A note from the editor Please consider making a v

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… A chain of cake shops has thanked a disabled campaigner for drawing its attention to access failures that prevented wheelchair-users entering three of its stores.Konditor said it was “ashamed” of its previous access failings and has apologised to “anyone who has visited [our] shops in the past and been unable to gain access”.It has now pledged to make a financial donation to a London disabled people’s organisation (DPO) after admitting it was previously unaware of its duties under the Equality Act.The access failings were spotted by Esther Leighton, co-founder of the disabled-led campaigning organisation Reasonable Access, after she was unable to enter three of its six London stores.After she raised her concerns, with support from Reasonable Access members, Konditor agreed to improve access at the three stores, providing each of them with low-cost portable ramps that allow wheelchair-users to cope with single steps at their entrances.Now Konditor is backing Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project, which supports London DPOs to use the law to make disabled people’s rights to independent living and access to goods and services a reality.Konditor will donate 20p to the project every time it sells one of its most popular cakes over the next six months.Leighton said she had asked Konditor repeatedly to buy ramps for its inaccessible stores.In similar situations, she has taken the service-provider to court, but once the problem reached the company’s head office, she said, “Konditor turned the situation around”.She said: “They fixed the problem, made amends including by selling cakes for the Disability Justice Project, which is a cause close to my heart, and so I look forward to being a loyal customer for many years to come.”Leighton said: “I have an ongoing frustration with high street shops without step-free access, particularly when this can often be fixed with a simple ramp available online for as little as £50.“I am unable to get up even small steps, so this is a barrier which unnecessarily limits me.“Despite the Equality Act 2010 duty being very clear that shops should have ramps, many do not do so.”She added: “I find being denied access to businesses, particularly luxury ones like this, utterly demoralising; it makes me feel like a second-class citizen and it makes me frustrated that 24 years after the law said that ‘reasonable adjustments’ (like a ramp) should be made, that they are not.“I find trying to enforce my rights very difficult, too.“Sometimes I need to go all the way to court (as it’s usually impossible to get lawyers for such cases) and this is costly in time and money, as well as upsetting.“However, it’s often the only way to get this change made, so there isn’t an alternative to ensure I and other disabled people are treated better.“In Konditor’s case, I am really delighted that they made the situation right and this wasn’t necessary.“They’re also keen to share with other businesses the many positives of making changes that ensure a welcome for all people, which makes me happy as it’s improving the world for everyone.” She encouraged other disabled people who are angry at not being able to access a service, even after asking for improvements, to use the law to help bring about change.She said: “You don’t need to be a lawyer to do this, though you do need to have time and be able to deal with sometimes complex paperwork.”Leighton encouraged disabled people to contact Reasonable Access – which supports disabled people who are using the law, particularly the Equality Act 2010, to advance disability rights – if they want to speak to others who are taking such action, and also to contact their local MP.But she said they should also campaign for a more effective enforcement mechanism, and she added: “Changes this basic could be enforced by the local council, for instance, rather than requiring individuals to do it.“That would be better for businesses and disabled people.”Svetlana Kotova, Inclusion London’s Disability Justice Project co-ordinator, said: “Konditor admitted their mistake and took this opportunity to make their shops more accessible. “If other providers of goods and services had similar attitude, everyday experience of many disabled people would be very different.“However, it is important to remember that Konditor took those steps because Esther Leighton explained to them what is required by the duty to make reasonable adjustments.“This shows how much work still needs to be done to ensure providers of goods and services, including small businesses, understand their duties under the Equality Act and comply with it.   “We know access is good for everyone and we hope this example will encourage many more businesses to adopt a similar approach.”Paul Cons, Konditor’s chief executive, said: “Until Esther bought this issue to our attention, I’m ashamed to say we had simply not fully considered the needs of our disabled customers or realised what was required of us by law.“This has been a welcome wake-up call for us and we’re glad to have addressed this issue in the business. “Thanks to a passionate campaigner like Esther, we’ve made the changes, but feel she shouldn’t have had to bring it to our attention in the first place.”Picture: One of the three stores Esther Leighton was unable to enterlast_img read more

Small Fire Burns Mission and 22nd Building for Third Time

first_img 0% Robert Rosales, a passerby who was on break from work, was walking by when someone sitting on the street pointed out the fire.“It looked like it was a small thing,” Rosales said. “I thought Popeye’s was on fire for the third time!”Fire engines surrounded the building just after the fire started, and police closed down Mission Street from 21st to 22nd streets for about an hour.Demolition crews have been working on dismantling the building to bring it down to street level since an emergency alteration order issued by the city in February. The building has been a source of tension since the fire last year and was picketed in March over concerns of non-union labor being used in its demolition.The Fire Commission will hold a hearing in the Mission District at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, at 362 Capp Street, though a department spokesperson said the meeting room had a capacity of just 100. The meeting will be recorded, though not live-streamed by SFGOVTV and made available after the hearing. Firefighters responded to a small fire at a San Francisco building on Mission and 22nd streets that was rendered uninhabitable by a fire in January 2015 that killed one man and displaced some 60 people. A second, three-alarm fire erupted in the building in mid-March.Monday night’s fire affected only a small area in the upper north corner of the Mission Street side of the building, said Assistant Chief Tom Siragusa. The small blaze started at 8:33 p.m. and was out within about 20 minutes of firefighters’ arrival on scene.Siragusa did not specify what caused the fire and said it was under investigation, but radio traffic overheard during the firefighting operation indicated that a cigarette butt flicked from the Vida apartments next door was a possible culprit.“Possible indication on cause, someone dropped a cigarette butt from the roof of the apartment building next door,” another firefighter could be heard saying. A balcony to one of the Vida apartments sits just 10 feet above the corner where the fire started, and people could be seen congregating on it when firefighters arrived on scene.center_img Tags: 22nd Street fire • Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission residents brainstorm ways to preserve districts unique culture

first_imgThe melody coming from Francisco Herrera’s guitar was the same as it was three weeks ago, when he sang a plea to community members: “Organize, my brother, organize, my sister. If we organize, we can change the world.”The message at Tuesday night’s second meeting hosted by United to Save the Mission was slightly different, more straightforward.“No more monsters in the Mission!” the activist sang in front of a crowd of about 40 community members, who gathered to discuss the building of luxury housing units on Mission Street, such as the 300-plus units planned for 16th and Mission streets.The goal of Tuesday night’s meeting at Centro Del Pueblo was to come up with ways to take action on six principal concerns that were raised in the first meeting: too many upscale bars and restaurants, red bus lanes, lack of support for small businesses, exclusive spaces created by gentrification, bias in policing, and lack of affordable housing. 0% Community members split into six groups in the center’s auditorium to suggest two actions each that the activists could take to address these issues.Carlos Bocanegra, a lawyer at La Raza Centro Legal, began the meeting by announcing that Supervisor Hillary Ronen was discussing a cultural corridor for Mission Street, similar to the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, which would recognize the street as a “special-use district.”The announcement got a loud applause from the crowd. Erick Arguello, the second speaker at the meeting, said he helped convince the city that creating Calle 24 was necessary for residents to feel like they played a role in how the community was being shaped. He said some of the concerns being brought up in the Mission today are similar to those brought up on 24th Street.Signs direct Spanish-only and English-only speakers to Centro Del Pueblo’s second-floor auditorium. Photo by JoeBill Munoz“The average [attendance] for a lot of these community meetings in the city is about 20 to 30 people,” Arguello said. “We’re continuing to get high participation at these meetings, which will give us better outcomes [in establishing a cultural district].”While Arguello went over the agenda from the first meeting, the most senior person in the room, Ismael Palacios, 89, who wasn’t at the first meeting, interrupted to give his two cents. “We’re living in a time where that white elephant has been elected president,” Palacios said. “Now, more than ever, we must unite against the greedy in power!”Palacios, a Spanish-only speaker, came to San Francisco 45 years ago from El Salvador and has been a citizen since 1974. After the father of four was injured on the job 20 years ago, he moved into Section 8 housing, where his rent is controlled. With a bum right knee, he has trouble climbing stairs and his only source of income is a disability check.He says he’s one of the lucky ones to remain.After both organizers spoke about half an hour into the meeting, Bocanegra, the crowd-pleaser, sent the crowd to a table across the room where a stack of pizzas sat.“I don’t know about you, but I can’t think on an empty stomach,” Bocanegra said to the group.Over slices of pizza, each table presented their action plans to the other groups, and everyone voted on the organization’s first action. Pressuring the Planning Commission to get a cultural district for Mission Street was by far the most popular choice. It was a no-brainer for Susan Cieutat, a Bay area resident of over 30 years. “It’s a marvelous neighborhood with a very unique culture,” Cieutat said. “What you see at the Brava Theater and the Mission Cultural Center is not what you see at the Orpheum and the Great American Music Hall.”Cieutat, who doesn’t live in the Mission, cares about the troubles facing the Latino community because she enrolled her daughter at Marshall elementary. She says that because the language immersion school is 80 percent native Spanish speakers, her daughter learned about a way of life that diverged from “mainstream culture.”“It’s an incredible, valuable thing that this city has going for it that we’re going to lose if we don’t act very, very assertively and aggressively to preserve it,” she said.Bocanegra says getting the cultural district will be a long-term process. They’ll have to spend long hours on working groups with the city. But he says once the process is over, they can add protections for small businesses and housing.Bocanegra and the other activists say they will be taking their concerns to the Planning Commission’s meeting next Thursday. center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

TONY Puletua is set to return for the playoffs aft

first_imgTONY Puletua is set to return for the playoffs after a scan revealed he does not need an operation on a damaged shoulder.Saints’ head coach Royce Simmons had feared the 32-year-old could miss the run in due to an injured rotator cuff.But specialists have given the forward good news and he will now undergo rehab to be ready for the playoffs.“It’s great news,” Simmons said. “TP is an integral part of the team and we’re delighted he doesn’t need surgery.”Saints are next in action when they travel to Hull KR next Sunday.last_img

NATHAN Brown is hoping Saints 3022 win over Leed

first_imgNATHAN Brown is hoping Saints’ 30-22 win over Leeds will kick start a good summer period.Speaking after the ‘come from behind’ victory at Headingley on Monday night he said the team should get a lot of confidence from the result.“I was disappointed at first as I expected us to play well tonight and we didn’t for the first 20 minutes,” he said. “I thought we did well to come back from there. At 16-0 I wasn’t sure where we were heading.“We had a lot of good experienced players back and the younger players had that experience around them too. We also had players in positions which they weren’t foreign to. We haven’t been able to do that in the last five weeks – not by choice, just by the state of the squad. I expected us to do well as a result but at 16-0 I was thinking something else.“But we fought well and came back. Leeds are good team and we should get a lot of confidence from it. You don’t fluke four or five Grand Final wins. They had a couple of handy players not playing but had Sinfield, Burrow, McGuire – cornerstones of the club out there. We have Warrington and Huddersfield next and one win doesn’t make a summer but we would like tonight to be the start of a new section for us.”One of the turning points in the match was the introduction of Alex Walmsley and Brown once again paid tribute to the big man.“Alex seems to do something every time he comes on. The tempo of the game always seems to lift in our favour. He is a unique sort of player and generally when he comes on something goes our way. He was semi pro until Keary (Jon Kear) produced him and I have made a living over here off Keary and taking his players! He knows how to find them and I keep ringing asking if he has any more.“I was also pleased with Luke Thompson. You wouldn’t think he has just turned 18 – him and young Mark Percival – it is credit to Derek Traynor, Steve Leonard, Neil Kilshaw and the boys like Ian Talbot behind the scenes.“Paul Wellens also played well; he means a lot to the team with his experience. He is held in high esteem and does the things that are needed from a captain. He is an actions man rather than talk. The winning try for Luke – that came from Wellens playing at six.“I’m looking forward to seeing our next performance.”Brown said he is hopeful that Jonny Lomax could return within the next three to four weeks.James Roby, on the other hand, could have played on Monday “if it was a Grand Final”.“There’s no point rushing him,” Brown added. “But if he is 100 per cent fit next week he will come back in and play.”last_img read more

STEPHEN Mann MSc writes about the Importance of Re

first_imgSTEPHEN Mann MSc writes about the Importance of Recovery for Rugby League players….Generally, most rugby players tend to be pretty clued-up on the nutritional requirements to prepare for training and competitive matches although the importance of recovery is sometimes overlooked.In order to reach optimal performance, it is important that the player must recover effectively from both training and competitive games and nutritional intake before, during and immediately after a work-out is imperative for this.Without adequate refuelling between training sessions, the capacity to maintain daily training intensities and volumes can be impaired, and if this is practised long-term, it can lead to fatigue, over-training, illness, burn-out or injury. From a nutritional perspective, recovery takes on three main goals, often referred to as the 3 “R’s”, these include:Replenish – achieved by high Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrate intake.Rehydrate – by consuming electrolyte containing drinks.Repair – intake of high quality, easily digestible protein. It is vital that recovery should begin within the hour after the session, as this is when the muscle is most receptive in taking in nutrients.This window of opportunity is where enzymes and transporters in the muscle are more active and therefore the muscles will act like a sponge to take on these nutrients and failing to do this may affect overall recovery by up to 50%.Therefore, as soon as that final whistle signals or the coach calls for the end of training it will be the player’s first port of call to get these key nutrients on board.How to Recover?It is high quality and rapidly digestible protein sources (such as Impact Whey Protein) that contain the building blocks to promote muscle repair, re-conditioning and reduce muscle soreness that is experienced after an intense training session or match.Recovery also takes place in the subsequent hours and days after a match and for this reason, a typical rugby league player’s diet should consist of high protein based meals throughout a regular day coming mainly from lean meat, fish, dairy, and perhaps one or two additional supplements (such as whey and casein).A typical rugby player should be aiming to consume around 1.4-2g per kg of body weight or 20-30g every 2-3hours. For example, a 100kg player should consume between 140-200g of protein a day. Protein intake (~20g) either side of training is also important to stimulate muscle protein synthesis.A rugby player’s diet should typically consist of low-med GI carbohydrates throughout the day and on rest days and then high GI types of foods (e.g. Dextrose or Maltodextrin) should be incorporated post work-out to maximise muscle glycogen replenishment. 1g per kg of body weight per hour is recommended every hour for three hours following an intense workout.This can come in the form of energy drinks, gels, powders or food, but convenience will usually take the main priority for the player. It is also important to note that if the player’s goal is to reduce body fat levels at a particular stage in the season, then his or her carbohydrate intake should perhaps be reduced to increase subsequent fat utilisation.Take Home MessageIn summary, to ensure that a rugby player always gets the best from their training they should pay particular attention to their nutritional strategies as soon as they walk off the pitch after a game or training session.A blend of high GI carbohydrate (replenish), rapidly digestible protein (repair), fluid and electrolytes (rehydrate), consumed immediately within the hour after finishing exercise will help to optimise overall recovery and improve performance.Finally, the use of supplements can be a practical way of achieving this – two products that tick all the boxes and contain all of the essential ingredients would be Myprotein’s Recovery XS or Hurricane XSlast_img read more

SAINTS returned to preseason training on Monday a

first_imgSAINTS returned to pre-season training on Monday and were immediately put through their paces by Keiron Cunningham and his coaching team.It is the beginning of the long grind ahead of our 2016 First Utility Super League campaign.And as part of those preparations, Saints will host Widnes Vikings in the Karalius Cup on Sunday January 24 at 3pm.Widnes have signed Chris Bridge, Corey Thompson and Setaimata Sa and will no doubt be blooding those charges as they aim to hit the new season running.The Vikings hold the trophy too – named after the Saints and Widnes legend – following a 20-16 win in January.“Games against Widnes are always great matches,” Saints captain Jon Wilkin said. “This is a key part of our pre-season preparations and we are looking forward to the challenge.”Tickets are priced at:Hatton’s Solicitors West & McLoughlin and Harvey East Stands: Members: £10 (adult), £8 (concession and 16-21), £5 (junior)Non Members: £12 (adult), £10 (concession and 16-21), £6 (junior)Solarking South & Totally Wicked North Stands:Members: £12 (adult), £10 (concession and 16-21), £5 (junior)Non Members: £14 (adult), £12 (concession and 16-21), £6 (junior)Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stand Members can buy their ‘spec’ from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or from the dedicated reservation portal here.Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand and North Stand unallocated Members, as well as non-members, can buy their tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or from www.saintssuperstore.comMembers are entitled to a £2 discount (juniors £1) on their tickets and should select that option.All purchases will be checked against our 2016 Membership database.The deadline to ensure you seure your seat or spec before they are released for General sale is Saturday 28th November.last_img read more

Enjoy the game with us in the best possible way18

first_imgEnjoy the game with us in the best possible way.1873 LoungePlaces are available in our 1873 Lounge, with full package details listed here.Tickets are priced (plus VAT) as follows:Adult Member Upgrade Junior Member Upgrade Adult Price Junior Price £45£25£55£30Stapleton Derby Premier LoungeA limited number of places are also available in our Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge where you can enjoy:Great seats plus great entertainment with a complimentary match programme to read before the gameAccess to a private bar with the opportunity to purchase great value food if you wishA visit from Man of the Match with the room hosted by our Matchday MC, former double Grand Final and World Club Challenge winner – Mike Bennett.Watch the semi-final draw as it takes place live on BBC Sport.AdultJunior£40 (incl. VAT)£25 (incl. VAT)Match SponsorshipsMatch Sponsorships are also available, full details are here.Packages are priced (plus VAT) as follows:Match SponsorMan of the MatchMatchballProgramme£1000£800£750£50010 Guests8 Guests8 Guests6 GuestsTo book, please call 01744 455053, email sales@saintsrlfc.com or go online here.last_img read more

Supply man charged with murder per Brunswick County Sheriffs Office

first_imgJeffrey Len Carlyle, 56, of Supply (Photo: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — A Supply man has reportedly been arrested and charged with murder after an incident Friday night.According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, detectives arrested Jeffrey Len Carlyle, 56, of Supply and charged him with murder.- Advertisement – The alleged incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. Friday evening at the victim’s residence in the 2800 block of Paddlewheel Trail in Supply.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says that Carlyle is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility.last_img

Undocumented Southport man deported lawyer upset by actions of ICE

first_imgChristian Ayala Lopez (Photo: Melina Fullwood) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — We now know the whereabouts of a Southport man taken into custody by immigration agents three weeks ago.A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security confirm that Christian Ayala Lopez has been deported to Mexico.- Advertisement – Close friends tell WWAY he is doing well as they plan to try and find a way to return him to the United States.DHS said Lopez had repeat DWI offenses this year that led to the deportation.His attorney challenges that and says it isn’t true.last_img

Search continues for missing Columbus County teen

first_imgUPDATE: Hannah Campbell has been found safe.WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Authorities are looking for a missing Columbus County teen.- Advertisement – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Hannah Abigail Campbell. Hannah Abigail Campbell was last seen at her home on Forest Drive West in Whiteville on Saturday, July 28 around 11 p.m.According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, the 16 year old left without her cell phone.She is described as a white female, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5′ 4″ tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds.Related Article: Police searching for teen last seen at West Brunswick High SchoolAs of Tuesday morning, she was still missing according to a sheriff’s office employee.If you know where she may be, please contact Detective Hickman at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at 910-642-6551. 1 of 2 The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Hannah Abigail Campbell.Hannah Abigail Campbell (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) last_img read more

Where will all these mobile homes go

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There are many abandoned mobile homes filled with mold from Florence’s floodwaters. Nearly 400 mobile homes in Pender County have been completely mucked out.Neighbors say me these aren’t just homes. They are history. One woman, who has lived on Whitestocking Road for seventeen years, does not want to let go.- Advertisement – ” It’s not safe for me to live,” said Camille Lane.Camille says her home flooded during Hurricane Florence and  all her furniture was ruined.But, it was hard to get help cleaning it out.After FEMA declared here home unsafe to live in, Camille now lives in a mobile home on her property that she purchased with fEMA grant money.Related Article: Days draw closer to popular strawberry farm seasonal openingThe county says Camille is just one of hundreds who are still waiting for more money.Emergency Management Director Tom Collins says Pender County needs more help from the state and FEMA to help these families get rid of their mobile homes.“Soon as we find out more information from the state and the federal government then we’ll decide what we are going to do with the mobile homes,” said Collins. “We do feel like we have a tremendous amount of homes that were flooded that will need some type of demolition.”Collins it can cost up to $5,000 to demolish a mobile home. He says they’re also looking ahead to the future. Their next step is to create a planning team with better long term disaster solutions.last_img read more

Wilmington sets record high for second day in a row more records

first_img It’s actually a cool-down from yesterday, when it was 100 degrees at ILM. That not only set a record for the day by beating the 98 degrees recorded in 1953. It was also the earliest a temperature of at least 100 degrees was reported in Wilmington. The earliest date had been June 1, 1958.Records could continue for the next few days. WWAY StormTrack3 Chief Meteorologist Scott Dean says we could see record highs in Wilmington through Thursday, including one that was set in 1898.Click here for your WWAY StormTrack3 AccuWeather forecast WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Breaking records is starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to the heat the last couple of days, and more records could be on the way.The high temperature at Wilmington International Airport today was 98. That breaks the old record of 96 degrees set in 1989.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Assessing the damage following yesterdays hectic weather in southern NHC

first_img One homeowner there says during a strong thunderstorm Sunday evening, they heard a weird noise. When they assessed the damage, they found a tree in their yard that smelled like burning wood. They think it was struck by lightning.Many families in Myrtle Grove woke up to limbs and fallen trees scattered across their lawn.NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steven Pfaff says he assessed the damage across the community after claims of a potential microburst Sunday. He says the damage is just marginal and that most of the fallen trees were just old.Related Article: Freeman Park closing Saturday afternoon for safety concernsResidents say it was a scary experience nonetheless.“It felt like a mini hurricane for sure,” said Kelsey Currie, a Myrtle Grove resident. “It definitely felt like a tornado was coming out of it too because it was so windy like the trees were almost bent at 90 degree angles.”Pfaff says regardless of whether it was a microburst it takes just one tree to fall and cause damage.One local business owner was at the forefront of the thunderstorm in Carolina Beach.“As soon as the rain started to come, you could see everyone running for the cars and if they couldn’t make it in time, they tried to take cover either under a gazebos but the winds were so hard even if you were outside under a cover, the rain was still gonna hit you,” said Jeanei Chaffer who owns Latella Gelato.Chaffer says people rushed from the sand to their cars as the weather shifted to a hectic scene Sunday putting her day’s income at risk.“A lot of times they will try to take cover in the store, but when you’re wet and you’re cold, you’re not in the mood to always invest in the local businesses,” Chaffer said. “You’re just trying to plan your exit strategy.”But, losing customers isn’t the gelato shop’s only worry on bad weather days. Chaffer says if they lose power for too long, they have to make more product.“The more hours that go by we need to be cautious because you’re out of safety zone in terms of refrigeration and in terms of freezer so once the power goes out for a certain amount of time your product isn’t going to be any good any more and you have to start from scratch,” Chaffer said.Chaffer says she’s constantly watching the weather to keep her business thriving. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Winds gusting 60 miles per hour, torrential rain, marble-size hail and countless lightening strikes have some people saying Sunday’s strong thunderstorms felt like a hurricane.In Wilmington’s Myrtle Grove neighborhood, residents were still cleaning up their yards Monday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch MaltaGozo tunnel could spell the end of hotels in Gozo –

first_imgThe Green Party also referred to the geology of the seabed which will pose a challenge once the construction of the tunnel starts. The construction of the tunnel will also generate an unprecedented amount of construction waste which will inevitably be used as an argument in favour of land reclamation, the Party explained.READ: Watch: Gozo tunnel construction would generate a lot of wasteAD observed that the Government did not deny claims of possible land reclamation after possible areas were mentioned over the previous months. <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> Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Carmel Cacopardo warned that a permanent link between Malta and Gozo could spell the of the hospitality industry in Gozo. Cacopardo was replying to a question by Newsbook.com.mt at a press conference organised by the Party outside of the House of Representatives on Saturday, after Parliament unanimously voted for the permanent link earlier on during the week.READ: Watch: ‘Discussion on Malta-Gozo tunnel not over’; ‘Independent studies still needed’During the press event, the Party lambasted the complicity between the Government and the Opposition for having voted in favour of the Malta-Gozo tunnel prior to the completion and publication of related impact studies.Cacopardo warned that both hotels and restaurants in Gozo could be negatively impacted once the link is in place however this still needs to be confirmed by the impact studies underway. Referring to Opposition MPs representing Partit Demokratiku Marlene and Godfrey Farrugia, Cacopardo said that had AD been represented in Parliament they would have behaved differently, saying that rather than striking they would have gone to the plenary and voted against the motion. According to the AD chairman they behaved in such a way because the two MPs had contested on a coalition agreement with Partit Nazzjonalista and had a joint manifesto which included the tunnel as one of the proposals.READ: Watch: Construction waste to justify the creation of an artificial islandREAD: The tunnel: Economic benefits or rising prices?READ: PD against Malta-Gozo tunnelREAD: Watch: Too late to go back to the drawing board on the tunnel – Justyne CaruanaREAD: Government’s current approach to Malta-Gozo tunnel ‘failed’ – PDREAD: Watch: Immersed tunnel proposed to connect Malta and GozoREAD: AD urges Ombudsman to investigate claims on Malta-Gozo TunnelREAD: The newly approved tunnel project between Malta and Gozo – reactionsREAD: AGEM urges a Malta-Gozo tunnel with potential metro transit systemWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

15 NGOs file an appeal against Dwejra restaurant development

first_img <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> SharePrint Fifteen organisations filed an appeal against a development on a sensitive site in Dwejra, on Wednesday.The non-governmental organisations have crowdfunded more than €3,000 for the cause after the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal overturned the original decision by the Planning Authority.The development would allow a restaurant to install further lighting in the area, with the Astronomical Society of Malta warning that the area would be affected by too much light pollution.In a joint statement the organisations said that in the area one can observe the Milky Way while the Shearwater nests in the cliffs.The arguments for and against the development will now be presented in the hearing which is set for 16 October.The NGOs are BirdLife Malta, Bicycle Advocacy Group, Din l-Art Ħelwa, FAA – Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Isles of the Left, Light Pollution Awareness Group, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust – FEE Malta, Ramblers Malta, Archaeological Society Malta, the Astronomical Society of Malta, Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy – University of Malta, Wirt Għawdex and Żminijietna – Voice of the Left.WhatsApplast_img read more

US now requires registration of all drones sets January deadline

first_imgUS authorities concerned about safety implications of drones announced plans earlier this year to require registration. Image Credit: techpp Advertisement That drone under the Christmas tree? If you are a US resident, you will need to register it by February 19 or face a possible fine.Rules released Monday by the US Federal Aviation Administration require registration of small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 pounds) and less than 25 kilograms (55 pounds) including payloads such as on-board cameras.The registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage people to register quickly, the FAA will waive the fee through January 20.“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. – Advertisement – “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”US authorities concerned about safety implications of drones announced plans earlier this year to require registration.For recreational drone pilots in the United States, the flight rules are clear: no higher than 400 feet (120 meters), always within sight and nowhere near an airport without prior permission.Owners will be able to use a streamlined online registration system, using a unique identification number for each drone. The registration is valid for three years.Civil penalties for failing to register can go up to $27,500.The Consumer Technology Association, which represents electronics startups and manufacturers, welcomed the streamlined registration process but objected to the new fee.“We disagree with the decision to impose a five-dollar registration fee a ‘drone tax,’ which will hamper registration and discourage compliance,” said Douglas Johnson, a vice president of CTA, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Association.“With the federal rule’s arrival, the administration must now focus on two critical tasks: informing consumers about the registration program and avoiding unnecessary and duplicative registration proposals at the state and local levels.”[related-posts]The association said it expects the US market will approach $105 million in revenue, up 52 percent from a year ago, with unit sales growing 63 percent to 700,000.[Gadget 360]last_img read more

Snapchat update gives users unique URL to add friends with

first_imgImage Credit: cdn3.vox-cdn Advertisement Snapchat has given all of its users their own unique URLs, meaning that people can be added with just a website.People can now share a URL by heading to the add friends view, by dragging down on the camera, and clicking “share username”. That will generate a clickable URL that includes your username, meaning that anyone clicking on it will be able to add you.The new feature is just one of a range of ways that people can add friends on the site. It also lets people type in a username, find people in their address book, add by a little snapcode image or find people that are nearby. – Advertisement – The new link means that your Snapchat profile can be shared in a Facebook post, instant message or a Twitter post, for instance.The update appears in the new version of Snapchat, which was updated this week.[related-posts][Independent]last_img read more

Jumia Celebrates its 5 Year Anniversary With an Amazing 50 Discounts

first_img(Photo Credit: GURU 8) Advertisement Thousands flock Jumia as the eCommerce firm hits its five-year anniversary in the line of online shopping business, with discount on all its products set up-to 50% not limited to electronics, appliances, home supplies, fashion and most especially sugar – which now goes for just 3,000 UGX a kilo – which has been at a market price between 5,500 UGX and 7,000 UGX per kilo in recent months.The firm is celebrating by throwing – what they termed as ‘Super Sales’ on its Jumia website and via its Jumia app. The discount sale launched effective Wednesday 26th, July 2017 and is scheduled to run till 2nd, August 2017. Thus, all shoppers still have a chance to get what they have been anticipating for.Other discounts causing a shopping frenzy include: buy 1 get 1 free deals on Fero Smartphones, discounted beverages from popular alcohol brands since the online shopping firm is in partnership with UBL, exclusive prices also came on DSTV decoders that come with an offer of FREE installation (only if ordered on Jumia), to mention a few.[related-posts] – Advertisement – In addition to the online promotion, the #JumiaIs5 campaign includes social media spotlights on the individuals who have contributed to the Jumia story over the past years, plus live activation’s around Kampala and Entebbe – where revelers can place orders and stand a chance to win prizes.Jumia Anniversary artwork. (Artwork by: Jumia Uganda)“The online and offline response to the 5 year Jumia Anniversary Sale has been special. The same customers who have made Jumia the number one online shop in Uganda have come to support us once again. We have also gained an incredible number of new customers, who we trust have enjoyed the convenience of shopping online and the benefits of finding items at the best prices possible,” Jumia Uganda’s Marketing Manager; Stacey Mwesezi, said in a press statement.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgHORSE RACING2.50 YorkThe Feathered Nest 7/1 > 3/13.10 NewmarketSobetsu 9/4 > 15/83.35 Newton AbbotBrother Ted 5/2 > 7/44.50 NewmarketLady Of Camelot 5/2 > 2/15.00 YorkSteel Train 13/2 > 9/25.40 NewcastleTaopix 100/30 > 9/47.40 NewcastleTagur 9/1 > 6/18.30 DundalkReddot Express 9/4 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD1/8 France 20/1 Bulgaria 7/1 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD / Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Mix HD1/2 Belgium 6/1 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3/1 DRAWSATURDAY EARLY KICK OFFLeague One12:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDevens Peterborough United 12/5 Bury 11/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 7 Octoberlast_img read more