The Labour party has refused to say if it will tak

first_imgThe Labour party has refused to say if it will take any action to support a newly-elected disabled MP who has been prevented from taking part in some House of Commons debates because of access barriers.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how Labour’s Jared O’Mara had been unable to attend a couple of debates in the Commons chamber because there were no seats free and he cannot stand for longer than five or 10 minutes.O’Mara (pictured, centre), who was elected for the first time in Sheffield Hallam last month, told DNS last week: “There has been a couple of times where I have not been able to get a seat and so I have not been able to attend.“The thing is with the Commons chamber, it is 650 MPs but there’s not 650 seats, so for busy events… there’s not enough seats for everybody. It’s ridiculous in this day and age.”The story caused outrage among many on social media, with Twitter and Facebook users branding it “shocking”, “grotesque”, “ridiculous”, “appalling” and a “disgrace”, while another said the Commons was “not a seat of #democracy unless everybody can sit in it”.Another said: “The thought of a disabled MP with nowhere to sit during a Commons debate takes my breath away.”But one disabled person, who said he previously worked in parliament, was critical of O’Mara.He said on Twitter that the MP could obtain a “prayer card” from a member of Commons staff, which he could use to reserve a seat for the remainder of that day if the chamber was likely to be busy.When asked what steps it was taking to ensure that O’Mara was able to take part in the work of parliament whenever he needed to, a Labour spokesman said in a statement: “Parliamentary authorities should take the concerns of Members of Parliament with disabilities seriously and make every effort to ensure they are able to carry out their jobs effectively.”Asked whether this meant it was taking no action to support O’Mara to address this access issue, the party had failed to reply by noon today (Thursday).The House of Commons refused to comment last week on the issue of seating in the chamber.It said instead that it “aims to provide a positive, inclusive working environment where people are valued for the skills and experience they bring to work, whilst being representative of the society they serve”, which means “making parliament more accessible, diverse and free from discrimination and meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010”.last_img read more

The Welsh governments decision to close its indep

first_imgThe Welsh government’s decision to close its independent living grant scheme and pass the funding to local authorities could see cuts to the support packages of hundreds of disabled people, new research suggests.Disabled campaigners say that information released by local authorities in Wales has created “extreme cause for concern” about the transition process, which is seeing funding from the interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) passed to the 22 councils.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) when ILF was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and by April next year the 22 councils will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.The Welsh government’s own estimates, released to Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday), suggest that about 200 former WILG-recipients will see their support packages cut by next April.Members of the Save WILG campaign, led by former ILF-recipient Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), submitted freedom of information requests to all 22 Welsh councils earlier this year, and they say the responses proved they were right to be concerned that the transition process would lead to many former ILF-users seeing their support packages cut.Few of the councils were willing to provide detailed information about how the process of re-assessing the needs of the former ILF-recipients in their areas would affect their support packages.But some of the local authorities admitted that a significant proportion of those currently receiving support through the WILG have already had their support packages cut.In Wrexham, Davies’ home local authority, the council said it had re-assessed less than a third of former ILF-users but had already cut the support of 18 of them, increasing support for just seven, and leaving one package unchanged.Monmouthshire council had cut four of 19 packages, Conwy had reduced two of 12 – although the vast majority had still to be assessed – while Caerphilly had reduced four of 29, Merthyr Tydfil had reduced 15 per cent, and both Carmarthenshire and Rhondda councils had cut 10 per cent of support packages.About a third of the councils – including Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent – failed to say how many support packages had been cut.But some local authorities did produce more encouraging answers, with Powys council saying the reassessment process had seen it increase the support packages of 59 of 62 former ILF-users.Although Port Talbot council had reviewed less than a third of service-users, half had had their packages increased, and the other half had seen them stay at the same level, while Bridgend decided that all but one former ILF-recipient would continue to receive the same support package.There were also repeated warnings from the local authorities that they could not promise that support packages would not be cut in the future, with Cardiff council warning that “no guarantees as to the future are possible with any funding arrangement”.Asked if it could guarantee that WILF recipients would have their care packages ring-fenced from all future austerity cuts forced onto local authorities, both Merthyr Tydfil and Port Talbot replied with just one word: “No.”Huw Irranca-Davies, the Welsh government’s minister for social care, has previously pledged that no former ILF-users would lose out in the transition process.But a Welsh government spokesman said that its most recent monitoring of the transition had found about 100 of 580 WILG-recipients were having their support “provided in a different manner than previously”*, while 130 were receiving more support.As about 1,300 people are due to go through the transition, this suggests that about 200 former WILG-users will eventually see their packages cut.He insisted that the government was committed to ensuring that all disabled people are “fully supported to live independently in their communities”.And he said that Irranca-Davies had visited both Powys and Wrexham councils this week to “see at first hand the work they have been undertaking” and “will be speaking to other authorities about this over the next few weeks”.The government spokesman said: “He will also be asking authorities to undertake a deep dive of a sample of cases where there have been significant changes in the type of support people are receiving, to establish the reasons for this and ensure they are receiving the appropriate support they require to live independently.“This is in addition to the ongoing monitoring of the programme, and an additional independent evaluation which has been commissioned by the minister.”The spokesman claimed that the “feedback from disabled people” on the transition programme had been “positive”.He said: “Together with our partners in local government and the third sector, we will continue to closely monitor the process and the individual outcomes of the transition from the ILF to the person-centred and co-produced approach to independent living in Wales.”But Miranda Evans, policy and programmes manager for Disability Wales, said her organisation was “extremely concerned that disabled people with high support requirements are having their hours of care reduced when transferring over to direct payments”. She said: “In a number of cases people are losing their ‘socialising’ hours, which is of great concern. “This vital support enables people to play a part in their community, volunteer with a local group and get involved in political life. “Without this necessary support disabled people will become isolated, disengaged and unable to leave their home.”Disability Wales has called for an “urgent review” of the Welsh government’s policy and investigations into the differences between how local authorities are applying it, which she said showed “the further development of a postcode lottery”.She added: “We remain concerned that funding will be absorbed by social services budgets and not be directed to those who need it: disabled people with high support requirements.”Davies said the Welsh government’s comments showed that “they simply refuse to see the evidence that is staring them in the face”.He said: “Yet again the Welsh government seems to think of former ILF recipients as a privileged bunch.“This is not the case at all, as we are disabled people with high care and support needs who were guaranteed a lifetime of adequate support under the old ILF system.“They do not deserve to be made to feel like a hindrance by the Welsh government.”He said the conclusions that can be drawn from the freedom of information responses were “very worrying indeed” and show “a shocking lack of consistency between local authorities, the development of a ‘postcode lottery’, the lack of an adequate complaints procedure for former ILF recipients and an alarming lack of security, or guarantees, for the future”. Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said: “The responses reflect why we started the campaign three years ago and give weight to our belief that the tripartite system of care needs to be maintained.“Disabled people with high care and support needs simply cannot rely on cash-strapped local authorities to provide the levels of care that they need. “One of my biggest concerns is that even the local authorities who have increased a majority of care packages cannot guarantee that these packages will remain at the same levels in future years.“It is a concern that these generous increases may only be put in place for a year, while the local authorities sharpen their axes for further cuts once the campaign is over.” He added: “The Welsh government now need to listen to the voices that have supported our campaign – assembly members, MPs, Disability Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, celebrities such as Ken Loach and most importantly their own members who passed a motion calling on them to #SaveWILG at the Welsh Labour conference in April 2018.” *The Welsh government press office was unable to confirm by 1pm today that this means that their support hours have been reduced A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

THE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now

first_imgTHE latest edition of the In Touch Podcast is now available to download.We look ahead to today’s game with Hull FC and reflect on the award winners at Saints End of Season Dinner.Nathan Brown, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Adam Swift, Jon Wilkin and Jordan Turner are all featured.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comThe podcast is in association with Citytalk 105.9.last_img read more

SAINTS take on Wigan today – and Hull FC on Monday

first_imgSAINTS take on Wigan today – and Hull FC on Monday – in a packed Easter weekend.All the stats, facts and figures are here:Wigan v Saints:Tommy Makinson has scored tries in the Saints’ last three meetings with Wigan (2-2-1) whilst Wigan’s Joe Burgess has bagged one in each.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 27/6/14)St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14)St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Super League Summary:Wigan won 31 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Saints v Hull Super League Summary:St Helens won 25 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)Hull FC won 113 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 88 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs)Danny Tickle needs 13 points to draw level with Sean Long in fifth place in the list of all-time leading point-scorers.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 3,2592 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,4133 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,3764 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,2885 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,2006 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 2,1877 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 2,1108 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 1,7339 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,67410 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015) 1,438Danny Brough needs one goal to draw level with Pat Richards in seventh place in the list of all-time leading goal-kickers (conversions and penalties only, not including field goals).1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 1,4772 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 1,0433 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 1,0264 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 9075 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 8496 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 8267 Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 7598 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 7589 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 64010 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015) 593Paul Wellens, Leon Pryce, Rob Burrow, Kirk Yeaman and Luke Dorn all have the opportunity to move up the list of all-time leading try-scorers in forthcoming Super League rounds.1 Danny McGuire (Leeds, 2001-present) 2212 = Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011), Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 1994 David Hodgson (Hull KR/Huddersfield/Salford/Wigan/Halifax, 1999-2014) 1685 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 1676 Ryan Hall (Leeds, 2007-present) 1557 Ade Gardner (Hull KR/St Helens, 2002-2014) 1538 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 1519 Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, 2001-present) 14910 = Luke Dorn (Castleford/London Broncos/Harlequins/Salford, 2005-present), Pat Richards (Wigan, 2006-2013) 147Paul Wellens – 1 try away from 200 (199 for St Helens, 1998-2015)Consecutive Appearances:Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 51. Westerman last missed a Hull game on 25 May, 2013 – a 22-16 Magic Weekend win against Hull KR at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium. His streak then started on 31 May, 2013 – an 18-6 home win against Leeds.1 Joe Westerman (Hull FC) 512 Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons) 413 Morgan Escare (Catalans Dragons) 394 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 375 Rangi Chase (Salford Red Devils) 31First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 92 Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 83 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 74 = Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 67 = Ben Jones-Bishop (Salford Red Devils), Tom Makinson (St Helens), Chris Riley (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors) 5Goals:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 292 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 233 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 214 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 206 = Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 198 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 189 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1710 Travis Burns (St Helens) 14Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 85.18 (23/27)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Travis Burns (St Helens) 82.35 (14/17)4 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 78.37 (29/37)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.00 (21/28)6 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 74.07 (20/27)7 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 73.33 (11/15)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 73.07 (19/26)9 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 70.83 (17/24)10 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 70.37 (19/27)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 662 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 563 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 554 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 485 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 477 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 428 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 419 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 4010 Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 36last_img read more

CFPUA Chairmans Daily Update August 10

first_imgThe first action taken by the Board is an authorization for the Executive Director to execute contracts of up to $500,000 to remove approximately 48 million gallons of treated drinking water stored in the Peedee aquifer. DateRawFinished 7/20/201784.9115 To see the most recent GenX results from the ASR well, click here. CFPUA is currently operating a pilot test, consisting of four columns that contain two different kinds of carbon media, to evaluate the potential for removing GenX and other per-fluorinated compounds from the water. We expect the test to take up to one year to provide the data necessary to evaluate its effectiveness.Related Article: UPDATE: CFPUA contractor did not obtain permit before removing trees CFPUA staff will continuously sample water that has been filtered through the carbon until “breakthrough” status is achieved—the point at which Genx molecules are able to make it through the filter and be detected in the finished water. The agreement will cover a study to be conducted by UNCW faculty, with the goal of identifying and quantifying other compounds found in a study published in November 2016 by North Carolina State University researchers. Yesterday afternoon, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality released the most recent GenX results from their sampling for the period July 24-27. The results show that concentrations of GenX continue to be below the 140 ppt health goal set by NCDHHS. Tests show that the water at the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well on Westbrook Avenue is below the GenX health goal of 140 parts per trillion (ppt) set by the NCDHHS, but above the average levels in the water that we are currently supplying our customers. Because the water was treated and stored while Chemours was still discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River, CFPUA has decided it is in the best interest of our customers to withdraw that water from the aquifer. Water and sediment samples will be taken near the CFPUA intake, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of our treatment processes will be conducted. The second action taken by the Board is an authorization for the Executive Director to enter into a Service Agreement of up to $100,000 with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. WILMINGTON, NC (CFPUA News Release) —This afternoon, CFPUA received new results from the raw and finished water at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant taken on August 1. The results show that concentrations of GenX continue to be below the 140 parts per trillion healthy goal set by NCDHHS.See the new data in the table below: – Advertisement – Yesterday morning, the CFPUA Board authorized an additional $83,000 in funds for continued GenX sampling and testing. These new funds will pay for the daily sampling of raw and finished water at Sweeney Water Treatment plant and for the sampling of our on-going pilot test at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. 7/23/201758.262.1 7/24/201713667.7 7/21/201762.888.8 To view the full news release, click here. 7/22/201753.167.6 7/25/201797.3134 The $500,000 will cover an array of potential costs, including: construction of a temporary connection pipe, materials, temporary easement and environmental testing. In addition to funding for GenX testing, the Board also authorized two new actions related to GenX: 7/26/201752.294 For citizens interested in participating, please find instructions below:Drop off empty containers at one of the participating churches between 9:00 am and 11:00 am Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31.Containers should be clean, have caps, be marked with the person’s name and number, and be between one and five gallons in size.Containers should not have previously been used for chemicals, such as cleaning fluids or other liquids not suitable for consumption. They should also be non-breakable.Pick up filled containers between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday beginning Monday, July 31. CFPUA encourages the public to check our website and social media channels for updates as this continues to unfold. We are committed to transparency, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with you through the duration of this process. To view the full news release, click here. Upon receipt of a permit from DEQ, CFPUA will start withdrawing the water in early September. It will be discharged to the wastewater system, and returned to the river downstream of all drinking water intakes. 7/27/201755.567 The amount of time it takes to reach breakthrough status will give staff an idea of how often the media will need to replaced and the viability of integrating the new media into our current processes.CFPUA will continue to update the public and make the results of these tests available for download on the “Information on GenX” page of our website.To view all GenX results, click here. CFPUA is proud to participate in studies that advance the water industry. Associated findings will help the EPA and NC DEQ regulate contaminants and ensure source waters are protected. We are participating in this study, and will continue to participate in additional studies, as we prioritize safe, clean drinking water for our customers and for the Wilmington region. For CFPUA customers who prefer water from an alternate source, CFPUA is offering free water from a ground source. This water is treated at CFPUA’s nanofiltration plant. On July 13, CFPUA sampled water at this Richardson Nanofiltration Plant—which serves the free water station at Ogden Park—for GenX and it was not detected. This water is supplied by aquifers that have not been affected by Chemours’ discharge of GenX.Residential CFPUA customers may fill their clean personal containers at New Hanover County’s Ogden Park near the tennis courts at 615 Ogden Park Drive. This is available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CFPUA will continue to offer this service until we confirm a trend line that is at or below the health advisory goal set by NC DHHS.For citizens unable to get to the water station at 615 Ogden Park Drive, CFPUA is partnering with the City of Wilmington and area churches to provide free water from Ogden Park.Churches will transport empty containers to Ogden Park where they will be filled with treated groundwater at no cost. Church volunteers will then bring the filled containers back to the designated churches, where customers can pick them up. Churches will be open for drop off between 9:00 am and 11:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and for pick up between 1:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. on the same days.Three churches in the greater downtown area will be offering drop-off and pick-up services:Warner Temple AME Zion Church, 620 Nixon St., (910) 763-6308St. Phillip AME Church, 815 N. 8th St., (910) 762-3573Ephesus SDA Church, 1002 Castle St., (910) 762-7755 8/1/201734.542.3last_img read more

Whiteville City Schools vote against merger

first_imgWhiteville High School (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — One school district is for and the other is against consolidation.Whiteville City Schools voted against merging with Columbus County Schools at their school board meeting Monday night.  Click here to read the resolution.- Advertisement – According to the resolution board members passed, Whiteville City Schools maintains consistent enrollment, is financially stable, and that a merger of the two systems would demonstrate a significant loss of state funding.Yesterday morning, the Columbus County School Board unanimously approved a resolution to consolidate.The final decision comes down to Columbus County Commissioners.Related Article: Wilmington music teacher gets state award for work-based learninglast_img read more

Wilmington teens American Idol journey ends… for now

first_img The Ashley High School sophomore was featured briefly on last night’s episode of “American Idol.” His clips showed a range of emotions beginning with the thrill of being in Hollywood.“This is gonna be the most amazing week of my life. This is so exciting!” a smiling Ward told the camera. “This is it. This is the dream, and it’s coming true now.”But moments later, after a brief shot of Ward, who a graphic mistakenly said was from “Williamton, NC,” on stage in front of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, Ward was part of a montage of heartbroken contestants who learned they were going home and would not advance.Related Article: Christina Aguilera, Post Malone headline New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC“I’m a little disappointed right now. This meant so much to me,” Ward said.But through tears, he showed poise and determination.“I’m not gonna give up at all,” he said. “I’m gonna be back next year. I promise.”Ward was likewise positive in a couple of Tweets last night, including a reply to American Idol’s account, which tweeted the show’s support for him and a couple other contestants, and another in which he leaned on his faith.Thank you @AmericanIdol for the experience of a lifetime. I can’t wait for what the future holds and to hopefully come back next year.— Joshua Ward (@joshuapaulward) March 27, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Everyone knows it’s tough living with a secret. But Joshua Ward, a Wilmington teen who made the first cut on ABC’s “American Idol,” kept quiet the fact that he not only got a golden ticket and made it to Hollywood Week, but that the week in California ended in disappointment.Ward, 16, was one of 169 contestants picked by judges from thousands of hopefuls at auditions across the country last summer and fall to advance on the reality show.- Advertisement – Joshua Ward auditions for “American Idol” in 2017. (Photo: Joshua Ward) Joshua Ward, fourth from right, listens to the judges during the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless) God has a plan. He will be made much of through this experience… I promise I will be back— Joshua Ward (@joshuapaulward) March 27, 2018Ward had been featured in “American Idol” promos over the last couple of months, but wasn’t allowed to say publicly that he’d made it to Hollywood Week until this weekend.In an interview with WWAY before last night’s episode aired, Ward said making the cut was a big accomplishment for someone who grew up watching the show, which is in its first season on ABC after a 14-year run on Fox that ended in 2016.“Obviously I would love to win,” Ward said. “That would be amazing. But I really do want to do this for the rest of my life. This is my dream. This is my passion.”Ward will take his passion to the Azalea Festival Parade in downtown Wilmington on Saturday, April 14. He is scheduled to sing the National Anthem.“American Idol” airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. on WWAY ABC. Joshua Ward hugs another contestant during the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless) 1 of 7 Joshua Ward performs on the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC)Joshua Ward performs on the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC) Joshua Ward reacts to learning he was cut from “American Idol.” (Photo: ABC) Joshua Ward, fourth from right, listens to the judges during the Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless) Joshua Ward performs on the Hollywood Week of “American Idol” that aired on March 26, 2018. (Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless)last_img read more

Town pumps the brakes on pedal pubs in Carolina Beach

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After a lengthy discussion about proposed routes for a pedal pub in Carolina Beach, town council ultimately voted against allowing them on the island.Pleasure Island Coastal Cruiser wanted to operate a pedal pub that would have held 16 people.- Advertisement – It would have been stored at Good Hops Brewing.The business wanted waivers that would have allowed them to cross over Dow Road and to use a section of Lake Park Boulevard during the off-season.Some council members raised concerns about “bar-hopping” and that more should be done for residents instead of tourists.last_img read more

Bitty of Bitty Beaus Coffee invited to appear on Sesame Street

first_imgSherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop visited Bitty at Bitty and Beau’s Coffee August 12, 2018. (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many of us are familiar with Bitty and Beau’s Coffee on New Centre Drive in Wilmington.Now, one of the faces of the coffee shop will soon be seen on another street – one that’s home to a big yellow bird.- Advertisement – Bitty Wright has been invited to appear on Sesame Street!The coffee shop posted a photo of Bitty with Sherrie Westin, president of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop.Bitty’s parents opened the coffee shop in 2016 to employ people with disabilities.Related Article: New Hanover Co., Wilmington begin curfew Friday nightMom Amy Wright made headlines last year when she was named CNN’s 2017 Hero of the Year.Amy says she will let us know more about Bitty’s “Sesame Street” appearance in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Could 2019 see a route for the new Cape Fear crossing

first_imgCape Fear Memorial Bridge WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The upcoming year should see transportation officials select the preferred route for a new crossing of the Cape Fear River.Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the Wilmington Urban Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), said a schedule of events for 2019 has public hearings on the proposed new crossing scheduled for the spring with a “selection of the preferred alternative” scheduled for the summer.- Advertisement – A new crossing south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge would be the fourth between New Hanover and Brunswick counties — the other two are the Isabel Holmes bridge and the Interstate 140 bypass. Last year, MPO board members narrowed its preferred alternatives to include three potential crossings of the river, all of them south of the current Memorial Bridge. There are still six routes under consideration for where the new bridge access highway would go once it crosses the river.Officials estimate the next connection between Brunswick and New Hanover counties — including access highways and property acquisition — will cost $1 billion or more to build the bridge, which would have to be 215 feet above the river to accommodate ship traffic heading to the Port of Wilmington.Read more here.last_img read more

Rep David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County

first_img “It originally was an Army Corps of Engineers project. Back in 2001, the Army Corps basically washed their hands of it for a variety of reasons,” said Rep. Rouzer.Responsibility to rebuild the dike now falls into the hands of the local community. The rural area of Kelly has nowhere near the funds to do that.“It’s going to require, I believe, a joint local and state effort in coordination if anything’s going to be done expeditiously,” said Rouzer.Related Article: Local family still struggling since MatthewRouzer says even if the Army Corps of Engineers does get involved, it could take a decade for anything to happen. He says they have more demand, more rules and regulations, and fewer dollars than they did 20 or 30 years ago.“Army corps, they’re a great agency. We deal with them on a consistent basis on many many projects all throughout southeastern North Carolina,” Rouzer said. “But to get them back engaged is going to be a very time consuming long process. It could last up to a decade before there’s any substantial work on the ground.”Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker did discuss the possibility of using inmates to work on the dike, but no official decisions were made. ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — The discussion over the White Oak Dike, which was breached during Hurricane Florence, continued Wednesday afternoon when North Carolina 7th Congressional District Rep. David Rouzer visited Bladen County.When water breached the dike system a few days after the storm in September 2018, hundreds of people in Kelly were impacted by flooding. Some had to be rescued by helicopter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Darmian close to Napoli move

first_imgNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that he is interested in signing Matteo Darmian from Manchester United. The Italian defender moved to the English Premier League from Torino in 2015 and has appeared 85 times for Manchester United. However he was restricted to just 8 league matches during Jose Mourinho’s second season at the helm of the Red Devils and has admitted that he wants more first-team opportunities.PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias was also targeted by last season’s runners up but the Colombian has now signed for Atletico Madrid so as to replace the departing Sime Vrsaljko.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Silva wants to stay with the Citizens

first_img SharePrint Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva has committed his long-term future with Manchester City by signing a three-year contract extension until 2025.The Premier League Champions, who are currently leading this season’s standings, announced the creative midfielder’s contract renewal on Wednesday. The 24-year-old was signed by Pep Guardiola from Monaco in May 2017 and has already won three major trophies with the Citizens.Manchester City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain stated:“Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.”Silva has become the 11th player to renew his contact with the club since the beginning of the year.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Microsoft unveils Bing for Schools program

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft is making a play for the education sector today with Bing for Schools, a voluntary program that tailors the company’s search engine for student.The tweaked Bing experience, suitable for students between kindergarten and the end of high school, removes all advertisements from the search engine due to Microsoft’s belief that schools “are for learning and not selling.”[related-posts] – Advertisement – SafeSearch, Bing’s built-in feature for filtering out adult content, will also be configured to the strictest setting automatically and be amended so that students are unable to change it back manually. A bundle of other enhanced privacy protections will also be present, although Microsoft says these are still to be finalized.There will be a number of short lesson plans that staff can use to teach basic digital literacy skills related to search and the Common Core, a real-world approach to learning standards adopted by the education system in the US.Microsoft has emphasized today that it’s still finalizing what will be available in the first version. The altered search engine is free for schools and districts who want to participate and will be configured to work with all search submissions from within the school’s network on“We see the program as something we can build alongside teachers, parents, and visionaries to create the best possible search experience for our children,” Matt Wallaert, a Bing Behavioral Scientist said.Bing still has a long way to go before it can dethrone Google Search, but this is yet another example of Microsoft thinking laterally to gain some much-needed street cred.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Matibabu Nominated For Top Prize at the ASME Innovation Showcase Program –

first_imgTeam Matibabu. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Team Matibabu, a group of graduates from Makerere University are no strangers when it comes to local innovators in Uganda. The team has participated in a number of hackathons, and other innovation programs locally and internationally.Recently, the team early this year traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to showcase their innovative solution Matibabu at one of the World’s Biggest showcase events ever; the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 – a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January. This was a life giving opportunity. Their luck came in for having participated in TechCrunch‘s Hardware Battlefield 2017.The team back in 2015 at the Mozilla Festive East Africa that took place at Victoria University in Kampala – won a funding from the President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He promised the team a funding of USD$55,000 (roughly 200 million UGX)Matibabu device. (Photo Courtesy) – Advertisement – Matibabu is a Non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect Malaria. The device uses a custom-made portable device called a matiscope, which is connected to a smartphone, to do a rapid diagnostic test. The user’s finger is inserted into the matiscope, and the application uses a red light to penetrate the skin and detect the red blood cells.The team NOW participating in the 2017 ISHOW competition that is held in Kenya are calling for your votes as they battle it out with other 9 innovative startups. The competition was open to individuals and organizations taking physical products to market that will have a social impact.Congrats #Kenya finalists! Time to vote for one innovator to earn extra cash. Who will win? #thisishardware #ISHOW17— ASME IShow (@ASMEishow) May 20, 2017Applicants were expected to have an existing prototype (Of which Matibabu does already have) and be interested in receiving financing, technical support and access to industry networks to assist in taking their product to market.30 finalists will pitch to the judges in person (ASME will provide travel grants towards the cost of travel) and will receive product exposure, advice and technical insights. 9 innovators will win a share of USD$500,000 (roughly 1.8 billion UGX) in prizes – including an extensive design and engineering review by a panel of experts.[related-posts]Winners become part of the ISHOW alumni network, a global community of hardware innovators with exclusive access to experts and resources.Editor’s Note: FOLLOW THIS LINK TO VOTE FOR THEM.last_img read more