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Dangerous cuts to the care packages of former re

first_img“Dangerous” cuts to the care packages of former recipients of Independent Living Fund (ILF) support are exposing “false” government promises that they would not lose out when the fund closed say campaigners.One London council Waltham Forest, has admitted cutting the support packages of 28 former ILF-users since the fund closed at the end of June, even though it received nearly one million pounds from the government to maintain support for them and about 40 other former ILF-recipients for the rest of 2015-16.Of the 28 disabled people whose support has been cut in Waltham Forest, disabled campaigners are aware of at least eight who have experienced “really significant” cuts.Last month, Disability News Service (DNS) revealed that another London council, Hounslow, had slashed a disabled woman’s support by 48 hours a week after the fund closed.ILF was run by the Department for Work and Pensions and when it closed on 30 June was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But the coalition government decided that it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.But the transition process has been hit by reports of delays in reassessments for former ILF-users and cuts to their care packages, and government pre-closure statements and pledges appear now to be falling apart.Two days before May’s election, chancellor George Osborne told an ILF-user on a regional television programme that the government would “demand” that councils spent the extra funding they would receive on former ILF-users, even though that money was not ring-fenced.And Esther McVey, at the time the minister for disabled people, said in 2012 that the government believed that “the needs of current users could be met in a more consistent and effective way within a single cohesive system”.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, which is working with other user-led organisations to research the impact of the ILF closure, said the situation in Waltham Forest “does not look good”.She said: “What is really clear with Waltham Forest is the whole approach has been on the assumption that cuts are inevitable, even though they have got something like [£955,000] in ILF funding [from the government].“They have just gone on the basis that there are going to be huge cuts.”Lazard said individuals had not been given independent advocacy through the assessment process, as they should have been under the new Care Act, while there were concerns about the process itself, and the lack of clear information about how to appeal.She said: “It’s really shoddy and the impact is hugely dangerous.“One of our concerns is that for a lot of ILF-users they have had minimal or no contact with the council and they are not in contact with community organisations. They could effectively be suffering these cuts in silence.”Lazard said that government promises that closing ILF was just a “process issue” and was about “getting rid of an anomaly in the system” were “tantamount to lying”.She said: “It is absolutely false. It used [the closure] to save money. There was no evidence to suggest that there would not be cuts. To hide behind that is adding insult to injury.”Gabriel Pepper (pictured), one of the most prominent campaigners against ILF closure, has seen his support package cut by Waltham Forest from 72 hours to 38 hours a week since ILF closed.Last week, he and other disabled activists held a protest about the cuts outside the council’s offices.He said the cut to his support risked leaving him a “prisoner in my house”, while he feared that his quality of life could “disappear”.He said: “My council at Waltham Forest was given £955,686 to do this, so where is all the money going?“It’s being squandered on pot holes, flower beds outside the town hall, huge salaries for suited executives and fancy painting on shop fronts.”Another former ILF-recipient from Waltham Forest said the way the process had been conducted by the council had been “inhuman, messy”, with “very poor standards of information”, and care packages cut before people’s appeals against those decisions had been heard.She said: “I am coming across people who have been bullied [by the council]. The whole process has been a complete shambles.”She knows three carers who have been told by the council that their relatives would be better off in a care home now ILF has closed.She added: “There is an acceptance of the inevitability that people are going to be institutionalised, which I find really scary.”Neither the Department of Health nor DCLG had commented by noon today (11 September).Waltham Forest council had not replied by noon today to email and telephone messages from DNS asking for answers to a series of questions.last_img read more

A disabled employee of the Department for Work and

A disabled employee of the Department for Work and

first_imgA disabled employee of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says he attempted to take his own life and experienced life-threatening physical health complications because of a culture of workplace bullying and discrimination.Paul* spokeout about his own experiences after reading a Disability News Service (DNS)report describing how DWPrepeatedly failed to make reasonableadjustments fordisabled people who were recruited into its Community Partners scheme.His accountof his own experiences working in a separate part of DWP adds to mountingevidence of disability discrimination within the department.Onlylast week,DNS reported how the proportion of DWP staff who say they have been victims ofdisability discrimination at work in the previous 12 months has risen by about50 per cent in just four years, according to Civil Service figures.There wasalso a rise of more than 10 per cent in just 12 months in the number of DWPstaff saying they had personally experienced disability discrimination at work,from 1,462 in 2017 to 1,612 in 2018.Thesestatistics, combined with other Civil Service figures, suggest that more than athird of disabled DWP staff experienced disability discrimination at work in2018.The latestevidence of discrimination within the government department responsible for themuch-criticised Disability Confident programme also further strains thescheme’s credibility.DWP itselfhas secured the status of Disability Confident Leader, the highest of threelevels within the scheme, which aims to work with employers to “challengeattitudes towards disability” and “ensure that disabled people have theopportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations”.Paul attemptedsuicide as a result of the abuse and discrimination he experienced, while theincreased stress levels led to significant, lasting and potentially fatal healthcomplications.He said hewas still waiting for all the reasonable adjustments he needed to do his job, morethan 18 months after he requested them.He said hehad received phone calls from fellow disabled employees who were in tearsbecause of the failure of the department to make the reasonable adjustmentsthey needed to do their job.Paul saidthat when he and others pass on concerns about the impact of bullying andharassment on their mental health, they are told to take anti-depressants orseek counselling, while the staff and managers responsible are moved to otherdepartments or rewarded with promotions.Hisexperiences with DWP have had, he said, “a devastating effect on my careerprospects, a devastating effect on my potential earnings, and a devastatingeffect on my potential life expectancy and ability to live on my own”.He added: “Infact, this has had a devastating effect on my life.”DWP’swidespread failings call into question its fitness to judge disabled people’seligibility for benefits, he added.A DWPspokesperson said: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring allcolleagues, including those with disabilities or health conditions, get thesupport they need to thrive. “The department has a duty of care to its colleagues andaims to lead by example as a Disability Confident employer, following bestpractice in recruiting, retaining and developing disabled staff. “This includes making workplace adjustments for staff whorequire them and providing a dedicated team to deliver this.“We have in place robust processes for colleagues andmanagers to follow in relation to diversity and inclusion and, while the numberof staff reporting disability discrimination is very small, we treat any caseextremely seriously.”She said DWP takes “active steps” to promote equality,and that more than 10,500 employers have signed up to Disability Confident,while the department was modernising its recruitment practices to make them “fairer and moreinclusive”. She added: “Shouldany individual feel they or their circumstances have not been treated withrespect; believe they have been treated unfairly; or not in line with ourinclusive principles, our policies and procedures provide a route forescalation so it can be considered and addressed.”*Not his real name. DNS has disguisedhis occupation within DWP and has not provided full details of the healthproblems caused by the discrimination he has experienced to avoid identifyinghimSamaritans can be contacted free, 24 hoursa day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.orgA note from the editor: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 note 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…last_img read more

A majority of Labour members believe that Alastair

A majority of Labour members believe that Alastair

first_imgA majority of Labour members believe that Alastair Campbell should not be readmitted to the party as a member, the latest LabourList survey has found.Of 7,650 party members polled by LabourList over the weekend, over 50% said he should not be let back into the party while 43% said he should be. The rest were uncertain.A lower percentage of LabourList readers as a whole, including non-members, believed he should not be readmitted. They were more evenly divided than members, with 48% against readmittance and 46% in favour.Campbell, a director of communications and spokesman for the Labour Party under Tony Blair, was automatically expelled from the party after announcing on television that he had voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections.Commenting on the decision at the time, a Labour spokesperson said: “Support for another political party or candidate is incompatible with party membership.”The Blairite critic of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s Brexit policy has stated that he intends to appeal his auto-exclusion, and many Labour members have expressed their support and solidarity – particularly as others also voted against Labour.But LabourList-reading members who took our latest survey are divided on the issue, with fewer in favour of readmitting him (43%) than against (50.6%).Appearing on ITV’s Peston last week, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey suggested that the story had been engineered by Campbell to cause trouble in the party.“Alastair knew exactly what he was doing,” the trade union leader said. “He knows that there’s an auto-exclusion policy within the Labour party rules. He did it to create a controversy.”Do you think Alastair Campbell should be readmitted to the Labour Party as a member?Click to enlarge.Readers:No – 47.6% (4,420)Yes – 45.9% (4,264)Don’t know – 6.5% (602)Click to enlarge.Members:No – 50.6% (3,869)Yes – 43% (3,289)Don’t know – 6.4% (492)The survey was open from 11am on Sunday 2nd June until 6pm on Monday 3rd June. Thank you to all 9,286 readers who took part. Read the full results here.Tags:Labour /Alastair Campbell /labour members /European elections 2019 /last_img read more

Las Palmeras — Come for the Sopa Stay for the Pupusas

Las Palmeras — Come for the Sopa Stay for the Pupusas

first_imgI’ve been walking by Las Palmeras for years — 13, to be exact. But they’ve been around for 30 — since 1988! It is an old school, Salvadoran-family-owned restaurant and, on any given day, you can walk by the big picture windows and see people slurping up bowls of their renowned sopa de res (beef soup).The décor is casual and simple — a few Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera prints here, a crucifix and some pottery there — but the booths and banquettes are the old-fashioned, red-vinyl kind that take you back to another time. They serve Salvadoran specialties as well as Mexican food.The chips and salsa are rather addictive, so it’s a good thing they don’t give you too much. On this first visit, I had to try their signature dish:Sopa de res. 0% A chile relleno with ground beef — rather mild-tasting but good — and a delicious chicken tamale. Salvadoran tamales are the most tender, in my opinion, and this one was no exception. Unfortunately, that rice was no fluke: it was still quite forgettable on this second visit.I had a previously-unknown-to-me Salvadoran dish called ejotes rellenas:Ejote relleno. Ejotes are green beans, I learned (they’re called quite a few different things in other Latin American countries) and, instead of being stuffed, which would be all but impossible to do, they are laid side-by-side, enveloped in cheese, then battered and fried, with a tomato sauce poured over them. The sauce had a very herby flavor to it that I couldn’t identify — unusual. But good!The service was friendly, but can be slow. I attribute that to the cooking being fresh and made to order. There’s a full complement of seafood dishes to try — such as camarones of every stripe — and I’m dying to sample their breakfasts, as well as some of their other soups. They serve beer, wine and fresh jugos, tooFor all the assaults to our sensibilities that we are exposed to daily in the Mission, it’s gratifying to see a family business like this hold its ground.Las Palmeras2723 Mission St.San Francisco, CA 94110(415) 285-7796Cash only center_img Holy cow! The broth was super beefalcious, richly flavorful, with a good hunk of beef. Full of veggies, too — the zucchini was particularly good. Such a huge serving, as is typical. I managed to eat down about a quarter inch of this baptismal font, and the rest came home with us.Because I also had to get the taquitos:Shredded beef flautas.Or flautas, as they’re known here. I thought they came a la carte, but they arrived with rice and beans. The beef inside was a bit tough, but tasty. I love the taste of freshly fried tortillas — so much corny goodness emanates from a dish like this. The rice, unfortunately, was some of the blandest rice I’ve ever had in a Mexican restaurant, which is a crying shame. The beans were good, but I was sad that the guacamole mentioned on the menu for my flautas was nowhere to be seen. Instead, they came with crema and a tomato sauce, but I used the salsa to drown all my sorrows.The BF ordered a chicken enchilada:Chicken enchilada.It came with the same rice, but the enchilada was wonderful, with very tender chicken.He also ordered two carne asada tacos (because I refused to let him order a burrito) and they were great.Carne asada tacos.Really nice char on the steak, hefty slices. These would have been enough for a meal, so while the price-per-taco may be high, you definitely get your money’s worth.On our second visit, we both knew what we were going to get.Pupusas.Pupusas! Seriously? Maybe the best ones I’ve had yet. Who knew? We had the loroco-and-cheese and the chicharron-and-cheese. The chicharron here was more like shredded pork than ground, and so much more flavorful than others I’ve had, with a very pleasing texture. Their curtido was a tad less tangy than others, which was OK by me. This will definitely be our go-to for pupusas from now on.For his main, the BF got a combo plate:Chile relleno y tamale de pollo. Tags: food • restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round 25 game with Castleford Tigers.Michael Shenton, Josh Jones and Jon Wilkin miss out through injury, but there is a return for Sia Soliola.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 34. Adam Swift.Ian Millward will choose his Castleford side from:1. Richard Owen, 2. Nick Youngquest, 5. Josh Griffin, 7. Danny Orr, 8. Jacob Emmitt, 10. Craig Huby, 13. Steve Snitch, 14. Stuart Jones, 15. Adam Milner, 16. Ryan Hudson, 17. Lee Mitchell, 19. Paul Jackson, 20. Grant Millington, 21. Oliver Holmes, 22. Nathan Massey, 24. Steve Nash, 25. Jordan Thompson, 26. James Clare, 30. Ben Johnston.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is George Stokes.Tickets are on sale for the game, which is sponsored by Oval Insurance Broking, and details are here.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last eight meetings with Castleford.The Tigers’ last win against the Saints was 30-24 at The Jungle (as it was then known) on 6 April, 2008.Castleford are seeking their first summer era away win at St Helens on Friday night. In the 16 visits they made to Knowsley Road between 1996 and 2010, the Tigers were defeated on 15 occasions.The closest they got to a summer victory at Saints’ old home came with a 32-32 draw on 13 September, 1998.The Tigers also lost, 22-20, at Widnes in 2011.Castleford’s last win at St Helens was 12-8 in the third round of the Regal Trophy on 19 December, 1992. Their last league win was 29-16 on 21 October, 1990.2012 Meeting:Castleford 12, St Helens 18 (SLR11, 9/4/12)Super League Summary:St Helens won 27 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)Castleford won 41 drawUps and Downs:St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)last_img read more

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We are delighted to open the changing room with ou

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Traffic Alert Wreck closes lanes of Isabel Holmes Bridge

Traffic Alert Wreck closes lanes of Isabel Holmes Bridge

first_imgA crash on the Isabel Holmes Bridge in Wilmington causes delays Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Photo: WWAY WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A crash on the Isabel Holmes Bridge has backed up traffic Wednesday morning.According to a tweet from the City of Wilmington just before 7:30 a.m., there is one lane moving in each direction.- Advertisement – Officials said to expect delays on US 421 approaching the Isabel Holmes Bridge and also at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.For the latest traffic updates, join WWAY on the Waze app.Crash on the Holmes Bridge. Currently one lane moving in each direction. Expect Delays.— WilmingtonNC Traffic (@WilmNCtraffic) February 21, 2018 Significant Delays on US 421 approaching Holmes Bridge. Diverting traffic causing delays approaching the Memorial Bridge.— WilmingtonNC Traffic (@WilmNCtraffic) February 21, 2018Related Article: Wilmington Convention Center, other buildings damaged during stormlast_img read more

Fishermen environmentalists weigh potential impacts of offshore drilling

Fishermen environmentalists weigh potential impacts of offshore drilling

first_img “There’s been some comments made by the governor, how detrimental it would be to the commercial fishermen and everything, but we burn a lot of diesel and gas, so we’re not closed to the idea of looking at it,” said Doug Todd, the NCFA’s board director of District Seven, which includes Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick Counties.Todd understands the opposition’s opinion, but still wants the drilling explored.“Always a chance of a spill or something occurring and I know they’re talking about fracturing, that type of situation, so I can see their point of view too,” Todd said. “We’re just taking the position, we’re leaving the door open.”Related Article: Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue topplingBrunswick Environmental Action Team’s Pete Key says offshore drilling is not worth the risk.“Why come here to drill? There’s no reason to risk what we have, which is our tourism industry and our recreational fishing industry and our commercial fishing industry. This is a gold mine for us,” Key said.Key worries how offshore drilling would affect not only his future but the future of his family. He said that 14 of 17 Brunswick County municipalities are against offshore drilling so he hopes that the commissioners listen to the public.The Brunswick County Commission voted 4-1 to take the offshore drilling issue off the agenda of Monday night’s meeting. 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 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As Brunswick County commissioners discuss offshore drilling at their meeting Monday night, at least one group you may not expect is not opposed to bringing it to North Carolina.The North Carolina Fisheries Association represents the state’s commercial fishermen. In response to Governor Roy Cooper fighting to stop drilling off our coast, the group recently decided to keep their options open about offshore energy exploration.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch hundreds of stingrays swim off Wrightsville Beach coast

Watch hundreds of stingrays swim off Wrightsville Beach coast

first_img Captain Jot Owens streamed the video live on his Facebook.“You don’t get to see that every day,” Owens says in the video.Experts say cownose rays are related to sharks and skates. They can be found in the Atlantic Ocean along western Africa, the eastern U.S., the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Caribbean. They are considered an open ocean species, but can inhabit inshore, shallow bays and estuaries. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Talk about an incredible view! A local boat captain was stunned when he saw hundreds of stingrays swimming through shallow water off our coast Thursday morning. The best part, it was all caught on camera.In the video, you can see a massive group of cownose stingrays migrating through Masonboro Inlet.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Death toll reaches 17 in NC 1200 roads remain closed

Death toll reaches 17 in NC 1200 roads remain closed

first_img The flooding continues to saturate roads, homes, and has turned some towns and cities into islands.Nearly 1200 roads are closed, including parts of major connectors into and out of southeastern North Carolina.As of noon, more than 2,600 people and 300 animals had been rescued. That number will continue to grow, as rescues are continuing today.Related Article: Downtown Business Alliance meets ahead of holiday seasonGovernor Cooper said 23 trucks loaded with supplies have arrived in Wilmington. Bladen and Columbus Counties were also added to the list of counties that will receive help from FEMA. Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties were already declared eligible for aid.If you have a life threatening emergency, continue to call 911. For any other help or information dial 211.  The number for the deaf and hard of hearing is (888) 892-1162.484,000 people across the state remain without power. Gov. Roy Cooper discusses Hurricane Florence (WWAY) — This remains a significant disaster that affects much of our state is the message Governor Roy Cooper delivered during a noon press conference on Monday, as he provided an update on the aftermath of what was Hurricane Florence.As of this morning, the number of people across the state who have died from the storm topped 17.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Millions of gallons of wastewater discharged in Cape Fear River

Millions of gallons of wastewater discharged in Cape Fear River

first_img Carolina Beach also had approximately 226,320 of overflows from manholes and Lift Stations that got to surface waters.The town says these discharges were coordinated with the State of North Carolina Division of Water Resources. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Millions of treated and untreated wastewater was discharged into the Cape Fear River from Carolina Beach during Hurricane Florence, according to town officials.Town of Carolina Beach Wastewater Treatment reportedly discharged 17.17 million gallons from Thursday to Monday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Rep Rouzer talks disaster aid for Carolinas

Rep Rouzer talks disaster aid for Carolinas

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Washington, the US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation to provide nearly $1.7 billion in aid to residents of the Carolinas to help recover from recent natural disasters.The aid was added to legislation to keep federal aviation administration programs running beyond September 30.- Advertisement – Lawmakers describe the aid as a down payment and say billions more will be needed in the months ahead.WWAY spoke to Representative David Rouzer Thursday about the bill and when the Carolinas could start seeing the money.“I anticipate the senate will pass this FAA disaster recovery bill very, very quickly,” Rep. Rouzer (R) said. “That money will then be on its way to the states to be dispersed. It does take a little time for that money to channel through. The state has to have a program in place, but the state has some experience with this obviously with Hurricane Matthew and a number of kinks that they’ve been working through.”Related Article: UNCW students head back to class, some remain displaced by stormThe senate needs to pass the bill before it can be signed into law.last_img read more

UNCW still under construction still set to open ontime

UNCW still under construction still set to open ontime

first_img Sartarelli says they also realized many off-campus students were displaced by the hurricane, and the school is working to help them find places to live.“We don’t have responsibility for people who live off campus, but we started to realize when you have 80-100 plus students who are getting displaced or have been displaced, we have to help as much as we can. So we decided to take a little more time and get back on track,” said the Chancellor.Sartarelli says the first day of classes will not be pushed back any further.Related Article: Tree-removal company to pay $20K in fines for price gouging after hurricaneHe says all students will be able to return to their own dorm rooms. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  After deciding to push back resuming classes by another week, UNCW is now starting to look like itself again.Chancellor Jose ‘Zito’ Sartarelli says although they had hoped for classes to resume Monday, there is still heavy equipment working on campus, and it would not be safe for students.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Food vendor turned away from Southport 4th of July Festival

Food vendor turned away from Southport 4th of July Festival

first_img “I’ve been planning it now for about four months, and went down last night to set up the trailer, had it all set up and everything, I got there this morning, we went to plug the trailer in and it popped a breaker,” Herndon said.Herndon says he paid $1,000 dollars to be a vendor at the festival, and spent $10,000 on fresh lobster. He says he’s taken his trailer to multiple festivals in the past and has never had an issue with electricity.“The Guy next to me in the booth, actually, said that he was at the blueberry festival, he had the same problem, they called out a master electrician, they fired it right up and it worked,” Herndon said. “And I asked about that and he said that they couldn’t do that.”Related Article: Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry back on schedule after mechanical issueThe city has since apologized for how the situation was handled, and offered to let Herndon use a generator to power his trailer. Herndon, however, already came up with a new plan.“I’m going to partner with communities in schools over the next two days,” Herndon said. “They have not done their school supply drive yet. It’s a great organization.”If you bring a school supply or a donation of $3.00 or more to Herndon’s Boiling Spring Lakes location Wednesday or Thursday, you’ll get a Joe roll for $17.76, and other deals.Mallory Wells, who works for communities in schools, says they collect everything on the Brunswick County Schools list.​“It could be anywhere from a book bag, to a pack of pencils, to loose leaf paper, 3 ring binders are ones our middle school students struggle with the most,” Wells said.Festival Chair Trisha Howarth says Herndon will get back his full deposit, and she encourages festival-goers to support his business. SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Imagine spending thousands of dollars and planning for months to serve food at a festival, only to be turned away. That’s what one food vendor says happened to him in Southport Tuesday morning.Tony Herndon, owner of Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, says festival organizers reached out to him to be a part of it. But when he showed up with a trailer full of lobster, he says electrical issues forced him to leave, issues he says are not his fault.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Will Artificial Intelligence fly our planes

Will Artificial Intelligence fly our planes

first_imgAlthough there is already on-board automation on commercial airlines which carry out certain tasks, AI will eventually help pilots handle diverse situations and actually act as an ‘artificial pilot’.The SMARTAP research programme – a collaboration between the Institute of Aerospace Technologies at the University of Malta, and QuAero Ltd – is a project which will give artificial intelligence (AI) the possibility of helping pilots to fly commercial planes.Currently, when incidents occur and aircrafts’ sensors fail, it is up to the pilots to manually handle the situation.If the aircraft enters an ‘abnormal state’ and the pilot is not capable of fixing the situation, the aircraft may end up crashing and killing the passengers. Last March, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed, killing 157 people.Read: Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing 157AI is set to aid pilots in these scenarios by computing different assessments and protocols instead of the pilot. It will also be responsible for monitoring weather forecasts from different sources and airports, which is currently being carried out by pilots.Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are already being used in different fields, such as voice recognition in smartphones, facial recognition in security cameras, and automatic control of driverless cars.This €195,000 SMARTAP project is being financed by the Malta Council for Science & Technology, for and on behalf of the Foundation for Science and Technology.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

Man dies in St Pauls Bay road accident

Man dies in St Pauls Bay road accident

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 WhatsAppcenter_img CMRUCMRU A 31-year man from Safi lost his life following a road accident early on Saturday morning. The tragic accident happened just a few minutes into the day at around 00.15am in Triq Burmarrad, St. Paul’s Bay. Police sources confirmed to Newsbook.com.mt that the victim was driving a taxi crashed into with another taxi driven by a 59-year-old from Żejtun.The taxi driver from Żejtun was chauffeuring 4 young people from Scotland. The condition of all those involved other that the Safi driver is yet to be confirmed.Further details to follow.last_img read more

Irans president says America is pursuing incorrect path – IRIB

Irans president says America is pursuing incorrect path – IRIB

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO.REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-DeenFILE PHOTO.REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen America is pursuing an incorrect path, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to the IRIB news agency.“Today I tell the Americans that the path you have chosen is an incorrect path,” Rouhani said.U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic, unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone last week.European signatories have not done enough to preserve the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and it would be in the benefit of European countries and the U.S. to stick to their promises under the deal, Rouhani said.Iran’s oil exports are increasing despite U.S. sanctions, central bank governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).U.S. officials have said they are pushing to cut off Iran’s oil exports.“Despite America’s claim to bring the sale of oil to zero, oil exports are increasing,” Hemmati said.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

PayPal considering including Bitcoin

PayPal considering including Bitcoin

first_imgAdvertisement PayPal’s company’s president David Marcus seems to be very interested in the virtual currency, and says his company is “thinking about” potentially including it one day, according to a Bloomberg video interview published on yesterday. PayPal currently doesn’t have much of a relationship with the virtual currency Bitcoin, but that may soon change.Bitcoin wasn’t the main topic of the interview, but the Bloomberg interviewer decided to ask Marcus about it out of the blue. Here’s a transcript of the PayPal president’s response:So I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at it, and it’s truly fascinating actually: the way that the currency’s been designed, and the way that inflation is built in to pay for miners, and all that is truly fascinating. I think that for us at PayPal, it’s just a question whether Bitcoin will make its way to PayPal’s funding instrument or not. We’re kinda thinking about it.It’s worth noting that Marcus may simply just be playing his cards safe: he’s interested in the virtual currency because many people are at the moment. It would be ignorant to discount it from the get-go, just as it would be ignorant to immediately add support for it. – Advertisement – Whether PayPal jumps on the Bitcoin bandwagon or not, Marcus is showing his company is on top of the “virtual currency revolution,” if you will. Bitcoin may end up being the first popular digital alternative to money as we currently know it, or it may completely fizzle out in a few months’ time, but either way PayPal needs to stay in the loop if it wants to keep playing ball.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Ugandan University student wins Cisco regional networking challenge

Ugandan University student wins Cisco regional networking challenge

first_imgAdvertisement Mark OjangoleMark Ojangole a Cisco student at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) Cisco Academy was the overall best in Sub-Saharan Africa in the recently concluded EMEA 2013 International CCNA NetRiders Skills Competition.The NetRiders competition attracted over 130 students from all Cisco Academies in 57 countries across the globe that sat the same Cisco Theoretical and Practical examinations at the same time. “The overall standard of these examinations is higher than the international certifications and they thoroughly test the contestants’ CCNA knowledge and configurations performed in the shortest time possible (based on CCNA certification),” said Ms. Deborah Natujjuna, the acting head of CoCIS’ Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) under which the Cisco programs are offered.An excited Mark who wins himself a one-week study trip to California – USA, the Cisco Head Quarters in January 2014 attributed his success to his instructors (Robert Tuhaise and Momanyi Wycliff) and the conducive learning environment at CoCIS.“Participating in this competition has been an interesting and rewarding experience. I am grateful to the CoCIS Cisco Academy that provided with me excellent instructors, learning materials and equipment. They also ensured that we always had access to wireless Internet,” he said. – Advertisement – At the Cisco headquarters, Mark will interact with other winning students from Asia Pacific, Latin America, USA and Canada and who knows, he might be the Next Cisco Network Engineer at Cisco HQ.“We are very proud of Mark, the proctors (Tuhaise and Wycliff) that fine-tuned him to the level of an international Cisco Associate. Mark represents Makerere University Cisco Academy, Uganda, East Africa and Africa at large,” added Ms. Natujjuna.Every year, hundreds of thousands of Networking Academy students worldwide gain the skills needed to build, design, and maintain computer networks; improving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. “We are proud to be an Academy delivering quality instruction to our students and the community. CoCIS Cisco Academy is now an Academy Support Center (ASC) and Instructor Training Center (ITC) for the Region. As an ASC/ITC, we play a supervisory role over other Cisco Academies, recruit new academies and carry out instructor training for all academies, technical and programs support, re-fresher training on-site support visits among others,” she added.CoCIS Cisco Academy also offers the CCNA course to undergraduate students during their recess term for free.last_img read more

Im Sorry if We Made Donald Trumps Presidency Possible – Evan Williams

Im Sorry if We Made Donald Trumps Presidency Possible – Evan Williams

first_imgDonald Trump at one of his presidential campaigns. Image Credit: Independent Advertisement Donald John Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States of America, and recently, the Washington Post reports, he told the Financial Times without the tweets,he wouldn’t be where he is right now.To which Twitter’s Co-Founder; Evan Williams, said: Sorry about that, world.Evan Williams, who still sits on the company’s board of directors, recently told The New York Times that he wants to repair the damage he thinks Twitter and the broader Internet have wrought on society in the form of trolls, cyberbullies, live-streamed violence, fake news and – yes – Trump. – Advertisement – “I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Williams told the Times. “I was wrong about that.”“If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry,” he said.Is it true? Hard to say.[related-posts]Donald Trump at one of his presidential campaigns. Image Credit: Independent.Since Trump became president, his incessant, aggressive and sometimes inaccurate tweets have seemed as much a liability as a political boon. His aides held a social media intervention a few weeks ago, according to The Wall Street Journal, trying to convince Trump that unfounded accusations like “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ ” could endanger him politically and legally.On the campaign trail, Trump once described his rapidly growing Twitter following not only as a means to get the truth out, but also as a way to get even with his enemies.“Someone said I’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters,” he told a crowd in South Carolina, air-typing into a pretend phone. “If someone says something badly about you: Bing, bing, bing! I say something really bad.”source: Washington Post and NDTV newslast_img read more