Local authorities in England are refusing to use their own suicide prevention plans to highlight “shocking” figures that show claimants of out-of-work disability benefits are at a hugely-increased risk of attempting to take their own lives.The figures, published in September 2016 by NHS Digital, show that more than 43 per cent of claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) had said (when asked in 2014) that they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.The Department of Health has already refused to explain why it fails to mention these figures or to highlight ESA claimants as a high-risk group in the latest version of its suicide prevention strategy for England.In that publication, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he wanted to strengthen the national strategy through “better targeting of suicide prevention and help seeking in high risk groups” and by “improving data at national and local level and how this data is used to help take action and target efforts more accurately”.This week, Disability News Service (DNS) has tried to discover if the department – renamed the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) as part of this week’s ministerial reshuffle – has alerted local agencies to the figures.It has found no evidence yet that DHSC has made any attempt to highlight the information with local areas or to advise them to include ESA claimants as a high-risk group in their suicide prevention plans.DNS has contacted six English local authorities to ask them if they were aware that ESA claimants were at such high risk of attempting suicide; if so, whether DHSC had told them about the figures; and whether they believed the information should be highlighted in their own plans, if it was not already.Only one of the six local suicide prevention plans* – for Brighton and Hove – currently even mentions the ESA figures.The other five – covering the London boroughs of Camden and Islington; Southampton; Shropshire; Gateshead; and Kent – make no mention of the figures and fail to warn that ESA claimants are at such high risk of attempting to take their own lives.Only one of these five, Gateshead City Council, has promised to look again at its suicide prevention plan and consider amending it to include the information about ESA claimants, after being contacted by DNS this week.Tory-run Kent County Council said it was “not aware of any national or local figures specifically around ESA claimants” and confirmed that the information had not been passed to the local authority by DHSC.A spokeswoman for the council said: “If more data becomes available on ESA claimants in Kent then we will certainly review it.”But she refused to confirm that this meant that – because they are national statistics – it would not highlight the NHS Digital figures when its suicide prevention steering group reviews its plan.Labour-run Southampton City Council refused to answer questions about the statistics, with a spokesman claiming that council officers “do not have the ESA figures on hand”, even though they were emailed to him by DNS.Conservative-run Shropshire Council said it was “not aware of any additional information being provided by [DHSC]”, although it said the NHS Digital report was “publicly available information”.A spokeswoman refused to say if the council was aware that ESA claimants were at such high risk of attempted suicide and said only that it was “aware that those at higher risk of self-harm and suicide include those who are vulnerable due to economic circumstance and those with chronic illness”.Asked if it would now include the ESA information in its suicide prevention plan, the spokeswoman said the council “will include any additional information should it become available”.She said the strategy would be updated so that it is “explicit about what is meant by ‘vulnerable groups’ so that it is clear that includes people claiming ESA”.But she refused to say if the council would ensure that its strategy would make it clear that ESA claimants are at particularly high risk.A spokeswoman for Labour-run Gateshead council said that relevant documents – including the NHS Digital report – “are published nationally with the expectation that local authorities become aware of them through their information networks”.Gateshead’s strategy was last reviewed in August 2016, a month before the DHSC figures were first published.The council spokeswoman said Gateshead’s plan was “due for review” and the information from the NHS Digital report would now “be reviewed as part of this process and the partnership will decide whether more specific preventative activity would be both suitable and effective for this group”.Labour-led Brighton and Hove City Council has so far refused to answer questions about ESA claimants, although a spokeswoman said: “Deprivation in all its forms – unemployment, insecure housing, debt, etc – are all identifiable risks in our local reviews of coroner’s records and we specifically target more deprived areas in our commissioning and action plans.”Labour-run Islington council had failed to comment by noon today (Thursday).*The plans are prepared by partnerships of local agencies, including local authoritiesSamaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.orgPictured: The Department of Health’s Whitehall offices
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… A disabled shadow minister told activists she was on the verge of tears after House of Commons authorities provided them with an inaccessible meeting room for an event being held to celebrate the UN’s international day of disabled people.Marsha de Cordova (pictured, speaking) is to write to the Commons speaker to raise her concerns about access problems at Monday’s event, which she was hosting and was organised by the TUC disabled workers’ committee, Unite the union and Disabled People Against Cuts.The day after the event, parliament was congratulated by the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, for being “Disability Confident”, under the government’s discredited disability employment scheme, which her press office said was “a sign of its commitment to being inclusive and open to all”.As well as problems with microphones, and fixed furniture which made it difficult for disabled people to move around the Commons committee room, wheelchair-users who were due to address the meeting on Monday were unable to reach the platform.Most of the main speakers, including the chair, Sean McGovern, were forced to speak from a small, cramped space in front of the platform or from other parts of the room, while one wheelchair-user ended up having to speak into a microphone with her back to the meeting because of the lack of space.The meeting had originally been scheduled to take place in an accessible room in the more modern Portcullis House but had to be moved to make way for a select committee meeting.De Cordova told them she had been assured by the parliamentary authorities “that there would be no access issues” with the replacement room.She said: “I wanted to make sure that everyone’s experience, including my experience, was smooth and it was a positive experience so accept my apologies that on this UN day of the rights of disabled people, parliament is still getting it wrong.”She said the failure was “unacceptable” and added: “I feel like I want to cry, I am so flipping angry at what they have done.”McGovern, co-chair of the disabled workers’ committee, said after the meeting that he was “not at all happy” with the access arrangements, particularly as the meeting had taken place on the UN international day of disabled people, and he added: “Parliament isn’t fit for our needs.”A House of Commons spokesman said: “We are very sorry to hear about the problems which Ms de Cordova and attendees at her event experienced when visiting parliament.“As part of parliament’s core democratic function, select committee business takes precedence over other events which occasionally [results] in private bookings being moved at short notice.“On this occasion, the specific requirements were clearly not taken into consideration and this was unacceptable. Action will be taken to ensure that it does not happen again.”He said the House of Commons and the Parliamentary Digital Service had both signed up to Disability Confident, while the House of Commons worked with the Business Disability Forum and had appointed a workplace adjustment advisor “to be a designated point of contact for members and their staff throughout their time in parliament”.In February, a disabled peer told the House of Lords that plans for a major “restoration and renewal” of the Houses of Parliament must ensure a “step change” in the provision of disability access in a building that could be “extremely unwelcoming” to disabled people.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats, said the newly-restored palace would have “failed” if it was not “truly accessible” to all disabled people.She said that the building itself – and a “wider, unconscious cultural attitude” – could make the Houses of Parliament “extremely unwelcoming to disabled parliamentarians, staff and visitors”.Picture by Ann Galpin
Below is the full text of the letter to Jeremy Corbyn signed by 26 Labour MPs. It rejects the idea of another referendum and urges the party to back a Brexit deal.Dear Jeremy,We write to you and the Shadow Cabinet in the aftermath of the local elections, the European elections and the Peterborough by-election.In 2017, Labour MPs were elected representing both strongly Leave-voting and strongly Remain-voting constituencies. Our Party campaigned on a pledge to respect the outcome of the 2016 referendum and negotiate Brexit. We still believe only this stance gives us the credibility to speak for the whole nation, not the 48% or the 52%.Our Party was devastated in the local elections in longstanding Labour-held councils. The strength of the Brexit Party in Labour heartland areas in the European elections revealed a much more potent threat than either the Liberals or Greens present.The Peterborough by-election result, with Labour’s vote share down 17%, and the Brexit Party coming so close, gives a stark warning of what could happen in Tory-Labour marginals, the majority of which are Leave seats. Labour’s briefing note to Peterborough canvassers sought to assure voters that Brexit will not be stopped. In relation to the Brexit Party candidate it said: “Once Brest has happened, he won’t have any of the answers…” We agree. But we also agree that Brexit must happen. The UK must leave, and do so without further undue delay.A commitment to a second referendum would be toxic to our bedrock Labour voters, driving a wedge between them and our Party, jeopardising our role as a party of the whole nation, and giving the populist right an even greater platform in our heartlands.Labour has a vital role to play fighting for a Brexit for the many, not the few. But this is a battle best fought in stage two, after the UK has left.Rejecting any Brexit in the hope of securing a perfect deal risks the worst outcome – a No Deal Brexit. This would further alienate many who backed Labour in 2017.We urge the Party to put the national interest first, to back a deal before 31 October.With regardsSir Kevin BarronJon CruddasSarah ChampionGloria de PieroJulie CooperJim FitzpatrickRosie CooperCaroline FlintYvonne FovargueGrahame MorrisMary GlindonLisa NandyMike HillMelanie OnnDan JarvisStephanie PeacockStephen KinnockJo PlattEmma Lewell BuckDennis SkinnerJustin MaddersLaura SmithJohn MannGareth SnellJim McMahonRuth SmeethTags:Labour /Brexit /no deal /Public vote /
0% The group of activists spent a night in jail and were each charged with three misdemeanors for the action. They spent a total of 14 hours in harnesses, dangling from the crane in an act of civil disobedience.“There’s a lot of messaging coming out from this Administration and in past few days, every executive order that has been signed [has] been pushing us backwards as far as the work that has been done in social and environmental justice,” Pili Hernandez said in a phone conversation today. At about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the activists decided to descend the crane, but only after listening to Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” said Pili Hernandez, who said the group had been fully aware that they would face police once they reached solid ground.Pili Hernandez and Topakian spent 18 hours in jail before being processed and released. Before the action, they arrived in the nation’s capital to witness Trump’s January 20 inauguration and to participate in the Women’s March held the following day that drew some 500,000 people. Topakian said their message was directed at “people who are feeling hopeless and in despair because of this administration,” as well as to the president “to say that we will resist what you are doing and fight back on things we think are going in the wrong direction.” Tags: protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission activists Nancy Pili Hernandez and Karen Topakian were released from jail on Thursday after being arrested and charged for climbing a construction crane in the nation’s capital to protest President Donald Trump. “As cold or uncomfortable as it might have been, those things are unimportant when it comes to the risk that democracy is facing,” Topakian said in a phone conversation on Friday. “Being cold for a few hours is a very small price to pay.”Pili Hernandez, a Mission youth advocate and muralist, and Topakian, a Mission resident and chair of the environmental group Greenpeace, were among seven activists who on Wednesday morning climbed a crane to hoist a 75-foot banner that read “Resist” in plain view of the White House.Their peaceful protest came at the end of Trump’s first week in office, during which he signed a slew of executive orders that among other things would restart two controversial pipeline project, threaten environmental policy, rollback healthcare and boost deportations.
That was all the Bears needed.The boy’s team has been on a tear since their victory against private St. Ignatius High School. Last weekend they achieved another victory against Vanden High School, securing their regional championship.“The boys played for each other. They just kept coming back, they just never gave up,” said Gordon.The Bears in action. Photo by Bruce HallmanSpectator Bruce Hallman characterized the win as the culmination of a 13-year effort to build the team as well as the greater student body. He applauded the school’s principal for procuring three buses to transport an enthusiastic bunch of Mission High students to cheer on the team, which he speculated probably helped propel them to their victory.Specific effort, he wrote, has been “focused on the intangible benefits which flow from a sense of pride and belief that great things are within reach.”The Sacramento game was new territory, but familiar faces abounded. Gordon said Mission High students and alumni packed gymnasium. She even met one student who had graduated from Mission High in 1932. The arena was also a professional one, a new experience for Mission High.“So the kids had to adjust to the lighting and the spacial experience of it,” Gordon said. “And Mission adjusted.”“I don’t think the history part has sunk in for them,” Mission High coach Arnold Zelaya told the Examiner. “It will at some point, just like all of the lessons we teach high school kids. They might not understand it now, but this is a forever thing.”The Mission High School boys basketball team in action. Photo by Bruce Hallman The Mission High School boys basketball team made history on Friday night becoming the first San Francisco public school to win a state title. The 82-75 overtime win in Sacramento against Villa Park High School made the Mission High School Bears the statewide Division 3 champions.“Oh my god,” said spectator Kathryn Gordon, whose son is a former team coach. “It was intense, it was epic.”The team made an overtime comeback after their rivals nearly reversed the lead they had built up. But once in overtime, as Mission Bears player Niamey Harris told the San Francisco Examiner, “they still had to deal with us for four more minutes.” Tags: Events • Mission High School • sports Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%
In its layout, aesthetic and on-site services, the new housing complex planned for 16th and Folsom streets will be geared emphatically toward housing families.Up until 2008, the site operated as the shipping warehouse for a large-scale bakery.Representatives for the developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, as well as the architect and landscaper, told a group of neighbors Wednesday night that their plan for the space includes a daycare center, a high concentration of multi-bedroom units, and small, awning-covered windows meant to emphasize that the new building will be primarily living space.The proposal is for a 143-unit, eight-story building with housing on top of commercial space. More than half of the housing units will be two or more bedrooms, meant to accommodate families. On the ground floor, 5,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to a daycare center for children up to five years old, which will also have an attached outdoor play area. Gardens are planned for upstairs mezzanines as well as the roof, and almost the entire roof is covered either by green space or by solar panels. The estimated rents are meant to be affordable to low-income families, with a two-bedroom unit expected to rent for about $1,560 and a three-bedroom expected to cost about $1,730 a month. The housing is meant to be affordable to families making up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. San Francisco’s median income for a family of three is currently $103,750 a year. A large portion of the ground floor space is reserved for production, distribution, and repair (PDR) use – essentially light industrial and arts space. For affordable housing advocates, the plan is a victory. “I’m grateful to the organizations that stepped up,” said one activist, Nicholas Renault. “This is a realization of all of that hard work…it’s a little moment of awe.”The proposal is contingent on the city approving a Special Use District for the parcel on which the building is proposed, because current zoning doesn’t allow for housing. It would also allow the building to rise above current height limits to maximize the number of units. Given that the city granted the developers some of the funding for the lot acquisition, it’s likely the proposal will be approved.Nonetheless, it also has its critics. Doug MacNeil, a bookbinder and property owner just a few blocks down 16th Street, was frustrated by what he saw as an about-face from the Mission Economic Development Agency. He said 20 years ago, the nonprofit advocated strongly for the site to remain PDR to retain light industrial jobs in the area. Its zoning, he said, should not be changed.The delivery warehouse has been vacant since it shuttered in 2008. Keeping the zoning in place, MacNeil argued, kept the development potential minimized and the property value low, which also made it convenient for the nonprofit to come in, buy up the lot, and propose housing with special permission.Earlier, he said, the Development Agency “insisted this lot [should] be industry not housing. We said you’re only doing this to buy the property and keep the value down. They said no, and now they’re doing it,” MacNeil said. “They just lied to us.”Feliciano Vera, the agency’s senior project manager, said that while he was not a member of the organization at that time, that was also long before the nonprofit was even concerned with affordable housing. The organization’s community real estate division was established in 2014.MacNeil argued that changing the zoning leaves out low-paying jobs. He would have liked to see an industrial practice like a printing press, a large scale laundry, or an auto body shop.Street space, too, was a concern. MacNeil argued that the project does not add any parking. While changes to the street space along the proposed building would mean that the number of on-street parking spaces are the same, the building itself has 164 bike racks, but no parking.“It’s the biggest problem besides homelessness. This project provides no parking, so it’s going to move the second biggest problem to the primary problem,” he said.Rick Hall, another neighbor who is a frequent presence at planning commission hearings praised the architecture – done Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects – for its modest and scaled-back appearance but raised a concern about delivery. One side of the building’s commercial space includes a loading dock, but the other side faces a bus bulb-out – not conducive, he said, to the kinds of deliveries a light industrial business on the ground floor might require.Another concern raised is a familiar one to the two developers, because it resulted in significant delay for another project just a block away. Flooding, said one neighbor, could be exacerbated by the construction of new residential housing on the block. The area around 17th and Folsom streets is notorious for flooding during heavy rainfall because it lies in a topographical low point and the confluence of all the city’s rainwater overwhelms the sewer system there. Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki, a paralegal who lives nearby, filed a discretionary review request for the Development Agency’s other project at 17th and Folsom streets. The project was later approved by the Planning Commission. Miyasaki attended Wednesday’s meeting and said she had similar concerns about the 16th and Folsom project.“If the infrastructure doesn’t support this many people right now, don’t make more people live here,” she said. “I’m calling for common sense. Let the PUC do their jobs.”For his part, Vera said the building includes permeable surfaces for rainwater mitigation. The Public Utilities Commission has stated previously that adding a new housing development in the area would be unlikely to affect the neighborhood. Serious repairs to the sewer system are still several years out.Miyasaki also said that Vera had agreed to meet with her and hear her concerns. Meanwhile, the nonprofits will submit their application to the Planning department, and hope to begin construction in 2019, with residents moving in as early as late 2020. 0% Tags: 16th Street • Affordable Housing • development • housing • Mission Economic Development Agency Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
The city claims the Lees violated their injunction more than 5,000 times in just its first 11 months while raking in upwards of $700,000 in “illicit profits” from running an Airbnb empire across 14 properties. More than $50,000 more purportedly trickled into accounts created by “friends, family members, and associates.” The city’s years-long investigation of bank records, business records, the ownership of numerous LLCs and the actual whereabouts of the platoon of alleged phony tenants was every bit as complex and arcane as you’d think it would be. But there were moments when circumstances veered into the downright theatrical. To wit: After this city’s Office of Short-Term Rentals in 2016 flagged a number of the Lees’ properties, Valerie Lee and her attorney led city officials on walkthroughs of eight of her units. Per today’s filing, “Each of the eight properties inspected had been staged to appear as if a tenant lived there, but it was obvious that it was a ruse. Every apartment had the same staging: the same Costco food items scattered about, the same arrangement of dirty breakfast dishes in every kitchen sink, same personal products in each bathroom, same damp towels artfully draped over doors as though someone had recently showered, the same collection of shoes and clothes in closets, and same houseplants in each apartment.”Additionally, “Defendants also submitted six faux leases to create the appearance that certain apartments were rented to genuine tenants, then positing that the tenants were conducting unsanctioned illegal short-term rentals. However, the purported tenants were, in fact, Defendants’ friends, family, employees and/or associates merely posing as tenants.”These faux tenants, described as “surrogates” by the city, were traced via DMV and other records to their actual residences — not at their San Francisco flats, but throughout the state: Lancaster, Richmond, Mountain View. Tellingly, all but one of their Airbnb host accounts was created using the same IP address. The City Attorney states that subpoenas of Airbnb and various banks provided information conflicting the Lee’s claims they were unaware of the short-term rental activity and derived no income from it. The city alleges that more than $650,000 flowed from Airbnb to several LLCs’ bank accounts, which were both created and controlled by the Lees.“While teachers, families and long-time residents are struggling to stay in their homes, the Lees were taking precious housing and turning it into an illegal hotel chain,” summed up Herrera. “Let this send a message loud and clear to those looking to illegally profit off our city’s housing crisis: Don’t try it. We will catch you, and you will pay a steep price.”The Lees were, in 2005, sued by erstwhile tenant Gene Rymer and his family. Rymer, his daughter, grandchild and son-in-law were eventually pushed out of the Clay Street apartment, which Gene first rented in 1976, via the Ellis Act — which allows landlords to evict tenants from a structure that is being taken off the rental market. And yet, in 2014, when Herrera sued the Lees for allegedly turning the rent-controlled flats at 3073-3075 Clay Street into $595-a-night vacation getaways, Darren Lee told the Chronicle, “I think they have the wrong information. I’ve got a tenant in there right now, a long-term tenant who’s paying me rent.”So: The defense against charges his property was being used as an illegal hotel was that it was being rented out to tenants — after the Ellis Act had been evoked. Perhaps not surprisingly, Rymer and his family in 2015 received an $80,000 settlement. The Lees are now accused by the city of some 2,271 nights of illegal Airbnb rentals across 14 city residential properties — 439 Broderick, 1146 Fell, 1148 Fell, 1328 Fell, 1522 Fell, 1524 Fell, 1117 Leavenworth, 1119 Leavenworth, 1925 Lyon, 826 Masonic, 20 Natick and three in or near the Mission: 833 San Jose, 1362 Utah, and 1364 Utah.At a max of $6,000 per violation and more than 5,000 violations, the ceiling for this litigation exceeds $30 million. But the city instead requested the “more modest civil penalty” of $5.5 million, plus fees for “well over 400 attorney hours, 250 paralegal hours, and 80 investigator hours unraveling Defendants’ scheme and bringing this Motion to Enforce.”Reached via e-mail, Darren and Valerie Lee’s attorney, John Brown, wrote “I cannot comment now; haven’t read the papers yet.”Update, 4:15 p.m.: Brown e-mailed us the following sentences: “I have hardly begun to digest the long motion filed by the city, but I note as follows: The SF Office of Short-term Rentals already found that the Lees were not the responsible parties. The motion relies on many inaccurate facts. This is an improper second bite at the apple.”This does not seem to be the view of the Office of Short-Term Rentals, however. From that office’s director, Kevin Guy: “The filing today represents years of dogged and persistent investigation by the staff of the Office of Short-Term Rentals in close collaboration with the City Attorney’s Office. The Lees are some of the most egregious, repeat violators of the City’s short-term rental laws. They have taken units off of the market that should be reserved for long-term San Francisco residents. It is extremely gratifying to see them being brought to account for their actions.”833 San Jose, another property purportedly illegally rented on Airbnb. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today threw the book at pair of city landlords who, having already settled a suit charging they were operating more than a dozen illegal Airbnb hotels across the city, allegedly spent the last two years fabricating an elaborate scheme to continue cashing in hundreds of thousands of dollars running unlawful short-term rentals. The motion filed today against married couple Darren and Valerie Lee lays out a number of extremely detailed charges, stemming from a two-year investigation by the City Attorney’s office. While the couple in 2016 agreed to pay the city $276,000 and approved a five-year injunction against operating illegal short-term rentals on their numerous city properties, today’s motion charges the Lees “never intended to comply with the injunction’s prohibitions on their highly profitable but illegal short-term rentals” and “engaged friends and family to act as surrogates — to create host accounts on Airbnb and to short-term rent the properties.” 0% Tags: Airbnb • City Attorney • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% City Attorney: Faux leases, faux tenants hid couple’s $700,000 profit on illegal Airbnb hotels across 14 residential properties — $5.5M penalty sought.
A GLORIOUS summer’s day greeted the players of both teams at Orrell but it was the Saints who left the pitch basking both in the sun and the glory of a magnificent 37-16 victory over The Auld Enemy, writes Graham Henthorne.Bereft of mainstay prop Matty Lees due to injury and still unable to call on the services on Josh Eaves the Saints were arguably understrength but as is always possible in those circumstances it gives others the chance to make a name for themselves.So stand up Jordan Olmez who took on the line from the off, and left with one less tooth, ably supported by Captain Liam Cooper and loose forward Mike Weldon both of whom never took a backward step.The Saints were under pressure for the first five minutes of the game as a series of penalties and grubbers meant three sets on their own line. But a relieving knock-on, five drives from the forwards and a wonderful high kick put the hosts under pressure.Having seen Olmez walk off to have his mouth patched up in the first ten seconds it was Ben Morris who put his body on the line contesting the high kick. He got a bang but forced the full back to spill the ball straight into the hands of Ricky Bailey who fed Regan Grace and you know what happens then!There was then an altercation in the centre of the pitch between all 26 players after the second extremely late and illegal leg chop by the home prop which thankfully didn’t injure Cooper. He got ten minutes as did Danny Richardson for verbally taking exception to it.The Saints responded best and great chasing from Jake Spedding and Rob Fairclough of his own kick gave a repeat set but to no avail.Five minutes later and a wonderful leg tackle from Dave Eccleston saved a certain try in the corner.But as he game entered its second quarter the Saints took control.Spedding made a half break down the left then quick play the balls from Grace and the returning Olmez put the Saints on a roll that Richardson exploited to the full with a short pass for Cooper to go over to the right of the posts.Ricky Bailey’s acrobatics saved a penalty kick to touch to keep the Saints on the attack. A wonderful inside pass from Morris almost put Olmez away but earned another set of six for holding.Olmez finally got his just rewards charging over under the sticks from Aaron Smiths great short ball.A series of penalties in the Saints 20 deep into unforeseen injury time allowed the hosts to open their account but a penalty under the sticks for yet another late tackle was converted by Richardson for a fourteen point half time lead.Wigan scored early in the second half and then came what could have been the turning point of the game. The Saints were on the attack 20 metres out. Jonah Cunningham charges onto the ball, breaks through the line, rounds the full back but instead of touching down he inexplicably starts to celebrate a little early and is eventually bundled into putting the ball on the dead ball line.Five tackles later and the home prop is trundling unopposed under the posts to remarkably bring home within two points.The Saints could have been devastated, instead they were galvanised and they found another gear.A big defensive set forced a knock-on on halfway. From the scrum Bailey found Costello who found Eccleston and the winger went 20 metres to the corner. Sounds easy and it was but only because they all wonderfully committed their opposite number.Another big hit, this time from Morris gave Saints possession and seconds later a penalty and an extra man as the home side had their sub prop sinbinned for use of the elbow.From the restart Eccleston scored almost a carbon copy of his previous try but this time Bailey sent a miss pass out to him and the winger had to duck under two swinging arms to score. Brad Billsborough, on as a concussion replacement for Smith, sent over a majestic touchline conversion to restore the twelve point lead.As time moved on and the Saints defence continued to hammer into the tackle the home side wilted in the blazing sun.Cunningham’s drive started yet another good set out of their own half and just as the Coaching staff were starting to discuss the possibility of a drop goal up pops Richardson with the one pointer to stretch the lead to three scores. This was a fantastic example of his game management and how it has matured this season.From the kick off the Saints scored the try of the game. Eccleston made yards, got up quickly, Matty Costello jumped out of dummy half, took it to the full back before feeding Jake Spedding to go 50 metres under the sticks to the jubilation of the visiting support.There was still time for a Billsborough penalty as yet another high shot was punished.In truth, even at 16 – 18 the Saints were always in charge. The hosts couldn’t contain the Saints pack manoeuvred around the pitch by Fairclough and Richardson.And with a back line containing the speed of Grace, Costello, Spedding and Eccleston backed up by Bailey at full back then the Saints are a threat all over the park.The man to feel sorry for is unused sub Chris Follin, but he made up for his inactivity by leading the deafening triple renditions of the Saints National Anthem.The juggernaut rolls on with Wakefield Wildcats the next to face the Saints in a fortnight.Match Summary:Wigan:Tries: Liam Paisley (36), Cain Barnes (44), Jack Wells (51).Goals: Jake Moore 2.Saints:Tries: Regan Grace (5), Liam Cooper (24), Jordan Olmez (31), Dave Eccleston (56 & 63), Jake Spedding (72).Goals: Danny Richardson 3, Brad Billsborough 3.Drop Goals: Danny Richardson (70).Half Time: 18-4Full Time: 37-16Teams:Wigan:1. Craig Mullen; 2. Tom Davies, 3. Jack Higginson, 4. Jake Moore, 5. Liam Paisley; 6. Lewis Eckford, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Olly Partington, 9. Josh Ganson, 10. Jack Wells, 11. Macauley Davies, 12. Paddy Casey, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 14. James Worthington, 15. Dec O’Donnell, 16. Paddy Jones, 17. Cain Barnes.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 4. Matty Costello, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 7. Rob Fairclough, 6. Danny Richardson; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon.Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 17. Chris Follin, 18. Brad Billsborough, 26. Callum Hazzard.
Lainee Ackermann was dropped off at her bus stop when her parents were no there to pick her up. The bus driver was supposed to bring the girl back to school. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — In September, a Topsail Elementary student was dropped off by her bus driver a mile away from home. Now, she was dropped off by a different bus driver without a parent present.A Pender County Schools spokeswoman says a substitute driver dropped off the student without a parent present at the bus stop yesterday. They say the substitute driver pulled over and notified school administrators of their mistake. The district suspended this substitute driver without pay while it investigates the matter.- Advertisement – The district is developing a new visual system and training program that will identify bus riders in grades K-2 to ensure no student is let off the bus without a parent present.
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Plans for redevelopment of the old Federal Point Shopping Center off North Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach were recently submitted to the town.One property owner, Ben Wells, says the proposal calls for demolishing the shopping center, which includes businesses like Maxway, Carolina Beach Scuba, Primrose Cottage, along with the old movie theater, to give everything a “fresh look.”- Advertisement – The plans say that the new building will be a grocery store along with space for other commercial leasing. The name of the grocery store chain that will occupy the building has not been given yet.The proposed plans will be approved or denied at a meeting in January.The town approved a permit for Harris Teeter to be built on the island as well, but construction was delayed until 2018.