The governments decision to appoint a second cons

first_imgThe government’s decision to appoint a second consecutive Tory peer to lead on the equality watchdog’s work on disabled people’s rights could put its status as a leading international human rights institution in jeopardy, according to a former commissioner.In a long-delayed appointment, Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin has replaced his fellow Conservative peer Lord [Chris] Holmes as the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) disability commissioner.There are now fears that the four-year appointment, made by minister for women and equalities Justine Greening, could put at risk EHRC’s status as an “A-rated” national human rights institution (NHRI).The United Nations has made clear through its Paris Principles that NHRIs must be independent of the government.Sir Bert Massie, who chaired the Disability Rights Commission before it was merged into the new EHRC and was himself an EHRC commissioner, said the appointment of two consecutive Tory peers to the post could pose a risk to its A-rated status.He said: “If the perception is that the equality commission is a tool of the Conservative party, it cannot legitimately be said to be independent.“It is getting more and more difficult to say it is totally independent.”He said he had known Lord Shinkwin for years and liked him, but questioned whether he had been the strongest candidate.He said: “I don’t know who all the candidates were. Of those I do know, there were some I would say had a stronger track record, and that’s the issue: it’s about credibility.“To have two Conservative peers consectively makes it look political rather than trying to make sure you have the most appropriate people on board, and that is a worry.”He said he feared that Lord Shinkwin (pictured) would not have the confidence or track record to speak out against his own government, which has “attacked disabled people in such a sustained way on social care, housing, the benefits system… there has been attack after attack after attack”.Sir Bert said the Conservative government was making the same mistakes that the Labour government had made when it set up the EHRC and made the commission “highly-biased in favour of Labour” and as a consequence “didn’t get the full debate” in internal discussions and failed to “challenge the government sufficiently”.And he said Lord Shinkwin’s appointment showed again that the commission should be taken away from direct government control, with responsibility given instead to a cross-party parliamentary committee.Asked if it was concerned about its A-rated status, an EHRC spokesman said: “We are an independent and robust defender of equality and human rights that holds the government of the day to account and our record demonstrates that.“All our commissioners work in the best interests of the commission and we have a strong programme to deliver over the next year and beyond as we work to make Britain a fairer society.”As well as being an EHRC board member, it was assumed that Lord Shinkwin would chair the commission’s new disability advisory committee (DAC), which will replace its disability committee – which was scrapped on 31 March – but will not have the same legal powers.But the commission said it was still “considering what arrangements for chairing and membership of the new DAC will ensure we are best-placed to develop strong arrangements for engaging with disability stakeholders for the future”.Lord Shinkwin himself spoke out in the Lords last September to back calls to reinstate the disability committee, which he said was “essential if the commission is to enjoy the confidence of the disability community”.He also called in the same speech for the government to take a “more robust approach” towards businesses that failed to meet their obligations to disabled people under the Equality Act.Since his appointment to the Lords in October 2015, Lord Shinkwin has spoken in the Lords on issues such as the charitable sector, his concerns about the impact of Brexit on European Union staff working in the NHS, and on disability equality.Last December, he voted against the government when the crossbench peer Baroness Deech – backed by EHRC – tried unsuccessfully to introduce measures that would have forced licensed premises to obey laws on accessibility when renewing their alcohol licences.Lord Shinkwin, who served on the National Disability Council that advised the Conservative government on the implementation of the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), told fellow peers in December: “I have to say that 21 years on from the DDA, I am suffering not from my disability but from a sense of déjà vu.“Despite the milestone that the act represented both for disabled people and for the Conservative party, disabled people are still waiting.“The regrettable fact is that the passage of time has not been matched by the passage of progress.”He added: “Accepting this amendment would enable the government to prove to disabled people that they mean what they say when they commit to building a country that works for everyone.”He avoided voting last year when crossbench peers launched a bid to over-turn the government’s controversial plans to cut payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group by £30-a-week, a measure that was implemented earlier this month.But last month he supported “discriminatory” new government regulations that will make it far harder for people with experience of severe mental distress to secure mobility support through the extra costs benefit personal independence payment (PIP).He told fellow peers: “Taxpayers surely understand that conditions such as visual impairments and learning disabilities, where these are severe and enduring, are much less likely to fluctuate than, for example, psychological distress.“Indeed, it makes sense that people who cannot navigate due to a visual or cognitive impairment are likely to have a higher level of need and therefore face higher costs.​”He then appeared to suggest that he could not support providing the extra mobility benefits for people with severe mental distress until his local council stopped handing him parking tickets and provided him and other disabled people with their own parking bays, and the state stopped imposing “such indefensible extra costs on disabled people”.Nearly all of his written interventions in parliament have been connected to his interest in pro-life issues, particularly his efforts to introduce a private member’s bill that would outlaw disability discrimination in abortion  laws.His bill would make it illegal to carry out an abortion on the grounds of disability on a fetus that was more than 24 weeks old, unless there was a risk of serious, permanent damage to the mother or her life was at risk.During a debate on his bill in February, Lord Shinkwin accused the renowned fertility expert Lord Winston of “crass insensitivity” for “hijacking” the disability equality bill of a disabled peer “in order to advance a blatantly discriminatory eugenic agenda”.The conservative Christian blog Archbishop Cranmer described Shinkwin’s EHRC appointment as “good news for all who care about conservative and Christian apprehensions of equality, rights and justice”.It added: “He is not only devout in his Christian faith, but tireless in the application of his theology to the cause of conservative philosophy.”Following his appointment to the Lords, Lord Shinkwin received “research and support services” from an employee of the pro-life charity Right to Life, although that support ended in May 2016.He is also a trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care, and before he became a Tory peer had worked for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and The Royal British Legion.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, said: “Lord Shinkwin brings a wealth of experience and we welcome him to the board as a commissioner.“We look forward to working with him on our many projects to improve equality, fairness and human rights for all.”Meanwhile, Disability Rights UK (DR UK) has appointed Kamran Mallick to replace Liz Sayce as its chief executive, following her decision to retire.Mallick is currently chief executive of the London disabled people’s organisation Action on Disability, and previously worked for the spinal injury charity Aspire and ran his own business.He is on the board of Inclusion London and the Lyric Hammersmith theatre, is chair of Candoco Dance Company, and is a member of Transport for London’s independent disability advisory group.He was not available to comment on his appointment, but said in a statement: “I am delighted to be joining the country’s foremost user-led disabled people’s organisation at such an exciting stage in its development. “Disability Rights UK is working hard to expand its reach to all disabled people, and people with long-term health conditions, and ensure it is their lived experiences which influence policy change.“I am looking forward to working with the trustees and staff team and building on the organisation’s achievements to date.”Anne Beales, DR UK’s chair, added: “There were some exceptionally strong candidates for the post of chief executive and we’re delighted to be welcoming Kamran, who comes with wide ranging experience and a strong track record in the disability rights 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Formerly Homeless App Maker Enters District 9 Race

first_imgAfter the 2008 recession, work was scarce. Jackson blew through his savings and ended up bouncing among homeless shelters for eight months. He took advantage of a cooking program offered at the Next Door shelter, got a place in the Mission District, and partnered up with tech workers to install wi-fi in homeless shelters around the city.He is now working on rolling out an app that connects homeless people to city services and says he fields calls from people around the country interested in using his model. Public office, however, held greater promise.“I figured I could do more as a supervisor,” Jackson said. “I’ve gotten a lot done without a lot of money.”Homelessness and housing would be the cornerstone of Jackson’s campaign. Meeting with social workers, finding food, and nailing down a place to stay at night was a full-time job when Jackson was homeless. He’s convinced the process can be streamlined at the city level to transition people into housing more quickly.But sheltering the homeless, also requires building more, he said.  Jackson will push for 40 percent affordable housing in private developments and wants more mixed-income developments, fewer 100 percent affordable projects.“I don’t believe in housing poor people together,” he said, saying he would avoid putting up fully affordable housing towers near each other. This, he said, is the case in the Tenderloin.Jackson is the only candidate who has personally navigated the bureaucratic hurdles faced by the city’s unhoused masses, but he’s facing a full field of better-financed and higher-profile candidates vying to replace termed-out Supervisor David Campos. Hillary Ronen, Campos’s chief of staff, is well-financed and has pulled in heavy local endorsements from politicos and unions. The progressive half of the Board of Supervisors has lined up behind her, and her union endorsements will bring hundreds of volunteers for door-to-door flyering. Josh Arce has a history of union organizing and sits on the board of the non-profit housing developer Mission Housing. He is also backed by strong unions and has even deeper pockets, but the money he’s raised so far is reserved for another local campaign and he has not yet submitted finance filings for the supervisorial race.Edwin Lindo — born and bred in the Mission — has amassed a formidable war chest but is not yet racking up heavy-hitting endorsements. Lindo’s local roots and neighborhood activism — he was heavily involved in the Mission moratorium and frequently participates in protests against police shootings — may give him an edge in the district.Rounding out the field are Iswari España and Melissa San Miguel, two relatively unknown candidates who have not yet disclosed their financial situations. España works as a job training officer at the Human Services Agency and has lived in the Mission since his childhood. San Miguel, another Mission native, is an education consultant formerly employed by the National Center for Youth Law. Such a full field of candidates — many of whom have no significant political experience — is no surprise in a race to replace a termed-out supervisor, said Jim Stearns, a political consultant with a history of working for progressives in the city.“It’s very common when you have an open seat for a bunch of people to join the race,” Stearns said, adding that most of the candidates would “have a tough time putting together the resources to be top-tier.”The District 9 race is key for the so-called progressives on the Board of Supervisors. They won a 6-5 majority last November that could be threatened by the upcoming elections, since progressive Supervisors Eric Mar, Campos, and John Avalos are termed-out this November.That leaves the traditionally progressive Districts 1, 9, and 11 up for grabs, and a loss in any of those would likely change the balance on the board until 2018.For his part, Jackson says such political calculations are one of the problems with city hall. He and others in this campaign say that elected officials have ignored local issues in favor of city-wide power grabs, and adds that “people forget why they’re in positions” of power.And he’s not naive about his odds.“I probably won’t be elected, but I’ll make them talk about some serious things,” he said. Tags: election 2016 • Elections • homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Darcel Jackson, a formerly homeless man who was widely profiled last year after working to bring wi-fi to San Francisco shelters, just became the sixth candidate to enter the race for District 9 supervisor. Jackson promises to run the thriftiest campaign in San Francisco history, saying he won’t accept individual donations more than $10 — the limit is $500 per individual for supervisorial campaigns — because he doesn’t want the election controlled by moneyed interests.“I don’t want to owe anybody any favors,” he said.The 55-year-old was an ironworker for 16 years before an accident in which he dropped a tool on his leg convinced him that his construction days were over. “I got to the age where I couldn’t hang off of a 30-story building and weld,” Jackson said.last_img read more

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SF Small Sites Affordable Housing Could Get Funding Boost

first_img“This actually makes it easier for [developers] to sell a project because the neighborhood knows they can trace the fees paid directly back to the neighborhood,” Campos said.“Everyone thought it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Peter Cohen, the co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, which was involved in pushing the measure. Under current law, developers who build projects with more than 10 units must either build affordable housing on site, build affordable housing off-site, or pay an in-lieu fee that goes towards a general affordable housing fund. The new law adds a fourth option to pay money into the Small Sites Program equivalent to the in-lieu fee — the cost of 20 percent of the total units. Unlike the in-lieu fees, however, the Small Sites fees would not go to a city-wide fund but would have to be spent locally. The buildings purchased under the program must have average tenant incomes at 80 percent of area median income or below, which is $77,550 for a family of three. Additionally, the buildings must be rentals, vacant, co-ops, vacant, or homes that have been foreclosed upon.If a building within a mile of the project cannot be found in two years, the fee paid would go into the city’s general Small Sites fund for purchase of buildings city-wide.Jeff Buckley, a senior housing advisor to the mayor, described the measure as an anti-speculation tool. Older buildings with long-term tenants in poor conditions are ripe for real estate flippers. The new law, he said, would give neighborhoods like the Mission more funding to prevent displacement.“This program is designed to take a building off the speculative market,” he said.The program only applies to new construction with between 10–25 units, meaning that the majority of upcoming developments in the Mission District would be ineligible. Of the 2,544 units in the pipeline for the neighborhood, only 200 are in projects eligible for the program. Still, that could generate millions of dollars for purchasing homes in the Mission District. The fee paid varies per unit size, but ranges from $150,000 for a single-room occupancy studio to $520,000 for a four-bedroom. A hypothetical project with 20 one-bedroom units — which must pay $270,000 each — would pay a fee equivalent to four of those units — or $1,080,000. Since buying Small Sites buildings comes in at between $250,000-$300,000 per unit, that single project could purchase three to four units and keep their tenants in place.“When you start adding these all up, maybe a unit on site, maybe two units of as Small Sites payment, it starts having an aggregate impact,” Cohen said.Luis Granados, the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, which has a history of buying Small Sites buildings in the Mission District, was more skeptical. He said the Small Sites option was a good change to the fee structure, but that he would prefer to see the city increasing the amount of resources it gives towards affordable housing.The proposed law, he said, would only shift resources developers are already required to pay, not increase the total amount of money available for affordable housing construction or purchase.“It’s not more resources, it’s allocating resources differently,” he said. “It’s a good option, but it’s not growing the pot.”Campos agreed in part. He said the measure “doesn’t necessarily add new money” city-wide but does mean that neighborhoods like the Mission District will get funding that may have gone elsewhere before.The measure will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday before it goes to committee. It will then go back before the board for an up-or-down vote and to the mayor’s desk to be signed into law.Campos, for his part, was hopeful for its passage. He said the agreement between him and Mayor Lee on the measure would give it bipartisan support at the board.“It’s fair to say that the mayor’s office and our office don’t always agree, so the fact that both of us are putting it forward together is a sign that this cuts across political lines,” he said. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A city program meant to keep at-risk tenants in place and transform small buildings into permanently affordable housing may get a funding boost soon thanks to new legislation to be introduced today at the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor David Campos and Mayor Ed Lee are introducing a measure on Tuesday that would allow private developers in San Francisco to contribute to the Small Sites Program, which purchases existing housing with low-income tenants and turns it into affordable housing.  That money would be reserved for buying buildings with two to 25 units within a mile radius of the proposed housing development. That will ensure that the housing will be reserved for the neighborhood where the project is located.“We need every funding available to come to the neighborhood,” said Supervisor Campos. Neighborhoods, like the Mission District, that see market-rate development will have new funds that must be spent nearby, he said. Plus, developers may be able to quell opposition by promising their impact fees are spent locally, he added.center_img 0%last_img read more

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SOMETIMES scorelines lie and this is one of those

first_imgSOMETIMES scorelines lie and this is one of those times. Don’t get me wrong, the Saints played some fantastic sunshine Rugby League to win 82-0, but the Scorpions pushed them all the way, never giving up in attack or defence until the final whistle and are a credit to the burgeoning Welsh Rugby League, writes Graham Henthorne.The scores were close in the first quarter with the Saints finding themselves only 6 points to the good, Chris Webster celebrating his first start in the Red Vee with a great try sprinting in form 60 metres.In fact twice the Saints had to withstand sets of six on their own 10 metre line scrambling for dear life to keep out a Scorpions side well marshalled by the lively hooker Connor Farrer.But once Ben Parry had taken André Savelio’s round the man pass to sprint into the corner for the score, the Saints never looked back.Four further tries followed. Matt Cooke’s powerful and play the ball gave Matty Fozard the impetus to jump out of dummy half. Lewis Charnock then gathered his own grubber to the line for the try.Quick hands from Charnock, Cooke and Savelio put Connor Dwyer clear on the left for the fourth try before Jack White finished a length of the field effort. Tilley fed Savelio who put Corey Lee away down the right, his inside ball found the supporting Charnock onto Brandon Lewis only for White to outpace the full back for a sparkling try.The final try of the half was a simple charge over from close range from Brad Ashurst after a Scorpions fumble from Charnock’s massive up and under had given the Saints field position.The players were reminded to be professional in the second half, not to let their concentration slip and resume where they had left off. They did it in spades leaving the Scorpions dizzy at times trying to contain them.Savelio punished a Scorpions knock on in the first minute of the half reaching over to score his first before Fozard got his just deserts for hunting the kicker on the last when he charged down the kick on half way and won the race to the line.Savelio again used his big hands to reach out to score at the posts before Leon Tatlock started and finished a blinder. From the kick off the winger burst through the line fed onto White who in turn fed Charnock, he turned the full back fed it back left to Dwyer and out again to Tatlock who finished the 103 metre move by diving over under the black dot.Corey Lee put the score back on even time taking a peach of a short ball from prop come stand off Brad Ashurst to scorch in from 40 and it was left to Greg Richards to score the last of the tries in the purple patch around the hour mark, the big prop taking White’s pass and handing off the full back to score.At this point the Saints could have run into triple figures but the Scorpions dug in and restricted the Saints to only two more tries.Lewis Galbraith finished a handling move by rounding his opposite number on his way to the posts.Then Charnock rounded off a commanding display with ball in hand with his second try taking Corey Lee’s pass, and a majestic kicking display in difficult conditions with his thirteenth goal from fourteen attempts.Where do you start? All 16 were very good, Matt Wood went off concussed in the 6th minute, but one or two were slightly better. James Tilley ran all day, Matty Fozard sparked the attack into life off the bench and Lewis Charnock provided the direction sadly lacking at times this season.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Corey Lee, Ben Parry, Lewis Galbraith, Leon Tatlock, Lewis Charnock 2, Jack White, Greg Richards, Chris Webster, Connor Dwyer, André Savelio 2, Matty Fozard, Brad Ashurst.Goals: Lewis Charnock 13.South Wales Scorpions:Tries:Goals:Half Time: 34-0Full Time: 82-0Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Matt Wood, 18. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Jack White; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Tom Roughley, 16. Chris Webster, 13. Connor Dwyer, 12. André Savelio, 11. James Tilley. Subs: 10. Brad Ashurst, 14. Matty Fozard, 15. Brandon Lewis, 17. Matt Cooke. South Wales:1. Jack McKenzie; 2. Alex Jones, 3. Nathan Morgan, 4. Chris Leyshon, 5. Ben Burgess; 6. ewis Barnett, 7. Jacob Morgan; 8. Osian Phillips, 9. Connor Farrer, 10. Rhys Fitzgerald, 11. Rhys Anderson, 12. Luke Kell, 13. Mike Connor. Subs: 14. Josh Brown, 15. James Mason, 16. Ed Jones.last_img read more

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SAINTS Players Associations 34th Annual Dinner wi

first_imgSAINTS Players Association’s 34th Annual Dinner will take place on Sunday June 2 at Langtree Park.Ray French and Lenny Lowe will co-host the afternoon along with comedian Mike Farrell.The occasion will also see another former player inducted into the Hall of Fame.Tickets are available from Ste Leonard or Geoff Pimblett at the club for £27.50.For further details contact info@saintsrlfc.comlast_img

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SAINTS Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie wi

first_imgSAINTS’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie with Hull FC will take place on Sunday May 8 at Langtree Park.The game will kick off at 4.30pm and tickets are now on sale.Prices are:Members: West Terrace: Adult – £15, OAP / Young Adult – £11, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Gold): Adult – £22, OAP / Young Adult – £15, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Silver): Adult – £20, OAP / Young Adult – £14, Junior – FREENorth and South Stands (Bronze): Adult – £18, OAP / Young Adult – £13, Junior – FREENon-Members:West Terrace: Adult – £18, OAP / Young Adult – £13, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Gold): Adult – £25, OAP / Young Adult – £17, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Silver): Adult – £23, OAP / Young Adult – £16, Junior – £5North and South Stands (Bronze): Adult – £21, OAP / Young Adult – £15, Junior – £5Junior Members must collect their FREE tickets before match day.Membership discount pricing will end on Saturday May 7 (4pm).To buy your tickets call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, call 01744 455 052 or go online here.Membership Cards are not valid for this game.Hospitality Details Can Be Found Here.last_img read more

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Saints head to Leeds this evening for a Round 20 B

first_imgSaints head to Leeds this evening for a Round 20 Betfred Super League clash.And the in-form forward says the trip is always one he picks out.“Headingley is always a great place to go,” he said. “It was where I played my third first team game for Saints.“The crowd is always noisy and electric and it always makes for a good game.“We’ve had an up and down season, but if we take each week as it comes and keep fighting hard for the two points every week then we have a good chance of the top four.“Every week is going to be tough now. It is like a cup final every week and we need to be on the money to give ourselves a shot.”Saints beat Leeds 6-4 in the opening game of the season – and go into the clash buoyed by last week’s last gasp win over Salford.last_img

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On the eve of the new Betfred Super League season

first_imgOn the eve of the new Betfred Super League season the 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at the Saints until the end of season 2022.“This is superb news not only for the St Helens club but for the British game,” Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said. “Alex is an international class player who has been at the forefront of the sport over the last few seasons.“He has established himself as one of the best forwards in the game and it is fair to say he can only get better too.“We know Alex was courted by several NRL clubs and I have no doubt that this signing will be a boost for everyone in Super League.”Alex’s meteoric rise to Super League and the international scene is nothing short of remarkable.Less than seven years ago he was playing amateur rugby league for Dewsbury Celtic as well as student rugby league for Leeds Met.He was picked up by Batley in 2012, joined Saints a year later and was fast-tracked into the first team.He has since gone on to play 147 times for the club, scoring 23 tries.A Man of Steel nomination followed in 2015 alongside two Top Metre Maker awards before overdue recognition at international level with England in last year’s Rugby League World Cup.He also won the Grand Final with Saints in 2014.“Alex is the leader in our pack and this contract means we can continue to build around him for the foreseeable future,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook added. “He has tremendous go forward and work-rate to go alongside his professional attitude and standard he sets for the younger members of our squad. His story should also serve as a message to those in all levels of our game.“It is a massive bonus for our Club to have Alex re-sign on the eve of the 2018 season. There has been a lot of interest from clubs in the NRL and deservedly so. I believe Alex is the best forward in Super League and showed his qualities even further for England in the recent World Cup.“Alex is not only a fantastic player but more importantly a tremendous person and the fact he has decided to extend his contract with us proves to our Club and the Community that he loves playing for St Helens.“I know he will be doing his absolute best to make us successful now and in the future.“I am personally very excited about having Alex remain at the Club and all Saints fans should be also.”last_img read more

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Coast Guard restores offshore radio communications along NC coast

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Coast Guard Sector North Carolina restored radio communication capabilities Friday after losing it Thursday.Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability Thursday.- Advertisement – The Coast Guard could monitor radio traffic offshore and urged mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone.Repairs were completed around 4 a.m. Friday. An HC-130 Hercules airplane was launched Thursday night to monitor radio communications in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone until repairs were completed.Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway.Related Article: Holiday weekend brings more boaters, more dangersIf in distress, mariners should attempt to call Sector North Carolina at (910) 343-3880.last_img read more

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Two arrested one still wanted in Whiteville robbery

first_imgDaheem Durrant and Rhasheem McMillian (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A man and woman driving behind the Tractor Supply and Big Lots parking lot Saturday afternoon were flagged down by three men and robbed.Whiteville Police say it happened around 3:30 p.m. at Whites Crossing Lane.- Advertisement – According to Whiteville Police, while they were responding to the robbery, dispatch told them that the victims, a man and woman, were chasing the suspects.The victims told 911 the suspects were in a white Chevrolet Malibu.An officer saw the car and stopped at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd and West Walter Street. The officer saw the car heading towards him at a high rate of speed, saw the car change direction, and believed they were going to hit his vehicle. The officer backed up to avoid being hit and as the car sped past him he resumed following them.Related Article: $750,000 bond for man accused of poaching Venus flytrapsThe suspects’ car eventually got stuck in the mud and the three men inside ran off.One officer saw one man get out with what appeared to be a gun. The officer chased the men through a nearby tunnel, where they eventually ended up in the rear of a house on Best Alley.Two of the suspects were caught by Whiteville Police officers.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office helped search for the third suspect, who is still wanted.Police arrested Rasheem Mikale McMillan,24, and Daheen Kevin Durrant, 23.McMillan is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and resist, delay, obstruct.Durrant is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and resist, delay, obstruct, driving with license revoked and possession of marijuana.Durrant and McMillian are each being held under a $40,000 bond.last_img read more

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