Governments in the UK – and abroad – are showing

first_imgGovernments in the UK – and abroad – are showing “a clear lack of appreciation and respect” for disabled people’s organisations by ignoring their views and advice when developing new policies, according to a leading disabled campaigner.Miro Griffiths (pictured) was speaking at the first annual Rushton Social Justice Lecture at Liverpool town hall, organised by the user-led disability arts organisation DaDaFest.The two lectures – delivered by Griffiths and Liverpool historian Steve Binns – were held on the 201st anniversary of the death of the disabled social justice campaigner Edward Rushton, who fought against slavery and helped found the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.Griffiths, a former government adviser and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the only way disabled people would make progress towards inclusion and improved life chances was through both direct action and protests, and advising public bodies, parliamentarians and governments.But he said that their views were being dismissed, with serious consequences.He said: “We cannot ignore the evidence and data which highlights that the decision-makers are not acting on the demands of the disabled people’s movement and the reality is that individuals who require support are marginalised and trapped in their localities, with many over-represented in institutionalised support.”He said that the UK government’s refusal to protect personalised support services – such as the Independent Living Fund, disabled students’ allowance or disability benefits – had not only had a “detrimental impact” on disabled people’s inclusion and contribution to their communities, but also demonstrated the “reluctance or aversion of government bodies to collaborate and work with disabled people and their organisations”.Griffiths said: “Governments and powerful bodies need to agree that disabled people are experts by experience and should see disabled people as a valuable asset to society – working with us, not without us.”He said that, even at a time when disabled people were experiencing “hostile behaviours” such as disability hate crime, as well as cuts to support packages, the role of the disabled people’s movement was “paramount” in protecting people’s rights and advancing their inclusion, or at least slowing their exclusion.He pointed to comments made by Professor Mike Oliver at the 2013 launch of UK Disability History Month, where – speaking publicly on disability for the first time in 10 years – he warned of “the fakes” and “so-called friends” of the movement, who “turn our ideas into their own agendas”.Griffiths said such action by these “so-called friends” had led to many families and disabled people rejecting or criticising the personalisation agenda, because the concept of “independent living” was being interpreted as “living on our own” or “doing everything for ourselves”, rather than “having choice and control over one’s life” and “autonomy and self-determination”.He also told the audience that user-led organisations would need to think about how they support young disabled people to become future leaders of the disabled people’s movement, following the lead of organisations such as the European Network on Independent Living.But he added: “If we consider that the number of grass-roots disability organisations continues to reduce and services are not meeting the needs of the people who use them… can there be a realistic expectation that the involvement of young people, as future leaders, is a priority for current individuals who identify as part of the movement?”In his lecture on Edward Rushton and his “brave and honourable life” of “resistance”, Binns, who attended the school Rushton founded, said his hero was still relevant today.He said: “In these last years, this great question of what the people should do if they believe themselves to be badly governed is just as important as it appeared to be to Edward Rushton in the eighteenth century.“That spirit of demanding what is right, that spirit of rescuing people from desperate and difficult conditions, even sometimes at costs to ourselves.“That idea of his, I think, that you should do the right thing and be damned to the consequences.”last_img read more

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Labours shadow minister for disabled people has d

first_imgLabour’s shadow minister for disabled people has dispelled any doubts about Labour’s support for the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, making it clear that she backs every one of its demands.Marsha deCordova said this week that she backs everything the petition calls for,including an inquiry into links between the Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, and for any evidence ofcriminal misconduct by ministers and civil servants to be passed to the police.The petition has now been signed by more than25,000 people in less than three weeks. If the petition secures 100,000signatures it should be debated in the House of Commons.The need forevidence of criminal misconduct to be passed to police is a key demand of thepetition, following years of evidence that the actions of senior DWPfigures, including ministers, have been clearly linked to the deaths ofdisabled people. The call fora police investigation has been strongly backed by the eight families who havesupported the petition.De Cordova, who has been prominent this week in highlighting the government’scontinuing failure to appoint a new minister for disabled people following the resignation of SarahNewton, said: “Isupport each of the demands of this petition.“There is anurgent need for an independent inquiry into these deaths and I will write tothe minister asking for one. It is not enough for the department to be its ownjudge and jury.“The DWP isnot fit for purpose and has failed disabled people with tragic consequences.Their families and friends deserve answers. “It isshameful that the DWP continues to ignore the impact that its policies arehaving.“The governmentmust immediately scrap the cruel and callous assessment framework for ESA andPIP and punitive sanctions regime, which has created a hostile environment fordisabled people.”The petition was launched following the death of Jodey Whiting (pictured) and is set up in her name, with the backing of Black Triangle, Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance Network and WOWcampaign, as well as DNS.DWP failedfive times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to hersuicide in February 2017, an independent investigation found in February.Jodey Whiting,who had a long history of mental distress, had her out-of-work disabilitybenefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she wasseriously ill. She took her own life just 15 days later.There has alsobeen strong support for the petition this week from Disability Labour, which represents disabled members of the party.FranSpringfield, its co-chair, said Disability Labour supported all four of thepetition’s demands.She said: “Theway the DWP treats disabled claimants is to disbelieve us, lie and use badlanguage about us on forms and fail to take notice when we report feelingsuicidal.  “Yes, theDWP is institutionally disablist and it has not been fit for purpose since IainDuncan Smith’s time as DWP secretary. “We totallysupport the need for urgent action on safety. There should be an inquiry and ifthat shows misconduct or misfeasance in public office, the law must take itscourse.”WayneBlackburn, her fellow co-chair, pointed to DWP’s “appalling record” on how ittreats its own staff.He highlighteda DNS report last year which revealed that the EmploymentTribunal had dealt with almost 60 claimsof disability discrimination taken against DWP by its own staff over a 20-monthperiod, which he said was “utterly disgraceful”.Springfield added:“Disability Labour believes that the most important result of [an inquiry]should be that legislation and systems are put in place to ensure that deathssuch as Jodey’s never happen again. “The DWP inits current state is clearly no longer fit for purpose. It must be radicallyreformed.”To sign the petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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OpEd Explaining San Franciscos RankedChoice Voting

first_img 0% San Francisco’s District 9 Supervisor RaceThere are four candidates running for San Francisco’s District 9 Supervisor seat: Joshua Arce, Iswari Espana, Hillary Ronen, and Melissa San Miguel. District 9 voters should anticipate that no candidate will win a first round majority with so many candidates in the race, which means that the backup choices of voters who support trailing candidates will help determine who wins the instant runoff.The reason is simple: four candidates means voters may be divided such that no candidate earns a majority of votes in the initial round. The candidate with the lead in first choices usually wins the instant runoff. However, there is no guarantee of that happening — just like traditional runoff elections aren’t always won by the candidate who leads after the first round.An example that some readers might be aware of is when Oakland elected Jean Quan as Mayor in 2010. Former Senate Majority Leader Don Perata led 33 percent to 24 percent in first choices, but lost 51 percent to 49 percent in the final ranked choice voting. Essentially, Quan was much more likely to be ranked second or third by backers of the mayoral candidates who were eliminated during the ranked choice voting count. When the field was reduced to two, Quan defeated Perata head to head. She would have also won a runoff if voters had kept their same preferences.So there wasn’t any “trick” to Quan winning. She simply did a better job at connecting with more voters, and ultimately became the majority winner.The lesson for candidates is that you need to reach out to as many voters as you can in the goal to become the candidate who can win a majority in that final instant runoff. San Francisco candidates know what they need to do to win – now they just need to make their case to voters. And voters need to be aware that ranking candidates gives them more power – if your first choice loses, your second or third choice can still determine who wins.District 11 Supervisor RaceAnother election where ranked choice voting may determine the outcome of the election is District 11. There are five (5) candidates running for John Avalos’ open seat: Kimberly Alvarenga, Ahsha Safai, Francisco Herrera, Magdalena De Guzman, and Berta Hernandez. Like the D9 race, voters in District 11 should also anticipate that no candidate will win with a first round majority. Therefore, the second and third choices of voter who supported eliminated candidates may determine the winner. Pedro Hernandez is the deputy director of FairVote California, a non-profit voting advocacy organization. He wrote the following community letter to inform voters about the ranked-choice voting system used in San Francisco.In March 2002, San Francisco voters passed ranked choice voting as an amendment to the City Charter, and it has been used in every city election since 2004. San Francisco is one of four Bay Area cities that will use ranked choice voting to elect its officials this November 8. This means San Francisco voters will have the freedom to rank their favorite candidates in order of preference and elect their District Supervisors in one efficient trip to the polls when turnout is at its peak.The way ranked choice voting works is as easy as 1-2-3: Voters rank the candidates using the three columns on the ballot to indicate their first choice candidate, second choice candidate, and third choice candidate. In elections that are competitive and have many choices, like the Supervisor elections in District 1, District 7, District 9, and District 11, it is wise to use all three of your rankings. (The District 3 and District 5 races have no more than two candidates, so ranked choice voting will not be a factor in those elections unless you write in a candidate).On Election Day, all first choices are counted. If a candidate receives a majority of first choices they win just like in any other election. However, if no candidate has a majority, the last-place candidate is eliminated, and voters who supported that candidate have their ballot instantly go to their next choice. This cycle repeats until there is a majority winner. This way, a candidate is elected under majority rule, when most voters will be casting a ballot in November. That makes the winner more broadly representative. Campaigns and VotingUnder ranked choice voting, door-to-door face-to-face interaction and coalition building will matter more than money in politics. Since candidates must have the support of more voters to win, they must engage with a broader voter base instead of relying on their sole constituencies. Candidates need to seek out second choice rankings from voters whose first choice may be somebody else. What you should expect to see are campaigns that are more focused on issues and values in a ranked choice voting election.We encourage San Francisco voters to take advantage of the greater choice that is provided this November 8 by ranking a first, second, and third choice. Doing so will help ensure your voice is hear and your vote is counted for a true win for the community. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Mission Activists Push DA for Charges 679 Days After Police Shooting

first_imgIn February 2015, plainclothes officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli say they were responding to a bike theft when Perez Lopez allegedly lunged at them with a knife. Autopsies later showed, however, that he was shot in the back six times, suggesting he was running away when shot and not lunging towards officers.After the autopsy results were released, former Police Chief Suhr told the press that Perez Lopez had been shot in the back as he turned around to attack the cyclist. Adachi and activists stressed that 679 days had passed since Perez Lopez died, saying a criminal prosecution was long overdue. It is unclear why it has taken police so long to conclude their investigation. “This is a situation that we cannot afford to forget, because that’s what they’re hoping — that this will be forgotten about,” he said.The rally included support for the families of Mario Woods, 26, and Luis Gongora, 45, who were both shot and killed by police in 2015. The District Attorney is in the process of investigating 15 police shooting incidents. On Wednesday night, the day before the rally, the police presented a report on these incidents to the Police Commission.Parents of Alex Nieto, who was also shot and killed by police. Photo by Lola M. ChavezActivists have in the past taken issue with police handling of Perez Lopez’s death, saying it was unethical that Gascon’s staff arrived at the scene after Perez Lopez’ body was moved by the medical examiner.  On Wednesday, police announced that the department has begun using a new communication system called the Everbridge Mass Notification System, which will automatically text, email, and call a list of 65 city contacts, including the District Attorney, in the case of any police shooting. The previous system required assigned police officers to manually contact each individual, resulting in potential lag time between the notification of police and district attorney contacts.“If, god forbid, there is an officer involved shooting…now we’re not gonna have the issue of the chief of police being notified and the DA’s office not being notified for another 20 minutes,” Alexa O’Brien, a police lieutenant of criminal investigations, said to the Police Commission Wednesday. “We’re excited about the new system.”Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of days since the Amilcar Perez Lopez shooting and the date of the shooting. It has been 679 days, not 649, and the shooting took place on February 26, 2015, not February 29.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezCousin (left) and brother (right) of Gongora Pat, also shot and killed by police. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Public Defender Jeff Adachi stood alongside family and friends of police shooting victims at the Hall of Justice Thursday as they hoisted banners of Amilcar Perez Lopez, a 21-year old Mission District resident who was shot and killed by police on February 26, 2015. Activists in the Justice for Amilcar Coalition have repeatedly asked for charges to be filed against officers in police shootings, and activists Thursday demanded that District Attorney George Gascón conclude an ongoing investigation and charge the officers who shot Perez Lopez nearly two years ago.“We’ve been promised accountability by the District Attorney, by the Police Commission and so many others, yet we have failed to see that materialize,” Adachi said from a podium on the Hall of Justice steps.Jeff Adachi at the Hall of Justice. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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City confounds some of its workers as it sweeps an encampment early

first_img Tags: department of public works • homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Police, outreach workers and the homeless residents of an encampment that had been targeted for resolution in a city-sanctioned process that was already underway were surprised when cleaning crews descended on the encampment at the crack of dawn on Thursday and, without warning, ordered its inhabitants to pack up and move.The 30 or so residents of the encampment  – split between 15th Street and Alameda Street at San Bruno Avenue – had been told earlier that they would be moving on April 27. “Under no circumstances did they ever come and tell us that this was happening to us today,” said a woman named Shy, referring to the Department of Public Works’ cleaning crews. On the contrary, Shy and her fellow campers got an official notice that their moving day was still two weeks out. center_img Those notices appeared earlier this month along 15th Street warning campers that they had to move on April 27, said Shy. Until that time, the encampment residents on 15th Street were receiving counseling and other services priming them for their eventual removal by the city’s Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Shy said she expected outreach workers to service Alameda Street’s campers next.“We are working to resolve that very large encampment there,” confirmed Randy Quezada, spokesperson for the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, about the campers set up on both streets. Rachel Gordon, spokesperson for Public Works, said that Thursday’s operation was not a sweep but in fact a cleanup, adding that the campers are allowed to return. “Today’s action was based on complaints – the encampment became a serious public safety hazard and was spilling into traffic lanes,” said Gordon.Campers failed to understand that they could return. Quezada said that the Encampment Resolution Team, the department’s outreach arm, was instructed last week to start with the 15th Street encampment and eventually move campers off of Alameda and Vermont streets as well.That multiple week resolution process, which ends with some campers getting shelter placements, was instituted by the city last August as a more permanent and humane solution to the tent encampments. But the department’s ongoing work was interrupted on Thursday morning when Public Works cleaning crews arrived sometime around 6:30 a.m. with dump trucks and police officers to clear the streets.Public Works cleaning crews target an encampment that has amassed nuisance complaints from the public. Photo by Laura Waxmann“I’m not sure about [Public Works’] action there today,” said Quezada. Neither were police who accompanied the cleaning crews – several officers on site said they were notified at 4:30 a.m. of the cleanup scheduled for two hours later. One said he is tired of moving the homeless without having the ability to offer them a place to go. “This was a surprise today,” said a sergeant on site who found herself consoling Shy and several other Alameda Street campers. “It seems like there was some miscommunication. I feel bad because these guys were told that they were going to be moved on the 27th, and then we show up today.”Public Works has long responded to encampments that have grown problematic with either routine cleanups, in which campers are asked to pack up, downsize, and relocate temporarily as cleaning crews sanitize their camp sites, or with sweeps.While Gordon said it was not a sweep, campers failed to understand that and most simply moved over to another block. In March, Public Works began authorizing the removal of encampments that had amassed a number of public nuisance complaints, bypassing the city’s encampment resolution efforts.In regard to the ongoing resolution of the encampment by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Gordon said that her teams were aware. “I believe the teams have been in discussion about resolution process. We couldn’t have the camp spilling into the traffic lane any longer,” she said.Quezada said his team had no absolute jurisdiction. “As we are resolving an area we do have to adapt to conditions on the ground,” he said. “These are dynamic spaces.”But for those who live in these dynamic spaces, the additional shuffling is taking a toll.“I’m feeling misled,” said Shy, addressing police who were overseeing the action. “You are making us move today just to make us move again in two weeks?”Photo by Laura WaxmannAs a wooden dresser was heaved into the back of a Public Works truck, Shy broke out in tears. “They look at it as trash. But there is some sentimental value in everything that I own,” she said. “It’s all we have and to have such a short amount of time to pretty much get our stuff together… they don’t care. They are just crushing our shit.”“This is a sweep,” said Kelley Cutler, a human rights advocate with the Coalition on Homelessness who had been notified of the sweep by one of the campers. “This is Public Works going rogue again.”“While there was a resolution in process, they just came through and throw the whole process out the window today,” she said. “It makes no sense.” last_img read more

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The World Cup from the Mission Your guide to the knockout round

first_img Tags: World cup Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “Grandes futbolistas también fallan penales”Messi vs #ISL: C. Ronaldo vs #IRN: pic.twitter.com/cC4CTSyN6x— Idioma Fútbol (@idiomafut) 25 de junio de 2018 Those two Swiss players doing las palomitas with their hands the other day? They were actually Albano-Kosovar refugees protesting Serbia’s ways. What a thing, mixing sports and politics, huh?Did you watch “Icarus”? That doping scheme was said to be running in soccer, too. The funny doctor from the documentary even recognized an unnamed Russian player as one of his own.Uruguay always plays like the underdog, but they are actually two-time world champions, and are historically the best team in South America. A country of three million people! How does that happen?Colombian soccer players are such great dancers because salsa is everywhere in the country: in the club, in the streets, blasting out of the shops, even in the pool. It is an activity of the masses.The attention to the women’s version of ANYTHING is never as big as for the men’s World Cup. It doesn’t have to be like this. Actual cultured statements to go beyond small talk at the bar: Cuando compras a Neymar, Ronaldo y Messi por Aliexpress pic.twitter.com/OX3SOBBki8— Control Orientado (@xtianras) 18 de junio de 2018 So, here we go:[Or you can go straight to the match-ups]I know Messi and Cristiano. I’m good to go, right?Not quite. Although Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo are the best players in the world, their national teams are far from it.Ronaldo reached the semifinals in 2006, and led his team to the title at the 2016 Euros (although he was injured very early in the final). The 33-year-old arrived to Russia in great physical shape, and is expected to carry his side as far as he can, but an aging Portuguese defense could be his undoing.Messi, on the other hand, is always expected to lead Argentina to victory, despite his different personality type. Perhaps because he spent most of his life in the well-oiled Barcelona system, the 31-year-old is knocked off-kilter by disorder, which his own side provides in abundance. He did manage to show signs of life against Nigeria, and is an immense threat, even on a bad night.On Saturday, Argentina faces France (7 a.m.) and Portugal plays Uruguay (11 a.m.). Should both of their teams advance to the quarter-finals — far from a given — Messi and Ronaldo would face each other next Friday at 7 a.m. Can England win?Americans are exposed to the Premier League much more than to any other country’s soccer, so consideration for England’s chances is pumped up accordingly. The English side in Russia is young and joyous — a rare sight. Their captain, Harry Kane, may be the best striker in the World Cup. But, given their history of meltdowns and despair, it may be too early to tell.Video replay seems to be causing all sorts of trouble, huh? TOLD YA.Very much so. The long-awaited arrival of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) was always going to be controversial; plenty of fans seemed to think injustice was just another part of the sport’s “folklore.” But even for those who don’t think that way, it has been so confusing. VAR has uncovered blatant flops and handballs in the box, and has clarified very evident offsides. Sadly, the technology is still in hands of the refs, and the decision depends on their criteria. And refs can still be swayed by a whisper over their shoulder before the game. (Not that we have seen anything, though).Things I MUST know to understand what’s going on: But wait, I really want to understand the offside rule:May I refer you to this video?The round-of-16 games are the following:6/30, 7 a.m. France v. Argentina6/30, 11 a.m. Uruguay v. Portugal7/1 7, a.m. Spain v. Russia7/1, 11 a.m. Croatia v. Denmark7/2, 7 a.m. Brazil v. Mexico7/2, 12 a.m. Belgium v. Japan7/3, 7 a.m. Sweden v. Switzerland7/3, 12 a.m. Colombia v. EnglandMost bars and canteens are opening earlier than normal to show the games and sell some food. You can see them on the map below. As always, let us know how you’re enjoying this crazy World Cup, and send your tips to info@missionlocal.com. 0% If any game is tied after 90 minutes, the teams will play two more halves, of 15 minutes each. Although players are in great shape, extra time can be a lengthy agony for everyone involved. Even worse? Trying to shoot a penalty with aplomb after all of that.Penalty shootouts tend to go to the “best of five.” Nerves and exhaustion tend to result in at least one failed shot, if not the skill of the goalie. (Prepare your tissues).If the teams are still tied by then, additional rounds of one kick are used to break it, in what is called “sudden death.” This puts even more pressure on the team who kicks last. The importance of winning a coin toss!Unless they were already suspended for accumulation, players carry their group-stage yellow cards to the knockout stage. If anyone gets a second, they are out of the next game. Yellow cards are only expunged from one’s record before semifinals.Being the best of your team does not make you the best penalty shooter when all of the thoughts are eating your brain. Both Messi and Ronaldo have already missed a penalty in this World Cup.center_img Spain, on the other hand, was doing just fine until a day before the World Cup, when the federation fired the coach and promoted inexperienced Fernando Hierro. The pass-happy script mastered over the years, plus the great form of creator Isco and striker Diego Costa, put La Roja ahead in their group. But the fluidity is not quite there yet, and a loss of possession often leaves their center-backs high up and very exposed.What if I want to root for the dark horse?Being the hipster fan is a soccer standby. This year’s World Cup has been all over the place, though, and it is harder to read what is going to happen from one game to the next. Belgium and Croatia have been very consistent throughout the group stage, and could be to your liking in the elimination rounds. So who’s the favorite? I want to root for them.Currently, Brazil and Spain.Although notable flopper Neymar hogs all the attention, it is Philippe Coutinho who has been silently leading his team from the midfield. Along with his creativity, Brazil has also been super consistent on defense. Despite an unconvincing start, the team seemed to turn a corner against Serbia. No more jogo bonito, though. Argentina’s systemWhy France refuses to attackNeymar’s hairThe offside ruleWhatever Maradona is having Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address Things it’s okay NOT to understand: Like Adnan Januzaj’s lefty kick finding its way to the back of England’s net, the World Cup also turned a corner at the end of yesterday’s games. The weakest teams filtered out, the tournament now becomes a string of elimination games at slightly more reasonable hours (none earlier than 7 a.m.).With fewer teams and fewer games to follow, you may find your World Cup-crazed coworkers struggling to figure out what to do with their newfound time, scrolling furiously as they try to freebase the ever-scarcer information trickling in from Russia. Life outside the screen may go back to its usual melancholy for hours at a time.But worry not.As the field narrows, games are bound to become tighter and more dramatic. Inferior sides are bound to cling at a scoreless draw for as long as possible, which may prove an impossible riddle for the opposite team. Heads will explode should the game reach a penalty shootout, and you will want to be prepared for the moment when no one is capable of speaking about anything but fútbol. #MundialTelemundo ¡Golazo de #CRO! en los pies de @lukamodric10 para sentenciar a la #ARG REVIVE el gol acá… pic.twitter.com/QMgJXFZFDJ— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) 21 de junio de 2018last_img read more

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SAINTS Acting Head Coach Mike Rush pointed to oppo

first_imgSAINTS Acting Head Coach Mike Rush pointed to opportunities lost as his side bowed out of the Challenge Cup to Wigan.Paul Wellens had given them an early lead but the Warriors bounced back to book their passage to the semi finals.“I didn’t think we were on the ball offensively but defensively we were pretty good as were both teams,” he said. “Wigan struggled to make yards out of their half and we made it difficult for them to kick. It must have looked good for the cameras to have both teams going for it.“But the Finch try just killed us. We have seen that play a million times this season. It happened at Warrington, Hull KR and we jumped in. That’s what you get with young players, when they’re under pressure and it’s the way it goes.”He continued: “The last play options weren’t great but they weren’t a big influence on the game. I don’t mind them running the ball; ideally you want a repeat set, but you have to give the players the chance to come up with plays they think will work.“But offensively we weren’t the smartest and you aren’t going to beat a great competitive team like that. Look at Tommy Makinson’s break. Of course Wigan’s job is to slow it down and we have been sinbinned for that this season, but you have to finish those breaks – like the Paul Wellens’ break – to beat a team like Wigan.”last_img read more

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THE Saints U16s scholarship side returned from the

first_imgTHE Saints U16s scholarship side returned from their mid-season break to resume activities but were beaten for the second time this season by a Widnes side which grew into the game as it went on, writes Graham Henthorne.In truth it was probably the break which did for the U16s as they looked like a side which hadn’t played together for a period of time whilst their opponents looked sharper.Widnes coming through the test with a 28-14 win.Despite the above it was the Saints who took the lead on ten minutes as Sean Croston finished off a handling move by going over down the right.Ben Sims spurned the chance to go further ahead as he took a delightful pass from Ryan Horne to burst through the line. Unfortunately he then seemed to run at the full back instead of either side of him and the try went begging.It was Dave Griffiths who finally increased the lead as he dummied his way over after good work from Luke Ward and Christian Kellett.The Saints’ had been riding their luck a little already and from the restart some poor tackling allowed the visitors to score on the overlap on the right.Jake Sculthorpe restored the Saints lead scoring with his first touch taking a Louis Brogan pass to go over.On the stroke of half time the Vikings pegged the scores back again taking advantage of some poor tackling to go over.Coach Ian Lomax had been critical of his side’s efforts in the first half and asked for a response. He got it but only for a few minutes.The tackling improved but the game turned on a gilt edged opportunity to Brogan. He broke through down the left but with support screaming up on his outside he chose to try to beat the full back on his own and the chance was gone.Two minutes later the Vikings took the lead and never really looked back.Pick of the bunch were Ryan Horne, Brandon O’Neill and Joe Sharratt who all tried hard and there was an encouraging debut, including some big hits, from Matthew Foster.St Helens U16s:Tries: Sean Croston (10), Dave Griffiths(22), Jake Sculthorpe (29).Goals: Dave Griffiths 1/3Widnes U16s:Tries: Jake Bradley (26), Joe Edge (33), Jayden Hatton (40), Ben Davies (51), Lee Dyas (63).Goals: Joe Edge 4/5Half Time: 14-10Full Time: 14-28Teams:Saints:1. Dave Griffiths; 2. Tom Nesbitt, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Sean Croston, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Lewis Gartland; 8. Sam Royle, 9. Brandon O’Neill, 10. Matthew Ashcroft, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Joe Sharratt, 13. Reece Jackson. Subs: 14. Paul Nash, 15. Matthew Foster, 16. Jake Sculthorpe, 17. Christian Kellett, 18. Louis Brogan, 19. Jack Welsby, 20. Jamie Little.Widnes:1. Joe Edge; 2. Jarrod O’Connor, 4. Tyler Jones, 3. Jayden Hatton, 5. Oliver Brookes; 6. Ben Davies, 7. Lewis Else; 8. Luke Draper, 9. Jake Burns, 10. Lee Dyas, 11. Jake Bradley, 12. Josh Wilde, 13. Callum O’Neill. Subs: 14. Liam Barnes, 15. Bradley Calland, 16. Declan Mercer, 17. Sam Walters.last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham says Saints are still waiting fo

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says Saints are still waiting for the complete picture of Matty Smith’s leg injury – but the scrum half won’t be available in the immediate future.“Last night the initial results weren’t good,” he explained, “so we have had to get him across to the specialist today. He is going to be out for a period but we aren’t 100 per cent sure of how long that period will be. It is a leg injury and not a good leg injury.“We will confirm the length of time and the nature of the injury when we know every aspect of it, because we don’t want to pre-empt things too much.“It isn’t good for the immediate future, but it isn’t season ending.”Smith suffered the injury in the very last play of the first half in Sunday’s match with Widnes and Cunningham was less than impressed with how it happened.“It was a disgusting tackle,” he said. “It is one we have been trying to outlaw for three years and in the past we have lost two people with broken legs and three with syndesmosis with that type of tackle. Like everything else we are reactive, never proactive, and now we will probably do something about it.“We have cited the player (Manase Manuokafoa). It is horrendous. Matty hasn’t got the ball, it has left his hands and the tackle coincides with the next tackle which is when Morgan Knowles is tackled.“He grabs hold of Matty’s shoulders and drops his legs. You can see his boots; his legs are that far off the ground and he drops 120kg on Matty’s ankles. It is harder to do that tackle than push Matty off the ball.“Whether there is malice I don’t know but he has gone out to hurt my half back, he has done it and done it royally. Hopefully the League will stand up to it and do something about it.“The injury is disappointing but it is something we have got used to at this club. We have plenty of decent players around in the juniors and on the sidelines.“There are options and we’ll see what is best for the team and the immediate future.”last_img read more

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first_imgAuction is now OVER (updated at 16:00pm 23/07/2019):The latest bid is displayed below. Please note bids must be submitted in denominations of £5. Tied bids will be decided on the earliest bid received being given preference.Winners will be notified on Wednesday the 24th July 2019Mark Percival – £100Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – £50Kyle Amor – £30Dom Peyroux – £35Matty Lees – £30Matty Costello – £30Regan Grace  – £50Jonny Lomax – £50Lachlan Coote – £100Tommy Makinson – £50Jack Ashworth – £35James Bentley – £30Zeb Taia – £40Aaron Smith – £30Theo Fages – £55Kevin Naiqama – £50Luke Thompson – £45Alex Walmsley – £55On the conclusion of the auction you can pay for your shirt by bank transfer or cash. Alternatively you can pay by cheque made payable to SCDF LTD. Winning bidders will be contacted with the payment details and can collect their shirts from the Totally Wicked Stadium’s main reception following payment.Good luck!last_img read more

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