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The promise to disabled people that every station

By on July 31, 2019

first_imgThe promise to disabled people that every station on London’s much-delayed, £15 billion Crossrail project would be step-free from the moment it opens looks increasingly likely to be broken.Four years ago, a two-year campaign by disabled and older people led to promises by Transport for London (TfL) that every one of its stations would be step-free, at least from street to platform-level.Disabled campaigners had been furious when they found out that seven of the Crossrail stations would not be accessible to wheelchair-users, but their campaigning led to further funding from TfL and the government to ensure that every one of the 41 stations would be step-free.But Disability News Service has established this week that at least one of these stations is unlikely to be step-free by the time the new line finally opens next year, with question-marks over several others and contracts for some of the projects to install lifts still to be awarded.Transport for All, the user-led organisation that campaigns on accessible transport in London, first raised concerns last week, saying on Twitter that the news that some stations could open without being fully accessible to disabled and older people was “totally unacceptable”.Stage four of Crossrail – now renamed the Elizabeth line – which will see trains running into central London from Shenfield in Essex, is due to open in May next year.But work by Network Rail to make Ilford and Romford stations step-free still does not have a completion date, while it is seeking funding from the government’s Access to All scheme to install a lift at one of the platforms at nearby Brentwood, due to “technical challenges”.There are also question-marks over whether work being led by TfL to make Maryland, Manor Park and Seven Kings on this eastern branch step-free will be completed in time for its planned opening next spring.Stage five of the scheme, with trains running from the west into central London, is also beset with delays, with the current date for opening now not likely until December 2019.Work to make Acton Main Line, Hayes and Harlington, Southall, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway and West Drayton step-free has been delayed, with Network Rail unable to provide any completion dates for the work, although it says it is “underway”.TfL work to install lifts at Hanwell, Iver, Langley and Taplow, on the same western stretch of the line, is also not due to be completed until the end of next year.The central section of the line, with its 10 new stations and tunnels, has been delayed from next month until next autumn at the earliest, although all these new stations will be step-free from street-level to train when they eventually open.Network Rail said the delays with step-free work were largely because “design work has taken longer than envisaged to incorporate the upgrades suggested by local authorities and communities”, while “some elements of the tender review process for the main ticket hall works have taken longer than expected as we seek to ensure maximum value for money for the public purse”.A Network Rail spokesman added: “We do not yet know if there is a change to the target dates for Stage 4 (Shenfield into the central section) and Stage 5 (Reading into central section) so at this stage it is not possible to say what will be complete by the time the Elizabeth line actually opens.”A TfL spokeswoman said: “There were some issues with the design of lifts at stations in the east.“This, combined with the limited access time on stations to complete the work, has led to some delays in the delivery.“The vast majority of the work at the stations takes place during planned weekend closures throughout the year to enable staff to work safely.”She added: “The Elizabeth line will completely transform the accessibility of the transport network for passengers across London and the south east.“All 41 stations will be step-free to platform level, staffed from first to last train, with a ‘turn up and go’ service offered to anyone needing assistance.“All of the parties involved – TfL, Network Rail, Crossrail Ltd and the Department for Transport – remain 100 per cent committed to delivering these benefits.“We continue to work closely with Network Rail, who are working to deliver vital accessibility improvements at some of the stations on the above-ground parts of the route to the east and west of the central section.”Picture: One of the trains that will run on the Elizabeth line A 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…last_img read more

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Fair Trade Fashion New Mural at Fridas Closet in SF

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first_img 0% Marcos Salazar with a hand-embroidered shawl at Frida’s Closet.Vidal’s solution: work with the women — who live all over Mexico, from Chiapas to Nayarit — to purchase their clothing fair trade and then sell it elsewhere. Up until recently, she was mostly selling them online, she said. But six weeks ago, she opened up her first store: Frida’s Closet.Salazar hopes that people will see the clothing as fashionable, not just “folkloric,” he said. He also hopes that the store can become not just a shopping destination, but a pillar of the community — a place where locals can showcase their art, listen to music, and enjoy being in a Latino space.Already, Frida’s Closet has paintings by local artists on display. More notably, they’ve commissioned a mural on the side of the building: a giant painting of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter and cultural icon as well as the namesake of Frida’s Closet.Paintings lent to Frida’s Closet by local artists.The two muralists, Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong, attended San Francisco School of the Arts together and now have their own company, “Twin Walls Mural Company.” They said they were thrilled to be able to paint the Frida mural.“As a muralist, and a woman artist, she’s inspirational,” said Chu. “She’s kind of our muse.” Perez-Wong explained that they tried to put elements into the mural that represented both Mexico and San Francisco: like the Dahlia flowers, which are the national flower of Mexico, and the official city flower of San Francisco.   Also featured: a blue background matching the color of Kahlo’s Mexico city home, a monkey typical of Kahlo’s paintings, and Chu’s cat, Drew.Muralists Elaine Chu and Marina Perez Wong in front of their mural-in-progress.They’re also adding some distinctly Mission touches: like the now-endangered Mission Blue butterflies that once flourished in the Mission, and the names of local friends who have passed away over the last decade.“It brings us great joy,” said Salazar of the new mural. “It’s a gift for the people.” Sketch of the new mural.Though Frida’s Closet opened its doors six weeks ago, they are still planning a grand opening event in September – along with an unveiling of the mural, which will be finished in the next few days.As for Vidal, her wishes for Frida’s Closet are two-fold: in Mexico, she wants the artisans to feel that their work is valued. Here, she wants to create a “cultural movement,” she said, “to display Hispanic and Mexican roots.” The goal is “that we keep [our culture] alive…and that people feel totally proud of who they are, and where they are from.” Walk into Frida’s Closet on 25th Street, between Valencia and Bartlett streets, and you might as well be stepping into a tienda in Mexico. That’s where all the clothes come from, after all. They’re bought fair trade from Mexican women artisans, who make them by hand. Owner Gloria Vidal, who is Venezuelan, began a relationship with the artists — many of whom are single mothers — around four years ago, when she saw that many were not were not getting paid well for their meticulous work. “The people [in Mexico] want to haggle,” said Marcos Salazar, who works at the store. “If the women put a price, [the people always say], ‘No, cheaper!’”“She thought, ‘I have to help these people,’” said Salazar of Vidal. Tags: arts • fashion • murals • women muralists Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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New SF Mission residents first project Cleaning up trash

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first_imgJeff Winkle has a job working for a bank, but he’s getting ready to start picking up trash.When Winkle started looking for a place to live in San Francisco, one of the first things he noticed was the garbage.“I think that San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but right now, I qualify that by saying you just keep your head looking forward and up,” he says.Winkle, 24, arrived two months ago from South Carolina, and grew up near Chicago. Having dreamed of moving to San Francisco for the last eight years, he’s made it, and now works from his apartment at Valencia and 18th. Even from his window, he can see the trash floating around on the street. Winkle did some research about how cities combat litter. Finding no clear answers, he’s opted for the obvious — picking up the trash himself. This past Tuesday, he turned to Reddit and asked: Would anyone be interested in helping him clean up the Mission?Yes, some are. Dozens of people have emailed him (at thecleanmission@gmail.com) to express interest or offer tips on how to handle a cleanup operation or a truck to haul trash. That’s to say nothing of the comments and clicks on the post. So far, so good. Now Winkle is hatching the rest of his civic-minded plot. “The biggest thing so far has been logistics in general,” he said. “It sounds easy to go around and pick up trash, it sounds like an easy concept.”But it’s not. For example: If he goes out with a group of people and picks up trash, where will he put it? And, of course, not all trash is created equal. This is San Francisco, after all, and what’s blowing in the breeze may be junk or it may be recyclable or it may be compost. Or it could be a biohazard. The plan is to find a partner — either a city agency or a company, like Recology — to process the waste once collected. At the moment, it seems Public Works might be the better candidate, but nothing is set in stone, Winkle said. Next, he said, it’s time to get a website up and running to give people an easy place to start if they want to help. This is where Winkle’s plan starts to diverge from existing city programs. There exists an “adopt-a-street” program, through which citizens can volunteer to keep their block spic-and-span while the city supplies the equipment necessary to do so, but it assigns residents a small, specific area. Winkle’s thinking bigger — truckloads, not bagfuls, if you will.“I’m just thinking a little bit longer term about scalabilty,” he said. He speculated that he’d likely concentrate on the area immediately around him first, because he knows it best. Looking outside his window during a recent interview,  he spotted cigarettes, a paper plate and some spent beer containers adrift on the street.Next  — based on where people see problems –– he will hit other oft-dumped-upon spots around the neighborhood After that? Well, maybe he’ll take it citywide. 0%center_img Tags: trash Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Despite owners best efforts SFs Mission De Flores quietly shutters

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first_img 0% Mission De Flores, a flower shop whose storefront at 22nd and Folsom is usually bursting with colorful bouquets, is now empty. Its owner, Steven Rubenfaer, confirmed that the business, including its online sales, has “totally closed down,” but declined to comment further. In a recent — and very prescient — interview with the San Francisco Business Times, he talked about the death of brick-and-mortar retail: the ballooning costs of labor, space, and bureaucracy. “There’s no future in retail in San Francisco,” he said in April. “It’s a very unfriendly environment.” Yet in the interview, Rubenfaer said that the business was seeing success in online sales for deliveries, weddings and events, and he even mentioned plans to expand. “We definitely have expansion plans, but retail stores are not the answer in San Francisco,” he said. That, apparently, didn’t work out. Mission De Flores once had three locations: a small stand on Valencia Street, a shop on Mission Street in the Excelsior that took over the storefront of a longtime flower shop, and another shop on Folsom, its first store. Rubenfaer embraced the Mission District, showing up at events with floral backdrops so that potential customers could take Instagram selfies, and introducing himself to other businesses. In April, the business had 11 employees. But all of his work failed to translate into revenues. One by one, each of the locations shuttered. After the small stand closed on 22nd and Valencia by the V20 apartments, he told Mission Local, “It was horrible,” noting that the stand’s conditions only made business harder. Then the main store on Folsom Street closed sometime in May. Rubenfaer founded Mission De Flores with his business partner Ezekiel Steffens in 2013, but Steffens died a year later, and Rubenfaer had to grab the reins. Even as he opened the new locations, he found little success in an increasingly harsh retail landscape. “Retail is slowly dying in San Francisco,” he told the Business Times.Now, it all makes sense.  center_img Tags: Business • folsom street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham thought the best team won after

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first_imgKEIRON Cunningham thought the best team won after his side were downed 26-16 in Catalan.Although the Dragons were reduced to 12 men for the second half, Saints couldn’t find enough points to gain a valuable win.“We had plenty of opportunities but we were really dumb,” he said. “My halves and hookers were really dumb especially when Catalans lost a man.“We were out enthused at times. You get what you deserve in rugby league and we got what we deserved today.“The sending off – that’s a tough one for me to comment on really. I’m not sure I would be happy if it was my player but a shoulder barge is a banned tackle. There was contact with the head and Josh has split his face.“Likewise, the first try for us was a tough one too but there were plenty of things that went against me tonight that I was disappointed with.“I don’t want to get into officials as last time I came here and spoke about officials it end up costing me a lot of money. All I can say it was a very strange game.“I thought big Alex and Greg Richards did well but that was about it really. In the end Scott Dureau taught my halves how to play rugby league. He was superb.“We simply have to play better. We didn’t play well at all. What the reasons are I’m not sure; we will reflect on it and see where we go and see what decisions the players want to make going forward.”last_img read more

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No shooin replacement for Rep Millis committee meets next week

By on July 30, 2019

first_imgRepresentative Chris Millis, (R) – District 16, Pender and Onslow (Photo: NCGA) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – 16th district Representative Chris Millis will officially leave office Friday. But who succeeds him is still uncertain.Millis announced he would leave the State House to spend more time with his family.- Advertisement – Now the Republican parties in Pender and Onslow county will meet in executive committee to select a successor. We spoke with the leaders of the Pender County GOP and they do not have any shoo-in replacements for Millis.They will meet in Hampstead Tuesday the 19th to make a decision.last_img read more

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Heide Trask High School student charged after threatening note found

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first_img According to a news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, a 15-year-old student at Heide Trask High School was arrested today after a handwritten note was found. The note depicted a drawing of a school shooting.The note was turned in to school administration around 10:30 a.m. on Monday morning.The student is charged with making a false report of mass violence on education property.Related Article: Highway Patrol investigating crash involving law enforcement officer PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two teens charged in one day.Just hours after an Ashley High School student was accused of making a threat against his school, a high school student in Pender County now faces the same charge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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State approves 800 million toward Florence recovery

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first_imgRALEIGH, NC (AP/WWAY)  – North Carolina legislators are spending $400 million to speed up recovery from Hurricane Florence and setting aside another $450 million for upcoming needs, temporarily setting aside the sharp partisanship that’s typified government.Legislators on Monday approved a second emergency spending plan a month after Florence slammed into the state. Lawmakers set aside $50 million to match federal disaster relief funds during a special session last week.- Advertisement – The new package includes $95 million for repairing and upgrading public school, university and community college property damaged during Florence. About $7 million will help college and university students remain enrolled despite sudden, storm-related expenses.Senator Michael Lee’s office released this statement saying, “Today’s action comes just two weeks after a different bill I sponsored became law, ensuring school staff will be compensated properly and providing flexibility for school makeup days.”The Hurricane Florence relief package that passed Monday includes $60 million for K-12 school repairs and $30 million for public universities.Related Article: Certain Harris Teeter locations open, others stay closedLegislators committed nearly $800 million for Florence recovery, on top of the $56.5 million allocated earlier this month.The majority of funds comes from the rainy day reserve according to Sen. Lee’s office.(This article has been edited by WWAY Staff with more information)(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Maurice Mizzi resigns following racist remarks

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first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change announced that Minister José Herrera has accepted Maurice Mizzi’s resignation. Mizzi was the Chairman of the Guardian for Future Generations.Herrera thanked Mizzi for his work in the past two years and also noted his valuable feedback on various subjects related to sustainable development during his tenure.This resignation comes after a couple of weeks ago Mizzi created controversy after he passed “racist comments”. A number of NGOs had united in criticism against Mizzi comments. The organisations said that Mizzi seemed to have forgotten the responsibility that comes with the role that he has been entrusted with. They stressed that peace is an essential pint for the development of future generations.They also stated that it is not true that certain religious beliefs may create hindrance to the development of a state and added that his comments instigate hate, which should be contained not propagated. They have also asked for Mizzi’s immediate resignation or dismissal from his position as Chairman of the Guardian for Future Generations.Following this controversy, Minister Herrera had asked for an urgent meeting with Mizzi, and the Ministry had dissociated itself from Mizzi’s comments.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Listen Delia must go – Joseph Grech

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first_img SharePrint Dr Joseph Grech, President of the youth movement of the Partit Nazzjonalista (MŻPN) will today Saturday, vote in the General Council of the PN in favour of asking Adrian Delia, leader of the PN, to resign.What was Grech’s answer to these and other questions by Fr Joe Borg during Newsbook Hour broadcast on radio 103 Saturday at 9.00.a.m.Will the PN win the next election if Delia resigns the leadership of the PN?If today the majority opts for Delia will you still form part of the PN?Ivan Bartolo, one of the movers of a motion asking for Delia’s resignation said that he has no problem with Delia, adding that the problem were the other members of Delia’s team. If Delia is not the problem why are you asking for his resignation?If Delia resigns the PN faces a lot of uncertainty. Louis Galea said that he will not stay on as an interim leader. Who can take Delia’s place?Delia has a lot of support. Are you conscious that you can loose all these votes if Delia resigns?Is it fair to use a difficult family situation, edited videos and a statement presented in Court conveniently two days before this vote, to damage Delia’s reputation and his chances of winning?Do you consider the list of voters as one fairly representing those who have the right to vote?When Lawrence Gonzi the the elections for the European Parliament no one asked for his resignation. Why are you now asking for the resignation of Adrian Delia. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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