Labour has called on the government to provide cl

first_imgLabour has called on the government to provide “clear evidence” that the political wing of Hezbollah should be proscribed.Commenting on Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to classify Hezbollah as a terrorist group, the party raised concerns that such a move could “make it difficult to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Lebanon”.Labour also suggested that Javid’s position on the ban may have been determined by his “leadership ambitions”, and not arrived at “in an objective and impartial way”.A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Home Office has previously ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that the political wing of Hezbollah fell foul of proscription criteria, a position confirmed by ministers in the House of Commons last year. Ministers have not yet provided any clear evidence to suggest this has changed.“It has also rightly been the view of the Foreign Office for many years that proscribing the political wing of Hezbollah, which is part of the democratically elected Lebanese government, would make it difficult to maintain normal diplomatic relations with Lebanon, or to work with the government on humanitarian issues, including those facing Syrian refugees, in parts of the country controlled by Hezbollah.“Decisions on the proscription of organisations as terror groups are supposed to be made on the advice of civil servants based on clear evidence that those organisations fall foul of the proscription criteria set out in legislation. The Home Secretary must therefore now demonstrate that this decision was taken in an objective and impartial way, and driven by clear and new evidence, not by his leadership ambitions.“We support the government in its decision to proscribe the groups Jamaat Nusrat al Islam Wall Muslimin and Ansaroul Islam.”A number of Labour MPs have already made clear that they will be voting for the ban tonight, while Wes Streeting claimed earlier that “Labour will be supporting the ban”.“It just takes a little while to list the many, many, many reasons why the ban is justified,” Streeting tweeted this morning, before the party spokesperson’s comments.“I’m expecting the PLP briefing whipping for the ban imminently and every Labour MP will instinctively support it anyway. Every single one.”Tags:Labour /Hezbollah /last_img read more

Schools open at SFUSDs Monroe Elementary but permanent teacher fails to show

first_imgMonroe substitute arrives, but parents say he doesn’t speak Spanish — and yet, he must teach a Spanish-immersion class Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Despite assurances from the San Francisco Unified School District and the school’s principal that the more than month-long absence of a permanent teacher for a fifth-grade Spanish-immersion class at Monroe Elementary School would end Monday, no permanent teacher has shown up.  Moreover, the substitute who did show up does not speak Spanish, parents said. On Monday afternoon, parents received a letter from Principal Kimberley Mackey, stating that the “tentative start date is still to be determined, as these processes are subject to state approval and acknowledgment as well.” “Due to the candidate’s out-of-state status, the process is taking longer than expected,” she added. Parents have been kept in the dark about the identity of the teacher; the school has also been quiet about even the new teacher’s gender. Mission Local reported last Friday that the class kicked off the school year with no teacher and an estimated 11 more students than the recommended maximum of 30. Last Wednesday, Mackey informed parents that a new teacher would “tentatively” begin this Monday, although she did not specify who the teacher would be, only that the teacher was selected and was “onboarding” with the district. “Should the tentative start date change, you will receive another letter with a revised start date,” Mackey said the letter. But parents did not receive an update before arriving Monday morning at the school, where some parents — mostly Spanish speakers eager to see who the new teacher would be — found a substitute teacher conducting class, a substitute they knew did not speak Spanish. “Those parents today were furious,” said Rose Medellin, who often translates and mediates for monolingual Spanish-speaking parents. Medellin said an aide to District 11 Supervisor Asha Safai, Cathy Mulky Meyer, also showed up at the school to make sure there would be a teacher in the classroom. When she discovered the class was still without a teacher, she spoke with the principal. The principal, according to Medellin, only spoke with Mulky Meyer, not the parents. Mulky Meyer did not respond to Mission Local’s messages. Already, some eight parents have taken their kids out of the school following reports of a “chaotic” — some even said “dangerous” — classroom environment that provided no instruction for the students who are gearing up for middle school. “The problem is, every day it seems like they have a different teacher,” said Jessica Ortega, whose son is in the class and whose primary language is Spanish.   Ortega said as the situation continues to be drawn out, she, too, has entertained the of transferring her son out of the school. My son “doesn’t feel well,” she said. “It’s terrible for him.” She said the lack of communication from the school’s administration has gone beyond not keeping parents in the loop about the would-be permanent teacher. Early last week, her son was removed from the classroom for misbehaving. “Nobody told me anything about it,” she said, explaining that a parent volunteer was the person to let her know. Laura Dudnick, an SFUSD spokesperson, said Monroe’s fifth-grade class was one of five classrooms to start the year without a permanent teacher, and that “99 percent of classrooms were fully staffed at the start of the school year, even with last-minute openings.”  “When there is not a permanent teacher, we provide a credentialed substitute teacher while the school and the District’s HR department work together to find a permanent teacher,” she added.That replacement has yet to show up.   Update (11:00 a.m.) from Laura Dudnick of SFSUSD: “A candidate had verbally accepted the offer with a tentative start date of Monday, 9/17. We are still in the process of working out details related to the candidate’s employment. There has been a credentialed substitute teacher leading the class since the beginning of the school year. The principal continues to update families regarding supports available for students and the substitute teacher in the class.”    Email Addresslast_img read more

COACH Daniel Anderson has been forced to change hi

first_imgCOACH Daniel Anderson has been forced to change his Exiles team take on England in the opening match of the International Origin Series at Langtree Park on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm).Due to injuries to Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves) and Setaimata Sa (Catalan Dragons), the Exiles have drafted in Hull KR’s Shannon McDonnell.McDonnell takes Hodgson’s place at full-back while David Fa’alogo of Huddersfield Giants moves from the bench to take the number 13 shirt, meaning all yesterday’s named interchange players are now in the match day squad.The Exiles have also drafted in Widnes Vikings player Patrick Ah Van as 18th man.Wigan Warriors’ experienced half-back Thomas Leuluai will captain the side.The Exiles:Shannon McDonnell; Joel Monaghan, Sia Soliola, Daryl Millard, Francis Meli; Thomas Leuluai, Scott Dureau; Tony Puletua, Lance Hohaia, Jeff Lima, Willie Manu, Trent Waterhouse, David Fa’alogo.Subs from: Anthony Laffranchi, Antonio Kaufusi, David Faiumu, Epalahame Lauaki, Patrick Ah Van.Tickets for the opening fixture at Langtree Park, St Helens, on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm) cost from £18 (£9 concessions) for standing and £21 (£10 concessions) seating. Details are here.last_img read more

SAINTS hooker James Roby is relishing the returnin

first_imgSAINTS hooker James Roby is relishing the returning to the England fold against the Exiles when the two sides meet in the 2013 International Origin Match at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday (8.00pm).Roby has missed a large portion of the Super League season after injuring an ankle in March but he is delighted to have been named in the England squad by coach Steve McNamara and is hoping to force his way into contention for a place in Friday’s starting 17.“I’m really glad to be back with the England group,” said Roby. “It’s a familiar environment for all the players now and the work that has gone on over the past few years in terms of creating an atmosphere and reinforcing our two-team mentality is really paying off.“When you’re here you know that it’s a full week dedicated to rugby. You’re prepared to be taken a little bit out of your comfort zone as the training is intense all day every day. You’re surrounded by the best players in the country and that lifts the intensity levels for everyone.“This year is one of the strangest years I can remember within the national setup. There a lot of players who are knocking on the door in lots of positions and I’m very grateful that Steve has shown faith in keeping me in the squad.“Hopefully I’ll be able to repay that confidence in me and perform well on Friday to warrant the selection.”Having been left out of Steve McNamara’s squad for the Autumn International Series in 2012 – due to injury – Roby could find himself going into the end-of-season World Cup fresher than ever before and he feels that could be an advantage for him.“I’ve come through the past few club games after injury and hopefully I’ll be able to get back into form now and help St Helens end the year strongly and push for a place in the World Cup squad,” he said.“It’s always disappointing to miss out on games through injury and the only silver lining for me is that hopefully I’ll be that bit fresher come the end of the season.“Especially playing at hooker you are involved in a lot of elements in the game and sometimes when it gets to close-season you can be feeling tired and hopefully I’ll avoid that come the World Cup if selected.“The most important thing for now though is to focus on the Exiles. This game is very high in intensity and is very important to the whole group.“In the past few years the exiles have taken the trophy home. We need to win in order to boost that confidence in the camp after the 2012 Autumn Series win and if we can get the result right and go into the World Cup in confident spirits it will help set us in good stead.”Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game, England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, cost from just £20 (£15 students and OAPs, £10 concessions) and are now on sale from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or online at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham spoke of a game of two halves as

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham spoke of a game of two halves as Saints beat Warrington at the Magic Weekend.His charges turned around a 16-8 half time deficit to win 20-16.“I thought we were good and the second half outstanding,” he said. “It was certainly a game of two halves. We started with vigour and plenty of will, but we dropped away after 10 minutes and tried our best to lose the game.“We couldn’t complete a set and the first one we did, Louie scored. There’s a moral in that tale.“We had a chat at half time and they came out fighting. We knew if we completed our sets then we would get opportunities. We gave some silly penalties away and right at the end when Louie was pinged I thought it was in the stars we’d lose the game.“But we showed real spirit and resilience to defend the game. That has happened two weeks in a row now. We backed our defence and it sealed the victory for us.“You can’t fabricate that spirit, it happens over time. They fought to defend their line and were proud of what they did. It was good to get that monkey off our back, now we have to learn from that first half.”One of the highlights of that steadfast defence was the wonder tackle from Tommy Makinson on Daryl Clark just seconds before the final whistle.The winger flew out and smashed the Man of Steel to force a knock on.“That was great wasn’t it,” Cunningham added. “He was one of the best players on the field for us and great on both sides of the ball.“He is defensively turning into a complete player as are all our outside backs. Jamahl Lolesi works with these kids and they are coming a long way which is good to see.”Saints face Salford this Friday (8pm) at Langtree Park and tickets are on sale now.You can get them from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

The dynamic strong running forward will remain at

first_imgThe dynamic, strong running forward will remain at the club until end of season 2020.The 22-year-old made his debut in 2013 at London and has gone on to play a further 91 times for his hometown club.He came through the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ rated Academy system after playing amateur for Bold Miners and Pilkington Recs.And this season he has been almost ever present in the Saints side too, making 23 appearances.Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said: “Luke is a hard working young prop who already has a wealth of experience under his belt.“He is keen to learn and I am looking forward to watching him continue his development over the coming seasons.”Luke added: “I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract at the club.“I have been here all my career and I’m looking forward to the future under Justin Holbrook and the talent we have coming through the system.“This has probably been my best season to date in terms of form but I know I still have a lot to work on. I want to get better year on year.“It means a lot to pull on the Saints shirt – not just for myself but for my family too – and every time I do so I’ll always give 110 per cent.“It was a dream of mine growing up to play for this club and I’m grateful and excited about being given the opportunity to continue to do so going forward.”Luke has been with the club since he was 11 and was part of the team that won the Grand Final in 2014.last_img read more

Affects of Irma causing rough waters in Pender County

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) – Rough surf conditions have made it dangerous to be in the water in Pender County.The surf has caused minor erosion on beachfront properties and even swept away dangerously large pieces of debris.- Advertisement – The sustained wind and gusts on Topsail Island are enough to lift small items in the water. We saw one family running down the beach to retrieve a pair of back porch stairs that were taken by the rough surf.It’s large items like that, that have officials in Surf City asking people to not only stay out of the water, but also off of the beaches especially when we hit high tides.“What we will see during the day is more and more impacts from debris floating in the ocean you certainly do not want to be out there in the water even up to your ankles and have that potential impact of a board flying by or something like that so we want to caution people to be safe,” says Surf City town manager Larry Bergman.Related Article: New bridge prompts Surf City restaurant to convert to food trucklast_img read more

Born during Hurricane Matthew mom calls her son a miracle as he

first_img 16 hours and a category one hurricane later she welcomed her seven pound baby boy Memphis Chadwick Grainger into the world.“It was just a long long process and the weather kept getting worse and the storm was approaching and Saturday morning he came,” Grainger said.Grainger said she had been planning for this special moment for nine months, but you can’t plan for storms.Related Article: Hurricane recovery round table gives residents access to more help post-FlorenceMother Nature washed her plans down the drain.“We had a photographer that was supposed to be there to capture his birth, was not able to be there friends and family that hadn’t anticipated planned it out, but you know what we delivered a healthy happy baby boy, so we couldn’t ask for anymore,” Grainger said.Grainger said her son Memphis’s birth during the hurricane is not the only special thing about him. He was also the only baby born in Columbus County that day.“I think the good Lord knew when he was supposed to be here and he blessed us with this little miracle and he knew he was going to be our little hurricane, perfect timing,” Grainger said.Grainger said she is excited to see what this next year brings after celebrating Memphis’s birthday because despite the storm this year brought a whole lot of joy.The Grainger’s are having a big party this weekend to celebrate their son’s first birthday since family and friends couldn’t be there for his birth. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Almost a year ago Hurricane Matthew hit southeastern North Carolina, but while many were taking shelter Ashley Grainger was giving birth.“He was determined, he wasn’t going to take orders and he was gonna come on himself, so Friday evening my water broke,” Grainger said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Former One Tree Hill star releases sitcom

first_img “Back then of course it was great,” Wilson said. “You know, there was always work. There were multiple projects going on.”Wilson played Fergie on “One Tree Hill” during the prime of Hollywood East.“You were pretty much going to get work on some of the other projects that were filming,” Wilson said. “And I mean some people even worked on all the projects that were filming.”Related Article: DOT to repair sinkhole near Bellamy Elementary SchoolThen things came to a halt.“We hit that slow down period and it was like a mass exodus,” Wilson said. “Like people are gone, you know, people have to leave their families behind to go get work. And that’s the struggle.”So several years later, Wilson had an idea.“With all the films that are leaving, let’s do something here. Let’s do something to try to bring back the film here. And let people know that hey we’re still here,” Wilson said.So that is exactly what he did. Wilson is now starring in “Vaughan,” a new sitcom filmed and produced right here in Wilmington.“It’s loosely based on the entertainment industry,” Wilson said. “And kind of like the highs and the lows of, you know, what actors go through to try to get roles.”Season one of “Vaugan” is now available on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime the season is free, if you do not it is $9.99 or $1.99 per episode.It is just one way Wilson is doing his part to light up Hollywood East once again.“I hope that people enjoy it. I hope that it’s entertaining. And I just hope it sets off more productions coming back to the state of North Carolina to be filmed,” Wilson said.Depending on the success of season one, Wilson hopes to star in many more seasons to come. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From acting on the set of “One Tree Hill,” to starring in his very own sitcom, Vaughan Wilson is doing his part to keep film going in the Port City.Wilmington was once known as Wilmywood, the place to go if you wanted to be on set.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper visits port talks education and GenX

first_img Gov. Roy Cooper set to testify in Washington on the need for climate change on February 6, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) Before arriving at the port, Cooper stopped in downtown Wilmington at the Hotel Ballast where he was the speaker for the NC Board of Governors breakfast.He spoke about several topics including public education, immigration, GenX and the upcoming election. Someone from the audience asked him if Apple is coming to North Carolina. He couldn’t answer the question but said he is optimistic.Related Article: Bad math: Software error tweaks grades in North Carolina schoolsAfter months of planning, two new $30 million cranes are up at the Port of Wilmington.Governor Roy Cooper wanted to make sure he got to see them up close.“I wanted to see first hand the effect that it could have on creating more jobs here and it’s very exciting to see them set up here,” Cooper said.The massive new cranes will allow the port to accommodate larger boats side by side.“We’re pleased that this port here in Wilmington has the fastest turn around time on the east coast which makes it very competitive,” Cooper said.While he was at the port, Cooper also discussed some other big topics, like GenX.“Families deserve clean drinking water,” Cooper said. “Businesses deserve clean drinking water. It’s important to have clean drinking water to grow our economy. The DEQ is going to continue to work for clean water not only here in Wilmington, but across the state. I just wish I had more help from the General Assembly.”Cooper also talked about the film industry.“I think a combination of things hurt it,” Cooper said. “One was killing the film incentives and two was the passage of House Bill 2. Now, that we’ve gotten House Bill 2 repealed and now that we’re back on the road to working to get more robust film incentives, I’m hoping that the business here will pick up.”In the meantime, Cooper said he is also fighting for public education.“Thirty-seventh in the country in teacher pay and 39th in the country in per pupil expenditure is absolutely unacceptable for North Carolina,” Cooper said.Another crane is coming to the Port next year. 1 of 1 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper was at the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington Tuesday to get a look at the two new cranes and to hear how they have made things more efficient.The governor took a tour of the new large cranes.- Advertisement – last_img read more