first_imgDisabled actors have welcomed a new BBC scheme that aims to “shine a light” on experienced disabled performers, and discover and develop up-and-coming talent.The Class Act development programme will include an intensive three-day workshop and an opportunity to build contacts and showcase talents to professionals across the industry.Those selected to take part will be tutored in audition and camera technique, acting and business skills, and script and character work, and will have the chance to work with directors on scenes for their showreels.The Class Act programme is part of BBC’s efforts to support and raise the profile of disabled actors.But it is also part of wider efforts to increase the number of disabled people working across the BBC.Its target had been that disabled people would make up 5.3 per cent of all BBC staff by 2017, but the figures for March this year showed it had already smashed through that target, reaching 10.2 per cent (up from 3.7 per cent in 2014), while disabled people made up 9.6 per cent of those in leadership positions (up from 3.1 per cent).This means it has already exceeded its 2020 target of eight per cent.The 2020 target for portrayal of disability on-screen is that eight per cent of roles – including “some” lead roles – should portray or represent a disabled person, but the current figures will not be released until later this year.Three years ago, only 1.2 per cent of roles on screen portrayed or represented disabled people.Natalie Amber, a member of the deaf and disabled members committee (DDMC) of the performers’ union Equity, who herself plans to apply for the BBC programme, said she believed it was “a big step in the right direction”.She said previous BBC schemes, such as holding open auditions, had not helped disabled actors build up their skills, which the new programme should do.Amber had been forced to take five years out of the industry after she became disabled, and said she had since found it “very difficult” to find anywhere to practice acting to camera from a wheelchair.She said she hoped the programme would not be a one-off, and that future workshops would take place outside London.Amber – who appeared last year in the ITV thriller Paranoid and the BBC One drama Doctors – said it was difficult for disabled actors with support or access needs to take part in mainstream workshops, because they might need to pay for their own support worker or interpreter while the person leading the workshop might have never worked with a disabled actor before.She pointed out that the BBC was not the first broadcaster to hold such a workshop for disabled actors.ITV held a similar, but shorter, development workshop for disabled actors earlier this summer, based around its soap Emmerdale.And Coronation Street cast the disabled actor Liam Bairstow in 2015, after he was spotted through ITV’s Breaking Through Talent disability workshop.Amber said she hoped broadcasters and other parts of the industry would work together to improve opportunities for disabled actors.She said members of the DDMC were trying to “make our presence more widely known” and build their information resources, so “if people have any questions they have a place where they can come”.Cindy-Jane Armbruster, another member of Equity’s DDMC, also welcomed the new BBC scheme, but she said she was cautious about the difference it would make until she had seen its long-term impact.She said: “If it does make a difference, I would definitely like to see more of it. They need to keep at it.“I would like them to keep pushing for this, to keep being good allies.”She said she also hoped the initiative reached a “very diverse range of Deaf and disabled actors – diverse in terms of impairment, race/ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, age, etc”.She said she was “very glad” that the BBC appeared to be making a “multi-pronged effort” to increase opportunities for disabled actors and the portrayal of disability on television, and that it was talking about casting disabled actors in roles not specifically written as disabled characters.Armbruster said efforts also needed to be made throughout the whole of the production process, to increase the numbers of disabled people working as writers, commissioners, casting directors and producers.She added: “This will hopefully lead to more interesting stories, and hopefully also widen the view of what disability looks like.”She said disability was “one of the most widely diverse characteristics” and it would be “exciting to see and celebrate just how different and individual we all are”.Alison Walsh, the BBC’s disability lead, who joined the broadcaster from Channel 4 in 2015, said: “On screen portrayal of disability is increasing on the BBC but disabled actors are still struggling to find a place – especially in roles not written specifically as disabled.“Although this scheme doesn’t guarantee work, it will provide training opportunities and exposure for new talent as well as established actors who have yet to have their ‘big break’.“Crucially it will provide a wake-up call to drama creators that they need to work harder to consider disabled acting talent for all productions – not just those with a disability theme.” Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning, said: “It is crucial that we have more disabled people represented in our comedy output and bring through new disabled performing talent.“This is the most focused and practical way for us to unearth and nurture the talents out there who are looking for this career break.”Piers Wenger, controller of BBC drama, said: “This exciting new initiative will provide disabled actors with some of the finest training the BBC has to offer and give them the best possible chance to compete for opportunities.”To apply for the training programme, disabled actors should submit a self-taped audition that lasts two minutes or less.last_img read more

first_imgIn the past year, Mission activists have turned their sights on Mission Street where they would like to see restrictions on market-rate housing, more commercial controls on bars and upscale restaurants, and protections for small businesses.The efforts are couched in language to “save” the Mission. However, after a look at the businesses on two blocks of Mission Street between 19th and 21st, it is unclear if many enterprises need to be saved. Those businesses that are doing poorly could use what many small businesses in the city need: rent relief, more customers and a return to a time when e-commerce did not exist.At the same time, interviews with 50 of some 57 businesses offer a complex story of who is succeeding and why.   0% Tags: Business • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Slightly more than half — 29 — are doing well, and another 12 are doing fine.  Nine said they are doing poorly, including three that will be closing in the near to immediate future. Three older businesses — La Taza, Pete’s BBQ and Mikes Groceries and Liquor  — declined to comment for this story, but if full seats are any indication of prosperity, La Taza and Pete’s are doing very well.  In four other cases — including the three cell phone providers, AT&T, MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless — no one in authority could be reached to speak to the issue of how business was doing, but again, their stores are generally full.  One business, Barrel Proof, which replaces another bar, Cease and Desist, will open this weekend. Of the 47 businesses that reported doing “very well” to “well enough,” restaurants were the biggest group. And although activists would like to see fewer bars and restaurants, several owners said they would like to see more.Those businesses that are doing well cut across the divides of new and old businesses, and survive by attracting long-term and new residents as well as tourists passing through. Nearly all have had to adjust to an era of e-commerce, high rents and increases in the minimum wage. Businesses doing poorly seemed to be narrowly focused on serving a low-income clientele and had yet to attract newcomers. Some even talked about following their Latino clientele elsewhere, but figuring out exactly where that would be is not easy, because Latinos have moved to the East Bay, the Excelsior and beyond.  Of the 57 or so businesses between 19th and 21st Street on Mission Street, 20 reported that they had been open five to 10 years, with 15 surviving for 30 years or more, and another 12 have been open between 10 and 30 years. Ten businesses are newer and have been open for five years or less. RetailThe low-end retail stores that are doing well are ones that generally appeal to a broad swath of the population. Vanessa Porras, who has worked at Pikitos, a clothing store, since it opened four years ago, said an influx of tourists and visitors has benefited their store.“Even though a lot of our customers aren’t community-based, it does help the community a lot,” she said. Nearly 80 percent of Pikitos’ customers are out-of-towners, but this jump in business allows the store to maintain low prices on brand-name clothes and a $1 rack that provides fresh clothing to many homeless people. Dore Photo Studio, one block up, has maintained a steady clientele for nearly 70 years.  Mercy Padgett has worked at the studio for 23 years, and said the business relies on its legacy to survive. The grandmothers and mothers who took photos at the studio continue the tradition with their offspring, she said. And, like other long-time businesses, they have found clients among the newcomers. More recently, the studio switched to digital photography and began to do group photos for large companies like Yelp and Genentech. Business has slowed down a little in the last three years, Padgett said, but the changes help Dore’s maintain its spot in the Mission.Some smaller stores, however, are struggling, especially those that are aimed at the Latino customer. That decline has been well-documented. The 2010 U.S. Census shows that the Mission’s Latino population dropped to 48.1 percent from 58.8 percent in 2000. Based on a more recent estimate from the American Community Survey in 2016, the Hispanic population has dropped to 46.1 percent of the neighborhood’s population. The continued exodus has been felt by small shops that cater to Latinos. Alberto’s Printing has been open for 40 years. Owners Martha A. Perez and Ruben Perez say they will stay in business until their children complete college in four years. What they are fighting is not only the convenience of e-commerce but a diminished client base. Additionally, owners said, the new fear of immigration raids have made some Latinos afraid to go out and about to shop.  Narinder Anand, the 70-year-old owner of House of Jeans and Fashion Emporium on Mission Street, once owned 11 shops in the Mission District. His customers were primarily Latino, and he still relies on regulars to keep his 18-year-old business afloat.  “[Immigrants] are scared to come outside, everybody is scared.” said Anand, who always enjoyed his job because it allowed him to meet new people. “Right now it seems hard, but still we have customers.”Narinder Anand (70) owner, House of Jeans. Photo by Supriya Yelimeli.La Quinta, a Mexican restaurant on 20th and Mission street, has also struggled. It opened seven years ago as Latinos were leaving.The shop owner’s 60-year-old mother, Sonia Janet, agreed that the immigration climate has hurt her business.  What has saved them so far, she said, is that the business is owned, run and operated by family members. A few steps away, Francisco Marquez, 60, who has owned Andrea’s Shoes for five years, said business was “400 percent better five years ago.”People who leave the neighborhood never return, and businesses can either close or change the way they operate, he said.  The shoe store recently started advertising online and on Facebook, and employee Maribel Marquez, 28, said it helps a little. Marquez would like to follow the Latino population elsewhere, but he said it’s hard to define where to move, because there’s “not one place like the Mission” with a large population of working-class Latino people. Gilberto Garcia Rivera, moved into the space held for 70 years by Hellenic American Greek Imports eight years ago and kept its name. Two years ago, his rent increased to $5,000 a month. Selling knick-knacks, vintage goods and passport photos barely adds up to the $10,000 a month he needs to make.At the same time, as rents increased, he said, Muni’s bus-only lane reduced parking last February. His sales have dropped, and he will close his store in three months to seek employment somewhere else. RobberiesMore than anything, however, Rivera blames robberies — he has experienced four since he opened — for his decision to close. At 46, Rivera says he feels old. He has diabetes and says the stress is too much for him to handle. “I’m tired, I don’t want to do anything about my business anymore,” he said, adding that in his next job, he will be an employee rather than the boss. Mission Jewelry and Loan, at 2318 Mission St., which has been a fixture in the neighborhood for almost 50 years, will also close its doors within the next four months. The 77-year-old owner, Darryl Kaplan, was recently shot inside his store. The owner is recovering now, but Vic Pizarro III, a 37-year salesperson at the store, said the incident shook Kaplan and his family. “The business would have stayed open,” said Pizarro, adding that the armed robbery was the first time in his career that Kaplan had experienced such direct violence. “It’s been a long run and it’s been worthwhile, but it’s time.”One storefront, two servicesWhile some small businesses are faltering, others have improvised ways to stay open. Several have combined two businesses into one space. Take Offtop, a hat store that shares a storefront with Modern Haircuts on 19th and Mission Street. It creates custom Bay Area Sports team caps that are a hit with tourists, according to 28-year-old owner Daniel Reyes. The store also does custom embroidery for business uniforms, and Reyes said he recently got a commission to create dozens of hats and polo T-Shirts for La Taza. Modern Haircuts has survived in the Mission for more than 10 years, and Reyes said hats and haircuts have worked well together to attract more customers.Seven-year-old mobile repair store Compupod, at 2433 Mission St., recently started delivering services at clients’ homes. Hugo Gonzalez, the shop owner, also rents out a portion of his storefront to a laptop repair service.Yolanda (36) and Hugo Gonzales (33), owners of Compupod. Photo by Supriya Yelimeli.Across the street, Gonzalez’s father and uncle have owned Angie’s Jewelry for 15 years. The store began online sales last week, and the store continues to offer check cashing, and jewelry and watch repair.Ramon Gonzales (father of Hugo Gonzales, above, 62) at Angie’s. Photo by Supriya Yelimeli.RestaurantsOf the 10 restaurants and cafes in this two-block stretch, four are new and some, like Jim’s, have been in the neighborhood for years. Jim’s has been on Mission Street for 70 years. Some of the establishments suggested that the street needed more restaurants — not fewer, as some activists would like to see.Ok Un Kim, (59) owner of Jim’s. Photo by Supriya Yelimeli.One of those was Danny Garland, the bartender at Gashead Tavern. More bars will fuel business on Mission Street, he said. Patrons can then hop from one busy location to another and eat at hole-in-the-wall spots, instead of being diverted to Valencia Street. A Mission Street lined with bars, however, butts up against a moratorium on liquor licenses put into place to diminish the impact that too many bars can have on an area. Gashead’s revenue has been up and down since it opened four years ago, but Garland said a current upswing in customers gives him hope. He fears gentrification on Mission Street, like many other business owners, but said good service and quality will always keep customers coming back. Laundre and Lotus Indian, both new spots that opened up in the last three to four months, say business is thriving. Ariana Roviello, the owner of Laundre, said the cafe gets busier every day. Word of mouth is a big boost for her and the cafe has maintained high online rating.Mark Finein, the general manager at Myriad on 2491 Mission St., also said he relies on ratings to draw customers. Finein said restaurants need to be vigilant about quality if they want to keep their footing in a market like San Francisco.He said the Mission has reached a “critical mass” of cafes and lunch spots, but he said there is still room for more cocktail bars and dinner restaurants. When Andrea Fogelbach moved to San Francisco nearly 17 years ago, she was able to live in the Mission District with a rent of $450 a month. She opened up Mateo’s Taqueria two years ago near the intersection of 20th and Mission streets, and the restaurant has had to adapt quickly to retain employees.Mateo’s, which has a monthly rent of $4,500, has consistently paid above minimum wage to compete with other businesses, and Fogelbach insists that older shops will perform well if they keep an open mind and match the “activist history” of the neighborhood. This includes letting workers attend protests, and interacting with new business owners who want to positively serve the neighborhood. Fogelbach said that older businesses and restaurants have to be flexible, including paying higher wages to keep workers, creating simplified menus and catering to newcomers with bright, newly designed storefronts. She sees property thefts and robberies as something that comes with the territory. “No matter how many new businesses we have here, no matter how many changes, it’s still the Mission,” she said. Lydia Chávez and Stefania Rousselle contributed to this article.last_img read more

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Breed, Ronen celebrate Mission cleanupMayor London Breed and Supervisor Hillary Ronen will turn out Friday, May 3 to celebrate a massive cleanup effort along the Mission’s sidewalks. Since November, San Francisco’s Downtown Streets Team has worked with a team of 30 unhoused volunteers to clean up sidewalks in the Mission from Division Street to 24th Street. In the process, these volunteers are working toward getting housing and jobs. So far, they’ve picked up more than 82,550 gallons of trash and more than 1,171 needles. Two of the volunteers have found jobs and one has secured stable housing, according to a spokesperson with the Streets Team. Breed and Ronen will speak at a celebration of their work May 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Chan Kajaal Park, at 17th and Folsom streets. Lunch and games will follow. To register for the free event, sign up here. Wild art show opens by Dolores ParkSan Francisco artist Cheney Beshara is opening a new show of her paintings Friday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bebebar. Her latest collection of works, titled Wild, features colorful paintings of camels, elephants, giraffes, lions and zebras. Bebebar, a cafe known for its açaí bowls and smoothies, is located at 3809 18th St., across from Dolores Park. The event is free. Email Addresscenter_img Manny’s hosting five presidential hopefulsFive candidates in the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination will visit Manny’s over the next five weeks, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Cory Booker. Hickenlooper visits Manny’s for a happy hour on Friday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Inslee will appear next week on Thursday, May 2, at 5:30. Castro’s visit comes on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. Klobuchar will appear Thursday, May 30 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and Booker’s visit is scheduled for Sunday, June 2 at 10 a.m. in a reception with the Young Professionals. To find out more about each event, click the links on each of the candidate’s names. last_img read more

first_imgJAMIE Foster has joined Bradford Bulls.The winger has signed a one-year contract after Saints agreed to release the 22-year-old.Foster burst on to the scene in 2010 when he made his debut against Toulouse and went on to score 34 tries and 341 goals in 53 appearances for the club.But he fell down the pecking order in 2012 and went on loan to Hull FC to gain valuable first team experience.Jamie said: “I really enjoyed my time at Saints and I am thankful for the opportunity they gave me. I would like to thank the fans for their support.“Now, I am looking forward to joining the Bulls and working with Francis Cummins.“I know I’m a good player and I know I can score tries and kick goals and I’m looking forward to getting my head down and producing the form that I know I’m capable of.“Working with new people will be good and hopefully bring out the best in me. When i got the opportunity at Hull, it was a case of kicking on again and hopefully the same thing can happen again at Bradford.”We will have an in-depth interview with Jamie on his time at Saints next week.last_img read more

first_imgFOREIGN Exchange trading company AFEX welcomed rugby league and rugby union players to their offices in London for a charity trading day to benefit Rugby League Cares and Restart Rugby.Saints Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan were at the event.AFEX are partners of the Saints and sponsor the front of our shorts.You can see the video here.last_img

first_imgDAY 13 – Both teams came out to face a big crowd at the Cabramatta club, swelled by the Saints’ travelling parents and families.The Parramatta side were visibly larger than their young academy Saints side – but your Saints didn’t disappoint in a real classic.As the game got underway Saints struggled to gain any field position and it came as no surprise when they finally succumbed to another barnstorming run from the Eels big second row who fed his centre to score outside after five minutes.It ttok a while, but Saints were slowly finding their feet on this hot, humid Australian afternoon and on 16 minutes great vision by Rob Fairclough spotted Parramatta were short on the right – the half back finding the impressive fullback Matty Costello who in turn attracted the centre and wing before feeding Jordan Gibbons to go in unopposed.A period of sustained pressure by the home side and some indiscipline by the inexperienced Saints resulted in the referee awarding the Parramatta side a number of penalties (which hopefully the boys will learn from).This meant the Eels gained good field position and scored two quick tries, one converted, to give them a deserved 16-6 lead.Good leadership qualities from (on the day captain) Brad Billsborough and some strong carries from the reliable Matty Lees and powerful Levy Nzoungou and George Lewtas kept Saints in the arm wrestle though, and at the half hour mark a well-worked try down the right again saw Gibbons go in for his and Saints’ second try.16-10 down at halftime, coach Derek Traynor told his charges to cut out errors and gain field position. He also told them to keep playing in the correct parts of the field.And it seemed to work as the second half couldn’t have started better for Saints.A fumble by Parramatta gave Saints good field position and the half back partnership of Elliot Jenkins and Rob Fairclough duly obliged in putting Matty Costello away who in turn fed the impressive and improving Lewis Furlong to score.Gibbons converting to level the scores.The next 20 mins became an arm wrestle with no further scores and both sides tired in the heat and came up with some basic errors.But with only two minutes left Parramatta showed how much the game meant to them by going for a drop goal to make the score 17-16.Cometh the hour… with no time at all left on the clock Saints came up with a massive defensive effort and forced their opposition to knock on.A quickly formed scrum ensued and two plays later Saints put on the play of the game, Fairclough out the back finding his new half back partner in Jack Unsworth who in turn found a sublime short pass to the hard working impressive second rower Chris Follin who showed his pace to score in the corner.Conversion was missed but who cares! This young Saints academy side never know when they are beaten.At the end of the game former coach and now Parramatta’s director of football Daniel Anderson picked out a couple of lads for ‘best’ and ‘fairest’ in Chris Follin and Lewis Furlong.Special mentions also have to go to Rob Fairclough and Matty Costello too.Coach Derek Traynor described the victory as one of the best ever on any tour, against a big, committed and well organised Parramatta side.The toughest challenge is yet to come with Penrith at the Pepper Stadium this weekend!By Eric Frodshamlast_img read more

first_imgThis season has been one of the most memorable in living memory with Head Coach Justin Holbrook marshalling his team to an incredible 21 wins from 23 regular season games.The team have dazzled the Betfred Super League with their attacking flair and style as well as their grit to win some nail-biting and hard-fought clashes.It leaves them on the verge of their first League Leaders’ Shield since 2014, with a Grand Final appearance a very real possibility.The team have delivered on what our Members wanted … entertainment and a winning mentality fitting of the Saints’ famous name. We can say well and truly we are SAINTS AND PROUD!As we look towards 2019, we want to continue with this ethos.Our squad has already been strengthened further with the additions of NRL stars Joseph Paulo and Kevin Naiqama to complement our already strong core of experienced players and young guns.We want you to continue the journey with us in 2019, so we have again expanded your exclusive Membership benefits, including for the next Generation of Saints fans – our Junior Members.You can also make your Membership a simple monthly payment with our very popular Direct Debit plan. Each season lots of fans take advantage of the plan to pay for their Membership over ten months to spread the cost.Alternatively, you can also take up an eight or six month package later on in the off-season.For example a West Stand renewal for an adult would equate to just £25.06 per month.An adult and child in the Family Stand would be just £27.49 per month.Your Membership covers all Saints’ Betfred Super League home games and to discover Benefits, Prices and more here are Saints and Proud#saintsandproudlast_img read more

first_imgThe boss previewed the game yesterday declaring the Tigers as a “dangerous” side and he knows despite the six wins out of six, his Saints players will need to be on top of their game if we want to maintain our 100% start to the new Super League season.Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Castleford Tigers 19-Man Squad 1. Peter Mata’utia, 2. James Clare, 3. Greg Minikin, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden, 6. Jake Trueman, 8. Liam Watts, 9. Paul McShane,  10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 16. Junior Moors, 17. Alex Foster, 18. Matt Cook, 25. Tuoyo Egodo, 32. Jordan Rankin, 33. Chris Clarkson.,1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote.last_img read more

first_imgThe Flash discount has been extended until 5pm on Sunday 19 May.Any 2019 Members who have purchased their tickets outside of the offer between 1st – 15th May can contact the Ticket Office for details of how to redeem the offer if they missed out. Any refunds must be claimed by 5pm on Monday.2019 Half-Members are also eligible for the discount.Limited numbers of tickets are available for the match and the full Weekend schedule of fixtures by calling 01744 455052, visiting the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or online here.The flagship event that has been played in a variety of cities across the UK since its inception, will make its arrival to the City of Liverpool. The iconic venue of Anfield Stadium will play host to the annual festival of Rugby League that is the Dacia Magic Weekend.Saints will face off in a huge clash against the Castleford Tigers in the final slot on the evening of Sunday 26 May (KO 6pm)The Saints and Tigers have taken part in some incredible matches in recent times across both the League and Cup competitions, including last second drop goals, incredible comebacks and featured some magnificent Rugby League.Prices are:Weekend:Mem AdultMem ConcMem JuniorAdultConcessionJuniorCAT 1: Main Stand Reserved£37.50£25£18.75£75£50£37.50CAT2: Kenny Dalglish Unreserved£30£20£15£60£40£30CAT3: Kop Stand Unreserved£20£15£10£40£30£20Day:Mem AdultMem ConcMem JuniorAdultConcessionJuniorCAT 1: Main Stand Reserved£25£17.50£12.50£50£35£25CAT2: Kenny Dalglish Unreserved£20£12.50£10£40£25£20CAT3: Kop Stand Unreserved£12.50£10£6.25£25£20£12.50Concessions are 65+, Students, Serving Military and NHS Staff whilst juniors are 16 & Under and all children under the age of two are free of charge but still require a ticket.All fans who wish to purchase wheelchair spaces should contact the RFL on 0844 856 113 or email: do have ambulant disabled tickets available via the Club ticket office.Coach Travel is available to purchase from the Club priced at £9 for 2019 Members and £10 for non-members.2019 Dacia Magic Weekend fixtures:Saturday May 252pm – Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons4.30pm – Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants7pm – Wigan Warriors v Warrington WolvesSunday May 261pm – Salford Red Devils v Hull Kingston Rovers3.30pm – Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos6pm – Saints v Castleford Tigerslast_img read more

first_img It is an idea shut down by most state leaders including State Superintendent Mark Johnson.“We’re not at that point yet,” Johnson said. “I have come out publicly and said that I am a supporter of the Bill of Rights. I’m a firm supporter of the Bill of Rights. But when I was a teacher I can tell you I would not have been comfortable carrying one of my firearms in a classroom.”Right now, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Bladen and Pender County Schools have not discussed arming teachers nor do they plan to.Related Article: West Bladen student dies from injuries suffered in weekend car crashAs for Whiteville City Schools they have not talked about it yet, but they plan to discuss all available options.“These are discussions that are just getting started,” Johnson said.A major player in the decision to arm teachers could be the insurance industry.The last time arming teachers was seriously considered was after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Insurers across the nation quickly put a stop to the idea.“The question of insurance that would be something that would have to come up if we actually start looking at polices that would allow teachers to carry firearms,” Johnson said.WWAY reached out to our school’s insurance companies regarding the possibility of arming teachers.Liberty Mutual insures New Hanover County Schools.They sent WWAY the following statement:“Liberty Mutual Insurance does not automatically decline a school because they have decided to authorize certain individuals to carry firearms. If a school board chooses, pursuant to its authority under state law, to authorize specific school employees to possess certain firearms on school property, we would underwrite the exposure as we would any other exposure, by evaluating exposure characteristics, school protocols and controls, risk management approach, and the legal environment.”WWAY reached out to NC School Boards Trust who insures Brunswick, Bladen, Pender, Columbus Counties and Whiteville City Schools for comment. They have still not returned our calls or emails. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — While many schools have heard about the possibility of arming teachers in the classroom, most schools in our area have not even entertained the idea.However, if that were an option the insurance industry might have the final say.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) leader Adrian Delia warned that the next election counts also as a referendum on the abortion issue as the Party of European Socialist (PES) are promising European women the choice to abort.Whilst speaking in Mellieħa, Delia explained how the PN is a member of the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) and how the EEP’s electoral manifesto does not make any reference to abortion. He also read a part of the PES’s electoral manifesto pertaining to the same issue stating that every woman will have the right to decide upon the life of the child in her womb.He stressed that every seat given to a PL candidate will be a vote in favour of abortion and added that the PL is not saying the truth because “they have something to hide”.Delia emotionally proclaimed that that this is the Maltese moral standard and that the PN can negotiate on everything but not will negotiate upon life.Thanks to all Mothers At the beginning of his speech, Adrian Delia referred to all the mothers and thanked his mother for his upbringing and the morals and values which she instilled in him.He dismissed reports in the local newspapers that stated that the PN as a party and himself as the party’s leader “dreamt” on making an anti-abortion campaign.He explained that it was the same government that removed the words mother and father and removed every reference that protect the unborn child from the Maltese laws. He reminded his audience that when the PN asked why this reference was removed the government replied that it was done in order to protect the same women. Delia added that half of those born are female and therefore with such measure the government denied such right to these unborn females.Delia explained that every elected PN candidate will work with the largest EP group in Europe so that abortion does not become legal in Malta.Environment and climate change PN leader Adrian Delia then turned his focus on pollution and said that todays’ decisions might save our future. He also referred to Greta Thunberg the young Swedish activist that has appealed to politicians for better long-term plans on our eco-system.Delia also mentioned the new ‘forest’ project in Ta’Qali. He said that environmentalists uncovered the truth when they said that part of the project was already set up by the PN in the previous legislation whilst the rest is land used for agricultural purposes.Delia stressed that the government is only interested in numbers and data and is ignored the daily struggles that the Maltese have to go through such. He mentioned particularly the accommodation problem and how it is impacting negatively young people who cannot afford to buy a place for their own.Adrian Delia praised the work that the current PN MEPs do where they “sacrifice time from their family, and have the will and the courage too go to the Ep and instead of representing the government they represent the Maltese people”.Delia appealed to everyone to go out and vote. He said that it is not yet the time for the current government to be ousted however it is time that for those in power to eat humble pie.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: Marketing Land Advertisement Amazon Inc. is investing between $250,000 and $500,000 in Bluetooth technology company TrackR to extend the reach of its Alexa virtual assistant, according to a source familiar with the matterAlexa is the cloud-based system that controls the Amazon Echo, a speaker system launched by Amazon in 2014 that has emerged as a surprise hit. “Alexa” is the name the device responds to when users make requests, such as “turn on radio.”Amazon and TrackR declined to comment on the size of the investment. – Advertisement – Like Apple Inc’s Siri and Google’s Google Now, Alexa is designed to answer questions or take other actions in response to simple voice queries.Unlike its rivals, Amazon allows non-Amazon devices to integrate Alexa technology. The investment in TrackR came through Amazon’s $100 million “Alexa Fund,” which invests in and supports technologies that broaden Alexa’s abilities.Santa Barbara, California-based TrackR uses Bluetooth technology to help track lost items. Users put a small chip on an item, such as a wallet or TV remote, and can order those products to make a sound through their phone so that they can be found.If a TrackR customer loses an item out of Bluetooth reach, any TrackR user can connect to the device using the company’s network to alert the owner of the lost item.The Alexa partnership will give the TrackR service a voice response capability and will also integrate in the other direction and enable people to find their lost items via the Echo.“The ability to bring on more partners and realize that you are building an entire ecosystem – I think that is what was really important for us,” said Chris Herbert, who co-founded TrackR with friend Christian Smith in 2009.[related-posts]TrackR raised $8.7 million last year in a Series A round led by Foundry Group.Amazon has made roughly 15 investments so far through the Alexa Fund, including The Orange Chef, which helps connect kitchen prep devices, and Garageio, which makes a connected garage door opener.[Reuters]last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: techradar Advertisement Nokia has released a cloud version of its NetAct network management system (NMS).NetAct Cloud is getting ready to meet the vast data handling demands of 5G networks and the move towards hardware-agnostic deployment scenarios. Providing automated and complete mobile network control, NetAct Cloud also protects today’s NMS investments as operators plan for 5G.In addition, Nokia introduces NetAct Fast Pass, an innovative technology that allows operators to deploy new network features instantly at a lower cost by eliminating the need to upgrade the entire NMS in advance. Fast Pass enables key network management functions to be implemented without downtime, while more advanced features can be introduced with a scheduled NMS upgrade. – Advertisement – Operators can now choose between the existing virtualized NetAct and the new NetAct Cloud in accordance with their data center strategy. NetAct Cloud can be deployed on the same platform as other IT and telco systems in data centers. This enables operators to apply unified operational and maintenance processes and tools to reduce costs and scale.Bhaskar Gorti, Applications & Analytics president at Nokia, said: “NetAct Cloud was built with an evolution towards 5G in mind. We added capabilities to deploy network features faster and work smoothly in cloud environments. With these enhancements, Nokia is well equipped to help our more than 500 NetAct customers safeguard their network management investment while preparing their networks for the future.”last_img read more

first_img(L-R) Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda and Jean Baguma, Marketing Manager Huawei Uganda unveil the latest flagship Huawei Mate 9 at Kinetic Shop on 24th Jan 2017. Advertisement Huawei Consumer Business Group today unveiled its latest high end flagship in the Mate series; the Huawei Mate 9, which was launched last year in November 2016. The phablet has finally has been made available in Uganda and ready for purchase before end of February 2017.Speaking at the unveil held at Kinetic – Huawei’s brand shop and service centre, Jean Baguma, Marketing Manager Huawei Uganda said, the phablet seeks to solve issues of smartphone sluggishness and unresponsiveness by optimizing both the hardware and the software to bring consumers a new kind of smartphone experience.“The Huawei Mate 9 is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 960 chipset – designed specifically to meet the needs of a premium Android smartphone,” she said. – Advertisement – Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda who was also present at the unveil added saying, “The unique combination of hardware and software guarantees that the Huawei Mate 9 will bring consumers a new kind of smartphone experience.’(L-R) Sam Cris Ayo, Device Services Manager Huawei Uganda reviews the recently unveiled Mate 9 specifications with Robinah Nankabirwa, Huawei Promoter, Space Marketing.Specifications In regards to specs, the phablet spots a 4,000mAh high-density battery with the more energy efficient Kirin 960 and a new generation of Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, significantly extending battery life, a talk time of up by 40%, and gaming time by 20%, and also supports 20 hours of continuous video playback, 30 hours of 3G calling, 20 hours of 4G browsing, and up to 105 hours of music playback.A snapshot of the recently unveiled Huawei flagship Mate 9. The HUAWEI MATE 9 combines a 4000 mAh high-density battery with the more energy efficient Kirin 960 and a new generation of Huawei’s SuperCharge technology.Following the incredible success of the Huawei P9, the Mate 9 also comes packed with the second generation Leica dual-lens camera, created with the Mate series user in mind. Co-engineered with Leica, the Mate 9’s dual lenses work in concert to capture and reproduce stunning details, taking them one step closer to professional cameras.The dual-SIM Mate 9’s full-metal unibody frame design is refined with a curved back, optimized for the perfect balance of ruggedness and refinement and its construction demonstrates artisan-caliber metalworking.[related-posts]The Mate also has more bandwidths including; five 2G bands, nine 3G bands, and 20 4G bands, as well as easy roaming in 217 countries and regions than any other smartphone.last_img read more

first_imgMTN Uganda Chief Executive, Wim Vanhelleputte addressing press at one of the telcos gathering in Kampala. Advertisement MTN Uganda Chief Executive, Wim Vanhelleputte has been deported back to his home country Belgium. According to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the telco’s boss was deported over allegations of “engagement in acts which compromise the country’s national security”However, the allegations are still unclear.It’s reported that the Mr. Wim departed Uganda at 11PM (EAT) on Thursday 14, February 2019 aboard Brussels Airlines. MTN Uganda this morning said via Twitter, it has appointed Gordian Kyomukama, currently Chief Technology Officer, as Acting CEO. – Advertisement – In a letter signed by Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo, Mr. Wim is to stay outside Uganda indefinitely. The deportation order, stated that Mr. Wim was deported in accordance with section 60 (1) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act. The order further states that, Mr. Wim has been deemed to be undesirable immigrant by virtue of section 52 (g) of the Uganda Citizenship and Immigration Control Act.His deportation comes three weeks after three of telco’s senior staff including; Olivier Prentout (French), Annie Bilenge Tabura (Rwandese) and Ms. Elsa Mussolini (Italy) were deported on the same allegations of comprising national security.After Elsa deportation, Wim was summoned along with Anthony Katamba; General Manager corporate services as well as Chief Legal Counsel at MTN Uganda — questioned by detectives at Special Investigations Division about the three staff members involvement in activities considered to be subversive to the country..According to SoftPower, Wim stayed in contact with the deported staff members, which he admitted to doing so. A security official close to this case told the news website the MTN boss was obstructing investigations in matters concerning with national security.Police is said to issue an official statement regrading the deportation on Wim Vanhelleputte later today. [related-posts]Editor’s Note : This article has been updated since its time of publication.last_img read more

first_imgAct. Executive Director of NITA Uganda (extreme right) poses in a group photo with the eGovernment Execllence Award judges; Japheth Kawanguzi; Founder The Innovation Village (extreme left), DFCU Group CEO, Matthias Katamba (2nd left), and Dr. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga; associate professor of Information Systems at Makerere University (2nd right) at the eGovernment Expo on Friday 21st, June 2019. Advertisement The National Information Technology Authority (NITA) Uganda has two announced two more judges for the eGovernment excellence Awards. The announcement was made at the eGovernment expo that is happening at garden city in Kampala.Dr. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga and Japheth Kawanguzi as two judges will join DFCU Group CEO, Matthias Katamba — who happens to be the head judge. Katamba was announced head judge on Tuesday 18th, June 2019.Dr. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga is an associate professor of Information Systems at Makerere University while Japheth Kawanguzi is the Founder, tech and incubation hub; The Innovation Village. – Advertisement – NITA launched the eGovernment Excellence Awards last month as a way to recognize government MDAs playing a remarkable role in availing online government service to the public.The awards are running under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”. NITA Uganda’s Act. ED; Peter Kahiigi says the awards aim to share experiences with various government entities across the country.The categories for the awards are — Outstanding Web-portal Award, e-Service Excellence, e-Government Agency of the Year, e-Government Citizens’ Choice Award, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year.NITA-U has partnered with Ernst Young to ensure that there is a high caliber of adjudication and quality assurance, thereby delivering a credible and reputable vetting process.Unlike other categories, e-Government Citizens’ Choice Award is open for the general public to vote. The award looks at government MDAs that delivery efficient and effective services to the citizens. The MDAs listed for this category are; Electoral Commission, DCIC, KCCA, NWSC, NSSF, UNEB, URA, URSB, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. (VOTE)Slated to happen on Thursday 27th, June 2019, the award ceremony is to take place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.last_img read more

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first_imgInterview: ROGER BARTON The legendary greyhound bookmaker and former ‘King of Billingsgate’ talks about his life in betting rings and fish markets. In this candid two part interview Roger talks about the betting ring, Billingsgate, doing ‘time’ for firearms offences in his youth. His bad days at the dogs and in the market, cycling, swimming and regrets plus his three rules for life. Meeting Roger Barton.ROGER BARTON (part 1 of 2)Roger Barton – legendary greyhound bookmaker and former ‘King’ of Billingsgate talks about his life in the betting ring and in the fish market. He tells us about, punters he fears and the best ever he knew, he talks about his worst ever day at the races and as a fishmonger, both cost him five-figures and explains why Billingsgate hurt much more.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ROGER BARTON (part 2 of 2)Roger Barton – legendary greyhound bookmaker and former ‘King’ of Billingsgate talks about his brush with the law in his early days which resulted in three years in prison for firearms offences. What was more hostile, prison, the betting ring or Billingsgate? Why did some call him ‘The Bastard of Billingsgate’, what he does to keep sharp, what he’d change about his career and three rules for life. Emotional stuff. #BettingPeople<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ROGER BARTON (BONUS VIDEO)Greyhound bookmaker Roger Barton and Karen McMillan, Manager at Coral-Romford Stadium talk about combating underage gambling at the track and the steps they are taking.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: Consumer responses to Gulf oil spill reflect Americans’ changing corporate expectationsCompanies need to be responsible to shareholders and society Just as President Barack Obama called for in his address to the nation last night, Americans are demanding that BP and all other companies be responsible to both their shareholders and society, according to a new report from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The rigorous survey-based nationwide study of U.S. adults aware of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents strongly agree that the spill shows that businesses need to be more socially responsible and they agree that socially responsible corporations can also create a lot of wealth for their shareholders. “Over the years, there has been a core shift in the American public’s expectations,” said Vikas Mittal, professor of marketing at the Jones School. “The old idea was that businesses were only responsible to their shareholders. But now people are realizing that this isn’t a zero-sum game. No matter their political leanings, Americans expect corporations to be profitable, sustainable and socially responsible.”Mittal and his co-author, Rajan Sambandam from the market research company TRC, surveyed a national sample of 522 adults using a scale where zero indicated complete disagreement and 10 indicated complete agreement. On the 0-to-10 scale, Republicans with an average rating of 7.9, Independents (8.3) and Democrats (8.3) agreed that ”socially responsible corporations can also create a lot of wealth for their shareholders.” Independents (9.0) and Democrats (8.7) agreed somewhat more than Republicans (8.0) that ”corporate social responsibility is just as important as corporate shareholder responsibility.” Even given the current spill, Americans aren’t ready for government to completely ban offshore drilling, according to the study. When asked whether the oil spill made them more likely to support a ban on offshore drilling, Republican ratings averaged 3.3, Democrats 5.8 and Independents 5.3 in support of a ban. Republicans disagreed sharply with Independents and Democrats on issues concerning offshore drilling. On the 0-to-10 scale, Republicans more strongly agreed that:The government should allow offshore exploration (7.8).Offshore drilling is critical for America to maintain its competitiveness (8.2).“People are recognizing business is a key driver of economic and societal progress,” Mittal said. “They understand the best way is not to block the economic process of running a business, but to expect companies and their CEOs to create shareholder wealth while being socially responsible.” Mittal noted that business executives are realizing the changing expectations. He cited a 2010 study that showed 60 percent of business executives consider sustainability issues to be very or extremely important in their overall corporate strategy. “I expect this proportion to only grow in the coming future,” he said. “However, I concur with the public’s general view that populist government interventions that block progress are unlikely to solve complex issues facing societies — of which public, business and government are co-equal keystakeholders.”To read the survey questions and view the complete results, visit more information or to interview Mittal, contact Jessica Stark at or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more