Month: July 2019

The minister for disabled people has invited ridic

first_imgThe minister for disabled people has invited ridicule after giving his first major interview since his appointment to a senior civil servant in his own department.Justin Tomlinson was appointed as minister in mid-May, but in three months he does not appear to have submitted himself to a single serious interview with a journalist about disability issues.Disability News Service first submitted a request to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) press office in May to interview Tomlinson about issues such as the much-mocked Disability Confident campaign, personal independence payment reforms and cuts, and the troubled Access to Work scheme.Another interview request was submitted on 26 June, through the department’s ministerial correspondence email address, but so far there has been no response from Tomlinson’s office.An internet search suggests that Tomlinson has not yet carried out a single interview about his role as minister for disabled people, other than with his local paper and a representative of the charity United Response.But now his department has posted an interview in which Tomlinson answers questions put to him by Pat Russell, head of the Office for Disability Issues (ODI), which is part of DWP and his own ministerial portfolio.Russell asks a series of questions which include inviting Tomlinson to comment on his ministerial role, his appreciation of the ODI, and his priorities as minister for disabled people.The interview was posted on 6 August on the website of DWP’s own Disability Action Alliance – a network of mainly, but not solely, non-user-led organisations with an interest in disability issues – but does not appear to have been publicised via social media, or by the minister’s public relations team.In the interview, Tomlinson says one of his priorities is to halve the disability employment gap, partly by raising the profile of the Disability Confident campaign, particularly with small businesses.He says: “It’s getting to those smaller businesses, like when I used to have my own business, giving them the confidence to take somebody on.“I know for those employers actually the opportunity it’s for them because there is a shortage of willing and skilled staff out there and actually there are lots and lots of disabled people who have the skills, who want to work, who want to contribute.“All the evidence shows you give them that chance, you overcome what often are very, very small barriers, they will be very loyal, very good members of staff, and it’s a real opportunity for employers.”He said much of his role as minister would be “looking at how I can influence other departments to make a real difference”.And he said he could make the greatest difference to disabled people by “directly engaging with them, and with stakeholder groups, so that they can shape what my priorities are, what the government’s priorities are, and how we can change attitudes in society”.He adds: “I am going to be as accessible as I can be, I am going to engage as often as I can.”Other than brief comments about access and the built environment, the only other major area of concern he is asked about by his civil servant is disability hate crime, which he says is an “incredibly important and incredibly serious issue”, requires cross-government working with Robert Buckland, the solicitor general, and will be “a real key priority”.last_img read more

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The public body responsible for 18 of Britains bi

first_imgThe public body responsible for 18 of Britain’s biggest rail stations is following the lead of the Olympic Delivery Authority and putting disabled people at the heart of its design process, according to its access and inclusion manager.Margaret Hickish – who was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours, and is herself a wheelchair-user – said Network Rail hoped to “lead the way” for the railway industry on improving access and inclusion.One of the ways it hopes to do that, she has told Disability News Service, is by following the lead of the much-praised Olympic Delivery Authority, for which she was accessibility manager.Among the steps she has taken since starting to work with Network Rail three years ago is to set up a built environment accessibility panel (BEAP), mostly made up of disabled people, to advise on access issues.Network Rail has also launched an inclusive design strategy and is about to implement new standards that reflect inclusive design principles, not just for improvement work on the big stations, but also for its huge estate of depots, offices and training centres across the UK.She said: “We have changed a lot about the way Network Rail looks at inclusive design.“More than anything else, what we are talking about is putting people at the heart of the design process.“That is basically the human condition: throughout everyone’s life from birth through to death, and everything that might happen in between.”Network Rail is already reaping the benefits of setting up BEAP, she said.Towards the end of last year, it opened a new southern entrance at Leeds station, which was “designed from the outset to be as accessible as possible” and was one of the first projects to involve BEAP.She said: “The team there found the support of our external stakeholders really useful, because they were actually pointing out things, elements that could be done perhaps that bit better… using people’s experiences and sharing those with the project team as early as possible to allow them to see where we can take those opportunities and do something different.”The experience demonstrates, she said, that projects affecting disabled people work better if you involve them right from the start.Hickish said: “That is something we have been emphasising over and over again.”Many Network Rail designers previously only came across input from disabled people at public meetings, when designs were at a late stage and materials had already been ordered.Hickish (pictured) said: “This means that the ability to make change is quite limited and they are met with people who can be quite angry, whereas what they actually get when they are consulting [BEAP] is a group of people who want to achieve something better, who are looking for a way of being really collaborative, and who are willing to explore what might be possible.”She said the changes made by Network Rail since she started three years ago had been “quite inspirational”.In the past, the rail industry has been driven by regulation because of safety issues but, she said, “people now are starting to realise they can do that bit more, they can do things that don’t just meet regulations, but actually deliver something that makes the railway fit for the future”.She pointed to examples such as the newly-refurbished Birmingham New Street station, which now has the first dog spending area in a British station, which means assistance dogs “now have a loo and a place to get a drink on what is a major interchange”.“There’s never been a requirement [to have a dog spending area]. It’s not in the building regulations, it’s not in any regulations. We have done something different and we have them planned elsewhere.”Network Rail has also installed Changing Places toilets – accessible toilets with extra features and more space – in some stations, as well as introducing larger and more accessible lifts, and refurbished accessible toilets.The benefits of inclusive design are often far-reaching, particularly to an industry that needs to be obsessed with safety, she said.If you make places accessible, people will behave more safely, said Hickish. “People will hold a handrail if it’s provided, they will use a lift if they have luggage, rather than going up an escalator, which is an area where accidents [often] happen as people let go of their luggage.“If you have good quality lighting which works for disabled people, people also feel safer, but you can actually use that lighting to see if someone is thinking about doing something that you wouldn’t want them to do on a station.“There are lots of things that you do for disabled people that have this wonderful by-product of making places safer.”But Hickish is reluctant to say whether the 18 stations Network Rail is responsible for will ever become “fully accessible”, partly because many of the buildings were designed in the Victorian era.“There will always be challenges in trying to do something that will be absolutely as we would wish it to be,” she said, “which is particularly true when we are dealing with historic fabric. But that doesn’t mean we should give up.”She points to Edinburgh Waverley station as a particularly awkward example, “not least because it is down in a dip in the centre of a city and we are never going to be able to rebuild it because it is listed, and really, really heavily listed. Almost everything in the station is listed.”She added: “If a station has been built at the top of a hill, we are not going to be able to knock down the hill.“When you’re having to break into something that is historic fabric, inevitably it takes longer, but it doesn’t mean it is impossible.“First of all, the important thing is to have the will, and then it’s about capturing people’s imaginations, because once people get engaged in this they start to realise there are more possibilities.”Funding, she said, is always an issue, and Network Rail is currently planning access improvements for what it calls control period six, the five years from April 2019 to March 2024.She said: “Some things, if we had additional funding, we might be able to do quicker, but the great thing about what we are doing now is we are just looking for those opportunities where we can make things better, and we have got real enthusiasm for that in Network Rail.”Inevitably, she said, the 18 large stations run by Network Rail – such as Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Bristol Temple Meads and 10 London stations including London Bridge, Paddington and Euston – will be more accessible than the smaller stations run by the 20 train operating companies (TOCs), and many of the trains themselves.The improvements made by the TOCs often depend on the long-term franchise agreements they sign with the Department for Transport (DfT) – and what access measures DfT includes in those agreements – with many of the agreements drawn up before Network Rail’s new inclusive design strategy was introduced.Hickish said: “Prior to us publishing our inclusive design strategy, we did meet with all the TOCs, and we explained to them our direction of travel.“They are all extremely supportive of that but quite clearly some of the franchises haven’t been written that would meet our inclusive design strategy, purely because one was done before the other.”She said it was clear which TOCs were most enthusiastic about inclusive design, as they were the ones whose representatives always turned up to BEAP meetings, “because they want to know what is going on, but they also want to see where the best practice is”.She added: “It was Network Rail’s intention when we were doing this to lead the way in the railways, so inevitably that is our goal, to be leading the way, to become an exemplar.“Inevitably, if you want to be an exemplar you expect other people to follow, rather than be leading you.”Trains themselves have a long life, she said, and so will not all become accessible overnight, although there is a deadline of 2020 by which all passenger rail vehicles must meet certain access standards, and new rolling stock is being introduced all the time.As for her MBE, Hickish said she hoped it would mean the topic of inclusive design – which is still “pretty new” – might now come with a bit more “gravitas” attached to it.“If it helps, if it means that someone listens a little bit earlier in the conversation,” she said, “then that would be fabulous.”last_img read more

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Four senior Labour peers have written to Jeremy Co

first_imgFour senior Labour peers have written to Jeremy Corbyn with their concerns about the party’s handling of antisemitism today – and have offered to help resolve the “toxic and endemic problem”.Noting that three other members of the upper house recently resigned the whip, Labour Lords leader Angela Smith, deputy Dianne Hayter, peers’ group chair Toby Harris and chief whip Tommy McAvoy have described the party’s response to the BBC Panorama investigation as “heartbreaking”.To “rebuild confidence” in Labour’s processes, their letter recommends that the party takes the five following steps:1. A completely independent complaints process that is not open to any manipulation or interference by the leadership or any grouping or faction within the party.2. In the same way as we automatically exclude those who campaign against Labour, we should have a similar procedure in place for antisemitism.3. Whatever criticisms there are of the Panorama programme, we must demonstrate that we take seriously the allegations contained rather than criticise the individuals who made them.4. The governance arrangements of the party must be overhauled. It is not acceptable that the NEC and the shadow cabinet have not seen the formal response submitted to the EHRC. In addition, it raises potentially very serious issues about corporate governance that these two bodies do not see, as a matter of course, regular reports on the Party’s finances and membership.5. The use of NDAs by the party should be ended. Contracts of employment should be adequate to ensure that legal requirements regarding data protection are observed.The peers have offered to “establish a small panel” to review the claims made in the Panorama programme, advise on how to set up an independent complaints process, and propose improvements to Labour’s “governance arrangements”.It has been pointed out, however, that reports into Labour and antisemitism have been conducted before – by Baroness Chakrabarti and Baroness Royall – and yet the resulting recommendations have not been implemented in full, casting doubt on the merit of further such inquiries.Over the weekend, the Tribune group of 28 Labour MPs released a statement that made three similar demands of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC): an independent investigation into alleged interference, an independent complaints procedure with “representation from Jewish community” and automatic suspension in “prima facie” antisemitism cases.Current and former party staffers have also written a letter to the Labour leader about antisemitism today. “The way the party has denigrated and threatened these whistleblowers is is appalling,” the signatories have told Corbyn, referring to the BBC Panorama contributors.The letter poses five questions: “Did you know your most senior aides were interfering in antisemitism cases and overruling the staff assigned to investigate them? Why has Labour HQ become such a toxic workplace? Why do you think your own words and actions have caused so much offence to Jewish people? Why are so many antisemites drawn to support you? And why has this crisis developed only after you became leader?”The letter has gained over 200 signatories, though the list does not only consist of people who have worked for the party as claimed by The Guardian and the BBC but also ordinary members and former members who have not been staffers.The names include former MEP candidate Amy Fowler, commentator Ayesha Hazarika who advised Ed Miliband as leader, former Progress director Richard Angell, as well as ex-staffers Tom Hamilton and Ali Craft.A Labour spokesperson said the party “did not in any way criticise Jewish members who have suffered anti-semitism”, adding: “A number of claims made in the Panorama programme by former staff members are inaccurate and some of the individuals have a clear record of political opposition or hostility to the Labour leadership. The party was not informed by Panorama of the mental health issues experienced by former staff members.”Labour’s regular parliamentary party meeting will be held tonight, but Corbyn is not planning to attend. Instead, Keir Starmer will be present to discuss Brexit. However, backbench MPs have said they intend to raise antisemitism issues regardless.Tags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Antisemitism /Tribune /BBC Panorama /last_img read more

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FIELDING yet another young side with three more de

first_imgFIELDING yet another young side with three more debutants, the Saints overwhelmed the full strength black and whites at Langtree 62-20 on Saturday.Although the second half wasn’t as dominant as the first the Saints were in control from the first whistle.And that was literally from the first whistle as Olly Davies scored the first of his brace after only 9½ seconds! The visitor’s full back was under Lewis Charnock’s high kick off but spilled it when he heard the thunderous charge of Luke Thompson and Co charging at him. It fell straight into Davies’ hands and he stepped his way over for probably the quickest try Langtree has seen.Fresh from his first taste of Super League action André Savelio extended Saints lead imperiously pushing off would be tacklers to score in the corner. This after the visitors had knocked on Charnock’s high bomb on the last to give the Saints an attacking scrum.The fragility of the Hull back three was shown again as they failed to deal with another high bomb, this time letting it bounce. The loose ball was stabbed clear by Jake Spedding and then grubbered on three time by Lewis Galbraith before he picked up to score in the corner.The Saints scored their fourth in this blistering 15 minute spell as first Thompson and then Savelio drove the ball in, the latter again scattering defenders to score.Still scoring at over a point a minute the Saints made the game safe with their fifth try. Galbraith tapped a high kick back into the hands of Spedding and the big centre showed a clean pair of heels to the cover as he rounded the kick chase then went 80 metres down the wing for the try.The visitors finally managed to capitalise on some Saints errors opening their account with an overlap try in the right corner but not before Dave Eccleston had produced a fine try saving tackle to hold the centre up over the line.Luke Thompson scored a well deserved try charging onto a pass 20 metres out before the visitors completed the scoring in the first period again scoring out wide but again only after more try saving heroics this time from Olly Davies.The second half turned into a bit of a you score/we score situation with both sides trading tries but in the Saints favour three to two.Davies scored his second sprinting up in support of Dave Hewitt and outpacing the cover from 30 metres. Hewitt had earlier been put through by a great offload from Savelio.Jonah Cunningham scored on his debut diving over from a play the ball close to the line after great drives from Thompson and Davies and Hewitt secured his first jinking his way over untouched after Savelio and Phil Atherton had been stopped short.The Saints handling dropped off dramatically in the final 20 minutes as they managed to only complete three sets, scoring from two of them.Another impressive display off the bench from Ross McAuley saw the big prop offload to Hewitt who put Tom Calland away for another debut try as the prop outpaced the cover.The 11th and last try of the afternoon saw Hewitt again benefit from doing what every good half back should do, namely support his forwards. This time the offload came from Joe Ryan to Lewis Charnock who took it to the full back before feeding Hewitt to go the last 50.Although this was a comprehensive victory over a good Hull side there is still a lot of improvement before the big one next Wednesday.Thompson and Savelio led the way but they had good support from the ever improving Atherton and McCauley off the bench. The half backs worked well with Hewitt finally looking as if he’s finding his feet at this level.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Jake Spedding, Lewis Galbraith, Dave Hewitt 2, Tom Calland, Luke Thompson, Olly Davies 2, André Savelio 2, Jonah Cunningham.Goals: Lewis Charnock 9.Hull FC U19s:Tries: Ash Leaming, Callum Lancaster, Zach Braham, Jack Downs.Goals: Reece Dean 2.Half Time: 32-10Full Time: 62-20Teams:Saints:1. Lewis Charnock; 2. David Eccleston, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Lewis Fairhurst, 7. Dave Hewitt; 13. Tom Calland, 9. Matty Fozard, 15. Luke Thompson, 11. Olly Davies, 12. André Savelio, 8. Joe Ryan. Subs: 10. Phil Atherton, 14. Jonah Cunningham, 16. Lewis Hatton, 17. Ross McCauley.Hull FC:1. Josh Nicklin; 2. Ash Leaming, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Callum Smith, 5. Callum Lancaster; 6. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 7. Reece Dean;8. Charlie Johnson, 9. Alex Sheperdson, 10. Zach Braham, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Brad Fash. Subs: 14. Josh Wood, 15. Ryan Smith, 16. Jordan Abdull, 17. Ross Osbourne.last_img read more

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As a 2019 Member you receive a host of exclusive b

first_imgAs a 2019 Member you receive a host of exclusive benefits that bring you closer to the Club you love … it’s not just about the matches!No 6 – Exclusive BenefitsAdult:Membership Access CardPriority match tickets for major games including finalsExclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via email, including 10% off 2019 kit during November & DecemberAll your Betfred Super League home games in one ticketYour ticket reserved for additional major home games such as Challenge Cup tiesExclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailBring a friend for just £5 to a 2019 home match of your choice (excludes Wigan home games)50% off your 2019 Magic Weekend ticketExclusive invites to Member only events in 2019Monthly draw to win money can’t buy prizesMembers choice to select their own Player of the MonthMembers Night , exclusive monthly event in the Red V Café Bar at the stadium (subject to availability)Discounted away travelJunior:Membership Access CardPriority match tickets for major games including finalsExclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via email, including 10% off 2019 kit during November & DecemberAll your Betfred Super League home games in one ticketYour ticket reserved for additional major home games such as World Club ChallengeJunior Members get free access to all Betfred Super League Regular season away games (subject to availability)Entry into a draw to be a matchday mascot and walk out with the first-team before a Betfred Super League matchAnnual Junior Day event held for our Junior MembersYour Membership covers all Saints’ Betfred Super League home games – to discover prices and other information click here.#saintsandproudlast_img read more

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Community

first_imgSaints Community Development Foundation, the charitable arm of St.Helens RFC, has launched a ‘Community Cashback Game’ against the Dragons on 28th April.Tickets for all community groups and clubs are priced at £10 per ticket, £5 of which will go back to the local group or club themselves.Steve Leonard, Director of Saints Community Development Foundation said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for hundreds of people involved in our community game to come and watch a first team game here at the Totally Wicked Stadium.“We are determined here at the Saints Community Development Foundation to give something back to those in our community and hopefully this initiative will make a positive difference.”For further details please email SCDF@saintsrlfc.com.last_img

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Pender County church recognized as a historic place

first_img The church is everything to Mizerak and after many years of hard work it has finally been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.“It was my life. If it wasn’t for the church, that’s what keeps me going. It’s my faith and I feel like, it’s just the way I grew up. It’s really the only way I know how to worship, ” Mizerak said.Even though the church no longer is a place of worship Ann, her sister and son gather every Sunday to listen to a recording of past services.She worked hard to have this church preserved and make her ancestors proud.“They work so hard and they sacrificed to have a place of worship. We just feel that we would hate for that to be lost and, so it was really in honor of them,”  Mizerak said.The church was built in 1932 by Ukrainian speaking immigrants and still maintains a unique architectural style. Many notice the golden dome on top of the building.“This is a great building. I get to work across three counties and this is one of the most unique historic resources in the three county region,” Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, George Edwards said.Mizerak said she is overwhelmed at the support the community has given her and her family. She hopes this brings the church more exposure.“It’s overwhelming. It’s such an honor for the church, for our parents, our grandparents, and the community, and the county and now the nation”  Mizerak said.The church was placed on the National Historic Registry this past April, but was presented with the National Register certificate today. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After more than a decade of hard work Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church is officially recognized as a historic site.“I’m full of emotion I can hardly speak, but its just overwhelming and I do hope this will bring more exposure to the church,” Ann Mizerak, who has helped get the church on the list said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Fentanyl arrest leads to another massive bust 33 pounds seized

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Just days after the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office removed 2.4 pounds of fentanyl during a drug bust on McRae Street, they conducted another bust, this time seizing 3.3 pounds of fentanyl.Jonathan O’Brian Sweet, a known dealer who was out on bond, is back in jail under a $20 million bond. Sweet was in court via video Thursday afternoon.- Advertisement – Investigators say Sweet walked by during the drug bust on McRae Street Monday.According to a news release, detectives followed Sweet and saw him and another man, Randall Joye, leave an apartment, walk to the area of Flint Drive and Harbour Drive and make a drug transaction.Detectives arrested Sweet and searched 2527 Flint Drive, which is where they found a gun and 3.3 pounds of fentanyl.Related Article: Manafort sentenced to 3.5 years more, faces new chargesOn Sweet, detectives found 5.79 grams of crack cocaine and 90 bags of heroin packaged for sale inside his pants.Sweet faces the following charges:Possession with intent to sell distribute cocainePossession with intent to sell deliver heroinConspire to sell/deliver heroinMaintain vehicle/dwelling/place (2 counts)Possession of schedule IV controlled substanceFelony possession of marijuanaPossession with intent to sell marijuanaManufacture marijuanaResisting a public officerTrafficking opium/heroin (2 counts)Possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substanceSweet’s next court date is scheduled for February 22.Sweet was last arrested in March of 2017 and was out on bond for heroin trafficking and possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin. At that time, detectives found 4.26 grams of raw heroin and 302 bags of heroin packaged for sale in a home on Nut Bush Court during a search.Randall Joye is charged with conspire to sell/deliver heroin and was placed under a $20,000 bond.last_img read more

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FedEx Freight Coastal Beverage exploring move to Pender Commerce Park

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Big news out of Pender County as two businesses could soon be moving into an industrial park there: FedEx Freight and Coastal Beverage Company.Pender Commerce Park is a 450-acre full-service industrial park on Highway 421 near the New Hanover-Pender County line.- Advertisement – It currently has two tenants: Acme Smoked Fish and Empire Distributors. That number may be about to double.“The park is getting a lot of attention. It’s on a great corridor, Highway 421. There’s obviously great proximity to Wilmington. Clearly, that’s an advantage, and I-140 and being on a four-lane highway,” said Wilmington Business Development CEO Scott Satterfield.FedEx Freight has selected a 12.5-acre parcel at the park for a new service center.Related Article: Target recalls USB charging cables due to shock and fire hazardsCommunications advisor Ron Mears tells us the site was chosen because of the ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers, and a strong local workforce.“They’ll be hopefully starting construction on a somewhere around 15-20,000 square foot facility with their office and warehouse space in the next couple months. There’ll be around 25 employees starting out there,” said Satterfield.Coastal Beverage Company may also move to Pender County. It’s put in a bid to buy some land at the park for a new facility.“The park appears to meet Coastal’s criteria for what it needs for its long term headquarters facility as well as distribution for their operation,” said Satterfield.Wilmington Business Development is Pender County’s partner for the park.Satterfield believes these two companies moving in could spark even more development.“When you see the variety of food processing, distribution, corporate headquarters, etc. So it shows that the park can accommodate a myriad of types of companies,” said Satterfield.Pender County commissioners will consider Coastal Beverage’s purchase at Monday’s Commission meeting.FedEx already has facilities in Wilmington and Leland. Coastal Beverage is in Wilmington as well.No word yet on how the Pender County projects might affect those existing locations.last_img read more

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Want to alligator hunt Time to submit application has been extended

first_imgAmerican Alligator (Photo: Postdlf / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has extended the application period by one month for permitted American alligator hunts for this year’s season.Earlier this year, the ban for alligator hunting was lifted in North Carolina.- Advertisement – The season will run from September 1 to October 1.Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties now have until June 1 to submit an application.The hunting will be by permit only and each permit holder will only be allowed one alligator kill.Related Article: Alligator found under woman’s car in Carolina BeachThose kills will also have to come by specific methods outlined in the approved proposal.DETAILS:The season for taking American alligators would be September 1 to October 1.Limited take would be by permit only issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission.The bag limit would be one per permit, with a season limit of one alligator per permittee.Alligators could only be taken using hand-held ropes or catch poles; hand-held or rod/reel snatch hooks; harpoons or gigs with attached restraining lines; baited, wooden pegs less than 2-inches in length attached to hand-held restraining lines; archery equipment with arrow-attached restraining lines.Alligators taken by any lawful method described above would have to be dispatched immediately upon capture.Alligators could be taken day or night and with the use of artificial lights.Baited hooks would be prohibited.Permittees would be required to complete a harvest survey provided by the Wildlife Resources Commission and to allow staff to collect biological data from harvested alligators.More information on alligators, including safety tips, can be found on the Commission’s Co-exist With Alligators page. Municipalities seeking additional information can refer to Alligator Management Options for Municipalities.last_img read more

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Potbellied pig Sir Oinksalot finds a new farm to call home

first_img Watkins said there were a lot of families interested in giving Sir Oinksalot a home. But he wanted to make sure the family who took him was capable of handling him, which meant they needed to have a farm.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. Sir Oinkalot, a potbelly pig, now lives at Buckhorn Farm with the Krause family and is cared for by the pender County Hooves, Spurs and Furs 4-H Club. (Photo: Bailey Aldridge/StarNews) ROCKY POINT (StarNews) — Sir Oinksalot has found a forever home with a Pender County family.Sir Oinksalot, you might recall, is a potbelly pig who was found in the Supply area. He was taken into the Brunswick County Animal Protective Services shelter after being abandoned by his previous owners. He was put up for auction and purchased by Skip Watkins, New Hanover County commissioner and manager of the Cape Fear Fair and Expo, who began looking for a family to take him in.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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4th Annual She Rocks CutAThon is Saturday

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 4th Annual She Rocks Cut-A-Thon is going to help you look great and raise money to fight ovarian cancer Saturday.1015 Salon & Spa hosts the day of fun, raffles and beauty.  Salon owner Amy Dickson says they are hoping to “make this year the biggest event yet.”  To date the event has raised over $30,000.- Advertisement – She Rocks is a local charity designed to help fight ovarian cancer. All of the proceeds directly benefit women battling this disease in the Cape Fear.  Money is donated to the Zimmer Cancer Center and UNC Chapel Hill.There will be raffles, salon services, local vendors, prizes and a food truck.For more information click here.Related Article: Teen who inspired Holden Beach community dies from cancerlast_img

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Photos Children stranded in Denmark back in Malta

first_img <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> A number of children who had been stranded in Denmark arrived in Malta on Monday night after a special AirMalta flight was sent to pick them up.Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi had personally asked for this special flight. An AirMalta employee had been suspended from work because of the issue.On its Facebook page, AirMalta published pictures of the children being greeted on the runway by Minister Konrad Mizzi, AirMalta’s Chief Executive Clifford Chetcuti and AirMalta’s Head of Communication Paul Sies upon their landing.Read also: Konrad Mizzi sends aircraft to Denmark to families stranded by private operatorWhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img 1 of 3last_img read more

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Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO Bill Gates no longer Chairman

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has announced today that Satya Nadella will serve as its third chief executive.Nadella is Microsoft’s former cloud and enterprise head and his appointment makes it clear that cloud services will play a big role in Microsoft’s future.Microsoft has also announced that founder Bill Gates will step down as chairman of the board and take on a new Technology Advisor role to “devote more time to the company.” John Thompson, who led the new CEO search, will take up the mantle as chairman of the board. – Advertisement – Nadella led the development of the company’s cloud services, which serves as the backbone for things like Office 365, Xbox Live, and Bing. One of Nadella’s big challenges going forward will be to help Microsoft regain some relevance in the mobile world. Windows Phone has inched its way towards being the third-place smartphone platform, but that was mainly due to BlackBerry’s implosion and success in European markets.Below is his first interview as CEO.Credit: VBlast_img read more

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Ugandan startup receives 100k from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

first_imgAdvertisement MMINDZS, a Ugandan startup has announced that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Francis Otim, the CEO of MMINDZS will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled MYAccounts, which is a A Low Cost, Mobile Money Enabled Accounting System for Africa’s Last Mile Merchants and SMEs.Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges.  Francis’ project is one of more than 50 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 14 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. – Advertisement – To receive funding, Francis and other Grand Challenges Explorations winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included enabling universal acceptance of mobile money payments.  The foundation will be accepting applications for the next GCE round in September 2015.MYAccounts, the world’s first mobile money enabled accounting system, is a low cost and easy-to-use accounting system with a host of additional features tailor-made for the African market. MYAccounts enables merchants to seamlessly view, track and account for all their customer and supplier payments made to their mobile phone, and aggregates this database of transactions to produce complete financial and stock records, customer invoices and receipts, printable financial statements and tax returns.It is built specifically to solve the financial inclusion challenges of mobile money-using African merchants, enabling them to manage their business, access formal financial services, and grow into prosperous, sustainable and thriving enterprises. By creating numerous options for bottom of the pyramid mobile money subscribers to use their e-cash, along with multi-platform accessibility, universal acceptance of mobile payments can be realized.About Grand Challenges ExplorationsGrand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Launched in 2008, over 1100 projects in more than 60 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants.  The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization.  The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required.  Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.MMINDZS supports African Small and Medium Enterprises, Governments and Corporations to improve efficiency of operations, lower cost and improve their bottom line by deploying smart, cost-effective technology solutions as well as skills development programs designed for success in Africa. We deploy technology solutions along with advisory services to help the local SME and the trade ecosystems in which they operate including distribution, manufacturing, retail and wholesale. We enable seamless mobile payment transactions processing and posting across all our systems. Learn more at sbintell.comlast_img read more

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Huawei and MTN Business Host CEO Golf Day

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda in partnership with Huawei are hosting host a one-day Executive Golf tournament dubbed, #CEOGolfDay, today at the lush Lake Victoria, Serena Golf Resort & Spa.Led by the MTN, Huawei and a cross section of corporate CEOs, the tournament, will field teams of MTN Business and Huawei customers and staff from both companies as well as golfers from various corporate entities in Uganda.Twelve (12) winners will get various prizes including a Hisense Smart 4K 50-inch TV, Huawei B315 LTE Indoor CPE routers, Huawei Mate 8 and P8 smartphones, Huawei Media Pad 10 and MTN’s 10-user LTE MiFis bundled with MTN data. – Advertisement – In what will be a Stableford mode of play, the one day tournament overall winner will also enjoy a weekend for two and a round of golf at The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa.So excited to host the #CEOGolfDay. Shotgun start with 1st tee-off at 8am. Chipping Competition on the 8th hole! pic.twitter.com/p74PpWaTfZ— Lake Victoria Serena (@lvictoriaserena) September 16, 2016This year’s executive Golf Day will feature a demonstration of the latest MTN Enterprise solutions including the MTN 4G LTE broadband Internet.“We’ll continue being leading fans  of golf in Uganda and we wish the golfers playing today and the fraternity continued success in every aspect,” MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte said.MTN Uganda’s General Manager at MTN Business, Reginald Kafeero said, “as we interact over a game of golf, MTN through its MTN Business unit continues to make milestones in offering business owners a full suite of cutting edge business solutions to meet modern day challenges and ambitions of corporate business in terms of accessibility, infrastructure, converged communications, security and software.”Huawei Uganda’s Managing Director, Stanley Chyn expressed delight at the long-standing business co-operation between the two companies that has enabled MTN Uganda build and support a lot of the solutions offered to corporate business.“The golf tournament is intended to commemorate the great business co-operation and strategic partnership between Huawei and MTN Uganda that has existed since 2003,” Chyn addedlast_img read more

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Facebook and Google Activate Safety Check Features in Barcelona After an Attack

first_imgAdvertisement According to reports by Associated Press, a van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone leaving fourteen (14) people killed and over 100 were injured.Soon after the attack, Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. and Mountain View-based internet firm, Google Corp. activated their safety check features to let users in the vicinity inform their friends that they were safe and get nearby support.Telegraph reported on Thursday that the social media firm created a page, titled “The attack in Barcelona, Spain” which users used to check in as safe. – Advertisement – Google’s SOS alert feature gave people up-to-date news and information about the Barcelona attack, also including helpful phrases for those who might be affected.Notably, the Facebook Safety Check introduced in 2011 and used for only natural disasters was later widely used in terror attacks after the 2015 Paris attack.When the Safety Check is activated in the affected area, users who Facebook determines to live or spend a lot of time in these areas are sent a push notification asking if they want to check in as safe. Then sends a notification to friends of those who check in – confirming they have been marked as safe.The feature also opens up ways for the people to offer help for those who are in need of help like food, shelter, medicines, or clothings.Editor’s Note: Written with some inputs from Associated Press and NDTV newslast_img read more

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2000 Guineas Preview by Liam

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he first classic of the season is almost upon us, with Guineas weekend on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile just a few days away. Though the introduction of the All Weather Championship has given some comfort to domestic flat racing fans through a particularly miserable winter, for many the flat season proper only really gets going over this prestigious weekend.As we approached the winter, the impression was that the 2000 Guineas lacked a standout contender, with a host of promising yet relatively untested juveniles clustered towards the top of the market. Over the last three years, the narrative of the race has been whether the favourite could carry through its superior juvenile form into the early part of their three year old career. The answer to that question has been in the affirmative, often emphatically, for each of the last three renewals.However, as the curtain closed on the 2013 flat season, we were left with more questions than answers to ponder over the winter months. The Dewhurst, that traditional end of season premier juvenile contest come Guineas trial, looked a below par renewal, with the winner, the impressive Coventry Stakes winner War Command, not even spoken of as certain to line up in the English Guineas. Many of the other leading challengers hadn’t crossed swords in their two year old campaigns, with several of them raced sparingly and spoken of as late developers in comparison to the archetypal Guineas contender.So, when the 2014 flat season rumbled into action with the usual blend of classic trials and gallops chatter, the Guineas picture still looked somewhat unclear. The vibes surrounding the Aidan O’Brien trained Australia over the off season had been particularly effusive (some would say characteristically hyperbolic), though it soon became apparent that we would have to wait until the race itself to judge for ourselves.That meant the onus was on something else to lay down a marker in one of the trials, which unequivocally occurred in the Greenham at Newbury.The John Gosden trained Kingman had been a hugely impressive winner of a Newmarket maiden back in June, before arguably not needing to improve much to land the Solario Stakes on his second outing. In both races, the conditions didn’t allow for a clock busting performance, with his maiden being a relatively weak contest for the track, and the Solario being a four runner affair where they didn’t go much of a gallop. That said, the colt posted some impressive sectionals on both occasions and was value for more than the winning margin at Sandown, where he still looked a touch green.The Greenham looked like a fair renewal on paper, with, in addition to Kingman, the tough and hardy Middle Park winner Astaire stepping up to seven furlongs, the Royal Lodge winner Berkshire, and the promising Hannon colt Night Of Thunder, all lining up. What occurred however was nothing short of a rout. After travelling well in behind horses, Kingman scythed through the field and quickly put daylight between himself and the rest with the minimum of fuss. With conditions on the soft side and jockeys appearing to be mindful of setting too strong a gallop in the conditions, it was somewhat surprising to see how impressive a time the winner had posted.After the race, the inevitable comparisons to Frankel were made, who also impressively took this race in the same colours, albeit with a greater sense of expectation around him after a slightly more high profile juvenile season. Gosden made clear that the colt would not be risked on fast ground, citing an injury that curtailed his two year old campaign and noting that other races were available to him other than the Guineas. Whilst this sort of openness is welcomed from connections, it would be naïve to think that there wasn’t some degree of politicking occurring here in order to ensure Newmarket doesn’t risk losing the presence of what had suddenly become the races star attraction.What had looked like a wide open Guineas had suddenly become a case of Kingman vs The Field in the eyes of many. With his ability not in question, fast ground is seemingly the only major concern when it comes to Kingman, though the usual cocktail of minor concerns that are applicable to almost all horses running in a Guineas such as how he will handle ‘the dip’ will always remain. Though there is a school of thought that Kingman could recoil slightly from posting such a big effort in his trial, it is apparent that this horse is currently at the top of the tree. Of course, little of this will matter if he isn’t still there come Saturday evening.The betting sees the aforementioned Australia as the main threat to the favourite. With breeding more purple in colour than the silks of his owner, being by Galileo out of the outstanding mare Ouija Board, it was natural that this colt would receive plenty of attention throughout his fledgling juvenile career. After being narrowly beaten on debut when very slowly away, he broke his maiden at the second time of asking, though was more workmanlike than flashy in doing so.He stepped up on that considerably when taking a Group Three over a mile at Leopardstown on his final start, looking much more like something approaching the finished article. Easily accounting for the similarly well regarded and unexposed Free Eagle, coupled with the post-race comments that accompanied, it quickly became apparent that he was a colt with huge potential. That said, all evidence suggested that he would be more of a Derby horse in the long term, with a campaign geared around that seemingly the route that would be taken.Obviously, being a Derby horse doesn’t exclude one from taking in the Guineas en route, indeed Ballydoyle have often sent similar types to the race in recent years, the most comparable being the eventual dual Classic winner Camelot. The difference this year however is that they appear to be taking on an almost already top class, specialist miler in Kingman, in addition to a host of other types with superior form who will likely be more of a miler than he is. Clearly, he may just be a freakishly talented horse who is good enough to win despite the trip being a bit shy of his likely optimum, but at around 3/1, there is too much guesswork involved to recommend him at that price.Another colt that we probably haven’t seen the best of yet is the undefeated Richard Hannon trained Toormore. By his connections own admission not a flashy type at home, he nonetheless got the job done on the track, racking up a couple of Group wins towards the backend of last season. Though the bare form and manner of his Vintage and National Stakes wins isn’t anything to get hugely excited about, the overriding impression is that he will have more to offer this year. His connections are usually pretty liberal in their campaigning of juveniles, even the better ones, but they seem to have been at pains not to overface this one last season.He reappeared in the Craven, which looked a two horse race between himself and the then leading Godolphin hope for the Guineas, Be Ready. However, the race somewhat fell apart with Be Ready running well below his best, and ultimately Toormore had a simple task to beat some exposed and inferior rivals. As is becoming his want though, he certainly didn’t make it look easy, posting a fairly laboured performance to eventually master the useful but limited The Grey Gatsby.For all his lack of the wow factor, it shouldn’t be held against Toormore. This tendency to only just do enough is clearly part of his makeup, leaving him to rely on the quality of opposition in behind him to put some kind of figure on his performance. Indeed, over the course of a long season, this characteristic may help him to prolong his durability for future targets. For now though, it’s obvious that Toormore needs to improve again to win a Guineas, never mind one as intriguing and potentially strong as this years.Of the remaining contenders, Kingston Hill looks to hold the strongest form claims. Not seen until late September last year, the colt quickly developed into a smart backend juvenile, culminating with victory in the Racing Post Trophy. Though that race again didn’t look quite up to scratch for a Group One, the winner couldn’t be faulted and put in a respectable performance on the clock. The concern is that he is unraced on ground on the faster side of good, and the suspicion is that he may find one or two too quick for him over a mile.Noozhoh Canarias adds a welcome extra dimension to the race, being from the somewhat unheralded racing region of Spain. Having raced exclusively in his home country, the colt took a provincial Listed race in France before proving he had the ability to merit his inclusion in the Guineas by running Karakontie close in the Jean Luc Lagardere. The bare form of that race leaves him something to find, but he could improve for the better ground and had the subsequent Djebel winner and fellow Guineas contender Charm Spirit behind that day. He opened his three year old campaign with a facile success at his home track in Madrid, in a race that was admittedly in a different stratosphere to what he will face on Saturday. Nonetheless, it is hoped that he will give his legions of fans making the trip over from Spain something to cheer about.In summation, this looks an outstanding Guineas and hopefully we will see a truly memorable performance from one or more of these promising colts. Defeat would be a blow for connections and supporters of Kingman, given he is likely to have everything in his favour on Saturday, whilst others may need an extra couple of furlongs or more in time. That said, if Kingman falters, whichever horse ultimately emerges on top will still have to improve on what they’ve shown before and beat the usual mix of unexposed types and proven Group One performers.Indeed, the fact that the Dewhurst winner War Command is available at as big as 16/1, with the likes of Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf victor Outstrip and highly regarded and improving types such as Ertijaal even bigger prices, underlines that this race doesn’t lack for depth either. But still, as illustrative of the races quality as they are, it’s hard to argue that these prices aren’t justified given the task that faces them to topple the favourite. It’s hard to suggest anything is particular value at current odds, but at the risk of sounding a bit Kevin Pullein, the recommendation will be 1pt E/W Noozhoh Canarias @ 16/1.last_img read more

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ROYAL ASCOT Thursday Preview

first_imgProfitable day two for the column after two of the three bets obliged for a profit of six points on the day:BACK IVAWOOD (2.30 Royal Ascot) for 8 points at around 15/8 with Star Sports LOST BACK EASTON ANGEL (3.05 Royal Ascot) for 4 points each way at around 6/1 with Star Sports 2nd BACK FREE EAGLE (4.20 Royal Ascot) for 4 points at around 3/1 with Star Sports WONIt didn’t exactly start well with Ivawood running a below par race in the opener but then I managed an each-way return with Easton Angel (2nd) who ran into a monster in the shape of Acapulco in the Queen Mary and a nice win return from Free Eagle who clung on by a short head to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.Richard Hannon would appear to have the opening Norfolk Stakes by the you know what on Thursday…..His King Of Rocks and Log Out Island completely dominate the market but interesting to note in the lunchtime update from Trevor Harris at Star Sports that the two are getting closer to parity with support for Log Out Island causing the favourite King Of Rooks to drift a little.It looks pretty much a coin flip with them both having form that ties in with Tuesday’s impressive Coventry Stakes winner Buratino.It’s really a question of whether you give more weighting to the scope of Log Out Island (1 run) against the experience of King Of Rooks (3 starts).I’m narrowly favouring the market and siding with Log Out Island who I thought looked exceptional when winning here at Ascot on debut.Three non runners in the Tercentenary Stakes and the market revolves around the Newbury London Gold Cup winner Time Test who now looks a little short and it would be no surprise to see the bookies get a result in this race. The Aidan O’Brien trained Cape Clear Island is quite capable at Group 3 level and could run into a place at decent odds. He runs in first time blinkers today.The Ribblesdale Stakes at 3.40 looks at the mercy of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Pleascach who bids to become the fourth Irish trained winner in the last five years. She is rated eight pounds clear of fellow Irish raider Curvy who is improving but would need to do so again after her narrow win in the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh last time out.The market is perhaps the best guide of all in the Gold Cup. With the exception of 20/1 shot Rite Of Passage winning in 2010 there has been no winner bigger than 6/1 in the last 12 years.Backing that stat blind you’d be on Forgotten Rules and Mizzou coupled at around evens.It’s Forgotten Rules for me. He’s unbeaten in three flat races and one bumper and is cast iron to get the trip. The ground is the only concern. It was heavy here when he won the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup in October but he has won twice on good to yielding ground and the overnight watering at Ascot will hopefully have helped matters.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LOG OUT ISLAND (2.30 Royal Ascot) for 8 points at around 7/4 with Star SportsBACK CAPE CLEAR ISLAND (3.05 Royal Ascot) for 3 points each way at around 14/1 with Star SportsBACK FORGOTTEN RULES (4.20 Royal Ascot) for 4 points at around 11/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 65.04 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Chelsea

first_imgMEETING BEN KEITH (part 2) MEETING BEN KEITH (part 3)BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 MEETING BEN KEITH (part 1)center_img [dropcap]I[/dropcap] don’t think collecting on an 8/11 chance could ever be harder than last night. Lightning did indeed strike twice at Ashton Gate with last gasp first half and second half Man City goals to land the HT/FT bet with the maximum of unease.Man City go on to face either Arsenal or Chelsea in the final and it’s spin a coin time on the betting as to who that might be. The first leg ended 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and it’s now finished a DRAW the last four times the London clubs have met.The League Cup suddenly takes on a higher priority for the two teams and respective fans in an otherwise disappointing Premier League season which has seen them both left in Man City’s wake.Chelsea ended a run of five consecutive draws (including three 0-0’s) with a resounding 4-0 win over Brighton at the Amex where they were 2-0 up after just six minutes.Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and Alvaro Morata (back) are both out for Chelsea whilst the hosts will be without new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is Cup-tied.Arsenal v ChelseaCarabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg20:00 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2018 EFL CUP Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalJan 2018 PREMIER Arsenal 2-2 ChelseaSep 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 0-0 ArsenalAug 2017 COMMUNITY SHIELD Arsenal 1-1 ChelseaMay 2017 ENGLISH FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 ChelseaFeb 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 3-1 ArsenalSep 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 3-0 ChelseaJan 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 0-1 ChelseaSep 2015 PREMIER Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalAug 20145 COMMUNITY SHIELD Arsenal 1-0 ChelseaI fancy Arsenal to edge it and both teams to score which is a Star Sports special at 4/1. Small stakes though.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL TO WIN AND BTTS 3 points at 4/1 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 106.94 pointslast_img read more

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