Month: July 2019

Boris Johnson represents the biggest threat – both

first_imgBoris Johnson represents the biggest threat – both to Labour’s electoral chances and to the country, according to LabourList readers in our latest survey.With Theresa May set to reveal her departure date next month, the Conservative Party is expected to hold a leadership contest over the summer. Asked which of the potential candidates would be most difficult for Jeremy Corbyn to beat in a general election, 45.2% of our readers picked Johnson.Given the opportunity to choose just one candidate, a huge 72% of 4,478 respondents then named the former Foreign Secretary as the possible Tory leadership contender who “would be most damaging to the country as Prime Minister”.Esther McVey, best known among Labour activists as a strong supporter of Tory welfare reforms, was the second most commonly chosen option – but paled in comparison to Johnson’s numbers with 6.8% of readers opting for the Universal Credit proponent.The latest survey also asked readers whether they intended to vote Labour in the European elections on Thursday. Almost 63% said ‘Yes’, while over 30% replied that they did not plan to vote Labour.Almost 63% voting for Labour in the European elections on Thursday, while over 30% do not plan to vote Labour. Last week’s survey found a similar result, with 28% favouring a Remain-backing party over Labour.But we also asked readers whether they planned to vote Labour at the next general election – and a significantly higher figure of 75% said ‘Yes’.The discrepancy shows that people are making a distinction between European and general elections, which could suggest that the protest votes by Remainers expected to be cast on Thursday would not all be carried over to a Westminster election.Contributing factors may include the difference in voting systems, with European elections using a proportional system thought to favour third parties, and the perceived importance of the respective elections, as general elections can lead to a change of UK government as opposed to a bigger grouping in the European parliament.LabourList readers back the “radical policies” recently promoted by Corbyn-supporting group Momentum, the survey also found.Asked about the policies newly endorsed by Momentum, the majority of survey respondents were in favour of all three being adopted by the Labour Party.A ‘green new deal‘, which could fairly be described as the closest to current party policy, was most popular with an overwhelming 89% backing it. Labour has so far committed to a creating a net zero carbon emission economy before 2050, whereas the GND motion brings this forward to 2030.The survey results also revealed sizeable support among readers for a pledge to close all immigration detention centres in the UK. Labour has only promised to shutting down the most notorious centres, Yarl’s Wood and Brook House, but nearly 63% of respondents said the party should extend the policy.In a previous LabourList survey, readers overwhelmingly expressed support for keeping freedom of movement after Brexit. In its 2017 manifesto, Labour stated: “Freedom of movement will end when we leave the EU.” But Corbyn told Andrew Marr on Sunday that it would be up for negotiation when deciding the UK’s future relationship with the EU.The idea of a four-day working week won the lowest level of support of the three proposals, yet still a majority of readers – almost 58% – thought Labour should back the policy.1. Are you voting Labour in the European elections?Click to enlarge.Yes – and I voted Labour in 2017 – 60.4% (2,703)No – and I voted Labour in 2017 – 26.7% (1,196)Don’t know or N/A – 6.6% (296)No – and I didn’t vote Labour in 2017 – 3.9% (174)Yes – and I didn’t vote Labour in 2017 – 2.4% (109)2. Are you planning to vote Labour in the next general election?Click to enlarge.Yes – and I voted Labour in 2017 – 73% (3,267)Don’t know or N/A – 13.7% (614)No – and I voted Labour in 2017 – 8.4% (375)No – and I didn’t vote Labour in 2017 – 2.9% (128)Yes – and I didn’t vote Labour in 2017 – 2.1% (94)Momentum has started campaigning for Labour to adopt “radical policies”. The group has endorsed policies on work, immigration and the environment…3. Do you agree that Labour should support a four-day working week?Click to enlarge.Yes – 57.8% (2,588)No – 21.8% (977)Don’t know – 20.4% (913)4. Do you agree that Labour should pledge to close all immigration detention centres?Click to enlarge.Yes – 62.8% (2,814)No – 19.1% (891)Don’t know – 17.3% (773)5. Do you agree that Labour should back a ‘green new deal’, and commit to zero carbon emissions by 2030?Click to enlarge.Yes – 89% (3,987)No – 6% (270)Don’t know – 4.9% (221)The Conservative Party is expected to hold a leadership contest over the summer…6. Which of the following potential candidates do you think would be most difficult for Jeremy Corbyn to beat in a general election?Click to enlarge.Boris Johnson – 45.2% (2,024)Rory Stewart – 7.6% (341)Amber Rudd – 7.1% (316)Michael Gove – 7% (314)Jeremy Hunt – 6.7% (302)Sajid Javid – 5.9% (262)Justine Greening – 3.3% (146)Dominic Raab – 3.1% (137)Johnny Mercer – 2.3% (101)Penny Mordaunt – 2.2% (99)David Davis – 1.9% (86)Tom Tugendhat – 1.8% (81)Andrea Leadsom – 1.7% (75)Matt Hancock – 1.4% (62)Esther McVey – 1.2% (52)Gavin Williamson – 0.8% (34)Liz Truss – 0.6% (29)Steve Baker – 0.4% (17)7. Which of the following possible Tory leadership candidates would be most damaging to the country as Prime Minister?Click to enlarge.Boris Johnson – 72% (3,222)Esther McVey – 6.8% (304)Michael Gove – 3.2% (143)Dominic Raab – 2.6% (118)Gavin Williamson – 2.6% (116)Jeremy Hunt – 2.6% (115)Steve Baker – 2.1% (93)Andrea Leadsom – 2% (91)Liz Truss – 1.3% (57)David Davis – 1.1% (50)Sajid Javid – 1.1% (49)Amber Rudd – 1.1% (48)Rory Stewart – 0.4% (19)Johnny Mercer – 0.3% (15)Matt Hancock – 0.3% (13)Justine Greening – 0.3% (12)Penny Mordaunt – 0.2% (10)Tom Tugendhat – 0.1% (3)The survey was open from 3.30pm on Saturday 18th May until 3.30pm on Monday 20th May. Thank you to all 4,478 readers who took part.Tags:Weekly Survey /freedom of movement /Momentum /European elections 2019 /last_img read more

Youth open mic delves into equality shame and drive

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “At a lot of places, whether it’s home or school, (the youth) don’t feel like they are being heard. That’s a big reason they’re here.” Vaitai continued.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2015, roughly 13 percent of youth aged 12-17 had a “major depressive episode,” defined as “a period of two weeks or longer during which there is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure….”The number of suicides in those aged 15-24, however, has tripled since 1960.Youth Speaks’ open mics, and other similar platforms, give youth a chance to express their own narrative, said Jennifer Siegel, 20. “I think it makes it easier, it allows me to share in ways that I couldn’t otherwise if I was just talking.” Friday’s open mic was Jennifer’s first. She has written hundreds of pieces, often about “mental health and transition issues,” she said.Many of the youth seated in 826 Valencia’s large performance space grouped together and spoke amongst themselves. Jennifer, however, sat alone, tapping her heel rhythmically against the floor—maintaining a tempo no musician could keep up with.“I’m not really sure what to expect,” Jennifer continued. “I hope it’s good though.” Her name was called early. The room held an audience of about 35 at the time—mostly youth. They sent her up with applause at her back, a custom each performer was afforded.“You may have heard the term ‘You lie like a rug,’” she said. “When I lie it’s different. I lie like a chandelier…” The room was silent as the piece unfolded, her voice steady. A chandelier “comes crashing down,” it lies on the ground, “broken and dangerous.” The applause that carried her back to her seat was louder than the first.Rappers, songwriters and even a beatboxer who walked in on a whim, performed under black and white banners hanging from the open rafters. Participants could be accompanied by the resident DJ spinning tracks in-between performances.826 Valencia, an organization that provides writing workshops and tutoring to children and young adults, provided the venue for the open mic. The room was—apart from the pirate themed knick-knacks—lined with books. “The Giving Tree” and Robert Louis Stevenson were both available.“We’re looking to partner with organizations that share our values and our vision,” said Vaitai, who has been involved with the organization for ten years. Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks also works directly with schools to encourage students to find their voice in the classroom.Talking about mental health issues is a vital step to treating symptoms that can surface when facing depression, including social withdrawal, trouble sleeping and substance abuse.“That’s kind of what spoken word poetry is about,” said Koko Griffin, 18, a member of Spokes. “We speak about social justice issues and those heavy topics that seem emotional.” Griffin started as an intern and soon, with the encouragement of her friends, found herself behind the mic at 16.Participants in the open mic were as diverse as the subjects covered, but all of them, according to Griffin, were “open minded, experienced and passionate.” Griffin said the events welcome everyone, but she hopes to see more “close-minded people, to expose them to what the youth are writing and the work that we’re doing.” center_img “Here I am at 105 pounds and friendless. I want friends.” she said. “I want to love myself so badly, but it’s so hard.”Friday night’s open mic, presented by Youth Speaks and held at 826 Valencia, saw depth of reflection seldom associated with America’s young adults.Performing in front of well-stocked bookshelves, young men and women spoke of gender equality and identity, xenophobia, depression, self-mutilation and suicide among other subjects.The program, put on by a youth advisory board known as Spokes, gives anyone under 21 a chance to voice their concerns in a positive and judgment free environment, according to Youth Speaks Poet Mentor Tammy Vaitai.last_img read more

SAINTS slipped to a 3018 defeat at Leeds Rhinos l

first_imgSAINTS slipped to a 30-18 defeat at Leeds Rhinos last night – despite fighting back from 16-0 down to lead 18-16 midway through the first half.Tries from Kyle Amor, Luke Walsh and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook reversed a torrid opening quarter but ultimately the Champions proved too strong in the second half.It was only Saints second defeat of the season and gives next week’s derby extra spice.The damage was done in the opening stages of the game.Saints got off to the worst possible start when Jack Owens’ kick over the top – on their first set – was intercepted by Ash Handley.Luke Walsh hauled him down but Jamie Jones-Buchanan scored as Leeds took advantage of their advantage in numbers.Minutes later Adam Cuthbertson ploughed over after the restart went out on the full.And in the 10th minute another error saw Liam Sutcliffe scoop it up and go in from 40 metres.Saints needed to show some signs of life and after Luke Walsh won them a drop out, a simple pass to Kyle Amor had the big marra sidestepping his way past Zak Hardaker.And on their next set Walsh cut through the line as Saints forced another Leeds error.Saints went close on the half hour mark but couldn’t get over the line and were then unlucky when Walsh chipped over to Matty Dawson.But the scrum half grabbed Saints another drop out with five minutes to go and then fed LMS on the charge to put his side level.The conversion was simple too – and it gave Saints an 18-16 lead – which was a remarkable turnaround after the opening 15 minutes.But the joy was short-lived as on the last play of the half Carl Ablett went through the defence to grab the lead back for the home side.The second half began in a more sedate way with both sides kicking for territory before Jack Owens took a high ball and ran 60 metres.Luke Thompson and Walsh went close but then a loose pass was collected by Kallum Watkins.He raced clear – only to be hauled down by Owens who made a superb recovery.Saints defended the next set but failed to deal with another as Ash Handley took a nice chip through for 28-16.Joe Greenwood and Kyle Amor made great breaks as Saints threatened but a Sutcliffe penalty 10 minutes before ‘time’ put them two scores to the good.McDonnell was hauled down by Hardaker following a superb Wilkin break with five minutes to go and that was effectively the game sealing tackle.LMS heading to the bin as the hooter sounded to compound the defeat.Match Summary:Rhinos:Tries: Jones-Buchanan, Cuthbertson, Sutcliffe, Ablett, HandleyGoals: Sutcliffe (5 from 6)Saints:Tries: Amor, Walsh, McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Walsh (3 from 3)Penalties:Rhinos: 7Saints: 5HT: 18-22FT: 18-30REF: B ThalerATT: 17,131Teams:Rhinos:1. Zak Hardaker; 22. Ash Handley, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 7. Rob Burrow; 8. Keith Galloway, 9. Beau Falloon, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 12. Carl Ablett, 26. Brett Ferres, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan.Subs: 15. Brett Delaney, 20. Anthony Mullally, 21. Josh Walters, 25. Jordan Lilley.Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

Saints play the Dragons following a 1912 home vic

first_imgSaints play the Dragons following a 19-12 home victory over Hull FC last Friday night, which leaves them just four points off a semi-final spot.Percival said: “Everyone is saying we should beat Catalan on Sunday but they have a quality team. They are a tough side who play a physical game so we will have to bring that to the match.“They also have a new boss who seems to have tidied their game up. Although results haven’t gone their way in the last couple of weeks in the majority of these games they have been in those contests.”Mark bagged a brace and three goals in a great performance on Friday but knows a team effort is required to beat the Dragons.“We need to think of doing the basics right and that should hopefully give us the win,” he added. “The way the table is, every point matters, we can’t have a week off and think we’ll get the win next week.“We need every point in the game and I’m hoping we can take the two in the game on Friday.”Tickets for the clash, which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday July 16, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV Ticket

first_imgThe Saints got the better of the Wolves in the reverse fixture earlier on this season after a 38-12 victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium and the top two sides in Super League go head-to-head for the second time in 2019 this coming Friday at the Haliwell Jones Stadium, with kick off at 7:45pm.Both teams bristle with firepower across the field, with the likes of Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax battling against the Wolves arsenal of talent, including Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Chris Hill and Bryson Goodwin.The fixture has bred one of the greatest rivalries in the Super League era, with countless last-minute dramas littering the fixtures throughout the seasons.The Wolves maybe waiting, but the Saints will be ready come Friday and we want all Saints fans to travel in numbers for the biggest game of the season so far.Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £16 for concessions and £22 for adults.You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Here is a little taster of what’s to come…last_img read more

Precautions urged after EEE found in Brunswick County

first_img Brunswick County Mosquito Control is actively spraying for adult mosquitoes in the county and will continue to do so until mosquito populations are reduced, but individuals should still take steps to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities, especially during dusk and dawn. Mosquito populations tend to be more active in wooded areas this time of year, limiting adult control options.David Stanley, the county’s Health and Human Services executive director, urged residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant.If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.Related Article: Aerial mosquito spraying will begin soon in Brunswick CountyIf you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control activities in your area, please contact Brunswick County Mosquito Control Division at 910-253-2515. Mosquitoes (Photo: Franco Patrizia) Bolivia, NC (WWAY) — The State Laboratory of Public Health identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a pool of mosquitoes collected in central Brunswick County earlier this month, September 19.The type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating EEE in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species Culiseta melanura to identify EEE activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The debate continues after protesters topple Confederate statue

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another Confederate statue in North Carolina pulled down by protesters. A year ago, the same act launched a debate that has since grown silent.WWAY took to the streets to hear from those about the controversial topic in downtown Wilmington, where multiple Confederate markers stand as well as two symbolic statues, George Davis and the Soldiers of the Confederacy memorial. That memorial and statue were the sights of vandalism last August. – Advertisement – Andrew Bopes says the memorial was almost given the same treatment as “Silent Sam” and the Durham statue.“Somebody tried to wrap a rope around the statue and pull it down with a truck,” said Bopes.Governor Roy Cooper wants locals to have a choice but not supporting the events Monday night taking to Twitter saying, “violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities”.Related Article: Wilmington Police searching for driver who hit bicyclist, took offThe state Sons of the Confederacy issuing a statement saying they were “disgusted” by the act adding that it’s possible “communities across North Carolina will be faced with the same outcome”.Wilmington police say they have increased their patrolling of confederate monuments around the city after what happened at UNC. WWAY’s Andrew James asked people in downtown what they think should be done.“It’s a part of North Carolina history,” said Julia Jensen, who works downtown. “So take it down and put it in a museum, that’s my two cents.”“I think they shouldn’t be in public on the street like this,” said Bopes. “I think it should be with context, in a museum, you know down at Fort Fisher or something. Somewhere that has the full story.”Others James spoke with were either indifferent to the issue or simply wished the statues were not torn down. WWAY let viewers sound off on Facebook some saying, “they are a part of the region’s history” or “keep em”.last_img read more

Demolition begins at old WWAY building in downtown Wilmington

first_imgCrews began demoing the old WWAY building on August 27, 2018. (Photo: WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For nearly half a century it was the home of your favorite TV station, but the future begins to take over at WWAY’s former location in downtown Wilmington.Crews have begun tearing down the old building at 615 North Front Street.- Advertisement – WWAY moved from its original location atop the Murchison Building down the street in November 1969.It was our home until we moved into our new location in Leland back in April.The new owner has submitted plans to the city to build a parking lot for now.last_img

UNSOLVED Man found dead on Thanksgiving Day in 1979

first_img After almost forty years, Joel Petteway said investigators have never interviewed him about what he knows in a murder that remains unsolved. His story has never been told until now.What was supposed to be a day filled with joy for Mary Rouse Gaskins quickly turned into a nightmare.“On November 19, 1979, I went to my mother’s for my birthday and we ate and he left ahead of us and we lost him or he lost us,” Gaskins said.Related Article: Son sentenced to life in Bolton double murderGaskins younger brother, Paul Rouse, disappeared after leaving his mom’s house.“My momma, the next day, she went and he hadn’t slept in his bed or anything and she didn’t know what happened and he didn’t go to work and they reported him missing,” Gakins said.Rouse’s sisters said it did not make any sense.“He was the type of person that would do anything for you,” Gaskins said.“He was real smart. He worked hard,” Rouse’s sister Lottie Dixon said. “He saved his money. He didn’t drink. He didn’t smoke. He didn’t go out gambling. He was just a good person. He looked out for mama and daddy.”They did not know what happened until three days later.“Some hunters found him on Thanksgiving Day,” Gaskins said.Rouse’s sister, Lottie Dixon, said she agreed to identify the body for their mom.“He had been hit right across like this,”Dixon said. “This eye was gone. Half his nose was gone. Half his mouth was gone.”Gaskins said he was beaten to death.“We were told that they hit him across the neck and it cut his wind pipe in two,” Dixon said. “You have to think how much he suffered.”After almost 40 years, they still do not know who did it or why, but they have never stopped calling the sheriff’s office looking for answers.“It’s always the same thing when you call and ask them,” Gaskins said. “They didn’t know nothing.”Over the years, they did find something or someone who had one piece of the story: Joel Petteway, the hunter, who found Rouse’s body while hunting on Thanksgiving Day.“On George Early’s property off Libb Lane,” Petteway said.It was off Dawson Cabin Road in Onslow County.“I saw a car,” Petteway said. “I knew Mr. Early didn’t want anybody down there hunting so we stopped.”Petteway said he started looking around.“Saw some footprints, some large footprints where somebody pushed it backwards,” Petteway said. “No one was around so I started walking around the car. I saw where something had been drug from the car.”He said he followed the trail to some bushes where he saw something else.“Little writing pens and some little screw drivers that go in your shirt pocket,” Petteway said. “I saw some bushes mashed down, so I walked on over to the woods, stood up on a log and saw something looked like a bunch of rags or something.”When he went over to it, he said he noticed it was a body.“It appeared to be dead, so I left it and went to call the sheriff’s department,” Petteway said.Petteway said word traveled fast.“By the time I got back down, people was coming from everywhere so I tried to keep them away from the scene,” Petteway said.Petteway said he used to work for the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, so he has experience with a crime scene.“Wasn’t long before the sheriff’s department come and they told me to leave, so I left,” Petteway said.Petteway said, since he left that day, the sheriff’s office has never interviewed him about what he saw.“I haven’t heard anything else from the sheriff’s department until about a year, maybe two years ago,” Petteway said.He said a deputy called and wanted to ask him some questions.“He never showed up to ask me so,” Petteway said.“So no one has ever talked to you?“No one has ever talked to me ,” Petteway said.“No one has ever heard your story?”“No.”Gaskins said there have been rumors about why this might have happened.“They say he might have been gay. I can’t say if he was gay or he wasn’t gay,” Gaskins said.But she said that should not matter.“I don’t think nobody should be killed like that,” Gaskins said.While Petteway is still waiting to tell his story and Rouse’s family is still looking for answers, they all just want one thing.“I would like to know who did it just to see why he did it,” Gaskins said.“I hope they catch whoever did it and he has to pay for what he did and he’s been living free all these years,” Dixon said.“He might get away with it here, but he won’t get away up there.”They all want closure to their brother’s brutal murder, a nightmare, that remains unsolved.We have gone back and forth with the sheriff’s office trying to get more details about the case. Sheriff Hans Miller said it is difficult because it is such an old case. We are still waiting to hear back. ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In November 1979, a man went missing in Onslow County leaving his family puzzled.A few days later, on Thanksgiving day, a former sheriff’s deputy found his body while hunting.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Deadline extended for Florence aid request in North Carolina

first_img More than 99,000 applications have been filed seeking help after the September storm’s record rains and flooding.People can apply by calling 1-800-621-3362, going online, visiting a local disaster recovery center or using FEMA’s mobile app.Cooper earlier this week also wrote President Donald Trump asking for federal disaster assistance in 21 counties that received damages from Hurricane Michael’s remnants in October. The Cross Creek neighborhood in Hampstead was slammed by Hurricane Florence, and must now prepare for another storm.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Home and business owners suffering damages from Hurricane Florence are getting a little more time to request federal government aid.Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday’s previous deadline to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants or for low-interest small business loans has been extended to Dec. 19. Cooper says he requested the extension, which a FEMA spokeswoman also confirmed.- Advertisement – last_img read more