Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Joan Ryan has quit the Labour Party, joining the seven who left on Monday to form “The Independent Group”. The MP for Enfield North will now sit with them in parliament. In her resignation letter, Ryan made clear that antisemitism within the party was the chief reason for her decision, saying Labour had become “infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism”.The news last night was only surprising in that Ryan was not an original split plotter, but a “stay and fight” activist in the style of the Corbynsceptic group Labour First. Their message to all those unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is not to let the “hard left” take over completely. Ryan agreed with that in September, but it seems she has concluded that there’s no way back for her wing of the party now.Ryan had been locked in battle with Corbynites and local members for some time. She (narrowly) lost a local no-confidence vote last year – as did fellow splitters Gavin Shuker, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith and almost Luciana Berger. Some will say Ryan was likely to be deselected anyway, and these MPs are jumping before they were pushed.Labour has now lost both the Jewish Labour Movement chair and the Labour Friends of Israel chair. (More on the potential impact of that here.) There was a lot of sympathy among the grassroots for Luciana Berger and her complaints about the way Labour antisemitism has been handled, from the left too, especially as she was admired for her work and depth of knowledge on mental health issues. But Ryan, who described Team Corbyn as a “Stalinist clique” in her statement, won’t be getting that same reaction.The leadership has offered mixed responses to the events. John McDonnell promised a “listening exercise” following the resignations but Labour has also just announced that it will consult on allowing constituents to recall their MPs if they switch parties. Obviously the party wants to boost its ranks via by-elections in the splitters’ seats, and Labour activists want that too. But the fighting talk means other anti-Corbyn MPs with Corbynite local memberships and slim majorities could be further encouraged to quit.The most interesting news today is expected to come at 11am, when three Tories – Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston – may quit the Conservative Party over Brexit. This could actually bring down the government. If a handful of Tories leave, Labour can call another vote of no confidence. Although the Labour splitters have made clear they’d rather have Theresa May in No10 than Corbyn, there would be pressure on “The Independent Group” MPs to vote against the government on that motion. And aside from longer-term consequences, to see those Tory MPs physically cross the floor and sit on the opposition benches would be quite a sight at PMQs today.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Joan Ryan /The Independent Group /last_img read more

OurSaintsTHERE has never been a more exciting tim

first_img#OurSaintsTHERE has never been a more exciting time to be a Saints Season Ticket Holder.Super League is evolving… 2015 will see new and exciting changes to the League’s structure, reducing the number of competing teams to 12 and completely refreshing and intensifying the Play-off system.This will mean that every game and every minute truly matters and in a more competitive and high quality league. With these welcome changes, securing a high league position throughout the season is now more crucial than ever with only the top four teams ultimately qualifying for the Play-off semi-finals after all league games are completed.The bottom four teams will then join the top eight teams of the Championship to battle it out for their place in Super League for the 2016 season.As a club, we wholeheartedly welcome these improvements to our game and will, as ever, strive to finish top of the pile in Super League to secure our position in the Play-offs.We want the Town to be proud of Our Club and Our Game.This means that your Season Ticket for 2015 is even better value with more big games and more meaningful matches.As a Club, we have so much to be proud of…OUR STADIUMThe best rugby league stadium in the countryOUR PLAYERSA core of young British talentOUR HERITAGESteeped in honours and legendsOUR SUCCESSStill the most successful club in the Super League eraOUR BADGEA badge to wear with pride.And most importantly…YOU OUR FANSTo view all details of prices, Direct Debit options, a full explanation of the new league structure and links to buy online click here.Five Year Season Ticket Holders will have their season ticket automatically renewed and they can collect their tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park from September 30.last_img read more

SAINTS travel to Wigan this afternoon in a Round 9

first_imgSAINTS travel to Wigan this afternoon in a Round 9 Betfred Super League clash.The game kicks off at 12:15pm and you can follow it live with us.For all the very latest from the match log on to our Official Match Centre.You can interact with like-minded fans across the globe at our Official Facebook Page and don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter.#saintsasonelast_img

First Team Match

first_imgJames Bentley returns to the squad for the first time since featuring in the win over Catalans at the Totally Wicked Stadium back in April. He comes in for captain James Roby who drops out with a minor niggle.Aaron Smith therefore retains his place in the squad and Danny Richardson is the other absentee, replaced by the versatile Jack Welsby.Mark Percival, Luke Thompson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook have been out for a few weeks and Holbrook has revealed all three are on track with their injury recovery. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————St.Helens 19 man squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote 24. Matty Costello, 29. Jack Welsby.Salford 19 man squad:Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Rob Lui, Lee Mossop, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Logan Tomkins, Dan Murray, Derrell Olpherts, Ken Sio, Krisnan Inu, Pauli Pauli, Jackson Hastings.Next up for Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium is a Heaven vs Hell clash with Salford Red Devils on Friday May 17th with a 7:45pm kick off. You can buy tickets for the game online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Validated gang member pleads guilty to Campus Edge Apartments shooting

first_img On June 6, 2017, a 911 call came in just before 2 a.m. about a man suffering a gunshot wound at Campus Edge Apartment complex near UNC-Wilmington. The victim, who was standing in the parking lot, was shot in the leg.Law enforcement was able to develop evidence that Jenkins, who was wearing an ankle monitor while on probation for a previous assault, was in the area at the time of the shooting. He was arrested on Dock Street on June 21, 2017, and the victim identified Jenkins as the man who shot him. Officials say Jenkins is a validated gang member and has previous convictions for Assault on a Government Official, Driving While Impaired, Sell/Deliver Heroin, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. Antonio Devon Jenkins (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend the next few years in jail after shooting a man at Campus Edge Apartments near UNCW last June.Antonio Devon Jenkins pleaded guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury in New Hanover County Superior Court Wednesday. Jenkins was sentenced to at least 3 1/2 years in jail.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Coast Guard local agencies hold Safety Day in Oak Island

first_imgA member of the U.S. Coast Guard talks to a man at Safety Day in Oak Island (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The United States Coast Guard invited the community to come out to Oak Island to see how they and other local agencies keep us safe every day.Local police and fire departments, water rescue teams, emergency services and more were on hand at the Coast Guard station for Saturday’s event.- Advertisement – It was also a good opportunity for local agencies to interact before a major weather event or other situation when they would need to collaborate.Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Roberts says he hopes the public knows they are protected.“We responded last year, well two years ago, to Hurricane Matthew,” Roberts said. “We have potential for bigger hurricanes coming this year, situations like they dealt with in south Florida or Texas or Puerto Rico. For them to see that we are ready to respond to this, we have a lot of different assets available that the public don’t usually see.”Related Article: Swimming advisory lifted for most of Brunswick CountyWith summer right around the corner, Roberts hopes the community takes the proper precautions when having fun out on the water.last_img read more

Teachers learn how to identify deal with mental health issues in students

first_img In Brunswick County, part of that is being on the lookout for mental health issues. The first step toward recognizing those issues came at Friday’s youth mental health first aid class for teachers.“The training is designed to help any individual, whether you have mental health background or not, identify warning signs that something is going on that may be atypical than the common adolescent development,” school counselor specialist Meredith Lloyd said.Lloyd was responsible for securing a grant to make the training free for all the teachers. She says as more teachers take part, the district will be better equipped to deal with mental health problems.Related Article: Elementary students participate in beach sweep at Wrightsville Beach“There is a gap between the time people start to exhibit signs and symptoms versus when they’re actually diagnosed,” Lloyd said. “The more people you have with an awareness of the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or to something that’s atypical, the outcome is definitely going to be more positive.”Grazioso says she’ll take what she learned back with her into the classroom.“I want to be available and equipped, I guess, to meet my students’ needs and not just academic needs. You can’t teach them if they’re in inner turmoil,” Grazioso said.Brunswick County Schools hold six to ten of these youth mental health first aid classes per year. The school system is also making the class part of new teacher induction every fall. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — During the school year, teachers can spend more time with students than their parents do.“Their parents trust us as a school system and trust me as a teacher to teach the whole child, to encourage the whole child, to nurture the whole child,” Belville Elementary 5th grade teacher Shari Grazioso said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Boys Choir presents Voices of Valor

first_img The boys in the choir are between the ages of 6 and 13 and come from varied backgrounds.  The choir strives to instill principles of integrity, character, achievement and a strong work ethic in it’s members.  It was founded in 1984 and has sung at places as diverse as Biltmore House and Westminster Abbey.The concert Friday kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer at the Hannah Block Historic USO Building in downtown Wilmington.  The concert follows the brief party.You can get tickets by clicking here. 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) — The Wilmington Boys Choir is singing patriotic songs at it’s ‘Voices of Valor’ concert Friday.Director Ronnie Wise says the boys have been working hard on old-fashioned Americana songs and songs with patriotic themes and they are “very excited to share them with the public.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

GOP candidate says he made decision to hire ballot operative

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The GOP candidate in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said in an interview aired Friday that it was his decision to hire an operative who is now a person of interest in an investigation into how absentee ballots were handled.Republican Mark Harris confirmed in an interview with WBTV in Charlotte that he hired McCrae Dowless for his campaign, but added he had no idea Dowless was doing anything wrong.- Advertisement – “He was being vouched for by a number of leaders down there,” Harris said. “I had no reason to think that what he was doing was illegal.”Harris said Dowless was referred to him by a judge after a 9th District primary in 2016 when Harris finished third to a candidate who had used Dowless to help his own campaign. He said the judge told him if he chose to run again, the two would be introduced.According to Harris, Dowless told him there was an absentee ballot program as well as a get-out-the-vote program he ran. Harris said Dowless told him he hired people who canvassed neighborhoods trying to encourage people to get involved by filling out an absentee ballot request form. They would return that form to the board of elections, he said.Related Article: Emergency Exit: Mark Harris trips alarm trying to evade reporters in CharlotteThe local elections board would mail the absentee ballot to the address and Dowless would have two people follow up once the ballots arrived, Harris said in describing the process. Those workers would knock on the door and offer assistance with the ballot, including witnessing the ballot, he said.“I remember him saying specifically that they were not to take a ballot.” Harris said in the interview. “They were not to touch a ballot.”The state elections board has declined to certify the 9th District results this year in light of mail-in absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County and other issues in Robeson County.Unofficial returns show Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The board was scheduled to meet on the matter on Dec. 21, but announced Friday that the evidentiary hearing would be held on Jan 11, 2019.Harris said the wait to settle the race is frustrating, but he said he hopes his campaign is exonerated.“My hope is that McCrae hasn’t done anything wrong,” Harris said. “I’m waiting for the investigators to make that clear. That’s all we can do.”last_img read more

Maltese MEPs emissions regulation gets goahead

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The MEP was present for the signing of the agreement by the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and Minister George Ciamba, President in office of the Council of the EU.It is understood that this new law will be part of the existing Clean Mobility Package and will contribute to wider targets ratified under the Paris Agreement against climate change.In addition to encouraging the car manufacturing industry to invest more in green vehicle technologies, it is also intended that the regulation will also help improve the environment and be beneficial to European citizen’s health and their pockets when purchasing new vehicles.WhatsAppcenter_img A majority of MEPs have today voted to support of a new regulation introducing curbs on CO2 emissions on road transport emissions.The informal agreement states the level of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles like truck and lorries will need to lowered by 30% by 2030.  An initial reduction target of 15% is already expected for 2025.This is understood to be the first type of EU level regulation that has been support by the Parliament on rising road transport emissions.  By the 2025 target, vehicle manufacturers are also expected to ensure that around 2% of their new fleet are made up of zero and low emission vehicles.On the European level, it is understood that by 2022, the European Commission will also need to put forward a new set of post-2030 targets. These will need to be in accordance with the Paris Agreement.It is understood that heavy transport vehicles account for just over a quarter of the total road transport CO2 emissions (27%) and around 5% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions, according to 2016 data.Read more:Watch: ‘You need to listen to us’ – Thunberg to Dalli‘Maltese embracing clean mobility technology’ – Miriam Dalli“Lack of action along the last decades” – Miriam DalliWatch: ‘People don’t need to get rid of their cars’ – Miriam DalliEnvironmental and health benefits, more innovationMEP Miriam Dalli has been the lead negotiator on the new regulation and she explained that now after 18 months of work, the new law will see a major reduction of 37% on CO2 emissions on passenger cars.The next stage is for the EU Council to formally approve the text of the regulation and it will duly be implemented across the European Union in January 2020.Dalli explained that, ‘The signing was the last step resulting in a law that reduces road transport emissions in all EU Member States, including Malta. I have no words to describe the satisfaction felt today when I know that, I departed from a situation facing a lot of resistance and today this law enjoys the strong backing of both the European Parliament and Member States,” Dr Dalli said in reaction to the signing.last_img read more