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Half of disabled cyclists fear having their benefi

first_imgHalf of disabled cyclists fear having their benefits cut or removed if they are seen to be physically active, according to a survey released on the UN’s international day of disabled people.The results of the survey of more than 200 disabled cyclists by the disabled people’s organisation Wheels for Wellbeing showed that of the 49 per cent who were concerned about their benefits, one in six (17 per cent) had been discouraged from cycling, cycled less or given up cycling altogether.Only two months ago, a report by the disability sports organisation Activity Alliance found that four-fifths (83 per cent) of disabled people surveyed would like to be more active, but nearly half (47 per cent) feared losing their benefits if they took more exercise.Isabelle Clement, director of Wheels for Wellbeing, said: “For disabled people, cycling is a wonderful thing because it mitigates the effects of impairment and enables you to move freely over long distances, improving your overall wellbeing in the process.”But she said that cycling doesn’t “make your impairment magically disappear” and so to “penalise people because they use a cycle to move around, as well as or instead of a wheelchair say, is just lazy and discriminatory”.She called on the Department for Work and Pensions to clarify its position on how disability benefits are affected by cycling.The Wheels for Wellbeing survey was just one of a string of events and publications held and released on the international day on Monday (3 December).The disabled peer Lord [Chris] Holmes published a review which calls for “urgent action” to tackle the under-representation of disabled people in appointments to public bodies such as NHS organisations, national museums and regulatory and advisory bodies.He said it was shocking that, last year, just three per cent of people who had previously been appointed to public bodies described themselves as disabled, although the figures are slowly improving, with 6.9 per cent of new appointments who shared their status in 2017-18 reporting that they were disabled.The Tory peer called for an interim target of 11.3 per cent of all public appointees to be disabled people, while he also called for “reliable, consistent, comprehensive” data on how many disabled public appointees there were, for the government to take “innovative” approaches to recruitment, and for a more accessible applications process.He suggested there should be less reliance on panel interviews and more open processes such as the use of shadowing current appointees, holding mock board meetings, and making better use of technology, with new efforts to attract and nurture disabled talent, for example by using mentors and role models.The government makes more than 1,000 appointments to the boards of more than 500 public bodies every year, with those organisations spending more than £200 billion of public money.Meanwhile, the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) used the UN international day to announce that the government was setting up a new network of “regional stakeholders” who will organise forums for organisations and individuals in nine regions across England.The forums are intended to “provide a channel for disabled people and their organisations to share their views and experiences about policies and services that affect them and will complement stakeholder relationships that already exist across government”.ODI said it would publish more information about how to join the regional stakeholder network “shortly”.The forums appear to be a replacement for the Fulfilling Potential Forum, the Disability Action Alliance and the Fulfilling Potential Policy Advice Service, all of which were set up by the coalition government but have either been scrapped or fallen into disuse.The minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, also announced that the government was looking for six new “champions” to tackle some of the issues disabled people face as consumers.The six individuals will be asked to use their influential status as leaders in their own industries to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people across fashion, technology, countryside and heritage, website accessibility, food and drink, and product design.They will join 14 existing sector champions in areas such as airports, banking, insurance, live music, retail and tourism.The disabled-led arts organisation Together! 2012, based in east London, announced on Monday that it had been awarded nearly £230,000 lottery funding that will allow it to expand its Clubs creative development programme for disabled people over the three years from 2019.Together! also held a live-streamed reading of the easy-read version of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at Beckton Globe Library.As part of their celebrations of the day, York Independent Living Network and York Human Rights City Network organised a live video link that brought together students from York and Urbino in Italy who had won prizes in this year’s Eleanor Worthington Prize to talk about their work and celebrate the day.Elsewhere on the UN international day, the Centre for Disability Studies and the Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds held a screening of Sanctuary, an award-winning film which follows the relationship between two people with learning difficulties.The screening was followed by a question and answer session with the director, Len Collin, the university’s Professor Gerard Quinn, and representatives of CHANGE, the Leeds-based, disabled-led organisation that focuses on the human rights of people with learning difficulties.In London, Merton Centre for Independent Living released a series of short films on independent living.And in Liverpool, as part of the DaDaFest international disability arts festival, which ends on Saturday, Disability Arts Online held a panel discussion, asking: “Are we in an era post Disability Art?”Picture: Isabelle Clement after being presented with the Freedom of the City of London in June 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

SF Missions fourth 100percent affordable housing project breaks ground

first_imgThe project will require $88 million to build, pulling together around five different public and private funding sources, including grants from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and loans from US Bank.Construction is expected to wrap up in fall 2020. “This is a long time coming,” said Mayor London Breed during a speech. Indeed, the city awarded the site to the two nonprofits more than three years ago. “This particular victory is an example of the power of organizing, conviction, and the success of demanding more affordable housing,” said Marilyn Duran, a youth organizer with PODER, a nonprofit that advocates for immigrant families.   The groundbreaking comes roughly seven months after MEDA and CCDC broke ground on their shared 94-unit project for seniors at 1296 Shotwell — the first 100-percent affordable project to begin construction in the neighborhood in a decade. It will also be yet another pillar in MEDA’s ever-expanding real estate empire. MEDA currently has five projects in the works — including the two aforementioned projects under construction, as well as a 143-unit building at 1990 Folsom St., 130 units at 681 Florida St., and a yet-to-be-approved 12-story, 63-unit condo building at 18th and Mission. But MEDA is not the only entity developing big, affordable projects in this neighborhood. Mission Housing Development Corporation has broken ground on both of its Mission-based projects — 82 units at 490 South Van Ness Ave. and 156 units at 1950 Mission St. And Mission Neighborhood Centers and Mercy Housing are jointly developing 45 units of senior housing at 3001 24th St.   “I love this project!” said The Rev. Norman Fong, the executive director of CCDC, at the end of his speech. “Now we’re going to do the shovel thing, right?”City officials and community members officially break ground at 2060 Folsom. Photo by Julian Mark. A nine-story, 127-unit fully affordable project officially broke ground at 17th and Folsom on Wednesday — the fourth of seven approved projects in the Mission’s affordable housing pipeline. On Wednesday evening, around 60 community members, nonprofit leaders and city officials gathered at 2060 Folsom St. to put shovels to dirt. The ceremony opened with a blessing of the site by Aztec dancers to the beat of drums and the smell of burning sage. “We are only at the beginning of our path of this journey to address the Mission District’s housing crisis,” said Mission Economic Development Agency CEO Luis Granados. The project, which is being developed jointly by the MEDA and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), will reserve 29 units for formerly homeless transitional-age youth. The project will also eventually provide office space for Mission-based nonprofits such as PODER, Mission Graduates, and Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. It was designed by Mithun Architects and Y.A. Studio, and will sit adjacent to In Chan Kaajal Park.  Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS have signed two Welsh players into their Ac

first_imgSAINTS have signed two Welsh players into their Academy system.Centre Calvin Wellington, 18, and winger Regan Grace, 17, have signed a 12-month part time contract to play in 19s after impressing on trial this season.“We have a number of scouts and connections in South Wales and Chris O’Callaghan asked us to take a look at Calvin and Regan,” Saints 19s Head Coach Derek Traynor said. “We went to see them play Rugby Union for Aberavon Quins and they really impressed us.“From there we invited them for a two-week trial at the club and they played three matches.“We were really pleased with how they conducted themselves on and off the field and we are delighted they have agreed a contract with us.”Regan (left) played Rugby League for Scorpions at 16s and Wales at Under 18s.Calvin (right) appeared for Wales at 16s and 18s as well as the Scorpions.Derek continued: “Calvin and Regan love rugby league and are eager to progress into first team players.“They have genuine pace and in the month they have been here they have been working hard, have great attitudes and are impressing the coaching staff.“They are certainly players for the future.“We see South Wales as a real growth area for us and we believe there is of untapped talent down there. With our contacts we are hoping to realise this and Calvin and Regan are just the start.”last_img read more

SEAN Long praised the Saints after their 2622 win

first_imgSEAN Long praised the Saints after their 26-22 win over league leading Castleford on Monday.“I’m really pleased with the effort and energy considering we backed up after Good Friday when we only played with 12 men,” he said. “That sapped the energy but the boys turned up after a short turnaround and played with bags of energy.“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves as we coughed up a bit too much ball but we just kept on turning up for each other and found a way to win.“Cas are a class team so to beat them was pleasing. I still think we could handle games a little bit better. We could close them out a little bit easier and probably our game management was a little off, but the guys’ effort was unreal.“I am really chuffed for them that they got the two points.”He continued: “Regan Grace was good again. He has been working really hard in the 19s system. He has pace to burn but still has a lot to learn. We aren’t getting carried away and neither is he. He is grounded and wants to work week in week out and that is a the sign of a good player.“Every young kid coming through thinks they are ready. It is pleasing that the kids have took their chance – now it is up to them to keep their jerseys.”Saints next home game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Leigh on April 28.Tickets for that match, and our away trip to Widnes this Friday, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Were inviting you to meet the first team squad an

first_imgWe’re inviting you to meet the first team squad and enjoy some fun events at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Wednesday February 14.Starting at 10:30am you will have access to an exclusive signing session with the players until 11am, before heading into the stadium and the North Stand concourse to enjoy games and activities.We will have several rugby based challenges for you as well as bouncy castles to name but a few!The event will end around 1.30pm and all Junior attendees will be able to enjoy 10 per cent off in the Saints Superstore on the same day.Access is by ticket only and you simply need to head to the Ticket Office with your Junior Membership card to get a ticket.They are limited to 250.We look forward to seeing you once again!last_img read more

Justin Holbrooks men are seeking their first win

first_imgJustin Holbrook’s men are seeking their first win in four attempts over the Rhinos – with their last victory coming at the beginning of the 2017 season.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 20, Leeds 28 (SLR6, 16/3/18) Leeds 16, St Helens 14 (SLS8-R3, 18/8/17) Leeds 24, St Helens 22 (SLR20, 29/6/17) St Helens 6, Leeds 4 (SLR1, 9/2/17) St Helens 38, Leeds 34 (SLR12, 22/4/16) Leeds 30, St Helens 18 (SLR6, 18/3/16) Leeds 20, St Helens 13 (SLSF, 2/10/15) Leeds 18, St Helens 32 (SLS8-R4, 4/9/15) Leeds 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 31/7/15) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington) Leeds 46, St Helens 18 (SLR20, 3/7/15)Super League Summary:Leeds won 32 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005, 2013 and 2015 play-offs) St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004) St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Super League Head to Head:SaintsLeeds Tries99 (1st)54 (7th)Goals80 (1st)42 (11th)Metres24,040 (1st)20,327 (5th)Breaks130 (1st)81 (8th)Tackles5,601 (5th)5,655 (4th)Penalties119 (12th)129 (8th)Point-Scoring Runs:Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak amongst Super League players, having registered points in St Helens’ last 19 matches.His scoring streak began with seven goals in a 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2 .Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 19 2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 15 3 = Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 12 5 = Ryan Morgan (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 10 8 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Regan Grace (St Helens), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors) 9Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 80 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 53 3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 47 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 45 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 34 6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 33 7 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 31 9 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 28 10 Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 27Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 96.29 (26/27) 2 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 4 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.84 (28/33) 5 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 83.33 (45/54) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 80.00 (12/15) 7 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 78.57 (11/14) 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 78.33 (47/60) 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 78.12 (25/32) 10 = Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) (27/36), Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 75.00 (9/12)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 174 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 131 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 122 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 102 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96 6 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 77 7 Ben Barba (St Helens) 76 8 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 74 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 74 10 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 70 Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 70Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints171520558204354302Wigan Warriors161240439242197243Warrington Wolves17116038929792224Castleford Tigers16115037232250225Hull FC17107043135180206Wakefield Trinity1688033931326167Leeds Rhinos16781300330-30158Huddersfield Giants176101270491-221139Catalans Dragons166100270389-1191210Salford Red Devils175120268413-1451011Hull KR174130297452-155812Widnes Vikings163130275404-1296Tickets:Tickets for the clash are now on sale from Leeds only. It is highly unlikely there will be cash turnstiles on Gameday.last_img read more

BCSO Man in custody after shooting at cars during chase from Leland

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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Southport man accused of shooting at two drivers this morning while chasing the vehicles from Leland to Wilmington is now in custody.Terrell Jamal Pompey, 28, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by felon.- Advertisement – Witnesses say it all started when Pompey got mad after an argument with his estranged girlfriend in Leland. He is accused of firing several shots at her car in Leland while she had several children inside.The chase moved into Wilmington, where witnesses say Pompey shot another vehicle near the 1900 block of Oleander Drive. That car was damaged, but no one was hurt.State records show Pompey’s record includes convictions for assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering vehicles and carry a concealed weapon.Related Article: Man injured during afternoon shooting in WilmingtonPompey is in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a 100,600 bond.last_img read more

16 members named to panel to advise on GenX other emerging chemicals

first_imgCape Fear River on June 14, 2017 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The state has announced who will make up the newly expanded Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential impacts to human health and the environment.The board is made up of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields.  New Hanover County’s Public Health Director Phillip Tarte has been named one of the members. He and the others will study ways to better protect people and environment from new and emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.- Advertisement – “We selected top talent from a robust pool of more than 50 candidates from across North Carolina,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “The panel we’ve assembled will provide vital long-term scientific guidance on how to best protect public health and the environment from emerging chemical compounds.”Members of the Science Advisory Board will use their expertise to assist DEQ and DHHS by recommending reviews and evaluations of contaminants released to the environment; acting as consultants on DEQ’s determinations to regulate releases of contaminants; and assisting the agencies in identifying contaminants of emerging concern and helping determine whether the contaminants should be studied further. Experts on the panel will also help evaluate the human health impacts of exposure to hazardous contaminants, and give input to DHHS as the agency establishes health goals for emerging contaminants.“We share a goal to protect the safety and health of all North Carolinians,” said Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. “We look forward to working closely with the panel and our partners at the Department of Environmental Quality.”Related Article: Chemours breaks ground on emissions facilityThe full board’s first meeting will be on October 23 in Raleigh. The board is scheduled to introduce the new membership, discuss its priorities and hear from Regan and Cohen. A web page has been developed for the newly expanded science board.Board members will conduct business in an open forum to allow for public input. You can also follow the meeting online through WebEx.Under the board’s new charter, the scope of its work has expanded from toxic air pollutants to a broader focus on the impact of new and emerging chemicals. Membership also increased from eight to 16 voting members, and includes four members of the former board.All members are appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries. Members come from academic institutions, the public and private sectors, and independent research facilities.  The board will meet at least six times each year.On October 12, the state named Dr. Jamie Bartram as the new chairman of the board. Bartram is a professor and founding director of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Other members of the board are:Viney Aneja, Ph.D., a professor in N.C. State University’s Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Aneja is an air contamination scientist and a highly-regarded expert with a long history of public service at the federal and state level.Tom Augspurger, Ph.D., an ecologist/environmental contaminants specialist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Raleigh, an adjunct associate professor in the Toxicology Program at N.C. State University, and president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (North America). He is widely published on the topics of fish and wildlife toxicology.W. Greg Cope, Ph.D., department extension leader in Applied Ecology and coordinator of N.C. State’s Agromedicine Program. His research interests include aquatic toxicology, molluscan and fish biology, and physiology.David Dorman, DVM, Ph.D., DABVT, DABT, an N.C. State University professor of Toxicology in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and a former associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has chaired or served on numerous National Research Council, or NRC, committees. He previously served on the Science Advisory Board.Jaqueline MacDonald Gibson, Ph.D., an associate professor at UNC’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering with a multidisciplinary background in math, science and engineering. She has devoted much of her research to predicting population health impacts of alternative environmental policy decisions.Richard T. Di Giulio, Ph.D., the Kleberg Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He serves as director of its Superfund Research Center and Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program.Elaina Kenyon, Ph.D., DABT, principle investigator in toxicology at the EPA’s research laboratory in Research Triangle Park. Her work focuses on a modeling technique that predicts the behavior of synthetic or natural chemical substances in humans and other animal species. She is an advisor to the World Health Organization and International Programme on Chemical Safety. She served on the former Science Advisory Board.Gina Kimble, Ph.D., a laboratory supervisor at Charlotte Water and Catawba Wateree Water Management Group team lead for the Water Supply Master Plan Phase 3 project. She has participated in Water Research Foundation projects related to water quality and analytical method development, and   serves as the Charlotte Water representative for the N.C. Urban Water Consortium.Detlef Knappe, Ph.D., a professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at N.C. State University. He joined the N.C. State faculty in 1996. In November 2016, Dr. Knappe and co-authors at the Environmental Protection Agency and UNC-Charlotte published research showing elevated levels of GenX in drinking water at a plant near Wilmington.Thomas Starr, Ph.D., an expert in quantitative assessment of health and environmental risks from exposure to toxic substances who has published extensively on exposure assessment. He holds an academic appointment to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. He served on the former Science Advisory Board since 1990, including eight years as chairman.Woodhall Stopford, MD, MSPH, a physician at Duke University Medical Center and past director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Toxicology Program at Duke. Author of more than 80 articles on occupational toxicology and risk assessment of contaminants in consumer products, he serves on several national committees that assess risks to human health. He served on former Science Advisory Board since 1990.Michael Stoskopf, DVM, Ph.D., DACZM, a professor of Wildlife and Aquatic Health at the N.C. State’s School of Veterinary Medicine, with appointments to Forestry, Biomedical Engineering and Toxicology. He also is director of NCSU’s Environmental Medicine Consortium. His research focuses on population, ecosystem and landscape approaches to health management of wildlife species.Phillip Tarte, MPH, the Public Health director of New Hanover County. He previously served as Union County Public Health director. He is a member of the board of the N.C. Institute of Medicine.Betsey Tilson, M.D., MHP, a pediatrician and preventive medicine physician serving as state health director and chief medical officer. She has focused on public health and prevention and cross-department initiatives, including clinical quality standards. She was the 2016 recipient of the American College of Preventive Medicine Distinguished Service Award.John Vandenberg, Ph.D., director of the Research Triangle Park Division of the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment. He leads the EPA’s Integrated Science Assessments for the criteria air pollutants and the Integrated Risk Information System for high priority hazardous air pollutants. He also is an adjunct professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.last_img read more

Kids have fun learn about STEM concepts

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There was plenty of informative fun to be had at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station Saturday as kids and their families came out for STEM Day.New Hanover Education Ventures is a non-profit that provides hands-on learning experiences in the four STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math.- Advertisement – They invited local businesses to come teach the kids about robotics, 3D printing, magnets, and more.NHEV’s president, Claire Primrose, says events like this can be valuable for a child’s future.“It helps the students understand that content more fully,” Primrose said. “Hopefully, it sparks an interest in them to inquire further and maybe they will discover a new career.”Related Article: Cape Fear Community College to close Monday eveningIf you missed out on STEM Day, you have another chance to check it out. It will be held again on May 19th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.last_img read more

City Council could increase downtown parking rates change speed limit

first_imgParking meters in downtown Wilmington. (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council will discuss raising parking rates in downtown Wilmington and lowering the speed limit on two busy roads.According to documents for Tuesday night’s meeting, council will vote on an ordinance that amends the fee schedule for a variety of items, including parking.- Advertisement – The city is looking at increasing the parking meters to $1.50 an hour. The current rate is $1.25 an hour.The monthly parking deck fees would increase from $55 to $60 a month.Council will also vote on an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on selected NCDOT routes. Shipyard Boulevard would be reduced from 50mph to 45mph from Carolina Beach Road to College Road.Related Article: Wilmington City Council hears proposed changes to noise ordinanceSections of Kerr Avenue that are 45mph would drop to 35mph from Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to South College Road.Council meets Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Shots fired into Wilmington home with child inside

first_imgWilmington Police have closed off Johnson St at Manly Avenue to investigate a shooting. (Photo: Andrew James) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after someone fired shots into a home with a child inside.According to Wilmington Police, a shotspotter alert came in just after 3:15 p.m- Advertisement – Police say someone fired shots into a home at the intersection of Manly Avenue and Johnson Street.Freeman Elementary and Mosley were briefly under a shelter in place by law enforcement. According to New Hanover County Schools, students at Freeman were dismissed before the shelter began.Police have closed off the intersection while they investigate.Related Article: Wilmington oral surgeon arrested on new chargeNo one was hurt.So far, no arrests have been made.last_img read more

City of Wilmington to CFPUA Stop removing trees

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man says CFPUA illegally bulldozed hundreds of trees Monday, destroying a natural buffer between his neighborhood and River Road. Now, the city has ordered CFPUA to stop their work.“Certainly they can’t come back and put up 50-year-old pine trees that have been put down,” said Jonathan Deputy, who has lived in the Silva Terra neighborhood near Monkey Junction for 22 years.- Advertisement – Deputy says when River Road was moved closer to his neighborhood to make room for the RiverLights development, there was an agreement to leave a natural buffer of trees.“We got up and looked this morning, and we don’t have a lot of barrier between us and River Road now,” said Deputy.Deputy says Monday, crews started removing trees. He asked who they were working for, and they said CFPUA. He called City of Wilmington Code Enforcement, which quickly came out and posted a stop work order.Related Article: CFPUA issues travel advisory at Wrightsville Ave. near Dawson St. for sewer work“When I inquired with some city personnel, they indicated that this wasn’t the first time that they’d had issues with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority,” said Deputy.Work has stopped for now, but Deputy says they already cleared about two thirds of trees in that buffer zone. He says this leaves him and his neighbors exposed to road noise, and has destroyed natural habitat for animals.“The best thing for the neighborhood would be for all the involved parties to sit down and figure out now what that barrier is going to look like, because certainly we’re going to need something between us and River Road,” said Deputy.CFPUA released a statement to us, saying: “This occurred in an easement we own while work was underway to install a water main. We’ve stopped work and are currently working with the city to resolve its concerns.”We also reached out to the City of Wilmington, and are waiting to hear back with more information.last_img read more

City officials begin budget talks for 2020

first_imgWILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — On Friday, the City of Wilmington jump started their discussion of the budget for the next fiscal year. This is just the beginning to months of deliberation.The meeting started with the state of the budget. Hurricane Florence expenses cost the city more than $30 million. But, good news for the city:- Advertisement – (1) Property tax revenue and sales tax revenue came in higher than projected(2) The city’s healthy fund balance before the storm is keeping the city on track to maintain its savings account to at least 20%“Going into the storm, we had little over 30% of our budget in savings,” City of Wilmington Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said. “That sounds like a huge amount, but, it’s really not, when you consider we just blew through 10% of that over $30 million in a matter of months.”Related Article: Neighborhood slammed by Florence faces new challengeThe recommended budget will be presented in May with a subsequent public hearing to follow.By state law, the city cannot run a deficit and must have a balanced budget by June 30.last_img read more

8 licenses cancelled 4 suspended in 2018 – MGA

first_imgDuring 2018, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) issued 16 Notices of Reprimand and 73 Notices of Breach, suspended four licenses and cancelled another eight. In addition, a total of 139 administrative fines were imposed on operators following various regulatory breaches.In the MGA’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the financial year ending 31 December 2018, the authority provided an overview of the activities throughout the year, as well as a detailed summary of the performance of the Maltese gaming industry, and a medium-term outlook into the future.According to the report, throughout 2018, the MGA mainly focused on the implementation of the new Gaming Act which strengthened its regulatory oversight. Furthermore, the MGA focused on regulatory compliance through the implementation of a number of internal and external initiatives. Apart from what had already been noted above, the MGA’s Fit & Proper Committee deemed 63 individuals or companies to be unsuitable for a license, after conducting around 2,000 criminal probity screenings.Moreover, the Authority placed an emphasis on its Anti-Money Laundering/Combating Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) supervision, in order to further mitigate these risks relating to gambling services. In fact, the MGA conducted a total of 33 AML/CFT full-scope examinations, eight of which were conducted jointly with the FIAU. Furthermore, of the 63 individuals or companies deemed to be unsuitable for a license, 37 of them were considered to have possible connections to ML or FT.“52.8% of the population aged 18 and over gamble”The Authority also conducted and published the results of two major surveys in 2018. One concerns the skill gaps in the gaming industry, while the other treated the threats and opportunities associated with the consumption of gambling and gaming services by Maltese residents.Some interesting points that the latter survey had concluded were that 52.8% of the population aged 18 and over are estimated to have spent on average €11.30 per week on some form of gaming activity in 2017. More than half the players spent no more than 2% of their income on gambling services, but 8% of players spent in excess of one-tenth of their income on gambling.The future In 2019, the MGA’s aim is stated to be that of consolidation of what has already been done, of building up its regulatory powers, while also embracing technological innovation.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Somalia UN office goes digital

first_imgAdvertisement In a statement, the office said the move was in an effort to “increase the scope of our outreach during the critical time leading to the end of the transitional period and beyond.”They can now be reached on the social networking site – Twitter on the handle @UNPOSomalia.UNPOS can also be reached on Tumblr – a microblogging website on the link unposomalia.tumblr.com as well as the picture sharing platform Flickr on: flickr.com/photos/unpos/ – Advertisement – From these connections, the office will give information about its work and provide an alert system to inform relevant audiences of press statements, media alerts, meeting locations and timings.“Our Leadership Blog posts will facilitate more direct interaction with major audiences and provide an effective channel to highlight challenges and promote the progress being made as we approach the end of the transitional period and beyond,” the statement read.Currently, UNPOS has posted Special Representative of the Secretary-General Augustine Mahiga’s letter to the Somali People on the its blogging site.On Flickr, the office will give users a chance to view engaging images of the UN in action.“We will also be posting a range of photos, including images from throughout Somalia, to show the world how things are changing on the ground,” the brief read.Source: The Daily Nationlast_img read more

One Designers Vision of a Redesigned Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook is making strides with the app editions of its service for Android and iOS, but the desktop look has fallen behind recent design trends. Rather than just sit around and complain, designer Fred Nerby took matters into his own hands with this gorgeous new look and concept redesign of the site that he posted to Behance.Nerby describes the project as “a conceptional and systematic design approach for a new responsive desktop and iPad concept to the largest networking platform in the world, focusing on a more streamlined solution for its online space and created behaviour.”Here is the project video (scroll below to see full image): – Advertisement – Facebook Prototype – Conceptional Approach from Fred Nerby on Vimeo.Here is the full text from the designer:A conceptional and systematic design approach for a new responsive desktop and iPad concept for Facebook.I wanted to create a better understanding and relation between user and content and how such data can be displayed. Today, Facebook is not so much the necessary evil that people have to get used to anymore as much as it has become part of people’s behaviour on a daily basis. That behaviour is a very powerful tool for both end-users and companies around the world when “used and promoted in the correct way”, create your platform and tell a story about it! The visual impact is crucial today and how we’re displaying information is essential for any application’s success.I approached the platform from a user perspective and focused on targeted & personalized data while maintaining a visually appealing interface. Facebook has done a good job on this for a long time but we’re still not seeing the full extent of what’s possible within this platform. I believe the future of data, design & dev lies within personalised or targeted information online, because currently, we’re flooded with information online such as banners, ads and other media’s who have based their campaigns on a more narrative philosophy (which is “interrupting the user” to think of a brand or product they hadn’t thought about). This concept draws upon a systematic theory, creating a more personal environment online.And here is the full image:last_img read more

A pair of smart glasses for just 1500 before shipping

first_imgAdvertisement Google has begun to sell its Glass Explorer Edition of eyewear gadgetry to the American public amid high demand, as long as customers are all right with shelling out $1,500 and as long as supplies last, ahead of another mainstream rollout later this yearLast month, Google sold its wearable tech product on the open market for a single day and nearly worked through its inventory. But the company has since built up its Glass supplies and is now selling its Glass Explorer Edition in the U.S. for as long as its inventory lasts, according to a company blog post.[related-posts] Considering the high demand for Glass, the open sale could be short-lived. Google is still selling its beta version and continuing to tweak its hardware, but for now, if one-and-a-half large isn’t too steep a barrier to entry, you can buy Glass here. – Advertisement – Glass costs far more than its components, analysts have said. IHS Inc. pegged Glass’ gadget hardware and manufacturing costs at $152. But IHS also said a large portion of the missing $1348 per Glass likely goes to non-recurring engineering expenses and expensive software and platform development.And Google has said that the estimates were off. “While we appreciate another attempt to estimate the cost of Glass, this latest one from IHS… is wildly off,” a Google spokesman said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Glass costs significantly more to produce.”Reasonably priced or not, Google is planning to open up to a wider consumer launch later this year.Credit: TIME.comlast_img read more

Apple Maps now used more frequently than Google Maps on iOS

first_imgAccording to the report, Apple Maps is now used three times as often as its next leading competitor (Google Maps) on iPhone and iPad, with more than 5 billion map related requests ever week. Image Credit: SignPost Advertisement It’s no secret that when Apple Maps launched back in 2012 it had more than its fair share of issues. The issues included things like incorrect turn-by-turn directions, mislabeled landmarks, and much more. Three years later, however, Apple has been working to remedy the issues its had and according to a new report out of The Boston Globe, the improvements aren’t going unnoticed by users.According to the report, Apple Maps is now used three times as often as its “next leading competitor” on iPhone and iPad, with more than 5 billion map-related requests ever week. The mysterious “next leading competitor” is obviously Google Maps, which for a significant amount of time following the launch of Apple Maps was the go-to service for iPhone and iPad users.In the entire market, Google Maps still holds a lead. Google’s offering reportedly had twice as many users in October of this year as Apple Maps. This is due in large part to the fact that Google Maps is supported on both iOS and Android, while Apple Maps is obviously limited purely to the former of the two. – Advertisement – One the biggest reason for the growth in use of Apple Maps is the integration of the service into third-party apps. Going into Yelp for instance allows you to instantly find directions via Apple Maps, while the Starbucks app shows all surrounding stores and allows navigation via Apple Maps.[related-posts]Of course, Google provided the mapping data for iPhones until 2012. It was then that Apple decided to ditch the company in favor of its own, custom-built solution. It was a risky move that hurt the company’s reputation at the beginning, but it has since done a lot to regain customer trust.  “We are fast learners and we are fast at fixing things,” said Apple marketing VP Greg Joswiak. “We learned the maps business incredibly fast.”The growing trust of Apple Maps among iPhone users is important for the Cupertino company. It likely means that customers will turn to Apple’s first-party apps in other instances, as well, instead of going in search of third-party solutions, as was the case when Apple Maps launched in 2012.[9to5mac]last_img read more

Bendable Smartphones The Future of Smartphones Coming Soon

first_imgImage Credit: Moxi Group Advertisement Moxi Group a little-known startup based in Chongqing, China is gunning to be the first to sell bendable smartphones this year, seeking to upstage South Korean electronics giants, Samsung Electronics Co.According to Moxi Group, they will ship 100,000 of the devices later this year. They’re, at the very least, unique. The phones, which will sell for about 765 USD (approximately 2.6million ugx) a piece, are designed to be rolled into a bracelet and worn on the wrist. The touchscreens work when curled up, or can be unfurled into rectangles to use just like any other smartphone.Bloomberg reports that, the gadgets for now will only feature black and white displays, with a color version to follow later. Still, that gives Moxi enough bragging rights to beat out other smartphone makers in being first to release bendable products. – Advertisement – “Black and white phones are much easier to make,” said Chongsheng Yu, Executive VP, Moxi Group. “The color model power usage is also much higher than that of the black and white unit. We’ll sell in China and if there’s demand overseas, we’ll look into it.”“The bendable phone is based on e-ink, which is also used in amazon kindle devices, but it’s superior than what’s been seen before because it uses better touchscreen capabilities.” Said Yu.The wobbly screens are based on graphene technology, where carbon atoms are arranged in a specific pattern to make them more conductive and resilient. Instead of putting all the smartphone’s parts behind the flexible screen, Moxi crammed the battery, processor and the other components into one end of the gadget. That enables the display to almost bend into a full circle, bloomberg reports.last_img read more

INFOGRAPHIC How telcos affect the subSaharan African economy

first_imgAdvertisement Africa can no longer be considered the Dark Continent. Given the rate at which mobile connectivity is growing, it seems only natural that the way business is done will change.A development worth noting is that for the first time ever, investment funds exceed aid funds in Africa – According to The World Bank. This is a clear indication that Africa is open for business, offering attractive returns on investment for globally investors.Africa has given birth to some enviable Telco brands such as MTN Group, Econet Wireless/ Liquid Telcom (or Econet Group), Globacom and several others. – Advertisement – The World Bank – Transformational Use of Information and Communications Technologies in Africa, 2012 Report states that at the dawn of the 21st century, Africa had roughly 17 million mobile subscriptions; but today, more than half a billion Africans [in Africa]own a mobile phone. Notably the telecommunications revolution has also sparked transformation in other sectors such as financial services, healthcare, energy and many more.An infographic on the impact telcos have made across sub-Saharan Africa. Source MTN Insightslast_img read more