Update: Saturday’s Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally at Crissy Field has been canceled by its organizers. Instead, the group will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Square Park in the Western Addition. The Loved Up counter-rally will be held as scheduled.Neighbors and denizens of Dolores Park said Thursday that they are torn on how to effectively protest Saturday’s “Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally” at Crissy Field: show up at Crissy Field and potentially risk their safety, or dance at the counter-rally in Dolores Park. Fears about the safety of peaceful protest were stoked after an attack left one woman dead during an Aug. 12 counter-protest of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Saturday’s Crissy Field “Freedom Rally” will begin at 2 p.m. Several counter-protests are planned throughout the city Saturday, including the one at Dolores Park, called “Loved Up,” which begins at noon and asks people to “…join together to protest in the universal language of ‘shake yo ass.’” Tags: dolores park • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “I might end up at Dolores,” said Craig Parton, 52, whose house overlooks the park. “But it feels like I wouldn’t be doing much work.” Parton said the conflicts in Charlottesville, Virginia, hit him especially hard because he’s from Virginia, and he’s recently felt more compelled to demonstrate for racial justice. He feels risks should be taken for serious matters like the recently emboldened white supremacist movement. Dancing, he said, might not cut it. “It’s like saying, ‘let’s eat cake to fight racism,’” he said. “Is that, like, a joke?” Claire Rose, 22, was standing in front of the park talking to park-goers about social justice for Amnesty International. “[A dance counter-rally] could boost morale for people, but if it doesn’t have a clear message, then it might gloss over the urgency of what’s happening,” she said. “How will you know people aren’t just showing up for the dancing?” Alina, 21, who declined to give her last name, said that she believes in peaceful counter-protest, but she’ll most likely be at Crissy Field. “Both are important,” she said. “Part of me is about not showing up because I don’t want to give those idiots attention, but it’s important to have ordinary people go [to Crissy Field] to put up a united front.” Loved Up will join with another counter-event later in the afternoon at Harvey Milk Plaza, called “Come Together.” Both rallies will join forces and march toward Civic Center, where the “Peace, Love, and Understanding” concert — another counter-protest — will take place. Talia Korbenbrot, 43, was sitting at the Dolores Park playground with a friend and her friend’s child. She likes the idea of a fun, peaceful counter-protest. “Having people show up without the potential for violence is great,” she said. “Get all the attention off the hate.” Sidney and Sergio were sitting at a picnic table near the park entrance playing their guitars. Sergio, who comes from Brazil, wondered why it takes a racist rally to incite action. “You find people who are racist as fuck everywhere,” he said. “Why aren’t we talking about that more?” “If you have something where you have people dancing over here, juggling fire over there, giving a blow job over there — then what’s the point?” said Sidney. “If you have one, major voice everyone can hear, then maybe you can be effective.” The two police officers who were patrolling the park weren’t allowed to say whether there would be increased police presence at the park on Saturday, but police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca said that the police department will have a presence at the park and will be monitoring it closely. “How large of presence will depend on what’s going on at the park, and what else is going on in the other parts of the city,” he said. Counter-Rallies near Crissy FieldNon-violent Resistance to Fascism (San Francisco Queer Resistance) 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marina Boulevard, between Scott and Fillmore StreetsMarch Against Hate to Crissy Field (San Francisco Against Hate) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marina Boulevard, between Scott and Fillmore StreetsResistSF Counter Rally (Resist SF) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Crissy Field BeachAnti-racist Rally (Brown Lives Matter) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 490 Marina Blvd.Alternative Counter-EventsPeace, Love and Understanding Noon to 5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza Come Together (Juanita MORE!) Noon to 5 p.m., Harvey Milk PlazaLoved Up Noon to 5 p.m., Dolores Park Human Banner (Together We Will) 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ocean Beach Stairwells 3-6
THE RFL has sent its condolences to the family of Arthur Thomas, the former St Helens, Wigan and Leigh director who died earlier today aged 69.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “On behalf of everyone involved in Rugby League I would like to send our sympathies to Arthur’s family at this very sad time.“Throughout his life Arthur was very passionate about Rugby League and made an immense and valuable contribution to the sport in the North West.“Having served as Chairman of both Wigan and Leigh, and as a director of St Helens, Arthur was a tireless servant of the game he loved who made a huge difference at all three clubs.“Rugby League and sport generally are poorer for his passing.”
MARTIN Murray will discuss the defence of his WBA interim middleweight title against Australia’s Garth Wood in an open press conference at Langtree Park this Wednesday.The Saints fan will take on his challenger at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney on December 11.The conference gets underway at 12pm and in attendance with Martin will be Ricky Hatton, Richard Poxon and Andrew Mikhail (Martin’s adviser).Martin has extended the press conference invite to all his fans.
CARL Forster has joined London Broncos on loan for the next month.The 21-year-old prop forward has played four times for the club whilst also spending time dual registered with Swinton and Rochdale.“Although Carl is in the early stages of his career, he has had a good pre-season and has shown a lot of potential,” Saints CEO Mike Rush said. “It’s clear he needs to be playing week in week out at the highest level and going on loan to London will give him that chance.”Saints will also have several players ‘dual-registered’ this weekend and these will be announced shortly.
SAINTS were taught a harsh lesson in Catalan as the Dragons handed them a 42-0 loss.They were comprehensively second best all over the park and despite remaining top of the Super League table have a lot of soul-searching to do ahead of next weekend’s clash with Castleford.Their hosts ran in eight tries and to be fair it could have been a lot more as Saints wilted in the blistering heat.Catalans were red hot from the off and would probably count themselves unlucky not to be more than 8-0 up at the break.Saints welcomed Jonny Lomax and Josh Jones back into their starting line up with Willie Manu, Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival returning on the bench but it was the Dragons who looked more cohesive.Nathan Brown’s men started the game well, forcing a knock on but Matty Dawson was bundled into touch from the scrum.Luke Walsh then put pressure on Daryl Millard but he took a high ball very well.Two penalties handed Catalan the advantage though and a high Thomas Bosc kick was collected by Vincent Duport after Tommy Makinson lost the flight of the ball.Bosc wide with the extras.Saints gained a set straight from the re-start as they were fortunately given the ball from a knock on from Olivier Elima that never was.But Paul Wellens’ pass to Makinson – who then put down in the corner – was called forward.. and that was harsh too.Saints looked to be working their way into the game but failed to heed to the warning signs that later became klaxons.Louis Anderson looked to have put down after taking a suspiciously forward pass – but it was denied by the video referee – and then Walsh and Turner combined to keep Morgan Escaré out.Indeed, Saints thought they’d scored when Josh Jones took advantage of a bouncing ball with five minutes to go – but it was denied by the video referee because of a push from the centre.But seconds later another Dragons’ kick to the corner was collected by Michael Oldfield for 8-0 at half time.It was a scoreline that Brown would, on the balance, have been happy with – but the second half was anything but pleasing.For 15 minutes they had a pop at the Catalan line but another kick wasn’t dealt with and Duport collected a bouncing ball to go under the posts.Bosc making it 14-0 with the boot.Ian Henderson bulldozed over on 60 minutes to increase the pain before Pelissier fed Bosc for Catalan’s fifth.Oldfield notched his second; Millard compounded the horror show with another and then the winger’s brace became three – Oldfield getting his hat-trick at the death.Before that final act Alex Walmsley and Eloi Pelissier had a bit of biff under the posts and were given ten minutes to think about what they’d done.Saints stay top – but that is no consolation to the fans who travelled out to Perpignan.As it happened Match Centre.Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Duport (2), Oldfield (3), Henderson, Bosc, MillardGoals: Bosc (5 from 8)Saints: Tries: Goals: Penalties: Dragons: 10Saints: 3HT: 0-8FT: 0-42REF: James ChildATT: 9,864Teams:Dragons:2. Morgan Escaré; 5. Michael Oldfield, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 25. Vincent Duport, 18. Daryl Millard; 3. Leon Pryce, 6. Thomas Bosc; 8. Olivier Elima, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 10. Jeff Lima, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 11. Zeb Taia, 24. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 9. Ian Henderson, 12. Louis Anderson, 23. Lopini Paea, 29. Benjamin Garcia.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 24. Gary Wheeler, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens.Subs: 13. Willie Manu, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 28. Luke Thompson.
Over 11,200 fans packed into the Totally Wicked Stadium throughout the afternoon and a good sized crowd had stayed behind after the excellent performance by the men’s first team to watch our Women.And Saints superior speed and class was evident from the off as Jodie Cunningham again underlined her stature scoring the first of her hat-trick after only 80 seconds.Rovers knocked on from the kick off and three tackles later found themselves standing watching as Cunningham dummied to her winger as she strolled over on the right.A simple trademark jump out of dummy half saw Tara Jones in at the side of the posts for the second try.Great interpassing down the right saw Naomi Williams in for her first as she started and finished a 70 metre move down the right taking the final pass from Cunningham to go over.Saints continued their point a minute scoring with Cunningham’s second after a fine 90 metre burst from Williams who was caught inches short.To their credit, Rovers responded and were back in it after two quick tries from Zoe Teece and Grace Hepton.Thankfully from the kick off for the second the visitors knocked on and three tackles later Cunningham completed her first half hat-trick.Rovers managed to hold the Saints out for the opening 10 minutes of the second period, but after Emily Rudge scored her first, taking the inside pass from another Cunningham break, the writing was on the wall.Another jump out of dummy half by Jones saw her go 20 metres before passing inside for Zoe Harris to do the final 30.A penalty and two fine Lizzie Gladman drives saw her stopped just short, but from the play the ball Gaskin and Cunningham put Rudge away for her brace.The watching Saints fans were then treated to two great Saints tries finished off by left wing Leah Burke.The first came after another trademark Vicky Whitfield drive dragging one defender fully 20 metres with her. The ball was spread left for Beth Stott to show that she is finding her League feet as she dummied her way to the full back before setting Burke away out pacing the cover and strolling behind the posts.Five minutes later and Stott was at it again down the left this time finding Williams inside who set Burke free to go the final 40 metres to cap a fine 70 metre move.Rovers got a consolation score through Katherine Hepworth, but Williams rounded off Saints win with an eleventh and final try in the corner after Burke and Sarah Lovejoy drives.St Helens Women’s:Team: Jodie Cunningham; Rebecca Avenell, Naomi Williams, Beth Stott, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Dawn Akrigg, Pip Birchall, Katie-May Williams, Emily Rudge.Interchanges: Rhianna Burke, Lizzie Gladman, Sarah Lovejoy, Claire Mullaney.Tries: Jodie Cunningham (1, 23 & 36), Tara Jones (9) Naomi Williams (15 & 75), Emily Rudge (48 & 58), Zoe Harris (55), Leah Burke (61 & 65).Goals: Faye Gaskin 5 from 11 .Featherstone Rovers Women’s Team: Grace Hepton; Kayleigh Bulman, Tilly Churm, Shannelle Mannion, Chloe Reynolds; Katherine Hepworth, Chelsea Senior; Brogan Churm, Kelly Smith, Zoe Teece, Jessica Hammond, Natalie Harrowell, Andrea Dobson.Interchanges: Charley Blackburn, Stephanie Grenham, Paige Stevens, Grace Dyke.Tries: Zoe Teece (26), Grace Hepton (33), Katherine Hepworth (72).Goals: Katherine Hepworth 2 from 3.HT: 24-10FT: 54-16
Governor Roy Cooper rips into lawmakers who left Raleigh without a compromise to research GenX and other contaminants in the Cape Fear river.“Legislators are going home after doing nothing to protect clean drinking water for NC families,” said the Governor in part on Twitter Tuesday as the House adjourned.Legislators are going home after doing nothing to protect clean drinking water for NC families. North Carolinians deserve action on this, and Republican legislative leaders’ failure to act is unconscionable.— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) February 13, 2018Both chambers passed bills regarding Gen-X research, though not as the bill’s creator would have liked.Related Article: Post-Florence recovery dollars pour into North Carolina“The senate took it and completely gutted it and replaced it,” Republican Ted Davis of New Hanover County said.If you’d like to know what the original version said, look here.The Senate, from the beginning was not sold on Republican Ted Davis’ legislation.“I support everything we can to provide clean water to my constituents, neighbors and family. I personally have serious concerns about the legislation as it does absolutely nothing to provide clean water to our citizens and may lead people to think otherwise,” Senator Michael Lee said when we asked him for comment on the House passage of HB 189 back in January.Senate President Pro Temp Phillip Berger also said it was not on his priority list ending the long session.“I am willing to sit down with any Senator at anytime and discuss the differences between the House bill and the Senate to see if we can come up with some type of resolution,” said Rep. Davis.Republican Senator Mike Lee introduced the revised bill as the Water Safety Act. Unlike Davis’ bill, it takes funding away from the DEQ. Requesting universities to use their technology and experts to research Gen-X instead of doing that through the DEQ.It provides funding to the State Policy Collaboratory to oversee that work. It asks the DEQ to allocate more than $2 million to those efforts. No funding will go to the department.Sen. Lee did add an amendment in the final voting for $813,000 go to the division of Water Resources to study air and water quality that may contain GenX.“People in the Cape Fear region have a right to be angry that legislative leaders have failed to do their duty,” said Governor Cooper who’s full statement on the legislature adjourning is below.“It’s disgraceful that after months of stalling, Republican legislators have gone home without doing anything to protect clean drinking water for North Carolina families. State environmental experts continue to hold Chemours accountable and are using all available resources to track the spread of GenX, and the latest notice of violation announced today shows the urgency. People in the Cape Fear region have a right to be angry that legislative leaders have failed to do their duty and give state scientists the tools they need to deal with GenX and other emerging contaminants.”Now that both chambers are heading home until May, the only way they’d come back to pass funding for research would be if a special session is calledChairman Davis says that will not happen unless they can come to an agreement on the bill.“They’ve went home, so nobody is willing to sit down and negotiate at this point.”Our Andrew James reached out to Senate President Phillip Berger, Senator Bill Rabon, and Senator Michael Lee for comment. Lee’s office told us he was out of the state on family matters and could not comment. Berger’s office told us he was not available. Sen. Rabon requested we get comment from him on a later day. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – Four recent spills at the Chemours Fayetteville plant has the state Department of Environmental Quality issuing another violation on the company. It comes as lawmakers stall on approving funding for Gen-X research.The Governor and House members frustrated with the Senate.- Advertisement –
“With the congestion, that’s where you get the road rage,” driver Dori Capps said. “You get people cutting people off, people yelling, screaming. It causes more wrecks.”“Rush hour time. I mean, it takes forever to get anywhere,” driver Jacob Childress said. “I was actually rear ended about two weeks ago on College Road. Guy playing on his cell phone, that was fun. Normally traffic is horrible, people just don’t know how to drive that well to be honest.”The amount of traffic on the road has grown overtime. That’s why the North Carolina Department of Transportation has some changes planned for the heavily traveled road.Related Article: BMW of Wilmington donates to CFCC for automotive scholarships“There’s not that many North South routes in Wilmington, so there’s not a whole lot of options for people,” David Leonard, NCDOT, said. “You have a lot of businesses on the corridor, a lot of signals, a lot of lanes. So it’s just trying to do what we can with what we got there and trying to make it a lot better.”There are a total of six projects. They include improvements around New Centre Drive, converting the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway intersection to an interchange, and a possible interchange at College and Oleander.Some drivers agree something needs to be done as our population grows.“More and more residents are coming down,” Capps said. “Not only with the residents but the tourists that come down on holidays. It is jam packed, congested, sometimes it is bumper to bumper, not even at five o’clock. It used to be only at five o’clock, but now it’s all hours of the day.”A majority of these projects have already been funded, but it will take some time before construction begins. Leonard says only one has not been funded yet.The majority of these projects are expected to start in 2024 and could take up to three years to complete.Click here to read more about the projects. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’ve ever driven in Wilmington, it’s very likely you’re familiar with College Road.With an estimated 50,000 drivers using it daily, navigating it can be a frustrating experience. However, there could soon be improvements.- Advertisement –
They also say that the shelter at Hoggard High School will remain open for as long as necessary. Officials say there are more than 400 people at the shelter right now, and they can still accept more people in need.White says people can continue to apply for FEMA assistance at disasterassistance.gov. FEMA has been visiting residents at Hoggard to get them signed up for relief.Officials say the county needs to be patient and cooperative to speed up recovery.Related Article: Will Holland’s Shelter Creek recover?Their focus right now is on the water levels, as they keep rising. They urge people to not try to come home until the conditions are safer.Saffo says routes back to Wilmington change on an hour to hour basis. Residents can call the NCDOT for all traffic concerns.“And we are starting to slowly transition into recovery. We still have some worries in the northern part of the county for water rescue, as the waters continue to rise. But we are ahead of that issue and are in the process of acquiring and deploying swift boat rescues as they become necessary,” said New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White.As of Thursday, Duke Energy recorded around 24,000 homes throughout the county still without power. The county also expects to have a better idea of when UNCW and New Hanover County Public Schools will reopen in the coming days.Officials say the most helpful donations right now are cash donations. You can donate at nvoad.org.For information on meal sites, donation sites, shelters and other relief efforts, you can visit emergency.nhcgov.com. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County officials say Thursday is their last official press conference. With the improvement throughout the county, the curfew has been suspended as of Thursday.Officials say thousands of cases of water and meals were given out yesterday at the three points of distribution in New Hanover County.Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says county trash pickups will resume Thursday.- Advertisement –
39-year-old Antwan Damitri King and 42-year-old Christopher Bryant of Tolson Circle each face several drug charges. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — 17 guns, drugs and cash were all seized during a drug bust in Brunswick County.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Shallotte men following a several month long investigation.- Advertisement – 39-year-old Antwan Damitri King and 42-year-old Christopher Bryant of Tolson Circle each face several drug charges.King is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.