1 Theresa May has set herself a deadline Again

first_img1. Theresa May has set herself a deadline. (Again.)The most significant thing to come out of PMQs today was right at the beginning. Theresa May kicked off the session by announcing that she had written to Donald Tusk with an Article 50 extension request. However, contrary to the extension motion passed last week, the PM confirmed that she has only asked for a short delay to Brexit.“As Prime Minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30th June.” That was the key quote. It implies that she will put an end to her premiership if a longer extension is necessary, either due to the EU’s response to her letter or because MPs do not agree a deal in the next few months. (It’s worth noting that she may not have had a choice in that deadline anyway.)What does this mean for Labour? If it backed and built support for a longer extension, it could force Theresa May out of office. But there is a significant risk that this would topple an incompetent, unpopular Tory leader in exchange for a shiny newbie who favours ‘no deal’.2. Jeremy Corbyn is willing to compromise.As discussed in this morning’s LabourList daily email, the Labour leader has made clear that he is willing to compromise on Brexit: first, by agreeing to whip for the Kyle/Wilson plan that would see MPs allow May’s deal to pass on the condition it is put to a ‘confirmatory ballot’; now, by warming to Common Market 2.0.Corbyn emphasised these moves at PMQs today, saying: “In an effort to break the deadlock, I’ve held meetings with members all across the House.” He informed us that tomorrow he will meet with EU Prime Ministers and officials in Brussels.3. Theresa May is still refusing to compromise.Corbyn’s offer of a meeting was ignored by the Prime Minister, who simply called his invitation “a bit rich” and noted that other opposition leaders do not want to deliver Brexit (i.e. meeting with them is a waste of time). Asked whether she would drop her red lines and compromise, May refused to answer.4… and she’s blaming parliament for the Brexit chaos.Theresa May, taking responsibility? Not a chance. Listing the options rejected by the Commons – another referendum, no deal, Labour’s deal, a customs union (she left out her deal) – the PM concluded: “It’s time this parliament faced the consequences.” But apparently not time she accepted the consequences, which are that something about her deal needs to change.May later went on to shift the blame and insult MPs further. “This House has indulged itself on Europe for too long,” she claimed, without a hint of self-awareness. Corbyn said this was disrespectful of the democratic process, while Labour MPs naturally made their outrage heard.The PM’s message might make sense as one worth sending to the ‘Bored of Brexit’ electorate, but she is addressing the Commons. It is remarkable to watch her repeatedly irritate Labour MPs, from whom she needs dozens of votes when the deal is next brought back.5. Jeremy Corbyn is still pushing for a general election.Rounding off his final PMQs contribution, Corbyn asked: “If the Prime Minister cannot get changes to her deal, will she give the people a chance to reject the deal and change the government?” Optimistic ‘people’s vote’ supporters might hope he is referring to another referendum, but it’s the idea of a general election that elicits enthusiasm from the Labour leader.6. Calls are growing for ‘indicative votes’.The government must hold a series of ‘indicative votes’, Tory grandee Ken Clarke said in the questions that followed the Corbyn-May sparring match. “Just allow the indicative votes that others have put forward,” Labour’s Yvette Cooper also advised, adding: “In the national interest, I beg this Prime Minister to think again.”The Prime Minister didn’t deviate from her standard replies, which now involve blaming parliament for voting down her deal, but the day of indicative votes – which would allow MPs to freely choose their preferred Brexit options and establish the most supported path – is getting closer.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Jeremy Corbyn /last_img read more

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Good Morning Mission Who Answers the Call

first_imgPhoto by Lee Pickett 0% Right now it is 60° heading to a high of 78° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: 22nd to 23rd, Potrero to the freeway.You can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.These photos were taken on Thursday.  Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee Pickett last_img read more

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Business social for new development met with protest

first_imgJoe Arellano, a spokesperson for the developer Maximus, said Mission for All advocates and staff had been gathering the support of thousands of people who have signed a petition backing the project. At the business social, he said, Mission for All hoped to begin a conversation with merchants about their input, as well as some of the proposed changes to the project — like a market space on the plaza, and designating some units for teacher housing. “We want to work with the city to find a solution for the community that works,” he said. “We recognize it’s a need here in the city.”Because the building would be constructed directly adjacent to Marshall Elementary School (long a point of contention for opponents, who dislike the idea of a tall building casting a shadow over the school), Arellano said teacher housing would make sense.Though merchants who attended the social declined to comment, one business owner at the protest opposed the project. “Where are our workers going to live without affordable housing?” said Amparo Vigil, whose family operates Puerto Alegre. “If we don’t have workers who have a place to live, then we don’t have a business. Puerto Alegre disappears.”Plaza 16 has long held that the project would send a shockwave of gentrification through the already increasingly unaffordable immediate vicinity. The increase in nearby property values brought on by the development, said Marilyn Duran of the group PODER, would incentivize landlords to evict long-term tenants paying low rents in favor of higher-income tenants attracted to the newly “cleaned up” area.“I’ve been doing this since high school,” said Duran (now 27). “I haven’t seen less evictions because of market-rate development.”As for the demands of the Plaza 16 coalition, which organized the protest and has long demanded that any development at 16th and Mission be entirely below-market-rate, Arellano said, “We want to talk to the community that is interested in meaningful dialogue. The people here have made their demands clear.”   The Planning Commission is expected to consider the project later this year, though no hearing date has been set. 0% Four police officers guarded the Florida Street entrance to the building as protesters chanted and sang on the sidewalk, carrying signs that read, “We don’t negotiate with economic terrorists,” and “Monstruo fuera de mi comunidad” (“Monster out of my community”). Business owners who arrived at the Mission Language and Vocational School Thursday evening to attend a social event organized by the developer of 1979 Mission St. were met by a group of about 30 chanting protesters who reiterated demands that the site be dedicated to affordable housing. “No more monster in the Mission,” sang the protesters from the Plaza 16 Coalition, referring to the nickname activists long ago gave the project that promises to bring 331 units to 16th and Mission streets.  At present, 41 of those are slated for affordable housing, with an additional 49 units to be built at a different site later. The developer, Maximus, is also considering setting aside some units for teachers.Supporters of the project and members of the developer’s advocacy group, Mission for All, wore stickers with the text, “I am not a monster.”  Reporters were barred from attending the event, and it’s unclear which businesses attended. One nearby business group, the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association, has decided to remain neutral on the project, while Mission Merchant Association President Phil Lesser has voiced his enthusiastic support.   Tags: 16th Street • development • housing • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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ANDRE Savelio is set to join Castleford on loan fo

first_imgANDRE Savelio is set to join Castleford on loan for the remainder of the season.The utility forward has played 42 times for the Saints since making his debut against Leeds in 2014.He joined the Saints from Latchford Albion and makes the move to gain more game time – at his own request – as he continues his development.We naturally wish Andre well in his spell over at the Tigers and will be keeping a keen eye on how he progresses.The loan agreement has no recall and Andre cannot play against the Saints.last_img read more

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CFCC announces partnership grant with Cypress Creek Renewables

first_img Rouzer, students and instructors at CFCC, and Cypress Creek Renewables all gathered to talk about renewable energy.The Sustainability Technologies program at the college just received a $16,500 grant from Cypress Creek.“Clean industry businesses like solar are going to play a vital role in the future of Cape Fear Community College and we will respond to the workforce training needs,” said Jim Morton, CFCC’s interim president.Related Article: CFCC students build ‘Blueberry’ for Burgaw New Year’s Eve celebrationCypress Creek says the solar industry employs more than 7,600 North Carolinians, including Zac Simoneau. He graduated from John Wojciechowski’s Sustainability Technologies program at CFCC.“The sustainability program prepared me for life and Woj prepared me for everything I have right now. He mentored me, he got me into the solar industry,” Simoneau said.Another student, Philip Cross, says the program has already made a big impact on him and he may consider a future in sustainable energy.“We’re always gonna have it,” Cross said. “Why not harness it and get rid of the nonrenewable resources that are actually destroying our environment?”Tuesday’s announcement comes after the recent completion of Cypress Creek solar facilities in Brunswick and Columbus Counties. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An investment was made in southeastern North Carolina’s workforce Tuesday morning as a national solar company announced a partnership with Cape Fear Community College.“I think it’s gonna be a win-win all the way around. A win for job creation, a win for the environment, and a win for energy production,” said Congressman David Rouzer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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With more than 200000 in school lunch debt who foots the bill

first_img 21 schools in New Hanover County are part of a federal program called Community Eligibility Provision or CEP, which provides meals to all students at no cost.At other schools, families that cannot afford meals must apply for the Free and Reduced Meals program. If they do not, costs from unpaid lunches can fall back onto the school district.“We do encourage principals to help collect the money, on unpaid meal charges, but eventually it does fall on the finance department,” says Imer Smith, Director of Childhood Nutrition for New Hanover County Schools.Related Article: Could upcoming teacher rally affect your student’s classtime?Smith says the district encourages families in need to apply for the program.But even if they don’t, board policy prevents the schools from denying a child a meal. And that’s where costs can begin to add up.“Currently we’re at $88,000 of unpaid meal charges,” said Smith.If a portion of those unpaid charges are coming from families who simply can’t afford to pay for the food, a summer without school meals could be bleak, if not for summer food programs.“There are resources that are sponsored by New Hanover County Schools and others, where kids can go for breakfast, lunch and in some cases, dinner,” said Beth Gaglione, Branch Director for the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina.Taking a look at other districts across our area, the unpaid cafeteria balances in both Brunswick and Pender counties are just over $57,000 each.Bladen, Columbus, and Whiteville schools are part of the CEP program, which means all students receive free meals.As far as summer food programs go, the Food Bank’s Kids Summer Meals program starts Monday.Nourish NC will also provide 50 lbs of food to 1,000 in New Hanover County.New Hanover County Schools’ summer food program starts at the end of the month. You don’t need to enroll, you can simply show up. NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) — As another school year comes to an end, one school district has nearly $90,000 in unpaid school lunches. And that’s not the only district with a big tab.In New Hanover County alone, there is $88,000 in unpaid school lunches. Although some of that may be an oversight on the part of parents, some is due to families who cannot afford meals.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Small business denied help from SBA after Hurricane Florence

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Businesses are still trying to find their footing after Hurricane Florence. But others are struggling to get help from the small business administration.“The hurricane comes in and lost everything in here,” OSC automotive and repair owner Shannon Ward said.- Advertisement – After the hurricane, Ward opened his shop on Princess Street to a flood of problems.“I lost everything in the shop and you know, came up here, checked on everything and everything is completely destroyed,” Ward said.He says water broke through the roof of the building and flooded the facility and damaged a lot of equipment. He contacted the small business administration to get help but he says they informed him they could not help him. Ward says he was at a loss for words when they turned him down.Related Article: The Bistro at Topsail closing permanently after Hurricane Florence“Once they denied me, I was really shocked and surprised. You know, cause without assistance or help or anything else, it’s going to be hard for anybody with a small business trying to get back in operation and everything,” Ward said.Ward says he’s heard of other businesses dealing with the same issue but he’s not letting this stop him from starting his business back up from square one.“Good friends, good family and everything. I’m going to pursue to look for new property and possible build a building and new shop and try to get up a new clientele and customer base and everything,” Ward said.But for now, Ward has to close up shop until further notice. Ward says the SBA denied him because he’s not the land owner. We reached out to the SBA to find out more but we have not heard back from them.last_img read more

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2018 Landfall Tradition brings collegiate golf stars to Wilmington

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 17th Annual Landfall Tradition Collegiate Tournament hosted by UNCW is bringing the biggest names in women’s collegiate golf to the Cape Fear.There will be 18 NCAA Division 1 teams featuring 8 of the top 25.  Last year’s champion Duke University will be in town to defend their title.- Advertisement – The Landfall Tradition is one of the most prestigious events in women’s college golf because of the Championship Dye Course at Landfall.  The course did experience extensive damage from hurricane Florence, but Greens Superintendent Jeff Mack says the course is ready for players.UNCW Women’s Golf Head Coach Cindy Ho says UNCW is “proud to welcome players of this caliber to Wilmington.”  She adds that UNCW golfers are in a “unique and fortunate position to play against these teams and they will learn a lot.”The public is invited to attend all other play for free.  The College/Am Tournament is Thursday at 12:30 p.m.; Rounds 1 and 2 are Friday and Saturday with tee times between 8:30 and 10:36 a.m.; and the Final Round is a Shotgun Start at 8:45 a.m. with the Awards Ceremony following at the end of play.Related Article: UNCW women’s golf leads after day one of the CAA ChampionshipAll rounds are played on the Landfall Dye Course.  To attend tell gate attendants you are there for the Landfall Tradition Tournament.For more information on players, times and history of the tournament click here.last_img read more

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Cucalorus Film Festival Ready to Kick Off

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year for the annual Cucalorus film festival. The event brings thousands to the Downtown Wilmington area each year. Cucalorus is a non-competitive independent film festival that supports innovative artists and encourages creative exchange. The festival takes place November 7-11 and you can buy passes to the festival online or you can buy them on-line.During the festival, tickets can also be purchased at each venue on the day of the screening. Advance tickets for Thalian Hall screenings can be purchased at the Thalian Hall Box Office (910/343/3664) or online at thalianhall.com- Advertisement – To buy tickets or learn more click on http://www.cucalorus.org/about/faq/Rachel Taylor, Programming Director and Dan Brawley, Chief Instigating Officer, stopped by the WWAY studios to talk about the upcoming festival and events.last_img read more

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GreenBook gem keeps history alive

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The film, Green Book, took home three Oscar’s, Sunday night  including the coveted “Best Picture” category. The movie is named for the traveler’s guide necessary for African-American entertainers, motorists and tourists during the Jim Crow era. Five of those locations were in Wilmington.During the 40’s and 50’s, one of the most popular jazz scenes in Wilmington known as ‘The Barn’ drew the most talented African-American artists including Duke Ellington. With no where else to stay, the Paynes’ Tourist Home on North 6th Street became the hot spot.- Advertisement – “Back in the day it was called a hotel because a lot of African-Americans didn’t have nothing but room and houses,” said Owner of Former Paynes’ Tourist Home James S. Lofton. “This was a little more upscale than a room and house so they considered this as a hotel.”The Paynes’ Tourist Home was one of five safe spaces listed in the ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’ for African-Americans in Wilmington by 1966.“Once you left the other side of Maryland all the way down to Florida Keys, there was no other places except what’s in the ‘green book’,” said Lofton.Related Article: Wilmington fire chief outlines concerns for agency’s futureIt was first published in 1936 to aid elite black travelers who may face social and legal restrictions.“There were no accommodations in the larger arena that would accommodate blacks as we traveled back and forth,” said Leland Resident George Beatty.This travelers’ guide provided listings of helpful resources like where to eat like Hill’s Restaurant that once sat on Red Cross Street and overnight stays.“For those who stayed here regularly like those teachers, they got their meals and everything here,” said Lofton. “Believe it or not, back in the day, this was one of the few places that had steam heat and one of the few places that had air conditioning, when it first came out so it was kind of an upscale joint.”African-American legends crossed the guest house doors from the ‘Queen of Gospel’ Mahalia Jackson to singer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson.“Our grand kids, kids and all really need to understand and embrace that history,” said Beatty. “It shows who we are and where we’ve come from.”Three other locations in Wilmington were in the book including Johnson’s Restaurant on Chestnut Street, Ollie’s Restaurant on 7th Street and Owens Club 900 Restaurant on 9th Street.last_img read more

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