July 2019

The shadow minister for disabled people has called

first_imgThe shadow minister for disabled people has called for an urgent investigation into a fall of more than 22 per cent in the proportion of older people receiving a disability benefit designed to help them with their daily living costs.New analysis of government and Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures by Disability News Service (DNS) shows that the percentage of those aged 65 and over who receive attendance allowance (AA) fell by 22.3 per cent in the six years after the coalition came to power in 2010.In August 2010, more than 16 per cent of people aged 65 and over were receiving AA, but by August 2016 that had fallen to 12.6 per cent, a drop of 22.3 per cent in six years.Last week, DNS reported for the first time that the number of older disabled people receiving AA had fallen from 1.6 million in August 2011 to 1.435 million in August 2017, a fall of about 165,000 (just over 10 per cent) in six years.But DNS has now compared these and earlier government figures with population statistics from ONS from 2010 and 2016, which show the number of older people rose from 10,043,926 in mid-2010 to 11,516,330 in mid-2016 (there are no figures yet for 2017).Taken the ONS data together with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures, which show the number of AA recipients fell sharply between August 2010 (1,624,660) and August 2016 (1,447,460), reveals the striking new figures.Marsha de Cordova (pictured), Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said: “It is deeply troubling to see a completely unexplained 22 per cent fall in the proportion of people over 65 getting help with the personal care and support they need.“I fear that this will have led to vital support being lost by vulnerable people.“The DWP clearly needs to investigate this as a matter of urgency. We cannot allow people, for whatever reason, to be left without the personal care they need.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said the fall was “shocking” and “cannot be justified in any way”.She said there appeared to be a “huge under-claiming of support” among older disabled people, which she suggested could be due to “the kind of public narrative of scroungers and fraudsters and the horrific lived experience of going through benefit assessments”.She said: “It’s no doubt that these are big drivers for this drop even if there wasn’t a concerted policy decision to reduce that benefit.“We are now living in a climate and society that is actively discouraging people from claiming what their rights [entitle them to].“I think it’s a damning indictment of the culture and society we are living in. People are too scared to claim.”She said the government needed to analyse the figures and engage with disabled people’s and older people’s organisations to “explore why this is happening and what we can do”.AA is non-means-tested and designed to help with disability-related daily living costs, and is available to those 65 or over who do not already receive personal independence payment (PIP) or disability living allowance (DLA).Those on the lower rate of AA receive £55.65 a week, while those on the higher rate receive £83.10 a week. Some other benefits can also increase if a claimant is receiving AA.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) this week refused to offer any explanation for the huge drop in the number of AA claimants.A DWP spokeswoman would not say why DWP thought the proportion of those aged 65 and over claiming AA had fallen so sharply, whether it was previously aware of this fall, if the department was concerned, or whether it would analyse the figures and find out why the number had dropped.But she said in a statement: “As previously mentioned, those over pension age with a severe disability do not have to make a claim for attendance allowance if they are already on a disability benefit when they reach 65.“The numbers of those claiming DLA and PIP who are aged 65 or over has been increasing.“The combined spend for AA/DLA/PIP (65+) rose from £10.5 billion in 2010-11 to £10.8 billion in 2016-17 in real terms*.“This group also benefit from the financial support available through the state pension triple lock and may benefit from pension credit.“There are also a number of universal pensioner benefits such as the winter fuel payment, older person’s bus pass, free prescriptions and free TV licences (for those aged 75 and over) which this group may also be entitled to.”*If DWP’s figures are accurate, this still appears to represent a fall in spending per person aged 65 and over of more than 10 per cent, even when taking into account the increased numbers receiving DLA and PIPlast_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn had plenty of authoritative people t

first_imgJeremy Corbyn had plenty of authoritative people to quote when attacking the government’s record on knife crime at PMQs today. Theresa May insisted on Monday that there was “no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers” – and the austerity she has imposed can therefore not be held responsible for the recent spike in knife crime – but evidence has been stacking up against that claim. “Of course there is some link between violent crime on the streets and police numbers,” said Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick. “We need much stronger leadership from government and there needs to be more funding,” said Sarah Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. “I am aghast at what the Prime Minister had to say about police numbers – that there is no correlation between the number of police and the amount of crime. Of course there is,” said Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor of Greater Manchester whose 17-year-old relative was recently stabbed to death in Birmingham.Labour has its own difficulties on how best to tackle knife crime. Reacting to the news of a fatal stabbing in Altrincham, Labour’s Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham called for more stop and search powers. But many in the party have serious concerns over its use – including Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who said last year: “Stop and search is already too easily done on the basis of racial profiling. There is no evidence that random stops reduces violent crime.”Sajid Javid and Amber Rudd looking glum at PMQsThese divisions weren’t exploited by Theresa May this afternoon, as she struggled to respond to the Labour leader’s probing questions. It is undeniable that Tory policies have had a worsening effect on crime levels – whether we’re talking about police numbers, council funding, mental health services, schools or the probation service – and yet the PM does deny it. Her frontbenchers, however, such as Sajid Javid who emphasised resources as he offered a different reaction to the crisis earlier in the week, did not look happy. There are many Tory MPs who could easily have found themselves nodding along to Corbyn’s attacks on this issue. Today they had to make do with looking glum.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Jeremy Corbyn /knife crime /police cuts /last_img read more

Tenant Advocates Denounce Startup Offering Buyout Services

first_imgRent Masters, a startup offering to help tenants willing to move out of rent-controlled housing figure out what they would be owed in buyout money, came under fire last week by the city’s housing rights community.In a buyout, a tenant agrees to vacate a unit in exchange for a payout by the landlord. Negotiations involved in this process can be lengthy and taxing and tenants are often left with a compensation that sounds big, but vanishes quickly as the tenants search for new housing.Rent Masters founder Brian Bensch, however,  argues that there are situations in which both parties can benefit equally from a buyout.  His company, he said, taps into a “unique but necessary” market by using technology to empower tenants. He cautioned, however, that his service and buyouts are not for lifelong San Francisco residents. “If you want to stay in the city, any lump sum of money isn’t going to be enough to compensate you for leaving a rent-controlled apartment,” he said. Instead, Bensch said, “this service could make sense to you,” if you are a newcomer who has rented a place for a few years and are ready to leave San Francisco “to go back to the midwest” or to “buy a place in the suburbs.”“We’re looking to facilitate deals between landlord and tenant where there is truly a mutually beneficial interest,” said Bensch, who launched his company out of a downtown co-working space in February. But Tenant advocates are wary of the service and wondered about the presumption that it was needed.  “If someone already wants to leaves, they’ll leave. That’s what people have always done. So why suddenly are we throwing this buyout thing in there?” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca, of the Housing Rights Committee, an organization that provides free counseling on tenants rights. “I don’t want to see this become a business.”Deepa Varma, executive director of the Tenants Union at 558 Capp St., added, “there is no reason for a landlord to give money to [a tenant] who was truly leaving voluntarily. The whole reason the tenant is getting money, new or old, is because the landlord wants their unit and the tenant doesn’t want to give it up. There is no need for a middleman linking scared tenants to greedy landlords, and taking a cut.”Any unit built before 1979 – about 170,000 units –remain under rent control.  Once a unit has been vacated it can rise to market level for the next tenant, but annual rent increases for the new tenant are prescribed by rent control. Bensch, who said he expected “some level of debate” about his company knows his service isn’t for everyone, and a disclaimer on his website makes that clear.Still, the entrepreneur views his service as being at the forefront of measuring the impact of buyouts on the housing crisis, and promised to share his data with the San Francisco Rent Board and the Tenants Union in an effort to comply with a new buyout ordinance passed last year to ensure transparency by requiring buyouts to be disclosed to the Rent Board.“With respect to low-income tenants for whom rent control is most important, we have absolutely zero intention of doing such deals,” he said.Geoffrey Squires, a landlord in the Mission, said that it is important for both landlords and tenants to know their rights, but that tenant-initiated buyouts do happen and that in the end, it is up to the landlord to agree to a deal or not.“If [a rent-controlled unit] is the only asset that some people have, and they can go wherever they were thinking of going anyway with some money in their pockets, why wouldn’t they?” asked Squires, adding that although he has a good relationship with his tenants, he would most likely refrain from offering a buyout.“If they said $20,000 is the difference between them staying or going somewhere else, I might consider it,” said Squires. “It depends if the unit needs work and what their rent is compared to what I can get for it. It’s an equation.”Still, tenant advocates balked at what they say is a businessman turning a law that is meant as a protection for tenants  into a cash grab.A fear shared across the board by housing activists is that Rent Masters, which offers to negotiate relocation payments upwards of $20,000, could be leading inexperienced tenants into being low-balled when it comes to accepting buyouts.As a tenant lawyer and law educator, Ora Prochovnick said she has negotiated six-figure buyouts for rent-controlled units, and fears that renters who turn to an online service to sign away the rights to their home may be selling themselves short.Prochovnick and others also questioned the wisdom of working on a buyout without the counsel of an experienced lawyer.With a background in marketing and development, Bensch does not claim to be a lawyer and says he does not expect to work with low-income tenants. Instead, he sees his company as offering information and providing a negotiating service. For legal matters, he relies on a handful of attorneys. For legal issues that are out of his realm, clients will be referred to one of these trusted “partners,” he said. Scott Weaver, a tenant attorney, said that it sounded as if Bensch is  offering legal advice without a license. “And if he’s not, then he should be practicing law if he’s advising people about their rights in buyouts. If you’re going to do this right, you have to know the law, you have to understand risks.”A niche market middlemanAfter witnessing several close friends engage in buyouts, Bensch said he saw an opportunity to serve a group of people who may have been approached with a buyout offer by their landlord and who are unlikely to remain in San Francisco indefinitely. Though admittedly small, this group could include the city’s wave of tech newcomers, recent college graduates, and young professionals who have lived in rent-controlled apartments for at least four years, said Bensch. Bensch said he is consciously serving this small niche and has no plans of displacing people who do not wish to leave.With roughly 70 percent of the city’s housing protected under rent control, the entrepreneur added that “even a single digit percentage of that number turning over” could yield a modest profit.A month-old company, Rent Masters works similarly to an online do-it-yourself tax service — a $99 deposit fee gives renters access to a free 30-minute consultation and supplies them with a basic contract template to present to their landlords. For a more tailored representation, Bensch charges 10 to 20 percent of the buyout on top of the initial deposit.“We will basically go to bat for [the tenant],” said Bensch. A free estimate of how much a renter’s tenancy is worth based on market-rate rents in the neighborhood and the building’s “specs” is what Bensch calls the service’s “secret sauce” — a formula that he has made accessible on the Rent Masters website as a free public resource.Prochovnick, who also serves as a pro-bono tenant lawyer at the Tenants Union, advises renters to think twice before using a service that charges for any buyout service.“Its very simple to determine what your tenancy is worth – take your rent, and see what the market-rate comparables in your neighborhood are going for,” said Prochovnick. Paul Cohen, executive director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative, an organization that works to protect affordable housing and has a sliding-scale policy when it comes to service fees, is also skeptical of Rent Masters’ payment structure.“If you want to save affordable housing, you would discourage buyouts entirely, and not capitalize on them,” said Cohen. “Anytime I hear about a fee being charged to do something that is not very well spelled out as far as whose side people are on, the renter should beware.” 0%center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • displacement • housing • rent control • San Francisco Tenants Union • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Four District 9 Candidates Support Demand to Fire Police Chief Suhr

first_imgRespuestas en español aquí.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Firstly, I support the efforts of everyone involved in the hunger strike. While we may not agree on all of their demands, their sincere passion and commitment to their beliefs is truly moving.I do believe that we need to see reforms around police use of force if we are going to restore community confidence and heal wounds which have been growing for generations, but I’m unconvinced that firing Chief Suhr is the best way to achieve this.  We all want safer streets and to live together in harmony. I admire the hunger strikers for calling attention to these issues in such a dramatic way.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyYes, I support the hunger strikers and their call for Police Chief Suhr to be fired or resign. I have gone to the site to manifest my solidarity several times and spent a night in vigil with them.  This is a collective effort, as a community, not my individual campaign.  It’s a call to demand accountability and justice.Our district is neglected despite being plagued by issues. Currently, we have no representation unless there is a photo op. While I stand in solidarity with the hunger strikers,  I feel that it is also my job to continue to attend other meetings and events where the community also needs support and representation.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubAs one of the five hunger strikers, going on 10 days without eating and camping out in front of the Mission Police Station, our demand is clear and concise: Chief Suhr must resign immediately, or Ed Lee must fire him. If Ed Lee is unwilling to fire him, Ed Lee must resign.The world is watching and we are holding the magnify glass on our police chief and department that has operated with impunity. It will stop, we will make sure if it.Let us never forget Alex Nieto, Mario Woods, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and Luis Gongora.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposI believe Chief Suhr should resign or be fired because, despite the horrific racist and homophobic text scandals and killings of Nieto, Woods, Perez-Lopez, and Gongora, we have yet to see real accountability from the Chief, POA, or Mayor. It is time for our leadership to recognize deep problems in the SFPD, accept responsibility for these problems, and embark on fundamental cultural and policy changes at the department.The hunger strikers are drawing much needed attention to these issues, and I support their efforts. I also support other efforts calling for reform, including demands that the California Attorney General investigate the SFPD– which can result in mandatory oversight and necessary change. For the past 14 years I have worked with organizations like the Hayward Burns Institute, ACLU, Ella Baker Center, Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, Drug Policy Alliance, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), HOMEY, and countless other individuals and organizations that work day in and day out, out of the spotlight, to reform our broken criminal justice system.  All of this work is necessary to change one of the most entrenched problems of our city and country.As a District 9 Supervisor, I will continue to fight for and win meaningful criminal justice reform for the people of San Francisco.Melissa San Miguel, education advocateWe need a Police Chief who will hold all members of the police force accountable and will ensure its culture does not dehumanize people of color, women and our LGBT family members and friends. There are many fine Officers who do excellent work in the community, but Police Chief Suhr should resign, or be fired. SFPD must change its policing culture and it needs to rebuild trust with the community. A culture of change must begin at the top, where every officer treats us as their neighbors and with the respect we all deserve. We are in this together. The officer involved shootings of people of color have deeply impacted our community. The hunger strike is an outgrowth of that desire for needed change. I support actions and those people who have chosen a nonviolent way to protest. However, we must go beyond protesting and create sustainable actions ensuring transparency and accountability. As supervisor, I intend to do just that.Darcel Jackson did not provide a response to this week’s question.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. 0% The “Frisco Five” as they’ve been dubbed are on day 12 of their hunger strike outside the Mission District police station demanding the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr — or the resignation of Mayor Ed Lee if Suhr is not fired. Four of the candidates for District 9 — including Edwin Lindo who is on the hunger strike — support the striker’s demands that Suhr be replaced.Of those who responded to our question this week, only Joshua Arce declined to support that demand.The hunger strike is in direct response to a spate of controversial police shootings in the last two years, three of which — those of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez Lopez, and Luis Gongora — occurred in or near the Mission. We asked all of the candidates what they think of the strike and the call for Suhr’s job.Do you support the hunger strikers and their call that Police Chief Greg Suhr be fired or resign? If so, why are you not hunger striking? If you do not support the hunger strike, why?center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Luna Park site long vacant is sold and a new project is

first_img“It’s as simple as pigeon poop and as extensive as replacing grease traps,” said Textor, adding that it’s mostly general maintenance to get the location up to code and that he and his colleagues are in the process of hiring a contractor.Although the space has been vacant since Luna Park closed, it is not listed in the city’s registry of vacant properties, nor has anyone paid the $711 registration fee that property owners of vacant properties are supposed to pay after 270 days of vacancy.The property was previously owned by 69-year-old Nissim Lanyadoo, a Napa-based owner of several parcels in San Francisco. He became embroiled in several legal cases in Napa, including one that in 2016 resulted in him being sentenced to five days in jail for obstructing the flow of a waterway and cutting shrubs without written consent. He was placed on probation for three years. More legal troubles followed; most recently, in 2017, Lanyadoo was booked for possession of methamphetamine by Napa law-enforcement officers and is currently in court proceedings. His 20-year-old son was eventually named a trustee of the 694 Valencia St. property before last month’s sale to Skyline 91 SF Apartment Investors, Inc.Over the past four years, there were three attempts to acquire an alcohol license at 694 Valencia St., but all the applications were eventually withdrawn. It was initially reported in 2014 that a new bar, owned by Plumpjack Group, would take the place of Luna Park. That hospitality management group was founded by Gov. Gavin Newsom and is currently headed by his sister, Hilary Newsom. An alcohol license application was submitted by Gaslight Café Partners, LLC, which shares an address with White Rabbit, a Plumpjack-owned bar in San Francisco. That application was withdrawn in 2015. Requests for comment were not returned by Plumpjack Group.Clarke, the owner of Mission Beach Cafe, submitted an alcohol license application the following year, but he too withdrew the application. He then submitted another application in 2017, but once again withdrew. Clarke said he withdrew after not being able to get clear title to the liquor license because “it was tied up in bankruptcy court.”These applications were all submitted (and withdrawn) while Lanyadoo owned the building and was suffering through his myriad legal difficulties. With new ownership, Clarke has set his sights on this property once again.“It’s been a long road and huge financial burden,” he said. “But I think it’s worth it. It’s a wonderful space.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Luna Park once stood at 694 Valencia St, serving brunch, s’mores, and dinner to the local community for 15 years. The former Mission restaurant has sat vacant since 2015, when Luna Park closed. Several potential suitors appeared, but few proved willing to go through the process of opening a business at the location.Now, the site might soon be up and running as a new business after the property was sold in December to Skyline 91 SF Apartment Investors, Inc. for about $1.75 million. There’s no concrete timeline on when a new tenant might move in, but William Clarke, owner of Mission Beach Cafe at 14th and Guerrero, confirmed he is involved in the project. Clinton Textor is now responsible for day to day management of the property. The real estate agent had worked with the prior owner of the 694 Valencia St. property and was one of the partners in the group that bought it last year.  He and his fellow new owners will soon be removing the Luna Park sign — as they have been mandated by the city to do — and addressing some of the abatements on the property. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Chemours hit with another class action lawsuit over GenX

first_imgRelated Article: NC environmental chief: Chemours must change its waysDefendants knew that the Fayetteville Works Facility and Site did not have sufficient pollution, engineering and process controls and management practices to prevent the releases of the toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River, and that in fact such releases were occurring.  Defendants also knew that the Cape Fear River is a source of household water to many communities.PFECAs have also been shown to have deleterious effects to the health of laboratory animals.  PFECAs are known to have features of chemical structure in common with PFAS and be persistent in the environment.  On information and belief, the DuPont Defendants have long been studying the toxicity of PFECAs without releasing that information to the public.  For example, in April 2006, the DuPont Defendants’ Haskell Laboratory for Health and Environmental Sciences in Newark, Delaware first submitted to U.S. E.P.A. a 1963 oral toxicity study for health impacts of GenX that Defendant E.I. DuPont had performed on rats.This isn’t the first lawsuit filed against Chemours.On Monday, CFPUA filed a lawsuit in federal court and earlier this month, a Wilmington man also filed a class action lawsuit against Chemours. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man has filed a class action lawsuit against Chemours, DuPont, and two plant managers.The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, Roger Morton, has lived on Stone Chimney Drive in Supply since 1988 and has consumed water supplied by the Brunswick County Northwest Water Treatment Plant since then.- Advertisement – The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages arising out of the release, discharge, spills and leaks of PFAS and PFECas, both past and present, from the Fayetteville Works Facility and property opened by Chemours.Some of the complaints include: The DuPont Defendants, since approximately 1961, had studied the health effects of PFOA in laboratory animals, and in its workforce at Parkersburg, West Virginia.  From their experience at Parkersburg, the DuPont Defendants knew that their manufacturing processes, including their process for processing and using APFO, released PFAS to the environment, that PFAS were toxic, and that their release resulted in exposure of toxic chemicals to the people living as its neighbors.The DuPont Defendants knew that the Fayetteville Works Facility discharged toxic PFAS to air, soil and surface water at the Fayetteville Works Site.  For example, PFOA was found in site-wide groundwater in the Fayetteville Works Site RCRA Facility Investigation which was performed from 2001 to 2014.last_img read more

Deputies continue search for vape shop robber

first_img NHSO says the suspect had a gun and demanded money. The clerk put cash in a bag along with merchandise from the store.In this video, you can see the suspect walking away from the store. Deputies both K-9 and SABLE searched for the suspect but were unsuccessful.The sheriff’s office describes the suspect as a black male between 6’and 6’2”, weighs 170-180 pounds and had on a blue ball cap, yellow t-shirt, and dark colored jeans.Related Article: Police: Woman gave birth to 1st 2019 baby in car used for methIf you recognize him, call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office (910) 798-4162 or Text a Crime Tip. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The search continues for a gunman who robbed a vape shop on Carolina Beach Road Tuesday night.According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, a man robbed Port City Vapes around 9 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNCW issues mandatory evacuation for students

first_img The university is collaborating with UNC Asheville to house those UNCW students who do not have other options for safe shelter. A shelter, with cots for students, is in place at UNC Asheville and meals will be made available to students housed there.To register for assistance, please contact the Dean of Students’ Office at 910.962.3119, no later than 5 p.m. Monday.The university will not be able to provide assistance in securing a location after 5 p.m. Students will not be allowed back in the residence halls and/or on campus after 12 p.m. on Tuesday; the university will convey information about returning to campus when available.In a news release, the university says, “We cannot overstate this: Before heading out, you should have a FULL TANK OF GAS, a PAPER MAP, and CASH, as you could face challenges finding available/functioning ATMs and gas stations during the preparation for, and duration of, this event. In addition, bring  with you medications, items of value, important documents (license, passport, checks), and anything else you could need during a potentially extended absence.”Related Article: TreeFest: How to get free tree seedlings in WilmingtonIt is imperative that students and employees continue to monitor their UNCW inboxes, the UNCW homepage, the UNCW Alert site and social media feeds (Facebook and Twitter), as well as local weather reports. The weather hotline (888) 657-5751 has been activated, but please remember the hotline features only information that has already been disseminated via these other channels; it is in operation for those who may not have internet service for access to the homepage, etc. Please also be advised that the UNCW website may not be fully functional in the event of a catastrophic weather event; in that case, text alerts, social media, and email will be the primary methods of communication.Student phone numbers are automatically registered to receive UNCW Alert emergency notifications by voice and text message. Students should follow these instructions to review or update their contact numbers. Only faculty and staff who have voluntarily registered their cell phone numbers with the university will receive UNCW Alert emergency text messages and voicemails. UNCW strongly encourages faculty and staff to register for these alerts. Please see these instructions (PDF) to register for the service, change contact numbers or opt out. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Chancellor Jose Sartarelli has declared a state of emergency for the UNCW campus Monday afternoon as Hurricane Florence could threaten the Carolina coast later this week. UNCW has issued a mandatory campus evacuation for all students, effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Students must evacuate campus beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and must leave campus no later than noon on Tuesday. (A voluntary evacuation remains in place until then.)- Advertisement – last_img read more

CFCC Board of Trustees votes in favor in new construction

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees voted today to approve construction to the sidewalks around the college.The construction would update the sidewalk on Red Cross Street between 2nd and Front Street. The sidewalk would be replaced with stone pavers.- Advertisement – There would also be lamp posts put in and parking meters would be updated. CFCC says this is a joint project with The City of Wilmington.last_img

Catholics duty to resist politics of hate and exclusion – Justice and

first_imgThe Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta stated that it is the duty of Catholics to resist politics of hate and exclusion.In a statement on Thursday, the Justice and Peace Commission noted that there is an increase in support for far-right movements, some of which base their arguments on the need to protect our ‘Catholic identity’. It also noted recent statements made in the media by the Guardian for Future Generations who justified his call to exclude migrants and Muslims in particular by invoking his desire to live and ie in a Catholic country.The Commission observed that various forms of politics of exclusion are increasingly taking root. The Commission noted that forms of politics of exclusion which appealed to fears and anxieties about rapid cultural and demographic changes or more open to nationalistic and Islamophobic rhetoric, that represents the outsider as a social, economic and religious menace is common throughout. Further it stated that Malta has not been immune to these influences which it described as dangerous. The Commission remarked that such rhetoric has no philosophical or theological base in Christian tradition.The Commission reminded that the “Christian tradition helps shape a counter-narrative based on solidarity and hospitality as well as on our common humanity and dignity”.The Commission quoted Pope Francis address at the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences where he declared that ‘migrants are not a threat to culture, customs and values of a receiving nation.’ He had reminded the participants that the duty of Christians towards migrants can be articulated around four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.WhatsApp 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>last_img read more

Airtel Rwanda to give out free mobile phones

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Rwanda plans to award 10 free mobile phones every week in a bid to support increasing mobile penetration in the East African country.Mobile phone usage is expected to reach seven million by January and Airtel’s prizegiving is part of its Birahebuje promotion.“For Rwandans to have financial inclusion and access to quick and reliable internet, we need to set the platform by providing them phones,” said Marcellin Paluku, Airtel Rwanda managing director, reports the New Times. “It’s this device that will help to enjoy our services.” – Advertisement – Mobile phone penetration is currently at 63.7 per cent, according to the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA).last_img read more

Google and Dropbox launch Simply Secure to improve online security

first_imgAdvertisement File-hosting service Dropbox and Google yesterday announced the creation of Simply Secure, an organization that aims to make security tech easier to use.The companies said the challenge presented by security online had become particularly clear in the wake of events including the recent celebrity photo leak and the revelations of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower.While consumer-facing security tools exist and are technically effective, they often have low adoption rates because they’re inconvenient or too confusing for the average person to operate. – Advertisement – Even well-known features like two-factor authentication, offered by many online services, are not widely used, the companies said in a statement.“No matter how effective security technologies are, people will not use them unless they become more accessible and easier to understand. We need simpler options for stronger security, available at our fingertips,” they said.The organization, will be led by former Google project manager Sara Sinclair Brody. It will be working with the Open Technology Fund, University College London, and World Wide Web Consortium to find more consumer-friendly ways to improve security.The move comes at a sensitive moment for Google which is at the center of an anti-trust investigation by the European Commission. The launch also comes after the European Union passed new rules giving people the “right to be forgotten” online – compelling tech companies to remove search results in Europe for queries that include their names if the results are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive.”Data protection authorities from across the EU member states met in Brussels on 17-18 September to discuss their response to the May ruling.The Guardianlast_img read more

Startup Tips Distribution Is As Important As Your Product

first_imgAdvertisement Very often startups and companies write to us asking to review their product or share their press releases with our audience. This is part of their way of market and letting users know about their products, call it a distribution channel in a way.One thing we miss while we get lost in building our product is how we are going to get customers and not until the product is done, is when we start sweating to plan on how to get customers to use our systems/products. That is the time we start writing to the different media outlets to consider running our stories or try to use search engine market and any other form of marketing available.This notion of “build it and they will come” doesn’t work for most startups, and they end up failing and should therefore, be ignored in case you want to get real traction. What if they don’t come? Do you close shop? Do you change to a different  marketing strategy? Do you even have the budget to do this? Do you have the time? – Advertisement – If you have a plan for all those questions then go ahead and ignore me, but if you don’t I suggest you think about how you are going to distribute your product even before you launch.Make sure you address all the risks that might be involved in acquiring your customers as early as possible, this will help reduce your risk of failure.Have your marketing guy run a blog on your website to get people excited and signing up to use your product. I find this very motivating to the product development team because they are very sure the product is going to meet real people.Takeaway: Strike a balance between the product development and traction development.last_img read more

Samsung launches its own Mobile Money platform called PAY

first_imgAdvertisement Today, Samsung has announced a new mobile payment service called Pay, which will allows users to make payments in-store instead of using their payment cards.The device maker has partnered with MasterCard and Visa, meaning it will be widely accepted, which has previously been a barrier to mobile payments until now.Samsung said it had the potential to be accepted in 30 million stores today. – Advertisement – The service which Samsung said it had the potential to be accepted in 30 million stores today uses NFC and mag stripe technology to achieve its ends.To use it, you’ll need to just add a payment card to the app, and then swipe up from the bezel to choose your saved card. The whole process is authenticated using the fingerprint sensor built into the S6 and S6 Edge.Samsung has said the service will be live this summer.Via TNWlast_img read more

China Blocks Reuters Bloomberg And Wall Street Journal

first_imgAdvertisement The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.The websites of Bloomberg News, the New York Times and News Corp’s Wall Street Journal have all been inaccessible in China for some time.It was not immediately clear why users were hindered from using the Reuters sites. – Advertisement – The websites of some major news organizations, including Reuters, have at times become inaccessible in China in whole or part, often after the publication of stories on issues about which the Chinese government is sensitive.The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s Internet regulator, did not immediately respond to a written request for comment.“Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accurate journalism worldwide. We recognize the great importance of news about China to all our customers, and we hope that our sites will be restored in China soon,” a Reuters spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.Reuters is the news division of Thomson Reuters Corp. Thomson Reuters also sells financial news and data services to clients in China. These services remained available.Source BIlast_img read more

EA releases Teaser for Need for Speed Reboot

first_imgAdvertisement Electronic Arts studio(EA), has today the return of Need for Speed in a full reboot of the franchise offering fans deep customization in a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls players through the game.“Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games which is an Electronic Arts studio.Fuelled by EA’s own car culture community, Speedhunters, Need for Speed will deliver an experience that’s grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene. – Advertisement – This collaboration with Speedhunters in the research and development of the game means the level of detail and real-world authenticity will envelop gamers in an exciting world to discover and enjoy.Need for Speed will launch worldwide this fall for PC , PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.See the video trailer below[Via]last_img read more

3 early warning signs that you might be getting hacked

first_imgHackers use smoke-and-mirrors approach to manipulate enterprise attention and resources. Image Credit: IdentityGuard Advertisement Every company struggles to allocate security resources. It’s not that security pros don’t have the tools to improve their risk postures – it’s that they don’t have the time.Between hackers using a smoke-and-mirrors approach to manipulate enterprise attention and resources, unusual file access activity and user behavior patterns requiring consistent investigations, and account lockout maintenance, security staff members are busy putting out fires when they should be standing back and surveying their risk landscapes.What are some early warning signs of a breach that security operations centers should have a heightened focus on, in order to help them decrease initial response resources and put more energy toward bigger security initiatives? – Advertisement – Warning Sign No. 1: Distractions Distractions (like DDoS attacks), help hackers enter networks with malware or stolen credentials. A recent Cybersecurity Ventures report found that DDoS is often the “first wave” of attacks by hackers who use them to distract companies from other more targeted intrusions. While a SOC is dealing with a DDoS attack, hackers can often move in undetected.Solution SOC teams should have a DDoS mitigation solution ready for a breach, but know that a DDoS attack is likely not the end of a cyberattack. Being prepared to monitor for suspicious activity across a network, even during a cyberattack, is the best approach.Warning Sign No. 2: Unexpected file activity Unexpected file activity or unusual log-in patterns from your team.Solution It’s all about examining the behaviors of your team. Track the relationship between users, activities and the various security products in your ecosystem. Then, go back and reference this data; identify patterns and better recognize the vulnerabilities in your approach. Look at when a file is opened, who opened it, and from where they signed in. Suspicious activity could be a hacker using stolen credentials or warning signs of an employee acting maliciously.Warning Sign No. 3: Time wasted due to account lockouts According to FireEye, 37 percent of C-level security professionals face more than 10,000 alerts per month. More than 40 percent of respondents manually review every alert. This abundance of alerts frequently leads to account lockouts, and because these alerts seem unimportant, they are often being unlocked without investigationSolution Recent research published by IBM’s Emergency Response Team indicates that lockouts were often a key indicator of cyber attacks. However, distinguishing between “fat fingers” and a real security incident takes hours of investigation, and many SOC teams decide to unlock accounts prematurely in an effort to save time. Automating this via behavioral analytics, to gain context around the lockout, can remove the tradeoff between serious response and long delays.[related-posts]Closing Security professionals are facing more threats than they can logically handle and respond to on a daily basis. If companies want to protect themselves from ongoing industry threats, this dynamic needs to change. Being on the lookout for the early, yet unassuming, warning signs isn’t a way to waste time – it’s a crucial step in keeping pressing security threats from going unnoticed.[TechCrunch]last_img read more

Google Inc to delete some search results within European Union

first_imgEu-Google. Image Credit: hdfreewallpaper Advertisement Search engine giants, Google Inc. confirmed on Friday it will use “geolocation” (like IP addresses) to make its ‘right to be forgotten’ policy in European Union (EU) work, not only on its European subdomains but on its general Google.com domain as well.“Starting next week, in addition to our existing practice, we will also use geolocation signals [like IP addresses] to restrict access to the delisted URL on all Google Search domains, including google.com, when accessed from the country of the person requesting the removal,” Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel, writes in a blog post.“We’ll apply the change retrospectively, to all delisting’s that we have already done under the European Court ruling.” – Advertisement – If someone submits a URL for delisting via the Google webform, and your request meets the criteria set by the Court (EU), then Google will delist the URL from the search results generated in response to a search for their name.Users within a that particular country/region will not be able to see search results for a delisted request but Users outside that country/region, will be able to see the request in search results on any non-European Google Search domain. For example, once [Jnr Nathanael] from France is delisted, users in France won’t be able to see any search results for [Jnr Nathanael], but users outside France will be able to see the search results.last_img read more

Liquid Telecom Launches Live Online Tracking Map for Safari Rally

first_imgDuncan Mubiru (Kikankane) is among the four drivers representing Uganda at the rally. Advertisement Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a live tracking map for this year’s Safari Rally to help rally enthusiasts follow the competition and individual drivers online.The device will enable especially Ugandan rally fans to follow their drivers during the three days of navigation in the Kenya’s famous Safari Rally.The team of four Ugandan drivers participating comprises the 2017 Gorillas Champion Duncan Mubiru (Kikankane) and his navigator George Semakula. – Advertisement – This is Duncan’s second stab at the Safari Rally after participating in the 2014 rally and the 2016 Eldoret Rally. Ugandan team also comprises of the 63 year old Christikatis Fitidis navigating with a Rwandese Eric Nzamwita. Fitidis came 5th in the Oryx Energies Rally held in Tanzania’s Bagamoyo.Duncan Mubiru (Kikankane) is among the four drivers representing Uganda at the rally.The launch of the device is the latest move by the company to upgrade Kenya’s motor rallies with cutting edge technology.“Our roll out of GPO-based timing technology to move the rally to international standards meant we were able to track every vehicle throughout the race. It was a natural next step to create a map for everyone, and an app to follow, that allow motor rally fans to follow the rally across the entire course,” said Paul Statham, Chief Commercial Officer of Liquid Telecom Kenya.Liquid Telecom Kenya has so far invested millions of shillings in new technology for the Kenyan motor rally series, alongside its direct sponsorship of rally driver Ian Duncan, and of the women’s team Rally Chix.“The move to live tracking is the most advanced technology that we have yet added, putting the rally ahead of many other world championship rallies,” said Statham.The technology has been used in several rallies in Northern Africa, in Tunisia and Morocco, while many rallies and cross-country rallies in Europe rely on the system, which is also used to support driver safety.“The tracking map is powered by transponders in every driver’s car that send tracking signals to central units.”“Our latest step was to commission and implement software for a rally course map that could be visible and transparent and available to every motor sports fans, as well as to the rally’s organisers, participating teams, and even the emergency services.”[related-posts]The mapping will thus mean far speedier location and rescue of any driver that gets into trouble.The live tracking displays every vehicle taking part in the rally with its rally number and offers a pop up window with information on the driver, co-driver, type of vehicle, GPS position and latest time stamp.The map for the Safari Rally will go live at 8 am on 17th March, as the rally begins, and will run on the Liquid Motor Sports Kenya FaceBook Page and on Liquid Telecom’s Facebook account.Public live tracking:  http://safari-2017.abenteuerrallye.com/ Rally Replay: http://safari-2017.abenteuerrallye.com/replay.phplast_img read more