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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.It’s Indicative Votes Day, and the House of Commons has a packed agenda. After PMQs at noon, MPs will debate and vote on how to hold the indicative votes, then the Speaker will announce which of the 16 Brexit options he has selected. The proper debate will begin at around 3.30pm and votes will start at 7pm. Rather than filing into the ‘Aye’ or ‘No’ voting lobbies as usual, MPs will all enter the ‘No’ lobby and indicate preferences by choosing ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ next to each proposal. Using pen and paper. It doesn’t stop there: while votes are being counted, MPs will debate whether to extend Article 50 to April 12th and vote on that at 9pm (the result doesn’t matter, though – new deadlines have been set whether we like it or not). Finally, after 9pm, Speaker Bercow will announce the results.The big questions for Labour today are whether to whip MPs to favour particular options in the indicative votes, and then which options to favour. Barry Gardiner, ever the maverick, has sparked an almighty row with an appearance on Radio 4’s Today programme. “The Labour Party is not a Remain party now. We’ve accepted the result of the referendum,” he declared, infuriating pro-EU colleagues. The frontbencher then revealed that Labour would rule out the ‘extreme’ indicative vote options, no deal and Article 50 revocation, though there’d be a free vote on most of the options. But at the time of writing, the official party line is that no decision has been taken on whipping arrangements.Tom Watson soon tweeted that he’d received many calls about Gardiner’s interview. That’s probably because, over the weekend, the deputy leader announced his support for the ‘purest’ form of Kyle/Wilson, saying he’d vote for Theresa May’s deal – not just abstain – on the condition that it was put to a public vote. He reportedly got told off at shadow cabinet for ‘misrepresenting’ party policy. Then, this morning, Gardiner described Margaret Beckett’s proposal (a.k.a. Kyle/Wilson) as “not where our policy has been”. And yet Keir Starmer, speaking at the despatch box two weeks ago, confirmed that Labour was backing the idea. Amid widespread confusion and exasperation, some Labour MPs are now just laughing at the whole situation.Whatever happens, the breakdown of these latest Brexit votes is going to be fascinating.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Tom Watson /Margaret Beckett /Barry Gardiner /Brexit /Indicative votes /Kyle Wilson /last_img read more

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Troubled Public Plaza Will Be Fenced Off To Divert Homeless

first_imgSince its 2014 revitalization from a dead-end into a multi-purpose event plaza, McCoppin Hub has become a point of contention in a larger debate of how the city should address its population of roughly 7,000 homeless. Immediately after the renovation, the Hub became a place for the homeless to hang out and quickly became a thorn in the side of many neighbors.“A fence isn’t going to help the homeless, and it isn’t going to help anybody else,” said Christopher Lloyd, a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an organization that promotes LGBT rights.The fence, said Lloyd, would only serve to further criminalize the homeless, and the lack of access would discourage others from using it as well. “A fence means that nobody can use it.”Rendering of one option for fencing McCoppin Hub Plaza. The fence’s design has not yet been finalized. Image courtesy of San Francisco Public WorksBeautified with the intention of hosting public events and food trucks, neighbors instead report that the Hub has stood empty for months and is used mainly by the homeless, who they say loiter, use drugs, vandalize the plaza and intimidate them.“The city ignored it for years, and now it’s become a sanctuary for illegal activity,” said David Coons, a tech worker who has lived in the city for some 30 years and said he’s watched the problems at McCoppin grow out of control. Coons, who has been documenting conditions at the Hub since it was revitalized, shared a video in which the property of homeless individuals can be seen strewn across the plaza, but said the problem is more serious than that. “I’ve been chased away with a bat and an open needle,” he said.Some 100 people showed up to a community meeting held last year by Supervisor Jane Kim, who oversees the district where the Hub is located, to brainstorm solutions and were promised the fence.“Putting a fence there allows [change in usage] where it can be controlled and open as an actual community space,” said Coons, suggesting alternate uses such as a for hosting food trucks or a community garden.  “Anything other than a place to loiter, shoot heroin or camp out.”But Susan Parker, a neighbor, explained that plans to host food trucks at McCoppin never panned out – despite special modifications to the plaza that would allow them to operate there, including ramps. “City reps started pushing for a paved plaza that could be used to park food trucks for Off the Grid events,” recalled Parker. “Unfortunately during the construction period, Off The Grid discovered more profitable locations.”The plaza was temporarily fenced in April 2015 for repairs, which provided some relief, she said.“With a permanently closed/locked fence, people causing trouble could move to the sidewalk but police would be able to enforce sit-lie,” Parker wrote in an email.Kim seemed to agree and supported the solution of fencing off the Hub. “Jane got funding secured this year for [the] fence and our office has been pushing hard to get it done,” said Ivy Lee, legislative aide to Kim. But the idea of “fencing off” the homeless didn’t sit well with everyone. Bilal Ali, human rights activist with the Coalition on Homelessness, said that he is “disgusted” with the city’s move to take away “viable, available space for people to sit and rest.” Doing these activities on the sidewalk would be illegal he said, and public spaces like the Hub provide a “refuge” for the homeless.Lloyd, the activist, reacted by launching a petition to “save unrestricted, public access to the Hub.”“I was ticked off, not because I didn’t agree that there is a problem with some of the ways that people treat it, but because of the way [people have] tried to solve the problem,” said Lloyd, who is formerly homeless. With the intention of presenting the petition to Kim, Lloyd has gained some 1,000 supporters. He also vowed to camp out in front of the fence should the city move forward with construction plans, and still stands by that threat. “To build a fence to keep a certain segment of people out, it’s just wrong in my view,” he said.Lynn Valente, director of People in Plazas, a city organization that in 2015 was in charge of the Hub’s programming, echoed this notion and said that she was disappointed at the lack of “community buy in” that she experienced while hosting events there.“Everybody is complaining but no one is part of the solution,” she said.“Sometimes it was dirty, but we found that for the most part, when we had events, people moved,” she said about its homeless users. “They respected our events.”Hat tip to blogger Michael Petrelis for filing and publishing a records request that showed the fence project was moving forward. You can see his follow up here. 0% Plans for installing a fence around McCoppin Hub, a public plaza that has become a hangout for some of the city’s homeless, are underway with construction set to begin as early as next month.In a collaboration between various city agencies including Public Works and the Department of Public Health, a contractor is expected to deliver a final proposal and the projected costs on Friday,  according to John Gavin of the Real Estate Division, the city agency that currently manages the Hub located where Valencia and McCoppin streets meet.The project would take about three months to complete and involve removing some of the Hub’s blocks and chains, installing a fence and two gates for vehicles to enter and three gates for people to enter, said John Thomas, division manager at Public Works. Hours of access to the Hub will be determined by the Division, but would likely “mirror the dog and skate parks that are across the street – essentially 7 a.m. to sunset,” said Thomas.  center_img Tags: homeless • parks • public spaces • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Vegan Gracias Madre survives well — thank you Mother

first_imgWow. Some of the best I’ve ever had, and with no pork! It was a bit light on the hominy, however, which I thought was a tad strange, since that’s what posole is all about. Instead, there was a lot of cabbage and crunchy tortilla strips, topped with that cashew crema. The broth was rich and smoky, and again, contained a good amount of cooling avocado. I took almost all of it home, though, as it was a huge bowl. I’d definitely order this again.And, for science, we ordered a small dish of “coconut bacon.”Coconut bacon. A gordita is a type of masa pastry stuffed with cheese, meat or veggies. GM’s was made with potato mixed into the masa, and was insanely delicious, drizzled with their cashew crema (all their milks and cheeses are nut-based) and topped with avocado — like a Mexican potato pancake. I wanted to swim in that crema. Great start!My friend ordered the flautas:Flautas. He got a tender enchilada with potatoes inside, drizzled with crema and a deeply chocolatey mole sauce. I thought it was excellent. His sautéed kale was garlicky, and his black beans were as good the last time I’d had them.We also split an order of fried cauliflower:Cauliflower with cashew cheese. “Gracias Madre” means, essentially, “Thank you, Mother Earth.” The food here is strictly plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic and Mexican. Gracias Madre is highly touted by vegetarians and vegans alike, and always packed. I’d always steered clear of it because a) the BF is a confirmed carnivore; and b) my experience with eating at straight-vegan places has not always been stellar. But I had hopes that the Mexican flavors would be a good medium for this type of cuisine. After all, Mexican food is full of chilies, beans, rice, and corn — staples that lend themselves naturally to vegetarian cooking.The space is long and cozy, with communal tables, both on the front patio facing the street and inside. There’s bar seating, too, and the décor is an updated, rustic Hacienda style. Topped with guacamole and nacho cashew cheese, the flautas — “flutes” — were stuffed with sweet potatoes and caramelized onions, and were my second favorite item of the night. Even the accompanying escabeche (pickled veggies) was well executed — not too vinegary, which is always my complaint with escabeche.I ordered the special of the evening — sopes:Sopes special. Napped in a chipotle cashew cheese sauce, this was another dish I’d have again. Light and creamy, with a crispy texture, this was good bar food.For my main, I ordered the red ancho chile posole:Posole. Those chips alone are worth the price of admission. I also enjoyed my refreshing, faux-ish margarita (tequila-infused sake) — but, though it was billed as a jalapeño  margarita, there was no hint of heat.Jalapeño margarita. A sope is a fat disk of masa, like a dense, double-thick tortilla, topped with meat, cheese and/or vegetables. Here, it came with tempeh (a meat substitute made with soy) chorizo, pico de gallo, and more of that cashew crema. They were quite tasty, but a pineapple salsa made the whole dish a bit sweet and rather tempered my enthusiasm for them. Still, tasty, and the accompanying black beans were absolutely killer.Still feeling a bit peckish, we ordered totopos — tortilla chips. We didn’t get guacamole, but ate them with their green and red salsas — both of which were very good with a nice amount of heat. The chips are the best I’ve had in ages. Thick-cut, yet light and crispy, tasting very much like they had been freshly fried. In truth, I could have made a dinner of the gorditas, the chips, and those black beans and been a happy camper. Good first visit.For my second visit with the BF, things started out a bit rocky. We ordered our food, and five minutes later it all came out at once, which leads one to believe it’s all pre-cooked. Since we were sitting at the bar, this made for a very crowded counter. No one seemed to bat an eye that we suddenly had six dishes before us.We got an order of totopos and guacamole.Totopos and Guacamole. I don’t really think they’re trying to fool anyone into thinking it’s an actual bacon substitute, which is a good thing. They toss the coconut chips with paprika and cayenne and then bake them. It is apparently just a condiment but we both found it boring in the extreme, and, after a pinch, left it behind.Service on both occasions was pretty lackadaisical, I’m sorry to say. They seem to just be so busy they don’t really care to connect with their customers. I’d asked our server to explain the preparation of the coconut bacon to me, and she didn’t know but said she’d ask, but never got back to me with an answer (I ended up asking someone else). And, even though we sat at the bar, our servers seemed to be more interested in talking to each other than really paying attention to their customers. The BF said they probably just needed to eat a good burger.But I’m happy he liked his meat-free dinner, and yes, I would go back. The BF said if he ever had to feed a vegan, he would take them there.I’m hoping that Gracias Madre changes up their menu now and again, and that they value their employees from here on out, and maybe train them a little on customer service. As for their return to eating meat, I’d be curious to see if they ever incorporate it into the menu here, or if they plan on opening a carnivorous eatery next. In the meantime, Gracias Madre is the Mission’s only fully vegan restaurant, and it’s quite a good one.Gracias Madre2211 Mission St.San Francisco, CA 94110415-638-1346http:/gracias-madre.com/ Now, the Caesar is a genius of a salad, balancing salty anchovies and garlic with the fresh coolness of crunchy lettuce. And knowing that it was invented in Mexico, I was disappointed that Gracias Madre could not nail this dish. Theirs was simply odd — it needed salt or acid, and had a ton of avocado in it — which is certainly not traditional. I love avocado, and I know they were using it instead of the typical raw egg to thicken the dressing so that it stuck to the greens better, but this just wasn’t a Caesar. And it really needed something. Flavor, I believe.Happily, the BF really liked his dish:Mole enchilada. Unfortunately, controversy has surrounded the Engleharts’ businesses for years now. First, employees of the Café Gratitude outposts alleged that they had been made to feel uncomfortable or even discriminated against for not buying into or participating in an Est-based program, Landmark Education — a sort of self-empowering, self-transformative curriculum — that the company supposedly pushed onto its employees. Then, the Engleharts faced several lawsuits from current and former employees, alleging illegal employment practices. Rather than fighting those lawsuits, the Engleharts chose to close all their Bay Area restaurants, but kept Gracias Madre.Today, they own several Café Gratitudes in Los Angeles. But, once again, the Engleharts seem to be navigating choppy waters. Apparently, in 2015, they announced on their blog that they were now sustainably raising livestock and selling meat on their ranch, Be Love Farm, and had personally resumed eating animals. Vegans in Los Angeles and San Francisco were up in arms, and while many swore off the restaurants, it doesn’t appear to have hurt them at Gracias Madre.I didn’t know about the meat controversy when we first ate here, and there are no meat items available on the Mission menu.On my first visit, I took a girlfriend to check the place out to see if I could convince the BF to come with me next time. My friend ordered a Bloody Maria, made with a tequila-infused sake, which for me had an odd flavor, almost medicinal. I went with the sangria and was well pleased.We started out with the gorditas.Gorditas. We split a Caesar salad.Caesar Salad. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Owners Matthew and Terces Englehart started Gracias Madre in the Mission and have since opened one in Los Angeles, as well. Before Gracias Madre, the Engleharts ran Café Gratitude — their first vegan venture, with several outlets in the Bay Area. I wasn’t a huge fan; we found the food rather bland, but I know that many found these cafés a necessity in the Bay Area.last_img read more

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GET yourselves over to the Fanzone or iTunes for t

first_imgGET yourselves over to the Fanzone or iTunes for the latest edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast.In this week’s bumper download we have interviews with Mike Rush, Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Wellens, Chris Flannery and Jon Wilkin.We reflect on the stunning win over Leeds Rhinos on Sunday, look at the Challenge Cup Fourth Round draw and preview this Friday’s trip to Warrington Wolves.To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.last_img

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STHELENS RFC would like to state that contrar

first_imgST.HELENS R.F.C. would like to state that, contrary to incorrect reports in Australia, Luke Walsh has signed a two-year contract with the club, with an option for a further year, from 2014.Saints are looking forward to welcoming the Penrith Panthers’ scrum half next season alongside his teammate Mose Masoe.A club spokesman added that the option is in the player’s favour.The player also does not have an early release clause for 2014 and 2015.last_img

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IT took two tries in the last ten minutes to final

first_imgIT took two tries in the last ten minutes to finally put this game to bed, writes Graham Henthorne.But it was the determination and tenacity of the Saints not to give up their unbeaten home record that won them the game 30-18.Hull FC came over the Pennines smarting from the hiding the Saints had handed out to them only a month ago and intent on revenge.In that game the Saints had fielded a very young side. Today’s team were slightly more experienced but this was challenged as young full back Matty Costello, who had been deputising in Ricky Bailey’s absence, was taken ill. Up stepped 18th man Rob Fairclough at 20 minutes notice to play in such a key position. A position he had never played in his life before.They are a big, physical side all around the park and were uncompromising from the start but it was the Saints who took the lead.Bolstered by Fairclough’s confident first take of a high ball, and the fact that he got up from a high shot, the forwards marched their bigger counterparts down field. Whereupon Jonah Cunningham showed the family trait of an eye for a gap at dummy half at the line diving over for the opening score.That didn’t worry the visitors a jot, however, and led by halves Tyson-Wilson and Dean they proceeded to test the Saints out wide and drew level with a try on the overlap in the left corner.The Saints struck back in the most dramatic of fashions as Calvin Wellington showed some great skills. He firstly chased the kick off regaining possession as it had been left to bounce. Then secondly it was his deft grubber to the corner that was pounced upon by Regan Grace for the first of his two.With five minutes to the break the visitors drew level as their left centre out jumped Dave Eccleston to fall over the line.However, the game turned on two incidents. On the stroke of half time Hull sub Ross Osborne was ruled to have bounced the ball over the line as he strode through some wafer thin tackling.The second was when FC stand-off Harry Tyson-Wilson kicked out on the full on halfway. This was all the more remarkable as it occurred ten minutes into the second period and FC were sitting on an eight point lead courtesy of two more unconverted tries.The Saints took full advantage of the error going straight down the other end and scoring through Morgan Knowles off Danny Richardson’s short ball.The visitors conceded a penalty straight after the restart and when Ross McCauley poked his nose through and offloaded to the supporting Cunningham the Saints had the lead again.But the visitors proved they are a genuine force to be reckoned with as they then battered the Saints line producing some heroic defence to keep them out.As in the first team game the night before something had to give and again as before it was the visitors who flinched first.Saints were pressing down the right only to spread it left for Grace to round his man for his second try of the afternoon.The icing on the cake was provided by Jake Spedding who stepped inside his opposite number to give the Saints breathing space.This was undoubtedly the hardest game of the season so far with neither side giving or taking an inch.The pace and guile of the Saints Welsh side was always a threat and the midfield triangle of Danny Richardson, Lewis Fairhurst and Morgan Knowles moved the team around with skill.But tied for Men of the Match were Rob Fairclough, for the consummate ease with which he filled some big boots and talking of big boots Ross McCauley. As we saw with Mose last night it’s never easy to stop a big ‘un, especially one who can offload.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Jonah Cunningham (6, 56), Regan Grace (26, 73), Morgan Knowles (52), Jake Spedding (75).Goals: Danny Richardson 3.Hull FC U19s:Tries: Jack Logan (35), Josh Poskitt (23, 47), Zeus Silk (42).Goals: Reece Dean.Half Time: 10-10Full Time: 30-18Teams:Saints:20. Rob Fairclough; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Lewis Fairhurst; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Jonah Cunningham, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Liam Cooper, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Levy Nzoungou, 16. Ben Morris, 17. Matty Lees.Hull FC:1. Jack Sanderson; 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Zeus Silk, 4. Jack Logan, 5. Josh Poskitt; 6. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 7. Reece Dean; 15. Masimbaashe Matongo, 9. Brad Harrison, 10. Joel Marquez-Laynez, 11. Brad Clavering, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Brad Fash. Subs: 8. Charlie Weaver, 14. Ross Osborne, 16. Matty Liggins, 17. Jez Litten.last_img read more

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Homeless man allegedly attacks panhandler with knife at Wilmington Walmart

first_img The victim had only minor injuries.Massiatte has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property.He is in the New Hanover County jail under a $10,000 bond. Albert Massiatte (Photo: New Hanover County Jail) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A homeless man has been charged with assault after he allegedly attacked a panhandler in the Walmart parking lot in Wilmington over the weekend.Wilmington Police Department says Albert Massiatte, 45, attacked a panhandler Sunday around 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Walmart off Sigmon Road. Witnesses told police that Massiatte chased the panhandler with a knife and pushed him down. He also damaged a window in a nearby car.- Advertisement – last_img

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How to keep your food safe during a hurricane

first_imgFSIS’ YouTube video “Food Safety During Power Outages” has instructions for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe. The publication “A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes” can be downloaded and printed for reference during a power outage. An infographic is also available outline steps you can take before, during and after severe weather, power outages and flooding.Related Article: AG files more lawsuits against companies for price gouging in WilmingtonIf you have questions about food safety during severe weather, or any other food safety topics, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888MPHotline or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov. These services are available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Answers to frequently asked question can also be found 24/7 at AskKaren.gov. Hurricanes present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food. Residents in the path of this storm should pay close attention to the forecast. FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during this and other severe weather events.Steps to follow in advance of losing power:Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes, so don’t overfill the containers.Freeze refrigerated items, such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately-this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.Group foods together in the freezer-this ‘igloo’ effect helps the food stay cold longer.Keep a few days’ worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.Steps to follow if the power goes out:Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices.Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.Food safety after a flood:Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water-this would include raw fruits and vegetables, cartons of milk or eggs.Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those packaged in plastic wrap or cardboard, or those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops and crimped caps. Flood waters can enter into any of these containers and contaminate the food inside. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home-canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.Steps to follow after a weather emergency:Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch.Check frozen food for ice crystals. The food in your freezer that partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below.Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe.When in doubt, throw it out. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Florence.The National Hurricane Center reports that there is an increasing risk of impacts from Hurricane Florence along the coastal southeastern U.S. into the mid-Atlantic region. – Advertisement – last_img read more

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Junior League of Wilmington raising awareness about poverty and food insecurity

first_img “The goal is to make poverty unfashionable and was started by the Junior League of London and they originally did this during fashion week where everybody wore the same dress to show how fashion does impact people on a daily basis,” said JLW Member Janison Dillon. “We’re going to wear the same dress every day and post pictures and information about what the Junior League of Wilmington does to combat poverty.”JLW members will also wear a pin that states “Ask Me About My Dress” as a means of generating conversations about these issues.“The Junior League of Wilmington has chosen to approach our current community focus of eliminating barriers to education by combating childhood hunger and providing programming and other support to New Hanover County Schools,” said Junior League of Wilmington’s Executive Vice President Teresa Blake. “We are able to raise awareness of the issues contributing to educational obstacles during the week-long LBDI campaign by highlighting the stark numbers and statistics within our community.”Related Article: 10th annual Touch-a-Truck event rolling into WilmingtonThe week-long initiative will conclude with the Little Black Dress Party Fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 8, at Ironclad Brewery in Wilmington.“The party is open to the public and tickets are still available so we would love to have people come,” said JLW Member Sasha Kammer.Tickets are available for $35 and may be purchased on line at the JLW website. Your ticket will include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. There will also be raffle drawings throughout the evening with proceeds going to the JLW.In addition to the LBDI, the JLW is involved in a number of other outreach initiatives year round.“We contribute to Nourish NC’s Backpack Buddies program, and we also help with A Girl’s Leadership Academy of Wilmington and Kids in the Kitchen,” Kammar said.With every initiative, the JLW says there’s a strong educational component.“Absolutely and that’s a big part of the Little Black Dress Initiative week, its not just about raising money but raising awareness and educating people,” said Kammer. “I was not aware of so many statistics in our community until we started digging into this project.”Click here for more information about the Junior League of Wilmington. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 40,000 people in New Hanover County live in poverty and 16,000 have limited access to food. That’s why the Junior League of Wilmington (JLW) is kicking off an initiative to create more awareness about these issues across the Cape Fear.JLW is holding its Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) all this week where the group’s members will wear the same black dress (or some other black outfit that fits the participant’s lifestyle) for five days to demonstrate the effects of poverty.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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A womens Ballon dOr will be awarded for the first time

first_imgFrance Football, the magazine responsible for handing out the annual award to the best male player throughout the season, have announced that a women’s Ballon d’Or will be awarded for the first time this year. This prestigious prize was first awarded to Sir Stanley Matthews in 1956 and has only been presented to male footballers since then.The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Pascal Ferre, stated: “Women’s soccer is a booming discipline that deserves the same respect as men’s soccer. It’s coming to maturity and growing bigger.”Fifteen female nominees will be shortlisted by France Football on October 8 and the ceremony will take place in Paris on December 3.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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