Appalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even if their GPs have said they are not fit for work.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said last week that the “substantial risks” were “incalculable”, and that GPs had not been told about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules.BMA has previously been reluctant to involve itself in safety concerns around DWP’s fitness for work tests, although its public position has been that the work capability assessment (WCA) “should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to the weakest and most vulnerable people in society”.Despite that position, it took more than two-and-a-half years for Carty, Black Triangle and other campaigners to persuade the union to agree to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that protect many disabled people facing the WCA.Yesterday – five days after DNS asked whether it was aware of the new universal credit rules and if it was concerned about their potential impact – a BMA spokeswoman said: “The assessments of benefits has been independent of GPs for years, so whilst I am sure many will have strong opinions on this, it is not something as an organisation we have anything new to say on it.”Black Triangle is now working with supportive doctors to develop a campaign on the universal credit rules, and is preparing itself for another battle with BMA.John McArdle (pictured), Black Triangle’s co-founder, said: “BMA’s silence will make them complicit in the destruction of disabled people’s lives and in the deaths of innocent disabled people, their patients.”He said he had been reminded of how, at the height of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the AIDS community had adopted the slogan “silence equals death” to “mobilise the medical profession and the wider community into action to save lives”.McArdle said the BMA’s silence on the universal credit rules would “go down as a day of infamy for an organisation which has betrayed its sacred duty to protect and defend human life”.He said the organisation had also betrayed its duty to represent doctors “who we believe will be as appalled as us at this shameful act of complicity”, which was happening “at a time when disabled people are looking at another five years of Conservative rule”.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by DWP – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for a WCA.They mean that they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training, even if they have a “fit note” from their GP stating that they are not fit for work.They are forced to attend a “health and work conversation” and could be forced into further work-related activity, such as training or employment programmes, and could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through a WCA, which could take months.The new rules – uncovered by Black Triangle’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a fit note from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP has insisted that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But activists believe the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Anita Bellows, a DPAC researcher, said: “It is very disappointing to see that the BMA has refused to comment on the DWP policy, which will force people assessed as unfit for work by their GP to attend a mandatory health and work conversation, whatever the severity of their health condition.“GPs have the duty of making the care of their patients their first concern and their refusal to speak up on their behalf will be seen rightly as a dereliction of duty.”
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Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to delay interim controls for the Mission District until a vote on September 3. Instead, the seven commissioners adopted a policy statement that calls attention to the affordable housing crisis but carries no legal weight.The commission already delayed the vote last month, choosing to wait for a report from San Francisco’s Chief Economist Ted Egan on the effects of controls. That report is still in progress.“Basically controls are changing the actual law temporarily, whereas the policy is just a statement,” said city planner Claudia Flores, who presented the interim control plans to the commission. “There’s not an actual requirement.”If approved in September, however, interim controls would create an extra level of bureaucratic scrutiny to market-rate housing and large commercial or retail projects. Projects that cause the loss of one rent-controlled unit, are 25,000 square feet or larger in size, or convert or destroy some manufacturing, community, or arts spaces would need to pass the extra layer of scrutiny. Though the meeting was not as heated as last month’s, when both pro- and anti-development groups voiced their opposition to the controls, public comments were still almost unanimous in their disapproval of the plan.“Adding more controls to the Mission to stop housing isn’t going to help,” said John Schwark from the Bay Area Renters Federation. “Is the attachment to the Mission getting in the way of actually housing people?”Pro-development voices argued that interim controls were not a fix. The pro-affordable housing groups, on the other hand, said the law failed to go far enough and detracted from November’s ballot initiative calling for a moratorium on all market-rate projects in the Mission.“People are excited for the moratorium, they demand the moratorium. [This] is a clear attempt, a clear facade masquerading around as a demand from the community. This is not what we want,” said one speaker, who quickly rushed out of the room.The commissioners set the vote for September 3 because the 2000 Bryant Street development must be approved or rejected by September 24 and commissioners said they wanted to consider the controls before approving such a large project.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that projects with five or more residential units would have to pass extra scrutiny. This was changed at the meeting to projects that are 25,000 square feet or larger. 0%
First of all, not fried chicken. It’s breaded. Milanesa at best. It comes with butter and mayo, sounded terribly unappetizing. Then, after standing in line, got a glimpse of it. No way.You can do solo on Picudo if you wish, Julian. I am moving on to Birite [sic] tomorrow.”Mark: When I tried Los Picudos’ fried-chicken Milanesa torta for the first time, I felt a strange tingling — perhaps it was like a homecoming, perhaps the warmth of the womb. Perhaps, this fried chicken sandwich diverged from our more common notion of the fried chicken sandwich — the Southern Fried Chicken sandwich — with its dubious colonial beginnings in a 1747 British cookbook that later found its way to slave kitchens, as outlined in your last column. I could go on here about the history of the chicken milanesa, a South American variation of the cotoletta alla milanese, the pounded and breaded chicken/veal cutlet. But, Mark, I won’t, because there is a bottom line here: it’s chicken, and it’s fried, and it’s in between two pieces of bread. And it’s great. We are in the Mission, after all. And, until now, we left out an entire class of fried chicken sandwiches that seem fairly germane to our website’s mission. The Los Picudos fried chicken torta is among that class, and perhaps the best of that class. Its bread — a traditional telera — is toasted on a well-seasoned grill and touched up with just enough mayo (not, mind you, aioli, as the Son’s Addition/Monk’s Kettle crowd likes to say) and butter. It comes with all of your classic torta offerings: avocado, lettuce, tomato and pickled jalapenos — a nice break from the coleslaw. But the chicken is something to behold. Pan-fried, the breaded and pounded chicken cutlet is not so much tender as it is tectonic: the way it is cut allows the chicken to fall apart in your mouth in pieces, or plates, if you will. Add to that the queso fresco, which mixes so well with the milanesa breading that I could probably subsist on a combo of those two things, perhaps in bowl or bar form. After each of the eight or so times I have had this sandwich — there will be many, many more — I have felt a sharp pang of despair that it’s all over. The Los Picudos chicken torta is the king of tortas and the king of chicken sandwiches in the area, hands down. And next time, Mark, it really only takes three easy words: Hold. The. Mayo. A March 26 email from Mark:“Went to Tortas Picudos today but could not go through with it. Email Address Julian, 20-something, and Mark, 70-something, are on a journey to find the Mission’s best fried chicken sandwich. If you have suggestions, write a comment — or, if you prefer, send an e-mail to Julian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Fake News!I didn’t author that email. As everyone knows (which includes, presumably, Julian) my email account was hacked by the Russians — or the Deep State — earlier this year and all sorts of outrageous emails, posts, comments have been flying around the internet ever since.Even a bored NSA contractor giving it a quick scan can see the email was not written by me. The syntax is all wrong — and the word choice? Where does this trash come from? A troll farm in Bulgaria?To clear up any confusion, I sincerely apologize to Los Picudos, although I have no need to do so. The remarks, which were not mine, were taken out of context.Which brings us to Los Picudos’ awesome milanesa de pollo. Almost.First I want to make clear that ML’s fried chicken sandwich desk does not endorse Julian’s wild theories and unfounded assumptions. Just because you can put the word “chicken” between “fried” and “sandwich” doesn’t make it a fried chicken sandwich.Nor can we ignore Julian’s hapless attempts to conflate the diversity of the world’s great gastronomic cultures into one bland global dish. I’ve just come back from Mexico City. During the celebrations for AMLO, I literally asked hundreds of people where I could get a fried chicken sandwich. Most couldn’t understand me. Those who did pointed to the nearest KFC.Given these and other journalistic errors (his unaccountably unbridled subjectivity, for one), readers will, with good reason, doubt the credibility of Julian’s review.The good news is, once you clear away the clutter, he’s got it right!More or less. The Los Picudos milanesa is, and has been, one of the neighborhood’s premier sandwiches. If you want a break from fried chicken sandwiches, this milanesa is for you.And it begins with the chicken, heavily pounded, lightly breaded and fried in a pan over a high heat. The result is a juicy piece of white meat covered with a thin tasty crisp.What else you put on the unremarkable, though well-toasted, bun, is up to you. No messy coleslaw to contend with and, as Julian snarkily points out, if you don’t want the mayo — or the butter or “crema” — they leave it off. It comes with a choice of cheeses. Avocado is extra.Warning! A couple months ago I met a young woman I wanted to impress, so I took her to Los Picudos for lunch. Although a great hole-in-the-wall “Old Mission” venue, it was packed that day with hungover hipsters hunched over mayo-dripping milanesas. As we waited in line, one of them, a young man clearly new to the neighborhood, suddenly exclaimed “King of the Tortas!” Then faceplanted into his sandwich.She was not impressed.The fried chicken showdown begins at the Salumeria, Dec. 7, 2017The fried chicken showdown takes a detour to Wes Burger, Dec. 18, 2017The fried chicken showdown goes to Monk’s Kettle, Jan. 4, 2018The fried chicken showdown goes to Rhea’s cafe, Jan. 23, 2018The fried chicken showdown at Buttermilk, Feb. 22, 2018The fried chicken showdown at Bi-Rite, March 30, 2018The fried chicken showdown stops at West of Pecos, April 23The fried chicken showdown at Son’s Addition, May, 24, 2018
SAINTS U19s put on the perfect curtain raiser to the main event with a nine try 48-10 demolition of the Auld Enemy, writes Graham Henthorne.In oppressively humid and hot conditions the Saints took control in the latter stages of the first half putting the game out of reach.Lewis Galbraith was close to continuing his rich vein of form as he was just prevented from opening the scoring as he was ankle tapped as he streaked away from the cover.The relief for the visitors was short-lived; however, as aggressive defence forced the error on the second tackle from the scrum. Three tackles later and the increasingly impressive Connor Dwyer was sauntering through a massive hole on his way to the first Saints try.The visitors took advantage of a steeping penalty count to even the scores. But as the game entered the second quarter the Saints superior fitness and ball control took its toll allowing full back Danny Abram to score a brace of tries.The first came after the Saints received their first penalty of the game 24 minutes in. Drives from Greg Richards and Adam Hesketh, having his best game for many a month, put the Saints on the front foot. When the ball was spread to the right Abram injected himself in to the line, stepping off his right foot and reaching out for a great try.Then came a Saints special. Galbraith expertly gathered a last tackle kick behind his own line before speeding along the line and feeding opposite winger Ben Parry who cleared the lines. The forwards rolled up their sleeves before Abram again popped up this time racing 60 metres through the middle of the ruck and outpacing his opposite number to the sticks.A 16 – 4 lead at the break would have been good but two tries in the final three minutes of the half really killed off the visitors.A dart from dummy half by a rejuvenated Dom Speakman found Dwyer on the burst. In a planned move he in turn found Lewis Charnock on his inside who was stopped just short. From the play the ball Hesketh got his just deserts charging onto the ball for his first try of the year.In the last play of the half Danny Yates profited from another Speakman break sprinting the final distance to the sticks.Knowing that the job was only half done and how poorly the Saints had started second halves recently, much emphasis was put into reversing that trend by the coaching staff at the break. Their wishes were made into reality courtesy of Hesketh again forcing an error with a big hit in the opening set.There followed a steady stream of tries with only a consolation in reply.Charnock gathered a knocked down pass on the visitors 30 metre line, fed his winger Parry who jinked his way off his left foot twice to touch down for the sixth try.Charnock then notched his own four pointer popping up at the right time to take Yates’ pass after a fine offload from Captain James Tilley.Matty Fozard showed great awareness and soft hands as he won the race to mop up a difficultly bouncing chip kick. Jack Ashworth was the beneficiary as he barged over in the corner four tackles later.The final act was deservedly reserved for Captain Tilley as he crowned another solidly impressive performance with a try to the right of the sticks.After the disappointment of a one point loss last week the Saints bounced back in the best of styles with a thoroughly professional demolition job. On the back of a 90% completion rate in both halves the Saints were never really under any pressure producing the consummate team performance and a real boost before the very difficult trip to Hull next Saturday.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Dan Abram 2, Jack Ashworth, Ben Parry, Lewis Charnock, Danny Yates, Connor Dwyer, James Tilley, Adam Hesketh.Goals: Lewis Charnock 5, Matty Fozard.Wigan U19s:Tries: David Thompson, Kieron Sharratt.Goals: Callum Wright.Half Time: 28-4Full Time: 48-10Teams:Saints:20. Dan Abram; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Matty Fleming, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Matty Fozard, 10. Chris Webster, 11. Luke Thompson, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. James Tilley. Subs: 14. Dom Speakman, 15. Adam Hesketh, 17. Joe Ryan, 21. Tom Calland.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. David Thompson, 3. Dom Manfredi, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Mike Scrivens; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Joe Prior; 8. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Joe Bretherton, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Robert Lever, 13. Kieron Sharratt. Subs: 14. Brad Lawrence, 15. Zac Dewhirst, 16. Ellis Grimes, 17. Luke Waterworth.
They saw a presentation on the club’s history and took part in a Q and A with Alex Walmsley, Faye Gaskin and Josh Simm.They then enjoyed a chronology and photo interpretation session with images from the club’s history and finished with an outdoor skills session, led by Saints Community Development Foundation’s coach Gareth Friar.Robert Morley from Bleak Hill Primary School said. “It was a great day with the highlight being the Q and A forum with the children. Most of the children thought the same with comments like: ‘It was great to find out about how the Saints players train,’ ‘I can’t believe a Saints Player used to go to Bleak Hill School’ and one girl saying: ‘I never knew girls played rugby for Saints too, I could be a Saints player now’.“The girls were inspired by all the visitors but Faye in particular. Naturally the boys gravitated towards Alex Walmsley but Josh was also well liked for being a try-scorer. All three visitors represented the club superbly and answered the children’s questions with interest and enthusiasm.”
Bob Muller (WWAY file photo) PENDER COUNTY , NC (WWAY) — Former Pender County Republican Party Chairman Bob Muller was selected Tuesday night to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Millis, who resigned as of last week.The current county GOP chair Norm Gopsell said Muller was the only person nominated for the job, and Millis was the one who nominated him.- Advertisement – Gopsell said Muller will head to Raleigh when the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes October 4.
Photo: DA Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty to firearm and assault charges in court last week and was sentenced to several years in prison.On Wednesday, November 29, Foster Kelly Henry, 42, pleaded guilty for the illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female.- Advertisement – On January 16, 2016, officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Lamppost Circle. The victim in this case had a gun, which Henry grabbed during the course of a robbery. Henry shot the victim with that gun. When officers responded, the victim gave conflicting accounts of the attempted robbery. Henry was charged at that time with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.The next day, a sexual assault was reported to the Wilmington Police Department. Officers identified Henry as the suspect and executed a search warrant on the defendant’s residence, where the located a handgun. The defendant had previously been convicted of a felony and was not authorized to possess a firearm due to this conviction.Henry admitted to officers that the handgun located and seized by law enforcement officers belonged to him. Henry claimed that the shooting on January 16 was in self-defense and involved the sale of controlled substances. The District Attorney’s Office was unable to maintain contact with the victim in the sexual assault case.Related Article: Man shot in leg arrives at Columbus Regional HospitalHe will serve a minimum of 5 years in prison.
A residential garbage can waits to be picked up in Brunswick County on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County residents who have their trash picked up on Thursdays and Fridays should go ahead and get your cans to the curb.Waste Industries did not pick up garbage today. Its crews will have a delayed start tomorrow, but they’ll start with Thursday’s routes.- Advertisement – The county says Waste Industries will start collecting Friday routes as time allows. They will finish all routes Saturday.The county asks customers to leave carts out until Waste Industries has completed their route.If you have any questions, contact the county.
She’s about 5 feet-two inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.The sheriff’s office says she’s wanted for allegedly stealing a blue 2010 Chevrolet Silverado truck on April 23.They say she may be living out of it and staying in place such as parking lots of shopping center.Related Article: 2 men arrested after shooting each other while wearing vestDeputies say she could be in the Little River/North Myrtle Beach area.The back window glass is broken and covered with duct tape.The tag number is ADH2741.If you have seen her or the truck, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Authorities are searching for a North Myrtle Beach woman who may be living out of stolen truck.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 26-year-old Roxie Deerae Smith.- Advertisement –
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