Three disabled politicians are welcoming a partia

first_imgThree disabled politicians are welcoming a “partial victory” over the government, after a minister announced 12 months’ worth of new funding to support disabled candidates who want to stand for elected office.Women and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt announced that the government would provide “up to” £250,000 to assist disabled people with the additional impairment-related costs they face in standing for election in the next 12 months.The funding will be the first to help with such costs – although a new fund has been set up in Scotland by the Scottish government – since the UK government froze its Access to Elected Office Fund (AEOF) in 2015.Despite the announcement, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has still not published a long-awaited review of AEOF, which ran from 2012 to 2015.A GEO spokeswoman said the publication of the review was now “imminent”, and that “arrangements” for the new funding would be announced “shortly”.But she stressed that the funding did not mean AEOF had been reopened but that it was “a new arrangement drawing on lessons from the fund”.Lawyers for Labour’s Emily Brothers, Liberal Democrat David Buxton and the Green party’s Simeon Hart had written to the government to warn that the government had breached the Equality Act by failing to complete the review and reopen the fund.They say they have effectively been unable to stand as candidates in a general election since the government froze the fund.More United, the cross-party campaign group which is supporting them, said the legal action had not been withdrawn because it had not yet received a formal letter from the government.Buxton said initially that it was “a partial victory” while Brothers said she was “delighted” with the new funding but that there was “still a good way to go to secure a long term solution”.Buxton, Brothers and Hart later called on political parties to adopt all-disabled shortlists in target parliamentary seats “so that disabled candidates can make as much progress as possible in the next 12 months”.AEOF offered grants to disabled people to pay for some of their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election, usually as a councillor or MP, such as the costs of British Sign Language interpreters, taxis, support workers or assistive technology.Buxton said the funding was “so important as major parties are already engaged in selecting candidates for target seats ahead of the next general election” and it would “allow disabled candidates to compete in elections on a level playing field”.He called on all political parties to use all-disabled shortlists in some target seats “and to tackle other barriers that disabled candidates face”.Brothers said: “I hope that all political parties will engage in the 12-month programme of work to tackle barriers facing disabled candidates and through that process recognise that the right of disabled candidates to participate in elections at all levels can only be guaranteed whilst a central government fund exists to support disabled candidates with the additional costs they incur.”Hart said public support for the campaign had been “fantastic”, and he added: “MPs from major parties, and some of Britain’s most prominent disabled public figures have all sent a clear message to the government that the fund must be restored to create a level playing field.“We’re determined to keep up the pressure in the coming months in order to secure a long-term solution.”Mordaunt told MPs that the representation of disabled people in the country’s parliaments, assemblies and councils was “far too low”. But she said the task of supporting disabled candidates was ​“primarily political parties’ responsibility… just as they must also support disabled employees”.She said GEO was to take part over the next 12 months in “a programme of work to help political parties to best support their disabled candidates and to consider how independent candidates can be supported, too”.While this is taking place, she said, the government would provide “up to a quarter of a million pounds to support disabled candidates for elections in the forthcoming year”.Picture: (From left) Eleanor Lisney, David Buxton, Simeon Hart and Emily Brothers outside 10 Downing Street with a petition calling for the fund to be reopenedlast_img read more

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Developments in Development Decisions and Limbo

first_img Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing • mission street • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 117-unit project at 23rd and Folsom streets was approved in September. Then it was appealed – on two fronts. One appeal was against the approval of the project’s environmental impact review and one was against its conditional use authorization. It was supposed to have been considered by the Board of Supervisors once already, and was up again on Tuesday, but it has been delayed again until mid-March. Why? Well, the conditional use appeal is reportedly being dropped. And the Planning Department is already busy studying the impacts of a similar project, also approved and then appealed, at 1515 South Van Ness –  that appeal was upheld. If that was hard to follow here’s the abridged version — the city is considering the impact of big housing projects on their surroundings, and two of those big projects now have to wait for the city to do so.Similarly, the Planning Commision decided not to make a decision on whether to send a project at 198 Valencia back to the drawing board over concerns from a bar across the street that the building would block light to its outdoor beer garden. That discussion, too, took several hours before the commissioners called it quits and decided to postpone a decision.Then there’s this item that probably has homeowners ready to tear their hair out: Who’s going to deal with all these trees? CBS reports that landlords are still on the hook for damaged and potentially dangerous trees. Wait, didn’t we vote to transfer street tree responsibility back to the city? Yep, but that doesn’t kick in until July. Plus, as Curbed points out, there’s a weird conundrum where owners might be hoping for the tree to be blown down entirely rather partially because they don’t end up on the hook. 0%center_img Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news.The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding over the course of a year or so, which you can follow via Mission Local stories starting from a self-help mogul buying their space for them to the first rumblings of opposition to fears of blight.More advances in feeding people (though in this case not for free): A reader reports construction is advancing swiftly at the Grocery Outlet planned for the former DeLano’s market on South Van Ness Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets. This was approved ages ago, but it seems things are getting underway.On the other hand, the city seems to be going through a bit of indecision.  last_img read more

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first_imgSAY hello to another four players who will be touring Australia shortly.Joe Ryan is a loose forward who signed from Bold Miners, having previously played for Rylands.Adam Saunders is a full Back or centre who signed from Thatto Heath Crusaders.Aaron Smith is a hooker who signed from Blackbrook Royals.Connor Smith is a second row or prop forward from Blackbrook Royals having previously played at Clock Face.Many thanks to the sponsors who made the trip possible for this quartet.They are:G ManleyEvolve Contract Services Hope AcademyThe remaining three players and staff will be introduced tomorrow.To find out the latest on the Australia Tour and to meet the other players, click here.last_img

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first_imgPAUL Wellens and Mark Percival grabbed a brace apiece as Saints eased past Castleford 38-16.In a much improved performance they denied an in form Tigers who threw everything they had at them in the first half.Saints led 22-4 at the break as they took full advantage of the chances that came their way.On balance it was an even opening 40, but Wellens alongside Luke Walsh and the effectual Lance Hohaia led Nathan Brown’s men to a solid foundation.Cas had their moments but couldn’t keep control of the ball.In the second Saints controlled matters and Mark Percival early try put the scoreline beyond the Tigers.He then notched his second after Walsh had capped a great show with his fifth of the season – to send Saints top.Saints welcomed Jon Wilkin back into the line-up but were missing Alex Walmsley through suspension.Michael Shenton, Marc Sneyd, Jake Webster, Daryl Clark and Andy Lynch all returned for Cas.Both sides began with good kick chases before errors erased any hopes of either building up some momentum.But then Saints struck out of nowhere in the sixth minute.Mark Flanagan broke down the right hand side, offloaded Jamie Lyon-esque and Tommy Makinson showed great pace and awareness to round his man.Walsh wide with the extras.Saints almost struck again on 13 minutes and then a minute later Castleford rampaged through the middle but failed to find a man with the pass.Handling errors blighted both sides’ progression up the field but the Tigers took advantage when Saints looked more likely.Lance Hohaia broke through but lost the ball and seconds later, on the last, a sweeping move saw Kirk Dixon get over in the corner.Saints hit back on 25 minutes. Hohaia darted to the line; found Paul Wellens on his inside and the fullback showed a great sidestep to bamboozle Luke Dorn.Walsh with the conversion.And five minutes later a simple move after Saints forced a drop out saw Jordan Turner increase the lead.Walsh making it 16-4 after 30 minutes.The Tigers continued to come and Saints had Matty Dawson to thank after he defended a high kick right on his line.But Saints landed a killer blow right on half time and it came from absolutely nothing.Walsh sent a kick over for Makinson to chase but James Clare collected with ease.To his credit Tommy didn’t give it up though and he tackled the Cas’ winger forcing him towards touch.Clare had no option to throw it inside – but Luke Dorn missed the bouncing ball and Wellens duly collected for his second of the afternoon.Walsh tagging on his third kick for Saints to lead 22-4 at half time.Saints forced a drop out early doors in the second half and took full advantage.Firstly, Wellens was held up over the line, then a last gasp tackle denied James Roby under the sticks.And then, when the ball went right, Willie Manu was held up too.But on the last, it came left, Castleford failed to deal with a kick and Mark Percival crossed.Walsh kicking the extras.Percival could have had his second in the 57th minute but was denied right in the corner.But up popped Luke Walsh with 15 minutes to go to put the game to bed.Castleford knocked the ball on and on the free play the scrum half kicked through to Makinson – he was tackled without the ball – but Walsh followed it up.Moments later Wellens went through the middle and Mark Percival nudged his second.Marc Sneyd and Luke Dorn scored late consolations for Cas but Saints were always on top.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Makinson, Wellens (2), Turner, Percival (2), WalshGoals: Walsh (5 from 8)Tigers: Tries: Dixon, Sneyd, DornGoals: Sneyd (2 from 3)Penalties: Tigers: 3Saints: 4HT: 22-4FT: 38-16REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 12,648Teams:Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 11. Sia Soliola.Subs: 13. Willie Manu, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 33. Andre Savelio.Tigers:6. Luke Dorn; 2. Kirk Dixon, 4. Jake Webster, 3. Michael Shenton, 24. James Clare; 7. Marc Sneyd, 26. Liam Finn; 8. Andy Lynch, 14. Daryl Clark, 10. Craig Huby, 16. Oliver Holmes, 12. Weller Hauraki, 11. Grant Millington.Subs: 13. Nathan Massey, 18. Frankie Mariano, 20. Jamie Ellis, 32. Lee Jewitt.last_img read more

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first_imgWE are now just 12 sleeps from our sixth Academy Tour of Australia in 11 years, writes Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw. Looking back at the pictures, the brochures, the games and the player names it really hits home at what the club has done for these young men, and importantly what everyone has gotten out of the trips.We have an abundance of stats and anecdotes’ to churn out over the next two weeks as we start the official countdown – but for now I’d like to say a little about how we started out and the journey we’ve been on.Whilst many of the tours merge into one large memory, what stands alone is the night we made the decision to go for it.Sometime in December 2002, Mike Rush, Derek Traynor, Paul Molyneux and myself all agreed that Mike’s daft idea should go ahead and that we were all committed to the fundraising and planning.As a 15-year-old I went on a North West Counties tour in 1993 and thought I had an idea about fundraising due to my own bucket collections and raffle ticket selling… how little did I actually know!So I declared myself the treasurer and the following morning booked three of us an appointment at the bank. I remember the look on Mully’s face when I gave my passport in and he found out my name was actually David!We quickly announced a dozen players and our first fundraiser was a weekend of bag packs at Safeway’s supermarket in the town centre. Supervising Scott Holland was a job in itself as he wore a suit of carrier bags and proceeded to drop a load of crusty baguettes on the floor.Then we had Paul Clough, whose first interest in hoarding money was revealed as he spent most of his shifts collecting all the buckets so he could collate and chat up the young check out girl by asking her to change the £1’s into notes. Just five years later that same Paul Clough was collecting a winner’s medal at Wembley!Amazingly, we got to our total by the summer of 2004 and 21 players and seven staff set off on what now proves to be a defining moment in the development of the Club’s junior pathway. We’ve effectively been fundraising ever since and have had some very sticky moments. The global financial meltdown in 2009 hit us really hard as the exchange rate plummeted to 1.4 dollars to the pound – it had been 2.4 in 2004.It’d be fair to say Mike had some sleepless nights that year as the target seemingly kept moving further away no matter how much we raised, and I can honestly say that the 2009 squad have packed more shopping than I ever will!Throughout the 13 years the biggest factor to the Tour’s success have undoubtedly been the staff. We have an amazing level of continuity with performance coaches and volunteers and it’s with great pride that the initial seven (Mike Rush, Neil Kilshaw, Gordon Pennington, Eric Chisnall, Eric Frodsham, Derek Traynor and Paul Molyneux) all remain involved at the club now, and six of those will be members of the 2015 touring party.In fundraising for so many tours the support of the local community has been a constant and without that backing we wouldn’t have made that first trip let alone six. We have developed a lasting legacy within British Rugby League and the professional leagues are littered with former tourists – staff as well as players.The club’s reputation as a leading force in the development of players is enhanced with every tour, and this has been recognised with our “outstanding” grading in the RFL’s annual accreditation for every year it has been held.In the last few weeks we have really intensified our on-field preparations as we know that the Australians lie in wait. The 2015 squad of 25 Saints are both excited and anxious about the challenges ahead of them, but we know from experience that they will change from “boys to men” before our very eyes.But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, firstly we have 22hrs of flying to negotiate…Mike Rush, Neil Kilshaw and Derek Traynor at Singapore Airport in 2004.The original seven staff!Paul Clough.last_img read more

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The Disciplinary Review Group which is comprised

first_imgThe Disciplinary Review Group, which is comprised of Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell, Wakefield Trinity Chairman Michael Carter, Oldham Chairman Chris Hamilton, former Hull FC Football Manager Motu Tony alongside Rugby Football League representatives, was launched in November 2016 to assess the current system and identify its strengths and weaknesses.The system was reviewed against best practise in other sport disciplinary proceedings and involved consultation with stakeholders, including a survey on topics such as Match Review Panel and Operational Rules Tribunal sent to club owners, chief executive officers, coaches, players, members of the media and supporters.Changes approved for 2018 onwards are as follows:Early Guilty Plea replaced by Penalty Notice for cases graded A-C. Match Review Panel to decide grade and consult player’s disciplinary record to ascertain what sanction will be handed down:No record showing two or more offences in last 24 months, including one in last 12 months; and no similar offence (as defined in the Sentencing Guidelines) at Grade C or above in last 24 months = penalty at lower end of range (for example – one match for Grade B)Two or more offences in last 24 months, including at least one in last 12 months; or similar offence at Grade C or above in last 24 months = penalty at higher end of range (for example – two matches for Grade B)Cases graded D-F, or where Match Review Panel deem it appropriate not to issue a Penalty Notice, will automatically be referred directly to the independent Operational Rules TribunalPlayers can challenge a Penalty Notice (A-C) – in which case the matter will be determined by the Operational Rules Tribunal. A refundable deposit of £500 for Super League players and £250 for all other players must be lodged when submitting a challenge. If challenge is successful, the deposit shall be returned. Challenges to a Penalty Notice can only be made on the following grounds:Guilt; orImproper Grading of the Offence by the PanelUnsuccessful challenges will result in a one-match increase in sanction where grounds for challenge considered unreasonable. If player is found not guilty then no sanction will be handed out. A successful grading challenge will lead to a sanction that would have been imposed for the revised Grade.Chair of the Disciplinary Review Group, Neil Hudgell, said: “We are very fortunate to be involved in a sport that regularly reviews its own processes seeking improvement and overall excellence.“It’s well documented that the On Field Disciplinary process has been much maligned, often unfairly, down the years. Working in a collegiate manner with the Governing Body and other stakeholders in the game, we have hopefully delivered a set of proposals that lead to improvements in the quality of decision making, consistency and understanding of the basis for those outcomes.”last_img read more

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Club Match St Helens Women

first_imgStory updated 02/02/19The Saints were rewarded for an impressive 36-0 win against local rivals Wigan Warriors in the quarter finals with another home tie in the last four, against holders Leeds Rhinos.The Rhinos underlined their determination to retain the trophy with an emphatic 74-0 win against Warrington Wolves of the Women’s Rugby League Championship.Castleford Tigers, who are having an outstanding season at the top of the Women’s Super League and attracted a record crowd of 1,492 for their 48-8 Challenge Cup quarter final victory over Bradford Bulls, have been drawn away at local rivals Wakefield Trinity.Both semi finals will be played on Sunday July 7, with one of them shown live on the RFL’s Our League platforms, with the winners earning places in the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday July 27 – which will kick off a triple header also including the men’s Coral Challenge Cup semi finals (Hull FC v Warrington Wolves, and Halifax v St Helens).The semi final draw was conducted live on BBC Radio Leeds by two trailblazers in the development of the women’s game over the last two decades – Featherstone Rovers Ladies captain Andrea Dobson, who recently announced her retirement from representative rugby, and former referee Julia Lee.Coral Women’s Challenge Cup semi finalsSt Helens v Leeds Rhinos – Sunday 7th July, 12:30pm kick off.Wakefield Trinity v Castleford TigersTicket Prices:£3 for adults£1 juniors/concessionsFREE for members with a valid season ticket card.last_img read more

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CFCC forum gives Wilmington city council candidates one last talk before election

first_img “What jobs do you think can be brought to Wilmington,” asked CFCC student Zach Walton.Nine names are on the ballot to fill the three seats on Wilmington city council. Candidates had to tackle questions of growth, jobs, and housing in the final candidates forum at CFCC.“I think they’re definitely asking hard questions and it’s good to bring these questions to mind,” said UNCW student Eleanor Nesimoglu.“Even if it’s things that have to be handled at the state level. They’re still our voices even though they can’t do much about what’s going on with some things.”Related Article: Two men travel hundreds of miles to repair chainsaws in WilmingtonOne of those tough issues will be how candidates handle the water problems in our area.“GenX is clearly an issue that must be dealt with. What do you see the city council’s role in dealing with this issue,” asked student Gabe Savits.Candidates say that will be a constant conversation if elected or returning to council. Several did agree the water issues could bring more problems to bringing more green development to a growing Wilmington.“We need to fix the infrastructure we have and buildings we have and sometimes fix those up and make them greener and cleaner instead of build more buildings,” said Nesimoglu.The forum was hosted by the schools social and behavioral sciences department. The room though was filled with a diverse crowd of people from the community.Two incumbent candidates are seeking reelection. Regardless we will have a new council member after November 7th and that’s because current councilman Earl Sheridan decided to not run for reelection. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The polls are open around New Hanover county for local elections. On Tuesday, candidates for Wilmington city council had one last in person chance to talk issues and persuade voters in a candidates forum.Most of the major issues Wilmington neighbors are thinking about were addressed; from the ongoing opioid drug epidemic to what’s coming out of our faucets at home.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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More candidates announce bid for Pender County Sheriff

first_imgJimmie Stokes and Lawrence Fennell (Photos: Contributed) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two more people have announced they plan to run for Sheriff of Pender County.Jimmie Stokes is a School Resource Office at Pender High School. According to a news release, Stokes has lived in Pender County since 1996.- Advertisement – His law enforcement career began in 2011.“It is with great pride that I have decided to run for Sheriff of Pender County. After much prayer, consultations with family and friends, and consideration for the people of Pender County, I believe it is time to pursue the best avenue to positively impact our society,” Stokes said in a news release. “As a current Deputy in Pender, I will continue to build upon the relationships that I establish each and every day.”He also talks about his attempt  to fight the opioid crisis.Related Article: Dems demand full Mueller report; Trump says OK with him“If given the opportunity to be your Sheriff I will work tirelessly to find new avenues to create positive relationships between the Sheriff’s Department and the community, working together with various agencies to eliminate the opiate crisis that plagues our neighborhoods, and creating a safe and welcoming society,” said Stokes.Lawrence Fennell, a Corporal with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, announced he intends to run as well.Fennell is a Pender County native and has worked with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department for the past 10 years.He also describes how he will fight the opioid crisis, which affected his family.“I have seen how our children have been affected by the drug epidemic sweeping our county. I know because even I am not immune from it. You see, my daughter is a victim of the drug trade so I know firsthand the pain mothers and fathers go through. I know the worry, the sleepless nights and the fear as we watch our love ones suffer,” Fennell said in a news release. “We will team together with neighboring law enforcement agencies to do all we can to ensure our deputies get the necessary training to further equip them to do their jobs and not only to save our kids but enable our deputies to go home to their kids and families as well.”Stokes and Fennell make the 6th and 7th candidates who plan to run for sheriff.They join Randy Burton, Joseph Cina, Jason Spivey, Chester Ward and Alan Cutler, who previously announced their intent to run for office.last_img read more

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Plans for Independence Mall reveal big changes

first_img The design features a mixed-use lifestyle center which will include a full-scale transformation of both the interior and exterior of the property.A portion of the interior will be removed accommodate a streetscape and exterior retail entrances. The Sears box will be demolished to make way for newly-constructed spaces that will house multiple retailers, and the addition of outparcel space and residential units.Mall officials are currently working with City officials on obtaining the necessary approvals and permits, and hope to begin construction later this year.Related Article: Flower farm damaged by Hurricane Florence busy prepping for Valentine’s Day“The property as it currently stands is significantly undervalued given it sits just seven miles from the Atlantic Ocean,” said Helen Lewis, General Manager of The Collection at Independence. “We feel our plan as designed will unlock the true value potential of the property and will be a tremendous growth driver for the community, as we have appropriately incorporated the wants and desires of the market with the demands and expectations of the category-leading retailers we are looking to attract. We are looking forward to working with the City to move forward our vision.”The Collection at Independence’s transformative plan entails sweeping changes for the property.According to the release, in addition to adding technological and aesthetic upgrades throughout the common areas, a portion of the center’s interior in the Sears wing will be removed to allow for the construction of a restaurant streetscape that will house multiple upscale dining and retail options and combine indoor-outdoor elements.The removal will also allow for exterior facing retail entrances.Additional details outlined in the plan include constructing outparcel space along the property’s North end to be leased to all types of retailers, adding residential units along the West end to help address the shortage of housing available in Wilmington, building space near JC Penney to accommodate a hotel and a medical office building, and incorporating green space to create an authentic village-like lifestyle just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.Given the extensive nature of the transformative plan, The Collection at Independence anticipates some of its current retailers will need to be relocated to accommodate the construction process.The property will remain open throughout the entire project.“Having been the General Manager of this property for over 23 years, I have never been more excited about the future of this property as I am today,” Lewis added. “The vision we outlined is unlike anything in the market and will ensure The Collection at Independence remains viable, relevant and an important fixture in this community for years to come.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Demolishing Sears, removing a portion of the mall’s interior, adding new homes, a hotel, and more green space are just few of the renovation plans in the works for Independence Mall.According to a news release, The Collection at Independence announced a transformative repurposing plan for the center. 1 of 2 – Advertisement – The Collection at Independence (Photo: Contributed)last_img read more

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Historic Wilmington home to be moved become restaurant

first_imgHouse on 310 Bladen Street (Photo: Historic Wilmington Foundation) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) says a turn-of-the-century bungalow will soon be moved and become a restaurant.The home on 310 Bladen Street will be moved to the corner of 4th and Swann.- Advertisement – “Saving this building was a team effort,” says Beth Rutledge, Executive Director of HWF. “We were fortunate that it was given to this organization instead of being demolished. Figuring out how to proceed was all about various folks coming together to get this house a new home.”The three-bedroom bungalow was donated to Historic Wilmington Foundation.Says Rutledge, “Maintaining historic integrity has been important to Jennifer and Matt from the start. They are committed to getting a preservation easement and a plaque for house. They also are thrilled about being part of the history and future of North Fourth Street.”Related Article: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert in Wilmington canceledHWF has a legacy of moving and saving houses, and Rutledge says that doing so is a highly visible way to demonstrate historic preservation in action. Additionally, “There are several adaptive reuse projects on North Fourth Street, including Edward Teach Brewery, Red Eye Bakery, Palate, Brooklyn Arts Center… Old buildings are finding new life, and 310 Bladen will now be added to that list. We’re excited about what happens next.”Founded in 1966, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear Region.last_img read more

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Easter sunrise service brings hundreds to Wrightsville Beach

first_img North Pointe has been around for 20 years, and this is the 19th sunrise service. For some, it’s been an Easter staple.“It’s kinda grown, and a lot of people who attend now are yearly people,” Loman said. “They come back year after year, after year. They make this a part of their family tradition for Easter.”Pastor Loman and congregation members like Patti Lewis agree that taking advantage of the beach makes this service particularly special, and that it adds a certain “ambiance” to their Easter experience.Related Article: Teams paddle 24 hours to benefit cancer fighters“The beaches, the backdrop, the waves, it’s just been a beautiful day,” Lewis said. “Perfect day for a Sunrise Service.”Loman works hard to make every service at North Pointe meaningful and worthwhile, but nothing can match the sunrise service.“It sets the perfect environment, ambiance for the celebration of a risen savior,” Loman explained.“If just one soul can be touched by this service it’s worth every bit of these people out here today,” Lewis added.Loman says he is already looking forward to next year. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — What better way to celebrate Easter Sunday than with a service, live music and food all at the beach?North Pointe Community Church held a sunrise service in Wrightsville Beach early Sunday. Pastor Jeff Loman called it “picture perfect.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Decrease of 94 in Government expenditure on RD within two years –

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Statistics from the National Statistics Office have revealed that from 2015 till 2017, there has been a decrease of 94.86% in Government expenditure on research and development (R&D), reducing from €11.8 million to €607,000.In total, there has been a decrease of €5.56 million in expenditure on R&D in Malta.During 2017, an increase of €7.2 million was registered in total expenditure on R&D activities, equivalent to 12.3% of GDP. In 2015, total R&D expenditure was registered at €71.49 million, or 0.74% of GDP.The Business Enterprise is leading R&DThe Business Enterprise sector contributed 65.3% to total R&D, whereas the Higher Education and Government sectors contributed 33.8% and 0.9% respectively.In 2017, both the Business Enterprise sector and the Higher Education Sector reported an increase in R&D expenditure compared to 2016. The higher R&D expenditure was triggered by higher outlays on recurrent expenditure of €7.6 and €2.8 million respectively. Capital expenditure for these two sectors dropped by €900,000 and €2.1 million respectively. The Government sector registered a drop of €0.2 million, primarily in recurrent expenditure.Primarily the R&D expenditure is dedicated to Basic Research, with a 52.1% of total R&D in 2017, followed by Applied Research (32.6%) and Experimental Development (15.3%).Breakdown of expenditureLabour costs represented 72% of total R&D expenditure, followed by recurrent expenditure (20.7%) and capital projects (7.1%).In 2017, the highest rate of R&D activity was recorded in Engineering and Technology which accounted for 45.7% of total expenditure, followed by Natural Sciences (22%) and Medical Sciences (16%).Government budget allocations for R&D in 2018In 2018, the highest outlays of Government budget allocations for R&D (GBARD) were recorded in the socio-economic activities related to Health (€6 million), Culture, recreation, religion and media (€4.4 million), Political and social systems, structures and processes and Industrial production and technology (both €4.1 million). Compared to 2017, GBARD increased by €3.8 million.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Belgium beat Scotland in friendly match

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Eden Hazard continued his brilliant start to the new season by producing another formidable display as Belgium beat Scotland 4-0. Roberto Martinez’s side opened the scoring inside the first half hour thanks to Romelu Lukaku who has now scored 18 goals in his last 16 appearances for the national team.Hazard increased Belgium’s goal advantage with a powerful shot from a tight angle in the 46th minute. Substitute Michy Batshuayi, who is currently on loan at Valencia, scored two second half goals in 10 minutes to end Scotland’s hopes of a late comeback. This was Scotland’s biggest home defeat since England won 5-0 in February 1973.WhatsApplast_img read more

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4 local applications may be up for funding by Uganda Government

first_imgDavid from world bank gives award to the kuangalia team Advertisement The hack4ag Uganda hackthon was concluded last week in Jinj which saw three groups being awarded for coming up with the best applications. Kuangalia, an app that helps farmers verify seeds quality emerged winners. According to a senior economist at the World Bank, they were the clear cut winners, their solution was simple, solved a big problem for the farmers and they had developed a complete solution. The Farmer’s Amazon were the second runner’s up with their API that would enable different applications from different developers run on USSD.Both Kuangalia and Farmer’s Amazon have been approached by officials from NITA-U, according to Fred Byamugisha the manager applications solutions, an aggregator like farmer’s Amazon would gladly be welcome by government.Also sources from the world bank indicate that the hackthon will not be the end, some sources say that already four applications of the six will be adopted and funded under the the Ministry of Agriculture with funding from the World Bank. According to Maureen Agene, one of the organizers from world bank, hackers just have to continue developing their solutions so that when they are contacted, they have advanced solutions. Another source also assured the hackers that if all goes well, the funds will be available in less than four months pending approval from the Ugandan government. Hackers also might have an opportunity to go to South Korea next year and interact with Korean developers.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 13 August2.00 WorcesterAmaury De Lusignan 16/1 > 7/12.30 WorcesterWestern Way 7/1 > 5/13.30 WorcesterArctic Knight 13/2 > 4/16.05 NottinghamRoyal Intruder 16/1 > 7/16.50 StratfordLaudatory 7/2 > 5/2last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgRACING MOVERS2.20 FontwellIlewin For Hannah 6/1 > 3/13.25 FontwellThe Kvilleken 7/1 > 9/24.15 NaasWashington DC 11/8 > 11/10LIVE FOOTBALLLeague One Play-Off Final15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD8/5 Barnsley2/1 Millwall23/10 DRAWInternational Friendly19:45 Premier Sports / Premier Sports HD8/11 Italy4/1 Scotland5/2 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 29 May What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 24 June RACING MOVERS5.20 DoncasterUndertow 14/1 > 8/17.45 NewcastleSecret Sense 33/1 > 12/18.15 NewcastleRun To The Hills 7/2 > 5/29.00 NewmarketIt Must Be Faith 12/1 > 11/2EURO 2016 MATCHESSATURDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1614:00 BBC One / BBC One HD11/5 Switzerland 13/8 Poland 19/10 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1617:00 BBC One / BBC One HD / S4C / S4C HD1/1 Wales 7/2 Northern Ireland 2/1 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1620:00 ITV / ITV HD13/8 Croatia 2/1 Portugal 2/1 DRAWSUNDAYUEFA 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 Hungary 8/13 Belgium 13/5 DRAWMONDAYUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1617:00 BBC One / BBC One HD3/1 Italy 23/20 Spain 2/1 DRAWUEFA EURO 2016 Round of 1620:00 ITV / ITV HD8/15 England 7/1 Iceland 14/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduRecent auditing regulations decrease preliminary reports’ reliabilityStandards create trade-off between timeliness and accuracyThe very standards designed to improve public companies’ annual earnings reports are increasing the likelihood that preliminary earnings numbers are not as reliable as they were before the standards, according to research from Rice University, the University of Kansas and Michigan State University. The new study finds the 2004 implementation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Auditing Standards No. 2 (AS2) and No. 3 (AS3) has increased the length of time between the fiscal year-end and the audit report by about 15 days; in 2005, audits were completed, on average, about 65 days after the end of the fiscal year.Because of market demand for timely disclosures, most companies have kept the same date to release their preliminary earnings report, despite the increased audit report lag. Before the implementation of AS2 and AS3, 70 percent of companies waited to release their preliminary numbers until after their audit was complete; in 2005, only 20 percent waited. “We’re seeing that preliminary earnings information is not as reliable as it once was,” said K. Ramesh, professor of accounting in Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “It’s an unintended consequence of the new regulations. Companies are facing a trade-off in providing value-relevant information on a timely basis and the potential loss of reliability in releasing the information prior to the audit being completed.” Since the new regulations, the number of preliminary earnings announcement (PEA) revisions — cases in which the preliminary earnings announcement differs from what’s reported in the 10-K filing — increased from 12 revisions in 2000 to 186 revisions in 2005. The research team found that PEA revisions would have been 35 percent lower during 2005 if the companies had waited until after audit completion to make the preliminary earnings announcement. ”The negative association between completion of audit and PEA revisions provides direct archival evidence on the value of the financial statement audit,” Ramesh said.The researchers — Ramesh from Rice University, Scott Bronson from the University of Kansas and Chris Hogan and Marilyn Johnson from Michigan State University — also examined the market reaction to the disclosure of the revisions. They found that revisions disclosed in 10-K filings are generally smaller in absolute magnitude than revisions disclosed in earnings press release and 8-K filings. “The negative stock market reaction to corporate announcements of forthcoming PEA revisions points to the economic significance the market attaches to the reliability of information in PEAs,” Ramesh said. “Any change in reliability of PEAs has important implications, given that capital market participants have historically placed greater emphasis on salient and timely disclosures in earnings press releases than disclosures in periodic reports.”The research paper, “The Unintended Consequences of PCAOB Auditing Standards Nos. 2 and 3 on the Reliability of Preliminary Earnings Releases,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Accounting and Economics.A working version of the paper is available at: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~kr10/BHJR%20Working%20Paper%20Version.pdf.last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: druth@rice.edu Cybersecurity expert available to comment on IMF breachRice University’s Baker Institute fellow Christopher Bronk available for interviewsOver the weekend, news articles reported a significant compromise of computer systems at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by an unauthorized party. While the details leaked to reporters of the New York Times remain scant, what is known is that the IMF is a critical target. Christopher Bronk, a fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former U.S. State Department diplomat who specializes in cybersecurity issues, is available to comment on the IMF breach.The IMF oversees the global financial system by following the macroeconomic policies of its member countries, in particular those with an impact on the exchange rate and balance of payments. Its objectives are to stabilize international exchange rates and facilitate development through the encouragement of liberalizing economic policies. Nonpublic member state data and highly sensitive negotiating communications between the IMF and the member states are kept on the IMF’s network, much of which is so sensitive it could affect world financial markets and public policy decisions in the member states.“For those trolling for data at the IMF, much valuable information could no doubt be found, as the fund assumes a pivotal role in managing the still unraveling financial crises around the globe, particularly those in Europe,” Bronk said. “In the statecraft of cyberspace, this is a serious event, perhaps the most serious since the cyberattack directed at the Iranian nuclear enrichment facilities last year.” Bronk said three questions are in need of answer, even if the information available is scant and vague.What happened? According to Bronk, an outsider likely gained access to the accounts of multiple users at the IMF. “The Times’ reporters believe the vector for the compromise was an incident of ‘spear phishing,’ in which IMF employees received targeted emails, possibly from sources they trust, carrying malicious software designed to clandestinely purloin data. In other words, someone poked a straw inside the IMF and began drawing its information. What information was purloined and to where it went are now matters for the fund and the FBI to figure out,” Bronk said.How did it happen? “A series of emails passed to Bloomberg News paint an interesting picture of an IT organization coping with a spear-phishing crisis,” Bronk said. “On June 1, IMF employees purportedly received a message stating, ‘Staff are strongly requested not to open emails and video links without authenticating the source.’ A week later, there was more bad news, as IMF’s IT division asked employees to turn in their RSA SecureID tokens, a device designed to provide an additional layer of security to information resources beyond username and password.” Who did it? “Due to the sophistication of the attack, fingers have generally pointed to nation-states or state-sponsored cybergroups,” Bronk said. “While likely, this is not the only possibility. Assuming the best hackers are those who don’t get caught, and the IMF or someone aiding the organization did figure out that exfiltration of data was occurring, the absolute top tier of state actors – the U.S., U.K., perhaps Israel, France and Germany – can probably be counted out. Next down the rungs are the usual suspects who do get caught – principally Russia and China. But perhaps bigger thinking should be conducted before we connect too many dots.”Bronk previously served as a career diplomat with the Department of State on assignments both overseas and in Washington. His last assignment was in the Office of eDiplomacy, the department’s internal think tank on information technology, knowledge management, computer security and interagency collaboration. He also has experience in political affairs, counternarcotics, immigration and U.S.-Mexico border issues. Since arriving at Rice, Bronk has studied a number of areas, including information security, technology for immigration management, broadband policy, Web 2.0 governance and the militarization of cyberspace. He teaches classes on the intersection of computing and politics in Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.Bronk has provided commentary for a variety of news outlets, including ABC, NPR, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle.Bronk has a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also studied international relations at Oxford University.To schedule an interview with Bronk, contact David Ruth at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.last_img read more

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