Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Last night, the Parliamentary Labour Party passed an ‘Action on Antisemitism’ motion at its weekly meeting. They are “dismayed that there remains such a backlog of antisemitism cases”, the motion reads, and “very concerned by recent reports that a number of cases of alleged antisemitic activity from high-profile members have been dropped”. Examples in mind include that of ex-Labour MP Jim Sheridan, who was recently reinstated to the party and promptly claimed complainants had “overreacted”. It is understood that his suspension related to a post in which he said he’d lost “respect and empathy for the Jewish community and their historic suffering” due to “what they and their Blairite plotters are doing to my party”.Ahead of the meeting, LabourList exclusively published the message sent from general secretary Jennie Formby to the PLP. She explained that “significant progress” has been made to improve party complaints procedures under her watch, from recruiting more staff and expanding the disciplinary committee (NCC) to not using education or training as a sanction. But many MPs were angered by Formby’s approach – both content and tone – at the meeting itself, where it was reported that she told the PLP she answered to the national executive committee, not them. “The resolution was unanimously supported by the Parliamentary Labour Party and the general secretary of the Labour Party basically said she wasn’t prepared to give us the information that was required in the resolution,” Dame Margaret Hodge MP commented afterwards.The Jewish Labour Movement’s secretary Peter Mason has today written for LabourList outlining the persistent concern (and exasperation) of the sole party-affiliated Jewish group. Like the PLP motion, JLM wants answers on when the code of conduct consultation promised last year will take place, whether antisemitism awareness training will be extended, and more. Mason concludes with the suggestion that the Labour Party could now meet the Macpherson Report definition of institutional racism. With the party already advising that they will not answer the PLP motion’s 11 questions (“Complaints processes are confidential and the party has a responsibility to protect members’ data,” a spokesperson said), another stalemate on Labour antisemitism has been reached. As always, this issue is inextricably linked to factionalism within the party, and therefore cannot be resolved. There is no trust on either side of the conversation.Speaking of impasses, Theresa May will be in Northern Ireland today as she explains her anti-backstop mission and aim to Brexit in a way that “commands broad support across the community in Northern Ireland… and secures a majority in the Westminster parliament”. As that is impossible with the plan she is currently pursuing, our time is more usefully spent looking at where potential Labour rebels are at. Lisa Nandy says she has been “overwhelmed” by constituent emails advocating ‘no deal’ but is more adamant than ever that such an outcome must be blocked. That means voting for a deal. Meanwhile, Caroline Flint has told colleagues – via The Sun, as if Labour members weren’t already unhappy enough with her – that they should “back a deal and move on”. As long as that deal is bolstered by “commitments on workers’ rights and environmental standards”, which means reviving the unselected Labour ‘inbetweeners’ amendment. Will this be enough to save May’s deal?Sienna @siennamarlaSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Caroline Flint /Labour /Lisa Nandy /Jennie Formby /Antisemitism /Brexit /Jewish Labour Movement /JLM /
Tags: election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% At 234 pages, the California Voters Guide is longer than the first Harry Potter book. San Franciscans will be asked to sort through 24 city ballot items this November — and five of them have to do with housing.Propositions P and U are among the more contentious. Both are opposed by more than 50 organizations and city officials, including the majority of the Board of Supervisors, but the bills received $125,000 each from the California Association of Realtors.Prop. PProposition P would change bidding rules for affordable housing projects. The biggest policy shift would require a minimum of three bids be made on a project before moving forward to construction. The goal of the measure is to spark outside interest in affordable housing and create transparency around the city’s affordable housing funds, according to Jay Cheng, spokesperson for the San Francisco Association of Realtors. “Not one realtor is going to make a dime off these bills,” he said. “We don’t buy and sell affordable housing, that’s the city’s job.”Instead, he said, he wants the city to make the bidding process fairer.“We’re going to spend $1.8 billion on affordable housing and we don’t have a competitive bidding process.”“We’ve spent millions and millions of dollars on affordable housing this way without checking if we have the best deal, without checking if there are better alternatives,” he added.Opponents of Proposition P argue that the process for developing specialized housing is often so complex that adding such a caveat would be unduly restrictive.“This could gum up the system,” said Peter Cohen, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, meaning it could take even longer to get affordable housing built because there simply aren’t that many affordable housing builders.San Francisco has more than 30,000 units dedicated to permanently low-income housing. Back in 2014 the mayor promised to add 3,219 more by the year 2020. Getting that done will not be easy.“This isn’t like flipping pancakes,” said Cohen. “There’s a real concern that some of these special-needs population housing will be most vulnerable to delays or blocking due to this new forced system.”“Affordable housing development is a very complicated endeavor,” said April Veneracion, a staffer who works in land use, planning and development for Jane Kim’s office, “these non-profit organizations have developed a specific set of expertise.”“We’re recommending a ‘no,’ position, because we don’t see that there is a problem. There’s already a competitive process,” said Kristy Wang, a former affordable housing project manager, and current community planning policy director at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, known as SPUR.Prop. UWhile Proposition P aims at the bidding process, Proposition U affects those who would be eligible for affordable housing. The measure aims at loosening up the income requirements for access to affordable housing from 55 percent of area median income to 110 percent.This would raise the cap from $44,850 to $89,650 for a family of two. The realtors argue that this would allow middle-income San Franciscans an opportunity to stay in the city.“Prop. U really came from this understanding that middle-income families have nowhere to live in San Francisco,” said Cheng. “If you’re working class or middle-income, exactly zero homes on the market are affordable to you”Opponents are quick to point out the lack of proposals for new housing in the bill.“It expands the pool of households that can apply for this housing, but it doesn’t expand the pool of housing,” said Wang, “it doesn’t make you more likely to get it, it just makes it more competitive for a variety of people.”Peter Cohen argues that it’s, “politically divisive,” and “perverse.”“Prop. U basically eliminated dedicated units for low-income families and put everybody from the lowest income level all the way up to middle-income households into one big pool,” said Cohen. “It’s like a frenzy, everybody just gets to compete against each other.”Cohen worries that the bottleneck of more applicants for affordable units will mostly affect those populations that are already having a hard time securing housing.“Low-income families no longer have the certainty that at least some portion of those units are going to be available to them,” said Cohen,“Uncertainty for low-income families, frankly, is not the same thing for middle-income families.”The measure would restructure the way rent is paid. Instead of a fixed number given by the landlord, residents would pay an amount that corresponds directly with a household’s salary, allowing residents to pay 30 percent of household income on a sliding scale.Affordable housing advocates worry that this shift would incentivize landlords to evict low-income tenants in favor of their middle-income counterparts. They fear that by raising the income threshold and therefore raising the price you could previously charge for a unit, landlords would then be enticed to bring in residents who could pay up to double the current rate.“Those 800 existing low-income rental units, which are occupied, now are essentially like rent control units,” said Cohen, “as soon as somebody moves out the rent is no longer set at 55 percent of the AMI, it’s now set to the new income, which is up to 110 percent.”Whatever the voters decide this November, the question will remain: Should measures this complex appear on the ballot in the first place?“They’re solutions searching for problems,” said Cohen, “in both cases these go down into the weeds to shift things up, and then put some really clever marketing titles so that voters think they’re doing something good, when in fact they’re being duped.”Wang, the author of the SPUR Voter Guide, said, “These kinds of rules changes should be done, not at the ballot, but through city policy. Just because it’s complex, things change and city priorities change.”Cheng said the ballot measures are a sign of the frustration running through San Francisco.“These bills are on the ballot because you see families, and friends and people who should be in San Francisco have to leave for the East Bay because they can’t afford anything here,” said Cheng. “As those people leave San Francisco, they push people out of the East Bay, and we get this ripple effect of gentrification because we can’t seem to figure out our own middle-income housing solutions.” 0%
Tags: Bernal Heights • Homicide Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Update, 5/30/17: Alvarez’ family has set up a GoFundMe to cover funeral costs for the father of four. A community meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center to discuss the case.Update, 5/26/17: The San Francisco Medical Examiner reports that the victim is Giovanny Alvarez, 33, a San Francisco resident.Original story:Police report that officers responded to a report of a “person down” in Bernal Heights Park around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. When officers arrived, they found a male victim suffering from stab wounds. Paramedics responded, but the victim was declared deceased. The Homicide Detail is investigating the case.Bernalwood reported that a neighbor that discovered the body wrote in saying,The body was found at around 5:15am this morning at Bernal Park, on Bernal Hts Blvd where the path to Bocana starts. Grossly mutilated body with stab wounds. It was gruesome. No witnesses.There has been a lot of crime, often violent recently on Bernal Hill. It’s about time we disallow overnight parking from 2am to 6am between Anderson to Carver. Since the city has banned overnight parking in other parts of The City, much of it now comes to Bernal. People sleeping in cars, illegal dumping, prostitution. I’ve seen it all.Police asked for anyone with information to call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. Tipsters can also text TIP411, beginning the message with SFPD.This is a developing story and we will add more information as we receive it.
DESPITE this being a clash of two unbeaten teams the main buzz before kick-off was the imminent return from long term injury for Jonny Lomax and what a welcome sight it was for Saints fans as they saw the trademark skullcap on duty as the custodian, writes Graham Henthorne.He managed a creditable 25 minutes at both full and half back before being replaced by a very sharp looking Ricky Bailey who went on to bag a brace of tries.The Wolves, sporting first team winger Tom Lineham, were on paper the older more experienced team but after a poor first few minutes which saw them concede the first score the Saints were in total control.The pack led by Tony Suffolk was all over the Wolves giving a fabulous platform for Travis Burns, Danny Richardson and Tom Connick to play.Danny Richardson was the first on the scoresheet as he followed up Burns’ grubber taking the rebound off the posts for the try.Jonah Cunningham scored his customary try from close range as he darted over from Suffolk’s quick play the ball.The prop forwards’ union again made its mark on 25 minutes as Levy Nzoungou rounded the full back to score after Olly Davies had made the initial break of the line.The game was effectively over as a contest on the half hour with Bailey’s first. A great 40/20 from Richardson gave the Saints territory and three tackles later Davies was stopped short. From the play the ball Burns cleverly evaded an onrushing tackler before slipping the ball out to an unmarked Bailey popping up at centre.The Wolves were given a sniff as they scored on the whistle after a bizarre series of five penalties on the run had kept the Saints under the cosh.But the first set after the interval took any thoughts of a comeback away from the home side as Bailey scored his second. Joe Greenwood majestically strode 50 metres down the middle before flipping an overhead pass to Davies. His fellow second row was just caught from behind but a quick play the ball saw Bailey able to dive over.Quick reactions from Tom Connick, on for the injured Burns, saw the standoff pick up a try as he reacted quickest to touch down Richardson’s last tackle grubber.The Saints were in total control now and topped the 40 point mark as Lewis Charnock converted Greenwood’s try from a move that he started by ripping possession from a despairing Wolf. Greenwood charged over four tackles later.The Wolves did register some points after the break from a lucky twice hacked on kick after a poor pass had nearly gone to ground. The try scorer did seem to be a smidgeon offside but it wasn’t given.Normal service was resumed from the kick off with Regan Grace’s usual try scoring contribution. Quick hands from left to right saw the winger clear to dive over in the corner.Fittingly, Tommi Hughes scored the final try in the left corner breaking a tackle and beating the cover.Approximately seven of this Reserves side can still play U19s rugby but were more than a match for their bigger, older opponents.Yet another match where Danny Richardson has looked in control of the action out wide with Cunningham and Charnock in charge down the middle.Greenwood and Davies, backed up by their deputies Liam Cooper and Ben Morris, were too good for a Wolves pack which contained the familiar face of former Saint Joe Ryan who now knows exactly what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the type of performance of which he was such an integral part for so long. This keeps Ian Talbot’s men unbeaten and sets the return encounter at Langtree at the beginning of May up nicely.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Danny Rasool (3), Harvey Livett (39), Sam Wilde (69).Goals: Harvey Livett 3.Saints: Tries: Danny Richardson (9), Jonah Cunningham (17), Levy Nzoungou (25), Ricky Bailey (30 & 41), Tom Connick (50), Joe Greenwood (62), Regan Grace (73), Tommi Hughes (78).Goals: Burns 3, Charnock 3Half Time: 22-12Full Time: 48-18Teams:Warrington:1. Jack Johnson; 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Richard Harris, 4. David Thompson, 5. Declan Kay; 30. Harvey Livett, 7. Tyler Whittaker; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Sean Kenny, 21. Ben Evans, 11. Danny Rasool, 12. Jacque Peet, 27. Sam Wilde.Subs: 14. Harry Files, 15. Alex Whalley, 17. Andy Philbin, 19. Joe Ryan, 20. John Cookson.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Dave Eccleston, 4. Tommi Hughes, 3. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; **. Travis Burns, 7. Danny Richardson; 8. Tony Suffolk, 9. Jonah Cunningham, 19. Ross McCauley, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Lewis Charnock.Subs: 10. Levy Nzoungou, 14. Liam Cooper, 15. Tom Connick, 16. Ricky Bailey, 17. Ben Morris, 20. Dave Llewellyn.
Bolivia, NC (WWAY) — A pool of mosquitoes collected in Brunswick County last week tested positive for West Nile Virus.Brunswick County says the mosquitoes were collected in central Brunswick County on August 28.- Advertisement – The county says the type of mosquitoes collected are responsible for circulating West Nile Virus in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans.West Nile Virus was identified in an adult Ochlerotatus dupreei, a species that is occasionally collected in light traps in Brunswick County. According to a news release, this mosquito is considered a tree canopy mosquito and rarely leaves the deep woodland habitats.Even so, the county urges precaution.Related Article: North Myrtle Beach resident contracts West Nile virusYou’re advised to minimize exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities especially during dusk and dawn. Mosquito populations tend to be more active in wooded areas this time of year.“We can address areas that we can access with the mosquito truck, but we cannot effectively address mosquito populations deep in the woods. This is why personal protection measures are so important to hunters and outdoorsmen,” said Jeff Brown, the Mosquito Control Supervisor for Brunswick County.Brunswick County Health and Human Services urges residents to wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellent.If using repellent with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.If you are a horse owner, consult your veterinarian regarding proper protective vaccines for your horses and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to discourage mosquito breeding.For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control activities in your area, please contact Brunswick County Mosquito Control Division at (910) 253-2515 or visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/mosquitoes/request/ to submit a mosquito control service request online.
Downed pole tying up traffic on 3rd St. after crash (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Heads up on the roads! Wilmington Police say a car crash has caused downed power lines and drivers should avoid 3rd Street between Greenfield & Martin streets. Power crews work on downed line (Photo: WPD) Power crews work on downed line (Photo: WPD) Police say it’s a single car accident. The driver crashed into a pole.- Advertisement – Drivers should use 17th Street, 5th Street, and Front Street as alternate routes.The crash happened around 12:45 p.m.WPD says the roads are closed in both directions and are expected to be for several hours. 1 of 2
Little Pink Houses of Hope is an organization working to promote breast cancer recovery by offering opportunities for survivors to reconnect and celebrate life. Families can apply and receive free vacations as well as support and encouragement. Every retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey.This fundraiser allows the organization to continue to provide services in and around the Cape Fear area. Tickets are $100 and guests have a choice of a beef, fish or vegetarian entree. To purchase tickets, click here.To learn more about Little Pink Houses of Hope, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Next month, you can join the fight against breast cancer and celebrate survivors at Little Pink Houses of Hope’s first ever Dining and Dancing on Water Street fundraiser.On Sunday, June 10 at 6 p.m., enjoy a sunset meal by the Cape Fear River, live music and drinks all for a good cause.- Advertisement –
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are hoping new technology leads to answers in a murder case more than 30 years old.Investigators are waiting for new DNA results to come back on the Jaye Potter Mintz case.- Advertisement – Last week, we told you about one of the most well-known murders in the Cape Fear, a mother brutally killed in her home with her son in the room.In 1987, on Village Road near Leland, detectives were called to one of the most horrific murders in Brunswick County. Civilian Investigative Specialist Jim Westbrook with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Jaye Potter Mintz was found stabbed to death in her home on February 23, 1987.“Her body was discovered by her mother,” Westbrook said.Related Article: Community gathers for peaceful protest, calling it ‘Justice for Brandon Webster’Now, 31 years have passed, but one thing has never changed.“I think Phil felt that Jaye deserved justice,” Civilian Investigative Specialist Mary Doncourt said. “This was something that really mattered to him. It mattered deeply.Captain Phil Perry’s desire to solve this case touched everyone who knew him.“He so wanted this to happen,” Doncourt said. “He wanted to know who did this, to give Jaye justice, to give her family some peace.”Perry retired from the sheriff’s office in 2011, but continued working on the case with the unsolved unit.“He gave us time,’ Doncourt said. “He gave us talks. He would tell us things that none of us would have known or guessed.”Civilian Investigative Specialist Mary Doncourt says Perry worked on this case until he died in February.She said his work will live on.“I think for us, because he meant so much to us, we’re just going to give him what he wanted sooner or later.”Where is the investigation now?“Well, we’re sitting on about 19,000 pages of investigative work,” Civilian Investigative Specialist Woody Clookie said.“Do you have suspects?”“We have some, but we’re not about to disclose any information relating to them,” Clookie said.“Is there anything new in the investigation that you can tell me about that’s happened in recent years?”“Basically new technology,” Clookie siad.Doncourt said they are working with a lab that does phenotyping.“They take DNA, they feed it into a computer and if you have a suspect’s DNA, it will a facial approximation of what that suspect looks like,” Doncourt said.She also said they are looking into doing more DNA tests with a new device called an M-vac system. In July, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office purchased an m-vac system. They immediately used the device on evidence from Mintz’s case.“It’s a giant vacuum cleaner,” Doncourt said. “They wet down the piece and it just sucks everything up, so it pulls out far more DNA than the old method of just swabbing.”The Sheriff’s Office is now just waiting on the result to come back from the state crime lab.Whether it is new technology, or old evidence, Doncourt said they will find the answer.“Phil taught me a lot and one of the things he taught me is just don’t give up. You’re going to get pushed away, you’re going to be told no. You’re going to hit a brick wall. That’s okay. There’s another string to pull. There is always something. As long as we’re sitting here, as long as we can read these case files, as long as technology keeps advancing, we are just going to keep following that road map,” Doncourt said.While Phil will not make it to the end of the road with them, Doncourt said he helped get them to the next stop and that is why they will not stop until they find justice for Jaye.“If we don’t, there will be other people coming along to do it, but we will find Jaye’s killer,” Doncourt said.If you have any information about this case, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.
The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that Florence’s eyewall is beginning to approach the North Carolina coast bringing with it life-threatening storm surge.The center said that a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, recently reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation. Emerald Isle is about 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of Wilmington.Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.Related Article: Tribune calls off $3.9B buyout by SinclairThe storm’s intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 mph (144 kph) by nightfall. But that, combined with the storm’s slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.“The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come,” he said. “Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience.”Cooper requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called “historic major damage” across the state.More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.Prisoners were affected, too. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it’s unclear how many did. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.As of 2 a.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 mph (9 kph). Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves nearly 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.Forecasters said that given the storm’s size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year.As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are “supplied and ready,” and he disputed the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.“We’ll operate without power; we have candles. And you don’t need power to sling booze,” said owner Eli Ellsworth.Others were at home hoping for the best.“This is our only home. We have two boats and all our worldly possessions,” said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family’s pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. “We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically. We chose to hunker down.”I was just briefed on Hurricane Florence. FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are supplied and ready. We are with you! https://t.co/mP7icn0Yzl pic.twitter.com/a8KQ0lcoSD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings By JONATHAN DREW, Associated PressWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and forecasters say that “catastrophic” freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast.- Advertisement – …..This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.“We’ll operate without power; we have candles. And you don’t need power to sling booze,” said owner Eli Ellsworth.Others were at home hoping for the best.“This is our only home. We have two boats and all our worldly possessions,” said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family’s pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. “We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically. We chose to hunker down.”___Associated Press writers Seth Borenstein in Washington; Jeffrey Collins in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Jennifer Kay in Miami; Gary Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina; Sarah Rankin and Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia; Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina; Skip Foreman in Charlotte, North Carolina; Jeff Martin in Hampton, Georgia; David Koenig in Dallas; Gerry Broome at Nags Head, North Carolina; and Jay Reeves in Atlanta contributed to this report. 3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
Advertisement “Mobile operators account for a growing proportion of the country’s Internet traffic, so we are delighted to bring Cell C on board for JINX. Taking part in JINX benefits operators and ISPs alike by allowing them to save costs and offer better performance for their customers. We hope to forge closer relationships with all the mobile network operators for all three INX points in the months to come,” says Rob Hunter, Chair of the INX Working Group at ISPA.More than 30 ISPs now connect to JINX and exchange more than 2 Gbps of traffic at JINX during peak times. Growth is expected to accelerate in the next few months as the number of JINX users continues to increase.The new Parklands facility adds to ISPA’s Rosebank infrastructure, which is hosted by Internet Solutions (IS). Two additional server racks and a new switch in Parklands will provide plenty of capacity for JINX’s projected growth. JINX is open to all ISPs and network operators, not just ISPA members. – Advertisement – “JINX has played an important role in lowering costs for South African ISPs and improving the Internet experience of their subscribers. The growth it has experienced has been staggering, prompting this new investment into the exchange. “We would especially like to thank our sponsors Cisco and Business Connexion for their donations to JINX. They are playing a valuable role in providing the level of service that our ISP members and their customers deserve,” says Hunter.In addition to JINX, ISPA runs a Cape Town INX that handles more than 500 Mbps of traffic from 16 peering ISPs during peak times. The organisation is in the process of setting up the very first INX for Durban.ISPA currently represents over 140 South African Internet service providers including non-profit providers, educational networks and commercial service providers.Source: itnewsafrica
Advertisement Microsoft has revealed that sales of its Surface tablets totalled $853m (£562m) in their first eight months on sale.The figure suggests the company may struggle to make a profit out of the product.It has booked a $900m write-down on the value of unsold Surface RT stock after cutting the device’s price.Its latest financial filing also notes that its advertising budget swelled to promote the machines.The filing says the Windows Division’s sales and marketing expenses were $843m higher in the firm’s last financial year than the previous one because of the launch of the Surface tablets and new Windows operating systems.According to the Verge news site chief executive Steve Ballmer told staff that “we built a few more [Surface RT] devices than we could sell”, last week. The firm recently cut the price of the machines by 30%. – Advertisement – The RT designation refers to the fact that the tablets are powered by an ARM-based chip and offer a limited version of the Windows 8 experience.Users are restricted to running built-in apps or ones downloaded from the firm’s own Windows Store and this means they are unable to run titles such as the the full versions of other non Windows apps like Photoshop.However, the RT versions of Surface are cheaper than the Pro models which are powered by Intel-made chips and run the full Windows 8 OS. The RT editions are also offer thinner, lighter and offer longer battery life.Many industry watchers have suggested Surface RT tablets were designed to appeal to consumers tempted by iPads or Android-based models, while the Surface Pro was meant to compete with laptops.Critics of Surface, though, say the concept was flawed from the drawing board. It has an identity crisis because it can’t decide if it’s a tablet or a laptop, asserts Jay Yarrow, of Business Insider.On Tuesday its chairman, Jonney Shih, told the AllThingsD news site that “the result is not very promising” adding that people still wanted to use a lot of classic Windows software that is not compatible with the platform.As a result of this new trend, Microsoft has slashed the prices of it’s Surface RT tablets from £399 to £299, reducing the value of its unsold stock.Information from BBC was used in this article.
Advertisement Microsoft Corp said on Monday its new Windows 10 operating system will be available worldwide on July 29, as a free upgrade for users of the most recent versions of Windows.The world’s largest software company had earlier said Windows 10 would be released this “summer”.Touch-friendly Windows 10, which features the return of the Start menu and will run across PCs, tablets and smartphones, is Microsoft’s latest attempt to win over mobile users and features a new browser called ‘Edge’. – Advertisement – It will be offered as a free upgrade to users of Windows 7 and 8.1, a strategy announced in January, designed to capture as many users as possible.Microsoft also said new PCs and tablets running Windows 10 will go on sale July 29, while Windows 10 for other devices such as smartphones would be available later this year.Via Reuters
Spotify has frequently defended itself against charges from artists. Image Credit: MusicFactoryNumberOneDotCom Advertisement An artist has filed a $150 million lawsuit against Spotify, alleging that the leader of the streaming sector has knowingly reproduced copyrighted songs.David Lowery, best known for leading alternative rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, asked a US judge to allow a class action suit on behalf of “hundreds of thousands” of potential plaintiffs he believes were affected.The lawsuit, filed Monday in a federal court in Los Angeles, accuses the streaming giant of disregard on so-called mechanical rights – which, unlike performance rights that cover the playing of a recording, pertain to permission to reproduce copyrighted material. – Advertisement – Lowery, who holds a degree in mathematics and is a lecturer at the University of Georgia, accused Spotify of copying and distributing compositions for its online service without permission or informing the copyright holders.Lowery himself listed four tracks from Camper Van Beethoven or Cracker that he said were taken without his permission for Spotify’s more than 75 million users.The lawsuit also alleged unfair business practices by the Swedish-founded company, saying that its payment structure was arbitrary and “depresses the value of royalties” overall.“Unless the court enjoins and restrains Spotify’s conduct, plaintiff and the class members will continue to endure great and irreparable harm that cannot be fully compensated or measured in monetary value alone,” the lawsuit said.While not specific about the request for compensation, the lawsuit charged that Spotify has been “unjustly enriched” by at least $150 million.As evidence, the lawsuit took aim at what it said was a fund by Spotify of millions of dollars to settle royalty claims.“The existence of this fund reflects Spotify’s practice and pattern of copyright infringement, wherein Spotify reproduces and/or distributes the works without first obtaining appropriate authorization or license,” it said.But Spotify also alluded to the fund in a response to the lawsuit, characterizing it instead as a sign of goodwill.“We are committed to paying songwriters and publishers every penny. Unfortunately, especially in the United States, the data necessary to confirm the appropriate rights-holders is often missing, wrong or incomplete,” Spotify spokesman Jonathan Prince said in a statement Tuesday.Spotify said that it had been setting aside royalty money for future payouts when it could not confirm the identities of rights-holders.[related-posts]The company said it was working in the United States with the National Music Publishers Association to find technical ways “to solve this problem for good.”Spotify has frequently defended itself against charges from artists – notably Taylor Swift – that it pays back too little.Spotify’s founder Daniel Ek said in June that the site has paid out more than $3 billion in royalties as the company argued that streaming was a rare point of growth in a long stagnant music industry.The company has long argued that, despite the criticism, it plays by the rules on licensing as it has worked out deals with record companies and songwriters’ rights groups.[Gadgets 360]
Advertisement As internet penetration and usage in Uganda continues to rise and many Ugandans are now accustomed to using the internet for many tasks, companies and organisations have innovated to serve their customers with their evolving usage habits.Uganda Revenue Authority won’t be left behind by the “mobile app trend”, they have just unveiled their first mobile application, AskURA.The app which currently is available for Android was officially unveiled today at the URA head office in Nakawa. – Advertisement – Speaking at the launch this morning, URA Commissioner General, Doris Akol said, “We appreciate that a large number of Ugandans have embraced technology/applications and as such we would like to extend our services to clients who may want to transact using this service option.”When you run the app the first time you have to agree to the disclaimer terms and then select your preferred language.The AskURA has quite a number of features which you might like to use, including registering payments, viewing tax payer profile information, searching for payment status, whistle blowing, and accessing tax related information with the Tax assistant.The application is meant to supplement URA’s core systems like eTax for Domestic Taxes and Asycuda World for Customs (international trade taxes).AskURA has both logged in functions and those that you can perform without needing to log in.URA Assistant Commissioner Information Technology, James Kizza emphasized the dynamic development process saying “The application is ready for use. Several tests have been done to ensure it works efficiently. However, improvements will be continuous.”Indeed the application has been on Play Store for a while and is launching at V23.It is commendable that AskURA has been developed internally by the URA software development team and not outsourced to an offshore consulting firm as they have done with previous systems including their main website.If you are more of an Apple or Windows kind of person, fret not, versions for iOS and Windows are apparently in the works and will be available soon.To download the app visit the Play Store and search for AskURA or visit this link on your computer and if you are signed in you just click install and select which device you want it on.We are going to continue testing out the application and will soon write a review.
Orange. Photo Credit: XMobile Advertisement Today, Orange has launched their Mobile money transfer service in France to allow transffer to African Countries.Orange Money, is available in Metropolitan France. This service is offered to Orange mobile subscribers in France and enables them to transfer money via their mobile to other Orange Money customers in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, and within Metropolitan France.An offer that improves contact between Orange customers in France and Africa – Advertisement – “We are delighted to offer the Orange Money solution to our customers living in Metropolitan France and particularly to those with a link to Africa – this is a simple, secure and instant money transfer service between family and friends via mobile,” states Patrick Roussel, Orange France Consumer Sales Director.By launching the service in France, Orange is responding to strong demand from its customers with family or friends in Africa.Orange Money provides a money transfer service from France to Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal through a simple mobile transaction. Orange also makes it easier for recipients to withdraw money from over 30,000 Orange Money points in the three recipient countries, an unrivalled number of points of sale in these countries.This service will develop gradually and Orange intends to increase the number of points of sale in France. An Orange Money app will be available soon in France and Orange will look to expand the money transfer offer from France to other countries over time.For the launch of Orange Money in France, Orange is supported by its subsidiary W-HA, which has an EMI agreement(2) and is authorised to issue and manage electronic money. The technical and banking expertise of W-HA allows Orange to offer international money transfer services with an excellent standard of customer experience and user security.Orange Money, a simple, secure and instant service You don’t need a bank account to use Orange Money. You just need a mobile plan and to register at a point of sale offering Orange Money with an ID card and proof of address. It is free to open an Orange Money account.Amongst the stores offering the secure Orange Money service in Metropolitan France, Orange already has 41 points of sale: newsagents, call shops, local grocery stores and tobacconists across the country, as well as an Orange Money store in Paris.To carry out a money transfer, the customer credits their account with a bank card or cash at a point of sale. They then log onto their Orange Money account directly from their mobile by ringing #144#, entering the mobile number of the recipient as well as the amount to transfer and confirming the transaction with their Orange Money password. The transfer is then completed and the money is immediately available in the recipient’s account.#144# is a free and simple service which is compatible with all mobiles on the market.A flagship Orange offer that is already a success in AfricaOrange Money is a mobile account linked to an Orange telephone number, and it is designed to meet the needs of customers in Africa, where most transactions are made in cash. The Orange Money service, launched in Côte d’Ivoire in 2008, has been a success for the Group. Over 18 million customers already use it in 14 countries in Africa to carry out transactions such as payments and money transfers.In 2013 Orange launched the first international money transfer service for its Orange Money customers between Senegal, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. In March 2015, this service was expanded to transfers to and from Airtel Money customers in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.
MTN Uganda revises its mobile data a head of Liberation Day; 26th January 2018. Advertisement Uganda will be celebrating its Liberation Day on Friday 26th, January 2018. And we can expect a lot from D-day.ISPs are always trying their best to give their customers/subscribes best internet rates at affordable prices. They’ve introduced package such as; super combos, night packs, WTF, Midnight Bundles, Happy Hours/Nights to satisfy their customers in one or the other.The United Nations once declared internet being a human right, that all people are free to access internet. However, the issue of pricing always affect us, your pay less and you get less, you pay more and you get more. This has affected us Ugandans a lot.The Free Internet – MyUG – Advertisement – It was until then that the Ugandan Government through the NITA Uganda decided to avail all citizens living within the borders of Kampala with free Wi-Fi. It was reported last year that the number of Ugandans using the free Wi-Fi network grew to more than 10,000 users. The statistics were revealed by Dr. James Saaka, the Executive Director of NITA Uganda.Other than that, Telecom firm; MTN Uganda, on Wednesday revised its mobile data a head of “Liberation Day.”The changes have been made specifically on the daily bundles. 25MBs have been increased to 40MB priced at 500 UGX, 60MBs to 100MBs priced at 1000 UGX, and finally 125MB to 300MBs priced at 2000 UGX.“The long weekend is coming and we are giving you more data for the same price,” writes in a tweet. The long weekend is coming and we are giving you more data for the same price.For; UGX 500 you now get 40MB UGX 1,000 you now get 100MB UGX 2,000 you now get 300MBAll valid for 24 Hours. Dial *150*1# to activate and let’s get surfing. 😎 pic.twitter.com/Qlf0w5KPyL— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) January 24, 2018[related-posts]Happy Liberation Day to all Ugandans.
Welcome 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.Saturday 5 OctoberFOOTBALLMan City well backed 8/11 TO 8/13Birmingham 11/8 > 6/51.50 NewmarketNight Song 100/30 > 11/42.50 RedcarCaspar Netscher 5/2 > 15/83.50 AscotAscription 7/1 > 7/2 (best backed in last 24 hours)7.00 WolverhamptonLet Me In 2/1 > 13/8
Southampton v FulhamPremier League5.30pm LIVE ON SKYFULHAM UNLIKELY TO HALT SOUTHAMPTON PROGRESSNice win from Middlesbrough last night to land our bet… Nice (and rare) that is happens as easily as that !It’s 78 years to the day since Fulham’s only previous league win at Southampton. That was a 2-1 victory in a Division Two game on 26 October 1935.More recently you might be tempted by the draw given six of the last 10 encounters have ended as a stalemate. 3-3. 2-2, 1-1 – you know what happens next in that sequence !HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Dec 2012 Premier Fulham 1-1 SouthamptonOct 2012 Premier Southampton 2-2 FulhamJan 2005 Premier Southampton 3-3 FulhamSep 2004 Premier Fulham 1-0 SouthamptonFeb 2004 Premier Southampton 0-0 FulhamDec 2003 Premier Fulham 2-0 SouthamptonMar 2003 Premier Fulham 2-2 SouthamptonOct 2002 Premier Southampton 4-2 FulhamMar 2002 Premier Southampton 1-1 FulhamOct 2001 Premier Fulham 2-1 SouthamptonSouthampton are the momentum side though and very much in the mix at the top of the table. A win tonight could take them into second or third in the table.Conversely, Fulham have started the new season poorly and you shouldn’t read too much into their 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Monday – the match that led to Palace boss Ian Holloway parting company with the team.It’s all been about the defence for Southampton. Serie A leaders Roma (one goal conceded) are the only side in one of the top five European leagues with a better defensive record than Saints.I’m with the Saints with a -1 handicap on Star Sports.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win SOUTHAMPTON (-1) at around 6/4 STORMY WEATHER AHEADA storm which could reach hurricane strengths of 80mph or more will definitely hit Britain on Monday, weather experts have warned.There were hopes the huge storm brewing over the Atlantic Ocean would miss the UK, and sweep instead through the English Channel.But meteorologists are now certain it will strike the south west of England and could leave a trail of destruction as it gusts north-east across the country, causing structural damage, and bringing down trees and power lines.Roads may also be hit by flash flooding, bringing rush hour traffic on Monday morning to a halt, and homes could be flooded.Severe weather alerts are in place for England and Wales, with an amber warning, meaning “be prepared”, for the southern half of England and Wales.There is a lesser yellow warning, meaning “be aware”, for the rest of Wales and England up to the border with Scotland.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 30 DecemberRACING2.05 LingfieldMick Dundee 6/1 > 5/23.05 HaydockBob Cat Billy 2/1 > 11/8What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 17 JanuaryRACING2.30 LingfieldTee It Up Tommo 6/4 > 10/113.55 MusselburghWarriors Tale 3/1 > 5/24.30 WolverhamptonCatalyze 11/1 > 2/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321