Ministers have finally announced that they will ac

first_imgMinisters have finally announced that they will act to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to travel on buses, nearly 14 months after a ground-breaking Supreme Court ruling.The Supreme Court ruled in January 2017 that First Bus had breached its duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people under the Equality Act through its “first come, first served” policy on the use of wheelchair spaces.The ruling followed a five-year legal battle fought by disabled campaigner Doug Paulley (pictured after the ruling), who had been planning to travel to Leeds to visit his parents in February 2012, but was prevented from entering a bus because the driver refused to insist that a mother with a sleeping child in a pushchair should move from the only wheelchair space.The Supreme Court ruled that a driver must do more than simply ask a non-disabled passenger to move, but did not say exactly what actions bus companies should take, or how the needs of passengers should be taken into account.The Department for Transport (DfT) subsequently set up a group of six advisers – two representatives of the transport industry, two from the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) and two from the transport user watchdog Transport Focus – to produce recommendations for action.The task and finish group on the use of wheelchair spaces on buses – which did not include any representatives of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) – submitted its report to transport ministers last September, but DfT has only now published it, nearly six months later.And despite ministers welcoming its four main recommendations “in principle”, they have now announced a period of “further engagement”, with “a view to bringing forward a package of measures” later this year.The task and finish group concluded “that drivers need to play an active role in ensuring that the wheelchair space is made available for passengers in wheelchairs, which includes requiring other passengers to move where necessary, but that drivers also need more powers than they have currently to enable them to do this effectively”.They said that other passengers “should be expected to vacate the space” so a wheelchair-user can occupy it, unless there are other passengers who “may have legitimate calls on the space”.A DfT spokeswoman said later that these other passengers should include “people with walking aids, parents with disabled children and assistance dog owners”.The task and finish group also recommended that the government should update conduct regulations, which detail drivers’ duties and expected behaviour – and produce fresh guidance – to make it possible for drivers to remove passengers from a bus if they “unreasonably refuse to move” from the wheelchair space.The group also called for efforts to raise public awareness about how the wheelchair space should be used, and to improve training for bus drivers.Paulley said he did not understand why the report was only being released now, six months after it was completed, with the prospect of a further period of consultation.He welcomed the prospect of amendments to the conduct regulations but said there was a lack of “very concrete recommendations” to the government.He also raised concerns about the apparent prospect of drivers being given the power to remove passengers from buses.He said: “I don’t think drivers actually want that power.”Instead, he said, they should be able to treat someone failing to move from the space “just as any other anti-social behaviour on the buses”, for example by stopping the bus and refusing to continue the journey until the passenger in questions leaves the space.And he said it was “really not good” that there was no DPO represented on the task and finish group.Paulley said he believe the task and finish group’s report was “far too woolly”.He said: “I am glad that they recommended changing the conduct regulations and that the government have not entirely rejected that out of hand as they did previously [in an earlier consultation].“Other than that, it seems far too slow. There’s going to be further consultation. It’s taking far too long for something that should be decisive and quick.”Alan Benson, chair of the user-led campaigning charity Transport for All, said: “We welcome the Department for Transport’s commitment to improve bus access.“It’s been over a year since the very clear ruling from the Supreme Court, so we’re delighted to see the government finally taking these steps to improve bus access.“It’s time to put an end to wheelchair and mobility scooter users’ daily struggle to access the wheelchair priority space.“We also need awareness campaigns so that drivers and the public better understand that this space is there to meet all mobility needs, including walker and assistance dog users.“As well as strengthening their policies on wheelchair priority, we want to see bus companies introduce better inclusive designs for buses, with a larger wheelchair spaces and a separate spaces for buggies and luggage to ensure that disabled and older people can travel with confidence.“Some buses on Transport for London routes… already have a space big enough to comfortably accommodate both a wheelchair and a buggy.“We also know that a few bus companies around the UK have such a design.”Philip Connolly, policy manager for Disability Rights UK, said: “The government appear to have a new policy position that will be enforceable, providing they are willing to change the law.“This is not a case of wheelchairs versus buggies, it is a move which should restore rights to access transport to wheelchair users.“Disability Rights UK was at the forefront in demanding a change in the law as the only viable solution to this issue. We hold the government to their promise.”Transport minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Passengers with disabilities must have the same opportunities to travel as other members of society, and it is essential that the services they rely on are accessible and work for them.“That’s exactly why last year we set up a group representing a broad range of stakeholders with a variety of different perspectives, to examine how we support disabled people in their day-to-day lives.“We have also developed guidance on disability awareness training for bus drivers, which we plan to publish later this year. “This is the next step in our work to ensure transport networks help those with disabilities to live independent lives.”Asked why there had been no DPO represented on the task and finish group, a DfT spokeswoman said its membership had “represented a broad range of stakeholders with a variety of experiences and perspectives” and that it was appropriate to seek DPTAC’s advice because it was “statutorily charged with advising ministers on the transport needs of people with disabilities”.Asked why it had taken DfT so long to publish the report, she said it had been “extremely important for government to listen carefully to stakeholders on this issue and come to a considered response, taking all views into account”.She added: “We understand the importance of improving access to the wheelchair space swiftly and appropriately, and look forward to continued dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders as we develop specific interventions.”She said the task and finish group had produced “a balanced package of measures giving drivers the tools to address inappropriate behaviour, clarifying our expectations of drivers and passengers, and encouraging passengers to act with greater consideration.“We know that implementing measures in isolation is unlikely to result in a better, more consistent experience for passengers with disabilities, which is why we are continuing to work with stakeholders on this.”last_img read more

A charity has refused to criticise the Department

first_imgA charity has refused to criticise the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over four deaths linked to universal credit, hours after a minister announced it would receive tens of millions of pounds to support claimants on the new benefit system.Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey (pictured) told the Conservative party conference on Monday that the advice charity Citizens Advice would receive the funding to deliver support to claimants.It will be delivered through “universal support”, which provides universal credit claimants with advice and assistance, particularly with budgeting and the online aspects of their claims.Since last year, local authorities have provided this service, funded by DWP, but Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland will take responsibility for delivering a “strengthened” version across England, Wales and Scotland from next April.The two charities will receive £12 million in the run-up to April 2019 to “ensure a smooth transition to the new delivery model” and then another £39 million from April 2019 to provide the service.A DWP spokeswoman confirmed today (Thursday) that the funding of £39 million was for just one year, “with a review at the end”.But she also appeared to confirm that the contracts signed by the charities includes a clause preventing them from attracting “adverse publicity” to the department or to McVey herself, as in contracts signed by some of the disability charities who have signed up to deliver services as part of DWP’s new Work and Health Programme.Such a clause is likely to say that Citizens Advice must “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of McVey and must promise not to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in her or DWP.Asked whether the contracts do include such a clause, a DWP spokeswoman said this afternoon: “Such paragraphs are typical in DWP grants.“The grant sets out the relationship with DWP and its grant recipients so that both parties understand how to interact with each other.“The wording is intended to protect the best interests of both the department and the stakeholders we work with, and it does not stop individuals from acting as whistle-blowers under the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, nor from raising any concerns directly with the department.”Disabled activists have already raised serious concerns about whether the DWP funding will put the independence of Citizens Advice at risk, and this admission is likely to fuel those concerns.Disabled activist Rick Burgess said in a blog this week that people he had spoken to in the advice and welfare rights sector were “aghast” and “appalled” by the charity’s decision to take the funding.He said: “Make no mistake, this is a historic betrayal that is not business as usual and is not ‘okay’.“The executives and board of [Citizens Advice] have catastrophically sabotaged their organisation’s independence and reputation in return for medium term financial security.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said on Twitter: “[Citizens Advice] selling out to DWP for £51million. No wonder we don’t trust charities.”And Dr Jay Watts added: “Can’t believe [Citizens Advice] has sold out to the DWP for £51 million after 79 years of independence.“It is near impossible to bite the hand that feeds – as we have seen with so many charities – so a clever way to mute criticism of #UniversalCredit.”Just hours after McVey’s announcement, Citizens Advice’s head of policy on families, welfare and work, Kayley Hignell, spoke at a Conservative conference fringe event on universal credit and its impact on mental health.Hignell and the other panellists were asked by Disability News Service about secret DWP reviews that have linked the deaths of four universal credit claimants with the department’s activity, and whether they thought DWP had taken those deaths seriously enough.One of the deaths was linked to the “claimant commitment” that universal credit recipients must sign, with DWP’s panel of reviewers warning in their report that it appeared to be “overtly threatening, especially to individuals who are vulnerable”.But Hignell, who had been told about the reviews before the fringe event, failed to raise concerns about this report or the four deaths, criticise the government, or call for urgent action.Instead, she spoke about how much more there was to do to implement universal credit properly and how people with more “niche” support needs were currently “losing out”.She said: “Those groups of people need much, much more attention within the system.”She said DWP faced a challenge over the “speed” of the rollout and its “capacity” and that the department needed to do more work to “tailor” universal credit to the needs of individuals.Earlier in the meeting, hosted by The Trussell Trust – which runs a national network of 400 foodbanks – Hignell’s comments about the universal credit roll-out had also appeared to contrast with much stronger criticisms of DWP from her fellow panellists.Hignell had told the meeting that universal support was “not consistently available across the country”.And she said that universal credit was “at a critical point at the moment” and that there was “more to do” for DWP in preparation for the “significant upheaval” of “managed migration” for disabled people.From next year, and over the following four years, managed migration will see hundreds of thousands of disabled people forced to end their existing employment and support allowance (ESA) claims and apply instead for universal credit.Hignell said: “We do believe government needs to do everything they can to identify those who may struggle with the system.”She added: “We want to make sure that UC works for everybody and that it’s ready for its next stage of rollout.”In contrast, Sophie Corlett, head of external relations for the mental health charity Mind, described managed migration as “a juggernaut that’s rolling towards us” and “something that we are really concerned about”.She described the flaws in the system that will make managed migration difficult, if not impossible, for many people with mental health conditions.She warned that the implications of failing with a claim for universal credit as part of managed migration were “really huge”, as the person would then be treated as a new claimant and would not be entitled to transitional payments previously announced by ministers.She also pointed to the tight deadline for claimants to complete their online application for universal credit once they have been told their old ESA claim is about to end.Corlett said: “There can’t be a deadline at which point your current benefit stops dead. That is a ridiculous situation.”Sue Weightman, who manages three Trussell Trust foodbanks in the Taunton Deane area of Somerset, one of the first to cope with the universal credit rollout, in October 2016, said the impact of its introduction had been startling and immediate.She said: “Almost overnight we went from a foodbank that would see maybe a dozen clients in an afternoon to opening the door at two o’clock and having a queue of 15 to 20 people around the corner.“Almost overnight I needed more volunteers, more food donations, more funding. I also needed more training for the volunteers who were working at that time.”She said there had been an improvement since changes to universal credit announced by the government last November, but that many people were still suffering from the after-effects of falling into severe debt when they were moved onto universal credit two years ago.She said this particularly affected those with mental health conditions or learning difficulties, whose problems have “got a lot more severe in the last two years”, including struggles with the complexity and length of the system.She said: “We have a much higher rate of sanctioning for clients with any form of mental health illness than with any of the others and some are getting sanctioned two or three times.”And she said many people with mental health conditions were still “fearful” of taking out advance payments through universal credit because they were worried they would not be able to pay the money back and would fall further and further into debt.She said: “Most clients with any form of mental health illness we have seen in the last two years have seen a spiralling down of their health.“We have seen a high percentage of people having to move home and getting into rent arrears.”Citizens Advice has so far refused to confirm that its contract with DWP includes an “adverse publicity” clause.But a spokeswoman for the charity said in a statement: “Citizens Advice is independent of government and always will be.“The people we help are our first priority, and this funding will mean Citizens Advice will be able to help even more people who are struggling to make a universal credit claim.“The advice we give people will always be totally impartial, and we’ll continue to advocate on behalf of the people who come to us for help.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Healthy Spirits brings craft spirits to Valencia Street

first_imgWhen Rami Barqawi opened his first Healthy Spirits store in the Castro in 1998, he never thought it would transform into a “destination” for high-end spirits. Back then, Healthy Spirits was just a name, and the items on the shelves were pure convenience-store stock. “It was butter and tampons and toilet paper,” he said. But, several years after opening, Barqawi’s friend (and the future founder of City Beer) Craig Wathen came to him and said, “Rami, I see craft beer happening. I want to open a beer-only store.” Tags: beer • Business • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img For Barqawi, the idea was crazy. His business was fueled by the everyday needs of the neighborhood. “Toilet paper, man,” he told Wathen. “Everyone wants milk.”“Just beer,” Wathen insisted. Barqawi was skeptical, but he slowly introduced craft beers to his store. Now, after almost two decades, Barqawi has three stores focused purely on craft spirits, and he’ll soon be opening his fourth store on the corner of 14th and Valencia streets. “In retrospect, I regret that it took that long to subscribe to the program,” he said, noting that owes a lot to Wathen, who he has called a “force” of the craft movement. We caught up with Barqawi to talk about business, how he got here and what he envisions for his fourth location, which he expects to open before Thanksgiving. What was the most challenging moment of getting the store open? The creek in my basement. There was running water. I think it’s a part of Mission Creek. There’s a beautiful basement. But as soon as you scratched the floor a little bit, the water just started running. We had to rip out the floor and install a drainage system. I had to dig the street, I had to dig the sidewalk.The shop in Bernal Heights is agave-themed, the Castro has a whiskey theme and Clement Street is more beer-heavy. Where did you come up with the idea of having themed stores? I heard the knocking of craft beer nine years ago when it was just beginning to emerge. I started to experiment with bringing the unique beers, with Belgian beers, with the Trappist beers. Once I felt like I covered beer, I decided to take on another thing, which was brown spirits — whiskey was emerging. We’re living in renaissance times for everything that is beer and whiskey. And now I’m hearing the calling of agave. I’m seeing bars and restaurants that are agave-centric — mezcals — but I don’t see anybody retailing it to that level.   What theme will this store have? I have the luxury of space here. I’m going to cover beer, bourbon and agave. As a matter of fact, I’m going to take on amaro. I’m not going to stake a position in it. I still have a lot to learn about agave, but I’m definitely on that wave. Where did you get the idea for Healthy Spirits?In today’s San Francisco, everyone is so busy and swamped that I think service is suffering. I think my brand will represent a knowledgeable service, it will offer a great selection of everything that’s esoteric and hard to find. Like, you can geek out with my guys — you won’t be able to geek out with BevMo kids, for the most part. And the mom and pop, they’re selling the Budweisers. I’d like to be the next level up, the next level of service. Why on Valencia? It’s a gourmet ghetto, my friend. It’s an honor to be on Valencia. I’m so blessed to get this beautiful building. It’s such a majestic building. How did you find this spot? I got an inside tip that the place might be coming up for sale, so I went and approached everyone and closed the deal. The deal was consummated Jan. 1, 2016. We broke ground the same week as the Salesforce Tower. And look at me, I’m just barely getting ready to open the store.     What about the “clubs?”So I started bringing tasting licenses to the stores. So far I’ve managed to get licenses for Clement and Cortland. For Valencia, they gave me a liquor store license here, but they wrote at end of license, no intensification of license. So I thought, ‘Don’t mess with it now,’ and then once I’m open, pursue some kind of educational or tasting license — something more. Maybe next week, when I have a brain cell and a moment. The club is one of the best things I have in the shop. Members get a 10 percent discount on anything they buy from the store all the time. We curate the selection for them, and we give them detailed educational notes with the bottle. There’s no money to join, and you can opt out at any time. Furthermore, the only thing you pay for is the price of what you’re given, at a 10 percent discount. Who is your clientele? People who are generally interested in the art of the spirit itself. They’re not there to chug a six-pack. If you want to chug a six-pack, don’t come to me. Come if you want that special something, and you want to be taught. We really seek to educate. Many of my stores are not so much a neighborhood store. Other stores service the neighborhood — I’m not really a convenience. In the early days of my business career in this business, I started as a convenience neighborhood bodega. I’ve evolved a little bit. I’m a little bit of a destination — a little bit.       What will you do with the basement downstairs? It’s phase number two. It’s raw, but it makes a nice cellar. It makes a nice speakeasy. It’s valuable space. It’s raw, but it’s valuable space.Healthy Spirits interior, 14th and Valencia streets.Healthy Spirits, 14th and Valencia streets. last_img read more

UPDATE Gun found on West Bladen campus reported stolen teen faces new

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The gun found in a West Bladen High School teenager’s car had been reported stolen the day before, according to a release from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.Gabriel James McDowell, 16, of Clarkton, is accused of bringing a gun on campus Wednesday morning.- Advertisement – The sheriff’s office says a homeowner reported a breaking and entering in the 2700 block of NC Hwy 410 S. in Bladenboro on Tuesday. The homeowner had two weapons stolen. One of them was the gun McDowell had in his car.McDowell faces these additional charges:Felonious breaking and enteringFelonious larcenyFelonious possession of stolen goodsLarceny of a firearmPossession of a stolen firearmInvestigators say the school resource officer received a tip someone was bringing a gun to campus. Wednesday morning they set up metal detectors for staff and students to walk through. Deputies say McDowell saw the extra security and put his backpack back in his car. They searched his car and found the gun.Related Article: Women accused of stealing from Walmart in ShallotteHis first appearance is today in Bladen County.last_img read more

Rocky Point man killed in crash on Hwy 117

first_img The highway patrol says Brandon Michael McDevitt, 24, of Rocky Point, was driving south on US 117 when he went left of the center line and hit Norma Santiago Ramos, 27, of Burgaw, who was driving north.The highway patrol says both McDevitt’s jeep and Ramos’s car were going about 55 miles per hour when the crash happened.  After colliding, McDevitt ran off the road to the right and Ramos ran off the road to the left.McDevitt was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the highway patrol.Related Article: Man pleads guilty to murder in fatal Brunswick County crashRamos was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.Alcohol is not suspected in the crash.Trooper R.D. Hendrickson is investigating. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead and another injured in a two-car crash in Rocky Point.The NC Highway Patrol says it happened around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday on US 117, just south of Everette Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Ocean Cure prepares for annual Life Rolls On surfing event

first_img “We have about a 20 to 1 ratio of volunteer to participant,” Murphy says, “meaning that when a person gets in the water they are guaranteed to have a fun and safe time.”Ocean Cure believes in using the healing properties of the ocean for not only physical disabilities, but also emotional trauma and mental impairments.Through the use of our beach wheel chairs, accessible flooring, and adaptive surf boards, Ocean Cure says there is no beach it can’t make accessible.Related Article: UPDATE: Freeman Park closed Saturday due to crowded conditionsThe goal of Life Rolls On is to make sure participants learn the beach is 100% accessible for them. They provide adaptive surf boards and assistance in and out of the water. The real fun begins when they hit the waves! Professional instructors discuss and assess the ability of each participant to determine if tandem surfing or solo-surfing will provide the best experience.Following a fun-filled day in the surf, sand, and sun participants leave with a sense of accomplishment and if nothing else, a good night of sleep!You can be part of the fun Sunday August 12 at the North Beach Access at Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Beach.  Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and people are in the water between 9 a.m. and 4.Click here for more information on how to attend or volunteer. 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 CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ocean Cure continues it’s outreach to people with disabilities by hosting the annual Life Rolls On.  They will be helping over 100 people enjoy an epic day in the ocean on August 12.Kevin Murphy of Ocean Cure says the event is a massive undertaking with “more than 400 volunteers helping make sure everyone gets time in the water.”  The group’s mission statement is “Finding Freedom Through Surfing” and Murphy says it’s the freedom of being in the water that is most exciting for the participants.- Advertisement – last_img read more

US judge Charter Day Schools rule for girls to wear skirts breaks

first_img But girls are clearly treated differently than boys at the kindergarten through 8th grade school in Leland, Howard ruled. That’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection requirements.The guardians of three girls attending the school sued the school in 2016. They said the dress code forces girls to be colder in the winter and “forces them to pay constant attention to the positioning of their legs during class, distracting them from learning, and has led them to avoid certain activities altogether, such as climbing or playing sports during recess, all for fear of exposing their undergarments and being reprimanded by teachers or teased by boys,” the judge said in summarizing the plaintiffs’ arguments.One of the mothers suing with the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of their daughters said the judge’s decision means a girl’s comfort and freedom to move is on par with their male classmates.Related Article: Mother reacts to potential Belville Elementary redistricting“All I wanted was for my daughter and every other girl at school to have the option to wear pants so she could play outside, sit comfortably, and stay warm in the winter,” Bonnie Peltier said in a statement provided by the ACLU. “But it’s disappointing that it took a court order to force the school to accept the simple fact that, in 2019, girls should have the choice to wear pants.”Charter schools are public schools — funded by state taxpayers — that are allowed to do many things differently than traditional public schools. In the case of Charter Day School, it is run by a nonprofit organization but contracts with a for-profit company to run business and academic operations.Howard ruled that though North Carolina charter schools and their nonprofit board members are not the state’s agents in every respect, Charter Day School’s leaders were acting under color of state law when they adopted a disciplinary code that included punishing children who didn’t wear the prescribed uniforms.Roger Bacon Academy, which runs the school and three other charters in the Wilmington area, and its founder, Baker Mitchell, did not respond to messages seeking comment.Members of the school’s nonprofit board said its student uniform requiring all students to wear white or navy blue tops tucked into khaki or blue bottoms is part of its traditional values education known to parents when they enroll their children.Changing any of the school’s specific requirements risks changing its broader goal and results that have included test scores higher than nearby traditional public schools, the judge summarized the board as contending.But school leaders failed to provide “any facts showing specifically how the skirts requirement furthers this success,” Howard wrote. Charter Day School in Leland (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (AP) — A Brunswick County charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled.U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled that Charter Day School can’t enforce the skirts-only rule as part of its dress code that punishes violations with suspensions and even expulsion. No child has been expelled for violating the dress code since the school opened in 2000, Howard said in a decision filed on Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Annual plant sale blossoms at New Hanover County arboretum

first_imgNew Hanover County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale on April 11, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual New Hanover County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale is underway. It’s the arboretum’s biggest event each year.The arboretum staff and volunteers say they have been prepping for this day for a long time.- Advertisement – More than 10,000 plants are up for sale.Event Chair Sherrel Bunn says the event had already attracted more than 750 people as of early Thursday afternoon.“This is a big event, it’s a lot of moving parts and it could never happen without our outstanding volunteers,” Bunn said. “There are volunteers from extension master gardeners and also other folks that enjoy volunteering who help us out also.”Related Article: State agronomist offers home garden tipsProceeds from the sale provide the major funding for programs of the New Hanover County Master Gardeners including educational additions to the Arboretum grounds, 4-H program needs, the Speaker’s Bureau, the Remote Plant Clinic, and educational grants for local schools and organizations.It continues Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The arboretum is located at 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.last_img read more

Artificial turf project coming along at Brunswick County high schools

first_img00:00 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 LELAND, NC (WWAY)– Brunswick County officials voted back in February to approve a $2.29 million dollar project to install Astro Turf surfaces at their three county high schools. The turf is currently being laid at North Brunswick High School, while South Brunswick and West Brunswick have started the preparation process.The fields at West Brunswick and North Brunswick High School are expected to be ready for the start of the 2019 football season. School officials tell us it might be a little while longer for the playing surface to be ready at South Brunswick.last_img read more

Jail term for Maximilian Ciantar

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Maximilian Ciantar was sentenced to a year in jail after he had alleged that he was a brutalised by the Police whilst he was under arrest.The Marsa resident is not a new face in Court. He had previously been accused of charges related to driving and is well-known for running over two girls in Attard back in 2010.Magistrate Joe Mifsud sentenced Ciantar to the maximum allowed by law in such instances. The Court also criticised the prosecution for using the wrong data for one of the accusations, resulting in the dropping of the charges due to evidence mishandling. Another accusation had also to be dropped as proof of the accused identification was not attached to the copy of the sentence exhibited by the prosecution in relation to the accused having breached the conditions of a previous sentence.The Magistrate mentioned how Ciantar was arrested in Qormi on the 28th of May 2018, as he was driving without a license as it had been confiscated per Court orders. The accused then tried to hurt himself whilst under arrest to give out the impressions that the Police beat him up. He also started shouting that he was being beaten up when the Police were putting him in their care and tried to break his wrist by twisting his hands whilst handcuffed.Notwithstanding all this, he refused medical assistance when the Police noticed the bruising on his body during a body search, but agreed to have the bruising registered in his records.The Court was satisfied that the Police did not exert much force when they arrested Ciantar even though he was not cooperating. However, it could not conclude that the accused had tampered with the evidence due to the prosecution’s mistake with the data, as it wrote September 2017 instead of May 2017.Magistrate Joe Mifsud found Ciantar guilty of a fake report and said that the accused was so aware that he was lying that he refused medical assistance. The Court also noted that it was Ciantar who resisted violently to his arrest.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Free SportsKidz demo days for children

first_imgSportsKidz, the recently-launched dynamic sports school, is holding two free open days for children age three to 16. Parents or guardians and children are invited to experience the school’s unique after-school and weekend activity on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 January 2019.The three-hour SportsKidz session will introduce children to a range of individual sports, team-sports and team-building activities, in order to encourage a healthy, enjoyable and active lifestyle.There will be three free sessions to mark the start of the school’s second term. They will take place on Friday 11 January, 4.30pm at Santa Teresa Secondary School, Mriehel; Saturday 12 January, 10am at the National Sports School in Pembroke and 2.30pm at Ta’ Zokrija Secondary School, Mosta.For more information and booking call 7942 2054 or visit the SportsKidz website.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

LinkedIn suffers a one hour outage due to a DNS issue

first_imgAdvertisement Social network for business LinkedIn is continuing to recover from a DNS error that took the site offline for an hour. The outage began when the popular service’s homepage was replaced by a domain sales page. While the outage appears to have stopped, some users are still saying that they cannot access, although none are seeing the incorrect page.LinkedIn explained the outage was caused by “a DNS issue”, but provided no further details. Others have speculated that there may have been more malicious factors at play.[related-posts] – Advertisement – It’s been just over one year since LinkedIn saw 6.5 million password leaked following a hack into its system, and the site can ill afford to suffer further security issues given the severity of that previous hacking.Even if the DNS issue was down to a harmless error, the fact that the site pointed to a domain buying page for many users for a sustained period of time — combined with last year’s events — may have been enough to make many LinkedIn regulars fear the worst again.LinkedIn has more than 225 million users worldwide. The US is its largest market, and it just passed 20 million registered members in India, its next biggest country.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Governments Need To Think Exponentially In The Digital Age

first_imgAdvertisement There is a discussion that has been going on in the ICT Association of Uganda Forum about Digital Migration in Uganda and how we should hire the Armed forces to handle this migration. The Argument was on how it has taken the Uganda Communications Commission long to meet the deadline for Digital Migration.This got me thinking about how technology is evolving exponentially while governments are still moving linearly. I believe the countries that are going to advance really first are the one that have leaders who are willing to take chances with new trends in technology.Yes, governments have fears and they have to protect the interests of the people but unnecessary regulations slows progress down and keep innovative companies from providing value to their customers. – Advertisement – This is very evident with Amazon and Alibaba. These are 2 different companies whose business depends on distribution of their products to the consumers. Last Year Amazon started piloting drone deliveries but due to regulations in the US, they are still not approved to do this in the public which is where there customers are, but in China, Alibaba has started this week to roll out drone deliveries to it’s customers. This Means Alibaba is going to use an innovation that seemed to have come from Amazon and satisfy customers, as Amazon is trying to get approval.Rwanda as a country was able to beat the Digital Migration deadline because of the policies they have and because of  their President who knows that the exponential implementation is very key for any government in this Digital Age and it doesn’t matte whether Rwanda as a country has fewer people, it is all about having a government that is will to go fast and Agile.The Ugandan government needs to adapt this kind of methodology if we want things to move forward, and in this case I think UCC has delayed to meet this deadline because they are still doing things linearly in an exponential world.We can discuss how to make governments Agile in another article for now let me consult with some Agile Companies.last_img read more

Schneider Electric releases the first survey on counterfeit electrical products in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Schneider Electric has released the first survey on electrical counterfeiting products ever conveyed in Africa.The survey took place in eleven African countries: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. More than 500 “high level” officials and professionals were contacted by 37 African trained investigators.They answered a total of 8.185 questions.“For the first time, all stakeholders of the African electrical market will be able to move forward, based on a solid picture of reality”, says Tracy Garner, Anti-Counterfeiting Global Manager. – Advertisement – Based on the results, the first conclusion is that counterfeiting of most common electrical products is widely spread in all African countries, representing 40% to 80% of their markets.Cables, breakers, sockets, switches and extension cords, are the five most counterfeit electrical products (in that order). China remains the main source of electrical counterfeit goods entering the continent (75% of the answers) followed by the rest of Asian countries.Locally manufactured counterfeits originate mostly from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.“Now, having measured the impact of counterfeits on African economies and users’ safety, the urgency to act is real. Schneider Electric is committed to do its best in answering professionals’ demands and expectations expressed in the survey”, concluded Tracy.Download the survey here: read more

Moyes Out to find glimmer of light at Sunderland

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s pretty easy to get caught up in all the anti-Man U banter, “Moyes Out” etc flying around at the moment and there are plenty of people taking a lot of pleasure from the fall from grace.Swansea’s late winner was undoubtedly a bodyblow for Moyes but, as punters, we need to take one match at a time and look at it on merit rather than get too carried away.Just 72 hours since their dramatic FA Cup exit Man U are involved in another cup game on Tuesday – the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light. Suddenly, this match has taken on a much bigger significance than it would have done if Man U had breezed past Swansea.The last 10 meetings have all been in the Premier League and Sunderland have failed to win any but drawn two:Oct 2013 Premier Sunderland 1-2 Man UtdMar 2013 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdDec 2012 Premier Man Utd 3-1 SunderlandMay 2012 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdNov 2011 Premier Man Utd 1-0 SunderlandDec 2010 Premier Man Utd 2-0 SunderlandOct 2010 Premier Sunderland 0-0 Man UtdMay 2010 Premier Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdOct 2009 Premier Man Utd 2-2 SunderlandApr 2009 Premier Sunderland 1-2 Man UtdIt’s a two-legged affair so Sunderland will be keen to get something out of this – especially with the injury list stacking up for the underfire Man U boss.There are doubts over Rio Ferdinand’s fitness after he limped off with a knee problem against Swansea and recent absentees Phil Jones, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are also uncertain of a return.Even allowing for Man U’s turbulent season there’s still a massive gulf of 20 points between these two sides with Sunderland propping up the table with just 14 points from 20 games.Sunderland have done much better in this tournament though – reaching the final four after a stunning comeback against Chelsea in the quarter finals.They will never have a better time of facing Man U than now and can keep things level before the return trip to Old Trafford. And the way things are going at Old Trafford recently, Sunderland will take that scenario 10 times out of 10.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points DRAW at around 14/5 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): -20.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Cardiff City v Bristol City

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he three consecutive Premier League matches yesterday didn’t exactly do much for my calorie count and it’s a shame that one of the matches couldn’t have been played tonight. Less is sometimes more.Liverpool let me down for the second time in a week when only drawing – I favoured Southampton, although in fairness to Liverpool they probably deserved a win. In any event it was an infinitely more exciting game than the Manchester derby zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Championship action tonight with Cardiff City taking on Bristol City and if the head-to-head stats (below) are repeated we could be in for an interesting match.Both teams need a win for very different reasons. A win for Cardiff would get them within a point of the play-off position line whereas Bristol City would jump from 21st to a possible 17th and put a little distance between themselves and the danger zone.I expected Cardiff to be shorter than the 6/4 quoted at lunchtime by Star Sports – they have a terrific record against Bristol City – you have to go back nine matches to 2002 since Bristol City last beat Cardiff at home (across all competitions) and the last time they met Cardiff were 2-0 up until conceding an own goal in the 90th minute which flattered Bristol City.The Bluebirds are also in strong form at home this season – they’ve only lost once and are bidding for their third consecutive win after seeing off Charlton 2-1 and title contenders Middlesbrough 1-0.Bristol City have won just twice this season and last time failed to hold onto their 1-0 half-time lead against Brighton who came back to win 2-1. Manager Steve Cotterill is expected to name an unchanged side for tonight’s trip to the Cardiff City Stadium.The hosts should again have the services of midfielder Joe Ralls after his hamstring injury but Kenwyne Jones will miss the game due to a shin injury.Cardiff City v Bristol CityChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Cardiff 2-1 Bristol CAug 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol C 4-2 CardiffMar 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol C 1-2 CardiffAug 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Cardiff 3-1 Bristol CJan 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol C 3-0 CardiffOct 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Cardiff 3-2 Bristol CJan 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol C 0-6 CardiffJan 2010 ENGLISH FA CUP Cardiff 1-0 Bristol CJan 2010 ENGLISH FA CUP Bristol C 1-1 CardiffAug 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP Cardiff 3-0 Bristol CI’m struggling to see why Cardiff are not a rock solid bet at 6/4 and am staking accordingly.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CARDIFF for 25 points at around 6/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 77.40 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Bordeaux

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last night was good news for my DRAW recommendation at 100/30 with Star Sports.Switching to the Europa League tonight and the Klopp momentum should continue with a home win for Liverpool against Bordeaux who have a wretched record when they travel to England. Not only have they lost all five games, but they have also failed to score a single goal.Liverpool are currently second in Group B with six points against Bordeaux who are fourth on three points. A win tonight will guarantee qualification for Liverpool with a game to spare.Klopp has taken the Europa League competition seriously so far and Daniel Sturridge could make his first appearance since Jurgen Klopp became manager.Klopp said: “Daniel is coming closer and closer so he can now train seven or eight times in a row – that is the longest period since I’ve been here. My decision you will see but it is closer and that is very good.”Liverpool v BordeauxUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:05 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE Bordeaux 1-1 LiverpoolOct 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool 3-0 BordeauxOct 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Bordeaux 0-1 LiverpoolI’m keeping things simple tonight with a Liverpool HT/FT recommendation at around 11/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LIVERPOOL HT/FT for 12 points at around 11/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 105.41 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice Universitys Jones School to host Changing Health Care Concepts to Improve

first_imgAddThis ShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (July 17, 2012) – Health care businessman Don Lyons will discuss the changing face of health care in the U.S. during a public forum at Rice University July 19.Lyons is CEO and managing partner of InterOPERANT. His presentation,  “Changing Health Care; Concepts to Improve Efficiency,” is part of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business’ Health Care Speaker Series. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in McNair Hall’s Anderson Family Commons on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.Last month the series covered the impact of the Supreme Court’s the recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. With this decision, the Supreme Court laid to rest questions about the law’s constitutionality.The Health Care Speaker Series aims to educate the Houston community regarding recent and relevant health care developments. Experts on a variety of topics share insights in a way that a layperson can understand.The event is free, but registration is required to attend. Visit for more information or to RSVP.-30-Related materials: This release can be found online at on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Tornado Hits New Orleans Damage Reported

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Tornado Hits New Orleans, Damage Reported By Epoch Newsroom February 7, 2017 Updated: February 7, 2017 Share this article A tornado smashed into homes in New Orleans late Tuesday morning, officials and locals said.It’s unclear if there were injuries.Several businesses and homes were damaged or destroyed, KHOU-TV reported.Tornado warnings remain in effect over the southern region.BREAKING UPDATE: Severe damage seen in New Orleans East area after reports of tornado on ground.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) February 7, 2017 (Google Maps) This is the New Orleans East tornado, from WDSU:— Kevin Dupuy (@KevinYeaux) February 7, 2017 Show Discussion US last_img read more

Las Vegas Shooting Victim Gets Death Threats

first_img(GoFundMe) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Las Vegas Shooting Victim Gets Death Threats By Ivan Pentchoukov November 2, 2017 Updated: November 2, 2017 Braden Matejka survived a bullet to the head during the Las Vegas shooting massacre. Now he is receiving death threats from people who believe in a conspiracy theory that casts doubt on whether anyone was hurt in the shooting.Matejka, a Canadian, was among more than 500 people who were injured during the Oct. 1 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest festival. The alleged gunman, Stephen Paddock, killed 58 people before turning the gun on himself, police say.“You are a lying piece of [expletive] and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head,” one Facebook user wrote to Matejka in the days following the shooting.“Your soul is disgusting and dark! You will Pay for the consequences,” wrote another.People have also started using Matejka’s photos to make memes with crude captions, his family told the Guardian.Matejka shut down his social media accounts, but his relatives are still being targeted by people who believe that the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history was a hoax. “There are all these families dealing with likely the most horrific thing they’ll ever experience, and they are also met with hate and anger and are being attacked online about being part of some conspiracy,” Taylor Matejka, the survivor’s brother, said. “It’s madness I can’t imagine the thought process of these people. Do they know that we are actual people?” (GoFundMe)Matejka posted a photo of his bullet wound on a GoFundMe page that he started to collect funds for medical expenses.Authorities working the case have drastically clamped down on the information they release about the shooting, prompting people to fill in the void online.The theory that the entire shooting was a hoax is on the fringes of the discussion and has been dismissed by independent reporters investigating the shooting in Las Vegas.People who subscribe to the hoax theory call the survivors “crisis actors” saying they were hired to pose as victims. Taylor Matejka tried to respond to a few of the theorists online but says none wanted to hear his reasoning.“A really sad part of this is that a lot of people think they’re fighting the good fight and exposing truth,” he said.Matejka traveled to Las Vegas with his girlfriend Amanda Homulos to celebrate his 30th birthday. When the shooting started, Matejka was hit by a bullet in the head and knocked to the ground. The couple got inside the car of another concert attendee who drove them to a hospital.Matejka’s wound was not serious.“I’m just so grateful that we’re still here, and I can’t express how sorry I am for the people that didn’t make it,” Homulos told The Associated Press.On Wednesday, the spokesperson for the investigation, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, gave the first interview in more than two weeks to a local television station. Prior to that, on Oct. 13, he read prepared remarks at a press conference and did not take questions.Lombardo did not reveal anything new about the investigation, except for a personal hunch that Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, may be withholding information from investigators.Addressing the conspiracy theories, he said that the notion that the federal authorities and “police are trying to hide stuff or are conspiring together to hide stuff is ridiculous.”He reserved a special criticism for people who accuse victims and families of faking injuries and deaths.“I’m amazed at people’s mental state to post the stuff that they post,” Lombardo told KLAS. “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I wish I could locate some of these individuals or have them present themselves to me personally and I’ll show them what happened out there.”From Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov center_img Share Show Discussion US News last_img read more