The new minister for disabled people has refused t

The new minister for disabled people has refused t

first_imgThe new minister for disabled people has refused to explain why she apparently failed to attend or organise any events – or even post a message of support on social media – on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).While disabled campaigners and organisations and even government departments were demonstrating their support for the day, which promotes the “rights and wellbeing” of disabled people and their contribution to society, Newton failed to make a public statement on Sunday (3 December).Newton (pictured) also apparently failed to organise or attend any events on Sunday to mark the international day, which was recognised around the world.Her opposite number in parliament, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, posted both a picture of herself and fellow MP Kate Osamor holding a banner supporting the day, and a video message on Twitter.In the message, de Cordova said the government policies that led to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities finding the UK guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of the UN disability convention were “a political choice”.She said: “It’s a political choice to build a social security system that makes life impossible for people with disabilities or a transport network that’s too often inaccessible.”She also called on the government to provide guarantees on the rights currently enforced by the European Union, and added: “We can’t allow the rights of disabled people to be sacrificed as ‘unnecessary red tape’ as we move towards Brexit.”Newton’s Twitter profile was silent on 3 December, as was her Facebook page, and she also failed to mention IDPD on 4 December.Her chief of staff declined to answer questions about her activities on 3 December, and referred those questions to DWP.A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman refused to explain why Newton failed to attend any IDPD events on 3 December, or to mention the occasion on social media.She said Newton had attended an event hosted by the BOND group of UK international development organisations three days earlier, on 30 November, which had been held to mark IDPD.During the event, the former minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt, now the international development secretary, announced that the government would be hosting a global disability summit next year, although the press release issued by Mordaunt’s department on 30 November made no mention of IDPD.When asked by Disability News Service if Newton had just forgotten about IDPD taking place on 3 December, the DWP spokeswoman declined to comment further.In contrast, many organisations marked IDPD by joining the #PurpleLightUp campaign organised by the disabled people’s networking and professional development social business Purple Space.Public bodies including Stockton Council, the National Assembly for Wales, the National Theatre, the University of South Wales, and the Health and Safety Executive (for which Newton is responsible) turned their buildings purple on Sunday to mark the day.The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) also turned its sites in Cheltenham, Bude and Scarborough purple.GCHQ’s disability champion and director general of technology said: “GCHQ is at the heart of the nation’s security and our mission is to keep the UK safe – we couldn’t do that without the fantastic contribution of our disabled colleagues.“We are celebrating their impact but equally recognise we still have more to do. “As the threat we face diversifies, so too must the workforce that tackles it. Very often it is our disabled community that leads the cutting-edge work we do.”Companies including Fujitsu, Barclays, KPMG and E.ON also marked IDPD and the Purple Light Up campaign, by hosting events, encouraging staff to wear purple, or – like ITV – turning their social media logo purple for the day.Newton took on the ministerial post last month, after Mordaunt’s promotion.The former junior Home Office minister has already faced criticism over her voting record on disability issues from disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (DCIS), a disabled people’s organisation that provides support for disabled people in her constituency.There has also been nothing posted about IDPD on the website of Newton’s Office for Disability Issues this week.But when DWP sent a message via Twitter highlighting IDPD, it was met with a barrage of criticism.One referenced the ongoing inquiry into disability benefit assessments, being carried out by the Commons work and pensions committee, pointing out that the investigation had “received about 3,000 submissions of evidence into the DWP’s poor treatment of disabled [people] whereas the normal number of submissions of evidence for a committee is around 100”.Another said: “How dare you have the audacity to tweet this. My fight for PIP because of a chronic neurological condition has caused me nothing but huge distress.“90 per cent of the time I can’t walk down the street let alone venture [onto] public transport but DWP can’t seem to grasp that. You’re the worst.”A third said: “A car crash of a tweet when you have impoverished thousands of disabled ppl. Where is your basic common decency?”Others were even more critical, accusing DWP of being responsible for the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.One added: “How DARE you celebrate #InternationalDisabilityDay when you make disabled ppls lives an absolute misery. Hang your heads in shame!”last_img read more

Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

first_img 0% En Español.The artist whose mural on LGBT love that has been vandalized at least four times said on Saturday at a community forum that he failed to foresee the impact and called the vandalism an attempt to “erase” the homosexuality that is a part of Latino and cholo culture.“All of a sudden it got vandalized, and I realized I was in this bubble,” said Manuel Paul, a Los Angeles artist who came up for the forum held on Saturday morning and sponsored by the Galería de la Raza. “Once it broke out into the real world it got really scary.”Paul drew inspiration from his personal nostalgia of growing up as a gay man in a Chicano household while creating a mural depicting queer ‘cholos’ – a strict taboo in the Lowrider culture that he aimed to challenge.“What I learned (from the vandalism) is that they say it didn’t exist,” said the digital artist who is a member of the Maricón Collective, a group of queer Chicano artists and DJs that celebrate LGBT people of color through art and music. “But I was around it. I grew up with all of this, and they just want to erase it and keep erasing it — and they burned it down to try to erase it again.” Panelist Joanna Bermudez-Hernandez speaks on restorative justice at ‘Por Vida’ community forum Carlos (Kookie) Gonzales, a local artist and former juvenile probation officer, talking about homophobia in the Latino community.At a public forum held on July 25th, 2015 at City College Campus in the Mission. Sponsored by Galería de la Raza to have a community conversation about the vandalism of the Manuel Paul mural, Por vida. center_img Vandals made their disapproval of the mural’s subject matter evident with multiple attacks in just a month’s time — the last resulting in a late night fire that destroyed a third of the mural and endangered residents who live above the Galería at 24th and Bryant streets. Others vocalized their opposition in a flurry of social media posts.“The dialogue through social media really turned me off the internet because there was so much negativity being spewed out,” said Paul. “Reading all these comments, they’ve made their message really clear.”Social justice artist and educator Nancy Pili, who was also on Paul’s panel at the Mission Campus of City College, called the destruction of the mural ‘reactionary vandalism.’“All of the murals that I’ve ever worked on that have gotten on the front page have never been me painting flowers,” said Pili. “That’s part of the push that public art does – we take public space and we assert the fact that we exist.”The panels on Saturday were meant to encourage a community conversation about art, the Latino community, homophobia and restorative justice. While some noted the absence of those opposed to the “Por Vida” mural, there were some noteworthy exchanges.Among the accusations hurled at Paul in social media was one that the mural perpetuates ‘culture vulturism’ meaning the portrayal of the cholos culture by non-cholos and done by someone — Paul — who is not from the Mission.“I do see cultural appropriation on 24th Street — every single day,” said Pili. “I do think that Galeria could take that space and criticism that there is more of a need for local folks to have a role in creating public art in that space.”Those in the audience also spoke of the homophobia and others on the panels said it was rooted in a colonized mentality and fear that produced a machismo culture that needs to be addressed and deconstructed.“When I came out to my mother, she said ‘I’d rather you be a heroin addict, a murderer, in jail…if it weren’t for your sister I’d commit suicide,’” said Joey Terrill, an AIDS cultural activist and and formative figure in the Chicano art movement. ”That was the response from my mother who I knew loved me very much — and I realize that this was the way my mother was raised to believe. She had to learn.”Through her work as SF Goodwill’s Criminal Justice and reentry manager, panelist Joanna Bermudez-Hernandez emphasized the importance of building support groups for queer youth coming out, as well as making services available to their families who may be struggling with acceptance.Bermudez-Hernandez founded Young Queens on the Rise, a support group for young at-risk girls struggling with gangs and the juvenile system. The youth advocate said that a restorative justice approach is crucial in dealing with the issues that are at the core of the Por Vida vandalization.“The way we were brought up, homophobia is not something we talked about,” said Bermudez-Hernandez, adding that there were other things families wanted to hide. “When my son was incarcerated, my mother said– ‘Don’t’ tell anyone. Tell them he’s in Canada.’”“Its not just about locking them up and throwing away the key — its about educating our young people about giving back to the community that was harmed. We need to have those blunt, forceful conversations,” she added.At the end of the day, Ani Rivera, the executive director of the Galería, said she hoped it was “one of many conversations we will have.”“Hopefully we can grow from here,” she added. Tags: 24th Street • arts • LGBT • my mission Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Elderly tenants hope for fixes of overflowing trash and other problems cited

Elderly tenants hope for fixes of overflowing trash and other problems cited

first_img Email Address Update: The tenants made their case Thursday morning at the director’s hearing. The owners were given 30 days to solve the garbage problems.It has been three years since the Mission Dolores apartment building at 1855 15th St. had a functioning garbage chute — an essential senior housing feature. Tenants are hoping Thursday’s director’s hearing at the Department of Building Inspection will push BRIDGE Housing to repair this and other failings that have created sanitary issues at the 10-story building.The Mission Education and Development Agency and BRIDGE own the building, born as a public housing space in the late 1960s. BRIDGE directly manages the day-to-day operations of the building.“There have been dirty and messy areas since the building was being renovated,” said Walker Dukes, a longtime resident at the building for seniors and residents with disabilities. Photos from the corridors reveal overflowing trash bins under the stairways, only a few feet away from the doors of tenants, and waste liquids sticking to the floor and being tracked into the apartments. Consulted about the complaints, MEDA deferred to BRIDGE, which attributed the delays to the age of the building and difficulties in locating the right replacement parts for the chute. “When rehabilitating older, distressed buildings, it can be difficult for experts to identify every issue that may be present with existing conditions. In these cases, it is not uncommon that a building inspector may identify some issues later after the rehab work is complete,” explained Lyn Hikida, BRIDGE’s vice president of communications.Nevertheless, the tenants remain unhappy. After dissatisfaction following a change in the building manager, a group of tenants went straight to the Department of Building Inspection in October 2018. The city indeed found multiple sanitary concerns, including the overwhelmed garbage bins, and “bird droppings and filth” in common areas. Additionally, a lack of fire sprinklers was cited, even after a blaze in late 2017. Three inspections later, the building is still deemed “in violation.”The scene on the second floor, five feet away from the apartments.“The management says the room for the trash compactor is not yet up to code. But it shouldn’t take so long,” said another tenant, who asked that his name not be published.Just as big of a problem, the tenant said, was that the building had only one janitor in charge of cleaning 10 floors (with communal restrooms on each one), the sidewalks, the benches and the breezeways.The tenants say they have already tolerated years of transition from public housing to non-profit ownership (BRIDGE and MEDA), a process that displaced them temporarily as the building underwent multiple renovations.Also in charge of the pending 490 South Van Ness and 1950 Mission projects, as well as the extant 3850 18th St. building, BRIDGE has not received major grievances from other tenants in the district.Thursday’s audience, however, is waiting for answers. According to the Department of Building Inspection, the ownership could be given more time, or even a fine — but there is no risk of shutting down the site. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS and Leeds meet in the sixth Challenge Cup s

first_imgSAINTS and Leeds meet in the sixth Challenge Cup semi-final between the sides since 2001 tonight.St Helens are appearing in their 35th Challenge Cup semi-final, having won 21 and lost 13 of their previous semi-finals.Leeds are appearing in a record 46th Challenge Cup semi-final on Friday. The Rhinos have won 24 and lost 21.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2014 (Round 5) Leeds 32 St Helens 122010 (Semi-Final) Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2009 (Round 4) Leeds 18 St Helens 222008 (Semi-Final) Leeds 16 St Helens 26 (at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)2004 (Round 5) St Helens 24 Leeds 142003 (Semi-Final) Leeds 33 St Helens 26 (after extra-time) (at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield)2002 (Semi-Final) Leeds 16 St Helens 42 (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)2001 (Semi-Final) Leeds 22 St Helens 27 (at JJB Stadium, Wigan)2000 (Round 5) Leeds 26 St Helens 201999 (Round 5) Leeds 24 St Helens 161994 (Semi-Final) Leeds 20 St Helens 8 (at Central Park, Wigan)1992 (Round 2) Leeds 12 St Helens 321983 (Round 2) Leeds 13 St Helens 231978 (FINAL) Leeds 14 St Helens 12 (at Wembley Stadium)1977 (Semi-Final) Leeds 7 St Helens 2 (at Central Park, Wigan)1972 (FINAL) Leeds 13 St Helens 16 (at Wembley Stadium)1971 (Round 2) Leeds 4 St Helens 01930 (Round 2) Leeds 5 St Helens 181911 (Round 2) St Helens 6 Leeds 11Last 10 Meetings:Leeds 46, St Helens 18 (SLR20, 3/7/15)St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15)Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14)Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14)St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14)Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Challenge Cup Semi-Final Records – Team:Highest score: Wigan 71 Bradford Northern 10 (1992)Widest margin: Wigan 70 London Broncos 0 (2013)Most points by losing team: St Helens 28 Leeds Rhinos 32 (2010); Wigan Warriors 28 Leeds Rhinos 39 (2012)Highest scoring draw: Leeds 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 (1986) (Hull KR won replay 17-0)Scoreless draws: There have been five, with the last being Halifax v Hull FC in 1988 (This was also the last drawn semi-final of any score. Halifax won the replay 4-3)Highest attendance: 69,898 (Warrington v Leeds at Odsal Stadium, Bradford – 1950) Lowest attendance: 5,500 (Batley v Warrington at Fartown, Huddersfield – 1897)Career Milestones:Jordan Turner needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 39 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe continues to have the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 55.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 552 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 433 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 39First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 212 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 193 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 157 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 14Goals:1 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 763 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 744 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 715 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 706 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 687 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 498 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 469 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 4110 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 37Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants) 92.85 (13/14)2 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 86.95 (20/23)3 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.39 (76/89)4 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)5 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)6 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 81.72 (76/93)7 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 78.72 (74/94)8 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.55 (68/90)9 Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 75.00 (9/12)10 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 74.19 (46/62)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1962 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1773 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1664 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1625 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1586 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1577 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1169 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 11410 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 102Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions), Kris Brining (York City Knights) 63 = Matty Fozard (Batley Bulldogs), Wayne Reittie (Batley Bulldogs), Steve Parry (Gloucestershire All Golds), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders), Rob Massam (North Wales Crusaders), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Adam Swift (St Helens), Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Kevin Penny (Warrington Wolves) 4Goals:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 212 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 173 = Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders), Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls), Cain Southernwood (Batley Bulldogs) 16Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 502 Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 483 Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 444 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 425 = Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls), Cain Southernwood (Batley Bulldogs) 40last_img read more

Last week ahead of the expected inclement weather

Last week ahead of the expected inclement weather

first_imgLast week, ahead of the expected inclement weather, we decided to cover the pitch in advance of our fixture with Salford.This took place close to 10 days ahead of the game.Despite this, some areas of the surface have become frozen even though it has been covered.Groundstaff have been working hard to prepare the pitch but as we want to give our supporters as much notice as possible ahead of any changes, we will have an RFL referee at the stadium on Thursday at noon.They, in conjunction with ourselves and Salford, will then make a decision on whether the surface would be safe to play on this Friday.If the game is postponed, at present it would be rescheduled to be played on Sunday at 3pm.However, this would be dependent on another pitch inspection that would take place at 10am on Sunday.We thank the fans for their understanding and we will keep you updated.For participants of the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10K run an announcement will be made by the organising committee in the near future.last_img read more

Emergency management local agencies prepping for hurricane season

Emergency management local agencies prepping for hurricane season

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a fact of life along our coast: hurricanes are a threat. You should be ready, just like the emergency responders who protect us.“The true key is the actions that the individuals take, getting that knowledge, understanding what the risks are, and being prepared,” said Steven Still, New Hanover County’s Emergency Management and 911 Director. “The less they are at risk, the better prepared they are, the less effort we have to put in response on the back end.”- Advertisement – New Hanover County Emergency Management invited several local agencies into the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning.They simulated a Category 1 hurricane to practice what would happen if an actual storm was bearing down on the area.“We’re running through the processes and procedures and make sure our folks are on the cutting edge of our technology, on the processes and procedures that we roll through as we address an event such as this,” Still said.Related Article: NWS confirms EF-0 tornado touched down in Wilmington Thursday eveningMajor Donald Taft from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says he hopes people see that everyone involved is prepared for the worst.“This is something we don’t just do in the heat of the moment,” Taft said. “We train for this annually, we prepare daily, and we rely on those response plans and protocols. It should allow the public to have some confidence that we can take care of them in their time of need.”Before and during an actual event, emergency management is in contact with the National Weather Service to determine what the impacts on our area could be.Hurricane season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30.last_img read more

Police Two recovering after fight leads to stabbing in downtown Wilmington

Police Two recovering after fight leads to stabbing in downtown Wilmington

first_img(Photo: David Topping) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two men are recovering after a stabbing in Downtown Wilmington over the weekend. Now, one is facing charges.49-year-old William Glenn Thornton, Sr. is charged with assault in the stabbing of Darcy Allen Ferguson, 35.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say both men were transported to the hospital after the incident Sunday and remain hospitalized.WPD says Ferguson, the victim sustained life-threatening injuries during the attack and is in stable condition. Thornton, the suspect sustained injuries as well. No word on his condition.Police arrived at a parking lot near 122 Market Street around 5 p.m. and found Thornton assaulting Ferguson.Related Article: Police: NC man steals car, doesn’t realize 2 children insidePolice believe the attack happened after a fight between the two men, who are believed to be homeless.Thornton is in police custody at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He will be officially charged after his release from the hospital.last_img read more

Facebook firestorm after food truck forced out of town

Facebook firestorm after food truck forced out of town

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Fans of a Whiteville food truck were up in arms on Facebook after it was forced out of town just two weeks after opening.Jimmy Spivey opened up ‘When Pigs Fly Barbecue and Wings’ food truck a few weeks ago on a piece of property he rented in Whiteville.- Advertisement – “When we established this business, we kind of wanted a place of our own, just so it would be like coming to a real restaurant,” said Spivey.But he soon found out that wouldn’t last long.“We discovered that there was a city ordinance that we were not aware of. The city asked us to politely move from our location,” said Spivey.Related Article: Weather forces relocation of FEMA Disaster Recovery CenterSpivey quickly found an opportunity to move the truck to Tabor City, but not before a Facebook firestorm was ignited.Whiteville mayor Terry Mann says food trucks are only allowed at the flea market.“As far as food trucks just randomly setting up in town, we really have no ordinance that addresses that, so because there is no ordinance, they would not be permitted,” said Mann.Spivey hopes that will change.“I think the city thinks that a food truck is an eye sore. But I think if they’re done well, they can be a complement to the city,” said Spivey.Mayor Mann says food trucks are unfair to brick and mortar businesses, because they pay less overhead costs.“They’re not paying property taxes, the city gets no revenue out of it,” said Mann.But Spivey says there’s a simple answer to that.“If they would develop the proper type of tax, I don’t think food truck owners would mind paying that tax.”last_img read more

Gov Cooper weighs in on storm debris pile up in rural areas

Gov Cooper weighs in on storm debris pile up in rural areas

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper was back in our area seeing some of Pender County. He was there to see volunteers on the ground helping homeowners rebuild after Hurricane Florence.Gov. Cooper made stops in Duplin, Onslow, and Pender counties Thursday. He came to the Cape Fear to see the efforts of the AmeriCorps volunteers who are gutting a home along Croomsbridge Road.- Advertisement – That part of the county was all underwater two months ago due to the storm.Now, the county is struggling to find the money to pick up storm debris.WWAY asked Cooper if the state would step up to help rural counties like Pender.Related Article: One person dead at West Brunswick Shelter“I’ll go back,” Cooper said. “We’ll work, we will see what we can do to try and to help them through this difficult time. Remember that in southeastern North Carolina there are a lot of challenges that people were facing before the storm.”The governor just returned from Washington, DC, where he talked to Congressional leaders about Florence relief.last_img read more

Hundreds gather to see Queen Azalea make her first formal appearance

Hundreds gather to see Queen Azalea make her first formal appearance

first_img A Wilmington native and actress, including roles in “The Walking Dead” and “Supergirl,” Queen Briana has some special plans for her reign.“My vision as the new queen is to kind of represent maybe that underside of Wilmington,” Venskus said. “I want to show that we have some artsy cool hip, sort of different people, and that can also be pageantry if it needs to be.”The queen definitely stole the show at her coronation, but she is not the only one in the spotlight throughout the festival.Related Article: Queen Azalea brings sparkle and smiles to kids in hospitalFor example, Azalea Belles like Grace Tippett.“As an Azalea Belle I get to go stand in gardens and hang out and be a role model for people in the community and wear this pretty dress!” Grace said.The Azalea Festival may seem like a girls club based on the queen and the belles, but boys have plenty of influence as well, such as the cadets on the queen’s court like Isaiah Parker.“I’m excited, because we have a lot of cool events planned for the week,” Parker said. We get to hang out with these amazing women, and we get to see what the Azalea Festival is all about.”The queen is excited to make her mark on her hometown, and be a role model to all the young women who look up to her, even though she never saw this coming.WWAY asked her if she expected this when she was younger, and her response was priceless. “Oh no! Never, never, never!” Venskus said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Azalea Festival only lasts a few days each year, but in Wilmington, the other 361 days sometimes feel like they revolve around it!Hundreds gathered at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater to greet the 2019 Azalea Queen, Briana Venskus Wednesday afternoon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FAA investigating after Fort Bragg soldier dies in freak skydiving accident

FAA investigating after Fort Bragg soldier dies in freak skydiving accident

first_img After 17 years of business and more than 80,000 jumps, Skydive Coastal Carolinas’ Owner Brian Strong said this is the first deadly skydiving related jump he’s ever had.“We’ve never had this happen in the 17 years that we’ve been here and thousands of jumps and now we have to deal with this,” Strong said.Strong says Goff was a trained skydiver. He was participating in a canopy training class Sunday morning when he died.Related Article: Hospital using drones to fly blood samples between buildings“The canopy opened up normally and he had full control of the canopy, flew the parachute down to the landing area and at the last 75 feet is when he got a high speed impact to the ground and, unfortunately, lost his life,” Strong said.The skydive center is an independent company at Cape Fear Regional Jetport. Airport Director Howie Franklin says he’s seen thousands jump, but says what happened was a “freak accident.”“He made a turn that was as I understand 290 degrees and when he did that at that altitude at about 100 feet, his wind spilled out of his canopy and that’s when he fell,” Franklin said.Franklin said getting that call is something he will never forget.“It’s a rough thing for everybody,” Franklin said.Strong said he will be educating skydivers on what Goff did wrong, and as business continues will be doing the best he can to prevent another death.“The way we describe it is if someone is driving down the highway and they see a fatal crash: Does everybody stop and get out of their car?,” Strong said. “No, the life goes on and we just keep on going and we learn from the other people’s mistakes and move forward. ”Oak Island Police have said wind could have been a factor in this incident.Strong disagrees and said the maximum wind speed for students is 14 miles per hour and his center always follows strict guidelines. SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A “freak skydiving accident” in Brunswick County has the Federal Aviation Administration investigating the death of a Fort Bragg soldier.Army Sgt. 1st Class Justin Goff died Sunday during his jump.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Publix announces opening date for Carolina Beach store

Publix announces opening date for Carolina Beach store

first_imgPublix CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A long-awaited new grocery store on Pleasure Island is about ready to open its doors.Publix says its new supermarket at 1018 Lake Park Blvd. N, Suite 107 in Carolina Beach will open to customers for a grand opening on Wednesday, June 26, at 7 a.m.The new store has been built on the site of the old Federal Point Shopping Center. The plans had been tied up in a legal dispute involving the long-standing plans to build a Harris Teeter nearby.- Advertisement – For years Food Lion near Snows Cut Bridge has been the island’s only supermarket.last_img read more

The Future Fruits Of Apple Facebook

first_imgAdvertisement  Facebook On Apple TV – Advertisement – Cook didn’t say “there’s some things in the works” or “we’re excited about partnerships with Facebook”, he repeatedly said “stay tuned”. That’s the phrase old TV shows used to convince you to keep watching through a commercial or until the next episode. That, and reports that Apple may introduce an SDK for its Apple TV app platform at WWDC  by BGR and John Gruber, lead me to believe Facebook and Apple are working together to turn you social network into a social TV show.Facebook’s got the world’s biggest archive of photos, with 250 million posted each day, and allows for high-resolution uploads that’d look great blown up on a big screen. Imagine the photos from your news feed turned into a slideshow on your Apple television. Or the videos shared by friends streamed back-to-back. Even simple text status updates and their comments shown full-screen could be a pleasant laid-back experience. It could update reverse chronologically in real-time so you could leave it on to always see the latest content.Apple would gain a good showcase for how existing mobile and web apps could be reformatted for the television. The special Facebook app could also be a selling point for Apple’s new TV hardware. Facebook needs to be on televisions and Apple needs Facebook on its televisions, so this collaboration seems inevitable if not imminent.Auto-Sharing From iTunes To FacebookThere’s already reports from 9to5Mac and others that Apple plans to add Like buttons to iTunes and the App Store, but what if it went a step further and made content sharing automatic?Apple could tap into a well of virality by integrating Open Graph auto-sharing into iTunes on both the desktop and mobile. If users opted in, stories about the songs, tv shows, and movies they download, listen to, or watch could be published to the news feed, inspiring referral traffic and purchases. If you could listen to or watch previews of that content straight from the news feed, even better, but firing up a separate web page or the iTunes desktop/mobile app would be fine too.Privacy controls, especially easily activated “private mode” on any source of auto-sharing would be key, but considering the rise of Open Graph music, video, and news reader apps, it seems like lots of people would be fine sharing their iTunes and App Store activity. Apple has long been conservative about privacy-related product, but it may have finally woken up the fact that social, and the privacy concerns that come with it, are no longer optional.Apple can’t just push people into a Facebook data permissions step, though, or users could click through blindly, get surprised by what’s shared, and a backlash could ensue. iTunes + Open Graph’s opt in would have to be very clearly explained.Finally, this partnership around content and apps could strike a decisive blow to Google, who compete with Apple and Facebook via Android and Google+. Suddenly it would become much easier for 900 million people to discover iOS apps than Android apps, and they’d be constantly reminded of how much people use their iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. If this all went down, Google would probably deepen the ties between Android and Google+, publishing similar stories to its own social network. The problem is few would see those stories as Google+’s time-on-site and user count is just a fraction of Facebook’s.last_img read more

The Internet Community Pays Tribute to Madiba

The Internet Community Pays Tribute to Madiba

first_imgThe Late Nelson Mandela Advertisement The Late Nelson MandelaSocial networks were abuzz last night and early this morning with millions from all over the world sending messages of condolences to the Nelson Mandela family and the rest of the country after his passing.Former president of the United States and Madiba’s friend, Bill Clinton said: “I will never forget my friend Madiba.”The late Walter Sisulu’s grandson, Shaka, said: “Let’s say our prayers tonight, for the safe passing of Madiba’s great spirit. Let the ones who’ve gone before him receive him and comfort us.” – Advertisement – South African comedian Trevor Noah, said: “One of the funniest and most amazing human beings I’ve ever met. We celebrate your life. VivaMandela.”“How do we even begin to repay you? Possible to work and live because of you. Never met you, but I love you, thank you tata,” tweeted Bonang Matheba.Simon Cowell said: “So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace.”“Today the world lost one it’s greatest leaders. Rest in peace Mandela,” tweeted Eva Longoria.South African musician Zwai Bala said: “I have this never ending grin as I watch galleries & footage of our beloved Madiba. Am I alone in this? Rest in peace NelsonMandela.”Well known actor Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement he released: “I will never forget the time I spent with President Mandela. Even before I met him, he was one of my heroes. But during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in South Africa, I had the opportunity to stand with him in his former jail cell at Robben Island to light the torch, and his legend grew before my eyes.”American rapper Sho Baraka said: “The first ever concert was Janet Jackson. I regret it because my dad wanted me to see Mandela speak in LA fresh out of prison & I refused.”Well known poet Lebo Mashile tweeted: “Hamba kahle Tata (Go well tata). For one who worked so hard in life, you deserve rest.”American actor Samuel L. Jackson tweeted: “Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.Khaya Dlanga tweeted: “Thank you for what you did for me Nelson Mandela, yet you didn’t even know who I was.” Helen Zille said: “Let all South Africans join hands as we mourn Madiba’s passing and celebrate his life.”Justin Timberlake tweeted: “One of our greatest leaders. Thank you for being the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now.”Piers Morgan tweeted: “The world’s lost an iconic leader, South Africa’s lost its very soul. My deepest condolences to those wonderful people. #RIPMadiba”Mike Tyson tweeted: “Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. “There is no future without forgiveness.”Desmond Tutu tweeted: “Honoring the Memory of Nelson Mandela – a beloved leader and friend of all humanity.”Richard Branson tweeted: “Thanks for your inspiration, friendship & the joy you brought into our lives #RIPNelsonMandela”Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted: “Thankful Madiba for your legacy and your example. You”ll always stay with us.” Larry King ‏tweeted: “Of all the interviews I’ve done Nelson Mandela ranks among the top-he was so eloquent & classy”You can write your condolences below in the comments section.last_img read more

World War III antepost betting only with Star Sports no backshows

World War III antepost betting only with Star Sports no backshows

first_imgToday: Day Three in Sardinia. The Cala Marilou and Grotto del Fico boat trip.Meeting Point: The front of the complex.Time: 8.25am.Myself and Belindabelle were ready for action and in situ, at the front of the complex, by twenty-three minutes past the hour. Already waiting, was a gentleman, his lady wife, and their two children; a boy and a girl.It occurred to us, that maybe, they, too, were awaiting the arrival of the transfer coach to the Cala Marilou and Grotto del Fico boat trip.Under further investigation it turned out they were, Blog. Oh yes, they were!I introduced myself immediately to the eldest male of the party, clearly the leader. He responded ‘Yah, we are also going on the Cala Marilou boat trip.’. Then added ‘My name is “Oli”.’.And then, without needing to be asked, corrected any potential spelling mistakes by informing me further ‘That’s spelt “U”, “L”, “I”. No “O”. Oli, spelt Uli.’.I thanked him, and then fizzing in excitement at the prospect of spending a whole day in the company of some of my German brethren, hurriedly asked him to confirm his nationality.Yes, Blog. Yes! I was in the presence of Europe’s master race!!!As he confirmed my hopeful suspicion, the bus arrived alongside us. The side door swinging open, Belinda glided aboard, and I followed on, uncoordinatedly cajoling my fat frame aboard the vehicle.Suddenly, the sight of many other master race members greeted my childlike eyes! I cried out ‘Are you all German..?!?!’. In unison, they gleamed back, and ‘Yah!!!’ was the answer!Blog, I held my fists aloft, and exclaimed to the party ‘AND I LOVE GERMANS!’.Then looking to my right, I told Oli that he would be the Captain of the Ship and that it would be the most organised, well disciplined, on time, and wealthy ship operating in Europe that day!Poor Belinda, she didn’t know where to put herself at this point! Oli didn’t know quite what to say but looked back at me and asked ‘Do you not like your government?’. In disgust, I retorted ‘Of course not! I want Angela Merkel to come and take over, without further delay!’. Oli and his countrymen smiled on contentedly, darting looks at each other. It suddenly dawned on me that they had possibly been having the same idea for sometime, too!Third time lucky?Star Sports thinks so…World War III Ante-Post Betting:1/5 Germany 10/3 EnglandLukey, please get these quotes on the Twitter, over to the RP, and around-and-about to the punters, asap. Please also pass onto Square In The Air for press-release.I can already hear ‘The Dark Knight’ moaning… ‘1/5 and 10/3?!?! Do YOU think I would take those crap prices?! That’s over 106% for a two runner race. (Huff, Puff, Huff, Puff) You’ll have to do better than that or I’ll be closing my account…’Okay, compromise:1/5 and 10/3 for all mere mortals, The Dark Knight can have a bit of 7/2 England, though. He alone, to receive that quote, no back-shows can be extended to any further clients.It really was a superb day, Blog. The sun came out for the first time and we pranced about on a few fabulous beaches, swum in the turquoise sea, explored a huge and cavernous grotto type cave in the mountains, and were cooked a sumptuous lunch aboard the boat by our Italian hosts. And alongside this, I was, of course, able to socially observe the Germans in action all day. Such good behaviour and entertaining company. They certainly weren’t head-butting each other and sniffing drugs in the toilet, after half a paint of beer, like their English counter-parts might have been.Talking of the ‘cucking-lounge’ aboard the boat…dear oh dear, Blog. It really was a bit medieval. All of this cheese on the pizzas has been bunging me up a bit for the last few days and really didn’t fancy exploding back into action in there!Anyway, the holiday’s really getting going, so I shall report back again soon.Ben xxlast_img read more

BENS BLOG A Model of Defiance

BENS BLOG A Model of Defiance

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o, Blog, the South African circus in Pretoria, is now slowly drawing to a close, and behind all the blubbing, Oscar Pistorius really must be absolutely pinching himself. I’ve never bought his explanations for one minute; His girlfriend was sitting on the toilet, with her underwear on, the door locked, in the middle of the night. And before you shoot multiple bullets through a door anyway, you call out to the person you were in bed with, who, you were, supposedly, trying to protect. What’s more; it’s now been released, that he had other gun convictions, and an ex-partner too, who has now come out and said he used to beat her up and make her sit on the ‘naughty step’ (wwweeeiiiirrrrddd..!).What I do know for sure though, is that; if he was a black man, from Soweto, he’d being doing life, and would have been banged up, long, long ago… LUCKY BOY.In other news:My life lead, on how you should behave towards the Corporate People and middle-class-lefties, has always been Ian Paisley. Apart from slightly bottling it at the end, he really was a model of defiance, passion and loyalty, and really stood firm, when it came to standing up for what he believed in. Ian Paisley = Not-Staff. RIP. Never! Never!! Never!!! We shall NEVER give in, Blog, to Betfair, the Gambling Commission, and people that refer to the betting industry as ‘e-gaming’! We shall take to the streets, to defend ourselves from the Corporate Bullshitters!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Leopardstown Tuesday

DAVY RUSSELL Leopardstown Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell, they say that you cannot be in two places at the same time and that’s definitely the case for me as I’m staying at home in Ireland on St Stephen’s Day.I’d love to be riding Whisper in the King George at Kempton, but a combination of geography and prior riding commitments means that I will be riding at Leopardstown instead.More about Whisper’s chances a bit later.Frustrating trip to Haydock on SaturdayI was out of luck on a frustrating afternoon at Haydock. The opening race hadn’t even begun when Isaacstown Lad crashed out early on and that was annoying as he was giving me a nice feel right up to that point on ground that he loves. Then, I came agonisingly close to landing the Listed Mares Novices’ Hurdle with Angels Antics who was beaten a neck by Cap Soleil. She relished the step up in trip and felt like she will get even better the further she goes. Finally, everything had gone to plan with Full Irish creeping into contention in the Tommy Whittle when he smashed through the second last which virtually stopped him. In that ground it’s very hard to pick up the momentum again and he was up against it. He loves the ground and will be back.Anyway, looking ahead to Leopardstown..TuesdayLEOPARDSTOWNSIDETRACKED 12.15pmI ride Cue Card’s half-brother Sidetracked in a hugely competitive looking opening maiden hurdle. The truth is he will have to step up massively from his debut at Navan, but he is still learning all the time and that was his first day at school. All that said, he’s in a hot race here with Debuchet looking the obvious one on his hurdling debut. He has some serious form in the book including a brilliant second to the ill-fated Fayonagh in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last season and is the one to beat.PALOMO BLUE 12.45pmNext up I ride another for Chris Jones, this time for Henry De Bromhead. Paloma Blue was third to Next Destination on his hurdling debut back in November and after that one’s win the last day, that form doesn’t look so bad now. He then stepped up again on that first run to finish a head second to Spades Are Trumps at Punchestown last time. He will need to maintain that progress to figure here with the likes of Quick Grabim, Tara Dylan and First Figaro all catching the eye. However, I am looking forward to riding my fella as he has the form in the book and stays further than this too.MITCHOUKA 1.15pmFinished second to Espoir D’Allen in the Grade One Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse earlier in the month and re-opposes again. The winner was impressive that day and will be hard to beat again even with a 3lb penalty. Mitchouka has had plenty of experience over hurdles and I’d be hopeful of finishing a bit closer this time. I suppose reversing the form will be tough, but we will give it a go and a better pace could help a bit too.DEATH DUTY 2.20pmOnly the five runners in the Racing Post Novice Chase, but what a great race on paper. I ride Death Duty for Gordon (Elliott) who has won all three of his starts over fences including when a really impressive winner of the Grade One Drinmore the last day. He’s in again at that level this time, but drops back to two miles for the first time since his bumper days. He showed us plenty of speed last time and that is one of the reasons to give this trip a go. Obviously Willie’s (Mullins) Footpad looks the one to beat on the back of his Navan win over a trip we know suits him. However, we look forward to taking him on and will be hoping for a bit more rain.CALINO D’AIRY 2.20pmMy final ride of the day is Calino D’Airy in the handicap chase. He won both of his first two starts over fences before finishing third in a Grade Two at Punchestown last time. As a result he has to carry a lot of weight here and won’t find this easy. Looking down the list of rivals and Joseph O’Brien’s Landofhopeandglory looks a big danger with nearly a stone less in the saddle.KEMPTON King George VI Chase 3.05pmI mentioned at the beginning that I was missing the ride on Whisper and Aidan Coleman steps in for a cracking spare! He ran one hell of a race to finish a close-up second in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury last time and his subsequent hike in the weights means he has to compete in Grade Ones like this now rather than handicaps. Remarkably, he seems to be improving at the age of nine and it would be no surprise to see him go very close here. The one problem is his stablemate Might Bight who beat us twice last season at both Cheltenham and Aintree. I can definitely see Whisper closing that gap, but whether he can beat him is the question. I am hopeful he can, but have serious respect for the favourite.It only remains for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas…YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Tottenham v Liverpool

STAR PREVIEW Tottenham v Liverpool

first_imgPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 124.94 points(not including Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post) A year is a terribly long in time in anything, let alone football and those who watched Tottenham trash Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley last season would be shocked to see the Reds as favourites here this season.However, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and Jurgen Klopp’s side, bolstered by a massive summer in the transfer market, have made a flying start to the Premier League season. They are one of two unbeaten sides in the league and whilst the season is young, there have been some grit behind to underline their attacking prowess.Alisson’s mistake gave Leicester a way back into the match last weekend, but they were in control before that and the Brazilian goalkeeper is one of a number of new signings who have bolstered the Reds. Naby Keita has taken a star turn in midfield contributing towards rapid attacks but perhaps more crucially, shutting down opposing moves and covering the defence of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.Tottenham have also started well, with three straight wins before a strangely lacklustre 2-1 defeat at Watford when the verve and power that is normally seen in their performance was lacking. The use of a three-man defence against Watford did not help them defend aerial balls and Davison Sanchez could make way for a centre-back pairing of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.Another move could be to bring Eric Dier in midfield to try and add more ballast although they will sorely miss Dele Alli’s presence if he fails to make it there and an absence for Hugo Lloris has come at the very worst time.Tottenham v LiverpoolSaturday 12:30Sky Sports Football HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 TottenhamOCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-1 LiverpoolFEB 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 TottenhamOCT 2016 EFL CUP Liverpool 2-1 TottenhamAUG 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-1 LiverpoolAPR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 TottenhamOCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-0 LiverpoolFEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-2 TottenhamAUG 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-3 LiverpoolMAR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-0 TottenhamLiverpool’s start has been impressive, and one cannot imagine them losing 4-1 like they did last season but 5/4 feels very short about them at the home of the third best side in the country (on the evidence of the last two years).It wouldn’t be a surprise to see goals again, and Over 3.5 goals did tempt, but the score draw could be value. Liverpool have won two games whilst conceding this season and Spurs have done the same, and not much separates the two teams.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SCORE DRAW 5pts at 7/2 with starsports.betlast_img read more