The government has been accused of publishing a d

first_imgThe government has been accused of publishing a “deeply unsatisfying” response to a devastating report by a UN committee that concluded last year that the UK had been “going backwards” on independent living.One disabled people’s organisation (DPO) said the government had been “clutching at straws” in the response in an attempt to persuade the committee that it was implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).Another DPO said the response to the UN added to concerns that the government failed to understand the convention and the concept of both independent living and the social model of disability.Last September, an international committee of disabled human rights experts delivered a damning verdict on the UK government’s progress in implementing the convention.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said it was “deeply concerned” that the government still believed it was a “champion of human rights”, while its chair said that the UK’s cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”.A year on, the government has now delivered its response – as requested by the committee – to 25 of the 80-plus recommendations that were made in that report and an earlier inquiry from 2016 which found it guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the convention.But the government appears to have decided that there was a need for improvements in just six of the 25 areas it was asked to respond to.Its response to most of the recommendations has been to ignore or dismiss the UN’s criticisms and defend its existing policies.Among the recommendations it has ignored are: the need to introduce a legal right to independent living; a call for action to address the disability pay gap; the need for an assessment of the cumulative impact of all its social security cuts and reforms on disabled people; and a call to review the employment and support allowance conditionality and sanction regime.It also ignored the call to develop a “comprehensive plan” – in “close collaboration” with DPOs – aimed at the “deinstitutionalization” of disabled people.But the government does appear to have made a small number of concessions to the committee’s reports.It points in its response to refreshed guidance on employing disabled people (published last month); says the minister for disabled people has convened a cross-sector taskforce on communicating in an accessible way with disabled people; and says the Office for Disability Issues will be “reinvigorating” its “stakeholder engagement” to ensure it engages with more “Disabled People’s User Led Organisations, smaller local stakeholders and individuals”.It also says the government will be refreshing its much-criticised hate crime action plan later this year, including areas focused on disability hate crime, although it makes no reference to the call by the UN committee to combat “negative and discriminatory stereotypes or prejudice” against disabled people that is linked to benefit claimants.And the government report points out that the minister for defence people and veterans announced a review last December of the long-standing “reservation” to the employment rights contained in the convention, which gives the UK an opt-out in relation to jobs in the armed services.DPOs and grassroots groups have been highly critical of the government’s response.Ellen Clifford, campaigns and policy manager for Inclusion London, said: “The first government follow-up report is deeply unsatisfying, in that it demonstrates a failure to substantively engage with the UN disability committee’s recommendations.“Similar to their report as part of the public examination process in 2017, it is little more than a list of legislative and policy measures and spend with no evidence of impact or effectiveness.“The report and cover letter moreover add to concerns around a failure to properly understand either the convention itself, with repeated misinterpretations of the concept of independent living or a social model approach to disability.”She said it was also “quite frankly offensive” for the government to include discussion of autism in the report’s section on health.Clifford added: “There is also a notable lack of mention of engagement with DPOs, which is required under the convention but which the UK government has steadfastly avoided over the last 12 months.“The new general comment from the committee sets out the specific requirement to involve organisations of disabled people in implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD, yet time and again consultation and engagement with non-user-led charities is being prioritised [by the UK government].”Disability Rights UK (DR UK) accused the government’s report of “clutching at straws” in its attempts to persuade the committee that the convention was being implemented in the UK.Kamran Mallick, DR UK’s chief executive, said: “Although the report says there are plans for engaging with disabled people and our organisations these are yet to take place even though we were told the same thing last year in Geneva. “The creation of the inter-ministerial group on disability and society is welcome and I hope it will really get to grips with implementing our rights, rather than what seems to be the current approach of side-lining the UNCRPD.“Examples of the ‘clutching at straws’ approach include the Care Act principle of wellbeing being used to try and demonstrate a commitment to independent living whereas in reality the two things are not the same. “In fact, the idea of independent living was rejected by the government when the [care bill] was going through parliament.”And he said another of many examples of straw-clutching was that the report claimed the government was following the UNCRPD principle of supported decision-making through the Mental Capacity Act 2005, when in fact the bill it has introduced to amend the act would “take supported decision-making away”.Michelle Maher, of the WOWcampaign, was also heavily critical of the response and said she was “devastated” to see the UK government again ignoring the UN’s recommendations.She said: “The Tory party have dismissed the UN’s findings with their usual disregard of disabled people’s lives in the UK, and the affect of cuts upon us.”She said the government was ignoring the “heart-breaking reality” of the “despair, humiliation and desperation” shown by disabled people as a result of its cuts, while it was “ignoring the truth about the impact”.She said this was why the campaign launched its WOWvoices website, to provide “a space to allow people to have their voices heard, to put the truth out there”.WOW is now pushing for a second House of Commons debate on the need for an assessment of the cumulative impact of the government’s cuts and reforms, something the UN committee called for in its concluding observations and in the November 2016 “grave and systematic violations” report.The government’s response insists yet again that such an assessment “cannot be reliably modelled”, even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the government’s own social security advisers, and Virginia Bras-Gomes, chair of the UN committee on economic, social and cultural rights – among others – have all insisted that it could and should be done.The government was humiliated in 2014 when the Institute for Fiscal Studies – which ministers repeatedly claimed shared its view that such an assessment would not be possible – published research that included a CIA.EHRC has also published its own CIA report, in March, which calculated its own impact assessment of all the tax, national insurance, social security and minimum wage reforms introduced between May 2010 and January 2018.Maher said the government had “blocked a full assessment at every turn, ignoring any duty of care”, and was “heartlessly cutting, knowing the impact”.She said: “They laid the ground work for cuts by poisonous rhetoric against us and they are continuing.”She called on disabled people and their allies to write to their MP to support WOW’s call for a new House of Commons debate on the need for a CIA.A DWP spokeswoman declined to say if the government agreed that its response accepted the need to make improvements in six of the 25 areas highlighted by the committee, or which of the measures detailed in its response were introduced as a result of the UN committee’s concerns.But she said in a statement: “We have noted all the concluding observations, and not just those that the UN asked us to provide information on this year.“We will respond fully to the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities in 2023. This is the deadline set by the committee for the next UK periodic report.“We’re committed to building a society which is fully inclusive of disabled people across every area of their lives, from transport and housing to healthcare and employment.“Our response to the UN sets out our progress over the last year, including the creation of a new inter-ministerial group on disability and society, which will drive progress against the implementation of the UN convention.“While we’ve made significant progress there is always more we can do. We’re determined to continue making progress in creating a society that works for everyone, where all can participate fully.”Picture: Theresia Degener, chair of the committee, speaking last year about the UK’s progress in implementing the conventionlast_img read more

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Scarlet Sage Celebrates 20 Years Changes Hands

first_imgLisa Kellman and Dino Lucas are tired, but it’s the kind of fatigue that comes after a day’s work well done. Or in their case, after 20 years’ work well done. The couple, joint owners of the Scarlet Sage apothecary, have retired after pouring some 50 to 60 hours a week into what started as a tiny shop on 22nd and Guerrero streets in 1995. Scarlet Sage, however, will remain open under the new ownership of Laura Ash, a former employee and an accomplished herbalist who has traveled the world studying and teaching traditional methods. She’s dedicated to the alternative medicine as well as the queer community (she moved to San Francisco with her two children) and plans to keep the store almost exactly the same. “We feel really lucky that she wants to do this, and that she is able to do this,” Kellman said. Kellman and Lucas were in their early forties when they opened the shop. It was a wildcrafting trip (on which herbalists sustainably harvest healing plants from the wild and create remedies from them) that sparked their collaboration. Kellman’s background was in accounting, but with time both owners became practiced herbalists, offering mostly Western herbal remedies from actual plant parts to tinctures to essential oils. “It seemed like a great opportunity to use my herbal knowledge in a helpful way,” Lucas said.With time, the two began arranging for classes to be held in the shop, cramming up to 15 people into the 200 square foot space to help customers and other community members understand herbal remedies and take charge of their own health. But the shop and the classes also offered an alternative to mainstream medical practice. “The other thing that’s been important has been to educate people and empower them to take care of their own health, without this hierarchical system that we perceive doctors to be a part of,” Kellman explained.With time, and with a move to a more visible storefront on Valencia, the shop’s clientele grew beyond the local herbalist community to include neighbors looking for a remedy for a particular ailment and immigrants who brought their traditional remedies with them and came in with lists of herbs they needed. To better serve their diverse community, Kellman and Lucas expanded their stock to include some Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese remedies. But it wasn’t just new herbs they brought in.“When we started we were coming out of a medical herbalism focus,” Kellman said. “As we grew, we saw what the needs of the community were…[including] spiritual and metaphysical components.” That included expanded literature, healing crystals, and tarot decks. But herbal remedies continued to be popular. Pregnant women, for example, purchase pounds and pounds of a pregnancy tea containing raspberry and nettle leaves that Kellman and Lucas mix themselves. The stuff flies off the shelves, partly on the recommendation of a local prenatal yoga instructor at Yoga Tree nearby, leading to lines of pregnant women carrying yoga mats forming at the store.The herbal apothecary’s expanded repertoire included remedies for pets. One curious customer tried out a mixture called “life force zest” on none other than his chickens, which suddenly began producing twice as many eggs with stronger shells than before. Skeptical, he withdrew the herbs gain, and found the hens’ output immediately reduced. “It’s a good sign when things work on animals,” Lucas said. “You know it’s not a placebo.” As the shop grew and developed, Valencia street changed around it. Toward 24th street, Lucas said, the street was less popular. “People didn’t want to come down here. They considered it a dangerous area,” she remembered. Conversely, that stretch of Valencia was also home to many businesses, several of them health-related businesses like a chiropractor’s office and a healing center, owned by lesbians. Beretta, Lucas said, was a women-owned cafe with mostly female patrons. A little farther down the street, of course, there were Amelia’s and the Lexington Club. “There was a big history of Valencia being the women’s commerce area,” Lucas said. “And a lot of businesses that were there went out.” The transition to new ownership came shortly after the store moved a few doors down Valencia street, which has, of course, become immensely popular. And though the population has changed, the shop still attracts a diverse clientele, attracted to the shop’s atmosphere.“Despite being retail, it’s a center for different earth based and plant based healing communities,” said Bonnie Rose Weaver, a recent employee of the Scarlet Sage who has since moved on to start her own herb growing venture. “We find a rootedness connecting someone to a perfect flower essence.” Tags: Business • health care • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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SF Mission Residents Deface Offensive Vice Billboard Ads

first_imgSee update below.A group of residents in a southeasterly swath of the Mission District took cans of spray paint to a cluster of Vice Media billboards Thursday to deface advertisements they found offensive. Among the offending ads is an image of a man castrating a lamb with his teeth, an image of a child with the caption “Right now on TV, 8-year-olds are getting stoned,” and a photo of four shirtless men captioned “Right now on TV, Thomas is getting in touch with bears.”Cynthia Lasden, a teacher who lives near one of the billboards with her nine-year-old daughter, said the ads struck her as crossing a line and inappropriate for children. 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img The reference to eight-year-olds getting high, she said, normalizes underage drug use. The naked men and the use of the word “bear” to her connote a level of sexualization that she’d rather not encounter on the street. And the lamb being castrated… “What’s not offensive about that one?” she said.The ads promote a new TV channel from Vice called Viceland. The channel is geared towards younger audiences and will host shows like “Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens” and a nightly newscast.Viceland’s press representative did not return a request for comment by press time.Photo by Lola M. ChavezLasden said she talks to her daughter about difficult subjects, and as a teacher, she’s happy to educate. But she wants to have control over when and how the topics come up.“She knows about marijuana, it’s not a surprise,” she said. “I don’t have any problem talking about these issues with my kid but I want to choose when.”In response, she called together a group of like-minded neighbors to protest the ads by defacing them. She and a few others used spray cans to obscure the objectionable parts of the ads — they replaced the word “stoned” with “library cards” so the text would read “eight year olds are getting library cards” and completely obliterated the lamb genitalia and bare chests of men.“Eight-year-olds are getting stoned? That’s an abuse situation, that’s not advertising,” said Nancy Ivison. “It crosses too many lines all at once in a neighborhood full of children.”In one case they obscured the word “touch,” crossed out the word “bears” and wrote “chipmunks” instead. In another case the word “bears” was replaced with “neighborhood activists.” Below the ad someone added “#stopewwgross” with an arrow pointing to “Viceland.”“Make them into real bears,” one ad-vandal said. The men now sport ears.Photo by Lola M. ChavezBetween targets, Debbie Gish suggested they tone down the satire.“Instead of, ‘Oh, we’re gonna ridicule you back,’ maybe we should just have statements of fact,” she suggested. “Children live here.”Lasden and another ad defacer, 15-year-old Julian Kleppe, said the disgust at the content of the ad had nothing to do with a distaste for the sexual orientation of the subjects, but rather what they found to be the exploitative nature of the imagery.“I feel like they’re objectifying the bear community to generate attention,” Kleppe said.Even among those who agreed the ads were offensive, there were differences of mind.Lloyd T. Ellcessor said he simply stumbled upon the action and joined in because he, too disapproved of the ads — both as a father of young children, six and eight years old, and as someone who had his own first experience with marijuana at eight years old. Adrift at the moment and staying on a friend’s couch, Ellcessor is now also devoutly religious.“The feeling of being next to God is better than any drug any man could ever make,” he said.He added “WWJD” to one of the ads. Later, while others in the group simply deleted the “castrating” in the phrase “Thomas is castrating a lamb,” Ellcessor tried to add “of satan,” turning the phrase into “Thomas is a lamb of satan.” The other neighbors quickly intervened, saying they didn’t want to be associated with that kind of message — but once they left, Ellcessor added it back in, and “of satan” remains scrawled in yellow paint on one of the billboards.Photo by Lola M. ChavezLocal businesses where the billboards are located are staying out of it, though some have been contacted by the frustrated residents. Workers there declined to comment, saying only that they do not have direct dealings with advertisers and their businesses are separate from the billboard business.Two passerby stopped to inquire what was going on as the group went from ad to ad. One said while he understood why the residents took offense, he didn’t see the graffiti-censorship as particularly effective. Another was thrilled, and said the ads had bothered him too.Photo by Lola M. ChavezUpdate: Cynthia Lasden, the teacher who said the ads were inappropriate, said all four billboard locations were being plastered over with new ads. She said a worker changing the posters said his boss had decided to switch out the ads after the controversy.A worker plastering over the graffitied Viceland ads. Photo by Cynthia Lasden. last_img read more

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Distillations Taking stock of Bear vs Bull the Cadillac of transit bars

first_imgNever once, not for a moment, in the Bear vs. Bull bar, do you forget that you’re also in a historic movie palace. A statue of a bear fighting a bull (both in boxing gloves) stands at the entrance, with high ceilings, low red lighting, and faux baroque decorations covering every wall on the inside. It falls under the “kitschy but cool” category, or at least “kitschy but so dark that you can’t tell how gaudy it is.” Which was good. I didn’t want this bar to be embarrassing, because I was not only meeting my friends Stuart and Nicole there, I was introducing them for the first time, so, there were some stakes for me on this trip. Bear vs. Bull is the house bar of the Alamo Draft House, which operates in the “New Mission Theater” building at 2550 Mission St. It was first built in 1906, then re-modeled in 1916, and finally closed in 1991. Now it is that rarity, a historic building that has been “re-purposed” to its original purpose, and perhaps this is why the bullshitty décor feels oddly authentic. Sure, it’s stupid, but it kinda belongs, you know? Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter But while the décor is the first thing anyone trying to drink at Bear vs. Bull will focus on, the most important element of their experience is not the building’s furnishings, but its purpose. It is a bar in a movie theater. It is, along with bars in theaters, bars at airports, and bars at train stations, a perfect example of what I call “transit bars.” Bars that exist not for people to sit and linger at, but to make a pit-stop at while they’re in between points A and B. Bear vs. Bull will fill up with people, right before a movie starts and right after one ends, who will get a quick drink, say “hello” or “goodbye” to their friends, and then move on. There is nothing remotely like the community of regulars and strangers that most bars aspire to, because you don’t go to a bar and then think “screw it, I’ll see a movie,” but rather go to a movie theater and then think “screw it, I’ll have a drink.”That’s the normal course of events, at least, but there is one exception to it, brought about by the one architectural feature of a contemporary movie palace that I haven’t mentioned yet: Bear vs. Bull has air conditioning. And sometimes that makes it a destination bar in a way it never otherwise is.The secret ingredient…That’s why I was there on a Wednesday afternoon. I had no intention of seeing a movie. And I wasn’t the only one: The bartender told me that over the superheated weekend, the place had not only been packed all Saturday, but they’d broken their record for piña coladas sold by a mile.I mean, there are only so many bars with air conditioning in this city, after all.Bear vs. Bull has a menu, but it’s almost entirely a cocktail menu. Most of the beer list is written on a chalkboard off in one corner of the bar … which is a great idea, except that it’s a back corner that isn’t actually easy to see or read from most vantage points, and even the best idea turns out pretty terrible if it’s badly executed. If I’d actually wanted a beer, I’d be pissed. Nicole, who has the beer taste of an illiterate peasant whose taste buds died in the plague, would later order a beer and find the process only moderately annoying. I, however, was enough of a beer snob that the beer menu interested me a lot less than the cocktails. If nothing else, you have to give Bear vs. Bull points for novelty: the menu starts off with a list of boilermakers, concoctions that I almost never see highlighted in this city anymore. Well, not “highlighted” – a lot of places offer beers and shots. But Bear vs. Bull is at least trying to play with the formula, pairing ciders with shots of rum and beers with apple brandy as well as the more traditional PBR and Jameson. This is excellent. There’s a whole forgotten frontier here. But I was first struck by the offering of an old fashioned made with a private barrel of Old Scout bourbon. There are a small number of bars in this town that work directly with distillers to develop their own private and exclusive barrels, and even though it’s honestly as much stunt as it is craft, it speaks to my jaded little heart. So that’s where I started, and God damn it was a good old fashioned. Would order again. Stuart arrived first, and ordered the La Paloma (Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, Lime, Agave, Grapefruit Bitters, Mexican Squirt), which he strongly approved of, and we started talking about old business. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other, and I’m kind of mad at Stuart, and more mad at some of the people we have in common, but dammit, I like the guy and don’t want this to be a problem. But sometimes, when you’re drinking together, you don’t really get to decide what is and isn’t going to turn into a problem, you know? And before we were even on to our second drink I was challenging him to a public debate while saying things like “I will not be erased.” If you’re going to say things like that, I highly recommend saying them in a historic building. It adds extra gravitas to the whole affair. Demanding an acknowledgment of shared history in a refurbished hipster pop-up is toxically ironic.My second drink was a Cool Jerk (Plantation Pineapple Rum, Eldorado 3yr Rum, Ancho Reyes, Falernum, lime, pineapple, mint, spicy salted rim), which I strongly approved of, while Stuart moved to white wine, and for a little while the two of us were back on an even keel, laughing about our shared history instead of fighting over it. Every friendship fights differently. My third drink was the Shanghai Bastard (El Dorado 12yr Rum, Encanto Pisco, Honey, Ginger, Lime, Angostura), and at this point I should emphasize that just because I was ordering rum and tiki-esque drinks doesn’t mean that’s what the bar itself leans towards – it was just the mood I was in. Maybe rum paired well for me with the air conditioning. That could be a thing. Or maybe it’s that I got back from rum tastings in Puerto Rico not too long ago, and still have the flavors on my mind. Perhaps they will not be erased.center_img “Shanghai bastard?” Stuart asked me. “Is that supposed to be a comment on the company you’re keeping?”“Oh, God no,” I told him. “You’re not a Shanghai bastard. But, man, the first drink I ordered after you arrived was a ‘cool jerk.’ Pay attention.”The drinks are good – across the board – but I find myself a little depressed by the prices. It wasn’t so long ago in this city that a $16 cocktail was supposed to be something special, instead of quite good. The mixology at Bear vs. Bull is better than it ought to be for a transit bar, but not quite as good as it should be for the price. On the other hand, movie popcorn costs too fucking much too, and I’ll still buy a bag if I’m in the mood.Nicole arrived a moment later, and since I want them to like each other, I was on my best behavior. The truth is that Stuart and I aren’t good at fighting: We tend to stab each other deep when we mean to punch in the arm. Air conditioning and a third party both helped a lot. The drinking didn’t help so much, but dammit, that’s what we do. Surrounded, in this case, by tourists who came to San Francisco and for some reason wanted to see a movie in the late afternoon. I usually hate transit bars. But if you bring friends, I think this is the best of the breed.  Email Addresslast_img read more

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ALL the stats as Saints host London Broncos tonigh

first_imgALL the stats as Saints host London Broncos tonight!Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 38, London Broncos 10 (SLR24, 9/8/13)London Broncos 21, St Helens 14 (SLR13, 27/4/13)St Helens 30, London Broncos 0 (SLR26, 31/8/12)London Broncos 24, St Helens 34 (SLR1, 4/2/12)Harlequins 16, St Helens 34 (SLR27, 10/9/11)St Helens 16, Harlequins 27 (SLR5, 11/3/11)St Helens 32, Harlequins 18 (SLR22, 18/7/10)Harlequins 10, St Helens 30 (CCR5, 9/5/10)Harlequins 24, St Helens 32 (SLR11, 10/4/10)Harlequins 24, St Helens 44 (SLR22, 25/7/09)Super League Summary:St Helens won 36 (includes win in 2003 play-offs)London Broncos won 62 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 62-16 (H, 2003) (Widest margin: 54-0, A, 2008)London Broncos highest score: 40-6 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 122 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 103 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) & Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons) 95 = Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) & Omari Caro (Hull Kingston Rovers) 8Goals:1 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 392 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 363 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 354 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 325 = Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) & Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 30Goals Percentage:1 Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves) 90.00 (9/10)2 Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) 86.36 (19/22)3 = Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 83.33 (35/42) & Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 83.33 (30/36)5 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 81.08 (30/37)Points:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 882 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 863 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 804 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 765 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 72last_img read more

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HALF Season Tickets for the rest of the 2015 First

first_imgHALF Season Tickets for the rest of the 2015 First Utility Super League campaign are now on sale!Not only are they great value for money and save ££ against matchday prices, but with Saints well placed in the top four if they remain there after 23 regular rounds, your package will include an extra home game for no additional cost.Plus, it secures your place for the big derby against the Wigan Warriors on June 12.And, as well as getting full season ticket status for the remainder of the 2015 season, you are entitled you to the renewal price on a full season ticket for 2016!Being a Season Ticket holder entitles you to the following benefits:Access to the First Utility Super League regular season home games against Salford Red Devils (June 5), Wigan Warriors (June 12), Huddersfield Giants (July 10), Hull KR (july 24) – plus either three or four additional Super 8 home games, depending on Saints’ final league position. 10% Off Official Saints merchandise (T&Cs apply)Priority tickets for major games Discounted away travel Free Tickets For all Junior Season Ticket Holders to all remaining 2015 Saints Away league games (Subject to availability)VIP Hospitality upgrade In the Hatton’s Travel Sponsors Lounge, including three-course meal for a discounted season ticket only pricePlease note terms and conditions apply to all benefits above, these can be viewed here – the ticket does not include any First Utility Super League Semi-finals played at Langtree Park.To buy and view prices click here (and click on the season ticket tab).For further information contact the Ticket Office on 01744 455 052.#oursaintslast_img read more

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WORLD Club Series tickets are now on General Sale

first_imgWORLD Club Series tickets are now on General Sale.Saints will face Sydney Roosters at Langtree Park on Friday February 19 (8pm) as part of the prestigious World Club Series.It is a rematch of the first ever World Club Challenge game which saw the then Eastern Suburbs face St Helens in 1976.The 2016 Roosters will come to the town having won the Minor Premiership for the last three seasons – and are packed with a host of NRL stars such as Shaun Kenny-Dowell, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Mitchell Pearce.Saints will no doubt be blooding new signings Lama Tasi, Dominique Peyroux, Theo Fages and Jack Owens too.It will be a real Super League v NRL test!They are priced at:Hattons Solicitors West Terrace, East Terrace and Family Stands:Adult – £22.50OAP and Young Adult – £15.50Junior – £10Solarking South and Totally Wicked North Stands:Gold:Adult – £30OAP and Young Adult – £22.50Junior – £12Silver:Adult – £28OAP and Young Adult – £20.50Junior – £12Bronze: Adult – £25OAP and Young Adult – £18.50Junior – £10Tickets can be bought by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.A package for all three games (Leeds v North Queensland, Wigan v Brisbane) costs £60 and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.last_img read more

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Tickets go on open sale today for the 2019 Wembley

first_imgTickets go on open sale today for the 2019 Wembley Stadium showpiece, along with dates for the eight rounds on the Road to Wembley – which will begin next month with the draw for the First Round to be played on January 26-27.But for supporters of Championship and League One clubs, there’s an extra reason to make a note of Challenge Cup Final Day – as they will have a second chance to reach Wembley next year, in the 1895 Cup.Full details will be announced with the Betfred Championship and League One fixtures on Sunday week, but the clubs have agreed after a meeting last week to introduce the new competition.All but one of the 12 English Championship clubs have previously won the Challenge Cup, sharing a total of 30 Cup wins – from Batley, who were the first winners in 1897, to Bradford Bulls, the most recent to do so in 2003.In addition three League One clubs – Hunslet, Oldham and Workington Town – are also former Challenge Cup winners, although in Oldham’s case famously never at Wembley.But only Sheffield Eagles and Bradford have played in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley during the Super League era (since 1996), and none of the Championship or League One clubs have reached the new Wembley Stadium since the Challenge Cup Final returned to its spiritual home in 2007.The introduction of the 1895 Cup means that there will be three Finals at Wembley Stadium next August – as the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match (the RFL Champion Schools Final for Year 7s), which has long been established as a popular curtain-raiser to the Challenge Cup Final, will also remain a key part of the day.The RFL have also extended their partnership with Wembley – which has staged 76 Challenge Cup Finals since the first between Wigan and Dewsbury in 1929 – until 2027, which will therefore be the 85th at the Stadium.Next year’s Challenge Cup Final Day will stick to what has become a regular place on the calendar, the August Bank Holiday Weekend. But in 2020, there will be a move forward to Saturday July 18.Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “This is a significant and exciting day for the Challenge Cup, and the game’s relationship with Wembley Stadium.“Next year we will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in 1929. Rugby League is proud of the length and strength of that association – Wembley Stadium has been the setting for so many of the greatest matches and memories in the game’s history, with Catalans Dragons writing another chapter when they became the first overseas club to win the Cup earlier this year.“We are therefore delighted to confirm the extension of that relationship until 2027.“We believe the introduction of the 1895 Cup will give that relationship another boost. It’s a recognition that the game has changed since the onset of full-time professionalism in the Super League era, meaning that for a good number of the Championship and League One clubs who have won the Challenge Cup in the past, reaching Wembley currently seems a distant dream. This innovation makes that dream of Wembley much more realistic and achievable.“We’ve seen in football, with the EFL Trophy that was introduced for teams for the third and fourth tiers of their professional structure as the Associate Members’ Cup in 1983, that the introduction of a realistic additional chance to reach Wembley can have a rejuvenating effect on clubs.“With the 1895 Cup, we want to recognise the contribution of our non-Super League clubs to the game’s history since its founding as the Northern Union 123 years ago – and provide an exciting new chance for their players and supporters to taste the magic of Wembley.“With the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match continuing to provide a unique opportunity for some potential future stars to play at Wembley Stadium, we’ve tried to create a Challenge Cup Final Day package which will breathe new life into Rugby League’s big day out.”Confirmed Challenge Cup Round Dates:Round 1 – 26th/27th January Round 2 – 9th/10th February Round 3 – 9th/10th March Round 4 – 30th/31st March Round 5 – 13th/14th April Round 6 – 11th/12th May Quarter-Finals – 1st/2nd June Semi-Finals – 27th/28th July Final – Saturday 24th August – Wembley Stadium connected by EEThe draw for Round 1 of the 2019 Challenge Cup will take place week commencing December 10. Further details to follow soon.last_img read more

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The game gets underway at 7pm and entry is £3 for

first_imgThe game gets underway at 7pm and entry is £3 for Adults and £1 for Concessions and Juniors.LFC season ticket holders and members can watch the game for free.Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office and on the day of the game from the turnstiles and all fans will be seated in the Totally Wicked North Stand.You can also buy online here for collection up until 5pm.last_img

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10th annual TouchaTruck event rolling into Wilmington

first_img The 10th annual Touch-A-Truck event is being held Sunday April 28th from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at The Pointe at Barclay. Tickets for the event are $6 a person or $20 for a four pack.For more information you can visit their website. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Junior League of Wilmington President Sasha Kammer and Vice President of Fund Development Janison Dillon sat down with WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick to talk about their 10th annual Touch-A-Truck event.Touch-A-Truck is meant to be be an educational community event. Children can see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Wilmington community.- Advertisement – last_img

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