A wheelchair-user has lodged 40 separate complaints in just three years about bus drivers who have failed to put down the ramp for him, and have then driven off with him still on-board.Despite his repeated complaints, Chris Stapleton says the problem is getting worse every year.He has now lodged 19 complaints about the conduct of bus drivers working for London General – part of The Go-Ahead Group – and 16 about Arriva.When Stapleton (pictured) presses the blue button that is placed next to the wheelchair space, the driver should halt at the next stop and put down the ramp so that he can leave the bus.But despite a siren sounding and an indicator light showing on their dashboard, drivers frequently drive off without putting down their ramp, with Stapleton still on board.He said: “When the driver pulls away from the bus stop after ignoring my request, I normally shout, ‘Stop the bus! I pressed the blue button!’“Most drivers don’t give any sort of apology for failing to deploy the ramp earlier.“Some drivers don’t even stop the bus, and I’m forced to get off at the next stop.”He said the number of times he had been forced to complain about London buses had roughly doubled every year since he started doing so three years ago, but he does not know why.He said: “I can only [think] the bus drivers are getting lazier or less attentive. I really can’t explain it.“There is no excuse. They are not paying attention, but it is part of their job to pay attention. I’m quite angry about it.”Stapleton says that the complaints he has lodged with Transport for London (TfL) over the last three years have usually produced almost identical responses.This means an apology for the “inconvenience and frustration” or “distress” he has experienced; confirmation that the driver should have pulled in at the next stop and put down the ramp when he pressed the button; and an assurance that the driver could face disciplinary action.He said: “I’m really fed up with the bland responses I get from TfL when I send in complaints about this.“I don’t want nice polite apologies: I want change, I want bus drivers to do their job properly, I want them to stop making my journeys stressful and upsetting.”Transport for All, which campaigns for the rights of disabled and older people to travel in London, is now urging TfL to “speed up the renewal of their training programme”.Faryal Velmi, director of Transport for All, said: “This is the tip of the iceberg. Transport for All receives regular complaints from disabled and older people facing the same situation.“Many are so fed up with this that they’ve stopped reporting it.“This adds to the stress that a journey can represent for many disabled and older people facing additional issues, such as broken ramps or the wheelchair priority space occupied by buggy users.”Tony Akers, head of bus operations for TfL, said: “We’re happy to look into this and to work with the operators to see if anything can be improved.“All complaints are investigated and we are constantly reminding our operators that drivers need to be on the lookout for disabled or vulnerable passengers, but if we can reasonably do more, we shall.“Drivers are currently going through more training right now, precisely to highlight the needs of wheelchair-users.”But Stapleton said in response: “I think it’s a case of ‘fine words, no actions’.“The number of complaints I have raised about the blue buzzer issue is roughly doubling each year: the situation is getting worse, and it is affecting more and more wheelchair-users.“It does suggest that TfL is not – whatever fine words it may utter in public – taking the issue seriously enough.”
What resolutions are local residents planning to stick to this year? Losing weight and staying in shape top the list, but an unofficial survey also shows many resolving to give back to the community. Here are some of their goals, and a few notes on where and how they can be met in the Mission.Getting in Shape for GoodMany people waking up from their holiday food comas plan to get – and stay – in shape. While losing weight is often a motivation, making lasting lifestyle changes is important for many entering 2016. “Last year, I nurtured my mental and spiritual health,” said Megan Henry, a sales representative at Therapy, a retailer at 545 Valencia St. “Now, I want to focus on my physical well-being.” 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% From dance studios to Crossfit boxes and traditional machine gyms, a string of fitness studios in the neighborhood present Henry and others committed to prioritizing their health this year with an array of specialized workout options. The trick to sticking out the “get fit” resolution in the long term, however, is to have a plan detailing how individual fitness goals will be accomplished, prior to stepping into a gym, said Fitness instructor Will Sandoval. Sandoval, who runs the Live Fit Gym at 675 Valencia St., said that while he usually sees a spike in memberships in January, he estimates that 80 percent of new members will abandon their fitness resolution in the next month or two. “The people who succeed are the ones who come in with a plan, who know what they want and realistically can commit to,” he said. “A lifestyle change rarely happens overnight.”Henry does not plan on joining a gym. Instead, she plans to stay motivated with a weekly Skype session with her best friend and a “health nut.” In addition, Henry will turn to to the web for instructions on how to prepare healthy, weekly meals. Henry believes that even small changes in her daily routine will translate into a healthier, happier life.“If I choose to eat out on my lunch break, I will go to restaurants that serve more organic food,” she said. Foregoing an adjacent pizza parlor, Henry said she will be conscious of opting for healthier options during her lunch breaks, like Little Chihuahua at 581 Valencia St., which she said serves “more quality food options” than other restaurants in the area, or by trekking over to Bi-Rite Market on 18th Street for locally sourced groceries. “Walking to restaurants and grocers further away from work will also fulfill my resolution to get more exercise this year. ” Mission Resident Chris Redd said that he will use the Mission’s hills and parks to achieve his goal of losing weight. “I don’t need a gym, there are so many hills in the Mission. I can start exercising by running around my block. I’ll also jog at Dolores Park and up to Bernal Hill.”Hoping to achieve permanent results, Stephanie Lee believes that a simple switch in her mode of transportation will help improve her life and community. “My goal in the New Year is to drive less,” said Lee, who also lives in the Mission. “I will be riding my bike for the environment, my health, and to ease my life.”To facilitate the switch from car to bicycle, Craig Brown, retail manager at Mission Bicycle at 766 Valencia St., advises commuters to consider storage space for their bikes.“Bicycles should not live outside in San Francisco, but we are often crammed into small apartments where space is a problem,” said Brown, adding that indoor bike racks can be purchased to ensure that new cyclists stick with their resolutions. “It’s great to have more bikes on the streets, but like anything, it’s more difficult jumping into a lifestyle change without being prepared for it,” he said. Lending a Helping HandMany Mission residents said they want to give back to their community this year.“One thing that I want to do in the New Year is sponsor a Syrian refugee,” said Andrew Hwang, a legal aid lawyer who works in tenants rights. Hwang, who is from Canada, said private groups can sponsor refugees through an immigration program. “The tone here in the U.S. regarding immigration is pretty poisonous, and I think helping somebody build a new life is the humanitarian thing to do.” While philanthropy comes in many forms, a simple and effective way to get started is through volunteering. “We should extend our words, time and money to help those in need every day of the year, to everyone, without exceptions,” said Lori St. John, a longtime Mission resident. “Doing this every day could help restore some of our humanity.”Knocking on the doors of the numerous community-serving nonprofits that operate out of the Mission can help point residents to areas and institutions where help is needed the most.“For us to continue the work that we do, it is important that the community steps up,” said Barbara Walden, executive assistant at the Mission Neighborhood Centers at 362 Capp St. “I think any Mission nonprofit would be more than happy to accept extra help.”The center provides low-income seniors, youth, and families with community-based services, and Walden said that they are currently working on building a volunteer network through a new application portal that will make it easier for volunteers to join the organization.“I think any Mission nonprofit would be more than happy to accept extra help,” said Walden. At San Francisco Women Against Rape, a rape crisis agency housed in the Women’s Building at 3543 18th St., volunteers may also receive training to become certified counselors. The organization will host training seminars in March and April for prospective volunteers – an online application must be completed by January 29.“Because we serve members from our community, it’s so important to have local folks fill these volunteer positions,” said Kristin Lee, adding that the organization welcomes all the help it can get. “It can be difficult for victims of sexual assault to talk about their lives to someone who doesn’t know what life in this community is like. This is such a vital service.”
Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer, has put its building managers on notice that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are not welcome on Mission Housing property. Moreover, the agency, which operates some 35 buildings housing 3000 tenants, has started a series of workshops to help undocumented immigrants know their rights. One of the precautions is to prohibit building managers from verifying warrants to admit agents onto the property. Instead, the officers should be told to go to the corporate office. “You’re saying someone will verifying, someone just has to go to [the office],” said Sam Moss, Mission Housing’s executive director. “It won’t just be for ICE. It’ll be for any law enforcement of any legal document. We are revoking your authority to approve it.” It’s all part of a process that Vicky Castro, executive director of the La Raza Centro Legal, described a sort of minimal cooperation that is well within the law but keeps residents and managers from unwittingly assisting ICE agents. “We’re not asking you to step outside the law,” she said. “Just because someone might be undocumented doesn’t mean the constitution doesn’t protect them.” During the training, the first of many sessions planned throughout the city in the coming weeks, Castro warned that immigration enforcement agents can be tricky.“ICE… can come as cops, they can come as civilians, they can lie,” she told those attending the workshop. “That’s part of…how to mislead and somewhat make you feel like they’re not coming after you.”“ICE will come and they do this a lot,” she said, waving a crumpled piece of paper over her head and mimicking an agent, “‘I have an arrest warrant!’” Castro said often the warrant is not a real warrant or doesn’t meet the criteria to force a tenant to open the door. She also said she has often heard the agents claim to be searching for a sex offender – the same reason given in a statement after an ICE visit to a Mission District community center.“Every time I’ve heard ICE come to places, it’s that same excuse. So my question is, you still haven’t found that guy? Like, ten years I’ve heard it,” Castro joked.The main piece of advice for tenants is to keep silent as much as possible and not give anyone unexpected an opportunity to come inside. Castro suggested building managers pass on the advice to residents in building meetings. Doors and gates should remain shut at all times – with particular attention to housing complex gates that might not shut automatically. She added that tenants should be extra vigilant about strangers who might want to slip in behind a resident. Though one should never lie or try to show forged documents, an undocumented person should not give their name, date of birth, or country of origin to an ICE agent if possible, nor should they sign anything. Confirming any of these details could help the agent gather enough information to begin deportation proceedings. “By saying these things, you are giving the government, you’re giving ICE, Department of Homeland Security the information they can use to accuse you of unlawful presence here, and to find you deportable,” she said. Instead, she said, anyone who finds someone who might be an ICE agent or law enforcement at their door should not open it, and instead ask the agents to slide any warrant they claim to have under the door. Castro also handed out red cards that she recommended residents keep copies of wherever they might go, with a formal statement of intent to remain silent printed on it. “This is power. This lets them know that our community has been educated on what to do,” she said, noting that agents might stay at the door for hours at a time trying to convince a target to open the door. These guidelines, Castro said, might seem paranoid – but they can make all the difference. She stressed the importance of making that clear to everyone in a household, including children, the best course of action if immigration agents come knocking.Encounters with ICE agents could also take place at work – there, too, undocumented immigrants have rights, including a right to stay silent and to speak to a lawyer. They can also ask if they can leave and do so, though Castro said it is imperative that they not run. “Don’t give the impression you are fleeing,” she advised. “Walk away, or be on your cell phone.”There are a few scenarios in which agents may enter, generally involving warrants. Here too however, tenants, have rights, Castro said. Only arrest warrants with the correct name of the target are valid. Search warrants require the address, date, and search parameters to be valid. Either must be signed by a judge, not an ICE or homeland security staffer, to grant entry.No matter the situation, Castro said, maintaining calm is imperative. Activists and immigration lawyers are building up a rapid-response network that will determine what kind of ICE actions are taking place and what intervention is needed to ensure no one’s rights are violated. 0% Anyone who finds themselves the target of an operation or who sees ICE activity can call 1-844-878-7801 during the day, though that number will soon be replaced by a round-the-clock hotline to reach the rapid response network. More detailed information is available here and here. Información sobre derechos de los inmigrantes en español está disponible aquí y aquí. Tags: housing • immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
Lupe Aguilar, an 82-year-old Texas native, gathered along with about 20 other senior citizens in the multi-purpose community room at Alcantara Court Apartments in the heart of hipster Valencia Street this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. “They usually ask us what we want to eat for the parties,” said Altagracia, one of the residents at Alcantara Court. This year it had a Mission spin — tacos instead of turkey, along with the center’s regular vibe of Spanglish and diversity. Lots of it. Residents include Chinese, Russian, Filipino, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Mexican, Honduran and Peruvians seniors. Oh, and Aguilar — the only American-born person in the room. Photo by Marian Carrasquero There’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission Local, you get real news, from reporters and editors who are accountable to you. After all, you know where we live and work. In the Mission, just like you. Keep us reporting, subscribe today. Tags: thanksgiving Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I used to teach English here for the residents, but some of them don’t know how to read or write in their own language, so it is very hard for them to learn a new one,” Aguilar said later. Nevertheless, the center, which is run by the Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit, celebrates the holidays and encourages the seniors living at Alcantara to come out of their units and participate in the social life of the building. As the lunch celebration went on, the background music switched between the familiar “Jingle Bells” and “Feliz Navidad” melodies. “They always play the same songs; I am tired of hearing them,” said Altagracia as she finished her food. Cahua, who was sitting next to her, picked up her plate once she was done, took it to the trash and returned with napkins. “I have to take care of the ladies, especially this one,” he said. “What he wants is something else,” she said in Spanish as she turned her back slightly towards him and smiled coquettishly. The flirtatious couple laughed as the rest of the attendees in the room finished their food and were served coffee by the volunteers, some of which were related to the residents. “Cafe, no — vodka,” yelled Cahua across the table to his Russian neighbors as he accepted a cup of coffee from one of them. His Russian friend smiled and held up his cup of coffee as if to toast the day. “He usually brings vodka when we have a gathering,” he said to the table. The lunch ended with a raffle in which the residents participated to win toiletries, laundry soaps and other household goodies. The suspense of who would win with each draw was one of the more exciting moments of the celebration. Over laughter and some whispering of “not-fair,” the winners collected their prizes.As in any community, the diverse residents of Alcantara Court have developed relationships and have learned to coexist, no matter the language differences. Holidays and Friday bingo are some of the ways in which they interact and mingle. But not all of them participate. There are 50 mailboxes with 50 names in the lobby, and a bit less than half of them were present at the Thanksgiving event. “The next event will be the end-of-the-year celebration in mid-December,” said Karla, the service coordinator. There, she said, “Every resident will get a prize.”But the day wasn’t quite over. There was still dessert — and if the meal started with a Mexican flair, it ended with the quintessential American standard for Thanksgiving: pumpkin pie. 0% “Do you know why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?” Juan Cahua, a Peruvian resident who has been living at Alcantara Court for six years, asked the woman beside him. She shrugged her shoulders while putting a rolled tortilla in her mouth. “When the pilgrims saw the turkeys, they said, ‘We have to eat those,’” he said, speaking in Spanish and laughing.They sat side by side and waited for their hot chocolate, apple cider and tacos. Plastic pumpkin tablecloths were taped to the three long tables, which bore ornamental autumn centerpieces. “Gracias a todos por venir, Thank you all for coming,” said Olivia, the building manager, as she greeted all the attendees in both English and Spanish.“I am going to speak in English and Spanish, but I am sorry I don’t know any other language,” she said to the monolingual Russian and Chinese residents in the room.They smiled.
If the number of vacancies registered citywide is any indicator, a four-year experiment aiming to compel property owners to register vacant storefronts has failed. As as result, the city is mission out on the thousands of dollars it ought to have collected under an ordinance that requires landowners to register and pay a fee for empty spaces left vacant for more than 270 days.Fewer than 40 vacancies were registered with the city from 2014 to 2017, and only about $6,400 in fees were collected, according to city records.It was not until 2018 that the Department of Building Inspection registered more than 400 vacancies. Even then, the city collected less than $43,000 in fines that year, according to the department’s registry.Despite hundreds of vacancies now listed on the registry, only a few property owners have paid fees, because they have up to 270 days to fill their space after the first notice of violation is mailed to them. It is only after nine months that they are required to pay the $711 registration fee. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The count included commercial vacancies along Mission Street from Duboce to Cesar Chavez, a 1.5-mile stretch. Of the 50 vacancies, only 13 are officially registered, and just two have paid the $711 registration fee.If all 50 vacancies on this portion of Mission were registered and vacancy legislation enforced, the city’s building inspectors could be collecting more than $34,000 in annual registration fees just from a 1.5-mile strip.One reason for the incomplete registry is that it is mainly complaint-based. Unless someone reports a vacancy to the Department of Building Inspection, it is likely to go unchecked.By requiring the registration fee up front, rather than 270 days after vacancy, Fewer’s staff hoped to create a revenue stream for the Department of Building Inspection to better enforce vacancies, according to Boilard. “Currently, they’re understaffed,” she said. Vacancies can have significant negative effects on communities, according to a recent report authored by Hayley Raetz, a student at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.Raetz’s report looks at different types of vacancies in Oakland, but the impact of vacancies remains the same: They tend to be “potential sites for code violations, such as illegal dumping, homelessness encampments, and graffiti.” As a result, they can lead to “lowered community and individual well-being.”In addition, a 2012 report about vacancies in Philadelphia concluded that residents in neighborhoods with vacancies “associated the vacancies with a negative impact on their relationships with their neighbors, raised concerns about crime, and undermined the values of their own homes while increasing insurance costs.”Not everyone views the vacancy problem as an absolute negative, but rather a more complex issue.Bodyfi closed its doors in December, joining Mission Loan and Mission Thrift to form three consecutive empty properties on the 2300 block of Mission. Photo by Sarah Trent.A business “might flourish for 10 to 15 years,” said Louis Cornejo, a real estate broker in the Mission. “But then people get tired of going.” It fails, and another idea can replace it. But he understands why vacancies can be viewed as a blight: “We’re looking for beauty, and an empty storefront is not that.”A certain amount of vacancies is normal and healthy, said David Baker, an architect based in the Mission. But “sometimes, when a neighborhood is changing and rents are being raised, it becomes harder for small retail” to stay in business. This can lead to more vacancies in a place like the Mission, because “we have a very complex idea of what retail is appropriate,” he said. If a business does not meet the requirements, spaces often remain vacant.“Even though I would like to see certain businesses never die, businesses have a lifespan,” according to Baker. “You can kind of slow the tide and the tide is gonna come in. The best you can do is guide it.”Fewer’s proposed legislation might lead to fewer vacancies if property owners want to avoid paying annual registration fees, but the end result could be the same as under current law: Property owners simply might not register.Fewer’s office is drafting an amendment to the proposed legislation that would require “property owners to submit a report showing they’ve had the property inspected” by a licensed professional if the property is still vacant after a year, said Boilard. This would be an out-of-pocket expense for property owners, in addition to re-registering annually. Rethinking zoning, beyond refilling a space with retail and streamlined permitting, would be complementary strategies that could lead property owners to fill empty spaces, Boilard added.That, Cornejo said, would be helpful. “Office isn’t active use,” Cornejo said, referring to the city’s hesitancy to approve office spaces for ground-floor vacancies because they are typically not open for a community’s use. “But neither is a vacant store.” It’s a loophole in the existing legislation that Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer wants to close with her proposed bill on vacancies.Her legislation, introduced in December, will likely be considered by the Board of Supervisors in early February. And with six co-sponsors , Fewer’s office feels “confident that there’s a lot of support,” according to Chelsea Boilard, a legislative aide in Fewer’s office. In the meantime, the Building Inspection Commission’s Code Advisory Committee has given it a thumbs-up, provided a few small adjustments are made to the language. If approved, it would remove the 270-day grace period, require annual inspections at the owner’s expense if a space is not filled within a year of being vacated, and charge four times the registration fee if the vacancy is not registered within 30 days of the site becoming empty.If a building is vacant, “it will be considered vacant, regardless of putting up a sign,” said Ian Fregosi, another legislative aide in Fewer’s office. He explained that some building owners currently put a for sale or lease sign on vacancies to avoid registering, even if they do not intend to put it on the market.But even if the updated legislation is approved, it would require enforcement — something that existing vacancy requirements do not have. 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ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has confirmed a clean bill of health for his squad going into this weekend’s International Origin opener against the Exiles at Langtree Park on Saturday, kick off 6.45pm.The vast majority of the squad reported to the team’s Loughborough headquarters on Monday, with the exception of the Wigan Warriors contingent who are returning from France after victory over Catalan Dragons at the weekend and the Huddersfield Giants’ trio Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Leroy Cudjoe who are in Stobart Super League action against Hull KR this evening at the Galpharm Stadium.“All the players, with the exception of the Huddersfield boys, who play tonight, have come through without any problems from the weekend’s matches,” said McNamara.“It is pleasing that we have a healthy group throughout the week and we can select from a full strength squad.”Meanwhile, Hull FC hooker Danny Houghton has withdrawn from the England Knights squad for family reasons and the Knights medical team will assess St Helens’ Jonny Lomax after the half back sustained a shoulder injury in Saints 54-0 victory over Bradford Bulls last Friday.Tickets for the opening fixture at Langtree Park, St Helens, on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm) are on sale with details here.
DEPSITE having half as many top age group players the Saints showed just what guts, determination, pride in the jersey and not a little talent can do for you in an eight try 44-24 demolition at Langtree on Saturday which handed the visitors their first defeat of the season, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints were determined to reverse the recent past at this level and started the game in that fashion with two tries in an explosive opening five minutes.A great defensive set meant the opposition kicking from deep resulting in poor distance. The Saints pounded the line but a neat grubber from Danny Richardson on the last broke free and he followed up to dive on the loose ball for the try.The second again came from a forced error dropped ball on the 30 metre line. Olly Davies eventually took Lewis Fairhurst’s short ball beating the cover to the corner.Saints first mistake unfortunately cost them a try as an early tackle knock on was picked up and four tackles later the winger scored in the corner.The visitors took the lead with two tries in as many minutes around the half hour mark. Poor play gifted possession to the visitors and the Saints found themselves behind in a match they had been dominating for large periods.They showed their mettle as they regrouped under the posts, came back with renewed vigour and were rewarded with a try on the stroke of oranges. Big drives from perpetual motion man Matty Lees and Liam Cooper put the Saints under the sticks on the last and Morgan Knowles got the first of his brace collecting Richardson grubber to score. Lewis Fairhurst’s third of the half made the lead for at the break.The second half was a completely different affair as the Saints refocused on the game plan and strangled the visitors out of the game.Great kicking from Richardson and Fairhurst gave the Saints three repeat sets on the opposition try line. The line was finally breached with a bit of individual brilliance from Fairhurst. On the last he dummied outside before scooting through the line. The ball was knocked out of his grasp but he regathered and touched down for a deserved score.The visitors briefly threatened with their fourth try but this was immediately cancelled out as the Saints regained control. Regan Grace finally slipped his shackles with a 30 metre break down the middle earning himself a penalty in the process. Drives from Ross MacCauley, Joe Ryan and Aaron Smith put the Saints inches away and from the play the ball Knowles went over for his second.Grace got a try of his own as he finished off a great move bravely diving in at the corner after a fine tip on from his centre Matty Fleming.From the kick off the Saints were denied a clean break as Fleming was deemed to have obstructed the defence as Smith went through a yawning gap with clear green grass ahead of him and Grace screaming up on his outside.Normal service was resumed though as yet another repeat set and punishing drives from Ryan and MacCauley allowed Fleming to cross on the left.The final try in the last minute was the game in a microcosm as a big defensive effort forced a repeat set and four tackles later Smith dove over unopposed for the Saints eighth score of the game.This was a fabulous team performance from a young Saints side that showed real team spirit. The visitors couldn’t cope with the Saints second half possession rate of 95% and in the end were sick of the sight of MacCauley, Ryan, Lees and Chris Worrall ploughing through them. Couple that with Smith and the lively Josh Eaves at hooker, with Fairhurst and Richardson supplying possession for the speed and power of the backs out wide and the Saints have a team which must be taken seriously by anybody they face.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Matty Fleming, Regan Grace, Lewis Fairhurst, Aaron Smith, Danny Richardson, Olly Davies, Morgan Knowles 2.Goals: Lewis Fairhurst 5, Danny Richardson.Wigan U19s:Tries: David Thompson, Luke Waterworth, Liam Parsley, Jake Moore, Gabriel Fell.Goals: Jake Shorrocks 2.Half Time: 18-14Full Time: 44-24Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Matty Fleming, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Lewis Fairhurst; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Liam Cooper, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Chris Worrall, 16. Lewis Hatton, 17. Matty Lees.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 5. Tom Davies, 4. Jack Higginson, 3. Oliver Gildart, 2. David Thompson; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Craig Mullen; 8. Joe Bretherton, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Brad Lawrence, 11. Jack Wells, 12. MacCauley Davies, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 16. Max Dudley, 17. Kieran Sharrett, 18. Liam Parsley, 19. Jake Moore.
SALFORD seek their first away with at St Helens for more than 30 years when the two sides meet on Friday.Saints won all 15 matches at Knowsley Road since 1997, one game at Widnes’ Stobart Stadium in 2011 and four at Langtree Park (2012-2015).Salford last won in St Helens on January 12 1980 (18-17).The Saints have won 31 consecutive home meetings between the sides since then.2016 Meeting:Salford 44, St Helens 10 (SLR2, 11/2/16)Super League Summary:St Helens won 33Salford won 5Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)Salford highest score: 44-10 (H, 2016) (also widest margin)Head to HeadSaintsSalford Red DevilsTries5462Goals4849Metres1612815390Breaks6274Tackles40304152Penalties99104Try-Scoring Runs:Salford’s Junior Sa’u (3-3-2) has scored tries in his side’s last three matches.Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game having registered points in St Helens’ last 27 matches.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 142 = Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 134 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils) 116 = Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Kevin Penny (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 1010 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Joe Greenwood (St Helens), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves) 9Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 522 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 483 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 474 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 446 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 437 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 408 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 319 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 2910 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 26Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 88.46 (23/26)2 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 84.61 (44/52)3 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 81.03 (47/58)4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 80.00 (52/65)5 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 78.57 (44/56)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 78.18 (43/55)7 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)8 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 73.84 (48/65)9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 73.80 (31/42)10 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 73.07 (19/26)Points:1 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1322 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1123 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1114 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1045 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1006 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 927 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 918 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 729 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 7010 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 60
KEIRON Cunningham says Saints are focused and can’t wait for the derby this Friday.His charges head into the clash with Wigan on the back of four wins and with the top four a real possibility at the end of the regular season.“These are always big games and because we have come off the back of some good wins it means a little more to us to get over the finish line on Friday night,” he said. “There isn’t any extra motivation needed for these games, it is an eagerly anticipated match.“All we can do is take care of ourselves. We can’t influence the variables away from our games. The boys are working hard and getting the rewards they deserve.“The players are working as hard now as they did back then. Sometimes things just click and as the confidence amongst the group gets better passes stick and the attack looks more clinical. The old adage that you make your own luck is true and we have found a little bit of that along the way.”Saints came through the win over Huddersfield in good shape and are likely to go with a similar 19-man squad this week.“Apart from the usual bumps and bruises we came through ok.” Keiron continued. “Wigan have had an extra day or two on us but we haven’t done too badly on the back of short turnarounds this year.“Luke (Walsh) came through ok and I thought the two half backs, with Jon Wilkin through the middle, worked for us on Sunday. The captain was brilliant and it was one of his best games for a while. He looked after the middle well.“The fans were sensational on Sunday too. There was a period in the second half when we defended five or six sets that they lifted us and brought us home.“They have been phenomenal. It helps when you are winning but they have helped us turn the corner.”Although the focus is on the permutations for the top four at the end of the regular season, there is effectively eight games remaining for sides to cement their place in the Semi Finals.Saints could finish fourth or fifth heading into the Super 8s, with the former bringing an extra home game.“I suppose everyone is fighting not to go to Catalan,” Keiron continued. “We would love to finish fourth at the end of the regular season but it is a case of staying as close as we can to the top four. We know what we have to do and we are working hard to get there.“I told the players that when you come through a bumpy period wins bring relief and from there comes self-belief. We are in a good place but could we be better? Of course we could and we are working hard to get there. We are working to improve for Friday and for the weeks after that.“We will have a crack at all the teams above us in the Super 8s. There will be plenty of points won and lost for all teams as there are too many good sides in this competition.“The more form we carry into the back end of the year the better it will be.”Tickets for Friday’s derby remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Dr. Keith Duclos, an educational programs consultant for NASA,is introducing educational products to Brunswick County schools.“This is what the office of education at NASA does. It serves american educators both in the formal communities like the K-12 schools and informal communities, museums,” Duclos said.Because the solar eclipse is almost here this is a unique chance for educators. Dr. Duclos is using the eclipse as a fun way to meet with 200 educators at Brunswick County Academy.Related Article: North Carolina university to address racism allegations“Give them their solar glasses and talk to them about what science is and how to extend it into the classroom,” Duclos said.He is going to be showing how to use hands-on applications to bring back to the classroom. This will give students a better example of using math and science in real-life situations.“Introduce them to what NASA can do for them in their classroom by way of educational products like hands-on activities,” Duclos said.Dr. Duclos is not stopping with just Brunswick County.“It would be our hope to springboard from this kind of an event tomorrow to additional districts like New Hanover and the state of North Carolina as well,” Duclos said.Dr. Duclos is excited for tomorrow. Teachers will arrive at the school around 1 p.m., and he is bringing them solar glasses so they can all watch the eclipse. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One NASA education consultant is excited for tomorrow’s eclipse, but for a different reason.NASA is taking off in North Carolina classrooms.- Advertisement –