Month: July 2019

In confidential emails sent this afternoon Labour

first_imgIn confidential emails sent this afternoon, Labour HQ has advised local party secretaries not to accept motions on individual disciplinary cases.An email sent from the London regional director of the Labour Party to CLP secretaries notes that “there is a lot of interest in the party and the media about our internal systems in relation to individual disciplinary cases”.It goes on to quote advice from the office of general secretary Jennie Formby:“Please note that individual disciplinary cases that are being dealt with through the NEC disputes processes are confidential. Motions on individual cases are therefore not competent business for discussion at CLPs and will not be discussed by the NEC or any associated bodies.”The advice comes after Hackney North and Sheffield Hallam parties last week reacted to the suspension of backbench MP Chris Williamson by passing motions that condemned the decision and defended his comments on antisemitism.Tags:Labour /Jennie Formby /last_img read more

SF Mayor Breed dazzles kids at school bookreading

first_img“Hello everyone, I’m London Breed, and I’m your mayor,” Mayor London Breed said to an audience of around 100 middle and elementary school students in the Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 auditorium Thursday evening. “I am so excited to be here today, not only to read, but also to share how I became Mayor. Do you want know how I became mayor?” “Yes!” the children screamed.  “I studied hard, I read a lot of books, I listened to my teachers, I listened to my grandmother who raised me, and I worked very hard,” Breed told her youthful audience. Breed, who was sworn in as mayor less than two months ago, sat down and read Holly Anna’s Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend. As she read, she sometimes stopped to chat with the students, asking them about their pets (one kid had two hamsters, but one of them died) and whether anyone “had interest in writing a newspaper — it could be fun!” (She’s not wrong, but most said no). “She was inspiring people — like, if you want to be a mayor, you can be a mayor,” said Yeraldine, a fourth grader at the school, standing next to her mother. Yeraldine let it be known that she would not mind being mayor one day. “It seems really fun,” she said, “and you get to inspire people.” Sylvia Nickolopoulos, a fifth grader, was standing with her mother after the event. “I think she’s awesome,” Nickolopoulos said. “She really cool because she’s supporting affordable housing. Yeah, I like her.” She noted that Breed also inspired her to run for office. But she wasn’t so much interested in becoming mayor. “I go big or go home,” Sylvia said. “I’d go for president.” Monica Chinchilla, who is running for a San Francisco School Board seat — and who on Thursday received an endorsement from Breed — said that it’s positive for children to see a woman of color as mayor. “Representation reflection is important,” she said. “When our black and brown babies see someone who looks like them in leadership positions, it helps them to aspire to do that as well.” After signing autographs, taking photos and moving through a throng of children in the auditorium, Breed told Mission Local she had had a similar experience when she was a child. She admitted she was “difficult” as a child. In her early days at Ben Franklin Middle School, she talked back to her teachers, and they “took me out of class.” But, of all things, she found the school band. “Being a part of the Ben Franklin Middle School band meant you were somebody,” she said. “It really kept me out of a lot of trouble.” She and the band eventually got the opportunity to play at City Hall for then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, our mayor is a woman,’” Breed said, as she signed an autograph for a student. “It was the highlight of my childhood.” Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sup

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Super League XVIII Round 5 match at home to Leeds Rhinos.Paul Clough is named in the 19 for the first time this season whilst young centre Mark Percival is also called up.The squad is:2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Josh Jones, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 27. Anthony Walker. 30. Mark Percival.Brian McDermott will select his Leeds side from:3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Stevie Ward, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 19. Mitch Achurch, 21. Richard Moore, 25. Joe Vickery.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last five home meetings with Leeds. The Rhinos’ last away win against the Saints was 14-10 on 28 March, 2008, at Knowsley Road.Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in thirteen consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final.He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Last 10 Meetings:Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 42, Leeds 16 (SLR16, 3/6/11)Leeds 16, St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32, St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10) (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28, St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41, Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Leeds 18, St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18, St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)Super League Summary:St Helens won 27 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds won 23 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)Ups and Downs:St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)last_img read more

JAMES Roby has been selected in Englands 19man s

first_imgJAMES Roby has been selected in England’s 19-man squad for the first game of the 2016 First Utility Test Series with New Zealand at the KC Stadium, Hull, on Sunday.The hooker scored two tries in the 84-4 win over France last weekend – and Steve McNamara has opted to name an unchanged side.The squad is: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Mike Cooper, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.The three-game series against New Zealand starts at the KC Stadium, Hull on Sunday November 1 (5pm) moving on to The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Saturday November 7 (2.30pm). The series concludes at the DW Stadium, Wigan on Saturday November 14 (1pm).Elsewhere, Regan Grace (Wales) and Theo Fages (France) were selected for the European Championship match between the two sides at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday. Wales won 14-6.last_img read more

UPDATE Lumberton bank robbery suspects identified three now taken into custody

first_imgLumberton Police are asking for the publics help in locating robbery suspects Demetris Sean Robinson (left) and Daquan Pridgen (right) (Photo: FBI) LUMBERTON, NC (WWAY) — The FBI has taken a third suspect into custody related to the armed bank robbery that happened in Lumberton early last week.An FBI spokewoman tells WWAY 26 -year-old Daquan Pridgen was taken into custody at around 5:00 P.M. Sunday at the FBI office in Fayetteville and transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center.- Advertisement – Over the weekend, officials are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the remaining suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery on Tuesday.According to a release from FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch Saturday evening, Pridgen of Whiteville, and Demetris Sean Robinson, 26, of Whiteville were at large.The FBI informs WWAY  that Demetris Robinson is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. Call 911 is you see him or have information on his whereabouts.Related Article: 12 days later: Pender Co. deputy-involved shooting still under investigationRobinson, also known by the nickname “Boo Boo,” is 5’11” with gold teeth.The two men are wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon, and multiple counts of assault on law enforcement with a firearm.Two other suspects in the robbery have already been arrested. The SBI says investigatorsRashad Young (Left, Photo: Mobile Patrol) and Jeramie Vaughn (Right, Photo: Vinelink)arrested Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 29, of Whiteville. According to online records, he was booked into the Robeson County Detention Center a little after 6:30 a.m. Thursday.An FBI spokesperson said another suspect, Rashad Donavan Young, also of Whiteville, was arrested Thursday.They said the Lumberton Police Department charged Young with the following:1 count of Robbery with a dangerous weapon1 count conspiracy to Robbery with a dangerous weapon1 count of possession of firearm by convicted felon2 counts of 2nd degree kidnapping5 counts of assault on law enforcement officers with a firearm.Officials warn the public not to approach either suspect if they are seen, and instead call 911.last_img read more

Seahawks Dukes Set For Tuesday

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Sports) — UNCW’s Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball game against James Madison postponed last Thursday has been rescheduled for Tuesday at the JMU Convocation Center.The Seahawks and Dukes were slated to play on Thursday, Feb. 8, but the contest was postponed due to suspected and confirmed cases of mumps on the Harrisonburg, Va., campus. The decision to proceed with the game was made in consultation with health officials, the CAA and UNCW.- Advertisement – UNCW, which faced Hofstra in the annual Homecoming game Saturday night at Trask Coliseum, edged JMU, 71-68, in the first pairing between the two teams on Jan. 25 in Wilmington.last_img read more

Pender County teen charged with assaulting school employees

first_imgDurvell Walker (Photo: Onslow County Sheriff’s Office) HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (AP) — An Onslow County high school student has been charged with assaulting school employees.The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets 18-year-old Durvell Walker of Maple Hill was arrested Thursday and charged with crimes including assault on school employees and possession of a weapon on school property.- Advertisement – Sheriff’s Maj. Chris Thomas says Dixon High School officials suspected Walker had a weapon at school. When officials tried to search Walker’s bag, Thomas says the student swung a weight rack at Principal Steven Clarke and five other employees.He says a school resource officer used pepper spray to try to contain Walker. Authorities say he had a knife in his backpack.Walker was jailed on $9,000 bond, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.last_img read more

Reservations now open for paranormal tours at Poplar Grove

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Are you fascinated with the paranormal or curious to learn more? Poplar Grove Plantation is bringing back their popular Paranormal Tours this summer and reservations are filling up quickly.Between June and October, on the evenings of the full moon and new moon, enjoy a guided tour through the Manor House for possible paranormal activities. The plantation says deceased members of the Foy family household still make their presence known in particular rooms of the house, and there are lots of stories to share of how they have introduced themselves over the years.- Advertisement – Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation) Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation) 1 of 4 Cameras, cell phones, iPads and paranormal activity equipment are welcome.Director of Tourism, Felicia Green said the full moon tours have been so popular, this year, they added tours on new moon nights as well.Tour dates are: June 28, July 12, July 27, August 10, August 26, September 9, September 24 and October 24.Related Article: “Super blood wolf moon” will light up the night sky SundayTour times are at 8 p.m.; however, a 9 p.m. tour will be added if necessary. Tickets are $15 each and advanced reservations are required.To book reservations, click here.To learn more about Poplar Grove Plantation or to plan a daytime visit, click here. Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation) Poplar Grove Plantation is offering Paranormal Tours through the summer during full moons and new moons. (Photo: Poplar Grove Plantation)last_img read more

Conditions improving in Carolina Beach but no word on bridge reopening

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — It has been almost 10 Hours since the last update this morning and we have much more positive news.  The rain finally slowed about 10 am and allowed the storm water systems to catch up.  In Carolina Beach, we have seen additional properties gaining power back to their homes.  All roads have been cleared of debris, cable and phone lines, however several powerlines will still disrupt traffic.  The greatest challenges ahead for Carolina Beach remain the power supply, availability of potable water and the continued stormwater and tidal flooding in town.Unfortunately damage to any private property is concerning and we are working with Kure Beach to get our residents and businesses back to their properties as soon as it is safe for ALL residents of the Island.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant continues to be stressed due to the stormwater infiltration from the rain event – we are hopeful that the plant will catch up during the night and this is one of the many considerations for our return decision.- Advertisement – Both communities will meet at 7 am tomorrow morning to verify the status of power, sewer and water system issues and make a decision on re-entry.Communication Issues are improving.  With the restoration of power – both AT&T and Verizon systems are much better – not as good as we normally experience – but way better than we have been dealt with recently.  Town Offices will not be open tomorrow – as many of our personnel are still working on storm damage initiatives and many are on the other side of the high water from Wilmington with many of our residents reading this message.The Police Department continues to STRONGLY ENFORCE the curfew for the citizens who remained during the storm and will be augmented during the night by additional Law Enforcement personnel as needed.  With the restoration of power – the Emergency Team asks that all people please comply with this curfew – as our citizens that cannot currently return are expecting their property to be protected. There remain no reports of looting to law enforcement or emergency services in either Carolina or Kure Beach at this time and we fully expect none to occur with our augmented Law Enforcement presence.  PLEASE do not listen to rumors regarding this issue.Related Article: Duke Energy restoring power to remaining 26,000 customers after repairing nearly 1.8 million outages in CarolinasFOR THOSE WHO EVACUATED – travel is extremely hazardous and NOT RECOMMENDED.  The best way to identify available routes into the Wilmington area is to go the following NCDOT site . If you are within New Hanover County – stay where you are tonight – we will update you tomorrow morning after our 7am meeting with Kure Beach.  THE BRIDGE WILL NOT BE OPENED TONIGHT – Town leadership will be meeting with Kure Beach tomorrow morning at 7am to re-evaluate this decision.NOTE – there are extreme issues throughout the area regarding gasoline, power and food that you should review as you plan your return in the future.  DO NOT start the trip until you know that your route is safe and passable.   Additionally, with the supply issues that are occurring in the county, and the possible issues of re-supplying the area with cresting rivers on all major routes into the area, you should bring supplies for a significant period of time.  Do not count on the supplies at your home – as they may be compromised.  Remember that for Carolina Beach, you will need a 2018 Town Identification Card for Resident or proof of residence or ownership to get one at Masonboro Commons once the bridge is opened for resident return.For those who stayed – if you do not have supplies (food especially) for 2-3 days – you should begin conserving them as we may not have support on this issue.Stay safe and do not drive through any standing water – as this can be a deadly situation.  The entire Emergency Management Team wants you back to your property as soon as we can safely get you there – and we are working to rapidly resolve all remaining issues.last_img read more

Johnson refuses to comment on row with partner

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> REUTERS/Simon DawsonREUTERS/Simon Dawson The favourite to lead the Conservative Party Boris Johnson, is refusing to provide any answers on an argument with his partner yesterday, in which police responded.Speaking at a hustings event in Birmingham, Johnson responded to questions on it by saying people did not ‘want to hear’ about what happened.The UK newspaper the Guardian, Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, was overheard saying ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat.’According to the recording made of the argument, Johnson was not heeding Symond’s demand for him to leave her flat as well as telling her ‘get off’ his laptop. A loud noise of something crashing is then heard.The recording is understood to have come from a neighbor Mr Tom Penn, who captured the argument which took place in the early hours of Friday.  Following screams are numerous sounds of ‘slamming and banging.’Symonds who is understood to a former director of communications for the Conservative party, is reported to have accused Johnson of being spoiled and having no regard for money.Speaking to the Guardian, Penn said that once he had determined ‘no one was harmed,’ he felt compelled to contact the paper and share the recording. He said it was in the public interest.‘I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours. I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics,’ Penn said.Pressed for responseAt the hustings event, Johnson was asked a number of times for a response on the incident to which the MP dodged the question.After presenter Iain Dale accused Johnson of dodging, Johnson said that he was happy to be asked about what he wanted to do about the country.‘You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question,’ Dale said.A few more times followed with Johnson finally saying that he would not be commenting further on the subject.This was the first of 16 hustings in which the two remaining candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are hoping to replace former leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more