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The government appears to have committed to fundin

first_imgThe government appears to have committed to funding two new measures aimed at tackling the shortage of accessible housing for disabled and older people.Announcing the results of the spending review, which detail the government’s spending plans until the next general election in 2020, George Osborne told MPs that the government’s task was “to rebuild Britain, build our finances, build our defences, build our society”.His spending review document includes a pledge to build 8,000 “specialist” homes for older and disabled people, and also appears to offer substantial new funding for disabled facilities grants (DFGs).The document pledges “over £500 million by 2019-20 for the [DFG], which will fund around 85,000 home adaptations that year”.If that pledge represents annual funding, it will represent an increase of more than 170 per cent, compared with DFG spending of £185 million in 2014-15.But if it represents total funding in the four years to 2019-20, it would signify a steep cut in DFG funding.By 7pm today (26 November), the Department for Communities and Local Government had been unable to clarify the figures, or provide any more detail on the specialist housing announcement.Vicky McDermott (pictured), chief executive of the disability charity Papworth Trust, welcomed the announcement of 8,000 new specialist homes.She said: “We are pleased the chancellor has used the spending review to pledge further investment into homes for disabled and older people.“Papworth Trust has led calls for more investment to encourage developers to prioritise accessible homes in housing developments.“Demand currently outstrips supply for homes that work for disabled people, so with the chancellor’s announcement, developers are in a good position to take advantage of this business opportunity.“We look forward to hearing more details on these proposals and we will now be working very closely with developers to show there is a business case for building accessible and affordable housing in the UK.”Meanwhile, the Department for Transport has yet to clarify what impact its funding settlement will have on work to improve access to rail stations through the Access for All programme.Although the department’s day-to-day budget has been cut by 37 per cent, spending on transport infrastructure will increase by 50 per cent to £61 billion over the course of this parliament.A Department for Transport spokesman had failed to comment by 7pm this evening (Thursday).The spending review document also says the government is “investing in new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities”, but provides no further details on whether this means it will be building new, segregated special schools.A Department for Education spokeswoman said there was no further information available about this investment.last_img read more

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Scooters on their way Scoot and Skip are the winners of San

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Uber, Lyft, Lime, Bird, others locked out“Scoot and Skip” may sound like the names of cartoon characters — talking mice, perhaps — but they’re not. Rather, they’re the big winners of San Francisco’s Golden Ticket e-scooter permitting process, and the only two outfits among the dozen that applied that’ll be permitted to operate e-scooter rentals on this city’s streets. That was the announcement to be made today at a hastily arranged press conference — the time and location were still being wrangled up until the last moment — held at Municipal Transportation Agency headquarters at 1 South Van Ness. “Scoot and Skip put forth the strongest proposals the SFMTA received,” the MTA announced on its website. “The SFMTA found that no other applications substantially exceeded the agency’s standards for operating a shared scooter pilot program in San Francisco to the extent that Scoot and Skip did.” Email Address Scooters block tech buses on 24th and Valencia from Mission Local on Vimeo.MTA officials today declined to say just how many scooters is too many for San Francisco.”I don’t think that number can be easily calculated,” Maguire said. The 625 per company — which could double six months into the program if the MTA is happy — would seem to be a mere drop in the bucket.Lime CEO and co-founder Toby Sun, meanwhile, wasted little time e-mailing out a statement blasting today’s announcement and pledging to appeal its result.“Today’s decision is disappointing. San Franciscans deserve an equitable and transparent process when it comes to transportation and mobility. Instead, the SFMTA has selected inexperienced scooter operators that plan to learn on the job, at the expense of the public good,” Sun wrote. “The SFMTA’s handling of the dockless bike and scooter share programs has lacked transparency from the beginning. We call on the Mayor’s Office and Board of Supervisors to hold the SFMTA accountable for a flawed permitting process.”Spurned companies have 15 days from receipt of their rejection letter — which will be certified, and may not arrive until Monday — to file an appeal. That appeal, Maguire assured, is an internal MTA process in which other branches of government don’t officially weigh in.A longtime city politico familiar with the scooter-permitting process doubted the merit of filing such an appeal.“If I was one of these companies, I’d want to keep my head down,” he said. “I don’t think anybody appealing this to the MTA commissioners is doing themselves any favors. They want to come back in a year and operate. Why keep attacking the agency, when it’ll be the same agency in a year from now? [MTA director] Ed Reiskin may be gone and Tom Maguire may be gone. But the MTA commissioners will still be there.” center_img Update, 3 p.m. MTA officials emphasized the fairness and transparency of the scooter permitting process this afternoon while the losers of that process, informed of this outcome only moments before, railed about a markedly unfair and opaque rigmarole, pledging to appeal today’s decision.When asked how heavily “past experience including compliance with applicable law and its efforts to ensure compliance of its users with applicable laws” weighed into the decision-making process, MTA sustainable streets director Tom Maguire said “it was one of many criteria we looked at.”The MTA was prepared, Maguire said, to issue as many as five permits. It only issued two, as it claimed Skip and Scoot were the only companies that passed muster. The rationales for rejecting the other 10 aspirants are all publicly viewable here. These are rather detailed responses — much more so, Mission Local is told, than the usual rejection letters sent to vanquished would-be city contractors. This, city sources continued, is what you’d expect of an agency attempting to insulate itself against all but certain legal and political ramifications from today’s announcement.Bird — one of the companies that littered the streets of San Francisco with its unpermitted scooters earlier this year — was today notified by letter that it failed to receive a permit for 11 bullet-pointed reasons. Among them: “Bird demonstrates experience operating shared scooter service, but the SFMTA negatively evaluates applicant’s history of violations, which indicates that past strategies have been insufficient to ensure user compliance with laws. San Francisco Public Works impounded 169 improperly parked Bird scooters and issued 5 violations while Bird was operating in the city.”Lime was similarly dinged, as was Spin. Lyft’s misadventures operating cars on city streets did not go unnoticed: “While experience operating ridehail services lends credibility to various business aspects of Lyft’s proposal, the applicant has no experience to date owning or operating shared mobility equipment in the public right-of-way. Furthermore, the history of violation of traffic laws by ride-hail contractors, including Lyft’s, creates some concern about applicant’s ability to comply with local regulations.” The 10 other aspiring scooter services are, for now, kicked to the the curb. These include some rather heavy hitters, including Lyft, Uber subsidiary Jump, and Bird, Spin, and Lime — the three companies that triggered municipal rancor and a media firestorm when, earlier this year, they deposited thousands of scooters on city streets without permission. This led to legal threats from San Francisco’s City Attorney and impoundments of the renegade vehicles by the Public Works department. “The SFMTA intends to issue the permits to Scoot and Skip on October 15, 2018, which will allow a maximum of 625 scooters for each company in the first six months,” reads the transit agency’s announcement. “Scoot and Skip may have the potential to increase their number of scooters in months seven to 12 to a cap of 2,500, at the SFMTA’s sole discretion.” The pilot program is one year long. Today’s outcome is not unanticipated; inside word received by Mission Local last week was that Scoot was seen as the No. 1 applicant. Of note, on May 1, the MTA board unanimously approved a motion regarding scooter permitting, making an applicant’s “past experience including compliance with applicable law and its efforts to ensure compliance of its users with applicable laws” a factor in the process.For scofflaw rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft or move-fast-break-things scooter outfits like Bird, Lime or Spin, this was seen as a clear indication that they would not fare well in this process. That was the subject of a Chronicle article earlier this month in which inside information from unnamed MTA sources and others about the inchoate scooter-permitting process indicated just that. Multiple sources have informed Mission Local that the ostensible losers in this process were much displeased, and complained to the office of the mayor. Mayor London Breed, in a subsequent letter to MTA boss Ed Reiskin, criticized the scooter permitting process as “opaque.”As such, the MTA today emphasized its “transparency,” posting its internal assessments of all 12 companies’ applications for all to see. Our calls to some of the companies not awarded permits have not yet been returned. The next steps — procedural, legal or otherwise — for those scooter outfits are yet to be determined.last_img read more

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SAINTS alongside their travel partners Arriva and

first_imgSAINTS, alongside their travel partners Arriva and Hattons Travel, have revised the transport details for this Friday’s match with Harlequins RL at the Stobart Stadium.The trio have worked closely together to iron out the issues that arose at the first home game of the season last week, which were as a result of traffic congestion and problems parking and loading buses.The ARRIVA ‘SAINTS’ BUS will still depart at the same times, but will return slightly earlier following feedback from the Club’s supporters.It will run to Widnes from Hall St:17.00; 17.30; 18.00; 18.30; 19;00And return to St Helens from Caldwell Road:21.55, 22.10 22.25You can still buy Bus Season Tickets for £40 from the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre.They entitle you to transport to and from the Stobart Stadium for ALL Saints first team home fixtures this season as well as transport to and from Hall St from within the borough.If you require a free junior bus season ticket then you must present your Season Ticket in the Town Centre store to claim your junior bus season ticket.The HATTONS TRANSPORT match by match service’s pick up times have also been altered.The number 300 Saints bus will pick up:The Griffin, Eccleston 17.30 / 18.15 / 18.45Birchley St, St Helens 17.45 / 18.30 / 19.00Lea Green, Sutton 18.00 / 18.45 / 19.15Return will be from Caldwell Road immediately after full-time.Fans will now also be able to buy the £4 return ticket from Hattons Transport’s office in Sutton Manor, The Griffin Pub in Eccleston and Saints Town Centre Store.Please confirm your pick-up point and time on purchase and tickets will remain on sale until 5pm on the Thursday before a match.Please note all services are subject to demand and traffic and no cash will be taken on the night. We will also be reviewing the procedures and timings on a regular basis.last_img read more

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MIKE Rush said Saints had got back to something of

first_imgMIKE Rush said Saints had got back to something of a “benchmark performance” following their 62-0 win over Widnes.His side were rampant as they ran in 11 tries to defeat the Vikings.“It was better wasn’t it?” he said. “We defended better and that was probably the goal at the beginning of the game, to have a better effort than in the last seven or eight minutes of last week.“We didn’t need to say anything as a coaching staff after last week, the amount of pride our players have, they knew that wasn’t their benchmark.“We produced something tonight that was a benchmark performance from us. Last week we were pleased to get through, but not in a way we wanted to play. Tonight was about doing better and I thought defensively and offensively we were better. It was something like at the level we were at against Leeds and Warrington as well as Castleford. That determination to defend our line, it was there tonight. We now want to continue to build this momentum and take it into next week.”He continued: “Adam Swift did really well. He’s had some tough times in the last seven days. Harold was a big part of Rugby League in this town, and I’m sure all his family are proud of what he achieved today.”last_img read more

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TOMMY Makinson Josh Jones and Jonny Lomax have be

first_imgTOMMY Makinson, Josh Jones and Jonny Lomax have been named in England Knight’s 19-man squad for the upcoming friendly against Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday October 19 (2.00pm).The match is a curtain-raiser to the England v Italy (4.30pm) international at Salford City Stadium which will be the first chance for fans to see England’s NRL-based players, including the Burgess brothers Sam, Tom and George, in action.With Rugby League World Cup 2013 fast approaching, and the deadline for the final senior squad announcement not until England arrive back from their high-altitude training in South Africa, the match against Samoa represents the last chance for players to force themselves into Steve McNamara’s plans.“We’re all very pleased with the squad that we have selected, and it is a good opportunity for all the players, you never know who is watching,” said Knight’s Head Coach Keiron Purtill. “It was definitely a tough selection. The Knights started a couple of years ago and our aim was to produce and develop a talented young squad of players for English Rugby League. Now we’re starting to step it up towards the World Cup.“The tournament definitely serves as motivation for the players. There are still three weeks to go until Steve McNamara can change his squad, so we have told the players to prepare as if they were playing full internationals.”Samoa are preparing for World Cup group games against New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and France and Purtill believes that playing against full internationals will tell him a lot about his own players.“There has been a positive progression with the players and the game against Samoa is going to be their toughest test,” he said.“Samoa is a team full of NRL players preparing themselves for the World Cup, so it will be a good gauge of the players’ progression.“They will definitely be able to handle the test. You only get picked for the Knights if we think you can handle international Rugby League.”England Knights squad:Ben Cockayne, Dom Crosby, Kieran Dixon, Chris Green, Josh Hodgson, Josh Jones, Ben Jones-Bishop, Michael Lawrence, Jonathan Lomax, Tom Makinson, Richard Myler, Sam Powell, Stefan Ratchford, Dan Sarginson, Brad Singleton, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Liam Watts, Elliott Whitehead.last_img read more

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Confederate memorials in Wilmington caught in current conflict

first_img After Governor Roy Cooper tweeted the confederate monuments should come down, many people are talking about the future of these statues all over the state.A statue in Durham was torn down and after someone spray painted statues in Wilmington, Wilmington police are taking note.“Certainly seems to be a problem around the county and that is something we are concerned with and taking measures to try and prevent,” Wilmington Deputy Police Chief Mitch Cunningham said.The statue at Market St. and Third St. is of George Davis, the Confederate Attorney General. That statue’s face is now covered in bright paint.The Boney Confederate Memorial located at Third St. and Dock St. has spray paint near the statue’s feet.Whether these statues ultimately stay or go, is still uncertain.“We don’t know what’s going to happen to them. I mean I think that’s the thing, we’re in this moment of transition about, people make meaning of memorials,” Cape Fear Museum historian Jan Davidson said.Both were donated to the city as gifts. And because they are city property police are taking extra measures to keep them as they are, for now.“Of course we’ve increased patrols were looking at the crimes that have occurred, investigating those and moving forward on the investigation,” Cunningham saidCunningham said it is still too early to have any leads on the investigation.The City of Wilmington said they will try again tomorrow to remove the paint. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Both the George Davis Statue and Boney Confederate Memorial were vandalized early this morning.Many people might not know the history behind both of these monuments that are caught in a current conflict.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Man accused of killing Lumberton police officer wont face death penalty

first_img Britt told ABC 15 News last August at least three of Brown’s court appointed attorneys have withdrew from the case for different reasons, making it difficult to set a trial date.Brown has been in jail held without bond since the shooting.Police said Officer Goodson was off-duty when he spotted Brown, who was wanted by Lumberton police, at the Express Depo/Dairy Queen on Fayetteville Road.Related Article: Police investigating triple shooting in LumbertonBrown had warrants in Lumberton for failure to appear in court on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.Officers said he also has warrants in Columbus County, N.C., for receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.Goodson and another officer approached Brown’s car and that’s when Brown started firing from inside the vehicle, according to the Lumberton Police Department.Goodson was hit more than once and died a couple hours later at a hospital.The other officer was able to arrest Brown.Police said Brown had a small child in a car seat in his vehicle when he shot and killed Goodson.Goodson grew up in Robeson County and graduated from Dillon High School in 1998.He worked with Lumberton Police for six years.Brown was assigned as a resource officer at Lumberton High School and also worked in the gang unit. Robeson County, N.C. (WPDE) — Robeson County Senior Superior Court Judge Robert F. Floyd, Jr. ruled this week during a mental competency hearing that Marques Brown, who is charged with first degree murder in the 2012 death of a Lumberton police officer, will not face the death penalty, according to court officials.Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said Brown will stand trial Feb. 19.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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WPD More than 100lbs of pot seized in multiagency bust

first_imgAdditionally, quantities of ecstasy, cocaine and Clonazepam were also found.WPD officers then alerted South Carolina authorities that night of a related address. Deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department went to the address and after finding contraband in plain view executed a search warrant that night. They recovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana, quantities of methadone, fentanyl, pills and over $96,000 in cash.Three people were arrested in connection to the case in South Carolina.The ATF assisted in the investigation.The charges are as follows:Benjamin Arlo Brown, 30, Wilmington: Possession of a weapon of mass destructionPossession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I CS (LSD)Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule IV CS (Clonazepam)Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI CS (marijuana)(2 counts)Felony possession of schedule I CS (MDMA/ecstasy)(2 counts)Felony possession of schedule II CS (cocaine)Felony possession of schedule VI CS (marijuana)(2 counts)Trafficking in LSDTrafficking in marijuana (3 counts)Maintain a vehicle/ dwelling for keeping storing a CS (2 counts)Danielle Felt, 35, Hobe Sound, Florida: Trafficking in marijuana (2 counts)Maintain a vehicle/ dwelling for keeping storing a CSPossession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI CS (marijuana)Hunter Patrick Hall, 28, Wilmington:Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I CS (LSD)Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI CS (marijuana)Felony possession of schedule I CS (MDMA/ ecstasy)Felony possession of schedule II CS (cocaine)(2 counts)Felony possession of schedule VI CS (marijuana)Maintain a vehicle/ dwelling for keeping storing a CSPossession of schedule VI CS (marijuana)David Jay Thompson, 24, Wilmington: Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule I CS (LSD)Possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule VI CS (marijuana)Felony possession of schedule I CS (MDMA/ ecstasy)Felony possession of schedule II CS (cocaine)Felony possession of schedule VI CS (marijuana)Maintain a vehicle/ dwelling for keeping storing a CSPossession of schedule VI CS (marijuana)South Carolina arrests:Eric Paul Wallace, 34, Chapin, SC: Trafficking marijuana more than 100 poundsPossession with the intent to distribute Sch II-Third offensePossession of Sch IV – 2ndoffense or greaterDaniel Wesley Avinger, 27, Chapin, SC:Trafficking marijuana more than 100 poundsPossession with the intent to distribute Sch IIPossession of Sch IVCory Brian Takach, 31, Chapin, SC:Trafficking marijuana more than 100 poundsTrafficking ecstacy more than 100 dosage units but less than 500 dosage unitsPossession with the intent to distribute Sch II – 2ndoffensePossession of Sch IV – 2ndoffense WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 100 pounds of marijuana, 1300 dosage of LSD, guns, and more were seized during a multi-agency bust earlier this week. Now, several people are behind bars.“I would say this is one of the more sizable seizures we’ve made recently so it’s quite an investigation,” Wilmington Deputy Police Chief Mitch Cunningham said.- Advertisement – 1 of 5center_img Member of the Wilmington Police Department’s Special Investigation Division concluded a two month long narcotics investigation Monday night that resulted in the arrest of three Wilmington men and a Florida woman.During a traffic stop around 11 p.m. Monday, officers said they found marijuana in the vehicle occupied by Benjamin Brown and Danielle Felt.A short time later detectives executed a search warrant at Brown’s home on Wisteria Drive where more narcotics were found. Brown’s roommates, Hunter Hall and David Thompson, were at the house.Related Article: 5 NC postal workers indicted on drug, mail theft charges“Until we as a society address the insatiable appetite of drugs in society these types of arrest and seizures will continue to grow exponentially until we stop the appetite,” Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said.In total, detectives seized more than 30 pounds of marijuana/marijuana concentrate and over 1300 dosage units of LSD, five firearms and approximately $7,000.last_img read more

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Market booms Houses under 350000 in high demand

first_img With houses selling left and right, Helton and her husband say they struggled to find a home under $300,000.“We’re building houses as fast as we can actually sell them. We’re up about 5% in sales this year from last year, and we’re currently up about 6% in value on home prices since last year,” said Tony Harrington, the owner of The Property Shop International Realty.When the demand goes up, so does the price. Harrington says they are seeing more and more people move down from the northeast, and a better economy means more buyers.“I think Wilmington is a melting pot. We’re seeing not only retirees, but we’re seeing a lot of younger people come into town because of our university systems. Because of our theatre. And because of all of our infrastructure that we’re building,” said Harrington.Harrington says they are working with counties to increase the opportunities for affordable housing, but the need is high. Helton and her husband fell into that popular pool of buyers.“It made it a little bit more difficult and people moved fast. So, you didn’t have a lot of time to slowly shop around. You had to make a move pretty quickly,” said Helton.The homes may be going up fast, but buyers are moving even faster. Harrington says he expects this market boom to continue for a little while. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Industry experts say the housing market in the Wilmington area is soaring through the roof, but buyers struggle to find homes under $350,000.“The market is really fast right now. Everything that went up that we liked was pretty much gone within days,” said Nicole Helton, a first-time home buyer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Could take days to get water back on in SE Brunswick County

first_img A system pressure advisory was initially issued on Sept. 16 for water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities located along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, all of St. James, all of the Southport area, all of the Caswell Beach area, Oak Island, and all of the Long Beach Road, due to multiple water main breaks caused by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. As staff began working to repair the breaks, they discovered the full extent of the damage and the repairs needed. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BOLIVIA, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – Damage to several water mains serving the southeastern part of Brunswick County is more extensive than originally thought, and it will likely take several days before repairs can be completed and water service fully restored to the southeastern part of Brunswick County.Water resources will be provided to those affected. As soon as exact locations and times are confirmed, they will be announced at www.brunswickcountync.gov, social media, to the news media, and sent through email subscription and CodeRED emergency notification. To sign up for CodeRED go to https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/7BC24EDE14D3, and to sign up for email notifications go to http://eepurl.com/ZT6tb.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Bitty and Beaus is giving out free coffee this weekend

first_imgAmy Wright could be voted CNN Hero of the Year. (Photo: CNN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for coffee then Bitty and Beau’s in Wilmington will open back up Friday.On its Facebook, their Wilmington shop made it through the storm and now they want to help bring comfort to the community.- Advertisement – They’ll be serving free coffee all weekend long at their location on New Center Drive.No word yet on the exact hours, but normal hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.last_img read more

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Candlelight vigil planned for man killed in trooperinvolved shooting

first_img Webster was shot by State Trooper S.A. Collins Tuesday night in the Civietown Mini Mart parking lot.Officials say Collins was attempting to make a traffic stop on Webster. Webster reportedly accelerated his truck towards the officer and Collins fired his gun.Webster was brought to Novant Health Brunswick Medial Center where he later died. SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. for Brandon Webster, who was shot and killed by a state trooper earlier this week.The vigil will be held at Shallotte Township Park.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Motorcyclist grievously injured in Żebbuġ collision

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A 22-year-old motorcyclist from Żebbuġ, was grievously injured on Saturday morning in an accident that took place in the limits of Żebbuġ, the police said.The accident happened at about 10.45am in Xindi, limits of Żebbuġ. From the preliminary investigation it resulted that there was a collision between a motorcycle and a car which was driven by a 75-year-old man also from Żebbuġ.The motorcyclist was rushed to hospital where he was certified as suffering from grievous injuries.The Police is investigating the case.In a separate accident, a 41-year-old man tragically lost his life after he lost control of his motorbike and crashed into a parked truck in Birkirkara, early on Saturday morning.READ: Motorcyclist dies after collision with truck in BirkirkaraWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Dos and Donts at the Isle of MTV

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Isle of MTV organisers have issued a number of rules on what will be allowed during Tuesday’s event at the Granaries in Floriana.The line-up for this year’s edition includes international artists Martin Garriz, Bebe Rexha and Ava Max.The organisers of the event are advising those who have the free tickets for the music event to be at Floriana early as their tickets do not guarantee entrance. Gates will be open at 3.00 pm. It is also advisable to wear sunblock and to stay hydrated. Persons who are not yet 14 years of age have to be accompanied by an adult.Cash only The Isle of MTV are also advising everyone attending to plan well, as once inside you have to stay there. Those who opt to leave will not be allowed back in again.There will be toilets and kiosks inside the venue operating on cash-only basis, and no bank machines will be available at the venue.DrinksThe only drinks that will be allowed are two closed cans of soft drinks or alcohol per person, or up to four sealed plastic bottles of water or soft drinks. The total volume must not exceed 500 ml.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Kenya Mobile money transfers reach Sh1trillion

first_imgAdvertisement Increased adoption of cashless transactions saw individuals and businesses move about a third of Kenya’s annual productive capacity on mobile money platforms between January and September this year.Partnerships between banks and mobile phone cash transfer platforms has increased the volume of cashless transactions.Data from the Central Bank of Kenya shows that Sh1.117 trillion (US$ 13bn) changed hands through mobile phone money transfers helped largely by increased interface between commercial banks and the cash remittance services of mobile telephone services firms.The value of all economic activities in Kenya, the Gross Domestic Product, was Sh3.7 trillion last year. – Advertisement – “The combined push by banks to use mobile banking and enhanced customer service experience of money transfer services has contributed to this growth in mobile transfers,” said Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore.In January to December 2011, a total of Sh1.169 trillion was transferred according to data collected from six operators; Safaricom, Airtel, yu, Orange, Tangaza and Mobikash last year.CBK said the increase in mobile money transfers this year was fuelled by a high number of consumers moving money in their bank accounts using mobile phones.The money moved during the nine months was 35 per cent above the Sh829.62 billion that was transferred during a corresponding period last year. In 2010, Sh586.06 billion was moved in the first nine months of the year.The six biggest banks and other lenders either have dedicated mobile banking platforms through which consumers can access their accounts through the mobile phones. Some lenders are still relying on mobile phone operators to provide the service.Reach of serviceSafaricom’s M-Pesa has mobile banking arrangements with 25 banks which has contributed to greater reach of the service.Customers have also increased the use of bank platforms because they offer a wide array of services.George Wainaina, the managing director of shared payments platform Kenswitch, said additional payments beyond person-to-person transfers such as utility bills, school fees, loan and salary settlements were being offered through the platforms, easing the cost of doing business especially at the small and medium enterprise level.Mr Wainaina said the ease of moving money to and from the banking sectors now allowed subscribers to make more transactions, explaining the steady growth in volumes.Telkom’s Kenya CEO Mickael Ghossein said the introduction of agency banking, which has increased access to cash in and cash out points, and the entry of other platforms such as Tangaza and  Mobikash last year had also contributed to the increase.The platforms are also being used to transfer money from bank accounts to mobile operators’ platform for onward person-to-person transfers.“There is a consolidated push to increase the number of customers using the mobile money platforms as a channel for delivery of services to customers,” Kenya Bankers Association chief executive officer Habil Olaka said.KCB, Equity, Barclays, Co-operative, Standard Chartered, CfC Stanbic, NIC, Diamond Trust and National banks are among lenders allowing their customers to access accounts and perform other transactions through their mobile phones.During an investor briefing at the beginning of this month, Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi said 1.99 million customers were using its mobile banking services, compared to 417,194 at the beginning of last year.“The bank-led mobile platform is growing faster than the mobile led,” said Mr Mwangi.Although CBK did not break down the cash moved into market shares of operators, Safaricom transferred Sh80 billion in September alone according to disclosures for the half year ended September 30.That would give M-Pesa a market share of 61.21 per cent given that the Central Bank indicated Sh130.7 billion was moved overall in September.CBK data shows that the number of agents countrywide rose to 67,301 as at the end of September, compared to 46,234 a year earlier.Safaricom indicated that it increased the number of its agents by 6,000 to 45,540, giving it 67.67 per cent reach in terms of outlets.Value of transactionsMark Adoyo, the KCB group senior manager for money transfer services said that platforms which had been integrated with M-Pesa had increased the value of transactions.“Integrating with M-Pesa has increased transfers from bank accounts to customers who are finding it convenient to transfer money directly from their accounts to M-Pesa,” said Mr Adoyo.Without the integration, customers had to withdraw money from an ATM, deposit the funds in virtual accounts through agents and then transfer to recipients.Safaricom said it made Sh10.43 billion from its platform in the half year to September, a 32.2 per cent increase from last year’s Sh7.88 billion.Source: Business Dailylast_img read more

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Sony stops production of PlayStation 2

first_imgPlaystation 2 Japan stops production Advertisement Sony has ended Japanese production of its best-selling PlayStation 2 (PS2).The hardware first went on sale in March 2000 in Japan and since then more than 150 million PS2 consoles have been sold.The PS2 was so popular that it outsold its replacement for the first three years that the PlayStation 3 was available. – Advertisement – By ending production, Sony has fuelled rumours it is putting manufacturing resources towards the PlayStation 4.Empty shelvesAlthough Sony is ending production in Japan this does not mean no more games will be produced for the PS2.For instance, another instalment of the Final Fantasy series, called Seekers of Adoulin, is due to be released in March 2013. In total, about 11,000 games are believed to have been made for the gadget over its 12-year lifespan.Japanese gaming and entertainment site Famitsu reported that Sonyhas told the nation’s retailers that it will not provide any more PS2s for sales in shops. Once existing stock is sold no more will be forthcoming.Sony has yet to say whether it will stop production for other territories as well.The PS2 is credited with being the best-selling game console of all time and its wide use is also thought to have aided the popularity of DVDs as a drive for the disks was built in to the machine.Despite rumours that Sony will make announcements about the PS4 in mid-2013, the firm has not given any official details of the specifications of the hardware nor when it might be released.Credit: BBClast_img read more

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Oracle Updates Social and Service Clouds adding more social customer service capabilities

first_imgAdvertisement Oracle has added more social customer service capabilities as part of updates to the latest version of its Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud, after recognizing that more customers prefer to contact brands through social media rather than phone or email.The company said that the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud allows organizations to deliver a seamless experience between web service and community interactions with Community Self-Service, which allows customers to find an answer quickly and reduces requests to the contact center.A report by Gartner, as cited by Oracle, revealed that peer-to-peer communities can reduce support tickets by an average of 20 percent. – Advertisement – The company is also introducing new workflow and automation capabilities between Oracle Social Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud. This improved connectivity includes extended social listening and analytics to enterprise private-data sources such as the new Community Self-Service capability and chat and call logs.This is visible to help service agents view contextual data that will help them better address customer issues.“In today’s hyper-competitive business environment, understanding the voice of the customer is essential to providing exceptional experiences, whether on public social networks, across communities, or within high-touch contact centers,” group vice president, product development at Oracle David Vap said in a statement.“The updates to the Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud help businesses listen, identify and track social conversations, enabling them to quickly and efficiently respond to customers looking for answers, which helps foster a loyal group of brand ambassadors,” he added.[Via]last_img read more

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Zuckerberg Vows to Stop Annoying Facebook Game Invites

first_imgSeveral memes have come up about the annoying invites on Facebook. Image Credit: FreshMilk Advertisement A message to Facebook users who wage war on the seemingly endless stream of game invitations: help is on the way.Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the social network is finally going to do something about the constant notifications that nag users to download games and play with friends.The topic came up during a Q&A at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. Mr. Zuckerberg said a question about stopping the notifications was voted most popular on Facebook ahead of the gathering. He credited the world’s largest democracy Wednesday for alerting him to the gravity of the problem and said this is an example of why Q&As are really valuable. He added that he asked the person in charge of Facebook’s developer platform to look into a solution before the town hall even began.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Game invitations might be a nuisance for recipients who aren’t interested in playing, but games are often designed to reward senders. In the case of “Candy Crush Saga,” for example, the more requests people send to others on Facebook to play the game, the more “lives” they gain in return.Such features are outdated, Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledged, but updating or doing away with them wasn’t high on the company’s to-do list — until now. He said Facebook had other priorities, but that since it’s now clear this is a top concern for users, the company is going to prioritize the matter.While a shrinking number of people play games on Facebook today, there was a time when titles such as “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars” were a major draw for the social-networking site. Companies like Zynga Inc and King Digital Entertainment PLC catapulted to prominence due to the popularity of their games played on Facebook’s website. They’ve since moved on now that gamers have shifted to mobile devices. Facebook’s revenue from games is a drop in the bucket compared with what it pulls in from advertising.Frustration over the invitations isn’t new. More than a year ago a Facebook user posted a question to a community page asking for help removing them, noting he gets at least one a day. Another user recommended hovering over the notification to make an option appear for turning the feature off.Mr. Zuckerberg didn’t specify during the town hall how his company will go about resolving the problem. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.[WSJ]last_img read more