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first_imgA minister partly responsible for the UK being found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of the UN disability convention has been branded “highly offensive” after announcing that her government would try to become a “world leader” on disability.Priti Patel (pictured) was employment minister for more than a year while the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) was investigating her government for breaches of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), as a result of its social security reforms.When the UN committee published its report last month, concluding that the UK government had breached disabled people’s human rights across three key parts of the convention, her government dismissed its work, with work and pensions secretary Damian Green describing it as “patronising and offensive”.But Patel has now pledged commitment to the convention in a bid to be seen as a global leader on disability.On Saturday, Patel – now the international development secretary – used the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) to publish plans to “lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda”.A new paper published by her department says the UK government will “drive action to improve the lives of people with disabilities”.It says: “By upholding our commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we will ensure people with disabilities are systematically and consistently included in, and benefit from, international aid and humanitarian assistance.”The new paper adds: “We will continue to invest in social protection systems in order to increase their coverage, quality and sustainability.“For too long, decision makers have overlooked people with disabilities – we will work to change this.“We will strengthen our work on disability and establish [the Department for International Development] as the global leader in this neglected and under-prioritised area.”Only last month, CRPD was concluding that the UK government’s social security reforms had “disproportionately affected persons with disabilities and hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community”.Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), the grassroots network of disabled people that persuaded the UN to carry out its inquiry, said: “The thought of the Department for International Development led by Priti Patel fighting to improve the rights of disabled people around the world is laughable, given her previous track record as minister for employment.“The thought that someone who was part of a government condemned by the UN for the grave or systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights in the UK having the remotest interest in improving the life chances of any disabled person is highly offensive.”Patel visited the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) as part of her efforts to use IDPD to promote her department’s new paper.Disability News Service asked LCD whether it had any concerns about the UK government being found guilty by CRPD of “grave or systematic violations” of the UNCRPD, and then claiming it wants to be a global leader on disability, but the charity had not commented by noon today (8 December).Meanwhile, Remploy, the formerly government-owned disability employment business, now mostly owned by the scandal-hit US company Maximus, marked IDPD by holding a social media question and answer session… and then blocking disabled activists who tried to take part.Remploy – which the Department for Work and Pensions has given Disability Confident Leader status as part of its newly-relaunched disability employment scheme – advertised the session with four of its disabled “ambassadors” on Twitter with the hashtag #AskUsAnything.But when disabled campaigners took the four ambassadors at their word and started asking questions about Maximus’s links to the government’s welfare reforms – including carrying out work capability assessments (WCAs) – and the deaths of benefit claimants, they were blocked by Remploy.One campaigner, @dinogoldie, was blocked after asking a series of questions including: “Is not a #disability employment service owned by a #disability denial factory a conflict of interest? #wca.”@dinogoldie later added: “I asked @RemployPP some legitimate questions so they blocked me. Not very #DisabilityConfident.”DPAC itself was blocked after asking: “How does it feel to work for a company owned by Maximus who make money from persecuting disabled people? #WCA #AskUsAnything.”Another disabled campaigner, @otivar55, was blocked after asking: “Why did those poor people die during sanctions?”Other than those put by anti-cuts activists, there appear to have been few questions asked of Remploy’s “ambassadors”.A Remploy spokeswoman said that a “small number of people” were blocked on Twitter.She said: “The Twitter Q&A on Friday was led by a group of Remploy disability ambassadors who were keen to share their lived experience on [IDPD], and support employers to create equality in employment opportunities.“The Remploy disability ambassadors had a really productive, well-engaged discussion and we look forward to continuing to support disabled people to find sustainable employment. “A small number of Twitter users were blocked from our account only because the questions they asked took the focus away from sharing experiences and helping employers create a more inclusive environment. “We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”Meanwhile, Shaping Our Lives, the national network of service-users, marked IDPD by launching a new “charter for change” it has developed alongside the British Association of Social Workers.The charter – produced following 18 months of discussions – aims to ensure all disabled adults and social workers work together to tackle barriers to independent living and to improve wellbeing.Among its pledges, the charter says that both disabled people and social workers will “act like people, and not just follow mechanistic processes”, and that they will “have conversations rather than being bound by forms and procedures”.And it says: “We will continue to work to overcome power imbalances between disabled adults and social workers leading to equal relationships and co-producing solutions.”There is also reference to the crisis in social care funding, with the charter pledging that both disabled people and social workers will “be aware of the impact of policies across central and local government, and health and other services on disabled adults’ lives”.Ann Nutt, a service-user and co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said the charter “brings clarity and focuses on the development of a partnership strategy between disabled people and social workers”.Joanna Matthews, chair of the user-led charity Unlimited Oxfordshire, said: “Some of our members have already faced cuts in their budgets or struggled to get a timely assessment.“It really matters to have a good relationship with your social worker, so that in these times of cuts and hardship we can all work together to make a little go a long way.”Another user-led organisation to mark IDPD was the Norfolk-based disabled people’s organisation Equal Lives, which linked with DPAC to hold a protest outside an inaccessible building in Norwich that is used by the government contractor Atos as an assessment centre for disabled people claiming personal independence payments.last_img read more

Distillations Seeing much good in Evil Eye — damn it

first_imgThe friends in the industry starting gossiping with the bartenders about employment practices at other bars. Their conversation was FINALLY interesting. Honestly, people, get to the good stuff sooner. They named names, specific bars and people, and I’m not going to tell you everything — it wouldn’t be right. But they are living in fear of the way in which even the most high-end bars in the city are slashing the pay of their employees to the lowest level possible, leaving it impossible to make a living as a bartender or server anymore.“You can’t keep a bomb-ass barstaff if that’s what you’re paying, and that’s what everybody’s paying,” the female bartender said. Like artists and monks, bartending in the city is transition from a “job” to become a “calling” for people who will sacrifice everything else in their life to do it right. And they were terrified.Welcome to journalism, I thought. I looked over the menu, and a bartender came over. “Okay,” I said, “I’m intrigued by the Padrino, but … it sounds like a stunt cocktail to me …”“A what?” she said. “A stunt cocktail.” She gave me a look. “You know,” I tried to explain. “A cocktail that exists not so much because it’s actually worth drinking, but because all the pieces are weird and exotic enough that it’s impressive just to say ‘hey, we did this!’ and someone will buy it because it’s weird and exotic … ”“Ah, no,” she said. “We don’t do that.” I think I offended her. “We build our cocktails to be yummy.”“Okay … I was just asking, I mean, it’s a very unusual description …”“It’s great,” she said. “Delicious.”“Do you want one?” the other bartender asked.Sometimes, when you can’t stop digging yourself into a hole, it’s good to have someone toss you a lifeline. “Yeah,” I said. “That’s where I was going with that.”The Padrino is brown sugar and sage scotch, applejack, amaretto, and bitters – stirred. Now that I’d ordered it, I had to ask: What the hell is “brown sugar and sage scotch?” It turned out to be an in-house creation with a Bank Note scotch base. The bartender walked me through the process of how they create it – it’s damn inventive and creates a unique taste that is nicely bounded by the amaretto and bitters. All right, that’s three. I’m calling it: Evil Eye’s got game. I’d much rather Savanna Jazz Club was a viable entity, but since it’s not, this is a bar I can get into. Read more from Benjamin Wachs Email Address Cities build on top of themselves, new layers atop the old. Sometimes that’s literal, which is why the basements of some San Francisco buildings have ships beneath them. Sometimes that’s figurative, which is where you get gentrification. But whereas the literal layering leaves remnants behind for later generations to discover, gentrification often erases all trace of what came before, as though the past were a thought crime.I arrived at the Evil Eye on the Sunday after a big Saturday during which the whole city partied, so the place was nearly deserted. That wasn’t an accident: I wanted to see it in slow motion. In some ways it looks almost like a twitter hashtag: #ThingsSFhipstersLike. Two pinball machines sat in the front, leading quickly to a long bar, which opens up into a faux Edwardian parlor with leathery couches, low-key lighting, art on the walls (sorry: “art” on the walls), and a photo booth. A fucking photo booth, in the middle of all that. There’s also a TV above the bar, but it was turned off, thank God. That would have broken all the affectation that the photo booth already hadn’t. Seriously, why is that TV even here, hanging over the bar like the sword of Damocles? The space in which Evil Eye operates on Mission Street used to be the Savannah Jazz Club, but you could never tell by looking at it. I really liked the Savannah Jazz Club: I am a remnant it left behind when it closed four years ago. Which makes me predisposed to dislike Evil Eye. I really don’t know if that’s fair or not. Maybe fair has nothing to do with it. But … but … Evil Eye isn’t the first business to move into that spot after the jazz club closed, and … gotta be honest here … I never saw the jazz club crowded, except when the occasional busload of French tourists walked in. Other than that, it was almost always deserted. Even desolate, despite musicians bleeding for their art on stage. I’m angry that Savannah Jazz Club left us, even as I have no idea how it stayed open that long. But it mattered to me that I see Evil Eye on a slow night. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter And slow it was. There were two bartenders (and man and a woman) and five customers, including me. Two of the customers appeared to be friends of the bartenders, who were talking about food a mutual acquaintance made. It was not good eavesdropping. The couple sitting to my left were talking in a language I didn’t recognize. I was on my own.The cocktail list is divided into “shaken,” “stirred,” “punch bowls” and “classic,” along with a small beer and wine list. The food menu is divided into “snacks,” “protein,” “produce,” and “sweets.”I asked the bartender what he recommended, and he steered me towards a Velvet Fog (rye, shiso brandy, concord grape shrub, lemon, egg white, absinthe — shaken). It’s lovely. The absinthe balances the sweet and savory elements. Score one for Evil Eye. I followed it up with an order of chicken biscuits (from the “protein” section), which the bartender approved of enthusiastically. As I waited for them to arrive, the friends-of-the-bartender started talking about bringing special bottles of spirits back from a foreign trip, and I realized that they’re all in the industry. The conversation, alas, was still wanting. Instead I talked to the male bartender about the Savannah Jazz Club. I’d wondered if this would be a sore point, or an irritant, but it turned out he remembers it as fondly as I do. “It was really great to have here,” he told me. “But … honestly, I have no idea how they stayed open as long as they did. My buddy’s band used to play it, and it was always empty and nobody showing up for the music ever bought more than one drink.”“What is wrong with this city?” I asked him.“I don’t know.”The chicken biscuits arrived (really, chicken sandwiches on biscuits) and they were utterly delicious. The honey chicken was just sweet enough to be perfectly rounded out by the sour pickles and the fluffy bread. Score two for Evil Eye. Damn it, I was liking this place in spite of myself.last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons bemoaned Saints attitude and lack o

first_imgROYCE Simmons bemoaned Saints’ attitude and lack of enthusiasm following his side’s 27-16 reverse against Harlequins RL on Friday night.He said he warned the team they needed to be competitive and have an aggressive attitude, but it was clearly unheeded.He also shouldered some of the responsibility for not re-iterating this before the match.“It was a very ordinary performance. The first half was very disappointing. We virtually had one session during the week because of England call-ups and I said despite this we needed to turn up with the right attitude and be aggressive because I knew we had to have both to beat a side that has had a good start to the season.“But we didn’t compete and in the first 40 we were very poor. They turned up with lot of energy and desire and it’s my job to make sure they [Saints] have it… but they didn’t so we didn’t play too well and I didn’t coach it too well obviously.“When you give 18 points away you need a lot of things to go in your favour… once we scored and got on top they got an intercept and that was the end of the game. You can’t consistently win games from 18 down.“Their half backs turned us around as they were going 60 metres with their sets. We ran one up the middle and gave ourselves no field position particularly in the first half.“It was a little better in the second – we had chances but hit lead runners who ran into heavy traffic and we would then try to pass the ball over heads. We needed someone to get hold of the ball and go round the back more then we could have scored a few more tries.“But it really is as simple as this. They ran harder, played the ball quicker, tackled harder and were just too enthusiastic for us.“We need to have a long hard think about what we are doing.”last_img read more

IN great spirits from the previous evenings victo

first_imgIN great spirits from the previous evening’s victory the players were rewarded with an early morning recovery session in the outdoor swimming pool, writes Neil Kilshaw.It was a nice 7.30am start and thus our preparations for Penrith on Saturday began!Whilst the players were refreshed from a full night’s sleep the same couldn’t be said of the staff.Tommy’s sleep talking has intensified from nonsense words through to violently kicking at walls, and last night he dragged his half back partner Dek Hardman into an argument over who should answer the door.Needless to say neither of them remembered anything!The party then spent the day wakeboarding and straightaway the daft questions began:Chris Worrall: “Will it be sunny in the lake?”Connor Smith: “What’s the difference between the medium and large board?”Liam Cooper: “What does the V mean by the rump steak? Is it a vegetarian meal?”As for the wakeboarding… Danny Abram and Danny Richardson were the masters and negotiated the jumps and platforms.Ricky Bailey also managed one jump, but I’m sure it was a fluke…Bobby and my good self tried to get ‘some air’ but with painful consequences due to head first crash landings!Admirable mention also goes to physio Dave Weldon. God loves a trier and poor old Dave certainly tried (unsuccessfully) … for six hours.Tomorrow the squad will be up and out for training at 8am as all our focus shifts to the mighty challenge of Penrith.For the latest on the Academy Tour, click here.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Leeds Rhinos in the Fifth Round of

first_imgSAINTS take on Leeds Rhinos in the Fifth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup this Saturday with another tight and titanic game expected.Both sides have dished up some classics over recent seasons with last minute wins the order of the day.Saints edged the first meeting this season with a late Tommy Makinson try securing a 14-10 victory.“Every time we play Leeds it is a close game,” Nathan Brown said. “Since I have been at Saints we have won a couple and they’ve done the same. Every game has been a good game of footy and this one will be no different.“The respect from club to club is high. Our away support has been brilliant and they will travel in numbers again. It is a big tie at a great place, on a great field and I have no doubt the winner would fancy themselves to push through and have a genuine chance of going to Wembley.”Saints will welcome back a number of players on Saturday with Jonny Lomax, Luke Walsh, James Roby and Alex Walmsley all expected to return.Anthony Laffranchi, Willie Manu and Gary Wheeler aren’t available though and Kyle Amor is rated as 50:50.“We played two games of very different significance last weekend,” Brown continued. “We played a very good Wigan team and there wasn’t a great deal in game. It was three tries apiece in the first half and it was a good half to watch.“They were a little bit better than us and that showed in the second half. They scored a nice try from a kick and a nice shift try too then it was pretty even after that. We weren’t far away but we weren’t good enough to beat a side of Wigan’s quality.“On Monday we had 12 or 13 blokes out of the top 25 not playing and it was always going to be a tough game. It was one I would have liked us to do better in but there were a lot of positives. The young kids did well. The likes of Luke Thompson, Joe Greenwood and Andre Savelio really put their hands up and others contributed too.“That is great for the squad moving forward and hopefully we will see the benefit down the line. A fresh Roby, Lomax and Walsh is a good thing for us and the time off will do them well.”He continued: “Leeds are a good side who I predicted would be one of the teams to beat at the beginning of the season. They are in good form too.“Over the weekend they bumped into a Bradford side who aren’t where they would like to be. Salford have a new coach and a talented squad so what Leeds did to them showed the quality they have.”Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

THE Saints Superstore is the ideal place to find t

first_imgTHE Saints Superstore is the ideal place to find that perfect gift for the Saints fan in your life.Opening Hours:DateSaints SuperstoreTicket OfficeSaturday Jan 2CLOSEDCLOSEDSunday Jan 3CLOSEDCLOSEDMonday Jan 49am-5pm9am-5pmYou can order your gifts online at the Saints Superstore.last_img

SAINTS Superstores opening hours for the festive

first_imgSAINTS Superstore’s opening hours for the festive season are:DateSaints SuperstoreTicket OfficeSunday January 1CLOSEDCLOSEDMonday January 2CLOSEDCLOSEDTuesday January 39am – 5pm9am – 5pmPlease note opening hours are subject to change – keep an eye on this page and @saints1890 on Twitter for any alterations.last_img

THE players have been working hard ahead of this F

first_imgTHE players have been working hard ahead of this Friday’s big match against Warrington.After securing their second win of the season on Saturday in Catalan, the boys are keen to keep up the intensity ahead of the crucial clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium.They’ve also continued their work with Nisha Srivastava to ensure they are ready for the rigours of rugby league.She said: “A professional rugby player goes through intense training physically and mentally. The nature of the sport is competitive, sympathetically driven (fight or flight), fast and highly demanding. The importance of having a movement practitioner working with any pro team is essential for a player’s longevity.“When working with the Saints I focus on subtle movement patterns using a variety of methods from Pilates, yoga to infant development. This is what we call balancing the Yin and Yang. This balancing aids recovery, rebuilding of connective tissues, breathing, right hemisphere work and mindfulness.“Every injury or pain symptom is multi factorial. The gravitational pull on the body is 9.8 m/s², add additional loads such as physical and mental stress and thus balance becomes more important. Keeping the spine supple is essential for mental clarity and the pump of cerebral fluid.“I have been taking the squad down from primal movement patterns (squat, bend, lunge, push, pull, twist and gait) to infant development moves.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Our official snapper Bernard Platt captured the team in action on the training field and in the gym this week.last_img read more

St Helens The Great The Good by Brian Leyland

first_imgSt Helens: The Great & The Good, by Brian Leyland, is a celebration of the heritage of the town of St Helens and in particular the people that hailed from it.It profiles 100 people who were either born, raised or educated in the town and who have gone on to make their mark on a national or international stage. It includes both historical and contemporary figures and concludes that the town has long punched above its weight.It has been written in a light-hearted manner but with a serious undertone, posing the question whether or not this prolific production line will survive into the future.It is a “must read” for anyone with an interest in the town’s history and will no doubt inspire the next generation.Brian grew up in St Helens and attended St Austin’s and St Teresa’s Primary Schools followed by West Park Grammar School. He graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Modern History with Economics and went on to become a partner at Price Waterhouse (now PwC) working in Liverpool, Düsseldorf, Manchester and London before his retirement in 2010.He is now a director of Hometown Plus Limited, a business which helps restore community and commercial prosperity mainly to towns which have been left behind in the post-industrial era. St Helens: The Great & The Good is his first publication.Priced at £14.99 the book is available in the Saints Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium. It will also be available at our online store shortly.last_img read more

The 28yearold Grand Final winner has put pen to

first_imgThe 28-year-old Grand Final winner has put pen to paper on a three-year contract and will link up with his new teammates in the off-season.“My family and I are really excited to be moving to England,” Lachlan said. “It is a great opportunity to play for such a proud and successful club and I’m really looking forward to settling in and kicking off the 2019 season.”Coote comes to the Totally Wicked Stadium with bags of experience and a winning mentality that has been proven in the NRL.The Scottish international has played 166 times in the NRL after making his debut for Penrith in 2008.He went on to make 83 appearances for the Panthers before he signed for Cowboys in 2014.It was there that his skills and big game experience came to the fore.He played a massive part in North Queensland’s run to the 2015 Grand Final and was integral in back-stopping them to a heart-stopping 17-16 Golden Point win over Brisbane Broncos.The following year the Cowboys became World Champions and Coote scored in the 38-4 win over Leeds at Headingley.“I’m really excited to have such a quality player coming to our club,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “He is an exciting player with a good kicking game and vision.“He will suit our club perfectly.”Coote played City Origin in 2012 and lined up for the Prime Minister’s XIII in their end-of-season match against Papua New Guinea.He has also featured three times for Scotland.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “Lachlan is a proven top class full back or half back with a great all round game. He’s performed for years at the highest level and will also provide experience and leadership within an already strong Saints squad next season and beyond.“We are all looking forward to welcoming him to the Club.”last_img read more

Saffo makes history with another election win Barnett to join council incumbents

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — History was made in Wilmington last night, as Bill Saffo won another race for mayor.Saffo, who was appointed mayor in 2006 when Spence Broadhurst resigned to move out of town, has won every election since 2007. With this win over Todd Zola Saffo will become the longest serving mayor in Wilmington history. He breaks the record of Walter H. Blair, who served for 11 years from 1926 to 1937.- Advertisement – “I’m honored that I’m the longest serving (mayor), but it is business as usual,” Saffo said. “There are a lot of things that our community is facing: opioid issue, the GenX issue, the growth issues that we are dealing with, traffic. There are a lot of things on our plate.”Saffo won with about 85 percent of the vote.It was a much tighter race for the three seats open for Wilmington City Council.Related Article: Elon poll: Half of NC voters say election fraud is ‘major problem’Click here to see the results of all the 2017 electionsIncumbents Kevin O’Grady and Charlie Rivenbark led the way. For the third seat, it was back and forth all night between Clifford Barnett and Deb Hays. Barnett got just 95 more votes than Hays.Coming into Election Night the question was if diversity would be maintained on City Council with Councilman Earl Sheridan, council’s lone African-American member, not seeking reelection. If Barnett is certified the winner during the canvass later this month, council will continue to have a minority voice.Barnett, a minister, says his main goal going into his term on city council is to work on workforce housing, as well as maintaining that everybody gets their representation on city council. He said is humbled by this election.“The city definitely needs diversity on the board,” Barnett said. “But also I think winning means that we want to serve the community. We want our city to be a better place. We want to make sure everyone gets an equal share from the pie. We want to do a lot of things that’s going to help to make our city a better place to live.”The new council will be sworn in next month.The current city council gets back to work tonight at 6:30, when they will discuss a joint opioid resolution with New Hanover County.last_img read more

National fraternity suspends its local UNCW chapter indefinitely

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A UNCW fraternity chapter has been indefinitely suspended effective immediately from its international fraternity.In light of recent controversies nationally surrounding fraternities and sororities, leaders with the Delta Tau Delta fraternity have closed the doors on their UNCW chapter.- Advertisement – The chapter dates back more than thirty years on campus.In a statement to media the fraternity’s executive director Jim Russell said:“They were provided ample opportunities to change direction and align with the core values of Delta Tau Delta. This is not the outcome we had been working toward in the past several months.”The release only detailing that:“The national Fraternity took this action due to the chapter’s repeated violations of Delta (TOU) Tau Delta’s riskmanagement policy.”Related Article: Pinto’s big weekend leads UNCW men’s golf to CAA titleThe chapter is not alone though out of the 30 active greek organizations on campus five are currently on probation by the university.It is still uncertain how the local Delta Tau Delta fraternity violated “risk management policy”.The policy goes over a variety of things not to do from alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, and hazing.WWAY attempted to reach out to the local chapter and have not heard back. We also requested some backstory from UNCW officials and they would not give us any information at the time nor comment on the suspension.According to online reviews, of the local chapter it has had disciplinary problems with the school being put on probation in the past.University policy says local fraternity chapter in no way can operate now on campus for any social, athletic, or business activity.Below is the official release from the fraternity.last_img read more

Party on the water Pedal pub sets sail in Carolina Beach

first_img Sea Legs Pedal Pub in Carolina Beach (Photo: Joe Benson) Mayor Joe Benson said in a Facebook post that the inaugural voyage was on August 11 and says there’s no doubt it is going to do great in the town.According to their website, the 90-minute cruise costs $30 per person or $38 on Thursdays night fireworks cruise. The pedal pub is located at Joyner Marina on the North End of Carolina Beach. Sea Legs Pedal Pub in Carolina Beach (Photo: Joe Benson) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A pedal pub business that’s not allowed on land has now hit the water around Pleasure Island.Sea Legs Pedal Pub opened earlier this month.- Advertisement – 1 of 2center_img Instead of having the pedal pub riding around Carolina Beach’s streets, the bright blue and yellow boat will allow people to drink aboard and enjoy time on the water, where the town can’t regulate the business. Sea Legs Pedal Pub in Carolina Beach (Photo: Joe Benson)last_img read more

Cooper declares State of Emergency to help farmers ahead of Florence

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Florence (all times local):8:20 p.m.- Advertisement – North Carolina’s governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast.Gov. Roy Cooper announced the declaration in a news release Friday evening as the storm neared Bermuda.Cooper says it’s “too early” to know where the storm will go, but he says residents should use the weekend to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster. Some forecast models have shown Florence slamming into land by late next week, while others indicated the storm would curve away from shore.Related Article: United Way Media Day raising awareness and supportCooper also waived transportation rules to help farmers harvest and transport their crops more quickly.The National Hurricane Center said Florence’s maximum sustained winds Friday evening were estimated to be 65 mph. The storm was centered about 905 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west at 8 mph.___10:20 a.m.Florence could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents along parts of the U.S. East Coast this weekend as the storm swirls across the Atlantic.Though weakened to a tropical storm, Florence is expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Bermuda.Forecasters say it’s too soon to tell where the storm will go because there’s still a lot of uncertainty in its long-term track.The National Hurricane Center said the storm’s maximum sustained winds early Friday were estimated to be 65 mph. Florence was centered about 985 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is moving west at 7 mph.Forecasters say two low pressure systems off the coast of Africa behind Florence also have high chances of developing into tropical storms.There are no coastal watches or warnings currently in effect.last_img read more

Deputies investigate after potential threat written on school bathroom wall

first_imgCharter Day School in Leland (Photo: StarNews) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Charter Day School in Leland was sheltered in place Tuesday while the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated a potential threat.According to deputies, something was written on a restroom wall on the middle school side of Roger Bacon Academy’s campus.- Advertisement – Extra deputies were on campus during the investigation.The sheriff’s office says the threat was unsubstantiated.“We always investigate and never take anything for granted,” a sheriff’s office spokeswoman told WWAY.last_img read more

Crews could start widening project on Market Street this spring

first_img The work will include widening and paving the existing corridor, updating drainage, adding signals and installing a raised concrete median. The contract is worth $24.6 million.In 2018, more than 52,000 vehicles traveled on Market Street daily. That number is projected to grow to more than 65,000 a day over the next 20 years.Construction can begin as early as April. The roadway portion of the contract is expected to wrap up in May 2022, with additional vegetation work continuing into late that year.Related Article: Wrightsville Beach, NCDOT considers replacement options for drawbridgeBecause it’s a heavily traveled road, the contractor will be restricted from closing any lanes of traffic between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week. Nightly lane closures should be expected, but at no time will Market Street be closed to through traffic. A road construction sign (Photo: Courtesy of MGN/Tony Magpantay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina construction company has been awarded a project on a major New Hanover County road.The contractor, Sealand Contractors Corp. of Charlotte, will widen Market Street (U.S. 17 Business) in New Hanover County between Middle Sound Loop Road and Marsh Oaks Drive, approximately 1.6 miles.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Updated Watch 5 of the 100 migrants held by Police

first_img A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Five individuals have been arrested upon their arrival at Malta on board the El Hiblu 1.The Police told Newsbook.com.mt that the individuals were held into custody. A total of 100 migrants were on board the El Hiblu 1. <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 Maltese special forces soldier is seen on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi The merchant ship Elhiblu 1 arrives in Senglea in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi SharePrint 1 of 7 A Maltese special forces soldier guards a migrant on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupicenter_img The El Hiblu 1 docked at Boiler Wharf on Thursday at around 8.30am. The vessel was escorted into Maltese waters after an AFM Special Operations Unit team was dispatched to board and secure the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 in order to hand over control of the ship to the Captain. A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Updated (2): Allegedly hijacked vessel left Turkey to Libya; Heading to Malta – ReportsThe alleged hijacked vessel El Hiblu 1 left Turkey to Libya carrying fuel. The Palau-flagged vessel rescued some 108 asylum seekers who found themselves in distress. According to media reports however the migrants took control of the ship when they discovered that they were being taken back to Tripoli.READ: Migrants on cargo ship scared of disembarking in Libya – Alarm PhoneTurkish newspaper Haber Turk is reporting that the vessel’s captain is a Turkish national and among the crew are four Indians, a Libyan and six others whose nationality has not been determined yet.The vessel is reportedly sailing towards Malta however a vessel tracker website shows the ship to be going in Libya’s direction. Its position has not been updated for the past sixteen hours which may well mean that the system has been turned off.Newsbook.com.mt has been asked by the Armed Forces of Malta to send further questions in writing when asked to confirm the number of asylum seekers and whether it was indeed a case of hijack.Various media reports have said that the vessel is headed to Maltese waters.READ: Libyan coast guards force stranded migrants off container ship‘There is a chance its a case of hijacking’ – AFMA spokesperson for the Armed Forces of Malta told Newsbook.com.mt that there is a chance of the case being a hijack however it is not yet clear. The spokesperson said that the El Hilbu 1 which was allegedly hijacked by rescued asylum seekers did not reach Maltese territorial waters. The spokesperson further explained that at present it is not yet clear whether the vessel is on its way to Malta or Lampedusa.Salvini claims vessel hijacked by rescued asylum seekers; “heading to Malta or Italy”Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini claimed that a merchant ship, El Hiblu 1, which had rescued a group of asylum seekers on board of a sinking vessel close to the Libyan shores was made to changed its route by the rescuees.Upon checking the position of the alleged hijacked vessel on a vessel tracking web site, the movement of the vessel shows that it was possibly involved in a rescue operation before proceeding straight to Tripoli, according to the latest information available its last position was received 3.44am local time.The vessel’s movement can be seen in the map below:A Maltese helicopter, registration number AS1428, was allegedly in the zone while the migrants were in distress and possibly even during the rescue was taking place according to an online tracker. WhatsApp A Maltese special forces soldier guards a group of migrants on the merchant ship Elhiblu 1 after it arrived in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbour, Malta, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi The team which stormed the ship was was backed up by AFM Patrol Vessel P51, two Fast Interceptor Craft, and one the AFM’s AW 139 helicopters. P21 kept on escorting and monitoring the tanker throughout the operation.The Armed Forces of Malta embarked on this operation because during communication with the captain of the ship that he was not in control of the vessel and that he and his crew were being forced and threatened by a number of migrants to proceed to Malta. AFM Patrol Vessel P21 then stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters and stormed the ship.During the night @Armed_Forces_Malta conducted sensitive operation on high seas, boarding a ship allegedly captured by #migrants off #Libya and diverted to #Malta. We do not shirk responsibility despite our size. We will now follow all international rules accordingly -JM— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 28, 2019 Asked about the situation, government spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that the government is aware of the media reports and is currently monitoring, however no other information was available at the moment. When asked to confirm hijacking reports, the government spokesperson said that the situation was currently being monitored and not being in a position to confirm or otherwise.According to Salvini, the asylum seekers have “hijacked” the vessel which was on its way to Libya with the group and is on its way to Malta, the Italian media reported on Wednesday. According to the media reports, upon realizing that they were being taken back to Libya, the migrants threatened the crew and captain asking for a change in route. Salvini reiterated that Italy will not take any asylum seekers.La Repubblica reported that the Italian Coastguard is monitoring the situation as it evolves.last_img read more

LinkedIn Wants Prostitutes To Stop Using Its Site

first_imgAdvertisement LinkedIn just rolled out a number of revisions to its privacy policy and user agreement, informing its more than 200 million members through a notice on the professional network’s website.Most of the changes are simplification of the legalese. But one in particular caught our eye. According to LinkedIn, thou shalt not:Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.What surprised us was that this was even necessary. On a site where every action you take is tied to your professional identity, would anyone really take the risk of advertising adult services? – Advertisement – Apparently, Prostitution is a skill for which you can get endorsed on LinkedIn. (Many self-identified experts on the topic work in law enforcement or religious ministries, suggesting that their experience is with catching or counseling offenders rather than offering such services.)Judging by the suggestions LinkedIn’s search algorithm offers, LinkedIn members are actively looking for this kind of professional help. Search on “escorts,” for example, and LinkedIn will prompt you to search instead for the following terms:female escortsindependent escortscall girlshot girlsadult entertainmentescort servicesdubai escortsThis ban is not completely new. LinkedIn previously forbade advertising “unlawful” services. However, prostitution is legal in some European countries, and escort services fall into a legal gray area in many jurisdictions.The clarification appears necessary, as some LinkedIn members appear to have been skirting the older terms to offer risqué business.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Facebook Introduces PeerPeer Payment In Messenger

first_imgAdvertisement When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill, Facebook doesn’t want you to have to open another app like PayPal or Venmo to send them money. So today it unveiled a new payments feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and tap a “$” button to send friends money on iOS, Android, and desktop with zero fees. Facebook Messenger payments will roll out first in the U.S. over the coming months. Facebook And PayPal: Frenemies?Rather than lean on a payments company like PayPal to power the feature, Facebook built it from the ground up from its experience processing over 1 million payments a day through its ads and games platforms. Transactions and payment info are encrypted, and Facebook says “These payment systems are kept in a secured environment that is separate from other parts of the Facebook network and that receive additional monitoring and control,” from an anti-fraud team. – Advertisement – By making payments part of its oft-used messaging service rather than a standalone app, Facebook is looking to edge out dedicated P2P payment competitors like Venmo/PayPal, Google Wallet, and Square Cash, which people open less frequently. That’s the same strategy as the Square Cash-powered Snapcash feature Snapchat launched in November.PayPal gave a statement (emphasis mine) saying:We have had a great relationship with Facebooksince 2008 and currently work closely together to deliver easy payments on a global scale for its games and ads businesses.PayPal has always taken a partnership approach to payments and we will continue to work withFacebook and many other companies on new payments experiences that make it easier for people to send and receive money on both the PayPal and Braintree platforms.When I asked a PayPal spokesperson if the company views Facebook Messenger payments as a “competitor,” they carefully avoided that word but eventually admitted “it does have similar technology and does a similar thing to what Venmo does.” While Venmo makes transfers with most debit cards free, Facebook’s free service will undercut PayPal’s 2.9 percent plus $0.30 fee per transaction from debit cards.“We’re not building a payments business here,” Facebook’s product manager on the feature Steve Davis tells me. Instead, Davis says the goal is to offer P2P payments for free to make Messenger “more useful, expressive and delightful.” Since Facebook makes so much money on ads, $3.59 billion in Q4, it doesn’t have to monetize payments directly. Facebook just needs to keep people locked into its platform and seeing News Feed ads by making Messenger as helpful as possible.Payments In MessengerTechCrunch was the first to report Facebook was building peer-to-peer payments into Messenger back in October when we attained hacked screenshots dug out of Messenger’s code by developer Andrew Aude. Since then, I’ve heard from several sources that Facebook was doing intense internal testing of the feature.In the meantime, Facebook worked with PayPal, Braintree and Stripe to power auto-fill of billing details for e-commerce checkouts, and built a Buy button for making purchases from the News Feed.Davis says the product evolved from a different initial but was cagey about exactly how long Facebook has been working on the feature. He did note that it was well in the works when the company poached PayPal president David Marcus to run its Messenger division.“We wanted to test this and make sure we had really hit a high bar because money is extremely important.” Now its payments in Messenger is ready for a gradual public rollout stateside. Here’s how it works.Once users get the feature, they’ll see a “$” button in the Messenger message composer next to the options to send a photo or sticker. When they tap it, Facebook will ask them to enter their debit card info. Users won’t have to fiddle with finding and entering bank account and routing info, making it easier than some alternatives, but they can only use Visa and Mastercard debit cards. Facebook decided against allowing credit cards because they would entail fees and it didn’t want users to get charged if they didn’t understand.For extra security, users are prompted to set an in-app payments passcode or Apple TouchID fingerprint to confirm transfers, though they can opt out of this extra authentication in the settings. If users already have a debit card on file with Facebook from gaming, ads or donations, they can use that, too.Once the $ button is tapped, users enter the dollar amount and hit Pay. The money is instantly taken from their debit account and delivered to the recipient’s debit account. Facebook never holds the money, though the receiver’s bank will usually take a few days to make the funds available as is standard. Both users see a confirmation message detailing the transfer status and time.In case anything looks fishy, Facebook will ask users some extra financial security questions before a transfer goes through. Afterwards, users can see all their previous payments and funds received in the Payments History section of Messenger’s settings.“It’s obviously not a feature you’re going to use 10 times a day,” say Davis. “But when you do need to send money, this is probably going to be the best way to do it.”Convenience Is KingDavis explains that “conversations about money are already happening on Messenger,” as people chat about bar tabs, splitting dinner bills, and sharing the cost of an Uber. “What we want to do is make it easy to finish the conversation in the same place you started. You don’t have to switch to another app,” Davis tells me.Now the question is whether this is the first step towards Messenger becoming a more full-featured experience. Messenger could follow the trend of monolithic chat apps of Asia like WeChat that let you make payments, e-commerce purchases, hail taxis and more. Messenger is going to have announcements at next week’s f8 developer conference, and we could see more platform ambitions from it then.While only in the U.S. for now, if Facebook opened up Messenger payments internationally, it could help migrant workers send money home much cheaper than through high-fee remittance services. But for now, Facebook says it just wants to get friend-to-friend payments right in the States. “We’ll consider where to take it after that once we get everything nailed down,” says Davis.When people’s money is at stake, there’s no room for bugs.Credit: Techcrunchlast_img read more