Month: July 2019

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first_imgA 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… Two senior political figures have called for an inquiry into claims that police have targeted and assaulted disabled people taking part in peaceful anti-fracking protests.Both the co-leader of the Green party, Jonathan Bartley, and Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have called for an inquiry into the actions of Lancashire police.Bartley said he was “incredibly concerned” about what he had been told, and that it was clear disabled people had been “abused” and were being subject to discriminatory treatment by Lancashire police.He has called for an independent inquiry, after Disability News Service (DNS) reported concerns last week about police actions at protests across the country and particularly one focused on the drilling activities of the energy company Cuadrilla at Preston New Road, on the edge of Blackpool.As well as disabled people, protesters believe that older people, women and younger people have also been targeted by police.McDonnell, although not available to speak to DNS this week, has spoken of the need for an inquiry into the “unacceptable” level of “physical force” that appears to have been used by Lancashire police.The shadow chancellor, who has visited Preston New Road, says in a film about the targeting of anti-fracking protesters, produced for the Netpol police monitoring network by Gathering Place Films, that he was shocked by what he had heard from protesters and had seen in video footage and was “really worried about the physical nature” of the policing.He says in the film (pictured): “I think there is a need for an inquiry of some sort into what’s happening with the policing operation overall.“The evidence that I’ve seen is deeply worrying and I think if other people see it as well, they will feel the same way as me.”Bartley has also visited Preston New Road and has spoken to disabled people and other protesters.He told DNS this week that he could not prove that disabled people were being deliberately targeted by police officers, but that there was “an awful lot of circumstantial evidence that it is happening”.He added: “What is clear is that disabled people are being abused by the police. I think that’s clear. It’s abuse.”And he said there needed to be an independent inquiry into what had been happening.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said this week that it had no current investigations into the actions of Lancashire police at Preston New Road, but that it was continuing to “monitor the situation”.But Bartley accused the IOPC of being “mealy-mouthed” and said its statement was “a cop-out” and that action needed to be taken before someone was seriously injured.He also said Lancashire police needed to make it clear the steps it would take to ensure the safety and rights of disabled protesters were protected. And he said there was “ample evidence” to show that the force was not currently doing that.Despite the call for an inquiry by McDonnell, Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner, Labour’s Clive Grunshaw, has backed the force’s tactics and has told DNS that he is “reassured that the tactics available to officers and used on the ground are all in line with Home Office and College of Policing guidelines”.He said he did not support the call for an independent inquiry into the policing tactics.He said: “Officers react to situations they are faced with and respond in a legitimate and proportional manner.“The prime consideration of the police presence, and the approaches they take, is to keep everyone safe at the site.”DNS spoke last week to three disabled protesters, and two other eye-witnesses, who all experienced or witnessed serious and repeated incidents of police brutality targeted at disabled people taking part in the Preston New Road protest.Disabled protesters have described being kicked, punched, knocked unconscious, and tipped out of their wheelchairs.One of the disabled protesters Bartley has spoken to, at another fracking site in Lancashire, is veteran Green party member Anne Power.Video footage shot by protesters, and reported by the Independent last year, showed Power, who is in her 80s, being dragged across a road by police officers while protesting peacefully outside the site near Little Plumpton.Bartley said: “I know Anne, I know her character, I know her integrity, her honesty.“To see the way that she has been treated and to see the video of the way she has been treated and to hear it first hand from her is frankly shocking.”Bartley, who himself was pushed to the ground and then dragged along a road by police officers while trying to deliver a speech at an anti-fracking protest at Kirby Misperton in Yorkshire in November 2017, warned that the events in Lancashire and at other anti-fracking protests needed to be put in the context of other attacks on the rights of protesters.He pointed to the anti-terror laws used against the Stansted 15, and the 15- and 16-month prison sentences imposed on the Frack Free Three (protesters at Preston New Road, whose sentences were later quashed on appealed).Bartley said a pattern was developing of the views of local communities “being ridden roughshod over” and then their democratic right to protest being taken away.He said: “There seems to be a concerted effort across the board to clamp down on protest.“We are seeing every mechanism at the establishment’s disposal being used.”And he said he would not be surprised – once parliament had settled the Brexit logjam – if the government brought forward “even stronger laws that take away people’s civil liberties further”.There are fears that forces across the country that have policed anti-fracking protests are developing a tactics “template” that can be used to target disabled people taking part in other peaceful protests, such as those organised by the anti-cuts and climate change movements.Last week, Andy Greene, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, warned that there had been an “escalation” and a “clear direction of travel” in police tactics since the anti-fracking protests at Balcombe, in Sussex, in the summer of 2013.He said police tactics were becoming “more physical… more confrontational, more provoking” and that he expected these police tactics to be “rolled out across the protest movement” over the next year as the country sees a likely increase in political volatility around issues such as anti-fracking, anti-austerity and Brexit.Grunshaw said in a statement: “The policing operation on Preston New Road is in place to ensure public safety on what is a very busy and vital route and I am reassured that the tactics available to officers and used on the ground are all in line with Home Office and College of Policing guidelines.“Officers at the fracking site are caught between competing demands of facilitating peaceful protest and allowing companies to conduct their lawful business, as well as keeping an important emergency services route open.“Where people do have concerns about the actions of the police, there is a robust complaints procedure in place, overseen by myself.“Anyone who is unhappy with the outcome of the complaints process has the right to appeal to the independent body the IOPC.”He said Lancashire police had upheld just five complaints about its Preston New Road policing operation, out of 217 complaints, between January 2017 and last month, while there had been 434 arrests and 429 charges.Meanwhile, the IOPC has confirmed that it failed to uphold an appeal by wheelchair-user Nick Sheldrick after Lancashire police had rejected his complaint, following an incident in February, and found that his complaint “had been properly addressed and all appropriate lines of enquiry had been followed”.Last week, Sheldrick told DNS that he had been tipped out of his wheelchair six times by police at Preston New Road and believes that only one of these incidents was accidental.But the IOPC did uphold a single complaint earlier this year by another protester that the force should have recorded their complaint.An IOPC spokeswoman said: “We take incidents where it is alleged someone has suffered a serious injury as a result of use of force, or has been discriminated against, very seriously.“We do not have any independent investigations relating to the incidents reported.“We are aware of the anti-fracking demonstrations, as reported in the media, and we have recently been in contact with Lancashire Constabulary.“The force has assured us that any complaints received have been dealt with appropriately, and did not meet the criteria to be referred to us.“We will continue to monitor the situation, and will be in regular contact with the force about this going forward.”Lancashire police said last week that its intention was to “ensure a consistent and coordinated policing response and ensure a balance between the rights of people to lawfully protest, together with the rights of the wider public, including local businesses, to go about their lawful activities.“We aim to prevent, where possible, crime and disorder, but if it does occur we will provide an effective, lawful and proportionate response.”Picture by Gathering Place Filmslast_img read more

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Listen Local breaking down a dismemberment murder

first_imgLisa Gonzales was arrested June 2 for allegedly murdering and dismembering her roommate, 61-year-old Margret Mamer. In this Listen Local episode, we speak with Mission Local reporter Charlotte Silver, who has been covering Gonzales’s preliminary court proceedings. How did police discover Mamer’s body? What did Gonzales tell police immediately following the discovery and her arrest? And does she stand a chance in court? Please tune in. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address,0%last_img read more

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THE club has received the sad news that Bill Breth

first_imgTHE club has received the sad news that Bill Bretherton has passed away.The second rower played for Saints from 1950-56, making 158 appearances and scoring 10 tries.He was 84.Bill was born on March 23, 1930 in Pemberton, Wigan and attended St Marks Primary School and Pemberton Senior School before signing for Saints from Triangle Valve Juniors on June 7 1950.His debut in the first team was in the 47 points to 10 victory over Whitehaven in December, 1950 but he spent most of his first season learning the ropes in the `A` team, making just five appearances in the second row scoring one try in the 31 points to 3 victory over York (24/4/51).Bill was a tough character who revelled in the cut and thrust of the forwards battle on the rugby league field. He was a hard tackler and a strong runner with the ball in his hands.In his schoolboy days he played soccer for Wigan boys at Centre Half but gave up the round ball to become a physical training instructor with the Royal Artillery. Whilst in the Army he played Rugby Union and upon discharge joined Worsley RL Club where he played in the front row and second row. He played for Lancashire and England as an amateur.He developed a great reputation for his natural strength which he displayed in various arenas notably the wrestling ring, athletics field events and on the stage. On the latter occasion Bill was invited by a `strong woman` at Wigan Hippodrome to bend some six-inch nails. To the astonishment of the audience Bill bent the nails as if they were made of rubber.In 1946, Bill also collected a medal from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for “recovering a boy who was in imminent danger of drowning in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.” Such was the modesty of Bill that his mother never knew anything about his bravery until the police called at his home some two days later.Bill signed for the Saints as they were emerging as a force in the early 1950s. Under the tutorship of Jim Sullivan, Bill developed as one of the most powerful second rows in the game. In the 1951/52 season Bill played most of the games in the prop position scoring three tries in the process.In the next season Saints remained undefeated in away matches in their best ever league campaign. As well as finishing top of the league by dropping only 6 points from 36 matches, the Club lifted the Championship by defeating Halifax by 24 points to 14 at Maine Road.Saints won the Lancashire League Championship by 10 points but lost the Lancashire Cup Final to Leigh and the Challenge Cup Final to Huddersfield.Bill Bretherton was in the second row for this glory season ending the year by playing 48 out of 50 matches (Top of the appearances charts for that season). Bill managed three tries that season but his great contribution was the steel he gave to the Saints pack.The following season he teamed up with George Parsons in the second row to help defeat his hometown club in the 1953 Lancashire Cup Final by 16 points to 8. Again Bill was virtually ever-present that season as he scored three tries from 41 appearances in the engine room of the second row.In Bill’s last full season for the Saints he made 20 appearances for the club in the second row as competition for places in the pack reached an all-time high. Players such as Karalius, Delves, Blan, Garbler and Silcock vied for a couple of back row positions.Bill’s final appearance for the club came on the seventh of January 1956 in the 48 points to 2 victory over Salford. He had only played just seven games at prop all season when he moved to Wigan to continue his career successfully with his hometown club.In his time at Knowsley Road Bill gained one cap for Lancashire.Like all our past players, we strived to stay in contact with Bill when he left the club and he was a guest of the 1953 cup celebrations last season. An event he enjoyed very much.The Club expresses its condolences to the family and friends of BillThanks to the Saints Heritage Society and Dave Dooley for the information in this piece.last_img
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ST HELENS VENT DISAPPOINTMENT AND FRUSTRATION AT D

first_imgST HELENS VENT DISAPPOINTMENT AND FRUSTRATION AT DISCIPLINARY APPEAL PROCEDURESSt.Helens have voiced their deep frustration at the potential appeal hearings for Luke Walsh and Luke Thompson being scheduled the night before the biggest game of the season against Wigan Warriors.St.Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:“We very much wished to appeal both decisions but the appeal hearing was set for a Thursday evening, being the night before our game, instead of the normal Wednesday evening. Clearly our coach had to choose and train with his final team today and not on match day. Also it is ridiculous to expect two players to do another five hour round trip to Red Hall the night before a crucial game in which they may be playing. We effectively had no choice but to not exercise our right to appeal. I cannot ever recall such a set of circumstances and it is totally unsatisfactory.We consider the Luke Walsh punishment of a yellow card plus a two match ban for a dangerous throw to be completely at odds with directly comparable or worse instances in recent weeks. Yet again we are faced with inexplicable inconsistency which is eroding trust and respect for the system to breaking point.The Luke Thompson two week ban for “secondary contact”, albeit accidental, has left the entire game perplexed. The “primary contact” was actually an illegal leading elbow from Justin Horo who was then unfortunately accidentally injured, as was Luke Thompson. Most importantly, this new concept of secondary contact (which was wrongly applied in this instance) will undoubtedly open up a Pandora’s Box of collateral incident which, if applied consistently, will result in a whole slew of match bans from accidental contact.We have now lost two of our key and form players to the biggest games of the season against Wigan and Hull in the Super Eights.Conversely, clear attempts at eye gouging on our players in consecutive weeks have been ignored by the authorities.I have been a lifetime avid supporter of rugby league due mainly to the clarity and simplicity of its rules and the resultant speed, intensity and skill which that framework produces on the field of play. That is what has always positively differentiated rugby league from other competitor sports. However, the guidelines and interpretations of those rules have become incomprehensible to most, and the game resultantly less enjoyable to view. The problem is accentuated by a dysfunctional and erratic disciplinary system. I have made too many representations to this effect to the governing body but to absolutely no avail.”Saints have amended their 19 man squad for Friday’s game to include both Theo Fages and Oliver Davies.last_img read more

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St Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus statedWe were

first_imgSt Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:“We were already bemused by the protracted period prior to being granted a tribunal hearing date. That has now been deferred further at the unilateral request of the RFL and without, in our opinion, good or valid reason.By next week it will already be six Super League games since we signed Ben Barba under the much heralded second marquee exemption ruling as proposed and recommended by the RFL itself.We merely legitimately seek to appeal the discretionary decision of the RFL to adopt his twelve match suspension from the NRL. We consider that we have an extremely strong case. However, the procedural process is proving to be inordinately long.That said, we now look forward to presenting our case at the Tribunal hearing now scheduled for Wednesday, in advance of our forthcoming game against Leeds.”last_img read more

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St Helens rugby league club have announced earning

first_imgSt Helens rugby league club have announced earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation of £10k for the year ended October 31 2016.Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:“This is a satisfactory financial performance given the fact that we were knocked out of the Challenge Cup at the first round and that the first half of the season witnessed a dip in performance levels and results.“We continue to supplement rugby related revenues with other sources emanating from our new stadium facility.“Changes in the salary cap formula and structure have enabled us to further strengthen the squad for 2017 and it is now all the more important that rugby performances and results improve to enable us to obtain an appropriate investment return.“The indications at present are all positive and we look forward to the future with confidence.”last_img read more

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The experienced 29yearold centre has scored 47 t

first_imgThe experienced 29-year-old centre has scored 47 tries in 102 NRL appearances and is currently Captain of Fiji.He will link up with his new club for the 2019 season.Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said: “Kevin is a great coup for the club and we’re really looking forward to having him on board next season.“He has a wealth of experience in the NRL and, as current captain of Fiji, will bring leadership to our side.“He’s lightning quick too, with great hands, and can finish from all over the park.”Naiqama played his junior rugby for Arncliffe Scots before being signed by the St. George Illawarra Dragons.He then moved to Newcastle Knights, and played alongside his brother Wes, until he signed for Penrith Panthers in 2014.In-between, he starred for Fiji in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup – a feat he repeated in 2017 as Captain when he took his international tally to 14 caps.Naiqama joined Wests Tigers in 2015 and has posted an impressive try scoring record of 31 tries in 79 matches for the club to date.Kevin stated: “I am really looking forward to getting over to St Helens for the next three years. I love the fact the club is family orientated and the fact they are successful. They are one of the top teams who are always competing and that is appealing to me.“The thought of winning a Super League Grand Final or Challenge Cup would be unreal and I feel I can do that with the Saints and the squad they have.“I have a lot to offer; I am a versatile player who can play on the left or right and I still feel I am learning too. I don’t feel I have reached the pinnacle of my football yet and St Helens can help me do that. I feel they can bring more football out of me defensively and with the ball in hand.“I feel I have made a great choice to join the club – now my focus is on this season with the Tigers. They have been a massive contributor to how I am as a player and I will be giving them my best as we look to reach the semis and beyond.“I want to leave here on a good note but I am also looking forward to getting over to St Helens for the next three years and hopefully helping them achieve further success.”Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus added: “Kevin represents another top class addition to an already quick, skilful and exciting Saints’ backline. Super League will also benefit greatly from his signing.“He also adds leadership and experience at the highest of levels as we look further to improve our already very strong squad for 2019.“This is a good time to be a Saints player and a Saints fan.”last_img read more

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BCSO announces new program to fight opioid addiction crisis

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a symbol of hope, strength, and safe harbor, and now, it’s the name of a program the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hopes will save the lives of those battling an opioid addiction.Sheriff John Ingram held a news conference Thursday to announce the start of the Anchor Initiative.- Advertisement – It’s a program, funded through donations, that will help people get treatment for their addiction.Kathy Williams, a mother whose child’s addiction turned fatal, said she is thankful for the new program.“If this system was in place last year my daughter would be alive,” Williams said.Related Article: WANTED: Man accused of passing fake $100 bills“This will make our society and county a better place. We will save lives doing it, I’m confident of it,” Sheriff Ingram said. “No matter how many times we have to run a person through the program we’ll do it… no matter how many times to save a life.”Sheriff Ingram says the numbers are spiking. This crisis is unlike anything we ever faced before, so our society as a whole has to take a different approach to drug addiction.“When it comes to crack cocaine, things like that, you don’t see nearly the number of deaths as we have with the opioid crisis for the past few years now,” Ingram said.Sheriff Ingram says when they respond to an overdose call and if the person says they want help, the sheriff’s office will help them get treatment.  Or, it doesn’t even have to get to that point. If someone calls the sheriff’s office and says they’re ready to get help, they can also get into the program.Ingram says this is a system that will break down barriers that stop people from getting treatment.The program will use volunteers to help transport people to resources or facilities, and will help pay the initial fees associated with getting into a treatment programs.Ingram says there’s a number of things that can be supported with donations to this program.The sheriff says they also worked with both Brunswick Novant and Dosher to help break down the barrier of costs.Ingram says no one will be forced into this program, it’s completely voluntary. Also, if someone is charged with a crime, they do not get a pass.Above all, Ingram says this is a community effort to fight opioids and Williams is hopeful for the future of others affected by the opioid crisis.“That’s my hope I’m hoping it spreads across the state and across the nation because it’s suffering everywhere,” Williams said.They will have a link on their website for people who want to donate.Click here for more on the Anchor Initiative program.last_img read more

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Felon sentenced to at least 4 years in prison for promoting prostitution

first_img On September 17, 2014, just before 2:00 p.m., a young man reported an attempted robbery by calling emergency communications. The victim was selling a firearm, and Williams, along with two other men, set up a meeting to purchase the gun and then attempted to steal the unloaded gun. The victim pulled a loaded weapon on the men in defense. Williams pulled a handgun from his back pocket and attempted to point it at the victim, but Williams dropped the gun.The victim kicked Williams’ gun so hard against the curb that the magazine popped out of the gun and some bullets came out of the magazine. Williams grabbed his gun from the ground and fled, leaving the magazine and bullets behind. Officers responded and located Williams at the Quality Inn on Market Street less than a block from the robbery. There were five women in the room with Williams. Detectives learned that Williams was paying for the room from the proceeds of prostitution.Williams advertised the victims for prostitution services online and facilitated the meetings. The victims in this matter were addicted to heroin and were targeted by Williams based on their vulnerability. Officers were able to connect this investigation with a report that had been filed in August 2014 of two females who were being prostituted by Williams. These two females met Williams through buying heroin from him. One of the females was arrested for possession of heroin. Williams facilitated the posting of her bond, then had both women pay him back by engaging in prostitution.Related Article: Police: Woman hid mother’s body, wanted to see it decomposeThe attempted armed robbery went to jury trial in 2015 and the defendant was convicted of attempted common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery. He was sentenced to 40-66 months active for those crimes. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the count involving the defendant’s illegal possession of a firearm while a felon. The defendant took responsibility for this charge last week.Williams was ordered to serve at least four years and a maximum of seven years in prison. Williams will begin serving this sentence when he finishes serving the robbery sentence for which he is currently in custody. Kalmeaice Williams pleaded guilty to the Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and four counts of Promoting Prostitution (Photo: DA Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A convicted felon will face more time in prison after he admitted to promoting prostitution.On November 27, Kalmeaice Kawanna Williams, 42, entered pleas of guilty to the Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and four counts of Promoting Prostitution in New Hanover Criminal Superior Court.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Nursing home employee accused of stealing opioids from residents

first_img According to warrants, Whitney took more than 100 hydrocodone tablets from the locked controlled substance drawer of a medication cart.The alleged crimes happened April 1 and April 5.She’s also accused of taking one pill on February 10 from the locked cart.Related Article: Local 4-H launches family empowerment program to combat opioid crisisWhitney is being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $450,000 bond. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An employee at Brunswick Cove Living Center in Winnabow is accused of taking opioids that were prescribed to residents.Michelle Margaret Whitney, 36, is charged with three counts of embezzlement of controlled substance by employee and two counts of trafficking in opiates more than 14 grams but less than 28 grams.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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SUSPECT WANTED Driver severely injures man on moped in downtown Wilmington

first_imgWilmington police are searching for hit and run suspect who severely injured a driver operator in downtown. (Photo: Wilmington Police Department) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a hit and run downtown that left a Wilmington man, 41, with severe injuries.The victim was driving his moped north on Third Street on his way to work when the crash occurred around 10:15 a.m. May 23.- Advertisement – The suspect vehicle, a black Chevrolet Cruze, reportedly turned behind him at Third and Market Streets and followed behind the moped for two blocks. Police say as the victim slowed for traffic at the intersection of Third and Chestnut Streets, the suspect driver struck the victim in the rear, ejecting him from the moped. The suspect then drove off.EMS transported the victim, who suffered broken bones, to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later underwent reconstructive surgery.Related Article: Wilmington man found shot, 4-year-old child by his sideAnyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910-765-0861 or use Text A Tip. Image of driver wanted in connection with a hit and run in downtown Wilmington. (Photo: WPD)center_img Image of driver wanted in connection with a hit and run in downtown Wilmington. (Photo: WPD) 1 of 2last_img read more

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Independent film Uncle Frank to start shooting in Wilmington

first_imgScreen Gems studios in New Hanover County (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new film is coming to Wilmington and will begin production over the next week, according to a permit filed with the city.The StarNews reports that “Uncle Frank” is an independent “old fashioned” film from Alan Ball. He’s known for creating “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under.”- Advertisement – According to the permit, filming will take place at St. James Episcopal Church and Carolina Apartments in downtown Wilmington.Preparation will begin Wednesday and this portion of filming will wrap next Monday or Tuesday.last_img read more

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CFCC educates students on the importance of protecting the environment

first_img Earth Fest is a sustainability fair with the purpose of educating CFCC students on the importance of protecting the environment and understanding sustainability initiatives.The event will take place on April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.For more information on this event watch the video above.Related Article: Storyteller reenacts Harriet Tubman’s story WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Earth Day is right around the corner and everyone can play a part in making sure the Earth stays clean.Preston Lee and Luis Mendoza sat down with us today to talk about Cape Fear Community College’s Student Government Association hosting their annual Earth Fest.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Rip currents keep lifeguards busy on Memorial Day

first_img The area’s east-facing beaches were under a moderate rip current risk to start the day with a high risk farther up the coast.There have already been several drownings along the North Carolina coast already this year, including seven along the state’s Crystal Coast. In April, a man’s body washed ashore at Carolina Beach.If you are caught in a rip current, experts say don’t fight it by trying to swim against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the rip. A good rule of thumb is to swim to the next beach house. Visitors pack the sand on Carolina Beach on May 27, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — High temperatures packed beaches this Memorial Day, and rip currents kept lifeguards busy.According to reports from the National Weather Service, by late afternoon 10 rip current rescues had been reported at Wrightsville Beach with 10 more at Carolina Beach.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Rooney moves to the MLS

first_imgWhatsApp <a href=”http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a01a3708&amp;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=34&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a> SharePrint Wayne Rooney has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £12.5million with DC United. The former Manchester United striker will make his debut in DC United’s new Audi Field Stadium and will wear the number 9 shirt.Rooney won 16 trophies with the Red Devils and scored 253 goals in 559 matches. The English attacker returned to his boyhood club Everton after ending his 13-year-old stay at Old Trafford. However his return to Everton lasted only a year as he decided to seek pastures new after a disappointing Premier League season in which the Toffees finished eighth.Brought to you by Hublot  <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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The difference between YouTube and YouTube Music apps

first_imgAdvertisement With the recent launch of YouTube Music, we now have four different YouTube apps. YouTube’s become so big — full of cat videos, music, let’s-plays, vlogs, comedy and much more — that it’s hard to find the specific videos you want.YouTube decided to spin off individual apps dedicated to its popular genres of video, music, gaming and kids, while still keeping the main apps too. All of the apps are free, but with a $10 monthly YouTube Red subscription you’ll get rid of ads and unlock special extra features, which I’ll outline below. And remember, YouTube Red and Google Play Music subscriptions are interchangeable, so if you pay for one service, you get both.Each app has its own tricks and tools for the optimal experience. Let’s break down the differences and why you’d want to use each. – Advertisement – YouTube You likely know all about YouTube, the online hosting site with millions of videos of all stripes. The YouTube app lets you watch these videos away from a computer on your phone, tablet or TV.The app focuses almost entirely on subscriptions and suggestions. The more you watch, the more recommendations you’ll get for relevant or related videos YouTube thinks you’ll like. If you’re subscribed to a channel, updates and new uploads appear in a dedicated tab, where you can easily keep up with your favorite YouTube creators and personalities.The search tool helps you find any of the millions of videos uploaded to the service and you can narrow your results by upload date, video quality, length and more, but not by type of content. That means you’ll get a lot of different kinds of results for every search.YouTube offers millions of free videos, plus you can purchase or rent movies and TV show episodes through the app as well. Those will cost extra and the price varies by title.With a YouTube Red subscription, you can download videos to watch offline with the iOS and Android apps, plus listen to videos in the background while you do something else on your phone or turn off the screen.The main YouTube app is the most widely available; you can use it on Android, iOS, the Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Wii and 3DS, plus many smart TVs.Use this app for: General-purpose YouTube viewing and keeping up with new videos from your subscribed channelsYouTube Music Launched in November, Music is the newest app from YouTube. It’s dedicated entirely to music, with video playlists of songs, suggested tunes and a dedicated music search tool. All of the videos in the app are of music or somehow music-related, so you won’t have dig through irrelevant videos to find what you want. Even better, when you search for videos you won’t see nonmusical content, and labels clearly highlight official music videos, fan videos and audio-only results.The app is divided into three tabs for recommended videos, “YouTube Music today” and videos you’ve liked. “YouTube Music today” is a really neat space that shows themed playlists of popular music, internationally trending songs and albums, eye-grabbing videos and more.YouTube Music also includes radio stations of music based on a particular artist or song, similar to Pandora. You can control how much variety you’ll hear for any given station with a slider that controls the tunes. The app pays attention to your musical tastes to make suggestions and fine-tune your stations automatically.If you have a YouTube Red subscription, which the app gives you free for 14 days, you won’t see ads before videos or anywhere else in the app. Red also lets you treat YouTube as a music-streaming service, where you can listen to videos in the background while you do something else on your phone or turn the screen off and pop it in your pocket. You get a personal offline mixtape too, where YouTube picks songs you’ve played and tracks it thinks you’ll like and downloads them so you can play them anywhere. However, unlike with a full music-streaming service, you cannot create your own playlists or manually queue up songs other than what’s currently playing.Currently, YouTube Music is only available in the US for iOS and Android.Use this app for: Listening to music, watching music videos and discovering new tunes, online and off.[related-posts]YouTube’s other spinnoff apps include YouTube Gaming that capitalizes on the “lets-play” video trend and live streams and YouTube Kids which let’s your kids watch videos in a safer child friendly part of YouTube.[CNET]last_img read more

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Google Hires 4Chan Founder Chris Poole to help revive Google

first_imgFormer 4Chan CEO, Chris Poole. Image Credit: 101medialablimit Advertisement Google has surprised many with its latest recruitment. The Mountain View-based company has hired Christopher ‘Moot’ Poole, the founder of controversial Internet image sharing platform 4chan. Chris Poole will be working on the company’s Photos and Streams products.Poole announced late Monday night that he has joined Google. The Android maker confirmed that it will be utilising expertise and talents of Poole in its Photos and Streams products, key components that could play an instrumental role in bolstering company’s Google+ social networking platform.Poole is best known for founding 4chan. The online image discussions forum has earned an ill name for itself because of permitting hateful comments and other offensive things. The website was the originating platform of The Fappening fiasco, in which private images of several celebrities were leaked. – Advertisement – According to Web traffic monitoring service SimilarWeb, 4chan attracts over 85 million visits every month. Poole announced retirement from 4chan last year. In a profile, Rolling Stone described Poole as the “Mark Zuckerberg of the online underground.”In a blog post, Poole said, “I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems. I can’t wait to contribute my own experience from a dozen years of building online communities, and to begin the next chapter of my career at such an incredible company.”Poole’s hire further proves Google’s growing interest in sustaining its Google+ social networking website. The company late last year put an end to the long-running speculation that it was considering shuttering Google+. In November, Google+ was revamped with new features to better focus on building communities.It will be interesting to see whether Google’s bet on Poole will work or not.[related-posts][Gadgets 360]last_img read more

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Tigo Pesa customers pocket 23m in quarterly profit share

first_imgAdvertisement Tigo Pesa users have been paid a total of $2.3m/- as profit share paid every quarter by Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle telecom.This is the eighth time that Tigo is disbursing the quarterly payment to its mobile money users – a practice the company became the first telecom in the world to introduce in July 2014.A press statement issued by the telecom today shows a quarterly profit share growth of 18% with payment to customers rising from $2m/- for the quarter ending December 2015 to $2.3m/- that the company is paying out for the quarter ending March 2016. – Advertisement – Cumulatively, Tigo Pesa users have earned $18.5m/- in profit share since the scheme started. The payment is profit accruing in the Tigo Pesa Trust accounts held with major commercial banks in the country, according to Tigo Head of Mobile Financial Services Ruan Swanepoel.The profit share recipients individual customers, retail agents and other Tigo business partners who each receive payment based on the e-value they stored in their Tigo Pesa wallets,” Ruan says in the statement.“We are really excited to be announcing this increased profit share distribution for the eighth successive time. This underlines our commitment to provide financial access to our customers and the country at large through our Tigo Pesa services,” Ruan says.He attributes the increased profitability to Tigo’s to improved market condition and steady growth in the number of Tigo Pesa users, in particular from the merchant segment. Tigo Pesa currently has the largest network of over 50,000 merchantsAs before, according to Ruan, the return to customers is calculated based on Tigo Pesa customers’ average daily balance stored in their mobile wallet adding that this profit share distribution scheme is in line with the Central Bank Circular issued in February 2014.last_img read more

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Live Videos Now a Dedicated Spot For Twitter

first_imgImage Credit: Guim Advertisement It’s no secret that Twitter has been looking at live videos as one of the ways to drive engagement on its website and gain new users – and it may have just found the best way to present the live streams to millions.Twitter is testing a dedicated spot for live streams on its desktop homepage. The move could help Twitter fix one of the biggest challenges it faces with its live streams: most people have no idea Twitter has live streams.Later before, Twitter COO Anthony Noto expressed that the company had recently included live videos under the Explore tab on its website, and has been dabbling with the idea of using push notifications and direct messages to let people know when a video stream goes live. – Advertisement – Twitter broadcast over 800 hours of live videos during the first quarter of 2017, and it has a strong reason to believe that live videos can help the company drive engagement.Live videos have garnered interest of many tech giants, including the likes of Facebook and YouTube. Both the companies have inked deals with creators and publications to produce more live streaming content.So has Twitter, which is increasingly reminding people that it is the first place where most of the world events get talked about in real time.In April, Twitter announced it is partnering with news network Bloomberg. As part of the deal, Bloomberg will stream news on Twitter round-the-clock.The company has also partnered with outlets such as BBC, The Verge, and Mashable for live streaming various events.[related-posts]With the latest move, which is still just a test, Twitter is looking to give live videos a more prominent placement in the hope of increased reach.last_img read more

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£50 FREE BET Watford v Wolves

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