July 2019

Labour peers decided this afternoon not to hold a

first_imgLabour peers decided this afternoon not to hold a vote on a motion of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn. Instead, they gave their unanimous backing to Baroness Hayter, who was sacked as a shadow minister after comparing the Labour leadership to “the last days of Hitler”.Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Antisemitism / In a fresh effort to tackle antisemitism within Labour, Jeremy Corbyn will put forward a “new way of dealing with the most extreme cases” of “hate and bigotry” at the full meeting of the party’s ruling body tomorrow.At a special meeting of the shadow cabinet focussing on antisemitism this afternoon, the Labour leader presented two options for reform of Labour’s disciplinary process and expressed a preference for ‘Option 2’.The first proposal would see the panels of three or five national executive committee (NEC) members that deal with disciplinary cases given the power to expel members in the “most serious” cases of antisemitism.The second proposal, favoured by Corbyn, would see such cases referred to special panels including the party general secretary and NEC officers, rather than the usual small NEC panels.LabourList understands that these reforms would apply to all serious cases of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia – as does the motion submitted by Tom Watson, which calls on the NEC to establish an independent process and automatic exclusion where there is “irrefutable evidence”.The shadow cabinet has also said it supports introducing “independent oversight of our processes”, but it is not yet clear what this would mean in practice.Option 1Give the NEC antisemitism panels the power in the most serious of cases to sanction members either with expulsion. In such cases the member could appeal to the NCC.Currently the NEC panels do not have the power to expel members, which can only be carried out by the NCC. Option 2 Any complaint that met the criteria for the most serious of cases, would be referred to a special panel consisting of the General Secretary plus NEC Officers. If that panel was satisfied that the criteria were met, they would have the power to expel the member. This option would allow for more rapid expulsion in the most serious of cases. Commenting on the suggested reforms, Jewish Labour Movement chair Mike Katz said: “We can’t have any confidence in these new proposals. This is just rearranging the deckchairs. The NEC is elected on factional slates on the basis of political patronage. It has an in-built majority for the left, which does what the leadership of the party tells it to.”The shadow cabinet released a statement after its meeting, which read: “The shadow cabinet is committed to defeating antisemitism and all forms of discrimination, including through greater education in our movement. We commend the general secretary and party staff on improving the complaints and disciplinary processes within the party.“As part of tackling antisemitism, the shadow cabinet has today supported the proposal for summary exclusion outlined by the Labour leader, which he will put to the national executive committee tomorrow. The shadow cabinet also supports the proposal to introduce independent oversight of our processes, and will continue to seek to engage with Jewish community organisations to build confidence.”Labour general secretary Jennie Formby also updated the shadow cabinet on the party complaints process and committed to regularly publishing statistics.According to Formby, the data shows:Between 1st January and 30th June 2019, there have been 6 meetings of the NEC Antisemitism Panels, resulting in 190 decisions on antisemitism cases. 97 members referred to the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) 41 members issued with a formal NEC warning.49 members issued with ‘reminder of conduct’3 members’ cases were closed as the full evidence suggested no further action should be takenOver the same period in 2018, there were 2 meetings of the NEC Disputes Panel, resulting in 8 decisions on antisemitism cases.6 members referred to the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) 2 members issued with a formal NEC warning.Between 1st January and 30th June 2019, 28 NCC cases were concluded:8 members were expelled3 members received an extended suspension.4 members received a warning.1 member received no action, as the NCC found the charges to be unproven12 members left the Labour Party after being referred to the NCC.Over the same period in 2018, 10 NCC cases were concluded:7 members were expelled3 members left the Labour Partylast_img read more

What Would Happen If Chief Suhr Were Fired District 9 Candidates Weigh

first_imgToo many of these reforms should have happened long ago, which is a big part of the reason for the community’s disappointment in City Hall. Reform needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.Edwin Lindo did not respond to this week’s question.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. 0% Increased citizen oversight and truly independent investigation of all officer-involved shootings;Investigation by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division;Changes to use-of-force procedures;De-escalation training for all police;Implementation of implicit bias training and community policing recommendations of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Report; andClear accountability guidelines and regular assessments for all police officers and leadership, using mechanisms such as those described by the ACLU. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Last week we asked candidates for District 9 whether they supported the call of the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers to fire the city’s police chief. This week, we wanted candidates to expand on their answers and tell us what his firing would solve or what reform the police department should undergo short of firing its chief.To those who supported the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr, what would his firing do that departmental reforms currently in place will not? What would follow his firing?To those who did not support Suhr’s firing, has there been enough accountability of police officers and higher-ups for the scandals that have rocked the department? No police officers have been fired for the four controversial police shootings in the last two years. Is there an accountability problem in the department?Respuestas en español aquí.  Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyI believe that Police Chief Suhr needs to be fired. He has shown that he cannot effectively and objectively implement reforms. It is evident that he is not invested in changing the culture and image of the department. He fails to uphold policies and staff accountable for their actions. He has a poor track record in both administrative and managerial levels. Under general guidelines of performance in the workforce environment, he should be terminated. His departure would show the community and police that the city is invested in changing their policing policies for the benefit of our city.Darcel Jackson, caterer and formerly homeless app makerThere has to be more than the firing [of] Greg Suhr. [There] must be a change of culture. There needs to be community policing, they need to get to know the people they serve. There needs to be other options other than lethal force. Compassion must be the first rule of engagement. Stop killing my brothers and sisters.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposA lot of good work has been done to begin much needed police reform in San Francisco, including the NotInMyName pledge encouraging officers to report misconduct by co-workers or superiors and revision of an outdated use of force policy. But actions speak louder than words. Given the sheer number of scandals plaguing this department, it is time for accountability, including at the top. Accountability would demonstrate to officers, especially those shielded from discipline in the past, that times have changed. It would show San Franciscans that the department is serious about restoring trust in the community. It could lead to the creation of independent oversight that would truly make officers comfortable to lodge whistleblowing complaints. And accountability could make de-escalation, something used by social and non-profit workers every day, a regular practice.Melissa San Miguel, education advocateMany of our police officers do their best every day to serve and protect the community. The most recent police-involved shootings of people of color and text message scandals highlight the need for a change in our policing culture. However, these are issues that have existed for years in the department. Cultures are developed and maintained by leaders at the top, including the Police Chief. A change in Police Chief will signal a commitment to truly hold all officers accountable by holding their leadership accountable. We need a Chief that will make transparency and accountability a priority. A new Chief would bring a fresh perspective to the department and could rebuild the trust between the department and the community.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261The Frisco 5 and their supporters have shown that urgent changes to our policing policies are necessary. Last week I stated that I do not believe that firing Chief Suhr will by itself alleviate divisions between communities of color and the Police Department. This statement is not an expression of support, but instead reflects my belief that there is much work to be done, irrespective of leadership, on reform and accountability measures.We all want safe streets where our families are protected by law enforcement. Therefore, while the hunger strikers’ demand for a change of leadership is debated in City Hall, we should meanwhile move immediately towards implementing and funding a series of critical community-driven reforms such as:last_img read more

Tattoo parlor and creative hub headed to Valencia near 14th Street

first_imgAfter working at Black + Blue Tattoo for seven years and winning various accolades and awards, artist Brücius von Xylander is getting ready to strike out on his own and will open Black Serum at 310 Valencia later this summer. Black Serum, while it will function as a tattoo parlor, will offer more of a confluence of creative work.“As owner of the space, I can materialize the dream of creating a true hub, to connect artisans, artists, and merchants – makers of all kinds, essentially – who will converge in my shop and help me forge this space collaboratively. This is very dear to me,” Brücius wrote.That said, Black Serum’s tattooing work will be heavily focused on blackwork, a style that uses entirely black lines and dots, rather than color, to create images. Brücius’ own repertoire includes fine art reproductions, etching medieval engraving, and images inspired by flora and fauna, botanical prints and scientific illustrations. That aesthetic is reflected in Black Serum’s logo – a hand, as a symbol of artisanship and skill, topped with a tattoo needle and etching tool above.“Nature, science, and art, in all their beauty and strangeness, will converge in the shop to make it a space that nods to the whole tradition behind us, but that certainly brings it all into our contemporary moment, making it relevant today,” he wrote. “Tattooing continues the legacy of the black line, and the shop will consider this legacy as the basis for a whole world of expression through craft and art. The past, the present, and the future will gather at Black Serum to hopefully provide a home base for all those who share this amazement at the art in nature and the nature in art.” 0% Tags: Business • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Photo by Danny Yang courtesy Black SerumA complete roster of artists who will be working at at Black Serum isn’t clear yet, but Brücius says he’s looking for tattoo artists who connect with their clients.“A tattoo is at once a vehicle for self-expression and a powerful moment of healing. You are engaging in a moment that will mark the client, quite literally, for the rest of their lives. They come with their history and you strive to honor this history, working alongside them to bring their vision into reality,” he wrote.Sometimes, that connection can result in collaboration or trade, he said.“Even when I’m tattooing, I’ll ask my clients, “What do you do?” not as a means of sizing someone up, but rather to establish a more sincere relation where this person has the opportunity to trade their skill for mine,” the tattoo artist wrote. “This kind of environment really lets me draw in a slew of makers and doers from all walks of life together on the basis of craftsmanship, and I ensure everyone is willing to collaborate, not just in it for themselves.”Brücius is currently developing the shop’s web platform, furnishing the space and hiring staff, but expects to be opening Black Serum sometime in late summer or fall of 2017.Photo by Danny Yang courtesy Black Serum last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League match with Huddersfield Giants.Alex Walmsley and Jonny Lomax miss out through injury this week whilst Josh Jones has to sit out of a game because of the concussion he suffered on Sunday.Jordan Hand and James Tilley drafted into the ‘19′ whilst Gary Wheeler is also recalled.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 24. Gary Wheeler, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand, 31. James Tilley.Paul Anderson will select his Huddersfield team from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Jason Chan, 13. Chris Bailey, 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Kyle Wood, 21. Anthony Mullally.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.Tickets remain on sale for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

first_imgMATTY Fozard has been named in John Kear’s 22-man Wales squad for the 2014 Rugby League European Championships this October and November.The 19-year-old made his Saints debut on Easter Monday at Widnes and is predominately a hooker.Kear said: “We’re naming an exciting squad for this tournament with many home grown Welsh players. This in itself indicates true progress for the game in Wales.“I see the tournament very much as a marker for the development of Welsh players in the international scene. We have a few players missing for various reasons but this gives young players a chance to put their hand up to mix it in future years.“I want the team to perform to the maximum of their abilities and for unknowns to push themselves to forefront. Youngsters like Connor Farrer, Jordan Sheridan and Matty Fozard spring to mind and this is their chance to make a name for themselves at the highest level.”Squad:Joe Burke, Dalton Grant (both Barrow Raiders), Byron Smith (Batley Bulldogs), Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Garreth Carvell, Daniel Fleming (Castleford Tigers), Rhys Williams (Central Queensland Capras), Matty Barron (Gateshead Thunder), Izaak Duffy (Gloucestershire All Golds), Ollie Olds (Ipswich Jets, Australia), Jacob Emmitt (Leigh Centurions), Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (both North Wales Crusaders), Yannic Parker (Oxford), Ashley Bateman, Phil Carleton, Paul Emanuelli, Connor Farrer, Kyle Scrivens, Jordan Sheridan (all South Wales Scorpions), Matty Fozard (St Helens), Peter Lupton (Workington Town).last_img read more

Man shot outside his home in Tabor City by suspected burglar

first_img Lowery tried to drive away but that’s when the suspect shot at him, hitting Lowery in his arm.The suspect then left on foot.Lowery was transported to a South Carolina medical facility for treatment.Related Article: Bladen County men sentenced for hog farm thefts, being habitual felonsColumbus County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in locating the suspect.Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office assisted the search with their helicopter and a K-9. The search for the suspect was unsuccessful.If you have information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect, please contact Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit at 910-640-6629. TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Tabor City man is recovering after coming home and being shot by a person who was robbing his house.Montgomery Lowery came home around 2:45 p.m. Friday on Dothan Road to find his front door open.  A young, slender, male, dressed in all black, wearing a blue bandana on his face walked out and approach Lowery’s car where he was still inside. The suspect showed a handgun and attempted to open the car.- Advertisement – last_img read more

State of the County video highlights accomplishments of 2017

first_img Chairman Woody White narrates the video, where he mentions the county has invested in parks, put library cards in the hands of 20,000 more schoolchildren and touts the first property tax cut in 14 years.White said the primary drivers of the strategic plan are commitment to education, ensuring public safety and protecting taxpayer’s money.White talked about the Board of Commissioners funding 3 additional pre-K classrooms in 2017 and how the New Hanover County library launched the CLASS project, which provides access to books and online resources.Related Article: Teachers and students rally for school choiceWhite also discussed the opioid crisis and how the county is seeking to hold companies accountable. GenX has been a huge topic across the Cape Fear and spent month dominating the headlines in our area. It’s also something White mentioned during the State of the County. Ht touched on GenX and what has happened since news broke in June that the unregulated compound was found in the Cape Fear River.“We know how important the quality of life is to all of us who calls New Hanover County home and also to the tens of thousands who flock here in the summer months,” White said. “We live by the ocean, aren’t we lucky?”Which is why White then took time to discuss the health of the beaches and why it’s important to commissioners to invest in sand on the beaches. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County has unveiled the 2018 State of the County video.The five minute video reflects on the county’s accomplishments over the past year.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Bus carrying Marines goes into ditch after driver loses glasses

first_imgA bus carrying Marines drove off the road into a ditch in Columbus County on August 7, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A bus carrying Marines drove off the road into a ditch Tuesday afternoon. Luckily, there were no injuries.Trooper Kevin Conner with the Highway Patrol says the bus was traveling westbound on Highway 74 near Chadbourn when the driver’s glasses fell off, causing him to veer off the road.- Advertisement – The bus got stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out.The bus was carrying Marines from Camp Lejeune to Mississippi.last_img read more

WWAY anchor Randy Aldridge takes leave to battle cancer

first_imgI am a 52-year-old man who thought he had his life figured out.Family. Home. Life. Job. In that order, and everything was on track.- Advertisement – I am an idiot.One of the definitions of idiocy is a middle-aged man who says he thinks he has it all figured out.I am an idiot… with cancer.Related Article: EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in waterCancer doesn’t hit you fast. It comes slowly.For me I realized I was going to the bathroom a lot, but thought that was something men my age do.Then it happened more and more. I finally decided to see my doctor.I’ll schedule it tomorrow, I thought. Morning comes, and you shower, read the news, eat something and go to work. No call.Up all night in the bathroom.Tomorrow comes. I’ll call on the way to work. No call.All night in the bathroom, and was that bump there yesterday?The next tomorrow comes and the next and the next and the next and then you realize that bump is bigger. No call.Finally you book the appointment, and it’s a month away. Nothing to worry about at this point, but in the back of your mind you wonder if it’s something bad (at 52 there are only simple fixes and disasters when you’re lying awake at night).First appointment you get a look at that bump and prescribed some ointment. Call in a week.It doesn’t go away, so you go back. Now you’re thinking about all the bad things it can be, and far back in your mind the word cancer is there, but you’re not really thinking about it, because you have a busy life and you’re healthy.Another test says abnormal cells. The look on doctor’s face is not reassuring, but the word cancer doesn’t come up because… more tests.Next test they put you to sleep for a BIOPSY! The scariest word yet.It is slightly embarrassing. You are naked except for this ridiculous night gown thing, and there are lots of strangers coming and going. They offer you a warm blanket.I am afraid of needles. There, I said it.Hate ‘em, hate ‘em, hate ‘em. Nurses promise it will be a quick sting. They are all liars on this point.Then you sleep. And it’s great!When you wake up, you are very aware you’re waking up, but wanting to go back to sleep.Now there is that man, the doctor, who is a stranger really. He is telling you a lot of words, and you’re nodding, because you do and don’t understand at the same time.You can feel yourself wanting to cry, because you have to ask: Is it cancer?Yes. It is.I don’t know how religious you are. I am not very. If there is a God, and he has help on earth, it is not a person in a pulpit. His or her help are those nurses, also strangers, whose faces and names I will never remember. They quietly put an arm around you and discretely wipe away that tear you didn’t realize was rolling down your cheek. For those two women I am forever grateful.Then… it is a blur. And it is a fast track to get you out of the hospital.My husband David was there with my parents. The doctor had told them more of the details, because they all knew I wouldn’t remember. David helps me get dressed, and they put me in a wheelchair.I don’t know why it’s necessary to go that way, and I’m pretty sure wheeling you through rooms of people must be some type of HIPAA violation, but that is how it works.In the car you feel numb. In the house you feel numb and want a shower.Then you want to know what’s next. There is a LOT!More appointments and tests. More humiliating moments with your clothes off in front of strangers. More needles.Cancer doesn’t happen fast even after you find out. It has been nearly a month, and I still haven’t started treatment. I find that hard to believe. One doctor told me, “Cancer is only an emergency when it happens to you.” We didn’t go back to him.Along the way there are wonderful people who help you feel better, and there are people who are there to give you the news. Both are important. I hate the ones giving you news.So here is my news. I have Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Stage 3. It is a type of colorectal cancer that has presented in my anus, groin, lymph nodes and prostate. It sits in my lower pelvis and for lack of a better description feels (all the time) like I just took a massive kick to the balls.It is painful to sit and is uncomfortable all the rest of the time.It is also very rare for a man my age to have this type of cancer. It usually presents in older, African-American men.When I was first diagnosed I went to the internet.I am an idiot (especially for that).That is where I read there is a 37-percent survival rate for this type of cancer and then had to crawl under the covers for a while.Don’t go to the internet!I lived with that number for a while until I had the nerve to ask a good friend who is also a surgeon about it. He told me to calm the hell down.I love him.The survival rate is based on the older generation who generally contract this type of cancer and doesn’t really affect me. He told me at my age (FYI it does feel good to be called young all the time!) I should expect a complete recovery. In fact he told me I will probably be back on the boat drinking beer by this summer.I love him.He did tell me the next six to eight weeks are going to suck. I will not have surgery, but will do chemotherapy and radiation at the same time. That means they have inserted a port into my chest to pump chemicals into me continuously, and I will get radiation EVERY day for six weeks. Yes, I am NOT excited about it.I love him a little less for telling me this: “You are going to feel like shit.” (Sorry about the language)In the middle of all this you have to tell people. First, your family. David is amazing and goes to every appointment and takes notes so that when I yell at him about what happened he can “go back to the play” and prove it. Your extended family is concerned. Your mother takes care of business and ONLY responds with the bright side of what is happening. Your father offers to help around the house. Your other family members reach out. My sister-in-law became my new Google. After surviving breast cancer she is an expert. My family of friends never disappoint with their generosity and their care.I love them.Then you have to tell work. Ugh. How to explain this?Then, they are awesome and understanding and you feel bad for worrying about how they would respond.I love them, too.So, here is some advice: Stop waiting around! Your body tells you when something is wrong, and your life wants you to be well! The people in your life want you to be well, too! It is very scary and uncomfortable, but you’ll deal with it.Don’t be an idiot.Now I have to do the hard part. Treatment starts tomorrow. I’ve gotten the prescriptions (not gonna lie, painkillers have been awesome). I’ve taken the time off. I’ve bought the loose boxers, loose sweat pants with no elastic at the ankles and oversized shirts to fit over the pump. I have done the paperwork. I have picked a team that is going to help me kick ass!I am ready.Maybe I am not an idiot after all.last_img read more

Carolina Beach bar hosts fundraiser for man assaulted outside

first_imgA man is allegedly assaulted outside a bar in Carolina Beach.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  A few weeks ago we brought you a story about a man who was allegedly assaulted outside a Carolina Beach bar. The victim then needed reconstructive surgery on his face as a result.Carolina Beach Police said a verbal argument led to the victim being assaulted by the suspect.- Advertisement – The Dive in Carolina Beach posted a statement online Sunday announcing they will be holding a fundraiser to help pay for the victim’s bills.The Dive will be raffling off gift cards from various businesses across the island as well as two tickets to see the Dirty Heads.The fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 6 p.m.last_img read more