A disabled researcher and campaigner has criticise

first_imgA disabled researcher and campaigner has criticised a new report by a cross-party committee of MPs for failing to acknowledge fully the “perverse contradiction” at the heart of the government’s specialist employment programme.Catherine Hale, who wrote a well-received review on the failure of the employment and support allowance (ESA) system to increase the number of disabled people in paid work, said MPs on the work and pensions select committee had ignored serious flaws in Work Choice.She said Work Choice had been set up to support disabled people with the highest support needs into employment, but most of those who joined the scheme were disabled people claiming the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance (JSA).This is because government advisers who work with ESA claimants in the work-related activity group (WRAG) are supposed to ensure that claimants carry out mandatory activities – with the threat of benefit sanctions if they do not comply – rather than offering them the voluntary employment support provided through Work Choice.Hale said: “This means we have the perverse situation that only the most severely ill or impaired get onto ESA in the first place, from which they face conditionality and sanctions and next to no chance of getting the ‘specialist’ help that’s apparently available through Work Choice.”Hale said she discovered this “farcical” situation when researching her ESA review.She said: “I remember being curious, when I was doing the WRAG research, as to who these disabled people were with the most ‘severe disabilities’ who got this relatively privileged Work Choice treatment instead of the grim Work Programme, and was shocked to find most wouldn’t qualify for ESA.”The government’s latest figures, published in August, show that more than 60,000 of the nearly 115,000 people to have been referred to Work Choice since 2010 had not been claiming any disability-related benefits at all, with nearly 47,000 of them claiming JSA.In a blog, Hale said most people in the WRAG were in the “woeful situation” where they were “not disabled enough” for the ESA support group, but were “too disabled for Work Choice”, and therefore “consigned to the brutal no-man’s land of conditionality and sanctions”.And in 2017, new WRAG claimants will face a £30 per week cut in income – thanks to a spending cut announced earlier this year by chancellor George Osborne – to “incentivise them to a miraculous recovery”, she said.Despite these flaws, the committee said in its report on welfare-to-work policies that the government would be making a “grave mistake” if it decided to merge Work Choice with the mainstream Work Programme.The committee said Work Choice did not appear to be focused on helping disabled people with the highest support needs into work, but that its flaws should be addressed, and its strengths “maintained”, when the contracts were replaced.The contracts for both Work Choice and the Work Programme will expire in April 2017, and employment minister Priti Patel has suggested she is considering merging the two.Participation in the Work Programme is mandatory for those on JSA and in the ESA WRAG, while sanctions can be imposed on those who fail to take part.About 1.7 million people have received Work Programme support since 2011, while only about 90,000 have taken part in Work Choice since October 2010, says the report.Government figures show Work Programme performance “lagging behind” for those on ESA, and particularly those who previously claimed incapacity benefit (IB).Of the most recent group of ex-IB ESA claimants to have completed one year on the Work Programme, only 3.9 per cent achieved three months of employment.It is predicted that ESA claimants will outnumber JSA claimants on the Work Programme by 2017, says the report.Of those who started on Work Choice between 1 July 2014 and the end of December 2014, 57.3 per cent had at least entered a job by the end of June 2015.The committee said the number of people on Work Choice should double, while participation should continue to be voluntary and “have clearer and less restrictive eligibility criteria”.The committee also said that all of the government’s welfare-to-work programmes should focus more on those with “challenging problems”, such as drug and alcohol addiction, illiteracy and innumeracy, homelessness and “very weak employment history”.And it was critical of the differential payments model – which is central to the Work Programme and offers contractors more money if they find jobs for those who are furthest from the jobs market – which it said was “unnecessarily complicated”.The report says that, rather than categorising people by the benefits they claimed, they should instead assess characteristics such as physical and mental ill-health, illiteracy, and alcohol and substance misuse, and use this to place claimants into three groups: those who are work-ready; those in need of intermediate support; and those needing intensive support.Frank Field, who chairs the committee, said the government deserved credit for designing a Work Programme that “produces results at least as good as before, for a greatly reduced cost per participant”, although he pointed out that nearly 70 per cent of participants were completing it without finding sustained employment.But Hale said: “The WRAG should be the gateway to Work Choice. Instead, being assigned to the WRAG actually all but bars access to specialist disability employment support because Jobcentre Plus have to mandate these people to the conditionality regime of the mainstream Work Programme.”She added: “Tweaking the payments system for Work Programme and the referral criteria for Work Choice, as the committee suggests, won’t solve this perverse paradox.“The only coherent solution is to refer everyone in the ESA WRAG to Work Choice, and if Work Choice providers believe they can’t be supported into work within 12 months they should be placed in the support group.”last_img read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government has been criticised by disabled campaigners and the equality watchdog after its new social housing green paper failed to include a single mention of the accessible housing crisis.Only three months ago, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) warned that more than 350,000 disabled people in England had unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in private rented accommodation and one-fifth of those in social housing living in unsuitable properties.EHRC called in its report for the government to draw up a national strategy to ensure an adequate supply of new homes built to inclusive design standards.But this week’s social housing green paper, described by communities secretary James Brokenshire as a “new deal” for social housing residents – those who pay rent at below market levels – does not mention accessible housing once.The word “accessible” only appears in the 78-page document four times, on each occasion relating to the need for accessible information or complaints procedures.The green paper does refer to supported housing, which it explains has a “key role to play” in supporting minority groups including people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties and other disabled people.But there are no proposals to improve supported housing, other than referring to a U-turn announced last week, in which ministers said that it would continue to be funded through the social security system rather than being devolved to local authorities as originally planned.The green paper also mentions an ongoing review of the disabled facilities grant (DFG), which provides funding to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, for example by widening doorways or installing ramps, and which will see spending increase from £220 million in 2015-16 to £505 million in 2019-20.But there are no new proposals for increasing the supply of accessible housing, or even requests for ideas on how the accessible housing crisis could be addressed.Ellen Clifford (pictured, right), campaigns and policy manager for Inclusion London, said that reading the green paper and realising its failure to mention the crisis in accessible housing – despite the conclusions reached in the EHRC report – had been a “chilling” experience.She said: “Despite the fact that disabled people are twice as likely as non-disabled people to live in social housing, that over half of all households in the social housing sector have disabled members and that according to the EHRC report there are around 365,000 disabled people in England with unmet housing needs, with one in five disabled people in social housing living in unsuitable accommodation, the new green paper on social housing fails to mention the crisis in accessible housing at all or offer any solutions to it.”She added: “The paper refers a number of times to the Grenfell tragedy but fails to mention the numbers of disabled tenants housed there, a number on upper floors who were unable to escape, due to the chronic lack of accessible housing that is a problem across Britain.“The chilling part is that the only mention of meeting disabled people’s housing needs or of accessibility comes through the government’s commitment to invest in supported housing.“The recent government announcement on increased funding for supported housing states that a unit within such housing will ‘have its own front door’, as if to detract from what this represents, which is ghetto-isation and re-segregation of disabled people.”EHRC told Disability News Service that it was concerned and disappointed by the green paper’s failure to address the “chronic shortage” of accessible housing.An EHRC spokeswoman said in a statement: “Almost half of social housing is occupied by disabled tenants or those with a long-term illness and their needs must be specifically reflected in the green paper.“The ambition to empower tenants is welcome, but we are disappointed that specific initiatives for disabled people and the need to address the chronic shortage of accessible housing are not mentioned.“We will be responding to the consultation and discussing the proposals directly with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to raise our concerns.”The green paper offers five “core principles”: a “safe and decent home”; “swift and effective resolution” of concerns about the safety or standard of a home; “empowering residents” and ensuring landlords are held to account; tackling the stigma of living in social housing; and “building the social homes that we need and ensure that those homes can act as a springboard to home ownership”.But although prime minister Theresa May says in a foreword that the government is “committed to getting more of the right homes built in the right places, sold or rented at prices local people can afford”, the green paper provides few if any firm proposals.Instead, it includes a series of questions to be answered through a public consultation – which closes on 6 November – although none of them relate to accessible housing.Although it was not mentioned in the green paper, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced this week that it was extending funding for its Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CSSHF) for another three years.CSSHF received £315 million in its first five years (£63 million a year) and produced about 3,300 accessible “supported or specialised” properties suitable for disabled and older people.Funding will now rise to £76 million a year for the next three years, with DHSC expecting “thousands” more homes to be built.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) failed to explain the failure to mention accessible housing in the green paper.Instead, she pointed to the reference to the DFG review, and added: “We realise many disabled people face challenges in their daily lives, but we’re clear that their homes should not cause them problems.“Our green paper sets out our plan to tackle stigma and ensure social housing can be a stable base that supports people when they need it.“Our new planning rulebook also makes clear that councils must take the needs of the elderly and disabled people into account when planning new properties.”MHCLG also said that as design of homes was at the heart of the green paper, that would include making sure properties were suitably accessible.And it said that disabled people were among nearly 1,000 residents who took part in 14 engagement events around the country leading up to the green paper.last_img read more

SF Mission nonprofit nabs corner building for 775 million

first_img“Other properties we purchase have a higher percentage of high-income tenants – tenants who are generally more transitory in San Francisco,” she said. “We purchase these buildings with the expectation that as these tenants move out – of their own volition – we can rent to low-income tenants at affordable rents.”In order for MEDA to purchase the property through the city’s Small Site Program, a majority of the building’s tenants must be at or below 80 percent area median income.The San Francisco Housing Accelerator program provided the multimillion-dollar bridge loan to MEDA as the nonprofit waits for public funds from the city’s small-sites fund to become available. This is the fourth loan the accelerator program has given to MEDA for a small-site purchase. The nonprofit has been on an acquisition spree in recent years. This newest building, at 2093 Mission St., is the 19th purchase under the city’s Small Sites program, which is aimed at protecting longtime residents and neighborhood-serving areas in the neighborhood. “MEDA is working to purchase corner buildings along the Mission Street commercial corridor — especially between Duboce Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street — so that a proper mix exists to meet our families’ housing and small-business needs, reversing a trend of gentrification and Displacement,” said Karoleen Feng, director of community real estate at MEDA, in a statement. Aside from small sites, the non-profit is currently developing 534 units on five different sites — all slated to be completed by 2021. In December, the community nonprofit-cum-affordable housing developer bought a decaying building at 18th and Mission for $6 million. Johnny Oliver, who heads MEDA’s Small Sites program, said the nonprofit had its eyes on the building for more than a year, but its owner had been asking for a price “that did not meet city guidelines.” A year later, Oliver said, the priced dropped by about $1 million, and MEDA jumped on it. MEDA will be doing “rehab” work on the building at a cost of about $10,000 to $20,000 per unit, Oliver said. Oliver said MEDA’s 20th small site purchase, a six-unit property, will come in early February.Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the ratio of low- and high-income tenants currently occupying the building.  0% The Mission Economic Development Agency — or MEDA, as most know it — has purchased a 16-unit building on the corner of 17th and Mission streets for $7.75 million. A majority of the 11 residential and five commercial spaces are currently occupied by longtime, low-income tenants. “By taking market-rate buildings off the private market, we can keep them affordable over time,” said MEDA Director of Commercial Real Estate Karoleen Feng. “Low-income families significantly occupy most buildings MEDA purchases.”During the year-long purchasing process of the building, however, two high-income households replaced the low-income households, Feng said, which made purchasing the building more “urgent.” center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • housing • Mission Economic Development Agency • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons says Catalan Dragons look like a sid

first_imgROYCE Simmons says Catalan Dragons look like a side capable of winning silverware as Saints get ready to face them this Friday.Both sides are locked on 21 points and the game is likely to go a long way in deciding who finishes in the top four.“Catalans are a good side and gave us a real good run over there,” Simmons said. “We lost some players early on and didn’t have any replacements at the end but hung on in there.“They played tough and aggressive and came over the top of us at the end. Since then, their coach has got their game plans going and they’ve found their feet. I think they have won 11 of their last 13.“They’ve played Wigan, Huddersfield and Leeds and beaten them, as well as Warrington and knocked them over. Steve Menzies has been fantastic for them and the fact he has been in winning sides and played for his country and state is very positive. He has taken that attitude with him and they are jumping on the back of that.“Added to that, their full back and half backs are in form and their big forwards are aggressive. They push the game to the edge and have the makings of a side that are after a little bit of silverware.“But everything is in our own hands. We have to play Huddersfield and the Cats are running with us. If we don’t finish third or fourth then we can’t blame anyone other than ourselves.”Saints head into the clash with Leon Pryce back in the squad since, ironically, injuring his groin back in that win over Catalans in March.But there is no room for Paul Wellens and Paul Clough who are suffering from Achilles and ankle injuries respectively.There are also doubts over a number of other players including Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.“It’s been a tough week,” Simmons added. “From reports the pitch wasn’t in great condition on Sunday – so my coaching staff say – and it had pretty large divots in it. We’ve picked up a lot of ankle, Achilles and calf strains.“We trained on Tuesday with only six from the team that won at Wakefield but I think most will play touch wood.“Wello should be back within a week, whereas Cloughie’s ankle will be two to three weeks. Wheels is due back in two to three weeks too.“Leon will be in the 17 – but not in the starting line-up. He has had three tough conditioning sessions and as I carry a back on the bench he will be there and we will try and edge him back into the game if possible.”Tickets for the Pink Vee Charity Match – which kicks off at 8pm – are still on sale. You can buy from the Stobart Stadium tonight or by calling into the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre until 3pm. Matchday Programme‘Sir’ Tony Puletua is the next Saint to undergo the spotlight in the latest edition of the club’s matchday programme. He talks about why Saints were the only club for him and how he feels his season is going so far. Elsewhere, Gary Wheeler discusses his return from injury whilst Eamonn McManus says the next two months are critical. There’s the usual columns from Paul Wellens and Royce Simmons, and Mike Critchley suggests the Saints have never had it so good. Priced at £3 it’s too good to miss…last_img read more

LOCAL company Paragon Construction Group have been

first_imgLOCAL company Paragon Construction Group have been appointed to complete the fit-out and finalisation of Saints new stadium.The £2 million contract, which will see Paragon turn the stadium’s newly-built structure into a fully-fitted, serviced and finished facility – complete with Catering Facilities, Bars, Merchandise Shop, Museum and interior decor – will commence this week.“As a local company we’re delighted to be involved in delivering the new stadium, and in delivering Saints’ vision to provide the best rugby stadium – of either code – in the country,” comments Paragon’s Managing Director, Paul Barrow.St.Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus, commented: “We chose Paragon because they are a local firm committed to supporting the local economy – they use local suppliers and employ local tradesmen – and as a club that was very much a priority for us. We want the benefits of this stadium to be felt within our own community.”And given the company’s links with the famous St.Helens club, the association is entirely apt. For while Paul, who owns and manages the business, was a former player at rivals Warrington RLFC, several other members of the family – as the Barrow name suggests – have enjoyed long standing careers with the Saints.Highly respected among those past-players is Saints legend, Tony Barrow, now one of Paragon’s Senior Construction Manager’s, who will be overseeing the company’s work at the Saints Stadium.“I spent many happy years playing at Knowsley Road,” Tony recalls, “so to contribute to building the club’s new home is tremendous. I’ll take great pride in being involved.”last_img read more

THE Red V Café Bar will be open on Sunday for the

first_imgTHE Red V Café Bar will be open on Sunday for the NRL Grand Final from around 7.30am.Watch James Graham’s Canterbury Bulldogs take on Melbourne Storm in the Australian showpiece.Fans can chat to Tommy Martyn and enjoy tea, coffee and bacon rolls for a fiver.And the bar will stay open through to 4pm if Saints progress this weekend so fans can visit the ticket office.Details for the Grand Final ticketing will be released shortly.last_img

ENGLAND Knights concluded their impressive Alitali

first_imgENGLAND Knights concluded their impressive Alitalia European Cup campaign with a resounding 62-24 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh, securing the competition title in the process.Knights coach Kieron Purtill was forced to make late changes to the squad after Shaun Lunt and Luke Gale withdraw due to injury and Michael Lawrence was struck down through illness, but the new looks Knights wasted no time in picking up from where they left off following last week’s 56-4 victory over Ireland.Scotland opened the scoring with just under five minutes played when prop Mitchel Stringer barrelled his way to cross underneath the posts, benefitting from a powerful run from winger Alex Hurst.David Scott added the extra two points to give the home side and early 6-0 lead.England reduced the deficit just three minutes later however when loose forward Mike Cooper showed strength to free his hands in the tackle and off-load to Dan Sarginson, who showed a clean pair of heels to the defence.Just moments later England took the lead for the first time in the game when George Burgess powered his way over from close range, with centre come half-back Jordan Tuner (pictured) converting to make it 12-6.With the Knights firmly in control, Jodie Broughton added his first try of the evening shortly after when he crossed in the corner, with Turner slotting a superb touchline conversion to make it 18-6.Sarginson added his second of the game just after the 25 minute mark when a heavy tackle from Mike Cooper forced an error from Scotland and Sarginson was on hand to gather the loose ball and coast home.The next possession saw Scotland’s Lee Paterson reduce the deficit for the home side when he exploited a gap in the defence to touch down and another well struck goal from Scott brought the score-line back to 24-12.England re-established the ascendency just minutes later when a powerful run from Tom Burgess, which freed Daryl Clark and Greg Eden to combine in midfield, set up Turner to cross in acres of space.A golden opportunity was wasted by the home side just as the half-time siren went to take the sides into the break at 28-12.The Knights began the second half in a flurry and it took just two minutes for Rhys Evans to display some dazzling footwork and find his way over the line before a superb solo run by Kieran Dixon had the Scottish defence in disarray, allowing Broughton to add an easy second of the afternoon.Evans then completed a personal quick fire double when he slid in at the corner on the 55 minute mark but that came after Scotland had added to their tally through second row Brett Phillips.With 15 minutes left on the clock, Ben Currie, a late call in to the squad, off loaded to Turner who showed quick feet to wrong foot the full-back and put Scott Taylor through into space.The prop then added a second try two minutes later when a smart kick from Sarginson found Ben Jones Bishop in space and Taylor was on hand to finish the resulting play-the-ball.A whirlwind five minute spell for England then saw Kieran Dixon finish a 70 meter solo effort to take the score to 62-18 with under ten minutes remaining.Scotland scored their fourth of the game following a scrappy period of play from both sides when interchange Craig Borthwick crashed over with just five minutes remaining but it proved to be the final action as England Knights were crowned Alitalia European Cup champions on the final whistle.“It’s great to get the first bit of silverware on board for this group,” said Purtill. “There were some very good performances out there today and it was pleasing to top that off with a trophy.“It’s the first trophy I’ve won as a coach and the first for the Knights as a group and you could see that a lot of the lads out there really enjoyed that experience.“They’ve put a bit of pressure on the next group of Knights coming through – we talk about setting the standard for the next groups to follow and they’ve certainly raised the bar.“We were unfortunate during the week to lose Shaun Lunt and Luke Gale to injury and Michael Lawrence to illness and that probably disjointed us a little in our preparation but the lads pulled through together and showed great spirit.“A special mention goes to Ben Currie who came on board late and showed the right attitude and the right spirit to be involved and that’s been a key factor in this group.“The personality of the group has been great and probably the I’ve dealt with both on and off the pitch and they have been a credit to the England badge everywhere we have went.”England Knights:1 Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds Rhinos, Queens) 2 Kieran Dixon (London Broncos, Hemel Stags)3 Greg Eden (Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Lock Lane) 4 Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves, Burtonwood Bulldogs)5 Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens)6 Jordan Turner (Hull FC, Waterhead)7 Dan Sarginson (London Broncos, Hemel Hempstead Stags)8 George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) 9 Danny Houghton (C) (Hull FC, East Hull )10 Tom Burgess (Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Moor) 11 Jack Hughes (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)12 Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)13 Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion) 14 Scott Taylor (Hull KR, Skirlaugh Bulls)15 Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Lock Lane)16 Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn)17 Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers)Tries: Sarginson 2, G.Burgess, Broughton 2, Turner, Evans 2, Taylor 2, DixonGoals: Turner 9Scotland Squad:1, Brett Carter (Workington Town)2, Alex Hurst (Swinton Lions)3, Josh Barlow (Halifax)4, Ben Hellewell (Warrington Wolves)5, David Scott (Hull Kingston Rovers)6, Lee Paterson (Mackay Cutters)7, Andrew Henderson C (Sheffield Eagles)8, Jack Howieson (Sheffield Eagles)9, Ben Fisher (Catalans Dragons)10, Mitchell Stringer (Sheffield Eagles)11, Brett Phillips (Workington Town)12, Alex Szostak (Sheffield Eagles)13, Sam Barlow (Halifax)14, Callum Cockburn (Edinburgh Eagles) 15, Jonathan Walker (Castleford Tigers)16, Adam Walker (Huddersfield Giants)17, Craig Borthwick (Edinburgh Eagles)Tries: Stringer, Paterson, Phillips, Borthwick, Goals: Scott 4Referee: Shane RehmHalf-time Score: 28-12last_img read more

LANCE Hohaia is relishing the opportunity to play

first_imgLANCE Hohaia is relishing the opportunity to play alongside Luke Walsh this season.The Kiwi is in his third season at the club and believes the strong squad assembled at Saints is the best yet.But that means nothing unless they perform.“Pre-season has been really tough and a lot of hard work has been done by the boys,” he said. “This time of year is about getting ready both physically and emotionally and we went through some tough sessions in the run up to Christmas.“Now we are working on teamwork and finalising our game plays too. Then it’s about getting into the trial games and putting into practice what we have been working on.“Browny (Nathan Brown) and I have been working on me playing six this year – we think that is the best thing for the team at this stage. There was uncertainty about where to play me last season but when I was at 6 regularly towards the back end of the year I got some consistency.“To do that regularly will suit the team and me. That’s not to say I won’t play in other positions, I’m happy to do that for the team if needs be, but I am focussing my energy and time on playing 6 with an eye on a few other positions if needs be.”Lance will link up with Luke Walsh – a familiar foe from his time in the NRL.“He’s an out and out half back and will be a great organiser of the team,” he added. “That is something we may have lacked in the past. He will take the pressure off me to do my best and play off the back of him. We understand each other’s game and will benefit working together.“He is a clever player with a good kicking game and he is defensively sound for his size. He’s had a lot of influence on his previous teams and we can all add to that and help distribute the effectiveness of our team.”He continued: “Every year the ultimate goal is to be involved in the big matches and win trophies. We have under-achieved in the last few years.“The squad is the strongest since I have been here but that doesn’t mean anything unless we perform.“The onus is on the players to perform consistently and the coaches are giving us a great back stop to work from. I am optimistic we can do really well.”Saints will kick off their Super League season with a trip to Warrington on Thursday February 13 before the Langtree Park opener with Hull FC.Tickets for what will be an exciting season are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS have won their last two meetings with Hudde

first_imgSAINTS have won their last two meetings with Huddersfield Giants and 29 in total in the Super League era.This season they won 17-16 in the Challenge Cup at the John Smith’s Stadium and 41-22 at home in May.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 41, Huddersfield 22 (SLR14, 23/5/14)Huddersfield 16, St Helens 17 (CCR4, 6/4/14)Huddersfield 25, St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13)St Helens 4, Huddersfield 40 (SLR1, 2/2/13)St Helens 46, Huddersfield 12 (SLR22, 29/7/12)Huddersfield 17, St Helens 16 (SLR5, 4/3/12)St Helens 19, Huddersfield 6 (SLR24, 12/8/11)Huddersfield 40, St Helens 18 (SLR14, 14/5/11)St Helens 42, Huddersfield 22 (SLQSF, 24/9/10)St Helens 30, Huddersfield 22 (SLR17, 11/6/10)Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 7St Helens won 29 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011); 40-4 (A, 2013) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013)St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)Super League Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one try to draw level with Keith Senior in second place in the list of all-time leading try-scorers.1 Danny McGuire (Leeds, 2001-present) 2142 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 1993 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 1984 David Hodgson (Hull KR/Huddersfield/Salford/Wigan/Halifax, 1999-present) 1685 Leon Pryce (Catalan Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 1656 Ade Gardner (Hull KR/St Helens, 2002-present) 1537 Ryan Hall (Leeds, 2007-present) 1528 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, 2001-present) 1499 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 14810 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 147Jordan Turner – 1 appearance away from 150 (32 for Salford, 2006-2007 & 2009; 67 for Hull FC, 2010-2012 and 50 for St Helens, 2013-2014)Paul Wellens – 2 tries away from 200 (198 for St Helens, 1998-2014)Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 43.Westerman last missed a Hull game on 25 May, 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.His streak then started on 31 May, 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 432 = Matt Cook (London Broncos), Sia Soliola (St Helens) 334 = Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons) 30First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves) 262 Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons) 253 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 244 = Michael Oldfield (Catalan Dragons), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 206 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers), Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 17Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 982 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 963 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 944 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 785 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 746 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 717 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 678 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 669 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 6410 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 52Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 100.00 (10/10)2 Kevin Locke (Salford Red Devils) 90.90 (10/11)3 Luke Gale (Bradford Bulls) 89.74 (35/39)4 Sam Williams (Catalan Dragons) 84.00 (21/25)5 Jordan Rankin (Hull FC) 83.78 (31/37)6 Jacob Miller (Hull FC) 81.81 (9/11)7 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 81.25 (52/64)8 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 78.57 (66/84)9 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 78.02 (71/91)10 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 77.77 (21/27)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 2222 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 2103 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 2084 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 1785 Travis Burns (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1706 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1627 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 1608 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1539 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 13610 Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 133last_img read more

Construction worker who died after falling several stories identified

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say the construction worker who fell several stories to his death has been identified as Ramiro Felipe, 32, of Leland.The NC Department of Labor says Felipe was working with Marine Brothers Masonry.- Advertisement – He was installing brick veneer on Friday at the Cape Fear Hotel Apartments when he fell from a tower scaffolding.He landed on a scaffolding on the second floor.Felipe died at the hospital.Related Article: Man injured after falling off roof at Sunny PointIt’s estimated he fell between five and six stories.The Department of Labor has launched an investigation. It could take between three and six months to finish.last_img

Judge Jury wont take smell tour of Bladen County hog farm

first_img00:00 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 BLADEN COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge says he won’t send jurors for a see-and-sniff tour of a North Carolina hog-growing operation at the center of a lawsuit claiming industrial-scale pork production causes ugly conditions.Judge W. Earl Britt ruled Monday that jurors would not get a true feel for conditions with one quick visit to a Bladen County farm growing animals for Virginia’s Smithfield Foods.- Advertisement – Britt’s decision came as jurors were being selected for a trial that could shake the profits and change production methods of pork producers after a generation of raising hogs in confined conditions. The trial could take six weeks.Lawyers for the farm’s neighbors said the jury tour was requested just as the farm was removing millions of gallons of waste for the first time in 23 years.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Two men arrested on financial crimes charges in Brunswick County

first_img According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Rains defrauded Hoffman Ecoworks, Inc. by altering the name from “Internal Revenue Service” to “Bruce Rains Accountant” on multiple checks totaling nearly $7,000.The alleged crimes happened between January of 2016 and June 11, 2018.Rains was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Facility and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.Related Article: Wilmington man sentenced to 8 years in deadly home invasionIn a separate investigation, detectives arrested Henry Frederick Specht, Jr., 60, of Little River, SC, for felony obtaining property under false pretense.Specht is charged with accepting checks from an individual with the promise of preparing, filing and paying taxes to the North Carolina Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service and failing to do so.The checks totaled over $83,000.Specht was arrested Tuesday.  He is also in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $10,000 secured bond. Bruce Rains and Henry Specht, Jr. (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former Wilmington accountant and a South Carolina man are charged with financial crimes following two separate investigations in Brunswick County.Bruce Alan Rains, 66, of Wilmington, was arrested Tuesday on seven counts of obtaining property under false pretense and seven counts of forgery of an instrument.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NICE MOVES Young girl teaches Santa how to floss

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Run, run Rudolph or how about floss, floss Santa? In case you didn’t know, that’s a new dance the kids are doing these day.Check out the video above from Old Homestead Farm’s Christmas in the Country event.- Advertisement – A young girl teaches jolly Ol’ Saint Nick how to floss. The video shows that flossing isn’t easy. At least, not for adults.Christmas in the Country in Rocky Point opens at 5:30 p.m. every night.last_img

Ocean Isle Beach to host Run for Food event to restock community

first_img “In 2018, we served 14,000 people,” said Race Coordinator Debbie Donoghue. “This is our major fundraiser.”The food pantry serves a vital role in providing food and that was especially true during Hurricane Florence.“After the storm, we helped anyone who came,” Donoghue said.Related Article: Crews respond to structure fire off of Ocean Isle Beach RoadThe course for the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge Run will take runners and walkers over the scenic Ocean Isle high-rise bridge to the mainland and back onto the island.This will be the 15th year for the event. Last year, about 600 people participated.You can register at the events website or mail your registration form to SBIC Run For Food, PO Box 1461, Shallotte, NC, 28459.The SBIC Food Pantry is made up of 16 member churches. Volunteers from these churches work at the food pantry located at Camp United Methodist Church each Saturday from 10 AM to noon. Individuals wishing to volunteer should contact maprita@aol.com. OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Ocean Isle Beach Bridge Run for Food is about two weeks away and organizers say it serves an important role in helping to restock a community food pantry primarily serving residents in southern Brunswick County.The run, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, starts at 9 AM, and features a 5K, 10K and half-marathon race. Walkers are also encouraged to take part. The event benefits the South Brunswick Interchurch Council (SBIC) Food Pantry.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Notre Dame fire Vatican offers technical expertise

first_img <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> SharePrint Il-Katidral ta’ Notre Dame mgħotti bid-dħaħaen nhar it-Tnejn filgħaxijaIl-Katidral ta’ Notre Dame mgħotti bid-dħaħaen nhar it-Tnejn filgħaxija Pope Francis expresses his sorrow to the Archbishop of Paris, and the people of France, for the fire that devastated Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, as the Vatican offers technical assistance for the historic sanctuary’s reconstruction.“Following the fire that ravaged a large part of Notre Dame Cathedral, I join you in your sorrow, as well as that of the faithful of your diocese, the inhabitants of Paris, and all the French people.”Pope Francis sent those words of solidarity to Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris on Tuesday. He assured all the people of France of his spiritual closeness and prayers during Holy Week, as the Church recalls Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. National symbol damaged“This disaster,” he wrote, “caused serious damage to a historic building. But,” the Pope went on, “I recognize that it has also affected a national symbol dear to the hearts of Parisians and French people, in the diversity of their convictions.”He called Notre Dame “an architectural jewel of a collective memory”, and said it was “the location of many great events and a testimony to the faith and prayer of the city’s Catholics.”Hope for the futurePope Francis expressed his appreciation for the courage of the firemen who intervened to contain the blaze and his hope that it return to its former glory.“May Notre Dame Cathedral once again become – thanks to reconstruction efforts and the mobilization of all – a sign of the faith of those who built it”.He said the 860-year-old sanctuary represents “the architectural and spiritual heritage of Paris, of France, and of all humanity.”Vatican offers expertiseAlso on Tuesday, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi offered the Vatican’s technical know-how to help rebuild Notre Dame.The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture told reporters that the Holy See could take part in some specific area of the reconstruction, making reference to the technical expertise of the Vatican Museums.“We have the type of know-how that the whole world recognizes as being of a high quality,” said Cardinal Ravasi. “So I think an eventual future offer by the Holy See will be significant.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Youths jeopardised with ward amalgamation at Mount Carmel – MUMN

first_img SharePrint The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN), is protesting against the decision to merge patients from the Young People Unit at Mount Carmel Hospital, with drug abusers because of infrastructural constraints. Watch: Unsafe parts at Mount Carmel have been evacuated – FearneThe Young People Unit caters for patients between the ages of nine and fifteen. According to the MUMN, such a mix is risky as it is joining high-risk with low-risk minors.  The union also stated that the young people’s segregation was issued by doctors’ orders. Read also: Shameful that government funds corruption and not mental health – PNWhatsApp <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

Watch 25000 jobs threatened if you vote PL – Delia

first_imgThe Leader of Partit Nazzjonalista Adrian Delia addressed a political activity in Fgura. This activity is following the theme ‘Together for our Country’. Delia focused on the topic of tax harmonisation, as Partit Laburista is supporting the idea which is currently being proposed in the Socialist Electoral Manifesto in the election for President of the European Commission. This will threaten 25,000 jobs in the fields of financial services and gaming.“An eye for an eye” – SantDelia discussed the phrase “An eye for an eye”, used by PL candidate Alfred Sant. Sant stated that he agrees with tax harmonisation, and that this means that the country will not be able to decide its tax rates and laws, said Delia. He continued by stating that this ideology is usually believed in by European Socialists.Read: Update: Casa replies to Sant’s accusations on tax harmonisation vote“Our outlook does not change”The Leader of the Opposition referred to last week’s debate, in which he confronted Joseph Muscat regarding this Socialism outlook, so much so that PN is currently identifying the Party as ‘Partit Soċjalista’. Muscat responded by asking if PL should start calling PN ‘il-Partit Popolari Ewropew’. Delia described his Party as being determined to maintain its roots and values, and that its outlook does not change by time. Voting for PN is a vote which protects Maltese values and priorities, concluded Delia.The PN candidates for the Local Council Elections in the fourth district have officially been announced. The localities included are Fgura, Paola , Tarxien, Santa Luċija, and Gudja.Vice Leader of PN David Aguis praised the memory of Carmel Saliba, the mother of Joe Saliba, who had contributed to the Party for several years.WhatsApp DeliaDelia <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>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Youth accused of stealing €1300 released on bail

first_img SharePrint A youth has been granted bail after being accused of stealing €1,300 in cash from two men. The accused, a 20-year-old originally from Syria and living in Qormi, appeared in court today accused of stealing the amount from two Maltese men on 21st June. He was also accused of being a recidivist (drug addict).The youth pled not guilty to the charges brought against him and requested bail. The prosecution accepted this request on condition that the accused makes no contact with the victims of the theft.The persecuting Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo, sought a protection order for the victims, while upholding the youth’s application for bail on condition that there is no contact between the accused and witnesses. The youth is not allowed to go abroad without the consent of the Court, cannot talk with witnesses, and cannot be accused of a further crime pending the case. They also stated that they must sign in at their local police station three times a week. The Court also imposed a personal guarantee of €5,500.If the accused breaches the bail conditions, they will liable for a fine amounting to €7,000 and six months in jail.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 read more

LifeCycle announces twoyear sponsorship with Nescafé 3in1

first_img <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> LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation has announced its new sponsorship deal with Nescafé 3in1 for the 21st and 22nd editions of LifeCycle Challenge.  The two-year sponsorship of €70,000 will see Nescafé 3in1 as the title sponsor of the LifeCycle Challenge.A press conference, held at ChicPhysique Studio at Hilltop Gardens, was addressed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations Dr Clifton Grima, Nestlé Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager Alfred J. Borg, Alan Curry and Dr Shirley Cefai Founder and Chairperson from LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation respectively.LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation Founder Alan Curry said: “This is a significant and substantial partnership for our forthcoming endeavours. Such partnerships increase our motivation to work even harder to benefit kidney patients and their families.”“Today, we are also announcing the destinations of Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 which will take our team of cyclists on a route starting in the city of Hanoi in Vietnam, going through Laos, Cambodia, re-entering Vietnam to end in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam:  a 2,000 km route through Southeast Asia,” said Mr Curry.Mr Alfred J. Borg Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager said: “The partnership with the LifeCycle Challenge will further highlight Nestlé’s ongoing commitment in promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle among its communities, and in this case in Malta. Furthermore, the respect and dignity the Lifecycle Foundation has sought from inception to instil into this cause is demonstrated by their effort to treat not merely the patients, but their relatives and the rest of the community through various initiatives aimed at educating and preventing. Nescafé too seeks to instil respect from the plant, to the farmer, to the community, to the planet and ultimately to our consumer. Respect is in fact the secret ingredient which has turned our coffee into Malta’s favourite coffee for over 70 years.”Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima praised the LifeCycle Challenge cyclists and the support team for using their sport abilities for such a noble deed with one aim in mind: that of helping renal patients and their families. He said: “It is inspiring to see so many people coming together to freely give their time, money and expertise in the service of others. We are a nation tied together through family, community and citizenship, and us all being here today is a great example of the strength of those bonds”Training for Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 has started. Donations to this cause can be sent via sms: 5061 7370 = €2.33; 5061 8920 = €6.99; 5061 9229 = €11.65; or via a call to 5160 2020 = €10, 5170 2005 = €15; and 5180 2006 = €25. Bank details are Swift code VALLMTMT, IBAN number MT 18 VALL 22013000000014814521017, Bank name Bank of Valletta, Account number 14814521017.For updates and to donate towards LifeCycle Challenge 2019, check out their Facebook page.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

MTN opens Ultramodern Service Centre at Forest Mall

first_imgAdvertisement MTN CEO Themba Khumalo said the Centre, at the newly-opened Forest Mall, will protect company investments in Uganda by attending to customer service issues ranging from hardware and software configurations, Mobile Money services, Data services, and general customer care queries.Khumalo said MTN offers the largest suite of products and services, with a wide-reaching positive impact across many different sectors.“MTN Mobile Money, for example, has to-date registered more than 1.7million subscribers in just over two years of operation, and now accounts for US$90million in money transfers a month. More importantly, though, MTN Mobile Money has introduced financial services to millions of Ugandans who were removed from banking due to remoteness. As an investment, MTN Mobile Money has changed the way people do business, and the way they live their lives for the better,” he said. – Advertisement – Khumalo added that to protect these investments, and therefore the quality of life that people have become accustomed to, MTN would continue to commit more and more resources into the country.“These investments have been made from scratch and range from the infrastructure we have established to create the first truly countrywide cellular network in Uganda, to the more than 1,500 staff we have trained, developed, and employ both directly as MTN Uganda, and indirectly through our agents and suppliers. We take investment seriously,” he added.“Our Service Centers stand out for their capacity to handle large numbers of customers at the same time, and the number of issues that are tackled and resolved in real-time. Here, as you can see, we have the floor space of a banking hall,” he said.He added that continued connectivity will ensure that MTN customers have the assistance they require to support their communication needs.“We have established eight fully fledged service centers to service the bulk of our urban based customers, on top of a network of more over 100,000 points of sale countrywide,” Khumalo said.last_img read more