Month: July 2019

A disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by t

first_imgA disabled woman is seeking a judicial review by the high court of the errors she says were made in dealing with her claim for personal independence payment (PIP), and which she believes put her life at risk.Angela Kennedy, from Essex, says the errors by the Atos assessor, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the tribunal service led to her being denied the support she needed to stay safe and live independently over the last 18 months.It comes as Disability News Service continues its investigation into claims of widespread dishonesty by PIP assessors working for both Capita and Atos on behalf of DWP.Kennedy says the decision to deny her PIP claim meant: that she had to take redundancy from her job as a university sociology lecturer, partly because she could not afford to travel to work in central and west London without a blue parking badge; that she has suffered further injuries because of the lack of support; and that she has found it more difficult to care for her adult disabled daughter.Since her PIP claim was rejected in 2015, the lack of financial support has led to three serious falls, which caused further serious impairment; multiple lesser falls, where she has still been hurt; and many other potentially dangerous “trips, slips and stumbles”.Kennedy says the Atos paramedic who assessed her was guilty of “serious omissions and errors of fact and reasoning” in the report he compiled after a face-to-face assessment at her home in October 2015.Among those omissions and errors were that he “played down” her impairments, failed to record that she had been suffering frequent falls for “some years”, despite being told this “at length” in the assessment, and omitted other “vital information” in his assessment report.But she is also highly critical of the way that the first-tier social security tribunal dealt with her appeal against being denied PIP in September 2016.She says the first-tier tribunal was openly “sceptical” and “hostile” to her during her appeal; failed to listen to her when she was reading her statement; repeatedly interrupted when she tried to answer their questions; and “almost constantly made facial expressions of contemptuous disbelief in response to the comprehensive answers I gave to their questions”.She also claims that one of the tribunal members fell asleep when she was reading out her statement.Last month, the upper tribunal denied her permission to appeal against the decision of the first-tier tribunal.Now she is asking the high court to carry out a judicial review of the way that her case has been dealt with by Atos, DWP and the tribunal service.Her application was due to be submitted by tomorrow (Friday).Kennedy said: “Serious errors and omissions were made at all levels of the claims and appeals process. “This application for judicial review therefore has important ramifications for the handling of other PIP claims.“My case is particularly important because of the huge amount, intensity, and seriousness of all the errors of procedure, facts and reasoning that have been made.”A spokesman for the Judicial Office declined to comment because the case was pending a possible judicial review.last_img read more

Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh said there was a link

first_imgLabour MP Siobhain McDonagh said there was a link between antisemitism and the anti-capitalist beliefs of ‘hard left’ Labour members during a Radio 4 interview this morning.Asked by John Humphrys whether she believed the Labour Party was taking antisemitism “properly seriously”, McDonagh replied: “I’m not sure that some people in the Labour Party can.“Because it’s very much part of their politics, of hard left politics, to be against capitalists and to see Jewish people as the financiers of capital. Ergo you are anti-Jewish people.Humphrys followed up: “In other words, to be anti-capitalist you have to be antisemitic?”“Yes,” the Labour MP said. “Not everybody, but there is a certain… there’s a certain strand of it. These people are not Labour, have never been Labour, but we now find them in our party.”McDonagh also commented on the row between deputy leader Tom Watson and general secretary Jennie Formby, which centres on the accusation that Watson wants to set up a “vague parallel complaints monitoring system”.“Anybody who wants reassurance and wants his help can go to [Watson]. It’s interesting that she regards that as not a legitimate offer, and has tried to slap him down in the most rude way,” the MP for Mitcham and Morden said.Tags:Labour /Antisemitism /Siobhain McDonagh /last_img read more

San Jalisco – an oldie and a goodie

first_img… and apparently not having learned my lesson the first time, I ordered an appetizer: queso fundido (literally, “melted cheese”)…Queso fundido. But the posole! Ay dios mio! Tender chunks of pork swam in a richly colored, deeply flavorful red chili broth, flanked by a dish of cabbage, radishes, limes, and chopped raw onion for table-top enhancement. Excellent. However, instead of getting the typical red or green sauce, he let the server talk him into the mole. Now, the mole here is delicious in its own right, but it was a bit of an odd pairing, to us, with the carne asada. It was sweet, chocolatey and clove-forward, and it overwhelmed all the other flavors in the burrito. It wasn’t bad, just not what he expected.As it was cold and rainy again on this second visit, I just had to order their best-selling sopa de res – beef soup.Sopa de res.As you can see, this behemoth of a bowl practically brims over with veggies – corn on the cob, potatoes, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, and green beans – and good chunks of beef, usually beef shank, which makes a very rich broth – and is served with pico de gallo, cut lemon and lime, and a bit of rice on the side so it doesn’t expand too much in the delicious broth. Served with more sopping-up tortillas, this was another homey, warming bowl of tummy love. This is the kinds of dish your abuelita would have made you when you had the sniffles, and you would have been better in 12 hours!Of course, I was full from the queso, so 99.9% of the soup came home with us. Again, we could easily have split one of these dishes and been quite satisfied, the portions are so enormous. The BF said that they’d definitely won him over this time. I’m glad, because the menu is extensive, and we’ve barely scratched the surface.San Jalisco has been around forever (in one incarnation or another), and it seems that as long as this family keeps going, they will remain here forever. To help ensure that, in this day when institutions routinely get booted by greedy landlords, the Padilla-Reyes family bought the building the restaurant is housed in. From an old photograph over the counter area, Mamá Anita y Papá Vicente beam down upon you as if to say, “We’re not going anywhere.”Read more Mission Local Restaurant Reviews here. San Jalisco901 S. Van Ness Ave. @ 20thSan Francisco, CA 94110(415) 648-8383http://m.sanjalisco.com/ Served with their fantastically corny, homemade tortillas for sopping and scooping, it was the perfect dish for a cold night. I’d get this again for sure.The BF had ordered a combo plate (“Combinación Tres Colores”) of three items for himself, still unaware that we had the mother of all sampler platters coming.Tres Colores – Chile relleno, beef tostada and a chicken enchilada. What we didn’t know was that the dish came with two of each item! We could have split just this plate for dinner and been utterly stuffed. Everything was tasty, but just too much – palate fatigue was achieved quite early in the evening. I did, however, especially like the potato tacos, and the mole was scrumptious. The sope was drowned under everything else and rather a soggy mess by the time we got to it – yet still managed to be a little tough to eat.For my meal, I was torn between the sopa de res (beef soup) and the posole with pork chili colorado – two of the handwritten specials. The server made my choice easy as she said they had run out of the beef soup – it’s a very popular item here, and they sell it every day. I was actually advised to call ahead next time I want it and they could put aside a bowl for me!Pozole con pork colorado. San Jalisco started out as the New Central Café, in the 50s, located on 14th Street, one of two restaurants Anita and Vicente Padilla opened once they established themselves here from Mexico. Owned by the Padilla-Reyes family, they’ve been at their current location on South Van Ness since 1988, with current chef/owner Josie Padilla-Reyes having taken over cooking duties from her father.The restaurant was for a time called Los Jarritos – meaning “little clay pots,” of which there are many on display in this brightly colored and cheerful traditional Mexican restaurant. But a soda company by the same name forced them to change it, and the family decided on San Jalisco as a nod to both areas – San Francisco, CA, and Jalisco, Mexico – from where they hale. Our server on our first visit was Chef Josie’s niece. Another server in the dining room turned out to be her mother, and has been working in the family business since she was 5! This is truly a family affair! You don’t get much more old school than this.One of the restaurant’s dishes of fame is birria – goat. I must admit that I came to San Jalisco several years ago – I didn’t remember it was the same place because at the time it was called Los Jarritos – and ordered one of the goat dishes, but found it dry. The BF had a gigantic burrito that he wasn’t pleased with, so we hadn’t returned. But I’m glad we did.On our first night, a standard order of warm chips and salsa came to the table. We each had an ice-cold Bohemia in a frosty mug to start.center_img 0% I’d only ever had the Velveeta version with some chopped ortegas and chips. San Jalisco’s was made with creamy Monterey Jack, and studded with grilled mushrooms, strips of nopales (cactus), and pico de gallo, and served with those great tortillas. Delicious! Like scraping off the top of a super melty cheese and mushroom pizza – in a very good way.El BF decided to test the fates and ordered a burrito – this time, a mojado (“wet,” which means they pour enchilada sauce over the burrito and top it with cheese).Burrito mojado. Chile relleno, chicken enchilada in red sauce, and a beef tostada, with rice and beans and salad. Oof! Once again, everything was rather haphazardly place atop each other, and so it was difficult to discern one flavor from the next, but if you managed to get a bite of one item alone, each was quite tasty. I especially loved the chile relleno – the perfect combo of eggy cheesiness. The rice and beans were pretty standard. The beef tostada especially suffered from being suffocated underneath everything else, but once we unearthed it, the meat itself had great flavor. Needless to say, the BF barely made a dent in his dish, and we took most of it home.On our second visit, we sat in the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera alcove. Loved all the artwork here, and the bright colors of this room.Frida alcove. Warm chips are always welcome (though some of these were a bit hard), and their salsa is quite fiery. A plus!The BF had the big idea of ordering the El Trio – a sampler plate of appetizers consisting of a chicken flauta in a sweet mole, a fried crispy taco stuffed with mashed potatoes, and a vegetarian sope.Chicken flautas in sweet mole, potato purée tacos, vegetarian sopes. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

THE Magic of the Cup is something all Rugby League

first_imgTHE Magic of the Cup is something all Rugby League fans can relate to.Whether it’s memories of watching the famous wins of 1961 and 66, Bobbie’s Bombs in 96, the victory over Wigan at the Millennium Stadium in 2004 or the treble of 2006, 07 – the first at the new Wembley – and 08 – everyone has a special place for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.And it affects our overseas players too – as Travis Burns explains in the build-up to Saints’ Quarter Final with Widnes this Sunday at Langtree Park (4pm).“I’d get up early to watch the cup on TV back home – it was always something to look forward to. Early in my career it wasn’t shown too much, but later on I saw a bunch of games.“Playing in the NRL, it was a big competition that you would be envious of not playing in and it would be good to have something similar back home.“I hold the Challenge Cup in the highest regard, it’s got a lot of history, a lot of great players have won the trophy and a lot of great coaches have coached great teams.“I remember some big upsets; you never know what can happen in the Challenge Cup. When I was at Hull KR they talked about beating Warrington when they were in the Division below. So anything can happen in the Challenge Cup, it’s one of those exciting times of the year and I’m looking forward to playing in it.”He continues: “I’ve love to play in a Challenge Cup Final. It’s something that I’m always looking at, I’ve had a long career in the NRL, I’ve been over here a few years now too and haven’t made it very far in the Challenge Cup, so that’s something I’m looking forward to, something to cherish.“We’ve got new players at the club, but the players who have been around for a while and who have won it speak highly of the Challenge Cup and I’d love to add my name to the list of winners.”Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or going to www.saintssuperstore.comThe sides will meet on Sunday June 28 at 4pm.Ticket prices are: Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand: Adults £15, Concessions £12, Juniors £5 with Junior Season Ticket Holders free.Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands: Adults £18, Concessions £14, Juniors £5 with Junior Season Ticket Holders free.last_img read more

JAMES ROBY and Alex Walmsley have been named in th

first_imgJAMES ROBY and Alex Walmsley have been named in the 2015 First Utility Super League Dream Team.It is the mercurial number 9s fifth induction into the elite side – whilst Walmsley appears for the first time.The Super League Dream Team is selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot and represents the form team of the First Utility Super League season.The 2015 First Utility Super League Dream Team is as follows:1. Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2015)2. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)3. Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2015)4. Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2014, 2015)5. Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)6. Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) Dream Team appearances: 2 (2013, 2015)7. Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)8. Alex Walmsley (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)9. James Roby (St Helens) Dream Team appearances: 5 (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)10. Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 11 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)11. Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)12. Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)13. Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos) Dream Team appearances: 1 (2015)last_img read more

RUGBY League fans who watched the game in the 1950

first_imgRUGBY League fans who watched the game in the 1950s and 1960s were well aware of the tremendous ability of Mick Sullivan at club and representative level, writes Alex Service.Apart from speed, the essential prerequisite for any successful winger, he was a real hard man too, with what could only be described as downright aggressive defence! It is, therefore, sad to report his passing in Dewsbury at the age of 82. He had been unwell for some time.Born in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, on January 12 1934, Mick first tasted rugby league success with the famous Shaw Cross Boys’ Club in Dewsbury, where Lee Gilmour played in a later era. He began his professional career with Huddersfield, making his debut against Dewsbury in a 21-6 victory at Crown Flatt. He scored two tries and that was the trigger for one of the most prolific careers in the thirteen-a-side code.The flying Sullivan became a World Cup winner at the age of 20, in 1954, making his debut against Australia in Lyon. He went on to set a record for the most Great Britain caps, with 46 – a record later equalled by Garry Schofield. Mick also won his second World Cup in 1960, the only British player to win the competition twice. In all, he scored 120 tries in 102 representative games for Great Britain, England and Yorkshire – a fantastic achievement!His try-scoring exploits for Huddersfield [117 appearances 93 tries] attracted big-spending Wigan and he joined the Riversiders in 1957 for a world record £9,500 fee. He went on to play at Wembley with Wigan in two Challenge Cup finals [1958 and 1959] before he was on the move again, this time crossing the Rubicon to Knowsley Road in another sensational transfer saga, just before the Challenge Cup deadline in January 1961.It took the Saints’ Board another record £11,000 to secure his services and by the end of the season he had won another Challenge Cup winner’s medal in that epic Wembley encounter with the club he left behind. St. Helens won 12-6 on a baking-hot afternoon and one of the great individual contests of that game was Sully against his former team-mate Billy Boston. Indeed, that three-quarter line remains one of Saints’ most memorable in the red vee: van Vollenhoven, Large, McGinn and Sullivan.Mick went on to win two Lancashire Cup finals with the Saints and although his overall try-scoring tally during his three seasons at Knowsley Road, 31 in 82 matches, was relatively modest compared to his early days, he was still a hugely popular figure with the supporters. In the match against Huddersfield, at Knowsley Road, on February 3 1962, he rolled back the years and ran riot, with five scintillating touchdowns.Brian McGinn was his centre too, with Dick Huddart unusually partnering Tom van Vollenhoven on the other flank. His last match as a Saint was on the left wing against Oldham, at Watersheddings, on May 30 1963. Sully signed off with a try and his centre was Wigan-born Mick Mooney.Former Saints’ great Austin Rhodes remains a huge admirer of Sullivan’s ability in his pomp: “One of the greatest players of the 1950s. I remember him as a team-mate during the 1957 World Cup with Great Britain and he was brilliant. I played against him when he was with Huddersfield and in one particular match he scored two tries and went round Glyn Moses as though he was a statue and that wasn’t an easy thing to do. Mind you, he could do that against most full-backs at the time.”Mick joined York and then became Player-Coach of Dewsbury. It is almost fifty years ago [April 16 1966] when his Dewsbury side gave Saints a real fight in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Swinton, losing 12 points to 5, when an exasperated Minnie Cotton came on to the field! Mick was loose forward that day and, probably, it was our last memory of him. Mick went on to coach in Australia [June] and eventually he was inducted into the prestigious Rugby League Hall of Fame.No-one deserved it more and we send our condolences to Mick’s family at this sad time.last_img read more

Organisers are aiming to draw in record crowds at

first_imgOrganisers are aiming to draw in record crowds at the 2021 tournament – tipped to be the biggest one yet – which is expected to boost St Helens’ economy by around £3.6m, and benefit the grassroots game through legacy projects.This morning (Tuesday 29 January) St Helens Council Leader Derek Long was among those in attendance at a launch event in Manchester to hear Saints’ 18,000 capacity Totally Wicked Stadium – considered by many to be the best purpose-built club rugby stadium in the country – confirmed as one of 16 host venues, following over 75 applications from towns and cities across the country.The council, together with Saints, officially submitted the borough’s host bid in July 2018 during half-time of Saints’ nail-biting 14-12 win over Warrington Wolves, with organisers highly commending St Helens’ claim at each stage of the bidding leading up to today’s successful announcement. Welcoming the news, St Helens Council Leader Derek Long said: “Rugby League is in the DNA of St Helens which is why I made successfully bidding to be a host venue a priority in my very first week in office as leader. “Hosting Australia against Fiji in 2013 showed the world how welcoming St Helens is as a host for a major sporting event and now that we’ve secured three matches – two more than last time – we hope to see even more people visit the borough in 2021. “The economic impact and community benefits that can be obtained are equally as important as the hosting of matches and this great news will now allow us to get on with maximising the overall benefit.“England will be in this tournament to win it and I think the entire borough will be with me in backing that effort.”Eamonn McManus, chairman of both St.Helens R.F.C. and the St Helens Economy Board, added: “This is a huge statement of the ambition and status of both the borough of St Helens and of its world famous rugby league club, which benefit in equal measure. The Saints are the principal ambassador for our town and hosting three games for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup is a testament both to the club and to the Invest in St Helens programme, of which we are a major supporter.” RLWC2021 Chief Executive, Jon Dutton, said: “St Helens is a rugby league stronghold and we’re incredibly excited to be bringing the pinnacle of the men’s game to the town through the Rugby League World Cup 2021. “With fantastic facilities and a community that has rugby league at its heart, we have awarded St Helens three men’s group games and look forward to developing a plan around the community adopting a team and bringing this to life through as vibrant local legacy programme”.Initial discussions with tournament organisers resulted in the possibility of the borough also hosting a team throughout the duration of the World Cup, using Ruskin Drive Sports Village and Saints’ training base at Cowley Language College as training bases. A decision on this is yet to be made.The news will also be announced locally during half-time of Thursday evening’s Super League season opener between Saints and Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Sheriffs Office Man wanted for breaking into Shallotte home

first_img Anyone with information should contact Det. Hester at ‭910-713-8360‬. Man wanted for allegedly breaking into Shallotte home. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Does this man look familiar? Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit are asking for your help in identifying him.The man is suspected of breaking into a home on Bluebird Trail in Shallotte sometime between February 15 and March 16.- Advertisement – last_img

GREAT STRIDES A familys story with Cystic Fibrosis

first_img There are thousands of families that care for a family member who is a patient with CF. One of them is the Shaw family.Their son IV’s diagnosis was unlike many patients with CF.“We went to the doctor and said there’s something wrong and they couldn’t figure it out and I think my wife probably self-diagnosed IV quicker that the hospitals did. You know just by way of Google. And somehow stumbled upon Cystic Fibrosis,” said CT Shaw, IV’s father. “She even mentioned it to the doctor. They referred us to Chapel Hill. That’s where we went and they did the sweat test and that’s when we figured out six months into his life that he had Cystic Fibrosis and that he needed to be on the enzymes to absorb the nutrients.”Related Article: Walmart expanding pickup tower service in Cape FearIt was a phone call, that many parents have received and still remember.“We got the call later that day before we made it back here to Leland that IV has Cystic Fibrosis,”said Shaw, “As a parent you can hear that phone call as I sit here and think about it. From that minute on things changed but we decided pretty early within a week that we were going to be grateful for what it wasn’t versus what it was.”That call came more than six years ago. IV was diagnosed with CF containing two gene mutations of the F Delta 508 gene.“One of my questions to the doctors when they first diagnosed him, diagnosed IV with Cystic Fibrosis is what does that mean,” asked Shaw. “Does everybody that has Cystic Fibrosis have the same Cystic Fibrosis? His words to me were, IV will write his own book. Or IV will write his own story.”IV was the Shaw’s second child. CT says his older sister prepared them for another child, but everything changed with the diagnosis.“Every morning he wakes up to a vest,” said Shaw. “He’s taking Orkambi in the morning and at night. He’s doing inhalers and then his typical consumption of enzymes before he eats breakfast but that’s pretty much it in the morning just the vest treatment and the inhaler and all of those pills, I would say one, two, seven, eight pills before breakfast.”Shaw says by the end of the day, IV will take nearly 30 pills to help him maintain weight and fight off other afflictions as a result of his CF. The Shaws’ story though is not one of consistent defense of the disease, but consistent living alongside it and besides the fact of it.“As far as activities, outdoor activities and sports our thing is soccer, which I get to coach him, tennis he does tennis every week, and they’re a little fascinated with golf he and his sister and I think that has to go with me watching golf every Sunday being in the golf business,” said Shaw.The Shaws are one of the most active CF families in the Cape Fear. Whether it’s mom, Holly, taking to the radio airwaves to promote events for fundraising, to them watching their son run, surf, and tee off at the many CF fundraisers they take part in.The Shaws host a series of fundraisers including the Four IV invitational that takes place each fall.“It’s certainly not my mission to I don’t know have people feel pity towards the Shaw family or IV or those with Cystic Fibrosis, but it is nice, I’d like for people to know if they choose they will be a part of something that I think is going to be miraculous in the way that be a part of a cure,” said Shaw. LELAND, NC (WWAY) – This week we are highlighting families who day in day out work to combat Cystic Fibrosis (CF). WWAY is doing this to show you the lifestyles of those who have loved ones with the genetic disease.IV at clinicPHOTO: Shaw FamilyYou can learn more about CF’s side affects and symptoms here.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Uber to launch UberEats in 22 new countries

first_imgAdvertisement Uber is set to aggressively expand its food delivery service across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with UberEats.Financial Times reports that UberEats, the takeaway delivery arm of Uber, will launch in European cities including Amsterdam, Brussels and Stockholm, as well as farther afield in Dubai and Johannesburg. The company is also advertising for UberEats general manager roles in countries including Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark.According to market research firm Euromonitor, the global restaurant takeaway market is projected to grow by 10 percent between 2015 and 2020 to reach $93.4 billion. – Advertisement – In July, Uber started testing UberEats in Nigeria and Kenya with UberIceCream. In Kenya, Uber partnered with Delia’s All Natural Ice Cream to deliver Uber’s uniquely labelled dessert called “Bits and Atoms” while in Nigeria Uber partnered with Hans and Rene to deliver premium and indulgent ice cream scoops.An UberEATS food delivery courier rides her scooter in London. Credit: REUTERSRelated, Amazon earlier this month launched its international expansion of Amazon Restaurants by entering the London market, building on its existing 11-city base in the United States.[related-posts]last_img read more