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first_imgThe barriers disabled people face in navigating the built environment are an “unacceptable” attack on their quality of life and right to equality, according to a committee of MPs.The report on disability and the built environment, by the Commons women and equalities committee, calls on the government to take a more visible lead in improving access and inclusion.The report mirrors last year’s report on disabled people and the Equality Act by a Lords committee by concluding that the “burden” of achieving an accessible environment “falls too heavily” on individual disabled people.Instead, it says, this burden “needs to lie more obviously with the bodies who create, occupy and manage the environment”, such as central government and local authorities.The report describes a catalogue of barriers that were reported to the committee by disabled witnesses, including the shortage of accessible homes; public and commercial buildings without step-free access or with poor signage; inaccessible workplaces; sports halls with surfaces unsuitable for wheelchairs; and the failure to exempt assistance dogs from bans on dogs in public parks.Other barriers reported to the committee included the failure by service-providers to install or maintain hearing loops; restrictive gates on paths and cycle routes that block wheelchair-users and those with adapted cycles; pedestrian crossings that fail to give disabled people enough time to cross the road; and streets made impassable by pavement parking, cars parked in front of dropped kerbs, and street clutter such as wheelie bins and advertising boards.The report also calls for major improvements to national planning policies and guidance.Local plans, it says, should not be approved by the Planning Inspectorate without evidence that they address access for disabled people across housing, public spaces and the wider built environment.And planning consent for developments should only be given by a local authority “where there is evidence that a proposal makes sufficient provision for accessibility”.The report says: “More ambition is needed in the standards the Government sets for the homes that the country desperately needs.“There is ample evidence, nationally, for the Government to require a reasonable level of accessibility for all new homes.”Among its demands, it calls for employers to build more accessible workplaces, and to be incentivised to improve existing ones; for building regulations to be updated; and for laws to be changed to make a basic level of access a key consideration in granting licences for pubs, clubs and other licensed premises.It also says that all large building developments should have to include a Changing Places toilet, facilities with extra space and equipment for disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.And the report calls for better engagement with disabled people “to ensure that they have a meaningful input, at both national and local level,” in creating inclusive buildings and environments.The report also calls for urgent new government guidance on shared space street schemes – and a temporary halt to all such developments – following reports to the committee “from many groups and individuals” that “unsafe” schemes have “severely curtailed” their ability to move about freely in public.Maria Miller, the committee’s chair and a former Conservative minister for disabled people, said the burden of ensuring an accessible environment “falls too heavily at present on individual disabled people”.She called instead for a “proactive, concerted effort by ‘mainstream’ systems and structures – including national and local government and built environment professionals – to take on the challenge of creating an inclusive environment”.She said the government must be “more ambitious”, and added: “Our current environment was not created overnight and will not be mended overnight – but those with the influence to do so have had over 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 first set out the standards expected of them.“Disabled people have the right to participate in all parts of life under the law; this is undermined if the built environment locks them out.”Picture: Zara Todd, chair of Inclusion London, giving evidence to the committee last Octoberlast_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Autistic rights campaigners are calling on the government to reverse its “inhumane” decision to ignore detailed, independent medical evidence and force a young disabled man with high support needs and his family to return to India.Disabled activists from Autistic UK say the medical evidence proves that Gopul Anand is not well enough to make the journey and that the UK government’s attempt to deport him and his family is a “grave breach” of the European Convention on Human Rights.Gopul is autistic, and also has schizophrenia, epilepsy and learning difficulties, and his family insist – backed up by evidence from experts including social workers and his mental health team – that he is too ill to travel because of the risk both to his own health and the safety of other passengers.British Airways has even told the family that it would not allow 24-year-old Gopul to fly with the airline because of his current poor health.Errol Kerr, chair of Autistic UK, said the Home Office’s “lack of consideration” for Gopul’s situation was “horrifying” and suggested “a wider attitude towards disabled people and immigrants”.Gopul’s father Shekhar, a social and economic development expert, who has worked with Oxfam for 15 years in Africa, Asia and the UK, has told the UK government that his family accepts its decision that they must return to India, but is pleading for time for his son’s health to improve.Shekhar originally came to the UK with his family seven years ago for a senior position in Oxfam’s Oxford office.Gopul had been educated in a mainstream school in India, but his mental health deteriorated sharply following the death of an uncle in 2013.His parents tried to take him on a flight to India that year to visit family, but he was too unwell to travel.His health dramatically deteriorated even further the following year, and he was eventually sectioned and spent time in an assessment and treatment unit (ATU) in 2015.Gopul spent 10 months in the ATU, and his family had to appeal to a tribunal to have him released. He still has nightmares and flashbacks because of the abuse he experienced at the hands of a member of staff at the unit.He is also self-harming and experiencing hallucinations and panic attacks, and is currently so unwell that it is almost impossible for him to leave the family home in Cowley, Oxford, to attend events where he might interact with strangers.Two years ago, Shekhar’s visa expired, and he and the family have now submitted detailed, independent evidence to the government that shows why Gopul is not well enough to travel back to India.One of Gopul’s support workers has described how his condition has deteriorated in the last year and said that taking him to India would be “practically impossible and very risky for Gopul, family and any members of the public present during the journey by any means of transport” and that escorting him would be “unsafe and dangerous”.The move to India, she said, could cause “irreversible damage” to his mental health.His mental health team agrees and says his condition has deteriorated in the last 12 months, with an increase in his impulsive behaviours, and that he has become increasingly unsettled, aggressive and violent.They say it would cause him “extreme anxiety” to travel to India and that he would be a threat to himself and other passengers.Shekhar said: “The risk is that he will get into severe depression and he will not be able to come out of it. There is a risk to his life.”As well as the risks to his health from the anxiety caused by the flight itself, and the lack of family support in India, Shekhar is also concerned about attitudes in India to autistic people and those with mental distress, and the lack of services to support autistic people and treat Gopul’s mental ill-health.He said: “The social acceptance is not there. If he goes out by himself maybe some people could throw stones at him and kill him.”Shekhar said there was a “social taboo” in India about mental health which would prevent Gopul being accepted.He also pointed out that there is a global average of 3.96 psychiatrists per 100,000 people, whereas in India this figure is just 0.301.He said: “Gopul will neither feel safe nor get the same level of services as he is getting in the UK. “We are really, really worried. It is a dire situation. It is a risk to his life.”A tribunal ruled last February that the Anands would have to leave the UK, and they were refused permission to appeal in September.Shekhar then approached Gopul’s doctors for a medical review and they concluded that he was not well enough to travel.The family’s solicitor told the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) service in a letter in November that it had made “arbitrary and hollow statements” in response to the detailed and independent medical evidence provided by the family, and did not understand why UKVI could not consider this as evidence to justify discretionary leave to remain in the UK.The letter added: “Our client and his disabled dependant are left in a limbo being crushed between medical opinion and the UKVI policy.”The Home Office has now told the family that it will not reconsider its decision, despite the concerns over Gopul’s health, but that they can lodge a fresh application to seek discretionary leave to remain in the UK.This new application will cost them about £10,000 in legal fees and costs. The family have already spent nearly £20,000 in applying for leave to remain in the UK, and say they have wasted two years waiting for a decision on their application.Because of the government’s refusal to extend their visas, Shekhar’s wife Anima has been forced to turn down a job offer.His other son, Atul, who has been paying international rate fees for the last three years, has had to interrupt his computer science degree at the University of Bath and will need to return to India and then apply for a student visa so he can continue his studies.Autistic UK, which is run and controlled by autistic people and has supported the campaign to persuade the government to change its position, said the Home Office appeared to consider “invisible” impairments such as autism and mental distress as “ineligible” in deciding whether there should be a medical exemption in such cases, which “is plainly discrimination”.Errol Kerr said: “The lack of consideration the Home Office have for the situation Gopul is in is horrifying.  “However, it is not an isolated one. Instead it is indicative of a wider attitude towards disabled people and immigrants held by the Home Office itself.“Whether this is due to wilful ignorance or a lack of understanding matters little – Autistic UK are deeply hurt that the very real needs of a multiply disabled individual are being ignored and we feel we have no choice than to stand with Gopul and his family, and show our support to those whose lives are similarly undermined.”The Anand family have been supported by their MP, Labour’s Anneliese Dodds, who has called on the Home Office to re-open the case because of the new medical evidence that has emerged since the tribunal decision.They have also launched an online petition in the hope of putting further pressure on the Home Office to reconsider its decision.Shekhar said: “We are just asking for the Home Office to give us some more time, maybe six or eight months or a year.“The moment the doctors say he is fit for travel, we will be able to take him back to Delhi.”A series of Home Office spokespeople repeatedly promised that the department would release a statement about the case, but it had not done so by noon today (Thursday).Picture: Gopal (right), with his dad (left), mum and brotherlast_img read more

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first_img Email Address To prepare for tonight’s event, I re-read Proust’s first dinner party with the Duchesse de Guermantes.Tom Steyer comes out of the American aristocracy. He was born in New York City, where his dad worked for Sullivan & Cromwell, the pre-eminent white-shoe law firm of its day (think Dulles Brothers). Steyer’s school career followed a familiar trajectory: from the Buckley School to Philips Exeter to Yale to Stanford Graduate School of Business. He subsequently monetized his pedigree doing whatever hedge-fund moguls do.So, yes, there is more than a little bit of noblesse oblige baked into his gestures and speech. He wore a well-tailored blue shirt which maintained its wrinkle-free, sweat-free crispness throughout the evening. He doesn’t act brash, crude, or provocative. But he does point and wag his index finger. A lot.He projects sincerity and does not obsessively lie or denigrate racial minorities and immigrants. And he takes great pains to impress upon his audience that should he make it to the White House, his manners will be impeccable.All his years (since 1986) in San Francisco and he still can’t shake that snobbish East Coast upper-class crust. Sigh. A perfect piñata for Trump.The first question on everyone’s mind: Why are you running? Why join an already overcrowded throng of candidates?The second question, put in a variety of ways: Are you more than the sum of your bank accounts? Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Steyer’s answer to both questions has to do with his attitude toward excessive corporate power in American politics. Return democracy to the people. Corporations, he maintains, are not people.It’s not clear how Steyer plans to bust the corporations, but that’s his core concept. He talked vaguely on raising taxes, national referenda and expanding the electorate. He focused on corporate political power but didn’t address the economic power of finance capital, or transnational corporations in general.Nor did he address the political power of wealthy individuals.As far as the money thing goes, Steyer said he did not consider himself to be rich, but his wealth meant he could not be bought. Otherwise, he and his wife have vowed to give away most of their money to “good causes” before they die.When asked about the relationship between extreme wealth for the few and stagnation (or worse) for the many, he reiterated that while he opposed corporate political power, he would not impede individual or family wealth accumulation.Suffice it to say, he is not a Democratic Socialist.Instead of money, Steyer stressed time and again that what distinguishes him from the field is that, for the past 10 years, he has organized “ordinary people” and “real human beings” at the grassroots level.He cited his successes in passing initiatives for environmental and racial justice in California and around the country.When asked how, as a child of privilege and a billionaire, he can relate to the lives of those not quite as fortunate, he leaned on his organizing experience, “going door-to-door, listening to people, looking people in the eye.” Hearing someone’s story while making eye contact meant to Steyer he “owned” that experience.Steyer’s strategy for beating Trump? Expand the electorate, especially young voters. Not terribly novel. Democratic candidates since the ’60s have ritually invoked this strategy, but few actually follow through. Why? Because to expand to the electorate, to find, register, and motivate new voters, takes an enormous amount of time and money. Steyer’s got the money, and claims to have the organization and the experience.The crowd at Manny’s was sympathetic to Steyer, offering frequent, polite applause. No one asked about his San Francisco politics, his views on housing, the homeless, etc. He said he always votes for Nancy Pelosi.Steyer’s wife, Kat Taylor, works with the Good Samaritan Resource Center, for which she also received polite applause.Hard to believe the Dems will nominate an old white male billionaire to run against the current old white male (alleged) billionaire in a remix of Godzilla v. King Kong. (or Benioff v. Dorsey?)But that’s not why Manny’s was packed and the TV trucks were outside. Especially at this stage, money is the name of the game.Steyer, incidentally, was the 15th presidential candidate event at Manny’s so far this year.Will Manny’s host the Democratic Convention in 2024? You’ve just announced you are going to run for President of the United States. Where do you go on your first week on the campaign trail?Manny’s at 16th and Valencia. Mission District. USA.To be more accurate, Tom Steyer’s appearance at Manny’s had been planned, and sold out, long before his presidential announcement. For the past few years, the San Francisco hedge-fund mogul has been a major player in national Democratic Party politics. In addition to funding Democratic candidates, he has created two grassroots organizations: one involved with climate change, the other to impeach Donald Trump.By the time he arrived at Manny’s, he was also running for the Democratic Party nomination.last_img read more

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first_imgWORK at Saints’ new stadium is moving apace as the steel frame structure begins to take shape.Contractor Barr Construction has now begun erecting the frame work for the 18,000 capacity stadium and 140,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store.Construction of the 4,245-tonne steel frame has begun, with the Tesco store due for completion in July 2011 and the stadium will be complete by October 2011.The 18,000 capacity stadium, will be wrapped in 4,900 sq m of cladding and comprise 1,150 sq m of curtain walling. It is designed to be energy efficient and will incorporate a wood burning bio-mass boiler, rain water harvesting and utilise a sophisticated computer system to measure and monitor energy consumption.A major 3,000 sq ft community facility, managed by Saints Community Development Foundation (SCDF) in partnership with St Helens Council, will be housed within the stadium for use by young people undertaking projects focusing on sport, health and education.There will also be a range of top class corporate hospitality facilities, meeting rooms and conference space for up to 1,600 delegates as the club bids to generate additional revenue from match day hospitality packages.The stadium provides the centrepiece for the regeneration of the entire site, which was previously home to United Glass and will ultimately deliver 1,400 new employment opportunities.The development is being delivered by a partnership between developer Langtree, St Helens Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Saints themselves.Eamon McManus, chairman at St Helens Rugby League Club, said: “It’s uplifting to see the stadium rising so rapidly before our eyes. We really appreciate the loyalty our fans have shown throughout the season. They can now see that their sacrifice and support is all worthwhile and that our new home will be one to be immensely proud of. The stadium will set the benchmark for club rugby in this country and will be a major boost for Saints and the town of St Helens at a time when good news is at a premium.”Please note the webcams on the site are the responsibility of Barr Construction and not the club. We have informed them that they have been down for a while and a solution is being sought.last_img read more

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first_imgNATHAN Brown said he was “rapped” with the effort after Saints beat Wakefield 40-16 last night.His side ran in seven tries as they began life under a new attacking structure to remain top of the table.“I thought the boys did a super job,” he said. “We’ve had a break, changed positions and moved people around to give us the best shot of the personnel we have and I thought we were super.“We lost Roby and Wheeler for half a game and we coped well. Wakefield have had some big scalps in the last few weeks too. There’s nothing but positive news from the game.“We started with four ‘props’ because we have changed the way we play. I always thought LMS (Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook) was a right sided back rower anyway who never really had the opportunity to play there. I think it suits him.“Shannon McDonnell came in and did well and I thought Jordan Turner was sensational. He controlled the game for us brilliantly. “Brown said that James Roby had a nasty gash in his leg and was “superb” when he came back on whilst Gary Wheeler hurt his groin.“I thought Gary’s start to the game was terrific; he pushed through the pain barrier when Robes was off,” Brown added. “Flash (Mark Flanagan) played second row, at 9 and 6 and his contribution to the team was excellent.”last_img read more

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first_imgDay 14 – Sunday October 22On the back of two impressive results, confidence was high but all were expecting a big step up in class from the Bunnies, and all knew the team’s fighting spirit would be crucial to maintain our perfect start.The game started at a blistering pace with both sides looking to stamp their authority with some thunderous hits.Evan Bullen, his new front row partner Kian Horridge and the dependable Sam Royle were in the thick of the action early. Though both sides gave away early penalties, the well organised Souths had Saints under pressure early with back to back sets on their goal line, but Saints stood strong organised well by fullback Tom Nisbet and the busy Paul Nash and his pack of forwards.Saints came up with the ideal response with Kelvin Taylor and John Hutchings carrying the ball strong before Captain Jack Welsby cleverly jinxed his way over the line to score the opening try.Josh Simms converting to make it 6-0.From the kick off, the outside backs again made great yards, with Jake Wingfield finishing the set with a high spiral bomb. This was spilt by Souths’ number 5 and from the resultant set Wingfield found Ben Sims with a smart pass for the strong running back row to storm in for Saints’ second try.Though looking shell-shocked the Souths were in no mood to fall away, and this was soon living up to being Saints biggest test so far.Hutchings and Royle were proving hard to handle with Wingfield and Welsby pulling the strings and looking dangerous.Punishing some Souths indiscipline once again was Taylor and Hutchings, with the very impressive Brandon Scully coming off the bench and carrying the ball strongly to the heart of the South defence. Thomas Nisbet and Jake Wingfield then combined to send Josh Simm in to score to leave it 14-0 at the break.The second half saw Saints on the scoreboard early with the hard working Joe Sharratt running a great line to buy time for Ryan Horne to thread a short kick through the Souths’ defence for Matty Foster to cross.The game continued with both teams exchanging strong sets – Saints’ desperate defence holding up the clever Souths 9 and the big strong Souths 14 over the tryline.But it was again great ball movement on the back of a Hutchings charge that allowed Jack Welsby to show great footwork and power to score the game’s final try, converted by Josh Simm.Final score, Saints 26 Souths 0.Saints Head Coach Derek Traynor said: “This was a very tough game against a very strong and powerful forward pack. It was a great achievement and very pleasing to see the lads keep Souths to nil after a lot of work has been done by the coaching staff on our goal line defence during the build up to the game.“The players definitely put it into practice, defending our line for repeated sets on numerous occasions.“The ability to attack in this squad is there in abundance and the players are now showing that they have the defence, determination, desire and team spirit to match it. This is up there with the best wins we have had on any tour so far.“The lads are happy there in the sheds and now have a few days to recover. Our attention turns to next weekend as we now need to prepare well for the toughest test of all, Penrith Panthers at the Pepper stadium.”Jack Welsby, Saints Captain, added: “It was a real top encounter against a big tough side who enjoyed the contact up the middle. I thought as a team we battled well and competed in the arm wrestle for long periods but our ruthlessness in attack was the big difference.“Overall I am happy with my form and just want to get even better for our final game.”Best and Fairest John Hutchings commented: “I thought it was a tough game but I’m glad to get the win, I was happy with how I carried the ball and I felt really strong.“I just think moving forward working hard on my edge defence will be key in our next game both for me and the team.”Saints: 1- Tom Nisbet; 2- Kelvin Taylor, 3- Sean Croston, 4- Josh Simm, 5- John Hutchings; 6- Jack Welsby, 7- Jake Wingfield; 8- Evan Bullen, 9- Paul Nash, 10- Kian Horridge, 11- Matty Foster, 12- Ben Sims, 13- Sam Royle. Subs: Luke Maloney-Ward, Brandon O’Neill, Christian Kellett, Ryan Horne, Kian Horridge, Kye Siyani, Reece Jackson, Jamie Little, Brandon Scully.Award Winners – selected by the opposition coaching staffBest and Fairest – John HutchingsOur coaching staff also presented award to Christian Kellett to recognise his strong performance.last_img read more

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first_img(Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work on a collapsed sewer line in Wilmington is expected to last throughout the weekend.The emergency sewer repairs on Wrightsville Avenue near College Road began nearly one week ago.- Advertisement – CFPUA first responded to a backed up sewer.The day after replacing the sewer a sinkhole appeared nearby.Crews began to repair the sinkhole Monday and noticed a failing manhole in the area.Related Article: CFPUA announces upcoming lane closures for sewer main constructionWork is being done on the manhole at the same time instead of scheduling work for later.Drivers are asked to use caution in that area.last_img read more

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first_imgWoman gives birth to baby girl in mobile hospital in Burgaw on Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo: Atrium Health/Facebook) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — As many were dealing with record flooding from Hurricane Florence last week, a baby girl was coming no matter what.Atrium Health says Murphy was born Friday inside Carolinas MED-1, a mobile hospital in front of a Family Dollar in Burgaw.- Advertisement – Keyana McIntyre was 41 weeks pregnant and in active labor when she arrived, according to a Facebook post by Atrium Health.Doctors in MED-1 were able to connect virtually with an obstetrician in Charlotte to evaluate and confirm a delivery plan. Several other teammates, including local paramedics were on hand to help this first time mom through the delivery. According to Atrium Health, with her husband and mother also by her side, Murphy was born just a few hours later. Both mom and baby are doing well.Related Article: Eastern NC company featured on GMA’s Deal and StealsKeyana says she had planned to deliver naturally, but never thought it would be in a mobile hospital.“It is just so crazy that Murphy came when she did! Everyone has been so wonderful to me and my family,” she said.Dr. Andrew Godfrey, an emergency room physician, helped deliver the baby.“This was just the icing on the cake,” Dr. Godfrey said. “That we got to take part in something amazing like a birth, and things went well. This is the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my medical career.”MED-1 has been operating as the only medical facility within a 50-mile radius in Burgaw since September 17, after Florence caused a great deal of flooding and damage in that area.Atrium Health says the team has helped more than 400 patients last week.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Have you noticed something strange with your plants and bushes since Hurricane Florence?October is here and leaves aren’t falling but, flowers are blooming.- Advertisement – Hurricane Florence made a huge impact on gardens and will continue to over the next couple of weeks. Warm and humid weather conditions are making for a very unseasonable response.“What’s happened is that the storm and high winds caused a lot of stress on our trees and so when it comes stressed its natural reaction is to make sure that if it passes or dies is that it has babies that are going to live after it goes,” said Susan Allison Brown, NHC  Consumer Horticulture Culture Agent.Brown says it will not last long because the plants will soon go dormant and preserve their energy for spring. So, what happens if we get more fall like temperatures?Related Article: Strawberries blooming early across the Cape FearAirlie Gardens Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Scott Childs says it could affect future seasons.“If it got really cold, especially if they are counting on bees and other insects to do the fertilizing on the flowers, they would not be fertilized so the seeds would not be produced,” said Childs. “By producing these flowers now a lot of these plants in the spring will not have enough viable buds or at least a diminished number of viable buds.”Fruit trees and blueberry bushes are also a concern because they can have the same response as blooming flowers.The Arboretum took a hard hit from Florence by losing multiple large oaks, a half of a mature red bud and multiple elms.Childs said they will remain closed for a few more weeks to clean-up.last_img read more

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first_imgBe a currently enrolled CFCC student.Have demonstrated financial need directly related to the impact of Hurricane Florence, and need funding to continue their enrollment at CFCC.Were either: enrolled at an “institution of higher education” located in an impacted county on September 10, 2018; or, resided, temporarily or permanently, in an impacted county on September 10, 2018.Demonstrate intention to remain enrolled by registering for Spring 2019 classes OR file an “Intent to Graduate” form for December, 2018.All complete applications will be evaluated by a review committee for consideration of award. Applicants can expect to know the status of their application within approximately two weeks after a complete application is submitted.For more information about the grant funding, please visit cfcc.edu/florence. Cape Fear Community College (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (Press Release) — Cape Fear Community College students who are currently enrolled may now apply for grant funding to help them remain in school.CFCC is one of 21 community colleges in North Carolina that received funds through the Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act. These funds will be awarded to students who were directly impacted by Hurricane Florence and need assistance to remain enrolled.- Advertisement – The North Carolina General Assembly provided these funds through special legislation to colleges most significantly affected by Hurricane Florence.Applications are available on the Cape Fear Community College website at cfcc.edu/florence.Applicants will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis and applications must be complete to be considered for funding. Funds are limited, and once all funds are awarded, applications will no longer be accepted. Current students who would like to be considered for this special funding, should fill out an application as soon as possible.Related Article: UNCW basketball teams open practice in Chapel HillApplicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:last_img read more

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first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A non-profit in the Cape Fear is looking to bring some comfort to hurricane survivors in the area.Quilts2Heal is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit and has distributed more than 700 quilts to people in 12 states. Recipients range from children who are victims of violence, World War II veterans, and people who have lost everything in fires, floods and hurricanes.- Advertisement – Quilts2Heal began by now Leland resident, Dr. Paula DeSilva, the night of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. DeSilva reached out to some fellow quilters and the energy caught on. One hundred volunteers from several states stepped forward and created personalized quilts for the families of the 26 victims killed that day. Volunteers wanted to do something to help comfort the families who lost their loved ones.Quilts are made for both children and adults. They work through people they know, social service agencies and churches to be sure the quilts go to people most in need of comfort and healing. Right now, they have quite a large number of quilts ready for distribution and are hoping to maximize their local connections to assist.If a church or organization has an interest in helping Quilts2Heal with distribution or if someone wants to donate cash for fabric, supplies and shipping expenses, they should contact Quilts2Heal by emailing Quilts2Heal@comcast.net or contact them through our website Quilts2Heal.org and select Contact. They are also always looking for volunteers to help with the process.last_img read more

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first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 RACING MOVERS2.40 WindsorLady Macapa 3/1 > 9/42.45 CurraghChemical Charge 7/4 > 11/83.15 CurraghChestnut Fire 10/1 > 5/14.15 WindsorKingston Kurrajong 11/1 > 6/1EURO 2016 MATCHESSUNDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1614:00 ITV / ITV HD4/9 France 8/1 Republic of Ireland 3/1 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1617:00 ITV / ITV HD4/9 Germany 8/1 Slovakia 3/1 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1620:00 BBC One / BBC One HD11/2 Hungary7/10 Belgium12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 26 Junelast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Share Contact: Sue DimennPhone: (713) 527-6093 American University of Beirut President to Speak at Rice Robert M. Haddad, president of the American University of Beirut, will present a lecture entitled “The Viability of an Islamic State: the Eastern Arab Context” at Rice University onMonday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. in Hamman Hall. Haddad’s visit to the Rice campus is being cosponsored by the Arab American Educational Foundation–Houston and the Rice University School of Humanities. He will discuss the pros and cons of creating an Islamic state in countries such as Iraq, where aportion of the population is not Muslim. Haddad earned a Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He lived and traveled widely in the Arab world during the 1950s and 1960s as a Fulbright Scholar and Research Fellow under grants from the Ford Foundation, Harvard’s Center forMiddle Eastern Studies and the Social Science Research Council. In 1993, Haddad was appointed the 12th president of the American University of Beirut. He is the first American of Arab descent toassume that post. ###last_img read more

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first_imgShareCONTACT: Margot DimondPHONE:(713) 348-6775EMAIL: mdimond@rice.edu About admin MORRIS DEES TO SPEAK AT RICE UNIVERSITYCOMMENCEMENTCivil rightsattorney Morris Dees will deliver the address to graduating students at theClass of 2001 Commencement at Rice University on Saturday, May 12.Commencement ceremonieswill start at 8:30 a.m. in the Academic Quadrangle. In case of inclement weathergraduation ceremonies will be held at Autry Court in the Rice gym.The Class of 2001 willbe the 88th graduating class in Rice’s history.In addition to theawarding of degrees, commencement weekend festivities will include the Class of2001 Convocation, the Shepherd School of Music Presidential Concert, and apresidential reception for students, guests faculty, staff and administration.All of these events will be held in Alice Pratt Brown Hall on Friday, May 11,followed by a fireworks show in the stadium parking lot starting at 10:15p.m.The Student ArtExhibition in the Rice University Art Gallery in Sewall Hall will be on display11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 11, and from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. on Saturday, May12.Born in Shorter,Alabama, Morris Dees has devoted much of his life to civil rights. As chieftrial counsel at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery-based nonprofitgroup he founded in 1971, Dees has specialized in lawsuits involving civilrights violations and racially motivated crimes.Dees won a landmarktrial Sept. 7 when a jury awarded $6.3 million to a woman and her son, rulingthat white supremacist leader Richard Butler was negligent in letting guardsfrom his Aryan Nations compound chase down and shoot at Victoria Keenan and herson, Jason, in 1998.The case was the latestof many landmark trials that Dees has won. In 1990, he won a $12.5 millionverdict for the family of an Ethiopian man beaten to death by a group ofskinheads in Portland, Ore. Last year, Dees won a $37.8 million verdict againstthe Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan for the burning of the MacedoniaBaptist Church in South Carolina.Dees turned to hiscrusade for civil rights after selling a successful publishing company that hefounded after graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law in1961.Dees is the author of“Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat,” “Hate on Trial: The Case AgainstAmerica’s Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi,” and “Season of Justice,” an autobiography. Amade-for-television movie about his life, “Line of Fire,” aired on NBC in 1991,and he was portrayed in the 1996 movie “Ghosts of Mississippi” about the life ofslain civil rights worker Medgar Evers.Dees pushed for theconstruction of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery. Designed by Maya Lin,who also designed the U.S. Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., theCivil Rights Memorial bears the names of 40 men, women and children who losttheir lives during the civil rights movement.Editors Note:Please notify Margot Dimond at (713) 348-6775 or B.J. Almond at (713) 348-6770in the Office of Media Relations and Information of your plans to attend by May11. Guidelines for commencement coverage and parking passes are availablethrough this office.center_img AddThis last_img read more

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ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduRELIGIOUSCONSERVATIVES AND HOME SCHOOLING WILL BE FOCUS OF PANEL DISCUSSION AT RICEUNIVERSITY TUESDAY NIGHTForum will begin at Rice’s Baker Institute at 7p.m. Feb. 5Conservative Christians’efforts to influence public education will provide fodder for a panel discussionat the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University Feb.5.Titled “To Train Up aChild – Religious Conservatives and the Struggle Over Schooling,” the forum isthe second in the 2001-02 Harry and Hazel Chavanne Lecture Series on Religionand Public Policy.“In recent years, the Religious Right has attempted tobring about sweeping changes in American politics and public education,” saidWilliam Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor of Religion and PublicPolicy in Rice’s Department of Sociology and a senior scholar at the BakerInstitute.“They have foundednumerous private Christian schools, substantially increased home schooling, andtried to gain control of local and state school boards,” he said. “Some haveeven tried to dismantle the public school system.”Among the causes andconcerns of the Religious Right are vouchers that could be used in privatereligious schools; opposition to the teaching of evolution and promotion ofcreationist theories of the universe and human life; opposition to sex educationthat is not abstinence-based; greater emphasis on the important role of religionin American history; and an emphasis on traditional methods of education, suchas phonics.Martin, who will serveas moderator for the forum, selected three panelists who will be able to addressa number of these important issues.Susan Rose, professorand chair of sociology at Dickinson College, will present “Christian Schooling:Defense, Defiance and Democracy.” She is the author of two books on contemporaryEvangelicalism: “Keeping Them Out of the Hands of Satan: Christian Schooling inAmerica” and “Exporting the American Gospel: Global Christian Fundamentalism.”She has served as a consultant and participant on Public Broadcasting Serviceand National Public Radio programs about fundamentalism.David Sikkink willpresent “Home-schooling 101: The Social Sources and Implications of theHome-schooling Movement.” He is an assistant professor of sociology and a fellowin the Program on the Social Organizations of Schools at the University of NotreDame. As a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow,Sikkink is studying the role of race and religion in shaping schooling choicesfor children. He is also studying the role of schools, including religious andhome schools, in fostering civic participation among parents andstudents.Bruce Biddle, a socialpsychologist who is professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, willpresent “Varieties of Conservative Thought and Public Schooling.” Biddle isco-author of “The Study of Teaching” and “The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud,and the Attack on America’s Public Schools.” His current research involves theutilization of educational research knowledge, the evil effects of poverty andinadequate school funding within education, and education reform.The program, which waspostponed last fall in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy, will begin at 7 p.m. inJames A. Baker III Hall and conclude with a question-and-answer session. Newsmedia who want to attend should call B.J. Almond at (713) 348-6770.# ## Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis read more

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first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: druth@rice.edu Rice U. T-ray expert: Next gen-airport scanners will pose new privacy concernsTwo new polls this week show the U.S. public strongly supports the use of full-body scanning technology at airports. But researchers say the technology is poised to improve in coming years, offering both greater security benefits and additional privacy concerns.Current technology is useful for spotting weapons and suspicious packages hidden under clothing. With improved technology, airport scanners will produce much higher resolution images to see much smaller dangers — like postage-stamp-sized triggering mechanisms. They may even be able to tell if the powder in an unopened envelope is cocaine, flour or explosives. The improved scanner will also allow airport screeners to see much clearer images of passengers’ bodies, which could spur new privacy concerns.“With the current machines, you can distinguish males from females, but it isn’t always easy,” said Rice University researcher Daniel Mittleman, a specialist in terahertz (T-ray) imaging. “With true T-ray cameras, there will be much finer resolution. There will be very little left to the imagination.”Mittleman, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is developing camera technology that will use terahertz waves for super-high resolution. Today’s airport scanners use beams with a wavelength of about three millimeters, and they cannot resolve details smaller than the wavelength of light they scan with. T-rays are at least 10 times smaller. Not only will they allow more resolution, but they’ll also be able to detect the chemical signature of some drugs and explosives.Mittleman said there’s no way to know how soon the new technology will be ready to move from the lab into widespread use, but he said the fundamental physics has been established.“It’s an engineering problem at this stage,” he said. “The big pieces are there, but they need to be brought together.”A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Jan. 5-6 found that 78 percent of Americans approve of the use of current full-body scanners. A poll by CNN/Opinion Research Jan. 8-10 came up with a similar result of 79 percent support. AddThislast_img read more

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first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.eduJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Financing climate change mitigation is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute April 2HOUSTON – (March 29, 2018) – Klaus Trömel, former secretary general of the European Investment Bank and a Rice University alumnus, will visit the university’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 2 to discuss the bank’s work as the world’s largest multilateral provider of climate finance.The bank commits at least 25 percent of its funding to climate change adaptation and mitigation in Europe and developing countries.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.Who: Klaus Trömel, former secretary general of the European Investment Bank.What: A presentation titled “Financing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: The Role of the European Investment Bank.”When: Monday, April 2, 4-5 p.m. A reception will follow Trömel’s presentation.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Over the next five years, the European Investment Bank will provide around $100 billion for climate-related projects. In his presentation, Trömel will discuss the types of projects and the countries in which the bank is planning to invest.Trömel served as the secretary general of the European Investment Bank from 2015 until his retirement this month. He earned his MBA from the Jones School in 1985.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1932. A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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first_img Share Share this article The Lastest: Woman Dies After Tree Falls on Wedding Party By The Associated Press December 18, 2016 Updated: December 18, 2016 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img People close to the wedding party embrace as Los Angeles County Fire Dept. firefighters work at the scene where a large tree fell on a wedding party in Whittier, Calif., on Dec. 17, 2016. (Keith Durflinger/The Whittier Daily News via AP) US WHITTIER, Calif.—The Latest on 1 killed, 5 injured after large Eucalyptus tree falls on wedding party (all times local):9 p.m.Southern California fire officials say a woman has died and five people were injured after a large eucalyptus tree fell onto a wedding party taking pictures.The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the injured is a 4-year-old girl listed in critical condition due to head trauma.Several people were trapped after the tree toppled Saturday in Whittier at Penn Park.Officials say four of the injured suffered scrapes and bruises. No other details were immediately available.___7:30 p.m.Southern California fire officials say one person died and five people were injured after a large eucalyptus tree fell down onto a wedding party taking pictures at a park.Several people were trapped after the tree toppled Saturday in Whittier at Penn Park.Los Angeles County Fire Dept. firefighters work at the scene where a large tree fell on a wedding party in Whittier, Calif., on, Dec. 17, 2016. (Keith Durflinger/The Whittier Daily News via AP) Los Angeles County Fire Dept. firefighters work at the scene where a large tree fell on a wedding party in Whittier, Calif., on, Dec. 17, 2016. (Keith Durflinger/The Whittier Daily News via AP)Officials say four of the injured suffered scrapes and bruises and one had moderate injuries.Witnesses described hearing a loud crack and seeing people run from the area.No other details were immediately available.___5:50 p.m.Los Angeles County Fire Department officials say at least one person died and five others were injured after a large tree fell on a wedding party in the city of Whittier.The department says the tree fell Saturday afternoon and that two of those injured are in serious condition. The other three suffered minor injuries.City News Service reports fire officials dispatched at least six ambulances to the scene. Fire crews are still at the scene.No other details were immediately available. last_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Trump Supporter Leaves Waitress $450 Tip, Message of Unity By The Associated Press January 26, 2017 Updated: January 26, 2017 (Mark Makela/Getty Images) US center_img Share this article WASHINGTON—A waitress in Washington received a $450 tip with a note promoting unity from a Donald Trump supporter who attended his inauguration.WUSA reports Rosalyn Harris says she figured the three men at Busboys & Poets eatery earlier this week were from the south because of the cowboy hats they were wearing.The men are from West Texas and were in Washington for the presidential inauguration last week.(YouTube Screenshot) (YouTube Screenshot)Harris says the restaurant typically attracts people who are more liberal. After the meal, Harris was clearing the table when she spotted the tip and the note.The note praised her smile and her kindness. It also pointed out that they come from different cultures and encouraged people to come together as Americans despite racial and cultural differences. It ended with “God bless.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img US Peddler’s bar (Google Street View) Share Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Restaurant Has 1-Drink Policy for Customers With Children By Jack Phillips July 24, 2017 Updated: July 25, 2017 “They do get berated at the tables and some come back very very upset, but the managers go to the table and they explain, we’re not picking on parents, it’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help,” Gravelle added.The restaurant doesn’t have the legal rights to enforce the policy, but it has been doing so for seven years, Fox News noted.“I’m a former educator and I think it’s a great policy,” Barb Buckley, a diner at the restaurant, said. “When you think about the responsibility that a parent has to protect their children, I think it’s a great policy. I’m behind them 100 percent.” A New York restaurant will serve only one drink to parents if their children are with them.Peddler’s Bar and Grille, located in Clifton Park, New York, says it won’t serve an alcoholic drink to adults who are driving with children.“I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving,” manager Melissa Gravelle said, WKBN reported. “I could never do that so and it’s a choice that you can avoid.”(Google Maps) (Google Maps)Anyone who doesn’t comply with the policy will be asked to leave, she said.Most customers don’t mind the rule—but some have taken out their frustrations on the wait staff. last_img read more