A consultation event set up by MPs to produce reco

A consultation event set up by MPs to produce reco

first_imgA consultation event set up by MPs to produce recommendations from members of the public on the future funding of adult social care has failed to ask any disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) to provide them with “expert” opinions.DPOs have raised “deep concerns” about the way the Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care has been organised, and its failure to ensure that disabled people and their user-led organisations will have the chance to influence its conclusions.The assembly will take place in Birmingham over two weekends, 27-29 April and 18-20 May, with up to 50 members of the public brought together to consider the best way to fund adult social care in England.It is part of an inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care being carried out by the Commons committees on housing, communities and local government and on health and social care.But although the members of the Citizen’s Assembly will “reflect the wider community” and will include disabled members of the public who are users of social care, there are no DPO representatives among the “expert lead”, advisory panel and expert contributors who will address the Citizen’s Assembly on the first weekend.Those experts set to address or advise the assembly include representatives of Mencap, Policy Exchange – the centre-right thinktank co-founded by government minister Michael Gove – Carers UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Reform (another centre-right thinktank), the Local Government Association, and – possibly – the Centre for Social Justice (founded by former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith).There will also be a representative of the Care and Support Alliance (CSA), a network of almost exclusively non-user-led charities, but she also works for Alzheimer’s Society.The event has been organised on the committees’ behalf by the charity Involve.The Citizens’ Assembly’s findings will be published on the committees’ websites this summer, and its findings will be considered alongside other evidence submitted to their inquiry.The inquiry’s conclusions are set to be published ahead of the government’s planned social care green paper.After being contacted by Disability News Service, the event’s organisers approached Inclusion London, a leading DPO, to ask it to take part, but only on the second weekend and only as part of a panel that will be asked to give “the wider social and political context of social care in England”.Professor Peter Beresford (pictured), co-chair of the national service-user network Shaping Our Lives, said the “list of so-called experts and advisers is a list of the usual suspects”.He said: “Where are the disabled experts, the mental health service-user experts, people with learning difficulties experts, etc?”He said citizens’ assemblies had “well evidenced limitations” and “tend to reflect the usual exclusions and biases of mainstream society”.He said: “This is a top-down initiative, so from the start it is difficult to see how they will reflect the concerns of the diversity of social care service-users and disabled people.“Of course, there might be an argument for such a body if there weren’t local and national user-led organisations which have already made clear what they think is needed for social care: a service offered on the same terms as the NHS, committed to supporting the philosophy of independent living.” He said the “predictable result” of the assembly would be “a safe mess, but a costly and wasteful one.“We actually already have the evidence for decent social policy, [but we also have] an ideological and political unwillingness to take any notice of it on the part of this crumbling government.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “We are deeply concerned about the Citizens’ Assembly that is taking place on the future funding of adult social care.“Any attempt to involve the voices of grassroots disabled people has been very last minute and yet social care is an issue that is having a very immediate and detrimental impact on our lives.“Assembly members are ‘asked to make trade-offs and arrive at workable recommendations’, but without the views and interests of adult social care users at the heart of the process, we are concerned that those recommendations will not reflect the best interests of disabled people, yet through the assembly formation they will attain cross-party legitimacy and be seen to represent an electable policy on social care.“What we need are politicians who are not afraid to stand up for bold solutions that will protect disabled people’s rights to independent living and to equal participation in society.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said: “Inclusion London welcomes the opportunity to speak about the wider social and political context of social care in England at the second weekend of the Citizens’ Assembly.“We are disappointed that there hasn’t been greater engagement of Deaf and disabled people’s organisations and that the organisers have worked predominantly with charities to shape the assembly and select speakers.“However, it is important for us to take this opportunity to put across the urgency of the situation facing disabled people who need social care support and to ensure that the needs and interests of disabled people of working age are heard.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, also said she believed there should have been representatives of DPOs among the advisers.She said: “I’m sure such an assembly will make a useful contribution to the debate but the way in which it has been set up means that it can only ever be a partial contribution. “I have no doubt that the advisory panel have a great deal of experience on the workings of care funding but what is missing is the expertise on the impact of care costs on individuals and their life chances. “For that you would need to include, as advisors, representatives of people using social care services and their organisations.”Brian Hilton, digital campaigns officer for Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said: “The fact that the voice of disabled people’s organisations are not represented on the advisory panels diminishes both their legitimacy and the knowledge base they draw upon on the important issue of social care funding.“It also calls into question whether it was simply an oversight not to seek the involvement of DPOs, which is alarming in itself, or even more worryingly, is it that the knowledge, skills and experiences of disabled people are simply judged to be of no importance?”A spokesman for the committees and Involve said the “recruitment criteria” for the expert panel had been “to ensure that the assembly’s plans and materials are factually accurate, comprehensive, balanced and unbiased”.He said: “The Citizens’ Assembly on social care is considering alternative options for funding social care in the long term – for example taxation and insurance-based models.“The first weekend covers different funding mechanisms, so speakers have been recruited for their specific expertise and perspectives on particular models.”He said that recruitment of speakers for the second weekend was “beginning this week” and would be announced after the first Citizens’ Assembly weekend.The second weekend will begin with a panel giving “the wider social and political context of social care in England”, and he said they were “approaching speakers from a user-led disability organisation for this”.He said that CSA, which was “an umbrella organisation which includes DPOs”, had “been supportive in helping us shape the Citizens’ Assembly, including its advisory panel and speakers”.He said that a CSA representative was contributing to the first weekend of the assembly, but when it was pointed out that that representative worked for Alzheimer’s Society, which is not a DPO, he declined to comment further.Citizens’ assemblies have been used in the UK and in countries such as Australia, the US and Canada – with one currently taking place in Ireland – and aim to give members of the public the opportunity to learn about and discuss a topic before reaching conclusions, with members “asked to make trade-offs and arrive at workable recommendations”.last_img read more

Photo Essay Door to Door to Door

Photo Essay Door to Door to Door

first_imgPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhn Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% I have a thing for doors. Especially wooden ones and there’s lots of those in the Mission.Sometimes I’m curious of  what it’s like inside many places but all I can do is look and imagine from the street level.Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhncenter_img 0%last_img read more

SF Mime Troupe stars fall from stage delays performances

SF Mime Troupe stars fall from stage delays performances

first_img Tags: San Francisco Mime Troupe Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The Mime Troupe’s scheduled performance of Walls, a play on immigration and fear, on Wednesday July 26th at the Troupe Studio Space at 855 Treat Ave. is cancelled as its star is still recovering from a fall on Sunday.Lead actress, Velina Brown fell off the stage on Sunday in Yerba Buena Gardens. One visitor who saw it happen said Brown’s fall from the stage seemed as it was part of the performance. Today, the stage manager for the Mime Troupe, Rotimi Agbabiaka, the choreographer, said that Brown lost her footing when performing. She was taken to the hospital to check for any fractures and injuries. There were none but she remains a little sore which is why she is being given today to rest. On Thursday, Brown will be back on stage as planned in 855 Treat Ave at 7:00 p.m. Ticket information and the performance schedule is available on the Mime Troupe’s website. 0%last_img read more

The amazing true story of how a dog — yes a dog

The amazing true story of how a dog — yes a dog

first_imgPhoto: Mac stands in front of AT&T park Based on Mac’s nose, my partner and I were off to deliver the suspicious package to its intended King Street address — another ubiqutous, generic building that had recently sprouted up a couple hundred yards from the local nine’s ballpark. We had every reason to be confident this was going to be an interception of the cash side of a drug transaction.But that’s not how things worked out. At all.Responding to the knock on the door, the striking blonde — Yamel, we soon learned — opened the door to her condominium, vacant except for two upright suitcases adjacent to a sofa inhabited by two kids watching television. My partner explained that he believed the package addressed to “Yamel Gillen” contained contraband and she could either open it right there, or he was going to ask a judge to authorize access.Yamel opened the cardboard package. To our considerable surprise, it contained not wads of money but syringes. Forty-nine syringes, in fact, full of a mysterious fluid. (Subsequent articles would report 50 syringes, but I counted 49 — which I felt to be a very San Francisco number).My partner inquired: “Human growth hormones?”“I was going to start working out,” she replied.“Well, HGH is illegal. We can’t let you keep it.”It didn’t seem likely to me that the petite Yamel could be juicing, so I asked: “Is your husband home?”“No, he’s asleep. He works nights.”“What does he do?”In barely a whisper: “He plays for the Giants.”“I’m sorry?”“He plays for the Giants.”“Giants? Oh, you are a ‘Guillen,’ not ‘Gillen.’Eight years and three titles ago, maybe you don’t remember Jose Guillen. He was, at the time, a 34-year-old journeyman outfielder with some pop the Giants had traded for in late summer in hopes of adding one more potent bat for the stretch run — and, if things worked out, the playoffs and Series. And, now, we’d caught his wife having what appeared to be HGH shipped to his home.“Look, we can’t let you keep the HGH because it’s illegal. We’ll give you a receipt.”Finding loaded syringes instead of cash was a jolt for us and, to be honest, a disappointment. But, for me, it was more than that. I went to my first Giants game in 1964 — the Willie Mays era. In 2010, I went to 81 games. So, I was concerned that, in the midst of a pennant race, this would become a huge distraction.“We have to report it,” countered my partner.So, we compromised. We went to our captain, who had an in with the Giants. He suggested we defer to the DEA — while he would personally notify the Giants’ front office. On the DEA side, they recognized the potential “tentacles” of the case. If one receives a package of contraband in the mail, in order for law enforcement to assert a crime, we have to prove the recipient had intended to receive the package. The DEA was going to leverage Yamel Guillen’s, “I was going to start working out” as the impetus to run with the case.While her husband was scheduled to battle the Dodgers that evening, the DEA initiated the paperwork to serve a search warrant on Yamel Guillen to entice her to cooperate with a federal investigation. On the field, led by Jose Guillen’s three hits — including a homer — the Giants crushed Los Angeles, 10-2, and climbed into first place. The DEA search warrant was not completed in time, however, and Guillen returned to an undisrupted household.The next morning, I received a call from Guillen’s attorney from Pittsburgh, who informed me “the Guillens want to cooperate.” I referred Guillen’s attorney up the DEA ladder. And, shortly thereafter, I was informed that Yamel Guillen and the kids had slipped out of the country. The DEA’s leverage in the case evaporated.And so did the Giants’ grasp on first place. The team ceded the top spot only to reclaim it again days later — thanks to a titanic, six-RBI effort from, guess who, Jose Guillen.But nobody among that sellout crowd could have known that Guillen’s monstrous grand slam would be his final home run. Two weeks later to the day, on the final game of the season — also the final game of Guillen’s career — the Giants clinched the division. Over that two-week period, Guillen was unproductive; my partner and I had a hypothesis why, but the truth remains unknowable.And, in a move every bit as surprising as our finding those syringes, Guillen was left off the team’s postseason roster. The media would later report that he was scratched due to a neck injury.Sure he was.Guillen’s replacement in right field: Cody Ross. Email Address The situation isn’t so hot right now for the Giants (or, you could argue, in general). But, sometimes, you can’t tell how one little thing — even a dog, an honest-to-God dog — can change everything that comes after. But it can happen. I saw it myself.I was one of the two narcotics officers who stood to the side of a SoMa condo doorway just blocks from AT&T Park and rapped, softly, just as we were trained to do in the academy. A striking blond woman opened the door to a barren condo.Earlier that morning, well before sunrise, my partner and I had been within a vast parcel delivery warehouse, profiling. Not people, but packages: We were scouring incoming mail for the telltale indications that the parcels might contain currency related to trafficking. My partner and I, assigned by San Francisco Police Department to the Drug Enforcement Agency, understood the currents of the Northern California underground trade. At warehouses like these, the tide of green currency arrived in the morning mail, and the tide of green herbs receded with the afternoon mail.Deputized with DEA status, we were authorized to profile, intercept and deliver suspicious mail to the intended recipients. If we could establish probable cause that the currency within the package was related to a crime, we could civilly detain the money until the recipient established to federal attorneys that there was a truly bona fide business purpose to mail thousands of vacuum-sealed dollars to a fictitious person.My partner — he’s still working, so we’ll leave his name out of this — picked off an intriguing package sliding down the conveyor belt. He noted the name and the origin of the package, and concluded he needed a second opinion to confirm his suspicions. For that, he turned to his upbeat sidekick, Mac. With his puppy-dog eyes, Mac had an alluring effect on men and women alike, who found it hard to keep their hands off him.My partner placed the suspicious package — along with four placebo packages — along a wall, and released the panting Mac to wag his tail and roam.Mac, then still a puppy, is an English Springer Spaniel, a breed known for its intelligence. And a narc dog. Typical of a narc dog, Mac is a little bit crazy, with a short, 280-character attention span, high energy, and always game to chase suspicious odors.Mac ambled up to the five packages, sniffing and wagging. Then he froze, hitting on the suspicious package, looking up to us for acknowledgement, before pointing his nose again at the suspect parcel.And, thousands of miles away, the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas Rangers were enjoying their day off, oblivious that a puppy was altering their baseball destiny. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Lou Barberini, CPA, has an MBA in Taxation, and is a former SFPD officer. He was assigned briefly (but notably) to the DEA Asset Forfeiture Unit. He currently provides retirement, investment and tax planning services on a fiduciary basis through Nich Capital Partners. In the first game of the playoffs, Ross drove in the only run the Giants would need in a masterful Tim Lincecum 1-0 blanking of the Braves. Days later, the Giants finished off Atlanta aided by Ross homering and then driving in the winning run. In the next round of the playoffs vs. Philadelphia, Ross was voted the National League Championship Series MVP, belting two homers in the first game off 2010 Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay. Guillen’s replacement went on to hit two more homers in the postseason and earned a World Series ring as the San Francisco Giants captured their first World Series. And, two years later, another. And, two years later, another.This is not what we predicted when Mac zeroed in on that package. If he’d missed it, we’d have probably found another, and then knocked on someone else’s door. But he didn’t miss it, and that was that.It’s 2018, and the team’s first taste of World Series glory seems like it was long ago. Because it was. Only Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey remain from that magical time when the Giants lost their innocence, and Cody Ross mysteriously “replaced” Jose Guillen.Mac is now 10 years old, with hundreds of cases on his proud resume. But, all but surely, none has ever affected more people than this one. Whether they know it or not. Eight years ago next month, the San Francisco Giants’ first World Series — and, perhaps, the team’s now-faded dynasty status — was ensured by a Springer Spaniel.It’s true. I was there.last_img read more

SAINTS final home game of the season ended in a di

first_imgSAINTS final home game of the season ended in a disappointing 46-12 defeat to the Auld Enemy, writes Graham Henthorne.Injuries and call-ups to the 20’s robbed Coach Derek Traynor of some of his more illustrious names, enabling Tommy Holland and Chris Carr to make their debuts, but there was still enough talent on the park to have won the game.The Saints started the brighter with some astute kicking from Lewis Sheridan and great kick chase from Lewis Foster forcing the visitors into a drop out from under their own posts.From the restart drives from Matt Cooke and Adam Hesketh put the Saints on the attack and when Tom Roughley grubbered behind the line Connor Dwyer won the fight to take the ball and touchdown.However, from the kick off a mix up on the line allowed the ball to go dead and the Saints were immediately under pressure.Three repeat sets later and the defence finally cracked allowing the winger in.The visitors then put the Saints under relentless pressure with repeat set after repeat set and two more tries ensued.With seven minutes to the break Lewis Galbraith expertly diffused a grubber behind his own sticks managing to get back into the field of play. From the play the ball Leon Tatlock threatened to go the length of the field only to be ankle tapped from behind with 20 metres to go. The ball was lost on the next tackle leaving the Saints 10 behind at the break but still in with a shout.The teams traded tries in the opening 10 minutes with the Saints scoring a blinder. Foster, Sheridan and Corey Lee spread the ball left and Galbraith rounded his opposite number with ease before handing off the cover and running around to make Fozzard’s conversion easier.Injuries added to the Saints woes and as the match wore on the fact that three players were backing up from Friday’s U20’s playoff match meant that the Saints wilted in the heat.Four tries in the final quarter gave the score a slightly lop-sided look but the Saints can’t complain.Whilst there was effort aplenty, especially from Tatlock, Foster and Chris Carr, there was a distinct lack of composure which ultimately cost the game.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Connor DwyerGoals: Matty Fozzard 2Wigan:Tries: Lewis Tierney 2, Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, George Williams, Sam Brooks 2, Jamie DoranGoals: Ryan Hampshire 7Half Time: 6-16Full Time: 12-46Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Matt Wood, 4. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Tom Roughley, 7. Lewis Sheridan; 8. Matt Cooke, 9. Lewis Foster, 16. Adam Hesketh, 11. Matty Fozzard, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. Chris Webster. Subs: 10. Brad Ashurst, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Tommy Holland, 19. Chris Carr.Wigan:1. Lewis Tierney; 2. Mike Scrivens, 3. Josh Rooney, 4. Joe Burgess, 5. Dom Manfredi; 6. Ryan Hampshire, 7. George Williams; 18. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Ryan Sutton, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Rhys Pugsley, 13. Robert Lever. Subs: 14. Sam Brooks, 15. Chris Lowe, 16. Jonny Brown, 17. Jamie Doran.last_img read more

RLWC2013 is offering an unbelievable opportunity t

first_imgRLWC2013 is offering an unbelievable opportunity to those lucky fans who have had their photo taken with the Rugby League World Cup Trophy as it travelled the country over the past 18 months.The official trophy ribbons will feature a unique design made up of the thousands of faces that have visited the Trophy Tour during since its launch in 2012.The ribbons will be displayed on the trophy throughout the tournament and fans can be still be part of Rugby League history by emailing their photo to trophyribbon@rlwc2013.com before 5pm on October 11.Since 2012, the Rugby League World Cup Trophy has been on a whistle-stop tour of the UK, being seen by over 2 million people, inspiring a new generation of fans along the way.Travelling across England, Wales, France, Ireland and Scotland, Rugby League’s greatest prize has been building excitement far and wide ahead of the Opening Ceremony at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on October 26 – an extraordinary event and one that sports fans, families and event-goers will not want to miss.RLWC2013 Marketing Manager, Mark Foster said: “We pride ourselves on our welcoming, and world class values, and created the RLWC2013 Trophy Tour with this in mind.“The trophy has undoubtedly been our Olympic Torch. We’ve visited schools, communities, clubs and charities. We’ve also taken the trophy to amazing venues like 10 Downing Street, the Welsh Assembly and Trafalgar Square.The Trophy will be the focal point of the tournament and will be seen by millions more fans both on TV and at the venues.For YOUR chance to earn a place on the ribbon, send a photo of you with the trophy to trophyribbon@rlwc2013.com before 5pm on October 11 2013.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League clash with Hull FC.Greg Richards and Luke Thompson return to the side with Shannon McDonnell also added for the first time this season.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 38. Shannon McDonnell.Lee Radford will choose his Hull FC side from:4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Lineham, 6. Richard Horne, 8. Mickey Paea, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Chris Green, 11. Gareth Ellis, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Richard Whiting, 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Liam Watts, 20. Jamie Shaul, 21. Dean Hadley, 22. Josh Bowden, 26. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 28. Setaimata Sa, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 34. Fetuli Talanoa, 40. Jordan Abdull.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Ticket details are here.last_img read more

SAINTS v Wigan is big at any level – but when its

first_imgSAINTS v Wigan is big at any level – but when it’s in a Grand Final it’s even bigger!Saints 19s face the auld enemy this Sunday at Langtree Park (2pm) for the right to be called Academy Champions.Derek Traynor’s side have had a formidable season – winning 20 of their 20 league games and then beating Widnes in the semi-final 46-6.But that will count for nothing against last season’s winners; the team Saints lost to at the same stage last year.“We have had a good season but we know we have to get our performance right on Sunday and we are preparing hard,” Derek said. “We are looking forward to it.“There is no need for any motivation when we play Wigan. They have got a great record in this competition. Although we beat them at their place in our unbeaten season to date all that will count for nothing on Sunday.“It’s who performs on the day that’s what we will be focusing on.”He continued: “The players from both sides know about each other as they have literally been playing against each for their various club teams since the age of eight, nine or ten.“I hope that all Saints supporters can get to the game and the team the support it deserves. The boys all appreciate the support you give them and the atmosphere you create when you watch our curtainraisers before the first team play.”Entry for the game is £5 and £2 but if 2016 Members purchase their tickets in advance then they can save £2 and £1 respectively.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office and online here.There will also be cash turnstiles on the day and the Red V Cafe Bar will be open from 12.30pm.All tickets are unallocated but there will be Saints and Wigan blocks in the South Stand.last_img read more

Inspection records reveal more details about boarding kennels violations

Inspection records reveal more details about boarding kennels violations

first_imgThe Dog Club of Wilmington is shut down for operating without a license (Photo: WWAY/Matt Bennett) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Not enough staff members, empty water bowls, lack of overall cleaning and 83 dog cages not in compliance are some of the reasons a boarding kennel and daycare facility did not pass inspection and ultimately failed to get their license renewed.New Hanover County Animal Services shut down The Dog Club of Wilmington on Wednesday for operating without a license.- Advertisement – On July 3, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services mailed The Dog Club of Wilmington a letter of non-compliance and license expiration.The letter noted two inspections on June 26 and June 28 that were “disapproved” due to the number and severity of areas of non-compliance with the NC Animal Welfare Act.The letter directed the kennel to cease and desist operating as a boarding kennel immediately until they submit a renewal application for a license, pay the fee and pass a facility compliance inspection.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet ZoeThe Dog Club of Wilmington did not pass its facility compliance inspection that took place on July 11.During that July 11 visit, the inspector noticed a baby was crying loudly. The child was being kept in an office in a play pen alone while its mother was attending to dogs at the facility. The inspector asked the facility owner why the baby was there unattended and was told that the mother really needs to work and did not have a sitter.The inspector also noted that while she was there for 3.5 hours, the infant was crying loudly all morning. The inspector wrote that this is a safety issue for the child because in some cases, a crying child can agitate a dog. The inspector noted there were two  aggressive German Shepards being kept in a room where they could hear the baby crying.The inspector viewed this as a safety issue for the baby, if a dog got loose and got into the office with the unattended child.The inspector wrote that this facility is significantly non compliant with the Animal Welfare Act.The inspection found the following:Records: The inspector noted again, as on the past two inspections, that all day care owners are not signing the signature log. There were 28 dogs in day care with 22 dogs signed in.Records were also not available upon request. The inspector requested 16 records of dogs currently in house. It took an hour for the owner and staff member to gather them. The inspector noted very poor organization.Indoor facilities: Two adult German Shepards are being boarded in a “room” not authorized to house dogs inside. The dogs had access to two electrical outlets, there were chewed areas on the dry wall, door, and door frame. The room was not authorized or approved for use as a boarding room.A staff member told the inspector that room was the only place in the building they could contain these two dogs. The owner and staff member were told by the inspector they should not take in dogs they cannot contain.The inspector also found scratches on a wood office door that indicated were being kept in the office, another room not authorized to house dogs.Outdoor facilities: The inspector noted again from both the June 26 and 28 disapproved inspections that the outdoor exercise yard areas have not been corrected. The large dog yard has a large area that is still bare dirt and the small dog yard also had bare areas. The inspector noted there were also no signs of a dogs being housed outside overnight, unlike a previous inspection.Primary enclosures: The inspector again noted the two German Shepards being kept in the room. One of the dog crates had a broken wire, which could be a danger to the dog.  Primary enclosures also did not provide space to allow the dogs to walk, turn about freely, easily sit, stand, or lie in a natural positions.The inspector wrote that she measured dogs and cages with the owner and proved to the owner that in all areas, except the small dog room, the cages need to be replaced due to inadequate size.Out of 96 cages, only 13 small dog cages were in compliance.Also, one one employee was supervising 17 dogs when the inspector arrived.  The inspector told an employee to put up the seven dogs or send them home immediately. The seven dogs were placed in cages that were not size compliant.On the past two disapproved inspections, it was noted there were more than 45 dogs with only one to two people supervising. The ratio is one person per 10 dogs supervising at all times.Watering: One dog in the keep separate room had an empty water container. The inspector noted there was not enough staff available to have taken care of this overnight dog. On the June 26 inspection, caged dogs were also without water.Sanitation: Several areas were not in compliance. Old feces was found in the exercise yard. The room the two German Shepards were kept in smelled like urine. Evidence indicated a lack of cleaning indoors, including the cages, floors and walls.There is evidence seen by the lack of employees that the cages are not cleaned twice a dayand by the grime noted on them.There is evidence seen by the lack of employees that the cages are not sanitized every seven days.Employees: The inspector noted again, as on the past 2 disapproved inspections, there is an insufficient amount of employees at this facility to adequately care for the dogs and properly clean the cages and facility.The inspector also noted a lack of knowledge in the staff members in properly caring for the dogs and the facility.On July 12, The Dog Club of Wilmington received a letter denying its license renewal.The letter cites the failed inspections June 26, June 28, and July 11. The letter states that if the owner continues to operate an unlicensed kennel five days after receiving the letter, a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation could be imposed.Dyana Scholz received 19 counts of operating a pet shop, kennel or auction without a license.last_img read more

Sewer work to close lanes on 701 in Whiteville Tuesday night

Sewer work to close lanes on 701 in Whiteville Tuesday night

first_imgRoad Closed (Photo: Daniel X. O’Neil/CC BY 2.0) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The City of Whiteville says it will temporarily close the southbound lanes of US 701 at Washington Street beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday.Crews will close the lanes as they repair a sewer main.- Advertisement – The city says the road should reopen around 6 a.m. Wednesday.Southbound traffic on 701 will be rerouted through the turning lane in the south side lanes of travel. A small area of Washington Street will be closed as well, the city says.Due to the repair work, access will remain, though limited, to Walgreens.Related Article: Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26There will be no interruption of service regarding water and sewer services.last_img read more