The amendments on the meaningful vote today were subject to the Speaker selecting them. This afternoon, John Bercow decided not to select any of the amendments thought to have gained approval within government, in a move that will only make his poor relations with the executive even worse, if that is possible.The Commons speaker opted to select the following four amendments:Jeremy Corbyn, Labour (A): rejects May’s deal in favour of Labour’s alternative plan including customs union membership; Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative (B): asks the government to withdraw from the Withdrawal Agreement if the EU will not remove the backstop;John Baron, Conservative (F): approves the deal only if the UK can exit the backstop unilaterally;Ian Blackford, SNP (K): rejects May’s deal and calls for extension of Article 50.They will be taken in the following order: A, K, B, F.Read the full text of all the amendments on the order paper here. Speaker Bercow today decided not to select the Brexit amendment tabled by the ‘inbetweener’ Labour MPs who have gone back and forth on whether to vote for Theresa May’s deal. The change, which aimed to guarantee workers’ rights and environmental protections in a future relationship with the EU, was thought to have the support of government.Although they laid down an amendment that would only take effect if the meaningful vote passed, not all the signatories intended to vote for May’s deal tonight. The amendment related to the political declaration section of May’s divorce deal, i.e. the non-legally binding part. It was therefore considered to be a starting point for negotiations between MPs and the executive on future trade arrangements, rather than a way of helping May win support for her deal now.However, the amendment did represent significant efforts to build bridges between Downing Street and Labour MPs on Brexit. Despite being shot down by the Labour leadership, as Corbyn’s office noted that the proposals were non-binding and other critics such as IPPR’s Tom Kibasi pointed out that the Withdrawal Agreement already includes non-regression clauses on rights, the amendment could have marked the beginning of further talks between the government and opposition members.Amendment ‘P’ was laid down by the following MPs:John Mann (will vote for May’s deal)Gareth Snell (will vote against May’s deal)Caroline Flint (unconfirmed)Lisa Nandy (will vote against May’s deal)Frank Field (will vote for May’s deal; now sits as an Independent)Jim Fitzpatrick (will vote for May’s deal)The full text of the amendment:At end, add “agrees with paragraph 79 of the Political Declaration that the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition and that provisions to ensure this should cover state aid, competition, social and employment standards, environmental standards, climate change, and relevant tax matters, building on the level playing field arrangements provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement and commensurate with the overall economic relationship; and determines not to allow the UK leaving the EU to result in any lowering after exit day of common EU UK standards provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement in relation to employment, environmental protection and health and safety which will continue to protect the wellbeing of every person in this country; and determines that the government should invite the House to consider any measure approved by EU institutions after exit day which strengthens any of these protections.”
IT’S been a busy week for Royce Simmons, his team and Saints Media Department ahead of the Grand Final.As well as the plethora of TV, Radio and Newspaper interviews, Sky Sports and Granada have filmed training and Sky Sports News covered a community training session today.Trans World Sport, one of the world’s most popular sports programmes, which is broadcasted in over 180 countries and to 300 million homes, will also feature the club in this week’s programme. The show will be available on the Sky Sports platform later this week.Saints Fanzone has video and audio clips building up to the final and the main site alongside Saints Official Facebook and Twitter sites will be the places to be ahead of the big game.And, England coach Steve McNamara, along with the Super League trophy, will be in London on Thursday promoting this Saturday’s Engage Super League Grand Final, when St Helens take on Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.McNamara will be on a whistlestop tour of the capital visiting many of the national media outlets. He will feature live on BBC Breakfast on BBC 1 and BBC News Channel, BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast, BBC Radio Four Today Programme and there will be cameo appearances on TalkSPORT’s afternoon programme and Sky Sports News. His day will be capped off as a live guest on one of the UK’s most popular radio shows BBC Radio Two’s Simon Mayo Show from 6.30pm.Meanwhile, BBC Radio Five Live Sport will broadcast live from Old Trafford on Saturday. The popular sports radio show, hosted by Mark Chapman, will broadcast in full for the first time from BBC’s new home MediaCityUK in Salford and also live from Old Trafford with the match being broadcast in full.In addition, Five Live Sport will have a full preview of the Grand Final on Thursday night from 7.30pm with guests from both St Helens, including assistant coach Keiron Purtill, and Leeds on the programme.Sky Sports will commence their coverage of the Super League Grand Final on Saturday from 5pm with a full hour build up to the big kick off and for the first time the Grand Final will be shown on Sky 3D.Tickets for the 2011 Engage Super League Grand Final cost from just £21 and are available by calling the Saints Ticket Office on 01744 455 052 or by calling into Saints Town Centre Store in the Brownlow Arcade.
NATHAN Brown says Widnes Vikings are a side to be reckoned with this season.Saints will travel to the Select Stadium tomorrow to face Denis Betts’ resurgent side.And although both teams head into the game on the back of a rare loss, the match is set to be a cracker.“They attack well and challenge you right across the park,” Brown said. “Denis has them going well.”Saints and Widnes will ring the changes after a bruising derbies on Friday.Both coaches also have one eye on next weekend’s big Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round ties.Leeds host Saints whilst Widnes travel to Salford.“The reality is we’re both in the same boat and have a cup game coming up,” Brown continued. “We have plans in place for the Easter weekend but we’ll have to see who pulls up.“There are a number of players who need to play on Monday and play well. There are a number of people who need to get out there and put in a good performance so they then can go into the Leeds game with plenty of confidence.“Thankfully, us and Widnes and Leeds are in same boat when it comes to choosing our teams.”
NATHAN Brown wants Saints to continue their good run of form when they face Warrington at the Magic Weekend this Sunday.His side head into the contest just a point behind Leeds on the Super League ladder having scored 17 tries in their last two games.And he expects nothing but a massive clash.“We’re looking forward to the game against Warrington,” he said. “It is a big occasion on a big field against a big team. It will be a real challenge and we will be going there wanting to put in a big performance.“They have experienced personnel and over the last four to five years when they haven’t won a trophy they have been in a Grand Final. They are a quality side and like us have been playing younger players too. It will be good to see those guys going against each other.“This is an important game so for us.”Saints expect to welcome back Jordan Turner for the game – and Brown also indicated the squad would be similar to the one that beat Bradford 50-0.“I was pleased with that result,” he added. “We’ve worked hard in the last few weeks and focused hard on our defence and how we can improve it. To keep Bradford to nil was pleasing.“We’ve scored some nice tries recently and if you look at the year as a whole our attack has gone reasonably well but it is the defence that has let us down.“If you look at the ‘for’ column on the ladder, ourselves, Leeds and Wigan have a reasonably similar attack but in defence Leeds are better than everyone.“If we want to compete with them then that is an area we need to be much better in. On the weekend things worked out well but now we have to get some consistency.“For the first six weeks our defence was as good as anyone’s, then we have had a month when things haven’t been good enough. Leeds have had that consistency.”Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by logging on here or by calling 01744 455 052.
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Rocky Point man is in jail charged with dozens of child sex crimes in two counties.According to a news release the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Kure Beach Police Department in New Hanover County began investigating Jason Lee Ramsey, 39, after getting a report from the alleged victim.- Advertisement – Kure Beach Police charged Ramsey with indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape. Ramsey is scheduled to make a first appearance in New Hanover County Court Monday on the Kure Beach charges.Pender County investigators have also charged him with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, four counts of statutory sex offense and 36 counts of indecent liberties with a child. He is due in court in Pender County Tuesday to face those charges.Ramsey is in custody in the Pender County Jail under $2.1 million bond.Related Article: Judge scolds man for laughing about gross salsa violationThe sheriff’s office says the investigation continues.
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An 8-month long undercover investigation led to a high-speed chase that ended in a Columbus County cornfield.According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, they discovered Michael Tyrone Brown, 34, was bringing marijuana in from Georgia.- Advertisement – Officials say Brown ran off the road, collided with a ditch and drove through a corn field before stopping.The sheriff’s office says he had a large duffel bag containing 25 pounds of marijuana.Brown face charges including:Related Article: Man strikes ‘Karate Kid’ pose before reportedly stealing purse1 count of Felony Flee to Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle2 counts of Felony Trafficking in Marijuana1 count of Misdemeanor Injury to Trees/Crops/LandsFailure to Stop for a Stop Sign/ Flashing Red LightDriving Left of CenterFictitious/Altered Title/Registration Card/TagDriving While License RevokedBrown’s passenger, Tabor Eilene Moss, is charged with two counts of Felony Trafficking in Marijuana.They are being held in the Columbus County Detention Center. Brown’s bond is $60,000. Moss’s bond is $50,000.
Shanahan said officers took Tew-Creech into custody early Thursday morning for active drug warrants from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. He said Tew-Creech was also in possession of heroin during the time of arrest.Shanahan said Tew-Creech was then transported to the Pender County magistrate’s office. While at the magistrate’s office, the chief said Tew-Creech was placed on a secured bond. A release order was given to the Surf City Police Officer who was waiting in the lobby to turn the prisoner over to the jailer when Tew-Creech ran.Shanahan said Tew-Creech had no known history of violence.Related Article: Southport police officer appears in court, affidavit reveals more detailsThe Surf City Police Department says they are currently reviewing all known facts surrounding this incident to see if proper policy and procedures were followed.The Surf City Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, and the Burgaw Police Department all assisted in the incident.His charges including Resisting, obstruct and delay of officer, driving while license revoked, possession drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin.His bond is currently $35,000, according the jail’s website. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Police say the man who escaped from officers while being booked in jail this morning is now back in custody.Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan said at approximately 1:15 p.m., officials with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office located Christopher Scott Tew-Creech near the 4000 block of Stag Park Road.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This weeks Pet Pal is a sweet and shy cat looking for a family to join.Shelter staff say she can be timid and shy, but also active and playful. Staff also say that she’s very affectionate once she warms up to you.- Advertisement – She’d do better in a family with no other pets.To meet her, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.
“She is one of those self-motivated people and a giver,” BCEHS Principal Cheri Skaggs said. “She sees a need and steps up to fill it.”Each year the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) recognizes one middle school and one high school student for their outstanding performance and contributions in support of scholastic activities sponsored by NCASA.Wood has served as captain of the Dance Ensemble for two years and has participated in the Show Choir club for three years. She assists with choreography and instruction in both groups. Her dedication and leadership skills earned her the nomination from her Dance Ensemble sponsor Angela Jordan and her principal. Brunswick Early College High School senior Savannah Wood was named NC Association of Scholastic Activities Student of the Year for 2019. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A student from Brunswick County recently earned a statewide honor.Savannah Wood, a senior at Brunswick Early College High School, has been named Student of the Year by the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities.- Advertisement –
Fantasy sports (Photo: MGN Online) RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A repeat effort to regulate popular fantasy sports games in North Carolina advanced through a House panel on Wednesday, two years after a similar effort was derailed.The House Commerce Committee voted for the measure, which would require companies that operate fantasy sports to pay registration fees to the state and abide by some rules. Failing to comply could result in fines of up to $10,000 or registration revocation.- Advertisement – A 2017 bill directing registration by the Secretary of State’s Office didn’t get enough support, in part because social conservatives complained it would further legitimize gambling in the state.This year’s measure also contains the creation of a new state Gaming Commission that would consolidate state oversight of the state lottery, bingo, raffles and boxing from several agencies, in addition to the fantasy games. Some House Republicans had sought this kind of consolidation in 2017. These activities are currently regulated by separate lottery and boxing commissions and state law enforcement agencies.The fantasy contests usually entail creating lineups of players from professional sports leagues. The fantasy participants, with daily, weekly and season-long games, score points and win cash prizes on individual statistical performances.Related Article: Newton says he’ll be ready to play vs Browns; coach unsureRep. Harry Warren, a Rowan County Republican and chief bill co-sponsor, said games operated by outfits such as FanDuel and DraftKings already are “going on, and with or without this bill it’ll continue to go on. This bill would create a commission that would actually regulate it.”This year’s measure, which passed with but a few “no” votes, also likely benefited from seat turnover after the 2018 elections, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that opens the door to legalized sports gambling in the states. The bill would direct the new commission to study the feasibility of direct betting on sporting events, permitting online lottery games and regulating steeplechase races.While fantasy sports contests are operating in most states, not all of them have formally legalized the industry.“Fantasy sports is happening all over the country,” said Sean Ostrow, a lawyer representing DraftKings, FanDuel, the NFL, the PGA Tour and the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office. He said he anticipates the commission would limit play to adults and bar fantasy sports company workers from playing in contests the company offers: “It makes sense to have some consumer protections and guardrails around it.”Still, the measure makes plain that fantasy sports contests don’t meet the state’s legal definition of gambling or any illegal activity.John Rustin, executive director of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, told the committee the contests are clearly gambling based on the number of variables in the sporting events that are beyond the control of participants.“The elements of chance predominate over the elements of skill,” Rustin said in urging the committee to oppose the fantasy sports portions on the measure. Rustin also said the monetary penalties were too low and worried that language in the legislation exempted these firms from criminal laws.Rep. Deb Butler, a New Hanover County Democrat, said she would support the measure if it included taxing a portion of fantasy sports revenues and setting aside more money to address problem gambling. Warren responded they would be considered.The bill must clear three more committees before reaching the House floor. If approved, it would have to pass the Senate.