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Charity campaigners are calling for disabled peopl

first_imgCharity campaigners are calling for disabled people to support their search for just seven Tory MPs willing to rebel against their government and so defeat plans for “appalling” cuts to out-of-work disability benefits.Several of the disability and health charities at this week’s Conservative party conference in Manchester focused much of their attention on government plans to cut payments to many new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) by about £30-a-week from April 2017.The move, announced earlier this year by chancellor George Osborne and backed by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, will apply to all new claimants of the ESA work-related activity group – those considered not yet able to work, but who might be able to do so in the future.It will mean that disabled WRAG claimants will receive the same weekly payment as non-disabled claimants of the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), an annual loss of about £1,500 a year, and a cut of £640 million a year from disabled people’s income by 2020-21.The WRAG cut was raised several times at conference fringe events, with disabled people’s minister Justin Tomlinson repeatedly failing to explain why the cut was fair or necessary.Instead he stressed that there would be no cut for those in the ESA support group, and that the majority of people in the WRAG wanted to work.He said the government would increase funding for employment support for people on ESA, with an extra £100 million a year by 2020, because ESA claimants currently receive only about one seventh of the “professional support” provided to JSA claimants, while only a tiny proportion of ESA claimants had so far found work.But he failed to explain how cutting the income of people in the WRAG would help them find those jobs or overcome the barriers they faced in the employment market and wider society.Mark Atkinson, interim chief executive of Scope, told the minister in a fringe event organised by his own charity and the Centre for Social Justice, the think-tank set up by Duncan Smith: “We don’t think it is the answer or that it would incentivise people.”Disability News Service has learned that health and disability charities spent much of the conference week lobbying Tory MPs about the proposed cut and believe they have a good chance of persuading the minimum of seven Tory MPs they will need to vote against the government to ensure the measure never becomes law.Although the first vote on the WRAG cut – clause 13 of the welfare reform and work bill – could come as early as next week, during its committee stage, campaigners will also be targeting later stages of the bill’s passage through parliament, which will take place later this year or early in 2016.One disability lobbyist told DNS: “The WRAG cut is the major concern for many health charities here.“We need at least seven Conservative MPs to defy their party whip, see through the ludicrous argument that it is an ‘incentive to work’, and to put their heads above the parapet.“It is going to be an uphill struggle, but there is growing concern among MPs that this is a step too far.”She said they now needed activists and campaigners to “turn up at advice surgeries in sufficient numbers to remind Tory MPs of the difference between a carrot and a bludgeon”.last_img read more

SF commercial tenants vie for access homeless encampments for space

first_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The building’s tenants were wedged between two sprawling tent encampments along Utah Street and San Bruno Avenue for months. Then, two weeks ago, the Department of Public Works cleared both areas in an abrupt effort to address a growing number of public complaints.Kron4 reported on Wednesday that several companies operating in the building plan to relocate at the end of the month if the remaining campers aren’t addressed, but Thollander said the homeless weren’t the sole reason for the exodus.“I think people are more thinking of moving because they’ve outgrown our space,” he said.Still, the building’s homeless neighbors, who are now just around the corner, are a “detriment to leasing,” he said, adding that he is worried that the current tenants may leave.“I’m sure they want to leave – they are tired of it,” said Thollander.Thollander said that incidents in which campers “break in” to use the building’s restrooms are common, and that he’s found the bathrooms “trashed” on numerous occasions.“They love to get in to use our restrooms – someone leaves, they come into building after them,” he said. “Or [they come in] just to get their living supplies, toilet paper and stuff like that. We are a source for them if given the opportunity to the wrong person.”Randy Quezada, spokesperson for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said that he is aware of the complaints from the building and that the area will soon be targeted by the department’s encampment resolution team.That team’s process is to work with campers in an effort to remove encampments permanently by transitioning their inhabitants into shelters and supportive housing.Though the building’s problems may have eased up after the recent removal of the Utah Street and San Bruno Avenue encampments, they haven’t gone away, said Thollander. The campers simply moved onto the side streets along 15th street and Alameda Street.Those who have been displaced say they are left with few options of where to go next.“We were told to move across the street,” said a 23-year-old woman named Melissa, who camped on Utah Street prior to the removal. “They gave us a list of places we can’t go.”For the past week, Melissa has camped directly outside of Showplace Square’s entrance on 15th Street.“When they moved us over here there were all these [Public Works] trucks and employees, but for what? So we can move over here, ten feet away?” She wanted to know.Some employees in the building said they do not take issue with the campers outside.“The problem is not that they are living out here, it’s that they don’t have homes,” said an employee of a tech firm located inside the building. The man said he is not bothered by the campers’ presence, but knows that it is a problem for others who work in the building.“People complain about them taking up too much space, it being dirty, all this kind of stuff. But where else are these people going go?” he said.  “At least here there is the freeway [underpass] that provides some shelter from the rain.”After being displaced from Shotwell street a year ago, Ortego Flowers has set up his tent near the underpass and behind Showplace Square, on the corner of Alameda Street and San Bruno Avenue.Flowers said he has a hard time understanding the employees’ complaints. The campers, he said, rarely interact with them.“They come to work, they leave. I don’t see anybody out there begging them for change or food,” said Flowers, adding that he “tries to stay as far away from businesses” as he can to avoid displacement. “They’re really pushing us against the fence.”Kelly Cutler, of the Coalition on Homelessness, said she calls the recent encampment clearings authorized by Public Works “sweeps” because the homeless were not offered services or shelter.“[Homeless Outreach workers] didn’t seem to be as actively connected with that effort. That was straight [Public Works],” said Cutler.While the sweeps may remove people temporarily, Cutler said that they are a band-aid at best for business owners and residents as the campers tend to return, and often detrimental to those shuffled out of sight.Most encampments, she said, have established communities that offer inhabitants a sense of protection from the streets.  Utah Street, for example, had become somewhat of a refuge for a community of homeless seniors.“Within their community there they come up with certain rules,” said Cutler. “There’s somewhat of self-regulation. When there are sweeps going on and people are shuffled around, that breaks that up.”Ortego Flowers, who lives near 15th and San Bruno Streets, has been homeless since 2008. Photo by Lola M. ChavezFlowers, for his part, said that he is willing to go anywhere the city puts him, as long as it’s off the streets.“It could be the Tenderloin, or Sunnydale –just put me somewhere,” he said, explaining that his attempts to get into shelters have been largely unsuccessful. “It’s that big old waiting list, 250 pages of people waiting on a list to get housing.”As of March 22, the city shelter waitlist reached 1,196 people.As an interim solution to addressing the immediate crisis, Cutler said that her coalition is researching the benefits of a “safe sleep” policy modeled after cities like Portland, which temporarily allowed homeless camping in select areas until more permanent housing becomes available.That idea, however, has been met with some pushback from the city, she said. “The city doesn’t want to do it because they think it will be saying they approve of encampments,” she said, adding that the current alternative are sweeps.Quezada, of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said he has not seen the coalition’s proposal, but that the department is open to “any number of ideas.”Thollander, the building’s manager, agreed that sweeps aren’t the answer but is nonetheless thankful for the movement.“Sorry if they just move on to the next [block] but it’s so detrimental that we are just happy to see them moved,” he said, adding that his company has to “do what we can to keep our building prosperous and making money.”“They just can’t stay here. People want to rent here and if they are stepping over people and looking out for needles, it doesn’t happen,” he said.Barricades put up along Utah Street between 15th and 16th to prevent homeless encampments. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPart of the encampment on San Bruno and 15th Streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez 0%center_img Following the Department of Public Works’ efforts earlier this month to clear hazardous tent encampments in some parts of the city, an encampment growing in size near an office building on the outskirts of the Mission is drawing complaints from some employees there.  “We have entertainment venues here that nobody wants to come to if they have to fight through the homeless to get in and worry about their car being parked and broken into,” said Joel Thollander, assistant controller with Landmark Realty and the building manager at Showplace Square West, a three-story office building at 550 15th Street.“Nobody wants to come up.”For the past year, Thollander has managed the building that provides space to a number of design firms, entertainment venues and tech companies.last_img read more

Smile Youre on a Dolores Park camera

first_imgStartingaround a decade ago, the forms filled out by SFPD patrol officers had a section querying whether the officer searched for a camera in the vicinity of the reported incident. “And,” says a former Mission District officer, “depending on the severity of the crime, inspectors would go back during the day and contact the business or residences you indicated.” Video evidence, for lack of a better word, is good. It’s getting to be more and more necessary. “It’s 2017,” says a longtime inspector. “People want the cops to wear cameras. And when we take a case to court, people want to know about video evidence. This is what people want.” But people want more services without increased taxes, too. People like the idea of neat-and-clean video evidence, even if they don’t like the idea of living in an Orwellian fishbowl. Rolling out cameras across the city, it turns out, is something of a Faustian bargain. The increased security comes with a looming societal cost. And, this being San Francisco, we overpaid for that societal cost. To wit, the multiple officers contacted for this story panned the costly crime safety cameras as ineffectual, and for myriad reasons: Like BART cameras, they have not reliably been functioning; the footage is inferior (“like a 1950s black-and-white television”); they cannot be moved in real-time; and the data is purged after 30 days. “Alls I can see are two human beings engaged in an altercation,” summed up one veteran cop. “Well, we already knew that!” You are now under surveillance while recreating. But why should Dolores Park be different than anywhere else in San Francisco?StanleyRoberts, the camera-wielding extrovert behind KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” segment, has referred to Bay To Breakers as “My Christmas.” But Dolores Park is proof that Christmas need not come but once a year. In a typical episode — for both Dolores Park, and Roberts — his camera catches a skeezy nudist sunbathing on the green: “So, the guy’s buck naked. He ties up his junk with a bandana,” Roberts explains. “He goes to piss in the bushes. And, on the way back, he steps in a big pile of dog shit.” Well, that’s some good television right there. So far this year, police or other investigators have made 121 requests to review the footage on our city’s crime cameras. No doubt, some of these have been fruitful endeavors. Many aren’t. “We fax or e-mail the Department of Emergency Management and ask them ‘Can we get Cameras Nos. 12, 13 and 14 from 1 to 1:30?’” says a longtime officer asked to describe a typical interaction. “You look at it, you don’t see shit, you move on.” By now you’ve probably gleaned that nobody monitors our cameras in real-time. They don’t monitor the new Dolores Park cameras in real-time either. City rules and policies have specifically prevented officers from doing so. The notion of cops watching video footage, let alone in real-time, makes people uncomfortable. The ACLU isn’t thrilled with it either. But that’s what actually made crime cameras effective in other cities that took the (expensive and process-heavy) step of installing them. In San Francisco, we’ve chosen to impede on citizens’ civil liberties but, for our own reasons, we’ve opted to do so in the most ineffectual way possible — with cameras that don’t work well, that aren’t being watched.Therules governing this city’s public cameras were formulated in an era before the word “selfie” was ubiquitous. Nor were the smartphones that necessitated this addition to the dictionary, and have also transformed society and law enforcement. The streets of every major city are now patrolled by armies of cameras attached to people. There are cameras in virtually every place of business now, too. “You’re better off having the footage caught on private camera,” grumbles a longtime officer. And you’re more and more likely to be caught on private camera: Dmitri Shimolin, the CEO of the Mission District’s Applied Video Solutions, has overseen camera installations throughout more than half a dozen city Business Improvement Districts. This constitutes some 100 blocks of San Francisco under observation by privately funded cameras not constrained by the city’s restrictive rules and potentially onerous footage retrieval procedures.  If these private cameras are doing what they’re supposed to, criminals glean that it’s unwise to put on a show in front of them. Which is what San Francisco officials hope the cameras at Dolores Park will also do. And, for what it’s worth, the Dolores Park cameras are much better than the maligned George W. Bush-vintage models throughout the city. The new cameras are filming in 12 megapixels instead of three.  So, city workers are confident the Dolores Park cameras will serve as a deterrent — there’ll be signs indicating park-goers are under surveillance. But, then, there are signs reminding park-goers that the park is a drug-free zone where smoking and alcohol is prohibited. The deterrence will come, multiple cops tell us, when the cameras are proven to be effective — with arrests and prosecutions. And, even then, the problems of crime in the Mission won’t be solved. It’ll nearly be moved. Data analyses have indicated cameras don’t all that much to stop crime in this city. Homicides decreased in their vicinity but, maddeningly, increased a stone’s throw away, mitigating any benefits. The cameras and “fixed post” police presence in Dolores Park, bemoan officers, are an example of “scarecrow policing” or “gross motor-skill policing.” It is a simple, short-term fix for a complex, long-term problem. “If there’s a cop on your porch,” explains one, “your house will not be burglarized.” But, he continues, “It absolutely does not get to the roots of crime. It will have no effect on the number of robberies. They just won’t be in Dolores Park.” People, in other words, will continue to behave badly. Elsewhere. There’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission Local, you get real news, from reporters and editors who are accountable to you. After all, you know where we live and work. Keep us reporting, subscribe today.  And that sort of thing is happening every day in Dolores Park. There’s drinking and dope-dealing and unlicensed peddling and bad craziness and all manner of anti-social behavior by man and beast — and, on Aug. 3, a brazen daylight shooting put three people in the hospital. It’s the latter incident that spurred city government to install cameras of its own at Dolores Park, in hopes of observing people behaving very badly. The Recreation and Park Department confirmed that “more than a dozen” cameras will eventually be installed (they were intentionally vague). The first batch is already in place, thanks to $250,000 from the city’s general fund. So, that’s something to think about, whether you’re planning a gangland hit or merely popping the top on a bottle of Lagunitas. You are being watched. And while it’s one thing for Roberts or any private citizen equipped with the powerful, internet-tethered cameras we now omnipresently carry in our pockets to film you, it’s another when the government steps in. It makes people uncomfortable. Even the watchmen.“There is something inherently creepy about the government watching you,” admits a high-ranking San Francisco cop. “I’m not sure the loss of civil liberties is worth the payoff. It’s just too Big Brother.” But the cameras going up at Dolores Park are far from the city’s first foray into snooping on the general public. Starting in 2006, San Francisco began installing “crime safety cameras” in public right-of-ways, as well as in public housing. There are currently more than two dozen batteries of cameras watching over us on the streets; Mission District locations include 16th and Mission, 19th and Mission, 24th and Mission, 26th and Shotwell, and 26th and Treat. So, we have a track record when it comes to keeping an eye on crime in the city. And, believe it or not, it’s not particularly good. Crime victims may not be thrilled to hear this, but civil libertarians can breathe a bit easier: In this city, Big Brother can’t get his act together.Photo by Lydia Chávez. 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS will take on Leeds Rhinos in the Playoff El

first_imgSAINTS will take on Leeds Rhinos in the Playoff Elimination Semi Final next Friday September 20.The game will kick off at 8pm at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.Saints allocation is in the Western Terrace and the Main Stand.Prices:Western TerraceAdults: £17 (Season Ticket Holders only)Adults: £20 (Non Season Ticket Holders)Senior Citizen (65+): £10Students: £10Under 21s: £10Juniors (u16s): £5Main Stand:Adults: £24 (Season Ticket Holders only)Adults: £27 (Non Season Ticket Holders)Students: £17Under 21s: £17Senior Citizen (65+): £17Juniors (u16s): £5Under 5s are free in the West Terrace and do not need a ticket.Matchday Prices for Western Terrace:Adults: £20Concessions: £13Students: £13Under 21s: £13Juniors (u16s): £5Under 5s are free in the West Terrace and do not need a ticket.Matchday Prices for the Main Stand:Adults: £27Students: £20Under 21s: £20Senior Citizen (65+): £20Juniors (u16s): £5Tickets are now onsale at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.The Under 19s will take on Leeds in their Semi Final before the main game.last_img read more

AFTER watching such a dominant display from the U1

first_imgAFTER watching such a dominant display from the U19s the U16s game could have been a bit of a damp squib especially as you never know what you’re going to get from a bunch of lads that have never played together before, writes Graham Henthorne.However, it was a bit like groundhog day as the 16s said anything you can do we can do better scoring three great tries in a dominant opening 12 minutes to eventually win 40-18.The first from Captain and Man of the Match Paul Nash was a typical hookers dive over at the play the ball. But the second two both from Dave Griffiths showed some wonderfully slick handling out wide and both times great centre play form Luke Maloney-Ward to commit his man before putting his winger clear.However, the most pleasing part of the Saints opening stanza happened on the opening set of the game and before they had touched the ball as the whole team charged up and pounded the Wildcats knocking them back in possession and disturbing the balance of the team.The visitors started to get a foothold in the game and were a constant threat as their diminutive but electric fullback continued to chime into the line.The Saints dealt with it all extremely well with some tenacious goal line defence.On the back of one stand the Saints pack got onto the front foot and made easy yards down the middle. On the last the ball was slipped left for Sean Croston to use his winger Jake Pass as a decoy to allow him to dummy his way free to score.After another good step and run from impressive front rower Louis Brogan the ball was again spread left. Ryan Horne showed deceptive pace as he rounded the cover to put Croston clear. The centre took it 30 metres to the full back before feeding it back inside for Horne to finish the move he started going the final 30 for a great try.Easy you would think. No, anything you can do we can do too said the visitors as, inspired by scrum half Pinder they scored twice in the opening five minutes to pull within two scores.The Saints steadied the ship with two of their own. The first, a deserved try to Brogan pouncing on a grubber behind the line, the second to Callum Cooke now operating on the wing after great hands from Mike Wynn and Tom Nesbitt.Back came the Wildcats again with their third try and had their fourth in successive sets not been ruled out for a forward pass the game could have taken a turn for the worst.As it was the Saints weathered the storm and began to do what they did in the first half, pound away down the middle and then hit them out wide with some sparkling handling.On the stroke of full time Cooke scored his second and the final try of the game from a restart after a Wynn grubber. The ball found Joe Sharratt on half way and a combination of good footwork and brute strength saw him through the line to the fullback before feeding the supporting Cooke for the Saints eighth try.Coach Ian Lomax was well pleased with his charges after the game as they showed great vision in attack but also resolute defence to withstand the visitor’s pressure.Match Summary: Saints:Tries: Paul Nash (4), Dave Griffiths (7 & 12), Sean Croston (28), Ryan Horne (34), Louis Brogan (44), Callum Cooke (49 & 69).Goals: Lewis Gartland 2, Mike Wynn 2.Wakefield:Tries: Josh Pinder (37), Colby Colthorpe (40), Jack Dykes (55).Goals: Josh Pinder 3.Half Time: 24-0Full Time: 40-18Teams:Saints:1. Callum Cooke; 2. Dave Griffiths, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Sean Croston, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Lewis Gartland; 8. Louis Brogan, 9. Paul Nash (C), 10. Matthew Ashcroft, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Joe Sharratt, 13. Sam Royle. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Reece Jackson, 16. Eddie McLorie, 17. Christian Kellett, 19. Mike Wynn, 20. Tom Nesbitt.Wakefield:1. Clayton Lynch; 2. Tom Markland, 3. Colby Colthorpe, 4. Tom Ashen, 5. Callum Hudson; 6. Owen Hughes, 7. Josh Pinder; 8. Yusuf Aydin, 9. Cameron Lees, 10. Robert Jowett, 11. Tom Murphy, 12. Kieran Lewis, 13. Joe Summers. Subs: 14. Charlie Frost, 15. Jamie Szuluk, 16. Kian Morgan, 17. Jack Dykes, 18. Ben Markland, 19. Connor Bailey, 20. Lewis Teale.last_img read more

ITS been a busy week at Saints with not only toni

first_imgIT’S been a busy week at Saints with not only tonight’s game against Leigh Centurions to look forward to but news of a player ‘swap’.Zeb Taia and Joe Greenwood ‘traded places’ and both players are now waiting on Visas before they can take to the field at their new clubs.“We had the opportunity to do something now and whilst I am disappointed to lose a young homegrown player, we have got the services of a great player,” Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said. “We couldn’t really wait until the end of the year – Zeb might have stayed around the Gold Coast and if not, would have gone on the open market. Lots of clubs are looking for back rowers and we needed security. He will influence a lot of good things for the team.“Zeb is an outstanding player. We tried to get him a few years ago before he went back to the Titans.“It’s now a case of waiting for his Visa but every box has been ticked and we expect him to be with us in two or three weeks.”He continued: “It’s sad to lose Joe. To his credit I asked him to be honest and come and speak to me if he would be leaving – and he did just that. He was due to leave at the end of the season but then the cogs started turning, questions were asked and we are now where we are.“It’s sad to see him go and I’d like to see him come back in the future and pull a Saints shirt on.“We are hamstrung at what we can offer players. The salary caps between the two leagues are so different and to be honest we couldn’t have kept him if we had tried.“People don’t realise the work, time, effort and finance that goes into a junior player.“People have spent lots of time with Joe to help him develop and he still has a lot more learning to do.“But that’s sport and I admire him for going out there, just him and his girlfriend, and taking up the challenge of an NRL career.”last_img read more

SAINTS head to the DW Stadium this afternoon to ta

first_imgSAINTS head to the DW Stadium this afternoon to take on Wigan Warriors in the traditional Good Friday blockbuster.The sides are familiar foes with just one win separating the two in the Super League era.Squads:Luke Thompson and Regan Grace have been named in Saints’ 19-man squad. Read more here.Last Ten Meetings:Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8-R3, 19/8/16) Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SLR23, 22/7/16) St Helens 12, Wigan 24 (SLR7, 25/3/16) St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/15) St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 12/6/15) Wigan 12, St Helens 4 (SLR8, 3/4/15) St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14) (at Old Trafford, Manchester) Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 27/6/14) St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14) St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Super League Summary: Wigan won 34 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs) St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs) 4 drawsHighs and Lows:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Head to Head:SaintsWiganTries2533Goals1722Metres9,9719,886Breaks4045Tackles2,7692,501Penalties6264Club Milestones:Theo Fages needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. He has played 26 games for St Helens since 2016, to go with appearances for Salford (66, 2013-2015) and France (7, 2013-2015).Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Andy Lynch needs one appearance to move ahead of Paul Wellens and into stand-alone second place in the list of Super League’s all-time leaders.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 454 2 = Andy Lynch (Castleford/Hull FC/Bradford, 1999-present), Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-2015) 439 4 Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-2015) 438 5 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-2016) 432 6 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 415 7 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 413 8 Lee Gilmour (Wakefield/Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-2014) 407 9 Ben Westwood (Warrington/Wakefield, 1999-present) 389 10 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 388Danny Tickle needs three points to draw level with Sean Long in sixth place in the list of Super League’s all-time leaders.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 3,443 2 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,413 3 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,376 4 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons/Wigan, 2006-2013 & 2016) 2,284 5 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,232 6 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,200 7 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 2,197 8 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 2,056 9 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,674 10 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015-present) 1,571Adam Walker – 1 appearance away from 100 (6 for Huddersfield, 2010-2012; 87 for Hull KR, 2013-2016 and 6 for St Helens, 2017)Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 11 2 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 9 4 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 8 5 = Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 6Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 45 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 37 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 32 4 = Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 26 6 = Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 22 8 Mark Percival (St Helens) 17 9 = Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 14Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 92.50 (37/40) 2 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 91.42 (32/35) 3 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 82.35 (14/17) 4 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 78.78 (26/33) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 77.58 (45/58)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 128 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 86 3 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 69 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 65 5 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 60 6 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 56 7 Mark Percival (St Helens) 50 8 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 44 10 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 40last_img read more

Lane closures in Pender Co to last through May

first_img Crews will work to construct the new alignment connection between the two roads. Officials said one lane will remain open to traffic at all times on Factory Road.The work is part of the original Hampstead Median Project and has been accelerated to enhance safety along US 17 between NC 210 and Factory Rd.The NCDOT wants to remind drivers to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible and allow extra travel time. Road Closed (Photo: Daniel X. O’Neil/CC BY 2.0) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the next three and a half months, two roads in Pender County will have intermittent lane closures.According to a release from the Department of Transportation the closures are both eastbound and westbound on Dan Owen Drive and Factory Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through May 28.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Thousands attend 71st annual Azalea Festival parade

first_img Floats, high school bands, gigantic balloons, and much more made their way through the parade route.A couple Port City natives said the beautiful weather was just one of the reasons they decided to come out for the first time in a few years.“We’re locals, we’re native to Wilmington and we normally watch it on TV, but my grandson is in the parade so we wanted to come see him in person,” said Caroline Autry, who was there with her friend Roxsann Rusher.Related Article: List of road closures in downtown Wilmington during Azalea FestivalOur own Randy Aldridge and Jeff Rivenbark served as Masters of Ceremonies for the parade. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington shut down Saturday morning as thousands gathered to witness the 71st annual Azalea Festival parade.Specators lined 3rd Street from Market Street all the way up to Bladen Street to catch a glimpse of one of the most popular Azalea Festival events.- Advertisement – last_img read more

ILM Passengers expect delays at TSA checkpoints

first_imgPassengers at Wilmington International Airport on January 3, 2017 (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Passengers to ILM will need to arrive early for flights for the next day or so according to a social media post from airport officials.The airport tweeted out that an X-ray machine is out-of-order at the TSA checkpoint.Due to mechanical issues, one of TSA’s x-ray machines at the security checkpoint is out of service until tomorrow. This can affect passenger’s screening time so we are asking our passengers to arrive at least 2 hours early to ensure that everyone makes their flight.— ILM Airport (@ILMairport) August 19, 2018- Advertisement – They say this will impact passengers through the evening and into tomorrow. Airport officials are asking passengers to arrive at least 2 hours early to ensure that everyone makes their flight.The airport also tweeted an apology to customer for any inconvenience this may cause.last_img read more