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first_imgThe organisation representing NHS service-providers has called on the government to act on the links between mental distress and cuts to benefits, after producing new evidence showing that social security reform has increased demand for mental health services.NHSProviders spoke out after publishing research showing that more than nine outof ten (92 per cent) mental health trusts that took part in a survey saidchanges to benefits were increasing demand for mental health services.And more thansix in 10 (63 per cent) said this impact was high, making it the mostsignificant economic and social factor in increasing demand for mental healthservices.The NHSProviders report includes a detailed case study of a disabled woman whodescribes how the process of applying for employment and support allowance (ESA)was so stressful that it caused a relapse in her mental health.The formermental health nurse told NHS Providers that the ESA process and its repeatedassessments were “cruel” and left her feeling powerless, while the workcapability assessment process was “the biggest source of worry in my life”. The report, Addressing the Care Deficit, adds to evidence that shows ESArecipients are at particularly high risk of suicide attempts.DisabilityNews Service (DNS) has repeatedly drawn the attention of government departmentsand other public bodies to the findings of NHS Digital’s Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, which showed that more than 43 percent of ESA claimants had said (when asked in 2014) that they had attemptedsuicide at some point in their lives, compared with about seven per cent of non-ESA claimants.Despite thatevidence, the Cross-Government SuicidePrevention Workplandoes not mention DWP, benefits, ESA or universal credit, while ESA anduniversal credit claimants are not included among the high-risk groupsmentioned in the workplan.Thegovernment has also refused to name ESA claimants as a high-risk group in itscross-government suicide prevention strategy.PublicHealth England is another organisation that has resisted making this link. Inthe latest update of its Suicide Prevention Profile, there are 25 risk factorsfor suicide but they do not include the proportion of the population in localareas that claims ESA.NHSProviders has now called on the government and its arms-length bodies to act.SaffronCordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, told DNS: “Our report… revealeddeep disquiet among mental health trust leaders about the impact of benefitscuts and universal credit on demand for mental health services. “Thegovernment and its arms-length bodies should examine the evidence behind thislink, and act on it.“We need abenefits system that offers the right support for people who need it, ratherthan compounding or aggravating mental health problems.”Samaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.orgA note from the editor: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 note 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…last_img read more

Good Morning Mission to the Land of Free Boxes

first_img 0% Photo by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy GraboyesPhoto by Judy Graboyes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Right now it is 62° with a high of 68° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block:  Bryant to Florida, 15th to 16th Streets.You can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.Photo by Judy Graboyeslast_img read more

SF Missions Lost Weekend Video to Relocate to Alamo Drafthouse

first_imgHawkins said the comedy shows will wind down for now, but may be revived. Duran said she is making plans with local comic and columnist Nato Green, a host and producer of Lost Weekend’s weekly comedy showcase Cynic Cave.“We hope to keep its spirit alive,” said Hawkins.Exact details, like the layout and design of the Lost Weekend kiosk, hours of operation, and staff sharing are still to be determined, but the new rental is expected to be in place sometime in February.The collaboration comes after the Alamo Drafthouse purchased the entire inventory of Le Video, another popular rental shop in the Inner Sunset that shuttered in December. Lost Weekend may have an active role in handling and making available the Le Video archive, though specific details have yet to be ironed out as well, pending decisions about whether or not to split up the video collection or leave it intact. Lost Weekend’s new location inside the Alamo will, however, use Le Video’s shelving units, physically blending the three film institutions.In March of last year, Lost Weekend teamed up with 1234Go! records, based in Oakland, to divide but preserve their Valencia store, and even expand to the East Bay. With Lost Weekend’s exit, the record shop will move into the space soon to be vacated by clothing designer and retailer DEMA, which will close in February.Andrew Kerwin, a store manager at the Valencia branch of 1234Go!, said the record shop has started buying used vinyl and will expand that practice at the new location, and also hopes to add a listening station. Still, the record selection will be carefully quality-controlled.“I’m hoping to just curate it even tighter, keep it all killer, no filler,” Kerwin said.While the record business has been enjoying vinyl’s return to trendiness, video streaming has made business tough for film rental stores. Hawkins said he saw more people come through the doors on the first day the shop opened, completely without fanfare, than he sees on any given day now.“The new people moving in tend to know how to find things for cheap or for free online,” he said. “Also, many younger people have already begun to come of age without having the experience of having a local video store, thus it may not even occur to them to search for one.”But that doesn’t stop Lost Weekend or the Alamo from seeing the value of film rental, and wanting to preserve it.“Every time there’s a shift in format viewing like, let’s say, VHS to DVD to Blu-ray to streaming, only a really small percentage of movies make that leap every time,” said the Alamo’s Mike Keegan. “When people are at home just streaming stuff, there’s the ease of selection but the breadth of history isn’t there. So I see video rental stores as sort of public archives.” 0% Come February, Lost Weekend Video will depart its storefront on Valencia Street, where it has rented out films for some 18 years, and will move to the New Mission Theater. The video store will become part of a partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse to preserve two collections of hard-to-find films — both Lost Weekend’s collection and the Le Video Archive.The store will take all or most of its 27,000-film collection to the recently renovated New Mission Theater and erect a kiosk in the main lobby, where film buffs can browse and rent films of varying degrees of rareness and obscurity, as before.“I think having that setup in the lobby will help the moviegoing experience,” said Liz Duran, the Alamo’s private events and community director. “The audience is going to get a lot more out of going to an Alamo movie by having the video store within our walls.”Inside the Valencia location hang accolades from local newspapers and magazines, accumulated over many years, including its most recent award for “Best ‘This Is Still A Thing,’” which inspires a little bit of chagrin in co-owner Dave Hawkins. But Lost Weekend is as much community space as it is a video archive. On a recent Friday, as Hawkins was on his way for coffee, a customer recognized him on the sidewalk and handed him a video return, which he tucked into his pocket. Several others stopped by to ask about the Le Video collection or simply to lament the passing of David Bowie. Downstairs, the CineCave has won the hearts of local comedy lovers and comedians alike.center_img Tags: Business • films • lost weekend video • New Mission Theater • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Universal Café – Old Timer in the Mission

first_imgOn crusty levain, fresh mashed favas sprinkled with pecorino romano, topped with whipped ricotta over little gem lettuces. This dish screamed Spring (it was May) and I think that of the many restaurants that tout the seasonality of their menus, Universal is really successful at it.We also had teeny crab cakes…Crab cakes House made sourdough English muffin, fried egg, bacon, and cheddar, with a tarragon vinaigrette dressed salad. My friend ordered the bacon on the side, as she doesn’t partake, but we wanted to try it. Sadly, the bacon was wizened curled-up strips. It appeared to have been cooked earlier, en masse, and left to parch until an order came up. I know it’s a common restaurant practice, but it was a shame. The muffin sandwich itself, however, was delicious – the soft, pillowy muffin enveloped an oozy egg and cheese, and the whole buttery thing melted in your mouth.   I’d recommend it if they would fry the bacon up fresh. Or, be virtuous and get it without.I ordered the winner, in my opinion… Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Universal may look like a new gentrifier, with its line of single-20-somethings, baby-carriage-pushing-30-something-brunch-goers, and its airy/chic/industrial/schoolhouse interior, but I’ll have you know that they’ve been in that space for 23 years – since 1994! Who am I kidding? You probably already knew – I’m a total latecomer on this one. I had no idea.They even have some rock star chef cred – Jennifer Biesty, who competed on Top Chef in 2007, was an executive chef here. The original owners sold the restaurant to head chef Leslie Carr-Avalos, general manager Wendy St. John, and wine manager and buyer Armando Avalos (who started out as a dish-washer/busboy here!) in 2003. Carr-Avalos has been painting her vision of fresh, locavore, organic, New American/California cuisine ever since. Plus, yes, Leslie Carr became Leslie Carr-Avalos when she married Armando – making this a true family-owned restaurant. If that isn’t a great Mission story, I don’t know what is. Crispy skinned, on a bed of Springy vegetable couscous, drenched in the juices of the bird. Not the best dish of the night, although I loved the couscous.And my favorite entree of the evening, the halibut.Halibut. Small but full of crabby goodness. With remoulade – a classic French sauce made popular in Louisiana, with Creole spices. Perfectly sweet/tart dip for those crunchy little orbsWe split the mushroom ravioli with mint, brandy, cream and roasted swiss chard.Mushroom ravioli. Richness and light, the creaminess was nicely offset by the bitter greens.Next up, roast chicken…Roast chicken Creamy yet light, more carroty than shrimpy. We liked.Probably the weakest dish of our breakfast was the scrambled eggs…. They were cooked just fine, but were a little dull – the asparagus, white cheddar and potatoes were scrambled into the eggs, but were barely discernible. With all the clean flavors of all the other items we had, this was disappointing in its muddledness.My other friend ordered the muffin sandwich.Egg muffin sandwich.center_img Oh my – juicy, tender halibut in a white wine/caper sauce, with a schmear of buttery parsnip/yam puree, and crisp asparagus.The menu at Universal changes quite often, so while you’ll never get tired of it, you may not get your favorites every time. No matter, that’s how you find new things to love. Three of us split the heirloom carrot-shrimp bisque… This is how much I loved our dinner. I went to try their brunch the very next day.  I had a refreshing strawberry/watermelon agua fresca with prosecco to start. 0% The other thing I didn’t know was that they served dinner. I was under the impression that Universal was strictly a brunch destination. But they do an evening meal too, and quite well. I went with a couple of friends so I could sample the most food possible. We started with an order of frites, to share…. Brisket and fried eggs! Almond wood-smoked, the meat was incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy, with a bright chimichurri sauce. Market lettuces, nicely dressed, and a baguette. I’d be hard-pressed not to order this the next time – although, again, because of the seasonality focus here, it probably wouldn’t be on the menu for a while. But I’d be happy to try the beignets, buffalo fried chicken sandwich, flatbreads, French toast, and an amazing-sounding “detox” bowl of greens, avocado puree, dukkah (an Egyptian herb/nut/spice blend), brown rice, tahini and poached eggs.The fresh, clean flavors and utterly pleasing atmosphere at Universal makes this café a standout, as well as an old standby.Universal Café2814 19th St.San Francisco, CA 94110415-821-4608 Lovely, crispy taters, with fried rosemary. Excellent.Next, fava toast…Fava toast.last_img read more

VIDEO San Francisco Friends School hosts youth summit

first_img Tags: video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Students at the San Francisco Friends School spent months studying issues like youth homelessness and climate change, then invited other middle school students to participate in a summit to learn more about what they learned. More than 230 students from all over the city joined the summit on May 4. 0%last_img

TICKETS for Saints final match of the regular Stob

first_imgTICKETS for Saints final match of the regular Stobart Super League season at Wigan Warriors are still on sale.The match kicks off at 8pm at the DW Stadium on September 7 and tickets for the unreserved North Stand are £20 (adults) and £14 for Senior Citizens (over 60s), Students, Juniors and Ambulant (including free carer if eligible).Junior Swaps are also available but must be swapped before the match.Coach travel is also available – leaving Langtree Park at 6pm – priced at £5.50 for Season Ticket Holders and £6.50 for non-Season Ticket Holders.Please note you cannot travel on the coach without pre-purchasing a ticket.You can buy from the ticket office at Langtree Park up until 12pm on Friday, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

The Crusaders started brightly as just three minu

first_imgThe Crusaders started brightly, as just three minutes in Ryan Smith put pressure on the Saints defence with a kick to the corner. However, Gavin Conroy couldn’t get to the ball and possession changed hands.Matty Smith then looked to test the home side’s defence with a high-kick towards the wing, but it was dealt with well by Kenny Baker who gathered the ball before offloading to Dale Bloomfield.With 19 minutes gone, the visitors opened the scoring as Rob Fairclough set up Thomas Nisbet who ran the ball over the line.The hosts came close to responding almost immediately as Baker offloaded to Bloomfield who was kept out by a strong Saints defence.However, it wasn’t long before the Crusaders did find a response. With 24 minutes on the clock, Alex Thompson offloaded to Gavin Conroy who beat the Saints defence to score in the corner.As an entertaining affair continued, the Saints began to take the game away from the Crusaders as they crossed the line three times in the final ten minutes of the first-half.The first came via a great solo effort from Adam Swift who broke down the wing before out-running the Crusaders defence on his way over the line.He was quickly followed by John Hutchings who was sent over in the corner by Cameron Brown, taking the score to 4-18.The Saints capped off a strong ten minutes just before the hooter sounded as Smith found a gap in the Crusaders’ defence which he darted through to score.The second-half scoring was opened just two minutes in as Baker made use of a ball steal as he crossed the line, reducing the deficit to 14 points.However, the visitors responded quickly as Swift picked up a loose ball and ran from inside his own half to score.Moments later the visitors were in again as Swift found a gap in the corner to complete his hat-trick, and extend Saint’s lead to 10-34.The home side responded soon after as Callan Beckett passed out wide to Conroy who leapt over in the corner for his second of the afternoon.As the game entered its final ten minutes, the Crusaders scored their fourth of the afternoon through Alex Davidson who powered his way over the whitewash from close range.Though that wasn’t the final action of the game, as Saints hit back through Ben Morris who picked up a dropped ball and broke before running the ball across the line.However, the hosts ensured that they had the final word as Joe Bate stormed through the Saints defence to score, bringing the final score to 26-38.Match Summary:Crusaders: Tries: Conroy (24, 62), Baker (42), Davidson (71), Bate (79) Goals: Johnson (3/5)Saints: Tries: Nisbet (18), Swift (32, 52, 58), Hutchings (34), Smith (39), Morris (74) Goals: Fairclough (4/4), Smith (1/3)HT: 4-24 FT: 26-38 Ref: M. Griffiths ATT: 337Teams:Crusaders: 1. Tommy Johnson; 2. Gavin Conroy, 20. Alex Thompson, 17. Kenny Baker, 5. Dale Bloomfield; 6. Steven Roper, 7. Ryan Smith; 8. Jonny Walker, 9. Lee Hudson, 10. Warren Thompson, 11. Jack Houghton, 25. Jordan Case, 13. Ryan Millington. Subs: 3. Callan Beckett, 12. Simon Atherton, 15. Joe Bate, 16. Alex Davidson, 19. Aaron Moore, 22. Brad Brennan, 26. Alex Trumper, 29. Billy Sheen, **. Liam Hulme.Saints: 1. Thomas Nisbet; 2. Adam Swift, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Matthew Costello, 5. John Hutchings; 6. Matty Smith, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Luke Douglas, 20. Aaron Smith, 10. Liam Cooper, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Ben Morris, 14. Josh Eaves. Subs: 16. Alex Eckley, 17. Kian Horridge, 18 Jack Welsby, 21. Jorge Lewtas, 22. Callum Hazzard.Thank you to www.northwalescrusaders.co.uk for this report.last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating early morning deadly shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after an early morning shooting Friday in Wilmington.According to Linda Rawley Thompson with Wilmington PD, a shotspotter alert came in shortly before 2 a.m. from the 1300 block of Dawson Street.- Advertisement – When officers arrived they found Wallace Dailey, 57, of Wilmington, shot. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead shortly after.No other information is available at this time.Wilmington Police are asking anyone with information to use Text-a-Tip or call (910) 343-3609.last_img read more

Sheriff deputies arrest three men in connection to armed robbery

first_imgZachery Johnson, Dimetrius Parker, Quinton Sanders are facing multiple charges in connection with an armed robbery. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men during an armed robbery incident early Saturday morning.Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of Dobson Street in Supply where the crime was already in progress. The caller inside the residence indicated that three male subjects were attempting to rob two male victims at gun point.- Advertisement – When deputies arrived on scene, two individuals were seen fleeing into the woods but the third individual was detained at the residence. They began setting up perimeter around the area in attempt to find the two who fled. Wilmington Police Department was also asked to assist with SABLE due to the BCSO Air Unit being grounded for maintenance.At approximately 3:40am both suspects were located and detained by the BSCO K9 Unit.No one was seriously injured during the incident.Related Article: WANTED: Suspect identified in Port City Java hit-and-runDimetrius Terrell Parker, 18, is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree kidnapping, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, first degree burglary larceny after breaking/entering conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, PWIMSD marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.Parker was detained at the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he remains under a $600,000 bond.Zachery Johnson, 19, is charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, first degree kidnapping, first degree burglary, larceny after breaking/entering, conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, PWIMSD marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.Johnson was processed into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he remains under a $600,000 bond.Quinton Markee Sanders, 21, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, first degree burglary, larceny after breaking/entering, conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree kidnapping, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, larceny of a vehicle, PWIMSD marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.Sanders is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $650,000 bond.last_img read more

Plans submitted for new apartment complex on Carolina Beach Road

first_imgA new apartment complex is proposed for Carolina Beach Road (Photo: Core Property Capital) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A developer has submitted plans to build an apartment complex on Carolina Beach Road on a vacant piece of property next to Codington Elementary School.The site consists of nearly 25 acres along Carolina Beach Road and Fairview Drive.- Advertisement – The proposed complex, named Ansley Park, would hold 276 apartments spread between 10 three story buildings.According to site plans, there’s also a pool and clubhouse on the property. There’s also land set aside for future commercial and office use.The developer of the project, Core Property Capital, is based out of Atlanta.Related Article: New plans submitted for Independence MallThe project is expected to go before the city’s Technical Review Committee on January 17.last_img read more