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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