Three disabled politicians are welcoming a partia

first_imgThree disabled politicians are welcoming a “partial victory” over the government, after a minister announced 12 months’ worth of new funding to support disabled candidates who want to stand for elected office.Women and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt announced that the government would provide “up to” £250,000 to assist disabled people with the additional impairment-related costs they face in standing for election in the next 12 months.The funding will be the first to help with such costs – although a new fund has been set up in Scotland by the Scottish government – since the UK government froze its Access to Elected Office Fund (AEOF) in 2015.Despite the announcement, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has still not published a long-awaited review of AEOF, which ran from 2012 to 2015.A GEO spokeswoman said the publication of the review was now “imminent”, and that “arrangements” for the new funding would be announced “shortly”.But she stressed that the funding did not mean AEOF had been reopened but that it was “a new arrangement drawing on lessons from the fund”.Lawyers for Labour’s Emily Brothers, Liberal Democrat David Buxton and the Green party’s Simeon Hart had written to the government to warn that the government had breached the Equality Act by failing to complete the review and reopen the fund.They say they have effectively been unable to stand as candidates in a general election since the government froze the fund.More United, the cross-party campaign group which is supporting them, said the legal action had not been withdrawn because it had not yet received a formal letter from the government.Buxton said initially that it was “a partial victory” while Brothers said she was “delighted” with the new funding but that there was “still a good way to go to secure a long term solution”.Buxton, Brothers and Hart later called on political parties to adopt all-disabled shortlists in target parliamentary seats “so that disabled candidates can make as much progress as possible in the next 12 months”.AEOF offered grants to disabled people to pay for some of their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election, usually as a councillor or MP, such as the costs of British Sign Language interpreters, taxis, support workers or assistive technology.Buxton said the funding was “so important as major parties are already engaged in selecting candidates for target seats ahead of the next general election” and it would “allow disabled candidates to compete in elections on a level playing field”.He called on all political parties to use all-disabled shortlists in some target seats “and to tackle other barriers that disabled candidates face”.Brothers said: “I hope that all political parties will engage in the 12-month programme of work to tackle barriers facing disabled candidates and through that process recognise that the right of disabled candidates to participate in elections at all levels can only be guaranteed whilst a central government fund exists to support disabled candidates with the additional costs they incur.”Hart said public support for the campaign had been “fantastic”, and he added: “MPs from major parties, and some of Britain’s most prominent disabled public figures have all sent a clear message to the government that the fund must be restored to create a level playing field.“We’re determined to keep up the pressure in the coming months in order to secure a long-term solution.”Mordaunt told MPs that the representation of disabled people in the country’s parliaments, assemblies and councils was “far too low”. But she said the task of supporting disabled candidates was ​“primarily political parties’ responsibility… just as they must also support disabled employees”.She said GEO was to take part over the next 12 months in “a programme of work to help political parties to best support their disabled candidates and to consider how independent candidates can be supported, too”.While this is taking place, she said, the government would provide “up to a quarter of a million pounds to support disabled candidates for elections in the forthcoming year”.Picture: (From left) Eleanor Lisney, David Buxton, Simeon Hart and Emily Brothers outside 10 Downing Street with a petition calling for the fund to be reopenedlast_img read more

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Developments in Development Decisions and Limbo

first_img Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing • mission street • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 117-unit project at 23rd and Folsom streets was approved in September. Then it was appealed – on two fronts. One appeal was against the approval of the project’s environmental impact review and one was against its conditional use authorization. It was supposed to have been considered by the Board of Supervisors once already, and was up again on Tuesday, but it has been delayed again until mid-March. Why? Well, the conditional use appeal is reportedly being dropped. And the Planning Department is already busy studying the impacts of a similar project, also approved and then appealed, at 1515 South Van Ness –  that appeal was upheld. If that was hard to follow here’s the abridged version — the city is considering the impact of big housing projects on their surroundings, and two of those big projects now have to wait for the city to do so.Similarly, the Planning Commision decided not to make a decision on whether to send a project at 198 Valencia back to the drawing board over concerns from a bar across the street that the building would block light to its outdoor beer garden. That discussion, too, took several hours before the commissioners called it quits and decided to postpone a decision.Then there’s this item that probably has homeowners ready to tear their hair out: Who’s going to deal with all these trees? CBS reports that landlords are still on the hook for damaged and potentially dangerous trees. Wait, didn’t we vote to transfer street tree responsibility back to the city? Yep, but that doesn’t kick in until July. Plus, as Curbed points out, there’s a weird conundrum where owners might be hoping for the tree to be blown down entirely rather partially because they don’t end up on the hook. 0%center_img Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news.The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding over the course of a year or so, which you can follow via Mission Local stories starting from a self-help mogul buying their space for them to the first rumblings of opposition to fears of blight.More advances in feeding people (though in this case not for free): A reader reports construction is advancing swiftly at the Grocery Outlet planned for the former DeLano’s market on South Van Ness Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets. This was approved ages ago, but it seems things are getting underway.On the other hand, the city seems to be going through a bit of indecision.  last_img read more

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SAY hello to another four players who will be tour

first_imgSAY hello to another four players who will be touring Australia shortly.Joe Ryan is a loose forward who signed from Bold Miners, having previously played for Rylands.Adam Saunders is a full Back or centre who signed from Thatto Heath Crusaders.Aaron Smith is a hooker who signed from Blackbrook Royals.Connor Smith is a second row or prop forward from Blackbrook Royals having previously played at Clock Face.Many thanks to the sponsors who made the trip possible for this quartet.They are:G ManleyEvolve Contract Services Hope AcademyThe remaining three players and staff will be introduced tomorrow.To find out the latest on the Australia Tour and to meet the other players, click here.last_img

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PAUL Wellens and Mark Percival grabbed a brace api

first_imgPAUL Wellens and Mark Percival grabbed a brace apiece as Saints eased past Castleford 38-16.In a much improved performance they denied an in form Tigers who threw everything they had at them in the first half.Saints led 22-4 at the break as they took full advantage of the chances that came their way.On balance it was an even opening 40, but Wellens alongside Luke Walsh and the effectual Lance Hohaia led Nathan Brown’s men to a solid foundation.Cas had their moments but couldn’t keep control of the ball.In the second Saints controlled matters and Mark Percival early try put the scoreline beyond the Tigers.He then notched his second after Walsh had capped a great show with his fifth of the season – to send Saints top.Saints welcomed Jon Wilkin back into the line-up but were missing Alex Walmsley through suspension.Michael Shenton, Marc Sneyd, Jake Webster, Daryl Clark and Andy Lynch all returned for Cas.Both sides began with good kick chases before errors erased any hopes of either building up some momentum.But then Saints struck out of nowhere in the sixth minute.Mark Flanagan broke down the right hand side, offloaded Jamie Lyon-esque and Tommy Makinson showed great pace and awareness to round his man.Walsh wide with the extras.Saints almost struck again on 13 minutes and then a minute later Castleford rampaged through the middle but failed to find a man with the pass.Handling errors blighted both sides’ progression up the field but the Tigers took advantage when Saints looked more likely.Lance Hohaia broke through but lost the ball and seconds later, on the last, a sweeping move saw Kirk Dixon get over in the corner.Saints hit back on 25 minutes. Hohaia darted to the line; found Paul Wellens on his inside and the fullback showed a great sidestep to bamboozle Luke Dorn.Walsh with the conversion.And five minutes later a simple move after Saints forced a drop out saw Jordan Turner increase the lead.Walsh making it 16-4 after 30 minutes.The Tigers continued to come and Saints had Matty Dawson to thank after he defended a high kick right on his line.But Saints landed a killer blow right on half time and it came from absolutely nothing.Walsh sent a kick over for Makinson to chase but James Clare collected with ease.To his credit Tommy didn’t give it up though and he tackled the Cas’ winger forcing him towards touch.Clare had no option to throw it inside – but Luke Dorn missed the bouncing ball and Wellens duly collected for his second of the afternoon.Walsh tagging on his third kick for Saints to lead 22-4 at half time.Saints forced a drop out early doors in the second half and took full advantage.Firstly, Wellens was held up over the line, then a last gasp tackle denied James Roby under the sticks.And then, when the ball went right, Willie Manu was held up too.But on the last, it came left, Castleford failed to deal with a kick and Mark Percival crossed.Walsh kicking the extras.Percival could have had his second in the 57th minute but was denied right in the corner.But up popped Luke Walsh with 15 minutes to go to put the game to bed.Castleford knocked the ball on and on the free play the scrum half kicked through to Makinson – he was tackled without the ball – but Walsh followed it up.Moments later Wellens went through the middle and Mark Percival nudged his second.Marc Sneyd and Luke Dorn scored late consolations for Cas but Saints were always on top.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Makinson, Wellens (2), Turner, Percival (2), WalshGoals: Walsh (5 from 8)Tigers: Tries: Dixon, Sneyd, DornGoals: Sneyd (2 from 3)Penalties: Tigers: 3Saints: 4HT: 22-4FT: 38-16REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 12,648Teams:Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 11. Sia Soliola.Subs: 13. Willie Manu, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 33. Andre Savelio.Tigers:6. Luke Dorn; 2. Kirk Dixon, 4. Jake Webster, 3. Michael Shenton, 24. James Clare; 7. Marc Sneyd, 26. Liam Finn; 8. Andy Lynch, 14. Daryl Clark, 10. Craig Huby, 16. Oliver Holmes, 12. Weller Hauraki, 11. Grant Millington.Subs: 13. Nathan Massey, 18. Frankie Mariano, 20. Jamie Ellis, 32. Lee Jewitt.last_img read more

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WE are now just 12 sleeps from our sixth Academy T

first_imgWE are now just 12 sleeps from our sixth Academy Tour of Australia in 11 years, writes Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw. Looking back at the pictures, the brochures, the games and the player names it really hits home at what the club has done for these young men, and importantly what everyone has gotten out of the trips.We have an abundance of stats and anecdotes’ to churn out over the next two weeks as we start the official countdown – but for now I’d like to say a little about how we started out and the journey we’ve been on.Whilst many of the tours merge into one large memory, what stands alone is the night we made the decision to go for it.Sometime in December 2002, Mike Rush, Derek Traynor, Paul Molyneux and myself all agreed that Mike’s daft idea should go ahead and that we were all committed to the fundraising and planning.As a 15-year-old I went on a North West Counties tour in 1993 and thought I had an idea about fundraising due to my own bucket collections and raffle ticket selling… how little did I actually know!So I declared myself the treasurer and the following morning booked three of us an appointment at the bank. I remember the look on Mully’s face when I gave my passport in and he found out my name was actually David!We quickly announced a dozen players and our first fundraiser was a weekend of bag packs at Safeway’s supermarket in the town centre. Supervising Scott Holland was a job in itself as he wore a suit of carrier bags and proceeded to drop a load of crusty baguettes on the floor.Then we had Paul Clough, whose first interest in hoarding money was revealed as he spent most of his shifts collecting all the buckets so he could collate and chat up the young check out girl by asking her to change the £1’s into notes. Just five years later that same Paul Clough was collecting a winner’s medal at Wembley!Amazingly, we got to our total by the summer of 2004 and 21 players and seven staff set off on what now proves to be a defining moment in the development of the Club’s junior pathway. We’ve effectively been fundraising ever since and have had some very sticky moments. The global financial meltdown in 2009 hit us really hard as the exchange rate plummeted to 1.4 dollars to the pound – it had been 2.4 in 2004.It’d be fair to say Mike had some sleepless nights that year as the target seemingly kept moving further away no matter how much we raised, and I can honestly say that the 2009 squad have packed more shopping than I ever will!Throughout the 13 years the biggest factor to the Tour’s success have undoubtedly been the staff. We have an amazing level of continuity with performance coaches and volunteers and it’s with great pride that the initial seven (Mike Rush, Neil Kilshaw, Gordon Pennington, Eric Chisnall, Eric Frodsham, Derek Traynor and Paul Molyneux) all remain involved at the club now, and six of those will be members of the 2015 touring party.In fundraising for so many tours the support of the local community has been a constant and without that backing we wouldn’t have made that first trip let alone six. We have developed a lasting legacy within British Rugby League and the professional leagues are littered with former tourists – staff as well as players.The club’s reputation as a leading force in the development of players is enhanced with every tour, and this has been recognised with our “outstanding” grading in the RFL’s annual accreditation for every year it has been held.In the last few weeks we have really intensified our on-field preparations as we know that the Australians lie in wait. The 2015 squad of 25 Saints are both excited and anxious about the challenges ahead of them, but we know from experience that they will change from “boys to men” before our very eyes.But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, firstly we have 22hrs of flying to negotiate…Mike Rush, Neil Kilshaw and Derek Traynor at Singapore Airport in 2004.The original seven staff!Paul Clough.last_img read more

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The Disciplinary Review Group which is comprised

first_imgThe Disciplinary Review Group, which is comprised of Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell, Wakefield Trinity Chairman Michael Carter, Oldham Chairman Chris Hamilton, former Hull FC Football Manager Motu Tony alongside Rugby Football League representatives, was launched in November 2016 to assess the current system and identify its strengths and weaknesses.The system was reviewed against best practise in other sport disciplinary proceedings and involved consultation with stakeholders, including a survey on topics such as Match Review Panel and Operational Rules Tribunal sent to club owners, chief executive officers, coaches, players, members of the media and supporters.Changes approved for 2018 onwards are as follows:Early Guilty Plea replaced by Penalty Notice for cases graded A-C. Match Review Panel to decide grade and consult player’s disciplinary record to ascertain what sanction will be handed down:No record showing two or more offences in last 24 months, including one in last 12 months; and no similar offence (as defined in the Sentencing Guidelines) at Grade C or above in last 24 months = penalty at lower end of range (for example – one match for Grade B)Two or more offences in last 24 months, including at least one in last 12 months; or similar offence at Grade C or above in last 24 months = penalty at higher end of range (for example – two matches for Grade B)Cases graded D-F, or where Match Review Panel deem it appropriate not to issue a Penalty Notice, will automatically be referred directly to the independent Operational Rules TribunalPlayers can challenge a Penalty Notice (A-C) – in which case the matter will be determined by the Operational Rules Tribunal. A refundable deposit of £500 for Super League players and £250 for all other players must be lodged when submitting a challenge. If challenge is successful, the deposit shall be returned. Challenges to a Penalty Notice can only be made on the following grounds:Guilt; orImproper Grading of the Offence by the PanelUnsuccessful challenges will result in a one-match increase in sanction where grounds for challenge considered unreasonable. If player is found not guilty then no sanction will be handed out. A successful grading challenge will lead to a sanction that would have been imposed for the revised Grade.Chair of the Disciplinary Review Group, Neil Hudgell, said: “We are very fortunate to be involved in a sport that regularly reviews its own processes seeking improvement and overall excellence.“It’s well documented that the On Field Disciplinary process has been much maligned, often unfairly, down the years. Working in a collegiate manner with the Governing Body and other stakeholders in the game, we have hopefully delivered a set of proposals that lead to improvements in the quality of decision making, consistency and understanding of the basis for those outcomes.”last_img read more

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Club Match St Helens Women

first_imgStory updated 02/02/19The Saints were rewarded for an impressive 36-0 win against local rivals Wigan Warriors in the quarter finals with another home tie in the last four, against holders Leeds Rhinos.The Rhinos underlined their determination to retain the trophy with an emphatic 74-0 win against Warrington Wolves of the Women’s Rugby League Championship.Castleford Tigers, who are having an outstanding season at the top of the Women’s Super League and attracted a record crowd of 1,492 for their 48-8 Challenge Cup quarter final victory over Bradford Bulls, have been drawn away at local rivals Wakefield Trinity.Both semi finals will be played on Sunday July 7, with one of them shown live on the RFL’s Our League platforms, with the winners earning places in the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27 – which will kick off a triple header also including the men’s Coral Challenge Cup semi finals (Hull FC v Warrington Wolves, and Halifax v St Helens).The semi final draw was conducted live on BBC Radio Leeds by two trailblazers in the development of the women’s game over the last two decades – Featherstone Rovers Ladies captain Andrea Dobson, who recently announced her retirement from representative rugby, and former referee Julia Lee.Coral Women’s Challenge Cup semi finalsSt Helens v Leeds Rhinos – Sunday 7th July, 12:30pm kick off.Wakefield Trinity v Castleford TigersTicket Prices:£3 for adults£1 juniors/concessionsFREE for members with a valid season ticket card.last_img read more

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CFCC forum gives Wilmington city council candidates one last talk before election

first_img “What jobs do you think can be brought to Wilmington,” asked CFCC student Zach Walton.Nine names are on the ballot to fill the three seats on Wilmington city council. Candidates had to tackle questions of growth, jobs, and housing in the final candidates forum at CFCC.“I think they’re definitely asking hard questions and it’s good to bring these questions to mind,” said UNCW student Eleanor Nesimoglu.“Even if it’s things that have to be handled at the state level. They’re still our voices even though they can’t do much about what’s going on with some things.”Related Article: Two men travel hundreds of miles to repair chainsaws in WilmingtonOne of those tough issues will be how candidates handle the water problems in our area.“GenX is clearly an issue that must be dealt with. What do you see the city council’s role in dealing with this issue,” asked student Gabe Savits.Candidates say that will be a constant conversation if elected or returning to council. Several did agree the water issues could bring more problems to bringing more green development to a growing Wilmington.“We need to fix the infrastructure we have and buildings we have and sometimes fix those up and make them greener and cleaner instead of build more buildings,” said Nesimoglu.The forum was hosted by the schools social and behavioral sciences department. The room though was filled with a diverse crowd of people from the community.Two incumbent candidates are seeking reelection. Regardless we will have a new council member after November 7th and that’s because current councilman Earl Sheridan decided to not run for reelection. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The polls are open around New Hanover county for local elections. On Tuesday, candidates for Wilmington city council had one last in person chance to talk issues and persuade voters in a candidates forum.Most of the major issues Wilmington neighbors are thinking about were addressed; from the ongoing opioid drug epidemic to what’s coming out of our faucets at home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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More candidates announce bid for Pender County Sheriff

first_imgJimmie Stokes and Lawrence Fennell (Photos: Contributed) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two more people have announced they plan to run for Sheriff of Pender County.Jimmie Stokes is a School Resource Office at Pender High School. According to a news release, Stokes has lived in Pender County since 1996.- Advertisement – His law enforcement career began in 2011.“It is with great pride that I have decided to run for Sheriff of Pender County. After much prayer, consultations with family and friends, and consideration for the people of Pender County, I believe it is time to pursue the best avenue to positively impact our society,” Stokes said in a news release. “As a current Deputy in Pender, I will continue to build upon the relationships that I establish each and every day.”He also talks about his attempt  to fight the opioid crisis.Related Article: Dems demand full Mueller report; Trump says OK with him“If given the opportunity to be your Sheriff I will work tirelessly to find new avenues to create positive relationships between the Sheriff’s Department and the community, working together with various agencies to eliminate the opiate crisis that plagues our neighborhoods, and creating a safe and welcoming society,” said Stokes.Lawrence Fennell, a Corporal with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, announced he intends to run as well.Fennell is a Pender County native and has worked with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department for the past 10 years.He also describes how he will fight the opioid crisis, which affected his family.“I have seen how our children have been affected by the drug epidemic sweeping our county. I know because even I am not immune from it. You see, my daughter is a victim of the drug trade so I know firsthand the pain mothers and fathers go through. I know the worry, the sleepless nights and the fear as we watch our love ones suffer,” Fennell said in a news release. “We will team together with neighboring law enforcement agencies to do all we can to ensure our deputies get the necessary training to further equip them to do their jobs and not only to save our kids but enable our deputies to go home to their kids and families as well.”Stokes and Fennell make the 6th and 7th candidates who plan to run for sheriff.They join Randy Burton, Joseph Cina, Jason Spivey, Chester Ward and Alan Cutler, who previously announced their intent to run for office.last_img read more

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Plans for Independence Mall reveal big changes

first_img The design features a mixed-use lifestyle center which will include a full-scale transformation of both the interior and exterior of the property.A portion of the interior will be removed accommodate a streetscape and exterior retail entrances. The Sears box will be demolished to make way for newly-constructed spaces that will house multiple retailers, and the addition of outparcel space and residential units.Mall officials are currently working with City officials on obtaining the necessary approvals and permits, and hope to begin construction later this year.Related Article: Flower farm damaged by Hurricane Florence busy prepping for Valentine’s Day“The property as it currently stands is significantly undervalued given it sits just seven miles from the Atlantic Ocean,” said Helen Lewis, General Manager of The Collection at Independence. “We feel our plan as designed will unlock the true value potential of the property and will be a tremendous growth driver for the community, as we have appropriately incorporated the wants and desires of the market with the demands and expectations of the category-leading retailers we are looking to attract. We are looking forward to working with the City to move forward our vision.”The Collection at Independence’s transformative plan entails sweeping changes for the property.According to the release, in addition to adding technological and aesthetic upgrades throughout the common areas, a portion of the center’s interior in the Sears wing will be removed to allow for the construction of a restaurant streetscape that will house multiple upscale dining and retail options and combine indoor-outdoor elements.The removal will also allow for exterior facing retail entrances.Additional details outlined in the plan include constructing outparcel space along the property’s North end to be leased to all types of retailers, adding residential units along the West end to help address the shortage of housing available in Wilmington, building space near JC Penney to accommodate a hotel and a medical office building, and incorporating green space to create an authentic village-like lifestyle just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.Given the extensive nature of the transformative plan, The Collection at Independence anticipates some of its current retailers will need to be relocated to accommodate the construction process.The property will remain open throughout the entire project.“Having been the General Manager of this property for over 23 years, I have never been more excited about the future of this property as I am today,” Lewis added. “The vision we outlined is unlike anything in the market and will ensure The Collection at Independence remains viable, relevant and an important fixture in this community for years to come.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Demolishing Sears, removing a portion of the mall’s interior, adding new homes, a hotel, and more green space are just few of the renovation plans in the works for Independence Mall.According to a news release, The Collection at Independence announced a transformative repurposing plan for the center. 1 of 2 – Advertisement – The Collection at Independence (Photo: Contributed)last_img read more

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