Disabled union activists have criticised their own

first_imgDisabled union activists have criticised their own national federation, the TUC, for its reluctance to improve access at its London headquarters, following years of complaints from delegates at the annual Disabled Workers’ Conference.A motion calling on the TUC to make major improvements to the accessibility of Congress House in central London was passed unanimously at the conference on Thursday (18 May).Disabled delegates said they also wanted their conference to be moved to a more accessible venue while improvements at Congress House were carried out.They pointed to problems including a cramped and inaccessible lift, poor signage, no facilities for assistance dogs, and a lack of access information.They also said that the ramp used by wheelchair-users to access the hall where the conference took place was dangerously steep.Many disabled delegates turn down the chance to attend the conference because they know it is not accessible enough for them, Disability News Service (DNS) has been told.Delegates voted overwhelmingly for the emergency motion on access at Congress House to be the one that will be sent to be debated at the annual TUC Congress in Brighton in September.Dave Allan (pictured, at the conference), vice-chair of the TUC disabled workers’ committee, told the conference that meetings with senior TUC figures had been “not positive”, and that senior figures had pointed to the cost of improvements and the building’s listed status.But he said an access audit of the building – which included two members of the disabled workers’ committee – had found a “plethora of issues” that needed addressing, some of which would need “major renovation”.He said: “We have thought about this long and hard year after year. We have tried to feed these issues into TUC staff [but have been told], ‘Sorry, the cost is too much.’“We have come to the view as one committee that there is no other course open to us than asking you to pass this motion.”He told DNS afterwards that he had been disappointed with how senior TUC figures had responded to their concerns.He said: “The committee has been disappointed. That is why we agreed to bring this emergency motion to the conference.”But he said he accepted that there were difficulties with the “iconic” building, because even the lifts were listed.Sean McGovern, co-chair of the disabled workers’ committee, said he had had a meeting several months ago with Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s general secretary, who he said had been “very open to our concerns”.But he told DNS: “People have expressed unhappiness over a period of time.“We have complained about it in the committee room but this is the first time we have gone beyond that.“There has not been the sense of urgency there is now.”Mik Scarlet, from the NUJ journalists’ union, told delegates how he had fallen between an accessible toilet and the wall after the “cheap” seat broke while he was transferring across to it from his wheelchair.The next day, the same thing happened in the same toilet after it had been repaired and replaced with another cheap seat.He said: “Loo seats that snap when you move sideways are not good for accessible toilets.”He added: “I expect the unions of this country, the TUC, to be a shining light and to show the lead, so when I go to see other businesses as an access consultant I can tell them about a fantastic example of how an iconic and historic building has become accessible.“We can’t make businesses and employers get it right if we can’t get it right ourselves.”Wheelchair-user Emma-Jane Phillips, from UCU (the University and College Union), said she was “so happy” to see the motion brought to conference.She said: “I came down this ramp [at the back of the conference hall] with great speed and no stopping.“If you can’t have a disabled conference at TUC HQ, where the heck can you?”Pat Duffy, a GMB delegate and member of the Scottish TUC’s disabled workers’ committee, said the lack of facilities for assistance dogs meant he had to walk 20 minutes to the nearest park and back four times a day with his dog Yoko while at the conference.He told DNS afterwards: “It’s time we did say something. We have held off [for years] because it is the TUC, but we had to do something.”Scarlet said after the debate that he had attended an event on the fifth floor of the building on the first day of the conference, where he had queued to access the lift, queued to access the accessible toilet, and then queued to access the lift down again.He said: “We probably spent as much time queueing as we did in the event itself.”He added: “You can’t say you’re fighting for the rights of disabled people to get into work if disabled people can’t get into the building that you’re fighting for their rights in.”The complaints by the disabled workers’ committee appear to have forced the TUC to take some action to address their concerns.A TUC spokesman said the audit had produce 29 recommendations for improvements.Of those, six have been completed, 16 were “in progress”, including changes to lighting, toilets – where there will be a “complete refit” in the next few months – and induction loops.But three recommendations cannot be carried out, partly because of the building’s listed status, including tactile step warnings at the bottom of the steps at the front of the building (also affected by its location in a council controlled area) and converting the lift to one that is larger and more accessible.Another three – around the positioning of signage – are also not possible because of the building’s listed status, but the TUC says it has introduced “temporary workarounds for specific conferences”.The installation of an accessible shower is “currently uncertain”, as the TUC does not yet know if there will be space available.A TUC spokesman said concerns about the steep ramp had also been discussed and were being investigated, but changes would be “tricky due to the placement of two unmovable columns at the base of the ramp”.He insisted that the cost of access improvements was “not a primary factor” in preventing some of the recommended improvements.He said: “Congress House is Grade II* listed. Only 10 per cent of listed buildings are held to such strict criteria.”He said the Grade II* listing “rules out many of the options we have looked at, such as widening the lifts.“We have spoken with the council about adding external lifts and early indications have not been positive due to the architectural significance of the façade.”But he said TUC was “always looking for ways to improve accessibility at the venue, and will continue to work with the disabled workers’ committee to improve our facilities”, and was “actively reviewing the location for future Disabled Workers’ Conferences”.last_img read more

Family of Grocers Adds New Market in SF Mission

first_imgOn its second day, Gus’s Market on the corner of 17th and Harrison was already bustling. The amply proportioned warehouse, the third market in the Vardakastanis family, is stocked with the usual rows of colorful produce, meats, dairy and other staples as well as craft beers and a whole corner full of wines. It opened last Thursday.Lou Gonzalez, a customer, was checking out the russet potatoes and on his way to inspect the vegetables on Friday afternoon, already planning his weekend meal, which he suspects will be a pot roast. “I’m Italian, we love to cook, we can’t help ourselves,” he said. So far he’d inspected the fish, which he deemed to be fresh-looking and for the most part well-caught. Now he was eyeing the tubers. “The red potatoes stick out to me,” he said.The Vardakastanis family also operates Haight Street Market and Noriega Produce, in the Outer Sunset. Like its other two counterparts, Gus’s is stocked with conventional and organic or alternative products side by side to stay accessible to customers who aren’t looking for high-end almond milks or cage-free eggs. Tags: food • shopping • thanksgiving Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “The first time I tried it it was like a punch in the throat,” she said. “It was like, bam, flavor!”Outside, Jon Weiss was filling in color on a 95-foot long and 16-foot tall mural of Mayan and Aztec pyramids in lush fields producing plentiful fruits and vegetables.Weiss is an artist and muralist who created murals for the previous two Vardakastanis markets. For this project, with its size and layers to be done, he’s teamed up with muralists from the Precita Eyes Mural Arts center.“It’s always interesting when you do stuff for stores or restaurants,” Weiss mused. “I like to keep it interesting, but it’s got to be about the store itself, and then you have to tailor it to the neighborhood a little bit.”Hence the Latin American imagery and produce, he said.A woman walked by, stopped, and exclaimed “Oh, it’s beautiful!”“It’s nice to be out here and get feedback like this,” Weiss said.The mural is expected to be completed in the next two weeks or so.Meanwhile, Gus’s is stocking up on organic, free-range and non-GMO turkeys and getting ready to serve pre-made sugar yams and sage stuffing, special Thanksgiving offerings. So why the Mission? Vardakastanis said customers had been asking for a market in that area, and it was well situated so as not to take anyone else’s business. “We started looking at this area as a place where we’re not directly competing with anybody,” he said. “We have a relationship with everyone in the independent grocery world.”But with all the space at 17th and Harrison, Gus’s is branching out into a few other services, boasting a sandwich and deli counter with a few picnic tables outside. That’s actually what drew Gonzalez in from work at an electrical shop around the corner. “My boss just came in with one of these sandwiches and I was like, whoa, I gotta get one too,” he said. “Look at the size of this sandwich!” he added, holding up a sandwich roughly the size of his face, marked with a sticker for $6.95. Amita Amin, on the other hand, wasn’t drawn in by surprise. She lives around the corner and has been eagerly awaiting Gus’s opening for weeks. So far, so good, she said, while browsing the wine section. “It looks nicely put together,” Amin said.  She usually goes to Safeway for groceries, but determined the atmosphere at Gus’s was better. “The prices seem not super high, like I thought it would be… It holds up to its reputation of being a community stop.” That’s what Vardakastanis is going for. “People kind of come in now and hang out and talk. I mean, you’re talking with your neighbor pretty much,” he said.Surrounded by offices, shops, and light industrial workplaces, Gus’s attracted plenty of workers on break early Friday afternoon. Alexander Reichert likely had the shortest trip – he was browsing for a beer to bring to his office happy hour, right upstairs above the store. “We had a lot of noise from the construction, but it’s all well worth it,” he said. “This is a great group of people. The selection’s great.” Appropriately placed directly next to the wine racks is a cheese counter, actually staffed with cheese enthusiasts. Rosemary Perez, wrapping a piece of “Midnight Moon” gouda, has vibrant descriptions of the product she peddles.center_img “We try to stay competitive on pricing,” said Dmitri Vardakastanis. “If you wanna buy a $3.00 granola box or a $10.00 granola box, we want to have both.” 0%last_img read more

Armory Becomes Full Music Venue Amidst Neighborhood Opposition

first_img Tags: Kink.com Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The Mission District will soon host one of the largest music venues in all San Francisco after a 4-2 vote on Tuesday at the Entertainment Commission awarded the Armory — headquarters of pornography company Kink.com — approval for a full entertainment permit. Neighbors gave hours of testimony claiming the Armory’s transition from porn studio to full-time concert hall — capable of holding 4,000 people in its 40,000-square-foot interior drill court — would be unworkable for nearby residents. Residents said loud noise, unruly patrons, and past permit violations damaged their relationship with Kink.“All four events in February have been blasting the neighborhood with sound,” said Brian Whitty, a nearby resident. “The revelation of unpermitted events in February raises real issues of trust and responsibility, and they should have known better.”Three of four shows held this February were unpermitted by the city, and Kink representatives said on Tuesday that they went ahead with those shows because it would have cost them $300,000 to cancel contracts with concert promoters. 0%center_img The commission planned on addressing the violations at Tuesday’s hearing, the deputy director of the commission told Mission Local last week, but no fines were issued for the unpermitted shows.“You failed to give them a citation,” said Jason Perkins, the owner of nearby bar Crafty Fox and author behind a strongly-worded editorial that took aim at Kink events director and Entertainment Commissioner Audrey Joseph for alleged unethical behavior last year. Joseph recused herself from dealings between Kink and the city.Perkins said the “only reason” the entertainment proposal for the Armory was as far along in the process as it was “is because a sitting Entertainment Commissioner was paid $100,000,” a reference to Joseph’s salary at Kink.“It really brings into question who the Entertainment Commission is working for,” he said.Bryant Tan, president of the commission, said Joseph had no involvement in the hearing process for the Armory’s entertainment permit.“She has taken no part whatsoever in the commission’s consideration to grant this permit or not,” he said.The permit awarded to Kink on Tuesday allows the company to host music events at the Armory seven days a week. The commission amended the permit to limit hours until 11 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, midnight on Thursdays, and 2 a.m. for Friday and Saturday shows.The permit also comes with conditions that require that sound abatement at the building be completed and a security plan put in place before any concerts are scheduled. Kink promised last week that it would soundproof doors and windows and modify its sound system to prevent high levels of bass.“We’ve been disturbed till two in the morning by at least four shows,” said Amanda Gregory, a nearby resident. “Our windows were rattling, we couldn’t go to sleep, we had to work the next day. It’s a little hard to trust that the armory will follow up with what they had to do.”“These kids, when they pour down the block, they’ll come down Woodward [Street] and they’ll hang out literally all night,” said Tim Dietz, who lives on Woodward and supported granting the Armory an entertainment permit. Dietz said boozy patrons come out of the Armory and spend hours waiting for Bart to open back up.“I suspect a lot of these kids are waiting for Bart in the morning and they’ll be making noise literally till 5 a.m.,” he said.For its part, Kink said it would post a security guard on Woodward Street — a residential street across from the Armory where many neighbors complained of drunken patrons speaking loudly into the night — to monitor crowd dispersal after shows. Kink employs one guard per 100 patrons.Peter Acworth, head of the porn studio, said he envisioned having the necessary renovations to the building done within three months and apologized for the unpermitted events.“I apologize for those,” he said Tuesday. “That will never happen again and until this sound plan is put in place we’re not hosting anymore concerts. I’m committed to being a good neighbor.”Kink has been seeking an entertainment permit for the Armory for months, hoping to open its interior drill court to concerts, raves, and other events that will help the company stay solvent. The Armory will still function as office space and a porn studio — its many subterranean rooms sets for Kink’s films — in other parts of the building.The permit is supported by Supervisor Scott Wiener and some local businesses and had the support of Supervisor David Campos until he learned of February’s unpermitted events. He withdrew his support on Tuesday.Sandra Davis, a Woodward Street resident who spoke against the permit, said the commission’s decision did not address the past violations and would not serve to ensure that Kink abided by its permit into the future.“It’s disappointing,” she said. “It’s just letting them off with a slap on the wrist.” last_img read more

Billionaires Back Bid to Ban SF Homeless Camps

first_imgOberndorf, a Mill Valley-based investor, spent more than $1.5 million this election cycle in support of Jeb Bush’s race to win the Republican nomination for president.Moritz, a venture capitalist, drew public attention for his support for and $250,000 donation supporting a 2010 measure that sought to increase city employees’ payments into their generous pension funds. Tags: election 2016 • Elections • homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Conway, an early investor of Google and PayPal, bankrolled $85,000 for Proposition L back in 2010 – a measure targeting the homeless which banned sitting or lying on sidewalks between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. His contributions to campaigns supported by Mayor Ed Lee are well documented. At one dollar short of $50,000 each, the three contributors account for more than 60 percent of all total funding for Measure Q.Jennifer Friedenbach, head of the Coalition on Homelessness, believes the measure is purely political. “You have people investing in a wedge issue to help give publicity to a politician like Mark Farrell, a candidate running an anti-homeless platform and planning on running for mayor in the future,” said Friedenbach.“It’s a way to give money without making a direct contribution,” said Friedenbach. “It’s a political strategy and a gross one at that.”While the investors did not return phone calls for comment, Farrell – who is currently suing the city over a $191,000 campaign finance fine by the Ethics Commission stemming from his 2010 run for Supervisor – argues that it’s high time to tackle the issue of the camps.“When I was growing up in the city, homelessness was embodied by the panhandlers on Van Ness,” said Supervisor Farrell. “Over the last year and a half, it’s symbolized by the growing number of tent encampments.”While few would disagree with that assessment – District 9 Supervisor David Campos recently said he would end the encampments in four months – those opposed to the measure argue that it politicizes the issue without offering any housing solutions. It is unclear why the billionaires chose to support this measure except that there is a generalized frustration about the homeless encampments and the shortage of housing.The measure would give tent campers 24 hours to clear out. In his analysis of the measure, Ben Rosenfeld, the city’s controller found:“The City would be required to offer housing or shelter, though the proposed ordinance does not specify the number of days of housing that must be offered. The City would also be required to offer homeless services, defined as a program (Homeward Bound) that pays for transportation to reunite individuals with family or friends outside of San Francisco.”Last winter, the city’s attempt to clear encampments on Division Street resulted in tents springing up days after and blocks away. With no clear exits to long term housing, the encampment residents were forced to pick up and move, but were offered no permanent destination.Proposition Q is unspecific in its definition of housing except for the mention of “Navigation Centers, ” which are temporary-stay facilities designed to accelerate access to long term housing. The program has proven successful in providing services to former tent encampment residents, but it remains unclear if the 18-month old program can be sufficiently scaled up.With six new transitional housing facilities approved to be built over the next two years, the capacity of the Navigation Center program could expand to nearly 900 beds in the next two years – still far fewer than the estimated 3,500 people who the city controller estimates spend their nights on the streets.Supervisor Farrell believes the measure will force the city to have adequate accommodations for campers this time around.Merely expanding the capacity of these centers won’t work without a significant increase in housing exits, others have argued.“Increasing bed capacity without a concurrent increase in the number of available permanent exits would undermine the Navigation Center’s ability to rapidly house its clients,” said the December 2015 report by the SF Controller’s Office. “Absent an increase in the number of subsidized housing units, permanent exits will begin to take longer and become more difficult to achieve.”According to the end of the year report, one  Navigation Center can house about 122 clients annually. It would take more than 1,100 supportive-housing units per year solely dedicated to Navigation Center exits to generate enough vacancies for those clients, the report found, because only about 1 in 10 permanent supportive-housing units become vacant each year.The report also states that prioritizing housing for Navigation Center clients would make it difficult for others seeking the same units through other points of access.While the city has provided 1,600 direct homeless exits through city programs this year, an investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle revealed it would take a far more concerted effort to solve chronic homelessness.“Pulling every hard-core homeless person off the streets of San Francisco would require the creation within two years of 2,500 additional supportive housing units,” the Chronicle noted. This would take “$200 million up front to build new apartments, and about $50 million annually to operate those and other added units.”Supervisor Farrell said the measure is a policy initiative, not a funding mechanism for additional housing. Opponents argue that the language around the bill is misleading, and the omission of new housing exits is cause for apprehension.“It’s one of those wedge issues” said Kelley Cutler of the Coalition on Homelessness. “When it initially went on the ballot it set off alarms everywhere.”Cutler, who has been working with homeless communities for more than 15 years, echoed the sentiment among homeless advocates that the measure is a political ploy.“We met with Supervisor Farrell a week and half before he put it on the ballot, he never mentioned this legislation to us,” said Cutler “If they wanted real legislation, they should’ve talked to actual service providers. That didn’t happen.”Cutler, who worked with Bevan Dufty’s office of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement, or HOPE, has spent a lot of time with people in encampments, and believes that the bill distracts from the larger issues.“We’d rather be working on the solutions instead of debating why this ballot measure is bad,” said Cutler. “First off, nobody is advocating for tents or encampments, we’re advocating for real solutions.”Jeff Kositsky, handpicked by Mayor Lee to head the brand new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said his department was disheartened by Farrell’s initiative.“I told my staff, ‘let’s not worry what happens under that dome’,” said Kositsky. “Every election cycle homeless people are used as red capes. When we politicize this issue, it makes it very hard to solve.” The sidewalks of San Francisco will become a battleground for billionaires this election season as a proposition on the ballot, Proposition Q, seeks to tackle the issue of homeless encampments. The measure is sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell and supported largely by venture capitalists William Oberndorf, Michael Moritz and Ron Conway according to campaign finance records obtained from the SF Ethics Commission. 0%last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Art dance a carfree Valencia and a new mural

first_img Tags: Events Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address The afternoon will  include GRRRL Brigade, the samba drummers of Loco Bloco, the folkloric dancers of Cuicacalli,  Mariachi Juvenil La Misión, the martial artists of Abada Capoeira SF, the hip-hop dancers of ODC’s Youth Program, the spoken-word poets of Youth Speaks, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts World Music and Dance, and more. During intermissions, there will be mini-dance class for all.  If it rains, the organizers plan to move the event inside, so if you see rain in the air, call 415-826-4441 on Saturday to see where to go, or visit Dance Mission’s website. Again on Sunday, Dance Mission will host free dance classes at Dance Mission’s studios at 3316 24th St. Here is the schedule for the all-age classes on Sunday.  12-12:30 p.m.: Capoeira with Abada Capoiera12:30-1 p.m.: Folkloric with Cuicacalli 1-1:30 p.m.: Hip-Hop with Dance Mission1:30-2 p.m. : Taiko with Dance MissionAfter class, head to Sunday Streets! This is the first Mission Sunday Streets for the season, and bikes, people and dogs won’t be able to take over Valencia again until July. Here is your map activity guide. And below is my favorite promo for Sunday Streets that Stefania Rousselle did way back in 2009. The route has changed significantly, as you can see below, but it still makes me want to get up and go.  A new mural in the MissionFood is the subject of a new Precita Eyes mural at 1245 S. Van Ness Ave. (between 23rd and 24th). It stretches from South Van Ness to Shotwell and the artists include Francisco Franco, Felipe Hernandez, Robert Loutham, Sarah Siskin and Deirdre Weinberg. You can see all Mission Events here. 0% Art openingRené Yañez’s show at the Luggage Store Gallery opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.  It is at 1007 Market St., not far from the Powell Street BART station.  Dance, dance, danceDance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater hosts The Mission Youth Arts Festival at Potrero del Sol Park Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.last_img read more

MORE than 1000 rugby league fans answered the Par

first_imgMORE than 1,000 rugby league fans answered the Parliamentary Rugby League Group call to respond to the BBC’s proposals to alter coverage of local sport on BBC Local Radio.The Parliamentary Group, comprising MPs from all political parties, was the first to recognise the impact the proposals would have on coverage of all sport on BBC Local Radio and asked rugby league supporters to respond to the BBC making clear that the proposals would have significant impact on the sport if enacted.The Group itself responded to the consultation and sent copies directly to BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten and BBC Chief Executive Mark Thompson asserting that the way in which BBC presented its case was unclear, asked the wrong questions and made it very difficult for people to submit responses.Announcing the numbers, Group Chairman and Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland said: “We have been informed that the BBC received 8,000 responses to their consultations on Local Radio provision, far more than they were expecting, and despite the challenges the BBC placed in front of people, it is excellent news that rugby league fans dominated the responses to the consultations with over 1,000 people and organisations writing to support rugby league coverage on the BBC.“This demonstrates the strength of feeling of supporters of rugby league and is welcome news to Members of the Group whofirst brought this to the attention of the sporting community.”The Parliamentary Group has worked to make sure other sports were aware of the consequences of the consultations and hasbeen working closely with the RFL who in turn have been liaising with other sports governing bodies.“I want to offer the Group’s thanks to all those that took the time to respond to the consultations – we know it was not easy – and the RFL for their work on this issue, without which the matter would not have been so widely publicised,” continued Mulholland.last_img read more

LANGTREE Park saw its first miracle on the Saturda

first_imgLANGTREE Park saw its first miracle on the Saturday as the U18s staged one of the biggest come back since Lazarus to beat Widnes 46-30, writes Graham Henthorne.Trailing by 24 points after only 15 minutes and unable to either hold onto possession or the opposition all looked up for Derek Traynor’s charges.But the introduction of Brad Ashurst off the bench gave the Saints a little stability in both attack and defence and gradually they began the long climb back from adversity.Two tries were missed before the Saints finally troubled the scorers as Lewis Sheridan burrowed his way in from close range.Good work from Tom Roughley saw André Savelio (pictured) stopped short but Lewis Foster darted over from the play the ball to put the Saints back in touch at the break.Patience was the call at the interval, continue to play to the game plan and the tries will come and sure enough within 10 minutes the Saints had turned the match completely on its head.Sheridan got a repeat set with a neat grubber and when Lewis Charnock repeated the feat on the last Savelio snatched the bouncing ball out of the grasp of the full back to score the first of his hat-trick.From the restart Ashurst and Savelio spread terror through the now panicking Vikings with tremendous runs from deep gaining another repeats set. Strong running Luke Thompson was held inches short but Ashurst drove over. Charnock’s fourth goal put the scores level.Ashurst was again involved as the Saints took the lead for the first time. His divine short ball put Sheridan away, he broke a tackle and fed it inside to the supporting Corey Lee who’s trolled to the posts.A momentary lapse allowed the visitors to draw level again before the forwards steamrollered their opposite number into submission in the last quarter.Strong runs from Leon Tatlock and Greg Richards put the Saints on the Vikings 20 only for Charnock to run it on the last finding Savelio for the score.The big second rower could have had four only for knocking on over the line but had the last laugh scoring after James Tilley’s 40 metre break.Sandwiched in between was a deserved try for Charnock who was put in by a Tilley offload.This was a victory for power over 65 minutes versus power over 15 minutes. The visitors were outstanding during that opening burst but couldn’t handle the Saints once they decided to play.Savelio, Thompson, Richards and Chris Webster were good but Charnock and Ashurst were outstanding.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Corey Lee, Lewis Sheridan, Lewis Foster, Lewis Charnock, André Savelio 3, Brad Ashurst.Goals: Lewis Charnock 7.Widnes:Tries: Jack Owens, Kyle Ross, Tom Gilmore 2, Alex Tague.Goals: Tom Gilmore 5.Half Time: 12-24Full Time: 46-30Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Matt Wood, 4. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Tom Roughley, 7. Lewis Sheridan; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Lewis Foster, 10. Matt Cooke, 11. Luke Thompson, 16. James Tilley, 14. Lewis Charnock.Subs: 12. André Savelio, 13. Connor Dwyer, 15. Chris Webster, 17. Brad Ashurst.Widnes:1. Jack Owens; 2. Kiaran Butterworth, 3. Danny Stapleton, 4. Dean Ainsworth, 5. Kyle Ross; 6. Nathan Fernyhough, 7. Tom Gilmore; 8. Alex Tague, 9. Ste Ball, 10. Lewis Whitty, 11. Liam Orme, 12. Lloyd Hankin, 13. Jon Rigby.Subs: 14. Lewis Hulme, 15. Sam McGrory, 16. Jason Blackmore, 17. Niall Rowlands.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV Ticket

first_imgA first half dominated by Saints saw tries through Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote with all three tries converted by the full back.Saints started the second half in the manner in which we started the first with Regan Grace scoring in the corner. Jack Ashworth scored shortly after finishing off an excellent Saints move before Jonny Lomax and a Coote second meant Saints hit the 4o point mark. Hull pulled two consolation tries back through Jamie Shaul and Ratu Naulago, but Saints came away with a 40-12 victory.Saints are next in action in a non-televised derby. You can grab your tickets for the derby clash with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a ‘Bad Friday’ repeat online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Cucalorus Festival announces headliners for annual celebration

first_img The new Cucalorus Festival is organized into three broad programs: Film, Stage and Connect.The festival will featured a Cucalorus Connect Conference, an exploration of the digital transformation that is changing the way we live, work and play. Michele Holbrook from Corning will deliver the opening keynote and will be joined by executives from GE Hitachi Nuclear, ESPN, CBS Sports, SAS, Microsoft, K4Connect and more. Entrepreneur George Taylor, who has been instrumental in building the ecosystem for startups in North Carolina, will make a special announcement about his work to launch a brewery run by active gang members during the closing keynote.Headlining Thursday’s schedule, Onur Tukel returns to Wilmington for the Southern US Premiere of his latest film “The Misogynists” – a devastatingly satirical comedy about two Trump supporters celebrating in a hotel room on election night. Cucalorus is proud to host the World Premiere of Canadian filmmakers Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson’s “The Definites” – a tightly crafted drama about a woman who leaves her husband-to-be and dives into her own wild desires during a libidinous, party-filled weekend at Art Basel in Miami. Rounding out the premieres at the festival are Dan Mirvish’s “Bernard and Huey,” Jordan Canning’s “Ordinary Days,” Jennifer Morrison’s “Sun Dogs,” and Bob Byington’s “Infinity Baby.” The full lineup of over 200 features and shorts will be announced next week and will include special curated programs from Toronto International Film Festival’s Lisa Haller and Lisa Vandever from Cinekink.Related Article: Radiothon raises money for Women’s & Children’s HospitalThe festival’s Works-in-Progress program, a workshop-style review of top social documentaries in-the-making from African American filmmakers, includes Unapologetic by Ashley Mills, Seeds of Struggle by Dennis Terry, Woody Shaw: Beyond All Limits by Woody Shaw III, Time of the Phoenix: The First Rainbow Coalition by Ray Santisteban, You Only Live Once by Terrance Pitts, and While I Breathe, I Hope by Emily Harrold.The newest branch of the festival family is the Cucalorus Stage program, built on the success of performance-focused events like Dance-a-lorus, the Bus to Lumberton, and Visual/Sound/Walls. The Cucalorus Stage Experience includes more than 40 performers working in dance, music, theatre, comedy and performance. Alexandra Tatarsky returns to the festival with “Americana Psychobabble” – a delirious anti-narrative of American emptiness, violence and nonsense — part exorcism and part enema! Returning to the fest after her buzz-worthy debut, Shirley Gnome will share her new show “Taking it up the Notch.” Dram Tree Shakespeare, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps and a host of other cutting edge performers round out the lineup while the David Lynch-inspired Bus to Lumberton installation is being created by award-winning alum Josephine Decker.The complete schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, featuring over 150 events over the course of 5 days. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cucalorus announced headliners for its 23rd annual Cucalorus Festival, November 8-12, in downtown Wilmington.The 23 year-old film festival is transforming to broaden its exploration of innovation and creativity by showcasing performers and entrepreneurs along with today’s leading filmmakers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Attorney Yo mama argument led to beating by Whiteville police officer

first_img To rule out any potential conflicts, the Columbus County District Attorney’s Office is not prosecuting the case. Instead, it is being prosecuted by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, with the trial being held in Whiteville.During opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Lillian Salcines-Bright said Sgt. Herring and another officer served a felony warrant on Juwarn Britt. They arrested Britt and put in the back of an unmarked patrol car.Salcines-Bright said Britt was in the back seat, handcuffed and wearing a seatbelt.Related Article: WPD: Warrants issued for hit and run suspects who yelled racial slurs at familyThere was a heated verbal exchange that escalated into a “yo mama” argument between Britt and the officers.At some point during the drive, Salcines-Bright said, Herring removed his badge and threw it at the dashboard hard enough that it cracked the windshield.  In addition to taking the badge off and causing damage, Herring reached out and struck Britt in the head area, multiple times.Once Britt was in the booking area, he asked multiple times for help and indicated to staff and the other officer that he needed help and that he was hurt.Shortly after that, Britt posted bond and was released.During opening, Herring’s attorney said Britt made offensive remarks about Sgt. Herring’s mother, saying he was going to “**** on her face.”The defense then said Britt got out of the car and started screaming about being beaten. During booking, he kept complaining about the assault.The defense said everything Britt has done, including filing a federal lawsuit and holding news conferences, has affected Herring and his family.After opening arguments, Britt took the stand.Britt testified that while he was handcuffed in the patrol car, Herring allegedly said, “I’m tired of you n****** selling drugs.”Britt testified that the argument escalated and they started talking about each other’s mothers. Britt admitted to making a remark about putting bodily fluid on Herring’s mother. Britt said the fighting started and he was hit on the right side of his face.WWAY’s Basil John is in court and will have more tonight on WWAY News. (Photo: City of Whiteville Facebook) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The trial of the Whiteville Police Officer accused of beating a man who was in police custody is underway in Columbus County.Sgt. Aaron Herring is charged with simple assault, willful failure to discharge duties, and obstruction of justice.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pet Pals Three orange kittens looking for homes

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For Pet Pals this week, we had not one… not two… but THREE tiny guests looking for fur-ever homes.These siblings are 2-month-old domestic shorthair orange kittens. Two are males and one is female. All three are playful, active and love to be cuddled.- Advertisement – The trio does not have to be adopted together; however, they would love the opportunity! If you are interested in one or more of them but have other pets, shelter staff asks that you set up a meet and greet before adoption.To see these sweet kittens in person, stop by New Hanover County Animal Services. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.County residents can adopt for $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: 3-year-old Calico looking for family to joinTo see more pets available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

Surging Mega Millions jackpot jumps to 1 billion

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You now have the chance to become a billionaire.The estimated annuity jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing has just been raised to $1 billion.- Advertisement – The estimated cash value is $565.6 million. It is the largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the second-largest in lottery history, trailing only the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in January of 2016.The previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March of 2012.“This is truly uncharted territory, and it’s exciting to see people across the country buying their tickets and joining in the fun,” said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions Lead Director and the Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “Hitting the $1 billion mark for the first time is historic, and we can’t wait to meet the winner s who will share in that history.”Related Article: No big Powerball winner; jackpot now up to $750 millionThe Mega Millions jackpot has been building since it was last hit on July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in California shared a $543 million jackpot.If the October 19 jackpot is not hit, the next jackpot is estimated at $1.6 billion.Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.last_img read more

New data show drug overdose deaths suicides climbed at alarming rates in

first_img Overdoses are an all-too-frequent problem in our region because of opioid abuse.The Wilmington area is no stranger to the opioid epidemic.  It was once called the epicenter of the crisis.The holidays can be triggers for drug users and a period of relapse. This issue is not defined by race, age or gender. It is impacting our entire community.“In this office we have over 300 people enrolled in our opioid treatment program, and we see on average 3 and 4 people a day,” said Pamela Morrison, the Program Director at Coastal Horizons.Related Article: FIRST ON 3: Former Brunswick County magistrate arrested on drug chargesThe center provides resources to help any opioid abuse victims.“We offer therapy, substance use disorder intensive out patient treatment, med management and medication assistance treatment for people with opioid use disorder,” said Morrison. “We also have an opioid quick response team.”Morrison says they offer individualized treatment options for all victims. This can include individual, group and family therapy.“We really encourage people to just walk in, if someone has an opiod use disorder and they want treatment.” she said. “We want to see them as soon as they are able to come in.”Margaret Bordeaux also works with opioid abusers as the Link to Care Coordinator at NC Harm Reduction in Wilmington.“Many people who work in roles such as this understand how important it is for us to engage with people who require these services,” said Bordeaux.Bordeaux says in an average week she interacts with about 50 opioid users.Morrison says we need to reduce the stigma and reduce the judgement against drug abusers.“This isn’t an epidemic that is limited in its scope and it really does take us all working as a community in partnership with each other to come to a solution,” said Morrison.She said we need to open up our hearts and minds to those who are dealing with drug abuse and help them. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New data show drug overdose and suicide deaths in the US climbed at alarming rates in 2017.An analysis of CDC data by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust found:Last year, more than 47,000 Americans took their own lives.Suicide accounted for 14 deaths per 100,000 in 2017 which, is up from 13.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2016Drug overdose death rates were higher in 2017 compared to 2016 in 39 states which includes North Carolina. It had the nation’s fourth highest rate of increase at 22%.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Lanes closed at busy Wilmington intersection due to crash

first_img According to a tweet from the Wilmington Fire Department, the intersection of N. College Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard is closed due to traffic lights being out.TRAFFIC ALERT: Intersection at N. College & MLK Blvd. is closed due to traffic lights being out from getting caught on a truck and ripped down. EXTENDED DELAYS SHOULD BE EXPECTED. Take alternate route. @CityofWilm @WilmingtonPD @WilmNCtraffic— WilmingtonFD (@WilmingtonFD) July 5, 2019It happened when a truck crashed into a pole and lights were ripped down.Related Article: Chase ends with alleged drunk driver wrecking car in pondTraffic was being diverted onto MLK.The fire department said to expect delays.Wilmington Police later tweeted the road was open.TRAFFIC ALERT: Roadway open at MLK.— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) July 5, 2019 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rush hour traffic during a holiday weekend might be a little busier in Wilmington, after a crash knocked down power lines.According to New Hanover County dispatch, the call came in just before 3:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Complaints about faults top MCA list of issues for second half of

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Faults were recorded as the most common quality of service issues over the last six months of 2018, the Malta Communications Authority has said.In their report examining the last six months of last year, the Authority recorded 45 cases of complaints related to faults with communication services. According to data gathered for the first quarter of 2019, this number is said to have decreased.This 2018 figure formed part of the 71 Quality of Service complaints which were recorded, the highest of the five issue areas reported on by the Authority.Bills, charges and tariffs came second on the list with 25 cases related to incorrect billing (19). A further 9 were investigated by the MCA who stated that remedial action had to be taken by service providers in order to address the issues.In the area of the time taken to answer customer support calls, the MCA found that in the majority of mystery calls to company call agents, the calls were answered 95% of the time within 5 minutes. With the phone operators, GO PLC, Melita Ltd and Vodafone Malta, calls were taken within an average time of 54 seconds.Customer support is a key aspect of the service and customers expect timely and effective assistance when encountering any issues. The MCA monitors the customer care response time provided in the industry. The information gathered through a series of mystery shopping calls made to GO PLC, Melita Ltd, and Vodafone Malta Ltd customer cares indicated that the average time taken for a call to be answered by a call agent was 54 seconds. In 95% of cases, calls were answered by a call agent within 5 minutes.The MCA also reports that complaints compared from the first half to the second half of 2018 had increased by 13%. The Authority also explains that 95% of the 132 complaints it received from subscribers of telephony, internet, postal services and television, were dealt with within three weeks.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Google to help digitize archives of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu

first_imgAdvertisement Based in Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory is committed to documenting records about the life of one of the world’s greatest statesmen.  Its objective is to use his legacy to foster meaningful dialogue and debate to promote social justice. Google’s grant will assist in expanding the online Mandela archive and make it available to global audiences, scholars and researchers  in the future.  In addition to significant audio-visual materials, the online multimedia archive will include Mr Mandela’s letters and correspondence with family, comrades and friends; prison diaries; and notes he made while leading the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa.   We are delighted that Google has come on board to help ensure that our Mandela Portal becomes a world class source of accurate and reliable information about Madiba, said Verne Harris, head of the Centre of Memory. – Advertisement – A grant of the same size has also been made to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, for the documentation and digitization of Desmond Tutu’s archives, and an interactive digital learning centre. Commenting on the initiatives, Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa said, Google wants to help bring the world’s historical heritage online, and the Internet offers new ways to preserve and share this information.  Our grants to the Nelson Mandela Centre and to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre will facilitate new digital archives for South Africa’s past, giving the global public an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the history of some of the most extraordinary leaders of our time.  We are also delighted to be announcing additional grants which will help many more people across South Africa and Africa access the internet and benefit from access to information. Google today also announced three other grants of between $500,000 and $1,250,000, also made through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation, to the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET)($750,000 for continued work to assist South African universities with Internet and information technology services), the Nigeria ICT Forum ($500,000 to support efforts in improving access to Internet infrastructure in tertiary education institutions in Nigeria), and the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) at the University of Oregon ($1,250,000 to enable more people in numerous African countries to participate in and contribute to the global Internet).last_img read more

Mark Zuckerbergs Sister Is Now a Google Employee

first_imgAdvertisement Arielle’s not the only Zuckerberg sibling in the business. Randi Zuckerberg, former director of marketing for Facebook, left the company last August to pursue other projects. Randi is an executive producer for Silicon Valley, a Bravo reality TV show that is raising hackles in the Valley for bringing Hollywood voyeurism to tech. Randi tweeted about the move on Tuesday, alluding to the fact Arielle’s not the only Zuckerberg at Google:Source: Mashablelast_img

Google to overhaul Gmail and make it look like Google

first_imgAdvertisement  Google is going to overhaul its Gmail service and make it look much more like Google+, according to reports.Leaked images from Geek.com reveal that Google will revamp its email system with a layout that replaces the sidebar with a slide-out panel and adds a repositioned “compose” button, moved to the bottom-right corner, and a “snooze” feature, which will send emails to the top of a user’s inbox later, allowing them to return to the marked emails when they’re ready to read them. – Advertisement – [related-posts]The leaked screenshots of the updated Gmail service look a lot like Google+ or the Gmail Android app.Another feature is the new Reminders tool that alerts users about dates in the future, letting them respond to specific emails.The ability to “star” emails will also be replaced with pins when the update is rolled out, allowing users to highlight important mails.This update will be the first major and much needed redesign in a long time. It seems that it will be a significant upgrade on the present Gmail inbox design, which could be described as rather cluttered and thus less intuitive to use than competing webmail systems.It should be noted that the leaked images might just be screenshots of an internal test interface that will never see the light of day.Source: The inquirerlast_img read more

Qualcomm fined 975 million in China over antimonopoly law

first_imgAdvertisement Chip manufacturer Qualcomm was fined $975 million in China by anititrust regulators after it was found to have violated anti-monopoly laws in the country.The company has agreed to honor China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s decision, which includes the near-$1 billion fine and rectified licensing conditions on its royalties for devices sold in the country.Going forward, Qualcomm will offer licenses to its current 3G and 4G essential Chinese patents separately from licenses to its other patents, allowing the company’s customers to implement its technologies in a cost-effective manner. – Advertisement – In addition, Qualcomm will charge a licensing rate of 5% for 3G devices and 3.5% for 4G devices in China, similar to its practices in other regions. However, the base value of these devices will be assessed at 65 percent of their selling price.The resolution with China’s NRDC will allow Qualcomm to pursue its existing commitments and upcoming opportunities in the country.Credit TNWlast_img read more

Pepsi entering the smartphone market with P1

first_imgImage source: gtsstatic.com Advertisement United States beverage and food giant PepsiCo yesterday revealed that it is working with a licensing partner to bring a line of mobile phones known as the Pepsi Phone and accessories to China in the next few months.The phone will be available in China only, and the effort is similar to Pepsi’s apparel and accessories licensing campaigns elsewhere, the company said in a statement to China Daily.However, Pepsi was quick to make it clear it that “it has no plans to get into the mobile phone manufacturing business” yet.“But we are committed to engaging with Chinese consumers at this point of connectivity, and in innovative ways, to grow our brand,” it said. – Advertisement – The first smartphone named Pepsi P1, is expected to be a low-end pamphlet having a 5.5-inch screen, 13-megapixel rear camera and 16 GB internal storage and costing approximately $150.last_img read more