Ayes 290 – Noes 322 Almost all of the Brexit amendments backed by Labour were defeated by MPs tonight, as a combined total of 14 Labour MPs defied the party whip to vote against proposals put forward by Yvette Cooper, Rachel Reeves and Dominic Grieve.Of the amendments Labour supported, only the Spelman/Dromey proposal – which expresses opposition to a ‘no deal’ outcome but is not legally binding – was approved by the Commons in the key votes.Eight shadow ministers – Tracy Brabin, Judith Cummins, Gloria de Piero, Yvonne Fovargue, Mike Kane, Emma Lewell-Buck, Jim McMahon and Melanie Onn – were among those who broke the whip to abstain on the Cooper amendment, which aimed to extend Article 50 and avoid ‘no deal’ in March. It is unclear whether they will be disciplined.After the results of the votes were announced, Jeremy Corbyn said he would agree to meet with the Prime Minister to set out the “points of view” of the Labour Party on Brexit.The Labour leader said: “Tonight parliament has voted to remove the immediate threat of crashing out without a deal on 29 March. After months of refusing to take the chaos of no deal off the table, the Prime Minister must now face the reality that no deal is not an option.“I will meet the Prime Minister and others from across parliament to find a sensible Brexit solution that works for the whole country.“That solution should be based around Labour’s alternative plan of a customs union with a UK say, a strong single market relationship and a cast iron guarantee on workers’ rights, consumer standards and environmental protections.”Theresa May is now expected to return to Brussels to argue that her deal won’t be approved by the Commons without changes to the ‘backstop’. EU leaders, including Emmanuel Macron and Leo Varadkar, have already made it clear that the withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation.Amendment vote resultsa) LabourAyes 296 – Noes 327o) SNPAyes 39 – Noes 327g) GrieveAyes 301 – Noes 321b) CooperAyes 298 – Noes 321j) Reeves Ayes 318 – Noes 310 i) Spelman/Dromey n) BradyAyes 317 – Noes 301Labour rebelsVoted against Labour’s official amendment:Kevin Barron and Jim Fitzpatrick.Voted against the Grieve amendment and the Cooper amendment:Ian Austin, Kevin Barron, Ronnie Campbell, Rosie Cooper, Jim Fitzpatrick, Caroline Flint, Roger Godsiff, Stephen Hepburn, Kate Hoey, John Mann, Dennis Skinner, Laura Smith, Gareth Snell and Graham Stringer.Voted against the Reeves amendment:Ian Austin, Kevin Barron, Ronnie Campbell, Rosie Cooper, Jim Fitzpatrick, Caroline Flint, Roger Godsiff, Stephen Hepburn, Kate Hoey, John Mann, Laura Smith, Gareth Snell and Graham Stringer.Voted with the government for the Brady amendment:Ian Austin, Kevin Barron, Jim Fitzpatrick, Roger Godsiff, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Graham Stringer.Tags:Labour /Brexit amendments /
Tags: arts Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% For eight straight hours on a recent Saturday, L.A.-based performance artist Mirabelle Jones paced in circles in the gallery window of the underground film space Artists’ Television Access, nearly naked and completely exposed.Inside the window, Jones crouched under razor blades that hung from balloons on the ceiling, as a recording of her voice recited catcalls like “I like that ass,” “I can smell your pussy,” and “let me cum in your hair.” There were two hundred catcalls total, and all of them were real. Jones drew them from an online survey that asked women about their experiences with street harassment. Within the first week of her survey, Jones received 100 responses. 0% That didn’t surprise her. Jones said the project only increased her conviction that awareness about street harassment needs to be raised. Jones hoped her performance in the window at the Valencia Street art gallery would do just that. She also works with the anti-harassment organization Hollaback LA!, as well as her own organization, Art Against Assault.“I didn’t want to paint a portrait that catcalling is this nice 1950’s-style construction workers whistling,” said Jones. “I think people still have that idea.”Throughout Jones’ performance, passersby on Valencia Street gawked at the nearly-bare woman on display. Reactions were mixed, and ranged from confused to wide-eyed. But most onlookers, especially women, were appreciative. “It’s an amazing representation of how women feel all the time, everyday,” said Elaine Szu, 33, who watched with her partner. “There’s an aspect of being objectified and harassed that’s not talked about, because it’s part of your daily life — and it’s aspect of fear that only women understand.” Photo courtesy of Mirabelle Jones.Thirteen-year-old Ava, who watched the performance with her parents, said that she’s already catcalled as a young teenager. “I feel like those comments, even if they’re being nice or giving you a compliment, really don’t help,” she said. Other women, relating to Jones’ symbolism of confinement, fear, and violence, shared their own experiences. Rebecca Rose, 46, said that very recently a man exposed himself to her as she was walking home from a downtown bar. He asked if she would give him oral sex. She managed to partly defuse the situation with some disparaging humor. A military officer standing nearby then intervened and the told the man to walk away.“I was actually scared,” Rose said. “I was a little nervous — because what was he gonna do? …Smack my face with it?” But Jones feels that victims of street harassment shouldn’t have to rely on keeping their heads down or hoping for someone else to step in to defend themselves from harassment. “People shouldn’t have to do that,” she said. “The problem is not that we don’t know what to do when we experience street harassment. The problem is we should not be harassed on the street. That should not happen, period.”Photo courtesy of Mirabelle Jones.
ROYCE Simmons is calling on Saints supporters to fill up the Stobart Stadium on Saturday to roar the team on to another Grand Final.Saints are 80 minutes away from another appearance in the Old Trafford showpiece and face the auld enemy on ‘home’ turf.“It would be fantastic if we could fill her right up,” he said. “The fans have been great all season and a full Stobart Stadium could be the real difference to us.“I know times are tough and we appreciate that but it would be a good pick up if the team could run out at the weekend into a full stadium and the majority are Saints fans.“It would also be great for the fans to turn up to appreciate James Graham and the service he has given to the club… and roar us on to a Grand Final.”Tickets for the match are still on sale.The Qualifying Semi Final will kick off 6pm at the Stobart Stadium and the game is ALL TICKET.Prices are:North and South Stand: £25 adult, £19 concession, £13 junior, £50 family (two adults and two kids)East Stand: £20 adult, £14 concession, £11 junior, £40 family (two adults and two kids)Tickets can be bought in the Club Store in the Brownlow Arcade, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
NATHAN Brown is looking forward to pitting his wits against one of the top sides in the competition this Friday.Saints take on Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (8pm) in their sixth match of the Super League season.“Leeds and Warrington have been the best two teams in the competition over the past four years and have won six of the eight trophies between them,” Brown said. “That does not tell a lie. They have stable line-ups, long serving coaches and in key positions they have kept the same personnel. That gives them stability.“We want to improve on a weekly basis and hopefully we can put ourselves in a similar position as last year when the club finished in the top four.“At the moment we have a few injuries and that’s stopping that stability. But one of the bonuses is we have been able to give young kids their chance.“If they keep getting better then it gives your squad a little bit more depth and puts pressure on players to play well. But it will be good to get some of our experienced blokes back.”Lance Hohaia is back in the 19-man squad following a short spell on the sidelines with injury and Brown is looking forward to his return.“We’ve had a lot of setbacks in the first six weeks in terms of losing players in key positions, but once we get some stability and get the team flowing I am sure it will be good for us.”Warrington v Saints Stat Pack:Brett Hodgson has scored points in his last ten games against St Helens (6 for Warrington and 4 for Huddersfield). His streak began in the Giants’ 15-2 away play-off defeat by the Saints on 19 September, 2009.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Warrington 16, St Helens 28 (SLR9, 30/3/12)Warrington 35, St Helens 28 (SLR19, 24/6/11)St Helens 18, Warrington 25 (SLR3, 25/2/11)St Helens 28, Warrington 12 (SLQPO, 10/9/10)Warrington 24, St Helens 26 (SLR24, 31/7/10)St Helens 28, Warrington 18 (SLR7, 19/3/10)Warrington 26, St Helens 40 (SLR20, 11/7/09)Super League Summary:Warrington won 5 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)St Helens won 37 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)
JAKE Spedding has joined Sheffield Eagles on loan for a month.The 20-year-old has played twice for Saints in his career to date and makes the move in order to gain more game time.He has been a regular in this season’s reserves competition but moving to the Eagles will give him the chance to play every week.Naturally we wish him all the best at Sheffield.
Balloons flying near USS North Carolina (Marissa Yoder/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you drove near downtown Wilmington this morning you probably noticed an unusual sight, large balloons in the air near the USS North Carolina.They are part of an exercise which started around sunrise.- Advertisement – More than a dozen large, red balloons were flying to simulate the heights of buildings for a proposed development.Panamerican Consultants conducted the test and had the balloons flying at different heights.The consultants went around different locations to take photos of the balloons to get a better idea of the proposed plan.
During 2017, there were 420,571 enplanements and 416,018 deplanements at ILM; totaling 836,589 passengers.In 2016, there were 411,399 enplanements and 406,497 deplanements at ILM; totaling 817,896 passengers. In 2015, there were 386,034 enplanements and 383,775 deplanements at ILM; totaling 769,809 passengers.ILM saw an increase in demand during the spring months, overlapping with the Wells Fargo golf tournament, as well as in October. “We are pleased to have another record setting year at ILM and look forward to continued growth in 2018.” stated Julie Wilsey, Airport Director.Related Article: Volunteers needed to help move residents from Glen ApartmentsAs of 2018, there will be service between ILM and 8 non-stop destinations; including 7 hubs and 6 international gateways. ILM recently announced United Airlines will begin non-stop service between ILM and Chicago, as well as between ILM and Washington-Dulles. The new service starts April 9.American Airlines is also expanding service at ILM this year, with non-stop service between ILM and Washington-National as well as seasonal service between ILM and Chicago O’Hare as well as ILM and Dallas Fort Worth. Passengers at Wilmington International Airport on January 3, 2017 (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you flew out of Wilmington International Airport in 2017 you were one of thousands that help make ILM have a banner year.The airport once again saw an increase in travel in 2017 which set passenger records two years in a row.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers using the ramps at the Interstate 40 and I-140 interchange need to be aware of intermittent closures beginning Sunday, April 29.The closures are needed to repave all the ramps in the interchange. That will improve the safety of the ramps and make the ride considerably smoother.- Advertisement – The nightly closures will start at 8 p.m. Sunday and continue until 5 a.m. each day through Thursday, May 17.Detour signs will change for each individual closure. Transportation officials urge travelers to follow the message boards and use caution on the detour routes during the closures.
Merle Darnell Davis (Photo: Maryland Sex Offender Registry) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One week ago, we told you about a child sex offender believed to be a youth pastor at a Leland church. Now the church is setting the record straight, saying he never worked there.Charlrean Mapson, the former pastor of Johnson Chapel AME Zion Church, says she was horrified when she heard reports that convicted sex offender Merle Davis had worked as a youth pastor there.- Advertisement – She says he tried to work there, but his credentials raised a red flag.“Someone called me and told me that he had been accused and that he also said that he was a youth pastor here. This church does not have, and never has had a youth pastor,” said Mapson.Mapson says Davis did preach a couple times, but was not an official member of the church. He did try to get a job there, but was denied.Related Article: Sweet n Savory Cafe coming to Leland“I asked him to present his credentials, he gave them to me, and I presented them to my elder at the time, my presiding elder at the time, and he said ‘these look fake,’” said Mapson.Current pastor Henry Young says he doesn’t want false information to damage the church’s reputation.Young and Mapson say Leland police have not contacted them since the accusation was made against Davis in March 2017.“They should have checked with us before they suggested that incorrect information,” said Young.Mapson says although she was only with the church for two and a half years, its members have become like family to her.“It feels like when somebody offends someone in this church, they’ve offended a member of my family,” said Mapson.Davis was arrested in Maryland and is still awaiting extradition .He faces one count of statutory sex offense, and three counts of indecent liberties with a child.Both Mapson and Young urge any additional victims to go to law enforcement.
The Venus flytrap is one of the most widely recognized plants around the world and it’s native only to the Carolina coast.“Venus flytraps are a carnivorous plant,” said Helms. “They do eat insects and it’s basically a supplement to their diet. They still do photosynthesize and can still get energy from the sun and make plants and sugars.”Helms says some people keep wild pets, while others enjoy tending to wild plants. Plus, there’s an underground market for them.Related Article: Carolina Beach State Park holds carnivorous plant hikes through October“No where else in the world do you find this plant growing in the wild except that 70 mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina,” said Helms. “While you can still buy them legally, I believe there is still a poaching trade… a black market trade.”Poaching the rare plant became a Class H felony in 2014. One of the 8 trails at the park is focused on the exotic Venus flytrap so they face the challenge of keeping the plant safe from poachers.“A lot of our visitors and hikers serve as our extra eyes and ears for helping to protect this plant because it is truly an amazing plant for southeastern North Carolina,” said Helms. “It is unfortunate that even with the tight rules that the legislation has passed to make this a felony that it is still happening.”If you’re interested in learning more information about the Venus flytrap, Carolina Beach State Park hosts guided tours every Saturday and Sunday morning. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s a stiff fine that had some people scratching their heads. A Bolivia man being held under a $750,000 bond. His alleged crime waspoaching dozens of Venus flytraps.“Tourists from other states specifically come to see this bucket list item– the Venus flytrap,” said Carolina Beach State Park Superintendent Chris Helms.- Advertisement –