Month: July 2019


A young disabled woman was told that she had been


first_imgA young disabled woman was told that she had been evicted from her residential home while she lay critically ill in hospital.The care home in Barking, east London, run by the company Sahara Care, had originally issued the eviction notice to Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured) in a letter on 6 April, just days after she had made an allegation of physical abuse against a member of staff at the home.In the same letter in which the company told her that it had referred her abuse allegation to the care watchdog, the local council and the police, it also told her that it was giving her 28 days’ notice to leave the home, Sahara Parkside.Several weeks later, Kaur, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was rushed to hospital with blood poisoning.Just days after she was admitted, on 28 May, and while still fighting for her life, the care company told her she would not be allowed to return to Sahara Parkside when she was released from hospital.Kaur has been trying since last year to find accessible accommodation that will allow her to live independently and safely with the support she needs.And because her local authority Newham council has not been able to find somewhere safe and appropriate for her to live, the hospital that treated her has itself told the council that it needs to evict her because she has now recovered from the blood poisoning.She told the council in an email: “My current situation worries me because each time I am admitted to ICU [the intensive care unit] my chance of recovery is reduced and increases my risk of death.“This risk could be better managed if my housing and care package was addressed.”She also told her social worker: “I believe I have valid reasons to express my deep and worrying concerns about my hospital discharge particularly when there is so much uncertainty and unknowns around my housing and support package.”She has now been told that she will have to move temporarily into a hotel room when she leaves hospital.Her case highlights once again the drastic shortage of accessible housing across the country.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said only last month that disabled people had been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and faced a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes.Kaur has been trying to persuade the council that she needs a two-bed flat to provide the space she needs to comply with employment law for her personal assistants, and to ensure her own health and safety, as well as her need for privacy, and space to store vital medication and equipment.She believes that the continuing struggle to ensure the support she needed at Sahara Parkside contributed to the illness that left her in intensive care.A spokeswoman for Newham council said: “We are working to find an interim property for Laki to move in to when she is discharged from hospital so Laki can get the support she needs. This is whilst we find her a permanent home.”She said the council “recognises there is a chronic shortage of housing across the country”.But when asked if the council accepted that the continuing failure to find her accessible housing and provide the support she needs were breaches of her rights under article six (on disabled women) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the spokeswoman denied that the council “has any direct responsibility for the implementation of any of the rights” under the convention.She said: “Even if it did have such responsibilities, in its view there have been no breaches by the council of articles 6 or 19.“The issue in this case is the shortage of properties, particularly in London.”She added: “The borough in which the safeguarding issue arose investigates the complaint.“As Sahara Homes is based in Barking and Dagenham, it would be for that local authority to carry out the investigation. Newham is chasing for the outcome of this investigation.”Kaur has been trying for eight years to secure a proper care package that will keep her safe, and allow her to live in her own home, manage her own support, and enjoy the typical social life of a woman in her 20s.Instead, she has had to move from one inappropriate care home and supported living setting to another.  Last November, Disability News Service reported how she had been left been unable to leave Sahara Parkside for nearly three weeks because its managers were trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and for her attempts to enjoy a proper social life.Managers at the home even threatened to change the security code on the entrance if she left the building, and they tried twice – unsuccessfully – to persuade the police to evict her.Sahara said this week that it could not discuss individual cases.last_img read more


Airbnbs Moneymakers Are Career Hosts Study Says


first_img 0% Tags: Airbnb • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A study by the Penn State School of Hospitality Management, funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, indicates that a small number of full-time hosts account for a disproportionate amount of the home-sharing giant’s revenue in some of the country’s biggest cities, including San Francisco.Some 2.9 percent (308) of San Francisco’s Airbnb hosts were found to be full-time hosts, whose units on Airbnb are available year-round, bringing in 22.4 percent of Airbnb’s local revenue – some $43.6 million over the course of a year.The study also found that hosts with three or more listings, which the study’s authors dubbed mega-operators, have been the fastest growing group of Airbnb hosts in the last two years, and though they only account for about 7 percent of total users, they generate 25 percent of Airbnb’s revenue nationally.In San Francisco, 552 of these mega-operators accounted for $34.1 million of Airbnb’s local revenue, according to the study. Just three of them were full-time hosts, and those three together generated $608,000 in revenue in a year.center_img Short term rentals in units that aren’t the host’s primary residence, or for more than 90 nights a year, is against local law, making the mega-operators and full-time operators cited in the study illegal. 48Hills argues that these operators represent more than half of Airbnb’s local revenue and explain its roughly $8 million investment in defeating a ballot measure last November that would have required it to list only compliant hosts.An Airbnb spokesperson told the Examiner that the study was misleading and that the majority of hosts rent their own homes and do so infrequently.The Office of Short Term Rentals, tasked with enforcing local short term rental law, operates on a complaint-based system and must go after apparent scofflaws individually. It has begun enforcement against 265 hosts since its formation last year, issuing only 14 notices of violation so far. As of September of last year, 667 hosts have registered with the city – the Penn State study indicates San Francisco has a total of 10,651 hosts.The data was sourced from Airdna, a site that collects data on Airbnb transactions nationwide and provides information to Airbnb operators. The study excludes shared rooms and apartments, as well as unorthodox accommodations like boats and tents. last_img read more


Mission Gears Up for Trump Inauguration Protests


first_img 0% “We’re trying to create a coalition of all these so called minorities into a big majority and celebrating art and culture through resistance,” said Arturo Mendez, the events director at the MCCLA. “It’s gonna be a celebration more than a protest. We’re gonna celebrate us being together.”The pieces do not necessarily focus on the election itself, Mendez said, and may instead reflect the culture of a particular group that has felt threatened as a result of the Trump campaign.“I would say the thing that they all have in common is this idea of pride of being proud of who we are, what we are, and defending it,” he said. “We want to convey this idea that under the harshest conditions, people resist.”The gallery will be on display until February 11. The event is free and open to the public, though the center will take donations at the door.Friday, January 20, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2686 Mission St. More information here.Rally, SF General Hospital, 11:30 a.m.As part of a day-long series of protests, SEIU 1021 members have organized a rally at General Hospital, specifically at 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue, to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.Other actions include a march downtown beginning at Justin Hermann Plaza at 9 a.m. that is scheduled to move to 555 California Street, partially owned by Trump, by 11:30 a.m.The events are organized by an alliance of voter outreach and activist organizations called Bay Rising and Jobs with Justice, a group of progressive labor union and community groups.Design As Protest, StoreFront Lab, Friday 2-5 p.m.StoreFrontLab has put up an invitation to come by on Inauguration Day to make signs and mingle before joining the marches. #DesignAsProtest is a nationwide day of action organized by a group called Design Justice, focused on how design and visual messaging influence social movements. The poster-making is part of a series of events at StoreFrontLab “supporting our collective work as advocates for peace, justice and social accountability.”The gathering is BYOB and organizers request that sign makers also bring posterboard and markers, though there will be extra.Inauguration Protests, Civic Center, Friday 5-7 p.m.A more full-throated protest march — in contrast to the Women’s March planned for Saturday — will take place Friday night. Organized by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), the march will start at the Civic Center Plaza at 5 p.m. and goes for two hours. There is no march plan posted, but marches frequently go down Market Street to the Embarcadero.Friday, January 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza. More information here and here.El Rio, Friday 4 p.m. to Saturday 2 a.m.El Rio is hosting a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Friday evening called “Stand Up Fight Back.” All bar proceeds between 4 and 6 p.m. will be given to the women’s health organization. The bar will also have a donation bucket for those who want to donate directly to the organization and will give a “portion of door proceeds” from 9 p.m. till closing time.Two bands will be playing live music starting at 9 p.m. and will be joined by two DJs to close off the night.The bar has taken a stand against the president-elect, according to its Facebook page: “We do not support the new administration. We can and will do better. We will love and protect each other.”Friday, January 20, from 4 p.m. till 2 a.m. at El Rio, 3158 Mission St. More information here.Mission Girls at the Women’s March, Saturday 2-8 p.m.Mission Girls will be meeting in the Mission and walking over to the Civic Center Plaza for the Women’s March with a contingent. Susanna Rojas, the director of the non-profit program for girls, said the contingent was a chance for adults to march on behalf of young girls who may not be attending.“This is our way for us as adults to show our solidarity with the kids,” she said. “Though we have young girls in our program, they’ve definitely been very outspoken and involved and listening to what’s happened in the political world.”Girls in the program range from eight to 21 years old, so many of them are too young to attend or have parents who wouldn’t want them to, Rojas said. Instead, they’ve made signs that will be carried by organizers on Saturday — “Build love not walls” and “Stop abusing women” were written on some of the signs, along with crossed-out paintings of Trump.“When he first was elected, we noticed a lot of our girls being very afraid, specifically about their families being deported, like maybe they were going to have to leave the country,” Rojas said. “We ask allies of ours and people who want to come and join us.”Organizers are meeting at the Mission Girls building at 3007 24th St. at 2 p.m. The march starts at 3 p.m.Women’s March, Civic Center, Saturday 3-8 p.m.Not in the Mission District, but the big event this weekend will be the Women’s March the day after the inauguration, part of the nation-wide movement. There will be a two-hour rally at the Civic Center Plaza — featuring speakers like Maria de Lourdes Reboyoso from Mujeres Unidas and Supervisor Jane Kim — followed by a 1.7 mile candlelight march down Market Street to the Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero.Organizers are expecting tens of thousands of attendees and are providing mobility trolleys for those who cannot walk, portable toilets, and American Sign Language interpreters. The march will disburse near 7:30 p.m.Saturday 3 to 8 p.m. from the Civic Center Plaza to the Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero. More information here and here.Email us at info@missionlocal.com if you know of any other events that should be on this list. The president-elect is being sworn in on Friday, January 20, and across the Bay Area protests are planned for the inauguration weekend. Here are some of the events happening in the Mission District and San Francisco.Many Mission businesses are also donating portions of their proceeds on Friday or Saturday to Planned Parenthood, social justice groups like the ACLU, or immigrants rights organizations. These include El Rio, Dynamo Donut, The Wooden Nickel, Doc’s Clock, Arizmendi, The Willows, The Wooden Nickel, The Rite Spot, Mission Bowling Club, Uptown, The Homestead, Bender’s, The Make Out Room, the Latin American Club, and Mission Bar. Details on Hoodline.Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Friday 6-9:30 p.m.The MCCLA is kicking off its 40th anniversary year with a new gallery opening of pieces reacting to the election of Donald Trump. “Exist and Resist” will showcase art pieces in different media — poetry, painting, photography, video, graphic design, and more — and “celebrate the identities of the people who were targeted by the Trump campaign.”center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


New bakery Kahnfections offers tasty unpretentious snacks


first_img“They’re not like any chocolate croissant,” she told me. “Usually, they’re really light, but these are darker.”One of their specialties is biscuits, which come in buttermilk, cheddar bacon and swiss. They also have the more unusual “everything croissant” — a cream cheese-filled pastry inspired by the everything bagel. “It’s pretty good,” Powell said. “Especially if you toast it. Super good.”I went with Kahn’s recommendation and tried the carmelita bar. She was right; the bar was delicious, a crumbly and creamy dessert with a crunchy oat base and sweet caramel top. It looked just like what it was—no frills or extra decoration. As Kahn said, it was an honest dessert.Kahnfections is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.Kahnfections, 3321 20th Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Kahnfections, which opened its doors on 20th Street between Folsom and Shotwell streets for the first time on Friday, May 6, serves baked goods that are “honest, not pretentious and not really expensive,” according to owner and baker Judy Kahn.Kahn started Kahnfections five years ago as an online business that catered to large parties and ran it out of a commercial kitchen in Bernal Heights. But her dream had always been to operate a local bakery, so when Green Heart Foods moved out of the storefront on 20th street, Kahn seized the opportunity to open in the location.The store’s motto is “classic sweet treats,” and with that, it offers a standard selection of croissants, coffeecake and scones, most priced around $3. As an afternoon snack, Kahn suggested the carmelita bar, a brown sugar oat bar with a layer of caramel and chocolate chips. It’s gluten-free, but, Kahn says, “You wouldn’t know it.” Kahnfections employee Iris Powell’s personal favorite item on the menu is the gianduja croissant, a nutella-based pastry. She also recommended the chocolate croissant. Tags: Business • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more


Demonstrators crash Dreamforce conference protest border contracts PHOTOS


first_imgAs thousands of attendees swarmed into the first day of Dreamforce, the conference focused on giving back, they discovered that not all was well in the Salesforce-sponsored dreamland. In fact, the Dreamforce site included a truck-sized wooden cage with the Salesforce logo hung on one side, and the Department of Homeland Security flag flapping wildly on another — a protest of Salesforce’s contract with the Customs and Border Protection Agency. “STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES!” activists shouted as they waved signposts against the anti-immigration policies of the Trump Administration. Passersby, most wearing baby-blue Dreamforce lanyards, pulled out their phones and recorded, grinned and seemingly humored the protestors. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresscenter_img Dreamforce attendees waiting to cross the street. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.The cage was manned by two activists in high-visibility vests who climbed inside and pushed the lumbering structure onto Fourth Street, then around to Howard and back up through Minna. They were given the okay to circuit on these streets twice and, by the second lap, most onlookers looked annoyed.Kevin Ortiz, Vice President of Political Affairs for the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club,  said the idea behind today’s demonstration was to highlight the $40 million contract Salesforce has with the federal border patrol agency. Ortiz said that doing so is equivalent to supporting the agency’s separation of immigrant children from their families. “It’s unfortunate that a company and executive team that claims to be about values is helping to separate and detain families,” Ortiz said.Activists roll down a wooden cage to protest family separations on Howard and Fourth streets. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Carlos Gabriel, an organizer for Movimiento Cosecha, mans a megaphone as demonstrators roll into Howard street next to the Moscone center. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Mark Burdette was another activist at the demonstration. He works in the tech industry, and even builds customer relationship software similar to some of Salesforce’s products. He took time off work to join the protest, and argued that building software to deny migrants their human rights is immoral.“Everyone deserves human rights and dignity when they cross the border;  that means keeping families together and giving them the right representation,” Burdette said. “Building software to detain countless thousands is not giving us border security, that’s just destroying people’s lives.”Dreamforce is scheduled to run until Sept. 28 at Moscone Center. last_img read more


ST HELENS picked up the 2013 Super League Club of


first_imgST HELENS picked up the 2013 Super League Club of the Year accolade at Monday night’s Man of Steel event.The award was presented to Chairman Eamonn McManus at a star-studded dinner at Old Trafford – the Home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.It recognises the sterling work of everybody at the club and specifically the investment in developing a world class facility at Langtree Park and the continued success in the area of youth development.Mike Rush, Saints CEO, said: “We are delighted to receive the award and everyone at the club should be proud with what it has achieved. It is good for our work with youngsters to be rewarded, especially as this season we have promoted more Academy products into the first team than ever before.“Our partnership with Rochdale and Whitehaven has seen several players dual-registered too and our community coach Ian Talbot coached the Hornets to promotion only yesterday.“We have a strong business plan for Langtree Park and believe we can go from strength to strength. Its continued development has made it one of the finest rugby league stadiums in the country.”Saints would like to congratulate all the award winners at the event.last_img read more


ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has named 20 of his 2


first_imgENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has named 20 of his 24-man Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad in the team to face Italy.Saints’ James Roby has been named on the bench for the match which is the first ever senior international between the nations at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (4.30pm).“We are delighted to be playing against Italy in the historic international,” said England Coach Steve McNamara. “This is the first time that both nations have played each other at this level and it should be ideal preparation before we take on Australia a week later in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Cardiff. Italy have made tremendous progress and are well equipped with quality players representing them from the NRL and Super League.“The make-up of the side looks very exciting, with the right blend of youth and experience. There is a great opportunity for the players to really push on and stake a claim for a start against Australia the following week.“Our preparation has been first-class we have trained exceptionally well at our camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa. This is the best prepared side to come from England and we are ready for what promises to be the most competitive World Cup in history.”England Squad:1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Ryan Hall, 3. Carl Ablett, 4. Leroy Cudjoe, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Kevin Sinfield; 8. James Graham, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Gareth Hock, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sam Burgess.Subs: 14. Josh Charnley, 15. Kallum Watkins, 16. Gareth Widdop, 17. Rob Burrow, 18. Chris Hill, 19. James Roby, 20. George Burgess.In partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult can attend England v Italy (4.30pm) and England Knights v Samoa (2.00pm) for free on Saturday October 19 at Salford City Stadium.Adult tickets cost £15 and £5 for concessions. To take advantage of the kids go free offer and to purchase tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk for further information.last_img read more


KEIRON Cunningham said it was poignant Jordan Turn


first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said it was poignant Jordan Turner scored Saints’ winning try on Thursday night – but pointed to a massive squad effort too.“I’d have taken the draw to be honest!” he said. “I’m not sure the game deserved a loser at times. Both sides were great for a period, the defences were good too. They are so quick around the middle and have four dummy runners coming at you that at times we had to survive.“We did that, had some subs left towards the end and they did a great job. I knew we would do something – I knew we would get a crack at something at the end and we did. I am really happy with the win and the two points.“But the performance was the biggest thing for me. We never gave up.“We have players here that are more than able to express themselves with the ball. Quinlan turned up on everything and reinforced why he is here and I thought it was good how we moved the ball after we made the break too.“But all credit to Jordan Turner. Our left edge has come under some flack over the last couple of weeks and it was poignant he put the ball down to win the game.”He continued: “I thought Mark Flanagan was massive. He grounded the ball after Turner had made that wonderful tackle. We did the little things we have have been missing over recent weeks and in the end we found a way to win the game. Our fight for each other on both sides of the ball was phenomenal because for large portions of the game we were on the back foot.“We lost Jon Wilkin to a thumb injury. We don’t know the extent yet. It hurt us time wise as he can do 80 minutes for you. Mark Flanagan went through a lot of pain tonight for the side and played 80 minutes.“He was phenomenal; he work rate was up there. Yes he doesn’t make 100 metre breaks that everyone likes but he works hard and tides up for us. He did a great job for us.”Saints are next in action on Friday July 24 at Langtree Park when they face Hull KR. You can buy your tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more


The clash gets underway at 745pm and a positive r


first_imgThe clash gets underway at 7.45pm and a positive result would hand Justin Holbrook’s side the League Leaders’ Shield.What’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5pm.Academy Championship – Saints take on their Newcastle counterparts at 5.15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Fans in the West Stand can continue to get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time.Bucket Collection – Dig deep for Prostate Cancer UK who are collecting around the ground and in the Hospitality areas.SeatServe – We are continuing to link up with SeatServe to offer a trial of a new in-seat, food and drink delivery service on matchday. The SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be tested in the Totally Wicked North Stand at tonight’s game. Click here to find out more.Tribute – Every year we pay tribute to our fallen fans and players and tonight we will do so once more. Names will be read out before the match and they are also printed in the match programme.Bill Lyon Medal – The under 16s Player of the Year will be announced at half time.Half Time – See the Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a Membership for the 2019 season.League Leaders’ Shield – Should Saints get a positive result tonight then they will presented with the League Leaders’ Shield after the game.Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Quick Reach whilst the Match Ball is sponsored by Orrell Trade Centre.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South or Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 4pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off.Martin Murray will be signing copies of his new book Sinner and Saint in the store from 5pm until 6.30pm.Programme:The programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with Matty Costello. It also pays tribute to the Saints that have fallen in the last 12 months.A Message:Just a reminder: Saints fans are the best in the world and known throughout the sport as being one of the most vocal and loyal group of supporters there is.As a family club we ask that fans are mindful of their fellow supporters and refrain from doing anything that would damage this reputation.There have been instances of beer throwing and other anti-social behaviour at some of our games this year and we ask that fans think of those around them and not do anything that could bring further action on the club.Anyone caught throwing beer, or any other liquid, risks being banned for a period of games, and/or having season tickets rescinded.last_img read more


First Team Match


first_imgHead Coach Justin Holbrook hinted after the victory over Hull FC and yesterday in his pre-match press conference that his captain, Roby, is on track to return, but would make a call later this week to determine if he is fit enough to start.Roby has missed the last four Saints victories after undergoing surgery on a niggling groin injury following the defeat to London Broncos, but he is included in the 19 man squad for Friday’s derby clash.Aaron Smith has also recovered from the whiplash he picked up in the win over Warrington Wolves and also returns to the squad.The two hookers, Roby and his understudy, Smith, come in for Joseph Paulo who is out with a calf strain and Matty Costello who is the other to drop out. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-St.Helens 19 man squad1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.Wigan 19 man squadJoe Bullock, Joe Burgess, Liam Byrne, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Oliver Gildart, Chris Hankinson, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Ollie Partington, Sam Powell, Jarrod Sammut, Dan Sarginson, Jake Shorrocks, Morgan Smithies, George Williams.For the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults, but are selling fast!You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.,Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults, but are selling fast!You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.last_img read more


Any change is good change Students hold town hall on gun violence


first_img Students who organized the March for Our Lives Rally in Wilmington are now behind a town hall to continue the conversation on how to reduce mass shootings, gun violence and school safety.“It has to be open conversation because if one side is just being pushed, and pushed, and pushed then nothing will be accomplished because you’ll never hear the other side. So that’s what this has to be tonight,” Willis said.The organizers invited representatives to be a part of their town hall so they could openly ask questions.Related Article: Man tied to 2012 murder now charged in Taco Bell robbery“I think it’s really important to talk to our representatives about this because we need to let them know and they need to let us know what they are voting for, what we want and we are voting for them to vote for what we want,” student organizer Kathryn Conlon said.One goal was to get others to listen and work toward solutions.“Hopefully there’s some minds changed, some laws thought of or put into place or just any change is good change,” Willis said.After the students spoke, the floor was open for people to ask the representatives their questions. But overall, the young leaders said they were glad to see others listen to them.“There is always going to be a good thing in both sides, but then you have to take the good things and put them together and come up with a compromise. Then that’s where you’re going to get your new beginnings,” Willis said.The students invited Representative David Rouzer to come to the town hall but he did not. WWAY reached out to Rouzer multiple times for comment and still have not heard anything from him. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students, community members, and some representatives participated in a town hall on gun violence.“It’s ridiculous to hear all of us to come together as one,” student organizer Jimmy Willis said.- Advertisement – last_img read more


WPD Chief Heightened gang activity responsible for latest shootings


first_img00:00 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) –  Multiple shootings this weekend continued into the week. Wilmington Police say it’s all related to a spike in gang activity.The district attorney took a stand, preventing gang members from communicating. The city partnered and prosecuted with motels to deter crime. However, when asked how the numbers are doing, Chief Ralph Evangelous tells us these latest crimes involve both.- Advertisement – “There has been an uptick in gang activity no question about that,” said the police chief.Here is the timeline:August 10th, shooting near Klein Road, victim located thereAugust 11th, police trade gunfire with Klein Road suspects near Empie ParkAugust 13th, 19-year-old shot around 1100 Campbell StreetAugust 14th, 1:00 A.M. 45-year-old shot on Barclay Hills DriveAugust 14th, 9:00 P.M. 49-year-old man shot on Evans StreetEvans Street, Barclay Hills, as well as the Campbell Street shootings were all deemed isolated incidents.Greer Hayes Old was arrested in relation to the Klein Rd. shooting (New Hanover County Sheriff)Related Article: 3 charged after man beaten with baseball bat, left for deadHowever, police say a man was kidnapped and dumped after being shot multiple times along Klein Road last Friday and a day later, a gunfight and chase left a Wilmington neighborhood on edge.“People being shot at, but there’s always not always but most of the time there’s a gang nexus there,” said Chief Evangelous.Wilmington police report a slight increase in shootings this summer compared to last year.Chief Evangelous says that is expected.“Summers we’re always busier.”Overall gun crimes are down compared to last summer. One of the key things that is different now from then is the gang injunction the District Attorney’s office has put in place to keep members separated.Neighbors we heard from along Klein road, one of the recent crime scenes, don’t think the legal action is getting the job done entirely, but then again Evangelous feels the same way.“We’re going to have to get more aggressive enforcement wise.”The chief tells us the latest shootings all of stemmed from criminal activity along a Market Street motel, one not involved in a voluntary effort to inhibit crime like others.“There’s some more work to be done out there and we’re going to work with our city attorney’s office and the district attorney’s office and try to tighten up some of these other hotels also,” said the chief.A search continues for the second suspect involved in the weekend shootout with police. Chief Evangelous tells us he will look at increasing the effort to make hotels and motels more accountable to stop criminal activity.last_img read more


Pender County Schools closed to students until at least midOctober


first_img In a news release, Superintendent Steven Hill announced “The best projected return dates begin October 18 with a window extending to October 22, based on environmental hygienist and contractor reports.”The district says these projected dates may change based on approval of funding and/or unforeseen obstacles in structural repairs. Hill said potential impact of Hurricane Michael, which could still be a tropical storm when it reaches our area, may add damage and delay progress further.The fund balance for Pender County Schools is depleted, as is the additional $4 million recently allotted by county commissioners. By law, school systems cannot enter into repair contracts without possessing the funds to cover the contract. Pender County Schools says it cannot complete repair work without more money. The school district says it is engaged in local, state and federal government discussions to try and overcome this situation.Related Article: FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homesGov. Roy Cooper announced Monday he has directed $25 million from the NC Education Lottery go to speed up the recovery and reopening of schools.“It has been stated by many that this is a storm like no other and has affected Pender County like no other. This is especially true for your school system,” Hill said. “I would be remiss if I didn’t share what a recent colleague stated that lost everything, ‘Maybe this will help people remember what is really important in life.’”Sixty-four school staff members are displaced themselves. PCS staff members are also supporting almost 600 students who have been displaced and are preparing some to return long distances for the first day back according to school officials.“I will be updating you every 48 hours to ensure you are actively involved in supporting your school system’s recovery,” Hill said. Damage to Pender Co. schools due to Florence (Photo: Pender County Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Schools in Pender County will remain closed to students until the middle of the month.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Hugh MacRae II civic leader and mall builder dies


first_imgHugh MacRae II is introduced during the North Carolina Azalea Festival in this 2014 photo. (Photo: StarNewsOnline) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline) — Funeral services are planned Oct. 15 for Hugh MacRae II, the Wilmington developer who spearheaded the creation of Hanover Center and Independence Mall.MacRae, 93, died Monday.- Advertisement – “Hugh and his entire family made significant contributions to Wilmington,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. The mayor cited MacRae’s many years of work on the city’s Military Affairs Committee, coordinating relations between local officials, Camp Lejeune and other military units.MacRae was born in Wilmington on Nov. 24, 1924, the son of Nelson MacRae and Marguerite Bellamy. On his mother’s side, he was related to the Bellamy family of Bellamy Mansion. In a reminiscence with historian Susan Taylor Block, he recalled running through the ballroom of his maternal grandparents’ house (destroyed by fire) at 602 Market St.Read more here from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more


ELECTION ANALYSIS New Hanovers blue wave matched by red tide in Brunswick


first_imgThe possibility of a so-called “blue wave” nationally never materialized on Election Day. While Democrats did take back control of the US House of Representatives, Republicans expanded their majority in the US Senate.In southeastern North Carolina, though, there were signs not only of a blue wave but an even bigger red tide, if you will.- Advertisement – Democrats took control of the New Hanover County Commission and won three of the four open seats on the school board. In the process, they forced out three Republican incumbents from the school board to narrow the GOP majority to 4-3.Democrat Harper Peterson holds the narrowest of leads against Republican incumbent Michael Lee for the 9th District NC Senate seat. Meanwhile Republican House incumbents Ted Davis and Holly Grange held their seats.But while New Hanover County leaned more to the blue end of the political spectrum, it’s neighbors are solidly red.Related Article: Warren unveils $640 billion college debt forgiveness planIn Brunswick County, Deb Butler is the only Democrat to hold a partisan office, but her 18th House District also includes a big chunk of Wilmington. While she won 76 percent of the vote in New Hanover County, she actually finished about 600 votes behind Republican challenger Louis Harmati in Brunswick County, whom she beat overall 62 percent of the ballots cast.In the countywide partisan races last night in Brunswick County, Republicans won each with at least 60 percent of the vote.Pender County also saw a Republican sweep. A trio of incumbents held their seats on the county commission to keep the 5-0 majority.This year’s election was the first time the Pender County School Board was a partisan race. Republicans won all three open seats to push out a pair of Democrat incumbents and claim the seat left open after the death of longtime board member Katherine Herring earlier this year. Along with incumbents Brad George and Don Hall, registered Republicans who won the last non-partisan race in 2016, they create an all-GOP board.Republicans are also seeing gains in Bladen and Columbus counties, which for years were solidly Democratic strongholds.last_img read more


Get your Greek on at St Nicholas Greek Festival


first_img Festival hours are Friday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18 11:00 a.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is located at 608 S. College Road in Wilmington.Church tours are also available during the festival. For more details on them and other festival events, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year again! Time for a staple event that brings thousands to Wilmington each Spring. The St. Nicholas Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is just a week away.Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, enjoy traditional Greek music, dancing, food and more.- Advertisement – last_img


MTN injecting some fun into its marketing as it unveils a new


first_imgBandoman entertaining customers during his unveiling at MTN Towers and MTN Nyonyi gardens. Advertisement KAMPALA  – ‘Bandoman’ the new personality unveiled to represent MTN Uganda as its brand ambassador, to connect with its wide base of customers, is set to captivate and entertain the public through inspiring performances and acts.For the first time in 2015, MTN’s ‘Bandoman’ will take an active role on MTN Uganda’s social media channels and engage consumers using the hashtag #MTNBandoman. As ‘Bandoman’ begins his journey, he seeks to deliver to the masses on behalf of MTN the message that with MTN, great things happen to MTN customers anytime, anywhere..As the official brand ambassador for MTN Uganda, ‘Bandoman’ will engage consumers by educating them and informing them about MTN products and services in a fun exciting way.  Customers will in turn stand a chance to win an assortment of prizes for participating, at various locations countrywide. – Advertisement – According to MTN Uganda Chief marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe, “We are proud to associate with Bandoman’, who truly reflects the entertaining, engaging and inspiring values and delivers on MTN’s mission of making our customers live’s a whole lot brighter.”“Customers can expect to see Bandomn at the MTN service centers, dealer shops and could also easily be spotted at campuses, schools, shopping malls and events,” she noted.She added that MTN is looking forward to an exciting second half of 2015 and is confident that this partnership will be mutually rewarding.“’Bandoman’ will bring to life the essence of the MTN brand by connecting with our customers around the country. Whether he’ll be to educating customers about our products and services, such as ‘MTN voice bundles’ or simply answering our customer’s questions; he will reach out and connect to them in way that makes them feel at ease,” Mapula Bodibe said.“He will keep us connected with our customers, allowing us to serve them with more urgency and attention. He is agile, nimble and a fun loving, Ugandan personality who epitomizes the Ugandan way of life. Anyone can easily relate to him,” she added.It will be easy to identify with ‘Bandoman’ since he will be constantly sporting a smart, unique wardrobe, which will sometimes include an iconic ‘y’ello’ bow-tie accompanied by a well tucked- in shirt with ‘yello’ suspenders and a “y’ello” watch.last_img read more


Dusting down the history books


first_imgOLD MONEY RIVERPolice have appealed for information to help trace the owner of hundreds of thousands of pounds in banknotes found floating down a river.A dog walker alerted police to the cash in the South Drove Drain near Spalding town centre, Lincolnshire, on October 25.Officers said a large amount of the money was water damaged but a good quantity was still in good condition.“It isn’t every day that an amount of money like this is found and somebody must have information that will help the police trace the lawful owner,” said Detective Constable Steve Hull of Spalding CID. Cardiff v Man UPremier League4pm, Sky Sports 1IT’S 1975 ALL OVER AGAIN!Got a feeling this may end up the same score as when these two teams last met.Mind you – you need to turn the calendar, and not the clock, back because it was 38 years ago when Man U beat Cardiff 4-0 at Old Trafford.The head to head stats go back to 1955 – and Cardiff have only beaten Man U once in the ‘last’ 10 encounters. The form book from 1955 admittedly probably isn’t too relevant for this afternoon’s 4pm match !HEAD TO HEAD RECORD (Max last 10 only) Mar 1975 Div 2 (old) Man Utd 4 – 0 Cardiff Aug 1974 Div 2 (old) Cardiff 0 – 1 Man Utd Feb 1962 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 3 – 0 Cardiff Sep 1961 Div 1 (old) Cardiff 1 – 2 Man Utd Apr 1961 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 3 – 3 Cardiff Nov 1960 Div 1 (old) Cardiff 3 – 0 Man Utd Apr 1957 Div 1 (old) Cardiff 2 – 3 Man Utd Dec 1956 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 3 – 1 Cardiff Mar 1956 Div 1 (old) Man Utd 1 – 1 Cardiff Oct 1955 Div 1 (old) Cardiff 0 – 1 Man UtdChelsea and Arsenal both won yesterday to maintain their places at the top of the Premier League and with Man City and Spurs playing earlier in the afternoon, this may well turn out to be a ‘must win’ game for Man U.Cardiff have not done badly so far in the Premier League, currently in 15th, the highlight being their 1-0 defeat of rivals Swansea where the bragging rights counted for more than the three points.Unfortunately for them, they meet a Man U side who are starting to play good football again after a shaky start.Man U are now unbeaten in nine matches with six of those outings ending in victory including a massive 1-0 win over Arsenal last time out.The column struck a winner with Chelsea (-1) at 15/8 yesterday and the same bet today on Man U (-1) makes considerable appeal at around 17/10.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points MAN U (-1) at around 17/10last_img read more


STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 27 December HORSE RACING2.05 WetherbyAislabie 11/2 > 3/12.15 WolverhamptonMakaarim 11/4 > 6/42.45 LimerickSweet As A Nut 9/2 > 5/22.50 WolverhamptonCarolinae 13/8 > 11/102.55 KemptonBeltor 7/1 > 9/25.00 WolverhamptonNational Service 20/1 > 13/2LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship12:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/9 Brighton & Hove Albion 7/1 QPR 100/30 DRAWChampionship15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/6 Derby County 9/2 Birmingham City 11/4 DRAWPremier League17:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD3/10 Liverpool 9/1 Stoke City 9/2 DRAWNational League19:45BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD5/6 Eastleigh 16/5 Boreham Wood 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


STARTERS ORDERS Friday 19 July


first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Friday 19 JulyHORSE RACING3.50 HaydockBuriram 6/1 > 3/14.00 NottinghamGreat Example 5/2 > 6/4LIVE FOOTBALLBetfred Cup Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD2/5 Motherwell21/4 Greenock Morton7/2 DRAWAfrica Cup of Nations 2019 Final20:00 Eurosport 219/10 Senegal9/5 Algeria9/5 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img