Senior disabled figures in the Liberal Democrats h

first_imgSenior disabled figures in the Liberal Democrats have spoken of their frustration that the party is not set to debate key issues of concern to disabled people at its annual conference next month.Disability News Service (DNS) contacted key disabled party members after an analysis of the party’s conference agenda and directory showed there was currently not a single debate or fringe event devoted to disability-related issues.There is nothing scheduled to discuss welfare reform, the social care funding crisis, the shortage of accessible housing, the highly topical problems facing accessible public transport, or the UN’s public examination in Geneva of the UK government’s alleged breaches of the UN disability convention, which took place yesterday and today (Thursday).Although many fringe events are organised by groups unconnected to the Liberal Democrats, not one of them is set to address disability-related issues such as welfare reform, social care or access to the built environment or public transport.One motion due to be debated at the conference in Bournemouth, on encouraging companies to be “responsible corporate citizens”, mentions (in line 31 of the motion) the need for greater representation of disabled people on company boards.Another, on the recruitment, retention and welfare of armed services personnel, mentions – in line 56 – the need for better treatment of veterans’ mental ill-health.And a third motion, on the impact of Brexit on public services, points out that “nearly 100,000 non-UK EU staff work in the social care system”.These appear to be the only mentions of issues linked to disability in motions scheduled for debate.The Liberal Democrats’ disabled president, Baroness [Sal] Brinton (pictured, left), told Disability News Service (DNS) that some of the motions that will be debated at conference – including the three above – came from the party’s federal policy committee, which was “very aware of the impact of those policies on disabled people”.She said she was “hoping (no, encouraging) disabled members to speak up in those debates”, including on the motion on the impact of Brexit on public services.Other motions are submitted by party members, and she said she was “frustrated” at their failure to submit motions on disability-related topics.But she said she was hopeful that members would submit emergency motions on issues such as widespread claims of dishonest personal independence payment assessments – due to fresh evidence reported by DNS over the summer – and this week’s examination by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, in time for the deadline early next month.Members vote for the two emergency motions they want to debate, so she said she hoped there would be a push for a disability-related motion to be submitted – possibly by the Liberal Democrat Disability Association (LDDA) – and that members would vote for it to be chosen.She said: “I am really hoping that there will be something to reflect the extreme concerns that the party has on what’s going on at the moment for disabled people, particularly for benefits and allowances.”She added: “I’m frustrated that there are no fringe events [on disability-related issues], but the party doesn’t control these from HQ. It is up to organisations inside or outside the party to book events.”Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat shadow work and pensions secretary, told DNS he was “very disappointed” to see that his party had failed to allocate time to discuss social care, welfare reform, or other issues such as accessible housing or transport.He told Disability News Service: “I was very disappointed to see the many strands around disability which are under such attack from this government not warranting serious discussion and floor time at our conference, be it as a motion deploring the cuts on a range of important issues or the shambles that is the introduction of universal credit or WRAG*.“I appreciate it’s all been a bit last minute because of the snap general election and the result, but as the Lib Dems new shadow secretary of state for the Department for Work and Pensions, I can promise that such a paucity of comment, debate or even leadership on these issues will change dramatically in the near future.”Robert Adamson, chair of the LDDA, said he was less concerned.He said: “Our conference decides policy that remains in place until it is changed by replacement policy.“So, as for example with transport, why do we need to change policy that is already strong? Basically, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’”And he said the conference needed to debate issues “that are important to all citizens (and in the Lib Dems that word ‘all’ does include people with disabilities and all other diversity groups)”.He added: “I use a wheelchair but the natural environment is important to me; as is climate change; as are public services and the impact of Brexit; as are safe building standards; as is defeating terrorism; as is knife crime and as is employment.“In other words I am far more than a person with a disability, I am a British citizen and every aspect of life is important and relevant to me.”*Cuts of nearly £30 a week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, a measure introduced by the government in Aprillast_img read more

Undocumented Immigrant from SF Mission Detained After Reporting Stolen Car

first_img 0% “We did not turn over that individual to ICE and we do not cooperate with ICE in any way” said Captain Jerome DeFilippo of the Southern Station, where Figueroa tried to retrieve his vehicle. “As we let the person go, the ICE agent showed up and saw the person being released and grabbed [him] on the sidewalk.”On December 2, Figueroa came to the Southern Station to retrieve a car stolen in late November. At the time, police checked for any outstanding warrants for Figueroa, a normal routine when picking up a stolen vehicle, DeFillipo said. When a criminal warrant came up for Figueroa, the police contacted the sheriff’s department to confirm that warrant, a common practice. The sheriff’s department then contacted the immigration agency, a sheriff’s spokesperson said, to confirm the warrant — another common practice.“In this case, we are talking about a warrant signed by a judge for probable cause,” said Eileen Hurst, a sheriff’s department spokesperson. Hurst said the sheriff’s department would not contact the immigration agency for a deportation order, but only for a criminal warrant, and that a criminal warrant from ICE is so rare that it caused confusion among the clerk taking the call.“In fact, this is the first one this particular clerk had ever seen, so she asked ICE to clarify the warrant to the SFPD,” Hurst said. When a sergeant at the Southern Station took the call, ICE decided to send an agent to wait for Figueroa outside the station, Captain DeFilippo said.Because the police did not “verify the warrant and the identity of the individual,” Figueroa was released from police custody, when he was taken by an immigration team. It is unclear what charges were associated with the criminal warrant for Figueroa, however, since both the police and sheriff’s department said they do not see those charges unless they are told to take someone into custody. Figueroa had a DUI conviction in 2012 for which he has served probation, but no outstanding criminal charges, said his attorneys. His standing deportation order would not appear as a criminal warrant.In a prepared statement, ICE states only that Figueroa was targeted for arrest “based upon his conviction for DUI and an outstanding order of removal issued by an immigration judge in 2005.”Current law prohibits law enforcement from holding undocumented immigrants until federal immigration officials can step in. A recently proposed change to the law would also bar them from communicating to immigration officials when someone is set to be released, a policy Adachi embraced at the press conference.“We’re here to demand that San Francisco, the Mayor, and the Board of Supervisors pass the legislation that has been offered by Supervisor John Avalos to ensure that this will not happen in the future,” Adachi said, before taking aim at law enforcement.“We want to make sure that the police officers who committed this offense and obviously violated the law themselves are held accountable and are disciplined,” he said, adding he was “particularly concerned for the message this is going to send” to immigrants questioning whether to interact with the police. “We need a clear message from the Police Chief Greg Suhr that this is not going to happen to others.”Figueroa has been in the country since 2005, when he fled violence in El Salvador and illegally crossed the border into the United States, seeking asylum. He was quickly picked up by Border Patrol, detained, and told to attend an immigration hearing, which he missed because “they failed to get an address from him,” according to Alisa Whitfield, another of his attorneys. “And if you don’t show up for a hearing, you’re just ordered deported in absentia,” said Whitfield, meaning Figueroa was given an automatic detention order despite his absence from the legal proceedings.Zachary Nightingale, Figueroa’s immigration attorney, said his case for asylum was just re-opened yesterday, meaning he cannot be legally deported until that case is resolved one way or another. And Nightingale believes Figueroa has a good chance of obtaining asylum.“He fears for his life, which is why he came here in the first place,” Nightingale said, adding that family members in El Salvador have been threatened. “He fled the violence in El Salvador 10 years ago, and the violence [there] has only gotten worse.”Figueroa’s fiancee, Dora Cortez, said the family was in tears when he was arrested and described the difficulty of spending the last 45 days without her husband.“My daughter and I spent the holidays without him,” she said. “He helps me run a business at home, and I am in desperate need to have him back.”His 8-year-old daughter, Leilani Cortez, said the last time she saw her father was “when ICE got him” and that her “greatest wish” is “for him to take me to Disneyland.”Figueroa’s attorneys say their next step is to ask for him to be released on bond while he awaits an asylum hearing scheduled for 2019. Advocates say the arrest of a Mission District resident by federal immigration officials moments after he tried to retrieve a stolen car from police may be a violation of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, which prohibits cooperation between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Pedro Figueroa was the victim of a crime, and today he’s the victim of a broken immigration system,” said Jeff Adachi, the city’s public defender, at a press conference held outside the Southern Station on Wednesday morning. “San Francisco is a sanctuary city. We welcome immigrants, we have a law and a policy that should protect them, and yet Pedro Figueroa was not protected.”Flanked by women holding “Free Pedro” and “ICE out of California” signs, Adachi did not mince words about Figueroa’s 45-day detention, saying it was an “outrage” that Figueroa is behind bars in “an illegal, unconstitutional detention.” But the police and sheriff’s departments say there was nothing illegal about Figueroa’s case, despite the presence of an ICE agent just outside the station when Figueroa went to retrieve his stolen car. center_img Tags: immigrants • immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Amid housing crisis SF builds fewer units last year than in 2016

first_img Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% All told, San Francisco had 392,000 dwelling units by the end of 2017, compared to 387,600 at the end of 2016. Although fewer new housing units were built, the population increased. By July 2017, San Francisco had added 8,260 residents over the previous year, making city’s total population roughly 884,363, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Meanwhile, the city saw a total of 4,500 new units in 2017, including 4,270 in new construction and 242 units through conversions and expansion of existing structures. (70 units were lost through demolitions, including the removal of illegal units, unit mergers, conversions and corrections.) In 2011, the construction of new units hit an all-time low of 348. Some 94 percent of the city’s new housing came from new projects totaling more than 20 units. The remaining 6 percent came from the new construction of projects totaling less than 19 units, with single-family homes accounting for 1 percent. In spite of the overall downward trend in production, affordable housing production actually increased 83 percent in 2017, to 1,460, up from 802 in 2016. Those new affordable units made up 34 percent of last year’s new units. Eighty-five percent of those new units are affordable to “extremely low,” “very low,” and low-income households. Affordable units for seniors made up 3 percent. A majority of the affordable units were contained in fully affordable projects, while 421 of the units, according to the report, were inclusionary — meaning they were mixed into a predominantly market-rate development — while 99 of the affordable units were considered “secondary,” or units added to an existing residential building. While housing production lagged in 2017, the number of units authorized dramatically increased by 65 percent from 2016, as the Planning Department authorized 6,731 units in 2017. The department approved 4,059 in 2016. Approvals hit an all-time low in 2009, when only 752 units were approved. San Francisco authorized 21 percent of the Bay Area’s housing stock, the third-most in the region. But Santa Clara County is the Bay Area’s biggest builder, having authorized 34 percent of the region’s total at 10,626 units last year. The second-highest number of unit authorizations came from Alameda County, with 8,523 units authorized, representing 27 percent of the region’s total.   center_img As the mayoral race heats up, the city got some sobering news: despite all the talk about the need for more housing, the city added fewer new units last year than it had in 2016. San Francisco added 4,441 housing units in 2017 — a 12 percent decrease, compared to net additions in 2016. Last year’s additions, however, are well above the 10-year average of 2,745 units built each year. Those numbers were released this month in the Planning Department’s “Housing Inventory,” an annual survey of housing production in San Francisco. It will be discussed at Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting. As people continue to flock to San Francisco and prices continue to rise, housing advocates argue that the city is not building enough units to keep up with demand. Meanwhile, longtime residents fear that an influx of mostly market-rate housing projects will only make neighborhoods more unaffordable. last_img read more

SAINTS showed Super League why they are still a fo

first_imgSAINTS showed Super League why they are still a force to be reckoned with as they produced a fine 31-18 win over Leeds Rhinos.Jonny Lomax led the way with a brace and a crucial drop goal but it would be wrong to not pay tribute to the other 16 players who showed real pride and passion.The pack was superbly led by Josh Perry whilst Tommy Makinson’s winger performance and fantastic try was a real highlight.A tight tussle of a match was all-square at the break as Saints weathered early pressure to fight back before Leeds scored right on the half time hooter.The home side punished an error to lead 6-0 before tries from Lomax and Paul Wellens forged Saints ahead.But with seconds left a penalty was punished and Brett Delaney drew level.Leeds profited from another Saints error early in the second period before the visitors turned the match its head.Tommy Makinson put down under immense pressure then Sia Soliola broke through and found Jonny Lomax.James Roby then fired a sublime flat ball on the last to send over Jon Wilkin.Lomax added a penalty and a drop goal as the clock ticked down to seal a real gutsy win.The match started with big hits from both sides and great high catches from Makinson and Paul, as well as a clearing kick from Perry of all people.But on the 10 minute mark Leeds punished a Saints error to take the lead. Gary Wheeler knocked on in the 40 and from the scrum the ball went left and through the hands of Brent Webb and Ryan Hall for Danny McGuire to polish off.Kevin Sinfield adding the extras.Saints struggled to get out of their half after the try but did welcome back Tony Puletua from injury – the only change from the side that lost to Wigan last SaturdayAnd just after the big man returned to the field Lance Hohaia’s kick caused panic in the Leeds defence and his half-back partner Jonny Lomax reacted the quickest.He then converted his try to bring it all square.Saints’ next try was world class. Paul Clough was strong in the middle but Puletua’s flick pass got Roby on the way. He broke the line, fed Lomax who had Wellens on his outside for his 199th in the red vee.Makinson converting.The lead was short-lived though as Brett Delaney profited on a Saints penalty and missed tackle to level it up.It shouldn’t have happened as Saints were right on Leeds’ line, but poor discipline cost them and it was 12-12 at the break.Makinson took a fantastic high ball early in the early half before Saints put real pressure on Leeds’ line.But McGuire scooped up a nice Lomax chip through to quell the danger.After a poor kick on the last, Leeds got down the other end of the field and Jamie Jones-Buchanan put on a step to leave Saints flat-footed and behind on the board.Sinfield adding his third of the night.Saints weren’t going to give up though and after chancing their arm on the right hand side, Michael Shenton flipped a ball Jamie Lyon-esque and Makinson put down under a massive Webb hit.And in the 58th minute it got better as Jonny Lomax saw a chink in the Leeds defence, sent through Soliola who then fed his provider to put Saints ahead.Makinson adding his second conversion of the night.Unfortunately, that was Makinson’s last action of the evening as on the next tackle he was hit high by Sinfield – perhaps accidental – and was carried off the field.That caused Mike Rush a headache but he reacted by moving Wheeler to the wing and Flannery to the centres.And it worked as Flannery’s dummy run caused problems and on the last Roby found a fantastic flat ball for Jon Wilkin to get in.Lomax adding his second.Saints continued to press the Leeds’ line and were rewarded when Leeds were penalised and Lomax slotted over a penalty.And as the game entered its final stages, Lomax added a one-pointer and sent the Saints support into raptures.Match Summary:Rhinos:Tries: McGuire, Delaney, Jones-BuchananGoals: Sinfield (3 from 3)Saints:Tries: Lomax (2), Wellens, Makinson, WilkinGoals: Lomax (3 from 3), Makinson (2 from 3)Drop: LomaxPenalties:Rhinos: 5Saints: 6HT: 12-12FT: 31-18REF: Steve GansonATT: 15343Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough.Rhinos:1. Brent Webb; 14. Lee Smith, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Zak Hardaker, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 6. Danny McGuire; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 7. Rob Burrow, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 15. Brett Delaney, 12. Carl Ablett.Subs: 16. Ryan Bailey, 18. Chris Clarkson, 20. Darrell Griffin, 31. Shaun Lunt.last_img read more

The prop capped a stellar season to date by being

first_imgThe prop capped a stellar season to date by being named Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and the Members’ Player of the Year.‘Thommo’ has led from the front all season to be one of the best forwards in the game.He said: “I’m really happy to win these awards. I just work hard during the week and try and do the same things in preparation. Justin has put a lot of faith in me, given me a starting shirt, and my job is to hit the high standards we set at the club.“It has been a great year so far, but it’s not finished yet. We have a semi-final coming up we have to perform in first.”Morgan Knowles was named Young Player of the Year whilst Jack Welsby and Lewis Dodd took home the Under 19s and Under 16s Player of the Year respectively.Paul Craig won Saints Wheelchair RL Player of the Year and Naomi Williams was awarded the Women’s accolade.The club also paid tribute to Assistant Coach Jamahl Lolesi who will leave the club at the end of the season.Try of the Year went to Tommy Makinson’s effort at home to Wigan in the Super 8s.The winger won with 41 per cent of the vote over three Ben Barba efforts.The Chairman’s Award paid tribute to our Community Development Foundation.Every year the club interacts with more than 50,000 children in the community through projects that range from the anti-bullying initiative the club launched last week to the new Learning Disability Rugby League side.We partner with Community Integrated Care, the YMCA and many other local organisations to spread messages that include being healthy, social interaction and many others besides.The Foundation has gone from strength-to-strength over the last 18 months with the first-team providing support for these programmes as well as putting time aside to welcome local charities, community groups and organisations to the Totally Wicked Stadium.Foundation Director Steve Leonard said: “This award is for everyone in the Foundation as without those people SCDF wouldn’t be what it is today. We have some great partners too such as Community Integrated Care, YMCA and North West Borough’s Health Care and we work alongside them to make a real difference in the community.”Finally, Justin Holbrook gave awards to two players who have gone above and beyond this year – Jon Wilkin and Tommy Makinson.Jon was also presented with a special framed shirt for his service to the club.Justin added: “Jon has been a fantastic help for myself both on and off the field and has been a terrific leader of this club.“His form has been excellent all season, particularly over the last couple of weeks when he has really stood up and made a difference. The standards he sets during training is first class.“He is a credit to work with as a coach and is probably the most mentally strong person as a player I have met. Physically he pushes himself and is a great part of our team. I’m sure he will want to end the season on a good note.”Wilkin said: “It feels strange talking about this now when there are three weeks left of the season. I am conscious of being sentimental and reminiscing about my time at the club now. When you build a house, you don’t leave five tiles off it and be happy with that; I have the last little bit of my job to do.“We have three games left to win something and when that time comes I can look back and toast everyone here.”The event was in association with Totally Wicked whilst Robinsons Brewery sponsored the awards.End of Season Award Winners:Wheelchair RL Player of the Year: Paul Craig Under 16s Player of the Year: Lewis Dodd Under 19s Player of the Year: Jack Welsby Special Recognition Award: Jamahl Lolesi Women’s Player of the Year: Naomi Williams Young Player of the Year: Morgan Knowles Members’ Player of the Year: Luke Thompson Coaches’ Special Recognition Awards: Jon Wilkin & Tommy Makinson Players’ Player of the Year: Luke Thompson Try of the Year: Tommy Makinson, Super 8s v Wigan Chairman’s Award: Steve Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundation Player of the Year: Luke Thompsonlast_img read more

Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints face Castleford on Sunday (kick off 6pm) at Anfield. Tommy Makinson recently paid a visit as part of Super League’s Media Launch and talked up his special memories after starring for England at Liverpool FC’s home back in November.And Holbrook admit he has fond memories of the Magic Weekend after his Saints career started over in Newcastle after a 45-0 win over Hull FC back in 2017.“We love playing at home, we play a long season, but I love the Magic Weekend. I loved it in Newcastle, but it has been moved now and for us to be the closest side to Anfield is exciting and it is a great weekend. The weather is coming out really nice now and it’s the bank holiday too so hopefully we get a few more fans. Our away fans are terrific, but if we can get a few more ‘home’ fans make the trip down the East Lancs it would be brilliant.“Any chance we can get to go to these other venues like we are doing this weekend at Anfield [is great] and the more people that can get down, especially football fans, the better. If they can follow two sports, I love football myself, so to pick your football team and also follow St.Helens would be a win, win!“Magic Weekend was my first game two years ago and I loved it and to have it roll around again is a special feeling for myself so as a coach I can’t wait to be a part of it.”Holbrook also admits there is extra incentive given the exciting weekend ahead and also believes the Tigers will be a ‘tough’ task to overcome, despite the likely return of Kevin Naiqama and captain James Roby to the Saints 19 man squad which will be announced on Friday.“It’s a normal week in terms of what we do in training, but their is extra incentive in terms of where we are playing and the fact it is Magic Weekend, but the players are all aware of that and there is always a bit more excitement and effort at training happen naturally which is good.“Castleford have been disrupted this year because of injury, but they are a good side and they do like playing against us. They will be tough on Sunday that is for sure. Kev Naiqama should be OK to come back in as will Robes so it will be good to get those two back.”A LIMITED NUMBERS OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE MATCH AND THE FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF FIXTURES BY CALLING 01744 455052, VISITING THE CLUB TICKET OFFICE AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM OR ONLINE HERE. COACH TRAVEL IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FROM THE CLUB PRICED AT £9 FOR 2019 MEMBERS AND £10 FOR NON-MEMBERS.last_img read more

CFPUA Emergency sewer main repair on Dawson Street

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — CFPUA crews are responding to a sewer main break this afternoon in Wilmington.CFPUA crews have closed the southernmost eastbound lane in the 400 block of Dawson Street.- Advertisement – A travel advisory is in place and is expected to be completed by 8 p.m. and the area will be paved prior to dismantling traffic control.last_img

Oak Island approves grant to rebuild pier damaged during hurricane

first_imgThe Oak Island Pier (Photo: WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The funding needed for the rebuilding of the Oak Island Pier continues to roll in.The town council voted at their meeting Tuesday night to approve a new $1.5 million grant.- Advertisement – Hurricane Matthew caused extensive damage to the pier and inspections by Oak Island’s insurance company, consulting engineers and FEMA concluded that the rest of the pier should be condemned.It will be demolished and a new pier will be built in its place.The grant approved at the meeting is coming from the Golden Leaf Foundation.Related Article: FEMA approved $17.5 million for Wilmington’s Florence clean-upThe town already got a $300,000 grant from CAMA and expects $760,000 in reimbursement from FEMA.last_img

Input wanted on Pender County future growth

first_img “We are excited to offer this opportunity for the public to review the results of their input and how it has been incorporated into the plan. From the beginning of the plan update process, public input has been an integral part of creating a plan that serves the needs of Pender County. The overall involvement in the planning process has been encouraging to see. By providing these final open house meetings, we hope to reach out to gather additional public input on the product that has been created to manage the future growth and development of Pender County,” stated Kyle M. Breuer, Planning and Community Development Director.The meeting is being held today, January 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pender County Hampstead Annex. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A open house style meeting is underway in Hampstead, as county leaders look to residents to provide input on the Pender 2.0 Comprehensive Land Use plan.The meetings will allow people to ask questions and review the future land use map.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Local Veterans event expected to help thousands

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Attention veterans! Over the next few days, the American Legion, New Hanover Veterans Council, and the Department of Veterans Affairs are coming together to help those who served our country.The Veteran Benefit Experience Center kicked off Thursday morning at the Elks Lodge in Wilmington on Oleander Drive.- Advertisement – The event gives veterans the opportunity to get answers to questions they may have about VA benefits, apply for disability compensation claims and possibly get them on the spot, and they even have a stand down event designed to help homeless veterans get back on their feet.“If we’ve helped just one veteran we’ve made a difference,” Deputy Undersecretary for Disability Assistance, Robert Reynolds said. “But I’ve already heard the countless stories of the many veterans that we’ve helped this morning. And then I was even surprised to realize that we’ve had veterans drive as far away as Indiana, Georgia, that I’ve met this morning to come receive this one-on-one assistance.”Reynolds helped make this event possible so he traveled from D.C. to see the impact the event is having on veterans firsthand.Related Article: New Hanover County leaders provide update on Florence recovery“So really it’s breath taking I guess. I actually started this three years ago when the Legion approached me in D.C. about the idea. So to see where it’s grown of the the past three years, knowing that here in North Carolina alone they helped 4,000 veterans last year earn over $2 million in the benefits here in the state,” Reynolds said.The event is open to any and all veterans.Doors open again Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.last_img read more

Police investigating after possible attempted abduction near UNCW campus

first_imgUNCW (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after a possible attempted abduction near UNCW campus Friday morning.According to a UNCW spokeswoman, a female student reported that at approximately 8:55 a.m., she was walking along Wood Dale Drive, toward campus, when a black car traveling at an excessive speed pulled off the road, behind some bushes but alongside her.- Advertisement – A passenger reportedly got out of the car and opened the rear passenger door. The release says the female was startled and ran to a nearby house. The resident of the house was outside and saw what happened. The car sped off toward campus after the female ran to the nearby house, according the spokeswoman.The Wilmington Police Department is searching for this car, described as a mid-sized, new-model black sedan with chrome wheels and tinted/dark windows. The passenger of the vehicle is described as a white male in his mid 20s or 30s, in blue jeans and a blue shirt, with sandy blond hair. The driver was also a white male in his mid 20s.Anyone who has information is asked to contact UPD at (910) 962-2222 or 911.Related Article: Man who robbed woman with machete during drug deal sentenced to 12 yearsThe release states, “as always students should remember to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times, and to reach out to UPD or take advantage of other university resources designed to protect our community, including CARE and the Counseling Center.“last_img read more

NC universities head Margaret Spellings quits amid turmoil

first_img Spellings got the job after the Republican-majority North Carolina university board in 2015 forced out her predecessor, who got the job under Democratic control. But the board has almost entirely been replaced since Spellings’ arrived and new members appointed by the legislature, several of them brashly conservative former lawmakers themselves, have sought to disrupt a public university system that had been seen as self-satisfied and elitist.The ascendant board members, like Spellings, have said their goals included making campuses more affordable and efficient. But Spellings, who turns 61 next week, left little doubt the conflict made leaving the job her better option.“Governance is always being calibrated and recalibrated over and over, and that’s part of the fun of the job,” she said. “The time is right for me to really step back and reflect on how many licks do I hit? How many rodeos do I have? What’s in my future? And move on.”Related Article: James Sprunt CC signs Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with UNCWSpellings’ national reputation was seen as a boost for the schools that together enroll more than 220,000 students, and she spent her first months visiting campuses and building relationships.But some power brokers in the Republican-led state legislature saw her name recognition as allowing her too much independence, and she quickly figured into the culture wars marking the rise of hard-right political values in North Carolina.Spellings complied, if unenthusiastically, when the university system became a central battleground over a state law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The university system was sued because the law also required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings.The law led to companies, concerts and conferences shunning North Carolina. Spellings said last year that people recruited for university jobs had ruled out moving to North Carolina because of the law.“I know people have withdrawn their candidacy,” Spellings told The Associated Press in an interview last year. “But how many? To what effect? Were they not coming anyway? We’ll never know.”Spellings was reproached for a decision last year to request added security in the wake of deadly racist violence in Charlotte, Virginia, and a majority of board members signed a letter criticizing “weakness” in the system’s response to plans for huge protests demanding the removal of a Confederate soldier statue from a central spot on the flagship Chapel Hill campus.Spellings and former governing board chairman Louis Bissette wrote to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper seeking state help with security because campus police feared a potentially dangerous confrontation.The Confederate “Silent Sam” statue was later torn down by demonstrators. The Board of Governors demanded that campus officials produce a plan by the middle of November about what to do next.The panel also has challenged the hiring choices of the former Texas political operative, who became the first UNC president since the 1950s without an advanced academic degree. At least two of her choices to head campuses were challenged by statewide board members and her pick for chancellor of Western Carolina University in July was upended after one of the governors recruited an outside firm to investigate Spellings’ candidate.State Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue of Raleigh said he became a fan of Spellings despite supporting Tom Ross, her predecessor who was forced out.“I thought that Margaret had a grasp of the system, had a broad perspective and understood the real role that higher education played in this state,” Blue said. “I thought that she had a complete perspective, given her background in public education as the education secretary.”Spellings will continue to collect her $775,000-a-year salary until March. She received a $90,000 incentive bonus in 2017 and another $95,000 bonus earlier this year.Spellings’ compensation ranked 13th among U.S. public university executives in 2016-17, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported earlier in July.She came to North Carolina after running the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. She also served on the board of directors for a student-loan collection company and for the for-profit University of Phoenix’s parent company.As Bush’s education secretary from 2005 to 2009, Spellings oversaw the initial implementation of the No Child Left Behind federal education law. In 2006, she convened the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, which released a report calling on colleges to focus more on training students for jobs and encouraging research that businesses could commercialize. UNC System President Margaret Spellings speaks with WWAY in April 2016. (Photo: Alexa Block/WWAY) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Margaret Spellings — a former education secretary to President George W. Bush — resigned Friday as president of North Carolina’s public university system, ending a tenure marked by cultural controversies and a hard-edged governing board that didn’t choose her.The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a separation package for Spellings paying her more than $500,000 when she leaves as president of the state’s 17-campus system in March, three years after she started.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Deputies ID driver killed in crash fall from bridge

first_img Lt. Brewer tells WWAY that drivers reported someone driving erratically along I-140 around 7:45 p.m.A witness saw Mullins’ vehicle hit an 18-wheeler semi-truck on the bridge.The sheriff’s office says Mullins’ body was found in the marsh under the bridge. They’re not sure if he jumped or fell from the bridge.Related Article: Wilmington man sentenced to nine years for selling crack cocaineNHSO is leading the death investigation and the Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two investigations are underway after a man died following a crash on the I-140 Dan Cameron Bridge in New Hanover County Wednesday night.According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer, 57-year-old Joseph Scott Mullins died.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Smartphone shipments grew 74 in 2010

first_imgAdvertisement This growth means that smartphones are receiving more attention from handset manufacturers, network operators and application developers. Most importantly, an increasing number of users are now discovering how smartphones can act as personal computing devices enabling access to the mobile web and applications besides voice and text services. Although high-end devices tend to get most attention, the primary growth will come from medium- and low-end smartphones.“Chipset developers and handset vendors are working on technologies that will ensure a good user experience also for low cost smartphones”, said André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “The challenge is to develop a handset with enough memory, graphics performance and processing power to run the operating system with multiple applications while ensuring a responsive system with fluid user interface and still keep costs down”. He adds that smartphones in general will also benefit from advancements in chipset design. In the next five years, further performance increases will come from dual- or quad-core application and graphics processors. These new processors will enable smartphones to rival the performance of dedicated gaming consoles and notebook computers. At the same time, new user interfaces will be developed that make better use of sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes as well as cameras to detect movement or gestures without the need to touch the display.last_img read more

Google Announces SubSaharan Africa Android Developer Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement Categories for entries include entertainment, media and games; social networking and communications; and productivity, tools and lifestyle. Winners will each receive an Android phone and $25,000 (USD).“In the past year alone, we have met with over 10,000 developer and techies across Sub Saharan Africa. We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and enthusiasm of this community to solve real problems with technology, ” says Bridgette Sexton, Program Manager at Google. “At every Google event in Africa, Android is the most popular topic –  as Android users multiply, so does the appeal for developers to build apps on this free open source platform.” Participants can submit applications via the challenge website:  http://code.google.com/android/adcafrica by 1st July 2011. The winning application will be announced on September 12th 2011. – Advertisement –last_img read more

China says its not behind Google email hacking

first_imgAdvertisement Google traced the origin of the attacks to Jinan, China, the home city of a military vocational school whose computers were linked to an assault 17 months ago on Google’s systems.China is firmly opposed to activities that sabotage Internet and computer security, including hacking, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters Thursday.Hong said hacking was a global problem and Chinese networks had also been targeted by hackers, but he gave no specifics. He said China was working to crack down on the problem, but he didn’t respond when asked whether it would investigate this specific incident. – Advertisement – “Allegations that the Chinese government supports hacking activities are completely unfounded and made with ulterior motives,” Hong said.Google said all of the hacking victims have been notified and their accounts have been secured.This time around, the hackers appeared to rely on tactics commonly used to fool people into believing they are dealing with someone they know or a company that they trust. Once these “phishing” expeditions get the information needed to break into an email account, the access can be used to send messages that dupe other victims.China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which has a hand in regulating the Internet, referred questions about the allegations to another regulatory agency, the State Council Information Office, which asked that questions be faxed and then did not respond.The latest attacks aren’t believed to be tied to the more sophisticated assault last year. That intrusion targeted the Google’s own security systems and triggered a high-profile battle with China’s Communist government over online censorship.The tensions escalated amid reports that the Chinese government had at least an indirect hand in the hacking attacks, a possibility that Google didn’t rule out.The previous break-in prompted Google to move its Chinese-language search engine off the mainland so it wouldn’t have to censor content that the government didn’t want the general public to see. The search engine is now based in Hong Kong, which isn’t subject to Beijing’s censorship rules.China’s official Xinhua News Agency blasted Google in an unsigned commentary on Thursday saying the company “provided no solid proof” to support its claims that the hack attacks originated in China. Xinhua said Google’s compaints had “become obstacles for enhancing global trust between stakeholders in cyberspace.”    reliablenews.comlast_img read more

FIFA 13 sells 45 million copies in record 5 days largest game

first_imgThe record-smashing start of “EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13” has made it the biggest videogame launch of 2012 and of all-time in gaming history Advertisement “FIFA 13”, the world famous football game featuring two South African football teams Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates  sold over 4.5 million games across all platforms worldwide in just five days following its launch, Electronic Arts Inc (EA), the makers of the game, announced.The record-smashing start of “EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13” has made it the biggest video game launch of 2012 and of all-time in gaming history. It was also the number one selling game in at least 40 countries around the world.Critics and gamers are already praising “FIFA Soccer 13” with 75 reviews scores of 90 or above. Joystiq awarded FIFA 13 a perfect 100 score, saying, “‘FIFA 13’ is, in a word, superb.” Multiplayer in Italy called it the “best FIFA ever” and JeuxVideo Magazine said: “‘FIFA 13’ approaches perfection.” – Advertisement – Fans are also playing “FIFA Soccer 13” in record numbers. September 30, 2012 was the busiest day for online gaming for a single title in EA history.An incredible 800,000 fans played “FIFA Soccer 13” simultaneously. More than 66 million online game sessions have already been played on “FIFA Soccer 13,” representing a staggering 600 million minutes of online play.Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President of EA SPORTS, said: “‘FIFA Soccer 13’ is a critical and commercial success unprecedented in sports entertainment.Every minute of every day millions of fans around the world are experiencing what the critics have already said FIFA Soccer 13 is the biggest and best sports game we have ever created.”The game is available in retail stores around the world, and as a digital download, for the PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360 with Kinect, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo Wii console, PC, PlayStation2, Nintendo 3DS, and PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems, and on November 18 it will be available on the Nintendo Wii U system.For mobile phone and tablet users, it is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.Source: Humanipolast_img read more

Mailbox app hits 1M reservations filled as it moves into its new

first_imgMailbox could be the first app to try and fix everything that is wrong with email. Picture: Mailbox Source: Supplied Advertisement Email client Mailbox has announced taking its 1 millionth reservation, as it moves into its new offices at its new parent company Dropbox. The app was released to much fanfare just six weeks ago. In order to take its time scaling, Mailbox initiated a unique reservation system that showed interested users how many people were ahead of and behind them in line. The company told customers who have yet to get in to “stay tuned”, while reassuring that its line “continues to get faster every day”.“we’re thrilled to announce that we filled our 1 millionth reservation today, only 6 weeks to the day after launching Mailbox. We’re pretty proud of our team and all the hard work it’s taken to scale up so quickly.” The statement read.Mailbox also released an update to its app, adding the ‘shake to undo’ feature. The new software also includes UI enhancements and bug fixes.Dropbox swooped in to acquire Mailbox and its team last week for an undisclosed amount. While some rumors had suggested the deal went down for as much as $100 million, Mailbox’s first and largest investor noted only that he was “thrilled” at the sale and there had been several other parties interested. – Advertisement – While Mailbox’s public reservation system certainly served to attract interested investors and acquirers, it also demonstrated the company’s own need to partner with a bigger company in order to ramp up. Mailbox relies on its own servers to process email, so each additional user requires additional resources. At this point, the company is at risk of losing interested users who get tired of waiting and turn to other email solutions that are also picking up steam.Credit: The Next Weblast_img read more

Stepping inside the ropes again

first_imgI am even more intense than usual, today, Blog.  Even more preoccupied.  And absolutely unapproachable.  The run-up to Cheltenham and Royal Ascot always takes it’s toll on not just me, but also all of those around me.I try to lighten up a bit.  I try to distract myself, but it just doesn’t work.  I know that the hiding places are fewer and fewer each day we move closer to the festival.  This is an uncomfortable feeling, like when you’re about to have an operation, but there’s nowhere else I should be.  I NEED to be at Cheltenham; like a bird that flies around the world, I don’t know why I keep going back, but I do.  I can taste blood; congealed and thick in my mouth.  It’s time to play.One of our biggest racing punters; ‘The Dark Knight’, is always very active at the festival meetings.  Two words that have been used again and again to describe him, during his lifetime in the game, have been; ‘granite’, and ‘hard’.  Well, in the last year, I can tell you that he’s been a VERY hard man to beat, and has certainly been putting me to the sword at times.  Even at his advanced years, he lives up to his reputation.  He rarely ‘gets going’, he so rarely loses his cool.  BUT, that doesn’t mean he NEVER finds himself off kilter.  Just once in a while I can get him ‘off the bridle’.  And one of those few occasions, before, has been at Cheltenham.  He moves around the World from palace to mansion, from mansion to hotel suite, and interludes on his yacht for the odd break.  Although his vast selection of lairs and snug abodes differ in their position and style, they all have one thing in common; they are his power-bases, and they ALL have the racing and football available for him to watch.  Wherever he is on Tuesday, whatever meetings and commitments he will have later that day, they will all go on hold for three hours.  Cheltenham and RA are meetings when he really comes out to play.  He bosses the market and although he doesn’t like to admit it; he likes to.  It gives him a kick to still be in charge of the ring he has now risen so far above.  I’m going to challenge him again, though.  I’m going to invite him inside the ropes for another sparring session.  I’m going to see if I can wobble him on the first day and see if, just for a few days, I can be the tamer.  I know he can’t wait for the short-ones on Tuesday – it’s his kind of card.  Guess what, Blog?  It’s my kind of card too…so let’s get it on…!In other news:Como Lario, one of both Bill Esdaile and Harry Macadam’s favourite restaurants, has been upgraded from a ‘quite good’ to a ‘very good’.  I’ve been there before, a number of years ago, with Harry, and I have to say I found it a bit bland.  Today, however, it was superb.  We plumped for the Sunday set-menu, and for £17.95 in Central London, you’re not going to do much better for a three-course Italian.  I kicked off with a bruschetta, then had a bit of sea-bream, and finished up with a slice of cheesecake.  Faultless from start to finish.  Is it as good as Scalini?  No.  But it’s not nearly as expensive or pretentious either.Going off to do some more brooding.  Unbridled and almost blind ambition, isn’t always easy to live with.B xlast_img read more

PREVIEW Man U v Arsenal

first_imgIt’s without doubt the match of the FA Cup Quarter Finals tonight when Man U take on Arsenal at Old Trafford for a place in the semi-finals.I spoke to an ardent Arsenal fan this morning who said he hadn’t recovered from the 8-1 drubbing in the Premier League at the hands of Man U back in 2011. Clearly he hadn’t, as it finished 8-2 – mind you what’s a goal or three when you are THAT far back ?More recently, the relative league positions point to near equality between the two sides this season, Arsenal edging it by a single point but there can be little doubt that when it comes to bogey teams for Arsenal that Man U are right up there. The Gunners have now only won one of their last 15 matches against their old adversaries.Man U will be without Robin van Persie because of an ankle injury whilst Jonny Evans also misses out after his six match ban for spitting at Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse.For Arsenal, defender Gabriel Paulista is out with a hamstring problem but there could be returns for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Nacho Monreal after recent injuries.Both sides are synonymous with FA Cup success winning a joint highest 11 titles each.Despite the title being in sight again, Man U boss Louis van Gaal has his target very much set on a top four finish league finish. He said: “To finish in the first four is a fantastic result and for us at Manchester United even more I think. If you win the FA Cup you are not in the Champions League but you have won a title.”Arsenal’s counterpart Arsene Wenger said: “For years it was always the game of the season that decided the Premier League, at this moment it is not the case, but it is still a big game. They are still a strong side. You go there and I don’t expect any weakness from Man U.”Man U v ArsenalFA Cup Quarter Final7.45pm LIVE ON BBC1HEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2014 Premier Arsenal 1-2 Man UtdFeb 2014 Premier Arsenal 0-0 Man UtdNov 2013 Premier Man Utd 1-0 ArsenalApr 2013 Premier Arsenal 1-1 Man UtdNov 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-1 ArsenalJan 2012 Premier Arsenal 1-2 Man UtdAug 2011 Premier Man Utd 8-2 ArsenalMay 2011 Premier Arsenal 1-0 Man UtdMar 2011 FA Cup Man Utd 2-0 ArsenalDec 2010 Premier Man Utd 1-0 ArsenalAfter watching the Liverpool game (and getting that completely wrong) yesterday ANYTHING but another 0-0 tonight please. The Over 2.5 goal market is quite tight but I just favour ‘overs’ at around 4/5 on Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 8 points at around 4/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 98.72 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more