Dodgers break out the bats in shutout win, split series against San Francisco

first_imgPreviousActress Jennifer Lopez attends the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs after hitting an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, congratulate Cody Bellinger on his two-run home run gainst the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig points as he scores on a single by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, watches as his throw to first base is late after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer, right, during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig puts his hand in the air after scoring along with Yasmani Grandal on a double by Enrique Hernandez during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 9-0. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger singles in front of San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Stratton comes out of the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hits an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)ESPN broadcaster Alex Rodriguez works from the pressbox during “ESPN Sunday Night Baseball” at the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, watches his two-run home run in front of San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig points as he scores on a single by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford, top, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig on an attempted steal of second base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Actress Jennifer Lopez attends the baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs after hitting an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig runs after hitting an RBI double to score Chris Taylor against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)ExpandLOS ANGELES – The way their first three games had gone, the Dodgers’ fourth game of the season was destined to be decided by something silly. Something unpredictable. Something, say, like what happened in the fourth inning Sunday.Corey Seager was on second base and Yasiel Puig was on first with one out. Cody Bellinger hit a fly ball to the Giants’ left fielder, Hunter Pence, who relayed the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford. Seager tagged up and went to third base while Crawford wheeled the ball to second baseman Joe Panik. Suddenly, Puig was in a rundown – an old-school baseball pickle.Puig managed to stay alive long enough for Seager to reach the plate without a throw. The run counted when Puig slid safely into first base under the tag.“I got a little excited,” Puig confessed. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I said ‘thanks for being an idiot,’ ” Bellinger said. “It’s all jokes with him. It’s pretty cool.”For five innings, that was the only run of the game. Then the Dodgers scored eight more runs, pulling away for a 9-0 win. They were off to Phoenix on Monday for their first trip of the season with a 2-2 record, a relief after beginning the season with a pair of 1-0 losses.The Dodgers’ offense finally showed signs of life in front of an announced crowd of 41,866. They had 11 hits as a team through their first three games combined. On Sunday they had 13 hits – three by Puig, who began the season 0 for 9.Related Articles According to Stats, LLC, the two runs the Dodgers allowed in the series matched the 1915 Phillies for the fewest allowed in the first four games of a season. The Giants had never failed to score more than one run through four games in franchise history.Blame a thick marine layer, stellar pitching, a lack of clutch hitting – the Giants went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Sunday and 1-for-27 in the series – or perhaps all three.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “That did not go unnoticed, seeing the way the ball wasn’t traveling maybe what we were used to seeing in past seasons,” said Dodgers starter Rich Hill, who threw six shutout innings in his 2018 debut.Bellinger’s two-run home run off Josh Osich was his first hit of the season. Puig, Austin Barnes and Corey Seager got their first hits of 2018, too. Puig went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.Hill got out of bases-loaded jams in the second and third innings. He allowed five hits, including three doubles. He walked three batters and struck out five. The only run the Giants scored against a Dodgers starting pitcher in the series was Joe Panik’s home run against Clayton Kershaw on Thursday.“Keeping those guys off-balance, I think, is a big part of tonight,” Hill said. “That was really something that I thought we did well, was executing breaking balls when we needed to and timely fastballs.”Chris Taylor, Yasmani Grandal, Kiké Hernandez and Bellinger had two hits apiece. Hernandez started at second base, then switched to center field for the final inning and made a leaping catch in front of the center-field wall to preserve the shutout.Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields and Wilmer Font each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Hill.Giants starter Chris Stratton allowed three runs, all earned, in 5-1/3 innings. Seager’s run – the unexpected gift of Puig’s unexpected rundown – counted as an earned run by the slimmest of margins. Through a miracle of officials scoring, the play was neither an error nor a sacrifice fly. How much of it was dumb luck?“A lot of it,” Roberts said, “but Corey did a great job on the timing. A lot of that was driven by Corey’s astuteness on the bases.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Reactions pour in as Luke Walton introduced as Lakers coach

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Luke Walton, a former player for the Lakers, will take over as Los Angeles’ next head coach after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. He started the 2016 season serving as head coach for the Warriors in the absence of Steve Kerr, who recovered from surgery.Viewing on a mobile device? Follow along here.last_img

As the Warriors hit reboot, Curry texts Iguodala: ‘Miss you bro’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — For the first time in six seasons, Stephen Curry will suit up without Andre Iguodala by his side.The two former teammates have been through enough to fill several books. Three championship victories, two championship defeats and everything in between. Oh, and don’t forget the golf.Curry and Iguodala may no longer share a team, but the former testified on Wednesday after practice that their camaraderie hasn’t changed one bit.“I texted Andre yesterday,” Curry said. “I had a …last_img read more

Henry Blodget: Apple May Be Facing Yahoo-Like Decline

first_imgOnce in a blue moon former Wall Street analyst turned tech blogger Henry Blodget puts on his old analyst hat and does a deep dive on a stock. Today he looks at Apple, and – shockingly – says he can’t rule out the chance that Apple’s recent stock slide is the start of a long-term plunge like the one Yahoo has suffered. (There was a time, Blodget points out, when Yahoo looked like a must-own, can’t-miss stock, just like Apple does today.)Blodget’s argument in a nutshell:* Apple’s recent stock drop is not the result of some giant Wall Street conspiracy and stock manipulation; it is the market’s legitimate reaction to uncertainty.* Apple’s growth will slow over the next few years.* Apple will have to introduce new iPhones and iPads at lower price points.* Apple’s margins will contract.* Apple’s stock will likely float between $400 and $700 for the next few years. (Right now it’s at $505, down from just over $700 a few months ago.)Could Apple introduce something huge and see its stock go surging to $1,000? Yes. But it could also go in the other direction, Blodget says.Money quote:“It may be that the new Apple will be just as astounding a company as the old Apple–that all the Apple doubters will soon be shamed and the stock will blast off to the moon again. That’s certainly possible.“And it’s possible that Apple will go through a multi-year period of “consolidation,” in which the stock trades sideways in a big trading range. Google did that for years. Amazon did that for years. Microsoft has done that for 12 years. All of those stocks were ‘must-own’ story stocks in their day. It happens all the time.“But it’s also possible, I am sorry to say, that Apple is in the first stages of a Yahoo-like decline.”That’s strong stuff. We’ll get a better idea next week when Apple reports its earnings for the holiday quarter. My take: Unless Apple blows out the expectations, the stock will come under even more pressure. And if Apple falls short in any way? Watch out below.Image courtesy of Reuters. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img dan lyons Tags:#Apple 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Video: Tom Izzo Pulled Away From Yelling At Referee While Michigan State Struggles With Oakland

first_imgA closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo.ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.last_img read more

Support Move to Ban Public Smoking – Dr. Ferguson

first_imgMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, is urging members of the public to support the Government’s move to impose a ban on smoking in public spaces.Speaking at an exposition at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston on Tuesday, May 7, Dr. Ferguson said the effort is aimed at protecting the health of citizens, especially since surveys show that the nation’s children are partaking in unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking.“The 2010 Global Youth Tobacco Survey undertaken by the National Council on Drug Abuse indicates that 40.4 per cent of youth age 13 to 15, has smoked at least once and at least 19.4 per cent of those who have ever smoked were under 10 years old. In addition, 70 per cent of the students surveyed indicated that they are exposed to second hand smoke,” he said.He informed that six million persons are dying annually around the world from smoking and some 600,000 are dying globally from passive smoking, by just being in the presence of smokers. Dr. Ferguson said the World Health Organization (WHO) also indicates that tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide.“The Ministry of Health continues to stress the importance of health promotion and actions to counter the effects of lifestyle diseases. Exercise, good dietary practices, reduction in alcohol intake and a cessation of smoking are among the lifestyle choices that will produce the results that we want,” he stated. The Health Minister reminded the children that smoking is neither “cute nor cool”, and appealed to them not to partake in the practice.Dr. Ferguson said that his position on the matter is not an anti-smoker stance, noting that as Minister of Health, he has a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of Jamaicans.The Government is seeking to put in place a Tobacco Control Act that will protect citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco smoking, by prohibiting its use in public areas and work places. The legislation is in the draft stage and is expected to be brought to Parliament this financial year.Dr. Ferguson also urged the children to desist from partaking in alcohol consumption, pointing out that this is another unhealthy lifestyle practice.The Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2008 indicates that 65 per cent of Jamaicans aged 15-75 years old, consume alcohol. The Jamaican Youth Risk and Resiliency Behaviour Survey 2006 reports that almost 50 per cent of youth used alcohol, with 10.4 per cent of males and 5.8 per cent of females reporting drunkenness.The Minister said these behaviours can have negative long-term effects on health and wellness and may also indicate a need for some kind of social intervention and guidance for these children.“I urge parents to be more involved in the life of their children. You have to support the work of the school and the Ministry. We cannot do it alone, strongly established partnerships with the family are needed to improve the current situation,” he stated.The exposition was staged under the theme: ‘Get Educated…Eat Healthy…Live Wealthy’.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

The Oxfam sex scandal was not a onetime news stor

first_imgThe Oxfam sex scandal was not a one-time news story.The report on sexual misconduct by Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011 made headlines last month. Since then, a number of other aid groups have come clean about similar problems — and revealed cases that victimized staffers as well.This past week, U2 frontman Bono said he was “furious” over allegations against his ONE advocacy group — including an accusation that a female employee was demoted after refusing to have sex with a Tanzanian member of parliament.Meanwhile, the aid world is scrambling to put solutions in place.Here are some of the latest developments.The cost for Oxfam Great BritainOxfam continues to deal with the fallout of the Oxfam Great Britain sex scandal.A spokesperson said on March 9 that Oxfam, which has more than 9,000 staff in more than 90 countries, investigated 42 allegations of sexual misconduct in 2017.Late last month, the Haitian government suspended Oxfam Great Britain for two months while it investigates how the charity handled the local case. Oxfam Great Britain’s future government funding is also at risk. “Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for any new UK Government funding until DFID is satisfied that they can meet the high standards we expect of our partners,” Britain’s international development secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement.In the last financial year, Oxfam GB received $44 million in funding from the UK’s Department for International Development.Revelations and resignationsBut the Oxfam scandal is now just one in an ever-growing list.The allegations of sexual abuse by humanitarian workers and U.N. peacekeepers include inappropriate conduct among staffers as well as toward local populations. But it’s the latter scandals that are raising the deepest sense of outrage.”When we go to work in these countries where there is no infrastructure and we’re supposed to be there to help facilitate, the rule of law and order and instead we’re taking advantage of that vacuum — that to me is the absolute worst offense,” Dina Francesca Haynes, who has worked for the U.N. refugee agency in Croatia and for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, told NPR.Last month, 46 U.N. peacekeepers were recalled from their post in Wau, South Sudan, after allegations that some of them had engaged in transactional sex. “This is a clear breach of the U.N. and UNMISS Code of Conduct which prohibits sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals, including all beneficiaries of assistance,” the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said in a statement.A U.N. Population Fund report published in November 2017 is getting renewed attention. It’s titled “Voices from Syria 2018” and includes descriptions of the sexual exploitation that some women and girls in Syria said they faced during aid distributions. During focus group discussions, some participants said aid workers would “make sexual advances on women and girls in exchange for goods or services necessary for survival.” As a result, some women and girls said they would only go to distribution sites with a chaperone, the report states.The aid organization Plan International said on Feb. 21 that it had six confirmed cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children by staff or associates from July 2016 to June 2017, as well as nine incidents of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by staff involving adults.In a statement, the group said it reports details of criminal instances to law enforcement agencies but would not reveal details to the public “due to the sensitive nature of the information.”In the cases involving children, the organization says it “linked victims and families with local support networks including but not limited to medical and psychosocial support.”The Red Cross director said in a statement Feb. 23 that since 2015, a total of 21 Red Cross employees have either been dismissed for paying for “sexual services” or resigned while an internal inquiry was in progress.High-profile resignations are also in the news. Last month, Justin Forsyth resigned from his role as UNICEF’s deputy executive director after allegations arose of inappropriate behavior while he was working for Save the Children, which said in a statement: “In 2011 and 2015, concerns were raised about inappropriate behavior and comments” by Forsyth. Three female employees made complaints, the organization noted.Also in February, Brendan Cox resigned from two charities he helped to start. One of them, the Jo Cox Foundation, announced on Feb. 17 that it had accepted his resignation. On Feb. 18, Save the Children said in a statement that Cox was accused of inappropriate behavior while working for that group in 2015. At the time, Cox was suspended and a disciplinary process began, but he resigned before it was completed, the organization said. Cox has also been accused of assaulting a woman at Harvard University in 2015. He tweeted an apology.Fixing the problemHow do you stop such behavior?That’s the question now facing aid organizations and development experts.The operative word is “safeguarding” – the term used by the aid community. It means that groups should have systems in place to prevent abuse and misconduct.At the safeguarding summit held on March 5 in London, Britain’s secretary for international development Penny Mordaunt said the government will put safeguarding standards in place that organizations must meet in order to be funded.”These standards will include an assessment of codes of conduct, how organizations identify and respond to incidents and how their risk management places safeguarding and beneficiaries at the very core,” Mordaunt said. “Organizations should not bid for new funding unless they are prepared to meet these tough new standards.”Lindsay Coates, president of InterAction, an alliance of nearly 200 U.S.-based nonprofits that do international work, is calling for three key areas of focus: taking complaints seriously and responding to the complainants, making sure these individuals have access to services, and pushing anyone who is “predatory” out of the system.”We’re not fixing anything if someone who works for the U.N. goes to [a nongovernmental organization/aid group] and there’s no communication between the U.N. and the NGO,” Coates says.Oxfam has developed a list of steps the organization plans to take in response to the “crisis.” On Thursday, it announced the leaders of its new Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change. Among other measures, Oxfam said it has “committed to work with others in the sector on a humanitarian passporting system that would stop offenders from moving from one organization to another.”That idea of a “passport” issued to all aid workers is still very much a work in progress. Basically, all employees would have a permanent record of infractions.Save the Children also included the passport on a list of proposed steps to address concerns about the aid sector, published on Feb. 12.”Any staff members reprimanded or dismissed for sexual harassment, bullying and a failure of protection are identified and cannot disappear back into the system,” the organization writes. “Establishing a common registry and passport system would identify if all necessary background checks have been carried out and retain details of all previous conduct.”The passport is just one of many proposals. Dorothea Hilhorst, a professor of humanitarian aid and reconstruction at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, published a commentary suggesting the revival of the idea of a humanitarian ombudsperson.”An ombudsperson investigates, makes recommendations, and then it is up to the organization to act on those recommendations,” she says. “An ombudsperson works best if (s)he is independent, yet is installed by and funded by member organizations from the sector under scrutiny.”Not everyone agrees. Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project at the New England School of Law, says there are too many variables.”Who would fund this? Who would appoint? Would donors balk that money was directed here, rather than to supplies in the field?” she wrote in an email to NPR.Meanwhile, the organization that brought this story into the headlines, Oxfam, is not just being criticized.A group of 14 Honduran nonprofits teamed up for an expression of solidarity published on Feb. 22. “We recognize the great contributions Oxfam has provided in Honduras since 1998, with its humanitarian response to Hurricane Mitch,” the organizations wrote in Spanish.And Oxfam is pledging to do better: “Oxfam is rightly under close scrutiny by many people today around the world. We hope that our apologies — but far more importantly our deeds and the steps we are taking — will begin to restore people’s trust in us,” Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International’s executive director, said in a statement.Courtney Columbus is a multimedia journalist who covers science, global health and consumer health. She has contributed to the Arizona Republic and Arizona PBS. 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A disabled artistactivist has scattered the groun

first_imgA disabled artist-activist has scattered the ground-up remains of 650 clay human figures into the Bristol Channel, in the last stage of a project to demonstrate the real-life impact of austerity.Liz Crow said this final stage of the We Are Figures project, which coincided with the state opening of parliament, was “a distress call to the global community”.She had planned to scatter the remains into the Thames beside the Houses of Parliament, but this month’s election results – and the overall Conservative majority – convinced her that the message would not be heard in the UK.She decided instead to take the figures out into the busy shipping lane of the Bristol Channel in “an appeal to the international community to take heed and signal their solidarity”.The We Are Figures project aimed to “make visible the human cost of austerity”, and inspire action against cuts to support and services.All of the 650 figures were hand-sculpted by Crow from river mud, with each one paired with an individual story drawn from research into the impact of austerity, on subjects such as benefits reform, cuts to council spending, homelessness, malnutrition and NHS rationing.The night before the general election, Crow’s clay figures were raised into a bonfire and, as they were fired, the 650 austerity stories were read aloud over six hours.Afterwards, every one of the figures was ground up, and this week the remains were scattered into the Bristol Channel (pictured).Crow told Disability News Service that the project had been a “leap of faith”, and it was impossible to predict what its impact would be.She said: “No one thing is going to change the political landscape. What I am doing is in collaboration with many, many other things that other people are doing.“It is another way of communicating with people [about the impact of austerity]. That is one of the ways the project has been very successful, the conversations it has triggered.”Because of the results of the election, Crow said the end of the project now felt less like “a closing” and “more of a beginning”.She said: “It would be wonderful to say austerity is over and now we start rebuilding, but effectively it was a mark in the sand saying, ‘this is where we are,’ because it is going to get worse. I cannot see how it cannot.”Crow said the scattering of the remains of the figures over the side of the boat had been “incredibly moving”.She said: “I was very conscious all the way through the scattering, but also during the phases leading up to it, that every single one of those figures represented a real person, and I still felt that very strongly as I scattered them yesterday.”Among the stories marked by her project was that of Liza, who found applying for employment and support allowance to be so “horrendously stressful” that she could not face applying for disability living allowance. Instead, she scavenged for food from supermarket skips.Another was Stephen, who was assessed for his fitness for work and told by the healthcare professional to see a doctor as soon as possible. Although he was found fit for work, he was diagnosed with heart failure. He won his appeal but was told to attend another assessment, even though he was waiting for a heart operation. He was again assessed as being fit for work, but died 39 days after the assessment.A third story involved a young man with testicular cancer, who was sanctioned by Jobcentre Plus because he could not attend an appointment. Days later, he was admitted to hospital for intensive chemotherapy, after a scan revealed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Even though a social worker from a cancer charity rang Jobcentre Plus to explain, they still refused to give him any money.Crow said she would now take some time to recover from the project, before deciding on her next piece of work.In the meantime, she will continue to work on a doctorate examining different approaches to activism, including the role of performing and the arts.And in the autumn, she is due to start on a film-based piece of work using footage shot during the We Are Figures project.Picture by Matthew Fesseylast_img read more

The twin brother of a man who killed himself after

first_imgThe twin brother of a man who killed himself after being told he was ineligible for two disability benefits has backed calls for an inquiry into links between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and deaths of benefit claimants.DWP had beentold the man, Michael*, from the West Midlands, was depressed and suicidal, inaddition to his recent sight loss, but still found him fit for work.He was alsofound ineligible for personal independence payment (PIP), with the letters rejectinghis two benefit applications arriving within days of each other.Michael’sbrother, Adam*, had filled in the employment and support allowance (ESA) claimform on his behalf, and had made it clear his twin was severely depressed andsuicidal, following sight loss that had led to him losing his job as ahighly-skilled mechanic working on HGVs months earlier.But Adamsays DWP ignored that information and made no attempt to ensure his safety whenit sent the two letters, one after the other, telling him he was losing hisentitlement to ESA – which he had been granted while he was being assessed –and that he would not be entitled to PIP.About 10days after receiving the two letters, Michael took his own life.Within abouta week of his funeral, DWP wrote to Michael’s widow to admit that he had beenentitled to both benefits after all – including the enhanced levels of bothdaily living and mobility on PIP – and telling her she would receive £7,000 inbackpayments.Adam sentletters raising concerns about his brother’s case to DWP – telling the departmentthat the decisions it made had “played a significant part in my brother’staking his own life” – and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, butreceived no reply to either of them.Adamcontacted Disability News Service (DNS) this week after reading about the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition on the Benefits and Work website.It is thefirst time the family have spoken to the media since Michael’s death inFebruary 2015.The JodeyWhiting petition calls for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWPfailings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants orgovernment ministers to be passed to the police.It alsocalls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fitfor purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration ofsocial security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.By thismorning, the petition had secured more than 25,000 signatures in less thanthree weeks. If it reaches 100,000 it should be debated by MPs in the House ofCommons.Adam said hesupported the petition and believed DWP was not fit for purpose “without ashadow of a doubt”.He said aninquiry was “not going to bring Michael back but it can make it better forother people”.He said hecame forward because he wanted to speak out about his brother, who he says was“another person let down by the broken benefit system”.Adam, who isalso disabled himself and previously set up a disability support organisationin their home town, said: “They took his benefits away. He got nothing, he wasdestitute. They didn’t tell him where he could go, where there were any supportagencies.“I filled inhis ESA form and I told them that he was depressed and suicidal. They knewthat.”He andMichael served in the army together.Adam said:“It’s now four years gone by but it’s as if it was yesterday. I miss him everyday. He was my soulmate.”Michael’sfamily have now become the eighth to support the Justice for Jodey Whitingpetition, which is also backed by the grassroots groups Black Triangle, Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance Network and WOWcampaign, as well as DNS. A DWPspokesperson refused to apologise for the department’s failings in the case, orto explain why DWP changed its mind about Michael’s eligibility for ESA and PIPso soon after his death.She alsorefused to say why DWP and Duncan Smith failed to respond to Adam’s two lettersafter his brother died, and whether DWP accepted Adam’s view that its failingsplayed a significant part in his brother’s death.But she saidin a statement: “The department has received a petition relating tobenefit claimants who have sadly died, and will respond to this shortly so wecan’t pre-empt that.“Obviously any suicide is a very complex and tragicissue, and we can’t attribute any specific one cause to [Michael’s] case. “Oursympathies are with [his] family. “We arecommitted to safeguarding vulnerable claimants and we keep our safeguardingguidance under constant review to ensure we provide the highest standard ofprotection.“Where anyfailings on specific cases have been identified, we have addressed these toensure they are not repeated.”*Names have been changed at his widow’srequestTo sign the Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeSamaritans can be contacted free, 24 hoursa day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more