General Interest

The North To Wait Another Nine Months For Switchable Smart Meters

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By Sam Meadows in The Telegraph.   People living in the North could have to wait as long as nine months if they want a smart meter thanks to technical issues with some of the new devices. Dr Alan Whitehead, Labour’s shadow energy minister, said ongoing problems with the technology meant that the £11bn roll-out […]

Every York Library – And The Archives – Will Stay Open For The Next 15 Years Under £32m Deal

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  From YorkMix.   All York’s 14 libraries – and its world-renowned archives – are guaranteed to stay open for at least 15 years. City of York Council have awarded a new contract to Explore Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited to deliver the city’s libraries and archives services until 2034, it was announced today (18 […]

Berwick Kaler Foundation Aims To Bring Together Theatre And Community

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From The Yorkshire Times.   As Berwick Kaler’s 40-year reign as pantomime dame comes to an end, York Theatre Royal has launched a fund to celebrate and continue his legacy. “The Berwick Kaler Foundation will enable us to bring families, friends and communities together to share experiences and enjoy theatre in all its many forms,” […]

Foldalite Travel Powerchair Review

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    But Natasha Lipman.   I can’t believe that it has almost been a year since I finally bought my first ever powerchair, the Rascal P321 (also called my ‘Mario Kart’ or ‘The Dizzy Rascal’ by my friends – cos I have PoTS and am always dizzy, gettit?) It truly was a long time coming, and […]

Newly Discovered Gene Governs Need For Sleep When Sick

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    From Neuroscience News.   Humans spend nearly one-third of their lives in slumber, yet sleep is still one of biology’s most enduring mysteries. Little is known about what genetic or molecular forces drive the need to sleep–until now. In a study of over 12,000 lines of fruit flies, researchers from the Perelman School […]

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What ?

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    By Sophie Medlin in The Conversation.   Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary). This invigorating feeling is largely due to the increase in fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses as opposed […]

Amber Rudd Links Universal Credit To Rise In Food Bank Use

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  From BBC News.   Amber Rudd says the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit. The work and pensions secretary said she was “absolutely clear there were challenges with the initial roll-out” of the benefit and that the difficulty in accessing money was “one of the […]

A Date For Your Diary – York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out In Aid Of The York ME Community !

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A Date For Your Diary   –  York Inset Scooter Club Ride Out In Aid Of The York ME Community ! So now we know the date of the event, will you come and join us to see them off ? All money raised will go to help raising awareness of ME in York through the […]

Warning Over Scam Emails Claiming To Be From City Of York Council

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    By Simon Walton in York Press.   Fraudsters are sending fake emails claiming to be from City of York Council. The scam messages purport to be about council tax refunds – but they are trying to trick people into sharing confidential data. A spokesperson for City of York Council said: “Scammers are sending fake […]

A Winter’s Tale – A Former Mountain Climber Reflects On Post Exertional Malaise And ME/CFS/FM

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By Simon Parker in Health Rising.   Fifteen years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME (aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a debilitating condition that includes continual pain and delayed fatigue as its primary symptoms. I often find myself trying to explain to other people what the delayed fatigue is like by giving an example […]

Who Has The Best Home In York ? New BBC Show Reveals All

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  From YorkMix.   York is a wonderful place to live, and has lots of great properties. But who has the very best home in the city? That’s what a new BBC One series will find out. New property show The Best House in Town starts on Monday 11 February – and the first five episodes are set in […]

Disability-Themed Emojis Coming To Smartphones This Year

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    By Cristina Abellan Matamoros in euronews.   Disability-themed emojis will be the biggest addition to this year’s new batch of approved emojis. The new accessibility emojis were introduced after Apple proposed adding emojis of a guide dog, a hearing aid, prosthetic limbs and people using canes and in wheelchairs back in 2018. Apple had criticised the lack […]

Eat To Beat High Blood Pressure

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  By Patsy Westcott in SAGA Magazine.   By focusing on your diet, you can help to alleviate the threat posed by this ‘silent killer’, says nutrition expert Patsy Westcott. One in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure (BP) and, according to the British Heart Foundation, around seven million people have it […]

York Christmas Market Voted Best In UK

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    By George Dodd in The Press.   York’s Christmas market has been voted as the best in the UK. The cities St Nicholas Fair, that ran from November 14 until December 23, scooped the award for Best Large Speciality Market at this years national awards ceremony that was held in Birmingham yesterday evening. […]

Britain’s Longest-Serving Panto Dame Berwick Kaler Faces Final Curtain

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    By Charles Hutchinson in The Press. BERWICK Kaler is not retiring. However, Britain’s longest-running pantomime dame has confirmed that tonight’s performance of The Grand Old Dame Of York will be the last time he pulls on the dame’s trademark boots and red and yellow stockings after 40 years at York Theatre Royal. The […]

York Needs This Shop ! Customers Hail Ernest Roy Electricals After It Goes On Market

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  By Mike Laycock in The Press. Customers have told of their sadness after The Press revealed that a York city centre shop is up for sale, following the shopkeeper’s decision to retire. We reported online yesterday that Ernest Roy Electrical near Shambles Market, which dates back to 1957 and sells small electrical items from […]

DWP Refuses To Reveal Police Forces That Share Information On Disabled Protesters

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say which police forces have passed it video footage and other information about claimants of disability benefits who have taken part in anti-fracking and anti-austerity protests. DWP’s attempt to hide its links with police forces has caused […]

York Is The Capital Of The Food Universe !’ City Restaurant Gets Stunning Review

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    From YorkMix.   York’s reputation as a world-beating foodie destination continues to grow. One of Britain’s leading food critics has reviewed a city restaurant and was so impressed he declared: “As far as I am concerned, York is the capital of the food universe.” Giles Coren, restaurant reviewer from The Times, gave his verdict […]

Café In Historic York Building To Get A Makeover And New Name

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  From YorkMix. This 15th century building is all that remains of the street on which it stands. No doubt number 1 Little Shambles has undergone many changes over the centuries. And what is now the Little Shambles Tearooms is set to enter its next chapter with a new name and layout. At present customers […]

Robert Burns Was No Peasant Poet, He Was A Master Of Self-Promotion

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  By Murray Pittock in The Conversation.   In the Edinburgh World Heritage website’s story about Scotland’s bard, it notes that when Robert Burns “the ploughman poet” came to the city in 1787, he was “a new boy in town and a great looking heart throb”. It’s a familiar description, dating back to the writer Henry Mackenzie’s review of […]

Patisserie Valerie – Which Has Three York Branches – Goes Into Administration

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    By Dan Bean in York Press.   A CAKE shop chain with three sites in York has collapsed into administration. The move by Patisserie Valerie – which has branches in Feasegate, Coppergate and at the Designer Outlet – came following failed discussions with HSBC and Barclays to extend a standstill agreement on its […]

Universal Credit Is An Unmitigated Catastrophe For Ill And Disabled People

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      Written by Kitty S Jones in Politics and Insights.    I co-run an online advice and support group for people going through Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims, assessments, mandatory reviews and appeals. Recently there has been a spike in people being reassessed for their awards of both kinds of […]

Double Legal Victory For Access Campaigner Over Underground Discrimination

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service. A court has found that London Underground twice discriminated against a disabled campaigner by failing to warn him that vital lifts that would allow him to complete his journey on the capital’s tube network were out-of-order. Doug Paulley found himself stranded and confronted with inaccurate and incomplete […]

How We’re Designing Musical Instruments With The Help Of Disabled Musicians And VR

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      By Franziska Schroeder and Matilde Meireles in The Conversation.   Most new digital technologies tend to be designed with an able-bodied user in mind. The first desktop computers required fine motor skills to navigate software menus using a mouse, and mobile phones need users to press buttons, swipe screens, and so on. To […]

Fire, Ice And A Carving Wall – Here’s What’s Planned For The York Ice Trail 2019

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  From YorkMix.   The York Ice Trail is on its way, with some spectacular new additions. Taken out of the Christmas frenzy, the event has been moved to help boost a quieter time of year. It runs on Saturday 2 February, between 10am-6pm. It’s the biggest outdoor ice trail in Britain – 35,000 people visited […]

Opinion: Teaching Unions’ Stance On Education Plans For Students With Disabilities Sets A Worrying Precedent

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By Adam Harris in thejournal.ie.   As schools open up across Ireland this week, it is business as usual for most students. They will be taught by the same teacher, in the same way, with the same curriculum and supports that were always in place. Indeed, after a day or two, it will probably feel […]

Company Praised For ‘First Accessible Parking Bay For Charging Electric Vehicles’

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Campaigners have welcomed the decision to install what is believed to be the country’s first accessible parking bay for disabled people who need to recharge their electric vehicles. Only holders of blue parking badges who also need to recharge their electric vehicles will be allowed to […]

Nine Journeys In One Day Expose ‘Sham’ Of National Express ‘Accessible’ Coaches

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   A disabled campaigner who took nine journeys on the same day to check the accessibility of the services provided by the UK’s largest coach operator experienced signifcant problems on all but one of them. Wheelchair-user Doug Paulley had booked assistance in advance for services between Leeds and Bradford […]

Opinion: Disability Must Be Considered In Auto Development

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    By Henry Claypool In The Detroit News. Saturday marks the opening of the 2019 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show, led by its presentation series on the future of the automobile, Automobili-D. Conference attendees can expect panels on innovations such as vehicle to infrastructure connectivity, urban mobility, smart cities, building a mobility workforce, ride sharing, cybersecurity and […]

Two Friends From Rome Bring Authentic Italian Street Food To York

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    From YorkMix.   Two friends from Rome have brought the authentic taste of Italian food to the streets of York. Alessandro Venturi and Robin George this week opened up A’Roma Pasta Bar on Silver Street, next to Shambles Market. It serves up a mix of home-made pasta dishes, bread and cakes. And they […]

Sunlight Offers Surprise Benefit — It Energizes Infection Fighting T Cells

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    From Science Magazine.   Sunlight allows us to make vitamin D, credited with healthier living, but a surprise research finding could reveal another powerful benefit of getting some sun. Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, energizes T cells that play a central […]

‘Widespread And Dangerous’: Facing Medical Uncertainty, Some Doctors Tell Patients It’s All In Their Heads

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  By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN.   (CNN)When 7-year-old Bailey Sheehan arrived at a hospital in Oregon partially paralyzed, a doctor said the girl was faking her symptoms to get her parents’ attention because she was jealous of her new baby sister. But that doctor was proved wrong when an MRI showed that the girl had acute […]

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