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New official figures highlight grave concerns abou

first_imgNew official figures highlight grave concerns about the impact of the government’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms on disabled children, according to a leading campaigner.The figures show that some local authorities are lagging far behind others in implementing the government’s reforms.Under the reforms, which came into effect in September 2014, following the Children and Families Act, local authorities in England have until April 2018 to move all disabled children eligible for support from SEN statements to new education, health and care plans (EHCPs).The plans will last from birth to the age of 25 and set out all the support a family should receive across education, health and social care.But the new Department for Education (DfE) statistics show a huge difference between local authorities in how quickly they are implementing the reforms, with some councils far more likely to be providing their disabled pupils with old-style statements instead of EHCPs.One of the worst-performing local authorities is Tory-run Westminster, which – by January 2016 – had set up just 30 EHCPs, compared with maintaining 1,005 SEN statements, with just 1.1 per cent of children with statements issued with a replacement EHCP.Labour-run Derby City Council had produced only 70 EHCPs and still had 1,200 statements, with just 3.1 per cent of children with statements issued with an EHCP.These figures compared with Nottinghamshire County Council, which only had 675 disabled children with statements but 1,170 with EHCPs (and more than half of children with statements moved on to EHCPs), and City of York Council, with 190 statements and 380 EHCPs (and 63.4 per cent moved on to EHCPs).There were also huge differences in how long families had to wait for their EHCPs, with only 8.3 per cent of EHCPs issued within the necessary 20 weeks by Oldham council, and 17.4 per cent in Kingston upon Hull.This compares with 92.9 per cent in Nottinghamshire, and 99.1 per cent in Bedford.Tara Flood (pictured), chief executive of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said she believed the figures show that many councils are struggling with education funding, partly because a significant number of disabled young people who previously were too old for statements are now eligible for EHCPs.Flood said she believed that the government’s reforms will cause the number of disabled children in mainstream school to “decline sharply”.ALLFIE is being approached by three or four parents a week concerned that their children are seeing a reduction in their support during the implementation of EHCPs.Children who previously had statements are now being awarded lower levels of support under EHCPs, she said, with both schools and local authorities blaming the government’s reforms, and some families being told their child is no longer eligible for any support.Flood warned that there had been little attempt to gather evidence on what was happening to the amount of support being offered to disabled children and young people as a result of the reforms.Last week, educational support organisation The Key revealed that a survey of more than 1,100 school leaders showed than eight in 10 schools across England and Wales had insufficient funding to provide adequately for their disabled pupils, while almost nine in 10 school leaders had seen the support they receive for these children “affected detrimentally” by cuts to council services.A Department for Education (DfE) spokeswoman said: “Just 20 months ago, we made fundamental changes to the way the SEND support system works for families – the biggest in a generation.“These figures show that overall, since the introduction of our reforms, 74,000 young people with SEND now have EHC plans – clear signs that we are on track and progress is being made.“Councils are learning new ways of working under the new assessment process, and we know there is still progress to be made to get this new system fully embedded.“These figures were collected in January and therefore do not show the current picture.“We are using this data to monitor how well councils are implementing their new duties, and to target the challenge and support we give them.”DfE said it was investing £45 million between 2014 and 2017 in providing “independent supporters” in every area to help parents and young people “navigate the EHC needs assessment and plan process”, as well as funding an implementation grant of £35.8 million for local authorities.Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will assess how effectively local areas are working together to implement the Children and Families Act, with all local areas to be inspected over the next five years, while DfE said it would also work with the Department of Health and NHS England to help “spread good practice as well as bring about necessary improvements”.last_img read more

Mission High Students Join Hundreds in AntiTrump Protest

first_imgStudents outside #SF City Hall chanting in #TrumpProtest Thursday morning, part of city wide walk-out— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) November 10, 2016 Angel Spruell, an 18-year-old senior, spoke through a mic in the middle of the crowd and lambasted the millions of Americans who voted for Trump, saying they were mistaken and that “no one should tell us what to do.”“Everything thinks Donald Trump is a good president,” she started. “That nigga ain’t shit.”Lindsey Heldens, a 16-year-old junior from Mission High, echoed Spruell’s disbelief, saying she did not understand how half the country could vote for Trump.“I was completely astounded that so many people in our country would elect an idiot,” she said. “Donald Trump is unfit to be president.”D.J. Fisher, another 16-year-old Mission High junior, said many of Trump’s supporters were racists. As a black woman, she said she worried about the casual racism that came from Trump’s campaign and saw a bleak future for people like herself.“We have to grow up with this and know that many people are racist and that they really don’t trust people of color,” she said. 0% “Pussy grabs back!” chants morph into “Si se puede!” as hundreds of high schoolers throng #SF City Hall #TrumProtest— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) November 10, 2016 One chant began “Pussy grabs back!” in reference to Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” comment, and turned into “Sí se puede!” by the students, a segment of whom were waving the Salvadoran and Mexican flags and shouting “Latinos, unidos, jamas seran vencidos!” — Latinos, united, will never be defeated.center_img From City Hall, the crowd, easily over a thousand strong, moved down Market Street towards the Ferry Building before taking a detour into the Financial District, snarling traffic as they marched down Montgomery Street. Many drivers didn’t seem to mind, however — the march received dozens of honks of support. One Muni driver gave the students high-fives as they marched past, while another matched his horn blasts to the marchers’ chants.The columns of students frequently broke up, groups of dozens often separated by blocks. Police officers on motorcycles drove along and between protesters to clear traffic, but sometimes could not anticipate the students’ path. When marchers moved down Montgomery Street, for instance, officers did not have time to clear traffic and the protesters streamed past gridlocked cars.There were no incidents, though one student threw an egg at a squad car halting traffic for the march. The car drove off and the student disappeared into the crowd.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.As part of the city-wide protest, some 300 students from Lick-Wilmerding High School in the Excelsior staged a walk-out of their own. Bound for City Hall, they marched along Mission Street, crossing 19th Street around 11:30 a.m.“We are not happy about it,” said Nigel Berkeley, a senior, referring to Trump’s presidency, adding that they were calling for “a peaceful transition of power.”“We are protesting not just hate and what Trump has been talking about, but the criminalization of homelessness in the city, gentrification, the death penalty,” added one of Berkeley’s schoolmates. The walkout was student-organized and led, according to Eric Friedman, a science teacher at Lick-Wilmerding.“The students decided this morning that they wanted to have their voices heard. They organized it all and made signs this morning and brought some teachers along – we are just observing, not telling them what to do or how to do it,” said Friedman.The student protest was the second anti-Trump march in just 12 hours in San Francisco, following another on Wednesday night that saw thousands march from City Hall to the Castro and Mission districts to show solidarity with the LGBT and Latino communities, among others. Organizers said they would be among the most impacted by Trump’s presidency, and frequently shouted “Immigrants are welcome here!” while others in the march waved rainbow flags.We don’t aggregate, we don’t bloviate, we report – and that takes feet on the ground.Know your community, join Mission Local and keep our reporting alive.  Near 11 a.m. and after miles of marching, students turned on Sacramento Street and moved towards the Ferry Building, continuing to block traffic as they marched down Embarcadero towards the Pier 39. They shouted “Hey hey, ho ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” as tourists and those on lunch break stood taking photos and video of the protest.They then turned back towards City Hall, where a circle of students sat near the barricaded entrance, taking turns speaking about the effects a Trump presidency would have on them.“My fellow Americans of all colors, let’s stand together,” said Abdul Abozid, a student from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. A Muslim, Abozid said he had seen the stereotypes about his religion spread by Trump and his supporters and was concerned about the future for him and others. “Every color, black brown white, we are all equal and one nation under God.”Students at City Hall on November 10, 2016, protesting Donald Trump’s election. Photo by Lola M.  Chavez.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezRaayan Mohtashemi, a 17-year-old from Lick-Wilmerding, said he was the head of the environmental club at his school and terrified at what a Trump presidency would mean for combating climate change. President Trump, he said, could easily undo the work done by Obama.The protest, he said, was a means of showing the new president where he and others stood.“When they go low, we go high. This is what going high looks like,” he said. Those around him chanted “We reject the president-elect!”As of 1:30 p.m., some 500 students remained at City Hall, frequently joined by dozens of others as groups trickled in from other schools throughout the afternoon. By 2 p.m., they were marching towards the Mission District, quickly traversing Market Street and then Valencia Street.They made a stop at Mission Police Station before heading along 18th Street toward the Castro, where they paused at Harvey Milk Plaza. From there it was back down along Market Street for the remaining students, their numbers now diminished to several dozen, many of them young women with “My body, my choice,” written on their faces.The smaller group returned to City Hall, where after some five hours of marching, the protest appeared to come to an end.Faith Marquez, a 15-year-old sophomore at the Academy of Arts and Sciences High School, said she helped organize the walkout in part in response to what she heard at protests on Wednesday night.“I went to the protest last night and a lot of people said we were too young to understand this election,” she said.She disagreed, and said high school students are more than capable of understanding the Trump presidency. She used social media to spread the word, and got multiple schools together for Thursday morning.“I’m actually a lesbian, and my aunt’s homophobic, and I live with her,” Marquez said. She said she worried about gay conversion therapy, a practice Trump’s vice president-elect Mike Pence ostensibly supports.Kelsey Medina, also 15 and a sophomore at Mission High School, has a Mexican father and said she is traumatized by the election. Throughout the day, she periodically led the students as they marched.“I will lose the people I care about to a dumb person who doesn’t know what he’s doing,” she said.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezStudents marching up 18th street towards the Castro. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Tags: election 2016 • Elections • high school • protests • students • youth Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Dozens of students from Mission High School marched to City Hall and joined hundreds of other San Francisco high schoolers in a city-wide walk-out on Thursday morning to protest the election of Donald Trump.Students left school at 9 a.m. with the full support of many teachers and their principal, according to Eva Grace, a junior. Grace said that while students had been mournful the day after the election, they were organized to march by Thursday.“Yesterday was a day of grieving — everyone was sad,” said the 16-year-old. “But today people are turning that grief into action.”Students made their way down Valencia Street, Market Street, and then on to City Hall where hundreds of others were already assembled at the building’s steps, which had been barricaded by sheriff’s deputies. There, the crowd launched into chants — “Not my president!” and “Fuck Donald Trump!” were popular, the latter often accompanied by a middle finger in the air.last_img read more

Capp Street bar Uptown is now a legacy business

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Raise your glasses: The Mission has a new legacy business — the venerable Uptown bar at 17th and Capp. Uptown is known for its music and artistic events, and all of the unpretentious neighborhood bar amenities like couches, a pool table and a well-curated jukebox. Because it never gets too loud, it has hosted book clubs, debates, and is hospitable to community dialogue. (Full disclosure: This reporter has had one of his best New Year’s celebrations at the bar.) “Everyone seems to have an Uptown story,” Ken Cohen, one of the bar’s owners, told Mission Local.   That was especially true for small business Commissioner Sharky Laguana, who ultimately voted for the bar to become a legacy business. “We would go to the Uptown and, in fact, that was where I kissed my wife for the first time,” he said on Monday. “I’d like to thank you for that contribution,” he added. “My children would really like to thank you.”  The staff of the Uptown out to lunch with the bar’s original owner Scott Ellsworth (left) in 2010. Ellsworth died in 2014. Photo courtesy of Jessica Gensley.The bar at 200 Capp St., while the venue of many a good memory, experienced some tragedy in April 2014, when its founder, Scott Ellsworth, died suddenly of a heart attack, a week shy of his 60th birthday.Instead of selling it the highest bidder, however, Ellsworth’s family passed the bar to seven Uptown employees and Ellsworth’s friends, including Cohen. Increasingly, “old neighborhood bars have been closing up and turned into fancy rests and cocktail bars,” Cohen said. The legacy status, he added, will help to keep at least this one alive. “We are delighted that the Commission has recognized Uptown’s history and significance to the Mission community,” Shae Green, another one of the owners of Uptown, said in a statement. “This is a wonderful program to help preserve the character of San Francisco, and we are happy to be part of it.”The 32-year-old dive bar can now receive grants of up to $500 per full-time employee and its landlord will receive $4.50 per square foot per year — if the bar’s lease is extended at least 10 years. Ellsworth bought the bar in 1984, naming it after one of his favorite theaters in Chicago, Cohen said. Having previously run the kitchen at Rite Spot on 17th and Folsom, he wanted to open a bar of his own, Cohen said. Cohen added that Ellsworth was very protective of the music included in the jukebox, which the former owner curated himself with local musicians. “He had to approve what went on the jukebox,” Cohen said. “And now we’ve tried to continue that.”  He added: “I’m not sure we’ve done as a good a job as he did.”  The Uptown at night. Photo by Ariel Dovas. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

THE Exiles a team made up of the cream of oversea

first_imgTHE Exiles, a team made up of the cream of overseas talent drawn from the Stobart Super League, have named former St Helens and New Zealand Warriors coach Daniel Anderson as their head coach for the 2012 International Origin Series.The two-game programme pits them against England on Saturday June 16 at Langtree Park, St Helens and Wednesday July 4 with the venue to be announced at a later date and will see Anderson return to the UK for the first time since 2008 when he enjoyed great success as St Helens’ chief, winning the Challenge Cup and Super League title.Anderson, who is currently in Australia working for a national radio station, has not wasted any time in selecting Warrington Wolves full-back Brett Hodgson as his captain for the International Series.“It is a great honour to be selected as the coach of the Exiles,” said Anderson. “I love the concept and I believe I have some fantastic players at my disposal to continue on from last year’s victory over England and hopefully win this year’s series.“Brett Hodgson will make a great leader for the group. He has bags of experience and was part of last year’s winning side. He is well respected by his peers and his knowledge and understanding of what makes a successful camp will benefit the players as we approach the opening game in June.”Anderson, who also guided Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors to NRL Grand Final appearances in recent years, will also be joined by Hull FC Director of Rugby Shaun McRae, former Bradford Bulls and New Zealand star Robbie Hunter-Paul and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats assistant boss Glenn Morrison in a newly formed Exiles management team.The four-man team will take full responsibility for developing the Exiles and will monitor player performance throughout the weekly rounds of the Stobart Super League before Anderson arrives in the country in early June.“We have a number of world-class players available to pick from,” added Anderson.“I will work closely with Shaun (McRae), Robbie (Hunter-Paul) and Glenn (Morrison) to make sure we are monitoring the players on a weekly basis with a view to selecting the strongest possible squad to face England.“England will no doubt use the two-game series as part of their continued preparation for the Rugby League World Cup in 2013, which is vital to their on-going development.“I see it as a way for those overseas players playing in the Super League to have another crack at representative football. The concept is gathering awareness across the sport and an intense series can only benefit the game in England.”Tickets for the England v Exiles, International Origin Game 1, at Langtree Park, St Helens, will go on sale to St Helens Season Ticket holders only from 9am on Thursday March 15 and can be purchased through the St Helens ticket office direct on 01744 455 052. Please note you can only buy your place or seat in this time period.Season ticket holders will have a two week exclusivity period before tickets go on General sale on Thursday March 29 when tickets, priced from £18 adult and £9 concession terracing, can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting addition, community groups and clubs can take advantage of a fantastic ticket offer with the RFL launching a group ticket deal whereby fans can take advantage of a seated match ticket, an England replica shirt and an Exiles replica shirt for only £44 for an adult and £34 for a concession (senior citizen over 65 and junior under 16). To take advantage of the group deal, please contact Ray Tennant 07595 520338 or Bev Coleman 07595 520578 and show your support for England and international Rugby League this summer.last_img read more

SAINTS Reserves face Hull FC at Hull Ionians at 2

first_imgSAINTS Reserves face Hull FC at Hull Ionians at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon.Ian Talbot’s unbeaten side travel over to Humberside in the re-arranged fixture.If you had a ticket for the Hull FC v Saints game last Saturday then entry is free.Tickets for the game are just £3 adults and £1 concessions (65+, under 16s).Car parking is available at the ground for £3 on a first come, first served basis.The squad for the game is:Andre Savelio, Ben Morris, Brad Pinder, Calvin Wellington, Chris Follin, Dave Llewellyn, David Eccleston, Jonah Cunningham, Levy Nzoungou, Lewis Charnock, Lewis Furlong, Liam Cooper, Matty Fleming, Oli Davies, Ricky Bailey, Shannon McDonnell, Tom Connick, Tom Whittle, Tommi Hughes, Tony Suffolk.last_img

Held at the Totally Wicked Stadium the students

first_imgHeld at the Totally Wicked Stadium, the students, aged 9 to 10, act out a series of safety scenarios and emergency situations.The scheme’s aim is to help the children become more aware of their personal safety, make a contribution to crime prevention, avoid being a victim of crime, know what to do in an emergency, foster good citizenship and actively contribute to their own health and that of others.The Council’s Road Safety Team, who organised the event, delivered information about being safe near and on roads whilst the Youth Service team talked about water safety when out and about.Meanwhile, ESafety covered the importance of being safe online and the tips you can use to help make being online an enjoyable experience and the Rangers discussed safety and awareness in open spaces.Merseyside Police explained to the pupils how to make a 999 call and introduced them to the 101 number as a way of reporting crimes and other concerns that don’t require an emergency response.And St Johns Ambulance covered the importance of first aid and give the children a crash course in how to put someone into the recovery position when required to do so.last_img read more

Local reaction after surveyors get closer to perform seismic air testing

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The practice of seismic air testing that helps companies find oil and gas in open water could begin along coastlines like North Carolina’s.This change has many from national to local levels fired up.The approval places 5 companies closer to gain permits to test in Atlantic waters. For many, the move seems like a clear act of agencies like NOAA to not listen to the hundreds of local governments that have opposed the practice.- Advertisement – “It’s infuriating because they are clearly not listening to us,” said Pete Key President of Brunswick Environmental Action Team (BEAT).In April 2017, President Trump reopened the chance for surveys and testing in Atlantic waters. That led us to now, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has provided the green-light for five companies to move forward with the application process.North Carolina’s Petroleum Council (NCPC) applauding the move.Related Article: Government report says US budget deficit set to hit $897B“The U.S. needs to know what energy resources exist off of our shores,” said the Council’s Executive Director David McGowan III. “The oil and natural gas industry remains committed to improving the scientific understanding of the impacts of our operations on marine life, while responsibly producing oil and gas resources to meet our nation’s energy needs.”Key says there is nothing responsibly safe about the method.“For every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for possibly months on end they could be towing these buoys that emit a sound that is Earth-shatteringly deafening,” said Key. “The disruption that it’s going to have on marine life underneath the, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out.”NCPC cites the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management saying the there is no proof the testing harms marine life.“There has been no demonstration of population level effects to marine life from seismic or other geophysical survey activity, individually or cumulatively,” said McGowan.Key combats that finding and the regulations that require spotter be placed on these surveys to make sure marine life is not in the area when the seismic airwaves are sent through the water.“Say it’s night now, well you’re not going to be able to see a whale or see a dolphin and we’re going to be criss-crossing these patterns over the migratory paths of the Wright whale and the Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin,” said Key.The BOEM is now the lone agency between these geo-surveying companies from beginning to conduct tests and data in the Atlantic. Communities like New Hanover County, echo their opposition to the practice.“The worst thing that could happen here is that we have offshore drilling and a spill happen like what happened in the Gulf,” said county commission chairman Jonathan Barfield.last_img read more

Its dysfunctional Sunset Beach divided over mayors resignation

first_imgSUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As government leaders come together for the State of the Union in Washington, one local government cannot seem to iron out its differences.Emotions are high after Sunset Beach Mayor Greg Weiss announced he was ending his term after just five months. Weiss is the second mayor to resign in just 11 months.- Advertisement – “Sometimes in working together, honest people see things differently,” Weiss said. “So I’m taking this opportunity to announce that I am resigning as mayor.”Sunset Beach business owners just shake their head.“It’s dysfunctional. You know, a lot of them come in here. Some of them don’t come in here. You read it in the papers. Every week there’s some sort of issue that they just can’t agree on,” Stephen Cuozzo said, who owns Backstreet Cafe.Related Article: Interim Sunset Beach mayor appeals DWI convictionCuozzo says the tension within the town’s government has been chaotic for years.Councilman Richard Cerrato says there have been longstanding issues between town leaders.“Politics is something, I find, that if you don’t go along to get along and if you question, you will not be treated very nicely. That has been the history of this town,” Cerrato said.Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Benton will assume responsibilities as Mayor.“I knew it was coming if a certain decision about hiring a town manager occurred, and I was prepared for that. As far as stepping in, I’ve done it before for nine months and I’ll do it for the rest of the remaining term until November,” Benton said.Benton also served as pro-tem after Robert Forrester resigned as mayor less than a year ago. Residents just hope town council can resolve its issues.“How many more mayors are we going to go through before we really get something done in here that’s really positive? They all need to work together,” Cuozzo said.Town council has its next meeting on February 19.last_img read more

Local 8th grader aims to break language barriers with innovative technology

first_img Chappell is an 8th-grade student at Charles P. Murray Middle School in Wilmington. She wants to use technology to conquer language barriers across the nation.“All around the world, we have deaf people,” Chappell said. “It’s such a diverse language even from the different dialects here. It could vary from New York to California. Everyone has their own way of speaking. It’s a very functional language. It will change and flow and evolve over time.”Her English teacher, Amy Steelman, pushes students to pursue passions like this.“I want them to realize that they can change the world around them and they can make it a better place,” Steelman said.Each year, Steelman assigns students to participate in an advocacy group challenge. Chappell chose the national Tata Consultancy Service Ignite Innovation Student Challenge which requires middle schoolers to identify a problem and create a digital solution.“I created what I call the ‘Sign Buddy,’” Steelman said. “It was a cube that could translate American Sign Language and English Sign Language into spoken word and so forth back and forth.”On May 24, this innovator joined the winning circle of the challenge as the Top ‘Education’ Pillar Prize winner winning a $7,500 scholarship. The other pillar categories of the challenge include Health and Planet.“I didn’t think I could actually win my pillar,” Chappell said. “I kinda danced around the room a little bit.”“It was beyond my wildest dreams for sure,” Steelman said. “I was beyond excited for her.”Program Manager of TCS’s Corporate Social Responsibility Serene Gallegos says the hope is that the ‘Sign Buddy’ could eventually be a functional product to help improve the world.“The intent or the creation of the challenge is really to help young people and students like Alex build their capacity by using computational thinking and problem solving strategies to address those problems,” Gallegos said. WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — One student’s curiosity about a class project sparked her to take on a major problem: how to better communicate with people who cannot speak. Her solutions could be life-changing.“There are not enough forms of media or translators that can fully translate American Sign Language into spoken word,” Alexandria Chappell said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Navassa man charged with child sex crimes

first_imgChristopher Lawrence McNeil (Photo: Brunswick County Jail) NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — A Navassa man is in jail charged with multiples sex crimes involving a child.According to a news release from Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell, someone filed a report with Navassa Police about a sexual assault on a minor that had occurred over a six-year period between 2005 and 2011. Howell says his department investigated with the help of the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office investigator.- Advertisement – This weekend Navassa officers, with help from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant on the home of Christopher Lawrence McNeil at 9900 Southerland Circle. They arrested McNeil, 31, and charged him with six counts of sexual offense with a child by an adult.McNeil is in the Brunswick County Jail under $750,000 bond pending his first appearance on Monday.last_img read more

Couple finds large Civil War artillery on Kure Beach

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A stroll to find sea shells and shark teeth led to a very unexpected find for a couple who just retired on pleasure island.It started started as a hunt for sea shells, but the mile long walk ended with the bomb squad at the couples door.- Advertisement – “This will never happen in our lifetime again,” Patti Belanger said.“We were walking south from our house down to Fort Fisher,” Patti Belanger said. “We look for sea shells. Sea shells and shark teeth.”Patti and Kerry Belanger’s daily walk on the beach was about to turn into a treasure hunt.Related Article: Christmas tree lightings, flotillas highlight weekend events“I looked down into about 6 inches of water and I thought, ‘What is that?’ So I said to Kerry, ‘What is that?’ and he says, ‘It’s a rock.’ But I said, ‘I don’t think that’s a rock.”Kerry started digging.“It literally looked like a big bullet.”Patti says it was too heavy to carry, but she was not going to leave it behind.“I wasn’t going to let it go. Yeah. No.”Kerry threw it over his shoulder and they took it home.“We talked about it a lot. I thought, ‘We just don’t know if this is safe or not.”So where did she turn? Facebook of course.“We put that out there and immediately the hits started coming.”That’s when Patti says they decided to call the police.“I was sitting in my chair reading a book and I heard a voice behind me say, ‘Hi are you the lady with the bomb?’ And I hopped up and I said yes it’s right over here.”Patti says she was hiding it under a plastic bag on her porch.“As I pulled it up, he backed off. He took one look at it and immediately the unmarked cars started showing up.”Then Patti says the bomb squad showed up.Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said they determined it is a Union 20 pound Parrott Round from the Civil War. Later, state archaeologists told them it is actually a 30 pound Parrott Round. Brewer said it is one of the most commonly used rounds during the civil war.“It was actually live.” Patti said.“It’s actually illegal for them to possess it,” Brewer said. “Any artillery round that hadn’t been disposed of and cleaned out properly is against the law to possess.”That is why Brewer says they took it away to discharge it. Brewer said if anyone finds something like this, the first thing they should do is call police, because it could potentially explode anytime. Brewer said they have people who are trained at a federal level to discharge them. He said sometimes they can do it easily, but sometimes it will break the shell.“He sent us a picture and said I’m so sorry,” Patti said. “But I’ll bring you the pieces.”Sometimes making it safe doesn’t always mean keeping it in one piece.The next day, the Belangers got all the pieces and instructions on how to put it back together.“It’s a really great story,” Patti said.A story about a treasure hunt that they didn’t even know they were on.“Some people who are the civil war buffs have probably been looking for this all their lives, we’ve been here 3 weeks and it literally just washed up at our feet,” Patti said. “So we feel pretty cool about this whole thing.”After we spoke to the couple, state archaeologists showed up at the couple’s house to tell them about a state law that prohibits them from keeping the artifact. The Belangers decided to donate their find to the state and it will be on display within six months to a year.Patti said they get to choose where it will be displayed and it will be displayed in their name. She said they want to keep it on Pleasure Island since that is where they found it.last_img read more

Apple to release fiscal Q2 2013 results April 23rd

first_imgAdvertisement Apple has announced its second quarter earnings report and call of the year, which will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. PT.Apple’s revenue amounted to $54.5 billion in Q1 with earnings of $13.81 per share. Apple posted $13.1 billion in profit. This means that Apple narrowly missed street estimates on the revenue numbers, but beat on profits. It’s important to remember that there were only 13 weeks of sales included in Q1 2013, as compared to 14 weeks in the year-ago quarter. That inflates the actual values reported quite a bit.“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.” – Advertisement – That amounted to Apple’s highest revenue quarter ever.Here’s how the charts stood as of Q1:Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones, a record number which is up 23% year over year, and 22.9 million iPads this quarter, up 33% year over year. Apple sold 4.1 million Macs during the quarter, bringing sales down 22% when compared to the same quarter a year ago. iPod sales were at 12.7 million, which is down 18% year over year.Apple typically estimates its earnings and revenue slightly lower than the actual. Financial analysts are all over the map, but lately the amateurs and independents have been more accurate than the pros. This year, Apple provided only an estimate range of between $41B and $43B for Q2, 2013.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Researchers build a modified iPhone charger that can hack your Phone within

first_imgAdvertisement A group of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology claim to have developed a new smartphone charger that can install malware on almost any Apple device running the latest version of iOS.Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song are expected to debut the charger at Black Hat, a long-running security conference to be held in Las Vegas this July and August. A summary of their presentation states that they will be able to demonstrate how an iOS device can be compromised less than a minute after plugging in a malicious charger.[related-posts] – Advertisement – To demonstrate practical application of these vulnerabilities, we built a proof of concept malicious charger, called Mactans, using a BeagleBoard, the group explains.This hardware was selected to demonstrate the ease with which innocent-looking, malicious USB chargers can be constructed. While Mactans was built with limited amount of time and a small budget, we also briefly consider what more motivated, well-funded adversaries could accomplish.The researchers appear to have discovered a major weakness in the defences of Apple’s popular mobile operating system. The trio don’t have malicious intentions, however. Jang said that he had already contacted Apple about the exploit. During the presentation they will also recommend ways in which users can protect their devices moving forward.Evidence of the charger is yet to surface, so it’s unclear exactly what it looks like and if it bears any resemblance to an official charger built by Apple. Nevertheless, there is already an abundance of safe third-party chargers available for purchase, so even a half-decent effort should raise a few eyebrows from the audience.Apple is yet to recognize the findings of the group, but any potential scenario whereby an iPhone or iPad is compromised using its USB connection should be high on the company’s priorities.As always, think twice about borrowing anything that can connect with your personal devices. Especially suspicious-looking chargers, it would seem.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Bankai Group and MITSUMI Create Joint Venture to enable quality connection termination

first_imgAdvertisement Bankai Group, an international telecom technology and carrier services provider, and MITSUMI Distribution, one of Africa’s largest global IT hardware and software distributors, have announced today the creation of a joint venture initiative known as BankaiMitsumi.This new organization enables telcos in Africa and the Middle East to connect for termination and origination of voice services globally with quality and technical infrastructure.The venture enables BankaiMitsumi to leverage domestic and international gateway licenses and IP exchange hubs to make possible the delivery of high-quality network infrastructure and managed IT services. – Advertisement – The two equal partner companies are represented by Mr. Bankim Brahmbhatt, President and CEO of US-based Bankai Group, and Jagat Shah, President and CEO of MITSUMI Distribution.Bankai Group has emerged as a leader amongst global voice carriers and technology solution providers.  The company has established sustainable relationships with leading telcos, Tier 2 carriers, retail voice service providers and global financial institutions.Bankai Group is comprised of several business units globally and performs in a number of vertical markets, providing carrier voice services as well as telecom and technology Value-Added Services (VAS).MITSUMI Distribution is one of the largest Information Communication Technology (ICT) product distributors and managed network service providers in Africa.  The company’s extensive distribution network encompasses 19 countries throughout the region. MITSUMI Distribution also operates both in-country sales and post-sales support centers.They are authorized distributors for leading global IT hardware and software brands including companies like Acer, Inc., APC, Asus, BenQ, Dell, D-Link, Epson, HP®, Huawei, IBM, iSurf, Lenovo®, Linksys, Microsoft Corporation, Polycom, Panamax, Riverbed® Technology, Samsung, SanDisk, Toshiba, Tripp Lite™ and Western Digital.“This joint venture will empower African business development by provisioning best-in-class infrastructure and international connectivity for its carrier services,” stated Bankim Brahmbhatt, President and CEO of Bankai Group.“Designed for telecom operators, corporations, government bodies, banks, service providers and individuals, our Mobile Commerce, Data Center, Unified Communication and Managed Network Services, as well as our innovative suite of technology products, will now be widely available across major African markets thanks to MITSUMI Distribution’s extensive regional coverage and vast customer base.The BankaiMitsumi model makes the economic exchange of international carrier traffic between customers of various fixed, mobile, ISP and other service provider types in Africa possible.”last_img read more

This Week New Game Releases featuring the Might No9 PacMan 256 …and

first_imgAdvertisement Mighty No. 9 – (Available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita and Microsoft Windows): Mighty No. 9 is a 2D Side-scrolling Action game that takes the best elements from 8 and 16-bit classics that you know and love and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!The Technomancer – (Available on PS4, XBox One and PC): Technomancer is a Sci-fi RPG set on Mars during the War of Water, where an aspiring Technomancer faces a myriad of questions as his future grows threatened by the secrets of his past.Technomancers are “mage-warriors”, who harness, thanks to an innate talent, destructive electrical-based powers, amplified by their cybernetic implants. Both respected and feared by all, they are fearsome warriors trained from a young age to fight. You are one of them, about to finally pass your initiation rite to become a fully-fledged Technomancer. – Advertisement – Pac-Man 256 – (Available on Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PS4, Microsoft Windows and Xbox One): Pac-Man 256 is a Pac-Man series inspired by the glitched 256th level of Pac-Man. In the game, the player must continuously navigate an endless maze while avoiding ghosts and using power-ups and power pellets to combat them, while trying to outrun the glitch.Umbrella Corps – (Available on PS4 and Microsoft Windows): Umbrella Corps is an competitive multiplayer-based tactical shooter and is a spin-off of the Resident Evil series. Players play as a mercenaries from two different corporations, and are tasked to co-operate with their fellow mercenaries to eliminate all the hostile players.[related-posts]Star Wars Battlefront: Bespin – (Avaiable on PS4, Xbox One and PC): The Empire is deployed with several tractor beams on the surface of Cloud City that prevents Rebel ships from escaping the planet. In order to power the tractor beams, the Empire makes use of Tibanna Gas Generators that draw from the Tibanna Gas native to Bespin.This week game releases1 of 6 Star Wars Battlefront: Bespin, war ship. Umbrella Corps. Mighty No.9 Pac-Man 256. The Technomancer. Pirates: The Treasure Hunters.Pirates: Treasure Hunters – (Avaiable on PS4): The game is set in a fantastic universe, taking us back to the heyday of pirates, with a style that re-interprets the stories and adventures of galleons, buccaneers, magic and characters with their own unique background.The action dominates the course of battle through a dynamic and direct character control. You can choose from a broad range of Hunters, each one equipped with unique weapons and abilities, and take them into battle in exciting online matches up to 12 players (6 vs 6). You will have at your disposal incredible cooperative vehicles in order to defeat their rivals and claim victory.last_img read more

World Cup Wire SUNDAY

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to the Star Sports World Cup Wire. Our daily 4.30pm update from the trading room at Star Sports with all the moves and offers for this evenings World Cup.Sunday 22 JuneWORLD CUP PRICES5pm6/5 Belgium 5/2 Russia 9/4 DRAW8pm7/5 South Korea 2/1 Algeria 9/4 DRAW11pm100/30 USA 5/6 Portugal 11/4 DRAWWORLD CUP SPECIALSBOOSTED TREBLE Belgium / South Korea / Portugal 10/1GOALS: 8 or more 11/10 7 goals or less 8/11WE’RE OPEN THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT FOR IN PLAY BETSFOR ALL WORLD CUP MARKETS CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img


first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f this was Roy Of The Rovers, surely there would be no other outcome for West Ham tonight but a convincing win on their final ever game at Upton Park?The Boleyn Ground will be swiftly converted to Boleyn Luxury Flats and the Hammers will commence their onward journey and new life at the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium which they seem to have picked up for…. well let’s just say ‘good business’ on their part.It’s sure to be an emotional night as 112 years of football comes to an end and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has already stated that it will be ‘impossible’ to recreate the unique atmosphere of Upton Park at the shiny new venue – which, after all, was never built with football in mind.He said: “The Upton Park stadium was a first home. No matter where you move after that – if you move to a fancy apartment, a big house or to a mansion – your favourite one is always the first. You are losing something because it is impossible to make the Olympic Stadium a fortress.”If you fancy a night of real drama Star Sports have a special on a RED CARD, BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE and over 10.5 corners which is priced up at a non un-tempting 14/1.West Ham’s problems on the pitch are two-fold. Firstly, they will need to play a damn sight better than they did against Swansea on Saturday – they surely owe that to their fans on this special night?But their bigger problem is that they are up against a Man U side who are not only playing good football but have plenty still to play for at this final knockings stage of the season.They are still chasing a crucially important top four finish for a Champions League spot.Manager Louis van Gaal said: “We have to win our matches because otherwise we cannot be in the first four – that’s the pressure that we have. We have to fight until the end.”West Ham v Man Utd Premier19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2016 FA CUP West Ham 1-2 Man UtdMar 2016 FA CUP Man Utd 1-1 West HamDec 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 0-0 West HamFeb 2015 PREMIER West Ham 1-1 Man UtdSep 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 2-1 West HamMar 2014 PREMIER West Ham 0-2 Man UtdDec 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 3-1 West HamApr 2013 PREMIER West Ham 2-2 Man UtdJan 2013 FA CUP Man Utd 1-0 West HamJan 2013 FA CUP West Ham 2-2 Man UtdThere’s been precious little between these two sides in recent meetings – Man U edged a lucky victory in the FA Cup last month when West Ham had a goal disallowed.It should be a fascinating encounter and rather than predict the outcome I am hopeful of goals so will be betting both teams to score and over 3.5 match goals at 8/13 and 9/4 respectively with Star Sports. Also a couple of points on the Star Special mentioned above – it really could be one of those nights.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE for 12 points at 8/13 with Star SportsBACK OVER 3.5 MATCH GOALS for 6 points at 9/4 with Star SportsBACK STAR SPECIAL for 2 points at 14/1 with Star SportsSunday: PROFIT 14.4 points (no bet Monday)What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_imgHORSE RACINGCLICK HERE FOR OUR CHELTENHAM 2017 ANTEPOST PRICES3:00 ThurlesAint Dunne Yet 11/4 > 2/12:10 SouthwellPadleyourowncanoe 6/1 > 7/25:05 SouthwellSpowarticus 12/1 > 8/1EUROPA LEAGUEUEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg18:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD4/1 FC Rostov 5/6 Man Utd 23/10 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [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.Thursday 9 Marchlast_img

Watch the Super Bowl and buy some stocks

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: Watch the Super Bowl and buy some stocks?Rice professors say publicly traded companies can expect increase in stock sales after big ad buysIt is commonly known that companies spend millions of dollars on advertising to increase general awareness, introduce new product lines, build on their brands and sell products and services, but professors at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business say such high-profile advertising provides another result that is not so well-known: Publicly traded companies who invest in big ad buys like the Super Bowl see a spike in their common stock being traded, even if they’re not advertising a consumer product. “We’re fairly certain that the publicly traded companies advertising on Sunday’s Super Bowl will see a spike in stock purchases,” said James Weston, an associate professor of management and co-author of the study “Advertising, Breadth of Ownership and Liquidity.”Weston, along with Rice colleagues Gustavo Grullon and George Kanatas, said the increase in common-stock trading will come from the “everyday” person and not serious investors.“People buy on impulse and on recognition,” Weston said. “With more and more online trading taking place, companies that spend money on big advertising campaigns see this additional benefit from their advertising investment.”To speak to Weston, Grullon or Kanatas, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or last_img read more

Microcantilevers are masters of measurement

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: Microcantilevers are masters of measurement Detergents, study of diseases may benefit from Rice University researchDevices that look like tiny diving boards are a launching platform for research that could improve detergents and advance understanding of disease.Rice University researcher Sibani Lisa Biswal and Kai-Wei Liu, a graduate student in Biswal’s lab who recently earned her doctorate at Rice, used microcantilevers as ultrasensitive measuring devices to study how lipid bilayers interact with surfactants.Their results were reported online this month in the American Chemical Society journal Analytical Chemistry. Lipid bilayers are membranes that surround the cells of every living organism. Along with specific membrane proteins, they act as gatekeepers that allow ions, proteins and other essential molecules to pass into the cell. Individual lipid molecules in the bilayer have a hydrophilic head and two hydrophobic tails. They naturally aggregate into two-layered sheets, with the heads pointed out and the water-avoiding tails pointed inward.Liu and Biswal, an assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, described in a previous paper how to attach lipid bilayers to microcantilevers, which have traditionally been used as analytical biosensors. A protective coating on the thin gold layer makes the top of the “diving board” inert, so the membranes attach themselves to and spread out over the silicon dioxide bottom. The exchange of energy as the membrane meets the solid platform changes the surface tension and bends the cantilever enough to be measured by a laser sensor. Any change to the membrane will alter the bend, which can be measured with nanometer resolution, Biswal said.In the new work, the researchers introduced varying concentrations of lysolipids to the supported lipid bilayers. Lysolipids are surfactants, compounds that lower the surface tension of liquids and can act as detergents, among other things. Like the molecules that make up lipid bilayers, lysolipid molecules have a hydrophilic head but only one hydrophobic tail. Liu and Biswal found that in low concentrations, lysolipid molecules wedged themselves into the bilayer as their water-hating tails cozied up to the membrane’s hydrophobic inner ring; this changed the surface tension on the cantilever. All of these forces can be measured, Biswal said. “The cantilever naturally wants to bend with whatever force the membrane puts on it,” she said.In high concentrations, lysolipid monomers form micelles, rings of molecules that interact with the membranes and disrupt the hydrophobic interactions that keep them together.Depending on their strength (determined by the chemical makeup of their hydrophobic tails), the micelles can either weaken the membranes by pulling lipid molecules away or destroy the membranes completely. That is precisely what you want a detergent to do to a stain, and the new technique would be very useful for fine-tuning cleaning agents, Biswal said.“A vast amount of research has gone into detergency,” she said. “There are a lot of detergencies based on enzymes, the biomolecules that cleave peptide bonds. A lot of stains are organic molecules. If you can cleave them, you can clean surfaces much better.”Biswal sees other potential for the technique. “We’re interested in using this as a general platform for looking at small molecules,” she said. Liu is pursuing one such path. She is studying how hepatitis C peptides behave in the presence of a microcantilever-mounted membrane. “This could be a way to probe how viruses are able to enter cell membranes or disrupt proteins on their surfaces,” she said.Biswal suggested that carbon-60 atoms — the buckyballs discovered at Rice in 1985 — might also be a good subject. “We don’t know enough about how nanomaterials interact with cell membranes, and since buckyballs are naturally hydrophobic, they might be interesting to investigate.”The Robert A. Welch Foundation funded the research. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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