Two disabled peers have criticised ministers for r

first_imgTwo disabled peers have criticised ministers for refusing to collect figures that would demonstrate the impact of a key element of new benefit rules that will see tens of thousands of people losing their Motability vehicles.The Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas and the crossbench peer Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson spoke out after a Lords debate on the so-called “20-metre” rule, introduced by the government as part of its new personal independence payment (PIP).Under disability living allowance (DLA), someone is eligible for the higher mobility rate if they cannot walk more than 50 metres, but under the new rules for PIP – which is gradually replacing working-age DLA – this walking distance criterion has been set at just 20 metres.Those who are not eligible for the PIP mobility enhanced rate are not able to hire a vehicle through the Motability scheme.Last week, Baroness Thomas proposed a motion in the House of Lords in which she called on ministers to agree to an urgent meeting with Disability Rights UK and the Disability Benefits Consortium over the unfairness of the 20-metre rule, which she described as “a real slap in the face for thousands of disabled people”.Government figures have predicted that, with the criteria set at 20 metres, the number of people receiving higher rates of mobility support – and therefore eligible for a Motability vehicle – will plunge from 1,030,000 (if DLA had not been replaced by PIP) to just 602,000 by 2018.Baroness Thomas (pictured during the debate) told fellow peers that between 400 and 500 Motability cars a week were being handed back by disabled people who had been reassessed for PIP and “whose condition may not have improved but who are losing not just their car but, in many cases, their independence”. She pointed out that when the government was forced to consult on the 20-metre rule, the overwhelmingly majority of the 1,000-plus responses said it was “manifestly unfair, not to say meaningless”.She said: “To be told that the bill for PIP is too high and must be cut by more than halving the walking distance test is a real slap in the face for thousands of disabled people, particularly those of working age with lifetime awards under DLA.”But Baroness Altmann, the pensions minister, claimed that PIP claimants who can walk more than 20 metres but less than 50 metres can still receive the enhanced mobility rate of PIP if they cannot walk the distance “safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a timely manner”.She said this meant that there was “not a strict 20-metre rule” but that 20 metres was “an indication”, and “if somebody can walk more than 20 metres, they can still get the enhanced rate component”, although she admitted that “it does depend on the assessment”.But when asked by Lord McKenzie, a Labour shadow work and pensions spokesman, how many people had qualified for the enhanced rate under the PIP “moving around” activity despite being able to walk more than 20 metres, she said: “Of course, I do not have those figures to hand and I do not know whether they are available.”When Disability News Service (DNS) asked the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after the debate whether it collected those figures, a DWP spokesman confirmed that it did not.He said: “We collect a wide range of information on PIP assessments and make a judgement on the level of detail to capture.“Every level of detail captured incurs costs and we have to take a judgement on whether these costs provide value for money for the taxpayer.”When told of this response, Baroness Thomas told DNS: “How can the DWP expect parliamentarians to scrutinise what they are doing when we aren’t given the full facts? “Ministers are often very good at picking and choosing statistics to suit their case, expecting the rest of us to swallow them whole. This isn’t good enough. “Both the department and parliament ought to have as full a picture as possible of the impact of the PIP changes on both new and reassessed claimants.”Baroness Grey-Thompson added: “I think it is hugely disappointing that they are not measuring this, not least because it might help Her Majesty’s Government work out how much they may be ‘saving’.“I would have thought the data would have helped them make informed decisions about any future potential changes.”Three other disabled peers had also raised concerns in the debate about the impact of the 20-metre rule.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the disabled president of the Liberal Democrats, pointed to the case of Tom Carter, whose case was reported by DNS last year, and who was forced to return his Motability car after a PIP reassessment saw his mobility award reduced from enhanced to standard rate.Losing the car meant he was unable to travel to hospital for the vital x-rays he needed after losing a leg to bone cancer.Another disabled peer, Lord [Colin] Low, said the 20-metre threshold was “completely arbitrary”, whereas 50 metres was “a well-established and research-based measure of significant mobility impairment”. He said: “Making a change that means that people who need a Motability car to go to work lose their car flies in the face of the government’s welfare-to-work agenda and their aim to halve the disability employment gap.”Baroness Masham, another disabled peer, and a vice-president of Motability, said the loss of the enhanced rate of mobility was “a desperate situation for some disabled people living in rural districts who have no public transport”.She said: “If they have employment, they will lose it. They will also lose the independence needed for a social life and will have to use hospital transport for hospital visits, costing the NHS much-needed funds.?”Baroness Grey-Thompson, who receives the upper mobility rate of DLA, although she does not have a Motability vehicle, said she was waiting to be called for her PIP reassessment.She said: “I believe that the 20-metre guideline is an arbitrary number – where does 20 metres get you? It is barely the distance from one wall of the [Lords] chamber to the other.“How can we reasonably expect people who can walk only 20 metres not to require some sort of assistance?”Baroness Altmann said the government was “happy to engage” with disability groups, but insisted that PIP was “performing well”.She said: “Under DLA, too many people were given lifetime awards – that is at the heart of some of the problems we have been hearing about this evening – whereas under PIP claimants have regular reviews to make sure that the support they get reflects their current circumstances.”And she said the PIP reforms were not about saving money, as the government was “spending more on PIP, and more people have Motability cars now than when PIP started”.But in a surprise move, Baroness Thomas had packed the chamber with fellow Liberal Democrats, who ensured that her motion was passed.The DWP spokesman later confirmed that the meeting with Disability Rights UK and the Disability Benefits Consortium would take place.He said: “I can confirm that the arrangements are currently being finalised for the minister to meet disability charities next week to talk about the issues raised in the debate.”Disability Rights UK said after the debate that Motability and government figures suggest that about 1,500 disabled people a week who previously received the higher DLA mobility rate were not being awarded its PIP equivalent after being reassessed, a loss to each individual of about £1,800 per year.A DR UK spokesperson said: “The result is devastating on their independence and has resulted in loss of employment for some.”It called for all those claimants who cannot reliably walk up to 50 metres to be awarded the enhanced mobility rate of PIP.last_img read more

The disabled activist who yesterday won a groundb

first_imgThe disabled activist who yesterday won a ground-breaking legal victory that protects the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses has said he does not regret the five years he has spent fighting the case through the courts.Doug Paulley (pictured), from Wetherby, near Leeds, said he hoped the victory over the public transport giant FirstGroup would be a “morale-booster” for disabled people across the country, who he said were living through “very dark and worrying” times.But he warned that the barriers facing wheelchair-users travelling on buses were “not going to change overnight”.He said the legal case had been “about achieving cultural change, which is never easy or quick, and it’s a struggle to make that happen, and hopefully what lots of people have achieved today is one step towards something approaching cultural change.“I think it’s worth it in terms of the pressure for change and the potential for change; it has got a lot of people thinking and taking about it, which can only improve awareness.”The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday (Wednesday) that First Bus had breached its duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people under the Equality Act through its “first come, first served” policy on the use of wheelchair spaces.It was the first case of disability discrimination in service provision to be heard by the country’s highest court.Paulley had been planning to travel to Leeds to visit his parents in February 2012, but was prevented from entering a bus because the driver refused to insist that a mother with a sleeping child in a pushchair should move from the only wheelchair space.After he launched a legal case for discrimination, the county court ruled that wheelchair-users should have priority in the use of dedicated wheelchair spaces, and that First Bus’s policy breached the Equality Act.The court of appeal then over-turned that ruling and said instead that a bus driver needed only to request – and not demand – that a non-disabled passenger should vacate the space if it was needed by a wheelchair-user.But the Supreme Court yesterday ruled unanimously that disabled passengers have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus –  although failing to award any damages to Paulley – and that a driver must do more than simply ask a non-disabled passenger to move.The ruling should mean that bus drivers are now “required” to ask passengers blocking the space to move, said Paulley, and are then “required to ask them if they have a genuine reason for not doing so if they refuse”, and “required” to take measures to pressure them into doing so if they will still not move.These measures should probably include refusing to drive off for several minutes, in order to shame the passenger blocking the space into moving, although the driver will not have the legal power to throw them off the bus.Paulley said: “I think the bus industry, the public transport industry and possibly other industries too will be going away and studying this in quite some detail.“I don’t think a lot of it is going to be overnight. I don’t think this is going to be a universal panacea.“It would be nice if it was, but it’s a step towards it. We must keep banging the drum.”He said he hoped the government would now make changes to clarify and strengthen the rights of wheelchair-users through the government’s bus services bill, which has just started its progress through the Commons.Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, said on Twitter immediately after the ruling that she would now be speaking to the Department for Transport “re clarity, good practice & powers a transport operator has to ensure this ruling become a reality”.Alan Benson, chair of London’s user-led accessible transport charity Transport for All (TfA), welcomed the judgment, although he said TfA “would have liked to see it go further and make it a requirement of the driver to get people to move or a requirement that people move when asked”.He said he was frustrated at the lack of clarity in the judgment – which had different judgments delivered by six of the seven justices – but he said it was still “a day for celebration”.He said: “Today it’s about the victory; tomorrow we need to look at what the next steps are.“I think there are a lot of conversations going on this afternoon about just what it means.”He added: “It is an incredibly difficult climate, where disabled people’s rights and freedoms are being chipped away at every day, where disabled people in society are increasingly the victims of hate crime, verbal and physical abuse.“I think they are looking for every morale boost they can find and I think this has got to be one of them.”Chris Fry, from Unity Law, who has represented Paulley throughout his legal battle, said the decision establishes what he called the “Paulley Principle”: that bus companies have to give priority use of the wheelchair space to disabled customers.He said immediate changes needed to be made by First Group and other transport companies.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the disabled Liberal Democrat peer and party president, and herself a wheelchair-user, said: “I am delighted that Doug Paulley has won this important Supreme Court case.“The Paulley Principle is vital to make sure that disabled travellers are not treated as second-class citizens.“In the detail of the judgement, the Supreme Court judges say that there need to be legislative changes to make this happen, not least to give bus drivers the power to require a passenger to move. “Following the minister’s comments on my amendments in the bus service bill, saying he was waiting for the outcome of this case, I will now be asking him to ensure that the legislation is enacted as swiftly as possible.”David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which funded Paulley’s appeal, said: “Public transport is essential for disabled people to live independently, yet bus companies have not made it easy for this to happen.“This is a victory for disabled people’s rights. The success of this case means bus companies will have to end ‘first come, first served’ polices, increasing peace of mind for disabled people.”Paulley paid tribute to the years of support he has received that have made the victory possible from disabled people’s organisations and individual disabled people and their allies, including Unity Law, Transport for All and the website Mumsnet, all of which had “gone out of their way to support this and make this change”.Paulley said he did not know when he would attempt his next bus journey, following the Supreme Court ruling.He said the incident with First Bus in 2012 had seriously knocked his confidence about travelling on buses as a wheelchair-user, and the incident still affected him.He said: “I have various mental health issues… and that fear of confrontation does genuinely cause an issue for me, so I don’t know.”Pictured: Doug Paulley (left) and Chris Fry in front of the Supreme Court yesterday after the ruling, surrounded by supporters from Transport for Alllast_img read more

Momentum the network of activists that grew out o

first_imgMomentum, the network of activists that grew out of Jeremy Corbyn’s first leadership campaign, has launched a drive for open parliamentary selections to take place across the country, which would enable Labour members to oust their local sitting MP.The campaign will encourage party members to initiate a full selection process in their local parties through the ‘trigger ballot’ mechanism. This is the tool that allows members to have a say over whether their MP faces a full selection contest or is automatically reselected as the Labour candidate for the constituency they already represent.Following a rule change at Labour conference last year, the threshold has been lowered so that: “If either one third or more of party branches, or one third or more of affiliated branches, indicate that they wish a selection to take place, a selection shall proceed.” Sitting MPs must secure the support of more than two thirds of both party and affiliated branches in order to avoid the risk of deselection.Pointing to its endorsement of already-selected parliamentary candidates such as Ali Milani and Faiza Shaheen, Momentum explains that it welcomes Labour’s initiation of an early reselection process because the party needs its “rising stars” to “look and sound very different” to the “privately educated millionaires” running for the Tory leadership.“People feel deeply alienated by our broken political system, and campaigning for open selections across the country will help surface a new generation of young, BAME, working class leaders who will take on the political establishment and provide a genuine alternative,” the Momentum statement released today reads.Corbynites are hoping to make Labour’s parliamentary party more representative of party supporters, but also to reshape the political outlook of MPs. The PLP is currently considered to be overwhelmingly Corbynsceptic, which makes deselecting sitting MPs an opportunity for the Labour left.However, if a snap election is called in the autumn as a result of the next Prime Minister not being able to implement his Brexit plan, sitting MPs will likely be automatically reselected. In seats where no candidate has been selected already, the ruling body may impose candidates, as happened in 2017.There has been some controversy over the process for pregnant Labour MPs. LabourList exclusively revealed that the national executive committee (NEC) addressed such concerns at its last meeting and decided that trigger ballots will only be held at least one year after a sitting MP’s return from maternity leave.Tags:Labour /Parliamentary Selections /Open selections /Momentum /Trigger ballot /Full selections /last_img read more

101 New Affordable Units Approved for SFs Mission

first_imgThe 17th and Folsom development will house 16- to 24-year-olds transitioning from state or foster care and low-income families. It will look over a park that has been years in the making.Construction is expected to begin in 2017, and Feng hopes to have residents start moving in by late 2018 or early 2019. City officials said construction on the park next door would begin earlier and likely be completed by next summer.The youth tenants transitioning will have rents 30 percent of the area median income of $71,400, while the low-income family tenants will pay up to 60 percent. One-fifth of the 101 units will be one-bedroom studios for the youth, while the rest are mostly two- and three-bedrooms. “Our concept for this was three-fold: To take the transitional age youth and help them to really establish a community in a neighborhood with a lot of resources, like the Mission; to be a symbiotic development with the park next door; and to ensure that resources that are at risk of displacement stay in the neighborhood,” Feng said. To that end, Feng said the ground floor of the development will house local non-profits like PODER and Jamestown Community Center. The Mission Neighborhood Resource Center and the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center will also provide childcare in the building, Feng said, and Larkin Street Youth Services will give job training to youth residents.“We’ll also have entry-level employment for the youth at a cafe, which will also be connected to the park,” Feng said. A walkway between the park and the housing development will connect Shotwell and Folsom, and the adjacent cafe will have restrooms open to park-goers. “We’re really enlivening and enriching the neighborhood’s resources,” Feng said, adding they had even considered the area’s long history of flooding and raised the building by two feet to avoid maintenance issues.A decision on at least another 50 units of affordable housing at Shotwell and Cesar Chavez is expected before October, and along with the 1950 Mission Street development and the 490 South Van Ness development that was made fully affordable in July, the Mission is slated to receive some 400 new affordable units in the next few years. The affordable housing approved in the last two months is the Mission’s first such housing since Valencia Gardens in 2006 and follows a city-wide debate on affordability in the neighborhood. In May, activists stormed city hall to support a 45-day moratorium on market-rate development in the Mission, and on the ballot this November is Proposition I, a similar moratorium that would last 18 months. Mayor Ed Lee has a stated goal of creating 30,000 new housing units by 2020 — one third of which would be affordable — and has supported Proposition A, the $310 million dollar affordable housing bond on November’s ballot. But San Francisco’s chief economist said last year it would take 100,000 new units of market-rate housing to make a dent in the city’s affordability crisis, and since January 2014 only 5,600 units have been constructed city-wide, 1,400 of which are affordable. Still, the development is the latest to come to the Mission and the first large-scale project for MEDA. It establishes a foundation on which the non-profit may base plans to build affordable housing in the neighborhood. Just five weeks after 1950 Mission Street was approved for 165 units of affordable housing, 101 new affordable units will be coming to the former parking lot at 2070 Folsom St. They will be built via a joint partnership between the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CDC). This brings the number of affordable housing units approved for the Mission this summer to 266.“This is a huge deal, and we feel like it’s bringing our brand of affordable housing to the Mission,” said Karoleen Feng, the Director of Community Real Estate at MEDA. This is the first housing construction project for the non-profit, which has recently made strides in the affordable housing game with its purchase of six small sites earlier last month and the transfer of some 400 units of public housing to its care. 0%center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • meda • Mission Economic Development Agency • parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Union Workers Demand that SF General Hospital Hire More Nurses

first_img Tags: health care • protests • SF General Hospital • unions Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The protesters claim current staffing levels put patients at risk of receiving inadequate care and can force individual nurses to work long hours to help out when patient volumes are too high for the scheduled workers to handle.Nurse Jason Negron-Gonzales, 39, who has worked in the hospital’s emergency department for five years, recalled a grim shift back in 2014. As the sun was about to come up and he prepared to clock out, two ambulances rolled in at the same time bearing patients who had attempted suicide. One man had cut his own throat, and the other had tried to drown himself by jumping off a pier.There were four nurses available at the time. They wheeled the men into different rooms and split into pairs to tend to them. Negron-Gonzalez said 10 patients would have been left unattended if he and a handful of other nurses hadn’t decided to stay on the clock.“This happens day to day,” Negron-Gonzales said. “You can get more than one sick patient at any time, and then you need the staff there and ready.”David Canham, who will soon negotiate to expand nurse staffing on behalf of Local 1021, said that multiple departments throughout San Francisco General are out of compliance with Title 22 California Code of Regulations, which specifies how many nurses hospitals must keep on staff. The state law requires hospitals to keep enough nurses so that each has no more than a set maximum of patients at any given moment, and those thresholds vary based on the setting, the patients’ conditions and other factors.Department of Public Health spokesperson Rachel Kagan would not comment about whether the hospital was violating Title 22, though she said the department and union representatives will get a chance to talk about this soon. A hospital spokesperson also declined to comment in response to the claim. The hospital’s website shows job openings for nurses, but it’s unclear how many will be hired, and in what time frame.Canham said that Mayor Ed Lee could fix the problem by increasing the hospital’s budget. “The buck stops with the mayor,” he said.Negron-Gonzales said that in 2014, the hospital’s emergency department was violating state staffing regulations multiple times every day. Since then, more nurses have joined the staff and now he only occasionally has more patients than he’s supposed to. But he said he worries that when the new facility opens, the hospital will merely transfer its current nurses into it instead of training new ones, causing the problem to return.“We look forward to discussing this topic with the nurses at the bargaining table,” Kagan said. 0%center_img Union staff and hospital workers on Thursday revived a long-standing dispute over staffing levels at San Francisco General Hospital.About 200 workers and members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 picketed outside the hospital’s entrance at noon, calling for administrators to end a nurse shortage that has persisted for about 10 years, they said. The hospital will soon open its new facilities, named after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but protesters said that existing departments are already in a dire state and need attention now.“We don’t want to take a decade-long problem and move it into this brand new facility,” said Larry Bradshaw, vice president of Local 1021 in San Francisco.During the protest, the churning crowd of picketers chanted, “What do we want?” “Safe Staffing!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”last_img read more

STOBART Group the UK leader in transport and dist

first_imgSTOBART Group, the UK leader in transport and distribution, has partnered with Super League in a cross-marketing deal to secure title naming rights to Rugby League’s elite club competition.The new agreement, which will run until the end of the 2014 season, will see the competition become the Stobart Super League with the Stobart brand featuring prominently across all 14 clubs.In a pioneering new partnership focusing on exposure and promoting greater awareness of the game, the newly-designed Stobart Super League artwork will adorn 100 trailers of the company’s famous red and green trucks, with an Eddie Stobart vehicle passed, on average, every 4.5 minutes when driving on the UK’s major roads.Each of the 14 clubs will have trailers branded with images of their players and team colours.Commenting on the new partnership, Super League Chairman Richard Lewis said: “The deal with Stobart is excellent for the Super League clubs and the competition as a whole.“The Super League clubs turned down other offers and took a strategic view that the brand values of Stobart are closely matched to those of Rugby League.“The Super League clubs are excited by the multi-layered sponsorship that services the game and the competition on a number of levels in a way never seen before.”Stobart Chief Executive Andrew Tinkler said: “Eddie Stobart has become a Superbrand due to the public exposure of our 2,250 trucks, driving millions of miles each week.“Now we can help build the Super League brand and promote Rugby League and its brilliant clubs through the exposure our fleet and Superbrand status offers.”He added: “We have a successful history with the game through our relationship with Widnes Vikings, and believe there is a strong affiliation between the Stobart brand and the army of Rugby League fans. We can’t wait for the Stobart Super League to get started and for our new branded trailers to hit the road.”The partnership will dovetail alongside a new five-year television contract with leading broadcaster Sky Sports, which will see up to 70 televised games each season, starting with Widnes Vikings versus Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Friday February 3 2012.Rugby League continues to be a major feature in the Sky Sports portfolio as the most watched domestic league outside of football, and the fourth most popular televised sport in Britain.last_img read more

SAINTS displayed real mettle and courage as they t

first_imgSAINTS displayed real mettle and courage as they toughed it out to beat Castleford Tigers 18-12 at the Probiz Coliseum.Defensively they were outstanding, withstanding repeat set after set on their own line and battling the loss of three key players.Ade Gardner (knee), Tony Puletua (shoulder) and Gary Wheeler (hamstring) all left the field leaving Saints short on numbers and interchanges.But their teammates showed real pride to batten down the hatches, stave off five repeat sets in the last three minutes, and secure two points.Up until then, the conditions hardly encouraged free flowing rugby – and that was reflected in the number of knock ons and handling errors.Saints forged ahead when Ade Gardner clocked his 168th in the Red Vee and a typical bulldozing run from Sia Soliola  sandwiched Brett Ferris’ reply.The second half didn’t fare much better in terms of entertainment but Saints stuck at it and Francis Meli intercepted to go 90 yards and stretch the lead.James Roby the unlikeliest ‘converter’ to take it to 18-6 before Ferris grabbed his second.Saints then produced that wonderful never say die defence to grab the win.After losing the derby on Good Friday Saints needed the experience of Paul Wellens and Anthony Laffranchi in the squad and the direction of Gary Wheeler to try and overcome a tricky Castleford.The Tigers were down on numbers but with Josh Atkinson on debut and a buoyant home crowd it was never going to be easy.Roby kicked a 40/20 on Saints first set and from the scrum Lance Hohaia was just caught right on the try-line.Castleford shored up the defence and then probed into their opponent’s 20; but Saints D was on top once again.On 12 minutes, Hohaia blasted down the field and both Sia Soliola and Ade Gardner had good chances to get Saints on the board.But as the half wore on, the first score was always going to be pretty crucial – and it came from Saints.Roby and Hohaia put their charges in great field position and when Wheeler poked his head through, Ade Gardner went over.Wheeler’s conversion off target.Tigers replied with a great line ball that was finished off by Brett Ferris – and goal by Kirk Dixon to put them two to the good.The lead was short-lived though as on Saints’ next set Sia Soliola ploughed over after great work from James Roby.Wheeler again wide with the conversion attempt.Saints then should have increased their lead further. Wheeler broke the Cas line with great footwork and found Hohaia on his inside.He then took it on, got it to Michael Shenton but the Tigers’ defence had scrambled and the chance was gone.Cas then almost turned that defence into attack. On the back of three penalties they were camped on Saints line, but once again the ‘Red Vee’ rearguard was too strong.The second half began with a Castleford knock on, a Gary Wheeler chip to the corner and a take in goal from Josh Atkinson.But Ade Gardner came off worse as he jumped for the ball and was stretchered off to join TP on the sidelines.Another error then led to Saints next try. Castleford lost the ball in their own zone, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scooped it up, fed Shenton and he did the business.Wheeler again missing with the extras.The excellent Josh Jones produced a fine chase to stop a hacked ahead ball as the game approached the final quarter.Once again though Saints made it difficult for themselves with a number of penalties as they began to tire.And it took a herculean effort from Francis Meli to pluck a Cas pass out of mid-air and race 90 yards; Roby tagging on the extras.Straightaway Saints were on the back foot again as the Tigers forced three repeat sets on their line.The pressure told too, Brett Ferris grabbing his second – again thanks to a fine ‘line’ ball.Dixon tagging on the two.Cas forced a double drop out in the final stages as Saints tired even further and were handed another one with a penalty. The ball then went into touch and the Tigers were given another set – somewhat bizarrely after the ball came off a home player.That was their fifth set in a row but Saints defended it to come away from their line and seal the win.Match Summary:Tigers:Tries: Ferris (2)Goals: Dixon (2 from 2)Saints:Tries: Gardner, Soliola, Shenton, MeliGoals: Wheeler (0 from 3). Roby (1 from 1)Penalties:Tigers: 11Saints: 6HT: 8-6FT: 18-12REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 6492Teams:Tigers:4. Kirk Dixon; 29. Ben Johnson, 11. Brett Ferres, 25. Jordan Thompson, 5. Josh Griffin; 23. Ryan McGoldrick, 15. Adam Milner; 12. Jonathan Walker, 16. Ryan Hudson, 24. Steve Nash, 17. Lee Mitchell, 21. Oliver Holmes, 27. John Davies.Subs: 8. Jake Emmitt, 13. Steve Snitch, 14. Stuart Jones, 28. James Grehan.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 17. Gary Wheeler, 6. Lance Hohaia; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 11. Tony Puletua, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Chris Flannery.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Shaun Magennis.last_img read more

WITH the World Cup less than a year away legend D

first_imgWITH the World Cup less than a year away, legend Darren Lockyer visited Langtree Park to host a special forum.In front of 300 Rugby League fans he spoke about the importance of the tournament and entertained with several amusing stories.Lance Hohaia, Paul Wellens, Paul Loughlin and Ade Gardner were also on the panel.Our next forum is on November 29 – click here for more details.last_img

SAINTS travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan W

first_imgSAINTS travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Warriors tonight looking to avenge the Good Friday loss at Langtree Park.They have won 28 games in the Super League era over their nearest rivals.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14)St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)Super League Summary:Wigan won 31 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)St Helens won 28 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) 154 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 136 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Michael Oldfield (Catalan Dragons), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors) 12Goals:1 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 742 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 663 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 614 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 595 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 576 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 557 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 488 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 469 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 4310 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 41Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 100.00 (10/10)2 Luke Gale (Bradford Bulls) 93.75 (15/16)3 Jordan Rankin (Hull FC) 88.88 (16/18)4 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 82.00 (41/50)5 Jacob Miller (Hull FC) 81.81 (9/11)6 Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) 78.78 (26/33)7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 78.72 (74/94)8 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.57 (66/84)9 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 78.18 (43/55)10 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.46 (55/71)Points:1 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1622 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1533 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 1444 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1345 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1256 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1247 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 1228 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1069 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 10010 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 97last_img read more

SAINTS get their Super 8s campaign underway this T

first_imgSAINTS get their Super 8s campaign underway this Thursday when they make the short trip to Warrington Wolves.Games between the two are tied this season, with Keiron Cunningham’s men recording a 25-22 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in April.In fact, the Wolves’ patch has been a happy hunting ground for Saints over the Super League era, with 22 wins and a draw coming from 26 matches.“There’s no pressure then!” Cunningham quipped when asked about that record this week. “Why is it that way? I’m not sure but atmosphere probably goes a long way towards it. It is a good venue to play at, our fans enjoy going across there and we’ve had a fair bit of success there too.“The boot is on the other foot at Langtree Park – they have done well here. Whatever the form, I’m sure Tony (Smith) will have his team ready to go on Thursday.“They say every cloud has a silver lining and it’s true we’ve been able to freshen things up over the week off. We’ve had some good results and found a bit of form recently but we’d rather be in Tony’s position.“We can’t change what has happened but we do have players available who wouldn’t have been able to play had we had a game at the weekend.“We have been able to put some conditioning work into them and I brought them in on Sunday. I don’t think I was the most popular bloke for doing that, but that’s what you have to do with playing on Thursday.“We have belief in what we are doing and it will be a good round one for us.”He continued: “Warrington are a good side and are where they are on the league table and in the Challenge Cup because of that. Saints v Warrington matches are always feisty and good games. Tony took his halves off in the second half of the semi-final and rested other players with this game in the back of his mind.“He knows the importance of it to his troops like it does to ours.“But, we have got into the top four and the challenge now is to take each round as it comes and maintain the levels we have got to.”Saints expect Dominique Peyroux will be in contention for a return to the squad this Thursday whilst Theo Fages is a couple of weeks off.Tommy Makinson is progressing from his knee injury too but won’t be available this season.“We will be as fit as we are going to be this year in the next couple of weeks,” Cunningham added. “We have found some form, have bodies coming back, and that does help. It will give me a headache for sure.”Finally, KC once again paid tribute to the fans who have played “a large role” in the club’s recent form.“They have been fantastic. At Wigan they were in full roar and it’s probably one of the only times I have wanted to pull on a shirt again and be a part of it.“They will play a big part going forward. We are in the best spot we could be from where we were. We now have four home games and our fans will play a massive part in what we could do. Hopefully, we will reward them for that.”Tickets for Thursday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.You can also secure your spec for all our Super 8s games, with the exception of our trip to Widnes.last_img read more

The game which will kick off at 3pm will form pa

first_imgThe game, which will kick off at 3pm, will form part of Justin Holbrook’s preparations for the 2018 campaign, with the match against Leigh following six days later.The South Stand will be open for this fixture and tickets are on sale now.They are priced at £10 for adults, £7 concessions and £5 juniors.Mark Aston’s Eagles have plenty of Super League experience – with former Saint Matty Fozard likely to face his old club.Holbrook will want to give his full squad a run out as the countdown to the new season steps up a notch.You can get your tickets at the Totally Wicked Stadium Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by clicking here.last_img

Murder suspects returned to Columbus County

first_img39-year-old William Forney and 32-year-old Amber Hitchcocks (Photo: Tulsa Co. Jail) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The couple accused of killing a man in Tabor City and fleeing to Oklahoma are back in North Carolina.A detective with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, along with the SBI, flew to Oklahoma and brought William Fortney, 39, and Amber Nicole Hitchcock, 32, back to Columbus County yesterday.- Advertisement – On September 16, Ricky Long was shot in the head multiple times at a home on Ranch Drive in Tabor City. According to the U.S. Marshals Office, neighbors saw Long’s car speeding away. His car was later seen at a hotel parking lot with a man and woman loading their belongings into it.Investigators identified Fortney and Hitchcock as the suspects.A few days later, Long’s car was found in a river in Oklahoma, which is where investigators say Fortney and Hitchcock are from.Related Article: New Hanover County murderer granted paroleThey were arrested in Oklahoma.They are both charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.They are in the Columbus County Detention Center under no bond for the murder charge.Their first court appearance is set for today.last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a story about a ghostly local legend about a railroad worker, Joe Baldwin, who became an unlikely hero.The Maco Station Light, for over a century a mysterious light could be seen bobbing up and down along the railroad tracks at Maco Station, a little west of Wilmington. They say that when people approach those lights they disappear.- Advertisement – In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, hear the haunting story about the Maco Station Light.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit each Thursday for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.”last_img

Surf City public boat ramp closed Saturday

first_imgSoundside Park (Photo: Town of Surf City) The Topsail Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Scallywags Pirate Event. TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The weather is going to be great to be outside Saturday but if you plan on putting your boat in the water at a public boat ramp in Surf City, you need to make other arrangements.Surf City Police Department says the Soundside Park Public Boat Ramp will be closed all day Saturday, May 5.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington City Council approves new police and fire training facility

first_img Right now, the police department has to use space at other agencies because its own facility is so outdated, but the new, state of the art facility would accommodate the needs of police, firefighters and the community. The facility planned near Maides Park will allow officers to hold community classes so people can experience simulators and situations officers face on a daily basis.“Any time we can bring the public into our training facility, show them what we’re doing, allow them to be a part of that, and then also be able to use the facilities we have, that only improves our relationship that we have with the community,” Thompson said.The more than nine-million dollar project will include an indoor training facility and shooting range, classroom space, and firearm simulators.Related Article: Southbound lanes of Highway 421 reopen after gas leak“Well I believe that our officers can only be as good as the training they receive. And so, certainly having this state of the arts training facility will give us more time on the firing range and allow our officers to have a lot more training,” Thompson said.Thompson says this facility will give law enforcement officers the specific tools to serve the community as well as possible.The construction is expected to start within 60 days and be done a little more than a year from now. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council voted and approved a multi-million dollar contract for a brand new police and fire training facility. The soon to be, 30,000 square foot facility is quite the step up for the Wilmington police and fire departments.“We’re really in desperate need of it, this facility. It’s something that’s been a long time coming, said Linda Thompson, WPD spokeswoman.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Update 2 Man with grievous injuries after falling off balcony

first_imgUpdate 2 – 20.15According to the police, the Ukrainian man who fell off a first floor balcony in Qawra, has suffered grievous injuries.The incident has also been confirmed as happening around 16.15 this afternoon.Update 1 – 18.23A police spokesperson has told that the individual involved was a foreign male who fell one storey (from the first floor) when the railing on his balcony fell. They landed on the street level.They have been taken to hospital but it is not known their current condition. They are understood to be a 32 year old originally from Ukraine. It is not known whether Qawra is their naturalised location in Malta.Updated: – 17.06 – Railing falls off Qawra balcony; one person injuredA police spokesperson has updated saying that the incident involved the railing fell off the balcony and not the entire balcony structure.They also explained that one person has been injured. It is not clear what their condition is or if they are being taken to hospital.Balcony collapse in Qawra, injuries reportedA police spokesperson has informed that a balcony has collapsed in Qawra.The incident is understood to have taken place on Triq in-Nawciera at around 3.30PM. CPD and an ambulance are reportedly at the scene.There are an unspecified number of people injured as a result.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

MFSA warns customers against copycats moonlighting as German firm Acatis

first_img SharePrint Malta’s Financial Services Authority is warning Maltese customers about an entity impersonating a legitimate German fund and asset management firm; Acatis.MFSA says that a separate entity is moonlighting as the real company to trick the public.They warn that the copy-cat company is using the following websites and and the profile that it is trading within Malta.MFSA instead clarifies that these websites have, ‘NO association with the authorised and licenced company Acatis Investment Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH regulated by BaFin, having its registered office address at Main Building, Taunusanlage 18 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.’On Acatis’ website, the company is also warning clients against the clone entity.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Europes heatwave burns on but eases from record highs

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> People sunbath at a beach by the Baltic Sea in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian BimmerPeople sunbath at a beach by the Baltic Sea in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer A four-day heatwave across western Europe that killed seven people began to ease slightly on Sunday, as temperature alerts were cut back and wildfires slowly brought under control.Most of the fires that had broken out Spain in recent days were stabilised, but firefighters were struggling to control a blaze in the central provinces of Toledo and Madrid that had burned more than 20 sq km (8 sq miles) since Friday.In the northeastern town of La Almunia de Dona Godina, the temperature hit a scorching 42.4 Celsius (108.3 Fahrenheit). But five of Spain’s 50 provinces were downgraded from “extreme” weather risk, leaving just two at the highest level, with 31 on weather alert.In France, which experienced a national record of 45.9 Celsius (114.6 Fahrenheit) in the south on Friday, temperatures were set to fall gradually.  People sunbath at a beach by the Baltic Sea in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer People enjoy sunbathing at a beach by the Baltic Sea in Travemuende, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer Triathlete Jan Frodeno tries to cool down as he competes in the Ironman triathlon European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Athletes try to cool down as he competes in the Ironman triathlon European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach An athlete tries to cool down as he competes in the Ironman triathlon European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach People sit in a beer garden next to a small lake in the English Garden in Munich, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert People enjoy bathing at a beach by the Baltic Sea in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian BimmerIn Paris, a ban imposed on older cars to counter heat-related pollution was likely to be lifted on Monday, authorities said.Nevertheless, some 25 out of around 90 French administrative departments have restricted water use, not least for farmers.Jerome Despey, a wine producer in France’s southwestern Herault region, tweeted photos of shrivelled grapes, and complained of “widespread damage”.Meteorologists say a weakening of the high-level jet stream is increasingly causing weather systems to stall and leading summer temperatures to soar. Five of Europe’s hottest summers in the last 500 years have happened in this century.“A RACE AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING”The World Meteorological Organization said this week that the European heatwave was “absolutely consistent” with extremes linked to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.In Frankfurt, 3,000 athletes took part in an Iron Man endurance race despite the heat.“It felt like a race against global warming – you could have fried an egg on my head,” said Sebastian Kienle, who finished second in the men’s race.In the women’s event, race leader Sarah True of the United States collapsed within a kilometre of the finish line of the closing marathon stage.True, who had already completed a 3.8 km swim and 185 km bike ride, was carried off the course and had to be restrained by first-aid workers concerned for her well-being.At a post-race news conference, she said she was feeling better, but did not remember the final kilometres of the race.Addressing thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said he was praying for those suffering most from the heat wave – the sick, the old, construction workers and those who had to labour outdoors.“May no-one be abandoned or exploited,” he said.On Saturday, one 53-year-old crashed after feeling unwell while competing in a cycling race in France’s Ariege region, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and died, local public prosecutor Laurent Dumaine said on Sunday.The race was called off after several participants were taken sick due to the heat, organisers said.Another cyclist died on Saturday from the effects of heat in the southern region of Vaucluse, authorities said, and at least three people died the same day in central and northern Italy.Spain had two heat-related deaths on Thursday and Friday.WhatsApplast_img read more

Google releases Chrome 25 has voice recognition support

first_imgAdvertisement Google yesterday released Chrome version 25 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chrome 25 is all about features, including voice recognition support via the newly added Web Speech API and the blocking of silent extension installation.The Web Speech API is a new JavaScript API that lets developers integrate speech recognition into their Web apps. Voice support is something Google has been pushing hard on Android phones but wants to bring to the desktop more and more. Aside from searching, the company envisions users dictating documents, controlling game characters, and even having a freestyle rap battle.Here is what Google listed as new in Chrome version 25, according to its changelog notes on the previous beta and dev updates (added in chronological order, the full SVN revision log has more details):Stability fixes and memory fixes.Improvements in managing and securing your extensions.Better support for HTML5 time/date inputs.Javascript speech API support.Better WebGL error handling.And lots of other features for developers. – Advertisement – Google and Mozilla earlier this month showed off how they teamed up to make their respective browsers talk to each other with the addition of WebRTC support, an open source project that provides Internet users with the ability to communicate in real-time via voice and video by simply using a Real-Time Communications (RTC) compatible browser. The technology, which enables Web app developers to include real-time video calling and data sharing capabilities in their products, was added to Mozilla’s browser in Firefox 18 (preliminary support) and the Chrome 25 beta.Today’s release means Chrome is the first stable browser to include full support; after you install it, you can try the feature out yourself here: Web Speech API Demonstration.Google detailed it would be disabling external extension deployment options on Windows by default as of Chrome 25, and retroactively removing all extensions previously installed using them. Here’s what will happen when you launch Chrome 25 for the first time and you have previously-silently-installed extensions: Chrome 25 will give you a list of the extensions it is disabling. If you want to keep some of them, you can click on “Extension Settings.” Otherwise, you can click on “OK, Great.”Chrome 25 addresses 22 security holes (nine rated High, eight marked Medium, and five considered Low):[$1000] [172243] High CVE-2013-0879: Memory corruption with web audio node. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.[$1000] [171951] High CVE-2013-0880: Use-after-free in database handling. Credit to Chamal de Silva.[$500] [167069] Medium CVE-2013-0881: Bad read in Matroska handling. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.[$500] [165432] High CVE-2013-0882: Bad memory access with excessive SVG parameters. Credit to Renata Hodovan.[$500] [142169] Medium CVE-2013-0883: Bad read in Skia. Credit to Atte Kettunen of OUSPG.[172984] Low CVE-2013-0884: Inappropriate load of NaCl. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).[172369] Medium CVE-2013-0885: Too many API permissions granted to web store.[Mac only] [171569] Medium CVE-2013-0886: Incorrect NaCl signal handling. Credit to Mark Seaborn of the Chromium development community.[171065] [170836] Low CVE-2013-0887: Developer tools process has too many permissions and places too much trust in the connected server.[170666] b>Medium CVE-2013-0888: Out-of-bounds read in Skia. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).[170569] Low CVE-2013-0889: Tighten user gesture check for dangerous file downloads.[169973] [169966] High CVE-2013-0890: Memory safety issues across the IPC layer. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).[169685] High CVE-2013-0891: Integer overflow in blob handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Jüri Aedla).[169295] [168710] [166493] [165836] [165747] [164958] [164946] Medium CVE-2013-0892: Lower severity issues across the IPC layer. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Chris Evans).[168570] Medium CVE-2013-0893: Race condition in media handling. Credit to Andrew Scherkus of the Chromium development community.[168473] High CVE-2013-0894: Buffer overflow in vorbis decoding. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).[Linux / Mac] [167840] High CVE-2013-0895: Incorrect path handling in file copying. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Jüri Aedla).[166708] High CVE-2013-0896: Memory management issues in plug-in message handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Cris Neckar).[165537] Low CVE-2013-0897: Off-by-one read in PDF. Credit to Mateusz Jurczyk, with contributions by Gynvael Coldwind, both from Google Security Team.[164643] High CVE-2013-0898: Use-after-free in URL handling. Credit to Alexander Potapenko of the Chromium development community.[160480] Low CVE-2013-0899: Integer overflow in Opus handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Jüri Aedla).[152442] Medium CVE-2013-0900: Race condition in ICU. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).Google thus spent a total of $3,500 in bug bounties this release. As always, these issues alone should be enough to get you to upgrade to Chrome 25.Source: The Next Weblast_img read more

Ampion Venture Bus opens for applications to build 40 impactful startups in

first_imgAdvertisement Five Venture Bus tours will this year travel across a total of 14 African countries on a mission to join participants from the global entrepreneurial tech community to build impactful startups.The buses will travel through   East, West, North and Southern Africa from September to December.During that time, a group of developers, coders and designers will be supported by experienced mentors from leading tech centres in Africa and abroad to help build meaningful startups. – Advertisement – Each bus route will climax at some of the continent’s biggest tech conferences like DEMO Africa in Nigeria, AfricaCom in South Africa and Rwanda’s Transform Africa Summit.Startups will get a chance to pitch at these events where they’ll get exposure to potential investors and corporate sponsorships.“We plan to give more long-term support to the startups,” the initiative’s organiser Jan Schafft says. A third year running, the initiative tells us that it hopes to create industry specific and sustainable impact.We are cooperating with more partners who have an interest to invest into African innovation and can support our startups financially and also give us the possibility to install a fellowship program for 12 months to accompany promising startups from the idea phase to a launch.Over 30 African tech startups have emerged in the first two years of the Ampion Venture Bus program, providing ICT solutions to issues in healthcare, education, fintech, public transport, and so on. The most prominent ones include edtech company and healthcare startup HaltEbola.Last year alone Ampion received applications from more than 2 000 applicants from 43 countries. It hopes to top that number this year. Apply HereVialast_img read more