A majority of LabourList readers named Keir Starme

first_imgA majority of LabourList readers named Keir Starmer as a favourite shadow cabinet member in our latest readers’ survey, with 56.4% putting the Shadow Brexit Secretary in their top three.Starmer, who is widely thought to have future leadership ambitions, has topped the shadow cabinet popularity poll every time LabourList readers have been asked to pick their favourite frontbenchers in our relaunched weekly surveys.The boost for the Holborn and St Pancras MP came as he openly warned that no Brexit deal would get through parliament without being attached to a fresh EU referendum, estimating that up to 150 Labour MPs would vote against any cross-party agreement that was not subject to a public vote.John McDonnell was the second most commonly chosen shadow cabinet member in the LabourList poll conducted over the weekend, with almost 50% of readers opting for the Shadow Chancellor. Emily Thornberry, Tom Watson and Angela Rayner completed the top five.LabourList readers were mostly disappointed by Labour’s performance at the recent local elections, which saw the party make key gains in areas including Amber Valley and Gravesham but lose a net 63 councillors. 57.5% described themselves as “disappointed”, while the rest of the respondents were almost equally divided between being “pleased” and “undecided”.Asked whether Labour’s Brexit policy had been electorally damaging for the party, 78% of the 3,939 survey respondents said “Yes”.But, of those, over 22% thought “it would be the best policy for Labour in a snap general election” nonetheless. 17.5% chose “No – any Labour losses are better explained by other factors”.On the upcoming European elections – in which polling suggests Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will win the most votes, possibly more than Labour and the Tories combined – over 63% of readers said they would vote Labour.Nearly 28% picked a Remain-backing party – the Lib Dems, Green Party or Change UK – while a combined 4.8% said they would vote for a Leave-supporting option (The Brexit Party, Conservatives or UKIP).However, more than 66% of our readers have predicted that The Brexit Party will secure the most support in the EU elections on May 23rd. Only around 20% were optimistic about Labour’s chances of topping the poll.1. How did you feel about Labour’s performance at the local elections last week?Click to enlarge.Disappointed  – Labour did worse than I expected – 57.5% (2,265)Neither/Don’t know – 21.3% (839)Pleased – Labour did better than I expected – 21.2% (835)2. Do you think Labour’s Brexit policy has been electorally damaging for the party?Click to enlarge.Yes – and it would damage Labour in a snap general election – 54.8% (2,160)Yes – but it would be the best policy for Labour in a snap general election – 22.2% (873)No – any Labour losses are better explained by other factors – 17.5% (691)Don’t know – 5.5% (215)3. Which one of the following parties will get your vote in the European elections?Click to enlarge.Labour – 63.4% (2,497)Liberal Democrats – 12.2% (482)Green Party – 11.3% (446)The Brexit Party – 4.6% (180)Other – 4.2% (166)Change UK – The Independent Group – 4.1% (160)Conservatives – 0.1% (5)UK Independence Party – 0.1% (3)4. Which of these parties do you think will come first in the European elections?Click to enlarge.The Brexit Party – 66.4% (2,617)Labour – 20.3% (801)Liberal Democrats – 6.4% (254)Other – 3.4% (132)Green Party – 1.4% (54)UK Independence Party – 1.2% (46)Change UK – The Independent Group – 0.5% (20)Conservatives – 0.4% (15)5. Who are your top three favourite shadow cabinet members?Click to enlarge.Keir Starmer – 2,220John McDonnell – 1,958Emily Thornberry – 1,391Tom Watson – 1,298Angela Rayner – 706Rebecca Long-Bailey – 697Diane Abbott – 600Barry Gardiner – 493Jonathan Ashworth – 328Richard Burgon – 315Shami Chakrabarti – 283Dawn Butler – 207John Healey – 167Ian Lavery – 126Andrew Gwynne – 122Baroness Smith of Basildon – 120Andy McDonald – 109Nia Griffith – 106Cat Smith – 88Dan Carden – 75Nick Brown – 72Jon Trickett – 63Margaret Greenwood – 54Tony Lloyd – 44Sue Hayman – 40Peter Dowd – 27Lesley Laird – 25Valerie Vaz – 24Barbara Keeley – 24Lord Thomas McAvoy – 23Christina Rees – 12The survey was open from 3.30pm on Friday 10th May until 1pm on Monday 13th May. Thank you to all 3,939 readers who took part.Tags:Labour /Weekly Survey /Keir Starmer /Brexit /last_img read more

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Driver barrels into food mart following twocar collision

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter 0% Email Address Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A Toyota and a Mazda collided at 22nd Street and Potrero Avenue on Thursday afternoon, temporarily stopping traffic in front of San Francisco General Hospital. There were no serious injuries to either of the two drivers, or the sole passenger, a dog.Emergency responders brought the driver of the Toyota, which subsequently slammed into the Rose Food Mart, to San Francisco General for treatment.The driver of this Toyota escaped with minor damage, which is more than can be said for the vehicle. Photo by Charlotte Silver.last_img read more

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Neighbors Elderly womans property damaged by trash truck

first_img “It started about 6 months ago, and it’s just gotten worse as the weather, rain and different things like that, the ruts get deeper, it’s even broken up the sidewalk here in front of Ms. Cat’s house where the trash truck runs across the sidewalk and the curb.”Brooklyn Arts Center Executive Director Richard Leder said although he asked Waste Management to stop driving on the lawn, it is city property and the truck is doing nothing wrong.Dylan Lee, a spokesman with the City of Wilmington, said although the grassy area and the sidewalk is city property, the truck is not allowed to drive on it.Related Article: Demolition begins at old WWAY building in downtown WilmingtonWaste Management Senior Community Relations Specialist Marla Prince said “Apparently, Waste Management’s commercial customer built a corral on their property which restricted access and made it difficult to service the container. This is something we were just made aware of and we are in the process of assessing the situation. We will make every effort to take corrective action to service this customer correctly.”Meanwhile, Leder said he and his employees plan to plant new grass and beautify the area for Grantham in the spring.If you want to hear more about Grantham’s story or would like to donate to her cause, you can do so here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Members of a tight-knit Downtown Wilmington community teamed up over the holidays to provide home repairs for an elderly neighbor Catherine Grantham, known simply as Ms. Cat. After the success of those repairs, those same community members raised concerns that Grantham was being treated unfairly.Greg Pampell and Kristen McKeithan, who live just a few doors away from Grantham’s Campbell St. home, say a trash truck has been driving across her lawn to access a dumpster at the Brooklyn Arts Center. Pampell says this has created ruts in Grantham’s lawn and cracks in her sidewalk.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Chemours ordered to reduce air emissions to curb GenX contamination

first_img The notice of violation cites Chemours’ failure to take action following a December 15 letter from DEQ that directed the company to terminate or control sources of contamination and mitigate onsite hazards.The notice of violation requires Chemours to take immediate measures to mitigate any hazards resulting from exposure to GenX and other pollutants. The notice of violation also directs the company to immediately take steps including but not limited to:Excavate, treat or control all stormwater and wastewater conveyance ditchesRemove, treat or control other known sources that could be causing further contaminationClean potentially contaminated equipment and capture any resulting wastewater for offsite disposalReduce or eliminate air emissions that are contributing to groundwater contaminationThe notice of violation comes in the wake of four spill incidents in recent weeks at the Bladen County facility. Clean-up efforts began immediately following each spill and no contaminated wastewater reached the Cape Fear River.Related Article: Reporter who broke GenX contamination story hired as CFPUA spokesmanState officials do not believe the spills caused subsequent GenX spikes in water samples taken from the facility’s discharge pipe at the river. However, there is a correlation between rain events and elevated levels of the chemical in water samples taken at that location.In September, DEQ pursued civil action against Chemours and obtained a partial consent order requiring the company to stop all discharge of process wastewater containing GenX. As part of their response to the consent order, Chemours severed and capped the plant’s industrial wastewater pipe.On November 13, DEQ issued a notice of violation to Chemours after a smokestack release of GenX caused deposition of the chemical on the facility’s grounds. Subsequent rainfall mixed with the GenX which resulted in contaminated stormwater being discharged to the Cape Fear River. Final enforcement action for this violation is under review by the department.Chemours required to install new technology to reduce air emissions                                                            DEQ’s Division of Air Quality has required Chemours to implement new technology to control and significantly reduce the amount of GenX from indoor sources that is released through smokestacks at two buildings on the Fayetteville Works site.The new air abatement system will use a mechanism called carbon absorption to capture contaminants from the air. While indoor air from the Vinyl Ethers North Tower and the Polymer Processing Agent facility is currently drawn directly up and out of smokestacks, the abatement system will first route that air through the added filter before returning it to the stack for release.Engineering estimates suggest that this will drastically cut the overall rate of GenX in air emissions, reducing by more than 90 percent the amount of GenX contributed through stack emission of filtered indoor air. Waste material collected in the abatement system will be disposed of offsite.Chemours is responsible for developing a test protocol for review and approval by the Division of Air Quality. The company will be required to conduct air sampling and analysis, with timely results provided to the DEQ.Carbon well filtration system pilot study ordered DEQ’s Division of Waste Management issued a conditional approval for a pilot study to test filtration systems at four residential drinking water wells to be determined by the department. In January, Chemours submitted to the state a proposal for installing granular activated carbon filtration systems at numerous residences located near the Fayetteville Works facility. After a full review of the proposal, state officials determined that there was insufficient data to determine whether such filtration systems are effective.Today’s conditional approval establishes a step-by-step plan for a pilot study of the filtration systems which will include strict state oversight. Upon completion of the study, Chemours must submit a final report to the Division of Waste Management for review and analysis. Officials will then determine whether use of the filtration systems is a viable short-term solution for wells that have been impacted by GenX contamination.Well sampling continuesPrivate well sampling continues in the areas surrounding the Chemours facility. Testing done to date indicates that 151 wells near the Chemours facility have levels of GenX above the health goal. Residents who rely on those wells are currently receiving bottled water.Phase III sampling results are available online as well as a map of the area where Phase IV sampling recently began. Aerial view of Chemours plant (Photo: WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/NEWS RELEASE) — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation to Chemours Fayetteville Works ordering the company to immediately take new measures to control additional sources of GenX and other perfluorinated compounds from site contamination and air emissions.The state agency also issued a letter directing the company to begin a trial of new technology to curb emissions from the facility’s smokestacks and granted limited approval for Chemours to test carbon filtration systems on residential drinking water wells.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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City leaders approve rezoning for major development officially ban the box

first_img Council members approved rezoning that supports the sister project, Arboretum West, which sits along Station Road. That project would add more than 300 apartments and commercial space and remains a concern for neighbors.“If you want to go south you’re going down to Military Cutoff that’s what’s going to happen and it’s going to come right through our intersection there that’s already a mess and it’s going to get worse,” said neighbor Bill Shell.No public traffic analysis was needed for the Village, the development team performed their own and showed the project would not affect traffic. An analysis was required for West and engineers said they would attempt to make improvements with interconnectivity for Market Street and Military Cutoff Road.Related Article: FEMA assesses community needs starting at the front door“Improvements are really designed to minimize delay on Military Cutoff road we know that’s carrying a lot of traffic there are some delays there,” said Rynal Stephenson presenting the traffic analysis for Arboretum West. “These improvements are meant to minimize delays and keep traffic moving.”Council members approved a resolution showing a sign of support to students in Parkland, Florida as well as in Wilmington. In it, they applaud the efforts students are making to bring awareness to gun violence in schools and demand for action to end school shootings.Lastly, city council approved an ordinance to ban the box. From now on they will no longer require a potential city employee to disclose whether they had a prior conviction or not. The city will continue to run background checks for specifics with the need for such screening. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A busy night for Wilmington city leaders as they tackle major development coming to a busy road.Wilmington city leaders unanimously approved rezoning on Military Cutoff Road that supports the 98 town home encompassing project, Arboretum Village.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Hurricane Florence claims Oakdale Cemetery peacock

first_img The male peacock — definitely a male, since it squawked elaborate mating calls — had been hanging around in Oakdale, Pine Forest and adjacent Bellevue Cemetery since at least 2016.Kozen, who lives in Burgaw, nicknamed the bird “Blueberry” because of the blue feathers on his head, and also in honor of the N.C. Blueberry Festival in Burgaw.Read more from StarNewsOnline. Blueberry the Peacock (Photo: Oakdale Cemetery) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Add Blueberry the Peacock to the list of Hurricane Florence casualties.Eric Kozen, the superintendent of Oakdale Cemetery, said Monday that the caretaker of neighboring Pine Forest Cemetery had found the peacock’s dead body.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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North Carolina officials sought to charge ballot operative

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials sought criminal charges after the 2016 election against the man now at the center of absentee ballot fraud allegations, but prosecutors didn’t indict him before the now disputed 2018 congressional race, according to documents released Wednesday.The documents detail a two year investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Elections into Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. Authorities informed the 62-year-old convicted felon from rural Bladen County earlier this month that he is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into irregularities in the Nov. 6 vote in the state’s 9th Congressional District.- Advertisement – In a January 2018 memo referring Dowless and others for criminal charges, state elections investigators detailed interviews in which people who had worked for Dowless in the 2016 election cycle described collecting absentee ballots from voters. Because of the potential for mischief, it is against North Carolina law for anyone other than a voter or immediate relative to handle someone’s absentee ballot before it is sealed and mailed.Investigators also alleged Dowless attempted to interfere with their investigation by calling witnesses and warning them before they could be interviewed.The referral to state and federal prosecutors came well before a May GOP primary and November general election in which Republican Mark Harris eked out narrow victories.Related Article: Trump blames mental illness in California bar massacresHarris now leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the year’s only still unresolved congressional election, according to unofficial results. The state elections board has refused to certify the tally, and leaders in both parties now concede a do-over election might eventually be needed.The state elections board plans to review the evidence at a Jan. 11 public hearing.Investigators are looking into whether Dowless and others working on the GOP candidate’s behalf ran an illegal operation to collect large numbers of absentee ballots from voters in at least two counties.Dowless didn’t respond Wednesday to a voicemail or text message seeking comment. His lawyer, Cynthia Adams Singletary, said in a statement Tuesday that any speculation regarding her client and the 9th District election is premature and unwarranted. Through his attorney, Dowless has declined to be interviewed by state investigators.Harris, the Republican candidate, said in an interview last week that it was his decision to hire Dowless, though he denied knowledge of any potential wrongdoing.The extent of the state’s prior investigation into Dowless’ tactics had not previously been publicly known.In their January memo, investigators for the state board said they had uncovered evidence that Dowless employed workers to encourage people to ask for absentee ballots and then collect them, as well as push for certain candidates.The 2016 probe appears to have been triggered when three voters registered formal complaints with county elections officials saying that people subsequently identified as working for Dowless had come to their houses to encourage them to request absentee ballots.One woman, Linda Baldwin, said a man told her he was paid to collect absentee ballot request forms and “that when the ballots arrived by mail at her house, and she completed them, he would return to pick them up to take and show his ‘boss’ so that he could get paid,” according to the document.A second person, Brenda Register, said a young woman came to her house and tried to convince her to request an absentee ballot, but she declined and reported it to elections officials.A third person who complained, Heather Register, said the same man and woman told her they were getting paid to encourage people to request ballots, though she and relatives never received or voted those ballots. Yet when Heather Register attempted to vote in person on Election Day, poll workers told her she had already voted, according to the documents.The man and woman the witnesses described, Matthew Matthis and Caitlyn Croom, later acknowledged to investigators that they had been paid by Dowless, according to the documents. Neither Croom nor Matthis responded to messages Wednesday seeking comment.The documents say state elections investigators decided in December 2016 to present their findings to federal prosecutors in Raleigh. Don Connelly, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, declined to comment Wednesday about why they didn’t pursue charges.In January 2018, the case was referred to Jon David, the state prosecutor for the district that includes Bladen County. David, who didn’t return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday, determined he had a conflict of interest because Dowless had previously worked for his opponent. He then asked Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman in Raleigh to take over the case.Freeman said Wednesday that her investigation expanded when they became aware of “additional fraudulent activity” during the 2018 primary and general election, requiring investigators to track down more leads. Some of the evidence only surfaced in the last several weeks, she said.Freeman was also mindful that the investigation was going on during heights of the election season and that she didn’t want to create public concerns that might make voters fearful. It’s general practice to let investigations run until they are complete, she said.“Our standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt,” Freeman said. “We had to have a case that would stand up in court.”last_img read more

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Get ready to pay up even more to park in Wrightsville Beach

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Fun in the sun is going to cost you more this year at Wrightsville Beach.The Board of Alderman voted Tuesday morning to increase parking rates after losing thousands of dollars in revenue from Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – Beginning April 1, hourly parking rates at all lot and street meters go up by 50 cents to $3. Residential passes will go from $35 to $50.The town also voted to increase C1, C2 and contractor parking passes.The town manager says it all comes down to tourism.Related Article: Business provides free plywood ahead of Hurricane Florence“Parking season begins April 1 and ends at the end of October,” Town Manger Tim Owens said. “On October 31 a lot of these changes were done so we could continue to provide services for tourism related activities.”Some of those activities include beach renourishment, first responders and lifeguards.last_img read more

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Police suspend drug lab work pending review of internal investigation

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police Chief Ralph Evangelous addressed Wilmington city leaders Tuesday to present the crime statistics of 2018.Before his address to city council, we asked him about the numbers and an update on the review of an internal investigation at the department. Three and a half years worth of drug-related cases are under review by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office after  police administrators fired a forensic chemist for multiple violations.- Advertisement – The Chief says the District Attorney’s review of the investigation continues. He adds that the former employee violated internal affairs protocols for documenting lab findings. The Chief does not feel that the actions jeopardize any investigations.“It’s going to be a bunch of nothing. I believe that all of those tests that were done were valid,” said Chief Evangelous, “There’s an overabundance of caution relooking at everything.”WPD says drug tests will be handled by the state as the investigation is reviewed by the DA. Other tests, such as those for DWI cases, will still be handled at the crime lab.last_img read more

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PM announces schemes to assist elderly independent living

first_img SharePrint Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party Joseph Muscat said that government will be announcing schemes to help the elderly remain living and participating in the community. Speaking at a rally in Valletta as part of the MEP election trail, Muscat noted that elderly ladies were a cohort which was more vulnerable to poverty. He said that those whose age does not permit them to take care of themselves in independent living need to be given sheltered environments within which they can live serenely. He said that there are plans for government to foot half the salary of carers for such persons. Muscat said that the government’s work with the elderly is an intrinsic part of its vision of social justice and added that in recent years pensions were increased and taxes on pensions were removed. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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