Disabled campaigners are furious that an organisation that fights discrimination in football has given a prestigious equality award to one of the world’s richest football clubs, Chelsea, despite its continuing refusal to provide enough seats for wheelchair-users.It is the second time the organisation Kick It Out has awarded its Advanced Equality Standard to a Premier League club that fails to meet recommended levels of wheelchair spaces.Chelsea Football Club only has 127 spaces for wheelchair-users at its Stamford Bridge ground, out of a capacity of about 42,000, far below the recommended level of 214 wheelchair-accessible spaces.The club is owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and is the seventh richest in the world, with an estimated revenue of 388 million euros in 2013-14. But despite the club’s record on accessible spaces, on 3 May Kick It Out (KIO) awarded Chelsea its Advanced Equality Standard, the highest of three levels of an award that recognises all protected equality characteristics, and “seeks to encourage professional clubs to be inclusive across all areas of its business”.KIO originally withheld the award because of the club’s failure to meet requirements on disability access, but reconsidered when the club agreed to provide 27 additional wheelchair spaces, taking the total to 127.Joyce Cook (pictured), chair of the user-led Level Playing Field, which represents disabled sports fans, said her organisation was “deeply disappointed” by the Chelsea award.She said: “When considering an advanced award in any walk of life, surely it is not unreasonable to expect the recipient to meet best practice standards.”She said LPF first discussed its concerns about the award scheme with KIO in 2012, after it awarded the Advanced Equality Standard to Aston Villa, even though the Premier League club had also performed poorly on disability access.She said: “We requested the meeting following complaints from disabled fans who had been outraged by KIO’s decision.“We were reassured at the time that greater consideration and consultation with LPF and other accessibility experts would be taken by KIO going forward to ensure that access and inclusion for disabled fans would be a core part of their decision process and to ensure that we could each offer the best support to clubs in putting things right.”But despite this agreement, the first LPF knew about last week’s award to Chelsea was when reading the news on KIO’s website.Cook said: “We are now seeking urgent talks with Kick it Out and wish to reassure disabled fans that have contacted us about this latest award that we will be putting forward their serious concerns very clearly in our ongoing discussions.“An equality standard must surely consider all aspects of the Equality Act and those protected by it if it is to be credible, valued and recognised by the communities it serves.“For disabled people and football clubs, that has to include match-day accessibility and true inclusion for disabled fans. Clearly that just isn’t the case at the moment.”In February, the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, Lord [Chris] Holmes, said that Premier League football clubs would be guilty of a “scandalous” failure if they did not use some of a multi-billion pound TV rights windfall to improve access at their grounds.The Conservative peer spoke out in the wake of the announcement that the Premier League had secured more than £5.1 billion from the sale of live UK television rights for the three seasons from 2016-17 to 2018-19.A Kick It Out spokesman said in a statement: “The club has acknowledged the figure remains below the recommended capacity of 214 for wheelchair spaces in new-build stadiums outlined in the [Football Licensing Authority’s] Accessible Stadia Guide.“The age and layout of Stamford Bridge, as is the same for many other clubs, is prohibitive in the number and variety of disabled spaces that can be provided, but provision is under constant review.”He said that KIO decided to grant the award to Chelsea following a process that included two access audits, consultations with disabled supporters, an increase in the total number of wheelchair spaces to 127, and “an ongoing commitment to improve accessibility”.He said the decision was taken “on the basis of the demonstrable evidence that Chelsea FC were aware of the deficiencies, were taking the matter with the seriousness warranted, and were actively pursuing access improvements and taking action to provide reasonable adjustments”.He added: “A meeting between Kick It Out and Level Playing Field is currently being arranged between the chairs of the two parties to resolve any outstanding concerns.“Kick It Out will continue to work collaboratively with both Chelsea FC and Level Playing Field to address deficiencies where possible and to provide guidance and support.”A Chelsea spokesman said in a statement that the club was “delighted” with the award, which “serves as inspiration to continue and develop the wide range of equality programmes and initiatives the club undertakes”.He said: “We are aware of the limited facilities for disabled fans at Stamford Bridge.“Like many clubs with older grounds we are hampered by the age and layout of the stadium.“We keep our disabled facilities at Stamford Bridge under continual review to see what improvements can be made and it is an issue we take extremely seriously.”He admitted that work on the new North Stand started in 1993, on the Shed End in 1994, and on the first tier of the West Stand in 1997.He added: “Stamford Bridge has not been completely renovated at any one time. The stands have all been re-built one by one and all conformed to the relevant legislation at that time.”But when asked what the club’s excuse was for not introducing more accessible spaces, when three-quarters of the ground had been rebuilt over the last 22 years, while its revenue was about 400 million euros a year, he refused to comment further.
While the SFPD tries to solve the gang problem that they believe has led to recent shootings in Dolores Park, two other turf tussles have park-goers worked up: the relocation of both trash cans and the homeless.On Sunday, Love Dolores, a campaign sponsored by the Recreation and Park department and two separate volunteer groups, joined to host “A Day Without Glass in Dolores Park.” The groups set up a table at the east entrance of the park, handed out recyclable drinking pouches, and encouraged people to exchange their glass for plastic.Hans Kolbe plays the cello to invite park-goers at the east entrance of the park. Photo by JoeBill Muñoz“At minimum, we want people to pack their trash. But if they also don’t bring glass in the first place, that’s really a win for us,” said Madison Sink, 25, an outreach coordinator at Rec and Park. Sink also wants picnickers to know the danger glass poses to the park community (barefoot walkers, children, and dogs) and the harm it has on the ecological footprint. Dolores Park follows “Leave No Trace” principles, which means park-goers are encouraged to take out the trash from the feasts they bring with them. As a result, trash cans were moved outside of the center of the park in 2015 and pushed to the park’s borders. Hans Kolbe, a member of the Dolores Park Ambassadors, believes people should pick up their trash. But he also wants trash cans back in the park.“We can wear a helmet and drive careful,” Kolbe said.“There should be a few more in the middle,” Gloria Archuleta, a fellow park ambassador added. “People are inherently lazy.”While the focus of Sunday was spent on beautifying the park, there have also been recent safety concerns regarding gang violence.Because of an Aug. 3 shooting at the park that left three injured and an Oct. 5 robbery, the city invested $250,000 in security cameras last month. The SFPD had a permanent presence in the park until recently, when they relocated their patrol officers.“They said it was not a priority,” Kolbe said. Kolbe says he wants to reach out to the other daily park visitors, the dog owners like himself and the parents with children at the nearby elementary school, to look out for each other and the park.Besides crime, also troubling Kolbe was a group of Spanish-only speaking men hanging out on the sidewalk near the trash cans – some whom identified as being homeless. Kolbe asked me if I spoke Spanish and if I would help him to communicate with the homeless men. He approached them and said they shouldn’t be hanging out on the sidewalk and they were playing music too loudly at night, which was upsetting the park’s neighbors.Carlos Aguilar, one of the homeless men and a native Spanish speaker, was familiar with Kolbe – they embraced each other with the familiarity of old friends even though they barely understood one another. But Aguilar said he doesn’t play his music anymore – a Park Ranger took his speakers after one of Kolbe’s friends called the police on them.While Kolbe was concerned about the volume of their music, Aguilar was concerned about Kolbe’s friend.Aguilar said a man named Patrick, who lives on the third story of a house overlooking the park’s sidewalk and is involved in Kolbe’s organization, takes pictures and recordings of Aguilar and his friends while they’re hanging out. Mardoqueo, one of Aguilar’s friends, said Patrick follows the men and tries to get them arrested.Santos Zaldivar (left), Carlos Aguilar (middle), and Mardoqueo (right) are three homeless men who have frequented Dolores Park for at least a decade. Photo by Joe Bill Munoz“One day he called the ranger on us because we were listening to music,” Mardoqueo said. “The ranger said we couldn’t be listening to music here. I said ‘ok, no problem.’ We stopped the speaker, and afterwards he [Patrick] just sat there. What did he do? He followed us until 19th and Mission taking pictures of us!”When asked if they thought about reporting the man for following them, Aguilar said, “We would have, but the police believe him more, except right now because he’s made so many phone calls to the police about us doing these little things, now they’ve told him, ‘Calm down, leave those people alone’ because he’s doing it with malintent.” The police response to this incident could not be confirmed. When Patrick showed up at the Dolores Park event Sunday, I asked if he was following the men, but he refused to talk. He said he was “tired of talking about it,” and quickly left the park.“Patrick is just rattled … he’s rattled and he doesn’t know what to do.” Kolbe said.“He says it’s his park, but this park is for everyone,” Aguilar said.Kolbe said many of the homeless men leave feces on the sidewalk, which upsets the park’s neighbors. But Aguilar and his friends said they aren’t the ones doing that. Aguilar said he and he friends are homeless and like to drink, but they don’t do drugs or defecate on the sidewalk.Kolbe, when asked if he at least saw both sides of the debate between Patrick and the homeless, said he failed to see two sides to people playing loud music after 10:30 p.m. “I mean you’re homeless already, you’re a target enough,” he said. While Kolbe’s relationship with the homeless men is friendly, he too can become frustrated with them. When a park ranger showed up, Kolbe tried to organize a special area so they could be moved off of the sidewalk. He acknowledged that his organization needed to do a better job of communicating with the homeless residents, but he was upset when he discovered that most of them didn’t have a cell phone or email address.“You’re all adults, come on!” Kolbe said.“Don’t talk too loud because they’re going to send you back to Guatemala, too!” one of the men joked back to Kolbe.“What if he really wants to send me to Guatemala. What do I do?” asked Aguilar.“Pack your bags!” joked one of the men.The park ranger, Kolbe, and the group of men eventually decided that the friends could move up the hill to a spot near a row of benches, away from the sidewalk. But the park ranger later said that people complained when the homeless men sleep on benches.Aguillar says that the entire 25 years he’s lived in the United States have been spent in the Mission, around and inside Dolores Park. Mardoqueo has been in the park for 15 years. Santos Zaldivar, 12 years. They say throughout the years they’ve been pushed to all the different areas of the park, and they don’t mind the spot near the benches. They like the shade cast by the tall palm trees. It goes good with a can – not a bottle – of Budweiser.“I’m not new here, the problems are new here, but I don’t why these problems started, I don’t know, it wasn’t always like this, I knew this park before,” Aguilar said.“The problems started when he [Patrick] moved here.” Mardoqueo said.“The problems are up the hill with the teenagers,” Zaldivar said.“Those who did the shooting is another problem, I don’t know them. The police accused me of being in the MS-13, but I said I wasn’t MS-13,” said Aguilar, who said he was arrested after the recent shooting. “I don’t own a gun,” he joked.“[Pointing at his feet] right now I have my work boots on because I’m coming home from work, right now I’m just relaxing with these guys, to laugh, listen to music, ”Mardoqueo said.“Even some of the young girls come and dance with us,” Zaldivar said. The men shared a laugh.“I work in construction, I come here to relax a little bit,” Cruz said. “All these people come here to relax a little bit.”As Aguilar said earlier, “We’re not looking for any fight here.” 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address San Francycle, a bicycle apparel shop, opened last weekend on Valencia Street, leaving the Tenderloin when business slowed after October 2016 when Twitter laid off some 350 employees — 9 percent of its total workforce.“The firings just killed us,” said Tommy Pham, the 40-year-old owner of San Francycle. With a loan from the Mission Economic Development Agency, as well as sales from a storefront at the San Francisco International Airport that he recently closed, he was able to afford moving onto Valencia Street – which, while friendly to bikers, is less friendly to small retailers. San Francycle gives Valencia Street, considered by some to be the Mission’s designated biking corridor, four stores geared toward cyclists. There are at least another five in the Mission. Mission Bicycle has been on Valencia for the better part of a decade, and Valencia Cyclery has sold bikes on the corridor for more than 30 years. But by end of the month, VanMoof — a bicycle maker with seven other worldwide locations — will open on Valencia, joining San Francycle. Pham is welcoming the new climate. “We always wanted to be on Valencia, because that’s where a lot of cyclists are,” he said. San Francycle offers mostly biking-themed shirts and bags, but is also looking into selling some bikes as well. However, Pham promises to carry no bicycle brands the other stores are offering, he said. “So we’re not gonna step on anyone’s toes.” Valencia is, indeed, a sort of cyclists’ paradise. In addition to wide bike lanes and flat terrain, the city recently installed flex posts in certain parts of the street to deter Ubers and Lyfts from squatting in the bike lane. And Lyft recently began preventing pickups and drop-offs on the corridor. At one time, Pham, however, felt positive about his location on Larkin Street in the Tenderloin, where he opened his first storefront in 2014 — the year Twitter moved into the mid-Market area. “We were seeing all this potential,” he said of the business activity on Larkin after Twitter opened. He said the area got cleaned up and felt “nicer and safer” with new business activity on the neighborhood. But in addition to the layoffs, tech workers also began to move into new developments in SoMa and Mission Bay. Soon, the foot traffic dwindled. “People who could afford to leave left,” he said. Tags: bikes • valencia Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
FOR all those Saints fans that went to Langtree Park before travelling to Warrington for the main course, this was about as good ‘an hors d’oeuvre’ as you could get, writes Graham Henthorne.Ten tries, five in each half, all converted by the 100% boot of Lee Gaskell and a doughnut posted by the opposition.But prior to kick off the Saints dressing room was far from a sea of calm as both Adam Swift and Nathan Ashe were forced to pull out during the warm up forcing Coach Ian Talbot into a five man reshuffle of the team and allowing winger Ben Parry to make his debut at this level.However, you wouldn’t have known as the Saints turned in their most clinical performance of the season.It was the debutant who scored the opening try sliding over in the corner after quick hands from Gaskell and Mark Percival.Joe Greenwood had been held over the line for the first try and it was the big second row who set up the second. The visitors had knocked on at the half way mark, Greenwood picked up strode 30 metres then saw Gaskell’s pinpoint grubber pounced on by Percival over the line.The Wildcats had been managing to hold the Saints up to this point but the reintroduction of Jordan Hand further bolstered the pack and the Saints steamrollered the Wildcats into submission scoring three times in the final 10 minutes.Danny Jones profited from his own great inside ball to Gaskell by charging onto Danny Yates’ pass.Then four penalties on the run from an increasingly beleaguered Wakefield side saw Hand wriggle his way over for the first of his brace.Greenwood had the last say of the half on the whistle as he took Yates’ inside pass to walk in untouched for the Saints fifth.Coach Talbot reminded his charges of earlier indiscretions from this position during the break but they weren’t about to let things slip this time.Hand scored his second rolling over after Greenwood and Marcus Baines had created space.James Tilley picked up a loose ball but was caught after a 60 metre gallop. The try was lost but the writing was on the wall for the visitors.Their discipline continued to slide and the Saints continued to profit.Jordan Case scored his first as he stretched out at the posts then straight from the kick off Percival caught the short restart superbly, went 30 metres before feeding it inside to Gaskell who strode away to the sticks.Ant Walker capped yet another superb display leading from the front with a try reaching down seemingly from too high in the air to score.The only blemish of a wonderful second half display came as Greg Wilde somehow knocked on over the line but the 60 was reached as Gaskell put Case through for his second.This was the Saints’ best display of the season in both attack and defence by far. No-one shirked the work and everyone supported their teammate in attack.Walker, late call-up Adam Hesketh, Tilley and Case laid the platform for Gaskell to again give a virtuoso performance but just edging Man of the Match today was the human wrecking ball himself Jordan Hand who showed the kind of commitment and effort needed to lift the trophy.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Ben Parry, Mark Percival, Lee Gaskell, Jordan Hand 2, Anthony Walker, Joe Greenwood, Danny Jones, Jordan Case 2.Goals: Lee Gaskell 10.Wakefield Wildcats:Tries:Goals:Half Time: 30-0 Full Time: 60-0Teams:Saints:2. Lewis Charnock; 6. Ben Parry, 3. Mark Percival, 16. Alex Trumper, 5. Greg Wilde; 1. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. James Tilley, 17. Jordan Case, 18. Adam Hesketh.Wakefield:1. Jordan Grayston; 2. Sam Parkin, 3. Liam Kay, 4. Josh Hardcastle, 5. Sam Fletcher; 6. Isaac John, 7. Matty Wildie; 8. Tom Lillycrop, 14. Danny Ansell, 10. Adam Gledhill, 11. Dec Storey, 12. Andy Tate, 13. Adam Slater. Subs: 9. Ryan Wright, 15. Jake Joynt, 16. James Healy, 17. Ben Shulver.
Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington will operate on a half-day schedule. South Brunswick Charter School in Southport will release at 11:30 a.m.RBA says there are three reasons why they decided to close at 11:30 a.m./12:30 p.m. on Monday:Safety. It is recommended each child be under close parental supervision while viewing the eclipse, either with certified eye protection or other practices that do not involve direct eye exposure to the sun. Our top priority is to make sure our students avoid the potential for permanent eye damage during the event.Dismissal Conflict. The eclipse will reach its peak during the usual time for dismissal. Even a partial eclipse creates a potentially dangerous situation for students, who might intentionally or inadvertently try to view the event without the proper eye safety precautions.Traffic. The City of Wilmington has put out a severe traffic warning for that day. Since the majority of the more than 2200 students at the four RBA charter schools are transported by their parents or guardians, there is concern that they might encounter drivers who are paying attention to the eclipse instead of other motorists and pedestrians. Therefore, in the interests of safety, we want to help parents and their children get off the roads before this special event.AlphaBEST daycare services on campuses will not be offered after noon on Monday.Related Article: North Carolina charter school to allow belted shorts, pants 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1502927786-16d95a3c4e0ccc5fd30549dbc35dc50e1cf4f330_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 LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The charter schools managed by the Roger Bacon Academy will dismiss early on Monday.RBA says they made the decision out of concern for the safety of children and their parents.- Advertisement –
00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1508469556-f8376a9bf6292741a8d485f42aeb0f5930d1371a_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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We have an update on a story we have been following. In honor of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s 30th anniversary they are building a family a house in only 30 hours, and the clock is ticking.Crews began working this morning at 7 a.m. and since then they have done a lot of work.- Advertisement – So far the house has a roof and the foundation is there so in case it rained , no water would get inside. Shingles are being placed on the roof, the siding is going up, and the plumbing, electrical, heating, and air was all finished by 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.A building inspector stopped by to look over the work. The home is expected to be finished by Friday at 1 p.m.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Street safe is a program designed to reach out and teach inexperienced drivers.This program gave those attending a chance to learn new driving lessons with a hands-on approach.- Advertisement – There was a classroom portion, along with a chance to get behind the wheel of a car to show different examples of road dangers.Students did different challenge courses with an instructor to see what it would be like to be distracted or lose control of a car.One of the students said he was glad he went because it opened his eyes to the possible dangers behind the wheel.“I think this should be involved in drivers ed now because they teach you a lot more things. I just found out they don’t even teach parallel parking here, which is insane especially if you live in Wilmington. Downtown you got to parallel park, so I think this should be a part of drivers ed for all high school students learning,” student Anthony Gomez said.This program is statewide and is ran by police, fireman and first responders.
“Manufacturing jobs, excellent jobs, excellent pay, great company known for its good retention of employees and good benefits,” said Scott Satterfield, the CEO of Wilmington Business Development.But any economic benefits have to be weighed against possible environmental impacts.Formaldehyde emissions are a by-product of the company’s operations.Related Article: Wife of Rep. Deb Butler dies unexpectedlyState representative Deb Butler, former Wilmington mayor Harper Peterson, and others spoke out at Monday’s commission meeting.“Where it’s located and the dramatic increase in the emissions of formaldehyde with their new permit raises questions. None of these questions have been raised, introduced to staff or the commissioners,” Peterson said.The EPA says exposure to the chemical can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.“We’re in a new age, this is a new landscape. This isn’t 1990, or ’80, or ’70, okay, this is 2018. Environmental questions are at the top of the list,” Peterson said.Satterfield says he hopes that the commissioners can get the answers they need and keep the ball rolling on National Gypsum’s return.“They operated here for a long time and clearly, they have permits in place to continue to operate. We’ll see where it goes from here,” Satterfield said.Commissioners will discuss the subject again within 30 days.Wilmington City Council is also considering an incentive grant, which will be discussed during a public hearing on Tuesday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dormant for nine years, the National Gypsum plant on Sunnyvale Drive could soon come alive.New Hanover County commissioners are considering a $350,000 incentive package to bring the company back to Wilmington. If this happens, it would create 51 new jobs with an average salary of $57,000.- Advertisement –
Anthony Baker, Timothy Brock, Pedro Sanchez, Willie West, Eddie Wright, Christopher Mason, William Carter, James Johnson and Kristofer Kolar face a slew of drug charges ranging from manufacturing and selling marijuana and trafficking opium or heroin.The sheriff’s office says all nine of the alleged drug dealers worked at Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel.Anthony Baker – $15,000 bondTimothy Brock – $50,000 bondPedro Sanchez – $50,000 bondWillie West – $20,000 bondEddie Wright – $600,000 bondChristopher Mason $60,000 bondWilliam Carter – $102,500 bondJames Johnson – $100,000 bondKristofer Kolar – $150,000 bond Eddie Wright, James Johnson, Christopher Mason, Anthony Baker Jr., Kristofer Kolar, Pedro Sanchez, William Carter, Timothy Brock, and Willie West. (Photo: CCSO) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has arrested nine men in the town of Tar Heel on a variety of drug charges following a three-month undercover investigation.The drug round-up happened Tuesday and involved the sheriff’s office and multiple other agencies.- Advertisement –
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In just a few weeks, you can shop goods and services all created by kids at the Building Brunsco Kids Expo.The kids expo is a 3-hour pop-up shop event on Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Calabash. Kids ages 7 to 18 can set up a booth and sell a product or service.- Advertisement – The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce created this event as a way to provide an opportunity for the next generation of entrepreneurs to share their passions and talents.The kids must run their booths completely on their own without adult assistance. They will make change, handle customer service, sales and answer questions about their business. This allows kids to develop necessary skills needed throughout their personal and professional lives.Leading up to the event, free workshops are offered for the kids to help with booth exhibit set-up, confidence and de-stressing techniques.Related Article: Young entrepreneur business expo hosted by kidsRobin Beliveau from Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and Avery Babson from Busy Bees stopped by Good Morning Carolina to talk about the expo and why it’s important for kids to get involved.Registration is still open for a kid entrepreneur to enter the expo. Kids can apply online. Applications are accepted until Sunday, August 19. To apply or find out more information, click here.