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Call for release of two journalists, investigation into conditions of detention


first_img News Organisation News August 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of two journalists, investigation into conditions of detention Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation EthiopiaAfrica News RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica February 10, 2021 Find out more Photo : Meles Zenawi (AFP) to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ethiopia Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi calling for the release of two journalists who were arrested in June, Reyot Alemu and Wubeshet Taye, and for an investigation into the conditions in which they have been held. Reyot, a young woman columnist, is in very poor health, while Wubeshet, the deputy editor of a weekly, says he has been mistreated.“The situation of both of these journalists is alarming,” the letter to the prime minister says. “We were very disturbed to learn that their pre-trial detention was extended yet again and we call for their immediate release.“We also believe that Mr. Wubeshet’s claims should be taken seriously and we urge the Ethiopian authorities to carry out a thorough and independent investigation with the aim of establishing whether he has indeed been mistreated while in detention. If he has, those responsible should be brought to justice and reprimanded accordingly. We would like to remind you that you have a duty to ensure that detainees are treated humanely, have access to medical care and enjoy all the rights that the Ethiopian Constitution guarantees them.”When they were brought before a judge on 17 August, their pre-trial detention was extended for another 28 days. Accused of complicity with a political group that has been classified as a “terrorist” organization, they are due to appear in court again on 8 or 9 September.The deputy editor of the Awramba Times weekly, Wubeshet was arrested on 19 June. When he appeared before a federal court two months later, he said he was beaten during interrogation and was manhandled by prison officials. He was also forbidden to receive visits from his family and to organize his defence with his lawyer.Reyot, a columnist for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih, was arrested on 21 June. The equipment and material that was seized at the time of her arrest was finally returned to her family a few days ago. The few visitors that have been allowed to see her are worried by the rapid deterioration in her health. After two months in detention, this young woman is showing signs of physical and psychological trauma. Although her family has been able to send her medicine, she is in urgent need of proper medical attention.More information Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa homelast_img read more


Vietnam : Why is the Party cracking down harder on bloggers?


first_imgNews VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Blogger Tran Thi Nga (R) in an anti-China rally in Hanoi, 2012. She was sentenced to 9 years in jail on July 2017. photo : Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a sudden increase in the persecution of dissidents by Vietnam’s authoritarian one-party state. Seven bloggers and citizen-journalists have been arrested in recent weeks and two have been given long jail terms. In a country where nationalist fervour is essential for the regime’s survival and the government’s failings must not be mentioned, citizen-journalists who raise these issues are regarded as enemies of the nation.In the past two weeks alone, five people have been arrested on charges of “attempting to overthrow the government” or “anti state activities” under article 79 of the penal code. All are facing the possibility of a death sentence because of what they posted.They include four former prisoners of conscience – bloggers Pham Van Troi and Nguyen Trung Ton, journalist Truong Minh Duc and human rights lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen – who were arrested on 30 July.They are accused of being in contact with Nguyen Van Dai, a fellow member of the Brotherhood of Democracy, an association of former prisoners of conscience. Dai was himself arrested in December 2015 on a charge of “propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under article 88 of the penal code.Blogger Le Dinh Luong was meanwhile arrested by plainclothes police in the central province of Nghe An on 24 July, as he was about to visit the wife of Nguyen Van Oai, a human rights defender and citizen journalist who has been detained since 19 January.Luong is from one of the regions affected by a toxic spill from a Taiwanese-owned steel plant in April 2016 and often wrote about it on Facebook. A war veteran, he also wrote about China’s 1979 offensive against Vietnam.“We firmly condemn the arrests and sham trials of the past few weeks,” RSF said. “Thanks to new technology, citizen-journalists in Vietnam are able to able to write about developments and describe the country’s reality in a lively manner very different from the state propaganda.”“These arbitrary arrests call for an effective reaction from the international community, which must press the Vietnamese authorities to release the detainees and stop harassing citizen-journalists.”New hope for autocratsVietnam is cracking down harder on freedom of information for several reasons, sources have told RSF. Upheavals in the international arena resulting from the election of new leaders, including Donald Trump in the United States, have given the Vietnamese government more room for manoeuvre.While the previous US administration respected Vietnam’s sovereignty by limiting its interventions in its domestic affairs, it was nonetheless a leading advocate of human rights and sought to promote them.Trump’s election has ended this and, according to Jonathan London, a leading academic specialist in Vietnam, it has played a significant role in the sudden crackdown. Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has without a doubt also removed a reason for Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party to improve respect for human rights.The divided Party’s most conservative sectors are trying to use the situation to get the upper hand by tightening their grip on the news and information circulating within the country. Anyone posting articles that reflect badly on the government is punished severely, especially at a time of renewed tension between Vietnam and China over the exploitation of oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea.Bloggers who refer to China’s domination of the region are often harassed, attacked or prosecuted, as was the case with Pham Minh Hoang, a dissident who was recently expelled.Bloggers also often refer to the government’s mishandling of the environmental disaster caused by the toxic spill from the Taiwanese-owned Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation plant in Ha Tinh province in April 2016.More than a year has elapsed since the disaster and the Party had expected the criticism to have died down. But, in their fight for democracy and the freedom to inform, citizen-journalists have refused to drop the issue. The government now clearly wants to shut them up once and for all.Dissident bloggers who anger the Party are often beaten up. The blogger Tran Thi Nga was among those who were the victims of physical violence before she was arrested and then sentenced on 25 July to nine years in prison on a charge of “anti- state propaganda.”The mother of Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a blogger sentenced to ten years in prison in late June, reports that Quynh’s health is worsening in detention and that the prison authorities refuse to give her the medicine that her family is sending.Nga is meanwhile being subjected to “disciplinary measures” in prison, which probably include isolation in the most appalling conditions, a cruel technique often used in an attempt to purge dissidents of their ideals.Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further August 4, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Vietnam : Why is the Party cracking down harder on bloggers? Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Receive email alertscenter_img April 7, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News News News RSF_en Follow the news on Vietnamlast_img read more


During Black History Month, T-Mobile Launches Programs Focused on Driving Opportunity for Students, Tech…


first_img BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– This Black History Month, T-Mobile is introducing three innovative programs with the goal of helping create more opportunities for Black communities across the nation. The initiatives — Magenta Scholars, the NextTech Diversity Program and Magenta Edge — will provide resources and support to Black students, tech workers and business owners as they build their education, careers and livelihoods. These educational and professional development programs are the Un-carrier’s latest actions to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) within T-Mobile and beyond. “During Black History Month, T-Mobile is taking inspiration from the legacies of Black leaders as we continue doing our part to advance equity across the country,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “The Un-carrier has long stood for diversity, equity and inclusion to better serve our customers, improve how we work together and advance our communities. With these new programs, we hope to continue to do our part in creating meaningful opportunities for Black Americans across the country and provide resources they need as they build their own legacies.” Magenta Scholars Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce, and by investing in their journeys T-Mobile is investing in America’s future. T-Mobile’s Magenta Scholars program will donate $500,000 to create 18 scholarships for students attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The program is a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which boasts an impressive 80-90% graduation rate among its scholars — more than double the national graduation rate for Black students overall. Scholarship recipients will also have an opportunity to join the Un-carrier’s signature summer internship program and receive mentorship and professional development opportunities. The application period opens Feb. 18 and scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2021. Additionally, on Feb. 9, the T-Mobile Tuesdays app will give T-Mobile customers a way to support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. For every customer that clicks on the donation option in the app, T-Mobile will donate $1 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (up to $500,000; minimum of $250,000), contributing to gap scholarships that help students meet outstanding financial obligations in order to graduate. NextTech Diversity Program Black technicians make up just 10% of the telecom network-infrastructure field, an industry with tens of thousands of open positions that offer the potential for long-term, lucrative careers to those with applicable skills and certification. Over the next five years the NextTech Diversity Program aims to provide career training and placement for thousands of underrepresented candidates to take on roles as 5G network technicians. The program kicks off with nearly $1 million in funding, starting with $750,000 in initial seed funding from T-Mobile and another $150,000 from other telecommunications partners. Telecom trade school The Learning Alliance will oversee recruitment, training, certification and job placement of candidates as they create long-term careers in roles such as tower climber, 5G small cell and field tech. Sixty candidates will join the program in 2021, and T-Mobile is inviting all national and regional telecom partners to contract directly with The Learning Alliance to sponsor even more candidates. Magenta Edge Black-owned small businesses in the U.S. have suffered exponentially during the COVID-19 crisis and are about twice as likely to close their doors permanently compared to other businesses. A primary driver for this disparity is a longstanding, systemic lack of access to resources and capital, including difficulty getting business loans. Magenta Edge offers all entrepreneurs expert advice and insight on how to navigate these historically difficult times through the lens of Black-owned small business owners and their stories. Magenta Edge provides free educational programming on subjects such as best practices for entrepreneurs while addressing systemic barriers to Black small-business success. This is just the initial phase of Magenta Edge, which will expand to supply additional resources in the coming years. Visit Magenta Edge for updates on programming, new content and small-business support. Virtual workshops begin Feb. 11 and registration is now open. These new programs are pieces of T-Mobile’s broader work to further diversity, equity and inclusion among the company’s customers, employees and communities it serves. Learn more about how T-Mobile is celebrating Black History here. About T-Mobile T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005496/en/ CONTACT: T-Mobile US Media Relations [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA WASHINGTON INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER CONSUMER OTHER TECHNOLOGY TELECOMMUNICATIONS HUMAN RESOURCES NETWORKS FINANCE INFECTIOUS DISEASES CONSUMER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS HEALTH OTHER EDUCATION SMALL BUSINESS UNIVERSITY TRAINING EDUCATION SOURCE: T-Mobile Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 09:08 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 09:08 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005496/en During Black History Month, T-Mobile Launches Programs Focused on Driving Opportunity for Students, Tech Workers and Business Owners By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleThe Latest: Shapovalov edges teenage Sinner in 1st roundNext articleRocket Mortgage’s “Certain Is Better – Tracy Morgan, Dave Bautista & Liza Koshy” Wins USA TODAY’s 33rd Annual Super Bowl Ad Meter Competition Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more


Priest in Derry to meet dissident families


first_imgNews Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ A priest in Derry who challenged dissident republicans over their violence is to meet families who claim they are being harassed by the PSNI.Fr Paddy O’Kane from Ballymagroarty agreed to the meeting after talks with the 32 County Sovereignty Committee.During the talks, he said he criticised those behind the bomb attack on Strand Road police station and recent hoax bomb alerts.However, he said he had a pastoral duty to listen to the families’ concerns.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/frpad1pm.mp3[/podcast] Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter By News Highland – September 7, 2010 center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleAlarming rise in suicides in DonegalNext article100% rise in number of suicides in Donegal News Highland Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Priest in Derry to meet dissident families Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more


‘Infringement Of Right To Speedy Trial’: Madras High Court Directs Prosecution To Pay Rs. 1 Lakh Compensation


first_imgNews Updates’Infringement Of Right To Speedy Trial’: Madras High Court Directs Prosecution To Pay Rs. 1 Lakh Compensation Akshita Saxena17 Feb 2021 12:18 AMShare This – x”Having noted that the petitioner’s right to speedy trial has been infringed, I cannot wring my hands in despair,” observed the Madras High Court recently while directing the Narcotics Control Bureau (prosecution) to pay a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to the Petitioner-accused. While hearing the bail application of one M. Ananthan, booked under the NDPS Act for possession of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Having noted that the petitioner’s right to speedy trial has been infringed, I cannot wring my hands in despair,” observed the Madras High Court recently while directing the Narcotics Control Bureau (prosecution) to pay a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to the Petitioner-accused. While hearing the bail application of one M. Ananthan, booked under the NDPS Act for possession of prohibited quantities of contraband, a Single Bench of Justice GR Swaminathan called out the prosecution, i.e., the Narcotics Control Bureau for causing inordinate in the Petitioner’s trial. The Judge noted that the Petitioner-accused had been in judicial custody since January 2018. A Final report was filed in the matter in July 2018. Cognizance of the offences was taken in August 2018. Charges were framed in December 2018. The trial was to commence in January 2019 but, for the last two years the trial did not even take off. The Bench further noted that on most notice dates, the prosecution witnesses were not present before the Court and even otherwise, there was nothing on record to indicate that the delay in commencement of trial was due to the actions of the Petitioner-accused. It observed, “The accused had not filed any discharge petition. They are in no way responsible for the non-commencement of the trial. This Court had not stayed the proceedings. No quash petition was filed. There is no justification whatsoever for not commencing the trial in time. Full three years have elapsed since the date of petitioner’s arrest.” Moreover, despite a direction by the High Court in November 2019 to expedite the trial and conclude the same on merits within a period of six months, no positive steps were taken by the prosecution. In this backdrop, the Court was of the opinion that the petitioner’s fundamental right to speedy trial has been violated. “Having noted that the petitioner’s right to speedy trial has been infringed, I cannot wring my hands in despair. The prosecution has to be called to account. It must pay for its lapse. I therefore direct the Narcotics Control Bureau/Prosecution to pay a sum of Rs.1.00 lakh as compensation within a period of four weeks,” the Bench thus ordered. Reliance was placed on Pankaj Kumar v. State of Maharashtra & Ors., (2008) 16 SCC 117, where the Supreme Court had held that the right to speedy trial in all criminal prosecutions is an inalienable right under Article 21 of the Constitution. The Top Court had held therein that in every case, where the court comes to the conclusion that the right to speedy trial of an accused has been infringed, the charges or the conviction, as the case may be, may be quashed unless the court feels that having regard to the nature of offence and other relevant circumstances, quashing of proceedings may not be in the interest of justice. The Top Court added that in such a situation, it is open to the court to make an appropriate order as it may deem just and equitable including fixation of time for conclusion of trial. Drawing strength from this ruling, the Single Judge said, “The case on hand is one under NDPS Act. It involves commercial quantity of Ganja. Therefore, it cannot be quashed. Bail also cannot be granted because Section 37 of the Act is not fulfilled. At the same time, having noted that the petitioner’s right to speedy trial has been infringed, I cannot wring my hands in despair.” In addition to a direction for compensation, payable to the wife of the Petitioner-accused, the Single Judge also directed the trial court should conclude the trial within a period of three months. [Note: The bail application of the Petitioner-accused was declined on the ground that the twin tests set out in Section 37 of the NDPS Act for grant of bail are not fulfilled in this case.] Case Title: M. Ananthan v. State Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more


Troy University’s ‘Frequency’ to open for ‘Semi-toned’ tonight


first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Joel Williams, TAC president, said Semi-Toned is a group of high-energy young British men with lot of personality.“What they sing is traditional but with a popular presentation,” he said.  They are entertaining in a fun way. Those who attended the Semi-Toned concert will be glad they went and they will tell those who missed the concert, ‘You should have been there!” By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content You Might Like Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancelcenter_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories “Semi-Toned is different from anything else the Troy Arts Council has done this year. It’s a concert that you will not want miss.” Email the author By The Penny Hoarder John Jinright, presenter chair for the sponsoring Troy Arts Council, said Semi-Toned has completed numerous tours in the United States, along the East and West coasts.“The 12-man group also has a sizable social media following due to the success of its award-winning music video,” he said.Semi-Toned is a modern collegiate a cappella style group that is entertaining for all ages. Published 10:26 pm Monday, April 9, 2018 Troy University’s ‘Frequency’ to open for ‘Semi-toned’ tonight Those who like the benefits of double-dipping will not want to miss tonight’s performance at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University.The university’s own vocal jazz group, frequency, will open for the all male a cappella sensation, Semi-Toned from the United Kingdom.Showtime is 7 p.m. and general admission is $20 and student admission with an ID is five dollars. Troy proclaims ‘Public Safety Telecommunicators Week’ The City of Troy has proclaimed this week “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Appreciation Week.” This week honors the thousands of… read morelast_img read more


Lichenometry on Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula : size-frequency studies, growth rates and snowpatches


first_imgThis paper presents new lichenometric population data from the Antarctic Peninsula (67°S), and describes a new approach to lichen growth-rate calibration in locations where dated surfaces are extremely rare. We use historical aerial photography and field surveys to identify sites of former perennial snowpatches where lichen populations now exist. As an independent check on lichen mortality by snowkill, and the timing of snow patch disappearance, we use a positive-degree day (PDD) approach based on monthly climate data from Rothera Research Station. We find that maximum growth rates for lichens <40 mm in diameter on Adelaide Island are around 0.8 mm/yr. Furthermore, we propose that our combined methodology may be more widely applicable to the Polar Regions where the construction of lichenometric dating (age-size) curves remains a problem.last_img read more


Oxford Botanic Garden reopens


first_imgThe University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum officially reopened to the public on 22nd June following their temporary closure in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Both sites have introduced a pre-booking system through which visitors can book their time slot in advance to prevent overcrowding and allow for social distancing. However, certain groups are exempt from pre-booking, including: Friends, Annual Pass holders, University of Oxford or Oxford Brookes University students or staff members, registered disabled and carers. “Thanks to the hard work of our staff over the last few months, both sites are looking glorious so I would encourage visitors to come to enjoy the experience as we enter summer. Measures are in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors and we ask that all visitors respect the social distancing guidance.”  Social distancing markings and signage will also be present in the Arboretum, however its toilet facilities and shop will also remain closed.  Further information about visiting can be found here. Professor Simon Hiscock, Director of the Botanic Garden and Arboretum, said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to the Botanic Garden and Arboretum.center_img The Garden and Arboretum have also introduced new health and safety measures to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Hand sanitiser will be available upon entry and exit to the garden, and social distancing markings and signage will be present. Whilst the garden itself will be fully accessible, the shop, toilet facilities, Glasshouses and Herbarium Room will remain closed in the interest of public safety. Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford also commented on the re-opening, saying: “I am delighted to be here to reopen the Botanic Garden. The Garden and Arboretum are two of Oxford’s treasured resources contributing to research, education, conservation and inspiration,  as well as the simple pleasure of walking through the beautiful grounds. It has never been more important to our mental well-being to have a quiet space to relax, to reflect, and to enjoy the positive effects of nature.” The Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in the UK, and will celebrate its 400th anniversary next year. Last year the site welcomed over 175,000 visitors. Image credit to Jonathan Billinger.last_img read more


Ocean City Library Hosts a Holiday Festival on Sunday


first_imgThe Ocean City Free Public Library’s annual Holiday Festival will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the library.The free family event will kick off with a Christmas tree lighting at 1 p.m., followed by a special visit from Santa Claus with gifts for the first 200 people.The event will include live music, food, balloon sculptures, crafts and more fun. The festival is open to all ages.last_img


News story: ‘Purple Tuesday’ is the UK’s first accessible shopping day


first_img‘Purple Tuesday’ is supported by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) and Sarah Newton, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work.With the spending power of disabled people and their families estimated at £249 billion, ‘Purple Tuesday’ highlights the business benefits of welcoming the ‘Purple Pound’ into inclusive and accessible shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. It is an opportunity for retailers to improve customer service for disabled people today and going forwards. Parliament’s catering and retail teams in both the House of Commons and House of Lords will also be participating in ‘Purple Tuesday’. New areas of priority accessible seating have been identified in catering venues, and the accessible retail offer will be showcased in the historic Westminster Hall. With the support of ParliAble, Parliament’s Workplace Equality Network for people with disabilities, a new non-visible disability sign has been designed and will be installed across the estate.Supporting ‘Purple Tuesday’ fits well with ODI’s work to create a society that works for everyone, where all can participate fully by tackling barriers faced by disabled people. It builds on the work of sector champions who are raising awareness of the needs of disabled consumers and driving improvements across sectors from transport to broadcasting, and from arts to tourism so that disabled people enjoy the same consumer experience as non-disabled people.Further information about Purple Tuesday, and resources to support retailers can be found: The Crown Estate Landsec (Bluewater) Revo and Hammerson (Birmingham Bullring) Ensuring that disabled people are able to access shops, restaurants and clubs isn’t just the right thing to do – it makes business sense too. By failing to cater to their disabled customers, many businesses are missing out on the spending power of disabled people and are denying them the opportunity to enjoy something which many people take for granted. There is still time to get involved in this important initiative and I encourage businesses across the country to do just that – and reap the rewards. The minister’s retail sector champion, Samantha Sen, and the Retail Forum are all supporting ‘Purple Tuesday’.Some of the retailers taking part include: Owners of shopping destinations are also taking part, such as: Purple Tuesday campaign founder Mike Adams OBE at Piccadilly Lights, London, Tuesday 13 November 2018. (Photo by We Are Fred.)Sarah Newton, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, says: Argos Asda Sainsbury’s Barclays the British Retail Consortium Contacta Marks & Spencer on the dedicated website on the Twitter channel or by using the hashtag #PurpleTuesday on social medialast_img read more




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