Jeremy Corbyn has written to Tory and DUP MPs aski

first_imgJeremy Corbyn has written to Tory and DUP MPs asking them to back Labour’s Brexit amendment, which sets out five demands including permanent customs union membership. It will be voted on by the Commons tonight.Below is the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to Tory and DUP MPs.Dear Member,There is now only one month until the UK is due to leave the European Union on 29th March.In recent weeks I’ve been speaking to businesses, industry organisations and trade unions to get their views on the way forward. It is their overwhelming view that we need a new comprehensive customs union and close alignment with the single market.We have all been worried about the job losses announced in recent weeks, the unprecedented concerns expressed by industry and the hard data that shows our manufacturing sector is now deep in recession.Labour respects the result of the 2016 referendum, but we believe in getting the terms of our exit right. That’s why we are convinced our alternative plan can provide security for all our futures.Last week, I travelled with frontbench colleagues to Europe to meet EU officials and leaders to discuss the crisis and explain Labour’s proposals. We left with no doubt that our proposals are credible, workable and could be negotiated.Today we will ask Parliament to vote on those proposals that support the demands of industry and working people – and that are clearly capable of providing a resolution that can bring the country together. I set out our amendment below:That this House instructs Ministers:(a) to negotiate with the EU for changes to the Political Declaration to secure:(i) a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU;(ii) close alignment with the single market underpinned by shared institutions and obligations;(iii) dynamic alignment on rights and protections;(iv) commitments on participation in EU agencies and funding programmes, including in areas such as the environment, education, and industrial regulation; and(v) unambiguous agreement on the detail of future security arrangements, including access to the European Arrest Warrant and vital shared databases;(b) to introduce primary legislation to give statutory effect to this negotiating mandate;I very much hope you will consider backing our amendment – which respects the result of the 2016 referendum, and one which safeguards jobs, investment and industry in this country.Indeed, as already noted by a senior Tory MP, yesterday’s statement by the Prime Minister enabled “MPs to forge cross-party consensus on a new way forward.”If you would like to discuss our alternative plan further, a member of my team would be happy to talk to you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with my office.Yours sincerely,Jeremy Corbyn MPLeader of the Labour PartyTags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

Blondies Bar Owner Remembers 25 Years Of Change

first_img 0% “She was like, ‘Hey, I just bought a bar and named it after you. You’re gonna run it,’” DeWald remembers.When she arrived, she balked. Her reaction to the dark watering hole, which had been a bar under various owners since 1937, was refusal.“Absolutely not. No. There is no way,” she remembers saying.But there was. Though she was flung in the deep end, learning how to run a bar by trial and error at 21, the fact that Cornell owned the building helped see the bar through its first two years, during which there was virtually no business.Meanwhile, Cornell let in the light, opening the front facade and installing long windows — a move that also allowed bartenders to monitor and discourage illicit activity out front.Years later, DeWald convinced her mother to replace a brass tubing frame and a few short cocktail tables in the front with the narrow wooden bar in place today. The ceiling-mounted brass glass-rack and neon light accents on the interior, however, stayed — at Cornell’s behest. “She likes it, because she’s stuck in 1988,” DeWald teased.The décor and the vibe still attract customers, despite their alleged retro style.Three patrons at the windows looking onto Valencia Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez“It has a nice feel, it’s got the Cheers vibe going on,” said Tiffany Whipps, sipping on a glass of wine with a friend in the late afternoon. They, like several other patrons in the bar that day, were there because it was open — hours are from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. every other day.“Every other place is closed despite their posted open hours,” said Ben Martinek, enjoying a beer on the mini patio out front. He pointed out the Mexican restaurant next door, the pizza joint across the street, a gastropub…all closed.More compellingly, Blondie’s developed a reputation: Stiff drinks for a reasonable price (16-ounce martinis, served in a martini glass and the rest on the side in a water glass, cost about $14).“It’s the best value in the city, and it’s a really good martini,” said Christian Dial. She and her friend Emily Desire agreed: “You only need one of these and you’re done.”After its rough start, business picked up. DeWald remembers being constantly approached by strangers on the street who would greet her by name and ask her questions about her family and her personal life while she struggled to remember where she knew them from. Eventually, it clicked: Most were regulars from the bar, where she worked seven days a week. To help differentiate between bar regulars and other acquaintances, she limited herself to her nickname, “Blondie,” during work hours. While that helped her figure out where people approaching her on the street knew her from, it had its own minor consequences.One day, a young couple walked in, wide-eyed and awestruck.“Is it true? This place is owned by Blondie?” they wanted to know.Bewildered, DeWald confirmed, only to have the couple congratulate her on an excellent show.  It soon became clear they had mistaken her for the musician Debbie Harry, also known as Blondie.In the mid-nineties, DeWald started having live music several nights a week, which brought in more clientele — often a cleaner-cut crowd with steady employment, she says.Somewhere in that time, she remembers a newspaper review of her bar naming it, to her great chagrin, “the Marina outpost in the Mission.”“I’ve been here since 1988, you probably just moved here… And you’re going to call me a poser?” she wanted to know.Still, the bar’s feel has changed a little since its early days. A 90-inch TV now graces its rear corner and slippery black linoleum floors have been replaced by smooth, dark wood. “Blondie” no longer dances on the bar (fully clothed, by the way), or invites others to join her as she throws tee shirts with the bar’s logo and sassy slogans to the crowd.Back in the day, the area “felt more like a neighborhood, instead of a destination,” she says.On modern weeknights, there are still a few regulars: the gay couple that comes to Blondie’s to escape the Castro, a young Latino man whom DeWald watched grow up in the area, even the now grown children of some of last generation’s regulars.“It’s a neighborhood kind of establishment,” said Whipps, who has enjoyed on a few occasions both weeknights and early evening visits to the bar.One early evening visitor who wanted to be named only as Marilee was drawn to the bar in part because it was open early (she had planned to be next door at Puerto Alegre at that time but found it closed) and because she could hear her companion, but in part also because of the distinct absence of a crowd of loud young tech workers.Martinek, another guest, said the crowd on weekend nights tends to be louder and “gets a little ragey.”The concern about rude young newcomers is widespread. Though she acknowledges the exceptions, DeWald says, “Millennials don’t have much respect for their surroundings.”Example? A young man, part of a group celebrating some kind of business success (DeWald suspected it was the acquisition of their tech startup), walked behind the bar with a fistful of cash. He tossed it in the air and let it fall to the floor, announced he was “making it rain,” and demanded a drink.“The crackheads, the prostitutes, et cetera, that I don’t miss,” De Wald said. “but the entitlement of the people moving here is equally as ugly.”She wasn’t sure if the man was thrown out of the bar, but she does recall that he was persuaded to pick up his bar-floor-residue soaked money.“People who live in the city have a certain amount of respect for the city,” DeWald said. Still, only one kind of person is unwelcome in the bar: “It’s the people that don’t give a shit that I don’t wanna see.”To everyone else, Blondie’s still serves its “bathtub sized” 16-ounce martinis, seven nights a week. When Nicole DeWald, nicknamed “Blondie,” first visited the bar that would later be known by her moniker, she was afraid to step foot on Valencia Street.Along with prostitutes and drug addicts, “I was dodging garbage bags being thrown out of the second and third story windows,” she remembers.The facade of the building consisted entirely of black brick. The one peephole-like window was painted black too. She wasn’t exactly there by choice — she had been “flailing” in her college studies of drama and music when she was summoned by her mother, Ricci Cornell.Cornell, a petite woman with a sonorous voice and a no-bullshit attitude who disappeared into the dark back of the bar as I sat down with DeWald, sensed her daughter had other talents. She made a phone call in 1990.center_img Tags: night life • San Francisco • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

THE Saints Academy registered their first win of t

first_imgTHE Saints Academy registered their first win of the season in emphatic style against the old enemy at a sun drenched Close Street on Saturday writes Graham Henthorne.Nine tries to eight different scorers emphasised their dominance over the more experienced visitors as they secured a 44-10 victory.The visitors pack had all played at a higher level whilst the Saints had three making their full debuts. But this proved even more of a challenge to those in the red vee and all rose to the occasion.The Saints were 10 points to the good in even time as first Mark Percival and then Ste Yates crossed the whitewash. Percival used his pace on the outside to good effect finishing a cross field move with style before Yates took advantage of quick hands to touch down.The visitors couldn’t live with the Saints. Josh Jones showed why he is a prospect for the future with the first of his brace using good evasive skill to bamboozle the defence.Joe Greenwood continues to impress every game he plays with his strong running and he was rewarded with the fourth try stretching over to score after hitting the gap.Jones scored his second and the Saints fifth, finishing a great move, to give the Saints a 24 point lead at the break.The coaching staff were at pains to point out that last week’s second half cost the Academy the win and to not let that happen this time and that is exactly what the players did.Danny Yates extended the lead with a great show and go before the visitors saved their blushes with two tries. But the important thing was how the Academy reacted to these scores and the response was perfect. Go down the other end and score.Lewis Foster, again increasing the momentum at dummy half off the bench, darted over for a well deserved try before we were treated to pure Saints for the final two scores.Corey Lee marked his debut on his home turf with a try finishing a length of the field move before James Hill did exactly the same for the final score as the Samba Saints came out of hiding.Last week I called for the Academy to be more patient and build pressure before delivering the coup de grace. This week the Academy did exactly as was asked of them showing the maturity that can take this team far.The Portico contingent were prominent as usual, Foster, Tilley and Ashurst showing aggression and confidence in abundance. Joe Bate as usual led from the front. The visitors were terrorised every time the centre pairing of Percival and Jones went anywhere near them but the strings were most emphatically pulled by Danny Yates.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Mark Percival, Ste Yates, Josh Jones (2), Joe Greenwood, Danny Yates, Lewis Foster, Corey Lee, James Hill.Goals: Danny Yates 4.Wigan:Tries: Chris Taylor, Martin Crowe.Goals: Martin Crowe.HT: 24-0FT: 44-10Teams: Saints:1. Corey Lee, 2. Ste Yates, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. James Hill, 6. Dom Speakman, 7. Danny Yates, 8. Joe Bate (pictured), 9. Marcus Baines, 10. Brad Ashurst, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer.Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. James Tilley, 16. Jordan O’Neill, 17. Chris Webster.Wigan: 1. Tom Hurst, 2. Martin Crowe, 3. Shae Lyon-Fraser, 4. Andy White, 5. Danny Parkinson, 6. Chris Taylor, 7. Liam Fishwick, 8. Greg Burke, 9. Liam Carberry, 10. Lewis Jackson, 11. Martin Crowe, 12. Josh O’Donnell, 13. Danny Bridge.Subs: 14. Jacob Almond, 15. Harry Norton, 16. Joe Bullock, 17. Craig Blakeley.last_img read more

SIMPLY be a Member for the 2017 season and you hav

first_imgSIMPLY be a Member for the 2017 season and you have a chance at winning a trip of a lifetime for you and a friend to watch a 2017 State of Origin series game!This includes flights, accommodation and tickets!John Hill won this great prize in 2016 and you can hear his thoughts of the trip here.The winner will be drawn at the first home game of 2017 on February 9. (T&C’s apply)Origin is probably the most intense sporting contest in the world – and you could be there on us.Just simply become a 2017 Member and you’re in the hat!To find out more and to be in that number visit, call 01744 455 052 or pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img

UPDATE 911 system restored in Bladenboro area

first_img According to a release from Bladen County Emergency Services, residents were told to call the Bladen County 911 Center at (910) 862-8141 to report any emergency.Technicians from Century Link worked to fix the issue. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — 911 services have been restored in the Bladenboro area. You can dial “911” for emergencies again.Residents in and around Bladenboro were temporarily not able to make 911 calls Thursday morning.- Advertisement – last_img

Two men charged with hurting dog that had to be put down

first_img The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says on December 29, 2017, Miller and Joshua Ryan White brought their dog Charlie, a Tennessee Hound, which they adopted from the county animal shelter, to New Hanover County Animal Services and surrendered ownership because Charlie had some sort of hip or rear leg injury.Deputies say during the intake assessment, Charlie was unable to stand on his rear legs. X-rays were taken and revealed that both femurs were broken in half just above the knee joints and the femoral head and the ligaments were torn away from the left hip. Charlie had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.After investigating, the sheriff’s office charged Miller with felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty for being directly responsible for the injuries Charlie sustained.Charlie (Photo: NHSO)Related Article: Sheriff McMahon awarded Sheriff of the YearDuring Miller’s court appearance this afternoon a prosecutor said Miller told animal services he was angry with Charlie for pooping on the floor and he did not know how hard he hit the puppy.The assistant district attorney said Miller had days to get Charlie the help he needed but did not. She asked the judge to raise Miller’s bond from $800 that he already posted to $10,000.The judge raised it to $5,000 which Miller posted as well.As for White, he was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for failure to get medical care for Charlie within a reasonable amount of time. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man accused of hurting a puppy so badly it had to be put down was in court Tuesday afternoon.Keaton Alexander Messina Miller faces charges of felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WFD Crews respond to two structure fires

first_img The other fire was at 6329 Head Road. There was no one home at Head Road but firefighters did rescue one dog from the building. The fire was in the kitchen but WFD contained it there. An investigation is still going on. Fire on Sumter Avenue on April 21, 2017. (Photo: Wilmington Fire Department) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire Department crews responded to two structure fires Saturday night in New Hanover County.One fire was at 336 Sumter Avenue in a duplex and both units had a lot of damage. No injuries were reported.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington Railroad Museum kicks off annual Polar Express reading

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another holiday tradition is the annual reading of the Polar Express for children at Wilmington’s Railroad Museum.Visit with Santa, see the magical holiday decorations and hear the famed “Polar Express” read by personalities from WWAY.- Advertisement – Tickets are now available for shows every weekend starting December 8.Showtimes are 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.Afterwards, enjoy time with Santa and enjoy some hot chocolate.last_img

Chadbourn duo accused of beating woman dog with baseball bat during home

first_imgNathaniel Keith McPherson and Tamagea Jaligah Shaunt Gilliam (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman and a dog were injured during a home invasion Tuesday night in Chadbourn.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says it happened in the 5000 block of Andrew Jackson Highway, just before midnight.- Advertisement – A 61-year-old man and 63-year-old female were in the home when two people wearing hoodies and covering their faces forced their way into the home.The woman was allegedly hit in the head with a baseball bat. The suspects are also accused of beating a three-legged dog in the head with the bat. Both were injured.The man in the home was able to fight off the suspects by spraying them with a fire extinguisher.Related Article: Asheville reaches settlement in police beating caseThe suspect took off.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nathaniel Keith McPherson, 21, and Tamagea Jaligah Shaunt Gilliam, 17. Both suspects also live on Andrew Jackson Highway.Charges include cruelty to animals, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and burglary.They are being held under a $105,000 secured bond.last_img read more

Photos Cocaine abusers have surpassed heroin abusers – OASI

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> 1 of 9 OASI Foundation Chief Executive Noel Xerri said that during 2018 the increase in cocaine abuse surpassed that of heroin abuse, and that there was an increase in number of persons in need of professional help to deal with cannabis addiction.Xerri said this in his speech on the 28th anniversary from the creation of the foundation. He added that the foundation has dealt with over 400 individuals of which 248 cases that sought OASI’s therapy and rehabilitation services.He also stressed that it is very harmful that many are those that think that using drugs recreationally is not damaging, and added that collaboration by all those able to support is important.During the celebration, John Magro who a member of the Board of Directors thanked Xerri and his tea. He also thanked Fr Emanuel Cordina for his good work and presented OASI Awards to Ferdinand Fenech, Marisa Warwick and Marisa Scicluna for their dedication and hard workA mass was also celebrated by Fr Joseph Bajada which was also attended by Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Shadow Minister Chris Said.last_img read more