Month: July 2019

  • The Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands

    first_imgThe Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to the disability arts movement in a bid to address the under-representation of disabled-led organisations among those receiving its funding.Arts Council England (ACE) announced this week that it was awarding £5.3 million to 40 organisations as part of its Elevate fund, which aims to increase the diversity of applications for future funding.ACE’s latest equality analysis published last December, showed that diverse-led organisations, particularly those led by disabled and black and minority ethnic people, were “under-represented” among recipients of funding for its “national portfolio” of arts and cultural organisations.Organisations awarded funding from Elevate include Disability Arts Online (DAO), which was originally set up by disabled artist Colin Hambrook in 2002, and will receive £150,000 to increase its staff, generate new ways of earning revenue, and support existing projects.DAO will also create a new consultancy service for arts and cultural organisations, which will “support diversification of workforces, audiences and programmes, supporting equality through the arts sector”.DAO describes itself as “a portal into the world of disability arts”, publishing editorial, blogs and listings, and “providing a place where opinion pieces, reviews and interviews can be shared and commented on”. Another disability arts organisation to benefit from the Elevate fund is Together! 2012 CIC, which is aiming to create an international centre of excellence for disability arts in the main Paralympic host borough of Newham as part of the London 2012 legacy.Together! 2012, which delivers a year-round programme of free arts activities for disabled people, as well as free disabled-led exhibitions, performances and events, will receive £126,000.Dr Ju Gosling (pictured), who leads the organisation as its artistic director, said the grant was “very, very good news” and a “vote of confidence” in its work and “a clear message to other funders that they do not have to worry about the quality of what we are delivering”.The funding will allow the organisation to continue with its commitment that all of its arts activities are “free at the point of use”, creating free, safe, accessible spaces “where disabled people can come together and share our culture”.Part of the money will help disabled artists promote their services in disability equality training and consultancy, offering “creativity as a USP” and particularly targeting the “very large and untapped market” provided by the huge local business and finance sector in east London.But it will also fund a unique new website that will sell the work of disabled artists, such as prints, music, books, portraits and sculptures, generating income for them and Together! 2012.Gosling said: “There is quite a big market in black art, there is a market in feminist art, there’s a huge market in indigenous art.“Disability art meets those same criteria. It is recognised as an international arts movement, there have been lots of exhibitions, conferences, books, but no gallery has wanted to associate itself with disabled people.”The funding will also help Together! 2012 develop its board of directors and set up a community advisory board made up mostly of locally-based disabled artists.Together! 2012 was inspired by the late David Morris, who led on disability for the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and was a friend of Gosling.Before the Elevate award, Together! 2012 had already raised more than £160,000 in funding, including six grants from ACE’s Grants for the Arts programme, as well as funding from trusts, public sector bodies and local businesses.It began as a free disability arts and human rights festival, spreading across the London 2012 Paralympic Games and UK Disability History Month, but in July 2013 it launched as a social enterprise.Over the last three years it has delivered activities in at least 22 venues across the borough of Newham.Next month it will run a tent at the mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 3 September, just days before the opening of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.The tent will showcase emerging local talent for the third year in a row, while Together! 2012 will also produce performances around the Olympic Park site for the first time.Gosling said she was “incredibly proud” of what the organisation had achieved over the last four years through “a team effort”, despite the challenges it had faced and the lack of London 2012 legacy funding for Newham.She said: “There are now free cultural spaces for disabled people to come out and meet and network and enjoy themselves, whether it’s watching a film, coming to a poetry café, going to an exhibition, a performance.“We have got some of the most accessible public transport in London, all of our shopping centres have got step-free access; there are very positive things to say about Newham and we want to ensure that a central part of the Paralympic legacy is to say that disabled people are always welcomed here, even if only by us.”She added: “Disabled people have come together to produce something from 2012 which allowed the local community to engage with the Paralympics when nothing else was being done.“Nobody gave us permission to do it, nobody asked us to do it. It’s all come from disabled people. I think that’s still unusual in this day and age.“I like to think that by doing it ourselves as disabled people, it has probably been done a lot better.“I think there is still something quite special about seeing a bunch of disabled people in one of the poorest areas of the UK, most of them people of colour, coming together from across impairment groups.”Other disabled-led arts organisations to receive Elevate funding include Salford-based DIY Theatre, which is led by people with learning difficulties and receives £109,560 to support a three-year project to increase its capacity and develop its organisation.Abid Hussain, ACE’s director of diversity, said: “Diversity is a crucial priority for the Arts Council and the increased scale of our investment through the Elevate fund is a further demonstration of our ambition to drive forward meaningful change.“We hope it will help ensure the diversity of England is more accurately reflected across our national portfolio over the longer term.”last_img read more

  • SF Tenant Protections Dodge Bullet at Rent Board

    first_imgLandlords hoping to change recently passed tenant protections failed Tuesday night to convince the San Francisco Rent Board that the law should only apply to new leases.The new ordinance, part of a package of tenant protections introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim, allows tenants to add roommates up to the legal occupancy limit regardless of their lease terms. Landlords would be unable to evict tenants or raise their rent based on the addition of roommates.“Adding roommates will cause people like me to pull out of the business,” said Aubrey Freedman, a landlord who said he has a good relationship with his single tenant. Many landlords argued that the tenants’ rights law is pushing them to take their property off the market. The debate centered on whether the recently passed tenant protection ordinance — dubbed Tenant Protections 2.0 — applied to existing leases or leases signed after the law takes effect. Calvin Abe, a landlord commissioner on the five-member Rent Board, said the law was ambiguous about when it should take effect. Tags: housing • rent • tenants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img He proposed an amendment that would enforce the law only for leases signed after November 9 of this year, essentially nullifying it for almost all current San Francisco tenants.Landlords were particularly concerned with the roommate provision, which allows tenants to add more roommates than allowed in a rental lease up to the housing code for the unit. Tenants, however, cannot add roommates past the legal occupancy. A studio, for example, cannot legally house more than two people. Still, many claimed it asked them to shoulder too much of the blame for the city’s housing crisis.“They’re asking us to be the safety net for people who are in need of housing and cannot afford market rents,” said Noni Richen, president of the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute. “Part of the reason the market rents are so high is because the laws are so restrictive [that] people don’t want to do this anymore.”Although the tenant protection ordinance was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in September, the roommate provision was more controversial and had to be voted on separately. It narrowly passed 7-4, but faced another potential roadblock in October as rumors spread that Mayor Ed Lee would veto it.Though he decided against the veto, Lee did note that he disagreed with the roommate provision, writing to the Board that the provision “creates a significant intrusion into certain fundamental rights of small property owners.”In addition to the roommate provision, the ordinance prohibits landlords from raising rent for five years after a no-fault eviction, prevents evictions for nuisance violations like hanging laundry or living in illegal units, and requires landlords to provide multilingual information for tenants facing eviction. The commissioners voted Tuesday night 3-2 to oppose the amendment that would have made the protections apply only to new leases, with the two landlord commissioners dissenting. The decision came after hours of public comment from some 70 landlords and tenants. Landlords said that the law should only apply to new leases, while tenants argued that the law was written to protect tenants with existing leases. A decision that the law would apply only after the law takes effect would have defeated its purpose, tenants rights advocates argued at Tuesday’s meeting. “The reason why have this legislation is because we’re having this crisis right now,” said Chirag Bhakta of the Mission SRO Collaborative during public comment. “We fought this battle already at the Board of Supervisors. Please do not commit a disservice by gutting this legislation.” The decision also hinged on the question of whether the commission had the authority to amend the ordinance so dramatically, with some commissioners calling foul on attempts to exclude existing leases from the law.“It’s a last minute underhanded attempted to gut Kim 2.0,” said tenant commissioner Cathy Mosbrucker, referencing the protections’ chief backer, Supervisor Kim. “And I really can’t believe that you expect us to disregard the law the Board of Supervisors passed.” last_img read more

  • SF Supervisors Approve Protection for Tenants of Illegal Units

    first_imgThe Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that will provide more protections to tenants living in illegal units and in-law apartments throughout San Francisco.The amendment to the city’s Building and Planning codes requires landlords who want to make changes in units major enough to displace the residents there to notify those tenants – even if the unit is illegal. That advance notice would give tenants the opportunity to appeal any permits and stave off their eviction.  The new legislation pertains to landlords who plan to “demolish or merge” a unit, which could mean renovations like removing a kitchen, stove, or bathroom. Current law only requires such notice for legal units. Under the new ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, landlords must notify all tenants once an application for a demolition permit has been submitted.At present, Wiener said, tenants of some units have little or no time to appeal at the Department of Building Inspection or the Board of Appeals to fight their eviction. “This inequity is completely unfair when you have people paying rent to live in a unit, often for decades, at risk of losing their homes without any notice whatsoever simply because that unit is not legally recorded in San Francisco,” said Wiener. “That is not right and we need to close that loophole.”The ordinance, which Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign next Friday, will take effect after 30 days.  It came about after housing activists identified the “loophole” in the current law.Tommy Avicolli Mecca, director of counseling programs at the San Francisco Housing Rights Committee, said he has witnessed an increase in evictions of tenants living in illegal units. Rather than taking the steps to register these illegal units with the Department of Building Inspection – a process in which the illegal unit’s tenants are protected – many landlords are choosing to remove illegal units and evicting the tenants.“That’s a ‘just cause’ eviction for the tenants,” said Mecca, referring to such evictions having been legal under the old law.  He said that some landlords were evicting tenants and then re-renting the units at a higher rate. Mecca became aware of the problem last year when he represented a family being evicted. “They were Chinese speakers, and they were being evicted, “ he said. “By the time we got to the Board of Appeals, we were told that they sympathize with the family and that they should have the right to an appeal, but that the law doesn’t allow it.’”Strengthening the rights of tenants, regardless of the legality of a unit, is an important step in addressing the housing crisis, said Mecca.“Landlords know they can get more money if they get those tenants out, keep it illegal, and re-rent it,” he said. “I’m glad that politicians have stepped behind this ordinance.” 0%center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

  • Neighborhood Notes Goodbye Mission Street Sports Bar hello Arena SF

    first_imgArena SF Opens This WeekWith a tentative opening date of April 5, hip-hop dance club Arena SF will supplant the shuttered Mission Street Sports Bar at 2565 Mission Street. This is yet another change for this location which, previously, was known as Balançoire, the Blue Macaw, and 12 Galaxies.Richard Einselen was the proprietor of Balançoire and the Mission Street Sports Bar. Now, with new partners Jackson Chung and Dave Ho, he says Arena SF will be less like the sports bar and more like Balançoire. Chung and Ho run an Arena dance club in Los Angeles’ Koreatown; this will be their second outpost. “I thought the Mission needed a sports bar, but the Mission couldn’t support it,” summed up Einselen. “People would come in during sporting events, but I think they were expecting something different. I think people expected gourmet food but we had sports bar thing: Burgers, tacos, hot dogs, onion rings. I think if it was on Valencia, it would have done much better.” It remains to be seen how the residents of the upscale condo complex Vida SF cotton to having a hip-hop dance club across the street. —JEBike & Roll to School WeekThe S.F. Bicycle Coalition and San Francisco Safe Routes to School are promoting its Bike & Roll to School Week, which will start on April 15 and last until April 19. Families are invited to ride their bikes, scooters, or boards instead of taking cars. You can also sign up and be entered in a raffle to win a Cleary bicycle. More information at their webpage. —ARSF BiCon tickets to go on SaleOrganizers are seeking volunteers and guest speakers for the city’s first bisexual conference in 30 years. SF BiCon, scheduled for Oct. 12, 2019, is hoping to explore bisexuality and address phobias from other members of the community. Tickets will be available in April, and you can buy them at their website. —AR Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

  • The former winger who scored 173 tries in 289 app

    first_imgThe former winger, who scored 173 tries in 289 appearances for the Saints, was part of the Academy staff as Strength and Conditioning Coach.His role also took in the first team on gameday.“He’s done a great job here and we’re really sad to see him leave,” Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said. “He will be a big loss to our backroom team but we couldn’t stand in his way.“This is a big opportunity for him and we all wish him the best.”At the Saints, Gardner won the 2006 Super League Grand Final as well as the 2007 World Club Challenge.He also lifted four Challenge Cups in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and represented both Great Britain and England.last_img read more

  • Brunswick County girls get the chance to be princesses for a day

    first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — A few lucky girls in Brunswick County had the chance to put on a tiara and spend Saturday afternoon as princesses, all while getting some special time with an important man in their life.It was the tenth annual Little Princess Ball at the Leland Cultural Arts Center.- Advertisement – Girls from kindergarten through fifth grade were invited for dancing, face painting, food, and much more.Their dates for this special event? A dad, uncle, or another male role model.One of the event’s organizers, Mallory Wells, says it’s a big deal for these girls to have a strong male influence in their lives.Related Article: FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns“It’s a fun event. You have a lot of parents, or a lot of dads, that have done it every year,” Wells said. “You see those girls that are in fifth grade get a little emotional because they know it’s their last year that they get to come because they’ve been coming for five years or six years straight.”Saturday’s fun didn’t end in Leland. The Brunswick Centers in Southport and Supply welcomed little princesses and their dates as well.last_img read more

  • Via Crucis brings community together for Good Friday

    first_img “It’s really great that the whole thing is in Spanish, but it doesn’t make any difference because we all know the story and so everybody is able to follow along, regardless. And people are very moved even if they only speak English,” Father Bob said.The program goes on for about an hour, but Father Bob says every year, he sees more and more people come out to enjoy the program with everyone else from the community.Father Bod said they did have plans for if it rained but he was praying that didn’t happen. But it worked out in his favor. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Hispanic community in Wilmington remembered Christ’s journey through the stations of the cross, or as they call it “Via Crucis.” Hundreds of people turned out for the program.Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary’s Via Crusis was an entire production put on by the Hispanic youth in the community. It is meant to showcase Jesus’ passion and suffering as he died for the sins of the world. It was done in Spanish but Father Bob Kus says that does not stop people from enjoying the message the program brings.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Family grieves after father drowns at Sunset Beach

    first_imgRoger Barnhouse and his wife have two sons.- Advertisement – “He was a very funny guy,” Roger’s wife, Christina Barnhouse, said.“It was very surreal for me,” Christina Barnhouse said. “I didn’t realize this was happening.”The couple’s youngest son, who is 8 years old, went too far into the water.Related Article: Police: Toddler drowned in North Carolina homeRoger, a U.S. Navy veteran who knew how to swim, went in behind him and got caught in the rip current.A surfer already in the water rescued their son. Another surfer tried to rescue Roger Barnhouse but was unable to do so.Click here to read more. SUNSET BEACH, NC (WSOC) — A Concord man drowned Saturday at Sunset Beach after he was swept into the ocean by a rip current.last_img read more

  • MTN Confirms 300 Elite Runners Will Participate in the 2018 MTN Kampala

    first_imgOver 300 elite runners confirm participation in the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon. Pictured are current title holders for the 42km and 21km runs. Advertisement Telco; MTN Uganda has today confirmed over 300 elite runners across the region and Uganda will participate in this year’s MTN Kampala marathon. Kenyan duo; Sammy Kipngetich Kurgat and Rael Kimaiyo Kurgat are back to defend their 42km titles, while Uganda’s duo Doreen Chesang and Daniel Rotich will also be defending their 21km titles.The defending champions and the elite runners will be participating at the 15th annual sporting event with over 20,000+ other runners who take the event as a social event. The target of the event, is all proceedings collected will go towards improving Maternal Health Care in Uganda to ensure safe childbirth, for expectant mothers.“In as much as the spotlight is on the elite runners, there are another 20,000+ participants in the marathon that will be coming to run towards the improvement of maternal health, for fun and others,” said Valery Okecho, Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda during a media press briefing held at MTN Offices.Valery Okecho, the Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda at a press media briefing of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens. – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Dominic Otuchet, the President of Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) confirmed that the number elite athletes has increased by 100 from last years. Last year’s race attracted 200 elite runners from around the world.The elite runners also include Ugandan professional runners and can participate in the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and the 10km road race. However, the foreign runners are only allowed to participate in the full and half marathons.Dominic Otuchet, the President of Uganda Athletics Federation, speaks to media during the unveiling of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens.Notably, changes have been made on the 42km and 21km routes in order to reduce the number of hills with the expectation of improving running experience and better times. This becomes the first time the telco has changed its race routes.Looking at traffic guidelines, Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander; SSP Norman Masinga told media that they have deployed traffic police on roundabouts and junctions to regulate traffic flow for athletes.Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander; SSP Norman Masinga speaks to media during the unveiling of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens.While motorcycles have come to be part of the race, following runners, and some who use them to cheat are banned from being anywhere near the athletes. On the other hand, no vehicle will as well be parked on the round sides where athletes will pass.“Motorcycles shall not be allowed to follow the runners as it affects the runners concentration and no vehicle will not be allowed to park along the road. There are designated parking slots that have been provided,” said Norman.At the perspective of security, Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman told media that they have deployed all the force that is necessary with those in uniform and those who are plain clothed to ensure that the event goes with no threats, or harm.Luke Owoyesigire; Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, speaks to media during the unveiling of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens.He urged and called upon parents not to come with a lot of children. He pointed out that if parents wanted to come with their kids, at least bring one or two aged 10+ years above. Luke also advisable that people carry the property they need during the marathon.“It is important for runners to come in as light as possible in order to avoid being the target by some criminal elements. We expect to police this day and cooperation from the participants,” said Luke.This years MTN Kampala Marathon will be flagged off by Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health.[related-posts]last_img read more

  • OneFi Secures USD5M Debt Facility from Lendable

    first_imgOneFi has announced it has secured a $5M debt facility for its consumer facing platform, Paylater. Advertisement One Finance (OneFi) Limited has announced its securing of USD$5 million debt facility for its consumer facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME lenders. The debt facility will be used to deploy more loans to Paylater customers, specifically through a suite of innovative new products. Since its launch in 2016, Paylater has deployed over USD$60M across 750,000 loans, approving over 1,500 loans a day with an average of USD$80 per loan. With this new debt facility, the company will now look to double in size within Nigeria before entering new markets this year.The news comes just two months after the company secured Africa’s first credit rating for a fintech platform, achieving a “BB” Rating with a “Stable Outlook’ from Global Credit Rating Co. – Advertisement – Chijioke Dozie, OneFi CEO speaking at the announcement, said securing this investment from Lendable represents the first internationally-backed commercial debt transaction for OneFi. By this marking an important stage of OneFi’s development as thet look to serve the “next billion”. “As we transition into a full service digital bank, this financing will allow us to execute on a number of new products. This includes our partnership with Visa, whereby we’ll be providing credit via QR codes at supermarkets, clinics and on public transport in H1 2019,” said Chijioke.There are currently only 120,000 active POS merchants in Nigeria, with over 50% of transactions occurring in Lagos alone. Leveraging the power of the mobile phone, of which there are 150 million active connections in Nigeria, Paylater. This aiming to help millions of customers transact at their point of need, and drive offline payments via lower cost QR installations.A consumer pictured looking at his Paylater account on a smartphone. The Paylater platform is a product for OneFi Limited | Courtesy Photo.Lendable is backed by Omidyar Network, KawiSafi Ventures, FMO, and other leading institutions. They provide credit facilities to consumers and SME credit providers operating in digital lending, microfinance, and a range of Pay-as-you-go services. This investment into OneFi marks the first Nigerian deal Lendable has signed, and one of a handful of new Nigerian clients for the company.Daniel Goldfarb, Lendable CEO said, “We’re incredibly excited to launch this partnership with OneFi as we build our presence in Nigeria. At Lendable, we build financial products to enable lending companies to scale, and we are proud to support OneFi’s mission of providing credit to the underbanked consumer and SME segments in Nigeria.”Daniel applaud OneFi, saying the company is an incredible example of a company that has found product market fit in a massive market.Paylater, launched in 2016 by Nigerian finance entrepreneurs Chijioke and Ngozi Dozie, provides hassle-free loans without need for human intervention or bias in decision making. The company has transitioned to a one-stop-shop offering additional products such as savings, bill payments and credit reporting.To-date, the Paylater app has been downloaded over 1 million times with over 1,575 loans approved daily with all applicants getting a free credit report.last_img read more