Month: July 2019

The government appears to be ignoring pleas to cla

first_imgThe government appears to be ignoring pleas to clamp down on significant areas of discrimination against disabled air passengers.The concerns arose after the Department for Transport (DfT) issued a progress report on its new aviation strategy.It included suggestions that it could “make flying more accessible for disabled passengers”, including improving assistance on planes and at airports, and “doing more to raise awareness of the assistance already provided at airports”.The document says DfT is also working with the industry to offer better on-board facilities for disabled passengers, such as “priority wheelchair storage for quick access on arrival”.Ministers are also examining how manufacturers could improve the design of aircraft to make them more accessible, for example by removing seats to allow passengers to travel in their own wheelchairs and ensuring that all aircraft install an accessible toilet and have an on-board wheelchair that can be used by passengers.Another option being considered is a review of airport and airline performance standards, including looking at how long they take to provide disabled passengers with assistance boarding and leaving aircraft, and how these standards could be enforced.This follows widespread media coverage of concerns raised by disabled passengers such as the BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner, who was kept waiting on a plane for nearly two hours last month when he was told staff had lost his wheelchair.He said on social media at the time that he was “utterly sick” of staff at Heathrow Airport repeatedly losing his wheelchair when he returned from foreign trips.But other, less high-profile issues of discrimination by the airline industry have not been addressed in the progress report, and the government appears to have dismissed the need to consider them.Last month, DNS reported how many disabled people were being prevented from taking their assistance dogs on commercial flights, because their dogs are owner-trained and have not been accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF).Sharon Lawrence, who has been campaigning for three years to allow more assistance dogs to be allowed on flights from the UK, said the government’s suggested improvements were “very vague” and did not mention those disabled people with assistance dogs that had not been trained by organisations that are members of ADI and IGDF.Lawrence, a member of a government working group that is looking at improving access for disabled people and their assistance dogs to all services, says she and her assistance dog Ottie are “prisoners within the UK” because of the refusal of airlines to accept dogs that are not registered by ADI and IGDF member organisations, such as Guide Dogs, Canine Partners and Dogs for Good.She said: “I can fly from mainland Europe with my assistance dog, but I cannot do it from the UK or fly within the UK.“The carriers just do not want us on their flights. Even dogs with a history of flying are not allowed.”There are similar problems with Eurostar, so the only option is to cross the Channel by ferry and leave the assistance dog in the car during the journey, she said.Lawrence said the only way to address the problem was for the government to introduce national regulations, based on the Equality Act concept of reasonable adjustments – with safety restrictions agreed with airlines – that would allow all assistance dogs on flights within the UK and those that leave the UK.The government document has also ignored concerns of discrimination around the price of tickets for disabled passengers with personal assistants (PAs).Last month, a disabled campaigner from Scotland, Rachael Monk, described how she was having to pay hundreds of pounds extra to fly to Canada to visit a friend because British Airways (BA) had refused to alter the name on a ticket she had bought for one of her PAs, after the PA quit her job and pulled out of the trip.Monk said the government document was “a positive step” but she said that “more needs to be done about the costs involved for those requiring to travel with the assistance of PAs”.She said: “It is very expensive to have to purchase full-price tickets for PAs when there is nothing a person can do about needing them.“We are already penalised in this way before we even buy our tickets; surely concessionary rates could be introduced for PAs to reduce the costs.“As for the name change scenario, that is something that definitely needs to be considered for people that may find themselves in a similar situation to myself.”Monk has now been offered a refund by BA as a “goodwill gesture” to compensate for the extra ticket she had to buy at an inflated price, but only after her case – first reported by Disability News Service – was raised by the media.She believes BA only caved in to the pressure after it learned that she would be appearing on a high-profile BBC news show. A DfT spokesman refused to say if the government was considering changes that would force airlines to offer discounted seats to disabled passengers with PAs; allow disabled passengers to change the names of PAs on their tickets; and make air travel easier for disabled passengers with owner-trained assistance dogs.But he said in a statement that the Civil Aviation Authority was working with airlines on ensuring “greater transparency” on “hidden charges that occur after a booking has been completed”.He said: “Unlike pet dogs, recognised assistance dogs are permitted to travel with their owners in the cabin of the aircraft with UK, European and most international air carriers, who will provide floor space in an adjoining seat or across the bulkhead, usually at no additional charge.“Airlines are entitled to ask for evidence that a guide or assistance dog is trained by a recognised training organisation.”He added: “As there is a European regulation that provides a regime regarding disabled and passengers with restricted mobility in aviation, the Equality Act 2010 does not apply to aviation.“We feel the current situation brings an international conformity to the regime.”He said DfT officials would be meeting with industry representatives and “accessibility groups” in the next few months for further discussions on access to air travel ahead of the final aviation strategy green paper.A BA spokeswoman refused to say why the company only offered to make the goodwill payment after learning that Monk was due to appear on the BBC; whether it would change its policy for other users of PAs in similar situations; or whether it would consider offering discounted tickets for those with PAs.But BA said in a statement: “Over a million customers with disabilities choose to fly with us every year and we take our responsibilities to them seriously, aiming to make travel with us easier.“To do this we continually review the needs of our customers and seek feedback from them and disability advisory groups. “We offer a range of tickets including refundable options and always advise all customers to choose the product that meets their individual needs. “In this instance Ms Monk​ encountered a number of changing circumstances and as a consequence we have offered her a full refund as a gesture of goodwill so that she is not out of pocket.”The government is set to publish its inclusive transport strategy later this year, while its aviation strategy is due early in 2019.Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said: “As part of our aviation strategy, we will be working to understand more about the barriers that currently exist for passengers with reduced mobility and disabilities, and working with the industry to remove these obstacles.”Meanwhile, DfT has announced that disabled and older passengers in England will continue to enjoy free off-peak bus travel “for the forseeable future”.The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme has been in operation since 2007, but the legislation behind it has now been amended so it no longer needs to be reviewed every five years.But the Local Government Association (LGA) warned that it was “becoming impossible” for councils to pay £200 million a year to subsidise the scheme and that many local authorities were “being forced into taking difficult decisions to scale back services and review subsidised bus routes”.Cllr Martin Tett, LGA’s transport spokesman, said: “The government must fully fund the free bus pass scheme or the most isolated members of our community could find themselves with a bus pass but no bus to use it on.”Picture: Sharon Lawrence (left) with Ottie, with fellow campaigners Clare Louise Syvertsen and Griffin (centre) and Caz Edwards and Ashalast_img read more

Tom Watson will argue that Labour should become a

first_imgTom Watson will argue that Labour should become a Remain party aiming to stop Brexit in a major speech today.“Our members are remain. Our values are remain. Our hearts are remain. We must bring the public back into this decision and we must argue strongly to remain in Europe,” Labour’s deputy leader will tell the Centre for European Reform.“Our future doesn’t need to be Brexit. We can change our future. But only if Labour makes the case for it – and we must.”Although Watson is expected to quote the Archbishop of Canterbury, with whom he recently met, as saying that politicians should be able to “disagree well”, the intervention is likely to inflame tensions over Brexit within Labour.The shadow cabinet was supposed to hold a special meeting on Brexit today, but opposition frontbenchers were informed last night that it would be postponed as “a number of colleagues are unable to attend”.Attendees were told that the special gathering would be rearranged “urgently”. The regular shadow cabinet meeting will go ahead as usual on Tuesday morning.Addressing the Centre for European Reform think tank, Watson will talk positively about the European Union and say: “It is an enduring, deep, benevolent collaboration between sovereign states unique in the history of the world. It produced a lasting peace out of the ravages of war.“It produced prosperity where there had been widespread deprivation. It produced partnership where once there was suspicion and division. It’s not perfect, but what institution is?“The core values of the EU are internationalism. Solidarity. Freedom. Those are British values. Those are Labour values. I’m a European Democratic Socialist. I don’t support Europe despite being socialist, I support Europe because I am a socialist.“Democratic socialism is achieving common causes by the strength of collective endeavour. That’s what Europe is. We’ve shied away from saying these things.”The latest pro-EU move by Labour’s deputy leader raises the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn ahead of annual conference in September, where anti-Brexit activists hope to change party policy.A motion currently being considered by over 100 local parties would, if passed by conference, force Labour to unconditionally support another referendum and to back Remain in that public vote.In making his argument that Labour should be a Remain party today, the deputy leader is expected to say: “Our future doesn’t need to be Brexit. We can change our future.“We can put Britain back at the heart of Europe again. We can be proud of leading the fight for a fairer and stronger future, together.“But we can only achieve this future if Labour fights for it and champions it. It’s time we do that.”Ahead of the speech, Watson released a video with a similar message:The core values of the EU are: Internationalism, Solidarity, Freedom. They are British, Labour values. Our future doesn’t need to be Brexit. We can change our future. But only if Labour makes the case for it – and we must. #proudlybritishproudlyeuropean— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) June 17, 2019Updated, 11.30am:Below is the full text of Tom Watson’s speech.Good morning. Thank you very much to the Centre for European Reform for hosting us today and to Ian for that introduction. This organisation has spent the last 21 years working for a stronger, more open and outward looking European Union so I can’t think of a better place to give this speech.I want to talk to you today about Europe. About what Europe means to me, what it means to my party and what it means to all those who believe in a democratic socialist future.Before I begin I want to mention a conversation I had recently with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The conversation wasn’t about the specifics of Brexit – I don’t mean to draw the Archbishop into this debate, I met him to discuss what our politics can learn from the remarkable success of interfaith dialogue in this country.Something he said resonated very deeply. He told me that our politicians need to learn to ‘disagree well’. I think we all instinctively understand what he means by that.The tone of our politics has become shrill, negative and personal in recent years. We have lost the knack of debating arguments rather than denigrating opponents.I want that to stop – I want to play my part in making things better, and foster a more deliberative democracy that draws in many more citizens than politicians. It strikes me that citizens assemblies could play a much greater role in addressing difficult national problems. So this speech will not attack the motives of my opponents.I want to give a good account of my deeply held thoughts. So I will try to make the positive case for what I believe – in the hope that that case is strong enough on its own merits.I also want to talk today about our culture. As Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary I get to spend a lot of time with inspiring young creatives – TV, Radio, artists and musicians.They don’t see British culture in isolation from European culture – and they are fearful that this country is about to jettison our deep creative partnerships that have been so productive for so many years.IdentityFor decades the European Union has been defined by the right as anti-democratic, bureaucratic and anti-British. None of these things are true, yet the British left has not countered this narrative.Our belief in the EU has been whispered not shouted. It has been taken as read by generations of Labour politicians that the European Union is, at best, a necessary evil.That it’s a major trading bloc we can’t afford to be outside in a globalised world. That the economic benefits make it worth putting up with the parts we don’t like.Labour is still doing it now. We talk about the evils of No Deal ’til we’re blue in the face, because we’re still scared to tell the truth about Europe.We’re more comfortable warning of an ineffable catastrophe, because we’re hard-wired to be unable to say the words that I’ve come here this morning to say:The European Union is not something to apologise for. It is a good thing. It is Good with a capital G. An enduring, deep, benevolent collaboration between sovereign states unique in the history of the world.It produced a lasting peace from the ashes of war. It produced prosperity where there had been deprivation. It produced transnational partnership where once there was suspicion and division. It’s not perfect, but what large institution is?The core values of the EU are internationalism. Solidarity. Freedom. Those are British values. And they’re Labour values.I’m a European Democratic Socialist. I don’t go along with the EU despite being a socialist, I embrace the EU because I am a socialist. Democratic Socialism is achieving common causes by the strength of collective endeavour. That’s what Europe is.We’re lucky to be living through this golden age of European cooperation. We are extraordinarily fortunate to live in peace.I am a democratic socialist, a British patriot and a proud European. These are not identities that rub awkwardly up against one another – they are mutually reinforcing. Europe is who we are and have been for centuries.Yet for decades we’ve failed to challenge a narrative that – somehow – our “way of life” is under threat. It’s simply not true. At all. Yet we’ve heard it so often that it’s come to seem real.To our European neighbours, it seems bizarre. Do the French feel any less French because they’re part of the EU? And unlike the UK, also part of Schengen such that they effectively have no internal European borders.Has that undermined their sense of identity or their way of life? Have you been to France recently? Because I can tell you that it hasn’t. The French are as French as they have always been and always will be. From Dunkirk to the Dordogne they’re still 200% French over there, believe me.Nor have the Germans come to seem just like the Irish, or the Italians become indistinguishable from the Danes. Europe’s languages, culture and identities have not been homogenised by a centralising bureaucratic behemoth, and never will. Why would they?The institutions of the EU formalise – and democratise – the natural bonds between us. We are not diminished by our membership of the EU. We are recognised, enhanced and empowered by it.Probably the most important Englishman who ever lived was William Shakespeare. A man of the Midlands, like me, whose transcendent imagination was as broadly and deeply European as it was English.As Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, told the British Council in Paris in 2016:Shakespeare was a product of the European Renaissance, and he grew up in the knowledge that the territory in which he lived had originally been Britannia, a mere province of something much larger and more significant, the Roman empire. I have written elsewhere about how misleading it can be to think of Shakespeare as modern Britain’s national poet. I would add that it is even more misleading to suggest that Shakespeare thought of Britain as anything other than part of a larger geopolitical entity called Europe.One only needs look at where the plays took place: Rome, Athens, Venice, Padua, Milan, Cyprus, Navarra, Messina, Vienna, Denmark, the Balkans, Sicily. And he wasn’t just using places he’d visited as handy material. He never left the UK.He conceived and realised these settings because being European was central to his sense of who he was, and what it meant to be English.Erasmus and Plutarch loomed as large in his imagination as did Chaucer and Sidney. Mediaeval London was a bustling melting pot of migrants from all over the world. The greatest Englishman, 400 years ago, was wholly, deeply European.And it was so for centuries before Shakespeare too, until very recently. Did French kings not become English kings, who became British kings? And did not Dutch and German Kings and Queens do the same? Did the Windsors not change their name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha?And did we not a few days ago commemorate D Day, when British soldiers crossed that tiny strip of sea to liberate our ancient neighbour from occupation? Only 75 years ago, our finest young men marched off to war to save France. Yes, to save Britain too. But you couldn’t save Britain without saving France. The fates of our two nations were indivisible.This is a truth that Churchill understood. A great war leader but also a great builder of peace. Churchill was a founding father of the EU just as surely as Adenauer, de Gasperi and Schumann. He conceived of it, he pressed for it, he understood both how vital it was to preventing war and how transformational it could be as an engine of prosperity and partnership.Britain’s place is in the EU because Britain is by definition in and of Europe. Look at our great cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester – among the most super-diverse in the world.That is what and who we are. Yes, old ladies cycling to church in the mist; that too. But also a great, historic European nation, still at the zenith of innovation and creativity, attracting all kinds of people, for all kinds of reasons, from all over the world.Yes, it’s the nation of Shakespeare and Byron, who died fighting for Greece in their war of independence, and Mary Shelley who conceived ofFrankenstein in Geneva, and Charlotte Bronte, whose novel Villette was based on her time teaching at a Brussels school and Keats, whose life and death in Rome is celebrated at the foot of the Spanish steps.And of course of John Dryden, not just a great writer of English drama, but a great lover and student of French drama, and a translator of Virgil, Ovid, Homer, Boccaccio – the great canon of European classical literature that was the base of everything these English geniuses knew.Dryden who also once wrote the great lines, by the way:​A man so various that he seemed to be​Not one but all mankind’s epitomeWhich keeps coming into my head in these Tory leadership days, for some reason.Yes, this is the Britain of Sir Simon Rattle, who made his name in Birmingham and then spent 16 years conducting the Berlin Philharmonic;But it’s also today’s Britain, the people’s Britain, with four football teams contesting Europe’s two finals, represented by players from all over Europe and all over the world.It’s Raheem Sterling’s Britain. Shane Meadows’ and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Britain (they’re making a Fleabag in France now, by the way). Malorie Blackman and Steve McQueen and Idris Elba’s Britain. Sadiq Khan and Sajid Javid’s Britain.This is our beautiful place in all its glory. It’s who we really are now. That’s the country I’m so proud of. Not anybody else’s nostalgic fantasy of how it used to be. And my Britain is utterly indivisible from Europe, which now and in the future entails growing with its institutions.Our relationship with Europe is about far more than economics, and far more than political cooperation. It’s about what kind of country we are. What we want for our children. The scale and the scope of the horizons we can offer them. What we’re able to bring them up to be.And the kind of country we are is European. It is a fundamental part of our national identity, our culture, our history. Britishness is not distinct from Europeanness. These are not warring identities competing for space. To be British is to be European.Social DemocracyNow, I know that not everyone wears as easily that deep attachment of identity. In fact some people have begun to use identity as a stick to beat pro-Europeans, equating support for Europe with class. I don’t think that’s right or helpful. The majority of Labour people are supportive of Europe – and that support is not dictated by social class.There are powerful rational arguments for membership of the European Union as well as emotional ones. For social democrats who want to make life better for our poorest communities and secure economic growth that can be fairly shared the best way forward is within Europe.Almost every aspect of life outside of Europe will be more difficult, more expensive and less safe. Travel, communications, trade, manufacturing. Our national security. I don’t think people realise just how far back in time we’d be taken by leaving the EU.And Europe has been so important to our proud towns as well as our great cities. Let us not forget that in the dark days following the pit closures under Thatcher and Major, the only support those coalfield areas had was Objective One funding. It became the only hope – a lifeline for so many traditional Labour areas and working class communities.And in the same way, at the same time, faced with a Tory government that was attacking workers’ rights, socialists in Britain looked to the EU as an institution that was way ahead of the UK in terms of protecting working people, consumers, and environmentalists. For those on the left to fail to acknowledge that is to re-write history.I used to lead delegations of union shop stewards to Brussels when I worked for the AEEU – now Unite – in the 1990s. We’d lobby for support for investment in the car industry. Our stewards would share their experiences of the globalised world with other workers across the continent. We’d form alliances to challenge the excesses of global capital.The European Union has been a steadfast ally in furthering the rights and welfare of working people. From the European Convention on Human Rights to the Working Time Directive to the agenda for the next Commission, on pan-European minimum wages and tackling global tax avoidance. The EU has been a friend to workers here and across the continent.It is no ‘boss’s club’, it is both an engine of progress and a backstop against regressive and repressive governments. Labour, quite rightly, has just declared a climate emergency. But climate change doesn’t stop at our borders, and we can’t tackle it alone. We are so much stronger in Europe.And as the global economy changes – as automation, AI and the rise of the global mega corporations change capitalism once again – there is strength in numbers and might in unity.Britain alone will struggle to face down the barons of surveillance capitalism – to take on the shoddy practices, tax avoidance and employee abuse of global giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google.Together we created the strongest consumer privacy law anywhere in the world. Together we can go further still – breaking up monopolies, shutting out malpractice, facing down tax avoidance. On our own, we are vulnerable.We can see this pernicious process in action already, before Brexit has even happened. Inward investment has fallen these last three years whilst it has grown on the Continent. Our car industry is collapsing around us. Manufacturing jobs are down.Membership of the EU brings a 2% a year boost to our GDP, according to the Bank of England. That might sound like numbers in the margin but it isn’t just numbers to me. It is £20bn a year in extra taxes to pay our nurses properly, to invest in our schools, to give our elderly the care they need and deserve.These things matter to anyone who calls themselves a democratic socialist. These things matter to me.Whether you are a European romantic, proud of Britain as a modern, European country or a hard pragmatist who knows that every penny counts when it comes to supporting working people, the European Union is your friend. And so that is the case that I want to make. That is the case that I want Labour to make.Brexit is not a brake on Labour values. It is an existential threat to them. The European Union is the fruit of our forefathers’ sacrifice. It is peace forged from the ravages of war.It is prosperity shared, workers protected, oligopoly challenged. It is a natural extension of our patriotism and the natural result of our history. European is who we are and who we have always been.Our members are remain. Our values are remain. Our hearts are remain. We need our Labour Party to be true to who we are and be loud and proud in support of Europe.What we need to doSo where does that leave us? We are a country going round in circles, kidding ourselves that one last heave will somehow resolve the contradictions and the catastrophes that Brexit both embodies and invites.And in the meantime, the people of Britain are ignored. The burning injustices rage hotter and brighter than ever. And the machinery of government, stuck in the Brexit mud, simply cannot deliver the things that we need.The NHS is in crisis. Young people wait in vain for houses to be built and for their schools to be resourced. Our elderly do not get the care they need and our poorest are trapped in the nightmare of universal credit. While our politics fixates on Brexit, Britain is left to rot.The only tool available to actually break this deadlock – we all know, even if we have not admitted it yet – is a public vote. We put the question back to the people because parliament and government – as we reach the three year mark – have proved utterly incapable of implementing Brexit, and shows no more sign of doing so now than ever.The notion that it’s in some way undemocractic to let the people put an end to this crisis because, after three years, parliament and government cannot, is absurd.And if you want Brexit, and you believe there is still a majority for it in the UK, then a public vote will break the deadlock and deliver the Brexit you want.Whereas if many people have changed their minds and no longer want Brexit now that they have more information about what it means, how is it undemocratic to give them the chance to express that three years on and with the country in limbo?Labour is the party of democracy – so we must ask the people. We are the party of socialism – so we must campaign for Europe. Proud socialists. Proud Britons. Proud Europeans.Our future doesn’t need to be Brexit. So now is the time to speak out more loudly than ever, before any further irreparable damage is done.Only a public vote can break this deadlock, but we will only achieve this if Labour fights for it and champions it. We must do that – in Parliament and around the country. Labour must make the positive case.And only by remaining in the EU can we remain the same Britain at heart that we’ve been for 1000 years. If we leave, we become less than we were and less than our children have a right to expect.The patriotic choice is to remain.Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /Brexit /last_img read more

La Princesa de la Salsa at SFs Carnaval

first_imgPhoto by Liliana Michelena.Photo by Liliana Michelena.Tomorrow’s parade begins at Harrison and 25th streets at 9:30 a.m. Tags: Carnaval Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Photo by Liliana Michelena.Photo by Liliana Michelena. Harrison & 18th Street was packed with visitors this afternoon as India, “La Princesa de la Salsa” ascended the stage.last_img

San Francisco police reveal videos of officer shooting fleeing man

first_imgThe crowd clapped, and there was even a “YEAAH!” Within the darkened hall of American Legion Cathay Post No. 384, police on Thursday night unveiled video footage from the city’s most recent officer-involved shooting, a chaotic June 9 affair. A crowd of around 50 gazed at the cream-colored screen that replayed the moments leading up to the shooting. On Saturday, just hours after the Warriors won their latest championship, footage from an unidentified officer’s body camera revealed him approaching a group of four men on the corners of Grant and Vallejo in North Beach. He questioned the men about open alcohol containers and ordered them to stay put. One man, now identified as Oliver Barcenas was seen running off, sparking a foot chase. Natalie April, a former coworker of Barcenas, got to the microphone said she just felt “disappointed” and felt the officer was too brash when he opened fire. Authorities said a gun was recovered on the scene, a Glock .45 with a laser sight and extended magazine, and claimed that Barcenas shed his jacket and pulled it from his waist during the foot chase. This is not immediately apparent in the officer’s body-mounted footage. Barcenas was depicted in the video unconscious on the ground, and was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Barcenas, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident, was charged with delaying an officer, carrying a concealed firearm, exhibiting a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. This is, notably, his second time being shot by a San Francisco police officer; in 2012 he was shot by then-Sergeant Toney Chaplin, now an assistant chief. He is described by the SFPD as “a known Norteño.” “It was an alcohol-fueled night to the Nth degree,” Renoir said. “I know many members of the police department, for 34 years. These are an honorable group of people.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “These videos do not look good,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin tells police “I feel like the officer involved in the shooting jumped the gun. It was really bad. I think this could have been avoided,” she said. 0%center_img OIS Case # 180427269 – BWC Footage of Officer #1 from San Francisco Police on Vimeo.The police have determined they cannot yet release the name of the officer. “Before we release, we have to complete the safety assessment of the officer. And if there are no safety concerns we plan on releasing the names within a 10-day period,” Scott said. Unlike previous town halls where protesters and activists swarmed in and engaged in shouting matches, a subdued calm fell upon the crowd. Once the comments were opened up, Supervisor Aaron Peskin took the mic and said “these videos do not look good.”“What has happened here has not historically happened,” Peskin continued, noting Barcenas could not clearly be seen handling a gun on the videos.But Peskin thanked the chief and the department for their transparency. The praise continued when Fanny Renoir, a resident of North Beach who lives on Grant, complimented the police for how fast they got to the scene and called them “heroic” in the way they dealt with the way they contained the crowd after the shooting occurred. Joanne Keaney, she of “shame on you!” had been sitting in front row across from the chief and said she was “concerned” about the people investigating the shooting, mentioning that district attorney George Gascón has yet to file charges in any officer-involved shooting. The two ran down Grant Avenue as music and chatter bleed out of the bars and restaurants. Just as they are getting closer to three people on the sidewalk, the officer opens fire on Barcenas — apparently shooting him in the back. Then more videos were played, from another officer’s body camera and two more from one of the businesses on Grant. And then, the lights went up, and Joanne Keaney, sitting in front row, shouted “Shame on you!” to Police Chief Bill Scott, Commander Greg McEachern and Central Station Captain Paul Yep. Scott said three internal investigations are underway that include the department’s Internal Affairs unit and that the homicide unit would investigate potential criminal wrongdoing. The DA’s Independent Investigations Bureau would also be conducting their own investigation in parallel.Police claim Oliver Barcenas was carrying this pistol armed with 26 rounds when he was shot while fleeing from an officer. Photo courtesy of SFPD. “How can the police investigate themselves? That’s no investigation!” Keaney said. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. “It’s 2018. Why don’t you guys have Tasers for this?” Another person who didn’t want to be named got on the microphone and asked a simple question. Tags: police shooting • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Sons Addition It All Adds Up

first_img Email Address,0% Son’s Addition opened late last year and brought a family-friendly, approachable, upscale restaurant to the 24th Street corridor. Unlike some of the other newbies on the block, Son’s Addition doesn’t feel like a hipster magnet. The space is fresh-looking and cool, with its blue-tiled walls and mosaic wallpaper, along with a couple of whimsical larger-than-life animal prints. The polished wooden table tops and iron chandeliers give the place an air of rustic elegance. Son’s addition is definitely a family affair. Co-owners and husband and wife team Nick Cobarruvias and Anna Sager Cobarruvas hail from Marlow and Maverick, respectively. There is an air of Latin going on here for me, as befits the neighborhood, and echoes Chef Cobarruvias’s roots, as his roots are Mexican and French.Because four of us were dining, I only visited Son’s Addition once, because I knew we would order a lot. We started with the bacon kimchi deviled eggs. Kimchi deviled eggs.Perfectly delicious, although for me the texture was a bit stiff, not quite as creamy as I expected. But the flavors were spot-on.Next, tuna and uni tostadas.Tuna with avocado.Lovely little bites, with charred avocado and heady uni. Cobarruvias’ Mexican roots are shining strong here, while also giving us a hint of his time spent in Asia.The chicken-fried anchovies were addictive.Chicken-fried anchovies with Caesar aioli.Crispy and salty, paired with a Caesar-dressing aioli, these would be great to munch on at the bar with a cold beer or a glass of bubbly.Not be outdone, the blistered shishitos were served with a huitlacoche aioli.Blistered shishito with huitlacoche.The Hamachi crudo came with a coconut/pineapple water, chilies and peanuts.Hamachi crudo.Achiote-cured, the crudo also came with fermented radish and shaved fennel. But my tablemates could not get past the pineapple/coconut water. Fortunately, I got a bite without it and enjoyed the dish.We all loved the charred Spanish octopus.Charred octopus.There was nothing extraneous on this plate – from the chickpea puree to the poached potatoes to the snow peas, it all worked.Probably one of those most straightforwardly French dishes of the night was chicken-liver-mousse toasts.Chicken liver mousse with rhubarb mostarda.With the sweet/tart rhubarb mostarda, this was roll-your-eyes-back-in-your-head-good.Next, beef tartare.Beef tartare with black garlic and homemade chips.The tartare was flavored with black garlic and lime, and came with homemade chips. Perhaps not my favorite bite of the night, but still interesting and tasty.The four of us, reaching our limits by this time, split two entrees. First, the hangar steak.Hanger steak with uni butter.(You’ll have to excuse me — by this time, I was losing the light.) The steak came slathered in a charred onion and uni butter — need I say more? An excellent exercise in decadence.Finally, the pork chop.Pork chop with cranberry beans.With meaty cranberry beans and bacon, the chop exceeded expectations, even coming at the end of a very satisfying meal.There appears to be great care in every dish, there were no elements that felt forced. Rather, the combinations felt like natural emanations of Chef Cobarruvias’ life experience. Service was warm and friendly, with just the right amount of presence.The wine list is quite interesting. We had a bottle of lively rosé bubbles from Australia, and from the Big, Bad, Inky and Succulent reds section of the wine list, a boldly delicious blend from Mexico.There are many dishes I’m still curious to try: the roasted marrow bones with tomatillo, the poached chicken with crispy skin — shades of Thailand — the amberjack with sunchokes … and brunch intrigues as well. I’ve heard great things about the fried chicken sandwich. And on my list to try: the low-ABV cocktails, malted waffles and charred avocado toast.I learned that the name “Son’s Addition” has to do with the couple hoping to add an addition to the family — a little brother to their two daughters. For now, it seems the restaurant is the newest addition to the family, and to the Mission.Son’s Addition2990 24th St.San Francisco, CA 94110415-500-2817 Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

ROYCE Simmons wants Saints to concentrate on their

first_imgROYCE Simmons wants Saints to concentrate on their own game and not worry about the opposition when they take on Wigan this Saturday.Whilst some sections of the media are comparing the likes of Sam Tomkins to his peers in Australia, he just wants the players to ignore the hype and prepare both physically and mentally for the challenge.“If you get yourself ready for the game and play towards your best then that can see you though,” he said. “You can worry too much about the opposition… we should worry about what we are doing instead.“We know that Wigan are hard to combat when they slow you up in the tackle. They are extremely good at getting that third man in and squeezing in and slowing you down. They will target Graham and Roby.“What we need to do is get heads in motion around the play the ball because we can’t afford to play one out.“We didn’t do that last time. We played too much one out stuff and they stood us up in the tackle and we struggled. We know what we need to do.”Inevitably, although Saints had James Roby cleared to play in the Semi Final after he didn’t receive a ban for an incident in last weekend’s Castleford match, Simmons is sweating on the fitness of several players.“James Graham had a scan that revealed a bulging disk which has done back into place. But he has power back in his legs – and that is a good sign.“We will give him until late in the week and then do a bit of work with him to make sure he is fine.“I am confident he will be ok though.“He’s had some concussion too as he has been taking a few little shots recently. He has a bit of footwork on him and he gets a swinging arm now and again.“Seven players who I hope to play this week couldn’t train on Tuesday and that involves Francis Meli and Sia Soliola too who didn’t play last week.“But in the next couple of weeks I probably won’t have that problem. Gary Wheeler will probably have a hit out in the 20s this week and Paul Clough came through his run in the 20s too.“But I am confident the players will be ok and good to go.”last_img read more

THE lads had a lighter day today with the St Georg

first_imgTHE lads had a lighter day today with the St George game tomorrow (Sunday), writes Mike Rush.They took part in the normal ‘day before’ session with a team run and some position specific coaching.You can tell it is nearly game day as the players are starting to show some nerves.In order to make the time pass and to try and settle the lads down we took them into the city for a walk around the Rocks and the traditional Saturday markets.This was followed by a private jet boat for the players and staff and in the 10 years we have been coming to Australia this has to go down as the best yet.I can’t tell you much about the first boat which went out only that the driver had to stop the boat at some stage as Ollie Davies didn’t like the speed …… another tough back rower in the making!The staff boat with nine kids on board I can tell you about. ..Paul Molyneux thought he knew better when his good friend Ian Talbot told him to leave his Nike glasses on dry land. Paul, who claims to be a veteran having been away four times before, informed Ian his glasses would be fine as they were a tight fit.Leo also ignored the advice and both paid the price.The boat, which was described as a wave runner, hit a wave and the whole boat was covered head to toe in water. Leo turned around to talk to me and only had one lens in his glasses and as I turned to laugh I heard Paul cursing at the top of his voice as he watched his beloved Nike sunglasses float down the boat and out the hole at the back.Mr Talbot, Martyn and Hardman all took great delight in Paul’s misfortune as did Head Coach Traynor who was still laughing on the way home an hour-and-a-half later. Paul hasn’t had much luck on tour with past accidents with his camera in 2004 and 2011.The kids seemed to enjoy the break from the field session.Fingers crossed tomorrow’s game goes well with the lads taking on St George following on from the Australia World Cup session and the Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos.That game will kick off at around 6am british time on Sunday.To find out more on the Academy Tour click here.last_img read more

The centre spent the majority of the 2017 campaign

first_imgThe centre spent the majority of the 2017 campaign on loan at Leigh Centurions – making ten appearances and scoring two tries.He also played twice for the Saints too, and featured in Ian Talbot’s Reserves, to add to his 16 games in the Red Vee.Matty, 21, came into the Saints’ system through Bold Miners after originally playing Rugby Union.He toured Australia with the Academy in 2013 and made his first team debut against Leeds in 2015.We’d like to thank Matty for all his efforts both on and off the field for the Saints and wish him the very best in the future.last_img read more

DEQ Urges Chemours to stop discharging two other compounds

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As part of its ongoing investigation, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality this week urged Chemours to stop discharging two additional chemical compounds into the Cape Fear River. The compounds were identified in the company’s waste stream by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency preliminary analysis shared with the state this week.DEQ is looking at all legal options including going to court to get the company to stop the discharge.- Advertisement – At a meeting on Monday, EPA scientists told the state they have identified two compounds they are calling Nafion byproducts 1 and 2 in Chemours’ waste stream and that estimated concentrations of these compounds are not decreasing. The new information prompted DEQ to write Chemours on Tuesday urging the company to stop the release of the two compounds. DEQ also repeated its demand for Chemours to provide the state agency with a complete inventory, sampling data and test results for all chemicals included in the company’s waste stream.Details on the EPA’s findings are included in a report shared by the federal agency with DEQ today.“Our top priority is to protect the state’s citizens,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “Until we know more about the health effects of these byproducts, the company needs to stop discharging them. We’re also repeating our demand that Chemours give us information about all other chemicals in its waste stream.”Related Article: Public comment period winding down for proposed consent order with ChemoursThe new information is the result of the EPA’s analysis of water samples submitted by DEQ to the EPA’s lab in Research Triangle Park. Information about the presence of the Nafion byproducts comes from preliminary analysis of water samples gathered by DEQ at Chemours’ wastewater discharge outfall near Fayetteville and finished drinking water at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant in Wilmington. Scientists at the EPA lab are conducting further analysis of the water samples.Preliminary results shared by the EPA this week also include three perfluorinated compounds that along with GenX were previously identified in the Cape Fear River by a 2016 study by the EPA and N.C. State University. Estimated concentrations of these three perfluorinated compounds dropped significantly, similar to GenX levels after the company stopped discharging GenX. For that reason, state and federal officials believe the three perfluorinated compounds were part of the same wastewater discharge that included GenX and was stopped.The accuracy of the laboratory analysis for the five chemicals included in the EPA’s preliminary results is more uncertain than those available for GenX because calibration standards for these chemicals are not commercially available. EPA is using new non-targeted screening methods to develop concentration estimates for these five chemicals. With non-targeted screening, researchers are able to test for and identify chemicals present, rather than testing to see if a particular chemical is present. This is different from the more commonly known targeted screening, which is when researchers identify what they are looking for in the water and then test for those specific things.State officials began investigating the presence of GenX in the river in June. That ongoing investigation along with pressure from residents and local officials prompted Chemours to stop discharging GenX from its Fayetteville facility. DEQ is now asking Chemours to stop discharge of the Nafion byproducts, which preliminary results indicate come from the company’s wastewater but are unchanged since the GenX discharge ended.Little is known about the health effects of any of the five compounds—Nafion byproducts 1 and 2 or the three other perfluourinated compounds – included in this week’s analysis from the EPA.Public health experts with DHHS used available studies to establish a health goal for GenX. Since the GenX discharge stopped, concentrations of GenX have dropped well below the state health goal of 140 parts per trillion. No similar health studies have been identified for the Nafion byproducts or the other three perfluorinated compounds analyzed by the EPA, so DHHS is unable to establish a health goal for them at this time.DHHS reiterated its health guidance that the public can continue to drink the water, based on ongoing testing for GenX and other compounds for which health information is available. This guidance has not changed following the preliminary results shared by the EPA this week.“I know how frustrating it is to all of us that we have very little scientific information about these unregulated, emerging compounds,” said Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. “We continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientists to get more information as quickly as possible.”As part of the ongoing investigation, DEQ requested that the EPA analyze water samples for GenX and other unregulated chemical compounds included in the 2016 study conducted by the EPA and N.C. State University. Among those chemicals are the perfluorinated compounds the EPA reported this week. The EPA also chose to analyze the water samples for the Nafion byproducts based on a separate prior study by the federal agency. Specialists with the EPA’s lab in Research Triangle Park conducted the analysis using new technology and methodology and looked at water samples collected by DEQ over a six-week period starting June 19.DEQ will review all this information as part of its investigation and the agency’s review of Chemours’ application for a new wastewater discharge permit.The EPA informed state officials this week that it is working on a report that will include concentrations of other compounds at multiple sampling locations over multiple weeks.As with the results for GenX, DEQ will make public test results for all the compounds when final data is available.last_img read more

Habitual felon sentenced to at least 7 years in prison for DWI

first_img On September 25, Rogers pleaded guilty to charges involving a DWI crash. Rogers was sentenced to at least seven years in the department of corrections for habitual felon, aggravated felony serious injury, and related driving charges.Dr. Tammy Reed, who at the time was an emergency room physician for Columbus County Hospital, suffered broken bones and other serious injuries as the driver of an SUV who was struck head on by the Roger’s car on NC Highway 130 east of Whiteville. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is going to prison for driving drunk which ended in a crash that seriously injured another person.Habitual felon, Jeremy Dean Rogers, was sentenced up to ten years for DWI crash that injured ER doctor in Columbus County.- Advertisement – last_img read more