Posts for July 2019

The BBC is finally set to appoint a senior executi

first_imgThe BBC is finally set to appoint a senior executive tasked with championing disabled talent and projects, more than 10 months after the new role was announced.The appointment of a disability executive was part of plans aimed at improving the representation of disabled people both behind and in front of the camera at the BBC.The new executive will work across the BBC to improve “programming, commissioning and portrayal of disabled people”, champion disabled talent and projects, and provide “expertise and support to colleagues”.The broadcaster said last July that its “ambitious” plans would “radically change representation on air”, and make the BBC a “top employer” for disabled people.But the recruitment process was only launched in February this year, seven months after the BBC announced the new role.A BBC spokeswoman told Disability News Service today (Thursday): “We are in the final stages of the recruitment process.”She said that recruiting to such a senior post “does take quite a while” for large companies, but she insisted that the BBC was “completely committed to these plans”.As part of those plans, the BBC promised to quadruple on-air representation and portrayal of disabled people from 1.2 per cent to five per cent; increase the proportion of BBC staff who are disabled from 3.7 per cent to 5.3 per cent; and increase disabled leaders from 3.1 per cent to five per cent, all by 2017.Meanwhile, the BBC has dismissed media reports that it has been advertising for a “disabled weather presenter”.Newspapers reported that the BBC was looking for a new presenter, who would not need to be qualified but should be a disabled person.But the BBC spokeswoman pointed out that the advert was simply for a free, short training course, which would provide an introduction to weather presenting, including practical experience.The advert says: “The BBC does not currently have any weather presenters who are disabled and we are actively seeking to improve on screen diversity.”Those who take part will merely be “eligible to apply for future vacancies in the team”, says the advert.The spokeswoman said: “We aren’t advertising for a disabled weather presenter. What has been advertised is a three-day training opportunity, open to men and women with disabilities who are interested in weather and the environment and have the potential to become weather presenters in the future.”And in a blog on the BBC website, Joe Godwin, director of BBC Academy, said: “We’re very proud of our efforts to increase diversity across the BBC and give everybody a chance to fulfil their potential.“We certainly don’t believe that running a training event to help people with disabilities is ‘political correctness gone mad’.“In fact it’s exactly what the BBC should be doing, by opening up opportunities for people whatever their background.”Picture: BBC’s New Broadcasting House headquarters in central Londonlast_img read more

The government has finally admitted that it failed

first_imgThe government has finally admitted that it failed to assess the impact on disabled children and young people of its “discriminatory” plans to expand grammar schools in England.The Department for Education (DfE) has previously refused to say if it carried out an equality impact assessment (EIA) on its consultation paper, Schools That Work For Everyone, which includes plans to remove the ban on opening new grammar schools in England.The consultation paper fails to include a single mention of disabled children and young people.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but the government wants to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.A DfE response to a freedom of information request submitted by Disability News Service (DNS) last November insisted that the department was continuing to have “due regard” to the equalities impact of its plans, but refused to say whether it had carried out an EIA.After that response was challenged by DNS, the government has now finally admitted that it failed to carry out an EIA of its grammar school plans.The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) was highly critical of the failure to carry out an EIA, and said the government’s plans would impact on “any disabled young person who struggles with how learning is currently tested”.Tara Flood (pictured), ALLFIE’s director, said the plans would have a “fundamental impact” and were not “just a small tweaking of the edges of the educational system”.She said: “This is about elitism and increased inequality and they didn’t think that an impact assessment would be a very useful element of their strategy.“This is really about saying that disabled children and young people with special educational needs just don’t figure in their plans, except for greater numbers going into special provision.”She said the consultation paper reflected the government’s current position of “absolute denial” of the impact of its reforms, and its continuing commitment to the pledge made by Tory MP Michael Gove in 2009 that a Conservative government would rebuild the special school sector.The government’s existing education policies over the last six years have led to a steady increase in the number of disabled children being educated in special schools, says ALLFIE.Flood said: “They are only really concerned about what they consider to be the group of pupils who are able to learn in a robust and standards-driven system.”ALLFIE believes the government’s plans are a clear breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with new UN guidance – through a “general comment”, adopted last August – making it clear that all segregated education should end and be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.Flood said: “Everything is in denial of the UN convention, the general comment and any kind of understanding about how equality can be achieved.”She called on campaigners concerned about the government’s plans to contact ALLFIE and “help us build a real resistance to the government’s plans to find more ways to remove disabled children and young people from the [mainstream] system”.She said there was a “groundswell of support building” for opposition to the government’s plans, and that ALLFIE’s campaigning was helping to persuade mainstream campaigners who oppose expanding grammar schools that this would also have a substantial impact on disabled children and young people.There are currently 163 grammar schools in England, educating about five per cent of state secondary pupils, while 10 local authorities have wholly selective education systems and another 26 have one or more grammar schools in their area.Disabled children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs) or statements of special educational needs represent only 0.1 per cent of grammar school pupils, despite making up 1.8 per cent of the secondary school population, while disabled children without statements or EHCPs still make up only 4.2 per cent of grammar school pupils, but 12.4 per cent of all secondary school pupils.last_img read more

Disabled activists and their organisations are to

first_imgDisabled activists and their organisations are to host their own international “solidarity summit” in a bid to highlight the hypocrisy of the government’s decision to co-host a major “global disability summit” in east London later this month.The solidarity summit will also be held in east London, on Sunday 22 July, two days before the government’s Global Disability Summit takes place less than a mile away on the Olympic Park in Stratford.The government has invited disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) from across the global south to its event and says it wants to “galvanise the global effort to address disability inclusion in the poorest countries in the world”.But Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which is organising the solidarity summit with the support of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), says there has been anger among disabled activists at the decision of the UK government to co-host the event when its own record on disability rights is so poor.Although DPAC and ROFA are not calling for a boycott of the government’s event, DPAC’s Ellen Clifford said: “We want to draw attention to the hypocrisy of the government in hosting the global summit.“People in the UK are rightly very angry about it, but we think it is important that that anger is not channelled at the summit itself because of the chance that it is going to benefit disabled people in other countries.”Some DPOs in the global south are believed to feel that the summit will give them leverage to push their own governments to act on disability rights.Clifford said DPAC and ROFA “support initiatives that genuinely benefit disabled people and DPOs” but do not yet have enough information to say whether the government’s summit “is going to achieve the aim of benefitting Deaf and disabled people and their organisations”.In a statement, ROFA said the UK government had been found guilty in November 2016 of “grave and systematic violations” of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in connection with its policies on independent living, social security and employment.And it said the UK government continued to “dismiss the findings and expertise” of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.Last October, Penny Mordaunt, then the minister for disabled people, dismissed the committee’s report on the UK government’s implementation of the convention.The committee had called for more than 80 improvements to the ways in which the UK’s laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights, the highest number of recommendations it had ever produced for a country undergoing the review process.But Mordaunt still insisted that she wanted to “promote” the UK government’s disability policies so they could be a “catalyst for change elsewhere in the world”.ROFA said the UK government’s involvement in this month’s summit – which will be headed by Mordaunt, who is now the international development secretary – undermined any attempts to strengthen disabled people’s rights under the UN convention.Instead, ROFA said, it “provides a platform for them to showcase to other states how it is possible to get away with ignoring those rights when it comes to your own citizens”.And it said the government had frequently used the poorer conditions faced by disabled people in other countries to deflect criticism of its own policies, which it said was “a misunderstanding of the UNCRPD, which is about the progressive realisation of rights”.ROFA was also critical of the decision of Mordaunt’s department to exclude UK DPOs from the design and delivery of its Disability Inclusive Development Programme, believed to be worth more than £25 million.Disabled activists from Bolivia, Uganda and Greece are set to attend the DPAC and ROFA summit, which will explore issues around the international fight against the oppression of disabled people.Other leading disabled activists, including Anita Cameron, director of minority outreach for Not Dead Yet in the US and a leading figure in the national grassroots organisation ADAPT, and Naziaty Jaacob from Malaysia, who is among disabled people campaigning for a disability discrimination act in her country, are planning to speak to the International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit via Skype.The government’s “global disability summit” is being co-hosted with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the government of Kenya.Among those speaking at the government’s event will be the disabled president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno.More than 60 representatives of DPOs from the global south have been invited to the event.The themes are: tackling stigma and discrimination; inclusion in education; routes to economic empowerment; and harnessing technology and innovation.As well as showcasing best practice, the summit aims to generate sustainable commitments from the governments of developing countries, donors, voluntary organisations and the private sector.The previous day, 23 July, IDA will host a Civil Society Forum, which aims to amplify the voices of disabled people and DPOs and highlight current issues relevant to the global disability movement and the realisation of UNCRPD.Among the forum’s tasks will be to agree a statement on behalf of disabled people and DPOs that will be read during the opening of the summit.It will also discuss what is needed to achieve full implementation of the UN convention, and the need for capacity building of DPOs at local and national level.Picture: Delegates in Geneva last September discussing the UK’s implementation of the UN conventionlast_img read more

Alleged Excelsior gambling den raided by SFPD captain says theres more to

first_imgEarlier this month, Mission Local wrote about the “Jhec of All Trades,” a little-visited variety-store-turned-coffee-shop-that-didn’t-sell-any-coffee-turned-alleged-illegal-gambling-den — one of numerous gambling dens operating in plain sight in the Excelsior, Mission, Bayview and Chinatown. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the purported gambling den came up snake eyes. In a daylong operation, San Francisco police officers executed a raid — the second one here since November of last year. An undercover officer or officers within allegedly spent a good deal of time documenting that the spinning fruits on the computer screens weren’t a mere video game, but a gambling operation, complete with payouts. They also videotaped the proceedings. Then, at his signal, a platoon of officers stormed the place. A raid initiated in late morning stretched throughout the day. At 4 p.m., a line of handcuffed men were still seated outside 4182 and 4182B Mission Street as cops scurried about. At 6 p.m., police were still poking through the establishment. By around 8 p.m., after the police had apparently left the scene, men outfitted in shorts and baseball caps were sifting through the detritus scattered about in the hallway and amid the knocked-over chairs within, and stuffing odds and ends into garbage bags. A handwritten sign on the exterior was a masterpiece of brevity: “Sorry we’re closed. Raided by SFPD.” Captain Joseph McFadden, the longtime head of Ingleside station, said that, this time, he hopes to put the nail in the coffin of the alleged gambling den. He denied that the timing of the raid was due to Mission Local’s article or his pending Saturday transfer from Ingleside to the gun crimes unit. Rather, he said, “It’s a combination of everything, and it’s been on our radar a long time. After the DA dropped the ball on it, we were still receiving complaints.” McFadden is, evidently, none too pleased that the DA dismissed all charges pending further investigation following a Nov. 29 raid. That sweep led to  nine men and women being cited or arrested, and thousands of dollars in cash being seized, along with gambling machines and material the police claim is methamphetamine. “Last year’s investigation did not yield sufficient evidence to prove charges that we felt would have an effect on the behavior or provide sufficient relief for the community,” countered DA spokesman Max Szabo. “Nonetheless,” he added, “the statute of limitations on those charges has not lapsed. A charging decision related to Tuesday’s arrests is due Thursday.”Not only have the charges stemming from November not yet lapsed, now several of the same people may be facing additional charges. This was not an accident. McFadden says his officers were keeping tabs on the suspected “manager and owner and operators,” and waited for the right time to trigger the raid. “We knew the suspects we wanted to get,” he says. “We wanted to catch them in the act. We got everyone we wanted. ”  Five arrests were made during Tuesday’s raid. In addition to gambling equipment, money and drugs, police made off with financial papers, schedules, money orders, a money counter, a money dispenser and property receipts. Earlier this week, police arrested two men they believe to be connected to the Jhec of All Trades in a motorhome that’s often parked nearby, seizing “a large quantity” of suspected meth. Gambling dens have, for years, been an eyesore in San Francisco’s outer neighborhoods — especially the Excelsior , where vacant storefronts are common and absentee landlords are happy to pocket rent money and look the other way. Along with potential criminal charges filed by the District Attorney against the accused casino’s operators and managers, McFadden hopes the City Attorney will move forward with a civil case against the building owner. For a month or more prior to this raid, SFPD, District Attorney and City Attorney personnel have met to coordinate their actions. McFadden is optimistic charges will stick this time; after two raids, the case can better be made that this is a “continuing offense” rather than “just a bunch of misdemeanors and infractions.”   It’s not the gambling in the casinos that gets them on the city’s radar, but the ancillary elements that attach themselves to gambling: drugs, booze, prostitution, fighting, noise and property crime. Proving a property is a “magnet for crime” is a key element of any nuisance case brought by the city. And that, too, becomes easier with a history of police raids on the premises uncovering illegal substances and activities. McFadden says he has, for months, been receiving complaints from the neighbors and neighborhood organizations housed near the Jhec of All Trades. Always he’s told them he was aware of the situation and to be patient. Now he says this is what he was building up to, and that we should expect “activity” on a few other places in the coming weeks. “There’s a cop’s mother who lives right near there; she’s one of the complainants,” he says of the Jhec. “I told her I’ll have that place shut down if it’s the last thing I do.” And, reflecting on his transfer this weekend out of the neighborhood, he adds, “it might just be the last thing I do.” Capt. Joseph McFadden will speak at a community meeting regarding Tuesday’s raid at the Excelsior branch library at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 18.Photo by Joe Eskenazi. 0% Drugs, cash, gambling machines seized from clandestine storefront site Tags: SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Pride 2019 Interfaith panel grapples with intersection of LGBT identity and religion

first_imgThe Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgender Episcopal priest, said there has been a great deal of progress in his community around LGTBQ acceptance, and has felt mostly embraced as a trans person — though there’s still work that needs to be done. Other speakers included Naji Ali, the Bay Area Coordinator of Muslims for Progressive Values, who declared that the Koran says nothing about being gay; Deacon Brian Bromberger, a Roman Catholic priest serving at San Francisco’s St. John of God Church, who quipped that the Catholic Church invented “don’t ask, don’t tell.” There was a Zen Buddhist priest named Daigan Gaither, who shared that his guiding question was how to truly create a welcoming community. It is not enough to simply invite people to the table, he said. “How do we create the kind of communities where people want to stay?” For him, the answer meant getting involved with the Trans Spiritual Care Initiative, a training for San Francisco chaplains about how to better support transgender people.The group talked about how it’s so important to suss out political agendas and focus on what each religion, at its core, is really about: love and non-harm. It’s important to call out hypocrisy, call out the parts of the texts we don’t agree with, debate everything, and tell our own stories.“Because when we tell our own stories,” said Partridge, highlighting the importance of events like last night’s, “we can’t get it wrong.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img In the back room of Manny’s at 16th and Valencia streets Monday night, locals settled into velvet couches, ready for a lively panel about the intersections between religion, sexuality and gender identity. “We’re here because not enough public conversations are happening during Pride that focus on religion,” said event organizer Rabbi Mychal Copeland of Reform Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, just up the block at 16th and Dolores streets. This is important, she continued, because our values, beliefs and how we think about LGBTQ people are often rooted in religion — even if we don’t realize it.“We’re talking about religion even when we don’t think we’re talking about religion,” she said, smiling devilishly at the crowd of about 50. She wore a rainbow-patterned yarmulke and encouraged the audience to consult her book, Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives with questions about any of the LGBTQ terms that were being thrown around.The Rev. Israel Alvaran, a Filipino activist and United Methodist clergyman, said he realized he was gay in fifth grade, which was the same time he realized he wanted to join the church. Today he is part of a proud, vibrant Queer Clergy Caucus, but said that many members of his church still have a long way to go towards acceptance. The United Methodist Church voted to uphold bans on same-sex weddings and LGTBQ clergy earlier this year, despite internal resistance. This hasn’t deterred Alvaran from being proudly, “queerly beautiful” (in his own words), and preaching love and acceptance to anyone who will listen.last_img read more

THE England Academy came from behind early on to s

first_imgTHE England Academy came from behind early on to secure a 38-18 win over their French counterparts in a hard-fought battle at Odsal Stadium on Friday evening.Things began badly for the home side as it was France who got off the mark first when Mickael Rouch profited from a lapse in defensive concentration to cross on the 10 minute mark, with French captain Joan Guasch adding the extras.It was a short lived lead however as England were quick to respond through full-back Lewis Tierney. A sumptuous break from winger Joe Burgess split the defence and the Wigan youngster showed great composure to draw in the last defender and play club-mate Tierney into open space 20 meters out.Moments later England found themselves ahead when James Saltonstall cut back inside from close range to wrong foot the sliding French defence and give England a 10-6 lead.That lead was further extended when scrumhalf Williams attacked the short side from just inside the 20 meter line. He showed a quick turn of pace to draw in two defenders and find Burgess who showed great awareness to slide over the line and evade the onrushing defence.In the final action of the first half, man-of-the-match Ryan Hampshire scored a superb solo effort, accelerating through a hole in the French defence on the half-way line and out-sprinting the cover defence to score in the corner before adding the extras with a sublime touchline conversion making it 20-6.The second half began as the first did, with France getting on the boards. Half-back Joris Bissiere showed excellent invention to play a reverse inside kick from 10 meters out which split the English defence and found full-back Ferret in space for an easy touchdown.In a back and forth second half, England responded in style through Saints’ Dominic Speakman (pictured). A powerful run from Luke Thompson broke the French line and hooker Speakman split the defence from dummy-half to cross under the posts.Hakim Miloudi cut the deficit to just eight points with 15 minutes remaining when he found a gap in the defensive line but Jordan Baldwinson re-established the cushion for England when he powered over from close range 10 minutes from the end.Moments later Luke Briscoe put the result beyond doubt when he added his name to the try-scorer list before Hampshire added another excellently struck conversion to make the final score 38-18“I was really pleased with the performance tonight,” said Academy coach Dave Elliott after the game. “In atrocious conditions we went out and played some good attacking rugby and I was pleased to see the lads have a go.“Defensively I think we have a lot to work to do but I think that will come with more time together. Offensively we were excellent tonight but we just need to work on the little areas that creep in defensively.”Elliott will now turn his attention towards the Academy’s summer tour of Australia, when they will take on the Australian Schoolboys in a two-Test series, and he says he has a lot of tough calls to make ahead of naming his touring squad next week.“Tonight’s game was all about preparation for the Tour Down Under and a few of the guys out there have cemented their place on the plane,” he said.“A few have also given me a bit of a selection headache as they put in big performances to stake a claim.“It’s going to be very tough for me to make the final selection for tour. We have a lot of very talented players in the group and not all of them can tour so I’m going to have some very hard decisions to make over the weekend.”England Academy squad v France:1. Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 2. James Saltonstall (Warrington Wolves, Siddal) 3. Jordan Harper (Leeds Rhinos, Normanton Knights) 4. Jonathan Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals) 5. Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 6. Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights) 7. George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 8. Rob Mulhern (Leeds Rhinos, Normanton Knights) 9. Dominic Speakman (St Helens, Halton Hornets) 10. Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 11. Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 12. Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 13. John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill) Subs: 14. Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings, Halton Hornets) 15. Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs) 16. Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth) 17. Luke Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)England Scorers: Tries: Lewis Tierney, James Saltonstall, Joe Burgess, Ryan Hampshire, Dominic Speakman, Jordan Baldwinson Goals:  Ryan Hampshire 5France Under 18 squad:1. Valentin Ferret 2. Alexis Escamilla 3. Charles Bouzinac 4. Hakim Miloudi 5. Sofiane Ghanem 6. Joris Bissiere 7. Theo Fages 8. Gadwin Springer 9. Joan Guasch (Capt) 10.Mickael Rouch 11. Benjamin Garcia 12. Yohan Didone 13. Martial Romano Subs: 14. Alexandre Labarchede 15. Karim Madani 16. Ugo Perez 17. Alexis Meresta-DoucetFrance Scorers Tries: Mikael Rouch, Valentin Ferret, Hakim Miloudi Goals:  Joan Guasch 3last_img read more

RUGBY League World Cup 2013 has teamed up with you

first_imgRUGBY League World Cup 2013 has teamed up with your Saints to take over the Liverpool One centre this Saturday.Join us for an action-packed day of Rugby League activities and the opportunity to cheerlead at this autumn’s tournament.It all kicks off at 10am with fun inflatable activities and the Official Rugby League World Cup 2013 Mascot Grubber.The famous Rugby League World Cup 2013 Trophy will also be present and visitors are invited to take a closer look at one of world sport’s most famous pieces of silverware.Meanwhile, RLWC2013 Cheerleading Team co-ordinator Sarah Elston has been scouting across the UK for talented dancers who want be cheerleaders for this autumn’s tournament.Boys as well as girls are being encouraged to audition, as long as they are confident dance performers, aged over 16, and turn up dressed to impress!Members of Saints first team will also be in attendance, along with Boots  and the trio will be providing information about the Club’s 2014 Season Ticket packages.Langtree Park will host the RLWC2013 match between Australia and Fiji on November 2, and Saturday’s event will provide the perfect opportunity for fans new and old to join the countdown to this eagerly-anticipated contest between two of the Southern Hemisphere’s big guns.Tickets for Rugby League World Cup 2013 are available, but selling quickly. To make sure you will BE THERE buy now at or call the 24-hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.Meanwhile, Rugby League fans will get a mouth-watering taste of international Rugby League ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013 when England, Italy, England Knights and Samoa contest an exciting double-header at Salford City Stadium on Saturday October 19.Seven days before they kick off the 14-nation Rugby League World Cup against Australia in Cardiff, England will complete their preparations with a warm-up fixture against Italy which kicks off at 4.30pm.Before then, England Knights will face Samoa at the same venue at 2.00pm in a game which England coach Steve McNamara believes is an equally important part of the national team’s World Cup plans.“They’re massive games for us, and for Italy and Samoa as well,” said McNamara. “We fly back in to the country from our warm-weather training camp in South Africa on the Wednesday and will be looking to put a few finishing touches to the work we’ve done when we hit the field at Salford on the Saturday.“There is a strong likelihood that some of the World Cup squad will be involved in the Knights game as well: this is the first opportunity we will have had in a long time to play the NRL-based players and some of them may be in need of an extended run. Both matches are about getting us ready to be the best we can be for kick-off against Australia.”The England v Italy match will be the first time the two nations have met at senior international level and the fixture is equally important for Italy, who faces Wales in the opening double-header of RLWC2013 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday October 26.Samoa open their RLWC2013 campaign with a match against holders New Zealand on Sunday October 27 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, and England coach Steve McNamara feels the Knights players will benefit from providing the South Sea Islanders with warm-up opposition.“It’s a great opportunity to provide exposure to world class opposition to some of our younger players, as well as established England players,” said McNamara. “The match also allows us to cover for many eventualities, including the possibility of giving some players the chance to play themselves into World Cup selection.”McNamara will announce his 24-man RLWC2013 squad on Tuesday October 1 and under tournament rules is allowed to make changes due to injuries or other factors after the internationals against Italy and Samoa.last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League clash with Salford Red Devils at Langtree Park.Adam Swift and Andre Savelio are recalled to the side.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 18. Dominque Peyroux, 19. Theo Fages, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.Head Coach Ian Watson has also named his 19.Junior Sa’u and Gareth O’Brien are also fit to play whilst Captain Tommy Lee and Josh Griffin miss out due to injury.Login Tomkins returns from suspension.1. Niall Evalds, 2. Justin Carney, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Daniel Vidot, 6. Robert Lui, 7. Michael Dobson, 8. Craig Kopczak, 10. George Griffin, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 12. Weller Hauraki, 13. Mark Flanagan, 14. Gareth O’Brien, 15. Adam Walne, 16. Olsi Krasniqi, 17. Phil Joseph, 19. Logan Tomkins, 20. Jordan Walne, 21. Ryan Lannon, 33. Josh Jones.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is C Kendall.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

Dog Days of Summer golf tournament happening in Hampstead

first_img The event benefits local 501c3 canine organizations, including Carolina Boxer Rescue, CRT- Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, Animal Avengers, Cape Fear Rescue League and Roseys Rescues.Registration starts at 7 a.m. and there is a shotgun start at 9 a.m.It’s $75 per player or $300 per team.Related Article: Legion Stadium pool to open for dogs TuesdayPrizes include the Closest to Pin on Par 3 holes, Long Drive, Closest to the Line as well as a chance to win a $10,000 Hole in One prize.100% of the net proceeds will go to rescue dogs in the area.For more information, visit Olde Point Country Club on Facebook or call (910) 270-2403. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — This weekend is for the dogs, literally.On Saturday, August 19 at Olde Point Country Club in Hampstead, help out rescue pups by hitting the green in the Dog Days of Summer Golf Tournament.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Flotilla Boat Parade lights up the waterway

first_img Every year the flotilla draws thousands of people to Wrightsville Beach to see what kind of boats will enter the parade.Maya Shaw and her family come from out of town every year and she said it is their after Thanksgiving tradition.“I like that it’s just a community thing like everyone gets around to come in and see all these boats, and it’s cool because it brings everyone together,” Shaw said.Related Article: Wrightsville Beach landmark restaurant closing after 32 yearsShaw also said she hopes to carry on this tradition as she grows older.The boats competed for best in show, people’s choice and many more awards.After the boats made their way around the island there was an after show featuring fireworks. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A holiday parade on water, The 34th Annual Flotilla Boat Parade weekend pulled up the drawbridge and in the crowds to watch the waterway sparkle with Christmas lights.As the decorated and holiday themed boats made their way around the island people cheered.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick Co School Board incumbent reacts to losing primary

first_img “The folks from up north have them in their high schools already so they’re accustom to this. And the folks down here realize that, ‘Wait a minute we would really benefit from having our kids having a trade when they graduate and not pick up college debt,’ because not everybody’s gonna go to college,”  Benton said. “Actually have children who could come out get jobs and work in our community and stay here. And it would service the community and benefit us in such a great way.”Benton beat Thompson by more than 600 votes. While Thompson is sad to go, he said he wishes the winner the best of luck and he is proud of what he has accomplished in the past 8 years.“Primarily the focus on teachers, helping them reach their full potential,” Thompson said. “Teacher Academy was a program that we started last year that I’m particularly proud of. We had over 500 teachers participate in that. It was a very successful event.”Related Article: The Latest: Humidity causing problems at some NC pollsBenton’s family is all about education, his wife is the head master at a local charter school and Benton is a long-term substitute teacher and tutor.“The importance that we do work on teacher pay,” Benton said. “Some sort of incentive plan for them. Because we do have to remain competitive with South Carolina who is taking our people away.”Benton will face Democratic challenger Joanne Levitan in November’s election.As for Thompson, he said he will always be interested in public education but for now he plans on focusing on his job as an architect. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After nearly 8 years of serving on the Brunswick County School Board, John Thompson will finish out his last days in office this December.Jerry Benton, the new candidate on the block swiped the Republican ticket for the general election. Three major items he wants to work on include increasing teacher pay, school safety, and implementing trade schools.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Traffic Alert Military Cutoff to be closed for hours

first_img Crews work to restore power after crane knocks over utility pole (Photo: WFD) Military Cutoff Road is closed while crews work to restore power lines on June 29, 2018 (Photo: Contributed) 1 of 4 Related Article: Police: Multi-year investigation disrupts drug pipeline to WilmingtonAccording to Duke Energy, more than 500 customers were affected by a power outage in the area.WPD says the closures are to last about 12 hours so expect for delays through this evening. Military Cutoff Road is closed while crews work to restore power lines on June 29, 2018 (Photo: Contributed)center_img Military Cutoff Road is closed while crews work to restore power lines on June 29, 2018 (Photo: Contributed) Click here to check real time traffic conditions from Operation Gridlock and the Waze communityWilmington Fire Department, EMS and Wilmington Police responded. Dispatch said no injuries were reported.Wilmington Police says roads will continue to be closed in both directions until the three utility poles can be replaced. Police will be blocking entrances to Military Cutoff at Market Street, Swan Mill Road and Parker Farm Drive. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers may see traffic backups and power outages near Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington this morning because of a toppled power pole.According to New Hanover County Dispatch, the call came in around 9:25 a.m. A crane reportedly knocked down a power line and power pole at the intersection of Military Cutoff Road and Parker Farm Road, which is one of the entrances to Mayfaire and the Forum. The lines fell on top of a car.- Advertisement – last_img read more

VA hopes to start seeing patients in Wilmington as soon as Wednesday

first_img According to Melvin, the VA is now waiting for the landlord to assess and address issues with the building. He says air quality tests have been submitted. Now they’re waiting on resultsIn the meantime, Melvin says Mobile Medical Units are on the way to the site and could start seeing patients by mid-day Wednesday.Melvin says some primary care workers from Wilmington moved to the VA’s clinic in Brunswick County yesterday. He says patients should be getting calls from VA schedulers about their preferences and options.Related Article: You can now drive on US 17 through Brunswick CountyIf you have questions about where to go for care from the VA, call (800) 507-4571. Melvin says you can also get updates on the VA’s website and Facebook page.He says there is a possibility that the VA could see patients in the Wilmington facility in some format as early as Friday. Wilmington Health Care Center (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The VA could see patients in Wilmington as soon as Wednesday, but it may not be in the Wilmington VA Health Care Center at Wilmington International Airport.Jeffrey Melvin, spokesman for the VA Fayetteville Medical Center, says the Wilmington facility sustained some damage from Hurricane Florence, including partial roof damage. Melvin says that led to interior damage including wet walls and flooding, which means some areas of the building are not suitable for seeing patients.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police wants new technology to solve crimes

first_img The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was the first agency in the region to buy a M-Vac system in July.M-Vac CEO Jared Bradley gave WWAY a demonstration of the device earlier this year.Bradley says it is like a vacuum and is able to collect 200 times more DNA than a normal swab would.Related Article: Giuliani: ‘So what’ if Trump and Cohen discussed testimonyThe city says it will cost almost $39,000 and would be purchased with NC drug tax revenues. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department wants to get new DNA technology to help solve crime.On Wednesday, Wilmington City Council will hear a request to purchase a M-Vac system.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Students share thoughts on potential Williston Middle School changes

first_img “Overwhelmingly they wanted Williston to remain as it is, with some improvements,” said committee member Rhonda Bellamy.“Getting the students’ feedback and buy-in was very critical in this stage for us to be able to move forward with any viable options because these are going to be the participants and consumers of whatever it is we decide,” said committee member Marrio Jeter.On February 5, the school board voted to push back middle school redistricting until 2020. But leaders are still looking to turn Williston into a school for grades six through 12, with a focus on the arts and a vocational curriculum.Related Article: Black History Month: The history of Williston High School“Some were worried about bullying, some were worried about the capacity of the school to hold both a middle and high school,” said Bellamy of the students.Superintendent Tim Markley says when they asked students about their interest in the arts, many thought only of drawing or painting in art class.Interest in vocational programs was higher, but students say they want Williston to remain a middle school with some improvements.“We polled the young ladies at our table and asked if they could go to any other middle school, would they? What would that be? And they all wanted to stay at Williston,” said Bellamy.All notes taken during discussions with students were passed on to superintendent Tim Markley and school board vice chairman David Wortman.The school board will hold a budget workshop Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — School board leaders still want to turn Williston Middle School back into a high school, but with a different focus.On Monday, the New Hanover County Board of Education’s Williston Exploratory Committee heard from those who will be most directly affected: the students.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Home invasion mastermind sentenced to prison for Elizabethtown robbery

first_img The home invasion happened in Elizabethtown during the evening hours of January 6, 2017.Blake met with his two co-defendants, Rohon Atkins and Willie McLaurin, and orchestrated a plan to rob the victims of money and drugs. Blake also supplied Atkins and McLaurin with a firearm before his two co-defendants left the meeting location.Acting at Blake’s direction, Atkins and McLaurin proceeded to a home on Sand Pit Road where they forced their way into the home and robbed two victims of drugs and a small amount of cash at gunpoint.Related Article: Thief steals $1,000 from Girl Scouts selling cookies at mallThe pair later reunited with Blake to return the handgun and split the robbery proceeds.The victims notified law enforcement of the robbery and were able to give a description of the suspects as well as their vehicle. Later that evening, Atkins and McLaurin were spotted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in a vehicle matching the description that the victims provided.Once the vehicle was pulled over, deputies located drugs and another firearm in the vehicle and both men were arrested.Investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office learned that Blake was the mastermind.Atkins and McLaurin have previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the home invasion and are each also currently serving prison sentences. Marcus Blake (Photo: District Attorney’s Office) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Kelly man will spend up to 13 years in prison for his role in an armed home invasion and robbery.According to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office, Marcus Blake, 35, pleaded guilty  to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, First Degree Burglary, and Possession of Firearm by Felon in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Still recovering from floods Fair Bluff to lose major employer

first_imgFAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County town is on the road to losing its only manufacturing plant.Fair Bluff Mayor Billy Hammond believes the plant is part of the life blood of the community.- Advertisement – Fair Bluff on June 7, 2019. {Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) Hammond says the Cornerstone Building Brands site, known as Ply Gem in Fair Bluff, is expected to close the first week of August.He says vinyl fencing sales have dropped tremendously, putting this company out of business.Hammond says 60 to 70 people could lose their jobs. It’s a huge hit to a town with only a few hundred residents.Related Article: China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadline“I just hate that it’s happening at this time,” Hammond said. “After two floods in two years, and you lose your own manufacturing in town, and it’s just tough for the people of the town that’s here and live on fixed income.”Hammond says the flooding damage from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence has substantially impacted the town’s income and tax base.In 2013 state leaders hailed Ply Gem’s plans to create 145 jobs and invest more than $15 million in Fair Bluff over the following three years. 1 of 2 The Ply Gem plant in Fair Bluff on June 7, 2019. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY)last_img read more

Estimated 1m people marching in London for final say on Brexit deal

first_imgThe UK Coordinator for Take A Break From Brexit Andrea Pisauro, explained to that the March was a clear sign from the British public to the Parliament and Government over the direction of Brexit and their demand for a say in how it’s going.Read more:‘It looks more like Plan A minus‘‘This is not democracy, this is blackmail’‘There are people here from all parts of the UK, trying to stop this mess and to have a say on the Brexit. The government needs to listen.’, Pisauro said.‘We are here to send a message of pacification and dialogue that there is another way, a different process. We want to see the country come together on another direction and to allow people to say what the next steps should be.’, he added.WhatsApp Vote on the terms of the deal negotiated by the Prime Minister and the European Union or vote to remain a member of the European Union, Thomson explains.When asked what would happen if the British public also choose to reject the Brexit deal, the representative of the People’s Vote said that they would ‘accept that but it’s absolutely right that three years on people are given the right to vote on a deal which does not reflect what they were promised before the 2016 Referendum… Brexit promised utopia but those promises could not be fulfilled. Now they know the reality of the situation is very different,’Read more:Updated: Cancel Brexit petition most signed in petition website’s historyWhat happens if the Brexit deal fails for a third time? More votes?UK in grave dangerCommenting on the recent developments surrounding the delay on Brexit, Thomson said that the 11th hour display reflected that the UK was ‘grave danger’ with only days until the EU would crash out without a deal.He explained that the two dates which have been given to the PM reflected that the EU believes she will not succeed in getting her deal through the Parliament.‘She has two weeks [until 12 April] which she cannot waste and that means she must give MPs time for other options.’Credit: People’s Vote – Protesters gather in Hyde ParkTake A Break from BrexitTake A Break from Brexit are also participating in the march: An estimated 1 million people are marching in London today demanding that the government give the British people the final say on the deal that would see the United Kingdom leave the European Union.According to Simon Thomson, the head of international media at the People’s Vote Campaign, those participating in today’s ‘Put it to the People’ March, are doing so for many different reasons. Some are angry and frustrated with how the Brexit process has been handled politically. Some are former Leave voters who have changed their minds since 2016 and are seeing the consequences. Others are worried about the impacts that leaving the EU will have and is now having up and down the country.Simon Thomson – Head of International Media for People’s Vote‘People up and down the country are already seeing the impacts of Brexit on their local communities, whether it’s on the cost of living or the growing staffing and funding crisis in the National Health Service. It’s also having an impact on 100s of 1000s of small businesses who are facing increased costs to obtain goods, parts or ingredients.’Thomson explains that 200 coaches have been laid on to bring people from as far north as the Scottish Highlands as far as South as Cornwall. The striking point made by Thomson is that a number of participants are coming from areas which voted to leave in 2016. ‘There are 19 coaches coming from Yorkshire alone, along with 5 from Leeds. These were big areas which voted to leave in 2016. We also have a train laid on to bring people in from Bristol and Bath. These are 90 year olds, single mothers with pushchairs… many people are coming.’Together, they are calling for the government to offer them the final decision on the deal which has been negotiated with the European Union.‘It’s only right to give it back’ When asked to explain how the British public would be given the chance to vote on the deal, Thomson explains that this would be technically up to the Parliament and the electoral commission to decide.However, he explains that it should be a democratic responsibility not to impose the deal on the people and instead offer them the chance to vote. This would take the form of a binary question which the British public would vote. This would effectively be a third referendum on membership of the European Union. 1 of 4 <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> (Images taken by a tourist, sent to Newsbook) Credit: Andrea Pisauro – Take A Break From Brexitcenter_img 1 of 7 Credit: Andrea Pisauro – Take A Break From Brexit Credit: Andrea Pisauro – Take A Break From Brexit Credit: Andrea Pisauro – Take A Break From Brexit SharePrintlast_img read more

Police are still investigating case of firearm found at Corradino jail

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Police are still investigating a case that goes back to the 19th of February where a firearm was found in a vehicle at Corradino Correctional Facilities.Minister Michael Farrugia was asked to confirm why an inquest was never opened on the case in two parliamentary questions asked by Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) MP Jason Azzopardi.The Minister said that the district police were called on site to investigate when the firearm was found.He also added that the district police had informed the magistrate on duty who from its end decided that there was no need for an sent a number of questions to the Police on the case. In their reply, the Police explained that they cannot provide further details on the case than what had transpired during the question time in the House of Representatives as investigations are ongoing, but gave reassurance that once the case is solved , all the necessary action according to law will be taken.The Police also explained that the general rule in such cases is to arrest the individual and establish whether there was any breach of the law. If breach of law is established, than the culprit will be arraigned in front of Court.WhatsApplast_img read more

Fekir decides to don Betis kit until 2023

first_imgFrance playmaker Nabil Fekir has completed his transfer from Lyon to Real Betis for a reported fee of around €20m and has signed a contract that is set to end in 2023.The 26-year-old was close to moving to Liverpool last summer after scoring 18 goals and providing eight assists for the French side. However the move to England, which would have cost Liverpool €60m, did not take place with reports suggesting that the Anfield outfit showed concerns after Fekir’s medical tests.The Frenchman, who made six substitute appearances for Les Bleus, refused to extend his contract with Lyon and the club was forced to sell Fekir rather than lose him for free next summer.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more