July 2019

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first_imgA crucial report submitted to the United Nations by three national disabled people’s organisations has been criticised for failing to speak out strongly enough on the links between the UK government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of benefit claimants.The “shadow report” will be sent to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), which will question the UK government in public this year about its progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The report, which is likely to have a significant impact on the committee as it draws up the “list of issues” it will raise with the UK government in public later in the year as part of the “periodic review”, concludes that there is “little evidence that government is consistently taking account of the [convention] in developing policy and making decisions”.It was drawn up by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland, with significant input from consultant Neil Crowther, who has worked at a senior level for both the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Disability Rights Commission.It was funded by EHRC, and separate shadow reports have been published on Scotland (led by Inclusion Scotland), and on England and Wales (led by DR UK and Disability Wales).The report says: “Since the [UNCRPD] was ratified by the UK in 2009 there has been a dramatic programme of reform and public spending decisions that individually and cumulatively have severely impeded the rights of disabled people.“In some policy areas, practices are being encouraged or go unchallenged which are at odds with the principles and intention of the [convention], such as rising numbers of children attending special schools.”The report includes 20 “top issues of concern”.Among those 20 issues, the report points to how measures to reduce public spending are having a “disproportionate and retrogressive impact on the rights of disabled people”.This echoes the conclusion reached in November by CRPD, which found – followed a lengthy inquiry triggered by activists from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – that the UK government’s social security reforms had led to “grave or systematic” violations of the convention.Among the other 19 key concerns, the shadow report criticises the lack of an overall government strategy on the inclusion of disabled children, and highlights the failure to counter negative portrayals of disabled people in the media, as well as the government’s failure to secure an adequate supply of accessible housing.The report also highlights the rising number of disabled people with mental health conditions and learning difficulties dying in state care, the absence of an independent system to investigate those deaths, and the significant increase in the number of people subject to compulsory detention and treatment under the Mental Health Act over the last decade.And it says that the absence of a statutory right to independent living “undermines disabled people’s ability to exercise choice and control in their care”.But the report says little about one of the key issues of last year’s UN report, which was fuelled by years of DPAC research and campaigning: the link between the UK government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.The report merely states that it is “concerned by evidence that suggests that the administration of social security benefits may have been an attributing [sic] factor in the decision of some people with mental health problems to take their own lives”.It says that this “may raise issues concerning the States [sic] obligation to protect people’s right to life”; and although it promises to “address this issue in more detail” later in the report, it fails to do so.Over the last two-and-a-half years, Disability News Service (DNS) has built up a substantial body of documentary evidence linking government ministers with the deaths of benefit claimants, particularly those with mental health conditions.Both DR UK and Disability Wales are paid subscribers to DNS, and so have received these stories throughout that period.Among those reports, DNS has repeatedly described how ministers failed to act on a coroner’s warning in 2010 that disabled people would die if they failed to improve the safety of the work capability assessment  (WCA).A report by a second coroner and another by the Scottish Mental Welfare Commission showed that other disabled people lost their lives as a result of that failure to act.Ministers also deliberately loosened regulations that had been drawn up to protect people with mental health conditions whose lives could be at risk if forced into work-related activity.And ministers failed to show the 2010 coroner’s report and their own secret reviews into deaths linked to the WCA to the independent expert they hired to review the assessment.Neither DR UK, Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland or Crowther have requested any of that documentary evidence while preparing this week’s report, and none of those concerns are mentioned in the report.There is also no mention in the report of Government-funded research by public health experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Oxford, which concluded in late 2015 that the programme to reassess people on incapacity benefit through the WCA was linked to 590 suicides in just three years.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, criticised the shadow report, and said that an alternative report by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance would ensure that these issues were properly addressed.She said: “The direct human cost of the government’s welfare reform policy, as so damningly evidenced in the UN disability committee inquiry report, represents a deliberate and systematic attack on disabled people’s rights and quality of life: attacks justified by an economic ideology that seems to view the support disabled people need as an unnecessary cost that needs to be eliminated . “The CRPD shadow report provides a key opportunity to publicly lay out an evidence base for the huge injustice disabled people are experiencing right now and no report can credibly claim to represent the voices of disabled people while overlooking the depth and impact of these attacks.“The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance shadow report will fully evidence the extent of the injustice and attacks our community has faced and continues to face.”A DPAC spokeswoman said: “The UK government has repeatedly denied the causal link between benefit deaths and welfare reform and this shadow report presents no challenge to that disgraceful position.“It is an extreme insult to all the hard work that individual disabled people and our allies have put into exposing the facts and creating a robust evidence base.“If the authors of the shadow report disagree that the evidence base is strong enough then surely as organisations and individuals who purport to care about disabled people’s rights then they have a responsibility to put some effort into creating one.“In fact, they have had years to do so.”Asked to explain the lack of emphasis on the links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of claimants, Crowther said he had worked as a consultant for DR UK and Disability Wales and so it was “for them to comment, not me”.Sue Bott, DR UK’s deputy chief executive, said the issue was raised twice in the report, which also endorsed CRPD’s findings, which itself “raised the matter of deaths of people following benefits assessment”.She said: “We chose not to reiterate the issues covered in the inquiry report, save to provide updates on some issues such as the [proposed cut to some claimants of employment and support allowance], in order to have space to raise other critical issues such as deaths in detention within the overall shadow report word limit.  “On the issue itself, it is not clear from a legal point of view that these deaths would amount to a violation by the state of the right to life, hence the language we chose to use and our cross referencing to the right to health. “This should not be regarded as any downgrading of the seriousness of the issues raised.“We think the reports provide a comprehensive and robust account of current challenges facing disabled people and our rights in Britain today.”She added: “It seems likely that the [CRPD] will highlight the impact of austerity measures and benefits reforms when it selects its ‘list of issues’ in March and subsequently this will provide an opportunity to submit additional evidence. “We will explore the opportunity to do so at that stage.”She said the reference to providing “more detail” further on in the report was “a mistake that we overlooked during final editing”.last_img read more

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More than £2 billion in extra money for social car

first_imgMore than £2 billion in extra money for social care over the next three years – announced by the chancellor in yesterday’s budget – is “meaningless” when set against the scale of the funding crisis, disabled campaigners have warned.The spring budget contained few significant announcements on key issues of concern for disabled people, and there were no u-turns on two major, imminent cuts to disability benefits.But the chancellor, Philip Hammond (pictured), did confirm hundreds of millions of pounds in funding* to set up more than 100 more free schools by 2020 – in addition to the 500 already planned – a move that inclusive education campaigners say will lead to an expansion of selective education that will further discriminate against disabled pupils.Hammond failed to mention disabled people or disability once in his budget speech of more than 6,700 words.But he admitted that the social care system was “clearly under pressure”, and although he repeatedly referred to the needs of older people, and not to working-age disabled people, he announced extra funding for local councils in England of £1.2 billion in 2017-18, £800 million  in 2018-19 and £400 million in 2019-20.He also said the government would publish a green paper on social care funding later this year.But Hammond made no mention of new amendments to personal independence payment (PIP) regulations, announced by the government last month following two tribunal rulings, which will tighten eligibility criteria and cut support to more than 160,000 people, particularly those with severe mental distress who need mobility support.The Office for Budget Responsibility confirmed in Treasury budget documents that the amendments to PIP regulations will save the government £3.7 billion over the next five years.Hammond also made no mention of cuts of nearly £30 a week to payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) placed in the work-related activity group, which will come into effect next month.Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) said the extra funding announced by Hammond would no nothing to address the social care crisis.A GMCDP spokesperson said: “The £2 billion announced in today’s budget to prop up adult social care over the next three years will do nothing to halt the massive cuts being rained upon disabled people trying to retain or access care funding.“With the Local Government Association estimating that local authorities will be facing a £5.8 billion shortfall in social care by 2020, the money pledged today is in reality a derisible amount.“The fact that there was not a single mention of disabled people within the budget seems to be in keeping with the government’s total disregard of the cumulative impact their austerity measures are having on us.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “Giving a paltry £2 billion for social care up to 2020 is meaningless when £4.6 billion has already been lost from that budget since 2010.“This also ignores additional pressures caused by an increasingly older population.”Disability rights activist Alice Kirby said she was “absolutely disgusted” that disabled people had been ignored by the chancellor in his speech.She said: “Disabled people were not mentioned once yesterday by Philip Hammond, despite every part of our lives being under attack by government cuts.“This is unforgivable. Hammond should have reversed the ESA cut and recognised that this will not ‘incentivise’ disabled people to find employment, but will force those unfit for work into poverty.“He should have also addressed the unjustified changes in eligibility for PIP which is expected to effect 160,000 disabled people.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of the national servicer-user and disabled people’s network Shaping Our Lives, highlighted the chancellor’s decision to increase national insurance for self-employed people.He said: “Ironically it is perhaps the hike in national insurance for self-employed people which in the longer term may have the most important implications of this budget for disabled people.“It shows that this government is quite prepared to ignore historical manifesto commitments, even when they negatively affect groups that it would most see as its own voters. “I mean the increasing number of people, including some disabled people, who have become self-employed, encouraged to do so by this government, seen by it as its natural electoral constituency and now seriously financially damaged by it. “This budget decision adds yet more people to the ranks of those, like disabled people, that the government is quite prepared to penalise in the interests of its own ideological preoccupations, adding to the numbers who in future may well withdraw their support from it.“There are indeed going to be many new alliances for disabled people to form, as this government alienates more and more people through its regressively redistributive policies.”Disabled researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, who wrote a well-received review in 2014 on the failure of the ESA system to increase the number of disabled people in paid work, said the government had “buried without remorse” the “whole raft of cuts to disabled people’s livelihoods and opportunities”.Despite the booming economy, she said, the Tories “aren’t giving a penny back to the people who paid the most for their deficit reduction: [those who are] sick and disabled”.Hale, a member of the Spartacus online network, said: “When they say they want a country that works for everyone, they don’t really mean us.“The extra funding for social care is welcome. But there’s nothing in the government’s messaging to suggest it’s aimed at restoring the principle of independent living that was decimated by the closure of the Independent Living Fund, only on relieving the pressures on the NHS through bed-blocking.“No recognition that properly funding social care is a route to more disabled people in work.”Disabled activist Rick Burgess said the failure to mention disability was “ominous”.He said: “With the assessment regime revealed to be a fraudulent system of abuse, social care collapsing, and the UN condemning the numerous state-sponsored abuses of our human rights, that the Tories saw no need to address this, indicates they are happy with our persecution and intend to accelerate it.“And they perceive this to be of no detriment to their political support.“One has to ask are the 11 million Tory voters happy to be thought of as disablist abusers condemned on the international stage?”Disabled researcher Stef Benstead, another member of the Spartacus Network, added: “What can I say? The government doesn’t care about disabled people.”*The precise amount has yet to be confirmed by the Treasury, following confusion over contradictory figures in the budget documentslast_img read more

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Housing Advocates Speak Out Against Evictions with Block Party

first_imgAs 14 rent-controlled tenants of one Folsom Street building prepare to fight their evictions, housing rights advocates organized a block party on Saturday to support them. “There are a ton of evictions happening here on Folsom Street. There are buildings that are being demolished that are full of tenants,” said Maria Zamudio, housing rights campaign organizer for Causa Justa. “We decided to have a party with our community and neighbors to remind [people] why we are fighting for this neighborhood.”Zamudio and other advocates who hosted the afternoon block party drew a connection between rising rents, evictions and a number of market-rate development projects planned in the neighborhood.“Folsom street is being hit hard,” said Deepa Varma, director of the San Francisco Tenants Union. “These evictions are happening at the same time that a luxury development is being slated a block away. You can only imagine the kind of economic pressures that puts on the rest of this street.” 0% Tags: development • ellis act • evictions • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img While Ellis Act evictions, which legally allow landlords to evict their tenants in order to exit the rental market, are most prevalent in the Mission, activists said they are alarmed by a number of evictions specifically within a “two to three block radius” of a proposed market-rate development project at 2675 Folsom St.  The project has been dubbed “the Fright on Folsom” by opponents, who say it fuels displacement. Throughout the afternoon, neighbors and passersby stopped on the block of Folsom between 24th and 25th streets to listen to music and speeches addressing the eviction crisis, and to show support for those in the middle of it. “We fight gentrification with our culture and our music,” said Susana Cortez of the salsa group Orquesta Adelante! “Let’s fight gentrification the fun way.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezDespite lighthearted moments as neighbors mingled and broke out in dance on the sidewalk, testimonies given by those whose lives are being uprooted by evictions set a more somber tone.“The future is very uncertain and my life is currently on hold,” said Leigh Ann Cavanaugh, who is one of the 14 tenants at 2820-24 Folsom St. facing displacement. “But we here to show that if you push us, we will push back.”Cavanaugh said she was touched by the outpouring of support by some tenants who also struggled with evictions but managed to stay in the neighborhood.“I’ve been down this road already,” said artist and Mission native Dogpaw Carrillo, who in 2015 was evicted from his Mission home of 31 years. “[The Mission] is a battle ground and I’m here to support [those tenants] in that fight.” Carillo said that often, the tenants who occupy rent-controlled units in the neighborhood are “artists, activists and long-term community members” much like himself. “Everyday I think about  [having to leave] San Francisco. It is daunting when you’ve been in one place for a long time,” he said.  “It’s a feeling of ‘the clock is ticking.’”After refusing an initial buyout offer made by their landlord around Christmas, the group of tenants at 2820-24 Folsom St., which includes seniors, artists, and fixed-income residents, have until April 2017 to remain in their homes.“Seeing the community come together for us today is an illustration of the fact that San Francisco doesn’t appreciate opportunistic landlords,” said tenant Brian Lucett, who is a teacher and has lived in the building for three years.Still, Lucett said that the looming eviction and legal battle has already taken a toll on many of the building’s tenants.“We have dealt with [a year] of uncertainty that has been full of anxiety,” said Lucett. “I’m willing to fight as much as I can, but none of us are wealthy by any stretch and court battles cost money.”Patricia Kerman and her roommate are two longtime Mission tenants who attended the block party in a show of support. Since 2012, they have been fighting two eviction attempts by their landlord.“The fight is more than personal, it’s for the city that I love,” said Kerman, who has been living at her 20th and Folsom residence for some 30 years. With the support of housing rights groups, Kerman has been involved in several actions, including a protest in front of her landlord’s office to draw attention to her own eviction. Varma said community organizing is a crucial component in fighting displacement.She pointed to the success of the neighboring Pigeon Palace, a six-unit apartment building at 24th and Folsom occupied by a group of artists, educators, and activists, who managed to avert displacement by staging actions to discourage potential buyers after their rent-controlled building was put on the market. Last June, they managed to buy their building at probate auction through the city’s Land Trust program.“They too were at risk of their house being flipped for a whole lot of money,” said Varma. “What we learned is that we don’t win if we don’t fight.” last_img read more

SUPER League will break extraordinary ground next

first_imgSUPER League will break extraordinary ground next week with an innovative and perception-changing television advertising campaign to promote the start of the new season.Ahead of the big kick off of the 2013 season on the weekend of February 1-3, a specially-commissioned advert featuring some of Super League’s biggest stars will be transmitted in the Granada and Yorkshire Television regions.The 60-second ad is the latest phase of the ‘Rugby League of the Extraordinary’ campaign and will showcase the amazing exploits and talents of Super League players to millions of viewers.These include a bumper audience on the weekend of January 26 and 27 when the ad will be screened during the live FA Cup football matches on ITV.The first time the new ad will be seen is during ITV’s live coverage of the Stoke City v Manchester City tie on Saturday January 26 (kick-off 12.45pm) and then again on Sunday January 27 during live coverage of Oldham v Liverpool (kick-off 4.00pm).The ad will also be broadcast during the FA Cup highlights programme on the evening of Saturday January 26. Other spots will be spread through the week up to Friday February 1.Matt Lowery, the Super League marketing consultant who has engineered ‘Rugby League of the Extraordinary’, said: “The TV advertising campaign will expose the stars of Super League to a whole new audience.“It’s easy for some fans to take what they see on the pitch in a Super League match for granted: the ad is designed to convey the message that this really is a sport played by extraordinary athletes who are extraordinarily skilful, with great speed and energy.“Rugby League is a fast-paced, physical game that is hard to rival anywhere in sport.“The ad builds on the breakthroughs we experienced with the viral video which was a great internet success last autumn and I am sure it will be well received by all who see it.Almost a quarter of a million people downloaded the video on Youtube and Lowery is anticipating another positive response.He added: “Those who watched the viral had a huge appetite for it and how it conveyed the sport. There was a strong desire for it to be shown to a much a bigger and wider audience.“In the build-up to the Super League 2013 season we now have that opportunity and hope to reach three million adults on several occasions.”The advertisement features a range of Super League players, including our very own James Roby.The aim of the campaign is to take the excitement of Rugby League to a wider audience.Research conducted following the ‘Rugby League of the Extraordinary’ online and poster campaign around last season’s Super League Grand Final has indicated it was successful in changing the perception of non-Rugby League fans and increasing their likelihood to attend matches in the future.For more information and videos from the campaign visit www.extraordinaryrugby.comlast_img read more

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Josh Simms bagged a brace and landed what proved t

first_imgJosh Simms bagged a brace and landed what proved to be the crucial conversation in a first 40 that saw Derek Traynor’s side lead 14-6.The Dragons pulled one back early in the second half and then hit the front after Ben Sims was stretched off with a neck injury.But Hazard’s late intervention sealed a deserved win.Josh Simm crossed for the first of his brace in the eighth minute as he took a neat offload from Tom Nisbet.Mathieu Cozza replied with a solid run down the middle that Saints were powerless to stop before Alex Eckley did the damage to set up the space for Nisbet to go over in the corner.And on the half hour mark Simm bulldozed over again after he chased an innocuous looking Elliot Jenkins’ kick.Saints should have made better use of two gilt edged chances early in the second half – but it was Catalans who scored first.Tom Nisbet lacked a little support as he broke from 20 metres off his own line and then couple of minutes later Joe Sharratt made an excellent break, coupled with three sidesteps, only to throw the ball into the hands of Guillaume Gorka.Ben Sims came off worse in a collision that saw the youngster put in a neck brace and sent to hospital, but thankfully he was later discharged and allowed to travel home with his teammates.The disruption affected Saints too as it allowed Robin Brochon to take advantage to score in the corner – Arthur Mourgue kicking it off the touchline.But anything other than a Saints win would have been a travesty and with the game entering its final stages Callum Hazard snatched it for the visitors with a piece of opportunism.Catalan lost the ball in their own half and the prop was on hand to put down.The coaching staff were pleased with Tom Nesbit and Josh Simm after the game and in particular pointed out the efforts and strong running of Alex Eckley and Jorge Lewtas too.A great win and a great confidence booster!Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Cozza, Gorka, Brochon, Goals: Mourage (2 from 3)Saints: Tries: Simm (2), Nisbet, Hazzard Goals: SimmHT: 6-14 FT: 16-18Teams:Dragons: 1. Atba; 2. Brochon, 3. Carre, 4. Laguerre, 5. Gorka; 6. Lacans, 7. Mourgue; 8. Rouge, 9. De Macedo, 10. Vailhen, 11. Le Cam, 12. Delor, 13. Cozza. Subs: 14. Salabio, 15. Scimone, 16. Berdu, 17. Osuna.Saints: 1. Welsby; 2. Nisbet, 3. Brown, 4. Simm, 5. Hutchings; 6. Wingfield, 7. Jenkins; 8. Eckley, 9. O’Neill, 10. Hazard, 11. Follin, 12. Sims, 13. Royle. Subs: 14. Nash, 15. Sharratt, 16. Lewtas, 17. Horridge.last_img read more

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Lanvale Forest residents sick of poor road conditions

first_img The residents of Lanvale Forest have dealt with this for years, after the original developer lost the community to foreclosure. They say it won’t get better with the developer’s plans to build another phase of the subdivision.“I think they’ll just get worse with all the equipment coming through here to build the 40 homes and so something needs to be done first.Brunswick County said developer Pat Mckee could not move forward with the new phase until the roads are paved in Lanvale Forest’s first two phases. For months, McKee and the residents here have discussed annexing into the Town of Leland. McKee is moving ahead with plans to add phase three, which he controls totally, into the town. But it could take a couple years before that happens for the people who live here now.Related Article: FEMA reimburses Leland for hurricane debris cleanup“Leland wants to annex us, we want to be annexed. But we need 100 percent of the vote of the homeowners and that’s impossible,” Bosley said.The Town of Leland says the applicant, M&JM incorporated, requested a delay due to boundary issues. McKee says there is some legal technicalities they needed to fulfill. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1506639007-8d6b7ead544a08c51ca508b35f612d1cf4683d8a_fl9-720p.mp4 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) — Many neighbors in Lanvale Forest are upset and want help with the roads. But some are just hoping their concerns will not be forgotten. From manhole cover to sinkholes, homeowners like Bill Bosley are sick of their neighborhood’s poor road conditions.“We have to dodge the manhole covers because they stick out anywhere from an inch to three inches above the surface of the road, and then we have to dodge the sinkholes themselves where the water collects to supposedly drain off the roads,” Bosley said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wilmington Sharks host sports gear drive for a cause

first_img The Sharks collected basketballs, baseballs, bats and much more to distribute to local charities who are in need of new gear.During the collection Santa Clause made a special appearance to help decorate a Christmas tree and collect donations.This was the first time the Sharks have done this event, but they hope to do it again next year.Related Article: Fairey’s walk-off lifts the Sharks past Holly SpringsSome of the organizations that will benefit from this event are Miracle League of Wilmington and Brigade Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Sharks worked together during the off season collecting new and slightly used sports equipment to give back and show their support to the community during their Santa Jaws event.The event was held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Church offers high school girls royal treatment for prom dress shopping

first_img They are given a personal shopper, provided fully catered food, outfitted with accessories and shoes and more.In its inaugural year, Grace helped five New Hanover County high schools and 30 girls.There are appointments on March 17 and April 21 this year.Related Article: Chorus teacher recognized as WWAY’s Teacher of the WeekEmail cinderellasclosetilm@gmail.com to schedule an appointment. Prom dresses (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Making dreams happen one dress at a time. That’s Grace United Methodist Church’s mission with its second annual Cinderella’s Closet Ministry.Grace collects gently used formal wear, shoes, and accessories from the community, and during a “shopping day” high school girls in the area who may not have the resources to afford prom find the dress of their dreams.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Survey Most NC teachers dont want to carry a gun at school

first_img The first question asked if individual teachers want to carry a firearm at school. 66.80 percent of teachers said no. 23.18 percent said yes, and 10.02 percent said they weren’t sure.The second question in the survey asked if they would like certain teachers or administrators at school to have access to guns. 50.40 percent said no, 39.68 percent said yes, and 9.92 percent said they were unsure.NC Teachers Surveyed on Guns in the ClassroomRelated Article: Linked by pain: 2 school massacre survivors, dad kill selvesState Superintendent Mark Johnson isn’t comfortable with teachers carrying guns, but he strong supports armed SROs.“I support the expansion of funding for more school resource officers. Firearms on school grounds should be in the hands of these trained, uniformed law-enforcement professionals who courageously choose a career protecting citizens from violent threats,” says Johnson.North Carolina Public Schools says it’s the most responses it’s received since survey started last August. (Cutout Photo: Ilmicrofono Oggiono / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) (WFMY) — Most North Carolina teachers say they would not like carrying a gun at school, according to a new survey by North Carolina Public Schools.Every teacher in North Carolina received a two-question survey from the state regarding firearms inside classrooms. More than 19,000 responded.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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NC reports 13 more flu deaths last week

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Health and Human Services reports 13 more people in the state died from the flu last week.That brings the total number of flu deaths this season, which started Sept. 30, 2018, to 68 in North Carolina.- Advertisement – The 13 deaths during the week ending Feb. 16 is the second highest total behind the 17 deaths reported one week earlier.According to state data, all 68 deaths have been in adults with most among patients 65 years old or older.NCDHHS says influenza-like illness (ILI) decreased slightly last week, but it was still categorized as widespread across North Carolina.last_img read more

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Community celebrates CFCCs Schwartz Center reopening

first_img 1 of 1 Community leaders gather for reopening on Schwartz Center in Wilmington on Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It has been a long time coming for Cape Fear Community College. After more than a year of renovations, the Schwartz Center is back open.The school started renovations in the fall 2017.- Advertisement – The $4.2 million project included a brand new basketball court, scoreboard, and multiple locker rooms for players and officials.“Were just excited to be able to open this facility for the Wilmington community and for our student athletes,” CFCC Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Mantlo said. “To be able to see them smile and have fun and to be able to call this home is really cool.” The Cape Fear Athletic teams have been practicing and playing at local high schools and middle schools, now their glad to be home.Related Article: $200,000 win instantly boosts retirement fund of New Hanover County man“The 6:00 a.m. practices and 5:30 a.m. practices, traveling everywhere to different locations, just means that’s all over and done with,” CFCC Women’s Basketball Player Taylor Todd-Williams said. “You know were able to come in here, we have our own locker room. So, it feels really good.”The Sea Devil Men’s Basketball team will take the court at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home for the first time taking on Brunswick Community College.The money for the project came from a 2008 New Hanover County bond referendum, student athletics fees, and a school fundraiser.last_img read more

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Yoza wins Peoples Choice award at the 1776 Global Startup Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement On-demand laundry service app, Yoza has been selected as one of the three winners in the People’s Choice award category at the 1776 Global Startup Challenge.Last week, PC Tech reported that the startup was in the People’s Choice category, asking for public votes so that they could advance to the next stage of the #1776Challenge.Yoza will now travel to Washington, D.C in June alongside 69 other entrepreneurs to compete in the 1776 Global Startup Challenge final round. – Advertisement – Each of the three winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Finals, where you can see them pitch against their fellow entrepreneurs. All 70 world-changing ideas are now in the running for $175,000 in cash grants and $1 million in investments.Jeddy Genrwot and Nicholas Kamanzi from YOZA at the 1776 Challenge regional round in Nairobi (Credit: 1776)1776 Challenge reports that; “After months of globetrotting to find, fund and grow top startups in industries critical to society, we narrowed the field from more than 3,000 applicants to 67 competitors heading to the final round of Challenge Cup 2016. We then opened voting to the public to select the three remaining finalist slots…”Congrats to the 3 People’s Choice startups: @MayaHealthNet, @NafhamEducation & @yoza_app! Come see them compete→https://t.co/klf4DI3e3O— 1776 Dubai (@1776Dubai) May 11, 2016The other two teams that won in this category this year are;Maya Health Network from Washington, D.C.@MayaHealthNet – is a community developed specifically for doctors in countries like India. The Maya Health App lets doctors easily manage their patients, practices, and professional life quickly and effectively. – mayahealthnetwork.com/Nafham from Cairo, Egypt.@NafhamEducation is a free online K-12 crowdsourced educational platform linked to the mandated public curriculum. Nafham provides 5 to 20 minutes crowd sourced videos which are revised by professionals. – www.nafham.com/[related-posts]last_img read more

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Uber now integrates with your calendar to automatically get your destination

first_imgAdvertisement Car hailing app Uber has released an update to its app, which it says will get you to your destination faster.The update enables you to integrate your calendar directly with the on-demand ride hailing service.  This enables Uber to automatically display locations or people you’re scheduled to meet so you won’t have to fidget around for an address.Calendar integration was first introduced in November with the mjor redesign, however, it is today that it’s expanding to riders around the world. – Advertisement – Anyone can sync their phone’s native calendar with the Uber app so that “shortcuts” will automatically appear at the bottom of the screen when the app is opened.The integrated calendar will come in handy if you find yourself in a rush and don’t want to dig through emails, appointment notifications, or search online for an address.last_img read more

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KLM Aids Early Learning in Nakaseke District

first_imgLukia Otema (standing left) Country Manager, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines during a visit to Nakaseke Early Childhood Project after donating items Advertisement Early childhood learning is key to development of a country. The government launched the National Integrated Early Childhood Development policy in 2016 (NIECD), to address issues regarding childhood development and challenged various stakeholders to embrace it.Recently a team from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines led by the country manager Lukia Otema visited Nakaseke Early Childhood project run by the African Community Centre for social sustainability (ACCESS).ACCESS (African community Center for Social Sustainability) is a community based organization in Nakaseke which supports orphans and other vulnerable children through providing healthcare and education/training opportunities. In 2016, ACCESS Uganda established an early childhood program which currently supports 30 children aged 2-5 years from 6 villages across Nakaseke to learn while playing. – Advertisement – KLM donated a number of playing and learning materials including colourful children chairs, tables, boards, toys and water bottles among others. While handing over the materials, Otema commended ACCESS for promoting early learning which is the core pillar  for a child’s future.KLM staff donates playing items to chidren at Nakaseke Early Childhood Project.”We are proud of ACCESS and we as KLM, we want to see children nurtured in the best way possible and provided with a conducive learning and playing environment.” She further noted that as KLM, they do not only understand the air business but also the social life and well-being of the communities they serve.The project which started last year is supporting over 30 children who gather at ACCESS offices every Saturday to learn and play.This support will go a long way in ensuring increase in the number of children accessing early childhood education, engage parents from rural Nakaseke and ensure increased enrolment of children into primary schools.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Middlesbrough

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result last night with the over 2.5 goals landed (just!) at Selhurst Park.More FA Cup action today and at the Emirates Middlesbrough get a good chance to test their Premier League aspirations as they take on cup holders Arsenal.Boro come here having won their last six games and as joint leaders of the Championship with a game in hand over Bournemouth.Clearly promotion will be 99.9% their priority – particularly with the ever increasing financial divide between the two divisions which widened this week with new of the £5 BILLION TV rights deals. Boro last played in the top flight five years ago and in 2006 were hammered 7-0 by Arsenal at Highbury.This year Boro sensationally beat Man City in the last round and are playing good football under the Mourinho protégé Aitor Karanka.Karanka said: “We go to Arsenal in good form and it’s going to be a massive game, because everyone’s thinking we can beat them. We beat Man City and played really well against Liverpool, and we’re not a surprise now. But if we go there thinking we can beat them by not playing our best, we will be making a big mistake. We have to prepare in the same way we did against Blackpool or Man City. We have to think it’s a tough 90 minutes against a very good team.”The Gunners have lost just one of their last 40 FA Cup home matches (W30 D9 L1) which is some record.Arsenal v MiddlesbroughFA Cup Fifth Round4pm BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2009 Premier Arsenal 2-0 MiddlesbroDec 2008 Premier Middlesbro 1-1 ArsenalMar 2008 Premier Arsenal 1-1 MiddlesbroDec 2007 Premier Middlesbro 2-1 ArsenalFeb 2007 Premiership Middlesbro 1-1 ArsenalSep 2006 Premiership Arsenal 1-1 MiddlesbroJan 2006 Premiership Arsenal 7-0 MiddlesbroSep 2005 Premiership Middlesbro 2-1 ArsenalApr 2005 Premiership Middlesbro 0-1 ArsenalAug 2004 Premiership Arsenal 5-3 MiddlesbroAgain, I think there will be plenty of goals and am again playing over 2.5 goals at around 4/6 with Star Sports and also trying a sneaky over 4.5 goals at around 4/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 10 points at around 4/6 with Star SportsBACK OVER 4.5 GOALS for 2.5 points at around 4/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 128.62 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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BENS BLOG You cant beat figures

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]etfair founder, Andrew Black has highlighted today, on his Twitter https://twitter.com/bertthebold, that should you have placed a bet, using his not nice Bootlegging Machine, on every favourite, running at the Cheltenham Festival, o‎ver the last few years, you would be well clear.It has to be remembered though, that ‘Results’ come and go. For many years, it was easy to buy a pitch at Aintree, because the bookies never got a proper result, and the ‘Places’ were always bad for the book too.5 years on… A rag wins the National every year, and betting on-course, is the only place on Planet Earth, where you can still bet each-way just 4 places.What goes around comes around. And as any properly trained bookmaker will tell you (normally about 1 minute after you’ve done your absolute bollocks); YOU CAN’T BEAT FIGURES.In other news:‎I have spent many years living in denial. This isn’t just at the fact that I walk around, all day, convinced that I will one day become a fully-fledged mega billionaire. It is also, when filling out forms; I always refer to myself as a non-smoker. Not many of my friends or family have even seen me smoke, as I consider it to be such an unpleasant habit. When under stress, I normally succumb to a few puffs, standing on my balcony, at night. However, a few weeks ago, I decided to kick it (again). I haven’t had one for 22 days now, and I feel like I’m over the worst. I must say though, when Cheltenham favourite, On The Fringe, went a million to one in-running, and then came back to win, I nearly broke..! NEARLY.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Sat Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.40 ChesterAustrian School 5/2 > 2/13.15 SandownSilver Line 10/1 > 8/14.10 BathPoetic Society 6/4 > 10/119.10 LeicesterCardaw Lily 10/1 > 8/1WORLD CUPFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage14:00 ITV1/3 Argentina10/1 Iceland17/4 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage17:00 BBC One12/5 Peru29/20 Denmark21/10 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage20:00 ITV3/4 Croatia17/4 Nigeria11/4 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 16 Junelast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Sat Movers Specials

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Purifying nanorods big success with tiny cleanup

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduPurifying nanorods: big success with tiny cleanupRice method produces nanorods with more than 99 percent purity Chemists at Rice University have discovered a novel method to produce ultra-pure gold nanorods — tiny, wand-like nanoparticles that are being studied in dozens of labs worldwide for applications as broad as diagnosing disease and improving electronic viewscreens. “The content of high-aspect-ratio gold nanorods produced by today’s best synthetic methods is only about 20 percent,” said lead researcher Eugene Zubarev, assistant professor of chemistry at Rice. “A nanoparticle’s shape plays a crucial role in determining many of its physical and chemical properties, so when four out of five particles in a batch are the wrong shape, it’s a tremendous impediment to practical applications and commercialization.” Zubarev and graduate student Bishnu Khanal’s new purification method filters more than 99 percent of impurities from gold nanorods. The research is available online and will appear in the Sep. 25 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. It’s an example of the sort of processing and synthesis methods that the federal government called for last year in a key report that examined the economic potential of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology refers to a set of tools and methods that scientists use to see, measure and control matter with exquisite control, sometimes moving just one atom at a time. By building materials from the bottom up, at the molecular level, scientists can tailor particles that interact in precise ways with living cells, light waves, drugs and other chemicals. The word nanotechnology refers to the nanometer, a unit of length equal to one-billionth of a meter. The nanorods studied by Zubarev and Khanal are about 25 nanometers in diameter and about 250 nanometers long. In comparison, a single gold atom is only about one third of a nanometer in diameter. Thus, the cross-section of each nanorod is made of just a few thousand gold atoms. Because of their long, narrow shape, the nanorods interact with light, electricity and magnetic fields differently than spheres or discs containing the same number of atoms. Tuning the shape- and size-specific properties of nanoparticles is critically important for the emerging U.S. nanotechnology industry. The U.S. has invested more than $8 billion in nanotechnology research and development since 2000, and the National Science Foundation estimates the global market for nanotechnology products will be about $1 trillion by 2015. In its 2007 strategic plan, the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which oversees U.S. nanotechnology research spending, pointed to the critical need for synthesis and processing techniques that yield high-quality, pure nanomaterials. Nanorods are produced by mixing several chemicals in a precise, multi-step process. The method also produces gold nanoparticles of other shapes, including spheres and flattened sheets called platelets. Researchers had previously found a way to remove the spheres; the nanorods and platelets were allowed to gradually sink to the bottom of the mixture, and the spheres were siphoned away. While conducting research on a different project, Zubarev and Khanal noticed that the nanorods and platelets in the remaining solution shrank when a solution of gold ions was added. They found that the platelets shrank much faster than the nanorods, and by tuning the process they discovered they could filter out the platelets and produce nanorod solutions that were more than 99 percent pure. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Welch Foundation.  ### — AddThislast_img read more

Los Buhos to visit Cuba

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduLos Buhos to visit CubaRice baseball team to play 5 games, attend classes and explore Cuban cultureHOUSTON — (Nov. 21, 2016) — The Rice University baseball team will embark on a 12-day trip to Cuba beginning Nov. 23. Los Buhos (The Owls) will play five games against Cuban Baseball Federation teams, attend classes and explore Cuba’s culture.The trip, which was announced at an Aug. 11 news conference, has been months in the making.“Our baseball team’s trip to Cuba is a terrific complement to the players’ Rice education,” said Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard. “Student-athlete time demands are such that study-abroad opportunities are rare. I’m grateful to the Rice faculty and administration who worked out the logistics to make this trip a reality.”The Owls will wear a special patch with the U.S. and Cuban flags on their hats, along with specially made “Los Buhos” jersey tops, as they explore western Cuba. They will play Artemisa at Estadio 26 de Julio (July 26 Stadium) in Artemisa, the Mayabeque Huracanes in San José de las Lajas, Pinar del Rio Vegueros in Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos Elefantes in Cienfuegos and Los Industriales in Havana at Cuba’s largest stadium, Estadio Latinoamericano (Latin American Stadium), which seats 55,000 fans.For two Owls, this will be their second time experiencing baseball in Cuba. Last summer Rice pitcher Glenn Otto was on the U.S. Collegiate National Team that played and won a five-game series against the Cuban National Team.“Going to Cuba this past summer we were more focused on the baseball side of things,” Otto said. “This time around, we have a lot more background information on Cuba, the history of Cuba — everything that’s happened there with the revolution and Fidel Castro, Latin American relations with the U.S. … It’s good to know that information going in, and we can dive into Cuba with that knowledge and keep growing and learning more.”For Rice head coach Wayne Graham, it’s been a little while longer since he played in Cuba. In 1960, Graham was playing AAA ball for Buffalo, N.Y., when the team visited and played against the Havana Sugar Kings. Graham said that about 18 players from that Sugar Kings team eventually played professional baseball on the AAA level in the United States.“Cubans love baseball, and they have the weather for it,” Graham said. “Castro liked baseball, so they sanctioned it. He promoted and loved it, and the people love it. It stayed as ‘the’ sport in Cuba.“Every town in Cuba that has a population of more than 100,000 has a big stadium, every one of them,” he said.“Our president (David Leebron) loves the idea of international relations and connections … and our AD (Karlgaard) approved the idea, so the trip was considered to be a win-win situation for everyone involved … if it was doable.”With the recent lifting of certain U.S. sanctions on Cuba, baseball visits have become doable for the time being.Beginning at the start of the fall semester, all members of the baseball team registered for and started attending a class on trends in contemporary Cuba taught by Luis Duno-Gottberg, associate professor and chair of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies.Duno-Gottberg has been taking Rice students to Cuba for nearly a decade, shortly after he arrived at Rice. He began his personal travels and research of the island nation in the early ’90s, right after the fall of the Soviet Union, in what Duno-Gottberg said the Cubans call “the Special Period.”If the Flickr player does not open for you, please go here.“Here in Houston the students have been learning about Cuban history and culture, along with a component of the history of Cuban baseball,” Duno-Gottberg said. “I’ve also invited them to think about baseball beyond baseball — to connect it with politics, economics and racial issues.”In Cuba, the team will have classroom sessions with talks from guest speakers and discussions of Cuban music, art and architecture, along with a class with the Cuban Baseball Federation. But Duno-Gottberg said, “When we get to Cuba, I want the team to understand beyond the traditional classroom setting and experience that Havana itself will be the classroom,” he said.The Owls will have plenty to experience outside of baseball. The trip includes a visit to Morro Castle and the Fort of Saint Charles, the Museum of the Revolution, the Museum of Fine Arts, an architectural walking tour of Old Havana, lunch at the historic Hotel Nacional and a walking tour and tourism class in Varadero in Cuba’s Matanzas Province.“I am a Latin American and a Caribbean, so this class is very meaningful to me,” Duno-Gottberg said. “Personally, I hope that when we are done with the semester, students will have gained a deep appreciation for other cultures; for other ways to be in the world. From the academic point of view, I hope they develop a critical approach to their own history and they understand how the United States connects with Latin America and the Caribbean. This critical thinking skill will allow them to draw their own conclusions about historical events, but also about their present time.”Barring technical difficulties, the Owls trip will be chronicled daily online at riceowls.com/OwlsInCuba. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter at #LosBuhos.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Flickr photos by Tommy LaVergneVideo by Brandon MartinLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. 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