The government has survived Jeremy Corbyns nocon

first_imgThe government has survived Jeremy Corbyn’s no-confidence vote tonight, with 325 MPs voting against the motion and 306 voting in favour.Making a point of order in the House of Commons after the result was announced, Theresa May invited opposition party leaders to discuss the next steps for Brexit.In response, the Labour leader called on the Prime Minister to rule out the possibility of ‘no deal’, a move his spokesperson later described as the necessary “starting point” for any “substantive talks”.Corbyn is willing to meet with the Prime Minister, and contacts have already been made, the spokesperson confirmed, but no meaningful discussions will be had between them on Brexit until ‘no deal’ is taken off the table.Speaking in the chamber, the SNP and Lib Dems agreed to engage in cross-party talks with the government, and have asserted similar red lines to those of Labour for the discussions.The DUP’s Nigel Dodds said the confidence vote highlighted the importance of the confidence-and-supply agreement in place, while Labour MPs made a gesture in his direction indicating money.All Labour MPs voted against the government, as well as former PLP members Frank Field, Jared O’Mara and Kelvin Hopkins, who voted with Labour.Ex-Labour MPs John Woodcock, Ivan Lewis and Fiona Onasanya, who now sit as Independents, abstained on the vote.Woodcock, who quit the Labour Party in July 2018 amid a disciplinary case against him, had indicated in his Commons speech during the no-confidence debate that he would be voting with the government against the motion.Michael Gove, who closed the debate for the Prime Minister, congratulated Woodcock on his speech, saying: “It takes courage, and he has it… to say that the leader of the party you joined as a boy is not fit to be Prime Minister.”The Environment Secretary also accused deputy leader Tom Watson of believing that Corbyn is “the worst possible person to lead the Labour Party”.In his opening speech made to move the motion, Corbyn said of the government: “Last week they lost a vote on the Finance Bill. That what’s called supply. Yesterday they lost a vote by biggest margin ever. That what’s regarded as confidence.“By any convention of this House, by any precedent, the loss of confidence and supply should mean they do the right thing and resign.”Corbyn’s spokesperson did not rule out tabling another motion of no-confidence in the government at a later date, possibly before the Prime Minister has returned to parliament with a substantive ‘Plan B’ for Brexit.Tags:Theresa May /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Vote of no confidence /Confidence vote /last_img read more

SF Mission Supe Candidates Talk Police Reform

first_img…among other things. Please see my full post here for more.We hope our weekly column will also remind people to vote. San Francisco turnouts are notoriously low, and if you have recently moved or have not yet registered to vote, here is the page you will need to update your registration or to register for the first time.If you have your own questions to ask the candidates, please send them to with the subject line “One Question.” The tragic deaths of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and Mario Woods — all young men of color — illustrate a larger problem of institutionalized racism in our criminal justice system. According to nearly every study, African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately targeted by police, and jailed far more often than their white counterparts. While police have taken some steps to address racial disparities, reforms have not gone far enough. We need to start by equipping every police officer with body-worn cameras; immediately triggering an independent investigation in officer-involved civilian deaths; and creating the Office of Public Advocate for more effective oversight.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261Community trust in law enforcement is being tested at a level this city has not seen in decades and we’ve seen too many tragedies involving young men of color. We can’t delay the establishment of better training and stricter guidelines around the use of force.As Supervisor, I commit to meaningful reform that goes beyond current policies, practices and legal standards to ensure public safety for all San Franciscans. In addition, when inappropriate force is used against anyone, we must seek independent investigation and ensure that adequate punishments are leveled against any officer found guilty of breaching these rules.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyBasic business principles dictate that how your organization is designed determines how it will perform. However, let us not forget that in order to change a behavior there has to be a willingness to change, currently there is no acknowledgment of wrongdoing, and not much accountability from the department. Therefore, I propose to start with having a structure change, let us have body of elected officials that regulate and sanction the behavior of officers, made out of members of the community, with the absolute power to terminate employment. As well, all members of the police commission need to be elected, and all policies and practices need to reviewed and corrected.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubWe deserve better. I grew up around the corner from Alex Nieto. His parents knew my parents and grandparents. It does not escape me that it could have been me.We must be bold in our actions to change this epidemic.And here is where we start: Federal civil rights investigation of SFPD & sheriff’s department.Anti-racist and anti-oppression trainings of police officersRemove secretive grand jury process for excessive force casesCreate African-American / Latino community oversight committeeUse of force standardsIndependent investigationsStop criminalizing people of color Do the fatal police shootings of Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, and Mario Woods warrant reform of the police department? And beyond general calls for de-escalation training, what would that reform look like?Respuestas en español aquí.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us your questions to and let us know in comments or in an e-mail if you think candidates have answered the questions asked.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David Camposcenter_img 0% Tags: election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Get Ready for the Rain

first_imgWhile the barriers are deployed, for any issues/inquiries or if you need help accessing  your property, please call 415-516-2783.Remember to report any sewer issues, such as flooding, sewage backup or clogged catch basins by logging in, using the mobile app for Android and iPhone or dialing 3-1-1.For storm preparation tips and resources please visit, email us at or call us at 415-554-3289. 0% Please visit sfwater,org/RainReadySF to find out the steps you can take to prepare yourself, your home or business for major rain events and help minimize damage when a big storm occurs: You will see City staff, vehicles, trucks, and trailers for the duration of the deployment and removal.Crews will be present whenever the barriers are in place (day and night) to assist residents and businesses with accessing their properties. However, in the event of extreme rains or flooding, we may need to advise everyone to stay away from the area due to safety concerns.Temporary No Parking signs may be posted throughout the work area; please refer to signs as posted, for exact details.Businesses and residents in the area will have access to their doorways and driveways, although there may be temporary delays. The best way to report issues such as localized flooding, sewage backups or clogged catch basins is to contact 311 at, on the mobile app for Android and iPhone, or by calling 3-1-1.In addition, crews will deploy the temporary flood barriers today (this evening through late night) at 17th/Folsom. As a reminder, the flood barriers will be deployed on the sidewalk, on the west side of Folsom St. (partial block south of 17th St.) and the south side of 17th St. (Shotwell to Folsom St.).What to expect during deployment/removal of flood barriers:  Please let us know if you’d like to get removed from this mailing list.Thank you!Idil From City Officials:Dear Neighbors,As you might be aware, we’re expecting heavy rains to hit the San Francisco Bay Area over this weekend.The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has streamlined emergency response protocols and increased staffing to better assist residents and businesses in times of severe weather: “Storm Watch” crews proactively monitor low-lying areas of the City that are prone to flooding, even in the middle of the night and on weekends.Crews have deep-cleaned hundreds of catch basins and hand-delivered thousands of free sandbags to areas prone to flooding.Strike Teams are on call to clear leaves and debris from the top of the catch basin grates to help stormwater drain more effectively. Purchase low-cost affordable National Flood Insurance.Apply for our Floodwater Grant and get reimbursed for implementing improvements on your property that reduce flooding risk.Pick up free sandbags from SF Public Works Operation Yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez (through entrance on Marin or Kansas Streets); more information at a drain  at and help keep catch basins clear. San Franciscans have adopted more than 1000 drains to date.  Questions? Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

The battle over Californias police useofforce bill heats up

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Neither PORAC nor the ACLU would disclose how much they have spent on the ads. The legislation comes in an era of increased scrutiny of how police officers use force, as controversial police shootings of unarmed men of color continue to proliferate nationwide. In March, Sacramento police fatally shot Stephon Clark, an unarmed African American. Sacramento-based lawmakers couldn’t help but take note. The Mission District has seen five police shootings since 2011 — including the 2016 shooting of Luis Gongora Pat, a homeless Mexican immigrant who police shot dead on 15th and Shotwell 30 seconds after leaving their vehicles. Police said Gongora was waving a knife and they feared for their lives when they shot him. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, who supports AB 931, declined to file charges against the officers involved in Gongora’s shooting, or any other, arguing that the current legal standard — that officers can use lethal force when even perceiving a threat — prevented him from building a strong case. “The available evidence would not allow prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their use of force under such circumstances was unreasonable,” Gascon’s final report states. It’s crunch time for a potential California law that could dramatically change the way police officers are permitted to use deadly force. And, in advertising campaigns of an intensity more commonly associated with candidate races, both supporters and opponents of the bill view it as a “top priority.” With three days left in the current legislative session, AB 931 must pass before Friday to have a chance at landing on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and radio spots and social media campaigns are pushing voters to cajole their local assembly rep. Photo: Body cam footage of Officer Chris Samayoa readying his gun before firing through his window and fatally shooting Keita O’Neil, an unarmed carjacking suspect, without warning. AB 931 would change the law so that cops can use deadly force only when absolutely “necessary,” meaning only when an officer has exhausted all “reasonable alternatives,” such as de-escalation and less-lethal options, such as pepper spray.  Such a law could have come into play regarding several recent San Francisco police shootings including one in Bayview where a rookie cop shot and killed an unarmed suspect — without warning — as he ran by the officer’s car. Supporters say the legislation would reduce lethal police use-of-force incidents and make it easier to charge officers who have used excessive force and failed to follow departmental procedures. “Over the last couple years, the response of communities to unjustifiable police use of force has created a lot of attention and a call for change,” said Abdi Soltani, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. In fact, the legislation is so important to the group that it has paid for radio ads urging California residents call their representatives and urge them to show support for the bill. Running ads is “something we do when it comes to a bill that’s a top, top priority for us,” said Daisy Vieyra, a spokeswoman for the ACLU Northern California. “It’s really important to get the word out as far and wide as possible.” center_img Opponents, largely statewide law enforcement unions, say the new standard would endanger officers by causing them to second-guess their decisions in potentially dangerous situations. Other law enforcement groups — such as the California Peace Officers Research Association (PORAC) and the California Police Chiefs Association — also vehemently oppose the legislation. Both groups have also put out radio ads asserting that the law would create a public safety issue by “handcuffing” police officers and preventing them from apprehending criminals. Numerous law-enforcement groups have run ads on Twitter — even attempting to cast doubt on the ACLU’s oft-cited claim that, of the 172 deadly police encounters in California last year, half the victims were unarmed. CA Legislators are considering a bill that would force officers to hesitate when facing a potentially dangerous suspect. That hesitation could cost them and innocent citizens their lives. Join us in asking our Legislators to vote #NoOnAB931CLICK HERE:— PORAC (@PORACalifornia) August 20, 2018 Email Addresslast_img read more

ENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident

first_imgENGLAND Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident that his young charges will rise to the challenge when they face Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (2pm).Tom Makinson and Josh Jones have both been selected in the side.“We’ve had a great period of preparation and the boys are really fired up for this game,” said Purtill. “It’s been quite a challenge for us this year: we have had our biggest turnaround in terms of new faces and the squad has come together really quickly.“The players have worked really hard and the level of commitment has never been higher: I’m sure they will do a great job on Saturday.“The physical challenge is going to be massive for us because Samoa are a big team and technically we know we will have to be at our best against opponents who are preparing for the World Cup.“We know what we have to do and are not short of confidence: the players know they are in the Knights squad because of their talent, skill and ability and that that is part of their career pathway.“Rugby League is a tough game and injuries are a fact of life. The Knights players are the back-up for England’s World Cup squad and the game is a chance for them to show they are ready to step in should they be needed.”The Knights made one change to their squad this week with the late withdrawal of Hull FC prop Liam Watts with a shoulder injury. Watts is replaced by club-mate Josh Bowden, who starts on the bench.England Knights:1. Tommy Makinson; 2. Iain Thornley, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Zak Hardaker, 5. Ben Cockayne; 6. Daniel Sarginson, 7. Sam Powell; 8. Tom Burgess, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Scott Taylor, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Dominic Crosby.Subs: 14. Chris Green, 15. Jack Hughes, 16. Michael Lawrence, 17. Kieran Dixon, 18. Brad Singleton, 19. Josh Bowden, 20. Logan Tomkins.In partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult can attend England v Italy (4.30pm) and England Knights v Samoa (2.00pm) for free on Saturday October 19 at Salford City Stadium.Adult tickets cost £15 and £5 for concessions. To take advantage of the kids go free offer and to purchase tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit for further information.last_img read more

SAINTS Players and Staff have donated Chocolate Or

first_imgSAINTS Players and Staff have donated Chocolate Oranges to Chris Lamb’s annual appeal.James Roby and Kirsty Rush organised the collection at Langtree Park to hand over to the Saints fan for his Challenge.The chocolate orange story started in 2008 when Chris’ son Elliott was in hospital with pneumonia.He writes:“One of the physios did a really good job with Elliott’s chest. Elliott loved physio because it made him feel better after. You could just tell.“The physio did such a good job that Elliott’s oxygen saturation levels reached 100%. I bought them a chocolate orange to say thank you and word soon got round.“The nurses and doctors love chocolate oranges so it used to cost me a small fortune whenever he was in hospital. It was worth it though because they do such an amazing job.“After Elliott passed away in 2010 I decided to try to collect as many chocolate oranges as possible for the following year and distribute them amongst those who looked after Elliott and as a way of cherishing those special memories we all shared.“In 2011, with the help of friends, family and colleagues we collected 145.“In 2012, we collected 600. I can never thank everyone enough for the support they have given in the past couple of years. Last year we aimed for 700 and received nearly 2,000.”Chris shares the oranges between Alder Hey Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Whiston Hospital, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and Elliott’s old school Lansbury Bridge in St HelensA number of additional organisations have been identified to receive oranges this year due to the growing popularity of the challenge and increasing numbers from across the United Kingdom.They are Preston Hospital, Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre, Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens and Claire House on the Wirral.Chris says he has collected close to 5,000 this year and we, as a club, are more than happy to help.Head of Sales Dave Hutchinson and Chief Executive Mike Rush (left) donate the oranges to Chris Lamb (centre)last_img read more

Community members give input about North Waterfront Park

first_imgThe future site of North Waterfront Park (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What’s in store for the future of Wilmington’s North Waterfront Park? Community members had the chance to come out Monday night and give their input.The City of Wilmington held a drop-in style meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the public to provide their thoughts about conceptual designs for the new North Waterfront Park.- Advertisement – The city purchased the 6.6 acre tract for the park along the northern waterfront near the Isabel Holmes Bridge in 2013.Citizens approved $20 million for the development of the park as a part of the 2016 Parks Bond.According to the City of Wilmington, previous public input about the park indicated residents were interested in green space, a large concert venue and festival space, shade trees, a playground, a water feature, trails, gardens, public art, public docking, and natural areas.Related Article: City leaders to vote on fund transfer beginning design phase for Portia Hines Park“Being part of the Cape Fear Garden Club, we’re very interested in having gardens right along the park, right along the river,” Cape Fear Garden Club member Cathy Poulos said. “Our club would very much like to participate and maybe help with one of the little garden rooms that they’re planning with the park.”“I’m just really thrilled that Wilmington is going to develop this park,” Poulos said. “I think it’s been needed for a long time. The more green spaces we have, the better.”Another group is hoping the new park will feature a boathouse.“The foundation has a plan to put a boathouse on the very north end of the north side park, provided that we can solve any technical issues that may arise,” Renaissance Wilmington Foundation President and CEO Bill Graham said. “Thus far we’ve done very well with getting the appearance of available space, a grand design, a wonderful design, and the cooperation of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and leading engineers in town to come up with a workable plan that combines the soil coming off the back of the park with the rear end of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s space, which is really just used for piping and access to the river, and by combining those two – that soil and that back area, we can turn great big 60 foot crew boats and take them out of the boathouse and down to the water, and it’s all very exciting for the city.”“The park itself, I like the two designs,” Graham said. “I’m very excited about having a great lawn and event space, also some quiet areas that make sense, maybe splash areas for kids. We’ve seen those are very popular elsewhere, and the designs that I see here incorporate those elements in a very thoughtful way.”The park is tentatively expected to open in Fall 2019.For more information about the project and how you can submit your input, click here.last_img read more

Hoggard student brings joy to sick kids

first_img “Just to know that giving a toy to a child while they’re feeling maybe sad or even depressed sometimes can make them just bring a smile to their face is just like the most wonderful feeling I could have ever experienced,” Kellen said.For Kellen’s senior project he partnered up with Andrew’s Toy Box, and with help from his church, he collected more than 200 toys. It is a project close to his heart because some of his family members were diagnosed with serious conditions as children.“I just saw what the diseases and afflictions did to them and like how just the actual hospitalization through all this could affect them,” Kellen said. “And I just wanted to find a way that I could make them feel better or help other children in the future not have them have to go through the same thing.”Related Article: Children’s Advil recalled due to mislabeling and overdose concernsNow he is bringing smiles, laughter, and a variety of gifts to children like Carter. Giving patients and parents a much needed break.“It not only helps them I think in their healing process, it also helps boost their self-esteem while they’re here,” Carter’s mother, Amy Pederson said.It is a chance for Kellen to make his senior project far more than just a graded piece of paper.“To support children by any means necessary through hardships they have to go through,” Kellen said. “It’s horrible that children at such a young age have to go through very difficult times and afflictions like this and have to be hospitalized and feel isolation, and all these very immature feelings.”Kellen wants to ensure kids like Carter they have support through this tough time.“It just really reassures me that there’s still great, genuine people out there that want to do good and show good and just do better for our community,” Pederson said.The donated toys will be handed out to dozens of patients at the hospital throughout the holiday season.Kellen said this is only the beginning for him as he plans to continue to give back for years to come. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Senior projects are usually focused on topics like civil rights, photography, or environmental research. However, one local senior chose to bring Christmas a little early to children at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital.‘Tis the season for giving and that is just what Hoggard High Senior Kellen Hanson is doing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hundreds take a stand against racism at Wilmington City Hall

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds took to the steps of city hall in Downtown Wilmington Friday to take a stand against racism.WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick emceed the packed event hosted by the YWCA Lower Cape Fear.- Advertisement – People from across the community attended the event including local leaders and members of law enforcement including Sheriff Ed McMahon and Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, Mayor Bill Saffo, District Attorney Ben David and New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield all spoke this afternoon.It was a day to raise awareness about the negative impacts of racism across the community and organizers could not be more proud of the turnout.“I hope people driving by understand and see that people care. People want equality for all people in our community,” YWCA Lower Cape Fear Chief Executive Officer Charrise Hart said. “My belief is that if we can empower one group, we’re empowering everyone.”Related Article: More residents forced out of local apartments due to storm damageThis was the 8th annual Stand Against Racism event.Organizers say it was one of the largest and they only hope to keep the movement growing for years to come.last_img read more

Publix to open in Surf City later this month

first_img A grand opening will be held late this month on Saturday, May 26 at 7 a.m.This will be the fifth Publix to come to the Cape Fear. Publix being built near Surf City on May 7, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Big news for Surf City residents! We now know when the Publix supermarket will open in the area.The new store is located at 2765 NC HWY 210 E in Hampstead.- Advertisement – last_img

Crash in Brunswick County backs up traffic on US 17

first_img According to the waze app, the accident was reported around 7:20 this morning. Traffic can be seen backed up on Highway 17 near the entrance of Brunswick Forest. Crash in Brunswick County on Jan. 17, 2019 (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Highway Patrol is investigating a crash causing delays on Highway 17 near Leland Thursday morning.The Highway Patrol in Brunswick County told us a trooper is on scene responding to the crash, but could not tell us any details about the accident.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington surgeon one of few in nation to perform new procedure

first_img Doctor Charles Kays in Wilmington has been able to perform a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for women all in the same day.Aside from women having to come back for multiple surgeries, Kays says it means so much for a patient to be able to wake up feeling like they are almost back to normal.“You know, you’ve just dealt with cancer,” Kays’ patient Samantha Wood said. “You look in the mirror and you don’t see yourself anymore.”Related Article: Mom to Mom: Breast Cancer Awareness MonthDoctors diagnosed Wood with stage two breast cancer in 2018. After months of chemo, Wood faced a double mastectomy.“When you’ve already been into the doctor’s office every two weeks or every three weeks, the idea of going in for a surgery and then expansions every two weeks for possibly several months later, and then another surgery, just frightened me,” Wood said.Wood says she was intimidated by the idea of multiple procedures and surgeries. Then she found Dr. Kays in Wilmington.“Typically, it used to be the insertion of a tissue expander or stretcher under the muscle at the time of the mastectomy. then the patient would come to the office repeatedly, every two weeks for months, where we would fill that expander and create a shape that we could once put a permanent implant in,” Kays said.Kays says that process requires at least two surgeries and almost a year just to feel normal again.With cutting edge technology, Kays is now one of just a few doctors in the nation to perform a mastectomy, then reconstructive surgery all in one day.“We’re now able to clinically evaluate the blood flow to the skin,” Kays said. “The reason that’s important is because if we’re going to put our permanent implant in, we want to make sure that skin is healthy and viable that will heal over the implant. Prior to this machine, we used clinical judgment.”With the help of a SPY machine, Kays is able to test that tissue and complete the reconstruction immediately after the mastectomy.“To have this reconstruction completed at the time is a profound advance,” he said.For patients like Wood, the feeling of normalcy goes far beyond physical appearance.“It just allowed me to start to feel like I’m going to get back to me and look forward and appreciate what I’ve been through,” she said. “That gave me a huge sense of normalcy.”Kays says the procedure is spreading to more and more surgeons throughout the country.He says he is also working on a paper on the procedure that will be published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a procedure that one surgeon says is only performed by a few people in the country. One of those surgeons is right here in Wilmington.The Wilmington plastic surgeon says thanks to newer technology, that procedure has helped hundreds of women.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Former New Hanover County teacher pleads guilty to child sex crime charges

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A former New Hanover County teacher facing dozens of child sex crimes charges pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning.Michael Kelly, 50, faced multiple charges, including multiple counts of indecent liberties with a child, indecent liberties with a student and second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.- Advertisement – Kelly will spend between 17 and 31 years behind bars. After that, he will be required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan says 19 victims were involved in charges dating back as far as 2003, all the way up through 2018. Jordan says lifetime restraining order have been entered for six of the victims.“Really the devastation you see on behalf of these students is something that really comes from, I have found over the years, as just a betrayal of someone who is in authority over them and someone who they are supposed to be able to trust and have confidence in, and their parents are supposed to be able to have confidence in,” Jordan said.Related Article: Police investigating two shootings in WilmingtonJordan says that trust was beyond breached by Kelly.Kelly was a teacher at Isaac Bear Early College High School when he was arrested in February of 2018.Kelly has remained in the New Hanover County jail under a $2.1 million bond.Kelly shared pornographic images with some students on Snapchat, had sexual conversations while at school, and texted students sexual images of his genitalia, according to an affidavit for a search warrant for Michael Kelly’s home.Jordan says for these victims to be heard and believed is extremely valuable.“For the state’s purposes and for the victims’ as well, we are relieved that they don’t have to take the witness stand,” Jordan said. “That’s one thing that’s of value to us. That they don’t have to come into court and share this pain and trauma with a courtroom full of strangers.”New Hanover County Schools made a statement in response to Kelly’s guilty plea:“New Hanover County Schools condemns the actions of Mike Kelly and remains committed to the safety of all students. Once district personnel knew of the allegations, we took immediate action to move for his dismissal.The district is aware of the statements made in court today by Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan about Mr. Kelly’s recollection of events from 2006. Upon learning about the statements, we contacted two former (retired) NHCS’ administrators Dr. Sherry Broome and Ms. Matilda Gurley, the individuals who served as principal of Isaac Bear Early College High School during the 2006 and 2007 school year and spoke to both of them via phone. Neither Dr. Broome nor Mrs. Gurly investigated an incident involving Mr. Kelly for an allegation of indecent exposure during their tenure as principal. Both principals stated that no such incident was reported to them.We will follow up with the District Attorney’s Office to discuss this matter.”last_img read more

The slippery paint in San Ġwann may cause fatal accidents BAG

first_img SharePrint Facebook – BAGFacebook – BAG The Bicycle Advocacy Group (BAG) deemed the new cycling lanes in Tal-Balal Road as “substandard” and “unsafe”, as they may lead to fatal accidents.On Facebook, BAG urged its members and other cyclists not to use the lanes painted in green at Tal-Balal Road in San Ġwann. Firstly, it stated that paint is not a substitute for infrastructure, and that the design will increase the danger to people travelling on bicycles, along with confusing car drivers.Secondly, the paint is deemed to be “slippery”, rendering such lanes dangerous in wet conditions as they may cause fatal accidents. This is apart from the fact that paint fades with time and use.The group ended its message by calling on Infrastructure Malta and Transport Malta to provide cyclists with better access to Malta’s roads.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Wilshere dreams of England return

first_imgJack Wilshere joined Manuel Pellegrini’s revolution at West Ham United on a free transfer after spending 16 years at Arsenal. The midfielder declared that he refused lucrative offers from abroad in order to keep competing in the English Premier League.Gareth Southgate decided to leave out Wilshere from his final World Cup squad even though the 26-year-old midfielder appeared 34 times for England. Wilshere has often had to battle fitness problems that deprived him of consistency. Arsene Wenger sent him on loan at Bournemouth in 2017 but this spell was short-lived as Wilshere broke his leg.The combative midfielder hopes to play a decisive role for his new employers as West Ham begin their season with a difficult match against Liverpool before facing Bournemouth.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Microsoft mLab and iHUB enter into partnership

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has announced a strategic cooperation with Kenyan startup incubators m:Lab East Africa and iHub that will make it easier for developers to access software and capital.The partnership will see cooperation in several projects including supporting startups with BizSpark memberships, trainings, partnerships, business networking and capital investment opportunities.Developers in the incubation hubs will further be able to access latest events and workshops on the company’s newest technologies. – Advertisement – Microsoft will also readily offer its new devices (windows phone and windows based tablets) for testing of applications by the developers.The company hopes developers in East Africa can develop their skills and create relations with the software giant and utilise Microsoft contacts for international outreach as they develop their skills.Speaking at the Africa Digital summit in Ethiopia, Microsoft’s general manager for Africa initiatives Fernando de Sousa said the collaboration is meant to strengthen upcoming startups and tap into Africa’s potential.“Microsoft sees tremendous potential in African youth, developers and entrepreneurs, and we see this collaboration with iHub and m:lab as an excellent way to quickly and directly engage with these critical communities to listen to how we can best support their ambitions and goals,” he said.“It is our hope that this collaboration will help many more African start-ups become strong players in the information and communication technology sector at a global scale.”iHub managing director Erik Hersman said the partnership will help developers reach new markets by associating with a well-known brand.“Microsoft is clearly a brand that developers and startups want to engage with, and we look forward to this collaboration, which will accelerate the development of technology across East Africa,” he said.The partnership is part of the Microsoft 4Africa initiative, designed to help developers reach global competitiveness and reach startups in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and South Sudan.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Google publishes Glass Mirror API preview for developers

first_imgAdvertisement With the first few Google Glass Explorer Edition units now coming off the production line, Google has also spilled details about the developer preview of its Mirror API — the programming interface and documentation needed to help developers create services for the high-tech eyewear.As previously demonstrated by Google Glass developer advocate Timothy Jordan at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, applications for Glass are web-based services, now dubbed “Glassware”.The documentation for the API also breaks down the flow interactions between the Mirror API, the Glass hardware, the developer’s service, and the user. Such examples include a fictitious Cat Facts service, showing how information from a service eventually reaches the user and can be expanded upon to allow the user to transmit photos back to an “Add a Cat to That” service. – Advertisement – It also has a playground where users can experiment with requests sent to the Mirror API to see what they would look like when they appear on a user’s Glass.While posting data to users’ Glass appears to be relatively well documented, access to other aspects of Glass’ hardware has not yet been documented. At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any support for retrieving a camera feed or an audio stream, but the user interface guidelines do provide some hints as to its hardware capabilities.Google recommends sending images and video in a 16×9 format, and keeping sent information within a 640×360 resolution. It also supports H.264 and H.263 video, and AAC and MP3 audio.Developers seeking out sample code to get started with creating glassware can either copy code from the site or subscribe to Google Glass’ GitHub repository. In terms of support, Google has an issue tracker, but its own developers will also be on Stack Overflow, using the google-mirror-api tag.Those using the API are expected to adhere to a set of developer policies set out by Google. These include straight-forward general rules and what Glassware shouldn’t do, but given the potential use of personal information, it also includes a requirement that in the event of a security breach, developers must notify Google. If private user information is breached, developers are also required to notify their users.Credit: ZDNetlast_img read more

SubSahara Africa Subscriber Base to Reach HalfaBillion Mark

first_imgAdvertisement Unique mobile subscribers base in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to pass the 500 million-mark in 2020 as mobile services become increasingly affordable and accessible to millions of currently unconnected citizens across the region.This is according to the new GSMA report issued in Cape Town South Africa at the ongoing Mobile 360-Africa, by ‘Mobile Economy 2014: Sub-Saharan Africa.Saharan Africa has been the world’s fastest-growing mobile region over the last five years in terms of both unique mobile subscribers and mobile connections, and is forecast to continue to lead global growth through 2020. – Advertisement – Unique mobile subscriber penetration as a percentage of the region’s population is forecast to rise to 49 per cent by this point.“The mobile industry has transformed the lives of millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa, providing not just connectivity but also an essential gateway to a wide range of healthcare, education and financial services,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General of the GSMA.There are 46 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region  and the six largest markets, in order of size, are Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, which together account for over half of the region’s unique mobile subscriber base.According to GSMA there were 329 million unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of June 2014, equivalent to 38 per cent of the region’s total population.This unique subscriber base is forecast to grow by 7 per cent per year (CAGR) to 2020 to reach just over half a billion and account for 49 per cent of the population. By this point, Sub-Saharan Africa will have overtaken Europe to become the world’s second-largest mobile market after Asia Pacific.Sub-Saharan Africa is also expected to see the strongest growth of any global region in the number of smartphone connections2 over the next six years, reaching 525 million by 2020. The growing adoption of smartphones along with other data-capable devices such as tablets and dongles is contributing to a significant increase in mobile data traffic.According to Ericsson3, mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow 20-fold between 2013 to 2019, rising from 37 500 terabytes per month in 2013 to 764,000 terabytes per month by 2019. This growth rate is twice the global growth rate over the same period.Source: read more

YouTube launches offline playback for Android users

first_imgAdvertisement After promising in 2013, YouTube has finally launched the offline viewing feature, but you can only download videos to watch without internet connection if you’re an Android user in India, Indonesia or the Philippines.Google says it’s making “much of popular YouTube content” from within the region available to view offline meaning, anything uploaded from the US and other countries is a no-go.When you do find the video you are interested in, you merely need to tap the download button in the description and choose the playback quality you want. Anything you save will be accessible for 48 hours in the offline section on the left-hand sliding menu. – Advertisement – These countries have been chosen instead of launching the feature stateside, because: “Asia has proven itself to be a mobile-first world in terms of smartphone adoption, but access to high-speed, affordable data remains a big challenge.”Akamai, a cloud services provider in the US, released a report this year, naming India as the Asian country with the slowest internet. Connection speeds in Indonesia and the Philippines aren’t that much better either. Also, many people in these countries don’t even have access to 3G, much less LTE, and this gives them the option of downloading videos before leaving home.Source: EnGadgetlast_img read more

Rhapsody is rebranding as Napster

first_imgAdvertisement After failing to get the traction of its competitor Spotify, Rhapsody which launched in 2001 as is relaunching as Napster, the service it acquired in 201.The re-branding will not affect playlists, favorites, albums, and artists.According to Rhapsody’s website, you will get the same music, Same service, Same price and 100% the music you love. – Advertisement – The re-branding process is is coming with a new tagline which is going to be “Napster is coming.”The company will also have some layoffs despite the 35 percent growth in paid subscribers last year.They finished 2015 with 3.5 million customers.last_img