Disabled people should accept the “badge of disability” in order to increase their profile as consumers and help drive down the extra costs they face, according to a new report.The year-long Extra Costs Commission says that disabled people should come together as “bold and loud consumers” in order to capitalise on their collective spending power of more than £200 billion a year, in the same way that gay and lesbian people, and older people, have done.An interim report by the commission has already found that someone with a neurological condition spends on average almost £200 a week on disability-related costs, while someone with a physical impairment spends almost £300 a week.The commission – which examined the extra costs faced by disabled people in England and Wales, and was set up by the disability charity Scope – says that almost all disabled people report high extra transport costs, while most find it difficult to afford to buy insurance, and many pay more for housing, fuel and energy.Robin Hindle Fisher (pictured), the commission’s disabled chair, said in a blog published alongside the final report that stigmatisation of disabled people was still having “hidden effects”.He said: “One of them is the reluctance that many of us still feel to accept the badge of disability.“But I now think this reticence is serving us badly. It certainly reduces our collective consumer influence – and thus contributes to the extra costs we face. Hence our call to disabled people to be ‘bold and loud’.”In the report, he says: “Only by sharing information about our needs and expectations as shoppers, by complaining and speaking up when dissatisfied and by being more demanding as consumers, will companies have the market data to serve us better and to help reduce the cost of essential goods and services.”Hindle Fisher, who has worked in the financial services sector for more than 30 years, and is now also a business coach, said: “The benefits of presenting a collective voice have been seen with the gay community and amongst older people.“It is our view that it is time for disabled people to take similar action.”The commission says businesses and trade organisations must also improve the customer experience of disabled people, and recognise their spending power.And it says that disability organisations should improve the information and services they provide to disabled people and businesses, while regulators and government should “intervene” in markets where disabled people face “unfair extra costs”.Other disabled experts who sat on the commission include Dr Phil Friend, a leading disability consultant and former chair of Disability Rights UK; Amo Raju, chief executive of Disability Direct; artist and presenter Sophie Morgan; and James Moore, deputy business editor of The Independent.Among other recommendations, the commission says disabled people should share information about good deals and ways to reduce costs, through online disability communities and forums.And it calls on the government to take action to improve web accessibility, and improve disabled people’s access to taxis and private hire vehicles.
Tags: Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% These days we hear a lot about Mission shops closing their doors, but it is less often we hear about classic Mission businesses being able to expand into new locations in the neighborhood.Chely’s hair salon is one of these businesses that’s been able to upgrade and move into a larger, updated location with more visibility. “[In the old location] we only had space for 3 stations, but here we have six…the salon is almost three times as big,” said Javier Hernandez, co-owner of the hair salon with his sisters, one of them named, Chely.The owners of Chely’s moved into their new location on Monday, May 23 at 2277 Mission Street, which until recently, housed the FFDG art gallery. 0% This new space is a much-celebrated upgrade from their former location at the Plaza del Sol at 2437 Mission St, a small indoor shopping mall home to other storefronts. They opened at Plaza del Sol in 2011.The new location has allowed them to install twice as many hair cutting stations as their old home. And with the larger space, they are accepting applications for two more stylists.Hernandez said they were able to make the move after his sister saw a poster offering the space for rent. They were not the only ones interested, but the owner chose their application. They are paying more than what they were paying at their former location. Potentially even more remarkable is the salon’s ability to maintain affordable prices for its clients, even as rents rise at astronomical rates. Haircuts for boys start at $10, with girls haircuts starting at $12. Men’s hair is cut for $12, and women’s hair, $15. “We have to adapt and give our clients an affordable price and great service,” said Hernandez.“Our clients come from various places, from Daly City, and the Richmond. We even had in the morning a family of twelve people come from Half Moon Bay.” And, in this new location, clients can benefit from a newly remodeled space, with new flooring, and freshly painted walls and decorations that Javier and his sisters have done together. They’ve even been able to remodel the bathroom, which was quite old when they moved in.Hernandez and his sisters are excited about the change and the new location’s potential. “It’s only been two days, but I think this new space is going to attract new clients,” Hernandez said. At the end of the day, this new space allows Hernandez and his sisters to continue sustaining their family business, and keep the spirit of locally owned business alive in the Mission. But for Javier, his main concern is his clients. “[all of this] is to give our clients a better service,” he said.
In 1975, Rodriguez founded The Mexican Museum. The Museum got its start in two rooms in a building at the corner of Folsom and 15th Streets at the northern edge of the Mission. Since then it has moved once, has almost been evicted once, and amassed a world-class collection. Rodriguez’ mentee and later friend Amalia Mesa Bains remembered the significance the museum had even in its modest beginnings. “It was really a very prophetic vision. We were still considered minority,” she said. “His desire to provide us a separate space for enjoying art from Mexico…I think none of us could have imagined that in the years that transpired, that it would really come to this fruition.”Mesa-Bains said Rodriguez set aside his own artistic career to focus on his curatorial work, and even used his own money to acquire the early part of the collection. “He became a curator in a kind of de facto way. He had very strong aesthetic viewpoints and he was usually right,” Mesa-Bains said.But Maria X Martinez, a close personal friend of Rodriguez in his later years, met him originally in 1991, when he had already moved on from his leadership at the Mexican Museum, and saw his curatorial work not as a sacrifice of his artistic self, but an extension.“I think he saw his surroundings and the museums and everything he was doing as his own art, I think he saw that as alchemic. There was an alchemy in transforming his surroundings,” Martinez said. “The museum – the same part of him who paints, was also who built that.”His strong viewpoints led to frequent “flare-ups,” as Mesa-Bains put it, with Rodriguez, who had a reputation for being somewhat strong-headed.“He was very opinionated, a difficult personality, really he was, but you endured it because you knew he was right,” she said. “He was a model. You looked at his house, you left, you went home, and you fixed your room. You wanted to have that kind of beauty around you.”That admiration was widespread among those who interacted with Rodriguez, both personally and with regard to his work.“He was maestro, we all knew that,” she said. “He was the oldest in his family, looked up to by all of his family.”And, said Martinez, he knew it.“I don’t think there was ever a doubt in Peter’s mind of his vision and how important it was,” Martinez said. “I don’t think he ever faltered in that.” In his later years, Rodriguez remained active artistically, painting even up to his 90th birthday. He also mellowed out, Martinez said, and relationships with family and friends became paramount. Martinez’ daughter Paloma shared a particularly close bond with Rodriguez.“The most precious thing was having Christmas Eve dinner with me and just having him be in our house and be the elder,” Martinez said.In mid July, the Mexican Museum celebrated the beginning of construction of its new building at 706 Mission Street in downtown San Francisco after existing for many years in Fort Mason. The new building will house what has become the largest collection of Mexican, Latino and Chicano art in the nation, with some 17,000 pieces. Those who knew Rodriguez attributed the success of the museum largely to him.“No one contributed more to the Latino art community than Peter,” said Andrew M. Kluger, Chair of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees, in a statement. “He was a true visionary whose legacy is firmly established in our world-class museum, where future generations can learn about and be inspired by Mexican art and culture.”The museum was also a symbol of self-determination for Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicano artists, giving them an opportunity to be exhibited, a public feedback gathering process Mesa-Bains likened to allowing athletes to compete.“Because we were so excluded from the mainstream, our institutions were really almost like an antidote,” she said.“What an honor it has been to see my uncle’s legacy unfold before us,” said Irene Christopher, Peter Rodriguez’s niece in a statement from the museum. “My uncle worked tirelessly, and with passion and drive, to personally demonstrate that, as a Mexican-American, we can achieve any dream by ourselves.” Tags: arts • obituary Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% San Francisco artistic visionary and founder of the Mexican Museum Peter Rodriguez died July 1, 2016 at 90 years of age. Friends remembered the Stockton, Calif. native as a gifted artist, a perfectionist, and a collector who helped Chicano art to be seen and appreciated in San Francisco. Rodriguez was the oldest of eleven children and started receiving recognition for his artwork at an early age. He was selected for an exhibition in New York City in seventh grade and a year later, for the 1939 exhibition at the World’s Fair in San Francisco.In his youth, Rodriguez lived in San Francisco and worked in advertising and fashion while painting in oils and acrylics at home. After living in Tlalpan near Mexico City for some time and traveling through the Yucatan and around Mexico, Rodriguez returned in the 1970s and helped found 24th’s street’s Galería de la Raza. From the Mexican Museum: The life and legacy of Peter Rodriguez, founder of The Mexican Museum will be remembered on Thursday, July 28 at 11:30am, St. Dominc’s Church in San Francisco, 2390 Bush Street. The community is welcome to attend, joining Rodriguez’s family, friends, and colleagues in honoring the man and his lifelong mission to keep Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino art at the forefront of the art world.
Some 40 people accepted placement in the Mission’s Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. after a large-scale encampment at 16th Street and San Bruno Avenue was removed by the city Thursday morning. At the same time, three young women – one who has been on the street for 15 years – were turned away because they were part of another encampment. It’s unclear how many people camping at 16th and San Bruno also failed to find a place, but it could have been as many as 50 given the longevity of the encampment. Public Works cleaning crews and Homeless Outreach Team spearheaded the encampment resolution effort that began at 7 a.m. with teams assisting the homeless in dismantling their tents. Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Randy Quezada, spokesperson for the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that in total, 40 people had been placed in the Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., but declined to give the number of people who had been living at the encampment before Thursday morning.“The space was very dynamic with people coming and going especially in that area where there were many encampments,” said Quezada.Despite the relative success in connecting a number of campers to the Navigation Center, some declined their placement offers while others clamored to get in. “They offered me the Navigation Center and that’s it, “ said a woman who gave her name as Angel Eyes. “I’m undecided. I feel like that’s a big decisions to make right at this moment. I just spent all morning packing my things.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezOthers were eager to make use of the coveted resource. Three young women who were not inhabitants of the San Bruno encampment approached outreach workers, bags in hands, in the hope of being placed at the Navigation Center. But because they were not part of the encampment targeted for resolution, the women were turned away.“There has to be another way. What about the Navigation Center that’s on 12th street?” One of the women asked. But that center too required a placement process, she was told.As the women moved on, they were advised to move closer to the Mission’s Navigation Center.“People want to get in, people want services,” said Cutler. “There are two narratives out there – that people don’t want services and that people are not from San Francisco – both are not true.”Cutler, a former youth outreach worker for Larkin Street Youth Services, said she recognized at least two of the women and estimated that they had been homeless for some 15 years. “I see a lot of folks out here that were homeless youth years ago. I see my kids regularly down here,” said Cutler, adding that she had first interacted with the woman when she was 15 years old. “I’m thrilled to see they are still alive, but it’s heartbreaking that our system has failed them and that they are still forced to live on the street,” she said. By 11 a.m., much of the encampment had been largely cleared, and surrounding businesses immediately began to erect barricades along the sidewalks to disincentivize campers from returning. Those who did not receive shelter placement moved on, some just a block away.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez 0% Human Rights Advocate Kelley Cutler from the Coalition on Homelessness, oversaw the resolution and educated campers on their rights and shelter options.Photo by Lola M. Chavez
WANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?We catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.New Look Webstore Up and RunningWe are delighted that the new look webstore has now been launched prior to the start of the new season.There will be new functions added over the next few days but we hope you will find it easier to use than before. Visit www.saintssuperstore.com to get all your Saints Merchandise.Support the Saints on and off the field by buying official Saints Merchandise from the webstore and the Club Superstore.Steve Prescott FoundationWe are pleased to be able to support the SPF by donating £5 from every shirt printed with the name and number “PRESCOTT 1” between Saturday February 15 and the end of the Hull matchnight on Friday February 21. Offer applies to Saints and Hull fans on Home and Away Shirts.We are also pleased to announce that Hull F.C. have also offered to run the same promotion for their own fans who wish to remember the great man on their Hull replica shirt. We thank them for their support in this.New In StoreRecently arrived in store are two new Saints own Brand Polos.These polos offer customers another option from the ISC branded Polos and have already proved popular. Take a look for yourself or for a gift to the Saints fan in your life.We have teamed up with our Leisurewear supplier to test a range of knitwear and these arrived last week and are selling well already. Let us know what you think. We have a v neck fashion sweater plus a stylish knitted long-sleeved Polo Shirt with Tonal crest.New Products On Their WayIn the next few weeks we look forward to receiving some new products including Saints Beach Towels which a number of people have been enquiring about for some time and we are close to receiving new Boots Mascot Soft Toy.We also are close to receiving some new ISC Trainingwear including new colour ways in Vests, T-Shirts, Polos and Tech Hoody plus two new style Shorts. We also await delivery of the additional Performance Hoody in Royal Blue.You can buy Saints Merchandise in the Superstore at Langtree Park or by logging on here.
ALEX Walmsley previews the derby on the latest edition of the Saints In Touch podcast.The big forward also talks about recent events at Langtree Park whilst Head Coach Keiron Cunningham gives his thoughts on the youngsters putting pen to paper at the club.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.
Aerial shot of Love Grove Community (Photo: Ron Sparks/ High Tide Helicopters) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After years of talks and more than a year of construction, the new bridge into Wilmington’s Love Grove community is due to open this weekend.The photos seen below are aerial views of the new bridge shared with us by Sparks Engineering. 1 of 2 Love Grove community (Photo: Ron Sparks) – Advertisement – Love Grove community (Photo: Ron Sparks) Construction on the $5 million project began in February 2017.Love Grove only had one entrance which would get blocked by train traffic.The grand opening of the new bridge is set for Sunday afternoon.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the store’s loss prevention officer. The loss prevention officer said a suspect left the store without paying for merchandise. When the officer approached him, the suspect allegedly showed an orange box cutter and threatened to cut the officer. The officer said the suspect then dropped the merchandise and left on a gray bicycle.Wilmington Police are looking for a white man in his mid-to-late 30s with a thin build, balding with light brown hair, a full short beard and prescription glasses. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie with a blue shirt underneath, black shorts and black sandals.If you have any information, call Wilmington Police. (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a man who they say tried to rob a department store Monday morning.According to a police spokeswoman, around 9:20 a.m., officials responded to Kohl’s off Eastwood Road after an attempted armed robbery.- Advertisement –
The person on the jet ski knew the people on the boat. (TowBoat U.S.) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Surprisingly no one was hurt after an accident left a jet ski mounted on a 27-foot boat Sunday.Tow Boat U.S. responded just before 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening to a jet ski versus boat accident on the Masonboro Inlet. Tow Boat officials say no one was hurt as a result of the accident.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Fundraising for groundbreaking research and life-changing services for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis will take place on April 27.The MS Walk Wilmington taking place at Hugh MacRae Park starting at 9:30 a.m. will bring together a community of passionate people for one cause: to end MS forever.- Advertisement – Walk MS has generated more than $1 billion toward their mission and each step you take is backed by a supportive community.For more information on the event watch the video above.