A disabled woman died in a house fire despite her

first_imgA disabled woman died in a house fire, despite her family repeatedly warning the authorities about the risks caused by a care package which left her with no support for two hours every day, a safeguarding review has concluded.Amanda Richards (pictured) was only given a 22-hour care package after moving from residential care into her own bungalow in 2006.But social services and health agencies in Coventry knew the mother-of-two was a smoker, that a progressive, degenerative condition meant her mobility, memory and speech were slowly deteriorating, and that she also had poor “hand to mouth coordination”.Now a serious incident review has concluded that these factors “put her at risk, especially from fire, during the two hour unsupervised period when she was smoking”.She died in an intense fire in December 2013 which “took hold rapidly” while she was alone in her bungalow, and was probably caused by a dropped cigarette, match or lighter.The review also concluded that her “lack of mobility significantly affected her ability to react to or escape from the fire”.But the report’s authors said they could not conclude that she would definitely have survived if there had been a care worker with her, although there had been no attempt to “assess the advisability of leaving [her] unsupervised for a two hour period”.The review concluded: “Risk relating to fire associated with her smoking while unsupervised was not sufficiently explored in the assessments or care plan, despite acknowledgement of [her] lack of awareness of hazards coupled with knowledge of her smoking habit and her difficulties in coordination and dropping items.”A report in 2007 had concluded that Richards needed “additional support in making everyday decisions and has apparently little insight into her difficulties”, but it was not shared with all the agencies involved in her care.Another opportunity to assess her needs – and the risks she faced – was missed four years later, when the health component of her care funding was withdrawn.Julie Moseley, who also lives in Coventry, has a progressive condition and is a smoker, said the case was “appalling” and “totally depressing”.She said: “I could well be in a similar position in a few years. I do tend to drop cigarettes myself. I do smoke outdoors or in the kitchen but when my mobility is limited that might not be so easy.“I have been trying to imagine myself in that situation and it is an absolutely horrible way to die for the want of two hours care.“Given that she already had 22 hours care, it seems ridiculous that she could have been alive if they hadn’t saved just 10 per cent of her budget.“I increasingly feel that I do not want to live in a society that puts the whims of the rich over the needs of the vulnerable, and demonises the needy.”Moseley also claimed that research showed smoking could be effective self-medication for people with neurological conditions.Eleanor Lisney, a disabled activist from Coventry, and a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said the case had made her “very sad and angry”.She said: “Coventry has a Labour council but they had not voted against cuts – and Amanda Richards is one of their victims.”She said that Richards was not Coventry’s only victim of austerity cuts, and pointed to the deaths of Mark and Helen Mullins.Mullins was also not assessed properly by social services, claimed Lisney, and she added: “That was in 2011, and things have not got better. I suspect that they will get much worse.”Despite repeated requests by Disability News Service, neither Coventry City Council nor Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CRCCG) have been willing to answer key questions about the Amanda Richards case.Meanwhile, the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report for England has found that, in the year to 31 May 2015, one in 10 adult social care services that received a rating were judged to be “inadequate” for safety, with another third requiring improvement.And more than four out of 10 adult social care services inspected by CQC were rated as inadequate or “requiring improvement”, with just one per cent viewed as “outstanding”.Only 17 per cent of adult social care services were inspected and rated by CQC during the year.The report concludes: “The adult social care sector is under pressure and there are issues around the sustainability of provision, due to the increasing complexity of people’s care needs, significant cuts to local authority budgets, increasing costs, high vacancy rates, and pressure from local commissioners to keep fees as low as possible.”last_img read more

Generous Prolific Loco – Stencil Artist Michael Roman Dies at 60

first_imgIn art and in life, Michael Roman was a man of many layers, colorful visions and haunting complexities.The stencil artist and silkscreen printmaker, best known for layered prints depicting cultural and political icons, died on Monday, succumbing to severe health complications. He was 60 years old. Three months ago, Roman was out to see a movie with his partner of six years, Kate Rosenberger, when he suddenly began heaving and panting heavily.The movie date ended with a three-week hospital stay for Roman, said Rosenberger. It was then that doctors discovered lesions on his brain, that two of his heart valves had stopped functioning, and that a “massive tumor” had taken hold of his right kidney, she said. Roman, who was also suffering from Hepatitis B and diabetes, was told that liquid had accumulated in his heart. This would have complicated a life-saving open-heart surgery, making it unlikely he would survive.“He did not want to die,” said Rosenberger. “The surgeon did not want to operate on him. It was weeks of back and forth.”Sick of being “poked and prodded,” Roman eventually requested to “die at home.” Rosenberger took the artist into her care.“It was a life or death decision,” she said. “It was hard.”Roman died the morning after Christmas, in Rosenberger’s arms.Remembering Michael RomanAlthough news of Roman’s deteriorating health had spread quickly throughout the Mission’s art community, his sudden death shocked many.“We were trying to raise money to pay for his rent while he was in the hospital,” said Cindy DeLosa, an artist with Precita Eyes, a community art and mural organization where Roman would often sell his work.Less than a month ago, Roman’s community created a GoFundMe campaign to help the struggling artist pay for his studio at 16th and Capp streets. “Who knew it would be fatal?” DeLosa said.Those close to him remembered Roman as a tortured genius whose unrelenting generosity was often at odds with his fluctuating moods.“Michael was on some days very quiet and at other times very vivacious,” said Denise Gonzalez, owner of Luz de Luna at 3182 24th St., where Roman sold his work. “So many times he would get upset in the morning, but then I’d see him in the afternoon and he was full of life.” DeLosa said she jokingly referred to Roman as “tripolar.”  “He was sweet and absolutely crazy,” she said. “He was a simple man with simple pleasures, but also really complex and multilayered,” said Rosenberger. The two had met outside of Dog Eared Books at 900 Valencia, which Rosenberger runs. Roman was stenciling on the sidewalk in front of the store, and the bookstore owner said she was immediately smitten.“I couldn’t believe such an interesting man existed in the universe,” she said. “He would tell you the most startlingly perceptive thing about any situation.”And his art, too, “was not of this world,” she added.Roman’s edgy, colorful, and imaginative art often linked modern life to culture and tradition, and is in the permanent collection of the New York Textile Museum and San Francisco’s Mexican Museum, as well as in private collections.Inspired by frequent trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, DeLosa described Roman’s unique flair as “Latino wildstyle.” “His art, his way of thinking, is absolutely unique,” said DeLosa. “He was into Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Coltrane. He had a little ‘Latin soul’ thing going on.”Mission community leader Roberto Hernandez called Roman’s style and life “the incredible loco.”“He was a  genius – artistically he’s one of a kind,” said Hernandez. “He could never stay still. It was that constant fast pace that he lived.”Michael Roman. Photo courtesy of Linda WilsonBlending Tradition with Pop CultureRoman, a Mexican American, was a Los Angeles native who became entrenched in New York City’s vibrant art scene after moving there in the ’80s.Working as a bike messenger, Roman delivered transparencies to Andy Warhol’s factory, and soon made a name for himself as a stencil graffiti artist tagging subway trains with the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.Roman’s art bled into fashion when he began designing his now-famous long-sleeve shirts, imprinted with pre-Hispanic motifs and traditional patterns. Roman helped outfit rock icons such as Keith Richards and The Ramones. “He leaned a lot on African and Aztec images and later incorporated artistic icons like Frida [Kahlo] and Che [Guevera]. He had a romance with both of them,” said Hernandez.Big-name celebrities soon took note. Madonna enlisted Roman to design props for the set of her 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan.  But with Roman’s growing popularity came drug abuse.“He had his demons alcohol and drugs. That’s why he was so loco,” said Hernandez. “That experimenting with drugs, it gives you vision, to connect beyond the earthly with the universe, and then come back to do your art.”Roman’s move to San Francisco helped him to conquer his vices and is in part credited to a longstanding friendship with local music legend Carlos Santana, who commissioned Roman to design the cover of his 1993 album Milagro, and hired him to teach his craft at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.There, Roman taught silkscreen printing for almost a decade, inspiring many local artists, including Calixto Robles and Juan Fuentes. It was through his work at the cultural center that Roman found some stability, said Hernandez. “As long as I knew Michael, he was a gypsy,” said Hernandez. “He hopped from place to place.  He was homeless. At the MCCLA, he had a home there, a place to do his art.” Roman was a starving artist for the entirety of his life, because he didn’t “give a rat’s ass about money,” said Rosenberger. “He gave away a lot of art for free. People ripped off his designs,” she said. “He didn’t care about that stuff. The man was his art and the art was the man. He lived in a different realm.”Roman was notorious for his generosity, often gifting the shirts and prints he made to both friends and strangers. “I’d pack him two lunches, because I knew he’d give at least one of them away,” said Rosenberger. “I honored that about him.”Mabel Jimenez, photo editor for the Mission-based newspaper El Tecolote, said she knew Roman from around the neighborhood, where he could often be seen selling his prints outside of a frame store on Valencia Street or printing his stencils on sidewalks.“He was always very nice to me and gifted me two great pieces when I told him I had moved to a new apartment,” said Jimenez.Altars commemorating Roman appeared in the windows of book and art stores along 24th Street this week. His influence and the reverence of his community was made visible by the artists, merchants and fans who wore his signature printed shirts with pride days after his death.“This shirt I have on – I wear them all the time anyway. This is my normal uniform. I have about 20 of them,” said DeLosa. “There will never be any work like his again.”A memorial will be held for Michael Roman at the St. John Coltrane Church, located at 2091 Turk St., on February 17 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Community members are invited to contribute to an altar that has been constructed in honor of Roman in the window of Alley Cat Bookstore, at 3036 24th St. 0%center_img Tags: obituary Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

first_img Tags: development • housing • Mission Economic Development Agency • San Francisco Planning Department Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% All it takes to delay an affordable housing project in San Francisco is $578 and filling out a simple form.Take the case of the affordable housing project at 2060-2070 Folsom Street, where one neighbor’s list of complaints – including one about sewage and flooding – could stall the project for as long as six months. Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki, a neighbor of the project, recently paid $578 to file a request for a discretionary review of the 127-unit, nine-story project. The Plannign Commission approved the project in July 2016 – some thought, finally – after a multi-year process that included multiple changes including making it taller.No matter. Miyasaki’s form, filed on Feb. 8, triggers a new hearing of the seven-member commission. 0%center_img Miyasaki, who writes in the request that she only learned of the project a month ago, fears that a new eight-story building is too high and would exacerbate sewer overflows in a neighborhood that has long experienced flooding. Like others who attended many public hearings, she also cites a lack of parking and an expected increase in crime as issues. She also suggested that the project should be built on bedrock, unusual and expensive for buildings of this height.This kind of request, though not uncommon, is frustrating for developers, especially nonprofit developers. “Every time they file one of these things, it puts the entire project in jeopardy, because the funding structure nationally, at the state level and locally is just so precarious right now,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit not involved with the project in question. “When you file this you are literally filing against affordable housing for homeless families. You are saying, nope, I don’t want that.Reviews like this cause delays. Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards said that construction cannot go forward until a review is finished. He estimated that given the current backlog of cases, it could take between four and six months for the case to be heard. After that hearing, the decision could still be appealed, adding even more time.The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), one of the two nonprofits developing the building, has itself filed reviews of this kind. A hearing on its discretionary review request for a project at 1900 Mission Street at 15th Street will take place at the Planning Commission on Thursday. But it’s different when the project under scrutiny is a market-rate project, an organizer with MEDA argues.“I think that there are some fundamental differences,” said Peter Papadopoulos, a consultant on MEDA’s discretionary review request of the 15th and Mission project. “High end housing is by its nature destabilizing to the working class on a neighborhood level.”Securing a public hearing for a project — 1900 Mission had not been required to go before the Planning Commission previously — is worth a short delay, Papadopoulos said.“While it’s true that more housing helps on a regional level by a very small amount, we have to be very careful about the immediate neighborhood impact of high end housing,” he said.It is unclear if the concerns about 2060 Folsom Street will be found to have any merit – Richards called the request a “long shot.”  Miyasaki at first agreed to an interview, but did not answer at the appointed time. Subsequent calls also went unanswered.Miyasaki suggested in her request that the building be put on hold until the city can address the area’s recurring problem with sewer backflow and flooding during heavy rains.“Projects of this size should be postponed from the Folsom 14th through 18th street neighborhood until the city renovates existing 100 year old combined storm-sewage sewer system to eliminate flooding,” wrote Miyasaki, who lives on Folsom near 16th street.MEDA says its designs take the sewage situation at 17th Street into account. “In terms of design, we tried our very best to work with geography, and we as the ultimate owner don’t want these maintenance problems either,” Yee said. Miyasaki’s filing, however, seems to worry more about additional sewage. Neither sewage nor potential runoff from the building seemed to concern city utility officials. Idil Bereket, a spokesperson for the utility, said wastewater from homes and businesses only makes up about 1 percent of total flow in the sewer system during the intense storms that tend to cause overflows. In fact, wastewater in the sewer system on dry days has dropped about 25 percent in the last thirty years or so despite the addition of new housing. “A more important factor is the contribution of stormwater coming from large impervious areas such as parking lots,” Bereket wrote. At present, the lot is transitioning away from a parking lot to housing. The building will also be required to manage stormwater on-site per a 2010 city ordinance, using methods like green roofs, permeable pavement, rainwater harvesting, and rain gardens. Plans for flood prevention in the building also include raising the threshold of the ground floor two feet to avoid water intrusion, Yee said. Beyond that, it’s a citywide topographical and infrastructure issue.“It’s unfortunate that this is the [topographical] low point where the sewage goes, and it’s not only this project that is going to be contributing to that,” said Elaine Yee, senior project manager for MEDA’s community real estate program. The question, she said, is for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission: “When will you be able to get this work started and get that problem fixed?”In 2015, utilities staff answered that question. The staff told community members that there were three solutions, costing between $110 and $800 million which and would take a minimum of five to nine years to implement. Yee pointed to the city’s housing crisis and noted that projects can’t wait for such a fix, they can only incorporate good design to mitigate against flooding.  “We sure can’t just wait for 15-20 years until the SFPUC fixes the problem before we build this building, because we do know there’s a dire need for housing in this area,” she said.Miyasaki’s other major concern was the lack of parking. Zoning, however, does not require parking in the building and the developers have no plans to install it, in part because of the sewer issue – an underground parking garage would get flooded.This story has been updated with a reference to one of MEDA’s own discretionary review requests. It has also been updated to clarify that Mission Housing Development Corporation is not involved in the development of 2060 Folsom Street. last_img read more

Evergreen Markets building at 2539 Mission is for sale

first_imgChanges are afoot on the 2500 block of Mission between 21st and 22nd. In recent years it has become a nightlife destination with Foreign Cinema, El Techo, and the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater drawing crowds on weekends. The Vida SF apartments rose in 2015, and a nine-story project has been proposed on the corner of 22nd and Mission. And the former Cine Latino theater, which was illegally stripped of its facade and is now a mass of steel bars, will become something, eventually. Maybe.An adjoining parking lot behind the building at 636 Capp St. is being offered by Ly Quoc Quang along with the building for an additional $2.5 million. The building owner could not be reached for comment. You can find many a deal at the Evergreen Market at 2539 Mission Street — but buying the building? That’s gonna cost you. The building that houses the decades-old bodega is being sold by owner Ly Quoc Quang for $3.5 million, spelling the inevitable closure of the market. “We’re still in business anyway,” said Jeffrey Lee, the owner of the market. “We won’t be closed for a while.” No definitive timeframe has been set, said Lee, who claims he opened the market “25 to 30” years ago at the location. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS FINALISE FUNDING PACKAGE AHEAD OF STADIUM H

first_imgSAINTS FINALISE FUNDING PACKAGE AHEAD OF STADIUM HANDOVERST. Helens R.F.C. have put in place a £3million convertible bond and a £3million private debt facility ahead of the completion of the purchase of the new stadium, scheduled by the end of this month. They have also converted £850,000 in existing directors’ loans into new shares.Chairman Eamonn McManus stated that £3.3m would be used as payment of the final instalment of the purchase consideration for the 999 year lease of the new stadium (and stamp duty payable on it), £2million on the fit out cost of the stadium and the balance as working capital.The Club is directly responsible for the cost of the fit out and other works on the new stadium such as kitchens, bars, kiosks, shop and furniture, additional to the purchase of the stadium in its present form.They have appointed local company, Paragon Construction, to carry out these additional works, which will be completed in readiness for the new season.McManus added that this final financing package was a remarkable achievement in the current financial climate and a reflection of the commitment of the board of directors to the Club.He added: “The funding will facilitate a transformation in the Club’s balance sheet and financial position. The value of the new stadium will significantly strengthen the asset value of the business and put us in a strong position in terms of prospective profitability after the very difficult commercial environment which we historically experienced at Knowsley Road and, more recently, at Widnes.“We intend to refinance further in the medium term by way of conversion of the existing convertible facility into new shares and/or a further private placement of new shares.“Any residual balance would be funded by way of debt, but we aim to minimise this whereby it is readily serviced and paid down from the operations of the new stadium.“The Club currently has no bank debt. The shareholders’ funds of the Club will be significantly strengthened in the year ahead and the Club placed on a very strong financial footing for the future. Most importantly, it facilitates the completion and opening of the best purpose built rugby stadium, of either code, in the country.“This will be a massive boost for the Club, the town, and the game of rugby league. We have every right to be proud of our achievements.”McManus paid particular thanks to fellow director Mike Coleman, who has supported this interim financing.He stated: “I am particularly thankful to my colleague Mike Coleman. Mike was born and educated in St. Helens and is a devoted and lifelong Saints fan. He has been resident in Singapore for nearly 30 years and is a highly successful and respected commodities hedge fund manager.“He is committed to the Club and we are fortunate indeed to have such a supportive director who has been instrumental in making the final important stages of this 10 year project work.”last_img read more

SAINTS eased to a 5418 win over Widnes Vikings U2

first_imgSAINTS eased to a 54-18 win over Widnes Vikings U20s, writes Graham Henthorne.Jayden Sandford opened the scoring taking Mark Percival’s pass to slide in at the corner punishing a Viking error.Joe Greenwood continued his push for First team rugby scoring twice in as many minutes both courtesy of passes from his Oldham compatriot Danny Yates. The first saw him crash over the line from short range and the second from a well worked scrum move after the Vikings restart had gone out on the full.Alex Trumper got the fourth try to keep up the point a minute scoring as he stretched over the line.The Vikings got back into it as poor tackling down the middle allowed them to score twice with the resultant boost to the confidence that always follows.A Gaskell break on the stroke of half time gave Yates the easiest of tries as he followed his half back partner to the posts.Despite a polite reminder from the coaching staff at the interval to tighten up the tackling the Saints let the visitors in again on their first possession of the half, although there was a suspicion of a knock on.A classic dummy and hand off saw Lee Gaskell stretch the lead again but it was 20 minutes of mediocrity before anything else of note happened.A drive and quick play the ball from Ant Walker gave Percival the chance to put his other winger James Hill in at the left corner and Ian Cross was first to pounce on a fumbled cross kick from Gaskell for the eighth try of the night.The Vikings scored a consolation before sub Aaron McCloskey rounded off the scoring with his first try in the red vee at the whistle.Match Summary:St Helens U20s:Tries: Jayden Sandford, Ian Cross, James Hill, Lee Gaskell, Danny Yates, Alex Trumper, Joe Greenwood 2, Aaron McCloskey.Goals: Jamie Foster 9.Widnes U20s:Tries: Dec Hulme, Mick Donoghue, Ben Davies, Liam Thompson .Goals: Jack Owens.Half Time: 30-6 Full Time: 54-18Teams:St Helens U20s:1. Jamie Foster; 2. Jayden Sandford, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Ian Cross, 5. James Hill; 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Anthony Walker, 17. Alex Trumper, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 16. James Tilley, 11. Aaron McCloskey, 15. Joe Bate.Widnes U20s Team:1. Jack Owens; 5. Mick Donoghue, 4. Owen Livesey, 3. Dec Hulme, 2. Kieran Butterworth; 6. Chris Atkin, 7. Grant Gore; 8. Ben Davies, 9. Evan Simons, 10. Alex Gerrard, 11. Josh Crowley, 12. Scott Cullen, 13. Brad Davies. Subs: 14. Sam Singleton, 15. Matty Norton, 16. Liam Thompson, 17. Ryan Stokes.last_img read more

SAINTS captain Jon Wilkin has put pen to paper on

first_imgSAINTS captain Jon Wilkin has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension.The 31-year-old’s new deal will see him remain with the Champions until the end of season 2016.“This club has been an important part of my life and it is a natural thing for me to extend my contract,” he said. “I am pleased the club wanted me to do the same.“I have had some of the best memories of my life here and I’m looking forward to continuing that for the next couple of seasons.“Being captain is a role I am proud of. My remit is to now highlight and bring through some of the next leaders at the club.“That can come from players at the early stages or their career, those in their mid or those towards the latter stages. Leadership might not be something they are accustomed to and I am looking forward to developing that.”Wilkin joined Saints in 2002 from Hull KR and has become an integral part of the club’s success.He has played 310 times for the club, scoring 86 tries and kicking two drop goals.Wilkin has also made 22 representative appearances and captained England against the Exiles in 2012.At Saints he has been part of squad that has won 12 trophies.Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “It’s great news for the entire club that Jon has extended for a further season.“As well as a proven player at the highest levels, he is a natural leader and great ambassador. Given the youthful make up of our squad, it’s critical that we have a highly respected, experienced and versatile captain, and Jon is certainly that.“He’s absolutely committed to the cause and we have a lot to look forward to under his continued leadership.”last_img read more

KYLE Amor Joe Greenwood Jonny Lomax Mark Perciv

first_imgKYLE Amor, Joe Greenwood, Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival, James Roby and Matty Smith have all been named in England 31-man Elite Squad.As part of England’s preparations ahead of this year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, head coach Wayne Bennett has selected the group to regularly meet throughout the season.Six training sessions run by England Assistant Coaches Paul Anderson and Paul Sculthorpe alongside Head of Human Performance Richard Hunwicks have been arranged for the EPS with the first one taking place on Monday February 27.Bennett will meet with the squad and Betfred Super League coaches mid-February to outline England’s World Cup plans and to review their 2016 Four Nations campaign.Three sessions in the first phase for the EPS will build up to a mid-season Test against Samoa on Saturday May 6 in Sydney (venue TBC) – a squad for this game will be announced in April.Following the Samoa Test, Bennett and England coaching staff will review performances of the EPS and other England-based qualified players to select a training squad in late May / early June for the second phase of the programme when the remaining three sessions start again on Monday June 26.On the national squad’s plans, head coach Wayne Bennett said: “What we have put in place for the players is a programme that will enable them to spend required time together in an international environment.“Our selection includes a mixture of the England-based players from last year’s squad, returning names who have previously been in the programme and some new faces who have been performing in Super League.“There’s a lot of talented and committed individuals in this group who are well aware that success in a World Cup tournament doesn’t come easy. Preparation is key and we need everyone to be fully focused throughout the year.”England 31-man Elite Performance Squad is as follows:Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) Zak Hardaker (Castleford Tigers) Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers) Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants) Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) Danny Houghton (Hull FC) Scott Taylor (Hull FC) Jamie Shaul (Hull FC) Brett Ferres (Leeds Rhinos) Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos) Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) Kyle Amor (St Helens) Joe Greenwood (St Helens) Johnny Lomax (St Helens) Mark Percival (St Helens) James Roby (St Helens) Matty Smith* (St Helens) Kevin Brown (Warrington Wolves) Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves) Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves) Ben Currie* (Warrington Wolves) Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) John Bateman (Wigan Warriors) Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors) Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) Sam Tomkins* (Wigan Warriors) George Williams (Wigan Warriors)* Indicates not requested for sessions until fitlast_img read more

Man charged with rape indecent liberties after multiagency operation

first_img Following the report from the victim, authorities with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Kure Beach Police Department, began a criminal investigation which resulted in charges against Jason Lee Ramsey.Ramsey faces 2 Counts Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, 4 Counts Statutory sex offense with a person the age of 15 and the subject was at least six years older than the victim, 36 Counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child.Ramsey is currently incarcerated in the Pender County Jail under a $2.1 million dollar secured bond.Related Article: Conditions improving in Carolina Beach, but no word on bridge reopeningThe investigation is currently ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time. James Ramsey, Pender County Sheriff KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – A multi-agency operation results in a man from Rocky Point being charged with indecent liberties with a child.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office tells us that following a criminal investigation, officials with the Kure Beach Police Department charged Jason Lee Ramsey, a 39-year-old male from Rocky Point, NC with Indecent Liberties with a Child and Statutory Rape of a Person who is 13, 14, or 15 years of age by a defendant who is at least six years older.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Missing New Hanover County man found safe

first_img Jeffrey Allen Kline, 37, was last seen at 6801 Wyck Farm Way.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says Kline was wearing a grey t-shirt, grey shorts sand brown flip flops.Kline is 6′ tall and weighs 125 pounds. He has green eyes and short brown hair.Related Article: Deputies continue search for vape shop robberIf you’ve seen him, call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Allen Kline (Photo: NHSO) Update: The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office reports Kline has been located and is safe.NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man has been missing since Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington Boys Choir invites you to A Dickens Christmas

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Boys Choir has been bringing music to the holidays for decades.  Founded in 1984, the choir has been a place for boys to enjoy music and perform all your favorites.  The choir has sung across the country and around the world at venues including Biltmore House and Westminster Abbey.The choir brings your favorite Christmas carols and holiday classics to life at their Holiday Pops concert Tuesday at 7pm.  The performance is called ‘A Dickens Christmas at the Country Club of Landfall’ and is open to the public.- Advertisement – Tickets include dinner, drinks and the concert and are just $30 per person.You can get yours by clicking here.last_img

Memorial of Lake Waccamaw drowning victim vandalized

first_imgPolice are searching for the person(s) responsible for defacing the Raven White memorial at Lake Waccamaw. (Photo: Lake Waccamaw Police Department) LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for the person(s) responsible for defacing a memorial at Lake Waccamaw.According to a Facebook post, Lake Waccamaw Police Department said the sign on the life jacket dedicated in memory of Raven White was recently vandalized.- Advertisement – White fell from the back of a boat and didn’t resurface back in August 2016. She was wakeboarding with friends and reportedly not wearing a life jacket.If you know any information, you are asked to contact Lake Waccamaw Police at (910) 646-3558.last_img

Bladen County man scratches his way to a 200000 surprise

first_img “I buy them all the time but I don’t scratch them expecting to win,” said McDowell. “I like the element of surprise.”This time, the surprise turned out to be a good one. He scratched the ticket halfway off, saw the first three zeroes, and then stopped to get a glass of water before finishing the rest.McDowell claimed his prize Friday afternoon at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $141,501.Related Article: Lottery drawing delayed due to chemical spill at building“I want to pay off all of my bills and have a little extra to fall back on,” said McDowell. “It feels good to not have that burden.”The Win It All game started in December with six top prizes of $200,000. As of Monday, three $200,000 prizes remain to be claimed. Win It All instant ticket (Photo: NC Education Lottery) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Harold McDowell of Elizabethtown plays scratch-off games for the anticipation of a big win but didn’t anticipate the $200,000 surprise he was in for.McDowell purchased the Win It All instant ticket from Community Mart on East Broad Street in his hometown.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue encourages visitors to prepare for the heat

first_img Ocean Rescue Lieutenant Sam Proffitt gave his advice on how you can be safe at the beach in the heat, and he also said even though it is hotter Ocean Rescue procedures stay the same.“We are fully prepared everyday of the week, 7 days a week 365 days a year for a wide variety of situations. Obviously with it being hot out we encourage patrons to stay well hydrated and if you come to the beach make sure you bring some sort of shade,” Proffitt said.Proffitt also encourages people to not stay in the heat for extended periods of time and says just as the life guards come prepared with food and water for the day, you should as well. 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 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– With another hot weekend many people are hitting the beach for some fun, but that heat can cause some problems if you’re not careful.Wrightsville Beach was packed with people Saturday afternoon and despite the heat, Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue was prepared as they always are.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Youth hit by a car in Għarb

first_img SharePrint A 19-year-old man was hospitalized after he was hit by a car in Għarb on Saturday.A police spokesperson confirmed the case saying that the incident happened at around 5.45pm on Triq ta’ Pinu. The car was driven by a 41-year-old from Xagħra.The condition of the youth is not yet known.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

Britain France mark centenary of decisive WW1 battle of Amiens

first_img“Amiens was symbolic of the Entente Cordiale, the co-operation without which victory was impossible,” Prince William said.“Today we return to learn more about the experience of those involved during the historic summer of 1918, to honour the fallen of all nations, to commemorate all those who participated in this great endeavour, and to celebrate the bonds of friendship which unite our nations.”Descendants of soldiers who fought in the battle took part in the ceremony alongside officials from France, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the United States.May read an extract from the war memoirs of the then-British prime minister, David Lloyd George, which recalled how “the British army itself did not realise the extent and effect of the triumph they had won that day”.The decisive battle began at 4.20 a.m. on Aug. 8, 1918, when 900 Allied guns opened fire in a surprise attack on German forces.Allied troops gained eight miles in one day, captured 450 artillery pieces and 12,000 prisoners — a huge advance in a war until then characterised by miniscule gains and entrenched stalemate.Allied forces suffered 19,000 casualties in the three-day battle, while 27,000 German troops were killed or wounded.At the time, German general Erich Ludendorff described the battle as the “black day of the German army”.Around 100,000 Australian, British, Canadian and French troops were committed to the offensive.Among them were British brothers Tom and Robert Slater of the Northumberland Fusiliers. Tom survived, but Robert was killed on the second day of the battle.Attending the ceremony were Tom’s grandchildren, Dave Slater and Carolyn Gardner, who had only discovered online 10 years ago that their great-uncle had died at Amiens.“It’s almost a hundred years since our great-uncle passed away. And for me, it’s important to remember the family. It’s important to remember the young men who lost their lives, because it is the ultimate sacrifice,” said Gardner, 58.WhatsApp 1 of 10 <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> REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol REUTERS/Benoit Tessier REUTERS/Benoit Tessier SharePrint REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool REUTERS/Benoit TessierREUTERS/Benoit Tessier Britain and France on Tuesday marked 100 years since the decisive battle of Amiens that put Europe on the path to the end of World War One, in a sober ceremony in the northern French city’s Gothic cathedral.British Prime Minister Theresa May and serving army officers read letters and poetry from those who fought in the often-forgotten battle that took conflict out of the trenches and ushered in an armistice 100 days later. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol REUTERS/Benoit Tessier REUTERS/Benoit Tessier REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool REUTERS/Pascal Rossignollast_img read more

Wied Ghomor project needs to be revoked – ERA

first_imgAn extensive development planned for Wied Ghomor, Swieqi, will negatively impact the surrounding valley and therefore its permit needs to be revoked, the Environmental Resources Authority has said.This is the position presented by ERA to the Environment Planning Review Tribunal, responding to a permit approval by the Planning Authority.They warn that the development set within the valley, ‘does not conform to the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development and goes against the Rural Policy and Design Guidance of 2014.’The project under PA/06443/17 envisages, ‘Proposed alterations to existing farmhouse and extension at ground floor and first floor levels. Proposed excavation of basement, pool, deck area and landscaping in line with present policies. Proposed reinstatement of country road to the farmhouse and reinstatement of footpath connecting Triq Josef Kalleya to the farmhouse. Proposed clearing of rubble from site, placed during the construction of Triq Josef Kalleya.’ERA says that ‘it is very clear that the volume of the building in the area will be substantially intensified and this does not respect the context of the valley in which it is located, which serves as a buffer zone in a densely populated area and serves as a green lung.’They warn that the project contravenes the North Harbour Local Plan by placing pressure on the surrounding environment, and thus remove the key pristine land buffer between the two urban zones. It’s go ahead would ‘create a precedent within the zone,’ ERA warns.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Samsung sells twice as many smartphones as Apple

first_imgAdvertisement “What remains to be seen is how the company’s smartphones will fare against Apple’s next-generation iPhone expected later this year,” another research firm IDC said.Samsung and Apple together captured over half the global market, Strategy Analytics said. Global smartphone shipments grew 32 percent annually to 146 million units in the second quarter, the slowest growth rate since the third quarter of 2009, it said.Delivering hit models in most major price segments, Samsung shipped 50.5 million units in the quarter for a market share of 34.6 percent, while Apple shipped 26 million units for a 17.8 percent market share, after a modest 28 percent growth over the same quarter last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple’s market share was flat compared with 18.4 percent recorded a year earlier. – Advertisement – The growth of Samsung and Apple has come partly at the expense of Nokia which trailed behind with shipments of 10.2 million smartphones, for a market share of 7.0 percent. Its smartphone shipments were down from 16.7 million units in the second quarter last year, Strategy Analytics said.Nokia has launched Lumia phones based on the Windows Phone operating system, but growth in shipments of these phones has yet to make up for flagging shipments of its phones running the Symbian operating system.Samsung’s shipment of smartphones was more than double its shipment of 20.2 million smartphones in the same quarter last year.IDC also confirmed Samsung’s strong performance, though with slightly different figures. It said for example that Samsung shipped 50.2 million units, taking a 32.6 percent market share of the smartphone market, compared to Apple’s shipment of 26 million for a 16.9 percent share. The quarter-over-quarter shipment decline for Apple came six months after it unveiled its latest iPhone, and is not unusual as iPhone shipment volume is highest in the first two quarters after its release, IDC said.Apple and Samsung have patent disputes in various markets including the U.S. and Europe. A court in California has issued a preliminary injunction on U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets and Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Samsung has appealed.Samsung reported Friday in Seoul that its sales were up 21 percent primarily because of a strong performance by its mobile phones business.The company also led the global handsets business, shipping 93 million units in the second quarter for a 25.7 percent share, compared to Nokia’s 83.7 million units for a 23 percent share, Strategy Analytics said. Apple came in third with a 7.2 percent share.IDC has estimated Samsung’s shipments higher at 97.8 million units for a market share of 24.1 percent, while giving Nokia a 20.6 percent share, and Apple a 6.4 percent share.Global mobile phone shipments grew only 1 percent year-on-year to reach 362 million units, on account of economic conditions in mature markets like the U.S. and Europe, shifting consumer tastes, and tighter operator upgrade policies, Strategy Analytics said. IDC’s estimate of total shipments of mobile phones in the second quarter was 406 million units.Nokia’s feature phone volumes showed single-digit annual growth, helped by its expanding portfolio of dual-SIM and Asha models for emerging markets, but its global handset shipments continued to decline, though at a lesser rate of 5 percent year-on-year.ZTE and LG were the other key players in the handset market, the research firms said. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

Skype now handles 2 billion minutes of connections each day

first_imgAdvertisement Voice over IP service Skype has revealed today that its users now spend two billion minutes each day communicating with one another on its cross-platform calling and messaging service. That’s a colossal figure, which has been no doubt been bolstered by Microsoft’s impending closure of Windows Live Messenger, and the continued development of its various mobile and desktop apps.It’s important to remember that this figure represents all forms of communication over Skype. As with other Voice over IP (VoIP) such asViber and Facebook Messenger, that means text messages, video voicemail and audio calls are also included. Nevertheless, the milestone shows that Skype is still very much a household name when it comes to video calls. In fact, in recent years the service has become almost synonymous with the act of calling someone, so that users might say “I’ll Skype you at 7pm”, similar to ‘Googling’ a search query on the Internet.Skype announced that it had hit 10 billion total Skype-to-Skype video and audio calls back in June 2005. The service, which launched in August 2003, surpassed 1 billion minutes in July 2004, which is a crucial insight into just how far it’s grown. – Advertisement – Tony Bates, CEO of Skype, then announced in July 2011 that users were spending 300 million minutes per month on video calling alone, making up roughly half of the service’s total traffic. Telecom market analysis firm TeleGeography then followed it up with some new research,published last February, which suggested that Skype-to-Skype voice and video traffic had grown by 44 percent in 2012, up to 167 billion minutes.In that time, Skype has improved its software on a plethora of mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. The company, now owned by Microsoft, launched a new video messaging service for its Mac, iPhone and Android applications in February, which enabled users to send pre-recorded messages to their friends and family.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest

first_imgThe EFL Cup returns to give punters many tricky ties and amongst the most difficult to work out is Burton Albion against Nottingham Forest. One of the Football League’s biggest success stories in recent years with two promotions despite only reaching the Football League a decade ago, Albion are aiming to return to the Championship but have struggled for consistency, losing seven games so far – as they currently lie in 16th.Nottingham Forest have eyes on a big prize too – that being the hallowed land of the Premier League – but they look to be closer to achieving their target as they are seventh in the Championship just six points off leaders Sheffield United in an unbelievably cramped division.They have been through a tough run of fixtures lately but battled extremely hard to take a point from Elland Road when Leeds had 71% of the possession, took 18 shots of which three were on target, and earned six corners in a 1-1 draw when Kemar Roofe controversially scored with his arm.Both clubs have been strong in the EFL Cup, with Forest beating Newcastle 3-1 and then taking down Stoke 3-2, both of those wins coming at the City Ground.Albion have also taken a couple of scalps, beating Aston Villa and then taking the not insignificant scalp of Burnley in the previous round. It’s interesting to note that since those successes both of these sides have struggled, although against some of the strongest opposition in their respective leagues, but there’s a feeling that this game is going to be evenly matched, more so than the prices suggest.Burton Albion v Nottingham ForestCarabao Cup, 19:45Live on Sky Sports Football HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)FEB 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Burton 0-0 Nottingham ForestOCT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 2-0 BurtonMAR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Burton 1-0 Nottingham ForestAUG 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 4-3 BurtonBoth sides could make a number of changes – with Forest likely to make more given their impending clash with leaders Sheffield United – and the 6/5 on them doesn’t make a great deal of appeal. The 4/5 on both teams scoring might be the bet here, as that has occurred in all four of the EFL games between the two so far.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BTTS 5 points at 4/5 with starsports.bet PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 173.97 points(not including Premier League ante-post)last_img read more