Kerri Prince who works in parliament as a Labour

first_imgKerri Prince, who works in parliament as a Labour MP’s researcher, was recently elected as a local councillor for Barnhill Ward in Hillingdon. She is regarded as soft left, currently supporting Ann Black for Labour’s National Executive Committee. Prince has written for LabourList about trade union funding, the return of David Miliband and adopting the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system for NEC elections.Jessica Beishon, chair of the Constituency Labour Party, stood as a council candidate in Hillingdon earlier this year and is rumoured to be interested. She is a parent governor at Uxbridge High School.Steve Garelick, a Hillingdon council candidate in 2018, is a regional organiser for GMB and led the charge against Uber last year. As we know, the trade union then took Uber to tribunal and won. After being named Organiser of the Year by the TUC, the Jewish union rep was interviewed by Jewish News. Boris Johnson has been called Islamophobic after using his Telegraph column this week to say women who wear burqas look like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, and now the Prime Minister, have called on the former Foreign Secretary to apologise, which he has so far refused to do.A spokesperson for Johnson’s local Labour party said: “This is clear racism. It is no coincidence that days after reportedly meeting with Steve Bannon, who helped Donald Trump target Muslims, our MP is using this sort of divisive and offensive language in a national newspaper. His numerous previous offensive comments have been brushed aside by many as gaffes, but in this case Boris Johnson knows exactly what he is doing and why.”While Johnson positions himself on the right of his party, ready for a leadership election, Uxbridge Labour is preparing for a selection contest. It is an open shortlist, and completed applications have to be returned by 6pm on Monday 20th August ahead of the final selection meeting on Saturday 29th September.Who is rumoured to be interested in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip parliamentary selection race? Here are the runners and riders.Vincent Lo, a researcher who stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Uxbridge at the last general election, is thought to be a clear frontrunner. The Brent councillor is reportedly well-liked amongst local members and managed to get a significant 13.6% increase in Labour’s vote share, reducing Johnson’s majority by half to 5,034.Christian Wolmar is no stranger to high-profile contests. Though the railway historian and transport journalist unsuccessfully ran to be the Labour candidate in the 2016 London mayoral election, then came third in the Tory-Lib Dem marginal Richmond Park by-election that same year, he is undoubtedly experienced. In February, he only very narrowly lost the selection race in the Cities of London and Westminster, which Steven Saxby won by eight votes. LabourList understands that Wolmar has already started work on his selection campaign for Uxbridge.Wolmar backed Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 leadership race, and worked in his policy team, but supported Owen Smith in 2016. With a keen interest in transport and therefore a keen eye on the former London mayor’s costly mistakes, Wolmar recently wrote for LabourList about why “Boris Johnson must go“.Ali Milani, a vice-president of the National Union of Students, is local to the area. He is thought likely to be endorsed by Momentum; one local source told LabourList members have already been receiving phone calls from the grassroots campaign group.Before being elected for the first time as a councillor in May, Milani had to apologise for antisemitic comments he made as a teenager. He said: “We all make mistakes and we must be willing to accept that most of us aren’t chiselled from adolescence for public office.”Milani is considered the favourite to win. One friend of his tells LabourList: “He’s well known in the area, will get support of local Muslim members and left members.” As the president of Brunel Students Union until a couple of years ago, he led a huge protest against Johnson’s support for grant cutting, which means he will easily gain the votes of student members.He is also the chair of Labour Muslim Network, and is therefore expected to have a strong campaign team as well as the organisational support of Momentum.James Ogungbose has been nominated by Unite for the selection, making him Milani’s rival left candidate. The Nigerian-born bus driver is a trade union rep and served as a councillor in Barking and Dagenham until this year.Chris Summers was Labour’s candidate for Uxbridge in 2015. He was “vanquished”, as he puts it in his Twitter bio, but he may be interested again now that the seat is deemed winnable. Summers, former BBC journalist now a councillor in Ealing, has described himself as a “loyal Corbynite”. Tags:Boris Johnson /Labour /Parliamentary Selections /Christian Wolmar /Vincent Lo /Kerri Prince /Uxbridge Labour /Chris Summers /Ali Milani /Jessica Beishon /Steve Garelick /last_img read more

Family of Homeless Man Shot by Police Moves to Sue San Francisco

first_imgThe family of Luis Gongora Pat, the homeless man who was shot and killed by police officers in the Mission District in April this year, filed a claim against San Francisco alleging excessive force and wrongful death in the shooting of the 45-year-old.Attorneys for the family say Gongora Pat was shot in the head and back from above, claiming officers fired at him while he was on the ground.“He’s shot, shot, shot, shot, shot — side, back, top of the head,” said John Burris, a civil rights attorney based in Oakland who has represented several police shooting victims. “This should not have happened.”Showing graphic images taken of Gongora-Pat’s body during an independent autopsy, Burris and his colleagues said that wounds to the forehead clearly indicate he was shot from above while lying or sitting on the ground. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “As you can see the trajectory goes down the top of his head and out the back of his head, indicating that he was below the officer, that the officer was above him and aimed down at the top of his head,” said Melissa Nold, a lawyer with John L. Burris Law Offices.Lawyers did not hire a bullet trajectory expert for those conclusions, however, saying that’s a step they will likely take when the case goes to trial.Those in attendance at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist gasped and sometimes sobbed when viewing photos of Gongora Pat’s body, bruised purple from bean-bag rounds and shot-through from several bullets.Gongora Pat’s two cousins and brother joined Burris for the press conference Friday afternoon, and his wife, parents, and three adult children were phoned in from their hometown in Teabo, Mexico. “We are very hurt because of this terrible tragedy,” said Rosana Gongora-May, his daughter, speaking from Mexico. “We remember him with great love, that he was always kind and loving towards us. Despite his homelessness and poverty, he never lost contact with us here in Yucatan, and we always dreamt of coming back together.”“I can’t tell you how much pain these families have to bear,” said Adriana Camarena, a Mission District activist who spearheaded organizing for police shooting victim Alex Nieto, who was killed in March 2014. “It takes a whole community to come around them, to face up to police.”Burris said that several witnesses have Gongora Pat was not acting aggressively and was sitting against a wall when shot by police. He also said officers escalated the situation when they advanced toward Gongora Pat instead of speaking to him from a distance.“You can’t create a confrontation and fight your way out of it, and shoot your way out of it,” he said.But the city has held that the shooting was justified because Gongora-Pat lunged at officers with a 13-inch knife. The City Attorney’s Office released a statement saying Gongora Pat “posed an immediate and deadly threat” and that several witnesses saw him lunge at officers.Gongora Pat was shot and killed on April 7, 2016, just feet from his tent in a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets. Video of the incident — which did not capture the shooting itself — shows three officers exiting their vehicles and advancing towards Gongora Pat, who is off-screen sitting with his back against a wall.The officers were responding to a 911 call about from workers with the Homeless Outreach team about a man with a knife in the encampment, according to police.Officer Michael Mellone, an officer with Mission Police Station, almost immediately draws and aims a bean-bag shotgun, an alternative to a firearm meant to disarm suspects. The officer shouts for Gongora Pat to “Put it down!” while advancing forward, referring to a 13-inch knife police and some witnesses say Gongora Pat had in his hand.One de-escalation trainer said Mellone failed to create time and distance and establish a rapport with the suspect as officers are taught, however.  Mellone then fires four bean-bag rounds at Gongora Pat, after which another officer, Sergeant Nate Steger, begins firing his handgun and is joined by Mellone. The pair fire a total of seven shots, hitting Gongora Pat in the head, arms, and shoulders and grazing his abdomen. Though police said officers they fired in self-defense after Gongora Pat lunged at them, several eyewitnesses have contradicted that claim. They said Gongora Pat was sitting down against a wall, knife either on the ground or in his waistband, and did not lunge at officers when they approached him. They also said he seemed confused by their shouting because he did not understand much English or Spanish. He carried a knife often and was resting against a wall after playing with a soccer ball, according to other residents of the encampment.The case further galvanized Mission District opposition to the then-police chief, Greg Suhr, and convinced the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers to start their 17-day fast to unseat the chief. On Friday, Burris said that more systemic change is needed in the police department despite the Suhr’s departure.“It looks like a pattern of the use of deadly force that takes place here and goes unchecked and unmonitored,” he said. “Who the chief is doesn’t matter, what we want is [for] the shootings to stop.”Burris and his law firm are also representing the family of two other police shooting victims: Mario Woods, shot and killed in December 2015, and Nieto. A federal jury recently ruled against Burris in the Nieto case, saying the four officers involved did not use excessive force in his death.The claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — regarding Gongora Pat alleges a laundry list of excessive force charges and alleges that the city violated Gongora Pat’s constitutional rights. It asks for damages “in excess of $25,000” to be decided during a trial in federal court — which may be as many as two and a half years away, lawyers said. last_img read more

ST HELENS College have teamed up with Saints to de

first_imgST HELENS College have teamed up with Saints to deliver a range of exciting opportunities for those students embarking on vocational courses this September.Students at the College will have the chance to participate in work experience as well as paid work placements at the multi-million pound Langtree Park alongside high profile Saints players.Catering and Hospitality students could gain proficiency in the conference and banqueting areas of the stadium, as well as within match day hospitality and catering outlets.Media and Photography students will also be able to gain experience in video production, editing work, journalism and match day reporting.Jette Burford, Principal, said: “St Helens College is delighted to be working so closely with Saints as it will really enhance the learning of our students who will be given the unique opportunity to gain real, valuable work experience within a prolific environment.”Mike Rush, Saints CEO, added: “This partnership can help students at the College expand their knowledge and skills in a real life setting as well as enhancing their CV’s which could lead to new opportunities for them in the future.“We are also keen to see our own players benefit from a supportive learning environment at St Helens College as we help equip them with qualifications for their future”.This fantastic new partnership comes in addition to the £56 million that the College has recently invested to develop the brand new, state-of-the-art town centre campus, ensuring the provision of world class facilities, classrooms and workshops.St Helens College also prides itself on offering personalised student support which can be anything from help with dyslexia or other learning needs, to financial guidance, health and wellbeing support and careers advice.As enrolment for 16- 19-year-olds opens, new students can drop in to find out more about St Helens College, meet their tutors, get careers advice or information and sign up for a course starting this September.Saints players will also be on campus on Thursday and Friday next week to welcome new students as they embark on their future.Enrolment will be taking place:Thursday August 22, 10am – 5pmFriday August 23 9am – 4pmTuesday August 27 9am – 5pm Wednesday August 28 9am – 5pmIf you are unable to attend enrolment but are interested in starting at St Helens College in September or, for any further information, please call 0800 99 66 99 or visit read more

Justin Holbrook and James Roby preview this Saturd

first_imgJustin Holbrook and James Roby preview this Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash with Castleford. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img

Humpday Health Competitive weightlifting for a full body workout

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –Plenty of people head to the gym to pump some iron and gain muscle.“I’d say if you wanted to learn the sport of weightlifting, come see us at the Wilmington Weightlifting Club,” said Walt Neubauer, a USA Weightlifting coach who says there is a growing community of competitive weightlifters in Wilmington.- Advertisement – But if you want to get involved in the sport, you’ll need the proper guidance.“You do want to find yourself somebody that actually is a weightlifting coach and has studied and knows the specific movements,” said Neubauer.The hard work and training culminates in competitive weightlifting events, where the athletes get to show off how much they’ve progressed.“This is the Olympic sport of weightlifting, so we compete in the snatch and clean and jerk. Those are the two events. So you take the highest lift, they have three attempts at each lift, the highest snatch plus the highest clean and jerk equals their total,” said Neubauer.Weightlifting doesn’t just scratch the competitive itch. It also works out almost every muscle.“People do this recreationally and get great benefits. The snatch alone uses 97 percent of the muscles in your body, so it is a full body workout, a full body exercise,” said Neubauer.So any former athletes looking to get back in the game, or a current athlete looking for an advantage, should try out competitive weightlifting.last_img read more

New Hanover County Arboretum gears up for annual plant sale

first_img Azaleas, annuals, perennials, natives, shrubs, Japanese maples, herbs, vegetables, garden decorations, and tool sharpening will be available.New Hanover County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale chair Sherrel Bunn says the sale doesn’t just benefit the arboretum.“It is our big annual fundraiser,” Bunn said. “We donate to Cape Fear Community College for scholarships, and University of North Carolina Wilmington scholarships, and grants to our communities, and then help with the grounds of our beautiful New Hanover County Arboretum. So I encourage you to come, and we look forward to having you here.”Related Article: UNCW men’s basketball falls to Northeastern in CAA quarterfinalsThe plant sale opens to Friends of the Arboretum members Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and opens to the public on Thursday.Hours Thursday through Saturday are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours on Sunday are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gardeners listen up! The New Hanover County Arboretum’s annual plant sale starts this week.There will be more than 10,000 plants for sale, 7,000 of which were grown on site.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Brunswick Marching Scorpions heading to DC for July 4

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A local high school marching band is heading to the nation’s capitol to represent North Carolina this July 4.A Brunswick County Schools spokesman said last year Senator Thom Tillis nominated the North Brunswick High School Marching Scorpions as the representative of North Carolina for the 2019 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.- Advertisement – The marching band now needs the community’s help to meet their fundraising goal.Brunswick County Schools said it’s been a tough fundraising year with Hurricane Florence, but the band has raised more than $20,000 of the $30,000 goal to be able to pay all expenses for the trip.Community members who want to help the group reach their goal can donate at read more

Federal grant dollars on the way for Wilmington rail realignment project

first_img “These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service reliability,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.The total amount granted will be $2,760,000.00 with $2 million coming from the Federal Railroad Administration.“I am extremely excited about the grant and grateful for the FRA’s interest and belief in this unique urban-rural rail project,” Padgett wrote in a project update press release.Related Article: Wilmington tracks ahead with possible rail-realignment projectPadgett says the grant is designated for preliminary engineering or design of the new track over the Cape Fear River and north along the Highway 421 corridor as well as the production of the NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) documentation.The completion of the NEPA documentation and some engineering will provide information to further discussions and hopefully bring private investment to the project according to Padgett.In May, Padgett provided an update before Wilmington City Council on the project.The City has hired a full-time Project Director. Padgett says Aubrey Parsley has been working with Norfolk Southern Railroad and has accepted to head the project.“He has a degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and brings the experience we were hoping to find,” wrote Padgett. “We are excited to welcome him to Wilmington around the end of June. I will be making sure he is introduced to the community and others who have been interested in this project.” Railroad tracks (Photo: Red, White, and Black eyes Forever / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The path to removing and realigning rail lines in Wilmington has caught the attention of Washington D.C. for the positive.The City of Wilmington has been awarded a grant from the Federal Railway Administration. This was a Consolidated Railroad Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant according to Wilmington Rail Realignment Project coordinator Laura Padgett.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The Pyramid Builder dies at 102 years

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint I.M. Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died, the New York Times reported on Thursday. He was 102.Pei, whose portfolio included a controversial renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, died overnight, his son Chien Chung Pei told the newspaper.FILE PHOTO: US architect Ieoh Ming Pei gestures as he explains a model of his design for the German Historical Museum in Berlin to German Housing and Construction Minister Klaus Toepfer during a presentation in the chancellory in Bonn, Germany January 16, 1997. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannIeoh Ming Pei, the son of a prominent banker in China, left his homeland in 1935, moving to the United States and studying architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. After teaching and working for the U.S. government, he went to work for a New York developer in 1948 and started his own firm in 1955.The museums, municipal buildings, hotels, schools and other structures that Pei built around the world showed precision geometry and an abstract quality with a reverence for light. They were composed of stone, steel and glass and, as with the Louvre, he often worked glass pyramids into his projects.The Louvre, parts of which date to the 12th century, proved to be Pei’s most controversial work, starting with the fact that he was not French. After being chosen for the job by President Francois Mitterrand amid much secrecy, Pei began by making a four-month study of the museum and French history.FILE PHOTO: Tourists stand in front of the Louvre Pyramid designed by Chinese-born U.S. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei in Paris, France, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotoHe created a futuristic 70-foot-tall (21-m) steel-framed, glass-walled pyramid as a grand entrance for the museum with three smaller pyramids nearby. It was a striking contrast to the existing Louvre structures in classic French style and was reviled by many French.A French newspaper described Pei’s pyramids as “an annex to Disneyland” while an environmental group said they belonged in a desert.Pei said the Louvre was undoubtedly the most difficult job of his career. When it opened in 1993 he said he had wanted to create a modern space that did not detract from the traditional part of the museum.FILE PHOTO: Bank of China tower, designed by I.M. Pei & Associates (L) and Cheung Kong Centre tower, designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, Hsin-Yieh Architects, and Leo A. Daly Pacific Limited, are pictured at night in Hong Kong’s central district March 27, 2008. REUTERS/Victor Fraile/File Photo“Contemporary architects tend to impose modernity on something,” he said in an New York Times interview in 2008. “There is a certain concern for history but it’s not very deep. I understand that time has changed, we have evolved. But I don’t want to forget the beginning. A lasting architecture has to have roots.”Other notable Pei projects include the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Dallas City Hall.When Pei won the international Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983, he used the $100,000 award to start a programme for aspiring Chinese architects to study in the United States.Even though he formally retired from his firm in 1990, Pei was still taking on projects in his late 80s, such as museums in Luxembourg, Qatar and his ancestral home of Suzhou.Pei, a slight man who wore round, owl-ish glasses, became a U.S. citizen in 1955. He was married to Eileen Loo from 1942 until her death in 2014. They had four children, two of whom became architects.(By Bill Trott for Reuters with additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Editing by Diane Craft and Cynthia Osterman)WhatsApplast_img read more

Successful Spain event result for local offroad racing drivers

first_img SharePrint Between the 23rd and 26th May 2019, off-road racing driver Neville Ciantar, a member of the All-Wheel Drive Club Malta, competed successfully in the ULTRA4 Europe event called King of Spain at Les Comes in Spain.Ciantar – together with his team Nusu Off-Road Racing Team that includes his son Lee Ciantar as co-driver, Brian Agius, Thomas Tanti and Charlene Ciantar – competed against 34 other teams from all around the world.Nusu Off-Road Racing Team finished in fifth place, just 20points behind the French team composed of Cedric Porcher and Noel Herve that finished in second place. The British team composed of Jim Marsden and Steve Grant won the event.The next round of the Ultra 4 championship is set to continue with the King of France event at Vallee Bleu in France between the 21st and 23rd of June.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more