Disabled activists have given a guarded welcome to the launch of a new inquiry by MPs into the discrimination faced in accessing health and social care services by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.The Commons women and equalities committee, which has launched the inquiry, said that the results of a government survey, published last month, showed the discrimination faced by many LGBT people in accessing healthcare.It said the survey showed that almost a quarter (23 per cent) of respondents who had been in a care home said that being open about their LGBT status had had a negative effect on their care.The committee said its inquiry would “consider whether provision is adequate, whether discrimination is still occurring, and what more needs to be done to improve access to health and social care”.The LGBTQI+ disabled people’s organisation Regard welcomed the decision to launch the inquiry but raised concerns that its focus appeared to be on access to healthcare rather than social care.Dr Ju Gosling (pictured), co-chair of Regard, said the committee also appeared to be confused about the distinction between healthcare and social care.She said: “While the evidence is clear that LGBTQI+ people face discrimination in health care, it also shows it is more extreme in social care.“LGBTQI+ people are also much more dependent on social care than other disabled and older people, due to the reduced availability of support from family and friends.”Gosling also raised concerns that the committee appeared to have excluded non-binary and intersex people from its new inquiry, “when we know they face specific barriers in accessing health care”.She said Regard would submit evidence to the committee’s inquiry.Last October, ground-breaking research co-produced by Regard found that more than a third of LGBTQI+ disabled people have experienced discrimination or received poor treatment from their personal assistants because of their sexual or gender identity.Almost a third said they felt they had been discriminated against by their local authority on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity.And more than 90 per cent said their needs as an LGBTQI+ disabled person were either not considered or were only given some consideration, when they were assessed or reviewed by their council.Among the questions the committee is asking are: in which areas of healthcare do LGBT people experience worse outcomes than the general population? How effectively do health and social care providers take the needs of LGBT people into account? And what does the evidence show about levels of discrimination against LGBT people in accessing health and social care?Maria Miller, the committee’s chair, said in a statement to launch the inquiry: “Evidence suggests that the healthcare needs of LGBT people are not currently being met effectively, some report that they still face discrimination in health and social care, and there are inequalities in outcomes between LGBT groups and the wider population.“We welcome the government’s recently announced action plan and its commitment to ensuring that LGBT people’s needs are at the heart of the NHS.“This is therefore a crucial time for us to look at how services can best be provided and improved for LGBT patients.“We want to hear from organisations, individuals, researchers and service providers about what can be done to make health and social services more effective for LGBT people.” The deadline for written evidence to the inquiry is 5 October 2018. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
HALF-backs Rangi Chase and Kevin Sinfield say they come together “as one” when they represent England, despite their rival allegiances at club level.The pair literally ‘collided’ when Chase’s Castleford faced Sinfield’s Leeds at the Wish Communications Stadium in 2011 – a game which saw the Leeds play-maker left dazed by a heavy hit from his opposite number.But Chase insists that the fierce rivalry the two players enjoy with their respective West Yorkshire clubs does not affect their relationship on the international stage.“We test each other and bash each other every time we play each other in the Super League, but when we come here we leave whatever happens on the field there, and we are as one,” he said.“Everyone is getting closer together and we’re getting to know each other better, which makes us much tighter as an England group.“It’s getting better every year, and if we can keep improving in that respect in 2013 then I think we will go a long way at Rugby League World Cup 2013.”The pair were speaking while in camp with the Elite Training Squad at their state-of-the-art facility in Loughborough, where the team resumed preparations for RLWC2013, and next month’s International Origin showdown with the Exiles.And Sinfield admits that June’s match action represents the most important element of the team’s preparations for this autumn’s challenge.“It’s been great. Preparations over the last three years through working with staff and getting everything in place is something we’re reaping the rewards of,” he said.“But, while doing the prep at the camps is all well and good, and we have got a lot out of them, there’s no better preparation than a run out together in a test match scenario.“The Exiles fixture is one we want to win as a stand-alone match. It’s a great test for all of us. There’s some fantastic players in their squad and they’ll want to win, I can assure you of that.“But it’d be great for us as a group to go into that World Cup having extended our unbeaten run from the Autumn Internationals – a real shot in the arm.”Chase echoed his team-mates sentiments, emphasising the importance of this year’s showdown at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 14.“It’s a real stepping stone and something to give us a good test. It’s World Cup year, so it’ll bring the best out of us,” he said. “Everybody’s competing against each other, and with one another in the England team for a place in the squad at the end of the year.“When we get to the Exiles game, it’s a real opportunity. We all know that.”Tickets for the International Origin match are available at www.englandrl.co.uk/tickets, while tickets are also on sale for RLWC2013, with 55% priced £20 or less.To make sure you will BE THERE buy now at www.rlwc2013.com or call our 24 Hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.
This year’s theme is Offload, which links to the men’s mental fitness and wellbeing project run by Rugby League Cares in partnership with State of Mind and the club foundations at Super League clubs.Offload helps challenge how the sporting world tackles issues such as depression and anxiety, and consists of a 10 week “season of fixtures” helping men to build their own mental fitness while having fun in a relaxed atmosphere and develop coping strategies to challenge difficult situations and learn how to recognise when people close to them may need their support.The round kicks off with two of the clubs involved in the delivery of the Offload programme, Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings, facing each other in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday June 14.Dr.Phil Cooper MBE, co-founder and trustee of State of Mind, said: “The State of Mind -Offload’ round is coming to Super League for the eighth season and this has allowed many people to improve their mental fitness and has saved numerous lives. We would like to thank our partners The Rugby Football League, Rugby League Cares, Big Lottery and Oddballs and all the Super League Clubs for their support.“In rugby league offloading is not an easy skill to master, but time it right and you can achieve sensational results and score some fantastic tries. Offloading in life is not an easy skill to master, but when under pressure, if you time it right you can achieve great results and prevent a problem building or getting worse.“By offloading and telling others about your problem or concern you can relieve the pressure, start solving the problem and build a winning mindset.”Emma Goldsmith, Offload Programme Manager at Rugby League Cares, added: “Many men across the Sport are now starting to talk to their mates and ‘Offload’ their issues when times get tough. State of Mind and the Offload programme are here to help men do that and give them practical support in a fun, friendly environment, when they need to a mate in their corner.”The other games in the State of Mind Betfred Super League round see Leeds host St Helens and Huddersfield against Catalans on Friday June 15, Hull’s home game with Wigan on Saturday June 16 and Warrington’s trip to Wakefield and Castleford’s game against Hull KR on Sunday June 17.As always, there will be plenty of State of Mind activity at the games during the round.The ManVan, a unique travelling interactive exhibition that tackles men’s health issues, will also be present at the games at Salford, Hull and Castleford during the State of Mind round.Driven in partnership between the Movember Foundation and Rugby League Cares, the ManVan which made its rugby league debut at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle.Prior to the round, State of Mind and Offload will take attempt to break a Guinness World Record for largest mental health awareness lesson at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on June 6.The current high is 688 people.
They say a 66-year-old Billy Wayne Baldwin was found dead at the scene of the fire.Clarke says there were no smoke detectors in the home.“Smoke detectors save lives,” said Clark.Related Article: Lightning strike damages Southport homeThe Fire Marshal’s office is currently investigating to uncover the cause of the blaze. CLARKTON, NC (WWAY) – A man has died and two people have been displaced after a fire just outside of Clarkton Saturday.Bladen County assistant coroner and Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark tells WWAY agencies responded to the home off of highway 211 west of Clarkton around 9:00 P.M.- Advertisement –
The Ryker Family (NHRMC) WILMINGTON, NC (NHRMC) – Ryker is a rambunctious, sweet 2-year-old.“He is a no-fear, non-stop toddler,” said Heather Lutz, Ryker’s mom. “You would never know looking at him or being around him that he has gone through what he’s gone through.”- Advertisement – A scar, now hidden behind a head of blonde hair, which starts from his right ear and wiggles back across his scalp, is the only indication that at 11 months old, Ryker underwent a six-hour surgery where portions of his skull and eye sockets were completely removed and reshaped.Something seemed offSince Ryker was Heather’s second child, she noticed his forehead didn’t look quite right the day he was born.Infants’ heads can be soft though, and since no doctor brought anything to her attention, she didn’t worry.Related Article: NHRMC Chief of Medical Staff reacts to potential hospital saleBut at Ryker’s 6-month check-up, their pediatrician suggested the Lutzes see Dr. Michael Jaskolka at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Jaskolka, the director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at NHRMC, specializes in the treatment of children with congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate and craniofacial syndromes.Ryker before surgery (NHRMC)Ryker was diagnosed with Metopic Craniosynostosis, a condition in which the fibrous sutures in an infant’s skull fuse prematurely and turn into bone.Without surgery to repair it, his skull would not grow properly.Building a 3-D model of Ryker’s skullWith a narrow window of time to correct the problem, Dr. Jaskolka put Ryker on the “fast-track” from the moment of diagnosis.Using state of the art technology, Dr. Jaskolka and Dr. Alex Thomas, a neurosurgeon, work together to tailor surgery for each patient. If diagnosed early, the surgeons can sometimes remove the affected area of the skull.“In Ryker’s case, we used a CT scan of his head to create an exact-to-scale replica using a 3-D printer,” Jaskolka said. “Ryker’s surgery was also planned virtually using a computer so that the operation could be carried out precisely as desired.”Ryker post surgery (NHRMC)Jaskolka said the 6-hour surgery entailed removing the front half of Ryker’s skull and the top half of his eye sockets and reconstructing them to normalize the shape and allow more room for his brain.Ryker’s surgery was scheduled for the week before his first birthday.Close to homeHeather said the six hours for the surgery dragged on as did the three days in recovery at the hospital, but she is grateful the technology and level of care that Drs. Jaskolka and Thomas delivered was available so close to home.“Our oldest was three and a half, so we had another little person to worry about,” she said. “We could still stay home rather than spend a few days or a week in Chapel Hill or at Duke.”At Ryker’s one-year post-operation check-in, the doctors were able to create another 3-D replica with the 3-D camera to illustrate his progress, but Heather had noticed significant changes long before that.“I would even say once his swelling went down at the 6-month mark and looking back at pictures of infancy, it’s night-and-day difference,” she said.Heather said she’s thankful for advancements in medicine and that doctors at NHRMC have access to some of the most up-to-date technology and equipment.Ryker today (NHRMC)“All of it was nothing short of amazing from Dr. Jaskolka’s staff to all the staff at NHRMC,” she said. “They were there every step and made us feel at ease throughout the process. I am thankful that we have one of the best teams in Wilmington to go through this.”
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man rode his bike across the country to raise money for Snipes Academy of Arts and Design and Friday he presented the school with a gift from the money he raised.Christopher Brown rode his bike more than 3,000 miles in nine weeks from San Diego to Wilmington.- Advertisement – He raised around $4,000 to help buy a 3-D printer for the school.Brown says he is happy to be done with his trip but excited to share his experience with the students and give a gift to the school.“You know you’ve managed to overcome the obstacles you can achieve your dreams in life so I want to kind of present that to the students as the lesson that I took away from the bicycle ride,” Brown said.Related Article: Nonstop service to San Diego starts out of RDU AirportBrown says he appreciates the opportunity to make the donation and hopes the students enjoy their new printer.
The new bridge, which officially opened this afternoon, is elevated to minimize flooding, wider to accommodate designated bike lanes, has a new concrete riding surface to reduce future maintenance costs and adds various other safety improvements.“Both motorists and bicyclists can now benefit from a safer and more functional bridge,” said Al Edgerton, bridge program manager for the N.C. Department of Transportation in the six counties that comprise Division 3.Monday morning, engineers performed a walk through and went through a punch list of minor things that still need to be done.Related Article: UPDATE: CFPUA contractor did not obtain permit before removing treesWork on the $ 1.6 million bridge project started in November, 2017. The original bridge was built in 1974 and the NCDOT said improvements were needed to meet current safety standards and reduce maintenance costs. New Bridge over Lords Creek (Photo: NCDOT) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After six months of bridge construction and setbacks due to weather, River Road in New Hanover County is finally open.Drivers are now able to travel on a new and better bridge over Lords Creek.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you are a Duke Energy customer, you could see something different about your bill this month. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says there are around 250,000 customers who could be affected.Duke Energy is sending out an estimated bill to some customers for September. That’s because the power company could not get to several areas after Hurricane Florence to read meters.- Advertisement – The utility came up with estimates based on a customer’s usage from the previous month and year. But Paige Layne, a Duke Energy spokeswoman, says you do not necessarily have to pay this bill.“We’re required to send bills every month. But we send that estimated bill so customers don’t get a two-month bill. Because 60 days worth of energy usage can result in a pretty high bill that a customer may not be able to pay all at once,” said Layne.Layne says the next bill customers get will be for September and October. She says people can pay now, and that will act as a credit towards the accurate bill, or they can wait to pay the two months together.
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One person went to the hospital after a crash that involved a Leland police officer Thursday afternoon.It happened at the intersection of Village Road and South Navassa Road.- Advertisement – No word yet on the condition of the injured person.A trooper on scene said the officer involved was not injured.The trooper said Highway Patrol has requested dashcam video from the police car as part of the investigation.