People with HIV have been failed by the government

first_imgPeople with HIV have been failed by the government’s new disability benefit, according to new research.The research by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) found that only three-fifths of people living with HIV were found eligible for the new personal independence payment (PIP) after being reassessed.NAT says its research has confirmed long-standing fears that people with HIV would not receive the support they needed under PIP, which is supposed to help cover people’s extra disability-related costs.Its report shows that only three-fifths (63 per cent) of the 1,000 people with HIV who were previously receiving disability living allowance (DLA) and had been reassessed for PIP were awarded the new benefit.This compares with 73 per cent of all DLA claimants who had been reassessed and were awarded PIP, according to the figures, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last December.One charity that works with NAT, River House, described yesterday (Wednesday) how a 57-year-old man who was diagnosed last October with HIV and also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, had been awarded zero points after a PIP assessment in April.An appeal to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – the so-called mandatory reconsideration stage – was refused in late June.By this time, his health had deteriorated even further and he was admitted to hospital, where he was diagnosed with untreatable lung cancer.He was due to receive DWP’s decision on a fresh PIP application this week, but died on Monday morning.Another River House service-user with HIV has described how he had to start using foodbanks after his PIP was suddenly stopped because he missed a renewal deadline by just two days after he was diagnosed with cancer.DWP refused to reconsider removing his PIP and he had to wait more than 16 weeks to be assessed again.He said: “From the moment that my PIP stopped, I lost the uplift in my ESA [employment and support allowance] that I received because I was now not receiving PIP.“While I waited to be assessed for PIP and again for ESA, I had to borrow small amounts of money from friends [and] organisations that support people living with HIV and I was a regular visitor to local food banks.”The NAT analysis also shows that people with HIV who had been claiming DLA were more likely (43 per cent) than the average DLA claimant (30 per cent) to see their level of support cut if they were awarded PIP after a reassessment.According to last December’s figures, only about 1,000 of the 7,920 people living with HIV who were claiming DLA at the start of the PIP rollout in 2013 – which itself was about 10 per cent of all those with HIV in the UK – had been reassessed.The charity says that not everyone living with HIV in the UK has benefitted equally from modern treatments – for example, long-term survivors and people diagnosed late – and some will have life-long health problems as a result of HIV. One study found that two-thirds of people living with HIV in the UK have at least one other condition, in addition to HIV, and 38 per cent have more than one additional condition.Deborah Gold, NAT’s chief executive, said: “The evidence so far is that PIP is not working for people living with HIV who need extra support.“The assessment is not fit for its stated purpose, to identify the disability-related barriers to participation and independence experienced by people living with HIV. “The tick-box eligibility criteria describe only the most basic aspects of existence, such as physical capacity to consume food and bathe, without any understanding of the social context of life with a serious long-term condition.”Among the charity’s many concerns about the assessment process are that it fails to accurately capture: the risk of isolation due to HIV-related anxiety; the need for support with nutrition; and the importance of adhering to HIV medication.Sarah Radcliffe, NAT’s director of policy and campaigns, said that the research – the first to be carried out into the impact of PIP on people with HIV – shows that the concerns raised when the abolition of working-age DLA was announced in 2010 were not baseless.She said the way the assessment was devised “means people living with HIV will not have their support needs identified – or where they are picked up, this will not necessarily translate to support”.And she said the social model “rhetoric” used by DWP when it introduced the new benefit – focussing on how social factors create barriers to participation for disabled people – “has not translated to reality for PIP”.Instead, she said, the PIP assessment “looks a lot like the work capability assessment’s notorious ‘tick box’ medical approach”.She added: “The descriptors used are proxies for a basic existence and not for barriers to participation or the extra costs associated with an active, independent life.“It is not too late to improve PIP for people living with HIV. The vast majority are yet to be reassessed.  “It is time to look again at PIP, from scratch, and make sure it lives up to its stated goals of promoting participation and independence.”A DWP spokeswoman said in a statement: “We introduced PIP to replace the outdated DLA system – it takes a much wider look at the way someone’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis and is tailored to suit each individual’s needs.“Decisions are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant, including supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.“Under PIP, 28 per cent of claimants are now receiving the highest rate of support, compared to 15 per cent under DLA, and anyone who disagrees with a PIP decision has the right to appeal.”But DWP figures from last December also showed that fewer than half (about 126,000) of the 254,000 people previously receiving the higher rate mobility component of DLA secured the same level of mobility support when reassessed for PIP.And unpublished DWP figures obtained by DNS in March showed nearly half of disabled people subject to “planned reviews” of their eligibility for PIP were having their existing award either cut or removed completely.NAT has produced free resources on PIP for people living with HIV and the services who support themlast_img read more

New Amnesia Owner Expects Few Changes

first_imgWathen, who said he used to frequent the bar in the late 90s and early 2000s, offered assurance.“We don’t want to lose the feel of it, but we do want to clean it up,” said Wathen who assumed ownership at the beginning of August and has been operating under a temporary license.He plans to close Amnesia for a few weeks in November to repaint the interior, have an electrician update some wiring, update the beer tap system and maybe renovate the bar. And, as the owner of a beer store, he might be adding to the drink repertoire, but it won’t be PBRs and it won’t be Budweiser: “We’re not gonna put top 40s music on the stage, and we’re not gonna put crap on tap.”He does hope to have more music programming. With a freshly renegotiated lease that will last another ten years at a slightly below market rate, Wathen said the LLC isn’t under pressure to turn a big profit right away, so he hopes to start opening earlier and having acoustic sets in the late afternoon. He’s also hoping to more frequently dispense with cover charges.“We anticipate being a neighborhood spot, maybe one where you can come in earlier in the day,” Wathen said.That is, if the Entertainment Commission approves the license transfer, which is likely but still a hurdle that makes Wathen nervous. Should the Commission reject him, the bar closes. Since Magee’s departure, he’s already hired two new employees and is on the lookout for more, and he hopes everyone will be able to keep their jobs. Still, he’s hopeful —  but just in case,  he’s collected somewhere around 500 signatures on a petition to allow the transfer.“If Amnesia can’t retain its license then what can?” he asked, citing the lack of upstairs neighbors who could be unhappy and the bar’s clean safety record. “If it doesn’t pass, then music is dead in San Francisco.”Amnesia’s license transfer will be considered at 5:30 p.m. in room 416 of City Hall.  0% Tags: Amnesia Bar • night life Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The Entertainment Commission will decide the fate of Amnesia tonight, when it considers allowing Craig Wathen, the owner of City Beer Store in SoMa, to take over Amnesia’s entertainment license from former owner Shawn Magee.Magee hand picked Wathen and his team, including Wathen’s wife Beth and two other investors, Lee Topar and Scot Plewacki, to take over Amnesia after his move to Mexico.Topar, Plewacki and Wathen met in SoMa, and formed the South of Market Boys LLC to handle the bar in a salute to a sort of community serving gang that was active in the neighborhood around the turn of the 20th century and after the 1906 earthquake.“We want to be a part of the San Francisco that has a soul,” Wathen said at a small meeting to address community questions or concerns about the bar’s new direction. It appears that little will change.  Regular Jeff Seiwald, one of two community members in attendance, wanted to make sure that the bar would still be serving his favorite beer, Death and Taxes. He also hoped that visitors might be encouraged to talk less during performances.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown is looking for more continuity in his

first_imgNATHAN Brown is looking for more continuity in his line up this weekend.Saints are set to take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Jon Wilkin’s Testimonial on Sunday January 20 (3pm) with both sides wanting to hone their skills ahead of the big Super League kick off.“We made some improvements in key areas during the game against the Giants,” Nathan said, “but we know we have a fair bit of work to do.“We will look to reduce the number of players this week and some blokes who won’t get the chance to play will probably play Super League this season.“You’d like to give more an opportunity of a run out but it is good for continuity.”Saints are likely to have Josh Perry and Tony Puletua in Sunday’s line up but Adam Swift and Paul Clough have knocks.On the plus side, Gary Wheeler has recovered from illness and is also in contention.Brown continued: “Any team that wants to do well will need healthy competition in the squad. You also need a fair amount of luck with injury too. We’re lucky that we have older players who have been successful. They train well and compete hard. It’s hard to imagine them not playing unless injury or complacently costs them their position. It is a good example they set and they are doing well.“The kids have improved because of the experience of training with these older players. Josh Jones nailed his spot last season and has continued to develop.“Joe Greenwood has done the same too. He is a good young kid, trains hard and is a typical St Helens player as he understands where to play footy and where the space is. If he keeps learning and training he will do well.“I am comfortable with our squad but we need to keep our key players fit and healthy. If you get a number of injuries in a certain position then it can tell on you. We will need to stay healthy and get some young kids like Jones through too. He did a great job for us and if we get one or two of those each year then it helps bolster the squad.“Lance Hohaia is a unique player who is good in lots of positions. That is a real benefit for the team but probably detriment to Lance’s career. He has represented his country at 9 and 1, and played a Grand Final at 6. He is a handy player and there isn’t a team in Super League or the NRL that wouldn’t have him in their side. They couldn’t tell you what position to put him in, but they would all want him!”Tickets for Sunday’s match are now on sale and are priced at £20 adults and £10 concessions (Solarking South Stand allocated and unallocated), and £16/£8 for the Hattons Solicitors West Stand.Family ticket prices are £50 for two adults and two kids (seating) and £40 for two adults and two kids (standing).They are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comNathan reckons the Wildcats will provide a tough test.“They have really improved and can only be better with Justin Poore in the team. I coached him at St George and he is a good player. Danny Kirmond keeps improving and I think the captaincy has helped him do that.“Wakefield played some great footy at the back end of last season and I can only see them improving this year too.”last_img read more

NATHAN Brown was pleased Saints got their first pr

first_imgNATHAN Brown was pleased Saints got their first pre-season game under their belts as they recorded a 20-0 win over Batley on Friday night.His side ran in four tries to ease past the Championship outfit in appalling weather.“The conditions weren’t the best to give us the great game but it was good for us in so many ways,” he said. “They had a real dig and from a physical point of view it was good for the younger players to be in a game like that. Championship sides are always physical and that is what the guys needed.“We had some blokes coming back who haven’t played for a long time and kids who got to play on the back of another pre-season. We also had younger kids who haven’t played and got the chance to and older fellas who got a hit out too. It served a good purpose for us.“Mark Flanagan, Gary Wheeler and Ade Gardner all missed chunks of the season and handled themselves well too.”New scrum-half Luke Walsh missed the game as he rolled his ankle his training and that saw Jon Wilkin take up a familiar spot – after last season anyway – at half back.“Walshy would have played if it was a proper game,” Brown added. “Wilko played at 7 last year and knows what suits him and the team and he was comfortable. Of course, we would have liked to have played him in the position he will be in this year.“The likes of Jordan Hand, Carl Forster have had a good pre-season and have done better tonight than this time last year. I thought Josh Jones and Mark Percival went well too.“Josh is a competent player and whether he is in the centre or second row you know what you’re going to get. Percy has that bit of brilliance about him and is in much better physical shape than this time last year too.“We have a lot of players who can still play under 19s but some who can’t. We have the partnership with Rochdale and they will take some players as will Whitehaven too. Hopefully this year we have the problem that they are all fit and have to play.”Saints next pre-season match is James Roby’s Testimonial Match against Wigan on Friday January 31 (8pm).Sia Soliola, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Adam Swift are all likely to feature.You can buy tickets here.last_img read more

StHELENS RFC are delighted to have signed a si

first_imgSt.HELENS R.F.C. are delighted to have signed a significant partnership with sports apparel manufacturer O’Neills Sportswear.The First Utility Super League Champions have agreed a three-year deal to supply professional kit, trainingwear and leisurewear to the club.The partnership will see all playing and backroom staff wearing O’Neills Sportswear branded clothing and professional kit as well as a large range of retail wear made available for the club’s supporters.As official kit supplier O’Neills, whose motto is ‘The Choice of Champions’, will also refit the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park.Dave Hutchinson, Head of Sales and Marketing at Saints, said: “We are delighted to have entered into an agreement which such a forward thinking and customer focused company.“O’Neills are already well established in Rugby League and will offer flexibility and innovation to our retail offering.“Merchandising at a club level needs to be able to offer a variety of different products and promotions to our fans at different times during the season.“We are confident that our new partnership with O’Neills will keep the club superstore and online store full of new ranges that our fans will enjoy throughout the year.“We have some exciting plans for our partnership which we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”O’Neills Irish International Sports Co. Ltd. was founded in 1918 by Charles O’Neills as a manufacturer of Gaelic Footballs and it is now the largest Sportswear manufacturer in the British Isles as well as having manufacturing facilities in Dublin and Strabane.The brand has become synonymous with the production of team kits, footballs and hurling balls for Gaelic games but is fast becoming a major supplier to rugby and soccer clubs across Ireland, the UK, Europe and America.They employ more than 560 people and are the official sportswear provider to the GAA as well as supplying kit, trainingwear and leisurewear to Widnes Vikings and London Irish RFC.Neil Williams at O’Neills Sportswear said: “We are very excited to be partnering with St.Helens R.F.C., the current Super League Champions, for the next three years and we hope the supporters are looking forward to seeing the new range.“This is a landmark agreement for O’Neills Sportswear who has a long heritage of supplying quality kit throughout the world and, as a brand passionate about what we do; it makes perfect sense to affiliate ourselves with a Club like St.Helens R.F.C. that has an equally passionate and committed following throughout the world.“This partnership gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our strong commitment to rugby and we very much look forward to working with St Helens going forward.”Pictured are Dave Hutchinson Saints’ Head of Sales and Marketing, Neil Williams from O’Neills and Saints CEO Mike Rush.last_img read more


first_imgLachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo all made their Super League bow’s and have been issued with the below Heritage numbers:Lachlan Coote – 1246Kevin Naiqama – 1247Joseph Paulo – 1248The numbers have been issued based on starting positions in the 17 named for the match, with Coote starting at full-back, Naiqama at Centre and Paulo from the bench.All three players will wear their number embroidered into their playing shirts under the Club crest, from Sunday’s game vs. Wakefield Trinity.last_img read more

Organization gives out bottled water during hot weather

first_img Part of the mission at the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington is to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.During this time of the year, the center tries to give bottles of water to folks who come by for meals, the day shelter and to those staying overnight.The Good Shepherd Center does have bottles of water to give out, but said they can always use more donations.Related Article: WaterStep brings clean water to communities in North Carolina“It is very important in this weather to stay hydrated, and when we’re serving, you know, over 200 people a day, that’s a lot of bottles of water,” Good Shepherd Center Senior Development Director Jane Birnbach said.The Good Shepherd Center is currently looking for donations of water, sunscreen, bug spray, and men’s flip flops for shower shoes.For more tips on how to beat the summer heat, click here.For more information about the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington, click here, or call (910) 763-4424. The Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington gives bottles of water when the weather gets hot (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the temperatures continue to climb this week, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated.It’s also important to remember others in the community who may need your help during this heat.- Advertisement – last_img read more

I am the only remaining person interested in the Parliamentary seat –

first_imgThe newly elected Nationalist Councillor for Xaghra Gozo Kevin Cutajar, has said on Facebook that in light of Jean Pierre Debono’s decision to withdraw his interest in David Stellini’s parliamentary seat, he is the only remaining person interested.Cutajar said that he wrote a letter to the Secretary General of the Nationalist Party informing them of his interest. He said that he now awaits an answer.Updated: Debono’s stepping back seen as common sense by CutajarHis comments come after the controversy surrounding the co-option of Mr Stellini’s seat in the Parliament.  There were many who argued that  it would be wise to give Cutajar the seat seeing as it helped maintain the representation of Gozo in the Parliament. Others believed that it should be given to Debono given that he gave up his Parliamentary seat for the Opposition Leader Adrian Delia.Read more:PN requests Speaker to postpone motion to co-opt DebonoDangerously ambitious – ArrigoUpdated: Gozitan seat fraudulently stolen – former PN Executive President SammutLast Saturday, the PN’s Executive Committee voted 42 to 40 in favour of Jean Pierre Debono taking Stellini’s former seat. This didn’t last as the PN’s Regional Committee for Gozo challenged the Executive Committee’s decision as null and void. This led to Debono withdrawing his interest.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 Buying guidelines for shoppers in Uganda

first_imgThe Galaxy S7 Edge. Image Credit: CNet. Advertisement Samsung Uganda last month unveiled the latest editions of its flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – sparking off familiar debate on how this compares with its predecessors as well as the devices offered by competitors.Undoubtedly, the Galaxy S7 was the most anticipated phone when we turned our calendars to 2016. Such anticipation only built up following its grandeur style announcement at the Mobile World Congress with Mark Zuckerberg himself delivering the keynote address. Obviously, when speaking about connecting people, no one knows more about that the man who has already connected 1.59 billion people.In essence, that’s what our smartphones are to us today. The tools we use to capture moments and share them with friends and families, while keeping up with our work and financial obligations. They bring the world to the palm of the hand. – Advertisement – Yet with the S7, Samsung hopes to take that a step further by allowing you to experience another your imaginative galaxy as if it were real. By design, Virtual Reality technology replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it (Wikipedia). The Samsung Galaxy S7 carries the latest version of Android operating system.In relative terms, looking at the specs of the Galaxy S7, it doesn’t seem to indicate monumental leaps over its predecessor, the Galaxy S6. But key features such as the Dual Pixel technology (improvement for camera), faster wireless charging, and its now improved water resistance, the phone still offers plenty of reason to upgrade/switch over.Dual Pixel Autofocus for the camera“The Galaxy S7 is the first smartphone with dual-pixel technology, so it captures better photos in low-light environments and focuses faster than the blink of an eye,” notes Samsung.Dual Pixel Autofocus is one of the newer features of modern cameras, announced earlier this year as Canon announced their new 80D DSLR camera. “[It] is a sensor-based, phase detection Auto Focus (AF) technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still photos,” notes Canon.Samsung will have been proud, therefore, to successfully fit this into their new smartphone.Water Resistant?Yes, actually. Samsung has stepped up its focus water resistance, and here is how they decided to explain it:“You can’t live without water or your smartphone, which is why the Galaxy S7 has a certified water-resistant rating. It repels spills, splashes and even dunks without a bulky protective case.”Below is a video we recorded at the Kampala launch last month.Buying Options:MTN Uganda has announced a promotional offer of UGX. 2,095,000/= for the Samsung Galaxy Edge, with a free 5GB Internet bundle. This represents a substantial discount from the UGX. 2,950,000/= listing price.VersionPRICEMTNAirtelSamsung Galaxy S7UGX. 2,500,000UGX. 2,499,999Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeUGX. 2,095,000UGX. 2,849,999EXPERIENCE4G SupportYesNoStarter Internet Bundle30GB24GBWith MTN, you can purchase this phone is available for online purchases on Jumia and Kaymu that will enable you to have the phone without leaving your office.If you hurry, you can take advantage of MTN’s limited offer and get yourself the Galaxy S7 Edge+ at a price you likely won’t find anywhere else.last_img read more

Huge discounts on smartphones as Kilimall and Huawei launch Mobile Road Show

first_imgAdvertisement Kilimall, Uganda’s fastest growing online shopping mall and Huawei are bringing the biggest smartphone variety discount sales in the Huawei Mobile Road Show this Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd October at Game Stores – Lugogo.The Huawei Mobile Road Show will offer the widest variety of Huawei Phones at the best discounts on the market ever. The flagship Huawei P8 smartphone got discounted down to UGX 1,200,000 only from UGX 1,590,000 whereas the brilliant phablet in the Huawei Mate 7 is selling at a stunning UGX 1,360,000 up from UGX 1,720,000.Kilimall Uganda Managing Director, Wang Chengyang says, “In order to thank the clients at Uganda market, especially the clients who like online shopping, the discount season will be started from now to the end of Road Show, the clients can visit the special page for this event to buy those Huawei phones” – Advertisement – Other Huawei smartphones with huge discount include the Huawei Y3C, the Huawei, Huawei Y5C, and the Huawei P7.[related-posts]Kilimall was founded in Kenya in June 2014 and launched in Uganda at the end of May 2016, after several months of operation. The number of orders Kilimall Uganda gets every day is leading in all e-commerce companies in Uganda.last_img read more