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first_imgThe criminal justice system has failed yet again to take the action needed to address its failings in dealing with disability hate crime, according to a new report.Two years ago, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation concluded in a joint report that disability hate crime was “the hate crime that has been left behind”.That report, Living in a Different World, called for attitudes to change, and said the criminal justice system had let down victims, pointing out how failings across the criminal justice system had helped lead to some of the most notorious disability hate crimes of recent years, including the deaths of Francecca and Fiona Pilkington, David Askew and Michael Gilbert.Now, a follow-up report by the three inspectorates accuses the police, probation service and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of failing to implement their recommendations.Disability News Service (DNS) has been reporting on the criminal justice system’s failings in dealing with disability hate crime since 2009, while the police, prosecutors and probation service – and other agencies, including the courts – have repeatedly been urged to improve in a series of reports.In 2008, Disability Now magazine, Scope and the UK Disabled People’s Council published the ground-breaking report Getting Away with Murder.It was followed in September 2011 by the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report, In Plain Sight, which concluded that hundreds of thousands of disabled people were being subjected to disability-related harassment every year, but that a “culture of disbelief” was preventing authorities from addressing the problem.And two years later, in 2013, came Living in a Different World from the three inspectorates, which found that the criminal justice system was still failing disabled people.Only two months ago, the continuing problems within the system were illustrated when DNS revealed how three thugs who carried out vicious attacks on young disabled men had avoided being sentenced for disability hate crime for the second time.This week’s report from the three inspectorates shows that much of the criminal justice system – although there are patches of good practice – is still failing disabled people on hate crime.It says there has been “a failure to universally embed good working practices relating to disability hate crime by the police, CPS and probation service providers”, while police, CPS and probation service leaders had failed to ensure the issue received “additional focus and attention”.And it reveals that police are still only correctly identifying 20 per cent of disability hate crimes in the files they pass to the CPS, although this is an improvement on just seven per cent in 2013.There is, the report says, a “continuing lack of understanding of disability hate crime issues by the police”.It also says that, in all but five per cent of files where it appeared to be relevant, CPS had failed to seek the necessary further information on the disability hate crime aspects of the case from police.And with the probation service, almost half of pre-sentence reports examined for the review were “the wrong type” and “insufficient”, even worse than its performance in 2013, where just under a quarter of reports were the wrong type for the case.The inspectorates’ report also raises concerns about the number of cases in which the courts increased the sentence for the perpetrator of a disability hate crime under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, an issue repeatedly exposed by DNS. The report says the number of recorded uplifts was “unacceptably low”.And it says it found “little or no evidence” that disability hate crime had been awarded a higher priority by the probation service since 2013.In one case examined by the inspectorates, a man with learning difficulties told police he was regularly threatened at knifepoint and robbed of his benefits, but his case was “passed backwards and forwards between two police departments, with neither taking any action to safeguard the victim or apprehend the offender”.And, in a chilling echo of some of the most notorious disability hate crimes of the last 10 years, police recorded a disability hate crime when a brick was thrown through a woman’s window while she was in a psychiatric hospital, and her neighbour told them the woman was being targeted by a group of youths because of her impairment.But when another brick was thrown through the window two weeks later, the police failed to record it as a disability hate crime or link it to the previous incident.The report says that this failure to link repeat offences was “a serious gap”, as it is often the “repetitive targeting of a disabled person that will highlight the ‘hostility’ element of a disability hate crime”.Katharine Quarmby, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, and author of Getting Away with Murder and her subsequent pioneering book, Scapegoat, welcomed the report but said it highlighted the disappointing lack of progress.She said: “There is so much that needs to be done and that has not been done.“We are looking at report after report after report saying we need to improve reporting of disability hate crime, have better hate crime training, more joint working, and more support for disabled people in the criminal justice system.”She also pointed to the failure to produce solid data that would show whether disability hate crime itself – or just people prepared to report hate crime – was increasing.Quarmby has called repeatedly for proper analysis of the motives of perpetrators of disability hate crime, for better training for judges, and for ministers to distance themselves from the “benefit scrounger rhetoric” that is believed to have fuelled hate crime in recent years.Lord [Chris] Holmes (pictured), the EHRC’s disability commissioner and a Tory peer, said: “The Equality and Human Rights Commission has long been calling for tough action to end the ugly spectre of disability hate crime.“It blights lives and makes disabled people feel unsafe in their own homes and communities.  “It is therefore very disappointing that the Inspectorates of Constabulary, Probation and Crown Prosecution Service should have found the criminal justice system continues to fail disabled people.“Following our own landmark investigations into the problem, we are committed to continuing our efforts and call on other agencies to redouble their efforts to tackle the issue.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe government has announced proposals to end all new attendance allowance claims and transfer the savings to councils, but says its plans do not include scrapping disability living allowance for older people.The provisional local government finance settlement for 2016-17 includes plans to abolish attendance allowance (AA) for new claimants, and pass the funding to local authorities in England and Wales to help them “support older people with care needs” through their adult social care systems.AA is paid to over-65s who need significant levels of supervision or help, with a lower rate of £55.10 a week and a higher weekly rate of £82.30, and is designed for those who acquire those support needs after turning 65.Those who are already claiming disability living allowance (DLA) or its working-age replacement personal independence payment (PIP) when they turn 65 continue to claim that benefit, rather than AA, and are not currently affected by the proposals.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted that its planned changes to AA – which are subject to consultation – will not apply to existing AA claimants, although more details of its plans will be revealed when it publishes a consultation document in the new year.But there are likely to be fears that abolishing AA for new claimants will eventually be followed by scrapping it completely, and possibly even extending this to over-65s claiming DLA and PIP, following the blueprint created by the coalition and Conservative governments for closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF).ILF was temporarily closed to new members in 2010, before that decision was made permanent the following year.Another 12 months later, ministers took the decision to scrap ILF completely and pass the non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities. The fund finally closed on 30 June 2015.The AA proposals were announced quietly just a few days before Christmas, so there has been little reaction so far from disabled activists and user-led organisations.But Vicky McDermott (pictured), the disabled chief executive of Papworth Trust, described AA as “a lifeline which allows many of our older disabled customers the opportunity to live independently… with low level practical support in their homes”.She said: “Many of our older disabled people who are eligible for attendance allowance are not eligible for social care.“This is for good reason. Attendance allowance is for early intervention and prevents disabled older people from requiring higher level social care needs.“We would have significant concerns about a merger of social care and AA budgets as the applicants to these two funding streams have very different care needs.“Monies that are currently allocated to disabled older people who are in receipt of attendance allowance must not be diverted into social care at the expense of these individuals.”A DWP spokeswoman was unable to confirm that the money saved by scrapping AA for new claimants would be ring-fenced for adult social care, although she said: “We will not use devolution as an opportunity to take money out of the support offer for older people with care needs.”And when asked whether DWP also planned to scrap DLA for those aged over 65, she said only that there were no plans to do so “under this proposal”.last_img read more

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first_imgThe care watchdog’s decision to ask a discredited US outsourcing giant to manage its disabled expert advisers has led to confusion, cutbacks and a stream of resignations, Disability News Service (DNS) has been told.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) decided earlier this month to pass three of four regional contracts to run the Experts by Experience (EbE) programme to Remploy, formerly a government-owned business but now mostly owned by US-based Maximus.But within days, a stream of disabled people and carers who previously assisted with CQC care inspections under EbE have said they will no longer take part in the programme, with one EbE participant estimating that three out of four have quit rather than work for Maximus.Some of those who agreed to work with Remploy/Maximus have been told to print their own ID badges, while others have reported how Remploy staff appear “utterly confused”.Enham, the disability charity sub-contracted by Remploy to administer the programme in the south of England, has reportedly allocated just one member of staff – who has been on sick leave – to run the programme.And there are concerns that Remploy has decided to train all of its new recruits online, even though they will be entrusted with visiting facilities such as care homes, hospitals and surgeries to talk to service-users about their experiences.Three of the four contracts were won by Remploy/Maximus, while the other was secured by the charity Choice Support, which was previously part of a consortium that ran the whole EbE programme across England.One EbE participant said the programme in parts of the country run by Remploy was now a “nightmare” and that Remploy staff were “nice and polite but utterly confused, with no idea how the system of inspection actually works”.She said: “I have sorted most of it myself once I have the inspector’s name [EbEs always accompany a CQC inspector on inspections]; sort of do-it-yourself inspection planning.”Another Expert said Remploy’s management of the programme had been “inept” and that she and others had been told to print their own ID badges.After complaints, they were sent “handmade, playschool” badges that were laminated bits of paper stuck on to a badge holder with glue.She said: “They do not have a clue what they are doing, won’t take suggestions from Experts like myself who have been doing this for years, and the time I personally have taken to [deal with Remploy’s administrative failings] is huge and has had an effect on my own health.”Another EbE participant, who is now dealing with Enham, said: “The comparison with Choice Support is like moving from top league to lower division.”And yet another said: “I feel that we have been completely undervalued in our role and let down by CQC, who constantly told us what a good job we were doing and how we were invaluable to them.“Our new employers have no idea what is involved and I am concerned about the lack of support that we will receive in the future.”She added: “It is all such a shame, as I felt we were really making a difference to how adult care was received.”There has already been anger after it emerged that Remploy planned to pay its Experts just £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London), compared with more than £17 an hour they had received under the Choice Support consortium.Stung by the reaction to Remploy’s proposed pay cut, CQC pledged to subsidise wages for existing EbE participants so their pay would be bumped up to £15 an hour for the first six months of the contract, although new recruits will still be paid just £8.25 per hour.Contacted about the concerns, Enham said it was “committed to supporting, training and working closely with Experts by Experience”.A spokeswoman for the trust said: “The trust takes these concerns seriously and is working with both CQC and Remploy to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible for all Experts.”Both CQC and Remploy refused to comment on the concerns raised by their own EbE participants.CQC refused to answer questions about the alleged chaos, although it did confirm that contracts have still not been signed with Remploy and Choice Support, three weeks after the new arrangements were supposed to be introduced.Remploy/Maximus also refused to answer questions about the implementation of the new arrangements, but a spokeswoman said: “We continue to progress our implementation of this contract with the support of CQC and our delivery partners. “We recognise that a small number of people may or have had issues and we recommend that any expert that has a concern contact Remploy directly at qualitymatters@mail.remploy.co.uk.“We will not comment on our commercial arrangements.”Under the Experts by Experience programme, more than 500 experts every month are sent on CQC inspections across adult social care, primary care and hospitals, and by the end of 2016 the watchdog plans to have doubled that to 950 a month.Currently, more than 50 per cent of inspections involve Experts by Experience, and CQC wants that to increase to up to 80 per cent in some areas of its work in the next two years.last_img read more

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first_img Tags: Affordable Housing • development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Meanwhile, reports continue to trickle in that rents are cooling off a little. Curbed cites one report that put the Big Apple back on top of the nation’s most expensive cities (though others disagree).The Chronicle reports two recent studies have shown that rents are either flattening out or not rising as quickly. Stories of this kind always mention increased supply as part of the reason for the softening. But here’s part of the reason why they’re not exactly dropping either:“Some owners are reluctant to lower their rent because they upgraded the property in anticipation of rising rents, or the unit is rent-controlled and they don’t want to lock themselves into a lower rent.”In a conversation about the cost of rental housing, there’s always room for a little talk about short-term rentals. Los Angeles is now grappling with Airbnb, too — having cottoned on to the fact that landlords who own apartments can make way more money on the short-term rental market than on the long-term one. One study indicates a landlord can make a year’s long-term rental income in 60 days if they Airbnb their unit. Airbnb pulled out their own in-house study saying no no, it takes way longer than that to make Airbnb more attractive than a long-term lease. To me that just says nobody can dispute anymore that the service disrupts the long-term rental market (instead of the hotel industry), we’re just down to arguing about how many nights it takes an Airbnb unit to out-earn a leased one. Architectural Addendum: I’m shocked and a little offended that the US Bank building at 22nd and Mission streets ranked a paltry 18th on this map of San Francisco’s 19 ugliest buildings. You’re telling me people think this mildewy cinderblock is more attractive than the San Francisco Marriot Marquis? More handsome than One Rincon Hill? And yet uglier than the Salesforce tower? Good thing I didn’t become an architect. center_img With two anti-displacement measures now facing high-level pushback, the San Francisco Supervisors must feel positively Sisyphean.London Breed is in the nation’s capital trying to resuscitate a neighborhood preference law that would reserve 40 percent of new affordable units for those who live nearby. The federal Housing and Urban Development folks feel that would lead to segregation; Breed and others say no, that’s the whole point, we’re trying to do the exact opposite, actually, by finding ways to keep low-income people of color in the city. And this week a San Francisco Superior Court judge overturned a popular ordinance championed by Supervisor David Campos that would have banned landlords from evicting teachers during the school year. Kids in San Francisco schools already have such protections, but the San Francisco Apartment Association and landlord lawyer Andrew Zacks argued that the new protections (educators and childcare workers were all included, plus it covered all no-fault evictions, not just owner move-ins) go against state law. It’s not clear to me which state law that is exactly. According to Socketsite, Judge Ronald E. Quidachay wrote in his decision that the legislation “enters the fully-occupied field of the timing of landlord-tenant transactions” and that this “is a matter of statewide concern not amenable to local variations.”last_img read more

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first_imgYour prototypical Beehive patron.“The Beehive,” I’m sorry to say, was a disappointing drink. The flavors just didn’t come together. It seemed like this bar could do better. The long shelf of liquor behind the bar seemed decently curated, with a good whiskey selection. I hoped this wasn’t an omen.Miriam arrives 10 minutes late, but she arrives. We hug, she sits down, and then she immediately says: “San Francisco seems weirdly like the set of a Netflix show to me.” “Really?” “Yeah – like a staged set for a TV show or movie where most of the buildings are just fronts, and if you walk around the back you see a whole bunch of crew working to keep the illusion up that this is a real place. It’s weird. All of America, from what little I’ve seen since I got back, feels that way, but San Francisco really seems like it. And it wasn’t like that when I lived here, was it?”I consider. “San Francisco has always been a place for transients and people spending time between other destinations … but, yeah, I think a lot of its organic communities have been devastated, and without that, the whole thing is more like a staged version of a city than an actual one … a model for real estate showings …”“Every time I used to come here, I was so compelled to try and stay if I possibly could, I was really expecting that to happen this trip, too, but so far I feel completely distanced from it all. It’s weird.”I nod. “You’ve had a really hard time with that. Do you want to stay?”She shakes her head. “I’ve stopped trying to figure out what I want. Instead I’m figuring out who I am. When I can do that, what I want takes care of itself.”“And so far?”She gives me a sad look. “Nothing here’s speaking to me now. I don’t even know what I’d be a part of if I were to try and be a part of it.” There’s a pause “Hey,” she asks, “are you going to get another drink?”“Yeah, I’m going to order a Giant Step” (Dewar’s 12 Scotch, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Pear Brandy, Fortified Wine)She gives me a disappointed look. “You’re not going to order the way we used to?”  She sighed. “Yeah. I swear, is San Francisco becoming the new Ohio?” “Maybe. But Ohio’s got some really creative people in it.”“That’s my point.”My drink is fine. Better. Perfectly adequate. Miriam’s is also fine, although you can really taste the banana. “It seems like banana is kind of a recurring flavor here,” she says. “I’ve smelled a lot of it since I came in.”“Huh. Maybe.” She sighs. “The thing about this bar,” she says, “is that it could totally be in Ohio. It’s got a whole ‘60s theme, but it’s Mad Men ’60s, not San Francisco ’60s. There’s absolutely nothing connecting it to the city, to the Mission, to the local culture, at all. It’s just trying to be hip in a way that will be obvious to someone who just got off a flight, and so it has nothing to say to anyone who lives down the block.”“Yeah, there’s no San Francisco in it.”“Can we go somewhere else?”We discuss what old places are still around, and whether they’re what they used to be, and then head off into the night. We’re gonna be at this a while.“Have a good night!” the bartender calls after us as we leave. He looks, in that moment, less like a person and more like an actor playing one. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter  “It’s not going to work here.”“It’s not?”“No, it’ll be an asshole move.”“Really? Were we assholes?”“No it’s not always an asshole move. Some people really love it, they seize it as a meaningful opportunity. Other people … sometimes they get really upset, even offended.” “Oh.” She takes a look at the menu. A moment later, she puts it down and sighs. “Honestly, I don’t think I even can order drinks off a menu anymore …”I nod. “All right, let’s try this.” I get the bartender’s attention.“I’ll have a Giant Step,” I say. “Sure,” he agrees. “And she …” I grin. “Is very hard to order for.” Actually, this was always my thing. She picked it up from me. She just likes to take things further than I do. “She wants the drink that is the essence of your skill as a bartender. The drink that most speaks to your soul and craft.”The bartender blinks. “I can make you any drink you want,” he says. “Any drink at all.”“Right,” I say. “But what drink do you make, you personally, that inspires you? What if we were to put the menu down and just do something interesting?” A slightly panicked look sets into his eyes. “Honestly folks, I can make you any drink in the world. You just have to tell me. All I want to do is to make you what you want.”“Thank you,” Miriam says. “But what I want is for you to be active in this moment with us, to be creative. What flavors inspire you? I want to try that.”He gapes at us, and after an uncomfortable silence Miriam picks up the menu and orders a Hound Dog (peanut-washed Bulleit Bourbon, Oloroso Vermouth blend, caramelized banana). He makes it quickly, driven by obvious relief, and I order a banh mi slider to go with, just because. “See?” I whispered to Miriam as he gathered his ingredients. “Told you.”center_img Waiting at the bar in The Beehive on Valencia between 19th and 20th, I am sipping “A Beehive” (Botanist gin, sarsaparilla honey, ginger, lemon, salt). It’s served in a highball glass and has a long, perfectly clear, rectangular ice cube in it, the kind that you can look down through and see out the bottom of your glass. Which was a nice trick the first time I saw it in a bar. But that was years ago.But then, The Beehive is a deliberately retro space: “A ‘60s-inspired neighborhood cocktail bar that channels free-spirited, funkier times,” to quote the website. Physically this means it has ugly ’60s-ish wallpaper, plays ’60s music, and has a modern TV playing the John Waters movie Cry-Baby, which was made in the 1990s and set in the 1950s and … I dunno, somebody thought it worked. I’m waiting for Miriam, and lost in nostalgia of a different kind. She used to be my favorite drinking companion, years ago, before she moved back to Australia. We’ve sorta kept in touch since then, you know how that goes. Then yesterday, at a party to celebrate the publication of my new book, I walked back to the merch table and there she was, standing next to it, nonchalantly flipping through pages. She’d been planning a trip back to the States, saw I had this event coming up, and arranged her trip to make it there — then hadn’t told anyone she was coming to San Francisco, so she could take me by surprise. It worked. I’d been completely thrown. Now, the night after, we were going out to a bar together, to see if we still had the magic.  Email Addresslast_img read more

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first_imgST HELENS RFC have announced the signing of New Zealand international and World Cup winner Lance Hohaia on a four-year deal from season 2012.The 28-year-old has played 22 times for the Kiwis and has made his 167 appearances for the Warriors – a club which he made his debut for in 2002.Saints coach Royce Simmons, stated: “Lance is a proven international. We aim to utilise him as a half back, which is his preferred position, but he does have tremendous utility value and has played most of his recent rugby at full back.“We have some tremendous young talent in our backs and Lance’s experience and success at the highest levels will be of great benefit in helping to develop their games also.”Chairman, Eamonn McManus, added: “Lance is a genuine marquee signing for us and will add experience and versatility to our backs. The Club will have a fantastic new stadium next season and we aim to have a team which can grace it.”Lance, who in his tenth season with the Warriors and is currently enjoying a testimonial said he was excited about joining the Saints.He stands at 175 cms tall and tips the scales at 86kg.last_img read more

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first_imgROYCE Simmons is expecting another classic “tussle” when Saints and Wigan lock horns on Sunday.Acutely aware of the Club’s success rate against the auld enemy this season, he knows the fine line between winning and losing is even more finite in the Playoffs.“We’re going there knowing what we have to face,” he said. “They are last year’s premiers and we’d had some great tussles with them this season. We haven’t beaten them as of yet, which people keep reminding me, but we drew in first encounter and should have won the second game.“We lost Paul Wellens and Gary Wheeler in the first half of that game which disrupted our back line and we lost in the last few seconds. I also thought at 18-12 the Challenge Cup tie was a 50-50 game too.“We will have to see what players return as we still have a few on the bruised list and see how they come up later in the week.“Francis Meli (pictured), James Roby and Jamie Foster will return and hopefully a few more will join them too. Getting a win means we get a week’s rest and that could get another player or two back… but it’s advancing that’s the important thing.”Simmons once again paid tribute to the 17 players that took to the field on Saturday to beat Quins 34-16.“We had third place naturally tied up so I was looking for a little added motivation and ideas ahead of the match,” he said. “I looked at the side and after speaking to Mike Rush realised that 15 out of the 18 we were taking down to Quins had come through the Academy. They were all English boys too and I thought that was a real good incentive for the players.“It’s not happened in Super League for the Club before and it shows local boys can do the job. It is a reminder of how good the Club’s recruitment is and how good the staff at St Helens really are.”Mega Sale! Saints Superstore and www.saintssuperstore.com are holding a Mega Sale with hundreds of items now reduced in price. As the Saints look ahead to the challenge of facing Wigan on their own patch this weekend, why not take this chance to deck yourself out in official merchandise to show your colours.Retro shirts priced from just £5, T-shirts from just 50p and polos and jackets from just £5, are just a few of the lines that have been flying out the door.ISC Trainingwear reductions of up to Half Price, plus Kooga Training wear and protection all at half price are certain to be snapped up fast. Get yourself down to the store and grab yourself a bargain today. Whilst stocks last!last_img read more

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first_imgIT’S do or die for Saints Under 20s this weekend as they face Wakefield Wildcats in the Valvoline Cup Play Offs.Ian Talbot’s side kick off their Preliminary Semi Final at 12.30pm and are looking to join Warrington in the final four.So why not make a day of it and pop into the Red Vee Café Bar which is open from 11am, support the future players of the club at 12.30pm and then head over to the big match at the Halliwell Jones?The Super League game will also be on the TV in the Café bar too.Prices for entry to the Wakefield match are £3 and £1.last_img read more

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first_imgSAINTS will launch their 2015 Home and Away Kits at a special event in the Red V Café Bar this Saturday from 9.30am.It will be the first opportunity to see both in full and meet Travis Burns, Jonny Lomax and Atelea Vea.Mike Bennett will host the event and following the reveal the Saints Superstore will be open.That means you can be the first to purchase the home shirt and pre-order the away one too.The Red V Café Bar will be selling tea and coffee and will remain open until 11am.last_img

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first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook just cannot wait to get the season started!Fresh from a successful 2014, the 29-year-old forward says despite an off-season of change he expects Saints to be in the hunt once more.“Keiron has come in with his own ideas and we look sharp,” he said. “We have worked hard in pre-season but now we just want to get started.“We’ve lost some big players in Sia Soliola, Anthony Laffranchi and Willie Manu but have brought in some real quality. Travis Burns seems to have been around for a while and Atelea Vea is big, strong and has brought a lot to our game.“You saw that during both friendlies – he will be a real asset for us.”He continues: “Wilko has been at the club a long time and has learnt from the best. He leads on the field, is very charismatic, enthusiastic and has a real drive to win. He has that expectation of all of us. He will have pressure but hopefully the boys will take the weight from him.“Our aim is to go one better and win all three. I’m sure all teams are the same. Winning the Grand Final was one of the best feelings ever and we want to do it again.“But before then we know with the comp changing we have to aim up each week. If we go in with a relaxed attitude then we won’t win.“The aim for all is to get into the top 8 and then look towards the Grand Final. We need to start well, that will stand us in good stead, and then hopefully we can go all the way once again.”Tickets for Friday’s game against Catalan at Langtree Park remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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first_imgCONFUSED about the Super 8s?With Saints’ position in the top 4 now confirmed they will play seven games in the Super 8s that begin after the Challenge Cup Semi Final.After the ‘regular season’ they will play at home four times and away three times.Teams finishing 5 to 8 will play three at home and four away.These fixtures will be announced on Wednesday July 29.At present, if the regular season ended today, second-placed Saints would host Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves and Hull FC at home and travel to Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons (position as of July 20).Click here to use the interactive guide and see the scenarios for other positions!Season Tickets are valid for all Saints’ home games – whether that be three or four – in the Super 8s phase.All points for the top 8 from the regular season are carried over into the Super 8s and at the end of that competition the top four will fight out for the right to contest the Grand Final at Old Trafford.The team that finishes top after the Super 8s will win the League Leaders’ Shield.Quite simply, 1st will host 4th and 2nd will play 3rd.For the teams that finish below the top 8 they will join the top four from the Championship to play for the right to be in Super League in 2016.The sides will start afresh – no points are carried over here – and the top three will go into Super League with 4th facing 5th in a playoff for the other spot.The rest…? They will be part of the Championship next season!last_img read more

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first_img New Hanover County Parks and Gardens wants to add a Challenge Course to Northern Regional Park.  The proposed obstacle course is a nod to the “American Ninja Warrior” in all of us.  With obstacles like floating boards, agility trainers, traverse wall and ninja steps, the Challenge Course is designed to create a fun and social fitness experience for people of all generations and fitness levels.It’s expected to cost $175,000.The Parks Conservancy is looking for grants and donations to help move the project forward.  If you are interested in learning more about the Challenge Course and how you can help bring it to life, contact Janine Powell at (910) 798-7703 or jpowell@nhcgov.com. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A fun way to enjoy the outdoors could be coming to the Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne.Work is underway to raise money for a new challenge course.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img This festival takes place, rain or shine, from 9 am to 8 pm, October 21 and 9:30 to 4, October 22 on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Boulevard in downtown Topsail Beach.Admission is $5 for adults, or $8 for an adult two-day pass. Children age 11 and under and active-duty military with an ID are free.Live music highlights Autumn With Topsail and bands perform both days.  Starting at 12 noon Saturday, The Carolina Band  take the stage, followed at 5 p.m. by the North Tower Band. On Sunday the esteemed Band of Oz perform from 1 to 4 pm.Related Article: Hundreds to ride bikes across Topsail Island for breast cancer patientsSnacks and sweets will be available alongside traditional southern food and ethnic options.In addition, Autumn With Topsail features a wine and beer tent and plenty of tables and chairs for diners to relax.The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area hosts a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 am on Saturday and 8 to 10 on Sunday inside the Assembly Building. The cost is $7 for adults and children over 12 years, $4 for children six to 11, while those five and under eat free.Children’s activities include face painting, colorful hairspray designs, inflatables, and a roving magician. In the Assembly Building kids will enjoy rock painting, decorating mermaid and pirate masks, seashell “critters”, pirate eye patches, and designing beaded necklaces and bracelets.Click here to read more about the event. TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 29th Autumn with Topsail will celebrate fall this weekend with art, beach music, food and much more.Autumn with Topsail features arts and crafts from a variety of categories including woodworking, metal sculpting, painting, and jewelry crafting. Proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, a volunteer non-profit organization that owns and operates the Assembly Building including the Missiles and More Museum.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgThe river hotel is going up on the former Bald Head Island ferry landing site and may be ready to open by summer. (Photo: Contributed) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A new hotel is starting to rise on the waterfront in Southport.The River Hotel is going up on the former Bald Head Island ferry landing site and may be ready to open by summer.- Advertisement – It is being billed as a residential hotel condominium and units are for sale.According to building inspector Wayne Strickland, the permit was pulled last month and construction should take about three months.Jess and Myers Construction of Ocean Isle Beach is doing the work.Related Article: Flooding causes concern throughout Brunswick CountyIn response to neighbors’ concerns the project is smaller than originally conceived. Now, there will be more green space between buildings and a 100 foot buffer.last_img read more

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first_img “The City of A Million Azaleas” has been promoted and preserved in many ways.From a hand carved wooden bowl, to multiple magazines, brochures and pictures the museum has preserved items that date back to the first years of the festival.Many of these items were given to the museum and the ones we’re showing you now will be the only time the public may see them.Related Article: Weather pushes back start of Hank Williams Jr. concertThe museum currently has some images on display and is debating a broader exhibit.“We have some items right now in our Hugh Morton exhibit because he did take photographs that ended up in a lot of the brochures,” said museum curator Heather Yanco. “We also have areas of the museum where we kind of focus on specific collections the museum offers and this would be a great area for something like that to show the wide arrange of items from the Azalea fest.”The museum does not have a specific exhibit for the festival but the Morton exhibit is happening now and the public can see photos from festivals in years past during normal museum hours. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Azalea Festival has been a part of Wilmington more than seventy years, but who is keeping up with all of the history behind it?Curators at the Cape Fear Museum have collected dozens of artifacts that paint the picture of the festival over the years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgLAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Lake Waccamaw officially shut off water to the town late Monday night, and it was back on about an hour later.The town says it was due to a broken water main. The town said the repairs would be finished by 6 p.m., but late this afternoon, the water was still on as crews tried to reach the broken main.- Advertisement – At about 10 p.m., Town Manager Harry Foley told WWAY crews had turned off the water.Then just after 11 p.m., Foley said the leak was repaired and the water was back on. He said it will take some time until pressure is restored to parts of the town.A Boil Water Advisory will be in effect until the sample results are released.Related Article: Uber rolls out feature urging riders to ‘check your ride’You can check the town’s website for updates or call town hall during business hours.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A exciting documentary film set to Americana music is about to be presented at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and it documents small-town life in America during the Depression era.Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait features both black and white and color images taken by H. Lee Waters who traveled the country documenting on film more than 118 small towns in the Southeast between 1936-1942.- Advertisement – One of the many NC towns he visited was Kannapolis located northeast of Charlotte. During this time, Kannapolis was major textile manufacturer employing thousands of people.On Wednesday, Jan. 23, UNCW will present this documentary film set to live Americana music by acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinmann. Her original music, paired with Finn Taylor’s visionary compilation of Waters’ documentary footage, promises to evoke an evening of performance that will be both nostalgic and imaginative.Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait premiered in March of 2015 at Duke University and has been presented in theaters around the country. This project was initially a commission from Aaron Greenwald at Duke Performances.Related Article: New lightning alert system on UNCW’s campus“The context of the Depression really emphasizes the potential of the arts to transform and embolden us,” Jenny Scheinmann said. “Waters empowered these struggling communities through reflecting them back on the silver screen as heroes and celebrities. This is something that was especially powerful at this time when people may have felt beaten down, unimportant, hopeless.”Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait will be presented on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Tickets start at $20.last_img read more

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first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the INPEX Gala Dinner in Darwin, Australia November 16, 2018. David Moir/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the INPEX Gala Dinner in Darwin, Australia November 16, 2018. David Moir/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Social media executives could spend up to three years in prison and their firms be fined 10 percent of their turnover if they fail to quickly remove violent material from their platforms, according to a new law proposed by the Australian government.The March 15 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 worshippers were killed at two mosques was carried out by a suspected white supremacist who livestreamed the killings on Facebook, raising criticism of the role of social media in society.“Big social media companies have a responsibility to take every possible action to ensure their technology products are not exploited by murderous terrorists,” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.“It should not just be a matter of just doing the right thing. It should be the law.”If the law passes, it will be a criminal offence for companies, such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet’s Google, which owns YouTube, not to “expeditiously” remove the “abhorrent violent content”. Juries would decide whether the content was removed fast enough.The government will present the law to the parliament next week – its expected final week before the federal election.Morrison has also said that Australia has created a task force between government and social media companies to tackle the issue and wants to put it on the agenda for the summit of the G20 leaders in Japan in June.The Australian government said it has met earlier in the week with social media companies, including Facebook, but that the outcome of the talks was not satisfactory.“(They) did not present any immediate solutions to the issues arising out of the horror that occurred in Christchurch,” Mitch Fifield, Australia’s minister for communications, said in a statement on Saturday.Facebook on Friday said it was exploring restrictions on who can access their live video-streaming service, depending on factors such as previous violations of the site’s community standards.Facebook earlier this week banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism.Should Australia move with the introduction of the new law, the individual fines of up to 10 percent of global revenues could be hefty.WhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgFILE PHOTO: Niki Lauda, President of Niki low cost airline and former World Champion Formula One driver, poses during a press conference for the launch of a daily air link between Nice and Vienna at Nice International airport, southeastern France, March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Eric GaillardFILE PHOTO: Niki Lauda, President of Niki low cost airline and former World Champion Formula One driver, poses during a press conference for the launch of a daily air link between Nice and Vienna at Nice International airport, southeastern France, March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Austrian motor racing great Niki Lauda, whose comeback from a near-fatal crash made him a global symbol of resilience and determination, has died at the age of 70.Lauda was so badly injured in that accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix that a priest gave him the last rites as he lay in a coma.His Ferrari had slammed into a barrier and then burst into flames as it spun back onto the track, where an oncoming car hit it again. By the time he was pulled from the wreckage, his face,  scalp and right ear were severely burnt and his lungs scorched.Just six weeks later, his burns bandaged and raw, he was racing again, vying to retain his Formula One world title. It remains one of the sport’s most memorable acts of courage and defiance.“It was the most terrifying weekend,” he told Reuters in 2013, in a late admission about how scared he was to race so soon after cheating death. He finished fourth that day.But he would rarely indulge in such sentiment, even long after a racing career in which he won three world championship titles, as many as Brazil’s Ayrton Senna or Briton Jackie Stewart.“It’s finished. I live today and think of tomorrow. Take the experience,” he said in the same interview.Lauda, who would later become a racing team executive and airline entrepreneur, applied that no-nonsense style to most things. When he had accumulated so many trophies that were mostly “ugly and for me useless”, he gave them to his local garageman in exchange for a lifetime of free car washesDOGGED ‘RAT’Apart from reconstructive work on his eyes and eyelids he opted against cosmetic surgery on the burns that disfigured him. Instead he covered much of them with a baseball cap that became his trademark, charging sponsors to put their logo on it.“Sure, people change their tits and ass and whatever. In my case there could be something done but I wouldn’t. Because this is a fact of life and that’s it,” he said.Lauda also saw the lighter side. Even before his crash his buck teeth earned him the nickname “The Rat”, and he would later recall that his friend and rival James Hunt told him he looked better after the accident than before — a scene depicted in the Hollywood film “Rush” about their rivalry that season.“Now if people try to annoy me with comments about my face, I just say: ‘I had an accident. But you were born this way,’” he told German newspaper Die Welt.He overcame internal injuries, too. After two kidney transplants in 1997 and 2009, he underwent a lung transplant in 2018, 42 years almost to the day after the crash at the Nuerburgring in which he inhaled hot toxic gases.Doggedness was a hallmark of his life.Born to a wealthy Vienna family, he defied its wishes to pursue a racing career. Lauda’s grandfather, who was on the supervisory board of an Austrian bank, even blocked his own firm’s sponsorship deal with his grandson. The family rebel took out loans to fund his early years.A NEW LOWIn 1979, after two years with the less competitive Brabham-Alfa Romeo team in which he failed to win a world title, he decided he was fed up with driving and retired from the sport.He struck out on his own again that year, founding his first airline, Lauda Air, which he would sell to Austrian Airlines three decades later, having made a habit of surprising passengers by flying their plane himself.That career brought its own major setback in 1991 when a Lauda Air plane crashed in Thailand, killing 223 people. Eventually the Boeing plane rather than his airline was found to be at fault.“People always think that the worst time of my life must have been after the German Grand Prix crash … But it wasn’t,” he told the Observer newspaper in 2006. “When you run an airline and more than 200 people want to go from A to B and they don’t arrive — that’s a different responsibility.”His love of aviation endured. Last year he bought back another airline he founded, Niki, after its new parent Air Berlin went bankrupt. He rebranded it Laudamotion and soon sold a stake to Ryanair, quickly recouping much of his investment.As with aviation, he was unable to turn his back on racing for long. Just two years after he first retired from the sport, the McLaren team lured him back, and he won his third world championship in 1984. Only five drivers have won more titles.His tally was very nearly higher. The year of his crash he lost the world title to Hunt by a single point after deciding the rain-soaked last race of the season was too dangerous. He retired after a single lap.“The rain did not stop for two hours and this idiot Japanese race director came and said the race is on now… this for me was the most stupid decision ever. I did one lap so that Ferrari gets the money and off I went,” he said.Still, he said he had no regrets.“For me it was logical. 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