Campaigners have raised fears that ageing shopping

first_imgCampaigners have raised fears that ageing shopping arcades around the country could be putting the lives of disabled customers at risk, following an incident in which shoppers with mobility impairments were temporarily banned from their local centre.The Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Macclesfield secured national attention after it suddenly introduced a ban on wheelchair-users and other mobility-impaired shoppers, following an inspection by the local fire and rescue service.Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service told the centre on 27 January, following an inspection, that it had “serious concerns” that if a fire broke out “some people would simply not be able to get out”.Emergency exits from individual shops are up a steep flight of stairs at the rear of the units, while the shopping centre reportedly has low ceilings and no sprinkler system.After security staff working for Grosvenor – which is believed to have been opened in the late 1960s – started barring mobility-impaired shoppers from entering the building, the equality watchdog wrote to the centre to warn that its actions could be breaching the Equality Act.The ban was lifted on Friday (5 February) after Grosvenor agreed to introduce interim measures across the centre and its 32 shops.The shopping centre said it had simply agreed to introduce “more communication” between centre staff and retail staff and “more radios”, but the fire and rescue service has so far been unable to confirm this.Laura Smith, chief officer of Macclesfield’s Disability Information Bureau, which runs the town’s Shopmobility scheme, said they only found out about the ban after shocked members told them what was happening, even though the scheme is only “a stone’s throw away” from the shopping centre entrance.She said: “Nobody told us. The majority of people using scooters [in the shopping centre] are from our service. The lesson to be learned is you need to communicate better.”Smith said that security staff at the shopping centre had shown a lack of sensitivity, empathy and knowledge of disability.And when she asked Grosvenor how disabled staff in the centre had coped while the ban was in place, she was told that they had never had any disabled members of staff.Smith warned that other such shopping centres across the country could have similar safety concerns that have yet to be uncovered.She said: “I think this could have a knock-on effect [elsewhere] and that could be a good thing.”Lord [Chris] Holmes (pictured), disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Service providers have a responsibility to plan in advance for the needs of disabled people and ensure they can get in and out of their premises safely.“We have asked Grosvenor to send us written confirmation of what action they are taking to meet their legal obligations and ensure that people with disabilities can use their shopping centre easily and safely.”Simon Gibbins, head of fire protection for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have been able to reach agreement with the owners of the Macclesfield Grosvenor Shopping Centre on interim measures to ensure the safe evacuation of those with mobility issues from the premises and we believe that the centre is now fully open.“We will now continue to work with them to reach an agreement on a permanent solution which will fully satisfy our concerns on public safety.”The centre has been unable to explain why it took so many years to uncover the safety concerns, although it said that they had previously “not been considered an issue”.It also refused to explain why there were no disabled people employed in the centre; why Grosvenor failed to contact the Shopmobility scheme before introducing the temporary ban; and why its security staff were apparently so poorly-trained in disability equality issues.But in a statement, Grosvenor said: “The centre considered all options to meet the requirements of the authority (including centre closure) and ultimately considered that temporarily restricting access to those at risk, rather than closing completely, was the most proportionate approach.“This took into account the interests of customers, staff and retailers, including those retailers whose primary source of income is from the businesses they run from the centre.”last_img read more

Developments in Development Poverty and millionaires

first_imgWhen apartment rents are so high, it can be easy to get jaded about the cost of an apartment. I don’t even blink anymore that a studio could cost $2,000 a month. But the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, citing a study by the Public Policy Institute at Stanford University, has found a new way to frame this cost burden that should jar even those of us who consider the housing crisis ancient news. “When the researchers ran a model of the state’s poverty rate with every Californian bearing costs similar to those in Fresno County, the overall poverty rate declined dramatically — from about 21 percent to 14 percent.”That makes housing the biggest factor in California poverty, one of the researchers told the Chronicle. Impressed? How about the flip side? Silicon Valley estimates it takes a minimum of $4.2 million to be wealthy — less than the $6 million that same survey came up with last year. Interestingly, RentCafé noted recently that the national average rent hardly changed at all over the summer, and San Francisco’s rents have plateaued — but smaller cities that are still seeing the boom. Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, for example, jumped more than four percent since last year. But enough broad observations. There’s been a ton of movement in the neighborhood’s real-estate and development scene.Demolition is underway on what’s nearly an entire block of former arts warehouse space and a corner café, and what will become the 2000 Bryant Street project. You can see some earlier documentation of the process on CellSpace’s social media. Seeing the majority of the structures gone really gives you a sense of how massive this project is: 0% Close by at 19th and Bryant streets, another sizeable project of 60 units is scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing soon, SocketSite reports.This week, I was apparently the only person to attend a meeting for architects to pitch a project at 2976 Mission Street. The proposal is to replace a two-story building with an apartment above the Old Jerusalem restaurant with eight units of housing over a commercial storefront. Fans of the restaurant, fear not. The Mediterranean favorite will be moving just a few doors down the street. The upstairs unit, the landlord told me, is vacant. The building as is actually has two ground-floor commercial spaces which, under the planned new building, could be merged.As far as appearance goes, there are also plans to retain a portion of the existing building’s facade and push back the additional floors so that they’re not as obvious from the street. There are also plans to paint a mural on the large blank wall facing Bernal Heights that would result from the new construction.Finally, a look at what’s for sale in the Mission:This one is perhaps a continuation of a trend. A parcel on 16th and Florida streets is up for sale after having gone through the long process of getting approval to turn two auto body shops into one 53-unit building. Then there’s also the ultraluxurious condo at the Light House that’s been in Mission Local and Socketsite a few times before — this time the pad, accused of illegally being put to commercial use, is listed at a loss. Lastly, the Hibernia Bank building on Valencia and 22nd streets is on the market — yes, that’s the Social Security building. The asking price is reportedly just under $10 million. But with a designation as a historic resource, how much of the promised “redevelopment potential” could it really have? Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Batman Day and lowriders make for a packed Mission weekend

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address Batman Day 2018The Dark Knight has his own day now, and you can celebrate with the crew at Mission Comics and Art on Saturday, Sept. 15, with Batman Day. Learn more about the man in the bat mask and get free Batman comic books and masks between the hours of 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other cool apparel will be available as well.  Located at Mission Comics and Art, 2250 Mission St. —ARFall Open StudiosGoing from Friday to Sunday, the city’s Art Explosion Collective will be showing some of the newest art pieces to come out of their studios. They’ll have paintings, photos, sculptures and even clothes and jewelry to see. The event kicks off with a free reception gala on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at Art Explosion Studios at 744 Alabama Street, then continues at Mission locations throughout the weekend. More info on Art Explosion’s event page. —AR center_img Fiesta De Las AmericasOrganized by Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Fiesta De las Americas will feature a whole day of Latin American festivities. All of 24th Street will be blanketed with sidewalk-oriented events; there will be no street closures, but there will be plenty of goings-on, music — and even Lucha Libre! More information available at Calle 24’s website. The Sunday, Sept. 16, event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. —Abraham RodriguezFestival De Las Americas Lowrider CruiseAs part of the 2nd annual Festival De Las Americas, the San Francisco LowRider Council will make its contribution to the day with a lowrider cruise down Mission on Sunday, Sept. 16. The engines start at 5 p.m. at Mission and 24th Street and cars will be driving up and down after. It’s a free event, but space is limited. Learn more. —ARlast_img read more

SIGNIFICANT progress was made on clarifying the ru

first_imgSIGNIFICANT progress was made on clarifying the rules regarding international eligibility in Rugby League by the RLIF at meetings held during the Gillette Four Nations.RLIF Chairman, Scott Carter said: “In constructive discussions we managed to make some progress in clarifying player eligibility for a nation and ensuring that players that play for one country in qualifying for a tournament can’t then play for another country in the finals.“Improvements continue to be made on the rules regarding International eligibility and we are working together to meet the dual needs of ensuring that the best athletes are available as well as supporting the development of local talent.“We also reached an agreement on an improved process for national teams to prove player eligibility and resolve disputes.”Meanwhile, the Federation has formally agreed to sign up to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code which will further strengthen Rugby League’s global commitment to eradicating drug use.The WADA Code is a document that provides the framework for harmonised anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organisations and among public authorities all over the world.Carter added: “This is an important development for all nations and highlights the sport’s commitment to anti-doping across the world.“The individual nations are already signed up to the WADA code and the formal acceptance of the WADA code by the RLIF will ensure greater global consistency.”One of the most significant achievements in the fight against doping in sport to date has been the drafting, acceptance and implementation of a coordinated set of anti-doping rules, the World Anti-Doping Code.Since it entered into force on January 1, 2004, the Code has proven to be a very powerful and effective tool in the harmonisation of anti-doping efforts worldwide.This has been demonstrated by the overwhelming support of governments and sports in accepting the Code, in addition to the growing body of jurisprudence from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in supporting the Code’s tenets.The adoption of the Code led to several significant advances in the global fight against doping in sport, including the formalization of certain rules as well as the clarification of stakeholder responsibilities.The RLIF Board, consists of Chairman Scott Carter (New Zealand); Vice Chairman Richard Lewis (RFL) and delegates David Gallop and Tas Baitieri (Australia), John Numapo (PNG), Nigel Wood (RFL), John Bishop (New Zealand), Herve Guiraud (RLEF, France) and Graeme Thompson (RLEF, Scotland).last_img read more

SAINTS overcame a stubborn Hull FC to maintain the

first_imgSAINTS overcame a stubborn Hull FC to maintain their perfect start to the season.James Roby bagged a brace as they put aside a poor first half to beat the visitors 34-22 on a special night at Langtree Park.More than 13,000 people paid homage to the great late Steve Prescott MBE in a series of events that brought out a full range of emotions.And whilst the game didn’t perhaps live up to ‘a classic’, it was a good rough tough Super League clash to send the fans home happy.The result sent Saints top of the table but they were anything but title contenders in the first half.Nathan Brown questioned his charges’ attitude at half time as they were lucky to head in to the sheds just four points down.Led by Richard Horne, the visitors ran the show for long periods and took their chances.On the other hand Saints looked tentative and only had a James Roby try to show for their endeavours.In the second half, those jitters were wiped out as Sia Soliola plunged over before Jon Wilkin put Lomax in.Roby exchanged tries with Gareth Ellis and then Tommy Makinson produced one of his superman diving acts to give Saints a real stranglehold.Wilkin’s ease of hand saw Mark Percival in for another but the final act came from Danny Houghton.Saints named an unchanged line up from the team that thrashed Warrington last week whilst Hull FC gave Garreth Carvell his debut.A moving tribute to Steve Prescott on a big screen and a rousing minute’s applause charged up an already emotional atmosphere and set up a great contest.And it was Hull FC who scored first – a 50 metre break from Joe Westerman polished off by Mickey Paea – within the first couple of minutes.It was a hammer blow, but Saints hit back immediately – Lomax’ forcing a drop out from Jamie Shaul’s error.Saints then kept the ball alive wonderfully for James Roby to go over.Luke Walsh duly putting the home side ahead with the conversion.It took around 20 minutes for Saints to get a further foothold in the game and they should have increased the advantage when Mark Percival got over the line after superb work from Jonny Lomax.But he was adjudged to have knocked on when most thought he’d scored.The Airlie Birds punished that opportunity when Richard Whiting took a suspiciously forward pass as Saints were called for offside.It was probably no more than the visitors deserved too as Saints were finding progress forward difficult.Jordan Turner left the field with a head injury on 33 minutes meaning an early introduction for Paul Wellens.Brown shuffled his team as a result and initially it caused disruption as Hull continued to attack.Saints held out though and were thankful to get into the half time break just four points down.Whatever rocket they were given at half time worked as within two minutes of the second half they were level.Bullocking runs from Alex Walmsley and Jon Wilkin set up the space for Sia Soliola to plunge over on the angle.And Walsh continued his conversion accuracy with another two-pointer.Saints looked deadly on every set and duly went further ahead when a Jon Wilkin produced a reserve chip of real class that Jonny Lomax pounced on.Roby added his second on 60 minutes to make it 22-10 and Walsh made no mistake.But back came Hull and boosted by two penalties, Gareth Ellis pulled them right back into it.Tommy Makinson has a habit of scoring miraculous tries and he pulled another right out of the top drawer – putting down under immense pressure – diving over the defence for the killer score.Wilkin then fed Mark Percival to put the icing on the cake.Danny Houghton scoring a late consolation.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Roby (2) Soliola, Lomax, Makinson, PercvialGoals: Walsh (5 from 6)Hull FC: Tries: Paea, Whiting, Ellis, HoughtonGoals: Crooks (3 from 4)Penalties: Saints: 6Hull FC: 6HT: 6-10FT: 34-22REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 13,488Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 24. Gary Wheeler, 7. Luke Walsh; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 11. Sia Soliola, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 17. Paul Wellens.Hull FC:20. Jamie Shaul; 5. Tom Lineham, 3. Ben Crooks, 15. Joe Arundel, 34. Fetuli Talanoa; 32. Jordan Rankin, 6. Richard Horne; 8. Mickey Paea, 9. Danny Houghton, 35. Garreth Carvell, 11. Gareth Ellis, 14. Richard Whiting, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 16. Jordan Thompson, 22. Josh Bowden, 26. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 33. Aaron Heremaia.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham says his side have to beware th

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says his side have to ‘beware the wounded animal’ as Salford come to Langtree Park this Friday.The Red Devils have been beset with injury and suspension in the last few weeks and that has seen them slide down the First Utility Super League table.But that makes them a very tough prospect according to Cunningham who wants Saints to back up the positives of the Magic Weekend.“I thought it was a great experience in Newcastle,” he said. “Even though there were more than 27,000 in there on the Sunday – and that is a great attendance – it didn’t seem like it was an empty stadium. You can get that with bigger venues but it was a great atmosphere.“It is definitely a venue we should look at again.“I love the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and for me that would be my first choice. I have a love affair with that place having won trophies and played for Wales there. As long as the venue is right, then it is a great concept – and Newcastle looks like a great spot.“It had a big game feel which is good for junior players as it prepares them for bigger occasions like semi-finals and finals. I thought we went in there and did a good job.“We started well, lost our way and then got back in the battle. I thought Jon Wilkin was outstanding and kicked well. James Roby and Travis Burns kicked well too. It was a good two points for us.“We’re in a really important block of four games. We’ve had two big away games and now have two big home ones. There is usually a big changing of the tide around this time of the season. You can see the changes in the league table after the weekend’s results.“We have done well in the last two weeks and now are at home. We would hope to be playing in front of a big crowd against a tough Salford team.“I’d never take anything for granted as a player or coach and I know anyone who comes here to play the Champions will come out fighting and raise their game.“Rangi Chase is back for them and he will make Salford tougher to play against. But we’re not bad ourselves and as long as we attack and defend well then we know we are a tough team to play.”Saints expect to name a similar squad to the one that faced Warrington with Mark Percival most likely to return.“We have a few bumps and bruises from the game,” Cunningham added. “We have a short turnaround and won’t get time to get out on the field so we will have to ride a crest of a wave and go in with a positive attitude.“We are slowly getting players back and I’m hoping so have my two strike back rowers and halves on the pitch together at some point this season!“Luke Walsh isn’t far away and Joe Greenwood is doing well. He is well ahead of schedule; a freak who is healing well. If he keeps going and progressing then he could be back for the Castleford game or the Quarter Final.“Atelea Vea is probably another six weeks away but we should get Mark Percival back this week. He was 50:50 to play Warrington but we decided to give him another week.“Jonny Lomax is where he should be at the moment and all the medical staff and specialists are happy with him. It will be a long road but he is in a good place. I’d like to think he will be a big influence for us next year.“When he comes back he will be 100 per cent and we will make sure he ticks every box before playing. We he plays well, we play well, and we want him to come back and stay back for a number of years to come.”Tickets for Friday’s game at Langtree Park against Salford Red Devils are now on sale. You can get yours from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

SAINTS Reserves travel to Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday

first_imgSAINTS Reserves travel to Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday to take on the South Wales Ironmen.Head Coach Ian Talbot has named a strong squad for the game which is the side’s second of their ‘pre-season’ campaign.It is:Aaron Smith, Ben Morris, Ben Sims, Calvin Wellington, Chris Follin, Dave Eccleston, Greg Richards, Jack Ashworth, Jack Owens, Jake Spedding, John Hutchings, Jonah Cunningham, Jordan Gibbons, Jorge Lewtas, Matty Fleming, Regan Grace, Ricky Bailey, Sam Royle.The game kicks off at 2:30pm at The Wern Sports Park and ticket prices are £7 for adults, £5 concessions and £1 for kids.last_img

First Team

first_img“It was great to get off to a winning start against Wigan,” he said.“It was good to make everyone happy in the Town with a Derby win. I thought the whole opening weekend for Super League was very encouraging with well attended games across the board and some exciting action on the field.We want that back that up in Round 2 with another good performance against Wakefield.It’s always a tough place to play, they are very strong at home.They have a tough pack of forwards, some big, strong outside backs and a dangerous half-back partnership. They are a well-balanced, all-round team.I wouldn’t read too much into the London game, it’s their first home game of 2019 and I’m sure they will be tough test for us.”Tickets for the game are still available for the fixture from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

CFPUA to expand pilot test program to remove GenX other chemicals

first_img The goal of the pilot test is to measure and compare breakthrough rates between different brands and technologies allowing CFPUA to find the most effective design. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/6b49b9eab030b5472965f5a0954e0571987ea84b_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Activist to testify before Congress about GenX2:32New study researches how PFAS contaminants go beyond our drinking water1:47EPA to regulate toxins in drinking water0:30CFPUA files motion to intervene in state’s lawsuit against Chemours0:37Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37DEQ hosts public meeting following proposed consent order with Chemours2:22GenX study leads to more questions than answers2:07Study: certain birth defects higher in southeastern nc0:35’The Devil We Know’ screens at Thalian1:13Brunswick Co. Woman Speaking to Congress Will Discuss PFAs Chemicals0:50Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenX3:06TOUR CHEMOURS: A look at company’s plan to keep GenX from you2:28Chemours sued over air, water pollution claims0:26Rep. asks State to demand Chemours hold Wilmington meeting2:04CFPUA plan to filter GenX raises financial concerns for customers2:11EPA discusses possible regulations on toxic chemicals in drinking water2:25Chemours will not hold public meeting in New Hanover County0:30CFPUA to continue business with controversial filter supplier2:14Report released on health effects of PFOA compounds2:26Gov. Cooper visits ports, talks education and GenX2:18One year after GENX Revelation, some fears still remain1:44GenX remains in focus nearly one year later, miltiple bills filed2:07Lawmakers begin negotiations for GenX research funding1:28CFPUA addresses GenX and other recent issues1:49Cape Fear River Watch to sue Chemours 2:06Clean up on the Cape Fear River for Earth Day1:03gen-x exposure study2:03NC State researchers to reveal homeowner’s Genx tap water results – selection0:01North carolina agency says chemours lied about discharging genx0:27UNCW researchers discuss findings on GenX after submitting report2:52UNCW researchers discuss findings on Genx after submitting report 0:39UNCW submits genx reports to environmental review commission0:30State considers testing backyard gardens for GenX0:32Brunswick Co. leaders approve dog tethering rule, discuss offshore energy 2:51County leaders, lawmakers tour pilot reverse osmosis system1:57Property owners near chemours plant files genx lawsuit0:28GenX bill stalls2:27Residents near Chemours plant frustrated over GenX samples2:31Senate stays quiet on GenX bill; Clean Cape Fear begs for cooperation1:55State House approves funding for DEQ to research GenX, other studies as well2:17GenX dominates news in 20172:28GenX in food? High levels of contamination found in farmer’s honey2:10Data reveals another spike in genx levels at chemours0:29Tests show elevated levels of genx in brunswick county0:34Anti-RO majority prevails if H2Go vote holds in tight election1:56Chemours ordered to provide bottled water to 15 more homeowners0:34New Hanover County neighbors can take part in study on the exposure to GenX2:28H2GO water results reveal high levels of compound carcinogenic to humans0:33Brunswick county files suit against chemours and dupont0:32Brunswick County woman suin Chemours and DuPont1:47Chemours hit with another class action lawsuit over Genx0:31Leader named for newly expanded state panel to address emerging chemical0:21NC House and Senate override veto of bill that provides funding for GenX treatment1:08Wilmington man files federal lawsuit against Chemours0:35Chemours ordered to provide more water to well owners0:22H2Go warns of possible scam targeting customers0:39Rep. Butler ’disappointed’ she is not on River Quality Committee0:59Special Committee discusses GenX in Raleigh2:33County leaders weigh in on veto of HB 560:45CFPUA offering water treatment plant tour0:23New Hanover County leaders respond to Governor vetoing HB 560:46Preliminary results show high levels of GenX found in private wells near Chemours0:34Exclusive interview with Gov, Cooper on veto of bill addressing Genx 2:08GenX in the air? Division of Air Quality wants answers0:32Gov. Cooper vetoes bill about GenX funding, Sen. Lee responds0:49Parents ’plea’ to Brunswick Co. school leaders to assure safe water1:47DEQ testing wells for GenX contamination near Chemours plant2:11CFPUA hires new information officer to end contract with PR firm over Genx0:59Former Mayor officially announces NC Senate run, Sen. Lee responds1:29Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools 2:01Brunswick County parents want more water choices in schools1:30Former Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson announces run for NC Senate0:35Speaker Moore says water safety is important not just in Brunsco, but the entire state0:58State issues notice of violation against Chemours after Genx found in groundwater wells1:06Brunswick County hires law firm to investigate Chemours, DuPont and Kuraray1:08State lawmakers applaud DEQ and DOJ action on Chemours discharge1:05Special Interests call state investigation into GenX “partisan blame game”2:09Senate passes plan to find, treat, remove GenX in Cape Fear River2:42CFPUA signs contract partnering with UNCW to test water quality0:40Gov. Cooper vists Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender Counties2:26Gov. Cooper to visit Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender today1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks hot topics: GenX, confederate statues, President Trump1:20Lawmakers investigate GenX discharge, hold public hearing3:24Educators, water groups make effort for clean water for students2:19Investigative hearings being held in Wilmington to discuss GenX0:36Erin Brockovich stays busy with GenX while visiting Wilmington1:52Erin Brockovich speaks at UNCW2:06NC House to hold legislative hearing over GenX discharge0:38Senate to call legislative hearing over handling of GenX, state responds1:49Pender Co. Commissioners give update on GenX0:37David Rouzer meets with local leaders2:07One Wilmington woman leads protest at Chemours1:52Chemours reports strong second quarter sales despite news of GenX0:26CFPUA intends to file federal lawsuit against Chemours and Dupont1:03Federal investigators ask NCDEQ for documents about Chemours, GenX1:50Gov. Cooper tours Pender Co. water treatment plant amid GenX concerns1:59Dozens show support for women?s rights rally2:01CFPUA adds 3 locations for people to get free groundwater0:34CFPUA board chairman?s July 27 GenX morning update0:28Proposed study could show health impacts of GenX on humans2:08XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority says it will expand their pilot test program at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.This week, CFPUA will begin using new types of filtration to determine if it will help get GenX and other contaminants out of the Cape Fear River.- Advertisement – last_img read more

3 teens arrested for Myrtle Grove Middle School threats

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three teens were arrested after making threats at a New Hanover County middle school.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says two Myrtle Grove Middle School students, a 14-year-old female and a 13-year-old male, were arrested after making verbal threats that they were going to “shoot up the school during an assembly.”- Advertisement – Each are charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.In another incident at the school, a 14-year-old was arrested for making a threat that was found on a desk.The message read, “I sit here during group time you son a b***h. P.S. Don’t come to school Friday.” There was also a drawing of a gun underneath that message.Related Article: Students kept inside at Columbine school following threatThe New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says the teen was charged with making a false report concerning mass violence on educational property.MGMS parents received the following message this morning from Principal Cyndy Bliss.Good Morning Myrtle Grove families:As some of you are aware, there was a message written on a desk at yesterday threatening violence at our school Friday. Since that time, we have worked closely with law enforcement, school district personnel and school staff to identify the source and currently law enforcement has control of that situation. We continue to work diligently to ensure the safety of all of our students. We have support staff and administrators and additional law enforcement officers on campus today to work with any student or staff that needs reassurance.We take the safety of our students seriously and will work to make sure they feel safe and supported at school.last_img read more

Video captures Wilmington Waffle House brawl

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A video of a brawl at a Wilmington Waffle House over the weekend has gone viral.In the video, a fight breaks out around 2 a.m. Saturday at the Waffle House on North Front Street in Downtown Wilmington. The video shows items like chairs being thrown across the restaurant while security and bystanders try to break up the argument.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say by the time they arrived to the scene, the fight had ended.No one has been charged.WWAY has reached out to Waffle House for a statement.Related Article: Wilmington Police Department holds swearing-in ceremonyThe Waffle House in downtown Wilmington opened in February. At the time, Area Vice President Tim Greeson says the restaurant would have security.last_img

Firefighters get hero bears to help children in crisis

first_imgThe fire department posted a thank you on its Facebook page to firefighter Brent Wells, who worked to get Vermont Teddy Bears sent to the department. (Photo: Brent Wells/Facebook) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The Southport Fire Department is getting a helping hand from some furry friends.The fire department posted a thank you on its Facebook page to firefighter Brent Wells, who worked to get Vermont Teddy Bears sent to the department.- Advertisement – The bears will be given to children who are in crisis.Firefighters will carry the bears on their fire trucks so they will be readily available.last_img

VIDEO Tree crew inside home when armed men attempt to break in

first_img As seen in the video, one man rings the doorbell and waits. Moments later, another man holding a gun joins him. They try to force their way in the front door before running off.Tree contractors from Kentucky were staying in the home at the time.Wilmington Police are investigating. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two men, one armed with a gun, tried to break into a Wilmington home overnight. It was all caught on camera and now law enforcement wants your help identifying them.It happened around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday at a home on 17th Street. Surveillance video was taken from the doorbell camera.- Advertisement – last_img

Organizations team up provide meals to communities

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence has impacted the Cape Fear region in many ways.  Including leaving many people in need of hot meals, as power outtages and storm damage has caused a lack of resources at local grocery stores.That’s why Rebecca Trammell decided to step up, and after evacuating to Raleigh maintained contact with several leaders in the Wilmington community, including those in th faith-based communities.- Advertisement – “People don’t care how much you say you care until they know how much you care. And that’s through action,” said Robert Campbell, the pastor of New Beginnings Christian Church.“The resources are available, but in many cases, people don’t have the transportation. Or they have the transportation, but they don’t have the gas to get there. And they may not know that the resources are available,” said Campbell.There are now six sites for residents to get hot meals, non-perishables and other supplies. People in the lower income communities feel unnoticed, and people like Jasmine O’Neil and her daughter were impacted by the storm.Related Article: NCDOT urging drivers not to return to Wilmington area, for now“When the power did finally come on, the first grocery store to open up was Harris Teeter. We stood in for an hour in the rain and come to find out they weren’t accepting EBT,” said O’Neil. “They were only accepting major credit cards and cash. You couldn’t even use your debit card. So that was a big strain on us because that was all I had.”The World Central Kitchen has joined forces with Diamond Food Enterprises, prepping 200,000 meals just in the last week. Meals to make sure no person goes unfed.Not only have they provided to the six faith sites, but they supply meals for dozens in the region. They also have food trucks making stops in countless communities. One is Catch Food Truck where Chef Keith Rhodes has served more than 500 meals in the past few days.“In some cases, even though we’ve set up distribution sites, people don’t know that those sites are available. And information travels slowly,” said Campbell.Campbell’s church will go door to door in their Castle Hayne community to give out meals and supplies this weekend. Each one of these organizations says they will not stop until they cannot make any more meals.You can search World Central Kitchen on Facebook to find a site near you.Here are the six additional sites you can visit:Northside – Dreams Center (901 Fanning St.)Eastside – Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church (2929 Princess Place)Southside 1 – St. Luke AME (709 Church St.)Southside 2 – Lake Forest Baptist Church (1626 Lake Branch Dr.)Castle Hayne/Wrightsboro – New Beginnings Christian Church (3120 Alex Trask Dr.)Hispanic community – Christ Community Church (4555 Fairview Dr.)last_img read more

Microsoft Offers First Sneak Peak of Windows 8

first_imgAdvertisement  At first blush, it seems like the most radical overhaul of the aging OS in its nearly 30-year history. Designed to be as usable on a touchscreen as on a traditional desktop device, it borrows much of the look and feel of Windows Phone 7. (Indeed, the phone team at Redmond was heavily involved in Windows 8′s design.)“What we tried to do with Windows 8 was reimagine what we want to do with a PC,” Sinofsky said. “We colored outside the lines.” – Advertisement – The homescreen has become a series of tiles, each leading to their own app — just as in Windows Phone 7. The tiles can be customized. One of those tiles leads directly to a more traditional Windows desktop. Another is marked “Store,” suggesting that Microsoft is going to follow Apple down the road of putting an App Store on the desktop (although Sinofsky didn’t confirm that).A demo by Microsoft VP Julie Larson-Green, which she writes about here, included a number of apps running at once. The apps could be switched by swiping from the left corner, and could also be dragged on the same screen in any combination. Swiping from the right brought up a menu bar.Sinofsky was at pains to point out that despite the unusual look and feel, this was still the same OS at root.“Everything that runs on Windows 7, every peripheral, will run on this,” he said. He wouldn’t say when the launch date was, beyond confirming that it would be 2012 at the earliest.There is a video Microsoft just released, walking us through Windows 8. What do you think of the new OS? Is it more than a fancy coat of paint? Let us know in the comments after the Os is officially out.  I think this is a good thing for those of us who like venturing on new things. Cant wait to explore those I here new  features in  it.http://mashable.comlast_img read more

Facebook surpasses 1 billion users

first_imgAdvertisement Social networking company Facebook Inc. now has more than one billion people using it every month, the company has said. Facebook, based in Menlo Park, California, hit the 1 billion milestone on September 14 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time, the company said on its website.The passing of the milestone was announced by founder Mark Zuckerberg on US television on Thursday.Facebook CEO & Founder Mark ZuckerbergThe company said that those billion users were to date responsible for 1.13 trillion “likes”, 219 billion photos and 17 billion location check-ins. – Advertisement – “If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote in a status update.“Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life.”Statistics released to coincide with the announcement revealed there were now 600 million users accessing the site via a mobile device – up 48 million from 552 million in June this year.The median age of a Facebook user was 22, it said, and the top five user countries were Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.Since its early beginnings at Harvard University, Facebook users have befriended each other 140.3 billion times.Sustained growth is seen as crucial if Facebook is to maintain its value – the company has seen its share price drop to about $22 from a starting price of $38.Investors will expect the company to look at ways to make more from the users it already has as well as seeking to attract new users in areas of the world where it does not yet dominate.Although the service is by far the world’s biggest social network, there are key areas, such as China and Russia, where local competitors still remain the online networking tool of choice.Last month, Mr Zuckerberg visited Moscow, where he made his first TV chat show appearance, as well as a highly publicised meeting with the Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.It was a public-relations exercise designed to unsettle VKontakte – a network that boasts in excess of 300 million members, compared with Facebook’s seven million, in the country.Other trips include to China, where the company said it was busy “watching and learning” from other internet firms.Google, which launched in China in 2005, faced fierce criticism when it agreed to allow censorship of search results. It later changed its stance, and now directs all of its traffic through its Hong Kong-based site.Success for Facebook in China would mean unseating RenRen which has more than 30 million users, and possibly the Twitter-like service Sina Weibo that boasts of more than 300 million users.In Africa, Facebook has targeted the use of basic phones – known widely as “feature phones” – which are unable to display the full-featured site, but instead can use specially created variations of the network.Specifically, a project called Facebook for Every Phone, which was launched following the company’s acquisition of feature-phone specialists Snaptu, is central to its growth strategy in the region.There are considerable monetisation opportunities too. The continent has, at a pace far outstripping the west, adopted mobile payment systems in huge numbers – more than 15 million in Kenya alone.In developed markets, one path to better engagement with users could be through new features that make use of Facebook’s vast quantities of personal data about each of its members.In recent weeks, Facebook has been looking to monitor the real-world effects of advertising on the platform.These efforts are key if the company is to convince businesses that investing in the platform is not a waste of money – recent admissions over “fake” users have dented the site’s credibility.It has enlisted the help of US market research firm Datalogix to try to produce evidence that seeing an advert on Facebook – without necessarily clicking on it – is enough of an engagement to get people buying products in shops. Source: BBClast_img read more

Apple announces iOS7 Its mobile operating system of the future

first_imgAdvertisement Apple has officially announced  iOS7,  the mobile operating system that runs iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, yesterday at its World Wide Developer Conference. It was described as unbelievably gorgeous by Apple’s Craig FederighiIt was widely rumored the OS would follow a similar arc to Apple’s desktop operating system, Mac OS X by getting flatter, less colorful, less likable, and more workmanlike over time.Facebook Home Features Now Available For iPhone And IpadBlackBerry Messenger Coming To Android And iOS, Can It Compete With WhatsApp, Viber?The major new features in iOS 7 include:Control Center Quick access to major controls like volume, Bluetooth, etc.Multitasking Now for all apps, with intelligent background updating when needed.Safari A new full-screen look, smart search that unifies Google search and your history search.AirDrop: The  ”easiest way to share with the people who are right around you.”Photos A photo app with new filters. Also, new auto-organized photos by date, place, and people, and new shared photo streams.Siri New look, new voice (male), and much more intelligence to control your device. Integration of Twitter, Wikipedia, and web search results from Bing (not Google!).iOS in the car Your iOS interface on your car’s navigation screen that has partnerships with over 10 manufacturers.App Store New app discovery service that is location dependent, and new automatic app updating (just like Google’s Android).Music An updated music app, with, yes, iTunes Radio. Choose a station, skip songs, share songs, buy songs, create radio stations based on songs … even create a radio station of just your favorite band(s). Free with ads, and completely free if you’re an iTunes Match subscriber. U.S. only to start.Activation Lock If a thief tries steals your phone, they will not be able to reactivate the phone, blocking them from reselling it. – Advertisement – Other updates included FaceTime audio, notification syncs across all your devices, per-app VPNs for enterprise, and more, including new APIs for developers. iOS 7 includes a new gesture as well — reminiscent of Android’s back button — swipe left to go back. And folders can now have pages.One other neat feature: a theme-like approach to iOS 7′s appearance. Changing your phone’s wallpaper, Apple said, would also affect the way many other elements on the phone look and react.“It’s a comprehensive end-to-end redesign of the user experience,” Federighi said. “Installing iOS 7 onto your phone is like getting an entirely new phone — but one you already know how to use.”iOS 7 is available in beta for developers today, and final release will be coming this fall. It will support iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch 5th generation.Credit: Venture Beatlast_img read more

A New Kind of MicroChip that Mimics the Human Brain in Real

first_imgAdvertisement A team of scientists in Switzerland has managed to cram 11,011 electrodes onto a single two-millimeter-by-two-millimeter piece of silicon to create a microchip that works just like an actual brain. The best part about this so-called neuromorphic chips is that they can feel.Don’t over interpret the word “feel” though. The brain-like microchips built by scientists at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich are not sentient beings, but they can carry out complex sensorimoter tasks that show off the network’s cognitive abilities. And what’s more impressive is that all of this happens in real time. Previous brain-like computer systems have been slower and larger, whereas the Swiss system is comparable to an actual brain in both speed and size. That’s exactly what the team was trying to do. “Our goal is to emulate the properties of biological neurons and synapses directly on microchips,” says University of Zurich professor Giacomo Indiveri.The next step for these neuromorphic chips is to take on more and more complex tasks. In a paper published this week by the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers who built the chips suggest that they could connect the neuromorphic chips to sensory systems like an artificial retina. This is somewhat a fascination for the community of scientists trying to build a brain-like computer. Stanford professor Kwabena Boahen rose to prominence after developing a silicon retina that behaved like a biological retina, and since then, he’s been working on ways to mimic the brain using artificial circuits. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Truth be told, it won’t be a single scientist or even a team that ultimately accomplishes the task of building a computer that truly behaves like the human brain. The grey matter between our ears is so impossibly complex that so far only supercomputers seem halfway capable of such a feat. And over the next ten years, a whole slew of scientists will attempt to accomplish that task. It will be difficult, and with a budget over $1.6 billion, it will be frightfully expensive. But at least they have some microchips to start with.Credit: GIZMODOlast_img read more

Telegram blocks ISpropaganda channels

first_imgPavel Durov, founder of Telegram say they are acting to stop the Islamic State group from distributing propaganda to a wide audience through the service.Image Credit: Business Insider Advertisement The creators of a popular messaging app called Telegram say they are acting to stop the Islamic State group from distributing propaganda to a wide audience through the service.In a statement yesterday (Nov 18), Telegram said it had blocked 78 IS-related channels over the past week and was making it easier for users to report objectionable material.Berlin-based Telegram said the move would only affect public channels and automated response systems called “bots”. Messages between individuals and group chats that can include up to 200 users would not be affected. – Advertisement – Telegram uses strong encryption that makes it all but impossible for security services to intercept private messages between individuals or members of a group. [related-posts][Today online]last_img read more

Facebook to add more African languages in effort to increase Internet adoption

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, says more African languages will be added to the social media platform to make it easier for African’s to access the social network’s applications reports DW.Promoting local languages and providing relevant, homegrown content could increase internet adoption across the African continent, a new report finds. The report (pdf), published by the Internet Society, finds that despite the increased access to mobile and telecom infrastructure in Africa, internet adoption was still lagging behind.During a Q&A that streamed live on Facebook on Wednesday, Zuckerberg talked about plans to make Facebook more accessible in Nigeria. – Advertisement – Among the African languages already on the Facebook website is Hausa, a language that is widely spoken in West Africa. Zuckerberg was quoted by Nigerian media saying that he was proud to have the Hausa language on his website.Facebook currently supports languages like Hausa, Kiswahili, Somali and Arabic on its platform.More than 125 million people in Sub Saharan Africa use the internet. Some consider Facebook a news source, especially those aged between 15-25.Nigeria tops the leagues table of Facebook users in sub- Saharan Africa, with more than 15 million users, followed by South Africa and Kenya with thirteen and five million users respectively.[related-posts][DW, Quartz]last_img read more