Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary has called for nurses and other healthcare professionals who write misleading benefit assessment reports to be “held to account”.Debbie Abrahams said there had been “too many times” when healthcare professionals had written reports that did not “marry” with the evidence they had been given by disabled benefit claimants and what they had been told by those claimants during face-to-face assessments.More than 250 disabled people have come forward over the last year to tell Disability News Service how their assessors had written dishonest assessment reports.These cases were compiled during a DNS investigation into widespread allegations that healthcare professionals working for private outsourcing companies Capita and Atos have been lying in personal independence payment (PIP) assessment reports, which are written on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.But there have also been years of complaints relating to work capability assessments – which assess eligibility for employment and support allowance – which were previously carried out by Atos but are now the responsibility of the discredited US outsourcing giant Maximus.Abrahams (pictured, second from right), who was speaking at a fringe event organised by the Fabian Society and the disability charity Scope at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, said: “Assessments are conducted by clinical professionals.“We must be holding these clinical professionals to account.”She said she had heard of “dozens and dozens” of cases, both in her national role and as a constituency MP, of assessment reports “not marrying at all with the detail in the assessment, the medical records that were supplied and so on”.She told the meeting: “This cannot be allowed.”There have been repeated concerns raised by disabled people that the bodies that regulate healthcare professionals – such as the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council – have refused to investigate claims of dishonesty in assessments made against healthcare professionals.But Abrahams told this week’s fringe meeting that she had met with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) about the issue, and she said the RCN was “concerned about what this means to some of their members” and was taking “very seriously” the need to prevent such cases happening.Abrahams also told the fringe event of Labour’s plans to scrap both the PIP assessment process and the work capability assessment – which assesses eligibility for ESA – and replace them with a more “personalised, holistic support programme”.RCN had failed to comment by noon today (Thursday).
The head of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has been heavily criticised by MPs for failing to address cheating within the system that classifies disabled athletes, despite being in his post for more than six years.Tim Hollingsworth was giving evidence to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, as part of its inquiry into sports governance.He was giving evidence after the disabled peer and retired Paralympian Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson had told the committee that the classification system was being abused by cheating British athletes in search of money and medals (see separate story).On the day they gave evidence to the inquiry, the committee also published a series of witness statements from retired and current athletes, their relatives, and officials, raising serious concerns about the system (see separate story).The committee has also received evidence from athletes who have given evidence anonymously.The classification system is run by the national governing body of each Paralympic sport, while athletes competing internationally must also submit to testing by international classifiers.The process includes medical evidence, physical examinations and assessment of how the athlete functions in that sport, as well as observation of them in competition.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) defines classification as grouping athletes into different classes according to how much their impairment “affects fundamental activities” in that sport and discipline.But misleading classifiers can allow athletes to compete against those whose impairments have a greater negative impact on attributes such as speed, coordination and strength.Hollingsworth (pictured) told the MPs that the system was the “absolute foundation stone of Paralympic sport”, and he insisted that it was fit for purpose but “can and must be improved”.Asked if he was surprised at the number of people coming forward with similar concerns to the committee – many of them anonymously – he said again that the system could be improved.And he said there needed to be an independent body to provide more “transparency and solidity to the process” of complaints about classification.But he insisted that the International Paralympic Committee had put into place, in 2015, a “far more rigorous set of standards and practices” on classification.He claimed that “if people were more understanding of that” and the wider system it might help them understand why “one athlete is freely and fairly competing against another”.But he was later forced to admit that, although BPA would refer any classification complaint to the relevant individual sport, there were currently no procedures for his organisation to take any further action if that stage in the process proved unsuccessful.Asked by Labour MP Ian Lucas if there should be a route for BPA to take on such a complaint, Hollingsworth said: “There should be, absolutely.”Lucas then told him: “I find it incredible that in a multi-million pound business, which is what this is nowadays, that that process isn’t there at the minute because the integrity of this is at the heart of the sport.”He added: “We have had a huge amount of evidence from individual athletes who do not have faith in the integrity of the system.“These people have come to us because they haven’t felt that they could come to you. Don’t you find that depressing?”The committee’s chair, Damian Collins, pointed out that Hollingsworth had been leading BPA for six years and told him that the problem had grown “on your watch”.He said Hollingsworth and BPA had known about the problems with the classification system but had just “sat back and let it happen, and the people who have suffered have been the athletes and their families”.Hollingsworth said BPA had now decided that it should be involved in developing a national classification code – which should be published next year – and a “better approach to classification at a national level” and “ultimately the development of a suitable process for complaint procedures to be dealt with independently”.But when he claimed that complaints about the system had not previously “been made clear in the way they are today” to BPA, Collins said: “I don’t believe that and I don’t believe the people in the room believe that and I find it incredible that you say it.”When Collins asked if Hollingsworth owed Paralympic athletes an apology for the failures in the system, he insisted that there had “not been any proven case of intentional misrepresentation” or “any evidence that has been presented that has gone beyond the circumstantial and the anecdotal”.But Collins told him that Baroness Grey-Thompson had said the system was being abused, while athletes and families of athletes had also provided evidence about the failures, and he asked him again if he should apologise.Hollingsworth said: “If there is genuine evidence of an athlete being failed by the system, then yes… [but] to the collective, it would be a no.”Collins said later: “We have received evidence from athletes who feel they have been discriminated against within teams because they have raised concerns.“Baroness Grey-Thompson [has said] that as far as she is concerned the classification system is broken and people are cheating it now, today.“These things may not be all within your direct control, but we would look at BPA and say, you are a leading organisation for para sport in this country, and for you to recognise these failings and be a champion for putting it right, and to acknowledge and apologise to the victims of those failures, I think is something it would be appropriate for you to do.”But Hollingsworth said: “I am genuinely sorry that there are athletes who feel that they have got grievances, but I don’t necessarily feel that those grievances necessarily are ones that are substantiated.“I do feel very sorry indeed that we are in a position where there are athletes who feel they can’t get to a point where they are listened to satisfactorily.”But he said he was “not apologising for failure or a belief that the system is not working as effectively as it is”.Collins told Hollingsworth that it was “tragic” that, as with other sports, there was “no whistleblowing process, no grievance procedures, cases that have not been properly investigated, athletes have suffered as a result of trying to speak out within their sport”, and that athletes had had to use alternative means to “try to get the truth out there” because there was “no system to do so within their own sport”.
Disability rights campaigners, an inventor and a Paralympic athlete are among the disabled people recognised in the latest new year’s honours list.Among the 1,123 people who have received an award, five per cent – about 60 – consider themselves to be disabled people.Among recipients of a CBE – for services to sport and accessibility – was Joyce Cook, chair of the disabled supporters’ charity Level Playing Field for nearly 10 years, and founder and former managing director of Centre for Access to Football in Europe.As chair of Level Playing Field, Cook played a significant role in highlighting the problem of poor access for disabled fans at sports stadiums, particularly among Premier League football clubs.Cook (pictured), now chief member associations officer for football’s world governing body FIFA, said: “It’s a very proud moment for me and my loved ones.“The World Health Organisation considers more than 20 per cent of the global population to be disabled, yet there are very few disabled people in senior positions at this time, especially in the sports sector.“The award recognizes the work I’ve been involved in for more than 15 years, but it also underlines the important work still being pursued by Centre for Access to Football in Europe and Level Playing Field.“As a disabled person working for FIFA, and a member of the senior management board, I have a responsibility as a role model and I’m proud that FIFA is showing its commitment to diversity and inclusion.“I hope that I can continue to play my part in the years ahead by using my personal and professional experiences within FIFA to continue to build more inclusive programmes and to ensure that football is truly welcoming to the many disabled people globally who aspire to be match-going fans, players or to follow careers within the game.”Other honours for disabled people included an MBE for autistic rights campaigner Carly Jones, for services to autistic people.Jones, who is autistic herself and has two autistic daughters, has campaigned in the UK and globally on autism and girls, having been told 10 years ago that it was “impossible” to have two autistic daughters.She said the award showed “firmly and publicly” that “as British autistics we are valued, we are recognised and we are able”.She added: “I hope that as not only a parent of autistic young women but also [as] an autistic woman myself, my MBE sends out a clear message that regardless of our challenges and differences [we] have something to offer our country of tremendous value.”She said she hoped more adult women would “feel less afraid to disclose their autism to friends, colleagues and families so they can find other autistic women and feel less isolation”, while any young girl recently diagnosed would now “feel empowered by their diagnosis, not ashamed”.Jones, from Berkshire, dedicated her MBE to “the autistic community old and young, who, despite having experienced misunderstanding and unkindness remain understanding and kind”.In 2016, she told the UN Human Rights Council’s annual Social Forum in Geneva of the “clinical misogyny” and “misjudgements” that have led to autism being viewed as something that only affects white males, and of the violence and abuse experienced by autistic people.Another MBE recipient – for services to disabled people – was Grant Douglas, from Edinburgh, the inventor of the S’up spoon, and founder and chief executive of S’up Products.He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be recognised for the work I have been doing to enable people with shaky hands to eat independently.”Douglas, who has cerebral palsy, found it difficult to eat soft foods with a spoon and worked with the Glasgow-based company 4c Design to invent the S’up spoon, which has a deep cavity that helps keep food in the spoon until it is tipped into the user’s mouth.Since the spoon was launched in 2015, more than 2,000 have been sold worldwide, and it is currently on display in London’s Design Museum and the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.Douglas said he hoped to use his MBE to help persuade politicians to provide funding so all professionals involved in social care assessments have access to a S’up spoon for their service-users to try.He also hopes to develop “more eating utensils that will help people with shaky hands live a more independent life”, and to convert his company into a social enterprise.Also recognised with an MBE was Paralympian Stef Reid, who won her first world title in the T44 long jump at last summer’s World Para Athletics Championships in London, a year after winning a second successive Paralympic silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.Reid was also a board member of the organising committee of the championships in London last summer, and has campaigned to challenge media perceptions of disability and how women feel about their bodies.She said: “It had already been a great year, and this news left me completely stunned.“I didn’t even believe it. My husband opened the letter and told me the news – I told him ‘don’t be silly, that’s ridiculous.’“I am so thankful and honoured to be awarded an MBE. Sport has opened so many doors in my life and introduced me to some incredible people who have encouraged and challenged me. I am especially proud to represent a country that values para sport.”Another Paralympian recognised with an MBE was Craig Carscadden, head of development at the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association, who receives the award for services to disabled athletes and the Paralympics.
Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Privately, however, she is penning ebullient messages to her supporters via the Chinese language app WeChat — like the August 29 communique at the top of this article — and, notably, employing Chinese Cultural Revolution terms to denounce her detractors. In another recent message, she describes her opponents in the school board race as “two transgender candidates … fighting for the title of ‘first transgender commissioner’ … There are also three homosexuals. Their highest priority for education would be to spread ideologies.”Zhao has raised far more money — some $78,000 as of latest reporting — than any of the other 19 school board candidates running for three openings. She has lost some political endorsements of late, but remains in the good graces of Mayor London Breed and Sen. Scott Wiener, both of whom she campaigned for fervently (Zhao recruited scads of paid staff onto Wiener’s 2016 race vs. Jane Kim; “$125/day, hold signs and you only need to know one phrase in English: “I like Scott Wiener!” she wrote to supporters).Mission Local has obtained and had translated a number of Zhao’s WeChat messages to her backers. These are not subtle missives. In one, she refers to former Board of Education member and current Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer as “Chinese trash” and a “race-traitor.” In another, Supervisor Jane Kim is described as a “homewrecker.” This WeChat from Josephine Zhao reads “Chinese Trash Sandy Lee Fewer really doesn’t deserve to be in politics, if she became Supervisor she is not only hurting our kids but also our families. Before passing these policies she didn’t listen to Chinese voices, after they passed she said we misunderstood. What a race-traitor. It is impossible to change these policies now. Hope everyone can pull parents of Richmond schools like George Washington, Presidio, Argonne into the group, so they can see the truth.”Those are harsh words, but not atypical (Zhao, in 2014, referred to David Chiu as a “traitor” — in English, and publicly viewable on Facebook — over his support of affirmative-action legislation, which Zhao felt disadvantaged Asians. Chiu is endorsing her for school board; they have, apparently, patched things up). Zhao has produced a voluminous — and incendiary — written record of her positions on any number of issues; she also talked about them extensively on a radio show she co-hosted. But it’s largely in Cantonese. And, as such, most of it has been been dutifully ignored by non-Chinese-speaking San Francisco and its media establishment. (You can find archives at the public library of English-language newspapers going back to the Gold Rush era — but they toss out the Chinese-language papers every few weeks.)It does not, however, require an archaeological expedition or the Rosetta Stone to glean what’s going on in the Chinese-language press, read social media posts penned by Zhao herself, or hear her opine on the radio.So, with even minimal exploration, Zhao’s explanations of her troubling past behavior rapidly begin to strain credulity. Zhao’s campaign materials and personal Facebook page state she emigrated from China some 30 years ago, when she was 19. She obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s from Colorado State. She is an exceedingly smart, highly educated, successful and well-spoken woman. All of this makes her explanation regarding her 2013 jeremiad against the gender-neutral bathroom bill difficult to embrace.The legislation was only one page long, and the holder of an advanced academic degree who had lived in the United States for the better part of three decades and enjoyed a successful career should have been able to read it — or, if that proved unsatisfactory, phone up its author, Tom Ammiano, and ask him to explain it. In 2013, Zhao was already in her mid-40s. And, far from mere “remarks she made to Chinese newspapers,” or a singular “incident,” Zhao in September 2013 was a featured speaker at a press conference denouncing the bill. She was there alongside a number of speakers representing reactionary organizations, including the Pacific Justice Institute — which is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “an anti-LGBT hate group.” At that event, Zhao was quoted in the Chinese-language press as claiming that the bill would protect the 2 percent of students who are transsexual, but would “offend and infringe on the rights and privacy of 98 percent of students,” leading to “violence” and even “rape.” Weeks later, she repeated these claims on Chinese-language radio, urging listeners to sign a Pacific Justice Institute-organized petition to repeal the legislation. She instructed listeners to download the petition from the radio station’s website and mail it back to the station — indicating, far from being “sucked into it,” she was playing no small role in organizing and perpetuating this recall drive. “Thanks for everyone’s hard work. I am happy to feel that momentum is building. After the Cow Demons and Snake Spirits at Harvey Milk Dem Club’s smear and attack, I am even more well-known. Today I received the endorsement of the United Democratic Club. This club is the biggest and developing the fastest in San Francisco, 5-6 times of the size of the Cow Demons and Snake Spirits Club. Thanks for everyone’s hard work. I have confidence; let’s work hard together and sprint forward.” Publicly, school board candidate Josephine Zhao has been contrite. Publicly, she has apologized, repeatedly, after recent mainstream, English-language news reports of how “transphobic remarks she made to Chinese newspapers” five years ago are now causing consternation among LGBTQ groups such as the Milk Club. Zhao now describes her past denunciation of California’s gender-neutral bathroom bill, AB 1266, as a mistake — the result of being misinformed. “I was a recent citizen then. I became a citizen in 2011; the incident took place in 2013,” she says. “Someone took me to a press conference. I only knew one person there. I apologize I got sucked into it.” She now says she supports transgender children and gender-neutral bathrooms; her daughter’s best friend, she claims, recently came out as a transgender boy, and “we gave the family big support.” “On the surface, the legislation seems to be one thing,” she told listeners in October 2013, “but, in reality, it’s another.” Zhao now says she was misinformed about the bill. Regardless, it’s clear she had no problem energetically misinforming her considerable group of followers about it — either intentionally or via ignorance bordering on negligence. This legislation, she warned radio listeners, “seems to be fine” because it protects the 2 percent of students who are transgender: “They do not know whether they are a boy or a girl.” But “this legislation has a huge loophole. It allows students to determine which gendered restroom they prefer to use” and “this identity does not need to be registered with their public record.” As such, “it opens the door for boys and girls to use the bathroom together and shower together and it becomes a hotbed for a culture of sexual assault and rape.” Students, she said, should have to “register their identity” before using the restroom. Zhao now says she was given bad information about all of this. She’s sorry, she says. She didn’t know what the bill was about — even though she spoke alongside a reactionary anti-LGBT hate group denouncing it and then meticulously explained to radio listeners what it was about — before exhorting them to sign the Pacific Justice Institute’s petition. “That was how I operated back then,” she says now. “I am sorry it went so far.” But, during her radio broadcast in 2013, she took it further yet. “This is evil legislation,” she told listeners. “We must use these signatures so we can repeal this evil legislation.” “From our city government, up to our state government,” she continued, “our elected leaders are free to do whatever they want,” she said, employing a turn of phrase one might use to describe spoiled children. “They are relaxing their moral views. Therefore, they cannot represent our Chinese American ideals.” It was not so long ago when she said this. In 2013, Ed Lee was the mayor of San Francisco. David Chiu was board president. Katy Tang, Eric Mar and Norman Yee were also serving on the board. These are the elected leaders who were “relaxing their moral views.” These are the elected leaders who “cannot represent our Chinese American ideals.” So, yes, that was a hell of a thing to say. Josephine Zhao’s WeChat message slammed Jane Kim during Kim’s state senate race vs. Scott Wiener:“Not only is Jane Kim a home wrecker, that doesn’t matter as much, but she is ruining someone else’s career.The first Asian American judge to have high rank in our judicial system, appointed by multiple governors, a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Yale. He once taught at Berkeley, his wife and Jane Kim were his students.He is Goodwin Liu, 45 years old, and because of Jane’s involvement in his personal relationship, he ruined his career as his ex-wife is a heavyweight advisor to Hillary Clinton. Jane not only tried to stripMayor Lee’s power, but with such terrible morals, is this someone whom we can trust to be our state senate? Know when to stop, don’t be fooled!”Personal transformations happen. If Josephine Zhao says that she now supports transgender rights and supported her daughter’s friend — or marched in the Pride parade and, she claims, joined the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club — that’s great. More power to her. That’s what San Francisco is for. Abrupt personal transformations by a candidate for office with a lengthy track record are, however, worthy of skepticism. Zhao’s recent op-ed in the Examiner is titled “An immigrant’s path for progressive leadership.” In it, she describes herself as “A progressive leader in the immigrant community.” As recently as 2012, however, she was personally, and via her nonprofit AsianAmericanVoters.org, urging San Franciscans to vote a straight Republican ticket — Mitt Romney for president, John Dennis for Congress — and support the San Francisco Republican Party, whose materials her nonprofit proudly translated and publicized. Zhao, personally and via her nonprofits, has spent years denouncing rent control, championing the Ellis Act, and questioning whether city tenants have too much power. “Her whole family moved to San Francisco. She became a common small property owner. But she realized that rent-control policies in this city make landlords completely lose their property rights,” reads a 2017 profile of Zhao in the China Press. She now says she supports Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa Hawkins Act and allow local California jurisdictions to adopt rent-control policies. As such, right-leaning members of the Chinese community have assailed her as two-faced. But, in an Aug. 23 World Journal article, Zhao makes a loaded statement: “She suggests to the Chinese community to see what she says later.” After she’s elected, that is. What Zhao is saying now, meanwhile, is that the attacks on her are tantamount to attacks on the Chinese community writ large — and her loss in November would portend nothing short of disenfranchisement for Chinese Americans, leading to out-and-out persecution: “If Josephine Zhao, a new citizen, can be persecuted and labeled as a hater for things she said, then all of you, all immigrants, all of the outsiders who haven’t been politically educated in San Francisco, will become a plague,” she wrote to her supporters via WeChat. “Let alone election campaigns, in the future because we are politically incorrect, we would not be able to work in schools or government. We are collectively being wronged, are you going to stand by and watch, or are you going to come out and fight? It’s time to stand together with Josephine and defend our community. Please vote for Josephine Zhao on November 6th, use your votes to fight for justice!” Perhaps in this race for school board, San Francisco voters could do worse than remembering a Maya Angelou quote many of us learned in school: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Email Address
Galeria and HOMEY’s groundbreakingGaleria de la Raza’s new home — and the new site for HOMEY and 143 permanently affordable apartments — will break ground Friday, May 10, at the corner of 16th and Shotwell streets.The Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation are partners in the project, named Casa Adelante, at 1990 Folsom St. Galería de la Raza was forced out of its longtime home at 24th and Bryant streets last October by a steep rent hike. The gallery and event space is operating for now at 1470 Valencia St.“As cultural bearers, it is our duty to protect our traditions, rituals, sites, and to honor the social fabric and people that have contributed to the art & social movements of the Mission District,” Ani Rivera, Galería de la Raza’s executive director, said in a statement. “For Galería, [Casa Adelante] is a ‘renacimiento’ that offers us a permanent home where we will have the ability to build our assets and sustain over seven generations to come.” Construction is expected to finish in 2020, and tenants should be able to move in in early 2021. Community Music Center throws spring galaThe Community Music Center will host its spring gala on Saturday, May 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The InterContinental Hotel San Francisco. This year’s honorees include James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen, for their support of the CMC’s New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, and renowned pianist Robin Sutherland will perform. The event also includes a wine reception with performances from CMC faculty, a banquet dinner. CMC students will also entertain the crowd. Buy your tickets here. Mission Filmmaker Flores has IréLongtime Mission resident and Youth Speaks co-founder Paul S. Flores will debut his new theater production, We Have Iré, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Friday, May 10. We Have Iré celebrates Afro-Cuban immigrants and Cuban-Americans who have accomplished a high level of excellence in the United States, Cuba, and abroad through hard work and iré–the Lucumí condition of being blessed with positive energy.We Have Iré tells the life stories of four Cuban artists–including Oakland’s DJ Leydis, Ramón Ramos Alayo of Alayo Dance Company and CubaCaribe, Grammy-nominated artist Yosvany Terry, and Flores himself–through dance, music and spoken word. As the show runs through May 12, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will also host events in which the community can meet the cast during a Cuban happy hour, take free dance classes, and more. Buy your tickets here.A scene from Priced Out.Priced Out debuts at the RoxieAn animated series called Priced Out, about why housing is so expensive, will hold its world premiere at the Roxie Theater on Tuesday, May 14. The six-part animated series is set in San Francisco and follows a young high school teacher and pregnant tech gig worker looking for a new place to live. Although the story is local, it applies to many major cities across the country.Joseph Smooke and Dyan Ruiz, the co-founders of [people. power. media.], wrote, produced, and directed the series, and will be on hand at the premiere, along with the cast and crew, for a Q&A. Oscar Grande of PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights) and Pam Tau Lee of the Chinese Progressive Association will co-emcee the event.“Communities and organizations have been asking for years for a simple story that will change the increasingly polarized conversation about housing,” says Smooke. “While most people are distracted by the ‘YIMBY vs NIMBY’ debate, we lift the veil, exposing how the housing industry actually works.”The Roxie Theater is located at 3117 16th St. The event begins at 5:45 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Buy your tickets here. Mission Branch hosts open houseThe Mission Branch of the San Francisco Public Library will hold its annual open house on Saturday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes fun for everyone: a magician, bubbles, origami and a live band. The branch is located at 300 Bartlett St., at 24th Street. Film about Puerto Rico’s Jurakán debutsFilmmakers Gonzalo Mazzini and Rosa Emmanuelli Gutierrez will be on hand Saturday, May 11 at 6 p.m. for the west coast premiere of Jurakán: Nacion en Resistencia at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. The film documents rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico, and the movement to reclaim the island from venture capitalism and colonialism. Buy your tickets here. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter
THANK you to the fans who answered the Club’s survey on the kiosk catering at Langtree Park.As a result we are trialling some new food and drink and would appreciate your feedback going forward.On Friday:Kiosk 3 (Wide to West) and Kiosk 5 (The Marching Inn) will have a range of flavoured cider including Magners Mixed Berry, Bulmers Pressed Red Grape & Black Cherry to increase the offering at these popular bars.Kiosk 6 (The Kiwi Saint) will this week be selling Pimmies Pies, We are trying to use as many local suppliers as possible and Pimmies Steak & Kidney and Meat & Potato pies will be available in the North Stand.Kiosk 3, 4 (The Aussie Saint) and 6 (The Kiwi Saint) will also be stocking the Totally Wicked range of e-cigarette products this week.Recently, we’ve also began to sell McCoys Crisps, Starburst, Mars Bars and Twix to shake-up the confectionary range.We’ve also launched a new hotdog sausage, which despite it being shorter in size, is actually 10 grams heavier than its predecessor.And finally, we have removed burgers and pizzas from sale across the stadium due to the lack of success in their sales for the first half of the season.
SAINTS are back in First Utility Super League action on Friday when they take on Salford at Langtree Park.As with all our home games this year, we have a host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience.Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 5.15pm.St Helens Schools Final – The Year 7 Paul Wellens Cup will kick off at 5.30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of hotdogs, other great food and pies for you to enjoy. The latter have just been rated the best in Super League by Rugby AM. Pie and a Pint just £5 if you are a Member.Family Art Workshop – In association with Heart of Glass, there will be a workshop near the Steve Prescott MBC mural with all fans welcome.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 7pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have a member of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs. He will be in the South West concourse area at around 7pm, North Stand (7:15pm) and the South East (7:30pm). Look out for the life-size cutouts in the South West & North Stand to mark the spot where they will be!The Saints Angel Cheerleaders – Will be performing pre-game.Kick Off – 8pm.Half time – Kicking competition in association with ODs Designer Clothing.The match is sponsored by Robinsons Brewery whilst the MatchBall Sponsor is Exact Concrete.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here whilst a big match preview of the game can be found here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and McLoughlin and Harvey East Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore is open from 9am up until kick off and then for half an hour afterwards. The twelfth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Lama Tasi and a look back at recent events at Langtree Park. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiStickers for this match are Andre Savelio and Ricky Bailey.TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers.If you want to take part email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
All have been rewarded for their efforts in the Red V this season and will be travelling to Australia on the bi-annual Academy Tour.They are:Josh Simm: Josh, 16, was named the Under 16s Player of the Year at Monday night’s End of Season Awards. He has signed a three-year contract after originally joining the club from Thatto Heath and plays in the back row and at centre. He also has played for England.Jack Welsby: Jack, 16, has agreed a three-year contract after joining the club from Blackbrook. He is a full back and half back who has also played for England.Matthew Foster: Matty, 16, has also signed a three-year contract. Like Jack, he originates from Blackbrook. He plays in the back row and has represented England.Brandon O’Neill: Brandon, 16, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. He is a hooker who joined the club from Leigh Miners and Widnes Moorfield.Jake Wingfield: Jake, 16, is a utility player from Blackbrook. He played in Parramatta’s development system under Daniel Anderson after emigrating to Australia for a short while. He has also signed a two-year contract.Kye Siyani: Kye, 17, is a prop and back row forward. He has signed a two-year contract after coming to the club from Blackbrook.Kian Horridge: Hailing from Shevington, Kian, 16, is a prop forward who has agreed a two-year contract.Jamie Little: Jamie, 16, is a fullback from Blackbrook. He has signed a two-year contract.Derek Traynor, Head of Saints Academy, said: “Congratulations to all the players who have signed pro-terms with the club. They have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication in the Scholarship system and we are looking forward to seeing them progress on to the next stage in their professional development.“The contracts are testament to not only their attitude to our sport but also hard work of their Community Clubs, coaches and families. We work hard to bring talent into our system and therefore I must also thank the Scholarship staff, coaches and those that go out looking for talent in the community game.“These players are now working hard in readiness for our Tour of Australia and as the younger age bracket of the squad, will be looking to force their way into the line-up. We have no doubt they can.“We’re looking forward to seeing how they get on and then welcoming them into our Under 19s Academy next season.”
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“Where are people going to put this stuff? Where are people going to go,” asked Charles Heggler.There are more questions than answers for residents.“At the end of the day we don’t want to put people in harm’s way and so it was a difficult decision to make but ultimately the right one for everyone’s safety and health,” said Molly McDonough.Related Article: Meet Fred: Man’s friendship with fish catches online attentionMcDonough is the Regional Director for Tribute Properties that oversees the apartments. Her staff found water and electrical damage in those five buildings around the complex. She said the damage is so severe they had very little of a choice but to pull the plug.“They just put a note on the door,” said Heggler.More than 100 people in these dozens of units now have to move out. Heggler’s mom is one of them.“There are some people coming home from work seeing this without any notice. There are some people who haven’t even returned yet,” Heggler said.We caught up with Heggler as he was buying moving boxes at Lowe’s. We agreed to not pry for comments by residents at the complex as McDonough asked. Many of them have to move out as much as a three bedroom apartment by Friday.“Right now it’s just a frenzy to get stuff packed up and moved,” said Heggler. “There wasn’t much time for this it was kind of like, ‘hey get your stuff out’”When they can come back remains uncertain.“Getting them out of an unsafe environment is our first response,” said McDonough, “Time frames, I can’t speak to that there is significant damage.”McDonough tells us FEMA did have personnel on site to aid in any way they could. She says, in the notice, the complex asked residents to contact the disaster relief agency as well as go to Hoggard High School’s shelter if the residents had no options.“Pretty much people have to move their stuff into tomorrow and by the end of Friday,” Heggler said adding that, “That’s not a whole lot OF time for somebody to move their life.”Tribute Properties has nearly a dozen complexes around the greater Wilmington area. They are responsible for projects like South Front. McDonough tells us the company is seeing if some of the residents can be paired to move to a sister complex. She says the company will try what they can to help, but for now it’s a matter of clearing out the units that were deemed unsafe. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Another apartment complex in the Wilmington area is forced to displace residents after damage from Hurricane Florence.New Providence Park staff gave notice to residents in 5 buildings that the conditions in the units are not livable and that they have to move out.- Advertisement –