Jess Phillips has used a Commons debate on Interna

first_imgJess Phillips has used a Commons debate on International Women’s Day to read out the names of all the UK women killed by men over the last year.The Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley reads out such a list on an annual basis, making this the fourth year running that she has done so. It is compiled by feminist activist Karen Ingala Smith.“I could feel the nervousness in the room that I wouldn’t finish reading the list within seven minutes,” Phillips said, referring to the time restriction being placed on MPs’ speeches in the debate.“That is how we should feel every single minute of every day, nervous that one of our constituents will wake up dead. The fear and tension that we felt in our bodies… is what victims of domestic violence feel every minute that they walk around their houses.“The second they wake up in the morning, they feel frightened, and that they’re going to have to walk on awkward egg shells all day long. These women need us in this place to hear their names and hear their stories, so that we can change and make it so that next year’s list might be at least a little bit shorter.”Tags:Domestic Violence /Violence against women /International Women’s Day /Jess Phillips /last_img read more

THE most prestigious individual honour in Rugby Le

first_imgTHE most prestigious individual honour in Rugby League, the Man of Steel award, is to be named in memory of the sport’s most respected player, Steve Prescott.From October this year, the player who makes the biggest impact on the First Utility Super League season will receive the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award.The RFL’s proposal to rename an honour which has been awarded annually since its inception in 1977 received unanimous support from the 14 First Utility Super League clubs at their Extraordinary General Meeting last week.Steve Prescott MBE was a former St Helens, Hull, Wakefield, Ireland and England player who raised more than £500,000 for charitable causes after being diagnosed with a terminal disease in 2006.His bravery and defiance was an inspiration to millions of people as he completed a series of tough, fund-raising challenges before his death in November last year.Super League Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It is absolutely right that the player whose on-field heroics capture the imagination of his peers throughout a First Utility Super League season is presented with an award named in recognition of one of the sport’s true heroes.“Although he never won the award himself, Steve Prescott really was a man of steel; a truly extraordinary individual who was universally respected by all who knew him and those who watched or read about his exploits.“Steve was not only a great player and an outstanding ambassador for the sport throughout his illness, he was much more than that. He was an exceptional human being who impacted upon many more lives than the ones he touched in Rugby League and this has been highlighted by the support shown by not only the clubs but also the general public in the naming of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.”Steve’s wife, Linzi Prescott, said: “The naming of the award for the winner of The Man of Steel is a fitting tribute to a man who showed so much grit and determination in face of adversity.“Steve’s name will forever live on and be known alongside such Rugby League greats as Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland.“We are extremely grateful to Super League and its clubs who have sanctioned this move and they have recognised how Steve has promoted this great game through his efforts, and we on behalf of his foundation will continue to do so.”Mike Denning, Chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, added: “The news that the Super League clubs have unanimously voted in naming the award for the Man of Steel winner after Stephen is overwhelming.“His achievements during his illness always amazed me and the fact that his name will always be linked to this prestigious award will for ever be a reminder of what a special husband, dad and person he was.“Stephen would be delighted, honoured and a little embarrassed by this announcement but we are all extremely proud. A massive thank you to all who have supported the renaming of this award and in particular those fans who petitioned to the Rugby Football League showing their respect for Stephen. Thank you.”The Steve Prescott Foundation has donated £526,000 to The Christies Cancer Hospital and RFL Benevolent Fund. At the start of the year the charity appointed 16 ambassadors from the world of sport to continue Steve’s legacy.The identity of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel will be decided by a poll of every First Utility Super League player at the end of the season: the players’ votes are then considered by a specially convened selection panel featuring a previous Man of Steel winner, two representatives of the players’ association League 13, a member of the broadcast media and a representative of the print media.The 2014 Steve Prescott Man of Steel will be crowned at the First Utility Super League Man of Steel dinner at Lancashire County Cricket Club on Wednesday October 8.The remarkable life and career of Steve Prescott will be celebrated in a ‘Super League Superstars’ special on Sky Sports 1 tomorrow (Thursday March 6) at 7.00pm.last_img read more

They took on Cowley International College in the Y

first_imgThey took on Cowley International College in the Year 8 Eric Chisnall and Year 10 Keiron Cunningham Finals.Year 8 Eric Chisnall FinalThe Year 8 final was a fantastic spectacle with two teams of a similar skill level both battling it out to get their hands on the Eric Chisnall trophy.De La Salle scored two tries early on to gain a comfortable lead and they went on to control the half to lead 20-12.But Cowley hit back in the second half and dominated to go ahead 22-20.However, De La Salle didn’t want to give up the game without a fight and managed to score a try in the dying stages of the game.Cowley tried their hardest to get back – and nearly scored in the corner – but De La Salle held on to win 26-22.Year 10 Keiron Cunningham FinalLike the first game, the Year 10 Keiron Cunningham Final was also a brilliant contest with both teams giving it their all.Cowley took the lead in the first 10 minutes and looked very assured with the 18-4 advantage they had at half time.But De La Salle came out fired up and scored three tries in 10 minutes to even up the contest.Both teams looked fatigued in the searing heat but it was De La Salle that made their pressure pay first before they sealed it with two tries in four minutes.Final score De La Salle 30 Cowley International College 18.Everyone at Saints would like to congratulate both sides for two super fixtures.last_img read more

NC senators respond to Cooper administrations GenX funding request

first_img “While we review your administration’s request for a roughly $2.58 million additional appropriation, we also want to address recent news reports that have called attention to multiple inconsistencies in your administration’s handling of this crisis,” read the letter, signed by seven senators, including Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County and New Hanover County’s Sen. Michael Lee.Yesterday the leaders of the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services wrote a letter to lawmakers asking for nearly $2.6 million in emergency appropriations when the General Assembly returns to Raleigh next month. They say they need the money for additional resources and expertise to protect North Carolina’s water supplies.The senators asked several questions “[i]n order to better understand the timing and rationale for what looks like a reversal of course on several fronts. Those questions include:When was the first instance anyone from your administration discussed GenX in the Cape Fear River with Chemours or anyone else?At any time did DEQ know about and/or approve the discharge of GenX? If not, please explain the information related in a June 29 news report stating, “state regulators said Chemours informed them in its most recent discharge permit application and ‘all previous applications’ that it was releasing GenX and other related substances from the Fayetteville Works plant into the Cape Fear River, a process that has occurred since 1980.”DEQ Secretary Michael Regan has publicly said Chemours did not break the law. In light of this, why are you requesting an investigation from the State Bureau of Investigation? What exactly is the SBI investigating?Your administration said in June that the safe level of GenX in drinking water was 70,909 parts per trillion. Then, just one month later, your department revised the safe level to 140 parts per trillion – 500 times less than the original projection. What is the explanation for this change? Are there scientific studies or reports that support this change? Please identify those reports.In June, DEQ said all discharges of GenX at the Chemours plant had stopped. But water sampling in July found concentrations of GenX – concentrations still above the level deemed to be safe. Can the public have confidence in DEQ when it says this chemical is no longer being discharged in the water? What assurances can you give that it has stopped and when?Are you aware that your administration does not need to wait for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set regulatory standards for GenX or other constituents? Are you aware that DEQ already regulates a number of chemicals without federal standards?Are you aware that modifications made to G.S. 150B-19.3 in Session Law 2011-398 allow your administration to adopt any rule necessary to address “a serious and unforeseen threat to the public health, safety, or welfare?”We understand DEQ recently received a federal criminal subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Have any other agencies or individuals in the Executive Branch received a similar subpoena? Has the governor’s office received a subpoena in this matter? For the purposes of transparency, would your administration be willing to share all the public documents that will be submitted to the U.S. Attorney as a result of these subpoena(s)?Given that Chemours previously announced it will voluntarily discontinue discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River, how will additional funding for DEQ and DHHS affect the dumping of GenX into the river?What specific use of the requested funds will be directed to improving water quality in areas already affected by GenX? How will that use of funds affect water quality in areas already affected?Why has DEQ not issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) under the Clean Water Act to Chemours? Regarding the costs for long-term water sampling for GenX, are you suggesting that Chemours should not be required to bear these costs as a result of the settlement of the NOV?Regarding the request for additional staff for DEQ, we know the department currently employs many individuals that perform non-regulatory functions not involving the implementation of federal or state environmental quality programs. An example of this is the “Office of Innovation” that was just created by Secretary Regan. Rather than using taxpayer funds to create additional government employees, could some of these individuals performing non-regulatory duties be shifted to assist with the permitting backlog and other regulatory functions that have been neglected?Regarding the request for additional staff for DHHS, we know both DEQ and DHHS currently employ accomplished and well-respected toxicologists that have been protecting North Carolinians for decades. Can you explain why these existing toxicologists are no longer able to satisfactorily perform this function under the supervision of your cabinet secretaries, and the need to create a new “Science Advisory Board” to supervise their work? 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/6b49b9eab030b5472965f5a0954e0571987ea84b_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Activist to testify before Congress about GenX2:32New study researches how PFAS contaminants go beyond our drinking water1:47EPA to regulate toxins in drinking water0:30CFPUA files motion to intervene in state’s lawsuit against Chemours0:37Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37DEQ hosts public meeting following proposed consent order with Chemours2:22GenX study leads to more questions than answers2:07Study: certain birth defects higher in southeastern nc0:35’The Devil We Know’ screens at Thalian1:13Brunswick Co. Woman Speaking to Congress Will Discuss PFAs Chemicals0:50Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenX3:06TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from you2:28Chemours sued over air, water pollution claims0:26Rep. asks State to demand Chemours hold Wilmington meeting2:04CFPUA plan to filter GenX raises financial concerns for customers2:11EPA discusses possible regulations on toxic chemicals in drinking water2:25Chemours will not hold public meeting in New Hanover County0:30CFPUA to continue business with controversial filter supplier2:14Report released on health effects of PFOA compounds2:26Gov. Cooper visits ports, talks education and GenX2:18One year after GENX Revelation, some fears still remain1:44GenX remains in focus nearly one year later, miltiple bills filed2:07Lawmakers begin negotiations for GenX research funding1:28CFPUA addresses GenX and other recent issues1:49Cape Fear River Watch to sue Chemours 2:06Clean up on the Cape Fear River for Earth Day1:03gen-x exposure study2:03NC State researchers to reveal homeowner’s Genx tap water results – selection0:01North carolina agency says chemours lied about discharging genx0:27UNCW researchers discuss findings on GenX after submitting report2:52UNCW researchers discuss findings on Genx after submitting report 0:39UNCW submits genx reports to environmental review commission0:30State considers testing backyard gardens for GenX0:32Brunswick Co. leaders approve dog tethering rule, discuss offshore energy 2:51County leaders, lawmakers tour pilot reverse osmosis system1:57Property owners near chemours plant files genx lawsuit0:28GenX bill stalls2:27Residents near Chemours plant frustrated over GenX samples2:31Senate stays quiet on GenX bill; Clean Cape Fear begs for cooperation1:55State House approves funding for DEQ to research GenX, other studies as well2:17GenX dominates news in 20172:28GenX in food? High levels of contamination found in farmer’s honey2:10Data reveals another spike in genx levels at chemours0:29Tests show elevated levels of genx in brunswick county0:34Anti-RO majority prevails if H2Go vote holds in tight election1:56Chemours ordered to provide bottled water to 15 more homeowners0:34New Hanover County neighbors can take part in study on the exposure to GenX2:28H2GO water results reveal high levels of compound carcinogenic to humans0:33Brunswick county files suit against chemours and dupont0:32Brunswick County woman suin Chemours and DuPont1:47Chemours hit with another class action lawsuit over Genx0:31Leader named for newly expanded state panel to address emerging chemical0:21NC House and Senate override veto of bill that provides funding for GenX treatment1:08Wilmington man files federal lawsuit against Chemours0:35Chemours ordered to provide more water to well owners0:22H2Go warns of possible scam targeting customers0:39Rep. Butler ’disappointed’ she is not on River Quality Committee0:59Special Committee discusses GenX in Raleigh2:33County leaders weigh in on veto of HB 560:45CFPUA offering water treatment plant tour0:23New Hanover County leaders respond to Governor vetoing HB 560:46Preliminary results show high levels of GenX found in private wells near Chemours0:34Exclusive interview with Gov, Cooper on veto of bill addressing Genx 2:08GenX in the air? Division of Air Quality wants answers0:32Gov. Cooper vetoes bill about GenX funding, Sen. Lee responds0:49Parents ’plea’ to Brunswick Co. school leaders to assure safe water1:47DEQ testing wells for GenX contamination near Chemours plant2:11CFPUA hires new information officer to end contract with PR firm over Genx0:59Former Mayor officially announces NC Senate run, Sen. Lee responds1:29Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools 2:01Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools1:30Former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson announces run for NC Senate0:35Speaker Moore says water safety is important not just in Brunsco, but the entire state0:58State issues notice of violation against Chemours after Genx found in groundwater wells1:06Brunswick County hires law firm to investigate Chemours, DuPont and Kuraray1:08State lawmakers applaud DEQ and DOJ action on Chemours discharge1:05Special Interests call state investigation into GenX “partisan blame game”2:09Senate passes plan to find, treat, remove GenX in Cape Fear River2:42CFPUA signs contract partnering with UNCW to test water quality0:40Gov. Cooper vists Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender Counties2:26Gov. Cooper to visit Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender today1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks hot topics: GenX, confederate statues, President Trump1:20Lawmakers investigate GenX discharge, hold public hearing3:24Educators, water groups make effort for clean water for students2:19Investigative hearings being held in Wilmington to discuss GenX0:36Erin Brockovich stays busy with GenX while visiting Wilmington1:52Erin Brockovich speaks at UNCW2:06NC House to hold legislative hearing over GenX discharge0:38Senate to call legislative hearing over handling of GenX, state responds1:49Pender Co. Commissioners give update on GenX0:37David Rouzer meets with local leaders2:07One Wilmington woman leads protest at Chemours1:52Chemours reports strong second quarter sales despite news of GenX0:26CFPUA intends to file federal lawsuit against Chemours and Dupont1:03Federal investigators ask NCDEQ for documents about Chemours, GenX1:50Gov. Cooper tours Pender Co. water treatment plant amid GenX concerns1:59Dozens show support for women?s rights rally2:01CFPUA adds 3 locations for people to get free groundwater0:34CFPUA board chairman?s July 27 GenX morning update0:28Proposed study could show health impacts of GenX on humans2:08XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of Republican state senators today responded to a request from the Cooper administration for more money for two state agencies in the wake of the GenX investigation.The co-chairs of the Senate Committee on Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural, and Economic Resources, as well as senators representing the lower Cape Fear region responded today with a letter to the governor.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Organizers take every precaution for festivals and concerts

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds injured and more than 50 killed at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas. It’s an aftermath that hangs heavy as we enter the fall festival season in the Cape Fear.“We are always refining and looking at what other changes we can make to make sure that it is a fun and safe event for people that are coming,” Ed Wolverton, Wilmington Downtown Incorporated president and CEO, said.- Advertisement – WDI organizes many concerts and events throughout the year. Wolverton says security is a constant concern, which is why they work hand-in-hand with the police.“It’s a public event and it’s on public property. So there are measures that we can and do take but there are other things that we just have to realize, it’s all part of a public realm,” Wolverton said.They also increase security.Related Article: The Flats on Front to add 270+ apartments on Wilmington’s northern riverfront“We also are required to have for our events, off duty police officers in addition to that, we are supplementing that with private scrutiny as well,” Wolverton said.He says the city has a strict permitting process, which means organizers must have a certain number of police, fire and emergency personnel available.“It’s important that they are adjusting their staff and personnel needs to account for not just the even but the area immediately around the event as well as the entire community as a whole,” Wolverton said.Riverfest kicks off this weekend in downtown Wilmington. Laurence Nadeau, the chairman of Riverfest says “WPD has done a great job with the festival for forty years and has protocol in place for any situation and will be present all weekend.”We also reached out to Wilmington police and the New Hanover county Sheriff’s office to talk about security, but no one was available to speak with us today. We will follow up with them tomorrow.last_img read more

Whiteville police investigating Sunday shooting

first_img(Photo: City of Whiteville Facebook) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) – Whiteville Police are investigating a shooting that occurred just after 8:00 P.M. Sunday night where they found a man shot twice in the back.Police tell us they responded to 104 S. MLK Jr. Drive where they found Thurman Jones shot twice in the back. He was transported to Columbus Regional where he is in stable condition.- Advertisement – Investigators are on the scene at this time.last_img

Wilmington leaders accept grant to help overdose survivors hold off on land

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Wilmington city leaders have accepted half a million dollars in grant money to begin a pilot project to help keep former opiate and heroin addicts safe and clean.The grant money will go towards developing and implementing the Cape Fear Opiate Overdose Quick Response Team. The intent of the team is to initiate follow-up care and counseling after an individual experiences a survivable overdose from opiates with naloxone administration.- Advertisement – The council did not decide to move ahead on a change to land code law and permitting processes for specific building heights in urban mixed use zones. The council held an initial public hearing on February 20, 2018. After the public hearing and discussion regarding the development agreement approval process, Council voted to hold the public hearing open and continue it to the March 20, 2018 Council meeting.Passing the new code would amend the Land Development Code to allow buildings within a UMX-zoned property to be constructed to a maximum height of seventy-five feet without a special use permit if the development is subject to an approved developmentagreement.Council tabled the item until its April meeting.last_img read more

Wilmington YMCA unveils Imagination Playground

first_img The goal is to let children use their imagination in a hands-on way to build all sorts of structures.The event was free and open to any child one year and older.The branch director for the Wilmington Family YMCA says the organizations want to give kids an active outlet to play.Related Article: Local 4-H launches family empowerment program to combat opioid crisis“The purpose of the event today was to really open the eyes of parents and children to something that’s unique and has a different feel. It allows the children to use their imaginations and really build and it’s hard sometimes in this day and age. A lot of people are playing with computers,” said Branch Director Shannon Berg.Berg says they want children to have a fun way to showcase their creativity, even indoors. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Nir Family YMCA unveiled its new imagination playground Wednesday morning.The brand new equipment was donated by The CarMax Foundation and national non-profit Kaboom. The equipment included blue foam pieces of all shapes and sizes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

5000 reward offered in hitandrun that injured bartender

first_imgWilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a felony hit-and-run crash that injured a Wilmington bartender last month.Justin Sartain was hit in the intersection of South 3rd and Dock streets Feb. 23 as he walked to work.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) Wilmington Police searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a pedestrian on Feb. 23, 2019. (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.)center_img 1 of 3 Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is now offering a reward of up to $5,000. People with information can contact WPD or to remain anonymous use Text A Tip or call Crime Stoppers.Police say Sartain had the right of way when the suspect hit him, throwing Sartain into the air onto the top of the vehicle. Sartain rolled off the hood of the car and into the street. As he was laying in the street, the suspect drove away from the scene, running over him, shattering his foot and ankle.“I didn’t know what was happening,” Sartain told WWAY a few days after the crash. “I heard a crunch, like a football helmet colliding, and then as soon as the windshield smashed, or some kind of glass smashed, that’s when I realized I was being hit by a car. Because it happened so fast, I didn’t get to see the car coming at me.”Related Article: WPD investigating two Friday shootingsEMS transported Sartain to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Sartain told WWAY that being able to walk to work is the highlight of his day. Now, he says he won’t be able to work for 4-6 weeks or longer if he has to have surgery.The suspect vehicle is described as a white Chevrolet, possibly a Cruze, with dark tinted windows.last_img read more

Pakistan prepares to end its yearlong ban on YouTube

first_imgAdvertisement It’s been almost one year since Pakistan began blocking YouTube in response to a video that it deemed to insult the prophet Muhammad, but officials have said that the Google-owned site will soon be unblocked in the country — perhaps as early as September.Pakistan isn’t planning to grant full access to YouTube, however, and the Wall Street Journal reports that it will use a URL blocker to censor locally sensitive videos without knocking out the site in its entirety. The blocking technology has already been used to limit access to videos on Vimeo and “thousands” of websites, including pornographic and politically-sensitive content.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The block came about because Google refused to censor the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video locally in Pakistan. The company did not deem the video to have breached its terms and conditions, but, beyond that, it was said to be reluctant to make censorship decisions in a country where it has no local version of YouTube, no local staff and no conditions that protect it from being directly (and legally) responsible for any YouTube content that is deemed unlawful.The ban has been criticized by many in the country’s entertainment industry. A group began lobbying the government to overturn the ban in January, and was granted a court hearing with an IT minister earlier this month.CNN highlighted one of the artists affected, musician Adil Omar, who has worked with a host of internationally-renowned rappers. He says his latest songs on YouTube have drawn one-tenth of the interest of his past work, a situation that the ban seems responsible for.The ban was actually lifted back in December 2012 but was reinstated within five minutes after a TV show journalist demonstrated that the video was still available on YouTube, via copies uploaded to other users’ accounts.This time around, it is serious about relaxing the ban. Government spokesman Kamran Ali, who is leading the YouTube ban review committee, told the Journal that the government is talking to experts and will lift the ban “as soon as we get a technical solution to block that video.”The IT ministry is said to have contacted the Prime Minister’s office with an official request to unblock YouTube. Some media claim the ban could be ended next month, though officials have declined to provide a timeframe.Credit: TNWlast_img read more