July 2019

On Monday unionstogether also known as the natio

first_imgOn Monday, unionstogether (also known as the national trade union and Labour Party liaison organisation, or TULO) relaunched as Labour🌹Unions with a video narrated by Durham MP and rising star Laura Pidcock.The aim of Labour🌹Unions – comprised of the 12 trade unions affiliated to the Labour Party – is to “promote, facilitate and strengthen the relationship between the Labour Party and the trade union movement at every level”.Mick Whelan, chair of Labour Unions and ASLEF general secretary, emailed trade union activists on Tuesday morning. He wrote: “We face so many challenges – a hugely unequal society, poverty pay, insecure work, struggling public services, unaffordable housing, the climate crisis and a radically and rapidly changing world of work. It is only by working together, through the collective power of trade unions and the Labour Party, that we can meet them.The 12 unions are ASLEF, BFAWU, Community, CWU, FBU, GMB, MU, NUM, TSSA, UNISON, Unite and USDAW.After 9 years of Tory rule, working people are crying out for a radical Labour Government. Join with @labourunionsuk and help campaign for a Labour win #together 🌹👇 pic.twitter.com/870mKTJnQu— Labour🌹Unions (@labourunionsuk) July 23, 2019 Tags:Trade Unions /Labour🌹Unions /Labour Unions /last_img read more

Gentrifiers to SF Mission Now Fear Eviction

first_img 0% “I am a gentrifier in this neighborhood,” said Nadia Kayyali, one of the tenants who works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “But I think it’s important to acknowledge that it’s real for us. Artists and weirdos, we’re like the shockwave for gentrification.”Kayyali, McVay, and their roommates are keenly aware of their own role in gentrifying the neighborhood, as well as the effect their displacement might have on other communities. While all are worried for their own futures with an eviction appearing to loom closer every day, they’re newcomers to the neighborhood in relative terms, having settled there between one and 10 years ago.Still, the tenants said they’re more worried about their downstairs neighbor, a long-term rent-controlled resident on a fixed income living with a 15-year-old grandson. She declined to be interviewed.“If we get an owner move-in eviction for the house, frankly, none of us will be happy about it, but I’ll be relieved,” Kayyali said. That’s because the top unit, as the largest and most desirable, would be the most likely to attract a new owner-resident, and might spare the downstairs long-term resident from eviction.McVay said that if the buyer wants tenants of an occupied building out, “the tenants will still get evicted no matter how many signs you post.”Kayyali agreed, citing the building’s total rental income ($36,000 a year) to the asking price ($1.7 million) and estimated maintenance costs ($3,600). There’s a commercial tenant too – the building’s lowest level also houses an art studio. But even without examining the numbers, McVay and two of her co-tenants Meredeith Yayanos, a musician, and Bailey Nakano, an events manager, say prospective buyers have been making it clear they don’t want to be landlords. “One couple came in, this couple and their baby, and they were like, ‘we totally understand, we totally feel you, our building was just bought too and we’re really afraid of getting evicted too,’” McVay remembered. “They go downstairs, and they’re talking to the realtor, and asking the realtor about how to evict me.” Yayanos said she was in the bathroom relieving herself when a prospective buyer barged in without knocking.“The open houses, they really take a toll…I hope someone will read this and think, oh right, I have to remember to be kind. No matter how much more money I have than you,” she said. “At this point, it feels like an abusive relationship.”Nakano remembers a potential buyer planning out which walls to tear down and where to place a spiral staircase through the floor of her apartment, while she stood by and bit her tongue. “You’re evicting real people. We are transplants, but we hoped to make this our home,” she said.For Yayanos, Kayyali, Nakano and McVay, being evicted would almost certainly mean leaving the city. For Kayyali, as a trans person who uses the gender neutral pronoun “they,” that would mean leaving the safety of a community behind.“If I leave San Francisco, am I going to go somewhere without a queer community? Am I going to be worried for my safety?” they asked. At the same time, they acknowledged, “I’m going to be another person with money whitening up Oakland.”The sale seems to be moving forward. Frank and Tracy Leung, the property owners, said the tenants’ effort has caused a little bit of disruption in the marketing process, but that they have been receiving offers and hope they will find a buyer. “We have the right to do that,” Leung said. “We are too old to handle the building so this is why we want to sell the property.”Patience is running thin among both tenants and sellers. “You have to lash out, you have to be snarky, or you’ll just end up weeping in a corner,” Yayanos said. “I considered getting a fake poop, just putting a big ol’ fake turd on the floor,” she admitted.Tenants say the landlords offered them a 20 percent refund of their rents until the sale is finalized in exchange for the removal of their signs and posters urging buyers not to buy the building, which they declined. The tenants also contacted the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), having heard that the nonprofit has been active in buying small multi-unit buildings to preserve them as affordable housing. This process, however, often involves a seller’s note, which essentially turns the sale into a loan to be paid off over several years – unattractive to many sellers who can easily obtain cash offers from individual buyers.MEDA’s first offer was rejected, and tenants aid the second would have required them to contribute a sum that was outside their budgets. MEDA’s Christopher Gil said the agency is still trying to work something out with the tenants, and will keep trying until the building is sold.“The entire atmosphere of this city is starting to break my heart,” Yayanos said. “Part of me really wants to stick it out and keep fighting and another part of me is rapidly becoming more and more exhausted and fed up and just wants to go somewhere that I don’t feel like I’m being belittled or bullied.” En Español.On a hot day, the third-floor deck on a three-unit building two blocks from the 24th Street BART station might be a beautiful place to relax. But when a realtor asked the building’s tenants about it recently, their reply was a sarcastic negative. “Oh no, it’s terrible. It’s the worst,” Danielle McVay, who works at a service organization for low-income mentally disabled clients, recalls telling a realtor who asked. The realtor was showing the building to prospective buyers, who couldn’t help but notice the flyers and signs imploring them not to consider the building. Tenant pushback on perfectly legal transactions is the latest tactic of those wanting to stay. It has become increasingly common in San Francisco’s heated real estate market where tenants will make any effort to save a building from a sale that will likely result in the eviction of the existing tenants. What’s new is that push back is coming from tenants who have been in the Mission for less than ten years.center_img Tags: evictions • housing • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgMid season break or no mid season break the Saints Academy overcame a shaky start to beat the Wildcats 46-30 at a sun-drenched Close Street on Saturday writes Graham Henthorne.The visitors raced into a 12 point lead in even time but that was as good as it got. As soon as Jordan Case finished off a good handling move involving Nathan Skupski, Joe Greenwood and the returning Danny Jones, the Saints never looked back.Further tries to Tommy Tunstall and Jamie Tracey gave the Saints a lead they never relinquished. But it was three tries in the final ten minutes that took the game away from the Wildcats. Skupski, Jones and a storming 30 metre debut try for new signing Luke Thompson put the Saints well and truly in the driving seat.The Wildcats gained a little bit of respectability in a second period that was brought well and truly to life by a spectacular Saints team try involving 6 players with Greg Wilde taking the final pass from the inspirational Joe Greenwood.Two tries in the final two minutes to James Hill reasserted the dominance of the Saints Academy.This was a great victory for a very young and inexperienced Saints side. There were encouraging debuts for new signings Matty Fozzard and Luke Thompson and a full 80 minutes coming back from injury for Danny Jones will stand him in good stead.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Greg Wilde, James Hill 2, Nathan Skupski, Jamie Tracy, Tommy Tunstall, Danny Jones, Jordan Case, Luke Thompson.Goals: Jack Jones 5.Wakefield:Tries: Callum Boyle, Sam Doherty, Ben Shulver, Joe Walker 2.Goals: Adam Gledhill 5.HT: 32-12FT: 46-30Teams:Saints:1. Greg Wilde, 2. James Hill, 3. Nathan Skupski, 4. Jamie Tracy, 5. Tommy Tunstall, 6. Jack Jones, 7. Dom Speakman, 8. Brad Ashurst, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Danny Jones, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jordan Case, 13. Connor Dwyer.Subs: 14. Matty Fozzard, 15. Chris Webster, 16. Jordan O’Neill, 17. Luke Thompson.Wakefield:1. Gareth Croft, 2. Asher Hoyle, 3. Callum Boyle, 4.Sam Doherty, 5. Jamahl Hunte, 6. Luke Buttery, 7. Adam Magretton, 8. Tom Thackrey, 9. Josh Murphy, 10. James Healey, 11. Ben Shulver, 12. Adam Gledhill, 13. Joe Walker.Subs: 14. Dean O’Toole, 15. Nick Taylor, 16. Will Martin, 17. Jacob Price.last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Round 16 Super League Magic Weekend match with Warrington Wolves.Carl Forster and Paul Clough are called-up to the ‘19′ in place of Joe Greenwood and Paul Wellens – Saints’ Captain taking a knock in the win over Leeds.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Josh Perry, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua (pictured), 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 22. Carl Forster, 23. Nathan Ashe, 25. Alex Walmsley, 30. Mark Percival, 33. Luke Thompson, 36. Stuart Howarth.Tony Smith will choose his Warrington side from:2. Chris Riley, 4. Ryan Atkins, 5. Joel Monaghan, 6. Lee Briers, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Garreth Carvell, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 12. Ben Westwood, 14. Micky Higham, 15. Simon Grix, 16. Paul Wood 17. Mike Cooper, 18. Chris Hill, 19. Stefan Ratchford, 22. Rhys Williams, 23. Gareth O’Brien, 24. Ben Currie.The game kicks off at 6.45pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Ticket details are hereStat Pack:Brett Hodgson has scored points in his last eleven games against St Helens (7 for Warrington and 4 for Huddersfield). His streak began in the Giants’ 15-2 away play-off defeat by the Saints on 19 September, 2009.Magic Weekend Summary:St Helens: Won 3, Lost 2, Drawn 1Warrington: Won 4, Lost 2(No previous Magic Weekend meeting)Last 10 Meetings:Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Warrington 16, St Helens 28 (SLR9, 30/3/12)Warrington 35, St Helens 28 (SLR19, 24/6/11)St Helens 18, Warrington 25 (SLR3, 25/2/11)St Helens 28, Warrington 12 (SLQPO, 10/9/10)Warrington 24, St Helens 26 (SLR24, 31/7/10)St Helens 28, Warrington 18 (SLR7, 19/3/10)Super League Summary:St Helens won 38 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 5 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)last_img read more

first_imgLANCE Hohaia says a good pre-season is the main reason behind Saints – and his – strong start to the First Utility Super League season.The half back has played in five games so far in 2014 and is set to return to the side for tomorrow’s derby.“I worked hard in pre-season and persevered,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in the team. We have a good pack going forward and that allows myself and the rest of the backs to play expansive.“I’m enjoying it and the way we are playing. There are areas I want to improve on of course; we need to keep our heads down and not get carried away. If we do that I think we will give ourselves a good chance this year.”Lance has been involved in a number of derbies since he joined Saints for the 2012 season and is looking forward to the latest clash.“They are always big and tough matches and I’m looking forward to it. I know the history between the two towns and the two clubs. It will be great to play in front of a sell-out crowd. Both sets of fans will be vocal.“We played well at home against them last season and they will have a good attitude – like they always do – coming into this match. We have a lot of confidence in the team at the moment and the boys are playing good football.“We need to get out there and give a good performance.”last_img read more

Wilmington man overdosed behind wheel pleads guilty to drug charges

first_img Cox was found by sheriff’s deputies on the 5000 block of Carolina Beach Road on February 8 after he passed out in the center turn lane while operating a 2009 Ford Edge.Deputies say it was quickly determined that Cox was suffering from a heroin overdose. He was revived by EMS using naloxone and then admitted to officers that he had recently smoked marijuana and snorted heroin.Cox was also found to be in possession of 10 bindles of heroin at the time of the offense. Previously, Cox had been convicted of driving while impaired in New Hanover County in 2009, 2010, and 2013.Related Article: Just Cut It Barbershop offers haircuts to those with learning disabilities“All impaired drivers are dangerous to our community, but I am not sure anything is more dangerous to the drivers of North Carolina than an individual who is experiencing a heroin overdose while operating a motor vehicle.” Assistant District Attorney Brad Matthews said. “Our office and this community have seen first-hand the tragedy that results from both impaired driving generally and specifically driving while under the influence of heroin. It is important that these drivers, especially repeat offenders such as this defendant, are prosecuted vigilantly and aggressively,” District Attorney Ben David said.Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and State Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the case. 29-year-old Matthew Cox was charged with one count of habitual impaired driving. (Photo: DA Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty after he passed out at the wheel because of an heroin overdose while driving down Carolina Beach Road.Matthew Cox, 29, was charged with one count of Habitual Impaired Driving, one count of Possession of Heroin, and one count of Assault on an Emergency Official. He was sentenced to at least 20 months in prison.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington grandmother could lose family home of 75 years

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Taking care of a family member that’s been diagnosed with cancer isn’t easy. One woman is taking care of three family members with cancer, while also fighting to keep the home that’s been in their family for nearly a century.“I just want to be able to make things work so I can take care of my family and help others.”- Advertisement – Renee Garris has dedicated her life to serving others, both in her career and at home.“She’s the best person that you will ever meet,” said her nephew.Renee works full time in the emergency room, and the money she makes goes toward her family.Related Article: Community support group brings Black Friday to Burgaw“I got three family members with cancer and it’s been hard dealing with all of that, taking care of everyone,” said Renee.On top of that, she’s facing another challenge: code violations that could force her out of the home that’s been in her family for 75 years.“You don’t really know what’s going on in your neighbor’s life until you get out there and really interact and meet your neighbors,” said Greg Pampell.Pampell and his girlfriend Kristen McKeithan run a community support group called Good Works. Pampell says when they heard about Renee’s situation, they had to step up.“What we see in that is someone who’s always giving to others. And so what we have found is a great opportunity for the neighborhood or the city to rally and say it’s time for us to really give to Renee,” said Pampell.Pampell says because the home is in the historic district, there are strict rules when it comes to repairs.“You either repair the material that’s there, or you replace it with the same material, the original material,” he said.He adds that those original materials do not come cheap.“Just to replace those shingles is like 600 dollars a square foot,” said Pampell.In order to use different, less expensive materials, a homeowner must file paperwork detailing the changes. This is followed by a hearing with the historic committee, and approval from 12 neighbors.Pampell says this difficult and lengthy process might not be possible given Renee’s November deadline.Despite all this, she’s keeping a positive outlook.“I feel like God sent people in my life right now to support me, and lift me up,” said Renee.“Renee is a very goodhearted person and she’s always there to help others, and it’s important for us to come together as a community and also assist her in a time of need,” said he co-worker Marissa Bryant.Pampell says while they have been able to score some victories, like paying off Renee’s water bill and replacing a leaky toilet, they still have a long way to go.He says if repairs are not made by November 30, Renee will be fined $100 the first day and $200 every day after that. Fines she cannot afford.Click here to learn more about Renee’s story, and how you can help.last_img read more

Pender County will not remove debris from unpaved roads

first_img Pender County will not pick up debris there because the roads are unpaved.“And they said ‘We’ll pick it up. We won’t pick it up. We’ll pick it up. We won’t pick it up,’” said Johnson.During this week’s Pender County Commission meeting, Commissioner David Williams made a motion to use county funds to remove debris from the unpaved roads.Related Article: NC House to restart hurricane recovery committeeThe motion did not pass.“Right now, it just came down to the issue of whether we could spread ourselves thinner than what we are right now. And it was a financial decision to say ‘No, we just cannot extend ourselves that far,’” said Commission Chairman George Brown.Brown says the county could get reimbursed by FEMA, but they are not sure how long that would take.“Having to put the money up front to take care of those additional roads, was a lot for the commissioners to have to take in at this time with all the money that has been put out so far. With all that being said it was a tough decision,” said Brown.Johnson says his neighborhood has already spent thousands on private contractors for debris removal.“If they would just reimburse us the money that we paid to have the debris hauled out, we would have no problem with it,” said Johnson.At this point, Johnson is frustrated by the lack of communication from the county.Brown says apologizes to residents for the lack of funding. He encourages people to try to move their debris to a main, paved road so it can be picked up. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Debris still lines the roads in Pender County. The county decided Monday that they will not be picking up debris on unpaved roads.“We feel like we’re discriminated against because we pay taxes, and yet they won’t pick up the debris but they’ll pick it up on the main roads,” said Charles Johnson, who lives in the Deer Run subdivision in Surf City.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County passes 20192020 budget maintains tax rate

first_img According to the news release, the budget:Provides $116.2 million to support public schools, which is a 6.9% increase in funding from last year. Read about the county’s funding to public schools here.Transitions the responsibility of the Forensic Lab to New Hanover County from the City of Wilmington, with a 60/40 cost-sharing arrangement with the city.Funds more than $3.3 million in strategic economic development initiatives that will encourage private investment, bring more diverse and higher-wage jobs, and enhance quality of life.Invests in workforce housing in partnership with the City of Wilmington, including $45,000 for a workforce housing study.Supports 29 human services community partners, as recommended by the Non-County Agency Funding Committee, for a total of $977,000.Includes debt service payments for the construction of the Healing Place substance use treatment center.Maintains the fire services tax rate for residents in the unincorporated county at 7.75 cents and also keeps the landfill tip fee at $48 per ton.Provides a market and merit salary increase for all eligible county employees.County Manager Chris Coudriet says the budget addresses current needs and plans for the future.“It begins to replenish the county’s fund balance, which was affected by Hurricane Florence, and strategically funds important initiatives like the opioid crisis, workforce housing and public education,” Coudriet said.Related Article: County reduces curfew, encourages evacuees to stay putThe adopted budget in brief will be available on the Finance website by Monday, July 24. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Monday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners adopted a $399 million balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.According to a news release from the county, the adopted budget maintains the current county-wide tax rate of 55.5 cents per $100 of value. The recommended budget was presented to the board on May 20 and a public hearing on the budget was held Monday, June 3.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington police make arrests after several fights break out in front of

first_img(MGN Image) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say several fights broke out early this morning outside a Wilmington music venue and bar. So many people were involved, police say they had to call in back up from campus police and other agencies.Wilmington Police responded to a large disturbance in the 400 block of S. College Rd around 2:30 this morning.- Advertisement – Police estimate more than 150 people were standing in the parking lot outside The Monk. Several fights broke out involving 15-20 people and three individuals were arrested.The crowd became so out of control at one time that officers from the State Highway Patrol, UNCW and NHCSD responded to assist.Police arrested Katina Marie Walker charging her with disorderly conduct, affray and resisting arrest. 21-year-old Denasia Kalidra Greene was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, affray and resisting arrest.​ Police charged Angeleos Roamel Williams with resisting arrest.last_img read more