Top figures from the labour movement have signed a

first_imgTop figures from the labour movement have signed an open letter advocating the release of Brazilian politician Lula.The former President of Brazil is currently serving a 12-year custodial sentence after being convicted of money laundering and corruption. He maintains his innocence.April 7th marked the first anniversary of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s imprisonment.11 Labour MPs, including frontbenchers Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon, have joined with leaders of the UK’s biggest trade unions, plus journalists and other activists, to “stand in solidarity with those struggling for democracy in Brazil”.Below is the full text of the open letter.We condemn the continued persecution of former President Lula in Brazil (jailed on April 7 2018). Lula was favourite to win Brazil’s 2018 presidential election until he was jailed and barred from standing in a move condemned by the UN Human Rights Committee.The election was subsequently won by the far-right Jair Bolsonaro who has said he hopes Lula “rots in prison”. Astonishingly, Judge Moro who oversaw Lula’s trial has now been appointed as Bolsonaro’s Minister of Justice.Lula is a political prisoner. We call for his freedom and stand in solidarity with those struggling for democracy in Brazil.Yours,Richard Burgon MP (Labour)Diane Abbott MP (Labour)Daniel Carden MP (Labour)Emma Dent Coad MP (Labour)David Drew MP (Labour)Karen Lee MP (Labour)Grahame Morris MP (Labour)Laura Pidcock MP (Labour)Danielle Rowley MP (Labour)Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Labour)Laura Smith MP (Labour)Baroness Jean Corston (Labour)Baroness Llin Golding (Labour)Neil Findlay MSP (Labour)Tariq AliJohn PilgerFrances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUCLen McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the UnionDave Prentis General Secretary, UNISONTim Roache, General Secretary, GMBPaddy Lillis, General Secretary, USDAWManuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSAMick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEFRonnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWUChris Kitchen, General Secretary, NUMTony Burke & Christine Blower, Vice-Chairs, Brazil Solidarity InitiativeRachel Garnham, Labour NEC & Labour Friends of Progressive Latin AmericaTags:Lula /last_img read more

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PAUL Wellens says Saints showed plenty of characte

first_imgPAUL Wellens says Saints showed plenty of character and learnt lessons as they dipped 18-12 to Wigan on Saturday.The Club’s Joint Captain, who has played in all of Saints’ 11 successive Cup Semi Finals, believes enough was thrown at the Warriors, but it lacked the cutting edge needed to break the defence.“We threw a lot at them and gave it our all,” he said, “but I thought we didn’t throw enough quality at them. We lacked a little bit of depth – and I would include myself in that – on the edges and we weren’t direct enough.“We did this in the first half and it’s easier to defend against that than when a team plays direct.“We dominated the first half and unfortunately went in down. I was glad to get a good tackle on Josh Charnley but they sprang the ball wide very quickly.“We now have to move forward though and the next time we have an opportunity to play Wigan, and I feel confident we will, we will need to be more direct and make the most of the opportunities.”Fellow Club Captain James Graham played through the pain barrier for the Saints – and Wellens led the tributes.“Jammer is phenomenal. There was one play towards the end where he caught the ball and fell on the floor – I can imagine 13000 people thinking what is he doing… but we knew exactly what he was doing. He was putting his body on the line.“I didn’t expect him to play and there were times in the match he could barely walk. That says a lot about him and his character that we would do what is better for the team instead of his own health.“He is immense but we are all disappointed we haven’t got the right result. But there is character in the team to move forward and it is certainly something we can build on.”Wellens is set to make his 400th appearance for the Saints in Friday’s home Super League tie with Huddersfield Giants.Kicking off at 8pm, tickets are now on sale from the Club Shop in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

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THE Super 8 fixtures are out and Saints will begin

first_imgTHE Super 8 fixtures are out and Saints will begin the next phase of the First Utility Super League competition with a trip to Warrington next Thursday.We caught up with Keiron Cunningham and Alex Walmsley at the Super 8s launch event to find out what they think of the seven games that lie ahead.We also got more reaction on that great win at Wigan on Friday.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone pagelast_img

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Theyve been rewarded for outstanding seasons by h

first_imgThey’ve been rewarded for outstanding seasons by head coach Paul Anderson, the former England and Great Britain prop, assisted by his former St Helens and international team-mate Paul Sculthorpe MBE.Richardson was named in the 2018 Dream Team whilst Lees is nominated for the Young Player of the Year in the Betfred Super League.The Knights leave on October 18 for a week’s preparation at the state-of-the-art Brisbane Broncos training base.They then fly to Lae for the first match against the Kumuls on Saturday October 27, before moving to the capital Port Moresby where the teams meet again at the 15,000-capacity Oil Search National Football Stadium on November 3.England Knights Squad:Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers, Normanton Knights) Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs) Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal) Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Widnes St Maries) Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR. Normanton Knights) Jamie Shaul (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Dean Hadley (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Brad Fash (Hull FC, West Hull) Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds) Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders) Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Hornets) Matty Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield) James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks) Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Chorley Panthers) Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks) Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside) Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles) Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Backs) Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings, Bold Miners) Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings, Rylands Sharks)last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgThe next game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Hull KR and kicks off at 7:45 pm on Friday 29th March. Tickets are available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img

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Pender County crews taking photos of homes for tax revaluation

first_imgVan being used to take photos in Pender County (Photo: Pender County) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you see people in vans taking photos of your property for the next three months, it could be crews taking images for Pender County.Fieldwork to update images and tax data on all parcels in Pender County will begin on Monday, October 16.- Advertisement – The Pender County Tax Office has contracted Tyler Technologies of Ohio to get high-resolution images from the street.The county says crews will take the photos from customized vans that will be marked as part of the Pender County Imaging Project. The imaging crews will be working throughout the county for approximately twelve weeks.Pender County says it’s important to note:All personnel assigned to this project have been issued photo ID bangles that must be visible at all times.The Pender County Sheriff’s Department has been notified of van descriptions, locations, and crew information.All photographs will be taken from the public right of ways, however, when this is impractical; every effort will be made to be unobtrusive. Crew members have been authorized to access driveways or private lanes when necessary.Related Article: Homeowners still have to pay property taxes despite hurricane or flood damageFor more information, you can call the Office of the Tax Assessor at (910) 259-1221.last_img read more

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Man charged in elderly womans assault banned from CFCC over peeping incident

first_img Kevin Lamont Whiting, 28, is now permanently banned from the campus of Cape Fear Community College, a school spokeswoman confirms. CFCC Police say Whiting has previous assault on a female charges and should be considered a threat.By Friday afternoon, Whiting was in police custody for another incident.Wilmington Police say around 5:45 Friday morning, Whiting assaulted a woman who would not give him cash or cigarettes.Related Article: Police arrest teen in connection with shootingHe’s in the New Hanover County jail under a $50,000 bond. Kevin Whiting (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just hours before a man allegedly assaulted and choked an elderly woman in downtown Wilmington, he peered over a stall in the women’s bathroom at Cape Fear Community College, according to a bulletin from CFCC Police.The peeping incident happened on Thursday on the first floor of the S building.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Commission tables ordinance Columbus Co gun owners feared would forbid target shooting

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Gun owners in Columbus County think a proposed ordinance could challenge their private property rights.Columbus County Commissioners want to start things over with a proposed firing range ordinance.- Advertisement – Brandon Patrick says he shoots on his land in Columbus County and believes the ordinance could infringe on his rights.“There ain’t nobody that’s going to come and tell me that I cannot shoot my gun on my property,” Patrick said.For the last few days that’s been the rallying cry in Columbus County against the proposed gun range ordinance. Patrick owns a business and lives in Columbus County. He believes the proposal is not meant to tell people they cannot shoot on their land, but he thinks it needs more work. So does county Planning Director Gary Lanier, who made it clear at Tuesday’s county commission meeting neighbors do not need to fear this proposal.Related Article: ‘Real hero’: Crowds brave Arizona heat to honor John McCain“It has nothing to do with an individual going on their personal private property and target practice, plink, shoot skeet, do whatever they want to do,” Lanier said.The worry came from the definitions. “Shooting range facility” included both public and private estates. However, Lanier pointed to the last sentence of that definition that clauses out general landowners who want to shoot in their back yard. That clause says that shooting range “does not include incidental target areas on private property.”There does remain an issue with commercial ranges in the county according to neighbors.“When the bullets came on top of my house I told him, ‘:ook that’s as far as I’m going.’ And I turned to y’all for help,” Anthony Buck said during the meeting.“Let us practice common sense and consideration for our neighbors,” pleaded Revis Long.Neighbors like Buck and Long have concerns of the proximity ranges are to their homes and the effects those ranges have had on them.The board of commissioners wants to start the process over with county planners.Patrick hopes planners will make sure it cannot be misread and he does not expect it to any way hurt landowners simply because of the backlash that would happen.“The ordinance I can see where it could be a safety issue with people randomly setting up gun ranges or whatever but as far as for people just shooting on their property, I don’t see how they can enforce it,” Patrick said.last_img read more

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Two men wanted for allegedly stealing from hog farms

first_img The sheriff’s office says warrants are on file for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.If you have information, you are asked to call (910) 862-6960 or text (910) 874-6850. Wesley Keith Carroll, of Clarkton, and Joshua Bryan Evans, of Bladenboro (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating two men wanted for several breaking and entering cases of farms in the county.Deputies say Wesley Keith Carroll, of Clarkton, and Joshua Bryan Evans, of Bladenboro, stole several thousand dollars worth of property from local hog farming facilities.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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