Labour amendments proposing to make samesex marri

first_imgLabour amendments proposing to make same-sex marriage and abortion legal in Northern Ireland were approved by the House of Commons this afternoon.Conor McGinn’s ‘New Clause 1’ passed by a majority of 310, with 383 votes in favour and 73 against. No Labour MPs voted against the clause, which requires the government to extend equal marriage laws to Northern Ireland unless the devolved executive is formed before October 21st.MPs back a plan to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, by 383 votes to 73— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) July 9, 2019Stella Creasy’s ‘New Clause 10’ amending the Northern Ireland Bill also passed by an overwhelming majority, with 332 votes in favour and 99 against. It requires the government to extend access to abortion in Northern Ireland, again unless power-sharing resumes.Labour MPs Rosie Cooper, Helen Jones, Mike Kane, Rachael Maskell and Stephen Pound voted against the Creasy amendment. Conservative, Labour and SNP MPs were given a free vote on both the same-sex marriage and abortion amendments.The power-sharing agreement in Stormont is thought very likely to remain collapsed beyond October, and the government has promised to respect the outcome of the votes today – although the legislation may damage the Conservative Party’s relationship with its confidence-and-supply partner the DUP.Commenting on the results of the votes, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Tony Lloyd said: “Today parliament has voted to ensure that love no longer has borders and women are not treated as second class citizens. The government must now act to bring forward legislation on marriage equality and abortion reform if the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive are not returned before the 21st October.“Labour has long called on the government to take action on these issues and will work with the government to see it implemented. The size of the majority pays tribute to the campaigning of many in Northern Ireland and the determination of Labour MP’s Conor McGinn, Diana Johnson and Stella Creasy amongst others.”Tags:Abortion /Northern Ireland /last_img read more

Anne Kihagi landlord faced with choice of paying city 125K or jail

first_imgContempt charge purged for city’s ‘cruelest landlord’ after her check clears #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }/* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block.We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address 0% Tags: housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img //$) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]=’EMAIL’;ftypes[0]=’email’;fnames[3]=’MMERGE3′;ftypes[3]=’text’;fnames[2]=’LNAME’;ftypes[2]=’text’;}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Renegade landlord Anne Kihagi’s dance with the city has taken some wild twists and turns, but last week she was faced with a simple, binary option: Pay up or go to jail. On March 1, Judge Lynn O’Malley Taylor found Kihagi, a serial predatory landlord, in contempt of court. At issue: Kihagi had failed to turn over rent money a judge said the city was entitled to glean and, furthermore, had encouraged her tenants to not pay that money to the city. Her choice was stark: Show up on Thursday with a $124,900 check, or check into county jail for 10 days. Kihagi chose the former. The city yesterday deemed that her check, delivered March 6, had indeed cleared. This staves off the specter of incarceration, but Kihagi’s path forward is still a treacherous one. She must, by March 12, come up with a much larger bond — for more than $8 million — to offset the multi-million dollar judgment the city won against her or else the city will, once again, begin gleaning her rents. The city will, today, file a rejoinder to Kihagi’s appeal of that case. City Attorney Dennis Herrera is, in fact, in the novel position of being a successful litigant actually pushing to accelerate a hearing in the court of appeal, as a number of the penalties levied against Kihagi can’t take effect until the case is ultimately adjudicated.   Along with the roughly $5.5 million (and growing) judgment against Kihagi won by the city, evicted former tenant Dale Duncan and his family last year won $3.5 million — purportedly the largest ever jury award in a California case involving one dwelling unit. Ousted Kihagi tenant Kelly Kimball’s case against her is pending, and a legion of other tenants’ cases await. Kihagi obtained 14 Southern California properties between 2006 and 2013 and appears to still own at least 11 of them. In 2013 she and her sisters, using a web of LLCs, undertook a San Francisco spending spree. Between December of that year and June 2016, she acquired 11 San Francisco buildings for nearly $30 million. As described in an extraordinarily detailed 163-page 2017 ruling from Judge Angela Bradstreet, illegal evictions, unwarranted construction and unnerving behavior followed in nearly all of the city buildings, many of which are located in the Mission. Kihagi laughed and smiled through her most recent court appearances, even when the judge ruled she’d contravened court orders and owed the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Little, it seems, gets her down. “In court, she was losing, and smiling like she’s winning a million dollars,” said Kihagi tenant Sylvia Smith, whom the landlord has attempted to evict from Guerrero Street on several occasions, regarding one of Kihagi’s many other days in court. “I am not so smart, but I am old. I’ve been through many things. I can tell when someone is a little weird.”last_img read more

MATTY Dawson has signed a twoyear contract extens

first_imgMATTY Dawson has signed a two-year contract extension at the Saints.The former Huddersfield Giant and Castleford Tiger will remain with the Champions until the end of 2017.Matty is predominately a winger but has also played in the centres since he signed for the club in 2014.“I had no hesitation to re-sign with the Saints,” Matty said. “I said when I signed two years ago that I was overwhelmed to be joining such a club and to accept another deal is a no brainer.“I know Nathan Brown brought me to the Saints but it is pleasing that Keiron Cunningham has seen something in me. I hope I can continue to impress him and do what I can for the club.“Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am playing for St Helens; when you consider its history. It is a massive thing for me personally.“To be part of the squad last season was also very special and what we achieved. I played 19 games but got injured towards the back end of the year and that perhaps cost me a place in the Final.“This year I have played a few games and I am now back in the team following injury. Keiron has put faith in me following Tommy Makinson’s injury and hopefully I can fill his shoes.“I will do my best to do that and kick on for the rest of the season.“Langtree Park was bouncing last Friday against Wigan and I want to be part of those big games.”Previously, Matty played for Castleford until he was snapped up by Brown for the Giants ahead of the 2010 season.19 games followed in 2014 with six tries marking a solid season from the flyer.And in 2015 he played six times before an ankle injury saw him miss eight weeks until his return last week.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Wakefield Wildcats tonight in Round

first_imgSAINTS take on Wakefield Wildcats tonight in Round 5 of the First Utility Super League XXI season.As with all our home games this year, we have a host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchnight experience.Game Schedule Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open from 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open 6.30pm. Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – We have a range of inflatables in the South West concourse, close to the Karalius’ Bar kiosk, and in the North Stand for our Junior fans to enjoy! Frankfurters – A tasty range will be on sale in several kiosks around the concourse.Members Meal Deal – Crisps, Sweet Bag and Cup of Tea just £5. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosk on Saints matchdays.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6:30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have two members of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs. They will be in the South West concourse area at around 6:45pm, North Stand (7pm) and the South East (7:15pm). Look out for the life-size cutouts in the South West & North Stand to mark the spot where they will be.Cheerleaders – Junior and Senior groups will be performing pre game.Mat Crawley – Mat will be singing a selection of classic Ratpack style music before the match.Half time – Kicking competition in association with ODs Designer Clothing. Friday’s match is sponsored by Fleet Dynamic with the match ball supported by St Helens Autism Support. This package has kindly been donated to the society by Heritage Leisure Designs.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.Members get 15 per cent off all souvenirs in March. Simply input your membership number at checkout at the Saints Superstore or take your Membership Card into the Saints Superstore. The sixth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Kyle Amor as well we a look back at recent events at Langtree Park. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. Stickers this week are Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Boots.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington Audi.TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers.If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

The centre collected a chip from the immense Theo

first_imgThe centre collected a chip from the immense Theo Fages and put down under pressure, with minute room, to swing the contest back to his side.Danny Richardson then showed remarkable maturity to add a drop goal to leave Hull with too much to do.Fages and Percival were class personified throughout – and they were backed by the likes of Luke Thompson, James Roby and Luke Douglas.Handling conditions weren’t the best all night and both sides struggled with completion.Saints certainly did early on as they dominated the first half.Morgan Knowles, Dominique Peyroux and Fages all went close before Jamie Shaul put the visitors ahead.He took a simple pass to finish off a simple move – but there was a clear forward pass from Albert Kelly in the build up.Saints hit back on the half hour mark after winning back to back sets.Kicks from Richardson and Fages forced errors from the Hull defence and then James Roby darted in from dummy half.Mark Percival levelling it with the boot – and then tagging on a penalty as the half time hooter went.Saints forced a drop out within the first minute of the second half, and then got another in the second.They couldn’t profit but did when a piece of individual brilliance from Fages extended Saints’ advantage – and Percival was the benefactor.On the last, the half back shaped to kick it on the short side but showed great feet to dance through the defence and put Percival over.Josh Griffin felled Jonny Lomax on 57 minutes – and was very lucky to stay on the field – before Luke Thompson went within inches as the game creeped into the final quarter.More chances came and went, and the visitors made them pay as Mahe Fonua had the simplest task of putting down after he caught Percival’s tip back following a high ball.It was a blow for the hosts considering they had dominated the majority of the game.And it almost worse as following Sneyd’s 40:20, and two drop outs, the video referee had to rule out a Talanoa score.The big winger impeding Makinson as he went for the ball.Mark Percival then produced a bit of class to stretch Saints’ lead and it was once again down to Fages.His cute chip on the last was inch perfect for the centre to collect and then somehow put it down for a worldie of a finish.Danny Richardson showed his maturity with a drop goal wth 77 on the clock to make the game safe – and it was game, set and match when Thompson smashed the ball from Griffin to seal the deal.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Roby, Percival (2), Goals: Percival (3 from 4) Drop: RichardsonHull: Tries: Shaul, Fonua Goals: Sneyd (2 from 2)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 7 Hull: 1HT: 8-6 FT: 19-12REF: P BenthamATT: 9,910Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Tommy Lee.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Mahe Fonua, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 22. Josh Bowden, 17. Danny Washbrook, 12. Mark Minichiello, 21. Sika Manu. Subs: 10. Liam Watts, 14. Jake Connor, 16. Jordan Thompson, 29. Masimbaashe Matongolast_img read more

Whiteville cruising ban stands for now

first_img A ghost town that dozens, if not hundreds, are trying to bring back to life.“It was always a tradition here in Whiteville for years,” McGee said. “I mean there are people here who met their significant other in downtown cruising.”Teens use to drive up and down the streets around Downtown Whiteville and hang out until city council banned cruising in 2000. Many say cruising brought great memories, fun, and money to the economy.Related Article: Mega Millions: These North Carolina stores have the most big winsNow they say it has caused businesses to shut down and changed the town as a whole. But not everyone agrees with those comments including the Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann.“Trash, noise, that many people congested in the area things are gonna happen,” Mann said.“Concerned about the noise, with loud trucks with the really loud mufflers and music and it’s just a concern for people with young families,” Jonathan Medford, who supports cruising ban, said.At first the mayor said he was not budging on lifting the ban which prompted more than half of the people to leave the room.“I just don’t think cruising in the form that it was in in 2000 when it was banned is gonna work in my opinion in Downtown Whiteville,” Mann said.But shortly after, the mayor had a change of heart.“We instructed the leader, the spokesman for them, to come up with a plan, a suggestion. And me and the city manager would meet and we would take that plan revise it or approve it and we would take it to council for consideration,” Mann said.After leaving the meeting some cruisers hit the streets in Downtown Whiteville but police quickly shut it down.The mayor hopes the group can get back to him with a plan and once they do he hopes to have an agreement most people will be happy with. WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Cruising in Whiteville is a well known past time and now dozens want to bring it back. Things got heated during a meeting Tuesday night as a group of people spoke in front of the Whiteville City Council in hopes of lifting the current ban.“We have alienated an entire generation of kids out of our downtown area. You can go in our downtown area tonight it’s a ghost town,” Marc McGee, who opposes the cruising ban, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender Co road closed after propane tanker rolls catches on fire

first_img Batson says the truck was on fire after the crash, but the Shiloh Fire Department put it out. Batson says the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Batson says emergency crews will be on scene for 10-12 more hours as the propane in the tanker is burned off before it can be righted and towed away. He says there is no threat to anyone in the area, but Tedder Road is closed. He asks drivers to avoid the area.Pender County Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management and the State Regional Response Team out of Wilmington all responded.WFD crews with Regional Respone Team 2 on the scene of an overturned LP tanker off Hwy 421/Tedder Rd in Pender County. Damage assessment underway.— WilmingtonFD (@WilmingtonFD) December 27, 2017Related Article: Temporary shelter to open Thursday in Pender County due to Michael PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County road will be closed for several more hours after a propane tanker rolled over and caught on fire this afternoon.Pender County Fire Marshal Tommy Batson says the call came in at 1:15 p.m. on Tedder Road off US 421.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man sentenced to 16 years for running drug ring in Wilmington

first_imgGavel (Photo: MGN Online) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for operating a drug ring in Wilmington.Franz Didyer Ramos-Fernandez, 29, of Pasadena, Texas, was sentenced to a little more than 16 years in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release.- Advertisement – Ramos-Fernandez and co-defendant Fernando Enrique Cardona-Zavala were named in a five-count Indictment filed on June 27, 2017.On September 14, Ramos-Fernandez pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess With Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine, a Quantity of Cocaine, and a Quantity of Marijuana.The investigation revealed that Ramos-Fernandez was the head of a drug trafficking organization selling crystal methamphetamine or ICE, cocaine, and other drugs in the Wilmington area.Related Article: Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apartCardona-Zavala was identified as one of Ramos-Fernandez’ primary dealers and he was sentenced on November 30.Ramos-Fernandez utilized a sophisticated network of local bars, nightclubs and apartments to store and sell his organization’s drugs.Undercover agents made several controlled purchases and seizures of narcotics from Ramos-Fernandez and Cardona-Zavala took place involving crystal meth and cocaine.Between May and June, Ramos-Fernandez relocated to the Houston area. Later, a federal warrant was issued for his arrest where he was taken into custody by DEA agents in Houston.Ramos-Fernandez admitted to selling ice to an undercover DEA agent in Wilmington and provided details about an drug trafficking organization out of Mexico with cells in Texas, North Carolina, and Philadelphia.last_img read more

Fair Bluff officer honored for helping capture suspect in Trooper Conners murder

first_img On October 17, Conner was shot during a traffic stop on Hwy 701 in Columbus County.A man who lived nearby, Hilton Cox, was on his front porch and heard the gunshots and saw a vehicle drive off from the traffic stop. When he didn’t see any movement near the vehicle, Cox drove to the patrol car and found Conner on the ground. Cox called 911 and waved down a passing driver.Loren Halsey, a Navy Corpsman, stopped and began assessing Trooper Conner. He described to 911 the trooper’s injuries. Both men stayed with Conner until emergency responders arrived.Related Article: Officials investigating van explosion in Sri Lanka after weekend bombingsThe highway patrol says the men, who also received the Colonel’s Appreciation Award, relayed important information to 911 and gave a description of the suspect’s truck.Cpl. Alsbrooks was on patrol when he spotted a truck that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.Alsbrooks pursued the truck until it crashed on train tracks in Fair Bluff and the suspect ran off. Alsbrooks forced the suspect into laying down until a perimeter could be established. Alsbrooks circled the area until backup arrived.Raheem Davis was arrested and charged with the trooper’s murder. A second suspect, Chauncy Askew, was arrested in South Carolina several days later. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol honored a Fair Bluff police officer and two Good Samaritan’s during an awards ceremony in Raleigh on Tuesday morning.Corporal Lee Alsbrooks received the Colonel’s Appreciation Award for helping capture one of the suspects charged in Trooper Kevin Conner’s murder.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating stabbing at sports bar

first_img A witness called 911 and rendered aid until EMS could arrive. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. The victim was transported to NHRMC, however police would not say the extent of his injuries.Police did say the suspect was being charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury. They have not released the identity of the suspect or victim at this time.Jamrock’s personnel posted on social media telling customers Sunday that, “we (are) having a family emergency so Jamrock will be close(d) for a few days sorry for the inconveniences.” Police investigating reported stabbing. (Kate Cornell/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police are investigating after a person was stabbed at an area sports bar inside the University Landing shopping center.Wilmington police say the male victim was at work at the Jamrock Sports Bar & Grill when the suspect entered the business. The suspect stabbed the victim once according to police.- Advertisement – last_img read more