The Labour left slate won almost all the London re

first_imgThe Labour left slate won almost all the London regional board positions up for election, it was revealed at Labour London conference this weekend.Unite activist Jim Kelly and Tottenham’s Seema Chandwani were elected as chair and vice-chair respectively, while other left-wing activists including Claudia Webbe and Apsana Begum became local party representatives.The slate of candidates backed by Momentum won all positions except one in ‘Section 7’ (the London Assembly constituencies of Barnet & Camden and Brent & Harrow), which went to Jewish Labour Movement activist Izzy Lenga, and that of disabilities officer, taken by Unite-backed Sean McGovern over Momentum-endorsed Robert Lugg.Labour’s regional boards are key to ensuring that internal procedures – appeals on selections and disciplinary cases – are conducted fairly. In London, the elected officials also play an important role in shortlisting Great London Assembly (GLA) candidates.Corbynsceptics will now be concerned that London mayor Sadiq Khan could face a hostile Labour group in 2020, and that decisions on issues such as rerunning local party AGMs and membership application appeals will not go in their favour.There was some controversy over the socialist society place, as the Fabian Society, which has the largest vote in the section, took the seat off the Jewish Labour Movement. It was won by Fabian staffer Alex Sanderson rather than JLM’s Peter Mason, who tweeted that they had “asked @thefabians for solidarity, sadly they chose not to give it”.There were few contentious motions. One on climate change, moved by Hackney North CLP, endorsed “halting airport expansion” (which particularly applies to Heathrow). It only narrowly passed: Unite and GMB voted against, while Unison voted in favour along with smaller unions.The emergency motion to “Stop Tory Brexit damaging London’s communities” was approved with almost 80% votes in favour. It urged MPs to extend Article 50 and vote for a ratification referendum including a ‘Remain’ option.Below is the full list of London Labour regional board election results.Chair: Jim KellyVice-chair: Seema ChandwaniBAME officer: Taranjit ChanaLGBT officer: Lucio BuffoneDisabilities officer: Sean McGovernWomen’s officer: Alison McGarryNational policy forum: Adrian Weir, Elly BakerCLP reps:Section 1 – London Assembly constituencies of South-West (Hounslow, Kingston, Richmond) and Ealing & Hillingdon: Rheian Davies and Ranjeev WaliaSection 2 – London Assembly constituencies of West Central (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) and Merton & Wandsworth: Francis Prideaux and Fay DowkerSection 3 – London Assembly constituencies of Lambeth & Southwark and Croydon & Sutton: Sam Green and James McAshSection 4 – London Assembly constituencies of Greenwich & Lewisham and Bexley & Bromley: Munir Malik and Dorinda DuncanSection 5 – London Assembly constituencies of City & East (City, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham) and Havering & Redbridge: Bob Littlewood and Apsana BegumSection 6 – London Assembly constituencies of North-East (Hackney, Islington, Waltham Forest and Enfield and Haringey: Emina Ibrahim and Claudia WebbeSection 7 – London Assembly constituencies of Barnet & Camden and Brent & Harrow: Jumbo Chan and Izzy LengaCAC (conference arrangements committee): Hasib Baber, Theresa Byrne, Kathryn JohnsonSocialist societies: Alex SandersonCo-operative Party: Ria Bernard, Joe SimpsonTrade unions: Chris Clarke, Sonya Davis, Paul Embery, Maggi Ferncombe, Danny Freeman, Dean Gilligan, Michelle Gordon, Yvonne Green, Mary Hanson, Andy Hearn, James Mitchell, Niamh O’Brady, Anu Prasher, Alan TateTags:London Labour /London Labour regional board /Seema Chandwani /Jim Kelly /last_img read more

New Galería de la Raza exhibit on Queer art bridges generations

first_img Tags: arts • Galería de la Raza • LGBT • mexico Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In Ester Hernández’s print “La Ofrenda,” displayed in the Galería de la Raza on 24th Street, a woman holds out a rose to a the Virgin of Guadalupe, who’s tattooed onto the back of another woman.“This artist is offering a rose both to the Virgin of Guadalupe, but also to her lover,” exhibit co-curator Ed McCaughan said. “This was incredibly controversial when she created it in 1990. She got a lot of backlash.” The work by Hernández is  just one of many by queer Mexican and Mexican-American artists displayed in Galería de la Raza’s new show, “Queerly Tèhuäntin/Cuir Us,” which opened Friday, Aug. 11.Galería de la Raza’s Executive Director Ani Rivera and McCaughan, a former professor at California State University, San Francisco, and the author of Art and Social Movements: Cultural Politics in Mexico and Aztlán, began planning the gallery’s new exhibit a couple of years ago over shots of tequila. Their goal was to bring together queer-identified artists from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and from both older and younger generations. 0%center_img The pieces mix traditional and radical cultural elements to create images that are both familiar and off-putting.In Joey Terrill’s pop-art-inspired “Still-life with Viracept,” H.I.V. pills sit on a table among everyday products, including Arm & Hammer detergent and a Warhol-styled banana. In Felix D’Eon’s digital illustrations, scenes involving male lovers reappropriate classic Mexican advertisements and imagery from the 19th century.Gabriel García Román’s “queer icon” collage series gives queer activists saint-like attributes. Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s “The Formaldehyde Trip” video follows a representation activist, Bety Cariño, as she makes her way through the underworld. McCaughan, a social scientist by trade, started doing research on revolutionary movements in Mexico in the 1970s. He wrote a book about the role of art in Mexican activist movements and, in the process, began learning about gay and lesbian artists in Mexico.A few decades ago, there was no public place for some of the artists in the show – such as Mexican photographer Yolanda Andrade —  to exhibit their work, McCaughan said.  The galleries wouldn’t have them, so they ended up showing their pieces in people’s private homes. Queer artists in Mexico still face obstacles today. When McCaughan and Rivera went to Mexico City in search of younger generations of artists, McCaughan said they quickly hit a barrier.“We just hit wall after wall of sexism,” McCaughan said. “The young gay men saying, ‘Oh, there really aren’t any interesting lesbian artists. Lesbians don’t really know how to express their sexuality,’ which we just knew could not possibly be true.”Even as recently as 2014, Rincón Gallardo and another woman artist received backlash when they created a revisionist history of Mexico’s gay and lesbian movement in a museum exhibit celebrating gay pride.“They got so much flack, including outlandish threats on social media, because the guys were just so offended they had dared to not just sort of tell the same story that’s told every year about, you know, the three main men who founded the organizations,” McCaughan said.It was by chance that McCaughan and Rivera found the artist Rurru Mipanochia at Artspace Mexico, a Mexico City gallery run by two gay men. Some of Mipanochia’s bright pen-and-marker drawings depict the Tlazolteotl, a gender-fluid Aztec deity who represents sexuality. McCaughan said they fell in love with the work and, via the gallery, got in touch with the artist.Somewhere between 200 and 250 people showed up for the exhibit’s opening on Friday, Aug. 11. McCaughan said he was touched by responses from younger attendees.“For a while we were calling [the exhibit] ‘Queerly Mexican,’” McCaughan said. “And, interestingly, in the conversation with the interns and staff here at Galería, … it wasn’t working for them. Mexican wasn’t enough for them to encompass who they feel that they are.” It was too nationalistic. Chicano didn’t work either — too old-school for the younger generation.One of Galería de la Raza’s interns brought up the word “Tèhuäntin.” It’s a word in Nahuatl, an indigenous Mexican language, that means “us.” And because some Spanish speakers have adopted the word “cuir” as a Hispanicized version of “queer,” they added that in, too.“I wasn’t totally sure how much the younger crowd was going to relate to some of the work, and particularly to some of the issues that were older,” McCaughan said. But many approached the organizers to thank them for the exhibit, according to McCaughan, and for the history it uncovered. last_img read more

SAINTS Superstore and wwwsaintssuperstorecom are

first_imgSAINTS Superstore and www.saintssuperstore.com are holding a Mega Sale with hundreds of items now reduced in price.As the Saints look ahead to the challenge of facing Wigan on their own patch this weekend, why not take this chance to deck yourself out in official merchandise to show your colours.Retro shirts priced from just £5, T-shirts from just 50p and polos and jackets from just £5, are just a few of the lines that have been flying out the door.ISC Trainingwear reductions of up to Half Price, plus Kooga Training wear and protection all at half price are certain to be snapped up fast. Get yourself down to the store and grab yourself a bargain today. Whilst stocks last!last_img

SAINTS showed all the spirit and battling qualitie

first_imgSAINTS showed all the spirit and battling qualities that took them to a Championship last season in a 21-14 victory over Castleford Tigers.Tenacious in defence with all hands to the pump at times, they turned away attack after attack and even scored when Kyle Amor was sinbinned in the second half.It was that attitude and commitment for the cause – after a week of such emotion – that saw them top the Super League table.Keiron Cunningham was forced to make one change in his starting 13 through injury – Jordan Turner missing out with concussion. Josh Jones moved into the centres to cover whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook stepped off the bench and into the loose-forward berth.Castleford had the better of the early stages – a break down the right-hand side finally being quelled on the left by Atelea Vea.Saints toiled until Jon Wilkin’s high bomb was knocked on by Jordan Tansey on ten minutes.Greenwood and Amor went close but fast hands saw Adam Swift for his first of the season.Five minutes later Castleford got into Saints’ 20 following a handling error – but they pushed the pass with the line begging.The visitors continued to force chances from Saints’ errors and had one chalked off by the video referee for being held up over the line and another for a forward pass.Cunningham’s men had played the majority of the opening 30 minutes in their own half – but looked dangerous on the break and should have done better when Percival found space on the left.And the centre had one chalked off for a knock on on 34 minutes.Saints weren’t going to give one up though and onceTravis Burns forced a drop out, Jonny Lomax’ dancing feet broke the line and he found Tommy Makinson in acres of space.10-0 to the good Saints needed a solid start to the second half – and they got it.In the 42nd minute, a clearing kick was fielded by Justin Carney and he inexplicably overthrew a pass in his own twenty that Josh Jones scooped up to make it 14-0.Saints should have turned the screw further in the moments after increasing their lead and they were punished.A simple short side pass saw Justin Carney evade the cover defence in the 48 minute to cut the advantage to ten points.Three minutes later Gale chipped to the corner and Carney grabbed his second – although there was more than a hint of offside in the score.That hint being a couple of yards.If that decision seemed harsh then the one that saw Kyle Amor given ten minutes was deemed, by the home fans anyway, a lot worse – the big man sinbinned for a dangerous tackle on Tansey.Saints were annoyed and it showed. They put in some big hits and when given then chance scored again.And it was a piece of genius from Mark Percival.Fed the ball a few metres out and under severe pressure, he got his body in a wonderful position to put down right in the corner.Saints defended two sets on their line and then Walmsley – who was outstanding all night – cleared the lines. That burst and more solid defence set Saints up back in Cas’ 20 and Jon Wilkin duly dropped a goal.Cas never gave up though and were rewarded when Luke Gale’s reverse kick was collected by Tansey under the posts.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Swift, Makinson, Jones, PercivialGoals: Percival (2 from 4)Drop: WilkinTigers: Tries: Carney (2), TanseyGoals: Gale (1 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 6Tigers: 7HT: 10-0FT: 21-14REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 10,066Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.Tigers:22. Jordan Tansey; 20. Denny Solomona, 23. Michael Channing, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Justin Carney; 21. Liam Finn, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Andy Lynch, 17. Scott Moore, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 16. Junior Moors, 13. Nathan Massey.Subs: 9. Adam Milner, 12. Matt Cook, 15. Ryan Boyle, 24. Mike McMeeken.last_img read more

THE Betfred Super League gets underway tonight whe

first_imgTHE Betfred Super League gets underway tonight when Saints host Leeds Rhinos.The game kicks off at 8pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium and you can follow it LIVE with us.Log on to our Official Match Centre for all the latest from the game and you can interact with like-minded fans at our Official Facebook Page throughout the match.Also, don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter too.#saintsasonelast_img

Opioid epidemic increasing foster care numbers

first_img As a foster parent, Klinefelter sees first-hand, the effects opioids and other substances have on children.In North Carolina, the opioid epidemic drove up the number of children going into foster care from 2016 to 2017. In New Hanover County, more than 41% of children in foster care were taken from their homes because of a parent’s substance abuse problem.Klinefelter says this isn’t shocking.Related Article: Program launched to help pregnant women, new moms with opioid use“I was initially sad, but being a foster parent, don’t think ill of me, but I wasn’t totally surprised with that percentage,” Klinefelter said.The Department of Social Services deals with this issue day in and day out. Wanda Marino with DSS says when they saw an increase, they questioned the cause.“When we started talking about it in the agency as well as looking at it with, for example with the hospital, New Hanover Regional, we had a lot more reports from the hospital of babies that were born and they were positive for opioids as well as other substances,” Marino said.So far, as of the 2017 to 2018 year, the rate has gone down, and Marino hopes it continues to trend that way.“I know that we’re in a county that we all work together and we have resources and we’re building those resources. We’re not putting our head in the sand, so to speak. So yes, I do believe we can get to that point,” Marino said.Bladen and Pender Counties were just over 25%. Columbus County hit 42% and Brunswick County came in at 58%.If you would like to donate and help foster parents click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new report by NC child reveals that thousands of children throughout the state were put into the foster care system because of opioids. More than 100 are in New Hanover County.“We have had 20 kids in our home and majority of them have been placed in our home because parents are fighting substance use disorder,” foster parent Emily Klinefelter said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington dad bods join forces to find a cure for rare disease

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Dad bod.” It’s a body type that is often overlooked, but there are a few dad bods in our neck of the woods who are gearing up to put themselves to good use.A few shameless dad bods are getting together this weekend to raise money for a great cause, that’s finding a cure to a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne’s.- Advertisement – “It’s a beauty pageant for chubby guys,” said Wally Simpson.Wally and Louise Simpson are choosing to see the light even in one of the darkest situations imaginable by hosting the dad bod strut at Ironclad Brewery on Saturday.Three years ago their son, David, or “Super Dave,” was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy that is currently without a cure.Related Article: WWAY gearing up for 2019 Senior Expo“We’re raising funds and awareness for a group called parent project Muscular Dystrophy. PPMD is one of the leading organizations that helps raise awareness and funds for donations and genetic research and therapies and drugs to come to market for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”Ironclad’s staff is almost as excited as the contestants.“We generally do a lot of weddings and company things like that, but it’s better to give back to the community. We like to be a main supporter and endorser for local Wilmington as well as for people who can’t really get their voice out,” explained Laren Avery, the Director of Operations at Ironclad Brewery.If you are interested in strutting your stuff this Saturday, get more information here.last_img read more

Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on historical markers

first_img The only evidence of the marker’s former location is the post atop which it has sat since being dedicated in 1992 and a broken fragment of the sign.Ansley Wegner, director of the N.C. State Historical Marker program, said it is likely due to Florence but there’s no way to know for certain unless it turns up.“If it got knocked down in the hurricane, someone probably took it and hung it in their (house),” she said.Related Article: Blue Ribbon Run aims to raise awareness of colorectal cancerRead more here. The day after Hurricane Florence hit the region in September 2018, the Thalian Hall historical marker was found nearly toppled at its location on North Third Street. (Photo: StarNews) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — Six months after Hurricane Florence blew through the region, a possible victim of the storm’s wrath is missing.It was discovered this week that the state historical marker dedicated to Lumina Pavilion, the entertainment venue that drew thousands to Wrightsville Beach between 1905 and the 1960s, has disappeared from its post on Waynick Boulevard near The Oceanic.- Advertisement – last_img read more

BlackBerrys BBM has come to Windows Phone initially in an open beta

first_imgAdvertisement Finally, BlackBerry’s messaging service has landed on Windows Phone, after  teasing the launch of its BBM messaging service on Windows Phone back in February.Users can finally get their hands on a beta version, the company announced today.The app boasts a native experience that makes use of the Windows Phone user interface and focuses on three areas: Contacts, Chats and Feeds. Swiping left and right will move you between the three pages, while common actions are found at the bottom of the page, and additional controls can be accessed in the menu through the button with three dots. – Advertisement – One of the more unique features BBM for Windows Phone has is the ability to pin a contact to the Start menu for easy access — when you select that BBM contact right from the Start menu, you’ll be taken directly to a chat window with them.Users can chat with one or many BBM contacts and have the ability to share pictures, voice notes, contacts and location. However, the beta version is still lacking stickers which BlackBerry introduced earlier this year,  BBM Voice, BBM Channels and location sharing powered by Glympse.However, BlackBerry says these will be landing in the “coming months.”There is also a feature known as BBM Groups, which not only has a private group chat, but a shared photo album where group members can chat about pictures, as well as shared calendars and shared lists.BBM features feeds too, which lets you see when contacts update their status or profile photo (think Facebook updates in a chat app). If you want to chat with your friends about their latest updates, you just have to tap on their name to be redirected to a chat.BlackBerry is opening up the beta version of BBM for Windows Phone so users can test it and provide feedback, but if you’re waiting for the full release, the company advises you to wait “just a bit longer.”BBM was rolled out for iOS and Android devices in October last year, with BlackBerry saying it hit over 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours. However, the company seems to be fighting a losing battle as it joins the game so late. When iOS and Android became the dominant forces in mobile, BlackBerry didn’t speedily bring BBM over to its two competing platforms — and saw a ton of chat alternatives pop up instead.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Facebook Brings Gameroom for Windows PC

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook has announced Gameroom; a Windows PC desktop client that lets you play games, much like Steam, GOG Galaxy, Origin, Windows Store, and Uplay, among others.Gameroom let users play web games, mobile ports, and native Gameroom games in a dedicated PC app without the distractions that come with being on Facebook proper such as its news feed.Right now though, there appear very few benefits to using Gameroom over other existing options for users barring cross-platform support – allowing you to play a game such as Game of Dice on your mobile and then carrying it over to your desktop via Gameroom. – Advertisement – Nonetheless, Facebook’s re-entry into the gaming space comes at an interesting time. The PC has grown from strength to strength on the back of massive hits such as Minecraft, Dota 2, League of Legends, The Witcher 3, GTA V, and Fallout 4 to name a few. Facebook could find its niche in the casual space or at least it attempts to do so with a line up of games including Bubble Witch Saga 2, Cooking Mama, and Criminal Case to name a few. No surprise considering the maximum file size for a game is no more than 200MB with special exceptions going all the way upto 500MB.source: Gadgets 360last_img read more