Disabled people could be at risk of violence and

first_imgDisabled people could be at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”, because of their portrayal by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits, according to unpublished comments by the chair of a UN committee.Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, warns in the interview that such portrayals of disabled people are “very, very dangerous”.Her comments are even more critical and highly-charged than those she and her committee colleagues made during last month’s two-day public examination in Geneva of the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Degener herself had told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe”, comments that were repeated by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in yesterday’s prime minister’s questions (see separate story).But her comments in the interview with a BBC journalist – which are believed to have not been broadcast – go even further.Degener (pictured) says that cuts to social security have been so severe that they have become “life threatening to many disabled people”, and she then talks about the impact of the austerity cuts on public attitudes to disabled people.She says in the interview that “disabled people being portrayed as parasites, living on social benefits, and welfare and the taxes of other people” was “very, very dangerous”.She says that such attitudes “will later on lead to violence against disabled people, we know it, if not to killings and euthanasia”.She stressed later to Disability News Service (DNS) that she was not comparing the situation in the UK to the propaganda used in Nazi Germany, where disabled people were often referred to by the state as “useless eaters” who led “burdensome lives” as a justification for the killing of as many as 275,000 disabled people by doctors.She told DNS: “I did not draw a comparison with Nazi Germany in the 1930s/40s because the current UK situation is in no way comparable to Nazi Germany.“I meant to alert more generally to the danger of dividing disabled people from the general population by ‘othering’ them as ‘parasites’.“There have been killings (disguised as mercy killings) based on such irrational thinking.”She says in the BBC interview: “I am not saying that [this violence] is happening right now in the UK, but this is why governments have to stop this kind of attitude.”Degener, who herself is German and a professor of law and disability studies, says that “although we would never as a human rights treaty body favour censorship, we think that media and the government have some responsibility in this regard”.Her comments follow concerns raised in the committee’s report about “the persisting occurring incidents of negative attitudes, stereotypes and prejudice against persons with disabilities… as well as concerning their social protection entitlements”.Her colleague Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had said during the public examination that disabled people in the UK were “most concerned” about negative attitudes towards disabled people on benefits which were “fuelled” by the media and “government representatives”.Disabled activists and opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns that ministers or civil servants have briefed newspapers in a way that encourages them to report inaccurate and misleading articles, with headlines such as “75 per cent of incapacity claimants are fit to work” and “Disabled benefit? Just fill in a form”.In 2012, a report by Disability Rights UK found that disabled people increasingly believed that coverage of welfare reform and other disability issues in national newspapers was helping to fuel hate crime, with many of the respondents blaming rising hostility towards them on “government spin and distortion” and “rhetoric from the government about scroungers and benefit cheats”.The previous year, a letter from the Disability Benefits Consortium to Maria Miller, then the minister for disabled people, accused the government of causing disabled people “significant alarm” by releasing information about disability living allowance (DLA) that led to “misleading” media coverage.The letter warned her of the government’s obligations under the Equality Act not to “generate stigma, persecution or harassment of disabled people requiring support from the welfare system”.Degener also says in the BBC interview that, compared to other countries with “less economic power” and less advanced equality and discrimination legislation, the UK’s austerity policy was “less human rights oriented”, so that “UK appears to be a strong country when it comes to equal rights but a very, very weak country with relation to economic, social and culture rights”.She says the UK’s record on disability rights “is going backwards in a pace and to an amount that it worries us a lot” and that the evidence in front of the committee was “overwhelming”.Degener was not available this week to expand on her remarks, but she has given permission for them to be used by DNS.She made the comments in an interview recorded for BBC News on 31 August, following the publication of the committee’s “concluding observation” on the UK.The comments were recorded by the UN because the interview took place at the end of a press conference.BBC News has given DNS permission to quote from the interview, which appears to have been intended for its News at Ten programme but was not broadcast.A DWP spokeswoman did not respond directly to Degener’s comments, but repeated the government’s previous response to the committee’s concluding observations.She said: “We’re disappointed that this report does not accurately reflect the evidence we gave to the UN, and fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives.“We spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“We’re committed to furthering rights and opportunities for all disabled people, which is why it is encouraging that almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work in the UK over the last four years.“We’re also a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.”She said the UK has “some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected”.She added: “This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”She also directed DNS to the concluding remarks of Karen Jochelson, who heads the Office for Disability Issues and led the UK delegation at the public examination in Geneva, and which can be watched here from 3:04:41.*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canadalast_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Another exhausting day for anyone tasked with following Brexit closely. Yvette Cooper’s bill, which aims to make sure Theresa May sticks to her word and requests an extension from the EU, avoiding no deal on 12th April, was passed by the Commons in the most dramatic way. First, an amendment tabled by Hilary Benn that would have made way for a third session of indicative votes on Monday did not get approval – the vote was a tie. Yes, MPs were deadlocked on whether to try to break the Brexit deadlock. Speaker Bercow, citing precedent, cast his vote with the government, so there will be no more indicative votes for now.Then the motion on whether to go ahead with the Cooper bill passed by just one vote, with Gareth Snell switching to vote in favour. Over the next six hours, the short Cooper bill had a very tricky passage through the Commons. It was approved by five votes at the second reading, before being attacked by Tory Brexiteers who endeavoured to block the possibility of a long extension beyond European elections. (As Labour peer Stewart Wood tweeted, the extension could be the new backstop, with rows over time limits and being able to exit unilaterally.) Finally, nearing midnight, the whole bill scraped through by just one vote. The House of Lords is expected to give its approval today.During all of that drama in the chamber, talks between party leaders were held. The most important saw the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn meet, described as a “constructive” exercise by both afterwards. But how constructive? It is difficult to tell. Two ministers resigned over May’s apparent shift towards a softer Brexit (with others waiting to see what comes out of it), so it’s easy to see why cards might be kept close to chests there. Plus, according to ex-Tory MP Nick Boles, her comms head is “a hard Brexiteer who wants to destroy the PM’s new search for a cross party compromise”. On the Labour side, the leader’s office seemed to downplay progress in their message to MPs. Some suspected this could be a ploy to avoid calls for an emergency PLP meeting. After all, new negotiating teams were formed, a planning meeting was held last night and technical discussions are to be had throughout today. It can’t have been a total failure.Reports on the negotiations this morning often conclude that it may be difficult for Corbyn and May to resolve their differences over Brexit. But the truth is that, with May now willing to allow a closer UK-EU future relationship, the party leaders aren’t all that far apart from each other. The clashes are really between them on one side and their respective party grassroots and MPs on the other. For Labour, the question is whether any deal – or only a Tory deal – should be put to a public vote. The shadow cabinet and parliamentary party are deeply split. There is a huge amount of pressure on Corbyn to make a referendum a condition of supporting any deal. He has resisted so far, but that could change. Either way, frontbench resignations are a risk.It’s the Newport West by-election today. Very best of luck to candidate Ruth Jones, who is fighting off lots of opponents to keep the late Paul Flynn’s former seat red.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Yvette Cooper /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Public vote /Article 50 extension /Cooper Bill /last_img read more

Can this California police misconduct bill beat the big bucks In spite

first_imgLeno said house leadership, specifically the committee chair and the Senate President Pro Tem — right now Sen. Lara and Sen. Toni Atkins, respectively — will decide if the bill gets to move forward.“That subjectivity clearly allows for policy considerations and even political considerations to enter into whether the bill moves forward,” he said.Regarding whether he thinks his former colleagues will move the bill through, Leno said, “I certainly hope that reasonable and thoughtful minds would prevail.” California’s law-enforcement records are some of the least accessible in the country, thanks in large part to a 1978 law signed by Jerry Brown that restricted access to information from police personnel files. California is one of only three states that specifically prohibit internal police records from public view.On three other occasions in the last decade, state legislators tried, and failed, to pass laws that made police personnel records more open to the public. With greater access to these records, the public would have a better understanding of which officers have committed serious misconduct on the job — such as sexual assault and falsifying evidence.Right now, that information is confidential.The legislation would also make available details of an investigation when an officer is involved in certain use-of-force incidents such as police shootings.In 2016, then-Sen. Mark Leno tried to pass a similar bill, but it died in the same committee where Skinner’s bill is now awaiting its fate.Proponents of the legislation, however, are confident SB1421 will not meet the same end as its predecessors. “Things are different — Ferguson, Black Lives Matter — there’s been a change in the way people view police,” said Lizzie Buchen, a legislative advocate with the American Civil Liberties Union.The tenor of the debate, she said, has changed, despite the grip police unions and lobbying groups have on the state’s elected officials. She pointed to statements made by some members of the Public Safety Committee, where the bill passed 5-2 on April 17 and moved on to the Appropriations Committee.“It’s a sophomoric argument, and I think we need better,” said Sen. Holly Mitchell, responding to testimony at the Public Safety committee by law enforcement lobbyist John Lovell, who argued that allowing the public to see misconduct records, even in rare circumstances, will be “dangerous” by creating a misperception that the officer did something wrong when they might have been acting within policy.Buchen noted, too, that Skinner’s bill is narrower than Leno’s previous iteration. Indeed, Leno’s bill would have allowed misconduct records to be made available if a police department found that an officer had committed a broad range of serious misconduct, as well as public access to citizen complaints and disciplinary proceedings against officers.Skinner’s bill would only allow misconduct records be made available for incidents of sexual assault and incidents relating to dishonesty by an officer — if those incidents are sustained.But, like Leno’s, Skinner’s bill allows materials involving police use of force, especially police shootings, to be available to the public.With Skinner’s bill, for example, the public would know if officers involved in recent shooting incidents had a history of misconduct, such as sexual assault or falsifying records.“This bill is more narrowly tailored,” she said. “We are looking specific categories that are most in need of public scrutiny.”Despite the momentum, the legislation’s opponents have donated big to most members of the Senate and, more specifically, the members of the committee that decides whether it moves forward to the Senate floor.“Unfortunately, there is very intense opposition that, of course, comes from all of the statewide law enforcement associations,” said Leno, who attempted similar legislation twice and is now is the heat of a mayoral campaign in San Francisco.He said he has been able to work with those law enforcement organizations successfully on other issues. “But when it comes to this one, at least in the past, there has been little opportunity to have any kind of successful negotiation,” he said.One of the law enforcement organizations responsible for hefty political donations is the Peace Officers Research Association of California. Over the last 21 years, the group has given some $11.7 million in state elections. That means most California legislators — including those on the committees that decide whether certain bills see the light of day — have received thousands from the association.Everyone on the Appropriations Committee has received donations from the association. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address However, Bradford and Wiener, who also sit on Public Safety Committee, both voted for the bill to move forward, despite the contributions. Sen. Mitchell, who called the law enforcement lobbyist’s argument “sophomorish,” has received $13,800 from the research association since 2012.Most members of the Public Safety Committee, which voted in favor of the bill, have received contributions of the research association.And even Skinner, who authored the bill, received $17,000 from the group for her successful 2016 senate bid. Over the last 21 years, the group has given roughly $11.7 million to state elections.“I’m optimistic this thoughtfully crafted bill will reach the Senate Floor and be passed,” she said when asked about her confidence in the bill, given the failure of others in the past.On Friday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will announce which legislation that has been placed on the so-called “suspense file” — where bills that could cost the state more than $150,000 are referred for further analysis — will move to the Senate floor for a vote.Some have referred to the so-called suspense file as a “black box,” as it is unclear exactly how legislation that’s placed in the file is considered suitable for the Senate floor. This is where Leno’s 2016 legislation met its ultimate demise. Update (11:55 a.m.): SB1421 has been passed out of committee and is now headed for a Senate floor vote. This is the farthest legislation aimed at making police misconduct records public has gone in a decades-long effort. “We commend the Senate Appropriations Committee’s passage of SB 1421 and look forward to seeing the bill to the finish line to increase police transparency and accountability in California,” the ACLU said in a statement released this morning.  The fate of legislation aimed at strengthening trust between police departments and the community and improving police accountability will be decided this Friday in Sacramento, but it is up against the odds of history and the forces of a powerful lobby.The legislation, SB-1421 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, seeks to loosen tight restrictions on public access to police misconduct records and police shooting investigations. Skinner introduced the bill following the fatal police shooting of Sacramento resident Stephon Clark in March that sparked protests throughout the State Capitol. 0% Tags: police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SFPD Chief Bill Scott defends raid of journalists home sidesteps questions at

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address Unlike the chief of police, Hamasaki dove right into the matter at hand. “When the homes of journalists are raided, it doesn’t matter how we feel about the underlying case; I think we should be concerned,” he said. The commissioner inquired whether police considered a subpoena instead of a search warrant and police officers subsequently taking a sledgehammer to Carmody’s door.Unfazed, Scott stuck to his tempered answers. “Commissioner, we went through an appropriate legal process,” he said.  “Okay,” Hamasaki whispered into his microphone. Within hours of Adachi’s death on Feb. 22, the police report had been improperly leaked — and lurid details and photographs began appearing on TV news reports. Carmody, a longtime freelance cameraman, obtained a copy of the report from a source he will not divulge. He has said that he sold it in a package of material to three TV stations. During an April Board of Supervisors hearing, SFPD brass admitted the leak was improper and apologized to Adachi’s family. “I want to let you know we are working tirelessly on this case,” Capt. Bill Braconi, the acting head of the department’s risk management division, told the supes. “It’s a priority case. I want to give you complete confidence in that. It’s not an easy investigation. it’s complex. We’ve dedicated a lot of resources to it.”Some three weeks later, a phalanx of officers raided Carmody’s home and office in search of the source of the leak within their own department. Despite the signatures of two judges, this action would appear to be a clear violation of California’s “shield law” that protects journalists from divulging their sources and disallowing warrants to be issued to seize them. Commissioner Damali Taylor asked Scott to confirm that it was not within SFPD’s jurisdiction to release a redacted version of the sealed documents presented to a pair of judges who signed off on the search warrants. “That’s correct,” Scott confirmed. The chief does not favor such a move. Scott then pivoted into speaking on his preferred topic: a slickly edited explainer video showing off the police department’s new website. Scott is featured in the video next to SFPD Tech CIO Division Director Susan Merritt. Public commenters, however, seemed more inclined to speak about the SFPD’s treatment of Carmody. Pacific Media Workers Guild Officer Bill Snyder asked Scott why the FBI was involved in last Friday’s raid. Police Commissioner Robert Hirsch made it clear to Snyder that Scott was not obligated to respond during public comment. “Well, let’s see if he can answer that,” Snyder remarked. Chief Scott answered. “I cannot speak on that.” center_img Despite meager attendance, all eyes were on Chief Bill Scott at Wednesday night’s San Francisco Police Commission meeting. One of the first agenda items centered on San Francisco Police Department’s widely criticized May 10 decision to serve a search warrant on the home and office freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, who sold multiple television stations the leaked police report pertaining to the death of former Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Reporters and a handful of citizens watched Police Commissioner John Hamasaki question Scott about the department’s handling of this issue. Three photographers stood on the right side of the room, snapping pictures at a blistering pace.Scott, speaking in a reserved tone, tiptoed his way around the topic. “We are committing to building the public trust,” he said, referring to the improperly leaked police report. “This was a breach of the public trust and I understand that.”  last_img read more

ST HELENS fullback Paul Wellens will miss the Goo

first_imgST HELENS full-back Paul Wellens will miss the Good Friday derby against Wigan Warriors after failing in his appeal against the one-match ban imposed by the RFL Disciplinary Committee for a Grade B dangerous throw on Lee Briers of Warrington Wolves in a Stobart Super League fixture last week.Wellens submitted a letter of reference from Lee Briers in his appeal, which was heard this afternoon, but the panel ruled that Wellens was responsible for putting his opponent in a dangerous position in the seventh-minute tackle.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown hailed his sides best performance o

first_imgNATHAN Brown hailed his side’s “best performance of the season” after they beat Warrington 22-10 on Friday.Saints were irresistible as they dominated the Wolves in both defence and attack to record their third away win of the season.“It was definitely our best performance so far,” he said. “They are a really good team and are coached well. To beat them you have to play to a reasonable level and we did that. I thought we would come here and play better than last week and we did.“They are a terrific opposition and so I’m pleased with the win.”He continued: “It was good to have Lance Hohaia back as he has a lot of experience. We have changed our halves so many times through injury so we are now looking for stability there.“People have to understand and this team has to as well, that this St Helens team has to have a different identity. It isn’t the St Helens of 12, 15 years ago as it has totally different personnel. Jonny Lomax is different to Paul Wellens, Jon Wilkin to Sean Long, James Roby to Keiron Cunningham. Paul Sculthorpe doesn’t play anymore; James Graham isn’t here.“This is a different team and it has to learn its own identity and play its own style which suits the team. As we learn that we will improve.“I am learning too but have been around long enough to know what is needed. I wasn’t expecting Jonny Lomax to be our number one fullback; I wasn’t expecting Jon Wilkin to be our number seven or perhaps Paul Wellens to move to loose forward. St Helens on the front foot can chew anyone up, but you really see what happens when you are on the back foot. You learn more about the team.“We need to earn the right to be in those big games by winning our share of games now. And then we can use this stability with players in the right positions to have some control.”Many pundits have suggested that this Saints team isn’t as strong as previous versions – and Brown had this to say:“You have to pick the right point in the game to be flamboyant. I know in the past it sometimes has been you score six and we will score seven. We have to do things differently but I don’t want to take the natural talents away.“Look at Jonny Lomax; I thought he was the best player on the pitch today. His natural talent is full back, it is his position. He will make people sit up with his skills. Most modern full backs play like half backs – the best full backs can do that. Sam Tomkins is the same but him and Jonny possess different skills don’t they? If you want to promote the ball and make your teammates good through silky skills then Jonny is your man.“Everyone should know that Paul Wellens is very comfortable with where he will play. He will be one of the first players picked – he is important to our club and the dynamics of how we will play. They will both be in the team.“I know people have panicked about us – the media will do that and the fans want to win all the time. St Helens fans are wonderful; they turn up in their droves and you saw that with the back stand today. St Helens fans are used to winning and I appreciate that. But I understand where the team is trying to get to and it does take time. Tonight was a good result for us and to be able to come here and win shows we are moving forward. We have to back that up next week.”last_img read more

LANGTREE Park will host the Tetleys Challenge Cup

first_imgLANGTREE Park will host the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Semi Final clash between Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves on August 9 (2.30pm).The 17,980-venue will host its third major event after the England v Exiles clash in 2012 and Australia v Fiji in 2013.Leigh Sports Village will host the tie between Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers at day later.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “We are delighted that Langtree Park has been selected to hold its first Challenge Cup Semi Final game. We believe it is now the best and highest quality venue in rugby league and it is fulfilling that the RFL has accorded it due recognition.”RFL Marketing Director Mark Foster said: “We are anticipating huge demand for tickets for what will be two compelling Tetley’s Challenge Cup ties and our advice to fans is to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment.“Langtree Park and Leigh Sports Village are perfect venues for the semi-finals and will provide terrific backdrops to some high drama as the four clubs showcase the sport to a national television audience.“In selecting the venues, we have looked at similar criteria as we did when choosing where to place games for the Rugby League World Cup: one of the big considerations was venues that give us every chance of selling out and creating the very best atmosphere to reflect the stature of Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-finals.”Tickets for the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-finals go on sale at all four clubs, and from the Rugby League Ticket Hotline – 0844 856 1113 or www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk – from 9.00am on Monday June 16.We will have hospitality details shortly.last_img read more

WE will be readySaints are just 80 minutes away

first_img“WE will be ready!”Saints are just 80 minutes away from the Grand Final with Warrington Wolves standing between them and a date at Old Trafford.Keiron Cunningham’s side head to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the third time this year on Thursday, but this time the stakes couldn’t be higher.“The place will be rocking and we will be ready for the game,” he said. “They have been in good form; probably the form side of this period of the comp but we will go there and have a good crack at it.“We know what people have been saying about us and that we are classed as a potential slip up. That suits us.“We know we have to go there and do a good job against a Warrington side who missing some key players went and did a superb job at Hull.“It would have been nice to go through the Super 8s system unbeaten but we finished strongly. We had a patched up side at the weekend and got there in the end. I thought Theo (Fages) did a good job as did Olly Davies. He hasn’t had a lot of game time in Super League and played a bit at 9, up front and in the back row.“We are relatively fit and we let James Roby put his feet up last week as we want to use him to his fullest towards the end of the season.”In the build up to Thursday’s clash, Super League’s Dream Team was announced for 2016 – with Hull providing six members and Thursday’s opponents four.Cunningham said whilst it was understandable that no Saints were named some of his side would be disappointed.“It is a true reflection of how the year has gone and I think it is good for the game as a whole that Hull dominate it,” he explained. “They deserve that for what they have achieved this season.“If we had been a touch better in the middle part of the year then I’m sure there would have been some Saints in there too.“There will be a few players disappointed but when you match them up to a Hull side that won the Cup and finished near the top then you understand their selection.”Tickets for Thursday’s game are close to selling out. Saints have around 300 remaining at the time of writing.You can buy them from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here. Please note tickets bought online or over the phone are now for collection only.last_img read more

First Team

first_imgThe Giants were impressive in the in 14-6 win over the Warriors at the DW Stadium in what was their first triumph of the Super League season. The Saints boss believes Simon Woolford’s improving side will be a test, but is sure that if the Red Vee can show the level of consistency we have shown in the first five rounds, Saints can pick up the win.“Huddersfield had a good win over Wigan at the weekend which will give them some confidence. They have got a big strong pack of forwards and some powerful outside backs so they carry the ball strongly and it is up to us to keep going the way we are, he said. “For us we have to continue playing the way we are and we are looking forward to the game.“Our last two wins have been fantastic and against London we were unlucky not to score another four or five tries and I am really happy with the last two weeks. If we can keep playing that way we will get some more wins up.“It’s easy to say, ‘keep playing the way we are playing’, but it’s hard to do and our players are doing that and that is probably why we are the only side who haven’t lost yet because we are consistent and that’s a credit to the playing group and we have to continue.”Saints kept the Broncos scoreless in the win at the Totally Wicked on Friday and Holbrook has put down the impressive defensive showings to hard work on the training field.“We probably had one bad half of defending against Leeds and outside of that we have defended really well this year and we are hoping we continue,” he continued.“It’s down to simple hard work. They are a great bunch of guys that listen and learn a lot and they are working really hard and that shows.”Theo Fages picked up the Man of the Match award in the victory over the capital rivals and Holbrook is pleased with how the Frenchman has started the season, whilst he also reserved special praise for Aaron Smith who was a late inclusion following the injury to James Roby and the pair were both named in the 19 man squad for the trip to Yorkshire tomorrow. “Theo has always been a good player and he has really settled in the team nicely. He has been getting better every week and is controlling the side really well and he had a fantastic game for us against London. We had to play with a lot of pace as a team as London were defending really well and we stayed patient and a lot of that goes to Theo, Jonny [Lomax] and Lachlan [Coote]. He is kicking the ball well as well and he is getting better every week.“I also thought Aaron [Smith] played terrific for us. Robes could have potentially played, but he had a niggling injury and we chose not to play him. We have a lot of confidence in Aaron, he is a great young player who has shown he is up to a start when called upon.”last_img read more

Deputies make quick arrest after bank robbery in Monkey Junction

first_imgMan wanted in connection with armed bank robbery on August 28, 2018. (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man suspected of robbing a bank in New Hanover County Tuesday afternoon wasn’t on the run for very long. About an hour after the crime, deputies made an arrest.New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office tweeted around 12:40 p.m. that they were investigating a robbery at the SunTrust Bank on South College Road in Monkey Junction.- Advertisement – A sheriff’s office spokesman says the man came into the bank, tossed a bag to the teller and she looked at him questionably. He indicted he had a gun in his jacket but no one saw it.Deputies say, with the help from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, 56-year-old Dean Hansen was arrested.No one was hurt.Related Article: Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram postHansen is in jail under a $100,000 secured bond.last_img read more

Big and vicious Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

first_imgWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains.Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and wring itself out for days, unloading 1 to 2½ feet of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.- Advertisement – Forecasters and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously and minced no words in describing the threat.“This storm is a monster. It’s big and it’s vicious. It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane,” said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.He added: “The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different. Don’t bet your life on riding out a monster.”Related Article: Wilmington City Council gets hurricane recovery updatePresident Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and South Carolina and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. He said the federal government is “absolutely, totally prepared” for Florence.All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast. But getting out of harm’s way could prove difficult.Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from South Carolina to Ohio and Pennsylvania could get deluged.People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes, pull their boats out of the water and get out of town.A line of heavy traffic moved away from the coast on Interstate 40, the main route between the port city of Wilmington and inland Raleigh. Between the two cities, about two hours apart, the traffic flowed smoothly in places and became gridlocked in others because of fender-benders.Only a trickle of vehicles was going in the opposite direction, including pickup trucks carrying plywood and other building materials.Long lines formed at service stations, and some started running out of gas as far west as Raleigh, with bright yellow bags, signs or rags placed over the pumps to show they were out of order. Some store shelves were picked clean.“There’s no water, there’s no juices, there’s no canned goods,” Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington.At 5 p.m., the storm was centered 785 miles (1,260 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 mph (253 kph) or higher.The storm’s coastal surge could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet of water in spots, projections showed.“This one really scares me,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.Federal officials begged residents to put together emergency kits and have a plan on where to go.“This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks. It’s going to destroy infrastructure. It’s going to destroy homes,” said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C.One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so “you start to wonder what these models know that we don’t,” said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.Rain measured in feet is “looking likely,” he said.The storm forced people to cut their vacations short along the coast.Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full Southern experience during her 10-week RV vacation: hot weather, good food, beautiful beaches and, finally, a hurricane evacuation.Florence interrupted her stay on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It took Matheson and her husband nearly the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island .“It was so beautiful. The water was fabulous. Eighty-five degrees,” Matheson said, pausing a moment. “I guess that’s a big part of the problem.”Florence could slam the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel , which hit in 1954 with 130 mph (209 kph) winds. The Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.In the six decades since, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.Florence’s projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive.North Carolina’s governor issued what he called a first-of-its-kind mandatory evacuation order for North Carolina’s fragile barrier islands from one end of the coast to the other. Typically, local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations.“We’ve seen nor’easters and we’ve seen hurricanes before,” Cooper said, “but this one is different.”last_img read more

Local employees wanted for disaster recovery jobs

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (Press Release) — North Carolinians looking for full-time temporary work now have an opportunity to be part of the team to help their state recover from Hurricane Florence, and to learn first-hand about the recovery process.The Federal Emergency Management Agency is advertising open temporary positions. If you are interested in working with FEMA, you can go to www.usajobs.gov to find available job opportunities.- Advertisement – Positions are posted as the need arises. FEMA will be here to help the people of North Carolina recover for as long as needed. Current open positions include administrative assistants and human resources specialists. Positions in accounting, planning, analytics, statistics, writing and editing, media relations, environmental sciences and construction management, among others, will be posted in the coming days. For some positions you may need a relevant college degree.If you are seeking a job with FEMA, you must be a U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older and have a valid government identification card, such as a driver’s license, passport, Social Security card, birth certificate or U.S Military ID. Before hiring, candidates will be subject to a complete background investigation.FEMA is committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation and the people we serve. The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non-disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation and any other non-merit factor.Related Article: 300 new jobs coming to long-shuttered Navassa plantFor more information on the North Carolina’s recovery, visit the disaster webpage at www.fema.gov/disaster/4393 and the North Carolina Emergency Management website at ncdps.gov.last_img read more

More area studentathletes announce college plans on Signing Day

first_imgWILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — A few high school athletes around the Cape Fear region didn’t sign yesterday during National Signing Day, but instead wait for Thursday. Below, is a list of athletes that put the pen to paper to continue their athletic careers in college.Coastal Christian High School:Carson Fuller (Volleyball) – Coker College- Advertisement – South Brunswick High School:Anna Shelton (Track & Field) – Campbell Universitylast_img

Moores Creek National Battlefield to reopen this week

first_imgA musket fire is prepared at the 240th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge (Photo: Madison Morgan/ WWAY). PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Moores Creek National Battlefield site is set to reopen this week after President Trump and Congressional leaders in Washington put an end to the partial government shutdown.The battlefield has been closed for more than a month now due to the shutdown.Park officials say they will reopen the park Monday.- Advertisement – Officials took to social media to say that, “after being away from the park for more than a month the park’s staff will take the next couple of days to ensure the facilities and trails are safe for our visitors.”The park’s visitor center will reopen Tuesday resuming their regular schedule.last_img read more

Florence destroys Pender County farm help comes from across country

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The winter is usually a slow time for most farmers, but one Burgaw farmer said this past winter was especially hard.Buron Lanier says the winter season is actually a pretty big feeding season for his cattle. One group from the Midwest is spending the week in Burgaw to help get the farm back on track.- Advertisement – “We just never catch up without an effort like this to come and get us back on our feet,” Lanier said. “All our grasses were drowned and a lot of them were underwater for several days. That was our winter feed and the water killed it. drowned it. And we didn’t have any winter feed.”Lanier says more than a hundred acres of land on his beef and cattle farm in Burgaw was completely underwater after Hurricane Florence.“We have about 130 acres of timber here on the farm that we graze cattle in, and we had a lot of downed trees,” Lanier said.Related Article: Carolina Beach budget proposal includes higher taxes, less policeLanier says that between downed trees and destroyed grass, the recovery process could take two years. This week they have back up though, all the way from Illinois.“When there’s a hurricane, there’s a disaster and devastating damage, and then it’s forgotten. But the people that are recovering from these hurricanes, it goes on for months and months, and even years,” Jerry Druhan said.Druhan and The Fellowship of Christian Farmers have helped farmers all over country. His team is spending the week helping Lanier.Lanier says the damage will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. He says this is an opportunity to rebuild stronger.“This is a time to correct our mistakes, rebuild with what knowledge we know now and to be able to have a better operation in the future I think, after this recovery effort,” Lanier said.Lanier says the progress they have made this week is more than he ever could have done on his own. He says they hope to get some funding from federal and state organizations soon.last_img read more

Teacher of the Week inspires students to dream big

first_img “It’s a labor of love,” White said.During our visit to the school, she was teaching students about the importance of creating a “vision board” showing what they want for their future. She also told them how referring to one’s vision board daily can serve to motivate and encourage a person to pursue their passion.“If they see it every day, they will begin to believe that they can achieve it,” White said. “Everything they do everyday in these classrooms matters, every assignment everyday, is going to get them closer to that goal.”Related Article: Hampstead American Legion Post 167 to host live comedy eventStudents and staff compare White’s class to “boot camp” and when it comes to their work, White says she’s not willing to compromise her standards or expectations for excellence.“I care enough to tell you that it was horrible,” she said. “Do it again because I feel that I am making champions and I’m making winners and when you’re an athlete and you’re going for that Olympic gold medal, your coach is not going to say that’s pretty good. He’ll say do it again and again and again until you’re so good, you outshine the rest.”A former student nominated White writing, “She’s a role model like no other.”Because of White’s dedication to students, WWAY and Mattress and Furniture Liquidators, we would like to recognize her as this week’s — Teacher of the Week.Since these students take college-level courses by their sophomore year of high school, BCECHS Principal Cheri Skaggs says its important for them to be determined and motivated.“Ms. White is the teacher that students can look to if they need to believe more in themselves she shares a lot of her personal stories with students as far as how her career change over time, how she had to make some tough choices to make sure that her goals where met,” Skaggs said.Listening to White lead class or interact with students is nothing less than inspiring. She even shares personal stories about overcoming adversity.“Even when I stumble and have those bad days, I remember, I can do this because I want to do this because I’m an achiever and I can overcome and I want them to have that same spirit because if you don’t have that you’re going to lie down, you’re not going to move and your life is going to be pretty much over,” she said. “Be the victor, not the victim.”There’s one really remarkable thing she does at the end of each school year for each of her students.“I write a personal letter to each of my students letting them know how much they touched my life, every year, I have written over, probably by now, over a thousand handwritten letters to my students to give them more of a reinforcement that I believe in you and I know that you can and go forward with your dreams and I’m always here for you so that they have that support,” White said.Regardless of these students’ home life or any struggles they may face down the road, they’ll not soon forget having White walking with them on this part of their academic journey.You can nominate a teacher making an impact on students in your area here. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Walk the halls at Brunswick County Early College High School and you’ll see the school’s mascot prominently displayed. The “firebird” represents rising from ashes to fly again.That’s a lesson every ninth grader learns in Alise White’s “Freshman Success” program. Every student enrolled at the school must take her class.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Sweet n Savory ends Kickstarter campaign for second location

first_img Restaurant managers posted on social media they knew the concept of co-creating and sharing profits of a new location with the community was an idealistic long shot, but decided to take a leap of faith to see what happened.With its Kickstarter campaign running for about 10 days now, they have decided to focus on more traditional funding through private debt in order to open by their planned date in September. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Plans are on the back burner for Sweet n Savory Cafe to use crowd-sourced funding for expansion.The Wilmington-based restaurant still plans to open a second location in Leland.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Airtel Uganda launches Airtel Zone

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Uganda has launched a new product, Airtel Zone in Northern and Midwestern regions of Uganda. With this product, customers will enjoy dynamic discounts on all local voice calls to all networks.This will ensure that customers call t cheaper rates across all networks and will be able to save up to 99% on Airtel to Airtel calls and up to 40% on calls to other networks. This means that customers will be able to call for as low as 3/= per minute.When contacted for a comment, the Managing Director Airtel Uganda, Mr. V. G. Somasekhar stated;“This is yet another innovation to ease the lives of Ugandans and increase the quality of their communication experience. Customers will be able to call for much less and save a lot more on local calls than has previously been possible. We appreciate the fact that these regions form a large percentage of the bread basket of Uganda and since communication is a key aspect of business, Airtel is happy to come in and aid where we can.” – Advertisement – Airtel has invested 194 sites in these regions contributing to 13% of all sites in the country.On 5th February Airtel also launched a new partnership with UGO to avail all her customers with free local content through www.ugo.co.ug   and has also availed a 50% bonus on all Airtel Internet pacakges.last_img read more

Smile Communications Introduces Weekly Unlimited data bundle

first_imgUnlimited Data. Image Credit: All4Desktop Advertisement Looks like Smile Communications Uganda is fulling embracing “Unlimited data bundles.” The company has today introduced the Weekly SmileUnlimited data bundle.The data bundle comes at UGX 75,000 with speeds capped at 2MBps. It has a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) of 7GB after which the speeds drop to 512Kpbs.The Company last week launched its VoLTE service offering,  which comes with an Android app and iOS app for those whose phones don’t support VoLTE, and their calls are charged off your data. – Advertisement – If we are to compare Smile’s weekly Unlimited with Vodafone Uganda‘s, Smile is slightly more expensive.Vodafone’s weekly unlimited comes at UGX 69,900 with speeds capped at 2MBps. FUP is at 8GB after which speeds drop to 128Kbps.last_img read more

WordPress secures rights to manage blog domains

first_imgAdvertisement Later, this year, you will be able to get yourself a .blog domain extension, after Automattic, parent company to WordPress.com, secured the rights to manage the sale and registration of .blog domains.The news were made known through a post on WordPress’ official blog though they did not say how much the new top-level domains (TLDs) will cost.Domain registration prices are still being finalized, but they will be in the standard range for new top-level domains with some premium pricing for higher-value names. – Advertisement – The domain names will become available through traditional timeframes such as “sunrise” (the period during which trademark owners can purchase domain names) and “landrush” (the time in which applications can be received prior to general availability).You can sign up here to receive updates about .blog availability.last_img read more