The government has survived Jeremy Corbyns nocon

first_imgThe government has survived Jeremy Corbyn’s no-confidence vote tonight, with 325 MPs voting against the motion and 306 voting in favour.Making a point of order in the House of Commons after the result was announced, Theresa May invited opposition party leaders to discuss the next steps for Brexit.In response, the Labour leader called on the Prime Minister to rule out the possibility of ‘no deal’, a move his spokesperson later described as the necessary “starting point” for any “substantive talks”.Corbyn is willing to meet with the Prime Minister, and contacts have already been made, the spokesperson confirmed, but no meaningful discussions will be had between them on Brexit until ‘no deal’ is taken off the table.Speaking in the chamber, the SNP and Lib Dems agreed to engage in cross-party talks with the government, and have asserted similar red lines to those of Labour for the discussions.The DUP’s Nigel Dodds said the confidence vote highlighted the importance of the confidence-and-supply agreement in place, while Labour MPs made a gesture in his direction indicating money.All Labour MPs voted against the government, as well as former PLP members Frank Field, Jared O’Mara and Kelvin Hopkins, who voted with Labour.Ex-Labour MPs John Woodcock, Ivan Lewis and Fiona Onasanya, who now sit as Independents, abstained on the vote.Woodcock, who quit the Labour Party in July 2018 amid a disciplinary case against him, had indicated in his Commons speech during the no-confidence debate that he would be voting with the government against the motion.Michael Gove, who closed the debate for the Prime Minister, congratulated Woodcock on his speech, saying: “It takes courage, and he has it… to say that the leader of the party you joined as a boy is not fit to be Prime Minister.”The Environment Secretary also accused deputy leader Tom Watson of believing that Corbyn is “the worst possible person to lead the Labour Party”.In his opening speech made to move the motion, Corbyn said of the government: “Last week they lost a vote on the Finance Bill. That what’s called supply. Yesterday they lost a vote by biggest margin ever. That what’s regarded as confidence.“By any convention of this House, by any precedent, the loss of confidence and supply should mean they do the right thing and resign.”Corbyn’s spokesperson did not rule out tabling another motion of no-confidence in the government at a later date, possibly before the Prime Minister has returned to parliament with a substantive ‘Plan B’ for Brexit.Tags:Theresa May /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Vote of no confidence /Confidence vote /last_img read more

SF Mission Supe Candidates Talk Police Reform

first_img…among other things. Please see my full post here for more.We hope our weekly column will also remind people to vote. San Francisco turnouts are notoriously low, and if you have recently moved or have not yet registered to vote, here is the page you will need to update your registration or to register for the first time.If you have your own questions to ask the candidates, please send them to with the subject line “One Question.” The tragic deaths of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and Mario Woods — all young men of color — illustrate a larger problem of institutionalized racism in our criminal justice system. According to nearly every study, African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately targeted by police, and jailed far more often than their white counterparts. While police have taken some steps to address racial disparities, reforms have not gone far enough. We need to start by equipping every police officer with body-worn cameras; immediately triggering an independent investigation in officer-involved civilian deaths; and creating the Office of Public Advocate for more effective oversight.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Community trust in law enforcement is being tested at a level this city has not seen in decades and we’ve seen too many tragedies involving young men of color. We can’t delay the establishment of better training and stricter guidelines around the use of force.As Supervisor, I commit to meaningful reform that goes beyond current policies, practices and legal standards to ensure public safety for all San Franciscans. In addition, when inappropriate force is used against anyone, we must seek independent investigation and ensure that adequate punishments are leveled against any officer found guilty of breaching these rules.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyBasic business principles dictate that how your organization is designed determines how it will perform. However, let us not forget that in order to change a behavior there has to be a willingness to change, currently there is no acknowledgment of wrongdoing, and not much accountability from the department. Therefore, I propose to start with having a structure change, let us have body of elected officials that regulate and sanction the behavior of officers, made out of members of the community, with the absolute power to terminate employment. As well, all members of the police commission need to be elected, and all policies and practices need to reviewed and corrected.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubWe deserve better. I grew up around the corner from Alex Nieto. His parents knew my parents and grandparents. It does not escape me that it could have been me.We must be bold in our actions to change this epidemic.And here is where we start: Federal civil rights investigation of SFPD & sheriff’s department.Anti-racist and anti-oppression trainings of police officersRemove secretive grand jury process for excessive force casesCreate African-American / Latino community oversight committeeUse of force standardsIndependent investigationsStop criminalizing people of color Do the fatal police shootings of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and Mario Woods warrant reform of the police department? And beyond general calls for de-escalation training, what would that reform look like?Respuestas en español aquí.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us your questions to and let us know in comments or in an e-mail if you think candidates have answered the questions asked.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David Camposcenter_img 0% Tags: election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Get Ready for the Rain

first_imgWhile the barriers are deployed, for any issues/inquiries or if you need help accessing  your property, please call 415-516-2783.Remember to report any sewer issues, such as flooding, sewage backup or clogged catch basins by logging in, using the mobile app for Android and iPhone or dialing 3-1-1.For storm preparation tips and resources please visit, email us at or call us at 415-554-3289. 0% Please visit sfwater,org/RainReadySF to find out the steps you can take to prepare yourself, your home or business for major rain events and help minimize damage when a big storm occurs: You will see City staff, vehicles, trucks, and trailers for the duration of the deployment and removal.Crews will be present whenever the barriers are in place (day and night) to assist residents and businesses with accessing their properties. However, in the event of extreme rains or flooding, we may need to advise everyone to stay away from the area due to safety concerns.Temporary No Parking signs may be posted throughout the work area; please refer to signs as posted, for exact details.Businesses and residents in the area will have access to their doorways and driveways, although there may be temporary delays. The best way to report issues such as localized flooding, sewage backups or clogged catch basins is to contact 311 at, on the mobile app for Android and iPhone, or by calling 3-1-1.In addition, crews will deploy the temporary flood barriers today (this evening through late night) at 17th/Folsom. As a reminder, the flood barriers will be deployed on the sidewalk, on the west side of Folsom St. (partial block south of 17th St.) and the south side of 17th St. (Shotwell to Folsom St.).What to expect during deployment/removal of flood barriers:  Please let us know if you’d like to get removed from this mailing list.Thank you!Idil From City Officials:Dear Neighbors,As you might be aware, we’re expecting heavy rains to hit the San Francisco Bay Area over this weekend.The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has streamlined emergency response protocols and increased staffing to better assist residents and businesses in times of severe weather: “Storm Watch” crews proactively monitor low-lying areas of the City that are prone to flooding, even in the middle of the night and on weekends.Crews have deep-cleaned hundreds of catch basins and hand-delivered thousands of free sandbags to areas prone to flooding.Strike Teams are on call to clear leaves and debris from the top of the catch basin grates to help stormwater drain more effectively. Purchase low-cost affordable National Flood Insurance.Apply for our Floodwater Grant and get reimbursed for implementing improvements on your property that reduce flooding risk.Pick up free sandbags from SF Public Works Operation Yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez (through entrance on Marin or Kansas Streets); more information at a drain  at and help keep catch basins clear. San Franciscans have adopted more than 1000 drains to date.  Questions? Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

The battle over Californias police useofforce bill heats up

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Neither PORAC nor the ACLU would disclose how much they have spent on the ads. The legislation comes in an era of increased scrutiny of how police officers use force, as controversial police shootings of unarmed men of color continue to proliferate nationwide. In March, Sacramento police fatally shot Stephon Clark, an unarmed African American. Sacramento-based lawmakers couldn’t help but take note. The Mission District has seen five police shootings since 2011 — including the 2016 shooting of Luis Gongora Pat, a homeless Mexican immigrant who police shot dead on 15th and Shotwell 30 seconds after leaving their vehicles. Police said Gongora was waving a knife and they feared for their lives when they shot him. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who supports AB 931, declined to file charges against the officers involved in Gongora’s shooting, or any other, arguing that the current legal standard — that officers can use lethal force when even perceiving a threat — prevented him from building a strong case. “The available evidence would not allow prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their use of force under such circumstances was unreasonable,” Gascon’s final report states. It’s crunch time for a potential California law that could dramatically change the way police officers are permitted to use deadly force. And, in advertising campaigns of an intensity more commonly associated with candidate races, both supporters and opponents of the bill view it as a “top priority.” With three days left in the current legislative session, AB 931 must pass before Friday to have a chance at landing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and radio spots and social media campaigns are pushing voters to cajole their local assembly rep. Photo: Body cam footage of Officer Chris Samayoa readying his gun before firing through his window and fatally shooting Keita O’Neil, an unarmed carjacking suspect, without warning. AB 931 would change the law so that cops can use deadly force only when absolutely “necessary,” meaning only when an officer has exhausted all “reasonable alternatives,” such as de-escalation and less-lethal options, such as pepper spray.  Such a law could have come into play regarding several recent San Francisco police shootings including one in Bayview where a rookie cop shot and killed an unarmed suspect — without warning — as he ran by the officer’s car. Supporters say the legislation would reduce lethal police use-of-force incidents and make it easier to charge officers who have used excessive force and failed to follow departmental procedures. “Over the last couple years, the response of communities to unjustifiable police use of force has created a lot of attention and a call for change,” said Abdi Soltani, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. In fact, the legislation is so important to the group that it has paid for radio ads urging California residents call their representatives and urge them to show support for the bill. Running ads is “something we do when it comes to a bill that’s a top, top priority for us,” said Daisy Vieyra, a spokeswoman for the ACLU Northern California. “It’s really important to get the word out as far and wide as possible.” center_img Opponents, largely statewide law enforcement unions, say the new standard would endanger officers by causing them to second-guess their decisions in potentially dangerous situations. Other law enforcement groups — such as the California Peace Officers Research Association (PORAC) and the California Police Chiefs Association — also vehemently oppose the legislation. Both groups have also put out radio ads asserting that the law would create a public safety issue by “handcuffing” police officers and preventing them from apprehending criminals. Numerous law-enforcement groups have run ads on Twitter — even attempting to cast doubt on the ACLU’s oft-cited claim that, of the 172 deadly police encounters in California last year, half the victims were unarmed. CA Legislators are considering a bill that would force officers to hesitate when facing a potentially dangerous suspect. That hesitation could cost them and innocent citizens their lives. Join us in asking our Legislators to vote #NoOnAB931CLICK HERE:— PORAC (@PORACalifornia) August 20, 2018 Email Addresslast_img read more

ENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident

first_imgENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident that his young charges will rise to the challenge when they face Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (2pm).Tom Makinson and Josh Jones have both been selected in the side.“We’ve had a great period of preparation and the boys are really fired up for this game,” said Purtill. “It’s been quite a challenge for us this year: we have had our biggest turnaround in terms of new faces and the squad has come together really quickly.“The players have worked really hard and the level of commitment has never been higher: I’m sure they will do a great job on Saturday.“The physical challenge is going to be massive for us because Samoa are a big team and technically we know we will have to be at our best against opponents who are preparing for the World Cup.“We know what we have to do and are not short of confidence: the players know they are in the Knights squad because of their talent, skill and ability and that that is part of their career pathway.“Rugby League is a tough game and injuries are a fact of life. The Knights players are the back-up for England’s World Cup squad and the game is a chance for them to show they are ready to step in should they be needed.”The Knights made one change to their squad this week with the late withdrawal of Hull FC prop Liam Watts with a shoulder injury. Watts is replaced by club-mate Josh Bowden, who starts on the bench.England Knights:1. Tommy Makinson; 2. Iain Thornley, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Zak Hardaker, 5. Ben Cockayne; 6. Daniel Sarginson, 7. Sam Powell; 8. Tom Burgess, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Scott Taylor, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Dominic Crosby.Subs: 14. Chris Green, 15. Jack Hughes, 16. Michael Lawrence, 17. Kieran Dixon, 18. Brad Singleton, 19. Josh Bowden, 20. Logan Tomkins.In partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult can attend England v Italy (4.30pm) and England Knights v Samoa (2.00pm) for free on Saturday October 19 at Salford City Stadium.Adult tickets cost £15 and £5 for concessions. To take advantage of the kids go free offer and to purchase tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit for further information.last_img read more

SAINTS Players and Staff have donated Chocolate Or

first_imgSAINTS Players and Staff have donated Chocolate Oranges to Chris Lamb’s annual appeal.James Roby and Kirsty Rush organised the collection at Langtree Park to hand over to the Saints fan for his Challenge.The chocolate orange story started in 2008 when Chris’ son Elliott was in hospital with pneumonia.He writes:“One of the physios did a really good job with Elliott’s chest. Elliott loved physio because it made him feel better after. You could just tell.“The physio did such a good job that Elliott’s oxygen saturation levels reached 100%. I bought them a chocolate orange to say thank you and word soon got round.“The nurses and doctors love chocolate oranges so it used to cost me a small fortune whenever he was in hospital. It was worth it though because they do such an amazing job.“After Elliott passed away in 2010 I decided to try to collect as many chocolate oranges as possible for the following year and distribute them amongst those who looked after Elliott and as a way of cherishing those special memories we all shared.“In 2011, with the help of friends, family and colleagues we collected 145.“In 2012, we collected 600. I can never thank everyone enough for the support they have given in the past couple of years. Last year we aimed for 700 and received nearly 2,000.”Chris shares the oranges between Alder Hey Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Whiston Hospital, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and Elliott’s old school Lansbury Bridge in St HelensA number of additional organisations have been identified to receive oranges this year due to the growing popularity of the challenge and increasing numbers from across the United Kingdom.They are Preston Hospital, Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre, Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens and Claire House on the Wirral.Chris says he has collected close to 5,000 this year and we, as a club, are more than happy to help.Head of Sales Dave Hutchinson and Chief Executive Mike Rush (left) donate the oranges to Chris Lamb (centre)last_img read more

Community members give input about North Waterfront Park

first_imgThe future site of North Waterfront Park (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What’s in store for the future of Wilmington’s North Waterfront Park? Community members had the chance to come out Monday night and give their input.The City of Wilmington held a drop-in style meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the public to provide their thoughts about conceptual designs for the new North Waterfront Park.- Advertisement – The city purchased the 6.6 acre tract for the park along the northern waterfront near the Isabel Holmes Bridge in 2013.Citizens approved $20 million for the development of the park as a part of the 2016 Parks Bond.According to the City of Wilmington, previous public input about the park indicated residents were interested in green space, a large concert venue and festival space, shade trees, a playground, a water feature, trails, gardens, public art, public docking, and natural areas.Related Article: City leaders to vote on fund transfer beginning design phase for Portia Hines Park“Being part of the Cape Fear Garden Club, we’re very interested in having gardens right along the park, right along the river,” Cape Fear Garden Club member Cathy Poulos said. “Our club would very much like to participate and maybe help with one of the little garden rooms that they’re planning with the park.”“I’m just really thrilled that Wilmington is going to develop this park,” Poulos said. “I think it’s been needed for a long time. The more green spaces we have, the better.”Another group is hoping the new park will feature a boathouse.“The foundation has a plan to put a boathouse on the very north end of the north side park, provided that we can solve any technical issues that may arise,” Renaissance Wilmington Foundation President and CEO Bill Graham said. “Thus far we’ve done very well with getting the appearance of available space, a grand design, a wonderful design, and the cooperation of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and leading engineers in town to come up with a workable plan that combines the soil coming off the back of the park with the rear end of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s space, which is really just used for piping and access to the river, and by combining those two – that soil and that back area, we can turn great big 60 foot crew boats and take them out of the boathouse and down to the water, and it’s all very exciting for the city.”“The park itself, I like the two designs,” Graham said. “I’m very excited about having a great lawn and event space, also some quiet areas that make sense, maybe splash areas for kids. We’ve seen those are very popular elsewhere, and the designs that I see here incorporate those elements in a very thoughtful way.”The park is tentatively expected to open in Fall 2019.For more information about the project and how you can submit your input, click here.last_img read more

Hoggard student brings joy to sick kids

first_img “Just to know that giving a toy to a child while they’re feeling maybe sad or even depressed sometimes can make them just bring a smile to their face is just like the most wonderful feeling I could have ever experienced,” Kellen said.For Kellen’s senior project he partnered up with Andrew’s Toy Box, and with help from his church, he collected more than 200 toys. It is a project close to his heart because some of his family members were diagnosed with serious conditions as children.“I just saw what the diseases and afflictions did to them and like how just the actual hospitalization through all this could affect them,” Kellen said. “And I just wanted to find a way that I could make them feel better or help other children in the future not have them have to go through the same thing.”Related Article: Children’s Advil recalled due to mislabeling and overdose concernsNow he is bringing smiles, laughter, and a variety of gifts to children like Carter. Giving patients and parents a much needed break.“It not only helps them I think in their healing process, it also helps boost their self-esteem while they’re here,” Carter’s mother, Amy Pederson said.It is a chance for Kellen to make his senior project far more than just a graded piece of paper.“To support children by any means necessary through hardships they have to go through,” Kellen said. “It’s horrible that children at such a young age have to go through very difficult times and afflictions like this and have to be hospitalized and feel isolation, and all these very immature feelings.”Kellen wants to ensure kids like Carter they have support through this tough time.“It just really reassures me that there’s still great, genuine people out there that want to do good and show good and just do better for our community,” Pederson said.The donated toys will be handed out to dozens of patients at the hospital throughout the holiday season.Kellen said this is only the beginning for him as he plans to continue to give back for years to come. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Senior projects are usually focused on topics like civil rights, photography, or environmental research. However, one local senior chose to bring Christmas a little early to children at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital.‘Tis the season for giving and that is just what Hoggard High Senior Kellen Hanson is doing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hundreds take a stand against racism at Wilmington City Hall

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds took to the steps of city hall in Downtown Wilmington Friday to take a stand against racism.WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick emceed the packed event hosted by the YWCA Lower Cape Fear.- Advertisement – People from across the community attended the event including local leaders and members of law enforcement including Sheriff Ed McMahon and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, Mayor Bill Saffo, District Attorney Ben David and New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield all spoke this afternoon.It was a day to raise awareness about the negative impacts of racism across the community and organizers could not be more proud of the turnout.“I hope people driving by understand and see that people care. People want equality for all people in our community,” YWCA Lower Cape Fear Chief Executive Officer Charrise Hart said. “My belief is that if we can empower one group, we’re empowering everyone.”Related Article: More residents forced out of local apartments due to storm damageThis was the 8th annual Stand Against Racism event.Organizers say it was one of the largest and they only hope to keep the movement growing for years to come.last_img read more

Publix to open in Surf City later this month

first_img A grand opening will be held late this month on Saturday, May 26 at 7 a.m.This will be the fifth Publix to come to the Cape Fear. Publix being built near Surf City on May 7, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Big news for Surf City residents! We now know when the Publix supermarket will open in the area.The new store is located at 2765 NC HWY 210 E in Hampstead.- Advertisement – last_img