July 2019

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A disabled MP has spoken of how being diagnosed as autistic has helped him to understand his behaviour as a younger man that led to his suspension from the Labour party.Jared O’Mara has told Disability News Service (DNS) that he was diagnosed in January this year by a psychiatrist, three months after his suspension from the party.He was heavily criticised by disabled campaigners last year when a series of offensive remarks he made about other minority groups and women as a younger man came to light.But O’Mara (pictured, centre) has now appealed for understanding and forgiveness for the comments he made as a younger man on an internet chat forum, pointing out that he and other autistic people “don’t understand the social nuances of language and humour in the same way as neurotypical people do”.The Sheffield Hallam MP told DNS this week: “I still don’t now, and I’m scared that I might be bullied again for my language choices and how I express myself.”His comments have this week secured support from two leading autistic campaigners, who suggested that he should be forgiven.O’Mara “unreservedly” apologised again for the comments and said he was “horrified” at the offence he had caused and still felt “so sad and ashamed”.But he said: “Parliament is a very scary and threatening place and I don’t think it has anticipated what the needs of members with mental health disabilities, autism and other learning disabilities will be because it hasn’t anticipated that it would get any members who have such disabilities (or who would go on the record about having them as I have).”O’Mara – who also has cerebral palsy – said he believed that people with invisible impairments were “made to feel ashamed and treated worse” than those with physical impairments.He added: “We can work and we can contribute and take part in public life, but only if great effort is put into providing us with the understanding and adjustments that we need and that, I may add, we are legally entitled to.”He also said that he found political correctness “scary” as an autistic person, and that he believed it had been “weaponized” by people across the political spectrum “to bully those who make language and humour choices and errors that fall outside of its arbitrary realms of acceptability, even when those people passionately believe in equality for all”.He said: “I am not a homophobe, I passionately believe in LGBTQ equality, I am not a sexist, I am an inter-sectional feminist and I am not a racist because I simply don’t judge people in terms of their ethnicity or nationality and to do so seems ridiculous for me.”He said he had nearly taken his own life “as a result of being falsely labelled these and from being bullied and harassed and I want to stop being publicly shamed in this way.“We should not judge people on their diction, register or choice of words nor their humour, we should judge them on what they believe, their policies and what’s in their hearts, particularly when they have ASD [autistic spectrum disorder] or a learning disability as we don’t understand the social nuances of language and humour in the same way as neurotypical people do.”  O’Mara also stressed his strong opposition to disability hate crime, and said he had “been called spastic and cripple and been beaten up for being disabled on several occasions”.But he said there was no comparison between this kind of abuse and the discussions he had had on the internet in his 20s – he is now 36 – which had been private discussions in chat forums with long-time friends.He said he had “erroneously misunderstood the taboo words I used to be slang and not terms of abuse, loaded with so much darkness” and also had not been “aware of how my use of humour could be misunderstood”.He told DNS: “Those chats were meant for people in that era and exclusively for the people I was chatting with who understood that I held no prejudices against marginalised groups and who understood the context.”Labour launched an investigation last October into a series of comments O’Mara had made on these internet chat forums and comments he denied making to a woman in a nightclub.He was told last week that he would be re-admitted into the party, given a formal warning and told to attend equality training.But he quit the party soon afterwards, telling his constituents in a letter that he had “not been listened to or been given a fair investigation” by the party and had “been made unfairly to feel like a criminal”.He said he could not continue “under the pretence that I feel there is a place of acceptance and empathy for me as a working class, underprivileged disabled man within the Labour Party”.He said: “Nobody should be made to feel ashamed for mistakes they make when they are young.”Two leading autistic campaigners offered their support to O’Mara this week.Dinah Murray, who leads the autistic-led National Autistic Taskforce’s communications and advocacy subgroup – but was not speaking on behalf of the taskforce – said: “Many adolescents take a while to get the hang of what may or may not be acceptable to whom. “Society is nuanced and it is true that a lot of the boundary setting (these days especially) is far too fluid or volatile to make any lasting sense and thus does not suit autistic (or most other) dispositions. “It is arguably the situation of being marginalised and precarious because of his autism, rather than the autism itself, which was behind his ill-judged attempts to be part of the gang.”She also said that “a person’s autism can make them more vulnerable to manipulation and ill treatment” and that “an autistic person who adopts the bullies’ way of talking may be hiding from a particularly vile form of persecution”.She added: “Youthful folly is the norm, and everyone needs to be given another chance. To me he seems to have spoken very honestly about past mistakes and with sincere regret. “I feel very sad that he has experienced another round of bullying as a grown-up to the point that he’s left the Labour Party to which he had devoted so much time and effort.”Another leading autistic rights campaigner, Adrian Whyatt, said he believed the MP’s comments were “valid” if he had a “formal genuine diagnosis” (which O’Mara has) and that being autistic “may explain his use of inappropriate language”.He also said that O’Mara had “disowned his remarks from this distant past” and “appears to have repented of them”.He said: “That should surely be enough in what still purports to be a Christian country. Where is the forgiveness?”Another autistic campaigner said the impact of O’Mara’s autism on his use of language was “a complex area” and he added: “It can be difficult to gauge the impact, the way people will take things.“Sometimes we speak or type before really thinking about our message.“I have said some politically incorrect things in my time. I may inadvertently do so in the future.”But he also pointed out that he “would have to know the person in question to really be able to tell where they are coming from”.The disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, which was highly critical of O’Mara last October when his remarks emerged, and Disability Politics UK, which said last year that O’Mara was “entitled to due process and a fair hearing”, both declined to comment this week.But Stephen Brookes, who has recently retired as a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, and was outspoken in his criticism of O’Mara last October, said the MP “really doesn’t seem to accept what his offence meant, both in relation to those he insulted and why it matters to equality and society”.Brookes said: “O’Mara let many people down with his original offence and has done nothing to convince me there is any difference now.“He abused others in totally inappropriate language, and which any of us as disabled people would challenge if made against us by a non-disabled person, so to now use the ‘disabled card’ denies equality and as an excuse is even worse in my view.”But he also suggested that O’Mara should have done more to declare his invisible impairments and seek support from the Commons authorities when he became an MP.Brookes said: “That was why the House [of Commons] didn’t work for him and he left himself open to all kinds of criticism.”O’Mara, who believes he is parliament’s first autistic MP, has asked his constituents for patience, understanding and sympathy.He told them in the letter: “I ask for everybody to go on the internet and read about autism, and about my other disabilities; clinical depression, cerebral palsy and anxiety.“Then, with that reading and research, seek to exercise empathy over apathy and antipathy.”He told DNS: “Young people make mistakes but regularly learn from them, I certainly have.“My message to all disabled people is that I still dearly hope to be a force and a voice for them (and for equality as a whole) in my work as an MP, and after then too when I eventually leave.”last_img read more

A SIXtry first half blitz with doubles from Kyle

first_imgA SIX-try first half blitz with doubles from Kyle Eastmond and Jamie Foster saw Saints overcome Wakefield Wildcats 46-6.Buoyed by excellent performances from the half-backs, the pack laid the platform for Saints youngsters to terrorise their opponent’s defence.Tony Puletua was immense in the centre of the park, whilst James Roby and Jonny Lomax once again showed they are the hub of the team.But Royce Simmons’ men were also keen enough in defence – for 79 minutes anyway – even though Wakefield’s execution was poor for the majority of the game.The game was effectively over after 40 minutes as Eastmond and Foster helped themselves to braces with Jon Wilkin and the excellent Lomax adding the others.A sloppy start to the second saw plenty of dropped ball – something that wouldn’t have pleased Simmons – but normal service was resumed when Francis Meli charged over following Roby’s pass.Chris Flannery added Saints eighth of the afternoon as he punished an error but Aaron Murphy crossed late on to save the Cats’ blushes.Saints welcomed back Paul Clough into the 17 for the first time since his shoulder injury in March, whilst Michael Shenton recovered from an ankle knock.Kyle Eastmond came in for the injured Paul Wellens and with Josh Perry out for the season, the front row of James Graham and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook were expected to do a lot of work.Wakefield shuffled around their side following a 70-point mauling at Hull KR – but there was no place for former Saint Chris Dean.Saints got off to a good defensive set but then knocked-on on their third tackle giving the home side impetus.But they weathered the pressure and scored a cracker to get them on their way. Puletua broke free in the middle, flipped the ball out to Roby who had Eastmond in support on his outside.From the restart, TP was rampaging up the field again and after they showed good hands, Jamie Foster went over in the corner.Foster adding to his earlier conversion.After a great start, Saints then had to withstand three full sets on their own line – which they did – but then a forward pass handed the Wildcats another set. Saints held firm though and blanked the home side once again.Saints could have scored on the 20th minute when a fast move saw Roby and Gaskell link up with Lomax and Eastmond for Foster to charge to the line – the youngster just losing the ball.But minutes later they made the pressure pay once again. Saints forced a drop out and after a couple of solid drives Lomax showed sleight of hand to slip Wilkin in.And on 28 minutes, Eastmond had his second as Roby won a quick play the ball to set him on his way to skin Matthew Blaymire.Foster making it 24-0.Still the Saints came and it was TP who was once again at the heart of Saints next try – splitting the defence down the middle and feeding Roby.The 2007 Man of Steel had Eastmond and Lomax in attendance and combined with them to find Francis Meli, who in turn made no mistake in putting Foster over for his 17th of the season.And as the hooter went, Foster worked the ball on the short side to send Jonny Lomax in from distance.Foster kicking his fifth goal from six attempts.Half Time: Wakefield 0 Saints 34A scrappy start to the second half saw both sides consistently drop the ball before Francis Meli sold about 15 dummies on the way to his 12th of the season.Foster adding another to make it 40-0.Jon Wilkin limped off the field in the 55th minute and as he sat down in the dugout, Frank Mariano dropped the ball, Robes picked it up and Flannery did the rest.Aaron Murphy added a late consolation for the Cats – goaled by Kieran Hyde – but it really was Saints’ day.Match Summary:Wakefield:Tries: MurphyGoals: Hyde (1 from 1)Saints:Tries: Eastmond (2), Foster (2), Wilkin, Lomax, Meli, FlanneryGoals: Foster (7 from 8)Penalties:Wakefield: 11Saints: 12HT: 34-0FT: 46-6REF: Steve GansonATT: 5985Teams:Wakefield:1. Matt Blaymire; 30. Greg Johnson, 5. Luke George, 3. Aaron Murphy, 37. Semi Tadulala; 27. Kieran Hyde, 14. Tommy Lee; 8. Michael Korkidas, 9. Julien Rinaldi, 31. Kyle Amor, 21. Frankie Mariano, 17. Paul Johnson, 15. Motu Tony.Subs: 10. Paul King, 11. Kevin Henderson, 24. James Davey, 36. Jarrad Hickey.Saints:7. Kyle Eastmond; 28. Thomas Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 16. Paul Clough, 24. Tom Armstrong.last_img read more

SAINTS will be hosting a special event for local b

first_imgSAINTS will be hosting a special event for local businesses on Wednesday January 18 at Langtree Park.Officials will be on hand from 7pm to show firms an exclusive tour of the new stadium facilities, including the hospitality and function suites as well as the amazing pitch, seating and terrace areas which will provide outstanding views of the action. It will also be your chance to meet the Chairman, Coach and Captain.The focus of the evening will then switch to a showcase, within one of the Club’s new Hospitality Lounges introducing the new and wide-ranging sponsorship, partner and hospitality offerings available to local businesses.This is the opportunity for local businesses to be part of the exciting new Saints era.Refreshments and a light buffet will also be available during the event providing you with an opportunity to sample the fantastic food from our new catering partner.Attendance at the event is by invitation only so if you would like to attend the evening, please contact Dave Lowe on  dave.lowe@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

SALFORD have issued the following advice to Saints

first_imgSALFORD have issued the following advice to Saints fans travelling to the match on Friday night:There will be a shuttle bus (52 seater) which will leave the Eccles Train Station at 6.45pm at a cost of £1 per person each way which will bring the fans directly to the stadium.The train from St Helens stops at Eccles Train Station. There are a few trains due in to Eccles between 6pm and 6.35pm.There is a later train which arrives in Eccles at 7.36pm and anyone on this train would be able to head down Church Street to the Metrolink to get on the bus at 7.40pm again to bring them straight to the stadium.Both will be on a first come first serve basis.Return journeys will leave the stadium at 10pm and 10.45pm to catch the last trains back to St Helens.The club also runs a park & ride scheme from Eventcity which is next to the Trafford Centre. Fans should follow signs for Eventcity. The coach leaves here at 6.15pm and 7pm. It also picks up outside the “Castle in the Air” Wetherspoons pub which is in the Chill Factor’e’ complex. Fans can park over there too.Any fans will receive 20 per cent discount off their food in this Wetherspoons pub on production of a match ticket. The coach leaves Castle in the Air at 6.25pm and 7.10pm. Return journeys to here and eventcity are 9.50pm and 10.45pm. Wetherspoons is also open until midnight.Salford have a marquee which is open from 6.30pm until kick off and from 9.30pm until 11pm. It is fully licensed.Onsite parking is by pre-purchased car park tickets only, these can be bought online or over the telephone up until 5pm tomorrow – please see www.salfordcitystadium.com for details.Offsite parking is available at Barton Airport (across the road from the stadium) at a cost of £5 per car.last_img read more

SAINTS Academy bowed out of the PlayOffs 4418 at

first_imgSAINTS Academy bowed out of the Play-Offs 44-18 at the semi-final stage after a disappointing second half display, writes Graham Henthorne.For 25 minutes the Saints were following the game plan, getting at the weak left side defence of the visitors and were comfortably sitting on a 12 point lead.But the old Achilles heel of dropped ball in their own half inviting teams on to them surfaced yet again and having got away with it three times they were punished on the fourth.The Saints started much the brighter and took the lead on six minutes with a set play. The visitors gave away a penalty for obstruction in possession on their own 10 metre line. Phil Atherton drove the ball close and from the play the ball Lewis Charnock dummied wide right before turning it back left to the charging Matty Fozard who went straight over the top of the play the ball to score.A great defensive set on the Saints line kept the visitors out forcing the error. Jake Spedding, one of the few players to emerge with anything like credit from the game broke away on a 70 metre run just being grabbed from behind, but a repeat set was the reward. Five tackles after the restart and Charnock ducked blind in the right corner slipping the ball away to Matty Fleming to go in. A great touchline conversion put the Saints 12 ahead.At this stage the visitors were definitely rocking and finding it difficult to defend the Saints relentless right side attack. Defensively the Saints were up for it as well typified by a magnificent last ditch tackle from Danny Richardson, Adam Saunders and Fleming which saved a try.But it all went wrong in a twenty minute period either side of the break as the game plan went out of the window, the visitors got a breather and scored thirty points to take the game away from the Saints.In truth there was little to shout about from the Saints after the break as they completed only two sets under their own steam.One were Lewis Charnock was inches short of the line in stretching out on the last.The other when Lewis Galbraith scored in the corner after a Dave Hewitt chip over the defence was taken in by Ricky Bailey before feeding his winger.Fozard and Spedding were best for the Saints and were pushed hard by Liam Cooper who did long minutes off the bench but too many others were off the pace in the wrong game.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Lewis Galbraith, Matty Fleming, Matty Fozard.Goals: Dave Hewitt, Lewis Charnock 2.Wigan U19s:Tries: Liam Marshall 2, Lewis Tierney 2, Grant Beecham, Liam Forsyth 2, Ryan Hampshire,.Goals: Ryan Hampshire 6.Half Time: 12-18Full Time: 18-44Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Adam Saunders, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Phil Atherton, 9. Lewis Charnock, 10. Matty Fozard, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Andre Savelio, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 15. Chris Worrall, 16. Liam Cooper, 17. Joe Ryan.Wigan:6. Ryan Hampshire; 5. Lewis Tierney, 4. Liam Forsyth, 3. Oliver Gildart, 2. Liam Marshall; 24. Jamie Doran, 7. Jake Shorrocks; 8. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Robert Lever, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Nick Gregson, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 14. Luke Waterworth, 15. Brad Lawrence, 16. Kieran Sherratt, 17. Macauley Davies.last_img read more

SAINTS main sponsor Typhoo have teamed up with foo

first_imgSAINTS main sponsor Typhoo have teamed up with food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson in its new TV advert, which celebrates the simple pleasures of great tea moments.It shows a relaxed and casually dressed Nigella in a white shirt and jeans share her recipe for her perfect tea moment. Centred on a lazy Sunday, Nigella delights in a moment of pure bliss as she curls up on the sofa with an enticing quality cup of Typhoo tea and an indulgent slice of chocolate cake.Typhoo’s new ‘Typhoo Moments’, TV advert starring Nigella Lawson launches on Friday 15 January at 6.55am on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.Commenting on the partnership, Nigella Lawson, said: “Typhoo has always been my everyday tea of choice, so when I was approached to work with them, it felt like a natural and happy fit.“Everyone who knows me knows I never go anywhere without Typhoo in my handbag and I never leave the country without a box in my suitcase.“Everyone has their own way of savouring a moment of peace and quiet, and for me it’s over a cup of tea, my essential luxury. A slice of cake is an indulgent extra.”Somnath Saha, CEO, Typhoo added: “The British love affair with tea is a serious business and we pride ourselves on producing such a great tasting brew. We are delighted to have Nigella’s quality seal of approval on Typhoo as her every day tea of choice.“We hope consumers will be inspired by our advert to share and celebrate their own recipes for great tea moments.”last_img read more

As part of the build up to the trip we look at

first_imgAs part of the build up to the trip, we look at the inaugural tour back in 2004 with Neil Kilshaw and Head Coach Derek Traynor.“2004 provided us with a blueprint of what to do and what not to do on tours,” Neil said. “For example, entrusting Eric Frodsham with passports and boarding passes is not a good idea…“In all seriousness, we thought that we’d made a comprehensive plan for training, team activities and time off but its only when you get there you realise you have to be flexible. In the first few days we probably trained a little too intensely as we were all so eager to get the trip off to a great start.“Hindsight is a great thing and the reality was all the hard intense work is needed before you go (which we had in abundance) and whilst there it’s more about team cohesion and keeping players fresh and skills crisp.“The 2004 tour helped to develop four players that went on to play Super League for St Helens in Paul Clough, Scott Moore, Ste Bannister and Dean McGilvray, but importantly gave everyone a fantastic life experience and character building opportunity.“In the hours after the final game most of the staff where saying ‘never again’ because of the sheer work involved. However, it didn’t take long before those brain cells started churning round again! It was probably on the plane (in that brief hour that Mike was awake) that we started asking what if, what about, we could just… and before you know it the 2006 plans had started!”Derek Traynor added: “When it came round to the first game I was a nervous wreck but tried my best not to let the lads know. We were playing Wests at the famous Campbelltown Oval and after about ten minutes the nerves calmed down as we took an early lead.“I can still see Nick Reddyoff using his fantastic speed to skip around the outside of the defence and score by the posts. We were causing Wests a lot of problems on the edges with Reddyoff, Sean Weed and both wingers Dean McGilvray and James Walker making good yards. At half time we led 28-0 and despite a mini comeback, Scott Moore at scrum half and Paul Clough in the pack saw us home 42-12.“The middle game of three was against a team called Chifley College. It was a tough physical encounter with Ste Bannister and Liam Bland performing very well. At 20-0 up and never really in doubt of losing a huge brawl erupted, with some crowd involvement which saw the game abandoned.“This was the only bit of trouble we’ve had on a trip and the sight of Scott Moore trying to fight off two Tongans with Gordon Pennington having a piggy-back ride was just a bizarre memory that’ll last forever!“In the final game we took on the might of Penrith Panthers and we had a very focused dressing room which were determined to end the tour unbeaten. The game was a very close affair with Reddyoff opening the scoring again. Scott Moore was outstanding and his performance that day was the best individual performance we’ve seen on a tour.“We pushed out into a 10 point lead through a lovely delayed pass from Scott to put Chris Frodsham in before Scott was sin binned… and that ten minute spell seemed to take forever. When he returned to the field our lead had been wiped out. The Penrith team that day had Michael Jennings in the centre and it was obvious what a talent he was as he ghosted in for a try as if our defence wasn’t there!“With Scott returning our leadership also returned and we managed to get back in front with five minutes to go, Andy Stott converting a Ste Bannister try by the side of the posts.“A few errors then put our defence under pressure and Penrith went in by the corner flag on the final play of the game. The joy (and relief) on everyone’s faces as the kick sailed wide of the posts! And in true fashion the touring party sang loud and proud in the dressing room!” Tourists:1. Steven Bannister 2. Liam Bland 3. Martyn Bradshaw 4. Paul Clough 5. Chris Donnelly 6. Ashley Elsley 7. Chris Frodsham 8. Scott Holland 9. Dave Lowe 10. Nick Manchester 11. Louis Menguy 12. Dean McGilvray 13. Scott Moore 14. Tony Owen 15. Andrew Parnell 16. Jonathan Platt 17. Nick Reddyoff 18. Dave Roughley 19. Andrew Stott 20. James Walker 21. Sean WeedResults:St Helens 42 v 12 West TigersSt Helens 20 v 0 ChifleySt Helens 22 v 20 Penrith Pantherslast_img read more

Justin Holbrook and his coaching staff have review

first_imgJustin Holbrook and his coaching staff have reviewed the dramatic 21-18 victory against the Warriors and have named an unchanged squad to make the short journey.Saints’ games against Widnes, especially at the Select Security Stadium, are usually closely fought affairs, and it’s likely this one will be no different.The Vikings come into the game on the back of a 32-18 loss to Warrington but will want to put in a stronger showing at home.“We have to back up pretty quickly,” James Roby said. “It’s always a tough place to go. Denis Betts has them going well too so we will have to be on our game.”Saints’ last visit to Widnes saw them lose 16-14 to a late Patrick Ah Van try.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Widnes 10 (SLR18, 9/6/17) Widnes 16, St Helens 14 (SLR11, 21/4/17) Widnes 8, St Helens 21 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/16) St Helens 12, Widnes 10 (SLR21, 8/7/16) Widnes 12, St Helens 20 (SLR8, 28/3/16) St Helens 36, Widnes 20 (CCQF, 28/6/15) St Helens 34, Widnes 16 (SLR12, 24/4/15) Widnes 20, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 13/3/15) St Helens 44, Widnes 22 (SLR22, 25/7/14) Widnes 40, St Helens 26 (SLR10, 21/4/14)Super League Summary:Widnes won 3 St Helens won 19Highs and Lows:Widnes highest score: 40-26 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 62-0 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)Milestones:James Roby is set to make his 450th career appearance in the match.The hooker has played 407 games for the club since 2004, to go with representative appearances for Great Britain (7 Tests, 2006-2007) and England (35 games, 2008-2013, 2015 & 2017).He is also one try away from a century of touchdowns for the club He has scored 99 tries in 407 games for the Saints since 2004.Kyle Amor will reach 250 career appearances if he plays.He has played 117 times for St Helens since 2014, and was previously with Wakefield (79 games, 2011-2013), Leeds (3 games, 2010) and Whitehaven (45 games, 2009-2010).He has also represented Ireland 5 times (2011 & 2017).Tommy Makinson needs two tries to reach a century of touchdowns for the club.He has scored 98 tries in 175 games for the Saints since 2011.last_img read more

New Hanover NAACP meets before push for Sunday Voting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The second weekend of the May primary is coming up.This time with a key Sunday voting day. The New Hanover NAACP wants to see voters at polls.New Hanover County is one of the only Cape Fear counties to hold a Sunday voting at the Government center off of College Road.- Advertisement – The local NAACP tells us nearly 20 churches plan to take part in the “souls to polls” campaign to get voters to the ballot boxes.Branch members want voters to take advantage of the voting day privileged or it may be taken away.“The board of elections locally has the option of saying, ‘well you didn’t have that many people go out so maybe we shouldn’t allow you to have Sunday voting again,’ and we don’t want that to happen that’s why I am encouraging everyone to come out to vote 11 to 6 regardless of your political affiliation,” said chapter president Deborah Maxwell.Related Article: New Hanover County NAACP discusses ‘Green Book’Polls will open Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.last_img read more

Teen shot during driveby attempted murder charges against him dropped

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County deputies are investigating after a teen who had been facing attempted murder charges was shot in the chest during an apparent drive-by shooting within hours of the charges against him being dropped.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says at around 1:45 p.m. yesterday deputies responded to the fire station in Riegelwood about a gunshot wound.- Advertisement – Investigators say earlier an unknown vehicle passed by a home on Sand Hole Road in Riegelwood and fired shots at Jadakiss Watkins, 17, Dacious Daquan Dukes, 18, and Jesse Morgan, 21, who were sitting outside. Investigators say Watkins was shot in the chest and Dukes suffered an injury to his leg.Dukes and Morgan took Watkins to the fire station for medical assistance. A family member tells WWAY Watkins is “doing fine.” No arrests have been announced in the case.Back in April, Watkins turned himself into the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office after the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said it was looking for him in connection to a shooting in Bolivia. Brunswick County investigators said Watkins, who was 16 at the time, shot toward a man and woman outside a home on Zack Street April 19 following a brief encounter.Related Article: Rape kits of women found dead in Lumberton sat untested for more than a yearLate this afternoon District Attorney Jon David said his office signed paperwork today to dismiss the attempted murder charges against Watkins. David did not immediately explain why the charges were dropped and if there are any new suspects in the April shooting.Before the charges were formally dismissed, the Clerk of Court’s office said Watkins got out of jail June 4 after posting a $10,000 bond. He was in court on the attempted murder charges Tuesday, when his case was continued until October.Court records show he is due in Columbus County court next week on charges of breaking or entering a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm and assault by pointing a gun.Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said Watkins was released from jail on Monday, Aug. 6, based on information provided by the Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s Office. WWAY later learned the correct date was June 4. We apologize for any confusion.last_img read more

NC Court of Appeals sides with Boiling Spring Lakes couple over flooded

first_img The case went to court in 2015. Judge Ebertn T. Watson III ruled in the Wilkie’s favor and ordered further proceedings be held to determine the amount of compensation to which the Wilkies were entitled, in light of the temporary taking of a portion of their property.The City of Boiling Spring Lakes appealed that ruling. The NC Appellate Court reversed the original ruling, finding that the property owned by Edward and Debra Wilkie had not been taken by Boiling Spring Lakes for a public use or benefit.The Wilkies appealed that ruling to the N.C. Supreme Court, which ruled in their favor earlier this year.Related Article: Former Oak Island police chief named top cop in Boiling Spring LakesThe case once again went to the NC Court of Appeals for further review.This week, the panel once again ruled in favor of the Wilkies.“In this case, a taking occurred because Plaintiffs had been ousted from theirproperty and deprived of all beneficial enjoyment for more than a year. Plaintiffs areentitled to compensation for the time period of the temporary flooding because, underboth the North Carolina and the United States Constitutions, just compensationmust be paid for a taking of this kind,” wrote Judge Phil Berger in the Opinion of the Court.The case has now been remanded to trial court to determine the actual “area taken as a  result  of government-induced flooding and for a jury to determine the value of the area taken.”City Manager Jeff Repp says the city has received a copy of the Appeals Court’s ruling, but has not had a chance to speak with their attorney about it, so they do not have a statement at this time.Repp says so far, the City of Boiling Spring Lakes has spent $295,315 in legal fees on the Wilkie case. BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — The lengthy legal battle between property owners and the City of Boiling Spring Lakes is nearing an end.In May of 2014, Edward and Debra Wilkie filed a lawsuit against the city after a project to raise the levels of Spring Lake flooded a portion of their property for more than a year.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Top businesses and services honored at WWAY This is The Place Viewers

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The WWAY Event Center in Leland was packed Thursday night for the 2nd Annual WWAY This is the Place Viewers’ Choice Awards.There were 64 categories and 128 finalists nominated for awards this year. About 25,000 votes were cast to deice the top businesses and services in our area.- Advertisement – Click here to see the full list of winnersThere was plenty of food and drinks to help celebrate. The winners were all announced at the ceremony and received a plaque.Cool Breeze Heating and Air was the winner for Best Heating and Air Conditioning. Owner Cody Seibert said it was an honor to be nominated and win the award.Related Article: Garner announces new Amazon distribution center“Just to be nominated for this award was amazing,” Seibert said. “To find out that I actually won, it was mind blowing, but I pretty much owe it to all my employees and the customers that I have, because with out them this isn’t even possible.”From all of us here at WWAY we want to say thank you to all who voted. Plus a big congratulations to all of our nominees and winners.last_img read more

Wilmington church needs help finding missing 125yearold chalice

first_imgSolid silver chalice missing from Wilmington church (Photo: Church of Good Shepherd) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A silver chalice that one Wilmington church has used for more than 100 years is missing.The chalice was reportedly taken from the Church of the Good Shepherd on Queen Street. It’s inscribed “In Loving Memory of Sister Cecilia, 1894 Chapel of the Good Shepherd”.- Advertisement – Vestry member Bonnie Sibbett says the chalice is used during communion.The Wilmington Police Department is investigating and says it was taken sometime between May 5-11.If you know anything, you can use Text-a-Tip.Related Article: Will the shutdown impact future food and nutrition benefit programs?The church is offering a $100 reward.The church told WWAY they would ask no questions, “let it come home, where it’s been over 100 years so we can worship with it. It is sacred to us. The silver isn’t worth much but it’s valuable to us because we worship with it.”Oakdale Cemetery offered some history about Sister Ceclia.last_img read more

Photos GOT Iron Throne makes mysterious appearance in Malta

first_imgMonique AgiusMonique Agius If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and aspire to become the next King (or Queen) of the Andals, make sure you pay a visit to Valletta this morning for the chance to sit upon a replica of the famous Iron Throne.The throne appeared in front of Parliament House some time during the early hours of the morning. It is not known if it is part of the publicity being carried out currently by HBO to market the very last season (its eighth, which debuts in Malta on the 15th April) of the popular TV series.A number of fans queued – even in the rain – to take a selfie or have their photo taken by a friend.Some episodes of the first season in 2011 were filmed in various locations in Malta and Gozo.  Nicole Borg Monique Agius Monique Agius Monique AgiusWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Residents in the open centres need to be safe – UNHCR

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Refugee Agency UNHCR is appealing to the Maltese authorities to ensure that open centres and their surroundings are safe.In a statement, UNHCR Malta says that the residents of the centres have fled and endured abuses in their home countries which mean they ‘deserve to live in peace and safety without fear of violence.’Their announcement comes after a 42 year old Ivorian national Lassibe Souleymane was tragically shot and killed after a hit-and-run attack on Saturday evening outside the open centre in Ħal Far. Two fellow Ghanians were also injured in the attack but their injuries were not life threatening.UNHCR Malta extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr Souleymane and the recovery of the other two victims. ‘UNHCR understands that the authorities are investigating the case and hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice.’MotivesA motive for the attacks has not yet been established however according to residents of the centre, there are reports of racial abuse against migrants walking along the road in question. Some have even stopped using it altogether.These have ranged from racial insults to rocks being thrown and even drivers deliberately swerving to knock down migrants.Fear, insecurity and isolationThe Refugee Agency’s comments come following a joint statement from 23 Maltese NGOs, in solidarity with Mr Souleymane and that the police find the perpetrators.The statement, explains that the incident has wider ramifications for the migrant community in Malta, ‘creating a sense of fear, lack of security and isolation.’They state that should it be found that the incident was ‘racially motivated’, they warn that it would have far reaching consequences for Malta’s image, demonstrating a crime ‘aimed at instilling terror in entire communities.’Collectively, they call on the Malta Police Force to ‘step up’ their efforts to find those responsible and bring those to justice, while also ensuring the migrant community is protected.‘We expect the Malta Police Force to step up: commit all necessary resources to bring the perpetrators to justice; ensure the survivors are treated as victims of crime and guaranteed all the support and protection they need. Importantly we underline the need to comfort and express solidarity with all residents of Ħal Far, assuring that all will be done to restore good order and security for the locality’s communities.’The NGOs who are signatories to the letter are; Aditus foundation, African Media Association Malta, Allied Rainbow Communities, Blue Door English, The Critical Institute, Department for Inclusion and Access to Learning – University of Malta, Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants, Integra Foundation, International Association for Refugees, Isles of the Left, Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta), LGBTI Plus Gozo, Malta Emigrants’ Commission, Malta Humanist Association, Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, Men Against Violence, Moviment Graffitti, National Foster Care Association Malta, Richmond Foundation, Solidarity with Migrants, Spark15, Victim Support Malta, and the Women’s Rights Foundation.WhatsApplast_img read more

APS supports Mdina Biennale for new art exhibition

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> APS Bank has announced that it will be once again be collaborating with Mdina Biennale for an art exhibition themed around spirituality and the environment.The newest exhibition entitled, ‘Regaining a paradise lost – the role of the Arts’ focuses on the connection between spirituality and the links between the protection of the planet, human and animal impact.The collaboration was announced by APS Bank’s chairman Mr Mifsud Bonnici in which he explained that the new exhibition will run for a month from 13th March 2020.Accompanying the chairman for the launch was APS Bank Chairman, Mr Frederick Mifsud Bonnici who was followed by Mons. Rev. Edgar Vella, President of the Mdina Cathedral Museum. Prof. Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, Artistic Director of the Mdina Biennale.For more information about this project please visit www.mdinabiennale.comForce for goodSpeaking during a lecture on blockchain at APS, economist and blockchain strategy advisor JP Fabri, described the decentralised service as, ‘a revolutionary technology’ and ‘a force for good’Mr Fabri was speaking at the 4th APS talk entitled ‘Blockchain for the good of all.’The talks have been bringing specialists with key knowledge and expertise on areas which can help better the community.‘It is commendable for APS Bank to promote this technology beyond the hype of cryptocurrencies. The engagement of the audience during the talk highlights the interest and curiosity in blockchain,’ Fabri said.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Updated Turnout by 2pm EP elections at 32 Local Councils at 28

first_img1.IL-BELT VALLETTA34.55% 45.PAOLA34.11% Tenth District29.60% 25.L-GĦASRI42.26% 48.II-QALA31.78% 43.IN-NADUR31.78% 4.L-ISLA38.98% 26.ĦAL GĦAXAQ32.04% 66.IŻ-ŻEBBUĠ (GĦ)20.78% 9.IS-SIĠĠIEWI29.14% 5.BORMLA30.91% 11.IR-RABAT (GĦ)26.61% 8.ĦAŻ-ŻABBAR30.11% 61.TA’ XBIEX29.18% 7.ĦAŻ-ŻEBBUĠ (M)31.61% 27.II-ĦAMRUN35.50% 16.ĦAD-DINGLI29.51% 20.II-GUDJA32.92% 22.GĦAJNSIELEM28.09% 67.IŻ-ŻURRIEQ29.96% 38.L-IMĠARR25.80% 21.II-GŻIRA20.18% 62.ĦAL TARXIEN30.65% 23.L-GĦARB20.74% 14.BIRKIRKARA31.51% 3.II-BIRGU33.92% 15.BIRŻEBBUĠA27.83% 54.SAN LAWRENZ11.77% 18.FLORIANA36.23% 29.II-KALKARA33.52% Fourth District35.28% 28.L-IKLIN34.44% 65.IX-XGĦAJRA29.97% Third District31.39% 58.SANTA VENERA33.32% 35.MARSASKALA23.67% Second District34.98% 32.ĦAL LIJA31.26% 41.L-IMSIDA22.40% 39.II-MOSTA27.91% 31.ĦAL KIRKOP33.78% 42.II-MUNXAR24.81% Eighth District34.45% 34.II-MARSA30.61%center_img 52.SAN ĠILJAN17.75% 17.II-FGURA35.31% 46.PEMBROKE27.33% 44.IN-NAXXAR25.79% 47.TAL-PIETÀ34.99% 55.SAN PAWL IL-BAĦAR15.62% 57.SANTA LUĊIJA42.86% Eleventh District30.80% Ninth District31.14% 40.L-IMQABBA33.72% Seventh District31.62% 19.II-FONTANA31.43% 56.TA’ SANNAT27.27% 6.ĦAL QORMI34.32% *Voting was not necessary for this locality.Average total approximate percentage:      27.58%European Parliament Election: Approximate percentage voting turnout up to 2.00 pm 24.ĦAL GĦARGĦUR26.67% 60.IS-SWIEQI18.80% 12.Ħ’ATTARD29.82% Sixth District33.61% SharePrint 64.IX-XEWKIJA27.84% 50.IR-RABAT (M)31.32% Luke ZerafaLuke Zerafa Updated: 7.18pmThe Electoral Commission notified that the approximate percentage voting turnout in the European Parliament Election up to 2.00 pm is 31.99% while the voting turnout in the Local Council Elections localities up to 2.00 pm is 27.58%.The official communication by the Electoral Commission came in at 7.18pm on Saturday. The information contained no breakdown by district. In previous elections the midday turnout would be published by 4pm.Local Council elections – Approximate percentage voting turnout up to 2.00 pm First District36.80% 68.L-IMTARFA29.79% 36.MARSAXLOKK27.99% Twelfth District26.80% EP elections: Unofficial midday turnout at 32%Around 32% of those eligible to vote in European Parliament Elections in Malta have cast their votes on Saturday until 2pm. Sources have confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt.Malta is choosing its six MEPs and local councillors for 68 localities.The Electoral Commission has not yet published the midday turnout. The reason is not yet known why the official midday turnout has not been published. Newsbook.com.mt has tried to reach out to the Electoral Commission for a comment however no replies were given until the time of writing.The polling stations opened at 7am on Saturday morning and voting continues until 10pm.In 2014 the turnout was 33.8% at 2pm, with the final turnout hitting 74.8%.READ: LIVE: European Parliament and Local Councils elections 2019WhatsApp 63.IX-XAGĦRA25.64% 59.TAS-SLIEMA18.79% 49.II-QRENDI29.96% 13.ĦAL BALZAN31.88% Thirteen District31.29% 33.ĦAL LUQA32.32% 10.IŻ-ŻEJTUN33.26% 2.L-IMDINA* 51.ĦAL SAFI35.41% 30.TA’ KERĊEM33.16% Fifth District31.87% 37.II-MELLIEĦA21.68% 53.SAN ĠWANN28.08% <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

New pedestrian and cycle bridge to link Corradino MCAST and Paola

first_imgInfrastructure Malta is developing a new bridge at Triq Dom Mintoff, formerly known as Corradino Hill. This will help safer pedestrian, cycling and public transport commutes between Corradino, the MCAST Campus and Paola.This overpass will reconnect the Corradino residential area with the central part of Paola. It also opens up a new pedestrian and cycling route through the adjacent Mediterranean Gardens to provide a quicker and safer route for the students who walk, cycle or use public transport to get to the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and to the Mariam Al Batool School further up the road.The bridge will also improve access to the Corradino Industrial Zone as well as the mosque and the church in the same area, as currently, pedestrians need to cross several arterial roads, including the Corradino roundabout a few metres away.The Corradino end of the proposed overpass will rise from a small plot of disused land wedged between Triq Dom Mintoff and the service road leading to the main MCAST Campus entrance and to the Corradino residential area.The four-metre wide steel bridge will extend 20 metres across the road, to the Mediterranean Gardens. It will have gently-sloping ramps for cyclists and pedestrians at both ends, and meets applicable National Commission for Persons with Disability guidelines, so that it can be accessible to all. At the MCAST end, the overpass will also have an elevator.Infrastructure Malta also plans to embellish the areas at the two ends of the bridge, including part of the Mediterranean Gardens. The agency will replace a derelict area within this garden to open up a new pedestrian and cycling pathway that links the overpass with the existing bus lay-bys in Paola Hill, the road leading to the centre of this locality. It will also include adequate lighting systems and CCTV surveillance on the bridge deck and the rest of the new pathway, to improve its safety at all times. The main bus lay-bys in the area will be modified for improved connections with the new bridge and pathway as well.This project is the third pedestrian overpass the agency will be developing in 2019. This summer, it is starting construction of an overpass for cyclists and pedestrians in Aviation Avenue, close to the Institute of Tourism Studies and the Malta International Airport, between Luqa and Gudja. Works to build another pedestrian and cycling overpass connecting Hamrun, Blata l-Bajda and the Floriana Park and Ride facilities will also start soon.Infrastructure Malta is also investing in other new infrastructure for alternative, more sustainable modes of travel as part of the ongoing Marsa Junction Project and the reconstruction of Buqana Road, between Mtarfa and Mosta, Luqa Road, Santa Lucija and Qormi Road, between Qormi and Luqa.Similar infrastructure is included in the upcoming Central Link Project, Pembroke-St Julian’s Connections project, the new Santa Lucija roundabout tunnels project and the Msida Creek Project. These major arterial road upgrades will include other pedestrian bridges, new bus laybys and kilometres of new cycle lanes and footpath, including Malta’s longest segregated bi-directional cycle track, connecting Mriehel, Birkirkara, Balzan, Attard and Ta’ Qali. WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Apple and The Dev – Team

first_imgAdvertisement When the iPhone came out back in 2007, every one said we have seen that before, heard it etc, little did they know, that device was to become a game changer when it comes to user experience. The same goes for the iPad, 4 months in and over a whooping 3million units sold, beat that.Apple isn’t selling anything new, in fact half the consumer markets Apple is in existed way before they showed interest. Digital music players have been in existence for a while, same goes for desktop computers, laptops, phones, and tablet pcs, name it.What Apple has done is changed the way people interact with their devices. Apple takes user experience so personal it even irritates at times. – Advertisement – They have provided a platform iOS (previously iPhone OS), on which all their portable products run. Apple has to approve every single bit of app that runs on their platform, which carrier it’s tied to etc. This platform has strong control on what you can do and what you cant do, or does it?Does the name Dev-Team mean anything to you? Well this is an international group of hackers and geeks from all over the world who have given Apple a run for their money!This group is famously known for their tools such as PwangeTool (read Ownage Tool), redsn0w and the famous iPhone baseband unlock ultrasn0w.These guys have opened up Apples closed system and allowed any one who so wishes to do anything they wish with their iDevice from running unsigned apps from the Cydia Store, to using your iDevice  as a wireless router to share your phone internet connection.This ‘opening up’ of your iDevice to support these functions is commonly known as ‘jailbreaking’ and now it’s totally legal according to this ruling here and here (see full ruling here) and as always free.What these guys have done is awesome, they have studied Apple inside out and know exactly what to expect from them. They have totally disasserticle talks about Apple and its closed system and how the Dev Team are constantly trying to break it down so you can have full access to your iDevice.last_img read more

488 new iPads worth Shs19 billion shipped for MPs

first_imgAdvertisement The Parliament of Uganda has shipped in 488 new iPads worth Shs1.9 billion for MPs.This is contrary to last month’s reports that the legislators were to wait until next year to get the gadgets. The iPads are now with the Clerk’s office being engraved and reconfigured and will be handed to individual MPs as soon as they are ready.“Yes, we have bought them. They are the property of Parliament and meant to facilitate MPs do their work,” said Parliament’s director communication and public affairs Chris Obore. – Advertisement – In 2013, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, introduced the procurement of iPads for each legislator with the hope of starting a paper-free environment in Parliament and also cut the House’s expenditure on stationary which was mainly spent on buying paper for printing documents to be presented in the House.Members of Parliament L-R Anthony Ssemuli of Buwekula, Hassan Fungaroo of Obongi and Fred Ebil after receiving Ipads in 2013[related-posts]The argument then was that Parliament would be diverting money meant to buy stationery and use it to buy iPads. However, the following year after the decision was made, the institution’s budget for printing, stationery, photocopying and binding has increased from Shs383.9m in 2013/14 financial year to more than Shs1.5b.Mr Obore said all iPads will be returned to Parliament at the end of the MPs’ tenure and the institution will decide how to dispose them of.The MPs in the last Parliament were made to pay Shs. 500,000 if they wanted to remain with the gadget they had been given.[Daily Monitor]last_img read more