Disabled people must keep fighting for their right

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first_imgDisabled people must keep fighting for their right to travel on public transport, and should “challenge the status quo”, an accessible transport campaigner has told a conference.Alan Benson,chair of the user-led, pan-London organisation Transport for All, told Transport for London’s Access All Areas conferencethat the pace of access improvements to the capital’s public transport system hadslowed since the “watershed” of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Benson (pictured, centre), a wheelchair-user, said that in the last week he had missed a train because of slow assistance from rail staff, missed buses because the wheelchair spaces were full, and had been stuck at Bank tube station because the lift broke.But he also told the accessible transportconference that inthe last week he had travelled successfully to 10 locations across the cityusing public transport run or managed by Transport for London (TfL).Amongimprovements made by TfL, he highlighted the Please Offer Me A Seat scheme, which provides disabledpeople with a badge to let other passengers know they need a seat.But he saidhe believed its most “transformative” scheme was a training programme providedto TfL managers by Transport for All (TfA) and Inclusion London, another pan-London user-led organisation.He said: “Disabledpeople, many of whom are here today, are teaching the people who commission andrun the services just what impact their choices have.“The resultsare transformative, both now and for the future. No-one else in the Britishtransport sector is doing this.”He told theconference: “Public transport is vital for disabled and older people tocontribute to society, but most importantly we know that access to publictransport is our right.“Don’t giveup. We are where we are today because, to quote Newton, we stand on the shoulders of giants. We are those shoulders for those that come after us.“But mostly don’tgive up because you have rights, the right to live the life you want to. Andwhen your journey does go wrong, tell TfL. They do listen.”He also saidthat passengers and transport operators should “challenge the status quo” so asto produce new ideas and “turn conventional thinking on its head”.Benson saidthe transport industry needed to take more risks and not be so “resistant tochange”, and he suggested that TfL should allow disabled passengers who werehappy to take such risks to do so.He said: “Iknow, for example, that there are some wheelchair-users who are perfectlycomfortable using an escalator and I know of one who regularly does it, but itis definitely not widely known or it’s not [something] that staff are verycomfortable supporting.”GarethPowell, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, told the conference that84 per cent of disabled Londoners “say transport is affecting their ability toget around and live their lives”, which he said was “not good enough”.He said: “Wewant to try harder and listen to what suggestions you have and make thatbetter.”Powell admittedthat there were too many examples of TfL infrastructure projects that, even ifthey provided step-free access, still failed to be fully inclusive, for exampleby ignoring the access needs of autistic people.He welcomedthe TfA and Inclusion London training programme and said: “I have colleagues indesign teams right across TfL who are being trained in how to design projectsbetter so that right at the start of these projects we make them as inclusiveas possible and see that all the way through to the end of those projects.”But hewarned that there were significant “challenges” with funding, with TfL“struggling to get our voice heard with central government”. He said TfLhad had its annual operational grant from the government cut from £700 millionto zero, while there was no long-term certainty over funding for capitalinvestment.Powell saidthe government’s imminent three-year spending review would be “a criticalmoment for us to make sure that all of our infrastructure needs are on theiragenda”.TfL says 95per cent of its bus stops are now accessible, while there are more than 200step-free stations across its network, including 78 London Underground (LU)stations, 58 overground stations, six TfL-run rail stations and all DocklandsLight Railway stations and tram stops. Eight more LUstations are set to be step-free by March 2020, with work underway at a furtherseven. The AccessAll Areas event also included workshops and an exhibition of accessibilityinnovations, including an electric bus and taxi, a driverless car, and a newStation Real Time Information App.The appallows LU station staff to report station incidents that may affect passengerjourneys, such as a lift going out of service, and also allows LU staff torecord disabled passengers who wish to use TfL’s Turn Up and Go service, whichprovides assistance to disabled passengers who have not booked help in advance.A 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. 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Labour won a seat in Buckinghamshire but lost one

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first_imgLabour won a seat in Buckinghamshire but lost one to the Lib Dems in Bradford and one to new party Aspire in Tower Hamlets, making for disappointing results in the latest round of council by-elections.In Buckingham, where a by-election was sparked by the death of East Wycombe Independent councillor Chaudhary Ditta, Israr Rashid won. He was listed as the Labour candidate on the ballot paper. Rashid is suspended from the party, however, and will therefore take his seat as an independent, LabourList understands.The vote in Bradford, sparked by the death of former council leader Ian Greenwood, saw Labour lose a volatile seat. Labour’s Amriz Hussain was defeated by Rachel Sunderland, a Lib Dem who had occupied the seat before it was taken by Labour last year with only a 90-vote majority.Two by-elections in Tower Hamlets, caused by the resignations of Labour’s Muhammad Harun and Ruhul Amin, who only took their seats last year, offered typically controversial results.Aspire, described by Andrew Teale as the “more hardline” faction of Luftur Rahman supporters, was founded a year ago. It has now won its first seat in Shadwell ward, and came second in Lansbury ward.Labour’s losing candidate in Shadwell, Asik Rahman, became controversial when found to have ‘liked’ the Facebook pages of two hate preachers. The successful Aspire candidate, Harun Miah, represented the ward from 2010 to 2018.Rajib Ahmed, who was a Tower Hamlets councillor until last year, defeated Aspire’s Ohid Ahmed to win back the Lansbury seat for Labour this week.Meanwhile, Labour held onto its seat in Lambeth, though with a lower vote share.Congratulations @sg_donnelly – elected tonight as a fantastic councillor for Thornton ward 🌷 pic.twitter.com/DLsQHAdjxC— LambethLabour (@LambethLabour) February 8, 2019Labour gain:Totteridge & Bowerdean (Buckinghamshire) – Lab gainLabour: 40.8% (+15.5)East Wycombe Independent: 27.8% (-12.1)Lib Dem: 21.2% (+6.4)Con: 10.2% (-9.8)Labour loss:Bolton and Undercliffe (Bradford) – Lib Dem gainLib Dem: 51.3% (+9.0)Labour: 34.1% (-10.6)Con: 12.4% (+2.4)Green: 2.2% (-0.8)Shadwell (Tower Hamlets) – Aspire gainAspire: 34.8% (+13.4)Labour: 31.5% (+4.1)Lib Dem: 16.7% (+13.1)Con: 6.4% (+2.5)Green: 4.3% (0.0)Independent: 4.1% (-1.2)WEP: 2.2% (+2.2)(No People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets as prev (-34.2). Ward was multi-member in 2018: PATH 1, LAB 1.)Labour hold:Thornton (Lambeth) – Lab holdLabour: 44.7% (-18.2)Lib Dem: 32.8% (+23.1)Green: 9.7% (-1.7)Con: 9.6% (-6.4)WEP: 1.8% (+1.8)Ukip: 1.4% (+1.4)Lansbury (Tower Hamlets) – Lab holdLabour: 40.8% (+2.5)Aspire: 31.3% (+7.0)Lib Dem: 9.0% (0.0)Ukip: 5.5% (+5.5)Con: 5.5% (-1.7)Green: 5.2% (-1.6)House: 2.8% (+2.8)(No Path (-11.6) and Ind (-3.0) as prev.)Other:Evendons (Wokingham) – Lib Dem holdLib Dem: 63.1% (+16.3)Con: 31.9% (-8.8)Labour: 5.0% (-7.5)Tags:Labour /Local government /Tower Hamlets /Bradford /council by-elections /Aspire /last_img read more

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Plans to Close UCSF Youth Clinic Put on Hold KQED

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first_img Tags: health care • UCSF Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% But Tuesday’s announcement marked a dramatic change. UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood now says the university will cover the clinic’s budget deficit for a year with funds from his office, the School of Medicine and the Division of  Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health — which oversees New Generation.“This clinic has served a critical need in our community, especially for teens from low- and moderate-income families,” Hawgood said, in a press release, “and we are committed to ensuring that these young people continue to be served.”He said that UCSF will partner with San Francisco’s department of public health and the broader community “to best secure these services” for young people.School nurses and other health providers had feared that at-risk Latino and African-American teens who trust New Generation’s confidential services would face an increase in unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.At a meeting with UCSF officials last month… Read full article on KQED.org center_img A reproductive health clinic serving San Francisco’s Mission District that is threatened with closure will stay open another year, UCSF officials say.The New Generation Health Center serves primarily low-income teens and young adults, and the announcement came after patients, neighbors and health providers expressed concern and anger over UCSF’s plans to shut it down this summer.For weeks, university officials had insisted that New Generation must close because of an annual budget deficit of more than  $400,000. They said the clinic’s financial troubles stemmed from a decline in both patients and grant revenue over the last five years.New Generation staff had already began reaching out to more than 2,200 patients to connect them with nearby clinics that offer similar services.last_img read more

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SF nonprofit reveals its plans for derelict building at 18th and Mission

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first_img 0% The Mission Economic Development Agency is proposing an eight-and-half-story mixed-use building at the corner of 18th and Mission streets — now the site of a decaying former stove store that could cost the nonprofit as much as $1 million to restore.  As Mission Local reported in December, MEDA bought the building for $6 million, with plans to develop it mixed-use project that will house two non-profits and includes at least 40 affordable condominiums. The project is expected to cost MEDA $45 million. Per the plans, Mission Neighborhood Center will occupy the ground floor with classrooms for about 100 children, Lisa Gelfand of Gelfand Partners Architects said last week at a meeting for the project. Outdoor space will be included for the childhood education center.Dance Mission Theater will take the second floor with dance studios. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address The remaining six floors are slated to become housing. While the unit mix is still being determined, each floor will have four 1-bedroom units, three 2-bedroom units, and one 3-bedroom unit. The project will have, at most, 48 units for purchase.Feliciano Vera, a senior project manager with MEDA, said no studios are in the plans. “We tried to stay away from the small efficiency units,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we could accommodate every type of family as they grow.”Vera said MEDA is working with the Mayor’s Office of Housing to keep the condos affordable “in perpetuity,” so that owners can gain equity on their home, while still keeping the units affordable when it comes time to sell.Vera said this might be done through a cap to limit appreciation on the home, although the non-profit is still looking into the model. “There’s still a lot of thinking around how we’re going to solve that problem,” he said.As it stands, the project will not have parking, since the building is in a transit-rich area with service from multiple bus lines and the 16th and Mission BART station. The basement will include bike storage.Vera recognized the lack of parking might be a point of consternation when the project seeks approval from the Planning Commission for the dance studio sometime in 2019. “That has been a concern that others have raised about projects such as this in the past,” he said.The nonprofit expects to win its entitlements and break ground by winter 2020, and anticipates the project to be complete by winter 2022.The cost of the project has been “fluctuating” around $45 million, Vera said. To finance its commercial spaces, MEDA is seeking federal tax credits, and it will be taking out various loans to finance its residential component.“The biggest challenge is keeping our construction costs low,” he said.That might be hard, as restoring the original structure — a “Streamline Moderne-style building that housed Gernhardt-Strohmaier Stove Store from the mid-’30s to 1961″ — could cost as much as $1 million, depending on a determination by the Planning Department, Vera said.MEDA will likely have to preserve the clock tower on the building. Elizabeth Creely, who researched the history of the building extensively for Mission Local, said the clock tower is the last remaining vestige of the building’s 1930s Streamline Moderne redesign. Other distinguishing characteristics from that era — such as a porcelain facade — were destroyed in 2013 by then-owner Guadalupe Hernandez. In addition to this project, MEDA is also developing fully affordable projects at 2060 Folsom, 1990 Folsom, 1296 Shotwell and 681 Florida, representing around 479 units.Disclosure: Mission Local rents office space from MEDA.Cross section of the building. Image courtesy of MEDAThe building at 18th and Mission Street. Photo by Elizabeth CreelySan Francisco Public Library, 1938. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing • Mission Economic Development Agency • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons said he always believed his side cou

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first_imgROYCE Simmons said he always believed his side could reach the Grand Final despite being behind at half time in Saturday’s match with Wigan.Saints overturned a 12-8 half time deficit to run away 26-18 winners and reach Old Trafford once again.“They came at us in the first 18 or so minutes and got a couple of penalties and took advantage of it,” Simmons said. “They wouldn’t let us attack for that spell and got repeated sets through a good kicking game.“They were very impressive as were we to stay in the game… some sides wouldn’t have done that.“In the second half too, there was a fair period when we didn’t have a lot of ball and we had to produce a big defensive performance. We scrambled really well and made some last ditch tackles.“I spoke to the boys at half time as I thought we were playing as individuals. I said when we play as a team we look dangerous, but I was always confident we could get a win out of it.”He continued: “Paul Wellens had a great game and I’m pleased he got his 200th career try. He puts himself where the action is and covers some miles on the footy field so he gets his rewards.“James Roby and James Graham played well, as did all our forwards. Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) has been a bit light over the last couple of games and I thought he was superb. We lost Leon Pryce to a stomach bug this morning.”Simmons says he will be keeping things as normal as he can this week as Saints build up for the showpiece.“We won’t be doing anything special,” he added. “There are enough things we need to change with the Grand Final press conference and Man of Steel on Monday.“I am really happy because we have beaten a champion side, beaten a side with so much talent and that proves you are on top of your game.”last_img read more

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KIDS in St Helens are brought up on a diet of disl

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first_imgKIDS in St Helens are brought up on a diet of disliking their neighbours from over Billinge Lump.It’s a rivalry that goes back through the generations and one that gets stronger as the big games approach.Saints v Wigan are always full-blooded affairs with no quarter given… even in friendlies.Being a Sintelliner by birth, James Roby grew up with the derby and his Testimonial will see the two sides lock horns this Friday.“Being a hometown lad I can’t think of any better opposition for a Testimonial,” he said. “I have grown up with the rivalry of Saints and Wigan and it is the type of game that I’d like to think would get most fans excited.“They are bringing a strong side over so it will be two teams going at it for a last hit-out before the season starts.“There are new signings on show on both sides. They have got Matty Bowen at full back – a tried and tested player in the NRL with a big profile. They have Hopkins, Sarginson and Clubb too. They are a strong team, defend well and are aggressive. They are the Champions so there is no stiffer test than that.”He continued: “We’re all excited about it and a few lads are bouncing around. As the week progresses we will sense it more and be switched on a bit more and we won’t need firing up.”With the number of new signings and confidence around the camp, Roby is certainly looking forward to the new season and getting going again.He missed a number of games in 2013 through successive ankle injuries but is now more than good to go.“I had been very lucky to have played ten years and 300 career games when I did my ankle. I’ve never had one that has needed surgery,” Roby added. “Then last year had both ankles operated on. Hopefully that was a one off because it was a bit stop start for me and I can get a good run of games.”James Roby’s Testimonial match will see Saints take on Wigan Warriors tonight (Friday)..It will kick off at 8pm and tickets remain on sale from the ticket office and the turnstiles on matchnight.Prices for the game are:Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands – £12 (adults), £10 (Senior Citizens over 60-years-of-age) and £5 (juniors).The Hattons Solicitors West Stand – £10 (adults), £8 (Senior Citizens over 60-years-of-age) and £5 (juniors).You can find more details about James’ Testimonial events by visiting www.jamesrobytestimonial.co.uklast_img read more

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TICKETS for Fridays derby at Wigan are selling fa

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first_imgTICKETS for Friday’s derby at Wigan are selling fast.The Warriors have reported that more than 21,000 have already been sold and we can confirm that the North Stand is already ram-packed with our supporters.Saints have sold in excess of 4,000 for the traditional clash with fans advised to get theirs as soon as possible.They are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 and online here.They go offsale at 12pm on Thursday.Castleford come to St Helens on Easter Monday too in what is a mouth-watering fixture.The Tigers currently top the Super League table but Saints will be aiming to halt their run in front of a passionate home crowd.The game kicks off at 3pm – and tickets remain on sale.last_img

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Pender Co residents voice frustrations at public hearing over water like petroleum

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first_imgHAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Hung out to dry! That’s how some water customers feel in Pender County.They say they have been dealing with discolored water for months and now their utility provider wants to raise their rates.- Advertisement – People who live in Belvedere Plantation say their water is brown or unusable.“Dirt, oily, I mean it was scary. Like petroleum oil is what I would describe it as,” Joyce Diggett, a resident, said.Carolina Water Service submitted a request to raise water and sewer rates 20 percent.Related Article: CFPUA repairs water main, boil water advisory continues near RiverLightsCustomers like Diggett say that’s crazy.“I’m paying for dirty water,” Diggett said. “Dirty, sooty, oily water. I don’t know how many other people have experienced this, but it’s just, the community needs to be aware that it’s a danger, it’s got to be a danger, and I’m gonna get this tested too.”She and many others think their water should be clean before they have to pay more for it.“Do a better job. Justify the increase. I’m glad to pay more if I’m going to get quality but I really don’t think we’re going to,” Donna Pietrogiacomo, a resident said.Dozens filled the New Hanover County Courthouse. As the North Carolina utilities commission held the meeting to hear comments from Carolina Water service customers.“I’m angry. Disappointed that nothing’s been done. These people have been complaining for a year,” Diggett said.“It’s frustrating that we’re being held captive and we have no other options but to comply because we need water,” Pietrogiacomo said.Some of the customers even described the water as leaving a burning feeling on their skin. Dozens of people went to the hearing tonight and said they are against the rate increase. The rates will be set in September.last_img read more

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Leland Police searching for suspect who stole from plumbing company

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first_img It happened just before 1:30 a.m.Police say the suspect stole $6,200 worth of various power tools.If you know anything, contact Det. Jennings Reid at (910) 332-5018.Related Article: South Carolina minister accused of raping, impregnating child twice Surveillance photo of suspect accused of stealing power tools. (Photo: Leland Police Dept.) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police are searching for the person who broke into multiple vehicles owned by a plumbing company.Police say this is surveillance video of the suspect who broke into Vance Johnson Plumbing vehicles on November 6.- Advertisement – last_img

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CFCC Pharmacy Technology program earns certification

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first_img The program has been certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as a sterile compounding program.Usually it takes three years of work experience for students to individually earn their certification.Now, however students in CFCC’s program will need only one.Related Article: CFCC assistant Mark Lane to take over Sea Devils men’s basketballThe program aims to fill the growing need for pharmacy techs across the country. CFCC Pharmacy Technology Program Director Katherine Evans instructs student. (Photo: CFCC) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College is getting a certification which only three other schools in the state have.It’s for the pharmacy technology program which is working to fill a growing need here in the united states.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wrightsville Beach renourishment project underway

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first_img Project manager Jim Medlock says that Hurricane Matthew caused a good bit of that erosion here back in 2016.The federal government, state of North Carolina, and New Hanover County are all contributing funds to get this $9.5 million project done.“The reason this project is here is back in the ’50s, there were a number of very serious and damaging hurricanes including Hurricane Hazel in 1954 that not only seriously damaged Wrightsville Beach but also Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and beaches in Brunswick County, too,” Medlock said.Related Article: New Florence flooding forecasts are good news for South CarolinaThe Corps asks you to not cross the orange fencing and interact with crews or any of the equipment for your safety.The project is expected to be completed by the end of next month. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on a beach renourishment project to minimize flooding risk for homes and businesses at Wrightsville Beach during high impact weather events like hurricanes.Sand from the south end of Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Inlet is being pumped in to replace what has been lost by beach erosion over the last four years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Florence death toll climbs to 37

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first_imgWILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.President Donald Trump, meanwhile, arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina on Wednesday and helped volunteers at a church in the hard-hit coastal town of New Bern.- Advertisement – “How’s the house?” Trump was heard asking one person as distributed plastic foam containers of food, including hot dogs, chips and fruit. “You take care of yourself.”Wilmington, population 120,000, was still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people waited for hours Tuesday for handouts of food, water and tarps. Thousands of others around the state waited in shelters for the all-clear.“I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.Related Article: Leland wrapping up Florence debris removalAfter submerging North Carolina with nearly 3 feet (1 meter) of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters) of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding.Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.“I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” he said.Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and “countless more” staying elsewhere, Cooper urged them to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday.Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.At least 27 of the deaths happened in North Carolina.In South Carolina, two women died on Tuesday evening when floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River engulfed the van taking them to a mental health facility, authorities said.The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam of a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents. The flooding killed an estimated 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs on farms.In Wilmington on Tuesday, workers began handing out supplies using a system resembling a giant fast-food drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to a line of pallets, placed an order and left without having to get out. A woman blew a whistle each time drivers had to pull forward.Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence’s winds ripped shingles off his roof. Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.“It’s been pretty bad,” said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.About 3,500 vehicles came through for supplies on the first day they were available, county officials said in a Facebook post.Supplies have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters,At Fayetteville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland, near the Army’s sprawling Fort Bragg, flooding from Cape Fear River got so bad that authorities closed a vehicle bridge after the water began touching girders supporting the span’s top deck.Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said it was unclear if the bridge was threatened.“We’ve never had it at those levels before, so we don’t really know what the impact will be just yet,” he said.___Waggoner reported from Raleigh, North Carolina. AP photographer Gerry Broome in Lumberton, North Carolina; Gary Robertson in Raleigh; Alex Derosier in Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Jay Reeves in Atlanta contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Randy Aldridge gives in studio update on his health

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first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY)– WWAY’s own Randy Aldridge has been battling cancer for many months now. The struggle has been long and difficult for him, his friends, family, and viewers who support and love him. But there is new hope that Randy will be back on the air soon here at WWAY.He joined us for an interview Friday with our own Amanda Fitzpatrick to break down how the past few months have been for him, and what he is looking forward to in the near future.- Advertisement – You can watch the full interview with Randy above.last_img

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The Best iPod browser Alternatives other than Safari

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first_imgAdvertisement You could say that these “browsers” are actually just Safari wrappers.And it gets worse: any browser other than Safari will by necessity perform some Web actions much slower than the stock browser.This is because Apple doesn’t allow third-party “browsers” to use a JavaScript accelerating engine like its own Nitro, used in Safari.So even though Chrome on the desktop has a wicked fast JavaScript engine called V8, the Chrome iPad browser is unable to take advantage of it. – Advertisement – But since JavaScript is only a factor for websites that are very app-like, for general webpage viewing you won’t notice any difference in page display from Safari.There is, unfortunately, one more serious limitation on third-party browsers, thanks to our friends in Cupertino: The company has dictated that no other browser besides Safari shall be able to launch the default browser.That means that whenever you click on a Web link from another app, the only choice is for Safari to launch and load the site.With these limitations in place, you may ask, “What can an alternative browser possibly offer, since Apple has so seriously hobbled such software?” The answer turns out to be “a lot!” For starters, some of the apps listed below offer a full-screen browsing mode crucial for the tablet’s far-from-expansive surface area.Most of these apps also add the ability to sync bookmarks and sometimes more with counterpart desktop browsers. And one hugely useful capability that some add is gesture navigation a great help in browsing on a multitouch tablet, especially if you’re in a full-screen view.Those are just a few of the extras you can get by choosing one of the apps. Dig into the linked reviews to find lots more.FEATURED IN THIS ROUNDUPGoogle Chrome for iPad FreeChrome has garnered a lot of fans, thanks to its speedy browsing on the desktop, but speed isn’t why you’d use Chrome on the iPad. Syncing your bookmarks, preferences, history, tabs, and passwords is a prime reason, as is the simple familiarity of the browser’s tab design. But you’ll miss out on a lot of ace benefits found in other apps listed here, like full-screen browsing and gesture input. Dolphin Browser for iPad  Free Dolphin is one of your best alternative iPad browser options: It offers full-screen browsing and the most extensive gesture capabilities. You can even create your own custom gestures and launch sites of your choice. Its Webzine feature makes any site look and behave like an iPad publication app, complete with swipe navigation. But you lose Safari and Mercury’s reading view, as well as the latter’s ability to sync to a desktop browser (Firefox) and more fluid tab implementation. Maxthon for iPadFreeMaxthon for desktop is an amazingly feature-packed, fast, and standards-compatible piece of software, but the company’s iPad entry is lackluster and disappointing. A few things it does offer, though, are syncing, screen capture, and gesture input. This browser lacks a full-screen view, and its tab implementation is a bit rigid. Mercury Web Browser Pro for iPad  $0.99 (free version available)With the most extensive list of browsing helps of any iPad browser, Mercury is our Safari alternative Editors’ Choice. You can get nearly all of Mercury’s browsing benefits in the free version—full-screen view, gesture support, reading mode, themes. But if you want syncing with Firefox, built-in Dropbox uploading, and printing, you’ll have to spring for the Pro version’s dollar price.Opera Mini Free The only app here that isn’t simply a wrapper for Safari, Opera Mini is also the only iPad browser alternative that can actually speed up your browsing. But there is a cost—you don’t get the full Web, with only limited support for app-like sites’ use of JavaScript. On top of this, it adds syncing of bookmarks and Speed Dials with Opera on other devices or computers, and an innovative approach to tabs on touch tablets.Yahoo! Axis for iPad  Free Yahoo! Axis is a totally new take on Web searching show the answer pages rather than a list of links. This browser incorporates this concept while also serving as a full-fledged iPad browser (though it uses Safari’s webpage rendering). Axis also takes a new approach to tabs for touch tablet browsing, using large, easy to manipulate tiles instead of the small traditional desktop browser tabs. Its use of swiping gestures is perfectly suited to the iPad.Source:PC MAGlast_img read more

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Philips to establish Research Innovation Hub in Africa

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first_imgAdvertisement Royal Philips has today announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, which underlines the company’s commitment to invest in Africa. The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will work both on the creation of new inventions, as well as bringing these inventions to the market.The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will do application-focused scientific and user studies to address key challenges like improving access to lighting and affordable healthcare as well as developing innovations to meet the aspirational needs of the rising middle class in Africa.The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will be located at the Philips East African Headquarters in Nairobi, where African talents and international researchers will operate on the concept of “open innovation” and will work in close collaboration with the R&D ecosystem of Kenya and Africa. Philips is in discussions with local organizations and Universities on R&D collaborations to co-create meaningful solutions for Africa. – Advertisement – “We welcome the establishment of Philips’ Innovation Hub in Kenya; Philips is a globally recognized innovation powerhouse and their selection of Nairobi as the site to establish their African Innovation hub is a testament to the Kenyan government’s commitment to nurture the drive for research and innovation in the region”, says, Hon’ble Adan Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development. “We lend our full support to the investment being made by Philips and look forward to the outcomes of their Africa-specific research and projects that can contribute to transforming society, business and government across the continent”. JJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President & CEO Philips Africa states: “Philips is passionate to invent, apply technology and partner to help people succeed. Our ambition is to create impactful innovations that matter to people and address the key challenges that confront society. With Kenya as a leader in the continent in science and entrepreneurship as well as a hub of collaboration on technology and innovation, Nairobi, is the ideal location to establish Philips’ African research presence. We want to tap into the city’s vibrant R&D eco-system and contribute to the process of co-creating new solutions, new business models and meaningful partnerships to provide innovations that make an impact.”Enhancing people’s lives in Africa though meaningful innovationsSome innovations that Philips was already working on have now become part of the Innovation Hub, hence, the Philips Africa Innovation Hub will kick-off with ventures that are under development as well as in the pilot phase; these include:Respiratory rate monitor to support pneumonia diagnosis: Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children under the age of five, resulting in 1.1 million deaths worldwide annually (1). Of these, 99% of deaths occur in developing countries in low-resource settings, which typically entail rural areas with very limited or poor healthcare facilities or with low-skilled health workers. The current diagnostic tools in such settings are not easy to use, can easily distract the workers from an accurate conclusion, and thus lead to a poor diagnosis.The Innovation hub is working on the development and clinical testing of a robust and affordable Automated Respiratory Rate Monitor that aims to support the diagnosis of pneumonia among infants and children, using smart sensing technology on the body which is intended to be more accurate and reliable compared to manual processes being currently observed. This device will be specially designed for use by community health workers and nurses in rural areas. In Kenya, discussions are on with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to further develop this project and co-create an effective solution tailored to circumstances in rural Africa.last_img read more

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Samsung working on a Smart Bike that Will Make Sure You Never

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first_imgAdvertisement Tech giant Samsung is teaming up with bicycle designer Giovanni Pelizzoli to create a smart bike that you can control with your phone.The Samsung Smart Bike which was shown off at a design trade show in Milan, works in conjunction with a Samsung smartphone, which a rider would mount between the bike’s handle bars.Through the phone, a user could control the bike’s smart features, which include switching laser beams on and off to create bike lanes or viewing directions. – Advertisement –  These laser beams could also turn on automatically as it gets dark outside since they work with the ambient light sensors on your Samsung phone.GPS routes picked up by the bike and your phone can also be sent to local authorities so that these paths can be turned into real bike lanes.It comes with a camera on the back that syncs with your Samsung phone to function as a rear-view mirror too. This means you’ll be able to view footage from the camera on your phone’s screen to see what’s behind you.It comes with its own battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, digital camera, and laser projectors all packed inside.It’s unclear if the bike is just a design concept at the moment or if it’ll swing into production in the near future.Source: BIlast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 27 NovemberRACING1.35 NewburyVazaro Delafayette 3/1 > 2/13.10 ThurlesLeave At Dawn 3/1 > 13/83.25 TauntonSpencer Moon 14/1 > 6/13.45 NewburyRollingontheriver 9/4 > 11/83.55 KemptonWaabel 8/1 > 3/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW Spurs v Sheffield United

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first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he good run of tipping (well if I don’t blow my own trumpet, who does ?? !!) continued last night when the recommended draw came up trumps at Anfield.Another Capital One Cup semi-final tonight at White Hart Lane with Tottenham welcoming League One opposition Sheffield United in the first leg.Hard to believe that as recently as 2007 this was a Premier League fixture and in 1993 Sheffield United beat Spurs 6-0 !!United, now managed by Nigel Clough are currently fighting to get into the promotion places in League One but it would be dangerous to assume they will fear much from their Premier League rivals.After all they have already beaten five Premier League clubs in the last 12 months: Villa and Fulham in last season’s run to the FA Cup semi-finals, and West Ham, Southampton and QPR this season. Spurs are in the midst of a busy period and head coach Mauricio Pochettino is not under-estimating the opposition: “We know that Sheffield United ares a very good team. When we watched their game against Southampton and against QPR, they deserved to go through to the next round… they were the more aggressive and physical team. We need to be focused on our game and play with intensity, high level and high tempo”.Tottenham v Sheffield UnitedCapital One Cup Semi-Final, First Leg7.45pm. LIVE SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2007 Premiership Sheff Utd 2-1 TottenhamAug 2006 Premiership Tottenham 2-0 Sheff UtdMar 1994 Premiership Tottenham 2-2 Sheff UtdSep 1993 Premiership Sheff Utd 2-2 TottenhamMar 1993 Premiership Sheff Utd 6-0 TottenhamSep 1992 Premiership Tottenham 2-0 Sheff UtdApr 1992 Div 1 (old) Sheff Utd 2-0 TottenhamNov 1991 Div 1 (old) Tottenham 0-1 Sheff UtdApr 1991 Div 1 (old) Sheff Utd 2-2 TottenhamNov 1990 League Cup Sheff Utd 0-2 TottenhamSheffield United would no doubt be happy with a one goal deficit or anything better to take back to Bramall Lane.Spurs look a little short – a shade of odds on to be winning at both HT and FT and at similar odds I prefer the ‘both teams to score’ bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE for 8 points at around 10/11 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 68.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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BENS BLOG Unnecessary swipes from NonProducers at Diore Lia

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first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, I have found all of these swipes, from those who like an easy target who won’t bite back, at Derby outsider, Diore Lia (sadly announced a non runner this morning), to be extremely unattractive.When a famous jockey or high profile ESTABLISHMENT trainer make a gaff, or even do something crooked, where are these EXPERTS to pass comment then?The owners of Diore Lia, were as entitled as The Queen, to pay to enter their horse into the big-race. So what’s the problem, Blog? Well, I think I’ve found out for us actually: These Helpful Observations are all being made by those who produce and create nothing, and do nil themselves, except criticise the actions of others, to make themselves feel better about their own inactivity! YOU JUST WORRY ABOUT YOURSELVES!!In other news:I’ve been dying to do a food-vlog of Oslo Court, my favourite restaurant in London. So here it is…and with an old friend to help out…!!Food Vlog 15: Oslo Court, Chalbert Street, St John’s Wood, NW8 7EN WEB SITEOver and out, B xlast_img read more

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Lehigh Alum Donates 5 Million to Business School

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first_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz regions: Philadelphia Sanjay Shah, CEO of Vistex, Inc., recently donated $5 million to Lehigh University to fund the Vistex Institute for Executive Learning and Research, three decades after he left India to attend the school.“Lehigh was my gateway to life in the United States. Lehigh will always have a special place for me. The U.S. is my home,” Shah said.This gift was intended to help Lehigh expand their executive education program. “This gift is absolutely, positively transformational. The gift allows us to expand our offerings, footprint, and partner with Vistex. It is not just a gift. It is truly an intellectual partnership,” said Georgette Chapman Phillips, dean of the Lehigh College of Business and Economics.Shah launched his software company in 1999, and gave Lehigh this donation with the hope that Vistex could offer its resources to the executive program.Shah said, “Since we also work with some of the best known brands in the world I believe that our participation, not just in the commissioning of the institute, but as it also develops and grows, we will be able to bring our clients and their perspectives into the programs as well.”Historically, Lehigh has not had a developed executive education program. However, in 2016, the school brought on David Welsh to design and direct an executive program.When asked about the new program, Phillips said, “The whole idea is we want people to never stop learning and we want to be their partner from (age) 18 to 80.”Shah’s donation will be used to erect a new building and provide a greater wealth of resources to students.Lehigh President John D. Simon praised Shah for his generosity, saying, “With this support, Mr. Shah is embodying the coward-thinking, impact-driven ethos of Lehigh graduates by utilizing his passion for the university and for lifelong education to support future leaders.” Lehigh Alum Donates $5 Million to Business Schoolcenter_img Last Updated Sep 28, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedFriday News Roundup – Lehigh’s New Head of Executive Education, Ethics at VT, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including the all new Wharton FinTech Center. Lehigh Announces New Head of Executive Education – Lehigh University News Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics has announced the appointment of Alison McGrath Peirce as Director of the…March 22, 2019In “Chicago”Lehigh University College of Business and Economics to Offer One-Year MBALehigh University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) formally launched its new, intensive one-year MBA program on March 1, 2016. Lehigh also offers a Flexible Pacing MBA, which features a hybrid structure of in-class and online learning. 1-MBA will begin in January 2017 and it will be comprised of 50…April 26, 2016In “Featured Home”Alum Donates $5 Million to Lehigh Real Estate ProgramMarc and Sheree Holliday have donated $5 million dollars to Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics to help enhance the Integrated Real Estate at Lehigh (ire@l) program. Marc Holliday is one of the top commercial real estate leaders in New York City, and a 1988 graduate of Lehigh University.…March 12, 2014In “Featured Region”last_img read more

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