Month: July 2019

The new chair of the equality watchdog has taken uThe new chair of the equality watchdog has taken u

first_imgThe new chair of the equality watchdog has taken up his new post, despite question-marks over potential conflicts of interest arising from his legal firm’s work for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and other government departments.David Isaac took up the post of chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) this week, as the watchdog prepares to investigate whether Conservative welfare reforms have breached the human rights of disabled people.But Isaac (pictured) is a partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, which has a “significant amount of business with the government”, including DWP.And he has specialised in his work at Pinsent Masons in providing advice on “major public and private sector UK and global commercial and outsourcing projects”, although the company has refused to say which outsourcing projects he has worked on for DWP.This week, he refused to comment when asked by Disability News Service (DNS) how he could head an investigation into the human rights implications of DWP welfare reforms on disabled people, when he appears to have been involved himself in delivering some of those reforms at Pinsent Masons.He took up his post after two parliamentary committees, the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) and the Commons women and equalities committee, appeared to back down over their concerns that his appointment would cause a “serious potential conflict of interest”.Harriet Harman, the Labour MP who chairs JCHR, said it was “essential that the holder of that post should be independent and is seen to be independent”, but that he had “moved to address this problem” by refusing to take any profits from Pinsent Masons’ advice to the government. Isaac has also promised not to advise government clients of Pinsent Masons while he is chair of EHRC.Both committees said the measures Isaac had taken “go a considerable way towards satisfying our concerns”.DNS has asked Harman whether the committee now believes Isaac is a suitable appointment, at a time when EHRC is about to investigate whether DWP breached the human rights of disabled people as a result of welfare reforms he might have been involved in.Harman had not responded by noon today (12 May).The two committees also pointed out that Isaac had still not addressed the “significant” issue of potential conflicts of interest arising from Pinsent Masons’ work for private sector clients which may be subject to EHRC investigation or enforcement action.The committees had previously warned that appointing Isaac as EHRC’s chair could put at risk the commission’s prestigious “A” status as a national human rights institution.DNS has also discovered that when Isaac applied to chair the watchdog, he told the government that he did not believe he had any “actual conflicts of interest”, despite his work for the government, although he said he would declare his previous role chairing the gay rights charity Stonewall and his current trusteeship of the Human Dignity Trust.Meanwhile, EHRC has published its strategic plan for 2016-19.Isaac, who will be paid £500 a day for up to 100 days’ work a year for the commission, said the plan “sets out an ambitious programme of work over the next three years that will improve the lives of people across Britain”.He said: “The commission must be a strong and independent expert body that drives change to make Britain fairer, tackles discrimination, and promotes equality of opportunity and human rights.”He added: “It underlines our commitment to bring about change and puts a particular emphasis on driving further improvements where national governments must do more to deliver the speed of progress required.”He also said he wanted the commission to “step up its work and be more ambitious in driving change to promote equality of opportunity and combat discrimination against disabled people”, and that “the government in particular needs to raise its game to improve the lives of disabled people”.last_img read more

SAINTS home game with Hull KR celebrates the contrSAINTS home game with Hull KR celebrates the contr

first_imgSAINTS home game with Hull KR celebrates the contribution of our Armed Forces as part of the wider Armed Forces Day commemorations.The match, which kicks off at 8pm on June 28, features a range of military themed events both inside and outside Langtree Park in the build-up to the Super League clash.Our local Territorial Army Regiment will be displaying some of their equipment as well as hosting some interactive activities outside the Solarking South Stand.And we’ve once again linked up with the ABF – The Soldier’s Charity, who are match programme sponsors for the game, to help highlight some of the activity they undertake to look after injured soldiers once they leave the armed forces.One of the ABF’s representatives will carry out the matchball as was so poignantly done at the same fixture last season by local ABF ambassador Andy Reid.On the day we will also welcome the Rugby League teams from various local Regiments to show our appreciation for their efforts in defending our country.North West Regional Director of the ABF, Colonel Philip Naylor, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this special event at Langtree Park. The club have opened their doors to us and their commitment to the charity is superb.“We look forward to displaying what the charity does as well as taking in a superb game of Rugby League.”The Club now has a range of dual branded polo shirts sporting both the ABF and Saints crests on sale.A donation from each will be made to the ABF and are available in sizes S-3XL and are strictly limited in quantity.They will be available to pre-order online today at the Saints Superstore and will also be available to purchase in store on the day of the game.These are priced at £14.99 each or 2 for £25.Tickets for Friday’s match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on herelast_img read more

SAINTS unbeaten run was ended by Wigan in a rousinSAINTS unbeaten run was ended by Wigan in a rousin

first_imgSAINTS unbeaten run was ended by Wigan in a rousing Good Friday derby.In front of a packed house a Tommy Makinson double wasn’t enough as the Warriors won 33-14Saints made far too many errors and found their opposition mean in defence and clinical going forward.Wigan led 20-14 at half time thanks to the boot of ex-Saint Matty Smith.Both sides scored three tries apiece but two conversions and a bizarre penalty on the buzzer gave the visitors the advantage.Saints didn’t get going in the second as Liam Farrell and Joe Burgess scored within the first few minutes of the restart.That left Nathan Brown’s side with an uphill task and although Luke Walsh tried to rally his troops they couldn’t find the execution they desired.Matty Smith making the game safe with a one-pointer late on.Saints may have lacked the punch Willie Manu and Anthony Laffranchi would have brought but Mark Flanagan and Greg Richards did well in their place.Adam Swift was ruled out with a knock, allowing Matty Dawson to move to his more accustomed position on the wing.The crowd was massive, the build up huge… and Wigan got a gigantic start when a loose carry from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook saw the ball jarred from his grasp at the kick off.Saints defended one set but Sean O’Loughlin burrowed over on the next.Smith with the extras.The home side didn’t hang about though and on their next set they replied.Jonny Lomax took on the line, darted through the slightest of gaps and Tommy Makinson scored in the corner.One handed…Lomax broke again in the tenth minute and then a minute later Saints almost scored again.Alex Walmsley got Luke Walsh involved and his ball found Jon Wilkin and then Matty Dawson.But it was chalked off for obstruction.On the 17th minute Wigan went ahead. Blake Green poked his way through at dummy half, O’Loughlin made the break and he fired a nice pass out for Dan Sarginson to score.Smith with the conversion off the touchline.Wigan’s kicking game was better than Saints’ and it showed with their next try. A great chip over on the last beat the leaping Jordan Turner.The Warriors then recycled the ball and Liam Farrell wrong footed Lomax.There is steel and strength in this Saints team though and they hit back on 25 minutes.Walsh was again involved moving the ball quickly to Makinson for his second as Saints took full advantage of a penalty.With five minutes left in the half it really was game on.Jordan Turner had one disallowed as the ball was stripped from him two on one as he went over.Saints were given the penalty and Turner made no mistake the second time round after great footwork from Lance Hohaia.That brought the score back to 18-14, but Smith kicked a penalty right on the stroke of half time.Much to the annoyance of the home support.It was a lead they extended within four minutes of the second half.On the last Liam Farrell hacked a ball forward, it hit Lomax square in the chest and fell nicely back into the welcome arms of the second rower.Seconds later Wigan should have been penalised as Lomax chased a kick through – but they returned the ball with interest and Joe Burgess scorched over in the corner.Richards was hit by a flying O’Loughlin elbow/forearm on 50 minutes – a tackle that saw the Wigan player placed on report.Saints had chances in the final 20 but found their ball control lacking at crucial times.Wigan’s defence was on the up at every set tooMatty Smith tagged a drop goal with less than 12 remaining but the game was gone then.Saints stay top of the tree but will have to regroup and go again on Easter Monday at Widnes before the tough trip to Headingley next Saturday.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Makinson (2), TurnerGoals: Walsh (1 from 3)Wigan: Tries: O’Loughlin, Sarginson, Farrell (2), BurgessGoals: Smith (6 from 7)Drop: SmithPenalties: Saints: 6Wigan: 5HT: 14-20FT: 14-33REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 17980Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 18. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 27. Greg Richards.Wigan: 1. Matty Bowen; 23. Dan Sarginson, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. Ian Thornley, 32. Joe Burgess; 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Ben Flower, 25. John Bateman, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 22. Eddy Pettybourne, 24. Tony Clubb, 27. George Williams, 28. Jordan James.last_img read more

SAINTS are well represented in England Rugby LeaguSAINTS are well represented in England Rugby Leagu

first_imgSAINTS are well represented in England Rugby League’s Youth and Academy squads for the 2016 season.Matty Ashcroft, Paul Nash and Sean Croston have been named in the Youth set-up whilst Kevin Brown, Matthew Lees, Brad Pinder, Josh Eaves and Robert Fairclough (pictured) are in the Academy.“The performance staff at St Helens would like to congratulate all those players selected,” Saints Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw said. “It promises to be an exciting year for the Academy squad (Under 18s) as there is a mid-season tour to Australia to face the formidable Australian schoolboys, so it is all to play for.“All those players in the England Academy set up were members of our unbeaten Australia tour last October so will be well placed should the make the final touring party.“We’re also particularly pleased for Josh Eaves after his facial injury restricted his game time on our tour.”He continued: “The England Youth team face France this year and the players selected have been rewarded with their performances last August when playing for an under 15s England team against Wales.“All those players selected have done so through their hard work, commitment and dedication and their families, clubs, schools and themselves should rightly be proud.“But I’d also like to take the opportunity to remind those players not selected that they too have many opportunities to break into the England squads.“As a department we feel that many players are extremely unlucky not to have been selected and they shouldn’t be deterred from their goals of becoming a Super League player for St Helens.“Well done and the very best.”Coached by Gary Chambers, the 26-man England Youth squad train together each month between January and October and test themselves against France in Perpignan this March.Andy Kelly’s 37-man England Academy will also meet each month and well as facing France in May and a touring Australia in July.last_img read more

Wilmington congregation uses barroom for its churchWilmington congregation uses barroom for its church

first_img The services include two hours of prayer, music, Bible study and discussion. Pastor Matthew Ray says people often stick around afterward to keep the discussion going over a beer.Ray says that instead of a traditional sermon he opens a discussion and the group then talks about real-world problems and applies Bible teachings to them. The gatherings typically draw 15 to 30 people.Barry Owings frequently attends what’s known as Church at the Sour Barn with his wife. He describes it as an alternative to conventional church. Employee pours beer at Waterline Brewing Company on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Since April, a North Carolina bar known for craft beer has been holding church services.The Wilmington StarNews reports that a small congregation meets three Sundays each month at The Sour Barn in Ogden. The bar is affiliated with Broomtail Craft Brewery.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two Tabor City residents identified in Loris SC pond drowningTwo Tabor City residents identified in Loris SC pond drowning

first_img@Hcfirerescue personnel performing Dive Rescue Operations at the crash incident on 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD in overnight hours found a vehicle in appropriately 18 feet of water. No victims located. Dive Operations will resume at 10am this morning— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. @Hcfirerescue personnel now performing Dive Rescue Operations at the crash incident on 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD with a vehicle in a pond. Divers are in the water at this time.— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017 Two Tabor City residents identified as victims in Loris pond drowning (WPDE) LORIS, SC (WPDE) – Horry County Fire Rescue’s Dive Rescue Team recovered two victims in a pond in Loris Saturday.The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Edgar Domenico-Torres and 26-year-old Phillip Taylor of Tabor City, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden.- Advertisement – Domenico-Torres and Taylor both died as a result of drowning.The car was found submerged in about 18 ft of water. @hcfirerescue & Loris FD responding to 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD for a Vehicle Crash. 9-1-1 Caller States vehicle in pond and occupant is on top of car. First unit on location reports vehicle submerged and requested Dive Rescue Resources— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017Related Article: Man wanted for several burglaries escapes custody in handcuffs@Hcfirerescue personnel now performing Dive Rescue Operations at the crash incident on 1070 HULLS ISLAND RD with a vehicle in a pond. Divers are in the water at this time.— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) December 16, 2017last_img read more

CFPUA looks at adding 46M filtration system on your dime at firstCFPUA looks at adding 46M filtration system on your dime at first

first_img The board said they’ve spent almost $2 million to deal with GenX so far. They also discussed the possibility of a $46 million granulated activated carbon filtration system. They have filed a lawsuit against Chemours to pay for the system, but initially, the cost may fall on customers.“We will need to move forward with the plant before this lawsuit is resolved. So in that case, our customers will initially be paying for that, but again we don’t believe that something they should be paying for, which is why we are taking the legal action,” Flechtner said.As for the recent Fluoride incident, a mechanical malfunction allowed a high amount of fluoride to enter the water. CFPUA agreed to give affected customers a $5 credit.Related Article: TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from you“Our customers were inconvenienced by what happened at the nano-plant with the fluoride overdose. And this is just a recognition to them that they may have had to go out and use bottled water and that they were inconvenienced by this and it’s a small way we can show our appreciation for the inconvenience that they went through,” Flechtner said.CFPUA is working on new short term and long term systems to make sure this doesn’t happen again. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — GenX and Fluoride are both major concerns when it comes to water in the area.“We wanted to make sure that our customers knew what we knew and when we knew it,” Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Executive Director Jim Flechtner said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Coast Guard Boat hits two kayaking in Oak IslandCoast Guard Boat hits two kayaking in Oak Island

first_img According to reports, it happened in the Intracoastal Waterway near the SE 49th Street.Coast Guard crews say the boat captain stopped to help the kayakers and took them to EMS.No word yet on the extent of their injures.Related Article: Oak Island Pier set to reopen WednesdayA man was sent the hospital after a boat accident near Figure Eight Island Sunday.A Wilmington man was charged following a boat crash along the Southport waterfront last Thursday. (Photo: MGN Online) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We’re getting details about another accident on the water in our area. This is the third within the past week.The US Coast Guard says a boat hit two kayakers in Oak Island just before 9 p.m. Monday.- Advertisement – last_img

Some American Airlines flights cancelled at ILM due to technical issueSome American Airlines flights cancelled at ILM due to technical issue

first_imgPSA Airlines, an @AmericanAir regional carrier, experienced a technical issue 6/14. AA & PSA are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Customers are encouraged to check flight status on @AmericanAir app or at before heading to the airport.— ILM Airport (@ILMairport) June 15, 2018Related Article: Fetus found in bathroom of American Airlines flight out of CharlotteWSOC reports that thousands of passengers are stranded at Charlotte-Douglas Internation Airport. There were roughly 275 flights canceled, with about 120 of them in Charlotte. American Airlines jets on the runway at Wilmington International Airport. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you or someone you know has a flight booked on American Airlines today, check your flight’s status before you head out the door.American Airlines announced that their regional carrier, PSA Airlines, experienced a technical issue that cancelled flights last night and this morning.- Advertisement – They are working on the problem and hope to have it fixed by noon.Several flights in and out of Wilmington International to Charlotte have been cancelled as a result.last_img read more

Cupcakes for a cause Buy one to support NC BattleshipCupcakes for a cause Buy one to support NC Battleship

first_img $1 from the sale of every red, white and blue cupcake will support the ship’s restoration efforts. This started on July 1 and will last through Thursday.Shops are located on Kerr Avenue and The Forum. Apple Annie’s Bake Shop in Wilmington is raising money for the USS North Carolina Battleship. (Photo: Apple Annie’s Bake Shop) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Make your week a little sweeter by enjoying a cupcake for a good cause.Apple Annie’s Bake Shop in Wilmington is raising money for the USS North Carolina Battleship.- Advertisement – last_img

Students send cards care packages to overseas soldiersStudents send cards care packages to overseas soldiers

first_img2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One Brunswick County elementary school is sending the Christmas spirit to soldiers serving overseas.Students at Southport Elementary School wrote cards and put them with packages filled with snacks and toiletries. Students also sent some care packages to the military men and women. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) An employee at the central office has a son in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division who recently deployed to Afghanistan.The students wanted to send him and his team care packages for the holidays.Southport Elementary staff donated the funds to get the items to the soldiers. – Advertisement – Cards sent to troops by Southport Elementary students (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) Cards sent to troops by Southport Elementary students (Photo: Brunswick County Schools)center_img 1 of 6 Cards sent to troops by Southport Elementary students (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) Students also sent some care packages to the military men and women. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) Cards sent to troops by Southport Elementary students (Photo: Brunswick County Schools)last_img read more

Former Oak Island chief hired in Boiling Spring LakesFormer Oak Island chief hired in Boiling Spring Lakes

first_imgGreg Jordan (Photo: Town of Oak Island) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We have an update on the former Oak Island Police chief who abruptly resigned in October.Greg Jordan left after decades of service with Oak Island Police.- Advertisement – We now know he will begin patrol for the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department this week.City Manager Jeff Repp says they have hired Jordan as a police officer.His first day will be Wednesday.last_img

Whiteville man in jail for shooting now linked to 2017 murderWhiteville man in jail for shooting now linked to 2017 murder

first_img After an extensive investigation by the Whiteville Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, 22-year-old Cory Hines was served with an arrest warrant Thursday, charging him with the murder of Dew.According to Whiteville PD, Hines was served earlier Thursday while he was present in Columbus County Court for a State Probation and Parole hearing.In addition to the murder charge, Hines was also charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.Related Article: Tabor City man robbed at gunpoint by two men, including ‘friend’Hines is currently in custody for a shooting that happened in November 2017 at the Saw Mill Apartments. Hines was arrested on December 21, 2017.He remains in custody at the Sampson County Jail with no bond, and is awaiting a trial date on these new charges. Corey Tashombae Hines and Elliot Ward Dew (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A man in jail for a November 2017 shooting has now been linked to fatal shooting that happened a month later at a convenience store in Whiteville.On December 11, 2017, at 11:30 p.m., Elliot Dew was shot and killed while sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked in the Happy Mart Parking Lot at JK Blvd. and Virgil Street. Deron Dewitt Blanks was also shot in that incident.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WANTED Woman accused of stealing from Leland WalmartWANTED Woman accused of stealing from Leland Walmart

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Police need your help identifying a woman believed to have stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from the Leland Walmart.According to Leland Police Department, the woman stole household goods and a TV, worth around $400, from the Walmart on New Pointe Boulevard on Jan. 12.- Advertisement – Anyone with information regarding the identity of the woman is asked to contact Detective Jonathan Berry at (910) 332-5003. Woman wanted for allegedly stealing from Leland Walmart on Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo: Leland PD)last_img

Celebrate July 4th at Freedom FestCelebrate July 4th at Freedom Fest

first_img Games include a pie eating contest, hula hooping, water balloons and more.Dress you, your kids, and your furry friend in your best red, white, and blue and head to Waterline Brewing Company in Wilmington from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 for an afternoon of fun.Here’s more information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This weekend, head out to Waterline Brewing Company for the family, and dog friendly Fourth of July celebration, Freedom Fest.The 4th annual Freedom Fest is Waterline Brewing Company’s traditional style Fourth of July party.- Advertisement – last_img

WhatsApp beta for Android finally adds support for GIFsWhatsApp beta for Android finally adds support for GIFs

first_imgAdvertisement One of the most anticipated features on WhatsApp is the impending arrival of gif images support.WhatsApp’s GIF support has been rumored and promised and quasi-implemented for months now. In August, we got our first glimpse at GIF support through the option to convert videos with 6sec or less duration to GIFs that could then be shared with any of your contacts.WhatsApp has finally made things official. It has brought full-fledged gif support to the instant messaging platform, with WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.16.293. – Advertisement – The newest version adds the third GIFs tab when attaching a media file from the Gallery, next to Photos and Videos. In it, you’ll find all the animated GIFs that are saved on your device’s storage and you’ll be able to pick any one of them, preview it, append a caption to it, and share it with your contact or group. GIFs you send will preview inside the chat window so there’s less jumping around through dedicated video viewers compared to regular videos.Interestingly, WhatsApp compresses these gifs images into mp4 files, in order to make them more data-friendly.[related-posts]As mentioned, this feature is in beta, and in order to use it, you need to register for the Google Play beta testing program for WhatsApp, and then download the latest build from the store. Alternatively, you can even download the signed apk file from APK Mirror, though the first method is preferred if you’d like to receive all betas straight from WhatsApp.Credit: Android Policelast_img read more

I DO fancy Barbra StreisandI DO fancy Barbra Streisand

first_imgWhilst growing up, during our adolescenses, we are all faced with manyburning life questions, that we need to consider, deeply, before we canbridge them and move forward. Can total socialism or capitalism reallywork? Do you believe in God? Are you going to lead your life for yourbenefit or for the benefit of others? Do you, or do you not, fancy BarbraStreisand?This morning, whilst Youtubing Bee Gees videos (have a major Pam Statementsannouncement re the Bee Gees later) I came across the above video of BarbraStreisand and Barry Gibb. I watched it and, whilst doing so, suddenlyrealised that I now fancy Barbra Streisand – BIG TIME.There is no way back. I have been converted. When I was fourteen I owned aone eighth share of a greyhound called ‘Master Butcher’, his pet name was‘Major’. He was trained by Bill Masters, in Albourne, and I used to visithim every weekend with my dad. By the time we had finished stroking,walking, and examining him as if we were greyhound experts, my dad wasalways gasping for a pint and it was traditional for us to abscond to thepub next door. This was before drink-driving was dangerous and the old manwould have one or, more likely, three sharpeners, before merrily driving ushome. When in the pub, it was also traditional, that he would impose half apint of Guinness on me, ignoring my protestations, saying over me ‘You won’tlike it at first but stick with it, son. If you start early you’ll love iteven sooner’. Good system – to be fair. But I actually think that BarbraStreisand is not entirely dissimilar to Guinness, jellied-eels, sprouts, andother such tastes that mature with age. Let me help you…let me set youfree…I know, I know, it’s the nose that’s the issue. The trick is, though, tolook at it as a quirk rather than an affliction. Once you can do this youhave liberated yourself and stepped into an entirely new world of women tofancy; Steffi Graf also included. Just try it. Do that for me.In other news:Pam Statements’ first and most pressing job of the day was to download‘Guilty’, by Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand, onto my Ipod. She openlylaughed at this and I was most put out! I questioned her over this afrontand after a bit of backtracking she gave in and conceded that she DOESin-fact like the Bee Gees. In this confession she actually referred to themas the ‘Gibb Brothers’ but I think we can take that as being damning enoughto go all the way and refer to her as a full on Bee Gees fan, don’t youblog? This will shatter, in an instant, her grunge concert image. But aswith the people I am converting to fancy Barbra Streisand, I am in factsetting her free. Lofty, please go onto the Twitter. Please hashtagPamHerou, BeeGees, and MassiveFan. Also include an immediate link to Pam’sFacebook page. Pam – you’ll thank me for this one day – believe me.John Terry has left the country and Poland is now enjoying the pleasure ofhis company. Seeing as he is highly unlikely to be held at Our Majesty’s‘pleasure’ after his upcoming court case, possibly it could be arranged forhim to lose his passport over there and be replaced in the UK by a nice andpolite, hard-working Polish person? One can only hope!Over-and-out, Ben xlast_img read more

Rain pain in Dundee but not in SpainRain pain in Dundee but not in Spain

first_img[dropcap]F[/dropcap]orget the picture postcard from Dundee. The weather isn’t quite so nice today and the planned preview tonight has been waterlogged off.Dundee United’s Scottish Premiership clash with St Johnstone was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.An inspection on the Tannadice pitch carried out on Monday found the surface to be unplayable.With hindsight, I wish the rain had come in quantity at Stamford Bridge yesterday as Chelsea were a long way from defying the two goal handicap, so I’m afraid it was a loss of 6 points on the day but we’re still 10 points to the good in January.There’s a match in La Liga tonight, kicking off at 9pm, and it might not be as easy for Real Sociedad against Elche as the pre-match odds suggest.Certainly, Elche have a good H2H record against their rivals:HEAD TO HEAD RECORDSAug 2013 Primera Liga Elche 1-1 SociedadJun 2010 Segunda Elche 4-1 SociedadJan 2010 Segunda Sociedad 0-1 ElcheReal Sociedad are enjoying a much better season though than their rivals who are hovering just over the relegation places.However, they are struggling at home so far this year and will hope the return of Inigo Martinez from suspension will boost their chances.The reverse fixture ended 1-1 and a small interest in the draw has to be the call on Star Sports.Strangely enough, a draw was going to be my bet for the Dundee United match too.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)4 points DRAW at around 7/2 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): PROFIT 10.72 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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SSPEED conference marks Ike anniversarySSPEED conference marks Ike anniversary

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduSSPEED conference marks Ike anniversaryResearchers and managers from public, private and academic institutions will meet for Rice University’s Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) conference Sept. 13. The third annual conference will coincide with the anniversary of Hurricane Ike, the theme of this year’s meeting.Who: Experts on storm surge, flood prediction, transportation systems, civil engineering, homeland security, flooding and storm mitigation, and structural and nonstructural strategies for protecting Galveston Bay. Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center, will provide the introduction via video.What: The conference will focus on strategies to help Gulf Coast communities respond rapidly to stem the devastation caused by storm surges and inland flooding. When: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 13.Where: BioScience Research Collaborative, Rice University, 6500 Main St., Houston.Hurricane Ike, the third-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, slammed into Galveston in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. The conference will take place two years to the day after Ike’s Texas landfall.For more information or to speak to Phil Bedient, director of Rice University’s SSPEED Center, contact Mike Williams at 713-348-6728 or read more