Disabled union activists have condemned the Depart

first_imgDisabled union activists have condemned the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and media managers for pressuring jobcentre workers and reporters to take part in an “unethical and misleading” campaign aimed at air-brushing the impact of universal credit.The National Union of Journalists (NUJ)* spoke out this week after it emerged that DWP was paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for an advertising campaign in the Metro free newspaper series as part of a nationwide campaign to “myth-bust the common inaccuracies reported on UC”.A leaked memo – seen by Disability News Service – says the series of Metro advertising features will be part of a wider campaign “to tackle misconceptions and improve the reputation of UC” by persuading newspapers and other media to run more positive news stories and features about universal credit (see separate story).The Metro campaign launched yesterday (Wednesday) after it was brought forward following the publication of extracts from the leaked memo.But it was launched on the same day that the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights published a report that was deeply critical of UC (see separate story), which he said had caused severe hardship and had “built a digital barrier that obstructs access to benefits”.The DWP memo admitted that the department would deliberately not be using its branding on the features in order to disguise their origin and make them look like genuine news articles, which could breach advertising guidelines.The first advertorials do include a line stating that they are an “advertisement feature from the Department for Work and Pensions”, but apparently include no DWP logos.An emergency motion proposed by the NUJ*, and passed by the annual TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference this week, called for the TUC to condemn DWP for using taxpayers’ money to “defend this unworkable policy”.It also backed journalists on regional and national newspapers who resist pressure from editors and managers to produce “unethical” stories about universal credit, in line with NUJ’s code of conduct.NUJ delegate Natasha Hirst told the conference in Bournemouth that journalists feared losing their jobs if they resisted that pressure.She also called for support for DWP press officers who wanted to obey the NUJ code of conduct by resisting pressure to “disseminate false or misleading information” about universal credit.A proposed BBC documentary about universal credit – which is receiving enthusiastic co-operation from DWP – also “compromises” NUJ members who work in the BBC and members of the PCS union who work in jobcentres and do not want to be involved with the filming, she said.Hirst said the DWP public relations campaign contravenes government guidelines on communications, which state that they should be “objective and explanatory, not biased or polemical”.But the NUJ stopped short of backing calls by Disabled People Against Cuts to target the Metro by dumping copies of the free newspaper once it started printing the DWP adverts, as this could put the livelihoods of fellow journalists at risk, including disabled journalists.Hirst said afterwards that NUJ opposed all boycotts of publications, and its target instead was the DWP and “those in the decision-making roles”.She told delegates that universal credit was “responsible for worsening the mental and physical health of disabled people, pushed people into poverty and ultimately has cost some people their lives”.And she said that what DWP described as “negativity and scaremongering” about universal credit was “actually people’s real stories, this is their truth about what has been happening to them.“It is a gross injustice and an insult to those disabled people who shared those stories and the journalists who have ethically reported on them for the DWP to dismiss and misrepresent the appalling impact that the damage that universal credit is having on people.”Unite’s Andy Thompson, backing the motion, said: “We have to support this campaign, we have to support our sister union the NUJ in stopping the lies that this government are going to spend taxpayers’ money in promoting.“Why should they be able to use our hard-earned money, tax-payers’ money, to lie and deceive the people of this country?”He said he understood why NUJ could not back a boycott of Metro but suggested that people could take “bundles of the Metro off the free distribution points and put them in skips”.To calls of “hear, hear” from fellow delegates, he said: “We could get Metro off the shelves like we did the Sun off the shelves in Liverpool.“Let’s make sure the government are held to account for what they are actually doing.”Austin Harney, from the PCS union, seconded the motion, and said: “PCS has had serious concerns from the outset on the development, implementation and effect of the government’s universal credit programme.“Our members on the frontline are now suffering as a result of the government’s chaotic welfare reforms, staff cuts and office closure programme.“Our members see first-hand the devastating effect government policies have on the most vulnerable in society.”GMB’s Paul Kempton said he was concerned about DWP’s plan to remove its branding from its adverts.He said: “DWP is supposed to be accountable, it is supposed to be transparent. Our concern is about the deceitful nature of how they are going about this.”And Equity’s Rona Topaz told delegates: “It is pure biased propaganda by this government and I strongly urge you to support this motion.”The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has already received complaints about the adverts.An ASA spokesperson said: “We’re carefully assessing the complaints and the ad campaign to establish if there are grounds for further action.“At this stage, no decision has been made as to whether we will launch an investigation.”A DWP spokesperson said: “It is important people know about the benefits available to them, and we regularly advertise universal credit.“All our advertising abides by the strict guidelines set by the Advertising Standards Authority.”She said DWP was “happy” that the adverts did not breach the government’s own communications rules.*DNS editor John Pring is an NUJ memberPictured (left to right) NUJ delegates Natasha Hirst, Guy Thornton, Lynn Degele and Ann GalpinPicture by Natasha HirstA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Developments in development 29th Street fire

first_img Tags: Business • development • Developments in Development • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% The Graywood itself went up for sale in February, though the Examiner reports that it’s been withdrawn from the market. Both the status of the repairs and the future of the Graywood’s popular ground-floor tenant the 3300 Club are uncertain.As far as businesses go, Cole Hardware is very likely to be making a comeback. Owner Rick Karp said last week he’s been in talks with the property owner, who is trying to develop eight units above a ground floor commercial space on the former Cole Hardware site. Not only are things going well, they’re actually discussing how to make the commercial space as hardware-store friendly as possible.“We’re very excited about the possibility of reuniting with a neighborhood we’ve been engaged with for 32 years,” Karp said. Another comeback is El Gran Taco Loco, which Saul Chavez had run on the block for 15 years. The Chronicle reports that the extent of the damage on his restaurant’s building was so unexpectedly severe that he needed to move on, but he has reopened 18 blocks away in the Excelsior.Okay, back to your regularly scheduled recap:For all the hype about how San Francisco’s housing is overly expensive, it’s worth remembering that affordability is a problem (admittedly maybe not on the same scale) nationwide. Apartment industry groups have commissioned a study saying that the problem is that there’s not enough housing. But on this grander scale, too, we’re seeing the familiar Bay Area problem: Oversupply at the high end and not enough production at the low end, according to Harvard’s Joint Study for Housing Studies. One factor is the cost of land and building housing. Google is experimenting with circumnavigating the latter by buying 300 modular (pre-fab) homes for its employees and put them next to Moffett airfield in Mountain View. Apart from being regionally interesting, this might be an undertaking to keep an eye on because the cost of construction is always a point of discussion, and there is already some skepticism about how much this will reduce building costs (20 percent? Or up to 50?). There have also been some proposals to use modular housing to provide super-low-cost housing to the homeless right here in San Francisco. Locally, projects continue to move ahead – and South Van Ness Avenue seems to be the hot street in terms of housing production updates this week. Down on 26th Street, the new temporary Navigation Center for the homeless will open sometime next week.Several blocks away at 19th and South Van Ness, developers have applied for an environmental review needed to put up a 75-foot mixed use building with 69 residential units and more than 4,700 square feet of retail space at 793 South Van Ness Avenue. The current plan is for two 3-bedrooms, 28 2-bedrooms, and 39 1-bedrooms. That’s with a density bonus – without the bonus it would just be 51 units. 20 percent of those 51 will be low-income units, which allows for the bonus. Here’s an account from an earlier meeting about this project.At 17th, new apartments on the corner have been completed, and are being advertised as “brand new luxury condos in an intimate setting.” Not sure what “intimate” means specifically here, but hey, roof deck! The project has four on-site affordable units, even though at a meeting in 2015 it seemed the developer was being encouraged to pay an in-lieu fee instead. Here’s that meeting from three years ago, and the Planning Commission hearing that followed. And here we are, as promised in the headline: Housing on South Van Ness Avenue, whether you like it or not.Correction: An earlier version of this column erroneously indicated that the project at 17th and South Van Ness had no affordable units on-site. The story has been updated with additional information. center_img Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.A year ago today, more than 50 tenants lost their homes in a fire that consumed several buildings and left others with serious damage at 29th and Mission streets. Here are a few updates on what has happened at those sites:First, Hillary Ronen just got approval for legislation that would double the time disaster victims can get rental subsidies from the city from two years to four years. Mostly this was aimed at 22nd Street fire victims, but applies to anyone – which is good because we have no idea how long it might take to rebuild the Graywood Hotel, where most of those displaced in the 29th Street fire lived. last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s home date with Bradford Bulls.Sia Soliola and Jon Wilkin make their return to the side from injury whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook should also recover in time from the match.Josh Perry is ‘probable’ for the clash but Paul Clough misses out.Scott Moore won’t be available after his ban appeal was turned down therefore Andy Dixon has been called into the 19.Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell.Mick Potter, Bradford’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Michael Platt, 3. Paul Sykes, 4. Chev Walker, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Brett Kearney, 7. Marc Herbert, 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Heath L’Estrange, 10. Andy Lynch, 11. Olivier Elima, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Jamie Langley, 14. Matt Diskin, 15. Bryn Hargreaves, 16. Craig Kopczak, 18. Shaun Ainscough, 23. Tom Olbison, 25. Shad Royston, 32. Kyle Briggs.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Stats:St Helens have won their last three Super League meetings with Bradford. The Bulls’ last win was 34-30 at Knowsley Road on 24 April, 2009.Super League summary:St Helens won 23 (includes wins in 1999 and 2002 Grand Finals; 1998 play-offs)Bradford won 20 (includes wins in 1999, 2002 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens highest score: 66-4 (A, 2005) (also widest margin)Bradford highest score: 64-24 (H, 2004) (Widest margin: 54-8, H, 2004)last_img read more

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THE RFL has revealed the final shortlist of Rugby

first_imgTHE RFL has revealed the final shortlist of Rugby League legends who are in contention for selection as the subject of the statue that will celebrate the sport’s long association with Wembley Stadium.Rugby League is the second sport to be recognised at Wembley, with football legend Bobby Moore the only other work of public art at the stadium, and some of the greatest names in British sporting history have been identified in an exhaustive search which began last November.After a public vote, a long list of contenders was considered by a series of specially-convened selection panels comprising fans, Rugby League journalists, coaches, players, national newspaper editors and MPs to produce a six-strong shortlist as follows:Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Martin Offiah, Gus Risman, Alex Murphy, Group RepresentationThe RFL is now inviting the public to give their views on which of the above should be the subject of the statue before the governing body’s independent Board of Directors makes the final decision at the end of July. Once the subject has been identified, the sculpture will be commissioned with a view to unveiling it at Wembley before the Rugby League World Cup 2013 semi-final double-header at the stadium next November.Rugby League has been associated with Wembley for over 80 years with the first Challenge Cup final played at the stadium in 1929.  Since then some of the sport’s greatest moments have taken place on the hallowed turf, including Martin Offiah’s stunning length-of-the-field dash in 1994 which remains etched into the minds of all who witnessed it.Offiah is understandably elated at making the final five. He said: “It’s such an honour to make the shortlist. There were so many phenomenal players in the reckoning and to have been chosen ahead of them feels very special.“What an honour it would be to sit alongside the footballing legend Bobby Moore but if I’m not chosen I’d be proud of the statue whatever the result.“Wembley Stadium is synonymous with the sport and it’s right we should be able to celebrate all that is great about our sport there.”Alex Murphy captained three different sides at the iconic venue and has an unbeaten record at the stadium as both player and coach. Murphy is honoured to even be considered for the Rugby League statue at Wembley.“I am very humbled to be in the same list as Risman, Boston, Ashton and Offiah and to even be considered for the statue at Wembley is a great honour,” said Murphy.“It is a special venue for me and some of my greatest Rugby League memories have taken place at Wembley. I have been lucky enough to play on the famous Wembley turf more than once and even more fortunate to have never lost at the venue.“A match at Wembley is the most important in a player’s career, no matter what nationality, you always dream of playing at Wembley. So to have a statue representing the history of Rugby League at the stadium is a great accolade for the sport.”The RFL would like Rugby League supporters to provide feedback on the final five candidates by explaining who they think should be chosen and why, or if a group representation would better celebrate the sport.To have your say and contribute to the final decision simply email your views to wembley.statue@rfl.uk.com by Friday July 27. All feedback will be compiled and considered by the RFL Board before they make the final decision.To help you make your decision, video presentations for each player will be shown on The Super League Show throughout July with the first screened on BBC1 (regional) at 11.35pm. The videos will also be available on the RFL and Super League websites.The RFL Board’s decision will be announced ahead of the Challenge Cup Final which takes place on August 25 this year.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood believes the search for a Wembley hero has underlined the depth of passion the sport’s supporters have for the national stadium – and for Rugby League.“Every element of the Rugby League family has embraced this important search and on behalf of the Board I would like to thank everyone for their fantastic contribution,” said Wood.“The calibre of candidates on the list is outstanding and the Board have a really tough decision to make. Before we do so, I hope all those people who have not yet made their views known come forward to help us deliver a statue which will make the whole sport proud.”last_img read more

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LUKE Walsh has arrived and will be here in 2014…

first_imgLUKE Walsh has arrived and will be here in 2014…. will you?The scrum half touched down in the country last week and is settling into life with his new teammates.We’ll catch up with him shortly on the Saints podcast so subscribe now for great content!Luke joined Mose Masoe, Kyle Amor, Richard Beaumont and Matty Dawson in committing his future to the Saints and is calling on the fans to back the boys in 2014.Season tickets are now available for next season and offer great value – saving ££ on matchday prices.To find out more click here or to spread the cost of your place, click here for our great Direct Debit options.Be the heartbeat, #saintsheartbeatlast_img read more

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NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center expansion complete

first_img The new space allows for growth in things like hematology and chemotherapy and brings resources some say were necessary to take care of patients.“We have tremendous physicians and a great staff,” said Oncology Service Line Administrator Henry Hawthorne. “But we’ve had a very dated facility frankly and so what it means is that we finally have a facility that can provide the services, be more comfortable for our patients and begin to match the quality of care we provide.”The expanded infusion space includes 48 infusion chairs, which is more than triple in the original facility.Related Article: City Block submits plans for 56 more apartments downtownClick here for more on the renovation project. Infusion chairs at NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional has wrapped up an 18-month renovation and expansion of the Zimmer Cancer Center.The project includes more infusion space, dedicated laboratory and pharmacy areas, exam rooms, and physician offices.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Prices at the pump on the rise

first_imgShare work or school rides by carpooling or consider public transportation WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gas prices are at a near three-year high and they are only going to keep climbing.According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular in North Carolina is $2.67. In the Port City it is only a cent less at $2.66 a gallon. – Advertisement – Do not use your trunk for storage – the heavier your car, the more fuel it usesCombine errands – if possible, park in a central spot and walk from place to placecenter_img “Why is our gas so high,” driver, Maggie Tallon said.That is the million dollar question Wilmington drivers want answered.“Gas prices in the past week have already gone up 6 cents,” AAA Travel Sales Specialist, PJ Gray said. “AAA thinks that the reason why is because of crude oil prices in the Middle East.”Related Article: StarNews Media Life Expo to bring Jane Seymour to WilmingtonAccording to AAA, the price of regular gas in Wilmington went up 2 cents in a day.“This is ridiculous,” Tallon said.“I think It’s crazy. I don’t understand it for the life of me,” driver, Earl Walton said.AAA says the gas prices are up 42 cents from this time last year.“I’m kind of like wondering what it’s gonna be like next week,” driver, Stephen Vick said. “Like it’s gonna be, I already see it, it’s coming.”Many say it is a financial burden many do not want to deal with.“People like me who are retired and on a fixed income are having a hard time meeting the increase in gas,” Tallon said.For business owner Earl Walton, it is already costing him big time at 70 bucks a tank.“I gotta haul lumber and stuff. So I gotta have big trucks with big motors,” Walton said. “Of course they use a lot more gas. And it’s hard to even make money now as it is with the lumber prices and gas prices going up and down it doesn’t make any sense. It’s hard to make a living with a business.”While some gas stations have lower prices than the Wilmington average, prices vary across the area.“You know, you might go to one station and you find a great price,” Gray said. “Go down the street two blocks over and it’s 6 cents cheaper. So there’s just no really rhyme or reason to it. It’s just a competitive market.”AAA says they expect to see another five to ten cent increase before the summer is over. However, they do not think regular gas will reach the $3.00 mark.AAA says ways to cut costs is to plan in advance, look for the cheapest gas stations in the area before your trip. They also suggest looking up flights as they may be cheaper than driving.AAA ways to conserve fuelSlow down – the faster you drive the more fuel you use. Every 5 mph over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.18 per gallon, according to the Department of Energylast_img read more

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CFCC to launch Human Services Technology Substance Abuse degree program

first_img CFCC says the program will prepare its students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and in pursuing four-year degrees.Dr. Latonya Niang, the newly appointed program director, holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Community Counseling, a master’s degree in public administration, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Licensed Independent Alcohol and Drug Counselor.Niang has been teaching for CFCC Continuing Education in the Substance Abuse Counseling Program since 2016 where she was instrumental in developing the curriculum for that program.Related Article: Demi Lovato breaks silence after reported overdose“It is exciting to implement this much-needed program at CFCC,” said CFCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Angela Ballentine. “As we prepare graduates to meet a wide range of client needs in various service-related settings, it is rewarding to know that upon completion of this program our students will be empowered to positively impact our community.”For more information about the program visit http://cfcc.edu/substanceabuse/ or contact Dr. Niang at llniang502@mail.cfcc.edu. Union Station at CFCC (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College will launch a Human Services Technology Substance Abuse Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program starting this school year.“Alone, heroin overdoses in North Carolina have increased 10 times since 2010,” said Dr. Niang, CFCC human services technology program director. “As these addictions rise, so too will the need of qualified substance abuse professionals to help address the needs of addicted individuals and the epidemic within the community at large.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Ocean Isle Beach residents could get home Monday

first_img We strongly encourage you to stay tuned to Town Media outlets to confirm the actual time for the opening of the bridge. This will help prevent any unnecessary wait times for our residents. Once granted re-entry, Property Owners will need to drive directly to their property and refrain from any unnecessary travel around the island.Estimated Re-entry to the island for the GENERAL PUBLIC will occur on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8am. Please note this is an ESTIMATED TIME ONLY.ADDITIONAL INFO – Town staff made an extensive effort to record and transmit video of the island today but encountered unforeseen technical difficulties. We will continue our efforts to provide footage by posting a FACEBOOK LIVE video on the Town of OIB Facebook Page tomorrow morning at approximately 9am.Related Article: Myrtle Beach threatens arrest for those who go into the oceanhttps://www.facebook.com/townofoib/We encourage everyone to travel safely and remain patient throughout the re-entry process. PLEASE NOTE – Our ability to open the bridge for PROPERTY OWNERS tomorrow is contingent upon the power remaining on and ALL utilities being restored.- Advertisement – OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Power has been restored to the island! Town staff will be working diligently to complete all repairs to infrastructure as quickly as possible. We anticipate opening the bridge to PROPERTY OWNERS ONLY after 12pm* on Monday, September 17, 2018. (*estimated time only)last_img read more

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Woman accused of running over mans foot thought he was cheating

first_imgTakera Mitchell (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman is accused of crashing into a car because she saw the father of her child inside it with another woman. Then when he got out, she allegedly ran over his foot.Wilmington Police say it happened Thursday at 12th and Carnation.- Advertisement – Takera Mitchell, 21, had her one-year-old child in the car when she allegedly hit another vehicle.The child’d father got out of that vehicle and approached Mitchell and that’s when police say she ran over his foot.Mitchell is charged with three counts of assault, misdemeanor child abuse and injury to personal property.Related Article: Man arrested for attempted murder in Boiling Spring LakesShe is currently being held without bond.last_img read more

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Actor Nick Cannon launches business competition for Wilmingtonarea youth

first_img The ATM program is open to students from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, and Onslow counties.The final ATM event will take place in collaboration with public schools’ regional Career and Technical Education programs, on Friday, May 31 at the UNC at Wilmington.With an ever-growing pool of technology related careers in the Wilmington-area, the final ATM event will seek to help educate students and their families about entrepreneurship, career opportunities, and course offerings that promote career development. Related Article: Could rentable electric scooters be coming to Wilmington?Students will also have an opportunity to meet Wilmington-area employers and get early exposure to career paths so that upon entering high school they can begin career preparation, regardless if the career requires a four-year degree or not.“I am truly inspired by the collective community support for this event and excited about this wonderful opportunity to teach and expose Wilmington area youth to the myriad of career and entrepreneurship opportunities available in the global economy,” said Nick Cannon. “As a product of the public-school system, I feel a sense of responsibility to give back and to motivate others get involved.”Student teams will present business concepts, products they produce, and business problems they solve in collaboration with members of the local business community. Nick Cannon will personally attend and serve as lead judge with an ABC Shark Tank style panel of local high-demand industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Previous ATM business concept favorites include biomedical solutions, game design apps, crime-solving apps, healthcare innovations, podcast focused on internet safety, and technology based mental health solutions. Students will compete for cash prizes of up to $5,000, a pair of Nick Cannon’s NCREDIBLE Wireless Headsets by T-Mobile, and much more.“Our area was decimated by Hurricane Florence and all schools were closed for several weeks,” said Rick Sears, BBGC, CEO. Programs such as ours, in conjunction with the Nick Cannon Foundation, can go a long way to accelerating learning and getting our youth again focused on the future.”The Foundation will hold a series of ATM Competition and Career Readiness Workshops leading up to the event.  “As a product of New Hanover High School, I’m honored to team with BBGC of Wilmington and the local business community in fostering work-based learning and a system of regional career pathways to launch young people and middle-skill adults into good jobs with advancement potential,” said Ronnie Highsmith, Nick Cannon Foundation, Executive Director, Strategic Consultant and Board Member.”Teens can register for the free ATM Competition by clicking on the ATM Competition tab at www.nickcannonfoundation.org to download the Wilmington area ATM rules/guidelines. Nick Cannon, rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality. (Photo: Nick Cannon / Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Actor, comedian, executive producer, and business mogul, Nick Cannon in partnership with Brigade Boys & Girls Club (BBGC) is launching a new competition for Wilmington area youth titled America’s Teen Mogul (ATM) Competition and Career Readiness Training Workshops. The ATM student business plan competition is designed to expose youth ages 12 to 19 to global career and entrepreneurship opportunities available in industries with high demand careers, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). – Advertisement – last_img read more

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NCDOT workers battle it out in roadeo competition

first_imgThe crane competition was one of seven events at the Highway Division 6’s annual equipment and safety “roadeo.” (Photo: Andrew Barksdale/NCDOT) CAPE FEAR REGION (WWAY) — We’ve all heard of basketball tournaments, and football championships, but have you ever heard of a crane competition?This month, more than 150 workers were put to the test at the Division 6 Safety “Roadeo.”- Advertisement – Participants competed against their co-workers to determine who can best maneuver a dump truck, tractor, backhoe, crane truck, low boy trailer and motor grader through obstacle courses.The employees were graded on completing obstacles, such as maneuvering equipment around orange cones, among other criteria.Tracy Dowless and Wade Kinlaw in Bladen County and Steven Powell in Columbus County took home the highest scores.Related Article: Section of South Front Street closing for repairs this weekend“The trophy and the plaques on it are a bragging right,” said Darren Pittman, the Division 6 bridge maintenance engineer. “People are fighting over being safe and getting that trophy in their office.”Now, they go on to the statewide “roadeo” in Raleigh on June 20.last_img read more

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Watch Fearne and Cardona want Muscat to stay on

first_imgDeputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne told Partit Laburista delegates that success is achieved with 3 qualities; teamwork, competence, and hard work.Fearne said that the PL has these qualities thanks to its leader Joseph Muscat. He believes that it was Muscat who led Malta to achieve one success after another, and Fearne wishes that Muscat will continue to lead for years to come.The Deputy Leader said that through its teamwork Partit Laburista is showing, it is possible to achieve the Party’s goal, to remove poverty from Malta.He said that along the years, it was Partit Laburista that brought wealth to the nation, and the party is determined to keep on doing so thanks to the leadership of Joseph Muscat.14 year olds could be party membersDuring the General Conference of Partit Laburista, a motion to decrease the Party membership age from 16 years of age to 14 has been approved.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Deputy Leader of the Partit Labutista Chris Cardona and  Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne urged Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to keep on leading Partit Laburista. Cardona and Fearne were addressing the Annual General Council of Partit Laburista. PN is negative – CardonaCordona described Partit Nazzjonalista as a negative party which could have denied voters in twenty three localities the possibility of voting in the local council elections.While reminiscing the day the Prime Minister became the leader of the Party, Cardona said that he like the faithful still need Muscat, both as Prime Minister and as the leader of Partit Laburista.Cardona believes that there is a big contrast between the two parties since the PN for him is a negative built on principles which are not sustainable in the today’s society. He alleged that since Adrian Delia was elected leader of the PN the party did not propose any new political proposals. On the other hand, he said that Joseph Muscat on becoming leader drafted new ideas and proposals which were adopted by the PL.The PN’s dearth of candidates – CardonaWhile Partit Laburista has almost 400 contesting candidates contesting the Local Council elections, PN did not have enough candidates to field in all localities. He said that this would have led to a situation where the election would not have been held in 23. He also added that PL‘s European Parliament’s members have been working for the good of the country, while the Nationalist MEPs were not working in the national interest.last_img read more

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MUMN to escalate directives says MDH staff needs to be respected

first_imgMalta’s Union for Midwives and Nurses says that it will be escalating Directives to ensure that medical staff are, ‘respected and not taken for granted.’MUMN states that the management of the Mater Dei Hospital are ‘demonstrating great insensitivity,’ towards nurses and midwives. This is particularly important in regard to constant watches on staff and on methadone.They state that while other entities like St Vincent de Paul bring dangerous drugs to the wards through pharmacy staff, MDH’s management are dragging their feet on helping the well-being of their medical staff.This news comes almost two weeks after the union had issued instructions to nurses not to leave their wards as the hospital pharmacy is requesting that nurses should now be collecting Methadone instead of carers.MUMN issues orders against MDH pharmacy requestThey add that despite submitting a number of proposals and counter-proposals to MDH’s CEO on the issue of methadone and watches, ‘No feedback was given… demonstrating clearly that the issues pertaining to nurses and midwives, are not of a priority to the CEO’s office.’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Apartment prices increase for 6th year running – NSO

first_imgApartment prices have driven Malta’s Property Prices Index (PPI) to increase in Q1 for the 6th consecutive year.According to the National Statistics Office, there has been a 26.45 increase since 2013’s Q1 figures (92.30) and the same period for 2019 (118.75). This reflects a 7.3% increase in annual prices for this sector of housing stock since Q1 2014.Interestingly, the figures show a steady trend in prices increasing in the 3rd and 4th quarters over the last four years (2014 – 2018).There is also a similar Q1 trend for Maisonettes. According to the figures the contribution to PPI through this share of the housing stock, is represented as 85.61 in Q1 in 2013 to 118.23 in Q1 2019 (32.62). Compared to Apartments, Maisonettes represented a 3.6% increase in prices.This places the Property Prices Index for Q1 2019 results at 6.5%. This is certainly not the highest the PPI has reached. According to the statistics, the highest recorded PPI was in Q3 of 2015 (8.6%), followed by Q2 2016 (7.0%).Credit: NSOWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Chelsea sack Conte to pave the way for Sarri

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Chelsea have finally sacked Antonio Conte after months of speculation in the media about Maurizio Sarri being hired as his replacement. Conte had returned to the team for pre-season training but has now left the club owned by Roman Abramovich after agreeing a £9m compensation fee.59-year old Sarri is now expected to be announced as Chelsea’s new coach in the coming days with club legend Gianfranco Zola joining the backroom staff as assistant coach. Sarri spent three seasons at Napoli but was unable to win the Serie A title, finishing fifth, second and third.Brought to you by Hublot <a href=”http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a01a3708&amp;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=34&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Uganda Broadband CompanyISP Struggles as Competition stiffens

first_imgAdvertisement The board of directors of PME met on September 28, 2011 and promised to continue reviewing the progress of the company’s telecommunication investments including Broadband Company, following a strategic realignment of the business.Making the decisionThis comes on the back of a review that the PME board, according to a media release posted on Tuesday on the company’s official website (www.pmeinfrastructure.com), decided to recommend to shareholders a ‘winding up of the company without delay’. – Advertisement – Sources within the company and various media reports indicate that the internet service provider will wind up in January next year. Efforts to get a comment from company officials were futile as our repeated calls to known company executives (telephone numbers) could not go through or went unansweredCommenting about the matter, Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the executive director of Uganda Communications Commission, told The Daily Monitor newspaper that his office was yet to receive a formal communication regarding the firm’s liquidation. “We have never been informed and the decision they have taken is against the law. We have already written to them and we are yet to get a response,” he said.UCC as the sector’s regulator oversees the operations of all internet service providers in Uganda.High operational costsThe company is said to have been hit by high operational costs, resulting from high inflationary pressure, coupled with network interference and the increasingly competitive data market.Broadband company has been struggling to grow its market share facing tough competition from telecom companies that are seeking for alternative sources of revenue and taking up data as a new area of growth.Telecoms including: Orange, MTN, Warid, Airtel and Uganda Telecom provide internet services, which has hit up competition in the sector. Others players in the market include Foris, Afsat Communications, InfoCom and Datanet among others.last_img read more

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Google releases EndtoEnd Chrome extension to make your email encrypted

first_imgAdvertisement Google yesterday stepped up its effort to make it tougher for spies or anyone else to snoop on email, unveiling Chrome browser software for scrambling digital messages.The  test version of the software tool called “End-to-End” was released so that Internet engineers can dabble with making mini-programs that plug into Chrome browser and encrypt Gmail messages in ways that shield them from eyes of everyone except senders and recipients.“Emails that are encrypted as they’re routed from sender to receiver are liked sealed envelopes, and less vulnerable to snooping – whether by bad actors or through government surveillance – than postcards,” Gmail delivery team tech lead Brandon Long said in a blog post. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Further more, Google has added a section to its Transparency Report showing what portion of Gmail messages were sent wrapped in encryption and similar information for digital missives received from other email services.The report showed on Thursday that over the past month 69 per cent of outgoing Gmail messages were encrypted while only 48 per cent of the email received from other services was scrambled in transit.In a move that promised to pressure other services, Google broke down how much message traffic received from them was encrypted.  US Internet service titan Comcast, which got a dismal ranking in the report, quickly stepped up to say it is ramping up message encryption.“Many providers have turned on encryption, and others have said they’re going to, which is great news,” Long said. “As they do, more and more email will be shielded from snooping.”This comes after California-based Google is fending off privacy concerns provoked by US online spying tactics exposed by former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia.Source: IBN Livelast_img read more

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Equity Banks UltraThin SIM Technology to Go Live in January

first_imgAdvertisement Equity Bank plans to officially launch its mobile money platform Equitel – the trading brand of its telecoms subsidiary Finserve Africa – next quarter.The communication was revealed by the chief executive James Mwangi said yesterday.On September 22, the bank was given a conditional approval to offer mobile phone services including money transfer on the controversial technology that allows overlay of ultra-thin SIMs on top of the ordinary ones. – Advertisement – Mwangi said a “specially assembled” technical team including experts from Norway and Japan was putting final touches on the technology’s capacity and security of the locally untested technology before official launch.“What our technical team is doing is debunking all the myths and falsehoods that have been spread about the technology,” he said. “We will definitely be rolling out in the next quarter (January to March 2015)”The technology referred to as overlay, will be under a close eye of the Central Bank and the Communications Authority during the initial first year.Safaricom, the dominant mobile network operator, has already warned its customers it will not be legally responsible for losses arising from the use of the overlay SIMs.Approximately 300,000 customers have in the meantime taken up the ordinary Equitel SIM cards being offered in the banking halls, Mwangi said.“What we are doing is enhancing competition through affordable price, quality and value,” he said on Otober 30. “We have chosen to deal with believers and passionate customers and significant roll outs are already going through.”He spoke after the lender’s extraordinary general meeting where he reiterated that Equitel will offer complete mobile phone services including voice, data, money transfer services and short messages.Source: The Starlast_img read more

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Mark Zuckerbergs Social Media Accounts Restored After Alleged Hack

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote during the Facebook f8 Developer Conference at the San Francisco Design Center in San Francisco on September 22, 2011 in California. AFP PHOTO / Kimihiro Hoshino (Photo credit should read KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images) Advertisement Responding to the hacking of CEO and Co-Founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media platforms; Twitter and Pinterest over the weekend, a spokesman from the social media platform on Monday said the accounts have been re-secured.Facebook Spokesman told Reuters that, the accounts have been re-secured using best practices, he also added that, “no Facebook systems or accounts were accessed.”Zuckerberg’s Twitter account, last used in January 2012, posted a tweet on Sunday with the message, “Hey, @finkd You were in LinkedIn Datatbase with the password ‘dadada’ ! DM (direct message) for proof,” according to a screenshot posted to Twitter by Ben Hall Founder of Katacoda, an interactive learning platform for software developers.Ouch. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked pic.twitter.com/KvVmXOIg5s— Ben Hall (@Ben_Hall) June 5, 2016 – Advertisement – The tweet appeared to ask Zuckerberg to contact the sender, who claimed to have accessed his account.Zuckerberg’s Pinterest page, meanwhile, was defaced with the headline “Hacked By OurMine Team” according to a screengrab of the page posted by VentureBeat.“Hey, we are just testing your security, please DM (direct message) us for contact! twitter: twitter.com/_OurMine_,” the compromised page said in a message that seemingly identified the hackers as being associated with the linked Twitter account.The Twitter page associated with that account, @_OurMine_, has since been suspended.Pinterest did not immediately respond to a request for comment.“A number of other online services have seen millions of passwords stolen in the past several weeks,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “We recommend people use a unique, strong password for Twitter.”The nature of the tweet sent from Zuckerberg’s account on Sunday suggested the alleged hackers may have gained access to the account by using the same password associated with his LinkedIn profile.“We’ve invalidated all accounts believed to be at risk here,” a LinkedIn spokesperson said.[related-posts]Last month, LinkedIn acknowledged that a 2012 data theft may have affected far more users than originally thought.The professional networking site said on May 18 that it was working to invalidate the passwords of some 100 million accounts after it “became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012.”last_img read more

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