A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The architect of many of the government’s most unpopular and flawed welfare reforms, Iain Duncan Smith, has refused to apologise for “exploitative” comments he made about disabled people and employment.The former work and pensions secretary (pictured) is reported to have told a fringe meeting at this month’s Conservative party conference in Birmingham that employers should take on disabled staff because “they often work longer hours”.He also said that disabled employees “forgo quite a lot of holiday because they love the whole idea of being in work”, and “once they’re in work they actually produce more than most able-bodied people around them”.The comments, reported in last week’s Private Eye, caused anger among disabled campaigners, who described them as exploitative, patronising and “appalling”.Duncan Smith, the architect of the new universal credit working-age benefit system, and of many of the coalition government’s most unpopular disability benefit reforms, was addressing a fringe meeting organised by the Centre for Social Justice, the think tank he founded after his enforced resignation as Conservative leader in 2003.He was joined on the panel by the current work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, a close ally, to examine the question of whether the Conservative party was “making work pay”.Contacted by Disability News Service this week, a spokeswoman for Duncan Smith said that he was not going to comment on his remarks.Asked to confirm that that meant he would not comment and would not apologise, she said: “That’s right.”Carole Ford, a member of the steering group of the WOW campaign, said: “As IDS is refusing to apologise he clearly sees nothing wrong with his views.“This effectively means that disabled workers are ripe for exploitation.”She had earlier said on Twitter: “Did no one question the quality of the employers who allow their disabled staff not to take their full holiday allowance?”Among the many others who criticised the comments on social media was the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, which said: “There is frankly nothing about IDS’s comment that isn’t patronising, othering, and accepting of the idea that it’s okay to exploit disabled people’s ‘gratitude’ for having a job. It’s really appalling. We could go on.”And Ellen Clifford, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said on Twitter: “I have heard many charities say the same.“They also say we are more ‘loyal’ and stay in same jobs longer – basically celebrating the outcomes of workplace discrimination and internalised oppression.”last_img read more

Global pregnancy group launches in Gozo

first_imgThe Positive Birth Movement (PBM) will be launching in Gozo. This organisation will be hosting free-to-attend meet-ups aimed at pregnant women, their partners, as well as parents. The PBM is a global grassroots organisation with over 400 groups around the world.PBM Gozo will be run by Senior Midwife Dr. Georgette Spiteri and Maternal Health & Parenthood Writer Daniela Grech Sultana. The group will be launched on social media on Mother’s Day and will hold the first monthly meet up in June. The date, time and location of each meet-up will be communicated every month.The PBM was set up in 2012 by birth campaigner and mum of 3 Milli Hill. Groups meet all around the world and are a place for women to get support and information, as well as learn more about their birth choices. All of the groups are connected by the PBM’s large social media network.The aim of the groups is to create a space for women and their partners to make their voices heard, to feel empowered and build a community which supports women and birth. By coming together, in real life and online, and sharing experiences, feelings, knowledge and wisdom, women and society can create a movement which advocates for positive childbirth. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Photos restored Titular painting depicting St Helena finding the Cross to be

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Collegiate Basilica of Saint Helen in Birkirkara will be inaugurating the conserved and restored triumphal Titular painting depicting St Helena finding the Cross painted by Francesco Zahra in 1763 on Thursday 25th July at 7.30 pm.The painting is the largest painting on canvas by the artist. The project included the conservation of the large decorative wooden gilded decorative frame.After last year’s feast, Provost Paul Carmel Vella along with the Basilica’s Collegiate Chapter took the decision to undertake this important and much-needed conservation project. The conservation work was entrusted to Maria Grazia Zenzani and Valentina Lupo from Atelier del Restauro.Zahra was regarded as being the most important painter in MaltaThe painting was completed at a time when Zahra was regarded as being the most important painter in Malta. It is thought that Salvatore Psaila was inspired by Zahra’s painting to sculpt in 1837 the marvellous wooden polychrome titular statue of St Helena pertaining to the same Basilica. The canvas measures 370cm x 550cm.The scene depicted in the painting tells the story of St Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine, as she goes on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. While on her travels, she discovers the True Cross.Visible in the painting as one of her followers is Bishop Macarius, who can be seen in front of a large building which likely refers to the church of the Holy Sepulchre. This was a building, which was constructed on the site on the request of the Saint. Its remains can be seen at the feet of the Saint, shown as debris and a broken statue.Bright colours and evocative light uncoveredThanks to a meticulous cleaning treatment the altered varnish layer, embedded superficial dust and candle soot, together with a number of over paintings, were removed to uncover the bright colours and evocative light of the pictorial layer. The canvas was consolidated and conserved and the strainer frame replaced with a new one constructed according to modern conservation principles.The evening will include a presentation about the conservation project Atelier del Restauro along with a presentation about the historical aspect of the painting by Dr Sandro Debono.Music will be conducted by Mro Abraham D’Amato.All are invited to attend. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more