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first_imgDisabled people have asked the United Nations to investigate the government’s decision to shut down the Independent Living Fund (ILF).In a written complaint lodged this week, they say the decision to close ILF to new members in December 2010 – apparently without proper consultation – was a breach of disabled people’s rights under five separate articles (17, 19 20, 30 and 31) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).They say disabled people’s life chances have “dramatically fallen” as a result of this decision, while the government failed to monitor the impact of the closure of ILF, a government-resourced trust which helps about 16,500 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.Because the UK has signed up to the UN convention’s optional protocol, individuals can take complaints to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), as long as all domestic avenues of appeal have been exhausted.The government’s decision to close the fund has been the subject of a series of legal actions, protests and direct actions (including an occupation of the grounds of Westminster Abbey, pictured) over the last four years, but the government has continued to argue that the care and support needs of ILF-users are better met within a single care and support system, run by local authorities.From July, the fund will close for good, and the UK government will pass the non-ring-fenced funding to English local authorities and the Welsh and Scottish governments.The Scottish government announced last year that it would set up its own ILF, for both existing and new users, while the Welsh government has opted to transfer the funding and responsibility to local authorities, but with conditions attached on how it should be spent, protecting the budgets of existing ILF-users for at least the first nine months.In England, though, the ILF money will not even be ring-fenced for social care. The UN committee only has powers to make recommendations to the UK government – if it decides to investigate the complaint – and will not be able to force it to reopen ILF.The complaint has been submitted on behalf of two disabled women – Nicky Baker and Dr Melanie Wilson Jones – who were both unable to claim support from ILF after the coalition decided to close it to new members in December 2010, without any apparent consultation or impact assessment.Wilson Jones relies on her husband and her 16-year-old daughter to make up the extra hours of support she needs for evenings and weekends but cannot obtain from ILF.She originally received ILF support after a brain injury, but that was removed when the progress she made meant her needs decreased.Her support needs increased again after she sustained a further brain injury in a road traffic accident in 2011, but by then ILF had closed to new members.Baker, who is a disability equality trainer with Harrow Association of Disabled People and is studying part-time for a degree, would have been eligible for ILF support, but the fund closed the day after she telephoned for an application form in 2010.The social care package she receives from her local authority does not provide the support she needs to live an independent life.She told Disability News Service that the fund’s closure was “a real blow”.She lives with her parents and eventually wants to live independently, but she said: “On the level of support the council would be able to fund, without the support of ILF, the only option would be residential care, which doesn’t appeal to me.“I can’t look forward and think about moving away from my parents without that level of support. I couldn’t do it. It almost makes me feel I have come to a bit of a stop in my life.”If she goes on a date with her boyfriend, her parents have to come with her, which she says is “not very cool”.She also does not have all the support she needs as a member of the Villa Rockets powerchair football team, which plays in the national league premiership division.The UN complaint has been written by Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, and the case has been financially supported by members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), with help from the PCS union, and pro bono advice from lawyers, including solicitor Louise Whitfield, from law firm Deighton Pearce Glynn, and barrister Catherine Casserley.Jorge Araya, secretary of the CRPD, said he could not comment on the Inclusion London complaint because the information was “confidential”.The committee is also believed to be carrying out a wider inquiry into “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people by the UK government, but that is also being conducted “confidentially”.Lazard said: “The closure of the Independent Living Fund signals the end of independent living for disabled people.“It took many years for disabled people to fight their way out of the institutions and to have the same chances as anyone else to live in the community alongside family and friends. “At the current time, local authorities are simply not able to provide the level of social care support required to uphold disabled people’s fundamental human rights.”Sophie Partridge, a current ILF-recipient, said: “The ILF has played a huge part in supporting me to have equal access to an independent adult life and a level playing-field alongside non-disabled people.“Without the ILF being re-opened to new applicants, I worry that young disabled people will never get the same life chances as I have had.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said the complaint had only been possible because of “pooling of resources and collective solidarity”.She said: “Since the closure to new applicants in December 2010, disabled people who missed out on the ILF have suffered dramatically worse outcomes than existing ILF-recipients with equivalent support needs. “We are not just talking about disabled people no longer being able to go to work, or ever have a holiday or go to university, we are talking about people unable to leave their homes, left without access to food or water, unable to go to the toilet and unable to wash more than a couple of times per week.“We know there is also an urgent need to address this inequity, but do not believe that the right answer is to level everyone down to the lowest levels of support.”One disabled activist and ILF-user criticised the decision to lodge a complaint with CRPD.Disability issues consultant Simon Stevens said he thought the complaint was “unlikely to result in any change” to the government’s decision to close ILF, particularly as the Labour party was not committed to keeping it open.He said: “I think at this stage, DPAC and other organisations should be supporting users to engage effectively with local authorities for a smooth transfer.”He has written an article, shortly to be published by Access Magazine, which offers advice to ILF-users on negotiating assessments for their new local authority-funded packages.He said: “I am openly inviting other users and families to contact me if they have specific questions and concerns that I could help with.“I am not suggesting I have all the answers or I am super special but I genuinely wish to be a listening ear for users who are less confident about the process.”A DWP spokesman said: “In December 2014 the high court dismissed an application for judicial review and upheld the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund.“This government is absolutely committed to supporting disabled people and we continue to spend around £50 billion a year on disabled people and their services.“The way disabled people are supported to live independent lives has changed significantly over the last 20 years.“The government’s decision, which means that all the care and support needs of ILF-users will in future be met within a single care and support system, reflects these advances in the mainstream adult social care system.“That is why we are transferring more than £260 million of the ILF’s budget to local authorities and the devolved administrations to ensure disabled people get the targeted support they need to live independent lives.”Meanwhile, a prominent ILF-user is to “celebrate” the 61st birthday of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith on 9 April by travelling the 14 miles from the House of Commons in her powerchair to deliver a “very special birthday card” to his constituency office in Chingford, east London.Mary Laver, an ILF-user for 25 years and a member of the Conservative party, has previously travelled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in her powerchair.She wants to deliver the card, with the help of her support team, to Duncan Smith, because she says he is the man who is “going to imprison me in my own home for the rest of my life without a parole or right to appeal” by closing ILF, which has helped her live an independent life for the last 26 years.last_img read more

A disabled crossbench peer has called on the gover

first_imgA disabled crossbench peer has called on the government to introduce a “comprehensive” scheme that would provide the kind of “wraparound” support that would allow disabled people to live an independent life.Baroness [Jane] Campbell called for a radical and comprehensive “access to living scheme” to replace the current system of support that divides disabled people into “unwieldy boxes of social care, continuing healthcare, housing or employment support”.She told fellow peers that in the 13 years since a Labour government committed to a policy of promoting independent living and integrated support, progress had “ground nearly to a halt”, and in some areas was “regressing rapidly”.She pointed to a combination of austerity measures, the closure of the Independent Living Fund, the introduction of personal independence payment, and “a lack of progress in the realisation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”.Baroness Campbell (pictured) told peers of proposals developed by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG)*, which she chairs, which include incorporating article 19 of the UN convention – on independent living – into UK law.Such a move would provide a legal right to independent living for the first time.ILSG wants to see a national access to living fund, bringing together the various sources of support into one pot, with the government reinvesting in user-led regional organisations such as centres for independent living, and helping to fund new co-operatives, social enterprises, community businesses and other charities.Baroness Campbell said: “This would enable a hundred flowers to blossom, making for a strong access to living culture, and enabling all disabled people – all, no matter what their medical condition – to maximise their life chances.“An access to living investment would foster the transformative social capital we have yet failed to realise under current outdated systems, which, in social care support alone, now offer only the top-down, survival safety-net services.”Responding to the debate on behalf of the government, the Tory peer Baroness Barran said she would be “absolutely delighted” to meet the ILSG.They were taking part in a Lords debate secured by the Tory peer Lord Borwick on the issues facing disabled people and the “potential for improved treatment and outcomes in the next 50 years”.Another crossbench disabled peer, Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, spoke of the continuing problems she faced with the inaccessible rail system, including “getting on and off trains”, the booking system and the frequent lack of accessible toilets.She also highlighted the failure of the new Caledonian Sleeper – which has received more than £100 million in public funding from the UK and Scottish governments – to include any accessible showers, as reported last week by Disability News Service.She told peers: “I am looking forward to a time when I book such a journey and push through the station in my pyjamas looking for an accessible shower that may or may not be in the station. I am not sure that anyone is ready for that.”And she criticised the rail industry’s failure to consult with disabled people, describing it as a “travesty”, and called on the government to look again at rail regulations so that disabled people “can have the same miserable experience as everybody else”.Baroness Barran said she would raise the points made by Baroness Grey-Thompson with the Department for Transport, “particularly regarding design regulations and co-production”.The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas said it was “shocking” that the government had still not published its adult social care green paper, and she said that “far more attention” needed to be paid to the provision of accessible, adaptable and wheelchair-accessible homes.She also said she wanted to see more accessible restaurants, cafes, shops and hotels, and “far more disabled people not just in employment but in positions of power and influence as local councillors, school governors, mayors, CEOs, MPs, peers, judges and, yes, government ministers”.She said: “In 50 years’ time, life may well be better for all disabled people, but only if those in positions of leadership always involve disabled people themselves in what they really need and what really works for them.”Lord Borwick suggested that campaigners were “winning the argument” for all new homes to be built to the Lifetime Homes standard.Baroness Thornton, for Labour, said there had almost been a “perfect storm” of failed public policy on disability, including £7 billion taken out of adult social care budgets because of reduced funding since 2010, four-fifths of local authorities saying there was not enough provision of social care services, and a social care system that was “in crisis”. Baroness Barran accepted that key indicators still showed “multiple disadvantages for disabled people, from poverty to educational outcomes, employment, discrimination, isolation and a lack of opportunity”.But she said the government was “committed to addressing this across a range of key policy areas including, to name but three, employment, healthcare and transport”.*ILSG has been working on protecting and promoting disabled people’s rights to independent living in England since 2013. Its members include disabled people who were part of the independent living movement during the 1970s and in later years, as well as younger activists, other individuals and organisations concerned with independent living. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note 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…last_img read more

Harassment and Backdoor Maneuvers Alleged in Aftermath of Police Shooting

first_img Tags: homeless • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Late-Night Police Search on Shotwell Street, Part One from Mission Local on Vimeo. Video courtesy of Adriana Camarena.Markael Raybond — another homeless resident of the encampment — said the police also told him to move from the area and threatened arrest if his tent was not gone from the block by daybreak. Raybond also said the police kicked and shattered candles near his tent meant to memorialize Gongora, a good friend of Raybond.“They kicked the tent and broke the candles, saying ‘Get out, get out, SFPD. If you don’t get out we’ll take you to jail,’” he said.Others had no warning. Adriana Camarena — a local activist who filmed the encounter — said some residents left the encampment when police arrived and that the police proceeded to dismantle the empty tents. Two homeless witnesses to the fatal police shooting of Luis Gongora on Shotwell Street last Thursday say the police have harassed them multiple times since the shooting, most recently threatening them with arrest late Saturday night if they did not move their tents from the block.The pair temporarily moved across the street before returning to the block, where they were still staying on Monday. Both accepted placement to the Navigation Center over the weekend along with others from the encampment but said they were unsure of going.Additionally on Monday, an employee of the Department of Public Health — who wished to remain anonymous — said that the city prioritized residents of the Shotwell Street encampment for intake to the Navigation Center ahead of others who were in “higher need” of shelter.Late-Night Raid Late-Night Police Search on Shotwell Street, Part Two from Mission Local on Vimeo. Video courtesy of Adriana Camarena.Stephanie Grant — one of the eyewitnesses to the shooting who has contradicted the police account — said Saturday night that officers have harassed her and her boyfriend multiple times since the shooting.“They’ve been harassing him ever since he’s gone on the TV,” Grant said of her boyfriend John Visor, another eyewitness who has been widely interviewed for his account of the shooting. Visor said Gongora posed no threat to officers and was trying to run away when he was shot at seven times. Gongora was a homeless resident of Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets who police say lunged at them with a 13-inch knife, prompting two officers to open fire. Officers first yelled at Gongora to drop the knife and then fired four beanbag rounds at him, and video of the incident shows that officers shot at Gongora within 30 seconds of exiting their vehicles.Six witnesses have contradicted the police account and say Gongora did not lunge at officers with a knife. Three homeless residents of his encampment said the monolingual Spanish speaker did not understand the police commands and attempted to run away after being hit with the bean bag rounds.Three other witnesses also said they did not see Gongora lunge at officers. One — a passer-by who spoke with Mission Local last week — said that Gongora had what looked like trash in his hand and that she never saw Gongora stand up. Two neighbors who saw the shooting from their windows across the street said that Gongora stood up when shot by beanbag rounds but did not threaten officers.The police department held a press conference on Friday and said at least three of 10 witnesses interviewed say Gongora threatened officers with a knife. Police did not say what the other witness accounts stated, but are sure to speak more at an upcoming town hall — a meeting the department holds within seven days of any police shooting. Police have not yet decided on the date of that meeting.Two Late-Night Visits in a RowHomeless residents of the block have been fearful of police retaliation. Department of Public Works trucks picked up trash from the block on Friday near midnight just after city staff had moved nine people from the encampment to the Navigation Center — a homeless shelter that can accommodate entire encampments at once. But residents of the encampment were suspicious of the timing, saying the city was scattering witnesses to the shooting.On Saturday, Grant and Visor said police threatened them with arrest after banging on their tent with batons, prompting them to move their tent a block down from their spot near where Gongora was killed.“They told us that if we didn’t move we were going to go to jail,” Grant said. In a scene of the late-night raid caught on video by a witness, residents of the encampment where Gongora lived had their tents dismantled by police near midnight on Saturday.Police at the scene said they were searching for a stolen motorcycle and did tow one away a from one of the dismantled tents. Late-Night Police Search on Shotwell Street, Part Three from Mission Local on Vimeo. Video courtesy of Adriana Camarena.“It was those tents, I believe it was three tents, that had been bashed,” Camarena said. Camarena saw at least three officers poking through tents alongside a city worker in a neon yellow vest, and said police exposed residents’ belongings to the rain. “There were people left without shelter that night and it was still raining.”The police department did not immediately return requests for comment on the search.Shelter for Residents a Political ManeuverOn Monday, a Department of Public Health employee who wished to remain anonymous said the city artificially prioritized residents from the Shotwell Street encampment for city shelter. The change granted the Shotwell Street homeless residents access to the Navigation Center meant for another Mission District encampment that was next for intake.The employee said the homeless outreach team — which helps move people into the Navigation Center — was hoping to move an encampment on Cesar Chavez Street to the center but that those spots were instead taken by those living on Shotwell Street.“Some of us are very upset that this sneaky, silent backdoor business is happening and putting other folks out of service,” the employee said, adding that “those [spots] were supposed to go to people who were in higher need.”That contradicts statements made on Friday when Rachel Gordon, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Works, said the outreach team had been working specifically with the Shotwell Street encampment to get them to the Navigation Center since before the shooting.According to the anonymous Department of Public Health employee, the outreach team had indeed been at the Shotwell Street encampment the day of the shooting, but not to move residents to the Navigation Center. They were called there because Grant — the eyewitness to the shooting — is seven months pregnant.It was then that members of the outreach team noticed Gongora had a knife and called the police.“The first HOT team person on the scene noticed he had a knife, didn’t feel comfortable about the situation, called other members of the HOT team, and they decided to call the police,” said the employee.Members of the outreach team have become hesitant to call the police in the aftermath of the shooting, the employee added.“I don’t think we’ll be doing that anymore,” the employee said. Members of the team, the employee said, “will definitely be wary of calling the police in the future, especially on homeless folks.”Rachel Kagan, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health, said she was not aware of the Cesar Chavez encampment being scheduled before the Shotwell Street one but said homeless residents of Shotwell Street were in need of shelter.“Everyone in that area had just had a horrible experience, so we needed to move quickly to improve the situation for everyone involved,” she said.Crackdown on Homeless EncampmentsThe late-night visits Friday and Saturday nights followed comments made by Mayor Ed Lee to the Chronicle on Friday that he would crack down on homeless encampments city-wide for public safety, starting with the Shotwell Street camp.“I will be ordering the Shotwell camp to be taken down and for it not to come back,” he told the Chronicle. That move was backed by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who wrote in a Facebook post that the shooting “raises the issue of weapons in these encampments” and said “it’s time for firm action and a clear statement that tents are not part of our housing policy.”Not all were so supportive. Supervisor David Campos said the mayor’s comments were a “knee-jerk” reaction that amounted amounted to “playing whack-a-mole” with encampments. He said Lee should instead focus on reform of the police department’s use-of-force policy.“It doesn’t make any sense that the response of a mayor to the killing of a homeless person by police is to crack down even more on homeless people,” he said. “If anything it will probably make things worse.”Back on Shotwell Street, residents are exhausted. Grant said the late-night visits from city staff and multiple interview requests from reporters since the shooting have worn her out.“I am done with this whole situation,” she said. “I can’t take it anymore.” last_img read more

Threatened with closure UCSF youth health center finds new home

first_img 0% Tags: health care • UCSF Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Imperiled by a loss of funding and an expiring lease, a year of uncertainty about the future of the New Generation Health Center ended this week with relatively good news for its staff and patients – the clinic will continue its operations, but at a new and much smaller location across the street. Come September, New Generation will move into the 2500 18th St. facility near Potrero Avenue that is owned and operated by the Homeless Prenatal Program. At its current location nearby at 625 Potrero Ave., the clinic for some two decades has offered youth and young adults from the Mission and other southern neighborhoods access to the city’s reproductive health care system. The University of California at San Francisco has long run the public clinic, but last March announced plans to shut it down.In a collaborative effort to ensure New Generation’s continued funding, UCSF has partnered with the Department of Public Health. Barbara Garcia, the department’s director, called the decision to co-locate New Generation with the Homeless Prenatal Program a “great outcome for our community.”center_img “The [Homeless Prenatal Program] has clients that will benefit from New Generation’s services,” said Garcia. “We believe that young people will continue to come [the new facility] because it’s just around the corner.”  Through agreements reached between UCSF and the Department of Public Health on Monday, the clinic will be housed by the prenatal clinic and staffed by UCSF.  Its clinical operations will be funded by the city’s health department with some $722,000 annually, and UCSF will also continue to provide financial support, some $213,000 annually, for its ongoing operations and for leasing the space.According to a press release issued by UCSF on Wednesday, New Generation will be a “joint venture between UCSF and DPH,” operating under a health department license. A small group of community members determined to keep New Generation open and operating at full capacity say the move to the prenatal clinic was one of a few options pursued by UCSF and while not ideal, came as a lifeline for the clinic.“A year wasn’t enough time to get everything together to search and research every viable option,” said Joi Jackson Morgan, executive director of Third Street youth Center and Clinic who has advocated for saving New Generation. “[The clinic] is being saved to a certain extent – this gives us an opportunity to continue serving our low-income, newcomer and youth patients.”The proposed move would mean downsizing the clinic’s capacity significantly – from its current four exam rooms and 2,400 square feet to two exam rooms spanning roughly 850 square feet.The clinic, popular among youth service providers for its same-day referrals and accessibility, will also roll back its hours – from operating for five full days down to three full days and two half days each week. “Everyone wants to see New Generation saved and I am so impressed with the community support,” said Mary Michael Watts, a nurse at Mission High School and advocate for the clinic.  “I’m really happy that they are in the [Homeless Prenatal Program’s] building because I think its a very mutually supportive enviroment.”Watts and other community stakeholders reacted to news of the clinic’s impending closure by launching a website to raise awareness and by attempting to raise $100,000 through an independent crowdsourcing campaign. Over the course of a month, they managed to raise some $22,000 from over 200 donors. Still, Watts expressed concerns over the clinic’s decreased capacity in serving its some 2,200 annual patients. “I am hoping that they make it work out so that they have services available as they currently do – which is on an everyday availability,” she said.The advocates had pressed the clinic’s administrators to negotiate a lease extension with the building’s property owner, hoping to buy time to find a more appropriate location. Last August, the building that housed New Generation was sold to a property management company, and faced with an expiring lease there, UCSF was unwilling to invest in seismic and ADA code renovations that were required for a lease renewal. Service providers would have preferred keeping the clinic open and running at full capacity, but the clinic’s administrators said that remaining in the current location was never an option.“Doing a seismic upgrade is so much more expensive than what we are doing right now – and you would have to close the clinic for x number of months,” said Dr. Rebecca Jackson, chief of service for OB-GYN at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the clinic’s supervisor.Jackson, too, was able to rally substantial support for the clinic from UCSF departments as well as from private and faculty donors – her efforts raised some $1.3 million in total.Those invested in keeping the clinic open said they fought to maintain a vital resource for the city’s youth and underserved communities.“There are not a lot of places in that neighborhood [that are] exclusively for young adults, which shifts who they will see and their belief in safety and confidentiality,” said Ashley Rojas, project coordinator with the Adolescent Health Working Group.“Very few 15 year olds will feel comfortable going to a clinic where their Tia or neighbor is going to get chronic medical needs met. It’s about giving them the sensitivity they deserve in San Francisco, the confidentiality and access,” she said.New Generation’s patients are 92 percent people of color, 76 percent are uninsured, and 80 percent are below the federal poverty line. Reproductive rights advocates said that the clinic and others like it are dwindling public resources for San Francisco’s youth in a political climate that is growing increasingly hostile to their emotional and physical wellbeing.“These small clinics have acted as a safety net for these vulnerable populations. If we are truly a sanctuary city, how are we taking away this basic human right?” said Jackson Morgan, of the Third Street Youth Center and Clinic.Watts, the high school nurse who has worked in the school district for a decade,  said that she refers students to New Generation on a daily basis. “They are experts. Every time I send a kid in, they are available. They are caring,” said Watts. “If they are not available three mornings a week that’s a hot mess for me.” The clinic will continue operating at 625 Potrero Ave. through September. During that time, the prenatal program’s facility will be built out to serve new patients there come Fall.  The renovation and move are expected to cost some $700,000, and will be funded by UCSF philanthropic donations.Still, Garcia, the department’s director, said that some cutbacks feared by the advocates are to be expected. “Anytime you move a facility, you do lose some clientele,” said Garcia. “I can’t guarantee it will stay the same. But this is a clinic that was closing and keeping it open was the most important part.” last_img read more

SAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has urged fans to a

first_imgSAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has urged fans to attend James Roby’s Testimonial game at Langtree Park against Wigan Warriors this coming Friday in recognition to his continued loyalty to the Club.He stated: “James has been one of the leading players of his generation in British rugby league and is readily recognised as one of the best hookers in the world. He was crowned Man of Steel at the age of 22 and has won every club honour in the game with St.Helens. “The levels of his ability and achievements for the Club over the last decade have only been surpassed by his natural modesty. He embodies all the traits that St.Helens try to represent and uphold in our sport.“It is a further testament to his character and to his loyalty that he has recently committed the rest of his career to his home town club when he had received significant offers from the NRL in Australia. He has made a real financial sacrifice to play out his career with us.“The St.Helens public and its supporters should show their appreciation by attending his game on Friday – it’s the very least that we can do and I know that we will. “James Roby’s Testimonial Game will see Saints take on Wigan Warriors on Friday Jan 31. It will kick off at 8pm and tickets are now on sale. Prices for the game are: Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands – £12 (adults), £10 (Senior Citizens over 60-years-of-age) and £5 (juniors). The Hattons Solicitors West Stand – £10 (adults), £8 (Senior Citizens over 60-years-of-age) and £5 (juniors). You can buy these at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here. You can find more details about James’ Testimonial events – and hospitality for the above game – by visiting www.jamesrobytestimonial.co.uklast_img read more

TWO games with Leeds two defeats… its time to ri

first_imgTWO games with Leeds, two defeats… it’s time to right the wrongs says Saints centre Jordan Turner.And what better time to do it than in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final this Friday.“A Cup Semi Final is new territory for me and a few of the other players and we are excited about it,” he said. “We have some wrongs to put right from the last two games with Leeds and we’re looking forward to doing that.“They have been great lessons for us but we won’t know if they have been learnt until the final whistle on Friday. The last two times we haven’t turned up and let the fans, coaches and ourselves down. It’s time to put that right.“We know what we have done wrong – that has to be put into the play on the pitch.“We are a young side but gained a lot experience from the play-off run and the Grand Final last year. You can only look forward to playing in games like these and we need to make sure we turn up.“Leeds are a champion side and previous form doesn’t matter. But we need to learn the lessons.“We know they will turn up. We are always confident we can do the business on the pitch but we haven’t done it against them and this is the time we have to.”Tickets for Friday’s Semi Final remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

New NRL signings Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama s

first_imgNew NRL signings Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama started at full-back and centre respectively with Joseph Paulo coming on from the bench.It didn’t take long for Naiqama to get his name on the score sheet as he flew in on the right edge in just the second minute, Mark Percival adding the conversion.It was 12-0 after 15 mins when Jonny Lomax touched down close to the sticks, after a brilliant break through the middle of midfield by Dom Peyroux.Saints continued to put pressure on Wigan until they turned the tables and backed Saints up on their own line. It was the first example of what would be repeated and resolute goal-line defence from the Saints throughout the match.Lachlan Coote read the game brilliantly in defence  and was the man on the spot defending a number of probing short kicks from Wigan.Tommy Makinson nearly opened up a wider advantage after he powered in at the corner, after a great break from Regan Grace, but he was left agonisingly short and the try was ruled out.Wigan themselves were denied a try of their own minutes later when they barged over only to called for a forward pass.However, they did register their first points after 28 minutes when Ben Flower crashed over from close-range, Hardaker converted to pull the score back to 12-6.Coote again was the right man in the right place in defence as he came up with the ball after it bounced off the post pad from a Wigan grubber.Despite some good play from Saints to again push Wigan back, they came up with an interception gift to Liam Marshall an 80m try after a mis-timed pass from Lachlan Coote, which meant the game was tied at half-time 12 apiece.The second half started with more resolute defence from Saints and, on 50 mins, they managed to open up their advantage further with a beautifully worked try for Regan Grace after some lovely passing from Lomax and Percival on the left. Percival missed the goal to give Saints a 16-12 lead.On 60 mins, Saints got the Totally Wicked crowd roaring with a huge defensive set that saw Wigan pinned in their own 20.As the tension mounted and both teams had chances, it was time for the Saints Captain to deliver the killer blow with a short range try in the 74th minute to give Saints breathing room and, in the end, it was the finishing score of the match.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Naiqama, Lomax, Grace, RobyGoals: Percival (3 from 4)Wigan Warriors:Tries: Flower, MarshallGoals: Hardaker (2 from 2)HT: 12-12 FT: 22-12REF: Robert HicksATT: 16,508,New NRL signings Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama started at full-back and centre respectively with Joseph Paulo coming on from the bench.It didn’t take long for Naiqama to get his name on the score sheet as he flew in on the right edge in just the second minute, Mark Percival adding the conversion.It was 12-0 after 15 mins when Jonny Lomax touched down close to the sticks, after a brilliant break through the middle of midfield by Dom Peyroux.Saints continued to put pressure on Wigan until they turned the tables and backed Saints up on their own line. It was the first example of what would be repeated and resolute goal-line defence from the Saints throughout the match.,Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Naiqama, Lomax, Grace, RobyGoals: Percival (3 from 4)Wigan Warriors:Tries: Flower, MarshallGoals: Hardaker (2 from 2)HT: 12-12 FT: 22-12REF: Robert HicksATT: 16,508,Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Naiqama, Lomax, Grace, RobyGoals: Percival (3 from 4),Wigan Warriors:Tries: Flower, MarshallGoals: Hardaker (2 from 2)HT: 12-12 FT: 22-12REF: Robert HicksATT: 16,508last_img read more

SouthportFort Fisher ferry suspends service for pylon repairs

first_img The pylons act as nautical “fenders” as ferries arrive and depart and are a critical safety feature of the terminal.The route will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, October 10. Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry (Photo: @NCDOT_Ferry) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Southport-Fort Fisher ferry will suspend services next week for plyon repairs.The N.C. Ferry System’s Southport-Fort Fisher route will be suspending service from Thursday, October 5 through Monday, October 9, in order to replace the pylon clusters at the Fort Fisher Terminal.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crimes involving local teacher allegedly happened on school campus

first_img Kelly has worked for New Hanover County Schools since 1992.When reached by phone about these latest developments, a school district spokeswoman said she was not authorized to say anything else while this case is still under investigation.Kelly is suspended without pay. Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley has started dismissal proceedings.Related Article: Jury to continue deliberation after confusing verdict in Bradley trialKelly is charged with three counts of indecent liberties with student and sexual exploitation of a minor.According to the arrest warrant, the crimes happened between August 9, 2017 and February 6, 2018.The warrant states Kelly had “visual representation of a minor, who is 15 years of age, engaging in sexual activity.”During Kelly’s first appearance, the judge increased his bond to $1 million. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County chemistry teacher accused of sex crimes involving students, allegedly committed the crimes on the high school campus.According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the incident report, Michael Kelly, 48, took indecent liberties with a student at 630 N. MacMillan Avenue. That’s the address for Isaac Bear Early College High School.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Current road closures in Bladen County as of Noon Sept 17 2018

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Dozens of roadways are impassible or unsafe for drivers in Bladen County. This is a list of roads that county emergency officials ask drivers to stay away from for the time being.Travel is restricted from Bladen County to Columbus County at this time, which includes (Hwy 701, 410, and 131 through Bladenboro)Hallsboro RoadTwisted Hickory Road Page RoadNC 242 North of ElizabethtownNC 131 South of Tar HeelNC 211 East of Clarkton and East of BladenboroUS 701 North of ClarktonNC 53 at Pender County lineElwell Ferry RoadNC 41 West at Robeson County lineNC 87 at Columbus County, closed at Hwy 11Anyone living in the area East of 701, South of 87, and North of 211 in the Lisbon, Council area, please avoid travel. These areas are flooded across roadways.NC 211 Closed at Robeson County lineDr. Robinson Road (Carver’s Creek)Elkton RoadMears RoadWhite Plains Church RoadRosindale RoadLyon Landing Road, just before Suggs Taylor RoadTarheel Road going South of Tar HeelThese closures are subject to change.last_img read more

Weeks after Hurricane Florence residents still without power water

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It has been almost a month since Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina. One community in Pender County is still left with nothing.“Desperation may be putting it mildly,” said Robert Jordan, whose home is destroyed.- Advertisement – Weeks after Hurricane Florence barreled through, a Burgaw community is struggling to survive.“No power. No water,” said Jarvis Ballard, who also lost his entire home from flooding.No place to call home.Related Article: Bladen County added to list for FEMA housing assistance“The resources that we need, don’t appear to be coming in as fast as we would like them to,” Jordan said.Families throughout Burgaw are forced to gut their entire homes. They are left looking at years worth of memories piled up on the side of the road.Residents like Jordan are trying to salvage as much of the community as they can on their own.“Time is of essence here in the community, because the more time we wait, the greater the mold,” Jordan said.While residents work there is no place to stay and nowhere to even go to the bathroom. Groups from Virginia and Tennessee have come in to bring cleaning supplies and hot meals, which these people cannot get enough of.“If you don’t have power, you don’t have water and you don’t have shelter, a hot meal is phenomenal,” Ballard said.Ballard says their gratitude for the help is endless.“Sometimes, unfortunately it takes tragedy to bring people together,” Ballard said.Residents say they are waiting for trailers to be brought in and for agencies to come out to help. For now they are relying on these donations from groups around the country.“We are waiting on God to do even greater things here. This is not the end. This is just the beginning. this is my home,” Jordan said.The Red Cross was also out in Burgaw Saturday passing out hot meals. Residents say they are grateful for donations of anything from cleaning supplies to food, water, clothes and appliances.last_img read more

Disaster recovery center opens in Bladen County

first_img Representatives from the State of North Carolina, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.The center is located at:Powell-Melvin Agricultural CenterRelated Article: Current CFCC students can apply for Hurricane Florence relief funding450 Smith CircleElizabethtown, N.C. 28337Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time, until further noticeDisaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Use the FEMA app or visit FEMA.gov/DRC to view other locations.Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov;Use the FEMA mobile app; orCall FEMA at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available.All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment, such as amplified phones and listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available. In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by request by calling or texting 202-655-8824. (If possible, please allow 24 hours to schedule an interpreter). The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.Survivors may follow these links to access informational videos in American Sign Language:DRCs fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111518FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits (ASL) fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111582Do not wait to begin cleanup and repairs. Take photos of damage. Save all receipts. And get the cleanup and repair process started as soon as you can.North Carolina homeowners, renters and business owners in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties may apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.The NC 211 statewide information line can provide callers with nearby shelter, housing and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 (TTY), or text Florence to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources. Aerial views of Bladen County flooding after Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WTVD) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — A disaster recovery center is now open in the town of Elizabethtown in Bladen County.North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the North Carolina federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Channeling good luck and prosperity in 2019 at Caseys Buffet

first_img The restaurant was absolutely packed with people looking for some good food, and good luck.Owner Larry Casey says the collard greens and black eyed peas were a big hit, along with a variety of other foods at the all-you-can-eat buffet.One patron says he and his wife have been coming to Casey’s for decades.Related Article: Christina Aguilera, Post Malone headline New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC“The traditional new year’s dinner. Collard greens and black eyed peas,” said Bill Haggins.“Do you think it’s going to bring you good luck?” we asked.“Eh, it ain’t brought me no bad luck,” laughed Haggins.Casey’s was packed, and served New Year’s Day dinner until 9:00 p.m. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A popular New Year’s Day tradition in the south is eating foods to bring good luck and prosperity, specifically collard greens and black eyed peas.Plenty of people headed to Casey’s Buffet to do just that.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Whiteville Police warn of phone scam

first_imgScam calls (Photo: MGN Online) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Whiteville Police Department wants to warn you about a recent phone scam.The caller ID shows up as the Whiteville PD.- Advertisement – The caller informs you there are warrants for your arrest and that you need to sent payment immediately.They say the police are outside your door waiting to arrest you.Whiteville Police says law enforcement will never request payment to clear up warrants over the phone.last_img

Lightning strike causes damage to condos in Southport

first_imgSouthport Fire on Marina View Drive (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A condo in Southport was struck by lightning early Thursday morning.According to Southport Assistant Fire Chief Todd Coring, a call came around 6 a.m. regarding a condo struck by lightning on Marina View Drive.- Advertisement – When firefighters arrived, they found electrical damage to the rear of the home as well as charring and damage to electrical components, Coring said.No one in the condo was injured. There was also damage to some of the other nearby condo unites.Workers with Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation also responded to the scene. They cleared the scene by 6:30 a.m.last_img read more

Remanded in custody following domestic violence incident

first_imgA 31- year-old man was brought in front of Court on Sunday accused of hitting and injuring lightly his mother and father in their Qormi residence on Saturday. Whilst the woman had been discharged from hospital, the father is still in hospital. The accused is being kept under arrest.The prosecution explained that the Police received a phone call on Saturday from the father of the accused informing that there was an argument in the household. The prosecution also added that this is not the first time that the Police had been called at the particular residence. The two parents were first sent to the polyclinic and then the father was referred to Mater Dei for further examination. It transpired that the accused was also slightly injured from the collusion, and the prosecution added that the father will also be facing charges once released from hospital.The defence lawyer asked for his client’s release from arrest. However, prosecution argued that he should be held in custody as the parents do not want their son to return back to the family residence and he has nowhere else to go. The defence lawyer rebated that the accused can go stay in a property in Żebbuġ.Magistrate Joe Mifsud argued that provisional release from arrest is not a right. He added that domestic violence goes against what a family stands for and is worse than other violence as it is perpetrated by those who are supposed to love and protect and therefore can never be justified.The Magistrate continued saying that this is the 13th time that the accused has breached the law and does not hold a clean conduct. He added that according to the risk assessment prepared by Aġenzija Appoġġ the accused is a high risk individual. Whilst sentencing the accused to stay under arrest, Magistrate Joe Mifsud added that the mother and father have to stand witness during the next session.WhatsApp <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

MTN Uganda says country needs fewer players

first_imgAdvertisement In September last year, the company said its average revenue per user (ARPU) had declined to $6 for the quarter ended that month compared with an average of $8 and $10 for 2008 and 2007 respectively.Khumalo said the industry was also moving into a consolidation phase of mergers and acquisitions and that MTN Uganda would consider absorbing competitors to expand if opportunities arose.Uganda has six main telecom operators including Zain, owned by India’s Bharti Airtel and Orange, owned by France Telecom. – Advertisement – Given Uganda’s population of 31 million, half of whom are under 15, the number of operators was more on the high end, Khumalo said.“I would not be surprised to see a lot more consolidation going forward, mergers and acquisitions taking place in this country,” he said.“What happens in the future, can we take over some operations? If an opportunity arises that is attractive and can help us grow and become stronger, I am sure we’ll look at it positively.”Telecommunications is one of the fastest growing sectors in the east African country’s economy and the industry regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), estimates the industry’s annual revenues will grow by 25 to 30 percent over the next five years, propelled by expansion of data services.Last year the industry grossed $640 million from 2006’s $340 million.Competition in the industry has increased in the last two years with new players, including Warid Uganda, owned by India’s Essar Group, injecting more dynamism to the market.MTN Uganda invested a total of $125 million in technology and infrastructure upgrades in 2009 and as is spending a further $110 million this year, Khumalo said.Over the next five years, according to Khumalo, MTN will bank on expanding its 3G broadband network and increasing growth in its data business segment as a beachhead from which to counter competition.That strategy is premised on the fact that revenue from voice, traditionally the company’s cash cow, was decelerating in the face of plummeting tariffs.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Twitter to kill TweetDeck for Windows on April 15

first_imgTweetDeck Login. Screen shot by Nathan Ernest Olupot Advertisement Twitter Inc. yesterday rolled out a change that will make it easier for Twitter users who switch between its desktop application TweetDeck and its website “Twitter.com,” which will no longer require users to log in to TweetDeck and Twitter.com separately. You’ll be automatically logged in making it even easier to move between the tools you use daily.Launching today! A more seamless log-in experience for TweetDeck. https://t.co/akwJz2UMaO— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) March 17, 2016The ability to bypass the log-in process on TweetDeck will work as long as you’re logged into any Twitter website, like Twitter.com or even analytics.twitter.com. And it works both going to the website from TweetDeck and vice versa, Twitter notes. – Advertisement – TweetDeck for Windows will be shut down on April 15th, giving its current users a little bit of time to make a transition to the web or another Twitter client.TweetDeck is still supported on Mac for the time being, as the app continues to be hosted on the Mac App Store. However, Windows users are now being pointed to the web version of TweetDeck instead.Twitter also reminded Windows users how to make the TweetDeck web app more accessible from their PC by pinning the app to their taskbar.Open tweetdeck.com in Chrome.Click Customize and control > More tools > Add to taskbar.You can now launch TweetDeck directly from your taskbar.The company also came out to point some features they have been making for the past few months.“We’ve been working on infrastructure projects like this to ensure we have a stable foundation to continue improving TweetDeck in the future. Over the last year, we’ve shipped features such as TweetDeck Teams, group Direct Messages, and a confirmation step before Tweeting, as well as new search filters to make it easier to surface Vines, GIFs, Periscopes, and older content.” Amy Zima, Product Manager at Twitter writes in Twitter’s Blog.last_img read more

2019 Africa Blockchain Conference All You Have to Know

first_imgFrom L-R: Suleiman Murunga, CEO CoinPesa; Julius Torach, a commissioner in Ministry of ICT; Herbert Olowo, the CIO Stanbic Bank Uganda, and CryptoSavannah CEO, and Chairperson of the Africa Blockchain Conference, Kwame Rugunda addressing journalists on Tuesday May, 14th 2019 at Nakawa House. File Photo/SautiTech Advertisement Uganda will for the second time host the annual Africa Blockchain Conference following its success last year. The event graced H.E President Museveni as the Guest of Honor, and H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim; former President of Mauritius.In attendance were CEOs & Executives from various companies mostly around the financial and technology industry, policymakers, academia, youth, entrepreneurs and blockchain enthusiasts, among others. Notably, Crypto Billionaire, Changpeng Zhao — Binance CEO graced as one of keynote speakers.For this year’s event, the conference organizers; CryptoSavannah, Blockchain Association of Uganda in partnership with Africa 2.0 Foundation, and Ubuntu Coin — have promised a much bigger event than its 2018. – Advertisement – The 2019 Africa Blockchain Conference will be held at Serena Hotel in Kampala from 3rd to 4th July, 2019. The event runs under the theme “Africa 4.0: Preparing Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR)”.Experts, panelists, industry leaders, will discuss, and exchange ideas on a range of topics including; Africa’s readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution, Fintech, Emerging Technologies, EdTech, SDGs & Technology for impact.H.E President Museveni is attending the event and will host Sierra Leone President; H.E Julius Maasa — as confirmed by the organizers.Some of the confirmed speakers include; Sheikh Khaled Al Nehayan, Mohamed Taysir, and Ian Balina.Alongside the conference, will run the Africa 4.0 Tech Expo. An experiential journey showcasing the leading technology, innovations and applications in Africa.To mention a few, some of Uganda’s top tech companies that have confirmed participation include; Ubuntu group, Yo Uganda, KLF Coin, Kwiksy, Century Group, and Huobi.In a press statement, CryptoSavannah Director, Noah Baalesanvu said; the tech will be an education platform on how technology is evolving and how it can impact businesses for greater growth.“As the conference focuses on preparing Africa for the 4IR, we will also run an expo which will showcase an experiential virtual tour and practical demonstrations of 4IR technologies,” said Noah.The expo is open to the general public and will be charged an entrance fee of UGX15,000.During the expo, visitors will experience — IoT functioning within a smart home, 5G connectivity, the impact of AI, drones & robotics capabilities, how AR and VR are changing healthcare, autonomous vehicles, to mention a few.The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)Also known as Industry 4.0, 4IR is a new chapter in human development, that is enabled by extraordinary technology advances, and is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another.Among the technologies include; Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Big Data, Internet of Things, Drones and Robotics, among others. Thy are merging the physical, digital and biological spheres in ways that create both huge promise and potential peril.The speed, breadth and depth of 4IR is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organisations create value, and even what it means to be human.last_img read more

Bradford v Northampton

first_imgBradford v NorthamptonLeague Two Play Off FinalTIME: 1.30pm TV: Sky Sports 1The play-off’s reach Wembley today and we are in search of a win after a desperately disappointing Copa Del Rey Final where we were wrong on both counts.The (so called) Special One proclaimed after the match that the current campaign constitutes the “worst season” of his life.We’d love to disagree with that but …….And Mrs Marple too, what does she know?Bradford are the right favourites on Star Sports today. They meet the Cobblers for the fifth time this season and as you can see have the edge:League Two 06 Apr 2013 Bradford 1 – 0 NorthamptonFA Cup 13 Nov 2012 Bradford 3 – 3 NorthamptonFA Cup 03 Nov 2012 Northampton 1 – 1 BradfordLeague Two 23 Oct 2012 Northampton 0 – 1 Bradford Lies, damn lies and statistics raised its ugly head again last night with the Real Madrid stats over Atletico but there are other sound reasons for thinking Bradford are the team to be on at lunchtime.Bradford already have the recent Wembley experience which could be a big factor. They were trounced 5-0 by Swansea in the Capital One Cup Final but won’t be daunted by the arena and now have a point to prove.Aidy Boothroyd’s Northampton are strong in defence and are hard to break down so we don’t think it’s going to be a game of goals and therefore suggest the ‘unders’ and also a Bradford win 1-0. We’ll go for a triple whammy today.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 points BRADFORD win in 90 minutes4 points UNDER 2.5 goals BRADFORD v NORTHAMPTON1 point correct score 1-0 to BRADFORD(-13 Friday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.MAKING YOUR MIND UPSo Denmark head into tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest as the hottest favourites in years.Only Teardrops is the name of the song and the lyrics include betting friendly line “How many times we can win and lose”.We heard the song for the first time today and surprisingly liked it.Catchy and well above average of recent Eurovision winners.It’s no Waterloo but then we’re showing our age.As for Bonnie Tyler (United Kingdom). She’ll be eclipsed. Totally.last_img read more