Disabled people have been left demoralised and fr

first_imgDisabled people have been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and face a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes, according to a new report by the equality and human rights watchdog.More than 350,000 disabled people in England have unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in rented accommodation living in unsuitable properties, says the report.There are also about 17,000 wheelchair-users in Scotland with unmet housing needs, while there is “a severe shortage” of accessible and wheelchair-accessible housing in Wales.Despite this, fewer than one in four local authorities (22 per cent) have an accessible housing register, while only 28 per cent have a target for accessible housing.The report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) follows an 18-month formal inquiry and calls on the government to draw up a national strategy to ensure an adequate supply of new homes built to inclusive design standards.The report – Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis – also says there is “unacceptable bureaucracy and delay” in the system of installing home adaptations.EHRC published separate reports on the crisis in housing for disabled people in both Scotland and Wales.The report on Britain warns of “insufficient attention given to those currently in residential care who wish to live independently and could do so with the right support”.And it says that provision of advice, support and advocacy is “patchy”, with disabled people reporting that they have nowhere to turn when in crisis or when their housing is unsuitable, while navigating the complex systems for allocating housing and securing adaptations is “stressful and challenging”.It concludes: “Progress to ensure that disabled people have accessible homes that support their right to independent living is unlikely to be made unless disabled people are actively engaged in shaping housing policy and practice.”And it adds: “The human and economic costs of inaccessible housing can be avoided if disabled people’s requirements are identified and built into planning and delivery of new housing supply.”The inquiry heard accounts of disabled people eating, sleeping and bathing in one room, and of having to be carried around their inaccessible homes by relatives.One disabled person who contributed to the inquiry said they had not been outside their second-floor flat since 2011 – apart from essential hospital trips – because there was no lift and the flat was not wheelchair-accessible.A second respondent to the inquiry’s call for evidence described how they were unable to access their children’s room and other parts of the house and could not use their wheelchair because their home was so inaccessible.And one disabled respondent said: “I have been on my local authority [housing] list for seven years, but there has never been a suitable property available in that time.“So for the past two years I have been reduced to having my hair washed in a bowl while sat on my toilet.”The report says that while more than two-thirds of local authorities say that developers do not always comply with accessibility requirements, only seven local authorities (three per cent) have taken action against a developer in the last three years.In addition to the demand for a national strategy, the report calls on the UK government to produce mandatory planning guidance for local authorities on assessing need and delivering accessible and adaptable housing, and wheelchair-accessible housing.And it says the government should amend building regulations so that the optional M4(2) accessibility standard – a series of design criteria intended to make homes more easily adaptable for lifetime use – is instead a mandatory minimum standard for all new housing.Government figures show this would increase construction costs by just £1,100 per home.It also says the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments should all require local authorities to ensure a minimum of 10 per cent of new-build homes are built to higher wheelchair-accessible standards.And it says the three governments should provide funding to disabled people’s organisations and advice agencies so they can increase provision of independent advice and information on housing.The report welcomes the UK government’s decision to increase funding for disabled facilities grants (DFGs) from £220 million in 2015-16 to £505 million in 2019-20 and incorporate the funding into a joint health and social care budget, the Better Care Fund, with the aim of doubling the number of grants to 85,000 by 2020.DFGs provide funding to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, for example by widening doorways, installing ramps or providing a downstairs bathroom.But the report adds: “The increase in funding is an important step, but we heard evidence that the slow and cumbersome nature of the DFG process often leads to people spending extended periods in hospital beyond their discharge date or being discharged into unsuitable accommodation.”EHRC says its findings “raise alarming concerns that disabled people’s right to independent living is being heavily restricted by unsuitable and unsafe housing”.The findings mirror those of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), which highlighted concerns last August about possible breaches in Britain of both article nine (on accessibility) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.CRPD warned that austerity measures had “hindered the advancement of accessibility” and raised concerns about “the reduction in social protection schemes related to housing, household income and budgets for independent living”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “This research shows some of the fundamental issues we face on a day-to-day basis.“Appropriate housing is key to independent living and creating choice and control for disabled people.“But it’s also better for the tax payer. Better housing options mean disabled people are less likely to seek support from hard-pressed health and social care providers.“The same is true if we develop ways to ensure the swift provision of aids and adaptations when people become disabled.“We need clear standards for developers and designers so we begin to see the establishment of more lifetime homes; and better policing and support for private landlords, who have a huge slice of the rental market.”Heather Fisken, manager of Independent Living in Scotland, which is part of Inclusion Scotland, said: “This is indeed a hidden crisis. Disabled people living in unsuitable housing are denied their human rights to participate in and contribute to their communities. “Living in inaccessible housing can mean not getting outside at all or only rarely, or even being forced to move to a care home.“The EHRC’s recommendations echo Inclusion Scotland’s own report Our Place, Our Space which called on Scottish government to introduce a national target for new build houses built to wheelchair accessible standards, and for a new accessible housing design standard. “Without urgent policy change and investment, the situation is set to get worse as the population ages and housing stocks depreciate.”Disability Wales also welcomed the reports and called for “urgent action”.A Disability Wales spokesperson said: “There are far too many examples where disabled people are unable to move around their own home due to its inaccessibility.   “This is having a huge impact on disabled people’s health and well-being, their ability to engage in community life and access employment.“Having a suitable place to live is a basic need and a human right.”The EHRC reports come less than two months after the government rejected a series of recommendations made by the Commons women and equalities committee, following its inquiry on disability and the built environment.Maria Miller, the Tory MP who chairs that committee, said the government’s decision to reject those recommendations had left disabled people to face “unacceptable barriers to independent living, often making them feel isolated and forgotten”.She said: “I welcome the findings of this inquiry and hope that it will act as another much-needed wake up call for ministers.”A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government said: “We realise many disabled people can face a variety of obstacles in their daily lives, but we’re clear that their homes should not be one of these.“That’s why we’re providing councils with almost £1 billion over the next two years to adapt properties for disabled people so they can live independently and safely.“Our planning rules make clear councils must take the needs of elderly and disabled people into account when planning new homes in their area.”Picture © Equality and Human Rights Commissionlast_img read more

A New Theater for the San Francisco Mission District

first_imgThe New Mission Theater has been under construction for years, its white marquee derelict, its towering sign faded from red to blue. The crumbling building was an eyesore on a block of eyesores: the gutted Cine Latino across the street and the burnt-out historic apartment building on the corner of 22nd and Mission in sharp contrast to the newly-built and brightly colored Vida Apartments next door. But the New Mission Theater has been completely refurbished. No red paint was spared for the 70-foot sign, adorned with new green neon lights and black marquee letters announcing its first show: a sold-out screening of the seventh “Star Wars” film on December 17 — today. “I’m really happy with it,” said Tim League, the founder and head of Alamo Drafthouse, a chain of 20 theaters nationwide that took over ownership of the New Mission Theater four years ago. At the time, League was looking to expand his Texas-based operation and had his eyes set on three cities: New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.“The three most important film cities,” he said. By chance, a friend of his was living in the Mission and came upon the skeleton of the New Mission Theater. 0% “He was eating at Cha Cha Cha or something like that, and he popped in — it was a furniture store then I think — and snuck in the back and saw the old theater,” League said.The friend knew League was looking to expand and told him about the theater. It was a natural choice for entry into San Francisco, but the building needed significant repair: It hosted its last show in 1993 — though some say it was a Carlos Santana performance in the 1980s — and since then has been used for furniture storage, raves, and graffiti-aficionados, leaving it run-down and rotting.“There were really heavy-duty challenges,” League said, explaining that the entire lobby had to be seismically retrofitted, which required 3D scanning the walls, gutting the floor to get behind them, and inserting steel beams to ensure their structural integrity. League was mum on the cost of the renovation, though it’s been reported as $10 million elsewhere. Well worth it, he said, given the ability to restore a theater to a neighborhood that was once teeming with them. “The coolest thing this week,” League said of the theater’s four days of soft-openings before its grand opening on Thursday, “is meeting a ton of people who used to come here for kung fu movies. This was their neighborhood theater, it was a theater for Disney movies, for martial arts movies, for horror movies.”And residents, old and new, are excited.“I’m delighted with the fact that the front looks like the New Mission, that they didn’t get rid of the old sign (now a registered landmark),” said Jim Salinas, a long-time labor leader in the Mission. He remembered going to the theater as a youngster with his mother – and then on dates there as a teenager. “I think that families would go downstairs, and everyone knew the balcony was an area where you could go take your girl and go on a date, hold somebody’s hand,” Salinas said. “It was a well-known fact that the balcony was set aside for young lovers.”The opulence of the New Mission Theater rivaled that of the famed Fox Theater, Salinas said, though he maintained that it was still “a neighborhood theater.”“It was an amazing place,” he said. “The carpeting, the wonderful back area. I remember that they used to have some kind of entertainment event where they actually raffled off dishware… You’d get an entire set.”The old marquee, with new neon green lights. Photo: Laura Waxmann / Mission Local.Passers-by have been pausing in front of the theater’s opening for weeks, some wondering about the construction, some responding to the “Now Hiring” sign on the marquee, and others remembering the old New Mission Theater and glad for its restoration.“The last time I came here I think I parked for 10 cents,” said Will Bruce, a San Francisco native who turns 64 this year. “It’s good to see the movie theater restored back into the new society. This is a good thing for the neighborhood. We need a good theater.”Not everyone had fond memories of the old New Mission. Richard Hoop, who has lived in San Francisco for 25 years and likely caught the tail-end of the theater’s reign, said his movie-buff wife entered once and never again.“The old one was grungy, she only went once,” he said, describing sticky floors and rotting ceilings. He and his family are excited about the renovation, however, and glad that Alamo Drafthouse is taking it on: They’ve been to their Texas theater before and have nothing but praise.“My son, who was in the army, served at Fort Hood, so he took us to the Alamo Drafthouse there and it was a great experience for us,” he said. The original Alamo Drafthouse theater is in Austin, a 90-minute drive south from the army base. “So when we heard of the plans to renovate, we were very excited.”He has two children flying in from New York for the holidays, and they plan on seeing “Star Wars” next week — though their previous Alamo Drafthouse experience has set the bar high.“They hope it’s not too fru-fru of a chef,” he said.That chef is Ronnie New, a long-time cook with previous stints at Comstock Saloon and Magnolia Brewery. Burgers, pizza, and chocolate chip cookies are on the menu, alongside less orthodox choices like chicken liver mousse, pancetta mac-and-cheese, and a whole roasted cauliflower – all of which can be ordered while watching the movie. Just fill out a card and a silent waiter will whisk your order away and return moments later with the signature queso dish – or whatever suits your fancy.There will also be a stand-alone bar – which will be a destination in and of itself, no movie necessary – with 27 beers on tap, alcoholic milkshakes, and cocktails.And the theater itself, of course, which is a step-up from a regular cineplex: Its 550 seats are spread out in front of five different screens, ranging from the 320-seater that will host “Star Wars” on opening night, down to a 34-seater “boutique” screen. The red lounge seats sport plenty of legroom — and personal tables for food, of course.At $13.25 for a regular ticket, it’s also not expensive – for today’s movies at least – though some passers-by said it was outside of their price range.“I kind of rolled my eyeball at that,” said Elmira Johnson. The mother of three is from the Bayview and said she would love to go to the theater, but would stick to matinee price of $9.25. “When I saw the matinee, that got my attention.” League said the movie selection would be varied. “Everyone in the universe is interested in Star Wars,” he said, but after opening week the theater would feature indy flicks, musicals, horror movies, films from neighborhood artists – even free children’s movies on occasion. “We’re doing a huge mix,” he said, adding that free children’s movies and screenings by neighborhood filmmakers would help to ground the theater in the Mission.An initiative that began before opening night. Last week the theater announced it would preserve Le Video’s film collection — about 90,000 titles once held by the famed video rental store — and would partner with Lost Weekend Video to rent them in the lobby. And on Wednesday, Leef Smith from Mission: Comics and Art dropped off copies of a Star Wars comic book that would be available, for free, during the film premiere.These overtures aside, most were just looking forward to having a new theater in town.“There’s going to be a place in the Mission to bring the family together to enjoy a matinee, a movie, cartoons,” said Monica Lozano, who has lived in the neighborhood for seven years. When she noted the price, she said it was “not too expensive, but not too cheap either,” and added that it was worthwhile to get her kids out of the house.“This is the enchantment: that you can go outside the home, with your kids, for a good price,” she said. center_img Tags: films • mission • movies Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Dolores Park Friday 07062018

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address 0% Jayel Whitted is one of the two full-time San Francisco Park Rangers that were hired as a result of the community’s efforts. He says when he started here last year, there was trash galore. Now, the park is a nice place to come and relax, having made a “180 degree” turn from last year. Jayel Whitted, a San Francisco Park Ranger at Dolores Park, seems to thoroughly enjoy his job. Photo by Mallory Newman.Although Whitted says the Rangers aren’t concerned so much with street vendors, Ricardo, 35, who lives in Oakland and sells ice cream at Dolores Park, Civic Center, and in other parts of the Mission, said he doesn’t feel at peace since he sometimes gets tickets. When asked about what makes Dolores Park different than other places where he works, he said he likes that “people come here to take a break, relax, and enjoy.”Ricardo, a paletero, sells refreshing treats to park-goers. Photo by Vianey Alderete.And at the playground, kids played in a dizzying display of youthful energy — hopping from slide to slide and enjoying all the equipment. We decided to indulge as well. This is ahead of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s plan to aerate the grass and restore it from recent Pride and 4th of July celebrations. Brust says the “Leave No Trace” philosophy is going fairly well after the Recreation and Park Department moved trash cans to the exterior of the park and posted signs telling people to pack their trash and take it out of the park.Signs posted at Dolores Park meant to educate residents on the Leave No Trace trash policy. Photo by Mallory Newman.Sarah Madland, spokesperson for Rec and Park, says that there has been a “61 percent reduction in the amount of garbage in the park this year since last year.”  That would be the trash put in the park’s 22 receptacles spread out around the perimeter of the park. During the weekend, the bins are served four times.Brust’s dog, Cartmen, uncovered an array of trash located near the park’s many benches. Photo by Mallory Newman.“This [park] is what holds the whole community together. We’re starting to realize that now and doing more community work,” Brust said.Hans Kolbe, 66, a Dolores Park Ambassador from the Dolores Park Works community organization, wanted to share with the neighborhood that he is “very interested in the whole community having a conversation about how we can be inclusive and still have a quality of life we can enjoy.”Kolbe mentioned that he had been featured in Mission Local earlier,  engaging with some local men whose nationality he guessed was “Latin American.” With the help of a park ranger, he ended up relocating the men to a central location in the park to lessen the noise disturbance that was of concern to Koble.Now, eight months later Kolbe said, “We have not found a way to integrate homeless people in the park culture.”“We all have to live together and collaborate. We can’t have some residents who trash the place and expect other people to pick up the mess. It takes a long time to find solutions and people lose their patience,” Kolbe added.   Brust introduced us to Carolyn Kenady, 66, another ambassador. She believes the park has been “getting better this year.” After the shooting on the bridge last August, she says the community galvanized and lobbied to have, among other things, park rangers patrol the area. Prior to that she says she was upset by people urinating and shooting up in the nearby residential areas. We also spoke to Robert Brust, 65, co-founder of the Dolores Park Works community organization. He’s preparing for the LoveDolores Microlitter Clean Up tomorrow, Saturday July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where volunteers will be picking up small trash, including bottle caps and cigarette butts. Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% That’s it for this week’s installment of Dolores Park Fridays. Catch us out there next week! In this week’s installment of Dolores Park Fridays, we met with local organizers, vendors and pet owners. The most colorful animals out enjoying the warm weather were 50-year-old David Strother’s two macaw parrots, Ziggy and Ricky. They live in Mission Terrace and have been frequenting Dolores Park for years, preferring it because of its many levels.last_img read more

Ape Do Good Printing bids Mission adieu

first_imgDare declined to confirm this, but he did say that Skirvin’s rent was “very low,” and he subsequently decided to ask for “market rate.” It will likely remain a commercial retail space, but no decisions have been made about who the next tenant will be, said Dare.Documenting the Mission’s past and present takes feet on the ground. Support Mission Local today. The 3,500-square-foot space is up for lease at a yearly $29.16 per square foot, according to Loopnet.com, a commercial real estate website. Skirvin said his search for a new space for Ape Do Good Printing was a three-year endeavor. It needed to be accessible and close to BART, accommodating to equipment and employees, and bigger than the 15th Street site so as to allow the business room to grow.Following the move to SoMa, Skirvin has upgraded to “newer, energy-efficient pieces” and some eco-friendly equipment. He also added a showroom that includes artwork from Ape Do Good and featured artists.After the 12-year stint at his Mission location, Skirvin said his neighbors “became family.”He said he would miss watching the neighborhood kids walking to school with their parents and people like Dixon, a retired neighbor who would sweep the front of the shop.“Dixon would tell us the same jokes every day, and every day we’d all laugh,” he said. “I’ll miss those interactions and sidewalk chats.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter After creating screen-printed goods in the Mission for 16 years, Ape Do Good Printing relocated to the South of Market district in November.Owner Anthony Skirvin started the business in his apartment on Cesar Chavez in 2002. He subsequently settled down at 15th and Valencia for the next 12 years.“Why Ape Do Good moved is that all-too-familiar story of a landlord escalating rent and not offering appropriate lease renewals,” Skirvin said. The renewal offer lacked the “security and commitment of a typical, long commercial lease on a space that wasn’t well-maintained,” he added.Skirvin does not know what will happen to the two-story building he used to work out of. He said the landlord, Robert Dare, had asked him to show the space to a web company from New York City shortly after Skirvin gave notice of the move. OrlandoFinal3 from Mission Local on Vimeo.Ape Do Good Screen Printing is now at 7 Grace Street. Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS travel to Leeds Rhinos tomorrow to rekindle

first_imgSAINTS travel to Leeds Rhinos tomorrow to rekindle one of the best and fiercest rivalries in the game.The two sides have locked horns 52 times in Super League with Saints edging the ‘head to head’ by four matches.That includes wins in the 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs too – a good omen for Nathan Brown’s side.Friday’s game will be only the second time the clubs have met in the play-offs at Headingley; Leeds emerging victorious in the 1998 Final Eliminator.But St Helens have won on their last three visits to Headingley and you can see our last victory below!It all adds up to a tasty clash and tickets remain on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS fielded their strongest Reserves side of th

first_imgSAINTS fielded their strongest Reserves side of the season so far and were rewarded with their biggest win of the season, writes Graham Henthorne.Seven tries in each half made for a massive 76-20 victory but the most pleasing aspect of the performance for Coach Ian Talbot was that the players, for the most part, performed to the best of their ability.The match was probably over as a contest as early as the seventh minute as Travis Burns converted the third of the Saints tries to open an eighteen point lead. And it really was like shelling peas as the Saints ripped the paper thin Wire defence to shreds.Calvin Wellington scored two of his eventual hat-trick of tries in this period. The first came from a delightful pass from Jordan Turner who committed the defender before feeding Wellington who stepped inside to score.His second came from a Jonah Cunningham dart out from dummy half, he passed it on to Turner who this time dummied his way through to put Wellington in at the corner.Sandwiched in between Matty Fleming marked his return from injury with a great try from deep. From the kick off three drives had taken the Saints to the 20 metre line but on the fourth quick hands spun the ball right. Andre Savelio and Fleming put Jake Spedding away and he outstripped his more illustrious opposite number and ex-Saint Corey Lee over 50 metres. His inside ball found Savelio again who tipped it back outside for Fleming to go over.Savelio and Turner again did the damage for Saints fourth try allowing Tom Connick to offload out of the tackle to give Ricky Bailey the chance to take three over with him.As the points started to flow at will the Saints began to lose a little focus allowing the visitors to score.This jolted the Saints back into gear as Fleming scored his second after Ross McCauley and Savelio were held short.The Wolves were finding it difficult to hold McCauley and it was his break and offload down the middle of the park which led to the Saints sixth try. Tom Connick it was who took play on before Grace was eventually stopped short. On the last Burns’ grubber was seized upon by Dave Llewellyn for his first try in the red vee.From the kick off a Burns 40/20 gave the Saints great field position to allow Aaron Smith to barge his way over.There was just time before the break for a questionable forward pass decision to rob us of the site of big Ross lumbering his way 60 metres downfield before splattering the full back out of the way on his way to score.A point a minute in the first half looked as if it was going to be upheld in the second as the Saints scored three times in the opening 15 minutes. Turner scored a well-deserved try of his own as he stretched out to score before two Tommi Hughes scores. The first he burst onto a ball 20 metres out at pace to score, the second came courtesy of a Turner break.A one on one strip from debutant trialist prop Tom Whittle allowed Cunningham to jump out of dummy half and put Jack Ashworth in at the right corner.Hughes completed his hat-trick inside 13 minutes with a spectacular 70 metre run to the line. Tom Connick sold an outrageous dummy to allow himself through unopposed and Wellington dove into the corner to complete his hat-trick after yet another Hughes run.There was just enough time left for the Wolves to have the final say in the result with a try in the left corner.In truth this was too easy all round. The visitors couldn’t handle the power of Savelio and McCauley and had no answer for the speed both of thought and action of the rest of the team.The Saints did very well to manage the expectations of the fans on seeing the team. They could so easily have found it difficult to motivate themselves but despite a few uncalled for errors the Saints dominated their nearest rivals in every department.This should give the club all the impetus needed to keep the 100% record intact when they visit their oldest rivals in a fortnight.The club would like to thank the Wolves for fulfilling the fixture and sending what was a clearly depleted team over to Langtree Park.We understand, with injuries, that this can happen at the Reserve level and the tables could be turned at any point in the future. The players who appeared for Warrington were a credit to the club and we thank them for taking part in the fixture.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Calvin Wellington (2, 7 & 75), Matty Fleming (4 & 27), Ricky Bailey (15), Dave Llewellyn (33), Aaron Smith (35), Jordan Turner (47), Tommi Hughes (52, 55 & 63), Jack Ashworth (60), Tom Connick (71).Goals: Travis Burns 9, Danny Richardson.Warrington:Tries: Charlie Phythian (21), Alex Whalley (39), David Thompson (57), Harvey Livett (80).Goals: Harvey Livett 2.Half Time: 40-10Full Time: 76-20Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Jake Spedding, 3. Matty Fleming, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Travis Burns, 15. Tom Connick; 20. Andre Savelio, 9. Jonah Cunningham, 10. Olly Davies, 11. Jack Ashworth, 12. Jordan Turner, 13. Lewis Charnock. Subs: 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Levy Nzoungou, 14. Aaron Smith, 16. Tommi Hughes, 17. Dave Llewellyn, 18. Tom Whittle, 19. Ross McCauley.Warrington:1. Declan Kay; 2. David Thompson, 3. Richard Harris, 4. Charlie Phythian, 5. Corey Lee; 6. Harvey Livett, 7. Tyler Whittaker; 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Sean Kenny, 10. Andy Philbin, 11. Danny Rasool, 12. Jacque Peet, 19. Joe Ryan. Subs: 14. Alex Whalley, 15. Jack Francis, 16. James Dandy, 17. Pat Moran.last_img read more

Rep David Rouzer talks hot topics GenX confederate statues President Trump

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — GenX is one of the hot topics that came up Thursday morning when WWAY’s Hannah Patrick sat down with Congressman David Rouzer about several big issues in the Cape Fear and across the country.Rouzer was in the closed door meeting with Chemours and other local and state officials back in June.- Advertisement – Rouzer says he’s glad the water levels have come down since they asked Chemours to stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River but he thinks there needs to be continued research on all compounds in our water.We also talked about the Charlottesville protests and confederate statues.This was his response when I asked him if confederate memorials should stay or go.Related Article: Trump’s ex-lawyer admits lies about Russian real estate deal“I believe in history,” Rouzer said. “I think history is very important. It’s interesting to me that, these monuments have been here for a long, long time and now all of a sudden everybody, everybody is in a, not everybody but some people are in an uproar about it. It’s one thing if a community and a state decides that they want to remove them and that decision is made through their elected representatives. Very different thing for folks to take matters into their own hands and just rip them down.”Coming up on WWAY News starting at 5, hear what Rouzer had to say about the President’s response to the protests in Charlottesville and how he thinks the president is doing in leading the country.last_img read more

SBI investigating cause of Brunswick Plantation clubhouse fire

first_imgBrunswick Plantation clubhouse engulfed with flames Dec. 14, 2017. (Photo: Dave Andrews) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A fire in Calabash Thursday destroyed the clubhouse at Brunswick Plantation.Now the SBI is trying to figure out what happened.- Advertisement – The Calabash Fire Department says SBI investigators were on the scene early Friday morning to look for a cause.The call came in just before 2 p.m. at the Brunswick House inside the gated community.The Brunswick County Emergency Services deputy director says the building is a total loss.last_img read more

Lake Lindas Christmas Lights in Hampstead wins Tacky Award

first_imgLake Linda’s Christmas Lights in Hampstead received an award from the tacky light tour. (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights in Hampstead received an award from the tacky light tour and they are turning the lights on tonight to say thank you.The light display in Pender County is free, but they do accept donations for Toys for Tots each year.- Advertisement – Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights received the most votes for the Tacky Award. The light display was nominated and voted for among hundreds of other displays around the U.S. They will be receiving a trophy from Christmaslightsetc.com.This message was posted to the community on their Facebook Page:“THANK YOU ALL for making this possible! This win belongs to every one of you! Due to a special request, the lights WILL BE ON TONIGHT! We live in the best town ever!”last_img read more

Man dies while working on fishing boat near Kure Beach

first_imgUSCG Petty Officer Andy Kendrick says a crew responded to a report of a distressed boater around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Petty Ofc. Kendrick said the boat was located between the Fort Fisher ferry landing and Zeke’s Island. Water (Photo: Public Domain Pictures) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A man died after getting caught in machinery on a commercial fishing boat near Kure Beach over the weekend, according to the US Coast Guard. The man reportedly got caught in a winch and died as a result of his injuries. – Advertisement – The identity of the victim has not been released. Related Article: Coast Guard reports nearly 50 search and rescues over holiday weekendUSCG says no foul play is suspected.last_img read more

Malta Police Force celebrates one year on for Sergeant Schembri

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> CMRUCMRU Malta’s Police Force is today marking the one year anniversary since traffic police officer Sergeant Simon Schembri had been dragged underneath a car driven by a 17 year old.On their Facebook Page, the Police Force has said May 15th 2018, is a ‘day that will forever live in our memories.’The year which followed has seen Schembri make a recovery which has allowed him to return to active service in the Traffic Division this month.Read more:Simon Schembri to be promoted to Police SergeantMaimed policeman Simon Schembri leaves hospital“Oh well, it can’t be helped” – the accused in Simon Schembri’s caseHe says to readers that, ‘I feel the need to deliver courage in what I do. Never ever give up in life. Where there’s a will there’s way’The person charged with nearly killing Mr Schembri is a 17 year old named Liam Debono. Debono was awarded bail last September on a deposit of €10,000 and a personal guarantee of €40,000.According to reports on the incident, Schembri had pulled over the 17 year old over the fact that he was not wearing a seatbelt. Debono chose to leave the scene dragging Schembri with him. The police officer lost his arm and suffered other grievous injuries during the incident which lasted for several metres.WhatsApplast_img read more

Success for local OffRoad racing team in Wales

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 Pitass Engineering Off-Road Racing Team, composed of Alan Zahra as driver and Brandon Cassar as navigator, competed in the Welsh One50 off-road competition that was held over two days between Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019.The place where the event took place is known as Walters Arena and has been used for such events since the Second World War. The place is now considered an international motorsport complex where other important competitions take place. The Welsh Round, part of the World Rally Championship, the RAC Rally and the Wales Rally, a round of the British Rally Championship all are organised at Walters Arena.Zahra and Cassar drove for more than 150 kilometres, divided into 10laps of at least 15 kilometres each, all laps offering huge obstacles, with the intent to deprive points to participating teams that at the same time are racing against time.The only Maltese team competing, Pitass Engineering Off-Road Racing Team competed against 40 teams, being the maximum accepted by the organisers and finished in the prestigious second place.WhatsApplast_img read more

Periscope streams now autoplay in Twitter for Android timelines

first_imgAdvertisement Have you noticed it yet? Periscope livestreams now autoplay on Twitter timelines for Android users.Previously, one had to click on a link to view broadcasts.The feature which has been live on iOS since January, was made available for Android yesterday. – Advertisement – The interesting feature about the integration is that you don’t even need the Periscope app or an account.However, if the feature is annoying to you, you can disable video autoplay’s from your Twitter app settings.No information is available as to when the feature will be made available for web.last_img read more

Google Announces Google for Job AI Powered Job Search Tool at Google

first_imgAdvertisement Google has announced its all-new Google for Job initiative which will help job seekers find a job right from the Search.Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off I/O 2017 conference on Wednesday with a keynote address stressing on the company’s new focus – AI (artificial intelligence). Under this umbrella, Pichai announced the Google for Jobs initiative – developed with the goal to help users find the right jobs using machine learning capabilities.Under the company’s new Google for Jobs initiative, the company will be launching a new feature in Search in the coming weeks that will help job seekers look for work. – Advertisement – Google for its new initiative will initially partner with job listing sites like LinkedIn, Monster, Glassdoor, Careerbuilder, and Facebook among others. The company will further let job seekers filter job openings based on location, category, date posted, and full-time or part-time employment, and other options.The company wasn’t very clear on how the new initiative relates to its recent unveiling of Google Hire, a tool for managing job applicants.Pichai also introduced the company’s new tool dubbed Google.ai which can help researchers identify genetic variants more quickly. The company also launched a dedicated website, google.ai, which will be a centre point for all research related tools, and other AI based tools.[related-posts]Source: NDTVlast_img read more

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Soyinka to Deliver Rights of Humanity Lecture at Rice

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.edu SOYINKA TO DELIVER ‘RIGHTS OF HUMANITY’ LECTURE AT RICECommenting on “Cultural Claims andthe Rights of Humanity,” Wole Soyinka will kick off the 1998-99 President’sLecture Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Grand Hall of Rice MemorialCenter.Soyinka was the first African to receive the Nobel Prize inliterature, and his international education, political activism and personalexperiences are poignantly reflected in his lectures, poetry, plays and novels.Nigerian Soyinka follows the African cultural and artistic tradition ofrecording the mores and experience of his society. “Wole Soyinka was almost alone among the leading intellectualsof the world who stood up and condemned the death sentence issued by the Iraniangovernment on Salman Rushdie [for his book ‘The Satanic Verses’],” said RicePresident Malcolm Gillis. “He is a gifted, versatile artist, a worldtreasure.”Before completing a bachelor’s degree at England’s Universityof Leeds, Soyinka attended the University of Ibadan. Soyinka is the Robert W.Woodruff Professor of the Arts at Emory University.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.### AddThislast_img read more

Newest Rice building named for Janice and Robert McNair

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Margot Dimond PHONE: (713) 348-6775 E-MAIL: mdimond@rice.edu PHOTO: http://www.rice.edu/media/McNair.html NEWEST RICE BUILDING NAMED FOR JANICE AND ROBERT MCNAIRThe Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management is now in “Janice and Robert McNair Hall” The newest building on the Rice University campus, the 167,000-square foot home of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, has been officially named “Janice and Robert McNair Hall” by the Rice Board of Trustees. McNair, chairman and chief executive officer of The McNair Group and majority owner of the Houston Texans football team, served on the Rice Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002 and as honorary co-chair of the Rice: The Next Century Campaign, which was completed last year. He and his wife, Janice, who serves with him as a Rice Associate and member of the William Marsh Rice Society, made the largest gift to that $502.7 million campaign in support of the Jones School.Through the Houston Texans, the McNairs also helped to underwrite a sports management program in the Jones School. “Rice and the Jones School are very pleased to have our great building named for Janice and Robert McNair,” said Jones School Dean Gilbert R. Whitaker. “The McNairs’ generous gift during the Rice: The Next Century Campaign made possible not only the building, but many other good things for the Jones School.  It was almost magic to tell someone that the McNairs had endorsed our program of improvement with their magnificent gift.” McNair is perhaps best known in the business community as the founder of Cogen Technologies, one of the world’s largest cogeneration companies, which was sold in 1999. The McNair Group oversees an investment portfolio including cogeneration assets in the eastern United States. Active in the Houston community, McNair is a current or past member of the boards of trustees of a number of institutions in addition to Rice, including Baylor College of Medicine, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Opera, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Free Enterprise Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Janice Suber McNair is well-known in the Houston community for her philanthropic and civic commitment. With her husband, she established the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, which provides significant support to a wide variety of charitable, scientific, literary, educational and religious organizations.  She is also a strong supporter of the Houston Zoo, where the Janice Suber McNair Asian Elephant Habitat has been open since 1994. The McNairs’ past gifts for education include funding to endow the chair of the director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Other significant gifts were made to Baylor College of Medicine to endow the McNair Scholars M.D./Ph.D. program; endowing the McNairs Scholars program at the University of South Carolina, where Bob McNair earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958 and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in 1999; to Columbia College, Janice McNair’s alma mater, to fund construction of the Barbara Bush Center for Science and Technology; to fund numerous education and fine arts initiatives for inner city youth in Houston; and for a scholarship program in Forest City, N.C., where Robert McNair attended high school. The McNairs and their foundation have been honored numerous times.  Most recently, McNair received this year’s President & Mrs. George H. W. Bush Community Impact Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and last year’s Heart of Houston award from the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program.  Also late last year the McNairs’ foundation was honored with a Hall of Fame Award at the Houston Independent School District Partnership Appreciation Breakfast.   It has also been named Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.### Editors:  Link to photo of Robert and Janice McNair at http://www.rice.edu/media/McNair.html last_img read more

Rice tapped for role in computing research center

first_imgShare CONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice tapped for role in computing research centerDomain-specific computing project aims for better medical technologyHOUSTON — (Aug. 18, 2009) — A $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions in Computing grant to Rice University and three other universities will help develop high-performance, customizable computing that could revolutionize the way computers are used in health care and other important applications.The grant will support the creation of a collaborative Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC), which includes researchers from UCLA’s engineering school, medical school and applied mathematics program, Rice, Ohio State University and UC Santa Barbara. The multi-university center will be directed by Professor Jason Cong from UCLA. Rice’s Vivek Sarkar, the E.D. Butcher Professor of Computer Science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve as associate director. The grant includes $1.5 million for Rice’s research efforts.Domain-specific computing differs from general-purpose computing by utilizing custom-constructed computer languages tailored to a particular area or domain —in this case, medical imaging. This customization ultimately results in less computing effort, faster results, lower costs and increased productivity.The CDSC is one of three proposals selected in the latest round of awards under the NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program. The program, established last year by the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), supports ambitious, fundamental research agendas that promise to define the future of computing and information and render great benefit to society. Funded at levels up to $2 million per year for five years, Expeditions is among the largest single investments currently made by the directorate.Sarkar said the research will demonstrate how new technology known as domain-specific computing can transform the role of medical imaging by providing energy-efficient, cost-effective and convenient solutions for preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.“We’re looking forward to domain-specific computing as an approach to tackling the parallelism and energy challenges in future multicore systems,” Sarkar said. “The fact that our work will begin in the critically important health care domain is a huge motivation for the entire team.”Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice, will also play a leading role in the research.“My efforts will be aimed at advancing the state of the art of medical imaging algorithms by building on our ongoing work on compressive sensing,” Baraniuk said. “A new approach to computing is needed to drive these innovations forward, so it’s great to be working with Vivek and the UCLA team on this joint computer science and electrical and computer engineering project.”Rice’s participation signals its continued commitment toward pioneering new computing advances, said Sallie Keller-McNulty, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.“We hope that this exciting work can serve as a catalyst for new collaborative research projects with our fellow Texas Medical Center institutions,” Keller-McNulty said.The grant will allow researchers to integrate the project with education at the participating universities and expose graduate, undergraduate and high school students to new concepts and research in domain-specific computing. Joint courses will be developed as will summer research fellowship programs for high school and undergraduate students. Educators hope that underrepresented students can be attracted to participate with the help of campus organizations that focus on diversity. AddThislast_img read more

Colonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to Holocaust

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduColonel to discuss ethics and morality for military in reference to HolocaustCol. Edward Westermann will present “A Perspective on the Holocaust: The Role of Ethics and Morality for the Military Professional” as part of the Bridge Builders Lecture Series organized by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St. The museum is co-sponsoring the program with the Boniuk Center and the Greater Houston ROTC.Westermann, former commander of the Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, will address how the U.S. Air Force Academy’s course on the genocide of European Jews during the National Socialist dictatorship prepares students to confront moral dilemmas that may arise when the execution of military orders directly affects the life and death of innocent civilians. He has been a professor of military strategic studies and an associate professor of comparative military history and theory at the academy.Westermann has a B.S. in military history from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.A. in European history from Florida State University, an M.A. in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a summer fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and, most recently, the recipient of a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Research Fellowship.The Bridge Builders Lectures Series highlights individuals who help strengthen the bridge of religious tolerance. For more info, visit boniukcenter.org.News media who want to attend the Westermann lecture should RSVP to balmond@rice.edu or 713-348-6770. AddThislast_img read more

SiMPs show the way for MRIs

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduSiMPs show the way for MRIsSilicon microparticles, gadonanotubes promise big advance for medical imagingA nest for nanotubes may help magnetic resonance imaging become better than ever at finding evidence of disease. Scientists at Rice University and other Texas Medical Center institutions and colleagues in Colorado, Italy and Switzerland have discovered a way to trap contrast agents inside a silicon particle that, when injected into a patient’s bloodstream, would make them up to 50 times more effective. Contrast agents “light up” damaged tissue in the body in images produced by MRI instruments.“Making MRIs better is no small matter,” said Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry at Rice and one of three senior co-authors of the research paper published online in Nature Nanotechnology. In 2007, 28 million MRI scans were performed in the United States, and contrast agents were used in nearly 45 percent of them. “MRI is one of the most powerful medical tools for imaging, if not the most powerful,” he said. “It’s not invasive, it’s not ionizing harmful radiation and the resolution is the best you can get in medical imaging. “The sensitivity, however, is poor. So anything you can do to improve performance and increase sensitivity is a big deal — and that’s what this does.”A nano-sized slice of silicon shaped like a hockey puck served as a delivery device for contrast agents in the study. Pores that were mere nanometers (billionths of a meter) long and wide were created in the discs, called silicon microparticles, or SiMPs. Three types of contrast agents were drawn into the pores. Magnevist, a common contrast agent used worldwide, was one; the others were gadofullerenes and gadonanotubes, both pioneered by Wilson’s Rice lab. All three chemically sequester the toxic element gadolinium to make it safe for injection. MRIs work by manipulating hydrogen atoms in water, which interact and align with the applied magnetic field from the instrument. The hydrogen atoms are then allowed to return to their original magnetic state, a process called relaxation. In the presence of the paramagnetic gadolinium ion, the atoms’ relaxation time is shortened, making these regions brighter against the background under MRI. SiMPs are small — about a micrometer (a millionth of a meter) across — but when they trap both water molecules and bundles of nanotubes containing gadolinium, the protons appear much brighter in an MR image. Because SiMPs keep their form for up to 24 hours before dissolving into harmless silicic acid, the molecules can be imaged for a long time.The trick is getting them to places in the body that doctors and technicians want to see. Wilson said SiMPs are designed to escape the bloodstream, where they leak and aggregate at the sites of tumors and lesions. “Spherical particles, at least in mathematical models, flow down the center of the vasculature,” he said. “These particles are designed to hug the wall. When they encounter a leaky area like a cancer tumor, they can easily get out.”The encapsulation within SiMPs enhanced the performance of all three contrast agents, but SiMPs with gadonanotubes (carbon nanotubes that contain bundles of gadolinium ions) showed the best results. “The performance was enhanced beyond what we had imagined,” he said.SiMPs may also be functionalized with peptides that target cancer and other cells. SiMPs that contain contrast agents and medications could potentially be tracked as they home in on disease sites, where medications will be released as the silicon dissolves.The work is a collaboration between the labs of Mauro Ferrari and Paolo Decuzzi, who reported their success in creating mesoporous silicon particles in 2008. Ferrari, now president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, worked on the project while serving as a professor and chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas Health Science Center, with appointments at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and as an adjunct professor at Rice. Decuzzi is a researcher with appointments at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston and the University of Magna Graecia in Italy. Ferrari and Decuzzi are the other two senior co-authors of the paper with Wilson.Co-authors of the paper include former Rice graduate student Jeyarama Ananta and current graduate students Richa Sethi and Ramkumar Krishnamurthy; Biana Godin, Xuewu Liu and Rita Serda of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Loick Moriggi and Lothar Helm of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland; Raja Muthupillai of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital; and Robert Bolskar of TDA Research Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo.The work was supported by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center-United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity through the Alliance for Nano Health and grants from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative at Rice University, the Swiss National Science Foundation, European Cooperation in Science and Technology and TDA Research Inc. 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