Campaigners in Northamptonshire have raised serious concerns about the impact on disabled people of the growing financial crisis enveloping their county council.Northamptonshire County Council announced this week that it will need to find up to £70 million of savings in the current financial year, from a budget of about £440 million.And last night (Wednesday) councillors were due to agree the priority areas they intend to protect from further cuts, with documents suggesting the first priority would be “keeping vulnerable people safe”, followed by “keeping people who are not classified as vulnerable, safe”, and then “complying with statutory duties where there is [no] risk of harm”.Last week, the council issued its latest section 114 notice, which warns of the risk of an unbalanced budget.The council effectively – although not technically – declared itself bankrupt when it issued a previous section 114 notice earlier this year.Another meeting of the full council next week will discuss and approve the council’s response to the latest section 114 notice, with the council’s cabinet agreeing the council’s spending priorities on 14 August.With adult social care now accounting for nearly 40 per cent of council budgets, there are growing concerns about the impact of the financial crisis on disabled people, despite its legal duty to meet all “eligible” care needs.Ian Davies, a founder member of the pioneering self-advocacy organisation Northamptonshire People First (NPF) – which was set up in 1990 and was previously called Central England People First – said he was concerned about the impact of the council’s financial crisis on disabled people in the county.He said: “It doesn’t matter where you are, in the home listening to the news on the TV or on the streets talking to local residents, wherever you go you always hear some talk of what’s going to happen and what they think might happen.“It will be a problem. There are going to be a lot of people affected by what has happened.”He said he also feared for the future of NPF, the only remaining self-advocacy group run by people with learning difficulties in the county.Davies said: “We can be very proud of ourselves to be where we are at the moment, but it is what happens after today.“My life has been built up around the whole thing. It built itself up from a day service.”He also said that bus services in the county had been cut after council funding was withdrawn, which would also have a significant impact on many disabled people in Northamptonshire.Kelly Edwards, NPF’s office coordinator, said the organisation’s service-users were now having to pay more in care charges, while others were having their support packages cut, because of the council’s financial problems.She said: “I think that’s going to get worse.”And she said that council funding for another support service had been cut, creating greater pressure on NPF.She said: “We have had a few conversations with people who live independently and rely on that service.“They don’t know how they are going to deal with their paperwork and their benefits and their finances.“I think we will find a lot more people knocking on our door wanting support.”Picture: The council’s headquarters A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
Tenants of 812 Guerrero St, owned by the estate of former Google department head Jack Halprin, won an appeal of the decision that had saved them from eviction. For now, at least, the collection of teachers and other residents will be able to stay. Halprin, who headed up the e-discovery department at Google, succumbed to cancer in July 2015. Soon after acquiring the property in 2012, Halprin had begun the process of evicting the tenants, and the case became a lightning rod for the anger over the rapid changes in the city that were forcing long-term residents out.The seven-unit building on Guerrero Street is now managed by Halprin’s family, who took over the appeal Halprin had filed of the May 2015 court ruling that had invalidated his attempt to use the Ellis Act to evict the tenants. Halprin lost that case over a lapse in the process – the tenants never received the first half of city-mandated relocation payments.That decision was upheld by appellate courts, according to documents filed in late January. 0% Nonetheless, Claudia Tirado, a teacher and one of the tenants at the building, fears that the family may simply try another eviction. After multiple attempts, the family could not be reached for comment.“It’s hard to celebrate… Yeah we won but the fight, on their side it’s still going on,” she said. “Any chance he had to get us out, he would have taken it, and so it’s just a matter of time. It feels like. Or at least it feels like it’s not over.”Now, the tenants hope Halprin’s family will agree to sell the building to a nonprofit.“We would hope that the brother of the deceased landlord, who doesn’t even live in the Bay Area, would agree to sell the property to a nonprofit land trust to allow the tenants to continue living there. That’s always been our hope,” said Stephen Collier, an attorney at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic who represented the tenants.It’s unclear whether the family is interested in selling the property to a nonprofit. Lawyers representing Halprin were not immediately available for comment, and attempts to reach Halprin’s brother were unsuccessful. Tirado, too, said the tenants have not been in contact with the new landlord.“What do I say to him? It can’t be easy to have had his brother die, and him inherit this whole entire dilemma of the building,” she said. Tags: evictions • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
JOSH Jones and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook were named top performers for June and July respectively at the latest Saints Business Networking Player of the Month event – sponsored by Oval Broking Insurance Ltd.More than 30 businesses congratulated the players as part of the session which also saw former Saints star Mike Bennett talk about his career.He told delegates that he may not have been the flashiest player but worked hard to achieve in the game and progress into teaching.The next event will be at the end of August and if you want to be involved you can contact Dave on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01744 455061.
IT’S Mother’s Day this Sunday and what better way to treat her than with some great Saintly gifts!We have a great range of kit and souvenirs ideal for the big day.You can purchase Home Shirts, Pink Shirts, Scarves Hats, Gloves, Best Mum Mug, Purses, Chocolate Rugby Balls and Best Mum Cards!Cards are priced from just £1.49 and Gifts from £1.99!To find out more pop into the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park or log on here.
KEIRON Cunningham says there will be no resting on laurels when Saints face Castleford this Thursday.Fresh from the storming win over Wigan they travel to the Tigers to take on a side that is bang in form.And whilst Saints will be bolstered by returning players, Cunningham wants the full focus on be on their opponents – and not what they have achieved over recent weeks.“We look healthy heading into the game,” he said. “Some of the boys played with a virus on Friday which took a lot of out of them, but we have recovered well and should be healthy this week.“Castleford are playing really well and have won some big games recently. We will have to be very good when we go there.“They are a team in form and on the rise. They were written off at the start of the year – with the players they lost – but Daryl (Powell) is too smart a coach to let that happen. He has the right balance in his squad and Ben Roberts at full-back has been a revelation. Great coaches always get the best out of their players.“We are looking forward to it. We have picked up some good wins over the last few weeks but we can’t rest on our laurels. Our last win is a short-lived one, it has been put to bed now and we are concentrating on Thursday.“We’re in a good spot but things can turn ugly very quickly. We have to ride our fortune and pick up points on the way.“And we should be able to drip a few of our injured players back in shortly.”He continued: “The youngsters were brilliant on Friday and to be fair they have come under scrutiny this season especially after winning the Grand Final. We hit a rough patch earlier in the season with some of them too.“Greg Richards has improved out of sight and I thought he was great on Friday. Andre Savelio was sensational and almost game changing when he came on. We will keep on working with him every week to make him the complete player.“They have potential but it’s how we nurture them, bring them through, give them the correct game time and play them in the correct position. When we get some of our players back then I will be able to rest them when they need it and play them when they need it too.“We pride ourselves on our youth system and that is what we have done for a long time here. As a group of coaches we work religiously with the youth all the time and do a lot of video with them. We want them to come into the first team as close to the finished product as possible.“It’s taxing for the coaches, but that is what we do and it helps the transition a lot – and the under 19s are going well too.“There will be a couple of names on the teamsheet this week that we haven’t seen for a while – and a few headaches for me in terms of team selection. They will freshen up the squad too so we won’t be using the short turnaround as an excuse.“We will miss one session this week and we have recovered and trained well. There will be one more before the game and we will be ready to go.”In his weekly press conference Keiron also responded to rumours that he is in line to sign Theo Fages.“He’s under contract isn’t he?” he retorted, “and besides we have Luke Walsh, Travis Burns and Jon Wilkin who can fill in comfortably at half back.“Theo is a super kid who has a big future and I’m sure there is a lot of interest around him.“But I have too much below the first team to make a play for him. Rob Fairclough and Danny Richardson for instance – he is on the radar to do something in the next two years I feel.“I will bring players in because we are losing some. Perhaps two or three more, but it depends on finances and who we retain. I would imagine none of those would be top line – Lama Tasi is probably our biggest. We will also have good juniors coming in but I will need to fill some gaps.“I have said before that I would never use the marquee player money to sign an overseas player. It goes against my ethics as a home grown player and a coach.“We have an abundance of talent in the 19s and I believe home grown players should get the money.”Saints are next at Langtree Park when they take on Widnes Vikings in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final on Sunday June 28 (4pm). You can buy tickets here.
His good fortune happened when he stopped by the Kangaroo Express on Eastwood Road in Wilmington to get a Cash 5 ticket.“I asked the clerk to get me an EZ Match Cash 5 ticket,” Rogers said. “Instead, he printed a regular one. He was going to print me another ticket, but I said, ‘Nah, I’ll go ahead and take it.’ I’m sure glad I did.”The ticket turned out to be a winner, and beat odds of one in 749,398 to match all five numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.Related Article: Man wanted for allegedly driving into parked cars, front porchRogers didn’t realize how much he won until he went to the lottery claim center in Wilmington. “When the lady told me I needed to go to Raleigh,” he said. “I just went, ‘Wow! This is amazing!’”Rogers drove to lottery headquarters in Raleigh and claimed the prize Wednesday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, Rogers took home $235,691. He plans to use the money to pay medical bills.“My wife is a three-time breast cancer survivor,” Rogers said. “This will help us pay for everything. It’s awesome. It’s indescribable. I’m just so grateful.”Cash 5 players have the option of adding EZ Match to their ticket for $1. This gives them the chance to win up to $500 instantly.Ticket sales from draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than half a billion dollars a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties click on the “For Education” section of the lottery’s website. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1504220662-b8f5e9382bb87e8ed8451a0eb7cd245d12326ad1_fl9-720p.mp4 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gregory Rogers of Wilmington credits a lucky mistake for winning a $339,119 Cash 5 jackpot.“I won on a bad draw,” Rogers said. “I’m so lucky. I’m so very lucky!”- Advertisement –
EASTERN NC (WWAY) – There are several school districts under delays or closing for Monday September 11th.Bladen County Schools:Originally on 2-hour delay, they are now closed Monday and teachers have the option to report in the morning- Advertisement – Whiteville City Schools:Closed, no teachers, students nor other staff need to report for class MondayColumbus County Schools:No classes for Monday, teachers and staff do not need to report to the schoolRobeson County Schools:Will be on early release Monday 9/11. All PSRC schools, offices, and buildings will close at 12 noon. All after school activities are cancelled.
Dr. Brian Hare is an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, and was the featured speaker at the event.UNCW said breakthroughs in cognitive science pioneered by Dr. Hare have shown dogs have a kind of genius for getting along with people that is unique in the animal kingdom.“The exciting thing that we’ve learned about dogs is that they became the way they are because they’re friendly, and they became smarter as a result, and they’ve taught us to think about humans and what is it that’s different or special about ourselves. And what we think is, we too are a very friendly species and if we socialize kids to make friends across different groups of people, we will have much more friendliness, just like when we think about socializing our dogs,” Hare said.Related Article: ‘Prepare to be eviscerated’: McCrory to teach politics at UNC Chapel HillIf you’re interested in hearing more about Dr. Hare’s work, there is another public event happening Friday morning from 10 – 11 a.m. at UNCW’s Teaching Lab, room 1055.If you can’t make it to that event, you can learn more about Dr. Brian Hare and his work here. Dr. Brian Hare speaks to a crowd at UNCW (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ve heard of survival of the fittest, but what about survival of the friendliest?UNCW’s Honors College presented its annual Spring Speaker Thursday night at an event called “Survival of the Friendliest: From Dogs to Democracy.”- Advertisement –
Brad Shirley (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Brad Shirley has resigned from his position as chief of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department.Shirley is now the Deputy Chief of the Leland Police Department.- Advertisement – Lt. Jeremy Humphries with the Leland Police Department said Shirley was sworn in on Friday. His first day on the job was Saturday.
Advertisement Samsung, which says it will contest the verdict, was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages after a California jury found it had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and could face an outright sales ban on key products.“There are still too many variables including the final ruling to come at least a month from the recent verdict, and whether there will be a sales ban on Samsung’s main sellers such as the Galaxy S3,” said a fund manager at a Korean asset management company that was one of the biggest institutional holders of Samsung’s stock as of end-March.Shares in Samsung – the world’s biggest technology firm by revenue – tumbled as much as 7.7 percent, its biggest daily percentage drop in nearly four years, to 1.177 million Korean won ($1,000), versus a 0.2 percent drop in the broader market. – Advertisement – Trading volume was heavy, more than doubling last week’s daily average by early Monday trade.In the most closely watched patent trial in years, the jury at a federal court in San Jose, California, just miles from Apple’s headquarters, found that Samsung infringed on six of seven Apple patents.The verdict, which surprised many analysts with its speed – coming after less than three days of deliberations – and the extent of Apple’s victory, will likely solidify the U.S. firm’s dominance of the exploding mobile computing market.Apple’s triumph was also seen as a blow to Google, whose Android software powers the Samsung products that were found to infringe on Apple patents.Analysts estimate Samsung’s earnings will be reduced by 4 percent this year due to increased patent-related provisioning.“Both companies are in the midst of a squabble but I don’t think it’s a structural negative for Samsung. At the end of the day, as Forbes reported recently, Samsung has 65,000 patents versus 9,000 for Apple. Furthermore, Apple relies on Samsung for the processing brains of their phones. I sold Samsung four months ago but am watching the stock closely now,” said a Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager who declined to be identified.The court case had weighed on Samsung’s stock in the week leading up to Friday’s verdict, but even after Monday’s slide it remains up around 75 percent over the last 12 months, during which time galloping smartphone sales have powered record profits.Apple plans to file for a sales injunction against Samsung, its lawyers said, and the judge in the case set a hearing date for September 20. Samsung, in turn, said the verdict “is not the final word in this case”.Top executives at Samsung, led by Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung and head of its mobile division JK Shin, held an emergency meeting on Sunday.The biggest concern for Samsung remains whether its latest flagship product the Galaxy S III, which was not included in the case, will also be targeted by Apple. The model is Samsung’s best selling smartphone, with sales topping 10 million since its late May debut.But Samsung’s skill as a “fast executioner” – quick to match others’ innovations – would likely mean tweaked, non-patent infringing devices would be on the market soon after any ban came into place, analysts said.“The ruling is a costly lesson for Samsung – but also an opportunity for a true alternative to Apple’s well-known hardware with more innovative thinking and imaginative products ahead,” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a note.“There are more ways to build a touch screen smartphone and thanks to its fast execution capability, Samsung could quickly work around design changes, upgrading models and introducing new technology such as flexible displays, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note to differentiate its devices from Apple.”Samsung was disappointed by the verdict and plans to keep up the legal fight to have its claims accepted, according to an internal memo sent to its employees and released to the media.“We’ve sought to settle this through negotiations, as Apple is our customer but had no choice but to counter sue,” the memo said. “History has shown there has yet to be a company that has won the hearts and minds of consumers and achieved continuous growth when its primary means to competition has been the outright abuse of patent law, not the pursuit of innovation.” Source: Reuters