Month: July 2019


Two of the frontrunners to become Labours new le


first_imgTwo of the front-runners to become Labour’s new leader have again dodged attempts to clarify whether they back efforts to whip up hostility towards disabled benefit claimants.Disability News Service has been attempting for the last 10 days – through repeated phone calls and emails – to secure answers from Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall on whether they back further cuts to disability benefits.Concerns were first raised when Burnham (pictured) currently the shadow health secretary, told an audience at accountancy giants Ernst and Young: “It worries me that, in some people’s eyes, Labour has become associated with giving people who don’t want to help themselves an easy ride.”He also spoke of his hope that Labour would again become “the party of work”.But leadership rival Yvette Cooper warned that Burnham’s comments risked falling into “a Tory trap of using language that stigmatises those who are not working”, and that he should talk about “responsibility, the responsibility to work, the responsibility to contribute, but not to stigmatise those who are unable to work perhaps because they are too sick or too disabled to do so”.And she added: “Let’s have a positive system, with fair rules, strong rules and firm rules, but also one that is responsible in the language that we use as well.”Liz Kendall, the shadow care services minister, and another leadership contender, also alarmed many disabled campaigners when she told the Guardian she supported a welfare cap on the total amount of benefits received, arguing that “voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work”.She said that the public does not trust Labour on welfare, and called for what the Guardian termed a “fundamental rethink” on social security reform.By tonight (Thursday), neither Kendall nor Burnham had responded to requests for clarity on their positions on cuts to disability benefits and anti-claimant rhetoric, for the second week running.last_img read more


The Labour party has refused to back calls from it


first_imgThe Labour party has refused to back calls from its own shadow chancellor to create a shadow minister for neurodiversity.The support for the idea from shadow chancellor John McDonnell came after a disabled campaigner wrote an open letter to new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last year.In the letter, Monique Craine praised Corbyn’s decision to appoint a shadow minister for mental health, but said she now wanted to see him do the same for neurodiversity.And last month, McDonnell tweeted: “I am supporting call for Labour to develop an Autism Manifesto and appoint a Shadow Minister for Neurodiversity & will consult on details.”And this week, Craine was reported to be meeting McDonnell (pictured) to discuss the idea.But despite McDonnell’s backing, the party has refused to comment on the idea of creating a new shadow ministerial position for neurodiversity.Craine said in her letter that people with neurological differences such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia and Tourette’s syndrome made up a fifth of the population and yet often felt they were ignored by politicians and “treated as second class citizens”.She said the Conservative government appeared to want to increase the barriers faced by neurodiverse people, for example by increasing school exclusions of children who display “undesirable” behaviours, and altering the school curriculum to make it less accessible to disabled children.Her letter added: “We are potentially the future innovators, the leaders, the entrepreneurs, the inventors; yet we are being failed.“Very few of us reach our potential because we lack the understanding and acceptance needed within society.”Craine has so far been unavailable to discuss McDonnell’s announcement.But Ian Jones, co-founder of the WOWcampaign, welcomed McDonnell’s backing for the idea, which he said would “address the prejudice faced on a daily basis by those suffering from diverse neurological conditions who are judged to be ‘different’ by others”.Jones, who himself has an acquired brain injury, added: “However, whilst neurodiversity suggests these differences are caused by normal variations in the human genome it should also be recognised diverse neurological conditions can be caused by infection, by acquired brain injury and by many other acquired routes.“The shadow minister for neurodiversity must ensure they represent all who suffer exclusion caused by these diverse neurological conditions and not just those born with these conditions.“One of the first questions they should ask themselves is, ‘Different to what?’ What is ‘normal’?”last_img read more


Two new disabled MPs who won their seats in last w


first_imgTwo new disabled MPs who won their seats in last week’s general election have both pledged to use their time in parliament to fight for the rights of disabled people.Marsha de Cordova and Jared O’Mara both scored unexpected victories for the Labour party as part of an election upset that saw Jeremy Corby’s party perform far better than had been predicted by most of the media and polling companies.Disabled Tory ministers Robert Halfon – who was sacked from his frontbench role this week in Theresa May’s post-election reshuffle – and Paul Maynard were both re-elected as MPs, as was Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marie Rimmer.Stephen Lloyd won back Eastbourne for the Liberal Democrats, after previously serving as MP for the town between 2010 and 2015.Among disabled candidates who narrowly failed to win seats were the Labour trio of Mary Griffiths Clarke in Arfon, north Wales, Pam Duncan Glancy in Glasgow North, and Wayne Blackburn in Pendle, while Kelly-Marie Blundell came second for the Liberal Democrats in Lewes, Sussex, and Labour’s Heather Peto came a distant second to the Conservatives in Rutland and Melton.In one of the shocks of election night, De Cordova (pictured), who had been a Lambeth councillor and engagement and advocacy director for the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, overturned a majority of nearly 8,000 to beat Tory former health minister Jane Ellison by more than 2,000 votes in Battersea, south London.In her acceptance speech, she said: “As a visually-impaired person myself, I feel passionately about the rights of disabled people.“Accessibility in our public places and on public transport still falls short of what is reasonable. I will use my time in parliament to lobby for improvements in these areas.“In the fifth richest country in the world, there can be no excuses for leaving behind a large number of our citizens.”She also pledged that Labour would fight the “back door” privatisation of the NHS by the Tories and the attack on public services “by a Tory government that cares little about the many and that has proven that they only look after the few”, and that she would work with the mayor of London, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, to tackle the lack of social housing being built in her constituency.An even more high-profile victory saw another disabled Labour politician, Jared O’Mara, defeat the Liberal Democrat former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in his Sheffield Hallam constituency, overturning a majority of more than 2,000 votes in 2015 to win himself by a similar margin.O’Mara, who has a background of working with disability organisations in Sheffield, said in his acceptance speech: “20 years ago, there was a 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who went to his careers adviser at school and his careers advisor asked him, ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’“And that 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy said, ‘I’d like to be a politician.’“If you haven’t noticed already, that boy is me, I do have cerebral palsy and I want every single disabled person out there to know, everybody that’s got learning difficulties, everybody who has mental health issues, everybody who has a physical disability like me, or has any illness, I will be on your side, I will be your ally and friend and champion in Westminster.”In a blog written for the disability charity Scope last year, when he stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for Sheffield council, he said that disabled election candidates can be “more passionate, resilient, empathetic and hard working than non-disabled candidates by virtue of everything being harder for us in life”.He also spoke of his anger at the government’s decision to close the Access to Elected Office Fund (AEOF) after the 2015 general election.The fund had helped local and general election candidates with their extra disability-related costs, and O’Mara said its closure had cost him “a large three figure sum” in fighting the council election.He said then that more should be done to support disabled people into public life, and called for a return of the fund, as well as “full legal aid provision for disability discrimination cases”, and for political parties to choose some parliamentary candidates from shortlists made up only of disabled people.Although there appear to be only six MPs who self-identify as disabled people, there are believed to be others who would be considered as disabled people under the Equality Act because of the significant impact of long-term health conditions or impairments – potentially including the prime minister Theresa May, who has diabetes – but who do not consider themselves to be disabled people.Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott could be one of them, after she revealed this week – following Tory attacks during the election campaign that focused on her performance in media interviews – that she was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago and that her health had affected her performance during the election campaign.She said that facing a string of interviews without eating enough food had affected her blood sugar levels.Phyl Meyer, project manager for Inclusion Scotland’s Access to Elected Office Fund (Scotland), which is funded by the Scottish government and provides financial support for disabled candidates for Scottish local and devolved elections, said it had been “very disappointing to have been able to offer so much support which made such a big difference to disabled candidates in the local elections [earlier this year] and not to have been able to do that for the Westminster elections”.He said that holding a snap election had also affected potential disabled candidates,He added: “The very act of holding a snap election is hugely disadvantageous to disabled candidates.“Making arrangements like personal assistants and communication support in such a short timescale is just totally unrealistic.”Meyer said Inclusion Scotland was keen to push for job-sharing to be allowed for MPs.He said: “It is very, very clear to us that without some sort of job-sharing option we are never going to achieve full inclusion for disabled people in elected office, unless the structure changes dramatically.”Inclusion Scotland is considering setting up a new campaign to push for more elected disabled politicians, hopefully with backing from many of the 40-plus political activists who received support from the fund at the last local council elections in May.It would replace the successful One in Five project, which campaigned for greater representation of disabled people in Scottish politics but has now closed down.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, has campaigned for job-sharing to be allowed for MPs, and said she hoped the two new disabled MPs would back that campaign.She said: “Disabled people are under-represented in the Commons.“Hopefully, Marsha de Cordova and Jared O’Mara will support our campaign to get job-sharing for MPs.“This would enable other disabled people to become MPs. We need more disability rights activists to come forward and stand.”last_img read more


The system of Paralympic classification is being a


first_imgThe system of Paralympic classification is being abused by cheating British athletes in search of money and medals, a disabled peer and retired Paralympian has told MPs.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson told members of the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee that there needed to be an independent review of the classification system so that Britain could become “the gold standard” for other countries.The peer, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals as a track athlete, was giving evidence as part of the committee’s inquiry into sports governance, following the publication of her independent report on the duty of care in sport, which was published in April.She told the MPs that about 10 per cent of the people who spoke to her during her review had raised concerns about “intentional misrepresentation” – cheating – in the classification system.And she said she believed that the system of classification was open to abuse, and was currently being abused.On the day she gave evidence to the committee’s inquiry, it published a series of witness statements from other retired and current disabled athletes, their relatives and officials, raising serious concerns about the system (see separate stories).The classification system is run by the national governing body of each Paralympic sport, while athletes competing internationally must also be tested by international classifiers.The process includes medical evidence, physical examinations and assessment of how the athlete functions in that sport, as well as observing them in competition.The International Paralympic Committee defines classification as grouping athletes into different classes according to how much their impairment “affects fundamental activities” in that sport and discipline.But misleading classifiers can allow athletes to compete against those whose impairments have a greater negative impact on attributes such as speed, coordination and strength.Asked why athletes could be encouraged to cheat, Baroness Grey-Thompson (pictured) said: “It’s medals, it’s money, it’s sponsorship, it’s media coverage.”She said there were “similarities” with the issue of doping in Olympic sport because of “what it can give you”.She said: “It’s somebody pretending they can do less than they can.”And she said she believed there had been an escalation in intentional misrepresentation since the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.But she also said that some disabled athletes had been bullied into intentional misrepresentation.She said: “Within a bullying environment it is very easy to shut down athletes having an opinion, free choice.“You can institutionalise them, they can lose self-belief about what’s right and wrong.“They want to compete, they want to be in the GB team because it’s a massive privilege to be there wearing a tracksuit, so it is possible to influence athletes or for athletes to make a decision that that’s a route that they want to go down.”She said there should be an independent review – with whistleblowing protection for witnesses – to discover how widespread such cheating was.But she added: “One of the things that has been raised with me is the cost of an independent investigation. I don’t think integrity has too high a cost.”Baroness Grey-Thompson said she wanted Britain to be “the absolute gold standard of integrity and independence” when it came to classification, and to be the “world leader”.She also backed the idea of appointing an independent ombudsman to examine concerns raised across British sport, including issues about the classification system.She said it was currently “very difficult” for athletes to raise such concerns.Baroness Grey-Thompson said that, during her year-long, wide-ranging review into the duty of care in sport, she had heard “horrific” examples of Paralympic and Olympic athletes who had experienced “bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment, and worse”.She said: “That’s why I believe people need somewhere to go.”And she said that Paralympic athletes had told her that they had faced possible deselection from the team, the loss of funding, and the loss of media coverage, if they raised concerns about issues such as the classification system.Tory MP Damian Collins, who chairs the committee, said he and his colleagues had received “heart-rending” evidence from Paralympic athletes who had been left in a “desperate situation with no-one they can turn to for help” over concerns about classification.Baroness Grey-Thompson said there needed to be independent oversight of the classification system.And she agreed with MP Ian Lucas that the integrity of the Paralympic movement was at stake if measures were not taken to deal with the problem.But she said the International Paralympic Committee was now talking about the need for greater “professionalisation” of the classification system, while the British Paralympic Association would shortly publish a new classification code and was discussing the need for “education” about the system and the need for an appeal process.In her written evidence to the committee, Baroness Grey-Thompson says she received allegations of athletes cheating – or being bullied into cheating – the classification system, and a fear of repercussions if athletes reported concerns about the issue.She adds: “The inescapable fact is I was approached by athletes and other stakeholders with very serious concerns about many aspects of the classification system, across a wide range of sports, in the UK. “Until we have addressed those concerns openly and transparently, my fear is that sports in the UK will not be trusted.”last_img read more


District 9 Candidates Talk Mission District Prostitution


first_imgThis week, we took a question submitted by a reader — who wished to remain anonymous — on the long-standing prostitution problem on Shotwell and Capp streets, and asked our candidates for District Nine supervisor how they would deal with the issue.What would you do about the persistent and long standing prostitution problem on Shotwell and Capp streets? Respuestas en español aquí. Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services Agency Having worked for 16 years with youth/families exploited by this phenomenon, I can testify there is little support, resources and advocacy programs to solve this dilemma.As Supervisor, I will develop comprehensive legislation with a human rights based approach that dedicates necessary funding for those who suffer exploitation and to those who enforce the law. As an immediate solution, I propose permanently assigning SFPD foot patrols to these areas for the safety of our residents and sex workers.Long term, I will create of a task force that strategically patrols, advocates and refers victims to appropriate programs.  I will build a partnership between service providers, law enforcement, and DA/PD offices to avoid blaming the victims. We should triple fine the “Johns.”Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposUnfortunately street based sex work has been a means of survival for women who are homeless or in extreme poverty throughout history.The current system of periodic police sweeps only push these women to near by streets like Shotwell, Treat, and San Carlos creating a cycle for the residents on these neighborhoods. Arresting these impoverished women means they are often on the street again shortly with fines and criminal records, which only further limits their opportunities for future employment.As Supervisor, I would focus on getting these women resources like food and shelter, and more importantly support, and economic opportunities so that they can exit the cycle of arrest and sex work.Melissa San Miguel, education advocateWe cannot tolerate people coming to our neighborhood to buy sex on the street. I grew up on these streets, and we must make sure they are safe for our families and those vulnerable people who engage in sex for survival.To reduce activity on these blocks, we should focus on responding to the needs of those selling sex and apprehend the buyers. For instance, we can provide the option of social services to anyone engaged in sex for survival so they have a home, education and job opportunities. Any person who is being trafficked should have access to various social services as well. The police should focus on apprehending buyers and human traffickers, not those selling sex.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261As a general matter, prostitution is often dangerous not just to sex workers or those being prostituted, but often to the surrounding community as well.It is a person’s right to choose their means of economic self-sufficiency, but the reality is that prostitution remains a crime with woefully insufficient harm reduction measures. Prostitution, in its current form, is often a threat to the health and safety of most of the persons involved, too often involves the exploitation of vulnerable women and is a threat to the public safety of neighbors exposed to the dangers associated with the business and activity.As Supervisor, I would work to improve economic opportunities and alternatives that provide meaningful skills and job training, which would not only benefit former sex workers but would also make our neighborhoods safer.Edwin Lindo did not respond to this week’s question.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more


The sweet bread for the Day of the Dead has its own


first_imgAll month, residents and tourists have visited the panaderias in the Mission District to purchase the pan de muertos, a sweet bread traditionally made in the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos. It’s as if the bread was a Mission tradition.But, only 42 years ago, it was not common fare.“We don’t know what that is,” a baker at La Victoria on 24th Street told Yolanda Garfias Woo, an artist, teacher, and ethnographer when she asked to buy some in 1975.“I looked at them and I thought, ‘this can’t be true.’” Photo by Marian CarrasqueroThe story of pan de muertos in the Mission District is a reminder that it was Garfias Woo and other artists like René Yañez and Ralph Maradiaga who nurtured, improvised and developed what has become a citywide celebration, one that began slowly and then grew across cultures in the 1980s in communities suffering from gang violence, AIDS and the Central American wars, according to Cary Cordova’s book, The Heart of the Mission, Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco.When she thinks back on it, Garfias Woo said the popularization of the holiday was a serendipitous combination of her curiosity about and fixation on the Mexican holiday with the social need for a tradition that united Chicanos and also gave other people a space to mourn positively in the midst of a lot of uncertainty.As a child, Garfias was amused by her father’s Mexican ethnicity and always had a curiosity for learning more about it, she said. After his death in the late 1950s, Garfias Woo began celebrating Dia De Los Muertos. Later, while teaching in San Francisco’s public schools and seeing her students confront the violence and shootings in their neighborhoods, Garfias Woo again got into Dia de los Muertos.Yañez and other artists did as well. The exhibits and celebrations mounted and in 1975, the de Young Museum invited Garfias Woo to put up an altar.As she gathered the materials, she said, she discovered she was missing one important element: the pan de muerto.“I never made the pan myself from scratch,” she said.Neither, it turned out, had the Mexican bakers or her other Mexican friends here.Garfias Woo said that, back then, a lot of Mexicans here hid their roots, teaching their children to speak English rather than Spanish.“Nobody wanted to be Mexican; they had suffered a lot” she said. If she asked about the bread, perhaps they knew how to make it, but “they would pretend they wouldn’t know.”Her aunt, tia Dela, lived in Mexico and taught her most of the traditions she knew. It was from her that Garfias Woo learned about pan de muerto in Mexico.Back in San Francisco, she said, she needed the assistance of local bakers because she had to bake forms that were large and impressive. Also, the bakers knew how to make the basic dough, which was the same as the dough for pan dulce.The pan de muerto is usually shaped like a bun and is often decorated with bone-shaped pieces that represent the deceased, but each region in México has different techniques and forms. It is usually one of the main offerings on the Dia de los Muertos altars, and it is sold in different sizes and with different decorations, such as sugar or sprinkles.What bakers needed from her were the shapes, so Woo made drawings of how the bread should look and took them with her to La Victoria.“I was there at five in the morning and we made the bread,” she said.They baked big figures for the exhibition, and then she got the bakers to make smaller versions, or panecitos muertos, for sale.“I will get teachers to come buy them for their students,” she promised.On a grant to encourage multiculturalism, Garfias gave workshops on Dia De Los Muertos throughout the city, and at each, she would tell the teachers to go to La Victoria to get the bread for their students. It was a win-win situation.Nowadays, she said, no one at La Victoria remembers the history of the bread that they sell.One baker at the panaderia, Don Raul Vasquez, has been at the bakery for 20 years, and said that it was a man who taught him how to make the pan de muerto.“It was a man, who actually died a few years ago,” he said.Garfias Woo doesn’t seem to mind. “The last time I went in there, they were like, ‘Yeah, we started the whole thing; I don’t know who you are,’ but I’m OK with that — because it caught on.”Pan de muertos. Photo by Marian Carrasquero. Tags: day of the dead • dia de los muertos • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more


NATHAN Brown has spoken of his excitement at joini


first_imgNATHAN Brown has spoken of his excitement at joining a club based in a true Rugby League town.The 39-year-old moved from Huddersfield to coach at the Saints and is already looking forward to a big year at Langtree Park.He told the St Helens Star that he believes, alongside his coaching team of Jamahl Lolesi and Keiron Cunningham, he can improve everyone in the squad and push the side forward.He said: “I am pleased with what I have found here. The facilities are tremendous with a 3G pitch on one side, the pitches on the other, the gym, offices and computer room all on one site is very beneficial and saves you a lot of wasted hours, which is good for the players because they know when they turn up here they are pretty much here until they are done.“It is a good challenge with it being a strong rugby league town having a vast number of good young players and some quality imports is a good challenging job.”To read the full article, get your St Helens Star this week and turn to the special Saints Supplement.last_img read more


SAINTS Home shirt for 2015 supplied in associati


first_imgSAINTS’ Home shirt for 2015, supplied in association with O’Neills Sportswear, really is the Choice of Champions.Your 2014 Super League and League Leaders’ Shield winners will line up in this striking new kit as they aim to retain their crown this coming season.Traditional with a modern twist the shirt features the prominent red vee as well as some fantastic detailing.“We have engaged with fans and it was clear they preferred a deeper vee, following on from four seasons of the wider but shallow vee,” Merchandising Manager Steve Law said. “Working with O’Neills we have produced a much more prominent, enhanced and deeper vee utilising the latest digital printing technology to add depth and texture to the red.”The shirt is available in an authentic players version, plus adult, kids, toddlers and ladies’ replica versions.All this and for less money, as we have also been able to reduce its price without neglecting its quality.An Adult and Ladies home replica shirt is £45 making it even better value for 2015 season ticket holders when you use your 10 per cent discount.Sizing and Retail Prices:Adult: Small to 7XL – £45Kids: Age 5/6- Age 13 – £35Ladies: Size 8 to 18 – £45Toddlers Shirts/Kits: From £30Shorts and socks are also availableThe sizing is designed to be ‘snug’, so please refer to the guide on the Saints Superstore.Personalisation will be available but please note 2015 Squad List hasn’t been confirmed yet.You can get your home shirt now by calling into the Saints Superstore, via 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Get an insight on the kit by watching this video!last_img read more


SAINTS are seeking their second win in three years


first_imgSAINTS are seeking their second win in three years at Hull FC when the two sides lock horns this Friday.They won in 2013 which was preceded by two draws in 2011 and 2012.Tommy Makinson has also scored a try in each of our last three meetings with Hull FC.2015 meeting:St Helens 20, Hull FC 28 (SLR9, 6/4/15)Super League Summary:Hull FC won 12St Helens won 25 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)3 drawsHighs and Lows:Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Try-Scoring Runs:Adam Swift has scored 1, 4 and 3 tries in our last three games.Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 45.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7 2014. He is an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 452 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 373 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 334 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 305 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 29First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 142 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 124 Jordan Turner (St Helens) 115 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos). Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 108 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) 910 = Aaron Murphy (Huddersfield Giants), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 8Goals:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 462 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 433 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 414 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 405 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 396 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 367 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 328 Travis Burns (St Helens) 289 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 27Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.66 (39/45)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 78.43 (40/51)4 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 75.40 (46/61)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 73.46 (36/49)6 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 72.97 (27/37)7 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 72.72 (8/11)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 72.22 (26/36)9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 71.92 (41/57)10 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 71.66 (43/60)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1162 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 993 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 924 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 895 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 886 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 867 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 768 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 749 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 7010 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 64last_img read more


SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Saturday


first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Saturday’s First Utility Super League fixture at Hull FC.Greg Richards and Joe Greenwood are recalled to the side whilst Jonny Lomax and Jack Ashworth (pictured) are also named.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 30. Calvin Wellington.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is G Hewer.Ticket details are here.last_img


UNSOLVED Fathering seeking justice after only child murdered in Wilmington


first_img Every day, Roger Davis lights a candle right next to a picture of his son Roderick Jinwright.“He loved sports, all kinds of sports,” Davis said.Jinwright played football at Hoggard High School.Related Article: Two charged in Wilmington kidnapping, shooting“I used to go to the practices and I was like the coach on the sidelines,” Davis said. ‘Come on. Come on.’ You know, cheering my son on.”Davis said when Jinwright was not playing, he was working.“He loved to work, loved to work and he would not miss a day even if he was ill,” Jinwright said.Davis said Jinwright worked his way through high school. These are the memories Davis now holds onto.“It’s painful,” Davis said.After Jinwright was murdered at just 29 years old on August 10, 2016.“I had just finished cutting the grass and was in the backyard cooling off,” Davis said. “He had just left, maybe an hour or two before.”Davis said someone was calling his name.“He said, ‘You need to go to the hospital, because your son has just gotten shot,’” Davis said.Detective Kelvin Hargrove with the Wilmington Police Department says they got a Shotspotter alert near 12th and Ann Streets.“Six shots came through on ShotSpotter,” Hargrove said.Witnesses told police Jinwright was walking near New Hanover High School.“He was just walking down 12th Street when an altercation of some type occurred,” Hargrove said.Hargrove said Jinwright was shot and started running before eventually falling to the ground.“Officers arrived, attempted to do CPR on the victim until rescue arrived,” Hargrove said.Jinwright was taken to the hospital.“Whenever the doctor came in to tell me about his wounds and everything, somehow I just figured in my gut that they were going to come back out and say he’s dead,” Jinwright said.His gut was right.“They told me he didn’t make it,” Davis said. “I didn’t know which way to go, what to think about. All I could think about was the last time I saw him when he was walking away.”Now more than a year later, all he can think about are the unanswered questions.“We were unable to identify the suspect,” Hargrove.Police said the shooting happened in daylight near a highschool football practice.“It’s kind of ironic that all these people that are up there, all these people and nobody knows anything,” Davis said.Davis said it is part of a growing trend in the Wilmington community.“We don’t snitch,” Davis said. “A snitch is lower than the scum of the earth. That’s how they put it. It’s a thing that you don’t do.”Davis said it is because of the reputation.“And a fear of your life,” Davis said.Now, Davis fears his life.“If they had the audacity to do it in broad daylight, it’s no telling what they’ll do for me,” Davis said.It has not kept him from looking for answers.“Somebody knows what went on,” Davis said.He is just waiting for someone to come forward.“I wish you could just call, come to me and tell me who done it,” Davis said. “I know God is with you. God is going to help bring something to justice.”Davis will light a candle every day as long as his son’s death is unsolved.“And I’m going to light it until justice prevails,” Davis said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A father is still grieving and still looking for answers after his only son was murdered in Wilmington a little over a year ago.“I pray for you every night,” Roger Davis said.- Advertisement – last_img read more


Police investigate how suspect escaped from custody


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 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The search for the man who escaped from the Pender County Jail Thursday morning is over. Police have arrested Christopher Scott Tew-Creech and are now investigating how the escape could have happened.Several law enforcement agencies, including Pender County Sheriff’ Department, Surf City Police, Wilmington Police and Burgaw Police, searched for hours before making an arrest. Pender County deputies found Christopher Scott Tew-Creech in the 4000-block of Stag Park Road.- Advertisement – It began this morning when Surf City Police arrested Tew-Creech on a warrant from Onslow County and brought him to the Magistrate’s Office at the Pender County Jail. But the office is not a secured area and Tew-Creech had direct access to the lobby.Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan says the Pender County Jail is unique because it does not have any secured area for booking suspects.“You know it’s a different setup, it’s newer facility. It’s something that I’m sure I’ll sit down with the sheriff and discuss it with him,” said Shanahan. “I can’t make that statement saying ‘Yeah that facility’s the cause of this whole thing.’ Because that’s possibly not true.”Related Article: Police: Two victims identified in Surf City fatal crashShanahan says they are investigating building security as well as how officers handled the booking. He says the suspect was handcuffed when he was brought to the jail, but did not have them on when he was arrested.Shanahan says that Tew-Creech got a secured bond for $190,200. We did reach out to Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith for a comment on the security of his jail but he did not respond.last_img read more


Insufficient Bandwidth responsible for Africas underdevelopment


first_imgAdvertisement The outgoing Head of Region, Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Lars Linden, has said lack of sufficient bandwidth penetration in Africa, is largely responsible for its under-development. This was at a recent press briefing in Lagos during the familiarisation tour of the incoming Head of Region, Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa. “Africa still lag behind in technology development because of insufficient bandwidth to connect Africa to the rest of the world.” Mr. Frank Jejdling, saidAfrica has experienced several and latest technology product launch, yet the continent, is still under-developed in terms of technology growth because it lacks sufficient bandwidth to drive technology development, he explained. – Advertisement – “Virtually every kind of technology in hardware, software, mobile phone, computers and in telecommunications that have been developed and launched in developed countries of the world, has equally been launched in most Africa countries, yet the digital gap between African countries and developed countries is far apart,” Linden said.He Cited Nigeria as a country with vast opportunities to bridge the digital divide, Linden said Nigeria could connect Africa to the rest of the world if it could fully utilise that avalanche of broadband capacities that are lying at its seashores.According to him, “Ericsson is partnering different governments of the world in driving network rollout that will boost technology development, aimed at ensuring that everyone has connectivity.”In addressing low bandwidth penetration in Nigeria, Ericsson is partnering the federal government to give insight to what is important to fibre and bandwidth development and how government could develop its fibre connectivity to increase bandwidth penetration in the country.“It is not our duty to invest in infrastructure, but it is our duty to design, build and manage infrastructure for government and corporate organisations and to advise government on the right technology investment that is profitable to embark upon that will drive technology development within the country,” Linden said.Jejdling, who is pleased to replace Linden, said he would build on the ideas of Linden to further drive development in Nigeria and the rest of Africa, instead of introducing complete new ideas that will derail from the Ericsson’ philosophy.He however advised the Nigerian government to build a national backbone infrastructure that will help take bandwidth capacities from the shores to hinterland, for effective distribution and use for last-mile and middle-mile connectivity.He insisted that government has a mandate to build national backbone infrastructure for its citizens, for the growth of mobile broadband in the country, since mobile broadband development in Nigeria will further boost job creation, cloud computing and mobility.Credit: This Daylast_img read more


LG announces new Smart bulb


first_imgAdvertisement LG Electronics over the weekend announced its first Smart Bulb — a pair of lightbulbs.The smart bulbs will connect to Android and iOS devices.LG says the low-wattage bulbs will run for more than 10 years, if it is used for only five hours a day. “LG Smart Lighting” will work with Android 4.3 and up, and iOS 6 and above. – Advertisement – It’ll feature a security mode to make it look like you’re home when you’re actually away, and a play mode for when you’re playing music (Android only).Another added feature is that the bulbs will also be able to flash when you receive a phone call.LG’s new smart bulbs will retail for around 35,000 won, or about $32 each.Source: Android Centrallast_img


African tech startups registered in excess of US1857 million in funding in


first_img125 tech startups raised funding in 2015 around the African continent, to the tune of USD185,785,500. Image Credit: InfoBoxDaily Advertisement 2015 was an exciting year for African Tech startups. A significant number of investors, international and domestic, institutional and individual saw to the continent’s tech start-up ecosystem rise steadily. According to the DISRUPT AFRICA AFRICAN TECH STARTUPS FUNDING REPORT 2015, launched today, 125 tech startups raised funding in 2015 around the African continent, to the tune of USD 185,785,500 (636,315,337,500 UGX).2015 saw many contests and challenges sprout out of the venture capital industry & invitations for many African countries to take part. However, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya took the Lion’s share; with 36 per cent of the startups that raised funding based in South Africa, 24 per cent in Nigeria, and Kenya in third place with 14.4 per cent of deals.The DEMO Africa technology fair at the Kenyatta International Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya – October 25, 2012. Image Credit: BlouinNewsThe report covers information on funding activity in the leading three countries, as well as for other key locations including Egypt, Ghana, and Tanzania, figures on the number of deals per location, and average deal sizes, as well as highlights of key deals across continent and Sector-specific breakdowns across 10 sectors. Of the 10 sectors monitored in the report, the solar sector saw the most investor activity, accounting for 32.9 per cent of total funds raised.“These are impressive numbers, showing real growth in the amount of funding available to African tech startups, but in reality they are merely the tip of the iceberg,” said Tom Jackson, co-founder of Disrupt Africa. “There will have been many funding rounds across the continent that has taken place quietly. We expect to see further growth in 2016.” – Advertisement – The full report is available for purchase here.last_img read more


Nokia Collaborates With the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority to Pave Way


first_imgAdvertisement Nokia and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both businesses and government agencies in a safe, secure and managed environment.“This collaboration with the GCAA, the first of its kind in the world, gives us a unique and extensive test bed where we can trial and refine our UAV Traffic Management system, and shape the future of UAV management overall. This is an exciting opportunity that builds on our strong relationship with the UAE to help facilitate its smart city journey,” Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia said in a statement.The project is part of an initiative by the GCAA to make Dubai one of the world’s smartest cities by 2017, and will allow Dubai government security network operator Nedaa to develop a next generation network for mission-critical and smart city services within the GCAA regulatory framework. – Advertisement – At the heart of this new ecosystem will be Nokia’s UAV Traffic Management (UTM) concept, which is being developed to manage drones in and around cities, and coordinate their interactions with people, manned aircraft and an increasingly diverse array of connected objects. The Nokia UTM system will provide capabilities such as automated flight permissions, no-fly zone control and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) that are critical for the safe operation of UAVs in densely populated urban areas.The ecosystem will also serve as a testing ground for various applications of drone technology, which can be explored in a safe and controlled environment.Drones are quickly emerging as important tools for businesses and governments alike, providing substantial benefits such as infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, public safety applications, logistics and transport and many more.“We are pleased to partner with Nokia for such an innovative initiative for the UAE aviation sector and to build a safe and secure drone ecosystem,” Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi, Assistant Director General of the UAE GCAA comments in a statement.The GCAA has launched this initiative so businesses and local government can take advantage of these benefits, making the city smarter while minimizing any hazards that UAVs may present.Nokia’s UTM concept combines its expertise in 4G LTE and leadership in developing 5G and Mobile Edge Computing and related services – including managing the Network Operations Center, planning and optimizing the network for UTM connectivity and integrating UTM to other application platforms – to provide a platform that can support the extreme low latency and exceptional reliability and resiliency needed to manage UAV traffic.The system will be able to monitor airspace and flight paths, and share data between UAVs, operators and air traffic controllers and establish no-fly zones that can be continually refreshed with the latest data.This agreement complements a recent Nokia’s initiative to establish and develop a UAV test facility at Twente Airport in the Netherlands.last_img read more


Melling Chase – Video Preview


first_imgOur Senior Trader Trevor Harris and Liam Kirk, continue the preview of the Aintree Festival as they analyse the Melling Chase.Sprinter Sacre is the clear favourite as he is known as the Frankel of the jumps. An extra four furlongs are perhaps not in the comfort zone for Sprinter Sacre, but will that deter the champion? Cue Card is fancied as an interesting rival having had an excellent race in the Ryanair.last_img


STAR PREVIEW Denmark U21 v Serbia U21


first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]wo good matches in the European U21 Championships tonight both covered live on BT SPORT.Nothing less than a win will do for Serbia and even then they need to rely on Germany beating the Czech Republic in the other game to progress.The Serbs have only kept two clean sheets in their last 10 internationals and started this tournament well with a 1-1 draw against favourites Germany but were then brushed aside 4-0 by the Czech Republic.They now face a tough task against Jess Thorup’s Danish side who don’t look a bad bet at around 11/8 for the win which will take them through to the semi-finals and the knock out phase.Denmark U21 v Serbia U21UEFA Under-21 Championship Group Stage7.45pm BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Never metWith both sides having plenty to play for it should be an entertaining game and I favour Denmark getting the job done.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DENMARK U21 for 8 points at around 11/8 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 64.04 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


STAR PREVIEW Astra Giurgiu v West Ham


first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ice win from the Celtic HT/FT bet last night.Onwards and upwards.Europa League action tonight and the two previous encounters between Astra Giurgiu and West Ham have produced seven goals so we could be in for another goals bonanza tonight in the (note earlier KO) 7.15pm match live on BT.It’s a big season for the Hammers – happily installed in their new stadium and pushing for a place proper in the Europa League. Their Premier League campaign started with a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.Their Romanian opponents will be tough rivals too as West Ham found out last season when they were beaten by the same rivals at the same stage.West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said: “Everyone at the club wants to participate. It is a great experience for the players to participate in different countries.“We have a big job to do against the Romanian champions. I know there are many players from last year and a lot of international players.“For me they played a good game against Copenhagen at home and I know how good the teams from Romania can be.”Astra Giurgiu v West HamUEFA Europa League Play-Off 1st Leg19:15 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE Astra Giurgiu 2-1 West HamJul 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE West Ham 2-2 Astra GiurgiuThe Star Sports 4/1 about the hosts looks over generous.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ASTRA GIURGIU 6 points at 4/1 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +61 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


DAVY RUSSELL Winning Grand National Jockey


first_imgStar Sports were delighted to welcome over 1,000 new customers today and thanks to Davy Russell’s great triumph on Tiger Roll we are in the process of crediting all starsports.bet accounts with a £50 CASH BONUS after our special promotion (below).Many, many congratulations to our brand ambassador DAVY RUSSELL on winning the great race for the first time.After the famous win, Davy put together his thoughts on what it means to him.DAVY RUSSELL BLOGWhat a difference 48 hours makes. My trip to Aintree on Friday didn’t get off to the best start when I muddled up my flight times. I thought I had to leave for the airport at 7am but that was the actual flight time I was lying in bed at 6am when the penny finally dropped and to say it was a mad rush would be a massive understatement. I got to the airport with seconds to spare, had to ditch my bag and only go on with hand luggage and was last to board the plane.Up until 5pm this evening I wasn’t exactly thinking my fortunes had changed much for the better either with Petit Mouchoir getting beat but then ……WOW. I’ve finally managed to win the race I’ve always wanted to win – the Grand National As I went past the line I can’t tell you the different things that were going through my mind.I thought about my Mum, I thought about Pat Smullen, I thought about my family and kids at home, I thought about the time that Dad used to cut the grass when I was a kid – I loved it when he did that as we used to build our own Aintree fences.You have no idea just how many times I’ve ridden this race in my mind and at home. It’s more than a dream come true.As for Tiger Roll, what can I say about him that hasn’t already been said. He gave me a great feel going down to the start and was on his game today.When we went and looked at the first he was ready for the biggest race of his life – he was clever the whole way round and he deserves this today.I’m also thrilled for the genius that is Gordon Elliott who prepared this horse to perfection for his two big races of the season – the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and the Grand National. He is an unbelievable trainer and deserves all the credit he will get over the coming days.I’d also like to thank Michael O’Leary and the Gigginstown team for giving me the chance to fulfil a lifetimes ambition.I feel for David (Mullins) who got within a whisker at the line on Pleasant Company but he’s got a grand record in the race having won it in on Rule The World and I’m sure he’ll get plenty more good chances.As for all you punters that have got your £50 bonus from Star …. I told you yesterday we had a lottery ticket.  Well, we only went and won it !!!Best WishesDAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more