first_imgDisability hate crime campaigners have welcomed a judge’s decision to jail two members of police staff whose failures allowed the murder of a disabled man who had begged officers for protection.Avon and Somerset police constable Kevin Duffy and community support officer Andrew Passmore were jailed at Bristol Crown Court this week after being convicted of misconduct in public office.Duffy was jailed for 10 months, and Passmore for four months, as a result of their failures in dealing with Bijan Ebrahimi in the hours and days before his murder in 2013.Ebrahimi had repeatedly begged the police to protect him after he was threatened by his neighbour, 24-year-old Lee James.James claimed Ebrahimi was filming his daughters because he was a paedophile, when he was actually compiling evidence of anti-social behaviour by youngsters he thought had been vandalising his hanging baskets.Ebrahimi (pictured trying to persuade officers to take his concerns seriously) was beaten and kicked unconscious and then set alight by James, who lived just a few doors away in Capgrave Crescent, Brislington, on the edge of Bristol.James pleaded guilty to murder in 2013 and was sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.Steven Norley, who helped him set light to Ebrahimi’s body, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to assisting an offender.Simon Green, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said Duffy and Passmore had “completely failed to recognise that what Bijan was going through was hate crime and ignored it” and that they had “failed to take the actions that could have possibly saved his life”.He said he had reported disability hate crime himself and had been “ignored and treated as a nuisance” by police, while he had “heard many more horror stories” in his work as a campaigner.Green said: “Glad to say that more recently the vast majority of officers I come across do have a greater understanding and more awareness, but I am hoping the above sentences will make those less aware and who care less to step up and take action, no matter how they feel towards the victim.”Steven Brookes, another coordinator of the network, also welcomed the sentences.He said that Duffy and Passmore had been found to “have failed the victim in a massive way”, while the case showed that too many forces were “quite simply being appalling in their handling of cases relating to anything about disability through massive lack of awareness”, and were therefore guilty of institutional discrimination.After internal police disciplinary proceedings against 15 members of staff and officers are completed, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will publish two reports, one covering the events that took place in the weekend leading up to the murder in July 2013, and another examining “dozens” of contacts Ebrahimi had with the force over the preceding six years.It is believed that Ebrahimi, who was Iranian, had been subjected to a campaign of race- and disability-related harassment which forced him to move from his previous home.Campaigners have previously drawn comparisons between the case and the kind of multi-agency failings that led to the deaths of some of the most high-profile disability hate crime victims of recent years, such as Francecca Pilkington, David Askew and Steven Hoskin.last_img read more

first_imgA note from the editor: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 note 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… Work and pensions ministers have received a humiliating dressing-down from the Commons speaker after their “unacceptable” failure to provide an accessible version of vital new universal credit papers to a disabled shadow minister.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had failed to provide the long-awaited managed migration draft regulations (see separate story) in an accessible format to Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people.Instead she was told she would have to wait four days to receive them.De Cordova (pictured) was not available to discuss her treatment this week, but she said on Twitter that it was “unacceptable” that she had been forced to wait to see the “vital” documents.MPs heard that she had had to make a series of phone calls to DWP civil servants to arrange for the document to be provided in a large-print format.Even then, DWP said it would only be able to provide the accessible version by tomorrow (Friday), four days after the draft regulations were published, although – following the case being highlighted – she eventually received them within a couple of days of the concerns being raised in the Commons.De Cordova’s Labour colleague, Valerie Vaz, the shadow leader of the Commons, raised concerns about DWP’s failure on Tuesday.Vaz told MPs that de Cordova had been “urgently seeking an accessible copy of the managed migration regulations”.She said: “After numerous calls to the department she’s finally been promised a copy on Friday.”Vaz said this was “unacceptable” and that an accessible version should have been made available “immediately from the moment of publication”.She said: “It is vital that we are representative of society as a whole, which means that such important government publications should be provided in an accessible form at publication and not take the best part of a working week to be provided.”The speaker, John Bercow, told MPs: “The resources available to ministers are very considerable and it is simply not acceptable that a member of parliament with a known additional need should not have that need as near as possible immediately satisfied.“This was an entirely predictable request and I hope that it will be not necessary for this matter to be aired again and I appreciate ministers nodding from a sedentary position on the front bench.”DWP yesterday (Wednesday) refused to answer a series of questions about its failure, including whether Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, would apologise to de Cordova, and what steps Newton was taking to ensure such a problem did not happen again.Instead of answering the questions, a DWP spokeswoman produced an 11-word statement, saying: “An accessible copy has been made available to Ms de Cordova.”last_img read more

first_img Tags: lost weekend video • mission street • New Mission Theater • video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Lost Weekend Video has been operating for four months as a kiosk inside the lobby of the New Mission Theater, and its owners are now figuring out how to keep their longstanding movie rental business alive while appealing to a new clientele.“We have just been sort of struggling to get back on our feet,” said David Hawkins, one of Lost Weekend’s three founders.  The move, he said, wiped out the small business financially. “It was a super struggle to move a 20-year-old business even a block away.”For close to two decades, the video rental store was run out of a storefront at 1034 Valencia St. The space was regularly used to host comedy shows and to store some 25,000 to 30,000 VHS, DVD and Blu-ray titles.That collection still exists – with a majority of it now tucked away in a back room of the recently renovated Alamo Drafthouse’s New Mission Theater at 2550 Mission St. “We were basically doing tap dances on the sidewalk just to get people’s attention,” he said of Lost Weekend. To make ends meet, they hosted as many as four or five comedy shows a week to compensate for the declining demand for video rentals. “We weren’t going to survive there.” Burdened with increasing rents but more so the rapid rise of online video-streaming providers – “folks just don’t rent movies anymore,” Hawkins said with a shrug – Lost Weekend agreed to share space with the Alamo Drafthouse after the theater chain approached them last October.Hawkins said he views the merger as an opportunity for his antiquated business to figure out how to “restructure the renting concept.” As part of that experiment, Lost Weekend has expanded to selling T-shirts, books, posters and other film-oriented retail. The video store has also extended its hours of operation and rental periods. Figuring out what the millennials want, said Hawkins, is the store’s new challenge.“In general it is a younger crowd,” he said of the theater-goers. “Our original customer base has gotten older and older, because we are generally servicing people who don’t have technology, and those tend to be the older folks.”A few theater patrons browsing the shelves that form aisles in the New Mission’s lobby stopped to flip through DVD titles and inquire about Lost Weekend’s jukebox before disappearing into the theater’s dark screening room.While failing to rent any of his titles, Hawkins nonetheless took the opportunity to chat with the movie-goers queueing at the ticket booth next to his kiosk. He is optimistic that the video store’s new digs will generate renewed interest in renting movies. “We bring a little bit of not just the old neighborhood feel, but a little bit of grit – we kind of mess the place up a little bit,” he said of the Alamo. “It’s so pristine and beautiful and then we come in here in a more funky way.” Last year, the Alamo also purchased the almost four-decade-old archive of Le Video, another iconic video store that operated in the Sunset, though the plan to rent out Le Video’s 100,000 titles alongside Lost Weekend’s collection never came to fruition.“They were thinking about bringing all the video stores in town under one tent and creating one giant superstore,” said Hawkins, adding that Le Video’s owners were not interested in the partnership because they “wanted to close.” “Everybody thinks we are curating their video stock, and that is not the case. The thing is, there is not room for ours [at the Alamo] and they have probably twice as much as we do,” he said, adding that the collection may be made available to the public in the future. For now, Le Video’s titles are stored by the Alamo at an off-site location.Hawkins said that losing the “autonomy of having your own space” was difficult, but he acknowledged that the progress in technology made the move inevitable. 0%last_img read more

first_imgTICKETS are now on sale for Saints Super League XVIII Round 6 trip to Warrington Wolves.The match will kick off at 8pm on Friday March 8.Advanced prices for the West Stand are £19 for adults, £13 concessions (60 and over, students, juniors).The North Stand is priced ar £27.50 for adults and £18.50 for concessions.Junior Season Ticket Holders MUST swap their vouchers before they travel to Warrington.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or at the Saints Superstore online.last_img read more

first_imgFOLLOWING the success of the 2015 Magic Weekend, the Super League is delighted to announce that the 2016 event will be returning to St. James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22.Magic Weekend was first held in Newcastle earlier this year and more than 67,000 fans were in attendance across the course of the weekend – the highest ever for the two-day event.The fixtures for Magic Weekend 2016 have also been revealed, with your Saints taking on Huddersfield Giants on Sunday May 22 at 3.15pm.Speaking about the Magic Weekend, Saints Captain Jon Wilkin said: “Magic at Newcastle was a fantastic event last season and we are looking forward to being part of it again.“All the feedback from the weekend was positive and we really enjoyed not only playing in a fantastic venue but also in front of a really big traveling support.“Our matches with the Giants are always tight and close affairs and there’s no doubt this one will be the same.”Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors will be playing in a rematch of the 2015 First Utility Super League Grand Final in the closing game on Saturday evening. The Rhinos, who defeated the Warriors 22-20 at Old Trafford, will lock horns with Wigan for the fourth successive year at Magic Weekend at 7.00pm on Saturday May 21.Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings will kick the two-day Rugby League extravaganza off when they go head-to-head at 2.30pm. Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves will square off at 4.45pm before the Grand Final rematch brings the curtain down on an action-packed first day.Day two begins with Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at 1.00pm followed by Huddersfield Giants facing St Helens in the penultimate game of the weekend. Magic Weekend climaxes with one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes – the Hull derby – where the city’s bragging rights will be up for grabs between Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “We’re delighted that Magic Weekend will be staged at Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2016.“Magic Weekend this year was a huge success, where we had a record attendance for the weekend and for the Saturday. I would like to thank everyone in Newcastle for their support with the event and hopefully we can build on the brilliant success of 2015.”Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, said: “It is great news for Newcastle that Super League Magic Weekend will be returning to St James’s Park. We look forward to once again welcoming the thousands of rugby league fans who thronged the city centre last year.“The Magic Weekend is a colourful, fun and family friendly event that is a pleasure to host. We will be making sure that this isn’t just about one ‘magic weekend’ by doing all we can to use the event to encourage young people in the city to get active and benefit from a lasting sporting legacy.”Tickets for the 2016 Magic Weekend at St. James’ Park, Newcastle, will be on sale shortly and day tickets are priced from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. Weekend tickets are also available from £40 for adults and £20 for concessions.The 2016 Magic Weekend schedule is as follows: Saturday May 21 2.30pm – Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings 4.45pm – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves 7.00pm – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors Sunday May 221.00pm – Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 3.15pm – Huddersfield Giants v St Helens 5.30pm – Hull FC v Hull Kingston Roverslast_img read more

first_img He’s already been fixed and is up to date on his shots.If you’d like to meet him and see if he would be perfect for your home, visit New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet Max!Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; however, hours differ because of the Christmas and New Years holidays.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’ve been thinking about adopting a four-legged friend into your family, there’s a young cat at New Hanover County Animal Services looking for a place to call home.He is an 8-month-old domestic shorthair with soft black fur. He’s described by shelter staff as playful, sweet and entertaining.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img What is this popular sport? Pickleball.Plans started back in November for the “House of Pickleball” facility, but work started in March on Kay Todd Road near Brunswick Forest.So far a lot of work was done and the roof is already in place.Related Article: DINK FOR PINK: Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancerThis new facility is supposed to help serve up to 1,800 pickleball players in the area and it’s continuing to grow.The owner of the facility says now is the perfect time to get this started and Brunswick County is the perfect place for this.“It’s one of the hotbeds in the country,” Richard Holloman, “House of Pickleball” owner, said. “As you know, it’s one of the growingest counties in the country and there’s just a great demand for pickleball. We have a lot of retirees. We have even younger people playing pickleball. So we felt like it was the right time, it was the right place and we want to be able to pickleball, so anybody can play in at any time.”The facility will be available for anyone on all skill levels and should open by July of this year. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In Brunswick County there is a huge sport you may not know much about, but it is getting very popular.Now to meet the needs of thousands of players a new facility is under construction.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington-based company Untappd is now in some elite company.Inc. Magazine has put it on a very exclusive list of successful companies.- Advertisement – The app for rating beer was ranked in the top 150 in the nation on the 2018 Inc. Magazine list of fastest-growing businesses.It also took first place for businesses in North Carolina.The app is used by thousands of businesses worldwide letting people rate and recommend beers at restaurants. Businesses can then pay to use that data.Related Article: BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk“Just be in Wilmington and to be awarded something like that, based on all our hard work by the Untappd team and the support and community we’ve cultivated is really, really inspiring,” VP of Sales Brandon Walker said. “It definitely encourages to keep going, moving forward.”Walker says they hope to roll out even more services and get more businesses on board with the app.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint Moviment GraffittiMoviment Graffitti In a flurry of tents and to the cacophonous sound of beating drums, Moviment Graffitti has, early Thursday  morning, ‘beseiged’ the Planning Authority’s (PA) premises. The action was taken, according to the ENGO, “to denounce the authority’s besieging of our island with massive and useless fuel stations”. It said that in a country where the Prime Minister has announced an imminent changeover to electric car use, the approval of massive fuel stations jars.Moviment Graffitti complained that the current policy governing fuel stations has remained unchanged in spite of the submissions by the Environment and resource Authority’s submissions to government a year ago. “We are convinced that the failure to revise this policy is not due to carelessness or incompetence, but is deliberate and aimed at accommodating certain developers” said Moviment Graffitti. The ENGO said that there are currently 14 applications for ODZ fuel stations, with four of them approved already, and the others being processed, amounting to a size equal to five times the Floriana Granaries.MOviment Graffitti made what it called “three very basic demands”:Change the Fuel Service Station Policy to one that prohibits new or relocated fuel stations on ODZ, as per ERA’s directionPublish the revised Fuel Service Station Policy for public consultation, immediatelyProvide a short timeframe for the implementation of the revised policy after closure of the public consultation period. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube is planing  to launch a music subscription service later this year, to allow people to listen to tracks online, and to possibly cut out the ads that precede each video for subscribers, according to Fortune. YouTube relies on selling banner ads on the site and running short clips before each video, giving a cut back to record companies.YouTube has released a statement that confirmed it was considering a subscription service, but noted that ads wouldn’t go away:“While we don’t comment on rumour or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we’re looking at that.”A proper subscription service is likely to provide higher fidelity tracks, and elevates YouTube to the same playing field as labels such as Warner Music which do rely on streaming revenue. Google already has partnerships with numerous music publishers. Last November, it struck up a deal with Armonia, one of the largest alliances of music publishers, giving it access to 5.5 million tracks across 35 countries. – Advertisement – In December, it rolled out a free “scan and match” feature that allows users to add up to 20,000 songs from their offline collections to the Google cloud and stream it to their devices on the go.  And in the larger scheme of things, the company might overlap its new subscription plans into its Google Play music service.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more