A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Labour’s shadow chancellor has described the UK government’s decision to co-host a Global Disability Summit – less than a year after its record on disability rights was dismantled by the United Nations – as “the height of hypocrisy”.John McDonnell, a long-standing supporter of the disabled people’s anti-cuts movement, was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) after addressing a rival grassroots summit organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) in Stratford, east London.He said the government’s summit was an attempt to show that they were world leaders in disability rights “when they are clearly not”, but also “trying to argue that they could somehow influence or teach other countries how to treat fairly and equally disabled people”, which was “just outrageous.”McDonnell (pictured, outside the summit) said disabled people and their allies had worked hard to ensure that the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities had “the fullest information to be able to assess the government’s performance on its policies towards disabled people”.The result, last September, was “an outright condemnation of the role that the government has played”.He added: “It was the height of hypocrisy then for them to host this event.”He said the summit could have been so much more successful if there had been an “honest discussion about what’s happened to disabled people across the globe but also learning the lessons of what’s gone wrong in this country, and the lessons of what’s gone wrong are that disabled people have born the brunt of austerity”.He added: “If what came out of this summit was the admission by the UK government of their mistakes, at least something would come out of it. I doubt that that would happen.”He also said – as he has stressed previously – that he wants DPAC and other disabled people’s groups “to set the agenda for Labour when we go into power”.He told DPAC’s International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit that a Labour government’s policies would be based on the motto of the disabled people’s movement: “nothing about us without us”.He said: “This is not just an open door. It is a solid invitation: when we go into government, you all go into government.”The DPAC summit had heard from representatives of disabled people’s organisations in four countries – Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda – each of whom described how they had fought oppression and discrimination (see separate story).last_img read more

Activists Call Search For New Police Chief Farce

first_imgJim Salinas, a former police commissioner and long-time labor leader who attended the meeting, said that he was “puzzled” by the process. “I thought there would be an exchange between the commission and the community, but this just feels awkward,” he said. In the past, Salinas said that these types of community meetings would allot community members time to voice their concerns through public comment. Before leaving the meeting prematurely, Salinas addressed Petra DeJesus, one of the two police commissioners who facilitated the meeting, saying, “This is not what we asked for and you know why we asked you to be here today: So that the community could talk with you.” The meeting, hosted by the San Francisco Police Commission, was the third of five community forums scheduled throughout the city until the end of August, when the application process for the next police chief is set to close.  The position became vacant after the former police chief, Greg Suhr, resigned following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black woman in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point. That came after weeks of citywide-protests calling for the chief to resign in the wake of fatal police shootings. “The point [of this meeting] is to gather public input on what qualities and characteristics you would like to see in your next police chief,” said Police Commissioner Sonia Malerna, who facilitated the meeting alongside Police Commissioner DeJesus.San Francisco Police Commissioners Sonia Malerna and Petra DeJesus listen to community feedback regarding the appointment of the city’s next police chief. Photo by Laura WaxmannBesides what activists called a poor format for discussion, audience members said the low turnout — some 30 people attended the meeting — raised questions about extent of the outreach done by the firm hired by the city, Ralph Anderson Associates. That firm is also responsible for aggregating applicant’s resumes and evaluating them before passing qualified candidates along to the Police Commission.“This meeting is not representative of the Mission community at all,” said Maria Villata, a Mission resident and relative of Alex Nieto, a 27-year-old security guard who was armed with a taser when shot by four police officers on top of Bernal Hill in 2014.“What was the outreach here?” she said, addressing the commissioners. “The school has loads of resources for you to have contacted families of this district.”Homeless rights activist Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia questioned the firm’s involvement in the process. “You have an outside consulting firm notifying local activists of this meeting? Did you give them a list?” she asked asked the commissioners, pointing out that many Mission community organizations were not represented at the meeting.On Monday, Gray-Garcia led a group of activists in a rally at Mission Police Station calling for a 90-day moratorium on the use of force by officers. They also demanded that the next police chief be selected by the community, an ask commissioners said was unlikely to happen.Homeless rights activist Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia holds banner with names of victims of fatal police incidents. Photo by Laura WaxmannInstead, the Police Commission will pick three candidates from a pool of applicants to be interviewed by the mayor, who has the final say.Audience members wanted to know whether the interim police chief, Toney Chaplin, had already been selected as one of the final candidates. Chaplin expressed interest last week in taking the job permanently and has the support of the Police Officer’s Association, the union for San Francisco police officers.Before his appointment, Chaplin served on the Gang Task Force and in 2012 shot and injured a parolee in the Mission District. Salaverry expressed concern about his track record. “In the next shooting, he is going to feel in alignment with the cop that did the shooting [if appointed as chief]. That’s a terrible start,” he said. But the commissioners assured the group that the selection process would be fair, and that they had no knowledge of which candidates have submitted applications. Gary Peterson, a consultant with Ralph Anderson Associates, said he has received 16 applications for the job, one from out of the country. He said Chaplin would be subject to the same application process and qualification requirements as any other candidate. To ensure greater transparency to the public, John Crew, a former director for police practices at the American Civil Liberties Union, urged the commissioners to make public the names of the final three candidates, as become a standard recruitment practice in other major cities – a suggestion that commissioner DeJesus promised to present to the full commission in September.As community members continued to weigh in on the process, several of activists in attendance snaked a banner around the cafeteria that listed the names of victims of fatal police incidents. They demanded greater accountability for police shootings from the next police chief.“I would like a police chief who can talk to the families of those who have been killed and work with them,” said Iswari España, a candidate running for Mission District Supervisor. “We need somebody willing to look through these cases and take them seriously.” Tags: community • Mission High School • police • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Activists at a police meeting on Thursday that sought input from Mission District residents on the appointment of the next San Francisco police chief said they were being strung along by police commissioners who were not looking for community involvement. “This is a dog and pony show,” said David Carlos Salaverry, a member of the newly formed group San Franciscans for Police Accountability, which seeks reform of the San Francisco Police Department. He was one of several audience members at the meeting who protested when police commissioners instructed them to split into two groups and “talk amongst each other” at a community meeting held inside the Mission High School cafeteria at 3750 18th St., saying that the commissioners were not engaging in a dialogue with community members.Instead, audience members, most of whom were activists involved in anti-police brutality campaigns, wanted a town hall style meeting where speakers are allowed to address the police commissioners one at a time. center_img 0%last_img read more

Developments in Development Rays of Light

first_imgBut hey, that’s something, right?And the pipeline of new housing is positively bursting, in some cases with affordable housing. Preliminary plans have been submitted for dorm-style housing on 15th and South Van Ness, market-rate housing on 24th and Capp, and Mission Housing has been awarded the contract to build affordable housing on South Van Ness and 16th. Plus, some vacant SRO units on Valencia are being transformed into permanent supportive housing for the homeless.More happy things I encountered this week: 0% These 5,000 balloons are up on the building that houses Mi Ranchito produce market – Hoodline has the story on what they are celebrating, namely the 10th anniversary of the party blog Oh Happy Day. Then there’s this mural on 20th and Bryant streets that Sirron Norris is working on. I caught it in its early stages and thought I recognized Bob and Linda Belcher: And indeed, they are the long-suffering (kinda) parents in the animated series Bob’s Burgers, which, as Hoodline reports, has its roots in not just San Francisco, but the Mission specifically.Another ray of light, however tiny: When I see Curbed do these comparisons for renters (“What $X rents you in SF right now”) I always sort of open them while gritting my teeth and cringing. But I have to say that I perked up at this one. Check out their options for $1800 a month – one or two of these actually have a sort of bedroom! Whoa! Craigslist tells a similar story, in that some of the studios advertised in the “super trendy” Mission district come in at under 1800, and are not SROs. Like is this one even real? Be still my heart…Nonetheless, I think it will be a while before we see a deal like this historic Hercules house on the market for $1. center_img Yes, rents are still nuts, yes, only the rich can afford to move here…and yet, most of what I’ve seen floating around this week is kinda positive. I don’t mean to diminish the crisis. Bloomberg has a dispatch from another rent comparison study that really brings it home that yes, San Francisco is officially the most expensive city in the country and we pay big bucks for some bad options.At the same time, as Curbed notes, housing ownership is up slightly (says the census) and it’s still possible for the median earner in San Francisco to afford to buy a house in the city. Sure, it’s only possible in the Bayview and the Tenderloin, but frankly, I’m surprised that those are even within reach of a median earner. With a bit of flexibility on reality, Curbed even comes to this conclusion:So in all, there are ten neighborhoods most of us can potentially buy in most of the time…assuming a fairly generous definition of the median wage, decent loan terms, and that we’re willing to commit way more to housing than is usually recommended. Tags: housing • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

1 coffee and donuts all day at 19th and Alabama St

first_imgDesignMap, a user experience design company on 19th and Alabama streets, is selling $1 coffee and donuts until 5 p.m. today.It’s their second annual fundraiser, according to DesignMap employee Sarah Lutz, who was working her shift at the stand set up in front of their offices. They donate the money they raise to local organizations. Last year, the several hundred dollars they made went to the Boys and Girls Club. This year, the proceeds will go to the Homeless Prenatal Program.Lutz and her shift partner, Rona Asuncion, said they’ve sold a lot of coffee and donuts so far to people who work in the neighborhood and were walking to work. “We’ve been getting a lot of foot traffic from the hospital,” Lutz said. 0% DesignMap is a decade-old company, and Asuncion said it had been in the neighborhood for the last five years. Both she and Lutz are designers, working to make software more user-friendly. Typically, this means they identify the problems of a company’s current website or app then come up with design solutions to meet their goals. Their clients have included Salesforce and the San Francisco blog The Bold Italic. center_img Tags: homeless • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Kinkcom estate sale at the Armory How much for the torture rack

first_imgGone are the days of the Armory’s experimental phase — when Kink.com performers rushed through the halls in robes and red lights blinked outside of studios, telling passersby that — yes — porn is happening, right here and now. “It was really bustling,” recalled Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the production company.  Now you have a chance to own some of these memories as, starting Friday, the Armory will be opening up for an estate sale that will denude the building, once and for all, of Kink’s effects. The four-day sale will run until Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.This will be the BDSM studio’s last hurrah in the building, as the porn production company sold the 104-year-old fortress to an affiliate of the Chicago-based AJ Partners, a social club and resort developer, for $65 million. That’s quadruple the $14.5 million British porn producer Peter Acworth paid for the building in 2006. 0% Tags: Kink.com Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Kink.com has been moving out over the past few weeks, and officially left the building on Sunday, April 1. The company is now in an office near 7th and Mission streets.  Although many of the sexy props were sold when Kink.com moved its production out of the fortress in January 2017, some curios — including a giant hamster wheel and gynecologist’s chair — remain. Other sex toys, including harnesses, restraints and leather straightjackets are also in the mix, although they have not been priced yet. Stabile said many of the items were used on the sets. Kevin Black, the owner of the Yes Co., the estate sale proprietor company handling this sale, has seen his fair share of oddities over years. Regarding the forthcoming Kink.com sale, he was quick to note: “You can’t buy a lot of this stuff at Target.” Torture rack ($350) Photo Courtesy of the Yes Co.Plastic, faux vault door, $250. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co.Gynecologist Chair, $150. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co.Six-foot hamster wheel, $450. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co.Veterinary exam tables, $150 each. Photo courtesy of the Yes Co. last_img read more

THATTO Heath Crusaders are looking to recruit a co

first_imgTHATTO Heath Crusaders are looking to recruit a coach to join an already keen and well established team of players and a structure of administrators, coaches, team and touchline managers and first aiders in time for the start of the 2014 season.Should you wish to volunteer your services you will be made most welcome and be joining one of the premier Clubs in the North West, with facilities and volunteers second to none. We are a former 2012/2013 RFL Community Club of the Year, with circa 350-400 players and 25 teams both male and female.Your duties will be to coach and prepare a team to play rugby league to the best of their ability with the emphasis on player development and having fun with a focus on the enjoyment of rugby league in a safe and friendly environment. You will receive internal coach education and external coaching qualifications and be supported by a team of very experienced volunteer coaches and administrators.The ideal candidate will have some playing or coaching experience (or both) but a lack of such must not prevent you from applying in the first instance to info@thattoheathcrusaders.orglast_img read more

Both teams gave it their all to provide a great ga

first_imgBoth teams gave it their all to provide a great game and we are extremely proud of all that took part.In front of an enthusiastic crowd, the first half was very evenly matched with both teams scoring consistently throughout – including an exceptional full length try by Saints LDRL Captain Mike Thompson.It finished relatively close with Warrington Leading 40-32.The second half saw Warrington LDRL use their speed and width to get around the Saints.The home side scored eight points but the Wolves’ movement took its toll and they saw the game out 60-40.Gareth Foster, Head Coach of the Saints LDRL team, mentioned: “Despite the result I am extremely proud of our team and what they have achieved over the season. I’m delighted with each and every one of our team members. To see all the fans at yesterday’s match cheer us really gave me goose bumps and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their support.“The best part of the night was to see everyone smiling at the end whilst being cheered off by the home crowd.”Saints:Josh Bould (1) John Starbutts (4) Jordan Darbyshire (5) Mathew Hanley (10) Jamie Leatherbarrow (12) Josh Taylor (13) Tom Blanthorn (14) Mike Thompson (9) Connor Harrison (8) Chris Foster (31) Luke Evans (11) Aaron Vose (25) Aidan Travis (20) Jamie Cross (7) Reece Tharme (15) Ben Talbot (AB)last_img read more

Pender students get hands on training in school shooting scenario

first_img 1 of 4 Emergency responders simulate a school shooting with students (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) Emergency responders play the roll of an active shooter during training at PECHS (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students at Pender Early College High School were asked one important question from emergency responders.“If an active shooter were to come into the room, do you think you could get out of the room and survive?”- Advertisement – Pender County students barricade a door during ALICE training (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) According to a news release, Pender EMS Training Chief David Dudding, Pender County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Rowell and Sgt. Eric Wallen participated in ALICE training with students on Friday.ALICE, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, is a training program that equips people with skills to increase their chances of survival during an active shooter situation.center_img Pender County students practice swarming a shooter (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) ALICE training at Pender Early College High School (Photo: Pender Co. Schools) “ALICE training allows students and staff to experience realistic training scenarios and gives them the opportunity to practice ALICE concepts in a safe, controlled environment,” Capt. Rowell said. “They come in with an expectation of what the training will be and leave the course with the realization that they can decide what options increase their personal safety in any given situation.”Related Article: Sub teacher tells students Martin Luther King killed himselfCapt. Rowell, Dudding and Wallen played the role of “active shooters.”Students and staff learned about and practiced several responses to the simulated attack, including working together to barricade the classroom entrance with tables and chairs,  throwing foam balls at the active shooter to disorient him, swarming the shooter and grabbing hold of his arms and legs, disarming and immobilizing him, and evacuating the building safely.It’s training that school administrators appreciate.“It was a wonderful and powerful experience. While we are in the business of educating young men and women for the world that awaits them, we also understand that our parents trust us every day with their most precious possession — their child. ALICE is another tool we can use to make our school safer,” Pender Early College Principal Kevin Taylor said.“Instead of being scared about what could happen, we now feel empowered and prepared,” said Karli Mikula, PECHS teacher.Pender County Schools is piloting ALICE at Pender Early College High School.In a review of school safety procedures, the district’s Safety Committee, comprised of representatives from the school system, local law enforcement, Pender County Fire Marshall, Pender EMS and Fire, and Coastal Horizons, is identifying areas where the district can increase safety at all schools.The Safety Committee is conducting safety walkthroughs at each school campus and has also completed active shooter training with school staff.last_img read more

WANT TO BUY IT Frying Pan Tower is up for auction

first_img 1 of 8 00:00 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 SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WTVD) — The Frying Pan Tower, a decommissioned Coast Guard Light Station turned adventure bed and breakfast, 35 miles off the North Carolina coast is up for auction beginning Thursday, May 3.The tower was built in 1964 to help boats navigate away from the shallow Frying Pan Shoals located nearby.Guardsmen lived in the tower full-time until the 1970s. GPS made the tower obsolete and it sat abandoned for years until the government auctioned it off in 2010 to Charlotte Software Engineer Richard Neal for $85,000.- Advertisement – Related Article: Update on utility outages across Brunswick County“One of the things you realize when you take on something like this and its size and what you have to do to put it in order becomes apparent, you realize this is something you could never actually do yourself so you get volunteers and help others participate,” Neal said. “I realized a few years ago it’s time to let someone else grab the reins and continue on with it,” Neal said.Neal says the auction will run through May and it will close off in June. He hopes to then transfer it over and get the next owner going on their adventure.INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO PLACE A BID HERE.“I just don’t want to have someone else at the end of their life say ‘I regret that I didn’t’ and I can say, honestly, I did and I’m happy to share it with the next guy or gal!” he said.center_img Neal and dozens of volunteers spent a few years restoring the tower and he opened it for visitors as a bed and breakfast unlike any other in the world. Visitors range from divers and fishermen to those seeking adventure and solitude. The tower is now run on solar and wind power and has internet and fresh water captured and cleaned rainwater filtered and UV sterilized.The tower has eight bedrooms, one crew room and can sleep 11 or 12 guests. It even has a hot tub.Neal says the bidding begins at $10,000 for the tower.TAKE A LOOK INSIDE:last_img read more

Man accused of trying to solicit a child online

first_imgKelton Grant Ford (Photo: Columbus County Detention Center) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Cerro Gordo man is accused of trying to solicit a child online.28-year-old Kelton Grant Ford was booked into the Columbus County Jail on Tuesday.- Advertisement – He’s charged with two counts of soliciting child by computer, two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor, and cyberstalking.Ford has already posted bond.The sheriff’s office says this is an SBI investigation.last_img read more

Mandatory evacuation issued for unincorporated areas in Brunswick County

first_img Residents seeking to evacuate who do not have transportation should call (910) 253-5383.Pet Friendly Shelters will be opening Tuesday at 2 p.m. at:West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte) – pet friendlyNorth Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland) – pet friendlySouth Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes) – pet friendlyResidents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.Related Article: ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-FlorenceDogs and cats are accepted at all Brunswick County shelters. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.Those evacuating can find evacuation routes and shelter locations at readync.org or in the free Ready NC app (downloadable at https://readync.org/EN/DOWNLOADAPP.html).Those who have concerns about transportation or other concerns with evacuating should call (910) 253-5383. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all areas of unincorporated Brunswick County. Shelters are opening in Brunswick County at 2 p.m.Due to the storm, emergency medical responders will likely not be able to respond to medical emergencies for those who do not leave the County or seek shelter. Once wind speeds reached a sustained speed of 40-45 mph, it will not be safe for fire trucks and ambulances to be on the road. Depending on storm conditions, the inability to respond could extend for days.- Advertisement – last_img read more

One person dead at West Brunswick Shelter

first_img(Photo: West Brunswick High School Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County spokesperson says one person died at the West Brunswick High School shelter Thursday morning.“We are saddened by the sudden passing of one of our community, and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are now grieving during such an already stressful period,” Brunswick County spokesperson Amanda Hutcheson said.- Advertisement – An investigation into the death is underway. The statement says there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry.“Staff and responders at the shelters are committed to providing a safe location to citizens during the storm,” Hutcheson said.There are no other details at this time.Related Article: New Bern TV station evacuates as Florence’s surge nearslast_img read more

Residents evicted after alleged mold outbreak at Wilmington complex

first_img Residents say they have been told they need to get out, but management has not offered them any help. They only have hours to pack everything. People like Sally Newkirk just want answers.“If they tell everybody we’ve got to leave, we don’t know where we’re going,” Newkirk said. “We don’t have money to go anywhere. I mean, it’s crazy. And it’s not something that just started from the storm.”Newkirk says she has been asking for repairs for years. She says she cannot live like this.. but she has nowhere to go. We have reached out to the apartment staff but our calls were not answered Sunday evening. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  Residents at a Wilmington apartment complex are furious about being evicted from their homes. They say they are being told to leave The Glen apartments with just a day’s notice.The complex got hit with a lot of flooding and damage from Florence. Now their homes are full of mold and water. Some roofs even completely caved in.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Rediscover the joys of learning at BCC Back to the Classroom

first_img The free event offers four classes and participants can take two.  They are:  Canine Angels: Therapy and Service Dogs for Increased Confidence and Independence; The Rise and Fall of Rock and Roll; Emergency Management:  A Global Perspective on Local Response; and Tides & Tales:  An Abridged History of Shallotte and Coastal Hurricane Patterns.Each class promises an immersive and interesting afternoon.The event begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Bolivia campus and ends with a closing reception.Related Article: Gov. Roy Cooper talks grant program, Confederate statues and moreRegistration is required by calling Kathy Lukacz at 910-755-7473. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick Community College Foundation is hosting the people of the Cape Fear at it’s annual Back to the Classroom.It is a day for the community to see the school and find out about opportunities.  You can sample courses and interact with Brunswick Community College Faculty, staff and students.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNSOLVED Hundreds to travel to Wilmington to honor missing people

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of families around the country will join in the Port City this weekend to honor and remember missing loved ones and loved ones who have been murdered.The Community United Effort, also known as the CUE Center for Missing Persons will be holding its 15th annual National Missing Persons Conference for elite training, networking and much more this weekend.- Advertisement – The event will be held in Wilmington on March 21- March 24. CUE plays host to over three-hundred fifty attendees gathering each year in Wilmington, NC; participants vary from families of victims left behind, law officials, social service agencies, death investigations, search teams, and more.The four day event provides free training from renowned experts in the field of search, investigation, victim support, technology and real life experience to include informative tools and methods for solving crime.On Saturday, the public is invited to join all the families for a candlelight service to honor the wall of victims. Three more faces will be added to the wall. Julius Cole Rassin,Steven Ketchum, and Austin Buck Long will be featured this year at the service. Their families will be honored and their stories will be told.Related Article: Appeals court orders sex offender’s conviction be thrown outThe Candle Light Service is Saturday at 7:30 pm at Riverfront Park on Water Street in Downtown Wilmington. This event is free and open to the public.The National Conference began in 2004; promoting the “CUES” concept and training more than 4,500 attendees and volunteers to date.Good Morning Carolina Anchor Hannah Patrick has featured some of the missing cases and murder cases in #Unsolved. #Unsolved airs every Monday morning on Good Morning Carolina. Click here to see details concerning the conference and register.last_img read more

Lack of enforcement on illegal bird killing – BirdLife Malta

first_imgDuring an ORNIS Committee meeting just a week prior to the official opening of the Maltese Spring hunting season, BirdLife Malta criticised the lack of enforcement that worsens the situation that at this point has hunting seasons purposely designed to be smokescreens for the illegal killing of the red-listed Turtle Dove during Spring.Senior police officials were invited to give their input on the Police Force enforcement plans for this year, and in 2018 no individuals were prosecuted for killing Turtle Doves during the Spring hunting derogation period. BirdLife Malta had provided Police with concrete evidence of illegal hunting. One particular case involved an FKNK official who was filmed in Miżieb gunning down a Turtle Dove during last year’s Quail hunting season. Twelve months after the incident, not a single hunter has faced prosecution meaning that these same individuals would be eligible to hunt again this spring without facing any penalties.A Spring hunting derogation such as the one to open between the 10th and the 30th of April may only be justified to the European Union (EU) if it follows a strict number of criteria including that of enforcement. As a result Maltese authorities are obliged to field a ratio of 7 police officers per 1,000 hunters. With 7,647 applications for spring hunting licences, this makes this year’s requirement a total of 54 officers at any one time. While on paper these figures would be reported as a given, their effectiveness is very limited.The responsibility lies with the Government to ensure that the Police Force pursue illegal hunting cases on Turtle Doves. Despite a call from the ORNIS Committee to set up a proper wildlife crime unit within the Police Force to focus solely on environmental crime the Government has done nothing in this regard.Following the ORNIS Committee’s vote on the subject, in the past days, the Government has opted to open a season for Quail only, dismissing the Federation for Hunting and Conservation’s attempt to lift the moratorium on the IUCN red-listed Turtle Dove, yet allowing a hunting season between the 10th and the 30th April on the same FKNK’s request. The last two weeks of April are associated with a peak migration of Turtle Dove, while Common Quail are known to peak earlier in the month, leaving the onus of enforcement on police authorities to prevent the illegal killing of Turtle Doves during this period.Government’s reluctance to act on the matter follows a record year of illegally shot protected birds received by BirdLife Malta since 2013 with a total of 114 known illegally shot protected birds last year. Moreover, we have this year already received no less than 13 known illegally shot protected birds during the closed season. Ten of those were recovered since the start of Spring, seven of them confirmed shot just over the past week. These figures are a mere fraction of what really happens in our countryside. All this indicates that 2019 will be yet another record year for the illegal; killing of birds.BirdLife Malta is encouraging people to report any illegalities seen.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Ħal Far murder enough evidence for bill of indictment

first_imgMagistrate Ian Farrugia ruled on Tuesday that there is enough evidence for a bill of indictment against Lorin Schembri and Francesco Fenech, the two soldiers accused of the murder of Lassana Cisse Soulaymane.During the continuation of the compilation of evidence, a friend of the two accused related how he was with them in the car on the day of Lassana’s murder. He told on how the accused were insulting a dark skin toned man who was passing through Triq il-Ġebel and how they also charged at him after he shouted back at them. The same witness also declared that Francesco Fenech also told him how they had previously run over another dark skin toned man and even showed him pictures of a broken windscreen. The witness doubts that there is any report of this incident.Inspector Keith Arnaud who is also leading the prosecution also continued to report what the two accused had declared and what has transpired during the investigations.The Police sergeant that was stationed at Birżebbuġia and visited the murder scene as soon as the report came in also gave her witness. She told how when they drove into Triq il-Ġebel a dark skin toned man with blood on his jeans came out of an alley and told them that Maltese youngsters drove by and fired shots and him and his friend.In the previous hearing it was uncovered that the accused used to drive to Ħal Far to pick on migrants and that on the day of Lassana’s murder they had originally gone to seek a cat to shot.Lorin Schembri and Francesco Fenech are also being accused of committing a number of others offences.Prosecution is led by Inspectors Keith Arnaud and Trevor Micallef.Franco Debono and Kris Busietta are Lorin Scicluna’s legal representatives whilst Gianella De Marco is defending Francesco Fenech. Arthur Azzopardi is appearing parte civile. For a full report in Maltese read here. WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Compensation of 45 does not guarantee farmers recovery – PN

first_img SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista has insisted that compensation of 45% does not guarantee that farmers will be able to recover and rebuild greenhouses and other expenses which were incurred in last winter’s storm.PN has stated that Government took it upon itself to choose that farmers which suffered for various damages around the island will only be compensated for 45% of the damage dealt.Application for farmers that suffered damages in their fields during February’s storm opened last Wednesday.PN Representative for Agriculture Edwin Vassallo added that while Government was generous in spending in situations that were deemed favourable to it, it only managed to spare €3.5 million for our local farmers.In a statement issued by Government earlier this week, it was explained that farmers can apply for compensation if they suffered any of these expenses:Expenses related to repairing or replacing greenhouses or tunnels;Expenses associated with repairing or replacing dry stone walls and rubble walls which hold soil;Expenses realised regarding repairing or replacing traditional water mills;Any stone or steel work in order to repair or replace damages done in the fields as registered by the VPRD;Expenses as certified by a warranted architect with a maximum of 5% of eligible expenses.Read: Government to seek European funds to cover storm damagesRead: Farmers trapped between local and EU bureaucracyWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Android 50 Key Lime Pie possibly spotted in the wild

first_imgAdvertisement Google’s latest update to the Android platform to the 4.3 Jelly Bean version might have been disappointing for those coveting Android 5.0 aka Key Lime Pie phones, but the rumors suggest that the company will soon bring the latter out in public.Chromium Project bug tracker has found a future build code, KRS36B, on the cloud prints of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 and is assuming it to represent the Android Key Lime Pie version considering the ‘K’ in the code.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Knowing that Google has used the initials of the Android versions in their corresponding build codes, there is a high probability for this new code to be meant for Key Lime Pie.Though this code does not really confirm or reveal any detail about the new version, but adds to the rumors of its possible unveiling soon, most likely in October when a new Nexus 10 is also rumored to get launched running on Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Credit: BGRlast_img read more

Apple A7 chipset to make iPhone 5S 31 faster than iPhone 5

first_imgAdvertisement With just over two weeks until the supposed September 10 iPhone 5S launch event, rumours of what to expect from the new iPhone are flowing in thick and fast.The latest report comes from Fox News anchor Clayton Morris, who claims that his sources are telling him that the A7 chipset inside the upcoming iPhone 5S will offer a 31% speed boost over the current iPhone 5.“I’m hearing it’s very fast,” said Morris in his tweet.Sources are telling me the new iPhone’s A7 chip is running at about 31% faster than A6. I’m hearing it’s very fast.— Clayton Morris (@ClaytonMorris) August 25, 2013 – Advertisement – Given the A6 doubled performance of the previous A5 chipset when it was unveiled in the iPhone 5 last year, a 31% performance boost is not quite as big a step up, although rumours are suggesting that there could be a lot more to the iPhone 5S than just a power boost.Motion Tracking the ‘Next Big Thing’?Shortly after his chipset tweet, Morris was back at it, tweeting that he’s also hearing about a dedicated motion tracking chipset in the upcoming Apple smartphone.While details are obviously scarce, Morris himself argues that it “should be an interesting camera upgrade”.Of course, the rumour mill has always run overtime in the leadup to iPhone launches. Combined with the reported fingerprint scanner, 13MP camera with dual-LED flash and wireless charging, the iPhone 5S is looking like a much bigger jump up from the current iPhone than the iPhone 5 was from the iPhone 4S.However, how many of the rumours actually come true will only be confirmed when we actually get to see the device. Fortunately, that is probably only a few weeks away now.Credit: TechRadarlast_img read more