A newlyelected disabled MP has said that she woul

first_imgA newly-elected disabled MP has said that she would never have been elected to parliament if her mother had not fought for her right to a mainstream education.Marsha de Cordova used part of her maiden speech to other MPs – during a debate on the scheduling of parliamentary business – to highlight the importance of her mother’s efforts to keep her out of the special school system.She told fellow MPs: “When I was at primary school, the headteacher thought that it would be better if I was sent to a special school, but my mother was having none of that and fought tooth and nail to keep me in mainstream education.“I can safely say that I would not be the woman I am today, or an elected member of parliament, had it not been for her.”De Cordova (pictured) said she had been a disability rights campaigner for most of her life and that she believed disabled people “should have the right to participate in society equally”, including the “right to a good education, the right to travel and access public transport, and the right to work”.She also said that government policies on social security and social care had “disproportionately affected disabled people” over the last seven years.And she said she was particularly concerned about disabled people’s employment opportunities, with less than half of working-age disabled people in jobs, compared with 80 per cent of the non-disabled population.She said: “That is just not good enough. We need to change that.”De Cordova also made it clear that she would stand up for her constituents in her seat of Battersea, who had voted overwhelmingly against Brexit, and would draw in her work on the values of “openness, tolerance, social justice and co-operation”.In a speech that focused strongly on Battersea, she said she represented “one of the youngest, most diverse and most well-educated constituencies in the country”.She also focused on housing issues.She said: “We are increasingly divided, not least on housing.“Private rents have soared. Housing is insecure. Glistening new developments are rising up around us, but the cost of housing puts them way beyond reach.“It is a scandal that people under 35 have simply been frozen out of home ownership. Too many people are confronted with housing pressures that are getting worse.”And she called for the spirit of the pioneering efforts that led to some of the oldest council housing in the country being built in Battersea, in the 1870s, to be “reignited”.last_img read more

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Developer Pitches FiveStory Project and Living Alley at Mission Border

first_imgThe developer of a housing project planned for the northern Mission District pitched a transformative concept for a small industrial street there on Monday, saying he hoped to convert the street into a “living alley” with landscaping, seating, and public art.Craig Hamburg, a vice-president at the development firm DDG, told a group of seven neighbors who live near the proposed 44-unit project at 235 Valencia St. that as part of the construction, he was pushing to change Clinton Park, a car-lined industrial street, into a pedestrian-friendly avenue. His plans, which are preliminary, would maintain vehicle access to the scooter shop and other industrial spaces on the street while adding trees, flowers, benches, murals, sculptures, and speed-reducing bulbouts. They would also pay tribute to Loren “Hap” Jones, a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame who once had a dealership on the site and may be honored with a plaque in the alleyway.“We ultimately came to the conclusion that a cool way to memorialize Hap would be a public improvement to Clinton Park — a ‘living alley,’ is what the Planning Department calls it,” Hamburg said. A mock-up of the living alley, one example of what Clinton Park could become. Design courtesy of DDG.Nothing has been finalized, however, and Hamburg only presented mock-ups of public art and other alley concepts. The project is still 12-18 months from breaking ground, he said, and would take some 16 months of construction after that. Decisions about Clinton Park’s alley would be made down the road.At Monday’s meeting, neighbors were largely supportive of the plan for a refurbished alley, but held out one concern — that the street not turn into McCoppin Hub, a nearby park where homeless people often gather throughout the day and that has led neighbors to push for a fence to keep them out.“Making sure [the living alley] doesn’t promote homelessness” is key, said Kelly Scott Hill of Factory 1 Design, a design studio on Clinton Park. Hill said that McCoppin Hub served as a cautionary tale of a refurbished area that is now worse than what came before it. He did not want to see money spent on a living alley if it went the McCoppin Hub route, he said.Hamburg, for his part, agreed, saying that because his development firm will also serve as the property manager, it would be incentivized to keep the Clinton Park alleyway desirable to its tenants. The project is one of many that will alter the northern Mission District by bringing in new market-rate buildings to the low-lying neighborhood near the 101 freeway. At least 218 units in seven new developments are planned for the two-block area between Duboce Avenue and 15th Street and Mission and Valencia streets. The living alley and project on their own could extend the cafes and restaurants of Valencia Street into the little-used cul-de-sac of Clinton Park. The residential complex sits atop 5,500 square feet of retail space, which Hamburg hoped would be broken up into small shopfronts — like a set of stores at 17th Street and Treat Avenue.The small storefronts at 17th Street and Treat Avenue that may be a model for those at 235 Valencia St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Clinton Park alley. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.The block is little used by pedestrians. The intersection of Clinton Park and Stevenson Street has seen a proliferation of tent encampments since a fire in 2014 destroyed an arts warehouse on the block. There are no storefronts in the area, sitting as it does between a large Greek Orthodox cathedral, a parking lot, and the burn-out warehouse.It was also the place where two sheriff’s deputies from Alameda chased and beat a car theft suspect, Stanislov Petrov, in November 2015. They were fired, and a federal suit against them has been filed. New construction, however, promises to transform the area. A 45-unit project is planned for 344 14th St. at the corner of Stevenson and 14th streets that would replace the parking lot there with a five-story residential complex above a retail space. Next to that, a three-story, 14,000 square-foot “production, distribution, and repair” space at 1463 Stevenson St. would bring light industry and office space to the middle of the block, along with an underground parking lot.The Orthodox cathedral next door is under reconstruction and at least one neighbor at Monday’s meeting hoped the developers of that project would speak with DDG to extend the living alley down Stevenson Street.Around the corner at 198 Valencia St., developers are hoping to build a five-story, 28-unit building across the street from Zeitgeist, though the bar’s concern over the project’s shadow impact recently delayed approval of the project.Other projects along Mission Street will bring dozens of new units to the area in new five to seven story buildings. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The 235 Valencia St. project itself faced little contention at Monday’s meeting. Neighbors hoped to learn more about the shadow impact on their apartments across the street and the impact that more than a year of construction would have on their businesses. Some asked about security — the building will have surveillance cameras lining the alley. Others about parking — it will have none, in accordance with the city’s transit-first policy for the area.None mentioned affordable housing, the usual topic of contention at housing meetings in the Mission District. The project will abide by the requirements set forth in Proposition C — 25 percent of its units, 11 units, must be rented at below-market-rate, unless the Board of Supervisors lowers that requirement. The majority of the units are studios — 22 of them, along with four one-bedrooms. Because the project is under the Market-Octavia Plan for the area, 40 percent of its units must be greater than two-bedrooms, so the project has 13 of those along with five three-bedroom apartments. All of the units are small, however, which Hamburg said would make them more affordable than market-rate for the bedroom size. He envisioned each bedroom going for between $1,500 to $2,100 — meaning studios and one-bedrooms in the low $2,000s, two-bedrooms going for between $3,000-$4,000, and three-bedrooms between $4,500-$6,000. None of the prices are final, however, given that the project is three years from completion.Median rent is $1,950 for a one-bedroom and $3,850 for a two-bedroom, according to the real estate website Trulia.No opposition has yet mounted to the project. Asked whether he was concerned about a fight as the development winds through the permitting process, Hamburg said San Francisco was fertile ground for housing battles but that he hoped residents would weigh the project on its merits.“Knock on wood,” he said.Stevenson Street where it meets Clinton Park. Photo by Lola M. Chavez. 0%last_img read more

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FORMER Saints favourite Leon Pryce is releasing hi

first_imgFORMER Saints favourite Leon Pryce is releasing his upcoming autobiography Pryceless: The Leon Pryce Story this June – and Saints fans can have their name exclusively printed in a special section of the book if they pre-order.Pryce joined Saints in 2006 and instantly became a fans’ favourite of the Saints faithful after helping Daniel Anderson’s side win the treble in the same year.He went on to win further honours with the club before leaving in 2012.Released on June 1, the book takes an extended look at the highs and lows of some of Saints’ glory years in Super League – as well as what went on away from the field!The book will feature a special ‘Supporters of Leon’ section, where anyone who pre-orders from the link below will have their name – or the name of a friend or relative – printed in EVERY single copy that is sold, as well as a bookplate dedicated to the name of your choice inserted at the front: signed by Leon himself!It gives Saints fans the unique opportunity to be a part of Leon’s story as he reveals all about the highs and lows of his rugby league career.Leon will be holding signing events around the time of the release – but this is an opportunity for fans to be a part of all copies of the book when it is released later this year.To order, click here.last_img read more

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Regan Grace took his try tally to eight in five ma

first_imgRegan Grace took his try tally to eight in five matches with a brace whilst Ryan Morgan also grabbed a double in a solid win.But they were pushed all the way by a Widnes side that scored early and kept on fighting throughout.Matt Whitley had given the Vikings a fifth minute lead before Saints turned the screw and took their chances.Firstly, Danny Richardson finished off a Dom Peyroux break and then Ben Barba chipped for Mark Percival to put down.The mercurial full back was called upon to make try-saving tackle on Sam Wilde – before Saints turned defence into attack and Barba found Grace for his first.Saints were 18-6 up but any thoughts they could take the game away from Widnes were halted when Wellington Albert pulled one back on 25 minutes.Barba crossed for his 19th of the season shortly afterwards but when Peyroux was sinbinned for holding back Aaron Heremaia on a kick through just before half time, Jimmy Keinhorst went through a gap.Saints extended their lead five minutes into the second half with a Richardson penalty – before Ryan Morgan scored his brace.The first came after a superb Percival break; the centre stepping multiple defenders and finding Richardson on his right.The scrum half then linked with Makinson to pop Morgan over.His second came from another sweeping move to the right; Barba and Richardson both involved.Widnes tried their luck as the game came to an end – but found Saints a tough nut to crack – and eventually a loose pass was scooped up and returned 50 metres for Grace’s second.Match Summary:Vikings: Tries: Whitley, Albert, Keinhorst Goals: Marsh (3 from 3)Saints: Tries: Richardson, Percival, Grace (2), Barba, Morgan (2) Goals: Richardson (5 from 8)Penalties Awarded: Vikings: 9 Saints: 6HT: 18-22 FT: 18-38REF: L MooreATT: 38,881Teams:Vikings: 1. Rhys Hanbury; 5. Patrick Ah Van, 4. Charly Runciman, 38. Jimmy Keinhorst, 2. Stefan Marsh; 6. Joseph Mellor, 33. Aaron Heremaia; 25. James Chapelhow, 21. Jordan Johnstone, 19. Greg Burke, 12. Matt Whitley, 17. Samuel Wilde, 13. Hep Cahill. Subs: 16. Thomas Olbison, 20. Macgraff Leuluai, 23. Danny Walker, 36. Wellington Albert.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 20. Matty Lees.last_img read more

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Wilmington man arrested for kidnapping assault

first_img The suspect initially opened the door, but closed it again when he saw the officers. The officers then heard screams of help from inside. Dandron says they also heard the suspect say he would kill the officers.After several attempts, officers were able to enter the home, where they got into a scuffle with the suspect. The suspect, Jarvis Johnson, 36, of Wilmington, was eventually taken into custody and to the hospital to be treated for injuries.Johnson is charged with burglary, 5 counts of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and 2 counts of felony assault on law enforcement officer.Related Article: Hampstead woman charged in hit-and-run that injured bartender (Photo: MGN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is charged with an early morning burglary and kidnapping in Wilmington.According to Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron, officers responded to the 1600 block of Forbes Court around 3 a.m. Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Crews battle house fire in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue responded to an early morning house fire Wednesday in Wilmington.According to New Hanover County Dispatch, crews responded to the fire at 15 Rogers Avenue around 4:30 a.m.- Advertisement – A press release from WFD Assistant Fire Chief Rick Pearsall said officials first noticed light smoke and later determined the fire spread to the attic and roof. Crews put out the fire quickly and said it is believed to have started in or near the fireplace.Duke Energy is in the process of shutting main power off to the residence.Three adults and two pets were in the home at the time. Officials say everyone made it out safely. There were no injuries reported. The Red Cross is assisting the victims.Related Article: Crews responding to house fire in Landfall communityCrews are still on scene.We will update this story as more information becomes available.last_img read more

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Questions about workers future as Wilmington plant pulls plans to continue fumigation

first_img We reached out to the owner of TIMA Capital, which is taking over the property. He told WWAY by phone his main priority right now is to take care of his employees and vendors. He also said fumigation is not all they do and that they are generating new ideas in hopes of keeping all jobs.The owner told us to call back in ten days when he’ll have a better idea on the plant’s next move.The NC Department of Environmental Quality had planned to hold public hearings for the plant and another proposed in Columbus County due to concerns about the amount of methyl bromide they would emit. The Columbus County project is still on the table. The Royal Pest Solutions plant on Sunnyvale Drive in Wilmington. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While environmentalists are happy a facility in Wilmington will stop fumigation operations, what does that mean for the current employees?Royal Pest Solutions and TIMA Capital sent letters to state regulators this week asking to withdraw a draft air permit and stop fumigation operations at the plant at 800 and 810 Sunnyvale Drive by April 10. That’s when they will be done fumigating the current inventory of logs.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Nutcracker home steals the show at Pleasure Islands annual lights tour

first_img After moving to North Carolina a year ago, she is happy to finally share here collection in this guided tour.Happe says she has so many it is hard to keep track.“I don’t buy toy soldiers anymore because there are too many that look alike but if I buy a cheerleader or the Red Hat Society, I know I don’t have those,” she said. “I only buy ones that I don’t have. My latest one was a crocodile.”Related Article: Drivers on flooded roads in Carolina Beach won’t be fined just yetHappe says she has nutcrackers ranging from $5 to $500 in her home. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds came out through the cold, wet weather tour the nine homes in this year’s Island of Lights tour on Pleasure Island on Saturday evening. But, one home stole the show– the nutcracker house. It was filled with over 500!Lynda Happe has been collecting nutcrackers for 30 years. She has 776 to celebrate every holiday including Christmas.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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State Hazmat team called to fuel leak from crash in Brunswick Co

first_imgCrash on Andrew Jackson Highway on April 25, 2019 (Photo: Kelsie Anderson/WWAY) Leland (WWAY) — Emergency management officials in Brunswick County are waiting for Hazmat crews to help clean up a fuel leak from a crash this morning.Officials said the accident happened around 5:30 a.m. between a semi-truck and a Toyota 4-Runner off of US 74 West near Exit 5 to I-140.- Advertisement – The details of the accident are still being investigated. Leland fire department said they do not know what caused the accident, or who hit whom.“There were injuries in the passenger vehicle. The truck driver is fine, but we don’t know the extent of injuries,” said James Lancaster, Batallion Chief, Town of Leland. “There was an ambulance here…however I don’t know what paramedics decided to do.”Lancaster said, at some point, the 4-Runner struck one of the fuel tanks of the 18-wheeler causing an unknown amount of diesel fuel to leak. Emergency management, as well as, members of the state emergency management in Raleigh have been alerted. The hazmat  team is on its way to take care of the situation. Leland officials say they do not have the amount of resources for a fuel leak of that size.Related Article: Police: Ambulance driver fell asleep, crashed into wallThe clean up is said to take a couple hours but it is unlikely to cause the road to be blocked.“As far as we are on the side of the highway it is highly unlikely that they’ll block the whole road. It’s relatively safer for folks to pass around,” said Lancaster.last_img read more

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Poll Where were the comments posted

first_imgAdds comment by Women for Women administrator (below)Adds in editorial commentA group of comments by pro-abortion campaigners has sparked a maelstrom of anger across the board on the social media, more specifically Facebook. In what looks like a pro-abortion chat, four women discuss turning foetuses into food. While it appears obvious that the engagement is intended to be a lighthearted one, the net effect is as tasteless and crass as they come.Originally sources have said that the comments were related to a post on the Facebook group Women for Women, a moderated site which features a wide variety of topics. Many post anonymously largely about relationship advice and family issues, including abortion. Subsequent developments indicate that the offending posts may have been in another page all together (see editorial comment below). The ‘discussion’ was apparently sparked by an anti abortion post which was shared and commented upon in a trite manner. The other comments soon followed and the post ended up garnering over 350 comments including the ones in question.The tasteless comments were immediately picked up and the screenshots went viral leading to the original post being pulled from the page. 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>center_img Women for Women replyFrancesca Fenech Conti, administrator of the FB page Women for Women took exception to the article and posted on the page denying that the post had been made on the page in question. ” I don’t know what is in worse taste the comments you said came from this group (which they didn’t) or the fact that you wanted to try to show our fantastic group of women in a bad light.” said Fenech Conti.Editorial replyAt the time of writing every effort had been made to ascertain the provenance of the comments in question. Two separate sources confirmed that it was from Women for Women. After the denial by Francesca Fenech Conti other sources came forward saying that this was from another Page. Since the comments have been deleted there is no way in which Newsbook.com.mt can ascertain beyond every shadow of doubt where the comments were originally posted. Newsbook.com.mt does not doubt the good faith of Francesca Fenech Conti. However this is not about a Facebook forum, but about tasteless comments.WhatsApplast_img read more

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