Welfare rights experts have produced evidence that

first_imgWelfare rights experts have produced evidence that backs up the findings of a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation into the lies told by healthcare professionals in their disability benefit assessment reports.Last week, the two-month investigation revealed how assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.The investigation suggested a serious, institutional problem that stretched across the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its contractors, whose staff carry out face-to-face assessments of eligibility for personal independence payment (PIP).Now two separate welfare rights advice organisations say they have their own evidence that confirms many of the DNS findings.Graeme Ellis (pictured), who founded the Lancaster-based social enterprise Here2Support, said he and his colleagues are currently lodging up to 30 PIP appeals a week on behalf of claimants, and “20 to 25” of them involve assessors who have told lies in their reports.Here2Support has now started requesting some tribunals to call the Atos assessors to give evidence at appeals so they can be questioned about the honesty of their reports.But on the three occasions they have tried this so far, all have resulted in a DWP decision-maker reversing their decision and finding in favour of the claimant, despite the mandatory reconsideration – the internal DWP appeal – having already taken place.He said this shows that DWP “know damn well that the assessors are not reporting accurately”.Ellis said that he has been to many assessments in which the subsequent reports bore no relation to what the assessors were told by the claimant.He said: “You read the report and your first thought is, ‘It’s somebody entirely different.’ And most of these cases are successful at appeal.”Ellis and his colleagues do not have the resources to attend many face-to-face assessments themselves, but he has still witnessed this happening himself about eight times in the last three months.Among the tricks played by Atos, he said, is to force PIP claimants to walk down a long corridor to get from the waiting area to the assessment room.Even if they are able to make it – and he has seen claimants in such discomfort that they fall against the corridor wall – this does not mean that the claimant can do so “safely, reliably and repeatedly”, which assessors should take into account, he said.He has also read reports in which the assessor said the claimant walked to the assessment room, even though they arrived in a wheelchair.Another frequent comment is to say the claimant showed no signs of breathlessness or anxiety, even though they had been in tears during the assessment, he said.Ellis points out that he has had some cases in which the assessor has produced an honest and accurate report, only for the DWP decision-maker to ignore what had been written.Asked why there were so many dishonest reports, he said: “There have got to be some [assessors] doing it for kicks, but I think it is the pressure on the employer on how many people they let through.“DWP deny it, but there is pressure from DWP on Atos and Capita to meet targets.”And he believes that many of the problems with dishonest reports are the result of last year’s post-budget chaos, in which the government had to perform a u-turn over plans to tighten eligibility for PIP, following the resignation of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.This left a hole in DWP’s spending plans, Ellis believes, that it has filled by somehow increasing pressure on the assessment regime.He said: “Because they were unsuccessful in the budget last year with the plans for PIP, I think this is the aftermath.”It was Ellis who, last spring, embarrassed the Tory party by resigning in disgust at George Osborne’s budget, after voting Conservative for nearly 50 years.He had been managing the Conservative Disability Group’s website, and left a message on the site, stating: “This website is temporarily closed owing to Disability Cuts.”Asked whether it was happy for PIP assessors to be questioned by tribunal appeal panels, a DWP spokeswoman said in a statement, released less than an hour before today’s final DNS deadline: “As you’ve not provided the details of these cases, we are unable to look into them.“However, assessment providers work on behalf of DWP and it is DWP who have overall responsibility for making decisions.“Therefore, it wouldn’t be appropriate for an assessor to attend a tribunal.“In many cases, appeals are granted because further medical evidence is provided.”Evidence of concerns about PIP assessors has also come this week from Southampton Advice and Representation Centre (SARC).Just before Christmas, SARC published research analysing the results of 100 appeal tribunals in which it supported claimants between August 2015 and December 2016.SARC’s analysis found that it had been successful in 78 of those cases – although it only takes on cases where it has a reasonable chance of overturning the DWP decision – the highest success rate it has had for any benefit since it was founded 35 years ago.It has also had three cases in which an initial Atos assessment report led a DWP decision-maker to award the claimant zero points for both daily living and mobility – they need eight points for the standard rate and 12 for the enhanced rate – only for the tribunal to award the claimant the enhanced rate for both elements.The most outrageous example was that of a claimant who had been awarded zero points after the Atos assessment, only for the tribunal to award them 50 points for daily living and 22 for mobility, while another claimant was awarded 35 points for daily living and 18 for mobility.Gary Edwards, SARC’s manager, said: “Repeatedly clients tell us and indeed the tribunal panel,  that the written records of the assessment do not accurately  reflect what they actually recall saying to the assessor.”He said earlier: “The results we have found raise serious questions about the ability of Atos and point to a wider system failure.“We have real concern about the suitability in terms of professional experience of their assessors: can a physiotherapist or paramedic seriously understand complex mental health issues? Our research suggests this is improbable.”last_img read more

The parliamentary authorities should do far more t

first_imgThe parliamentary authorities should do far more to make the House of Commons accessible, according to a disabled MP who has faced a series of major barriers in his first weeks since being elected.Jared O’Mara, who has cerebral palsy, has had to rely on support from other Sheffield MPs to secure some of the adjustments he needs to do his job.But nearly a month into his new role, he is still having to miss some debates in the House of Commons chamber because he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes and there have been no seats free.He told Disability News Service (DNS): “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend.“The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.”He is full of praise for the speaker, John Bercow, who has given him permission to wear a tee shirt, and no tie, because he cannot do up buttons.That decision came as the speaker made a separate decision to allow all male MPs to remove their ties in the Commons chamber, a ruling which led transport minister John Hayes to warn that he would refuse to take interventions when speaking from any male MPs who were not wearing ties.A spokesman for Hayes assured DNS yesterday (Wednesday) that this warning did not apply to O’Mara.Labour’s whips have allocated O’Mara an office in the House of Commons, when most new MPs are given space in nearby Portcullis House.This is because – if he was in Portcullis House – he would not be able to reach the Commons division lobbies within the necessary eight minutes when a vote is called.But because the front door requires the use of two hands to unlock it, he is having to use the back door to enter his new office, at least until the Commons authorities change the lock to one that is more accessible.Another access issue – and one for which he has not been granted an adjustment – has arisen around his need to stay in an accessible hotel.Because the hotel allowance for MPs is only £150 a night – set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) – he has not been able to find an accessible hotel closer than Hammersmith, in west London, which means an hour-long journey to parliament every morning.He is not likely to find permanent accommodation in London until the summer recess.An IPSA spokesman said he could not “discuss an individual’s circumstances” but that the costs for “disability assistance” that can be claimed by disabled MPs can include “any necessary [additional] costs relating to accommodation”.O’Mara is clearly annoyed that he is still facing obstacles that are making it harder for him to do his job than non-disabled MPs, weeks after he secured his election victory.And he is mystified about why there is no form which new disabled MPs can fill in to tell the Commons authorities about any adjustments they might need, which he says could easily be included in the information pack they are handed immediately after their election victory.He also points to the Equality Act, which says parliament has an “anticipatory” duty as a public organisation to think in advance about the adjustments it should make for disabled people, such as improving the signs and information around the Houses of Parliament.He said: “They should really have clear, proper signage, of where everything is and what all the rooms are and the purposes, and they don’t.“The amount of times I keep walking past the lift to get up to my office because there isn’t a sign saying ‘lifts’. That’s something they need to really think about.”He said: “I have had to pursue these adjustments with the help of colleagues, some of the other Sheffield MPs, and with the help of the whips office, and I am finding there are more coming up.“All of this should have been in place. I shouldn’t have had my friends and the whips office chasing all this for me. It should all have been in place for day one. That’s the law.“Maybe I have to be in the vanguard for this and I have got to grin and bear the fact that it’s not perfect for me, and try and make it perfect for future disabled MPs.“I want to get more of us here. I’ve got to make it a better place for them.”But he says his experience would have been “a lot worse” if he had not been able to rely on advice from Lord [David] Blunkett, another disabled politician who represented Sheffield as an MP.He said: “He’s a lovely, lovely man. Some of the stuff he went through [as an MP]… He’s a fighter as well, like I am.“My ambition during my time here is to make it perfect for future disabled MPs, where it’s proper equal from the day they land here.”A House of Commons spokesman said he could not comment on the dress code arrangements because “we cannot comment on the contents of private conversations”.He has so far refused to comment on the issue of seating in the Commons chamber, the lack of signage across the parliamentary estate, the access problems with O’Mara’s office front door, and the lack of a form for new MPs to request reasonable adjustments before they attend parliament for the first time.But he said that step-free routes and accessible toilets and lifts in the Palace of Westminster and Portcullis House are marked on maps in a handbook given to MPs, while “the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service can also advise on accessibility issues”.He said: “The House of Commons aims to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to work, whilst being representative of the society they serve.“This means making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.“We are committed to this target and have implemented a number of initiatives to ensure we are compliant with the terms of the act.”last_img read more

Mission District Fire Victims Moved to Housing But Distraught by Process

first_imgBen Amyes, a disaster response manager with the city’s Human Services Agency, said on Tuesday that some 30 people that sought accommodation through the city had been provided with housing. All were moved from their Salvation Army shelter on Tuesday and given hotel rooms through July 5, when they will move to temporary housing.After that, tenants will wait until the fire-damaged buildings on the corner of 29th and Mission streets are repaired, which could take about a year.“The estimate I’m working on is 6–12 months,” said Amyes, adding that he had budgeted resources to keep everyone in place for at least a year.Most of the displaced were residents of the Graywood Hotel, and all of the 18 tenants there who sought help from the city will be moved into another SRO until the Graywood is rebuilt. The city will pay the difference between their new and old rents.The three families who lived in apartments on that corner will be housed through the city’s Good Samaritan Program, which relies on private landlords to house tenants at no more than 10 percent more than their old rent for up to two years. Some 12 people will be housed through the program.“Our policy is to place people in like housing,” said Amyes. “So if you were in an SRO, we’re gonna find an SRO, and if you were in a two-bedroom, you’re gonna be in a two-bedroom.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezConfusion AboundsThose assurances aside, there was ample confusion on Tuesday when families had their last meal at the shelter. Tenants had been staying there since the fire on June 18, placed there immediately after and promised by Supervisor David Campos’s office that they would be helped with housing.“On Friday [city workers] said they won’t leave us, that we are not by ourselves,” said Gutierrez. “Even David Campos promised that. But yesterday they said the opposite.”Gutierrez said that on Tuesday night, a worker from the Human Services Agency told those staying at a Salvation Army shelter on Valencia Street that they had housing until July 5 and “after that we are basically by ourselves.” Many of the displaced have neither the time nor energy to look for housing, she said, and have lost documents in the fire. Navigating the bureaucratic housing process has been daunting, she said, and made worse by the lack of guidance.“They told us find your own spot and we will help you pay for it, but that’s just not easy to do,” said Kimberly Walley, who also lived at the Graywood Hotel with her partner. Walley, who was homeless for some twelve years in San Francisco and had a stint in jail, was worried about being thrown out on the streets because of past problems with drugs. She didn’t know how she would find housing, and said city workers were not forthcoming about next steps.“They’re paying for our stay in the Oasis, but I guess after that I’m on my own. It’s crazy,” she said, weeping. “I don’t even know where to begin.”At a meeting with between fire victims and the city on Wednesday, Gutierrez said she went into Supervisor Campos’s office to complain about the confusion. An aide there called the Human Services Agency and said there had been a “misunderstanding” and that all tenants would be housed as Amyes said.Gutierrez was relieved, she said, and assured that her housing needs would be taken care of. But she said the process had been confusing throughout and was still unsure what exactly would happen on July 5 when her hotel stay was over. Diego Vasquez, a 15-year-old resident of the burnt-out units above the Bernal Heights Collective cannabis dispensary, said his family felt “the city hasn’t helped us at all” following the fire.He had particular reservations about the mayor’s visit to the families the day of the fire.“We didn’t feel really welcomed with him, he only really got there and talked to the media right away,” he said. “He didn’t tell the family anything. You want a couple words to comfort you, but he was just really there to talk to the media.”Vasquez, his sister, an uncle, and his parents have been placed in an apartment on 29th and Mission near their old home. The rent’s the same — $1,600 a month, Vasquez said — but for about half the space: their old unit was a four bedroom with two bathrooms and a kitchen, and their new one is just two bedrooms, one bathroom, and “a little kitchen,” he said.Old Units DemolishedStill, others may be unable to return to their old units at all.Luis Herrerra, who lived with his wife and three children above Cole Hardware, said that earlier meetings with Amyes and the city were filled with assurances. After Tuesday’s meeting with representatives from the Human Services Agency, he said “it feels like nothing’s for sure.”“He said very clearly, ‘Nobody is going to sleep on the street or in their cars.’ He said that clearly. And yesterday, [they] said that after this next hotel, after June 5, we are on our own,” Herrera said.Herrera is unsure whether he will be able to return to his old unit once repairs occur. The fire originated in the back of Cole Hardware, underneath his unit, and the building will have to be demolished, meaning tenants will not be able to return. Herrera is worried his $1,500 rent will be wiped out and he will be stuck looking for something for $3,000 or more.“We are not going to be able to pay that much money,” he said. “Everything is expensive here.”The owner of the building that housed Cole Hardware could not be reached for comment on his plans for the building site or its former tenants.Photo by Lola M. ChavezStephanie Wilson outside her burnt building. Photo by Lola M. ChavezOther residents are hoping to get into affordable housing. Stephanie Wilson, who lived at the Graywood Hotel, said she is trying to enter the city lottery. A new law introduced just yesterday would give fire victims priority for the lottery, though it is unclear whether that would apply to Wilson and other victims of the recent fire.Winning an affordable housing unit, she said, would “turn my whole world around.”“I would get more kittens, mine didn’t make it,” she said. “Black Ball and Snowball, they were four weeks old.”At least two families may be housed through the non-profit Mission Housing Development Corporation, an affordable housing developer that owns some 1,600 units city-wide. Sam Moss, its executive director, said he is hoping to place those families into units in the organizations “small sites” portfolio, which consists of some 70 units in smaller buildings. Moss said he hopes to use the Good Samaritan Program to house families in the non-profit’s private housing stock.“We’re hoping to be able to place at least two families in vacant units,” he said, naming a building on 15th Street for one of the families. All of the displaced victims who sought city housing in the aftermath of a massive Mission District fire in mid-June were placed in temporary housing as of Tuesday, according to the city.But despite the city aid, many fire victims said they felt confused and abandoned by city workers who dealt with them after the fire.“We are all confused, wondering what’s next for us,” said Cristel Guitierrez, who lived in the Graywood Hotel, a single-room occupancy hotel above the 3300 Club. “I think I’m on my own. They haven’t told us what our options are.”On June 18, a five-alarm fire ripped through the corner of 29th and Mission streets and destroyed six buildings, displacing 58 residents and destroying several businesses. About half have sought shelter through the city, while others have found accommodations on their own. 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Police union president spikes Chief Bill Scotts column from union newsletter

first_img Email Address Scott’s column, however, has appeared to grow smaller and smaller, and found itself less and less prominently featured within the newsletter. In the current edition, which figures to be the last Chief’s Corner for the near term, Scott’s column is only three paragraphs long and stuck in the bottom corner of Page 22, beneath the letters to the editor.This is Chief Bill Scott’s December POA Journal column, in its entirety. It is located below the letters to the editor in the bottom right corner of page 22.Messages for Montoya have not yet been returned. SFPD director of strategic communications David Stevenson said Mission Local’s call was the first he was hearing of this development.Scott spent decades in the Los Angeles Police Department before assuming the reins here, and, as such, has never been a POA favorite. The union’s opinion of him has shifted from cool displeasure to hot disdain. When Scott in March came out against the POA-backed measure to arm San Francisco officers with Tasers and regulate them on the POA’s chosen terms, that triggered something of a breaking point.“Unfortunately, the Chief allowed himself to be played like a cheap fiddle by some on the Police Commission who have their own agenda,” wrote then-POA president Martin Halloran at the time. “He should get rid of whoever is advising him – otherwise, he is going to drive an irreparable wedge between himself and the membership.” Former longtime POA president Gary Delagnes in March told Mission Local “We have given this chief of police every opportunity to succeed. And he has been an abject failure. If there’s a number less than zero, he’s it. He clearly has no mind of his own, so, I believe he was pushed by someone — to do this.”Proposition H lost by a 20-plus point margin in June.Scott most recently drew the ire of the POA with his draft proposal to largely do away with the practice of sitting suspects on the ground during police detentions and arrests. A POA attorney described this Scott’s policy as “a major break with our past practices … in the POA’s opinion, it affects officer safety.”Montoya, meanwhile, has asked his union membership to help fill up the paper. “If you have the time, please forward (with permission) articles and information you believe is relevant, reach out to your contacts and encourage them to advertise in the Journal and last but not least, submit articles that you have written yourself,” he wrote. “We have over 8,000 subscribers and each anticipates their monthly Journal.” Police Officers Association president Tony Montoya has unilaterally ordered the editor of his union’s newsletter to cut Chief Bill Scott’s monthly column.“As a result of yesterday’s meeting, I have directed the Editor to suspend the Chief’s monthly article in the POA Journal,” Montoya today wrote to his membership following yesterday’s monthly POA board meeting. “This was not received well. However, it’s a decision I stand by.”Montoya couched this as a decision spurred by the dire state of print publications. “As all of you know, the Journal staff struggle each month to fill the Journal pages with relevant information. We have been having this discussion for years and there has even been talk of eliminating the Journal or making it a quarterly publication,” he continued. “I am opposed to both of those options.”A department head having a column in the union newsletter is something of an oddity; the chief is management and this is, again, a union newsletter. And it’s not a longstanding tradition. In 2011, when Greg Suhr was named chief, he soon began writing a “Chief’s Corner” column to accompany the many corners of the POA newsletter (Counselor’s Corner, Retiree’s Corner, PAL Corner). After Suhr resigned in 2016, acting chief Toney Chaplin kept writing the column. And, when Scott took over in January 2017, he got the gig.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS will take on Huddersfield in the fourth rou

first_imgSAINTS will take on Huddersfield in the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.They will travel to the John Smiths Stadium, Sunday April 6, Kick-off 2:15pm Tickets details and prices to follow.The Draw:Huddersfield v ST HELENSDewsbury v WiganWakefield v LeedsRochdale v LeighBatley v CastlefordDoncaster v Hemel StagsKeighley v BarrowFeatherstone v NW Crusaders Hull KR v WarringtonHull FC v SalfordBradford v OldhamHunslet v WorkingtonCatalan v London Halifax v WidnesSheffield v London SkolarsSwinton v Yorklast_img read more

SAINTS next Player of the Month Networking event

first_imgSAINTS next Player of the Month Networking event, in conjunction with Oval Insurance Broking Ltd, will take place on Thursday August 28 (8.30am) at Langtree Park.Guest speaker for this month’s session will be Club partner and sponsor St Helens College who will share details of their St Helens Skills Show Experience, and how you, as a business, can get involved.There will also be the usual refreshments, the opportunity to network and take a peek at the players training ahead of their game away at Leeds the following day.To find out more and to book, email Dave Hutchinson, Head of Sales and Marketing at the Club.last_img read more

SAINTS produced a stirring second half comeback to

first_imgSAINTS produced a stirring second half comeback to beat Widnes 30-20.Down 14-6 at half time they totally turned the tables with a dominant 20 minutes that saw them score 24 unanswered points.The impressive Atelea Vea, Luke Thompson, Jordan Turner and Lance Hohaia all crossed to not only maintain their 100 per cent start to the season but return them to the top of the table.It could have been much different after a poor start.Two penalties piggybacked Widnes down the field and Eamon O’Carroll took the ball at pace to go under the sticks.Danny Tickle converting.Saints looked shellshocked but did exert some pressure on 10 minutes.A repeat set had the Vikings scrambling and right on the last Lance Hohaia – deputising for the injured James Roby – darted over.Cunningham’s men came again and another repeat set, after 20 minutes, saw some resolute defending keep them at bay.Widnes repelled two attacks – with Jordan Turner going close on one – and then went ahead themselves.Tommy Makinson made two try-saving tackles but left the field with concussion and as Saints reshuffled the ball came right for Patrick Ah Van to go over in the corner.Stefan Marsh converted with Tickle off the pitch – and added a penalty with six minutes to go in the half too to give his side a 14-6 advantage.Saints needed a big start to the second half and they got it when they won a set right off the kick-off.Widnes were unable to field Travis Burns’ restart and had to drop out.And Saints made no mistake with the golden opportunity as Wilkin’s kick was dropped by Patrick Ah Van on the last and Atelea Vea pounced on the loose ball.Burns’ conversion making it a two-point game.Saints turned the screw and two drop-outs ranked up enough pressure for them to go and ultimately stay ahead.Burns worked hard around the ruck, caught Luke Thompson on a good line and the youngster showed remarkable strength to stretch over.Saints’ next try was out of the top drawer. The ever impressive Vea broke the line and scampered down the field. Hohaia showed quick hands, Wilkin chimed in the line and Wellens put Turner over.Made all the better by Burns’ conversion off the touchline.And then Burns’ 40:20 set up the space for Hohaia’s second – the hooker using strength and guile to put down under immense pressure.Matty Dawson chased down Danny Craven’s 70 metre break on 67 minutes to keep his line intact but Aaron Heremaia’s smashing try with three minutes to go took the gloss off a fine defensive performance.Saints were more than good for the points though and continue their impressive campaign.Match Summary:Vikings:Tries: O’Carroll, Ah Van, HeremaiaGoals: Tickle (1 from 1), Marsh (3 from 3)Saints: Tries: Hohaia (2), Vea, Thompson, TurnerGoals: Burns (5 from 5)Penalties: Vikings: 8Saints: 7HT: 6-14FT: 30- 20REF: Robert HicksATT: 7772Teams:Vikings: 1. Rhys Hanbury; 2. Paddy Flynn, 14. Chris Dean, 3. Stefan Marsh, 5. Patrick Ah Van; 27. Grant Gore, 7. Joe Mellor; 19. Ben Kavanagh, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 8. Eamon O’Carroll, 11. Danny Galea, 17. Chris Clarkson, 12. Danny Tickle.Subs: 21. Danny Craven, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard, 35. Gil Dudson. Saints:20. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 14. Alex Walmsley, 16. Lance Hohaia, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio.last_img read more

SAINTS have to open well if they have any chance o

first_imgSAINTS have to open well if they have any chance of taking the spoils on Friday.That’s the view of James Roby who pointed to the poor start against Leeds as the main reason they lost the game.“The start worked against us massively on Friday,” he said. “We didn’t come out of the blocks and were 16-0 down.“We then started to play a bit better and up at the right end of the field. We completed our sets and attacked well.“But it was poor for us to concede that try at half time as we had worked hard to get back into contention.“We did well in parts in the second half but we were disappointed with the game.”He continued: “Friday is a massive game and occasion for the players, coaches and the town as a whole.When you’re about fans will tell you how much it means to win it and we’re all looking forward to it.“Wigan have a way of playing and it works for them. They have a great team and fantastic players.“Our job is to defend against that and score a few points.“They have the best defence and we have to try and break them down.”Friday’s game is SOLD OUT but tickets are on sale for Saints’ next home game on April 1 against Hull FC.You can buy them from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

John Kear named the quintet in a provisional 38ma

first_imgJohn Kear named the quintet in a provisional 38-man train-on squad ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2017.The squad was announced at Wales’ World Cup kit launch, which marked 100 days until their opening group match against Papua New Guinea.WALES’ 38-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD:Larne Patrick (Castleford Tigers), Zak Williams (Coventry Bears), Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece (all Gloucestershire All Golds), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Josh Ralph (Newcastle Knights), Matty Barron (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke (Oldham), Caleb Aekins, Daniel Brown (both Penrith Panthers), Ant Walker (Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Morgan Evans, Connor Farrer, Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (all South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Elliot Jenkins, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris, Calvin Wellington (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Jake Emmitt, Dan Fleming (both Toronto Wolfpack), Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves), Ollie Olds (West Brisbane Panthers), Gil Dudson, Lloyd White (both Widnes Vikings), Ben Flower (Wigan Warriors), Phil Joseph (Workington Town)Wales will open their World Cup campaign when they face Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, October 28.They will then travel to Townsville in northern Australia to take on Fiji on Sunday, November 7.Wales’ final group match is against Ireland at Perth Rectangular Stadium on Sunday, November 12.last_img read more

Two homes boat burned overnight in Holden Beach

first_img The fire was under control by about 3:00 a.m. and units remained on scene working on hot spots and investigation until about 11:30 a.m. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.At this point of the investigation the cause of the fire is undetermined.The total damages is estimated to be $450,000.Related Article: Two Southport firefighters injured in weekend house fireTri-Beach VFD was assisted by Civietown VFD, Supply VFD, Shallotte FD, Ocean Isle FD, Brunswick County EMS, Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office, Holden Beach PD and the NC Office of State Fire Marshal Fire Investigation Division. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Fire crews in Brunswick County were dispatched a structure fire in Holden Beach overnight.Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department along with Supply and Civietown VFD arrived at 2:41 a.m. on Charlotte Street to find two homes and a boat heavily involved in fire.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Penderlea Middle School student charged with threat

first_img The student has been charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 13-year-old student at Penderlea Middle School was charged this afternoon following an investigation where the student allegedly told other students about a threat.The incident happened inside a classroom today during school hours.- Advertisement – last_img

Lake Waccamaw leaders NC Wildlife officials discuss alligator hunting

first_img Town leaders are considering trying to control the gator populations with a new hunting season in September.“This is a new option for towns to promote public safety in their town by taking a few alligators where needed,” said Allen Boynton from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.Hunts could be a more cost effective option than homeowners requesting alligators be removed from their property.Related Article: 600-pound black bear killed when car slams into it on NC highway“That can be an expensive proposition; several hundred dollars per alligator, either if it’s done by a wildlife damage control agent or the town staff,” Boynton said.But town leaders are wary of allowing hunters on private properties. Wilson says homeowners will get a survey to gauge their opinion.“Throughout Lake Waccamaw, there’s really no public area to kill alligators,” Wilson said. “It’s all privately owned, so that was the big question. Each landowner is going to have to give permission for an alligator to be taken off their property.”For now, the gators will continue to call Lake Waccamaw home, but in September, the hunt could be on.Wildlife officials were invited to the town’s meeting next Tuesday, where the alligator hunting issue will be discussed further. An alligator lurks in the water along Bella Coola Road in Lake Waccamaw (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — In the heart of Columbus County, along the shores of Lake Waccamaw, there is no shortage of alligators.“You can ride from one end of Bella Coola Road in the summertime, and it’s not any problem to count 75 gators or so,” Lake Waccamaw town commissioner Matt Wilson said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Family has warning after son attending UNCW dies studying abroad

first_imgEric and Crystal Turney lost their son, Ryan, last month after he passed away in Vietnam. Ryan was a senior at UNC Wilmington and was studying abroad in Thailand. SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) — For one family in Salisbury, the loss of their son is prompting them to speak out in hopes of saving someone else from suffering through something similar. “He was living his best life. He was so happy. He really was,” said Crystal Turney, Ryan’s mother. – Advertisement – center_img “His thing was travel and making friends,” said Ryan’s father, Eric. Ryan loved to travel. He had visited 48 states and 5 continents. His travels had taken him everywhere from Iceland to Australia to China. When he was 10, he visited the Galapagos Islands with his grandfather.Related Article: UNCW hosts perfect Jazz filled weekendRead more here.last_img read more

Thalian Association Community Theatre to host Divine Divas concert

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC — The Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) will be hosting the third annual Divine Divas, a special two-night only concert next weekend.    “Divine Divas is benefit for She Rocks (Research Ovarian Cancer Knowledge Support) and TACT,” said TACT Executive Director Susan Habas. “Its an idea one of our veteran directors, Mike Thompson, came up with three years ago.”- Advertisement – All the Divine Divas, which are some of the best performers in Wilmington, will be doing a sing-off and for the first time this year there will be male performers, too.“We have a youth choir that’s going to do something surprising and the songs are your favorite from radio, stage and screen.” Habas said. “We have a special Mo-town Mash-up to honor Beth Quinn, one of the She Rocks founders, that was her favorite, Mo-town.”In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly named TACT the official community theatre primarily because of the organization’s community outreach.Related Article: Enjoy a 8-day river cruise while supporting a good cause“She Rocks has raised three-quarters of a million dollars since 2014 and they have given 75% of that to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for research and 25% were used for local support to anyone receiving treatment for any type of cancer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Zimmer Cancer Center,” Habas said.Divine Divas will be presented on the 2nd Street Stage in the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center Friday February 22 & Saturday February 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at thalian.org, she-rocks.org or 910-251-1788.last_img read more

Local French natives saddened by historic Paris fire

first_img “I learned it from a text message from my son,” Moity said. “He works in Raleigh and he said ‘Ma, please put the TV on. The Notre Dame is on fire.’”“When you see it burning it’s like seeing friends burning,” Owner of Far from France Sweet Souvenirs Alban Pelletier said. “It’s not an easy thing to watch.”Separated by thousands of miles and watching a piece of history go up in flames, French natives, who now live in the Cape Fear, saw hundreds of years of history burn.Related Article: Wilmington bakery offers free bread to those hurting from shutdown“I don’t know if it’s a sign from God to get everyone back together,” Moity said. “We [Americans] had 9/11 and the times after were good. Everyone was really working together.”Moity grew up in a small town outside of Paris. Now, she owns Caprice Bistro, a french restaurant in Wilmington. She says everyone will remember this event.“It doesn’t only belong to France, but to the world,” she said.Pelletier agrees.“Notre Dame is one of the main three monuments that everyone goes to visit when they go to Paris,” Pelletier said. “They go to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. It’s not just for the Catholic. It’s for everyone. It’s a big symbol for Paris and France, in general.”Pelletier was born in France and lived in Paris for about 10 years. He says he would pass the Cathedral almost everyday.“You cannot not think about the men and women who built this for 200 years who’d give their life for it,” Pelletier said.Pelletier and Moity say this is one of the biggest tragedies to a country amidst holy week and Easter just 5 days away.But, they say they are confident in their country’s faith and ability to overcome. WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — A fire more than 4,000 miles from Wilmington hits home for many here in the Cape Fear.Patricia Moity says her son proposed to his wife 10 years ago in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral making Monday’s fire a painful experience.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UPDATE Former West Brunswick High athlete dead after shooting at Cardinal Pointe

first_img Sgt. Holman said authorities were notified of the shooting after one victim arrived at Brunswick Novant Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The victim was then airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to undergo surgery and is now in stable condition.According to Sgt. Holman when authorities arrived to the Cardinal Pointe Apartments in Shallotte they found a second victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.According to Jackson Fuller from the StarNews former West Brunswick wrestling coach confirmed that Jacary Bethel was killed in the shooting.Related Article: Police searching for teen last seen at West Brunswick High Schoolhttp://Heartbroken at the news of a life taken too soon last night. Sending lots of prayers and love to Jacary’s family, friends, and all of our community who are suffering from this tragedy. ????????#neverquitneverforget pic.twitter.com/wf0qrFz6jS— WBHS Trojans (@WBHS_Trojans) June 15, 2019No one is in custody at this time and the investigation is still ongoing.We will bring you more information when it becomes available. SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY)– According to Shallotte Police Department Sgt. John Holman one person is dead, and another person was injured after a shooting on Friday night.According to Sgt. Holman it happened around 10:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

SHP Driver dies in crash after fleeing from Fair Bluff Police

first_img Cannady says less than a mile down the road, Hemmingway flipped his vehicle around a curve. Hemmingway was ejected from the vehicle and died as a result of the crash according to Cannady.Hemmingway recently moved to Cerro Gordo from South Carolina. Trooper Cannady says it appears that he was not wearing a seatbelt when he fled police.Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in this deadly crash according to SHP. FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — The State Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash Saturday evening. Trooper Christopher Cannady says Fair Bluff police were attempting to conduct a traffic stop when the driver fled.According to Cannady, 54-year-old David Lee Hemmigway exited his vehicle but then got back in the driver seat and drove away. Police then conducted a chase that led to Ice Plant Road off of Highway 76.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Frances Le Pen unveils new farright European Parliament group

first_imgFrench far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen addresses a news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francois LenoirFrench far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen addresses a news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir France’s Marine Le Pen unveiled a new far-right group in the European Parliament on Thursday, uniting eurosceptics from across the continent who aim to devolve power from Brussels back to capitals.Calling itself the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, the new alliance brings together Le Pen’s National Rally, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s League party and Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) plus nationalists from Austria, Finland and Denmark, among others.“We have changed the political chessboard of the European Union,” Le Pen said of ID, which will hold 73 of 751 seats and is the fifth-largest grouping in the newly elected Parliament, just behind the Greens.It replaces the Europe of Nations and Freedom group, which held 36 seats in the last EU legislature.While parties committed to strengthening the EU won two-thirds of seats in last month’s Europe-wide election, nationalist leaders hailed their strong gains as a vindication.“We are still a minority but we are a larger minority than ever before,” Finns Party leader Jussi Halla-aho told reporters in Brussels. Finnish MEP Jussi Halla-Aho, Austrian MEP Harald Vilimsky, Italian MEP Marco Zanni, French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen, German MEP Jorg Meuthen, Belgian MEP Gerolf Annemans, French MEP Nicolas Bay, Danish MEP Peter Kofod and Estonian MEP Jaak Madison pose after a joint news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir SharePrint French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen addresses a joint news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir The parties have bridged differences to unite around the broad goals of returning power to EU member states, curbing immigration and preventing the spread of Islam in Europe.Joerg Meuthen, co-leader of AfD, summed up the alliance’s aims as: “No to more competencies to the EU, no to further harmonization, no to the undermining of the nation state.”But different social and economic policies, including budgetary discipline, means they may struggle to put forward a coherent policy agenda.With Britain’s Brexit party and other eurosceptic parties scattered across different political groups in the EU assembly, ID will also lack enough seats to block or hold up legislation.Salvini’s foreign affairs advisor Marco Zanni, whose League party is one of the three biggest in the Parliament, said they were courting other parties like Spain’s Vox to join.“The message to all of those parties who have a radically different view of Europe, if we can work together … that would benefit all of us,” Zanni said.WhatsApp French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen poses for a selfie with Belgium’s Flemish right wing Vlaams Belang party member Gerolf Annemans after a news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. 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REUTERS/Francois Lenoir French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen, Italian Member of the European Parliament for Lega Nord Marco Zanni and German MEP and AFD leader Jorg Meuthen address a joint news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir Italian Member of the European Parliament for Lega Nord Marco Zanni, French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen, German MEP and AFD leader Jorg Meuthen and Belgian MEP and Flemish right wing Vlaams Belang party member Gerolf Annemans address a joint news conference on the formation of a new far-right European Parliament group to represent nationalists’ interests at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir 1 of 7last_img read more

Is Kovacic heading to Manchester United

first_imgJose Mourinho is interested in adding more midfield reinforcements and would like Matteo Kovacic to join his side from Real Madrid. According to Don Balon, the 24-year-old would cost the Red Devils around €50 million.Kovacic joined the Spanish side from Inter Milan but has failed to establish himself as a first team player. The Croatian managed only 21 appearances during Real Madrid’s successful season as he faced competition from compatriot Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.The midfielder, who is currently preparing to face Denmark in Sunday’s World Cup match, stated that a lack of game time might hinder his development. Mourinho faces competition from other European clubs, including Tottenham, Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma, who are reportedly interested in signing Kovacic.Brought to you by Hublot <a href=”http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a01a3708&amp;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=34&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Apple ordered to run Samsung did not copy iPad adverts

first_imgAdvertisement It follows the US Company’s failed attempt to block sales of the South Korean firm’s Galaxy Tab tablets.Apple has not commented on the news.The order did not feature in Judge Colin Birss’s judgment published on 9 July, but Bloomberg said the matter was discussed in the court following the verdict. – Advertisement – It said the notices must make reference to the court case and should be designed to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung’s tablets had aped the look of Apple’s products.“They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” said the judge at the time.“They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different.”However, the judge refused Samsung’s request that Apple be forbidden from restating its claim that its design rights had been infringed.Judge Birss said that the US firm was “entitled” to hold the opinion that his judgement was wrong.A statement from Samsung said: “Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”Source: BBClast_img read more