Labour the Green party and the Liberal Democrats

first_imgLabour, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to act on claims of widespread dishonesty by the medical professionals paid to compile benefits assessment reports, following a two-month investigation by Disability News Service (DNS).The three parties spoke out after DNS shared the findings of the investigation with key opposition figures.DNS has examined more than 20 cases in which claimants of personal independence  payment (PIP) – which is replacing working-age disability living allowance – have described how the healthcare professionals who carried out their face-to-face assessments subsequently produced dishonest reports.The dishonesty includes assessors refusing to accept further written evidence from medical experts; wrongly claiming that detailed physical examinations had been carried out during the assessment; refusing to list all of a claimant’s medications; ignoring or misreporting key evidence told to them in the assessment; and reporting that a claimant had refused to co-operate with a physical examination, when they were instead unable to complete it because of their impairment.Jonathan Bartley (pictured), co-leader of the Green party, called for an independent investigation.He said: “This investigation reveals that is not sick and disabled people who are lying but those who are assessing them. “The shocking prevalence of inaccurate assessments which are denying desperately needed support obliterates any remaining pretence that PIP assessments are fair.“The system should be looking after those who need help and acting with their best interests at heart, not working against them and making things worse.“Behind each of these stories and the hundreds of complaints are people who are suffering, whose lives have been disrupted, turned upside down or in some cases destroyed. “It is clear these cases are not isolated incidents. There should be a full-scale investigation as a matter of urgency to reveal the full extent of what is going on, and that should ideally be carried out independently of the DWP, to avoid any cover-up, as we saw over the deaths of benefit claimants.”Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, said the evidence produced by DNS was “truly shocking”, and she repeated last year’s call by Labour to investigate the conduct of assessors.She said: “We have seen from this and other investigations, including the [Channel 4] Dispatches programme in April 2016, that there are significant flaws in the PIP assessment process and with the conduct of many assessors. “Last year, Labour called for the department to undertake an investigation into the conduct of assessors, yet ministers refused to take action. “Unlike the work capability assessment, the government plans to continue assessing all disabled people for PIP, regardless of their condition and the fact that 65 per cent of PIP appeals are successful. “The impact on disabled people of having to fight the DWP for support to which they are entitled cannot be underestimated; causing distress, anxiety and negatively impacting on their health. “It is clear that the assessment process is wholly inappropriate and, in light of this investigation, ministers must take action now.”The disabled Liberal Democrat peer Baroness [Celia] Thomas, who speaks for her party on disability, said the investigation and its findings were “timely” and called for DWP to audit all of its assessors.She said the claims reflected the letters and emails she and other disabled peers receive about PIP assessors “who do not take proper notice of medical reports, do not listen properly to claimants and do not remember to ask about the reliability criteria which governs all descriptors”.She said: “DWP needs to conduct a thorough audit of all assessors to make sure disabled people are not being penalised by assessors who are not up to the job.”DWP has been handed eight cases of named claimants who have come forward to make allegations that healthcare professionals working for the outsourcing giants Capita and Atos lied in the reports they wrote after carrying out face-to-face assessments.But DWP also turned down the opportunity to see many more cases, in which claimants have asked DNS not to reveal their personal details to the department.Despite the findings of the investigation, DWP has refused to accept that there is any dishonesty at all among the medical professionals paid to compile assessment reports, and has refused to take any action to address the concerns.Asked why there were so many cases of dishonesty involving assessors working for Capita and Atos, a DWP spokeswoman said: “We do not accept this is the case.”She added: “We expect the highest standards from the contractors who carry out PIP assessments.“We do not accept it to be the case that there is dishonesty amongst them.”Asked whether DWP would act on the information provided by DNS, she said: “We are committed to making sure the PIP assessment process works fairly and effectively, which is why we welcome independent reviews such as the ones led by Paul Gray, the second of which is expected in April 2017.”She added: “Assessment providers have their own complaints processes in place, and if claimants are not satisfied with providers’ response they will be signposted to the Independent Case Examiner (ICE).  “Over 1.9 million PIP claims have been decided since April 2013 to September 2016 and in this time only a tiny fraction of complaints regarding providers’ service standards have been upheld by ICE.“If ICE upholds a complaint against the provider, the provider incurs a penalty charge and is also required to pay the claimant any financial redress recommended by ICE.“PIP customer satisfaction is up by more than 10 per cent since last year, and we expect these trends to continue following new improvements.“We continue to work with disability stakeholders to ensure the PIP assessment process is working well.”Asked if there was a serious problem with Atos and Capita assessors lying in their assessment reports, she said: “No, our providers are committed to providing a high-quality, sensitive and respectful service by conducting fair, accurate and objective assessments.“Independent audit is in place to ensure advice provided to DWP decision makers is of suitable quality, fully explained and justified.“Both Atos and Capita are required to ensure that the health professionals carrying out assessments have knowledge of the clinical aspects and likely functional effects of a wide range of health conditions and impairments.“All health professionals undertaking assessments on behalf of DWP must be registered practitioners who have also met requirements around training and competence.“They must be: an occupational therapist, level one nurse, physiotherapist, paramedic or doctor.“They must also be fully registered and have at least two years post full-registration experience.”She added: “All health professionals receive comprehensive training in disability analysis which includes a functional evaluation as to how medical conditions and the long-term medical treatment of those conditions affect an individual’s ability to perform day-to-day activities.“Prior to carrying out an assessment, the health professional routinely refreshes their knowledge of any condition with which they are not fully familiar.”She added: “We expect the highest standards from the contractors who carry out PIP assessments, and work closely with them to ensure PIP is working in the best way possible.“We work extensively with the PIP assessment providers (Atos and Capita) and disability representative groups to make improvements to guidance, training and audit procedures in order to ensure a quality service.”Capita refused to answer any questions about the allegations, including how many complaints it had received during 2016 about assessors not being truthful in their assessment reports; whether it believed this was a serious problem; and why it believed there were so many cases in which assessors were apparently failing to complete their assessment reports honestly.Instead, it delivered the following statement: “We expect all of our assessors to undertake assessments as outlined by DWP and in-line with our comprehensive training.“We expect all assessors to behave in a way that meets both our high professional standards and those of their professions.“We are not involved in the decision making process or informed of claimants’ outcomes.”Atos acknowledged receipt of an email from DNS detailing the investigation, but refused to respond further.Picture by Pete Lopemanlast_img read more

A new userled campaign is calling on the governme

first_imgA new user-led campaign is calling on the government to address the “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” treatment experienced by disabled rail passengers.Transport for All (TfA) has issued a series of seven demands to the government and rail industry as part of its Rail Access Now campaign, and has described the current situation as a source of “national shame”.Next month, on 5 April, TfA is planning a protest about access to services on the much-criticised Southern Rail network.The campaign has been backed by Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike and commuter Dave McQuirk, who both spoke this week of the “shocking” treatment they have received when using the rail system as wheelchair-users.Among TfA’s demands is for the government to reverse the “shameful” decision to defer until at least 2019 nearly half of the planned spending on its Access for All programme, which provides funding to improve access at rail stations.The funding delays were first revealed by Disability News Service last April.TfA also wants to see a system that allows disabled passengers to “turn up and go” if they want to travel by train, rather than having to book assistance 24 hours in advance.McQuirk told this week how he had to book assistance in order to guarantee that he can travel to work on the rail system as a commuter.But he said that his assistance fails to turn up for nearly half of his journeys, forcing him to drag himself onto the train, despite his frequent complaints.He said: “I’m an articulate, confident, regular traveller and I still have this incredible stressful ‘will I, won’t I?’ worry every morning.“Everyone knows commuting is tedious and subject to disruption – I can put up with that.“What I find infuriating is the difficulty, delay and uncertainty that I face just because I’m a wheelchair-user trying to use the railway network like anyone else.“That’s why Transport for All’s Rail Access Now campaign is so important.“It’s time we held the government and train operators to account for their record on accessibility.”Wafula Strike has backed the campaign after revealing earlier this year how she was forced to wet herself on a CrossCountry train because the accessible toilet was out of order.She said: “I was robbed of my dignity on one of my train journeys.“It made me feel like I should just stay in behind closed doors.“Having access to a toilet is such a basic right and I know I am just one of so many other disabled people who have suffered from this – that’s why I chose to speak out.“I may have an impairment but the barriers society puts in my path are the only things that hold me back.”Other campaign demands are to ensure there are working audio-visual announcements on every train and platform; to allow mobility scooters on every train; to stop staff cuts and provide assistance at every station and on every train; to guarantee “fully accessible trains with working accessible facilities”; and to ensure there is a clear accessibility standard in the rail franchising process.The Department for Transport had not commented on the campaign by noon today (Thursday).But a spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, said: “Rail services are more accessible than ever.“We don’t have a fully accessible rail network yet, but there have been huge improvements as we work to make it as easy as possible for everyone to enjoy travelling with us.“We value the contribution of Transport for All, campaigners and disabled customers to our work and plans to improve services, trains and stations – and their help in securing more funding for more improvements.  “Record numbers of disabled people are travelling by train and the vast majority simply turn up and go, but we know we can do better.“We want to ensure that those who most require assistance get the help they need too.“A European Commission report (2013) rated Britain’s railway the most accessible in Europe, and all trains must be fully accessible by 2020 [which will include audio-visual announcements].”He said that more than half (52 per cent) of stations have step-free access, to and between all platforms, to an “acceptable” level – compared to 44 per cent in 2005.On “turn up and go”, he said: “Customers who haven’t pre-booked assistance will never be turned away.“There may be a wait, but the train company will make the necessary arrangements for the customer.”He added: “Train companies have procedures for providing assistance or alternative arrangements when a station is unstaffed.”And he said that government and Office of Road and Rail policy was that “mobility scooters and wheelchairs must be treated the same.“For safety reasons mobility scooters and wheelchairs are not allowed on board if they are too big for the wheelchair space.“Train companies are in discussion about a possible common policy on mobility scooters.”He said the industry was “always working to improve customer information so that people can make more informed choices”.But Faryal Velmi, TfA’s director, said: “It beggars belief that in 2017 rail companies, despite making handsome profits, are being allowed to treat disabled people in this way.“How many more horrific stories of the shameful treatment disabled people experience on a daily basis need to hit the headlines before the government take action?“It’s time for us to take the fight to the government and the train operating companies and demand that they protect disabled people’s basic right to travel and live their lives like anyone else.“That’s why we’re launching Rail Access Now.”Picture: Transport for All campaigners at a rail access protest in 2015last_img read more

Science Workshop Celebrates 25 Years in the Mission

first_img Tags: Mission High School • science • sfusd Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% For the past 25 years, Mission resident Dan Sudran and his small team of instructors at the Mission Science Workshop have provided underserved students with a safe space outside of the classroom to tinker, explore, and wonder about nature, technology, and science.On Thursday, the workshop celebrated its quarter century anniversary by opening the doors to its auto shop-turned-science-lab to the students, parents, and long-time supporters that have accessed its services over the years. The lab is located inside of Mission High School at 3750 18th St.“The question we ask here is what’s going to inspire somebody to get involved in the sciences and to also be a curious, interested person,” said Mario Landau-Holdsworth. Now an instructor at the workshop, Landau-Holdsworth said that he regularly frequented the science center as a child.“Usually kids find out what they are good at outside of the classroom,” he said. 0%center_img Two Everett Middle School students get friendly with the permanent residents of the Mission Science Workshop. Photo by Laura WaxmannThat includes assembling life-sized animal bone skeletons, a workshop for woodworking, construction projects and full-blown science experiments. The Mission Workshop currently serves 40 public schools in San Francisco and in 2012 expanded to the Excelsior District with a second location and he plans to expand to Salinas. The workshop began in 1991 in Sudran’s garage. The former San Francisco City College electronic’s technician was busy repairing a telescope as curious neighborhood kids trickled in, armed with questions. As he watched many of the children fall in love with science, Sudran found his calling.“I realized how cool it was to explain stuff to kids in my garage,” said Sudran. “That gave me the idea that teaching could be a great way to spend my life.”Sudran said he had a revelation while volunteering as a bilingual Middle School physics teacher in classrooms throughout the city many decades ago. “There were a lot of teachers screaming at kids and it seemed depressing,” said Sudran. He wanted to teach his own way. “It’s not rocket science,” he added.Bones are not just on display, but can be examined and assembled inside of the Mission Science Workshop at 3750 18th St. Photo by Laura WaxmannBut decades later, science education and the type of hands-on learning currently offered at the workshop is not a given at many public schools.Melissa Standen, mother of an Everett Middle School student, said she was surprised to learn that the school offers limited science classes.The workshop, she said, is in many ways “filling the holes” in her son’s education. “But I’m glad it’s here,” she said. “It sparks a sense of curiosity because the kids learn by touching, doing, making a mess.” A continued celebration of the Mission Science Workshop’s 25-year-run in the community will take place on October 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall. Before the event, students will spend the day constructing a 30-foot Gray Whale skeleton in the City Hall rotunda. last_img read more

Mission police arrest two men linked to fatal 19th Street shooting

first_imgA homicide investigation was launched immediately after the shooting, which led investigators to the two suspects, police report. Although the arrests have been made, investigators are asking anyone with information pertaining to the shooting to contact them anonymously at at 415-575-4444 or via text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message. 0% Tags: crash • Homicide • Mission Police Station • police • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal March 17 shooting of 44-year-old Jorge Martinez at 19th and Mission streets.Minutes after 7 p.m. on March 21, San Francisco police officers from Mission Station located and arrested 22-year-old San Francisco residents Jose Mejia-Carrillo and 23-year-old Alexis Cruz-Zepeda near 19th and Church streets.  Both men face murder and conspiracy charges and were booked in county jail.Mejia-Carrillo is also charged with  resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon and mishandling a witness. Both suspects are set to be arraigned on Friday.Martinez, a father and San Bruno resident, had been celebrating his 44th birthday and Beauty Bar at the corner of 19th and Mission streets when he was gunned down on the street half a block toward Capp Street at 12:45 a.m. on March 17.  Police officers who responded to the shooting found Martinez lying on the 19th Street sidewalk and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Martinez was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died of his injuries.last_img read more

Demolition at 22nd and Harrison offers view of proposed SF greenway

first_imgWhen she was told it would be a residential building, she nodded. “This whole part of the Mission used to be industrial, but now it’s all becoming housing. I assume none of it’s affordable?” she asked rhetorically, adding, “I know the politics are complicated.” Patricia Delgado, who was walking home, was happy to see the beginnings of construction. Delgado, who lives at 23rd and Treat, was a customer of Western Plywood. “When Western Plywood was here, I loved them,” she said.  “We got all our stuff from them. But they’re not here now. You can’t stop change.”The flatiron warehouse, built in 1924, was the sole remaining structure from the neighborhood’s past as a small complex of wooden mills and lumber yards around Harrison, 23rd Street and Treat Avenue.The Western Plywood Company was the last tenant in the warehouse.  One of the first was the Special Materials Corporation, which sold plywood, insulation and other building materials in the 1940s. The Ardes Company, a printing company specializing in “super finished book covers and imitation leather products” occupied the warehouse in the mid-fifties. Western Plywood moved into the warehouse in 1971 and was a supplier of lumber as well as a cooperage — a manufacturer of barrels and casks. The owner, Robert D. Woerner, died in 2007, and developer John O’Connor purchased the property in 2013. The demolition of the warehouse is slated to end this week, with construction on the new residential building beginning soon thereafter, according to O’Connor. “We’ll hopefully be finished with demolition this week,” O’Connor said, adding that rain could delay the work. The construction of the development will commence shortly thereafter, “within a week to ten days.” The cost, according to the planning department records, is estimated at $4 million. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address What will rise on the site of the former warehouse is a nearly 40-foot, four-story residential building with 19 dwelling units. A ground-floor space will be leased for production, distribution and repair.  The building will encompass the entirety of the 26,845 square feet, running 178 feet along Harrison. Some neighbors opposed to increased density in the neighborhood sought to have the size of the development scaled back to 65 percent of the lot, leaving 35 percent for open space. There is no open space, in the conventional sense: the development completely fills the property lines. O’Connor is providing what is quickly becoming the preferred open-space alternative: a roof deck. The development backs up to the contested railroad right-of-way, described by San Francisco planning staff as the “de facto mid-block open space” for the neighborhood. The boundary will be marked by a four-story wall.The development on Harrison street — and future developments slated for the area– comes at a time of increased scrutiny on the right-of-way that threads its way through the rear of the Harrison street development. Three new buildings are slated to be built in the next two years; this construction will happen even a neighbors continue to try to transform the parcel — which has no owner, and has paid no taxes for years — from a vacant lot to a public greenway. The Mission Greenway group, which is now meeting weekly, intends to keep pushing the city towards conserving Parcel 36 as a greenway throughout the construction period. The idea of a greenway is supported by the city’s general plan and the Planning Department’s use of standards for establishing the desirability of proposed developments. The proposed Greenway, earlier this week. Standing on the old right-of-way, looking northeast towards 22nd street. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.In general, building developments that provide opportunities for recreation and the enjoyment of open space in the neighborhood and maintain a neighborhood’s “image, sense of purpose and orientation” are viewed favorably, as are “green streets:” corridors that connect open spaces and improve the walkability and ecological sustainability of the neighborhood. The preservation of historic and natural spaces are also noted as critical enhancements to a rapidly densifying area. These planning standards, which were met by O’Connor, will also be used to measure and assess the next development to spring up on the edges of the right-of-way: another trapezoidal parcel, which sits diagonally across from O’Connor’s building on the southwest edge of the right-of-way. Not one, but two 40-foot residential buildings, each with three residential units, will rise from the footprint of a single Italianate-style cottage located at 953 Treat Ave. It will be demolished sometime this year. Craig Stoll, owner of the restaurant Delfina and owner of a house on Treat Avenue, is open to the idea of publicly-accessible green space. In 2015, he wrote in support of the development at 2600 Harrison St., describing the block as “dangerous and crime-ridden at night” and proposed adding ground-level retail space that’s open during the day and night as a deterrent to crime and way to create community. Stoll thinks a greenway could improve the neighborhood, too. “It should definitely be used to benefit the neighborhood in some way or another,” he wrote in an email. “I’m open to green space (or a) park (dog-friendly?) but would welcome other ideas/uses as well. It should be open and visible and well (but nicely) lit.”But some have seen the developments along the parcel’s edge disrupt their working lives and fear the loss of production space. Artists Christine Wolheim and Adam Feibelman have their artist’s studios inside 933 Treat Ave., the green concrete warehouse owned by Earnest Heinzer, one of the claimants to the parcel that residents would like to see turned into a greenway. Although they don’t live there, they fear the changes coming their way as a result of the construction surrounding them. They aren’t sure how they feel about a public greenway. “This is a working commercial building,” said Wolheim, a food and props stylist whose clients include Apple, Campbell and Better Homes and Gardens. “We have businesses here. I use this loading dock almost every day,” Wolheim said, gesturing to a wooden deck behind her. “That’s part of the value of this space.” The artists had a parking lot in between their studios and the lot next door at 953 Treat Ave. that they used for deliveries, but it was “taken away”, according to Wolheim, and is likely to be demolished along with the cottage. She feels “impinged upon” by the construction. Feibelman, a printmaker and fine artist, agreed. He has good reason to worry about displacement: he’s lost five studios in the past five years and feels pessimistic about the possibility of relocating again.“One great thing about the Mission is that there’s always been a little bit of extra space for us,” said Feibelman. “But I don’t know if the idea of the neighborhood is to evict all of the people who have been here the longest. If the city wants to keep people who are a working creative class, then it needs to not just be constantly shoving us around at the whim of people with a ton of money, which are the property owners and the developers and people who own houses in the neighborhood, who feel like they need more of a backyard. and who can all the sudden just throw us out.”  Both Feibleman and Wolheim agree that the development of a greenway might be an unwelcome constraint upon the way they do business. “It would be a substantial shrinking to our ability to work large,” says Feibleman. “Having a loading dock where trucks can come in and drop off material is key to the business.” He feels that property owners are unfairly advantaged. “I like the idea of green space and open space, absolutely. But it looks like it’s going to people who are already advantaged and privileged. The neighborhood association is all wealthy people. And we are not. So we will end up getting the short end of the stick,” he gestured to the weedy lot in front of him, “if this becomes a space where, if we’re out here working, people will come and say “oh, the fumes are really bothering us. It’s guaranteed to happen.” Feibleman, who said he’d be interested in speaking with the Mission Greenway group, commented, “I don’t think any of us are interested in closing down dialogue.” Nonetheless, he feels that it’s “pretty presumptuous for people who don’t live on the block to be coming here and telling us what should be done with this space.”O’Connor, who is currently preoccupied with demolition, has said he would like to speak with other neighboring properties before he forms a firm opinion on the best use of the old right-of-way. Tree Rubenstein, a Mission Greenway member, would welcome that. Rubenstein feels optimistic about the prospects of working with a variety of stakeholders in the neighborhood.  “We’re open to working with anyone on the design,” said Rubenstein. “Developers on both sides of the track should join their neighbors in making this space a benefit for the whole community. That would be the right thing to do.” Photo by Elizabeth Creely.Standing next to the remaining east wall of the Western Plywood Company. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.From the inside looking out. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.Photo by Elizabeth CreelyLooking inside the old office of the Western Plywood building. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.Looking from inside the demolition site towards the intersection of Harrison and 22nd street. Photo by Elizabeth Creely. 0%center_img The demolition of the old warehouse on the corner of Harrison and 22nd streets has temporarily opened up a new vista from Harrison Street to the south. There’s nothing but rubble where the white walls of the warehouse once stood, and the illuminated windows and stairwells of the Telco building at 25th and South Van Ness, which were blocked from view by the warehouse, can be seen glowing in the distance.What was once there. Photo by Elizabeth CreelyThis view will vanish slowly but surely as a 40-foot residential development rises from the ruins of the almost 100-year-old flatiron building. On Monday, as excavators lumbered over the freshly unearthed foundation, some passersby stopped and stared. Jenny Reardon, cycling by in the Harrison Street bike lane, did a double-take and rode back, pulling out her phone to take a photo. When asked if she knew what had been there, she looked puzzled. “I can’t really remember,” she said. She also didn’t know what was taking its place. Tags: development • housing • parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS missed out on returning to the top of the F

first_imgSAINTS missed out on returning to the top of the First Utility Super League table after being beaten 46-18 at Leeds.In a carbon copy of the last time the two sides met the Rhinos ran up a large half time score only for Saints to almost threaten a comeback.This time the Champions had given themselves too much to do though after being down 22-0 at the break.Josh Jones, Jordan Turner and Kyle Amor all crossed as Saints at least made a fight of it but Leeds caught them on the break a number of times to set a marker ahead of their Challenge Cup meeting at the end of the month.Saints made a couple of changes from the side that beat Widnes in the Challenge Cup.Mose Masoe started in place of Alex Walmsley whilst Matty Fleming came in at centre to allow Josh Jones to move to lock.Keiron Cunningham had talked all through the week about his charges needing to start strong.So he wouldn’t have expected Saints to knock on right from the kick off.Kyle Amor was the culprit but a big tackle from Mose Masoe won the ball back with Leeds on the attack.Saints lost it again on their next set and again had to be sharp in defence to quell the danger.Both sides were guilty of butter fingers but on Saints’ next set they were finally punished for an error.It was lost in Leeds’ territory, returned with interest by Paul Aiton and Kallum Watkins scored in the corner.Sinfield goaled and then on 11 minutes Saints lost the ball again and Kylie Leuluai ploughed over.And it got worse as Saints hoofed the restart out on the full and Leeds duly added their third try in 15 minutes through Ryan Hall.Shellshocked, Saints sent on Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Alex Walmsley to steady the ship.They completed back to back sets for the first time in the match and then forced a drop out.Saints were having a good little spell but after forcing Leeds on the back foot they failed to deal with a high ball and it took a wonder tackle by Adam Swift to keep the scoreline down.James Roby was then denied a try by the video referee after he spotted a knock on in the build up.It was a better spell from Saints but they’d given themselves a mountain to climb after a poor opening 20 minutes.And at the back end of the first half, Ash Handley took advantage of some fortuitous bounces to increase the pain further.Down 22-0 at half time Saints needed to score first and quickly.And they did just that as Matty Fleming out jumped Ryan Hall to pat a high ball back to Josh Jones.Mark Percival converting.Saints continued to press and were handed another lifeline when Zak Hardaker was given 10 minutes for upending Travis Burns.The stand off was on a mazy run but was unceremoniously dumped on his neck by the full back.The visitors should have pressed home their numerical advantage but a drop out saw them on the back foot and Carl Ablett catching them on an edge.Ash Handley then made the situation worse when he polished off a breathtaking move.Saints hit back immediately as Leeds fumbled the restart through Jordan Turner and then with 15 to go Kyle Amor got on the end of Roby’s kick.But Handley’s hat-trick try and Hall’s second dashed any hopes of a comeback.Match Summary:Rhinos:Tries: Watkins, Leuluai, Hall (2), Handley (3), AblettGoals: Sinfield (7 from 9)Saints:Tries: Jones, Turner, AmorGoals: Percival (3 from 3)Penalties:Rhinos: 7Saints: 5HT: 0-22FT: 18-46REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 18,514Teams:Rhinos:1. Zak Hardaker; 27. Ash Handley, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 6. Danny McGuire; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Jamie Peacock, 14. Stevie Ward, 20. Jimmy Keinhorst, 12. Carl Ablett.Subs: 7. Rob Burrow, 15. Brett Delaney, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 30. Mitch Garbutt.Saints:17. Mark Percival; 22. Matty Dawson, 30. Matty Fleming, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 21. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 25. Andre Savelio.last_img read more


first_imgDom Peyroux got us off to a flyer, before Fouad Yaha levelled the game up. Tommy Makinson put us back in front with a trademark finish, but Sam Tomkins sent the sides in level at the break. Saints dominated much of the second half, but a Tomkins penalty and a late Tony Gigot try won the game for the Dragons.Mark Percival, James Roby, Alex Walmsley and Zeb Taia all returned to Justin Holbrook’s side, whilst Danny Richardson started in place of the injured Theo Fages and Jack Welsby retained his place as Jonny Lomax was forced to miss the game through illness.Despite the awful conditions over in the south of France, Saints started strongly. After just our second set, an accurate kick through from  Richardson allowed Peyroux to get to the ball first and give Saints the perfect start inside three minutes. Coote added the extras giving us a 6-0 lead.Catalans came right back at Saints though and levelled within minutes after a delicate kick through from Tomkins found Yaha in the corner. Tomkins converted from wide levelling the scores at 6-6 with just eight minutes played.A tight 15 minutes followed with both teams defence on top before Saints managed to break the Catalans line with great handling on the right edge and Coote provided the cut-out pass to Makinson for him to score with a spectacular finish in the corner. We lead 6-10 with 25 minutes played.Catalans were over again in the corner minutes later though this time through Tomkins, after a high ball was knocked backwards by Yaha and the former Wiganer picked up to score making the score 10-10 at half time. The full-back did have the chance to extend the hosts lead, but his penalty struck the post.In the opening minutes of the second half Catalans were awarded a penalty in front of the posts and this time Tomkins did give them a slender lead of 12-10.Saints pressed the Dragons line for the most of the last 30 minutes, but the French outfit, to their credit, stood firm.And they hit us with the sucker punch late on as Gigot latched onto a neat kick through from Lucas Albert securing Catalans an 18-10 win.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Peyroux (3), Makinson (25).Goals: Coote (1 from 2)Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jack Welsby, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Kyle Amor, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth.Catalans Dragons:Tries: Yaha (7), Tomkins (34), Gigot (75).Goals: Tomkins (2 from 3)Penalties: Tomkins (1 from 2)Starting 13: Sam Tomkins, Fouad Yaha, Samisoni Langi, Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Tony Gigot, Matty Smith, Julian Bousquet, Alrix Da Costa,  Sam Moa, Benjamin Jullien,  Matt Whitley, Remi Casty.Interchanges: Greg Bird, Mickael Goudemand, Lucas Albert, Sam Kasiano.HT: 10-10 FT: 18-10REF: R. HicksATT: 8783last_img read more

Brunswick Co woman speaking to Congress will discuss PFAS chemicals

first_img Clean Cape Fear was upset when the Brunswick County manager and school board rejected their proposal for a $200,000 clean water initiative.Donovan says their main goal is to educate the public. The organization has organized community forums, attended DEQ meetings in Fayetteville, met with the EPA and state legislature.But Donovan says the biggest challenge is getting everyone to participate.Related Article: NHRMC lifts flu visitation restrictions“It never should be a partisan issue and unfortunately we noticed last year in North Carolina at the state level it became a highly partisan issue, which was bizarre to us because these chemicals don’t distinguish between political party,” Donovan said.Her main goal is to stress how this issue is affecting families, especially children. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Emily Donovan is headed to Congress to speak at the first Congressional hearing on PFAS chemicals scheduled for Thursday.Donovan is a founding member of Clean Cape Fear, an organization that actively advocates for clean drinking water throughout the region.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Resident says Florence damage is severely affecting her health

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Residents are still battling with damage from Hurricane Florence. One Creekwood resident says the damage is so bad, her health gets worse every day.Jennifer Campbell been fighting with the Wilmington Housing Authority to make repairs.- Advertisement – “To me, it’s ridiculous,” said Jennifer Campbell.Campbell says she has reached her breaking point.Campbell says Hurricane Florence caused water damage inside her Creekwood home and it led to mold. A hazard she says is now affecting her health.Related Article: Pender Co. declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Michael“The smell in here is awful. This is something we have to inhale everyday, and its been going on for three months. Sometimes my chest will hurt or I can get up in the morning and maybe be in here for about 10 minutes and my head starts hurting,” said Campbell.Campbell says the leak began behind her washer and dryer. Campbell says it took two months to get a contractor out.Now she is left with an open wall and the mold covering parts of her home.“I’ve gone up there physically so many times. I’ve called them. Half of the time, they don’t answer the phone. I leave messages. They don’t call back. I can’t even count on my fingers the amount of times I’ve complained. The amount of times I’ve tried to be patient,” said Campbell.Katrina Redmon with the Wilmington Housing Authority says they have been helping everyone who has reached out.“Everything is dried in. So the stopping of further damage or leaks and stuff, that was done way back in September,” said Katrina Redmon.Campbell says she has not been able to get anyone at the WHA to listen though. She has already started packing up her home.“I have to take precautions of my own. I have to just move because it’s not healthy for me.”Campbell worries that if she stays here, she is putting her life at risk.Redmon says Campbell should give them another call. Redmon says they have teams still working on rebuilding and taking care of damage from Florence.last_img read more

Lobster truck to open restaurant in Boiling Spring Lakes

first_img A restaurant at the North Shore Plaza on N.C. 87, formerly the Bouncing Log Cafe, will open under the same name as the truck: Joe Loves Lobster Rolls.Customers can expect fried calamari, an authentic South Philly cheesesteak, lobster tacos, a lobster Reuben, lobster over mixed organic greens, lobster macaroni and cheese and more. Wild game dishes will include venison, wild boar, fried alligator, elk, and a number of soups and stews.Read more here. Tony Herndon, owner of Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, shows off one of his classic rolls. (Photo: Ashley Morris/StarNews) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — Popular food truck Joe Loves Lobster Rolls will get a brick-and-mortar location this spring in addition to the truck operation.Owner Tony Herndon said the new restaurant will in Boiling Spring Lakes will serve an expanded menu from the truck’s lobster rolls, soups and lobster grilled cheese.- Advertisement – last_img read more