By Raya Al Jadir The only wheelchairuser to secur

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirThe only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just as he is being recognised for three decades of community service.John Young is to be presented later this month with a British Citizen Award (BCA) – which recognises “individuals doing extraordinary things in the local community” – only weeks after being told he had lost his (pictured (SIA) licence because of new regulations.He had held his licence for six years, but it was downgraded in December because new rules state that a door supervisor must be able to escort a person up and down a flight of stairs and, if necessary, be able to restrain a customer.Although he has some martial arts training – has a blue belt in karate – he is unable to “sit on somebody”, as he says he would need to be able to do under the new rules, because of how long it would take to get out of his wheelchair safely.As a result, he can now work at retail locations such as Primark or Marks and Spencer, but not at licensed venues such as bars and nightclubs.SIA has told Young (pictured) it is looking at whether it will be able to make reasonable adjustments for him and other disabled people, but that any changes to its licensing rules are unlikely to be introduced until early 2017, because they would need to be approved by the home secretary.Even if that happens, he will have to complete another course – costing £240 – and resit his exams later in 2017 before he can resume his career.He said: “If a black or Asian or gay person can do the job, why can’t a disabled person? If you are not discriminating against others, why the disabled?”He said that “if SIA had their way then no disabled person would be able to apply for the licence in the future.“Given the right opportunity and reasonable adjustments being made, we can contribute to the economy.”He said his fight against SIA had been a “one-man crusade”, although he praised the support of his Conservative MP, Richard Harrington, and the Hertfordshire council-funded employment agency Work Solutions.An SIA spokesman said the organisation did not comment on individual cases, but was “committed to tackling equality and diversity issues”.He said: “Following a number of deaths and injuries involving physical intervention by door supervisors, we were directed by the Home Office to require all door supervision licence holders to obtain a top-up qualification on physical intervention when they renewed their licence in order to ensure public safety. “Those not wishing to take the top-up training are eligible instead to renew their licence as a security guard.” He said the top-up qualification “includes escorting and disengagement skills”, and added: “We understand that some door supervisors may not be able to complete the training that leads to the top-up qualification. “We are fully considering what steps can reasonably be taken to avoid the disadvantaging of disabled people, while at the same time ensuring the safety of members of the public.“Any proposals regarding amendments to our licensing criteria for disabled people would be subject to a consultation.”A Home Office spokesman said the department did not think there was anything it could add to the SIA statement.Young had wanted to join the armed forces as a child but was unable to do so because of his impairment.He decided instead to join the security industry, as it was “a way of serving the country and making it secure in some way”.He said: “I thought there are so many disabled people who spend huge amounts of money in pubs and nightclubs… so why not apply to security jobs and show people that disabled people like me can do the job.”He qualified after attending a college in Hertfordshire in 2009, where the only adjustment he needed was a scribe to write his answers for him, with his exam held in private with his own invigilator.Young, who also works as a disability awareness trainer, has been a member of the charity Bushey and Watford Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB) since the age of 17, nearly 30 years ago.As a former chair of the club, which takes its members on activities such as bowling and rock-climbing, he has worked to improve access within the community and to promote PHAB’s work, as well as improving the outlook of young disabled people.He has also qualified as a disability athletics coach, and runs coaching sessions in the community.Young will be one of 33 recipients of a BCA medal of honour at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament next week.He said he was “elated” to be recognised with a British Citizen Award, and added: “It is a good thing to be recognised, but I don’t do it for the applause, I do it because it is something that needs doing for the good of the disabled community.”He said: “I do what I can do; I know that if my work will help me that it will also help many other disabled people.“My voice is not just my own, but it is for the disabled community. For me, it is about keeping disabled issues and disabled rights in the public domain and in the public interest.”He added: “Sometimes I feel like a third-class citizen when it comes to goods and services, and in 2016 you should not feel like that.”last_img read more

The decision of some disability charities to sign

first_imgThe decision of some disability charities to sign contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is proof that they cannot be trusted to speak up on behalf of disabled people, according to grassroots activists.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) reported that – in exchange for lucrative government contracts under the Work and Health Programme – some organisations have promised to “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey (pictured).They have also promised in the contracts that they will never to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.So far, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Shaw Trust is itself one of the five main contractors and has signed up to DWP’s contract and its “publicity, media and official enquiries” clause.RNIB has signed agreements as a subcontractor with Shaw Trust that say that it must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.But it is unclear whether the wider clause agreed by Shaw Trust and the other main contractors – which applies to all their “affiliates” – also applies to all their sub-contractors, including RNIB.Leonard Cheshire said this week that its involvement in the programme was “extremely limited” and restricted to providing support in two London boroughs, but admitted that there was “a clause in our contact with Ingeus related to actions that brings Ingeus/DWP into disrepute”.It insisted that the clause “would not affect what we say publicly on issues related to the DWP or wider campaigning” and that it had no other contracts with similar clauses.It has so far declined to share the clause with DNS.Other disability charities that appear to have agreed to act as key providers of services under the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People*, have refused to answer questions about the contracts and clauses they might have signed up to.Another, Turning Point, said that it had “in principle partnership agreements with a number of organisations delivering the programme to provide specialist support when and if needed” but had “not been presented with nor asked to comply with such a clause”.By noon today (Thursday), Turning Point had failed to say if it expected to sign contracts at some point, which contractors it had agreements with, and whether it was concerned about the presence of the clause in contracts signed by the main Work and Health Programme contractors.Other charities mentioned in the contract documents, including Mind, Rethink and Carers UK, made it clear this week that they had not signed any Work and Health Programme contracts.But a spokesperson for the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance – a network of disabled people and their organisations across England, whose members include Sisters of Frida, Equal Lives, Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts – said the clauses were “further proof that disabled people cannot trust the charities to speak up for our best interests and that they put their financial interests ahead of the people they purport to represent.“Since 2010 the charities have consistently let themselves be used as cover by the government while they have continued to systematically dismantle our rights.“They have failed to speak out in any way that is appropriate given the severity of the situation we are facing.“Disabled people have many criticisms of the Work and Health Programme and the dangerous policies associated with it.“We can now add to that list that it is being used as a tool to buy silence.”There are major concerns about the Work and Health Programme, which is part of the government’s much-criticised Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, with its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.In the wake of last week’s report, DNS was contacted by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), both of which were keen to examine the clauses.But the Disability Benefits Consortium, whose 80-plus members include Action on Hearing Loss, Leonard Cheshire, and RNIB, and which often speaks out on DWP issues, failed to raise any concerns.Its co-chairs refused to say this week if they were concerned that the clauses could harm the ability of the consortium or its members to criticise the government.Laura Wetherly and Phil Reynolds, DBC’s co-chairs, insisted that the consortium was “independent” and does “not hesitate to call for change when it is needed”, and that the coalition itself “is not signed up to these clauses”.They added: “The DBC cannot speak for or comment on behalf of individual members.”When asked whether they and the consortium were concerned about the clauses, they refused to comment.Kristiana Wrixon, head of policy at ACEVO, said she had been concerned to read the DNS report, and said that her organisation was now seeking clarification on the purpose of the media clause from DWP.She said the clause in the contracts signed by the main providers was “ambiguous and therefore open to wide interpretation”.She said: “The Department for Work and Pensions should clarify the purpose of the clause and publicly reassure those involved in the delivery of the programme that it is not meant to restrict campaigning and advocacy activity.”NCVO refused to say if it was concerned about the clause but said that it would be talking with its members “about how they’re working with the clause”.*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.last_img read more

Relics Stolen from SF Mission Church UPDATED

first_img Tags: crimes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The SFPD is asking for the public’s help in locating the historic Catholic relics.Anyone with information on this burglary or the whereabouts of the relics are asked to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip at TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message. Two Separate Robberies on Capp StreetPolice also report that two males in their 20s robbed a 44-year-old man on Tuesday afternoon. The incident took place at 1:35 pm at the intersection of 25th and Capp streets. As the victim was walking, he was approached by the two suspects, who quickly pushed him against the wall of a building. One of the suspects then pulled out a folding knife and forced the victim to hand over his wallet. The suspects retrieved the victim’s ID, ATM card and wallet before fleeing in an unknown direction — the victim was able to get away unharmed.Two blocks over, on 23rd and Capp streets, two unidentified males confronted and robbed a 19-year-old man using a handgun at approximately 11:47 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspects approached the man and pressed the gun against his chest before demanding his smartphone, wallet and jacket. After taking the man’s belongings, the suspects fled on foot down 23rd street, heading towards Mission street.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. In what the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) called a “brazen burglary,” one or more unidentified suspect(s) broke into the St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, located at the corner of Folsom and Cesar Chavez streets, on the night of Sept. 14-15. The exact time of the burglary is unknown because there are no cameras on the property, but police believe it may have occurred between the hours of 10:30 p.m. on Monday to 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.The church janitor discovered a chain used to secure the rear door of the building had been cut and strewn on the floor on Tuesday morning, and notified the police of the break-in.  The tabernacle inside of the church was damaged, and some items inside of it were missing. Among the stolen items were two 12-inch tall gold chalices and one 10-inch tall silver chalice, as well as a gold cross embedded with part of a bone of St. Anthony, according to the police report.Rosario Haro, office manager at the church, also said that the burglar(s) broke into a closet where equipment for the choir is kept–the closet door was damaged and a bass guitar was also missing.“It’s upsetting and its sad, especially that they took the relics,” said Haro, who said that this is the first time that the church experienced a burglary. “They are irreplaceable.”center_img 0%last_img read more

After decision to end protections for some immigrants advocates push back

first_img“This leaves 350,000-plus individuals and their families in limbo and is essentially continuing the sense of instability that the migrant community has to endure in this country today and has long endured,” she said.The decision by the Department of Homeland Security means that Nicaraguan immigrants nationwide who have temporary protected status will lose their legal immigrant status, possibly putting them at risk of deportation. They will not be allowed to work legally in the United States.Such protections are in place for immigrants of 13 nations, including 86,000 Honduras and 260,000 Salvadorans around the nation.“Deporting thousands of people to such dangerous conflicts is unconscionable,” said Carolina Morales, a legislative aide to District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, at a press conference at City Hall Tuesday afternoon. “We will keep fighting, we will never give up.”With the loss of protected status, home and business owners could also face trouble securing or accessing their assets. In many states, drivers would lose their licenses. California allows undocumented drivers to obtain a drivers license, but it cannot be used as identification.Daniela Cardona, a recent San Francisco State University graduate in criminal justice, also helps out at the Centro Latino Cuscatlan in Emeryville. Both she and her mother, who owns an eco-conscious house-cleaning business, have protected status. Having just obtained a degree, Cardona said she’s concerned about getting a job without temporary status.  “I’ve done all my schooling in the U.S., it would be such a waste,” she said. Edwin Carmona-Cruz of La Raza Centro Legal, a resource center in the Mission, said ending temporary protected status is counterproductive. “This is what the administration kind of talks about, having people work legally and do things right,” said Carmona-Cruz said in an interview after the rally. “But they have done things right, they have worked legally, and now, in many respects, they have been shortchanged.” He and other advocates also took aim at the hypocrisy of sending immigrants back to countries ravaged by armed civil conflicts that the United States was heavily involved in.“It’s important for us to really highlight where this comes from and … how we’re turning our backs on these communities that are one of the most vulnerable in our society,” Carmona-Cruz said.In spite of the uncertain future for program participants, Cardona, Carmona-Cruz and other immigrant advocates urged TPS beneficiaries to take every opportunity to have an accredited immigration adviser or lawyer look at their case for any opportunity to secure permanent residency.Immigration advocates and organizers will also host an informational presentation on immigration on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Anthony’s Church at 3250 Cesar Chavez St. from 2 to 4:30 p.m. 0% The Trump administration’s decision Monday to end temporary protections for Nicaraguans has put hundreds of thousands of other Central American immigrants on edge. Advocates urged all residents on temporary protected status to look at ways in which they might become permanent immigrants. “We’re calling all TPS holders from all 13 countries, as well as Dreamers, to continue to seek legal counsel, because they may qualify for an adjustment of status,” said Lariza Dugan-Cuadra of the Central American Resource Center, or CARECEN.Marriage or family ties may make some TPS recipients eligible for permanent residency, for example, and recent court decisions have made findings that could help simplify that path as well.But the decision to let temporary protected status for the 2,500 Nicaraguans around the nation expire in 14 months leaves beneficiaries from Central America and other qualifying countries with little information about what will happen to them. center_img Tags: immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ENGLAND Youth coach Stuart Barrow has named an 18

first_imgENGLAND Youth coach Stuart Barrow has named an 18-man squad to face France in the second Test at Wakefield’s Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday April 2 (2.30pm).The Youth squad fell to a closely fought 34-26 defeat in the opening Test against France on Good Friday but Barrow, who has made six changes for the decisive second Test, is confident the squad will bounce back from that result on Tuesday.“There are a lot of positives to take from Friday’s game,” said Barrow. “It was an entertaining game and it showed the talent that we have in the squad and it also shows how well France are developing their players at this age level as well.“The boys were naturally disappointed with the result after the game. I think the biggest surprise for them was the physicality of the French squad but they were talking about what went wrong in the changing room afterwards and they all know what areas need to be improved.“Offensively we were very strong so we’ll be working hard on improving our defence for the second Test and I’m looking for a big response for the group as a whole and they’ve already shown a belief that they can go out on Tuesday and make a big difference.“This squad is all about development and if we can get a better performance out of the squad on Tuesday, regardless of the result, then that will be pleasing.”England Youth squad to play France:1. Max Jowitt (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Stanley Rangers)2. Ash Golding (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)3. Jacob Ware (Leeds Rhinos, Westgate Wolves)4. Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks)5. Ryan Ince (Widnes Vikings, Widnes Moorfield)6. Harry Tyson Wilson (Hull FC, West Hull)7. Morgan Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Normanton Knights)8. Sam Hallas (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)9. Brad Parker (Hull FC, East Hull)10. Frazer Morris (Huddersfield Giants, St Josephs Sharks)11. Jake Moore (Wigan Warriors, Wath Brow Hornets)12. Liam Johnson C (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)13. Jack Wells (Wigan Warriors, Folly Lane)14. Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)15. Jake Campbell (St Helens, Blackbrook)16. Liam Cooper (St Helens, Blackbrook)17. Jack Rush (Wigan Warriors, Rochdale Mayfield)18. Will Gledhill (Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Westgate)Tickets for the second Test at Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Wakefield on Tuesday April 2 (2.30pm) are priced from £3 adult and £1 concession.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown is expecting a tough forward battle w

first_imgNATHAN Brown is expecting a tough forward battle when Saints lock horns with Catalan Dragons this Thursday.The two sides meet for the third time this season in a ‘winner takes all’ clash at Langtree Park; the prize a trip to Old Trafford next Saturday.“The battle will be won in the pack,” Brown said. “We have taken a lot of pride in what our middle blokes have done this season and we will need them to be as good again.“Catalan have done a great job and have beaten three of the top six sides in their last three matches. That shows what a good side they are.“You don’t get to this stage of the season if your roster isn’t good.“They have hung on in there and got two victories to come into this semi-final. They will come here feeling confident.”Saints progressed into the semi-finals courtesy of a 41-0 win over Castleford.Whilst that scoreline was obviously emphatic and impressive, it was more down to solid tackling and never say die defence.“Good defence is important, if you don’t do it well you put pressure on your attack and vice versa,” he continued. “We will need to do as well as we did in the Castleford match if we are to give ourselves the best chance.“We know what works for us and we have to do that well. We also know what doesn’t work for us, so it’s important not to do that. We need compete well and work hard.“We have had a week off and got through a good bit of training. We planned a week that has worked before when we have had a few games off. We have generally come off periods like that with a good performance and we feel it has been a productive week.”Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Saints will kick off their Betfred Super League ca

first_imgSaints will kick off their Betfred Super League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday February 2 (7:45pm).The game will be the first time the two sides have met since THAT semi-final at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle and is sure to be one of the most anticipated ties of the season.All eyes will be on how Saints start their year after that heart-breaking loss – with Ben Barba entering his first full season with the club – whilst the Tigers will want to show Super League their year wasn’t a one-off.Justin Holbrook’s men then travel to the Stade Gilbert Brutus to take on Catalans (Saturday February 10, 6pm) – the scene of Theo Fages’ wonder offload – before preparing to face Huddersfield on the road 13 days later.The Easter Weekend has a traditional flavour for those nostalgic amongst us with the biggest derby in world rugby league against Wigan taking place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Good Friday.Saints will then make the short journey to the Halton Stadium on Easter Monday to take on Widnes.Other fixtures to look out for are the Magic Weekend game with the Vikings in Newcastle on May 19 and the ‘double’ on the road at Hull (July 13) and Wigan (July 19), followed by a home clash with Warrington (July 26), to end the regular season.Saints will enter the Challenge Cup at the Sixth Round stage on the weekend of May 13, with the quarter finals played on the weekend of June 3.The semi final of the cup is on August 5 with the Final on August 25.The Grand Final this year is on October 13.Fixtures:RDDATEOPPONENTVENUELOCAL TIME1Friday, Feb 2 (Sky)Castleford TigersTotally Wicked Stadium7.45pm2Saturday, Feb 10Catalans DragonsStade Gilbert Brutus6pm3Friday, Feb 23Huddersfield GiantsJohn Smiths Stadium8pm4Friday, Mar 2Salford Red DevilsTotally Wicked Stadium8pm5Friday, Mar 9 (Sky)Warrington WolvesHalliwell Jones Stadium7.45pm6Friday, Mar 16 (Sky)Leeds RhinosTotally Wicked Stadium7.45pm7Friday, Mar 23Hull Kingston RoversKCOM Craven Park8pm8Friday, Mar 30Wigan WarriorsTotally Wicked StadiumTBC9Monday, Apr 2Widnes VikingsHalton StadiumTBC10Friday, Apr 6 (Sky)Hull FCTotally Wicked Stadium7.45pm11Sunday, Apr 15Wakefield TrinityBeaumont Legal Stadium3pm12Friday, Apr 20Huddersfield GiantsTotally Wicked Stadium8pm13Thursday, Apr 26 (Sky)Salford Red DevilsAJ Bell Stadium7.45pm14Thursday, May 3 (Sky)Catalans DragonsTotally Wicked Stadium7.45pm15Saturday, May 19 (Sky)Widnes VikingsSt James Park3pm16Thursday, May 24 (Sky)Castleford TigersMend-A-Hose Stadium7.45pm17Friday, Jun 8Hull Kingston RoversTotally Wicked Stadium8pm18Friday, Jun 15Leeds RhinosEmerald Headingley Stadium8pm19Friday, Jun 29Wakefield TrinityTotally Wicked Stadium8pm20Friday, Jul 6Widnes VikingsTotally Wicked Stadium8pm21Friday, Jul 13Hull FCKCOM Stadium8pm22Thursday, Jul 19 (Sky)Wigan WarriorsDW Stadium7.45pm23Thursday, Jul 26 (Sky)Warrington WolvesTotally Wicked Stadium7.45pmlast_img read more

Sinkhole forces closure on part of S College Rd Wrightsville Ave

first_imgCFPUA issues a Traffic Advisory for College Road and Wrightsville Avenue Intersection (Photo: CFPUA) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If your commute home involves driving down South College Road or Wrightsville Avenue, you may want to find an alternate route this evening.CFPUA crews are making an emergency repair to a collapsed sewer that they say may be the reason behind a sinkhole at the intersection of South College Road and Wrightsville Avenue.- Advertisement – As of 3:45 p.m., crews were excavating the site to determine what repairs need to be made. Crews will be on site until the repair is complete.CFPUA crews have closed the outer northbound lane of College Road for one block in each direction of the intersection. Crews will also close the eastbound lane of Wrightsville Avenue.CFPUA says this emergency repair is not related to yesterday’s work near the same location. This repair is 100 feet from that location, but is a part of the same sewer line.last_img read more

Anglers struggles continue with wet weather

first_img Spanish mackerel are being caught along the beaches and around the inlets.Nearshore fishing is producing catches of king mackerel and mahi.Bottom fishing is producing catches of grouper, grunts, beeliners, pinkies and nice size black sea bass. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of billfish and mahi when the boats can get offshore.Related Article: Toddler hurt when tree falls onto house during stormClick here to read more from StarNewsOnline. Fishing (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The past week saw some rough seas and lots of rain with only a few fishable days for the ocean-going boats.Inshore fishing is producing catches of red drum, speckled trout, black drum and flounder. Surf fishing is producing catches of pompano.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Swimming advisories lifted for most NC waters

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (Press Release) — State officials announced Friday in most coastal rivers and sounds are safe to swim in again following Hurricane Florence. The press release says that bacteria levels now meet state and Environmental Protection Agency standards for swimming and other contact with the water.- Advertisement – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Recreational Water Quality Program has tested a representative sample of established swimming sites in coastal rivers and sounds and found that bacteria levels do not exceed swimming standards.The precautionary swimming advisory for most ocean swimming sites across the coast was lifted over the past two weeks.Two places remain under advisory:Ocean and sound sites around Bald Head Island – these waters have not been tested because they are inaccessible. Recreational Water Quality officials will collect water samples once conditions improve and notify the public when deemed safe for recreational use.An advisory against swimming remains posted at a low-usage site 100 yards northeast of Gallant’s Channel Bridge in Beaufort. This advisory is not a beach closing, nor does the advisory affect the entire Beaufort area. Swimming advisories are for waters within 200 feet of the sign. State officials will continue testing this site and will remove the sign and notify the public when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards. The sign posted reads as follows:Related Article: Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in LelandThe Recreational Water Quality Program tests waters for enterococci, a bacteria group found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it is not known to cause illness, scientific studies show that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.Recreational water quality officials sample 209 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when waters are colder.last_img read more

Carolina Beach business owner thanks employees with free cruise to Bahamas

first_imgPhoto of some employees working on New Year’s at Hoplite in Carolina Beach. (Photo: Hoplite Irish Pub and Restaurant/Facebook) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — If you notice a few Carolina Beach businesses closed next week, it’s not for renovations.A business owner is sending all of their employees on a free cruise to the Bahamas.- Advertisement – 30 employees at Hoplite Irish Pub and Restaurant, Carolina Beach Cigar Shop, Christmasea Holiday Shop, and Lake Park Steakhouse will enjoy a 5 night cruise in the Caribbean.Owners Ron Stevens and his wife Noel says this is a first for them but it’s the best way to show their appreciation to the hardworking men and women.Stevens says they will be heading to Charleston early Saturday morning to jump on the Carnival cruise.Related Article: Ground broken for $30M hotel in downtown WilmingtonThe Stevens’ also booked everyone an excursion for snorkeling in the Bahamas.They said spouses were welcomed to join but just had to pay their own way.All of the businesses will be closed Saturday through January 17.last_img read more

Ogden Park Food Truck Rodeo brings tons of hungry folks together

first_img From barbecue and Caribbean to Italian, there was a little something for everyone.Greg Barcus, owner of Dem Boyz BBQN in Jacksonville explains that the rodeo not only gives restaurants like his more exposure and business, but it also is for a great cause.“Proceeds help go to the Ogden Park Recreation Department to help pay for costs and stuff for the services for the city that they provide,” Barcus said.Related Article: Town Council to re-evaluate food truck regulations in Surf CityVendors and attendees are already looking forward to the next rodeo. Ogden Park Food Truck Rodeo (Photo Kate Cornell) OGDEN, NC (WWAY) — Who doesn’t love food, trucks and rodeos?30 southeastern North Carolina food vendors hit the road today at the second annual Ogden Food Truck Rodeo.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch The story of Janina

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Thanks to the EU Janina was able to get scholarships to universities abroad and split her time between Poland and Ireland. She managed to get a scholarship to study in Scotland, then furthered her studies in Ireland, where she got her doctorate.This is a real life story – one of 119 which have been produced, reflecting the lives of young people around Europe, and how they have been able to travel, learn, train and grow all thanks to the EU.We all have things that we’re passionate about: from training to travelling, surfing the internet to saving the world. Living in the European Union provides endless opportunities to do what you love – wherever that may lead. EU legislation and initiatives can help unlock your potential and ignite your inspiration, giving you the tools to pursue your passion.Want to expand your horizons? Well, it all comes down to EU and me.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Inzaghi leaves Venezia to join Bologna

first_imgFilippo Inzaghi has signed a two-year contract with Bologna F.C. after leaving Serie B outfit Venezia. The former AC Milan attacker left Venezia after they lost in the Serie B promotion play-offs.Inzaghi started his coaching career with Milan’s Primavera before taking over the senior team in 2014. He lasted only one season and was then replaced by Siniša Mihajlović.“Super Pippo”, a nickname given to him by fans, won two Serie A titles with the Rossoneri, as well as the Champions League in 2003 and 2007, and was part of Italy’s World Cup-winning squad in 2006.Bologna finished 15th this past season and sacked 54-year-old Roberto Donadoni, bringing to an end his two-and-a-half year stay in northern Italy.Brought to you by Hublot WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Nigeria ICT companies urged to list on stock market

first_imgAdvertisement She said that listing on the stock market would boost wealth accumulation in the country.Speaking at the re-launch of Morvest Business Group in Abuja, Johnson said one of the reasons she wanted the companies listed was, that “this company is bringing value-added services” and added that others could follow quickly behind.“Morvest has the capacity and expertise to transfer technology to African markets such as Nigeria, and so help address the technology gap currently preventing African businesses from competing effectively worldwide,” said Johnson. – Advertisement – According to the minister, “Value added companies like this have the capacity to create jobs, both skilled and unskilled jobs. It fits into the Transformation Agenda. We have a GDP that is growing without a commensurate growth in jobs and wealth creation. For an economy that is growing 7 – 10% per annum, there should be reflection of that growth in the creation of jobs and the creation of wealth.”Source: itnewsafrica.comlast_img read more

Microsoft Edge to support WhatsApp soon – Report

first_imgMicrosoft’s new browser Edge. Image Credit: Advertisement Popular messaging service WhatsApp, which is available as a web extension allows a user to send and receive messages in browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera.At the moment, Internet Explorer and the latest browser Microsoft Edge are not supported, but this is set to change.A report by Windows Central, has revealed that the company is in fact, working to get WhatsApp Web support to Edge. – Advertisement – No information was provided as to when this service will arrive but as the company is constantly updating Windows 10 with new features and this can be  expected soon.Microsoft claims that the new OS platform is the most ‘secure Windows ever’.The new edition of Windows, which is available as a free upgrade, will be offered on a range of devices including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more.[Via]last_img read more

The new EClass packs some class leading tech under its familiar skin

first_imgThe New Mercedes E-Class Is a 130 mph Hands-Free Weapon. Image Credit: Mercedes Benz Advertisement Mid-level executives everywhere rejoice, this is the new Mercedes E-Class, and it looks almost exactly the same as your boss’ more expensive (and probably out of reach) S-Class. Mercedes describes the new car as being a product of ‘emotional design’ rather than being a product of cut and paste laziness. But in all fairness the new car (which we’ve already seen thanks to last week’s leak) with its low roof line and broad shoulders is a very sharp looking vehicle; much more so than the angular but fairly bland outgoing model.Exterior design aside, the new E-Class is a very high-tech machine. One of the most interesting features is the new Drive Pilot system which walks the line between traditional cruise control and a fully autonomous mode. Very impressively, the system allows the car to control its own braking, steering and acceleration at speeds of up to 130mph – essential for the daily autobahn commute. A new car-to-car communication system also warns the driver of potential hazards up ahead, minimising the risk of a serious accident.Not to be outdone by its American rivals Tesla, the new E-Class can also autonomously change lanes using its advanced radar, GPS and camera setup. These systems also allow the car to adhere to speed limits, detect crossing traffic at junctions and avoid pedestrians. The car will also be able to park itself via the owner’s smartphone app (much like the new BMW 7-Series).Ultimately, if you manage to crash this car you should get some kind of Darwin award.It might look like a baby S-Class, but beneath the familiar-looking exterior the new E-Class has some class leading tech all of its own. Image Credit: Mercedes Benz – Advertisement – Each model will receive Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic gearbox as standard and owners will have the choice of advanced multi-chamber air suspension (the only car in the segment to offer this option) or traditional steel springs. The Air Body Control is fully active and can automatically adapt the damping based on the driving situation and road conditions.The new interior is another step forward for the E-Class and looks incredibly premium. Two vast 12.3-inch touch screens dominate the dashboard and touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel are intended to allow the driver much greater control over the infotainment system. The idea is that the driver can swipe and scroll through menus (much like an iPhone) without having to take their hands off the wheel – the first time this technologically has featured on a car.The new interior is another step forward for the E-Class and looks incredibly premium. Image Credit: Mercedes BenzWith all these new developments the E-Class looks set to re-claim its crown as the most advanced car in its class. Prices haven’t been revealed yet, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long with the car making its public debut at the Detroit motor show this week.[CarThrottle]last_img read more

The Data Bundle You Need To Take Through Your Day

first_img90% of the time people spend on their smartphones is on Apps. Advertisement Smartphones are the second most popular devices used to search the web/internet and to do so, we need any kind of internet connections, whether Wireless or Mobile Data.Let’s talk about Mobile Data Connections and narrow it down to the daily data bundles, when we load daily data, at times we find out that it wasn’t enough or perhaps it never did what you had wanted to do.  So the question comes up, What data bundle can I load on phone for daily usage?You might purchase data that is simply going to be chewed in matter of seconds, this might be because, you’re using/opening apps that consume more that 2Mbs of data per minute or you might be uploading/download heavy media and so forth. – Advertisement – In this article, we shall basically show you what data bundle you might need for the day and how you can spend your data minimizing it to the fullest. You might have been running some apps, that take a lot of data when you didn’t have any idea at all.Study shows at-least 90% of the time people spend on their smartphones is on “Apps” and on an estimation, 60% of Ugandans have access to these smartphones. This translates, to more than 20 million Ugandans connected to different mobile telecommunication networks.90% of the time people spend on their smartphones is on Apps.So how is your data spent in the day-to-day usage, — this is how; (this is based on estimations)Email (Approximately 50Kbs per message): Emails use a tiny amount of data. Even if you’re a big-time emailer that sends dozens per day and has your phone set to automatically refresh your inbox every half an hour you should be totally fine.Uploading Photos (Approximately 1.5Mbs per photo): The size of your upload depends entirely on the photo itself and on the service you’re using. If for instance your camera takes 8-megapixel photos, then you’ll be using about 1.5MB to upload each pic to the web, assuming you’re uploading it at full resolution.In other-words, the higher the image resolution or the more detailed the photo, the bigger the file size.Web Surfing (About 2.5Mbs per minute): General web browsing on your phone will often result in variable data usage, going as low as 1MB per minute up to around 4MB+. It noramlly depends on what sites you frequent visit and how pages you view, because each page of a site loads separately.At 2.5MB per minute you’ll hit 1GB in under 8 hours, so try to use WiFi or your home computer if you’re a habitual web-surfer.Streaming Music (About 1-2 Mbs per minute): Most music streaming services, like Spotify, Apple music, Google Play music, Pandora, and so forth use around 1-2MB per minute for standard sound quality. That’s not too much, except that this rate holds constant for the entire time that the music keeps playing.YouTube (About 2-6 Mbs per minute): Streaming video is one of the biggest data killers you can ever have. Taking the average of several YouTube videos, Standard Definition (SD) takes up between 2-3MB per minute and High Def (HD) went as high as 6MB per minute on a 720p display.6MB might not sound like much, but it adds up. If you have a small 200MB plan then you’ll use up the whole thing in under half an hour watching YouTube in HD. Try to stick to SD and avoid watching video if you’re getting close to your data limit, or didn’t have a big one to begin with.Social Media Platforms:Image Credit: TechandusWhatsapp:Sending a message = 13.3Kbs and Receiving = 7.4Kbs.Sending a video message = “Depends on the size of video you’re sending”.Whatsapp Calls = 1.3Mbs per minute–whether receiving or calling.Facebook:Sending messages = 20.1Kbs and Receiving = 17Kbs.Watching video clips = 1.2Mbs per minute.Updating your status = 700Kbs.SnapChat:Sending messages = 20.1Kbs and Receiving = 17.3kbs.Sending a picture message = 13.0 Kbs (5 seconds) and Receiving = 867 Kb (10 seconds).Sending a video message = 1.9 Mbs (10 seconds) and Receiving = 891 KB (10 seconds).Twitter:Sending/Posting 1 tweet (140 Characters) = 200 bytes.InstagramUploading a photo = About 2Mbs per photo, although this varies with what kind of camera your phone has, how many mega-pixels the images from your phone are.Watching a clip/video = About 4Mbs for 15 seconds.Winning Data Plan: I guess, we’ve now come a conclusion, 100Mbs is the right choice one could spend on data if s/he wants to surf, download, upload, social chat and more.So what if you felt like not purchasing the 100Mb data plan, but you want to know which data plan is right for you aside from the 100Mbs. So What will you do? This will give you a thousand questions…. like, how do you know what data is enough to take me through the day or how much data is too much or too little?Data calculators have this covered for you, telecom companies such as MTN, Vodafone, Airtel have these calculators. MTN Data Calculator, Vodafone Data Calculator, Airtel Data Calculator add up your selections in real time and gives you an idea of what data is enough/right for you.They give you an approximate figure for data usage based on the average size of emails, downloads, uploads, webpages opened, Social Media activities, streaming’s and Mobile Apps activities and so forth.Try out these data calculators in case you need to know which data plan you might need to use.Summary of the data plan with the Uganda telecom companies:Data Plan(MBs)MTN UgandaAirtel UgandaAfricell UgandaVodafone UgandaUganda TelecomSmart Telecom– COST IN UGX –10300300290–– –15Free–––– –20500–450–– –25–500500–– –501000100010001000600500100180020001750–10001000200–––––1800500–––––3500last_img read more

BENS BLOG They cant wait to get you in the ground

first_img[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n returning from holiday, sitting on my mat, was a newsletter from Christies. The back cover advertising; the sale, of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s, private collection. LINKIt struck me, Blog; that I hadn’t heard, that the ever beautiful Nancy, had passed on. I looked online, to see that it was in March. Studying the catalogue; it was full of the most tasteful, but not overly-expensive, furniture, momentos, and mostly costume jewelery, from right the way through their lives. Many available, from just a few hundred dollars. One; a bronze, of Reagan, playing a cowboy, with a reserve of $500 – $800. Wouldn’t a relative, or friend of the family, rather have that, at home, as a way to remember Uncle Ronnie? No. They’d rather have the monkey.I can’t speak for America, but the most unnatractive thing, about the British middle-class, is the way you can see them, all desperately funking for elderly relatives, to snuff it, so they can get their hands on a few quid, for the first time in their lives. Why aren’t they worrying about earning and spending their own money? It’s been okay to under-achieve, because they’ve always known, about the big chance, coming right towards them.Nancy Reagan has only been gone for a few months. And how long did it take them to prepare the photos, dimensions, and values for the auction? She must have still been warm, when they got to work. Look around you, Blog. Look at all of those faces. If you’ve got a few quid: THEY CAN’T WAIT TO GET YOU IN THE GROUND.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Interview NICK GOFF

first_imgInterview: NICK GOFF Meeting Nick Goff, 38 year old professional punter who cut his teeth working as a trader for bookmakers before deciding to turn poacher and on his previous profession becoming a professional punter. In this series of three videos Nick talks about his formative years as a schoolboy bookie and beyond, the psychology of winning and losing and imparts some valuable advice for would be pros.NICK GOFF (part 1 of 3)Professional Punter Nick Goff talks of his early days going racing and a ‘Warning’ about understanding betting terminology before making statements! He also talks two lucky escapes as a wanna-be bookmaker before getting involved in the industry proper and an inspired ‘how did I do?’ email that kicked started his career. NICK GOFF (part 2 of 3)In part 2 Nick talks of his time with Centrebet, then working for John Thompson in Malta, his respect for Simon Clare of Corals then going it alone as a professional punter. He has advice for punters on how to handle winning as well as losing. NICK GOFF (part 3 of 3)In the third and final part Nick tells us why, after initially winning at it, he turned in playing on-line poker, strategies with sport and football betting. He also gives his opinion on the most important weapon in a punter’s armoury and tells of a massive 33/1 into 11/4 all-weather gamble.center_img Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more