Local authorities are refusing to take simple meas

first_imgLocal authorities are refusing to take simple measures that will provide new legal protection from discrimination for wheelchair-users who want to travel by taxi.On 6 April, the government finally brought into force legislation that imposes fines of up to £1,000 on drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles who refuse to accept wheelchair-users, try to charge them extra, or fail to provide them with appropriate assistance.But the new laws only apply in those areas where the local authority has drawn up a list of all the wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire vehicles in their area.Even though the government has been encouraging councils to start drawing up such lists for the last seven years, early responses to freedom of information requests sent by a disabled activist to every council that licenses taxis in England, Scotland and Wales have revealed that many are refusing to draw up the lists.So far, about one in four of the councils that have replied to Doug Paulley (pictured) have said that they do not intend to draw up a list, so rendering the new laws useless in those areas.Among those so far to have told him they have no plans to draw up a list are Hertsmere (in Hertfordshire), Oldham, Telford and Wrekin (in Shropshire), Stratford-on-Avon, Epping Forest (in Essex), Suffolk Coastal and Waveney (in Suffolk).A spokeswoman for Hertsmere Borough Council confirmed to Disability News Service (DNS) that they do not maintain a list and “don’t have plans to”, although all taxis in the borough must be wheelchair-accessible and drivers must undertake training in handling wheelchairs, while private hire drivers receive a discount on their licence if their vehicle is wheelchair-accessible.A spokesman for Oldham Council confirmed that they had told Paulley that they do not have a list and had no plans to draw one up, but told DNS that although they “don’t have a list at present” the issue “will be discussed with the Licensing Committee in June”.Telford and Wrekin Council, which told Paulley that they “have not produced and do not have any plans to produce a list”, told DNS that all of its taxis had been wheelchair-accessible since 1998, that it provided disability awareness training to all new drivers, and that its licensing service can already deal with drivers who refuse to carry a wheelchair-user, overcharge them or fail to provide assistance.The council said in a statement: “We have no current evidence that there is a problem within Telford and Wrekin. “As we said in our response to the freedom of information request, should it come to light that there is a problem in the borough regarding our licensed drivers, we will review the situation. “We have not said that the council will not maintain a list of designated vehicles… we merely do not propose to introduce one at this time.”Although Epping Forest District Council said in its freedom of information response that it did not keep a list and had no plans to draw one up, it told DNS that it was now the council’s intention “to consult with members over this in the near future”.Stratford-on-Avon District Council said in its freedom of information response that it did not keep a list and had no plans to draw one up, but after this was queried by Paulley and DNS a spokeswoman claimed that it “hasn’t drawn up a list, but it is intending to” and that it had “already pursued enforcement action where there have been incidences of discrimination”.Two other councils, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District, originally told Paulley that they had no list and “no scheduled plan to produce such a list” although they did not rule out drawing one up in the future.But after being contacted by DNS, the councils, which work closely together, said they were “looking to produce one within this year”, while both offer a 50 per cent reduction in licence fees if a vehicle is wheelchair-accessible, and neither “has any complaints on record relating to wheelchair users not being assisted in the correct manner and no reports of excess fees being charged”.The new laws, included in the Equality Act 2010 as sections 165 and 167, affect England, Wales and Scotland, and were first included in the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 but were never brought into force.The government finally agreed to act last May, after a hugely-critical report on the impact of equality laws on disabled people by the House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and disability committee.But taxis and private hire vehicles are only obliged to follow the new rules if they are fully wheelchair-accessible, and it is up to each local authority to decide how to define “wheelchair-accessible”, and whether they will draw up a list.Paulley has already warned that that the new laws could provide far less protection for wheelchair-users than had been hoped, because they only apply if local authorities co-operate with the new legislation.last_img read more

A Primer on the SF DAs Police Accountability Report

first_img 0% •       “Those guys are pretty stupid! Ask some dumb ass questions you would expect from a black rookie! Sorry if they are your buddies!”•        “I’m just leaving it like it is, painting KKK on the sides and calling it a day!”•        “Cross burning lowers blood pressure! I did the test myself!”Note: Ian Furminger, an officer at the Mission District station who was among the 14 officers involved in what became known as textgate, was recently sentenced to 41 months in prison for other charges – stealing from suspects.  The 13 other offices involved in textgate remain on the SFPD payroll, some attempts have been made to discipline or fire the officers, but so far, the courts have ruled that the texts are too old to prosecute the officers.In its report, published last July, the Panel reviews the current state of affairs at the SFPD, making some 81 recommendations for change including Use of Force policy, Internal and External Oversight.Why the Blue Ribbon Panel?Based on the text messages, the DA convened the Panel to investigate the existence and extent of institutional bias (racism/sexism/homophobia) within the SFPD.Since the establishment of the Panel, Mario Woods, Luis Gongora and Jessica Williams have been killed by police officers on duty, and a second text message scandal emerged.Although locally focused the Report also responds to a growing alienation around the country between police departments and the communities, particularly the communities of color, they police.Who Is On the Blue Ribbon Panel?The Panel was comprised of three former judges from outside San Francisco: Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, Justice Cruz Reynoso, Judge Dickran M. Tevrizian.  Several downtown law firms staffed working groups with pro bono attorneys. The working groups studied the issue areas thought to be relevant to the question of institutional bias. Those areas include:• Stops, Searches, and Arrests• Personnel• Use of Force and Officer-Involved Shootings• Internal Discipline• External Oversight• Brady Policies and Practices• Culture• Crime DataWhat are the main takeaways from the Report?The Panel makes no sweeping generalizations. Its conclusions are expressed in a series of findings and recommendations. Overall the Panel identifies significant deficiencies with respect to policy, practice, training, oversight, discipline, data collection, analysis and transparency.For example, the Use of Force policy has not been formally reviewed for over 20 years, and is seriously out of date, according to the report.  On the other hand, the Panel considers the existing policy prohibiting biased policing to be in line with “best practices” around the country. The problem is how those best practices are applied, according to the report.One of the main issues raised nationally has been whether police unfairly target racial  minorities for stops and detentions. The Panel found available data indicating significant racial disparities in the SFPD with respect to traffic stops.Although records are kept on traffic stops, data on other stops is either inconsistent or non-existent, the Panel found. Racial data is not collected on any stops other than traffic stops. The traffic stop program began in 2001, but the panel found it is already outdated and evidence points to considerable non-compliance with its requirements.A recent city ordinance mandates data collection and regular analysis and reporting on all stops. Implementation, however, is not required until 2019.For a city that considers itself the epicenter of the tech transformation, the sections on the Department’s data collection, analysis and reporting will inspire many heads to shake in disbelief.In 2015, the SFPD published two sets of crime statistics. The Department has not clarified the cause of the discrepancy. Over the past five years, SFPD crime data reporting has diminished, according to the Panel.Although the Department may seem stuck in the 1980s with respect to data, readers may feel sections dealing with accountability and discipline stretch back to the 1950s.The Report found that the internal discipline process is “opaque.” For example, when the Panel requested that the SFPD provide it with the number of bias complaints investigated or sustained over the last five years, the SFPD could not respond to the request because it did not track this data, or the outcomes of its disciplinary cases.External oversight provided by the Police Commission and the Office of Citizen Complaints don’t help much. The Panel found Complaints made to the Office of Citizen Complaints rarely result in disciplinary consequences (under 10% of claims were sustained), and when they do, the discipline imposed is almost always mild.Is the Report worth reading?It depends how interested you are in the recent trials and tribulations of law enforcement in San Francisco. It is not a “good read” or at 250 pages (plus appendices) a particularly fast one. The over-lawyerly language as expected, doesn’t help. The recommendations are in line with President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was fully endorsed by the SFPD.There are two relatively juicy sections, the sub-chapter on Methodology and the chapter on Culture. They also offer a sense of why making reforms will not be easy.The Panel was a creation of the DA’s office and did not have the power to compel testimony, document production or even polite cooperation from the SFPD. Because the SFPD was less than forthcoming, the main question regarding institutional bias could not be answered with any kind of specificity or certainty.From the outset, the Police Officers Association (the Police Union) bitterly opposed the project. Martin  Halloran, the police union’s president, accused DA George Gascon of political grandstanding:Mr. Gascón’s attack on our department regarding our supposed “systemic racism” is self-serving and baseless. For someone who has bragged of his involvement in prior police scandals, it is baffling and astounding that he would use inappropriate text messaging by a handful of our officers to attempt to tarnish our entire department.The sub-chapter on Methodology describes, sometimes in gory detail, the passive-aggressive cooperation the Department offered the Panel when it sought documents, testimony or data. Denial, delay, slow-walking, under-staffing were among the common bureaucratic tactics employed to annoy the Panelists if not subvert the process entirely.In reply, the Report lets loose on the Police Officers Association in the chapter on SFPD Culture.  In the Introduction, the Panel sets up its case.It is common sense that a law enforcement agency ‘can have the best policies in the world, but if [its] institutional culture doesn’t support them, they won’t work.The Chapter on Culture makes clear the Panel thinks the SFPD culture has got to change. Big Time.The Panel’s work on Culture at the SFPD was based entirely on interviews with current and past SFPD officers. There were two sets of interviewees. One set was comprised of officers suggested by the police union. These officers agreed to individual instances of racism, but no evidence in their experience would point to widespread or institutional bias.The second group was comprised of officers who testified to the panel confidentially. These officers, including President of Officers for Justice Sergeant Yulanda Williams, stated categorically that, based on their experience, widespread discrimination and systemic bias exists within the SFPD.Finally, the Panel takes note of a group of officers who did not testify for fear of retaliation by the SFPD or the POA. They may have had reason.After her testimony, which detailed the reasons she gave for the existence of institutional bias, Halloran, the police union president, sent an open letter to Sergeant Williams complaining that her testimony was “self-centered and grossly unfair.”Sergeant Williams viewed the Halloran letter as an open threat, saying she felt “unsafe on patrol” and “a personal attack against me and my constitutional rights of freedom of speech…. It sends a clear message that when you go against what they believe in you are then considered an outsider, an outcast and they attempt to slander your name.”What can we expect from the Board of Supervisors?For those hoping for local political dramatics and some possible fireworks, the meeting begins at 3 p.m. and is scheduled go last until 6 p.m.For those hoping for meaningful, remedial, action, don’t hold your breath. Though the Report portrays a City Department in dire need of reform, it has no official status, and its recommendations are just that, recommendations.As it is the first report off the block, it may provide the framework for further discussions and, with luck, contribute to the consolidation of the political will it will make to the changes the Report recommends.BRP Report by MissionLocal on Scribd Tags: SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img In the coming months, Mission Local will be looking into Policing the Mission within the context of the national conversation on police reform.  In that series, we will be diving deeper into the Report’s findings and recommendations, but this should prepare you for today’s hearings. The Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing today on a blue ribbon report on racism in the San Francisco Police Department. The report is the result of a year-long inquiry by a blue ribbon panel put together by the District Attorney George Gascón. It represents the first response to the troubles plaguing the SFPD. It won’t be the last.What is the Blue Ribbon Report?The Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement (the Panel) was an advisory body to the San Francisco District Attorney established in May 2015 in response to the release of racist and homophobic text messages from 14 police officers within the San Francisco Police Department.  Some examples that led officials to believe racism might be inherent:last_img read more

New Mission District Navigation Center opening with increased security

first_imgThere will also be more police officers present in the neighborhood.“We are going to increase police visibility and presence within a few blocks around the site,” said Lazar. At least one officer deployed with Mission Station currently patrols the area, he said. “We will have a more  concentrated effort within a four to six block radius [of 1515 South Van Ness], all throughout the day, to make sure we are present and around,” said Lazar, but declined to say how many officers will be patrolling the area, calling it instead, “Just a slight increase.”The new Navigation Center is a joint effort of various city departments – including the San Francisco Police Department, Public Works and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing – to address homelessness in the district. “It’s about geography,” said Quezada, adding that clients of the 120-bed shelter will be admitted only if they currently stay in the area stretching from Division to Cesar Chavez streets, and from Potrero Avenue to Valencia Street. Clients will be allowed to stay for 30 to 60 days with some flexibility, he said. A homeless count released last week placed the number of homeless residents in the Mission at 510 – up from 410 in 2015. Homeless-related calls for service in the district have increased, a reflection of the city’s housed residents’ peaking frustrations with the visible and often heartbreaking reality of homelessness on their doorsteps. The Mission’s once sprawling tent encampments have long been deemed “unsafe and inhumane” by Ronen and other city leaders. Since last August some of the large scale encampments have been broken up or moved, but few have vanished entirely.Without adequate permanent supportive housing or shelter space – a citywide adult shelter wait list has some 1,100 individuals  – many of those removed from resolved encampments simply move a few blocks away.“The city cleared Division Street [last March], then people went into residential areas. The [neighbors’] complaints increased 40-60 percent, then they [responded] sweeps and encampment resolutions and folks were then pushed into more industrial areas,” said Kelley Cutler, a human rights advocate for the Coalition on Homelessness.“Lately what we are seeing now is sweeps there too. Nothing is being accomplished it’s making things worse,” she added. The new  Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. will add 120 beds to the Mission. Along with the city’s first Navigation Center, a 75-bed Center at 1950 Mission St., is one way to address the homeless residents who move from block to block and to connect the homeless to city services, said Quezada.“It’s not permanent housing, it’s not long term transitional. Its a Navigation Center, a way to plug people into broader system and help people figure out their journey out of homelessness,” said Quezada. The new Navigation Center will operate for six to nine months and was spearheaded by Ronen in an effort to provide immediate relief for the proliferation of tent encampments in the neighborhood.But since its planning stages, it has split neighbors along the lines of compassion and opposition – citing safety concerns, a group of neighbors protested its construction. “There is a lot of neighborhood concern around loitering – There are perceptions of the neighborhood overnight becoming what the neighborhood is like around 16th and Mission. It’s a different place,” said Quezada, referring to an existing Navigation Center at 16th and Mission streets.  “We actively discourage loitering in front of the facility. “In past months the department heads have met to address operational and security concerns.  Talk of a fixed police post on the site of the new center earlier this week stirred advocates for the homeless, who decried an enforcement-heavy approach to address homelessness in the area. “There’s always the concern when the response to homelessness is law enforcement,” said Cutler. “They are putting officers in a role they shouldn’t be in. We have a housing and health crisis and responding with law environment makes no sense.”But Quezada said that the department’s social workers will be at the forefront of moving homeless campers off the streets and into the shelter.  “We always lead with social services. But we do have an interest in keeping streets clean and healthy,” he said. “We are trying to get people off the streets and to a better life, that’s our goal. The police department shares our goal. The police department has other goals around public safety and we support them.”With the temporary center’s limited operation, the question remains of what happens once the clients’ stays end. “A huge concern is .. the police enforcement for those people [who] go back to the street after nine months,” said Cutler. A temporary Navigation Center uniquely serving the Mission’s homeless population is set to open its doors on Monday and will come with bolstered police patrols near its  location at 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, as well as a private security guard on site. “We will have private security – and not make it a large police presence at the Navigation Center,” said Commander David Lazar, of the San Francisco Police Department’s Community Engagement Division. “We want people to be free to go and not be intimidated. We have a role as police officers to make sure people are safe.”Randy Quezada, the spokesperson for city’s Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that a security firm will be contracted by the San Vincent De Paul Society,  the nonprofit that will manage the center. The details, including the name of the firm, have not yet been released. A guard and the center’s staff will be on site at all hours, said Quezada. In a community meeting on the matter in early May, Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen and other city department heads involved in the center’s build-out and operations promised a dedicated police patrol for the area.   Tags: homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

SAINTS are continuing their preparations for Super

first_imgSAINTS are continuing their preparations for Super League XIX with a number of sessions designed to increase endurance, stamina and game readiness.Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels has been putting the players through their paces and invited us down to see their latest session!Saints will kick off their Super League campaign with a trip to Warrington on Thursday February 13 before hosting Hull FC eight days later in a blockbusting Langtree Park opener.Before then Nathan Brown’s men take on Batley (January 24) and Wigan (January 31) in pre-season friendlies.To buy tickets for these matches click here or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.Mobile users can see the video here.last_img read more

THE Champions will get their first taste of the 20

first_imgTHE Champions will get their first taste of the 2015 campaign when they host Widnes Vikings in a friendly this coming Sunday (3pm)Keiron Cunningham is likely to give all his fit squad members a run out in the traditional Karalius Cup match which is part of the side’s preparation for the new season.Widnes have already played their first game of the pre-season – a 16-0 reverse at Warrington last Wednesday – so Denis Betts will be looking to further fine tune his team ahead of their Super League opener against Wigan.Saints will also face Wigan (Jan 25) and Rochdale (Jan 30 – St Helens Select Team) as they build up to their first game of the First Utility Super League season with Catalan.Tickets for the game are on sale from Langtree Park – as well as being available on the turnstiles.They are priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and Juniors £5 (Solarking South and Totally Wicked North Stands) and £10 (adult) £8 (concession), £5 (Junior) (Hatton’s Solicitors West Terrace).Hospitality packages are also available. Click here for more information.last_img read more

Police Uber driver claims woman overdosed before dumping body

first_imgCharles Hunt Jr. was charged with concealing/failure to report the death of a person. (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Following up on a tip, Horry County Police arrested a Myrtle Beach man for dumping the body of a woman who was thought to be missing.According to the incident report filed by Horry County Police Officer Emilie Hardwick, police received a tip at 11 p.m. Dec. 30 that Charles Rayford Hunt, 40, had dumped the body of Kathleen Capra in the woods in Columbus County. Detective Josh Johnson went to Capra’s home and spoke with her father, who said she had been missing since the previous night after she was picked up by someone, although Capra’s father couldn’t say with whom his daughter left.- Advertisement – Click here to read more at WBTW.comlast_img read more

WPD adds ice cream truck to make a sweet impact to community

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police is adding a new vehicle to their fleet, an ice cream truck! It’s all in an effort to make a sweet impact in the community.The refurbished work van, which was donated for the effort recently, under-went about $2,000 worth of upgrades, including decals that read “The Frozen Five-O”, a freezer and a loud speaker that plays music.- Advertisement – The idea for the truck was the vision of Assistant Police Chief Jim Varrone. Varrone says he began thinking about his childhood and the neighborhood ice cream truck that visited his neighborhood.“The neighborhood ice cream man, Charlie came to mind. I was always amazed at Charlie. Charlie knew all the kids, and most of their parents. He always looked out for the neighborhood kids. Charlie was highly regarded by the community because he took the time to get to know the kids. He truly cared. He even remembered birthdays” said Jim Varrone.Related Article: Operation BBQ Relief to end operations SundayThe idea was brought to the Wilmington Police Department as part of the agency’s on-going community relation campaign.“We’re always going to have to arrest the bad guys out there,” Varrone said. “That’s never going to go away unfortunately, but we need to be able to capture our youth and have conversations and let them get to know us and let them get to know the people behind the badge. Let them know that we’re also there to protect them but also be their friends and help them.”Varrone says the truck will only have pre-packaged ice cream but no soft serve.Frozen Five-O will start up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.last_img read more

Williston alumni discuss schools legacy at Cape Fear Museum

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sunday at the Cape Fear Museum, an event was held to discuss and honor New Hanover County’s only African-American high school for more than 40 years.Although Brown V. Board of Education was decided in 1954, North Carolina schools remained segregated into the late 1960’s.- Advertisement – Sunday, alumni of Williston School shared how disappointed they were in 1968 to hear the school would close, and students would be sent to New Hanover and Hoggard High Schools.Those who attended the school during this transition, say Williston felt like a family, and they were treated very badly by white students once they integrated.last_img read more

4th of July Where you can watch fireworks

first_img Surf City will also hold 4th of July festivities Tuesday starting at 5:30 p.m. at Soundside Park.The fun in downtown Wilmington kicks off along the riverfront Wednesday starting at 6 p.m.The biggest festival in our area is in Southport, where the NC 4th of July Festival holds its fireworks display is at 9 p.m. Wednesday.Related Article: Hampstead neighbors block off private roads to beach trafficDown in Myrtle Beach, you can see fireworks both Tuesday and Wednesday in a variety of locations.Broadway at the Beach After the Game Tuesday at 10 p.m.Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ TicketReturn.com Field TuesdayBroadway at the Beach at 10 p.m. WednesdaySecond Avenue Pier at 10 p.m. WednesdayBroadway at the Beach at 10 p.m. FridaySurfside Drive 6 p.m. Wednesday (No town fireworks)Cherry Grove Pier from 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. WednesdayMurrells Inlet Boat Parade at noon Wednesday WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/WBTW) — The 4th of July is just days away and there are lots of celebrations planned in communities across the Cape Fear.Carolina Beach will host its celebration Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Boardwalk.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Preemie baby heads home for Christmas after 6 months in NICU

first_img Preemie baby Arielle is heading home for Christmas after months in the NICU. (Photo: Autumn Murphy) 1 of 4 Preemie baby Arielle is heading home for Christmas after months in the NICU. (Photo: Crystal Baker) Preemie baby Arielle is heading home for Christmas after months in the NICU. (Photo: Autumn Murphy/Crystal Baker) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This story will melt your heart!New Hanover Regional Medical Center shared photos of a preemie baby who is finally heading home for her first Christmas after being in the NICU for months.- Advertisement – The hospital says Arielle spent 190 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Preemie baby Arielle is heading home for Christmas after months in the NICU. (Photo: Crystal Baker) Preemie baby Arielle is heading home for Christmas after months in the NICU. (Photo: Crystal Baker)last_img read more

Fire destroys Leland home

first_img The house sustained significant damage and was believed to be a complete loss. Everyone inside the home was able to get out without injury.The roof reportedly collapsed while firefighters were attempting to extinguish the flames.Leland Fire and Rescue received assistance from Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department, Navassa Volunteer Fire Department, New Hanover County Fire, Northwest Volunteer Fire Department and Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire at a Brunswick County home Saturday night.The fire was in the Magnolia Greens subdivision at 1108 Parkmore Court and reported around 9:36 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Delivery of new crane to port will close part of river Monday

first_img The temporary safety zone will close a large portion of the Cape Fear River to vessel traffic for approximately five to seven hours affecting all navigable waters about 26 miles south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge until the ship is safely moored at the port, according to a news release.The Coast Guard says commercial vessels moored at facilities within the safety zone must depart prior to midnight Sunday, and no vessel is authorized to moor, transit or remain within the river while the safety zone is in effect.The Coast Guard says it will enforce a second safety zone for approximately two to four hours on separate days for the offload of a Neo-Panamax crane. The zone will include all of the waters within a 200-yard radius around the motor vessel Zhen Hua 25 while moored at Berth Eight at the port.Related Article: Flower farm damaged by Hurricane Florence busy prepping for Valentine’s DayVessel traffic south of the port will not be impacted during the second safety zone.In a news release yesterday, the port said ship delivering the crane will start up the river around 7:30 a.m. Monday and arrive around 10:30 a.m.This is the third neo-Panamax crane the port has received. The crane is part of NC Ports’ $200 million capital improvements program. The addition of the third crane will allow the Port of Wilmington to accommodate two ultra-large container vessels side-by-side in a two-berth operation.If you have any questions concerning the closure of the Cape Fear River, please contact the Waterways Management Division at NCmarineevents@uscg.mil or Coast Guard personnel at (910) 772-2230. Two neo-Panamax cranes make their way to the Port of Wilmington in March 2018. (Photo: NC Ports) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Boaters be warned. The delivery of a new crane for the Port of Wilmington will close a long stretch of the Cape Fear River from Wilmington southward Monday.The Coast Guard says a temporary safety zone is scheduled on the Cape Fear River for the the 776-foot motor vessel Zhen Hua 25.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Ukrainian comedian wins Presidential election exit polls suggest

first_img A woman walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 1 of 15 A man walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi <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> A voter with a dog visits a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukrainian actor and candidate in the upcoming presidential election, smiles as he waits backstage of a comedy show at a concert hall in Kiev, Ukraine February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoVolodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukrainian actor and candidate in the upcoming presidential election, smiles as he waits backstage of a comedy show at a concert hall in Kiev, Ukraine February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Exit polls in the Ukrainian Presidential election place comedian Volodymyr Zelensky as the country’s next leader.According to the run-off polls, the 41 year old Zelensky had received over 70% of the vote.This is a strong result following his domination of the first round three weeks ago in which there were 39 candidates in the running.If the exit polls are correct, Zelensky beats the current Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.The incumbent leader Petro Poroshenko has been leading Ukraine since 2014. As one of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs, he was at one point listed as 1,153rd on the Forbes Rich List (2012).Porshenko is understood to have only 25% of the vote and has admitted defeat at this point.Zelensky is best known for his political satirical show in which he portrays a character that becomes Ukrainian president by accident.He told his supporters that, ‘I will never let you down … While I am not formally president yet, as a citizen of Ukraine I can tell all post-Soviet countries: ‘Look at us! Everything is possible!’So, could fiction become reality? A voter stands inside a booth at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi A voter casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko A woman walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko People visit a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko A member of a local electoral commission takes part in preparations for the upcoming presidential election at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenkocenter_img A member of a local electoral commission takes part in preparations for the upcoming presidential election at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko A member of a local electoral commission takes part in preparations for the upcoming presidential election at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko WhatsApp A member of a local electoral commission takes part in preparations for the upcoming presidential election at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko SharePrint Judges attend a court hearing on appeal to annul comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s registration as presidential candidate in upcoming election in Kiev, Ukraine April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko People visit a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko A voter casts his ballot at a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko A man with a dog visits a polling station during the second round of a presidential election in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenkolast_img read more

MTN Uganda announces date for Kampala Marathon 2011

first_imgAdvertisement Last year, about 20,000 people ran the marathon, collecting Ushs. 230 million, part of which will be handed to the Uganda Red Cross and the rest to a number of other partners to execute water projects around the country, particularly in areas where vulnerable people have no access to clean and safe drinking water.Khumalo said MTN has always used the Kampala Marathon as an opportunity to involve thousands of Ugandans in charitable causes, which to date have collected close to Ushs 700 million. This has been used in a number of projects Northern and Eastern Uganda through the Uganda Red Cross over the years.“The Uganda Red Cross has consistently exhibited its care of duty by delivering on these projects, from the Mama Bag Kit Donations for internally displaced people in Northern Uganda that we purchased and distributed in the early years of the MTN Kampala Marathon, to the most recent water project in Lamwo District that has given close to 30,000 Ugandans guaranteed access to clean and reliable water.” Khumalo said. – Advertisement – “The Uganda Red Cross has consistently exhibited its care of duty by delivering on these projects, from the Mama Bag Kit Donations that we purchased and distributed in the early years of the MTN Kampala Marathon, to the most recent water project in Lamwo District that has given close to 30,000 Ugandans guaranteed access to clean and reliable water,” he added.Speaking at the same event, the Uganda Red Cross Secretary General, Mr. Michael Richard Nataka expressed gratitude to MTN for having chosen to work with the Red Cross to help save lives over the last 8 years. He also pledged the Uganda Red Cross would still be on hand in the Kampala Marathon 2011 to provide emergency services to all participants.“Working with MTN over the last 8 years has seen us achieve many of our goals in saving lives and we are glad that MTN chose to partner with us on various projects including our Mama Bag appeals and our water projects. We are partners with MTN in the Kampala Marathon and we will be on the routes providing emergency services for participants who require help,” said Mr. NatakaAt the Press Conference, MTN also unveiled this year’s Marathon campaign, which will run for the next six weeks to mobilise participants to take part in the MTN Kampala Marathon. MTN also announced the adoption of new technology to record participants speeds and times. The timing chips this year will be embedded in the participants’ bibs, which will ensure more accurate timing and reduce on the possibility of equipment damage during the race.last_img read more

Socialmatic InstagrammeetsPolaroid physical camera to ship in early 2014

first_imgAdvertisement ADR’s concept camera that lets you apply Instagram filters to photos you shoot and then print them directly from the camera will ship early next year.Instagram fans who want more instant gratification from the photo sharing service and social network are getting some help from Polaroid.In the first quarter of 2014, youll be able to buy a Polaroid-branded instant digital camera that will let you shoot photos, apply Instagram filters, share them on Facebook and Instagram, and print your snapshot on Polaroid-style paper. – Advertisement – The idea makes sense considering that both Polaroid and Instagram appeal to people because of their hipster vibes.It can’t be denied — tons of people get a kick out of Instagram. In fact, the service says more than 100 million people use it every month.The square-shaped Polaroid Socialmatic Camera is a concept developed by ADR and fittingly resembles Instagrams little square app icon. Although actual product specs have yet to be announced, when the concept was unveiled last May it was shown to feature interchangeable lenses, an LED flash, a touchscreen, optical zoom, 16GB of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and, of course, its own printer on board.Credit: DigitalArtsOnlinelast_img read more

TelexFree ponzi scheme or genuine money Source

first_imgAdvertisement Over the past months and days, i have been receiving invitations and demonstrations of Telexfree from all walks of people asking me to join and promising me great profits.I have been a web entrepreneur for quite sometime and i have been a victim of many schemes, some which promise Gold and deliver wood, and some will give you air after all your hard work.Today Morning a friend asked to meet me with a sense of urgency and after re-scheduling my appointments  and travelling through rain to meet him, he pitches to me his Gold mine “Telex-Free.” – Advertisement – TelexFREE, is an Internet-based service that requires new members to pay more than $1,570 and post three advertisement links to start earning $100  weekly. You can also join with a less amount(299 dollars) which will also give you a weekly earning of $20.By recruiting new members, one stands to earn bonuses, it claims. TelexFREE has been banned in Peru and Brazil, where it filed for bankruptcy protection  and is under investigation in the US, Rwanda and other countries around the world on suspicions that it could be a Ponzi scheme.TelexFREE is a multi-level Internet marketing scheme which uses VoIP technology to share advertisements online. All the members and active recruiters, maintains that the business is genuine.Apparently “You make money by posting links. If you don’t post links, you don’t make money.” Once one fails to post links they forfeit their investment!It means that you have to have Internet everyday, wherever you are, because if you fail to post you lose your money.Ted Nuyten, an international home-business marketing expert, such schemes usually collapse after more people join. When the business starts becoming passive and stagnated, the founders pull out, leaving hundreds, if not thousands, of complainants behind.In a review Mr Nuyten did for TelexFREE, he does not recommend people to join the scheme basing on some facts around the said business. He says the fact that it was banned in Brazil qualifies it as a Ponzi scheme.The fact that somebody was making money did not make the scheme legal or legitimate.TelexFree has contract purchases for advertising. You can purchase a contract for $299. Then you place 1 ad per day on free classified sites and the company pays you $20 per week. Or you can purchase the family pack for $1375 which allows you to place 5 ads per day and earn $100 per week. You can purchase 10 family packs placing 50 ads per day earning $1000 per week.Okay so that’s the quick overview. TelexFree sells a service that is basically the same as Skype unlimited world wide plan for $49.90 per month. That has nothing to do with how you earn money. You don’t receive commissions on that product. Instead you pay $299 and get $20 per week for “placing Ads” or you pay $1375 and get $100 a week for “placing more ads”. What they are saying is that you are buying a contract to be paid as an ad placer for TelexFree. Additionally if you recruit others you will earn more with the binary compensation plan.To me that is a Ponzi Scheme!I will leave the rest to you to decide. Give me your opinion in the comments section.Credit: Citizencorps  The EastAfricanlast_img read more

Facial Recognition Technology adopted to Help Conserve Lions in Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement The Lion Identification Network of Collaborators (LINC) has adopted the use of facial recognition software and images of the profiles of individual lions.The Kenya-based organisation is crowdfunded project from Lion Guardians, a conservation organization.LINC is in a collaborative effort with lion researchers helping them monitor population levels and where different lions travel in their migrations.across East Africa and software developers around the world. – Advertisement – The software development tool was led by IEF R&D in the USA and will use an open database paired with the latest computer vision techniques, accessed via an online web portal.Users will upload lion sightings onto LINC which will use facial recognition software to match the current observation with observations in the database by focusing on the specific facial elements that include whisker spots and eye markings.Previously,  lions could only be identified through photographs taken with high quality cameras and focusing on specific identification zones, such as whisker spots. Facial recognition of lions would open the door to millions of photographs taken of lions by the public and provide a platform to share that information, thereby vastly increasing knowledge of lion populations.Tracking efforts come with a host of difficulties: GPS transmitters are expensive. In addition, unlike leopards, cheetahs and tigers–whose spots and stripes make identification fairly easy–adult lions lack recognizable coat patterns.Within the next few months about 1,000 lions will be added to LINC.[Via]last_img read more

Google search chief Singhal to quit to be replaced by AI head

first_imgAmit Singhal, the longtime chief of google’s Internet search business, will be replaced by the head of the technology giant’s artificial intelligence business. Image C’redit: BBC Advertisement Google parent Alphabet Inc said Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of its Internet search business, will leave the company and be replaced by the head of the technology giant‘s artificial intelligence business.Amit Singhal, the longtime chief of google’s Internet search business. Image Credit: YTImgJohn Giannandrea, currently a vice president of engineering, will replace Singhal, a 15-year Google veteran, once he leaves on Feb. 26.“Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day,” Singhal wrote in a blog post.The appointment of Giannandrea, who joined Google in 2010, underlines the growing importance Silicon Valley is attaching to artificial intelligence technology. – Advertisement – Giannandrea led Google’s machine learning efforts, applying the technology to products such as image recognition for Google Photos search and the smart reply for Google Inbox.“Machine intelligence is crucial to our Search vision of building a truly intelligent assistant that connects our users to information and actions in the real world,” Google said in an emailed statement.[related-posts]The importance of AI has been highlighted in moves by other prominent companies.Elon Musk, Tesla Motors’ chief executive, and other prominent tech executives in December announced a $1 billion funding commitment to an AI non-profit.Apple Inc reportedly bought AI startup Emotient Inc last month.Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.[Reuters]last_img read more

Oh God I mean oh good its Sunderland again

first_imgSunderland v StokePremier LeagueTIME: 8pm TV: SKYDéjà vu? Remember last week? Villa v Sunderland and we fancied the draw – it ended 6-1. Well the Black Cats are back in town tonight.More of that in a mo but we’re pleased to say the tipping has got better since Manic Monday.This column edged a profit yesterday on the two Premier League games – and we very nearly got both but for Chelsea’s late spoiler. Still, the Merseyside bore draw was enough for a 3 point profit on the day.And it would have been SIX winning days in a row but for Brentford’s last second penalty on Saturday (Editor: Stop going on about this match, please).But we have another tipping gong to hand out. To our esteemed head of PR Luke ‘Lantern’ Tarr who put up 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern at 12/1 in our exclusive video previews.Scroll to 6 min 6 seconds for the killer punchline……In celebration of the great mans tipping feat – there was a spontaneous gathering in an unnamed field in deepest Sussex last night as his supporters, who had kept the faith for the 200 years of the race, set off sky lanterns in his honour.You can check out the Star Sports Videos on the link above. Current events include the FA Cup Final on Saturday and the forthcoming England v NZ Test Series.Back to business…..Sunderland need a win tonight even more than they needed the win last week as they sit hovering just two points over the drop zone.Stoke are only 3 points ahead in the table, in 11th, but have already hit the magical ‘safety net’ of 40 points.Every shred of evidence about this match says it will be under 2.5 goals.Sunderland have only scored 18 goals at the Stadium Of Light all season, Stoke would be quite happy to go away with a point so don’t need to chase the game and the reverse fixture this season produced a 0-0 scoreline.Paolo Di Canio’s honeymoon has started well, most notably with a 3-0 victory over hapless Newcastle at St James’ Park.But despite ALL this – the trouble with unders is everyone is thinking the same way and you don’t get rich following the crowd.As we saw last week – at the pressure pot stage of the season – weird things happen and Sunderland have a massive statement to make.To that end, we are going to say there WILL BE GOALS and going to take on the stats and go over 2.5 goals.Fed up with queuing at the Post Office? Simples. Buy your own.The remote Scottish island of Tanera Mor is up for sale for £2.5m. The buyer will get 800 acres, nine homes – and a post office.Estate agents CKD Galbraith are now handling the sale and described Tanera Mor as a “flourishing tourist enterprise and superb family residence”.The island inspired the book Island Farm by Frank Fraser Darling who lived in Tanera Mor in the late 1930s and studied the habitat of its bird colonies.Rumours that Luke Tarr has despatched funds via a sky lantern have yet to be confirmed.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 points OVER 2.5 GOALS Sunderland v Stoke(+3 Sunday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 29 SeptemberIn the football Stoke well backed. Evens down to 10/11Liverpool also popular.2.15 EpsomMime Dance 7/2 > 5/2 (9/4 in places)2.45 EpsomDay Of Conquest 3/1 > 5/24.15 CurraghGeoffrey Chaucer 8/13 > 4/9last_img