Two government departments – and the judiciary – a

first_imgTwo government departments – and the judiciary – appear to be conspiring to prevent the release of information that would show how ministers ignored an opportunity to prevent the “fitness for work” test causing disabled claimants to take their own lives.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been asked key questions about its apparent failure to fulfil its legal duty to respond to a coroner’s report on the suicide of a disabled man found “fit for work” six years ago.Questions submitted by Disability News Service under the Freedom of Information Act were due to be answered by 20 January – again, according to DWP’s legal duty – but the response is now two weeks overdue.Both the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Judicial Office have produced misleading responses to questions submitted by DNS in the past few days.The report by coroner Tom Osborne was written in late March 2010 following an inquest into the death of 41-year-old Stephen Carre (pictured), from Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, who had taken his own life in January 2010*.DNS has seen a series of letters that show the coroner gave DWP all the information it needed to carry out an urgent review of the safety of key aspects of the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2010.But that review – ordered by Osborne through a process known as a Rule 43 letter – was never carried out.DWP press officers have repeatedly refused to answer questions about the failure of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to respond to the Osborne report.But they have also been joined in their cover-up by colleagues in the press offices of the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Office.Both press offices have been shown letters that prove DWP was provided with the necessary information – including a transcript of the Stephen Carre inquest – to allow it to respond to Osborne’s report, but failed to do so.All three press offices have tried to argue that DWP did respond to the coroner’s report, through a letter sent to Osborne on 4 May 2010, despite being shown communication that proves the 4 May letter was just a holding response while DWP awaited further information from the coroner.The Chief Coroner’s Office has refused to investigate DWP’s failure to produce a response.And this week, a spokesman for the Judicial Office claimed that the coroner had received no further communication from DWP after the letter of 4 May, despite being shown letters that were sent by Osborne to DWP which prove otherwise.Last week, the Ministry of Justice refused to say whether a DWP response to the Osborne report was ever sent to the Lord Chancellor, as legislation in place at the time said it should have been.The Ministry of Justice press office has seen the same letters that were shown to the Judicial Office, but has also refused to answer questions about the report, including whether it will investigate what appears to be a breach of the law by Duncan Smith.Duncan Smith’s failure to act on the Osborne report may have led to many other similar deaths of ESA claimants who took their own lives after being found “fit for work”.Just weeks after the Osborne letter was sent to DWP, ministers decided to roll out the WCA to hundreds of thousands of existing claimants of incapacity benefit (IB), many of them with long-term mental health conditions.One of those ministers, Chris Grayling, appointed Professor Malcolm Harrington to carry out an independent review of the “fairness and effectiveness” of the WCA, and later told him he wanted to push ahead with plans to roll out the assessment to IB claimants, despite Harrington – who was never shown Osborne’s letter – suggesting this should be delayed by a year.The following year, in December 2011, a long-term IB claimant – Ms D E – took her own life after being told she was not eligible for ESA.Her case was linked by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland to similar failings within the WCA process to those that led to the death of Stephen Carre.And in 2014, another coroner wrote an almost identical letter to Osborne’s, again warning of concerns about the safety of the WCA, after the death of a north London man, Michael O’Sullivan, who also took his own life after being found fit for work.Last November, government-funded research concluded that the programme to reassess people claiming IB using the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.*Osborne ruled that the trigger for Stephen Carre’s suicide had been DWP’s rejection of his appeal against being found “fit for work”, and he called in his Rule 43 letter for a review of the policy not to seek medical evidence from a GP or psychiatrist if the claimant has a mental health condition. Neither the Atos assessor who assessed Carre, nor the DWP decision-maker who subsequently decided that he was fit for work and therefore ineligible for the new employment and support allowance, had sought information from his GP, his community psychiatric nurse or his psychiatrist.last_img read more

A company controlled by the disgraced US outsourci

first_imgA company controlled by the disgraced US outsourcing giant Maximus apparently lied when it promised that user-led organisations would help it deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.Late last year, Remploy – the disability employment business formerly owned by the government but now mostly owned by the scandal-hit US company Maximus – was awarded three of four regional contracts to run the Care Quality Commission’s Experts by Experience programme.Under the programme – which will cost nearly £6 million in 2016-17 – people with experiences of using services, including many disabled people, accompany CQC inspectors on their visits to services such as residential homes, hospitals and home care agencies across England.At the time, there was criticism of the decision to award the contracts to an organisation mostly owned by Maximus, which already had a huge chunk of Department for Work and Pensions contracts and had a lengthy record of discrimination, incompetence and alleged fraud in the US.And Remploy was hit almost immediately by accusations of incompetence when it took on the Experts by Experience contracts, with claims of resignations, confusion and cutbacks.There was also anger after it emerged that Remploy planned to pay its Experts just £8.25 per hour, compared with more than £17 an hour they had received under the consortium that previously ran the scheme, forcing CQC to promise to subsidise wages for existing participants for the first six months (a subsidy that was extended this month by another six months).But evidence has now emerged that shows that Remploy/Maximus lied about the involvement of user-led organisations in its new contracts.When it was awarded the three contracts, Remploy insisted that user-led organisations would deliver “the majority of the contract, supported by Remploy”.CQC itself has previously refused to say which user-led organisations had signed up to work with Remploy, claiming in a response to a freedom of information request that it did not possess that “data”.But now, in a magazine sent out to members of its Experts by Experience programme, Remploy has revealed the identity of its six partner organisations, and not one of them – Equal Approach, Kate Mercer Training, Lifeline Project, Enham Trust, Dementia Partners and Addiction Dependency Partners – appears to be a user-led organisation.When asked by DNS to explain the discrepancy between its promise that user-led organisations would deliver “the majority of the contract” and the list of partners, a Remploy/Maximus spokesman said: “I think this is a no comment.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said the secrecy surrounding the identity of the partner organisations had been “worrying”, and this was compounded by the news that the organisations were not user-led.He said: “We have come a long way since the General Social Care Council and the CQC’s predecessor the Commission for Social Care Inspection and other social care organisations convened a participation steering group to try and build user involvement in all their activities from the bottom up.“Even in spite of reduced funding and growing insecurity there are many true user-led organisations and disabled people’s user-led organisations with enormous experience and expertise in providing experiential learning from a diverse range of service users/disabled people.“I wonder what level of diversity across equality issues the present Remploy arrangements have generated. I would need to be reassured.“As Shaping Our Lives’ Department of Health-funded project Beyond The Usual Suspects [published in 2013] highlighted, leaving out key voices makes a mockery of involvement and without skill and commitment that is too often the reality.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said she was also concerned.She said: “Whilst CQC can be justly proud of its co-production working and the involvement of people who use services in its activities, its procurement methods do let the organisation down. “The procurement of the Experts by Experience programme was muddled. “We, along with other disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), did write to express our concerns but never received a full answer. “The complexities of the process meant that it was difficult, if not impossible, for DPOs to successfully tender for the programme. “From the benefit of my long experience of the Expert by Experience programme, I would say that it is essential that experts are supported by people and organisations that they trust and can relate to. “I think DPOs are in a perfect position to provide that role. I would urge CQC to think about how they can procure services that add social value to local communities.”Meanwhile, about 30 current and former Experts by Experience have submitted fresh evidence to the Commons public accounts committee, following last year’s inquiry into CQC.They say in their evidence that people working on the Experts by Experience programme are operating in “a fragmented, confusing, bewildering and energy-sapping environment”, and warn that “more and more experienced Experts in three regions are intending to resign”.They want the committee to ask CQC why it is failing to terminate the three Remploy contracts, and they contrast Remploy’s performance with that of a consortium headed by the charity Choice Support, which secured the contract covering the central region of England, which they say is “running effectively”.They also say that the “disparity of the quality of the Experts by Experience service in the Central region compared to the other three regions is causing frustration, stress, dissatisfaction and resentment amongst CQC staff and Experts”.A CQC spokesman said: “Our decision to award the new contracts focused on expanding the numbers of Experts involved in our inspections, ensuring that the high quality contribution they had provided to date was maintained and delivering value for money.“Contracts were awarded on the basis of a formal procurement that focused on quality and value for money.“We would not want to comment on the specifics of their bids or comments made by Remploy about its partners.“We are aware of the recent submission to the public accounts committee and will consider a response.”A spokesman for the public accounts committee said he was unable to comment on the latest evidence and what action the committee might take, because parliament was in recess.last_img read more

Most Support New 24th St Affordable Housing

first_imgBut some said the 55-foot tall project would create wind tunnels, exacerbate parking, and cast too much shadow. From their point of view, it was out of context for the low-lying commercial corridor.“If this thing goes up and totally wipes out my sun, it is going to destroy my life,” said Beth, a neighbor of the planned housing project on 24th Street.Beth, who did not give a last name, was one of several local residents who railed against the project.“It’ll take away sunlight and create vortex winds,” said another neighborhood.Still, the majority of those attending came out to defend the “Casa de la Misión” project saying squeezing more tenants into the property justified the height.The development is being spearheaded by Mission Neighborhoods Center, a neighborhood non-profit that owns the land and currently runs Mission Girls from there. That education program would be relocated somewhere on 24th Street during construction, said Sam Ruiz, the executive director of the non-profit.Mission Neighborhoods Center, which held the pre-development meeting at the site of the project at 3007 24th St., picked the California-based non-profit housing developer Mercy Housing to construct and manage the affordable housing.The project would contain some 40 studio units reserved for formerly homeless seniors likely making less than 30 percent of area median income or $22,600 for a single-person household. It would also have a ground-floor space for retail or non-profit use.“As more of our seniors become victims of displacement, it hurts,” said Ruiz. “There is a need for affordable housing for seniors in our community, and it’s our responsibility to use whatever community assets we can.”Some hoped that Mission District seniors would have preferential access to the units.“Are you willing to consider and legally able to give preference to people that have been displaced out of this neighborhood by gentrification?” said Brooke Oliver, the founder and managing attorney of 50 Balmy Law, a law firm around the corner from the planned project.“We would love to do that,” said Barbara Gualco, a director of real estate development in San Francisco for Mercy Housing. Gualco said that while San Francisco has a law that reserves 40 percent of the units in fully affordable housing projects for local residents, that law is current being challenged by the federal government.The “neighborhood preference” legislation was approved by the Board of Supervisors in November 2015 but came under fire in mid-August, when the Department of Housing and Urban Development ruled that the measure violated federal housing guidelines. City and state officials are lobbying the housing department to change its stance, and Supervisor London Breed led a delegation to Washington D.C. two weeks ago to try and save the measure.If the federal housing department does not reverse course, it’s unclear whether this project will be able to reserve some of its spots for low-income seniors from the Mission District.Mission Neighborhoods Center has owned the site since 1994, when it bought it from PepsiCo to prevent a Taco Bell from being built on the corner following neighborhood outcry. It has envisioned housing on the block since at least 2009, but is just now beginning the process in earnest.The project would be one of seven fully affordable housing sites in the Mission District that could bring in at least 632 units of below-market-rate housing to the neighborhood in the next few years. The other projects are at 490 South Van Ness Ave., 1950 Mission St., 2060 Folsom St., 1296 Shotwell St., 1990 Folsom St., and 2070 Bryant St.It would be the tallest building on 24th Street east of Mission Street, however, leading to concerns that it could start a rush to similar development in the area. A similar worry was raised at a meeting for the senior housing planned for 1296 Shotwell St. in May.Though other affordable housing projects in the Mission District have sought to break through height limits to squeeze in more units, Mercy Housing representatives said that the Casa de la Misión project would likely not seek to go above 55 feet because it abuts Balmy Alley.The setbacks required for buildings next to mid-block alleys, they said, would likely not allow for enough added units to make the financing pencil out on the change from wood to concrete construction, a prohibitive cost.The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is applying for $2 million in federal funds for the project, which could cost up to $50 million but likely less. City funds could make up 30–40 percent of the total funding, and developers would likely use a mixture of state and private funds for the rest of the project cost.Mission Neighborhoods Centers is planning to continue community meetings for the project through the end of 2017, when it expects to be approved by the Planning Commission. After that, the project would receive its final funding and could begin construction in December 2018. The majority of the 30 neighbors or so who attended a meeting Thursday night for a new five-story affordable housing development on 24th Street seemed supportive. A handful, however, made it clear that they hate it.“As many units and as many people as you can house in this — I would support,” said Iris Biblowitz, a local resident.The project, located at the corner of 24th and Harrison streets in the Mission Girls building, would be reserved for low-income seniors.Added Annabelle Bolanos, another local resident: “Land in San Francisco is a luxury, so whenever we can build housing we should.” Tags: development Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Protesters call for justice on anniversary of homeless residents shooting

first_imgFriday marked the one-year anniversary of the encounter between Luis Gongora Pat and two San Francisco police officers that ended in less than 30 seconds with the Yucatec-Mayan immigrant shot dead.Some 50 people gathered at the site of the shooting on Friday morning to commence an anti-police brutality protest in Gongora Pat’s honor.That group swelled in size as protesters marched along the Mission’s main corridors towards City Hall and conducted flash theater and dance performances that held up traffic at busy intersections along the way.The protesters demanded accountability – not only by police in the shooting of Gongora Pat, but by the city government and leaders whom they say have instituted a system that has failed Gongora Pat and continues to fail many others like him. “We are not only advocating against police brutality and murders, but also this city that is promoting racist and ethnic cleansing in the Mission and throughout the city and houselessness,” said Laura Guzman, director of homelessness services at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center.Gongora Pat, who was homeless, was armed with a knife and fatally shot at the intersection of 19th and Shotwell streets where he lived in an encampment community.In life and death, Gongora Pat teetered on the intersection of San Francisco’s most pressing social injustices – police violence, the criminalization of the homeless and a housing crisis that has uprooted many lives, including that of Gongora Pat.Gongora Pat immigrated to San Francisco from the Yucatan in 2004 to support his family, leaving behind his parents, a wife, and three children. Upon his arrival, the immigrant faced a language barrier that he was unable to overcome, and fell on hard times when he lost his job as a dishwasher and his Mission District home through an eviction.“There’s such intersectionality [with this case], it’s incredible,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca, an advocate with the Housing Rights Committee. “We have a person who gets evicted and can’t afford to stay in this city and to rent, and ends up homeless and then gets killed by a police officer. It shows that the whole system is against us.”A memorial of flowers and candles was erected at the near the Shotwell Street intersection, where Gongora’s tent once stood.Gongora Pat not only faced the struggles of an immigrant, but also injustices that come with poverty. In the current political climate, it is a struggle that is reflected in many communities throughout the nation, said Iswari Espana, a former candidate for District 9 Supervisor.“This case is a microcosm of what is happening globally,” said Espana. “For people that come to this city, there’s all these promises for what they can do but for us, there are threats, and those threats seem to be stronger than anything else.”“We are feeling attack and we don’t have a floor for our voices,” he added.Holding signs that read “Stop Police Murder,” the chanting group marched some six blocks towards Mission Police Station, where the officers who shot Gongora Pat – Sergeant Nate Steger and Officer Michael Mellone – were deployed at the time.While crossing 18th and Mission streets, the protesters came to a sudden stop as Aztec dancers flooded the intersection, holding up traffic while dancing to the beat of drums.A woman standing on the sidewalk had observed the group approach, and as the dancers passed, she broke out in tears. The woman, who gave her name as Anisa, said that her family immigrated from Mexico and that she grew up in the Mission.“I’m fearful of doing something like this because I’m afraid that the cops will kill me,” said Anisa, pointing at the protesters. “But this is what we need. It’s so sickening what they are doing to us day after day.”Upon arriving at the police station at 17th and Mission streets, the protesters were met by a line of officers who created a human shield between them and the police station.One protester confronted an officer, yelling “murderer” to his face – but the officer did not budge.Mission Station Captain William Griffin, who took office last month, said that the anger was not completely misdirected.“It’s part of the communication process,” said Griffin. “Part of this is allowing the opportunity to express themselves and express their concerns. As representatives of the community, we need to listen to these people.”In the two years leading up to Gongora Pat’s death, 10 people have died at the hands of police in San Francisco including five in the Mission District. Jessica Williams, shot by police officer in the Bayview almost a month after Gongora Pat’s death, brings that number to 11.All but one of those cases remain open, and in none have the officers involved been charged by District Attorney George Gascon.Family members of the victims who protested on Friday said they are fed up with what they described as blatant misconduct during and after police shootings.“No San Francisco authority has ever bothered to notified us about [Gongora Pat’s] death,” said Luis Poot Pat, the slain man’s cousin, addressing protesters and police officers who had come to oversee the gathering.“A year later, neither the chief of police, nor [District Attorney] Gascon, nor any other authority has had the courtesy to tell us the state of progress in my cousin’s case,” he said, adding: “Gascon, grow a pair!.”Anti-police brutality activists who addressed the protesters at the station said  that without their voices, Gongora Pat’s family would likely never see retribution while police impunity in San Francisco would remain the status quo.“I want to thank Luis Gongora Pat – he brought me here,” said Christina Gutierrez, a member of the Frisco Five, a group of activists who went on a hunger strike in front of Mission station weeks of Gongora Pat’s death to protest police brutality and racial bias. Their effort resulted in the resignation of then Police Chief Greg Suhr.The group continued en route to City Hall, stopping at McCoppin Hub, a parklet at the edge of the Mission that was  recently fenced off by the city in an effort to discourage its use by the homeless.“This park ties it in. It was a refuge for the homeless in this community, a place for them to come and rest,” said Ali. “They can’t do it on the street because San Francisco has laws that make [resting] on the street criminal.”Next to McCoppin Hub, Ali pointed to the residential hotel from which Gongora Pat and his brother had been evicted a few years prior.“They declare this city a sanctuary city but it’s a goddamn lie,” said Ali. “If you are homeless in San Francisco, and if you are an immigrant, there is no fucking sanctuary in this city.”Accompanied by motorcycle and foot patrols, the protesters continued their march for justice along Market Street. Bringing their message to the steps of City Hall, the protesters formed a human chain on the street in front of the government building by linking hands.There, they were met by civil rights attorney Adante Pointer, who will be representing Gongora Pat’s family in a civil trial scheduled for October 2018.“I don’t want you to grow weary or disillusioned,” said Pointer in regard to the long road ahead. “We must keep focused on the prize, which is justice.”Luis Gongora Pat’s brothers stand next to a memorial near the intersection where he was killed on April 7, 2016. Photo by Laura WaxmannPolice accompany protesters from the Mission to City Hall. Photo by Laura WaxmannProtesters hold a sign documenting 11 killings by SFPD for which officers have not been held accountable. Photo by Laura WaxmannProtesters form a human chain by linking hands in front of City Hall. Photo by Laura Waxmann 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SOUTH Sydney forward Sam Burgess pictured and Wa

first_imgSOUTH Sydney forward Sam Burgess (pictured) and Warrington Wolves’ duo of Ryan Atkins and Ben Westwood have been forced to withdraw from the England Rugby League squad ahead of the forthcoming Autumn International Series against France and Wales.Burgess, who will miss out on representing his country for the time since 2010, will have surgery after a routine scan revealed that the former Bradford Bulls forward has a knee injury.Atkins (shoulder) and Westwood (knee and groin) are also ruled out and will both undergo surgery following Warrington’s defeat to Leeds Rhinos in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday.The three players are replaced in the squad by Wigan Warriors forward Liam Farrell and Warrington pair, Ben Harrison and Stefan Ratchford.South Sydney Rabbitohs prop Luke Burgess has also been drafted in.The 24-man squad leave the United Kingdom on Wednesday October 10 for a 10-day high-altitude camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa before travelling back for the Autumn International Series.England’s opening match in the Autumn International Series will see them face Wales at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on Saturday October 27 (2.30pm).Their first ‘home’ fixture takes place a week later, Saturday November 3, at MS3 Craven Park in Hull when England host France in a match which also kicks off at 2.30pm.The Autumn International Series concludes with the final at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11 (5.00pm).Tickets for the 2012 Autumn International Series cost just £12 for adults and £6 concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting read more

SAINTS have won on their last five visits to the H

first_imgSAINTS have won on their last five visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.The Wire’s last win was 35-28 in June 2011.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15)Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15)St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)Super League Summary:Warrington won 10 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)St Helens won 42 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 22 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.He last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on July 3 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 112 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 97 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 810 = Greg Johnson (Salford Red Devils), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings), Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 7Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 362 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 324 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 316 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 307 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 268 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 219 = Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 19Goals Percentage:1 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 84.21 (32/38)2 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 83.33 (10/12)3 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.00 (32/40)4 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) & Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.48 (31/39)6 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) (21/27), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)8 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) (26/34), Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 76.47 (13/17)10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 73.17 (30/41)Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1002 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 823 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 724 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 675 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 666 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 657 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 528 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 4610 Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves) 45last_img read more

EnglandMark Percival finally made his first appear

first_imgEnglandMark Percival finally made his first appearance at the World Cup and scored in England’s 36-6 win over France. James Roby and Alex Walmsley also played in the win that sees England take on PNG in the Quarter Finals.ScotlandSo near and yet so far for Scotland who, captained by Luke Douglas, drew 14-14 with Samoa. The result sent Samoa through to a Quarter Final with Australia.WalesWales’ disappointing tournament finished with a 34-6 loss to Ireland. Ben Morris scored in the defeat, whilst Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles also featured.IrelandIreland’s tournament is over despite them winning two from three in their group. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor both played in the 34-6 win over Wales whilst former Saint Shannon McDonnell officially announced his retirement from the sport.FranceTheo Fages captained France in their third game of the World Cup – a 36-6 loss to England. It left the French winless in Group AQuarter FinalsFriday Nov 17: Australia v Samoa – 9.30am Saturday Nov 18: Tonga v Lebanon – 4am Saturday Nov 18: New Zealand v Fiji – 6.30am Sunday Nov 19: England v PNG – 5amlast_img read more

The duo will be on hand to pose for pictures and h

first_imgThe duo will be on hand to pose for pictures and help you select your Saintly gifts ahead of the big day.2018 replica kits, training wear, gifts… you name it, we have the perfect present for your loved one.You can check out the store here – or pop in and see us over the weekend.We are also open on Sunday from 12pm until 4pm.,2018 replica kits, training wear, gifts… you name it, we have the perfect present for your loved one.You can check out the store here – or pop in and see us over the weekend.We are also open on Sunday from 12pm until 4pm.,2018 replica kits, training wear, gifts… you name it, we have the perfect present for your loved one.You can check out the store here – or pop in and see us over the weekend.We are also open on Sunday from 12pm until 4pm.,2018 replica kits, training wear, gifts… you name it, we have the perfect present for your loved one.You can check out the store here – or pop in and see us over the weekend.We are also open on Sunday from 12pm until 4pm.last_img read more

Excitement is building ahead of the sides first g

first_imgExcitement is building ahead of the side’s first game and head coach Mark Brennan has named a strong side.He will choose from:Carys Marsh, Chantelle Crowl, Charlotte Hill, Dawn Taylor, Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Isabelle Rudge, Katie-May Williams, Leah Burke, Lizzie Gladman, Naomi Williams, Philippa Birchall, Rachel Yeates, Rebecca Rotherham, Roxy Mura, Sarah Lovejoy, Tara Jones (C), Vicky Whitfield and Zoe HarrisThe game kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday at Ruskin Sports Village in St Helens with entry priced at £2 for adults and free for under 16s.last_img read more

H2Go Board holds special meeting to discuss meeting minutes

first_imgH2Go Board of Commissioners hold a special meeting December 11, 2017 (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After several eventful meetings in the last month, Monday night’s H2Go special meeting wrapped without any big decisions.Notice of the special meeting was sent to the news media Saturday.- Advertisement – Commissioners Trudy Trombley, Bill Beer and Jeff Gerken were the only commissioners in attendance.The board voted to have Commissioner Gerken facilitate Monday’s meeting.Commissioners briefly discussed the meeting minutes from H2Go’s November 28 meeting, voting to put the word operations in quotation marks twice in the meeting minutes.Related Article: Duke Energy sued for 2014 coal ash spill environmental harmMonday night’s meeting adjourned after about five minutes.The next H2Go Board Meeting is scheduled for December 19 at 6 p.m.last_img read more