first_imgA 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… A transport watchdog is calling for action to make the network of major roads across England more accessible to disabled drivers and passengers.A new Transport Focus report, An Accessible Road Network?, centres mainly on the barriers disabled people face in using roadside services, as well as the problems caused for some disabled drivers who become stuck in long traffic jams or whose vehicles break down.Among the concerns raised by disabled people interviewed by Transport Focus was the difficulty of escaping their vehicle quickly and scaling the barrier at the side of the road after breaking down.There were also concerns that breakdown and recovery staff were not trained to deal with disabled drivers and passengers and adapted vehicles.The report says it is unclear if minimum training requirements are in place for breakdown and recovery services, and it calls for all such organisations to “review and improve the disability awareness training given to all their staff”.Those interviewed also raised long-standing concerns about the difficulty of securing assistance to refuel vehicles at filling stations, with the report calling on petrol retailers to ensure they meet their obligations under the Equality Act 2010.Disabled interviewees also said that services on ‘A’ roads often do not have accessible toilets, while there were also reports of those accessible toilets that were available being used to store bins or staff bicycles.The report says there are currently only 20 Changing Places toilets – facilities with extra space and equipment for disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets – in place or planned at roadside services in England, just two of which are at ‘A’ road services.It calls on the Department for Transport (DfT) to fulfil the pledge in its inclusive transport strategy that it would spend £2 million to support the installation of more Changing Places facilities in motorway services.Among the report’s other recommendations is a call for the government to ensure that providers of roadside services allow more than two hours’ free parking for disabled drivers and passengers because they often need extra time.And Transport Focus calls on DfT to carry out research to identify the number and location of driving instructors trained to help those with learning difficulties or hearing impairments, which would “enable an assessment to be made as to whether there are sufficient numbers in all parts of the country”.There are also recommendations for Highways England, including a call for it to update and publicise information about the help available to disabled people who are caught in traffic jams and need urgent assistance, and who they should call if their vehicles break down.There is also a call for Highways England – which runs England’s network of motorways and ‘A’ roads – to compile and maintain accurate information about facilities provided for disabled road-users at services on its roads.And the report says that the companies that run roadside services should strengthen efforts to ensure that accessible parking spaces are only used by motorists with blue badges.The report, published today (Thursday), was based on interviews with 50 disabled drivers and passengers, focus groups and interviews with service-providers and experts, including the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), which advises the government on transport access issues.Helen Dolphin, a DPTAC member [but not speaking on behalf of the committee] and an independent mobility consultant, said: “Thanks to the Motability scheme and sophisticated car adaptations, many disabled people are able to drive and this means that the road network may need to make some changes to ensure disabled people can use the roads as safely as every other driver.”Dolphin, herself a disabled driver, added: “I am therefore pleased that this report has highlighted many issues that I have been raising for many years and I sincerely hope that the recommendations put forward will be carried out.” DfT today (Thursday) announced a partnership with the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK to allocate the £2 million funding for new Changing Places toilets at motorway services, which will be installed in “the early 2020s”.But a DfT spokeswoman also said that motorway services operators were required to provide up to two hours free parking and that charging for longer parking periods was “a commercial matter for the operators”.She added: “Disabled people who need specially qualified driving instructions can speak to the Association of Disability Driving Instructors for impartial advice.“In the longer term, we recognise the need for further research to understand the barriers to transport that people with cognitive, behavioural and mental health conditions may face.“As outlined in our response to the consultation on the Accessibility Action Plan, we intend to proceed with this research by 2022.”Highways England welcomed the Transport Focus report and said it would be launching a new National Mobility and Disabled Road User Forum next month, which it said would help inform its response to the recommendations.It said it had already developed messages to display on electronic signs to “better inform road users about what is happening when they are caught up in incidents on our roads, specifically addressing the concerns of those trapped in traffic”.It also said it would “refresh” disability-related training for its traffic officers and would “work with disability and mobility forums to define what information is important to road users, and how they want that information shared”.A Highways England spokeswoman said: “We will work with operators to collect information about their roadside facilities, and will look at ways to publish it that reach the road users that need it.”And she said the agency would engage with operators of services “to discuss how we can work together to consider areas raised in the research, such as extending parking times where appropriate, and the layout of service areas”.She said Highways England was “already in discussions with DfT about enabling the construction of more Changing Places facilities at motorway service areas”, while operators of services had been “actively engaging with Highways England about existing provision, usage and future funding” of accessible toilets.Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, said: “Disabled road users tell us how driving gives them independence and a sense of freedom when using public transport may not be possible.“More must be done to remove the barriers that disabled people face when they travel on the road network.“Until now, much of the transport debate around disability has been mostly about public transport.“This research widens the discussion to people who drive or are driven, a vital form of mobility for many people.”last_img read more

first_imgJane Ibrahim Gaito’s nine-year-old daughter Nicki also brought home life lessons along with the stool she made in class. “She comes home and she says, ‘you know mom, Mr. Montoya doesn’t let us say ‘what’ or ‘um’. If you don’t have anything to say, just don’t say anything’.” Gaito recalled. “Nine years old is when they start developing all those really bad habits. He doesn’t want any of that.”That comes from what Gaito calls a respect for the kids – holding them to high standards and knowing they can do it. But Montoya also has a long history of wanting to teach hands-on.  “I used to do units on real-life stuff, electronics, woodworking,” he said. “Shop class kinda doesn’t exist anymore.”Barnes first noticed the woodworking studio walking Zach to school. At the time, it was under construction, and Montoya takes pride in having done a lot of the work with his own hands. The necessary renovations were extensive.  The walk-in freezer partway through dismantling. Image courtesy of Danny Montoya After renovation, the former meat freezer becomes a woodshop. Image courtesy of Danny Montoya The former meat market sign mounted on the wall. Image courtesy of Danny Montoya Wood reclaimed from the damaged building demolition next door. Image courtesy of Danny MontoyaThe whole rear of the location was once a meat locker. Montoya turned it into a woodshop that houses a table saw and other power tools. The bathroom acquired relics of the butcher shop owners’ decor, like a few old framed Chinese embroideries and the shop’s former sign.Montoya is committed to reusing old materials. Zach’s shelf, for example, was made from old pallet wood. “You’re using this thing that could have been around the world,” Montoya said he tells the kids who are using pallets. “They could have been in Thailand, they could have been in Ethiopia.” The decorative siding inside much of the studio is reclaimed wood that Montoya snapped up from demolition workers removing it from the site of the burned-out store next door. But even if he’s using what’s ostensibly trash, Montoya is still committed to the craft, and wants the kids (and adults) in his class to create something valuable.“They get to take something home that’s gonna be an heirloom,” he said. “Something that’s not crafty. I want the kids to make things that their parents want, or that makes them jealous.”Montoya shows off a cutting board made in one of his classes. Photo by Laura WenusHe’s also trying to be a good neighbor. The location wasn’t the first he scoped out, but turned out to have its advantages. Montoya quickly found he shared Colombian roots with the owner of Grand Coffee and bonded over their shared heritage and alma mater – both went to San Francisco State University. He also extends warm welcomes to those who visit his studio and speak to him in Spanish.Parents, too, were happy to see something accessible to children move on to the street.Gaito said her daughter often comes home excited about trips the kids took to other parts of the neighborhood – to Mission Playground, for example. “It’s like, ‘we’re in the Mission, so we’re gonna do the best of the Mission’,” she said. “We’re just really excited to have something in the neighborhood that is sort of, like, wholesome,” said Barnes. “It sounds ridiculous to use that word… But it’s nice to have something move in that isn’t a bar or a restaurant.” “A lot of people come in and are like, this gives me hope that there are things happening in this city that aren’t depressing,” Montoya said. “So I’m just kind of trying to ride that wave.” 0% Tags: arts • kids • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Six-year-old Zach Barnes came home from woodshop camp wanting to eat vegetables. Sending him to classes at the Butterfly Joint, which opened about three months ago on Mission and 22nd next to the burned-out shell of a former discount store, turned out to have advantages beyond the floating shelf Zach brought home. Kristina Barnes, Zach’s mother, credits Danny Montoya, the proprietor of the Butterfly Joint, with the shift in her son’s taste. Montoya, who chose the space for its affordability despite the extensive repairs it needed, is a woodworker and a former kindergarten teacher. “Danny’s kind of magic with the kids, really,” Barnes said. “The woodworking is really cool…but what you also get is this great influence over your child. I haven’t really had that in such a positive way as we had with the Butterfly Joint.” last_img read more

first_imgMembers of a group of religious leaders, known as Faith in Action, invited several city officials and the families of victims of police shootings to the church of St. John the Evangelist on Thursday night to ask them probing questions about how to move forward with police reform. Faith in Action, along with other religious organizations and individuals, has taken an activist stance on the issue of police reform, quietly but persistently advocating for policy change and for criminal charges in police shootings like that of Amilcar Perez Lopez.“We want to see a just society,” said Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin. “Don’t be frightened, stand on the right side of the right issue.”The family of police shooting victims Luis Gongora and Alex Nieto, as well as Paulette Brown, the mother of a murder victim, recounted the stories of how they discovered their loved ones had been killed, and how frustrated they were with the law enforcement and city response in the aftermath. Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos, along with Chief of Staff to the District Attorney Cristine DeBerry, were then invited to answer a series of questions about their efforts to improve police accountability. Campos was questioned about his proposal to create an Office of the Public Advocate, an oversight body that would be able to examine the efficacy of any city agency including the Police Department. The agency would be modeled on a similar office in New York. The Office of Citizen Complaints, which currently serves as an oversight body for the police department, was dismissed as largely ineffective by both the faith group and Campos, partly because it is funded by the Mayor’s office. “How truly independent can it be when its budget is dependent on the Mayor himself?” Campos asked. Avalos, who has visited or participated in several marches to demand police accountability, has proposed withholding a portion of the police budget until certain benchmarks of use of force reform are demonstrably met. Clergy wanted to know how the proposal would improve accountability. Avalos supported a change in use of force policy from mandating “reasonable” force to “minimal” force, but said policy phrasing alone may not be enough to change what he called  “Jim Crow system” of policing.“If we just change the rule, that’s not enough to see the change in behavior,” he said.District Attorney George Gascón, whom Faith in Action has been pressuring to press criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez, has proposed a separate internal office of attorneys dedicated solely to the investigation of officer-involved shootings. Faith in Action asked his Chief of Staff Cristine De Berry to explain how such an office would be uninfluenced by police officers’ interests, since the District Attorney’s cases against criminals usually hinge on police testimony.De Berry said the District Attorney’s office has offered to hand over all of its investigation into officer misconduct to the state Attorney General, but that offer was declined. The police officer investigation unit, she said, would be separated not only on paper but in location from the District Attorney’s office, and cases would be sent to the Attoreny General and the Department of Justice for review. Funding, however, remains a problem, as the mayor has refused to allocate money for the idea. As for accusations of a cozy relationship with police,  “We don’t have to worry so much about our relationship with the police department because it has been fractured in the last few years,” De Berry said. Faith leaders concluded the meeting by encircling family of the deceased and leading the group in several prayers. 0%center_img Tags: religion Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_img Tags: crime • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Thecity officials tasked with taking on San Francisco’s auto break-in epidemic must, at times, feel a bit like they’re trying to piece together Humpty Dumpty. That job, you’ll recall, eluded all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. In retrospect, tasking horses with fixing this mess probably wasn’t a grand idea. But when things grow dire enough, any solution will do. And, in San Francisco, it’s dire: From January to Dec. 1 of last year, an astounding 26,662 auto boostings were reported here. That’s 80 break-ins a day. That’s a boosting every 18 minutes. Of those 26,662 reported break-ins, the cops registered 446 arrests. That’s 1.7 percent, which is as low as you think it is. Break-ins are up and arrests are down — and there have, all but certainly, never been more cops on the payroll. 0%center_img And so, for months, Supervisors Norman Yee and Hillary Ronen — whose stomping ground, the Mission, is a place where you’ll stomp on plenty of shards — have been doing their best impressions of Howard Beale. They’re as mad as hell. And they’re not going to take this anymore. Last Monday, the two supervisors held a press conference alongside Chief Bill Scott and the captains of both Mission and Taraval stations. Rather than have Yee and Ronen legislate where to put his cops, Scott countered that he’d create special units in the individual station houses tasked with confronting the epidemic. Here’s how he put it: “We are taking strong, proactive steps to reduce vehicle burglaries and bicycle thefts by assigning District Station officers specifically to the prevention, reporting and investigation of these crimes. By working closely with our community members and the deployment of data-driven strategies … we will make an impact on these types of crimes.”Now that … is a lot of words. But not just any words. “Proactive.” “Data-driven.” These are words like “organic” and “holistic,” meant to set a tone while remaining ambiguous in meaning. Your humble narrator has, like everyone else, suffered a break-in (they got a drugstore pair of sunglasses; my cousin and I split $180 for a new back window). It would be spectacular if last week’s announcement marked a turning point. But it’s difficult to imagine that happening. This move seems more akin to announcing you’ve determined the shape of the table for treaty negotiations. Meanwhile, the battle rages on. Whatdoes this “plan” do? Well, a great deal of discretion is left to individual captains. But, in short, it designates small teams — first in the Mission and Taraval and, eventually, elsewhere — to focus on boostings.  But does it, really? Mission Captain Gaetano Caltagirone affirms that he will now designate a point person for break-ins — but won’t alter his extant strategy. What’s more, for these four officers — yes, just four — Caltagirone affirmed that dealing with boostings would be “part of their jobs.” He could not confirm it would even be “most” of their jobs. What exactly will the teams do? Well, they’ll interface with the public and analyze where problems are — which helps determine where cops should be. But, echoes Ingleside Captain Jack Hart, “We do this anyway. We have officers from the Station Investigation Teams tracking this. My staff pulls weekly stats from the crime analysis unit. Officers know where the hotspots are.” Adds Richmond Captain Alexa O’Brien: “I had my crime analysts give me the top six locations for vehicle burglaries. And I staffed footbeats in all of those locations.”Flooding small areas like Land’s End with cops has reduced break-ins there by around 28 percent of late, O’Brien said. But it’s hit or miss: “I’ll be honest: some days it works, and some days we’re back up 40 percent,” she sighs. “The criminals are so organized and methodical.”  So, at this point, you’re probably wondering: Is formalizing what station captains were, by and large, already doing a novel strategy in the face of a crime wave? Is analyzing crime data and putting cops where there’s crime something revelatory? Your humble narrator spoke with more than a dozen San Francisco cops with more than 300 combined years of experience to answer these questions. Many of them were bewildered by the chief’s announcement. “This is not a ‘plan,’” said one veteran Mission cop. “It’s a reaction.” Adds another: “There is nothing profound about what they’re going to do. There is nothing groundbreaking. I just don’t get it.” Adds yet another: “Have we not been tracking data? Have we not been doing educational outreach? Everything in that memo was already being done — or it should’ve been.” The notion of putting officers in problem areas is so old that the term for it predates computers and refers to a map on the wall: “Cops on pins.” It is to policing what “keep your eye on the ball” is to baseball. And yet this department has to keep its eye on many balls. Whether through proactive, data-driven policing, dumb luck, or a bit of both, prior to last week’s Mission stabbing, nobody had been murdered in this city for two months. This cannot be understated or ignored. But veteran officers still wondered if Chief Scott understands that consequence-free break-ins drain his department’s credibility. “Many San Franciscans feel the SFPD has lost its efficacy,” lamented a longtime cop. “We’re secretaries with guns who show up after the fact, write a police report, and disappear.”In fact, they don’t even always do that. An increasing number of victims are shunted to 311 and may never even deal with a cop — something of an anathema in a city that purportedly values community policing. Things have grown so dire, some SFPD higher-ups actually applauded Ronen and Yee’s cajoling of the department.“I am not unhappy that Hillary and Norman are visible on this. Their constituents are being hurt,” said one SFPD graybeard. “Had they not been so public with this, the department would continue to sit on its hands. Instead, they roused the department to come up with a plan.” He pauses. “A plan that is strangely lacking in detail. Will the people eat this meal of ambiguity and feel satisfied?” He pauses again. “Man, I don’t know.” Afew years ago, a passing cop noticed a car with tinted windows and paper license plates — a dead giveaway for the crews of professional thieves, many from out of town, who are responsible for the lion’s share of this city’s break-ins. The driver of that car, spooked when he believed he was spotted, took off at high speed. For safety reasons, the SFPD does not normally pursue break-in suspects or drivers of tinted-window paper-plate cars who bolt when flagged down. “That’s our policy,” bemoaned an SFPD veteran. “Of course, they know this.” This particular driver ran a red light, which would normally be enough to elude capture. But then he struck another car and sparked a multi-vehicle pile-up. Unlike the vast majority of car thieves, these two were arrested. “That’s a good case!” recalls one officer. “It was viewed by a cop. All the stuff in custody. All the bells and whistles! Hit and run!” One of the men in the car, per SFPD sources, pleaded guilty to two hit-and-run counts and one auto-burglary count. He was a “multiple convicted felon.” The other man, already on misdemeanor probation for auto burglary, pleaded guilty to another burglary count, along with possession of stolen property. The first, per the SFPD, received 15 days in county jail. The second got two. And these are, again, the 2 out of every 100 car thieves the cops actually apprehend. Foot patrols and education campaigns will help — but organized, methodical criminals will find new targets. And the department’s new plan doesn’t spell out how to handle the prodigious amount of time and effort it takes to make cases and arrest suspects — before legal outcomes like those above, which aren’t exactly a deterrent. Many, many San Francisco cops claim this city is reaping the whirlwind for its conscious decision to pare back lengthy sentences for non-violent offenders and empty its jails. It’s a cynical point of view, but these are cynical times.A cynic might also note that the SFPD’s “plan” buys the department six months to gather (and polish) the data — and provides district supervisors, like the two who demanded action, unprecedented opportunities to insert themselves into this matter. Of course, these angry supes will now direct the brunt of their grievances to the lower-ranking station house officers tasked with overseeing boostings. Not the captains. Not the chief. Ronen, in fact, assures us she’s going to be talking to these cops just about every day. But these are strange days. Veteran cops admitted the SFPD deserves to have Hillary Ronen light a fire under its ass. “A 2,400-member department should have greater effectiveness,” said one. “There should be some accountability.” Ronen told us she’ll see to it there is. Count on this. And count on broken glass inundating the Mission for the foreseeable future.   last_img read more

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Police said that Wednesday at 8:58 p.m, a woman walked into the Mission Police Station to report that her father, a 93-year-old San Francisco resident, Gilberto Fernandez, was missing.Fernandez was last seen on March 7, 2018, at 7 a.m. at his home on the 500 block of Head Street in Ingleside. Fernandez is not known to have any medical issues and has never gone missing before.His daughter told police that he collects recycling items on or near 24th and Mission Streets. Fernandez, a Latino, is 5-feet-four-inches tall, 120 pounds, with gray hair and a gray mustache. He was last seen wearing beige pants, a black and green jacket and cowboy boots.Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444, or text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.last_img read more

first_imgThe lads made their annual trip to the Children’s Ward to meet the patients, parents and staff, and drop off some Saintly gifts.It can be hard for patients and their families to be in Hospital at this time of year so this is our way of spreading a little festive cheer at what can be a tough time.We’d like to thank everyone at Whiston Hospital for making us feel so welcome and we wish them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.We’d also like to say thank you to Ellison’s Travel who organised transport to the hospital.last_img

first_img Back in November 2015,  Wilmington Police Department officers arrested McGill for attempted armed robbery.In February 2016, WPD arrested McGill, a validated gang member, for selling heroin near the 100 block of N. Front Street. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man is now a habitual felon after pleading guilty to his latest charge.Damien McGill was found guilty by a jury of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon earlier this week in the New Hanover County Superior Court. He was sentenced to 8-11 years in prison.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found 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) — Summer may be winding down, but the baseball diamond is heating up as the Miracle League held the opener for its ninth season Saturday.Players ranging from age 4 to 78 packed into Miracle Field at Olsen Park in Wilmington for a day of grounders, pop flys, and most importantly, a lot of fun.- Advertisement – The league is put on by Access of Wilmington, an organization that strives to provide sports and recreation to all people living with disabilities in southeastern North Carolina.If yesterday was any indication, it should be a smile-filled season.Shannon Kernahan, whose son Dalton was playing on Saturday, said, “It’s a blast as you can see. It’s mostly dancing and baseball and music and hanging out with your friends. It’s a great place for him to meet other kids other than just in the school setting.”Related Article: Rival team drives hours to support New Hanover High after FlorenceThe league will continue for the next seven Saturday with four games each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.last_img read more

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 FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Fair Bluff is not forgotten. That’s the message Gov. Roy Cooper delivered when he came to Columbus County this afternoon.“It’s going to be a real test to make sure that Congress comes through with the money that is needed,” Gov. Cooper said.- Advertisement – The governor visited the Columbus Career and College Academy, which turned into a shelter during the hurricane almost a year ago. He toured the school and said he does not want the people of Fair Bluff to feel forgotten and will help them the best he can.“We salute those people. We’re working to help to restore housing, local infrastructure. We’re working to try to get the federal government to continue to do their share of this and we obviously want the legislature to do more as well,” Gov. Cooper said.He says one major issue is not enough money is coming from the federal government to help those who need it.Related Article: Republicans face more powerful Cooper with Democrats’ gains“There’s still not enough money from the state and federal government to provide help for everyone and I want to see that happen,” Cooper said.The governor’s visit was limited to some officials and the media but the public was not permitted. The mayor of Fair Bluff wanted the governor to see the people impacted by last year’s storm and the destruction.“I would like for him to ride through our residential area that’s been devastated by the storm,” Mayor Billy Hammond said.Cooper says the cleanup from Hurricane Matthew is an ongoing battle, one he believes will not end anytime soon.last_img read more

first_img The plaque will read: Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany lived, 1939-46, at agricultural colony founded in 1909 and revived by Alvin Johnson. Two mi. SW.Only about 12 of 50 families planned for resettlement in Pender County were rescued before the German borders were firmly shut as the government implemented Hitler’s Final Solution of genocide. Eventually, the families moved away. One family moved to Penderlea, where all the children of the colony attended school, and ran a dairy until the early 1950’s.According to the NC Highway Historical Marker Program, Wilmington’s Hugh MacRae, beginning in 1905, recruited immigrants to southeastern North Carolina for resettlement in six agricultural colonies.Related Article: Black History Month: The history of Williston High SchoolAmong MacRae’s advisers was Alvin Johnson, a native of rural Nebraska, an economist, and director of the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. Johnson proposed to MacRae to revive Van Eeden, which had foundered not long after its establishment in 1909.Johnson created the Alvin Corporation to facilitate the emigration of Jews from Hitler’s Germany, some of them directly from camps at Dachau and Buchenwald. Each family was promised one acre, a cottage, and a cow. Four families joined the community in the fall of 1939 and another four in the spring of 1940. More followed.Problems emerged soon. Resettlement of urban sophisticates to rural North Carolina did not go smoothly. Max Wolf, the first settler, had a vineyard in Germany but most were professionals. Arthur Flatow was an architect; Hubert Ladenburg held a doctorate in economics. With few agricultural skills their crops suffered. And there were snakes and mosquitoes. They made the best of a bad situation. Children of the settlers walked five miles to the nearest school, at Penderlea.By 1943 the settlement was abandoned, homesteaders moving to other opportunities in Wilmington as war commenced or to the Northeast.Pender County’s library director is working with the Pender County Historical Society and members of the Jewish community in Wilmington to coordinate a date and time for the dedication of the marker.The marker will be located on U.S. 117 between Burgaw and Watha.As part of the observance, the library’s virtual services librarian will design and host a webpage exhibit on the history of Van Eden. Author and historian Susan Taylor Block has given permission to the library to digitize and make available online her out-of-print book on the Van Eden Jews who she tracked down living in the northeast U.S. and interviewed in the 1990s. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A historical marker will soon recognize the Jewish families who resettled in Pender County from Nazi Germany.According to Pender County, the 1939 rescue and resettlement of Jewish families from Germany at Van Eden was nominated by the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img She was found as a stray but has now been fixed and micro-chipped and is ready to find a forever home.If you’d like to meet her, visit New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet Amy!Adoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.To see other animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a four-legged friend to love for years to come, meet this week’s Pet Pal!She is a 6-month-old tabby cat with an adventurous spirit. Shelter staff describes her as playful, curious and active.- Advertisement – last_img

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Carolina Beach Police Department is searching for a woman last seen on Saturday.Danielle Patricia Walsh, 33, was last seen around 10:00 p.m. on June 30 at the Boardwalk.- Advertisement – She’s 5’5″ and weighs 160 pounds. She has long brown hair and blue eyes.Walsh was last seen wearing a purple bathing suit and carrying a blue bag with a red star symbol printed on the bag.Walsh may also be wearing a green and white printed dress and flip flops.Related Article: Carolina Beach man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen during sleepoverIf you know where Walsh is, contact the Carolina Beach Police Department at (910) 458-2540.last_img

first_imgThe popular donut shop will be closing its doors for the season after Labor Day. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A staple for the rotund pastry is making its return this month in Carolina Beach.Neighbors took to Facebook over the weekend to announce the store’s soft return to business following a nerve-wracking off season with Hurricane Florence causing damage to many business along the boardwalk.- Advertisement – Britts Donuts informed Carolina Beach neighbors that they will reopen Friday, March 29 from 4:00 – 10:00 P.M. with a weekend schedule until Memorial Day weekend.Store officials say they will run on a Saturday – Sunday schedule from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.“We will run on this same weekend schedule with the exception of Easter weekend at which time we will be open Easter Sun 8:30 – 10:00 and Mon 8:30 – 5:00 or until donuts run out,” wrote one neighbor citing a store official.Related Article: Rides return to boardwalk to keep Carolina Beach tradition aliveStore officials tell neighbors the shop will be open 7 days a week following the Memorial Day holiday weekend.last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 7.50PM: Muscat thanked all of the local council elections a total of 399 candidates, 24% of which are women. He claimed that he is not be satisfied by the figure even though this is almost double the number of women in the last election. He said that will not be happy until there are at least 50% of candidates that are female. He also states that 2% of the candidates are also young.7.42PM: Muscat said that there is a worrying trend which shows that the PN has become a regional party and not a national one. He said that the PL is there for the whole country. He said that where the PN wanted an election, they didn’t provide enough candidates. If it was not for the PL there would not be elections in the South of Malta. This shows why the PN had allowed these villages to fall to pieces. Muscat also said that he can’t understand how the PN hasn’t found enough candidates even in Gozo.7.39PM: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that when it was proposed that the Council elections and the European Parliament happen at the same time, the PN complained that this was undermining democracy. He said that nominations closed yesterday and the first thing that was clear was that 21 localities, one-third of them, didn’t have enough  PN representatives and PN provided the minority of candidates. He said that automatically, if the PL wanted, it could take over certain localities without an election.7.10PM: “The surplus is because of the people and because of that there is an increase in benefits, wages, pensions,” said Muscat.7.05PM: The Prime Minister said that from this year onwards, there will be massive investment in road infrastructure. He said that in 2018, the Government made the largest expenditure in infrastructure in history: roads, buildings, etc.7.02PM: Muscat said that we cannot look at the situation as if the sun rose in 2013, however, back then the Labour party in government found a deficit of € 250 million. “We were drowning trying not to suffocate,” he says. He said that instead, people suffered because of multiple governance failures in the past.6.58PM: “Before we had a government that was wasteful and families that were wise, today we have a government which is wise and families which are also wise,” said Muscat. He said that for many years, despite promises having been made the work was not done. The government did not buy the medicines meaning they were increasingly out-of-stock. The Nationalist Government had insisted that was to do with poor economic governance. The PM said that if the Labour government reacted the same way there would be no free childcare.6.56PM: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that this week will pave the way for the start of the election campaign Sunday. He said the fact that the country recorded a surplus again is rather a matter of a number of banks, but thanks to every person here in the country. He said that up until three years ago there was only debt and worries about bills. Today we can talk about something new.6.40PM: The objective of the Annual General Conference was presented listing a number of challenges to the country. Among them is that wealth should be equitably distributed and also the ability to reach the poor and marginalised.This evening, there is the session of the Annual General Conference of the Partit Laburista. The Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party Joseph Muscat will be addressing the conference.The conference has the theme of ‘A Country That is Moving Forward’. It is being held at Misrah Agatha Barbara, Tarxien.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Bartolo replied that the tender had been issued following an agreement with the Contracts Department. He added that works will not start before the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools receives a valid development permit from the Planning Authority.PN MP Frederick Azzopardi also asked Bartolo a number of questions on the issue. He asked about the tender for excavation and piling works on the site. He questioned which entity prepared the specifications for the tender that had been revoked. He also asked why where tests on the rock on the site done after and not before the publication of the original tender.Minister Bartolo said that the specifications for the tender issued by a firm of an architect who is acting as a consultant with the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools. The Minister also referred to the information that he had presented in Parliament previously.WhatsAppcenter_img Google MapsGoogle Maps Two years after the original scheduled date for the completion of a primary school in Victoria, Minister Evarist Bartolo said that the locality is in urgent need of a new primary school “in the shortest time possible”.The Education Minister said this in his reply to a parliamentary question made by Partit Nazzjonalista MP Chris Said on the issue.The PN MP had asked why was a tender for the excavation works on the site intended for the school issued before the Planning Authority issued the development permit.Victoria primary school: new tender issued replacing one withdrawnPhotos: Proposed new primary school in Rabat, GozoGovernment backtracks on its Victoria Primary student transfer planslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The firm best know for its anti-virus and Internet security software AVG is finally going to acquire the company that has since 2003 leveraged deep managed expertise in remote monitoring and management, LPI Level Platforms.AVG is best known to consumers for its security and privacy software, but it has purchased several companies so it can quickly expand into other services that focus on small and medium-sized businesses. Notably, in August 2011, it acquired Germany-based TuneUp so it could be a major player in the PC optimization and performance space. Just three weeks ago, it took a bigger step into privacy by purchasing web privacy firm PrivacyChoice. – Advertisement – Now the company has acquired Ottawa, Canada-based Level Platforms, which has a powerful remote monitoring and management platform. This software, delivered via the cloud and accessible in a browser, monitors and manages a company’s local and cloud IT infrastructure and applications. This includes accessing and managing mobile devices deployed on your business’ systems.“We’re growing the portfolio of products for the SMB space,” AVG COO John Giamatteo told VentureBeat. “[Level Systems’] product portfolio fits in nicely with our CloudCare service.”Giamatteo said AVG was so interested in Level Platforms because its software-as-a-service is incredibly sticky with businesses and has an 80 percent retention rate each year with customers.Giamatteo also said that Level Platforms didn’t have the global reach that AVG does and that it could be powerful to bring Level Platforms to businesses globally.“They are quite strong in North America, but we want to give them global reach,” he said. “We want to offer a full suite across all platforms, all devices, and all markets and [Level Platforms] will help.”Giamatteo would not reveal the terms of the deal but described the acquisition as “medium-sized.” He said PrivacyChoice was “small,” while TuneUp was “large.”Level Platforms has more than 100 employees in an office in Ottawa. That office will remain, but it will transition to become Amsterdam-based AVG’s first office in Canada. Giamatteo wouldn’t explicitly say if there would be any staff layoffs, but he did expect there to be some “synergies,” which is code for at least a few reductions. AVG expects the purchase of Level Platforms will close by the end of June.Credit: VentureBeatlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Astel (UK) ltd has announced a partnership with Meniko Records Management Services to distribute GreenBox – a multi-function device designed to convert paper-intensive business processes into paperless transactions.GreenBox is a proudly South African product developed by Meniko Records Management Services to fulfil a need in the marketplace for a device that can scan physical documents, identity documents, passports and drivers licences.Importantly, GreenBox meets the ever-growing demand across all market sectors to improve identity management and verification, combat identity theft and prevent fraudulent transactions. – Advertisement – Mike Morris, business development director at Meniko, said:“GreenBox offers businesses across Africa the opportunity to obtain many different functions from a single unit with a footprint not much bigger than an A4 notebook, and dispenses completely with the need for photocopying.GreenBox is also a perfect solution to combat the growing threat of identity theft and fraudulent transaction by creating a biometric profile of an individual, which can be stored in a central repository, to verify an individual’s identity.”Identification processes featured in a GreenBox unit include:•             Scanner (for physical document input)•             Fingerprint reader (for biometric capture)•             Signature pad (to capture digital signature)•             Camera (for the all-important photo ID)•             Smart card reader (EMV compliant)[related-posts]Yuvraj Jobanputra, Astel’s Managing Director, said: “The incorporation of so many identification processes in a single solution is what makes GreenBox the perfect choice for business across Africa looking to fulfil the three operational objectives of Applied Identity Control – reinforcing security, accelerating processes and building the chain of evidence.“We’re sure our resellers across Africa will find GreenBox to be a popular addition to their range of document management solutions.”GreenBox is compatible with ECT, FICA, RICA, NCA and CPA.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Huawei Technologies has been picked by the Ethiopian state-run mobile operator Ethio Telecom to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.The service will be introduced as part of a deal signed in July and August this year between the telecommunications company, Huawei and China’s ZTE to expand mobile phone infrastructure throughout the country.Abdurahim Ahmed, head of communications at Ethio Telecom, said: “In terms of allocation, Huawei will be responsible for the expansion of 4G in Addis Ababa, including other mobile services such as the 2G, 3G and IP,” Reuters reports. – Advertisement – “The allocation plan has already been finalised and we expect to benefit more than 400,000 subscribers with this project.“Within a period of eight months, the expansion project of Addis Ababa, including 4G will be completed.”The US$1.6 billion deal, signed by Huawei in July and ZTE in August, is hoped to enable Ethio Telecom to double its subscriber base to more than 50 million by the year 2015 and expand 3G services across the country.The two Chinese equipment makers are set to split their work along 13 expansion areas.“The contract has been awarded under a long-term loan package to be paid over a period of 13 years with an interest rate of less than 1 per cent,” Abdurahim said.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The National Security Agency(NSA) wants to acquire expert coders, and hackers.To make this interesting it has decided to offer an opportunity to whoever can crack the code in  tweets that will be sent out every moday.To start if off, it posted the tweet below last monday.tpfccdlfdtte pcaccplircdt dklpcfrp?qeiq lhpqlipqeodf gpwafopwprti izxndkiqpkii krirrifcapnc dxkdciqcafmd vkfpcadf. #MissionMonday #NSA #news— NSA (@NSACareers) May 5, 2014 – Advertisement – Media Outlets have tried to decode the unusual message , however, the tweet turned out to be neither an accident nor necessarily a message of national import; instead, NSA is apparently hoping to draw coding talent for an upcoming round of hiring.With the help of the decoding website Quipquip, the cryptic tweet was revealed to say, “Want to know what it takes to work at NSA? Check back each Monday in May as we explore careers essential to protecting your nation.”“NSA is known as the code makers and code breakers,” NSA spokeswoman Marci Green Miller told the Daily Dot in an email. “As part of our recruitment efforts to attract the best and the brightest, we will post mission related coded Tweets on Mondays in the month of May.”Source: Auto Worldlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications company MTN Uganda has partnered with Standard Chartered Bank to launch a mobile wallet service that will support transactions between the Bank and MTN Mobile Money.The platform is tailored to allow StanChart Customers using MTN Mobile Money to send or receive Money directly into their Mobile wallets using the Bank’s banking platforms.Speaking at the launch, the outgoing Standard Chartered Bank CEO, Herman Kasekende commended the collaboration with MTN saying it will enhance the Bank’s ability to extend its world-class financial services countrywide. – Advertisement – “One of our strategic aspirations as Standard Chartered Bank is to be the Main Digital Bank for our customers. The launch of the mobile money solution today reaffirms this commitment and is one of the many digital enhancements that have been rolled out in the past year and an indicator of many more innovations to come,” he said.“This new initiative is in line with the government objective of working towards a cashless economy and ensuring financial inclusion,” added Kasekende.As pioneers of Mobile Money in Uganda, MTN helped start a revoltn, increasing financial services penetration to over 47%. #MTNMobileMoney— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) February 23, 2017MTN Mobile money has enlarged its foot print across Uganda, spreading to as deep as the most remote villages.In the recent Uganda economic update, the World Bank underscored that “Mobile money is contributing to rapid and widespread access of financial services in Uganda.”As of 2016, the number of mobile money subscribers countrywide stood at 21.1 million with more people projected to join the network.[related-posts]last_img read more