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first_imgAn announcement by disability charity Scope that it will sell all its residential homes and special schools, and re-position itself as a “social change organisation”, is an attempt to invade the ground occupied by disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), say critics.The shake-up appears to be designed to distance the non-user-led charity from its roots as a provider of segregated services for disabled people.But one disabled activist said the decision would mean Scope would “hoover up some of the money” currently going to DPOs, and probably put the futures of many of them at risk.Another said the move was just an attempt by Scope to “reposition itself in the marketplace”, and compared the charity to “an old pig wearing new lipstick”.Scope’s new strategy will cut its income by 40 per cent – it was £99.5 million in 2015-16 – and reduce its workforce by two-thirds, by selling off 50 services across England and Wales, including care homes, and special schools and colleges, to other service-providers.The money from these sales will be re-invested in new services and products, which it says will “help support disabled people and their families from an early age, to live independently and to get and stay in employment”.Mark Atkinson, Scope’s chief executive, announced the strategy in an article published by the think tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC).Atkinson said the world had “moved on” since the charity was founded in 1952 – as The Spastics Society – by three parents of children with cerebral palsy and a social worker, and that Scope had been left with “a patchwork of different services that had been established over seven decades” and now reached just a few thousand people.He said the charity needed to take “radical” steps if it wanted to “become relevant to a far larger proportion of the 13 million disabled people in the UK”.Its services will now focus on providing information, advice and support, mostly delivered online, while it would also concentrate on campaigning and seeking to influence public policy.A Scope spokesperson said services would be paid for by “a broad base of funders, including corporate partners, trusts and foundations, individual donors and our network of shops”, as well as “tens of thousands of very committed supporters who we are confident will continue to support our work in the future”.Although Scope said it would not seek any employment contracts under the government’s new Work and Health Programme, it “may still seek and receive government funding for some specific areas of work, like research, on a case by case basis”.And instead of taking part in the Work and Health Programme, Scope said it would build on its “current range of independent, specialist, personalised employment support services”.Last October, Scope backed the government’s new work, health and disability green paper, with Atkinson praising it for setting out “bold ideas for reform” in the Department for Work and Pensions’ own press release.This allowed work and pensions secretary Damian Green to claim in the House of Commons that criticism of the green paper – which has been heavily-criticised by disabled activists – was “completely out of touch with those who represent disabled people”.Atkinson said in the article that he wanted the charity to “focus on the areas in which disabled people face the greatest barriers and move away from being a charity that ‘does’ to one that ‘facilitates’”, creating a platform “that allows disabled people, through Scope, to drive change” and so move “ever closer to everyday equality”.These words are similar to the slogan used by the DPO Disability Rights UK (DR UK), which describes itself as “disabled people leading change, working for equal participation for all”.Atkinson’s article has raised concerns among some disabled activists that Scope wants to establish itself as the leading voice on disability, and will crowd out disabled people’s user-led organisations with far fewer resources.When asked if there was an argument for saying that there was no reason for Scope to continue to exist at all, and that it should pass all its resources to DPOs, the spokesperson said: “As our strategy, developed with disabled people and their families, makes clear, life is still too tough for many disabled people.“We believe that disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here.“Scope will continue to work closely with disabled people and disabled people’s organisations and continue to put disabled people at the heart of everything that we do.“We believe that we can achieve more by working together than we can alone.”Prominent disabled activists have so far delivered a mixed response to Scope’s announcement.Dr Theo Blackmore, an independent researcher, welcomed Scope’s move away from segregated provision, but he said its latest rebrand was “a clear attempt to move yet further into the ground that is occupied by the many much smaller DPOs that exist across the country.“Scope, as a consequence, will undoubtedly hoover up some of the money that is currently going to these much smaller groups, and will probably imperil many of them.”He said there was still a place for an organisation to work with and support families of disabled children, according to Scope’s original purpose.But he said there was also a place for organisations run and controlled by and employing disabled people.He said Scope and other large disability charities had often fought hard for government and council contracts, often against DPOs, “depriving these much smaller organisations of disabled people of much needed funding” and leading many of them to close.He said the latest changes would “again see Scope in competition with DPOs” but that nowhere in its announcement did it say that it would increase the number of disabled people it employed or had on its board of directors.He added: “Scope is an organisation with an annual income in the region of £100 million.“With this much spending power and clout it is easy to see how much of a threat Scope, and other large disability charities, are to DPOs.“If they, and the other major disability charities, really wanted to make a difference to the lives of we disabled people they could work out how they could better work with DPOs, to strengthen the voice of disabled people at the local level by shifting some of their enormous income to support these local organisations.”Kamran Mallick, the new chief executive of DR UK, said he welcomed the Scope changes “and the principles that underlie them”.But he added: “The best, most effective, lasting change comes when it’s driven by disabled people.“That doesn’t mean that other organisations, concerned about the rights of disabled people, have no impact at all.“Any organisation which aims to be more relevant to disabled people is a good thing and organisations become more relevant if they are driven by the voices of those with lived experience.“This is central to the disabled people’s movement, however that alone doesn’t make them disabled people’s organisations.“We’d like all charities concerned about disability issues to be run by and for disabled people, which includes not just disabled trustees but senior managers and other staff.”Lorraine Gradwell, former chief executive of the Manchester-based DPO Breakthrough UK, said the changes appeared to be about “offloading sections of the business that are falling out of favour or failing to make money, dressed up as a change of mission and direction”.She said: “This would be fine if the links with disabled people and their organisations were outlined, and Scope could show how they’ve worked with DPOs to lay out their mission and design their strategy.”But she said Scope did not appear to have done this and instead had “looked inwards”, and although it may have consulted individual disabled people, there was “no evidence they’ve reached out to organisations”.She said Scope was “trying to reposition itself” and possibly “establish fresh credentials”, and was attempting to establish itself as “a leading voice” on disability, and has “probably got the resources to do it”.She added: “I also think a lot of DPOs would be quite willing to work with Scope, and they have said so in the past.”Bob Williams-Findlay (pictured), a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, who has written previously of his experiences attending a residential school run by The Spastics Society, said he was deeply distrustful of Scope’s announcement.He said he saw it as an extension of the new form of disability politics that emerged from New Labour in the 1990s, which “exploited the language and concepts of the social model of disability and transformed them into tools for the neoliberal agenda of commodifying disabled people’s lives”.He pointed out that Dan Corry, chief executive of NPC, was head of the (New Labour) Number 10 Policy Unit and senior adviser to the prime minister on the economy from 2007 to 2010.Williams-Findlay said Scope’s talk of “transformation”, “social change”, and “addressing disabled people’s barriers” reminded him of the hypocrisy of disability charities that took part in the Hardest Hit campaign, when they “had their feet on the streets and noses in the government’s feed”.He said: “What Scope says and what it does are often at odds with each other – look at their embarrassingly pathetic End The Awkward campaign.“Why would disabled people trust a charity like Scope with a history like theirs?”He added: “Atkinson’s statement cherry picks their history, still ignoring the charity’s oppressive role up to the present day.“This shift is not just yet another rebranding exercise, it is an attempt by Scope to re-position itself in the market place and with an array of digital outputs.“I repeat, why would disabled people trust a charity like Scope; an old pig wearing new lipstick?”last_img read more

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Organisers of a national summit meeting of disab

first_imgOrganisers of a national “summit meeting” of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), grassroots campaigns and trade unions hope it will “reinvigorate” the disability movement.The National Disabled People’s Summit is being funded by unions, and co-organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.Organisers of the summit say there is a need to explore how to co-ordinate resistance and organise joint campaigning in the wake of years of austerity measures that have targeted disabled people.They point to the report in August of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which concluded that cuts to social protection in the UK had caused a “human catastrophe” for disabled people.At least 24 different organisations and campaigns are already signed up to take part in the summit in central London on 4 November.Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people, is set to attend, and is likely to speak briefly, along with Ellen Clifford, from Inclusion London, and Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People.But the focus of the event will be workshops on areas such as independent living, social security, accessible transport and inclusive education, where participants will try to agree plans for campaigns, and aim “to inspire concrete activity that will lead to real change”.One reason for the summit is to try to identify disabled people who can take a lead on campaigning, following a year in which the movement has lost some of its key figures, including Debbie Jolly, Sophie Partridge, Robert Dellar and Eleanor Firman.Clifford, Inclusion London’s campaigns and policy manager, said: “In terms of losing key campaigners, the last year’s been really awful and it has really had an impact on capacity.”She added: “The summit won’t appeal to everyone because the position behind it is a clear anti-austerity one that not every single Deaf and disabled person or disability organisation may subscribe to.“The aim is to build new alliances between all those who want to fight neoliberal attacks on our rights and to reinvigorate our movement for change.“I am really excited about people working together who have not worked together or campaigned together before.”She said: “Over the past year in particular we have lost a number of experienced and committed activists.“We need to empower new campaigners to get involved and gain the confidence to take and lead collective action that can not only bring about the reversal of damaging cuts but also go forward in creating a society founded on principles of fairness and social justice, equality and human rights for all.”DNS reported last month how the idea for the summit came after Mandy Hudson – who represents disabled teachers on the new National Education Union – and colleagues on the TUC’s disabled workers’ committee, realised how many disabled people were having to fight individually to secure the support they needed to live independently, and decided it was “time for a more strategic view”.The summit is taking place at the headquarters of the National Education Union in Mabledon Place, near Euston and King’s Cross stations.Attendance is free, and can be booked online.last_img read more

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Userled groups met this week to discuss how to tu

first_imgUser-led groups met this week to discuss how to turn back the tide of closures of organisations run and controlled by disabled people and service-users.Research shows the number of user-led groups continuing to fall, due to austerity cuts and other trends affecting their funding.The closures mean user-led organisations have a “diminishing” voice in opposing oppressive policies, according to a briefing released ahead of the meeting.The closures are leading to a loss of a collective voice for disabled people, and the knowledge, peer support and advocacy that user-led organisations provide, the briefing said.The meeting was organised by two national networks of user-led groups, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) and Shaping Our Lives (SOL).Professor Peter Beresford (pictured), SOL’s co-chair and one of the organisers of the meeting, said: “What was powerful was the strength of feeling at the meeting, which drew together a very diverse range of disabled people and service-users, with very clear messages.“The allocation of funding must be changed to stop discriminating against user-led organisations and to secure their future; they are crucial as the most direct voice for people increasingly marginalised under our politics.“Most shocking of all, participants made clear that nobody would fund a black organisation led by white people, a women’s organisation led by men or an LGBTQ organisation led by heterosexuals, yet the king-size portion of money in our field goes to organisations which are the absolute equivalent – dominated by non-disabled people and their agendas.“It must change and soon, before it’s too late.”Both NSUN and SOL have produced research showing the number of members falling sharply in the last three years.Initial findings from NSUN’s latest survey show that user-led organisations are often “overstretched” and forced to rely on the goodwill of volunteers and unpaid staff. The user-led organisations that took part said securing funding was “increasingly difficult”, with small user-led organisations increasingly losing out on contracts to large, non-user-led charities.NSUN was also told that austerity, funding cuts and “the nonsense of the benefits system” were having a devastating impact on the lives of individual disabled people. The briefing paper for this week’s meeting said that the “diminishing voice” of user-led organisations meant there was less opposition locally and nationally to “oppressive policies”.It said that many user-led organisations were suffering from “severe” cuts to local government funding, which had affected grants from local authorities.This problem had been “intensified” by the trend of awarding large contracts to national private sector organisations to manage smaller contracts, with user-led organisations often then being asked to deliver the same service for a “much reduced budget”.Those user-led organisations that do still receive funding from local authorities often feel pressured not to speak out about damaging cuts to services because of their fear of losing contracts.Grants that are available from trusts and foundations often focus on project funding, leaving user-led organisations struggling to finance their core running costs.But the briefing paper also warned that the individuals involved in setting up and growing user-led organisations were themselves experiencing “some of the worst deprivation, poverty and life chances in our communities”.It added: “Their resilience and ability to struggle both personally and on behalf of others is now greatly diminished.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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With plastic straw ban looming restaurants scramble to find alternatives

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address A month after San Francisco passed a citywide plastic straw ban in July, brothers Alberto and Pablo Hernandez opened a boba tea shop on 24th and Mission. At the bottom of boba beverages sit chewy tapioca balls, that drinkers of the popular beverage suck up using wide plastic straws. The new law presented a problem for the brothers’ new business, Identitea.“We are trying to remove the plastic straws from the store as soon as possible,” Alberto said.San Francisco is one of the only cities in the United States to ban plastic straws. In the coming year, California will become the first state to prohibit restaurants from offering customers plastic straws when AB 1884 goes into effect January 1, 2019. The bans were spurred by the growing amounts of plastic waste found in oceans. Five trillion plastic pieces—including plastic straws—are floating in the ocean, according to one study.“Sometimes you need a change in the law to spark a change in the industry,” said Supervisor Katy Tang, who came up with the idea for the ban after realizing that people use plastic straws just once before throwing them away.center_img Though well-intentioned, the ban is creating challenges for hundreds of San Francisco businesses that rely on plastic straws to sell their products. The law sent boba tea stores, as well as juice bars, coffee shops and restaurants scrambling to find alternatives before the city’s July 1, 2019, deadline.At La Cumbre Taquería on 16th Street and Valencia, the restaurant is organizing a meeting next week to decide what they’ll replace place straws with. The owner is also offering employees the chance to take a recycling course to learn more about how to help the environment.At Mercado Brasil, a Brazilian market and café at  24th and Valencia, restaurant owners said they are used to adapting to new demands — like customers who request paper cups, not plastic.But straws pose a new challenge: “I have to start buying paper straws, but they are way more expensive,” she said.San Francisco-based Eco-pliant is one of just a few U.S. companies that makes paper straws. Eco-pliant CEO Jimmy Lyons said he expects business to pick up as the date of the ban implementation nears.Eben Schwartz, who manages marine debris for the California Coastal Commission, said the ban will likely be as effective as the 2014 California ban on plastic bags, which helped reduce bag waste along the California coast from 8.7 percent of all coastal waste in 2015 to 1.2 percent in 2017, according to data from Coastal Clean Up day.“That is a huge drop,” Schwartz said.At Boba Guys, another boba tea shop on 19th Street and Lexington, 10-year-old customer Pomaikai Bohannan said she uses wooden straws at home. She also offered another alternative to plastic straws for Boba drinkers: a spoon.At Identitea, the Hernandez brothers decided to ask their customers what they wanted in place of plastic straws. The response: reusable ones. So, to satisfy their customers, they turned to their uncle in Taiwan to help them produce their own branded, brightly-colored stainless steel straws. For now, they plan to sell them for $3.75 a piece — and each straw will come with its own cleaning brush.And yes, Pablo said, they expect customers to bring their own straws every time they come. last_img read more

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JAMES Roby has been speaking about his third inclu

first_imgJAMES Roby has been speaking about his third inclusion in the Dream Team.The hooker was named in the side once again after a stellar season in the Red Vee.“It is a great honour to be part of the Dream Team and surrounded by such great players,” he said. “This year all the names are on the jerseys too and it is superb to be listed amongst some of the great players from the past.“Of course the St Helens players stand out for me on this shirt and it’s fantastic to be on this shirt with some of the players I used to admire growing up.“Every player doesn’t take individual accolades without thanking his teammates and I’m the same. They have helped me get this award and we all work hard for each other. It is a team effort at the end of the day.“We’ll need to have that spirit on Sunday. Games against Wigan are always massive games and to have it at the DW and it being a playoff makes it bigger. It will be a great spectacle and we want to turn up and bring our A game.“We’ve lost four times to Wigan and it’s not happened for a number of reasons this season. They have performed better than us and got the results. I’m not sure that really matters as the playoffs are a different competition. We can’t forget those defeats but we will be focussed for the game in hand.“We know if we lose we aren’t out and that is a weird situation. But we are going to the game to win it. We are under no illusion and know the task. We have had a full week to prepare and we want to put in a top performance.“The fans will travel over there in numbers and to do it for them would be brilliant.”last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham believes Huddersfield are in a f

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham believes Huddersfield are in a false position on the First Utility Super League table – but Saints can’t worry about the Giants’ form when the two sides meet this Sunday.It’s fourth v eleventh at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle with two points vital for both teams.“Huddersfield are playing well and are probably in a false position,” Keiron said. “They are similar to Leeds and if you take the Cas result (against Leeds) out of it you’d probably say both have been unlucky on a number of occasions.“Baloo (Paul Anderson) is working hard there and the boys are starting to get some belief at what they are doing. They went to Catalan and nearly rolled them so they will be on a high and coming into the game full of confidence. But we aren’t doing so badly either.“When we played in the rain at the beginning of the season we deserved to win the game. Our kicking game was very good that night. I have watched a lot of their games this season and I am shocked with where they are at. They’ve lost by a couple of points and not had the luck.“All we can do is take care of ourselves though. The Hull game wasn’t good and we had a vast improvement for the Salford match. We will try and improve again in those areas we are deficient in.“Magic does skew the table and can be a little unfair, but it is what it is. We have to showcase rugby league and push the boundaries. I enjoy the concept and playing there. Last year was a good game. We are looking forward to it.”KC reported no fresh injury concerns following the win over the Red Devils.Jonny Lomax, who came off in the second half of that game, is likely to be fit too.“Jonny coming off was a precaution and he is fine,” Keiron added. “Fingers crossed he will be fine for Sunday. Adam Swift came through ok too, whilst Shannon McDonnell has been ill but is ok now.“Nothing changes from where we are at and we know we need to keep on improving. You always have to improve and get better. We are working hard and hopefully we are heading in the right direction.“I like stability in the side, but if people aren’t holding up their end of the bargain then you have to look at it. There are plenty of people in the squad who are going to play plenty of rugby this year.“We have to try and find the best defensive team we can because we know we can score points.”Tickets for the Magic Weekend can be bought by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.They go offsale at midnight tonight.last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham praised his sides effort on Sat

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham praised his side’s effort on Saturday as they defeated Catalans Dragons 28-24.“I thought our effort was outstanding,” he said. “I thought we were the better team and if we had not have won the game I think that would have been undeserved.“We had plenty of opportunities, we took plenty of them and wasted a few and I’m glad we brought the game home, It was a true gritty performance from the club.“We knew it was going to be tough; it has not been a happy hunting ground for us over here in France over a number of years. Things were stacked up against us after a couple of poor losses but I am proud of what the players did and I really think they deserved the win.“The game was open in the first half, there were lots of tries scored but both teams tightened up in the second.“Catalans had a good crack at it but I thought we were a little bit better tonight.”He added: “Theo has been brilliant since he came to the club. You forget how young he is, he still is a baby and lots of learning to do but he competes really hard.“Not only does he set up the match-winning try but he scrambles at the end to make a defensive play and saves a try.“There was a lot of fight from the club tonight.”last_img read more

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Push to slow down boaters in Southport requires public input

first_img(Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Businesses like the Southport Marina, as well as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Brunswick County commissioners, want a No Wake Zone established along a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway in Southport.According to documents from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the No Wake Zone would encompass approximately 3,000 feet of the ICWW, between marker 1A and 2A along the Southport waterfront.- Advertisement – “If something is not put in place to slow the boating public down someone is going to be seriously injured or even killed due to the speeds and congestion,” Chief Deputy Charles Miller wrote in a letter to the US Army Corp of Engineers. “We are doing everything legally possible to prevent anything from happening and respectively request the approval and implementation of a No Wake Zone.”Over the summer, Brunswick County commissioners approved a resolution requesting the No Wake Zone.Businesses also claim the wakes have caused damage to their docks, as well as to the boats that dock at the Southport Marina.Related Article: Southport to accept, distribute suppliesIn 1993, the NC Legislature passed a bill that established a No Wake Zone in this section of the ICWW, but because this area is under the authority of the US Army Corps of Engineers, state law is pre-empted by federal authority.The latest request wants the US Army Corps of Engineers to install No Wake Zone signs along the channel and enforce it.The public is encouraged to comment for the next 30 days to consider and evaluate the impacts of the request.The deadline to submit comments is February 28.Comments may be mailed to Jim Medlock, of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Wilmington, NC 28403.You can also send an email to aiwwcomments@usace.army.mil.last_img read more

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Holly Ridge VFW gets facelift ahead Independence Day

first_imgVolunteers from the military, the Topsail Island Longboard Association, members of the VFW and Home Depot came together to give the Holly Ridge VFW a facelift. (Photo: Cory Sydes) ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Just in time for the Forth of July, the Holly Ridge VFW is getting a facelift!Volunteers from the military, the Topsail Island Longboard Association, members of the VFW and Home Depot came together for the project.- Advertisement – Home Depot donated $17,000 worth of materials for demo, new flooring, appliances, new bathrooms, and fresh paint.Volunteers even found time to do some landscaping for the veterans.last_img

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Fundraiser gives people one last photo with Surf City Swing Bridge

first_img The Coastal Carolina Chapter of The Firefighter’s Burned Children Fund hosted an event to remember the bridge.On Sunday from noon to five, people came out to get their picture taken in front of the bridge by photographer David Allen.Kathleen Adams, who frequents Surf City, says the bridge will be missed.Related Article: Artist films music video at Trailer Bar in Surf City“I’m extremely sad to see it go. Like I said, you knew you were at the beach when you saw the bridge,” said Kathleen Adams. “And I volunteer with the sea turtle patrol out here on Topsail Island, so we would go over it back and forth, and the sound that it would make when you would go over it. It just all becomes a part of you and gets in your heart.”For a minimum donation of $10, people could have this lifetime memory.Firefighters raised more than $600 at the event. SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The Surf City community said their final goodbyes this weekend. Local firefighters hosted an event to give everyone a lasting memory of the Swing Bridge.Construction to take down the Surf City Swing Bridge has already begun.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Shutdown could put brakes on Wave Transit services Multimodal Center construction

first_imgWave Transit WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A vital part of public transportation across the Cape Fear could cease unless federal dollars are restored.The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority met Thursday to put a plan in place if the partial government shutdown extends beyond February.- Advertisement – If the shutdown is still in place February 15, the CFPTA issued a directive to Wave Transit Executive Director Albert Eby to notify employees that Wave Transit will cease operations on March 2 unless federal dollars are restored.CFPTA board member Jonathan Barfield says there is grant money waiting to be released. The money has been authorized, but no one is there to send it to them.“If it goes on much longer, folks won’t have public transportation,” Barfield said.Related Article: Shutdown pulls the tap on craft breweries from releasing new beers in cansThe shutdown will also impact the Multimodal Transportation Center, which is currently under construction.Barfield said if payments aren’t received, they will have to figure out how to make payments or halt construction until monies are restored.last_img read more

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WWAY joins effort to give back to United Way

first_img(Photo: United Way) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last September, the Cape Fear community stood up to a tremendous disaster, and over the past six months, our region has come together in remarkable ways.WWAY News is partnering with other local media outlets for the United Way Media Day on May 14 as a way to help the local nonprofit continue giving to those in need.- Advertisement – For two months, the local United Way stopped all normal operations to work on Hurricane Florence relief and recovery. No one in the Cape Fear region was unaffected, and in many cases, the needs have grown for residents and nonprofit agencies well beyond the storm damage.Through this effort, the media companies are mobilizing to tell stories about agencies and people who benefit from United Way funding. UWCFA connects resources to the initiatives and agencies that work hard every day to create a better, safer, healthier community here in the Cape Fear area.The campaign also will include “Why I Give” testimonials from local residents.Related Article: Division of Coastal Management sets up temporary office in Wilmington“The question for us is: How can we finish this campaign giving agencies enough money? That’s what we are trying to do,” said Craig Heim, president and CEO of United Way of the Cape Fear Area. “They typically request three times what we can give.”United Way’s agency partners serve the people of the Cape Fear area through a continuum of care. From prenatal health and parenting support, to dropout prevention, job placement, mental health care all the way through senior and veteran support programs.For more details about the United Way, go to www.uwcfa.org. For more information about the initiative or to get involved, contact Kari Parker at 910-798-3900 or kari.parker@uwcfa.org.last_img read more

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Fabio Baldacchino is the winner of Enemed National Hillclimb Championships third round

first_img <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> SharePrint On Sunday 9th June, the Island Car Club held the third round of the Enemed National Hillclimb Championship at Mtahleb limits of Rabat.Fabio Baldacchino has now won the first three rounds of the championship. Darren Camilleri took second place, while Terence Vella took third. Didier Bugeja was the fastest driver on a front wheel drive car, and Joseph Cutajar the fastest driver on a rear wheel drive car.The Enemed Hillclimb Championship is expected to return in September after a summer break. In the meantime, the Island Car Club is planning to organise some unofficial events for its members.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Stanbic Bank Uganda Partners With Buganda Land Board to Finance Land Title

first_img: Buganda Land Board Managing Director Kyewalabye Male and Stanbic Bank CEO Patrick Mweheire shake hands after the launch of Kyapa Loans partnership. Advertisement Stanbic Bank Uganda has today partnered with the Buganda Land Board to launch a solution dubbed Kyapa Loans – aimed at simplifying land title acquisition by bibanja (debt) holders whose land has already been surveyed by the Buganda Land Board but lacked the resources to pay for their land titles.Stanbic Bank Uganda’s Chief Executive, Patrick Mweheire while addressing the press at their head offices, he said their partnership with the Buganda land board is a significant step that will enable Ugandan’s realize their dreams through asset acquisition.“Our preposition will allow tenants on Buganda Kingdom land to get proper leasehold titles which will allow them to further access additional funding from the bank when used as collateral,” said Patrick. – Advertisement – Mweheire explained saying owning a home is a decision every Ugandan makes only once in their lifetime and that it should therefore be made affordable and accessible.“There are only 10,000 mortgages in Uganda compared to Kenya’s 300,000. In fact from a Stanbic Bank perspective, our Non-Performing Loans ratio on mortgages is the lowest on our entire portfolio which basically means this customers are servicing their loans. In addition, when it comes to land ownership, Uganda has about 40.8 million land titles. It is products like Kyapa Loans that will boost land and home ownership in this country,” he said.[related-posts]The product is targeting all bibanja (debt) holders who wish to add value to their land by acquiring land titles issued through the Government of Uganda.The Stanbic Home Loans Manager, Jackson Emanzi affirmed Ugandans now have an opportunity to acquire land titles using an affordable land financing solution.He said, “As a bank, we have now gone further down the ecosystem to accord those with residences on Kabaka’s land with the financing to allow them process land titles through our new partnership with Buganda Land Board.”Stanbic Bank Head of Home Loans Jackson Emanzi addresses the media during the launch of Kyapa Loans partnership.“Under this arrangement, the bibanja (debt) holders will approach the Buganda Land Board’s Lease Access Financing initiative (LAFI) offices to survey and authenticate their land. After which they will be issued with Letter of recommendation to the bank and invoice of total cost which is presented to the bank for financing.” Emanzi added.(L-R) Buganda Land Board Managing Director Kyewalabye Male, Stanbic Bank CEO Patrick Mweheire and Stanbic Bank Head of Home Loans Jackson Emanzi address the media during the launch of Kyapa Loans.The funds granted by the bank under this scheme primarily enable one to acquire their lease hold title but can still get more funds as equity release or fund house completion/renovation.The solution is available to both salaried and self-employed (business) customers and grants repayment periods of up to 24 months at the best interest rates in the market with the entire loan acquisition process not longer than 48 hours.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Tour De France

first_imgWhat an incredible start to the Tour de France. Everything from the fastest of sprints to the hardest of winds, and every type of climb in-between in a frantic first phase of the 106th Tour de France has kept the fans on the edge of their seats and the punters guessing – at least when it comes to stages.Yesterday onlookers were treated to another thrilling day as echelons split the peloton into three sections with Team Ineos (formerly known as Team Sky) amongst several others tearing the main body of the field apart.That effort succeeded, and Ineos, thanks to the work of Luke Rowe, Gianni Moscon and Michal Kwiatkowski, managed to push up defending Champion Geraint Thomas and young hotshot Egan Bernal in the lead group, along with the yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe of Quick-Step. With them were other yellow jersey Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), and Dan Martin (UAE Emirates) were all in the front group and all of them ended up benefitting overall, gaining 1:40 on Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama FDJ).Further behind was Mikel Landa (Movistar), previous white jersey Guilo Ciccione (Trek-Segafredo) and also Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), whilst Jumbo-Visma made a horrendous tactical error in sending George Bennett back to get bottles as the pace went up. He lost 10 minutes and his place in the race for the yellow jersey, although when tour debutant Wout Van Aert won the final sprint, Jumbo had their fourth win from 10 stages at this Tour.How to watch the Tour? ITV4 and the ITV Hub have it, and so do Eurosport.The Top 201st Julian Alaphilippe Star Odds 16/12nd Geraint Thomas (8/13) +1:123rd Egan Bernal (7/2) +1:164th Steven Kruijswijk (18/1) +1:275th Emanuel Buchmann (50/1) +1:456th Enric Mas (20/1) +1:467th Adam Yates (22/1) +1:478th Nairo Quintana (14/1) +2.049th Dan Martin (80/1) +2.0910th Guilo Ciccione (On request) +2:3211th Thibaut Pinot (12/1) +2:3312th Patrick Konrad (350/1) +2:4613th Rigoberto Uran (50/1) +3:1814th Alejandro Valverde (200/1) +3:1815th Romain Bardet (66/1) +3:2016th Jakob Fuglsang (28/1) +3:2217th Warren Barguil (200/1) +3.2618th Roman Kreuziger (400/1) +3:2819th Xandro Meurisse (On Request) +3:4220th Richie Porte (40/1) +3:59TDF Outright Winner: The yellow jersey currently rests on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe, although we are yet to go to the many high altitude tests which will eventually decide the race. This tour goes over 2,000 meters on five occasions and four of them come in the last three days before Paris, with the Tourmalet’s summit finish on Stage 14 the first time in the high mountains.He’s 16’s from three figures beforehand and that price does have some temptations – he could well trade shorter – but his overall three-week record is enough to make one think that the main contenders can pass him.Geraint Thomas has – bar a crash on the Côte de la Jaillère on Stage 8 from which he emerged unharmed – had a brilliant week, and sitting in second place, last year’s winner is 8/13 with Star. That makes sense given that he raced well to finish best of the leading contenders on La Planche Des Belles Filles (the first summit finish of the race) and ought to grow into the race. However, he’s now just 8/13, which is no price with 11 stages to go and four summit finishes, and he can be avoided.Teammate Egan Bernal is just two seconds behind 7/2 with Star, although if one is being picky – as you should do at these prices – then he is too short for an each/way bet although the gap between him and Thomas is arguably too big.It’s 12/1 bar and with 1/4 the odds for each/way places and that looks worth investing in, especially as there’s still so much ground to be covered. Jumbo-Visma has already had a terrific tour with four wins, but they could still have a say in the end with Steven Kruijswijk. The Dutchman lit up the race with an incredible long-range raid on Stage 12 that went to Alpe d’Huez last year before finishing a very creditable fifth, and arguably did even better to finish fourth at the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) afterwards considering the effort he put in through the three weeks.That shows he stands up to his racing well and whilst some might think his best chance to win a Grand Tour (2016 Giro D’Italia) is gone, his 2018 season says different. This year, he finished 3rd in Andalucía, 5th in Catalunya and 6th in Romandie before having to skip the final stage of the Dauphiné due to sickness, and thanks to a powerful, well-rounded team, he’s found himself in the right place after 10 days here.With George Bennett totally in his service following the crosswinds, he has a super-domestique most riders would give their arm for, and the ideal set of skills for the key parts of the race. Fourth in the race overall, he’s only 15 seconds behind Geraint Thomas at the moment, has an excellent record at altitude, has a style of climbing that works well for long summit finishes, and also time trials very solidly against the clock to boot. A price of 18/1 looks too big for an each/way shot.TDF King Of The Mountains: Julian Alaphippe, last year’s winner, is favourite here but he feels very short at 10/3 given that his focus might well have changed following his fine start. The market in itself feels very volatile given the rules for scoring, as seen below.Points are awarded at the top of categorised climbs and mountain passes, with these graded from the easier 4th category to the hors catégorie climbs:Hors Catégorie above 2,000m passes (5 in total: the Tourmalet, Izoard, Galibier, Iseran and Val Thorens): The points on offer are 40-30-24-20-16-12-8-4 points respectively for first eight ridersCategory 1 climbs (13 in total): 10-8-6-4-2-1 pointsCategory 2 (12): 5-3-2-1 pointsCategory 3 (21): 2-1 pointsCategory 4 (14): 1 pointThe Hors Catégorie passes offer around 4 times as many points as even Category 1 climbs. They are the Tourmalet (summit finish), Izoard & Galibier (second and last climbs on Stage 17) Iseran (second last on Stage 18 & and Souvenir Henri Deserange) and Val Thorens (summit finish).Added up, this means that two of the summit finishes alone will have 80 points to the winner and that the final two climbs on Stage 17 will also offer 80 for one rider to go above it. In addition to this, all of the Hors Catégorie passes are over 2,000 meteres.It is easy to avoid Alaphilippe at 10/3 as he will surely try to stay in yellow for as long as possible and even if he does chase the jersey, he has conceded some ground to a couple of rivals. One of them is Guilo Ciccione, who should probably drop out of overall contention to try and follow up his Giro D’Italia title. The big question over his form is that of backing up hard efforts through the Giro in the Tour, but we’ve already seen him win 30 points in one day, and he’s a proven climber who has an advantage over the high climbing competition. A further raid or two should see him well placed before the crucial third week, when he might well be off the radar of the main contenders.Tim Wellens (43 points), and Thomas De Gendt (37 points) will ensure Lotto-Soudal have the jersey for a good long while, but those gains could easily be wiped out in a stage or two, so the pair will have to attack Thursday’s stages to the Col de Peyresourde and La Hourquette d’Ancizan before the real climbers get going, as their tallies could be threatened in one day. Indeed, Stage 15 has the Col de Montségur, Port de Lers and the Mur de Péguère before the Prat D’Albis, and the percentage call is to go for a pure climber at this stage.Ciccione is worth having in the book but if the GC men dominate the summit finishes as they did last year, then Egan Bernal could be worth having in the book. The Colombian is 7/2 to win the Tour and this could be a better value option to have onside, given that it’s entirely possible he’ll need to place highly in the third week.TDF Points Classification: Can anyone stop Peter Sagan if he stays up? No.TDF Young Rider Classification: A straight fight between Egan Bernal (2/5) and Enric Mas (3/1) which has the potential for some fireworks. The gap between the two in betting terms is probably a bit big but there’s no obvious value.TDF Team Classification: Movistar (leaders) and Trek Segafredo (1:30 behind but more than 10 minutes clear of the rest) are miles clear. The mountains ought to bring plenty of gaps but Movistar will be very hard to catch here and odds of 2/7 reflect that.TDF Top 10 Finish: If you think that Julian Alaphillipe will make a bold yellow jersey bid, then the 11/8 on him finishing in the Top 10 would look tasty. However, there’s just 2:31 between him and Thibaut Pinot in 10th, and that’s not a big gap if he cracks.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)OUTRIGHT WINNERBACK Stephen Kruiswijk 1 pt each/way at 18/1 with starsports.betKING OF MOUNTAINSBACK Gulio Ciccione 1 pt each/way at 15/2 with starsports.betBACK Egan Bernal 1 pt each/way at 33/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 179.87 points(excluding Ryan Sidebottom Ashes bet)last_img read more

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Report Pennsylvania State Police Raid Political Field Office for Voter Fraud

first_imgA sign lets voters know they can cast early ballots for the Floriday primary election at the South Creek Branch Library in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 27, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Crime and Incidents Share this article Share Report: Pennsylvania State Police Raid Political Field Office for ‘Voter Fraud’ By Jack Phillips November 1, 2016 Updated: November 1, 2016center_img Pennsylvania State Police have raided the offices of a Delaware County political field office in an attempt to gain evidence of possible voter registration fraud, it was reported this week.According to a warrant filed in court last week, police investigators said they’re looking for documents, lists of employees, and financial documents for the office of FieldWorks LLC in Norwood—a national organization that usually carries out street work for the Democratic Party.The details of the probe were not disclosed, but the warrant said that police are looking for “templates . . . utilized to construct fraudulent voter registration forms” and “completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms,” reported Philly.com. The warrant was signed last Friday by a Delaware County judge, and it was also approved by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.FieldWorks issued a statement, through spokesperson Matt Dorf, to Philly.com. “FieldWorks is now working with county officials to provide them with information on our program and applications they are investigating,” he said. “In keeping with our regular practice, we will work aggressively with authorities to seek the prosecution of anyone involved in wrongdoing.”Related CoverageTV Station Find Votes by Dead, but GOP Official Sees No Fraud FieldWorks, meanwhile, has “zero tolerance” for voter fraud, Dorf noted.On its website, FieldWorks describes itself is as the “premier grassroots organizing company for progressive organizations and Democratic campaigns around the country.”According to Delaware County Election Secretary Dixie Smith, election fraud in the county is not common. “We’ve had two [cases] this year and that is very unusual,” Smith told Grand Lake News. ” I can go back several years and tell you how many we’ve had but there’s never been very many.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Huge California Wildfire Spreads Overnight as Crews Dig In

first_img Huge California Wildfire Spreads Overnight as Crews Dig In By Reuters July 16, 2017 Updated: July 16, 2017 Share Share this article US Firefighters battled on Saturday to gain control of a destructive wildfire burning near Santa Barbara, California that mushroomed in size overnight, pushed by gusty offshore winds into dry brush that has not burned in decades.The Whittier Fire, which broke out July 8 and has already destroyed eight homes, had been more than 50 percent contained on Friday before so-called “Sundowner” winds picked up in the evening, according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) website.Nearly 3,000 people who were forced to flee their homes near Cachuma Lake and the community of Goleta remained under evacuation orders as fire officials said another evening of Sundowners could drive the flames toward populated areas.A remote camera atop a Santa Ynez Peak shows Whittier Fire activity near Santa Barbara, California, U.S. in this July 15, 2017. Picture taken July 14, 2017.   Santa Barbara County/Handout via REUTERS A remote camera atop a Santa Ynez Peak shows Whittier Fire activity near Santa Barbara, California, U.S. in this July 15, 2017. Picture taken July 14, 2017. Santa Barbara County/Handout via REUTERS“The fire continues burning in an area above the community of Goleta and crews continue to build containment and contingency lines to hold the fire in check,” Cal Fire said on the Inciweb fire-tracking website. “The east and west flanks of the fire continue to burn towards established containment lines.”More than 1,600 firefighters were working the blaze, assisted by water-dropping planes and helicopters. Highway 154 was shut down in both directions and the Los Padres National Park was closed to the public. Evacuation shelters were opened at a high school in Goleta. The conflagration, which had blackened 17,364 acres along California’s scenic central coast as of Saturday afternoon, was being fed by brush and vegetation that had not burned since 1955, according to fire officials.“The combination of old, dry fuels with a newly cured heavy grass crop contributed to the rapid growth of this fire,” Cal Fire said. “Large, old oak trees are continuing to burn well after the fire has past, leaving hazardous snags along highways and firelines.”The Whittier Fire is among more than 50 large, active wildfires burning across the U.S. West as forecasters warned that hot, dry conditions could persist, creating tinderbox conditions.Firefighters from a Burbank engine company take a  break after working all night tackling the Whittier Fire near Santa Barbara, California, U.S. in this July 15, 2017 handout photo.   (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters) Firefighters from a Burbank engine company take a break after working all night tackling the Whittier Fire near Santa Barbara, California, U.S. in this July 15, 2017 handout photo. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters)Red flag warnings were issued for Northern California and parts of other states, where the National Weather Service said temperatures could reach above 90 degrees Fahrenheit 32 degrees Celsius) and winds to gust 50 miles (80 km) per hour.Flames have charred more than twice as much land in California so far in 2017 compared with a year earlier, according to Cal Fire.Still, firefighters have made significant gains against the so-called Wall Fire, which had damaged or destroyed 44 homes in Butte County and more than 60 other structures, calling it mostly contained as of Saturday.The Alamo Fire, which charred some 29,000 acres and destroyed at least one home in San Luis Obispo County, was said to be 92 percent contained as of Saturday morning. center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Flames from the Whittier Fire burn in the distance behind a home near El Capitan Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, U.S. July 14, 2017. Picture taken July 14, 2017. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters) Show Discussionlast_img read more

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More Than 50 Arrested for Looting in Miami During Irma

first_imgA sign on a business is pictured in advance of Hurricane Irma’s expected arrival in North Miami Beach, Florida on Sept. 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo) US MIAMI—Miami area police arrested more than 50 suspected looters during Hurricane Irma, including 26 people who were accused of breaking into a single Wal-Mart store, authorities said on Tuesday (September 12).City officials on Tuesday lifted a local 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew that had been in place since Sunday. As normality began to return, police commanders said officers will work 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, to discourage any more criminality.“I said we would not tolerate criminal activity or looting or anybody who takes advantage of our residents,” Deputy Chief of Police Luis Cabrera said at a news conference. “I was not joking.”The Wal-Mart incident took place on Saturday night at a store on the north side of the City of Miami, said Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta.Among others suspected of looting were six men arrested on Monday and accused of breaking into stores at the Midtown Miami shopping complex, near the fashionable Wynwood district, before making off with merchandise that included shoes, bags and laptops. The looting attempts spanned the city, said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, from the well-heeled Brickell and downtown neighborhoods to the low-income Liberty City and Little Haiti areas. He said police will stay vigilant as the cleanup goes on.Officers have also been busy trawling roads that can be perilous for motorists because power cuts shut off traffic lights at intersections and streets have accumulated shredded vegetation spread by the storm’s powerful winds.“We have never experienced, not even with Hurricane Andrew, the amount of trees that are downed in the city,” Regalado told the news conference. Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.Local residents stand in the darkness as many areas of Miami still without electricity after Hurricane Irma strikes Florida, in Little Havana, Miami, Florida on Sept. 11, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Local residents stand in the darkness as many areas of Miami still without electricity after Hurricane Irma strikes Florida, in Little Havana, Miami, Florida on Sept. 11, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   More Than 50 Arrested for Looting in Miami During Irma By Reuters September 13, 2017 Updated: September 13, 2017 Share this article Show Discussion Since Irma began bearing down on the state late last week, authorities have been warning any would-be looters against taking advantage of the situation.Rick Maglione, the police chief of Fort Lauderdale, about 30 miles north of Miami, told residents to stay home during the storm and look after their loved ones. “Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Maglione said in a statement.Miami police posted a photo on Facebook of several accused looters sitting in a jail cell under the caption: “Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors.”By Zach Fagensonlast_img read more

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Hawaii Approves Telescope on Volcano Sacred to Indigenous People

first_img US News Share this article Share Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img An artist’s concept illustrating the TMT Observatory at the proposed site on Mauna Kea, Hawaii provided on Sept. 28, 2017. (Courtesy of TMT Observatory/Handout via REUTERS) Hawaii Approves Telescope on Volcano Sacred to Indigenous People By Reuters September 29, 2017 Updated: September 29, 2017 A team of scientists won approval from Hawaii officials on Thursday to build a $1.4 billion telescope atop a volcano indigenous people consider sacred, but opponents vowed to continue fighting.The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island, state officials said in a statement.Astronomers consider the summit one of the world’s best places to view the cosmos, while Native Hawaiians say the project would disturb holy ground crucial to their connection with ancestors and the heavens.A consortium of scientists, after selecting the site in 2009 and applying to build there, initially received construction permits from state officials in 2011. In 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court voided that decision, saying officials did not follow the proper procedures for a “contested case hearing.”That forced the state board to re-evaluate the proposal with more input from opponents. The project calls for building one of the world’s largest telescopes atop the dormant volcano.“This was one of the most difficult decisions this board has ever made,” Suzanne Case, chairwoman of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, said in a statement. An artist’s concept illustrating the TMT Observatory at the proposed site on Mauna Kea, Hawaii provided on Sept. 28, 2017. (Courtesy of TMT Observatory/Handout via REUTERS)The 13,800 foot-tall volcano is already dotted with telescopes, the board noted in a 345-page decision paper.“Today, Mauna Kea is the best place on earth to study the heavens,” the board’s decision paper said.Native Hawaiians and environmentalists will soon stage protests at the site and another legal challenge is expected in the Hawaii Supreme Court, said Kahookahi Kanuha, who is co-founder of the Hawaii Unity and Liberation Institute and is Native Hawaiian.Ilima Long, 40, a graduate student in political science at the University of Hawaii who opposes the project, said Native Hawaiians like herself support science, just not this project.“Hawaiians, our ancestors were scientists,” she said. “We’re the best navigators and wayfarers of all human history.” An artist’s concept illustrating the TMT Observatory at the proposed site on Mauna Kea, Hawaii provided on Sept. 28, 2017. (Courtesy of TMT Observatory/Handout via REUTERS)The board placed dozens of conditions on the consortium, which includes scientists from the California Institute of Technology and Japan, India and Canada.The consortium will be required to provide $1 million a year for college scholarships for Native Hawaiians and other educational initiatives.“In moving forward, we will listen respectfully to the community in order to realize the shared vision of (Mauna Kea) as a world center for Hawaiian culture, education, and science,” TMT International Observatory Board Chairman Henry Yang said in a statement.By Alex Dobuzinskis last_img read more

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Charles Mansons Remains Are Still in Morgue Amid Legal Battle

first_img US News Share this article Charles Manson in March 2009. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images) Charles Manson’s Remains Are Still in Morgue Amid Legal Battle By Jack Phillips February 1, 2018 Updated: February 1, 2018 Recommended Video: How Doctors in China Turn into Murderers The legal battle over Charles Manson’s remains, which have been kept by California authorities since Nov. 19, has yet to subside.A Kern County Superior Court Commissioner set a hearing for March 7 to figure out what to do with the notorious cult leader’s body. Three people are disputing the remains, including his alleged adopted son, Michael Brunner, his alleged grandson, Jason Freeman, and his pen pal, Michael Channels.“I know his spirit is already, um, up in heaven. And now we get a chance to lay his body to rest,” Freeman told reporters outside of a Bakersfield, California, courtroom, Fox News reported Thursday, Feb. 2. “I think we all have, you know good and bad in us,” Freeman said. “It all depends on what we choose to do.”Manson was convicted for ordering a killing spree in August of 1969. Several of his followers were also convicted. He spent the remainder of his life in prison.He died of natural causes on Sunday in Bakersfield, California. He was incarcerated in a nearby state prison since the early 1970s.But he never acknowledged any family members while in prison. According to People magazine, he didn’t list a next of kin. The magazine cited “a corrections official who asked not to be identified by name.” His estate, which might include the rights to songs that he wrote or his image, will be litigated in Los Angeles, as that is where he lived when he was convicted, said Superior Court Judge David Cowan last Friday. The decision about his remains will be made in Kern County, where he died in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 83.On Wednesday, Deputy Kern County Counsel Bryan Walters said in court that now, “bodies are stacking up in the morgue” from drug overdoses. The coroner said it wants to quickly dispose of Manson’s remains to make more space.Attorney Daniel Mortensen, representing Brunner, said his so-called adopted son should take control of the remains if two wills that Manson had signed are considered invalid, Fox reported.Mortensen filed papers in court that included a birth certificate and baptismal certificate for a Michael Manson. The parents are listed as Charles Manson and Mary Brunner.“He just wants to make sure that his portion of anything that happens and Mr. Manson’s time on this earth is done in a dignified way if he’s responsible for it,” Mortensen said Wednesday.Channels, meanwhile, is listed as executor of the Manson estate in one will and sole beneficiary.“It cannot be ignored that Mr. Channels is a dealer in Manson memorabilia, with a public and macabre interest in the infamous crimes of (Manson) and a long history of sensationalizing and seeking to profit therefrom,” Mortensen said.Freeman, who said he is the son of Charles Manson Jr., is also seeking the remains.Freeman says he’s the son of Charles Manson Jr., who changed his name to Jay White and died in 1993.CNN reported the following several years ago:Jay White, who was cursed with the name Charles Manson Jr., killed himself on June 29, 1993, on a desolate section of highway in Burlington, Colorado, just west of the Kansas state line.The death certificate offers few clues as to why there and what finally pushed him over the edge. The document indicates it was about 10:15 a.m. when he died from a “self inflicted gunshot wound to the head” at “exit 438 on interstate 70.”From NTD.tvcenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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