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first_imgCampaigners have warned more than 40 NHS primary care organisations across England that policies which could see service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions are a breach of disabled people’s human rights.Despite the warning, the Department of Health last night (Wednesday) refused to say if it had any concerns about the policies on NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC), or whether they complied with its own guidelines.Research on the policies, published last week by disabled campaigner Fleur Perry, showed at least 44 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – and probably many more – would be willing to move disabled people with high-cost support packages into residential or nursing homes against their wishes.Perry, who edits the website Disability United, is herself a recipient of NHS CHC.Her research, using freedom of information requests, showed that the 44 CCGs had drawn up policies containing “concerning” phrases that suggested they would move disabled people eligible for NHS CHC out of their homes and into institutions against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.Most of the other CCGs that responded to her requests said they relied on the Department of Health’s National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care, and the NHS England Operating Model for NHS Continuing Health Care*.Perry’s research has alarmed disabled activists and other campaigners for independent living.Jenny Morris, a member of the Independent Living Strategy Group, which is chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell, said the group was “extremely concerned” by the research.Morris (pictured), who helped write the Labour government’s Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People white paper, said: “This is taking us back to a time when disabled people were not considered to be equal citizens.  “It is also a denial of human rights to a private and family life, and a direct contravention of article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which states that disabled people have the ‘right to live in the community with choices equal to others’.  “The UK government has signed up to and ratified this convention and CCGs as public bodies should not be taking decisions such as this.” Rob Greig, chief executive of the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) – which works with charities and government departments, including the Department of Health, to promote inclusion and independent living – said the research was “seriously concerning”.He said it was not a surprise that such policies existed but he was surprised at “the blatancy with which it was acknowledged [by CCGs] and the extent to which it was found”.Greig, a former national director for learning difficulties and currently a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) disability committee, said he would bring Perry’s research to the EHRC’s attention this week.But he said that, because of the continuing reductions in EHRC’s budget and its expertise on disability, he was not sure if it had the “capacity to continue to raise and take up issues such as this”.He said that NHS England needed to be “asking questions of those authorities that have responded in this way”, and added: “If they are breaching human rights then the human rights legislation needs to be brought into play.”He said the culture within the health sector meant health professionals “don’t automatically think of the human and civic rights arguments when it comes to designing people’s services”.He added: “Therefore it’s not right but perhaps not surprising that the healthcare system will not consider the impact on people’s rights and personal autonomy when deciding what sort of service they want to put someone in.”In response to one NHS consultant who suggested on Twitter that the solution to the CCG policies was for people receiving NHS CHC to ask for a personal health budget (PHB) – giving them control over how their CCG funding was spent – Greig said this might be a solution for only a limited number of people.He said: “I think it’s on record that the number of people receiving personal health budgets is pretty low at the moment.“In the right circumstances it might be a solution for some people. It would not be accurate to say that it could be a widespread solution to this.”Greig suggested that using a PHB might only work if someone receiving NHS CHC, with a support system in place, was able to use the flexibility provided by a PHB to spend their allocated budget “in a more cost-effective way”, but only if the CCG was not allocating resources to those receiving PHBs from a perspective of “we are doing this to save money”.Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “PHBs are certainly the way to gain control over how your health needs are met, but we do need to challenge those CCGs who have a policy of limiting PHBs to the cost of residential care. “CCGs need to understand the principles of independent living and how meeting support needs contributes to disabled people’s right to be full citizens in their communities.”A Department of Health (DH) spokeswoman refused to say if DH was concerned about the 44 policies or if it believed they complied with its framework*.But she said in a statement: “Every person with complex needs should be offered the right level of care for them, in the right environment. “We expect all CCGs to follow the National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare*, and continued independence should be considered as part of the overall approach to care planning.”She added: “As CCGs are statutory bodies in their own right, it does not fall to the Department of Health to approve an individual CCG’s approach.“All CCGs are provided with national guidance which helps inform their policies.“From 2015 to 2016, NHS Continuing Healthcare has been included in the quality assurance processes for CCGs.“This will help make sure that all CHC assessments are consistent across the NHS, and that they comply with the CHC National Framework.”NHS England had failed to comment by noon today (Thursday).*The NHS England operating model stresses that “personalisation should be at the heart of all NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments and the provision of care and support”, and calls for “innovative, personalised packages of care”.The Department of Health national framework says CCGs “should commission services using models that maximise personalisation and individual control and that reflect the individual’s preferences, as far as possible”, and that although cost can be taken into account, it “has to be balanced against other factors in the individual case, such as an individual’s desire to continue to live in a family environment”.The framework points to a 2005 human rights legal case in which the high court found that forcing a woman who needed constant nursing care into an institution would infringe her right to a family life under article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, and that article eight should be given “considerable” weight in such cases, although the cost of a package “is a factor which can properly be taken into account”.last_img read more

A government adviser has criticised the Equality a

A government adviser has criticised the Equality a

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first_imgA government adviser has criticised the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and parts of the disability movement for failing to do enough to highlight “disabled achievers”.The criticism comes in a new report which was co-authored by the government’s disability employment adviser, Professor Francis Davis, who was appointed to the Office for Disability Issues in April to work on promoting social enterprise and improving employment opportunities for disabled people.In the report, A Sector Deal For Disability, published by the independent thinktank Localis and the University of Birmingham, Davis and his co-author Liam Booth-Smith say that parts of the disability movement have treated “leadership”, “role models” and advocating social mobility with “caution”.As a result, they say, “disabled people are being marginalised and excluded” from positive initiatives supported by the government.They say EHRC has shown “enduring interest” in the number of women appointed to FTSE boards, and in championing those rising to the most senior roles from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.But they say there is either no mention of “disabled achievers” in EHRC’s published strategies or there is an “almost uniform assumption” that disabled people are “dependent on” entrepreneurialism, business or civil success rather than being responsible for it themselves.And they point out that the state-owned British Business Bank has to report on BAME take-up of its start-up loan schemes but “has no such responsibility with regard to disabled people”.They warn that the commission’s “historic omission in this regard”, combined with its decision to make the role of disability commissioner redundant in order to “develop a more generic approach [to equality] risks compounding this gap”.And they say that disabled achievers such as the Tory peer Lord Shinkwin, his predecessor as disability commissioner Lord [Chris] Holmes, the late singer-songwriter Ian Dury and former home secretary David Blunkett (pictured) “provide a challenge to a culture of disability advocacy that runs the risk of not celebrating the achievements, example and challenge that individual journeys of success can contribute”.They conclude that “this caution regarding ‘success’ in parts of the disability community is adding to the obstacles that disabled people face” and that it is “time to champion disabled leaders beyond sport and most especially in the economy”.Lord Shinkwin and the EHRC chair, David Isaac, are currently engaged in a stand-off over the Tory peer’s role on the commission’s board.Isaac told Lord Shinkwin that the role of disability commissioner had been made “redundant” just 36 hours before he was due to attend his first board meeting, and that he would instead be just a commissioner.Lord Shinkwin refused to attend board meetings until his position was clarified and has said he does not accept the abolition of the post.An EHRC spokeswoman said: “We are championing the interest and contribution that disabled people make across all of society and will continue to do so.”The Localis report also calls on the government to make a “bold” commitment to creating a new “sector deal”* for disability as part of the government’s industrial strategy.It says such a deal should offer better support and incentives to employers, training providers and disabled people.And it highlights the government’s failure to mention disability in its industrial strategy green paper, a criticism also made in last week’s meeting of the all party parliamentary group for disability (see separate story).The report says a disability sector deal should be “about shifting the perception of disability as a barrier to full participation in our economy”; should encourage “investment and confidence in our emerging assistive technology companies so that they might become world leaders in their field”; and should “send a message” to disabled people that the government “stands ready and willing to support them in meeting their potential”.Among the report’s other recommendations is for the government to abolish employers’ national insurance contributions for disabled employees, and to support start-up businesses owned or led by disabled people.*A sector deal is an agreement between a particular sector of the economy and the government, aimed at making that sector more competitive and stimulating growthlast_img read more

Merchants balk at restaurant addition to retail updated

Merchants balk at restaurant addition to retail updated

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first_img 0% Tags: Business • valencia street • vcma Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Phil Lesser, the president of the Mission Merchants Association, several commissioners, and Quinby’s landlord all spoke highly of the project, praising Quinby’s management of the space and one of his other businesses, the Riptide.“I think this is a magical location, the wood in the room, you smell it you feel it, it’s magical,” said Commissioner Rodney Fong. “It’s a pretty good shot at saving the magic that is there.”The dissent to the proposal revolved around a promise of 600 square feet of retail being preserved on the ground floor. Merchants from the VCMA and a few other speakers said community outreach had indicated that the restaurant would be in the basement only, or much less dominant. They also described the promise of 600 square feet as disingenuous, saying it included areas that shouldn’t be counted. Part of the allocated space was also on an upstairs mezzanine level.“This token amount of retail was put in there just to appease us,” said Ritual Coffee owner and VCMA member Eileen Rinaldi. “I love entertainment venues and came to multiple hearings to support Viracocha. Losing a cornerstone of retail on Valencia is a high price to pay to keep the entertainment venue.”Commissioners at first discussed minor adjustments that would make the retail more prominent but ultimately just stipulated that the retail area be increased to 700 square feet and that all of it be at the front of the building.Original Story:Retailers in the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association have rescinded their support of Amado’s pursuit of a full service restaurant – a request that will be heard by the Planning Commission sometime this afternoon.The association supported the idea of a restaurant as long as the owner retained 600 square feet of retail, out of almost 2,000 square feet total, on the ground floor. The group has now rescinded its support, saying less retail space is actually in the plans than was expected. David Quinby and Al Ribiya took over the former Viracocha space 998 Valencia St. in 2016 and operated a store for hand-tailored clothing on the ground floor and an entertainment space in the basement. But by February of this year, the clothing shop had closed and a pop up selling records moved in.  Sean Quigley, president of the Valencia Corridor Merchant’s Association and owner of Paxton Gate at 766 Valencia St. said when the change to a restaurant was originally proposed that he expected no opposition from the merchants as long as 600 square feet of front retail was retained. In a letter to planners, Quigley wrote that he supported the permit so long as the alcohol license applied only to the basement and the street level would remain retail.For his part, Quinby said he asked the merchants in January to take back their letter of support with its stipulations, saying it was misleading and causing confusion. “I’m glad he is finally rescinding the letter because nothing but confusion has come from it,” he wrote.The application plans for 400 square feet of retail on the ground floor with an additional 180 square feet of ancillary office space, which Quinby describes as being used for retail purposes, on an elevated mezzanine area. Though drinks would be served in the basement, the restaurant would operate on the street level. The association, which is usually averse to the addition of new restaurants on the corridor and even once championed a restaurant moratorium for the area, originally supported Quinby’s idea because the plans retained retail in the front of the space. “We understand they need a kitchen to support the downstairs venue and to get a liquor license,” said Ritual Coffee owner and merchant association member Eileen Rinaldi. “We wrote the letter of support with the understanding that the ground floor was going to be substantially retail. Now that we’re seeing that there’s really no substantial retail we feel like we have to revoke our support of the project.”Aversion to converting retail to restaurant comes from a concern that restaurants take foot traffic away from existing retail store and make the spaces they occupy more expensive. To make such a change, a venue needs a  conditional use permit from the Planning Commission. “It’s extremely rare for a space that’s been converted into a restaurant to be converted back into retail.It’s expensive to convert a space to restaurant,” Rinaldi explained. “The concern is that this is becoming more and more of a destination for nights and weekend nights, and we’re seeing a drop in foot traffic during the day. That has a lot of the merchants who rely on shopping traffic very concerned.”As part of the changes, the basement entertainment space will add a bar, according to planning documents. The retail areas will also be flexible and can be rearranged or removed for events.City planner Linda Ajello Hoagland said earlier that the plans envision a flow between the retail and cash register in the front of the corner store, a restaurant and a then a kitchen in the back. The proposed restaurant would be open from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and the basement entertainment venue would be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.“Lance Walden, the brilliant record store owner who is currently doing the pop up at Amado’s, uses the space to store very rare items to show privately to interested buyers. Once again, retail,” Quinby wrote. “We have struck the perfect balance for all 3 levels and we got the retail square footage precisely where mr Quigly wanted it.”Rinaldi, however, said she sees it differently.“We wrote the letter [of support] thinking that the liquor license applied to bar downstairs and that the ground floor would remain retail, and the kitchen to support liquor license in the back of the ground floor, but front would remain retail,” she said. “But now the reality of the ground floor is a restaurant which is a pretty big change for us. The fact is too, a lot of restaurants say they’re going to be open for lunch but then they realize that dinner is the profitable time to be open and …change their hours.”Rinaldi said the merchants had been led her to believe that the retail portion of the store would be more dominant, but discovered in the documents submitted to the Planning Department that the retail portion was smaller and less prominent than expected. Some ten letters from neighborhood groups, former supervisor Scott Wiener, and other groups urged the Planning Commission to approve the permit, along with hundreds of signatures and letters from neighbors. It appears that the main opposition comes from the merchant’s association. In May 2013, the Board of Supervisors rejected the merchants’ idea for a restaurant conversion moratorium, instead adding another step in the approval process for those conversions. center_img Update:Planning Commissioners approved the addition of a restaurant into the existing events venue and retail space called Amado’s, formerly Viracocha, on 20th and Valencia streets. The commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, to allow Amado’s to add a restaurant at the back of its street-level commercial space, but also required that it increase the amount of space reserved for retail in the front of the space.The increase was devised as a compromise that would allow the owner of Amado’s, David Quinby, to keep the events venue alive by selling alcohol and food, while also accommodating the requests of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association to preserve retail. Merchants have long opposed conversions from retail to restaurant, arguing that these conversions are rarely reversed and draw foot traffic away from daytime hours and thereby the shop owners who need it most. Special approvals are required for such conversions, and some of the commissioners seemed sympathetic to the concern over retail space.“I used to go to North Beach when I first moved here, it was vibrant, there were a lot of things to go by and see. Recently…the place is a ghost town. There’s nothing to buy, it’s just restaurants,” said Commissioner Dennis Richards. “I get where the folks from the VCMA are coming from…The amount of square footage devoted to retail just doesn’t reach the bar for me.”last_img read more

Mission Streets distinctive Red Building up for sale

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first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The bright red building at 2567 Mission St., known as the Red Building, has hit the market for $7.2 million. The building is owned by a shell company, 2567 Mission Street LLC. It’s controlled by Tom Van Loben Sels, who has managed properties for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta. The latter has owned several properties on Mission Street. The true owner of the building — whose identity Marcus & Millicap, the real estate company handling the sale, declined to confirm — stands to gain more than triple their investment: The LLC purchased the building in 2012 for $1.665 million.  The three-story, mixed use building has, in the recent past, housed a variety of businesses: a bridal shop, an online privacy nonprofit and even a purported porn studio. Email Addresscenter_img In 2017, Klatch Coffee, an upscale cafe franchise, attempted to set up shop in the building, but the process was slowed when the Mission Economic Development Agency appealed its proposed zoning change. In its request, MEDA wrote that the cafe would “exacerbate the gentrification and cultural displacement problem” in the area. (Klatch, famously, offers a $75 cup of coffee.)   MEDA subsequently withdrew the appeal after Bo Thiara, the owner of Klatch’s other San Francisco outlet on Franklin Street, signed an agreement with a neighborhood coalition dictating the future Mission cafe’s decor, hiring practices, and price points. Thiara declined to answer questions, but the cafe’s plans appear to be on course, despite the pending sale of the Red Building. Klatch Coffee signs are plastered on the building’s window, letting passersby know they are “coming soon.”  last_img read more

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first_imgSAINTS, alongside their partners Typhoo, will be donning the Joining Jack charity logo when they travel to Wigan on September 7.The Club’s main sponsor has agreed to replace its livery across the front of the kit that will take to the field in the last Stobart Super League game of the season.It’s in recognition of Joining Jack – a cause which aims to raise the awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and money for research into finding possible treatments.Four-year-old Jack Johnson, the son of former Wigan player Andy Johnson, has been diagnosed with the condition and failing a medical breakthrough, his life will follow a predetermined path, mapped out by this progressive muscle wasting conditionTyphoo CEO Keith Packer commented: “We were honoured to be approached about supporting Joining Jack and allowing our logo to be replaced on the front of Saints shirts is the very least we can do support such a worthy cause.“We have been particularly impressed at how the Rugby League community has put aside competitive rivalry and is pulling together as a community to make a difference.“At Typhoo, we’re glad to play our small part in that big sense of community spirit. It also goes without saying that we wish AJ, Alex, Jack and James the best of luck on the day in raising as much money & awareness for the cause.”The Warriors will be wearing a special charity shirt with the logo and as part of the design Wigan’s main sponsor Applicado FS have agreed to surrender their Main Shirt Sponsorship for the game.Applicado CTO Andrew Pickering added: “We were delighted to be able to support Joining Jack and offer them the opportunity to be the Main Sponsor for the day.“As part of the package they will also be able to use our LED advertising boards and entertain key guests in our Executive Box. Jack’s story is an incredibly sad one and this was the least we could do to support him, his family and the charity.”last_img read more

In the only change from last week Tommy Lee comes

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first_imgIn the only change from last week, Tommy Lee comes into the side with Jake Spedding missing out.Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 32. Matty Lees, 36. Zeb Taia.Brian McDermott will select his Leeds side from:2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Stevie Ward, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 15. Brett Delaney, 16. Brad Singleton, 17. Mitch Garbutt, 18. Jimmy Keinhorst, 20. Anthony Mullally, 25. Jordan Lilley, 31. Jack Walker.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

First Gold Star Memorial monument unveiled in North Carolina

First Gold Star Memorial monument unveiled in North Carolina

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several people gathered Monday to honor fallen troops. Gold Star memorial families unveiled the first monument of its kind in North Carolina in Wilmington. The $60,000 display is at Hugh McCrae park.Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and many other loved ones joined in remembrance of fallen soldiers. This monument stands for those who died in Vietnam, 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq and every other fight for our nation.- Advertisement – Founder Hershel Woody Williams started the presentation. He is the last living WWII veteran with the congressional medal of honor distinction. The Gold Star mothers were dressed in white to honor their fallen sons. The Wilmington chapter started with five mothers but, the group has grown tremendously.“When I read about this monument that was for all families that had lost someone serving in the military, I was like oh that’s wonderful,” said Honorary Board Member Norma Luther. “I’ll have a place to go and I can sit and reflect.”“They gave their life up so we could live the way we are now and have our freedom,” said Gold Star mother June Augusta. “We don’t want their memory to die and the only way it doesn’t die is to talk about them. It might make us cry, might make us laugh… all in the same conversation.”Related Article: Wilmington preps for chances of more debris with MichaelThe monuments four panels represent homeland, family, patriotism and sacrifice.The USS North Carolina battleship is unique to Wilmington’s monument to represent our home.There are 44 gold star family monuments across the nation. Founder Hershel “Woody” Williams says we cannot exist without those who are willing to serve.last_img read more

Certified volunteers offer free help filing taxes

Certified volunteers offer free help filing taxes

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first_img AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers are certified preparers that guide low to moderate income taxpayers through complicated tax codes to ensure proper credits and deductions, when filing federal and state tax returns. The 2017 tax overhaul will continue to usher in changes over the next few years that will directly impact the refund taxpayers will receive.“It is unlikely that most people will itemize deductions this year because the standard deduction on the federal tax return has increased quite a bit,” said Tax Aide Volunteer Kevin O’Grady.O’Grady says taxpayers can still consider itemizing deductions on the state level.Related Article: Pine Valley Library to open shortly after Myrtle Grove location closureAnother favorable effect of the tax overhaul is the credit for household dependents.Many Americans view their tax refund as a major financial relief to costly expenses and free filing services are helpful to taxpayers trying to keep money in their pocket.“When I went to a couple of places that did taxes, they were expensive,” said Ada Pierce, who has filed with AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Volunteers for two years. “They were charging me for every piece.”“We have a lot of repeat customers,” said O’Grady. “More than half have been with us before.”Tax preparers like O’Grady have been guiding Wilmington residents through filing taxes for 14 years at New Hanover County Main Library, but Pierce says last year was busier.“Last year, I had to wait two days to get up help but, today I came and it wasn’t that many people here,” said Pierce. “I sat down, they helped me go through the paperwork, and showed me what other papers I needed so, I brought everything I needed. I got through it and I got a nice little refund.”But not every taxpayer will receive a hearty return this year. If taxpayers used the new IRS income tax withholding tables, their take home pay was greater which will in turn reduce the final refund.But Pierce is grateful that she will soon have money to help family still struggling since Hurricane Florence.“Other people in my family can use my help so when I get my refund, I can help some of them that are still displaced,” said Pierce. “A lot of them lost everything.”The AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers will be offering free tax prep help from 9 AM to 1 PM daily until April 15 on the 3rd floor of New Hanover County Main Library located at 205 Chestnut St in Wilmington.Make sure to bring your social security cards, photo I.D., W2’s, 1099’s and mortgage statements. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last year, AARP Foundation Tax Aide reports taxpayers received over $1 billion in refunds with their service, but tax season is starting off slow across the nation with average refunds down by 8%.In Wilmington, the AARP tax prep site is usually packed with taxpayers in the early part of the season but Tuesday morning it was fairly empty.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Parents share opposition to proposed redistricting of Brunswick Co schools

Parents share opposition to proposed redistricting of Brunswick Co schools

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first_img “I think everybody would like to know what the options are, because there’s only one option.”The school district says the changes would take place in the immediate school year. It redraws the lines to send students who live in Mallory Creek and areas south of it to the Winnabow school. The neighborhood currently sits less than a mile along highway 133 from Belville.“I won’t say it’s the sole option,” says school superintendent Dr. Jerry Oates. “We’ve explored many options, and this is what seems to be the best one for the students of Brunswick County.”Related Article: Brunswick teacher wins lottery contest, puts money towards other teacher’s projectParents are not seeing it as that. Many want the school board to look at other options that include redrawing lines for Magnolia Greens families or those in Waterford to become a part of the Town Creek district.Redistricted lines for the new Town Creek Middle School coming in 2020. (Andrew James/WWAY)The school board, at the same time, is looking at who will be moved in 2020 once the new Town Creek Middle School is developed. That redistricting would include Magnolia Greens, Waterford, as well as pockets of Belville and Leland that hold Mallory Creek and Brunswick Forest families. The middle school maps show families as far south as below Funston Road, as far north as Sandy Creek and as far east as Birch Creek moving into the new district.The school district says 5th graders at Belville will be grandfathered in. For several parents, they think the move is a temporary solution and that even more will be complicated for them and their kids once the school tries to level out school sizes.“It will add 26 minutes, and that’s more than double my current commute,” said Kelly Johnson who has children at Belville Elementary. “I don’t feel like anybody has thought this through.”For many parents, it impacts the reason they moved to the area. Some even saying they moved to specifically be in the Belville Elementary and Leland Middle school districts“We purchased our home nine years ago based on the schools that were closest and that we were districted for never thinking that my children would end up at town creek elementary or town creek middle school,” said Laura Inskeep.Parents united over another key issue with the proposed change, how kids will get to school. Several parents say they will have no choice but to drive their kids to Town Creek citing school staff who tell them the bus trips could be upwards to an hour for redistricted students.We asked Dr. Oates about the issue of the impacts the redistricting could have to communities like Brunswick Forest, which sit as the only real straight route from Mallory Creek to highway 17.“Our transportation department has worked feverishly trying to make sure that the shortest routes are available for students,” said Dr. Oates.The school board will hold one more meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the county commission chambers in Bolivia. It is possible the school board votes on redrawing the lines next Tuesday. Board members did not answer questions from the public. Their responses are expected to be published by the end of the week. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Parents fear it’s a done deal to move roughly 150 students from Belville Elementary to Town Creek Elementary School.The school board is looking at redrawing district lines to deal with overcrowding at Belville. The idea to redraw lines that would impact Mallory Creek Plantation came up at an operations committee meeting last week. Monday, parents had the chance to speak their minds to school officials.Proposed redistricting of Belville and Town Creek Elementary schools (Andrew James/WWAY)- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crews respond to fire at abandoned apartment complex near UNCW

Crews respond to fire at abandoned apartment complex near UNCW

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first_img Crews fight fire at 608 S College Road in Wilmington on April 2, 2019. (Photo: WFD) 1 of 2 – Advertisement – Crews fight fire at 608 S College Road in Wilmington on April 2, 2019. (Photo: WFD)center_img Crews fight fire at 608 S College Road in Wilmington on April 2, 2019. (Photo: WFD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at an abandoned apartment complex across from UNCW.Wilmington Fire Department tweeted around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday that crews were actively fighting the fire at 608 South College Road. WFD says expect heavy smoke in the area.No word on the cause nor if anyone was injured.last_img

Celebrity cartoon voice actor joins fantasy fans at Geek Expo

Celebrity cartoon voice actor joins fantasy fans at Geek Expo

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first_img From fantasy sports demonstrations to lessons on how to make cosplay for cheap, this day-long expo held at the Wilmington Convention Center had something in store for all ages.Daghorir player Taylor Kopec said she appreciates how the expo surrounds her with like-minded individuals.“Seeing the amount of work that people will put into their costumes and the things that they’re selling shows who they are,” Kopec said. “It’s really amazing to see people put that out there for others.”Related Article: Three brothers graduate from power line technician program at CFCCBy Saturday afternoon, fantasy fans got to meet comic creators including Gary Cohn of “Blue Devil”, Tini Howard of “Captain America”, and Jaques Nyemb of “Not So Super”.The fun day ended with a cosplay contest for adults and kids. Winners walked away with a cash prize, trophy and swag. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you remember the cartoons “Ben 10”, “Teen Titans Go”, “Star Wars’ The Clone Wars” or “Teenage Mutan Ninga Turtles”?Greg Cipes, the creative voice behind dozens of the shows’ characters, was in Wilmington on Saturday at the Wilmington Geek Expo.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday

Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday

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first_img The Town of Oak Island announced the pier will reopen to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.An inspection on March 7, 2017 led to the pier needing to close, then less than a week later it closed to the public.In September, the pier thankfully survived Hurricane Florence.Related Article: Tide truck providing free laundry serviceThe town is looking for part-time pier attendants. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — It’s been two years since Hurricane Matthew. After being damaged during it, the Oak Island Pier is set to reopen this week.The pier partially collapsed in the 2016 storm.- Advertisement – last_img

Photos With flowers and personal stories Japan sexual abuse survivors seek reform

Photos With flowers and personal stories Japan sexual abuse survivors seek reform

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first_img“If we keep saying ‘No’ to sexual violence and deliver our voices, I have hope this unreasonable law will surely be changed,” Misa Iwata, who said she was gang raped at 16, told a crowd of hundreds gathered near Tokyo Station.“To raise one’s voice is frightening,” added Iwata, a member of sexual abuse victims group Spring. “But by raising our voices, society and politics will surely change.”Legislators revised Japan’s century-old rape law in 2017 to include harsher penalties, among other changes.The reforms, however, left intact controversial requirements for prosecutors to prove that violence or intimidation was involved or that the victim was “incapable of resistance”.Recent acquittals has revived outrage over that legal standard, which means that not fighting back can make it impossible for prosecutors to prove rape.In one such ruling in March, a court in the central city of Nagoya, acquitted a father accused of raping his 19-year-old daughter. Victims and activists want the law changed to bar all non-consensual sex.“This kind of case is continuing because most people don’t have the sense that the judgements are wrong,” said designer Miku Yokoyama, 23, who attended Tuesday’s protest. “We are here today to make a movement to change that.”The Tokyo protest was one of nine nationwide from Fukuoka in the south to Sapporo in the north and Osaka in western Japan. Organisers began holding the monthly protests in April.“The voices of those saying ‘We cannot keep silent’ are spreading,” media quoted author and activist Minori Kitahara as telling a crowd in Fukuoka, where another non-guilty verdict was handed down in March.The #MeToo movement has been mostly subdued in Japan, where only a few sexual assault victims report the crime to the police; a majority tell no one at all for fear of being blamed themselves and publicly shamed.WhatsApp A protester holds a placard at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. Picture taken June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Protesters gather at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. Picture taken June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Protesters hold fowers at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato A protester holds a placard at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. Picture taken June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato A protester holds a placard at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Protesters gather at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoProtesters gather at the rally called ‘Flower Demo’ to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan and call for revision of the anti-sex crime law, in front of Tokyo Station in Tokyo, Japan June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Katocenter_img 1 of 2 1 of 3 SharePrint Sexual abuse victims and their supporters rallied in nine cities around Japan this week to protest against recent court acquittals of alleged rapists and urge reform of the nation’s anti-rape law.Holding flowers and placards with slogans such as “#MeToo, #WithYou”, sexual abuse survivors on Tuesday evening recounted  their experiences to show the need to scrap a measure they say puts too high a burden on rape victims, discouraging them from coming forward and hurting their legal chances if they do. <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

How was Facebook hacked All you need to know

How was Facebook hacked All you need to know

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first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he speaks at an event at Facebook’s headquarters office in Menlo Park, California Advertisement Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he speaks at an event at Facebook’s headquarters office in Menlo Park, CaliforniaOn Friday 15th Feb, Facebook announced in a blogpost that it was the victim of a sophisticated hack attack last month which affected the computers of some employees. However, the company assured users that the attack was quickly discovered and that no user data was compromised or stolen from its servers.The blogpost said that the attack took place when some employees visited the website of a mobile developer which had been infected.The post reads, – Advertisement – This website in turn allowed and hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops. The laptops were fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software. As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day. Facebook has called in the FBI to investigate the attack on its servers.So how did the attackers gain access to the laptops of Facebook employees?According to an interview in Ars Technica, Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said, that “The attack was injected into the site’s HTML, so any engineer who visited the site and had Java enabled in their browser would have been affected, regardless of how patched their machine was.”Facebook’s blogpost also pointed out that the company had flagged a suspicious domain in our corporate DNS logs and tracked it back to an employee laptop.The attackers used a “zero-day” (previously unseen) exploit to bypass the Java sandbox (built-in protections) to install the malware. The malware was also able to install itself on both Apple and Windows machines, states the report in Ars Technica. Facebook also reported the bug to Oracle, and they provided a patch for the same on 1 February, 2013.Facebook also pointed out that they were not the only ones who were attacked. As the Ars report points out, Facebook discovered traffic coming from several other companies and it also notified those companies of the attack and the report also points out that the attack took place in the same period as the attack on Twitter.Earlier in this month, Twitter too had claimed that over 250,000 accounts were affected in the attack, although it did not specify any details or methodology of how the attack was orchestrated.The attack on Facebook raises a lot of privacy fears for users, especially as the site has over a billion users, each with their personal photos, data, etc. As this post on TechCrunch points out, Facebook has a lot more to lose from getting hacked.One also can’t forget that the hacker exploited Oracle’s Java to launch the attack. Security experts have already warned that Java isn’t secure and that users should disable the software on their web-browsers.Credit: FirstPostlast_img read more

Pebble Raises More Than 75 Million In Less Than A Day On

Pebble Raises More Than 75 Million In Less Than A Day On

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first_imgAdvertisement Last Evening, we noted that the Pebble Time — Pebble’s new color e-ink smartwatch — had smashed through its $500,000 goal in an absolutely preposterous seventeen minutes.We don’t generally do play-by-play updates on Kickstarter campaigns, but this one is a bit too crazy not to note. The Pebble train just won’t stop.In 12 hours after the launch of the campaign, Kickstarter is still vacuuming up cash at an absurd rate. It now sits at $7.5 million, earning it a spot in the Top 5 most funded projects to ever hit the site. – Advertisement – The only projects that have pulled in more? The Ouya console ($8.5M), The Oatmeal’s Exploding Kittens card game ($8.7M), the original Pebble ($10.2M), and the Coolest cooler ($13.2M). All of those had a month-plus to earn their totals; the Pebble Time has joined their ranks in half a day.Pebble’s repeated success on the platform has started something of a debate, with some arguing that they’re too successful to turn to a crowdfunding site. “It’d be like watching Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and Warren Buffett panhandling on the streets of Seattle”, writes Daniel Cooper on Engadget.But is that really Kickstarter’s problem to solve? Where does one draw the line? What makes a company too successful for Kickstarter? Public perception? Should having a successful Kickstarter and going on to find retail success prevent you from returning to the well? Or should we let people vote with their wallets and stop romanticizing Kickstarter as something that it’s not?You can find the Pebble Time Kickstarter campaign here.Credit: Techcrunchlast_img read more

Amadeus Productivity Tracker increases travel industry productivity

Amadeus Productivity Tracker increases travel industry productivity

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first_imgAdvertisement Amadeus, the leading technology partner for the global travel industry has launched a business intelligence system exclusively for Sub Saharan Africa, the Productivity Tracker. A regional module to help customers boost and measure their business activity.Productivity Tracker provides travel agents with an easy way to monitor, manage and optimise their own performance.Through a 24/7 live data feed based on Amadeus booking data, travel agents are able to analyse their own operations in real time, gain valuable insights and improve productivity. – Advertisement – In 2013, Amadeus set up a Regional Solution Centre in Africa with a mission to ensure that the right regional solution portfolio is made available to meet the specific needs of the travel industry across the continent.One such example has been the delivery of the Productivity Tracker. Travel agencies across Africa are now at an advantage, having a complete real time 360-degree overview of their business.Juan Torres, GM Amadeus EA says, “We have a growing travel industry in Africa and with more and more travel agencies in a competitive environment, it is important now, more than ever, to be efficient. There needs to be quick decision making and data management is key in order to stay at the top and Amadeus aims to provide automation with their solutions.”When it comes to true productivity and optimization of front office performance, this useful business tool puts the information, insights and tools right at the fingertips. Back office data can only tell half the story about a travel agency’s operations.Now travel agency’s can see their booking agents’ productivity measures accurately at a glance and can expect productivity and compliance enhanced by 60%-90%.Manually monitoring data is a travel agency’s biggest challenge, it is a time consuming and inefficient process leading invariably to the loss of important data. By managing data effectively from multiple sources, travel agencies are now able to transform ‘data’ into mission-critical business information.As noted by one travel booker: Racine Ba, Partnership Alignment Manager, BCD Travel Africa, “Instead of manually tracking monthly performance, we now have real-time information to help make quick strategic decisions with a product that really works for our operations and needs. We used to have to speculate on what we could expect from a consultant on a daily basis. We now have one, easy, holistic view that enables us to plan effectively.”Caroline Malinda, MD Uniglobe Silverbird Travel Plus, Kenya adds, “The amount of on demand reports that are available help us to understand and analyze areas of opportunity and those that contribute the most to the success of our company.  The Productivity Tracker comes at a time that we as service providers and owners need to understand our customers better and this solution delivers exactly that.”Deployment of the Productivity Tracker is progressing well across East Africa with fast and seamless implementation. There are currently 450 users in the system regionally; travel agencies ranging from small/medium enterprises, travel management companies, business travel agencies, leisure travel agencies and large national agencies. The valuable business tool is compatible with all Amadeus agency environments in Africa and has been designed as a web-based tool for easy accessibility.last_img read more

What to expect at Apples September event

What to expect at Apples September event

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first_imgMusician Drake, right, high fives Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 8, 2015. The maker of iPods and iPhones announced Apple Music, an app that combines Beats 1, a 24-hour, seven-day live radio station, with an on-demand music streaming service. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Advertisement Apple will hold it’s annual iPhone event on 9th, and there have been some indications of some big announcements at this event from the many leaks and rumors.The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are a given for this event, but we don’t expect to see major changes since this is the “tock” year in the Apple cycle. What we expect to be different is on the inside, like a faster processor or more RAM, a better camera, especially for the front-facing camera, thanks to the generation selfie. Storage mostlikely will be the same, but we’d love them to abandon 16GB and start out at 32GB. The outside might get updates in terms of material, some new colors.iOS 9 will ship on the new iPhone devices but it will also be available to users on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and up. There are a ton of new features in iOS 9, but most are focused on making the ore iOS experience better. To that end, there is a new Low Power mode for making battery life better, big improvements to Siri and Spotlight and a big upgrade to Apple Maps. – Advertisement – It’s been three and a half years since Apple last updated the Apple TV. In that time, the Apple TV has lost market share to other streaming devices such as Roku and Chromecast. That’s going to change on Wednesday. Apple is finally going to unveil a new Apple TV, replete with updated interface, better hardware, game support, support for Siri and maybe even gestures.The sheer amount of rumors and leaks coming out about the Apple TV suggests this will be one of the biggest areas Apple focuses on, after the iPhone.Apple is widely expected to release a 12.9-inch iPad, the iPad Pro — geared towards business professionals.There are conflicting reports about whether or not Apple unveils the new iPad Pro — and an updated iPad mini 4 — on Wednesday, or at a separate event in October.As for that “one more thing?” We’re going to say, look out for Apple Music for Android to get shown off on Wednesday.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

Zenith Technology named as Kaspersky Lab Gold Partner

Zenith Technology named as Kaspersky Lab Gold Partner

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first_imgAdvertisement Zenith Technology Limited, one of the major players in Information Technology (IT) solutions and services has been awarded the gold partner status by Kaspersky Lab.Zenith Technology is one of the fastest growing partners of Kaspersky lab in Nigeria and this comes as a unique achievement.Kaspersky Lab is one of the world’s fastest-growing cybersecurity companies and the largest one that is privately-owned. – Advertisement – Zenith Technology is firmly positioned as one of the top four leading vendors of security solutions for endpoint users, and a ‘Leader’ in endpoint protection.According to her, “We are now in a position to help secure every endpoint in the organisation from every form of Internet threat.”Product Manager, Zenith Technology, Olamide Odeneye, explained that Zenith Technology Limited had constantly pushed the brand in Nigeria by organizing high profile enterprise events that bring together a lot of technology influencers and drivers within both the public and private sectors.Olamide said the award goes a long way to show that organisations can now rely on Zenith Technology for consulting, sales, implementation and support of all Kaspersky Endpoint Security Business solutions.Kaspersky Endpoint Security Business involves the deepest, most forward-looking protection, efficient performance and straightforward management built through progressive tiers to fully secure your business,” she further explained.Via This Daylast_img read more