Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Jul
31

A university at the centre of allegations of discr

first_imgA university at the centre of allegations of discrimination is facing similar claims from a second disabled student.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) reported how Lesley Bayly-Bureau was kicked off her degree at the end of her first year after City University in London refused to make the adjustments needed to ensure her psychology course was accessible to her.Now a second disabled student has come forward – after reading about Bayly-Bureau’s experience – to say she faced similar treatment from the same university.Marina Bernstein (pictured), who has uncontrolled epilepsy and depression, and had already graduated with a first-class degree from Oxford University, enrolled on a one-year general diploma in law at City Law School in 2011.But her health conditions, and the five drugs she was prescribed, caused severe anxiety and chronic tiredness, and problems with her memory and concentration, as well as seizures.She worked hard and performed well in her course work, but during the year her medical conditions made studying increasingly difficult, as did her frequent doctor, hospital and psychiatrist appointments.Despite her concerns, the university refused to consider adjustments that she believes would have helped with her concentration and memory problems during her exams.She failed four of the exams in the summer of 2012, and failed some of her resits the following year.She was provided with extra time and rest breaks during the exams, and was allowed to split them between June and August.But because of the university’s failure to accommodate her concentration and memory problems, she believes she was placed at a clear disadvantage.Eventually, as she prepared for a second set of resits in 2014, she lodged a formal complaint with the university.And in May last year, City Law School agreed to refund her tuition fees of nearly £9,000.The law school insisted that it had made reasonable adjustments, but agreed to refund her fees because of misleading advice it had given her about the chances of the exam board allowing her the adjustments she needed.Despite the refund, the university made no promise to improve its procedures for other disabled students.Bernstein contrasted her experiences at City with those at Oxford University, which made reasonable adjustments so that its exams “rigorously tested my analytical capabilities without disadvantaging me in relation to my disabilities, in particular lack of concentration and memory loss”.Now working three days a week as a receptionist, and volunteering for a charity two days a week, she said that reading about Bayly-Bureau’s case had “resonated” with her.She said: “A lot of what she has suffered and a lot of what she said felt very familiar.“The sense of being pressured to deal with all this paperwork and to explain yourself constantly really resonated; that feeling that she had not been given a fair try.“Given that this happened to Lesley, and the way she experienced it was so similar to how I experienced it, it does lead me to wonder how many people have gone through the same thing and have gone through the same pressures and have felt just as isolated, and have experienced what certainly feels like discrimination.”She added: “The whole experience was really distressing and it has meant I have had to rethink my career path, and that has been difficult.“If I had been given the support I needed, I would have been able to show that I was capable of the kind of analytic work required.“The fact that I did not manage to get that qualification was down to not getting the support.“I felt that they had a very standardised set of adjustments that they offered to everybody. They didn’t offer me anything appropriate to my disability.”Tara Flood, director of the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said the two cases highlighted concerns about government plans to cut funding for disabled students’ allowance (DSA) and instead force universities to fill the gaps in support through their duties to provide reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act.Flood said: “The concept of reasonable adjustments doesn’t work in education when education providers, local authorities and SEN [special educational needs] support services are all facing swingeing cuts.“What is reasonable today, in six months or 12 months will no longer be reasonable.“Where does that leave a student on a three-year course? Having to pay for their own support or having to leave the course. Absolutely disgraceful.”She added: “ALLFIE is increasingly being contacted by students and families concerned about what the DSA changes are going to mean for them.”A spokesman for City University confirmed that Bernstein’s fees had been refunded.He said in a statement: “A review of the complaint by [City Law School] found that reasonable adjustments were made, including allowing the student to take the examinations in two sittings, with a separation of two months between sittings.“Additional break times were also given, as well as extra time for writing during the exam.“One to one support from the Disability Support Service was provided, as and when required by the student.“The main grounds of the complaint were that the student wasn’t permitted to substitute coursework marks for exam marks, nor take additional notes into the examination.“Both these requests were deemed at the time not to be permissible under the regulatory Joint Academic Stage Board requirements.“However, [City Law School] refunded the tuition fees in recognition that the request to take notes into the examination wasn’t fully addressed and that the advice given to the student was potentially confusing.“Disability support at City University London works with students with physical or sensory disabilities and long-term medical conditions to support and enhance their learning.“Processes are routinely reviewed as part of City’s ongoing commitment to improving the student experience.”last_img read more

Jul
31

Projects that will research how to help people wit

first_imgProjects that will research how to help people with chronic illness speak out, tackle violence against disabled women, and judge the success of peer support initiatives are among 10 user-led schemes that have been awarded £400,000 in funding.The 10 research projects – across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – have received between £35,000 and £40,000 each to explore new ways to remove the barriers to independent living faced by disabled people.The schemes are the first part of the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a £5 million research scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and delivered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Action (in Northern Ireland), Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales.DRILL, which has so far received more than 200 applications for funding, is believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people, and should eventually fund about 40 pieces of research and pilot projects.Disabled campaigner Catherine Hale, a member of the Spartacus online network, is lead researcher on one of the projects, which aims to empower people with chronic illness to “develop a collective voice with which to challenge their exclusion”.The project will be managed by the Centre for Welfare Reform (CWR) and will learn from the work of existing online networks of sick and disabled people, such as The Broken of Britain and Spartacus.Hale, a CWR fellow, said: “There is a vibrant chronic illness community online, as you can see if you search #spoonie. This project is about channelling it into a movement for social change.“To do this we need to grow our awareness of the social and political dimensions of our exclusion; to strengthen links with the disability rights movement and to develop a collective voice on the government policies that affect our lives.”In Scotland, one DRILL project will aim to understand what stops people with mental health problems engaging in civic and public life. Another Scottish project will explore how more people with learning difficulties can be supported to make decisions.In Wales, research will examine the barriers young disabled people face in forming friendships, and what contributes to their social isolation.Another Welsh project, to be co-produced with All Wales People First, will develop an easy-to-use way for people with learning difficulties to evaluate the success of their self-advocacy projects, making it easier to attract future funding.Joe Powell, national director of All Wales People First, said: “Self-advocacy helps people to be active in their social circle and be better citizens.“Our project will enable people with disabilities to have a louder voice in saying what works for them in projects that aim to improve their self-advocacy skills.“Improving these projects will mean more and better self-advocates who can take control of their own lives and influence society to have positive images of disabled people.”One of the English DRILL projects will work with people with sight loss and older people to make it easier for galleries and museums to respond to “impromptu” visits from blind and partially-sighted people.Humare Avaaz (Our Voice) will explore the barriers faced by disabled Asian women, and some of the success stories where those barriers have been overcome, in co-production with the Asian People’s Disability Alliance, and other organisations.Inclusion London and Barnett Voice for Mental Health are among organisations that have secured £40,000 DRILL funding to examine what makes peer support employment projects successful.Another project that has won funding will look at how to tackle violence and abuse experienced by disabled women across England and Wales, including how services can work together to create safer and more inclusive communities for disabled women.Finally, Dementia NI will work with two Irish universities to evaluate how the organisation – set up by five people from Northern Ireland with a diagnosis of dementia – has helped to empower people with that condition.Another £600,000 of awards will be announced by DRILL next spring.In a blog, Liz Sayce, chief executive of DR UK, said: “The common thread to all these projects is that they are being driven by disabled people, for disabled people; these are core criteria when it comes to getting funding from the DRILL programme. “We hope this will lead to new insights and ways of looking at things which will help develop new solutions to the barriers disabled people face.“But we also hope disabled people’s organisations will develop new partnerships and insights into building evidence; and researchers will learn more about how to work in genuine co-production with disabled people.” Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said her organisation was “excited” about the impact the two Welsh research projects would have in “tackling the isolation of young disabled adults and encouraging people with learning difficulties to stand up for what they need.“Moreover it will help create a much-needed research community among disabled people in Wales which is so vital to identifying solutions that make achieving independent living a reality.”Professor Tom Shakespeare, the disabled academic who chairs the DRILL central research committee, which approved the grants, said: “We sometimes find the questions posed by disabled people are different from those posed by non-disabled academics, and so this research has the potential to answer questions of most concern to disabled people.“The programme will involve sharing knowledge, research and skills through genuine co-production between disabled people and academics and should leave a legacy of greater skills for all involved.”Picture: Four of the founders of Dementia NIlast_img read more

Jul
31

ST HELENS have announced that Kyle Eastmond will n

first_imgST HELENS have announced that Kyle Eastmond will not be renewing his contract with the Club at the end of the season.He will be joining Bath Rugby Union.Eastmond stated: “St Helens have been fantastic with me since I joined them 10 years ago and I am deeply indebted to them for their amazing support.“I intend to give everything to the Club, its supporters and my fellow players in my final season.”Royce Simmons talks about Kyle in a Radio Merseyside Podcast which can be found in the Fanzone.last_img read more

Jul
31

Ben BarbaHas started the season off on fire The f

first_imgBen BarbaHas started the season off on fire. The fullback has scored two tries, laid on another five more and gone for 257 metres. He’s also busted 18 tackles – two more than Ryan Hall.James RobyContinues to be a machine. Against Catalans the hooker made 61 tackles to add to the 40 he notched up at home to Castleford. He has already made more dummy runs than anyone else in the comp at 17.Danny RichardsonIs deadly with the boot. Seven from eight v Castleford and four from five v Catalans have him top of the goal scoring charts with 11.Luke ThompsonIsn’t hanging about. The prop is already averaging 149 metres a game and that is from around 20 carries per match.Adam SwiftWelcome back! The winger travelled 114 metres in Perpignan and scored a cracker of a try. His performance certainly gives Justin Holbrook a welcome selection headache in the next few weeks.Tickets for several of Saints forthcoming fixtures are now on sale including our Good Friday clash with Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Click here to buy or call into the Ticket Office.last_img read more

Jul
30

Shallotte man accused of breaking into cars in Onslow County

first_imgWilliam Ross Stout Jr (Photo: Onslow Co. Sheriff’s Office) An investigation led to William Ross Stout Jr.The Craven County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stout on unrelated cases. When Onslow County Sheriff’s detectives met with Craven County Sheriff’s detectives, Stout was positively identified as the suspect in the Rock Creek break-ins.Stout, 37-years-old of Redwood Street, Shallotte, was arrested March 5 by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.Related Article: Shooting victim’s father talks activism, community effort to prevent violenceHe is charged with:(9) Counts Vehicle Breaking & Entering(7) Counts Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering(2) Counts Felony ConspiracyHe was given a $72,000 secured bond by the magistrate.“Larcenies from unlock and unattended vehicles are preventable crimes. You should always lock your car, hide your valuable belongings and take your keys when you leave your vehicle,” said Sheriff Hans Miller. “Even in your own driveway. Thieves will look for easy targets and vehicles that are left unlock provide such a target.”If you have any information, contact the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 455-3113 or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says a Shallotte man is now behind bars, accused of breaking into numerous cars in the Rock Creek subdivision in Jacksonville.The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Patrol responded to the break-ins on December 18 and again in January.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jul
30

HISTORIC HOME TOUR Charles O McNair House

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Charles O. McNair house was originally built in 1915 for Charles O. McNair, a wholesale grocer.The house was also home to two African American physicians. It also served as two different black funeral homes, the Robert H. Scott funeral home and the Smith Family Funeral Home.- Advertisement – The current owners, Harry and Nancy Smith, were not related to the previous owners.It took the Smith’s three years to renovate their home. The couple even built a makeshift museum upstairs with the tools the previous owners left behind.The home is not your typical historic house in Downtown Wilmington, but Nancy said it is one you do not want to miss out on.Related Article: Couples say ‘I do’ for free on Valentine’s Day“It’s just like a really great feeling. You know, you would think that, you know, a funeral home everyone asks ‘Oh, do you have any bad spirits in there?’ And it’s completely the opposite. It’s just like a good vibe and we’re very happy here,” Nancy said.Besides the old funeral home’s tools, Nancy said her favorite part of the house is an 18-foot painting their friend designed for them in their dining room.The Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Azalea Festival Home Tour runs Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Jul
30

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher evacuated due to smoke

first_imgThe aquarium said the smoke came from an air compressor that had a mechanical failure.http://AQ reopened at 1:30 p.m. Monday after evacuation for smoke. No fire detected by Kure Beach and Carolina Beach Fire Departments. Smoke source determined to be from air compressor mechanical failure. Scene cleared at 1:15 p.m. No injuries to guests, staff or animals reported.— NC Aquarium at FF (@NCAquariumFF) May 28, 2018Related Article: Fire department warns of hidden dangers when charging golf cartsThe fire department cleared the scene at 1:15 p.m. The Aquarium reopened to guests at 1:30 p.m.No injuries were reported.The aquarium said they will continue to investigate the ventilation system and assess any additional issue. Visitors stand outside as fire crews respond to a fire alarm at NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Monday, May 28, 2018 (Photo: Joel Sanders) Visitors stand outside as fire crews respond to a fire alarm at NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Monday, May 28, 2018 (Photo: Joel Sanders) Fire crews respond to a fire alarm at NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Monday, May 28, 2018 (Photo: Joel Sanders) Kure Beach and Carolina Beach Fire Departments responded and did not detect a fire.center_img 1 of 4 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 FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher was evacuated for about 45 minutes on Memorial Day while crews responded to a fire alarm.According to a news release, smoke was in a behind-the-scenes area of the marine building at around 12:45 p.m.- Advertisement – Guests evacuate the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Monday, May 28, 2018 (Photo: Joel Sanders)last_img read more

Jul
30

Three injured in Wilmington shooting

first_img Police officers later stopped a vehicle on Princess Place Drive and found two of the gunshot wound victims. Both men were transported by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.A third victim drove himself to the hospital, police said.Police are continuing their investigation into what occurred. If you have any information about this incident, contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or use Text A Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three people ended up at the hospital after they were injured during an early morning shooting in Wilmington.According to a statement from the Wilmington Police Department, Shotspotter notifications came in around 2:30 a.m. regarding shots fired in the 700 to 800 blocks of N. 30th Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jul
30

Helping kids move forward while running backwards

first_img “That is what, this is all about. It might be great for me to finish, but the truth is , its really about the kids. I am so excited to have them run with me across the finish line,”said McCullen.Tracy has been training now for months, all for this weekends marathon. He has now run over 200 miles backwards in his preparation for the event and will joined by hundreds of other racers on Saturday in their trek around the Cape Fear.“Tracy out there running for the Community Boys & Girls Club and then doing something exceptional that not many people have done, just elevates the experience for us all,”said marathon race director Tom Clifford.Related Article: Teachers and students rally for school choiceTracy McCullen at 60 years old,will be one of the oldest runners to ever try and accomplish this feat. When he finishes the race on Saturday, he will have something to be very proud of. He knows there will be a since of pride, but what he cares most about is the organization he’s doing it for.“I want to continue doing everything I can to help them have a better facility and a better environment. So, they can be off the street and in the club,doing some really cool things,”said McCullen.If you would like to donate to Tracy’s run,you can find that information here.The marathon will get underway at around 6:40 a.m. on Saturday from Seawater Lane in Wrightsville Beach. The runners will hit the finish on the campus of UNCW on Price Drive. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–Running a marathon is not easy, no matter how you look at it. Wilmington citizen Tracy McCullen will make that daunting task even more difficult on Saturday morning during the Wrightsville Beach marathon.McCullen will run the 26.2 mile race this weekend, but not in the conventional way. A few months ago he made the decision to run the marathon backwards, to help raise money for the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington. The goal he made for himself was $100,000.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jul
30

Malta by Numbers Age wealth traffic and more by the NSO

first_img SharePrint <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 National Statistics Office (NSO) issued the Regional statistics for Malta and Gozo. In the myriad of numbers, one finds a picture of a population that is quite affluent but which has a substantial portion of its population at risk of poverty. It is verging on a middle-aged population with the group which is decreasing most swiftly being that between 10-19 years of age. The household sizes are small and 3 out of every 4 workers work in the private sector in Malta, while half work in the private sector in Gozo.Salaries also speak volumes. €18 000 was the estimated average gross annual basic salary for employees with men peaking at an average of €19, 600 in the Northern district while women peaked at a significantly lower €16, 200 in the western district. Two out of every 5 unemployed were aged over 50 years and a third of the unemployed come from the Northern district.Gozo has the largest number of cars per licence holder while the north of Malta has the lowest: 700 cars per 1000 residents. Most cars have an age of 14 years and Birkirkara topped the list for highest number of traffic accidents. Traffic wardens were busiest in the North Harbour region with St Paul’s Bay being the locality with the highest number of contraventions issued. The Speed camera in Attard was the busiest with over 13,200 flashes to its name.The Gozo ferries saw a 7% increase in use in 2018 when compared to 2017 and Ċirkewwa was busiest on Friday and Saturday, whereas highest numbers from Mġarr were recorded on Sunday and Saturday. In 2017, 342 cruise liner called in Malta with a total of 670 135 cruise passengers, the latter increasing by 7.0 per cent over 2016. In comparison, only 23 cruise liners called in Gozo and Comino region with a total of 14 503 passengers. Almost 41,000 spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner.WhatsApplast_img read more