The head of the governments national suicide prev

first_imgThe head of the government’s national suicide prevention strategy has refused to call on the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to highlight the high risk of suicide faced by people who receive out-of-work disability benefits.Louis Appleby, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Manchester and chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy advisory group, has declined to act, even though he admits that employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants “are a high risk group”.Disability News Service (DNS) has now asked him twice, via email, if he will use his influential position to ensure that ESA claimants are highlighted in the national strategy as a high-risk group, and to ask local authorities to include the information in their own suicide prevention plans.Figures published in September 2016 by NHS Digital – from a report written by NatCen and the University of Leicester – showed that 43 per cent of ESA claimants had said they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.This compared with 27 per cent of those on out-of-work benefits, including ESA, and 20 per cent of those receiving housing benefit.But DHSC  has refused to explain why it fails to mention these figures or to highlight ESA claimants as a high-risk group in the latest version of its suicide prevention strategy for England, published in January 2017, for which Appleby wrote a foreword.DNS reported last month that local authorities in England were – like DHSC – refusing to use their own suicide prevention plans to highlight the “shocking” figures. Appleby (pictured) has now told DNS that although suicide “is rarely caused by one thing”, he did accept that a “protracted stressful benefit claim, feelings of being treated unfairly and of course financial problems themselves can all contribute”.Despite including a section on “people in receipt of employment benefits”, which mentions ESA and describes how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) supports staff to deal with “vulnerable people”, there is no attempt in the national strategy to highlight the particularly high suicide risk faced by ESA claimants.Appleby said in an email to DNS: “I appreciate [the updated strategy] may not have been as forthright about the risk as some people would like but it was important that a Govt department was acknowledging suicide risk in claimants and setting out what it would do about it.“Inevitably DWP has been sensitive about the issue but my impression is that there is greater willingness now to address it.”He said the NHS Digital/NatCen report does show “that ESA claimants are a high risk group, probably… because of a combination of factors, though I’ve no doubt that for some people the experience of claiming is damaging and a causal factor”.But he said he believed “the need [is to] make people aware of the vulnerability rather than the specific statistic”.His words, and the failure of DHSC, appear to contrast sharply with a statement by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.In his foreword to the updated national strategy, Hunt said he wanted to strengthen the strategy through “better targeting of suicide prevention and help seeking in high risk groups” and by “improving data at national and local level and how this data is used to help take action and target efforts more accurately”.But when DNS asked, in response to Appleby’s email, whether he would call on DHSC, DWP and local agencies to highlight the high risk faced by ESA claimants, and ensure this message was passed to frontline officers and included in the next refreshed versions of the national and local suicide prevention plans, he declined to do so.He said he was “disappointed” that DNS had “made the same points as before” and had ignored his “slightly different perspective”, but added: “I genuinely wish you well, it’s an important topic, but I can’t help any more.”last_img read more

Valencia Street Salsa Venue El Valenciano For Sale

first_imgPart dance hall, part bar and tapas restaurant, Valencia Street’s Latin music and dance venue, El Valenciano, is now for sale. As Capp Street Crap reported on Monday, owner Victoria Vides has put the 4,500 square-foot space on the market for $525,000. The purchase comes complete with food and alcohol licenses and the venue’s rent and lease are negotiable, according to the Craigslist ad.The ad lays out a “fantastic opportunity” to purchase the venue that hosts regular weekly DJ nights and dance parties at 1153 Valencia St., describing the venue as a “prime thriving location in the heart of the bustling Mission nightlife scene.”“[The owner] wanted to retire – they’ve been in business for a long time,” said Jeff Appenrodt, a realtor at Laurel Realty and Investments, the firm that is handling the sale. Appenrodt added that Vides also owns the building that houses El Valenciano. 0% El Valenciano – or “El V,” as some patrons have lovingly dubbed it – opened on Valencia Street sometime in 1996. In 2010, owner Edgardo Vides, from El Salvador, died from a heart attack – the establishment has since remained in the Vides family, who also own and operate El Zocalo Restaurant in South San Francisco. For years, El Valenciano has drawn crowds for its weekly salsa parties, welcoming rookie and seasoned dancers alike. On Wednesdays, the venue is known for its salsa social, featuring classes for beginners before yielding the dance floor to the pros. On Thursdays, Brazilian Night offers patrons the opportunity to learn Brazilian dances while sipping on caipirinhas. It is unclear if the venue will divert from its Latin roots under new ownership. Vides could not be reached for comment by press time, but Appenrodt said that his firm is looking for “somebody who is a proven operator and will be a good tenant.”   center_img Tags: bars • dance • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Man hospitalized after stabbing at hospital

first_imgThe victim claims he does not know the man and woman, and says this was an unprovoked attack.The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is the investigating agency for this incident. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter A man is in fair condition at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital following a Monday stabbing incident … at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the July 1 call at 1:25 p.m. and came upon the victim, suffering from multiple stab wounds, as he was walking from the Family Health Center at 995 Potrero St. to the Emergency Department, across the street at 1001 Potrero. They escorted him the rest of the way.According to the victim and several eyewitnesses, a verbal altercation between the victim and another man broke out in the Family Health Center waiting room and escalated into a physical fight. At some point, a woman joined in the fray and, ultimately, the victim was stabbed multiple times in his upper torso and shoulder.It is unclear who stabbed the man. The suspects had fled by the time Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, but police crime scene investigators have dusted the scene for fingerprints. Additionally, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nancy Crowley said that video of the incident was captured, and a “Be on the Lookout” bulletin describing the suspects will be released shortly. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.last_img read more

THEY say defence wins matches…That adage couldnt

first_imgTHEY say defence wins matches…That adage couldn’t have been more evident as Saints clung on to beat Catalans Dragons 22-16 at the Stade Gilbert on Saturday night.Royce Simmons’ men produced a real ‘backs to the wall’ performance with some of the best scrambling defence of recent years to get back on the winning trail.And their tackling in the final few minutes when Catalans threw everything at their line was a joy to behold.Saints led 16-4 at the break thanks to that great defence and excellent finishing.Although Catalans continuously punched holes in the line their visitors were in no mood to give up easy points.Time after time Saints withstood the barrage with some breathtaking last gasp defence and then picked off the chances when they came begging.Chris Flannery, Ade Gardner and James Graham all crossed following fine work from their teammates – with James Roby and Michael Shenton standing out.In the second half, Eastmond added a penalty to make it 18-4 before Lee Gaskell produced a fine piece of skill to allow Shenton to grab his third of the year.Steve Menzies pulled one back after Andy Dixon had one incorrectly ruled out then the lively Scott Dureau set up an exciting last 90 seconds with a late score.But Saints weren’t in the mood to allow the Dragons back in and they held out – no mean feat considering they had just 15 fit players at the end.With Sia Soliola missing out with an ankle injury, Royce Simmons was forced to shuffle around the Saints’ pack.Jon Wilkin and Chris Flannery retained the second row spots whilst Scott Moore moved to the loose forward berth.Leon Pryce was deemed fit to play and took up the familiar stand-off spot with Kyle Eastmond.Trent Robinson went for exactly the same 17 that beat Hull KR last weekend.After a rousing Catalonian anthem, Saints got underway with some strong drives but Catalans’ hard tackling drove them back.Both sides exchanged penalties then Catalan had a strong set right on Saints’ tryline. And when Greg Mounis produced an attacking kick, Jonny Lomax was clever enough to let the ball go dead.On 11 minutes Setaimata Sa kicked through but Wellens was alive enough to stretch out his hand and knock the ball out of his in-goal.From the drop out, Catalans pushed forward and Steve Menzies’ pass to Damien Blanch saw the latter kick forward but it was just too strong.Saints weathered the home side’s storm and then grabbed the opener – and it was a fine try.Chris Flannery broke through the line, used Shenton and then took a return pass from Ade Gardner to give his side the lead.Eastmond converting.Moments later, Saints worked the angles for Eastmond to link with Wellens and Shenton for Gardner to get down.Eastmond missing a tough conversion attempt.On 24 minutes, Scott Dureau sent up a hopeful high ball on the last tackle; but it seemed to deviate in flight and was touched down by Sa. After an age the video referee gave the try adjudging it had come off the back of a Saints player.Dureau’s conversion nowhere near.Catalan were on top despite the scoreline with their pack ripping into Saints on each set of six.And Simmons’ men got lucky when Jason Baiteri was held up on his back over the line to deny a certain score with around ten minutes to go.But once again, Saints contained the Catalans and hit them on the break. This time Paul Clough did the hard yards down the middle giving James Roby ideal space to work his magic.And he did – linking up with Wellens who fed James Graham for a huge score. Eastmond with the extras.Half Time: Catalans 4 Saints 16Saints won a penalty early in the second half and drove to within 20 metres of the Catalans line.They then won another and Eastmond popped over a two-pointer.On 45 minutes Catalans forced a drop out from Paul Wellens but after four solid drives Lee Gaskell picked up a loose ball and went 50 yards down the field.And from there the home side was always scrambling and Scott Moore had the presence of mind to find Michael Shenton for his third try of the season.Eastmond’s conversion short.Moments later Gaskell broke through again but his pass just hit the ground with Tony Puletua in attendance.It was a message the Dragons should have noted as a minute later, on 59, Puletua picked up a loose ball one handed following Eastmond’s kick and Ben Farrar’s knock on – and flicked it out to Dixon who ‘scored’ with his first touch.But bizarrely the video referee ruled it out.It was a strange decision and it rocked Saints as on the Dragons’ next set a high ball from Dureau saw Menzies score. Dureau with the extras.Tails up from the home side was exactly what the home side didn’t need and with 10 minutes to go Catalans were right in Saints 10 metre area.But fantastic scrambling defence from Meli and Lomax did the trick as Blanch looked set to score.Saints defended their line like their lives depended on it in the final five minutes but Dureau stretched over to set up a dramatic final few minutes.Dureau with the conversion.From the re-start Catalans blasted down the line and forced a drop out with just seconds remaining.But Saints clung on and grabbed a vital two points.After the match Royce revealed that they will “err on the side of caution” with Pryce and that could see him sidelined for five weeks with a groin injury.Scott Moore also picked up a knock whilst McCarthy-Scarsbrook played through a shoulder injury and Chris Flannery had stomach cramps during the match.Match Summary:CatalansTries: Sa, Menzies, DureauGoals: Dureau (2 from 3)Saints: Tries: Flannery, Gardner, Graham, ShentonGoals: Eastmond (3 from 4)Penalties:Catalans: 7Saints: 5HT: 16-4FT: 22-16REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 7095Teams:Catalans:3. Ben Farrar; 2. Damien Blanch, 12. Sébastien Raguin, 18. Darryl Millard, 5. Cyril Stacul; 14. Tony Gigot, 7. Scott Dureau; 8. David Ferriol, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Rémi Casty, 4. Setaimata Sa, 11. Steve Menzies, 13. Greg Mounis.Subs: 22. Jamal Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baiteri, 26. Eloi Pelissier.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 20. Jonny Lomax, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Chris Flannery, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore.Subs: 11. Tony Puletua, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 25. Lee Gaskell.last_img read more

SAINTS are delighted to have signed Travis Burns o

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to have signed Travis Burns on a three-year contract from 2015.The Australian stand-off joins the club from Hull KR for a transfer fee of £60,000 and will link up with his teammates in the off-season.Saints Chairman, Eamonn McManus, said: “Travis is a key signing for us for and will bring both quality and depth to our half back options and combinations.“He is a proven and experienced stand off and will also bring directness and toughness as well as a strong kicking game.”Predominately a Stand-Off, Travis, 30, began his professional rugby league career at Manly.He was the Sea Eagles’ rookie of the year in 2006 and then joined North Queensland in 2008.Burns played for the Cowboys for two seasons, making more than 30 appearances and scoring seven tries, before he moved to Penrith Panthers prior to the 2010 season.There he linked up with Luke Walsh and went on to appear 55 times for the Panthers amassing more than 100 points in the process.That attracted the attention of Hull KR in Super League in 2013 and the half back wasted no time in showing the competition why he is one of the best in the business.He has gone to make more than 40 appearances for the Robins, scoring close to 200 points.“Whilst I’m sad to leave Hull KR – they have been great to me and my family – I am really excited to be joining Saints,” Burns said. “It will be great linking with my friend and former teammate Luke Walsh and what is an exciting and strong squad.“Saints have a strong team that is looking to win silverware over the next few years and I am excited and looking forward to being part of that.”Nathan Brown, Saints Head Coach, added: “Travis is a great competitor and will bring that to the club.“He will also add good depth to our halves and we’re looking forward to having him on board.”Travis will be a Saint in 2015… will you? Season Tickets are now on sale and available for renewal! Click Here to find out more.last_img read more

Work on controversial Reverse Osmosis plant continues

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Construction is still happening on the Reverse Osmosis plant in Brunswick County  two days after Leland, Belville and H2Go took their battle to court.On Wednesday, a judge ruled Belville and H2go are restrained from proceeding with construction.- Advertisement – Mike McGill with Water PIO says the judge did not order shovels to stop. The Town of Belville interpreted the decision to mean current contracts can continue with no other future contracts issued.In a statement, McGill said the court wanted to put a “freeze” on matters to ensure no party, Belville included, would be harmed as the matter moved through the courts. To stop ongoing, executed construction contracts would cause Belville and the contractors harm.McGill says the order prevents harm to H2GO by holding off on future plant contracts and work to be conducted under those future contracts.Related Article: Bringing Broadway to Brunswick CountyClick here to read a detailed look at how things got to point.last_img read more

Town of Leland creates Public Safety Committee

first_img The town is now accepting applications for those wishing to be considered for the committee. To apply, click here. Scroll down to the Public Safety Committee section and click “Apply”. The deadline is February 23.Selected members will be appointed in June.Bylaws of the committee are available to read here. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Leland has created a Public Safety Committee to work along with town fire and police departments and help with the protection of their homes, neighborhoods and towns.According to a release from the town, the committee will be made up of seven members who work to express citizen viewpoints to officials, review data, make recommendations, provide input and work with organizations to promote public safety.- Advertisement – last_img read more

KoreanAmerican woman reacts to summit

first_img One might assume that fear would be even greater among North Korea’s southern neighbors, but one Korean-American woman who calls our area home says that is not true.Hyo Jin Osborne Park moved to the U.S. when she was 21-years-old, but still visits family back in South Korea, as she did this spring.“To America it’s more danger because if they’re going to attack, they’re going to attack to America and not really South Korea,” said Osborne Park.Related Article: North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket siteShe says many of the fears Americans have about North Korean nuclear capabilities do not exist among South Koreans.“I think more American people [are] worried. Still we feel not like danger or anything, and even when I ask my parents, they’re fine.”The summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could prove to be historic. Many hope it will help reunify Korea for the first time in more than 70 years.Osborne Park says that creates additional concerns, like much needed resources becoming spread too thin.“Some South Korean people [don’t] really like that, because still, a lot of South Korean people [are] not living very well.”Still, she hopes this summit could help bring loved ones back together.“I’m looking for actually South Korea-North Korea relationship, because we have long time ago been so much separate, so separate family, hopefully they get see their family.” LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  Following more than 70 years of division, it seems the world could be one step closer to a unified Korea. As outsiders, some Americans wonder what exactly this means to the people of South Korea.When North Korea announced in November 2017 that it had successfully tested a ballistic missile that could reach the United States, it began to raise fear in some Americans.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Maltese people should engage xenophobia by upholding their humanity – AD

first_imgCarmel CacopardoCarmel Cacopardo The Maltese people should engage with xenophobia by upholding the values of ‘humanity and solidarity,’ Alternattiva Demokratika’s leader Carmel Cacopardo has said.AD’s Chairperson said this in response to a worryingly higher percentage of voters that, ‘have decided to associate themselves with the politics of hate.’Cacopardo made these comments in response to the initial results cast in Malta’s European Parliamentary elections.He stated that, ‘it is still too early to comment on how the party fared given that only a third of votes have been counted.’The leader of the Partit Demokratika party earlier thanked his voters by saying that the party will continue to fight on.PD thanks voters; wishes to remain ‘beating heart of clean and honest politics’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more