Once again Jeremy Corbyn rejected Brexit as a deb

first_imgOnce again, Jeremy Corbyn rejected Brexit as a debating topic at Prime Minister’s Questions and instead attacked Theresa May on issues of inequality and social mobility. The consistent theme running through both the Labour and Tory local election campaigns is avoidance of Brexit: Corbyn’s party has sought to send the message that ‘austerity isn’t over’, while May’s party has tried to avoid criticism for not delivering Brexit, a strategy summed up as ‘bins, not Brexit’. It is therefore no surprise that the leaders were happy to talk about anything else, particularly as cross-party talks are thought to be making progress, though the subject of cuts naturally benefits Corbyn most.Able to keep the head-to-head discussion within his comfort zone, the Labour leader landed blow after blow as he repeatedly argued: “Under this government, things in this country are getting worse.” As he has done at PMQs before, Corbyn made reference to the Prime Minister’s original commitment to fighting “burning injustices”, which was clearly never pursued under her leadership. He also picked up on the Social Mobility Commission report published yesterday, which warned that inequality remains entrenched in our society “from birth to work”. Throwing numerous damning stats at Theresa May, Corbyn pointed out that social mobility is going backwards, life expectancy is falling for the first time since 1945, infant mortality is rising and up, and a record number of food parcels were given out last year.The Prime Minister’s defence? It was difficult to see that there was one. “The best route out of poverty for people is to be in the workplace,” she replied. A general value statement did nothing to rebut Labour’s concrete claims about very worrying developments caused by ideological austerity. And, as Corbyn was quick to identify, low and frozen wages – as well as dysfunctional government reforms such as Universal Credit – mean many of those receiving food parcels are actually in work. Often poorly paid, insecure employment. This afternoon, the Labour leader was the clear winner – if you can win a debate about the most vulnerable in society losing out on decent standards of living.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Austerity /Jeremy Corbyn /Local elections 2019 /last_img read more

The Labour Partys suspension of MP Chris Williams

first_imgThe Labour Party’s suspension of MP Chris Williamson has been lifted following an investigation, PoliticsHome revealed today.Although party staff recommended that the MP for Derby North be referred to the next stage of Labour’s disciplinary process, a three-person panel of the national executive committee decided to lift the suspension and issue a formal warning rather than refer the case to Labour’s national constitutional committee (NCC).Williamson had been suspended over his comments on antisemitism within Labour and the whip was withdrawn in February. At the time, dozens of Labour MPs including deputy leader Tom Watson and other high-profile figures in the movement called for disciplinary action to be taken against him.The demands came after footage emerged of Williamson telling a Momentum event: “The party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party. I have got to say I think our party’s response has been partly responsible for that because in my opinion… we’ve backed off too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.”Reacting to the NEC decision today, Jewish Labour Movement national chair Mike Katz commented: “How dare the Labour Party deny it is institutionally racist against Jews when it decides to take no action against Chris Williamson?“It seems the decision to let him off is because he represents a marginal seat and there might be a snap election. It’s good to know that a party of anti-racists, led by an avowed anti-racist decides its OK to ignore anti-Jewish racism if there’s a vote to be won. This decision stinks and shows the moral terpitude the party finds itself in.”Ruth Smeeth, JLM parliamentary chair, told ITV: “Oh my god, this is disgusting. I am horrified. It says a great deal about how seriously we’re taking anti-Jewish hate.” She added: “I’m really not comfortable being in the same room as Chris Williamson.”According to PoliticsHome‘s report, Labour MP Keith Vaz – who represents BAME Labour on the NEC – argued that Williamson should be let off with a warning because he represents a marginal seat.LabourList understands that the other panel member who voted for Williamson to be readmitted was Huda Elmi, elected as a representative of local parties on the ruling body.According to an NEC source, another panel on antisemitism was supposed to deal with Williamson’s case earlier in the week. The original panel, which it is thought would have produced a different outcome, included Jon Lansman and Claudia Webbe.However, Webbe did not attend, nor give notice of her absence far enough in advance. The panel consisting of Vaz, Elmi and George Howarth MP was therefore tasked with making a decision instead.An NEC source told LabourList: “The recommendation [from party staff] was to refer the decision. If it wasn’t an MP, it would certainly not have happened this way.”LabourList understands that the full NEC disputes panel, which meets in two weeks, has the power to overturn the decision. Political pressure could thus lead to Williamson’s case ultimately being referred to the NCC.As Labour MP Wes Streeting has pointed out in a tweet, the decision as to whether the Labour whip is restored will be taken by Jeremy Corbyn, not the NEC.Tags:Chris Williamson /Antisemitism /last_img read more

Crackdown on Division St Camp Moves Homeless Just a Parking Lot Away

first_imgThe 72-hour deadline for homeless residents camped out on Division Street between 11th and South Van Ness passed without fanfare on Friday evening, though many had already left the area by then and moved just further south into the Mission District.“They kicked us out of our spot, they took all our shit and told us to move,” said Nato, who declined to give his last name and moved from Division Street on Wednesday after news of the impending crackdown. He and some friends set up tents on the other side of the Best Buy parking lot near Florida and Treat — within eyesight of Division Street — and said the area was quickly growing with tents.“There’s been people here, in the last couple days more and more,” said Otto, one of his companions who also declined to give a last name.The Department of Public Health issued a health warning on Tuesday evening targeted at encampments on Division Street, which grew to more than 200 by some counts as a result of winter rains and sweeps from downtown areas before the Super Bowl. Residents were ordered to leave the area by Friday at 5 p.m. or risk loss of their tents and possible arrest. A similar order was added on Thursday evening for residents of the four-block stretch from 17th to Division bordered by Vermont and San Bruno. Those camped underneath the freeway there have until Sunday at 5 p.m. to leave, meaning most of the areas of Division Street populated by encampments in the last couple months will be tent-free come Monday, if city agencies act on the notices.Some were openly defiant of the orders, however, saying they would stay until the very end.“They gon’ have to beat my ass,” said Ashante Jones, who has been living on Division Street for more than two months. Shuffling between tents with his belongings in tow, Jones lambasted Mayor Ed Lee for the crackdown and vowed to continue upkeep to his block until he was forced to leave. “Do you see my packing up my stuff? I’m just cleaning.”Eddie “Tennessee” Tate said he knew about the notices but would not leave until forced, though he was worried that the police would arrest him and the Department of Public Works would trash his belongings if he stayed much longer.“I don’t want to replace this,” he said, pointing to his plywood shelter with an attached generator. He wouldn’t be able to take all of his belongings into Pier 80, he feared, and said he had only moved to Division Street in the first place when forced from his previous spot at Harrison and Fourth. “They told us to go here before because of the Super Bowl. They told me to move six times in four days.”Eddie Tate sitting in his shelter on Division Street, where he said he’ll wait until the last minute to move. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.The Department of Public Health said that since notices were posted on Tuesday, 54 people have accepted shelter to Pier 80 — the new 150-bed shelter in the Dogpatch touted by city officials as one solution for those on Division Street. It still has 17 empty beds, the department said, and the Navigation Center — another transitional shelter in the Mission District — has another 15.And though residents had largely cleared out by Friday, leaving blocks once filled with tents almost completely empty, a couple dozen simply shuffled across the Best Buy parking lot and set up camp near a small dog park. Wooden pallets, plastic tarps, foam, sandbags, and other materials left behind by previous occupants on Division Street were scavenged by those living around the corner on Friday night.Left-overs on the block in front of Best Buy near Division and Harrison, which was filled with tents just days ago. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.Deeno, who moved from Division to Florida and Treat two and a half weeks earlier, marshaled a pick-up of the leftovers with two volunteers from his encampment. He and some 10 others have been living on one side of the street for some time, but are joined daily by those escaping the impending sweeps — though they tend to keep separate from the newcomers.“I’m the grandfather of this whole tent city,” he said of his side of the street. He and others collect garbage and leave it in a designated red zone for the Department of Public Works — even separating out the recycling — and have developed a system for urinating in a nearby gutter and bagging all other waste. Division Street, on the other hand, had become unmanageable.“The numbers were too much,” he said. “I moved off Division because one night I woke up and there were too many people near my tent.”Though he has managed to keep his area clean for the last few weeks and has developed a rapport with Public Works staff, he said he worries that the crackdown on Division will lead to action against his encampment as well and a push to another area of the city.“But the thing of it is, we can only stay in a place for a minute at a time anyways,” he said. Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

THE next phase of U14s and U15s Service Area trai

first_imgTHE next phase of U14s and U15’s Service Area training is underway.The sessions are taking place at Portico Vine on a Tuesday evenings and are going really well according to St Helens Service Area co-ordinator Steve Leonard.“I am happy with the way the sessions are going and the attitude of the players,” he said. “You only have to look at the success rate of the last phase in promoting players onto Scholarships and the Regional Development squads to see how the pathway is bearing fruit. It has never been so clearly in evidence as this year.“Again it is not only at these age groups, we have players at all ages progressing onto professional contracts and in representing England in both RFL and BARLA squads.“Again thanks must go to our Community Clubs who have bought into the Pathway and its importance to our game’s strategy.“A special thanks to Portico Vine for hosting these sessions and for really pushing the boat out to make them work. Thanks also to the Coaches from both the Community Clubs and from Saints who themselves are progressing on the Coaching Pathway – they too will be looking at progressing into Scholarship Coaching / Academy Coaching in the coming months and years.”last_img read more

YOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt is now in storeFeatur

first_imgYOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt is now in store.Featuring the historic Red Vee, the shirt is perfectly designed for a new era whilst pointing to the Club’s historic past.Main Shirt sponsors Ty-phoo Tea have been joined by ODs Designer Clothing on the collar as well as Knowsley Safari Park and Hunters Land Rover Chester on the sleeves.On its reverse – where you can have your own or your favourite player’s name printed* – are Hattons Solicitors and PSD Vehicle Rental.The shirt is created with a cut and sew construction and made from ‘Vector’ polyester material. The predominantly white body has red panelling down the sides, a red collar, and red piping around the sleeves.And the sewn on shield logo has been updated to reflect our return home to St Helens.Shirt Prices start at:£29.99 for Toddlers (Size 0-4) – saving £3 on 2010 price.£32.99 for Children (Size 8-16) £44.99 for Adults (XS -6XL) and Ladies (8-18).You can buy at the Saints Superstore in the Brownlow Arcade, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com*Please ensure you buy the correct sized shirt as once it is printed it cannot be exchanged. The shirt is sized to be close fitting and slightly shorter so please ensure you order larger sizes if you prefer a looser fit.Your Statutory Rights are not affected.Ladies Kit:last_img read more

ST HELENS GIVE BACKING AND SUPPORT TO NEW LEAGUE S

first_imgST HELENS GIVE BACKING AND SUPPORT TO NEW LEAGUE STRUCTUREST.HELENS have stated their strong conviction that the newly agreed league structure, to be adopted in 2015, will benefit supporters, players, clubs and the wider game alike and will lead to a new era of sporting excitement and financial stability and prosperity for the game at all levels.St.Helens Chairman, Eamonn McManus stated:We have been wholly supportive of this new system from its formal tabling some months ago, which followed a year of analysis and detailed discussion. Supporters, Super League clubs and the wider game should all benefit significantly and in equal measure.Over the last decade, I have been openly sceptical of some of the major commercial and strategic decisions adopted by Super League and endorsed by its clubs. There is no doubt that expansion to 14 clubs and the adoption of the Licensing system with expanded playoffs produced a season where the league has become somewhat of a protracted precursor only to the playoffs.Every game every week must be of high quality, important and competitive: the current system is capable of improvement on all of those fronts. Under the new system, the reduction to 12 teams and the splitting of the league season into two phases, culminating in a short and sharp playoffs, will provide interest and excitement for fans of every club every week. The season will be of continuous quality and intensity and will gradually build throughout and into a fantastic climax at Old Trafford.There is no doubt that it will also provide a very strong foundation to the critical strengthening of the clubs’ and the game’s commercial performances and financial positions. It will also provide a compelling attraction to sponsors at every level. This should in turn ultimately be reflected in a materially improved media valuation which will further benefit the clubs and the game. There have been too many financial crises at club levels in recent years. The new system, with its consequent real and significant benefits to all, will produce meaningful financial benefits and ensure stability. We can then approach our future with clarity and with confidence.I certainly do not agree that the new system is too radical and complex. It is a solution tailored to the particular strengths and weaknesses of professional rugby league today. Although new, it is readily understandable and is certainly much more straightforward than the current playoff system which was zealously agreed to by most Super League clubs five years ago.I also believe that the new system of possible promotion and relegation addresses the problems historically encountered by the system of automatic promotion and relegation which was so harmful to clubs when previously adopted: then the promoted club never had the time or resources to prepare adequately to compete in Super League, and the relegated club was more often than not subsequently decimated.In 2015, a possible promoted club from the Championship will have to prove itself, in terms of investment and playing strength, that it is better than an existing Super League club in the season before promotion. By definition it will be ready to compete in Super League if it wins promotion, and vice versa.No system is perfect, but this one produces the most benefits for Super League and its supporters at this point in our history and evolution. We have a year to prepare for it and, if constructively received and professionally launched, I am sure that it will herald an era of improved excitement for spectators and of financial stability for clubs and players, which will be the envy of other sports.It has been clear to me for many months that, under the new Chairmanship of Brian Barwick, the game’s recent problems and issues are being properly identified, addressed and dealt with and that he is adding a real and professional focus and direction to the senior management of both the RFL and of Super League.The RFL have hosted and delivered a magnificent and successful World Cup which made us all proud to be rugby league supporters in this country. This is now being followed promptly by implementing strategic and structural changes which will provide a more exciting and competitive professional league system. In turn, this will be reflected in a better funded and financially stable game which should be self-sustaining at all levels in the long term. Brian and his senior management teams deserve our full support as we move towards a new and exciting era for us all. We all have much to look forward to.last_img read more

In just over two weeks on Thursday May 25 we wil

first_imgIn just over two weeks, on Thursday May 25, we will clash with the Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium.And it is sure to be an epic contest.Saints were smarting after their controversial defeat to the auld enemy on Good Friday – a game that saw big prop Kyle Amor harshly sent off in the early exchanges.But despite that set-back your boys fought hard and showed incredible resilience to produce a good performance.This time the players want to settle that score as well as gain local bragging rights and crucial Betfred Super League points.Wigan Warriors fans are expected to travel in large numbers with free coach travel as part of the RFL’s Thursday night game travel initiative.Tickets start from just £22.50 for adults and £10 for under 16s.Some areas of the ground are already selling fast and you can get your tickets now by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com, calling 01744 455052 or visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

They join Bradford Bulls Women Featherstone Rover

first_imgThey join Bradford Bulls Women, Featherstone Rovers Ladies, Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos Women and Wigan Warriors Women in this year’s competition.Each team will play each other twice over 14 rounds of the regular season which will begin on April 8 and end on September 30.The top four teams at this point will then enter into semi-final play-offs, with first place playing fourth and second playing third, before the Women’s Super League Grand Final on Saturday, October 13 at the Manchester Regional Arena, Etihad Campus.Saints head coach Mark Brennan said: “We are expecting a really competitive league this season and a tough opening game against York.“They are a new team this year and we won’t be taking them or any of the other teams lightly. We are looking to challenge ourselves throughout the season to be the best we can.“We are happy how our preparations are going at the minute. We have had some good sessions in and will continue to work hard for each other.”Venues for the fixtures will be announced shortly.Superleague FixturesRoundDateHomeAway115 April 2018St Helens WomenYork City Knights Ladies222 April 2018Bradford Bulls WomenSt Helens Women329 April 2018St Helens WomenFeatherstone Rovers Ladies413 May 2018Wigan Warriors WomenSt Helens Women520 May 2018St Helens WomenLeeds Rhinos Women610 June 2018St Helens WomenBYE717 June 2018Castleford Tigers WomenSt Helens Women824 June 2018York City Knights LadiesSt Helens Women98 July 2018St Helens WomenBradford Bulls Women1012 August 2018Featherstone Rovers LadiesSt Helens Women1119 August 2018St Helens WomenWigan Warriors Women129 September 2018Leeds Rhinos WomenSt Helens Women1316 September 2018BYESt Helens Women1430 September 2018St Helens WomenCastleford Tigers Womenlast_img read more

CAPE FEAR HISTORY MYSTERIES Birth of Blackbeard

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you know anything about the history of the Cape Fear region, you likely know about the role pirates played in that history.But the truth sometimes isn’t what you see in the movies.- Advertisement – In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, a local storyteller separates some of the fact from fiction, including the legend of the most infamous pirate of all: Blackbeard.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries each Thursday for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.”last_img

CFPUA lifts Do Not Drink alert boil water advisory in effect

first_img “They paint fluoride on the kids teeth at the dentist, why do we still need in the water,” CFPUA customer Tamera Nelson said.Nelson lives in a neighborhood that was impacted by the water alert. She said she received a phone call around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday.“It’s the one thing we can’t opt out of. I mean legally you can’t even take off the system and drill your own well. I don’t understand that,” Nelson said.Related Article: Water main break causing water outages in New Hanover CountyAccording to a post on CFPUA, a central area in the service area is under a precautionary boil water advisory.CFPUA crews flushed the system, continue to sample, and are making positive progress.The water customers of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority in the areas in the map below will be experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system:* All of the North Chase area* All of Murrayville* All of the Torchwood and surrounding areaThis map shows customers originally impacted by the “Do Not Drink” alert.(Photo: CFPUA)This map is the specific area in the Richardson Nano Groundwater system under the boil water advisory.(Photo: CFPUA)For customers in those areas, CFPUA advises residents to boil their drinking water once service returns.“Just a smaller area for the boil water advisory and that is not because of the fluoride, but it’s because of the excessive flushing that we did and the pressure got low in the system,” CFPUA Engineering Director Carel Vandermeyden said.Customers in other parts of CFPUA service areas are not affected and do not need to boil their water.Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential for back siphonage and the introduction of bacteria into the water system. CFPUA customers in the above-described area are asked to boil their water for one minute, allow it to cool before consumption, and store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover. Customers can also utilize another water source such as bottled water.Affected customers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:•Drinking•Brushing teeth•Washing fruits and vegetables•Preparing food and baby formula•Making ice•Giving to petsCustomers do NOT need to boil water before using it for showering or bathing.The CFPUA is working diligently to complete this work with minimal disruption. The resulting Precautionary Boil Water Advisory shall be in effect until water quality testing has occurred and service is returned to normal.When testing is completed, typically within 24 hours, and service is returned to normal, the advisory will be lifted.“I hope they can get things together and make this right because not everyone can afford to buy bottled water and not everyone can afford to drill their own well, but it would be nice if we weren’t legally bound to bad water,” Nelson said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has lifted its “Do Not Drink” alert, hours after water from the Richardson Nano Groundwater Treatment Plant showed an overabundance of fluoride.Thousands of CFPUA customers could not use their water today, making a typical morning routine more difficult.- Advertisement – last_img read more

PHOTOS Flooding causes dangerous road conditions for drivers

first_img 1 of 12 Sinkhole on Village Point Road between Pintail Rd and Shallotte Point Loop Rd. (Photo: BCSO) Flooding on Highway 133 (Photo: BSCO Sinkhole on Village Point Road between Pintail Rd and Shallotte Point Loop Rd. (Photo: BCSO) Flooding near the 2000 block of Clemmons Rd. There road is passable but water is flowing across it. (Photo: BCSO) Flooding on Holden Beach Road, approaching Smith Avenue at the Moose Lodge. (Photo: BCSO) Flooding on Clemmons Rd near Old Lennon (Photo: BCSO) Car submerged into water on Highway 17 near Omni Storage near Old Shallotte and Highway 17 (Photo: BCSO) Flooding on 5000 Block of Robert Ruark Dr (Photo: BCSO) Flooding on Highway 133 (Photo: BSCO According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, there’s about two feet of water on Highway 133, making the road impassable.There’s high water on areas of Highway 17, especially near Old Shallotte Road.“Travel during and after an extended period of heavy rainfall can be treacherous,” said Robert Vause, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s maintenance engineer in the Wilmington area. “A flooded road might appear safe on the surface, but you can’t tell what’s going on below, until it’s too late.” BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Friday morning’s storms and rain has caused dangerous conditions for drivers across Brunswick County.The government offices closed at noon.- Advertisement – Car stuck at the end of Fletcher Hewett Rd SW in Shallotte. (Photo: BCSO) Flooding on Zion Church Rd. and Town Creek Road in Brunswick County. (Photo: BCSO) Related Article: Brunswick County not getting paid for housing federal inmates during shutdownIn Shallotte, there’s a sinkhole in the south lane of Village Point Road across from Lloyd’s Oyster House.Many other side streets in the county are also flooding.The roads are so bad. Brunswick Transit System say they are operating on a shortened schedule.Brunswick Community College’s Continuing Education Evening Classes are canceled for Friday evening.Sunset Beach Town Hall will close at 1:30 p.m. Friday due to inclement weather.As of 4:30 pm Friday, NCDOT released the list below of Brunswick County roads that experienced flooding due to the heavy rainfall:•    200 Danford Road Southeast, Bolivia•    Green Hill Road Northeast/Cherry Tree Road Northeast•    Royal Oak Road Northwest, Shallotte•    100 Midway Road Southeast, Bolivia•    River Road Southeast/Daws Creek Road Southeast. Officials erected a high water sign.•    Danford Road/Business 17 East•    4700 Ocean Highway West, Shallotte•    Skeeter Hawk Drive Northeast/Town Creek Road Northeast have been closed due to flooding•    1600 Village Point Road, Shallotte, has been closed due to flooding.•    River Road Southeast/ Fifty Lakes Drive have been closed due to flooding.•    Midway Road Southeast/Gilbert Road have been closed due to flooding.•    Midway Road Southeast/Albright Rd Southeast have been closed due to flooding.•    Green Hill Road Southeast/Albright Road Southeast.•    Shell landing Road Southwest /Asheboro Street Southwest have been closed•    Clemmons Road /Old Lennon Road Southeast.•    1200 Lords Branch Road Southeast, Winnabow has been washed out.•    1000 Berrhill Road, Boiling Springs Lake has been washed out.•    Eden Road/Fifty Lakes Road has been washed out.Click here for updates on road closures.last_img read more

Wilmington shops to governor We are open for business

first_img 1 of 8 Gov. Roy Cooper and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo check out minor flooding on Water Street in downtown Wilmington on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper was back in Wilmington this morning getting a look for himself at something a lot of people here want everyone to know: The Port City is open for business.The governor visited four shops along Market Street between Front and Water streets near the Wilmington riverfront. He talked to owners and employees about how Hurricane Florence affected them and the businesses.- Advertisement – Gov. Roy Cooper and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo check out minor flooding on Water Street in downtown Wilmington on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) WDI’s Ed Wolverton and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo greet Gov. Roy Cooper during a visit to downtown Wilmington on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) Gov. Roy Cooper and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo check out minor flooding on Water Street in downtown Wilmington on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) Gov. Roy Cooper talks with the owner of Finklestein’s Music in downtown Wilmington on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) Rep. Deb Butler asks FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis about housing issues after Hurricane Florence as Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Gov. Roy Cooper listen on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) Wilmington Downtown Inc. chief Ed Wolverton led the governor on the short tour and told him that many businesses are back up and running, but that they needed the message to spread beyond downtown that people can come to shop, dine and more. Business owners we spoke with said the only logistical hurdle for visitors is a few inches of water on Water Street at high tide, which many cars were still able to drive through around lunchtime today.Gov. Cooper said getting businesses back online is key to the recovery from Florence, because it means more jobs to help people affected by the storm get back on their feet. Gov. Roy Cooper walks along Water Street in downtown Wilmington with Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) WDI’s Ed Wolverton talks about the conditions in downtown Wilmington since Hurricane Florence with Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover), Gov. Roy Cooper and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY)last_img read more

One year since Mariah Woods went missing

first_imgMariah Woods and Earl Kimrey (Photo: Family photo and Onslow County Sheriff’s Office) JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) — One year later and questions are still swirling around Mariah Woods’ murder.Three-year-old Mariah Woods went missing without a trace on Nov. 27 but Mariah’s biological father, Alex Woods, thought the story didn’t add up from the start.- Advertisement – “Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream?” Woods said in an interview with NewsChannel 12. “Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”Woods said he hoped for the best, but his world came crashing down when Mariah’s body was found six days later in a creek bed in Pender County. Mariah’s disappearance sparked a massive response from officials. Multiple organizations were called in to assist with the investigation, including the FBI.Read more here.last_img read more

Oscars watch party brings Hollywood to Wilmington

first_imgFolks dress up in their finest attire for an Oscars watch party at Tails in downtown Wilmington.(Photo: Amanda Fitzpatrick/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sunday night it was all glitz and glam on the red carpet for the 91st Academy Awards, but it was also shining in downtown Wilmington.Many came out to Tails Piano Bar dressed up in their finest gowns and attire for an Oscars watch party.- Advertisement – The event was a fundraiser for the Opera House Theatre Company.Locals walked the red carpet, participated in raffles and watched the big show.last_img

WANTED Man accused of committing obscene act in public

first_imgMan accused of committing obscene act (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is hoping you can identify the man in this surveillance photo.Wilmington Police say he’s wanted for committing obscene acts in public.- Advertisement – He’s accused of putting his hand in his pants and touching himself while watching a woman in a store near Mayfaire.It happened on Tuesday, May 21st. If you can identify him, use Text-a-Tip or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 531-9845.last_img

One in four Ebola cases undetected in Congo – WHO

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: A Congolese man holds a cross during the burial service of Congolese woman Kahambu Tulirwaho who died of Ebola, at a cemetery in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A Congolese man holds a cross during the burial service of Congolese woman Kahambu Tulirwaho who died of Ebola, at a cemetery in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo Roughly a quarter of Ebola infections in eastern Congo are estimated to be going undetected or found too late, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Thursday.But the WHO, in a weekly update issued subsequently, said there were “early signs” of an easing of the intensity with which the virus is spreading following weeks of insecurity that curbed access to communities and interrupted vaccination.Some 2,025 cases and 1,357 deaths have been recorded since the epidemic began in August in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.It is the second-worst outbreak of the virus on record.Some 88 infections have been detected each of the last two weeks, down from a peak of 126 weekly in April, and WHO teams are checking 15,000 suspected contacts each day for symptoms, he added.“We believe, let me be very cautious here, we believe we are probably detecting in excess of 75% of cases – we may be missing up to a quarter of cases,” Ryan told a news briefing in Geneva.“We must get earlier detection of cases, have more exhaustive identification of contacts,” he said.About 90% of people potentially exposed to the virus have agreed to be vaccinated, which has proved efficient, he said. “It’s not them that matter now, it’s the 10% that don’t, because all of our cases are coming from that group.”More than 130,000 people have been vaccinated to date, Congolese figures show.The epidemic is “not out of control, but it is certainly not under control,” he said.It was spreading fast in the rural area of Mabalako and at a lesser rate in the city of Butembo.A third of identified cases are people who died without having being admitted to Ebola treatment centres, the WHO update said.Ryan said risks to aid workers had decreased of late but noted a deadly attack on civilians earlier this week.A local official said 13 civilians were killed late on Monday in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces – a group thought to be linked to Islamic State.Greater political engagement is needed to combat the Ebola outbreak, Ryan said. “We need the government to reach out to the opposition, we need an ‘all party’ approach … we need a single voice of leaders in Congo about this outbreak.”WhatsApp <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>last_img read more

Notre Dame fire may have been caused by power fault or cigarette

first_img SharePrint <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> FILE PHOTO: The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is pictured after the first mass since the devastating fire in April, in Paris, France, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit TessierFILE PHOTO: The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is pictured after the first mass since the devastating fire in April, in Paris, France, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier An electrical fault or a burning cigarette may have been responsible for the fire that gutted Notre-Dame Cathedral, French authorities investigating the cause of April’s blaze said on Wednesday.Paris prosecutors said that, while they were investigating the possibility of negligence, they currently had no reason to believe the fire was started deliberately.It ripped through the medieval cathedral on April 15, destroying the roof, toppling the spire and almost bringing down the main bell towers and outer walls before firefighters brought it under control.“If certain failings, which may explain the scale of the fire, have been brought to light, the investigations carried out to this date have not yet been able to determine the causes of the fire,” said a statement from Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz.“For now, there are no indications of a criminal origin,” he added. However, nothing had been ruled out, with an electrical fault and a cigarette that was not properly extinguished two of several possible causes being investigated, he said.President Emmanuel Macron has set a target of five years for restoring Notre-Dame, which dates back to the 12th century and is one of Europe’s most iconic landmarks.Read: Worshippers in hard hats to attend Notre-Dame’s first mass since fireWhatsApplast_img read more

WhatsApp for iPhone Update Now Lets Siri Read Out Your Messages

first_imgAdvertisement iPhone users are in for a treat with the latest WhatsApp update. On Friday, WhatsApp released update (v2.17.2) for iPhone users which includes some visual changes to the app and also gives Siri the ability to read the latest WhatsApp messages.WhatsApp already lets users to compose and send WhatsApp messages through Siri. Now the new update enables Siri to read out your latest messages to you hands free, which will come in handy when you’re driving, for instance.iPhone users can now simply say “Hey Siri, read out my last messages on WhatsApp” and the voice assistant will start reading all the unread messages. Siri will even ask the user to reply to messages if need be, by dictating the message to Siri directly.Image Credit: NDTV – Advertisement – The latest version highlights four key updates – you can ask Siri to read out your latest messages; visual improvements to the Calls tab, Contact info, and Group info screens; ability to select multiple statuses at once in the My Updates screen which you can forward and delete; and support for Persian language.[related-posts]Credit: NDTVlast_img read more

Seedstars World Returns to Kampala on 4th Aug up to 500000 in

first_imgIntership UG winners of SeedStars Kampala. Credit: SSW (Twitter) Advertisement Applications for Seedstars Uganda are now open. Uganda’s start-ups are invited to represent their country at the Summit and win up to USD 500,000 in equity investment.The global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets is returning in Uganda on 4 August this year. With the support of main sponsor Stanbic Bank and the local host Outbox hub, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event in Kampala.Speaking on behalf of Stanbic Bank Uganda, the main partner for Seedstars World in Uganda, Wayne Cook – Head of Business Banking Stanbic Uganda said, “We are extremely proud and excited to be sponsors of the Seedstars project. This is a fantastic initiative which gives young and upcoming entrepreneurs across the country the opportunity to show case creativity and innovation in business. As Stanbic Bank, we strongly believe in nurturing young business talent and supporting the growth of start-up companies because we recognise their potential and what their new concepts can do to transform society.” – Advertisement – RequirementsThe companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Kampala event need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability. With a strong network of international partners such as BBVA, Merck, Enel, Trecc and Standard Bank, Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and develop profitable products for the global market, to support their regional businesses and growth.In order to provide local entrepreneurs with this opportunity and aiming to deliver the best possible event, Seedstars World is closely working with Outbox Hub, who is representing the initiative throughout the year. “Our fourth collaboration with Seedstars is yet again another engagement we look up to this year. Together with Seedstars, we have been able to demonstrate to the local ecosystem that simplicity of solutions and businesses is key to driving entrepreneurship growth based on the teams that have represented Uganda. The Kampala event yet presents another opportunity for our local community to share knowledge and be part of the discussion on how to grow entrepreneurship in emerging markets.” says Richard Zulu, co-founder at Outbox Hub.“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. Uganda has never failed to produce top notch entrepreneurs and we are happy to be back again” explains Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars World.Up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Uganda will be invited to pitch for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland. At the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to 50,000 USD.Applications are open now, and startups can apply here: https://seedsta.rs/kampala2017Credit: Techmoranlast_img read more