Month: July 2019

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.The Change UK/The Independent Group/TIG/#Change/The Remain Alliance launch ahead of the European elections dominated news and the politico twittersphere yesterday. The band of ex-Labour and Tory MPs had hinted that big names were on the list of selected candidates, but many were disappointed by the reveal, which consisted of Rachel Johnson (sister of Boris and Jo), former Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler and prolific tweeter Frances Weetman.The real problem for this ‘#FBPErs Assemble’ project is that, while calling itself ‘the Remain alliance’, it is refusing to cooperate with other anti-Brexit parties. And today, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party – set to do very well in the Euro elections according to some polling – has snagged new candidate Ann Widdecombe, adored by Conservative members as someone who has opposed abortion and supported the death penalty. No wonder Tory MP demands for Theresa May to quit sharpish are getting louder.The other, more positive development was headed by young climate change activist Greta Thunberg. “Is the microphone really on? Did you hear me? Is my English OK? Because I’m beginning to wonder,” she started her speech in parliament. Afterwards, she met Jeremy Corbyn in a round table discussion that the Prime Minister failed to attend. The Labour leader promised to “support and engage with youth climate actions” and kick start a “Green Industrial Revolution” in government. It seems like a good idea for Corbyn to go on environmental issues at PMQs this afternoon.In more good policy news from Labour, housing spokesman John Healey is announcing an important move today. The party will scrap ‘permitted development rules’, which have allowed developers to turn office and industrial buildings into residential homes without proper planning permission. This has led to ‘rabbit hutch’ flats just a few feet wide – and, incredibly, none of them even have to be affordable. The government says the loophole helps people achieve home ownership, but as Healey rightly says: “To fix the housing crisis, we need more genuinely affordable, high-quality homes”. Not expensive slum housing.Cross-party Brexit talks will continue today, featuring John McDonnell and Philip Hammond. The idea of holding another referendum could come up, as they are both thought to be more supportive of it than their leaders. But a focus on customs union membership and post-Brexit trade deals is more certain. In a piece for LabourList today, Global Justice Now’s Nick Dearden argues it isn’t the EU that presents the biggest threat to Labour’s public ownership plans, but post-Brexit trade deals. It’s an accessible and interesting read. Although Labour members are most vocal about freedom of movement in the current Brexit debate, discussion about the UK-EU future relationship will soon shift to controversial consequences of TTIP-style proposals. The Shadow Chancellor might find such concerns worth raising this afternoon.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:John Healey /John McDonnell /Jeremy Corbyn /The Independent Group /Change UK /Greta Thunberg /last_img read more

Traffic Calming Measures Near School Deemed Successful

first_img 0% A study of traffic data around Marshall Elementary declared the city’s first “home zone,” established there in 2014 to calm traffic, a resounding success.“This home zone project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when streets are designed to be family-friendly. Not only was the most dangerous driving behavior addressed — speed — but walking, wheelchair rolling and bicycling to school skyrocketed,” said Nicole Ferrara, executive director of Walk San Francisco in a statement issued by the SFMTA.The raised crosswalks, of which eight were installed, force drivers to slow down when they mount and then cross an intersection. Sidewalk bulbouts shorten the distance pedestrians need to travel to cross a street – three of them were installed at Capp and 15th streets.“Two things that made this a good place to pilot SF’s first home zone was documented speeding and documented cut-through traffic that we were seeing,” said Jose, referring to drivers who cut through residential neighborhoods to avoid main thoroughfares. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority established the zone partly as the result of frequent complaints about speeding cars and data that indicated a high rate of collisions. The zone, from 14th to 16th streets along South Van Ness and Mission streets, includes portions of Capp, Minna, Natoma, and Adair streets.Since the traffic calming measures were implemented, the transit authority has found that average speeds have dropped to less than 20 miles per hour throughout the area, people report feeling safer, and pedestrian traffic is up 20 percent. Both before and after the measures were implemented, the city set up tube counters across the road and sent staffers to count pedestrians.The last five-year collision report, measured from 2004 to 2009, indicates that 35 vehicle collisions occurred in the treated area. Thirty of those resulted in an injury, three involved a pedestrian, and three involved a bicyclist. ‘Home zones’ were originated in the Netherlands and have been implemented in the UK as well as in New York City, said Ben Jose, an SFMTA spokesperson, as areas in which infrastructure is designed to encourage pedestrian use and safety. “You have visual cues that make you slow down while you’re driving, which is really valuable when you’re driving near Marshall Elementary or near an area where there’s a lot of families and residents,” Jose said. But the measures in this area go beyond the visual, physically forcing drivers to slow down. Using $300,000 of Proposition K funding, the city installed three speed bumps, painted ‘edgelines’, which are painted on the street to narrow travel lanes to encourage drivers to reduce speeds, reduced lanes on 15th Street, added raised crosswalks, and constructed three bulbouts.The city is also at work in the high collision corridor that is South Van Ness, having already installed painted safety zones, limit lines, and upgraded crosswalks between 17th and 22nd streets, as well as installing pedestrian countdown signals at 21st and 22nd streets. In 2016, the agency will add countdown signals along South Van Ness between 15th and 20th streets. For those who notice dangerous behaviors on their street and would like to see similar measures implemented in their neighborhood, Jose suggested applying with the city for calming measures. Though this year’s round is closed, information about the application process can be found online. An an application requires signatures from 20 neighbors.    center_img Tags: public safety • SFMTA • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Gallardos Classic Mexican

first_imgGallardo’s was new to me, but certainly not to the Mission. They’d been around for 17 years at their old address on Folsom, and four years now at their new space on 18th Street and Shotwell. The current restaurant still looks new — all bright and bold in primary reds and yellows, framing the black-and-white photographs of glamorous Mexican stars of days gone by. Look at the structural integrity of that masa! Laden as it is with cheese and crema, it still managed to maintain texture and flavor. I absolutely loved the many contrasting textures and the corny taste. Even the greens were good in this, instead of being an afterthought. The only bummer was that they were out of guac! All their avocados were too green that evening, our server told us.That dish easily could have been my main. But no.I had flautas (“flutes”), or what I knew as “taquitos” growing up.Flautas. In my experience, in Mexican restos in L.A. and Orange County, flautas were always made with flour tortillas, and taquitos with corn. I’m not sure that distinction holds up anymore, nor everywhere. But I made sure these were corn. I must say, I really missed the guacamole on these, as they were a little too crisply fried for me and could have used some softening. Still, they were tasty enough. I managed to eat one taquito while the BF ate the other two, but I demolished most of the gordita. The rice was more flavorful tonight, and the salsa was still killer hot.BF had carne asada “a caballo”:Carne asada al caballo. 0% The chips are warm and fresh-tasting, and the salsa is FIERY. Like, I had to stop eating it after the eighth chip. But it’s a good pain, one you crave again 10 minutes later.The BF ordered the Guadalajara combo dinner.Guadalajara dinner . This delectable mountain of Mexican standards consisted of a chile relleno, red chicken enchilada and a carne asada crispy taco. In one fell swoop, all your cheese requirements met for the day. Cheese, creamy goodness.I ordered the milanesa:Milanesa.center_img Outside, even the sidewalk is festive, with painted flowers entwining the tables and chairs set out for lunch. Even though the space is newish, the feel is still of an institution, a family-run legacy. The Gallardos, headed by owner Juan Gallardo, all pitch in to run the family empire, and this warm spot serves up home cooking to its customers, old and new.First off, they bring killer chips and salsa to the table. Caballo means horse, but what they actually mean here is “mounted,” as in, a steak mounted with two eggs). The steak is hard to see under all that eggy loveliness, but it’s there. Thin cut, but beefy. Such comfort food. Especially nice when eaten with their refreshing sangria.Ay, Dios Mio! It was all so good, we brought home NO leftovers this time. This was no easy feat, as the portions are huge.Gallardo’s serves breakfast all day, which makes me very happy. Another thing I like about this place is that it’s a real Mexican restaurant, not a taqueria — even though they do sell tacos and burritos. They’re also rather famous for their sopas, and I’m dying to try the ultimate hangover cure, the menudo. Lots of seafood items, too.Gallardo’s is the type of place you bring your family to, and know they’ll make you feel like you’re part of their family. Gracias, familia Gallardo!Gallardo’s3248 18th St., San Francisco, CA, 94110415-436-9387CASH ONLY Served with fries, because, carbs!Milanesa is a breaded and fried steak — here, it’s offered as a chicken or beef option (I went with beef). Super crispy! The guacamole that came with both our dishes was chunky and very flavorful. Unfortunately, that night the rice was somewhat bland, but the beans were delicious. But once you mix the beans in with the rice and add some of that painfully delicious salsa, nothing will taste bland. Too much food meant the BF got to have Dinner Part 2 later that evening.I vowed to go back extra-hungry the next time.For our second visit, we split a gordita — masa disk filled with refried black beans, griddled, and we opted for the chorizo and egg topping:Gordita. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Longtime Police Commissioner Joe Marshall is out — again

first_imgJoe Marshall, who served on the San Francisco Police Commission for 14 years, will serve no longer. The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 on Tuesday to reject Mayor Mark Farrell’s nomination of Marshall to the commission, which sets the San Francisco Police Department’s policy and conducts disciplinary hearings for its officers. Marshall’s latest rejection followed a 6-5 Board of Supervisors downvote of both Marshall and his fellow mayoral appointee, Sonia Melara, in May. Melara consequently decided not to seek reappointment. Marshall and Melara were considered to be more middle-of-the-road on police reform issues. Both voted recently to approve Tasers. Following Tuesday’s vote, Marshall said he was satisfied with his accomplishments on the board. He said he had recently itemized those accomplishments: the adjudication some 160 disciplinary cases, and the passage of some 37 police department policies — including body-worn cameras and a revised use-of-force policy.   Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “I looked at it and I was like, ‘Wow — that’s a lot of stuff we were able to do,’” he told Mission Local.  He noted, too, that use-of-force incidents are down, as are citizen complaints. Asked whether he was eyeing other positions in City Hall, he laughed. “I’m happy to be out of commission limbo,” he said. “Right now, just let me work with my kids.”  He is the executive director and co-founder of the Omega Boys Club, a 30-year-old violence-prevention program. Some, however, believe Marshall’s departure was long overdue. “The reality is, 14 years on the Police Commission is an extraordinarily long time,” said John Crew, a police reform advocate who recommended the board not reappoint the longtime commissioner. Crew thanked Marshall for his service, but also said he had been sluggish when it came to reform and was too cozy with the SFPD’s union, the San Francisco Police Officers Association. “This is not his first reform rodeo,” Crew said, noting a common refrain of Marshall’s that “reform takes time.”  He noted that Marshall had overseen an initial review of the SFPD by the Police Executive Research Forum in 2008. “It didn’t get fully implemented,” Crew said. “And that’s why we have the Department of Justice  coming in.” Marshall responded to the criticism saying that he’s always been fair: “I’m not partial to the POA. I’m not partial the ACLU. I’m not partial to anyone.”Still, Crew said “We need fresh thinking, we need urgency, we need a degree of intolerance for how long this is taking.”center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

EnglandAlex Walmsley made his debut in Englands 2

first_imgEnglandAlex Walmsley made his debut in England’s 29-10 win over the Lebanon. The forward had been ruled out of the opener with Australia due to a virus which saw him being placed on a drip. James Roby was rested for the match whilst Jonny Lomax missed out through injury. Mark Percival still waits his introduction to the tournament.WalesMorgan Knowles scored a try in Wales’ disappointing 72-6 loss to Fiji. Regan Grace also played in the defeat that ends Welsh hopes of progression.ScotlandThe Bravehearts still have a chance of progressing in the World Cup, but they will have to beat Samoa this weekend. They suffered a 74-6 loss to New Zealand at the weekend. Luke Douglas appeared in the game and was the Scots’ top tackler.FranceLike Scotland, Theo Fages’ France have a chance of qualifying if they beat England, and Australia defeat the Lebanon this weekend. Even then, points’ difference is more than likely to see them miss out. Fages captained the French in their 52-6 loss to the hosts.IrelandKyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook continued their excellent World Cup performances in Ireland’s narrow 14-6 loss to PNG. They will have to beat Wales by a significant margin and hope PNG slip up against the winless USA to progress. Even then, points’ difference is likely to keep them out of the quarter finals.last_img read more

His side reversed an 1810 deficit with four tries

first_imgHis side reversed an 18-10 deficit with four tries in 15 minutes to win 34-18 and take home the Steve Prescott Cup.“We always knew it would be a tough game and we did really well to lead at half time,” he said. “We were in a tough spot in the second half but to the players’ credit they dug deep, turned it around and came away with a good win.“We are obviously playing well with where we sit and we’re playing for the full 80. We stuck in there and got some opportunities. When we did we were good enough to take them and it was great to watch.“It was a good win in the end.”Jonny Lomax scored a brace in the victory and Holbrook said he was the difference.He continued: “He has been fantastic for the last five or six weeks. He plays well whether he is at six or at one and he did that again tonight.“We’re happy with where we sit, are playing well and we want to keep it that way. But we know there is a long way to go.”last_img read more

Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival talk about their

first_imgTommy Makinson and Mark Percival talk about their Dream Team inclusion and look ahead to this Thursday’s Betfred Super League Semi Final with Warrington. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img read more


first_imgToday is the DAY! This evening the Saints and Wolves will go to WAR…The attendance for the Betfred Super League clash is heading towards topping the highest attendance between to the two clubs at the Totally Wicked Stadium.The current highest attendance figure stands at 15,523 set back in 2012 and that record is likely to be topped tonight.The Totally Wicked North Stand has limited capacity remaining in most blocks, with the Hattons Solicitors West Stand also very limited.The map below show areas with limited availability and just single seats remaining.PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO DEMAND, PAY ON THE GATE TICKETS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE AVAILABLE. WE ADVISE FANS TO BOOK ONLINE BEFORE THE MATCH TO SECURE YOUR TICKET!Warrington Wolves have also sold over 3,000 tickets to add to what is sure to be an incredible atmosphere!Don’t miss out on this top of the table, highly charged match-up to decide who will stand at the summit of the Betfred Super League table after 10 rounds.Secure your ticket by clicking here or calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium (open until 5pm today) or by calling 01744 455052.last_img read more

First United flights out of ILM take off to Chicago DC

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The first United Airlines flights from Wilmington to Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles took off Monday.Officials from ILM Airport, United, and local leaders all came together to celebrate the new travel options and talked about what they think it will mean for the Port City’s future.- Advertisement – “This is the welcoming point for our region and we want to hug and embrace everybody that comes here for business, for pleasure, for tourism,” New Hanover County Commission Chairman Woody White said.Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo said, “We are worldwide connections, Julie [Wilsey] says. We are worldwide, we have United, Delta, and American. What a great thing we have going on here.”Not only will travelers have new places to go, but United created jobs by coming to ILM.Related Article: Chemours will not hold public meeting in New Hanover County“They hired 22 employees, most of which are local employees who interviewed in Wilmington at the Hilton and they did training for three weeks,” airport director Julie Wilsey said. “They’re here and they’ll be United employees now.”O’Hare and Dulles are United hubs, so the new nonstop flights will unlock a variety of connections to the west coast and international cities.“This will allow our business travelers and our leisure travelers either a nonstop to those hubs or a nonstop that gets them to an international gateway or cities beyond Chicago and Dulles, so it’s really important to have all three network carriers and give our customers the opportunity and choice,” Wilsey said.Wilsey said the airport is exploring more flight options to places like Denver, Boston, Newark, and Orlando.last_img read more

Cavein closes stretch of River Rd in Wilmington

first_img Traffic is being diverted off of River Road onto Sunnyvale Drive and Raleigh Street.Work to repair the cave-in will begin Sunday morning. A city spokesman says the work should should wrap up in the next 2-3 days.The city spokesman says all the recent rain is to blame for the cave-in. More than 15 inches of rain have been reported at Wilmington International Airport in the past three weeks. Ground around the region is saturated, and several areas have flooded. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington says a section of River Road is closed because of a cave-in.According to a news release late Saturday night River Road between Sunnyvale Drive and Raleigh Street is now closed to traffic due to the cave-in.- Advertisement – last_img read more