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first_imgA disabled peer secured investigations into a series of key disability-related issues when she took over as editor of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme on New Year’s Day.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) was one of six guests who took editorial control of Radio Four’s Today programme for a day each between Christmas and 2 January.Among the issues covered in her stint on 1 January were an examination of the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act, 20 years after it became law; a discussion of the potential impact of new technology on disabled people; and a conversation between disabled comedians Jack Carroll and Simon Minty about whether it is ever acceptable to make jokes about disabled people.The most controversial segment of the programme was Baroness Campbell’s interview with journalist and former Tory MP Matthew Parris who has argued publicly in favour of assisted suicide.He suggested in the interview that those people who were no longer useful “should tend to ask ourselves how much longer we want to carry on”, and added: “I don’t think that those people that don’t have the ability because of their physical limitations to end their lives themselves should have that right removed from them by their disabilities.”He compared those cases with Baroness Campbell, who he said was “immensely useful”, but he also said that her wheelchair and other equipment were “very expensive” and that there would come a time when there had to be “a limit” put on the “slice of the cake” apportioned to disabled and older people.Baroness Campbell told him that his limits were “too low” and that “the future will not be as gloomy as maybe you predict”.She later told Today presenter Justin Webb that Parris had “a very dystopian, gloomy view of the world, and the world of people who are incapacitated” and that “he knew nothing about us”.She also criticised his stereotypical views about the expense and dependency of disabled people.She said: “My electric wheelchair costs less than a replacement hip. My wheelchair gives me independence and allows me to contribute in my job.“When Matthew Parris needs a hip replacement which costs more [than my wheelchair] will he be asking himself the question: am I too expensive?”She added: “I truly believe that if you invest in disability, the gains will pay for themselves, and that’s shown to be the case and that’s why I’m in the House of Lords.”The programme also included a discussion on the effectiveness of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) since it took over from the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and other equality bodies in 2007.One former disabled EHRC commissioner, Diane Kingston, now vice-chair of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, said the current state of the commission was “quite shocking”.She said she had had a “fantastic team” working around her on disability rights when she was at EHRC, and they had been able to “commission a lot of research, produce some fantastic reports and do a lot of outreach work”.But she said the commission’s funding was now “quite pitiful”, and equivalent to the budget of the DRC alone at the time it closed.One of EHRC’s current commissioners, Sarah Veale, told Today that the commission did “a very, very good job” despite its funding being cut to an annual budget of just £19 million, and had become “very good at prioritising”.The EHRC’s budget reached £62 million in 2010-11, although it was cut to £55 million by the new coalition government during 2010.But Veale dismissed suggestions that the government might want to scrap EHRC entirely, and said: “I think we are respected and accepted and no government is going to want to get rid of an organisation that is a success now and is delivering for a wide range of people in a very diverse community that we live in.”last_img read more

first_imgA Tory election promise to “dismantle” the work capability assessment (WCA) through new legislation appears to have been abandoned, with the Queen’s speech containing no mention of any new social security bill.The speech contains brief details of all planned legislation over the next two years – rather than the usual 12 months – so the absence of a social security bill suggests work and pensions ministers have abandoned planned reforms to the much-criticised “fitness for work” test.The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, told a national disability hustings event a few days before the general election that a Conservative government would “legislate to reform the work capability assessment”, which “treats people like they are part of a sausage factory”.Mordaunt (pictured, right, at the hustings) then added: “We have managed to get into the manifesto a legislative commitment to dismantle the work capability assessment.”Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats promised in their general election manifestos to scrap the WCA.Disability News Service (DNS) tried repeatedly after Mordaunt’s comments to confirm what she meant by the promise to “dismantle” the WCA, as there was no mention of scrapping the assessment in her party’s manifesto.The manifesto did promise that a Conservative government would “legislate to give unemployed disabled claimants or those with a health condition personalised and tailored employment support”.When contacted about the failure to include a social security bill in the Queen’s speech, a Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “We have been told not to say anything at the moment.”He directed DNS to the Number 10 press office, which had not commented by noon today (Thursday).Ministers are expected to respond in the next few months to the consultation on its controversial work, health and disability green paper, which was published last October.It is not yet clear how the absence of new legislation will affect proposals laid out in the green paper, which include a suggestion that all people on out-of-work disability benefits – even those who are terminally-ill or have the very highest support needs – could in future have to stay in regular touch with their local jobcentre or risk having their benefits sanctioned.last_img read more

first_img“It’s not a yes. It’s a maybe,” Navarro said.She hasn’t been the only one to inquire about the fund. Since city voters approved its creation by passing Proposition J in the most recent election, at least 20 businesses have knocked on Campos’ and Peskin’s doors to find out when the money would become available and whether they would be eligible for it. The interest spurred the supervisors to jump-start the fund now.“The voters’ wills were expressed in November. It is now March, and there are fires burning all over the city,” Peskin said, referring to establishments at risk of being displaced. His office has been approached by the owners of Macchiarini Creative Design, which has operated for more than 50 years, as well as Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe and Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.Hillary Ronen, legislative aide to Campos and a contender for his supervisorial seat in this November’s election, rattled off a list of businesses that had reached out to her office: Doc’s Clock, Dog Eared Books, Modern Times Bookstore, La Raza Centro Legal, Gallería de la Raza and others.If passed, the legislation would reroute money into the Preservation Fund from City Hall’s general reserve, which can be used for just about anything if approved by a majority of the Board of Supervisors. The reserve’s current balance is about $73 million.In addition to activating the fund ahead of schedule, that money would also pay the salary for a new full-time city employee to manage the fund for the foreseeable future.Campos and Peskin introduced their legislation on February 23, and within the subsequent 30 days it must be scheduled for the Budget and Finance Committee to consider it — as of noon Friday, that had not yet occurred. The committee might amend it, and then pass it to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote.Peskin was sanguine about its chances at the full board. “I can’t imagine that this would not get a supermajority, if not a unanimous vote,” he said.A business can only receive money from the Preservation Fund after first earning the title of “legacy” business, and every year City Hall can grant that designation to 300 new establishments at most. To get that title, the business must have operated in the city for at least 30 years — 20 years in some cases — and receive a nomination from the mayor or any San Francisco supervisor. The business must also explain how it is significant to San Francisco’s history and identity. This application process can take about two months, said Regina Dick-Endrizzi, director of the city’s Office of Small Business, who is currently managing the process.A legacy business could tap into the Preservation Fund to supplement its rent. The greater the business’ square footage, the larger its subsidy, and the highest possible single payout would be $22,500 in a given year. That money would go directly to the landlord.The idea is for a legacy business to use the rental subsidy as a bargaining chip while negotiating for a new, long-term lease; the money would only be made available if the landlord agreed to retain the business in that commercial space for 10 years.“Hopefully, that is enticing enough,” Dick-Endrizzi said.As long as the landlord reapplied for the subsidy every year and neither the landlord nor the business violated their lease, City Hall would continue covering its share for the entire decade.Some businesses have inquired about the fund because their leases are on the verge of expiring, Ronen said, and they’re starting to negotiate “in anticipation of this money.” And Dick-Endrizzi said that some property owners have inquired on behalf of their commercial tenants.At this point, a month before the earliest time the fund could hand out financial assistance using the supervisors’ allocation, about 10 businesses have submitted applications to gain the legacy title. Dick-Endrizzi could not say how large those businesses were, because they weren’t required to report their square footage at this stage in the process.But she said that if each received the maximum possible payout, then the fund would have enough money left over to pay full rental subsidies for only a few more businesses of the same size. In order to accept additional businesses into the pool before July, when the fund will replenish, City Hall would then have to reduce the amounts of each grant.The Preservation Fund will ultimately be able to give another type of financial assistance directly to legacy businesses to cover their general expenses. But the city won’t start accepting applications for that money until July, even if Campos and Peskin’s legislation passes.And of course, none of the fund’s money can go to businesses that have already shut down or moved out of San Francisco, or that are slated to do so before they can achieve legacy status. That means the fund won’t help Roosevelt Tamale Parlor make a comeback.Rubie Navarro said that if her martial arts gym couldn’t tap into the Preservation Fund soon enough, then she wasn’t sure where her business would go from there. “We’ve been looking and looking and looking, but the rents are so outrageous,” she said.Even if she got the money, the landlord might choose not to accept it.“It’s a beautiful incentive, but it’s out of our hands,” Navarro said.Legacy business applicationClick here to download the application for registering as a legacy business. Click here for instructions on the application process. Tags: Business • City Hall • history Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% By this summer, San Francisco’s new Legacy Business Preservation Fund is slated to start giving long-time establishments financial assistance to weather the city’s harsh real estate market.That’s not soon enough for Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin. They have co-sponsored legislation that would inject about $343,000 into the Preservation Fund before it officially activates in July, at the start of the fiscal year. That money would let the fund start working as early as April, helping protect certain businesses from being displaced.Navarro’s Martial Arts Academy & Gym is staring down such a threat. Last May, the building’s new owner told the Navarro family that their business’ monthly rent would increase from $1,800 to $6,500. Since then the two sides have been locked in litigation, delaying the gym’s departure from 3470 Mission St., where its members have trained for more than 40 years.But the gym’s future remains uncertain, said Rubie Navarro, who runs it alongside her father Carlos and is applying to get money through the Preservation Fund. Earlier this month, her lawyer told her that negotiations were starting to look more positive, partly because the fund might put new money on the table.center_img 0%last_img read more

first_imgStein requested that the agency install left turn signals at 29th and Valencia streets so people do not make rash unprotected turns without looking for pedestrians that may be in the crosswalk.Two commenters compared the changes to forms of violence. “This is just one more act of violence that the people in the Mission feel, said resident Mary Eliza. “When their primary street, with the district name on it, is violated in this way without really taking into consideration the needs fo the community, you’re going to have a problem,”.Activist Raeleen Valle-Brenes, speaking on behalf of the Cultural Action Network, said the group supports improving transit and safety but disagreed with the agency’s approach.“SFMTA’s red carpet-bombing of the Mission was a surprise attack, and wholly unwelcome,” she told the board. Valle-Brenes, herself a seven-year daily bus rider, said the board had decided to restrict left turns because they are more dangerous to pedestrians than right turns, and argued that the number of crosswalks crossed by drivers was increased dramatically by turn restrictions, because confused drivers would simply make loops and turns. But transit advocates who support the changes to the street are trying to convince the public to let the dust settle before trying to reverse things. “When Market Street went through this change, there was a lot of confusion and a lot of fumbling through it,” said Jon Shwark, a supporter of the transit changes who rides the 14 and 49 lines regularly. “You hear about people taking three turns … Those people won’t take three turns [forever], they’ll do it once or twice and then get smart.”Ilyse Magy, a member of the San Francisco Transit Riders Union, said outside of the meeting that the union has been working with Supervisor David Campos and other stakeholders to try to find a solution that works for everyone. “Obviously transit is a priority for us, but the last thing we want to do is harm small businesses. What’s the point of having good transit if you don’t have places people are going to?” Magy said.  Brian Stokle, also a member of the Transit Riders, said the organization is open to some tweaks to the program, like reexamining forced right turns. But service, he said, had improved as a result of the changes. “I’ve noticed the bus service is better,” he wrote. “The reduction in bus stops paired with bus only lanes have helped move people more quickly and efficiently.”But so far, it’s unclear what a compromise might look like. Residents, transit riders, merchants and city officials have held several meetings to try to hash out what tweaks could be made to the program, barring a full rollback. So far, no compromises have been announced. An agency spokesperson said potential solutions were not yet available. 0% A business owner lambasted the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority’s Board of Directors on Tuesday, saying traffic changes along Mission Street have cost her business and threatening closures. Neighborhood residents at the meeting called the changes a form of violence.  The changes include transit-only lanes and many left turn turn restrictions, plus forced right turns at certain intersections.Eden Stein, who owns Secession Art & Design on Mission Street near Fair Avenue,said it is taking her customers 90 minutes to park or to get up and down Mission Street. “They’re not going to come back,” Stein told the board. “From 16th to Randall there has been a loss of business, and a lot of businesses can’t wait months for changes to happen. Businesses are going to close down. We need some action.”center_img Tags: SFMTA • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgWe both found it just okay. It was also a bit difficult to eat, as it pulled right out of the bun at first bite, and the meat was a tad dry.I had the crispy fish slider, which was completely delicious — a Filet-o-Fish on steroids. We also split an order of deviled eggs and beef tallow fries.Crispy fish sandwich. There was no heat to speak of, but the mezcal was definitely in evidence. BF didn’t like it much and, I’ll admit, I preferred the first fondue, as it was more like the classic.I had hoped to entice the BF with the pigs in a blanket, but the server said they had a tri-tip slider as a special that night.Tri tip slider. … fondue with potatoes, bread and broccoli:Fondue. The popcorn had that Lipton’s French Onion Soup Mix je ne sais quoi, although the popcorn itself had been sitting out too long and tasted a bit stale. The hip/chic darling of all those parties your mother went to (all right, that MY mother went to), the fondue, was lovingly uplifted here, using an aged cheddar and Saison and lived up to its hype. I loved the potatoes with the cheese, and the broccoli had an almost smoky quality. The meatballs were quite a few cuts above the Ikea brand, and we sopped up all the gravy with the proffered bread.We’d actually also ordered crispy fish sliders, but they forgot them and we were okay with that. As for the cocktails — for that is the main draw here — I found them very well executed and balanced. I have an innate disdain for highball drinks: too much ice, in my experience, which inevitably leaves you with a watered-down concoction, and there are a lot of them here. But there are many other classic-and-non libations, too. My friend tried the Rising Sun (Dewars, pear, vermouth, Licor 43, and Amontillado sherry), which was lighter than it sounded, and again, well-balanced, not as sweet as the Licor 43 might have suggested. I tried the Beauty Mark: gin, cacao, mandarin, egg white. It’s a creamy, dreamy elixir.Beauty Mark cocktail. On my first visit with a friend, we shared the French Onion Dip popcorn.French onion dip popcorn. The deviled eggs were pretty but not very flavorful, and also a little dry.  My favorite was probably the wasabi one.Deviled eggs. 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The Beehive opened only a few months ago in the old Range space, by the old Range people, seemingly with a nod to the younger demographics of our ever-changing neighborhood. Oddly enough, it’s actually a nod to an older time: the ’60s. Strictly speaking, this isn’t a restaurant, but a high concept, mid-century-modern cocktail bar. The Mad Men-esque space is whimsical, with its honeycomb wallpaper, wood-paneled walls and Jetsons-era lamps (definitely a bar that television built). The mirrored lounge in the back, sporting low-slung, sleek couches, is particularly appealing, in a hyped-up-version of a The-Ice Storm-cocktail-party sort of way. As for the fries: look, I don’t know what to tell you about beef tallow fries. I know that’s what McDonald’s used to do back in my day, and we all know that Mickey D’s FFs were the sine qua non of fried taters. But these were just fries. Nothing wrong with them, but I couldn’t have picked them out of a lineup. And served with a white sauce that was maybe ranch? It actually tasted a little rancid, to be honest. My fish sammie was the best thing of the night.For me, The Beehive really isn’t a place to make a meal (and a $$ meal, at that) — which it isn’t meant to be; it’s a cocktail bar. And a stylish one, something the Mission really doesn’t have many of. We’ve got plenty of dive bars — and God knows I love me some dive bars — but if you want to get your Joan on, or find your Don Draper, slip into something a little more comfortable and slink on in. Without the second-hand smoke.The Beehive842 Valencia St.San Francisco, CA 94110 I followed up with a Fickle Fox: cognac, Capelletti (an herbal aperitif), Gran Classico Bitter, and Cocchi di Torino, a slightly sweet drink that was offset by the bitter notes of the two aperitifs. The Nightingale, an elixir made with mescal, kumquat, cinnamon and Cointreau, was equal parts refreshing and warm.For my second visit, I took the BF. You might very correctly ask why I would take the BF to such an establishment. He’s not into whimsy, and a double shot of Cuervo is as cocktail-y as he gets. But he does like beer, and he found pleasure in a Calicraft Kolsch.We started with the other fondue: the cheddar cheese, piquillo pepper & mezcal blend.Mezcal Fondue. … and the Swedish meatballs.Swedish meatballs.last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for the Easter Monday Engage Super League home tie against Castleford Tigers.Tom Armstrong is named in the squad but Gary Wheeler misses out with the AC injury he sustained in Friday’s match at Wigan.Paul Wellens is also included despite suffering an ankle injury in the same match.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 28. Tommy Makinson, 29. Scott Hale.Castleford Tigers’ Head Coach Terry Matterson will choose from:1. Richard Mathers, 2. Kirk Dixon, 4. Joe Arundel, 5. Richard Owen, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Danny Orr, 8. Paul Jackson, 9. Ryan Hudson, 10. Craig Huby, 11. Jacob Emmitt, 12. Steve Snitch, 13. Brett Ferres, 14. Stuart Jones, 16. Adam Milner, 19. Nick Fozzard, 20. Martin Aspinwall, 22. Jordan Thompson, 24. Oliver Holmes, 25. Dean Widders. The match kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Saints Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Tickets are on sale via the Saints Superstore or by calling into the Stobart Stadium ticket office from 12.30pm on Monday. There will also be cash turnstiles open in the North and West Stands.last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS travel to the KC Lightstream Stadium on Sunday July 6 to take on Hull KR (3pm).Away fans will be in the Colin Hutton Stand – the newly named visitors’ area at the stadium.Tickets are £23 for adults, £16 for concessions (seniors over 60 and full time students with a valid NUS card) and £13 for juniors under 16. Infants under 5 are free but need a match ticket.Please note all ticket prices increase by £2 on matchday.Hull KR have asked all fans to click on this handy visitor’s guide.Tickets are now on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Junior Season Ticket Holders must collect a voucher before travelling.Coach travel is also available and will leave Langtree Park at 11.30am. Prices are £13.50 for season ticket holders and £14.50 for non-season ticket holders.last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS produced a tremendous performance to grab a 28-24 win over Catalans – their first in Perpignan since 2013.Theo Fages was at the hub, creating a number of tries including a wonderful offload for Jack Owen’s crucial game winner.But this was a 1-17 effort which handed Keiron Cunningham’s men their second victory of the campaign and saw them climb into the top eight.And, it could have been more comfortable if two seemingly good tries hadn’t been chalked off.Saints got off to the best possible start when Adam Swift scored in the corner on their first attacking set.Morgan Knowles was hit high in centre field and from the penalty Jon Wilkin combined with Fages and Mark Percival to put the winger in after just three minutes.But the joy was short-lived as Thomas Bosc found a gap in the defence less than a minute later.Luke Walsh levelled with the boot yet within a blink of the eye Saints were back in front.Two sets in Catalans’ territory laid the platform before Fages linked up with Makinson for Percival to cross in the corner.But the Dragons came right back and on their next set Walsh found Bousquet on a nice line.That put the Catalans ahead 12-10 after a quarter of an hour – but the scoring didn’t stop as Saints came right back into it through Ryan Morgan.He started the move following a tap restart and some great handling saw the ball coming right for the centre to polish it off.And Saints looked to have scored on the 20 minute mark when Morgan broke through again.He found Makinson on his shoulder but the full back was hauled down 20 metres out.Saints then moved the ball to the left and Swift put down in the corner.But it was harshly denied by the video referee for a foot in touch that no one else saw.On the half hour mark Richie Myler had one chalked off for obstruction as he went under the posts … and then Saints went up the other end of the field and scored.A lovely Percival break set this one up and once it came back to the the posts, Roby found Walker who put down under pressure.Saints were good value for their lead but Catalans wouldn’t go away and hit back through Iain Thornley to make it a four point game five minutes before the break.Saints possibly could have closed out a frantic half with another score but a kick through was collected and returned with interest by Thornley.And he would have drawn the hosts level but Makinson made an all important shove to put the man in touch.Catalan dominated the early stages of the second half and after having one disallowed for a forward pass Paul Aiton poached a four-pointer from close range.Saints forced two drop outs in quick succession around the 50 minute mark and Taia was stopped right on the line by boneshaker from Bosc.The visitors also piled on the pressure around the hour mark but couldn’t get the all important score.With 10 to go Makinson and Percival put Swift free on the left touchline before he turned it inside.The ball came off Bousquet and Saints put down the but the referee waved play on for a forward pass.Saints weren’t to be denied again though and once Catalans made a mistake, Fages produced a worldie of a run and offload to put Jack Owens over in the corner.Percival hitting the conversion for a four point lead.Catalan threw what they could at Saints in the final stages but the defence held firm for a deserved win.Match Summary:Dragons:Tries: Bosc, Bousquet, Thornley, AitonGoals: Walsh (4 from 4)Saints:Tries: Swift, Percival, Morgan, Walker, OwensGoals: Percival (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded:Dragons: 8Saints: 6HT: 18-22FT: 28-24REF: R HicksATT: TBCTeams:Dragons:16. Thomas Bosc; 21. Iain Thornley, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 5. Fouad Yaha; 6. Luke Walsh, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Sam Moa, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Remi Casty, 12. Justin Horo, 15. Ben Garcia, 17. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 14. Julian Bousquet, 19. Mickael Simon, 20. Luke Burgess, 23. Alrix Da Costa.Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 21. Jack Owens, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Adam Walker, 17. Tommy Lee.last_img read more

first_imgAwareness is the number one way to prevent and fight bullying and the Saints are delighted to be involved in our community by helping children, students, parents and teachers understand the issue.For the victims, the best strategy when being bullied is to speak out – family members, teachers and friends are all there to help.The players reinforced this message and also answered questions on their careers.“It’s fantastic to partner with Hightown Group and our first team squad to deliver such a big message to local children in the schools of our community,” said Steve Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundation Director. “We wanted children to know that they don’t have to suffer in silence.“We will be following on from this programme with more ‘one to one’ work in our local schools in the next coming weeks. For more information and details please contact”last_img read more

first_imgBatchelors Peas began their relationship with Rugby League in 2016 and will receive match day branding across all Betfred Super League grounds and at televised Challenge Cup matches.Batchelors Mushy Peas will continue to offer Rugby League fans great experiences including match tickets, signed merchandise and weekends away in Liverpool, Manchester and further afield in 2019, when Catalans Dragons take on Wigan Warriors at Camp Nou, Barcelona on Saturday, May 18.Betfred Super League Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Batchelors Peas for a fourth consecutive year.“They’ve been a huge supporter of the Betfred Super League since they began their involvement in 2016 and are actively engaging younger consumers which goes hand in hand with our objectives for 2019 and beyond.“We look forward to working with them and building on the existing partnership over the next three seasons.”Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, added: “It is fantastic news that Batchelors Peas are continuing their partnership with the game for another year.“It will be great to see the brand supporting the Challenge Cup once again and we look forward to working with them throughout 2019.”Dean Towey, Marketing Director at Princes, said: “We are looking forward to building on our excellent existing affiliation with the RFL and as an Official Partner of Betfred Super League, continuing to position Batchelors Peas as a modern, family brand that supports active lifestyles.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A man will spend between 5 and 10 years behind bars for selling drugs in Wilmington.According to a release from the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, Antoine Watkins, 40, of Wilmington, plead guilty on September 18 in New Hanover County Superior Court to one count of Sale of Heroin, one count of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Heroin, one count of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, and Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana.- Advertisement – Watkins was sentenced to a minimum of 70 months and a maximum term of 120 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.Evidence shows that on October 26, 2016 Watkins sold ten bindles of heroin near 12th and Dock Streets to an informant working at the direction of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly after, Watkins was stopped by law enforcement and found with money used to purchase the heroin as well as a plastic bag containing 19 additional bindles of heroin, 6.13 grams of cocaine, and 2.13 grams of marijuana. He also has a criminal history, including convictions for other felony drug sales, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and kidnapping.Narcotics detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.last_img read more

first_imgThe flyer directly quoted the doctor in a statement he made surrounding reverse osmosis treatment of water in homes. He reached out to the candidates who say they were not aware he asked for his findings or statements to not be included in campaign content.“It was written by our staff probably too enthusiastically but it was not written as an intention to have any endorsement implications at all by Dr. Knappe,” said candidate Brayton Willis.Related Article: US employers added a stellar 312,000 jobs in DecemberThere’s another statement the campaign touts as an endorsement that is still in question. H2GO has come out denouncing the Beer, Willis, Yousey ticket for saying that the county NAACP chapter has endorsed their platform.Former NAACP member and H2GO board Ronnie Jenkins, who IS seeking re election, issued a statement saying the endorsement was invalid because the chapter never met to vote on it nor was he or the candidates on the other ticket given a chance to speak their platform.Here is his full statement:As a formal member of the Brunswick County NAACP, I was alarmed to hear about the so-called endorsement of the plans of candidates who are against the building of the H2GO water plant.The National bylaws state that the NAACP cannot endorse a candidate or slate of candidates or their platform or plan.  What occurred is an endorsement. In order to make any statement of support, Mr. Parker must have invited the other candidates to discuss their views on the issue and then take a vote of the members on the statement of support. I and the other members of the Brunswick County NAACP did not receive an invitation, so the members of the organization couldn’t help make a decision. Needless to say, because there wasn’t a meeting held, there also wasn’t a vote.  As a result, the “endorsement” is invalid.Velma Williams gave us her perspective as a life long and local NAACP member.“There’s always been a rule, NAACP do not endorse political candidates.”Brayton Willis disagrees and says the chapter president Carl Parker, did in fact endorse them.“We do have two more letters of confirmation from the director of Brunswick County. Email confirmations that said ‘we stand by you, it’s good’.”Anti RO candidates say they did not mean to make it look as though Knappe was endorsing them and they have since stopped distributing the flyers. Dr. Knappe issued the full statement to WWAY: BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  The researcher behind the discovery of GenX in the Cape Fear river shut down campaign flyers that back the anti-reverse osmosis plant candidates for the H2GO board.Dr. Detlef Knappe reached out to our newsroom denouncing a campaign leaflet for candidates Bill Beer, Brayton Willis, and Dan Yousey.- Advertisement – center_img I have publicly stated that I am not going to take a position in the H2Go board election. However, I have become aware of a campaign flyer that invokes my name. The flyer uses a quote of mine and appears to imply that I am supporting a policy position proposed by candidates Beer, Willis, and Yousey. The flyer supports a policy of providing homeowners in the H2Go service area with under-the-sink RO systems as a solution to dealing with the occurrence of emerging contaminants in H2Go tap water. I have publicly stated that I do NOT support this idea as a long-term solution. Instead, I have stated that under-the-sink RO systems are a temporary fix for homeowners to remove emerging contaminants until a more permanent solution can be found. The candidates have not asked permission to use my name in this political advertisement, and if I would have been asked, I would not have given my permission.last_img read more

first_img Law enforcement came to the pharmacy between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the DEA.Agents left around noon, with the pharmacy opening to customers right after that.Owner Gene Anderson did not want to talk or go on camera, but someone close to the business spoke on Anderson’s behalf and said the audit was tied to the opioid crisis, to make sure pharmacies are doing what they are supposed to be doing.Related Article: Report: Hurricane Florence killed 22, caused $24B in damageShe also said everything is ok and that Anderson’s does everything above board. 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 ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted an audit this morning at a longtime Bladen County pharmacy.Yellow police tape surrounded Anderson’s Drug Store on Poplar Street in Elizabethtown for hours Thursday morning while agents were on site.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — One business owner is trying to stay afloat after a massive fire burned part of his motel to the ground. Walter Lorgan lost his main building at the Ocean Crest Motel two weeks ago.“It’s critical for me to keep this up and running,” Lorgan said.- Advertisement – A little more than two weeks ago, a part of Lorgan’s ocean crest motel went up in flames. He is left fighting for his business, and hopes to make it through the season with his two remaining buildings.But questions still remain about what sparked the fire.“They could easily see that I had an electrical outlet outside that had shorted out due to the high windows,” Lorgan said. “Actually, where the fire would normally go out like it would in most places, it fanned the fire and made it grow more and more.”Related Article: Crews respond to deadly fire in Oak IslandLorgan says he watched his security footage with the fire chief. He says they told him it was clear that an outlet shorted, and that the wind caused the sparks to spread.Through dealing with insurance and trying to get concrete answers about the fire, Lorgan keeps pushing forward.“It looks like we’re going to have a good year,” he said. “Obviously not enough to make up for the rooms we’ve lost, but people are going to keep coming down here. They love Oak Island, understandably. We are still the only oceanfront complex on the island itself.”Lorgan says thankfully, he is almost completely booked right now. He says the motel is his livelihood, and he’s determined to rebuild.He says he is waiting to hear back from insurance to figure out if rebuilding will be possible.WWAY reached out to the NC SBI for an update on if they have found a cause of the fire, but we have not heard back.last_img read more

first_img In March 2018 when the port got the first two cranes, they told WWAY the cranes cost more than $30 million, but would help the port with imports and exports from across the world.The crane is part of NC Ports’ $200 million capital improvements program. The addition of the third crane will allow the Port of Wilmington to accommodate two ultra-large container vessels side-by-side in a two-berth operation. Two neo-Panamax cranes make their way to the Port of Wilmington in March 2018. (Photo: NC Ports) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Port of Wilmington will soon get its third neo-Panamax crane.According to NC Ports, the crane will arrive on Monday. It’s scheduled to begin its trek up the Cape Fear River early in the morning, passing Southport around 7:30 a.m. and arriving to the port sometime in the 10 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Choreographed by renowned Italian ballet stars Ines Albertini and Walter Angelini, both will also perform leading roles.The performance features giant props, visual effects, digital film on a giant backdrop and special narration by students of Coastal Christian High School.Two performances will be held at Wilson Center on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets prices range from $15 – $25 and may be purchased in advance. 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) — More than 70 ballet dancers and performers will perform “Alice in Wonderland” at Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington this weekend.The performance is being presented by Wilmington Ballet Company and US International Ballet.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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 Parliamentary Secretary for Reform and Simplification of Administrative Processes, Julia Farrugia Portelli, has today launched a public consultation document which looks at increasing female representation in the Maltese Parliament.The reform document entitled, ‘Towards Equal Representation’ looks at introducing a special corrective mechanism aimed at doubling the existing number of female MPs.At this current time 14% of Maltese MPs are female. This new measure proposes a possible increase in representation of 28%.It is understood that if the female or male representation in the house does not hit a threshold of 40% of parliamentary seats, the mechanism would kick in, creating ‘top-up’ seats to equalize the gender makeup of the Parliament.This would mean a further 12 seats which would shared equally among the political parties, half to the government and the other to the Opposition.Although the reform does not specifically target women, Professor Carmen Sammut explains that it does aim at hitting a target of 33% of female representatives.Professor Sammut explained that although it aims to help female representation, it does not mean that in a number of years, male candidates could find themselves under-represented. The corrective mechanism could therefore help them.It is also understood that the measure would also put ‘hanging candidates’ at the front of the queue for parliamentary seats, compared to previous situations were they were consistently unelected.Votes for hanging candidates would also be reused to help elect candidates from the under-represented sex. This would in turn help to fill the 12 additional seats in the parliament.Should gender representation start to equalize in the Parliament, the proposal comes with a built in ‘Sunset Clause’ which stops the reform. It would be only after two decades before this can happen.Making Parliament family friendlyThere is an additional proposal which calls for more family friendly measures in the Parliament.This is understood to include a mixture sensitivity training, more flexible working hours and anti-discrimination reforms for MPs.Working alongside these reforms is for a commission which will be formed by the Speaker of the House which will action these reforms.Alongwith this, there are proposals for the introduction of funding to the political parties towards the training and recruitment of candidates of the under-represented sex.The Electoral Commission is also requested to carry out gender audits on all of the political parties which will examine the progress of the parties in fulfilling these measures.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img SharePrint PNPN Dr Kevin Cutajar took the oath as new Parliamentary Member after having been co-opted to take David Stellini’s chair.READ: Cutajar approved for Stellini seat, through acclamationThe appointment took place at the start of the Parliamentary session. He stated that he was honoured and emotional at the thought of being able to represent Gozo as part of the House of Representatives.Opposition Leader Adrian Delia congratulated him and asked that the other representatives allow him the opportunity to take up his duties. Cutajar is visually impaired, and the first person with a disability to form part of the Maltese Parliament.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The Transform Africa Summit 2013, held in Kigali, Rwanda, has honoured five young ICT entrepreneurs for developing socially transforming IT solutions who were picked from more than 500 young African ICT enthusiasts.Athgo International, a firm dedicated to empowering youth in ICT around the world, was behind the awards ceremony which picked one startup from Rwanda, two from Kenya, one from Ghana and one from South Africa, reports the New Times.Hehe Ltd, a Rwandan startup developed by Clarisse Iribagiza and builds mobile apps and software solutions to aid access to information, emerged in first place and received US$7,500 for a cash price. – Advertisement – The summit, which finished today, hosted seven heads of state and more than 1,500 delegates who came together with the agenda of pushing for a major ICT revolution across the continent.It also urged young people to pursue their dreams and work hard to help the continent through in the ICT sector.Amiri Mugarura, chief technology officer of Hehe Ltd, said the company was set up with a vision to help transform Rwanda and Africa into an information society by increasing access to vital information.Kenyan firms scooped second and third place. Mobicraft Solutions, a faith-based SMS service, and Fishmate Ltd, linking farmers to their customers, received US$5,000 and US$3,000 respectively followed by South Africa’s Powerbox, a phone charging innovation startup and Ghana’s Mnotify Ltd, which received US$2,000 cash each.President Paul Kagame, guest of honour at the awards, said: “Success is not something that comes overnight. True success requires a lot of hard work, a lot of learning and dedication. You must put all your energy, mind and spirit into what you are doing in order to become successful.”Credit: Humanipolast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft Research has published a messaging app called WindUp in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat.The WindUp app which is available to download for free, lets users send “fun, temporary” messages and media with friends.You can decide how long a message will be shown for by setting it to expire after a certain time or after a specific number of views. – Advertisement – The reason why it’s called WindUp is related in the description of the app, which says you can “set a low limit to ‘wind up’ your friends as they race to see what you’ve posted, or set the limit high to make your message last longer.”Apart from messages, videos and pictures, WindUp also lets you share audio snippets.Source: TNWlast_img read more