Monthly Archiv: July, 2019

Disabled activists are planning a return to parlia

first_imgDisabled activists are planning a return to parliament next week, just a fortnight after they caused national headlines by trying to invade prime minister’s questions.Last week, members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) attempted to occupy the main Commons chamber (pictured), after lobbying MPs to reverse the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Now DPAC is planning to attend a debate on the impact of the closure on ILF-recipients that has been secured by the Labour MP Nic Dakin, on Wednesday (8 July).That will take place hours after chancellor George Osborne unveils details of his budget, which is expected to include further austerity measures affecting disabled people, as the government has already announced plans to cut a further £12 billion from the social security budget.DPAC will also be protesting with supporters of the Parkinson’s Disease Society about the budget, outside the Houses of Parliament.Activists will then head inside the Palace of Westminster for the short ILF debate.Last week, Westminster was the scene of DPAC’s most high-profile direct action protest.Two activists made it as far as the doors to the members’ lobby, an area directly outside the Commons chamber, but were stopped by police and parliamentary staff before they could interrupt prime minister’s questions.Linda Burnip, a co-founder of DPAC, said: “We just think we should build on what we achieved last week.“Obviously there are some people who are not expecting to be allowed back in, but it would be very interesting if they actually stop disabled people going into parliament.”Burnip said: “We have always said that the really important thing is that disabled people do not become invisible.“We cannot be ignored, and where better to be seen than in the home of democracy?”Picture by DPAClast_img read more

A young campaigner has called on other disabled pe

first_imgA young campaigner has called on other disabled people to share their experiences of successful employment in order to help narrow the disability employment gap.Lauren Pitt told a fringe meeting at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool that she wanted to see disabled people use social media to share their good experiences in the workplace.Pitt (pictured, right) has contributed an essay to An Inclusive Future, a new publication by the Fabian Society, Scope and the union Community.In her essay, she writes about her experiences of graduating with a 2:1 degree, and then applying unsuccessfully for more than 250 jobs in which she disclosed in nearly every application the fact that she was blind.She says in her essay: “Many of the people told me I was inspirational, but that was not what I wanted to hear.“I wanted to be looked at like any other person who had applied for that job.”She eventually secured a job with a social enterprise that had never previously employed a disabled person.But she told the fringe meeting that it had taken four weeks for the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme to provide the assistive technology equipment she needed to do her job, and that AtW had originally warned her that it would take eight weeks.She said: “Every time I phoned up AtW I was treated like a burden.”Pitt told the meeting: “We need to have disabled people using their experiences and showing what they are doing.“We are never going to change attitudes unless we share our experiences. If we are not confident, we are never going to convince other people that we are worth taking on.”She said her “dream” was to see more disabled people in work, and added: “I want what people currently see as extraordinary to be seen as ordinary.“Use the people who are in work and who are having a good experience. We need to be using those experiences that are positive to educate employers and potential employers.“Currently all we hear is bad stories, and that destroys people’s confidence.”Debbie Abrahams (pictured, second from left), the shadow work and pensions secretary, told the event that the government was “failing miserably” in its efforts to halve the disability employment gap.She said there was a need to change the culture of the out-of-work disability benefits system, including the work capability assessment – which Labour introduced, but she said it would now scrap if it won the next general election – and the use of sanctions, “so it is about support, so it is not a punitive system that so often makes people feel so worthless”.She agreed with Pitt that there was a need for role models who will “trail blaze” and show “what can be done”.Wayne Blackburn, a disabled councillor with Pendle Borough Council, said he believed the party should “lead by example and have more disabled MPs, more disabled representatives across the whole spectrum”.Labour MP Neil Coyle (pictured, left), a member of the Commons work and pensions committee, said the current and previous governments had presided over “dramatic reductions in support” for disabled people seeking employment over the last six years.He said there had been a fall in the proportion of working-age disabled people in work, while the number of people receiving Access to Work was still below the number in Labour’s last year in government, there had been cuts to the budget of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and to legal aid, and to the number of specialist disability employment advisers in jobcentres.Coyle, a former director of Disability Rights UK, who also worked at a senior level for the Disability Rights Commission, said there “absolutely must” be an awareness-raising campaign to show what disabled people can do in work.In his own essay in the publication, Coyle says the shift from manual, industrial labour to service and financial sector jobs “increases opportunities for many more disabled people to play a more active part in mainstream workplaces”, while the growth in home working and advances in IT and accessibility software have also increased opportunities for disabled people.He told the fringe event that the government had wasted money through its short-term approach – including a failure to invest more in Access to Work – and he heavily criticised the move away from having a disabled people’s minister with a cross-government role.He said: “We have lost that cross-government approach because we have had a minister sitting in the Department for Work and Pensions as a minister for disabled people as an apologist for Iain Duncan Smith.”last_img read more

SF Legislators Restrict Evictions

first_img“Landlords would have to come up with a reasonable justification,” explained Ivy Lee, an aide to Supervisor Kim. “If that [justification] becomes an issue, the Rent Board would adjudicate. For example, if [the landlord] says ‘You always pay rent late, I let it go, but now that you have an official roommate I just don’t trust that you’ll be able to manage.’”A limit on the number of roommates in a lease would not be grounds for eviction, for instance, nor would any “petty offense” like hanging laundry unless that offense continues past the point the landlord says it’s an issue. Additionally, tenants can be evicted from illegal units, like non-residential in-law units, if that unit cannot be brought up to code or the landlord chooses not to do so.“We don’t want anyone living in some place that, for health and safety reasons, is dangerous,” Lee explained.Landlords are also prohibited from raising rent for five years following a no-fault eviction of a tenant, a provision aimed at preventing property flipping.“Let’s say you pursue an owner move in eviction,” explained Lee. “As long as your family member lives there for five years—fine. After five years, if they move out, you can charge market rate. But if they move out after only 6 months or a year, you have to protect rent control.”“If you’re a landlord that’s not trying to cheat the system, it’s not going to impact you,” she added.An additional provision to the legislation requires landlords to provide multilingual information about where tenants can seek assistance in the event of an eviction.“As we saw a spike in the housing crisis, we also saw more and more pieces of rent ordinance where holes were being exploited,” said Maria Zamudio of Causa Justa::Just Cause, a tenants’ rights organization. “This is our first step into closing those loopholes.”“This isn’t the end all be all, many things still need to happen,” she added. “But it is an important first step to being able to really solve this housing crisis.”The ordinance was passed to the cheers and applause of tenants-rights advocates in attendance, but not before the Board quibbled on a provision of the legislation that allows tenants to add an unlimited number of occupants to their units up to housing codes.“I worry about this particular provision. Even myself as a tenant in a rent controlled building, I find this provision very troubling,” Supervisor Katy Tang told the board, explaining that she’d be worried about what effect additional tenants would have on “our communal resources” and tenants living in her building that aren’t written into the lease.“I’m am very troubled by the discussion that would actually remove this section,” Sup. David Campos, who voted in favor of the provision, said. “The fact is so many people can live in San Francisco is because they have a lot of people living in an apartment.”The Board passed the provision in the legislation 7-4, leaving housing activists relieved by the overall victory.“Now that Eviction Protection 2.0 is passed we have more tools to be able to cure minor violations and protect people staying in their homes long term,” Zamudio said. “This is an important step toward housing stability for all the San Franciscans.” Tags: Board of Supervisors • displacement • housing • landlords • mission • sf • tenants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve new tenant protections that will make it more difficult for landlords to evict tenants for nuisance offenses or hike rents after certain types of evictions. “We won a victory today for all San Franciscans who care about affordability,” Supervisor Kim said after the legislation passed. “We know from the Housing Balance report published in July 2015, that we are running in place when it comes to affordable housing.”The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim and backed by Supervisors John Avalos, Eric Mar, and David Campos, has been dubbed “Tenant Protection 2.0” or “Eviction Protection 2.0.”Landlords would be unable to evict tenants for adding roommates up to what’s allowed in the housing code, nuisance violations like hanging laundry or leaving strollers in the hallway, or living in illegal units without a “reasonable justification” for the eviction.center_img 0%last_img read more

Nonprofits to Take On Public Housing Troubles in SF Mission

first_imgWhen the Mission Economic Development Agency and BRIDGE Housing take over the management of two local buildings from the Housing Authority next fall, they will face a laundry list of problems, residents said at a meeting Tuesday night. The switch comes as part of a citywide transfer of public housing from city hands to nonprofits.“I have a question about ventilation in the building,” said one resident of 1855 15th St, a concrete tower that houses seniors and people with disabilities. “It is horrible. I have bronchitis, I can’t breathe. I don’t know how seniors actually live here.”The resident was one of about seven who attended the meeting held by MEDA and BRIDGE. “How long is the rehab going to take? They said two years!” a second resident chimed in later. Tags: housing • seniors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “It is almost impossible to get a package delivered,” said Michael Schweitzer, a third resident, toward the end of the meeting. MEDA and BRIDGE representatives at the meeting said the problems would be addressed in time. The ventilation system and heating system will be overhauled, electrical systems will be upgraded, interiors opened up and updated, and flimsy single-glazed windows will be replaced with sturdier and better insulating double-glazed windows, they promised.“This is the product of a lot of deferred maintenance,” said Richard Caldwell, the principal of HKIT Architects, which will manage the rehabilitation of the building. For years the Housing Authority, the city agency in charge of public housing, has been underfunded by federal, state, and city actors, resulting in poor maintenance and unsafe conditions in many of its buildings.As a remedy, all public housing citywide is being transferred to nonprofit control in a program known as a Rental Assistance Demonstration. The RAD conversions will allow nonprofits to invest more money in neglected public housing buildings, and MEDA and BRIDGE — which will be taking over 441 units in the Mission and Castro — are starting a conversation with residents about the repairs they’d like incorporated.“We’d like for this building to be elegant, be inviting,” Caldwell said. Though the repairs will affect mostly the interior, Caldwell said the drab 1960s exterior may also get a colorful facelift.“We would like for it to be a building that anyone would want to live in.”Repairs and renovations will take about two years, said MEDA’s Elaine Yee, but individual residents will only be relocated for several months at a time while their unit is updated. Relocations will take place within the building, shuffling residents around among unoccupied units, as much as possible, Yee said.“The rehab is going to take care of 99 percent of [concerns]” said James Valva of BRIDGE. Security was a particularly pervasive concern and part of what prompted the meeting. Clair Bright, president of a homeowner’s association at a nearby building, said drug dealing and disruptive behavior have plagued residents in and around 1855 15th St. for the past year or so. “It’s completely open to the street, there’s no gate that prevents people who have no business being there…from being there,” Bright said. “I think if you’re going to do any kind of redesign, you need to start at the front door.” That front gate, she and residents said, rarely stays closed. Security presence is minimal to nonexistent. One resident, Richard Fong, said he had been threatened by someone wielding a piece of wood on his own doorstep. Helen Hale, Director of Residential and Community Services at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, said she had seen significant improvements in security at buildings that changed hands away from the Housing Authority within a month of the switch. “[The Housing Authority’s] budget has been sorely lacking for a long time,” she explained. “We’re very aware that this happens… There are numerous buildings that have similar situations.”Once BRIDGE and MEDA take over, Hunt said, they will provide a set of house rules similar to those that already exist. This set, however, will be signed by tenants and actively enforced, by a staff dedicated to a single site rather than the Housing Authority’s staff members, who each see to multiple buildings. BRIDGE representatives also said the nonprofit is working on getting cameras installed now.“How soon is now?” a resident probed. That’s the rub – neither BRIDGE nor MEDA can begin work on the building until they take it over from the Housing Authority in August or September of next year. Until then, residents were told, the best approach is to keep contacting the Housing Authority about their concerns. Disclosure: Mission Local rents a commercial office from a MEDA-owned building. center_img 0%last_img read more

75 units of housing approved for 19th and South Van Ness

first_imgPlanning Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal Thursday evening for 75 units of housing and a commercial ground floor to replace a long-abandoned gas station at 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The proposal for 793 South Van Ness Avenue uses the state’s density bonus program to exceed the city’s height limits for that lot, meaning it will be 75 feet high with seven stories, compared to the base project’s five stories. Supporters of the project as well as commissioners emphasized that the proposal includes 11 below-market-rate units, which surpasses the number required by the state density bonus program. That program was recently used for a project at 2918 Mission Street, where commissioners expressed dismay with the state’s density bonus requiring a smaller percentage of affordability than local laws, since the density bonus is awarded without requiring additional below market rate units proportional to the building’s increase in size. The fact that Joe Toboni and his company the Toboni Group is a local family-owned business and the lot to be developed has been abandoned for years, also helped.“This is something a lot of us can’t really argue with,” said Commissioner Joel Koppel.But, ultimately, much of the discussion was about the character of the developer. Toboni and his son, Joey, said they’ll be putting the proceeds of the sales of the BMR units in their developments straight into a new nonprofit dedicated to building affordable housing. “I want to change this discourse, he wants to change this discourse,” the younger Toboni said. “Accept our olive branch and let’s put some affordable housing on the street and help solve this problem.”Not all critics of the project were convinced — several asked to delay a vote so that activists and the developer could formalize a written agreement to hold the developer accountable. But those who had worked with Toboni in construction, or at the various Mission nonprofits where he is a donor or a volunteer, lauded his consistency and honesty.“Anything he says is pretty much the gospel. He’s a completely honest businessman,” said painter Kevin Sheppard.“There has been comment that the proposal is vague … my experience with them is that they follow through on promises,” said Dave McGonigle, who sits on the board of directors of a nearby youth-mentorship nonprofit, Seven Tepees. “[Toboni] can be a leader and force of good in the community.”Critics hoped a delay would also make a clear plan for what should go into the ground floor to preserve blue-collar jobs, rather than turning a former gas station into retail. “Retail in this blue-collar area is not healthy. We need PDR and nonprofit blue-collar spaces,” said artist Sharon Steuer. “Building more luxury units for vacation rental and transient workers continues the displacement here.”Retail and market-rate housing in a blue-collar area, she suggested, would only accelerate gentrification and displacement of workers. “There’ll be nobody to clean the toilets of these luxury units,” she said.Commissioner Christine Johnson, too, said she had doubts about ground-floor retail, much of which in new buildings has struggled to find tenants.“We have blocks of empty retail spaces that are brand new that just have ‘for lease’ signs on them and nothing there,” Johnson said. “This is definitely going to be one of those spaces.”Zoning, however, already limits what can go into those spaces.In the end, the oft-reiterated need for housing in San Francisco and the praise of the developer’s attitude won the project unanimous support from the commission.“We’re increasing supply with a model developer who offered more than what was required. I look forward to the details of the nonprofit and, I’m sure, given the integrity of this person and his family, that there will be follow through there,” said Commissioner Dennis Richards. “Mr. Toboni’s son summed it up: there’s an olive branch … we are honestly in this together.” 0%center_img Tags: development • housing • south van ness avenue Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF Carnaval weekend arrives and heres a preview

first_imgCarnaval weekend begins with loads of music, food and fun on Harrison between 16th and 24th streets.Then, on Sunday, there is the parade that begins at 9:30 a.m. at  24th and Bryant streets.Here is a sneak preview of what you will see: 0% Tags: arts • Events Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

Warriors v Cavaliers Game One Dubs Take Thriller

first_imgWhen James go to the bench for a breather, the Cavs, behind Love and Korver, go up 11.Curry and Thompson quickly bring the deficit back down to 6.Cleveland gets cold and KD gets hot (or warm at least), and a last second, 38 foot shot by Curry knots the game at half time. As Gina Haspel begins her new job as CIA director, there are still many unanswered questions about her past. @Krhawkins5 with an in-depth look:— Just Security (@just_security) May 21, 2018 JAVALE. HAHAHAHAHAHA— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 1, 2018 JR Smith: I was tryna find KyrieLeBron: KYRIE IN BOSTON— Charlie Kaczorowski (@charliekacz) June 1, 2018 Steph Curry answers with a long 3, and it’s game on. LeBron James scores the first bucket of the #NBAFinals!#WhateverItTakes x #DubNation: #NBAonABC— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018 Is that an earthquake that shakes Zuckerberg Manor? No. It’s a collective Bay Area cheer!(Not for you, Mark).Halftime: Could be better, could be worse  The Cavs are playing better than expected — faster, looser. James is doing his thing, but the Cavs’ rebounding is the big surprise. They are dominating the Dubs on the glass.Meanwhile, the Warriors are not playing great, but they’re not playing badly, and it looks like they’re engaged.Third Quarter: The 500 Club The Dubs have played particularly well at The 500 Club during the Rocket series, so I feel obliged to go there now. If the Dubs have another one of their signature third quarters, they’ll blow open the game.The crowd at The 500 Club is not overflowing. And the demographic has changed. Most guys, heavily guys tonight, look like they’ve been here since 7 a.m.So do the Cavs.The Dubs come out of the locker room on a 10-4 tear behind JaVale McGee. Who? JaVale disappeared during the Houston series. Tonight, he’s back. The Cavs don’t know what hit them. Timeout.The Cavs mount a comeback after JaVale misses a wide-open dunk under the basket. Which is not funny in real time. 1) the Warriors got pretty lucky that the refs reviewed the charge and overturned it2) Kevin Durant starting his dribble from 35 feet out and driving is not the offense to run at this juncture of the game— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 1, 2018 Extra pass to Klay Thompson for 3!Quick @warriors burst on #NBAonABC #DubNation 40 | #WhateverItTakes 44— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018 Nothing left now but some trash talk between James and Curry and a Tristan Thompson elbow thrown in the general vicinity of Draymond Green’s head.Post-GameExciting enough for you?As a recovering Clevelander, I feel their pain. This one has got to hurt.Not that Dubs fans care. For the Dubs, it was kindasorta, conditionally speaking, a pretty good game. Lots of technique. Lots of enhancement.They drag us from our cells again on Sunday.Previous articles can be found here. There’s a sudden eerie pall inside Mission Street Sports Bar as Thompson hobbles off the court to the locker room.“Doesn’t look so bad,” says the woman standing next to me. How does she know? Is she a sports doctor?When time comes back in, Draymond Green and Jordan Bell drive the lane for easy layups. And LeBron James connects again from long range. 20-19 Cavs.A comment on the wings (garlic-parmesan and buffalo): Not bad for sports bar wings. A comment on the fries: forgettable.The two teams trade hits and misses, with J.R. Smith and Kevin Love continuing to make an impression. The Cavs seem a livelier, faster, team than the one that played Boston.The quarter ends with KD missing, again, from downtown. 30-29 Cavs.Second Quarter: The LibertiesCrowded but not too crowded. Noisy but people are into the game big time, and when Thompson returns, Mark Zuckerberg can hear the cheers from The Liberties all the way up 21st.That Thompson promptly misses a 3, and LeBron delivers a vicious dunk, does nothing to dampen the spirits. There’s a sense of camaraderie.Nothing like a few misses by Curry, Thompson and KD to quiet  things down. Especially, because the Cavs, in particular backup Larry Nance, keep corralling rebounds and getting second and sometimes third shots.It’s a full five minutes before Thompson hits the Dubs’ first 3 of the quarter, bringing the Warriors back from the brink. But she did not promise the NBA would refrain from torture.No doubt there is a lot of money at stake, but kicking off the Finals less than three or four days after two grueling seven game semi-finals? Forget the physical and mental techniques enhanced at the players. What about us?After being subjected to the emotional rollercoaster of Games 4 through 7, they are dragging us from of our cells for Game 1 on less than three days rest.As a friend pointed out during the first half Monday night, “we do have real lives.”Do we?First Quarter: Mission Street Sports BarA little piece of suburban Cleveland in the Mission. Not the old rust-belt Cleveland, but the new “renaissance” Cleveland, buzzing with sports bars, health care for the rich and quickie loans for everybody else.LeBron James had very little to do with the 60-year transformation of Cleveland. But he’s got everything to do with opening minutes of Game One, making the Finals’ first hoop. STEPH RANGE to beat the buzzer… BANG! #DubNation #NBAFinals— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018 Tags: warriors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0% That @cavs ball movement! #WhateverItTakes #NBAFinals: #NBAonABC— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018 With five seconds left, Klay Thompson fouls George Hill (if he doesn’t, Hill has a wide open layup). Hill makes a free throw tying the game. The second one for victory.Hill misses.J.R. Smith grabs the rebound. And dribbles away as James screams for the ball. It’s one of the biggest brain farts in NBA history. Steph Curry pulls up from way downtown!#DubNation #NBAFinals: #NBAonABC— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018James targets Steph on defense. Poor Steph. His reward for surviving the relentless assaults of James Harden is a human Stryker Combat Vehicle. But Steph’s up for it. Does he have a choice?It’s not a thing of beauty but the Cavs show more than a sign of life. Both J.R. Smith and Kevin Love get going, each nailing a three.The Warriors are not playing defense with anywhere near the intensity and speed they played against Houston. The Cavs consistently get open shots from long range. The Dubs even let James alone — not a good idea.With six minutes left, J.R. Smith slides into Klay Thompson’s leg, sending him sprawling to the floor in pain. Steph Shaun Livingston! #DubNation #NBAFinals— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018 Draymond— NBA (@NBA) June 1, 2018 LeBron repeatedly targets Steph, and miraculously Steph holds his ground. For the first three minutes of overtime, LeBron does not score!!!  Or assist.  Cleveland’s got nothing left. LeBron’s run out of gas. Love’s run out of luck.Another 3 by Draymond Green ices the game. Klay Thompson is VERY LUCKY his left ankle/leg didn’t snap. Wow— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 1, 2018 Kevin Love and Larry Nance continue to get rebounds, James continues to make shots and the Dubs go to KD. But KD is cold.“I’m not worried,” my friend says. “His shots will fall eventually.”That’s what the Rockets said.But my friend is right. Again. Over the last 3 minutes KD rings up six points, and Klay sinks a 3 to take the Dubs into the fourth quarter with a 6 point lead.Fourth Quarter: Giordanos I’m hesitant to leave The 500 Club because the lead seems thin. But it’s only Game 1 and I want to check out the buzz on 16th street.Good idea. Giordanos is packed and rowdy. Unlike last week, when it seemed like a detention hall for Pittsburgh Pirate fans. Tonight they’re focused on the game in front of them.Whatever the Cavs are drinking, I’ll have a shot of that.Once again, it’s not just LeBron. Jeff Green gets things going; Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson all make shots. This is not good. The Cavs are back on top.Half the quarter to go, KD misses a free throw, but Kevon Looney pulls a Larry Nance and tips the ball in for a very needed two points.After Draymond Green (?!!) and Steph Curry hit 3s, the Warriors take a 100-94 lead with 4.5 minutes remaining. LeBron keeps locomoting, but the key shot is another Kevin Love 3.KD gets stripped once, then again as he forces up a shot. But wait. The refs call a foul. On Durant. But then they say no, it’s on James! Overtime: Bar San PanchoNo place to stand. People packed tight like the BART at rush hour. All eyes raised to the screen.KD sinks a couple more free throws, Thompson nails a 3 and Curry sets up Shawn Livingston with a patented Steph assist. Gin and sweet potato fries keep me going through long stretches of Larry Nance offensive rebounds (seriously!). And the Cavs are not standing around looking at James. They actually move the ball. Pre-Game HangoverIs new CIA director Gina Haspel also the covert commissioner of the NBA?She kindasorta conditionally implied the CIA would not enhance any interrogation techniques under her watch (but when she’s not watching?).last_img read more

Where to watch the Warriors game in SFs Mission

first_img Email Address The Golden State Warriors are headed to their fifth consecutive NBA finals — the first team to achieve this feat since the Boston Celtics in the ’60s. Now that you’re on the bandwagon, what are the best Mission District spots to view this historic event? Check out our map below! Don’t know much about the Warriors? Read the first of Mission Local’s NBA finals analyses.Tip at Toronto is at 6 p.m. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img

THE Theatre of Dreams… it certainly was for Saints

first_imgTHE Theatre of Dreams… it certainly was for Saints last night as they won the Super League title.Thanks to our official snapper Bernard Platt (@plattyphoto) and a few helpers, here are some of the great images from a momentous occasion.Six former Saints Academy Tourists to Australia… the next tour is 2015!last_img

Lanes on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closing overnight

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Work to repair a damaged guardrail on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge will cause two lanes to close overnight.According to the Town of Leland’s Facebook page, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be doing the work from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Wednesday.- Advertisement – The outside lanes in each direction will be open, but expect congestion.Drivers may seek alternate routes.last_img

Woman accused of killing mother in Oak Island neighbors upset

first_imgThis is the home police reported to in Oak Island. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — A Virginia woman had her first appearance today in the Brunswick County Courthouse after she was accused of killing her mother.“We were shocked. We really were. We were shocked cause you wouldn’t think this would happen in your neighborhood but it’s right across from us. It’s shocking,” neighbor Jerry Singleton said.- Advertisement – A neighborhood is still reacting to a murder. Oak Island police reported to the home of Susan Copenhaver Thursday morning. Assistant District Attorney, Glenn Emery says when police arrived at the home Thursday morning, Julia Copenhaver came to the door wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants, covered in what police say was her mother’s blood. Neighbors were confused when they saw police at first.“Police lined up and down the street here. We went over and talked to the police and they basically had told us that something very bad but they kept it close to the vest on what had happened but we figured that it was something- somebody had been murdered is what we had figured,” Singleton said.Her mother’s body was found in the closet and Julia is currently being held with no bond. Neighbors say it’s hard hearing about Susan’s death.Related Article: Murder trial of twice-convicted Pender County killer underway“Very nice lady, very sweet, very personable and nothing but nice things to say,” Singleton said.The assistant district attorney says Julia Copenhaver has possibly been diagnosed with mental illness and is believed to have not been taking her medication when the alleged murder took place.last_img read more

Whiteville man charged in Hallsboro shooting

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man faces charges in a shooting that injured two people earlier this month in Hallsboro.Aaron Joseph Monroe, 36, is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.- Advertisement – On May 5, deputies responded to a home on Artesia Road in reference to a gunshot wound.According to investigators, three men were in the yard when Monroe asked them for a ride. When the men responded, Monroe allegedly pulled out a gun and began shooting.Two men were shot. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. The shooting also damaged a vehicle that was in the yard.Related Article: Bridge Church congregation paints over hateful graffitiMonroe ran off after the shooting.He was arrested on Thursday afternoon. He is being held under a $500,000 bond.last_img

Three charged in New Hanover County vehicle theft ring

first_img Several weeks later additional vehicle break-ins took place and two vehicles were stolen from the Porters Neck area.Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office discovered the suspects had been crisscrossing the state breaking into vehicles as well as stealing vehicles.Ryan Stephens, Terry Johnson, and Tyler Adams have all been arrested on multiple felony charges.Related Article: ‘Help me:’ Woman whispers plea to deputies, who promptly arrest rape suspectStephens and Johnson are in the New Hanover County Detention Facility.Stephens is being held under a $500,000 bond. Johnson’s bond is $25,000.Tyler Adams is incarcerated in Alabama and will be extradited to New Hanover County.The three suspects are also being charged for thefts in South Carolina. Ryan Stephens and Terry Johnson (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three people face charges in a string of vehicle thefts dating back to the beginning of the year.In January, several vehicles were broken in to and one vehicle was stolen out of the Spring View neighborhood.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Luis leaves Atletico Madrid

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Filipe Luis has parted ways with Atletico Madrid after his contract expired this summer. The Brazilian left-back, who played 333 matches for the Rojiblancos, has agreed to join Brazilian side Flamengo on a two-year contract even though Paris Saint Germain and Wolves showed interest in the experienced defender.Luis joined Atletico Madrid from Deportivo La Coruna in 2010 and managed to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. He also helped the Spanish side to reach the Champions League final before leaving for Chelsea in 2014.His time away from the Spanish capital was brief as the left-back’s spell in London ended after a year. During his second stint at Atletico Madrid, Luis won another Europa League and reached a second Champions League final.WhatsApplast_img read more

Google buys Frommers travel brand

first_imgAdvertisement The Frommer’s buy is the latest in Google’s ongoing move to strengthen its travel and local search offerings. About a year ago, Google bought reviews behemoth Zagat for an undisclosed amount. Five days later, the company launched Google Flight Search.Google declined to comment on the financial terms of the Frommer’s deal, but it offered a few hints about its plans for the Frommer’s team and assets.“We can’t wait to start working with them on our goal to provide a review for every relevant place in the world,” a Google representative said, adding that the Frommer’s staff “will be a great addition to the Zagat team.” – Advertisement – Selling to Google probably scored a nice windfall for the 205-year-old Wiley’s, which is still trying to sell several of its publishing businesses — including Webster’s New World dictionary and the slacker Bible CliffsNotes. Wiley said it will use the money from the Google deal to invest in the publishing sectors it plans to keep: its professional, scientific and education businesses.The deal was bad news for other local and travel sites. Shares of local reviews site Yelp and travel reviews/planning site TripAdvisor were off nearly 6% immediately following the announcement.Source: CNNlast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Wont Become a Media Company But Rather Stay

first_imgAdvertisement An increasing number of users today are turning to social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, to find their news, but Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his firm has no ambitions to become a content provider, Reuters reports.Earlier this week, Mark told a group of students from Luiss university, that Facebook is a tech company and not a media company, after a young Italian student asked him whether the firm intended to become a news editor.While acknowledging the role Facebook has in supplying users with news through their connections and stressing the advantages of obtaining information from different parts of the world, Zuckerberg commented that they build the tools and don’t produce any content”. – Advertisement – “The world needs news companies, but also technology platforms, like what we do, and we take our role in this very seriously,” he said, speaking from Rome’s Luiss university.[related-posts]last_img

BENS BLOG Wallies for sale

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, I write bearing good news. We read, earlier this year, in the Racing Post, that bookmaker, Ted Hegharty said it has never been busier, in the ring, at Shelbourne Park. This is great news for the game.Well, I can report to you too; that business was superb, on Champions Day at Ascot, this Saturday just gone. Star were betting in both Tatts and on the Rails. I was working Tattersalls, and I can tell you, that it was most brisk, with a turnover of £27k. There was a non-stop queue, we were laying plenty of runners, and there were lots of monkey to grand bets flying about. If only it was like this every Saturday..! LONG LIVE THE RING..!!In other news:Vintage Salt, 189 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ. (RESTAURANT LINK): I went right behind enemy-lines, into Corbynland last night, (bringing Star MD, Gaul Wood, along as cover), to check out this excellent fish restaurant. The first thing I saw on the menu though, was ‘Wally £1’. Gaul informed me, that ‘Wally’ is another word for a gherkin. If only we could sell some English wallies, for a quid a go, Blog..!!Vintage Salt. The Staff were completely incompetent, and the music was far too loud… But the food was excellent. Don’t miss the squid starter. And the rice-pudding was a STEERING-JOB. £90 for 2. 8Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Lithuania v England

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]E[/dropcap]ngland hold an aggregate 9-0 lead over Lithuania in three games and there is a school of thought that now top spot in the Group is secure we might at last see England unleashed into a more exciting style of football.Or will it be another 90th minute late 1-0 winner for England?It might well have just been about the results up until now but Gareth Southgate’s men have got to move away from the usual borefest and show some sparkle to make us all think that the hard earned trip to Russia won’t be in vein.Qualifiers are qualifiers but deep in recent memory is etched England’s failure to get out off their Group in World Cup 2014 and being frozen out by Iceland in Euro 2016.The points are on the board and the jury (well at least me) is out on the brand of football that England are currently displaying.England’s late winner against Slovenia midweek did little to disguise what a dire match it was – acknowledged by Southgate who said: “Everyone was disappointed with the performance, none more so than me. We want to learn things from the game and don’t want to waste that opportunity.“We’ll make changes but want to get the balance right. It is a results business – but the way I want to play is to entertain as well.“We were very clear in our mind how we wanted to evolve and we’ve got an extra game to do that now, which is a great opportunity to look at a couple of things.”Dele Alli is back from suspension and frankly they should be putting several goals past Lithuania who could only draw 1-1 with Malta last time out.Joe Hart is replaced by Jack Butland in goal and with Hart still dropping the occasional (you know what) he gets his chance to really show what he can do.Southgate said: “He has been patient, his form has been good. It’s a good opportunity for Jack.”Lithuania v EnglandFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier17:00 ITVHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2017 WORLD CUP England 2-0 LithuaniaOct 2015 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Lithuania 0-3 EnglandMar 2015 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 4-0 LithuaniaSouthgate has called for supporters to get more behind their national side but that’s a two-way street. Let’s have something more to take to Russia with, otherwise it will be a vodka and a prayer.England / England at 5/6 makes appeal on the HT/FT market. And if it’s 0-0 at half-time I really will turn to the vodka.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ENGLAND / ENGLAND HT/FT 25 points at 5/6 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: LOSS 20.8 pointslast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Newcastle

first_imgBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Liverpool are by no means invincible at Anfield this season and this might not be as straightforward as the betting suggests.Newcastle have already caused problems for Liverpool this season with a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park and whilst this isn’t a game that Rafael Benitez would expect to take anything away from, such is Newcastle’s perilous place in the table that even a point could prove priceless.Benitez said: “The relationship [with Liverpool], the connection, is so obvious. We just have to make sure we do our best in this game and then afterwards wish them all the best.“You have to have this confidence coming from the game against Manchester United, coming from the first half against Bournemouth.“There are a lot of positives that we have seen and we have to make sure we replicate this at Anfield.”Liverpool have the chance themselves to move into second spot in the table ahead of Man U playing at Crystal Palace on Monday.Liverpool v Newcastle UnitedPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2017 PREMIER Newcastle 1-1 LiverpoolApr 2016 PREMIER Liverpool 2-2 NewcastleDec 2015 PREMIER Newcastle 2-0 LiverpoolApr 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 2-0 NewcastleNov 2014 PREMIER Newcastle 1-0 LiverpoolMay 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 2-1 NewcastleOct 2013 PREMIER Newcastle 2-2 LiverpoolApr 2013 PREMIER Newcastle 0-6 LiverpoolNov 2012 PREMIER Liverpool 1-1 NewcastleApr 2012 PREMIER Newcastle 2-0 LiverpoolThe bottom line is that Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 league games against Newcastle at Anfield since a 0-2 defeat in April 1994 (W17, D4) and in the respective current form it’s hard to see the sequence being snapped.Not surprise to see LIVERPOOL HT/FT odds-on at 4/6 with but it’s an option that’s pretty hard to get away from and will hopefully send the column’s P&L back over 100 points.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LIVERPOOL HT/FT 15 points at 4/6 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 91.79 pointslast_img read more

Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee safety

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduHigher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee safetyHOUSTON – (Aug. 14, 2017) – Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee fewer nonviolent crimes in Houston neighborhoods, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.“What Happens in the Shadows: Streetlights and How They Relate to Crime” examines how the city of Houston’s 173,000 streetlights impact crime rates. The report comes as Houston is converting its streetlights to LED bulbs. This activity prompted the Kinder Institute to examine streetlight density across the city.The researchers compared 2015 crime rates of areas of the city with both high and low density of streetlights and looked for patterns to determine if there was a relationship between these factors. Streetlight density was measured by dividing the number of streetlights in a census block by the length of road miles within the block. It ranged from a low of less than one streetlight per mile of road to a high of 47 streetlights. The city of Houston’s average streetlight density is about 15 streetlights per mile of roadway.The report revealed that crimes occur throughout the city in areas with both high and low concentrations of streetlights. However, the researchers found no direct correlation between higher densities of lights (more than 15 streetlights per mile of roadway) and lower rates of nonviolent crimes.In fact, areas with higher densities of lights experienced 60 percent more nonviolent crimes on average than areas with low concentrations of streetlights (fewer than 15 streetlights per mile of roadway). Nonviolent crimes are defined as those which do not involve the use of any force or injury to another person.“Our model estimates that on average, irrespective of racial/ethnic composition, neighborhoods with about one light per 100 feet experienced lower crime rates than those neighborhoods with two lights per 100 feet,” said Julia Schedler, a graduate student in the Department of Statistics at Rice, a student assistant for the Kinder Institute’s Urban Data Platform and one of the paper’s authors. “However, the magnitude of this difference varies by a neighborhood’s racial composition. Both majority-black and majority-white areas are estimated to experience about one additional nonviolent crime on average, and majority-Hispanic areas are estimated to experience less than one additional nonviolent crime (0.62) on average. Areas with no ethnic majority have the most dramatic increase — about 2.5 additional nonviolent crimes on average. We did not find evidence of a clear relationship between streetlight density and violent crime.”Schedler said a common misconception is that greater densities of streetlights automatically equal safer neighborhoods.“This is not to say that streetlights are not helpful,” she said. “But streetlights alone do not reduce crime.”Houston’s highest concentrations of streetlights are found within the downtown area, with pockets of high streetlight density just to the east of downtown, toward the Houston Ship Channel, as well as fanning out in the northern part of the city. Areas with fewer than five streetlights per mile of road are along the edges of the city in all directions, as well as within a slice of Houston just east of Bellaire.Future work in this area will focus on studying other factors that may affect crime, such as property values, median household income and proximity to commercial areas.Heather O’Connell, a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Kinder Institute, was the study’s lead author. To download a copy of the report, visit For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Kinder Institute website: link: credit: Flickr/Walt JabscoLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you would rather not receive future communications from RiceUniversity2, let us know by clicking here.RiceUniversity2, Public Affairs – MS610 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827 United States AddThislast_img read more