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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A chain of cake shops has thanked a disabled campaigner for drawing its attention to access failures that prevented wheelchair-users entering three of its stores.Konditor said it was “ashamed” of its previous access failings and has apologised to “anyone who has visited [our] shops in the past and been unable to gain access”.It has now pledged to make a financial donation to a London disabled people’s organisation (DPO) after admitting it was previously unaware of its duties under the Equality Act.The access failings were spotted by Esther Leighton, co-founder of the disabled-led campaigning organisation Reasonable Access, after she was unable to enter three of its six London stores.After she raised her concerns, with support from Reasonable Access members, Konditor agreed to improve access at the three stores, providing each of them with low-cost portable ramps that allow wheelchair-users to cope with single steps at their entrances.Now Konditor is backing Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project, which supports London DPOs to use the law to make disabled people’s rights to independent living and access to goods and services a reality.Konditor will donate 20p to the project every time it sells one of its most popular cakes over the next six months.Leighton said she had asked Konditor repeatedly to buy ramps for its inaccessible stores.In similar situations, she has taken the service-provider to court, but once the problem reached the company’s head office, she said, “Konditor turned the situation around”.She said: “They fixed the problem, made amends including by selling cakes for the Disability Justice Project, which is a cause close to my heart, and so I look forward to being a loyal customer for many years to come.”Leighton said: “I have an ongoing frustration with high street shops without step-free access, particularly when this can often be fixed with a simple ramp available online for as little as £50.“I am unable to get up even small steps, so this is a barrier which unnecessarily limits me.“Despite the Equality Act 2010 duty being very clear that shops should have ramps, many do not do so.”She added: “I find being denied access to businesses, particularly luxury ones like this, utterly demoralising; it makes me feel like a second-class citizen and it makes me frustrated that 24 years after the law said that ‘reasonable adjustments’ (like a ramp) should be made, that they are not.“I find trying to enforce my rights very difficult, too.“Sometimes I need to go all the way to court (as it’s usually impossible to get lawyers for such cases) and this is costly in time and money, as well as upsetting.“However, it’s often the only way to get this change made, so there isn’t an alternative to ensure I and other disabled people are treated better.“In Konditor’s case, I am really delighted that they made the situation right and this wasn’t necessary.“They’re also keen to share with other businesses the many positives of making changes that ensure a welcome for all people, which makes me happy as it’s improving the world for everyone.” She encouraged other disabled people who are angry at not being able to access a service, even after asking for improvements, to use the law to help bring about change.She said: “You don’t need to be a lawyer to do this, though you do need to have time and be able to deal with sometimes complex paperwork.”Leighton encouraged disabled people to contact Reasonable Access – which supports disabled people who are using the law, particularly the Equality Act 2010, to advance disability rights – if they want to speak to others who are taking such action, and also to contact their local MP.But she said they should also campaign for a more effective enforcement mechanism, and she added: “Changes this basic could be enforced by the local council, for instance, rather than requiring individuals to do it.“That would be better for businesses and disabled people.”Svetlana Kotova, Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project co-ordinator, said: “Konditor admitted their mistake and took this opportunity to make their shops more accessible. “If other providers of goods and services had similar attitude, everyday experience of many disabled people would be very different.“However, it is important to remember that Konditor took those steps because Esther Leighton explained to them what is required by the duty to make reasonable adjustments.“This shows how much work still needs to be done to ensure providers of goods and services, including small businesses, understand their duties under the Equality Act and comply with it. “We know access is good for everyone and we hope this example will encourage many more businesses to adopt a similar approach.”Paul Cons, Konditor’s chief executive, said: “Until Esther bought this issue to our attention, I’m ashamed to say we had simply not fully considered the needs of our disabled customers or realised what was required of us by law.“This has been a welcome wake-up call for us and we’re glad to have addressed this issue in the business. “Thanks to a passionate campaigner like Esther, we’ve made the changes, but feel she shouldn’t have had to bring it to our attention in the first place.”Picture: One of the three stores Esther Leighton was unable to enter
TONY Puletua is set to return for the playoffs after a scan revealed he does not need an operation on a damaged shoulder.Saints’ head coach Royce Simmons had feared the 32-year-old could miss the run in due to an injured rotator cuff.But specialists have given the forward good news and he will now undergo rehab to be ready for the playoffs.“It’s great news,” Simmons said. “TP is an integral part of the team and we’re delighted he doesn’t need surgery.”Saints are next in action when they travel to Hull KR next Sunday.
NATHAN Brown is hoping Saints’ 30-22 win over Leeds will kick start a good summer period.Speaking after the ‘come from behind’ victory at Headingley on Monday night he said the team should get a lot of confidence from the result.“I was disappointed at first as I expected us to play well tonight and we didn’t for the first 20 minutes,” he said. “I thought we did well to come back from there. At 16-0 I wasn’t sure where we were heading.“We had a lot of good experienced players back and the younger players had that experience around them too. We also had players in positions which they weren’t foreign to. We haven’t been able to do that in the last five weeks – not by choice, just by the state of the squad. I expected us to do well as a result but at 16-0 I was thinking something else.“But we fought well and came back. Leeds are good team and we should get a lot of confidence from it. You don’t fluke four or five Grand Final wins. They had a couple of handy players not playing but had Sinfield, Burrow, McGuire – cornerstones of the club out there. We have Warrington and Huddersfield next and one win doesn’t make a summer but we would like tonight to be the start of a new section for us.”One of the turning points in the match was the introduction of Alex Walmsley and Brown once again paid tribute to the big man.“Alex seems to do something every time he comes on. The tempo of the game always seems to lift in our favour. He is a unique sort of player and generally when he comes on something goes our way. He was semi pro until Keary (Jon Kear) produced him and I have made a living over here off Keary and taking his players! He knows how to find them and I keep ringing asking if he has any more.“I was also pleased with Luke Thompson. You wouldn’t think he has just turned 18 – him and young Mark Percival – it is credit to Derek Traynor, Steve Leonard, Neil Kilshaw and the boys like Ian Talbot behind the scenes.“Paul Wellens also played well; he means a lot to the team with his experience. He is held in high esteem and does the things that are needed from a captain. He is an actions man rather than talk. The winning try for Luke – that came from Wellens playing at six.“I’m looking forward to seeing our next performance.”Brown said he is hopeful that Jonny Lomax could return within the next three to four weeks.James Roby, on the other hand, could have played on Monday “if it was a Grand Final”.“There’s no point rushing him,” Brown added. “But if he is 100 per cent fit next week he will come back in and play.”
STEPHEN Mann MSc writes about the Importance of Recovery for Rugby League players….Generally, most rugby players tend to be pretty clued-up on the nutritional requirements to prepare for training and competitive matches although the importance of recovery is sometimes overlooked.In order to reach optimal performance, it is important that the player must recover effectively from both training and competitive games and nutritional intake before, during and immediately after a work-out is imperative for this.Without adequate refuelling between training sessions, the capacity to maintain daily training intensities and volumes can be impaired, and if this is practised long-term, it can lead to fatigue, over-training, illness, burn-out or injury. From a nutritional perspective, recovery takes on three main goals, often referred to as the 3 “R’s”, these include:Replenish – achieved by high Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrate intake.Rehydrate – by consuming electrolyte containing drinks.Repair – intake of high quality, easily digestible protein. It is vital that recovery should begin within the hour after the session, as this is when the muscle is most receptive in taking in nutrients.This window of opportunity is where enzymes and transporters in the muscle are more active and therefore the muscles will act like a sponge to take on these nutrients and failing to do this may affect overall recovery by up to 50%.Therefore, as soon as that final whistle signals or the coach calls for the end of training it will be the player’s first port of call to get these key nutrients on board.How to Recover?It is high quality and rapidly digestible protein sources (such as Impact Whey Protein) that contain the building blocks to promote muscle repair, re-conditioning and reduce muscle soreness that is experienced after an intense training session or match.Recovery also takes place in the subsequent hours and days after a match and for this reason, a typical rugby league player’s diet should consist of high protein based meals throughout a regular day coming mainly from lean meat, fish, dairy, and perhaps one or two additional supplements (such as whey and casein).A typical rugby player should be aiming to consume around 1.4-2g per kg of body weight or 20-30g every 2-3hours. For example, a 100kg player should consume between 140-200g of protein a day. Protein intake (~20g) either side of training is also important to stimulate muscle protein synthesis.A rugby player’s diet should typically consist of low-med GI carbohydrates throughout the day and on rest days and then high GI types of foods (e.g. Dextrose or Maltodextrin) should be incorporated post work-out to maximise muscle glycogen replenishment. 1g per kg of body weight per hour is recommended every hour for three hours following an intense workout.This can come in the form of energy drinks, gels, powders or food, but convenience will usually take the main priority for the player. It is also important to note that if the player’s goal is to reduce body fat levels at a particular stage in the season, then his or her carbohydrate intake should perhaps be reduced to increase subsequent fat utilisation.Take Home MessageIn summary, to ensure that a rugby player always gets the best from their training they should pay particular attention to their nutritional strategies as soon as they walk off the pitch after a game or training session.A blend of high GI carbohydrate (replenish), rapidly digestible protein (repair), fluid and electrolytes (rehydrate), consumed immediately within the hour after finishing exercise will help to optimise overall recovery and improve performance.Finally, the use of supplements can be a practical way of achieving this – two products that tick all the boxes and contain all of the essential ingredients would be Myprotein’s Recovery XS or Hurricane XS
SAINTS returned to pre-season training on Monday and were immediately put through their paces by Keiron Cunningham and his coaching team.It is the beginning of the long grind ahead of our 2016 First Utility Super League campaign.And as part of those preparations, Saints will host Widnes Vikings in the Karalius Cup on Sunday January 24 at 3pm.Widnes have signed Chris Bridge, Corey Thompson and Setaimata Sa and will no doubt be blooding those charges as they aim to hit the new season running.The Vikings hold the trophy too – named after the Saints and Widnes legend – following a 20-16 win in January.“Games against Widnes are always great matches,” Saints captain Jon Wilkin said. “This is a key part of our pre-season preparations and we are looking forward to the challenge.”Tickets are priced at:Hatton’s Solicitors West & McLoughlin and Harvey East Stands: Members: £10 (adult), £8 (concession and 16-21), £5 (junior)Non Members: £12 (adult), £10 (concession and 16-21), £6 (junior)Solarking South & Totally Wicked North Stands:Members: £12 (adult), £10 (concession and 16-21), £5 (junior)Non Members: £14 (adult), £12 (concession and 16-21), £6 (junior)Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stand Members can buy their ‘spec’ from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or from the dedicated reservation portal here.Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand and North Stand unallocated Members, as well as non-members, can buy their tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or from www.saintssuperstore.comMembers are entitled to a £2 discount (juniors £1) on their tickets and should select that option.All purchases will be checked against our 2016 Membership database.The deadline to ensure you seure your seat or spec before they are released for General sale is Saturday 28th November.
Enjoy the game with us in the best possible way.1873 LoungePlaces are available in our 1873 Lounge, with full package details listed here.Tickets are priced (plus VAT) as follows:Adult Member Upgrade Junior Member Upgrade Adult Price Junior Price £45£25£55£30Stapleton Derby Premier LoungeA limited number of places are also available in our Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge where you can enjoy:Great seats plus great entertainment with a complimentary match programme to read before the gameAccess to a private bar with the opportunity to purchase great value food if you wishA visit from Man of the Match with the room hosted by our Matchday MC, former double Grand Final and World Club Challenge winner – Mike Bennett.Watch the semi-final draw as it takes place live on BBC Sport.AdultJunior£40 (incl. VAT)£25 (incl. VAT)Match SponsorshipsMatch Sponsorships are also available, full details are here.Packages are priced (plus VAT) as follows:Match SponsorMan of the MatchMatchballProgramme£1000£800£750£50010 Guests8 Guests8 Guests6 GuestsTo book, please call 01744 455053, email [email protected] or go online here.