A disabled shadow minister has called on the gover

first_imgA disabled shadow minister has called on the government to do more to improve its “inadequate” record on improving access to rail travel, and to provide enough funding to ensure all train journeys are accessible “from end to end”.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people and the MP for Battersea, was speaking three months after Disability News Service revealed that spending on the government’s rail station access improvement programme had been slashed over the last five years.Those figures, released through a freedom of information request, showed spending on the Access for All scheme fell from as much as £81.1 million in 2013-14 to just £14.6 million last year.The cuts are set to continue this year and next year, although spending is due to rise to up to £50 million a year over the following five years, with an additional £50 million in deferred funding.De Cordova (pictured), who had secured the debate on step-free access to stations in her constituency, asked transport minister Nusrat Ghani why three of the four stations in Battersea were not accessible to wheelchair-users.She told the minister that the three stations – Battersea Park, Queenstown Road and Wandsworth Town – had no step-free access, even though they served 7.5 million passengers a year.Although Clapham Junction, the country’s busiest station in terms of rail traffic, has step-free access to all its platforms, there is still no step-free access onto the trains themselves, she said.Battersea Park has had Access for All-funded work delayed, while Queenstown Road and Wandsworth Town are both due to have fully-accessible new entrances, even though there will still be no step-free access to the platforms.De Cordova said: “What is the point of having an accessible step-free entrance, but no step-free access to the actual train platform?”She added: “Step-free access to stations can mean the difference between the ability to lead a fulfilling and flourishing life seeing friends and family and going to work, and being left isolated at home, unable to travel and excluded from participation, from leading a fulfilling and flourishing ​life, and from the world of work.“That is the reality for far too many disabled people.”She said progress in making all stations accessible to disabled people through Access for All – founded by the Labour government in 2006 – had been “too slow”, with only one in five stations across the country fully accessible.She called for the Access for All programme to receive enough funding to ensure that all stations are step-free.De Cordova said: “Train journeys must be accessible from end to end. That means that someone can get to the station, on to the train, off the train and out of the station at the other end.“I call on the government to put in the investment needed to build an inclusive railway, including accessible stations in Battersea.”She said the “unreasonable” requirement for disabled people to book assistance in advance “prevents spontaneous travel and removes the ability to turn up and go”, while the removal of guards from trains meant the railway system was becoming more inaccessible.Ghani said the government’s aim was to ensure disabled people “have the same access to transport as everyone else” by 2030, to “ensure that we come into line with the UN’s ambition to ensure accessibility across all modes of transport”.She said: “People should have the same access to transport and the same opportunity to travel as everyone else, and this is an important measure to reduce social isolation and create opportunities ​for people to play a more active role in society.”She said the Access for All funding announcement meant design work would “restart on all deferred projects from April next year, and once the designs are completed, Network Rail will confirm the construction date for Battersea Park”.Ghani said the rail industry had been asked to nominate stations for new Access for All funding by 16 November, with the money to be allocated “based on annual footfall and weighted by the incidence of disability in the area” and taking into account local factors such as distance to a hospital or availability of third-party funding.And she said there would be “a fair geographical spread of projects across the country”.She said that neither Queenstown Road nor Wandsworth Town had previously been nominated for Access for All funding.And she said the government was pressing the industry to “comply with its legal obligations to ensure that work at stations meets current accessibility standards”, including on major projects such as Crossrail and the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street, and on other work such as ensuring that replacement bridges have lifts or ramps. 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

Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Seven MPs have left our party. We must now reflect and understand to heal and build a movement guided by our shared values. Labour is a diverse family with many different traditions. We’re guardians of a 126-year-old movement that belongs to us all, and how we move forward together is vital for our country and the people we serve.The challenges our country faces are immense, and this is a moment that demands long-term thinking. This means creating spaces in which people can have the difficult but necessary political conversations. It’s why we decided to guest edit LabourList and, in that spirit, today we focus on the economy with perspectives and thought-provoking contributions from across our movement.Reflecting on the huge opportunities for Labour to build the green economy in the context of the climate crisis, John McDonnell writes about Labour’s national transformation fund. “It will be a guide for the green jobs revolution that we want to see take root across the country, especially in communities that have been ignored for too long.” It is these communities and those who “work hard for their poverty” that are the focus of Rachel Reeves, who sets out her ideas on the everyday economy.The reality of Brexit cannot be ignored. As the New Economics Foundation’s Miatta Fahnbulleh argues, the subject dominates our politics but little is being done to address the demand of Leave voters “for something better than an economy that does not work”. The solution must be ”economic change from the grassroots”, she says. It can be too easy to hold on to ideas of the past and reach for comfort blanket solutions. IPPR’s Mathew Lawrence agrees that economic change must come from the grassroots, and further contends that a “democratic ownership agenda” as ambitious as Thatcherism is needed to “confront the wreckage of neoliberalism”.Also shining a light on the dangers of globalisation, economist Ann Pettifor explains how Theresa May’s ‘global’ Britain links billionaires Jim Ratcliffe and Jim Rowan, the right of the Conservative Party, Presidents Trump and Bolsanaro, and Brexit. She says Labour must fight against their post-Brexit vision of the future to remain “the only thriving and popular social democratic party in the world”.Finally, we know answers are to be found around tables, not just podiums, so we also have contributions today from ordinary Labour members. They have shared their views on the economy, and we hope you take time to tell us your own too.This piece was commissioned by Labour Together, which is guest editing LabourList this week.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Jim McMahon /Shabana Mahmood /Labour Together guest edit /last_img read more

Developments in Development Cooling off

first_img 0% @PlnCom_Richards @MetroObserver @pcohensf But displacement isn’t really your concern is it Dennis, or Peter. You guys own your homes, so us renters can fuck off.— SF Yimby Party (@SFyimby) April 8, 2017 Now the question is: How do we get back to something sane, short of simply waiting for jobs to slump because the area has such a terrible reputation for cost of living?One architect this week suggested that the Planning Department should hire some architects, because architects find the department “obstructionist,” the Chronicle reports. Once that came out, a few other architects admitted they, too have their frustrations, particularly around historic preservation.Honestly I feel for them. Everyone seems to have an opinion on how they should do their jobs. And we’re not very charitable. Approve a development? Catch heat from anti gentrification activists. Reject a development? People who want more housing aren’t pleased. Decide to delay a decision to figure it out? Snarky reporter field day. Residents also like to exercise their city-given option to have the Planning Commission settle design disputes. In this recent case, a group of neighboring condo owners asked for a discretionary review of the project planned for the Elbo Room, in part out of concern over a tree. Or, take this recent twitter snit (is that a snitter or a twit?) between a variety of housing commentators and Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards. The YIMBYs ain’t happy. Or how about the Mission Street red bus lanes? Talk about backlash. A company that studies traffic through cell phone sensor data recently published a study indicating that risky traffic behaviors on the corridor have dropped recently – though we did see one notable exception this weekend. Of course, correlation isn’t causation, but the implication is that it’s because of the transit changes. Or, as MEDA suggests, because fewer people are driving there. Bottom line: San Franciscans love to disagree with their planners, and will probably continue to do so, whether or not the affordability crisis recedes. center_img Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.Riding on the coattails of last week’s fuss around a good chunk of millennials wanting to leave the Bay Area comes an observation from a job hunting platform indicating that 38 percent of techies are looking to leave the major Bay Area metros. That doesn’t mean everybody is leaving, but Curbed observes that the percentage of job growth in the area is smaller than the percentage of industry folks thinking of leaving the area – “wandering eyes are outpacing regional growth,” the writer notes.There are more signs that things are cooling off a little. For the first time since 2010, eviction notices have declined. Rent board data seems to indicate that since roughly this time last year, the number of eviction notices citywide has dropped more than 20 percent. (A quick aside on evictions: An appeals court has ruled that for purposes of relocation payments, children are not considered tenants.) Also, while looking for a rental in San Francisco in 2015 wasn’t a picnic by any stretch of the imagination, we are back down to those levels. Not a relief yet, but at least it seems we’ve finally peaked out. Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Foreign Cinema by way of Laszlo

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Foreign Cinema, way back in 1999, opened its doors as one of the very earliest gentrifying restaurants in the Mission. Laszlo, the bar next door that shares a long, bunker-like hallway with FC, opened a couple of years later as Foreign Cinema’s trashy little sister – a little grimy, a little grungy – which we loved.All that changed with the remodel three years ago. Laszlo is now a shiny, squeaky-clean, bona fide “upscale” Mission bar. We were quite sad to see the change, actually. I adored sitting in that slightly divey space, where the DJ spun records on Sundays with his dog at his feet and offered a welcoming plate of cut-up donuts. You could sling a stiff well martini or a shot of tequila for a decent price, but you could also sit at the bar and, with snowy-white cloth napkins and silverware fraught with privilege, eat Foreign Cinema’s beautiful food, a retro flick flickering on the brick wall above. It was dreamy.Well, you can still do all of that, just in a snazzier setting. We often head to Laszlo on a Sunday afternoon for a drink and fries, sitting outdoors on the mini sidewalk patio, or just inside the open-windowed nooks, grooving to old soul tunes.center_img But it had been a really long time since we’d had dinner there – to be honest, we were scared away by the pristine nature of the new bar. We decided to stop in one evening during the recent heatwave, hoping for some air conditioning.Holy FUCK was it good.  I started with oysters (Grassy Bar from Morro Bay were the fave).Laszlo oysters.We split the Martin’s arugula [which turned out to be Little Gems] salad, with red candy peaches, toasted hazelnuts, Redwood Hill goat’s milk feta, in a peachy dressing.Laszlo little gem lettuce and peach salad.They know their way around a salad. Cooling and satisfying.We also shared the “bistro” steak.Lazlo bistro steak.“Bistro” can apparently refer to hangar, flank, or skirt. Chewy, and beefy as all get-out. With roasted baby heirloom carrots, fingerling potatoes, broccoli rabe, and a killer bearnaise.On another evening, right at happy hour, we sidled in and noshed on the complementary (and addictive) waffle chips and truffled popcorn while we waited for our drinks. It got crowded and the bartender was unfortunately slow, so it took almost an hour before we got our food, but the BF’s plate was worth the wait.Lazlo lavender pork chops.Aptly famous, the lavender-brined pork chop is everything you want in the genre: smoky, tender, succulent, with just a hint of the Provençal fields; accompanied here by broccoli rabe, grilled radicchio, and more juicy summer peaches. A perfect meal.I ordered Le Grande Aioli.Laszlo Le Grand Aioli.While this was billed as being a combo of swordfish, prawns and clams, I got mostly squid, one prawn, and an unfortunate piece of salmon. The potatoes were underdone, and the cucumbers diluted the garlicky, delicious aioli. While the prawn and squid were properly cooked, the salmon was mealy. Not great, but as far as memory serves, this is the only “meh” plate of food I’ve ever been served from the FC kitchen.On another recent evening, we enjoyed the burger.Laszlo cheeseburger and fries.Ain’t nothing wrong with that!On a recent Sunday, we decided to finally re-enter the mothership for Foreign Cinema’s renowned brunch.I’d forgotten how thoroughly pleasant it was to walk out onto that rarified, breezy brick courtyard, in the heart of the Mission, with the sun filtering through the billowy awnings … dreamy.Foreign cinema exterior.We split a pork paté and toasted levain, sided by a tangled mound of frilly frisée and sweet baby beets in an astoundingly perfect red wine vinaigrette.Foreign cinema pork pate frisee beets.This is the kind of simple dish that makes my heart sing, and shows you what the kitchen can really do.For my main, I got the duck tostadaDuck tostadaThe duck came tumbled together with persimmon, kale, carrots, cabbage, jicama, baby radishes, crema, and queso fresco, on a puffy flour tortilla – which read more like gorgeous, poofy, Diné (Navajo) fry bread – and a poached egg. Loved the tortilla, but the rest was a bit unfocussed, with no one flavor truly standing out. Too bad, because in concept it’s a gorgeous dish.The BF, the clear winner of the day, had the luscious brisket torta with spicy Gaucho fries.Brisket torta.Yeah, baby.So, yes, Foreign Cinema’s still got it. And of course, there’s the nightly movie that gave the restaurant its moniker. There’s still magic in sitting under the stars and watching an old film projected onto the back wall, amidst the tinkling of plates and glasses. While you might bemoan the preciousness of it all, we’re damned lucky to have one of the most beautiful restaurants in the City in our own backyard.And Laszlo, for all that she’s been tarted up, is still a great place for a drink, top-notch food, and lazy Sunday afternoons.Laszlo / Foreign Cinema2526 Mission Street / 2534 Mission StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110 last_img read more

SIX St Helens youngsters will get the opportunity

first_imgSIX St Helens youngsters will get the opportunity to represent England on Good Friday after England Youth coach Dave Elliott announced his 18-man squad to face France in the first of a two Test series at Grattan Stadium, Bradford (2:30pm).Elliott has also announced the 20-man strong squad that will take on Wales at Caerphilly RFC (2:30pm).Elliott took a 39-man strong squad into camp this week to prepare for the test and he has split the squad to accommodate for the different tests posed by both opponents.“Both squads have a big test coming up on Friday,” said Elliott. “Both games will be tough and present the boys with different types of challenges.“We know the French side will be physical and Wales will put up a big fight as well so this is a fantastic opportunity for these lads to experience what it’s like to play in an international game and give them valuable experience which will help continue their development.“Pulling on the national jersey is one of the greatest moments for a player at any level and we’re delighted to be giving the lads that opportunity this week and I’m really looking forward to seeing them in action.”Lewis Galbraith, Ben Parry, Greg Richards and Andre Savelio have been selected to face France while Kane Ditchfield and Oliver Davies will have the opportunity to wear the national jersey against Wales.England Youth Squad to face France:1 – Curtis Naughton (Bradford Bulls / Shaw Cross Sharks)2 – Arron Lewczenko (Wigan Warriors / Orrell St James)3 – Josh Casey (Bradford Bulls / Siddall ARFC)4 – Lewis Galbraith (St. Helens / Saddleworth Rangers)5 – Ben Parry (St Helens / Chorley Panthers)6 – Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors / Normanton ARLFC)7 – George Williams (Wigan Warriors / Ince Rose Bridge)8 – Michael Learmonth (Leeds Rhinos / Hunslet Warriors)9 – Ryan Maneely (Warrington Wolves / Saddleworth Rangers)10 – Greg Richards (St Helens / Chorley Panthers)11 – Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos / Hunslet Warriors)12 – Alex Mellor (Bradford Bulls / Kings Cross Park)13 – William Milner (Warrington Wolves / Kings Cross Park)14 – Scott Lee (Leeds Rhinos / Shaw Cross Sharks)15 – Andre Savelio (St Helens / Latchford Alban)16 – Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos / Hunslet Warriors)17 – Bradley Day (Leeds Rhinos / Hunslet Warriors)18 – Alex Abbott-Tavener (Harlequins RL / Elmbridge Eagles)England Youth squad to face Wales:1 – Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors / Orrell St James)2 – Jordan Harper (Leeds Rhinos / Normanton Knights)3 – Ali Ibrahim (Hull FC / West Hull)4 – Harry Lightfoot Brown (Harlequins RL / Elmbridge Eagles)5 – Jack Logan (Hull FC / Cottingham Tigers)6 – Ben White (Leeds Rhinos / Saddleworth Rangers)7 – Kyle Dempsey (Wigan Warriors / Ellenborough Rangers)8 – Zak Dewhirst (Warrington Wolves / King Cross Park)9 – Jake Dehal Clark (Castleford Tigers / Shawcross Sharks)10 – Bobby Tyson-Wilson (Hull FC / West Hull)11 – Bradley Lawrence (Wigan Warriors / Ellenborough Rangers)12 – Kane Ditchfield (St. Helens / Crossfields)13 – Jack Anderson (Hull FC / Shawcross Sharks)14 – Joe Keyes (Harlequins RL / Brentwood Elvers)15 – Matthew Marsh (Hull KR / Skirlaugh Bulls)16 – Connor Taylor (Castleford Tigers / Normanton Knights)17 – Ryan Langton (Hull FC / Skirlaugh Bulls)18 – Oliver Davies (St Helens / Orrell St James)19 – Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors / Wigan St Patricks)20 – Jake Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors / Wigan St Patricks)Both of England’s games against France on Good Friday, April 22 (2.30pm) and Tuesday April 26 (2.30pm) will be played at Grattan Stadium, Bradford.Tickets are priced at £4 Adult and £2 Concession (Under 16, Students and Over 65) and are available to purchase on the day.The England Youth v Wales under 16s on Good Friday at Caerphilly RFC kicks off at 2.30pm. Admission is just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.last_img read more

HE may have only been here a couple of months but

first_imgHE may have only been here a couple of months but Anthony Laffranchi knows Saints’ first half performances of late have been ‘out of character’.Saints have been behind at the break in both their opening games this season  – yet responded positively after ‘oranges’.“We were out of character on Friday and didn’t stick to what we have worked at all week,” Boof said. “Half time came at the right time for us and we came out and put a better 40 together.“Royce didn’t say anything different, only that we hadn’t stuck to what we should have.“We did that in the second half and it paid off.”Laffranchi signed from Gold Coast Titans last season and has played in both the London and Salford matches.He continued: “As we head into the Hull KR game we know we can build on that back 40 and set the standard. It was good to get across the line [score against Salford] and especially get one in the first game. It was a special occasion. The venue is out there compared to what I have played with a home and I hope we can tick over the wins for our fans.“We aren’t getting ahead of ourselves though. We are two from two, but we have been below par.“Our starts haven’t been good and we are only reasonably happy with our second halves. We know we can improve and that starts this week at Hull KR.”last_img read more

THERES just 500 days to go until the start of Rug

first_imgTHERE’S just 500 days to go until the start of Rugby League World Cup 2013 which kicks off with a fantastic double-header at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.Host nation England are currently preparing for a two-game series against the Exiles.Captain Jamie Peacock, talking from the squad’s training camp in Loughborough, said: “These games against the Exiles mark the start of our preparations for RLWC2013. Knowing we have just 500 days before we face Australia in Cardiff puts that into sharp perspective for us. All the players here want to be in that squad next October and will be working hard for the next 16 months”.Iestyn Harris, coach of co-hosts Wales, also in camp preparing for a fixture with France said “The opening fixture of RLWC2013 when Wales play Italy in the Millennium Stadium will be the biggest game this group of players has ever played. When you think of it that way 500 days doesn’t sound very far away.”500 days to go also marks the launch of the RLWC2013 volunteer recruitment programme. RLWC2013 are looking for 500 volunteers to work across the tournament in various disciplines, in all of the host communities.RWLC2013 General Manager Sally Bolton said: “We are looking for 500 enthusiastic members of our host communities to support the event as volunteers. With the 500 in 500 programme, we’re offering the chance to be involved in a ‘hands-on’ way in what we believe will be the best Rugby League tournament there has ever been.“Volunteering is now a major part of any big international sports event and this will be a win-win for us and the lucky 500 people who are chosen to represent RLWC2013. We will provide top level opportunities to be involved at some great games like the opening matches at the Millennium Stadium, all the way through to the final at Old Trafford.”Anyone interested in volunteering should visit the RLWC2013 website for details of how to apply.RLWC2013 kicks off in Cardiff on October 26 2013 when host nations Wales and England take on Italy and Australia respectively.14 nations then go head to head in three groups for a place in the semi-finals double-header in the spectacular setting of Wembley Stadium in London.The tournament also visits France and Ireland.The Rugby League World Cup 2013 will involve 14 nations, Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.The competition’s structure will consist of two groups of four, with England drawn alongside arch rivals Australia, Fiji and Ireland in Group A.World Cup holders New Zealand will face Pacific Island rivals Papua New Guinea, Samoa and France in Group B. Scotland will face Tonga and Italy in Group C and joint hosts Wales have been drawn against the Cook Islands and the USA in Group D.last_img read more

Man wanted for allegedly breaking into businesses at The Pointe at Barclay

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a man who they say broke into and stole money from four business in The Pointe at Barclay last week.Officers say the suspect broke into Duck Donuts, Tavern on 17th, Grand Nails Salon and Pizzeria Il Forno during the early morning hours of Jan. 29. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from each business.- Advertisement – Police add businesses city-wide should take preventative measures, such as installing video surveillance, using an audible alarm, emptying cash registers and leaving lights on, to help keep from being targeted.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910-343-3600 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

Woman arrested for being inside NHRMC I did not go in there

first_img The Archdale woman is accused of going to the hospital check-in desk on April 5, but was denied entry. She says she was there to give Bibles to new mothers.Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital Administrator Barbara Buechler says Everett was spotted inside the patient care areas without permission.“She did make it past the front lobby,” Buechler said.Related Article: Wilmington woman arrested in beating of former bossBuechler says the only was she could have gotten inside was by “tailgating.”“It’s really one of the big reasons why we have the redundant systems in place. So if I have a badge and someone is behind me and I walk in the door and the next person comes in with me, even though they don’t have a badge, now they’ve accessed the unit,” Buechler said.The hospital says Everett was not close to the neonatal intensive care unit, and she was escorted out of the hospital.But Everett says she was there to hand out Bibles to the new babies. Everette says a nurse took her to a couple of rooms to hand out Bibles, even stopping at the room of a mother whose baby had died.“The nurse knocked on the door, asked if I could come in if they wanted company, and they said that was fine, and I gave her a Bible. She hugged me. She cried,” Everett said.The hospital says Everett did not get to the neo-natal intensive care unit because of their security measures in place, even if some think they’re inconvenient.“Support the security measures at the hospital to understand that we don’t do them to interfere with their joy or to make them more anxious, but really it’s about the security of our patients,” Buechler said.Everett says once a flier appeared online saying she was wanted for abducting babies, she began receiving threats.“I tried to kill myself because I couldn’t take it. I know I didn’t do it,” Everett said. “All I was doing was giving a gift to someone, and to me that is no crime.”Everette is charged with three counts of breaking and entering and larceny. She is scheduled to appear in court in New Hanover County on May 21.Even though Everett says she went to hand out Bibles, the arrest warrant says she’s charged with larceny because she stole religious items from the gift shop at the hospital. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The woman believed to be going around to hospitals across the Carolinas to abduct a baby is speaking out, after she was arrested for being inside the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington without permission.“Yes, I did go to the hospital. I’ve done it many times, but not to kidnap a child,” Linda Mae Everett said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Major flooding reported at several New Hanover schools no word on opening

first_img– Advertisement – WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the process of damage assessments begin after Hurricane Florence, New Hanover County Schools will remain closed for all students and the majority of staff for the week of September 17.Only staff specifically contacted by their supervisors to come in should report if and when it is safe to do so. School districts and other organizations from across the country have generously offered to assist by donating items that our students will need.Coordination of these donations will be conducted through the school’s Central Office. More available on that should be available next week. School bus (Photo: WWAY)center_img Several schools experienced major flooding and other issues which are currently being assessed.The superintendent and senior leaders will decide later this week about when the schools can safely reopen for staff and students. Many employees and their families are still evacuated and have been unable to return to their homes at this time.There are access issues with numerous schools due to minor flooding and debris. So far, preliminary damage assessments have been made at about 60% of the schools, while some schools are currently inaccessible due to damaged roads and fallen trees.Assessments will be ongoing throughout today and tomorrow as roadways are cleared. Here is some preliminary information:last_img read more

Woman hugs boyfriends killer begins finding closure after sentencing

first_imgELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — An emotional day at the Bladen County Courthouse as a Wilmington business owner found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday learned how much time he will spend behind bars.​Today the court heard victim impact statements from the family of the man Gore shot and killed two years ago and even a statement from Gore to the victim’s family.After a very emotional sentencing hearing this morning the long-time girlfriend of victim Allen Blanchard said she wanted to be angry. But now she says she hopes they can all be at peace.- Advertisement – “I didn’t want to see it any other way but intentional,” Tara Thau said.Thau said she wanted Gore to know how much she hurt.On December 23, 2017, Gore was searching for a boat that was stolen from his Wilmington business, when he came upon Allen Blanchard and David Thau loading scrap metal at an abandoned factory. During the confrontation, Gore shot Blanchard in the head. It happened at Squires Timber Mill off NC 210 in the Kelly community on Dec. 23, 2017.Related Article: $750,000 bond for man accused of poaching Venus flytrapsGore called 911 and admitted his gun went off, shooting Blanchard.“It made me feel and know that maybe he didn’t mean to pull that trigger,” she said. “Maybe things could have played out differently if he didn’t show up there with the gun.”The prosecution said Gore had been a law abiding citizen up until this time but he took the law into his own hands.The defense attorney said Gore and his family’s life has changed forever and that Gore suffers from nightmares.Gore also faced Blanchard’s family and made a statement.“I can’t bring Allen back, but I want you to know this: what you read up there and what you said is what I feel,” Gore said. “I’m sorry for all of this. I’m sorry I had to put you through this…I’m sitting here thinking that I’m a father. I have children.”After listening to both the prosecution and defense, the judge sentence Gore to a suspended sentence of 16-29 months in prison. He will be on supervised probation for 30 months, pay court costs and restitution and a $75,000 fine. The $75,000 fine will go to Bladen County Schools.Gore was also sentenced to two 30-day split sentences. Gore’s first 30-day sentence starts at 6 p.m. on December 1. His next 30-day sentence will begin on December 1, 2020.Gore is also forbidden from owning a firearm in North Carolina.In the end, there was an unexpected sight on the courthouse lawn: Thau and Gore welcome each other with open arms.“Nobody won here,” Thau said. “Both families were hurt, you know. I forgive them.”After her emotional embrace with Gore, Thau said nothing will bring Blanchard back, but she is one step closer to finding closure.last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigating after body found behind dumpster

first_img Neighbors who spoke with WWAY say they saw the body and it looked like it had been there for several days. No word yet on the cause of death.Neighbors say a lawn care crew discovered the body around 10:00 a.m. and called management.A landscaper first found the body. He said it was propped up against a tree and appeared to look like garbage.Related Article: Memorial Day shooting suspect arrested“Well we had just pulled up and there was another guy who does some of the maintenance here too and he thought he had seen something back there,” William King said. “He said he thought it was a dead body but he didn’t want to walk up to it, so I walked over to it and it looked like it had been there for three or four days.”Police are still investigating the cause of death. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police do not suspect any foul play after a body was found early Tuesday morning.The body was discovered behind a dumpster at Tara Court on S. 41st Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Photos Leaders and veterans recall sacrifice of DDay on Normandys beaches

first_img SharePrint French President Emmanuel Macron speaks on stage during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain, June 5, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters People watch aircrafts during an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II gives her speech durning an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain, June 5, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters A man takes pictures in the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy ahead of the commemoration ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019., France, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Sailors stand to attention on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, as they wait for the MV Boudicca to pass as it commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (Front row, L-R) French President, Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady of U.S. Melania Trump, President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel attend the D-day 75 Commemorations event in Portsmouth, Britain, June 5, 2019. Chris Jackson/Pool via Reuters WhatsAppcenter_img The MV Boudicca, carrying veterans, leaves the harbour on its way to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, in Portsmouth, Britain, June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Soldiers from 2nd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment stand next to a statue before a Franco-British ceremony for the laying of the first stone of a British memorial in Ver-Sur-Mer as part of ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool A lone piper playing atop the remnants of an artificial harbour on the Normandy coast on Thursday marked the hour the first British soldier landed in France 75 years ago on D-Day, the allied invasion that would turn the tide of World War Two.Western leaders and ageing veterans from Britain, the United States and Canada will gather at events along the 80-km (50 mile) stretch of coastline in northern France, where more than 150,000 troops landed on June 6, 1944, under a hail of German artillery and machine-gun fire.Thousands died on each side during D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history that paved the way for western Europe’s liberation from Hitler’s forces.French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May at Ver-sur-Mer to inaugurate a British memorial on a site that overlooks Gold Beach. U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also attend ceremonies paying tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the Allied troops.On the eve of the anniversary, Macron evoked the spirit of D-Day to speak of the modern need for multilateralism and international cooperation, an area where the United States and its European allies have been increasingly at odds during Trump’s administration.“These allied forces that together freed us from the German yoke, and from tyranny, are the same ones that were able to build the existing multilateral structures after World War Two,” Macron told reporters after an event in Normandy to honour the French Resistance.“We must not repeat history, and remind ourselves what was built on the basis of the war.”SACRIFICED LIVESUnder blue skies, the piper played Highland Laddie on a giant concrete slab that formed part of the Mulberry harbour in the waters off Arromanches, constructed to enable the resupplying of allied troops as the pushed the Germans back.Restored wartime jeeps and amphibious vehicles lined the beach as British and American flags fluttered in the breeze.The Normandy landings were months in the planning and kept secret from Nazi Germany despite a huge trans-Atlantic mobilisation of industry and manpower.Under the cover of dark, thousands of Allied paratroopers jumped behind Germany’s coastal defences. Then, as day broke, warships pounded German positions before hundreds of landing craft disgorged the infantry troops.Tens of thousands perished on the beaches – codenamed Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha by the Allies – and the months-long battle that followed in Normandy.Lines of white marble crosses on the clifftop above Omaha Beach today mark the resting place of more than 9,380 U.S. soldiers who died during the fighting.Here, Trump will watch Macron award the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award for merit, to five U.S. veterans before the two presidents leave for a working lunch in nearby Caen.“NEVER FORGOTTEN”Khaki parachutes filled the skies above Sannerville on Wednesday afternoon as two British veterans in the mid-nineties joined several hundred paratroopers re-enacting the jumps behind enemy lines. Hundreds of British veterans crossed the English Channel on a specially chartered ferry.Earlier, on the south coast of England, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth  led presidents and prime ministers on Wednesday in paying tribute to surviving D-Day veterans and their fallen comrades.“The heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten,” the 93-year-old monarch said. “It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all: thank you.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the sacrifice of tens of thousands of soldiers. “That I, as German chancellor, can be here today, that today we stand together for peace and freedom, is a gift from history that must be cared for and protected,” she said.Trump read a prayer spoken by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, capping a three-day state visit to Britain where he had lavished praise on the U.S. ally and said wartime bonds forged the “greatest alliance the world has ever known”.Trump’s forthright diplomacy and “America First” policy have, however, shaken the NATO alliance and tested relations with erstwhile allies including Britain and France.Amid the D-Day ceremonies, Russia told the West that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated and that Allied victory would not have come without the Soviet Union’s “titanic effort”. <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> American and French flags are seen in the cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann 1 of 9last_img read more

Android Accounted For 79 Of All Mobile Malware In 2012 96 In

first_imgAdvertisement Is it because Android is the most popular smartphone platform in the world right now, or is it because it’s just fundamentally easier to attack? In any case, Google’s mobile juggernaut Android continues to be the world’s biggest magnet for mobile malware. According to a report out today from security specialists F-Secure, Android accounted for 79% of all malware in 2012, up from 66.7% in 2011 and just 11.25% in 2010. On the other side of the spectrum, Apple’s iOS, the world’s second-most popular platform for smartphones in terms of new purchases, remains one of the least compromised, with 0.7% of malware on its platform.Symbian, whose market share is in rapid decline and is being left for dead by its former parent Nokia, is down to 19% of all malware, compared to 62.5% two years ago. F-Secure predicts that it will go the way of the dodo bird and become extinct in 2013, as users replace their Nokia handsets with Android devices. Meanwhile, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and J2ME each accounted for less than 1% of threat families in circulation in the year. – Advertisement – Breaking down progress over the past year, Android’s malware record appears to have seen a particularly bad spike in Q4 2012. F-Secure notes that in the fourth quarter it accounted for a full 96% of attacks. In fact, according to its records, all other platforms except for Symbian (at 4%) didn’t appear to have any malware threat families received at all. Holding these up to Q4 market analysis, these figures are not proportionate to market shares for current sales, but they are somewhat more reflective of what devices are in circulation today. In that sense, the shift between Symbian falling and Android rising is due to the fact that Android has been the biggest benefactor of Symbian’s decline.“Malware in general has a parasitic relationship with its host,” writes Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure Labs. “As old Symbian handsets continue to be replaced by those with other operating systems, especially Android, Symbian malware dies off and will probably go extinct in 2013.”In terms of what forms malware is taking, F-Secure says that 66% of detections were Trojans (malware masked as something else). F-Secure believes that Google’s increased security prompts, which it introduced with the 4.2 variant (Jelly Bean), should help bring that number down. However, if you look at Google’s most recent stats on distribution, released this week, Android 4.2 is only at 1.6% — meaning that this make take some time to come to pass. (For the record, Gingerbread 2.3.3 and upwards remains the most popular in terms of distribution, at 44%, with Ice Cream Sandwich at number-two with 28%).Another major problem continues to be dodgy SMS messages: F-Secure notes some 21 of the 96 Android threat variants come from premium SMS that encourages downloads and sometimes end up as repeat problems by way of subscription services to which users unwittingly become subscribed. Then, users don’t know about this until the charge comes up on their bill — if they bother to scrutinize that bill, that is.Interestingly, F-Secure also notes that those releasing malware have become more sophisticated in their reasons for infiltrating devices. Specifically, there’s been a significant shift in terms of malware attacks becoming financially motivated over the last several years, with financial gains now well outweighing those attacks that have been made in the past. Why the shift? It may be because malicious hackers were still learning the ropes for how to infiltrate devices back in the day.Or it could be something else: The rise in financial motivations also speaks to the fact that we as a population are using our devices for significantly more transactional services — and that makes them increasing targets for attacks aimed specifically at that fact. This is something that will eventually have to be squared with all the many ambitions and developments in the market today to turn our handsets into our default wallets.When approached for comment, a Google spokesman told TechCrunch that the company does not comment on security company reports.Credit: TechCrunchlast_img read more

Airtime Scratch Cards Are Phasing Out Gradually Following UCC Directive

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Last week we reported, Government regulatory body of the communications sector; Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) released a notice regarding the extension of banning airtime scratch card sales and distribution to July 31st, 2018, in favor of electronic points such as Mobile Money, Easy Load, PayWay, Mula App, Pebuu, any other electronic payment option that would allow customers purchase airtime.PC Tech Magazine has come to learn that, the cards are now phasing out gradually. Last weekend, areas around Salaama, Munyonyo, Kikoni (areas of Makerere), Nakawa, Mbuya, Bugolobi, Kamwookya, to mention a few were reported not be selling airtime scratch cards. When we approached a retailer in Bugolobi, he said he was following the directive from UCC, and didn’t want to land/be in any kind of trouble.It is worthy noting that, UCC advised all retailers to return unused, unsold, stock of airtime scratch cards to their distributor or stockist and get compensated. And if anyone is found selling or distributing cards pass the deadline given would face punishment from the authorities. However, the punishment to such an act was not mentioned. – Advertisement – While we shall be able to purchase airtime via Mobile Money, it is also worth noting that customers shall be charged the mobile money tax – a tax that was on May 30th, 2018, passed by the Government of Uganda into law – the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018.Customers will be charged 1% tax at the time of purchase. However, the President; Museveni, said in a statement that the charge is supposed to be half of the 1%, meaning 0.5%. But, customers still claim they’re still being charge 1%, where he responded quote “I signed the law with error because we couldn’t delay the other measures. However, parliament, when it reconvenes, will be requested to correct it. The ones whose deduction had been made on the basis of 1% should have their money reimbursed.”[related-posts]last_img read more

The Benefits Of Using Cloud Computing

first_imgcloud computing in businesses. (Image Credit: Techsglobe) Advertisement Many companies use cloud computing every day because of all of the amazing benefits that it brings. These benefits include things like flexibility, automatic software updates and much more. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the benefits of using cloud computing in your business.  Keep reading to find out more about this.Automatic Software Updates One of the biggest risks to many companies and their hardware is software that has not been updated. Older versions of software might not have as much security as the newer copies and so they can be easily hacked. It can be difficult to remember to regularly update your software but with cloud computing you can have this done automatically, making your company more secure and efficient at the same time.Work From Anywhere Another great benefit of using cloud computing is that it allows you to work from anywhere. This is especially true if you use multi cloud computing which makes use of many cloud computing applications at once. This means that you can access your software and documents from your mobile device and your desktop computer giving you more flexibility. – Advertisement – Disaster Recovery No one wants to lose their files if something goes wrong but if you aren’t using cloud computing then you might face this problem. With cloud computing, you don’t need to worry about your hardware breaking as all of your data will be stored on the cloud. This is really beneficial, and it is something that you should think about if you have a company with valuable files.Environmentally Friendly If you’d like to make sure that your business is operating in an environmentally friendly way, then you should think about switching to cloud computing. This is because of the energy that is used for this sort of storage in comparison to storing your own files. You will only use the energy that you need so you won’t need to worry about your carbon footprint being too high.Security Another benefit of using cloud computing is the security aspect of it. This is because everything is secure on the cloud unlike how it might be at risk when it is stored on a laptop. Each time a mobile device from your company is lost or stolen, your files are at risk. Of course, if you use cloud computing you won’t need to worry about this as only you and your staff will be able to access the files that are right there on the cloud.Better Collaboration The final benefit of using cloud computing is that your team can collaborate a lot easier. This is because they will all have access to the relevant files that are on the cloud meaning that you won’t need to worry about changes getting lost. Everyone will have the most up to date files and your collaborative work will definitely see an improvement. Make sure to try out cloud computing if you want to improve the way that your team works together.Final Thoughts If you are thinking about switching to cloud computing for your business, then you should make sure to do it soon. You will be able to enjoy all of the benefits such as the added security, the improved collaboration between your team and much more. Don’t waste your time storing your documents on your in-house system, you should switch everything over to cloud computing in order to make your business run more efficiently and in a more secure way.last_img read more

Alright you little fer what am I gonna lay tonight

first_imgI have many people in the game to thank for their loyalty, friendship, kindness, and teachings. At the age of thirteen, before a Hove bags meeting, I was excitedly getting myself together to get the train down to the track, and for the first time, work for a bookmaker. I was shadow-clerking. This meant that I stood next to the bookmaker’s clerk and tried to get down as many bets as possible, in my practice book, as the real clerk worked away. My dad pulled me to one side before I left the house, and I will never forget the advice he gave me; ‘Over the coming years you will work for many different bookmakers. Learn from all of their strengths and weaknesses.’. He then sent me on my way.My first stop was ‘West End Racing’, to work for Bo and Matt Brown.Blog, it is my saddest duty to pass on news of a tragedy…In Southampton there is a family that is much more than just a collection of related people. The Browns are a group unit; a team to the core. Ray, the father; an on-course bookmaker for decades, now in his seventies. Bo, his son, who too, followed in his father’s footsteps, and bets under the name of West End Racing. Also, there is Guy, who used to help on their pitches; clerking or doing the floor.There was one more though; Matt. The tiger of the family. The fighter. The one who wore his heart on his sleeve. Such character, such loyalty, such friendship and kindness. Always one to lend a helping hand; a trusted ally. Never would he put you away, never would he lead you astray.If ever the phrase ‘salt of the earth’ has applied to a living being; it is to Matt Brown.Tragic news reaches me, that at the age of just forty-five, still a boy; Matt has fallen. A heart attack.What a tragic waste. What a devasting blow to his family. The betting ring is in shock.Once a week, when his brother Bo was running one of their family’s pitches at Pompey dogs, Matt used to stand up and take on the punters at Hove. I ‘did a card for him’. At a young age I used to spend an inordinate amount of time studying the form at Hove and actually managed to back a few winners. On entering the track, Matt; the little tiger of the family, would be drawing heavily on a fag. He would pull me to one side and greet me with ‘Alright, you little f***er, what am I gonna get stuck into tonight?’. It was my job then, with absolutely no upside to myself, only the downside of a public coating from Matt in front of everyone in the track, if I was wrong, to give him a dog to lay. I would duly do so. Matt would ‘stripe’ it, go right the way down the book, and I would just watch on PRAYING for it to get beat. As the hare came round to the boxes, I will never forget the stare he used to fix, for just an instant, onto my eyes.As I grew older and made my own way, Matt was always there to help. Always with the odd whisper of advice; ‘steer clear of him’ or ‘what are YOU doing there?’. He was a true friend.My dad was right. I have learned many strengths and weaknesses from bookmakers I have worked for and with. From the Browns though, apart from that they stand absolutely for ‘betting to figures’, almost like metronomes, I learnt a lot about how to conduct myself. What a straight group of people. Kind hearted and loyal.My heart goes out to you now.Matt, the one dog in the third. Moves off on the run up, two turns left. It can’t get a clear. Stripe it. Be best price right the way; get yourself a float together. Get a pitch on the end. Work you way up. Avoid the knockers. Batter the punters. I’ll see you sometime soon.Love,Ben xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle

first_img[dropcap]L[/dropcap]eicester’s exploits this season quite rightly grabbed the national headlines but the heroics of Burton Albion (promoted to Championship) and AFC Wimbledon – today’s League Two finalists are equally as impressive in their own way.AFC Wimbledon are the proverbial phoenix who have risen from the ashes – formed 14 years ago when supporters rejected the transplantation of the club to Milton Keynes and the new embryo of a club started playing football again in the parks of Merton. Any lower and it would have been jumpers for goalposts stuff.And now Neil Ardley, a former original Wimbledon player, will lead his side out onto the hallowed field of Wembley for a 3pm date with Plymouth for the right to be in League One next season.Audley said: “I don’t buy into that idea that it’s only another game, that you don’t play the occasion, you play the game.”“Nobody can replicate Wembley. When we walk out, I’ll be proud, my emotions will be all over the shop. I’m going to be feeling the butterflies and the players will feel the same. But once we’ve walked out, put our shoulders back, smiled, gone ‘wow’, we’ve got a job to do. We’ve got to take all of that in, embrace it, accept it and then go and play the game.”Plymouth finished six points ahead of Plymouth in the regular season but the play-offs can be cruel that way.What might more pertinent is that the two sides finished 4-4 on aggregate in their two games – away wins on both occasions.AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth ArgyleLeague Two Play-Off Final15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2016 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-2 AFC WimbledonSep 2015 LEAGUE TROPHY AFC Wimbledon 2-3 PlymoutAug 2015 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 0-2 PlymouthApr 2015 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-1 AFC WimbledonOct 2014 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 0-0 PlymouthApr 2014 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-2 AFC WimbledonDec 2013 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 1-1 PlymouthFeb 2013 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 1-1 PlymouthOct 2012 LEAGUE TWO Plymouth 1-2 AFC WimbledonMar 2012 LEAGUE TWO AFC Wimbledon 1-2 PlymouthI’m finding it very hard to split them and will stick with the draw option at around 9/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW for 12 points at 9/4 with Star SportsLatest bet: -16.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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