July 2019

The Conservative party has refused to explain why

first_imgThe Conservative party has refused to explain why ministers appear to have dodged any mention or discussion of the social care crisis at this week’s annual conference.Health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has responsibility for both health and social care, delivered a speech of 2,850 words, while mentioning social care just once, and even then in a fleeting reference to “joining up the health and social care systems”.Sajid Javid, the communities and local government secretary, who also has responsibility for social care as part of his role, delivered his own set-piece speech to the conference – this time of 1,700 words – without mentioning social care.Theresa May gave her first speech to her party’s annual conference as prime minister – 7,200 words – but also without any reference to social care.And David Mowat, the minister for social care, turned down an invitation to attend the main social care fringe event at the conference, organised by the Care and Support Alliance (CSA).It is unclear whether Mowat attended any fringe events focused on social care, because the party’s press office has refused to discuss the issue.The refusal to face questions from party members, disabled people, journalists and voluntary organisations came as Channel 4 News reported that 80 per cent of councils in England had cut the care packages of some former users of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in the wake of its closure last summer.They also found that two-thirds (67 per cent) of the councils had not ring-fenced money given to them by central government in the wake of the ILF closure.The figures emerged in responses to freedom of information requests sent by the programme to English councils with responsibility for social care.Meanwhile, information from NHS Digital – published on the final day of the conference – showed that 873,000 people receiving long-term support from their local authority in 2015-16, a drop of 17,000 on the previous year.The publication does not show how many of those 873,000 saw cuts to their support packages.If Mowat had attended the CSA fringe event, he would have heard Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Tory leader of Warwickshire County Council and chair of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, tell the audience that local authorities were “cut to the bone” and facing “a growing gap of unfunded pressures” as a result of real terms cuts in their budgets.She said: “What we will see is services being taken away and they will not come back any time soon.”Mowat would also have heard disabled campaigner Shana Pezaro (pictured) describe how her package of social care support allows her to enjoy a life that is “fun and fulfilling”.Her care package has meant she has been able to lose over four stone in weight through exercise, can eat healthily and carry out voluntary work as a trustee of a disability organisation, and can campaign on health, social security and employment issues across the UK and Europe, including for the MS Society.She has not been hospitalised in the six years since she was awarded her current care package.She told the meeting: “My life is fun and fulfilling and I am positively contributing to society.”But she added: “Most people who need care and support cannot advocate for themselves the way I can.“Social care budgets are being slashed. If my money is reduced it is going to have a devastating impact on my life, and I am really frightened about that.”She said she had three friends, all of whom also have multiple sclerosis, and as they can walk unaided, dress themselves and prepare food, they have been assessed with low and moderate care needs.As their local authorities only fund critical care needs, her three friends receive no care and support from their local authorities, and so survive on cheap microwave meals, are unable to keep their homes clean, and as a result are often hospitalised.She said: “It just pushes people into hospital. It is not saving money, it’s just a false economy.“I am proof the system really can work, so let’s find a way to make it work for everybody.”Pezaro also pointed to the “massive cuts to disability benefits”, which mean that many people already surviving without social care packages might also lose personal independence payment funding, which could pay for a cleaner or more expensive and nutritious meals.She said these cuts would “put more pressure on the NHS”, and she called for “a comprehensive, over-arching impact review on what all the cuts mean” for the NHS.Former Tory health secretary Stephen Dorrell, who now chairs the NHS Confederation, said: “Why does Shana’s story stand out, and why isn’t it normal?“Why do we regard your story as something exceptional and to be celebrated rather than the definition of what good public services should look like?”Gary Bourlet, a leading self-advocate and co-founder of Learning Disability England, told the fringe event that he received “no support at all” from his local authority.He said: “I have to rely on my friends and colleagues. I just need a small amount of support, but my council will not fund it.”Pezaro said after the event that it was “a real shame” that there were no ministers at the fringe, because she had “a good and positive story about how things are working well”, although she said she was glad that a number of Tory local councillors had attended the meeting.When Disability News Service (DNS) asked the Conservative party why Mowat had not attended the fringe meeting and appeared to have dodged events where the social care crisis might have been discussed, a press officer provided a contact number for a member of Mowat’s team.When DNS tried to contact her, she said that she was on maternity leave.The party then refused to provide the name of the press officer who was supposed to be dealing with the questions about Mowat.No-one from the party had responded to requests for a comment by noon today (Thursday).last_img read more


An MP has asked the equality and human rights watc

first_imgAn MP has asked the equality and human rights watchdog to investigate why ministers hid documents from their own independent reviewer when they knew the information would link their “fitness for work” test to the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, a former shadow work and pensions secretary, has told the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) of her “grave concerns” about how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigates deaths linked to DWP activity.In a letter sent this week to EHRC’s chief executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, she explains her concerns that DWP failed to send crucial evidence about deaths linked to the work capability assessment (WCA) to the independent expert ministers had commissioned to review the test.Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last month that DWP had finally admitted that two letters written by coroners, and a series of secret “peer reviews” into the deaths of claimants who had gone through the WCA process, were hidden from Dr Paul Litchfield.Since DNS revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that DWP deliberately covered-up evidence showing the fatal impact of the assessment on many disabled people.In her letter, Abrahams (pictured) also says she is “extremely concerned” about the lack of official scrutiny of the treatment of disabled people by DWP and its private sector contractors, Maximus, Capita and Atos, which carry out the assessments.She says: “As you will be aware, there are a large number of social security claimants who have died after being found fit for work or having their PIP [personal independence payment] refused or reduced.”Abrahams asks Hilsenrath to launch an investigation into deaths linked to the WCA and PIP assessment processes.She also raises concerns about DWP’s failure to tell her how many secret internal reviews have been carried out into claimant deaths over the last four years, and provide statistics showing how many claimants died shortly after being found fit for work or having their PIP claims refused or their payments reduced.She tells Hilsenrath: “I am particularly concerned that disabled people are being specifically discriminated against by the Government-commissioned assessments for Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit.”Abrahams, the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has previously backed calls for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the government’s social security reforms, and for any evidence of criminal misconduct in public office by ministers and senior civil servants to be passed to the police, two of the key demands of the Justice for Jodey Whiting parliamentary petition*.An EHRC spokesperson said: “We have received the letter from Debbie Abrahams and we are assessing it.”DWP insists that it “co-operated fully with the Litchfield reviews, and shared all relevant information which was requested by Dr Litchfield and his team” and has told DNS that it “was not asked by Dr Litchfield or his review for information on the specific cases you refer to”.But DWP has been unable to explain how Litchfield’s team could have requested information – the secret peer reviews and coroners’ letters – if they did not know they existed.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more


Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.The world of work is changing. With technological advances and businesses looking for new ways to cut costs, we are being presented with fresh challenges in the form of digital platform capitalism. The question often being asked is whether we should accept the inevitability of automation and stop trying to make work better. But we believe Labour should continue the fight for a new workplace politics. If you get talking to someone on the bus, one of the first topics will be: “so, what do you do?”. It comes down to the dignity of work.We must set out why good, inclusive work matters – from how workers are treated by their employer matters to wage growth, employees being able to see clear paths for progression, opening up job applications to anyone in society. IPPR’s Tom Kibasi writes today: “Within firms, too much power is concentrated in the hands of management, and too little is held by workers.” This matters – but those power imbalances are also just the start of what must be done to deliver the change we need.The development of ‘good work’ could mean work is shared, more flexible, even reduced with a four-day working week. It involves creating inclusive workplaces, where necessary adjustments are made for people with disabilities and good mental health is promoted for all. We should be striving to ensure both that we reach full employment and that every worker has a job in which they are valued and feel comfortable.There are two simple truths. How you treat workers is crucial to the product. And the difference between the average and the world class lies in the extent to which you untap the endless potential and creativity of employees. As Alex Sobel MP explores in his piece on communal ownership and social enterprise, it is key for communities and workers to be meaningful stakeholders.New skills and good, inclusive jobs must be located as a central part of an intelligent industrial strategy that works to Britain’s strengths and adapts as industry changes. The whole skills agenda needs a boost: at present, vocational education and training is too often regarded as inferior to academic education and yet it is crucial to personal and national success.We must break down the institutional barriers facing marginalised groups in the labour market. The disability employment gap has stubbornly remained a little above 30% for the past decade. Government employment programmes have failed to achieve greater opportunities for disabled people, and employers are still often unwilling to hire disabled people. There is startling evidence that more than a fifth are less likely to hire someone if they are open about being disabled. It is vital that we transform the workplace to ensure everyone is able to participate fully and equally.We hope that our project looking at the world of work for Labour Together will be informative for future progressive Labour Party policy. As Westminster is consumed by Brexit, industries across the UK are facing new challenges that will shape the way we work for decades to come. We must grasp those challenges and work with our partners in the trade union movement to ensure the changes to work benefit all in society.This piece was commissioned by Labour Together, which is guest editing LabourList this week.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Jon Cruddas /Jack Dromey /Marsha de Cordova /Labour Together guest edit /The future of work /last_img read more


Labours official Brexit amendment laying out its

first_imgLabour’s official Brexit amendment laying out its own negotiating objectives was rejected by MPs tonight, as expected, with 323 votes against and just 240 in favour.Its defeat has been interpreted by some as the start of Labour turning to focus on backing another EU referendum, but senior figures have made clear that the party will also continue to campaign for its alternative Brexit plan.Jeremy Corbyn confirmed this in his reaction to the results, saying: “We will back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no deal outcome.“We will also continue to push for the other available options to prevent those outcomes, including a close economic relationship based on our credible alternative plan or a general election.”The size of the defeat increased from 31 votes in January to 83 votes tonight, as more Labour MPs were absent from the vote.Stephen Hepburn was the only Labour MP to vote against the Labour amendment, while five Labour Brexiteers abstained. All members of The Independent Group abstained.Although 12 amendments were tabled to the government’s motion, only five were selected and three of those were accepted by the government today.The SNP amendment, which expressed opposition to ‘no deal’ and had Labour’s support, was rejected by 36 votes. Seven Labour MPs voted against and a further 11 abstained.The amendment sponsored primarily by Caroline Spelman and Jack Dromey, which would have made time for Yvette Cooper’s bill, was not moved on the basis that the Prime Minister has committed to offering a vote on extending Article 50.The citizens’ rights amendment by Alberto Costa was accepted by the government and unanimously approved without a division being called. But Costa was apparently forced to resign as a parliamentary parliamentary private secretary in order to table it.Yvette Cooper’s amendment, which simply restated the commitments made by the Prime Minister yesterday to give MPs a say on ‘no deal’ and delaying Brexit, passed with just 20 votes against. No Labour MPs voted against, but eight abstained.Amendment vote resultsa) LabourAyes 240 – Noes 323k) SNPAyes 288 – Noes 324c) Spelman/Dromey a.k.a. Cooper/LetwinNot moved.b) CostaAccepted by government, approved without a division.f) CooperAyes 502 – Noes 20Accepted by government, but 20 Tories voted against.Labour rebels1 voted against the Labour amendment: Stephen Hepburn.5 abstained on the Labour amendment: Kevin Barron, Ronnie Campbell, Kate Hoey, John Mann, Graham Stringer.7 voted against the SNP amendment: Kevin Barron, Jim Fitzpatrick, Caroline Flint, Stephen Hepburn, Kate Hoey, John Mann, Graham Stringer.11 abstained on the SNP amendment: Ronnie Campbell, Jon Cruddas, Helen Goodman, Kevan Jones, Grahame Morris, Lisa Nandy, Ruth Smeeth, Gareth Snell, John Spellar, Stephen Timms, Derek Twigg.0 voted against the Cooper amendment: None.8 abstained on the Cooper amendment: Ronnie Campbell, Gill Furniss, Stephen Hepburn, Kate Hoey, Emma Lewell-Buck, John Mann, Grahame Morris, Graham Stringer.Tags:Labour /Brexit /Brexit amendments /last_img read more


Four Robberies in Two Days in SF Mission

first_imgUPDATE: An additional robbery occurring on Tuesday was reported by SFPD today, bringing the total robberies in two days to four.On Monday afternoon at 1:32 p.m., police report a 36-year-old man approached a 48-year-old man on Valencia and Cesar Chavez streets and grabbed the victim’s bag. The two fought over the bag, but the suspect pulled out a metal pipe and hit his victim with it before fleeing with the bag. The victim suffered a contusion on his forearm and head and was transported to UCSF for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest was made.Later, at 6:30 p.m., a man in his mid twenties walked into a store on 16th Street between South Van Ness and Capp streets and pointed a handgun at the store’s owner. The man demanded money from his victim, who opened the cash register and handed over the contents. The robber then fled on foot, and no arrest was made.At 2:25 a.m. on Tuesday, a 21-year-old man was walking along Hampshire Street betwen 23rd and 24th streets when three men estimated to be between the ages of 18 and 25 approached him. The men brandished two black semi-automatic handguns and a serrated blade knife and demanded the victim’s property. They took the victim’s cell phone, jacket, bracelet, earrings and cash before fleeing the scene. No arrest was made. 0% Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. center_img Tags: crimes • robbery Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more


SF Biz Finds New Hires Hard to Find

first_imgThis time, no one came in to apply, so he went to Craigslist. Twelve people responded to the ad, and only two showed up for interviews. Many candidates had more administrative experience than cooking experience.“It’s because the working class of San Francisco is disappearing,” said Marzolo. Despite the recent minimum wage hike, he said, the city is too expensive. “Even with that jump, which is huge… People can’t afford to work for it.” At Harrington Galleries, a furniture store on Valencia Street that has been in business for more than 40 years, finding workers is a struggle.  “It’s very hard to find people to work,” said owner-manager Fiona O’Connor. “People can drive for Uber.”O’Connor needs a part-time manager with some experience in interior design, who would start at around $16 an hour. After a month, she still hasn’t found anyone. She hired a recruiter, for the first time ever, finding that Craigslist and a hiring sign in the window weren’t cutting it. “People don’t even come in,” she said. “It’s hard for a small business to pay high wages.” The job has attractive qualities, O’Connor said – 16th and Valencia is a nice place to work, and her business has been a springboard for former employees to reach other successful positions. But the great location comes at a cost.“The cost of living is very high,” O’Connor acknowledged. She also noted that the cost of commuting from the East Bay on BART quickly cuts into $16 an hour. “So how far are you commuting, and is it worth it?,” she said. “Or do you want to share an apartment with, like, 10 people?”At the taqueria Pancho Villa, the problem is similar. “It’s very hard, because they want a lot of money,” said Fernando Pérez, who supervises the 16th Street branch of the taqueria. The popular restaurant makes money, Pérez said, but most of it goes back to supplies and to paying the workers. Many of the location’s 48 workers regularly work overtime, which is required to be compensated at a higher rate. Most employees commute from the East Bay.Under Qualified, Yet PickyStill, the weekend rushes bring throngs of people through the doors, and Pancho Villa needs three or four more full-time employees – but most people, Pérez said, don’t want to work weekends. “They come and apply, but they want office hours. Of course, it’s not an office job,” he said. The taqueria has been hiring for six months with some luck attracting applicants, but less luck in getting them to stay. “Sometimes employees come, learn a little bit, and go somewhere else,” Pérez said. “I think people send employees here to learn our recipes.” Isabel Valdez, whose mother owns El Salvador Restaurant on Mission Street between 18th and 19th streets, said she’s had signs in the window seeking a cook and a bilingual waiter or waitress for more than six months. “Six or seven years ago, waitresses and waiters could work in just Spanish, but now it has to be bilingual,” she said. Pupusas, too, require particular skill, and Valdez is looking for a cook with experience and can’t spend too much time training a new hire – especially not on the rising minimum wage. “Workers, they’re getting good wages, but everything is expensive,” she said, citing the rising costs of meat, eggs and other supplies. Unlike some of the Valencia Street merchants, Valdez said nobody has come in asking her for more than what she’s offering, because they come from the East Bay, where the minimum wage is lower. At Taylor Stitch, a clothing shop on Valencia Street, hiring is a challenge, but manager Kenny Fee said this might be in part because of the shop’s high standards. A strong brand image and a preference for hiring workers living in the city narrows the options some, he said. The store has been looking to fill a retail position for about a month, and while there has been plenty of interest, many candidates are simply not qualified for the job. “We don’t pay minimum wage, so we don’t ask for the minimum,” Fee said. Working On A Wage HikeInevitably, the cost of living is a factor in finding employees, and many come with demands.“The pay to rent ratio is kinda crazy,” Fee said. “People can’t work for the pay…People are very upfront about what they’re looking for.” McCarley at Mission Bicycle is hiring retail staff for between $15 and $18 an hour. One candidate, who turned out to be homeless during his job interview, told McCarley he needed a job with an annual salary of about $80,000. Many others simply don’t show up to interviews. Marzolo at Escape From New York pizza has had candidates make it all the way to the training process before disappearing without a trace. “Honestly, to survive in San Francisco on $15, $16, $17 is not easy,” McCarley acknowledged. Which, he and others observed, is simply resulting in driving people out of the city and attracting more commuter workers.And the wage hike itself, intended to make the city more livable for hourly workers, is making it tough on business, they said.  Minimum hourly wage rose from $9.79 in 2010 to $12.25 this year.“It’s just too fast,” said Marzolo. He has lived in the city for 30 years and worked 10 of those years at Rainbow Grocery cooperative. The hike, he said, is wearing on loyal workers who have seen their wages rise, but now get paid the same as brand new hires. “I can’t afford to bring them up,” Marzolo added. What’s more, stricter immigration controls have further whittled away at the employee base. “There are qualified people out there for small businesses,” Marzolo said. “But they’re living in fear.” Tags: economy Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% While the boom in San Francisco has helped boost business, shops and restaurants are finding that they have no one to make the sales. “We’re desperate,” said Jefferson McCarley, the owner of Mission Bicycle. McCarley said he once chased a customer for two blocks down the street after thinking that his noticeably sunny attitude would make him good at sales.  Unfortunately for Mission Bicycle, the man was a medical professional. Chewy Marzolo, who manages Escape From New York pizza on 22nd Street, is hiring a prep cook and has been looking for a few weeks. That used to be the easiest position to fill, “because until recently, that’s something that everyone here knew how to do,” he said. 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A SUPERB first half performance saw Saints beat Cr

first_imgA SUPERB first half performance saw Saints beat Crusaders RL 34-18 in Wrexham.James Roby and the half-back partnership of Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax were in inspired form as Saints ran in five unanswered tries.It ensured they climbed to second in the table but not before they fought off a spirited fightback from the Crusaders.Royce Simmons’ men were simply irresistible in a first half that yielded five tries and some breath-taking rugby league.They blitzed their opponents from the off with their fast pace, quick handling and attacking flair.Tries from Jonny Lomax, Lee Gaskell, Paul Wellens, Ade Gardner and James Roby telling a tale of total dominance as Saints looked like scoring from every set.Jamie Foster adding five goals to send them in 30-6 to the good.The second half brought tries from Tony Martin and Lloyd White as Crusaders threatened a comeback but Saints did enough to hang on; Ade Gardner adding his second as the hooter went.Consistency was the key with team selection as Simmons made only two changes from the team that beat Hull KR last week: Shaun Magennis coming in for Matty Ashurst and Jon Wilkin replacing the injured Scott Moore.Crusaders could have called on Jarod Sammut but opted to leave him out of a strong looking home side.Saints have made a habit out of starting poorly recently but made amends with two tries in the opening 10 minutes.Firstly, good territorial possession saw Roby feed Lomax on five minutes to scamper and sidestep his way to the line – Foster converting.And seconds later Lee Gaskell extended the lead further – Foster again successful.It took Crusaders 13 minutes to get into Saints’ 20 on the back of two penalties – but some superb last gasp defence had them on their backs twice in the in-goal area.Buoyed by that, six minutes later, Paul Wellens was strolling through a massive gap on the right for another try. Foster making it 18-0 from an acute angle.Crusaders hit back when a high ball from Lloyd White was tipped back and put down by Gareth Thomas – Clinton Schifcofske adding the extras.But normal service was resumed when the ball went right and Ade Gardner finished – his 157th try in the Red Vee.And seconds later a wonderful break and pass from Shaun Magennis saw James Roby go in.Foster tagging on his 33rd two-pointer of the year.Half Time: Crusaders 6 Saints 30Saints would have wanted to start the second half as good as the first but couldn’t have got off to a worse start as from Crusaders’ first attack; Tony Martin found space in the corner.It was a fantastic pass from Michael Witt who then coolly added the conversion from the touchline.It took Saints a good 15 minutes to regain their form but they eventually did; even if it didn’t add to the scoreline.Jon Wilkin would count himself unlucky to be held up with an inch to spare from Jammer’s pass then Foster was inches away from touchline down Wheeler’s chip.Crusaders then scored again in the most bizarre of circumstances. The ball went up on the last and was clearly tipped forward . Expecting the whistle to blow Wellens mopped up in his own in goal area.But the referee strangely gave a drop out and after two strong drives Lloyd White scored.The try knocked the stuffing out of Saints but Ade Gardner ensured there would be no need for late nerves with a clinical finish late on.Match Summary:Crusaders:Tries: Thomas, Martin, WhiteGoals: Schifcofske (1 from 1), Witt (2 from 2)Saints:Tries: Lomax, Gaskell, Wellens, Gardner (2), Roby,Goals: Foster (5 from 6)Penalties:Crusaders: 9Saints: 10HT: 30-6FT: 34-18REF: Robert HicksATT: 4002Teams:Crusaders:1. Clinton Schifcofske; 5. Stuart Reardon, 3. Tony Martin, 2. Gareth Thomas, 4. Vince Mellars; 6. Michael Witt, 17. Rhys Hanbury; 22. Richard Moore, 19. Lloyd White, 10. Mark Bryant, 11. Hep Cahill, 12. Jason Chan, 21. Paul Johnson.Subs: 8. Ryan O’Hara, 13. Frank Winterstein, 16. Ben Flower, 27. Jordan Tansey.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee, Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Shaun Magennis, 28. Tommy Makinson.last_img read more


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LEWIS Charnock has been named in England Academys

first_imgLEWIS Charnock has been named in England Academy’s 20-man squad to face Wales Academy in a two-Test series.The 19-year-old made his debut for Saints earlier in the season.England will take on Wales on Sunday October 13 (3.00pm) and Friday October 18 (6.30pm) at Taffs Well RFC and coach John Winder believes that junior Rugby League is thriving and that his squad can benefit from a number of players having already played in Super League.“Whenever you select a national team it is a tough decision,” said Winder. “We have some great talent and there are good players who miss out now but they only miss out on this squad, for these Tests. The door is always open.“One of the big strengths of the England programme is that we have players coming in who have Super League experience.“In all England environments it is about creating a learning environment. We have a nine-day camp now which will help with the players’ process and development.“It definitely helps to have the England Knights as a stepping stone, there is a full pathway now for the players from youth level to the Knights and eventually to the full senior squad.“There is a really good mix of players here in this squad. We have players who have been in the England programme for the last couple of years and also we have some new fresh faces.”last_img read more


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NATHAN Brown says London will be a tricky proposit

first_imgNATHAN Brown says London will be a tricky proposition when Saints travel to The Hive this Saturday.Even though the Broncos have been relegated they are a team that “competes hard” for each other and may even “chance their arm more” as they have nothing to lose.“They have had some performances down there and have pushed Wigan, Warrington and Huddersfield close on their own field,” he said. “They seem to enjoy playing there.“Joey (Grima) has had one part of his mind on next year and has blooded some youngsters so they are probably in a bit of a transition period too.“One thing that has stood out though is those guys have kept competing for each other and that is a real credit to Joey and the players themselves.“It is a tough situation to be in but they are starting to produce players themselves which is important. There are solid foundations there.“It is still about consistency for us though as we haven’t put in a string of performances together for a while. We need to look at ourselves and look at what sort of team we want to be.”Saints came through Friday’s win over Bradford with no fresh injury concerns – but are unlikely to welcome back Luke Walsh this week.“We came through the game pretty sound,” Brown added. “Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor came through well and it was good for them to get a game.“Luke Walsh will probably miss another week though. Obviously we would like him to play as he’s missed some footy, but he isn’t quite ready at the moment. It will be good to see him back as he’s missed a few games.“Jon Wilkin has been able to help out there though and that has been pleasing.“We had some good performances at Rochdale and Whitehaven last weekend too and those players will come into the reckoning. Shannon McDonnell had his first game and will probably need another couple. He will be a handy acquisition for us.”last_img read more


Local disaster aid group seeking donations for pets affected by Harvey

first_img “You’ve got crates, kennels, bowls, you’ve got food, you’ve got towels, sheets, Clorox, shampoo,” says Jeannie Mintz.All of this soon to be on it’s way to Asheville then to Louisiana and Texas. It’s all an effort by Saving Animals During Disasters to help sister rescues pulling animals out of Harvey flood waters.“There’s just nothing no where dry to lay anything down, nothing clean to lay on, nowhere to sleep, it’s just horrible,” says organization president Mintz,Related Article: Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victimsThat’s what rescuers at Brother Wolf Rescue describe the scene to Mintz with SADD. Mintz is expecting more and more physical donations into the week, but says what they really needs is cash to send to the Asheville based rescue.“Our main thing is keeping the money going to Asheville for them to keep the transports coming out of Louisiana and Texas.”Transports that have already rescued more than fifty dogs that are now in Vermont and New York. Mintz says donations can also go to Paws and Claws Animal Hospital. Anything leftover will still be used to help animals at home.“If we don’t use it for the hurricane victims, we’ve got plenty of rescues right here in eastern North Carolina that need all of the help they can get,” Mintz says.You can donate money or supplies at their store in the Austin Commons off of Carolina Beach Road before Monkey Junction. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  So many lives are affected by the devastation in Texas and Louisiana.That includes animals. Pets are being shipped from flood zones and one local nonprofit is trying to send aid.With every dollar coming into the Salty Paws Thrift Store, help for pets trapped in Texas.- Advertisement – last_img read more