A young disabled woman has been unable to leave a

first_imgA young disabled woman has been unable to leave a residential home for nearly three weeks because its managers are trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and for her attempts to enjoy a proper social life.Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured), who has spinal muscular atrophy, says she has been “fighting non-stop” for seven years to secure a proper care package that will keep her safe, and allow her to live in her own home, manage her own support, and enjoy the typical social life of a young woman in her 20s.Instead, she has had to move from one inappropriate care home and supported living setting to another since she turned 21.  Her current care home has raised objections to her organising birthday parties, and occasionally inviting friends over for late-night drinks.It has also objected to the 28-year-old’s demands that she be supported by female staff who are properly trained to assist with her personal care needs.Because she has nowhere else to go, and fears moving to another care home that she believes is unsafe for her – which her council insists is suitable – Kaur is refusing to leave the building.Managers at the home say they will change the security code on the entrance if she leaves the building, and have already tried twice – unsuccessfully – to persuade the police to evict her.The care home’s threat – and her lack of a support package – means she is unable to attend the funeral of her cousin, who died last week in Wales.She has also now been told that staff will only provide her with reheated frozen food – which puts her health at risk – until she leaves.Kaur says the forced move to a second care home would put her social life, her job – and her life – at risk.She is being supported by the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida and two of its co-founders, Michelle Daley and Eleanor Lisney.They say her “shocking” story “raises serious questions about not just the quality and services of many care homes across the country – particularly for people who are scared to speak out about their conditions – but about how their customers are respected and valued”.All she wants, she says, is to live in her own home with her own tenancy, with a package of direct payments that reflects her significant support needs and allows her to employ and manage her own well-trained support staff.But she is now being forced to move to yet another care home, one she believes is so inaccessible that it puts her safety at risk, and even though its managers have said they do not believe they can meet her high support needs.In a complaint she has lodged with Newham council, she says: “As an Asian disabled woman, being forced to live in a care home or supported living dehumanises me and disconnects me from my community and the everyday life of society, and hinders any aspirations and life chance opportunities I may have.“This is my cry for help – I refuse to move from one care home to another care home.”She currently receives just three-and-a-half hours of support a day, and another one-and-a-half hours at night, which means she only has enough support while at work for care home staff to take her there, support her to use the toilet just once, and then bring her home again at the end of her shift.She was even told by her social worker that instead of receiving the support she needs to use the toilet, she should use incontinence pads or have a catheter fitted, even though she does not have a problem with incontinence.The care home where she currently lives wants to evict her because it cannot cope with her demand that the staff who provide her care must be appropriately trained, which involves learning the strict, step-by-step routines that are needed to keep her healthy and safe.Managers at the home have also said they cannot cope with her attempts at enjoying a social life.They complained that she organised a birthday barbecue last year, which took place in the building’s car park and was attended by friends and fellow residents.They also complained that she invited 20 friends to her flat for a late-night party, and that she has had friends visit her after her “curfew”.Kaur said: “They have given me a ‘curfew’ of midnight, but I work, my friends work and sometimes we finish at 11pm.“It has happened three times while I have been here that my visitors have left at 4am.“I am 28 years old, not 12. I feel like I have lost out on my 20s.”She fears the council’s failure to provide her with the support package she needs will make it impossible to continue with her customer service job in the hotel industry.Her boss – who she says has been very understanding – has placed her on annual leave while she tries to secure a reasonable support package and an accessible place to live.The care home that the council want her to move to is even further from her friends and family, and she says it is unsafe and inaccessible.The bathroom is too small for the equipment she uses, and has no step-free shower, and the system to call for assistance is inaccessible to her, so she will be unable to call to be turned in bed at night, which must be done to prevent fluid draining into her lungs and causing potentially fatal chest infections.There is also no specialist bed, which she needs to support herself, and she would be unable to operate the locking system on the door to her room.Even the main entrance to the home would be inaccessible to her without assistance.Daley and Lisney told DNS that, as a young disabled Asian woman, the discrimination she is facing “crosses many equality strands”, and violates both article six (on disabled women) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.They said they believed that her experience was “not a one-off” and “reinforces what we already know, that when residents speak up about poor and unfair services they are highly likely to be evicted. “It’s easy to evict a care home resident because they have no tenancy agreement. They are basically living under a hotel service.“The reality is that a care home owner does not want complaining customers.”They questioned why she was not being offered the opportunity “to live in her own home and have her own care package, which she has control of”.They added: “The worrying thing here is the local authority appears to be not taking its responsibilities seriously.“Their recommendation is to refer Laki to another care home, which Laki believes will put her health and safety at risk.“Laki is a young disabled Asian woman who has particular concerns, based on her needs and identity, which must be taken seriously and should not be ignored.“One of the things which led to her eviction was that she requested female staff, and for them to be trained in assisting with her personal care needs.“By doing so she has been labelled as problematic – this is shocking!”They said they feared the situation she is facing increases the risk of harm to her health and well-being, and could lead to her losing her job.They said: “She is in fear that if she leaves the care home she will not be able to regain access because the key code will be changed.“She has been told to present herself as homeless, but how can she do this when her care package is locked into the care home and she fears that she will have no-one to assist with her personal care needs?“This is a horrible story which we would not be expecting to read about in the UK.“Newham is a flagship borough for its work on inclusion and in this case we are disappointed that it has seriously let down one of its residents.” A spokeswoman for the care home said in a statement: “Providing residents with the most appropriate package of care is core to the ethos of our business.“In this case the needs of one service user need to be balanced with the safe and efficient operation of the home for all other users.“We have been working closely with the local authority which has found alternative accommodation with the necessary support that better suit the service user’s needs.”A Newham council spokeswoman said: “We have been working closely with Ms Kaur to ensure the care and support she receives meets her needs.“She has an allocated social worker who has been supporting her to review all her options.“We know she wants to live independently and this is something we are actively exploring. “She has highly complex care needs and finding a solution to enable her to live independently in the community is not easy.“We are investigating whether direct payments could assist with this and will update Ms Kaur once we have completed all our assessments.“The current accommodation we have found for her is an interim measure until there is a long-term plan in place.“A full assessment has been completed on the interim accommodation sourced for her and was found by the provider to be suitable for her needs. We will carry out an additional review of this accommodation.”But Kaur said: “I am totally devastated by the way my case is being treated.“I am being placed out of borough and being forced to live in a care home with people three times my age, placing me at risk of losing my job and forcing me to compromise my health, safety and well-being.”last_img read more


ENGLAND Academy and England Youth coach Dave Ellio

first_imgENGLAND Academy and England Youth coach Dave Elliott has named his respective 39- and 42-strong squads for the 2012 season.The England Academy squad includes the 21 players currently preparing for Sunday’s match against the Australian Institute of Sport 4 at Leigh Sports Village (3pm) and Elliott is hoping that fixture will provide the squad with further momentum to take into 2012.Elliott guided both sides to victories over their French counterparts earlier this year and with the Youth team set to continue their traditional Easter rivalry against France and the Academy to embark upon a tour of Australia, 2012 promises to be a big year for English Rugby League.“The Academy selection for Sunday reflects what will come in 2012,” said Elliott. “But I could easily have picked 59 players for next year’s squad.“There are also a lot of players on a watch list who aren’t in the initial squad, but that doesn’t mean that anyone not included will be out of contention and it doesn’t guarantee anyone in the squad a place on the tour.“There are a lot of players who have played well in the academy competition this season and we now want to see how they cope in the England environment, but it’s not a closed shop.“Last year seven of the 17 players who took on the Australian Schoolboys weren’t in the original squad at the start of the year, but they earned their place on the back of their performances during the season, so no one can rest on their laurels.“The Youth side includes a lot of newcomers to the international environment and that helps keep us on our toes as staff because we have to make it fresh and interesting for the lads every time we come together.“It’s a real honour for me to work with all these young professionals and it makes me very proud to see how they progress and develop. There were 10 players from the 2012 Academy test group who have gone on to first team Super League level this season and that’s the sort of success we all want to see.“It’s great to be able to work with these players and they are all very keen to push themselves with an eye on Steve McNamara’s ETS squads so it keeps me working hard to try and give these players the tools to try and better themselves.”The 2012 squads in full:2012 England Academy Training Squad (professional and community clubs in brackets):Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golborne)Casey Canterbury (Castleford Tigers, Hunslet Parkside)Connor Dwyer (St Helens, Portico Vine)Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Connor Spencer (Bradford Bulls, Hunslet Warriors)Corey Lee (St Helens, Thatto Heath)Danny Yates (St Helens, Waterhead)Dom Speakman (St Helens, Halton Hornets)Elliot Gorman (Huddersfield Giantsm Dewsbury Moor)George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)Greg Richards (St Helens, Ulverston)Greg Wilde (St Helens, Parkside Golborne)Jack Cockerham (Bradford Bulls, Castleford Lock Lane)Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings, Halton Hornets)James Cunningham (Hull FC, East Hull)James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor Warriros)James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddal)John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill)Jonathan Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals)Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Jordan Gill (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Lock Lane)Jordan Harper (Leeds Rhinos, Normanton Knights)Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth)Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Liam McAvoy (Bradford Bulls, Broughton Red Rose)Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs)Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Hornets)Michael Learmonth (Warrington Wolves, Hunslet Warriors)Mike McMeeken (London Broncos, West London Sharks)Rob Mulhern (Leeds Rhinos, Normanton Knights)Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights)Ryan Maneely (Warrington Wolves, Saddleworth Rangers)Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Sam Doherty (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Hunslet Warriors)Steve Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors)Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings, Halton Hornets)Zac Snelgrove (Castleford Tigers, Milford Marlins)2012 England Youth Training Squad:Aaron Manager (Leeds Rhinos)Ash Robson (Leeds Rhinos)Ashley Bastiman (Yorkshire RPDC)Ben Passmore (Leeds Rhinos)Bradley Lawerence (Wigan Warriors)Bradley Thompson (Cumbria RPDC)Cameron Pierce Paul (London RPDC)Connor Adams (Midlands RPDC)Cruise Leeming (Warrington Wolves)Dave Hewitt (St Helens)David Thompson (Wigan Warriors)Dominic Wear (Cumbria RPDC)Elliott Minchella (Leeds Rhinos)Elliott Morris (Huddersfield Giants)Frazer Moore (Yorkshire RPDC)Gabriel Fell (Wigan Warriors)George Milton (Leeds Rhinos)Harry Lightfoot Brown (London Broncos)Harry Tyson Wilson (Yorkshire RPDC)Jack Johnson (Warrington Wolves)Jack Logan (Hull FC)Jacob Ware (Yorkshire RPDC)Jake Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors)Jared Simpson (Bradford Bulls)Joe Keyes (London Broncos)Jordan Burns (Warrington Wolves)Jordan Hill (North West RPDC)Joseph Bretherton (Wigan Warriors)Josh Greenwood McDonald (Bradford Bulls)Kain Ditchfield (Warrington Wolves)Kane Young (North East RPDC)Kieron Holt (Yorkshire RPDC)Kyle Dempsey (Wigan Warriors)Lewis Lord (Leeds Rhinos)Louis Foster (North West RPDC)Luke Waterworth (Wigan Warriors)Nick Gregson (Wigan Warriors)Oliver Davies (St Helens)Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors)Ricky Bailey (Midlands RPDC)Ryan Langton (Hull FC)Will Carlos (Huddersfield Giants)last_img read more


ENGLAND will want to be a part of the The Big Hit

first_imgENGLAND will want to be a part of the ‘The Big Hit’ double header of Rugby League World Cup semi-finals on November 23.The Big Hit was launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Wembley legend Martin Offiah under the shadow of Tower Bridge last month, and he believes Steve McNamara’s men have the potential to make history this autumn.“Wembley is a fantastic stadium. The old one ground has left a huge legacy and the new ground is already building one of its own and honouring that history,” he said. “I played in a World Cup Final there in 1995. They’re all great memories.”England are hotly tipped to make the final four, and Offiah believes the team has the potential to go even further.“We saw what happened in 2012 with the Olympics, and the feel-good factor and publicity was driven by the success of Team GB,” he noted. “Now I don’t want to put too much pressure on Steve and the boys, as I know they will give it their all, but I’ll be backing them all the way, and I hope the rest of the country will be too.”Tickets for The Big Hit are on sale now, with adult admission starting from just £20 (£10 concessions).To make sure you will BE THERE buy now at www.rlwc2013.com or call our 24 Hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.last_img read more


BuzzFeed names Wake N Bake best donut shop in NC again

first_img Since opening in 2014, Wake N Bake Donuts has come to be known for their creative and innovative take on gourmet donuts.They were Champions of the Cooking Channel show Donut Showdown.They were nationally recognized for their donut shaped like a “blunt”, in honor of rapper Snoop Dogg headlining the Azalea Festival, and most recently went internationally viral when they created a donut that resembled a Tide Pod.Related Article: Mandatory evacuation issued for Carolina Beach residentsThere are two locations in the Cape Fear, one in Carolina Beach and another in Wilmington. Wake N Bake makes thousands of donuts each day during the summer for locals and visitors. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wake N Bake Donuts has been named the best donut shop in North Carolina by BuzzFeed for the second year in a row.“We are extremely happy and proud to receive this acknowledgement” owner Danny Tangredi said. “It means so much being the only local, year round, donut only, shop in Carolina Beach and Wilmington, to be recognized at a state level.”- Advertisement – last_img read more


Nearby drainage issue has Ploof Road reopening on hold

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — A storm drainage problem on another piece of property is causing delays for the reopening of Ploof Road in Leland.Leland Planning Director Gary Vidmar says they are not sure when the road will be open.- Advertisement – The storm drainage issue is unrelated to the Ploof Road project, Vidmar said, but construction on Ploof is stalled until the problem at the adjacent property is fixed.Beat traffic with real-time updates from Operation GridlockVidmar says the NC Department of Environmental Quality is now involvedRelated Article: Four charged after investigators recover $600K in stolen itemsNo word yet on when Ploof Road could reopen. The project was supposed to be done earlier this year, but weather delays pushed the completion date back to Feb. 9, then March 9. Last week Vidmar said the road should be back open by the end of this week.Ploof has been closed just off US 17 past Aldi and Exxon for months.The work includes construction of a traffic circle to connect Ploof, Tradeway Drive and the new road that runs from the Walmart shopping center to Aldi.In an update back in January, Vidmar said once Ploof reopens, there is more work to be done at Ploof and US 17.last_img read more


Pender County commissioner candidate requests recount

first_img Since the totals were less than one percent apart, Fallon asked for a recount Friday afternoon.This means the Pender County Board of Elections will re-enter all the data back into the system to see if they get the same number.All votes should be in by Thursday and the final primary winner will be announced at that time. (Photo: MGN Online) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A candidate in the Pender County Board of Commissioners District 3 Republican Primary race has requested a recount of votes.George Brown is the incumbent and he received 1,971 votes. Fellow republican, David Fallon received 1,941.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Volunteers look for long lost artifacts at Battle at Forks Road grounds

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s no secret that Wilmington is a historic place, and there is still more to be discovered.An archaeology non profit organization is working hard to change that.- Advertisement – 154 years later, there are a few artifacts still scattered throughout the grounds of the Battle at Forks Road.Jon Schleier is the Public Archaeology Corps. executive director.He and a group of volunteers have been using metal detectors to see what they can uncover.Related Article: Minority troops of Civil War given the recognition they deserveEvery time they find something, they mark the area with a flag.They’ve come across artifacts from reenactments and the original battle, and there’s only one way to distinguish which is which.“If you pull something out of the ground that’s been there for 150 years it’s gonna have a good bit of corrosion on it,” Schleier explained. “Reenactors stuff sometimes will still be shiny.”John Connor is one of the volunteers, he has one mission in mind — “Saving the relics before any kind of industrialization happens.”Schleier said that this is only the first part of the project, and when he comes back in a month to excavate he is hoping to find even more.“This leg of the field work was kinda focusing on metal artifacts,” Schleier explained. “We’re hoping to catch some of the stuff that metal detectors won’t pick up on like ceramics, glass, those kind of artifacts.”Schleier hopes that Cameron Art Museum will take their findings and turn them into an exhibit.last_img read more


Navassa Parade battles heat and humidity Saturday morning

first_imgWWAY’s Monique Robinson was the 2019 Navassa Independence Day Parade Marshal. (Photo: Gloria Beatty) NAVASSA,NC (WWAY) — Jump roping is tiring enough in itself, but imagine jump roping over a mile stretching an entire Independence Day parade in high heat and humidity. The jump rope queen was just one of the many talents of the Navassa parade on Saturday.Warm weather did not stop the fun that started on Broadway Street and made its way down Main Street. Navassa Dancing Dolls, horse bake riders, bikers, town officials and others marched through the town.- Advertisement – Our very own Meteorologist Monique Robinson led the festivities as the parade marshal.last_img read more


Finalists for Women in IT Awards 2016 revealed

first_imgbusiness-technology magazine that organises the event, received more than 200 nominations for the Awards, which will take place at Grosvenor House Ballroom, Park Lane, on 28 January 2015. Image Credit: Advance IT Minnesota Advertisement The finalists for the 2016 edition of the Women in IT Awards, technology’s leading celebration of female leaders, have been revealed.Information Age, the business-technology magazine that organizes the event, received more than 200 nominations for the Awards, which will take place at Grosvenor House Ballroom, Park Lane, on 28 January 2015.Having gathered resounding support from trade associations, politicians and companies of all sizes and sectors, the event has emerged as the largest and most influential initiative tackling technology’s gender imbalance. – Advertisement – According to a study  from employer body  The Tech Partnership, which supports the event along with BCS and tech UK, just 16% of the IT industry is made up of women and the gap is worsening.Through a series of 13 awards, the Awards highlight the tremendous value that women can bring to IT roles and identify new role models for girls, who make up just 18% of students on UK computing degrees.The event is also supported by Salesforce, Atos, CWJobs, EMC, eSkills for Jobs 2015, Fujitsu, Informed Solutions, O2, SoftwareAG, Zayo, and Hot wire PR.The ceremony, which will again be attended by 500 of the UK’s most influential IT leaders, will be the culmination of an ongoing Information Age campaign to help rectify the lack of women in IT.Congratulations to all the women shortlisted for this year’s Women in IT Awards,” said Baroness Shields, Minister for Internet Safety and Security, who will provide a welcome address at the event. “This is a platform not only for celebrating the achievements of female IT leaders, but also for identifying new role models for young women.“It is vital that we expand the circle of women innovators, creators and drivers looking to join our industry. Simply being involved in this initiative contributes to tackling technology’s disheartening gender imbalance.”[related-posts]While today’s leaders prepare for the evening showcase of the Awards, the daytime will see hundreds of the UK’s brightest female students gather at technology’s largest careers fair for women, Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today, a sister event of the Women in IT Awards.Also organised by Information Age, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, this is an unprecedented and exclusive opportunity for women to connect with the country’s top IT employers.“We continue to be extremely committed to helping tackle the shocking gender gap in technology,” said Ben Rossi, editorial director at Vitesse Media, publisher of Information Age. “Those of us who work in the industry know how vibrant and exciting it is, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it is a diverse environment for everyone.“We are delighted with how the Women in IT Awards has grown in its influence as a platform for identifying much-needed female role models, and are very excited by the pace at which Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today has become an important place for the UK’s top employers to meet with the country’s brightest female talent.”[Information  Age]last_img read more


Ingenico Group to Support GHIPSS to Deepen Financial Inclusion in Ghana

first_imgBank of Ghana. Advertisement The global leader in seamless payments, Ingenico Group has developed strong partnership with Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) to extend electronic transactions to unbanked and underbanked populations in Ghana thanks because of it’s biometric point of sale device.As part of its financial inclusion strategy, GhIPSS, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ghana, launched the biometric smart card banking and retail system to promote cashless financial services.“We were looking for a simple and secure solution to make electronic transactions an easy and uncomplicated experience for the un-banked and under-banked population who remain reluctant to use banking services”, explained Archie Hesse, CEO of GhIPSS. – Advertisement – “Ingenico Group designed a new bio-based POS to bring the bank to remote areas. People don’t have to travel a long distance to have access to their funds”.GhIPSS, jointly with Rural Financial Institutions and Agent Networks, deployed the Ingenico Group biometry smart terminal; one single device to provide banking, retail and value-added services based on a biometric card which requires the holder’s fingerprint for authentication.So far, about 6,000 smart terminals have been deployed in Ghana to enable payment, salary disbursement, cash out, bill payment as well as other financial services by simply using fingerprints for authentication.As a result, this quick and secure user experience helped build trust in the financial ecosystem and created long-lasting financial habits among the program beneficiaries.last_img read more