Month: July 2019

Taking a further step towards a softer Brexit Kei

first_imgTaking a further step towards a softer Brexit, Keir Starmer has indicated his backing for the free movement of workers as part of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The Shadow Brexit Secretary has also repeated his view that an Irish ‘backstop’ is now “inevitable” in any Brexit deal.In an interview with Newsnight on Monday evening, Starmer said: “We’re going to need a backstop. Do we have concerns about the backstop? Yes. Do we accept the backstop is inevitable? Yes. And actually, the focus is on that political declaration and answering the question, ‘what should the future relationship with the EU actually look like?’.”But Jeremy Corbyn, as he told Sky and the BBC last week, has agreed with the Prime Minister that the inability to unilaterally withdraw from the backstop arrangement is unacceptable. Theresa May is currently trying to amend the provision, which keeps the Irish border open in the event no trade deal is struck during the transition period.Starmer went on to express a softer position on the question of free movement, one of the four freedoms in the European single market, which Labour vowed to end in its 2017 manifesto. Asked whether Labour would back the ‘Norway Plus’ model, which offers free movement to EU workers but not citizens, Starmer replied: “That would have to be explored.”He added: “I think most people would agree that if somebody is coming to do a job, and it needs to be done, and it’s been advertised locally beforehand with nobody able to do it, then most people say ‘I would accept that’. Most people say that if this is about family reunification… ‘that’s something I can accept’.“And most people, I think, would say if somebody wants to come here to study, and it’s genuine, then of course please come and study. In fact, let’s celebrate that. I actually think we get stuck on the freedom of movement discussion too early.”Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer tells Newsnight the UK should “explore” allowing qualified free movement of workers from the EU after Brexit[email protected] | #newsnight | @Keir_Starmer— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) February 4, 2019 Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Free Movement /Keir Starmer /Brexit /Backstop /last_img read more

LANCE Hohaia made a welcome return from injury las

first_imgLANCE Hohaia made a welcome return from injury last Friday and is now hoping to pick up where he left off.The half-back has undoubtedly had his best season in the Red V to date and that culminated in his telling contribution at Leeds.And now he wants himself, and the team, to kick on.“Our performance wasn’t where it needed be in the first half but we played better in the second to finish the game strong,” he said. “Thankfully, I came through the game well. I worked hard in rehab and I hope that showed on the field. In defence and attack I felt ok and there wasn’t any reaction to the injury.“I snapped two ligaments in the arch of my foot. I could have played against Wakefield but we felt it would be better to rest up another week. I trained with the team for two weeks and that helped me with my confidence.“We all need to stay fit; we’re in a position where we cannot afford any more injuries. I understand I am playing a key role so I want to play as well as I can and do a job for the team.“I came into the year wanting to be consistent and I have persevered, worked hard, listened to the coaches and what they wanted and brought a little bit of my own stuff to my game. I’d like to think I have got the balance and going forward I’d like to keep at a high standard.”Lance slotted back into the stand-off role in a Saints attack restructured somewhat by the loss of Luke Walsh.It’s something he is comfortable with though, as he explained.“It’s nice to touch the ball more often and it suits the team the way we now play,” he continued. “Jordan (Turner) is taking care of the middle, Wello is on the left and I’m on the right. I still feel we can do better and improve though.“Until the end of the season we know we will have tough close matches against good teams. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The chance to win the League Leaders Shield in front of our home fans is good too.“We know people don’t think we can do it, but within the group we truly believe we are good enough to win the title. We will push each other as hard as we can.“It would be nice to tie up the Shield this Thursday, but it can’t distract us from the main goal which is the Grand Final. Ideally, it would be good to win it and then we can focus on the big games in the home semi-finals.“When we played Warrington last time they got stuck into us from the get go and rattled us. We have to be prepared for that to happen again. They are a good side with good forwards so we have to match fire with fire.”Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgSaints fell behind to an early Brayden Wiliame try but came storming back with first half tries from Adam Swift, Zeb Taia and Aaron Smith. Second half scores from the returning Theo Fages, Dom Peyroux, Jack Welsby and a hat-trick from Matty Costello secured another two points for Justin Holbrook’s men. Brayden Wiliame did grab a late second before Lewis Tierney scored a further late consolation.Costello, Fages, Alex Walmsley, Taia and Peyroux all returned as Lachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax and James Roby were rested, whilst Tommy Makinson and Luke Thompson joined Mark Percival and Louie-McCarthy Scarsbrook missing out through injury. Morgan Knowles was suspended.The game started with the visitors on top and within the opening minutes Catalans were in at the corner through Wiliame after a Matt Whitley pass out wide fed the winger for an early lead.Saints hit back in the 10th minute after a neat kick through from Peyroux was then kicked on by Kevin Naiqama and  Swift was first to the ball to touch down.Another try quickly followed when Fages put Taia through the gap with a short ball to score and give Saints a 10-6 lead with 20 minutes on the clock. Richardson adding the extras.The impressive Aaron Smith grabbed Saints third try of the game after the hooker powered his way through the Dragons knocking over two Catalans defenders to score under the posts.Catalans did get the last try of the first half after a flowing move on the right edge resulted in Wiliame scoring his second in the corner sending the teams in at half time with the score at Saints 16-10 Catalans.Saints started the second half in a blistering fashion scoring three tries in the opening 12 minutes of the second half  thanks to tries from Fages, Peyroux and Costello.Fages latched on to Richardson’s pass and he avoided the oncoming tackle to score in the corner, before Peyroux got on the score sheet after an excellent offload from Danny Richardson put Swift away down the line before stepping back inside the defender and finding an offload to Peyroux to go over.Costello grabbed his first Saints try of the season after a flowing move from right to left allowed Fages to switch the play with a long ball to Taia, who put Costello in.Catalans pulled a try back on the hour mark after a cut-out pass found Lewis Tierney in the corner.That didn’t stop Saints as we were back on top and in again in a matter of minutes after Welsby latched onto a kick through and scored his second try in as many games.Costello grabbed his second of the game after the centre through the dummy and crashed over before claiming his hat-trick, finishing off a excellent move in the corner as a young Saints go marching on again in front of over 11,000 fans.Match SummarySaintsStarting 13: Jack Welsby, Adam Swift, Kevin Naiqama, Matty Costello, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles, Joseph Paulo.Interchanges: Kyle Amor, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Joe Batchelor.Tries: Adam Swift (10) Zeb Taia (23) Aaron Smith (30) Theo Fages (44) Dominic Peyroux (51) Matty Costello (54,71,76) Jack Welsby (67)Goals: Richardson 7 from 9.CatalansStarting 13: Tony Gigot, David Mead, Samisoni Langi, Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith, Julian Bousquet, Alrix Da Costa, Sam Moa, Mickael Goudemand, Matt Whitley, Remi Casty.Interchanges: Kenny Edwards, Mickael Simon, Jason Baitieri, Sam Kasiano.Tries: Brayden Wiliame (4,36) Lewis Tierney (61).Goals: Tomkins 1 from 3.HT: 16-10FT: 50-14ATT: 11,268last_img read more

Find new shrubs flowers and vegetables at the fall plant sale in

first_imgProceeds from the sale will benefit many educational Pender Master Gardener programs.For more information please call the Tim Mathews, Local Foods/Horticulture Agent at (910) 259-1235. The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association will hold a Fall Plant Sale, Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hampstead United Methodist Church (15395 US Highway 17 North, Hampstead).- Advertisement – It will include a great selection of nursery and Master Gardener grown shrubs, flowers, and cool season vegetables. Many will be deer resistant, salt tolerant, pollinator friendly, and native plants.This year, customers will also be able to select and purchase plants on-line, from September 22 to October 12, through Gardens-Direct at Online orders placed from September 22 through September 28 may be picked up at the plant sale. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for some plants to spruce up your home or garden this fall, head to Pender County. Visitors will also be able to purchase new gardening items and gently used gardening must-haves. There will be a raffle and a food court.last_img read more

Woman accused of selling prescription pills outside courthouse

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville woman is accused of selling prescription pills to someone undercover in the parking lot of the Columbus County courthouse.Amanda Grant Cartrette was there for a Superior Court hearing on an unrelated matter on March 7. Deputies say Cartrette left her court hearing and met an undercover operative just outside the courthouse. She then allegedly sold Adderall and Suboxone tablets.- Advertisement – Cartrette was arrested Wednesday and is in the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center under a $30,000 secured bond. Deputies say the investigation began from community complaints.Charges:1 felony count of Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance1 felony count of Sell/Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substance1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance1 felony count of Possession with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell and/or Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substancelast_img read more

Recovery effort for missing Fayetteville man continues into day six

first_imgSource: NC Division of Parks BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  More crews, boats and equipment were still not enough to locate Jesse Sgro. He has been missing in a Bladen County park since this weekend.The parks service tells us there are no new developments or clues in finding Sgro.- Advertisement – Crews from across the state and with the parks service have spent more than thirty hours searching for the 23-year-old Fayetteville man. He was reported missing at Singletary Lake State Park Saturday morning. More than a half a dozens boats hit the water to search for Sgro on day five.However, crews plan to pick up the effort Thursday.last_img read more

Swimmer reportedly bitten by shark on Bald Head Island

first_imgBALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (StarNews/WWAY) — One person was taken to the hospital after a reported shark bite off Bald Head Island Sunday, according to Brunswick County emergency dispatchers.Dispatchers say they received the 911 call at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A person had sustained what appeared to be a shark bite near Beach Access 42 on Bald Head, dispatchers said. They said the victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, but did not have further information on the victim or the extent of his or her injuries.- Advertisement – WWAY has reached out to the Village Department of Public Safety, but our calls were not returned. We also put in a request for information from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

Panamas Cortizo wins close presidential race calls for national unity

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img Presidential candidate Laurentino Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) waves a flag as he celebrates after Panama’s electoral tribunal declared him as the winner of Sunday’s election with 95 percent of votes counted, in Panama City, Panama May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos JassoPresidential candidate Laurentino Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) waves a flag as he celebrates after Panama’s electoral tribunal declared him as the winner of Sunday’s election with 95 percent of votes counted, in Panama City, Panama May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso U.S.-educated political veteran Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo won Panama’s presidential election in an unprecedented close race on Sunday, with the electoral tribunal declaring a winner after 95 percent of votes had been counted.In his victory speech, Cortizo called for national unity, after winning just a third of the votes with the country clearly divided about its choice in the one-round election.“Panama won today, and today more than ever, Panama needs to join forces,” the former agriculture minister told cheering supporters in the midnight speech at his campaign hotel.During the campaign he vowed to clean up politics after Panama’s image was tarnished by a corruption scandal involving Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht, and the Panama Papers leak of millions of documents detailing tax evasion by the world’s wealthy in the nation famous for its canal.“Panamanians don’t want, or merit, and won’t put up with more of the same,” Cortizo added. “The chaos is over. Public funds belong to the public, and they are sacred.”He takes office on July 1 and will have to balance relations with Washington and Beijing, after outgoing President Juan Carlos Varela rankled the United States by formally establishing diplomatic ties with China, now the second largest canal client.Second-place candidate Romulo Roux lagged just two points behind and was reluctant to concede, saying he had found some irregularities in ballots in some voting areas.Varela congratulated Cortizo in a call broadcast live in an apparent bid to show stability after the tight result.No election in the Central American nation has produced such a narrow result since the 1989 restoration of democracy that followed the U.S. invasion to topple dictator Manuel Noriega.The atmosphere had been tense at the hotel where Cortizo’s supporters gathered for hours to await their candidate, holding his Democratic Revolution Party’s (PRD) red, white and blue flags.They broke into cheers of “Nito, Nito, Nito!” after the electoral tribunal called with the news.Roux, 54, who previously worked at the authority that governs the canal and was foreign minister under jailed former president Ricardo Martinelli, posted on Twitter shots of ballot tallies he said were miscounted, as evidence of irregularities he said could change the result.He said his party needed to see all the tallies from across the country before accepting a result, but stopped short of saying he had won.Opinion polls ahead of the May 5 election had given Cortizo a much wider lead, failing to measure the support for a young anti-establishment party whose candidate, Ricardo Lombardo, garnered almost a fifth of votes.Both Cortizo and Roux represent long-established parties.“In part, it’s been a surprise, but in the end, the Panamanian people have made the right decision,” said Tomas Vega, a PRD candidate for Congress.Cortizo, whose children have U.S. passports and who still flies to Austin each year to watch college football team the Texas Longhorns, says he wants to improve ties with the United States.last_img read more

They want to give rights to robots instead to an unborn child

first_imgThe Leader of the Nationalist Party Adrian Delia said that it’s not right that the government wants to give rights to robots, but not to an unborn child.He said this during a political activity organized by Team Start, involving Sliema youth. In this activity, young people had the opportunity to ask questions to the PN Leader and PN candidates for the European Parliament elections.“Young people do not seem interested in politics”The topics mentioned were immigration, labour and the opportunities the European Union offers young people. When Delia was asked about his impressions of the election campaign, he said that he does not think that the campaign is doing well with young people because they don’t seem interested in politics.He said he arrived to the political activity angry because he had previously watched the video of Greta Thurnberg, a young Swedish girl who had told EU politicians they were not taking care of the environment and dealing with climate change.Delia explained that his generation was prepared because the generations before them had taken care to recover from the stark times of war. But according to him, today’s generations were finding everything messed up.“Let’s not fight over the storeys, but see who might be living underground”With passion, he urged young people to fight injustice, saying, ‘Let’s not fight over the floors, but see who might be living underground.’In addition to environmental issues and social justice, Delia referred to abortion and said, ‘No to destruction, yes to life.’ In contrast, he said it is ironic that today ‘we give robots rights but we take the rights of the unborn child.’Concluding, he said that youngsters should get angry and push for change.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

We want to be considered professional equals with Periti – MCAST graduates

first_imgOver 60 MCAST Construction Engineering graduates have called for the role of ‘Site Manager’ to be given professionally equal recognition .The group which states itself to made up of graduated or soon-to-be graduated students of the MCAST course, believes that the public perception of their training and expertise is not as reputed as that of the Perit.Thus their skills and experience still lacks recognition in the construction industry compared to those who pursued a career as a Perit.‘Through the years, graduates and alumni have often experienced or are still experiencing a lack of recognition of skills by the wide spectrum of trades in the construction industry. We often get the feeling that even for the general public, if you are not a Perit, you are an inferior grade role while we all know that for the industry to operate, it needs a spectrum of professional roles in charge of different activities and baring varying responsibilities,’ they state.The writers raised their points in relation to the current discussions over the government’s Legal Notice entitled ‘Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property Regulations’.‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationThe Legal Notice which outlines draft amendments on construction practices also discusses the role of ‘Site Manager.’ They state although the role does not require a breadth of knowledge in architecture but does requires more of a mix of managerial and technical background.However, they state that the role is ‘merely defined as a second in the industry,’ one that holds liability rather than being considered a professional equal, ‘that works hand in hand with the Perit to deliver the project safely and within a mitigated risk environment.’They add that the role of ‘Site Manager’ should instead be considered as a professionalised role with strong structural awareness and site competence.Read more:Updated (1): ‘Public safety is paramount’ – KTPKA hopes draft regulations aren’t superficial attempt to show public that government is taking actionHasty consultation eliminates need to check foundations of buildings‘We feel that it cannot be treated or associated to a skilled tradesperson but a true professional which is highly skilled in understanding structural designs, structural risks on site, subsoil investigations, site logistics and management, excavation practices, problem solving, concrete and masonry works, third party liabilities and many other activities which are required on a normal site,’ they state.Concluding, the 66 MCAST graduates say that they, ‘demand that our skills are truly recognised through a state warrant which thoroughly requires high qualifications and competence, regulated through a review board to grant the status of a professional in line to fulfil the site manager role.’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more