On Saturday the Fabian Society will hold its summ

first_imgOn Saturday, the Fabian Society will hold its summer conference with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and with LabourList as media partner. The all day event from 10am to 5pm in London will feature speakers from across the labour movement, including shadow cabinet members Jonathan Ashworth and Angela Rayner and senior backbencher Yvette Cooper.The Shadow Health Secretary is expected to make a policy announcement, while the rest of the conference will discuss current challenges for Labour in light of the disappointing set of European election results and amid  ongoing internal conflict over the party’s Brexit position.Where next for Brexit? Boris Johnson is expected to be Prime Minister, but it isn’t clear how likely no deal will become, with the frontrunner’s alternative plans looking unfeasible particularly if he sticks to the promise of leaving by October 31st. A panel in the morning – featuring Stella Creasy MP, The New Statesman‘s Stephen Bush and Richard Corbett MEP – will explore possible next steps.Other panels throughout the day will cover topics such as the climate crisis with shadow minister Alan Whitehead, the path to a Labour majority with LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers, social security with MPs Rosie Duffield and Karen Buck, immigration with Lord Dubs, ‘intergenerational innovation’, youth homelessness, populism with Wes Streeting MP, the future of the European left and industrial strategy.Angela Rayner, Shadow Education Secretary, will deliver the final keynote speech before the event closes at 5pm followed by post-conference drinks.The full-day conference offers an opportunity for Fabian members and Labour activists to meet each other, debate policy and discuss the future of the party. As the media partner, LabourList will bring you all the day’s coverage here and on Twitter @LabourList.The conference will be held on Saturday 29th June 2019 at Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS, from 10am to 5pm. View the full agenda and buy your ticket here. Tags:Fabian Society /Yvette Cooper /Fabian Conference /Jonathan Ashworth /Angela Rayner /Fabian summer conference 2019 /FEPSFabSummer /last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn sent an email to all Labour members

first_imgJeremy Corbyn sent an email to all Labour members this morning with a “Brexit update” following consultation with the shadow cabinet, MPs, affiliated unions and the party’s national executive committee.The Labour leader’s message outlines part of the Brexit position agreed by trade unions on Monday, which consists of two ‘scenarios’. But only the first, which commits Labour in opposition to backing Remain against a Tory deal or no deal, is explained and endorsed.The second scenario set out by trade unions – which commits Labour in a general election to backing a public vote on its own negotiated deal but not necessarily to supporting Remain – is not mentioned.“Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote,” the email reads. “In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either no deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.”However, whether Corbyn’s party would support its own deal or Remain in a public vote held under a Labour government remains unclear. The email describes Labour’s “compromise plan” as a “sensible alternative that could bring the country together”.Below is the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s email to Labour members.Dear member,I am proud to lead the Labour Party – the greatest political party and social movement in this country.We all recognise that the issue of Brexit has been divisive in our communities and sometimes in our party too.As democrats, Labour accepted the result of the 2016 referendum. In our 2017 manifesto, Labour also committed to oppose a no deal Brexit and the Tories’ Brexit plans – which threatened jobs, living standards, and the open multicultural society that we as internationalists value so much.I want to pay tribute to Keir Starmer and the shadow Brexit team for holding the government to account during this process. That helped secure a meaningful vote on their deal – which we then defeated three times – including inflicting the largest ever defeat on any government. And following their refusal to publish their legal advice, this government became the first to be held in contempt of parliament.Labour set out a compromise plan to try to bring the country together based around a customs union, a strong single market relationship and protection of environmental regulations and rights at work. We continue to believe this is a sensible alternative that could bring the country together.But the Prime Minister refused to compromise and was unable to deliver, so we ended cross-party talks.Now both Tory leadership candidates are threatening a No Deal Brexit – or at best a race to the bottom and a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump: that runs down industry, opens up our NHS and other public services to yet more privatisation, and shreds environmental protections, rights at work and consumer standards.I have spent the past few weeks consulting with the shadow cabinet, MPs, affiliated unions and the NEC. I have also had feedback from members via the National Policy Forum consultation on Brexit.Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or No Deal, back to the people in a public vote.In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.Labour has a crucial, historic duty to safeguard jobs, rights and living standards. But no Brexit outcome alone can do that.We need a general election. After nine years of austerity, too many people in this country cannot find decent secure well-paid work, and have to rely on public services that have been severely cut back.Our country is ravaged by inequality and rising poverty, huge regional imbalances of investment, and the government is failing to tackle the climate emergency facing us all.That is why we need a Labour government to end austerity and rebuild our country for the many not the few.Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Public vote /last_img read more

Developments in Development No Light

first_imgIf you hoped that there is a light at the end of the tunnel where maybe housing prices would  become sane again, don’t, says Curbed. They used an analysis from AppFolio, and an expert who said the chances of rents actually dropping, let alone down to reasonable amounts, are pretty slim. SFGate has a more optimistic interpretation of the same data, pointing out that at least the crazy rent increases have slowed down – but notice that’s not saying rents are going to fall dramatically.So it looks like we’ll continue to see things like this ground-floor studio in a senior home being leased to tech workers…especially as it may be on the market again, if those perforated metal window coverings are any indication. And we will continue to feel that $175,000 is a steal for a gutted, empty studio space with no plumbing or walls.And I guess rooms in SROs will continue to cost more than $1200 a month. Although I would hope that people like this person trying to rent a studio for $3,300 a month might reconsider. Or at least reconsider their use of ellipses, and maybe provide more than a mysterious blurred photo of what is either a lightning storm, or simply a premonition of the hell that you would experience if you were to take the apartment.(Side note: My favorite column Apartment Sadness has apparently taken a leave of absence so I decided to fill in, but in perusing Craigslist there were a couple of decent studios out there for $2,000 or so in the Mission so not everything is this bad.) 0% Chin up, though – it can always be worse and, in fact, it was worse in 2007. At least when you look at how many people in the area could theoretically afford to buy a house. According to Curbed, fewer could do so in 2007 than can now.So yeah, the pressure is still there on renters, which is why pro-affordability advocates will continue to put pressure on the city and on developers to squish as much affordable housing into new buildings as possible. In one recent case, a developer agreed to go as high as 25 percent affordable on a Mission proposal, though with the passage of Prop C in June that may have to become the new baseline.As new residents continue to flood in, so do the gripes about how slow San Francisco’s transportation system is. A while ago there was an announcement about how the city is hoping to figure out its 50-year plan for transit in the city. Now there’s an actually kind of fun way to contribute feedback: An interactive map on which you can place subway lines and stops to your heart’s delight. Try not to drool on anything.If you regularly read this column (surprising) and you regularly read through to the end (shocking!) then you would normally at this point encounter a listing of recent business openings and closures. We’ve decided that since most people are not like you, we will be posting those items individually in shorter pieces – like so. center_img Tags: development • housing • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Artists Landlords Get Fire Safety Tips from City Officials

first_imgScott Weaver, a tenant rights attorney, said tenant protections in San Francisco are extensive and the most common scenario that leads to displacement is that tenants don’t know their rights.“They rely on anecdotal evidence,” he said. “Whether residential or commercial, 80-90 percent of the time, cases are settled out of court. Compare that to just leaving when your landlord tells you to.”A few practical tips were also offered. Event organizer Spike Kahn, who runs an arts space called the Pacific Felt Factory, had a few hundred smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on hand to pass out. More are available to those who need them by contacting Kahn and the organizations under the United to Save the Mission umbrella. Landlords must meet stringent inspection requirements for fire extinguishers, but tenants can also get their own, which just need to be replaced every five years (or when the manufacturer specifies). They should also be shaken every month to keep the extinguishing powder from settling and caking at the bottom. Not every extinguisher works for every type of fire, and should have pictograms on the side denoting the fire it is best suited to extinguish.  The firefighters recommended multi-purpose extinguishers, specifically 2A:10BC types for residential and commercial spaces and 3A:40BC types for hazardous occupancies.Solvents and flammable liquids must be stored in airtight and flameproof containers, at least ten feet away from possible ignition sources . If there are more than five gallons in the building, they need to be in a flammable liquid safety cabinet. Rags soaked in liquids like linseed oil produce heat as the compounds decompose, and can spontaneously combust. So solvent-soaked rags can’t be piled or simply thrown into the trash, and instead should be disposed of in a metal container filled with water. There was also advice that tenants of any kind of building would do well to remember. Circuit breakers that repeatedly pop shouldn’t simply be replaced with higher-capacity breakers, since this actually burns the wires they are supposed to protect. Space heaters shouldn’t be plugged into extension cords.Extension cords are always inferior to hard-wiring and never a permanent solution, but if they must be used, high-quality surge-protected ones are preferable. “Piggybacking” one extension cord into another is a bad idea, fire officials said. As the night went on it also became clear that answering questions about specific safety challenges facing tenants or owners of underground live-work spaces turned out to be a difficult because the answers are always location-specific. One person wanted to know if rooms within other rooms, lacking their own windows, could be made safe by providing a skylight for egress.  The consensus seemed to be that they couldn’t, but this turned into a discussion of living spaces developing in warehouses.“You can’t have a generic rule. You really have to facilitate a situation where the landlord is willing to walk through this process with you,” said Debra Walker, who sits on the Building Inspection Commission and also lives in an artist live-work space. “Each warehouse has to be looked at to see if it can accommodate all of these requirements.”What would really help, said David X, who helped build out the mixed-use arts space CELLSpace in its heyday, would be the creation of a mixed-use inspection checklist that would help inspectors from any department immediately be able to identify the needs of buildings that don’t fall neatly into either residential or commercial categories. “The real work is to figure out mixed use spaces,” he said. After the meeting, he added, “This is a tough place for people [who work for] the city. People are asking about things that just don’t fall into their boxes.” Tags: Fires • housing • safety Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Fire Department members, a tenant lawyer, and Building Inspection officials on Tuesday night offered fire safety tips and encouraged tenants and landlords of live-work spaces to file complaints about safety concerns with the proper authority, be it the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, or the Fire Department. “If you feel comfortable, report it,” said Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter to a gathering of some 50 tenants and landlords held at the Brava Theater Tuesday night. “Make a report so we can go and make this safe for you and for everyone else.”A complaint of a hazard through the city’s tip systems is the best way to get knowledgeable eyes on the situation, and may end with a notice being sent to the landlord to make improvements. The panelists agreed that retaliatory evictions against tenants who made such complaints are prohibited in San Francisco. “You’re protected. They cannot just summarily evict you,” said Building Inspection Commissioner Debra Walker, who herself lives in a warehouse live-work space. Unless an immediate threat to safety exists in the building, tenants most likely don’t have to leave. center_img 0%last_img read more

SAINTS ran in eight tries as they overwhelmed Wake

first_imgSAINTS ran in eight tries as they overwhelmed Wakefield Wildcats 42-12 at Langtree Park in Jon Wilkin’s Testimonial.Paul Wellens and Ade Gardner each bagged a brace to leave Nathan Brown’s side undefeated in pre-season.Saints were clinical when given the chance and led 16-6 at half time.At a Baltic Langtree Park, James Roby and Willie Manu got the home side underway before Isaac Johns pulled one back for Wakefield.But a superb Paul Wellens score – laid on by Jon Wilkin – gave Saints a deserved lead.And once Lance Hohaia strolled over two minutes into the second half, it was a procession; Wellens, Gardner (2) and Lee Gaskell completing a comfortable win.Saints fielded their strongest side with Josh Perry the only change from the 13 that started the friendly against Huddersfield.Tony Puletua also returned to the team – on a subs bench that was reduced to seven replacements.Wakefield had a strong team out too with Danny Kirmond and Kyle Amor the ones to miss out.Saints were under pressure from the off as a couple of neatly taken chip kicks forced them back on their heels. The Wildcats then won a penalty which gave the Cats good field position.The defence were up to the job though and within a couple of minutes they forged ahead.A big drive from Josh Perry set up the space and once Steve Ganson had awarded the home side another set for offside, James Roby burst on to a pass.Jordan Turner missing the extras.Willie Manu increased the lead on 17 minutes after using this strength to push through the rearguard – goaled by Turner – and it could have been more seconds later but Lee Gaskell just couldn’t gather in a Sia Soliola pass.Wakefield replied immediately as Isaac John found a massive gap in the defence; Paul Sykes converting to make it 10-6.Both sides had chances to take the lead but when Saints were pinned on their own line they produced a drive of class that saw Wilkin setting up Paul Wellens for a great score.Manu was the architect, snatching the ball near his own line and offloading for Roby.Saints handling was then too quick for the Wildcats and Wilkin drew his opposite number for Wellens to fly over.Turner adding his second conversion of the afternoon.Two minutes into the second half, Lance Hohaia spotted a gap in the Wildcats’ line defence and scampered over from close distance.Turner goaled to make it 22-6 and seven minutes later Gardner crossed in the corner.Singleton’s knock on was scooped up by Hohaia who could have scored, but he choose to put in Wilkin who got caught.Yet the former Hull KR forward offloaded to Jonny Lomax and he span the pass for Gardner.Paul Wellens got his second and Saints’ sixth moments later and with less than 18 minutes to go Gaskell fired a nice pass for Turner to send Ade in for his second.Lance Hohaia got Gaskell away for Saints’ eighth but Wakefield nudged a late consolation through Lee Smith.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Roby, Manu, Wellens (2), Hohaia, Gardner (2), GaskellGoals: Turner (5 from 8)Wakefield:Tries: John, Smith L, Goals: Sykes (2)Penalties:Saints: 7Wakefield: 4HT: 16-6FT: 42-12REF: Ste GansonATT: 2158Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 20. Lee Gaskell, 7, Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin 13. Willie Manu.Subs: 2. Ade Gardner, 6. Lance Hohaia, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 15. Mark Flanagan, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley.Wakefield:1. Richard Mathers; 2. Peter Fox; 20. Reece Lyne, 4. Lee Smith, 5. Ben Cockayne, 6. Paul Sykes, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Justin Poore, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Andy Raleigh, 11. Ali Lauitiiti, 17. Frankie Mariano, 13. Danny Washbrook. Subs: 18. Kyle Trout, 21. Matt Wildie, 22. Danny Cowling, 23. Brad Singleton, 25. Isaac John, 27. Chris Annakin, 28. Liam Kay.last_img read more

WERE previewing the playoffs in the latest editio

first_imgWE’RE previewing the playoffs in the latest edition of the In Touch Podcast.Ahead of our match on Saturday against Hull KR we spoke to Nathan Brown and Paul Wellens.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.We also caught up with Rugby League journalist Ross Heppenstall at the Bradford T and A to get his views on the Playoff series.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email [email protected] podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.last_img

Stage legend Hal Holbrook retires before Thalian Hall performance

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A stage legend will not visit Wilmington next month after all.After 63 years, Hal Holbrook has decided to retire from performing his one-man show about Mark Twain.- Advertisement – Holbrook, who won a Tony and an Emmy for the role, was scheduled to perform at Thalian Hall October 20.Thalian plans to replace the show with a two-week run of “Give ’em Hell, Harry” with former president Harry Truman’s own grandson performing the title role.The show will begin October 12.last_img

Neighbors Farm stand sign thief has been charged

first_img00:00 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 BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) – After several months with dozens of signs being stolen, neighbors in one Belville community say justice has been served to the person they caught on camera taking the signs that advertised a community farm stand.The Olde Towne community reached out to WWAY early this month when camera footage showed an older woman stealing a sign advertising the Powell farm stand.- Advertisement – The stand serves as a way neighbors could by fresh produce and it is the sole income source for the family that runs it.Olde Towne farm stand signWe received an email tonight with that community saying the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office have identified and charged a woman with larceny and that she is awaiting a court date.Neighbors tell us the detective in the case informed them that she admitted to the crime and was caught with one of the stolen signs in the back of her SUV.Related Article: Belville town leaders update storm damage relief efforts at open forumThey say she was asked to return the sign.last_img read more

Fraternal Order of Police upset with city about how officers case was

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a strongly worded letter alleging a hostile workplace and significant problems inside the Wilmington Police Department. It’s a story only on WWAY.In a letter to Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and the city council, Fraternal Order of Police State President, Randy Hagler, expressed his concern in how the city handled Sgt. Kevin Tully’s case, where he sued the city after the city manager ruled he could not appeal the test.- Advertisement – Hagler says this is not the first complaint his group has heard about WPD, but this case stood out.“You should be, according to their own process, should be promoted, and then they decide they’re not going to for whatever arbitrary reason. It’s just deceiving. They’re plotting to have a process, if you’re going to still only promote who you choose to,” Hagler said.Earlier this month, the state supreme court ruled Tully has a constitutional claim against the city over a promotion test he failed and sent the case back to New Hanover County court, where a judge several years ago ruled Tully’s rights had not been violated.Related Article: Luncheon highlights ‘growth and transformation’ in downtown WilmingtonHagler hopes this will serve as a lesson for the city and WPD.“All we’re asking for you to do is take a look at your process and make adjustments accordingly. We’re not trying to get anybody in trouble, we just don’t want this to happen again,” Hagler said.In a memo to city council obtained by WWAY, City Attorney John Joye wrote, “the city is confident that Tully’s rights were not violated with respect to the promotional process and will continue to defend this matter through discovery and trial.”WWAY reached out to the members of the City Council for a comment. Clifford Barnett, Paul Lawler and Charlie Rivenbark did not return our call. Kevin O’Grady said he did not want to comment. Neil Anderson said “It’s one person, one issue,” and refused to comment. Mayor Bill Saffo is out of town and could not be reached. A Wilmington Police spokeswoman said the department will not comment.last_img read more

A fire is not going to stop us Church holds first service

first_img Pastors Mike and Cala Dickey were in Florida at a conference when they heard the news about their church. Pastor Mike said even though it is a lot to take in, this has brought the church closer and will not stop them from having worship.“I think the message we want to send is that we want to let the community know that we’re not going anywhere. This community means a lot to us and so we want to show them that there is still hope, and that Jesus is still the answer, and that a fire is not going to stop us,” Pastor Mike said.Pastor Mike said he hopes to stay in the community. He is not sure where services will be moving forward, but they will continue to have them.Related Article: Damage to centuries-old Pender church worse than from MatthewThe church is accepting donations on their website in the wake of the devastating fire. CityLife Church holds service in parking lot (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The church that was destroyed Wednesday after the Everybody’s Supermarket fire came together to worship in the parking lot this Sunday. Dozens of community members came out to the parking lot where CityLife church used to stand and continued their usual Sunday service.- Advertisement – last_img read more