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Monthly Archives: July 2019

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Nothing much appeared to come out of Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit chat with the Prime Minister yesterday. This is not surprising: she has just promised something undeliverable to get her right-wing flank and DUP on board, temporarily, while the Labour leader is still demanding ‘no deal’ is properly taken off the table and his six tests for the deal are met with customs union membership, etc. But there was a significant detail, which I’m afraid to tell you relates, as usual, to the Irish backstop. Speaking to Sky News after the meeting, Corbyn stressed that he finds no unilateral exit unacceptable. But Keir Starmer – who wasn’t invited to the meeting, as some party activists and commentators were keen to point out and criticise – has already conceded that any Brexit deal being reached now would probably have to include a backstop.Corbyn’s emphasis on the backstop problem is understandable: it’s not inconceivable that the DUP could be crucial in another no-confidence vote, and Labour wants to apply further pressure on the backstop issue because its Brexit plan supposedly precludes the need for it. Making a customs union shift look like the only solution to the backstop predicament is smart. But The New Statesman’s Patrick Maguire is right to highlight that the position contradicts Labour’s own policy, which says any backstop must be acceptable to both communities in Northern Ireland (and the main nationalist parties support the current backstop). This stance is also aggravating tensions between the SDLP and Labour, and within the latter: former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has written a strongly worded piece for LabourList arguing that the backstop is the “only positive part of the Tory deal”.This morning’s main news story comes from The Times, which reports that the government is offering cash for Brexit votes. It bought off the DUP, so why not Labour MPs representing deprived Leave seats too? John Mann has already tweeted: “Show us the money. A fund of sufficient size to transform our communities. Our areas voted leave and it is time that we had the investment we need.” It seems to me a bit of a weird move from Theresa May’s perspective. Why spend money on this when some assurances on workers’ rights and a couple of tweaks to the non-binding political declaration would do just as well?For the Prime Minister, the best outcome of this process is getting the deal through with Tory and DUP votes, keeping her party together. The withdrawal agreement isn’t reopening to change the backstop she herself asked for, so this is unlikely. Next best is getting the deal passed thanks mostly to her own side, but with a few Labour rebels. There have been no repercussions (so far) for shadow ministers who defied the whip to abstain on the Cooper amendment this week, which has raised suspicions among Remainer Labour MPs that this path is very likely, as colleagues could be encouraged with a wink and a nod from Corbyn. (His relaxed attitude towards pro-Brexit rebellion would be seen to help reduce any risk of deselection, for example.) Third best is giving into Labour’s demands and getting its full support, at the cost of Tories splitting off. The opposition leader appears keen, but it may not even come to that.Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /John Mann /Labour /Peter Hain /The Times /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Brexit deal /last_img read more

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first_imgLabourList readers believe that Theresa May’s offer to Jeremy Corbyn of Brexit talks was a trap – but say Labour should not walk out of the negotiations, our latest survey has found.Last week, the Prime Minister invited Corbyn for talks to “break the logjam” in parliament, following a series of ‘indicative votes’ that failed to produce a majority for any alternative to her own deal.Many Labour activists warned that this move was designed to “trap” the Labour leader – and almost 70% of our readers said they agreed with that assessment, according to our readers’ survey that attracted 4,546 respondents.However, over 70% also said that Labour’s negotiating team should not walk out of the talks now. This is despite party figures reporting that the talks have not significantly progressed and a spokesperson saying on Friday that “the government has not offered real change or compromise”.The situation could change today as May is reportedly considering the Labour demand for a customs union in the UK’s future relationship with the EU, as well as measures that would ensure this could not be reversed by her successor.Asked about their preferred outcome for the talks, LabourList readers were divided. 37% of respondents chose “Labour walks away after putting down a public vote as a condition for supporting the deal, which the government doesn’t accept” as the best result.But almost the same proportion – 36% – opted for: “The government agrees to Jeremy Corbyn’s five demands for Brexit and MPs vote on a deal supported by both parties”.The issue of contention within Labour now is whether to lay down a public vote as a condition on any Brexit deal, even if the government agrees to change the political declaration such that it meets Corbyn’s five demands.Following the same patterns as previous survey results showing that LabourList readers are overwhelmingly in favour of another referendum, 65.5% of respondents said Corbyn should make a public vote a condition of supporting any Brexit deal.1. Do you think Theresa May’s offer of talks was a trap?Click to enlarge.Yes – 69% (3,139)No – 31% (1,407)2. In your view, what would be the best outcome of the talks?Click to enlarge.Labour walks away after putting down a public vote as a condition for supporting the deal, which the government doesn’t accept – 37.1% (1,686)The government agrees to Jeremy Corbyn’s five demands for Brexit and MPs vote on a deal supported by both parties – 35.9% (1,634)The talks break down as the government refuses to reopen the political declaration and Labour does not support the deal – 14% (636)None of the above/Don’t know – 13% (590)3. Should Jeremy Corbyn make a public vote a condition of supporting any Brexit deal, including one that meets his five demands?Click to enlarge.Yes – 65.5% (2,978)No  – 34.5% (1,568)4. On Friday, a Labour spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the government has not offered real change or compromise.” Should Labour walk out of the talks now?Click to enlarge.No – 70.9% (3,225)Yes – 29.1% (1,321)The survey was open from 12.30pm on Saturday 6th April until 8pm on Sunday 7th April. Thank you to all 4,546 readers who took part.Tags:Theresa May /Weekly Survey /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Negotiations /last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons has congratulated everyone who took

first_imgROYCE Simmons has congratulated everyone who took part in the Hattons Solicitors St Helens 10k Run last weekend.Saints’ Head Coach completed the course in around 49 minutes and joined hundreds of competitors who were raising money for the Steve Prescott Foundation and other charities.He told “I was pleased to finish the race although I didn’t think my knees would be too good afterwards!“It was a really good thing to be a part of and in aid of a great charity.“Steve Prescott and his Foundation do great things and it was fantastic that so many people came out to run and support the competitors.”Saints’ Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Daniels also ran in the race and came in twelfth with 37 minutes 37 seconds.Chantel Grayson from Saints Superstore also ran with a time of 1:18:31 and Community Coach Adam Daniels clocked 39:53.Paul Sculthorpe completed the gruelling course in 44:51.last_img read more

CFCC settles on lawsuit filed by former president Ted Spring

first_img On January 22, 2015, former Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Ted Spring, resigned by submitting a written letter of resignation. The Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Community College accepted Spring’s resignation, believing that the resignation was given with full intent and understanding.On March 27, 2015, Dr. Spring filed a lawsuit against Cape Fear Community College and its Trustees. Among other things, Spring contended that he was forced to resign, which the college denied. Dr. Spring contended that this forced resignation precluded him from receiving benefits under his employment agreement, which the college denied. Dr. Spring asked to be reinstated as President, and he included the volunteer Trustees in the lawsuit in an effort to force them to reinstate him.The case continued to drag on for several years, the insurance carrier for the college retained Charlotte counsel for the college and took a more active role. According to a press release, the Trustees looked at the mounting costs to the college—in out-of pocket expenses, in negative attention away from the mission of the college, and in personnel time for employees to testify away from the college—and it became apparent that a settlement should be pursued.Related Article: CFCC introduces cutting-edge truck driving simulator for students“Sometimes finding a resolution is the best course action, even when you believe strongly in your position,” said Mat White, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “With a settlement, the college can move forward without the cloud of this past history with Spring overshadowing it. We believe that the financial investment by Spring in this case was substantial, and all parties desired to seek closure.”Read more about the case.It was also announced Thursday that CFCC President Dr. Amanda Lee has resign after less than three years. Former CFCC President Ted Spring Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — After years of back and forth, CFCC and former president Dr. Ted Spring have finally reached a resolution in regards to allegations toward improper travel reimbursements paid to Spring.CCFC’s Board of Trustees announced the case will be dismissed, and the college will pay Spring approximately the amount of the severance offered to him at the time of his resignation. The insurance carrier for the college also is making a monetary payment to Spring for his losses and his costs in pursuing the case.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two more nights added to Enchanted Airlie light show

first_imgAirlie Gardens uses over a million lights to decorate during the holiday season. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Enchanted Airlie, a local holiday tradition since 2005, recently sold out for this season in record time. If you missed out, some good news!Airlie Gardens is adding two additional nights on Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12.- Advertisement – There will be two run times each evening 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m., and can be purchased online or at the Airlie gift shop.In case you’re just hearing about the tradition it features more than one million festival lights, spectacular displays music and more.last_img read more

Battleship NC comes alive with World War II reenactors

first_imgReenactor portraying Rosie the Riveter teaches visitors about World War II (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Visitors to the Battleship North Carolina Saturday had the chance to see what life was like during World War II as the ship came alive!World War II living history reenactors were on hand to perform daily duties and common drills while answering questions about what life was like on the ship and also on the homefront.- Advertisement – We spoke to one woman, Helen Harrington, who was portraying Rosie the Riveter.She says many who came to the event were blown away by all the history.“They’re very interested, and some just did not know everything that went on during World War II. And so, they are enlightened by the V-Mail, by the victory and patriotic pins, sweetheart jewelry,” said Harrington.Related Article: Pearl Harbor survivor, Wilmington resident diesThe event was free with admission to the battleship.Battleship Alive! happens a few times a year. The next chance you’ll have to check it out is in April.last_img read more

Vivian Howard to sign books in Carolina Beach

first_imgVivian Howard owned Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria near Greenfield Street in Wilmington (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (StarNewsOnline) — Celebrity chef Vivian Howard will sign copies of her cookbook, “Deep Run Roots,” Friday, July 13 at Go Sauce Yourself on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.Fans can meet and greet Howard and get books signed from 5 to 7 p.m.- Advertisement – According to StarNewsOnline, anyone who wants to attend is asked to visit, search Vivian Howard and purchase a ticket in advance. Each ticket reserves a copy of the cookbook.Howard, host of the 2018 Emmy-award winning show on PBS, “A Chef’s Life,” has two restaurants in her hometown of Kinston and opened Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria in Wilmington last year.last_img read more

Deputies Suspect in custody after breakin at West Brunswick High

first_img According to a report from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a window was busted in the front office and several lights were on. Most of the damage was to the front office area. This happened in overnight. West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) 1 of 7 Surveillance photo from West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) Surveillance photo from West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department)center_img Mugshot of James Andre Davis and scene of West Brunswick High on April 17, 2019. (Photo: BCSO/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Shallotte Police Department has a suspect in custody for the break-in at West Brunswick High School.Jame Andre Davis was arrested at his home on Tryon Road, according to police.- Advertisement – West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) West Brunswick High break-in on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Shallotte Police Department) The sheriff’s office is assisting the Shallotte Police Department with the investigation.Brunswick County Schools spokesman Daniel Seamans said the break-in and vandalism occurred Tuesday night.Related Article: ‘I’ll take him to my grave’: Family of ‘cold medicine murder’ grieves lossDavis is charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering a coin machine, malicious damage to a coin machine, felony possession of burglary tools, and injury to real property.Davis was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $50,000 secured bond.Seamans said classes are operating on a normal schedule and at no point were any students in danger.Seamans also addressed rumors that are flying around social media, saying they are “absolutely false” and that this appears to be a breaking and entering/damage property scenario.last_img read more

Watch Weve assumed that migrants understand our health system – Dr Tanya

first_imgWhen asked to comment on the murder of Ivorian migrant Lassane Souleyman Cisse, Dr Melillo explains that ‘Incidents like these sadden me a lot.’She explained how he and many like him had gone through so much from when they leave their home country through the dangerous journey they take until they arrive here were they are , trying to build a life and support their families back home only to lose it so tragically.Cisse was shot and killed during what has been considered a racially motivated drive-by shooting carried out by two members of Malta’s Armed Forces. Two fellow migrants were injured in the attack. The perpetrators are currently in court facing murder charges.Read more:Ħal Far murder; Music still played as he lay dead in the street‘Lassana’s life mattered’; NGOs support vigil for murdered migrantShe recalled other tragic situations were a year ago, a migrant fell while working on construction and  ended up becoming paraplegic. She said that he wanted to go back home and how she was involved together with the help of NGOs like IOM and many local health care professionals, all worked together to help him return home.‘They don’t ask for charity, they are prepared  to work and work very hard to earn money but we need to give them the opportunity and provide them with jobs and help teach them the necessary skills. They are willing to learn  We must respect them, they are our equals. They are just like you and me.’WhatsApp We have been making a lot of assumptions about migrants and their understanding of our healthcare system, Dr Tanya Melillo tells asked about whether Malta is doing enough for migrants, the Head of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit explains that in terms of disembarkation and assessment, ‘we’re doing everything we need to do,’ but were more work is needed is in  how healthcare is  provided and the communication aspect.While explaining that the predominantly male 16 – 25 year olds living in the open centres are mostly healthy individuals,  ‘when they do fall ill they face a lot of difficulties.’ This is  largely in terms of navigating how the health service works as well as the language and cultural differences associated with it.Stories and phonecallsWatch: ‘Every boat has its own story’ – Dr Tanya MelilloDr Melillo has spent the best part of the last decade or more responding to migrant disembarkations in Malta. In that time, she has examined over 12,000 people from over 200 migrant boats. She explained in the two previous installments about what it’s like to deal with  people who have risked their lives to support their families and the mental and emotional impact it has on those personnel working close with them.Watch: “Can I phone my mother to tell her I’m alive?”Assumptions ‘They don’t understand how our health care system works.  You give them an appointment  on a certain date at a certain time, but they would just present themselves on another day, at any other time… when they remember. They are not trying to be difficult, they are just not used to this system,’ Dr Melillo explains.   they don’t understand the medical processes which we’re accustomed to, like visiting the family doctor and then being sent to a specialist, undertaking investigations and then going for follow up appointments or getting a prescription for medication for example.To an extent these difficulties are also connected to assumptions which are held by Maltese healthcare workers and a lack of training to understand migrant health and accommodate language and cultural differences.‘We’re used to dealing with Maltese, we know the culture. You go to the doctor and he gives you a  prescription, the doctor knows you understand why you were given a prescription and follows instructions given..’Education and guidanceAs a result of these issues, Dr Melillo explains to that she has been working towards training and educating newly graduated doctors and nurses  to make them more culturally competent to deal with migrant communities arriving and those already living in Malta.  This has included engagement with medical professionals with first-hand experience of working with migrants like casualty staff and staff working within the field of mental health. She explains that it is important for health care professionals  to better understand migrant’s needs to help build a better doctor or nurse-patient relationship.In addition to training, she is working together with her staff at IDCU in preparing a a guidance booklet for migrants by providing them with information on how to navigate our health care system and provide basic medical information about aspects like dental hygiene, healthy eating and lifestyle which with the help of local NGOs will be translated and  disseminated through the networks of different ethnic communities. She is also working to establish a committee with representatives from all different migrant groups to understand better their issues in accessing health are locally and having means to communicate with them on important health issues that may occur in the country. it is important to build a relationship and earn their trust.‘They are our equals, they are just like you and me’ <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

David Casa elected EP Quaestor

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> David Casa has been elected European Parliament Quaestor. He will be part of the EP’s Bureau together with the EP president and vice-presidents. This is the highest EP post ever secured by a Maltese MEP.The Partit Nazzjonalista MEP said that he is ready for the responsibility which comes during his fourth EP term, and sees this election as testament that Maltese nationals can still aspire for posts of significant importance within the EU. He also added that he is “determined to continue working with even more energy to achieve concrete results for Maltese and European citizens”.Quaestors are elected for two and a half year terms and are responsible for different aspects of the Parliament’s administration such as the Parliament’s communication set-up.WhatsApplast_img read more