UKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of

first_imgUKIP is refusing to say whether it is in favour of key sections of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).Last week, its election manifesto made it clear that UKIP supported article 19 of the convention which outlines the “equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others”.The manifesto adds: “We wholly endorse the right of the disabled to access in-home, residential and community support services and we support their inclusion in our communities.”But despite repeated attempts this week by Disability News Service to secure a response from the party, particularly from its disability spokeswoman, Star Etheridge, UKIP has failed to say whether it supports other articles in the convention.These include sections focusing on the right to: accessibility; life; personal mobility; freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; access to justice; freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse; respect for privacy; and liberty of movement and nationality.In an interview with Disability News Service two years ago, Etheridge distanced herself from some of the party’s previous discriminatory policies, and suggested there would be a “radical change” in its approach at the 2015 general election.Etheridge, who is disabled herself, has also refused to provide further details on UKIP’s plans to scrap the Care Quality Commission – which inspects and regulates the NHS and social care – and replace its inspectors with locally-elected health and social care officials on new county health boards.DNS contacted Etheridge by email on Monday (23 April), and later followed up by phone and through a Facebook message, as well as with a call to the UKIP press office, but she and the party failed to respond.Etheridge, who is standing for election in Wolverhampton North East, did have time on Thursday to post a series of pictures about a bunch of flowers she had been sent by an anonymous admirer, and to tell her Facebook followers about her plans to visit the hairdresser “to get my hair and nails done” before an evening hustings event.The previous day, her many Facebook posts included comments on aliens, the need for capital punishment for paedophiles, a family expedition to buy a new suit, and her son’s taste in music.last_img read more

One of the leading disabled supporters of legalisi

first_imgOne of the leading disabled supporters of legalising assisted suicide has encouraged opponents by appearing to admit that there are crucial flaws in the legislation that will be debated by MPs next month.Comments by Dr Tom Shakespeare (pictured) this week suggest that there is no possibility that any safeguards introduced through the assisted dying bill would prevent all unnecessary or abusive deaths.He said that safeguards were “very important” but that “even the best safeguard is not infallible” and “any law can be bypassed”.Supporters of legalisation, including its main organisational cheerleader, Dignity in Dying (DiD), repeatedly stress the bill’s “upfront safeguards”.Other high-profile supporters of a change in the law, such as Kate Green, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, have stressed that they will only vote for a new law if the safeguards are water-tight.Shakespeare is one of the most high-profile disabled supporters of legalising assisted suicide.He is among those backing a private member’s bill being proposed by the Labour MP Rob Marris, which is due to be debated – and voted on – by MPs on 11 September, and would allow an assisted suicide for people found to be terminally-ill with less than six months to live, in England and Wales.In an interview with Disability News Service last week, Shakespeare claimed he would reconsider his position on the bill if presented with evidence showing concerns with how a similar law had been implemented in the US state of Oregon.But this week he dismissed evidence shown to him from Oregon and the state of Washington – where assisted suicide is also legal – that proves that many people using the law cite the feeling that they will be a “burden” to family and friends as one of their reasons for wanting to be helped to die.In 2013, according to official state records, 49 per cent of those who were given a prescription for drugs to end their lives in Oregon said “being a burden” was one of the reasons (40 per cent in 2014); in Washington state, which has similar legislation, 59 per cent cited “being a burden” in 2014, and 61 per cent in 2013.Despite his comments last week, Shakespeare said he did not see these figures as worrying.He said the three most cited concerns in Oregon in 2013 were loss of autonomy (91 per cent), decreasing ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable (87 per cent), and loss of dignity (71 per cent).He said: “Those all seem to me credible reasons which should not concern us in terms of possible abuses. “Burden is way down the list at number six.” [It is actually fifth, and in Washington it is fourth.]Shakespeare also accepted that if the bill became law, terminally-ill people would probably shop around for a doctor who was in favour of assisted suicide to support their application to die.But he said that that “does not mean that the doctor who is in principle in favour of assisted dying would give a particular individual permission to proceed. “I would imagine that doctors would always be very careful as to who they supported to die. The alternative is abuse, uproar and discredited legislation, which nobody wants.”Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which is campaigning against the bill, said it was deeply critical of the position that Shakespeare had taken.Debbie Jolly, a co-founder of DPAC, said the majority of the many emails that DPAC receives on the issue were “fundamentally against assisted suicide, seeing it as a clear threat to their lives”. She said: “We also get emails that tell us of disabled people with no money, food, about to lose their homes, people who have been continually sanctioned, people who are forced to rely on their families.“They’re the ones who might say they don’t want to go on, they’re the ones that might mention suicide as a way out.“Is this an individual choice? No, it’s about being denied basic human dignity by a raft of heinous policy changes.“The current economic situation, loss of the Independent Living Fund, the cuts in the NHS, the removal of life-saving drugs due to cost, aren’t around individual choice either. “Until we have a level playing-field for disabled people to live with dignity, we cannot condone something as dangerous as an assisted suicide bill.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, disputed Shakespeare’s claim that disabled people should not be concerned that so many people in Oregon had cited loss of autonomy, decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable, and loss of dignity, as reasons why they wanted to kill themselves.Lazard said: “It should absolutely concern us that loss of autonomy, decreasing ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable and a loss of dignity are cited as the main reasons for choosing assisting suicide in Oregon.”She added: “In Washington state, 61 per cent of those opting for assisted suicide cited ‘being a burden’.  “These factors are about being disabled and they are all factors strongly exacerbated in the current climate, where cuts to support and services mean more and more disabled people are facing a life defined by these characteristics and experiences.“We know of at least one person who committed suicide rather than face life as a burden to family and friends after the closure of the Independent Living Fund.“We know of others in similar positions so completely worn down as a result of the savage cuts now being proposed to their social care packages that they feel like giving up.“Meanwhile, the safeguards suggested by the bill are completely inadequate for what amounts to a fundamental shifting of the ethical ground on which our medical profession and our society stands.”last_img read more

Legal advice commissioned by the equality and huma

first_imgLegal advice commissioned by the equality and human rights watchdog has called for disabled people to have a legal right to independent living.The barrister was asked by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) last year to examine if there needed to be a right to independent living in law for disabled people, because of concerns that their right to choice and control over their lives was being “eroded”.The lawyer has now concluded that there does need to be a legal right to independent living, although there are several options for how that could be achieved.Now EHRC is consulting on which of those options it should recommend, and it is likely to publish its conclusions by the end of the year.An EHRC spokesman told Disability News Service that the barrister’s advice contains “quite a few options” on “how such a right could work in practice”.He said: “We are going to speak to a range of people involved and see if we can narrow down those options and will then come forward with a set of proposals.”Although he said EHRC could not yet say that it agreed that there needed to be a legal right to independent living, he said its proposals would “take into account” the barrister’s advice.Last autumn, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) called on the UK government to recognise disabled people’s legal right to independent living, one of the key demands disabled people and their organisations in the UK had made in their submissions to the committee .Stig Langvad (pictured), the CRPD member who led the examination of how the UK had implemented the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), said then that the UK was “going backwards” on independent living.Meanwhile, two Commons committees have called this week for a new, dedicated national insurance fund to solve the adult social care funding crisis.The joint report by the housing, communities and local government committee and the health and social care committee calls for a new “social care premium” which would be paid only by those over the age of 40, including those over 65.It also calls for an increase in inheritance tax.The report was influenced by the findings of a citizens’ assembly, a representative sample of nearly 50 members of the public – including disabled people who use services – who were asked by the committees to consider how best to fund social care.Two-thirds of the assembly voted for an entirely publicly-funded system that would be free at the point of use, like the NHS.But despite written evidence from Inclusion London, which called for a legal right to independent living underpinned by UNCRPD’s article 19, the report appears to have ignored such rights or any mention of the social model of disability.The committees said the social care system was under “very great and unsustainable strain” and there was an urgent need to plug the gap in funding for adult social care that could reach £2.5 billion a year by 2019-20.The inquiry report says that the personal element of social care should eventually be provided free, although accommodation costs should continue to be paid on a means-tested basis.As the two committees say that this policy is “unlikely to be affordable immediately”, they recommend that free personal care should be extended first to people with the highest – “critical” – level of assessed need.Sarah Wollaston, the Tory chair of the health and social care committee, said: “We can no longer delay finding a fair and sustainable settlement for social care.“Too many people are being left without the care and support they need and it is time for decisions to be made about how the costs are shared.”last_img read more

For nine years Disability News Service has surviv

first_imgFor nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember 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… Nearly 7,000 employers that signed up to the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident jobs scheme have promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them, less than one per employer.The figures emerged as the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, and work and pensions secretary Esther McVey were giving evidence to the work and pensions select committee yesterday (Wednesday) for its inquiry on disability employment.Newton had been asked to write to the committee about the Disability Confident employment scheme (see separate story), which was launched in the summer of 2013.The scheme has three levels – Disability Confident Committed (the entry level), Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader (level three) – but it is only at level three that employers’ pledges and claims on employing disabled people are assessed independently.In a letter to Labour MP Frank Field, who chairs the committee, Newton said that 133 employers across the UK had reached the level of Disability Confident Leader, while this number had risen by just 35 in the last six months.In all, 6,841 employers had signed up by 22 June, with more than 4,000 at the lowest level, and just four employers in total signed up in Northern Ireland.Employers had, by the end of March 2018, committed to provide a total of 4,586 paid jobs, 2,871 apprenticeships and 1,223 traineeships, as well as work experience, work trial, job shadowing, student placement, sector based work academy and paid internship opportunities.Labour MP Neil Coyle, who asked Newton about the figures, said that with the current rate of progress it would take nearly 1,000 years to meet the government’s target of securing jobs for another one million disabled people in the 10 years to 2027.He asked why employers were able to sign up to Disability Confident when they were not even employing a single disabled person.Newton said employers that signed up were on “a journey”, which also included offering supported internships, apprenticeships and work experience.She said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was now commissioning research which would ask employers how Disability Confident had changed their behaviour.Newton told the committee: “We will be asking people about the number of people they have brought into employment.“If there are changes that need to be made [to Disability Confident], we will make them.“It’s a campaign about helping employers understand the benefits of employing people with disabilities and enabling them to do that.”She said the research would examine whether employers have done what they said they would do.Coyle pointed out that it was now five years since the scheme was launched by the coalition government in 2013 (pictured).Labour’s Steve McCabe said critics had said it was too easy to sign up to Disability Confident, and asked Newton what had been done since ministers pledged to “put some teeth into the programme”.Newton said the government wanted to make the initial step onto the scheme “deliberately very straightforward” for employers that want to sign up.But she said they were then taken “on a journey” with increasing levels of support, and when they reach the top level [Disability Confident Leader] their commitments to the scheme are “independently, externally verified”.Field said that if the 7,000 Disability Confident employers all employed five disabled people, it would still only add up to 35,000 disabled people.He said: “We have a long way to go [to reach the target of one million more disabled people in work].”last_img read more

Before Election Candidates Answer Final Question

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The Mission District is the heart and soul of the Latino community in the Bay Area. We have lost thousands of Latino families due to rising rents and the constant threat of eviction. Our City Hall representatives have not done their job in protecting our community. Instead of proposing real solutions, the status quo in City Hall worked to drum up anger and anxiety around self-serving policies and created a wedge between our community and newer residents.It is time for things to change. Our campaign has created a diverse coalition of Latino community members and people of all ethnicities and walks of life, longtime District 9 families and more recent residents, tenants, homeowners, and public housing community members, coming together to create solutions that work for all of us.I would be the first supervisor elected from the Mission District in nearly 40 years, and I would be the first Latino supervisor elected from the Mission District in even longer, perhaps ever. It is time for real representation from our community on the Board of Supervisors. After 43 weeks of questions, we’ve asked our candidates for District 9 supervisor — four of whom remain: Hillary Ronen, Joshua Arce, Iswari España, and Melissa San Miguel — to provide their stances on homelessness, policing, development, cyclists, affordable housing, Bernie vs. Hillary, and a host other topics.We broke down their answers in early September to give readers a sense of their various stances on more than a dozen different topics. Some differed in their support for the Police Department or their stance on new market-rate development. All but one said they were outsiders hoping to change the status quo, while everyone revealed they are renters in a city of renters.For our last question, we wondered what one question we should have asked that we didn’t.What question do you wish we had asked you? And please give us your answer to that question. I could not be more excited to be running for supervisor so I can continue to serve the residents of District 9 and create policies and laws that can not only change our city, but if they work well, the state and country.Joshua Arce, Civil Rights AttorneyWe wished you would have asked, “How important is it that the Mission District have Latino/a representation on the Board of Supervisors?” Melissa San Miguel did not answer this week’s question. center_img Respuestas en español aquí.Iswari España, Training Officer for the Human Services AgencyMany community leaders in the district question the legitimacy and motives of D9 campaigns and candidates. Some have questioned their whereabouts prior to the elections. I have been asked, why am I running now and where have I been in the past?I have devoted myself to working for social justice issues and against the bureaucracy of politics in San Francisco for 23 years. I have been fighting the system that has oppressed families in the Mission and abused neighbors in our district. I have been always in the field and in the trenches, working for and with people in my neighborhood in the court systems and in continuation educational systems. As a result, I advocated effectively for resources for families while building partnerships to create solutions with city government and non-profit agencies. I created over 500 employment opportunities. I can tell you that in the past years, I have never seen any of the other candidates. Where were all these candidates when our youth were murdered on our streets, when our neighbors were getting evicted and displaced. When the infrastructure of our neighbors was undermined. I have helped numerous individuals and families in this district and beyond. I have and continue to do this work because it is the right thing to do. I don’t help only when there is a photo-op or the opportunity to get my name in headlines. Last year in September, I had enough with our local politicians and their lack of response to the issues in the neighborhood. I hope when you make your decision in D9 you will consider my devotion to community and give me your support.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposWhy are you running for Supervisor?Since college, I have been working to improve the communities where I lived. I have worked as a domestic violence counselor in San Diego, as a human rights advocate in the Dominican Republic, as a corporate accountability legal aide at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, as an immigrant rights attorney at La Raza Centro Legal in the Mission District of San Francisco, and as a legislative aide in the District 9 supervisor’s office.Despite how difficult and negative politics can be, the change I have been part of making when I was a legislative aide in City Hall was the most fulfilling and meaningful work I have ever done in my life. In the last six and half years, I helped: 0% Create Free Muni for Youth (and now seniors and people with disabilities)Save St. Luke’s Hospital from being shut down in the MissionProtect women seeking health care services at Planned Parenthood in BernalStop evictions by passing four of the strongest tenant rights laws in the countryPut over 900 units of affordable housing in the pipeline for District 9Guarantee that the Healthy SF surcharge we pay actually goes to worker health careEnsure that city contractors are paying women equally for equal workForce the city to build six new navigation centers so we have an alternative to tent encampmentsBuild the first adult LGBT homeless shelter in the nationAnd provide one on one constituent services to hundreds of District 9 residentslast_img read more

Media Noche – Cubanismo

first_imgHow could we resist?   A dream – super light & flaky, creamy and salty/sweet inside.Media Noche pastel de guayaba The Cubano is beloved Miami late night fare with club-goers, meant to soak up the indiscretions of the evening. Made with slices of roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard, grilled panini-style, Media Noche’s Cubano was pretty true to ones I’ve had in Miami, if just a tad dry.For our second visit, we went fairly early (6 p.m.) on a Saturday night, but the place was so packed we left, as it didn’t look like we’d have a table by the time our food was ready. I’d read that that’s been a problem, but luckily, we live in the Mission, folks, and there’s always something else good to eat right around the corner. But, we made it back again on a Sunday evening.Almost everything we had was excellent this evening. We ordered the picadillo empanadas to start…media noche empanadas Earthy, yet light and healthy tasting, I certainly could have eaten this whole bowl but there was too much other deliciousness on the table.The BF’s ropa vieja (“old clothes”), in particular, tasted like a bowlful of Cuba to me.Media Noche ropa vieja bowl AY MAMI, que delicioso! Lechon is a beloved pork dish in several Latin American countries. Cuba’s version is made with mojo criollo – a citrusy garlic marinade. Media Noche’s lechon is one of the best I’ve ever tasted – succulent, flavorful, not even a hint of dryness. The whole bowl just works so well together – rich, garlicky meat, deliciously robust black beans, fragrant rice, and that tasty coconut slaw for freshness and crunch.   Superb.For my main, I had La Celia – a fried chicken sandwich:Media Noche Celia (chicken sandwich) Shredded, tender brisket in a tomato-y/pepper sauce over rice with black beans, and a killer pickled veg and coconut slaw. They use this slaw in a lot of other dishes, too, and that’s a really good thing. It’s not too pickle-y, not too sour, and the crunchy coconuttiness of it is just right with these flavors.That ropa vieja was better than my Cubano, but I had to at least try the iconic sandwich…Media Noche cubano Right on the money. Picadillo is a beef stew with raisins and olives, in a slightly sweet tomato sauce. These were scrumptious.For his main, the BF got the lechon asado bowl…Media Noche lenchon Perfectly crunchy, with oozy cheese that forms a gooey bridge from your hand to your mouth, these babies didn’t even need the mustardy aioli they were served with. They tasted of a really good grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwich, in crackly ball form.We also shared the ensalada roja – a quinoa salad with beets, carrots, greens, and mint…Media Noche roja salad[clear] Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Perfect – flaky pastry dough, and the filling…Media Noche empanada None of this is a negative. Media Noche is quite lovely, with its soft-turquoise columns, myriad tile designs (there are several in the space), flashy Warholian banana wall-papered bathroom, de rigueur neon flamingo behind the counter, and mirrors-as-art hanging on the walls. The space is airy and light, and the music helps transport you to Calle Ocho.And while it’s really not heavy-handed – you don’t feel like you’re in an It’s-a-Small-World version of Miami – it’s definitely not like any Cuban restaurant I grew up eating at in L.A, where old school Cuban eateries abound. But they’re not trying to be that. The food isn’t meant to be strictly authentic, but modern, locavore takes on Cuban favorites, and true to the Caribbean flavors. And more importantly, I was told by a couple different staff members that the owners really adore this cuisine.On our first visit, we got the ham and cheese croquetas…Media Noche croquetas Made in the same mode as the Cubano and the Media Noche, it’s pressed, with a breaded, fried chicken patty (think Milanesa de pollo), that fantastic coconut slaw tucked into it, their green hot sauce, and avocado, which added a nice creaminess. Tasty, but the chicken patty was a little thin to me, and it couldn’t compare to the rest of the food. I virtuously brought half home for the BF to snack on later, as I snuck forkfuls of his lovely pork.We actually grabbed the guayaba and cream cheese pastelito before we ordered our food – they had them sitting on the counter – and actually sampled it before dinner.Media Noche pastel de guayaba You know, even without a single Cuban in sight, Media Noche isn’t half bad. In fact, it’s more than half good. I grew up eating Cuban food in L.A., and while I’ve never been to Cuba, I have spent some time in Miami, and Media Noche was designed to invoke those beachy, tropical aspects of a Cuba most of us haven’t seen. The owners aren’t Cuban either – Gringos! – but they’re well-steeped in the sleek, fast foodie shininess that seems to be popping up in new restaurants here – think Barzotto, Souvla – where white tiled surfaces abound, you Havana-slide it up to the counter to order, get a number, serve yourself water from a giant silver or glass canister, and toddle back to your table to await delivery of your food. (The remodel at Media Noche was done by the same people as the ones that did the make-over for Barzotto, as a matter of fact.) 0% It reminded me of a childhood Cuban friend who would bring jelly and cream cheese sandwiches to elementary school. Such a simple treat, but so evocative. These were not available last time and aren’t on the menu. I hope they make regular appearances.Media Noche has a limited wine list, but it suits the sensibility of the place: simple, bright, and clean. It consists of a French white, a bubbly, and a red, and four craft beers. But make sure you try their absolutely killer white sangria – apparently the recipe of the bar across the street, the Wildhawk Club (which took over the Lexington, sadly shuttered last year.)I’m not a fan of Wildhawk as a bar, but this sangria is stellar, made with white wine, pineapple, Cocchi (a quinine-based aperitif wine), and lemon. It’s a perfect, summery balance between sweet/tart, herbal, and refreshing.I’ve yet to try the signature Media Noche sandwich , but the only difference between that and the Cubano is the bread — the former subs in brioche. I also want to try their ceviche and the bean and cheese empanadas. I do hope they expand and change up their menu just a little, because I want to try every new thing they make. In the meantime, I can see us bringing home a couple of lechon bowls for dinner and being happy as puerquitos.You can tell these people, non-Cubanos notwithstanding, really know this cuisine. And that’s good for all of us.Media Noche3465 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110415-655-3904 last_img read more

SF Missions historic library will get an update

first_imgSitting beneath the high concrete ceiling in the historic Carnegie reading room at Mission Branch Public Library, about 30 residents of the neighborhood on Wednesday imagined what could make their beloved home-away-from-home a little bit better.A projection screen for movie night. More tables with computers and outlets. A recreational room for older people. And more bathrooms. Definitely more bathrooms. Most in attendance had lived in the Mission for more than 30 years, and all had a stake in the neighborhood library.The San Francisco Library Commission has requested $19.8 million to restore the landmark building to better fit the needs of the 21st century. On Thursday, the Board of Supervisors will vote on how much funding the library will get. If all goes to plan, the renovation will start in the fall of 2019 and last a year-and-a-half.But before that can happen, the Department of Public Works and the library need to come up with an innovative design, and they want to make sure it serves the people who use the library the most. “We’re here to find out more about the mission and more about the library that you all love,” said Mindy Linetzky, the library’s director of communication.At Wednesday’s meeting, Linetzky facilitated a casual conversation, eliciting from those in attendance what they like and don’t like as much about the Mission Public Library.The last time the 1915 building was renovated was in 1998– before WiFi and the Internet reigned. “Technology has transformed the way libraries and librarians deliver service,” said Andy Sohn, an architect with the Department of Public Works.Sohh and library representatives referred to making the building have more “flexible and adaptable” rooms, and transparency in each room.As a designated historic landmark, none of the grandeur of the reading room or fine detailing in the molding are at risk. There are some on the Library Commission who would like to see some of the original design elements restored — including re-opening the main entrance on 24th street and reconstructing the old staircase that opened up in the middle of the reading room.But all of these ideas are still just that — ideas. The library will continue to collect surveys from community members and will hold another conversation on June 12 at 9 am. In the fall, they will hold a series of workshops with city architects and planners, at which community members can give feedback to initial design ideas. 0%center_img Tags: department of public works • Libraries Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS would like to wish all its fans sponsors

first_imgSAINTS would like to wish all its fans, sponsors, friends and the rugby league community a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year.It has been a very successful 2014 both on and off the pitch and on behalf of Chairman Eamonn McManus and the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Mike Rush, the Coaching Staff and of course the players, we’d like to thank you all for your support.This season saw Saints lift the First Utility Super League trophy at Old Trafford and League Leaders’ Shield – a phenomenal achievement that saw the whole squad grow together.We’ve also enjoyed success off the pitch too with a great kit launch for 2015 alongside our new kit partners O’Neills and very good Season Ticket sales ahead of the new campaign.We send our best wishes to everyone who has made this season one to remember – and we’re sure 2015 will be even bigger as we defend our crown and welcome South Sydney to town on February 22.We thought long and hard about what gifts to send out this year… so how about these two shiny presents below. Hope you all like them.#OurSaintslast_img read more

Following on from the success of our Community and

first_imgFollowing on from the success of our Community and Junior Members Day on Wednesday we welcomed fans down to watch the boys train at Ruskin on Friday morning.It was cold but you certainly gave the lads a lift as they were put through their paces.Thank you to all – we are Saints and Proud.last_img

Swimming alert issued for two areas in Banks Channel

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Levels of bacteria found at two sound-site sites in Wrightsville Beach exceed the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.Both alerts are for waters in Banks Channel off Waynick Boulevard in Wrightsville Beach. The first is for the public access between Snyder and Seashore streets, the second is for the public access between Taylor and Bellamy streets. Tests of water samples collected yesterday show bacteria levels that exceed the state and federal single-sample standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high-usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.- Advertisement – State officials will test the sites again today, and the results of the sampling will determine what happens next.If the new samples also show elevated bacteria counts, state officials will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program tests water quality at ocean and sound beaches in accordance with federal and state laws.Related Article: Surf into Summer at WB Surf CampEnterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms.People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.last_img read more

Man wanted after report of attempted robbery assault on college campus

first_img Deputies say a woman working at the print shop was approached by a black male with short dreads who was wearing a black hoodie. The suspect appeared to be in his mid-twenties. Deputies say the man demanded money but when the woman told the suspect that she did not have any cash, he then allegedly assaulted her. In an attempt to protect herself, she fought back. That’s when he ran away.The print shop is an area that is an employee only area, previously used as the college bookstore.Southeastern Community College was placed on lockdown shortly after the incident happened. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter around the college and all buildings and outbuildings on the property were searched. Related Article: ALE operation leads to 18 arrests, 2 Wilmington bars issued violationsChadbourn Police Department, Whiteville Police Department, Tabor City Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation.During the search for the suspect, one person was arrested for the possession of narcotics.At approximately 1:00 p.m., Southeastern Community College lifted the lockdown. Deputies stayed on scene continuing to search for the suspect.If you have information concerning this incident, please contact Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at 910-642-6551. Law enforcement on scene at Southeastern Community College (Photo: Ethan Nobles) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County Sheriff deputies are searching for the man they say assaulted a Southeastern Community College employee while trying to rob her Thursday morning. A manhunt following that forced the school to go on lockdown for a few hours.The sheriff’s office was dispatched to the community college shortly after 9 a.m. in reference to an attempted robbery and assault.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pet Pals 2yearold male ferret

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Ferret lovers, this week’s Pet Pal is for you!There is a 2-year-old male ferret at New Hanover County Animal Services looking for a home and a name.- Advertisement – He has soft white and tan fur, is up to date on his shots and he is even litter box trained!Shelter staff says he needs an owner who has experience with ferrets. He could also live with another ferret; however, staff asks that the two animals meet before adoption.If you’d like to meet this little guy and see if he’s right for you, head to New Hanover County Animal Services.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet this free spirited 2-year-old Border Collie mix GradyCounty residents can adopt for just $70.Adoption services are available between Noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

Ceremony honors life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fifty years ago the world lost Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.He was in Memphis, Tennessee when an assassin’s bullet took his life in 1968.- Advertisement – What many do not know is that he was supposed to be here in Wilmington that day.That’s why Wednesday night the community and state leaders came to Williston Middle School to celebrate him and champion his message.Fifty years later the man could not come to the stage, but his message did.Related Article: LOFT opening another Wilmington location“It killed neither his heavenly spirit nor his spirit of the fight for justice that he left for us to continue,” Governor Roy Cooper said.Governor Roy Cooper was among the many key figures packed the Williston gymnasium Dr. King could have spoken at if his schedule did not keep him in Tennessee.Former alumni from then and Wilmington civil rights icons, like Joseph McNeil, paid their respects and voiced for a continued effort.“We’ve come too far, to turn back so we’re committed to make the system work,” McNeil said.A system that Cooper and others think still has room to grow to reach the dream of Dr. King.“The issues that Doctor King fought for, died for are issues, they were here fifty years ago and some of them are still here today,” Williston High School Class of 1959 graduate, Barbara Kamara said.Fitting, as King watches now from the true mountaintop. It’s the message for equality that rings out in Williston just as much as the remembrance of the man.“So today, 50 years since those shots ranged out in Memphis I am calling on all of us to keep North Carolina moving forward,” Cooper said.“I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promise land,” King said the night before he died in 1968.At 7:01 the bell was rung 39 times not only in the gym but at several local churches to mark doctor king’s age when he died.Governor Cooper made today an official day of remembrance in North Carolina in honor of Dr. King.“Now, therefore, I, Roy Cooper, Governor of the state of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 4, 2018 as a day in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in North Carolina and commend its observance to all our citizens.”last_img read more

Pet Pals Meet Jake

first_imgThere’s a four-legged friend at New Hanover County Animal Services who is looking for a forever home.His name is Jake and he was found running loose and his owner never came forward looking for him.- Advertisement – He is described as an affectionate kitty, who is willing to be a snuggle bug with you.To meet Jake, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.To see more animals available for adoption, click here.last_img

Growing town could attract more residents

first_img Callahan did not support the town’s decision to annex and zone 57.6 acres neighboring the Circle K convenient store.According to an agreement between the town and developers, Evolve companies will build more than 28 buildings with 708 apartment units.Callahan says he would have supported a plan that offered a combined commercial retail and housing unit like Harrington Square.Related Article: More than 200 cars at 15th annual Leland Under the Lights Car Show“I think [before] having developments that are farther away from the town itself… we need to make sure we include [more amenities],” said Callahan.He says it will be months before construction starts. Concepts, design and engineering still need additional review. Specifics could possibly change after the town’s Technical Review Committee approves the plan.Hawthorne at Leland is another Evolve development along U.S. 17. This 240-unit complex is just about one third the size of the proposed apartment complex. LELAND,NC (WWAY) — The town of Leland is growing with everything from new restaurants to entire apartment complexes but what impact will this business boom have for a town that was mostly forestry just years ago?Councilman Michael Callahan says sewer improvements must be made before any more development near Brunswick Forest. But, one project could bring over 700 more residents to Leland.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New study researches how PFAS contaminants go beyond our drinking water

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since the discovery of GenX in 2017, researchers have been trying to figure out where GenX and other PFAS contaminants are coming from.Several organizations spoke to the community today about a new study they are working on to find out more about these compounds.- Advertisement – This study has been underway for just a few months so far, but researchers are already saying that these PFAS contaminants can be found in far more than our waters.“They are in things like coatings of our non-stick pans,” Skrabal said. “They’re in firefighter foam. They’re in tents. What we’re finding is they’re in humans.”Skrabal and the N.C. Coastal Federation partnered with the PFAST Network and UNCW to host a forum about a new research study.Related Article: Tillis Co-Sponsors Bipartisan PFAS Accountability ActJason Surratt with the PFAST Network says they are studying air and water samples for PFAS contaminants.“We’re also trying to get a baseline understanding of how these compounds might be present in the food we eat,” Surratt said. “So the crops we grow. Also in the wildlife.”Surratt says Friday’s forum was to share their research methods with the community and let them ask questions.“For the water sampling, we’re sampling every municipality across the state,” he said. “For the air sampling, it’s more limited. So we have 5 sites across the state.”Surratt says the study will take around a year.Skrabal says the goal is to figure out the extent and range of contaminants in our air and water, and how they can affect the health of both humans and the environment.“We think that knowledge is power,” she said. “You have to understand the science behind what is happening, before you can take effective steps to get our hands around it. And so that we can all have safe drinking water.”Researchers expect to be done with this study by the end of this year. They hope to have more concrete answers about these contaminants.last_img read more

Mizzis comments on immigration do not reflect govt position – Environment Ministry

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Environment Ministry has said that racist comments made by Maurice Mizzi, don’t reflect the government’s position or that of the organisation Mizzi currently heads.The Ministry said it is ‘disassociating itself’ from the comments made by the head of Guardian of the Future Generations Maurice Mizzi, on Sunday.A number of NGOs have condemned the comments made by Mizzi in regard to stopping irregular migration into Malta and its impact on the environment, society and the economy.The NGOs state that Mizzi had forgotten the tenets of his organisation and importance of fostering inclusion in Malta and not distinguishing people purely on religious beliefs.They reminded Mizzi that immigrants generally are fleeing war, persecution socio-political and economic distress. They pointed out that the statement of Mizzi contradicts the statement of the Prime Minister on the need for more workers, irrespective of religion, origin or color. Mizzi also reminded, that its role is to ensure that the work of any person tap on behalf of the socio-economic development and to protect the environment from overexploitation.Ultimately, they called for the immediate resignation or Mizzi is to remove the Prime Minister from his post.Minister José Herrera has ultimately requested an urgent meeting to clarify the situation.WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump in phone call congratulates Johnson on becoming PM

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes a picture with a woman as he visits Birmingham, Britain July 26, 2019. Geoff Pugh/Pool via REUTERSBritain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes a picture with a woman as he visits Birmingham, Britain July 26, 2019. Geoff Pugh/Pool via REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming British prime minister in a phone call on Friday and said work had already begun on a U.S.-British free trade agreement.Trump told reporters in the Oval Office he had just gotten off the phone with Johnson.“I congratulated him and he’s all set to go,” said Trump.Johnson succeeded Theresa May as prime minister earlier this week and made clear to the European Union he will be taking a tougher approach to negotiating a revision of the Brexit divorce deal that May failed to deliver.Trump said their two governments were already working on a free trade agreement seen as crucial to help Britain once a Brexit deal takes place.“They agreed that Brexit offers an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the economic partnership between the UK and United States,” said a British government statement.It said the leaders “both expressed their commitment to delivering an ambitious free trade agreement and to starting negotiations as soon as possible after the UK leaves the EU.”The two leaders also discussed current tensions with Iran, following the recent seizure of a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.“They ended by looking forward to seeing each other at the G7 summit in Biarritz next month,” the statement said.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Leading anthropologist passes away

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Leading anthropology Professor Paul Clough died suddenly on Saturday. Professor Clough who held his degrees from Oxford University, lectured within the Anthropology Department at the University of Malta.Professor Clough had conducted anthropological fieldwork for over thirty years among the Hausa people of West Africa. He was especially interested in Economic Anthropology and Political Economy.Clough was the chief editor of the International Journal of Mediterranean Studies published twice yearly by the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta.“We have lost a pillar of dedication, loyalty, honesty, sincerity, above all, friendship,” the Faculty of Arts stated on its Facebook page. Professor Clough was described as the “anchor” to the study of anthropological studies.“Paul was a trusted and trusty friend to many of us in the Faculty of Arts and beyond. We may find someone to replace his teaching, but we can never replace him. He is etched in our hearts. So long Paul,” the Faculty added.Pro-rector for Student and Staff Affairs and Outreach Carmen Sammut in a Facebook post described him as an engaged lecturer who was greatly loved by students. Sammut said that Clough died while he was swimming with his newly adopted dog.Local dog sanctuary Noah’s Ark in a Facebook post said that Clough has suddenly passed away and left behind him Sparky, a dog which he had adopted back in February. The sanctuary is looking for a home for the dog.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Zuku starts offering LowCost subscription package

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Wananchi Group’s Zuku payTV introduced a new package, dubbed Zuku smart pack, will cost consumers a monthly subscription of Shs 10,500.Jared Makobo, the Wananchi Uganda general manager, said they realized that people have different incomes, hence the need for a low cost package.The price reduction means more Ugandans will be able to adopt digital migration since the switct off of analogue which started last year. – Advertisement – Zuku customers who subscribe to Zuku smart pack have an option of upgrading to the other banquets of their choice.Currently, the Pay Tv has over 80,000 subscribers but expect to double the numbers this year.last_img