that use the assistance service”, whose staff were “regularly praised by passengers for their understanding and patience”, and where assistance was “efficient and well organised”, leading to minimal delays.Among those categorised as “very good”, Norwich had “created excellent partnerships with local disability organisations”, Glasgow Prestwick “hosted successful familiarisation and feedback events with charities representing people with sensory impairments and with learning disabilities”, while staff at Inverness Airport attended “numerous” local access panels.But CAA said it was “unacceptable” for an airport the size of Manchester to fail to carry out any consultation at all with disability organisations in 2016-17, although it said discussions about improving this situation had been “constructive”.Members of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) this week delivered a “damning” description of travelling through Manchester Airport. One member had to make their own way to the departure gate after arriving early in the morning for their flight and finding no assistance staff on duty.Another said there were never enough staff on duty or wheelchairs available.Some staff were said to be “kind, courteous and understanding” but many were said to treat disabled people as “little better than cattle”.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, who spoke this week to several members about their experiences of the airport, told Disability News Service: “Disabled people are paying the same amount for flights as everyone else but are getting an inferior service at Manchester Airport.“If Manchester Airport is serious about promoting itself as the gateway to the north it needs to up its game. It needs to talk to and listen to disabled people.“It needs to implement practices and procedures that ensure disabled people travel safely and in comfort and are not made to feel like second-class citizens.”GMCDP is the longest-established disabled people’s organisation (DPO) in the north-west of England, but Hilton said: “We have never had any contact from Manchester Airport saying ‘we would like to consult with you and your members.’“There is a huge potential for joint working and making things better.“It’s not that they are knocking on a closed door, they are knocking on an open door. We are willing to work with the airport.“We want to see Manchester Airport as a beacon for accessibility.“That can be achieved but there needs to be some will shown, some proactive action.”In May, GMCDP published its manifesto for the Greater Manchester mayoral election, which called on the airport to introduce DPO-led customer service training, and to carry out regular access audits, which Hilton said should also be done in conjunction with DPOs.A spokesman for Manchester Airport said the airport’s contractor OCS had recently recruited more than 100 new customer services staff to work with disabled passengers, and their initial training had included “hidden disability training”.A new contract with OCS should cut response and waiting times, he said.He said in a statement: “We acknowledge the CAA’s findings and comments relating to consultation with disability organisations.“As referred to by the report, this is an area we have already taken steps to address.“Starting this financial year, we have launched a disability engagement programme, with the first quarterly forum being held last month.”Organisations who have joined the forum include the disability charities Stomawise, Support Dogs, Guide Dogs, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, Alzheimer’s Society, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Action on Hearing Loss and MS Society.The airport also plans a “Disability Expo” in November, which will “showcase” how it supports disabled passengers.He said: “We are confident that this work, coupled with the ongoing representation of a disability organisation [Disability Stockport] on our consultative committee, will lead to significant improvement in this area.“Ensuring those who need assistance enjoy a positive experience at our airport is both a priority of ours and the organisations contracted to provide such services on our behalf.“We regularly review customer satisfaction surveys relating to this area, with the majority of customers currently rating us very good.“However, we constantly strive to deliver a better experience for all our passengers and will continue to do so in the months ahead.”He added: “We have now started the journey of engagement to develop the service and improved accessibility. We’d welcome contact with GMCDP.”Meanwhile, an investigation by the Trailblazers network of young disabled campaigners – part of Muscular Dystrophy UK – has exposed the “shocking” number of UK hotels that fail to provide hoists.Hoists allow wheelchair-users to transfer into a bed or to use bathroom facilities when they cannot transfer independently, but almost 80 per cent of the 103 young disabled people who took part in the survey said they had been unable to go on holiday in the past five years because of the lack of hoist facilities in hotels.A further mystery shopping exercise found only one in 20 hotels offered the use of a free hoist.Lucy Watts, a Trailblazers member from Essex, said: “I haven’t stayed away from home since losing the ability to transfer and I’ve been unable to stay overnight purely because of the hoist issue.“Hotels having hoists would mean I’d be able to take trips away.”She added: “Disabled people face enough barriers in life. We shouldn’t be prevented from enjoying trips away because hotels won’t always make the effort to be fully accessible and inclusive.”*CAA said the results could not be compared with its first annual review as the categories have changedlast_img read more

Wes Streeting told parliamentary colleagues in Lon

first_imgWes Streeting told parliamentary colleagues in London this week that, according to advice he received from London Labour on Wednesday, parliamentary candidates for retirement or defector seats in the city will not be selected until after the mayoral election in May 2020.In an email to London Labour MPs, sent as chair of the London group, Streeting said the party would not have candidates in place in Streatham, Enfield North or Ilford South “for at least nine months”. He also informed colleagues that regional staff have apparently “not received guidance on trigger ballots in a timely fashion” and starting the reselection process before summer would be “a struggle”.LabourList made enquiries following sight of the email and understands that selection processes in two of the defector seats in London – now represented by Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna, and Change UK’s Joan Ryan and Mike Gapes – will in fact be starting next week. Final guidance is still being awaited, but the plan is not for the selections to only start after May 2020.Streeting noted in his email that London region appears to be “stretched in terms of their own capacity”, which would be particularly problematic during trigger ballots, selections for seats that do not currently have candidates in place, and London Assembly selections. A well-placed source has denied that London region is more stretched than any other regional party.Local members in the defector and retirement seats – Ealing North, Enfield North, Ilford South, Poplar and Limehouse, Streatham, Vauxhall – have expressed confusion over the timing of selections. Candidates and members of constituency parties have told LabourList that they feel the same about the GLA selections.This is particularly the case in Enfield North, where LabourList understands that party members have been considering a vote of no confidence in London regional director Hazel Flynn because they there are concerned that the selection process is being purposefully delayed.It is thought that the Labour left in Joan Ryan’s seat already have a candidate in mind for the selection – Delia Mattis – and are worried that an early election could lead to a different candidate being imposed by the national executive committee (NEC).Commenting on the claims, a London Labour spokesperson said: “It is completely false that London region have attempted to delay the selection of Enfield North. We have begun work already on the selection in that area and we look forward to working with the CLP over the coming weeks.”Below is the full text of Wes Streeting’s message on Thursday to Labour London MPs. Dear London colleagues,At yesterday’s drop-in with Hazel Flynn and London Region, it was apparent that the regional staff have not received guidance on trigger ballots in a timely fashion; that it will be a struggle to start the process before summer; and that – while it is hoped that the process will be resolved by Christmas – we will not be selecting candidates in retirement seats or defector seats until after May’s London mayoral election.This means that we will not have candidates in place in Streatham (where we stand a real risk of losing to the Lib Dems), Enfield North or Ilford South for at least nine months. It also means that we could be in the middle of selections during a snap election. This is unacceptable. It’s also clear that Region share our concerns and are very stretched in terms of their own capacity.I will be writing to Jeremy, Tom, Jennie, Hazel and Wendy today as chair of the London Group and will keep you informed.WesTags:Labour /Parliamentary Selections /Wes Streeting /Enfield North /last_img read more

Two Robbers Impersonate Police

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 54-year-old man was standing on 19th and Capp streets when two men in their early 20s drove up in a gray sedan. The two young men got out of their car and introduced themselves as police officers, ordering the 54-year-old to turn around. When the victim complied, they took his wallet from his back pocket and fled in their vehicle.No arrests have been made.Stabbing with a Screwdriver At 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, a 40-year-old man approached a 52-year-old man on 24th and Mission streets and requested his money. When the 52-year-old refused, the suspect took out a screwdriver and stabbed him multiple times. He then fled on foot North towards 23rd Street — without taking any of the victim’s property. 0%center_img The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening wounds to his forearm and upper chest.No arrests have been made.Robbery with a GunAt 10:08 p.m. on Tuesday, a 30-year-old man approached a 34-year old woman on 19th and Alabama Streets, and tried to grab her purse. When she resisted, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded her property. The woman complied and the suspect fled South on Alabama Street.No arrests have been made.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. last_img read more

SAINTS players made their annual trip to Whiston H

first_imgSAINTS players made their annual trip to Whiston Hospital to spread some festive cheer to the children and staff.The lads handed out Saintly gifts and selection boxes and wished everyone a Happy Christmas.Saints’ players often make personal visits hospitals and hospices during the year.last_img

SAINTS put in a monumental effort but sadly it was

first_imgSAINTS put in a monumental effort but sadly it was in vain as they were downed 12-4 at Wigan.Missing important players before kick off – including Jon Wilkin who pulled up in training – they lost Joe Greenwood and Paul Wellens during a brutal derby that was more about endeavour than high skill.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scored in the first half to make it a two point game but Wigan ground out the result.In all fairness both sets of fans wouldn’t put this one down as a classic – the Warriors probably making the better of the conditions and numbers to take the win.Pre-game Keiron Cunningham was forced in to a late change when Wilkin pulled up on training on Thursday.That saw Lance Hohaia move to scrum half with Jordan Turner joining him at half back.Saints got off the worst possible start when on their first set Turner’s kick, on the last, was charged down and Dom Manfredi took full advantage of a kind bounce.Matty Smith converted and then the visitors has to fend off two penalties which put the Warriors in great territory.And yet another penalty handed the home side a chance but Saints repelled borders… and almost scored.A fantastic Turner break was felled about 20 metres short. The ball was spun right but the chance was lost as it came back inside.Joe Greenwood came off with a leg injury a quarter of the game in and then Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook got Saints on the board after he bulldozed over.Hohaia providing a fine pass.Saints’ problem was not getting enough yards on their last tackle kicks – and then giving penalties away.And on 22 minutes it took all the might of Wellens and Swift to bundle Anthony Gelling into touch.It was full bore – both sides trading penalties and mistakes – until Hohaia forced an error from Hampshire.It was a demure kick, forcing the full back to slip and go into touch but once again Saints couldn’t take advantage.Saints had the better of the closing stages and arguably should have gone in up at the interval – and their task was made much harder as Wellens had to come off just one minute into the second.A troublesome hip left Saints with two fit subs and a subsequent shuffle.Swift and Makinson shared duties at full back with Dawson heading out to the wing, whilst Louie moved to the centres.The changes didn’t affect Saints though as they continued to roll with their forwards and relying on the lively Hohaia for last tackle options.Wigan looked lethargic too as Saints had them coming off their lines time after time.Saints forced two knock ons from their hosts with 15 to go but couldn’t find a way through – Wigan stopping Luke Thompson right on the line.On 68 minutes, Matty Dawson had the ball punched out in the tackle and the referee gave Wigan head and feed.Swift took the high ball but when Greg Richards ran on the last in his own 20, Wigan had pressure right on their opponent’s line.Whether he heard the ref’s call or not, it was academic as Wigan scored.George Williams put the kick in and Joe Burgess touched down with inches to spare.That was ultimately the final act as Wigan closed the game out whilst a jaded but not beaten Saints can certainly hold their heads up very high indeed.Match Summary:Warriors:Tries: Manfredi, BurgessGoals: Smith (2 from 2)Saints: Tries: McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Makinson (0 from 1)Penalties: Warriors: 8Saints: 2HT: 4-6FT: 4-12REF: Phil BenthamATT: 24,054Teams:Warriors: 20. Ryan Hampshire; 22. Dom Manfredi, 3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Dan Sarginson, 5. Joe Burgess; 6. George Williams, 7. Matty Smith; 17. Tony Clubb, 9. Michael McIlorum, 23. Lee Mossop, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 14. John Bateman.Subs: 24. Taulima Tautai, 25. Larne Patrick, 26. Logan Tomkins, 28. Ryan Sutton.Saints:20. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Matty Dawson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 16. Lance Hohaia; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Joe Greenwood, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.last_img read more

Burn season underway Orton Plantation burning 175 acres Thursday

first_imgSmoke from a prescribed burn at Orton Plantation in Brunswick County could be seen at least as far away as the Pine Valley area of Wilmington on March 10, 2016. (Photo: Jessica Viox) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you see a lot of smoke in the air in Brunswick County, it could be coming from Orton Plantation.They are burning 175 acres today as part of its management plan to improve the health of the forest and restore the longleaf pine habitat.- Advertisement – Orton Plantation’s burn season runs between March 1 and May 1 on more than 6,000 acres.Orton says the burn is overseen by the Orton Property Manager, a state-certified controlled burner, who coordinates with the NC Forest Serfvice, the NC Department o Air Quality, and Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments.Orton says although there is a two month burn window, burning will only take place for around 14 days.Related Article: New Hampshire sets tough drinking water standards for PFASResidents in Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and those along Highway 133 may see or smell smoke.People should contact the NC Forest Service with concerns at (919) 857-4801.Orton says prescribed burns benefit the longleaf pine ecosystem by controlling invasive species and encouraging new plant growth. It also reduces the possibility of wildfire by reducing brush and anything else that could accumulate and become fuel for a fire.last_img read more

Organization collects tourist food donations for the needy

first_img “I think everyone has the general consensus that I do, that nobody should go hungry,” Second Helping OIB founder Rebecca Powell said. “We’re all blessed and we live in a great place and why would you want to drive back to Ohio or New Jersey with chicken in your cooler. Paying it forward concept is what we were looking for.”After the Saturday morning food drives, volunteers with Brunswick Family Assistance in Shallotte drop by to pick up the food so it can be given to those in need.“We went to where there was a need. We made some phone calls. We knew we could get the food. Our concern was how are we going to facilitate this? How are we gonna get it out to where it needs to go, the public?” Powell said.Related Article: Families compete in sandcastle build-off at Ocean Isle BeachBrunswick Family Assistance executive director Stephanie Bowen says the donations are a huge help, especially during the summer.“Kids are out of school, that’s increased cost on the parents so they carry that burden in the summer. Having extra food is so helpful for us and our clients are definitely grateful for it,” Bowen said.They take in both perishable and non-perishable food. If you want to donate this Saturday, you can drop it off at the Museum of Coastal Carolina or the Ocean Isle Beach Pier parking lots from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As people stay in Ocean Isle Beach this holiday week, they may buy more food than they need for their family and friends. As they pack up and leave the island, they can donate it with the help of Second Helping OIB.The group takes in about a thousand pounds of food per week and they’re expecting more this Saturday with the increased holiday crowds.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Dosher offers new telemedicine program

first_img A Dosher nurse will accompany the telemedicine exam. The easy-to-use service gives the patient real-time help.“They’ll call Eagle Telemedicine and they’ll be a doctor away at a different site but whose picture is visualized right here,” said Schmoke. “[They will be] able to see and hear with cameras and talk with the patient.”Dr. Schmoke says the service is a winner and a huge advancement for a rural hospital.Related Article: Aerial mosquito spraying will begin soon in Brunswick CountyThe telemedicine services are scheduled to start December 12. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some great news for people in Brunswick County, today. Southport’s Dosher Memorial Hospital is bringing new technology to better serve hospitalist patients. The telemedicine program will give them access to overnight care by a remote doctor.The hospital is partnering with Eagle Telemedicine to offer the new program. Doctors Schmoke and Meachem will examine patients from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The new tool will serve patients overnight 7 p.m.-7 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Parents want Brunswick Co Schools to reconsider field trip cuts

first_img “My 4th grader came home from school a couple of weeks ago and was disappointed because her 4th grade trip to Bald Head Island was cancelled,” Hillary Garver said.Garver’s two children attend Southport Elementary School. When she found out Friday an upcoming field trip was cancelled, she started a petition to get them put back on the calendar.Brunswick County Schools Spokesman Daniel Seamans says after 19 school days were lost, they needed to maximize in class time.Related Article: Florence’s rains flushed snakes out of their homes“We decided that just for this school year alone that we would limit the number of field trips so that we could make sure the kids are in the classroom making up some of that instructional time that we missed,” Seamans said.But Garver says there was no official notice from the school, and with 2/3 of the community in poverty, some students cannot afford to explore these field trip opportunities on their own.“There are students that live an hour away from here that have never been to the ocean before, so certainly, if you have a family that is struggling to put food on the table, they are not going to be able to make up these experiences that are lost when they are unable to take field trips,” Garver said.“We understand the concern, but instructional time inside the classroom is our priority,” Seamans said.Academic competitions and field trips paid for before the hurricane will still occur.Garver has almost 500 signatures on her petition. The board of education has added her to the agenda for Tuesday night’s school board meeting.New Hanover County schools are leaving field trips up to the discretion of each principal. We have not heard back from Pender County Schools about how field trips are being handled there. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County students missed 19 days of school due to Hurricane Florence. The school district is trying to make up lost instruction time by keeping kids in the classroom which means, no more field trips.But one mom thinks that’s a bad idea.- Advertisement – last_img read more

27th Annual Saint Nicholas Greek Festival celebrating heritage and traditions

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Hundreds of families are celebrating Greek heritage this weekend at the 27th Annual Saint Nicholas Greek Festival.From traditional Greek food to Greek history lessons, some say this is the perfect way to enjoy your weekend.- Advertisement – Festival officials say a ton of work goes into the festival each year as they start planning around the first of September. Each night dancers and a band will perform.The church is also inviting residents to learn about the Greek Orthodox religion with guided tours.Organizers are encouraging residents to park behind the Taco Bell and travel to the church via the festival shuttle.Related Article: Get your Greek on at St. Nicholas Greek FestivalFestivities will continue Saturday until 10 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.last_img read more