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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.It’s official: Labour is backing a fresh public vote on the UK’s relationship with the EU. Last night, Jeremy Corbyn told the parliamentary party that an official amendment will be tabled to the government’s neutral Brexit motion this week setting out his “five demands” for Brexit. This seeks to change our negotiating position, but will be rejected by the Commons. Then the leader revealed we had reached the final stage of Labour’s conference policy, the moment many have been fighting for and others have been dreading, as he said that “in line with our conference policy, we are committed to also putting forward or supporting an amendment in favour of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country”.Why now? There is speculation that the resignations of pro-EU MPs last week prompted the shift, but this is dismissed by those who argue that this plan has been in place since September. Whatever the reason, we know that Corbyn is still uneasy backing a ‘people’s vote’, as our dozens of Labour MPs including frontbenchers. Even Emily Thornberry, who was comfortable talking about the development on Newsnight, once said backing another referendum would give the impression that the political class thinks voters are stupid.These tensions are causing confusion. Thornberry is clear that supporting another referendum is conditional on Labour’s plan being rejected tomorrow; Keir Starmer says the ballot paper options would be ‘Remain’ or ‘credible deal’, with Labour campaigning to remain, and the party would continue to push for a referendum even if May’s deal passes. But the leadership wants to play it more by ear. Labour sources are briefing that firm decisions haven’t yet been made on such details, which prompted Tom Watson to tweet that press officers are undermining the “sovereignty” of shadow cabinet members.The bottom line is that ‘no deal’ has become more likely and Labour has felt a duty to use whatever it has in its arsenal to block that outcome. Both morally (to help prevent the economic fallout) and electorally (to ensure it can’t be blamed for it). And the other bottom line is that – while this position, combined with the Prime Minister moving closer towards Article 50 extension, may shift the Brexit Overton window, and have (as yet unknown) consequences at the next election – the votes just aren’t there.There is currently no Commons majority for a ‘people’s vote’. Only nine (former/current) Tories have backed the idea so far. John Mann, Kevin Barron and other Labour MPs in Leave seats have already made clear they’ll be voting against. Caroline Flint is calling for a free vote (no whip). Remember that 14 Labour MPs voted against the last Cooper amendment, while eight shadow ministers abstained, and another referendum is more contentious than a Brexit delay. People’s Vote campaigners will say, forget electoral calculations and stand up for what’s right. Those sympathetic to Corbyn’s hesitance will say, we might have just cost ourselves marginal Leave seats, and for what? The interesting question is whether this move will have a long-term impact on Labour’s policy towards membership of the EU, and there is no way of knowing the answer to that yet.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Tom Watson /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Emily Thornberry /Keir Starmer /People’s Vote /last_img read more

Dolores Park shooting injures three one critically

first_imgPhoto by William McLeodPhoto by William McLeodPhoto by William McLeodPhoto by William McLeodPhoto by William McLeod just fucking bailed out of #DoloresPark after we heard 5 gunshots ring out. everyone stay safe— r o c k y (@rockylubbers) August 4, 2017 Tags: dolores park • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Police are asking people to avoid the area, and request that anyone with information about the incident call the SFPD Tip Line at (415)575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text with SFPD.The shooting appears to have taken place on or near the footbridge connecting Dolores Park and Church Street at 19th Street. One victim was reportedly found in the entrance to the footbridge closest to the park.“I heard five or six shots, a lot of shots, a young kid…and and old guy who was shot in the leg, I think the young kid was more serious,” said one park visitor, Olivia. “I was just was walking here from work…everyone ran down the hill, everybody ran out of the park.”Multiple park visitors reported seeing young man running down the hill toward the park’s tennis courts with a gunshot wound. One person said the youth then collapsed, before paramedics arrived and moved him onto a stretcher. Another victim, found at or near the footbridge, was reported to have been more seriously injured.Police have not given an age or other description of the victims. Park visitor Manu said they saw an armed man, possibly the perpetrator.“I heard shots, I turned around, and I saw a guy with a gun…It was one person, but there were other people standing with him,” Manu said. “I saw one guy laying down, he was conscious…the other guy I couldn’t see. We thought it was fireworks at first, but then everyone started running”Another person said visitors kept low to the ground as they fled, apparently fearing further gunfire.“I saw people running… running and rolling, a lot of rolling to try to stay low,” the visitor said. We will update this story as more information becomes available.Police have not reported the medical status of the victims.  No arrests have been made.Church has been cordoned off by police between Cumberland and 18th streets.Gang Task Force officers could be seen at the scene, though Gatpandan said this does not necessarily indicate gang involvement.“It’s very common for Gang Task Force to come out for any shooting that happens, it’s not necessarily saying this one has gang relation,” she said.Despite the heavy police presence, many Dolores Park goers remained in the park throughout and after the incident. SFPD activity at Dolores Park: Officers on scene and the scene is secure.— SFPD Mission Station (@SFPDMission) August 4, 2017center_img Update 8/4/17: According to San Francisco General Hospital spokesperson Brent Andrew, one of the victims was discharged home, one is a juvenile, and one is still in critical condition. Police report three people were injured, one critically, in a shooting that occurred Thursday afternoon at Dolores Park.  The victims have been identified as a 16-year-old male, a 69-year-old male, and a 37-year-old male – the latter sustained life-threatening injuries.Visitors reported hearing a series of five or six gunshots just after 3 p.m.“We located three victims behind the footbridge,” said police spokesperson Grace Gatpandan. All three suffered from gunshot wounds, she said. No arrest has yet been made, but “We have officers who are out there looking for the suspect(s).”— TYCHO (@ISO50) August 3, 2017 Citing the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, Gatpandan said she could not immediately provide suspect descriptions. 0% #SFPD is on scene investigating a shooting that occurred. 3 shooting victims at this time. All are being transported to the hospital. #SF— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) August 3, 2017last_img read more

Shooting at 17th and Mission sends one man to the hospital

first_imgSan Francisco Police are investigating a shooting that occurred near 17th and Mission on Monday afternoon.Public Information Officer Adam Lobsinger said a call came in around 2:46 p.m. that shots had been fired near 17th and Mission streets. One man was struck and taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.  Police had no information on the severity of his injuries.Police officers are still investigatingThis is a breaking news story and will be updated. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img

Youth violence summit focuses on action — not talk

first_imgEarlier this month, 15-year-old Day’von Hann was shot and killed in the Mission District, leaving an entire community heartbroken and questioning how this could happen to a boy whose future seemed so promising. This was on many attendees’ minds on Monday night, and more than a dozen community speakers were then given the opportunity to make their voices heard — just three minutes each, and if they strayed too far from an idea for concrete action, Brown interrupted them. “But what do you propose we do,” he pressed. The responses he got were, for the most part, thoughtful. The Rev. Amos Brown, with microphone, was not a passive moderator at Monday’s youth violence town hall. Seated to his right are San Francisco Police Commander David Lazar and Chief Bill Scott. Photo by Annie Berman.“I propose we get all the youth together in the room,” said one speaker, “And not just the ‘good’ kids, but the ones we call ‘knuckleheads,’ the ones who need to be listened to the most, and ask them what’s in their hearts and minds.”Others spoke of the importance of good male role models and mentors. They suggested meditation classes for those recovering from trauma, business incubators for burgeoning entrepreneurs, affordable mental health services and rehab for those struggling with addiction, and mediation opportunities for gang members. “I want our youth to know that they were not the ones who broke themselves,” said William Park, speaking passionately into the microphone. “It is the system that is broken, not them.”He added that he was in prison for “31 years and 21 days,” and that he dreams of a justice system that does not criminalize people of color. As they spoke, San Francisco Police Department Chief Bill Scott listened intently.“What I’m hearing tonight,” Scott said, once everyone else had had a chance to speak, “is that we need to address the root causes. That this isn’t about more policing.” He paused.“And I also think after the meeting is where the real work happens.”The Rev. Harry Williams of GLIDE Memorial Methodist Church in the Tenderloin sat in the second row, greeting many acquaintances with a friendly wave. “Young ‘Day Day’ Hann was murdered in the Mission District,” he said. “I came here tonight to find organizations to partner with, as well as to find out why things are going the way they are.”Mostly, he found what he was looking for.“The answers that people came up with tonight were not punitive,” he said. “Nobody’s talking about making arrests. People are talking about coming together, and listening to young people, actually bringing them to the table. And I think that’s the beginning.” In a town hall meeting motivated by the desire to do something rather than just talk, hundreds gathered to strategize methods of curbing youth violence in San Francisco. Held Monday evening at the Third Baptist Church in the Fillmore District, the event was moderated by San Francisco’s NAACP chapter president, the Rev. Amos Brown. “We are here to televise our tears,” said Brown, who opened the meeting with a prayer for all young lives taken before their prime. “We are here to tell the people with power in this city that the time for talk is past, and the time for action has come.”Attendees at Monday’s event were predominantly people of color. And though this was a night of focusing on youth violence, this crowd skewed middle-aged or older.Serious youth crime has been in steady decline since the 1990s. But gun violence rates in the United States are still staggering. According to the research group Everytown, firearms are the leading cause of death for black children and teens, who are 14 times more likely than white youth to die by gun homicide.  Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS fans and past players recently returned to

first_imgSAINTS fans and past players recently returned to Knowsley Road to reminisce about their memories and special times at the club.Filmed overlooking the pitch, loyal fans – some that have supported the club since 1939 – looked back over the years and shared their stories.   And you can see them here.  It wasn’t just supporters who were keen to tell their tales, past players Neil Holding, Peter Harvey and Dave Markey also spoke about their memories, giving an insight into what really happened behind the scenes at one of the most successful rugby league clubs in history.  Avid Saints supporter and senior partner at Hattons Solicitors, Bruce Hatton commented: “I’ve been a loyal Saints supporter since I was a child. Looking back at my first trip to the club and the electric atmosphere standing on the terraces, it’s not hard to see how I became hooked to this exciting game. My own memories and experience of Saints and Knowsley Road meant that Saints were the natural club for us to sponsor when we opened our first Hattons office almost 10 years ago.  “We have chosen to create these films along with digital media specialists Trusupporter, as a way of giving back a quality service to the supporters. Every fan has a tale to tell and I believe we have helped to bring these memories to life through our online Supporter Memories Hall of Fame.  “As we all say goodbye to Knowsley Road we can fondly look back on many happy memories there and now it’s time to look forward to the new stadium where many new memories will be created.”  The online Hall of Fame is an interactive website, showing pictures, stories and most importantly seven short films of four supporters and past players talking about their happiest, saddest and funniest memories as a Saints fan. There will be seven more fans films added in the New Year of four more supporters.  Louise Cuming of Trusupporter said: “Fans have amazing stories – it is an absolute goldmine of surprise, intrigue, shock and warm-hearted human interest. For Hattons we have found a St Helens fan that slept with the Carnegie Rugby League Challenge Cup and the Engage Super League Trophy! We’ve called that film ‘three in a bed’ but who could have predicted that? It is just one of many unusual stories we have captured.”  The online Supporter Memories Hall of Fame can be viewed by visiting and entering your email address to log in.last_img read more

SAINTS will kick off their Super League campaign a

first_imgSAINTS will kick off their Super League campaign at home to Huddersfield Giants on Saturday February 2.The match will see Nathan Brown face his former employers at Langtree Park in a cracking start to the new season.Saints will then travel to Widnes (Sunday Feb 10) before returning home to take on Hull FC.The traditional Good Friday clash will be at the DW Stadium with the club welcoming Castleford on Easter Monday.Warrington will provide the opposition at the Magic Weekend and the home tie against Wigan will be a Monday night thriller on July 22.Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood is predicting that a World Cup year will provide the catalyst for the greatest Super League season of all in 2013.Wood said: “Super League continued to build in stature in 2012 with record attendances and viewing figures and I am sure this exciting and action-packed fixture schedule will see even more people enjoy the experience of watching this extraordinary competition in 2013. We have a 14-team Super League in 2013 followed by a 14-nation Rugby League World Cup and that makes for the perfect formula for success. “The chance to feature in the most successful Rugby League World Cup of all time at the end of the year is guaranteed to bring out the best in every Super League player and I share the view held by tens of thousands of fans that the big kick off cannot come quick enough. The agreement struck with Manchester City to host Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in 2013 and 2014 will see that event grow and the return of ‘Extraordinary Mondays’ live on Sky Sports will help showcase Super League to a wider audience.”All 14 Super League clubs will head for the Etihad Stadium on the Bank Holiday weekend of May 25-26 for the unique experience of Magic Weekend, which hosts the event for a second successive year.May 25: Salford City Reds v Widnes Vikings (12pm), Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants (2.15pm), Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers (4.30pm), St Helens v Warrington Wolves (6.45pm).May 26: Catalan Dragons v London Broncos (3pm), Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (5.15pm), Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (7.30pm). Tickets for Magic Weekend 2013 will go on sale from Tuesday December 4 at the Saints Ticket Office and remember the best way to see your Saints in 2013 is with a season ticket.To find out more click here.Saints Fixtures in 2013Round 1Saturday February 2St. Helens v Huddersfield Giants (5:45pm SKY)Round 2Sunday February 10Widnes Vikings v St. Helens (3:00pm)Round 3Friday February 15St. Helens v Hull FC (8:00pm)Round 4Sunday February 24Bradford Bulls v St. Helens (3:00pm)Round 5Friday March 1St. Helens v Leeds Rhinos (8:00pm SKY)Round 6Friday March 8Warrington Wolves v St. Helens (8:00pm SKY)Round 7Friday March 15St. Helens v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (8:00pm)Round 8Friday March 22St. Helens v Salford City Reds (8:00pm)Round 9Friday March 29Wigan Warriors v St. Helens (TBC SKY)Round 10Monday April 1St. Helens v Castleford Tigers (3:00pm)Round 11Sunday April 7Hull KR v St. Helens (3:00pm)Round 12Friday April 12St. Helens v Catalan Dragons (8:00pm SKY)Challenge Cup Round FourSaturday & Sunday April 20 & 21Round 13Saturday April 27London Broncos v St. Helens (3:00pm)Round 14Friday May 3St. Helens v Widnes Vikings (8:00pm)Challenge Cup Round FiveSaturday & Sunday May 11 & 12Round 15Monday May 20Leeds Rhinos v St. Helens (7:45pm SKY)Round 16 (Magic Weekend)Saturday May 25St. Helens v Warrington Wolves (6:45pm)Round 17Monday June 3Huddersfield Giants v St. Helens (7:45pm SKY)Round 18Sunday June 9St. Helens v Bradford Bulls (3:00pm)International BreakWeekend of June 15Round 19Friday June 21Salford City Reds v St. Helens (8:00pm)Round 20Friday June 28St. Helens v Hull K R (8:00pm)Round 21Sunday July 7Castleford Tigers v St. Helens (3:30pm)Challenge Cup Quarter FinalSaturday & Sunday July 13 & 14Round 22Monday July 22St. Helens v Wigan Warriors (7:45pm SKY)Challenge Cup Semi FinalSaturday & Sunday July 27 & 28Round 23Saturday August 3Catalan Dragons v St. Helens (6:00pm)Round 24Friday August 9St. Helens v London Broncos (8:00pm)Round 25Sunday August 18Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v St. Helens (3:30pm)Challenge Cup FinalSaturday August 24Round 26Friday August 30St. Helens v Warrington Wolves (8:00pm)Round 27Friday September 6Hull FC v St. Helens (8:00pm)last_img read more

WILLIE Manu wants Saints to repay the fans with a

first_imgWILLIE Manu wants Saints to repay the fans with a massive performance in the derby.The 34-year-old back rower believes they let themselves and the supporters down in the Good Friday reverse to the Warriors – and now is the time to put it right.“We’ve been talking about that defeat this week and we certainly let ourselves down,” he said. “It is something we need to address – we need to win and repay our fans for what happened on that day.“It will be a good test for us but I’m sure if we concentrate on what we need to do then we can come home with the win.“We need to tighten up on our completion rate as in the first and last ten minutes against Castleford we fell away from that. That is something we have to concentrate on if we want to stay on top.“We have fallen short a couple of times when we’ve been top and we have spoken about that.”Willie played his second game for Saints since returning from a broken thumb in the win over Castleford on Sunday.“It’s good to be back,” he added. “It beats getting flogged on the pitch on your own as you’re working through rehab.last_img read more

Bladen County School Board discusses calendar flexibility

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The debate over North Carolina’s rules for school calendars has heated up again, this time in Bladen County.The school board like many others is looking for more flexibility in the schedule.- Advertisement – Educators have been asking for years for North Carolina lawmakers to loosen rules on when the school year can start and end.“We’ve often thought it would be nice to have the first semester end before Christmas break. That gives students a chance to finish out courses from that semester, take their break, go home, relax, enjoy their time with their family and then come back after the Christmas break ready to start the next semester,” Bladen County Schools spokeswoman Valerie Newton said.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said school should start earlier to get out before the holiday because it would benefits student.Related Article: Foggy conditions blamed for minor school bus accident“As school districts we really want to have a flexibility with the calendar that allows us to align our schedule with the community college. It allows high school students not to have to take final exams in January after the Christmas break,” Dr. Taylor said.North Carolina adopted a statewide school calendar in 2004 at the urging of the tourism industry and parents who wanted to keep summers as free time.But many districts argue the tight time frame limits their ability to deal with days lost to things like hurricanes or snow.“You’re going to have those who think it’s a great idea for the students to come back sooner so that they can finish out their semester before school, and then your going to have those who would rather have an extended summer and let the students come back towards the end of august and extend that semester on through Christmas break, so there’s gonna be two sides to that,” Newton said.We reached out to state representative William Brisson and Senator Bill Rabon, who represent Bladen County in the general assembly. We have not yet heard backlast_img read more

Program educates parents on dangers of drugs for adolescents

first_img It introduced adults to current trends with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as health risks for adolescents, and more.Studies have shown that drug abuse is a real problem in the Port City, so the hope is that educating parents and adults can have a positive impact on the youth.“In Wilmington, of course, we have a big problem with substance use and the answer to that we feel like is providing some information for families to prevent substance use,” said Tri-County Community Collaborative’s Linda Warden.Related Article: Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall illThis is the first year the Tri-County Community Collaborative has organized this event. Mock bedroom used during Drugs Uncovered program on September 23, 2017 (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Class was in session Saturday at UNCW as parents learned how they can help their kids stay away from drugs.It was part of Drugs Uncovered, an interactive program put on by the Tri-County Community Collaborative.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington cop on leave after alleged domestic incident

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) – A Wilmington Police Department officer is facing charges in relation to a domestic situation in Leland.According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged victim took out a warrant.- Advertisement – In the affidavit, the woman claims Michael Christopher Scott was threatening her and damaged her property.The woman alleges that Scott claimed he would “f*** her up” or “beat her up”. This stemming from an argument the victim said she had with Scott on Friday morning. She then claims she went back to the Leland home the next day to get some of her belongings. The victim claims that Scott broke picture frames and had left her clothes outside on the patio table.According to the arrest warrant, Scott was charged with communicating threats as well as injury to personal property.Related Article: Deputies search for missing Leland teenScott posted a $500 unsecured bond and is to not make contact with the victim. He is scheduled to be in court March 8.A Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman confirmed that Scott was assigned as a school resource officer at Hoggard High School.He is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the charges. There is also an internal affairs investigation underway.Scott was hired in 2013. He was promoted from a police trainee to a police officer in 2014.last_img read more