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One of the disabled armed service veterans who tre

first_imgOne of the disabled armed service veterans who trekked to the South Pole two years ago with Prince Harry has become the new public face of the user-led charity that campaigns for the rights of disabled motorists.Duncan Slater, who has been appointed as the external affairs manager of Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK), has himself been a holder of a blue parking badge since he was seriously injured in Afghanistan six years ago.He was on patrol when the vehicle he was in struck an improvised explosive device, with the explosion throwing him 40 feet and leaving him so badly injured that his right arm was the only part of his body left unbroken.He later had a double lower leg amputation, and had prosthetic limbs fitted, and was medically discharged from the RAF.Slater said that joining DMUK six years on was not a difficult decision because of its focus on the importance of independent mobility for disabled people.After his hospital treatment six years ago, almost the only thing he was allowed to do was drive.He said: “I had to get a car adapted and I was entitled to a blue badge. I realised quite quickly how much independence you had just by driving.”He also rides motorcycles, with the help of an adaptation that allows him to change gears with his hands rather than his feet.“I was keen to get back to riding because I had done a lot of it before,” he said. Continuing his hobby showed him that being an amputee did not mean having to “stop doing the things I enjoy”.Slater, who has an adapted Motability vehicle, has major concerns about the number of disabled people losing their eligibility for the scheme as a result of the government’s move from working-age disability living allowance (DLA) to its new personal independence payment (PIP).Motability confirmed last year that more than 100 disabled people every week were losing their Motability vehicles after being assessed for PIP, while some estimates have suggested that as many as 180,000 DLA claimants could eventually be forced to give up their Motability vehicles.He said: “If you change the goalposts overnight, people are going to be excluded.“It does seem flawed because you can’t have people who are considered disabled and qualify for Motability and then suddenly it’s taken off them.“The worry is, what happens to those people now? Are they now struggling?“I don’t think it will save money in the long run because they will end up having to reply on other services and it just shifts the problem, it doesn’t really solve it.“You can guarantee that there will be people who really rely on those Motability vehicles and then suddenly they have to hand them back.“What do they do now? How do they get to the shops? How do they provide for themselves?”Key among DMUK’s campaigns is the ongoing battle to stop the abuse of accessible parking spaces, which he said can be done by “changing people’s mindsets”, and highlighting why the bays are needed.Slater said: “People don’t need disabled parking bays because they can’t be bothered walking to the shops.“We get phone calls from people who, if they can’t get in a blue badge space in their local supermarket… they will go home, and they will wait another few days, and all because someone is in a blue badge space without a blue badge and they want to go to a cashpoint.”Since 2009, he has had to confront the assumption among many members of the public who see him sitting in his car that he is not entitled to use a blue badge space.He said: “There is a strange perception that if you see somebody young or younger in a car and they pop into a blue badge space, instantly people are watching, because [they think] ‘there’s this young lad, there’s no way he can be disabled.’“I’ve been told off for taking up blue badge bays. People have got me to wind the window down and told me, ‘You should be ashamed.’ “It’s incredibly frustrating. It’s another reason for being here [at DMUK]. If we can change enough perceptions in people then hopefully that won’t happen to someone else.”There is also the ongoing fight to overcome the reluctance of councils and other providers to offer car park ticket concessions to blue badge holders.He said: “It’s trying to get the point across that because you are disabled, it does take you longer to go round the shops, and you are not going to go to the shops as often as most people.”Part of his job will be to run the charity’s Disabled Parking Award, which offers accreditation for car parks that are accessible for disabled people.Slater became the first double amputee to trek the last 200 miles across Antarctica to the South Pole in December 2013 as part of a team which was raising money for the charity Walking with the Wounded.Slater and his fellow team members spent nine hours every day on skis, dragging their belongings behind them, from nine in the morning until six in the evening, in temperatures as low as minus 48 degrees.But he said the process of trekking through the snow was actually therapeutic and “quite cathartic”, and helped him deal with the serious post-traumatic stress he has experienced since 2009.“It’s silent,” he said. “No sound, apart from the howling wind. For me, it helped put everything in order. It was lovely.“Nine hours a day – although you would stop every two hours to eat and hydrate – you were locked into your goggles with your hood up.“You pick things to think about, your mind just drifts constantly, and two hours will fly by, and when you sit down you feel quite at ease with everything. Mentally, it is really relaxing.“You literally think about everything to the nth degree and it helped put stuff in perspective – how lucky I was to be there, to survive the blast, to walk again.”He believes he will be able to take the patience he learned on the trek with him into his new role at Disabled Motoring UK.And he does not rule out asking Prince Harry to support the charity in the future.But he added: “It’s not always great to have people of that magnitude, because people overlook the charity, [because they think], ‘you don’t need our help, you’ve got Prince Harry.’“I would be wary [about approaching him] but if we were doing an event or something where it would really benefit us, then yes, definitely.”last_img read more

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MissionBayview Coalition Protests Police Shootings

first_imgProtesters carrying banners and candles halted in front of the Bayview Police Station at 201 Williams Ave. on Wednesday evening, their confrontational chants turning into cheers when, approaching from Third Street, a second group emerged underneath streetlights. The families of Alex Nieto and Mario Woods, two men killed by the San Francisco Police Department nearly two years apart, led two groups of protesters in a “Solidarity Night March.” One traveled from the site of Nieto’s shooting in Bernal Heights, while the other started at the site of Woods’ shooting on Third street and Palou Avenue. At the police station, they met and the mothers of Woods and Nieto joined hands.The families then shared a Rosca de Reyes, traditionally served in Latin American countries for Three Kings Day.The march represented the formation of an alliance between the “black and brown” communities, explained Oscar Salinas, an organizer with the Alex Nieto Coalition. “We need to come out and show the unity of both communities that are suffering right now. [The Mission] has their back, just as the Bayview has always had our back,” he said. “We found it very symbolic today to share this holiday with the family of Mario Woods,” said Salinas. “The mothers’ pain of losing their children is the same. Only the Nieto family understands exactly what the Woods family is going through.”“We recognize that the African American community suffers exponentially at hands of police, and so has the Mission,” said Mission community organizer Adriana Camarena. “After decades of abuse and no change from the SFPD, we are coming together because we know we are stronger together.”Since the killings, both communities have decried violence at the hands of the police force, accusing the department of covering up for its officers while denying the victims’ families proper investigations and fair trials. Demanding the indictment of the officers involved, leaders in both communities have formed coalitions to seek justice, and have now joined forces.Despite periodic downpours of heavy rain that one protester described as symbolic of “the tears shed for the lives that have been taken from us,” the group remained at the intersection in front of the station, where they met shortly after 7 p.m., for some two hours.Activists, poets, family members and supporters from both communities honored Woods and Nieto. They also repeated a list of demands that  included the immediate resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr, a public apology to Mario Woods’ mother, the firing of the officers that killed Woods, and an independent federal investigation into Woods’ death.“The SFPD has a system in place and a belief that they can kill our community members without any negative consequences,” said protester Jeremy Miller. “But they have acted with impunity for far too long.”“No Justice, No Peace!” the protesters chanted while taking over a lane of the Bayshore freeway. Passing cars honked and drivers raised their fists in a gesture of support for the movement, and the protesters’ voices were muffled only by the engines of dozens of police motorcycles that escorted the march.“The SFPD has zero credibility in the black and brown communities,” said Camarena.At Third and Palou streets, the location where police shot at 26-year-old Woods more than 20 times last month, an equally sizeable group began their night march with a peaceful rally before embarking to the police station. Bayview protesters called Woods’ killing, which became public through a cell phone video, an “execution.”Police officials have said that at the time Woods was shot, he was armed with a knife and was the suspect in a stabbing. After attempts to disarm Woods with beanbag rounds and pepper spray were unsuccessful, police say the officers had no choice but to use lethal force.In Nieto’s case, the police version states that the shooting occurred after Nieto, a security guard who was licensed to carry a taser, pulled the taser and pointed it at the officers. This narrative has been questioned by community organizers and contradicts witness statements. A civil trial is set to begin on March 1.“The civil trial for Nieto is a step forward, and if that were to happen with Woods, it would be a huge concession from the police department,” said labor activist Michael Madden. “It could have the affect of mobilizing people even more and possibly resulting in firing of the officers.”In the wake of Woods’ shooting, Mayor Ed Lee has said that police training does not include enough non-lethal alternatives, and on Wednesday outlined a proposed overhaul to the police department’s training, use-of-force, and weaponry policies. He directed Police Chief Greg Suhr and his department to submit additional policy changes by February 15.With an ongoing federal lawsuit against the SFPD, the agency is prohibited from commenting, said spokesperson Officer Albie Esparza. As far as the police presence at Wednesday’s march, Esparza said it was normal protocol for a demonstration to ensure the public’s safety.“Don’t let them just tell you that ‘Mario Woods’ was another name on the list of names. This was a life. Alex Nieto, he had a life,” said organizer and longtime Bayview resident Eticia Brown, accusing the police department of “racism.”Signs that read “Fire Chief Suhr” and “Jail All Racist Killer Cops” lined the intersection where the two groups met and swaths of officers stood guard silently throughout the evening.“I saw my baby being gunned down 25 times,” shrieked Woods’ mother, Gwendolyn, through tears, in an emotional confrontation with the police.“They can’t even look at her in her face,” said a protester who stood behind Woods as some of the officers dodged eye contact while others shook their heads in silence.Though emotions ran high, the protest remained peaceful.“We’ve been conditioned to think that we can’t fight for struggles that we don’t personally relate to,” said rapper and activist Equipto, who marched alongside Nieto’s parents from Bernal Hill. “But if its right, its right, and that’s what I was taught to fight for.” Tags: protests • SFPD • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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JON Wilkin says attention to detail will ultimatel

first_imgJON Wilkin says attention to detail will ultimately decide the destination of the World Club Challenge.Saints’ captain has been at the forefront of his side’s perfect start to the Super League season.But that will count for nothing when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Langtree Park this Sunday.“We have two wins under our belts and have played ok apart from in our first pre-season game,” Wilkin said. “We are happy with some elements of our game and we certainly need did well Salford.“What I am confident in though is we need to be much better than we have been so far to come close to South Sydney.“If we give South Sydney as much possession as we have given other sides in the opening two rounds then they will punish us a lot more ruthlessly than we have been. We are aware of that and have some easy improvements to make.“Our defence has been exceptional from the back end of last year to the start of this. Most attention has gone into that in the off season. Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi are smart coaches and they have helped us improve dramatically in that area.“That doesn’t guarantee a good night on Sunday – we have to work hard and take that into the game.“We’ve started well and haven’t conceded a lot of points. The cornerstone of any side that wants to win trophies is defence. If you are loose defensively you are liable to be beaten in the big games. I don’t think us or Souths could be called loose in defence.”He continued: “The experience of winning in 2007 (against Brisbane) is something we can use. Having something to draw on, good or bad, is a good learning experience. To beat Brisbane was one of the proudest moments of my life.“Now as captain, leading Saints out into a sell-out Langtree Park, against South Sydney – that will be a special night in my career and something I will be reflecting on after the game. But first we’re all focused on producing a spot on performance on Sunday.“The atmosphere will be special and vibrant. We can’t wait.”last_img read more

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THERE was a large measure of déjà vu on show at La

first_imgTHERE was a large measure of déjà vu on show at Langtree as the Saints produced a first half performance practically identical to that dished up at the Halliwell Jones last Saturday, writes Graham Henthorne.Eighteen points up in the first quarter and cruising then the wheels fell off and the match develops into just the sort of scrappy encounter that no-one likes.But they held their nerve to win 38-22 and record their seventh win in a row.The Saints opened their account taking advantage of a Vikings knock down in their own 10 when Liam Cooper gave an indication of the sort of strong running he would be dealing out all night by beating two defenders on his way over.Olly Davies celebrated his call-up to the first team squad by beating the cover to the left corner. And when Jake Spedding dummied his way through down the right, passed inside only to see the ball knocked back by the covering defender but straight into the grateful hands of Ricky Bailey the Saints were flying.But as at Warrington six days earlier the initiative was handed to the opposition and they took it with open arms. Two tries later and the Vikings tails were up and it was the Saints who were praying for the interval.However, on the stroke of half time the ball was spread to the left hand side and Calvin Wellington found himself in space. The long striding centre easily outpaced the cover to the corner and Lewis Fairhurst’s fourth conversion from as many attempts gave the Saints a bit of breathing space.In the first half the Saints had gone 13 from 13 completions but they opened the second with two from five again giving every encouragement to the visitors.Again two tries later, thankfully the second unconverted, and the Saints were really hanging on to the slenderest of leads.But this side’s nothing if not resilient and for fifteen minutes they scrambled and defended with vigour, repelled everything the Viking threw at them then killed them off in dramatic fashion.A Matty Lees charged down kick led to a handover on half way. Three tackles later and Aaron Smith showed why he is valued so highly as he spotted half a gap from dummy half and shot through it. Josh Eaves took it on and quick hands from the play the ball saw David Eccleston over in the corner.The fans in the ground were then treated to a sign of things to come as a last tackle bomb was superbly fielded by Regan Grace on his own 10. He scooted inside before spotting the gap in the defensive line, shooting between two converging defenders and outpacing the cover over the final 50 metres to the posts finally getting the chance to show off his talents.Jake Spedding gratefully accepted a spilled bomb to fall over the line for the Saints last try giving the score a somewhat inflated look.There was a welcome return from injury for Phil Atherton off the bench but the Saints generally looked a little jaded with the pack unable to exert its usual dominance down the middle.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Ricky Bailey, David Eccleston, Calvin Wellington, Jake Spedding, Regan Grace, Olly Davies, Liam Cooper.Goals: Lewis Fairhurst 5.Widnes U19s:Tries: Ryan Ince, Connor Davies, Will Weir, Jack Houghton.Goals: Ed Chamberlain 3.Half Time: 24-12Full Time: 38-22Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Lewis Fairhurst; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Liam Cooper, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Phil Atherton, 16. Lewis Hatton, 17. Matty Lees.Widnes:1. Ed Chamberlain; 5. Nathan Holbrook, 3. Joe Lyons, 4. Dan McGoldrick, 2. Ryan Ince; 6. Connor Davies, 7. Theo Holt; 8. Ted Chapelhow, 9. Jack Reynolds, 10. Will Weir, 11. Jack Houghton, 12. Matt Whitley, 13. Brad Walker. Subs: 14. Jack Bond, 15. Connor Cutts, 16. Sian Jones, 17. Louis Glover.last_img read more

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SAINTS head into Saturday nights game in Catalan

first_imgSAINTS head into Saturday night’s game in Catalan with seven wins from their last ten meetings with the Dragons.Before last year’s defeat at the Stade Gilbert Brutus they also won five straight in France too.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 18, Catalans Dragons 7 (SLR1, 6/2/15)St Helens 30, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLQSF, 2/10/14)Catalans Dragons 42, St Helens 0 (SLR16, 14/6/14)St Helens 40, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR5, 14/3/14)Catalans Dragons 6, St Helens 26 (SLR23, 3/8/13)St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR12, 12/4/13)Catalans Dragons 15, St Helens 20 (SLR21, 20/7/12)St Helens 32, Catalans Dragons 34 (SLR4, 24/2/12)St Helens 40, Catalans Dragons 18 (SLR22, 15/7/11)Catalans Dragons 16, St Helens 22 (SLR4, 5/3/11)Super League Summary:Catalans Dragons won 8St Helens won 13 (includes win in 2014 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 88 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:Tommy Makinson (1-1-2) has scored tries in Saints last three matches.Consecutive Appearances:Catalans Dragons’ Zeb Taia has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 47. Taia last missed a Dragons game on August 30 2013 – a 20-12 defeat against Leeds at Headingley. His streak then started on September 7 2013 – a 14-12 defeat against Warrington at Stade Gilbert Brutus.1 Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) 472 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 433 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 354 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 315 = Ian Henderson (Catalans Dragons), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 28First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 132 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Jordan Turner (St Helens), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 115 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 106 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 98 = Aaron Murphy (Huddersfield Giants), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 8Goals:1 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 393 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 384 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 375 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 366 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 347 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 308 Travis Burns (St Helens) 289 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 2710 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 25Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.66 (39/45)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 77.27 (34/44)4 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 75.00 (39/52)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 73.46 (36/49)6 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 72.97 (27/37)7 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 72.72 (8/11)8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 72.41 (21/29)9 Travis Burns (St Helens) 71.79 (28/39)10 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 71.69 (38/53)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 942 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 893 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 884 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 875 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 856 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 747 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 738 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 729 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 6210 = Travis Burns (St Helens), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 60last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgLomax picked up a try late on in the second half, but he paid credit to the hosts, Huddersfield as well as the hard-working Saints forwards who helped inspire the Red Vee to a sixth win in six.Hear what Jonny had to say in the video below.last_img

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Groups focused on combating opioid abuse meet at Wilmington church

first_img “It’s very hard, it’s very hard, but you’ve got to want it,” said Kristen McCumby.McCumby is overcoming her past addiction and for a good reason.“I have a five-year-old and she’s worth every bit of it.”Related Article: Wilmington Police arrest multiple people on drug chargesMcCumby and her friend Maria are both in recovery at the Christian Recovery House.One of several centers like the one at Port City Community Church offering the spiritual approach to beat addiction.“There’s this guilt and shame that is associated with addictions all of the time and it’s one of the biggest battles,” said Mark Allen who is the pastor overseeing Refuge. “But if somebody really wants to know where to start, we have so many different resources.”The church opened its doors to host a conversation with other recovery centers to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. Speakers like Robert Childs with N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition say there is a bright spot in the current crisis.“We have used naloxone in community settings here in Wilmington more than Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta combined,” said Childs.Daunting to think about, but what that means is that, at least locally, everyday people are saving the lives of addicts. The state Health Department reports 2017 naloxone use by EMS units was the highest it has ever been, greater than 4000 revivals were documented in the later part of 2017. However, at the same time, overdose deaths due to heroin and fentanyl continue to rise greater than 78% of reported overdoses involved the mixture.“Overdoses are now happening faster than they use to because most of the drug supply we’ve encountered is laced with fentanyl in the tri-county area,” said Childs. “Around Pender, around New Hanover and around Brunswick county.”For those in recovery, they say the clear way to save a life is to make a change.“One day at a time you know and the doors will be opened and you’re going to live a much healthier and safe life,” said Maria Johnson who is in long-term recovery. 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – They’re tackling the heroin and prescription drug epidemic head on around New Hanover County. Monday, members of non-profits, recovery centers, and those who are combating addiction gathered to talk about the latest efforts in recovery and prevention of deaths due to overdoses.Port City Community Church played host to this conversation about how recovery efforts and overdose prevention are on the rise, but so are deaths because of what other drugs are now showing up to fuel this epidemic.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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UNCWs Lumina Festival features Shakespeares Twelfth Night

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) — There is a chance for you to get an amazing experience right here in the Cape Fear with a new production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.The Lumina Festival of the Arts will showcase Alchemical Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Crew says it’s a play about mistaken identities, a shipwreck, women dressed as men, and a “most wonderful” love triangle.- Advertisement – Showtimes:July 12, 19, 21, 26, 28 at &:30 p.m.July 15, 28 at 2 p.m.WWAY’s Randy Aldridge spoke with Fred Grandy and Ashley Strand, who are in the show, about the details of the production.Get tickets.last_img read more

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Deadly explosion in Durham puts perspective on the seriousness of gas leaks

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tragedy struck in Durham Wednesday after a reportedly punctured gas line results in a deadly explosion. The event also injured a Bull City fire fighter.The gas leak was reported at Kaffeinate Coffee shop around 9:30  a.m. The explosion happened shortly after at 10:00 a.m. according to authorities after a contractor hit a gas line.- Advertisement – Our affiliates in Raleigh have confirmed with the city that the owner of the shop, Kong Lee, was the victim.It’s a tragic visual aid of the dangers of gas leaks. We asked Wilmington Fire officials about reported leaks. Wilmington Fire lost a chief more than 30 years ago when a gas line exploded.Battalion Chief Patrick Campbell says each situation may vary, but there is no doubt the danger gas can pose if enough leaks out.Related Article: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert in Wilmington canceled“A gas emergency, the smell of gas or a reported leak is an emergency and you should take it seriously,” Campbell said.Campbell adds that the truth is gas, either propane or natural, has no actual color or smell except for an additive in the gas to alert homeowners or room occupants.“The additive that is put into the gas is there so that your nose detects it, but that doesn’t tell you how much gas is there,” said Campbell.He says the tragedy in Durham is situational and that a leak could be a simple issue with a stove or a full-blown puncture of a line. Nonetheless, he says if WFD treats it as an emergency, so should anyone near it.“If an authority or construction worker says there’s a gas leak, need to go.”last_img read more

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Masonboroorg needs volunteers for July 4 island cleanup

first_img Masonboro.org was formed to maintain the island. Tom Hackler is the president. He said they are in good shape for daytime volunteers, but could use some more hands for the evening shift.“We still are in need of some late afternoon volunteers, 4:00 until closing,” Hackler said. “It generally winds down by sundown. Everybody’s basically ready to get off the island by then. We’re usually the last ones there.”If you would like to contribute to their cause whether it’s by donation or volunteering, please visit their website to sign up. Masonboro Island volunteers begin cleaning up on July 4, 2018 (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) MASONBORO ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Each year Masonboro Island is a popular place to celebrate Independence Day.The uninhabited island is only reachable by boat, but that won’t stop people from sailing in by the hundreds. This often leads to a need for extensive clean-up by volunteers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Migrants not granted asylum should be sent back to their country –

first_img <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> SharePrint The Court of Magistrates presided by Magistrate Joe Mifsud is warning of the “constant phenomenon” in relation to the increasing amount of persons travelling to Malta without valid documents. The Court also said that such actions undermine the country’s security. The Magistrate added that migrants that are not granted asylum should be sent back to their home country.The Magistrate said this on Sunday during the court hearing of a case involving a 28-year-old Chad national who was refused asylum by the Maltese authorities. The man was arrested at the Malta International Airport whilst he was trying to board a flight heading to Pescara in Italy with a passport and Italian residence permit belonging to someone else.Magistrate Mifsud also said that the rule of law cannot be broken, not even during times of conflicts and acts of terrorism in countries neighbouring Malta, as such cases of illegal immigration might deter innocent third parties. The Court also asked immigration authorities to automatically start sending similar cases back to their country of origin.Due to the fact that the accused pleaded guilty of the accusations brought against him, and he is also homeless, the Magistrate ruled that the appropriate punishment should be imprisonment. As the accused cooperated with the Police and had a prior clean conduct, he was sentenced to six months in jail after which he will be sent back to his country of origin.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Malta registers largest population increase in the EU

first_img SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Malta’s population rose to almost half a million according to newly published statistics by Eurostat. The country has recorded the largest population increase among EU member states with an increase of 36.8 per 1,000 residents.The largest population increase among EU member states was observed in Malta, followed by Luxembourg (19.6 per 1,000 residents), Ireland (15.2 per 1,000 residents), Cyprus (13.4 per 1,000 residents), Sweden (10.8 per 1,000 residents), Slovenia (6.8 per 1,000 residents), Belgium (6.1 per 1,000 residents), Spain and the Netherlands (both 5.9 per 1,000 residents) and the United Kingdom (5.6 per 1,000 residents).The largest population decrease was recorded in Latvia, followed by Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Lithuania.The estimated total population of Malta and Gozo stood at 493,559 at the end of 2018, which means an increase of 3.8 percent when compared to 2017.According to the National Statistics Office (NSO) the population increase in 2018 was largely driven by immigration.The difference immigrants and emigrants throughout 2018 stood at 17,102 persons. This resulted in an increase of 17 percent over the previous year.The biggest number of net migrants was registered among men with 10,835 against 6,267 females. The largest share of migrants were third country nationals at 9,209 followed by other EU nationals at 7,349 when adoption is excluded.Net migration of Maltese nationals was estimated at 480, as there was a total of 1,579 Maltese nationals that migrated to Malta, and a total of 1,099 Maltese nationals that emigrated out of the country.The number of births registered during 2018 increased by 2.9 percent over the previous year. There were approximately nine births for every 1,000 persons in 2018. However the fertility rate was observed to have decreased over the past decade.Residents deaths rose by 3.3 percent over the previous year.The population of the European Union was estimated at almost 513.5 million. During 2018 more deaths than births were recorded in the EU, meaning that the natural change of the EU was negative.The official statistics were released ahead of World Population Day.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>last_img read more

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Rudy bids farewell to Bayern

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Sebastian Rudy has joined Schalke 04 from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich for €16m. The German midfielder has signed a four-year deal and is set to replace Leon Goretzka who joined the reigning league champions on a free transfer.Rudy moved to Bayern last summer from Hoffenheim but failed to break into the first team. He made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Bavarian club but was not part of Niko Kovac’s future plans. The 28-year-old boasts 26 international caps for Die Mannschaft and was part of Joachim Löw’s squad that exited this year’s World Cup at the group stage.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Aguero prolongs his stay at Manchester City

first_img SharePrint Sergio Aguero has decided to sign a one-year contract extension worth around £220,000 per week with Manchester City. The 30-year-old Argentine striker joined the Citizens in 2011 from Atletico Madrid and is there all-time leading goalscorer with 204 goals in 299 matches. His most prolific season came in 2016-17 when he scored 33 goals even though Manchester City ended that season trophy-less.According to the Daily Mail, Aguero had considered leaving Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s first season in England and Atletico Madrid were keen on re signing the striker. However Aguero has now decided to stay at the Etihad Stadium until 2021.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Iran set to launch its own Internet

first_imgAdvertisement Of course all the speed in the world won’t help Iranians get onto some of the world’s most popular sites. Facebook and Twitter are, and will continue to be, blocked in the country, along with any opposition parties’ websites, and anything that is deemed morally or politically inappropriate.Not only is Iran getting its own Internet, it won’t have any need for Google anymore when it gets its own search engine by 2012. The search engine will be called ‘Ya Haq,’ meaning, ‘Calling God.’According to previous announcements by Taqipour, Iran’s Internet will be in beta testing in less than a week, in which some users will get the chance to try out the so-called Clean Web. – Advertisement – Source: Thenextweblast_img

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Twitter bans automated following

first_imgTwitter Advertisement Twitter has put a ban on automated following and lightened restrictions on third-party curation services. This is after it updated its developer guidelines with a number of changes and clarifications.This update, which affects both Twitter’s Rules of the Road and Display Requirements, continues the company’s decision to aggressively dictate how developers should and should not utilize its network.[related-posts] – Advertisement – On the subject of curating tweets with posts from other networks, it appears that as long as such curation is done manually, it has Twitter’s blessing which is certainly good news for startups like Storify.Twitter developer advocate Sylvain Carle says third-parties are no longer allowed to host “datasets of raw Tweets for download.” As for services that enable automated and bulk following, these have firmly been axed.Source: TNWlast_img read more

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Microsoft reorganises to focus more on devices

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has outlined a new strategy for the group, focusing more on devices and services and moving away from packaged software. He also announced a new organisation for the company, ending its current business groups focused on different products. The new structure is based around business functions, in order to encourage cross-company collaboration on major product initiatives.The structure will include four engineering groups: Operating Systems led by Terry Myerson; Devices and Studios led by Julie Larson-Green; Applications and Services headed by Qi Lu; and Cloud and Enterprise led by Satya Nadella. Dynamics will still have a separate group, led by Kirill Tatarinov, and Eric Rudder will head a group working on Advanced Strategy and Research, for longer term policy.[related-posts] Tami Reller remains head of the Marketing Group, and Mark Penn will help her lead new centralized advertising and media functions. Kevin Turner remains COO, in charge of sales, field marketing, services, support and stores as well as IT, licensing and commercial operations, and the Business Development and Evangelism Group, headed by Tony Bates, will focus on key partnerships, such as work with OEMs, silicon vendors, key developers, Yahoo and Nokia. As part of the changes Microsoft Office head Kurt DelBene will be retiring, and Ballmer’s adviser Craig Mundie will leave at the end of 2014. Rick Rashid also will step down from running Microsoft Research to work on OS research. – Advertisement – Credit: Africa Telecom & ITlast_img read more

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Airtel and Warid Innovate as Sim Registration Deadline Draws Near

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel and Warid today, 31st/July at a press conference launched an innovation and campaign to pull more people to register their SIM cards and beat the registration deadlines as set by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on 31st/August/2013.The innovation and campaign packages the following offers;“Partial” Registration introducedIf you register you get 20 minutes of voice and 20 smsAirtel Warid Registered Customers to register any other numbers by simply sending their unregistered number to 197 tolls free.Unregistered customers to be disconnected by the 30th August 2013Count down sms message reminders to be sent to customers reminding them of the final registration deadline of 30th August 2013For the past few months, Uganda Communications Commission, the telecom regulatory body in Uganda has been extending the deadline for SIM card registration. The commission made it clear that telecoms will have to block all those users who failed to register their SIM cards in the allocated time. – Advertisement – In line with this policy, Airtel and Warid would like to stress the urgency of the registration exercise to all of its customers who would like to continue using mobile phone services but have still not registered despite the numerous deadline extensions.A final deadline for 31st August has been put in place by the regulator. If any user has not yet registered by that date, they will be blocked and will have to go and fully register before they can re access mobile services.To ease the registration process, Airtel and Warid have made an exciting offer of partial registration where a customer during this period will have the chance to register and have their phones exempted from blocking. Partial registration also means that the customers will not be affected by the 31st August deadline despite the fact that they have not yet fully registered.If any customer is already registered with us and has another number to register they should send it using the registered number by SMS to 197 and it will automatically be added to their registration data.Airtel and Warid continue to inform their subscribers that this time it’s the real deadline and come 31st/August/2013, unregistered subscribers WILL be switched off.last_img read more

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Best new apps for your smartphone

first_imgGoogle Keep takes notes that are easy on the eye Advertisement Last week was all about Android, with Google unveiling a pair of new Nexus smartphones to act as flagships for its Marshmallow operating system – which begins its rollout next week – and we have quite the selection of apps for anyone who’s thinking about upgrading.But you don’t have to be on Android to enjoy the latest edition of our apps round-up, as this week’s highlights include a cross-platform application that pools the audio output of all your devices, and the arrival of Google Keep on iOS.Password Chef: Available on: iOS Reports of hackers and data breaches making you paranoid? This app will give you peace of mind by supplying you with the kind of passwords that even Alan Turing would struggle to crack. – Advertisement – Password Chef has been specially designed to cook up letter and number sequences that form the basis of near-unguessable passwords, storing them on your device under the protection of a pin code.As these passwords only exist locally on your device, you can rest easy knowing that cyber criminals are never going to get their grubby mitts on them.[related-posts]Google Keep: Available on: iOS, Android Google Keep is a popular app for taking notes that are easy on the eye. This week, it made the jump from Android to iOS to give Evernote a run for its money.It lets users capture, edit, share, and collaborate on notes from any device on the go – and its arrival on iOS means users can work together across mobile platforms.Google Keep is for you if the idea of text-only notes bores you. With this app, your random scribblings will be adorned with photos, colours and embedded audio clips.Kibo: Available on: iOS Kibo is a keyboard app for iPhone that adds extra layers of privacy and security to all of your correspondence.Any messages typed on its digital keys can be locked away from prying eyes at the touch of a button and replaced with an innocuous phrase – only you and the recipient will have access to the underlying text.It’s the kind of app that would come in useful if you happen to work for MI5, or failing that, you simply value privacy over all else.Firefox Browser for Android: Available On: Android Failing to provide freedom of choice on web browsers is the kind of thing that can get you sued – just ask Microsoft – but nobody can accuse Google of that.The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox has just touched down on Android, bringing with it a crop of new features for those who find Google Chrome isn’t everything they want it to be.The new Firefox includes a quick-search feature, improved bookmark management with duplicate detection, and the option to open apps from browser links.Tweetbot 4:Available on: iOS If you think that the official Twitter app is the best way to experience the microblogging service on iOS, you’d be wrong.Tweetbot is the best third-party Twitter client on the App Store, and the latest version makes it even better, with stylish new animations, an overhauled profile page, and a landscape mode.Its headline feature is the new Activity tab, which collates all of your notifications into a single stream. Moreover, Tweetbot 4 is a universal app that syncs your timeline across iPhone, iPad and Mac.[DigitalSpy]last_img read more

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College kids are obsessed with an xrated Snapchat alternative called Fleek

first_imgFleek an app becoming popular on campuses as an unfiltered alternative to Snapchat. Image Credit: Amazonaws Advertisement These days, college kids are on Fleek.No, not “on fleek” as in they are cool or good, they are literally on Fleek an app becoming popular on campuses as an unfiltered alternative to Snapchat.“It’s like Snapchat, but with more boobs,” one Georgetown University sophomore, who wished to remain anonymous, bluntly described the app to Tech Insider. The app started gaining popularity on the Georgetown campus at the end of fall semester in 2015. – Advertisement – Fleek, like Snapchat, lets users upload and share videos and photos that disappear after a set amount of time.Users select their university and all posts are compiled into a giant story that can be viewed by anyone using the app.Unlike what you see on an official Snapchat story, posts on Fleek aren’t moderated Anyone can submit anything think nudity, kegs, and marijuana and it’ll go up on the app. Plus, there’s also a peek feature that let’s people who aren’t on campus take a look.“I like that it’s not curated,” Georgetown sophomore Will Haskell said. “A lot of Snapchat stories are so highly curated and when you live in a major city like we do, you have such a low likelihood of seeing your Snap make the cut. Fleek feels more real.”Of course, that’s not necessarily a good thing for a college campus.“The stakes are definitely raised on Fleek because everything you send is going to go on the app,” Haskell also explained. “People are definitely going to see it.”For the most part, the Georgetown students we talked to said the content on Fleek is harmless, if not a little NSFW.But, as you might have already guessed, not every student is prudent about what they post on the app. And like Snapchat, it’s easy to screenshot a photo or video to save Fleek posts for later viewing or sharing.[related-posts]“One of my friends posted a video of me that was pretty violating,” a female student, who also wished to remain anonymous, told TI about a video that was shared of her suggestively licking a lollipop. “Multiple people texted me about it after it happened.”Fleek isn’t the only app on the market offering a potentially controversial look at college life. Yeti-Campus Stories offers a similar platform and faced criticism in 2015, after a video of an alleged sexual assault was shared on the app. Fleek has already been met with resistance at schools like Florida Gulf Coast University.Still, at Georgetown, nothing serious has happened as a result of Fleek. At least, not yet.“It’s only a matter of time,” Haskell said. “It’s really a problem waiting to happen.”Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.[Tech Insider]last_img read more

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