Month: July 2019

The Ministry of Justice MoJ appears to have expo

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice (MoJ) appears to have exposed hundreds of disabled people to the activities of a fraudster and convicted paedophile who posed as a lawyer to steal the money they were owed from discrimination claims.The Claims Management Regulator (CMR), part of the MoJ, failed to make basic checks on Karl Lindon, and his company Disability Claims Management (DCM), and dismissed complaints about his activities, because it was deceived into thinking DCM was a charity.Instead of shutting DCM down, CMR passed the complaints to the Charity Commission and Lambeth council, the local authority for the area of south London where Lindon’s business was based.This week, enquiries by Disability News Service (DNS) have begun to produce evidence of confusion, incompetence and apathy among the organisations – including CMR – that should have been protecting Lindon’s disabled victims.Those enquiries follow information provided by some of those defrauded by Lindon, and others who have supported and fought for his victims over the last seven years.Some of the regulators could now face legal action for failing to act on complaints made by disabled people who were defrauded by Lindon.A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokesman said that because DCM had been “operating as a charity”, its activities fell “outside the scope of the claims regulator”, and so CMR referred it to the Charity Commission and the local authority.He added later: “We investigated DCM but could not prove it was being run other than in accordance with its charitable purposes, as was set out to us.“We referred concerns about Disability Claims Management to the Charities (sic) Commission and local trading standards.”MoJ has so far been unable to explain how this was allowed to happen when DCM was never registered as a charity with the Charity Commission.And because Disability Claims Management had its application for charitable status turned down by the Charity Commission, Lindon’s actions fell outside its “jurisdiction as charity regulator”, a commission spokesman said.The commission has refused to say what action it took to alert other regulators and organisations to Lindon’s activities.Lambeth council admitted that its trading standards department had investigated “a number of complaints” about Lindon over “several years”.A Lambeth council spokesman said: “The fact that Lindon was able to set up in business posing as a legal expert and prey on vulnerable people, causing great distress and financial hardship despite his previous conviction and prison sentence, raises a number of questions about the gap between regulatory bodies that meant our powers as a local authority were limited.“We are now seeking to work with colleagues across those bodies to identify ways of improving co-ordination and partnership.“We are pleased he has been convicted and have every sympathy with his victims.” But Lambeth council also has outstanding questions to answer, and has so far been unable to explain why it failed to bring a halt to Lindon’s activities, and has refused to say how many complaints it received and which regulatory bodies it is referring to in its statement.The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was also approached with concerns about Lindon on at least three occasions, but claims it was unable to act because it was shown no evidence that he was claiming to be a solicitor, which would have been a criminal offence and could have led to it taking a private prosecution against him.But in cases where it has no evidence of such activity, SRA does not have the powers to investigate, a spokesman said.Several police forces around the country are also believed to have been asked to investigate Lindon, but refused to do so, until Surrey police finally stepped in and brought him to justice.Last week, DNS reported how Lindon was jailed for three years after being found guilty by a jury at Guildford Crown Court of five counts of theft from disabled people, worth more than £50,000 in total.Surrey police said Lindon, 35, from Louvaine Road, Wandsworth, south-west London, had scammed “numerous” people out of money. But it has refused to say whether Lindon had a previous conviction for fraud.Lindon, a former Ministry of Defence press officer, had already been jailed for three years in 2007 and placed on the sex offenders register for life, after admitting distributing child pornography to an online network of paedophiles.After his release from prison, probably in 2009, he set up DCM, and began targeting disabled people who had suffered discrimination in provision of services and in the workplace.Disabled campaigners who fought for seven years to bring Lindon to justice believe he stole money from hundreds of disabled people across the country, through Disability Claims Management and other online organisations he set up.But they are furious that regulators such as the Charity Commission, SRA and CMR, as well as Lambeth trading standards, and many other local councils, failed to stop Lindon’s activities, despite being told he was a dangerous and manipulative conman.They are also critical of the police forces that refused to launch criminal investigations into his activities, and the charities whose names Lindon used to provide credibility and respectability for his company.Disabled activist Adam Lotun, who has fought for justice for himself and other victims of Lindon since 2010, said the Charity Commission only acted after repeated complaints and pressure exerted by himself and fellow disabled campaigner Mark White.He said it was only when he defended himself from a civil court action brought by Lindon, that – with the help of solicitors at legal firm Unity Law and barrister Andrew Hogan – he was able to “produce the irrefutable proof that Lindon was not qualified or regulated in any way to carry out any work in this area”.This information helped him win his case against Lindon, but he says the criminal justice system failed to use this information to warn regulatory bodies about the fraudster, although he spread it as widely as he could himself, including via social media.Lotun said: “This left Lindon to carry out his nefarious activities and continue to cause misery and distress to a great many people, until he was finally brought to book by Surrey police.”He said he believed the government should launch a public inquiry to discover how many people were defrauded by Lindon and DCM and “how many regulatory and statutory bodies failed to take action”.He said: “Everybody seemed to wait for somebody else to do something, but in the end nobody did anything, despite two particular individuals busting a gut and battling against their own disabling conditions to try to get anybody to listen to them and take action.”There are also concerns about how Lindon used well-known charities to provide a veneer of respectability for his company.Lindon suggested on his websites that his company donated significant sums of money to charities such as Guide Dogs and Middlesex Association for the Blind, while he claimed that he had received support from The Prince’s Trust.Some of his disabled victims were disappointed by the actions of disability charity Disablement Association Hillingdon (DASH), which directed them to Lindon when they asked for advice and support in dealing with disability discrimination.Angela Wegener, chief officer of DASH, said the charity had acted in “good faith at the time”.She said: “We wouldn’t recommend [Lindon]. We would say, ‘This is somebody who provides that sort of information.’“We wouldn’t recommend as such, we would suggest. ‘They are working in this field and seem to have the requisite qualifications.’”She added: “He seemed to have quite a good reputation from various people he had said he was working with. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.“It is very difficult if somebody is talking a good game. It is very difficult to know how to stop that happening.“Obviously we would be very, very careful before we even advised anyone that there was someone working in this field.“Certainly following [what happened with Lindon] we would be even more careful.”But one of Lindon’s victims, who was passed his details by DASH, said: “I do think DASH are accountable for a number of victims’ pain as we had never heard of Lindon until they provided us with his details without carrying out proper checks.”DASH was among those organisations and individuals that Lindon later threatened with legal action – including defamation – when they tried to raise concerns about his activities.Guide Dogs said it had received “a very small donation” from Lindon in 2010.A spokeswoman said: “Our immediate thoughts are with the people affected by his actions.”The charity has so far failed to answer further questions about how Lindon used his connection with the charity.Middlesex Association for the Blind has so far failed to respond to requests for a comment, as has The Prince’s Trust.Solicitor Chris Fry, of discrimination law experts Unity Law, who acted for Lotun in his case against Lindon, is now hoping to build a case against the regulators that failed Lindon’s victims.He is keen to hear from anyone who incurred a financial loss as a result of instructing Karl Lindon or Disability Claims Management to act for them, and who also has evidence that they lodged a complaint with any of the following organisations: the Law Society, SRA, the Ministry of Justice, the Claims Management Regulator, the Charity Commission, any individual charity, a trading standards department, or a police force.Fry can be contacted by email at Chris.Fry@unity-law.co.uk or by contacting Unity Law.last_img read more

Knife Attack in SF Missions Dolores Park

first_img Tags: crimes • dolores park • stabbing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Later that day at 11 p.m., a 31-year-old man was walking on 18th Street towards Guerrero Street when he was approached by four men in their 30s. They demanded his property and punched and kicked the victim when he refused. One of the suspects pulled out a knife and threatened the victim, who then gave up his wallet. The suspects fled the scene.On Sunday at 4:13 p.m., a 40-year-old man was riding his bicycle near Treat Avenue and 19th Street when he was approached by a man in his 20s who hit him with a baseball bat. The victim fell of his bicycle, which was stolen by the suspect, and was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.A few hours later at 7:45 p.m., a 43-year-old man was near 24th and South Van Ness when he was accosted by three men in their 20s, who attacked him and grabbed his cell phone and cash. The suspects then fled the scene, and the victim was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.On Tuesday between 4:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., a 47-year-old woman heard noises coming from her garage on Alvarado Street between San Jose and Guerrero and went to inspect. She discovered some stolen cosmetic items and damage to her car, but did not see any suspect. A 22-year-old man, a 21-year-old man, and a 24-year-old woman were in Dolores Park on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. when they were approached by a group of six men in their early 20s. The group of men asked the three if they would like to buy marijuana and the victims refused, after which the group of men asked them if they were in a gang. When the victims said they were not, the group of men attacked them.The 21-year-old male victim was stabbed by one of the suspects in the torso and forearm, while another victim had his wallet stolen, though it was later recovered at the scene along with a knife. The injured victim was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and the police have made no arrests.Other CrimesOn Saturday at 5:30 p.m., a 58-year-old man was near 16th and Mission when he was pushed to the group by a 20-year-old male. While the victim was on the ground, the suspect took his wallet, stealing his driver’s license, social security card, debit and credit cards, and cash.center_img 0%last_img read more

SF Mission Artists Sew Blankets for the Homeless

first_imgOn a beautiful day on Mission Street, Annice Jacoby of City Poets saw people walking past a homeless man at their feet. Fearing that San Franciscans have grown “numb” to homelessness, Jacoby turned to what she knows best: participatory art.UNDERCOVER, a collaborative arts effort, is sewing and distributing waterproof hooded blankets for the city’s homeless. The project draws on organizations for arts and for homelessness, local businesses, and volunteers. The blankets, designed by local artists including Sietske Tjallingii and Txutuo Perez, will include pockets filled with a book, emergency supplies, and a few other items. The back features the image of a person lying under elaborate vines with the caption “Get me out of danger, not out of sight.” Alongside logos for UNDERCOVER, City of Poets, and the Coalition on Homelessness, the blanket also displays Mayor Ed Lee’s email and phone number, since the project seeks to “bombard the Mayor’s office demanding solutions,” according to the project’s Facebook page. But the project seeks to combat indifference not only at the political level, but also at the personal level. “Our purpose is to restore their [homeless people’s] humanity,” said Jacoby.The Mission’s own Praxis, a community center and sustainable goods store on 24th Street, is inviting volunteers to sew the blankets. On Thursday through Saturday, the blankets will be available for anyone interested in helping to distribute them. Additionally, said Jacoby, UNDERCOVER will screen the stories of those affected by the city’s clean sweep on Friday and Saturday night at 6th and Market.The distribution will be city-wide, as UNDERCOVER’s Facebook page encourages volunteers to distribute in their own neighborhoods and work areas. However, Jacoby acknowledged that “this effort began in the Mission” and that “the need is great in the Mission.”While the blankets offer a small-scale solution, Jacoby expressed hope that — between showing the mayor’s contact information to receiving good press — enough people would get the message and “make noise” at the mayor’s office to force the issue of long-term housing solutions.Super Bowl season is “prime time” for making the issue of homelessness so visible, said Praxis coordinator Mary Hogue. In August 2015, Mayor Ed Lee famously announced that people would need to get off downtown streets for the Super Bowl. In Jacoby’s opinion, the mayor is just temporarily getting people off the streets to hold a city-wide party. Hogue said that similar efforts are common practice for large sporting events, from the Super Bowl to the Olympics. “That’s not gonna help anyone, that’s not gonna fix the structure,” she said of the mayor’s plan.Jacoby described accessible, affordable, supportive housing as “the only solution.” When asked why she undertook an arts endeavor rather than a supportive housing plan, Jacoby responded that she is an artist, not a banker or architect. She maintained that there are many ways of addressing the issue of homelessness and hers is focused on spreading awareness. Hogue also stated that “there’s a million and one ways” of helping homeless people, and she does not see this project and others as mutually exclusive. “Art is an agency of awareness and expression,” said Jacoby. UNDERCOVER’s collaborators designed and sewed blankets as a “creative offering” with “depth and care” that store-bought blankets, despite their lower cost, wouldn’t have. The project raised a few thousand dollars for materials, received donations from local organizations and businesses, and used entirely volunteer labor, said Jacoby.“It’s not about the blankets,” Jacoby stated. Instead, she argued, it is a “showcase for the relationship between arts and activism.” She predicted that by volunteering to sew or distribute blankets, people who may not join traditional protests will see how they too can help. Hogue at Praxis said, “It’s encouraging people to actively participate.” She described art as “more meaningful…it’s a more hands-on way to participate” and mentioned the chance to meet many people at the blanket sewing circles.“We’re the doers,” said Hogue of her organization’s role in UNDERCOVER. Although Praxis is “always” working for the neighborhood, said Hogue, it has never engaged with homelessness on this scale. She stated that the project supports Praxis’ philosophy of not just being a storefront, but a participant in the community.“The responsibility belongs to everyone,” said Jacoby. Of all the problems facing the city, she said, “This is one of the most fixable.”Blankets are available for pickup from Alley Cat Books at 3036 24th Street and Praxis at 3047 24th Street from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on January 28-30, Thursday-Saturday. Pickup will also take place at Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program at 1009 Market Street from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 28-29, Thursday and Friday. The blankets will come with distribution instructions. Additionally, UNDERCOVER will project the stories of those affected by the city’s clean sweep on Friday and Saturday night at 6th and Market.Photo: Aria Killough-Miller / Mission Local. 0%center_img Tags: 24th Street • arts • ed lee • homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Candidates Discuss Family Backgrounds

first_imgMy father immigrated to the United States from Israel in his twenties. He worked in blue collar non-union jobs during my childhood. He would stand up for himself and his coworkers when experiencing mistreatment and would often suffer negative consequences. My mother was a school teacher and lifelong member of the union. For the past 40 years, my parents have been living in the same rent controlled apartment where I was born.My family history has profoundly shaped who I am and my chosen career path. I went to Berkeley law school and worked for years defending immigrant workers at La Raza Centro Legal because I believe no one should be mistreated based on their race, ethnicity, or economic status. I became involved in local government because I want to create safe communities where everyone can live with dignity and thrive.Melissa San Miguel, Education AdvocateI was born and raised right here in the Mission and am the proud daughter of Peruvian immigrants. My parents arrived without speaking any English, and I am the first-generation of my family to be born here in the US and the first-generation to go to college. I know what the struggle is like to be a young, brown, bilingual Latina. This is why I have dedicated my career to uplifting our community and others like it because I have never forgotten where I come from and how many of us are being left behind.I knew at a young age that I could be a bridge between our community and the opportunities that we had every right to, but were denied. I made a decision to make my mind and my body that bridge, so our kids could cross the chasm of a broken and inequitable education system so they could realize their full potential, live out their dreams, and be free. I am proud of my work as an education advocate for underserved youth. I am proud of my work at the US-Mexico border in support of minors fleeing awful conditions in Latin America. I am proud of the many young people I have mentored over the years. As Supervisor, I will continue to fight and advocate for underserved communities. I look forward to serving my neighbors in District 9 and making government work for them.Joshua Arce, Civil Rights AttorneyMy great-grandfather came to the U.S. from Sonora, Mexico and worked in the fields with a hope that each generation to follow would move up the economic ladder. My grandfather was a janitor and my father was a police officer who became one of the first Latino homicide detectives within the Los Angeles Police Department.My mother’s grandfather came here from a farming town in Sweden and my sister and I enjoyed learning those family customs later in life. My mother worked as a wallpaper hanger and painter, and I often worked as her apprentice growing up. Seeing how hard my family worked to make sure that I had opportunity to be the first in my family to graduate from college and then law school shaped how I view public service and led me to become involved in the labor movement.We were raised in the Latino traditions that continue within my family. There is much diversity in our home — my wife, whose father is black and mother is white — and we have raised our two sons to be bi-lingual in both Spanish and English. As a candidate, I am inspired by other Mexican-American leaders who have come before me — like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Kevin De Leon, Alex Padilla, and John Avalos.I hope to build on the work that they did to continue to fight for the most vulnerable among us and to ensure Latinos continue to be represented on the Board of Supervisors.Iswari España, Training Officer with the Human Services AgencyI migrated to the Mission District at the age of 11 from Guatemala City. I come from a family of teachers where respect, honesty and community advocacy values were instilled at a young age. My parents sacrificed their careers to give my sister and I the best education and opportunities. My father was a journalist and high school teacher and my mother was a middle school teacher in their native countries. In the US, my parents worked six jobs to make ends meet. I was raised with a holistic approach towards our community, where the notion of giving back was a privilege.I have a Colombian and Guatemalan background. I consider myself a Latino, San Franciscan/Mission raised. Growing up I saw discrimination, poverty, and street violence. I experienced inadequate access to education, housing, and evictions. I witnessed how our community leaders sold out our neighborhood and the neighbors. Thus, the core of my political views has been shaped by family values, and the injustices that I experienced and witnessed in my life.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. Talk about your family background. What do you consider yourself ethnically, and how has that shaped you politically?Respuestas en español aquí.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff to Supervisor David CamposMy great grandparents on both sides of my family escaped Russia after suffering persecution for being Jewish. My mom’s grandparents immigrated to the United States after their parents were murdered while they hid in the attic of their home. My father’s grandparents fled pogroms to Palestine. My dad’s aunt and uncle were deported to France by British controlled Palestine because of their political beliefs. My aunt and her son hid in the countryside throughout World War II. My uncle fought in the Underground Resistance, was captured, and survived a concentration camp. 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Cannabus brings weed on wheels to Valencia Street

first_img 0% Cannabis dispensaries only admit people with a recommendation for medical cannabis use from a doctor, and patients must be adults and become members of the dispensary collective to enter.So, not just anyone can waltz in to buy an eighth.Inside the Cannabus. Photo courtesy of an employee.Nonetheless, the CannaBus is meant to make cannabis easy to access, and to be a bit of a novelty, Ehorn said. “It’s just a different way of doing it, it’s more accessible and gets out to the public,” Ehorn said. “Honestly, people love it.”In other spots, the roving pot shop has been a hit, drawing lines of at least ten at a time with dozens more flocking out front. On Valencia? “Valencia has been a little bit slow,” Ehorn said. Disclosure: The writer’s partner works in the medical cannabis industry, in a business unrelated to the one profiled here. Tags: Business • medical marijuana • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Think food truck, but for cannabis. That’s the concept behind the CannaBus you may have seen parked on Valencia and 19th streets Tuesday. Cannabus launched just a week ago, and has been parking in various parts of the Bay Area — Telegraph and Durant in Berkeley, 16th and Guerrero and in the Haight in San Francisco — every day, offering its wares to qualifying customers. Manager Matthew Ehorn told me that the mobile dispensary, created inside a former transit bus, is the first of its kind.“So, weed on wheels?” one enthusiastic passerby said, before trying to head inside to check out the bus — he was quickly ushered back to the entrance.last_img read more

THEY may be separated by 12000 miles but rival co

first_imgTHEY may be separated by 12,000 miles but rival coaches the Steve McNamara and Brian McClennan are united by one shared emotion: the thrill of seeing 34 of the world’s most exciting players go head to head in the International Origin Match next month.For England coach McNamara, his experiences with his 32-strong Elite Training Squad at their recent camp at Loughborough University has heightened his sense of anticipation ahead of the titanic clash at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Friday June 10 (8.00).And for McClennan, who will fly in from his home in Auckland later this month to lead the Exiles, the opportunity to coach a team drawn from the elite Australian and New Zealand players in Engage Super League is becoming all consuming.“The camp went really well and it was clear from all we did that the players are fired up for this game. None of them want to miss the chance to play against the Exiles,” said McNamara.“The players like playing for England and especially playing for England in games that are a genuine test and this is certainly going to be one of them. There has been a lot spoken about how strong the Exiles team is but the England team is a very strong team as well and I’m really looking forward to it.”McClennan, who famously led New Zealand to Tri Nations glory before coaching Leeds Rhinos to two Grand Final victories at Old Trafford, is scheduled to arrive in this country in late May and has no doubts about what the International Origin Match means to Super League’s overseas stars.“I’m receiving calls virtually every day from squad members telling me how much they are looking forward to having a crack at England,” said McClennan.“This match has given a number of players a new lease of live and offered them an alternative outlet to focus their minds away from the rigours of the Engage Super League.“It will be a pleasure to coach some of the best talent on offer in Super League. The players never thought they would have the opportunity of playing representative football when they came to Europe so to be part of the first International Origin match is very rewarding.“We expect a real test from England – the match has the makings of being a classic and should be firmly part of the calendar for many years to come.“I know Steve McNamara will have his players fired up and they will leave nothing to chance. England needs this game so Steve can expose his players against the best.“From an Exiles point of view, we want to win the game. There is tremendous pride representing your nation and when Australia and New Zealand come together it provides a very powerful and emotive combination.”Whilst the make-up of the Exiles team is becoming clear through the revolutionary selection process, which has allowed fans to help McClennan pick his team, McNamara is giving nothing away about who will feature in his 17 man squad in less than a month’s time.England were boosted recently by the return to fitness of captain Jamie Peacock and Danny McGuire, both of whom missed the 2010 Four Nations after undergoing knee surgery, and injuries will inevitably play a part in McNamara’s thinking.However the national coach has no doubts that the pool of talent at his disposal has what it takes to meet the Exiles’ challenge head on.“If you take a group of players at the mid-point of the season there are going to be injuries and that’s the nature of the beast, but every player contributed in different ways to the camp and they’re all integrated into what we’re doing,” he said.“Lots of the guys are performing well so it will be interesting come selection time. We have a lot of competitive places and there will be a lot of hard decision to be made before we go into the game against The Exiles.”Pre-purchased tickets for the International Origin match start from £19 for adults and £12 for concessions and are available at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by contacting the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113. Tickets purchased on the day of the match start from £22 for adults and £15 for concessions.last_img read more

SAINTS were simply irresistible as they thrashed H

first_imgSAINTS were simply irresistible as they thrashed Hull KR 46-10 to progress in the playoffs.Nathan Brown’s side ran in eight tries in a clinical and emphatic display to set up an Elimination Semi Final at Leeds Rhinos next Friday.The damage was done in the first half as Saints scored six times to lead 34-4.Hull KR had taken advantage of a mistake in the first minute to get the ball rolling – but it was all one way traffic from there.Saints tore apart their opponents with Adam Swift picking up two tries whilst Francis Meli, Sia Soliola, Jordan Turner and Tommy Makinson grabbed the others in a breathtaking display.In the second half Lance Hohaia capped a great display with a quality score set up by James Roby before Swift crossed for his hat-trick.Craig Hall adding a late consolation for the visitors but it was only that.Saints named the same 17 that beat Hull FC last week but Josh Jones swapped places with Sia Soliola to take the loose forward berth.Hull KR had a number of players missing but welcomed back Michael Dobson as they aimed to beat their opponents for the fourth time this season.The Robins made all the early running as Saints lost the ball on their opening set and then were forced to take the ball behind their line.And Hull KR made the best of that repeat set by rapidly getting the ball out to Liam Slater who flew over in the corner.Dobson missed the conversion but a mistake in the middle of the park almost handed Saints an early reply.The visitors quelled the danger but on the next set Jonny Lomax quick feet and passing saw Francis Meli over for his 16th of the season.Jordan Turner putting Saints ahead with the conversion.On the 15 minute mark Saints stretched their advantage when they chanced their arm on the last. A cute chip right at the advantage line saw Adam Swift touchdown.Turner then made it an eight point game with a wonderful conversion from the touchline.And it got better as from the restart James Roby spotted a gap and sent Sia Soliola in from distance.Adam Swift was denied moments later and then Jonny Lomax saved a certain try as Alex Brown almost went the length of the field.Tommy Makinson and Swift evaded tackles in the 29th minute to slip Anthony Laffranchi in under the posts after some superb handling… but the video ref ruled a knock on in the build-up and was probably right.But on Saints’ next set Hohaia found a gap, broke through, drew the full back and sent Turner. Sheer class.Saints weren’t done either as with less than four minutes to go Tommy Makinson stretched over with one hand to increase the lead and then a chip over the top saw Lomax collect and get a superb pass away to Swift for his second.Kris Welham had one chalked off for obstruction early in the second half and had other chances before Saints crossed again.This time Roby picked one off his bootstraps, raced away and then set Hohaia free.Turner with his sixth conversion of the night.And Adam Swift got his hat-trick with 15 minutes to go as Roby linked with Lomax and Meli.Craig Hall tagged a late consolation but it was nothing more and Saints progress to the next round.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Meli, Swift (3), Soliola, Turner, Makinson, HohaiaGoals: Turner (7 from 8)Hull KR: Tries: Salter, HallGoals: Dobson (1 from 2)Penalties:Saints: 2Hull KR: 3HT: 34-4FT: 46-10REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: TBCTeams:Saints:7. Jonny Lomax; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 26. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 6. Lance Hohaia; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Willie Manu, 4. Sia Soliola, 19. Josh Jones. Subs: 1. Paul Wellens, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 25. Alex Walmsley.Hull KR:5. David Hodgson, 3. Kris Welham, 18. Liam Salter, 26. Alex Brown; 14. Lincoln Withers, 7. Michael Dobson; 23. Mickey Paea, 9. Josh Hodgson, 16. Adam Walker, 13. Rhys Lovegrove, 15. Graeme Horne, 11. Constantine Mika.Subs: 8. Evarn Tuimavave, 20. Jordan Cox, 24. James Green, 25. George Griffin.last_img read more

SAINTS endured a frustrating afternoon as they bow

first_imgSAINTS endured a frustrating afternoon as they bowed out of the Challenge Cup 32-12 at Leeds.The Rhinos were clinical throughout and didn’t allow the visitors a foothold in the match to book their place in the Quarter Finals.Adam Swift levelled in the first half for Saints before Josh Jones gave them hope in the second.But all too often Saints were left chasing shadows and they now must regroup to get back into the winning groove.Saints were six points down at half time and although they didn’t have the bulk of the possession and territory they could have been aggrieved at both the Rhinos’ scores.Zak Hardaker’s tries came from contentious calls – but Leeds were ruthlessly clinical – as was the way they played out their sets.Kevin Sinfield added a penalty early in the second half before Joel Moon finished off a great Carl Ablett break.Saints replied through Josh Jones but McGuire’s try after a great break and Jamie Peacock’s plunge over in the final stages handed Leeds the spoils.Both sides were as near to full strength as they could get with Saints welcoming back Kyle Amor alongside Jonny Lomax, James Roby, Luke Walsh and Alex Walmsley for the big match.Nathan Brown opted for Jon Wilkin at 6 instead of Lance Hohaia, whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook moved into the second row.Leeds made just two changes from the side that beat Salford on Monday – and they were on the up from the off.Saints’ starts have been poor in recent weeks and once again they failed to control the ball from the kick off.Walmsley lost the ball in the first tackle to put his side under immense pressure – but they held on.Leeds then were given a drop out when the referee claimed Josh Jones had touched the ball on a clearing Rob Burrow kick.It was very harsh – as the replays showed – but Leeds made Saints suffer as Zak Hardaker put down under pressure.Sinfield with the extras.Saints hit back with two towering bombs from Wilkin and Walsh but they found the try-scorer with very safe hands.In the 13th minute it did click for the visitors though. There wasn’t a lot on but Mark Percival broke down the left and fed Adam Swift who showed great speed to go over in the corner.Walsh with the extras.Leeds had one chalked off five minutes later as Walsh lost the ball in the tackle but McGuire’s effort was disallowed because he stole the ball and knocked on.Although they were level after 20 minutes, Saints hadn’t had a lot of the ball and territory. Leeds were completing their sets and forcing their opposition to come off their own line.Tommy Makinson scooted down the left – opting to kick inside rather than challenging the full back – and then Leeds forced their third drop out of the match.Saints were up to it though and almost profited when Sia Soliola combined with Percival for a real scoring opportunity.But it was Leeds who struck at the dying embers of the half.Sadly, it came on the back of another poor call from the referee as Makinson was adjudged to have knocked on when the ball clearly went backwards.In fact, the winger passed it backwards as he was being dragged into touch.But, from the scrum the Rhinos fed the ball left and Hardaker found Saints defence wanting againSinfield made it 12-6 to the hosts at half time before he landed a penalty four minutes into the second.Joel Moon scored after a great break from Carl Ablett on 50 minutes but a nice delayed pass from Jonny Lomax put Josh Jones in under the posts.It was a timely marker as another Leeds score would have seen the game beyond Brown’s men.Walsh combined with Lomax to almost unlock the defence and later, he found a great ball to LMS who almost went clear.Walsh’s 40:20 put them in good field position as the game entered the final ten minutes and then a crossing penalty handed them more sets.Saints couldn’t find the execution though and seconds later Danny McGuire polished off a great performance from the Rhinos.Jamie Peacock crashing over at the death.Brian McDermott said the scoreline flattered Leeds a little but no-one could really be in any doubt as to who was the better side. Match Summary:Leeds: Tries: Hardaker (2), Moon, McGuire, PeacockGoals: Sinfield (6 from 6)Saints: Tries: Swift, JonesGoals: Walsh (2 from 2)Penalties: Leeds: 4Saints: 4HT: 6-12FT: 12-32REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 12194Teams:Leeds:1. Zak Hardaker; 20. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 6. Danny McGuire; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 7. Rob Burrow, 10. Jamie Peacock, 12. Carl Ablett, 19. Mitch Achurch, 15. Brett Delaney.Subs: 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 21. Liam Sutcliffe, 23. Brad Singleton.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Luke Walsh; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 11. Sia Soliola, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Josh Jones.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 17. Paul Wellens, 23. Joe Greenwood, 27. Greg Richards.last_img read more

Groups fighting the opioid epidemic in Wilmington host crowded event

first_img “We see it on the streets everyday. People are dying you know. And what we’re trying to do is give people hope,” says Geoff Banks.Hope is what brought Banks back from the brink. He’s with Port City Community Church and their active addiction recovery group “Refuge”.It’s affecting the lives of people of all ages in the Cape Fear. That’s why hundreds came to Port City Community Church about ways to fight the opioid abuse epidemic.Related Article: Life After Addiction: TIDES program aims to help women overcome opioid addiction“I was on heroin and kind of strung out essentially. They were able to pull me out and put in me I a place to find hope and to clean up,” says Banks.Those in recovery like Banks were motivated to be a part of the event to be a part of a solution. For Wendy Mercer, she’s there for someone else.“The reason I am plugged into it is because I am a mom who lost a son. He was 25,” says Mercer.Her son Steven died overdosing on heroin. Her loss is why she wants to join the hundreds of people at the event to spread the word on treatment available in New Hanover County.“I grew up in Wilmington, I never thought that Wilmington would be named the largest opioid epidemic city in the nation and I want to come alongside and I want to help and see what my part is,” Mercer says.SEAHEC along with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Port City Community church organized the event. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The abuse of heroin and pain pills is front and center across the country and right here in Wilmington. Tonight key groups in the fight against this epidemic came together at Port City  Community Church sharing stories of addiction and recovery.We all saw the headlines last year showing that more people who received painkillers in Wilmington abuse them than anywhere else in the country this according to a health care study.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PointinTime survey counts homeless population in the Cape Fear

first_img The Homeless Continuum of Care works under the council of government.They are required by HUD to hold a Point-in-Time event.During a 24-hour period, they count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.Related Article: Food Lion, Bakkavor team up to help the hungryCOC Director Maegan Zielinski says she thinks there will be much higher numbers this year because of Hurricane Florence.“This is just what we have to do to get our data,” Zielinski said. “We try to give as many resources as we can when we’re talking to individuals, about shelter options or other resources that they can use. We have tons of donations that we hand out. I have coats in my car.”The number includes homeless from Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover County.The Good Shepherd Center held a lunch for the homeless Wednesday afternoon. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Council of Government is conducting its yearly count of homeless in the Cape Fear.The Good Shepherd Center has been holding events this week to help the homeless in the Wilmington area.- Advertisement – last_img read more