One of the countrys 20 top football clubs has adm

first_imgOne of the country’s 20 top football clubs has admitted that it will breach a promise made by the Premier League that all of its stadiums would meet strict access standards by August 2017.When the Premier League, the governing body for the top 20 club sides in England and Wales, made the pledge in 2015, it was welcomed by the minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, and was seen as one of the few successes of his time in office.But the Premier League club Watford has now admitted that it has no intention of honouring the pledge to meet standards laid out in guidance 13 years ago in The Accessible Stadia Guide.Only four months ago, Watford told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was “very confident in its ability to be fully compliant with the Accessible Stadia Guide by August 2017” and was “fully focused upon delivering our part of the Premier League’s public commitment”.Watford has a capacity of 21,000, which under the guide and other guidelines means there should be at least 153 wheelchair spaces and another 153 “ambulant and easy access” (AEA) spaces. Three-quarters of these spaces should be in an elevated position.But Watford (pictured) only has 61 wheelchair spaces, and will increase this to just 92 – still more than 60 short of the target – by August, although the number of AEA seats will increase from 124 to 173.The club says the extra 61 necessary wheelchair spaces will be achieved in the future through “planned stadium development works”.The disabled supporters’ charity Level Playing Field, which campaigns for better access to sports stadiums, said it was “very disappointed” that the club was “reneging” on the Premier League pledge, although it welcomed its recent opening of a sensory room for young disabled fans, with equipment funded by charity.The club’s disabled suporters’ organisation, Watford Football Club Enables (WFC Enables), is backing the decision to increase spaces only to 92, which it claims will “satisfy current demand” from wheelchair-users and leave a “healthy 30 per cent reserve capacity for the future”.David Butler, chair of WFC Enables, said in a statement released by the club about its decision that he feared a “potentially negative attitudinal change” if extra wheelchair spaces were introduced that were then not taken up by disabled fans and left empty.He said that each wheelchair space and seat for a personal assistant can mean the removal of between nine and 12 seats for non-disabled fans, as well as further losses to make way for ramps for those seats in elevated positions.This could mean a four per cent reduction in the ground’s overall capacity, if the club was to meet the Premier League’s pledge, he said, at a time when matches are currently sold out.He said: “If these additional spaces were to be provided, 700 able-bodied supporters would be displaced from cherished seats that they may have occupied for many years.“If these supporters subsequently see that these positions are not appropriately occupied due to lack of demand, they will be at best disgruntled and at worst antagonistic.”He told DNS that he was “genuinely concerned abut the safety of my disabled members” if such changes were made, and that he did “not want to put them unnecessarily in that position”.But he did say that he was “not happy” that the club had not carried out the necessary work to improve access previously, during the two decades since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act.He also pointed out that the club has just opened the sensory room, and that its plans for increasing wheelchair spaces had been unanimously approved at WFC Enables’ annual general meeting.But he said he was “reluctant to comment” on the club’s previous promise to meet the Premier League pledge by August.Tony Taylor, chair of Level Playing Field, was critical of the stance taken by the club and WFC Enables and their “inappropriate” and “over-simplified supply and demand argument”.He questioned why there was not more demand from wheelchair-users when there were lengthy waiting-lists for tickets at many other clubs.He said: “It may well be that accessing tickets might be more difficult for disabled supporters or that the overall match day experience is lacking for disabled people.”He said clubs had made “significant revenue” from the seats “occupying the spaces wheelchair users should have been able to occupy” in the years since the Accessible Stadia Guide was introduced.Taylor added: “As an organisation representing disabled people, we know only too well that many disabled football fans are regularly disappointed by their matchday experience – inaccessible websites and lack of information, shortage of wheelchair-user spaces, transport and parking problems, insufficient easy access seats for ambulant disabled people, a lack of adequate audio descriptive commentary for blind and partially-sighted fans and all too often as an away fan, having to sit among the home supporters.”In October, the Premier League was branded dishonest by the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, Lord [Chris] Holmes, over its attitude to access and inclusion.He told MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee that there had not been “anything like an inclusive culture” in the Premier League and among Premier League clubs, which was “a great shame when it is our only national game”.He warned that the commission could take legal action under the Equality Act against individual clubs, and even against the Premier League itself, while he believed that probably more than a third of the clubs would fail to meet the Premier League’s August 2017 deadline.The Premier League is due to publish a club-by-club account of progress on meeting its access pledge later this month.A Premier League spokesman said: “It is for Watford to communicate the work they are doing in this area, and they have done so in great detail in the article you have referenced.“Clearly the club has consulted its disabled fans and significant progress has and continues to be made.“Any follow-up questions about Watford’s future work in this area should be put to the club.“In terms of the Premier League, as previously communicated we will at some point in January provide an update to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the culture, media and sport select committee on the progress all clubs are making in their work to enhance disabled access.”last_img read more

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San Francisco Will Add New Centers for the Homeless

first_imgThe Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that requires the city to build six more so-called Navigation Centers in the next two years to get more homeless residents off the streets. The vote follows the success of the nationally-lauded 75-bed Navigation Center located on Mission Street near the 16th Street BART Plaza. The transitional shelter focuses on moving small groups from encampments off the street and into permanent housing and opened in March 2015. As of June 6, the Navigation Center had moved 354 individuals into permanent housing out of 522 total, including 201 sent home to family or friends through the Homeward Bound program.The measure, introduced by Supervisor David Campos, passed with little discussion, though it faced significant controversy over time and feasibility when it was first proposed. Earlier this year, Campos called on the mayor to more adequately address the city’s homelessness crisis by asking that the city declare a state of emergency on the issue and pushing for the creation of six more Navigation Centers in a year.That timeline has been extended to two years, and three of the Navigation Centers must be opened within the first year. A second Navigation Center at the Civic Center Hotel at 12th and Market announced earlier this year will count towards the total, as would another possible site in the Dogpatch.The measure also requires the city to study the success of the Navigation Center model and identify revenue sources for housing some 8,000 homeless people in the next four years, a commitment the mayor has made.Homeless residents can enter the shelter with all their belongings, their partners, and pets — an exception to the rules which advocates say has helped with the center’s success.But it has also put pressure on the Mission District, Campos has said, as more homeless people move into the neighborhood in hopes of entering the shelter.The new legislation also allows for existing shelters to be converted to Navigation Centers, and states that all Navigation Centers be temporary for no fewer than six months but no more than two years. All centers will have capacity for no less than 40 and no more than 100 at a time.The original center at 1950 Mission St. is slated to be demolished and replaced with a fully affordable housing building, and will be closed by March 2017.The new legislation also requires that the city investigate the creation of a so-called “wet house,” a shelter that would allow alcohol consumption on premise and provide treatment services. A previous version of the measure required that one of the Navigation Centers be a wet house, a notion met with vehement opposition from the mayor.The creation of a safe-injection site — in which drug users would be allowed to use intravenous drugs on-site under supervision — has also been removed from the measure, though staff from Campos’s office said they would look to introduce the safe-injection site as a stand-alone item. For his part, the director of the newly created Department of Homelessness, Jeff Kositsky, said he was skeptical of the safe-injection sites but that he would go where the evidence took him.“Nothing should be off the table,” he said. “I need to see data and facts.”Orlando Shooting HonoredAlso on Tuesday, Campos said he would draft a resolution to create a plaque in San Francisco dedicated to the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. He said members of the Latino LGBT community urged him to ensure that they were not forgotten in remembrance of the tragedy.The nightclub targeted in the shooting, Pulse, was a well-known gay Latino hotspot in Orlando and was attacked on Latin night.“It has been a very difficult few days for me, not only as a gay man, but as a Latino man, to see the tragedy that unfolded, and then as a gay Latino man to see the names and pictures of the members who perished,” he said.Each supervisor then read from the list of names of the 49 people killed in the shooting. The overwhelming majority of the victims had Latino-sounding last names.“Shane Tomlinson, 33. Stanley Almodovar III, 23,” Campos said, shakily. “Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35.”The supervisors unanimously voted to end the meeting in honor of the victims. 0%center_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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With land offer for affordable housing on the table no buyer steps

first_imgAs it turns out, however, selling one’s property to the city is not so easy. After the community  meeting Tillman followed through, sending emails to the Mayor’s housing liaison Jeff Buckley, to District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and to various neighborhood groups. He said he got no response from the supervisor, but has been in talks with the advocates. Housing specialists say that selling property to the city is not as easy as one might think. For one, some say owners like Tillman want more than what the city can offer. To set his price, Tillman looked at what the city paid in 2015 for 490 South Van Ness Ave at 16th St.  The developer planned 72 units, had all of the permits ready to go and the city forked over $260,000 per unit, or $18.5 million. So Tillman estimates that in today’s market his 75 planned units are worth between $200 to $250,000 per unit. Others say that is too high. First, unlike 490 South Van Ness, Tillman is close to, but not all the way to, completing the permitting process – a turn-key plus. Estimates of how much value that adds range from thousands of dollars to double the property value. Moreover, the per-unit basis could be thrown off in this case, because while studios are appealing to market-rate developers, city planners have noted a shortfall of family-sized units. If the floor plan changes, the unit count comes down. Current plans at 2918 Mission call for 18 studios, 27 one-bedrooms, and 30 two-bedroomsAnd, in retrospect, some say the city paid too much for 490 South Van Ness. “The 490 South Van Ness property kind of sold for more than it was worth, but that’s kind of set a very high bar,” said J. Scott Weaver, a retired attorney who now volunteers his time filing appeals, assisting tenants, and acting as an intermediary for a variety of neighborhood nonprofits. He has worked as an unofficial liaison between neighborhood groups and Tillman.Weaver noted that the turn-key attraction of the property did increase its value. “In one sense it’s appealing, because you have [it all] entitled, so you can build so much faster. In the other sense it’s not appealing, because you pay more for it,” Weaver said. Another factor is simply the market cycles, said Louis Cornejo, a realtor with Urban Group. The money that fuels development is managed by people with an eye on the market’s cycles. “You have to keep in mind, at that point in time, buying properties was very competitive, it’s not like today. There was an abundance of capital out there,” Cornejo said. That has changed and the market is now correcting, Cornejo added. “The city doesn’t have a great deal of funding for affordable housing,” said Phil Lesser, President of the Mission Merchants Association. “If the city had a unique situation of a bundle of cash like it did with 490 South Van Ness, yes Bob would sell to them.”While it’s unclear how much money is in the city’s coffers from inclusionary fees from other developments, funding from a major $350 million housing bond has long been spoken for.  With the 2016 election upset, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, and with it state and local housing departments, are facing cuts.“When he first started asking …Obama was president and we weren’t facing a $6 billion hit for HUD,” said Mission Housing Development Corporation Executive Director Sam Moss, who had early talks with Tillman about the property. Plus, “It’s not like there’s a specific pot of money to apply for for what Bob’s suggesting.” Realtors and others said Tillman might have more luck on the open market. According to Cornejo, a comparable property with approvals for 24 units recently sold for $5.5 million on Cesar Chavez Street, which works out to about $229,000 a unit. Still, Tillman has other ideas for keeping the land for affordable housing. “If San Francisco does not have the up-front money to purchase the property, I am also willing to provide a long-term ground lease on the site,” he wrote in an email. The Mayor’s housing liaison, with whom Tillman said he had met, did not respond to requests for comment, but it has appeal.“Personally I think it’s an elegant solution, because the city doesn’t have to put millions and millions of dollars right away,” Weaver said. For now, it remains to be seen how administrators will respond to Tillman’s offer — though it’s clear most everyone involved sees the site as a good one for sorely needed affordable housing. “Personally, I think that the site would be ideal for teacher housing, particularly as it is next to a school,” Tillman wrote. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing • mission street • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The idea for property owner Robert Tillman to strike a deal with the city was first floated publicly at a community meeting in 2016. He was pitching 55-unit development on his property at 2918 Mission St., currently home to a laundromat, and neighbors didn’t take kindly to it. Amidst the angry exchanges in the meeting, there was one that might actually lead to more affordable housing being built: “The best thing to do is to sell the property to the city,” Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor President Erick Arguello told Tillman at the meeting.Tillman didn’t hesitate. “Where do I sign?”last_img read more

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THE first Super League game at Langtree Park will

first_imgTHE first Super League game at Langtree Park will be against Salford City Reds on Friday February 10.Saints’ will welcome former alumni Phil Veivers and Sean Long – now at the helm of the Reds – to the brand new 18,000-capacity stadium.The match will come six days after Saints’ tough Super League opener at the ‘newly’ named London Broncos on Saturday February 4.The traditional Good Friday fixture will see Wigan travelling to Langtree Park before Saints make the trip to Castleford on Easter Monday.The Magic Weekend will take place on May 26 and 27 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.Saints have drawn Wigan in the Round 15 games with the exact date of the game to be confirmed in the New Year following consultation with Super League’s broadcast partners Sky Sports and the Etihad Stadium, which last hosted a Rugby League match in October 2004 when over 40,000 people saw Australia defeat Great Britain in the Tri-Nations tournament.The fixtures:Friendly: Friday January 20, 8pm: Widnes Vikings (H)Round 1: Saturday February 4, 3pm – London Broncos (A)Round 2: Friday February 10, 8pm – Salford City Reds (H) SKYRound 3: Sunday February 19, 3pm – Hull KR (A)Round 4: Friday February 24, 8pm – Catalan Dragons (H) SKYRound 5: Sunday March 4, 3pm – Huddersfield Giants (A)Round 6: Friday March 9, 8pm – Hull FC (H)Round 7: Saturday March 17, 5.45pm – Bradford Bulls (A) SKYRound 8: Saturday March 24, 5.45pm – Leeds Rhinos (H) SKYRound 9: Friday March 30, 8pm – Warrington Wolves (A) SKYRound 10: Friday April 6, TBC – Wigan Warriors (H) SKYRound 11: Monday April 9, 3.30pm – Castleford Tigers (A)Challenge Cup Fourth Round: Saturday or Sunday April 14 or 15.Round 12: Friday April 20, 8pm – Widnes Vikings (H)Challenge Cup Fifth Round: Saturday or Sunday April 28 or 29.Round 13: Friday May 4, 8pm – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (H)Challenge Cup Quarter Finals: Saturday or Sunday May 12 or 13.Round 14: Friday May 18, 8pm – Leeds Rhinos (A)Round 15: Saturday or Sunday May 26 & 27, TBC – Wigan Warriors (MAGIC)Round 16: Sunday June 3, 3pm – Hull FC (A)Round 17: Friday June 8, 8pm – Bradford Bulls (H)International Weekend: June 15, 16 & 17Round 18: Friday June 22, 8pm – Salford City Reds (A)Round 19: Friday June 29, 8pm – Hull KR (H)Round 20: Sunday July 8, 3pm – Widnes Vikings (A)Challenge Cup Semi Finals: Saturday or Sunday July 14 or 15.Round 21: Friday July 20, 8pm – Catalan Dragons (A) SKYRound 22: Friday July 27, 8pm – Huddersfield Giants (H)Round 23: Friday August 3, 8pm – Warrington Wolves (H)Round 24: Sunday August 12, 3.30pm – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (A)Round 25: Friday August 17, 8pm – Castleford Tigers (H)Challenge Cup Final: Saturday August 25Round 26: Friday August 31, 8pm – London Broncos (H)Round 27: Friday September 7, 8pm – Wigan Warriors (A)Please Note All Fixtures Are Subject To Change and you should check the Saints Website before you travel.Season tickets for the exciting Super League XVII are now on sale with the Early Bird period ending on November 30.To find out more click here and to buy log on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

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The duo will be at the Totally Wicked Stadium from

first_imgThe duo will be at the Totally Wicked Stadium from 1pm until 2pm.Pop along to get their signatures and pose for a selfie or two!2018 replica kits, training wear, gifts… you name it, we have the perfect present for your loved one.You can check out the store here – or pop in and see us this Saturday!We’re also open this Sunday from 12pm until 4pm.,The duo will be at the Totally Wicked Stadium from 1pm until 2pm.Pop along to get their signatures and pose for a selfie or two!2018 replica kits, training wear, gifts… you name it, we have the perfect present for your loved one.You can check out the store here – or pop in and see us this Saturday!We’re also open this Sunday from 12pm until 4pm.last_img read more

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The 25yearold links up with the side in time for

first_imgThe 25-year-old links up with the side in time for their first match of the year against York City Knights.“Roxy is a great signing for us and adds both great experience and leadership skills to the team,” Head Coach Mark Brennan said. “I am really looking forward to working with and developing her further.“Her dynamic style and handling skills will complement the style of rugby we want to play.“We intend to work towards a brand that complements the Saints tradition of entertaining rugby league.”Roxy is originally from New Zealand but played her rugby in Australia.“Back in Australia I played for a club called South East Queensland before moving over here,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it. I think Saints is a good club run by good people and the players here are awesome.“Hopefully, I can bring some good defence into the side as well as great communication skills – and also a bit of fun!”last_img read more

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Parole possible for Columbus County convicted murderer

first_img The victim was asleep. In court, Womble admitted to beating the man first with his fist, then a glass object until it shattered, then a phone, and finally, a frying pan.Womble searched the victim’s pockets and his home for money but did not find any.The autopsy revealed Brown had multiple skull fractures, bruises to the brain and other brain injuries. Brown died as a result of head trauma inflicted by a blunt object.Related Article: Columbine honors 13 lost with community service, ceremonyWomble pleaded guilty to burglary and first degree murder and was sentenced to death by a jury.According to the North Carolina State Bar Journal, the 1996 post-conviction discovery law gave the defense attorneys access to statements which contradicted the date of death of the victim. The documents revealed “five witnesses interviewed by police had said they saw Brown alive the day after the burglary.”As a result of the disclosures, the convictions and death sentence were vacated by a superior court judge and in July of 1998 Womble pleaded guilty to second degree murder, burglary, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery and received two consecutive life sentences plus ten years.The N.C. Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission is investigating Womble’s case for parole.Structured sentencing eliminates parole for crimes committed on or after October 1, 1994, but the Commission can parole offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man who beat a man to death as a teenager could be up for parole.Curtis Ray Womble, 42, killed Palmer Ray Brown, 60, in March of 1993 during a burglary. According to online court documents from his appeal, Womble, who was 17 at the time, went to Brown’s home for the purpose of “messing with” the victim and taking his money.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Belville town commissioner passes away

first_img Donna Schardien began serving as a Commissioner for the Town of Belville in 2009, and she continued to serve until the time of her death.She was an advocate for the Town and its citizens, and she was committed to making Belville a better place to live and visit.McGill went on saying that, “Donna exemplified the true meaning of a ‘dedicated public servant,’ engaging with such organizations as the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Belville ABC Board.”“She was devoted to her family and friends and will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.  We extend our deepest respect and utmost sympathy to members of her loving family.”Related Article: Belville offers counter to Leland’s plan for H2GO, RO plantTonight, at its board meeting, the Board of Commissioners will memorialize Donna for her distinguished and impressive career in local government, and for her highly cherished and revered life.The Board has also lowered the flags in front of the Town Hall to half-staff in her honor. Commissioner Donna Schardien BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The town of Belville loses another town commissioner with the passing of Donna Schardien. Schardien has spent nearly a decade on the town commission.Town spokesman Mike McGill releasing a statement, “The Town of Belville mournfully announces the passing of Commissioner Donna Schardien after a long illness,” adding that, “The citizens of Belville have lost a dedicated public servant, and the Board of Commissioners and staff of the Town of Belville have lost a valued friend.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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USDOJ Wilmington gang leader sentenced to 20 years on gun drug charges

first_img During the course of the investigation, law enforcement was able to conduct a large numbers of controlled purchases of contraband from Dorm and each of his six co-defendants, as well as from five additional men who have pleaded guilty in separate federal cases.The confidential informant and undercover agents conducted roughly three-dozen transactions, purchasing cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, counterfeit currency, and multiple firearms. Dorm himself made 13 of the sales.In transactions dating from December 14, 2016, to July 10, 2017, Dorm sold the cofidential informant nearly 600 doses of heroin, 100 doses of fentanyl, 4 grams of crack cocaine, over $1,000 in counterfeit currency, an M4 assault rifle, a second rifle, and five handguns, including two M-11 9mm pistols with high capacity magazines. On another occasion, law enforcement witnessed dorm manufacturing crack cocaine.Related Article: R. Kelly tells CBS ‘I didn’t do this stuff’ in interviewOn November 14, 2018, Dorm pleaded guilty to five counts: conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine; distribution of a quantity of heroin; manufacture, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base; use and carry a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Dorm was the fourth of six co-defendants to be sentenced in this case. Three men have received sentences ranging from 60 to 204 months: On May 23, 2018, Eugene Telphia Grady, Jr., was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment and 6 years of supervised release, following his guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.On October 3, 2018, James Flowers was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release, following a guilty plea to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess cocaine and 28 grams of more of crack cocaine; manufacture, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine; and use and carry a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Also on October 3, 2018, Sylvester Lorenzo Hooper, Jr., was sentenced to 204 months’ imprisonment and 8 years of supervised release, following his guilty plea to conspiring to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and distribution of a quantity of crack cocaine.Two additional co-defendants have entered guilty pleas and have sentencing hearings pending: On July 9, 2018, Rufus “Rudy” Parker pled guilty to six counts of distributing cocaine, and on November 30, 2018, he pled guilty to an additional count of conspiring to distribute powder cocaine. On January 22, 2019, Joseph Anthony Vaught pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.Parker and Vaught are currently scheduled to be sentenced in April of this year. Victor Dorm (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man authorities say is the leader of a subset of the Bloods street gang known as the Bounty Hunter Bloods, will spend two decades in prison.According to the US Department of Justice, Victor Dorm, 30, was the target of long-term undercover operation conducted by ATF and Wilmington Police Officers. Dorm had three prior state felony drug convictions and two prior state convictions for being in felon in possession of a firearm.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wilmington teen accused of hitting parked bus driving off

first_img Video shows the bus driver attempting to alert Watts, who did not stop after the incident, by honking his horn several times. Police say he was able to obtain a partial registration plate number before exiting the bus and running after the suspect vehicle. WPD says the driver ran nearly one city block when he caught up to Watts, who was stopped in traffic at 14th and Market Street. Police add the bus driver then was able to obtain the full plate number, which helped investigators find Watts.Watts is charged with hit and run leaving the scene of an accident and  failing to maintain lane control. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 19-year-old Wilmington woman has been charged after police say she hit a parked school bus at New Hanover High School earlier this week.Wilmington Police say Amelia Rae Watts failed to maintain lane control as she drifted into the school bus loading zone around 8:20 a.m. Monday. The students reportedly got out of the bus approximately three minutes before the crash.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Teams paddle 24 hours to benefit cancer fighters

first_img The grassroots organization started five years ago in Seattle, Washington. Today, the movement has expanded to local communities across the nation and Canada.The effects of cancer hits close to home for co-captain Brian Lee.“Two years ago, my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Lee said. “Two years ago, my other captains of our team showed up at my house knocking on my door surprised us and handed us an envelope and just said ‘hey there’s a community out here pulling for you.’”Related Article: Heading to Wrightsville? Parking could soon cost you moreLee says the group plans to find a local family in the midst of battling cancer, show up at their doorstep and hand over 100% of the proceeds.If you’d like to donate to the cause, the group is accepting donations via GoFundMe. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH,NC (WWAY) — Forty teams around the world teamed up this weekend for an impact challenge — 24 hours of non-stop paddling starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday. One Wrightsville Beach team didn’t let the wet weather stop them from reaching their goal.The Monster and Sea 24-hour paddle mission is simple: “Do something that you love to inspire your community to help families battling cancer.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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IPv6 Trillions of new net addresses now possible

first_imgAdvertisement  Companies such as Google, Facebook and major internet service providers have enabled the new system in order to encourage the widespread adoption of the standard. The actions come as part of World IPv6 Launch Day, a special event organised by the Internet Society. – Advertisement – IPv6 will eventually replace IPv4, which was conceived during the early days of the internet. It only allows just over four billion unique IP addresses – the sequences of numbers used to identify a device. Each internet-enabled device – such as a computer, tablet or smartphone – needs its own IP address in order to connect to the internet. However, due to the shortage of IP addresses, many devices – such as multiple computers in the one home – have to share addresses.Networking giant Cisco predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online. Switching to IPv6 means trillions of possible addresses can now be made.Vint Cerf, early pioneer of the internet and current “chief internet evangelist” for Google, explained in a blog post: “The new, larger IPv6 expands the limit to 2^128 addresses—more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion! Enough for essentially unlimited growth for the foreseeable future.”To ensure a smooth transition, and to make sure devices do not stop working, both systems will work side-by-side for the next few years. “Most users shouldn’t notice anything,” said Leo Vegoda from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the Internet address system. Some users on IPv4-only devices may experience speed issues, he added.Spot the differenceThe old IPv4 system uses 32-bit addresses like this: 216.27.61.137While an IP address under the new system will look more like this: 21DA:00D3:0000:2F3B:02AA:00FF:FE28:9C5Alast_img read more

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Apple passes Coke as worlds most valuable brand Google is second

first_imgAdvertisement Tech giant Apple has ended Coca-Cola’s 13-year run as the world’s most valuable brand.Google  also leapfrogged Coke, moving into second place on Interbrand’s yearly Best Global Brands list.The top ten constituded a majority of tech giants with IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and Intel being among. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Interbrand,  consults with companies about their public image, compiles its list based on financial performance of the company, the role the brand plays in influencing consumers, and how secure the brand’s top money-making products are in their field.Apple’s brand is estimated to be worth $98.3 billion, a 28% increase over 2012, when it was No. 2 on the list. Coca-Cola’s value also rose, but by only 2%, to $79.2 billion. Much of Apple’s boost can probably be attributed to its growing presence in China, where iPhones and other Apple devices are increasingly popular.Apple and Google were just two of many tech companies among the list’s fastest-rising brands. Facebook gained 43% to hit No. 52, making it the only social-media site on the list. Amazon jumped 27% to No. 19. Last year Google was fourth on the list.This year, Apple was surpassed by Samsung in the total number of smartphones sold worldwide, and some in the tech community knocked the company for what they perceived as a lack of innovation compared to its competitors.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

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East Africa ICT Summit Produces Regional ICT Security Forum

first_imgAdvertisement The East African Information Security Managers Forum (ISMF), aiming to involve security practitioners across the region to share experiences on information management, was launched at the East Africa ICT summit.The forum will address the gap that information security practitioners are facing today including issues of attaining required security standards, meeting compliance challenges, achieving cloud security and developing information management security systems among others.In October, AITEC Africa had partnered the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to review the state of internet security in East Africa by identifying weaknesses and challenges as well as resources that need to be addressed. – Advertisement – The ISMF has been set up to discuss these issues at length and develop the necessary solutions and systems that will help East Africa in attaining maximum security in information delivery.The forum kicked off the discussions with a major focus on information security standards and how organisations should work to achieve certification with the current standards.Speaking at the launch, Almerindo Graziano, chief executive officer (CEO) at Silensec Kenya, said: “We have come up with a new information security standard, the ISO 27001 that emphasises on leadership and senior management responsibilities in organisations.“This new standard accounts for the iPad revolution, the digital age where technology is the catalyst of economic growth and surpasses the standards of the previous one that was last reviewed in 2005.”He said in order to implement the new standard, organisations will have to document all their information security objectives and give a detailed explanation on how they plan to achieve them unlike before where documentation was not given priority.Salome Kanyugo, representing the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), said: “The increased automation in services has become a major challenge for us and this has brought about the need to secure our information so it is not easily accessible to the wrong people.“To cover this challenge and others such as internal threats and web cloning, we have implemented various information security standards and currently we are in the process of implementing the new ISO 27001.”She said implementing the new standards will ensure customers are able to trust their information is secure with the organisation.Credit: Humanipolast_img read more

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Huawei officially launches the IT data center road show 2015 in Kampala

first_imgThe Huawei IT & Data Center Road show Uganda 2015 Advertisement KAMPALA – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, officially launched the IT & Data center road show Uganda 2015 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.The Huawei IT & Data Center Road show Uganda 2015 is dedicated to showing Huawei’s devotion to make IT simple and make business agile to improve business results.Huawei introduced its latest IT products; the OceanStor V3 and the FusionCube. The OceanStor V3 is the first enterprise storage product for the cloud usage, providing the convergence features, up-to-date hardware and intelligent management software; OceanStor V3 helps the customer to build high availability, efficient and supply on-demand data platform, making business agile. – Advertisement – The FusionCube converged computing, networking and storage into one platform targeting to provide the best cloud service. Because it has been deeply integrated, the deployment has been limited to several hours; and FusionCube provides the best performance under heavy load, can be best replacement for middle range server.‘Both product presents the cutting edge technology from Huawei, we will help you my distinguished guests to make your system simple, make your business agile to Uganda enterprises’, says Mr. Stanley Chyn, the Managing Director Huawei Technologies Uganda.These latest solutions are targeting telecom operators to make IT simple and make business agile from the 10th to 12th August 2015 at the Kampala Serena hotel.last_img read more

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8 reasons I love my Huawei P8 smartphone

first_imgDavid Musoke shows off the Huawei P8 smartphone Advertisement I just spent the last one week with the beautiful new Huawei P8 Smartphone. And I am loving every bit of it. It’s super slim, has an aluminum body, a bright screen and a look that’s more than uncomfortably similar to another super smartphone which I will name latter in my review.  Here are the eight reasons why I love it.1.The designI am attempting not to get drawn into the drawbacks of comparing this phone with the Samsung and the iPhone series but this is quite inevitable. All smartphones have some kind of drawbacks (mainly battery life and connect ability) but if you can get around these few concerns the P8 is one fine phone. The screen is bright and crisp the interface is snappy and lean, and comes with rounded corners and soft buttons. – Advertisement – 2. The P8 in comparison with othersSit the Huawei P8 next to the iPhone 6 plus you immediately will spot the physical resemblance. Both phones are aluminum and glass slabs. The P8 has a 5.2 inch (132mm) screen packed in a smaller 144.9 x 72.1 mm case. The screen and the phone are a little smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus. Both have 1920 x 1080 pixels. However I have found the P8 to be the thinnest flagship smartphone to date. It’s just 6.4mm thick. That compares with the iPhone 6 at 6.9mm, iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1mm and the Samsung Galaxy S6 at 6.8mm.3. If you have 4G network you are good to goThe P8 is a 4G enabled smartphone. That means you won’t get the best of it unless you are connected to a 4G network. However even if you have a 4G connection, performance and network resilience are important if you must get the best of the P8. MTN Uganda offers the best bet here. Firstly, because MTN Uganda’s 4G is found in all major towns in the country and secondly because of its download speeds which are quite superior than other networks, giving you a better experience.The P8 is available on sale at all MTN service centers at UGX. 1,590,000/=4. You have your warranty intactOne can easily get the P8 a few shillings less anywhere. However the MTN Uganda/Huawei deal offers a warranty protection of one year and you will be certain you are buying a brand new original phone.[related-posts]5. The Huawei P8 scores on price If you’ve already decided against an iPhone or a Samsung and any other super smart phone, choices come down to price. If you like what a phone maker does with Android then Huawei scores on price.  Some have referred to the P8 as a blatant iPhone rip-off and the reason I won’t mind is mainly because of the price range.  In Uganda the super iPhone will range between sh2.5m and sh3m and it is probably more if you wish to acquire Samsung’s latest super series (obviously depending on the specs) MTN Uganda offers the P8’s at a paltry sh1.59 million (about $400) and that’s a mid-range price for a flagship phone offering a solid mix of usability and functionality. At this price the P8 is a steal.6. If you are a ‘techie’ you will love the processorI am not a ‘techie’ and won’t go into the technology details. However I am a data junkie and my phone runs multiple Apps in a go. Theoretically what has been built with the P8 has let the phone run many functions on the slower and less power hungry chip. This is in reality, it’s not a myth. But sometimes opt for the “Ultra” power saving mode, which only supports basic call and messaging functions – and more than doubles battery life.7. A smart phone without a pretty good camera can be pretty disappointing.I have a passion for photography so I follow this vividly. I won’t try to compare with the precious super smartphones I have used before. However I found the camera to be quite impressive. From a techie point of view the 13 megapixel sensor is the first I’ve seen that uses four pixels – adding white to red, blue and green. I read a review were Huawei said this increases brightness in high-contrast situations while reducing noise in low-light photos. All I can say my pictures look pretty awesome, as it excelled in both low and bright lighting conditions.8. I wouldn’t review a phone and not talk about its audio quality.Some users are pretty passionate about this. Though I am not, the P8 has a built in speaker which is clear and loud. The loudspeaker might not be crispy amazing – but Huawei did a good job for the speakerphone, and reproduced sounds and music with richness and clarity.The writer is PR practitioner with an interest in technology and ICT.Order the Huawei P8 from Jumia here.last_img read more

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Automate mundane tasks on your smartphone

first_imgTrigger is available on Play Store Advertisement Over the last few years we have gotten so much more reliant on our smartphones, to the extent that they nearly run our lives. However there are some tasks that we’d rather not even remember, yet they need to get done. They range from the repetitive like turning your phone to silent mode when you get into a meeting or switching from wifi back to 4G/3G when you leave the office to backing up your photos so that if someone unexpectedly relieves you of your device your memories aren’t lost.Here are a few apps that can make your life simpler and allow you to focus on more important things whether its keeping on top of the stream of work email even though you are on leave or trolling some tweeps or chatting up those guys in your Whatsapp groups.Teach your phone context Trigger (Android) is a handy app that can minimize time spent poking around your phone’s settings menu. For instance, when you get to work and your phone automatically connects to your office’s Wi-Fi network, you can set it to lower or mute notification tones so you don’t interrupt meetings with your “kidandali” ringtone. Or once you get in the car and automatically connect to your car’s Bluetooth system, you can have your phone open your favorite music app with your favourite evening playlist. – Advertisement – Other triggers include location, NFC, time, charging, calendar events and headset.The app in paid mode gives you the freedom to set up nearly endless combinations and triggers to automate all your repetitive events.Safeguard your memories There are plenty of photo services on the market, but Shoebox (Android, iOS, Mac, Windows) is worth a look, thanks to its simple synchronization features and generous storage limits. Install the app on your phone, and it’ll automatically back up all of your photos in high resolution (10-plus megapixels). Install the app on your computer, and you’ll be able to access your photos without any cumbersome transfers. The free version gets you unlimited photos and 15 minutes’ worth of videos, while the paid edition lets you upload photos at their original resolutions and houses up to 10 hours of videos.We also recommend you try dropbox as an alternative, and it also has versions for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows.Sanitize your social profiles No need to comb through and delete your embarrassing weekend posts every Monday morning; Xpire (Android, iOS) lets you set your social updates to self-destruct at various times. The iOS version is far more fully featured, hooking into your Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr accounts (the Android version just handles Twitter for now), but both versions facilitate quick deletion of past posts, offer easy expiration settings for new ones, and analyze your updates to return a “Social Score” that highlights potentially risky content.[Fast Company]last_img read more

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PREVIEW Everton v QPR

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result with Man U winning yesterday and not a moment of worry.The news on the blue half of Merseyside might be brighter tonight as Everton are quite a prohibitive price to beat QPR.That must be, in part, down to QPR’s woeful away record this season. Played 7 Lost 7.That’s contributed to them sitting 18th in the table but a win at Goodison tonight would send them shooting up to 14th – one point behind Everton – so perhaps there’s not as much between the two sides as it looks at first glance.The Europa League has been the Achilles Heal for Everton so far this season. They’ve booked their passage through to the knockout phase of the competition but it has come at the expense of some tired looking performances in the Premier League and their home record, in particular, has been disappointing.EVERTON v QPRPremier League8pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max 10 matches)Jan 2014 FA Cup Everton 4-0 QPRApr 2013 Premier Everton 2-0 QPROct 2012 Premier QPR 1-1 EvertonMar 2012 Premier QPR 1-1 EvertonAug 2011 Premier Everton 0-1 QPRApr 1996 Premiership QPR 3-1 EvertonNov 1995 Premiership Everton 2-0 QPRMar 1995 Premiership QPR 2-3 EvertonSep 1994 Premiership Everton 2-2 QPRApr 1994 Premiership QPR 2-1 EvertonSTARTING 11Everton24 Howard23 Coleman06 Jagielka15 Distin03 Baines17 Besic20 Barkley07 McGeady14 Naismith11 Mirallas10 LukakuQPR01 Green14 Isla15 Onuoha22 Dunne13 Yun Suk-young07 Phillips17 Mutch08 Barton10 Fer23 Hoilett24 VargasA poor home side against a poor away side leaves me heading towards the middle and I’m on the draw with Star Sports at around 7/2 for small stakes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 7/2 for 4 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 52.13 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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BENS BLOG Glorious Goodwood Can you all please get a grip of

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]uch has been commented regarding this video-clip, of the Stewards, at Goodwood, dealing with the Jockeys, and Ryan Moore’s comments.Get a grip of yourselves, please. Do you realllyyy think life is long enough to take yourselves this seriously…??1) Ryan Moore is the champ. He made a well-meant cheeky-dig to a colleague. He’s as entitled, as any of us, to have a laugh at work. GET YOUR SHOULDERS BACK.2) Nevermind what RM said. For me, the issue is the way the Jockeys are spoken down to, like naughty children, in such a clipped-tone, by the female Steward. DO YOU THINK THE WIMBLEDON MANAGEMENT WOULD SPEAK TO ROGER FEDERER LIKE THAT?Racing is always THE FIRST on the Unlucky-Face list. “We don’t get big enough crowds.”. “Why don’t more young people come racing?”. Whine, whine, whine. MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY BEING A BIT LESS STUCK-UP THEN! Oisin Murphy lost winner, got 8-day ban & Ryan Moore jibe at Goodwood: “I know the horse well, he’s not strong enough to keep it straight.” pic.twitter.com/wSjewiBkLI— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) August 1, 2017In other news:Dinings, Walton House, Lennox Garden Mews, SW3 2JH WEB SITE. Dinings have opened a new venue in slinky Knightsbridge. Professional. Great service. Excellent food. But very expensive and lacking the character of their original restaurant in Harcourt Street. Sure to end up a hang-out for Eurotrash and wealthy Corporate People. 8Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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£50 FREE BET Liverpool v Spurs

first_img£50 FREE BET IFLIVERPOOL WIN FROM BEHINDWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if LIVERPOOL WIN FROM BEHIND.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 5.30pm on Saturday 30 March and 4.30pm on Sunday 31 March. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 5.30pm on Saturday 30 March to 4.30pm (GMT) on Sunday 31 March.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 4.30pm (GMT) on Sunday 31 March. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if LIVERPOOL WIN FROM BEHIND (Liverpool v Spurs Sunday 4.30pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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