Disabled activists have demanded an inquiry after

first_imgDisabled activists have demanded an inquiry after a police force that has patrolled four Conservative party conferences since 2010 admitted sharing information about protesters with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).GreaterManchester Police (GMP) has now become the second police force to admit sharinginformation about people taking part in protests with DWP, following a similar admissionby Lancashire police.But GMP hasalso admitted having a “sharing agreement” with DWP, even though the departmentexplicitly stated two months ago that it had no such arrangements with anypolice force.Theadmissions have followed claims reported by Disability News Service (DNS) thatpolice forces have been targeting disabled protesters taking part in peaceful anti-frackingprotests across England.Lancashirepolice then admittedin December that it had shared both information and video footage ofdisabled anti-fracking protesters with DWP, in an apparent attempt to havetheir disability benefits removed.Lastmonth, DWPrefused to say – in response to a DNS freedom of information request – whichpolice forces had passed it information about claimants of disability benefits who have taken part in anti-fracking andanti-austerity protests.But GreaterManchester Police has now told DNS that it passed DWP information – but notvideo footage – about protesters taking part in the anti-fracking protests atBarton Moss, Salford.Thoseprotests took place in 2013 and 2014, but the force also confirmed that it hasshared information with DWP from protests not connected with fracking.This raisesconcerns that it has passed information to DWP about disabled people whoprotested in Manchester about the government’s austerity-related socialsecurity reforms, particularly high-profile actions in2015 and 2017.In2017, disabledactivists from the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) and Disabled People Against Cuts(DPAC) criticised “heavy-handed” police tactics at a direct actionprotest that blocked tram lines outside the conference.The Toryparty is due to return to Manchester in September for this year’s annual partyconference.Andy Greene,a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “Using the cover of suspectedbenefit fraud as a shroud for the targeting of disabled activists isoutrageous. “These arepublic services and should be deploying every resource they have to supportdisabled people to be active and engaged citizens. “Yet, whatwe see is the use of those resources deployed against disabled people as if weare enemies of the state. “Violence,the weaponisation of hunger, the ‘graveand systemic violations of disabled people’s human rights’ – this iswhat we are experiencing at the hands of the police, the DWP and other publicservices every day.”He added: “Thereneeds to be an inquiry into what’s gone on; and where wrong has been done, peoplehave to be held to account. “Who madethe decisions within these services to share this information, when, how werethese decisions justified? “Disabledpeople need to be shown – not words – that they are safe to take part inprotests, demonstrations, campaigning and activism without the threat of policeviolence or having their benefits and services taken away. “Thepolicing of disabled people by the very services designed to empower and enableus is a dangerous road to go down.”DennisQueen, who lives in Manchester and was arrested at the 2017 protest for publicdisorder but was later found not guilty, also backed calls for an inquiry.She said shedid not understand how the police could lawfully know who was claimingdisability benefits.She said: “Inthe same vein I don’t understand what business it is of the DWP if a persondecides to attend a protest. “As far as Iam aware there are no questions in benefit claims about attending protests.“There is norule that claimants may not attend protests for us to be breaking. If there isthen we ought to have a right to know about it.“I can onlyassume this is being done to cause a chilling effect and make disabled peopleafraid to protest. As such, it’s an informal ban on protesting against disabledpeople.”Three otherpolice forces that have been involved in policing anti-fracking protests overthe last six years – Sussex, Surrey and North Yorkshire – have told DNS thatthey have not passed on information about protesters to DWP.A GreaterManchester Police spokesperson said in a statement: “As part of a sharingagreement, information about protestors has been passed to DWP but only in theevent where concerns have been raised. “During thecourse of our duties, whether this is at protests or not, if any concerns areidentified, we are duty-bound to pass these onto the relevant partner agenciesin any policing operation.  “No-one isdeterred from taking part in protests or exercising their right to free speech.“As with anyoperation, a strategy is put in place in order for us to facilitate peacefulprotests with as little disruption to the local area as possible. “The sharingof information is a useful tool for both us and our partners, helping us tobuild greater intelligence pictures, identify areas of concerns and work betterwith the communities we serve.” A forcespokesperson later added: “Information was passed to DWP in relation to theBarton Moss protests.”She saidthat the raising of concerns that lead to information being passed to DWP arethose “identified from intelligence gathering before all protests, reports madeby the public and information passed on by police officers on the ground”.Thespokesperson also confirmed that information had been passed to DWP about bothanti-fracking and non-fracking-related protests.It is notyet clear which other protests have led to information being passed to DWP byGreater Manchester Police.A DWPspokesperson said: “There is no formal arrangement inplace between DWP and any police force for this or other similar scenarios.”She had notsaid by noon today (Thursday) whether this meant her department was accusingGreater Manchester Police of lying about its “sharing agreement” with DWP.She alsorefused to say if the minister for disabled people accepted that this exchange ofinformation with GMP risked creating a more hostile environment for disabledpeople who receive benefits.She also refused to say if Newton accepted that there would be grave concerns over the possible sharing of information with DWP by GMP from anti-austerity protests that were critical of DWP and its policies at Tory party conferences in Manchester.Picture: Dennis Queen at the 2015 protest outside the Conservative party conference in Manchester A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

At Night of Ideas poets lament the past

first_imgI get off on the second floor to hear nine poets answer the question: “What is the poetic city?” Instead of offering a definition, the poets mostly mourn for a city that no longer exists. In their readings, they dance around themes of gentrification, the inequality wrought by the tech boom, and San Francisco as it used to be, before shops selling $5 pour-over coffees replaced affordable homes.“I refuse. I resist. I remember. I reclaim,” said poet Flavia Mora.Tiny Grey Garcia calls herself a “poverty scholar,” having lived on the streets. “Can I get a witness,” she says in a voice that doesn’t need a mic, “who’s barely making it but somehow still does?” She calls the event “hipster” and says everyone’s complacent in the “gentriFUKcation” that’s taken over her city.“If you have a trust fund, see me after, and I’m not even joking,” Garcia says.“What was so broken here that you needed to fix it?” asked trans poet Ash Philips, whose shirt is decorated with flamingos, and who makes the audience laugh when they say, “Can you at least take your airpods out when you speak to us?”At the end of the panel, poet Thea Matthews takes the mic one last time. She asks listeners to raise their hands if they’ve moved to San Francisco within the last five years.Many do.“Thanks for your honesty,” she says. “The truth is, you’re the gentrifier. And you need to look within yourself and ask yourself what you’re doing for the community, for the people you displaced.”She paused. “It’s amazing how people just see through us.”The audience listens.I walk away to stretch my legs and let the poetry sink in.Between bookshelves, a modern-dance troupe is wearing all-white outfits. Onlookers waiting in line to buy beer watch, entranced.I am struck by the intellectualism and artistry of the evening. A French woman asks me if I have seen her friend. I have not. Will she answer a few questions for this story? Yes, but she would prefer to be anonymous. “I like the randomness of this event,” she says. “That it is about everything.”It gets late, and I go to other panels — one called “Equitable City,” about the radical idea of making things free; and one about preserving LGBTQ+ spaces and bringing the historical past into the present.At “Equitable City,” John Law, the co-founder of Burning Man, says he thinks it’s too late for San Francisco — the damage of gentrification has been done, he says. “Maybe it’s not too late for Oakland.”Marina Gorbis, the panel moderator, disagrees. She thinks tonight’s event is proof that people care enough about their city to do something to make it truly equitable.“This is actually doing something,” she says, looking around in awe at the hundreds of people gathered on a Saturday night to talk about the future. “So keep doing it.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter It’s Saturday night and the San Francisco Public Library feels like the hottest place to be. “I’ve never seen the library this crowded — ever,” I overhear as I squeeze my way through the crowded atrium to a talk called “Poetic City.”The seven-hour event is called “Night of Ideas.” Organized through a partnership between the library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the French Consulate, the event is advertised as “A free and festive night to exchange ideas in the heart of the city!” The inaugural event was held in Paris in 2016.I wind through the stacks, past a long line of people waiting to buy doughnuts — glazed and sprinkled, a little too close to the books. In the elevator, a volunteer in a turquoise shirt asks which floor we’re headed to. “I don’t know,” says a girl, clearly overwhelmed. She’s holding a shiny program that lists dozens of options for talks, performances and attractions. “Where should we go?”The volunteer smiles. “Well, floor three is where the bar is,” he says.center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

All dollars great and small San Francisco is now an even more

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Buttigieg, Harris, Gillibrand, Sanders, others have all swanned through town, seeking donations. This is just the beginning. You do meet interesting people in San Francisco bars. Late last month, locals dropping into Manny’s on 16th and Valencia had the chance to rub shoulders with a Rhodes Scholar who plays concert piano, did a tour in Afghanistan with the Navy, got himself elected mayor of South Bend, Ind., and, like every other 37-year-old man in this town, wears brown shoes with dark pants. Oh, he’s also married. And gay. And running for president.   So, Pete Buttigieg qualifies as an interesting guy. The funny thing, though, is that he isn’t even the only Democratic presidential aspirant to drop into Manny’s in recent weeks; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was there several weeks earlier (along with a swarm of New York ex-pats). Presidential aspirants have, in fact, been all over the city this year: Sen. Kamala Harris at Delancey Street; Julian Castro at 111 Minna; Tulsi Gabbard at University of San Francisco and Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker sweeping through town, too. Andrew Yang, the anti-circumcision, pro-universal basic income darling of the Extremely Online drew a healthy in-person crowd here. And, on Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders alighted at Fort Mason. Politicians beating a path to the Bay Area to fund-raise is a story akin to planes landing safely at SFO. “California has always been the ATM for national campaigns,” says Sacramento Democratic consultant Brian Brokaw. And the Bay Area “is where the big money is. The high-dollar donors. The bundlers.” Everyone in the political game knows this. Candidates have been traveling here to strike gold in the parlors of some iteration of Susie and Mark Buell since only slightly after miners were traveling here to strike gold, period. But, right now, San Franciscans have never been more likely to bump into a would-be president in the bathroom line at the local bar, or gain an audience with a sitting U.S. senator for the price of a burger and a beer (an organic, free-range burger and craft beer in a trendy San Francisco restaurant but, still, a low price of entry to meet a senator). There are a number of reasons for this. We’ll get to that. But the upshot is unmistakable: Small-dollar events have never been more viable; San Francisco is lousy with small-dollar events; and our city has never been a more lucrative and necessary destination for politicians in search of money — any level of money. All dollars great and small.Even if Sen. Kamala Harris wins the California primary — and she better, for her sake — there are plenty of delegates to be had for the other candidates. Photo by Miki Katoni.There are two major reasons why San Franciscans have been inundated of late by fund-raising presidential candidates — and figure to be even more inundated in the near future. First off, after decades of irrelevance, California is now an early primary state. So now we get the early primary treatment. And this is a big deal. Rather than jump through the traditional hoops in small Midwestern or Northeastern states where an appreciable percentage of the voting population looks like it wandered off the set of a Pepperidge Farm commercial, candidates will now have to appeal to the nation’s most populous state — and one of its most diverse. “If candidates only come to California for high-end fundraisers in Silicon Valley or Hollywood,” notes longtime city political consultant Nicole Derse, “they will not build up that volunteer base that they are going to really need to win.” So, instead of coming out here to merely fund-raise, candidates are multi-tasking. They’re meeting with all the community groups and labor unions and elected officials you need to meet with to compete in the California primary. They may be prospecting for endorsements from local politicos — and, as Bernie Sanders did last time around, handing out endorsements to local politicos. And they’ll be fund-raising of course. Always fund-raising. And here’s where the small-dollar events factor in. Faced with a crowded field of candidates largely unknown to the nation writ large, the Democratic National Committee came up with two criteria to get on its debate stage: Hit 1 percent or higher in three separate polls or amass 65,000 donors across 20 or more states. So, that incentivizes candidates to think small when it comes to fund-raising. And if you’re going to think small, why not head to the Bay Area — where you can also think big via high-dollar events in well-furnished living rooms or exclusive restaurants before rolling up your sleeves and heading to a bar to meet folks who gave $25. Or less. And there are many such people here. “If you look at fund-raising by zip codes, there are more donors in a square block of San Francisco than in whole towns in places like Iowa and New Hampshire,” notes Bay Area Democratic strategist Jim Ross. “It’s amazing how dense a donor environment the San Francisco Bay Area is.” Since November 2016, we’ve only grown denser. And the funny thing about regular donations of modest sums of money — they add up. It’s like a layaway plan or a Patreon account. And the candidates know this.   “The idea of getting somebody to contribute a few dollars to a campaign is that is not the last time they will hear from the campaign,” said longtime California strategist Dan Newman. “They want to put these people into monthly, recurring contributions. You are leveraging these people into a cumulative effect; it’s exponential.” So, a $25 or $50 donation in early 2019 could grow 10-fold or more when all is said or done. Unlike a single donor maxing out with a $2,800 give — the federal per-cycle, per-candidate limit — a low-dollar donor can be hit up again and again and again through the campaign’s twists and turns. And this is useful — a decade ago, Hillary Clinton had plenty of big-dollar donors out of the gate, but after they maxed out she flagged down the stretch. And, of course, there are added benefits to having 2,800 people give you one dollar rather than one person cough up $2,800 — that whole “one man, one vote” thing, for starters. Intuitively, once donors have given to a campaign, they tend to work that much harder for a candidate’s success. The activist types so common in this city are the sort of people to walk precincts for you, phone bank for you, even head to swing states like Nevada for you.Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in fact, has made small-dollar donations one of the pillars of her campaign. Following the model of Sanders’ legion of donors giving “27 dollahs” in ’16, Warren has eschewed making any big-money calls at all. Instead, she’ll dial up donors who gave her toothpaste money offerings — in full view of the media, of course. That plays well. In 2019, this may be a winning strategy for the Democrats. At the very least, Newman notes, “It’s an interesting cost-benefit analysis.”Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York speaks at Manny’s on Jan. 23. The crowd skewed largely toward New York ex-pats. Let’s put it this way: These people knew the correct way to fold a slice of pizza.So, that’s why they’re coming here and will continue to do so. Candidates can hit up Hillsborough and Atherton and Forest Hill for big gives and then wander down to the Mission to host low-bar events, leverage $25 donors into a Patreon-like serial givers, and enlist them into a standing army. If you’re Pete Buttigieg, you can hit up the LGBT community; if you’re Julian Castro, you can hit up the Latino community. The Bay Area contains multitudes, and everyone writes out checks. And yet there are even more reasons to come here. For one, California awards its delegates proportionally in its primary. Kamala Harris is expected to do well here (and woe is her if she doesn’t; meeting expectations is a big part of the early primaries). But even if Harris cleans up, a candidate clocking a relatively small proportion of California’s vote can still walk away with a relatively large number of delegates. California is big. Because so many people live here, a candidate who only does okay might win more delegates than one who rips it up in a small state like New Hampshire. And, to top it off, you win more delegates when you do well in Democrat-heavy parts of the state — like the Bay Area — rather than the state’s remaining bastions of Republicanism. That’s yet another reason candidates are incentivized to visit here. So, they don’t just love us for our money. But, let’s be honest, it’s mostly the money. And that’s fine. With the ascent of small-dollar donations, we can two- or even three-time them and spread our small dollars to as many candidates as we desire. “Voters are still in the dating phase,” notes Brokaw. “And $25 is a cheap date.” last_img read more

Thousands march in Raleigh for more teacher funds pay

first_imgRelated Article: Students file lawsuit against colleges in bribery scandalStrikes, walkouts and protest rallies have swept through West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado and Oklahoma since February. The resulting pressure led legislators in each state to improve pay, benefits or overall school funding.North Carolina teachers earn an average salary of about $50,000, ranking them 39th in the country last year, the National Education Association reported last month. Their pay increased by 4.2 percent over the previous year — the second-biggest increase in the country — and was estimated to rise an average 1.8 percent this year, the NEA said. But the union points out that that still represents a 9.4 percent slide in real income since 2009 due to inflation.“It’s just my time to stand up for something,” said Jill Patrick, an elementary school art teacher who plans to attend the demonstration. “I stand for better resources for children, which is a big part of why we teach. We love children and feel that’s what we’re called to do. I think we’re just looking for more help.”While low pay makes teaching a struggle, just as frustrating is that teachers spend hundreds of dollars a year out of their own pockets to keep classrooms on track, said Patrick, who’s been teaching for four years. Add to that the challenges of trying to focus misbehaving children and adjusting to constantly shifting demands and it adds up to what feels like underappreciated work, she said.“Some teachers just feel that the time has come. It’s been past time, but now is an opportunity to say we’re going to stand with other teachers in other states,” said Patrick, who teaches in Cumberland County, home to the Army’s largest base at Fort Bragg.Lee Irvin of Cary said he’s sympathetic to the teachers’ demands, if not their method, which is forcing the software engineer and his wife to work from home on Wednesday. That’s because his four boys attend the state’s largest school district in and around Raleigh, which has canceled classes for a day.“I support their cause. I’d give them money to protest. But not during school hours. Don’t cancel a day of school,” Irvin said. “How am I going to respect teachers who shut down the school for a day?”Irvin said he thinks his children are receiving a lackluster education. Besides aged computer equipment at school, none of them have brought home a textbook all year, with teachers instead handing out worksheets to glue into their notebooks. Parents like him also are given lists of classroom supplies they’re expected to buy, which Irvin considers a hidden tax.Those complaints highlight why teachers will be demonstrating, the head of North Carolina’s largest teacher advocacy group said. Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven’t been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said.“That’s exactly the plight of public education right now. We’re grossly underfunding our schools,” he said.The group demands that legislators increase per-pupil spending to the national average, increase school construction for a growing state, and approve a multiyear pay raise for teachers and school support staff that raises incomes to the national average.Their demands are also political. The Republican-dominated legislature should expand Medicaid coverage so students and their families stay healthy, and cancel corporate tax cuts until school spending is increased, Jewell said.Jewell said teachers don’t really expect the current leadership to meet all their demands, which is why they are also urging voters to not re-elect them.“All of this will be fruitless unless we take this energy and passion to the ballot box and change those who are making the policy,” Jewell said.Since they began cutting taxes in 2013, lawmakers have slashed the corporate income-tax rate to one of the lowest in the country and now collect about a half-billion dollars less annually, according to the legislature’s fiscal staff. The legislature also phased out the state’s estate tax. Sales taxes that reach more people now make up a bigger share of the state budget. Corporate and personal income-tax rates will drop again in January.Meanwhile, almost all of the additional $2 billion the state is spending this year compared to six years ago has gone into education, including public universities and community colleges. And planned raises for educators this year will make five in a row since state finances rebounded from the shock of a recession a few years ago, legislators said.The state’s most powerful politician said legislators will listen to protesting teachers as they do any constituent.“But you know, teacher strikes are illegal in North Carolina and in some respect what we’re seeing looks like a work slowdown,” state Senate leader Phil Berger said last week. “I think the people of North Carolina don’t fully support that sort of action.” 1 of 8 Teachers from across North Carolina rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) The sea of red marched up Fayetteville Street to the Old Capitol and then to Bicentennial Mall.The North Carolina Association of Educators organizers estimate the crowd to be approaching 30,000.More than three dozen school districts — from the 10 largest to numerous smaller districts in rural areas — that together educate more than two-thirds of the state’s 1.5 million public school students are closed Wednesday. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/CBS 17/AP) — The recent wave of teacher activism sweeping through conservative, tax-cutting states has washed into North Carolina, where educators have pledged to fill the streets and bring their demands for better pay and school resources to legislators’ doorstep.Thousands are downtown wearing red in an effort to get lawmakers to hear their voices.- Advertisement – Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)center_img Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Teacher rally in Raleigh on May 16, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)last_img read more

Gov Roy Cooper NC beaches are open for business

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper visited Surf City Thursday to survey restaurants damaged by Hurricane Florence and see firsthand how the recovery effort is going.Surf City and the rest of Topsail Island suffered a lot of damage during the storm and as recovery efforts continue, residents and business owners want to know that they aren’t being forgotten.- Advertisement – Governor Cooper visited Daddy Mac’s and Gallagher’s Restaurant, which have both reopened since the hurricane.“One of the messages that’s pretty clear to me is that North Carolina beaches are open for business,” said Gov. Cooper.The owner of Daddy Mac’s says they had some roof damage and lost their beach access stairs, but were lucky overall.Related Article: Threat rising of storm surge, inland flooding from FlorenceGallagher’s Bar & Grill Manager Peter Sloan says they had to renovate the entire restaurant, but were able to keep their staff and reopen quickly.“That means employees can get back to work, that puts money in their pockets, that means more tax money can come to the state,” said Gov. Cooper.Sloan says since then business has been better than it typically is this time of year.“We have a lot of contractors in town, so the contractors need somewhere to sleep, somewhere to eat,” Sloan said. “And, so there’s a lot of contractors and roofers and such. A lot of them did leave after Michael hit Panama City, but the ones that are here are still very, very busy.”Steven Pasquantonio who owns Daddy Mac’s says their experience has not been the same.“Our business is definitely off about 35-40 percent from where it should be, and we were in the midst of kind of a record summer, so it really took a lot of wind out of our sails,” said Pasquantonio.Both men were thankful for Cooper’s visit and say it shows the community that the state still cares about the recovery effort.“There’s a lot of struggles throughout Pender County, not just here on the coast. So I think having Governor Cooper come down, see things firsthand is very very important to the community,” said Sloan.There are some businesses that have yet to reopen, but progress seems to be going well for most.Gov. Cooper also toured the new Surf City bridge.last_img read more

FEMA approves 95 million for New Hanover County debris removal

first_img FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state and local governments, and to certain types of private nonprofit organizations to reimburse for the cost of debris removal, life- saving emergency protective measures and permanent repair work to damaged infrastructure.FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program which reimburses applicants no less than 75 percent of eligible costs and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state of North Carolina. FEMA’s share for this project was $7.1 million. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to the agencies, local governments and to certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs. The New Hanover County Environmental Management Department is grinding storm debris into mulch. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $9.5 million to reimburse New Hanover County for removal of debris following Hurricane Florence.More than 1 million cubic yards of vegetation and other debris was collected from public rights of way throughout the county. The vegetative debris was chipped into mulch, and all debris was ultimately disposed of at the New Hanover County Landfill in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man riding dirt bike killed after crashing into van

first_imgPolice lights (Photo: KXLN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is dead after police say the dirt bike he was riding hit the side of a van Wednesday evening.The crash happened around 6:00 pm in the 3000 block of Princess Place Drive.- Advertisement – Witnesses say Raykwon Reid, 23, was traveling north on North 30th Street when he tried to avoid a van that was turning left on Princess Place Drive.Police say Reid sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital where he later died.No charges have been filed at this time.Related Article: Victim injured in hit and run describes ‘revengeful’ attackThe investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Wilmington Police search for suspect who used counterfeit cash

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police need your help identifying a man they say used counterfeit money at several grocery stores.Police said this man used counterfeit money at several Lowe’s Food stores recently.- Advertisement – Suspect wanted in counterfeit cash investigation (Photo: WPD) Suspect wanted in counterfeit cash investigation (Photo: WPD) 1 of 4 Suspect wanted in counterfeit cash investigation (Photo: WPD) Suspect wanted in counterfeit cash investigation (Photo: WPD) On one occasion, he was wearing a dark blue or black long sleeve shirt and an orange vest.The surveillance photos show the suspect at different stores in February and March.  One time, he may have been driving a sedan.If you know who he is or have seen him, contact Wilmington Police at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-a-Tip to remain anonymous.last_img read more

Two arrested in Monkey Junction armed robbery

first_img The sheriff’s office said Huffman turned around and said “I have a gun” and lifted his shirt, exposing the gun.Huffman and Cross then ran towards the Lowes Home Improvement. That’s where deputies found Cross. She was arrested just before 9:30 p.m. and charged her with robbery with a dangerous weapon. She’s being held under a $20,000 bond.Huffman was later found in the Carolina Beach State Park. He was also charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and received a $35,000 bond. Edward Huffman and Audrey Cross (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people for armed robbery.According to a news release, Edward Huffman and Audrey Cross were leaving the Walmart in Monkey Junction on Monday when the loss prevention officers asked them to come inside and answer a couple of questions regarding shoplifting.- Advertisement – last_img read more

First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts

first_img Wednesday, firefighters worked on the roof and kitchen at this home.One of the perks of having first responders like Master Firefighter Chris Small on board is that lots of them already have the skills necessary to rebuild.WARM’s Executive Director JC Lyle says this week has been very rewarding.Related Article: Services for Survivors prepare for resource fair“We normally see people on their worst day,” Small said. “This type of situation we come in we see them on a bad day because their house needs repairs and things are being done and taken care of and we can see them on a happy side.”“Recovery is not over,” Lyle said. “We’re gonna need support of the community and donations and volunteer hours but we have the skills and the resources of the community to get back home.”If you would like information on how to contribute or volunteer for WARM, visit here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, WARM, was founded after Hurricane Fran in 1996 to help people to recover. More than two decades later, they are going strong with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.First responders in Wilmington tagged along as volunteers this week helping out a man living on Dock Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

EP should ensure that Von Der Leyens promises are carried out –

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Josianne CUTAJAR in the EP in StrasbourgJosianne CUTAJAR in the EP in Strasbourg MEP Josianne Cutajar has said that after the European Parliament approved the appointment of Ursula Von Der Leyen as President of the European Commission, the EP must now ensure that what she has been promised must be carried out.Among the proposals Von Der Leyen committed the Commission to included the introduction of a reasonable minimum wage in each European member state. Other promises were those related to the long term strategy for environmental protection, the Green Deal.Cutajar also said that she had sent a written statement in the EP about the need for a Commissioner for Children. VDL had mentioned protection of children’s rights during her speech. The MEP also said she will continue supporting EuroChild’s suggestion of having a commissioner specifically for kids. Cutajar also stated that Von Der Leyen should lead the European Union towards the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on violence against women.Read more:Updated: Watch: von der Leyen’s EC President nomination approved by EPWatch: “I took up journalists’ protection with Ursula von der Leyen” – CasaWatch: There are organisations which save lives; abuses will not be toleratedIncoming EU chief von der Leyen says ‘we don’t want a hard Brexit’The Gozo MEP also expressed satisfaction at Von Der Leyen’s first meeting with the Socialists and Democrats group. She said that Leyen has demonstrated greater commitment to a social and progressive agenda and a social vision for Europe closer to its peopleWhatsApplast_img read more

France Telecom is now Orange

first_imgAdvertisement France Telecom has announced that as of today, Monday 1 July 2013, the company name and stock symbol will change from France Telecom to Orange.The change of name signals the Group’s intention to simplify and modernise its profile and image for the benefit of its stakeholders. It completes a process started in 2006 aimed at responding to both the changing conditions in the telecommunications market, in particular the convergence of fixed and mobile networks, and the Group’s expansion internationally.As of today, all of the Group’s products and services in France and in over 30 countries will be sold under the Orange brand name, and all of the Group’s commercial, internal and corporate communication is grouped under this single brand identity. – Advertisement – “Most of the Group’s employees expected the company name to be aligned with its identity, which is now more than ever based on a collective culture of public service, expansion and a social partnership. Our group has shown that it is able to adapt to today’s competitive and global environment”, points out Stéphane Richard, Chief Executive of Orange.“Studies show that Orange is in a position to achieve the fresh start and sense of community that the Group thrives on. We want the Orange brand to convey a sense of modernity, energy, innovation, trust and focus on the future and on customers.”Once the new name comes into force, the Group’s national and international employees will gain a greater sense of belonging to a single entity. The change symbolises the values of a French Group – one that is proud of its roots, its achievements and its history, and which has grown to become one of the world’s largest communications providers.Orange, a global brand with a strong digital presence Supported by 170,000 people who implement the brand for the company’s 230 million customers, the Orange brand is ranked 60th in the world brand rankings and is in 6th place in the Millward Brown telecoms sector rankings. Orange is also a brand with a strong online presence, boasting 7 million fans on its Facebook pages and 600,000 followers on its Twitter accounts, including @orange, the CAC 40 Index’s number one Twitter account.Name change to be underpinned by launch of a corporate communications campaign focused on the importance of digital technology Orange is launching a corporate communications campaign to support the Group’s name change, by highlighting connections between the present and the future, and between France Telecom and Orange. It will also emphasise broader connections: between generations, between people and the society they live in, and between technology and its uses.This new campaign, which seeks to show that Orange is focused on the future, conveys a key message at a crucial time for the Group when momentum is building. It highlights the influence of digital technology and the important role it plays and will increasingly play in everyone’s lives, allowing them do what they want, where they want, when they want.Orange’s new challenge of providing personalised service by listening to all of its customers, giving them the best possible service and connecting them only to what is most useful to them in their lives is demonstrated by its new strapline: “The digital revolution is here. Let us connect you to what’s essential for you.”Béatrice Mandine, Executive Vice President of Communication and Brand, commented: “The name change is an opportunity for us to step back into the limelight and reaffirm our role and our mission. This new corporate communications campaign aims to show that now more than ever, Orange is listening to its customers to better understand their needs and how their lives are changing and to help them, thanks to its intelligent networks and the passion and talent of its staff, to make the best use of what has become essential to them. We must continue to be relevant, useful and responsive.”The campaign seeks to reiterate that Orange is a brand aimed at everyone, thanks to the relationships it has created and the trust it inspires.To mark the name change, a wide-ranging initiative dubbed “the Orange storyline” (“Le fil Orange”) was implemented across the company in May and June, giving employees the opportunity to contribute a testimonial and detail their best memory of the Group in the form of a written account, video or photo.Events have also been organised at most premises in France and internationally to celebrate this important day for Orange. Watch the “Employee testimonials” film Watch the corporate advertising campaign film. Watch the animation on the milestones of the telecoms sector and the Group.last_img read more

DEMO Africa 2015 returns to Lagos Nigeria

first_imgAdvertisement PRESS RELEASEPreparations for the 2015 edition of DEMO Africa have begun with Lagos successfully bidding to host the global event for the second year running. The event dates have been confirmed as 24th and 25thof September at the Eko Hotel and Suites.This presents another chance for 40 more start-ups from across Africa to showcase their innovations on the DEMO Africa platform. The launch of new innovations is expected to prompt the attending audience of potential investors, IT buyer and consumers towards actions that will gain Africa further traction in the global start-up scene. – Advertisement – Lagos success to host the event for the second time is a direct result of the Federal Government’s endearing support to the ICT sector through the Ministry of Communication Technology. Notable moves include the recent announcement by the ministry to conduct a Government seeded IT Innovation Fund and committing US$ 9m as seed capital. The ministry has also made direct contact with the alumni who have participated in various technology competitions with the aim of assessing their needs and providing various interventions.The Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson in her comments stressed that ‘’We are pleased that DEMO Africa will be hosted in Nigeria for the second time. DEMO Africa provides a veritable platform for young Nigerian and African youths to showcase their creativity and innovation and push Africa’s frontier in the global space’’.Lauding the efforts of the Ministry, Harry Hare, Executive Producer of DEMO Africa cited their actions as the cue that should be emulated by governments across Africa to ignite the already fizzing innovation energy by youths in Africa. “Efforts by young entrepreneurs are the sustainability upon which the future of generations in Africa rests.” He commented.The application platform is set to open in late February. Since the event took place in September, more than ten start-ups that participated have already wooed investment opportunities. These include; Nerve, Chura, Paysail, Spacepointe, Irofit, Hutbay, and Cube. Others are at an advanced stage in the negotiation with various investors and companies interested in mergers.Mr Yele Okeremi, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee pledged to bring together all machineries that will be necessary to make another success of the 2015 event. ”This presents another chance to bring together Africa’s most innovative minds and I promise the committee’s commitment to the success.”This year, the event will include a host of other activities including an investor roundtable forum, LIONS@FRICA Summit and a boomcamp, with the uptake of Africa generated technology being expected to dominate the conversations.In order to increase effectiveness, DEMO Africa will run several pre-demo contests in various countries as the beginning of the vetting process for the start-ups. Start-up entrepreneurs are encouraged to put their structures in place before end of February when the application platform will open.All the applications will be vetted by a panel of judges comprising experts in Tech and Business who will shortlist the best forty on their ability to link creativity, innovation and effectivenessThe event will be co-hosted by The Ministry of Communication Technology-Federal Government of Nigeria, National Information Technology Agency-Nigeria and DEMO Africa in partnership with VC4Africa and Afrilabs.last_img read more

Facebook has partnered with WordPress to build a free plugin for Instant

first_imgAdvertisement After making Instant Articles open to all publishers—of any size, anywhere in the world at Facebook’s F8 conference, the company has decided to make it easier for publishers to share their content on Facebook.Facebook has partnered with Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com VIP, to build a free plugin for Instant Articles, which simplifies the process of generating and publishing Instant Articles from WordPress.At the moment, WordPress publishing platform powers more than 25% of sites on the web, and Facebook expects the solution to help millions of publishers all over the world bring the Instant Articles experience to their readers. – Advertisement – A small group of publishers on WordPress are beta testing the plugin as a seamless way to adapt web content for the Instant Articles format, with a built-in suite of interactive tools that help stories come to life on mobile.The plugin recognizes the image found in an article and specifies the correct markup so the photo renders properly in the Instant Article. The photo expands to fill the screen when tapped and allows exploration by simply tilting the phone, and many more features.To read more, visit instantarticles.fb.com and vip.wordpress.com/blog.last_img read more

Indias Foreign Minister Threatened to Deny Indian Visas to Amazon Employees

first_imgAmazon Books in Seattle, Washington. Image Credit: GlassDoor Advertisement According to Associate Press, India’s Foreign Minister; Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday demanded Canadian online marketplace; Amazon Inc. for selling doormats depicting the Indian flag on it’s website. The doormats were being sold by a third party and other mats showed other national flags, including the U.S., U.K. and Canada.She warned the company via Twitter that she could deny Indian visas to Amazon employees if the company did not apologize and withdraw all products insulting the Indian national flag immediately.“If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant an Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier,” Swaraj tweeted.If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017 – Advertisement – Swaraj ordered the embassy in Canada to take up the matter with Amazon at the highest level.“Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level,” she tweeted.Indian High Commission in Canada : This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level. https://t.co/L4yI3gLk3h— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 11, 2017Amazon immediately took off all Indian-themed product, following Swaraj’s Twitter threat.The doormats outraged many people among the Indian diaspora in Canada, who posted pictures of them on social media and urged the foreign minister to formally object.last_img read more

Mobile Money Service on Unverified SIM Cards Wont Be Turned Off –

first_imgMobile Money Uganda. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Government will proceed to deactivate voice communication on all unregistered, unverified and un-validated SIM cards at midnight tonight, Minister for Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze has revealed.He said that all unverified phones won’t be able to make or receive calls although the verification service will stay available at service centres or via USSD.The Minister was Thursday addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre on the fate of unverified simcards in the country. – Advertisement – Tumwebaze’s address followed a motion moved by parliament on Thursday evening, to have the simcard verification deadline extended over reasons spanning from Illegalities committed in the process and the projected losses once mobile money service is cutoff.He however clarified that in order to mitigate the losses for those with mobile money deposits, the service on unverified phones won’t be affected by the cut-off.He said a transition period will be allowed for those Mobile Money customers to either withdraw their balances, transfer them to registered SIM cards or to their banks.“While withdrawal or transfer of Mobile Money balances on unregistered/unverified numbers will be enabled, loading or depositing of more money will be disabled on the unverified cards,” he added.A bigger percentage of Ugandans currently uses mobile money to make transactions from within the country and across borders.[related-posts]Although the provision left allows users to withdraw or transfer money to other simcards, the limitations to depositing will affect the already achieved financial inclusion in the country.In his Friday address, Tumwebaze held that 92 percent of all active simcards in the country had been verified but according to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), only 14 million simcards had been verified out of the total 22 million simcards in the country.He said that going forth, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) will continue to allow new ID applicants whose IDs are still pending processing to use their application form numbers to have their simcards verified.last_img read more

MTN Launches AI Service for Mobile Money Debuts in Ivory Coast

first_imgA MTN Mobile Money stall in Uganda as a customer trying to make a transaction. Customers will be in position to use MTN MoMo AI for better experience. Photo : TechPoint Magazine/Humphrey Mpairwe Advertisement It is high time business and companies start embracing the latest technology trends to boost their business. Talk about things ranging from Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, 5G, IoT, among others. This is the the future, everything we shall come see or touch will be automated.Telecom giant MTN Group is one of the many companies embracing these new technologies. The telco last week announced the launch of its AI — powered ‘Chatbot’ for its mobile money (MoMo) platform. The service debuted in Ivory Coast and is expected to expand to all MTN’s MoMo footprint (Uganda Inclusive).“Harnessing modern technologies like AI can improve in scale, how MTN interacts with customers, enabling them to reach us anytime and anywhere, through a variety of channels including social networks and messaging applications,” said, Rob Shuter; MTN Group President and CEO. – Advertisement – The Chatbot went live in Ivory Coast in May and will be rolled out across MTN’s MoMo footprint in the next few months.Well! Like most financial chatbots, the MoMo chatbot is programmed to perform tasks including — responding to customer’s mobile money queries, engage them with MoMo services, including payments, on various social media platforms, among others.Shuter said the telco is passionate about bringing the power of their mobile money solutions to its customers across Africa — harnessing the power of AI to provide their customers with the right answers to their questions at the right time.MTN Group Chief Executive Officer, Rob Shutter | Photo Courtesy: MTN Group CEO Rob Shutter Bloomberg.He also noted that the telco is committed to improving financial inclusion with a range of solutions aimed at addressing the needs of various market segments.“While MTN has made great strides in these areas, we will continue working to deliver our vision for MTN to become one of the largest Fintech players across our footprint,” he notes.As of June 30th 2016, MTN recorded 232.6 million subscribers active in over 20 countries — making it the nineth largest mobile network operator in the world, and the largest in Africa.last_img read more

BENS BLOG Paul Ephremsen promoting Greyhound Racing

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m sure that everybody was enthused, by the positive article in today’s Racing Post Greyhounds, regarding the panel Paul Ephremsen has set up to promote and bring forward Greyhound Racing.I did have to let out a cynical cackle though, when Paul said he was rather disappointed that only about 50 owners took the opportunity to share their views with him. Paul, come on. Get up with the pace. They will let YOU do all the work and innovation and THEN criticise from their armchairs. Keep up, son!!I still believe that both Greyhound Racing and Horseracing both require, individually, their own Barry Hearn/Bernie Ecclestone dictator type figures. Individuals with a deep understanding of their sports, who rule and move forward Putin style.PE is a progressive. He is positive. He wants to, on a miniscule budget, try and push The Game forward. BACK HIM!In other news:A fireball of self-promotion, I headed to Glorious Goodwood this week, and took advantage of being able to stand in the shadow of the great John ‘Big Mac’ McCririck. Each day, we did a quick 2 – 3 minute Vlog discussing a wide range of deep issues. Check out this montage of our week’s waffle…Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 6 October HORSE RACING2.00 AscotShady McCoy 9/2 > 7/22.10 FontwellSussex Ranger 11/2 > 9/43.20 FontwellCoeur Tantre 8/1 > 9/28.30 DundalkTemplemary Boy 14/1 > 4/1FOOTBALLFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier17:00 S4C / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event100/30 Georgia 10/11 Wales 9/4 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event1/10 Republic of Ireland 25/1 Moldova 7/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday 9 January

first_imgBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Wednesday 9 JanuaryHORSE RACING MOVERS1.55 LingfieldArtair 14/1 > 15/23.05 LingfieldFiery Breath 14/1 > 9/23.25 TauntonBailey’s Dream 6/1 > 7/2LIVE FOOTBALLCarabao Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event1/20 Man City40/1 Burton Albion14/1 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img