A Conservative election promise to tackle some of

first_imgA Conservative election promise to tackle some of the discrimination faced by disabled people appears to have been abandoned, with no mention of the pledge in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.The manifesto promise to “review disabled people’s access and amend regulations if necessary to improve disabled access to licensed premises, parking and housing” was absent from the speech and the associated briefing notes.The speech includes 27 bills and draft bills that the government plans to introduce over the next two years, with much of its focus on the process of leaving the European Union, and it also details 30 pages of non-legislative action the government plans to take.But the only mentions of disabled people in the 82-page briefing document come in the pledge to “make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their sexuality, faith, disability, gender or race”.The associated two-paragraph section on disability refers only to measures the government has already taken, appointing 11 new disability sector champions, and continuing efforts to promote the use of social enterprises that support disabled people.There was also no mention of the need for more accessible housing in the Queen’s speech, or in the briefing notes.But separate plans to address the discrimination faced by people with mental health conditions in the workplace were included in the speech.The prime minister (pictured) had promised before the election that there would be “sweeping changes to the Equality Act”, and that a Conservative government would reform the act to prevent workplace discrimination, to protect employees with “intermittent” conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.Although yesterday’s speech made no mention of such legislative change, there is a reference to the pledge in the briefing notes, which say the government will look at how to ensure “those with mental ill health are treated fairly, protected from discrimination, and employers fulfil their responsibilities effectively”.On its wider plans for mental health reform, there apparently will be no new bill in the next two years, even though the Tories had promised in their manifesto to introduce “the first new Mental Health Bill for 35 years”.Instead, the briefing notes promise to “work towards a new Mental Health Act” and “consider what further reform of mental health legislation is necessary, including changes in how the [Mental Health Act] is implemented on the ground”.This will include examining why rates of detention under the act are increasing, and why a disproportionate number of black people are being detained, as well as a review of community treatment orders, which are being used far more often than intended when they were introduced by the last Labour government.The government also promises to publish a green paper on children and young people’s mental health.There will be relief among human rights campaigners that there was no mention in the speech of scrapping the Human Rights Act.Last year, user-led organisations warned that the government’s “horrifying” plans to replace the act with a British bill of rights would lead to a loss of vital legal protection for disabled people.That bill was mentioned in last year’s Queen’s speech but was never introduced, and the 2017 Conservative election manifesto said that a Tory government would not consider replacing the Human Rights Act until the process of leaving the European Union had concluded.Another omission from the Queen’s speech likely to please many disabled activists was the prime minister’s plan to increase the number of grammar schools.Laws currently ban any new selective schools and prevent existing non-selective schools from becoming selective, but the government wanted to expand existing grammar schools, create new selective schools and allow non-selective schools to become selective.Inclusive education campaigners say that expanding grammar schools – secondary schools which select pupils via an entrance test – will discriminate against disabled children and lead to more segregated education in special schools.A spokesman for the Department for Education suggested yesterday (Wednesday) that the government had not yet abandoned its plans, despite there being no mention of grammar schools in the Queen’s speech or the briefing notes.He said the government would be responding to its Schools that Work for Everyone consultation “in due course”, and added: “Grammar schools are part of that consultation. It will set out our plans for everything within the consultation.”last_img read more

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I think Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thompson who w

first_img“I think Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thompson who wrote that piece ought to be ashamed of themselves. No wonder British journalism is held in such low esteem throughout Europe. It was a disgraceful thing. It was fake news, it was lies, it was distortions. Jeremy Corbyn is as fit as a fiddle. He’s one of the strongest individuals I’ve ever met. People 20 years younger can’t keep up with him. There’s nothing wrong with Jeremy.”They were quoting anonymous senior civil servants. “Oh, I could do that… I’m not a journalist but I can easily do a piece about you saying anonymous individuals in the BBC said this or said that. Anyone can do that.”So you don’t believe that civil servants have been saying these things? “I don’t believe so. I don’t believe them at all. It’s the Murdoch press, of course they’re going to attack and try to undermine Jeremy.”On whether Corbyn will step down this year: “Absolutely not. It’s fake news. Jeremy is a strong leader and people should stop putting him under pressure. Even from comrades of the left, Paul Mason, who seems to have lost his marbles.” Ridge on SundayJohn McDonnell talked about plans for the economy, his frustration with Labour’s Brexit position and anger about Labour and antisemitism.On the economy… Is capitalism working? “Not effectively.”On the idea of scrapping Inheritance Tax and replacing it with a Lifetime Gifts Tax: “I think it’s interesting.”On the idea of Capital Gains Tax being introduced when you sell a house: “We haven’t really looked at that because we feel that that most probably won’t be the fairest way of going about it, but we have looked at Capital Gains Tax reform with regards to shareholdings and others.”On Labour’s ideal economy: “I want to see a transformed economy so not capitalism as it now operates. I’d like to transform the way we operate, I’d like to see that we have an economy which is working for everybody.” Is that socialism? “Yes.”On Brexit…Frustrated? “A little bit… He had a meeting on the Monday before the last shadow cabinet and I thought the next day we were going to move further. He’s asked for a bit more time. Fair enough, I don’t mind that.”Is it inevitable that Labour will back Remain? “We’ll see what comes out of consultations… Everyone should have their say, whether it’s a national executive member, a shadow cabinet member or an affiliated trade union.”On Labour and antisemitism…“What angers me is that we are an anti-racist party. We should be leading the campaign against antisemitism in society overall, and this is holding us back. What we’ve got to do is move forward now – and I think the investigation by the EHCR will help us in doing this, whatever recommendations come out of that we must adopt and hopefully then have a clean bill of health.” It’s been reported that John McDonnell compared Labour’s stance on Brexit to a “slow motion car crash”. @SophyRidgeSky asks the Shadow Chancellor if this is what he thinks #Ridge pic.twitter.com/QaGSmKhNA5— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 30, 2019Boris Johnson also appeared on the show and rejected any responsibility for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s situation. He refused to apologise for past comments on black people and Muslim women, which he described as “satirical” or taken “out of context”. Labour’s equalities spokesperson Dawn Butler commented: “Boris Johnson’s defence of his racist and homophobic comments is despicable and disappointing. At a time when racist and homophobic hate crime is rising in our society, his refusal to apologise for his disgusting remarks legitimises and fuels this prejudice.”The Andrew Marr ShowLen McCluskey said he would be happy with two public votes: a general election, then a ‘confirmatory’ vote on Labour’s negotiated Brexit deal. He generally encouraged people to let Jeremy Corbyn take his time on Brexit. On the Times story, the Unite general secretary suggested the quotes from senior civil servants weren’t real but fabricated by journalists to damage Corbyn (which is not Labour’s position on the story).On Brexit…“Firstly, I’d like a public vote of a general election. That’s the only thing that can sort out the mess that we’re currently in… The second public vote I’d like is, if Labour win that election and they are able to negotiate a deal to take us out of Europe, which I believe will satisfy both the 48% and the 52%, I’d like that to go back to a confirmatory vote, to the public. So I’m in favour of two.”“After the European elections, I appealed to people to calm down. There seems to be a panic to rush in order to establish a different position from one the Labour Party’s had for a couple of years now, which is respecting the 2016 referendum and trying to negotiate a deal that would unite the nation.”On the shadow cabinet ‘winning’: “He’s not being bullied into any position by anybody. What he’s doing, Andrew, is he’s consulting. He’s consulting with the trade unions, he’s consulting with members, he’s consulting with the NEC, and then we’ll have a proper debate. There’s no panic at the moment.”On Labour supporting a public vote on any deal: “I think that’s perfectly understandable in the current situation. And I’m comfortable with that. The problem is how do you get there? Which is why, to repeat, a general election and then a deal that’s negotiated by a Labour government should go back for a confirmatory vote.”On how he would vote in a referendum between Remain and no deal: Unite’s executive would decide but “if we were faced with a situation of either no deal or remain, I suspect we would campaign for remain.”On Theresa May’s deal: “If it encompassed a customs union, customs arrangements… that is the type of deal that I’d be comfortable to see go through.”As LabourList reported at the start of the week, he dismissed the YouGov poll showing trade unionists overwhelmingly back Remain. “Andrew, you’re talking about this opinion poll that was commissioned by the Public Vote people.” He added: “It is absolute nonsense. I’m surprised you’re giving it such credence. Apparently 355 Unite members, who self-identified as Unite members – I don’t know that they are – gave a response. Here’s the truth: my union constantly talks to 20,000 Unite members across all sectors. I have 300 – Andrew, this is important – I have 300 constitutional committees, none of whom are seeking a second referendum. I have 100 convenors from all out top manufacturing companies… none of whom are seeking a second referendum.”Is it not now time for Unite and for the Labour Party to be campaigning openly to remain? “No. No, it isn’t. We have to wait to see what will unfold.”“We’ve got a policy conference coming up in less than 12 weeks. Let Jeremy Corbyn consult. My message to Labour MPs and to our Labour members is Jeremy’s done okay so far, so let’s trust him to consult and see what emerges.”On getting a Brexit deal through parliament: “My understanding is there’s as many as 40, even 60, Labour MPs who are part of the Respect the Result group. And that’s why a second referendum is difficult to see emerging.”On The Times story about Corbyn being “too frail” to be Prime Minister… Len McCluskey: “I’m comfortable” for any #Brexit deal to be put to a public voteThe General Secretary of the Unite Union says: “The problem is how you get there”#Marr https://t.co/BVuXhwDFkC pic.twitter.com/VnoHGMbaFa— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 30, 2019 Tags:Unite /Len McCluskey /John McDonnell /Sunday shows /Sunday shows round-up /last_img read more

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SF Latino Film Festival features Mission natives debut short film

first_imgHer short, titled Encuentros [Encounters], is based on a dream she had in 2016. In the dream, she spent a singular day with a man she once briefly knew in Brazil named Mario. The real Mario, whom she met in 2015, was an aspiring filmmaker who died in a bicycle accident. Although they only knew each other for a short while, the dream left her with a desire to tell the story in a variety of mediums. Encuentros isn’t just Pasmanick’s debut film. It’s her first time ever dabbling in the medium. “I felt that the dream was so strong and visual, that I wanted to create something with it,” she said.Naomi Garcia Pasmanick.She’s not what you would call a classically trained filmmaker. A daughter of two school teachers in the Mission, Pasmanick grew up around the arts, joined a band at the Mission Cultural Center called Futuro Picante, and kept herself in tune with her Latin roots. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and majored in Spanish and Portuguese Literature with a minor in Ethnic Studies and was able to spend a semester in Brazil, studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro. She moved back to San Francisco after graduating from Berkeley in 2015, and wandered through jobs in the restaurant industry until she got the idea for the film.Her crew grew to 10 people, some of whom she recruited through Facebook and Craigslist. Some of the crew and actors cast in the film have known each other since attending classes at Buena Vista Elementary on 25th and Utah — before it merged with Horace Mann in 2011 — where Pasmanick’s parents were teachers.One of the film’s actors, Dustin Pearson, was also an old schoolmate of Pasmanick’s and knew her parents; her father was his third-grade homeroom teacher. Pearson studied film and theater at Loyola Marymount University. He spent a semester in Moscow studying abroad, and has a film premiere of his own in Hollywood next month. He played the part of Mario and, in preparing for the role, studied up on his real-life counterpart. On one occasion, he even took a trip to Muir Woods and meditated as he got himself in the right mindset to play the young man with a fatalistic mindset. “The self-discipline to organize and get everyone together is a real skill,” he said. Pasmanick “was very structured and organized, held leadership skills. It was almost like a mini-school with her;  even though it was 10 minutes on camera, there was like a year of prep time.”The film explores the chance meeting between two different characters while hitchhiking through the outskirts of San Francisco — and what happens when the two keep meeting throughout the day. Taylor Davis, who plays the female lead in the film, said the trio of Pasmanick, Pearson and Davis spent a year developing the script and the characters, often in Pasmanick’s home, so they only needed a weekend to film. “Everyone on the production was super on-their-toes; we were really surprised in ourselves that we were able to get all of our shots in that short time,” Davis said.A night of debutsEncuentros is just one of many films debuting at the Latino Film Festival — it’s scheduled to run Sept. 14 at 7 p.m at the Roxie Theater with a set of other short movies in a program called Close to Home. There are eight other films by local filmmakers from around the Bay Area. But the official kick-off is at the Alamo Drafthouse with the film Ruben Blades Is Not My Name, a film about the famous Salsa musician.Many films featured in the festival explore migration in and out of the United States. It’s generally a big theme for some Latino filmmakers, Ramirez said, but this year there are more submissions that explore those ideas. One film, named Kiko, focuses on the aftermath of an ICE raid at a warehouse that hires many immigrant workers. Another film, Towards the Sun, follows a 12-year-old migrant girl after she is put in a Border Patrol detention center. All of the films in the festival are picked via a selection process, in which hundreds of submissions are narrowed down, with priority given to films made in the Bay Area or films that cast Latino actors. In the past, attendance has exceeded 4,000 tickets sold.The San Francisco Latino Film Festival runs from Sept. 14 to Sept. 29 at locations across the Mission and in the East Bay. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter When the old Cine Accion film fest closed its curtains for the last time a decade ago, Lucho Ramirez and a handful of other production whiz kids found themselves yearning for a new festival to showcase films that mattered to their community. So they decided to make it themselves. “It’s important to have a public exhibition of these films, because they’re going to keep being made,” Ramirez said. The San Francisco Latino Film Festival is now 10 years old, and has provided a haven for films made by Spanish and Portuguese speakers from the Iberian Peninsula, South and Central America, and the United States. There’s even a special program that will showcase short films made here in the Bay Area by local filmmakers.Among these local entries is a film written and directed by Mission native Naomi Garcia Pasmanick, with many other Mission folk contributing to the film.center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

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THE Club has decided to defer its grand opening bl

first_imgTHE Club has decided to defer its grand opening black tie dinner, currently scheduled for January 21, to the evening of Saturday March 10 in order to avoid undue congestion of celebrations and events surrounding the commencement of the first season at Langtree Park.We are mindful of placing too many demands on sponsors and supporters over too short a period, even at this extraordinarily exciting time for all concerned.We therefore wish to give as many as possible a proper opportunity to attend what will be a fabulous evening at the Grand Opening Dinner, and consider this best achieved if it takes place on March 10.The Dinner will start with Champagne and Canapés in Premier Club followed by a welcome from Eamonn McManus and a sumptuous three-course meal.There will also be highlights from the 2011 Super League season and interviews with fans and players about the excitement and buzz around St Helens as we look forward to a new era.To finish, as well as being able to mingle, there will be a fantastic comedian and live music.Tickets to the event are priced at £80 each and are limited.To buy call the Hospitality Team on 01744 455 053 from January 3.You can also email hospitality@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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COMFORTABLE surroundings great food and great dri

first_imgCOMFORTABLE surroundings, great food and great drink… the Red V Café Bar will be open on Friday as Saints take on Catalan… and Saints Gold is just £2 a pint!Next to the Club Shop the enhanced bar will be open all day – with Wish FM broadcasting live from the venue from 2pm – before the Super League clash.From around 6.30pm, Paul Sculthorpe, Tommy Martin and Ade Gardner will be around to talk rugby and there will be music and rugby quizzes right up to the kick off at 8pm.Then you can watch the match live on our giant screen.Saints Gold will be on sale for £2 a pint throughout the night and there will be special canapé sized taster bites of the new sandwich menu that will be unveiled shortly.We’ll also be launching our stunning interactive heritage display too where you will be able to while away the hours discovering what makes the Saints so special.And the club store will be open until 7pm so you can grab a bargain and renew your season ticket.The Red V Café Bar is open throughout the week for great food and drink in a unique and relaxing atmosphere.Surrounded by images depicting Saints great past, it is ideal for a business meeting, if you’re passing for a brew or when your family is trudging around the shops.It will be open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and over the weekend for special sporting events.#comethrillmeagainlast_img read more

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SAINTS face Warrington Wolves in their seventh and

first_imgSAINTS face Warrington Wolves in their seventh and final match of the First Utility Super League Super 8s phase this evening.The Match Sponsor is Hattons Solicitors with the Matchball sponsored by Adele Carr.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match and you can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park and by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands this evening. If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.This week’s programme features Louise Fildes’ review of the season and the thoughts of Eamonn McManus, Keiron Cunningham and Jon Wilkin. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club and our community teams.Today’s stickers are Mark Flanagan and a double one that features Adam Quinlan and Shannon McDonnell.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Tecmark. TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium. Arriva are operating their special fare for season ticket holders.Matchday Car Parking details are here.GamedayThere will be the usual performance from the Heart of Glass Saints Angels and the Cash Dash Draw is also on sale – check out the great prizes on their page!Irn-BruIrn-Bru are donating 20p from every bottle sold at Langtree Park and Tesco St Helens to the Steve Prescott Foundation. This will continue throughout the rest of the season.Warm Up TopsSaints will once again be wearing Bone Cancer Research Trust t-shirts to highlight the charity’s work.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers. Click here to find out how to be involved.last_img read more

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OUR Meet the Tourists series continues with number

first_imgOUR Meet the Tourists series continues with numbers six to ten.6. Matthew Costello – Full Back from Orrell St James and St Peters Catholic High SchoolHe is sponsored by Expressions of BeautyPrevious Number 6’s:2004 – Ashley Elsley (Hensingham)2006 – Matthew Clarke (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Liam Fishwick (Bold Miners)2011 – Mike Fields (Bold Miners)2013 – Jonah Cunningham (Blackbrook)7. Joshua Eaves – Hooker from Haresfinch Hawks & Clock Face Miners, and St Augustines of Canterbury Catholic High SchoolHe is sponsored by Simon Ross Painting and DecoratingPrevious Number 7’s:2004 – Chris Frodsham (Blackbrook)2006 – Scott Clarke (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Carl Forster (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2011 – Lewis Foster (Thatto Heath Crusaders and Portico Vine)2013 – Oliver Davies (Orrell St James)8. Alex Eckley – Second Row/Prop from Pilkington Recs and Rainford High Technology CollegeHe is sponsored by IED Installations Limited, Dave Hill Supertrucks, Paul Little Roofing Services, Pilkington Recs and C & S Tyres Earthmover & Industrial TyresPrevious Number 8’s:2004 – Scott Holland (Blackbrook)2006 – Tom Colborn (Blackbrook)2009 – Jack Franics (Saddleworth Rangers)2011 – Matthew Fozard (West Bank Bears)2013 – David Eccleston (Blackbrook)9. Danny Edwards – Second Row from Thatto Heath and The Sutton AcademyHe is sponsored by Pinder and Sims, Cottams Tiles, Roscoe Tyres, Terraclean, Dimension Data Network Services and The Bull and DogPrevious Number 9’s:2004 – Dave Lowe (Pilkington Recs)2006 – Tom Connick (Pilkington Recs)2009 – Tom Fry (Halton Farnworth Hornets)2011 – Lewis Galbraith (Oldham St Anne’s & Saddleworth Rangers)2013 – Lewis Fairhurst (Hindley)10. Robert Fairclough – Scrum Half from Blackbrook and Hope AcademyHe is sponsored by Tisdalls Electrical Ltd, Sun Centre World Ltd and BritplasPrevious Number 10’s:2004 – Nick Manchester (Pilkington Recs)2006 – Jamie Dickinson (Thatto Heath Crusaders)2009 – Josh Greaves (Pilkington Recs)2011 – Jordan Heaton (Ince Rosebridge)2013 – Matty Fleming (Bold Miners)last_img read more

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Iler holds off primary challenge from Sykes

first_img Iler took about 61 percent of the vote and beat Sykes by more than 1,100 votes. Iler says he is happy to move on, but it’s never fun competing against your own party.This marks be the fifth time Iler has won the Republican nomination.It was, however, an emotional night for Sykes, as she thanked everyone for their support.Related Article: Ivanka Trump says ‘Lock her up!’ doesn’t apply in her caseAs Iler inches towards what he hopes is another victory, he wants to focus on several things.“Two big ones right now are school safety and water safety,” Rep. Iler said. “Huge for our area and for our state. And I want to think about mental health and opioid issues, which are tied together, as well as law enforcement. It’s all tied together there, and that needs a lot of work.”Iler says he is happy to be moving on, but he believes in term limits, so he won’t be running for House District 17 forever. This fall, though, he will face Democratic challenger Tom Simmons.As for Sykes, she will remain a county commissioner for District 3.Only 10 percent of voters in Brunswick County participated in the primary election. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Republican Frank Iler has held the District 17 House seat representing most of Brunswick County since 2009, when the GOP appointed him to replace Bonner Stiller.But tonight he had a primary challenge from County Commissioner Pat Sykes. But it turned out not to be much of a race.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Did East Coast surfing really originate in Wrightsville Beach

first_img If the Sandwich Island Girl is real, she would turn surfing history upside down because it would mean Asbury Park is the first spot where surfing occurred on the East Coast, not Wrightsville Beach.Surf historian Joseph “Skipper” Funderburg, tells The Asbury Park Press she represents the “earliest known illustration of a surfer standing up riding a surfboard on a wave in the continental United States.”Surf historians have been trying to identify the Sandwich Island Girl ever since Funderburg discovered the wood-cut illustration of her riding waves at Asbury Park.Related Article: After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising seaThe illustration appeared on the cover of The National Police Gazette on August 18, 1888. The caption read: “A Gay Queen Of The Waves: Asbury Park, New Jersey, Surprised By The Daring Of A Sandwich Island Girl.”The ad may be the newest piece of evidence in what is a scant collection of a few contemporary newspaper references. The ad was discovered by an Asbury Park Press reporter doing archival research.The ad was placed by J.L. Graham of Sea Bright on Aug. 6, 1888. It read:“The undersigned desires to know the whereabouts of a young lady from the Sandwich Islands who is stopping in the park.”The ad appeared three days after the press ran a blurb about Graham titled, ‘Will the search be successful,” which was as much on point then as it is now. It is not known if Graham ever located her.Factual evidence of the Sandwich Island Girl has been hard to find. The Gazette account provided no name of the girl and the surfing community has questioned the trustworthiness of the source.Surfing biographer Craig Lockwood likened the Gazette to a tabloid of its era in a critique published on the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center website. The center, located in San Clemente, California, is home to some of the world’s most important and authoritative archive of surfing artifacts, surfboards, memorabilia, photography, video, periodical and scholarly work.The trail went cold on the Sandwich Island Girl after the 2006 discovery. Funderburg got another clue in 2017 when he found a syndicated Philadelphia Press letter that described in detail her exploits in the surf. The letter was published July 29, 1888, and predates the Gazette piece.The letter did not give a name but said she was the daughter of a “tremendously rich planter,” who was touring the country and arrived in Asbury Park with the wealthy family of a New York importer.According to Funderburg, news reporting was much different then. Papers were less interested in getting names of participants or attributing names to quotes.Surf historian Malcom Gault-Williams said the Gazette could have picked up on the Sandwich Island Girl from the Philadelphia Press letter. The letter, he said, likely means the Gazette story was not fabricated.Funderburg said Graham’s ad further validates her existence. He said Graham may have even read the Philadelphia Press letter, which appeared in papers a week earlier.“If someone went through that much effort to find her, it certainly offers more proof she was real,” said Funderburg.Graham told The Daily Press that he had a home in the Sandwich Islands and knew the lady. Funderburg said he will research Graham’s records in hopes that it will lead him to her.Surfing was introduced to the continental U.S.A. from Hawaii — which was known in the West at the time as the Sandwich Islands, a name handed down from Captain James Cook, an 18th-century British explorer.The first reported board riding in the continental U.S.A. took place at Santa Cruz, California in 1885 when three Hawaiian teenage royal princes took a break from boarding school. Hawaii was still an independent island kingdom but was coming increasingly entwined in American business interests.Even before the three princes surfed on boards made of local redwood, American’s learned of surfing in a Harper’s Weekly story about Sandwich Island surf riders that was published in the early 1880s. The Harper’s Weekly account appeared in the Red Bank Register in April 1883.In 1909, Burke Haywood Bridgers introduced surfing to the East Coast at Wrightsville Beach. However, if the facts add up, the Sandwich Island Girl may push the date back of East Coast surfing 20 years and move it 600 miles up the coast to Asbury Park. Surfers flock to Wrightsville Beach to take advantage of conditions brought on by Tropical Storm Chris.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Did a Sandwich Island Girl surf Asbury Park the summer of 1888?The mystery, which started in 2006 when a wood-cut illustration of her was found, is still unsolved but a recently found personal ad placed in The Daily Press, the predecessor of the Asbury Park Press, may lend more credence to her being historical fact rather than fiction.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue featured on Amazon Prime Video

first_img The movie follows six candidates vying for a spot on a team of veteran lifeguards. The documentary shows the candidates go through physical and mental challenges as they try to make the squad. Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue in the movie “Making the Squad”. (Photo: Amazon Prime) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is making their way to the small screen.The department has been featured in a movie on Amazon Prime Video called “Ocean Rescue: Making the Squad”.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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From bluegrass to Scrooge the Cape Fear hosts holiday events galore

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From bluegrass and Scrooge, to a wisecracking essay-turned-play and winter festival, there are lots of fun ways to relax this weekend and get into the holiday spirit.StarNews Features Reporter John Staton joined us on Friday’s Good Morning Carolina to talk about these and other events he’s written about this week.- Advertisement – Zoe and Cloyd is a Asheville couple known for playing folk and American music. They will be at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium for a concert called “Homegrown Holiday.”Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Executive Director Tony Rivenbark reprises his role as Scrooge in the beloved Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.”If you are a fan of David Sedaris, you’ll love “The Santaland Diaries.” Staton describes it as a wisecracking essay-turned-play. It was first stage in Wilmington in 2001 and has been performed 13 more times. Kevin Wilson plays the lead role, a disgruntled elf named Crumpet. It opens Dec. 6 and runs through Dec. 16.Related Article: Pierce carries William & Mary over UNCW menIf you are in to art, there’s a unique tradition taking place at Cameron Art Museum. Its called Illumination 2018 and showcases original lanterns by artists from coast to coast.Finally, Poplar Grove will host The Merry Little Christmas Festival featuring a winter bazaar of more than 60 juried artists and craft vendors. The grounds, outbuildings and Manor House at Poplar Grove will also be lit up and decorated.No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll have lots to choose from this weekend.last_img read more

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Carolina Beach Road Streetscape project design funds approved by city leaders

first_imgBurnett Boulevard at Carolina Beach Road. (Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington city council approved at their final June meeting to enter a a municipal agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the design of streetscape betterments on Carolina Beach Road from Burnett Boulevard  toShipyard Boulevard.NCDOT intends to upgrade Carolina Beach Road for safety and congestion purposes according to the city.- Advertisement – The city will use $191,527 from the Carolina Beach Road Streetscape 2014 Transportation Bond Project towards the design of safety, mobility, and aesthetic improvements along this heavily traveled road.Improvements such as a landscaped median, planters, benches, and pedestrian upgrades are expected to come out of the project.last_img read more

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German regional politician found shot dead in garden

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp PolizeiPolizei German police are investigating how a regional politician was found shot dead in his garden.Walter Lübcke was discovered at 00.30 on Sunday morning at his home in the village of Istha, with a fatal bullet wound to the head. Police believe the wound was inflicted by a firearm at close proximity.Investigations have begun to determine who was involved in the incident with police already ruling out suicide.Sabine Thurau the crime bureau chief, told the press that they were still trying to determine the motive while also lacking evidence of who was involved.  What little information could be gathered from the prosecutors suggests that Lübcke was killed with a short-range firearm but no such weapon was found at the scene.Lübcke was the head of the regional council within the main city of Kassel and part of the centre right CDU party. He had been running the authority over the last decade with a previous period served as a state lawmaker.The politician was outspoken about accommodating Syrian refugees back in October 2015, at the time when the government started allowing large numbers to cross in Germany.Latterly his activities resulted in him being on the receiving end of death threats, necessitating his need for personal protection.His party described him as being a ‘bridge-builder who could not have been better,’ and not afraid of, ‘telling it as it is’It is understood that the village of Istha was hosting a beer festival on the Saturday with one local media outlet speculating that he may have met someone at the time of his death.Lübcke’s home has been sealed off by the police and the family provided with protection.center_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>last_img read more

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More Than 500000 Google Reader Users Migrate to Feedly

first_imgAdvertisement Feedly, a news aggregator which promised to make the migration from Google Reader — which is being shut down on July 1 — seamless, has already seen an influx of over 500,000 Reader users.“More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board,” said Feedly on its official blog.And that’s not all: Feedly’s Twitter account is buzzing with activity, with new users asking about features and new versions of the software, and Feedly’s iOS app has quickly become the top free app in Apple’s App Store. – Advertisement – To cope with all the new users and their feedback, Feedly has upped its bandwidth by 10x, added new servers and launched a suggestion forum for new features.Of course, Feedly is not the only alternative to Google Reader, but its example shows how a smaller service can benefit from a big player exiting its space.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

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ICANN Issues Advice to IT Professionals on Name Collision Identification and Mitigation

first_imgAdvertisement ICANN has today issued comprehensive advice to IT professionals worldwide on how to proactively identify and manage private name space leakage into the public Domain Name System (DNS) and thus, eliminate the causes of name collisions as new Top Level Domains (TLDs) are added to the DNS.In a report titled Name Collision Identification and Mitigation for IT Professionals, ICANN explains the nature and causes of name collision and proposes a range of possible solutions.Domain name collisions are not new.  However the report addresses some concerns that a number of applied-for new TLDs may be identical to names used in private name spaces.” – Advertisement – The report explains how DNS queries leak into the global DNS from private name spaces and how these leaks can have unintended consequences.The report shows that private networks will consistently, stably, and reliably perform name resolution when they use Fully Qualified Domain Names (FQDNs) and resolve them from the global DNS, and proposes methods to migrate to FQDNs.“While it appears that name collisions won’t affect significant numbers of corporate network operators or Internet users, ICANN considers it essential that it does everything possible to minimize potential impact and to offer clear advice on dealing with the issue,” said Paul Mockapetris, Global Domains Division Security Advisor.The report recommends that every organization that is not already using FQDNs from the public DNS should consider the following strategy:Monitor name services, compile a list of private TLDs or short unqualified names you use internally, and compare the list you create against the list of new TLD strings.Formulate a plan to mitigate causes of leakage.Prepare users for the impending change in name usage by notifying them in advance or providing trainingImplement your plan to mitigate the potential collisionThe release of today’s advice to IT professionals is the result of several months of diligent work by ICANN’s staff, subject matter experts, the ICANN Executive Team and the Board of Directors.“The report we’ve issued today offers IT professionals, whether they work in large organizations or small companies, comprehensive advice and suggested remedies that can be simple to implement,” said Dave Piscitello, Vice President of Security and ICT Coordination. “While other interim or makeshift solutions may exist, migration using FQDNs has lasting value – once you’ve done this, you are good to go for now and future new TLD delegations.”The report, along with additional useful information and resources, can be found at:http://www.icann.org/en/help/name-collision.last_img read more

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List of the 30 Ugandan companies set to benefit from USD 1

first_imgAdvertisement A USD 1 million project to boost the export of Uganda’s information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services sectors has been launched in Kampala today, 5th February 2015.The three-year project, funded by the Dutch Government, will benefit from the technical expertise of the International Trade Centre (ITC), which will help Uganda to increase its exports and diversify markets to capitalise on the USD 180 billion global IT and ITES outsourcing market.This project will benefit 30 Ugandan companies, while encouraging women-led enterprises to benefit from project activities. ITC will collaborate with three local partners: the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITAU), ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU), and the Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA). – Advertisement – NITAU’s Managing Director James Saaka said: “In Uganda, we observe strong political support behind the IT/ITES sector coming apparent for example in tax incentives”. He noted the sector has the elements to grow including a large, young dynamic English speaking labor pool and stable growing economy.“The NTF III project comes at a time when Uganda as a country has identified Information Technology as one of its national priority areas to propel the country’s economy to a globally competitive level.”Rogers Karebi, Secretary of UBPOA, added further: “The Ugandan BPO industry in general and UBPOA in particular are very excited about the NTF project.  We are convinced that this project will contribute towards accelerating our association’s vision of Uganda climbing towards the top ten BPO outsourcing destinations in Africa”.“ITC is eager to support Uganda’s ambitions in relation to the IT and BPO industry. I believe that the enthusiasm shown by the different stakeholders about this project will grow even stronger” said Mr. Anders Aeroe, ITC’s Director for Market Development.He emphasized the importance of enhancing the competitiveness of local SMEs to generate successful and sustainable growth. “This project will build the capacity of enterprises to export, while also strengthening trade support institutions in a way that makes the intervention sustainable over the long term”.Prof Rob van Eijbergen, Member of the NTF III Steering Group, emphasized the importance of the IT and ITES sector for the development of the Ugandan economy. “We can contribute to creating jobs for knowledge workers by developing exports and improving the enabling environment. We have really been pleased by the support and cooperation of our Ugandan counterparts”.The NTF III Uganda IT & ITES Export Competitiveness project will be implemented in an integrated manner with complementary CBI activities and with the active engagement of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kampala which is also supporting national development initiatives in the IT& ITES sector.Also present at the launch were officials from Uganda’s Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Finance, Uganda Investment Authority, Uganda Export Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry (MTTIC), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), Competitiveness and Investment climate Strategy (CICS) Department, and the Royal Netherlands EmbassyThis NTF III project follows a similar launch in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3 February 2015 worth USD 1.2 million, which will assist 33 Kenyan IT and ITES firms.ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.The 30 companies set to benefit are:13D Tracking Uganda2BDE Consult3Billable Limited4CameoTechedge Services Limited5Cayman Consults Limited6ClinicMaster INTERNATIONAL7Data Care (U) Ltd8Dial a Service (U) Ltd9EXQUISITE SOLUTION10Frontier Technologies LTD11Hello World Ltd12Hostalite Limited13Innovative Connexions (U) Ltd14Junction Systems Ltd15Laboremus (U) Ltd16Mountbatten Ltd.17New Wave Technologies Ltd18NFT Consult Ltd19Node Six20PC Tech Communications Ltd21Planet Systems (U) Ltd22SERVICE COPS LIMITED23SINFA UGANDA LTD24SMS Media Uganda25Sparkplug26Techno Brain BPO ITES (U) Ltd27Tracenode LTD28Yo Uganda Limited29ZimbaWomenlast_img read more

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Nokia closes maps unit sale to German car makers

first_imgImage Credit: Mshcdn Advertisement Finland’s Nokia on Friday said it had completed the sale of its navigation business HERE to German car makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes.Nokia said its net proceeds from the deal would be around 2.55 billion euros ($2.78 billion), in line with its original estimate. The deal was initially estimated to close in the first quarter of 2016.Nokia last year sold its once-dominant mobile phone business to Microsoft, and following the maps deal, it is left with its mainstay telecom network equipment business and patents.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Earlier this week, the company’s shareholders approved an all-share acquisition of network rival Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion euros, expected to close early next year. ($1 = 0.9171 euros)[Reuters]last_img read more

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Ugandas Startup Matibabu to Showcase at the CES 2017

first_imgMatibabu device a Non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect Malaria. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Matibabu a Non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect Malaria qualified as the final participant in TechCrunch‘s Hardware Battlefield 2017, and because of their participation in the competition is giving them an opportunity of a life time, as the team prepares to showcase their innovation at one of the World’s Biggest showcase events ever; the CES 2017.For those unaware, Consumer Electronics Show (CES, and formerly known officially as International CES) is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade-show that takes place every January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. The annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) typically hosts presentations of new products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry, from thousands of companies all over the world.The team is expected to showcase at 1:00 a.m PST (12:00 p.m EAT) and will be represented by Brian Gitta and Josiah Kavuma who will have a chance to showcase all their hard work onstage in front of the expert panel of judges including; Noramay Cadena; Co-founder and Managing Director at MakeInLA, Jeff Clavier; Managing Partner at SoftTech VC, Helen Greiner; Founder and CTO at CyPhy Works, Brian Krzanich; CEO at Intel, Jen McCabe; Director at Foxconn, Greg Revelle; CMO at Best Buy, to mention a few of them. – Advertisement – The team is competing for a chance to win $50,000 and the Metal Man Trophy.[related-posts]source: Enstartup reportslast_img read more

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WhatsApp Service Restored After Worldwide Outage Heres What We Know

first_imgAdvertisement Popular messaging service WhatsApp last evening experienced a major outage. According to a variety of reports on social media, users were unable to access the service and could not send or receive any messages.On attempts to access the web interface of WhatsApp, for instance, you would receive a “Trying to reach phone” message, but never actually get connected.WhatsApp acknowledged the outage in a statement to media outlets, saying it was aware of the issues and working on a fix. At that point, however, it was unclear what the actual issue was nor when a fix would be deployed. – Advertisement – Although many users appear to be back to normal there’s still hundreds of WhatsApp users who still can’t access the app across the UK and Brazil, according to reports.The company hasn’t yet communicated the reason for the outage.UPDATE: Whatsapp is aware of outage issue and working to fix it – spokesman— Reuters Tech News (@ReutersTech) May 3, 2017 WhatsApp is used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world and is a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Euro 2016 Fixtures

first_imgFriday 10 JuneFrance v Romania Group A: kick-off 8pm live on ITVSaturday 11 JuneAlbania v Switzerland Group A: kick-off 2pm BBC1Wales v Slovakia Group B: 5pm BBC1 and S4CEngland v Russia Group B: 8pm ITVSunday 12 JuneTurkey v Croatia Group D: kick-off 2pm ITVPoland v Northern Ireland Group C: 5pm BBC1Germany v Ukraine Group C: 8pm BBC1Monday 13 JuneSpain v Czech Republic Group D: kick-off 2pm ITVRepublic of Ireland v Sweden Group E: 5pm BBC1Belgium v Italy Group E: 8pm BBC1Tuesday 14 JuneAustria v Hungary Group F: kick-off 5pm ITVPortugal v Iceland Group F: 8pm BBC1Wednesday 15 JuneRussia v Slovakia Group B: kick-off 2pm BBC1Romania v Switzerland Group A: 5pm ITVFrance v Albania Group A: 8pm ITVThursday 16 JuneEngland v Wales Group B: kick-off 2pm BBC1 and S4CUkraine v Northern Ireland Group C: 5pm ITVGermany v Poland Group C: 8pm ITVFriday 17 JuneItaly v Sweden Group E: kick-off 2pm ITVCzech Republic v Croatia Group D: 5pm BBC1Spain v Turkey Group D: 8pm ITVSaturday 18 JuneBelgium v Republic of Ireland Group E: kick-off 2pm ITVIceland v Hungary Group F: 5pm BBC1Portugal v Austria Group F: 8pm BBC1Sunday 19 JuneRomania v Albania Group A: kick-off 8pm BBC4Switzerland v France Group A: 8pm BBC1Monday 20 JuneRussia v Wales Group B: kick-off 8pm ITV4 and S4CSlovakia v England Group B: 8pm ITVTuesday 21 JuneNorthern Ireland v Germany Group C: kick-off 5pm BBC1Ukraine v Poland Group C: 5pm BBC Red ButtonCroatia v Spain Group D: 8pm ITVCzech Republic v Turkey Group D: 8pm ITV4Wednesday 22 JuneHungary v Portugal Group F: kick-off 5pm BBC1Iceland v Austria Group F: 5pm BBC Red ButtonItaly v Republic of Ireland Group E: 8pm ITVSweden v Belgium Group E: 8pm ITV4Saturday 25 June: Round of 16Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group C 2pm TBCWinner Group B v 3rd place qualifier Group A/C/D 5pm TBCWinner Group D v 3rd place qualifier Group B/E/F 8pm TBCSunday 26 June: Round of 16Winner Group A v 3rd place qualifier Group A/B/F 2pm TBCWinner Group C v 3rd place qualifier Group A/B/F 5pm TBCWinner Group F v Runner-up Group E 8pm TBCMonday 27 June: Round of 16Winner Group E v Runner-up Group D 5pm TBCRunner-up Group B v Runner-up Group F 8pm TBCThursday 30 JuneQuarter-final 1, 8pm TBCFriday 1 JulyQuarter-final 2, 8pm TBCSaturday 2 JulyQuarter-final 3, 8pm TBCSunday 3 JulyQuarter-final 4, 8pm TBCWednesday 6 JulySemi-final 1, 8pm TBCThursday 7 JulySemi-final 2, 8pm TBCSunday 10 JulyEuro 2016 final, kick-off 8pm BBC and ITVlast_img read more

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